Someone Take The Wheel
Shameful and Sick
A second Briton released from Guantánamo Bay last night savaged the United States for gross breaches of human rights which he alleged included interrogation at gunpoint.
The former care worker is in poor physical and mental health after his two-year ordeal. He is believed to have had an arm amputated and have difficulty walking.
"After a while, we stopped asking for human rights - we wanted animal rights," he said. The Mirror reported that he now stoops because his shackles were too short.
Woman Charged With Murder of Unborn
This woman clearly has "issues", but what's next on this slippery slope? Failing to take prenatal vitamins?
A mother was in jail on charges of murder yesterday after refusing to undergo a caesarean delivery in a case that reignites America's debate on the competing rights of foetuses and women.
In what was seen as a test of new state and federal legislation expanding the definition of human life
, Melissa Ann Rowland, 28, was accused of exhibiting "depraved indifference to human life" for disregarding the advice of doctors to give birth to her twins by caesarean section.
It was not clear yesterday why she ignored repeated medical advice last winter that the twins were in danger. The prosecution argues it was vanity, and that Ms Rowland told a nurse she did not want a scar.
Picosecond Hits Paydirt!
Rule of law you know....(p.s. Rule of Law! Rule of Law! Rule of Law! -- Just in case you forgot.)
The latest Bush-Cheney TV ad "Forward" http://www.georgewbush.com/tvads/
features several military personnel performing duties while wearing
their official uniforms. There are several shots of soldiers carrying
rifles, a shot of seaman launching a plane from a flight deck, a shot
of a soldier flying a helicopter, etc.
It's a blatant violation of military regulations for any military personnel
to promote any sort of political message while wearing an official US
uniform. And as Commander-in-chief, it's a violation of military regulations
for President Bush to direct or cause any member of the military to violate
The specific Army rule that covers this issue can be found on page 8
of Chapter 1 in Army Regulation 670-1, Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms
Army Regulation 6701
110. When the wear of the Army uniform is required or prohibited
j. Wearing Army uniforms is prohibited in the following situations:
(1) In connection with the furtherance of any political or
interests, or when engaged in off-duty civilian employment.
The specific Air Force rule that covers this issue can be found in
Table 1.3 on page 8 of Chapter 1 in AIR FORCE INSTRUCTION 36-2903,
DRESS AND PERSONAL APPEARANCE OF AIR FORCE PERSONNEL:
Table 1.3. Wearing the Uniform.
Members ... Do not wear ... When
furthering political activities, private employment,or
Just when I think they can't sink any lower:
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department (news - web sites) investigation that criticized FBI (news - web sites) agents for taking souvenirs from the World Trade Center site also found that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and a high-ranking FBI official kept items from the Sept. 11 attack scenes.
The final investigatory report said the Justice Department inspector general confirmed Rumsfeld "has a piece of the airplane that flew into the Pentagon (news - web sites)." The Associated Press obtained a copy of the report Friday.
"Stationed in the area of the Baghdad Airport at the time of President Bush's Thanksgiving 2003 visit to the troops there, recounts that on the day before the president's visit, the troops were given a questionnaire that asked them whether they 'supported the president.' Those who did not declare their support with sufficient enthusiasm were not permitted to take part in the Thanksgiving meal, and had to make do with MREs (meals ready to eat, referred to by the soldiers as 'meals refused by Ethiopians') in their quarters."
The "pre-screening" of U.S. soldiers was also reported in Stars and Stripes, although the military paper said the soldiers were screened for security reasons. This is also the same dinner, recall, in which Bush proudly raised a too-good-to-be-true "trophy turkey" for his photo-op.
I Am NOT Violent! So Take that back or else!
Police and prosecutors said the couple was in bed on Feb. 24 smoking marijuana and watching a Montel Williams TV talk show on surviving a lover's attack. Teri told her husband that his actions resembled those of abusive husbands featured on the show, which caused Cecil to turn violent.
Cecil then struck his wife, fetched a handgun and fired a shot into the bed's headboard near Teri to show that he did not like his wife calling him a violent partner, police said, citing a statement the wife gave to investigators.
Oh This Is Good
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Bush is saying that his plan for how to fix the economy is to keep doing what we've been doing. Brilliant.
"Our economy has challenges, and we know how to meet them," Bush was saying, according to an advance copy of his remarks provided by the senior official.
"We will continue making the finest products and selling those products across America and across the Earth," Bush was saying. "We will make sure that American workers have the education and skills to succeed in the jobs of the future, and we will remain the leading economy in the world because America will remain the best place to do business in the world."
SOUTH POMFRET, Vt. - Marines arriving in Iraq this month as part of a massive troop rotation will bring with them a high-tech weapon never before used in combat - or in peacekeeping. The device is a powerful megaphone the size of a satellite dish that can deliver recorded warnings in Arabic and, on command, emit a piercing tone so excruciating to humans, its boosters say, that it causes crowds to disperse, clears buildings and repels intruders.
"[For] most people, even if they plug their ears, [the device] will produce the equivalent of an instant migraine," says Woody Norris, chairman of American Technology Corp., the San Diego firm that produces the weapon. "It will knock [some people] on their knees."
American Technology says its new product "is designed to determine intent, change behavior and support various rules of engagement." The company is careful in its public relations not to refer to the megaphone as a weapon, or to dwell on the debilitating pain American forces will be able to deliver with it. The military has been equally reticent on the subject.
So shouldn't we have a similar discussion about high-intensity sound, which can cause permanent hearing loss or even cellular damage? The new megaphone being deployed to Iraq can operate at 145 decibels at 300 yards, according to American Technology, well above the normal threshold for pain... But in Baghdad or other Iraqi towns, where there are crowds and buildings, the sick and elderly, as well as children, are likely to be in the weapon's range.
The Council on Foreign Relations... warned that "television coverage of encounters involving [nonlethal weapons] can still be repugnant, and it would be desirable to provide reliable information to minimize unwarranted criticism."
Is actual combat in a foreign country the appropriate place to test a new weapon? Apparently, we are about to find out.
Pay To Stay
In all, Bush and first lady Laura Bush have invited at least 270 people to stay at the White House and at least the same number to overnight at the Camp David retreat since moving to Washington in January 2001, according to lists the White House provided The Associated Press.
Some guests spent a night in the Lincoln Bedroom, historic quarters that gained new fame in the Clinton administration amid allegations that Democrats rewarded major donors like Hollywood heavyweights Steven Spielberg and Barbra Streisand with accommodations there.
That scandal and Bush's criticism of it is one of the reasons the White House identifies guests. In a debate with Vice President Al Gore (news - web sites) in October 2000, Bush said: "I believe they've moved that sign, `The buck stops here,' from the Oval Office desk to `The buck stops here' on the Lincoln Bedroom. And that's not good for the country."
At least nine of Bush's biggest fund-raisers appear on the latest list of White House overnight guests, covering June 2002 through December 2003, and-or on the Camp David list, which covers last year. They include:
_Mercer Reynolds, an Ohio financier, former Bush partner in the Texas Rangers baseball team and former ambassador to Switzerland. Reynolds is leading Bush's campaign fund-raising effort. He was a guest at the White House and the Camp David retreat in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains.
_Brad Freeman, a venture capitalist who is leading Bush's California fund-raising effort, has raised at least $200,000 for his re-election campaign and is also a major Republican Party fund-raiser. Freeman stayed at the White House.
_Roland Betts, who raised at least $100,000 for Bush in 2000, was a Bush fraternity brother at Yale and a Texas Rangers partner. Betts stayed at the White House and Camp David.
_William DeWitt, a Bush partner in the oil business and Texas Rangers who has raised at least $200,000 for Bush's re-election effort, stayed at the White House.
_James Francis, who headed the Bush campaign's 2000 team of $100,000-and-up volunteer fund-raisers and was a Bush appointee in Texas when Bush was governor. Francis was a White House guest.
_Joseph O'Neill, an oilman and childhood friend who introduced Bush to Laura Bush and raised at least $100,000 for each of Bush's presidential campaigns, stayed at the White House.
_Colorado Gov. Bill Owens and New York Gov. George Pataki, who each raised at least $200,000 for Bush's re-election campaign, were White House guests.
_James Langdon, who raised at least $100,000 for Bush, is a Washington attorney specializing in international oil and gas transactions. Langdon, whose clients include the Russian oil company Lukoil, is a member of Bush's foreign intelligence advisory board and served on Bush's 2000 presidential transition team on energy policy.
Dennis Miller is so lame he has to pay audience members to attend his stoopid show:
Audience work, one hour tape time, cash pay at end of show. Tapes 3/10, 3/11, and 3/12(1:45pm). Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org, incude contact number, nationality, and age or age range(submit photo if possible). Thanks Brandon @ SRO
Compensation: $15 FLAT RATE
Put This On Your Backdrop
"Since the president is handing out awards today we wanted to give him one," said Shaheen, the former Democratic governor of New Hampshire and head of Kerry's state primary campaign.
"So on behalf of the nearly 3 million people who have lost their jobs under this administration, we are awarding George Bush the first ever 'Herbert Hoover Award' for having the worst jobs record since the Great Depression."
You Can't Handle It!
“This misleading attack is a reminder of why George Bush has lost credibility with the American people. You bet, John Kerry voted against business as usual in our intelligence community. It’s no secret that we’ve got some serious gaps in our intelligence. He voted against a proposed billion dollar bloat in the intelligence budget, because it was essentially a slush fund for defense contractors. Unlike George Bush, John Kerry does not and will not support every special spending project supported by Halliburton and other defense contractor.”
Fact Check: John Kerry has supported $200 billion in intelligence funding over the past seven years – a 50 percent increase since 1996.
Hey La... Hey La
WOODRUFF: Is John Kerry, though, General Clark, vulnerable, at least on this point that the Bush campaign is already hammering away, and that is his flip-flops, that he takes one position on NAFTA and then says, well, we need to work NAFTA out, he votes for No Child Left Behind and then he turns around and says it isn't working, and Iraq, and so on and so on?
CLARK: I don't think John is vulnerable on this, and I'll tell you why. Because he's got a track record of over 20 years in the Senate. He's weighed in on all of these important issues.
He was a senator when the president was running a baseball team. So he's got a much longer record of engagement in public issues than President Bush has. And those issues change over time.
Gas Prices Near Record Levels
WASHINGTON - The average retail price of gasoline climbed 2 cents last week to $1.74 per gallon, the Energy Department said Monday, about a penny shy of the highest price since the department began collecting data.
George Bush Has A Plan
Vote for him in November and he'll tell you what it is...(snicker):
Hmmm. Wouldn't This Make Him A Flip-Flopper?
Either way, keep letting Kerry call the shots, georgie.
"WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush will privately answer all questions raised by a federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, the White House said Tuesday, apparently dropping a one-hour limit on the president's testimony.
The shift came on the heels of accusations by presumed Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry that Bush was "stonewalling" investigations of the terrorist attacks and U.S. intelligence failures."
First They Came For Santa
And I said nothing. Then they came for the girl scouts and I said nothing. Then they came for me...
By Jessie Milligan
KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS
People in Waco, Texas, were more than a bit taken aback after turning on a Christian radio station and hearing a community leader call for a boycott of Thin Mints and Caramel deLites.
"I encourage you to join me in abstaining from Girl Scout cookies," John Pisciotta, director of Pro-Life Waco and an associate professor of economics at Baylor University, has been saying for two weeks in public-service announcements running around the clock on KBDE/89.9.
Pisciotta then says the Waco-based Bluebonnet Council of Girl Scouts supports Planned Parenthood's annual sex education seminars.
(Cause you all know we can't have our children educated about sex! Just think what they might do!!)
Demgirl cracks me up with this reply:
As a former girl scout who sold many cookies, they've struck at the heart of one of the few remaining quality institutions for kids.
I refuse to give up my Thin Mints.
Bush Flip Flops
As seen on Daily Kos:
Bush is against campaign finance reform; then he's for it.
Bush is against a Homeland Security Department; then he's for it.
Bush is against a 9/11 commission; then he's for it.
Bush is against an Iraq WMD investigation; then he's for it.
Bush is against nation building; then he's for it.
Bush is against deficits; then he's for them.
Bush is for free trade; then he's for tariffs on steel; then he's against them again.
Bush is against the U.S. taking a role in the Israeli Palestinian conflict; then he pushes for a "road map" and a Palestinian State.
Bush is for states right to decide on gay marriage, then he is for changing the constitution.
Bush first says he'll provide money for first responders (fire, police, emergency), then he doesn't.
Bush first says that 'help is on the way' to the military ... then he cuts benefits
Bush-"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. Bush-"I don't know where he is. I have no idea and I really don't care.
Bush claims to be in favor of the environment and then secretly starts drilling on Padre Island.
Bush talks about helping education and increases mandates while cutting funding.
Bush first says the U.S. won't negotiate with North Korea. Now he will
Bush goes to Bob Jones University. Then say's he shouldn't have.
Bush said he would demand a U.N. Security Council vote on whether to sanction military action against Iraq. Later Bush announced he would not call for a vote
Bush said the "mission accomplished" banner was put up by the sailors. Bush later admits it was his advance team.
Bush was for fingerprinting and photographing Mexicans who enter the US. Bush after meeting with Pres. Fox, he's against it.
What? I Thought He Was A "Man's Man"
Another sign of trouble for Bush: Men, usually a Republican strength, split 47% for Kerry, 46% for Bush. Kerry has his party's typical lead with women, 53%-43%.
Kerry Kicking @ss In Florida Too
"While Kerry secured the nomination only days ago, he holds a 49 to 43 percent lead over a president who just four months ago led every potential Democratic challenger by as many as 18 percentage points.
Kerry leads Bush with Independents by a margin of 57% to little over 33% for Bush."
Yes, You Read That Correctly, 52 to 39
If Illinois is a good indicator, President Bush must convince more voters they're better off than they were four years ago to win a second term.
Three out of four voters who feel they're worse off picked U.S. Sen. John Kerry over Bush.
Overall, Kerry -- who is expected to visit Chicago on Tuesday -- continues to lead Bush in Illinois 52 percent to 39 percent.
Polls Show Electoral Map Favoring Kerry
In a must-read article, Howard Gold of Barrons asked pollster John Zogby to "lay out the electoral map as he sees it, based on various polls conducted throughout the country." The resulting table is very good news for Democrats:
If Zogby's current estimate holds, all Kerry "will need to do is take Ohio and Florida to pass the 270-vote threshold and win the presidency." And Bush "would seem to have an uphill battle here, if things continue as they are now."
Thanks to DemOkie!
If you read the article re: the actors the White House chose for the Bush ads to pose as firefighters, you would have seen the article below:
Another less-publicized aspect of the ad flap: the use of paid actors—including two playing firefighters with fire hats and uniforms in what looks like a fire station. "Where the hell did they get those guys?" cracked Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, which has endorsed John Kerry, when he first saw the ads. (A union spokesman said the shots prompted jokes that the fire hats looked like the plastic hats "from a birthday party.") "There's many reasons not to use real firemen," retorted one Bush media adviser. "Mainly, its cheaper and quicker."
However, they've changed it so now it reads:
Another, less publicized aspect of the ad flap: Everyone but the firefighters were paid actors. The firefighters posing in a firehouse was "stock" film footage of volunteer firefighters -- shot and available for purchase to the general public.
In more ways than one, I guess. This time at the Gridiron:
In the most unusual turn of this year's satirical script, syndicated columnist Robert Novak - who sparked a federal investigation by printing the name of an undercover CIA officer - was taking the stage as that CIA officer's disgruntled husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson.
Dressed as Wilson in top hat and cutaway coat, Novak sings of himself: "Novak had a secret source ... so he outed a girl spy the way princes of darkness do. ... Now John Ashcroft asks Bob who and how, could be headed to the old hoosegow."
A federal grand jury is probing whether someone in the Bush administration leaked the CIA officer's identity, possibly a felony. Novak hasn't commented on the investigation - until the Gridiron, in song.
Here In Oklahoma, We Call That
A fake cowboy. Guess "windshield cowboy" is what they call it in Texas since the Resident says so. Huh. Who'dve thunk it?
CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - President Bush calls himself a "windshield cowboy," the kind who patrols his ranch from a pickup truck, not from a horse.
But like his father, the former president, and many other politicians before him, Bush visits the popular Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Monday. It's his lone public appearance during a sweep through the Lone Star State for another Texas-size haul of campaign cash.
I hate it when this happens:
An Australian man has survived shooting himself in the head with a nail gun in a joke that went wrong.
Brad Shorten thought the gun was empty, but when he pulled the trigger it fired a 3.2cm nail into his brain.
The news.com.au website reports the 33-year-old brickie had been joking with friends about construction site accidents.
My Boyfriend's Back
And you're gonna be in trouble...hey la, hey la...
CLARK: Well, I don't think it's right to use those images that divide the families. But I would say this, Wolf, that if this does become the issue in the campaign, there will be many of us who will point out that this administration did not do everything it could have done prior to 9/11.
We still don't have the results of the 9/11 commission. The White House is still quarreling and quibbling with providing a full disclosure of everything they knew and what they did before 9/11.
And, you know, one of the things I always saw in any large organization is it's not just the people in the middle, it's the people at the top that have to participate in getting a grip on what went wrong.
As Americans, we deserve an answer to what went wrong that enabled Osama bin Laden and the terrorists to come in and conduct the attacks of 9/11. If that does become the issue, I think it's a loaded gun pointed right back at the White House.
Oh, And By The Way
Those firefighters in those ads? They were actors. Paid actors. Why? Oh, well, it's not because all the firefighters in NYC hate our guts and won't talk to us unless it's to tell us they'd like our asses in jail, it's because it's "cheaper" that way, don't you know? I mean, asking a real firefighter to donate his time or paying him his astronomical wage for showing up would be waaaay to expensive, especially considering what it costs to cast, audition, clothe and pay an equity actor. All you Bush Bashers sure are maroons.
Guiliani actually said this when he was on Meet The Press...Clinton anyone?
"You can go back 50 years, when investigations go on and there are a lot of issues about confidentiality, about the ability of people to advise a president. I can't think of a president in the last four or five that hasn't had an issue like this when an investigation starts. And people often misunderstand it, but a president can't be open to, you know, hours and hours and hours and hours of questioning
the way us lawyers do when we have depositions."
Don't Use My Husband As Your Mascot!
"In effect, then, Mr. Bush, you've paraded all our 9/11 dead out as the
official mascots of your reelection campaign. You use them to show our
nation that you can protect us against what we should all fear the most
-- being an anonymous corpse in another attack.
But these sleights of image and crafty juxtapositions are the only true
demonstrations of your leadership abilities."
--A.R. Torres lives in New York. Her husband, Luis Eduardo Torres, died
on Sept. 11, his second day of work in the World Trade Center.
In his first campaign commercial, George Bush reached down and molested
But this only in keeping with both Bushes. George Bush, Sr., had the
badge of officer Eddie Byrne, who was gunned down in South Jamaica, and
he stood up at Christ the King High School in Middle Village and held it
up and said he would have this badge on him forever. Some chance. Bush
then led high school girls into insane cheers for the death penalty.
Now, right off, this second George Bush came up with the badge of a Port
Authority cop, George Howard, who died. He was from Hicksville. His
mother gave Bush the son's badge. When Bush came back to the trade
center a year later, he reached into his pocket and whipped out that
badge and he had a tear in his eye. What makes it worse is that this
George W. Bush acts like he's entitled to treat the remains of a dead
man like a souvenir. Now he shows a commercial with dead bodies, or body
parts, covered with an American flag being taken through the smoke and
flames of the world trade center attack. It caused people who had lost
family members in the attack to complain about using the dead or parts
thereof being used for a politician's gain.
"Bush is afraid to let us see the dead being brought back from Iraq,"
one fire fighter said yesterday.
As seen on: http://musicradio.computer.net/wwwboard/
"The Republican National Committee's chief counsel Jill Holtzman Vogel sent this letter to 250 stations telling them not to air MoveOn.org's anti bush spots. The RNC is saying that MoveOn.org used illegal funding to finance the spots. MoveOn denies those charges.
This letter sent by the RNC sure sounds like a threat to me. Invoking the name of the FCC, bringing up the fact that you are licensed, talk of "illegal activity". I'm a life long Republican but I can't wait to see this jackass and his buddies get thrown out of the Whitehouse.
This letter STINKS of censorship!
"As a broadcaster licensed by the Federal Communications Commission, you have a responsibility to the viewing public, and to your licensing agency, to refrain from complicity in any illegal activity. Now that you have been apprised of the law, to prevent further violations of federal law, we urge you to remove these advertisements from your station's broadcast rotation."
Right wing sports writer Mike Lupica has a few things to say about Bush's ads (Hey, Mike, you forgot to mention that Bush allotted more time to make those ads than he's willing to give letting the 9/11 commission interview him):
"Those ads they're running for President Bush - shouldn't they talk
about 9/14 instead of 9/11?
That's when he got to town, right?
When I saw the first ad, I thought Rudy Giuliani was running for