Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Stop the inanity

Since the media, and Reverend Wright himself, can’t seem to let ReverendGate die, it seems that more action was needed by Sen. Obama.

Yesterday, he did just that.

Obama Took Reverend Wright to task yesterday, saying he is not only “outraged” by comments Wright made Monday at the National Press Club, but he’s also “saddened by the spectacle” and believes (rightfully in my humble opinion) that Wright seems to be more concerned with taking center stage than anything else.

Not the actions of a friend…

Rather than rightfully allowing the (non)story to die down, Wright is instead perpetuating it… and he needs to stop.

Now action is required by us, the American electorate.

When this whole ReverendGate nonsense popped up, I was absolutely amazed that a politician could be held accountable for something said by a friend, confidante, counsel, etc…

The fact that this story will not go away, shows the absolute absurdity of this process… rather than speak on the issues that, according to polls, we as a nation are concenrned with (Iraq war, economy, jobs, terrorism) we’re being spoon-fed this inane Reverend, Bosnia, wife’s private plane crap.


Issues people… let’s focus on the issues and NOT the inane. After 8 years of Bush, haven’t we had enough inanity?

Read my words, hear my words, let it sink in people!

I don’t know how many times I’ve mentioned this before but it’s important enough, I think, to mention it again… and again, and again, and again… until it sinks into everyone’s head.

You know by now that DNC Chairman Howard Dean (as I mentioned yesterday and earlier today) is desperately trying to get the nominee in place by the end of the primary season on June 4th because he wants to avoid a floor fight at the convention… which is the smart thing to do.If the Democratic Party appears fractured or disjointed in August, we’re also going to look weak.

And if that happens, you can kiss the White House goodbye and welcome four more years of Bush-style governing… meaning the further shredding of the Constitution, more economic falls, a lower standing in the world, and more American deaths in Iraq.We (and by ‘we’ I mean Liberals and Democrats) [Co-editors note- Yes folks there is a difference! - Sorry to interrupt, Scott] still have a better than average chance of winning the White House this November… but, as Mr. Dean says, we need to make the decision sooner rather than later.

And not only would having the nominating process drag out to the convention be detrimental to the party, the fractured-ness of the two campaigns and supporters will as well.

As I’ve said many times (and will continue to say until it gets through) we need to show a united front to the republicans, and the country, in November.

What that means is this:

If Clinton wins, regardless of whom you support now; vote for her.

If Obama wins, regardless of whom you support now; vote for him.

This is the one and only way we can avoid 4 more years of a Bush-style presidency; supporters of the other candidate NEED TO AND HAVE TO vote for the Democrat nominee, regardless of who it is.

Consider this; for all their lofty talk about already having a presumptive nominee, the republicans are still vulnerable. Remember that, in spite of his ‘presumptive nominee’ status, there are still quite a few republicans out there that aren’t entirely sold on Sen. McCain, and to back that up I (again) point to the 25% of republican Pennsylvanians that voted last week for Mike Huckabee (who officially dropped out weeks ago) and Ron Paul… and not McCain.

No one knows if that would carry over to November (regardless of what some pundits may say), but it does show splintering in the gop… something the Democrats need to take advantage of and use to their benefit.

The Wednesday ‘BushWhack’ing

Hump day… this administration has been humping us for years…

  • The gop is attacking a DNC ad that criticizes Sen. McCain’s ‘100 years’ in Iraq strategy, saying it “falsely and maliciously accuses Sen. McCain of stating that prolonging the Iraq war for '100 years' would be 'fine' with him”… (cuz the republicans have NEVER used false and malicious ads in their existence… no sirree… not at all… never… it’s so hard to express sarcasm in the written form…)
  • Clinton and Obama are statistically tied in Gallup's national tracking poll for the fifth straight day…
  • Minnesota Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken will pay the IRS $70,000 in back income taxes (wow, nice impression of a republican there Al. Don’t let it happen again…)
  • Since the media, and Reverend Wright himself, have not been able to let ReverendGate go, Sen. Obama has had enough,… watch for my post on this later today.
  • House and Senate negotiators are scrambling to meet “President” Bush's demands on a multibillion-dollar farm bill… (I’m sorry… why is Congress ‘scrambling’ to meet the demands of a lame-duck, low-approval rated President???)
  • Sen. Clinton and Sen. McCain support eliminating the gas tax temporarily. McCain’s plan would cost the US $10 billion dollars (approx. the amount the tax would provide). Clinton’s plan has an interesting twist that would (in the mind of her campaign) make up the lost revenue with a “windfall profits tax” on oil companies that would subject their profits to a 50% tax if they were over a certain amount. Sen. Obama, btw, doesn’t support a temporary tax holiday. (Clinton’s has an interesting idea… though how hard would it be to get the oil companies – and they members of Congress they control – to get in line?)
  • While the Pentagon is, per CBS News, developing new “options” for attacking Iran, the Bush(whacked) Administration deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf yesterday to serve, in the words of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, as a “reminder” to Iran. Naturally, when he was asked if the Pentagon was preparing military strikes, Gates said, “No”. (Which should put everyone’s mind at ease since no one in this administration would ever lie. What ya think, too much sarcasm there?)
  • A new NBC/WSJ poll (scheduled to be released tomorrow) not only shows that a scant 21% approve of Bush’s handling of the economy but also that 81% of Americans believe the US is currently in a recession…
  • And have we mentioned? That the people running Fox “News” are not very bright when it comes to US History? Last weekend Sen. Clinton challenged Sen. Obama to a “Lincoln-Douglas” style debate (having done L-D debates, watching ANY politician take part would be painful to watch). Clinton was referring to the well-known 1858 debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. While covering the story Fox “News”, consistently showed images of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, the former slave who spent his life fighting for the abolition of slavery and never, as far as historians (and anyone with a brain) knows, participated in a debate with Abe Lincoln… New motto for them; “Fox “News”: Now run by mental furballs.”

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Tuesday ‘BushWhack’ing

Insert own snarky comment here…

  • Foreclosures have spiked 112% thus far in 2008… and there’s no end in sight. Regardless of what Dubya says about our in-the-mail checks.
  • Because we apparently need polling to tell us this, the top economic worry in the US is… are you sitting down? Prepare to be shocked… it’s gasoline… I know, I NEVER could have foreseen that… (it’s called sarcasm people)
  • Karl Rove is giving advice on how to win the Presidency to Sen. Obama… (wait, what??)
  • “President” Bush seemingly knows that his legacy on Domestic issues is so far in the crapper that he can’t recover, so he’s now focusing on Mideast Peace talks… (and with his foreign policy chops, he’s just the man to do it… I think I just hurt myself from laughing so hard…)
  • Three years before Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was arguing for a 100 year presence in Iraq, he told MSNBC, “I would hope that we could bring them all home.” “I think one of our big problems has been the fact that many Iraqis resent American military presence,” McCain said. “[A]s soon as we can reduce our visibility as much as possible, the better I think it is going to be.” (Perhaps he could blame senility…)
  • The Atlantic’s Matthew Yglesias, speaking to ThinkProgress; “No president before George W. Bush ever suggested that American security required us to just go decapitate regimes on the theory that they might some day in the future acquire weapons that would be dangerous. It’s been a huge disaster.” (I don’t think anything more needs to be said…)
  • Sen. McCain visited a Miami Children’s Hospital yesterday… a hospital whose Doctors supported the SCHIP expansion that McCain voted against… awk-ward
  • This year’s award for understatement of the year goes to White House spokesperson Dana Perino who said making Afghanistan safe is “damn hard work.” (Yeah, even more so when troops are pulled out of there to go fight Bush’s pet war in Iraq, What a tool…)
    Ron Paul is still hanging around… and still bat-shit crazy.
  • SCOTUS upheld Indiana’s voter ID law… which could pave the way for more states to enact similar laws.
  • With the Democrats suggesting that McCain’s healthcare policies would continue Bush’s healthcare policies (such as they are), McCain says that he rejects a “big government” takeover of healthcare… though no policy has been released from his campaign, so for now it continues to be empty rhetoric…
  • And have we mentioned? That DNC Chairman Howard Dean (as I mentioned yesterday) is desperately trying to get the nominee in place before it comes down to a floor fight at the August convention… (which is exactly what needs to be done. Liberals still have an outstanding chance at getting back the White House, but we need to make a decision on our nominee sooner rather than later. And not only would having the nominating process drag out that long be detrimental to the party, so is the fractured-ness of the two campaigns. As I said in my ‘Plea to Democrats’, we need to show a united front to the republicans in November… if Clinton wins, regardless of whom you support now; vote for her. If Obama wins, regardless of whom you support now; vote for him. The only way we can avoid 4 more years of a Bush-style presidency is for supporters of the other candidate to vote for the Democrat nominee, regardless of who it is. The republicans are vulnerable… consider that, in spite of his ‘presumptive nominee’ status, there are still quite a few republicans out there that aren’t sold on Sen. McCain, and again I point to the 25% of republican Pennsylvanians that voted for Huckabee and Paul last week… and not McCain... why do I have a feeling I'll be writing about this again?)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Let's get it done... sooner, not later

With another primary a week away, DNC chairman Howard Dean is once again trying to nudge the as-of-now-un-pledged super-delegates (could I have more hypens?) into making their choice known by June 4th, the day after the final Democratic primary.

Said Dean; "We want the voters to have their say. That's over on June 3. […] We really can't have a divided convention. If we do it's going to be very hard to heal the party afterwards. So we'll know who the nominee is, and that'll give us an extra 2 1/2 months to get our party together, heal the wounds of having a very closely divided race and take on Sen. McCain.”

Granted, Democratic Party rules enable the super-delegates to wait until the presidential nominating convention in Denver on Aug. 25 to make a choice, but Dean says, correctly I might add, that the party cannot wait that long if it hopes to beat Republican John McCain in November.

If we do, it will be that many additional months for McBush to trot out the same old, same old that we’ve come to know and abhor with George Bush in office for eight years.

The Democrats still have a better than average shot at getting back into the White House, but we need to make a move sooner rather than later, and having the nominating process drag out that long would be detrimental to the party…

Regardless of his ‘presumptive nominee’ status, there are still quite a few republicans out there that aren’t sold on Sen. McCain, witness 25% of republican Pennsylvanians voting for Huckabee and Paul last week… and with a weak candidate on that side, we have an opportunity to get a Liberal back in the White House and attempt to clean up the mess that 8 truly horrifying years of George Bush has done.

Stay tuned…

The Monday ‘BushWhack’ing

Another week starts… can you stand the excitement?

  • Rep. Peter Hoekstra (r-MI), along with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), appeared on CNN the other day and warned against war with Iran… with republican Hoekstra saying; “Iran is not Iraq. And going in there militarily would be, from my perspective, a huge mistake.” (If a republican is saying this… what the hell does that tell you?)
  • Thanks to the media, ReverendGate just won’t go away…
  • Sen. Obama says race isn’t an issue in this campaign… and for that matter, neither should sex… Age on the other hand is a whole different kettle of fish…
  • Hope you’re not sick of campaign ads, because the candidates have already spent $110 million on TV ads to this point, with an assurance of many, many more on the way.
  • The Bush(whacked) Administration is opposing a housing bailout plan brought up by Congressional Democrats because… well… because it will help people that don’t give money to republicans… so why should THEY care?
  • I know we’ve already mentioned it, but it’s too stupid to not bring it up again… Sen. McCain was in NOLA last Thursday and said that the US government failed New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina… too bad he didn’t say anything when the hurricane was actually, you know, destroying New Orleans… instead he was enjoying a photo-op with “President” Bush… Dumbass….
  • House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) and arguably the most powerful African-American in Congress, has again laid a smack-down on former President Bill Clinton, saying that Clinton’s recent comments have been ‘bizarre.’ Earlier this election cycle Clyburn told Clinton to “chill-out” instead of consistently opening his mouth when he clearly shouldn’t. (I have to agree with Mr. Clyburn. Mr. Clinton continues to drag down the campaign of Sen. Clinton by opening his mouth and saying things that should best be left unsaid. Perhaps he needs to go home and watch some TV and leave the campaigning to Ms. Clinton… I’m just sayin’)
  • The Pentagon has ceased its practice of using plants on network TV… (Uh-huh, we’ll see…)
  • The Supreme Court ruled earlier today that states “can require voters to produce photo identification without violating their constitutional rights, validating Republican-inspired voter ID laws.” The case, which was decided on a 6-3 vote, concerned Indiana’s voter ID law, barely a week before that’s presidential primary. (quick show of hands, which party does this help?)
  • And have we mentioned? That Bush should stick to his day job, which is a thoroughly frightening concept in and of itself? The “President” appeared at the White House Correspondents' dinner Saturday night and tried to make jokes at all three of the candidates’ expense. Let’s just say that his joke telling is worse than his military strategy and leave it at that…

Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Weekly Rewind

Another week down in the wide, whacky, wooly, woefully-inadequate world of politics… there are 269 days remaining until the end of the Bush presidency… and I can hardly contain my glee.

Applaud: to good news… if it’s true. Finally responding to that explosive NY Times’s piece that exposed the Bush(whacked) Administration’s ‘double’-secret campaign to use analysts in order to “generate favorable news coverage,” the Pentagon has “temporarily stopped the program. (When the story broke, no one in the media reported it, which caused White House press icon Helen Thomas to chastise her brethren this past week. With it being canceled, I have a feeling the media WILL cover that as an attempt to show the administration cares what people think. The ass-kissing of the MSM is sickening…)

Heckle: to more talking out of one’s ass… In a speech this week at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that he thinks Iran is “hell bent” on acquiring nuclear weapons but at the same time warned that “another war in the Middle East is the last thing we need and, in fact, I believe it would be disastrous on a number of levels.” (Rattling a saber when it has a dull blade is not a smart thing to do Robert… perhaps you should try keeping your mouth shut. Just a thought)

Applaud: to 69’s. Not in that way, sheesh, get your heads out of the gutter. 69 as in percentage… as in 69% of Americans who disapprove of the job Bush is doing, matching the low point of his presidency while at the same time setting a new disapproval high for any president since FDR… (mwahhahahahahahahaha)

Heckle: to it STILL being the economy stupid. Despite ABC’s attempts to have ReverendGate, SniperGate, LapelpinGate as the voter’s primary concern, a new poll shows what the rest of us already knew; the economy is the top problem on the minds of voters, with 67% of those responding saying it’s the most important issue right now…

Applaud: to treating a lame-duck like a lame-duck. The House voted earlier this week to block the Bush(whacked) Administration from cutting federal spending on Medicaid health care for the poor by $13 billion over the next five years. Yes, Bush has threatened to get out his veto crayon, but there are more than enough votes to override him in the House, and the Senate… (about time they start treating him like a lame-duck. Bush’s power has diminished, and it’s time that Congress starts using that to their advantage. This is a great start, let’s just hope they keep it up)

Heckle: to ignoring the state of our armed forces. The Army has kicked-up its policy of involuntary extensions of duty, aka stop-loss, in an attempt to “bolster its troop levels.” This comes despite Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ order in 2007 to limit it with the army saying that” Since May 2007, “the number of soldiers forced to remain in the Army rose 43% to 12,235 in March.” The Army has said it needs the “stop-loss” policy to continue well into 2009.

Applaud: to a new GAO opinion released this past week that re-affirms what many have been saying since it happened… that the Bush(whacked) Administration violated federal law last year when it restricted states’ ability to provide health insurance to children of middle-income families.. therefore making its new policy “unenforceable.” (If I had a dime for all the times this administration has violated federal law, I would be a rich, rich man…)

Heckle: to speaking out of one’s ass… McCain style. The New York times examined the list of 106 elite fund-raisers who have “brought in more than $100,000 each” for McCain’s campaign and the paper found that a “sizable number of lobbyists” raised money for McCain, sizes that are only outnumbered on the list by those working in the financial services industry… but McCain still has the balls to say he’s for change while vowing that he doesn’t mess with lobbyists… (Quick John, you might want to make sure your pants aren’t on fire cuz you’re lying so much…)

Applaud: to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plans to move the Iraq war supplemental, which would include three separate legislative vehicles, one to provide emergency funding for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan; another aimed at stimulating the economy through a mix of domestic spending measures; and a third that would advance some sort of language on troop withdrawals…(I’ll believe it when I see it…)

Heckle: to screwing the American public. While oil prices keep rising ever higher, Exxon Mobil was the most profitable company for the fifth year in a row, “raking in a “record-breaking $40 billion in 2007 earnings”… yet there’s still nothing they can do about the price of gasoline. Bull. Shit.

Applaud: to news that SHOULD mean the US paying less to rebuild Iraq. Information released this week suggests that Iraq will “reap an even larger than expected windfall this year” in oil revenue, rumored to be as high as $70 billion. Now my feeling is, with the US’s cost of rebuilding Iraq climbing ever higher, Iraq should use some this obscene amount of money to, I don’t know… perhaps foot some of the bill for rebuilding their nation… just a thought.

Heckle: to some grossly misplaced priorities. At a time when the insurgency is still claiming multiple lives on a daily basis and costing the US millions of dollars a day, news came out this past week that a LA-based company is “developing the Baghdad Zoo and Entertainment Experience”, which will be a “massive American-style amusement park” with a skateboard park, rides, a concert theatre and a museum… all for only $500 million. The company’s owner says that “the time is ripe” for profit and entertainment to collide in Iraq and that “… people will embrace it. They’ll see it as an opportunity for their children regardless if they’re Shia or Sunni. They’ll say their kids deserve a place to play and they’ll leave it alone.” (This should end well… )

Applaud: to more proof that conservative-based programs fail. This past week health experts testified to the House oversight committee that abstinence-only programs have “not cut teen pregnancies” nor “delayed the age at which sex begins.” In fact, says Dr. Margaret Blythe of the American Academy of Pediatrics, there is even evidence that some of these programs are “harmful and have negative consequences.” (Well duhhhhhhhh)

Heckle: to misguided, ignored and slap-in-the-face strong-arming. Barely a day after the administration “urged” India to step up pressure on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he visits New Delhi, India “tartly said it did not need ‘any guidance on the future conduct of bilateral relations’” and made clear that “no saber rattling from its friends” in DC would “impair its relationship with a vital energy supplier.” (this is what happens when you not only have a lame-duck as president but one who no one listens to… countries ignore you. 1/20/09…)

Applaud: to failures of high-technology. No, I’m not talking about Microsoft Vista. The Bush(whacked) Administration has scrapped its $20-million prototype of its “virtual” border fence along the Arizona-Mexico border because the system is “failing to adequately alert Border Patrol agents to illegal crossings.”

Heckle: to sad but not surprising news. With the death toll rising on an almost daily basis and with no end in sight, a new USA Today/Gallup poll found that 63% of Americans say the US “made a mistake” in sending troops to Iraq… (ignoring for a moment that it took some people THIS long to realize this, these numbers are bad news for McCain and his lapdog Joe Lieberman… it’s only a matter of time until his continuing support of the war starts to erode his appeal. Stay tuned…)

Applaud: to the Senate Ethics Committee for finally! doing something, albeit not very hard. The committee “admonished” Sen. Pete Domenici (r-NM) this past week for placing an inappropriate call to then-U.S. attorney David Iglesias shortly before the 2006 elections, saying that Domenici should have known better than to contact Iglesias about an ongoing investigation… (Let’s call this a mild-applaud…)

Heckle: to more numbers that could be foreshadowing some serious problems down the road. As if the ever-rising gas prices weren’t enough of a strain on the American consumer, now we have a steadfast fear of rising food prices, with a new USA Today/Gallup poll showing that 73% of consumers are worried about rising food prices… (what’s next? A rice and flour shortage…oh, wait)

Applaud: to the latest installment of ‘As the Lobbyist Turns in Prison”. Earlier this week former DOJ official Robert Coughlin was accused of having a “criminal conflict of interest” with jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff… now, after admitting in federal court that he “accepted meals, concert tickets and luxury eats at sporting events from a lobbyist,” he faces “up to 10 months in prison” (That’s a shame. Yes, that was sarcasm…)

Heckle: to more pandering and flip-flopping. Apparently forgetting that he once opposed the President’s tax cuts and warned against increasing budget deficits, Sen. McCain is now “marching straight down the party line” and leaving his past predictions in the dust, no matter how prophetic some of them have been…

Heckle: to more White House subterfuge and camouflaging. The administration is challenging a court ruling that White House visitor logs are public documents and should be available to all, saying that the releasing of these records would infringe on the separation of powers… (riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight)

And this week’s conservative TOTW is Tony Zirkle, who is seeking the republican nomination in Indiana’s 2nd Congressional district. He recently delivered a speech to the (neo-Na*i) American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP) on a day that just “happened” to be the 119th anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s birth while standing in front of a painting of Hitler, next to people wearing swastika armbands and with a swastika flag in the background.


When was asked by reporters why he spoke to ANSWP, which refers to itself as “the largest and most active pro-white organization in America,” Zirkle said he’ll “speak before any group that invites me.”

Zirkle is what’s wrong with politics… when he ran in 2006 he had called for a return of the guillotine… this past March he said “the United States should debate segregating by race”, he’s so toxic that state gop leaders have called him “repulsive.”
That’s why he’s, TBWA’s conservative Tool of the Week…

All I have, take ‘em as you will…

Friday, April 25, 2008

Even more proof that he just doesn’t get it*

*as if we needed anymore…

Since the site IS named after him after all, how about a post dealing with everyone's favorite recovering alcoholic & drug addict/born-again/boy-president…

“President” Bush held a presser this morning on the South Lawn of the White House and announced that the economic stimulus checks will start being sent out this Monday… with approximately 130 million households in line for $600-per-individual, $1,200-per-couple and $300-per-eligible-child rebates

Said Bush; “If you've already filed your income tax return, your rebate is on the way. […] We want to make sure everyone who is eligible for a check gets one. […] This money is going to help Americans offset the high prices we are seeing at the gas pump and the grocery store... and will also give the economy a boost to help us out of this slowdown.”

Let's ignore 2 other things for a moment; the fact that all the economists that AREN'T joining the lemmings in going over the cliff say the checks will have only a modest impact on the economy (and that's only if people spend the money) and the fact that this president refuses to accept reality that the US is in a recession and would rather desperately (or idiotically?) cling to the concept that we're in a “slowdown” instead.

Instead, let's concentrate on what he said this morning; “This money is going to help Americans offset the high prices we are seeing at the gas pump and the grocery store...”

Um… correct me if I'm wrong, but when the economic stimulus package was first announced, Bush said that the rebate would be a 'shot in the arm' for the US economy… but now, weeks after the aforementioned statement, he's changing gears and is saying the money will help people pay their rising bills for gas and food.

Granted, he added “... and will also give the economy a boost to help us out of this slowdown”, but; will it? Can these checks actually do both things that Bush says they can?

If people use the rebates to buy groceries and gas, isn't that more akin to paying down debt than it is to buying items such as cars, high-price electronics and the like?

Bush's economic rebate does absolutely nothing but cover a smidge of the extra cost of record high fuel, food, & healthcare costs for this year alone… and likely won't stimulate anything (except Bush's ego).

The man just doesn't get it…

…and he never will.

(And a question from Scott; once this paltry amount is spent, what's next to help Americans pay for the rising costs of gas and food for the rest of this year AND the years to come? Nothing, we’ll be back to square one.)

The Friday Presidential Race ‘BushWhack’ing

Another end to another week in the on-going (god will it ever end) 2008 presidential race. We are 27 weeks away from Election Day.

  • Read my ‘Plea to Democrats’, it’s a moral imperative… now more than ever.
  • In case you hadn’t heard, there was a primary in Pennsylvania this past week that Sen. Clinton won.
  • While McCain is the presumptive gop nominee, a quarter of those that voted did so for Huckabee or Paul instead of McCain (the numbers were McCain – 72.7%, Paul – 15.9%, Huckabee – 11.4%) and that spells problems for the republicans in November
  • Sen. Clinton once again flashed signs of being in a different world this week as she maintained that she’s ahead of Sen. Obama in the popular vote…(which only happens if you count Florida and Michigan, and so far – that scenario hasn’t been decided. So, perhaps, Ms. Clinton should stop bringing it up until it actually DOES get resolved… I’m just sayin’)
  • Obama's camp touted a big boost for his campaign this week himself as he got endorsements from 49 John Edwards supporters…
  • While she won PA, she faces a harder battle in North Carolina, but after starting the month of April in debt, she’s doing better, with her campaign saying this week that she raised close to $10 million in a 24 hour span…
  • Sen. McCain showed once again that he doesn’t understand the issues of voters. In discussing his opposition to the equal pay legislation bill he said that instead of legislation that allows women to fight for equal pay, they need “education and training.” (Wow, we can now add equal pay as yet another issue that McCain doesn’t know a damn thing about. That makes it how many now?)
  • A new CBS News/MTV poll shows that the economy is the top concern for voters between the ages of 18 and 29, with 75% of those responding say the state of the economy is bad.” (Well duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh)
  • McCain was traipsing across the nation earlier this week giving stump speeches in poverty-stricken areas.
  • Former President Bill Clinton continued his war on his legacy by saying he didn’t do things despite the prevalence of videotaped evidence showing otherwise, the most recent him denying that he had accused Sen. Obama's campaign of “playing the race card” even though there’s evidence showing that he did indeed do that. (Am I the only one who thinks Sen. Clinton’s campaign is worried every time he opens his mouth? I would be…)
  • Rather than get behind Sen. Webb’s GI Bill, Sen. McCain released his own version… not surprisingly, it sucks…
  • Despite the fact that he once loudly and vehemently opposed Bush’s tax cuts and said that the cuts, along with Bush’s ever-growing budget deficits and high war costs would harm the American people, McCain is now “marching straight down the party line” even though some of his worries have proven to be prophetic. Despite that, McCain is dead-set to (Well duhhhhhhhhh. The 2000 version of McCain is vastly different from the 2008 model that has become MORE of a panderer, flip-flopper and rhetorical spewing politico since announcing this run for the White House)
  • Speaking of McCain’s pandering… he was in NOLA yesterday and blasted the Bush(whacked) Administration and all levels of government for the half-assed response to Hurricane Katrina. Never mind the fact that on the day the storm made landfall, he was with Bush celebrating his birthday with a presidential photo-op… he must have forgotten about that.
  • And have we mentioned? That former republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is writing a book about his failed White House run? You can’t make this stuff up… not only will the book tell “untold stories and untold anecdotes” about the campaign, but it will also offer up his vision of the gop’ s future… (Seriously; why would someone care?)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Katz is on notice

Earlier this week I wrote a post (‘Sad and Pathetic’) about the Department of Veterans Affairs deliberately withholding information about the suicide risk among veterans by giving false numbers staggeringly lower than the true numbers.

The post also described how the head of the department, Dr. Ira Katz, sent emails to others in the department in a desperate attempt to hide the truth from not only the media, but the American public as well.

The plan didn’t work as the emails were discovered/leaked to CBS news… and now the Karma is coming back to kick Katz in the ass as Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) are now calling for his resignation.

Akaka wrote to Michael Kussman, the Undersecretary for Health;

“Dr. Katz’s personal conduct and professional judgment have been called into question by his response to the mental health needs of veterans, and in particular to veteran suicides. I believe veterans, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, would be best served by his immediate resignation.”

Sen. Murray asked VA Deputy Secretary Gordon Mansfield;
“How do we trust what you’re saying when every time we turn around we find out that what you’re saying publicly is different from what you’re saying privately? How can we trust what you’re saying today?”

Katz behavior is, again, sad and pathetic. For someone who supposedly took the Hippocratic Oath when he became a doctor, Katz isn’t acting the part.

Says the Oath;
“I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.”
He seems to have forgotten it, hasn’t he?
Dr. Katz… you’re on notice. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

On second thought; let it. Hard.

The Thursday ‘BushWhack’ing

One day closer to the weekend...

  • Sen. McCain skipped the vote on the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act yesterday (which republican senators blocked) and explained his opposition to the bill by saying that it “opens us up to lawsuits for all kinds of problems” and that instead of legislation that would allow women to fight for equal pay, they simply need “education and training.” (Wow, we can now add equal pay as yet another issue that McCain doesn’t know a damn thing about. That makes it how many now?)
  • An article in ArmyTimes reports that Vermont soldiers who have completed their tours of duty in Iraq cannot get home because of flight delays caused in part by the recent bankruptcy of ATA Airlines… (Nice… heaven forbid the government try to come up with a way to get them home… but that would require using money for something OTHER than the war, and that’s just not done in this administration…)
  • In the wake of a CBS News report earlier that revealed the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs deliberately withheld information about the suicide risk among veterans (which I wrote about HERE on Tuesday). Not surprisingly, some senators are pissed and are acting accordingly, with Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) calling for the resignation of Dr. Ira Katz, the author of the emails that describe the VA’s knowledge of the suicide rate. (If Katz has a brain – a crapshoot after seeing his behavior regarding this issue – he would resign…)
  • Weeks ago ABC News reported that “President” Bush’s most senior advisers approved the use of harsh interrogation tactics in 2002… a claim Bush himself confirmed to ABC when he said he had “approved” of the measures. Not only has the media ignored this story, no one in the White House press corps has asked about… until now. White House Press Corps mainstay Helen Thomas brought it up to WH spokesperson Dana Perino yesterday and not only too the administration to task, but her media colleagues as well when she acknowledged her colleagues’ absence on the story and, after her exchange with Perino, asked; “Where is everybody? For God’s sakes.” (Nice smackdown Helen… keep it up…)
  • Sen. Clinton faces an uphill battle in North Carolina… though she now has some money to help. After starting the month of April in debt, her campaign is now saying that it’s on pace to raise $10 million in 24 hours
  • The White House says they have intelligence showing a Syria-North Korea nuclear link (Uh-oh… here we go again)
  • The Union of Concerned Scientists questioned more nearly 1,600 EPA staff scientists and more than half say that they’ve been victims of political interference and pressure from superiors to skew their findings…
  • And have we mentioned? That Iraq is going to “reap an even larger than expected windfall this year” with as much as $70 billion” possible in oil revenue? (Hmmmm… with oil prices well over $100 a barrel, couldn’t the US, gee, I don’t know… have Iraq “foot the bill,” or at least SOME of it, for rebuilding their nation? Just a thought…)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Yes, but...

Lost in all the hoopla surrounding the Democrats in yesterday’s Pennsylvania primary is the fact that the republicans also had their primary.

Yes, they have a presumptive nominee in Sen. John McCain… but have you actually LOOKED at the numbers?

With close to 100% of precincts reporting with 791,205 votes (as compared to 2,280,870 on the Democratic side);

McCain – 72.7%, Ron Paul – 15.9%, and Mike Huckabee – 11.4%.

Wow… over a quarter of the republicans who decided to venture out and vote voted against, against, their party’s certain nominee.

I don’t know about you, but to me this looks like the republican party has some serious issues.

Yes, the Democrats are hurting themselves by not having the opportunity to focus on what matters (beating McCain in November), but when over a quarter of your party votes for someone BESIDES your presumptive nominee; you’ve got problems too. For all intents and purposes, when given the so-called disarray surrounding the Democratic primary, McCain should be kicking ass, taking names and leading both Obama and Hillary by 9-10 percentage points.

He’s not… and while some republican lemmings pundits are resolute that McCain will win on the economy and security, we know better.

McCain has admitted weaknesses on economic issues and his stalwart support for the erstwhile Iraq war is wearing thin with a LOT of voters.

And let’s not lose sight of something else; over 2 million Democrats voted in yesterday’s primary… 2 million!

While yesterday’s results may be frustrating for Obama supporters and a reprieve, of sorts, for Clinton supporters, what should stoke you for this election cycle is the overall level of interest, enthusiasm, and participation by Democrats.

If the current trend continues of new voter registration rising (especially among young people) and the rise in the number of voters that are identifying themselves as Democrats this November will not only be a watershed moment in Democratic politics, but historical as well.

Stay tuned…

Not a surprise, but definately problematic

AP is reporting that “President” Bush has chosen Gen. Petraeus to become the new commander of the U.S. Central Command.

Wow, I didn’t see that coming a mile away… oh wait, I did

Petraeus, who is currently the Commanding General of the Multi-National Force in Iraq, replaces the recently “retired” William Fallon, whose “premature departure” was seemingly due to disagreements with… can you guess whom?

Righto! Petraeus, who we all know is a Bush lapdog “favorite of the White House.”
This new and incredible and ridiculously predictable promotion instantly increases the chance of Bush and his merry band of cronies attacking Iran because…well, because they’re insane really… but moreso because they’ve gotten rid of someone who was vehemently AGAINST war with Iran and replaced him with someone who is vehemently FOR war with Iran.

Better get back to work on that bomb shelter…

The Wednesday ‘BushWhack’ing

The day after...

  • Sen. Clinton won the Pennsylvania primary by 10 percentage points over Sen. Obama… giving her campaign a shot in the arm boost bump and giving journalists an opportunity to use phrases like ‘a comeback’, a ‘last hurrah’, ‘pulled back in’ and every other journalistic cliché known to man… God help us.
  • While the Dems were in Pennsylvania, Sen. McCain was traipsing across the nation giving stump speeches in a week-long tour of poverty-stricken areas in an attempt to put more states into play. Why does the term ‘elitist’ keep popping into my head??
  • “President” Bush has once again denied that the US is in a recession… despite people smarter than him (which probably includes my kids) saying otherwise; including economists, pundits, and political leaders… the man is a mental furball.
  • Former President Bill Clinton continues to harm his legacy… the latest involved him denying that he had accused Sen. Obama's campaign of “playing the race card” during an interview Monday… problem is; there’s video of him doing just that. Mr. President; I (used to) think VERY highly of you… but you are not only doing a great dis-service to your wife’s campaign, but your legacy as well. So I say this with the utmost respect; STFU.
  • Former White House spokesman Tony Snow is now a paid member of CNN, further solidifying their stance as Fox “News” Lite. If you want a good laugh, read his first “contribution” HERE
  • After getting smacked around for not supporting a GI Bill introduced by fellow veteran Jim Webb (D-VA), Sen. McCain, along with a few Senate cronies, has released his own GI Bill that would ‘modestly’ enhance the existing GI Bill. Webb isn’t impressed as his spokeswoman is saying that McCain’s bill is “more focused on career officers, not the entire volunteer military force.” Stay tuned…
  • “President” Bush’s latest Gallup approval ratings have set a record, registering a worse-than-Nixon 69% disapproval rating… which is the highest in that survey’s history and even surpasses Nixon’s numbers during Watergate… 1/20/09.
  • Defense Secretary Robert Gates delivered a lengthy lecture about the complexities of war at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point Monday night. While wrapping-up his remarks, his voice cracked with emotion… (wow, a Bush(whacked) Administration appointee with emotions… who would have thunk it?)
  • And have we mentioned? That before the door closed behind Alphonso Jackson last Friday, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) staffers started to makes plans to “take down that spectacular photo homage to him in the HUD lobby”? By Monday, under orders of acting Secretary Roy Bernardi, the 21 large, and excessively egotistical, photos of Jackson had been replaced with pic of homeowners, cityscapes and housing… (which certainly makes more sense. Using political pressure to get revenge was bad enough, but Jackson should have been kicked to the curb when he ordered the picture display to showcase HIM, and NOT his department nor the PEOPLE he was supposed to represent. Ego, ego, ego…)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Sad and pathetic

Yesterday in a federal court in San Francisco, attorneys for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans accused the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs of covering-up the epidemic of suicides among veterans.

At first blush it seems as though the department had indeed covered this information up… and emails written by Dr. Ira Katz, the VA's head of Mental Health, support this accusation.

Much of this stemmed from a CBS News investigation of veterans suicides late last year, at that time CBS reported that there were 6,200 veteran suicides in 2005.
At that time Katz claimed that the number “is not, in fact, an accurate reflection of the rate” and said that there “is no epidemic in suicide in VA” and that the number of attempts were 790 and NOT as high as CBS News had suggested.

Now emails that Katz had sent about the problem have been leaked, and it’s an absolutely disgusting display from someone who is allegedly in charge of looking out for veteran’s interests.

Three days after Katz appeared on CBS News, he sent an e-mail that acknowledged that there were “about 18 suicides today among America’s 25 million veterans,” a fact which he said “is supported by the CBS numbers.”

In another email from February 2008, Katz said to his top media adviser; “Our suicide prevention coordinators are identifying about 1,000 suicide attempts per month among veterans we see in our medical facilities.”

But it gets worse… Katz not only titled that email ‘Not for the CBS News Interview Request’ but opened it with “Shh!” and ended it by asking a question that someone in his position should not even have to ask; “Is this something we should (carefully) address … before someone stumbles on it?”

Stay classy Ira…

This past Monday, CBS News showed the e-mail to Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) who was visibly pissed and said; “This is disgraceful. This is a crime against our nation, our nation's veterans. […] They do not want to come to grips with the reality, with the truth.”

What does this mean? That the head of Veterans Affairs purposefully withheld information because he was worried more about being embarrassed then he was about veterans… a sad statement from an administration that has used them like they were their own personal toy soldiers.

The case is now in trial and, according to an article in The San Francisco Chronicle; “U.S. District Judge Samuel Conti is presiding over the nonjury trial, scheduled to last two weeks. Conti, a conservative jurist and World War II veteran appointed to the bench by former President Richard Nixon, ruled in January that the case could go to trial. In doing so, he rejected the government's argument that civil courts have no authority over the VA's medical decisions or how it handles grievances. If the advocates can prove their claims, Conti said in his ruling, they would show that ‘thousands of veterans, if not more, are suffering grievous injuries as the result of their inability to procure desperately needed and obviously deserved health care.’”

This is criminal… to ignore the problems of veterans who have risked their lives for the freedom of this country is not only pathetic and sad, but extremely disgusting. Katz needs to be criminally charged, Congress needs to launch an independent investigation and someone needs to be held accountable.

This isn’t the end of this story…

The Tuesday ‘BushWhack’ing

Tuesday… there’s something big going on today in the world of politics but I can’t remember what it is…

  • The Bush(whacked) Administration wants to prevent a Chinese ship laded with weapons for Zimbabwe's security forces from unloading in southern Africa and asked 2 nations (Namibia and Angola) to not allow the ship to dock after it had been prevented from docking in South Africa and Mozambique. (On the surface this seems like a pretty sound idea… but because it’s this administration one of two things will happen; it will come back to bite us on the ass or the US will sell arms to Zimbabwe themselves. Stay tuned…)
  • eeting with Mexican and Canadian leaders yesterday, “President” Bush is making a play to seal the US/Colombia trade pact that those two countries oppose. (Like European leaders, the leaders of Mexico and Canada have to be thinking to that since Bush is a lame-duck, his actions are hollow)
  • Sen. Clinton’s campaign started the month of April in debt… and I doubt May will be much better.
  • One of the most corrupt Senators to ever serve is getting a strong election opponent as it was announced that Anchorage, Alaska Mayor Mark Begich will challenge Sen. Ted Stevens (r-AK) in the next election. Stevens, whose home was raided by the FBI and IRS is considered highly vulnerable and Begich is a candidate with a lot of public support… it should be one helluva of a campaign, so stay tuned.
  • Oh, now I remember! Today is the Pennsylvania primary thank merciful God, it’s over!
  • The former deputy chief of staff of the Justice Department’s criminal division, Robert Coughlin, was accused of “criminal conflict of interest” yesterday in the latest case to branch off from the Jack Abramoff scandal. Stay tuned…
  • The drum beats of war continue as it’s becoming clear that this administration just won’t be content until it invades Iran. During a speech last night at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that he thinks Iran is “hell bent” on acquiring nuclear weapons. He then countered that statement by warning that “another war in the Middle East is the last thing we need and, in fact, I believe it would be disastrous on a number of levels.” He then said, despite his warning about it being disastrous, that he “favors keeping the military option against Iran on the table.” (I’m getting mixed signals here Bob; you want to attack Iran, but know that it would be catastrophically bad but still think the option should be on the table… what kind of logic is this?)
  • And have we mentioned? That Bush’s approval ratings in a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll matches the lowest point of his presidency? It’s true, 69% of Americans disapprove of the job Bush is doing, which not only means that the rating matches the low point of his presidency, but the disapproval numbers set a new high for any president since Franklin Roosevelt… (these numbers don’t surprise me, per se, but I am still absolutely baffled how anyone capable of using their own brain – and don’t follow the lemmings off the cliff – can believe he’s doing a good job… it’s staggeringly mind-boggling…)

Monday, April 21, 2008

"What I meant to say was..."

Sen. McCain proved in recent days that he is, at times, a bit loopy.

During an interview on Bloomberg TV last Friday McCain not only tried desperately to distance himself from Bush, he also tried to show empathy towards middle-class Americans who are struggling financially. Said McCain; “I respect the views of people who basically think that the status quo is satisfactory today. I don’t. I think Americans are hurting, and hurting badly. In fact, I think Americans are not better off than they were eight years ago, when you look at what’s happened to middle-income Americans.”

Rewind to last Thursday, one day before, and during another interview on Bloomberg TV, McCain inferred that there had been “great progress economically” since Bush took office.

So let me see if I understand this properly; Americans are “hurting badly” with all this “great progress” that is all “psychological” in nature…


I understand that McCain is simply trying to stick just close enough to Bush in an attempt to garner some votes from the neoconservative party base while keeping enough of a distance so he doesn’t risk alienating the ever-growing number of Americans who are whole-heartedly sick and tired of George W. Bush and recognize that the country desperately needs change.

In other words he’s trying to be McCain while also being McBush.

The Monday ‘BushWhack’ing

Another start to another week…

  • Is it just me or are the Democratic candidates each starting to act like little kids with their sniping at each other?
  • A new CBS News/MTV poll shows that the economy is the top concern for voters between the ages of 18 and 29, with 75% of those responding say “the state of the economy is bad.” (Well duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh)
  • Sen. Clinton’s campaign is saying that Sen. Obama has been a “hypocrite from day one” (Um, there’s something I should be saying here; something about a kettle, a pot and the color black but I can’t remember what it is…)
  • “President” LameDuck met with new South Korean President Lee Myung-bak over the weekend.
  • Hours after Muqtada al-Sadr threatened to declare war unless U.S. and Iraqi forces end a military crackdown on his followers, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice mocked anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as a coward yesterday. (this should end well…)
  • A new GAO report found that the Bush(whacked) Administration “violated federal law” last year when it restricted states’ ability to provide health insurance to children of middle-income families, therefore making its news policy unenforceable. (So now what? Will the states fight back against a lame-duck president or will they allow Bush to walk over them; again… stay tuned)
  • Former republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told the National Journal recently that Sen. Obama is a “quintessential politician” and “elitist.” (Wow, there’s another perfect chance for that saying regarding a pot, a kettle and the color black. Wish I could remember how it goes…)
  • Sen. McCain publicly released his taxes this past weekend
  • McCain’s campaign sent emails out over the weekend that claims Hamas approves of Obama’s foreign policy vision… it starts.
  • While both Senators Clinton and Obama visited Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” recently… what’s garnering more attention is the fact that Clinton had “a private chat” with former candidate John Edwards… who has not yet endorsed anyone. (My thought? It’s much ado about nothing. Edwards is not going to jump into the endorsement muck right now and will save himself for the convention)
  • It was mentioned last week but it’s such an enjoyable quote I give it to you again; “At least we'll have an adult in office who can lead and accomplish something.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking about the next president.
  • And have we mentioned? That NY Times columnist Frank Rich examined the current state of the Democratic primary and laid the smackdown on the party AND on the media; “When a Washington doyenne like Mary Matalin, freighted with jewelry, starts railing about elitists on "Meet the Press," as she did last Sunday, it’s pure farce. It’s typical of the syndrome that the man who plays a raging populist on CNN, Lou Dobbs, dismissed Mr. Obama last week by saying "we don’t need another Ivy League-educated knucklehead." Mr. Dobbs must know whereof he speaks, since he’s Harvard ’67.” (Couldn’t have said it any better myself Mr. Rich… thank you for taking them to task. Perhaps if more people did the same, the party could GET ITS ACT TOGETHER and focus on the true threat; four more years of a Bush-like presidency…)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Weekly Rewind

Happy Saturday everyone. Things are heating up in the political landscape and my esteemed collegue has, as always, done an excellant job of capturing events as they unfold. So let's not beat the dead horse, instead let's look back at some of the past weeks events in what we like to call 'The Weekly Rewind'.

Applaud: to the Governator. In response to the Presidents plan to allow U.S. carbon emmissions to remain unchecked until 2025, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) responded “this administration is just not really with the program”. He further commented, "We have to go and make decisions today. Time is running out there’s an urgency there." I commend the Governor for speaking his mind and not blindly following the party rhetoric.

Heckle: to showing your intellect to be in line with Dumbya. In discussing his gas tax repeal plan, presumptive Republican Presidential Candidate Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) stated that “a lot of our problems today” are “psychological” — even the “ability to keep our own home." I know that I am not the only person who sees this guy as 4 more years of what we have or worse?

Heckle: Yeah sure it's psychologcal. A new AP poll says that 60 percent of the public say “they definitely won’t buy a home in the next two years, up from 53 percent who said so in an AP-AOL poll in September 2006,” the latest sign of increasing pessimism about the nation’s housing crisis. Just 11 percent are certain or very likely to buy soon, down from 15 percent two years ago. Tell me again how we are not in a recession?

Heckle: Hello pot, this is the kettle..... following Sen. Barack Obama's comments regarding the citizens of Pennsylvania being bitter due to the economic hardships that have befallen them over the past 7 years, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) called the Senator 'elistist' and out of touch. Hello!? This is coming from a person whose income (combined with her husband) over the past 7 years is in excess of $100 million. I'm sorry, whose the elitist!?

Heckle: to sad but truthfully telling statistics. The Defense Department released its latest American military causality numbers for Iraq and Afghanistan, “and the figures reveal non-fatal casualties that go well beyond the more than 4,000 U.S. troops who have died so far.” As of April 5, 4,492 soldiers have died while serving in the two wars while 31,590 have been wounded and 38,631 have been removed from the battlefields for “non-hostile-related medical air transports.”

Applaud: to the opening of more peoples eyes. A new Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 70 percent of Americans disapprove of President Bush’s handling of the economy, an all-time high for that poll. “Bush’s overall rating stands at 33 percent, a percentage point above his all-time low in Post-ABC polling.” It’s amazing to me that this guy has not been impeached yet.

Heckle: to more proof of a failing economy. “Home foreclosure filings surged 57 percent in the 12 month-period ended in March and bank repossessions soared 129 percent from a year ago,” according to real estate data firm RealtyTrac. “For the month of March, foreclosure filings, default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions rose 5 percent.” Unfortunately this is going to get worse, before it gets better.

Heckle: to a wolf in sheeps clothing. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) may give a keynote address at the Republican National Convention in September “on behalf of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)” “If Sen. McCain, who I support so strongly, asked me to do it, if he thinks it will help him, I will,” Lieberman told The Hill. Though McCain has yet to ask, “a Lieberman aide” says “it is a ‘likely possibility’ he will address the Republican audience in some form.” You know Kemp and I called this one about 2 ½ years ago.

Heckle: to even more proof of a failing economy. With Americans focusing on the increasing job losses, the less-noticeable shrinking of hours and pay for millions of workers around the country appears to be a bigger contributor to the decline of the economy. Total hours worked dropped last month compared to six months earlier, the first such drop since February 2001, when the economy was on the doorstep of recession.

Heckle: to screwing our troops. John McCain’s opposition to the GI Bill appears to be rooted in a concern “that a generous education benefit would persuade soldiers and Marines ending their tours to pursue an education rather than reenlist in the overstretched military.” “He’s the odd man out,” VoteVets chairman Jon Soltz said of McCain. “You have 55 co-sponsors on this bill, and he’s not one of them. He has to lead or follow.” And with the Senators background you would think he would be first in line to support the troops.

Applaud: to the will of the people. According to a new Washington Post-ABC poll, nine in 10 Americans “now give the economy a negative rating, with a majority saying it is in ‘poor’ shape, the most to say so in more than 15 years.” Moreover, more than 60 percent reject “the notion that the United States needs to win” in Iraq “to effectively battle terrorism,” and “56 percent of Americans say the United States should withdraw.” Is the White House listening? I highly doubt it….

And finally.

Heckle: to getting your priorities straight. The Academy Awards planned to announce its 2009 Oscar nominees on Jan. 20. However it has moved the ceremony to Jan. 22, since the presidential inauguration will also be on Jan. 20. Which itself is fine, except for Andrew Malcolm of the Los Angeles Times who whines, I mean writes, “It isn’t enough that the country must endure about 24 months of political blather and rhetorical positioning to choose the next leader of the free world. … But now the world must wait an extra 48 hours — 48! — to learn who’s been nominated to receive an Oscar. The outrage.” Big whoop de friggin do! So the world has to wait another 2 days to find out this drivel. Who cares? Some people really need to get their priorities in line with being an adult.

Be good, stay informed…..later.

Friday, April 18, 2008

STILL dumb as an iguana

It’s not news to anyone who has even remotely followed politics in the last twenty years that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is a schmuck.

Yesterday I briefly mentioned that Gingrich has recently been trying to rally support within the republican ranks for Sen. McCain and, in an interview with GQ magazine, compared McCain’s effort to rally support around his indefinite commitment to staying in Iraq to “what Lincoln had to do in the Civil War.”

While that has to be one of the grossest mis-statements ever uttered by Newt (and there are many), he outdid himself yesterday.

During a Q&A with 20 political science majors of Drew University in New Jersey, a student asked him how the government could justify stripping rights from Americans in such pieces of legislation as the Patriot Act and Gingrich responded by saying that the government has a “right to defend society” and when under threat people “will give up all their liberties.”

Excuse me??

The Friday Presidential Race ‘BushWhack’ing

TGIF… there are 28 weeks until the 2008 presidential election.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

One of many reasons I didn’t watch last night’s debate

Sen. Obama;

“I will tell you, it does not get much more fun than these debates. They are inspiring events. […] Last night, I think we set a new record because it took us 45 minutes before we even started talking about a single issue that matters to the American people. It took us 45 minutes! Forty-five minutes before we heard about health care. Forty-five minutes before we heard about Iraq. […] Forty-five — 45 — minutes before we heard about jobs. Forty-five minutes before we heard about gas prices.”
The debates have become pathetic… they’re more of an opportunity for the networks airing them to stir things up and bring up old rhetoric (Clinton’s Bosnia misspeaking and Obama’s ‘bitter’ misspeaking) than an opportunity to hear the candidates talk about things that matter; the economy, jobs, Iraq, etc.

Think about it… ABC had a perfect opportunity, two hours worth, to access two of the three candidates fighting for a chance to lead the country, and they spent it on issues the press considers the true issues facing voters; BitterGate; Rev. WrightGate; BosniaGate; American flag lapel pinsGate… in the eyes of the media, that’s what's truly important to the future of the country…

Screw Iraq… screw the economy… screw the environment.

Let Greg Mitchell of Editor and Publisher put it a different way;
“In perhaps the most embarrassing performance by the media in a major presidential debate this year, ABC News hosts Charles Gibson and George Stephanopolous focused mainly on trivial issues as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama faced off in Philadelphia.”

The Thursday ‘BushWhack’ing

We’re on the verge of the weekend…

  • There was a Democratic presidential debate last night between Sens. Obama and Clinton… I tried watching it but it was as painful as a SOTU by “President” Bush.
  • Newt Gingrich (remember him?) is trying to rally support within the republican ranks for Sen. McCain. Speaking to GQ magazine Gingrich compared McCain’s effort to rally support around his indefinite commitment to staying in Iraq to “what Lincoln had to do in the Civil War.” (yeah, they’re relatively the same thing…any by that I mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ALIKE! How many years since he’s been in public office and Gingrich is still a dumbass…)
  • Despite several days of negative press following his comments about some small-town Americans, Obama has extended his lead in national polls over Clinton. A new CNN analysis of several recent polls shows that he now holds a 9-point lead over Clinton, 50% to 41%, up from a 3-point margin at the end of March… can he sustain it? Stay tuned…
  • As we mentioned in yesterday’s ‘Daily’, “President” Bush held a news conference yesterday regarding Climate Change. As expected, it was flash with little substance (kind of like “CSI: Miami”) as he called for a halt to the growth of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 but offered up no specific proposals. As I said, flash, no substance…
  • Democrats need single women
  • Sen. McCain’s opposition to the GI Bill stems from his concern that “a generous education benefit would persuade soldiers and Marines ending their tours to pursue an education rather than reenlist in the overstretched military.” (Well, that’s certainly a good reason to screw veterans… it’s so hard to express sarcasm in the written form, but you already knew that …)
  • The Senate is considering an investigation into a 2005 earmark for a highway funding bill. Turns out it was “mysteriously” altered after Congress approved the measure but before President Bush signed it… (yeah, nothing hinky going on there, no sirree…)
  • It was only a matter of time, but the credit market crisis has now spread to student loans, essentially making loans “harder to come by and more expensive” with over 50 firms having “abandoned or cut back their federal or private student loan programs this year, unable to raise money in the financial markets.” (So once again, middle class students get screwed. Who would have ever seen that coming? Oh right, everyone NOT in the Bush(whacked) Administration…)
  • And have we mentioned? That we at TBWA aren’t the only ones significantly disappointed with Bush’s much-vaulted speech yesterday on Climate Change? Turns out delegates at a major economies climate conference in Paris ALSO criticized the environmental goals he announced yesterday. South Africa’s delegation called Bush’s proposals “‘disappointing’ and un-ambitious when many other industrialized economies are already cutting emissions.” And one senior European official went the next step, saying; “But Bush will be leaving office soon. What he says doesn’t matter so much any more.” (Nice… now if we could only get our Congress to realize that, we’d get somewhere…)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

That tears it…

I’ve been keeping my mouth shut about the blathering and lying that former Undersecretary of Defense and Iraq war architect Doug Feith has been doing the last few weeks to help pimp pump up sales of his new book… but after reading this post on ThinkProgress, I can’t do it anymore.

In the last couple of weeks he’s blamed others for the war, either by blaming former Secretary of State Colin Powell for not speaking out against the war enough…

Yesterday though was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back.

Appearing on the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC yesterday, Feith dismissed Lehrer’s insistence that the American public was told the war “would be a cakewalk” saying; “You weren’t told that by the administration. Absolutely not.”

I call bullshit…

Almost every significant person in the White House said, at one time or another, that the war would be quick, easy, and painless.

Case in point with a HT to ThinkProgress:

Press Secretary Ari Fleisher, October 11, 2002: “My point is, the likelihood is much more like Afghanistan, where the people who live right now under a brutal dictator will view America as liberators, not conquerors.”

Vice President Dick Cheney, March 16, 2003: “I’m confident that our troops will be successful, and I think it’ll go relatively quickly…Weeks rather than months.”

Then National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, August 7, 2003: “I do not mean that we will need to maintain a military presence in Iraq as was the case in Europe.”

Chairman of the Defense Policy Board Richard Perle, March 22, 2003: “And a year from now, I’ll be very surprised if there is not some grand square in Baghdad that is named after President Bush. There is no doubt that, with the exception of a very small number of people close to a vicious regime, the people of Iraq have been liberated and they understand that they’ve been liberated. And it is getting easier every day for Iraqis to express that sense of liberation.”

Anyone with a brain can ascertain from these quotes that the administration was under the impression that this war was going to be a ‘cakewalk’ and that the US would be viewed as liberators and celebrated and that the war would be short.


Now, I understand that hardly anyone on the right pays any attention to Feith and his book tour is probably more beneficial to Liberals as we can point to Feith as an ideal example of the level of stupidity of Bush’s cronies.

What IS troubling though is this continuous re-writing of history that this administration partakes in, apparently hoping that the American people weren’t and aren’t paying attention and will accept this new version of the situation.

January 20, 2009 can NOT come soon enough…

The Wednesday ‘BushWhack’ing

Hump day… let’s get humping... um, perhaps I should rephrase that...

  • With the news of his Hodgkin’s disease returning, we at TBWA express our thoughts and prayers to Sen. Arlen Specter and his family.
  • Former President Jimmy Carter is still in the Middle East and Hamas has sent a couple of envoys in hopes of getting a meeting with him, stay tuned. (I don’t have an opinion on him being there per se, I still question if he could possibly do any more damage than this administration already has over there?)
  • Inane CNN headline of the day; “Will ‘elitist’ label stick to Obama?” (as long as you in the media keep bringing it up; yes)
  • It’s becoming more and more likely that Sen. Joe Lieberman (I r - CT) will give a keynote address at the Republican National Convention in September. Said LIEberman; “If Sen. McCain, who I support so strongly, asked me to do it, if he thinks it will help him, I will.” (Putz…)
  • The Pope will be welcomed to the White House with a 21-gun salute… wait, what?
  • During a stump speech yesterday, Sen. Clinton said that “President” Bush was “unready” to be President. (questionable grammar aside, she’s preaching to the choir…)
  • Sen. Obama won the endorsement of Bruce Springsteen… not sure why it’s news either, but there you go
  • Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff was recently in Canada to discuss the so-called “Server in the Sky” program that will share fingerprint databases among the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia when he said that fingerprints are “not particularly private” even though DHS cites “biometric identifiers (e.g., fingerprints)” in its definition of “personally identifiable information.” (Dumb. Ass. Chertoff has not only set personal freedoms back years, but the security of this country as well. And when the head of a department says something that is immediately countered with set rules of the department, there’s something wrong…)
  • And have we mentioned? That Bush will give a speech outlining “goals for limiting” greenhouse gas emissions this afternoon? Wow, that’s grea—what’s that? He’s going to discuss strategy for a way forward along with principles for dealing with the problem but he’s not, according to Press Tool Dana Perino, “going to lay out a specific proposal”?? Well, talk about much ado about nothing

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Tuesday ‘BushWhack’ing

It's April 15th, do you know where your taxes are? Mine? Filed, refund sent, refund spent... wow that was fast... sure am glad I have that other check coming soon, that will turn around the economy just like that… it’s so hard to express sarcasm in the written form.

  • Sen. McCain released his presidential economic plan that includes an end to earmarks (heard that one before), a gas-tax holiday (yeah, right) and government-backed mortgages… (we’ll see…)
  • “President” Bush has ordered the release of $200 million in emergency aid to aid (imagine that) countries where the soaring cost of basic food has spurred riots and instability…
  • The DNC filed a lawsuit yesterday in an attempt to fore the FEC to investigate whether McCain violated federal spending limits for his primary campaign after using the “prospect” of $6 million in federal matching funds as collateral for a campaign loan in December. Additionally McCain got the advantage of automatic ballot access in every state rather than having to gain ballot access themselves, a pricy task whose cost usually reaches well into the millions. After it became apparent that he would get the nomination, he decided to NOT claim the funds so he could spend more freely… which, at first blush, would seem like a violation of FEC rules. But so far the FEC has done nothing but look the other way. (Eventually the FEC will have to act, as the DNC will NOT let this incident go away and WILL make an issue of it... stay tuned)
  • I mentioned it yesterday but it’s so damn laughable it bears repeating. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari is still maintaining that Iraq is paying it’s share of the cost of the war
  • Will the ‘bitter’ness ever end on the Democratic presidential campaign trail?
  • This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. 83% of Arabs have an “unfavorable view of the United States” while 70% have no confidence and a scant 6% believe the surge in Iraq worked…
  • Eighteen people were arrested outside the White House Sunday for protesting Bush’s silence on Darfur…
  • And have we mentioned? That we’ll soon have a Rummy autobiography to leaf through? Word is that former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is working on his memoirs for a 2010 publishing date. Allegedly he will donate proceeds to a non-for-profit foundation that he founded and the book will “span my lifetime,” according to Rumsfeld… (2010 huh? What’s the statute of limitations for federal crimes? Considering that Rumsfeld legacy as one of the brightest political minds took a SERIOUS hit by serving in the Bush(whacked) Administration, it should be interesting to see what he says about Bush... stay tuned, should be a good read. Unless he has it ghosted by the people that write Bush's SOTU, then it will be filled with rhetorical nonsense that has no basis in fact...)