George W. Bush scribbled on American flags at a rally in Michigan, July, 2003.

DAMFA

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

THIS IS WHERE WE ARE IN IRAQ

What does one write about this? Charred bodies dragged through the streets of Fallujah, hung from a bridge. Five soldiers killed with a bomb.

"Hours after the attack, the city was quiet. No U.S. troops or Iraqi police were seen in the area." Expect a big retaliation and more responsive violence and another retaliation and more violence ... who got us into this hell and when can we leave?

CHEMICAL PLANT EXPLODES

Explodes and burns in Texas City, Texas. Those attacks they were warning us about? Poor regulation. Nothing much good about it.
Fortunately, winds helped blow the smoke toward the gulf and away from the more populated areas nearby.

Sirens have gone off to indicate that it is now safe to go outside.


BAD POLLS

In regard to some of the latest polls, believe it or not, what follows is the good news:
A majority of those polled, 54 percent, said they don't believe the administration did all that could be expected before 9/11, and 53 percent said they believe it is covering up something about how intelligence information was handled before the attacks. An equal number said they believed Bush has misled the public for political reasons.

However, two-third of respondents said they do not believe the Bush administration could have prevented the attacks, and 62 percent said they don't think the Clinton administration did all that could be expected to prevent them.
Big John is looking weaker in the new polls but hopefully that's just corrective, because his stock was selling a little high. Incumbents aren't supposed to be tied at this stage, so that's good. If this means the Bush ads work and will continue to work, it could be trouble.

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

E-VOTING OVERCOUNTS IN CAL PRIMARY

More disasters ignored by the media. Thru Old Fashioned Patriot.

When it happens in November, Ed Gillespie will credit "Reggie the Registration Rig," his 18-wheel RNC voter-drive machine, for the 290% turnout.

WHITE HOUSE CRACKS

Condi Rice will testify in public. Dick and Dubya will meet with the whole panel, not just the chair and co-chair. From Reuters.

Josh has a few words about the phony quid pro quo arranged by the Petrolicans. They are clearly hoping like hell that this move takes the story out of the news. UPDATE: Josh noticed that the WH indicated Dick&Dub will give joint testimony. In other words, Uncle Dick will be there to catch the little Bush boy when he stumbles.

SERIAL LIAR

Mr. Cheney said: "Add it all up, and it turns out John Kerry has voted in the Senate at least 350 times for higher taxes. That averages to one vote for higher taxes every three weeks for almost two decades. At least the folks in Massachusetts knew he was on the job."
It's hard to fathom how people who are intelligent enough to make so much money, enough that they can afford a $2000 cheeseburger, how these people actually believe and/or support this junk-dealer.

BARNES AND KAUS

How sad is it when Fred Barnes gets his "best stuff" about Richard Clarke from Mickey Kaus? It's even more tragic than that. Barnes gave Kaus the "credit" even though it was actually a Kaus reader who wrote in with it. Listen if you can abide it.

Audio - mp3 - 209K - 1:10

Clarke said he voted in the 2000 Virginia primary and "asked for a Republican ballot." He also said he voted for McCain, which was right there on the Kaus post. All this is supposed to suggest he is a "partisan Democrat?" A few primary voters in an open primary will be Democratic gremlins but it's always a tiny minority.

Barnes knows "many, many" Va. Dems who voted in the primary, for McCain. Kaus says "most of the Dems" "he knows" "would have" voted in the primary, for McCain. These guys are going to break something if this story carries into next week.

Monday, March 29, 2004

PANHANDLE JOE MOMENT

Audio - Scarborough - mp3 - 23K

BREAKING NEWS

BushOrwell 04

Report: America hated by all people on Earth, several smart monkeys

Report: Americans feeling pinch of worldwide freedom supply shortage

These stories and more at Bush Orwell 04.

HEROS AND NATIONALS

We would be remiss if we did not note that Michael Newdow is a hero. Another "undersung" individual is Captain Yee, who's plight has been followed well by A Cautious Man.

Here's a link to an old propaganda comic book, "This Godless Communism," found at Incoming Signals, along with this amazing article about Stanley Kubrick's archives and some National string instruments.

"CONDI IS SO ARTICULATE"

How many times has America heard the various puppetheads on the telescreen saying how "articulate" or "well-spoken" Condoleezza Rice is during the last week? It must be in the RNC spin points somewhere because it is repeated again and again.

None of these fools seem to realize that it's an old form of racism to comment, as if with surprise, how "articulate" an African-American person is. She had better be articulate, since she holds such high office - um, well, Dubya being an exception to this concept.
... Omar Wasow, who is African-American and the founder of blackplanet.com, said he finds value in the site, in that its content mirrors situations that have actually happened to him.

In one of the testimonials, a black man on the site writes: "Johnny is generous enough to remark upon how 'articulate' I am! That makes me feel good!"

White people have told him that he does not talk like a black man and he has also had people come up to him and talk in "black" slang, Wasow said. Others have come up to him and touched his dreadlocks.

"People ask to touch my hair all the time," Wasow said. "What is particularly sort of troublesome for me is when someone will touch me without asking," he said.

Ward agrees that the site does reflect situations that occur in real life, but he's not laughing about them.

"I hear 'you're the whitest black person I know.' What's a white black person? I don't think they realize how that affects me," Ward said.
Speaking of touching hair, how about the Shrub's habit of rubbing the bald head of Black men????

SLAP AND TICKLE

Here's a silly column by Bill Oh Really that warns us all of the terrifying partisanship that has crept into journalism. He notes that some journalists (and lists them carefully in true Mccarthyism fashion) met with John Kerry in private.

No-Spine implies that the journalists "coached" Kerry but immediately acknowledges that he really doesn't know what was said. Kinda Frist-ish. To his credit, Bill mentions Limbaugh as an "entertainer" (Rush and Bill don't get along after Bill stepped on Limbo during his drug scandal).

Here's the hypocrisy money shot:
Can you imagine if executives from the Fox News Channel, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times had gathered at Camp David for a little slap and tickle with President Bush? And nobody was told about it?
Yeah. Just imagine it. Imagine Fox News volunteered a completely unethical transcipt of Richard Clarke's anonymous background briefing in order to bolster Bush's smear campaign.

BLITZER STRAINS FOR OBJECTIVITY

So it was the noontime CNN show with Wolf Blitzer and he welcomed two former White House legal advisors to discuss the issue of whether Condi "should" testify before the 9/11 commission. We'll leave aside the fact that everyone muddles the issue of whether she "should" testify with whether she "must" testify.

After a week of empty exchanges lacking any substance or mention of previous NSA testimony, Wolf summoned his courage and addressed those precedents. He even zeroed in on the paper-thin "policy" distinction that we mentioned last night and Josh Marshall also addressed. Incredibly, Blitzer heaved and grunted and approached the issue of whether the panel was really a Legislative Branch panel. Both lawyers agreed it was.

Unfortunately, this was the extent of the load Blitzie could shoulder, and Lanny Davis (of the Clinton gang) was not much help at all. Davis just kept returning to the "practical" analysis - that the public wants her to do it. Some lawyer. George Terwilliger was a complete RNC mouthpiece, delving into the Orwellian "ongoing war means testimony bad" theme and the "panel is becoming partisan" crap.

Blitzer might have gotten halfway out of the doghouse on his coverage of this issue if he had taken the last step, which is to point out the obvious - no one is attempting to compel Rice's testimony, so her willingness to do so will not create any kind of precedent, as would a judge's decision that she is required to testify. The only precious "principle" involved is whether Condi's lies should be scrutinized under oath.

Finally, Wolf rounded out the segment by flashing three worthless emails, one of which forcefully asserted that Condi's hands were tied by the precedent of no previous NSA ever testifying. It actually said "not even 3000 people dying can overcome that." After already debunking that argument in the segment, such an email choice was just weird.

CURVEBALL

Steve has the definitive post on the Pakastani-Afghan border fighting. He has been monitoring it very closely. Be sure to click on the link after reading it.

He also posted links to three excellent articles, regarding "Curveball," Chalabi and Cheney, respectively - or maybe not respectively, after reading them. A cascade of outrages.

Sunday, March 28, 2004

HOW SOON WE FORGET

One of the things that everyone seems to agree on is the need for the CIA and FBI to work together more closely and share information regarding terrorism. The Cash n' Carry Resident, for example, loves to bring this up and act like it's the most obvious thing in the world:
That's why we put out the Patriot Act, so our FBI and CIA can share intelligence to make sure we know who's here to hurt us.
He really latches on to this one, as if everyone before him was idiotic to keep any divisions between the agencies.

Beside the fact that the FBI and CIA already began working closely over the last decade or more, few in the media bother to question the sharing-policy's limits, based on the traditional dividing line between the two agencies.

The Rand Corporation offers a pretty good six-part outline of why the people should be wary of an overly cozy relationship between the two agencies. The short explanation is that people around the world don't want FBI agents showing up to investigate crimes and do a little spying on the side, just as the American people don't want to be the subject of CIA spying tactics.

CONDI STILL CAN'T GET IT RIGHT

She had all week. What a bizarre interview. It seemed like 60 Minutes had no intention of having her on the show but decided to fit her in somehow, probably after much Petrolican whining. Some of her many evasive answers looked like they were cut off to save time.

Condi really needs lessons in lying. Her eye-blinking and head-shaking are obvious tells. She started right off with a couple of big ones, including the following: "This commission is rightly not concentrating on what happened on the day of September 11th. So this is not a matter of what happened on that day."

Huh.
We're going to hold a later hearing in June that will address in detail how our government responded to the attacks on that particular day of 9/11.
- Commission Chairman Thomas H. Kean, March 23, 2004.

Now, the more obvious lie, to which, inexplicably, Ed Bradley had no legitimate follow-up, was as follows: "We have yet to find an example of a National Security Advisor who has been willing to testify on matters of policy."

Huh.
The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee today heard from the most senior Clinton administration official yet to be called in these hearings. Samuel Berger now is national security adviser.
- PBS, September 11, 1997.

Josh Marshall and Jimmy Breslin and, hey, like everyone else, already took care of this second whopper. Perhaps Condi, as a member of the straight-shooting administration, is resting her statements on the meaning of "concentrating" or "policy."

MODO LISTENING IN?

She cites two quotes that were posted in audio form on the Damfacrats blog. Clinton and Dubya.

BRUSH WITH GREATNESS

Billmon of Whiskey Bar comments on the article the lowly Damfacrats linked to last night and gives us a mention.


SUNDAY MORNING TELESCREEN

Clarke did fine on Russert's show. Timid Tim should be ashamed for citing stupid gotcha sources that included the Moonie Times, Nutball Krauthammer and Bill Frist, whose nearly slanderous remarks on the Senate floor have been blasted all over the blogosphere. Russert did not provoke the usual level of disgust but he should put away those pudgy pointing fingers of his.

A flip over to Faux News after MTP resulted in a hint that Clarke may be holding up well against the slime machine, in that Faux had almost nothing to say about him in its choice of leads stories. Maybe the RNC strategy is changing because they've learned how ineffective it has been this week. Not likely.

CI-21, THE "GANG OF EIGHT" AND THE SPIRIT OF ROME

We insist the reader go and read this article in Government Executive Magazine from September 19, 2000.

The socially acceptable thesis on why 9/11 occurred lays blame on Clinton and Bush equally. That was the pre-ordained conclusion all along and the heart of the whitewash. Clinton had time to kick ass but blew it, while Bush had less time but 9/11 happened on his watch.

The "equal blame" thesis includes the concept of "poor communication between the CIA and FBI," which helps direct blame at the bureaucratic peons and generic government red tape. That pesky "firewall," which was probably called a "Chinese wall" when people were less thoughtful.

This article in Gov Exec is amazing because it obliterates both of these sad-sack excuses. DCI George Tenet was using the "firewall" excuse in 1995, after a mole was discovered and again in 1998, when some Russians hacked into top-secret defense computers.

As for "equal blame," the posse under Bill Clinton seemed to be improving all the time.
The proof of that cooperation, according to officials, is the fingerprints of both the FBI and CIA on a number of high-profile counterterrorism cases in recent years. In one of the most sensational examples, FBI and CIA agents in 1997 tracked down Mir Aimal Kansi, the gunman who killed two CIA employees in a 1993 attack outside the main gate of the CIA's headquarters in Virginia, and snatched him during a daring raid in Pakistan. In the foot-stomping celebration at Langley following the operation, CIA officials noted approvingly that some of the loudest cheers came from the FBI agents involved.

CIA-FBI cooperation was also critical to the successful apprehension and prosecution of those involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; in the 1993 apprehension of Omar Ali Rezaq for the hijacking of an Egypt Air flight in which 58 people died; in the 1998 arrest of Mohammed Rashid for the 1982 bombing of a Pan Am flight; and in the 1996 apprehension of Tsutomu Shirosaki for a rocket attack against the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.

"The Shirosaki case was a pretty typical international fugitive case," said the FBI's Watson. "We had an old indictment and arrest warrant on him, and the CIA developed information that he was in `X' country. After we made sure that the case was good and witnesses still in place, the CIA worked with the host country and facilitated us going over and picking him up. If our efforts were still fragmented, and we hadn't learned to coordinate with the CIA, we would never have been able to get that guy back to the United States."

Watson also credits close FBI-CIA collaboration in the investigation into the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. This joint effort quickly traced the attacks back to the terrorist network of bin Laden. Within 21 days of the bombings, the first suspects were behind bars. Since July 1998, FBI-CIA counterterrorism operations have apprehended and prosecuted more than two dozen suspected terrorists, more than half of whom are associates of bin Laden's organization.

Bin Laden's complicity is also suspected in the Y2K terrorist operation, which was thwarted by what FBI and CIA officials consider perhaps the most successful pre-emptive counterterrorism operation to date. First alerted to the planned attacks last September, both agencies cooperated with foreign intelligence and police services to disrupt terrorist cells in eight countries, with arrests made in the United States, Jordan, Pakistan, and Canada.

"I can guarantee you that the millennium operation was an example where the cooperative counterterrorism system now in place was directly responsible for saving hundreds, and possibly even thousands, of American lives," said a senior CIA counterterrorism expert. "Several tons of explosives were confiscated, as were well-designed plans with specific targets identified to kill the maximum number of Americans in as bloody and high-profile fashion as possible for the sake of the CNN cameras. This was an operation designed to shock the United States away from its geopolitical goals in the Middle East."
Assuming this 2000 article is accurate, it's like a time capsule or something. The writing was all over the wall, a blueprint for avoiding the disasters of the coming years and the Chimp must have completely ignored the message.

Some more good excerpts:
"Everyone who works this problem has quickly realized that the old paradigm of the threats to U.S. national security-hostile nations and their intelligence services-is far too narrow of a definition in the post-Cold War era," said John McGaffin, a longtime CIA operative and FBI consultant who spearheaded the CI-21 effort. "There are countless potential bad guys capable of doing us significant harm." ...
... select lawmakers and intelligence experts are troubled. ... They've seen classified intelligence showing that numerous terrorist organizations, including the loose network linked to Osama bin Laden, are now actively seeking chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons of terrible lethality, and these groups are seriously contemplating their use. ...
... CIA Director George Tenet in testimony earlier this year before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. "It is against that backdrop that I want to describe the realities of our national security environment in the first year of the 21st century-where technology has enabled, driven, or magnified the threat to us; where age-old resentments threaten to spill over into open violence; and where a growing perception of our so-called `hegemony' has become a lightning rod for the disaffected." ...
... "We've found that in many areas, the federal government is stymied by bureaucratic and cultural obstacles to the quick and broad collection of important intelligence," said L. Paul Bremer III, a former career diplomat who chaired the commission....
... Meanwhile, the FBI's focus on counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations has led to an almost fivefold increase in FBI intelligence officers in the past eight years (from 224 in 1992 to 1,025 today), and a corresponding but classified increase in FBI field agents, according to a report released in August by a Syracuse University research center. ...
... As is often the case, a catastrophe was required first to blast through the cultural and bureaucratic barriers that separated the CIA and FBI. ...
"I think the Ames case [1995] was the jumping off point in taking cooperation between the FBI and CIA seriously, because it proved that we could no longer tolerate petty bureaucratic jealousy and turf wars in dealing with threats to American security," Tenet said in an interview. "And from the very beginning, we consciously sought to institutionalize the reforms at all working levels so that they would become steeped in our culture and not dependent on transient personalities. We wanted people to understand that, when it came to dealing with these transnational threats, the fortunes and efforts of both agencies would rise and fall together."
Ah yes, our favorite cast of "transient personalities."

JEB BUSH AS VOTER SANTA

Go watch this flash about how Katherine Harris and Jeb Bush scrubbed voter rolls in 2000. It's very good.

Here's a piece of tripe from the New York Times about felons in Florida who cannot vote. Jebbie sets them on his knee and asks if they've been naughty or nice. It's not very good.

Here's the penetrating inquiry:
In one lingering puzzle from 2000, an unknown number of legal voters were removed from Florida's rolls leading up to the presidential election, after a company working for the state mistakenly identified the voters as felons. At the same time, some counties mistakenly allowed actual felons to vote or turned away legitimate voters as suspected felons. A lawsuit filed in January 2001 sought to prevent similar errors, while another, filed just before the 2000 election, charged that the ban on felons voting discriminated against blacks and should be overturned.
A lawsuit "sought" to prevent errors, well, how did that turn out? Oh, here it is, many paragraphs later:
A third suit, filed by the N.A.A.C.P. in January 2001, resulted in a settlement in which the state agreed to screen suspected felons more carefully before reporting them to county elections supervisors for possible removal from the voting rolls.
Maybe they were different lawsuits, we'll never know. Anyway, the "errors" were made by a private company (see above) not "the State," so don't think that these were voters that got lost in the bureaucratic shuffle. BTW, thanks to Richard Clarke, maybe less people will buy the same "bureaucratic shuffle" argument in regard to pre-9/11 intelligence.

In the margin at The Times, there was another story headlined "The Battle for Florida Heats Up, Stirring Memories of the Recount." Don't bother. Not only is there no analysis about the recount, there are really no "memories of the recount," nor any pertinent discussion of it.

Saturday, March 27, 2004

DANA BASH: I'M A MEDIA SLUT FOR BUSH

OK, she did not really say it but here's a little lesson about arguments for Ms. Bash. Party #1 makes an argument, such as "Condi should testify." Party #2 responds " no, we have privilege, it's bad precedent."

Now, here is the tricky part, so we hope Dana Bash is paying attention. Party #1 often has a counter-response! The argument does not necessarily end after Party #2 responds. Party #1, for example, counter-responds with "not privilege or precedent because other WH staff have testified when asked."

When this sort of analysis is done correctly, Party #2 must then offer another response and things can actually become informative. In fact, as the process continues, one of the two parties usually exhausts their arguments and must return to the first one, whereupon those who are observing the argument can reach what's known as a conclusion.

What Dana Bash prefers to focus on, after each party makes their initial arguments, is the opinion of someone, perhaps a Republican member of the 9/11 panel, who might say, for example, "the Bush team is making a bad political decision. Obviously, there is nothing to hide, so, gee, it sure is odd that they would make themselves look bad by refusing to have Condi testify." While this may appear to add something to the story, in fact, it succeeds in doing something known as begging the question.

We hope that Dana Bash or her assistant will conduct a narcissitic Google Search, resulting in Dana's arrival here in Damfaland, at which time, she could conceivably be shamed into educating herself a little farther regarding the concept of an argument.

SLOGANATOR LIVES

A flash memorial found at This Century Sucks. Also from that blog, the GOP gears up to lie their way through their environmental record. Sneak Preview: "Global Warming is not a fact."

CARICOM REJECTS NEW HAITI GOVT

The Caribbean Community let it be known that they will not recognize the new government of Haiti because of concerns that the U.S. forced Aristide out of power.

Although it is mentioned in the caption to the photo, we find it interesting that the term "CARICOM" is not used anywhere in this AP article. Meaningless, perhaps, but in basically every article written about Haiti since the big trouble began, any reference to the Caribbean Community would utilize the label "CARICOM."

The effect of this omission is to slightly limit the impact of the revelation that CARICOM is rejecting the U.S. yarn. For weeks during the crisis, U.S. support for the CARICOM plan was basically the extent of the U.S. position on the matter.

So, for the record, Sec. of State Powell and his underling, Roger Noriega, have successfully alienated most or all of our allies in the Caribbean, known as CARICOM, because of U.S. Otto Reich-style coup-fostering in Haiti.
On Thursday leaders demanded the U.N. General Assembly investigate Aristide's claims he was abducted at gunpoint by U.S. agents when he left as rebels threatened to attack Haiti's capital. ... The Caribbean can expect support from the 53-member African Union, which last month echoed its demand."
In a related note, as Sick of Bush noticed, the ever-popular Dr. Congo Fever apparently threatened Jamaica for harboring Aristide, although Jamaica's Foreign Minister denies it.

Friday, March 26, 2004

FALLUJAH AT RISK

From the Agonist, a report in the Times:
The combat today was the most dramatic measure of the violence that has continued unabated throughout the Sunni heartland in recent months. In both the level of sophistication and ease of maneuver displayed by the insurgents, the fighting has appeared to raise new doubts about the claims of American military officers that that they were close to defeating the insurgency led by members of Saddam Hussein's fallen regime and were dealing with a smaller number of foreign-led Islamic terrorists.

The fierce street fighting in Fallujah demonstrated anew that this city, 35 miles west of Baghdad and in the heart of the so-called Sunni Triangle, the epicenter of anti-American resistance, was far from pacified and that there were large areas of the city where the Americans could enter only at their peril.

YALE BOMBER???

In a flash, we suddenly remembered that bombing at Yale last May and wondered if they caught anybody. A Google search uncovered this, from an article a couple weeks ago by Maria Garriga:
As of November 2003, federal investigators appeared to be focusing on Vincent Pergolotti Jr., 37, of Branford, a convicted arsonist and former Yale University employee.
Mr. Pergolotti and his family might not be too pleased by this reporting, as a further search reveals the following, from October 03:
Vincent Pergolotti Jr., a Branford resident investigated in connection with the May 21 bombing of the Yale Law School, has been cleared as a suspect, his lawyer said Monday. ...

... Pergolotti's father, Vincent Pergolotti Sr., expressed frustration that his son has been made a public figure by the investigation.

"It's been a circus," he said. "I'm tired of this stuff."
So, did we miss something or is Ms. Garriga trying to revive the circus? Seems the Yale bombing can join the Anthrax attacks and numerous other unsolved federal investigations under Asscroft.


FROOMKIN KEEPING IT REAL

This guy has been a good journalist. It's almost as if he's been listening to Damfacratic audio (re: Fox). Dan makes sure to highlight the pathway to the White House in regard to the Medicare cost coverup and delves into other important truths. Our one objection is his decision to cite Ron Fournier, for anything.

RODENT MOUTH (SQUIRREL-FACE)

Is it Damfacratic imagination or has Preznit Joke-Maker developed a weird new habit of rapidly twitching/quivering his closed mouth following one of his canned statements? It almost looks like some kind of numby-gummy cocaine thing.

Remember when we had Presidents who knew how to speak English? Instant Audio - George W. - mp3 - 55K - 27 sec. How will they edit this in the transcript at the White House?

SIT SOMEWHERE ELSE

Sick of Bush has a series of good posts, including one about how Bill Cosby decided he did not want to sit next to Dr. Congo Fever at the phony Bush civil rights event. What is up with the little "Rice plans to resign" concept casually thrown into a Times article today?

Also there, the draft is returning, under an interesting acronym:
Of course, the Selective Service System doesn't call it a "draft." In their lexicon of acronyms it's a "Registrant Integrated Processing System": RIPS, for short. The acronym's horrible irony - Rest In Peace, anyone? - seems to have been lost on the bureaucrats.

NOTE TO CNN

Regarding when your reporters say "the millions of jobs Kerry says have been lost during the Bush term in office." You are painting a target on your headquarters so the mobs know where to go after Shrubie steals it again. The jobs are gone. It's a fact. Not an allegation. Sluts.

FBI WARNS OF TEXAS REFINERY ATTACKS

Around the elections, no less. Mighty interesting.
The source said there have been at least a half dozen of these types of warnings from the FBI in Texas since last summer. Texas is a major center of the U.S. petroleum industry.

But there have been no known attempts to attack the numerous refineries and petrochemical plants that line the Houston Ship Channel and nearby Galveston Bay.

U.S. retail gasoline prices soared to a record high this week on tight supplies, and any damage to a major refinery or pipeline would constrict supplies even more. But traders said security alerts such as this week's were common enough that they had little effect on markets.
We shared our concerns about the occurrence of two long strings of fossil fuel mishaps back here and here. Do big oil companies and their buddies make more money when the price of gasoline increases? Mighty interesting.

DINNER AUDIO

Why is it good to hear from Al Gore? Because he reminds us of Florida, 2000. Why do we want to remember that feeling? Gore explains - Audio - mp3 - 100K - 50 sec.

Why is it good to hear from James Earl Carter? Because he is a great man. As he mentioned, there has been not one violation of his 25-year-old peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. Jimmy Carter on the Bush foreign policy and what to do about it - Audio mp3 - 170K - 1:26

William Jefferson Clinton is known to some as a neo-liberal, meaning, it seems, that he and his ilk are full of conquest but wield a kinder, gentler machine gun hand. While Damfacrats understand this objection, and respect it, we still like Bill Clinton. Here's some audio of him talking about how the GOP, so-called responsible "Daddy-party," is anything but. Audio - mp3 - 33K - 20 sec.

Bill Clinton on enRoNC Rove tactics - they don't want people to think. - Audio - mp3 - 207K - 1:26

Thursday, March 25, 2004

PRETTY GOOD MODO

She's OK when she's not clowning about primaries.

BUZZFLASH HEADLINE

Kerry on Bush's Unfunny WMD Skit: "If George Bush thinks his deceptive rationale for going to war is a laughing matter, then he's even more out of touch than we thought. Unfortunately for the president, this is not a joke."

SPEECH

What a speech by Jimmy Carter. Wow. Who could follow that? Oh. Of course.

UNITY

Jimmy, Bill, Hillary, Howard, Al - all for John Kerry. Ann Richards too! She just said: "We are so united that before their wives got wind of it, Joe Lieberman and Al Sharpton got on a plane to San Francisco to get a marriage license." That sounds like a unique throw-away Republican joke that only works for Democrats. More like that, please.

JUBILATION TURNED TO RAGE

Maybe all the happy bloggers out there don't watch CNN. The interview at this moment between Blitzer and Lieberman regarding Richard Clarke is inconceivably evil. The truth is flatlining again.

Oh, now he kneels down to fellate Mark "Enron" Racicot on the Clarke subject. When the Chimp Traitor is reselected the mobs should head to CNN headquarters first.

HEY ALL YOU GOP TRAITORS

The Petrolicans did NOT quintuple ("five-fold," "500%") any counterterrorism funding. They wanted to decrease it, even after 9/11, AND they sent 43 million dollars to the Taliban in May of 2001.

CONGO FEVER WANTS ANOTHER CRACK AT TESTIFYING

In private, not under oath, of course. Screw that. Tell her it's public and sworn or nothing.

FADING GLOW BUT STILL HOPE

The glow from hearing Richard Clarke tell the truth about the pre-9/11 Bush ball-droppers is already fading, due to the cable media's overall failure to properly report the story. This is very depressing, although it should come as no surprise. Most of the puppetheads have been claiming the White House is "aggressively" "rebutting" Clarke's "accusations."

At least the Larry King feature was acceptable. Chris Matthews is actually being pretty fair; there's still hope for him (he's been getting Damfacratic emails every night). Dan Abrams is no pillar of hope but had a couple of decent shows about it, wherein he presses a couple of simple points, one of them being this: if Clarke's sworn testimony was "pure fiction" as Dr. Congo Fever says, shouldn't the White House get him charged with perjury? Some idiot guest claimed it will and should happen and Dan brushed him off cyncially, saying "it will never happen."

FEEBLE

In fact he sent me, on September 15th, a kind of interesting email.

Q Of which year?

DR. RICE: September 15th, 2001, so three days after the -- four days after the attack. "Note to CDR." That's me. "When the era of national unity begins to crack in the near future, it is possible that some will start asking questions like, did the White House do a good job of making sure that intelligence about terrorist threats got to the FAA and other domestic law-enforcement authorities."

He then attaches the paper, which he sent to me in July, reporting on his meeting. The last line here is, "Thus, the White House did ensure that domestic law enforcement, including FAA, knew that the CSG believed that a major al Qaeda attack was coming, and it could be in the U.S., and we did ask special measures be taken."

So make what you will of it. His assessment on September 15th was that we've taken the measures that we needed to take to button down the country. That had been -- the meeting that he had had been in response to a request directly from Andy Card and me to get the agencies together.

Q Is that something you can give us a copy of?

DR. RICE: I can probably get the -- I read you the unclassified sentences.

We can get you that.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

BUG-BOY MAY STEP DOWN AS HOUSE LEADER

It's the big talk at the Atrios comments. Tom DeLay is staring at an indictment for campaign finance abuses. This looks like the day of all days.

ASHCROFT BRIBED INTERPRETER TO LIE

Can this be real? Looks like the chatter was telling tales so Ashcroft had the stuff altered. Blam. Huh. Looks like part of an old story.

CLARKE AUDIO CLIPS

A few highlights (but not all!) from the 9/11 hearing:

Clarke rebuffs Thompson - Audio - mp3 - 145K - 49 sec.

Clarke apologizes for US govt - Finally! - Audio - mp3 - 157K - 53 sec.

Clarke not Kerry guy, slams Iraq invasion- Audio - mp3 - 253K - 1:26 (listen for the pause at the end - shock)

Clarke says no Bush urgency - Audio - mp3 - 166K - 56 sec.

BONUS: Bob Kerrey slams Fox News and WH - Audio - 150K - 55 sec.
At the time of the briefing, ground rules allowed reporters to identify Clarke only as "a senior administration official." The White House waived that restriction after Fox News pointed out Clarke's remarks, McClellan said Wednesday.

Two administration officials called CNN to say Clarke's remarks from the 2002 briefing could be used and attributed to him by name.




BOMBSHELL!!!
Audio highlights from Richard Clarke testimony forthcoming...

Ben-Veniste is responding to Rice's refusal to testify under oath in public by crumpling up her reputation and tossing it in the trashcan.

JAMES THOMPSON IS A TRAITOR

Traitor! Government Butt-boy!

... and Lehman! Bastard! Fielding ... loser!

POOR LOU

SYLVESTER: A statement was released from a senior Bush administration official saying: "There are economic isolationists in our country who believe we should separate ourselves from the rest of the world by raising up barriers and closing off markets. They are wrong" -- Lou.

DOBBS: Economic isolationism. The Bush administration insists that there is no alternative to the free trade that's led to record trade deficits, but economic isolationism. I know of no one talking about economic isolationism. Do you?
Aw, poor Lou. Isn't it maddening? You work tirelessly to point out faults in the Cartel's policies and they come back with a complete misstatement of your views. They distort your argument and reframe it and make it look absurd. Lou, take a look around you and maybe you'll see that it's what they always do about everything, so stop helping them do it.

SPIT IT OUT

One thing that seems to stand out in regard to these hearings is the inarticulate questioning. These members have had months to prepare questions. They should be designed to fill in gaps with specifics and should be designed to get a "yes" or "no" answer. They should be rapid fire and revealing.

What do we get instead? A bunch of head-scratching, stuttering, wandering, diluting and repetitious time-constrained frustration. So much (so far) for blowing the lid off the 9/11 security failures.

WHITEWASH

Round Two kicks off with Tenet expressing the ongoing theme: it's nobody's fault because it's everybody's fault and everybody did everything right, by the way.

Turns out Exec. Dir. Zelikow actually vocalized this theme in January: "This was everybody's fault and nobody's fault."

HAMAS: U.S. NOT A TARGET

Just wanted to de-activate the alarm we previously rang on this subject. Not that there isn't still reason for concern:
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The U.S. Embassy in the Emirates closed Wednesday after receiving a specific threat against it, while anti-American protests in the Mideast and fears of a terror attack on U.S. interests prompted beefed-up security near potential targets.

A VISION OF THEIR OWN

Mary at Naked Furniture addresses another irritating spin point that has been making the rounds, particularly irritating because it often comes from so-called Democrats: "The Democrats have to stop bashing Bush and present a vision of their own. What do they stand for besides being against Bush?"

Mary makes it simple for the cloudy-minded Dems/media hacks out there - take most anything about Preznit Flag-Scribbler's policies that we don't like and look at the opposite. That's what we stand for, so all those willfully blind ponderers can stop squinting and clam up.

THAT OTHER KERREY

Thanks to Digby for this one. Forgiven!

350 TIMES

We are going to continue to hear from Bush that Kerry "voted for higher taxes 350 times." The truth is that most of these votes were in opposition to repealing various existing taxes, in a huge variety of contexts. When will the media address this deception? Never. In fact, they assist in the deception by paraphrasing Bush's accusation into "voting for tax increases" 350 times.

More on this is here.

OLD FOLKS VOTE

They also pay attention to the "news" (AKA the cascade of undersold Bush debacles). A Newsweek Poll from last week shows that among voters 65 and older, John Kerry leads the Chimp 53-35.

Kerry leads among every group except men (50-41) and the group that is 30-49 years old (54-37).

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

SOCIOPATHS ON PARADE

Except for Madeline. Thankfully, it's over. That last trio was almost unbearable.

DAILY MEETING WITH TENET

Q: "Mr. President, how do we know that you were paying enough attention to terrorism before 9/11?"

A: "I met with Tenet every day."

Q: "Mr President, how do we know that you are currently paying enough attention to terrorism?"

A: "I meet with Tenet very day."

Not very reassuring.

HACKEROO

Howie K got Calpundit's name wrong. Even the more lazy bloggers have more self-respect than that.

AN OBVIOUS DEFENSE

Watching that 9/11 testimony. Quality telescreen time.

It's probably an obvious defense but I haven't seen it raised after poking around a little. The Cartel says Clarke is "just trying to sell books." If that argument had any probative value, every wingnut screed would be equally discredited. You can't argue that every person who has a book is lying because he or she wants to sell it. Everyone who writes a book wants to sell it.

Along the same vein, the fact that Viacom owns CBS and the publisher is irrelevant to the question of whether the content of the book is true. Amazing how cynical and perceptive the Media, Inc. gets when it's their darling Bush getting savaged.

TUESDAY HOWARD STERN

Audio Clips - Howard Stern wants George W. Bush, and his fanatic agenda, gone.

Audio - mp3 - 442K - 2:30

Audio - mp3 - 181K - 1:01

Audio - mp3 - 188K - 1:04

DAMFACRATS PREEMPT WHITE HOUSE

Well, sort of. Scotty McClellan gave us another less than clever Petrolican "slime and defend" one-liner, found through Whiskey Bar, which is as folows: "This is Dick Clarke's American grandstand. He just keeps changing the tune." Petrolicans just don't have any creativity. That's for those flaky liberals.

We should just add this: The Times' Judith Miller story was first published including a WH spokesman's claim that Ridge had never opposed the creation of DHS. Of course, he did, as did BushCo., until public pressure forcved them to give into the Dems' idea. So, The Times scrambled to release a new version but it was too late. The blogs were all over it, so, The Times went back and published the first version again. Classic.

BLACK PETER

Political overload leads us to Information Junk, where we find the link to this story about Bob Weir's ("an enthusisastic iPod user") latest orbits.

The article quotes a RatDog member saying "Black Peter" is a flag of some sort but our research suggests it is either a reference to a Sherlock Holmes story, the devil or an anti-Santa Claus figure from Dutch legend. Anybody know?

Monday, March 22, 2004

THIS IS THE MOMENT

Not to be overly dramatic but the time is now. Whether freedom and truth in the United States of America will become a complete joke or be salvaged from the litany of goverment lies will be determined in the next few weeks.

The White House response to Richard Clarke is another long list of obvious lies and smear tactics which, if accepted by the mainstream media, will end all hope that our free society will continue. (ADDED: We learn that Cheney told Limbo that Clarke "was out of the loop" while the Cartel planned vigorously against terrorism. How could that be when Clarke was the top guy on terrorism?) The content of Clarke's revelations are far too important to place on the scales as if there was some legitimate debate. This is literally life and death stuff.

Look at the contradictions, even in their lying response. For example, it is completely illogical to blame Clinton while simultaneously claiming that nothing could be done to prevent 9/11. It requires more energy than we currently possess to parse all these angles and really, we shouldn't have to do that.

The lie is staring the country in the face and The New York Times puts the story on page A18.

Our sad prediction - nothing will change. Truth is dead.

FINALLY

In every conservative's favorite "objective" newspaper, the Wall Street Journal:
But uncut videotape of the classroom visit obtained from the local cable-TV station director who shot it, and interviews with the teacher and principal, show that Mr. Bush remained in the classroom not for mere seconds, but for at least seven additional minutes. He followed along for five minutes as children read aloud a story about a pet goat. Then he stayed for at least another two minutes, asking the children questions and explaining to Ms. Rigell that he would have to leave more quickly than planned.

MORE PROOF

That the color-coded alert sytem is nothing more than an empty fear tool. With Spain, the war aniversary and now the Hamas killing, seems like a bump would be in order.

Slightly uncomfortableSource: Atrios

Nope, too expensive for states and localities. Best wishes, America.


THE SHRINKING CIRCLE

If the wingnuts are willing to believe that Richard Clark is simply lying, they have reduced the circle of those they will believe to only the tiniest few. No individual should have more credibility than this man. The message is clear. Trust only Big Brother.

SHARON KILLS TOP HAMAS LEADER

So this is what Petrolicans mean when they say you have to break a few eggs to make an omelette:
Abu Abeer, a spokesman for a group of militant Palestinian organisations in the occupied territories, told pan-Arab satellite channel al-Arabiya there would be "swift and serious" repercussions.

"They have opened the gates of hell," he warned. "For us, everything is now permissible after this assassination."

For the first time, Hamas threatened revenge on the US as well as Israel, saying that US backing of Israel had made Yassin's assassination possible.
Remember, things will only go badly if we acknowledge that things are going badly. It's the Enron way!

JUST ANOTHER MICHAEL DUKAKIS

Eschaton

Found it at an Atrios archive. I was looking for something about this Executive Order stepping on the courts and granting criminal and civil immunity to Halliburton et al (it's an "Emergency," ya see).

LEAVE THE JUDGE ALONE

Once again, we find we must part ways with many in the blogosphere. A Supreme Court Justice is not like a politician. Sure, politics can influence their decisions but they still have to back them up with legal precedent and a towering grasp of complex law. Scalia is no puffed up puppet that goes out and waves while others take on hard problems. He knows his stuff, as do those other demonized conservative masters of law on the Court.

As we have stated many times, the current climate created by Republican corporate-theofascists is to bash a judge at every opportunity - and it is working, to dismantle the very core of our three-branch government. Every "unelected" judge is "legislating from the bench" or a "rogue whacko" who is "out of touch with the people."

Damfacrats do not engage in personal attacks against judges. Should Scalia have gone on the duck trip? No. Does that mean that his impartiality might reasonably be questioned, such that he should recuse himself? Probably not. As he points out, he was already buddy-buddy with Dicky C. so, did the trip really change anything? Unlikely, although it's probably a close call, as many recusal decisions are. It's certainly not an obvious case, worthy of jeering insults.

One can always agree or disagree with a judge's opinions, especially at the level of the Highest Court, where the questions are always of the most difficult kind that a court will ever have to decide. We went after Judge Roy No Moore hard, of course, but that was precisely because he brazenly ignored the order of a higher court. We will also take shots when racist comments are involved and there are probably a few other exceptions. We simply won't condone further disrespect for the courts and, it seems, to do so is to jump on the Petrolican bandwagon.

Anyway, that's the view around here ...hope it doesn't cost us any readers ...

IMPROVE THAT QUALITY

The Canadians ought to consult with some folks in Humboldt County, California, or perhaps Portland, Oregon:
Jari Dvorak, one of the first to receive Health Canada marijuana last fall, says he stopped using the product three months ago because the department has not lived up to its promises to improve the quality.

"I have not seen any evidence of change yet," Dvorak said from Toronto.

A department spokeswoman says tests are under way to improve the marijuana after numerous complaints from users.

"We are taking the concerns of users seriously," said Aggie Adamczyk.
Thru TalkLeft.

FLAUNTING AND FLOUTING

"On the Record" had a doubleplusgood feature, following Rummy around during his day. He gave a tour of his office, including a moment where he showed off his stolen piece of airplane (flaunting) which was retrieved illegally (flouting). It was mounted on a piece of wood with a little placqard, a twisted piece of gray matter, no doubt resembling the Secretary's brain.

The so-called reporter on the Rummy beat said "there's been some controversy about this" to which Don replied "not really, just among some of your colleagues in the media." Tittering ensued.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

NOTHING IS BEYOND THEM

At the risk of being marginalized as a tin-foil hat-wearer, we'll say it: there is nothing that the Bush minions will not do to get reselected. E-voting fraud? Check. A phony terrorist capture and thwarted phony attack? No question. A staged attack in America where people are actually hurt and/or killed? Look, if Rove thought it would ensure victory and some spooks would go along ... we're not ruling it out. Nothing about these guys suggests that they give a damn about human life, even/especially American lives.

In Spain, there was sort of a "dry run" for the Petrolicans. They watched as an attack and the lies that followed fueled an opposition victory. Such an attack might have an opposite result in America but, in our opinion, the events in Spain have removed the option of a spook-oriented phony attack in America.

Another sort of "dry run" has occurred in Taiwan. Clearly, Damfacrats don't know much about Taiwan. The incumbent winner claims there was an "assassination attempt" a few days before voting that resulted in minor injuries. He was trailing by six points in the polls and many believe that he won sympathy votes to carry it. He won by about 27, 000 votes, with 300,000 ballots invalidated. An uproar has ensued.

The point of all this theorizing? A phony Shrub assassination attempt is definitely an option for these stop-at-nothing low-lifes.

IT AIN'T AMERICAN BANDSTAND

For those who aren't already on the edge of our seats with this knowledge, Richard Clarke, former counter-terrorist advisor to the Petrolicans, will be on Sixty Minutes tonight, to blast the hell out of Preznit Tough on Terra. It's all the talk in the blogosphere. Let's hope this guy's truth-telling will put the Bush minions squarely back on the defensive because the last couple weeks haven't been good for Big John.

WAR ON KOFI

The Faux News hit squad has been absolutely obsessed with overplaying the U.N. "oil for food" corruption investigation and trying to implicate Kofi Annan. Good luck with that strategy during a time when everybody hopes the U.N. will help us in Iraq.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan reversed himself yesterday and said an outside investigation was needed into the mushrooming Iraq oil-for-food bribery scandal
Ah, the irony.
Mr. Bush had opposed a [9/11] commission, saying it would tie up officials waging the war on terror -- and endanger U.S. secrets. ... President Bush reversed himself Wednesday and said he now supports giving a commission investigating the 9/11 attacks more time to produce a final report.

ADDITIONAL SCANDALS

Much praise has been given to Carpetbagger's and Upper Left's list of scandals, and deservedly so. We just wanted to point to a few outliers:

1. Boeing - "The Pentagon's Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the Justice Department continue to investigate whether the October 2002 contacts between the fired executives violated federal law and tainted the proposal the service submitted to the Pentagon for approval." Exec #1 offered Exec #2 her job during the time she was negotiationing some Boeing contracts. For the Air Force.

As for the Boeing tanker contracts, John McCain went on the warpath because they turned out to be some kind of 15-20 billion dollar lease rip-off.

Not to be overlooked, although officially cleared after a DOD conflicts of interest investigation, "Mr [Richard] Perle is reportedly being investigated for $3m in undeclared bonuses he received from an investment firm, Hollinger International. Some of Hollinger's investments went to his own company, Trireme.

Boeing was also found to have invested $20m in Trireme, not long before Mr Perle advocated a Pentagon scheme for leasing Boeing fuel tankers to support the Iraq war."

2. Airline Loan Board - Treasury investigators subpoenaed records from airlines to determine "whether the ATSB's former executive director, Daniel G. Montgomery, obtained travel, entertainment and other favors from the airlines." Montgomery worked for a Dem in Jersey during college but also for a Dallas bank after graduate school. You decide:
Aviation News - NYT, August 2002: Page 18: Daniel G. Montgomery is the date whom many airline executives want to take to the prom. ... He was promoted to executive director [of the ATSB] in April and soon found himself flooded with on-their-knees visits from airline executives. ...

... Mr. Montgomery has to deal with the weekly commute [to Washington] from his home in Summit, N.J., ... Asked how he travels to Washington, Mr. Montgomery fell silent for a minute.
That's where the article ended, believe it or not.

3. Drug War Ad Execs - The Smirking Sheriff has carried on senselessly with the War on Drugs and its expensive trappings. Of course, even that is hopelessly tainted with corrupt propaganda, in the form of two ad executives indicted for fraudulent overbilling. "It really bothers me that money that was supposed to be used to prevent drug use among our young people appears to have been misused by an ad agency, and yet this agency gets a slap on the wrist and a pat on the back, 'here's another contract,' " said Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.).

REMEMBER WHEN?

From an old Liberal Oasis post:
recall what NY Times' Thomas Friedman wrote on Sept. 14, 2001:
...these Muslim terrorists did not just want to kill Americans. That is not the totality of their mission. These people think strategically.

They also want to trigger the sort of massive U.S. retaliation that makes no distinction between them and other Muslims.

That would be their ultimate victory
-- because they do see the world as a clash of civilizations, and they want every Muslim to see it that way as well and to join their jihad.
Firedman sure has changed his tune. He was on Timid Tim's CNBC show last night and was positively wild-eyed with Democratic dreams for Iraq.

ISSUE FRAMING

By Dwight Meredith.

"GOING BACK TO"

We need to start a glossary of misleading terms that the Murdoch/Moon contigency likes to to use. For example, there's "going back to." As in, "the new document shows that Iraqi Intelligence had contacts with Osama going back to 1993."

A little Instant Audio of lying mouthpiece and Queen of Distraction, Rita Cosby on The Big Story Weekend, speaking with some idiot from the Washington Times:

Audio - mp3 - 155K - 52 sec.

Of course, the document is dated 1993 but the term "going back to" suggests something continuing, that lasted from 1993 to the present. It's a Washington Times story about a Chalabi document, in other words, wholly unreliable and meaningless.

Saturday, March 20, 2004

SWEET SIXTEEN

NCAA Champ Damfatown U. beats Mormons and Turtles to advance.

HELPFUL TO BLOGGERS

Common Errors in English, found at Consumptive. Actually, we should take this opportunity to make a blanket apology for some real jackass moves, including constantly spelling exaggerated with one "g" and omitting the "d" from Richard Gephardt's name. Then again, misspelling is sometimes a way to get cheap hits from Google ...

MORE HOWARD STERN TRUTH-TELLING

Oh, yes. Go listen (scroll up) at Horklog.

NO A LA GUERRA

Slideshow of protests around the world.

Shorter Bush aniversary speech - Audio - mp3 - 181K - 1:02 Not to show disrespect for the dead but didn't that passage from the diary sound like it was written by Karl Rove? Seems like "steady progress" is a giveaway.



NAT'L PARKS CUT SERVICES, INSTRUCT SUPPRESSION

First we see this story - "Cost crunch will force national parks to slash services" and then from an emailer to Eric Alterman, we see that The Association of Retired Park Service Employees issued a press release to inform the public that the Bush minions were ordering service cuts and pressing park superintendants to lie about it. Here's a bit of their statement.

"Orwellian Situation" - mp3 - 44K - 15 sec.

Suggested cuts found in the internal memo included "Eliminate all guided ranger tours;" "Turn 1 of our 4 campgrounds over to a concession permittee;" and "Close the park every Sunday and Monday."

They posted the internal memos. This is an interesting part, although not surprising anymore:
We will need to be sure that adjustments are taken from as many areas as is possible so that it won't cause public or political controversy. If you think that some of your specific plans will cause a public or political controversy, Marie and I need to know which ones are likely to end up in the media or result in a congressional inquiry.

We also discussed how each park would communicate with and inform your local constituents about your plans. Randy felt that the issuance of a press release was the most problematic. He suggested that if you feel you must inform the public through a press release on this years hours or days of operation for example, that you state what the park's plans are and not to directly indicate that "this is a cut" in comparison to last year's operation. If you are personally pressed by the media in an interview, we all agreed to use the terminology of "service level adjustment" due to fiscal constraints as a means of describing what actions we are taking.

Friday, March 19, 2004

FOTO FRIDAY

At Screaming Points.



YOU TALKIN TO ME?

Through Atrios and Incoming Signals, we find the cool campaign money tracker. You can enter names or zip codes and find out who donated what to whom. For example, a certain favorite actor gave $2,000 to three candidates who did not get the nomination. It's a fun site. The Zappa clan is on board. Donald Trump gave 2K to both Bush and Kerry.

It is also interesting to submit some names and see if they have put their money where their mouth is. To be fair, people might give money to organizations instead of candidates but ... there may be some disppointing hypocrisy at work. For the record, Damfa Inc. gave $350 to Clark (doh!) and fifty bucks to Kerry - so far.

One thing's for sure. Those North Country Dems liked that Howard Dean.

TAKEN FOR A RIDE

First, there is the always significant and truthful Paul Krugman editorial in today's Times. The title is based on the Polish President's honest remarks concerning the Petrolican deceptions about unconventional weapons in Iraq.

However, the Faux News telescreen reported today that the Polish leader has "corrected" the "misperceptions" about his statement, claiming he was referring to Saddam's deceptions. A Spanish news source reports it this way:
"They deceived us about the weapons of mass destruction, that's true. We were taken for a ride," Kwasniewski told European reporters, according to international news agencies. Friday, Kwasniewski's office backed away from the comment after Bush called the Polish leader
Even the Faux website did not report the bit about "meaning Saddam was decepetive, not the U.S.":
The White House moved quickly to underline Poland's commitment, distributing a statement from the Polish embassy in Washington which cited "misinterpretations" of Kwasniewski's earlier remarks.
Finally, here's an AP version:
But Siwiec said Friday the Polish president's comment about being "misled" was meant to criticize intelligence failures in general, not Washington.

"It was not a complaint by Poland addressed to the United States," he said.
The truth is dead.

HOWARD STERN REPRISE

We have fielded some requests to post more Howard Stern audio. Here are some previously unposted clips from last week or the week before:

Audio - mp3 - 94K

Audio - mp3 - 221K

Audio - mp3 - 49K

Audio - mp3 - 135K

Audio - mp3 - 106K

Audio - mp3 - 42K

Audio - mp3 - 18K

Here are a couple we've posted but may have been missed:

Instant Audio - mp3 - 77K - 26 sec.

Audio - mp3 - 80K

Finally, this link goes to previously posted Stern audio clips, where you can also link to the rest.

TRUTH IS DEAD

Actually, we ran the story when it broke:
On March 13 the Iranian news agency Mehr reported a story that, if true, is surely the biggest news of this election year: "U.S. forces have unloaded a large cargo of parts for constructing long-range missiles and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the southern ports of Iraq. A reliable source from the Iraqi Governing Council, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Mehr News Agency that U.S. forces, with the help of British forces stationed in southern Iraq, had made extensive efforts to conceal their actions." ...

... In either event, if there is a startling pre-election "discovery," hang on to your Mehr News Agency report and remember: You saw it here first.
This article at Common Dreams notes that The New York TImes reported the claim that the U.S. military does not keep track of civilian deaths but simultaneously reported that they check claims for compensation against a list. So which is it? The truth is dead.
Military officials say they do not have precise figures or even estimates of the number of noncombatant Iraqis killed and wounded by American-led forces in Iraq.

"We don't keep a list," said a Pentagon spokeswoman, Lt. Cmdr. Jane Campbell. "It's just not policy." ...

... American commanders declined to quantify how many Iraqi civilians had been killed by their forces during the occupation. "We do keep records of innocent civilians who are killed accidentally by coalition force soldiers," said Brig. Gen. Mark Hertling, assistant commander for the First Armored Division, which patrols Baghdad. "And, in fact, in every one of those innocent death situations, we conduct internal investigations to determine what happened."


FINALLY, SOMEONE WALKS OUT ON THE BS

Arab journalists walk-out of Powell "news conference" to protest shooting of two Al Arabiya journalists. It was apparently the U.S. who killed them. Video here.

We've been saying that all journalists need to boycott the adminstration until they start giving some straight answers. Especially Scott McClellan. Five journalists have been killed in the last 24 hours.

BRIT HUME SLANDERS REPUBLICAN LAWMAKER

The GOP rammed through another phony resolution that praised the troops but pork-barrelled a declaration that the world has "been made safer with the removal of Saddam Hussein and his regime." Apparently, two Republicans voted against it and an independent.

Here's Brit Hume's Fair, Balanced and Unafraid comment about those lawmakers, with a creepy Krauthammer peanut gallery remark about being "soft in the war in Central America" or something. Hume didn't smile, although Kondracke laughed. Real creepy.

Audio - mp3 - 59K - 20 sec.

Brit Hume is an evil brownshirt who doesn't like those who won't follow orders (or those, with whom Damfacrats do not agree on many issues but who are against preemptive war, the drug war and regulating speech).

Thursday, March 18, 2004

DON'T LET YOUR DJ DIS DUBYA

The FCC just ordered a $27, 500 fine against Infinity for broadcasting something said on Howard Stern's show. On July 26, 2001.

For the Bono opinion, the FCC felt compelled to use the term "F-Word." Then there is the Stern opinion, which reads like a "google search of the day" post at Mary's blog. Here's part:
We also reject Infinity's contention that this material cannot be found indecent because there are other cases referencing topics such as masturbation, and anal and oral sex in which no enforcement action was taken.

In support of this argument, Infinity cites two unpublished Enforcement Bureau staff decisions, in which there were references to "giving head" and "finger banging your boyfriend." However, the material at issue here is more graphic and explicit than the language cited from these complaints. Moreover, the use of the term "finger banging" was brief and fleeting, which is not the case with the material at issue here.

SNOWBOARDING

A quite favorable video and story about Kerry snowboarding. From an Idaho TV station, (you may have to register). Secret service, swooshing, kids taking a shine to him, cool gear. It's good.

The written report on the website is identical to the narration on the video, except for one omission. "He seemed like a regular guy," a man said. "Yeah, he really did," the woman replied. Kinda chisels away at that "aloof" concept the enRoNC likes to sling.

UPDATE: Well, now the whole nice story is shot, as all anyone is reporting today is that Kerry fell down on the slopes when a SS agent cut him off, at which point Kerry used an "expletive." Halbfinger is a tool.

SUPPORT THE TROOPS

NYT - By nightfall the United Nations had lost control of several city centers, and mobs of Albanian men were attacking Serbian areas at will. In the provincial capital, Pristina, machine gunfire and explosions could be heard late into the night
WP - About 17,500 NATO troops are already in the province. Some 150 additional U.S. troops were reported already en route along with 80 Italians, according to wire service reports. A spokesman for the British Ministry of Defense said it was considering sending 500 troops.

YOUR WIRE

How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to.
- George Orwell, 1984

BUSH SAYS A BAD WORD

Oooo, call the FCC ...

Instant Audio - mp3 - 8K - 3 sec.

TERRORISTS WANT BUSH RESELECTED

Again, from Corrente:

The statement said it supported President Bush in his reelection campaign, and would prefer him to win in November rather than the Democratic candidate John Kerry, as it was not possible to find a leader "more foolish than you (Bush), who deals with matters by force rather than with wisdom."

In comments addressed to Bush, the group said:

"Kerry will kill our nation while it sleeps because he and the Democrats have the cunning to embellish blasphemy and present it to the Arab and Muslim nation as civilization."

"Because of this we desire you (Bush) to be elected."

MOONIES

It's pretty difficult to keep abreast of every amazing story about corruption and insanity among conservative Republicans. A general awareness of the fact that the Moonies cult leader owns UPI and the Washington Times is no substitute for knowledge of the real length of Moon's reach.

Go check it out at The Moon Scandals, found through Corrente. Democrats are involved. It's one of those "just when I though it couldn't get more unbelievable" moments.

...turns out Scoobie Davis mentioned the Moon blogging on Tuesday ...

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

LAUGHING IT UP WHILE BAGHDAD BURNS

As promised, here's a collage of the Vice-Fearmonger from this afternoon, cutting them up with laughter at John Kerry's expense while chaos gripped Iraq.

Audio - mp3 - 237K - 1:20 sec.

As a Petrolican bonus, here is Arch Neo-Con Richard Perle, with his November 2001 predictions about the results of invading Iraq.

Audio - mp3 - 33K - 11 sec.

COUNTY WANTS TO BAN GAY PEOPLE

Rhea County commissioners unanimously voted to ask state lawmakers to introduce legislation amending Tennessee's criminal code so the county can charge homosexuals with crimes against nature.

"We need to keep them out of here," said Commissioner J.C. Fugate, who introduced the motion.

County Attorney Gary Fritts also was asked by Fugate to find the best way to enact a local law banning homosexuals from living in Rhea County. Commissioners asked Fritts to bring a resolution requesting the ban to next month's commission meeting for another vote.

Fugate said he offered the crimes against nature measure, which wasn't on the agenda, because of recent national and state events concerning gay marriages.
Looks like they are all coming out of the woodwork. Of course, Atrios posted it first.

AL QAEDA SIGNATURES

It's been two and one-half years since 9/11 and this kind of reasoning is still considered probative: "This bombing looks like Al Qaeda because 1. car 2. suicide 3. "sophisticated planning." This last bit of pedantic logic is perhaps the most annoying. Does it really take a lot of planning to pick a target and press the button? What nonsense.

It took the Spanish about two days to call bullshit on their government and it's media sluts for deceiving them about the 11-M attacks. In this country, we're just hoping against hope that the electorate will finally wake up in time for November.

Here's another annoying spin: the absence of reporting on the list of previous bomb attacks in Iraq. While they are mentioned here and there, the spin is generally "oh gee what a surprise, must be some special reason there was an attack today." The natural way to report it is just too unpleasant for these thumb-suckers from Media, Inc. - this bombing joins those of The Red Cross, The U.N., Karbala and so forth.


RIDDLED WITH SCANDAL AND INCOMPETENCE

The GOP House, especially the bug-boy. Also from the DNC blog, this video of a Republican Senator calling the WH "inept and incompetent." Hegel has been a little rebellious at times, which we have theorized comes from his guilt over voting machine hijinks during his election.

THE "NEW" MESSAGE

The Media, Inc. keeps acting like the Petrolican message is new. "This week" the message has been "stay the course" or "today's emphasis" by the administration was on the "War on Terrah," says the Telescreen. Try again, like, the message hasn't changed for 18 months and were all sick of it.

RELEASE THE HOUNDS

The CIA is investigating who leaked the Osama video. What a sham. Thru INTL-News.

"IT'S A TRUE FACT"

That the Vice-Fearmonger needs to differentiate between "true" facts and other types of facts is no surprise. We'll post some audio of part of his sniffling anti-Kerry propaganda today, causing laughter and entertainment in the immediate backdrop of Baghdad's dead and wounded.

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