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Tuesday, October 10, 2006


Just a note on the GOP's failed ploy to blame the House Democrats for keeping secret the despicable antics of former Rep. Mark Foley (REPUBLICAN-FL):

Those tricky Democrats, according to the GOP, kept their knowledge of Foley under their hats for more than five years while waiting for just the right moment.

This must mean that the 2000 election wasn't the right time

And it also must mean that the 2004 election wasn't the right time, either.

How clever these Democrats must be to fool these sharp REPUBLICANS.

-Noah Greenberg

North Korea's Nuclear Fallout

"Keep 'em Afraid; Keep 'em Red"

"North Korea has supplied weapons to states in the Middle East that are supporters of terrorism. Our fear is North Korea itself could supply a nuclear device to a terrorist group."
-US ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton

Isn't it funny (as in ironic) how North Korea and its "one step away from the loony bin" Kim Jung Il were actually abiding by the 1994 deal which prohibited the isolated nation from building and testing nuclear weapons? And isn't it equally as "funny" that they discarded the deal right after GW and his cohorts decided that calling them a part of the "Axis of Evil" was a good idea. It was a statement made for political benefit; a bumper sticker statement, that was made without regard for its consequences.

And while the six nations negotiated in vain to keep North Korea non-nuclear, Il's nation requested, and was refused, a one-on-one meeting with the US, with Bush claiming that a meeting with the Communist state would have been tantamount to giving in.

The Bush administration started "the North Korea isolate and threaten program" by confusing the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty which allowed North Korea the ability to produce low-grade uranium enrichment for energy purposes with weapon-grade uranium. The Bush administration also pushed the crazed dictator to the brink by refusing to allow oil shipments, further isolating them. Il's response was to kick out oil and weapons inspectors and begin their quest to create and test a nuclear weapon, something they were not doing before their verbal attack by the Bushies.

And remember this: It was the Clinton administration who negotiated the 1995 Agreed Framework that lasted until 2002; and it was the Bush administration who tinkered with Il's brain and ended it.

In a cut-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-face-move, the Bush administration refused to meet with North Korea until they admitted enriching uranium for weapons' purposes, thus giving Kim Jung Il the opportunity, and the reason to do just that.

As the two guys selling beer might say: "Brilliant!"

"One of the reasons we're having such difficulty in several parts of the world is because the Bush administration thinks diplomacy is something you give to a country as a reward for their good behavior. We're only talking to our friends."
-Donald Gregg, U.S. ambassador to South Korea during the presidency of George H.W. Bush

I couldn't have said it any better myself.

Just why does the Bush administration only want to have talks with their allies and those who already agree with them? It's the dumbest, most irresponsible thing which a nation's leader could do. After all, even the crazy Kim Jung Il wanted to talk!

"It's not appeasement to talk to your enemies,"
-Former Secretary of State under GW's Dad, George H.W. Bush

OH no! I'm agreeing with the guy who helped these selfish bastards steal the 2000 election! But when you're right, you're right.

Somehow, the Bushies think that it's a better idea to allow the other four nations involved in the six nation negotiation to take the lead. All of this while Il and the North Koreans keep building their arms and test (possibly) a nuclear weapon.

"The stakes are too high to rely on others to address the North Korean crisis,"

-Senator Russ Feingold (DEMOCRAT-WI)

They don't look at it that way or they don't care, Sen. Feingold.

"We've talked to them many times bilaterally in the six- party process. If they're trying to talk bilaterally outside of the six-party process then they're trying to do away with the six-party process, come to an impasse and then blame us for the failure."
-Christopher Hill, assistant secretary of state for East Asian affairs and head of the U.S. delegation in the nuclear talks

That's just Bush-Speak, and Mr. Hill knows it. The other four nations urged and nearly pleaded with the Bush administration to just talk to the North Koreans. What would it have hurt?

Just what is the answer the Bushies are looking for? Why the tactics that just don't make any sense? One theory that is floating around is the "Keep 'em afraid; Keep 'em Red" theory. If you keep them afraid, they'll vote for their own protection, against their own self-interests and they'll keep on allowing the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party-led congress in the money as they work for the Bush "base" of "haves and have mores".

There are no nukes in Iraq, but the Bushies invaded them anyway. Iran was much more scary, and still might be, than their neighbor to the west and our involvement in Iraq keeps their threatening rhetoric going and their confidence up . And North Korea might just have become the next nuclear nation, and it's under the rule of a mad Elvis impersonator who likes motorcycles and will kill anyone for any reason at any time within his borders.

Bush has made the US weaker and, according to the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), has emboldened terrorists and would-be terrorists. The world is less safe; America is less safe; and all the GOP needs do is look in the mirror for the reason.

-Noah Greenberg

Q & A - The October Surprise

Q: So, with Republicans believing that they are in jeopardy of losing control of at least one chamber – and subpoena power – does anyone anticipate an “October surprise” designed to scare American voters into, “staying the course?” Any thoughts on what it might be?

A: It's already happened.
BOOM goes the "maybe" nuclear blast in North Korea.
It's just the beginning... a test to see if they're on the right track.
Be afraid, America. Start building fall-out shelters and start stacking up on canned goods.
Anyone have any plastic sheathing and duct tape? That'll keep the fall-out away. Won't it?
-Noah Greenberg

More on the BOOM

Jane's Defense Weekly, a premier source on this sort of thing, says that if the initial reports of a .55 kT (half a kiloton) blast are correct "it would suggest that the test had been a "pre- or post-detonation" event (ie a failure), as it had been anticipated that North Korea's first nuclear test would have a significantly higher yield."

-Victoria Brownworth with thanks to talkingpointsmemo.com

The Bus Make Another Stop

Hundreds of contacts.
How many contacts?
I said hundreds of them.

That's how many contacts were made between the White House and former Uber-Lobbyist Jack "I'll get my hat back in about ten years" Abramoff. That includes at least ten with Karl "The Traitor" Rove.

"The House Government Reform Committee report, based on e-mail messages and other records subpoenaed from Mr. Abramoff’s lobbying firm, found 485 contacts between Mr. Abramoff’s lobbying team and White House officials from 2001 to 2004, including 82 with Mr. Rove’s office."
-Philip Shenon, from The New York Times

Talk about "Pay for Play".

Recently, a union official which my company does business with wouldn't allow me to take him to lunch. He told me that there is a $20 limit on things of that nature. So, my customer paid for my lunch. It's clear that Abramoff has ignored that rule... by a few million dollars! Over a short period of time, the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party "Greed Facilitator" had spent at least $25,000 in meals and drinks on Bush's White House officials.

How lucky it is to work in the Bush White House.

So what happens? One of Abramoff's aides, Susan Ralston becomes a big shot at the White House. It's like Abramoff had his eye on the Bushies. We already knew what he did to Congress.

Last week, Ms. Ralston, a chief aide to Karl "The Traitor" Rove submitted her resignation to President Bush “to pursue other opportunities.”

Substitute for “to pursue other opportunities.” with "to keep out of prison".

The White House knew that, in the face of the just released congressional report which told of the numerous meetings and her relationship with Abramoff that they couldn't sugar-coat this one.

"we supported her decision,”
-Dana Perino, a White House spokeswoman

For all of you don't get it, Ms. Ralston was acting in the best interests of her old boss, Abramoff, while she was employed at the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In other words, they were paying for Jack Abramoff to lobby Rove and the rest of the Neo-Cons with our hard earned tax dollars.

Do you think these guys spent enough time laughing at us yet?

And if that weren't bad enough, it was Ralston who let through the phone call to Rove (from Time Magazine) that helped "out" Valerie Plame as an undercover CIA agent. Talk about being multi-talented.

Ms. Ralston is the next victim of the GOP Interstate Bus Line. She now lives under the wheels of the bus.

And the wheels of the bus
Go round and round
Round and round
Round and round.

-Noah Greenberg

Time for Some House-Cleaning

Does anybody really believe that Foley was molested by a priest when he was young? I don't because he refuses to out the priest.

The reason that Foley-gate is so gripping to us is that the conservative Republicans have made bedroom behavior such as issue. And now they are trying to blame it on Foley being gay.

The fact remains that there are a lot of perverts, both gay and straight. We ought not have perverts in leadership positions. Many people were upset that former President Clinton behaved like a disgusting pig in the Oval Office but what he did was squeaky clean by comparison to Foley.


-Bille M. Spaight

In response to, Foley, Reynolds and the rest of the Republicans who covered up Foley's creepy antics, Robert Scardapane writes:

Hastert, Reynolds, Boehner, Alexander and Shimkus must resign. They all knew about Foley and covered up for years.
By the way, I seen Reynolds latest poll results - he is 15% behind the Democrat candidate Davis. Get that folks, the head of the committee to reelect Republicans to the House is losing by 15%.

But, please don't get over-confident but do get angry! Stick It To These Rethuglican Creeps.

In response to, "They're (REPUBLICANS in congress) even trying to push one another under the wheels of their very own, red-colored bus," Robert Scardapane writes:

Hell, they even tried to blame George Soros! Now isn't that pathetic.

Instead of taking ownership for their failed leadership, the GOOPERS come up with a silly conspiracy theory. But, it's typical of how they govern.

Consider the mess in Iraq, consider the Katrina response and the even more abysmal recovery, consider how they allowed the Taliban to make a come back, consider the crappy economy where the average worker is making less money, consider the mountains of red ink they piled up. The Repuglican party has proven itself to be incompetent and irresponsible. They won't even protect children.

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-Noah Greenberg