Archive for July 12th, 2007

Remembering Intelligent Design

by Geezer Power …6:58:12 PM PDT

This is from a post I did a year or so ago and is dedicated to the 21%ers Who are still buying the Bu$h ideology. It’s about what was called intelligent design and is part of the strange history of this administration. I guess Karl Rove was trying to explain evolution from the perspective of the religious right.

As a new concept of religion called “INTELLIGENT WORSHIP” the liberals have introduced the possibility of evolution being an important part of religion. This will even things out throughout the country, with religion in the schools, and science in the churches, much to the dismay of the neoconservative administration. George W Bush is calling for an investigation of the Grand Canyon to prove that it is relatively new, and is the result of intelligent design, while Pat Roberts, republican senator from Kansas
back-peddles from his statements about Hugo Chavez and Arial Sharon’, as he attempts to rationalize the outing of Chavez using scientific logic, and come up with a scientific theory as to why Sharon’ had a stroke.


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by GEF @ 7:40 PM EDT

Mentarch asked a very good question when he asked:

Ok, Let’s Talk about the 21% Percenters still supporting this Criminal Administration.

Apologetic Bush Voters

The dwindling numbers of Bush’s blind followers are increasing daily as many Republicans are seeing the forest from the trees in a President that’s clearly gone over the edge and committed Treason against his own People.

The word out there is clear from Republicans…
We want none of this any more…

“Abandon Ship is the word given”

To which they jump overboard and then get angrier by the hour at the failure in Chief and his warmonger Vice President.

Kudos to those Republicans that have finally awakened. Better late then never and welcome back to America Patriots. You may continue to wear your disguise until after the election in 2008 when we then will finally forgive you for Mistaking George W. Bush for the Constitution!

It’s a simple mistake… 😉

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Questionable Treatment for Some Iraq Heroes

by- Suzie-Q @ 4:30 PM MST

Veteran Care Under Review as More Than 22,000 Are Discharged With ‘Pre-Existing’ Personality Disorder, Which Some Say Developed During War

Army Spc. Jonathan Town is back home in Ohio now, but still very much at war.

“When you see bits and pieces of actual people or people bleeding to death or anything, it’s very unsettling. It’s something you’ll never be able to forget. Period,” Town told ABC News’ Bob Woodruff.

Since his discharge in 2006, Town has not only dealt with the emotional scars of war, but he has also found himself at the center of a national debate on mental health care for veterans as a crowd as diverse as singer Dave Matthews and members of Congress has questioned how 22,000 veterans were diagnosed and discharged since 2001.

Watch the full report tonight on “World News with Charles Gibson” and “Nightline.”

In Town’s case, the discharge came two years after he was injured in an attack. In the fall of 2004, a 107 mm rocket ripped through his unit’s headquarters in Ramadi, exploding two feet above Town’s head and knocking him unconscious.

The rocket blast left Town with hearing loss, headaches, memory problems, anxiety and insomnia. For his wounds, he was awarded the Purple Heart.

But when he returned to the states seeking treatment for those very wounds, the Army quickly discharged him, asserting his problems had been caused not by the war but by a personality disorder that predated his military career.

ABC News

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Barbara Boxer Says Impeachment Should Be On The Table

by- Suzie-Q @ 4:14 PM MST

Jonathan Schwarz grabbed the audio of Barbara Boxer telling Big Ed that impeachment should be on the table because this administration is like a dictatorship.

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BOXER: Yeah. I mean, you left out a bunch of things — spying on citizens without a warrant, going around FISA, on and on. Look, I have always said it should be on the table. Ed, I’ve always said it. I was on a book tour and I ran into John Dean of Watergate fame. He was on the book tour that I was on, for his book. And it was right after we discovered that the administration was spying on our people without a warrant. And he just said, he looked at me and basically just said, as far as he could see, unless there was some explanation for this, this was impeachable.

I’ve always said that you need to keep it on the table, and you need to look at these things, because now people are dying because of this administration. That’s the truth. And they won’t change course. They are ignoring the Congress. They keep signing these signing statements which mean that he’s decided not to enforce the law. This is as close as we’ve ever come to a dictatorship. When you have a situation where Congress is stepped on, that means the American people are stepped on. So I don’t think you can take anything off the table. Because in fact the Constitution doesn’t permit us to take these things off the table…(trancscript below the fold) read on


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House OKs Plan To Withdraw US Troops

by- Suzie-Q @ 3:37 PM MST

WASHINGTON – Iraq has achieved only spotty military and political progress toward a democratic society, the Bush administration conceded Thursday, an unenthusiastic assessment followed quickly by a House vote to withdraw U.S. troops by spring.

The measure passed 223-201 in the Democratic-controlled House despite a veto threat from President Bush, who has ruled out any change in war policy before September.

“The security situation in Iraq remains complex and extremely challenging,” the administration report concluded. The economic picture is uneven, it added, and the government has not yet enacted vital political reconciliation legislation.

As many as 80 suicide bombers per month cross into the country from Syria, said the interim assessment, which is to be followed by a fuller accounting in September from Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in the region.

“I believe we can succeed in Iraq, and I know we must,” Bush said at a White House news conference at which he stressed the interim nature of the report.

Describing a document produced by his administration at Congress’ insistence, he said there was satisfactory progress by the Iraqi government toward meeting eight of 18 so-called benchmarks, unsatisfactory progress on eight more and mixed results on the others.

To his critics — including an increasing number of Republicans — he said bluntly, “I don’t think Congress ought to be running the war. I think they ought to be funding the troops.”

Democrats saw it differently.

A few hours after Bush’s remarks, Democratic leaders engineered passage of legislation requiring the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops to begin within 120 days, and to be completed by April 1, 2008. The measure envisions a limited residual force to train Iraqis, protect U.S. assets and fight al-Qaida and other terrorists.


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The Dallas Morning News (Texas), July 12, 2007

Nobel Laureate Calls for Removal of Bush

By James Hohmann

Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams came from Ireland to Texas to declare that President Bush should be impeached.

In a keynote speech at the International Women’s Peace Conference on Wednesday night, Ms. Williams told a crowd of about 1,000 that the Bush administration has been treacherous and wrong and acted unconstitutionally.

0712 07“Right now, I could kill George Bush,” she said at the Adam’s Mark Hotel and Conference Center in Dallas. “No, I don’t mean that. How could you nonviolently kill somebody? I would love to be able to do that.”

About half the crowd gave her a standing ovation after she called for Mr. Bush’s removal from power.

“The Muslim world right now is suffering beyond belief,” she said.

“Unless the president of the United States is held responsible for what he’s doing and what he has done, there’s no one in the Muslim world who will forgive him.”

When an audience member told Ms. Williams that Vice President Dick Cheney would become president if George Bush were impeached, she said, “Can’t you impeach them both?”

“It’s twisted. It’s all wrong,” she said. “There are so many lies being told. It’s hard to be an American and go out into the world right now.”

Ms. Williams started her speech by asking every member of the audience to hug everyone around them. Then she cut to what amounted to both a call for peace and a stinging rebuke of the American government.

Conference organizers have said that the conference is nonpartisan and that no one was invited to speak about the war in Iraq. After Ms. Williams finished her speech, conference chairwoman Carol Donovan took the podium to say that Ms. Williams did not speak for the conference — only herself.

“It’s important for us to separate the opinion of the person and the position of the conference,” Ms. Donovan said.

Two other Nobel Peace Prize winners, American activist Jody Williams and Rigoberta Menchú Tum of Guatemala, will speak this week as part of the conference. Jody Williams, who was in the audience Wednesday, has also indicated she would speak about Mr. Bush.

“We believe very strongly it was important to have the opportunity to hear these three peace prize winners,” Ms. Donovan said.

Betty Williams won the Nobel Prize in 1976 for creating a group that helped start peace talks in Northern Ireland.

In 1992, Texas Gov. Ann Richards appointed Betty Williams to the Texas Commission for Children and Youth.

Many in the crowd found out that Lady Bird Johnson had died when Jan Sanders, the wife of U.S. District Judge Barefoot Sanders and a close friend of the former first lady, gave an impromptu eulogy.

“She was a friend, a doer, an influencer of world events,” Ms. Sanders said. “She lived a full life. If she were here, she would say to you, ‘Keep on being women doers.’ ”

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And So It Goes …

by- Mentarch … 15:44 EDT

This is what I wrote before concerning the primitive minds of neocons, right-wing madhaters and all those politicos who keep “toeing the party line”:

They lie, they misrepresent, they use decoy arguments and make ad hominem attacks. For them, the use of duplicity, of secrecy, of arguments of (non-existent) conspiracy, of fact (and non-fact) selectivity/cherry-picking, of quacks/fake experts, as well as putting forth logical fallacies, are simply means to an end.

And this ‘end’ is the following: to promulgate, support and defend their beliefs or their ideologies.

Truth be told: these are the only things that truly matter to them.”

Of course, such behavior constitutes nothing more than intellectual sloth-driven incompetence:


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Hookergate II: The Senator And The Veep

by- Suzie-Q @ 12:20 PM MST

Will Mrs Vitter Honor Her Campaign Pledge and Chop It Off?

Providing comic relief in a Democrappy Congress that doesn’t have the filibustering balls to Just Say No to Perma-War or the wit or wisdom to impeach the Bush Crime Family for their multiple murderous atrocities Brothers & Sisters, Lovers & Sinners, please put your hands together for Republican Senator David Vitter of the Great State of Louisiana, caught with his hand in D.C. Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey’s delicious yummy cookie jar.

Threatened with being exposed by investigative hypocrite-hunter Larry Flynt who found the conservative southern junior senator’s phone number (he used his own phone?) on Palfrey’s notorious DC John List, Vitter shrewdly decided to go ahead and expose himself, issuing a press release confessing to “a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible.  Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there — with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way”.

If Senator Vitter were not such a rabid social conservative, I would say leave the poor sorry schmuck alone with his God, his wife and his hookers. But this particular poor sorry schmuck is mightily trying to impose harsh, inhumane restrictions upon the sexual freedoms and rights to privacy of the rest of us, and he’s been doing it for years.

in the back alleys of the French Quarter, Vitter might be a tomcat, but in Congress, he’s a vociferous crusader for “family values.” He was an aggressive Clinton critic during the Lewinsky scandal, calling for the President’s resignation to “preserve the moral fabric of the country.” The New Orleans Times-Picayune quotes Vitter saying that “infidelity, divorce, and deadbeat dads contribute to the breakdown of tradition.” Vitter has also vowed to outlaw abortion in almost all cases, even when the pregnancy results from rape or incest (wonder how he’d feel if he learned he’s knocked up one of his hookers?). Senator Dave is a stern master with the kids too; he’s sponsored legislation to federally finance abstinence-only programs at the expense of real sex education. Of course, “abstinence education” has been proven to be spectacularly ineffective, in part because the kids simply lie about whether they’re having sex, having learned this behavior handily from their elders like Vitter.


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MORE McCain rats abandon his sinking campaign ship!

Posted by Basheert @12:07 PM MST

This IS rich. This is NOT the previous abandoners – these are two NEW ones this morning. His IOWA people have just grabbed the lifeboat and hopped off the sinking ship!


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by- Suzie-Q @ 11:38 AM MST

At a White House press conference Thursday, President Bush acknowledged that someone in his administration leaked the name of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame, but he avoided addressing the question of whether he saw it as a moral issue or was at all disappointed in his senior advisers.

Michael Abramowitz of the Washington Post asked Bush about his commutation of Libby’s sentence, saying, “You spoke very soberly and seriously in your statement about how you weighed different legal questions in coming to your decision on that commutation. But one issue that you did not address was the issue of the morality of your most senior advisers leaking the name of a confidential intelligence operator. Now that the case is over … can you say whether you were at all disappointed in the behavior of those senior advisers, and have you communicated that disappointment to them in any way?”

“First of all,” responded Bush, “the Scooter Libby decision was, I thought, a fair and balanced decision. Secondly, I haven’t spent a lot of time talking about the testimony that people throughout my administration were forced to give as a result of the special prosecutor. I didn’t ask them during that time, I haven’t asked them since. I am aware of the fact that perhaps somebody in the administration did disclose the name of that person, and, you know, I’ve often thought about what would have happened had that person come forth and said, ‘I did it.’ Would we have had this — endless hours of investigation and a lot of money being spent on this matter? But it’s been a tough issue for a lot of people in the White House and it’s run its course and now we’re going to move on. Wendell…”

Bush then turned to a question from Wendell Goler of Fox News about “the consequences of failure” in Iraq.

No follow-up questions were asked about Bush’s initial pledge, which was not kept, to fire anyone in the administration found to be involved in the leaking of Plame’s name. Critics say Plame was outed in political retaliation against her husband, Joe Wilson, who was critical of the administration’s rhetoric on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

The following video is from MSNBC’s News Live broadcast on July 12.

Watch the video/Raw Story

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