Thursday, May 31, 2007

Dell laying off 10 percent of workforce

Let the layoffs begin. Economic "boomlet" is over. Slower economic growth (slowest in 4 years) coupled with massive profits and stock market highs equals eminent economic downturn.

Dell to lay off 10 percent of workforce | Tech news blog - CNET

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Gas is expensive, but why?

Interesting Slate read: Steakhouses and the economy

Romney to forego his salary if elected president

I haven't had lots of good things to say about Mitt Romney, but here's one of them: He'll give up his salary if elected. Good for him! I like this altruism.

One could only hope that Bushie and his pals were as giving.

Romney pledges salary to charity if elected president -

Only in Texas, Part 1,711: Woman hangs children then hangs herself

Are all the crazies from Texas? I simply don't get it. Everybody who kills their own children seem to come from that "whole other country," Tejas.

What's up with that? This woman killed her kids then killed herself. Only the infant survived.

Woman, 3 children found hanged in Texas - Crime & Punishment -

Bush asks Congress to pass immigration (open our borders NOW) bill

This is a great one. Prez Bush calls on Congress to have courage to pass the immigration bill.

Courage? The short fat white men who run Congress? Courage? They don't have courage, let alone ethics, morals, business sense, or memories.

President Bush challenged lawmakers Tuesday to support the immigration overhaul bill, asking them to have the courage needed to approve comprehensive changes.
They didn't have the courage to stand up to the weakest president in history. How could they have courage to do the right thing -- EVER?

Bush calls on lawmakers to have 'courage' to pass immigration bill -

Iraq for Oil

Cheney leading effort to bait Iran into war

They call him Darth Vader. Darth Vader at least had some courage. This guy's got no guts and he's much more evil than Vader and Hitler rolled into one.

If we go to war with Iran, I nominate Cheney to lead the effort on the battlefield. See if his 5 deferments were just coincidences.

The Washington Note

Cindy Sheehan quits being a war protester

...and gives up like all the rest of them (protesters). I am sorry for
her loss. It was completely unnecessary and useless. This war was the
president's choice and he has suffered nothing for it (except bad poll
numbers -- waaah!)

But, Cindy Sheehan is a weirdo. I love this quote:
I’m going home for awhile to try and be normal
I bet she's never been normal. Certainly not now.

And another thing: Didn't her son join the service voluntarily? Didn't
he know that, on occasion, the US fights some stupid war or sticks its
nose in other people's business?

If you don't want to die, don't join the military. Seems like an obvious thing to me.

Sheehan resigns as war protest leader - Conflict in Iraq -

NASA building rocket for launch mishaps

System would launch a rocket and its inhabitants out of harm's way in case of an emergency. Sounds a little creepy.

Abort system on NASA craft would hurl astronauts to safety - Yahoo! News

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Boy left in care of boyfriend killed by boyfriend

This is so sad. Woman deployed to Iraq leaves her son in the care of her boyfriend, who then kills the boy. Words cannot describe the emotions that emerge. I cannot begin to think how the mother feels right now.

So tragic.

Boy beaten to death while mom in Iraq - Crime & Punishment -

Bobblehead mistaken for bomb

Kinda ironic that a bobblehead sent to a politician for letting felons out of jail early caused another foible.

Bobblehead sends Wash. workers fleeing - Yahoo! News

Friday, May 25, 2007

Intelligence community predicted all of Iraq war problems

Fresh in from the Department of "I wish you would have beat me over the head with this report" comes this revelation:

The president and his goons had all this information at their disposal before the war and still decided to proceed.

I'd say they're criminals for committing our troops to an effort that they knew would fail.

Support the troops? Bring 'em home. I can't support them if they're dead. Thanks, Bush & Cheney.

Report: Intel predicted current Iraq problems - -- Money comes and money goes

This web site promises to show where the money comes from, in political terms, and where it all goes. Check it out. | Money and Politics: Illuminating the Connection

10 Zen Monkeys

This is my new favorite blog. Some is illuminating, some very funny. All enjoyable.

10 Zen Monkeys (a webzine)

Thursday, May 24, 2007

GOP candidates spar: Ron Paul versus Rudy "I'm a profiteer" Giuliani

I like Ron Paul more and more. I think he'd make a great Vice President. He probably wouldn't shoot anybody in the face.

This time out, he gave Giuliani a reading list. I think Rudy should heed the list. Bush never read any of them and look where that's gotten us.

Candidate Paul assigns reading to Giuliani - Yahoo! News

Woman has twins at 60

and she's not from a third world country. She's from the US and she did this on purpose (well, maybe not twins). Wow.

As the father of a 17-month old with another on the way (our last planned birth, after which we'll adopt, unless baby #2 is Stewie), all I can say about this woman and her husband is, "They're freakin' nuts!"

I've been worried that I'll be in my sixties when my kids are new adults. She and her saint of a husband will be in their eighties.


Mom at age 60: 'Age has been redefined' - Yahoo! News

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Bush Laughs at stupid seat belt laws -- Wonkette

Hilarity at its finest at the link

Bush Laughs At Your Stupid Seatbelt Laws - Wonkette

Apple lawyers not happy with iGasm ad

Apple is not ecstatic, nor orgasmic, about sex toy maker Ann Summers' iGasm, which features a very familiar advertising scheme. Looks just like an iPod, but feels SO MUCH BETTER.

Apple reportedly angered by 'iGasm' ads | Tech news blog - CNET

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

McCain's temper -- Something to worry about?

Like I said yesterday, I don't have any issues with any adults using salty language. It's better than resorting to physical violence. And sometimes a good F-bomb brings home your point better than anything else.

But McCain's temper is a question. Do you want him at the ready, at the "button." Do you want him giving orders if he's pissed off?

I don't. McCain's off the list. Let's move on.

McCain's temper back on campaign's front-burner - Los Angeles Times

Monday, May 21, 2007

Michael Moore and wannabe president Fred "Flintstone" Thompson spar

My money is on Mike Moore, simply because he has a camera. He can dog Thompson like he did Roger Smith from his first film, Roger and Me, about his quest to get an interview with General Motor's CEO about closing down plants in Moore's home state, Michigan (Flint, to be specific).

While I think Moore is "out there," I do think he provokes people in a humorous way. And I'd pay money to see him do it again to the politicos and wannabes.

Thompson spars with Michael Moore - Politics -

More dirt on Rudy Giuliani

Ties to anybody with money, no matter the ethical consequences, will haunt former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. - Giuliani's Business Ties Could Be a Political Liability - Politics | Republican Party | Democratic Party | Political Spectrum

Waterboarding and other torture techniques explained

Of course, those doing the explaining, the torturers themselves, do not call it torture; rather, they call them "enhanced interrogation techniques." Sure, whatever. Though the article is rather matter-of-fact and lays bare the cold hard realities, there is one bit of comedy:
The detainees were also forced to listen to rap artist Eminem's "Slim Shady" album. The music was so foreign to them it made them frantic, sources said.
CIA's Harsh Interrogation Techniques Described

John McCain drops F-bomb on fellow Republican John Cornyn

I don't really like John McCain's politics, but I don't mind a guy using the F-word. I really don't. I'd much rather see that than the BS our representatives shovel around when they say, "My distinguished colleague across the aisle" when you know he really means "that dickhead on the wrong side of God."

Don't you think?

However, I really do have a problem with hypocrisy -- McCain and his brethren always seem to be on a "morality" and "indecency" kick.

Call a spade a spade and then don't get all pissy when somebody else does the same exact thing.

RAISING MCCAIN By CHARLES HURT - Latest News | Top Stories | News Articles

Woman blames Satan for husband microwaving daughter

Or, again, only in Texas...

Dude puts baby in microwave and his wife blames Satan. It's one thing to go to church and pray for your family's well-being. It's another to do this sort of thing.

I don't know whether she's sicker than her husband. If there is a Hell, they both deserve a spot there.

Mom blames Satan for burning baby in microwave | - Houston Chronicle

More will always trump less -- Message from Seth Godin

I cannot concur more wholeheartedly with Seth on this one. Let's put a gas mileage indicator on both the inside and outside of cars -- better gas mileage will become more noticeable and, perhaps, people will pay attention and want MORE...

...fuel efficiency rather than horsepower (though I do believe we can have the trifecta -- better efficiency, lower pollution, AND greater horsepower -- it's all in the very inefficient design of the internal combustion engine. More than 1/2 the gasoline we "burn" is wasted. Way more.)

Seth's Blog: [More] or (Less)

Arlen Specter thinks Gonzales will quit before no confidence vote

Carter blasts Bush, Bush fires back, Carter rescinds, sort of

Former President Jimmy Carter blasted the Bush administration over the current president's foreign policy (or lack thereof).

I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history.
Then the administration fired back, calling Carter "irrelevant."

Carter has now rescinded his statements, sort of. Here's an excerpt:

Carter said he was answering a question about the foreign policy of former President Richard Nixon, as compared with that of the current administration. He said he wasn't comparing the Bush administration with all those through American history. But in comparison to Nixon's, the Bush administration's foreign policy "was much worse," Carter said.

Carter says comments were ‘careless’ - Politics -

Friday, May 18, 2007

Traffic tickets rationale from a former cop

Interesting perspective...from a real (former) police officer.

Common myths about traffic tickets: Broken Arrow

Cheney lawyers argue CIA leak was part of a policy dispute

and they were responding to criticism of that policy. Here's the telling part of the story:

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates asked: "So you're arguing there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- these officials could have said to reporters that would have been beyond the scope of their employment," whether the statements were true or false?

"That's true, Your Honor. Mr. Wilson was criticizing government policy," said Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's civil division. "These officials were responding to that criticism."

Wow! Cheney's lawyers have bigger balls than the Veep or they're just as stupid and arrogant as he is.

Judge Told Leak Was Part of 'Policy Dispute' -

Gorilla gets out on enclosure, goes on fun run

Did AG Gonzales break law when visiting Ashcroft in hospital?

It keeps getting hotter for Gonzales. If anybody should have known that national security issues, which this conversation was about, could not be discussed in a public setting, it's the Attorney General, right? Or could he fall back on his usual "I'm stupid" claim by saying that "I didn't know" because "I wasn't the Attorney General" at the time the meeting took place?

I wouldn't put it past him.

There's more to the Time story: Apparently, the President told eight members of Congress about the program's (NSA wiretapping) existence. I want to know who those 8 members of Congress are. They should be seriously questioned about their judgment and their keeping mum on the subject.

Was Gonzales' Emergency Visit Illegal? | TIME

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Senate wants CIA to release its own 9/11 report

Who pissed in the Senate's cereal this morning? They're finally doing their job!

Long live democracy!

Senators want to make CIA release 9/11 report - U.S. Security -

Senate calls for no confidence vote in Alberto Gonzales

Senators finally found some courage. Now the Tin Man might find a heart.

Think Progress » BREAKING: Senators want Gonzales no-confidence vote.

Paul Wolfowitz will resign from World Bank in June

Of course, he got his way. He "acted ethically," according to the Bank. Yeah, right.

Wolfowitz to resign from World Bank - Yahoo! News

Detroit City Council calls for impeachment of Bush and Cheney

Resolution was passed by John Conyers' wife. Let's see what this does to the marriage. Mr Conyers has already said that impeachment is off the table. Now that his wife put it back on the table, what will he do? > News > Nation -- Detroit council urges impeachment of Bush, Cheney

Senator Reid is not above criticism, either, for land value disclosure

The Tin Man has revised the value of some land he owns downward after criticism of deal. More at the link.

Sen. Reid revises value of property - Yahoo! News

Burger King is "knowingly increasing its customers' risk of heart disease and early death"

How about this? Don't eat there!

An economist by training and a sometimes astute observer in practice, I do believe in the Friedman principle of letting markets decide.

If you don't like the food, don't eat it. If you knowingly eat poison, aren't you complicit in your death?

Burger King Hit With Trans Fat Lawsuit

Nude car wash is clean as a whistle

Woe is me. Why doesn't this ever happen where I live? We have droughts, too, ya know!

X-rated nude car wash gets police all-clear - Yahoo! News

Israel pummels Hamas in Gaza

Why do we even care anymore about Middle East peace? I think they don't want it. If they did, they would have stopped this decades, if not centuries, ago. Yes?

Israeli air strikes hit Hamas in Gaza - Yahoo! News

Background information on James Comey, former acting Attorney General

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Hagel calls for Gonzales' resignation -- "The American people deserve an attorney general, the chief law enforcement officer of our country, whose honesty and capability are beyond question"

Illinois 10 month old gets gun license

I first saw this on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Amazing.

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Illinois baby obtains gun permit

Gonzales on the hot seat again -- this time for lying under oath

"Alberto" Gonzales has got to go. It's about time he walk away to save whatever he's got left of his dignity. It's clear that he tried to subvert the office and department he now heads. He's nothing more than Bush's lap lawyer.

At the time, Comey — in Ashcroft's absence — had refused to certify the legality of Bush's eavesdropping program. Gonzales tried to go over Comey's head by appealing directly to Ashcroft, who lay in an intensive care unit recovering from gall bladder surgery, Comey said. Ashcroft rebuffed Gonzales, Comey said.
The Attorney General lied under oath when he testified before Congress in 2006 when he said that there had been no serious questions about the NSA wiretapping program, which seems obviously against the law.

Democrats said his testimony appeared to contradict Gonzales' account in February 2006, when he told two congressional panels that there had "not been any serious disagreement about the program."
If Ashcroft, then AG, Comey, then acting AG, Mueller, director of the FBI, and two senior members of the Justice Department, all who disagreed with the program -- in fact, called it illegal -- cannot be considered "serious disagreement" then I don't know what is.

Gonzales at the very least has very poor judgment. Bush only know how he became America's top cop.

Senators renew call for Gonzales' ouster - Yahoo! News

Paul Wolfowitz -- Confident leader or supreme a-hole?

Man, these guys don't know when to quit, literally. It's extremely obvious that he at the very least has no sense of right and wrong. After all, he's one of the chief architects of the Iraq fiasco, as well as the World Bank official (its leader) who gave his own girlfriend a gigantic raise.

He's got no sense, no smarts, has a major league ego, and doesn't know when to take his ball and go home.

Go home.

Wolfowitz refuses to quit Bank, wants name cleared - Yahoo! News

McNulty resignation exposes cracks in the Justice Department facade

Andrew Cohen, blogger for, says this about McNulty:
And if McNulty truly is upset with the way Gonzales and Company treated him after the controversy broke, then it is possible that we will soon see McNulty come back to Capitol Hill for another round of testimony, this time as a private citizen given (I believe) a grant of immunity. If that happens, watch out.
Dan Froomkin - McNulty Gets Knife in the Back -

More on Jerry Falwell

I admit I am fueling the Falwell fire. I think any attention we give him is too much. Hopefully, this is the last time I feel compelled to say anything about him.

I hope he's met his maker. Here are some of his hateful comments over the years. Enjoy.

Jerry Falwell's hit parade. - By Timothy Noah - Slate Magazine

Jerry Falwell, Christopher Hitchens-style

Can't say I totally agree with everything he ever says, but on this one, I think I'd put my money on Hitchens.

Jerry Falwell was a putrid little fat man. I'm sorry to ever see anybody die, but I have to say I didn't like him alive. Maybe dead, I like him a little more, for he cannot espouse his vile filth anymore.

Jerry Falwell, faith-based fraud. - By Christopher Hitchens - Slate Magazine

BREAKING NEWS: President Bush intervened in dispute over wiretapping and other acts against Americans

And I bet you can guess which side he was on. More to follow.

President Intervened in Dispute Over Eavesdropping - New York Times

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Bush selects "War Czar"

So much for smaller government under the Republican watch. We have a bigger, more bureaucratic Department of Homeland Security, an out-of-control war in Iraq, and now this, a war czar.

Thanks, Mr Bush, for holding dear the conservative principles that got you elected.

Bush selects ‘war czar,’ officials say - Politics -

AG Gonzales blames outgoing McNulty for firings

"Alberto" Gonzales has officially blamed outgoing Deputy Attorney General Peter McNulty for the 8 (or is it 9, or 10, or 20, or...?) fired US Attorneys.

"The recommendations reflected the views of the deputy attorney general. He signed off on the names," Gonzales said while responding to questions at a forum on the Justice Department's Safer Communities Initiative.
It will be interesting to see how McNulty responds.

Gonzales says he relied on his deputy on firings -

Jerry Falwell is dead at 73

The founder of the Moral Majority, Jerry Falwell has died at the age of 73. God took him down, undoubtedly, because he was gay. Or from New Orleans. Or because he stole millions of dollars from parishioners.

Yeah, that must be it.

Falwell dies at age 73 -

Monday, May 14, 2007

Deputy Attorney General McNulty resigns

Is this an Agatha Christie book or what?

McNulty, Justice Dept. No. 2, resigning - Yahoo! News

5 year old gives birth (in 1939)

Not sure how to categorize this one, other than weird.

May 14, 1939: A 5-Year-Old Becomes Youngest Mother on Record -

Hagel and Bloomberg 2008?

Interesting idea. I'll have to investigate both these guys to see if they're viable candidates. What little I've paid attention to, I've liked.

Hagel-Bloomberg In '08? You Never Know, Senator Says Today's GOP Is Not The Party He Joined; Considers An Independent Ticket In '08 - CBS News

Voter fraud main reason for US attorney firings

Chrysler: A new beginning or the beginning of the end?

Private equity firm Cerberus, run by former US Treasury Secretary John Snow, is buying 80% of Chrysler from DaimlerChrysler for $7.4 billion.

This was a terrible acquisition for Daimler-Benz in 1998, when they purchased Chrysler for $36 billion.

But it may be a terrible acquisition, too, for Cerberus: They are taking on HUGE pension and retiree health care costs.

Pensions and healthcare costs are the 2 biggest problem areas at US automakers. It is the union, the UAW, that has negotiated, over decades, these expensive and lucrative (to the union members) benefits. However, they threaten to sink all US automakers. GM and Ford hang perilously from potential bankruptcy.

This may be a beginning to a new way to manufacture cars in America. I think the union just took a major blow.

Cerberus to buy 80 percent of Chrysler - Yahoo! News

*** SATIRE *** Giuliani challenges self to debate on abortion

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Tommy Thompson: Dead battery and I really had to pee

Tommy Thompson doesn't have the improvisational skills to be a president:
Tommy Thompson cited a dead hearing aid and an urgent need to use the bathroom in explaining on Saturday why he said at a GOP presidential debate that an employer should be allowed to fire a gay worker.
Thompson offers apology on gay comment - Yahoo! News

Giuliani: How he became mega-rich

Rudy Giuliani is an opportunist. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Famously loyal, Giuliani chose as his partners longtime associates, including a former police commissioner later convicted of corruption, a former FBI executive who admitted taking artifacts from Ground Zero and a former Roman Catholic priest accused of covering up sexual abuse in the church.
In Private Sector, Giuliani Parlayed Fame Into Wealth -

Friday, May 11, 2007

A man of the people? None of our candidates are

Romney: $250 million

Clinton: $50 million

Giuliani: $???

McCain: $32 million

Edwards: $60 million

Somebody once said it didn't pay to be a public servant.

Romney's estimated wealth in millions - Yahoo! News

100 web apps that just about cover everything

There are a lot of web applications here that cover almost everything you might need.

Codswallop » The Freelancer’s Toolset: 100 Web Apps for Everything You Will Possibly Need

Cheney gives Iraq PM al-Maliki some advice

Mini Cheney rallies our giant troops

Dick Cheney shrunk himself in order to sneak into and out of Iraq. Well done, Mr President!

Rodents (especially squirrels) are over-running the planet

How else can you explain the plethora of squirrel and prairie dog stories the past few days? Only one conclusion:

There's not enough news.

Attack of the teenage squirrels

Prairie dog obsession

'Black Death' found in Denver squirrels -

Giuliani on abortion

I really wish that we'd all take abortion off the table when it comes to politics. There is nothing political about an abortion; it is a deeply personal issue that ought to be resolved between consenting adults (forgetting, for a moment, that some abortions are between two consenting kids).

Let's just leave it out. Nobody can make a rock-solid argument on either side that is impermeable. There's a lot of grey in this issue.

Rudy Asserts Support For Abortion Rights, Former NYC Mayor Makes His Stance On Abortion Rights Clear - CBS News

Giuliani is nothing more than a politician

So Trainwreck Giuliani moves through Iowa and snubs a family farm and its owners (who, by the way, gave him money).

What a jerk.

Anamosa Journal Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa

Executive email: How to resolve an issue with a company

This article presents a great methodology for getting your complaint considered. Most executives have somebody else read and respond to their email, but this person may be just the person you need to read your complaint.

These "gate keepers" run corporate business. They are your allies, if not your friends.

Complaint Letters: How To Launch An Executive Email Carpet Bomb - Consumerist

Dana Milbank on Alberto Gonzales Congressional hearing

Dana Milbank, of the Washington Post, gives a nice summary of the disdain "Alberto" Goznales has for Congress. What a smug little SOB.

Dana Milbank - Another Hearing, Another Chance to Say Nothing -

Edwards needs to come clean on salary at hedge fund

This opinion piece makes clear that John Edwards needs to clear up his employment with a hedge fund. He's not saying how much they paid him or what his role really was. It's time for John to come clean.

It's the right -- and smart -- thing to do.

Real Clear Politics - News - Mid Term Elections - Elections 2008 - Opinion - Commentary - TIME

Michelle Obama: Not your average presidential wife

Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, is an interesting woman. She would seem to be a great asset to her husband in his quest for the presidency. I hope they both make themselves more available to us so that we all can get a more complete picture of who they are, what they're made of, and what they stand for.

On paper, they seem like the perfect pair for the White House.

Michelle Obama's Career Timeout -

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Combustion engine redesign in the works?

Bush's appointees during Congressional breaks

You've got to read the linked article to get the full picture of how this works. It is dastardly and no doubt planned. These guys stop at nothing to win the game. I guess they have to since they're lesser athletes and have to use the rules to win on technicalities.

It's Joes versus Pros.

Daily Kos: Bush’s 41-Second Flip Off to America

Bush flip-flops on benchmarks

President Bush pulled another flip-flop today, in this case on benchmarks for the Iraq war. Bush has been against benchmarks, time lines, and other metrics from day 1.

Now, the press is saying he's "shifted" his position. I'd say. When you shift enough, it becomes a flip-flop.

Bush says he's OK with Iraq benchmarks -

Attack of the teenage squirrels!

3 people were bitten by a rogue, most likely adolescent, squirrel that ran into a portable classroom in a San Jose, CA school. The story reads like an account of any other assault and battery:
"He jumped up on her," Ector said. "She had to fight him off. She was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time."

"The whereabouts of the squirrel are unknown," Muyo said.
San Jose Mercury News - Squirrel enters S. San Jose classroom, attacks two adults and a student

AT&T whistle blower tells a tale of wiretapping and secret rooms

Verizon and AT&T (then SBC) caved to government pressure to allow spying on US citizens -- Qwest reportedly did not.

Mark Klein, a technician at AT&T, broke open this story by handing over documents pertaining to a "secret room" in the Folsom Street office of AT&T that he claims was a room reserved for government spying. Others have concluded similarly.
In June 2003, as we gradually moved under a Folsom Street supervisor ... the Geary Street technicians had a tour of the Folsom building, and one of the technicians on the tour pointed at a door and said, "That's the new secret room and only one guy is allowed in there."
Spying in the Death Star: The AT&T Whistle-Blower Tells His Story

Romney and Sharpton: Two peas in a pod?

The race/religion debate is heating up. Sharpton versus Romney.

Lucky for Romney that he doesn't have a job; Sharpton would get him fired.

Romney Accuses Sharpton of a Bigoted Remark - New York Times

More US Attorneys fired than Justice Department reported

Like ants at a picnic, more and more fired US attorneys are appearing on the landscape. This time, Todd Graves from Kansas City, Missouri, was asked to leave "to give someone else a chance." As if this were kindergarten and the issues were finger painting and monkey bars.

Well, with the Bush administration, this might very well be the right metaphor.

Graves didn't make any hay because he had been considering moving back to private practice anyway, but now he's come out to say that he was given "a push."

He did appeal to Missouri's senior senator to try to persuade the White House to allow him to remain long enough to prosecute a final, important case -- involving the slaying of a pregnant woman and kidnapping of her 8-month fetus. Justice officials rejected the request.
What the story doesn't tell us is whether the crimes were ever successfully prosecuted.

WP: Number of fired prosecutors grows - Highlights -

Even war-loving Republicans hate the Iraq war

Well, now, since the war is harming the GOP, Bush might just think about leaving?

  • People die. Bush stays the course.
  • People get blown up and limbs fall off. Bush doesn't change direction.
  • Experts agree war is going poorly. Bush sends more troops to die.
  • Congressional Republicans fear they might not be re-elected. Bush listens?

WP: Bush told war is harming GOP - Highlights -

Dick Cheney goes to war

After 5 draft deferments and after having said he "had other priorities" during the Vietnam War, Vice President Dick Cheney had a change of heart and decided to participate in the Iraq war --


He saluted the troops during his visit and thanked them for their involuntary extended deployments. What a nice fella!

Cheney Defends Extended Deployments -

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Ouch: Man chainsaws own head after killing his father

The story says that the man killed his father and then turned on himself; he cut his own head off with a chainsaw.

The story also says the chainsaw was electric. I have an electric chainsaw and it barely gets through a 1/2-inch tree if this story is true, this guy either had

  • a souped-up Tim Allen Toolman electric saw or
  • really had to try very hard and it probably took quite a bit of time.
He truly must have had a high threshold for pain. Yikes!

Man chops off head with chainsaw - World -

Republicans who don't believe in evolution

*** SATIRE *** Paul Wolfowitz's girlfriend resigns from relationship, "effective immediately"

The candidates answer questions

Funny thing is, most of the people I like listen to music I like.
  • John Edwards: U2
  • Barack Obama: Ray Charles
  • Bill Richardson: George Strait
Some surprises:
  • Mitt Romney: Roy Orbison
  • Mike Huckabee: Evanescence (wow)
Burning questions for the candidates - Politics -

Gas prices

Any economist will tell you that the price of gasoline has nothing to do with the election cycle.

However, there seems to be a correlation with the political elections, don't you think? At least since the W. Bush came to DC, yes?

Andrew Tobias - Money and Other Subjects

Justice Department screened all job prospects for political affiliations

Don King used to say, "Only in America." Not sure this is the case anymore for virtually anything. I used to think that our electoral system couldn't be rigged, our politicians, while perhaps for sale would not sell out their country, and our president had to be smart.

I guess with age comes cynicism?

The Raw Story | Olbermann: Minority voting suppressed by Justice Dept.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Tom Sizemore: Ultimate loser

Sorry to say, but one of our best actors is a drug head. He cannot seem to stay out of trouble. The guy seriously needs to go to rehab and sort out his life.

Tom Sizemore arrested in drug case - Yahoo! News

CEO compensation

Northern Ireland power sharing begins

Judge in Paris Hilton case unfazed by critics

I say, "Good for him." Why should Paris Hilton be allowed to break the law and not suffer the consequences? Letting her go only sends a message (rather, confirms a well-known fact, OJ) that if you have enough money you can get out of anything.

This judge has some morals, some ethics. Good for him.

Paris is a cancer on society anyway. I wish he could sentence her to no more public (and pubic!) spotlight. She is a publicity hound. It's time to put the dog in a cage.

Unfazed by his judgment of Paris - Los Angeles Times

MSNBC's Howard Fineman on the Independent gambit

Will Gore or Hagel or Bloomberg run? What role will Arnold play? He can't run, but he can hide, but it's not his nature to run away from anything.

This article is offers an interesting perspective on how the Gore, Bloomberg, and Schwarzenegger partnership might play out.

Fineman: The year of the Third Force - The Debates -

Kansas governor says tornado exposed National Guard shortage

First off, I feel really bad for the folks in Kansas and the rest of the area affected by the recent tornadoes.

I also believe that sending our troops, especially the National Guard, to Iraq and/or Afghanistan, is tantamount to putting all of ones very fragile eggs in one carelessly watched basket.

But why is the National Guard expected to respond to natural disasters? Last time I heard, Mother Nature was not an enemy to be reckoned with. I just don't get it.

Shouldn't the National Guard guard our nation (presumably from outside forces like other countries, terrorists, and other law breakers, but also from insiders of the same ilk)?

I could also see the National Guard sent in to secure an area besieged by a natural disaster in order to prevent or minimize looting and other bad behavior.

What am I missing here?

Kansas gov.: Tornado exposed Guard holes - Yahoo! News

Problem flowchart

Paul Wolfowitz: Guilty

A big "duh" goes out to the World Bank followers. Of course he did the wrong thing. How could he not know this was wrong? Maybe not illegal, but ethically wrong.

But of course, he was an architect, maybe the architect, of the Iraq war, so maybe he has no ethics, in which case he is exonerated from getting the death penalty (fired) because he didn't know any better, like a retarded person who commits murder: Still a crime, but not punishable by the ultimate penalty, which, in the work world, is getting fired.

World Bank Panel Finds Wolfowitz at Fault; Aide Resigns - New York Times

Public figure meltdowns

These are great, all gems. One of my favorites because it happened on a boat called Monkey Business, in which some business of monkeys was taking place:
Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart dared reporters in The New York Times on May 3, 1987, “If anybody wants to put a tail on me, go ahead.” he said in The New York Times on May 3, 1987. The Miami Herald did, uncovered his romance with Donna Rice — including a tryst on a boat called Monkey Business — and sank his presidential hopes.
This story proves one thing: Americans are forgiving and anybody can recover from (almost) anything. Gary Hart went from cheating man about town to respected terrorist expert; he's now almost a celebrity.

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SPOOF -- Apple iRack versus Iraq War

Never thought Steve Jobs and George Bush would ever share the same space in my brain.

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul wins debate

According to an MSNBC poll taken shortly after the conclusion of the first Republican debate, Ron Paul was the winner.

I'd have to agree with that. He was the only candidate who was believable as a conservative. All the rest pander to their perceived "base." Paul let it all hang out.

ABC News: The Ron Paul Effect: Boomlet or Savvy Supporters?

Gingrich counsels Republicans to steer clear of President Bush

He all but said George Bush is a failure. New Gingrich listed a litany of issues, catastrophes, and calamities that occurred or went poorly under the current Bush administration.

Well, President Bush is not the future. He’s not a solution. He doesn’t solve Social Security. He doesn’t solve Medicare. He doesn’t solve the economy. He doesn’t solve the environment. He doesn’t solve education. He’s a current fact.
Think Progress » Gingrich To Conservatives: Don’t Talk About Iraq, Katrina, Walter Reed, Attorneys, Or Bush

Key Republicans changing tide on Iraq

House minority leader John Boenher of Ohio has opened the door for benchmarks by the fall in Iraq war.

It's a little late to be measuring progress but the sooner we do so, the better. Not sure I understand how these guys determine if we're winning without metrics.

Boehner says GOP will want results in Iraq - Los Angeles Times

Monday, May 07, 2007

CEO Pensions? Giving away the store?

Ed Whitacre, CEO of SBC/AT&T, has announced his retirement after 43 years' service with the company. He is one of the few employees that were allowed to serve so long. The rest, he fired.

But I digress. His pension was just announced: Over $160 million. Excessive? You bet. In the 2 1/2 years I "served" there, the stock hovered around $25. The stock pretty much stayed there the 3 years I've been out, too. So, for over 5 years, the stock went nowhere, much like the company.

But Big Ed (and he is big) didn't pay his poor stewardship any mind. He was preparing for his retirement. The article below tells the brief story of excessive CEO pay and pensions. Whitacre (What Do I Care when I worked there) is now in the top 3 for executive retirement packages.

Congrats, Ed, you've finally broken into the top 3 in something.

CEO Pensions Continue To Soar -

Living Wage: Why it doesn't work (later, why it does)

Greg Mankiw, economics professor at Harvard, gives a terse explanation of why a "living wage" will not, has not, and never will, work.

Later (tomorrow, later today, right before Hell freezes over?), I'll give an opposing viewpoint.

I do have to say, with economics as my background, though not my chosen profession, I have to side with Greg, with one notable exception (that I will explain later).

Greg Mankiw's Blog: Living Wage Redux

Giuliani on Freedom: Freedom Is About Authority

For the most part, the headline is creepier than the actual speech. But it does say something about a man who states, without equivocation, that freedom is about authority.

Do I want another President Bush the next 4-8 years? I don't. Do you?

'Freedom Is About Authority': Excerpts From Giuliani Speech on Crime - New York Times

Don't Change Horses in Mid-stream

Such was the Abraham Lincoln slogan often heard during the 2004 Presidential campaign. It referred to, in fact stole verbatim from, Lincoln's official campaign slogan during his run for his second term smack dab in the middle of the Civil War.

As in, when in war, don't change the commander in chief.

Except for in this war (Iraq), it might have been better to change horses. Or at least jockeys.

It frequently made me mad when friends, for whom I have lots of respect, would use this changing of horses reference when they decided they would vote for Bush (as opposed to Kerry) even though many of them thought Bush had done a terrible job in his first term.

Don't change horses in mid-stream.

To take this illogical thinking a little closer to an extreme, or limit, considering that presidents are limited to two terms, what shall we do in 2008? According to all accounts, and most importantly President Bush's account, we'll be in Iraq in 2008, not to mention 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, etc. (to use another animal metaphor, "Until the cows come home").

For those who decided NOT to change horses in mid-stream, it seems like they're in an inextricable place now, for they have only one option, if they really meant what they said in 2004:

Amend the Constitution so that presidents can be elected to third, fourth, and fifth terms (or more, until the war they started is over).

But I haven't seen any calls for such an amendment! Why not, you may ask? Is it that George Bush has been such a God-awful president (pun intended) that NOBODY, but NOBODY, wants him to have a chance of winning a third term? Or is it that people really are lazy and didn't want to have to ponder the benefits and drawbacks of Bush and Kerry (both candidates had lots of both)?

I believe it was the latter. It was too easy for people to say, "Don't change horses in mid-stream." Easier than, say, weighing the relative merits of John Kerry versus George Bush.

It may have also been a case of "Bush, you broke it. Now you fix it." But that was putting way too much confidence in somebody who quite literally has never fixed anything (a sink, a car, a computer, an oil company, a baseball team, or a country).

I'm severely disappointed that I voted for Bush the first time around. I am deeply saddened that I cannot take it back.

But I am even more disappointed in my fellow Americans who voted for Bush the second time around. I saw how terrible he was in his first term; did others need a second term to confirm?

I suppose they did. However, there is a small consolation: In 2008, vote for the best candidate. Don't vote for a guy because he got us into a war. And don't vote for a guy who merely belongs to the same political party. It's too easy, it squanders your vote, and it's the wrong thing to do.

Pay close attention to the front-runners in both parties. Look at their voting records. Look at their life history. What have they done? What kind of person is he? Do you trust her?

I cannot vote this time around for anyone who still supports this war. While I will not say that I'd advocate a quick pullout of Iraq, I can say that anybody who wants to throw MORE lives down the proverbial well will never get my vote. That's you, John McCain.

If history teaches us anything, it's that if we don't learn from it, we are doomed to repeat it. Learn something. Please.

The Naked Economist on privatizing the USPS

I really like this economist. He boils down the complex into simplicity. Today, Charles Wheelan talks about selling off the assets of the US Postal Service and privatizing first-class mail delivery.

He's right. This is one of the biggest federal government-run and mandated monopolies and it's an eyesore.

I can remember as a kid, seeing my mailman reading my magazine under my grandparent's walnut tree! That crap still happens. I'm always getting somebody else's mail. I'm sure somebody is getting mine.

The USPS seems to have a pretty good infrastructure; often, I am surprised at the speed at which my mail reaches its intended recipient. However, it's in that "last mile" or really those last few steps where the mail gets lost.

My biggest complaint with the post office: Horrible customer service. It's like postal employees (not all, of course) don't care about you; they're simply on the clock waiting for their federal pension (not sure they get one, but I bet they do). Those long lines at the post office are excruciatingly ridiculous.

So here's to Charles Wheelan for taking up the subject. Thanks!

Privatize the Postal Service (for Starters)

Friday, May 04, 2007

Clinton: Re-do war authorization

This is nothing more than political pandering.

There are no do-overs in reality. She's just playing politics.

Clinton Proposes Vote to Reverse Authorizing War - New York Times

Republican debate ruminations: Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney struck me in several different ways in last night's Republican debacle -- er -- debate:

  • He's a Reagan wannabe. The oiled-up hair, the attempt at witty retort.
  • His being a Mormon doesn't bother me, nor should it bother you. His being a moron should. Here's a quote. Not sure how he arrived at this conclusion. Perhaps you could fill me in:

"I’ve always been personally pro-life, but for me there was a great question about whether or not government should intrude in that decision,” Mr. Romney said.

It was the debate over cloning in his state that pressed him to change his mind, he said.

“I said, ‘Look, we have gone too far; it’s a brave new world mentality that Roe v. Wade has given us,’ and I changed my mind. I took the same course that Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush and Henry Hyde took. And I said I was wrong and changed my mind and said I’m pro-life. And I’m proud of that and I won’t apologize to anybody for becoming pro-life.
  • Lastly, Romney just seems creepy. Like a snake oil salesman. Or a televangelist. Just creeped me out.

08 Republicans Differ on Defining Party’s Future - New York Times

This Just In: Fred Thompson wins Republican debate last night

I didn't know these things actually had declared winners...Fred Thompson, that Reagan-lite actor who also played a Congressman in real life, won by virtue of not showing up.

I admit I watched the debate, though I cannot tell you why. I guess it was my curiosity in seeing a bunch of old white men detached from the brutal realities of the real world try to appear as though they "got it."

Clearly, they don't. In future posts, I will try to run down the highlights (okay, there weren't any, so "mission accomplished") or at least give a run down of how they all did (okay, another short answer -- they all did poorly). But for now, give the following few links a look and see what you think.

Fred Thompson wins -- Romney can run, but he can’t hide -- from the hacks - Herald Columnists -

Campaign coverage from SolidPolitics. com --

Republican candidates Brownback, Tancredo, and Huckabee cannot win because they're stupid

Evolution: The change in organisms from generation to generation.

These 3 guys don't believe evolution happens. As my grandfather used to say, "They couldn't pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were on the bottom."

Three of the candidates — Mr. Huckabee, Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas and Representative Tom Tancredo of Colorado — raised their hands to signal that they did not believe in evolution.
Not believing in evolution is akin (pun intended) to not believing in the sun, or photosynthesis, or genetics. Darwin was right. "Intelligent design" is a euphemism for magic.

Did you ever notice that "pro-lifers" are almost always anti-evolution? Why is that? What does this mean? I'm not sure. It's one of those things that I'll put my faith in a higher being to answer.

’08 Republicans Differ on Defining Party’s Future - New York Times

Bing's blog

Just ran across an entertaining site. Maybe something to read every day; don't know yet. It just caught my attention with its "Bulls**t Jobs" posting.

The Bing Blog

Bush administration and Justice Department seek to immunize telephone companies

George Bush and "Alberto" Gonzales are at it again -- ripping civil rights from the public it was hired to protect.

This time, they're trying to immunize telecommunications companies from lawsuits due to their freely giving the federal government what they wanted when they wanted it, without any court orders, proof, or cause.

The proposal states that "no action shall lie . . . in any court, and no penalty... shall be imposed...against any person" for giving the government information, including customer records, in connection with alleged intelligence activity the attorney general certifies "is, was, would be or would have been" intended to protect the United States from terrorist attack. The measure, which has not yet been filed, is contained in a proposed amendment to the fiscal 2008 intelligence authorization bill.
Bush and his cronies love to call investigation against them "fishing expeditions." They HATE it when their own investigations fall under the same criticism. But if ever there were a fishing expedition, this one takes the bait.

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How Bill O'Reilly creates more terrorists, Part 2

This is the story of how an left-wing academician turned left-wing journalist, working for that left-wing newspaper, the LA Times.
This time, I practiced beforehand with my overtired toddler. She'd shriek out meaningless invective, and I'd just keep talking calmly. It must have helped, because by my third O'Reilly appearance, I made it through with hardly a scratch. Bill, though, was spluttering madly.
Very funny story about how "Bill-O" has fostered the creation of many thousands of terrorists, just by spouting off against fake enemies.

See Part 1 here.

Sweet Jesus I love Bill O'Reilly! - Los Angeles Times

Thursday, May 03, 2007

VA gave biggest bonuses in federal government

Add this to the list of government pigs porking out at the public trough. This is yet another demonstration of Bush's (lack of) leadership of the worse federal government spending spree we have ever seen.

Another demonstration, too, of Bush's not supporting the troops. If he cared for the troops, wouldn't he ensure that they were cared for, rather than turning his head while the VA administrators took large sums of cash while injured soldiers waited for treatment?

VA under fire for hefty employee bonuses - Politics -

Impeach them all? Bush, Cheney, Gonzales

I thought that Congress only had the authority to impeach the president and vice president. Apparently, it has the constitutional authority to impeach any civil officer of the U.S.
Law professor Frank Bowman writes in a New York Times op-ed: "If Alberto Gonzales will not resign, Congress should impeach him. Article II of the Constitution grants Congress the power to impeach 'the president, the vice president and all civil officers of the United States.' The phrase 'civil officers' includes the members of the cabinet (one of whom, Secretary of War William Belknap, was impeached in 1876).
Whaddya know? Let's impeach them all.

An article earlier today has been dugg to death calling for people to call a phone number and urge Congress to impeach the president. Article below.

Impeach more than just the prez and vp: Dan Froomkin - New Signs Point to the White House -

Digg article about phone number to call: Pelosi taking phone poll on Bush/Cheney Impeachment!!!! 12022250100

World Bank President Wolfowitz blames unclear bank rules on his scandalous actions

Paul Wolfowitz, in effect, blames himself for violating ethics principles and doing unseemly things with respect to giving his girl friend a gigantic raise.

He's blaming "unclear bank rules" for his misdeeds. However, isn't this like the father saying the house rules suck?

Who made the damned rules? Oh, yeah, that was me!

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Tarzan is dead

Impending food shortage: Missing honey bees

Bush: I'm the commander guy

Two favorite comedy bits of mine as a kid growing up were Chris Elliott's portrayals of "the fugitive guy" and "the man under the seats" on David Letterman's late night talk show.

That was comedy and silly.

This is just silly: Bush made the following statement yesterday after having vetoed the war funding bill passed by Congress:
The question is, who ought to make that decision, the Congress or the commanders? As you know, my position is clear – I’m the commander guy.
President George W. Bush is a joke. If it weren't for the thousands of deaths and injuries for which he's responsible, I'd say this whole "Global War on Terror" (GWOT) is just one big joke.

Bush: Im the Commander Guy - The Caucus - Politics - New York Times Blog

How Bill O'Reilly creates more terrorists, Part 1

subtitle: Bill O'Reilly is a name caller and bad person

This study from Indiana University "scientifically" proves that Bill O'Reilly calls people names and generally mis-characterizes lots of things.

As if you needed a university study to convince you of this.

The summary: Think Progress » STUDY: Bill O’Reilly Uses Derogatory Names ‘More Than Once Every Seven Seconds’

The study: Villains, Victims and the Virtuous in Bill O'Reilly's "NO-SPIN ZONE": Tables

Dianne Feinstein's husband owner of two defense contractors

Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat from California, has had her hand in the public cookie jar for years, according to the report below. She was in favor of the Iraq war, and now we know why: Her husband, Richard C. Blum, stood to gain millions of dollars in defense contracts as majority owner of two substantial, and oft-awarded defense contractors, URS Corp. and Perini Corp.

As the chairperson in charge of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee from 2001 through 2005, the senator funneled military projects to her husband's companies.

Now, in the most ironic twist of all: Dianne Feinstein is in charge of the Senate Rules Committee, the "ethics" arm of the U.S. Senate.

Will she charge herself with ethics violations? I think not.

Senator Feinstein's Iraq Conflict | Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Alberto Gonzales subpoenaed for Rove emails

This is getting really good now. Apparently some of those "lost" emails of Rove's had been found earlier by Patrick Fitzgerald. Interesting that they cannot find some of those same emails now...I wonder why?

Senate subpoenas Gonzales on Rove e-mail - Politics -

More Justice Department shenanigans

Just what does "Alberto" Gonzales do? Does he do anything, or at least anything not stupid and/or deceitful?

Here's a great case of the BS he has pulled. He allows one federal attorney to NOT do his main job 27 days out of the month, while he fires another for doing his job 27 days a month. Plus, this attorney was spending his "non work time" serving in the military (a job he had to do).
"It's a curious contrast that leaders in the Department of Justice would slip a change into law to allow one U.S. Attorney to spend only a few days a month in his district and keep his job, while at the same time claiming to fire another for spending a few days a month away from his district to serve his country," Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) said in a statement.
WP: Dispute over U.S. attorneys grows - Politics -

N-word ban. Is it really necessary?

Do we really need this? I haven't heard anybody use this term for years, except for black people. From the article:

There is a difference, said Leonard Young, 19, of Fort Washington: Racists end the word with an "er," African Americans end it with an "a."

"I don't think it's offensive," said Young, a black computer science major at Prince George's Community College. "It hasn't been offensive since slavery. It's only offensive when people of other races use it."

First of all, if a person wishes to use that word -- any word -- he has every right. It's called the First Amendment or Free Speech. Nobody has to listen.

Second, why is it that black people can say it but not others? What's right with that? By this reasoning, an equally offensive "cracker" or "Okie" can only be uttered by whites, right? If I hear a black person say "Okie," can I have him arrested for hurting my feelings or for having offended me and my ancestors?

Why the double-standard?

Why can't we just stop using the offensive terms as civilized human beings with concern for our brethren (all people)? If you choose to use the term, you've chosen to get your butt kicked by the fellow you called it. It's your choice.

WP: Movement spreads against ‘n-word’ - Highlights -

White to seek "Lying Czar"

*** SATIRE ***
Specifically, many insiders wonder why an administration that already has advisor Karl Rove and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would also need a “lying czar.”

On any given day, the Defense Department and the State Department will produce lies that are directly in conflict with each other, and that’s counterproductive,” one insider said. “A ‘lying czar’ would change all that.
The Borowitz Report .com

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Bush vetoes emergency funding bill for military

President George W. (for No Withdrawal, unless it's for birth control purposes) Bush vetoed the emergency funding bill that Congress sent him today.
In only the second veto of his presidency, Bush rejected legislation that would require the first U.S. combat troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by Oct. 1 with a goal of a complete pullout six months later.
It's notable that he's vetoed the bill for a number of reasons. One, he obviously does not support the troops. Two, it's only his second veto. Three, his only other veto was in denying more federal funds earmarked for embryonic stem cell research. Four, this bill was at the President's request; the military desperately needs the money, according to Bush, yet he has just single-handedly prolonged the shortfall.

To sum it all up: Bush hates the military, he hates embryos, and he hates time tables.

Next up: Why Bush hates to read. And it's not because The Pet Goat is what he was reading when the planes struck the WTC.

Bush vetoes emergency funding bill - Yahoo! News

Bush does not support our troops. Top 10 reasons

If President Bush supported our troops
  1. Would wounded troops fail to receive proper medical treatment?
  2. Would dead soldiers' families fail to receive death benefits (which are paltry by the way)?
  3. Would he send more troops to die?
  4. Would he fail to provide them with necessary body armor?
  5. Would he embolden the enemy by telling them to "bring it on?"
  6. Would he send troops on 2nd, 3rd, or 4th deployments without the requisite time off?
  7. Would he reduce the standards necessary to enlist in the military?
  8. Would he make up stories about heroism (Pat Tillman, Jessica Lynch)?
  9. Would he joke about finding weapons of mass destruction?
  10. Would he veto a spending bill that would take care of funding for supplies, body armor, guns, bullets, munitions, health care, etc., for troops in Iraq, on their way home, or already back in the states?
The President clearly does not care about our troops. If he really cared, he'd define the mission, fund it, hold his generals accountable, and bring home the troops as soon as possible.

He's pissed away years fighting this war of his choice. The Christian that he is, he knows where he'll end up when this is all over. I'd feel sorry for him if I weren't so disgusted with the whole thing.

I'm sick of this debate: "I will veto the spending bill." I wish our representatives in Congress had the guts to say to him, "Bring it on. Veto it. I dare you."

And when he does, put out a campaign replete with television, radio, newspaper, and internet ads proclaiming -- quite accurately -- that the President, by definition, does not support the troops he so seemingly proudly professes to command.
Without enough votes to override Bush's veto, Democrats are considering revisions to the bill that will fund the troops but not give the president a blank check. A likely option is demanding the Iraqi government meet certain benchmarks.
F#@$^ benchmarks. The Iraqi government has had enough time to meet every benchmark imaginable. Benchmarks should have been in force since day 1. How were the imbeciles in the Bush administration going to know when we won the war if not for some demonstrable measures that were met or surpassed?

Heck, how do you even know you're out of bed in the morning without feeling your feet on the cold hardwood floor or plush carpet? Do you just will it to be?

Why are our reps so pussified? Did they all grow up wearing panties? It's time to take off the girly pants, grow some nads, and DO THE RIGHT THING!!!

Bush: Iraq timeline could cause 'chaos' - Yahoo! News

4th anniversary of mission accomplished speech

Happy Anniversary!

Nothing truer will be said today

Except for this

Chimp in Chief

President Bush: Mission Accomplished? He never said it

But he sure stood proud under that banner that his administration produced and gave to the sailors on the aircraft carrier.

Los Angeles most polluted US city

In today's "No Shit" category, LA has come in as the nation's most polluted city. Here's the complete list, based upon 3 pollutants: Ozone, short-term soot, and long-term soot. LA won in all 3 categories. Congrats!

1: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, Calif.

2: Pittsburgh-New Castle, Pa.

3: Bakersfield, Calif.

4: Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman, Ala.

5: Detroit-Warren-Flint, Mich.

6: Cleveland-Akron-Elyria, Ohio

7: Visalia-Porterville, Calif.

8: Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington, Ohio, Ky., Ind.

9: Indianapolis-Anderson-Columbus, Ind.

10: St. Louis-St. Charles-Farmington, Mo., Ill.

11: Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, Ill., Ind., Wis. (tie)

11: Lancaster, Pa.

13: Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, Ga., Ala.

14: York-Hanover-Gettysburg, Pa.

15: Fresno-Madera, Calif. (tie)

15: Weirton-Steubenville, W.Va., Ohio

17: Hanford-Corcoran, Calif. (tie)

17: New York-Newark-Bridgeport, N.Y., N.J., Conn.

19: Canton-Massillon, Ohio

20: Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, D.C., Md., Va. (tie)

20: Charleston, W.Va.

22: Louisville-Jefferson County-Elizabethtown-Scottsburg, Ky., Ind.

23: Huntington-Ashland, W.Va., Ky., Ohio

24: Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, Pa., N.J., Del., Md. (tie)

24: Hagerstown-Martinsburg, Md., W.Va.

24: Rome, Ga.

L.A. tops list of nation's most polluted - Environment -

Katrina aid unused or unclaimed

I don't know whether to cry or be angry (probably both are appropriate):
Overall, the United States declined 54 of 77 recorded aid offers from three of its staunchest allies: Canada, Britain and Israel, according to a 40-page State Department table of the offers that had been received as of January 2006.
Most Katrina Aid From Overseas Went Unclaimed -