Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Thursday ‘BushWhack’ing

Another day closer to the weekend…

  • Scott McClellan book fallout continues… though I am thrilled to see the Bush White House scramble to cover their collective asses while saying their “puzzled” by the book…
  • Sen. McCain is criticizing Sen. Obama for not visiting Iraq in more than two years while also criticizing him for turning down his suggestion that the two make a joint trip to the country. (Obama’s lack of Iraq visits is indeed strange and I believe he should make a trek over there… but NOT with McCain. McCain’s offer is nothing but a political ploy and Obama was right to refuse to go…)
  • “President” Bush’s uncanny ability to say things that make the least smart person in a room take notice has occurred again. Talking to the 2008 US Air Force Academy graduating class yesterday said that the “only way America could lose the war on terror is if we defeat ourselves” (all fine and good) but then he compared the Iraq war to World War II… (sigh… does anyone want to take the time to explain it to him? I would, but I don’t have 2 weeks to spare…)
  • New York Gov. David Paterson (D) has “directed all state agencies to begin to revise their policies and regulations” in order for them to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, like Massachusetts, California and Canada, calling it “a strong step toward marriage equality.” (conservative outrage in five, four, three—there it is…)
  • While still speaking at the Air Force Academy commencement, Bush acknowledged that his administration is “learning as we go” in Iraq and even offered a “nod to realities”that have made the Iraq and Afghanistan wars more protracted than his administration had thought… (acknowledgement of a mis-step? Is this a reaction to the McClellan book?)
  • That didn’t take long… Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) wants Scott McClellan to testify under oath before the House Judiciary Committee about the “earth-shattering” allegations contained in his book (I knew it was only a matter of time before someone brought up this scenario. Now we’ll have a chance to see what McClellan is peddling. If he’s serious about cleansing his soul, he’ll appear and testify under oath. If he’s only out to sell his book and make money, he’ll have some convenient excuse to NOT testify. Stay tuned…)
  • Two members of the DNC rules committee said yesterday that the Democratic Party is likely to meet rule-breaking Florida and Michigan halfway when it comes to seating their delegates at the national convention, a move that might help Sen. Clinton close the delegate gap with Sen. Obama. (It would help her count, but in no way would overtake his numbers. MI and FL disobeyed the rules and were held accountable… it has NOTHING to do with disenfranchising voters but EVERYTHING to do with being held accountable for your actions. Giving in, even a little bit, is a horrible example to be passing on and will set a dangerous precedent for the future…)
  • he top U.S. Navy official in the Persian Gulf, Vice Adm. Kevin Cosgriff, warned that war with Iran would be “pretty disastrous,” with “echoes and aftershocks” reverberating throughout the region, adding that “we have years” to deal with Iran’s nuclear program… (Yes, but the Bush(whacked) Administration only has months, and that’s the number that scares the hell out of me…)
  • And have we mentioned? That a possible scourge of the earth has been denied? Yep… conservative blogger Michelle Malkin made a fuss about a Dunkin’ Donuts commercial that featured cooking personality Rachael Ray because of complaints that she was promoting terrorism… (wait, it gets dumber). In the ad, Ray wears a scarf that looks like a keffiyeh, a traditional headdress worn by Arab men… because of the fuss, Dunkin Donuts has yanked the commercial. Malkin was pleased with the response and said; “It’s refreshing to see an American company show sensitivity to the concerns of Americans opposed to Islamic jihad and its apologists.” (Are you fucking kidding me?? Does Malkin not have better things to do with her time than worry about a scarf in a commercial??? Give. Me. A. Break.)

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