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Putting Lipstick on the Ugliest Pig of All
Today's Note From a Madman
This Is What Democracy Looks Like
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
More on Canned Scooter
“There is a cloud over the vice president,”
-Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald
The smell that cloud emanates is the essence of fire and brimstone, Mr. Fitzgerald. And that cloud is the smoke which rises from it as a by-product. If Dick Cheney isn't Satan on Earth, he surely must be his ambassador.
No charges were filed against the Vice President (or should I say the President in charge of vice?), nor was he called as a witness in an attempt to get his buddy, Scooter. off the hook. One would think that the Veep's word would have been good enough for the jury to release Libby from captivity.
I could hear it now:
CHENEY: I can't answer that question, Mr. Fitzgerald, due to national security. But trust me, Scooter did nothing wrong.
That ought to be good enough, shouldn't it? After all, the Vice President's track record is so... so... what word could I possibly be thinking of that won't make me vomit?
“The trial has been death by 1,000 cuts for Cheney. It’s hurt him inside the administration. It’s hurt him with the Congress, and it’s hurt his stature around the world because it has shown a lot of the inner workings of the White House. It peeled the bark right off the way they operate.”
-Republican strategist Scott Reed
Reed better watch himself or he'll be on the business end of a pitchfork.
But Bush doesn't have the ability, nor the desire, to ask Cheney to resign. "The Decider" could never make the decision to render his VP and chief advisor impotent in his administration. Bush would feel that it would make him appear week and, after all, it is all about appearances for these guys.
This is the presidency of Style over Substance.
What Libby, and his boss Cheney did was to put the life of at least one CIA operative in jeopardy, and they did it to punish her husband, Joe Wilson. One has to wonder how many of her contacts, informants or those who unwittingly helped her, and the US intelligence community, have lost their lives due to the vanity and vindictiveness of the Bushies.
"It was clear that what Scooter was doing in the Wilson case was at Dick’s behest. That was clear. It was clear from Dick’s notes on the Op-Ed piece (Wilson's editorial in The New York Times) that he wanted to go get Wilson. And Scooter’s not that type. He’s not a vindictive person.”
-Kenneth L. Adelman, a former Reagan administration official and former friend of both Cheney and Libby
The bottom line is this: Libby may have been the Fall Guy, but he is the guilty Fall Guy. His hands are not clean. The real problems are still out there and they occupy Blair House and the White House.
Slow Joe's No-Go Solution
Joe Lieberman's solution to the Walter Reed scandal is to shut it down Walter Reed... Can you imagine?
That's right, don't improve the facilities, don't clean up the mess, don't spend less money on renovation, don't replace the do-nothing know-nothing private employees by fully staffing with good government civil servants who had to pass tough tests to get their ratings. Just shut it down. Take away EVEN MORE medical facilities from these veterans!
And build a far more expensive replacement (in Connecticut?) to be manned by private contractors, no doubt. Which won't be finished for 7 or 8 years.
Or better still, just close down all the VA hospitals. What the hell, Joe. Why not?
I dream of legislation to draft into the military (1) all media reporters and talk show commentators, and (2) all children and grandchildren 18 years and older of federal elected officials, and (3) all federal officials, elected or appointed, named Joe, George, Dick, Paul, Michael, and some others we can think of. Then watch the scramble to end this war and clean up the VA!
Colorado has Its Very Own Solutions, Too
(Where is Tom Tancredo When You Need Him?)
Finally! Colorado has found an immigration proposal that both sides in the debate can agree on. That is, they can both agree that it's loathsome:
Ever since passing what its Legislature promoted as the nation's toughest laws against illegal immigration last summer, Colorado has struggled with a labor shortage as migrants fled the state. This week, officials announced a novel solution: Use convicts as farm workers.
....Advocates on both sides of the immigration debate said they were stunned by the proposal.
"If they can't get slaves from Mexico, they want them from the jails," said Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, which favors restrictions on immigration.
Ricardo Martinez of the Denver immigrant rights group Padres Unidos asked: "Are we going to pull in inmates to work in the service industry too? You won't have enough inmates -- unless you start importing them from Texas."
Congratulations, Colorado! You're a uniter, not a divider.
On another note, the story also reports that "more stringent requirements put into effect last year made it harder to get a driver's license." Boy howdy, is that true. A friend of ours recently moved to Colorado and has apparently been almost completely unable to transact any business with the state because they need multiple forms of IDs and won't accept hers. Her passport is an unacceptable form of identification. Crikey.
-submitted by Victoria Brownworth with thanks to Kevin Drum
More on Mr.(?) Coulter
Okay, just a few things I have to say about the right wing hate machine known as Ann Coulter.
Who the Hell is she and why does anyone care about what she says? She's never had any proof to back up anything she's ever said, as if she's just pulled it out of her wadded panties.
How can she call John Edwards a faggot when she herself is a transsexual. Don't tell me I'm the only one who's noticed the Adams apple.
Please, we mustn't let her get under our skin. Ann Coulter is like a chigger (the chigoe flea), we have 'em all over Texas it's a little RED bug about the size of a pinhead that burrows under the skin and makes a nasty, itchy, RED whelp. Scratching just makes it worse. It's best to leave it alone, ignore it and it will disappear in no time at all.
-Sean (Mr. Blue-Sky)
Carol F. Yost responds to Robert Chapman with:
Robert Chapman makes it sound as if healthcare for all would be fabulously expensive, and that it would be 3 times as costly as the Iraq War--that we might as well all be on beans and rice for the rest our lives paying for that.
This is absolutely not true. National single-payer healthcare would be so ridiculously less expensive than what we have now that--well, it would be 30% less. Don't forget that you won't have all those insurance company profits, copays, deductibles, insurance company and hospital administrative costs in doing all that paperwork, It would save a lot of money, on top of covering everybody in the nation. It sounds too good to be true, but it isn't. What are we waiting for?
In response to, "As Frank Rich noted on Imus in the Morning's show today, the comparisons to Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans is astonishing. There were reports regarding the Hurricane prior to its hitting the Gulf Coast and there were warnings and reports about the squalor living conditions for our hero-outpatients at Walter Reed as well. With all of the visits to our wounded troops at the Army's signature hospital, one would have thought that someone would have had to have seen something. This was not the time to keep their mouths shut," Rhian writes:
Is there any way at all to let the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan know what they will be facing when they do get back? Is there any way at all to post the truth about treatment of troops after injuries take them off the 'glorious' battlefield, at the recruiters offices?
Is there any way at all to persuade young people to stay away from the military, as if it were a botulism?
If there is, let me know, I'll do it.
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