Why is the Obama Administration negotiating with terrorists?

November 17, 2010 at 10:15 am | Posted in Bush, Foreign Affairs, Obama!, politics straight up, Reality Bites, terrorism | Leave a comment
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"Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. Gas demonstration. Reconditioning gas masks at the gas mask factory." 1942 June. Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

The Obama administration and Congressional Democrats still don’t understand that Republicans don’t care if they destroy the country, whether it be by foreign or domestic means.

Because a police state is so much better than a nanny state.

Well, better for the terrorists anyway.

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Relationship FAIL

November 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Posted in Bush, terrorism | Leave a comment
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"Mother listening to son read. Sarasota trailer park, Sarasota, Florida." January 1941. Marion Post Wolcott, photographer. Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

(NYPost) George W. Bush’s pro-life stance solidified when he was a teenager in Texas — after his mother suffered a devastating miscarriage and showed him the fetus in a jar, the former president said in an extraordinary interview that airs tonight.

“She said to her teenage kid, ‘Here’s the fetus,’ ” the shockingly candid Bush told NBC’s Matt Lauer, gesturing as if he were holding the jar during the TV chat, a DVD of which The Post exclusively obtained.

“There’s no question that affected me, a philosophy that we should respect life,” said the former president, who had to drive his distraught mother to the hospital at the time.

[snip]

But “the purpose of the story wasn’t to try show the evolution of a pro-life point of view,” Bush insisted to Lauer.

“It was really to show how my mom and I developed a relationship.”

How stupid are Democrats?

July 12, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Posted in Bush, civil rights, law, politics straight up, Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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Pretty fucking stupid.

Deaf and Dumb Asylum, Jacksonville, Illinois. Between 1880 and 1901. (Library of Congress)

Even a Fox News legal analyst — former New Jersey district judge Andrew Napolitano — thinks Bush and Cheney should have been indicted for “for torturing, for spying, for arresting without warrants.” But the Obama administration, not wanting to be seen “politicizing politics,” turned its back on the rule of law, figuring that if a Democratic administration didn’t pursue criminal charges against the Bush, Cheney and other members of their administration, somehow Republicans would feel constrained from attempting to impeach another Democratic president for lying about getting his cock sucked, or some other manufactured hysteria.

Darrell Issa is making plans now to “investigate” the “corrupt” Obama administration.

What have Democrats accomplished by not doing the right thing and criminally indicting Bush and Cheney for crimes against humanity? Nothing, except to prove again that nice guys finish last. As an added bonus, they license future Republicans administrations to pick up where Bush/Cheney left off.

Did no one learn anything from the ill-conceived pardoning of Richard Nixon?

This is perhaps the most egregious example of Democrats making a huge concession in exchange for bupkis, but as we have seen with health care and financial reform, it’s the way this administration rolls.

Remembering Ronald Reagan (February 6, 1911– June 5, 2004)

June 4, 2010 at 1:45 am | Posted in Bush, God machine, Historical, palin, politics straight up, Reality Bites | 2 Comments
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St. Ronnie

Campaign poster, 1984 (Library of Congress)

What we saw during the Bush/Cheney administration was not a fluke or an anomaly, but the murderous crest of an authoritarian/plutocrat movement that was born in sin and began its aggressive descent into ignorance, bigotry and willful blindness not five months or five years ago…but was well underway 40 years ago, was radically amplified by a man named Ronald Reagan, and had been gaining barbaric force and momentum ever since.

It was, after all, none other than Ronald Reagan — the very Fountainhead of all Conservative Good Things — who first blew up the deficit. Wheee!

It was Ronald Reagan who rode to power over the bodies of civil rights workers, in the back of the imaginary Cadillac of a fictional welfare queen, to the thunderous applause of Klansmen, Birchers and theocrats.

It was Reagan who kicked the door open and invited the crazies onto the dance floor. Reagan, who opened the floodgates to the GOP lining its electoral pockets by demonizing gays. And uppity women. And minorities. And imaginary hippies.

It was Reagan who crushed residential mental health programs, programs to provide legal help to poor people, food programs, unions, you name it.

It was Reagan who unleashed Total Class Warfare aimed squarely at those citizens who were poorest, weakest and least-able-to-defend themselves.

It was Reagan who began the Republican War on the Middle Class that is now approaching its Gettysburg.

It was Conservative icon Saint Ronald Reagan who supercharged the efforts to methodically transformation of the Party of Lincoln into the Party of Jefferson Davis begun under Conservative Richard Nixon. Who oversaw the cynical escalation of the cultural war from Conventional to Nuclear.

It was Reagan who conducted a flatly illegal war and told his critics to fuck off when his crimes were discovered. It was Reagan who dallied with terrorists and laundered their money to pay for that illegal war. And it was Reagan’s vice president who 20 fucking years ago turned the despicable Lee Atwater loose to run one of the most nakedly racist campaigns in modern presidential history, and who then went on to make sure that all of Reagan’s criminal co-conspirators got pardons.

All of which and so very much more has been whisked down the memory hole by Mr. Sullivan, because his particular shell game only works as long as everyone agrees to pretend that the Palinites, the Bushies, the Cheneyites and all the other slavering, wingnut zombie hordes from which Mr. Sullivan now cringes in horror are some random freaks of recent vintage …

It’s also a function of Fox News creating a national ideology through a national propaganda arm of the RNC. Well, they will reap what they sow. At least I hope so if real conservatism is going to one day find a comeback in American political discourse.

Sister Sarah

… and not a generation of stunted, smug, pig-ignorant Conservatives who were deliberately spawned and suckled by the Republican Party in the radioactive wasteland created by Mr. Sullivan’s beloved Reagan Revolution.

Because any Acknowledgment of Paternity which establishes Ronald Reagan’s as the political father of George Bush, Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin would completely fuck up Mr. Sullivan’s lucrative scam.

So, shhhhhh!

Driftglass, 2/8/10

The direct consequence of deregulation.

May 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Bush, politics straight up | Leave a comment
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Let’s thank all of those who voted for George W. Bush and who continue to vote for Republicans:

Attention Eric Cantor: This is what “adult, responsible leadership” looks lke

April 18, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Posted in Bush, politics straight up, Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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Vodpod videos no longer available.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) delivered the Republicans’ weekly address yesterday and among the many idiotic things that came out of his mouth was that if only voters would give them another chance, Republicans would provide “adult, responsible leadership.”

Well, Mr. Cantor, apparently you were asleep from January 2001 through January 2009. If the many disasters caused by Republicans during those years is any example of what they would do if given another opportunity, I hope Americans are smart enough to decline to give them that opportunity any time soon.

Thanks, Crooks & Liars, for the video!

Why do “conservatives” hate America?

February 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Bush, Historical, politics straight up | Leave a comment
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People made a lot of excuses for George W. Bush and his inability to speak coherently, but consider how successful he was at harming the country.

As the World Trade Center towers were burning in New York, Bush was in a Florida elementary school classroom reading “The Pet Goat."

“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful – and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people – and neither do we.”

George W. Bush at a signing ceremony for a $417bn defense bill on August 5, 2004, in Washington DC

If Sarah Palin ever somehow manages to get herself installed in the Oval Office, you can bet the farm that she will deliver failure to a degree that will make Bush look like Washington, Lincoln and FDR all rolled into one.

“Now like a lot of you, perhaps, I have spent the last year thinking about how — how to best serve. How — How can I help our country? How can I make sure that I, that you, that we’re in a position of nobody being able to succeed?”

AFP/Getty photo by Jim Watson / October 13, 2008

Excerpt from Sarah Palin’s Keynote Speech at the Inaugural Tea Party Convention, February 6, 2010.

Chilcot Hearings on Iraq War

January 29, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Posted in Bush, Foreign Affairs, Historical, terrorism, torture | Leave a comment
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Ctesiphon, the imperial capital of the Arsacids and of the Sassanids, was one of the great cities of ancient Mesopotamia, now Iraq. c1932 (Library of Congress)

Wufnik at Scholars and Rogues has been doing regular posts on the goings on at the Chilcot hearings on the Iraq war that are well worth a read.

The first post in which Wufnik talks about the inquiry is Christmas music (9)–Best English folk/indie/whatever Christmas album, then Stout Denial, More Chilcot, Blogging Blair and Blogging Blair (2).

The British Government has a website for the Iraq Inquiry that has video, transcripts and background documents.

Dick Cheney: Petty, Dishonorable and Treacherous

December 30, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Posted in Bush, politics straight up, terrorism | Leave a comment
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Dick Cheney the Puppet-Show-Man

Engraving, which formed the frontispiece to "A Second Tale of a Tub : or, the History of Robert Powel the Puppet-Show-Man. c.1715 (Library of Congress)

The Dick had this to say yesterday:

As I’ve watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war. He seems to think if he has a low key response to an attempt to blow up an airliner and kill hundreds of people, we won’t be at war.

But let’s remember how his puppet, then president, responded to an almost identical terrorist attempt:

Eight years ago, when a terrorist tried to blow up an airplane under nearly identical circumstances, then-President Bush waited six days before making brief, cursory public remarks. Five days after the attempted terrorist attack, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld refused substantive comment altogether, telling reporters, “That’s a matter that’s in the hands of the law enforcement people.” A White House spokesperson would only say at the time that officials were “continuing to monitor events.”

And where was Bush during those six days? On vacation. He was absent from office from December 22, 2001 until January 7, 2002.

By early March 2008, the War President, as he liked to refer to himself, had spent 918 days on vacation. By January 2009 Bush had spent 487 days lounging at Camp David.

Was there outrage when Bush didn’t cut his Christmas vacation short and made little comment about the “shoebomber”?

The media also seemed to have little interest in pressing Bush about the bombing, or the fact that the incident had revealed a previously unknown vulnerability in airplane security — that shoes could be used to hide chemicals or explosive devices.

An Agence France-Presse story was one of the few to call attention to the silence from Bush and other top officials.

Those pesky French!

The most dangerous terrorist threat facing this country comes not from overseas but from snakes like Dick Cheney.

First Former Bush II Administration Official Indicted For Corruption

September 17, 2009 at 12:48 am | Posted in Bush, Department of the Interior, Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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Gale A. Norton, Interior Secretary for George “Worst President in American History” Bush (2001 to 2006), has been indicted on charges that she “illegally used her position to benefit Royal Dutch Shell PLC.”

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