Friday, August 17, 2007

The Weekly Rewind

It’s Friday, take a break from watching High School Musical 2 and soak-in the beauty that IS… The Weekly Rewind.

Applaud: to the slew of republican resignations this week. Karl “President” Rove… Rep. Dennis Hastert (r-IL)… Deb Pryce (r-OH)… possibly Rep. Chip Pickering (r-MS), and soon; Snowjob himself, Tony Snow, who signaled in an interview earlier this week that he will not stay until the end of the term. Snow then went on to say that “probably a couple” of other high-level resignations are “coming up in the next month or so.” (Niiiiiiice… will the last republican leaving Washington please turn out the lights??)

Heckle: to Rudy Giuliani for claiming that he was at Ground Zero “as often, if not more” than 9/11 rescue workers. To even suggest that is an insult to the men and women who DID the recovery work, and now we have proof that he’s a tool as a review of mayoral archives reveal that Giuliani was at Ground Zero for “a total of 29 hours” from Sept. 17 to Dec. 16, 2001… during that time, a lot of rescue and recovery workers were putting in daily 12-hour shifts. (I’m no mathamatician or statastecian, but I don’t think that equals up… I’m just sayin’)

Applaud: to Rep. Hastert (r-IL). Yes, he is a republican tool, but with his resignation announcement he said that he intends to add one “last hurrah” to his career, and that is “enacting climate change, energy legislation” with the woman that done him wrong took his job as speaker; Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). (Yes, I know it’s probably political grandstanding but, as most of you know, political grandstanding does work sometimes in getting things done)

Heckle: to what could be the most bizarre, ironic and frightening thing I’ve ever heard. Attorney General Alberto “Albatross” Gonzales visited Iraq last Saturday to to help fashion the country’s legal system… (my head hurts just thinking about this…)

Applaud: to proof that it’s not only the Federal government who’s screwing Katrina victims with their pants on. An investigation has shown that a plethora of associatess of Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (r) are profiting from Hurricane Katrina, including Barbour’s own family and friends who have “earned hundreds of thousands of dollars from hurricane-related business.” (It’s just sad…)

Heckle: to Karl Rove. During an interview with Rush “BFI” Limbaugh, Rove claimed that the people criticizing “President” Bush are “sort of elite, effete snobs who can’t hold a candle to this guy. What they don’t like about him is that he is common sense, that he is Middle America.” (Who was born on the East Coast). Limbaugh then suggested that Bush’s critics are frustrated that the President “outsmarts ‘em.” (First of all, Bush couldn’t outsmart a pretzel. Second, if I was ever outsmarted by this man, I would kill myself…)

Applaud: to republicans speaking the truth. I know, it’s a phrase not often seen, but in this case it’s true. Thomas Pauken, the former chairman of the Texas republican Party said earlier this week about Karl Rove: “It is dangerous to put political consultants in charge of policy. [..] The combination of big-government conservatism and the extraordinary neoconservative influence on foreign policy has been devastating.” (Succinctly put Tom… nicely done)

Heckle: to former CIA director James Woolsey, who was one of the earliest advocates of invading Iraq, for his recent fear-and war-mongering. During an appearance on CNN’s Lou Dobbs, Woolsey claimed that Iran “could have” a nuclear bomb in “a few months.” The problem with that statement is that it isn’t true. according to Joseph Cirincione, the director for nuclear policy at the Center for American Progress, “Iran is still probably five to 10 years away from gaining the ability to make nuclear fuel or nuclear bombs.” (Here we go again…)

Applaud: to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for writing a letter to “President” Bush asking that he give all documents and other information sought by the House and Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees so they can conduct oversight into FISA’s implementation (and I’m sure that after someone reads the letter to Bush, they’ll get a response of ‘No’)

Heckle: to the news coming out of Iraq that the country is “generating enough power to meet only half the nationwide demand” and that almost all Baghdad residents are down to “an hour or two of electricity a day.” According to Electricity Ministry spokesman Aziz Shimari; “These shortfalls are the worst since U.S.-led forces ousted Saddam Hussein back in 2003.” (Glad to know our occupation of Iraq is doing so much… it’s hard to express sarcasm in written form…)

Applaud: to the American public and the return, it seems, of common sense (we hope). In a slew of polling results released this week, the public is starting to wake from the common sense slumber that had entranced it since 2000. First, the public is starting to see the Fourth Estate for what they are; politically biased, inaccurate, and uncaring with 59% saying their reporting was wrong and 64% saying the reporting was politically biased. And according to a new CBS News poll a strong majority of Americans, 60%, want a drawdown. The same poll shows that 46% of Americans believe the U.S. presence in Iraq is creating terrorists. Add to that the results of a CNN poll released earlier this week that shows 53% of Americans suspect that the military assessment of the Iraq war is being manipulated in order to make it sound better than it actually is, with another 43% saying they they don’t trust the reports at all. (Are we really seeing a return of common sense? One can only hope…)

Heckle: to giving AG Gonzales the power to “shorten the time that death row inmates have to appeal convictions to federal courts.” (Yeah, this should end well…)

Applaud: to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for asking the DOJ’s Inspector General to “investigate potentially false or misleading testimony given by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales during his appearances before various congressional committees.” (Keep the pressure on ‘em Pat, it will work eventually)

Heckle: to the White House for having the audacity to propose limiting the appearance of Gen. David Petraeus to only a private congressional briefing, once again denying the American public their right to see what their government is up to. Their reasoning (if you can call it that) was that the believe that the administration’s progress report on Iraq should be delivered to Congress by the secretaries of state and defense… (Um, yeah…)

Applaud: to Army COS Gen. George Casey. Earlier this week he stated that lengthening the tours of duty would be too stressful and risky for troops, saying; “I don’t see going beyond the 15 months. [..] Any more than that, it puts our soldiers at a level of stress and a level of risk that right now I’m not comfortable with.” (About time someone in this administration realizes that…)

Heckle: to the Primary Wars. Good grief people, just do a National Primary and get over it. At this rate, Fred Thompson won't be in the race until after the Iowa caucus.

All I have for this week, take 'em as you will...

1 comment:

Bill-Ocala said...

First time..........Great Review!!