Ungodly Politics

"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearingen


Tuesday, August 31, 2004  

General McPeak speaking about the purple heart bandages the scum at the RNC are wearing.

posted by lazarus | 18:46 | |
 

Resolute. Stay the course. No waffling:

"The Justice Department has asked a judge to throw out the convictions of a suspected terror cell in Detroit because of prosecutorial misconduct, reversing course in a case the Bush administration once hailed as a major victory in the war on terrorism, legal sources said Tuesday."

posted by lazarus | 18:18 | |


Monday, August 30, 2004  

Yet more evidence that this administration is nothing but heartless bastards.

The Bush administration is locked in a rare election-year fight with fellow Republicans in the Senate over a troubled program for tens of thousands of weapons plant workers who got sick building nuclear bombs.

The lawmakers say they don't understand why the administration is blocking a Senate-passed amendment to the defense bill that would overhaul a compensation program bogged down by delays and other problems.

"I can't fully understand what their resistance is," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who is in a tough re-election battle in Alaska. "We've been hammered by our constituents." ..

"These people are sick and dying," said Terrie Barrie of Craig, Colo., whose husband was sickened while working at the former Rocky Flats plant near Denver. "The administration, the Department of Energy, is just refusing to listen."

posted by lazarus | 23:54 | |
 

Michael Moore, unlike Ann Coulter, can actually write an article about a convention and get it published, because it's cogent, intelligent, and articulate. It's also vicious in that mild, smiling, happy way only Moore can be vicious.USATODAY.com - The GOP doesn't reflect America

posted by lazarus | 23:32 | |
 

I wonder why I even bother thinking the Republicans have sunk to their lowest level yet. They always find a new depth.

"Convention-goers were handed bandages with purple hearts on them Monday night by a GOP delegate in a swipe at Democratic nominee John Kerry's war record.
The bandages were handed out by Morton Blackwell, a longtime GOP activist from Virginia, with the message: 'It was just a self-inflicted scratch, but you see I got a Purple Heart for it.'
Kerry won three Purple Hearts, a Silver Star and a bronze star for his service in the Vietnam War. A group calling itself Swift Boat Veterans for Truth has been attacking Kerry as a liar through campaign ads and media interviews, but Kerry's wartime experiences have been backed by crewmates and official records.
'It is inexcusable for a delegate to mock anyone who has ever put on a soldier's uniform,' said Democratic Chairman Terry McAuliffe. 'It is inexcusable to mock service and sacrifice.'"
Yes, mocking a veteran's wounds is good politics for the Republicans. Why do they hate America?

posted by lazarus | 20:45 | |
 

I love it when bloggers break actual stories. Yeah, he's a journalist, too, but he's a blogger.

MSNBC - Altercation: "Is the Republican Party in violation of the US military's rules on the participation in party politics by active duty military?
It sure looks that way. The RNC convention week is boasting that it has 144 active duty military delegates at the convention or three percent of the total. That information can be found here.
Meanwhile, according to DOD Directive 1344.10, which can be found here this is a violation of the code of military conduct."

posted by lazarus | 14:18 | |
 

Okay, this worshipping of Bush is getting ridiculous:

"President Bush will literally rain down on Republican National Convention delegates Thursday night after he accepts their nomination for a second term.
The president's picture, along with those of his wife Laura, Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne, adorns hundreds of pounds of confetti that will be dropped along with 120,000 balloons and streamers during the convention's closing minutes."

posted by lazarus | 03:13 | |


Sunday, August 29, 2004  

"Statement by John Edwards on President Bush's Attempt to Blame the Military for his Own Miscalculations in Iraq": "Vice Presidential Candidate John Edwards today released the following statement in response to President Bush's statement that the challenges we face in Iraq are a result of a 'catastrophic success - being so successful so fast that an enemy that should have surrendered or been done in escaped and lived to fight another day:' (Time magazine, 8/29/04)
'President Bush now says his Iraq policy is a catastrophic success. He's half right. It was catastrophic to rush to war without a plan to win the peace. It was catastrophic to ignore the warnings of the military leadership about the risks of an unstable post-war Iraq. It was catastrophic to dismiss warnings of creating chaotic terrorists havens as today's New York Times accurately describes. And it was catastrophic to tell the American public that rebuilding Iraq would not burden the American taxpayers with a bill of $200 billion and rising.
'The most disturbing part of the president's statement is the suggestion that somehow our military is at fault for moving too fast before the enemy was 'done in.' Our troops fought magnificently in Iraq. Their efforts can only be described as an unqualified success. I didn't think 'shock and awe' was designed to move slowly.
'A Commander-in-Chief should never take our nation to war without a plan to win the peace. Real leadership means taking responsibility for your decisions good and bad. Our troops and our nation deserve better.
'In one sense, President Bush is right with his new campaign slogan 'catastrophic success.' His successful misleading of the American public is truly catastrophic.'"

Damned straight. I still want someone to explain to me how they can be "undecided" at this point.

posted by lazarus | 11:46 | |
 

The Price of an Opinion

Great article by Patti Davis on the lack of tolerance these days.

posted by lazarus | 03:37 | |
 

Vanity post: Today was my birthday. I've had a blast. My mom came out to visit (haven't seen her in over a year), and she brought be the best present ever: two slabs of ribs (and a jar of sauce) from Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa (actually, the Montgomery branch). I remember eating these back in Tuscaloosa when I "attended" the University for a year. Still the best ribs I've ever had.

"Aint Nothing Like'em Nowhere!"

I've also gotten another Survivor buff (bringing me up to 7), and electric pepper mill, and various other sundries.

It's been a good weekend. Hopefully, this means this is going to be a good year. Y'all do me a favour and help me vote Bush okay, though, okay? :->

posted by lazarus | 02:54 | |


Saturday, August 28, 2004  

Ashcroft goes after file sharing

Nice to know we've won the war on terror, and don't have a problem with spies in the Pentagon or anything.

posted by lazarus | 12:13 | |


Friday, August 27, 2004  

The laws and principles of science work no matter what language you speak. This remarkable operation was done in Germany, not the US.

And Laura Bush is full of shit.

Yahoo! News - Doctors Grow New Jaw Bone in Man's Back: " A German who had his lower jaw cut out because of cancer has enjoyed his first meal in nine years - a bratwurst sandwich - after surgeons grew a new jaw bone in his back muscle and transplanted it to his mouth in what experts call an 'ambitious' experiment.

According to this week's issue of The Lancet medical journal, the German doctors used a mesh cage, a growth chemical and the patient's own bone marrow, containing stem cells, to create a new jaw bone that fit exactly into the gap left by the cancer surgery. "

posted by lazarus | 05:31 | |


Thursday, August 26, 2004  

Democratic Underground Forums - George W. Bush Wore a Ribbon He Did Not Earn

Yeah, let's talk about medals...

posted by lazarus | 17:57 | |
 

At least some legislators have some guts to do the right thing. Bush should have been impeached long ago.>

MPs plan to impeach Blair over Iraq war recordMPs are planning to impeach Tony Blair for "high crimes and misdemeanours" in taking Britain to war against Iraq, reviving an ancient practice last used against Lord Palmerston more than 150 years ago.

Eleven MPs led by Adam Price, Plaid Cymru MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, are to table a motion when parliament returns that will force the prime minister to appear before the Commons to defend his record in the run-up to the war. Nine of the MPs are Welsh and Scottish Nationalists, including the party leaders, Elfyn Llwyd, and Alex Salmond, and two are Conservative frontbenchers, Boris Johnson, MP for Henley and editor of the Spectator, and Nigel Evans, MP for Ribble Valley.

A number of Labour backbenchers are considering whether to back the motion, though it could mean expulsion from the party.

The MPs' decision follows the commissioning of a 100-page report which lays out the case for impeaching Mr Blair and the precedents for action, including arguments laid down in Erskine May, the parliamentary bible, on impeachments dating back to medieval times.

posted by lazarus | 06:13 | |
 

And another one's down, another one's down, another one bites the dust....

"A veteran who disputed Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's Vietnam war record acknowledged on Sunday he had no proof to back his charge that Kerry fabricated the reports of enemy fire that won him two medals.

snip

Odell said he had met with Republican strategist Merrie Spaeth, a public relations consultant to his group, and once bought a home from Bob Perry, a large Republican donor from Texas and close associate of Karl Rove, the president's chief political adviser."


More interesting is a comment on page 2 of this article:
: "Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, said while the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth group had 'every right' to express their opinion, 'we ought to get out of the character assassination business.'
Kerry took a day off campaigning on Sunday, but his running mate, John Edwards, tied the attacks 'directly to President Bush and his friends.'
Campaigning in North Carolina, Edwards said: 'Senator Kerry had a moment of truth in 1968 when he decided to volunteer and serve his country and put his life on the line for his country. This is a moment of truth for President Bush.'
Kerry's Vietnam service has been central to his challenge to Bush. The two candidates have been running neck and neck in key polls.
The Bush campaign has denied any collaboration with Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and other such groups. Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman, on NBC's 'Meet the Press,' played down the connection between the group and the campaign, or Rove. 'Karl Rove is friends with lots of different people,' he said.
The Bush campaign has acknowledged that Ken Cordier, a Vietnam veteran who appeared in a Swift Boat Veterans for Truth commercial, had been working with the campaign but said he had resigned."
So, another Swiftliar worked for Bush. And Rove is "friends with lots of different people," but that doesn't mean there's a connection.

In the meantime, the fact that a member of al Qaeda may or may not have passed through an area of Iraq Saddam Hussein had no control over meant he and bin Laden were sworn blood brothers, and we needed to spend hundreds of billions of dollars and hundreds of American lives to solve the problem.

I'll take hypocrisy for 1600, Alex.

posted by lazarus | 03:21 | |


Wednesday, August 25, 2004  

This seems like a good idea:

"Alex McElhose says he would risk his life for a war if there was good enough reason.
'A war that involves genocide on the part of the enemy, like World War II, would be justified. Or a modern day example - serving on a peace-keeping mission in the Sudan,' the 17-year-old Edgewood High School student said Tuesday night as he and other teenagers put together paperwork that could help them gain conscientious objector status in the event a military draft is reinstated.
The war in Iraq is what motivated McElhose to come to the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center on Madison's east side and take part in 'The Draft and Conscientious Objection Night' hosted by a group of local peace and justice organizations.
'It's obviously not a war about liberation. It's more of a war about gaining access to oil reserves,' McElhose said."

posted by lazarus | 23:54 | |
 

Olympics: This morning, they featured equestrian again. "Freestyle dressage".

"Hey, I'm going to have my horse prance around the ring for a few minutes. Tell me how good it is!"

Oy, vey.

posted by lazarus | 15:58 | |
 

Abu Ghraib: Army names 27 more

Remember. they said it was just a few bad apples. And they said MI wasn't involved.

Twenty-seven military intelligence specialists "encouraged" or "participated" in abuses of inmates at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq, according to a United States army report released on Wednesday.

posted by lazarus | 13:54 | |
 

Kerry on The Daily Show was great. Stewart gave him some good talking points, and hopefully he listened.

The best thing that came out of it was Kerry's statement that Bush has won every debate he's been in. That's brilliant. Set him up as a great master debater. That bar's too high for li'l George.

posted by lazarus | 03:56 | |
 

How many ways have these bastards been proven to be liars so far?

Unit's Report Supports Kerry's Version: "The Navy task force overseeing John Kerry (news - web sites)'s swift boat squadron in Vietnam reported that his group of boats came under enemy fire during a March 13, 1969, incident that three decades later is being challenged by the Democratic presidential nominee's critics.

The March 18, 1969, weekly report from Task Force 115, which was located by The Associated Press during a search of Navy archives, is the latest document to surface that supports Kerry's description of an event for which he won a Bronze Star and a third Purple Heart.

The Task Force report twice mentions the incident five days earlier and both times calls it "an enemy initiated firefight" that included automatic weapons fire and underwater mines used against a group of five boats that included Kerry's."

posted by lazarus | 02:59 | |


Tuesday, August 24, 2004  

More cannon fodder needed, sooner rather than later. Does it anyone else think reducing training for troops going into combat is a Bad Idea?

NJ.com: "Under growing pressure to ship Marines to Iraq, the Marine Corps is cutting in half the rigorous field combat training it gives units preparing to deploy, senior officers say.

The Marines hope to make up the time by intensifying this final, pre-deployment training and focusing it on skills needed to survive and prevail in Iraq's brutal combat conditions. This means practicing more nighttime operations, ambushes, city fighting and guarding of convoys.

The exercise, called a CAX in Marine lingo, has been shortened from 23 to 11 days, Col. Blake Crowe, operations officer for the Marine Corps Training Command at Quantico, Va., said in an interview.

This was done, Crowe said, to "get more battalions through" in a shorter period of time. Until now, the Marine Corps trained 10 battalions in CAX every six months. Under the accelerated schedule, it will train eight battalions in two months."

posted by lazarus | 05:06 | |


Monday, August 23, 2004  

Fun Olympic fact: The Equestrian events are held in Markopoulo, just outside Athens.

We couldn't have some swimming there, instead? Water polo, maybe? Does nobody have a sense of humour about this stuff? :->

posted by lazarus | 05:36 | |
 

All I know is, I get the willies whenever the Republicans start messing around with our intel agencies. Do we really need three more intel agencies to need to communicate with each other?

The New York Times: G.O.P. Senator Proposes a Plan to Split Up C.I.A.: "The Republican chairman of the Senate intelligence committee said Sunday that he would propose legislation to break up the Central Intelligence Agency and divide its responsibilities among three new spy agencies."

posted by lazarus | 04:08 | |
 

This is the economic news that will seriously hurt Bush. The swing states are doing very, very badly.

Wow, I took a 4 day break! I'm back, folks!

USATODAY.com - July job figures decline in six swing states: "Twenty-two states reported a drop in payroll jobs last month, double the number for June, according to new Labor Department statistics. Among them were six of the states that could decide this fall's presidential election."


Swiftboat? Who cares, that story's going to bite Bush hard in the ass. It's still the economy.

posted by lazarus | 03:58 | |


Thursday, August 19, 2004  

Sports Illustrated reports that the Iraqi soccer team isn't happy with Bush:

Iraqi midfielder Salih Sadir scored a goal here on Wednesday night, setting off a rousing celebration among the 1,500 Iraqi soccer supporters at Pampeloponnisiako Stadium. Though Iraq -- the surprise team of the Olympics -- would lose to Morocco 2-1, it hardly mattered as the Iraqis won Group D with a 2-1 record and now face Australia in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

Afterward, Sadir had a message for U.S. president George W. Bush, who is using the Iraqi Olympic team in his latest re-election campaign advertisements.

In those spots, the flags of Iraq and Afghanistan appear as a narrator says, "At this Olympics there will be two more free nations -- and two fewer terrorist regimes."

"Iraq as a team does not want Mr. Bush to use us for the presidential campaign," Sadir told SI.com through a translator, speaking calmly and directly. "He can find another way to advertise himself."

Ahmed Manajid, who played as a midfielder on Wednesday, had an even stronger response when asked about Bush's TV advertisement. "How will he meet his god having slaughtered so many men and women?" Manajid told me. "He has committed so many crimes."

posted by lazarus | 19:02 | |


Wednesday, August 18, 2004  

The Bush Doctrine starts bearing fruit:

Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani warned that Iran might launch a preemptive strike against US forces in the region to prevent an attack on its nuclear facilities.

"We will not sit (with arms folded) to wait for what others will do to us. Some military commanders in Iran are convinced that preventive operations which the Americans talk about are not their monopoly," Shamkhani told Al-Jazeera TV when asked if Iran would respond to an American attack on its nuclear facilities.

"America is not the only one present in the region. We are also present, from Khost to Kandahar in Afghanistan; we are present in the Gulf and we can be present in Iraq," said Shamkhani, speaking in Farsi to the Arabic-language news channel through an interpreter.

"The US military presence (in Iraq) will not become an element of strength (for Washington) at our expense. The opposite is true, because their forces would turn into a hostage" in Iranian hands in the event of an attack, he said.

posted by lazarus | 15:13 | |
 

BBC NEWS - Outsourcing the British Empire
My apologies for taking so long to blog this. I know the story is quite old but it just came to mind.


A group of islanders exiled from their Indian Ocean home when it was turned into a military base have failed in their bid to return to their homeland.
Judges at the Court of Appeal also refused the Diego Garcians permission to challenge a High Court ruling preventing further claims for damages.

The exiles were forced to leave their island in the 1970s when it was taken over by the UK government.

On ruling, one of the judges said their complaints were legally unsustainable.

The empire is dead, long live the empire.

posted by RogueTrooper | 02:55 | |
 

BBC NEWS - Meals, ready to eat


Food also has a large part to play in morale and motivation - which is why the armed forces do their level best to ensure that wherever they are in the world, British military personnel get to tuck in to Christmas lunch with all the trimmings - including crackers - although, as crackers are classed as explosives, there's a lot of paperwork that needs to travel with them.

The British Army canteens have long been a favourite of the US Army. It would seem that, even in the realm of MREs, the squaddies still have something to trade for American boots.

posted by RogueTrooper | 02:31 | |
 

Price Gouging Saves Lives

I'm speechless. This is a man who has no understanding of what it means to be in a society. A true libertarian.

posted by lazarus | 01:02 | |


Tuesday, August 17, 2004  

I just got done watching the local (San Diego) evening news' coverage of the aftermath of Charley.

Still haven't seen a single National Guard member anywhere.

Hmm....

posted by lazarus | 23:13 | |
 

Does anybody know what's going on in Punta Gorda, FL? Official death estimates are around 16, but I'm hearing words, from officials, like "mass casualty event". And foreign media are saying hundreds are missing or dead.

posted by lazarus | 15:27 | |


Sunday, August 15, 2004  

Who's really supporting the troops?

Reservists Say War Makes Them Lose Jobs: "Increasing numbers of National Guard and Reserve troops who have returned from war in Iraq and Afghanistan are encountering new battles with their civilian employers at home. Jobs were eliminated, benefits reduced and promotions forgotten.

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Labor Department reports receiving greater numbers of complaints under a 1994 law designed to give Guard and Reserve troops their old jobs back, or provide them with equivalent positions. Benefits and raises must be protected, as if the serviceman or servicewoman had never left.
Some soldiers, however, are finding the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act can't protect them.
_Larry Gill couldn't return as a police officer in Thomasville, Ala., because a grenade injured a foot, making it impossible for him to chase criminals or duck bullets.
_Jerry Chambers, of Oberlin, Kan., discovered budget cuts had eliminated his job as a substance abuse prevention consultant.
_Ron Vander Wal, of Pollock, S.D., was originally told his job as a customer service representative was eliminated. He was hired after filing a civil lawsuit seeking damages."
In addition, add in the economic damage done when reservists/Guardsmen are passed over for promotion, etc.

Watch Guard and Reserve numbers plummet in the coming years.

posted by lazarus | 16:53 | |


Saturday, August 14, 2004  

This is the guy Bush wants in charge of the CIA. Remember, he was in charge of the committee charged with overseeing intelligence for years leading up to 9/11.

Goss's Wish List: "Rep. Porter Goss, President Bush's nominee to head the CIA, recently introduced legislation that would give the president new authority to direct CIA agents to conduct law-enforcement operations inside the United States -- including arresting American citizens.

snip

But in language that until now has not gotten any public attention, the Goss bill would also redefine the authority of the DCI in such a way as to substantially alter - if not overturn - a 57-year-old ban on the CIA conducting operations inside the United States.
The language contained in the Goss bill has alarmed civil-liberties advocates.

snip

"This language on its face would have allowed President Nixon to authorize the CIA to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters," Jeffrey H. Smith, who served as general counsel of the CIA between 1995 and 1996, told NEWSWEEK. "I can't imagine what Porter had in mind.""
"I can't imagine what Porter had in mind," the man says. I can.

This is much, much worse than I originally thought. The Dems need to fight this tooth and nail, and they won't, I'm sure.

posted by lazarus | 17:12 | |


Friday, August 13, 2004  

Sigh. Of course, we subsidise all manner of corporations here. This is just hypocrisy.

Of course, that's expected from Bush anymore.

Bush Calls On Europeans To End Subsidy To Airbus: "President Bush said Friday that European nations should end their subsidies of the plane manufacturer Airbus, saying the United States is prepared to take action before the World Trade Organization to stop them."

posted by lazarus | 22:48 | |
 

Olympic blogging: I'm watching the opening ceremonies, which are absolutely incredible.

Except that Bob Costas and Katey Couric won't shut the hell up.

SHUT UP! Let me watch it in peace. I really have no interest in anything either of these two could possibly say.

posted by lazarus | 20:28 | |
 

President Bush: Flip-Flopper-In-Chief - Center for American Progress

I think we should all bookmark this, and send to everybody we know. Constantly. Print it out, and have it handy whenever anybody says Kerry is a flip flopper.

posted by lazarus | 12:15 | |


Thursday, August 12, 2004  

Reason #ohwho'scounting not to vote for Bush:

Bush eyes Thomas as chief justice, book says: "Clarence Thomas has been interviewed by White House lawyers as a possible choice to be the next chief justice of the United States, says the author of a new biography.
Thomas says he isn't interested but could find it hard to turn down an opportunity to be the first black man to lead the Supreme Court, said biographer Ken Foskett."

posted by lazarus | 22:35 | |
 

Sorry about the gap in posts there, folks. We had connectivity issues in the area, but I'm back online now.

posted by lazarus | 22:29 | |
 

Ever see a couple of idiots playing around with a wasp nest, poking it with a stick?

Yahoo! News - Iraq's Sadr Said Wounded in U.S. Attack on Najaf: "Radical Iraq cleric Moqtada al-Sadr was wounded in the U.S. bombardment of the holy city of Najaf, but his exact condition remained unknown, two spokesmen for Sadr said on Friday.
'Sayyed Moqtada was wounded in American bombing. He suffered three injuries to his body. We don't know his exact condition or to where he was taken,' spokesman Ahmad al-Shinabi told Reuters. Another spokesman confirmed the report.
There was no independent confirmation. "

posted by lazarus | 22:25 | |


Tuesday, August 10, 2004  

I'm about to do phase II of my blogroll update. I've gone through and cleaned up some of the older blogs that aren't posting anymore, and I've added a few. I wanted to point out red hair & black leather
, though. A good new blog from Alabama, my home state.

More to be added over the next day or so.

posted by lazarus | 11:55 | |
 

What the bloody hell is wrong with these people? One quagmire isn't enough? We don't have the troops to deal with the situations we're in now, much less opening up yet another front in this war.
Unless these bastards actually think the American people will sit still while they move all the troops out of Iraq and into Iran. That's just bizarre. I'm absolutely gobsmacked that they could be thinking of this.

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Diplomacy sidelined as US targets Iran: "The US charge sheet against Iran is lengthening almost by the day, presaging destabilising confrontations this autumn and maybe a pre-election October surprise.
The Bush administration is piling on the pressure over Iran's alleged nuclear weapons programme. It maintains Tehran's decision to resume building uranium centrifuges wrecked a long-running EU-led dialogue and is proof of bad faith.
The US will ask a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency on September 13 to declare Iran in breach of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, a prelude to seeking punitive UN sanctions.
Iran's insistence that it seeks nuclear power, not weapons, is scoffed at in Washington. John Bolton, the hawkish US under-secretary of state for arms control, says there is no doubt what Tehran is up to. He has hinted at using military force should the UN fail to act. 'The US and its allies must be willing to deploy more robust techniques' to halt nuclear proliferation, including 'the disruption of procurement networks, sanctions and other means'. No option was ruled out, he said last year.
Last month in Tokyo, Mr Bolton upped the ante again, accusing Iran of collaborating with North Korea on ballistic missiles.
Israel, Washington's ally, has also been stoking the fire. It is suggested there that if the west fails to act against Iran in timely fashion, Israel could strike pre-emptively as it did against Iraq's nuclear facilities in 1981, although whether it has the capability to launch effective strikes is uncertain.
Condoleezza Rice, the US national security adviser, said at the weekend there was a new international willingness to confront Tehran, but declined to rule out unilateral action if others did not go along.

It gets much, much worse:
That will fuel speculation in Tehran and elsewhere that the Bush administration may resort to force, with or without Israel, ahead of November's election. Options include "surgical strikes" or covert action by special forces.
Such a move would be a high-risk gamble for George Bush. After the WMD fiasco, there would inevitably be questions about the accuracy of US intelligence. In the past Iran has vowed to retaliate. Although it is unclear how it might do so, the mood in Tehran has hardened since the conservatives won fiddled elections last winter.
"I think we've finally got the world community to a place, the IAEA to a place, that it is worried and suspicious," Ms Rice said in one of a string of interviews with CNN, Fox News and NBC television. She vowed to aim some "very tough resolutions" at Iran this autumn. "Iran will either be isolated or it will submit," she said.
Well, lord knows they've done everything they can to get the world worried and suspicious, but I doubt she realises what they're worried and suspicious about.

posted by lazarus | 11:52 | |


Monday, August 09, 2004  

Debunk the myth of Al Qaeda | csmonitor.com

A fascinating editorial on yet another way the Bush misadministration is screwing up the war on terror.

posted by lazarus | 17:47 | |
 

Take away their tax-free status. It's bad enough I have to subsidise these people's belief in a Sky Fairy, but when they use their position to also campaign for Bush, I've had enough.

Churches See an Election Role and Spread the Word on Bush: "Susanne Jacobsmeyer, a member of the West County Assembly of God in a St. Louis suburb, voted for George W. Bush four years ago, but mostly out of loyalty as a Republican and not with much passion.
This year, Ms. Jacobsmeyer is a 'team leader' in the Bush campaign's effort to turn out conservative Christian voters. 'This year I am voting for him as a man of faith,' she said over breakfast after an early morning service. 'He has proven that he will do what is right, and he will look to God first.'
Jan Klarich, her friend and another team leader, agreed. 'Don't you feel it is a spiritual battle?' she asked to nods around the table."

posted by lazarus | 03:45 | |


Sunday, August 08, 2004  

I have no idea what this means.

KBCI 2 Boise, Idaho: "A judge says Iraq has issued an arrest warrant for Ahmad Chalabi, a former governing council member, on money laundering charges.
And Iraq's chief investigating judge says a warrant has been issued for Salem Chalabi, the head of Iraq's special tribunal, on murder charges."
Looks like Bush's pet Iraqis are in big trouble.

posted by lazarus | 20:23 | |
 

What was it Bush said? "Let freedom reign!" Right? Glad to know they've got some freedom over there.

ABCNEWS.com : Iraqi Government Shuts Al-Jazeera Station: "The Iraqi government closed the Iraqi offices of the Arab television station Al-Jazeera for 30 days, accusing it Saturday of inciting violence.
A spokesman for Al-Jazeera called the closure 'unwise' and said it restrained freedom of the press."

posted by lazarus | 02:03 | |


Friday, August 06, 2004  

So the Bush administration has done even more damage to their so-called War on Terra, strictly for publicity.

MSNBC - Pakistan: U.S. blew undercover operation: "The al-Qaida suspect named by U.S. officials as the source of information that led to this week's terrorist alerts was working undercover, Pakistani intelligence sources said Friday, putting an end to the sting operation and forcing Pakistan to hide the man in a secret location.
Under pressure to justify the alerts in three Northeastern cities, U.S. officials confirmed a report by The New York Times that the man, Mohammad Naeem Noor Khan, was the source of the intelligence that led to the decision."

posted by lazarus | 22:21 | |
 

MSNBC - Bush, Kerry squabble over jobs data: "'The atmosphere was totally different than Kerry yesterday,' reported MSNBC.com's Darrell Bowling. 'There were protesters outside - they were handing out leaflets. ... When Bush came in, people stood up, but it was just polite applause. It was not the reception Kerry received.' Bowling said at least one protester in the audience who confronted Bush was shouted down by journalists and then whisked away by security agents."

That's right. The "liberal media" is now defending Bush from protestors.

Incredible. And disgusting.

posted by lazarus | 15:03 | |
 

FLIP FLOP! FLIP FLOP!

Right?

As Defense Chief in 1992, Cheney Opposed Intelligence Czar (washingtonpost.com): "While he was defense secretary in 1992, Vice President Cheney said he would recommend a presidential veto of a bill that would have established a director of national intelligence with authority over the Pentagon's intelligence-collection activities.
Cheney's view then, spelled out in two letters on March 17, 1992, to the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, differs from the position President Bush took on Monday. Bush said he supports the creation of a single intelligence director, but with no authority over the Defense Department budget pertaining to intelligence."

posted by lazarus | 00:05 | |


Thursday, August 05, 2004  

Lean Left has what may be the most disgusting thing any anti-choice activist has ever done. I'm aghast that this bastard could get away with this for so long.

posted by lazarus | 16:38 | |
 

Same old tricks. Get a rich donor to fund a bunch of lies about your opponent, and hope nobody notices.

Texan Bankrolls Anti-Kerry Vets Group: "A wealthy Texan and prolific Republican donor is helping bankroll a television ad assailing Democrat John Kerry (news - web sites)'s decorated military record in the Vietnam War.

Houston homebuilder Bob J. Perry has donated at least $100,000 to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a suburban Washington-based group airing a new ad in which Vietnam veterans who served on swiftboats accuse the Democratic presidential nominee of lying about his war record.
The group bought $500,000 of airtime for the 60-second ad to air in the battleground states of Wisconsin, Ohio and West Virginia.
The effort is reminiscent of a 2000 effort that helped drive George W. Bush's then-rival John McCain from the presidential race.
Four years ago, Dallas brothers Sam and Charles Wyly financed $2.5 million in ads run under the auspices of 'Republicans for Clean Air' criticizing McCain in the week before GOP presidential primaries in California, New York and Ohio. Those ads promoted then-Texas Gov. Bush's environmental record and criticized that of McCain, the Arizona senator. Bush won the primaries in all three states.
Perry's June donation accounted for most of the $158,750 that Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, founded in April, reported raising as of June 30. John Krugh, a spokesman for Perry Homes, declined to comment on Perry's contribution."

posted by lazarus | 15:14 | |
 

The next time someone questions Kerry's Purple Hearts, do two things. Send them to this article, and ask them how many medals in combat Bush and Cheney managed to accumulate.

Col. David Hackworth: The meaning of a Purple Heart

posted by lazarus | 02:00 | |


Wednesday, August 04, 2004  

I'm sure we'll hear all about this, over and over and over again. Right?

TheKansasCityChannel.com - News - President's Daughters Get Ride On Diverted Flight: "US Airways confirmed Tuesday that a scheduled flight between Boston and Washington, D.C., was diverted Saturday so some stranded passengers -- including President George W. Bush's twin daughters -- could get on the plane.
The Bush twins were picked up in Albany, N.Y., along with 22 other passengers. However, the move caused a two-hour delay for those traveling from Boston, reported WRC-TV in Washington, D.C."

posted by lazarus | 21:30 | |
 

But it was just a few bad apples in Iraq. That's what the military said, isn't it?

Guardian | Questioned at gunpoint, shackled, forced to pose naked. British detainees tell their stories of Guant?namo Bay: "Britain and the US last night faced fresh allegations of abuses after a British terror suspect said an SAS soldier had interrogated him for three hours while an American colleague pointed a gun at him and threatened to shoot him.
The allegation is contained in a new dossier detailing repeated beatings and humiliation suffered by three Britons who were captured in Afghanistan, then held in Guant?namo Bay for two years, before being released in March without charge.
Rhuhel Ahmed, one of the 'Tipton Three', claims in the 115-page dossier that shortly after his capture in November 2001 he was interviewed in Afghanistan by a British interrogator who said he was from the SAS. Mr Ahmed alleges he was taken by US guards to be interrogated by the British officer in a tent. 'One of the US soldiers had a gun to his head and he was told if he moved they would shoot him,' the report says. The SAS officer pressed him to admit he had gone to Afghanistan to fight a holy war. Last night the Ministry of Defence said it would investigate the allegation.
A spokesman said: 'The British army follows the rules laid out in the Geneva convention and soldiers are told to follow that. It is not permissible to point guns at people's heads during interrogation. We would investigate if any allegation of that nature is made.'
The dossier, based on two months of interviews by the men's lawyers, provides the first full account by the three Britons of their ordeal as terror suspects.
Details of the experiences of Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal and Rhuhel Ahmed, all from the same small Midlands town, are revealed today by the Guardian, and will be formally released this afternoon in the US. The three Britons allege they were repeatedly beaten, shackled in painful positions during interrogations and subjected to sleep deprivation. On one occasion, Mr Iqbal recalled: "I was left in a room and strobe lighting was put on and very loud music. It was a dance version of Eminem played repeatedly."

Mr Rasul said he was asked: "If I wanted to get surface-to-air missiles from someone in Tipton, who would I go to?"

In an echo of the abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib jail in Baghdad which shamed Washington, the three Britons, held as illegal enemy combatants by the US, say they were photographed naked and subjected to anal searches unnecessarily, after being shackled for hours."

posted by lazarus | 07:59 | |


Monday, August 02, 2004  

Sorry about that, folks. But, you know, Kerry had that convention bounce going and stuff...

The New York Times > Washington > The Overview: Reports That Led to Terror Alert Were Years Old, Officials Say: "Much of the information that led the authorities to raise the terror alert at several large financial institutions in the New York City and Washington areas was three or four years old, intelligence and law enforcement officials said on Monday. They reported that they had not yet found concrete evidence that a terrorist plot or preparatory surveillance operations were still under way."

posted by lazarus | 22:14 | |
 

I don't normally do comics on this blog, but this time, Aaron McGruder knocked one out of the park. Boondocks is the best political comic out there.
Just click on the image to head to the site.


Boondocks

posted by lazarus | 12:53 | |
 

Dick Cheney's company must be the nicest people in the whole wide world. Remember, this is the mindset the Bush campaign promised to bring to Washington.

Halliburton sues 3 over retiree complaints - billingsgazette.com: "Halliburton Co. is suing three retired executives who complained about a company plan to stop providing health insurance for retirees eligible for Medicare.
The lawsuit was filed after the retirees, including former Halliburton vice president of human resources Paul Bryant, sent a letter to company officials to complain about the change. Bryant, 58, retired from the oil services conglomerate in 1999.
Halliburton spokeswoman Zelma Branch said the company sued so the dispute would be resolved quickly, allowing the retirees to arrange for their own medical coverage."

posted by lazarus | 02:52 | |


Sunday, August 01, 2004  

Nice to see they're taking the high road. This appears to be an admission that they have nothing to run on. Has an incumbent ever successfully run a purely negative attack campaign?

Bush Planning August Attack Against Kerry: "President Bush's campaign plans to use the normally quiet month of August for a vigorous drive to undercut John Kerry by turning attention away from his record in Vietnam to what the campaign described as an undistinguished and left-leaning record in the Senate.
Mr. Bush's advisers plan to cap the month at the Republican convention in New York, which they said would feature Mr. Kerry as an object of humor and calculated derision.
Of special interest is their logic behind this:
The summer campaign plans described by aides to Mr. Bush and Mr. Kerry, who is in the midst of a two-week cross-country bus tour, suggest that August is no longer the slow and sleepy month it once was in presidential campaigns."
But didn't Andrew Card once say, "From a marketing point of view, you don't introduce a new product in August" (NYT, September 7, 2002). (I'm still looking for the link to this, since the NYT made its archives pay-only.)

I guess 9/11 really did change everything. And I really wish I could figure out a way to say that more sarcastically.

posted by lazarus | 15:26 | |
 

Portman Ignores Flowers To Make Political Statement:

"Actress Natalie Portman's political T-shirt statement on live American TV Thursday morning, left bosses so worried, her interviewer asked her cover it with a bunch of flowers. The Star Wars beauty made an appearance on TV show Good Morning America to promote her new movie Garden State, but her bold T-shirt bearing presidential hopeful John Kerry's name and picture prompted veteran journalist Diane Sawyer's fear her network ABC would fall foul of pre-election guidelines.
Partway through the interview, a smiling Sawyer said, 'Now if I'm gonna talk to you, you're gonna have to hold flowers here in front of the John Kerry (T-shirt). We can't just have John Kerry the whole time. Who do we bring in for equal time?' A stunned but laughing Portman shot back, 'Come on, you've got (Bill O'Reilly's) The O'Reilly Factor. That's on television; that evens it out!' She also took the opportunity to voice her support for the Democratic contender, adding, 'I love John Kerry! I just think he has the perfect combination of compassion and intelligence and composure under pressure and I'm just a huge fan.'"
Oh, now they're interested in "equal time"? Just pathetic.

I can't wait to see how much "equal time" they give liberal commentators to hack away during the RNC, the way they let the conservatives have a field day this past week.

posted by lazarus | 01:24 | |
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