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2008-06-06 Primary Season is Over & New Reports
I have tried very hard to keep my 2 cents out of the hotly contested Democratic primary race, at least publicly on this page, but it may finally be over. I really hope it’s over. With Obama gaining enough delegates to clinch the nomination on the last primary night, we all watched Hillary as she did not give a concession speech. Not the news says she will suspend her campaign and endorse Obama in an attempt to bring unity to a divided party. I’m not sure about the sincerity of all this as I have watched here campaign become less and less about the people, the party and the country, while it grew more and more about Hillary, and why she is entitled to the nomination. I have been predicting that her campaign fight won’t end until she is removed from the convention by security, and even the most recent events don’t convince me that she is done. We will all have to wait and see, but there is new news from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the bad information the public received from members of the Bush administration in the run up to the war. I will include a link and a brief summary below of the report below and ask you to consider the following; A public official acting in good faith can not be held personally responsible for things that go wrong as a result of actions her or she takes while performing the duties of that office. The key here is “Good Faith”. I public official can however be held responsible for the results of his or her actions while performing the duties of their office, if they ignore warnings, manipulate information or situations for personal, group or party gain, fabricate information for gain, or in any other way exercise their power or influence NOT in good faith. To this end, after reading the report conclusions below, the first act of our next President, immediately after taking the oath of office and while members of the previous administration are still on the reviewing stand (before they can flee the country), is to have US Marshals take these people into custody on charges ranging from depraved indifference, to national security violations, to treason. Oh, and according to their own rules, we can imprison them as long as we want or even torture them, without ever allowing them an actual trial.
Conclusion 1: Statements by the President, Vice President, Secretary of State and the National Security Advisor regarding a possible Iraqi nuclear weapons program were generally substantiated by intelligence community estimates, but did not convey the substantial disagreements that existed in the intelligence community.
Conclusion 2: Statements in the major speeches
analyzed, as well additional statements, regarding
Conclusion 3: Statements in major speeches analyzed,
as well additional statements, regarding
Conclusion 4: Statements by the President and Vice President prior to October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate regarding Iraq’s chemical weapons production capability and activities did not reflect the intelligence community’s uncertainties as to whether such production was ongoing.
Conclusion 5: Statements by the President, Secretary
of State and Secretary of Defense regarding
Conclusion 6: The Secretary of Defense’s statement
that the Iraqi government operated underground
Conclusion 7: Statements in the major speeches and additional statements analyzed regarding Iraqi ballistic missiles were generally substantiated by available intelligence.
Conclusion 8: Statements by the President, Secretary
of Defense and Secretary of State that
Conclusion 9: The President’s suggestion that the
Iraqi government was considering using UAVs to attack the
Conclusion 10: Statements in the major speeches
analyzed, as well additional statements, regarding
Conclusion 11: Statements that
Conclusion 12: Statements and implications by the
President and Secretary of state suggesting that
Conclusion 13: Statements in the major speeches
analyzed, as well as additional statements, regarding
Conclusion 14: The Intelligence Community did not
confirm that Muhammad Atta met an Iraqi intelligence officer in
Conclusion 15: Statements by the President and the Vice
President indicating that Saddam Hussein was prepared to give weapons of mass
destruction to terrorist groups for attacks against the
Conclusion 16: Statements by President Bush and Vice
President Cheney regarding the postwar situation in
In the above 16 conclusions, let’s check the score:
Substantiated, but later contradictory info ignored & claim never corrected-1
Substantiated, but opposing views ignored-3
Flat out LIE-1
So only 5 of 16 claims were completely true, 1 more was true but later found to be false and they never told us that part, 3 claims were questionable but made to sound certain, 2 were exaggerated, 4 had no supporting intelligence and 1 was a flat out lie. That’s the information we used to go to war.
2008-01-14 False Pretenses
I have not written
anything in some time, but the link below is to a newly released report &
data base analysis of pre
2008-01-03 Happy New Year
As the New Year begins there is nothing I would love to see readers support more than the Wexler Wants Hearings campaign. Click on any of the images below.
2007-11-28 Letter to Pelosi
that with no support from our Democratic leadership, the resolution to impeach
the Vice President is destined to die of old age in committee. After spending
most of the past 6 years in disagreement with President Bush, I now find I
agree with his statement, “This action will embolden our enemies.” In fact,
after 6 years of demonstrating that they (the Bush administration) have no
respect for the constitution, your first action as Speaker of the House was to
announce that “impeachment is off the table.” By doing this, you told an angry
American public and an administration with no respect for the law, that the
executive branch can continue doing whatever they want and there will never be
any consequences. This serves only to “embolden our enemies.” Would you tell a
person suspected of murder not to worry, because even if we do collect evidence
against them, you will make sure they are never brought up on charges? The joke
2007-11-16 Letter to Judiciary
I have been pressed for time & not able to write, but I just had to write a quick note to the House Judiciary Committee which I am posting here as well.
To All Judiciary Committee Members,
resolution to impeach the Vice President was brought before you and I hope to
present a view of this issue that may not have been previously presented.
Moving this resolution forward would represent the beginning of the best
foreign relations and diplomacy strategy the Congress could undertake. It seems
unrelated, but I will explain. Over the past few years, the
2007-09-10 Bush Stalling Again
I have been pressed for time and not able to write much, skipping topics like Senators David Vitter or Larry Craig, the Surge anniversary, Chertoff’s “gut feeling”, abusing executive privilege, Myers & Rove ignoring subpoenas, Rove’s resignation, attempts to stop funding the VP’s office, Contempt of Congress?, Inherent Contempt? (look it up), the Surgeon General testifying politics is more important than science, Gonzales perjuring himself during testimony, Gonzales & Snow resigning, a troop withdrawal bill, OSU group using US soldiers for Iraq religious crusade, skyrocketing troop suicide rates, skyrocketing mortgage foreclosure rates, Bush speaking about the Libby/Plame case as if he knows what happened (subpoena him), more D.C. Madam, Bush authorizing the Iraq war in 2002 while he was telling us he didn’t want war, the N.I.E. report saying Al Qaeda is stronger than ever, Bush’s weapons deal with the Saudi’s creating a new Middle East arms race, the 190,000 missing weapons, Senator Ted Stevens investigation, Bush saying we will stay in Iraq to fight Iran, the Bush surprise Iraq photo op stopover, the attempt to split California’s electoral vote, the GAO report on Iraq before and after the Whitehouse edited it, and now the Petraeus report on Iraq which we have learned was written by the Whitehouse, while Petraeus has been making political speeches and entertaining members of congress. All this has been a continuation of the scandals, lies, conspiracies, abuses of power and cover ups that have been the norm over the last 6 years.
Now, the Petraeus report brings us another attempt to stall our departure from Iraq, so the war profiteers, the corporate looters, the religious crusaders and the Neo-Con imperialists can continue their work a little longer, while lives are lost and our national wealth is transferred from the many, to just a few.
The Bush strategy
He did thus under a huge banner that said “Mission Accomplished.”
everyone realized we were not done in
we were told (not necessarily in this order);
Everything will improve after the provisional government is in place.
Conditions will improve after the constitution is written.
Conditions will improve after the constitution is ratified.
Conditions will improve after the elections.
Conditions will improve after the hand over of power.
Conditions will improve after the new government is in place.
Conditions will improve after we kill or capture Saddam.
Conditions will improve after we kill or capture Saddam’s sons.
Conditions will improve after we kill or capture Zarqawi.
Conditions will improve after we clean up Abu Ghraib.
Conditions will improve after we secure this area, that area or some other area.
Conditions will improve after we train 100,000 Iraqi troops.
Conditions will improve after we train 125,000 Iraqi troops.
Over and over we here Bush say; “When the Iraqi’s stand up, we will stand down.”
In June 2005,
Bush says; “We will stay in
Bush outlines a new “Plan for Victory in
Feb. 2006 Bush tries to string us along by insisting that “We are winning”.
March 2006, Bush spins invasion anniversary, as the anniversary of the beginning of the liberation.
May 2006, the Whitehouse suggests possible troop draw downs & says, wait & see.
In August 2006, Bush says, “We're not leaving, so long as I'm the President.”
After the Nov. 2006 election & a call for a new direction, Bush says no announcement until Jan.
In January of 2007 a troop surge is announced and we should see results in 60 to 90 days.
In the spring of 2007 we are told the surge needs at least 6 months to work.
During the summer of 2007 Bush says we must wait for the Petreaus report in September,
and now Petraeus says we should stay at least until the spring of 2008.
Are they just stringing us along? You better believe they are. Stop them NOW.
2007-07-03 Letter to Pelosi
As a birthday present to the country, Bush has added a new assault on democracy. Below is a copy of my email to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Dear Congresswoman Pelosi,
In your effort to move the
country forward and not get Congress and the media bogged down when you first
became Speaker, you announced that “Impeachment is off the table.” Now George
W. Bush has commuted Libby’s sentence, telling every administration member that
if they lie to protect the Bush administration, they will not go to jail. Every
layer in America, including those in the Whitehouse know that Bush getting
involved in a case that is related to the activities of the Whitehouse is a
conflict of interest and that line should never be crossed. Meanwhile, there
are congressional subpoenas pending that the Whitehouse is attempting to
ignore. Cheney conveniently says he is not bound by rules limiting the
Executive branch, because he is not part of the Executive branch. This is in
conflict with previous arguments that he and Bush can claim executive
privilege. The number of laws that have been violated by this administration
are too numerous to list here, but let’s be sure not to forget my favorite,
presenting false information to congress. You should be enraged by these
assaults on the duties of the Legislative branch, with Bush opting instead for
unlimited executive power and the blatant cover up of any executive abuses. As
the Speaker of the House, I can only see one appropriate response to these
dictatorship building actions that are being taken, announce that “Impeachment
is back on the table” and have real public hearings to discover the truth in an
effort to preserve democracy. A recent poll indicated that 40% of Americans
believe that we were attacked by
GET TOUGH, TAKE A STAND, STOP THE MADNESS.
2007-06-27 One Month Of Madness
I have been off for a while with a busy schedule and most of my time spent integrating new software. The process is ongoing, so I will list some topics and events you may want to check out, but will not post links.
-Congressman Jefferson charged for accepting bribes. Democrats can screw up too.
-Two GITMO cases thrown out of the military kangaroo court. They don’t even fit those rules.
-Libby gets 30 months + probation + $250,000.00 fine.
-Lieberman was on
Face the Nation on 6/10 and in a short interview said that
-Bush meets with world leaders, and as usual makes a follow up speech letting us know what he told some of those world leaders to do (I told him to …). Who put Bush in charge of these other countries?
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs will effectively complete the replacement of every
lead official involved in the invasion of
-Bloomberg leaves the GOP and many speculate a run for president. Maybe Bloomberg just doesn’t want to be associated with a party that’s so screwed up.
-Goodling testified than Gonzales lied, McNulty lied, The Whitehouse was involved, political affiliation was a factor in hiring, Gonzales coached her testimony and that her experience – she was class president.
-Bush approves covert operations to overthrow Iranian government.
-Bush picks new head for the World Bank, another member of the Project for a New American Century.
-Bush tells us
about the “Korean Model” for
-Dan Bartlett leaves the Bush administration.
-The GAO reports on signing statements; some agencies are wrongly accepting them as law.
-Republican Senator Lugar bails out of the Bush Iraq strategy.
-Republican Senator Voinovich bails out of the Bush Iraq strategy.
-Cheney says that the rules restricting the Executive Branch don’t apply to him because he isn’t part of the Executive Branch. He better not become a contestant on Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader.
-Overturning precedent, which they said they would not do, the Supreme Court ruled in a case that challenged the constitutionality of using tax payer funds for religious purpose through the Office of Faith Based Initiative. The ruling did not address the question of constitutionality, but instead said that tax payers didn’t even have the right to question the spending. I thought this was a democracy.
-Christie Whitman testifies that she is not a liar. Let’s review: The EPA did no air quality tests in the days after 9-11, the city did do tests that said the air was dangerous, Whitman knew about the city tests and then she went on TV and said we tested the air quality and it is safe. Sounds like she’s a liar.
2007-05-24 Get MAD
I have now finished emailing members of Congress to express my disappointment at their caving in to the Bush demands for a “no strings attached” war funding bill and I hope all Americans will be angry enough to take some time and do the same. With that said, everyone should use the link below to watch another person who was mad about this, Keith Olbermann. His Special Comment is a must watch.
2007-05-23 Bush the Dictator and More
In a move
virtually unnoticed by the
In a related story, the Congress seems to be giving in to the Bush’s “timeline free” war funding demands.
In yet another
back door surge the surge strategy for
In another part of the war money game, NBC tests body armor and finds that the brand the military says is no good, works better than the one they are using. What NBC doesn’t follow up on is, who is manufacturing, marketing and profiting from this inferior product that the military is so anxious to buy.
In response to a question, Carter criticizes Bush foreign policy. This event was greatly over played in the news, but the bottom line is that Carter is right. The Bush foreign policy has been a disaster.
In case you missed it, we now have a “WAR CZAR.” This puts another buffer in place to direct criticism of war policy failures away from Bush, Cheney and others who should take the blame.
It’s time to attack the immigration bill. This bill has been attacked by everyone from all sides, and now it’s my turn. I’ll sum it up this way. Every time congress or the president tries to address this issue they attempt to achieve a comprehensive package that deals with every possible aspect of the issue. Everyone from government, business, special interests and more put their 2 cents in to collectively create a bill so complex that everyone hates it, it doesn’t pass and nothing gets done. Isn’t it time they tried to chip away at this problem a little at a time? They could start with border security, and then later move on to naturalization or work visas.
Last week we heard testimony from James Comey, assistant Attorney General to John Ashcroft. This is the most damaging to date for Gonzales as he shares events related not only to the US Attorney scandal, but the NSA wiretap issue as well. I have linked to the transcript and I suggest you start reading from the lower half of page 9. His account displays how Gonzales is willing to circumvent the law whenever possible.
I do have one
good example of someone trying to derail Gonzales the law breaker. A soldier
from GITMO sent a Valentine’s Day card to a Human Rights lawyer with the names
of 550 GITMPO detainees. The prisoners at GITMO have never been fully
documented, have not been charged with crimes, have been denied representation,
have been tortured and more under the Bush/Cheney/Gonzales lawless government.
Finally, the only Democrat on the Whitehouse Privacy Board quits in protest, because their report was altered over 200 times. If the Bushies want to make up all these different departmental reports themselves, why do they even have any of these boards or departments? Get rid of them all, stop trying to fool the public and just say flat out; “we’re just making this stuff up.”
2007-05-15 Stories You May Have Missed
I have not had much time to write in the last 2 weeks, but here are some stories you may have missed.
Greg Palast, an
American reporter who works in the
The most ridiculous story is Paris Hilton asking for a pardon because she provides beauty.
Bush sends a letter to Pelosi as a pre-emptive veto threat for any pending legislation that doesn’t respect human life. By this he means pro-choice legislation, but he doesn’t realize the hypocrisy of respecting life while supporting the death penalty and promoting war.
Arrests were made
in a terror plot to attack
McCain reminds us that he will chase bin Laden to the gates of hell.
A woman on death
And now we learn
about immigrants being drugged here in the
Tony Blair announces that he will step down, but don’t be fooled into thinking he will be out of power. It looks like he may join his predecessor, the Bushes and others in the Carlyle Group. Now they have more power than any government. (It’s odd that this story was out 2 years ago, but now when he is actually stepping down, no one is talking about Carlyle.)
The number 2 man at the Justice Department steps down as we continue the parade of officials leaving our federal government and almost none of the vacant positions have been refilled.
And finally, presidential candidate John Edwards launches a new web site devoted to ending the war and bringing the troops home. He says this should be the message of Memorial Day this year.
As expected, Bush used his veto power to stop the war funding bill that included a timetable for withdrawal. He accused the Democrats of playing politics with this bill, but seems to have forgotten some of his own statements.
George W. Bush, 4/9/99: “Victory means exit strategy, and it’s important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is.”
George W. Bush, 6/5/99 “I think it’s also important for the president to lay out a timetable as to how long they will be involved and when they will be withdrawn.”
These were said about the Clinton involvement in Kosovo. Do you think Bush can spell Hypocrite?
2007-05-01 People in Trouble
World Bank head and Bush’s former Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz – for directing some extra cash into the pocket of his female companion;
Former (recently resigned) head of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for Bush, Randall Tobias – who was exposed as a client of the “DC Madam”;
Vice President Dick Cheney – for being a shining example of poor performance from a government official;
The entire Bush administration, who have been telling us for years that our troops will stand down when Iraqi troops stand up, and their plan is focused on training the Iraqis – for now deciding that it’s not about training Iraqis and we will have to do the entire job ourselves;
The Bush administration again, who have waged their “Global War On Terror” and keep claiming victories – for failing again as a new government report shows terror attacks up 25%;
Former CIA Director and now author George Tenent who wrote a book trying to soften his involvement in the Iraq intelligence failures – for choosing a position so squarely in the middle of the Iraq blame debate that he has managed to anger both sides and is being attacked by everyone;
The US Military who have been
hunting leaders of Al Qaeda in
and finally, Lt. Col. Paul Yingling – for writing an editorial criticizing the US military leadership in Iraq and becoming the first active duty soldier to speak out in this way; Paul, you better watch your ass.
2007-04-27 The Age of Discovery
What new information have we
discovered about the
Republicans have discovered the filibuster now that they are in the minority. They were appalled when Democrats threatened to use it and even said they would exercise the nuclear option and eliminate it completely, but now they embrace it and use it as often as possible. The latest use was to block a bill that would allow Medicare to negotiate better drug prices, which would lower Medicare costs. It seems like a no brainer, but republicans have also discovered that they don’t like that unrestricted free market they have been promoting for years. At least, they don’t like it when it might save us tax dollars and hurt big drug company profit margins.
In the wake of
Kucinich introduces a bill to impeach Cheney. Go Kucinich!
Jessica Lynch and
members of the Tillman family testify in
The Office of Special Counsel began an investigation to discover what political activities were taking place in the Whitehouse, on government time and using government resources.
The public will discover things that may frighten them as they watch Bill Moyers new documentary “Buying the War” on PBS.
surprised to discover that Lieberman voted with the republicans on the
What did the FBI discover in raids on republican congressmen Renzi of AZ and Doolittle of CA? Both have resigned their committee positions in congress and we wait to see what’s next.
Former CIA director George Tenent speaks out in his new book and in interviews about the pre-war intelligence and attitude in the Whitehouse. As we discover more details, will others get the courage to come forward and help the Bush house of cards crumble?
night was the first debate of the Democratic candidates for president. While
most are talking about Clinton and Obama, I was enjoying the little known Mike
Gravel. Gravel from
2007-04-20 A Frightening Week
We started the
week with a mass shooting by a lone gunman on a college campus in
First, in the Whitehouse press conference shortly after the shootings, spokesperson Dana Perino responded to a question about gun control by saying, “As far as policy, the President believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed.” I found it disturbing that the Whitehouse would consider this an appropriate time to kiss the NRA’s ass and remind us that the president believes in the right to bear arms. Wouldn’t it be better to say we will review the situation and see if changes to the law are necessary or might help prevent future problems?
Second, we found out that a multi-media manifesto was completed and mailed between the first and second portions of the shooting rampage. Instead of learning from this information, what drives a person to do this, the media debate quickly moved to arguing about how much if any should be published or broadcast. This will insure that we learn nothing.
Lastly, we learned that this student had shown signs of violence, and been flagged as troubled and mentally ill. He simply fell through the cracks in the system and many paid the price.
Bush believes the surge is
working, even as violence in
and Sunnis begin to set up their own government.
Back at home, the Supreme Court rules against “Partial Birth Abortion”. First, the term “Partial Birth Abortion” was created by opponents to sway public opinion against it and I have heard it thousands of times over the last 2 days, which just fuels the fire. They say the ban was upheld because it is not a complete ban, and a woman can petition the court for an exemption in extreme medical cases. The last thing a person wants to do if they may die is try to get a court date for permission to be saved. Also, isn’t this an extreme intrusion by government into a woman’s personal life and medical care, brought to you by the GOP who we are always told believe in smaller government and less intrusion? I remember a congressman a few years back proposing some checks and red flags related to the abortion issue who was attacked by both the pro-life and pro-choice groups for his assertions. This man had a broader view of the issue beyond the scope of the 2 opposing groups. He considered that if a woman is in for her fourth of fifth abortion, or if she is first trying to decide what to do in the seventh or eighth month, there may be some underlying social, economic or mental health issue that brought them to this point. These situations are beyond the scope of the arguments by the 2 opposing groups, and we need to red flag these situations, determine the cause and attempt to deal with these situations.
What about the
And finally, from the field
of GOP presidential contenders, McCain proved what an ass he is by singing the
Beach Boys classic, “Bomb
2007-04-13 Still More than Imus
We still can’t get Imus out of the news, so here are some other stories.
Speaking of the
military, Bush wants to appoint a “War Czar” to oversee the conflicts in
After the McCain
“all is well in
And for some fun viewing, here is Pelosi on the Today Show. The direct link is very long, so from the main page, search for the April 12 web cast.
2007-04-10 More than just Imus
While the media is fascinated with stories about Don Imus, they are missing other big stories. On the Imus front, I’ll just say that Imus is an ass, and has always been an ass.
In other news,
much was made of Pelosi’s trip to
Bush will also be
surging the surge again, as announcements are made that more troops will have
tours extended, and more National Guard troops will return to
Meanwhile he accuses Democrats of playing politics with the war appropriations bill and wants the money with no strings attached. First, on the playing politics charge, isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black? Second, on that no strings attached request, isn’t that a jump back to Bush the dictator?
On the subject of
torture, officials from both the
In case there is
any doubt how the people in
On the Gonzalez front, his top aid Monica Goodling quits,
and just for fun here is a link to a video of Bill O’Reilly and Geraldo Rivera having an on air argument.
2007-04-06 No Time
No time to write today, so just 1 link to a very well written article.
Last week, King
Watch voices concern for 7 Russian citizens who were prisoners at Gitmo. Are the
suffering abuse and torture in
another news article confirming the 16 word lie Bush told in his State of the
Union address that led us into the war in
Unrelated to any
of the stories we have seen in the news lately, I have included an interesting
link below. All the politicians including Bush include energy independence in
their speeches, but do the really mean it? I don’t think so. I have been an
advocate of innovative auto designs like Smart, Loremo, Venture Vehicles and
others, but the government and the public here in the
2007-03-29 Lies, Lies and more Lies
Will we ever know
the real story of Pat Tillman’s death? The Tillman family is now calling for a
congressional investigation to sort out the details. After 5 investigations,
implication of 4 generals in the cover up, the involvement of other officers, the
use of his death as pro-war propaganda, evidence of past
Have you lost track of the Justice Department attorney purge scandal? The department’s Monica Goodling says, if asked to testify, she will take the 5th. Imagine a member of the Justice Department taking the 5th to avoid incriminating herself. Now is that what we should expect from our Justice Department? I think not.
Now for a little recap;
Gonzalez says he wasn’t aware, and then we saw the memos & emails that show he was.
Well at least he wasn’t in any meeting about it, and then we found out he was.
They were fired for poor job performance, and then we found that their reviews were excellent.
Well, Rove wasn’t involved, and then oops, he was.
It sounds like the ever changing load of bull we were told about the wiretap scandal.
media has been flooded with John McCain interviews where he tells everyone how
safe it is in
2007-03-26 LIES and Genuine Honesty
After new allegations that the Bush administration interfered with the federal racketeering case against the tobacco companies in 2005
and new documents that prove Gonzalez lied to congress
and a new inspector
general report about
and all the previous information we have about the reign of the Bushies, I’ll sum up the last 6 years this way:
Bush Lied, Cheney Lied, Rice Lied, Powell Lied, Ashcroft Lied, Gonzalez Lied, Rumsfeld Lied,
and the list goes on and on and on.
For a change of pace, watch the John and Elizabeth Edwards interview on 60 Minutes.
2007-03-20 Letter to the Today Show
Yesterday the producers of
the Today show seemed to be responsible broadcasters when they devoted a
portion of the show to the anniversary of the start of the
2007-03-19 Anniversary without celebration
There are many
stories I could bring to this page on this anniversary of the beginning if the
2007-03-15 AG, KSM, JD, FBI, DC and Others
By now, everyone
has heard of the latest
In other news, a
new Pentagon report refers to the fighting in
Christian leader James Dobson suffered a loss at the national evangelical convention where leaders voted to refocus on human rights, the environment and other social issues, moving away from the gay bashing and other divisive issues promoted by Dobson over recent years.
The Inspector General has issued a report saying that the FBI has abused rights granted by the Patriot Act and broken the law while collecting personal data on citizens.
The DC Madam case proves to be interesting as we watch to see which government officials appear nervous that their name may appear on her client list.
I call it Surging
the Surge, as Bush tells us additional troops beyond the numbers he laid out
will be sent to
Finally, have you
ever heard of a company called Halliburton? It seems that this company that was
once led by Dick Cheney, that was once banned from receiving government
contracts because of fraud, that was once close to bankruptcy, that now has
more government no bit contracts than anyone can count, that is now swimming in
money and that is now suspected of fraud and contract violations again, is
moving their offices. Where you ask?
2007-03-09 Newt, Condi & More
How do you spell
hypocrite? Well, you can save some letters by just writing Newt. Newt admitted having an extramarital affair the whole
time he led the charge against
With the Libby verdict in and
continued health problems, there is a cloud over Cheney that has reignited talk
about the possibility of the Vice President stepping down. Cheney isn’t the
type to do it, but I found the chatter on talk radio this morning amusing. The
conversation drifted to possible Cheney replacements and Condi Rice went to the
head of the list. Interesting thought, as this would give republicans the first
black and first woman in the Whitehouse. That would be a direct kick in the
faces of Clinton and Obama. This would also leave a republican incumbent
eligible to run in 2008, which they don’t have now with the 2 term Bush and
near death Cheney. Most of the people who joined the conversation found the
idea of Condi for president a bit far fetched, but I’ll offer a little
information they didn’t have. Right now, in front of me, on my desk, is a
Condoleezza Rice for President 2008 bumper sticker. This sticker was
distributed several years ago, at a conference for young conservative leaders
2007-03-06 Guilty, Guilty, Guilty & Guilty
The biggest story
of the day is Scooter Libby being found GUILTY on 4 out of 5 counts. The trial
highlights the deception, political manipulation, and personal attacks on
opponents, which went all the way to the top levels of the Bush administration,
leading up to the
With the above
latest set back for the Bushies, they need all the help they can get. Well, it
looks like they’re getting help from NBC news anchor Brian Williams who has
recently started appearing every morning on the Today Show to tell us how well
the president’s troop surge is going. He should be a journalist, not a
cheerleader. Today he told us that the Iraqis want the
2007-03-05 Conspiracy Theory?
There are many conspiracy theories related to 9-11 and many of them have surfaced not because people like conspiracies, but because the evidence doesn’t match the official story and no one is asking why. I have a couple of links below that you may find interesting.
2007-02-28 Out of the Media Blackout
Well, I have just returned from a visit to an Evangelical Christian family in the South, and I have a new understanding of southern evangelical political views. The picture I’ll paint is not just limited to this family, but from what I can tell, it is typical for many in the area and may be partially or completely true for millions across the country. These people do not watch television news (not even Fox), do not listen to news on the radio and do not read local or national mainstream newspapers or magazines. The children are home schooled, using a program set up by a religious university and all text books are approved by them and written from a Christian perspective. Interaction with other children is usually limited to other home schooled children and/or children at or from the church. They attend church several times each week, but interact with the church daily and even work (part time) for the church. They have some meals at the church, attend social events at the church and if they want to participate in an activity that is not available at their own church, they will find another evangelical church near by that offers the activity they are looking for. NONE OF THESE THINGS ARE BAD individually, but every source of information these people have about the world around then is somehow filtered through the church. The church will pick and choose what issues they want to discuss and then will present those issues in ways that advance their own agenda. They live in a virtual media black out. In their world everyone hears the same message, reads the same books, believes the same beliefs and lives the same lives, which in my world is called Stepford. It’s nice to be home.
2007-02-28 Other News
Seymour Hersh has
written a new article about the shift in
Suddenly the Bush
administration announces that the
several high level US military leaders threaten to quit if Bush orders an
Speaking of the
military, the debate rages on over conditions at
For some extra fun, we all were able to enjoy the Oscar win by Al Gore and then a stock market correction world wide. The talking heads initially said no one wanted to hear about Global Warming and then that they all expected the market to drop. You just can’t believe everything you hear or read in the media.
2007-02-15 Presidential Quotes
I will be out of
town and away from my computer for a while, but I will leave everyone with the
following quote that should explain the
“let's put it this way,
money trumps peace, sometimes”
George W. Bush
2007-02-13 Intelligence, Weapons and Oil
The Defense Department Inspector General testifies under oath that Pentagon policy chief Douglas J. Feith took "inappropriate" actions in advancing conclusions on al-Qaida connections not backed up by the nation's intelligence agencies. In other words, they manipulated the intelligence for political gain. Take that all you war supporters who have called these charges ridiculous.
In a diplomacy surprise, we
have a preliminary agreement with
2007-02-08 Cold in the
North, Storms in
I have been a bit
delayed here in the north by the cold weather, while the following stories have
caused a bit of a storm around
the highest yearly profits of any company in
Top world climate scientists issue Global Warming report as the Whitehouse is forced to admit it does exist.
Bush says the 21,000 troops is what Casey asked for, Casey says it is not what he requested.
Giuliani is running for president. Is the public ready to really find out all about him?
Bush proposes the next budget, with more military, less health care and education and tax cuts for the wealthy. We know what his priorities are.
A resolution in the Senate by Warner (R) and Levin (D) in blocked by a republican filibuster. Those republicans seem very comfortable with the filibuster they so hated when Democrats wanted to use it. Now it looks like some republicans are breaking ranks and we may get debate after all.
Criminals and Scoundrels: The 25 Most Corrupt Officials of the Bush Administration
The Democratic Congress has
the balls to do what the republican Congress would not; they asked why there is
$8.8 billion cash missing in
And, if you don’t have enough to keep track of, remember to watch3 more stories; the sudden wave of helicopters downed in Ira, the Libby trial and the testimony of killed Blackwater employee’s family members at a congressional hearing. No links, just watch as the stories develop.
2007-02-01 All Isn’t Well
Although the Bushies keep saying how much they support the troops and that they are making sure they have everything they need, a newly released Pentagon report says the troops don’t have what they need.
And although Bush says he is the decider, even republican Arlen Specter is willing to challenge Bush on that one saying “I would suggest respectfully to the president that he is not the sole decider”.
So now congress wants Attorney General Gonzales to explain the administration’s interpretation of congressional war powers or the lack there of.
Meanwhile, scientists are coming forward and revealing that have been pressured by the Bush administration to drop the phrases “Global Warming” and “Climate Change” from their reports. This manipulation can only be classified as “domestic propaganda”, as the Bushies have tried to convince us that global warming isn’t real. Guess what Mr. President. It is real, and domestic propaganda is illegal. The GAO even sent a request to the Whitehouse some time ago to stop using domestic propaganda, since they noticed it popping up on other issues.
In his latest effort to break this same law, Bush quietly signs an executive order that each government department or agency must have a political appointee who will oversee rulings and reports. So for example, each year when the DOT issues a report on traffic fatalities, the presidential appointee mush check that report to see if it is politically OK to release or if it must be changed to fit the Whitehouse agenda. Talk about a power grab. It’s like those two guys who filtered the news in the film “Good Morning Viet Nam”. Do we need domestic propaganda in every government agency?
And finally, a hand written note by Dick Cheney was introduced into evidence at the Libby trial that not only implicates both Bush and Cheney in the Plame identity leak, but also proves that Bush lied every time he responded to reporters questions about the case.
2007-01-30 Busy Activists, War & More
One question I’ve asked myself several times is; What happened to John McCain? Here is a republican who seemed OK, but his policies and views have become so confused, unstable and Bush influenced, that I wonder where the John McCain we knew 10 years ago went. Check out some examples from the activist site linked below.
I have been to several peace marches and protests against the Bush administration, and they never received much press coverage or supportive well wishes from others who didn’t attend, UNTIL NOW. This past weekend was very different and now that the anti-Bush movement is the majority, I hope this marks a permanent change.
We have been
spending quite a bit of time in the WayBack machine lately, and today we need
to do it again, so hop in. In yesterday’s news we heard that evidence of
weapons has been discovered, that the
A new high-tech
rehab center opens to serve injured soldiers returning from
And finally, after
enduring the news that Bush may have actually lost to Gore in 2000, we have
more news that Bush may have lost again in 2004. Yesterday, two
2007-01-26 Authorization to Wage War
Once again, step
into the WayBack machine to a time in 2002 when Congress made a giant error in
judgment, giving Bush authorization to use military force in
2007-01-25 Double Standards
When the republicans controlled congress, the only possible way for the Democrats to block a bill or a nomination was the filibuster. Each time the Dems threatened to use the filibuster, we had to endure at least 1 week of speeches and television interviews where republicans told us that use of the filibuster was the Democrats way of holding our government hostage. It was un-American to prevent an issue from receiving an up or down vote and if necessary the Republicans would use their majority to change the rules and remove the filibuster as an option. Back room deals were made, arms were twisted, anything but the dreaded filibuster. Now the Democrats have the majority and yesterday the bill to raise the minimum wage reached the senate floor, only to be blocked by a republican filibuster. I think it’s only fair that every republican who bombarded us with their hot air opposing Democratic filibusters and who didn’t vote to end the republican one yesterday resign in disgrace for their hypocrisy.
For a little fun, check out what Chuck Hagel had to say yesterday during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. My favorite quote as he harassed his republican colleagues for not taking a stand was; “If you wanted a safe job, go sell shoes”.
For more fun and
double standards, check out Wolf Blitzer’s interview with Dick Cheney. In it,
Cheney tells us how successful the Bush administration has been in Iraq and in
fighting terror, even though virtually all independent reports and most
government reports say just the opposite. In the Bush administration, bad is
good, up is down and so on. When asked about entering the war recklessly, he
called the claim hogwash. Remember, this is the man that said; “There can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has
reconstituted his weapons program. For the big double standard in this story,
Cheney was asked a rather innocent question about his daughter Mary. Mary is
gay and also pregnant. Some fundamentalist religious groups have expressed
concerns about gay parents raising children and have even used Mary as an
example, so Blitzer asked for Cheney’s reaction to this issue. Cheney’s response;
“I think you’re out of line. It seems this is too personal for Cheney, but
let’s step into my WayBack machine, to a time when Bill Clinton was president.
Nothing, and I mean nothing according to the right wink attack machine was off
limits when it came to questioning
2007-01-24 State of the
Well, Bush gave the big speech last night and I will try to sum up as quickly as possible.
-Make nice to the new Congress and its leaders. Like he has a choice.
-Tell us that he
is there “to solve problems, not leave them to future generations. Wasn’t it not that long ago that he told us
his successor would worry about an
-“The economy is on the move” Which way?
-Congress needs to balance the budget without raising taxes. Leave it to the new Democratic Congress, because the republicans sure couldn’t do it.
-We cut the deficit in half. If you pull the military spending out and call it emergency spending, that’s easy, but explain how the deficit is cut in half and the debt is rising faster than ever.
-We need to stop earmarks. Didn’t the new democratic house already pass a bill to do that and now you want us to believe it’s your idea?
-Entitlements: Blah, Blah, Blah, same dribble every year.
-No Child Left Behind preserves local control. News Flash: It does exactly the opposite.
-No Child Left Behind increases funds for students who struggle. News Flash: It does exactly the opposite.
-Affordable health care. As long as he can privatize everything.
-Tax credits for health care and new taxes for health care. I’m confused.
-Slip in a veiled line about frivolous law suits. This is not the big problem he keeps making it out to be.
-Increase border patrol, but have temporary worker program. Companies can’t give up cheap labor.
-Enforce immigration through employers. Like that might work.
-Decrease dependence on foreign oil. He says this every year and never means it.
-Develop new energy technology. He says this every year and never means it.
-Reduce gasoline use 20%, cut imports 75%, and adopt auto fuel economy standards in next 10 years while doubling domestic production and doubling the strategic reserves. The cutting and doubling just doesn’t add up, and all of this is long after Bush has left office. Back to the leave it for the next guy strategy.
-“Global Climate Change” There, he said it. That’s about all we’ll get.
-Federal judges need to get an up or down vote. Still trying to stack the courts with friendly judges.
-Fear, 9-11, Be Scared, Take the fight to the enemy, Terror, 9-11, Nuclear Threat, Fear, Evil, Quote Zarqawi, Quote bin Laden…. You get the idea, be scared and he’ll make it all better.
-Introduce a new
-“ it remains the policy of this government to use every lawful and proper tool of intelligence, diplomacy, law enforcement, and military action to do our duty, to find these enemies, and to protect the American people.” There is nothing lawful about how this administration has conducted itself.
-Pretend we are responsible for several good things that have happened around the world. Not Working.
-Give my “new” strategy of 20,000 more troops a chance. Please, Please, Please.
-Achieve our goal
of a democratic
-“ This is not the fight we entered in
-Insert veiled statement about abandoning our friends to guilt congress into continued support. He really hopes this works, and that the public doesn’t realize what he’s doing.
-“Iraq's leaders have committed themselves… to share oil revenues among all of Iraq's citizens” What about that plan to grant your big oil companies buddies 75% of the Iraq oil revenues for the next 30 years?
-“you did not vote for failure” True, I did not vote for you Mr. President and you are a failure.
-“support our troops in the field, and those on their way.” It’s not the troops we have a problem with.
idea to increase the size of the military and create “Volunteer Civilian
Reserve Corps”. A least he realizes that
if he wants to attack
-End by introducing people in the gallery who did great things and try to attach their successes to myself. STILL NOT WORKING.
2007-01-23 The Polls
As we approach
the State of the
good will is gone
The good will is gone away
The good will is gone baby
The good will is gone away
You know you done them wrong baby
And you'll be sorry someday
2007-01-19 Pressed for Time
Not much time to write this week, but here are some news items to look into.
-Learn about the connection between the Whitehouse, Lockheed Martin and the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, what they have in common and how it happened before the war, in an effort to sell the idea to the public.
-How about some info on the Bush’s PBS and CBS interviews.
-Is Bush’s Justice Department firing anyone who might be a threat and replacing them with political operatives using so called “interim appointments” to avoid approval hearings?
-After telling us over that they can’t be burdened getting warrants for wiretaps, Bush and Gonzales must follow a recent court ruling demanding that they follow the law and get those warrants. In another flip-flop, Bush says he will do. Does anyone believe him?
-We all cheered
“Go Get Him Leahy” as the Senator unleashed an attack on Alberto Gonzales over
the deportation of terror suspect Maher Arar. The
(Arar was cleared, and we did have other choices.)
detainees, the pentagon released the new rules for military tribunals. These
proceedings will now allow hearsay, double hearsay, coerced confessions,
statements extracted via torture, and will prevent the accused or their lawyers
from seeing any evidence against them if considered classified. All this
combined with the elimination of habeas corpus makes me wonder what third world
dictatorship is responsible for these “legal” proceedings, because it couldn’t
possibly be anything the
-If you’re looking for entertainment, keep an eye on the fight over the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
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2007-01-12 More on
In the wake of
the presidential speech about
-After each of these speeches/policy announcements, the entire Bush team including Bush himself set off on a media and public speaking blitz to sell whatever idea they are marketing this week. We have seen this many times in the past, with multi-city public events immediately following each new policy announcement. It appears obvious to me, that if the policy was any good it would sell itself. They might have requests from different groups to come and explain more fully, but selling it wouldn’t be necessary. They are like that unscrupulous used car salesman we have all run into at some time in our life, who is trying to convince us how great that rusty piece of junk is.
-Yesterday, we saw Condi in that role as used car salesman and although she remained composed, she had to deal with skeptical customers from both sides of the aisle. Some of her answers should be used as the first entries to start a double-speak hall of fame.
-If our troops
have been operating in
-In what looks
like an effort to provoke
-With the addition of more troops, a carrier group, a battle group and now Patriot Missiles headed for the Middle East and the new emphasis on being fearful of Iran, could Bush’s next pre-emptive strike on that country be far off?
-And finally, it has been said many times, but never quite this way: If Bush believes in this war in Iraq so strongly, he has 2 daughters who would be eligible for military service and I expect that he will demand that they enlist within the week, train as quickly as possible and have their boots on the ground in Iraq in less than 8 weeks. If he is not willing to do this with his own children, he shouldn’t ask it of any other Americans.
2007-01-11 More Same Old, Oil and a Timid Media
Bush made his
prime time speech last night about the “new” strategy for
-He is still
blaming Al Qaeda for problems in
-To add to the
fear game, Bush also ties blame to
-He says “Failure
-Bush even played
the 9-11 card, trying to attach emotions related to 9-11 with the
-So what we get is more same old, same old, with increased troops, excuses, blame, fear, promises, benchmarks and more.
-“They want to destroy our way of life.” Didn’t we destroy their way of life?
-“…will we stand with the Iraqis who have made a choice for freedom?” Didn’t we choose for them?
-Some say the
Democratic Congress can cut off funding for the escalation, but by delaying
this announcement, Bush has given himself time to start moving troops into
place. This would make any action Congress takes too late and once again gives
Bush an opportunity to attack Congress for not supporting the soldiers on the
ground. He has already sent a carrier group and dispatched some additional
troops to the
-Bush tries to sound bipartisan by mentioning Democrat Joe Lieberman. This doesn’t fly because Lieberman is the most republican of any Democrat in history, and he just won re-election as an Independent.
-Next we are told of the “Burdens of Freedom” and the only burden I could immediately think of would be having to deal with idiots like George W. Bush.
-To end this madness Bush said, “the Author of Liberty will guide us through these trying hours”. What kind of veiled bullshit God reference is this? Is the man who is accused of overtly pandering to his religious right supporters just finding new less obvious was to do it?
In a related story, it appears this war for oil is about to pay off for the big oil companies with Iraqi “production-sharing agreements” that could give Exxon, Shell and BP and others 75% of Iraqi oil profits for the next 30 years. Isn’t that what this was all about in the first place?
To add one of my
personal observations, I have noticed a strange but not unexpected turn of
events in the media. Remember that big announcement by NBC that they would now
refer to the conflict in
2007-01-09 Desperate Times and Responsible Media
desperate times for the
In a Whitehouse
that has spent the last few years scolding and threatening everyone they can
over leaks to the press, there seems to be a double standard. Bush will make
his speech tomorrow night highlighting his “new” direction in
In my own effort
to prepare the press for the upcoming Iraq policy speech, which will call for
more troops to stop the violence and speed the transfer of power to the Iraqis,
ask for more money for reconstruction and make some sort of claim that these
recommendations come from listening to the commanders on the ground in Iraq, I
remind the journalists who report the event about the concept of a responsible
media. Responsible media outlets don’t just report news, but also fact check
and provide background information to help sort the good information from bad.
Without these efforts, people, like members of the Bush administration for
example, could make up all sorts of stories about another country and even
possibly get us involved in a war based on these uncheck “facts”. A responsible
media would check the claims for accuracy, report the inconsistencies and this
information would help avoid a costly mistake like an un-necessary war. After
tomorrow nights presidential address, I would consider any news report
irresponsible if it did not include the following complete paragraph (read by
the announcer or playback of the video) from Bush’s presidential address of
“Some Americans ask me, if
completing the mission is so important, why don't you send more troops? If our
commanders on the ground say we need more troops, I will send them. But our commanders tell me they have the number of troops they need to do their job. Sending more Americans
would undermine our strategy of encouraging Iraqis to take the lead in this
fight. And sending more Americans would suggest that we intend to stay forever, when we are, in fact, working for the day when
2007-01-04 While We Were Out
As we return from the holiday break and swear in a new Congress today, let’s look at a few things that happened while we were out.
We mourned the loss of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, who knew how to display his greatness in a special way that made him loved by all.
We also mourned former president Gerald Ford, who knew when not to be great. Ford had no great accomplishments or innovations as president in the usual way, but was smart enough to know that in a time of national healing, SIMPLE can be the greatest approach of all.
In a surprise
message from the grave, Ford shared his disapproval and displeasure with
members of the Bush administration and their
While almost everyone is talking about troop withdrawal, Bush appears ready to announce a plan to “Surge and Accelerate”. This would be a troop increase of about 20,000 troops and an accelerated transfer of control to Iraqis. This “new” strategy is supposed to be a change from the previous media and marketing circus called the “National Strategy For Victory In Iraq”, otherwise known as the “Plan for Victory”. It was released only 14 months ago yet most people have forgotten it. To help everyone remember, I have included one excerpt below.
“Coalition troop levels, for example, will increase where necessary to defeat the enemy or provide additional security for key events like the referendum and elections. But troop levels will decrease over time, as Iraqis continue to take on more of the security and civilian responsibilities themselves.”
While you’re at it, check out the “Top Ten Iraq Myths for 2006”.
In Bush’s latest abuse of power, he has now used a signing statement to grant himself or anyone he wants the power to read your mail without a warrant. Where does it stop?
In other news, the FBI decided to ask agents who spent time at GITMO if they witnessed torture, and a whole bunch of them said YES. The Pentagon isn’t taking any action.
John Negroponte will be changing positions from National Intelligence Director to Deputy Secretary of State. A little research into Negroponte’s history should show you they the only thing he should be in charge of is the prison laundry.
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CHRG DATE P PERSON POSITION CHARGE RESULT
????-??-?? R Cunningham Congressman CA Consp,Fraud,TaxEva,etc Pleads Guilty
2005-09-29 R DeLay House Majority Leader Conspiracy-ElectionLaw Dismissed
2005-10-03 R DeLay House Majority Leader Money Laundering Pending
2005-10-05 R Safavian Procurement Officer False Statements-1 Guilty
2005-10-05 R Safavian Procurement Officer False Statements-2 Guilty
2005-10-05 R Safavian Procurement Officer False Statements-3 Guilty
2005-10-05 R Safavian Procurement Officer Obstruction-1 Guilty
2005-10-05 R Safavian Procurement Officer Obstruction-2 Not Guilty
2005-10-28 R Libby VP’s Chief of Staff False Statements-1 Guilty
2005-10-28 R Libby VP’s Chief of Staff False Statements-2 Not-Guilty
2005-10-28 R Libby VP’s Chief of Staff Perjury-1 Guilty
2005-10-28 R Libby VP’s Chief of Staff Perjury-2 Guilty
2005-10-28 R Libby VP’s Chief of Staff Obstruction Guilty
2005-11-18 R Scanlon Former Delay aid Conspiracy-Corruption Pleads Guilty
2006-03-?? R Allen Domestic Policy Adv. Theft & Theft Scheme Pending
2006-03-31 R Rudy Delay DepChiefOfStaff Corrupting Officials Pleads Guilty
2006-03-31 R Rudy Delay DepChiefOfStaff Defrauding Clients Pleads Guilty
2006-04-04 ? Doyle DeputyPressSec. @ DHS PC child seduction X7 Plea-NoContest
2006-04-04 ? Doyle DeputyPressSec. @ DHS TX HarmfulMaterial X16 Plea-NoContest
Pending R Ney Congressman Corruption/Bribery Pleads Guilty
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