Saturday, July 30, 2005

Federal Govt Pro-Suffering

This from the Associated Press:

By AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press Writer
Friday, July 29, 2005

(07-29) 19:47 PDT Honolulu (AP) --

The White House drug czar said Friday that medical marijuana is "dying out" after the Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that federal authorities may prosecute sick people whose doctors prescribe pot to ease pain.

GOI: I don't think that going after sick people who use pot to ease pain is a good use of tax payer money. I think there are more pressing issues that need our attention such as health care in general in this country. Nor do I think that it is humane to throw these (usually) chronically ill people in prisons and jails.

As for the pot itself? We pump people full of heavy opiods but allowing them to smoke a plant with lighter effects then morphine and oxycontin is too much?? It's times like this that I see our society as backwards.

"I think it's dying out," Walters told reporters after a meeting with Hawaii drug treatment counselors and law enforcement officials. "The real issue here is, is it the safe and best way for medical treatment? We don't think the best thing for people who are really sick is to make them high and send them away."

GOI: This kind of logic is so close-minded I wonder how this Walters guy learns a damn thing. Safe medical treatment? Since when do we worry about safe treatment?? Most drug treatments have harmful effects that come with the healing benefits such as chemo therapy. Chemo therapy is basically poison which happens to sometimes help kill cancers. I take 5 heavy psychotropic medications to treat my schizoaffective disorder and they aren't exactly good for my liver but the benefits far outway the negatives. So, medical marijuana is obviously not good for your lungs but it helps some chronically sick patients avoid pain and stimulate appetite. Certainly it's not for everyone but why take the option away from doctors and their patients? That just doesn't make any sense.

As for "make them high and send them away" this is just silly. ALL drugs which seek to alleviate pain will make someone "high." Medical marijuana treatment plans have had doctors advising and closely monitoring their patients. Besides, doctors do not shoot people up with morphine and then just "send them away" never to be monitored and medical marijuana would be no different. Sure medical marijuana can be abused but so can oxycontin, vicodin, percocet and other pain pills and these latter pain drugs cause nasuea where as marijuana alleviates nasuea often incured with cancer treatments and other serious illnesses.

Steve Kubby, national director of the American Medical Marijuana Association, objected to Walters' remark, saying there are "hundreds" of peer-reviewed scientific studies showing clear medical benefits from cannabis.

"The drug czar has blood on his hands for blocking the humane and medical use of cannabis for sick, disabled and dying people," Kubby said.

Kubby, a force behind the passage of a California proposition that legalized pot clubs, said marijuana can help treat nausea, pain, arthritis and cancer.

GOI: This is not about the "safety" of marijuana or concerns about getting people too "high." Rather it is about the lobbying power of the major drug manufacturers on our federal drug agency and on countless Senators and Representatives. The big drug companies do not want to have to compete with a plant that can be grown anywhere.

Set our people free.

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Friday, July 29, 2005

Bolton Linked to CIA Leak Scandal?

By MARK SHERMAN
The Associated Press
Friday, July 29, 2005; 3:23 AM

WASHINGTON -- John Bolton, President Bush's nominee for U.N. ambassador, neglected to tell Congress he been interviewed in a government investigation into faulty prewar intelligence that Iraq was seeking nuclear materials in Africa, the State Department said.

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Bolton was interviewed by the State Department inspector general in 2003 as part of a joint investigation with the CIA into prewar Iraqi attempts to buy nuclear materials from Niger, State Department spokesman Noel Clay said Thursday.

GOI Comment: God, so who isn't tied to the CIA leak investigation? I know that I'm not linked but that's as far as I'll go at this point. It seems like the entire Bush government is linked to this scandal somehow, someway. It's like one giant, rotten web of lies. I suppose Bolton just "can't recall." Seems to be a lot of that going around these days. Have they been smoking too much grass??

Hmmm.

Short term memory loss??? Maybe so. We already know that Bush fried his brain with all that blow he snorted in the 70's...Hmm.

Either that or they are as guilty as sin.

Yep, I think that's the ticket.

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Holy SH*T!!

Senate Majority leader Bill Frist now endorses legislation that would expand federally funded embryonic stem cell research.

WOW!!!!!

Go FRIST!!!

I think that this is the first time that I agree with Sen. Frist. It is about time that Frist (who is a physician) came around to supporting stem cell research. It holds so much promise to heal many diseases and could prove to be a positive and revolutionary step by humanity.We are presented with these blank stem cells (perhaps by God if you believe in God) as an answer to heal terminal illnesses and crippling injuries. We should embrace this opportunity to help heal human life with embryos that will be destroyed anyway.

I really am surprised that more "pro-lifers" do not support stem cell research funding. Stem cell research is in support of life and healing sickness and disease. It is using embryos that would otherwise be destroyed to help improve life. Should not helping improve the quality of life be apart of a "pro-life" stance? I think that it only makes sense that it should.

If you agree with stem cell research then I would urge you to send a quick note to Senator Frist and thank him for standing up for what is right on this issue.

Go "HERE" to reach the contact form for the Senator.


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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Hugh Hewitt

Well, I knew it was only a matter of time before I would be found by some of the bigger neo-conjobber bloggers. This blog has been tagged by conservative Radio talk-show host Hugh Hewitt over the 12 hour gap story I wrote about a few posts back about Alberto Gonzales waiting 12 hours before informing the rest of the White House about the CIA leak investigation.

Here is the link to his website if you want to see his take on the Gonzales story. You have to scroll down about a quarter of the way to find the story where my blog is mentioned. It's titled, "Alberto Gonzales is Bernie Nussbaum as the left-wing critics of Bush become the right-wing critics of Clinton."

Hugh says this of the left's actions in holding the Bush administration's feet to the fire:

Bill Clinton drove a lot of conservatives crazy, and a lot of credibility was lost as a result. The same sort of meltdown is now under way on the left, an amazing overkill that probably has its roots in payback but which has dramatically overestimated the traction of their claims.

"Amazing overkill??" Hugh, buddy. You're delusional. This leak scandal hits at the very heart of national security and that being the integrity of a CIA operatives cover. People have probably died because of this blown cover so I think these types of investigations are critical to our national security. "Payback" Hugh? Come on. Speaking of "payback," that's exactly what Rove had in mind when leaking Plame's name and trying to discredit her husband Joe Wilson. This is quite obvious by now Hugh.

Hugh goes on to say:

but the undeniable difference between the Clinton scandals and the Plame affair is that the Clitnon scandals could be understood by the poublic at large whereas the Plame affair strikes most Americans as silly excess of the left.

Yeah, hey Hugh! This leak scandal involves possible TREASON!! You don't think that Americans can understand that?! You must really think most Americans are idiots. Clue in buddy.

Oh yeah and "silly excess of the left??" That's why the special prosecutor in the case is a Bush appointee, right? Oh yeah and Karl "Leaky" Rove is no liberal and thus, we wouldn't be talking about this story if he hadn't "screwed the pooch" and leaked the name of Plame.

Anyway, I don't know if I should be honored or annoyed that H.H. reads my blog because he classified my writings as "hallucinations." Hey, Hugh. I'm not the one drinking the right-wing, hallucinagenic "kool-aid" and I'm taking my meds -- are you?? Wake up from your hypnotized trance and leave the "Dark Side" my friend. I'll forgive you. I'm a liberal after all.

Seriously though Hugh, welcome to my blog. I hope that one day we can find something to agree on. How about this, I'll reach out on a compromise with you in saying that I support keeping the troops in Iraq until the job is done. "We broke it, we fix it" rule. I'm sure that you agree with keeping the troops in Iraq until the job is done as well.

Oh yeah and I do listen to your show now and then. Just you know, the saying, "keep your friends close and your enemies closer." (smirk).

Happy reading.

-James

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President Bush's Approval

American voters disapprove of the job President George W. Bush is doing 53 - 41 percent, his lowest approval rating since becoming President. This compares to a 50 - 44 percent disapproval in a May 25 Quinnipiac University poll.

GOI Comment: Bush said to be in "Shock and Awe" over these poll numbers. Hehe.

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Leakers Get Raises Instead of Probation

Raw Story breaks the latest:

The top pay for senior White House aides, including Chief of Staff Andrew Card, Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and Legislative Affairs Director Candida Wolff, mushroomed to $161,000 at the beginning of July, according to a list sent to Congress and obtained by National Journal, RAW STORY can reveal.

GOI Comment: This isn't anything too shocking. Bush always seems to promote people who screw up in his administration. George Tenet, L. Paul Bremer and Tommy Franks get Medals of Freedom despite making some serious mistakes. Tenet blew the information on WMD's in Iraq, Bremer and Franks scewed the pooch my disbanding the Iraqi army and majorly adding to the size and ability of the insurgency.

This is just like the mafia in that when you get caught you tell nothing to the authorities and the mob promotes you. Now Rove and Libby get raises!!

Stay tuned.

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Governments Needs Enemies

In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.

Thich Nhat Hanh

(GOI Comment: Can you say, the Bush administration? Constantly using the fear of terrorism to keep people in line with their agenda??).

Monday, July 25, 2005

The 12 Hour Gap

This from The Editor & Publisher Journal: (America's Oldest Journal Covering the Newspaper Industry)

Published: July 24, 2005 11:20 AM ET

NEW YORK Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, responding to a strong charge in a column by Frank Rich in The New York Times’ today, said there was nothing improper about waiting 12 hours to “preserve all materials” after being informed by the Justice Department in 2003 that it was launching an investigation into the disclosure of Valerie Plame’s status as a CIA agent.

(GOI: Oh yeah, right. Whenever detectives are informed of a crime scene they don't wait 12 HOURS to investigate the crime!! Especially after informing one of the key players (Chief of Staff Andrew Card!!) in the investigation that they'll wait till morning before they look into anything!! What a joke).

Gonzales told Bob Schieffer on the CBS show “Face the Nation” that he had been given permission by the Justice Department to hold off overnight if he saw fit, which he did. But he did tell one man that night: Chief of Staff Andrew Card.

(GOI: And who did Card talk to? I'm sure there is absolutely NO chance that he might have talked to Karl Rove or Lewis Libby is there?? No, how dare I even bring up such an allegation, right? Good Lord. Who in the Bush administration isn't involved in this scandal? In addition to Rove and Libby, (and since he's the V.P.'s spokes person--the Vice President himself is in question. As is Bush by way of Rove) now we have Alberto Gonzales and Andrew Card!! The list keep growing).

Appearing on the same CBS show immediately following Gonzales, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Dela.) said: "The real question now is, 'Who did the chief of staff [Andrew Card] speak to?'"Schiefer agreed that this "seemed to perhaps open a whole new can of worms." (GOI: Yeah, good question.)

Gonzales told Schieffer that, as the White House counsel, he never launched his own probe into the matter because “in this kind of case you want to wait to see if there is a criminal investigation.” He said he feared his own queries into the Plame leak “would hinder a criminal investigation.”

(GOI: No, no. This is backward here and it's obvious. Gonzales didn't want to launch his own probe into the matter because he knew his own queries would help a criminal investigation. He was obviously trying to stall and give the leakers time to cover up their tracks).

“As White House counsel, he was the one first notified that the Justice Department, at the request of the C.I.A., had opened an investigation into the outing of Joseph Wilson's wife,” Rich wrote. “That notification came at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2003, but it took Mr. Gonzales 12 more hours to inform the White House staff that it must ‘preserve all materials’ relevant to the investigation.

"This 12-hour delay, he has said, was sanctioned by the Justice Department, but since the department was then run by John Ashcroft, a Bush loyalist who refused to recuse himself from the Plame case, inquiring Senate Democrats would examine this 12-hour delay as closely as an 18½-minute tape gap. ‘Every good prosecutor knows that any delay could give a culprit time to destroy the evidence,’ said Senator Charles Schumer, correctly, back when the missing 12 hours was first revealed almost two years ago.”

(GOI: Drip, drip, drip and the facts keep coming out).


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Saturday, July 23, 2005

More Say Iraq War Hurts Fight Against Terrorism

I've long suspected that America's war in Iraq has hurt the war on terror and now their are new poll numbers to support that theory.

This from Pew Research and The Washington Post:

A growing number of Americans fear the war in Iraq is undermining the fight against terrorism and raising the risk of terrorist attacks in this country, a poll found.

Almost half, 47 percent, say the war in Iraq has hurt the fight against terrorism _ the highest number to say that since the war began in March 2003, according to the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

And about the same number, 45 percent, said soon after the first round of subway bombings in London that the war in Iraq was raising the risk of terrorism in this country. That's up from 36 percent last fall.

But increased doubts about the effects of the Iraq war have not had much of an effect on overall support for the continuing effort to establish Iraq's attempts at democracy. About half the public, 52 percent, favors staying in Iraq until the country is stabilized and about the same number, 49 percent, support the decision to go to war.

(GOI: This is where you find me. I do not think that we should pull our troops out of Iraq. We should have never gone there in the first place but we have an obligation now to stay there until things are more stable. Regional stability is at a high risk of erroding if we leave now. I do believe, however, that we should leave if the Iraqi government officially asks that of us).

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Friday, July 22, 2005

Rove, Libby Accounts on Plame Differ With Reporters'

This from Bloomberg News:

July 22 (Bloomberg) -- Two top White House aides have given accounts to a special prosecutor about how reporters first told them the identity of a CIA agent that are at odds with what the reporters have said, according to people familiar with the case.

Lewis ``Scooter'' Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, told special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald that he first learned from NBC News reporter Tim Russert of the identity of Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame, the wife of former ambassador and Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson, one person said. Russert has testified before Fitzgerald that he didn't tell Libby of Plame's identity, the person said.

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove told Fitzgerald that he first learned the identity of the CIA agent from syndicated columnist Robert Novak, according to a person familiar with the matter. Novak, who was first to report Plame's name and connection to Wilson, has given a somewhat different version to the special prosecutor, the person said.

These discrepancies may be important because Fitzgerald is investigating whether Libby, Rove or other administration officials made false statements during the course of the investigation. The Plame case has its genesis in whether anyone violated a 1982 law making it illegal to knowingly reveal the name of a covert intelligence agent.

Read the rest of the story "HERE"

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Plame Leak Hearings Clip

Opening statement at the hearings today on the Hill. Audio clip from The Randi Rhodes Show on Air America.

this is an audio post - click to play

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Definition of Irony: See Below















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The photograph was taken in June of 2003. The event was the 4oth anniversary of Novak's column at the Army Navy Club in Washingtong D.C.

The button Rove is wearing says, "I'm a source not a target" and here he is with his other vampire buddy Robert Novak. The two emerged into the light long enough to be seen together (what a SHOCK) and have this picture snapped.

Yes, you are a target Karl because you were a source!! The irony here is just, well classic.

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3 Major Rove-Gate Points

These are from the Daily Kos and they are 3 major points to get out into the news and blogosphere:

1. Bush said ANY member of his administration who committed a crime would be fired. Yet Bush appointed and just promoted Eliot Abrams, who pled guilty in 1991 for lying to Congress over the Iran-Contra Scandal and was then pardoned by GWH Bush in 1992.
2. On Sept 23, 2003, McClellan said directly that Bush knew that Rove was not involved in the Plame Leak at all, which we now know was not true. This could involve the President in an Obstruction of Justice charge.

3. George Tenet and his Deputy Chief Pavitt bitterly complained in 2003 and 2004 about the Plame Leak and likely served as sources for the revelation that there 2 White senior officials called 6 reporters. If Tenet and Pavitt are giving Fitzgerald the full Damage Assessment on Plame and Brewster Jennings and Associates being uncovered, Bush and Cheney themselves are likely in the sights of Fitzgerald. That's why Cheney and Bush had to lawyer up a year ago, they could become targets of the investigation.

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Plame's Identity Marked as Secret or Classified

This from The Washington Post:

A classified State Department memorandum central to a federal leak investigation contained information about CIA officer Valerie Plame in a paragraph marked "(S)" for secret, a clear indication that any Bush administration official who read it should have been aware the information was classified, according to current and former government officials.

Plame -- who is referred to by her married name, Valerie Wilson, in the memo -- is mentioned in the second paragraph of the three-page document, which was written on June 10, 2003, by an analyst in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), according to a source who described the memo to The Washington Post.

The paragraph identifying her as the wife of former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV was clearly marked to show that it contained classified material at the "secret" level, two sources said. The CIA classifies as "secret" the names of officers whose identities are covert, according to former senior agency officials.

Anyone reading that paragraph should have been aware that it contained secret information, though that designation was not specifically attached to Plame's name and did not describe her status as covert, the sources said. It is a federal crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, for a federal official to knowingly disclose the identity of a covert CIA official if the person knows the government is trying to keep it secret.

Rove has also testified that the first time he saw the State Department memo was when "people in the special prosecutor's office" showed it to him, said Robert Luskin, his attorney.

GOI Comment: Uh-huh. Suuuuure Karl. You expect us all to believe that despite your security clearance and despite the fact that you have now admitted to talking to Matt Cooper about Valerie Plame that you somehow didn't know about this memo?? Whatever. You got caught with your grubby little hands in the cookie jar and now your selfishly trying to save your own ass over taking your lumps. You have jeopardized our national security with your leaks and god knows how many people were put into harms way with the outting of Valerie Plame Wilson. It is very possible that people were executed or thrown in jail for the rest of their lives once Mrs. Wilson's identity as a CIA operative was leaked to the world. Way to go "turd blossom." No wonder the President calls you that name.

Read the rest of the article "HERE"

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

State Department Memo

State Dept. Memo Eyed in CIA Leak Probe

This from the article:

A State Department memo that has caught the attention of prosecutors describes a CIA officer's role in sending her husband to Africa and disputes administration claims that Iraq was shopping for uranium, a retired department official said Tuesday.

The classified memo was sent to Air Force One just after former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson went public with his assertions that the Bush administration overstated the evidence that Iraq was interested in obtaining uranium from Niger for nuclear weapons.

Thanks to Jessica for the link.

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Judge John G. Roberts

Overall I am o.k. with this nomination although I wish that we knew more about him. Now before you go off and brand me a traitor let me explain myself here. We knew that we were going to get a conservative and It appears that Rogers is actually fairly moderate. Especially given some of the other choices that Bush could have gone with. Although his argument against Roe v. Wade has me very concerned, however, I do not think that he would actually push the button to over-turn the popular ruling.

I am just glad that Bush didn't nominate Janice Rogers Brown or Priscilla Owens. Although there might be another opportunity to go there if another justice retires. My main complaint right now is that Bush did not nominate another woman or a latina woman. I was quite disappointed with his choice in that regard.

So, again I would say overall that we should hear this guy out and see what he says and how he carries himself in the Senate hearings.

Until then I reamin cautiously optimistic.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The American Public Doesn't Buy It

This from ABC News:

July 18, 2005 — Just a quarter of Americans think the White House is fully cooperating in the federal investigation of the leak of a CIA operative's identity, a number that's declined sharply since the investigation began. And three-quarters say that if presidential adviser Karl Rove was responsible for leaking classified information, it should cost him his job.

Skepticism about the administration's cooperation has jumped. As the initial investigation began in September 2003, nearly half the public, 47 percent, believed the White House was fully cooperating. That fell to 39 percent a few weeks later, and it's lower still, 25 percent, in this new ABC News poll.

This view is highly partisan; barely over a tenth of Democrats and just a quarter of independents think the White House is fully cooperating. That grows to 47 percent of Republicans — much higher, but still under half in the president's own party. And doubt about the administration's cooperation has grown as much among Republicans — by 22 points since September 2003 — as it has among others.

There's less division on consequences: 75 percent say Rove should lose his job if the investigation finds he leaked classified information. That includes sizable majorities of Republicans, independents and Democrats alike — 71, 74 and 83 percent, respectively.

**GOI Comment: Now, today we find out that the President is going to announce his nominee for the Supreme Court spot opened after the O'Connor retirement. Do you not find it interesting timing to announce the nominee now? At the apex of the Rove/Libby leak scandal??

Don't pay attention to the man (Rove) behind the curtain is the message we get with this timing.

Meanwhile a recent survey says that 25,000 Iraqi civilians killed since the start of the Iraq War and injurying more then 42,000.

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Monday, July 18, 2005

President "Flip-Flop"

The President is having a press conference this morning with the leader of India and he said (regarding the Valerie Plame leak) that he would fire anyone found engaging in a crime. Now isn't that a "flip-flop" Mr. Bush?? (Waves flip-flops around). Before you said that you would fire anyone found leaking information! So, which is it Mr. President??

Also, what is the role of Lewis "Scooter" Libby in the leaks? Hearing reporter Matt Cooper over the weekend it appears that Libby might be the second source of the leak. This is interesting because Libby is the chief of staff in the office of the Vice-President Dick Cheney.

"Indeed, the next day the vice president's chief of staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, told me Cheney had not been responsible for Wilson's mission," Cooper wrote, adding later that in August 2004, he told the grand jury that he asked Libby on background whether he had heard anything about Wilson's wife's sending her husband to Niger."

"Libby replied, 'Yeah, I've heard that, too, or words to that effect," Cooper wrote, adding that Libby did not reveal her name or where he had heard about Plame.

GOI: So, where did Libby hear about Plame?? Maybe from the V.P.??? Or Rove?

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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Rove Not Out of Trouble Yet

O.k., so now Karl Rove is saying he did not do anything wrong because he received the information from reporter Bob Novak and other reporters. To my understanding it doesn't matter how Rove received the information rather it matters that he then took that information and leaked it by confirming it to Novak and the others. Either way I think that Rove is still in some trouble. We will have to see what the special prosecutor has to say though. Even if Rove is found to be criminally innocent, however, I think the political damage to the White House and the Republicans is serious. That, however, remains to be seen until the 2006 elections.

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Saturday, July 16, 2005

What is the Value of a Human Life?

I write this post with all reverence and honor to the victims of the London attacks.

55 people die in London and the entire world is outraged and days upon days are spent covering the horrible event. However, today 54 people were killed in Baghdad and how long will we talk about that incident? On average the Iraqi people loose 50 some of their citizens every two days. We have become numb to the violence in Iraq and yet we are the very people (Americans and British) who have created this new, Israel-on-steroids, violent Iraq and where when will it end. How many bodies are enough? How much blood needs to be shed??

These are mind blowing days that we live in and it is hard to understand the violence being lusted after in the world.

Sorry, I am feeling very worn out and frustrated today with all this violence in our world. I feel sick with all the warm blood that runs down my hands every day and all the scrubbing and washing of wands does nothing to wash it way.

Violence gives birth to more violence. Fuel thrown on a fire only creates a bigger and hotter fire ball.

And yet, what else do we do?

What other option do we have but to stay in Iraq indefinitely??

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Friday, July 15, 2005

Today's Rove Note

Why doesn't the President just come out and say that Rove doesn't have anything to do with this leak?

The longer he doesn't comment the longer it looks like a corrupt cover-up is going on at the highest levels of our government.

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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Americans Have Had it With Bush/Republicans

Boy, the sh*t is really starting to hit the fan in the oval office if i can be so crude. Americans are PISSED OFF with Bush, his buddies and the Congress. Americans want change and some new blood in Congress.

The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds just 33 percent of the respondents approve of Congress’ job. That’s down 6 points since a poll in April and 8 points since January. This obviously applies to Democrats as well as to Republicans but let's not forget that Republicans dominate and control the Congress and the Senate right now. This means that Republicans are very vulnerable in the 2006 mid-term elections.

This from MSNBC:

McInturff, the GOP pollster, points out that Americans are upset with Congress focusing on the battle over judges, Social Security, trying to restore Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube and the ethical troubles surrounding their members, including Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, instead of focusing on the economy, gas prices and health care.

GOI Comment: I agree with all of McInturff's points except the Tom DeLay focus. I think that is something that Congress should be involved in because it hits at the core of American distrust of the Congress. DeLay is basically the poster boy for Congressional distrust.

Just 20 percent of those polled say the economy has gotten better over the past 12 months, an 11- point decline since January; 51 percent believe that removing Saddam Hussein from power was not worth the cost and casualties of that war; and only 36 percent support Bush’s plan to allow workers to invest their Social Security contributions in the stock market.

Overall, according to the NBC/Journal poll, 52 percent believe the nation is headed in the wrong direction, while 35 percent think it’s on the right track.

All of these findings, Hart says, are signs of an angry electorate. “If you are a member of Congress and you got the poll back, you better be looking over your shoulder,” he said. “The masses are not happy.”

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The Rove Defense

Well, the talking points are in as the RNC trys to save the sinking ships.

This from the L.A. Times:

The RNC talking points, distributed to Republicans on Capitol Hill and to party operatives across the country, provided a detailed point-by-point defense of Rove's role in the Plame case, saying he only discussed the situation with Cooper to prevent him from writing something inaccurate.

**GOI Comment: Oh, o.k. so now we are to believe that Rove discussed the identity of Valerie Plame in order to protect her from an inaccurate story?? Yeah, o.k. this is like the defense of the abusive father who embarrasses his kid in public by outing them as a bed wetter and then says that it is for their own good because it was done in the spirit of honesty.

**GOI Comment: The other defense they are using is that Rove simply said "Wilson's wife" rather then her specific name. RNC chairman Ken Mehlman had this to say:

"He did not, according to what we learned this past weekend, reveal the name of anybody."

GOI: Yeah, for all we know he could have been refering to some other Wilson. PA-LEEZE!!! There is only one Wilson in reference to the Niger story who's wife was a secret CIA operative.

RNC spokesman Brian Jones said the committee decided to issue the talking points after Democrats on Capitol Hill began attacking Rove, some calling for his resignation and others saying that his security clearance should be revoked.

"It's appropriate that we push back and take existing information and lay out what the reality is. Part of the reality is that Democrats are engaging in blatant political attacks," Jones said. "There was a need for it to be done, and we did it."

GOI: Blatant political attacks, huh? O.k., this last defense is worst of them all. The man broke the law and his defense is that the democrats are attacking him because he' s Republican rather then a crook?? "They just don't like me because I'm a Republican," I can hear Rove whine. Yeah, it has nothing to do with you leaking the name of a CIA operative who was working in the field of WMD and jeopardizing our national security. Does it? As radio talk show host Randi Rhodes said today, "democracts are engaged in political attacks because they are pointing out the blantant political attack of Karl Rove??" God, their spin is enough to make your head snap clean off.

Besides the President is the one who said he would fire any leaker that he found in his administration so I'm just holding the President to his word. Which isn't worth much these days. Bush and his buddies lie as effortlessly as the rest of us breath. So if these are partisan attacks then is the President now a democrat since he said that he would not put up with a leaker in his White House? Hmm. Yep, they're in a tight spot indeed.

Do not struggle. You will only sink in deeper.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Another Rove Petition

Want to sign another petition to urge the President to fire Rove?

Go HERE

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Fire Rove Now

Tired of all the lies?

Sign John Kerry's letter to the President to bring pressure to fire Karl Rove.

Go HERE.

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Karl Rove IS a Smoking Gun

The media and investigators are closing in on Karl Rove and his alleged leaking of Valerie Plame's name. Rove must have known that the WMD case was thin (as the Downing Street memos reveal) and attacked Joe Wilson for calling Bush to the mat on the Niger Uranium story. Wilson became a threat to the Bush administrations justifications for the Iraqi war and thus he and his wife apparently came within the cross-hairs of Karl Rove. Leaking the name of an under cover CIA operative is I L L E G A L and undermines national security. Someone from the White House leaked this information as pay back for Wilson discrediting President Bush and his case for war based on WMD. It now appears more and more that this person was Karl Rove.

This from the AP:

WASHINGTON - For the better part of two years, the word coming out of the Bush White House was that presidential adviser Karl Rove had nothing to do with the leak of a female CIA officer's identity and that whoever did would be fired.

But Bush spokesman Scott McClellan wouldn't repeat those claims Monday in the face of Rove's own lawyer, Robert Luskin, acknowledging the political operative spoke to Matthew Cooper of Time magazine, one of the reporters who disclosed Valerie Plame's name.

McClellan repeatedly said he couldn't comment because the matter is under investigation. When it was pointed out he had commented previously even though the investigation was ongoing, he responded: "I've really said all I'm going to say on it."

And let's not forget:

"The White House promised if anyone was involved in the Valerie Plame affair, they would no longer be in this administration," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. "I trust they will follow through on this pledge. If these allegations are true, this rises above politics and is about our national security."

One of the e-mails was a note from Cooper to his boss in which he said he had spoken to Rove, who described the wife of former U.S. Ambassador and Bush administration critic Joe Wilson as someone who "apparently works" at the CIA, Newsweek magazine reported.
Within days of the July 11, 2003, e-mail, Cooper's byline was on a Time article identifying Wilson's wife by name — Valerie Plame. Her identity was first disclosed by columnist Robert Novak.


The e-mail did not say Rove had disclosed the name. But it made clear that Rove had discussed the issue.

That ran counter to what McClellan has been saying. For example, in September and October 2003, McClellan's comments about Rove included the following: "The President knows that Karl Rove wasn't involved," "It was a ridiculous suggestion," and, "It's not true."

**GOI Comment: Now, however, McClellan isn't commenting on anything that the heat is really catching up to Rove. How terrible does this look?? You comment saying "It was a ridiculous suggestion" and then you go on to say "no comment."

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Luskin, Rove's lawyer, said his client did not disclose Plame's name. Luskin declined to say how Rove found out that Wilson's wife worked for the CIA and refused to say how Rove came across the information that it was Wilson's wife who authorized his trip to Africa.

**GOI Comment: I guess we are to believe that Rove who is called "the brain" just stumbled upon this information by accident. He is considered a very smart person but now he claims he had no idea that "Wilson's wife" was Valerie Plame and a CIA undercover operative? Are we to believe that he has recently suffered a severe blow to the head which rendered him stupid??

This is getting good.

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Friday, July 08, 2005

United with the UK


We are united with the UK in mourning their losses and condemnation of the London attacks.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Rove Didn't "Knowningly" Disclose Classified Information

This from the L.A. Times:

Rove spoke to Time reporter Matthew Cooper in July 2003, before a syndicated column revealed the identity of operative Valerie Plame, the wife of Bush administration critic and former U.S. Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV.

"What I can tell you is that Cooper called Rove during that week between the Wilson article and the Novak article, but that Karl absolutely did not identify Valerie Plame," Luskin said (Rove's attorney)."He did not disclose any confidential information about anybody to Cooper or to anybody else."

Then there is this from Newsweek:

Luskin told NEWSWEEK that Rove "never knowingly disclosed classified information" and that "he did not tell any reporter that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA." Luskin declined, however, to discuss any other details.

***GOI Comment: Sounds like a 90% confession to me. Knowingly is the key word here. Don't you think that Rove would know if he talked about Valerie Plame? Especially given the interest of this story over the last few years. That's like saying, "I didn't knowingly kill that guy" or "I didn't knowingly steal all those diamonds." "I didn't knowingly lie under oath." I could go on and on with this knowingly stuff. This is just as bad as Clinton saying it depends on what the definition of "Is" is or "I didn't inhale." Except that this leak put our country and CIA operatives at risk given that Plame was working in the field of WMD!!! The leak was an apparent attack of revenge on Joe Wilson who discredited the President's WMD claim. So, it appears that Joe Wilson calling the Bush administration on the WMD claim proves yet again that the intelligence was being fixed about the policy and that brings us back again to the Downing Street memos.

If Rove didn't leak the information then why didn't his lawyer just come out and say that instead of using the word knowingly? If find it damning that Rove talked to one of the reporters who is now under investigation about this leak but he claims he has no involvement in the leak?? I talked to the suspect in question around the time of the leak but I swear I had nothing to do with it.

Hmmm, this whole thing just stinks like rotten garbage.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Karl Rove: Is He the Source?

This from AlterNet:

"Karl Rove allegedly outed a CIA operative working on weapons of mass destruction while we are at war."

Do we know that he is for sure the author of the leak?

No, but the spotlight and suspicion is on him and it is quite possible that he is the guy. After all, the godfather always pulls the strings from behind the scenes but that doesn't make him any less guilty. It is obvious by now that Rove has been Bush's main "guy" through out his presidency. Let's also not forget that Bush barely even addressed the outting of this CIA operative and tried to investigate it.

Rove may be in hot water and it sounds like the pressure is mounting to confirm the identity of this leaker once and for all.


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Friday, July 01, 2005

Supreme Court Explosion

Well, by now everyone has heard the news that Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conner is retiring. It appears that this will lead to an explosion over who to replace her with. I just hope that President Bush nominates someone is considered as moderate so we can avoid this explosion. It would go a long way to bridge the divide that still exists in this country. I would hope that he has enough intelligence not to nominate a hard-core conservative because that would split the country even more. Not only that but it would hurt his party I believe in the 2006 elections.

I guess we will see in the days to come.

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