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October 11, 2007


Mrs. Cheney

I've never watched your show,"
-Lynn Cheney on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show"

I thought it funny for a guest coming on someone's show to sell their book to make such a statement, You'd think that, maybe, someone in the Second lady's office might have given her a tape of the show, perhaps even a show where one of her NeoCon confederates had appeared (The Weekly Standard's and Fox News' Bill Krystol is a friend and frequent guest of Jon Stewart's), just so she could have known what to expect for her appearance. But much like the President, Mrs. Cheney would rather be "briefed" than to actually watch even a few minutes of a show which might have allowed her to make an informed opinion.

It's similar to when President Bush was given his PDB (President's Daily Briefing) entitled "Osama bin-Laden Determined to Attack in the United States". He didn't read it either.

And I believe it when Ms. Cheney says she never watches the show. After all, just like the rest of the Bushies, anything to sell a book... or a war.

"You gain a lot of respect growing up in Wyoming,"
"I go to New York and - oh my God - I don't want to look anybody in the eye,"
-Cheney, on people

And that's obviously part of the problem. Much in the same way John Rocker, the former Atlanta Braves pitcher who said, "Imagine having to take the 7 Train to the ballpark, looking like you're riding through Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It's depressing," Cheney has no problem stereotyping the people of the most diverse city on the entire world. It isn't that she CAN'T look us in the eyes, she just won't. You see, in Bushworld, it's better pretend that bad things don't exist rather than try to fix them.

Cheney gave Stewart a Darth Vader doll she said was signed by her husband in "invisible ink." Stewart asked to have the Vice President on the show, but Lynn simply laughed off the request. After all, unless Brit Hume, Bill O'Reilly or any of the other cast of Fox News is conducting the VP Love-a-thon, Dick won't bother - he doesn't have to.

"Lynn, most girls are either smart and plain or --- dumb and gorgeous,"
-Lynn Cheney quoting a love letter sent to her by her husband, the Vice President of the United States

So now I get it... It's not that President Bush, VP Cheney, the GOP and their media arm, Fox News Channel don't like New York Senator and front-runner for the 2008 Presidential nomination, they just think she's too pretty to do the job. But why are some in their circles begging Condoleezza Rice to run? isn't she pleasing to the eye?

"'People are just people' - and I think that that's an attitude that Dick and I grew up with,"
-Mrs. Cheney, quoting her mother in a discussion about race

People are people. It's just that some people are rich, some are poor; some are born with health care and some aren't; and some were meant to lead while others were meant to fight the Bush administration's never-ending war. People are people.

"It took us 6 years (after the decisive battle of Yorktown - from 1781 to 1787) to write a Constitution"
-Mrs. Cheney in comparing the US Constitution and Iraq's Constitution

In other words, Iraq... What's the hurry?

What Mrs. Cheney seems to forget is: (A) is was much more difficult to get around the "colonies" in the 1700's than it is today to get around the world, and; (B) our founding fathers actually did create a federal organization in the wake of the revolution's victory. We had these things called the Continental Congress and the Articles of Confederation as a basis for a new nation. Both lacked real power, however, with the latter not allowing in any taxation to raise funds for things like our new nation's defense.

The Constitution was the brainchild of many who looked forward - like Alexander Hamilton, who represented New York and its intent to not ratify a new it; and James Madison, who arrived months before the other delegates in order to prepare for the fight of a lifetime.

But how can we expect a senior fellow in education and culture at the American Enterprise Institute.

Education? HA!


Leave it to the NeoCons to re-write American history to justify the Iraq war.

Here's how it went, Lynn:
In 1777, the second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation (ratified in 1781), which served as our nation's "Constitution" in the wake of the British defeat at Yorktown. It was our de facto Constitution until our US Constitution was ratified in 1788 (the last state to ratify was Rhode Island in 1790, but only nine of the thirteen former colonies had to ratify for its approval).

There is no one, aside from you and possibly your husband, that believes Nouri al-Maliki's government hasn't had enough time to create a Constitution for the Iraqi people. Our delegates in Philadelphia stayed in a chamber with windows closed in the middle of a heat wave; came from all over the former colonies; used their own personal fortunes - many of them ending up in debtor's prison - to help finance their new nation; spent time away from their businesses, farms and families and fought each other tooth and nail in an effort to get our Constitution done. So far, all the Iraqi government has done is to take a one-month vacation and dip their fingers in a purple ink well.

Mrs. Cheney was given a fair shake by Stewart, who has shown himself to be cordial to all of his guests (much more so than his audience - just ask Krystol). And Cheney was all too willing to peddle her book on national cable television. But really, just who in a Jon Stewart audience is going to buy that dreck?

-Noah Greenberg

More on the Frosts

By Bill Scher on October 10, 2007 - 1:41pm.

After liberal bloggers called out the conservative smear job on the Frost family, the New York Times, USA Today and Baltimore Sun picked up the story.
And all conservatives have accomplished is to shine a brighter light on the struggles of working class Americans:

From USA Today:
[Conservative b]loggers said the house was worth more than $400,000. It turns out it was bought for $55,000 in 1991 in a Baltimore neighborhood where "there were drug dealers and prostitutes on our street," Bonnie Frost said. Halsey Frost, a woodworker, did most of the renovations, which are "still not done," Bonnie said.
Bloggers said Graeme and Gemma go to private Park School, where tuition costs about $20,000. Graeme gets a scholarship, while Gemma's brain injuries were so severe that the city pays to educate her at a school for children with disabilities, the couple say.
The commercial property, which bloggers noted was bought for $160,000 in 1999, was intended to house Frostworks, Halsey's business. It folded soon after, he said - partly because of the cost of health insurance.
He has worked for small companies and is trying to restart his own business.
She works part time for a consulting firm. The couple - who have four children in all -earned about $45,000 last year, well below the $55,220 limit for a family of six set under the original SCHIP program. Maryland's program goes higher, to nearly $83,000 for a family of six. "We are struggling," Bonnie Frost said. "We live paycheck to paycheck. "
And the New York Times:
Certainly the Frosts are not destitute. They also own a commercial property, valued at about $160,000, that provides rental income. Mr. Frost works intermittently in woodworking and as a welder, while Mrs. Frost has a part-time job at a firm that provides services to publishers of medical journals. Her job does not provide health coverage.
In a telephone interview, the Frosts said they had recently been rejected by three private insurance companies because of pre-existing medical conditions. "We stood up in the first place because S-chip really helped our family and we wanted to help other families," Mrs. Frost said.
"We work hard, we're honest, we pay our taxes," Mr. Frost said, adding, "There are hard-working families that really need affordable health insurance."
This, of course, is the whole point.
You can be in a responsible working family in America today and still not be able to get health insurance. And that's why SCHIP is so critical.
SCHIP has successfully helped prevent 6 million kids, like Graeme and Gemma Frost, from going without health coverage.
The Frosts simply wanted to show the nation how SCHIP helped them deal with a tragic accident.
Conservatives didn't want people to know how SCHIP has worked, and wanted to intimidate the Frosts and others from sharing their stories.
But the opposite happened. Even more Americans know how SCHIP helped the Frosts, and the Frosts have not been intimidated.
As the Baltimore Sun reported, "Speaking from their cluttered front room yesterday, the Frosts said they would continue to advocate for government-funded health care."

-Forwarded by Robert Scardapane

In response to the job numbers, Robert Scardapane writes:

Concerning the upward revision to the August jobs report, there is this quote from the Wall Street Journal:

"Much of the revision was caused by recalibrating seasonal fluctuations in government employment, including teaching."

Recalibrating seasonal fluctuations?

Government employment?

Sounds like ... the Bushies are lying! Of course, there was a whopping rally on Wall Street the day after this revision. It's called ... creating a market!

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-Noah Greenberg