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Saturday, September 18, 2004

Hiatus 

For a short while -- unless I come across something I just can't ignore. I'm incredibly busy right now with a campaign.

I wish I'd had time to post on Putin's George Bush impersonation. Suffice it to say that the the Russia situation is unfolding like a movie I've seen 20 times, that I'm sick of watching, but that I'm forced to endure because there's nothing else on -- and I can't afford all the pay channels.

See you soon.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Will Ferrell as George Bush 

Awesome commercial.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Chris Rix and George Bush 

Both are "born again". Both are "true believers".

Both are a little crazy; both are stupid. Neither knows it.

Both "shoot from the hip". Both are deaf to criticism. Both have proven themselves incompetent. Neither have improved.

Both make poorly reasoned decisions with dire consequences. Both display a willingness to "go it alone if necessary".

Both have proven successful only at: stubbornly clinging to the helms of the ships they are sinking, and blaming their miscues on subordinates.

Both have single-handedly eliminated reverance and respect for once highly-esteemed institutions. Both are losers.

Both have deluded, optimistic supporters who are willing to overlook all the evidence of incompetence, in the hope that, maybe this time, they'll get it right.

Both have got to go. Neither likely will.

Health Care Talking Point 

In the United States, health care premiums rose 11.2% this year (from yesterday's Wall Street Journal -- "Health-Care Costs for Companies, Employees Surge"):
"marking the fourth consecutive year that companies and their employees have been walloped with a double-digit increase in health-benefit costs."
-snip-
"The cost of family health insurance is rapidly approaching the gross earnings of a full-time minimum-wage worker," said Drew Altman, president of Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit health-policy research group.

I just can't figure out why, even though they have more cash on hand than at any time since 1962, companies aren't adding more employees. Must be those trial lawyers again. You know, they're always suing everyone all the time and driving up the cost of health care. You say your doctor amputated the wrong appendage? So what, accidents happen. Suck it up, otherwise my health insurance premiums will go up.

Friday, September 10, 2004

A little levity 

Although I have made efforts to avoid discussing sports and other trivialities -- here's two college football predictions for you:
(1) Miami over FSU -- big
(2) South Carolina over Georgia.

Call that friend with "a problem" and put some dime down. Easy money folks.


UPDATE: Alright, so maybe not "big". FSU tried to lose big, but Miami's offense was largely incapable of moving the ball.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

The Bush Ownership Economy 

According to today's Wall Street Journal, U.S. Corporations are holding more cash than at any time since 1969 ("U.S. Companies Decide to Keep the Money" -- sorry, no link):

"U.S. Corporations are piling up cash at the fastest pace in 30 years, raising questions about what these companies intend to do with the wealth.
-snip-
The amount of cash and liquid investments in the period was equal to 146% of capital spending, topping a previous high set in 1962."
In short, for those of you out there staring directly up at the clouds with your mouths agape and tongue extended -- it might be a little while before you get your trickle.

Thank God Bush's tax cuts have accomplished their goals of "spurring capital investment" and "creating jobs". You might remember (but probably don't) that critics of the Bush tax cuts argued that the cuts should go to the middle class and the poor (who, they claimed, were exponentially more likely to spend the extra cash). Those critics, as it was rightly pointed out at the time, clearly hated America.

Indeed, the corporations that are presently hoarding cash (in clear contravention of what Bush said they would do) clearly hate America also.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

"Freedom Isn't Free" 

I'm always befudled by the bumper sticker: "Freedom isn't Free". However, thanks to US policy in Iraq, I think I finally understand.

From the Guardian UK:
Iraqi security officers stormed al-Jazeera's Baghdad offices and sealed the newsroom with red wax at the weekend after the US-backed interim government banned the Arabic television station from broadcasting in the country.

The raid followed a decision by the prime minister, Ayad Allawi, to close the station temporarily in August because of its apparent failure to support the US occupation. Officials said al-Jazeera had now been shut indefinitely because it had ignored the original ban.

-snip-

Other media groups, including the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, have criticized the earlier ban. Al-Jazeera said the decision was "reminiscent of the way certain other regimes have behaved".
At first blush, you might say: Hey that isn't freedom! But, you'd be wrong. Just remember the bumper sticker.

You see, "freedom isn't free". Thus, shutting down news organizations that refuse to sing your
tune isn't really an infringement on freedom. And President Bush and Dickface Cheney can still go around saying they made the Iraqi people "free".


Monday, September 06, 2004

Persecuting Terror 

The Justice Department's record: (besides the recent Detroit "sleeper" cell shiite)

--In Portland, Ore., lawyer Brandon Mayfield was held for days as a material witness in May after the FBI mistakenly said his fingerprint matched one found on a plastic bag connected to the deadly terror bombings in Madrid, Spain. Closer inspection proved the supposed match wrong.

--Two leaders of a mosque in Albany, N.Y., were released on bail Aug. 25 after a federal judge concluded the men were not as dangerous as prosecutors alleged. The evidence included a notebook found at an Iraqi terrorist camp that investigators
initially said referred to one man as ``commander;'' FBI translators later said the reference probably means ``brother.''

--A Saudi college student in Boise, Idaho, was acquitted in June on charges of giving terrorists material support by creating an Internet network that prosecutors claimed fostered Islamic extremism and helped them recruit. ``There was no clear-cut evidence that said he was a terrorist, so it was all on inference,'' juror John Steger said after the verdict.

In addition to those cases, the only person charged in the United States in the Sept. 11 attacks, Zacarias Moussaoui, has continued to knot up the court system by insisting on access to captured al-Qaida leaders he says can prove his innocence. His case is on hold pending resolution of that question.

And one of two U.S. citizens whom Bush declared an enemy combatant -- Yaser Esam Hamdi -- is about to be returned home to Saudi Arabia in a deal being negotiated by his defense lawyer and the government. Officials say Hamdi's use
as a source of intelligence has been exhausted.



The Invisible Hand 

Oh, the glorious invisible hand of the market! What wonders private enterprise and deregulation does for our great society.
A SWAT team stormed the Bay County Jail on Monday to end an 11-hour hostage
standoff, injuring one hostage and three inmates, authorities said. An
undetermined number of other employees were freed.
-snip-
Jennifer Elmore, an anchor at WJHG-TV, said she received a call Sunday
evening from a man who said he was holding hostages at the jail. The caller said
he was upset about health hazards at the jail, Elmore said.

A private company, Corrections Corporation of America,
based in Nashville, Tenn., operates the jail under contract with Bay County. All
corrections officers and nurses are CCA employees. (via The Associated Press)

Who needs Chechnyian rebels when you can just go to county jail in Panama City.

Pat Buchanan, John Kerry, and 4 More Years 

Pat Buchanan speaking the truth on Meet the Press Sunday:
MR. RUSSERT: [reading from Buchanan's new book "Where the Right Went
Wrong"] "U.S. dominance of the Middle East is not the corrective to
terror. It is a cause of terror. Were were not over there, the 9/11
terrorists would not have been over here. And while their acts were
murderous and despicable, behind their atrocities lay a political motive.
We were attacked because of our imperial presence on the sacred soil of the land
of Mecca and Medina, because of our enemies' perception that we were strangling
the Iraqi people with sanctions and preparing to attack a second time, and
because of our uncritical support of the Likud regime of Ariel Sharon" in
Israel.
Are you suggesting that our alliance with Israel is one of the
reasons that we were attacked on September 11?

MR. BUCHANAN: Sure. That's one of the reasons given by
Osama bin Laden. In his fatwa of 1998, he wrote that there are three
causes of the problems and three causes for a declaration of war by all Arabs
and good Muslims against the United States. One, America's imperial
presence on the sacred soil of Saudi Arabia. Secondly, the sanctions
policy against Iraq which was persecuting and basically starving, he said, the
Iraqi people, and we were planning another invasion. Third is the United
States' uncritical support of the Ariel Sharon regime in Israel, which he argued
is persecuting the Palestinian people.
In my judgment, Chris, this one-sided
support for Sharon, the refusal to condemn that wall snaking through the West
Bank, the agreement to support Sharon's claim to virtually half of the West
Bank, this has caused enormous hostility and animosity and hatred for this
country in that part of the world, not just among the Palestinians. And if we want to drain off some of this hatred, this venom against us, we
have got to adopt a more evenhanded policy here
. We have got to
stand up for the same rights for the Palestinian people, a homeland, a nation, a
state of their own, a viable one, on the land their forefathers farmed for a
thousand years, because those are first our principles and secondly, that is in
the national interest of the United States of America. I don't care what
Ariel Sharon believes.

MR. RUSSERT: They are not attacking us because they hate us and hate
our culture?

MR. BUCHANAN: This is the fundamental point. Are they attacking
us because of who we are and what they believe or are they attacking us because
of what we do? I believe it is our policies, not our principles that are
causing these attacks. Osama bin Laden wasn't sitting in some cave
in Afghanistan and stumble on the Bill of Rights and go bananas
.
It is because of what we are doing. Most fundamentally, it wasn't Israel
number one. Number one, Saudi Arabia, female soldiers, American soldiers
sitting there on the land of Mecca and Medina.

Pat Buchanan speaking the truth on Real Time with Bill Maher Sunday (no transcript yet, so I'm pulling from memory here):

MAHER: Bush, a few weeks ago, said the war on terror was unwinnable.
Let me ask you this, why does he get away with this? If John Kerry said
something like this the election would be over? Why don't the Democrats
get more traction out of this?

BUCHANAN: Well, I think the real reason is your candidate.


The remainder of the show crystalized something I, and many others, have felt for a long time. Bush is a believer, and everyone knows it. Even his opponents and enemies know it. John Kerry is not, and everyone knows it. Even his supporters know it. Then it hit me, George Bush is the right-wing's Bill Clinton. They trust him because they know his heart is in the right place. They forgive him as he runs up deficits, as I forgave Clinton for signing Welfare Reform (and the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act). I forgave Clinton for saying and doing things that were both idiotic and conservative. I forgave him because I believed his heart was in the right place, and that he was doing the best he could do while staying alive politically.

George Bush is no Bill Clinton, his political moves by contrast are bumbling and transparent, but conservative supporters feel him. King George can do no wrong, because everyone can see that he is a believer. He may be wrong (every-goddamned-time), but he believes he's doing right. Isn't he cute?

Here's an analogy to criminal trials: The jury goes with the advocate who they can see really believes in their client. Evidence schmevidence. Passions and convictions sell people. Democrats are like the whinning losing advocate complaining about the "evidence" --[to be read in best whiny northern Democrat voice] "but, but, but, he misled the country into war and it cost 1,000 lives. But, but, he's soooo dumb. But, but, he's a redneck. Blah, blah, blah" -- sorry buddy, your guy just couldn't sell it.

And so, my fellow citizens, on November 2ndGeorgie Poo will spank that stiff yankee like he were his daddy.

Damn you Iowa housewives. Damn you straight to hell.

Friday, September 03, 2004

Detroit Terror Case -- Shorter Bush Administration 

Does this sound familiar to anyone else?
A federal judge threw out the terrorism convictions of two Arab immigrants on
Thursday, undoing what the Justice Department once proclaimed was its first major courtroom victory in the war on terror.
-snip-
"Although prosecutors and others entrusted with safeguarding us through the legal system clearly must be innovative and think outside the conventional envelope in
enforcing the law and prosecuting terrorists, they must not act outside the Constitution," the judge said in his decision. "Unfortunately,'' he added, "that
is precisely what has occurred in the course of this case."
-snip-
But Judge Rosen said prosecutors developed early on a theory about what happened
"and then simply ignored or avoided any evidence or information which contradicted or undermined that view." (via the New York Times)
Decide early on what you think the facts are, ignore everyone and everything else pointing to the contrary, then break the law to achieve your goals -- only to realize afterward that you were wrong all along.

In keeping with the rest of the Administration, the Department of Justice should start arguing that the United States is safer because the Detroit terror defendants were "bad men".

Better yet, Ashcroft should now campaign to stay on as Attorney General because he's a hardheaded, self-possesed fuckface incapable of making wise decisions, but possessing the "virtues" of strong convictions and resolve!

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Detriot's "Sleeper Operation Combat Cell" 

John Ashcroft to the Press [October 4, 2002]:

Earlier today, agents of the Portland and Detroit Joint Terrorism Task Forces arrested suspected terrorist cell members charged with engaging in a conspiracy to join al Qaeda and Taliban forces fighting against United States and allied soldiers in Afghanistan. The alleged conspiracy names six defendants, five of whom are United States citizens, including one individual with U.S. military training. Jeffrey Battle, Patrice Lumumba Ford, Muhammad Bilal, Ahmed Bilal, Habis Al Saoub and October Lewis are charged with four counts (including): conspiracy to levy war against the United States; conspiracy to provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations; and conspiracy to contribute services to al Qaeda and the Taliban.

John Ashcroft at the Terrorism Roundtable [Washington, D.C. June 4, 2003]:
Yesterday, we gained three more convictions in the war on terror. This time in the Detroit Cell case: two on terrorist conspiracy charges and the third on visa and document fraud charges. Victories such as these must be built on a solid foundation: Victory requires vision. Victory requires resolve. But even vision and resolve are useless without men and women of faith and action to carry vision forward.


John Ashcroft today:
"In a 60-page filing released Wednesday, prosecutors asked a federal judge to end the terror case against what they once called a "sleeper operational combat cell" based here. They are asking for a new trial of three men only on document fraud. After nine months of investigation, federal prosecutors compiled a wealth of evidence that they said fatally undermined every aspect of their terror case. They also sharply rebuked the prosecutor who led the case, Richard G. Convertino, suggesting he knowingly withheld evidence that he was obligated to share with defense lawyers."

Note to DOJ: You might want to go ahead and amend your website....again. Here's what it reads, as of today:
"Terrorist cells across America have been broken up, in cities including...Detroit."
Nah, on second thought, just keep claiming that you broke up terrorist cells in Detroit -- and that we've always been at war with Eastasia. It's not like the media will call them on it.

Move along, nothing to see here.


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