Today's Note from a Madman
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Quotes in the Lead
"Republicans need to stop pretending it doesn’t matter if the Administration stretched the truth beyond recognition and start working to find the real answers the country deserves — and the real leadership our troops in Iraq deserve from a Commander in Chief, not just a Campaigner in Chief."
-Senator John Kerry (D-MA)
-Forwarded by Robert Scardapane
"I don't think you're going to see headline breakthroughs,"
-National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley regarding President "G"lobal "W"arming Bush's trip to Asia
Ah, Grasshopper... You learned well from your mentor, Condoleezza Rice. How low can one set expectations before there are no expectations at all? If there are no expectations then why bother to make the trip?
On a trip that includes China, a nation that we owe a staggering amount of money to, not to mention a nation that we have an incredible negative trade balance with (Bush will also go to Japan, South Korea and Mongolia), Mr. Hadley tells US not to expect headline breakthroughs. How about doing something about the trade imbalance? how about tariffs China puts on the minimal amount of goods we ship them as they enjoy the open borders for their imports into the United States?
Just what is this multi-million dollar trip going to accomplish, other than a few photo-ops Mr. President?
"I believe the United States should begin drawing down forces in Iraq beginning next year."
-Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
What a bold statement from a Republican. No doubt that Senator Hagel views his chances in the 2008 "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party's presidential sweepstakes as depending on moments of telling the American people what they want to hear. But stating that he wants a timetable to begin the troops pullout of Iraq was, nonetheless, a bold statement.
The question is then, why did Senator Hagel vote against that very idea in the senate just moments earlier?
Just another Hypocrisy moment by a member of the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party, I guess. Tell them what they want to hear then vote the other way.
Way to go Chuck.
Changing the Truth
"They spoke the truth then and they're speaking politics now,"
-"G"lobal "W"arming Bush, regarding the Democrats in congress that voted to give him the power to go to war
Don't let them do it.
"Some Democrats who voted to authorize the use of force are now rewriting the past. They're playing politics with this issue and they are sending mixed signals to our troops and the enemy. That is irresponsible."
Don't give in to the temptation.
"Reasonable people can disagree about the conduct of the war but it is irresponsible for Democrats to now claim that we misled them and the American people,"
This is what they do
best when their backs are up against the wall. They change the subject and go on
the defensive. In this case, they're attempting to shift the blame for their bad
policies and horrible decisions to the minority party. In effect, they're
saying, "The Democrats had the chance to stop all of this." That's a bunch of
"The truth is that investigations of the intelligence on Iraq have concluded that only one person manipulated evidence and misled the world — and that person was Saddam Hussein,"
Let's review: The President and the White House Iraq Group (WHIG), whose stated purpose was to get into Iraq and take charge hand-picked the intelligence that they wanted to be true, whether it was true or not, and presented it to the House, Senate, the United Nations and the American people as fact.
The president and his "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party cronies decided what is pertinent and what wasn't. In short, the president and his people "fixed" the intelligence around their conclusion. They knew what their ends were and they would use any means to get there.
Remember, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke to the United Nations and presented them with drawings of tractor trailers and train cars with the cut-out showing mobile chemical and biological weapons labs. Amazing that no one has ever uncovered one of these labs isn't it?
The president is great at saying he gave the Democrats the same information he had himself. That's one of those "mispeaks" or "misquotes" or, as I like to call it, an out-and-out LIE. When the 9/11 commission asked for all of the same information that Bush and Vice President Dick "Go <F---> Yourself" Cheney had, they were initially turned away.
"The war in Iraq was and remains one of the great acts of misleading and deception in American history,"
-Senator John Kerry (D-MA)
I say it IS the worst, Senator Kerry.
The American People don't want to be lied to by their leaders. Worse than that, when the president lies, and is caught, they want him to take the blame for his actions.
This is just another version of the "Bush passed buck."
Don't let them do it. Let this be the last response. Let the American people decide and throw these liars and thieves out of office beginning in 2006.
More on Bush's Lies
The legions of responsible, senior career military, intelligence, and diplomatic folks who adamantly opposed our incursion into Iraq before the invasion provided ample evidence to the administration and to the public about the absence of WMDs, the short-sightedness of the neo-con strategic approach, and to the risks to national security inherent in their adventures.
Those data are easy
enough to research and validate. Those who would argue otherwise seem to be
undaunted by the evidence. Doctrinaire allegiance to the hype is easier and, I
suppose, provides a high-level of self-satisfaction and sense of righteousness.
Let us not confuse ourselves with the facts! The
administration doesn't, hasn't and won't be accountable for its
misrepresentation of the data, nor for the failures of its policies.
Critical thought and contrary evidence get in the way of other agendas.
The 2006 GOP Strategy
It's all George W. Bush's Fault
Doug Forrester, in his first post-election interview, laid the blame for his loss in the governor's race last week directly at the feet of President Bush. He said the public's growing disaffection with Bush, especially after Hurricane Katrina, made it impossible for his campaign to overcome the built-in advantage Democrats have in a blue state like New Jersey.
"If Bush's numbers were where they were a year ago, or even six months ago, I think we would have won on Tuesday," Forrester said. "Katrina was the tipping point."
Forrester sat for the interview yesterday, on a crisp and sunny fall morning, at his house on the Manasquan River in Brielle.
He answered questions for two hours in a candid and free-ranging discussion over coffee and powdered-sugar doughnuts at a burled dining room table made of petrified wood and zebrawood.
Four days removed from the campaign, he wore denim jeans and boots, with a blue suede jacket over a crisp white shirt. He looked a bit bruised and battered, but clearly was unbowed.
"I don't think that there's any candidate that has ever received such a pounding," he said.
New Jersey Democratic senatorial candidates for Jon Corzine's senate seat beware - Doug Forrester isn't dead yet. -NG
Thanks to my father, I've never bought from Exxon/Mobil in my life, except once when I started to run outta gas, got off an interstate and couldn't find more than one service station--then felt guilty for weeks giving five bucks to Exxon.
After reading "Queen of the Muckrakers" Ida Mae Tarbell's 1904 HISTORY OF STANDARD OIL during his 10 years as a young runaway-from-home, some time between age 13 and 23, Dad took a vow and kept it. He lived to 78 and never bought a drop of gas or oil from any company that was ever associated with Standard Oil-- not just Standard but Esso, Socony, Exxon, Mobil, all their various aliases and subsidiaries. He kept that old yellowed book in his office, read it over & over until it fell apart some time in the 1950s, and didn't bother to buy another copy since he had the best parts memorized.
Dad raised me up with useful social-political opinions gleaned from his LaFollette Progressive Republican views. One of them was to despise John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil. In fact, he was deeply suspicious of the whole oil company lash-up, including ignoramus Texas millionaires who were nothing in the brains department, just lucky enough to have some land on which oil was discovered. Dad used to nickname those near-illiterates "the REAL crude" and it's their empty-souled descendants who rule this administration. Dad would growl to think of them setting policy for America! I hope he's distracting himself from their antics up in heaven, spending his time with other duffers on the celestial links, learning how to play golf properly--Mom's definition of "eternity".
In response to, "I would like to see Democrats adopt a slogan like 'God Bless Everyone—No Exceptions!'”, Dorothy Schwartz writes:
That's my bumper sticker, except it says "God Bless the World. No Exceptions." A Pakistani gas station attendant expressed great appreciation for that sticker one day.
In response to Jenny Hanniver's, "The us-against-them mentality of the Bush Administration and the French government isn't working. It is only exacerbating an already extreme and precarious situation," Rhian writes:
As horrible as the Bush administration is, I find it unfortunate that Jenny Hanniver's columns do nothing but muddy the waters of opposition to it, that should be presented as clearly as crystal for readers.
She does not seem to have even the most rudimentary knowledge of history of the peoples of Islam, nor is she able to restrain herself from comparison of apples and oranges in order to conclude on a point about watermelons.
One of the first things she fails to recognize is the historical adamant intent of even the most peaceful of members of Islam. They recognize only two houses, the house of Islam and the house of war. Period. They have taken this course for over two thousand years with other peoples without exception. They may be permitted to effect a temporary truce, for breeding purposes, by fatwa issuing from the highest representative of their 'religion', but cannot agree to peaceful co-existence with non-Muslims, who are considered the Infidel, or, the great Satan. Islam is the 'religion' which insists that Christians, not only the evangelical wackos in DC but the real Christians who live by the credo, 'do unto others as you would have others do unto you'; in practicality is, the legion of Satan.
When you put gas in your car and grab a snack at the local convenience market, the Arab Muslim who works there, considers you to be inferior, an enemy, and someone to kill when jihad is called, even though you are a citizen of the US, on your own soil, and they are holding down a job, taking US money, in the country on a visa, maybe expired.
Islam is the avowed enemy of Israel, who are proclaimed throughout Christian scriptures to be the chosen people of Jesus Christ, even though they do not accept his birth to Mary in the meridian of time.
The people of Islam are incapable of thinking in secular terms. They do not understand life as we know it. They are wholly 'religious' driven, and driven thereby to eliminate by violence everyone who is not Muslim.
There are no deals that can be made with Islam. The principals of democracy mean nothing to them, except a weakness that can be exploited to their own purposes for the elimination of Christians, of Israel, and of every other tenet that is not Islamic.
While it is not our job to be the policeman of the world with our military, a point made by Diane Rhem almost every day during her radio talk show, it is evident with research, that everything Bush has done by policy has furthered and empowered the more violent faction of Islam.
Israel is being dismantled by Condoleezza Rice, on orders from her lord and savior George W. Bush. Millions of Christians know that this alone spells doom for the United States of America, by religious doctrine, but there are as many more destructive secular things the Bush administration has done, as Scheherazade told tales.
The fact is, that it is not the Americans and the French with the us-against-them mentality. It is the Muslims who perpetuate this against all who would dare to live as other than Muslim, as free to make personal choices based on individual want.
Bush/Cheney are thugs, true, and I personally hope they rot with disease from the inside out, Rummy too. However, Islam has been turning on host countries with violence, for any reason they can come up with, at the 22% saturation rate of immigration, since they were organized as the religion of the goat cult, over 2000 years ago. It is a historical fact (Easy to find, Jenny).
The current riots, violence and whining has nothing to do with the Bush administration. The Bush administration is just the most recent excuse. Bush's most horrible mistake was elevating any of their rabble to the level of worthy of war with the United States of America.
A military cannot fight crime, without becoming criminals. Some of Congress and mid-echelon military commanders are beginning to learn this very hard lesson. Meanwhile, we in America need to stop giving any benefit of doubt to Islam. They fight to the death and actually respect an enemy only if they take no prisoners, pull no punches. They laugh at our pity and our hope that they can be elevated in their lifestyles with democracy. It is a ridiculous thought to them.
Meanwhile, the Bush-thug better define what constitutes a victory in Iraq, get it done and get out. The US is next for those rioters and sleeper cells are everywhere in America, thanks to the inability of our government to secure it's borders.
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