Friday, April 27, 2007
In Oct. 1994, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) called on President Clinton to withdraw forces from Haiti "as soon as possible." "In my view that does not mean as soon as order is restored to Haiti," he said. "It does not mean as soon as democracy is flourishing in Haiti. It does not mean as soon as we have established a viable nation in Haiti. As soon as possible means as soon we can get out of Haiti without losing any American lives." A year before, in Oct. 1993, McCain argued against giving any strategy the chance to succeed in Somalia. "Mr. President, can anyone seriously argue that another 6 months of United States forces in harm's way means the difference between peace and prosperity in Somalia and war and starvation there? Is that very dim prospect worth one more American life? No, it is not," he said.
Another senator who has displayed intellectual dishonesty over the need for a timetable is Jon Kyl (R-AZ). Recently on CNN, he attacked the withdrawal plan, claiming it was "the first time I know of -- in the middle of a war -- that a country just announces that on a specific date it's walking off the battlefield." But in June 1998, Kyl voted in favor of provisions that called for U.S. forces to "walk off the battlefield" by a certain date in Kosovo and Bosnia. In June 1998, he supported a bill to "require the President to submit Congress a plan for withdrawing United States forces from Bosnia and Herzegovina if the Congress does not so act by March 31, 1999.” In May 2000, Kyl supported an effort by Congress to compel Clinton to withdraw all ground forces from Kosovo by July 1, 2001.
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) recently warned that we cannot leave Iraq -- "like we did in Somalia" -- because "we will leave chaos in our wake." Yet, Boehner voted numerous times to limit the deployment of troops in Somalia. On at least two occassions, he supported amendments to move up the deadline to bring toops home from Somalia (House Roll Call Vote #179, 5/22/93 and House Roll Call Vote #555, 11/9/93). He also voted against $1.8 billion in funding for the operation in Somalia (House Roll Call Vote #188, 5/26/93).
Earlier this week, Bush said, "I believe artificial timetables of withdrawal would be a mistake. An artificial timetable of withdrawal would say to an enemy, just wait them out." But in 1999, George W. Bush criticized President Clinton for not setting a timetable for exiting Kosovo, and yet he refuses to apply the same standard to his war. Bush explicitly said, "I think it’s also important for the president to lay out a timetable as to how long they will be involved and when they will be withdrawn." Bush also said, "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is." Now, Bush has taken exactly the opposite position, arguing it's important for the president not to explain the exit strategy.
GOI: This only further solidifies my view that they are opposing time tables and withdrawal plans because they refuse to take responsibility for their disastrous and immoral actions.
The straw man argument that "everything changed" after 9/11 would be dusted off, trotted out and used to defend their bogus war. Yet, a threat is a threat. The is no difference whether al-Qaeda kills Americans or Somalis kill Americans. Either way it's a disaster. So if we should have pulled out of Somalia or Lebanon or Bosnia and Kosovo (and we should have--not sure of the status of American troops in Bosnia and Kosovo though but if indeed they are there then they need to be pulled out unless they are apart of a greater NATO operation.) then why can't and shouldn't we pull out of Iraq? In all those instances American lives were in danger in an unclear mission with no exit strategy.
PHOTO: Doesn't this picture of serial killer Ted Bundy remind you of a young George W. Bush?? A young Bush who grew up into a mass murderer in his own right. The comparisons are freaky.
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Thursday, April 26, 2007
John "Bomb Iran" McStain "joked" on The Daily Show last night that he bought an IED when he was in Baghdad, Iraq to place under John Stewart's desk.
Not funny--not even a little.
I think "Johnny Got His Gun" should go back to Walter Reid and visit the poor soldiers who have been disfigured by IED's and apologize to them.
Rep. John Murtha was livid about this "joke" and was not at all amused chiding McStain on the House floor. McStain responded by saying people (including Murtha) who are upset over said "joke" need to "Lighten up and get a life." GET A LIFE?!!! Again, not funny. Tell the families of soldiers killed by IEDs in Iraq to "get a life" if they get offended by his tasteless "joke."
As we all know IEDs are the NUMBER ONE KILLER of our soldiers in Iraq. Yeah that's hilarious. What a sick bastard.
How is "joking" about the #1 killer of our soldiers "supporting the troops???" Would YOU feel supported If you were a soldier who has dodged an IED in Iraq and/or saw your buddies blown into hamburger meat by one of these bombs and now suffer from nightmares and PTSD because of it??? Would you be able to "lighten up" and "get a life" if your son, daughter, brother or father is now mentally retarded because of the brain trauma received from being in an IED attack???
The name McStain does indeed fit this waste of space.
He was in battle and should know better.
I hope I see him in person so that I can give him some "straigh talk" and spit in his old, wrinkly face.
FUCK YOU John McStain.
PHOTO: Michael Moore flashes John McCain the loser sign after he referred to him as a "disingenuous film maker" during his speech at the 2004 Republican National Convention.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007
His speech was forced and who ever wrote it should be fired. It sounded as if it was written by a member of a middle school student government. His time has come and gone and he should just fade away into the Arizona sunset. Sticking around is painful to watch--kind of like watching Rich Little attempting to resuscitate his career at the White House correspondents dinner.
His campaign was already on life support before he made this announcement and the applause was sparse and tepid. It seemed as if there were only a handful of people attending--probably just his family, friends and the media.
And at the end there was no cheesy song!! So I have taken the liberty to suggest a few songs: "Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin, "American Idiot" by Green Day and "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd.
This guy has sold out so many times he makes prostitutes look virtuous. He's Bush's bitch and heir apparent. Enough said.
The "Straight Talk Express" is going in circles.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Yeah, whatever--maybe if we live in a world where the only country is the U.S. Then again that seems accurate and not exaggerated as the Bushites seem to think that America is the be all and end all of Earth.
Sure we are the most powerful country in the world right now but that doesn't mean we have the right to violate our stewardship and rape the Earth. That is abuse of our influence and power but since when has that stopped the conservatives.
The irony that I always find when talking about conservatives and environmental issues is that one would think that a "conservative" would be interested in "conserving" nature. However, that is not the case for the most part. The only thing that they conserve in regards to environmental issues is their profits from exploiting Mother Earth.
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Monday, April 23, 2007
In one segment he offered evidence to bolster the Democrats position to debate Iraq in the Congress:
Significantly, American leaders in Iraq told me that they believed the debate on this issue in Congress had actually helped them get Iraqi leaders to grasp this point.
GOI: Hagel gives us a different view from that of the administration as to what exactly the leaders on the ground think on the debate in Congress. Much to the chagrin of the administration who wants to portray this debate as hurting the mission in Iraq. Sen. Hagel's view point is even more credible given that it is coming from within the ranks of the President's own party.
Bush and his sycophants are trying to paint the Democrats as cowards and "Defeatocrats" when it is they who are the cowards. They are the ones using our troops as cover for their inept and highly destructive and damaging policies so that they can shamelessly continue the statues quo to avoid having to take responsibility for their actions. And in the end the coward sneaks out the back door leaving their problems for someone else to clean up. The Bush cabal is like the captain jumping ship taking the only raft away from the disaster at the expense of the passengers (our troops in Iraq and the American citizens).
Another analogy is that of the spoiled child (Bush) who has never had to take responsibility. The child breaks a jar (Iraq) in the supermarket (the world) then walks away from the mess to play video games leaving their mistakes for the parent (us and the rest of the world) to clean up after and pay for the damaged goods.
They are the cowards. Iraq is addicted to violence and Bush is supporting their habits. They are the one's ignoring the American public's views, that of decorated generals, historians, members of their own party and opinions of the Iraqi people themselves. That is breath taking hubris.
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Sunday, April 22, 2007
Bush's response?? "I don't need trees to breath--I'm an A'muriken and that means I can do anything."
This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth.
All things are connected like the blood that unites us all.
Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.
~John James Audubon
Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.
~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Each time you look at a tangerine, you can see deeply into it. You can see everything in the universe in one tangerine. When you peel it and smell it, it’s wonderful. You can take your time eating a tangerine and be very happy.
Friday, April 20, 2007
I am not too surprised that this right leaning court has made this decision but I am surprised that they made no exception for the life of the mother!! THAT is the real story here. THAT is amazingly barbaric, dangerous and irresponsible. And sadly all of this is lost on America as this story was pushed into the ICU unit of new stories by this over-done Virginia Tech massacre coverage.
So basically what the court is saying (and those who support this kind of radical action) is that it's better for the mother to die so that a child can live without a mother then save the woman so that she has another change at pregnancy later!! A second chance where she has a better shot at having a baby without risking her life (and her babies)!!! And what if both the mother and child die?? It's better that two lives die then to save one of the two?? That is utter insane, irrational, illogical thought!! This black and white, absolute thinking and acting has got to stop!!!!
These anti-choice people love the fetus but hate the child. As soon as they are born they do not want to have to help pay for their insurance and other medical care should they be born with AIDS or a meth/crack addiction. Many do not want to pay more to increase the quality of schooling they should receive and on and on.
And in this ruling they are obviously saying the child is more important then the mother. What if the mother had two other children? This means that they are saying it's better for these two other children to lose their mother then to save the mother for the benefit of the greater family.
This is such arcane thinking!!
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Wednesday, April 18, 2007
My thoughts are with the victims and families of the victims in these days after the Virginia Tech massacre. I can not even imagine what it must have been like to go through such horror and I wish that I could give a hug to everyone of those students, teachers and family members. However, let us not forget that massacres like this are occurring everyday in Iraq:
By BASSEM MROUE
Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Police in Ramadi uncovered 17 decomposing corpses buried beneath two schoolyards in a district that until recently was under the control of al-Qaida fighters. At least 85 people were killed or found dead across the country Tuesday.
GOI: And today:
BAGHDAD - Four large bombs exploded in mostly Shiite areas of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 160 people and wounding scores as violence climbed toward levels seen before the U.S.-Iraqi campaign to pacify the capital began two months ago.
GOI: CNN is now reporting that the count is up to at least 170 since this story was posted on MSN.com. That's nearly six times more then the Virginia Tech murders and yet the news is barely mentioning it. In fact, at least 255 Iraqis have been killed in the last two days alone. It's sad how Americans see the life of another American more precious than that of anyone else.
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Friday, April 13, 2007
I heard that Sen. Hillary Clinton is going to meet with the Rutgers Woman's Champion basketball team.
(shakes head) Boy she doesn't pass up an opportunity does she? Why is she going to meet with them?? What does she have to do with this whole affair? Nothing. Did she care about them before this controversy? Probably not. Did she really give a hoot that they won the championship. I doubt it. Who does she think she is?? These young ladies don't need her--it is apparent from their news conference that they can defend themselves. This morning the head coach said (after meeting with Imus) that "they" don't need anything else. Shrillary just wants the photo op and to make some grand statements about how she is this and she is that and blah, blah, blah. And as soon as this story has faded away she'll be on to the next photo op of the moment like a vampire moves on to the next victim to bleed. Can you tell I don't like her? :)
Who will she meet with next? Sanjaya from American Idol (I don't watch the show but catch the updates on Countdown) because he's the latest pop entertainment story?? This blogger wouldn't doubt it.
I know that she isn't the only political opportunist but she takes it to the next level--She's an expert. She's like that annoying person at a party who butts their head into every conversation trying to make everything their business. Or the kid in class that always over-achieved and kissed the teachers ass. Being smart is one thing--going for the A+++++ is another. I don't want another dumb ass like Bush but I also want someone who's alive and breathing. She seems like a robot that is programmed to know all kinds of facts who tries to be personable but it just doesn't look right--you can tell she's trying too hard. This move has me calling, "bullshit." She already looks conniving and meeting with these women isn't going to help that image. It's all about her and that's more than apparent. She plans everything out too much--and it shows. She needs to loosen up and go with the flow better.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2007
So far three generals have passed on the offer citing having too many things on their plates to take the position--like retirement and "having to wash their hair." All joke aside no one wants to be associated with "The W" anymore. No one wants to be the scapegoat for this bullshit war.
I thought that the Republicans are for cutting government bureaucracy and yet know we're creating the "war czar??" What's next? The "Oil Czar?" Oh wait, we already have that--Dick Cheney. What we really need is a "Bush Czar" someone to manage the brain-dead sod. Otherwise known as a psychiatrist. Shit, Bush needs more then one Czar to manage his disastrous self--he needs an entire Russian Royal Family!!! Anastasia included.
You know, come to think of it--Bush does act like a king so no wonder he likes the czar thing!!
The Baghdad security plan needs a security plan.
A suicide bomber got through the uber-tight security (possibly 6 check points!!) of the green zone and set off his explosives within the Parliament building deep in the heart of the "safest part of Iraq" killing 8 people including two law makers. The check points into the "Emerald city" are manned by mostly Iraqi forces and this type of incident makes me wonder how far along the Iraqi forces are in being able to fully take over all operations within Iraq. It seems that Iraqi forces are still rife with corruption and militia infiltration. It smells of an inside job. If we can not even protect the green zone now--then how are we supposed to protect the rest of the country??
One of the general's said this wasn't an attack on the parliament it was an attack on the Iraqi people. Well, that's absurd. Of course it was an attack on the parliament--that's where it took place--killing and wounding parliament lawmakers!! And they are Iraqi's too!! So yes, of course it's an attack on the parliament AND on Iraqis. Thanks for that insight genius.
This reminds me of the Tet offensive in the Vietnam war when the U.S. embassy was attacked. The Viet Cong failed but the fact that they were able to strike the embassy showed how bad things had deteriorated. This is the same effect that this attack on the green zone seems to be creating.
The Iraqi government is split and dead-locked along sectarian lines and most law makers have their own militias so anyone could be behind this attack. Obviously someone had a high security clearance to get through all those check points.
Picture: Czar Nicholas II of Romanov Russian Royal Family
Well, they got to talking politics and eventually began to talk about Hillary Clinton. Two of the women were talking about her saying that they could never vote for her or any woman because woman are not qualified to be president!!!!! They were saying that basically a woman's place is in the home barefoot and preggers. They went on to say that being president is a stressful job and woman can't deal with that kind of stress like men can!! I was blown away.
Now I don't like Hillary Clinton mainly because I support Barack Obama. However, I very much believe that a woman can be President of the United States of America or just about any country. This is equivalent of believing and saying back in the day that black people can't and shouldn't be president.
I'm just as sick of the Don Imus controversy as anyone but I heard something interesting on the Randi Rhodes show yesterday. She was bringing up the idea that maybe Imus is being scapegoated. Of course I was outraged over his comments and I think he should be fired but should Rush Limbaugh who says such things nearly everyday. Or Ann Coulter for crying out loud!! The list goes on and on amongst the conservative commentators: Michael Savage, Sean Hannity, Bill Bennett, Neil Boortz and Glen Beck.
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Thursday, April 05, 2007
Bush yesterday on Iraq:
(yelling in that annoying, condescending, whiny voice)
It's not a civil war--It's pure evil!!
GOI: Umm, ah--what???. A civil war is pretty damn evil. Fellow countrymen killing each other and their grandparents mothers, wives and kids?? It's not exactly an angelic endeavor!! Why do they even let him talk and go out in public anymore? He's beyond an embarrassment. He's like the family drunk that gets up and always makes a fool of himself during family gatherings making everyone not only embarrassed but very uncomfortable. Getting up and mooning the bride at a wedding, hitting on his 13 year old cousin--that kind of thing.
He's not even fit to run a school. He'd declare war on the janitorial staff because they wield heavy-duty chemical cleaning supplies. Certainly products that President Silver Spoon up His Ass wouldn't recognize. So inevitably he would label them as terrorists holding WMD to wipe out the entire school. He'd be calling in the secret service and rent-a-cop's to take out the evil-doing, traitorous, smarter-then-him, janitors.
Sorry it's been awhile since I've written on this blog. I've been in the political news but now I'm back rested and ready to dish out some serious snark and spit-fire analysis.
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Wednesday, April 04, 2007
We all know that we would have gone down a different road in Iraq if we had really given diplomacy a chance and especially the weapons inspectors more time.
Then we have speaker Pelosi talking to the Syrians--what a traitor!! That's basically what they are saying on the right. Yeah, it's traitorous to have an open dialog with our enemies. How can we resolve war if we do not talk and negotiate with our enemies? We all know by now that the Iraq war can not be ended militarily. The military is not built for negotiating and bringing a political solution to end a war. That takes fine tuning with specific, delicate tools that diplomats and politicians wield. The military is like a big hammer. You can not use a hammer to fix hole in the wall. It will only create another hole in the wall. Using force at this point in the war is only creating more enemies.
It's sadly ironic that even conservatives now believe that the end of the Iraq war will only occur through political means and yet they are blocking the politicians and diplomats from doing just that!! Rather they are saying that we should manage this war from the ground and leave the diplomacy and such to the generals on the ground!!! Middle school civics students understand diplomacy better then this president and "his people" do.
~Peace to all beings~