Saturday, July 14, 2007

The Weekly Rewind

It’s Friday… the Weekly Rewind starts… right… now…

I said ‘right… now.’

Right no— sigh… I think someone fell asleep at the switch again… it’s a long one, so let’s jut get to it:

Applaud? Heckle? Bits of both: Not sure how to classify this, partially applaud, partially heckle. A group of conservatives are rallying behind an amendment from Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO) that would implement the Iraq Study Group recommendations. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) said the proposal “won’t change one thing the president does.” (Well, neither has anything you’ve offered up…so let’s not cast stones and instead work to find a solution that a majority can get behind… in other words; quit the effin’ sniping and find an effin’ solution!!)

Applaud: to more and more Americans seeing the errors of Bush’s ways… According to a new Gallup/USA Today poll, 62% of Americans say that the “United States made a mistake in sending troops to Iraq.” The same respondents also gave “President” Bush an approval rating of 29%. Want more numbers? Ok… According to a new Harris Poll, Bush’s approval rating is 26% while Cheney’s is a pathetic 21%. What’s that? You want more numbers, okay here ya go; 66% of Americans believe President Bush shouldn’t have commuted Scooter Libby’s prison sentence… 70% of Americans supporting a complete withdrawal of US troops from Iraq… one in five Americans think Bush's troop 'surge' theory had any effect on the war… a Rasmussen poll also shows a low number of Americans, only 19%, believe that the U.S. troop surge in Iraq was a success… and four in 10 republicans have lost confidence in Bush because of his handling of the immigration issue (Ouch, makes one wonder how much longer Bush can hold on… Think about it, mMore and more people, Democrat and republicans, are starting to see him for what he is. To them I say; Welcome to the club everyone; we’ve got jackets)

Heckle: to something that has not gotten a lot of media attention but should… A previously undisclosed Army investigation into an audacious January attack in Karbala that killed five U.S. soldiers concludes “that Iraqi police working alongside American troops colluded with insurgents.” (Nice… the people we’re supposed to be helping, the people Bush and his cronies say want us there… are helping the insurgents. If that’s not a cue to get the hell out, I don’t know what is…)

Applaud: to Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox. He’s a Republican, and this past week he “harshly criticized” Bush for commuting the sentence of Scooter. Said Cox; “It was plain wrong all the way around. We can’t let people run from the obligation of telling the truth.” (Very well said Mr. Cox… too bad the “President’ can’t understand that…)

Heckle: to talking out of one’s ass after talking out of one’s face. Last November, Michael Hayden told the Iraq Study Group that the “inability of the [Iraqi] government to govern seems irreversible”… since then, neither Hayden nor any other administration official has “publicly described the Iraqi government in the uniformly negative terms that the CIA director used in his closed-door briefing.” (Hmmmmm, I’m sure it has nothing to do with him being named CIA Director… right??)

Applaud: to reading the writing on the wall… and the petition signed by everyone who works for you. National Hurricane Center director Bill Proenza stepped down earlier this week after much of his staff signed a petition calling for him to leave. Apparently the staff didn’t like the work environment Proenza created, a working environment of “closed doors and the public airing of dirty laundry”, which they say put the “effective functioning” of the organization at risk. (Nice show of balls people… good job. Unfortunately for you, I’m relativly positive that he will replaced with someone just as bad… thus is the trackrecord of this administration)

Heckle: to something that sometimes wakes me up in the middle of the night. Undercover Congressional investigators were able to set up a bogus company and obtaine a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in March that would have allowed them to “buy the radioactive materials needed for a so-called dirty bomb” and demonstrated yet again that the security measures to prevent radioactive materials from getting into the wrong hands are “insufficient”… (I would say so. Uh… maybe we should work on fixing that system.. ya think?)

Heckle: to another thing that sometimes wakes me up in the middle of the night. A new government threat assessment concludes that “Al-Qaeda has rebuilt its operating capability to a level not seen since the summer of 2001” as they’ve been able to “rebuild despite nearly six years of bombings, war and other tactics aimed at crippling it.” (Lovely… just lovely… wasn’t this whole war with Iraq supposed to destroy al Qaeda and make the country safer??? Oh wait, that was Afghanistan… which Bush promptly forgot about so he could rectify his Daddy’s screw-up. And people still support this man??? It boggles the mind…)

Applaud: to Fox “News” military analyst Col. David Hunt (yes, you read that right, I’m applauding someone from Fox… I hope this doesn’t get me put on some kind of list). The day after Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said that the nation is “entering a period this summer of increased risk” and partially attributed it to a “gut feeling”, Hunt criticized Chertoff’s remarks by stating, “I understand he’s got feelings. The problem is, the states and cities, who have to react to the Department of Homeland Security guidance, can’t do squat on his feelings. … It seems more politics, John, than terrorism.” (Hallelujah!! Someone has caught on. Maybe we should start a collection fund for the good Colonel…as I’m sure he’s going to be losing his job with Fox soon since he dared to speak against Fox’s master…)

Heckle: to making little girls cry. Earlier this week at a town hall event in Cleveland, 13-year old Jessica Hackerd, asked Bush what his “next step with the immigration bill” will be. While Bush’s sarcastic reply — a wry ‘yeah, thanks’ — drew laughter from the crowd of 400, it caused the yougn girl to immediately tear up… (Oh the children… won’t someone please think of the children… and impeach Bush’s sorry ass??)

Applaud: to the Fish and Wildlife Service for taking that “first step” toward declaring 10 penguin species endangered. Their survival “is deemed at risk in part because of the increasing warmth of the atmosphere and the oceans” because of global warming.” (Come on everyone, didn’t you see ‘Happy Feet’???)

Heckle: to what could very well be the dumbest thing ever said by a member of the Bush(whacked) Administration… and that’s a feat in and of itself. Earlier this week on Fox “News” (like that surprises you) White House mouthpiece Tony “Job” Snow defended “President” Bush’s Initial Benchmark Assessment Report, and attacked proposals to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, saying; “To walk out of Iraq right now would plant a seed that ultimately would lead to destabilization there, hundreds of thousands of deaths, loss of our influence in the region, would create instability throughout the Middle East throughout East Asia, throughout Europe. And sooner or later it would come to our shores, to a shopping mall near you.” (Fear mongering… the lifeline of the republican party. The problem is Tony, we’ve been in Iraq for how many years and al Qaeda is getting stronger… not weaker. Can you explain how that works??? Ya dumbass…and while we’re talking about republican and Bush fearmongering…)

Applaud: to the New York Times (I know, I feel a little dirty saying that) for challenging Bush’s fear-mongering over al Qaeda in Iraq. “The militant group is in many respects an Iraqi phenomenon. They believe the membership of the group is overwhelmingly Iraqi. Its financing is derived largely indigenously from kidnappings and other criminal activities.” (very well said guys… too bad it’s falling on deaf ears)

Heckle: to more wrongdoings and screw-ups from the Administration’s official albatross. Back in April of 2005, during a hearing on the Patriot Act, AG Gonzales testified to Congress, “There has not been one verified case of civil liberties abuse.” The problem with that is that six days earlier, the FBI sent Gonzales “one of at least half a dozen reports of legal or procedural violations” of the Patriot Act committed by FBI agents… (sooooooo, he lied to Congress… uh, I’m no attorney, but isn’t that illegal??)

Applaud: to a report from ABC News that says the White House is “in panic mode” over the recent defections of Republican senators on the President’s Iraq policy. (Niiiiiiiiiiice…)

Heckle: to Sara “I have a letter.” Taylor and Harriet Miers. I think we all know why…

Applaud: to Congress not taking Miers snub lying down. Charge her with contemtp… and while you’re at it, how about some make-up tips…

Applaud: to Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Arlen Specter (R-PA). Earlier this week they unveiled a bill that would require “power producers, refiners and steelmakers in the U.S to cut greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2030.” (Hmmmm sounds like a good idea… but let’s wait to see if anything happens with it before we get to excited)

Heckle: to ‘phoning’ it in… sorry bad pun. As of now, Sen. David Vitter (r-La) is the only one who’s been named in the DC Madam’s phone records release, though I’m sure more will come out from both sides of the aisle…

And let’s end with two straight applauds for conservatives (no, I’m not ill)

Applaud: to republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo (r-CO) for being the only republican candidate with enough balls to show up at the NAACP presidential forum. An invite went out to all of the ‘official’ candidates, but the Colorado representative was the only one who showed. Part of the ‘applaud’ is taken away from Tancredo though and given to Mike Huckabee (r-AR) who was the lone republican candidate to appear at the NEA’s presidential forum. (This is absolutely pathetic… sure, McCain probably didn’t have enough money to travel now, or the person who arranges his travel plans quit, but what about the others, where the hell were they?? Here’s a chance to impress groups that lean Liberal and you skip it? It doesn’t make sense)

Applaud: to former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan. She can’t wait for Bush’s failed presidency to be over and has started calling Bush “strange” and “weird.” (Ok, when Peggy Noonan starts making fun of you, a fellow conservative, you have to realize that the rats are fleeing a sinking ship…)

All I have, take ‘em as you will...

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