Saturday-Sunday, November 5-6, 2005
The death count now is at 2,045.
Wounded - 1,5353
Iraqi Civilian Deaths - 26,797
It's time to end this and bring our troops home.
-Sean (Mr. Blue Sky)
A Bush Quote in the Lead
Another Hypocrisy Moment
The competing vision of the World "seeks to roll back the democratic progress of the past two decades by playing to fear, pitting neighbor against neighbor and blaming others for their own failures to provide for the people,"
-"G"lobal :"W"arming Bush regarding three upcoming elections in South America
Hey! Wait a minute there, Georgie-Boy. Isn't that what you've spent the last five years doing to US right here in America?
The Truth Escapes Forrester
"The medical community, I think, is very clear that the way to go is adult stem cell research,"
-Forrester, in response to a debate question (September 20, 2005), as to whether he supports fetal stem cell research
"adult stem cells are where the smart money is."
-Forrester from that same debate
"The idea that we're going to deal with certain diseases with adult stem cells is 'delusional.'"
-Jon Corzine, in response to Forrester, from that same debate
"What I have found is that -- I think it's more clear today than it was two months ago -- that the embryonic stem-cell research isn't going anywhere."
-Forrester, to the Newark Star-Ledger (nj.com)
"I've made my position very clear, that, full-speed ahead with embryonic and adult stem-cell research. The ethical reservations have been surpassed by science. God bless the medical scientists."
-Forrester, from the Newark Star-Ledger (nj.com - "Forrester reverses field, backs stem-cell research")
So... funny thing... During the last debate on Saturday, November 5, Gabe Pressman, the Channel Four (NYC) political reporter and analyst that has been there for decades, and the only one asking the questions, asked the two candidates for New Jersey Governor, a very simple question: "What are your views on FETAL stem cell research?"
Senator Corzine, who has always supported Fetal Stem Cell Research reiterated his stance on that support. He wants to bring more jobs into New Jersey by helping to fund its research. This way New Jersey doesn't loose these new research and other jobs to places like California and Massachusetts, whose state governments support similar measures.
Then it was Doug Forrester's turn. He said he supports Fetal Stem Cell research and he always has.
I was shocked!
Senator Corzine was the first to notice Forrester's flip-flop on the issue. Corzine also reminded his "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party challenger of his statement in regard to Fetal Stem Cell research:
Forrester said, in regard to President Bush's stance on refusing to support Fetal Stem Cell research, that the "president got it right."
Forrester insisted that he had always held the view that Fetal Stem Cells was the way to go.
I was stunned. It was an OBVIOUS LIE.
Then it was Gabe Pressman's turn. He also informed Forrester if his past remarks and his stance AGAINST Fetal Stem Cell research. Forrester held fast to his lie.
Doug Forrester really is a disciple of "G"lobal "W"arming Bush and his "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party. Like them, he will say anything... tell any lie... refuse to admit any mistake in order to get himself elected.
Unlike Forrester, Senator Corzine came prepared. He not only knew what he had said in the past, but he also knew what Forrester said in the Past. After all, one of them had to.
It's like an old
friend once said to me, "In order to be an effective
liar, you need to have a great memory." Obviously, Doug Forrester's memory isn't
Either Doug Forrester was lying or his positions change so much that even he and his handlers can't keep up.
Keeping the President "Clean"
"[Karl Rove] wasn't involved. The president knows he wasn't involved. ... It's simply not true."
-White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan regarding Karl "The Traitor" Rove
One might wonder how the president could be so sure.
I am "not going to get into conversations that the president has with advisers,"
Let's remember that McClellan was the guy who was also sure that Rove and Libby had nothing to do with the leak previously because THEY TOLD HIM SO.
Naive? Maybe. A hack? Certainly. A Lying fink? Most definitely. Scott McClellan fits right in with these liars and crooks.
Ever wonder why Ari Fleischer REALLY left the White House?
We do, however, know that Rove was one of Matthew Cooper of Time Magazine's sources. We know that because Matthew Cooper told US so, and "The Traitor" hasn't denied it. In fact, if it weren't for Rove and his lawyers plea to provide evidence of his innocence, Rove would have been indicted along with the other traitor, "Scooter" Libby.
Could that be one of the reasons that the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll had the approval rating of "G"lobal "W"arming Bush down at the 40 percent area? Could that be why 58 percent of those Americans polled viewed him as dishonest and untrustworthy?
"not only what is legal but what is right, not just what the lawyers allow but what the public deserves,"
-Bush's pledge to the country in 2001
Let's also remember the shift in the Bush "leak" policy from firing anyone who was "involved in" a leak of classified information to anyone who "committed a crime."
Is it a crime if the criminal is pardoned, Mr. Bush? If not, then you could hire him back again.
"The president, politically at least, has an obligation to say something to the American people to get some clarity about what did they know and what did they say,"
-Representative Rahm Emanuel (D-IL)
What Rep. Emanuel doesn't realize is that this president, and this administration don't play by the rules. The only "obligation" they take seriously is the one they feel they owe to big corporations and other "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party hacks.
Remember, prior to his being named the Reagan ticket in 1980, George Herbert Walker Bush (or Bush 41) was considered the biggest party hack of all.
"It's a long way from the Veep's office to the Oval. No one has ever hinted that President Bush was involved in this or was even aware of it. I really don't think the issue will have legs beyond the next couple of weeks."
-Rich Galen, a Republican consultant
Way to go out on a limb, Richie. But, let's examine that little quote. Doesn't it sound like a warning aimed at Cheney himself? Now that the Vice President's office is on trial, and let's face it, his office IS on trial, there is doubt placed on Cheney himself. How could someone as close to the Veep as his chief of staff not have bothered to discuss matters with his boss? There is more than a hint that, if Mr. Cheney is implicated, he will go down as a sacrifice.
I doubt that Cheney cares about anything more than his own, personal bottom line, so even if he is implicated, indicted, tried and convicted of the crime of outing a CIA operative, there will be no major change in his life or lifestyle. Is there any one person out there who thinks that President Bush wouldn't pardon him in order to "end this sad note in our nation's history?" If Gerald Ford did it for Richard Nixon, you could bet your bottom dollar that Georgie-Boy will do it for Mr. "Go <F---> Yourself."
Personally, I believe that this is nothing more than "Daddy Bush", or "41", getting his old friends to bail out "Junior" again. This is yet another "get ready to pass the buck" Bush moment. It appears that the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party really DO eat their young. They're about to serve Vice President Dick "Go <F---> Yourself" Cheney on a platter. Maybe they eat their old, too.
"The president's job approval long term is driven by Iraq and the economy much more than this leak stuff,"
-Charlie Black, a Republican strategist
That's right Chuckie. If you don't acknowledge it, it can't possible hurt you.
It reminds me of the Looney Toons cartoon where Wiley E. Coyote hears a train whistle in the background. By the time he turns his head to see it, his only option left is to close the window shade and take the blow.
Is that a train whistle I hear Chuckie? Woo-woo.
Hubris, bad decisions and the callous disregard for the people of the United States are what define the administration of George W. Bush
Bush Going Nowhere
"The way you earn credibility with the American people is to set a clear agenda that everybody can understand, an agenda that relates to their lives, and get the job done, and the agenda that I'm working on now is one that is important to the American people."
-"G"lobal "W"arming Bush's way of answering questions about his falling poll numbers and the Plame/ Traitor-Gate Leak case
An agenda? We are into the fifth year of an eight year term (some might call it a siege) and this guy doesn't have an agenda yet? When is Bush going to put an agenda together that doesn't cost the American middle class jobs, money or the lives of their children?
We know that his pledge to "fire anybody" who had anything to do with the leak case is a lie. After all, Karl "The Traitor" Rove is still in the office just down the hall, isn't he? Has his top secret credentials been revoked yet? If Rove is indicted, will he be fired? If he is not to be fired, will President Bush even see fit to take away his top secret clearance?
"The investigation on Karl as you know is not completed. Therefore I will not comment about him and/or the investigation."
"I understand the anxiety and angst by the press corps to talk about this. On the other hand it's a serious investigation and we take it seriously, and we're cooperating to the extent that the special prosecutor wants us to cooperate,"
The American people are angry. The American people want answers. We all know that it was lies which led the Children of America to their deaths and dismemberment in Iraq by now. We want to know what you are going to do about it. We want you to tell Rove to step aside while this whole thing gets cleared up or he is put in jail. Karl Rove is a distraction this country doesn't need right now. Citing a not yet completed investigation is simply copping out.
If President Bush feels he can't handle the job of being president without the likes of Karl "The Traitor" Rove, then perhaps he rally can't handle the job at all. Perhaps he never could. Perhaps Georgie-Boy should step aside himself rather than let the nation wallow in his problems.
What happens if Rove is indicted? What happens if Rove is convicted? Will GW simply pardon his "brain", Rove? If he pardons Rove, will he then allow his top political advisor access to the most sensitive areas of the White House? Can we really feel safe in this situation?
GW's approval rating has fallen to such depths that those fervent supporters of him and his policies could meet comfortably in the basement of the nearest Denny's. Even with his huge arsenal of WMD's (Weapons of Mass Distraction), the president can't force the sight of the nation off the greed and corruption and vengeance that was done for, and to, the American people.
The Bird Flu
The Quagmire in Iraq
The failure to capture Osama bin-Laden
Rising Gas Prices
The Terror color-coded alerts
The loss of disposable income for the middle class
The list goes on and on.
51 percent of Americans now disapprove of the way Bush is handling terrorism. Hey... Isn't that what got him re-elected in the first place?
Georgie-Boy Bush may have been the kind of guy you would like to sit down in a bar and have a drink with, but now he has become the town drunk... and a dry drunk at that.
Thoughts on Patrick Fitzgerald
No one is saying anything bad about Special Council Patrick J. Fitzgerald. No one is complaining about his contributions to either Republican or Democratic causes. Fitzgerald seems to be the perfect guy to investigate Traitor-Gate, the traitorous affair that involves the Vice President's office and, more than likely, the man closest to President Bush, Karl "The Traitor" Rove.
If you wonder why, just look at the following quotes:
"If he played his cards any closer to the vest, they'd be in his underwear."
-a friend and attorney who works with Fitzgerald in Chicago
"He's that really strict judge that everyone fears, not because they think he's going to do the wrong thing, but because they're afraid he might do the right thing,"
-a source with White House ties, on condition of anonymity, regarding Fitzgerald
"Pat takes the same approach to all his cases. He works them harder and knows them better than any soul on the planet. I'll sometimes ask Pat a question about something in my district. Not only will I get an e-mailed answer dated at 2 o'clock in the morning, but it will go on for three single-spaced pages."
-Chuck Rosenberg, U.S. attorney in Houston
"He keeps the investigation within the team,"
-Fitzgerald's friend from Chicago
"The basic thing is he was enormously fair. There were no threats, just a discussion of how to solve this dilemma. He understood. He never pressured me."
-Walter Pincus, who is one of the reporters who received the name of Valerie Plame
"It's not personal. It's my job."
-Fitzgerald to Dick Sauber, an attorney for Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper
-Casey Sweet and Noah Greenberg
House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) Linked To Abramoff
In June 2003, House Speaker Dennis Hastert sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton urging her to act in favor of clients of the scandal-plagued lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported yesterday that investigators believe that Abramoff and his staff provided the congressmen with the letter's text.
Three other representatives, including former House Majority leader Tom DeLay and the current majority leader Roy Blunt, co-signed the letter. Both DeLay and Blunt have close ties to Abramoff and have received thousands of dollars from his clients.
The letter endorsed a view of gambling law that would block the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians from opening a casino nearby one owned by the Coushattas, an Abramoff client.
In September 2004, the Washington Post quoted V. Heather Sibbison, a lobbyist at the time for the Jena Band: "I have never seen a letter like that before. It was incredibly unusual for that group of people, who do not normally weigh in on Indian issues, to express such a strong opinion about a particular project not in any of their home states."
According to FEC reports, since 1999 Hastert has taken $49,000 from American Indian tribes while they were Jack Abramoff's clients. On June 3, 2003, Hastert held a fundraiser at Signatures, a Washington restaurant owned by Abramoff. He did not pay for the space until more than two years later, when Business Week began an in-depth investigation into use of Signatures.
Considerable attention has been given to the Plame leak with justification. But, the scandals emanating from the lobbyist Abramoff spread far and wide. Dirty money made it's way into a number of GOP hands. Keep following this story as it's going to explode.
-Forwarded and Commented by Robert Scardapane
Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) Linked To Abramoff
"Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio's 18th Congressional District has been subpoenaed for his involvement with lobbyist Jack Abramoff."
"Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio has been subpoenaed to provide documents and testimony related to the government's investigation of indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff."
-The DNC Blog
Ney took an Abramoff-sponsored golf trip to Scotland in 2002. Senate Indian Affairs Committee investigators, meanwhile, found an e-mail from Abramoff claiming Ney had promised to help a Texas Indian tribe reopen a closed casino and subsequent e-mails directing the tribe to pay Ney $32,000.
In 2000, Ney entered comments in the Congressional Record criticizing the owner of some casino boats Abramoff wanted to purchase. In all three cases, Ney said, Abramoff had misled him.
In response to, "The issue of polygamy doesn't seem to bother the people of Utah too much, so my question is this: Why does what other people do in other areas of the country bother the people of Utah so much? Whereas what Judge Steed is doing "in the privacy of his own home" IS illegal, what many people involved in long term, same-sex relationships do 'in the privacy of THEIR own home' is not illegal," Rhian writes:
Uh. . . .just so you know, Steed would not technically be a "fundamentalist mormon."
(Note: the use of the term "Fundamentalist Mormon" was Judge steed's term, not Madman's -NG)
People who belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, commonly referred to as 'Mormons' DO NOT believe in having more than one wife. Nor do they believe in multiple husbands for one woman. This church is based on belief in Jesus Christ. They are mainstream Christians but not evangelicals of the type based at the capitol in DC.
Steed would be a member of what is basically a cult, practicing polygamy in very small numbers in Colorado City and Joseph City, formerly called the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ. Originally they were a splinter group of the original church, established by Joseph Smith in the late 1800's, in New York.
The cult that is NOT the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is now called the FLDS church and is currently being investigated for crimes of bigamy and illegal behavior with minors by the States of Utah, Texas and Arizona.
People in Utah who read the news, are just as disapproving of the current course of the Bush administration as the people of the rest of the nation, and have no sympathies for men who, by manipulation and brainwashing, victimize women and girls with polygamous living situations.
Warren Jeffs, the head of the FLDS church is in hiding pending arrest and if Steeds is breaking the laws of bigamy, he will also be indicted for that crime, in Utah, where having more than one wife, is against the law.
No man can retain membership in the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, if he breaks the law, including bigamy.
PS- -Same sex relationships are biological dead ends, and decried by the Pope, as well as the Bible. Thirty years ago they were categorized by the psychiatric community as caused by a disease of the mind. It is possible that homosexuality is not 'okay' or 'cute' or 'a more sophisticated lifestyle' It's possible that it's just wrong. There is such a thing as 'wrong.'
In response to Lucretia Hunt's work on Utica, NY's recall amendment, and "Thomas Jefferson would have been proud of you," Robert Scardapane writes:
A recall amendment is an absolutely great idea. Now, can we get a recall amendment for the Prez .
Hey, Noah - How Ya Doing?
I enjoyed the time in Washington (the march against the Iraq war)--Sunday (The day after) was really nice, much calmer, better weather--went to a bunch of memorials. I was very impressed with the FDR memorial... first time I saw it.
I just wanted to comment on newsletter. The things covered are very good and relevant. They're also enjoyable.
Did you ever think there would be so much material? unbelievable the things going on. One thing to thank "Dubya" for--lots to criticize.
I e-mailed a fairly new customer in Buenos Aires today (no close relationship) and really had to fight the temptation to ask them to offer Bush a job and a work visa so he could stay. Unfortunately, professionalism won out and I didn't say anything.
Just felt like saying hello.
Thank's Mike -NG
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