Saturday, April 28, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Torture Gonzales in a Stress Position
Thursday, April 19, 2007
It's always the victims' fault
Cho Seung-Hui, in the video mailed to NBC:
"You had a hundred billion chances and ways to have avoided today...You forced me into a corner and gave me only one option. The decision was yours. Now you have blood on your hands that will never wash off.''
George Bush, three days before the invasion of Iraq:
"Tomorrow is the day that we will determine whether or not diplomacy can work...You see, the decision is [Saddam's] to make. And it's been his to make all along as to whether or not there's the use of the military. He got to decide...these are his decisions to make."I didn't really want to steal that post, but Jonathan made it so timely and brilliant, I really had no choice. The decision was his.
Jonathan almost decided I should steal this great post, too.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
A six Virginia Tech day
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Quote du jour
Monday, April 16, 2007
If I could ask some followup questions
Q Dana, going back to Virginia Tech, what more does this White House think needs to be done as it relates to gun issues? The President says current laws need to be strengthened, anything beyond that -- you had a conference on school violence with guns -- what more needs to be done?My first followup: So NOW the pResident doesn't believe that a tragedy should not be an excuse for curtailing our constitutional rights?
MS. PERINO: I would point you back to the fact that President, along with Secretary Spellings, hosted last October -- October 10, 2006 -- a conference on school gun violence after the Amish school shooting and the other shootings that had happened, because the tragedies are the ones that just collectively break America's heart and are ones that we deeply feel, because all of us can imagine what it would be like to have been at your own school, your own college, and to have something happen. And those of us who are parents, or brothers or sisters of people at the schools have to take that into consideration.
As far as policy, the President believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed.
So the Virginia Tech and Amish shootings are tragedies "that we deeply feel," unlike the similar and larger tragedies that we inflict or enable daily on the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia? Why is that?
Third followup, just to get the Repugs arguing amongst themselves: And isn't your concern for Second Amendment rights at odds with Republican senators like Jim Bunning (Idiot-KY), who said last year "Civil liberties do not mean much when you are dead?"
Fourth followup: You said that the pResident believes that "all laws must be followed." Which pResident would that be?
Fifth followup: I'm sorry, I've been using today's tragedy (the one in Virginia) to further my own agenda. That's highly inappropriate, don't you think?
Friday, April 13, 2007
Senate Clown is Coming to Town
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Debating the immigration issue
one of the best examples of success is the Arizona Border Control Initiative, which the government launched in 2004. In the first year of this initiative -- now, listen to this, listen how hard these people are working here -- agents in Arizona apprehended nearly 500,000 illegal immigrants, a 42-percent increase over the previous year.Counterpoint:
In the months before Operation Jump Start, an average of more than 400 people a day were apprehended trying to cross here. The number has dropped to fewer than 140 a day. In other words, one way that the Border Patrol can tell whether or not we're making progress is the number of apprehensions. When you're apprehending fewer people, it means fewer are trying to come across. And fewer are trying to come across because we're deterring people from attempting illegal border crossings in the first place.So which is it? Is the true measure of the effectiveness of a border security policy more arrests or fewer arrests? Both, of course! Because if you're George W. Bush, no evidence exists, ever, which demonstrates that your policies aren't working.
WIIIAI notes that if the number of arrests had stayed EXACTLY the same, that too would have been evidence of success. Of course, we've seen this again and again. A decrease in the genocide rate in Iraq indicates that the security situation has improved; an increase means that the "terrorists" are desperate, in their "last throes." And so on. Being George Bush means never having to admit you're wrong, despite an infinite number of opportunities to do so.
We get e-mails
Thank you for contacting me regarding the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. I appreciate you taking the time to share your views with me on this matter of critical importance.Of course, she then goes on to demonstrate that she appreciates my views NOT AT ALL:
Now is the time to be fully behind our members of the Armed Services who are doing such an excellent job. We must remember that thousands of young men and women are in harm's way, fighting for our country. It is critical to make sure that they have everything they need to complete their mission and come home as quickly and as safely as possible."Fighting for our country?" "Doing an excellent job?" "These important and brave contributions are worthy of our greatest admiration and support?"
I'm sure you will join me in extending heartfelt gratitude to all of the Michiganians who are participating in this effort. Our brave men and women who have been mobilized and deployed to bases around the world are serving our military gallantly. Their missions include the training of Iraqi police and security forces, patrolling combat zones, ensuring the safe and expedient movement of equipment and personnel, servicing those in need of medical care and evacuation, providing logistical and life support, maintaining aircraft and various resources, and many others. These important and brave contributions are worthy of our greatest admiration and support.
NO! NO! NO! They are NOT! They are illegally occupying a foreign country against the will of the majorities in both that country and this one. Every day they are there makes a horrible situation worse. Of course it is largely not their fault. The blame goes mainly to the idiot in the White House, but much blame goes to exceedingly worthless Dumbocrats like Stabenow for refusing to do anything to stop it.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
The sunshine state
BTW, the six-year-old girl was charged with a felony, which may mean that she no longer needs to wait until she's 18 to (try to) vote the bums who arrested her out of office--she may never get to vote at all.
Quote of the week
They should--they gave it to him
From Milt Priggee.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Too many outrages, too little stomach to write about them
Meanwhile, the outlook for Planet Earth is so dreary that I find it hard to even focus on just one outrage to blog about. My usual favorites--Chris Floyd, Jonathan Schwarz, WIIIAI, and Michelle's recently-revived You Will Anyway--have been blogging up a storm on all sorts of topics: The US-sponsored disasters in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia (see Floyd's multiple posts on the almost completely unpublicized regime change in that poor country oft blighted by Uncle Sam). Michelle has been following the revelations surrounding the US attorney firings. While I don't believe that the firings themselves are that much of a scandal (the real scandal is that those jobs are political at all), the coverup has seemingly, if paradoxically, uncovered all sorts of other slimey manipulations by the Repugs to turn our government into Repug campaign headquarters.
Then there's the ongoing demonization of Iran, the Democrats total unwillingness to do anything to stop the war, John McCain's stupid statement(s) of the day, global warming, etc., etc., etc. It's just too much. But I go in phases on this--you never know when I'll just go off!
BTW, I have almost decided to take the biodiesel stickers off my car and turn against biofuels because of two Georges: George Monbiot, because he's against them; and George Bush because he's for them. Monbiot writes convincingly about the many ways that biofuels have become a threat, both to the food supply and the environment. Of course, Bush, McCain, and other kooks now think that any "solution" to our energy woes has to involve more nuclear power (except in Iran, of course). The one thing these morons won't mention is the only thing that will really work--massive conservation, using WAY less energy than we do now.
Like I said, it's all too depressing. But if I'm not depressing you sufficiently lately, chase those links above--you'll get there!
Also BTW, Michelle liked my comment on her blog, which featured this true-if-misleading headline: "Bush shot by FBI after being questioned by Patrick Fitzgerald about Osama bin Laden." Read her post and follow-up for the explanation.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Quote du jour
Which of the thousands of Bush's primitive, inarticulate arguments is Carafano referring to? This one: "This is a war in which, if we were to leave before the job is done, the enemy would follow us here." Carafano is one of several think-tankers and in-government "experts" telling McClatchy that this particular argument is just so much GWBS.
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Michigan Sen. Carl Levin, the Senate Armed Service Committee chairman, took issue with an effort by Majority Leader Harry Reid to cut off money for the war next year as a way to end U.S. involvement.In 2002, Levin voted against giving aWol permission to start a pointless criminal war. Since then, however, he has done nothing to stop it, even now when he actually has substantial power to do so. Last month, he was even pushing for more pointless criminal wars.
"We're not going to vote to cut funding, period," Levin said.
Levin is running for re-election next year. Let's make sure he doesn't get it.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Just get out
U.S. warplanes attacked suspected militiamen wielding shoulder-fired rockets Saturday in the second day of fierce fighting between U.S. and Iraqi forces and Shiite gunmen south of Baghdad, U.S. and Iraqi officials and witnesses said.Chris Floyd has made abundantly clear why Bush and Cheney want to keep this mayhem going indefinitely. But why anyone who buys more petroleum products than he sells, or who has a milligram* of humanity, would support one more nanosecond* of this carnage is beyond my powers of understanding.
At least one civilian was killed and five were seriously wounded when an American tank fired on their house in Diwaniyah, 80 miles south of Baghdad, Iraqi police and hospital officials said. The victims had to be pulled from the rubble of their home, and evacuated to Diwaniyah hospital, police said.
The U.S. military had no immediate comment Saturday on any casualties among civilians or soldiers in Diwaniyah.
In Baghdad, two U.S. soldiers were killed and seven were wounded by two separate roadside bombs in Baghdad Friday.
One U.S. soldier was killed and four were wounded in an attack with an armor-piercing explosively formed projectile, or EFP, the military said in a statement.
*Supporting the metric system while opposing war!
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Quote du jour
If there is a tragedy associated with Bill Clinton's case, it is not his, but ours: that a man with the insight and intellect that he has often displayed should reach the pinnacle of national power, and do nothing with it but serve the rich, serve the masters of war, and serve himself. But then, if Clinton had been other than what he was, he never would have reached that pinnacle.-- Chris Floyd.
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From Steve Sack.
Michelle has more on Straight Talk's armored shopping tour in Baghdad.
Many merchants in the market apparently gave McCain and his fellow nincongresspoops great deals--even free stuff. They apparently believed, and with good reason, that it was a stick-up. Josh Marshall:
The aging war hawk, proving that security is returning to Baghdad by walking into a market encased in body armor, surrounded by rooftop sharpshooters and enveloped in a shield of a hundred soldiers, helicopters (Blackhawks), helicopter gunships (Apaches) and all after another group of soldiers went in for a pre-jaunt security sweep which, in the words of Larry Johnson, "searched for explosives, sent informants into the crowd, set up a perimeter, and secured the area before the Senators showed up with their 100 armed guards."
White House for sale
From R.J. Matson.
For the most part, these "donors" aren't "supporting" a candidate--they're buying her/him. It's like gambling at a casino where the house pays out more than all the bets combined. In this case, the (White) House pays back hundreds or thousands of times on the "bet." Those with money bet on all the candidates.