Thursday, June 30, 2005

Shell Shock

Over the last few days a lot of people have had their bubble burst on both sides. A lot of Conservatives now think that everything is way more complicated then they had thought. And, a lot of Liberals are waking up to the fact that we are stuck with Iraq and Bush.

It's a lot to deal with.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Impeachment, Elections, Victory

1) There is no connection between 9/11 and Iraq

2) GW Bush lied to the American Public about WMD's in Iraq, Saddam's supposed links to 9/11, and Saddam's supposed links to Al Qaeda.

3) Bush needs to be impeached for, at the very least, LYING to the American Public about the reasons for going to War with Iraq.

4) We need to finish the job in Iraq. We need more troops on the ground, the troops must be well equiped, and injured troops MUST receive adequate medical care.

5) Our current leadership (Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld) have proven to be incapable of winning the War in Iraq.

6) Therefore, GW Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld must all be removed from office so that we can finish the job in Iraq and do it right.

From Pissed On Politics

Monday, June 27, 2005

The Democratic Government in Exile

Been watching the Span lately? If you have you may have noticed Democrats holding hearings on important issues. They keep saying, "we have to have hearings like this because the appropriate committees wont hold them".

What are Democrats doing? Exactly what we hired them to do. They are conducting oversight hearings because the Republicans wont.

They are fighting the only way they can to embarrass the Republicans into having real hearings.

If they wont do their jobs the DGE will do it without them.

Pentagon auditors have questioned more than $1 billion in costs by contracting giant Halliburton Co. for its work in Iraq, a number several times higher than previously disclosed, according to a report by congressional Democrats.

Democrats are eyeing several parliamentary maneuvers to prod Congress into investigating the so-called Downing Street memo and other recently disclosed documents that they contend shows that the Bush administration manipulated prewar intelligence to build support for the war in Iraq.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

BIll O'riely Wants to Put You In Jail And Take Your Freedom Of Speech

First Air America Radio, then bloggers, then who?

Don't take this threat for granted. This guy means what he says and your life may depend on being aware of it.

O'Reilly: FBI should arrest the "clowns" at Air America Radio for being traitors

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly said that Americans "must know the difference between dissent from the Iraq war and the war on terror and undermining it," and that "any American who undermines that war ... is a traitor." He then hurled this accusation at Air America Radio: "So, all those clowns at the liberal radio network, we could incarcerate them immediately. Will you have that done, please? Send over the FBI and just put them in chains, because they, you know, they're undermining everything and they don't care."

The GOP Thinks You are Stupid

Take a look at this article:

GOP wants Social Security surplus in private accounts

"Leading House Republicans and Senate conservatives announced a plan Wednesday to create individual accounts from the Social Security surplus, a move long urged by outside advocates as a last-ditch effort to salvage President Bush's keystone domestic policy."

I'm sorry, but did I miss something...SOCIAL SECURITY SURPLUS.

What the fuck to these people think? Are we all kool-aid drinkers?

I can't even believe it.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Bush for Life: GOP introduces new bill to Congress

The Apocalypse is Here, Maybe...

"Republicans have officially started the the campaign to amend the Constitution by repealing the 22nd Amendment - the one that confines the President to two terms. If the Republicans hold their current strength, or increase it, in the 2006 Congressional elections, expect this measure to pass allowing Bush to remain President... "

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Bill O'riely Lies about WWII casualties, He has no shame

I heard Bill O'riely lie today. What a shocker.

I was listening to him and he was talking about WWII. He said, "in the first 2 years of WWII the press was not allowed to report casualty figures".

But, because I am a history nut I remembered reading this:

The correspondents' accounts of the Marines' 3,400 casualties shocked the American public. It did not take 24-hour-a-day CNN news coverage or endless analysis by "experts" to worry the folks at home. Instead, the few honest reports of journalists on the scene were enough to let America know that something terrible had happened at Tarawa.


That fucker makes shit up.

Due Process is the Head Corner Stone Of Liberty

Mao Tse Tung once said, "power comes from the barrel of a gun". What did Mao mean?

In the final analysis the power of the State comes from it's ability to arrest, incarcerate, and execute you.

The founding fathers understood that liberty comes from Due Process and equality under the law. Protection from illegal search and seizure, your right to a speedy trial by a jury of your peers, the right to face your accusers and to present evidence in your defense. These things make up the line in the sand between liberty and authoritarianism.

The prisoners at Gitmo have been denied all these rights. How long will it take before you are denied them too?

A New Approach

New Approach

I am suggesting a new approach to Republicans, although it is nothing new.

On Thursday Night I was listening to Mike Romigh's show on KDKA. He is one of the few liberal talk show hosts that are not part of a big network. He was talking about how some Democrats spend a big chunk of their time chasing after Republicans, writing down everything they say and trying to prove them wrong. (That would be many of us in the blogosphere) Calling into talk radio, just to throw something back in Hannity or O'Reilly's face.

Mr. Romigh suggested many things that seem commonsense to us. He said just to simply ignore the Republicans. Stop writing about Republicans, don't focus on what they are doing; focus on what Democrats are doing. Don't call their stations, don't listen to their shows because all you are doing is encouraging them by writing about them and calling into their shows, you are supporting them and giving them publicity.

I agree with this. I try not to write about Republicans, but sometimes it is hard to resist. So I suggest that we all just stop talking about Republicans, because who cares about them? We have other things to worry about, like the destruction of our country. From now on, I will try to focus on the Democrats' actions, instead of the Republicans and their screwy policies. I hope you all will do the same.

From My Pal Samantha's Blog PA Liberal

Monday, June 13, 2005

There's More - The Downing Street Memo Has Brother And Sisters

According to the Times of London a new memo has surfaced detailing the need to make a legal case to fit the United States policy of war with Iraq.

Cabinet Office paper: Conditions for military action

Ministers were told of need for Gulf war ‘excuse’

"MINISTERS were warned in July 2002 that Britain was committed to taking part in an American-led invasion of Iraq and they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal.

The warning, in a leaked Cabinet Office briefing paper, said Tony Blair had already agreed to back military action to get rid of Saddam Hussein at a summit at the Texas ranch of President George W Bush three months earlier.

The briefing paper, for participants at a meeting of Blair’s inner circle on July 23, 2002, said that since regime change was illegal it was “necessary to create the conditions” which would make it legal."

Read Shakespeare's Sister's take on the memo:

Hot Damn

This issue is begining to get the recognition it deserves. I would like to take the time to thank some of those that made this happen.

John Conyers
Shakespeare's Sister
Randi Rhodes

These were the folks responsible for my first hearing about this. I am sure there are many others who deserve credit.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Patriot Act Propaganda in Lodi, Terror allegations disappear from charge

Terror allegations disappear from charges

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Federal Bureau of Invesigation apparently gave the media a different, far more damaging version of an affidavit against a Lodi, California father and son charged with lying to federal officials than the one that was finally given to a court in Sacramento Thursday.

Find out more.
The affidavit filed Thursday did not contain any of the sensation material from earlier in the week which said the son's "potential terrorist targets included hospitals and groceries, and contained names of key individuals and statements about the international origins of 'hundreds' of participants in alleged Al Qaeda terrorist training camps in Pakistan."

Attorneys for the two men now say they will challenge the government on this discrepancy, which they say as a deliberate move by the FBI to prejudice the case against their clients. Defense attorney Johnny Griffin III, who represents the father, Umer Hayat, accused the government of "releasing information it knew it could not authenticate." The FBI said the different versions were the result of "unfortunate oversight due to miscommunication."

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Spokesperson Training 101

From my pal Sandy H on the DNC blog

1.) Always answer their questions with your own question or statement that you want to convey the issues that the Republicans are ignoring.

- High Gasoline prices, the military recruitment crisis and the real threat of an Iraqi civil war are the hot button topics now.

2.) Always make a joke of any negative questions you are asked —

- Democratic division? Since when have Democrats ageee to anything but to disagree. We like the debate. We have a big tent.

- Disrespectful comments about Republicans or the Republican President? If they can't take the heat, they must be feeling pretty vunerable or guilty about something. This is politics not Sunday school.

- The Republicans are raising more money than Democrats? We raise money at the grassroots as we need it. We don't need to take bribes from corporations or the wealthy.

3. )Always defend any comments that cast the Republicans in a bad light…not matter who says them.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Al Qaeda Operatives Caught In Lodi

The BushTrix Revolutions

The BushTrix Revolutions
From Pissed on Politics

You were alseep in your bed; you had a normal job, a normal life, a normal wife, and normal kids. And then you woke up and found yourself in...

While you were not paying attention and just going about your every day life the media suddenly became right wing. The Radical Winger Republicans took over the House and the Senate while you happily minded your own business...

One day you looked up only to find that all newly appointed judges were all radical wingers. You noticed that lying about war was a good thing as long as Democracy was being spread. And you realized that torture is OK as long as only the United States does it.

Then you began to see the spread of the BushTrix to all corners of the realm. Evolution was no longer being taught in schools in favor of creationism. The "Culture of Life" prevents the BushTrix from allowing Stem Cell Research while at the same time the BushTrix will happily spend federal dollars to spread death in Iraq.

....For the rest click here.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Progessives Unite! We must help the Iraqi people and our troops

George Bush and his band of merry morons have demonstrated they are incapable or unwilling to win the war in Iraq.

They were happy to destroy the country, but couldn't find it in their shriveled little hearts to help keep people alive afterwards.

I have had enough. If Bush can't lead then we need to.

I am starting D.I.I.S.O.T (Defend Innocent Iraqis and Support Our Troops). Membership is open any ideas and help is much appreciated.

I am not going to sit by in my comfortable living room while my elected representatives let people die for no reason.

Email me for details,

Thursday, June 02, 2005

The Downing Street Memo Is Important Because Americans Are Dying In Iraq

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Anatomy of a Lie - How Donald Rumsfeld Twists the Truth

Rumsfeld Detainee Numbers
By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
Wednesday, June 1, 2005; 6:23 PM

Let's take this claim by claim.

1.) "
Number of detainees in U.S. custody since Sept. 11, 2001: 68,000."
This number includes Iraqi prisoners of war as well as detainees.

2.) "Number of criminal investigations into alleged mistreatment by U.S. personnel: 370."
This is true.

3.) "Number of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: 525,000."
This is everyone in the military who served in these areas. Notice he does not give the number of guards or military police who actually came in contact with the detainees.

4.) "Number of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen found to have treated detainees illegally: Less than 0.1 percent, which works out to fewer than 525. Actually, about 130 have been punished as a result of investigations."
Because claim number 3 is misleading this statistic is totally meaningless. How many prison guards are there?

You can clearly see Rumsfeld said a lot of nothing, but it sounded good so the AP picked it up without any fact checking.