Saturday, February 14, 2004

A 2/14 World... 

Get more anti-valentines.


Friday, February 13, 2004

Your Daily Dose of Scott 

Feb 13: No 9/11 mentions because he was too busy evading Helen Thomas' question.

Talking Points Memo has the Hellen/Scott exchange.


The Truth... 

WHITEHOUSE.ORG has the real transcript of Bush's Meet the Press interview.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, first let me kind of step back, squint, stick out my little tongue a bit and ignore your question in favor of reciting the lines I've been practicing for the last few days. Here goes...

Intelligence is a vital part of smartness, and smartness is needed for serious thinking, but is sort of wasted on just everyday kind of thinking used in domestic policy. It takes thinking thoughts for fighting and winning our battle against the Muslamian evildoers. And remember that this war is a crusade that will never end so long as my handlers feel that its exploitation can help ensure that our iron grasp on the levers of self-enriching power is eternal.


Gift Idea... 

What if she's...you know...into it?


Jaks Ass... 

Trish Wilson has some excellent coverage of the Lowell and Alec Jaks story. It appears that Alec was kidnapped by Lowell, his non-custodial father.


Evil Woman... 

Ann Coulter's next book should be called Libel. Ann Coulter: Cleland drops a political grenade
Cleland lost three limbs in an accident during a routine noncombat mission where he was about to drink beer with friends. He saw a grenade on the ground and picked it up. He could have done that at Fort Dix. In fact, Cleland could have dropped a grenade on his foot as a National Guardsman – or what Cleland sneeringly calls "weekend warriors." Luckily for Cleland's political career and current pomposity about Bush, he happened to do it while in Vietnam.
Indeed, if Cleland had dropped a grenade on himself at Fort Dix rather than in Vietnam, he would never have been a U.S. senator in the first place. Maybe he'd be the best pharmacist in Atlanta, but not a U.S. senator. He got into office on the basis of serving in Vietnam and was thrown out for his performance as a senator.

Cleland wore the uniform, he was in Vietnam, and he has shown courage by going on to lead a productive life. But he didn't "give his limbs for his country," or leave them "on the battlefield." There was no bravery involved in dropping a grenade on himself with no enemy troops in sight.
The real story is quite different.
On April 8, 1968, I volunteered for one last mission. The helicopter moved in low. The troops jumped out with M16 rifles in hand as we crouched low to the ground to avoid the helicopter blades. Then I saw the grenade. It was where the chopper had lifted off. It must be mine, I thought. Grenades had fallen off my web gear before. Shifting the M16 to my left hand and holding it behind me, I bent down to pick up the grenade.

A blinding explosion threw me backwards.
That's not the whole story.
For nearly 32 years, Cleland lived with the belief that it was his grenade that almost took his life. He put his struggle into words in 1980 when he wrote "Strong at the Broken Places," then followed it up with "Going for the Max! 12 Principles for Living Life to the Fullest." Then, in the summer of 1999, Cleland got a telephone call that changed his life: David Lloyd, a fellow Marine who helped save his life on the battlefield, told him it was someone else's grenade that caused the accident.
Ann, go leave your emaciated limbs on a battlefield. The world would be a better place without you. And eat a sandwich for god sake.


Welcome to the theocracy... 

Yahoo! News - Bush Advocates Abstinence-Only Education
The Bush administration is proposing to double spending on sexual abstinence programs that bar any discussion of birth control or condoms to prevent pregnancy or AIDS (news - web sites) despite a lack of evidence that such programs work.
In Minnesota, a study found that sexual activity doubled among junior high school students taking part in an abstinence-only program. The independent study, commissioned by the state's health department, recommended broadening the program to include more information about contraception.
Advocates of comprehensive sex education said the shift, coupled with the additional money, is part of Bush's election-year appeal to conservatives.

They said the administration's proposal flies in the face of research that credits both abstinence and contraception with reducing the teenage birth rate by 30 percent in the past decade to historic lows.
"Kids in society are saturated with information about contraception and messages about encouraging casual, permissive sex," said Robert Rector, who helped write the administration's abstinence education program.

Rector discounted the Minnesota study as unscientific and said the CDC research does not give enough credit to abstinence.
Arrrrrgh! Bush hates science. That's the only explanation I can come to.

Abstinence education should be part of a comprehensive educational program. Ignoring the fact that teens have sex is irresponsible. Condoms save lives, prevent disease, and reduce unwanted pregnancies. Maybe George's brother Neil's life would be less complicated if he'd learned to put a helmet on his solder.

President's brother Neil enmeshed in messy divorce
In the annals of embarrassing presidential relatives, Neil Bush is no Billy Carter or Roger Clinton.

But his messy divorce has produced some eye-opening disclosures. Among them: He had sex with women who showed up uninvited at his hotel rooms in Asia; he had an affair and may have fathered a child out of wedlock
And this from the divorce trial:
Here are some stomach-flipping excerpts of Sharon Bush's attorney, Marshall Davis Brown, mercilessly grilling President Bush's wayward little brother:

Bush: "I had sexual intercourse with perhaps three or four, I don't remember the exact number, women, at different times. In Thailand once, I have a pretty clear recollection that there was one time in Thailand and in Hong Kong."

Brown: "And you were married to Mrs. Bush?"

Bush: "Yes."

Brown: "Is that where you caught the venereal diseases?"

Bush: "No."

Brown: "Where did you catch those?"

Bush: "Diseases plural? I didn't catch..."

Brown: "Well, I'm sorry. How ... how many venereal diseases do you suffer from?"

Bush: "I've had one venereal disease."

Brown: "Which was?"

Bush: "Herpes."
You should always wear a condom when having sex with Bangkok prostitutes, especially if you're the president's brother. Neil is a shining example of the failure of abstinence only education.


Thursday, February 12, 2004

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee 


This election isn't just about the White House. We need the House and the Senate back in rational hands. Help these guys bitch slap Tom DeLay.


An Honorable Discharge Doesn't Mean Much... 

TNR Online | Dubious Honor (print)
George W. Bush has a stock response to questions surrounding his service in the Texas Air National Guard in the 1970s: "I did report," he has said. "Otherwise, I wouldn't have been honorably discharged."

But that's not quite true.
Going missing from military service and then squeaking out with an honorable discharge has a rich history among politicians. Current U.S. Representative Bobby Rush, a Democrat from Illinois, served in the army through the mid-1960s, becoming progressively more involved with radical antiwar groups. In 1968, after Martin Luther King's assassination, he went AWOL from his unit to help found the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers. Weeks later, he was honorably discharged.
In the military, the status quo presumption is that all soldiers will receive an honorable discharge; if the government wants to change that, "it has to put together a case to overcome that presumption," according to Michael Noone, a professor of law at Catholic University and a retired Air Force judge advocate. Often, even with evidence of misconduct, the commanding officers don't want to bother with the lengthy hearings that securing a dishonorable discharge would require.
Perhaps more striking is how often serious questions of misconduct have been flat-out ignored. John Allen Muhammad, convicted last November for his participation in the D.C. sniper shootings, served in the Louisiana National Guard from 1978-1985, where he faced two summary courts-martial. In 1983, he was charged with striking an officer, stealing a tape measure, and going AWOL. Sentenced to seven days in the brig, he received an honorable discharge in 1985.
There you go. George W. Bush and John Allen Muhammad both served and were discharged honorably. Nothing to see here. Move along.



No 9/11 references at the press gaggle this morning. Scott must be off his game.


Wednesday, February 11, 2004

It's time to go... 

Dean Attacks Kerry on Fund-Raising and Republican-Like Behavior
Just days after he vowed not to run a "scorched earth" campaign that could hurt the eventual Democratic nominee, Howard Dean lit into Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts on Wednesday, saying that if Mr. Kerry wins the nomination, "once again we may have to settle for the lesser of two evils."
Dean sounds like he's applying to be Nader's running mate.

Remember, dear doctor, first do no harm. Dean promised to support the eventual nominee. I can't see that happening now.


Stop it now! 

Dean says Kerry part of 'corrupt political culture in Washington'
Seizing on a fresh report about the financing of critical ads, Democrat Howard Dean assailed front-runner John Kerry on Wednesday for being part of "the corrupt political culture in Washington."
"What we now see is John Kerry is part of the corrupt political culture in Washington," Dean told The Associated Press in an interview. "That's exactly what I'm asking Wisconsin voters to stand up against."

"My fear is that he (Kerry) actually won't be the strongest Democratic candidate," Dean told CBS News in an interview to air Wednesday night.
Those who can't win a single primary should shut the hell up. This scorched earth policy that Dean has embraced is only helping Bush. Stop it now.


New It's Craptastic! feature... 

September 11th is the biggest Bush talking point for the upcoming election. How many times does Scott McCellan invoke 9/11 in his daily briefing? Check here for the daily count.

Feb 10th: 3 references
Feb 11th: 2 references


Tuesday, February 10, 2004

The Fat Lady is Singing... 


VP Picks 

The nomination should be wrapped up tonight. It's time to start discussing the VP slot. My choices:

1. John Edwards. We all know his bio by now.

2. Max Cleland. The former senator from Georgia has some personal business to settle with the Bush team. He was savaged in the 2002 election and he's pissed about it. A two war hero ticket would be tough to beat.

3. Bill Richardson. The popular governor of New Mexico and former congressman, UN Ambassador and Energy Secretary would bring executive branch experience to the ticket.

4. Mary Landrieu. The junior senator from Louisiana has a strong record on defense and national security. She's tough and feisty and could easily take Cheney in a fight.

I'd be happy with any of them. They all would bring regional and philosophical balance to the Kerry ticket.


Wow, Bush is REALLY in trouble... 

Yahoo! News - Pundit O'Reilly Now Skeptical About Bush
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative television news anchor Bill O'Reilly said on Tuesday he was now skeptical about the Bush administration and apologized to viewers for supporting prewar claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

The anchor of his own show on Fox News said he was sorry he gave the U.S. government the benefit of the doubt that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's weapons program poised an imminent threat, the main reason cited for going to war.

"I was wrong. I am not pleased about it at all and I think all Americans should be concerned about this," O'Reilly said in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America."
O'Reilly said he was "much more skeptical about the Bush administration now" since former weapons inspector David Kay said he did not think Saddam had any weapons of mass destruction.
First of all I can't believe O'Reilly actually said the phrase, "I was wrong." Bush is really in trouble if a shill like O'Reilly has lost the faith.



The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Bush report: Sending jobs overseas helps U.S.
WASHINGTON The movement of American factory jobs and white-collar work to other countries is part of a positive transformation that will enrich the U.S. economy over time, even if it causes short-term pain and dislocation, the Bush administration said yesterday.

"Outsourcing is just a new way of doing international trade," said N. Gregory Mankiw, chairman of Bush's Council of Economic Advisors, which prepared the report. "More things are tradable than were tradable in the past. And that's a good thing."
I sure hope Bush tries to run on that theory. Losing your job to overseas outsourcing actually helps you. Four more years!

Remember this basic tenant of Republican economics: a rising tide lifts all yachts. Fuck the rowboats.


Monday, February 09, 2004

Please Drop Out... 

Yahoo! News - Dean Now Says He Will Stay in Race After Wisconsin
Asked if he would drop out if he lost Wisconsin as he had said he would just last week, Dean said, "No." Asked if he was in it for the long haul, he said, "Yup."

The former Vermont governor made the comments during interviews with local television stations. He later told a reporter that people who had urged him to stay in the race had convinced him to fight on.

"I've just been convinced that we are not going to drop out. There are too many people who have come up to me and said, 'Whatever you do, don't drop out,"' he said. "We are going to find a way to stay in, one way or the other."
How does he expect to beat Bush when he can't even win a single primary? Democrats obviously don't want him . Why would independents? I thank him for his energy and his relentless attacks on Bush. I think he did a lot to get the debate to it's current level. Now it's time to bow out gracefully and help the eventual nominee win back the White House.

The same goes for Kucinich, Sharpton and Clark. I'll say the same for Edwards if he doesn't get another win soon.


Sunday, February 08, 2004

He's AWOL and he's DRUNK... 

The Smoking Gun: Doofy Dubya: Only In America

Check out the classic video from 1992. Bush went on the wagon in 1986 so I'll assume he's high instead of drunk.


Breaking AWOL News... 

Kevin Drum has breaking news on Bush's National Guard service. It appears that Georgie Boy was transfered to a disciplinary unit. This story is bound to get some big time media play in the coming weeks.


Breastgate continues... 

A furious Powell vocalized the "license revocation" option against CBS-owned broadcast outlets to senior staff at the FCC in the hours and days after the event, a top source said from Washington.

The chairman has since moved away from exploring the possibilities of pulling CBS's license, but word of any such consideration shows just how serious Powell and others at the FCC viewed the breast breach.
Enough already.

They'd better go after NBC. Meet the Press had exposed boob on for an entire hour this morning.


I'm flying Southwest from now on... 

Pilot Promotes Islam on Flight
NEW YORK - An American Airlines pilot asked Muslims on his flight to identify themselves and suggested the non-Muslims discuss the faith with them, the airline said.

American's Flight 34 was headed from Los Angeles to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport on Friday when the pilot asked Muslims on board to raise their hands, Wagner said.

The pilot, whose name was not released, told the airline that he then suggested the other passengers use the flight time to talk to the Muslims about their faith, Wagner said.

The pilot also told passengers he would be available or discussion at the end of the flight. Wagner said the pilot had just returned to work from a weeklong mission trip to Costa Rica.
Whoops. I guess I replace the word Christian with Muslim. Is your level of outrage the same? I hope so. This pilots actions were highly inappropriate and I hope he is punished severely.


This sums it up pretty well... 

MSNBC - Transcript for Feb. 8th
President Bush: I'm a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign policy matters with war on my mind. Again, I wish it wasn't true, but it is true. And the American people need to know they got a president who sees the world the way it is. And I see dangers that exist, and it's important for us to deal with them.
He makes foreign policy decisions with war on his mind. That explains just about every decision this man has made in the last 3 years.

Worst president ever.