This is George Bush’s accountability moment. That’s why I’m here. The mainstream media aren’t holding him accountable. Neither is Congress. So I’m not leaving Crawford until he’s held accountable. - Cindy Sheehan

There are things worth fighting for. And there are even some worth dying for. But Iraq is not one of them. - James Moore

      
Marriage is love.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Hmmmm...

And Raw Story says: "Bolton eyed as indictment reveals State Dept aided Libby; Sources confirm State Dept., NSC officials made deal with Fitzgerald... Soon..."
~Shakespeare's Sister

Doesn't one of Cheney's daughters work for the State Department?

Indictment doesn't clear up mystery at heart of CIA leak probe


Knight-Ridder has a good article focusing on the Niger forgery.

"Italy's military intelligence agency, SISMI, and people close to it, repeatedly tried to shop the bogus Niger uranium story to governments in France, Britain and the United States. That created the illusion that multiple sources were confirming the story.


The CIA had begun receiving intelligence reports based on the same forgeries in October 2001, but they could not be confirmed. Copies of the fake documents suddenly surfaced at a critical point in the White House's fall 2002 campaign to take the country to war in Iraq."


via Raw Story

Friday, October 28, 2005

MAKE THE PIE HIGHER!

This is a poem made up entirely of actual quotations from George W. Bush,arranged for "aesthetic" purposes, by Washington Post writer Richard Thompson.

A testament to literacy in the age of Every Child Left Behind!


I think we all agree,the past is over.
This is still a dangerous world.
It's a world of madmen and uncertainty
And potential mental losses.

Rarely is the question asked
Is our children learning?
Will the highways of the Internet
Become more few?

How many hands have I shaked?
They misunderestimate me.
I am a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity.
I know that the human being
And the fish can coexist.
Families is where our nation finds hope,
Where our wings take dream.

Put food on your family!
Knock down the tollbooth!
Vulcanize society!
Make the pie higher!
Make the pie higher!

(PLEASE pass this on. Help cure Mad Cowboy Disease)

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Bobble Head Tom


Just smack him upside his head with your cursor. Not sure if this will work. Just visit Falafel Sex

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

You can run, Junior, but you cannot hide


"Letting a fellow like (Fitzgerald) loose on the Bush administration is like turning a bloodhound free in sausage factory -- his nose must have begun twitching the moment he arrived.

So the question is not "if" he found anything, but how much he found. Because when you find a fresh sausage there's almost always another one connected to it -- and another, and another. In this case the first sausage in that string is not the Valerie Plame affair, but war -- specially, how the administration justified invading another nation."

Steven Pizzo in Alternet
Keep up with him at News for Real

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Uh, I thought he was talking about Bush...

saw this at Hullabaloo

"He's a vile, detestable, moralistic person with no heart and no conscience who believes he's been tapped by God to do very important things," one White House ally said, referring to special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald.

New Press Room Logo

From Bob Geiger of the Yellow Dog Blog


Too true, Bob. Too true.

That is what I hate about these bastards

from Seattlepi

"Two senior Republican officials close to the White House, speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid retribution, said administration officials are worried that Cheney's role in the case has created a public relations problem by bringing the CIA leak a step closer to the Oval Office."

Instead of worrying about having killed 2,000 honorable young men and women who trusted them to use military force as a last resort, they worry about a public relations problem. Damn them to hell.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Mount up, gang! From Bob Geiger

Yellow Dog Blog

Breaking: Libby learned Plame's Identity From Cheney – Who Heard It From CIA Chief George Tenet.

The New York Times just released a story saying that Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby first learned CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity from none other than the Vice President himself.The secondary bombshell is that Cheney got the information from Plame's boss, then-CIA Director George Tenet. From the Times story:

Notes of the previously undisclosed conversation between Mr. Libby and Mr. Cheney on June 12, 2003, appear to differ from Mr. Libby's testimony to a federal grand jury that he initially learned about the C.I.A. officer, Valerie Wilson, from journalists, the lawyers said.The notes, taken by Mr. Libby during the conversation, for the first time place Mr. Cheney in the middle of an effort by the White House to learn about Ms. Wilson's husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, who was questioning the administration's handling of intelligence about Iraq's nuclear program to justify the war.Lawyers said the notes show that Mr. Cheney knew that Ms. Wilson worked at the C.I.A. more than a month before her identity was made public and her undercover status was disclosed in a syndicated column by Robert D. Novak on July 14, 2003.Mr. Libby's notes indicate that Mr. Cheney had gotten his information about Ms. Wilson from George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence, in response to questions from the vice president about Mr. Wilson. But they contain no suggestion that either Mr. Cheney or Mr. Libby knew at the time of Ms. Wilson's undercover status or that her identity was classified. Disclosing a covert agent's identity can be a crime, but only if the person who discloses it knows the agent's undercover status.Looks like obstruction of justice for our boy, Scooter and, if this is true about Tenet, this whole thing just got a lot uglier for Team Bush.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Humor making the rounds

via Deride and Conquer

After numerous rounds of: "We don't even know if Osama is still alive," Osama himself decided to send George Bush a letter in English, in his own handwriting to let him know he was still in the game.

Bush opened the letter and it appeared to contain a real strange, perhaps coded message:

370HSSV-0773H

Bush was baffled, so he emailed it to Condi Rice. Condi and her aides had no clue either, so they sent it to the FBI. No one could solve it so it went to the CIA, then to NASA. With no clue as to its meaning, they eventually asked Britain's MI-6 for help.

MI-6 cabled the White House: "Tell the President he's holding the message upside down.

Reservoir Dogs

Death Watch at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

"If there is a nuclear terrorist attack or a major pandemic you are going to see the ineptitude of this government in a way that'll take you back to the Declaration of Independence."

From Smirking Chimp

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Divine interference, uh, I mean intervention

By Jaclyn Pelletier/ Beacon Villager
via Raw Story

If their god is so great, why doesn't he just speak to them privately? Why use a radio station? I have listened to Christian broadcasting stations. Never heard anything that remotely sounded like god, but sure did hear a lot of assholes.

"Maynard High School's radio frequency, 91.7 FM, is being seized by a network of Christian broadcasting stations that the Federal Communications Commission has ruled is a better use of the public airwaves.

``People are furious,'' said faculty adviser Joe Magno.

Maynard High's WAVM, which has been broadcasting from the school for 35 years, found itself in this David vs. Goliath battle when it applied to increase its transmitter signal from 10 to 250 watts."

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Wow



Some say Warwick High sophomore's ad 'undercuts the military'

By Mike Dawson
Times Herald-Record, mdawson@th-record.com
via AfterDowningStreet.org

Warwick – If creating a buzz is rule No. 1 in advertising, then an anonymous Warwick Valley High School sophomore has a bright future.

Set on a backdrop of neat rows of tombstones, a full-page ad in October's The Survey, Warwick Valley High School's monthly student-run newspaper, reads:

"You can't be all that you can be if you're dead. There are other ways to serve your country. There are other ways to get money for college. There are other ways to be all you can be.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Two Birds and One Stone?

Cenk Uygur at Huffington Post

"If I were running this investigation, I’d want to know – was Valerie Plame collateral damage or was she one of the intended targets?"

Makes sense to me. John Bolton shafted a chemical weapons inspector who was getting too close to the truth. Maybe Plame was on to something in her WMD role...........

He is totally white

Abnormal brains wired for lies

Well that explains Bush!

From ABC News Online

"Researchers have found that individuals who habitually lie and cheat have less grey matter and more white matter in their prefrontal cortex than normal people."

What sweet irony

That a creep on loan to Cheney from Bush's best pal John Bolton may bring down the House of Bush.

From Raw Story, who has scooped everyone on the story about Fitzgerald's scrutiny of Cheney's role: Individuals familiar with Fitzgerald’s case tell that John Hannah, a senior national security aide on loan to Vice President Dick Cheney from the offices of then-Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, John Bolton, was named as a target of Fitzgerald’s probe. They say he was told in recent weeks that he could face imminent indictment for his role in leaking Plame-Wilson’s name to reporters unless he cooperated with the investigation.
Others close to the probe say that if Hannah is cooperating with the special prosecutor then he was likely going to be charged as a co-conspirator and may have cut a deal.

Even Ari's brother was on the payroll



This from The American Conservative

"Unable to communicate in Arabic and with no relevant experience or appropriate educational training, she (Simone Ledeen, daughter of leading neoconservative Michael Ledeen) nevertheless became a senior advisor for northern Iraq at the Ministry of Finance in Baghdad. Another was former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer’s older brother Michael who, though utterly unqualified, was named director of private-sector development for all of Iraq."

Monday, October 17, 2005

Don't take your eyes off that dick....

"The New York Daily News is set to report in Tuesday editions that a well-placed source interviewed by the newspaper believes a senior White House official has flipped and may be helping the prosecutor in the case, RAW STORY has learned."

oh please, oh please, oh please

Best Summary Yet


by Mike Whitney at Smirking Chimp

Looks like Judy may have been, in Mikes's words, a "mule" for spreading the story the White House used to try and smear Joe Wilson.

"It's beginning to look like Miller is the pivotal figure in investigation and her role could be the undoing of the Bush regime. In one telling comment, Millers notes that (2 days before Robert Novak's article appeared in the Washington Post exposing CIA agent Valerie Plame) "I MIGHT HAVE CALLED OTHERS ABOUT MR WILSON'S WIFE"."
.....
"Yes, and if Libby goes down, so will Cheney, Rove, Card, Rice, and perhaps even Bush, because "their roots connect them"."

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Seen at

Friday, October 14, 2005

Incredible Idea


Political Wire on a suggestion by Walter Cronkite in the NYT:

"A suggestion by which the Democratic Party could command the greatest public attention for its positive agenda: It could within weeks call an extraordinary midterm convention to draw up its platform.

The convention would not need to be expensive. The delegates could be those who attended the 2004 convention. Their meeting would be open to the public and of course the press.

In sharp contrast to the secrecy of the Bush administration, it would let the public, if only remotely, share in the construction of the Democratic platform."

They could base their platform on Steven Pizzo's Progressive Contract With America at News For Real

Bush's Brain


Karl Rove NeoCondoms
Some Things Should Never Leak

via AfterDowningStreet.org and The Ruckus Society

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Even WaPo says it was staged

More propaganda from BushCo.
Bush Teleconference With Soldiers Staged, says Washington Post

"This is an important time," Allison Barber, deputy assistant defense secretary, said, coaching the soldiers before Bush arrived. "The president is looking forward to having just a conversation with you."

"OK, so let's just walk through this," Barber said. "Captain Kennedy, you answer the first question and you hand the mike to whom?"

"Captain Smith," Kennedy said.

"Captain. Smith? You take the mike and you hand it to whom?" she asked.

"Captain Kennedy," the soldier replied.

And so it went.

"If the question comes up about partnering _ how often do we train with the Iraqi military _ who does he go to?" Barber asked."

Paul Rieckhoff, director of the New York-based Operation Truth, an advocacy group for U.S. veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, denounced the event as a "carefully scripted publicity stunt." Five of the 10 U.S. troops involved were officers, he said.

love this

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

So relaxing

A cross between a lava lamp and a virtual voodoo doll. For more fun, sling him around a little bit with your cursor..........georgie

Thanks, Mom!

Reruns from my previous predictions!!




Oh please, oh please, oh please...........

This would buy Bush II about 6 days..........

Keith Olbermann will have a special report tonight on the Curious Conjunction of administration screwups and Terrer Alerts.

With major indictments expected at any moment, the state funeral of a former president would probably buy Dubya about 6 days. George the First had better watch his back.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

What we've been waiting for.........

Our own Contract with America
by Kos from Roll-Call

Among the proposals are: "real security" for America through stronger investments in U.S. armed forces and benchmarks for determining when to bring troops home from Iraq; affordable health insurance for all Americans; energy independence in 10 years; an economic package that includes an increase in the minimum wage and budget restrictions to end deficit spending; and universal college education through scholarships and grants as well as funding for the No Child Left Behind act.
Democrats will also promise to return ethical standards to Washington through bipartisan ethics oversight and tighter lobbying restrictions, increase assistance to Katrina disaster victims through Medicaid and housing vouchers, save Social Security from privatization and tighten pension laws.

The tipping point


Cheney's Halliburton options, Frist's stock earnings, Libby, Rove, DeLay, Katrina.........theIpsos poll, commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, indicates that 50% of Americans think Congress should consider impeaching Bush if it is found that he lied about Iraq....all signs are pointing in the right direction. I think the tipping point for this presidency, however, will be the cost of home heating this winter.

From a New York Times article via Mathew Gross at Deride and Conquer: Now, people across the country, as well as state and local governments and school districts, are scrambling to respond. Some are turning away from gas and oil, buying wood stoves, wood-pellet stoves, even corn-burning stoves. Others are replacing windows, buying carpets, adding insulation. Some are rushing to invest in alternative energies like solar, geothermal or biodiesel. And many are tightening their budgets.

"We're going to rob Peter to pay Paul," said Steven Posey, 37, an executive recruiter from Glenwood, Ill. "When it comes down to it," Mr. Posey said, "we'll pay our heat, but something else is going to go unpaid."

Monday, October 10, 2005

I'd pay $10.00 per gallon, happily!

A driver is stuck in a traffic jam on the highway. Nothing is moving.

Suddenly a man knocks on the window. The driver rolls down his window and asks, "What happened?"

"Terrorists kidnapped President Bush and are asking for a $10 million ransom. Otherwise they are going to douse him with gasoline and set him on fire.
We are going from car to car to take up a collection."

The driver asks, "How much is everyone giving on average?"

"About a gallon."

(Thanks, Mom and Dad!)

On hearing voices.........

Andy Borowitz

In what some saw as a particularly sarcastic rebuke of the president, God offered this possible explanation of Mr. Bush's claim that He had told him to invade Iraq: "Maybe he has me confused with Dick Cheney."

Sunday, October 09, 2005

This is so good.

d r i f t g l a s s

You wanted this debacle. You begged for it. You cheated to get it. You slammed anyone who stood between you and the One Ring as a traitor. You re-elected the patently and criminally inept Crony Number One to insure that the Glorious Revolution you launched in Iraq would go on and on and on and on. And now that everything you were warned about is coming home to roost on the crest of one self-inflicted tsunami after another, now you want to piss about the Dems?FUCK YOU. You shitted up this bed. Now you clean it up. You send your children to fight your war. You cough up the dough to buy your President out of the fiscal abyss he has driven us into. Next week, this may change. Next month. Certainly by the beginning of 2006, as the nation goes apeshit over the skyrocketing cost of heating our homes being laded onto the cost of driver our cars, the Dems need to start their own Contract With America. Their simple, All-time, Desert-Island, Top Five Reasons to vote Democratic.But right now the GOP is starving for a big, distracting fight with the Democrats to take the press and the nation’s eye of their abject failure and the bottomless corruption of this Party of God.So lastly, we need to fight, and definitely clean up our own house, but we need to fight smart. So for today, I’ll take the sage advice of Napoleon Bonaparte:“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

Avian Flu


With a possible vaccine for H5N1 still in developmental stages, the US has waited too long to order Tamiflu, says Dr. Irwin Redlener,
director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University. "We're playing Russian roulette with public health here," he says in a Newsweek article.
"Of course, that's just what the administration doesn't want anyone to think," he adds.


It is hard to know what to do to prepare for the possibility of pandemic avian flu. I don't have much faith in our government's ability to develop, procure or distribute enough vaccine to contain an outbreak. I have not seen any articles outlining measures to help prevent exposure or mitigate the effects of the flu should it be contracted. I am going to make an appointment with our internist to ask for her advice. Since deaths seem to come from pneumonia-like illness, would a pneumonia vaccination be of any benefit? Is frequent hand-washing our only defense? My conclusion at this time is that the best way to prevent exposure would be to shelter in place at home. I don't know how practical it is to imagine that we could all simply opt out of work or school should avian flu rear its ugly beak in our towns, but I am going to prepare for that possibility. We should all have a plan to be self-sufficient in our homes in the case of a natural disaster, so I am going to aim for food, water and essential supplies for at least one month. Extreme? I hope so.

I'd like to know what suggestions or thoughts you have on this subject.

Friday, October 07, 2005

A Handy Dandy Guide for Dealing With the Cold

by Chris Floyd at Empire Burlesque

When things get a little nippy, you can always:

1. Set yourself on fire.
2. Climb inside the microwave and set it on "high" for 20 minutes. (If you do not have a microwave, you can always just climb inside an ordinary stove set at 180 degrees for 3 hours. Be sure to turn yourself at least once every 30 minutes.)
3. Run round and round the house with 60 pounds of buckwheat strapped across your back.
4. Body heat is an excellent source of winter warmth. Invite friends and family over, strip naked and pile yourselves into a pyramid. This is even more fun if everyone is wearing canvas bags over their heads and have their hands bound with plastic cuffs!
5. Make a burnt offering unto the Lord.
6. Hire yourself out as stoop labor building condos for Young Republicans in the new Allbaugh Heights district of New Orleans.
7. Sign up for President George W. Bush's special all-expenses-paid* "Commander-in-Chief Holiday Excursion" to the sun-kissed climes of ancient Babylon!


There Is No God

.....And You Know It. by Sam Harris
from the Huffington Post.

But there IS you and me, and I have a lot more faith in us, anyway.

Goldfish Surrender Lives to Jeeezus

First Assembly of God Church in Alabama attempts to attract youth to its stomach-churning ministry with lure of cash prizes.

"I knew that by swallowing that goldfish, God would be glorified and kids would be impacted," says Josh Simpson,
Pastor of another bugf*&k crazy congregation.

Gloooooory! Jesus wept.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

All Based on a Forgery

From TomPaine.com

Please gods, please let us find out that Cheney, Libby, Rove and Bush commissioned the fake memo. I want these guys to hang.
Indictments or no, the mainstream media will continue to play down this key aspect of the story, and—equally important—prescind completely from the event that started the whole business—the forging of documents to feed the spurious report that Iraq was seeking uranium in Niger for its (non-existent) nuclear weapons program. Together with other circumstantial evidence, the neuralgic reaction of Vice President Dick Cheney to press reports that he was point man for promoting the bogus report suggests that he may also have been its founding father, so to speak. We do not rule out the possibility that he and his chief of staff Lewis Libby may have had a hand in commissioning the forgery, as a way to come up with an “intelligence report” with “mushroom cloud” written all over it, in order to deceive Congress into approving an unnecessary war.

How in the SHIT did we elect this guy TWICE

From Raw Story

Foreign Minister Shaath declares: "President Bush said to all of us: 'I'm driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, "George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan." And I did, and then God would tell me, "George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq …" And I did. And now, again, I feel God's words coming to me, "Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East." And by God I'm gonna do it.'"

We should all have the right to choose a compassionate end to life

From Online NewsHour

In addition to serving as BushCo's safety net when the question of 'can a sitting President be indicted' arises, Miers will serve as George's handmaiden when Oregon's compassionate end of life law reaches the Supreme Court. If an intervening deity DID exist, it would surely strike dead the John Ashcrofts and George Bushes of this world.
'Having the law available in Oregon and that that might be an option available to me, gave me a huge sense of release if worse comes to worse there was always that other option. And knowing that, I essentially put those issues about the last few hours of my life, days of my life aside, and went on living'.







Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Dead Eyes


She has dead eyes. She scares me.

"She is famously quoted as say of George W. Bush, “he is the most brilliant person I’ve ever met.” That statement is only exceeded in absurdity by Mr. Bush’s own recent assertion, “she is the most qualified person for the job.” That claim is only true if you accept that her real job will be to do all she can to get George and his friends off the hook. After all if you, your followers and your political allies were facing trial for things ranging from money laundering to crimes against humanity wouldn’t you want at least one judge you knew would be on your side. As far as Bush and Rove are concerned the only qualification she needs is her fanatical loyalty."

Courtesy of One more voice

BUSH GIVES SUPREME COURT PICK 'JUDGING FOR DUMMIES'

From The Borowitz Report

Non-judge to Receive Crash Course in Judging, President Says

One day after nominating a non-judge, Harriet Miers, to the United States Supreme Court, President George W. Bush presented his nominee with a book entitled "Judging for Dummies" which he said would provide her with "a crash course in judging."

The book, which includes definitions of such basic judging terms as "docket" and "gavel," will be invaluable in preparing Ms. Miers to serve on the highest court in the land, the president said.

While nominating someone with no judging experience on her resume to the Supreme Court raised eyebrows in some legal circles, Mr. Bush told reporters that although Ms. Miller had no experience as a judge she had decades of experience as a crony.

"People make up half the stuff on their resumes anyway," Mr. Bush said. "Look at poor old Brownie," referring to former FEMA chief Michael D. Brown.

Saying that "experience is overrated," the President noted, "I never served in the military, and I've invaded two countries -- you learn by doing."

Mr. Bush expressed confidence that his nominee was a quick study, adding, "If you're looking for judging experience, I can think of no better on-the-job training than serving on the United States Supreme Court."

For her part, Ms. Miers said that she had begun reading "Judging for Dummies" and was already getting up to speed for her new job: "The 'v' in legal cases is short for 'versus.'"

Elsewhere, NBC announced today that it would begin broadcasting a new spin-off of its hit "Law and Order" series entitled "Law and Order: Special Tom DeLay Unit."

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Sorry I didn't leave a note..........


We were out of town seeing family, and I am afraid that since we have been back I have been selfishly enjoying spending time with my brother, who is here in Tulsa for a visit. He has introduced me to the joy of recumbent bikes, and we have been touring the great bike paths along the Arkansas River as well as in the beautiful old neighborhoods here in Midtown. I am not nearly in as good shape as he is, but I am trying to get away from my auto-dependence and use my bike (Delta Trike, actually) for trips to the post office and farmers' market. If you have never tried a recumbent trike, you don't know what you are missing! No stiff neck and sore rear! Even the hills aren't a problem. In low gear you just pedal along enjoying the bike's-eye-view, and when you get tired you simply stop pedaling and have a drink of water without even having to put your feet on the ground.

There are so many great blogs out there.......I think I am enjoying reading your posts more than writing my own, so I may continue my vacation for a bit. I hope you will check back with me from time to time, and I'd love to get emails, and I will visit your blogs and leave comments. Thank you for coming to Church, and making me feel so welcome in the blogosphere! See you again soon,

Via