Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Devestation Overload

So last night I was watching CNN's Aaron Brown interview a reporter we've all seen a million times but his name escapes me now, at the Pentagon, and Aaron asked the reporter about the MIA national guards -- why aren't they performing disaster relief, brining order to the city, etc., where ARE THEY? And this reporter actually said, "Well, you know, they're on their way, there isn't really much they can do at this point, they can't just, you know, go in to New Orleans and Mississippi, it's not like those places are foreign countries."

I kid you not.

I went to CNN.com to look for the transcript but didn't find it, cuz I got hung up on these headlines:

Mississippi expects heavy death toll
'It's like being in a Third World country'
Biloxi: We swam among floating cars
Mayor blasts failure to patch levees
Tensions rising in New Orleans
States struggle with destruction
Bush may visit hurricane sites
Hospitals founder in Katrina flood

The AP is now reporting that the Pentagon is mobilizing "possibly an unprecedented rescue-and-relief mission for areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina."

Better late than never... Why does Donald Rumsfeld hate America?

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

He Proved A Good Prophet

And I'm very, very sorry.

Via Raw Story and spreading through the blogesphere like a California wildfire, a soldier's blog post:

Posted on 2005.08.13 at 10:25
Current Mood: EEEARRGH!
Current Music: FUCK! my mp3 player is out o juice.

MotherFucker.

I'm back home.

Mahmudijah.

The Mahm.

St. Michael.

What have you.


My truck, which I left here in good working order, is destroyed mostly.

The insurgency is on the rise in our area, with a most impressive coordinated assault on one of my sister FOBs (St. Joe) under their belt. Apparently they have enough folks and sophistication in my back yard where they can simultaneously place accurate mortar rounds on three seperate locations (at least 30k apart) to tie up any ground mounted quick reaction forces, as well as offer up multiple RPG strikes on the guard towers at Joe. These RPG attacks really bring out the QRF who face their own ambush as they come out the gate, at least 12 insurgents occupying buildings with an overwatch position to Joe's only entrance armed with more rpg's and small arms. The only possible responses are tanks or Apaches. Luckily we have both on call. 12 dead insurgents, destroyed buildings, a compromised FOB, sustained, accurate and unaswered indirect fire and lots o unanswered questions later... I'm here.

What the fuck has my chain of command been doing? We were winning somewhat when I left. And now we're being pinned down in our own fucking homes? Insurgents are pushing locals out of their homes and taking over my area at will? What kind of fucktarded plan have we been half-assedly executing? Obviously the kind that neglects sound contact with locals. Obviously the kind that gives further distance to unbridged gaps between soldiers and locals. Obviously the kind that has shown enough weakness when confronted by the insugency that it has been encouraged to grow.

Back home (the USA kind) I have no home, no job, and my commander in chief is on vacation (he's about 20 days behind Ronald Reagan right now in the race to become the most vacationing president ever. Hey W! we all got our fingers crossed! Here's to you and two more years of presidency...er vacationing!). Luckily pretty much everything that is important to me can fit into the back of a truck. Luckily I just paid off one of those.

In their fear to build relationships and get out of their hiding holes the FOBbits above me have fucked my friends and I.

We've just completed the first 1/4 of our tour. we've sent 4 of 24 members of this platoon home with injuries.

Thankfully we're not like another who has sent 8 home in body bags...but we got 9 months to go.

Stay true lambs,
REV


Sgt. Thomas Strickland, 27, died two days later.

Fun With The Freepies

Or, When Freepers Heads Explode

Better still.... When Wingnuts Eat Their Own

Sacramento Radio Winger Eric Hogue dissed his fellow Sactown Wingers Move America Backward, er, Forward for their stupid fucking bus trip to Crawford last weekend (What do we want? War! How many dead? Who cares!), calling the move "another attention grabbing 'stunt' for their web site and future political campaigns."

As you know, Freepers don't like facts, truth, or anything resembling reality, especially if the one getting in their grill is one of their own.

After her ignorant offerings, she was exposed and marginalized. Sheehan decide to return to California and tend to her mother's ill health, leaving Crawford, Texas before the end of August. When she left - she was done. The story was fading, and her 15-minutes of fame were pushing 16-minutes, and the MSM news clock was looking for another angle to their anti-Bush, anti-military agenda.

Then, out of nowhere, 'Move America Forward' arrives to carry the water for the Cindy Sheehan story while she is licking her self inflicted wounds in Los Angles with Mommy.

MAF creates the caravan and the media 'camera candy', the story finds new life and Cindy Sheehan returns to her tents in Crawford with newly found emotions and victim hood.

Two weeks ago, Sheehan was a past tense story, waiting for the last line of newspaper ink. Today, now she has been returned to her endorsed 'Rosa Parks of the Iraq War' role by the self promoting organizers of MAF and those who desire a photo opportunity for their Congressional race in California.

We blew it folks...it was a dead story, and we breathed life into it again. We will live to regret this effort. It has afforded the MSM, Hollywood and the Left a spotlight they dreamed for.

All for the cause of a web site's (MAF) desire to raise money, gather an email list for future political campaigns, and name recognition. What a shame.
For once, I'm a believer. Check out this vastly amusing Freeper comment:

I listened to Melanie Morgan on her radio show this morning. She spoke about how there were many many reporters covering the event, and yet none of them dared to show any footage of her at all. I think the event was another attempt to out the MSM as Lefty partisans.
-PJ

19 posted on 08/29/2005 12:58:28 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)

heh. Melanie didn't get any media love. Poor baby boo hoo. If you're so inclined, you can show Eric some hippy pinko commie Liberal love here. It's all about attention, dontcha know?

Monday, August 29, 2005

Pat Buchanan Sez Impeach Bush

The invasion is wrong!

No, no, not the US invasion of Iraq, silly. The Mexicans! They're everywhere! Working!
"What are these Bush Republicans afraid of?" he continues. "Dirty looks from the
help at the country club?"
Words fail.

He's Baaa'aaaack

Sorta. On Air Force One. This time Scottie has a human shield with him; his brother the doctor.

Shorter: Medicare blah blah blah.

Now watch this drive.

Get The Fork Already

Bob Bob Bob ... you're done.

If he wasn't so pathetic, his column would be funny: the lack of strong or suitable republican candidates for 06 races are the fault of Sen. Dole and the RNC because they suck at recruitment.
Yeah, riiiight, the sweeping republican losses Novak predicts have nothing to do with scandal after scandal after scandal in GOP controlled state after state after state, and that's before Fitz hands down an indictment or two or three, hopefully one with Novak's name on it.

Novak sure does love the blamegame. Wanker.

Friday, August 26, 2005

President Wet Brain

Justin Frank on George W. Bush, the untreated alcoholic:
Nobody talks about it – the press is afraid of it — but we are all enabling a man whose grasp of reality is tenuous at best.

Anxiety is always challenging; but when an untreated alcoholic’s behavior is challenged, his anxiety increases dramatically - and with it, the need to numb its sting. Anxiety is then a threat to his abstinence. Instead of learning new means to manage feelings, he has to spend energy fighting his fears. In Bush’s case, he fiercely rides his mountain bike.

Managing his anxiety is one reason presidential briefings have been so simple. USA Today reports on August 25 that Bush’s foreign policy briefings were, until very recently, presented to him with “snappy headlines” and simplistic perspectives leaving “little room for doubt or nuance.” No wonder it was so simple to invade Iraq.

Bush himself said that he doesn't do nuance. The truth is, he can't. Evading anxiety over all these years – whether with alcohol, religion, or exercise – has compromised his ability to think. Instead, Bush relies on daily routines. His bicycling routine is rigidly adhered to; but thinking—and a mechanism to facilitate it—are nonexistent.

Like every other aspect of George W. Bush's short-cut approach to life, he started at Step 3 and stopped climbing.

What He Said

It's not often I'm pleasantly surprised -- not lately anyway, what with the lowest George W. Bush still occupying this country's highest office -- but today, today, glory be today!, I read something that surprised me indeed -- surprised me not shocked me, surprised me in that sit-up-and-take-notice kind of way, that internal jolt of inspiration that makes you say Yes! every voice counts, Yes! every smackdown of a reichwing bully counts, and that Yes! the long national nightmare of Team Bush will end and All that President's Men's political careers could wind up on the chopping block (Lorena Bobbit-style preferably):

From Joel Achenbach's road trip:
...not good to take eyes off the road, but if something bad happens, need to be listening to Neil Young...Neil won't let me down),

Truer words were never typed.

Can't wait for Prairie Wind. Coming September 20, 2005.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

CircleJerk of Death

President Shitstain sez that he'll stay the course in Iraq so that those servicemen and women who died will be honored by the servicemen and women who die after them. Spc. Joseph "Joey" Hunt, 27, of Sweetwater, and Sgt. Victoir P. Lieurance, 34 of Tennessee have died and so now two more servicemen or women must die to honor them, and they'll have two friends die, and they'll have two friends die, and so on, and so on...

The Hunt family issued a statement:

"Joey was a true East Tennessean who was proud of his family, hometown, state, and country. He enjoyed being involved in the many outdoors activities available in Sweetwater, and he always did so with a beaming smile on his face," the family said.

Hunt visited with his family while on leave in June.

"During that time he shared many stories and photos during his service there. He summed up his feeling during his break that it wasn't easy being there, but that he and his fellow soldiers were proud of their service to their country," his relatives said.
Hunt had two sons — 5-year-old Caleb and 3-year-old Josh.

"They don't have any idea what's going on," Hunt's aunt, Pat Thomas, told WATE-TV. "They went to be with their grandmother, Joey's mom, and she was just holding both of them in her arms. And they kept saying, 'Why are you crying, Mamaw? Why are you sad?'"

Lieurance leaves behind his wife, Penny, and four children, two sons and daughters.

Both his parents said their son's death makes their once-wavering opinions about the war in Iraq much more clear.

Andre Lieurance referred to Cindy Sheehan, the California mother of a slain soldier, who recently camped out in front of President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, in opposition to the war.

"She didn't speak for me. Now she does," the father told The Knoxville News Sentinel on Tuesday. "I'm with her. I believe we were lied to. (My son) did what he was supposed to. Bush didn't."

That sound you hear is my heart breaking.


Blonde nod to AHiddenSaint.

Mr. Bush: Stay The Fuck Out Of California

You are not welcome.

The worst-kept secret:


Though White House officials would not confirm if the president would be stopping by Rancho Cucamonga on Monday as was the rumor, seniors at the James T. Brulte Senior Center have their ears to the walls.

And the walls are talking.

"For heaven's sake, they can sneak him into Iraq during a war but they can't sneak him into Rancho Cucamonga,' said Maureen McCall of El Monte, who was preparing for a Jazzercise class.

Classes, including Jazzercise and yoga, have all been canceled Monday for an important event that city officials are trying to keep quiet.

"I'm sorry, we can't talk about the president's visit,' said Ryan Samples, senior center supervisor. "All questions have to be handled through the White House.'

White House officials said this week that President Bush may visit the Inland Empire next week, but his plans would not be confirmed until Friday.

In the meantime, the senior center has been buzzing. Its schedule for Monday has been cleared and former state Sen. Jim Brulte spent several hours there Wednesday.
"It wouldn't be a good idea to go around asking residents what questions they would have for the president because the event will be by invitation only,' Samples added.

Seniors filtering out into the 90-degree heat shared what they'd heard about a presidential visit, but none of them had received any invitations to a special event at the senior center.

Mary Filippelli, a boisterous yoga student, wasn't shy about what she'd ask the president as she headed into the center.

"When will he be vacating his office?' laughed the self-described far-to-the-left liberal. "I won't be missing much on Monday, (Bush) usually says the same . . . thing.'

Invitation only. Coward.

Others have plenty they'd like to ask Bush if he dares show his face in this indigo state.

So do I, but my expletive wouldn't be in the form of a question.


Blonde nod to pucklady.

What's Beyond Insane?

Now the White House spin machine is denying Bush is on vacation?!

Via Political Wire:
The White House seems to be a little defensive about President Bush's summer vacation. According to the San Bernardino Sun, a spokesman insisted "the reason that Bush is in Crawford, Texas, is due to the renovation of the West Wing of the White House."

Said the spokesman: "He's operating on a full schedule; he's just doing it from the ranch instead of from the White House. The only week he had officially off was this last week."

Please. Someone. Just hook me up to an IV that's dripping Vodka and sober me up ONLY when this national nightmare is over.

Unfuckingbelievable.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Women

If he doesn't mention them, they don't exist.

Dickhead.

Doing A Lynndie

Bad Gas is still at it. Even has Top 10 Celebrity Lynndies.

Strike a pose, yo.

Breaking Ranks

Congressman Jim Leach (R, Iowa)...
...informed Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D, California) that he will co-sponsor her Resolution of Inquiry into Bush Administration communications with the U.K. about Iraq at the time of the Downing Street Memos. Leach is the first Republican member of Congress to publicly support a demand for an inquiry into the Bush Administration's pre-war claims.

Be the rain.

"Reinforcing Success"

1500 soldiers added to the meat grinder.
"This deployment is in support of continued progress," he said. [Pentagon spokesman]


Sorry, but I don't think the nation can take much more of the Pentagon's 'progress'. I'm progressed-out.

Photo credit Raw Story.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Death Is Not Suport

Sacramento, CA.
Conservative activists and military families embarked on the tour Monday, calling it "You don't speak for me, Cindy!" A verbal confrontation erupted when the caravan arrived in Sacramento and was met by anti-war protesters chanting for Bush to bring home the troops.

Sheehan supporter Dan Elliott, 71, confronted caravan members by waving a sign reading "Death is not support" and heckling one of the tour's organizers as she addressed the crowd.

[snip]

Some caravan members called the anti-war protesters communists and said they were "aiding and abetting the enemy." Those comments enraged Sheehan supporter Dee Ann Heath, who said she has two sons serving in Iraq and another preparing to leave.

"I don't support the war, but I support my sons," she said. "I simply want them to come home."

Here that? We're commies, aiding and abetting the enemy, all because we don't want any more human beings to die is Bush's war of aggression.

How fucked up these wingers are.

Monday, August 22, 2005

They Write Letters

So Bush went to Utah and Idaho today to escape the Peace Movement that's gathering steam in Crawford and the reception he received from Americans in Utah wasn't all candy and flowers. Seems Idaho wasn't a pick-me-up bouquet for Bush either:
Now that you are in Idaho, perhaps you could answer a few questions:

1. Are the Iraqi people better off since you invaded their country?

2. Why don't you talk to Cindy Sheehan and the other aggrieved parents of soldiers killed in Iraq?

3. How will privatizing Social Security help to maintain this time-proven program?

I have more questions, but these are starters. Welcome to the great state of Idaho.

[snip]

Do nothing for Idaho

Please don't do anything for Idaho. Your being a "uniter not a divider" has done more than any other person in history to completely paralyze our political system. Your efforts to help the people of Afghanistan and Iraq are obvious to everyone who watches the nightly news. Your economic policies have spiked energy prices and stagnated or dropped wages for the average American.

I'm sorry you weren't allowed to open the Alaskan wilds to oil drilling. I'm sure your rich oil buddies could have used a few million more.

Thanks for the offer, but please, don't do anything for Idaho.

Allen L. Wenger,

Tamarlively hearts Idaho too and points us to more letters from the same paper and darned if there isn't a theme: Mr. President, RESIGN!

Protest: Utah Style

basicJuice lives in Salt Lake City and attended today's anti-Bush pro-peace rally. Check out the pics. Not your typical pinko stinko commies carrying Liar Liar Pants on Fire signs, just 1200 or so average Joes and Josies demanding government accountability.

I like it!

Still Staying The Course

War Room Tim doesn't need to but reminds us how Bush's speech before the VFW convention in Salt Lake City will begin, after he sez Good Morning:

"In a few weeks, our country will mark the four-year anniversary of the attacks of September the 11th, 2001."
Will someone please ask President Shitstain where the FUCK Osama Bin Laden is? Call me crazy but Osama Bin Laden's free-ranging bugaloo should be shoved down Bush's throat everytime he invokes 9/11.

Every. Single. Time.

Bush: September the 11th, 2001.
Americans: Where's Osama?

Bush: September the 11th, 2001.
Americans: Where's Osama?

Bush: September the 11th, 2001.
Americans: Where's Osama?

It's been 4 years. Where's Osama?

Breathe

Deep breaths. If this means what I hope it means, that John Edwards might soon come out swinging over Team Bush's Iraq travesty ... I'll burst from happiness. Go, Johnny go!

I was a Johniac in 2004, and not just because he's a bona-fide babe. I likes em smart, real smart, brilliant does it for me everytime, and John's got brain-matter in spades; don't even get me going on his yummy accent... but I digress!!!!

If John Edwards goes for Team Bush's jugular over Iraq and announces his Presidential run for 08, he'll get my unwavering support, my money, and my vote.

update: yes, yes, I know, Dear Emailer, that Edwards voted to authorize force in Iraq -- but whataya gonna do? If John Edwards stands at a podium and sez that he was misled by Team Bush, that he trusted his President and that his President lied to him, to America, that he never would have voted the way he did if he knew then what he knows now, and because he did vote yes when he should have voted no he'd like to put a boot up Bush's ass, well, fuckinA right John Edwards will get my support, my money, my vote.

John Kerry will not. Been there, done that, and that spanking still smarts.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Now We're Talkin'

Bush's Watergate.

Wilson had debunked the administration's claim that Saddam Hussein was attempting to acquire a form of uranium from Niger to make WMDs. Wilson had to be discredited because, if the Niger information were false, it cast doubt upon many of the other intelligence claims made by neocons.

If special prosecutor Fitzgerald is going down this road, certain prominent figures could be indicted for obstruction of justice and/or for lying about classified national-security matters to Congress and the American people. Perhaps that is why leading neoconservative spokesman Bill Kristol said that Fitzgerald "is the problem for the White House; we have no idea what he knows ... "

The worst possible scenario for the administration would be if it turns out that the Niger documents in question (which all now agree were forged) were fabricated by individuals who may have had a motive for getting us into the war. Shadowy figures previously linked to the Iran-Contra scandal have been mentioned as possible originators of the forged documents.

If there is any truth to these charges, the lid will blow off Washington — and the Bush administration will be history.

[snip]

Pauken is a former Reagan official who served as a military-intelligence officer in Vietnam. He also was chairman of the Republican Party of Texas from 1994 to 1997.


Please oh please oh pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease let Fitz be working this angle.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Call It A Day

The WaPo's Andrew J. Bacevich sez We've Done All We Can Do in Iraq and lays down the smack for pulling out. He concludes:
For Bush personally, the consequences of leaving Iraq might be the most painful. The prospect of looking antiwar protester Cindy Sheehan in the eye to explain exactly what her son died for will become even more daunting. But as it is, the president can't dodge that question indefinitely. Postponing the issue simply swells the ranks of those with similar questions to ask.
Like Celeste Zappala:
A week after my son, Sgt. Sherwood Baker, arrived in Baghdad last year, President Bush held court for journalists at the 60th annual Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington. Part of the show that night was to pretend to look for WMD under the lectern. There were staged pictures of Mr. Bush looking for them under the rug in the Oval Office. Everyone present got a great laugh.

[snip]

I talked to Sherwood shortly after the President's circus show. He wasn't finding anything funny about his mission in Iraq. Sherwood was knee deep in the real search for WMD. He was providing security for the Iraq Survey Group, which was still looking for those weapons well beyond the admission by David Kay that they didn't exist.

[snip]

We bring with us here [Crawford] the desire to share our humble story. We want the President to hear us talk about Sherwood. Perhaps he can answer some questions for us. We want to know why Sher, a case worker for the mentally handicapped, had to say goodbye to his wife and 10-year-old son to participate in the negligent endeavor that is the Iraq War.

We'd like to know what he finds noble about instigating and maintaining a war with a country that posed no threat to our country.

We'd like to know if he still finds humor in the fabrications that justified the war that killed my son.
Like Bill from NJ:
I fought in Sadr City, Baghdad Iraq from Feb. 2004 to Feb. 2005. I served in C. Co 759th MP Bn 89th MP Brigade. I still wholeheartedly support the decision to remove Saddam from power, however I am completely against the continued occupation of Iraq.

When I landed in Baghdad, the US had roughly 350 deaths. When I left the number was close to 1300. I had 4 of my friends killed and another 27 in my company wounded, which gave us a 1 in 3 rate of being a casualty. I saw a good friend of mine have half of his face blown off when a RPG blew up on our windshield. Another friend of my was wounded twice in separate IED attacks and still wasnt allowed home. I killed 4 people during an 18 hour firefight, one of whom was a little girl that got caught by the burst of a 203 round.

I think about Iraq every day even though I've been home 6 months. And I still cannot figure out why I was there or why americans died over there. I'm all for war, but only "right" wars. I was decorated for valor and congratulated by Colonels, and it's all hollow because it is for nothing. That's why I'm against the war in Iraq.

[snip]

It just amazes me now that I'm home that for the most part (except families affected by the war), people don't even pay attention to it anymore. It's like we come home get a pat on the back and a smile and then poof, that's it. You're just supposed to get on with your life.
Gee. Where'd we hear that before.

And So It Begins

PITTSBURGH
Two women protesting the war in Iraq were taken to a hospital Saturday after police broke up an unauthorized march involving about five dozen people on a busy one-way street near an Army (search) recruiting station.

David Meieran, who helped organize the protest, accused police of "inappropriate and excessive force."

Sgt. Clint Winkler, (search) a supervisor on duty, told The Associated Press that one woman who would not leave was subdued with a Taser. He also confirmed that a police dog bit another woman on the leg when she refused police orders to disperse.

Both women and a man involved in the march were arrested, Winkler said.

"They were told to disperse, peacefully disperse, and failed to do so, so we started down the sidewalk — officers in front, K-9's behind us, and started pushing the crowd down the sidewalk," Winkler said. He said the march broke up after the arrests.

The recruiting station was not open at the time.
Got civil liberties?

All Bull No Cattle

Joe at AmericaBlog writes that Bush is spinning furiously on Iraq since the Sheehan Express has derailed his rhetoric -- for Team Bush it's 9/11 or bust!
Same speech over and over. Scary that the only thing Bush has to can say to Americans about Iraq is: September the 11th.
What's scarier is that Dubya still has to use a script. He's no Ronald Reagan.

No Rest

For The Wicked
"He'll probably be glad when his vacation is over," said Lynch.
He can run. But he can't hide. Next stop, Washington D.C.

Wacko In Waco

Waco Tribune Herald:
After the nearly hour-long prayer vigil, about 30 ordained and lay clergy took a letter to state troopers and U.S. Secret Service agents manning a blockade down the road from President Bush's Central Texas ranch.

The group was informed that no one was available to accept the letter, which called on the president to bring the troops home from Iraq. The clergy members then placed the letter and sprigs of carnations on the ground at the feet of a state trooper.

“I think if we wrote a letter (that said), ‘We support Bush,' 100 percent, we would be inside,” said Juan Torres, whose son, Army Spc. John Torres, was killed on a U.S. base in Afghanistan under questionable circumstances.

Yep.
Earlier in the day, about 50 people from Oklahoma and Georgia arrived near the gates of Bush's ranch and dropped off 32 white bed sheets signed with names and messages of support for the president. A White House staffer accepted the sheets, which were tied with yellow ribbons.

“The president has something tangible to hold on to. He has supporters,” said Valerie Duty, a local Republican who helped coordinate the effort, dubbed “I Give a Sheet.”

Stupid is as stupid does.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Irony

In Crawford, the tent for "the benefit of supporters of President Bush" fronts a store called the Yellow Rose.

Hello Dolly

Not quite Dixie Chicks sez Salon.com's Rebecca Traister on Dolly Parton's Vintage tour, but an excellent addition to the choir.
By comparison with last fall, the show was practically Spartan: no costume changes, no medleys, not so many spotlight pyrotechnics. Parton sang full, gorgeous renditions of songs like "Smoky Mountain Memories" and "Coat of Many Colors," as well as the poppier "9 to 5" and "Here You Come Again." Sure, she was clad in a dress of many rhinestones, and there were the requisite boob jokes. But there were also the reminiscences about her good friend Jane Fonda. And her well-worn memories of a poor upbringing in Tennessee, how her "mama always had one [baby] on her and one in her," were accompanied on Thursday by an unfamiliar nostalgia for "the old hippie days" of the 1960s.

About an hour into the show, Parton picked up a guitar that looked like it had lost a fierce battle with a Bedazzler and began to talk in earnest about that old-time activism. "I didn't necessarily agree with all the politics of that time," she said, "but I think a lot of the things they were talking about -- like peace and freedom -- are about as American as apple pie." She then performed the Byrds' "Turn, Turn, Turn."

And she wasn't done. Barely pausing for breath, she moved to Dylan, talking about how important it was that he had sung songs that had mattered to the country. She'd recently been listening to his antiwar classic "Blowin' in the Wind," she said, and had thought, "Well this song is about what's going on right now! I've got to record this."

Parton's live cover of "Blowin' in the Wind" should probably have been cringe-inducing, but it wasn't. Stripped down to Parton's powerful pipes and a guitar, it worked. And she definitely enunciated particular verses, especially the questions "How many ears must one man have before he can hear people cry? And how many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died?" Parton, who had perfect silence for the first half of the song, finished it to a massive standing ovation from the New York crowd. And however unlikely the messenger, it was almost impossible to imagine the lyrics being about anything other than a direct message to George W. Bush.

Nice.

They Can Run. They Can't Hide.

Tim Goodrich's Post from Crawford; all of it, cuz it's that good.

The last five days have been like nothing I have ever experienced. When I made the decision to go to Crawford, Texas last week, I thought I was going to a protest against the war that would be similar to the previous ones I have attended. I couldn't have been more wrong. What I found at Camp Casey was something that can only be described by traveling there and experiencing it for ones own self. The feeling of love and peace permeated the air. The support from people across the United States has been breathtaking. The people and the stories they have of why they felt the need to make this peace pilgrimage will evoke emotion from me thirty years from now. This is a memory that will not fade.

A woman called her mother at the last second to let her know she would not be attending the family reunion in Washington as planned, but would instead be driving 24 hours from California. A man heard a Gold Star family member's story on the radio and was so moved that he promptly jumped into his car and drove from Florida to see and console this victim of an unnecessary war. Stories like this abound at Camp Casey. It is truly a life changing experience. I can't count the number of times I heard someone exclaim that they haven't had this feeling since protesting Vietnam.

I am on an airplane headed back to Los Angeles right now and am trying hard to keep myself from becoming emotional just thinking of these stories and the incredible experience. And this is coming from a veteran hardened and accustomed to witnessing stories of death, injury, fear, pain, loss, and hardship on a regular basis. (It was a futile effort; I didn't make it through this paragraph without having to dry my eyes by rubbing them and tilting my head back into the flow of dry air from my overhead vent).

Things have changed. This is a pivotal moment in the anti-war movement. We have Bush and his war mongers with their tails between their legs and on the run. They don't know how to respond or what to do. We must now continue to increase the pressure until the war criminals in our administration feel the political pain equivalent to that of the families who have suffered because of this war. In the battle between good and evil in the universe, the good will always prevail.

Thank you all for your support. It means the world.


Tim Goodrich is an Air Force combat veteran who helped with the intensified bombing leading up to the occupation of Iraq. After being honorably discharged, he traveled to Iraq as a civilian to see the human cost of war. Upon returning, he co-founded Iraq Veterans Against the War and continues working to bring the troops home.

We're taking our country back.

A Hydra

Called Mom.
It is traveling day for Evelyn Allen and Patricia Roberts, two mothers who lost their sons to the war in Iraq.

"We just don't know the truth behind the war," Allen told 11Alive's Jerry Carnes "We're at a standstill. Why is it going on? We want to know why."

Allen is the mother of Jonathan Shields who was 25 when he died in Iraq. Patricia Roberts is the mother of Jamaal Addison, who was killed at the age of 23. The mothers boarded a plane at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, bound for Crawford, Texas. They've joined in a protest there in front of President Bush's Texas ranch, demanding that president Bush end the war.

"I've never heard from the President," said Roberts. "He's never sent his condolences and never acknowledged my son personally, and that's what I ask of him."

Will the wingers slime, smear, and slander Mother Allen and Mother Roberts like they have Mother Sheehan? How many Mothers can Bush's base debase before the wheels fall off the Republican War Machine? I'm betting not many.

Ew

Normally Michael Jackson gossip is off my radar as celebrity what-have-yous aren't my thang, but this I did not know:

"Up close, Michael Jackson's appearance is amazing. He wears a black pageboy wig, and his face is caked with white makeup, which conceals a prosthesis that serves as the tip of his nose. One person, who has seen him without the device, says he resembles a mummy with nostril holes."

Yikes! His "nose" -- that thing on his face that looks too small and odd and misshapen -- is in fact a prosthetic device? What butcher of a doctor would continue to carve on a guy's face until parts go missing? Sick.

And sad.

The Tin Man

I'm betting it's an echo. And it isn't beautiful. It's as ugly as his soul.

Some Vigil Pics








August 17, 2005, Sacramento

Thursday, August 18, 2005

God Speed, Cindy

Prayers for your mom's full recovery.

I Gaggle So You Don't Have To

Your and my tax dollars at work.

"I don't have anything for you..."

"I don't have an update"

"I have nothing to add from before "

"He's listened to their -- to views of people like Ms. Sheehan and he respects them, but he disagrees."

"I don't know anything about -- that's the first I've heard of that "

"I'll have to check into that. I don't know. "

"...he has met with her before and there's no change in the schedule "

"I don't know. "

"I don't have anything for you beyond that. "

"I saw the news reports on that, but I haven't -- I have to get back to you on it. "

"I don't know. "

"I don't think so."

"I don't know. "

"I don't have an update for you on that. Okay? "

"Q Can you give us an update on recreation?
MS. PERINO: I'll work on it."


Say nothing do nothing. Status quo. Stay the course. blah blah blah

Camp Casey Sacramento

According to the sign-in sheet, 540 Cindy Supporters gathered between old City Hall and new City Hall downtown Sacramento last night. I'll have pictures up later today. The Bush Supporters? All blow and no go. Not a one. Nadda. Zilch. Zip. Move America Forward didn't show its ugly faces and the evening was one of quiet, respectful reflection on the sacrifices made by our military men and women and their families.

Man, did it feel great being around like-minded people. We were the old, the teenage, the children, the mothers and their babies, Vets for Peace, everyday Joes and Josies, coming together for a common cause -- stop. the. killing. It's so easy to feel alone in this effort, sitting in front of a computer, day after day, reading the news, usually bad news, on the papers of record, on blogs blogging about the bad news, interacting with friendly strangers through "comments," but stand shoulder-to-shoulder with 540 friends you've never met but who are as passionate as you are about the one thing that unites us -- PEACE -- and I know it sounds corny, but it's an overwhelmingly beautiful, uplifiting experience.

We are not alone.

We are legion.

And We, the People, will take our country back.

I believe.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Gaggle-Time

Not much has been happening Gaggle-wise, sporatic pressers at best, the corps asking questions that won't get answered, you know, biz as usual. Here's a peek at yesterday's do-nothing-say-nothing:

Q Does the President have any plans at all to meet with Cindy Sheehan? And what did you think about the latest, you know, thing where the crosses were destroyed along the road?

MS. PERINO: The President said in his -- last Thursday, when he spoke to you all after the defense meeting, that he sympathizes with her, he has met with her before. He said that one of the most cherished rights in America is the right to free speech and that she has a right to express her views. He does not agree with her views, but he says he respects her right to peacefully protest. But, other than that, I have nothing more to add.
Bi'atch won't even comment on criminal mischief done in Bush's name.

And then there's the underage sex suit:

Q Dana, this just came in -- lawyers for the Pope have asked President Bush to grant him immunity as a head of state concerning a church sex abuse lawsuit in Texas in which the Pope is named as a defendant. Reitzinger is named as an individual in the lawsuit, not as a cardinal or Pope, and was successfully served with the lawsuit earlier this year. Is President Bush inclined to grant him the immunity in that?

MS. PERINO: As you know, I've been sitting here. That breaking news just happened, so I'll have to get back to you.

Yeah, pardon the Pope, bike with Lance, ignore a grieving mother while the world watches. That's our Pretzeldent!

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Downtown Sacramento For Cindy

If you're in my town tomorrow night, I'll see you here.

17 Aug
07:30 Vigil at Sacramento City Hall
915 I Street
Sidewalk in front of old City Hall
286 registered participant(s)
Sacramento
CA
95814
Hosted by Benjamin Sher
Description Come vigil to protest the occupation of Iraq and to demand action of the Sacramento City Council to adopt a resolution calling for the immediate withdrawal from Iraq.


When I signed up yestderday, I was the 66th person... now there are 286!

1-877-We Got Ed

The Ed Schultz show's going to Crawford ... because some of US can't make it.

Thanks, Ed!

Elizabeth Edwards

Writes:
Dear Friend,

Casey Sheehan was born May 29, 1979, the first born child of Cindy and Pat Sheehan. It was a long labor. Fifty-one days after Casey was born, our first child, Wade was born, also after a long labor. They started school the same year, played the same games, watched the same television shows, loved the same country. On April 4, 1996, three weeks after going to Washington as a winner in a national contest about what America meant to him, Wade died in an automobile accident. On April 4, 2004, eight years later to the day, Casey, who loved his country enough to wear its uniform, died in Iraq. Cindy and Pat's hearts broke, as had ours.

We teach our children right from wrong. We teach them compassion and honor. We teach them the dignity of each life. And then, sometimes, the lessons we taught are turned on their heads. Cindy Sheehan is asking a very simple thing of her government, and she and her family, and most particularly Casey, have paid a very dear price for the right to ask this.

Cindy wants Casey's death to have meant as much as his life - lived fully - might have meant. I know this, as does every mother who has ever stood where we stand. And the President says he knows enough, doesn't need to hear from Casey's mother, doesn't need to assure her that Casey's is not one small death in a long and seemingly never-ending drip of deaths, that there is a plan here that will bring our sons and daughters home. He doesn't need to hear from her, he says. He claims he understands how some people feel about the deaths in Iraq.

The President is wrong.

Whether you agree or disagree with every part, or any part, of what Cindy wants to say, you know it is better that the President hear different opinions, particularly from those with such a deep and personal interest in the decisions of our government. Today, another voice would be helpful.

Cindy Sheehan can be that voice. She has earned the right to be that voice.

Please join me in supporting Cindy's right to be heard.

I grew up in a military family. My father and my grandfather were career Navy pilots. I saw what it meant to live a life every single day when the possibility of an honorable death is always there, at the dinner table, on the playground, at the base school. Will someone's father not come home tonight? And I didn't just feel the possibility, I saw the real thing, and, believe me, it stays with you, it changes you.

I also saw, then and more recently as I campaigned across this country and spent time with courageous military mothers and wives, how little attention is paid to the needs and the voices of military families. It has to change. The sacrifices that our military men and women make assure us that we have the strongest military in the world, but the sacrifices that their families make are too often ignored. The President's cavalier dismissal of Cindy Sheehan is emblematic of a greater problem. This is a mother who raised her son to love his country enough to serve. This is a mother who lived the impossible life of a mother of a soldier serving in Iraq, unable to sleep when he sleeps, unable to sleep when he is on duty, unable to watch the television, unable to stop watching the television.

And when the worst does happen, when the world comes crashing down and she puts the boy she bore, the boy she taught, the boy she loved in the ground, what does that government say to her? It says we'll do the talking; we don't need to hear from you. If we are decent and compassionate, if we know the lessons we taught our children, or if, selfishly, all we want is the long line of the brave to protect us in the future, we should listen to the mothers now.

Listen to Cindy.

Join me so Cindy knows we believe she has earned the right to be heard.

Elizabeth Edwards

That woman is a class act. No wonder her foxy husband adores her.

The Huffington Post

No doubt like you, Dear Reader, I visit Arianna's House regularly, but wow! her contributors are on fire lately. Bush this, Bush that -- evil, bad, crazy wannabe cowboy-- I particularly liked Justin Frank's arm chair medical diagnosis:
Although I would never make a medical diagnosis without examining a patient, I feel confident in my observation that George W. Bush is a new kind of bi-polar: the poles being indifference and destructive violence. His indifference to families who lost their sons and daughters in Iraq is now writ large – thanks to Cindy Sheehan and an ever-increasing group of parents who demand that Bush explain the "noble cause" for which their sons and daughters continue to be maimed and killed in Iraq. As Sheehan told the press on August 12, Bush has more time for Republican donors than for talking with bereaved families camped outside his Crawford fortress.

Because Bush’s public appearances are so controlled and staged, it has been hard for all but the most trained observers to see clearly what a danger he poses to Americans and our way of life.

Can I get a hell yes?! While I dig a good Bush Bashing as much as the next pinko commie, and at the HuffPo there's plenty to satisfy me, a section of Jeff Key's post was very disturbing and sad:
The "W" stickers are plentiful on base, as you can imagine. A lot of them buy it hook, line, and sinker. Most of the guys are awesome people, but as odd as it seems, they are not very informed politically. One of the young men I talked to this weekend didn't even know the name of the Vice President! Can you believe that? If things continue on the track that they are going, this young man could very likely die because of Dick's (et al.) antics...and the boy didn't even know his name.

FUCK! (that's for tas)

Rated: X, R, V, N

Viewer Discretion Advised.

If (when?) those videos are released....

Words fail.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Belly Up To The Whiskey Bar

Billmon's on the House:
At another time of the year -- or another time in my life -- watching a senile old pervert like Bill O'Reilly or a brainless fraud like Michelle Malkin trading insults about a Gold Star mother standing in a ditch outside Shrub's dude ranch might have been enough to drive me into either a blind, homicidal rage or a stark, dying-of-the-light depression. Or maybe both -- thus validating my post-Columbine decision to get rid of all my firearms.

But it's way too hot to get angry and the whole mise-en-scene is way too absurd for despair. I mean, what could be more preposterous than the sight of the mighty GOP propaganda war machine -- built up with such effort and at such great cost -- aiming all its guns at one bereaved, 48-year-old mother camped by the side of the road in Crawford, Texas? The same massive tank that once crushed Senators and presidential candidates with such effortless ease is now practically busting a tread trying to turn this face into an enemy of the people:


There's a kind of comical desperation about it -- like watching cartoon elephants dance in hysterical fear at the sight of a cartoon mouse. I said recently that the Rovians attack what they fear most. And when your greatest fear is the mother of a combat soldier who wants to ask the president why her son had to die in Iraq, you know you've got some serious PR problems.

[snip]

At this point, to call the Commander in Chief detached from reality would be an insult to paranoid schizophrenics everywhere. Not just from the reality of failure in Iraq -- that's a given -- but from the political reality that public support for the war, and more particularly, for his handling of it, is in something close to free fall.

Without a 'chute, I hope.

Fitz Doesn't Like Liars

He especially doesn't like being lied to. He takes it personally.

Too Big For His Bi'atches?

I read DailyKos every day, often several times a day and I'd be willing to pay for its content, but this bloviating from the uber Blogger himself about having to click through ads instead of paying for content sez Kos knows the internets and blogging but his biz head needs an attitude adjustment:

It used to be the Daou Report, but I've stopped checking it out once it got hidden behind Salon's pay wall. I have better things to do than sit through a long boring ad to get one of Salon's day passes.
Yeah, mustn't support independent zines or good writing and insightful articles because they aren't FREE.

I'll remind myself of Kos's cheapness when his book hits the shelves and he's hoping to earn out his advance.

A Parade of Lies and Corruption

Me thinks Team Bush's days are numbered, and not to 08.

Pimping Raw Story ...
A coalition of over 120 member organizations dedicated to demanding accountability and honesty in government is preparing to launch a series of scathing ads aimed at what it describes as the Bush administration's "lies, corruption, fear, incompetence, indifference, and arrogance," Raw Story has learned.

[snip]

The first ad to run is controversial two-page color layout, which says: "DON'T LOOK FOR THESE NAMES AMONG THE DEAD AND WOUNDED" and displays dog-tags with the names of the adult children of President George Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney, and other pro-war administration officials.

Support your local revolution.

Oh, and I've disabled Annon comments. Homey don't play Spam.

Republican Bizzaro World

Pictures tell the story.

Sad, but true.

WTF happened to US?

Mission Accomplished

I am consumed with righteousness, anger, pride, grief, empathy, sympathy, shame, guilt, love. The news is surreal. War. Lies. Death. Everywhere death and lies and war.

And then there's Atila the Honey. She is hope. She is my hero.

Destination: Washington DC
When: September 24-26

Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of their country.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

3,596,305,494,129,357 =

The number of times I've thought George W. Bush is an clueless imbicile:
August 11,2005 CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush said Thursday he understands and respects the views of anti-war advocates like a California mother camped outside his Texas ranch to mourn her soldier son fallen in Iraq, but said it would be a mistake to bring U.S. troops home now.

"I understand the anguish that some feel about the death that takes place," Bush said.

"I also have heard the voices of those saying: 'Pull out now!' " he said. "And I've thought about their cry and their sincere desire to reduce the loss of life by pulling our troops out. I just strongly disagree."

Immediate withdrawal "would send a terrible signal to the enemy," the president said.

Cindy Sheehan has been camped along a road near Bush's ranch since Saturday, asking to talk to Bush about her son Casey and vowing to remain until his Texas vacation ends later this month. Casey was killed five days after he arrived in Iraq last year. He was 24.

"I sympathize with Mrs. Sheehan," Bush said. "She feels strongly about her position, and she has every right in the world to say what she believes. This is America. She has a right to her position, and I thought long and hard about her position. I've heard her position from others, which is: Get out of Iraq now. And it would be a mistake for the security of this country and the ability to lay the foundations for peace in the long run if we were to do so."

The anguish "some" people feel about the "death that takes place?" He's thought hard about her position?

That sound you hear? It's my jaw hitting the floor.

HolyFlyingMonkeyButts!

The Fix Was In.
But what was said to be an effort to protect the United States became a tool by which the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Pat Roberts (R-KS) ensured there was no serious investigation into how the administration fixed the intelligence that took the United States to war in Iraq or the fabricated documents used as evidence to do so.

Coupled with limited access to intelligence documents, RAW STORY has found that Roberts and a handful of other strategically-placed Washington players stymied all questions into pre-war intelligence on Iraq and post-invasion cover-ups, including the outing of a CIA covert agent, by using targeted leaks and artfully deflecting blame from the White House.

My mind is blowing!

What A Bunch

Of fucking shit. Seriously. Corky and I hate them and we hate their ass faces!
"The arts community is generally dominated by liberals because if you are concerned mainly with painting or sculpture, you don't have time to study how the world works. And if you have no understanding of economics, strategy, history and politics, then naturally you would be a liberal."

I'm gonna go bite my pillow.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Just Guessing

But I think the expletive started with an F and ended in a K.
DENVER - An Air Force Reserve colonel could face criminal charges for allegedly vandalizing cars at Denver International Airport bearing pro-Bush bumper stickers.

[snip]

Jackson said Fecteau is suspected of blacking out the Bush bumper stickers and then spray painting an expletive and the president's name on the vehicles.

Dude, a check to your defense fund is in the mail. Plead Reality.

Kill Bill Vol. III

Mrs. Kesterson goes Pei Mai on Bill O'Reilly.

Thomas de Zengotita at the HuffPo concurs.
I haven't seen Bill O'Reilly so flummoxed since Al Franken took him down at that LA book fair last year, though this was much subtler. He had to grin and swallow it all because he was interviewing the mother of a dead soldier. I can only assume he was misled by his booker, or maybe his booker was misled by Dolores Kesterson herself -- who knows? But Bill obviously thought he was going to get this woman to acknowledge that her son died "in a noble cause" in Iraq on tonight’s O'Reilly Factor,around 8:30, NYC time it was.

Dolores was slated to be the anti-Cindy Sheehan.

Oooops.

Congrats, Bill. You got Punk'd.

The Light! It Burns!

Sidney Blumenthal shines super T-8s on the Cockroach of Evil and he's nowhere to hide under the glaring scrutiny of righteousnes.

Now, we all now what a piece of shit Robert Novak is, how his career's been built on badgering and bullying and sliming his way to media power -- for decades -- how in his twilight years he outed an undercover CIA agent for partisan purposes, but did you know he could carry a tune?

Just last year, the investigation was a laughing matter for Novak. He appeared onstage at the annual dinner at the Gridiron Club, the exclusive inner circle of the Washington press corps, of which he is a long-standing member. As a gag, Novak was attired as former diplomat Wilson, wearing top hat and cutaway coat, singing to the tune of "Once I Had a Secret Love": "Novak had a secret source who lived within the great White House ... so he outed a girl spy the way princes of darkness do ... Now John Ashcroft asks Bob who and how, could be headed to the old hoosegow." He belted out his last line with panache: "Cross the right wing you may try, Bob Novak's coming after you." The press corps hooted and clapped.

[snip]

As Novak now attempts to fend off his pursuers, he resorts to his old bullying; he brandishes his status, invents new stories, and tries to bargain with the truth. With each failed effort, he has become more frantic, racing from pillar to post, from television talk show to syndicated column, tossing off ever more illogical and tortured alibis that only heighten suspicion of him. By plying more tricks of the trade, his patented tidbits of disinformation, he confirms the impression of petty squalor. Instead of escaping through the fog of his distortions, he rivets searchlights on his desperate flight.

The self-described "prince of darkness" appears blinded by the light. He cannot see himself as everyone else does. He has called so much attention to himself that he casts no shadow at all. He is completely exposed. He has become a fugitive who cannot find a safe house in the town that he thought was his bailiwick. His craven torment and wild flailing at his inability to halt his self-destruction might cast him as a Dostoevskian figure. But his absence of doubt deprives him of the depth of existential crisis. Bob Novak now resembles Gypo Nolan, the Judas of John Ford's classic 1935 movie, "The Informer," an IRA traitor on the run, used to the comfort of matey sycophants, but whom no one will shield and who unwittingly betrays himself in the end.

Long knives. Couldn't happen to a more worthy caustic.


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RIP

Sez ScottW at Pimp Fiction:




Tombstone Generator

Pushing Away From The Table

And saying, "No more Jello for me, Ma!"

I'm reading the news today and, oh boy.

We have Rummy hosting a hoe-down to celebrate 9-11; we have gunmen storming into Baghdad's municipal building, deposing the city's mayor and installing a member of Iraq's Shiite militia in his place. The former is hiding from the latter's peeps; we have Rummy (again) threatening Iran; we have military families joining Cindy at Camp Casey but no word from Bush that he'll leave his bubble to acknowledge them...

Some good news: Imus called Rummy a Son of a Bitch today.

All that and I haven't even visited the Daou Report! Brain overload....brain overload....

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

"Get Packin', Georgie"

August 5, 2005:

Just a two hour drive away in Dallas, at the Veterans for Peace National Convention in Dallas, I’m sitting with a roomful of veterans from the current quagmire.

When asked what he would say to Mr. Bush if he had the chance to speak to him, Abdul Henderson, a corporal in the Marines who served in Iraq from March until May, 2003, took a deep breath and said, “It would be two hits-me hitting him and him hitting the floor. I see this guy in the most prestigious office in the world, and this guy says ‘bring it on.’ A guy who ain’t never been shot at, never seen anyone suffering, saying ‘bring it on?’ He gets to act like a cowboy in a western movie…it’s sickening to me.”

The other vets with him nod in agreement as he speaks somberly…his anger seething.

One of them, Alex Ryabov, a corporal in an artillery unit which was in Iraq the first three months of the invasion, asked for some time to formulate his response to the same question.

“I don’t think Bush will ever realize how many millions of lives he and his lackeys have ruined on their quest for money, greed and power,” he says, “To take the patriotism of the American people for granted…the fact that people (his administration) are willing to lie and make excuses for you while you continue to kill and maim the youth of America and ruin countless families…and still manage to do so with a smile on your face.”

Taking a deep breath to steady himself he continues as if addressing Bush first-hand; “You needs to resign, take the billions of dollars you’ve made off the blood and sweat of US service members….all the suffering you’ve caused us, and put those billions of dollars into the VA to take care of the men and women you sent to be slaughtered. Yet all those billions aren’t enough to even try to compensate all the people who have been affected by this.”

There's more. A lot more. Powerful, sad, mind-bending first-hand accounts by guys who've been there. Tragic doesn't even begin to describe what Team Bush has done.

Must. Start. Drinking.


Blonde nod to Raw Story.

Cindy Watch

A Kosipolitan's monitoring the Iconoclast's blog for Camp Casey updates. George W. Bush's hometown paper's website is overrun with traffic, so for updates, I'd keep checking the Kos link. Here's whazzup:
9 a.m. Nasty weather, cold rain, hard at times. Rumors persist that she will be arrested.

11:45 a.m. Weather still nasty. Standing water everywhere, including triangular area they were kicked off of yesterday. No trespassing sign posted there now. Area farmers driving by, telling Cindy she's made her point, why doesn't she leave?
Cindy conducting phone interviews at Peace House. Her own phone is overrun with calls. Those wanting to contact Cindy, please call Ann Wright of CodePink, 808-741-1141. She will take messages.
Veterans for Peace of Louisiana has sent 1,000 crosses, and people in Crawford plan to put them up in the ditch along the road tomorrow, need volunteers to help with this.
Austin Veterans for Peace chairman has issued a call for all veterans to come to Crawford to support Cindy.

Another 800+ crosses are needed. Should be one for every fallen US soldier.

The Sweet Spot

Paul Hackett on Rush Limbaugh's calling Paul a "staff puke":
That's typical for that fatass drug addict to come up with something like that. There's a guy ... I didn't hear this, but actually when I was on drill this weekend, I've got to tell you, he lost a lot of Republican supporters with his comments. Because they were coming up to me, telling me, "I can't believe he said that! Besides that, he called you a soldier. He doesn't know the difference between a soldier and a marine!"

So generally, the consensus is Rush doesn't know squat about patriotism. He's typical of the new Republican. He's got a lot of lip and he doesn't walk the walk. The fact of the matter is, I went to Iraq to serve my country. I left my nice house, my nice wife by my choice because I thought it was the right thing to do. And man, if I was good enough to be able to see into the future that Rob Portman was going to step down from Congress, I mean I should actually be running for something a lot more than Congress. I went to Iraq because I wanted to serve my country and be with my Marines.

I think it probably says more about Rush Limbaugh than it does anybody else that he comes up with those thought processes. And I think it's indicative of today's Republican party, which is patriotic lite translated to anybody who serves their country who truly who truly serves their country and demonstrates it by their actions as opposed to their flapping gums.

They want to attack us. But the fact of the matter is they can attack me, but I punch back just as hard as I get. Ask Rush how come he wasn't taking phone calls for the two days when he was on the attack with me. Ask him why his phone lines were clogged up. That's because he was getting thousands of calls from veterans from this war and other wars who were clogging up his phone lines, giving him an earful.

More like him, please.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Given No More Notice

As George W. Bush steps over the body of her kid:
Q Is the President going to meet with the mother who lost a son in Iraq, that's been camped out in front of his ranch?

MR. DUFFY: The President has met with Ms. Sheehan last summer, and as we've said, the National Security Advisor, as well as the Deputy Chief of Staff met with her and other mothers for 45 minutes.
Wow. He spent a whole 45 minutes (split time between the families) with Cindy and other mothers of fallen soldiers. What a guy!
Q Why won't the President meet with her? I mean, she's camped outside -- I mean, is he at all worried that he's got this mother, someone who lost a kid in Iraq, she's camped out in front of the ranch, both -- I mean, from a PR side of things, but also the substantive -- listening to her -- I mean, why won't he meet with her?

MR. DUFFY: The President did meet with her in June of 2004; he's met with hundreds of families of the fallen. They are private meetings. And he was glad to meet with her at that time. We always mourn the loss of every life. And as I said, he's met with hundreds of families of the fallen.
The irony is sickening. These fucking murderers don't even hear the words they speak. Hundreds of families!
Q Trent, on Ms. Sheehan, what was the White House's message to her in the meeting with her over the weekend?

MR. DUFFY: As I said and reported, that Mr. Hagin and Mr. Hadley listened to her concerns.

Q Did they -- what was their response to her? I mean, did they welcome her concerns, did they --

MR. DUFFY: It was a private meeting. As I said on the wire call, she suggested and expressed on more than three occasions that she was very appreciative for them coming out.

Memo to Duffy: Cindy's not there to see Bush's ass-wipers. She wants to see the shit-stained Diaper Boy himself.

And she isn't going away. No matter how many 'top advisers' sit on the pavement to chat her up.

Summer of Truth

Freeway Bloggers rock.



The Truth shall set us free. Some day.

Meanwhile, Over At Camp Casey

Things are heating up. And it ain't the scorching weather. According to the NYT, Condi and Rummy will be joining the Pretzeldent at the ranch on Thursday and whataya know, that very day Cindy Sheehan -- armed with bottled water and wet-wipes -- will be considered a threat to national security and arrested.

Cindy's already a media blitzkrieg. Imagine the press she'll be given when she's handcuffed and thrown in the slammer. Can Team Bush really be that stupid?

Even Hell Has Its Standards

Hell's Pizza is too good for some evil bastards.

The Waaaaaaa Street Journal

The meany Liberal Press hurt poor Bobby Novak's feelings. Bobby was only doing his job when he outed a CIA officer and spewed lies about her. Stop picking on him!

*snicker*

Sunday, August 07, 2005

What The Hell

Kinda country is this when the Dukes Of Hazzard remake is #1 at the box office?

Friday, August 05, 2005

Juba

From The Guardian:
They have never seen Juba. They hear him, but by then it's too late: a shot rings out and another US soldier slumps dead or wounded.

There is never a follow-up shot, never a chance for US forces to identify the origin, to make the hunter the hunted. He fires once and vanishes.

Juba is the nickname given by American forces to an insurgent sniper operating in southern Baghdad. They do not know his appearance, nationality or real name, but they know and fear his skill.

[snip]

He waits for soldiers to dismount, or stand up in a Humvee turret, and aims for gaps in their body armour, the lower spine, ribs or above the chest. He has killed from 200 metres away.

"It was the perfect shot," the battalion commander, Lt Col Kevin Farrell, said of one incident. "Blew out the spine.

"We have different techniques to try to lure him out, but he is very well trained and very patient. He doesn't fire a second shot."

There's more in the article. It's all scary.

They Get Letters

5 in the NYT. Here's just 1:
How can President Bush go on a monthlong vacation when our troops are at war and fighting what appears to be a losing battle? Has he no compassion for the families that are not going on vacation because a loved one is in Iraq? Or the families that have lost a member in the fighting?

What about the marines who were just killed, most of whom were based in Ohio?

President Bush needs to act responsibly - be a leader and wait at his desk until his troops come home or until he can make them safer over there. No one would quibble about a few days off, but this is ridiculous and insulting to all military families, past and present.

I am the daughter of Lt. Col. James White, who served and was a prisoner of war in World War II. He did America proud.

President Bush, make us proud of you.

Marilyn Mulcahy
Huntington Beach, Calif.
Aug. 4, 2005

Don't hold your breath, Marilyn.

The letter Atrios posted will rip your heart out.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Novak Flips

According to TV watchin' Freepers, [update: link disabled because of bad 'language' -- ?!] Novakula just flipped out on CNN under pressure from Carville's questions on TraitorGate.

Carville said Novak was trying to look tough for the editorial pages. Novak said that was bullshit and walked out of the set and you can hearing him throwing his mike.

Drudge is running with it too.

Sweet pressure I hope Novak implodes.

Headed over to Crooks & Liars. They'll have video up in no time....

On This Day In History

1964. Washington provokes Gulf of Tonkin incident. Uses it to justify bombing of northern Viet Nam.

A fabricated justification for US agression. Imagine!

Yes!

This is what I'm talking about. In-his-face-confrontation. No matter what.
Dear Friends and Supporters,

George Bush said speaking about the dreadful loss of life in Iraq in August: (08/03/05): "We have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission." "The families of the fallen can be assured that they died for a noble cause."

In reaction to these two assinine and hurtful statements, members of Gold Star Families for Peace (GSFP) are going to George's vacation home in Crawford, Tx this Saturday, August 6th at 11:00 am to confront him on these two statements.

We want our loved ones sacrifices to be honored by bringing our nation's sons and daughters home from the travesty that is Iraq IMMEDIATELY, since this war is based on horrendous lies and deceptions. Just because our children are dead, why would we want any more families to suffer the same pain and devastation that we are.

We would like for him to explain this "noble cause" to us and ask him why Jenna and Barbara are not in harm's way, if the cause is so noble.

If George is not ready to send the twins, then he should bring our troops home immediately. We will demand a speedy withdrawal.

GSFP will be joined by members of Veteran's for Peace (VFP), Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), Code Pink, and Crawford Peace House.

We GSFP members will not leave until we get answers from George Bush. We deserve and expect him to welcome us with answers to as why our loved ones are dead.

Every worker for peace, every worker for justice, every person who wants our country back are welcomed to join us on Saturday. Show George Bush that we mean business. Be there to support us family members who have already been through so much. We are fighting for our country, our world, especially the children.

Crawford is about 2 hours from Dallas where the VFP Convention is being held this weekend. There will be car pools from the convention.

HONOR OUR LOVED ONE'S SACRIFICES: BRING OUR TROOPS HOME NOW!!!!

Bring water and hats...we plan on staying until we are arrested or satisfied with the answers. (I am betting on jail).

Please pass this email on to your friends, lists, and media.

For more info: call
Cindy Sheehan
707-365-7750

Imagine Bush throwing grieving mothers of fallen soldiers in jail. I hope every major network -- cable or otherwise -- has film rolling.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Another One Bites?

If true, this has got to leave a mark.

Once Bush and Cheney and Hastert fall, who's in line for the Throne until 08?

"It may be more than another embarrassing security scandal,” writes Rose. “One counterintelligence official familiar with Edmonds’s case has told Vanity Fair that the FBI opened an investigation into covert activity by Turkish nations in the late 1990s. That inquiry found evidence, mainly via wiretaps, of attempts to corrupt senior American politicians in at least two major cities—Washington and Chicago. Toward the end of 2001, Edmonds was asked to translate some of the thousands of calls that had been record by this operation, some dating back to 1997.

"Edmonds has given confidential testimony inside a secure Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility on several occasions: to congressional staffers, to investigators from the OIG, and to staff from the 9/11 commission," Rose continues. "Sources familiar with this testimony say that, in addition to her allegations about the Dickersons, she reported hearing Turkish wiretap targets boast that they had a covert relationship with a very senior Republican indeed—Dennis Hastert, Republican congressman from Illinois and Speaker of the House since 1999. The targets reportedly discussed giving Hastert tens of thousands of dollars in surreptitious payments in exchange for political favors and information. “The Dickersons,” says one official familiar with the case, “are just the tip of the iceberg.”

"Some of the calls reportedly contained what sounded like references to large scale drug shipments and other crimes," writes Rose. "One name, however, apparently stood out—a man the Turkish callers often referred to by the nickname “Denny boy.” It was the Republican congressman from Illinois and Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert. According to some of the wiretaps, the FBI’s targets had arranged for thousands of dollars to be paid to Hastert’s campaign funds in small checks.

I'm speechless over here.

Were I A Lesbian

I'd want to marry SusanG.

Hello?

What the fuck do these women think we reality-based folks have been screaming about Bush's meat-grinder known as Iraq?
"You never know who it could be. It could be your best friend. It could be your husband — it could be anyone from here," Eleanor Matelski, 69, said as she angrily tore up a paper cup that had held her coffee.

"Tell Bush to get our soldiers out of there now before any more of our soldiers die. This is getting to be ridiculous," she said.

[snip]

Pat Wilsox, who said some of the reserves from the battalion frequent the doughnut shop he manages, threw her hand over her heart when she heard the news that the unit had suffered more losses. "Oh my God," she said softly. "I'm all for protection but this is getting a little bit ridiculous."

Ridiculous? That's putting it mildly.

Me thinks in 06 Ohio's gonna go BLUE.

All Bets Are Off

For this US Soldier:

BAGHDAD - An Iraqi militant group said it captured a U.S. Marine after killing eight others in a clash in western Iraq.

The Army of Ansar al-Sunna said on its Web site it would soon issue pictures of the Marine, whom it said it had captured after ambushing U.S. forces near Haditha.

How do you think the family and loved ones of that soldier will feel when the pics of him being tortured Abu Gharib-style are splayed across the pages of the world's newspapers and Internets?

Tit for Tat is a motherfucker.

Pussy

No, no, today's not Friday Cat Blogging, I don't care for cats anyway. I'm talking about him.

Tough talk for a guy who's afraid of "Comments."

Well, Heck!

Hackett didn't win, but he came damn close. A four point spread ain't bad in a district so red that Hell looks pink in comparison.

Hackett gave us hope. All things considered, what more could anyone ask for?

Blonde nod to him.

UPDATE: What Bob sez!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Rock Solid

JimmyJeff gets spanked in the War Room.

Ouch! Tim's last link is gonna leave a mark ;-)

2000

The blood of every fallen soldier is on Team Bush's and their apologists's hands.





Photo credit Raw Story.

What Do We Want?

A devestating blow.

All eyes on OH-2.

Go Hackett!

The La La La I Can't Hear You Preznit

Facts? Preznit Cuckoo bird don't need no stinkin' facts!

Feeling safer?

Monday, August 01, 2005

Americans, You Got Punk'd

Or Slam dunked.

Thanks, Corporate Media! Team Bush couldn't control the message without you.

He's Late He's Late

For a very important date!

Little Scottie M just couldn't sit still for today's Gaggle. He's an important guy, ya know, so fuck you ya SCLMedia whores and Americans tuning in, homey ain't playin' dat today:
Q But why didn't he say anything --

MR. McCLELLAN: In terms of the Boy Scouts, the President has always been a strong supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, and he was pleased to go to their Jamboree last night in Virginia.

Go ahead.

Q Today -- wait a minute.

MR. McCLELLAN: No, I've got to keep going. Go ahead.

Q Wait a minute, just two.

MR. McCLELLAN: I've got some interviews I've got to get to.

What "interviews" is Scottie talking about? Inquiring mind wants to know...

It's Official

We live in a dictatorship.

Is it 2008 yet? Wake me when we get there.