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Monday, July 11, 2005

qWagmire: Could someone tell Bush that obeying the law is not optional?
I understand, I really do. I mean, it's easy to see how a kid growing up in Bush's privileged position would come to think that the law was optional what's to consult about? Why not just submit the report by deadline? NOTE I love the URL that AP used for this story (which was about Bush's latest He Man speech at Quantico): Let's get out our...

- Lambert
9:15:05 PM    

Keep licking my boots, peon, there's still a little liquid rubber stuck to the heel.

I was just trying to craft a post on the underexposed issue that napalm is being used in Iraq (article sent by reader labyrus) that had more meat to it than just, "Read this! Napalm in Iraq! Is there anything these criminally minded fuckheads in power won't do?" and I cruised a couple blogs looking for inspiration and the very first one I clicked on was Hullabaloo and at the very top of the page Digby quotes the most asshattery, boot-licking bullshit imaginable from Powerline.

"The media feeding frenzy will, indeed, be massive. But absent a serious claim of a statutory violation or perjury, it's questionable whether anyone apart from liberal bloggers and other pre-existing Bush haters will partake in the media's dog food. This isn't a top presidential aide accepting an expensive gift, or engaging in lewd sexual conduct. It's a top aide providing truthful information to journalists in response to lies told to embarrass the administration and our government."

9:14:14 PM    

Paul Krassner: Quickie

George Bush promised that he would fire the leaker. Now that Karl Rove has been revealed as the leaker, what will Bush do? Obviously, he'll ask Karl Rove what to do.

- Paul Krassner (
[The Huffington Post | Full Blog Feed]
9:12:39 PM    

Who Said This?.

Physicists everywhere will breathe a sigh of relief to learn that quantum mechanics is no longer part of their domain:When we say, "a physical basis for consciousness" we are forgetting that everything physical is at the most fundamental...

[Political Animal]
9:11:04 PM    

Bush Now Exporting Fear To Other Countries

It's bad enough that SOB King George has his own citizens walking around in fear, now he decides to export it to Canada and Australia. From the World Conference on Disaster Management in Toronto on Monday.Conference speaker Ty Fairman, who has worked with the FBI investigating bombings and chemical attacks around the world, said Canadians need to wake up to the possibility that they could be...

- canuk
9:09:53 PM    

Iran-Contra Redux.

And they wonder why we’re suspicious: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Robert Earl, who destroyed national security documents during the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal, is working as chief of staff to acting Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, the Pentagon said on Monday. Earl destroyed and stole national security documents while working for Lt. Col. Oliver North during a secret arms [...]

[Suburban Guerrilla]
9:09:08 PM    

Problems at the National Guard.

Here's the serious news:The Army is running perilously low on its Reserve and National Guard soldiers who largely fill certain critical support jobs, like military police and civil affairs officers and truck drivers. Marine Corps reservists...

[ Political Animal]
3:13:15 PM    

Have You Forgotten?.

An excerpt from today's gaggle :

QUESTION: You stood at that podium and said that Karl Rove was not involved. And now we find out that he spoke about Joseph Wilson's wife. So don't you owe the American public a fuller explanation. Was he involved or was he not? Because contrary to what you told the American people, he did indeed talk about his wife, didn't he?

MCCLELLAN: There will be a time to talk about this, but now is not the time to talk about it.

QUESTION: Do you think people will accept that, what you're saying today?

MCCLELLAN: Again, I've responded to the question.

QUESTION: You're in a bad spot here, Scott...


... because after the investigation began -- after the criminal investigation was under way -- you said, October 10th, 2003, "I spoke with those individuals, Rove, Abrams and Libby. As I pointed out, those individuals assured me they were not involved in this," from that podium. That's after the criminal investigation began.

Now that Rove has essentially been caught red-handed peddling this information, all of a sudden you have respect for the sanctity of the criminal investigation.

This is starting to give me a stomach ache. The way we liberal bloggers have been following this, it's easy to see this as an enormous game of partisan "Gotcha!" that we're all wrapped up in.

Well, it's not.

I know that evoking 9/11 is a game that both sides of the aisle like to play to smear the other side, but I honestly can't shake the mental imagery of the last four years of bloody chaos. Usually my mind focuses on two or three images at a time. This morning, for example, it was the people diving out of the burning WTC towers to escape the smoke, the grainy video of Danny Pearl saying "I am a Jew" just prior to being beheaded, and the shredded double decker bus in London. Other times I think about the gaping hole in the Pentagon or the photos that leaked of row after row of American flag draped coffins. Whatever it it, the message that's drilled into my subconscious is the same :

Thousands of people have been killed already, but there are still others out there who want to murder you right now.
September 11th obviously effected everyone in profound ways, so I would never imply that my grief and fear is something unique to one political persuasion or another. But it still puzzles me when something this big only seems to generate outrage on one side of the aisle.

Right now there are people who want to murder as many Americans as possible. It doesn't matter to them who their victims voted for, what religion they are, if they're rich or poor, black, white, whatever. As long as the bodycount is high, it doesn't matter who gets hit. The fact that the WTC towers were financial centers was secondary to the fact that hitting the largest buildings in the country at mid-morning would maximize the terrorists' bloodshed. With these people wanting to kill so indiscriminately, it seems that the best means to this end is to make sure that we stop the spread of the appropriately-named weapons of mass destruction.

Yet here we are, almost four years later, and we've got a situation in which we're 99% certain that the right hand man to the guy who's in charge of keeping our nightmares for becoming a reality has been undercutting efforts to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction. I honestly cannot understand why everyone who was effected by 9/11 isn't outraged about this. I really can't.

I don't know what's more frightening. Being kept up at night with neurotic fears about mushroom-clouds and evil terrorists, or the suspicion that the people who are supposed to be taking this fight seriously aren't having the same nightmares.

[The Talent Show]
3:12:08 PM    

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