"la la la la I can't hear you"
Q Does that answer suggest the President just puts his hands over his eyes and over his ears and doesn't pay attention to what is going on in this town?
MR. McCLELLAN: No, absolutely not.
Q Well, then what about --
MR. McCLELLAN: What's going on in Washington is different from what may be going on in America. I know Washington --
Q Okay, in America, the President's political standing is significantly eroded; --
MR. McCLELLAN: Hang on. I'll come to you -- hang on, hang on --
Q -- one of the top Republicans in Congress is now under indictment; you've got the top Republican in the Senate who is under investigation; you've got a leak probe of this White House's activities of releasing secrets. These are difficult days, are they not, for the Republican Party? How does the President assess it; does he worry about it?
MR. McCLELLAN: These are days of important progress for the American people because we're pushing ahead on the priorities that they are most concerned about. The American people are most concerned about making sure that we win the war on terrorism and that we succeed in Iraq, and that we address the issue of high energy prices. And they're most concerned about making sure that the people who have been affected by these hurricanes are taken care of. And those are the priorities that this President is focused on.
There are other priorities, as well, and we continue to move forward on them. But I don't think you can take just a few instances, or a few matters, like you're bringing up, and make broad characterizations. The President isn't one who gets caught up in the weekly polls that go on in this town, or all the focus on who's up, who's down in Washington, D.C. He's focused on solving problems for the American people, and that's what he'll continue to do.
Q Easy for him to do. What about congressional Republicans who have to face voters?
06 elections? Bring. Them. On.
Imagine what will happen if We the People take back the House and Senate. Oh, the investigations! Oh, the IMPEACHMENT!
Yes. It happened. The employee buy-out occured and I'm now a business owner with all the bells and whistles and headaches associated therewith. Woohoo!
This is the first time today that I've had to surf the Internets and what did I see the moment Yahoo's homepage popped up?
TOM DELAY'S BEEN INDICTED!!!!
Man, that felt good to write. May that fucking bastard be found guilty so his sorry ass can rot in prison, when it isn't being loved by a bigger, stronger inmate.
Rants may be a bit sporadic around here, but as always, I appreciate everyone who drops by and shouts out -- or lurks (I know you're out there), and hope that you'll continue to visit as I get my wits about me during this transitional period.
You, Dear Reader, are the bestest!
Okay. My purse was safe. My job? Who the fuck knows! I've gone from frantic worry, to stressful action, to where I find myself today: numb.
Come what may and all that shit.
Here's something to curl your toes ... Benator?
Just stick forks in my eyes and be done with it, k?
Here's something to curl your stomach ... Let loose the hounds
And as we all know by know, Heckuva Job Brownie's
ba'aaack. Shocked?! Me neither.
Times Like These
So this week I've gone from employee working stiff to organizer of an employee buy-out of the company that has employed me these past five years -- a fuck of a week of sleepless nights and endless days of number crunching, negotiations, round and round and round and round and this afternoon, over a power lunch that ended with all parties STILL not in agreement and time running short and people's patience even shorter, I leave the restaurant without my purse.
Without my purse that has my ID.
Without my purse that has my ATM card.
Without my purse that has my credit cards.
Without my purse that has my car keys.
Without my purse that has my HOUSE keys.
I don't realize this disaster until it's time to go home, an hour and a half after the restaurant had closed.
I get my mom to pick me up and get me in my house since she has a spare key, tracking her down a nightmare on top of my unfolding nightmare ... I get home.... no wine.
FUCK! FUCK! FUCK!
The restaurant opens at 6a.m. It's a breakfast/lunch place. Will know by 6:05a.m.ish if all will be well or if the pain continues ... dmv for new license... cancel credit cards... order new atm card....keys...
Wish me luck.
Watch Bow-tie Boy get handed his ass by Bill Maher.
Here's some scraps from the transcript:
CARLSON: So in other words, anytime something bad happens to people, the federal government...
CARLSON: ... has a moral obligation to come rescue them and rebuild what they lost?
MAHER: Of course not. That's not what I am saying at all. I am saying in this case, let's be clear. There is a FEMA. And they are supposed to respond and they didn't.
Now, if we want to have a new sort of America where there isn't such a safety net, where there doesn't exist a FEMA, and people can't expect that kind of help, that's a different story.
But you know, as you heard from down there, they expected the cavalry to come, and they never showed up, because, once again, the president was on vacation. We couldn't interrupt that.
You know, I thought he had set a new standard after—on the day of 9/11, when he sat there for seven minutes. But obviously, he improved on his own record, and this time, he sat for four days.
CARLSON: Wait, I know people will never be convinced that Bush is not a right wing crazy, but just consider what he said in the last couple of days. We're going to spend at least $100 million, probably I would say $200 billion to rebuild this.
CARLSON: He's come out for affirmative action. He said in his speech the other night that he thinks that poverty—or racism causes poverty. These are all liberal ideas. He is behaving like Lyndon Johnson. When at some point are liberals going to say, this guy is not a conservative, after all, he is talking like us?
MAHER: I don't think he has ever been a conservative. I don't know why you guys ever were so strong for him to begin with. He's obviously...
CARLSON: You guys, I never was.
MAHER: ... not up to—You never liked George Bush?
CARLSON: Yes, I always liked him, still like him now personally, I think he is a totally charming guy, but I never, ever thought, day one, 1999, that he was conservative. I never felt that.
MAHER: Right. Well, I mean, Bill Clinton was a charming guy too, and I seem to remember you going after him a lot more than you've gone after George Bush.
And doesn't Bill Clinton look a little better these days?
CARLSON: He looks worse.
MAHER: Don't you feel a little silly? Bill Clinton looks worse?
CARLSON: You have got to be kidding.
MAHER: Give me a break.
CARLSON: Clinton comes out the other day—Clinton comes out the other day and says, A, you shouldn't have gone into Iraq. Wait a second, he was for Iraq. He and his wife both supported the war. Now they're second guessing it and pretending...
MAHER: They didn't support the war. Excuse me.
MAHER: They supported—they supported a resolution that said as a last resort, we are going to give you, Sheriff George Bush, a badge and a gun. That's not saying we want you to go in there blasting at the first sign of trouble.
But we're just talking about the hurricane. You can't really deny that under Clinton, FEMA was in a much better situation, that he didn't appoint somebody's college roommate, and this is after 9/11, to head up the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
I understand that all politicians appoint their cronies to certain positions, but this isn't the ambassadorship to San Marino or Liechtenstein. It's the Federal Emergency Management Agency. You don't think that's a smoking gun for George Bush's administration?
CARLSON: I think it's totally negligent. I mean, some guy, who was, you know, the Arabian horse breeder lobbyist, absolutely. But my question · still, I think there's blame to go around.
MAHER: But don't you feel...
CARLSON: Why during the Clinton years weren't those levees shored up? I don't know. What else was FEMA doing? You know what I mean. There were no major emergencies. There weren't you know, major emergencies like this.
MAHER: It's not FEMA's job to shore up the levees. It's FEMA's job when the hurricane hits, as you well know. But, you know, that is local politics, and as I said, they deserve a lot of blame too.
CARLSON: Almost aesthetic level, aren't you repulsed by Clinton's never ending self-righteousness? The other day, over the weekend, he says essentially, I would have done a better job responding to Katrina because I am a better person, great guy, look at me, great administration. Doesn't the constant bragging make you want to throw up?
MAHER: You know what makes me want to throw up, seeing dead bodies floating in New Orleans, that makes me want to throw up.
MAHER: That kind of stuff—that would not have happened under Bill Clinton. You can't tell me that you think that FEMA would have not been a completely different agency and that Clinton would have been all over this situation from minute one like white on rice.
You don't think that's who Bill Clinton is? He would not have slept from the moment this hurricane started to hit until we could do the best we could with the situation.
You're angry at his self-righteousness at a time when there are hundreds and hundreds of dead bodies that are on the tab of George Bush? Why don't you focus your anger on the guy who really deserves it?
CARLSON: Night after night after night my anger has been focused on the local, state, and federal authorities who allowed this tragedy to happen. Merely pointing out that Bill Clinton's opportunity to say something to America, devolves as usual into another, “Look at me, aren't I'm a great guy,” lecture. And it just makes me want to throw up. My only point.
MAHER: I'll hold the bag for you.
Better make it a Hefty, Bill. Tucker's got a of spew.
Ever have one of those
days? You know the kind of day I'm talking about, where every single thing you try to accomplish just gets more complicated at every turn? One can o'worms after the next.
Been reading the news in between shots of vodka and project job costing that's waaaayyyy over budget, and I gotta say, WHAT THE FUCK IS UP WITH OUR DEMOCRATIC LEADERS?!
Where's our Karl Rove? The one guy everyone in their party fears for one reason or another, the guy with the blackest eyes and coldest heart and super secrets that one look from him whips 'leaders' into bots who'll repeat party line come hell or Katrina or truth or fact?
Message discipline, people!
Why oh why is it so hard for Democrats to find a message and stick with it? Too complicated? Here's one for those message-challenged 'leaders' to parrot ad naseum:Republicans are evildoers.
See? That's not so hard.
PHAT John Edwards is on the radar, here
The former senator -- who was tapped by Kerry to be his running mate last year and, like Kerry, is contemplating a 2008 presidential run -- said the administration has long favored wealth over work. He criticized Bush for suspending a law requiring federal contractors along the Gulf Coast to pay prevailing wages on reconstruction projects.
"I might have missed something, but I don't think the president ever talked about putting a cap on the salaries of the CEOs of Halliburton and the other companies . . . who are getting all these contracts," he said in a speech at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. "This president, who never met an earmark he wouldn't approve or a millionaire's tax cut he wouldn't promote, decided to slash wages for the least of us and the most vulnerable."
Along with MSNBC's Tom Curry, CNN's Jackie Schechner, the NYT's Matt Bai and a sprinkling of party operatives and interest group reps, The Note attended a regular meeting of the Internet Left at Townhouse Tavern in Dupont Circle on Sunday. Here is what we took away:
1. Mike Huckabee instills fear.
2. Hillary Clinton provokes scorn.
3. Russ Feingold inspires passion.
4. And John Edwards' early focus on poverty — coupled with Elizabeth Edwards' statement of support for Cindy Sheehan — is getting him a second look from this crowd.
Mike who? Ditto that, Hillary. Russ, darling of the grassroots!
And then there's John. I wonder how he'll play out the next three years....out of political office but in the political spotlight...can he make a go of it in 08?
Helen Thomas vs. Scott McClellan
She's got him by the short curlies and she isn't
The rest of the Gagglers are picking Scott's bones. Me thinks soon he'll announce the desire to spend more time with his family.
False statements, obstruction
David Safavian, who oversees $300 billion of annual federal purchasing as director of the Office of Procurement Policy of the Department of Management and Budget, has been arrested for three charges relating to obstruction of a GSA-OIG investigation.
Though indictments for criminal misdoings are not uncommon, the physical arrest of an administration official is rare.
The frog-marching has begun!
The Katrina Administration
by John Kerry.
Gonna take a lot more kick-ass name-taking hit-em-with-the-chair words and actions to get Mr. Kerry back in my voting good graces.
A. Lot. More.
But I'm listening.
“John Kerry's attacks on President Bush's efforts to assist the victims and rebuild the Gulf Coast don't come as a surprise - armchair quarterbacking on tough issues has never been a problem for Senator Kerry. Such tactics haven’t served him well in the past and today is no exception. The American people have pulled together during a difficult time and Democrats’ efforts to politicize this tragedy are unsavory at best.”
What The Fuck
Is this We
“We have never taken this operation seriously enough,” says a retired senior military official with experience in Iraq. “We have never provided enough troops. We have never provided enough equipment, or the right kind of equipment. We have never worked the intelligence part of the war in a serious, sustained fashion. We have failed the Iraqi people, and we have failed our troops.”
never took the operation seriously, or You
would have stood down when Bush stood up pre-emptively. You
failed the Iraqi people. You
failed our troops.You
And every single Bush supporter and apoligist failed. Got that? YOU
failed. So cut this We business. I know bullshit when I see it. There's no blood on my hands. It's all Yours.
Oh, and memo to Time Magazine: Care to apologize for your fawning George W. Bush Man of the Year cover?
Via Raw Story:
Document intended for Rove arrives on Democrat's fax....
If RS has been tipped, the doc's gotta be (hopefully) damaging or embarrassing. What could it be? More behind the scenes
This inquiring mind wants to know.Updated.
I thought Team Bush didn't care
about polls? Yeah. Right.
Understatement If Ever There Was One
Via the War Room:
George W. Bush, talking today about the work he can still accomplish with Russian President Vladimir Putin: "We do have three more years, which I've found out is a long period of time."
Laugh or cry. I post. You decide.
Know When To Hold 'Em
No, no, I'm not talking about Condi holding Bush's wee wee while he goes pee pee, David Mamet, who penned one of YT's favorite plays, Glengarry Glen Ross, is talking about Democrats being the Poker Party:
In poker, one must have courage: the courage to bet, to back one's convictions, one's intuitions, one's understanding. There can be no victory without courage. The successful player must be willing to wager on likelihoods. Should he wait for absolutely risk-free certainty, he will win nothing, regardless of the cards he is dealt.
For example, take a player who has never acted with initiative — he has never raised, merely called. Now, at the end of the evening, he is dealt a royal flush. The hand, per se, is unbeatable, but the passive player has never acted aggressively; his current bet (on the sure thing) will signal to the other players that his hand is unbeatable, and they will fold.
His patient, passive quest for certainty has won nothing.
The Democrats, similarly, in their quest for a strategy that would alienate no voters, have given away the store, and they have given away the country.
Call, raise, or fold.
I say call
the Reichwing's bluff. Raise
the chair upside their heads. Fold
them over the couch and shove accountability straight up their a$$e$.
As I listened to Bush's speech last night ... okay, listened
isn't entirely true as I had to mute the tv here and there cuz it's just too fucking painful to hear Bush yammer on for longer than a few minutes at a stretch (and what's with the jaw grind thing? Is he back on Cocaine? We know he's insincere, but .... any body language specialists out there care to enlighten -- what's a jaw grind mean?) I had to wonder how his winger base would react to what amounted to a very LBJish / liberal position -- $200 billion to feed, house, clothe, medicate, the poor? The poor?! Blacks?!!!!!
I thought, Damn, the Freepies are going to flippie
-- they went bonkers last week over the $2000 debit cards for Katrina's victims, how in the fuck are they going to stand by their man as he doles out billions
of dollars to those people?
Some aren't. As Salon notes, there's cracks
in the Bush foundation:
Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn -- last seen working a crossword puzzle during the confirmation hearings for John G. Roberts -- bristled at Bush's plan for a $200 billion reconstruction effort. "I don't believe that everything that should happen in Louisiana should be paid for by the rest of the country," Coburn told the Times. "I believe there are certain responsibilities that are due the people of Louisiana." South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint chimed in that "throwing more and more money without accountability . . . is not going to solve the problem."
Why are Republicans, who have spent the better part of five years marching in lockstep with their president, suddenly going sideways on him? Part of it is the president's unpopularity, and part of it is that Bush is -- relatively speaking -- a short-timer. He needs to put on a big show of helping the Gulf Coast to recover from his stumbling performance in the early days of the disaster, but he'll be enjoying his retirement on Trent Lott's new porch by the time the bill comes due. Members of Congress will have to deal with the financial ramifications down the line -- especially if they ignore them now -- and they aren't necessarily happy about picking up the tab then to get Bush out of a jam now. As one senior House Republican official tells the Times, "We are not sure he knows what he is getting into."
Oh, Bush knows, and like always, he doesn't give a fuck. He is the say-whatever-do-whatever-to-save-his-political-ass-guy -- the neocon's puppet -- short-timing to save face until his tour is up and he gets to go home and clear brush in 105 degree heat -- Home.
I've a feeling those GOP Congresscritters who are pulling back now are going to widen the distance between themselves and the WH every day that the 06 elections draw near. Don't you?
And getting batshit crazier by the day
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - John Bolton's reputation as a difficult diplomat gave his boss, U.S. President George W. Bush, an opportunity to tease the new American ambassador to the United Nations.Joking
"How's he doing? Has the place blown up?" Bush asked U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan as the president and Bolton arrived at U.N. headquarters on Tuesday for a world summit.
The president's jest was captured on videotape by a U.N. television crew.
about the UN being blown up? Yeah, that's real
fucking funny, Mr. Pretzeldent.
Oh Yeah Sure
Plenty of purified bottled water for Bubble boy. FEMA's doing a heckuva job!
I'm back. Well rested. Head cleared. Claws sharpened.
I see widdle Bushie wushie needs a go potty,
yes he does.
I see dumb
I see a chickenshit
coward behind the newspaper.
Iraq's still outa control. New Orleans is still gone. Bush's approval's at 40% in the brownshirt WSJ
poll -- their lowest for him ever so you know it's bad on the Hill.
And I still hate Bush and his ass face.
Ah yesssssss, there's no place like home...there's no
place like home....
Eyewitness: Sec of State Condi Rice laughs it up at 'Spamalot' while Gulf Coast lays in tatters. Theater goers on New York' City's Great White Way were shocked to see the President's former National Security Advisor at the Monty Python farce last night -- as the rest of the cabinet responds to Hurricane Katrina...
Her father must be rolling over in his grave.
I'm spent, Dear Reader. My bags are packed, I'm ready to go, I'm heading where the days are long and the Margaritas strong. Viva Mexico.
When my anger reaches fever pitch, when I find myself at a loss for words because the sheer unfuckingbelievabilty of current events is too much to process, when I feel like B, buried alive, fists punching through a plywood casket to claw and scrape my way out of a suffocating nightmare, it's time to check out of the US, log off, drink liberally, and regroup before I go postal.
What made me book a flight? Bush's appearance today on GMA. From Echidneofthesnakes:
"I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees."
And Diane Sawyer let him get away with it. That bitch let him lie, right to her face. Even as people, innocent children! are dying.
The Editorialists at the NYT are Waiting for a Leader.
The Editorialists around the US
have awakened to the failure of leadership -- the US is a leaderless nation -- and unless some elected official -- hello? any Democrat out there have a spine?! -- steps up to save us, We the People will continue to be stepped on and stepped over by a remorseless, unaccountable Bush Administration.
Blonde nod to the sweaty hunk
for Echidneofthesnakes' post.
I'll be reading my favorite blogs here
and all along the sidebar, from the computer area on the first floor of the Hotel la Posada Freeman, playa sul, Mazatlan. Thanks for keeping up the good fight.
See ya in two weeks.