Friends of the president from Texas were "shocked recently to find him nearly wild-eyed, thumping himself on the chest three times while he repeated, 'I am the president!' He also made it clear he was setting Iraq up so his successor could not get out of 'our country's destiny.'"
Oh Hell No, Episode 2 Bait and switch from Dubya! He has no intention of bringing the troops home even if the war ends(but it won't as long as they're there, of course).
President George W. Bush would like to see a lengthy U.S. troop presence in Iraq like the one in South Korea to provide stability but not in a frontline combat role, the White House said on Wednesday.
The United States has had thousands of U.S. troops in South Korea to guard against a North Korean invasion for 50 years.
Democrats in control of the U.S. Congress have been pressing Bush to agree to a timetable for pulling troops from Iraq, an idea firmly opposed by the president.
White House spokesman Tony Snow said Bush would like to see a U.S. role in Iraq ultimately similar to that in South Korea in which "you get to a point in the future where you want it to be a purely support model."
"The Korean model is one in which the United States provides a security presence, but you've had the development of a successful democracy in South Korea over a period of years, and, therefore, the United States is there as a force of stability," Snow told reporters.
Everyone's favorite senile Republican, Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, had some very interesting remodeling help by Veco Corporation. They're an oil company, not a construction contractor. Now why would they be doing that for the senator? Well, looks like someone wants to find out.
Remember how he wouldn't swear oil company officials to an oath when they testified a little while back?
I have also reached the conclusion that if I am doing what I am doing because I am an "attention whore" then I really need to be committed. I have invested everything I have into trying to bring peace with justice to a country that wants neither. If an individual wants both, then normally he/she is not willing to do more than walk in a protest march or sit behind his/her computer criticizing others. I have spent every available cent I got from the money a "grateful" country gave me when they killed my son and every penny that I have received in speaking or book fees since then. I have sacrificed a 29 year marriage and have traveled for extended periods of time away from Casey’s brother and sisters and my health has suffered and my hospital bills from last summer (when I almost died) are in collection because I have used all my energy trying to stop this country from slaughtering innocent human beings. I have been called every despicable name that small minds can think of and have had my life threatened many times.
The most devastating conclusion that I reached this morning, however, was that Casey did indeed die for nothing. His precious lifeblood drained out in a country far away from his family who loves him, killed by his own country which is beholden to and run by a war machine that even controls what we think. I have tried every since he died to make his sacrifice meaningful. Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next American Idol than how many people will be killed in the next few months while Democrats and Republicans play politics with human lives. It is so painful to me to know that I bought into this system for so many years and Casey paid the price for that allegiance. I failed my boy and that hurts the most.
About one-third of the American adult population believes the Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally word for word, a new Gallup poll reveals. This percentage is only slightly lower than several decades ago.
...Belief in the literal word of the Bible is strongest among those whose schooling stopped with high school and declines steadily with educational level, with only 20% of college graduates holding that view and 11% of those with an advanced degree.
Disasters were seen by Romans as manifestations of divine disapproval, and unusual phenomena as portents of catastrophe. To hear of such phenomena could create panic in a society riddled with superstitions, particularly in times of crisis. No official state business was every really held without the taking of omens and/auspices. (auspices: signs from birds).
What I wonder is how many will also hold Giuliani responsible for the deception. People carelessly sent to slow death, when the city and federal governments had no idea whether it was safe or not, but had every reason to exercise extreme caution. Like a parent telling their kid to go ahead and swim right after eating because it'll save time.
All so the stock market could keep rolling. But then, the powers that be that we've had since the beginning of the century consider every life not their own dispensable. Not toward any great cause except convenience, though. If we'd had a nuclear attack, they'd have told us the same damn things. As long as we shop, spend, and work; our blood may run red, but our money stays green.
But then, it's us who let them remain in power while we can plainly see our blood dripping from their chins. So we probably deserve it. Too bad we won't learn anything from it. How many lives would that take?
All of them.
"Given the scope of the tragedy from last week, I am glad to reassure the people of New York and Washington, D.C. that their air is safe to breathe and their water is safe to drink." Christine Todd Whitman, Sept. 18, 2001
Geek disclosure: I am quite certain I was the only teenage boy in all of Charleston County who actually had a subscription to the Journal of Irreproducible Results.It was because I read this article, "National Geographic, the Doomsday Machine."
In retrospect, one must consider it in light of New Orleans and other such places in the South(such as my original hometown, Charleston). They hold onto their Geographics like grim death.
Scott: Do you believe that they were legal or illegal for you to take those political considerations in mind? Not whether they were legal or illegal, what do you believe? Do you believe that they were illegal?
Goodling: I don't believe I intended to commit a crime.
Scott: Did you break the law? Was it against the law to take those political considerations into account? You've got civil service laws. You've got obstruction of justice. Were there any laws that you could have broken by taking political considerations into account, quote, "on some occasions"?
Goodling: The best I can say is that I know I took political considerations into account on some occasions.
Scott: Was that legal?
Goodling: Sir, I'm not able to answer that question. I know I crossed the line.
Scott: What line -- legal?
Goodling: I crossed the line of the civil service rules.
Scott: Rules -- laws. You crossed the law on civil service laws. You crossed the line on civil service laws, is that right?
Goodling: I believe I crossed the lines. But I didn't mean to. I mean, I...
An amateur video, but I like it. Very much like the song and album (Year Zero) too; it's all I've listened to the past three days. (Thom Yorke's the Eraser, Ministry's Land of Rape & Honey and Psalm 69 go well with it)
It's also good at this point to see Reznor's found something to talk about his miserable self.
Yet another Republican politician turns out to enjoy raping children. And a handsome fellow he is. What is it about that party? Do they seek out these people and promise them immunity from prosecution if they'll be unquestioning Republican operatives? I suppose that's the only way they'd be able to find some of these lunatics that continue to unswervingly support their agenda.
On Tuesday, James Comey, the former deputy attorney general, disclosed a story that might have been written by Mario Puzo, and it explained the rise of Gonzales as attorney general. On March 10, 2004, Comey was serving as acting attorney general while John Ashcroft was in an intensive-care unit being treated for pancreatitis. After an "extensive review" by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, which concluded that Bush's warrantless domestic surveillance program was illegal, Comey refused to sign its reauthorization. An aide to Ashcroft tipped Comey off that White House legal counsel Gonzales and chief of staff Andrew Card were headed to Ashcroft's hospital to get him to sign it. Comey rushed to the darkened room, where he briefed the barely conscious Ashcroft. Gonzales and Card entered minutes later, demanding that Ashcroft comply. He refused, pointing to Comey, saying he was the attorney general. "I was angry. I had just witnessed an effort to take advantage of a very sick man," Comey testified.
Gonzales and Card then summoned Comey to the White House, where they attempted to intimidate him by telling him that Vice President Dick Cheney and his counsel, David Addington, were in favor of the reauthorization. Comey still refused. And the program went forward without the legal Justice Department approval. Comey and other high Justice Department officials prepared their resignation letters. The next day, having heard about the planned mass resignations, President Bush met alone with Comey, who briefed him on what needed to be done to bring the program under the law. Several weeks later Comey signed the authorization for a legal program. But during that period it was conducted outside the law.
Then, after Bush's reelection, Ashcroft was not reappointed. In his place Bush sent a new name to the Senate for confirmation -- Alberto Gonzales.
And this would mean that Wolfowitz doesn't think it matters how he's embarrassed the White House, nor does he think that the entire World Bank except the U.S. and maybe one or two others. He's not kept up on Bush White House loyalty, which is definitely one-way(unless your name is Alberto), and so doesn't realize that when Bush expresses his full confidence in you that's the sign you're about to be pushed off the plank.
He should ask Michael Brown or Donald Rumsfeld about that one. Is the Bush administration really dumb enough to go to the wall over such a sad, pathetic, childish little scandal perpetrated by such a small-minded little technocrat, when it's almost certain this will only result in another humiliating failure for them? He seems to think they will. Hey, they sacrificed all their political capital on a dead Florida woman; anything is possible.
See, this is why I have such a fixation on baby boomer actresses. Even pushing sixty, most of them (Diane Keaton and Helen Mirren being two other examples) are to young actresses nowadays as a supernova is to a wet match.
Don't believe me? Two words: Katie Holmes. Katie Holmes in Batman Begins. She's like helium: Light, chirpy, and totally inert. We should give Tom Cruise a medal for getting her out of our sight.
I applaud this heartening new trend. And after all, what do the religious folk expect when they get so overconfident they start saying that the sun goes around the earth? Or try to block a vaccine against vaginal warts--which can lead directly to terminal ovarian cancer--because it might make women less afraid to fuck. Oh, and fall all over yourselves supporting not just a war, but a failed, pointless, vindictive, and demonic war. And so many other things.
You attach Jesus' name to enough things in vain and we won't want to see the name anymore. Or you.
Just go back to your closets and pray, fanatics. Leave the moderates, liberals, agnostics(that'd be me), and downright unbelievers alone; we're pretty likely to leave you alone, as talking to you gives us the creeps.
Or is the real reason you proselytize because you're lonely?
Palfrey already "outed" Harlan Ullman, an associate of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld who coined the "shock and awe" bombing strategy used in Iraq, in court papers filed last month. Ullman's lawyer "says his client won't back down if he is called to testify by Jeane Palfrey, who prosecutors say ran an illegal prostitution ring for 13 years."
"Eternity with Beelzebub, and all his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me and this pencil." - E. Blackadder, 1791 Questionable
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