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Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Pelosi and Bush

“He’s tried this two times — it’s failed twice,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says of President Bush’s escalation plan. “I asked him at the White House, ‘Mr. President, why do you think this time it’s going to work?’ And he said, ‘Because I told them it had to.‘” Pelosi reportedly then asked, “Why didn’t you tell them that the other two times?“

-Submitted by Victoria Brownworth with great pride in the new Speaker who has done more in a month than the last few Republican Speakers have done in years. But then Pelosi isn't distracted by protecting pedophile congressmen and oil cartels, is she?

The Rhetoric of the Truth

A Real Yahoo.com link to an AP Article:
"Bush takes aim at executive salaries in speech"

The rhetoric of the truth has forced President "G"lobal "W"arming Bush to speak the truth these past few weeks. Some of you will remember the State of the Union address just last week when he acknowledged "the serious challenge of global climate change". Yesterday Bush decided it was time to verbally take on those corporate CEO's that have been keeping him rolling in dough all these years when he said the following:

"Government should not decide the compensation for America's corporate executives, but the salaries and bonuses of CEOs should be based on their success at improving their companies and bringing value to their shareholders."

Of course Bush wouldn't use the power of the government on his corporate friends to reel in those who would take advantage of the current situation, would he? After all, these corporate CEO's of whom he speaks are his real "base" of "haves and have mores". It would appear to me that all GW would have to do is to make a few phone calls to his buddies and say "Hey. How 'bout takin'' a few less dollarino's for yourself and keepin' a few more of those workin' folk employed, fella?" He could even do it in private conversations rather than in a do-nothing speech to the nation they're dubbing "The State of the Economy Address".

If one were to define "rhetoric" as it apples to the Bush administration, it would have to read like this:
"Rhetoric: The act of speaking without action of any sort"

There can be no doubt that the Bushies realized all along that their economic plan is nothing but a way of making the very rich that much richer and the middle class and poor that much poorer. In acknowledging that the CEO's are reaping the profits of America. Bush is also acknowledging that the other classes are paying for their salaries, mansions and golden parachutes. Wagging a finger does nothing except offer them amusement and us more bitter frustration.

And government does have the ability to say "enough". Where would these businesses be without government contracts, the Stock Market and the ability to use the people's land and airwaves? Why is it only the responsibility of corporate CEO's to make sure only the shareholders get what's rightly theirs? Why is it that global corporations can sell their wares here without paying taxes here? Where is the fairness that the Bushies speak of, but offer no action toward putting in place?

"America's corporate boardrooms must step up to their responsibilities. You need to pay attention to the executive compensation packages that you approve. You need to show the world that America's businesses are a model of transparency and good corporate governance."

In other words, all of you foxes need to take care as you guard your respective hen-houses. It's simply a joke. The federal government needs to take on these new "robber barons" and force them to make sure the American worker is not abused, especially at the whim of the CEO. This President has only rhetoric to use as a weapon.

"President Bush can deliver all the economic pep talks he wants, but the fact remains that his failed leadership has led to the worst job recovery on record, stagnating household incomes, a rise in poverty and record deficits,"
-Stacie Paxton, spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee

Did someone say Lobby reform?

-Noah Greenberg

The Cheney Notes

The walls appear to be closing in on Vice President Dick Cheney. And those walls have the graffiti hand-writing style of Cheney himself. We'll soon see what the devil-on-Earth does when he's asked to answer for actions that probably cost the lives of a number of people.

"Have they done this sort of thing before? Send an Amb. [sic] to answer a question? Do we ordinarily send people out pro bono to work for us? Or did his wife send him on a junket?"
-Cheney, in notes written in the column of the Joe Wilson editorial in the new York Times "What I didn't find in Africa"

Allow me to answer those questions posed by the Vice President (or is he merely "The President in charge of Vice?):

CHENEY: Have they done this thing before? Send an Amb. [sic] to answer a question?
MADMAN: I certainly hope so. All intelligence can't possibly come from agents alone. As all CIA, MI5, Mosad, and a host of other nation's intelligence officers already know, you use whatever sources you can to discover, prove or disprove what you need to, or already know, even if that information comes "pro bono" from a former Ambassador (during Republican administrations, too, I might add).
Cheney must feel that any intelligence which comes without a hefty price tag from a source whose only agenda appears to be the betterment and protection of the nation, must not be worth the money not spent on it. There can be no doubt that the only think the VP wants to hear is the means which produces a preferred end result.
Just take a look at what the Bushies now call the "bad intelligence" which led us into Iraq in the first place. There can be no doubt that it came from, and at the request of an administration who only listened to information which led to their already chosen conclusion.

CHENEY: Do we ordinarily send people out pro bono to work for us? Or did his wife send him on a junket?"
MADMAN: I know that the GOP are used to junkets to play golf at St. Andrews in Scotland or to places like The Cayman Islands, where they can visit their untraceable bribes. I also know that the GOP is used to junkets which will allow the removal of workers' rights, as is what happened in The Northern Mariana Islands after an Abramoff-provided junket for then House majority leader Tom DeLay (REPUBLICAN-TX), who now faces numerous charges in Austin, Texas. But this trip to central Africa was anything but a GOP-type junket, or pleasure trip (which appears to be how Cheney meant it).

The CIA asked a trusted undercover operative if her husband, a former ambassador would perform an act in the national interest. His prize wasn't the thanks of a nation but the outing of his wife's CIA status and her retirement from the agency.

Cheney is nothing but a thug with power. We should all hope that this trial of his former "right arm" leads to his impeachment.

-Noah Greenberg

On Virginia's Further Intrusion into Our Bedrooms - On Divorce

I've been married for more than 20 years to the same man, which is a kind of record among my generation of sisters. Jimmy is my first husband and we are still in love.

But I believe that it is my passionate belief in divorce that has kept me on my toes to make my marriage work. It's a paradox but I think recognizing the fragility of love makes people work harder to keep it intact.

I believe in divorce because there are just couples that should not have gotten married and that make themselves and their children totally miserable. I don't mean because of stupid things like developing different interests or wanting more money or a more sexy and "exciting" life. I mean couples that are abusive and insensitive.

As the product of a bad marriage, I believe in marriage but I also believe in divorce. And I also want Big Government out of my bedroom.

-Billie M. Spaight

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-Noah Greenberg