Breaking away

 Posted by at 23:09  Politics
Mar 312007
 

This article from tomorrow morning’s New York Times claims that Matthew Dowd is “the first member of Mr. Bush’s inner circle to break so publicly with him.” Him being George W. Bush.

The fact is that Mr. Dowd is not the first and most definitely will not be the last. He is just the latest “Bushie” to come to his senses…

Ex-Aide Details a Loss of Faith in the President

In 1999, Matthew Dowd became a symbol of George W. Bush’s early success at positioning himself as a Republican with Democratic appeal.

A top strategist for the Texas Democrats who was disappointed by the Bill Clinton years, Mr. Dowd was impressed by the pledge of Mr. Bush, then governor of Texas, to bring a spirit of cooperation to Washington. He switched parties, joined Mr. Bush’s political brain trust and dedicated the next six years to getting him to the Oval Office and keeping him there. In 2004, he was appointed the president’s chief campaign strategist.

Looking back, Mr. Dowd now says his faith in Mr. Bush was misplaced.

In a wide-ranging interview here, Mr. Dowd called for a withdrawal from Iraq and expressed his disappointment in Mr. Bush’s leadership.

He criticized the president as failing to call the nation to a shared sense of sacrifice at a time of war, failing to reach across the political divide to build consensus and ignoring the will of the people on Iraq. He said he believed the president had not moved aggressively enough to hold anyone accountable for the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, and that Mr. Bush still approached governing with a “my way or the highway” mentality reinforced by a shrinking circle of trusted aides.

“I really like him, which is probably why I’m so disappointed in things,” he said. He added, “I think he’s become more, in my view, secluded and bubbled in.”

In speaking out, Mr. Dowd became the first member of Mr. Bush’s inner circle to break so publicly with him.

Click on the headline to continue reading. Be prepared for the right wing smear machine to now go full force on one Matthew Dowd.

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Jesus canceled

 Posted by at 11:41  Humor, Lifestyle
Mar 312007
 

A New York City hotel has canceled its exhibit of a a nude, anatomically correct chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ after receiving complaints.

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How silly is that? Is Harry Potter next?

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Bush’s economy

 Posted by at 11:12  Lifestyle, Politics
Mar 292007
 

The righties claim our economy is doing just great. I’m sure George W. Bush and his filthy rich base would agree…

Income Gap Is Widening, Data Shows

Income inequality grew significantly in 2005, with the top 1 percent of Americans — those with incomes that year of more than $348,000 — receiving their largest share of national income since 1928, analysis of newly released tax data shows.

The top 10 percent, roughly those earning more than $100,000, also reached a level of income share not seen since before the Depression.

While total reported income in the United States increased almost 9 percent in 2005, the most recent year for which such data is available, average incomes for those in the bottom 90 percent dipped slightly compared with the year before, dropping $172, or 0.6 percent.

The gains went largely to the top 1 percent, whose incomes rose to an average of more than $1.1 million each, an increase of more than $139,000, or about 14 percent.

The new data also shows that the top 300,000 Americans collectively enjoyed almost as much income as the bottom 150 million Americans. Per person, the top group received 440 times as much as the average person in the bottom half earned, nearly doubling the gap from 1980.

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Pep rally

 Posted by at 10:43  Politics
Mar 292007
 

Senate OKs Iraq Troop Withdrawal Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Democrats ignored a veto threat and pushed through a bill Thursday requiring President Bush to start withdrawing troops from “the civil war in Iraq,” dealing a rare, sharp rebuke to a wartime commander in chief.

In a mostly party line 51-47 vote, the Senate signed off on a bill providing $122 billion to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also orders Bush to begin withdrawing troops within 120 days of passage while setting a nonbinding goal of ending combat operations by March 31, 2008.

The vote came shortly after Bush, in a move that his aides said was unprecedented, invited all House Republicans to the White House to appear with him in a sort of pep rally to bolster his position in the continuing war policy fight.

A pep rally? About what we should expect from an old Harvard cheerleader, I guess.

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Our Republicans, having proved that they do not know how to manage a war or support our troops who are fighting that war, have now reduced the war to an opportunity to hold a pep rally.

A pep rally!

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Hostage video

 Posted by at 16:46  Middle East, Politics
Mar 282007
 

Iran Shows Video of British Crew

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iranian state TV showed video Wednesday of 15 British sailors and marines who were seized last week, including a female captive in a white tunic and a black head scarf who said the British boats had “trespassed” in Iranian waters.

Britain called the broadcast “completely unacceptable” and said it was concerned that the statements from sailor Faye Turney were coerced. The British government earlier released what it called proof the boat crews were seized in Iraqi waters, and said it was freezing all “official bilateral business” with Iran except negotiations to release them.

Iran’s foreign minister said Turney – the only female captive – would be freed on Wednesday or Thursday, but British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s office said it had received no confirmation of that.

The British military said its vessels were 1.7 nautical miles inside Iraqi waters when they were taken Friday, and it released what it said were the GPS coordinates that proved that.

Several hours later, Tehran broadcast the video on an Arabic-language satellite channel, along with a letter from Turney saying the sailors and marines were inside Iranian waters when they were captured.

Here is the video, as posted to LiveLeak.com. Was she coerced? You decide…

Update: Text of Letter Said To Be Written by Turney.

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Official

 Posted by at 16:05  Humor, Politics
Mar 262007
 

The Official Bracelet bearing the Official Slogan in the Official Color of the United States Republican Party:

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Only $2.99.

Click here to order yours today.

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Definitions

 Posted by at 22:39  Politics
Mar 242007
 

There is little doubt that if you were to look up the word ‘idiot’ in the dictionary you would find a picture of George W. Bush. We may now add ‘hypocrite’ to the list…

Bush: Dems Should Drop Partisan Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush accused the Democratic-led Congress of wasting taxpayers’ time picking fights with the White House instead of resolving disputes over money for U.S. troops and the firings of the U.S. attorneys.

In his weekly radio address Saturday, Bush called on Democratic leaders in Congress to move beyond political discord and take bipartisan action on both issues that have driven a wedge between the Bush administration and Capitol Hill.

He urged them to accept his offer to allow lawmakers to interview his advisers about the dismissal of eight federal prosecutors – but not under oath – and provide documents detailing communications they had about the firings with outside parties.

Democrats, armed with subpoenas for Bush’s top political adviser Karl Rove and other top aides, are pressing the White House to allow the advisers to answer questions under oath about the firing of eight federal prosecutors. Bush says the Democrats are simply playing politics, trying to create a media spectacle.

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That’s gotta burn

 Posted by at 14:40  Humor, Politics
Mar 242007
 

Perhaps a better title for this editorial from The Portland Tribune (which just about every right wing blogger is getting all hot about today) would have been “Every Party Needs a Pooper.”

Rudeness mars peace message

If the cause of peace is worth supporting — and we believe it is — then peace protesters must demonstrate the values they promote. The vast majority of the estimated 15,000 protesters who took part in a peace march Sunday in downtown Portland did just that. They were well-behaved, well-intentioned and serious about their cause.

But then there was a smaller group of demonstrators — if they can even be called that — who engaged in numerous actions that violated the sensibilities of ordinary people and damaged the very cause the activists claimed to endorse.

This splinter group of protesters showed its support for “peace” by burning a U.S. soldier in effigy. It exhibited its supposedly pacifist nature by knocking a police officer off his bike — an action that brought out the police riot squad.

Perhaps the most disturbing scene of the afternoon, however, involved the man who pulled down his pants in front of women and children and defecated on a burning U.S. flag. This disgusting act actually elicited cheers from some members of the crowd, but we hope that the emotion it produces in the community is one of revulsion.

Of course the righties will not quote the first three paragraphs; they start with the fourth. How else could they leave you with the impression that every person who sees the ignorance and futility behind Bush’s War would perform such obscene and ridiculous acts?

Wait a minute…. The flag was on fire? Ouch. That had to hurt! You wanna talk about flaming hemorrhoids.

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Political theater

 Posted by at 22:54  Politics
Mar 232007
 

See if you can spot the irony in the following report…

House approves 2008 deadline for war pullout

A sharply divided House voted Friday to order President Bush to bring combat troops home from Iraq next year, but the president reiterated his vow to veto the bill, saying the House had “abdicated its responsibility.”

Bush appeared at the White House alongside veterans and family members of troops to accuse Democrats of staging nothing more than “political theater” that delays the delivery of resources to soldiers fighting in Iraq. If the spending bill is not approved and signed into law by April 15, Bush said troops and their families “will face significant disruptions.”

“A narrow majority in the House of Representatives abdicated its responsibility by passing a war spending bill that has no chance of becoming law and brings us no closer to getting the troops the resources they need to do their job,” the president said…

Excluding the funds in the House-passed bill, Congress has so far provided more than $500 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including about $350 billion for Iraq alone, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service. More than 3,200 U.S. troops have died in Iraq since war began in March 2003.

Did you spot it? Here’s a hint:

Bush appeared at the White House alongside veterans and family members of troops to accuse Democrats of staging nothing more than “political theater…”

His entire presidency has been staged and he has the audacity to accuse the Democrats of staging political theater. What a funny, funny, pitiful little man.

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