Friday - Sunday, November 11-13, 2005
Quotes in the Lead
"I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover if there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected Him from your city. And don't wonder why He hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that's the case, don't ask for His help because he might not be there."
-Pat "Killer" Robertson speaking to The citizens of Dover, PA after they rejected Intelligent Design as a science topic... Out came one of the nuttiest right wing nuts of all
Pat Robertson is a hateful person who has no place in either politics or religion.
"So many minority youths had volunteered that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like myself." --Tom DeLay, explaining at the 1988 GOP convention why he and vice presidential nominee Dan Quayle did not fight in the Vietnam War
-Tom DeLay on Veterans Day
The philosopher Bertrand Russell said of World War I, "All this madness, all this rage, all this flaming death of our civilization and our hopes, has been brought about because a set of official gentlemen, living luxurious lives, mostly stupid, and all without imagination or heart, have chosen that it should occur rather than that any one of them should suffer some infinitesimal rebuff to his country's pride."
-The philosopher Bertrand Russell, referring to World War I
I've piggy-backed these quotes from Tom Delay and Bertrand Russell. Delay's is arrogance personified! He implies that, somehow, minority youths were UNpatriotic by volunteering! Although, in truth, most were probably drafted.
Russell, on the other hand, gave us a shrewd succinct analysis not only of World War One, but of Vietnam and Iraq.
-Forwarded from Jim Wright and Mike Landrum by Jenny Hanniver
I say it isn't to late for Tom DeLay. He should offer his service to the US Armed Forces now. They let convicts enter the army rather than serve out prison terms, don't thy? -NG
Scooter "The Pervert" Libby
Is anyone else deeply disturbed by this? Here is a "man" who not only writes gratuitous porn involving bestiality, pedophilia, and centers around a young woman kept in a cage to sexually service bears, but is a key figure in a religiously insane administration that's doing it's damnedest to quash women's rights and their sexual self-determination.
Why wasn't he investigated by the FBI before he was given such a high level government position? (Come to think of it, it's the same administration that was found to have the closely-held reporter with the homosexual prostitution website - he wasn't cleared by the FBI either.
-Name Withheld, forwarded by David W.
I think it's worse than described. If I remember correctly, the "woman" is 9 or 10 years old. I'm familiar with the insane male sex drive, but bears raping little kids in cages goes a little too far.
Remember, Dick Cheney's shrew wrote a lesbian novel - why? - perhaps a fantasy about her daughter?
Sidebar: Last year's Randi Rhodes Year End "Best Of" on AAR? They told her Lynn Cheney wrote a lesbian novel and Randi bet a staffer $1000 he was lying. Turns out she lost that bet and had to pay. Trust me, she got $1000 worth of giggling out of if, and read parts on her show - it was damn funny.
But fantasies of bears raping children isn't all that funny - what's wrong with these "Christians?" Jesus didn't fantasize about raping children? (Changed -Ed)
Republicans have the same problems as (those Pedophile) priests - to them sex is "dirty" so they repress their sex drive but then it explodes in all the wrong places, like an altar boy's rectum or Jeff Gannon's waterbed.
...and they say liberals are weird about sex?
The people who aren't getting any are the weirdoes.
Suicide Death of a Veteran Leads to Saving Other Vets (A Little Late)
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday it plans to dump a review of 72,000 veterans who receive monthly disability payments for mental trauma from war. The V.A. pulled the plug a month after a Vietnam veteran in New Mexico, agitated over the review, shot himself to death.
As Salon first reported in August, the V.A. launched the review after a department inspector general report found inconsistencies in some files of some veterans who were getting full disability payments for post-traumatic stress disorder. The report suggested that veterans had been lying about their war experiences and faking mental trauma to get benefit checks. But as the review got underway, it turned out that the V.A. had, in fact, messed up the files all by itself.
"The problems with these files appear to be administrative in nature, such as missing documents, not fraud," V.A. Secretary R. James Nicholson said in a statement Thursday. "In the absence of evidence of fraud, we're not going to put our veterans through the anxiety of a widespread review of their disability claims. Instead, we're going to improve our training for V.A. personnel who handle disability claims and toughen administrative oversight."
"Already we have seen some tragic results" from the V.A.'s plans, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said Thursday at a press conference. Obama was referring to Greg Morris, 57, a Vietnam veteran, who on Oct. 8 was found by his wife, Ginger, in their home in Chama, N.M. Lying at Morris' side were a gun and his Purple Heart medal. Morris had been receiving monthly V.A. benefits in compensation for PTSD. Next to his gun and medal was a folder of information on the V.A. review.
-as forwared by Jenny Hanniver from a Salon.com article titled "A good day for veterans"
Why do innocent people always seem to have to DIE before a few Republigoons stop saying "DUHHH? Maybe we should'na oughta do that!" Are they merely abysmally stupid? Maybe they're morally dead? Both, since most of the ones in this administration NEVER seem to catch on.
And Salon's headline writer got suckered. I don't see that this is such a "good" day for Iraq vets with mental trauma, a higher percentage than in any previous war.
Read the next to last paragraph. Looks as if the bar for getting PTSD benefits is being raised through "training" of claims representatives--very likely raised a lot higher, denying benefits to many who needs them, if the Republigoon record on maltreatment of veterans is anything to go on!
One wonders when the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party finally privatize everything, what the new, corporately owned army would have done with these 72,000 veterans. -NG
A confidential memo circulating among senior Republican leaders suggests that a new attack by terrorists on U.S. soil could reverse the sagging fortunes of President George W. Bush as well as the GOP and "restore his image as a leader of the American people."
The closely-guarded memo lays out a list of scenarios to bring the Republican party back from the political brink, including a devastating attack by terrorists that could "validate" the President's war on terror and allow Bush to "unite the country" in a "time of national shock and sorrow." The memo says such a reversal in the President's fortunes could keep the party from losing control of Congress in the 2006 midterm elections.
GOP insiders who have seen the memo admit it's a risky strategy and point out that such scenarios are "blue sky thinking" that often occurs in political planning sessions.
"The President's popularity was at an all-time high following the 9/11 attacks," admits one aide. "Americans band together at a time of crisis."
Other Republicans, however, worry that such a scenario carries high risk, pointing out that an attack might suggest the President has not done enough to protect the country.
"We also have to face the fact that many Americans no longer trust the President," says a longtime GOP strategist. "That makes it harder for him to become a rallying point."
The memo outlines other scenarios, including:
--Capture of Osama bin Laden (or proof that he is dead);
--A drastic turnaround in the economy;
--A "successful resolution" of the Iraq war.
-From Capitol Hill Blue's, FUBAR, By DOUG THOMPSON
Excuse me, the GOP hopes for another terror attack just to boost Bush's ratings? That is truly revolting.
The GOP better be careful about such a political strategy because they will be blamed if another attack occurs. Bush wasted valuable resources on a vendetta against Hussein. He did nothing about Bin Laden who planned 9/11.
And, without seeing Robert's post, David W. writes the following:
If George W. Bush had sat down and deliberately planned to endanger the future security of the nation, to diminish our standing in the world, to empty the national coffers, to raise oil prices, and to imperil the lives of all Americans, both at home and abroad, for generations to come, he couldn't succeeded more completely. The simple fact is this: short of doing something completely unimaginable, like starting a nuclear war or invading Mecca, George W. Bush could not have done any worse for the United States.
GOP Has No Message - Only Rhetoric
"Republican mismanagement, disarray and indictments, plus a Democratic Party newly armed with a governing agenda for the future, could mean the end of the GOP for a generation."
Darn touting! The GOP is imploding. But, let's not celebrate but rather take time to get our message out. First off, we must agree on a message. I have written about principles right out of the Bernie Sanders (Vermont Congressman - I) playbook. Why use Bernie as a model? Simple, he wins support from a large percentage of Republicans as well as the bulk of Democrats in Vermont. That is an amazing feat. Bernie has discovered the simple fact that when you honestly address issues that matter to people, you win.
Bush's Venom... On Veterans Day
(This is one Mean, Dry Drunk)
"The stakes in the global war on terror are too high and the national interest is too important for politicians to throw out false charges,"
-"G"lobal "W"arming Bush, from his Veterans Day Speech
Sorry Mr. Prez but that dog won't hunt. The White House Iraq Group (WHIG) conducted a misinformation campaign that misled the public and it's representatives in Congress. There is no other explanation for outing Valerie Plame than revenge against Joe Wilson for trying to tell us the truth. Unfortunately, the media propaganda machine and GOP thugs in Congress, who knew more about the truth than Democrats, drowned out Joe Wilson's report.
Mr. Prez stop making idiotic speeches and start helping the Iraq Veterans who you short changed in favor of unreasonable tax cuts. Come up with a plan to actually end this mess you created.
And Harry Reid response to to Bush's Bush'es Speech
"On this Veterans Day, the President had the opportunity to honor our troops, both those who have served and those who are currently serving, by laying out a clear strategy for success in the war in Iraq. Instead, the President resorted to his old playbook of discredited rhetoric about the war on terror and political attacks as his own political fortunes and credibility diminish.
"Attacking those patriotic Americans who have raised serious questions about the case the Bush Administration made to take our country to war does not provide us a plan for success that will bring our troops home. Americans seek the truth about how the nation committed our troops to war because the decision to go to war is too serious to be entered into under faulty pretenses. While the Bush administration continues to stonewall the Congress from finding the truth about the manipulation of prewar intelligence, Democrats will continue to press for a full airing of the facts. We stand with our troops when we ask the hard questions, and with their families when we fight to get them, their families and our veterans the benefits they deserve.
"We fear Iraq has become what it was not before the war, a haven for terrorists. We can no longer simply pledge to stay the course, we must change the course. The American people are demanding a comprehensive plan and the benchmarks by which to measure our success for the war in Iraq. The president's continued refusal to provide that plan does nothing to support our troops or their families."
In response to, "Mr. Reidl, the rest of the Heritage Foundation and the members of the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party that support it don't have to worry about stuff like that. After all, it's their America and they plan on keeping it," Robert Scardapane writes:
The GOP thinks they own the country. But, we are going to prove them wrong in the years ahead. I have a hint for the DNC about formulating a Democratic set of principles. Go talk to Bernie Sanders. He already has it figured out. These are Bernie's main points (no particular priority):
-Affordable universal health care
-Pensions stability including social security
-Revising the Patriot Act to respect civil liberties
-Reducing corporate control of the media
-Fair trade policy
-Ending the war in Iraq
-Protecting the environment
-Energy independence through alternative fuels
How that does sound to you? For myself, I say sign me up!
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