October 1, 2003 Wednesday

"Let them eat pennies."-Elaine Chao

Pulpit Bully
TomPaine.com, D.C. - Sep 29, 2003

The White House has taken what may be its boldest step yet to blur the constitutional separation of church and state.

In a radical move largely ignored by national news outlets, the Bush administration has abolished longstanding prohibitions against federal grants for social programs sponsored by churches and religious organizations.

"Faith-based" groups are now eligible to compete with secular organizations for some $28 billion in government money, subsidizing everything from housing to "mentoring" the children of prisoners.


Fighting Over Overtime
Washington Post - Sep 29, 2003
... Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao, dismissing the arguments of those who "think employers are out to exploit workers," says that businesses are lobbying for the ...
Economy races ahead, leaving jobs in the dust
USA Today - 10-1-03
... Labor Department officials Tuesday unveiled a report, based on data covering millions of private firms, that showed continued job loss through December 2002. ...

Congrats Elaine Chao, Secretary of the Department of Labor!  You are the All Hat No Cattle Terror Alert Girl for the month of October -- a honor you have earned. By advocating some workers from getting paid overtime, by advocating giving Federal money to faith based groups while exempting them from Federal laws and by being Secy of Labor at a time when more jobs have been lost since WWII, you win this title hands down.  Oh, and being married to Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky Fried Brain) helped too.

Thanks to Tom S. for Chao's nomination!


Zelda Morgan




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Bush Vows Action if Aides Had Role in Leak (washingtonpost.com)

The Washington Post is running a Chronology of events. This is a good sign the story has legs. Now we need the networks to create dancing graphics, a snappy jingle or theme song and a catchy name like WilsonGate, PlameGate, LeakGate, National Security Gate, or RiceGate and/or RoveGate.




What have CNN's Crossfire hosts Bob Novak and Tucker Carlson been drinking?

CIA Leak Spurs Criminal Probe - 

Tampa Tribune 10-1-03

...The controversy began when conservative columnist Novak on July 14 named Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA operative, citing two senior administration officials.

Plame is an analyst at the CIA. But, intelligence officials said, she has served overseas in a clandestine capacity, which means her name is kept classified to protect her previous contacts and operations and her ability to work again undercover overseas....


Practical joke backfires on CNN's Tucker Carlson
Toronto Star, Canada - Sep 30, 2003
WASHINGTON — Conservative CNN commentator Tucker Carlson's practical joke on rival Fox News has backfired on him — and his wife. ...


Hey, CNN, do America a favor and fire these bozos and hire some decent people "from the right", if you can find any.





Sent in by Tom S.


We need more human intelligence. That means we need more protection for the methods we use to gather intelligence and more protection for our sources, particularly our human sources, people that are risking their lives for their country. Even though I'm a tranquil guy now at this stage of my life, I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious, of traitors.

~~George H.W. Bush, April 16, 1999, Dedication Speech, George Bush Center for Intelligence


I imagine Bob Novak never heard about that quote from Papa Bush. Plus what good did Novak do by outing Wilson's wife, she wasn't doing anything illegal or inappropriate, was she?

I guess it was Novak's display of compassionate conservatism.


If we went back over the past decade and compiled the opinions and predictions of blowhards like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Peggy Noonan, Ann Coulter, William Safire, George Will, Jerry Falwell, and rest of the wrong-wing pimps for the Republican party, we would find that they’ve been wrong a great deal of the time.

Whether the subject is the economy, WMD, taxes, the Clintons, war, you name it, they’ve been wrong and then wrong again. No one is going to be right all the time, but these folks have made careers of being hopelessly misinformed and then trying to burden an unsuspecting public with their faulty opinions. How long will it be before even the nitwits among us grow some brain cells and stop listening to these goofs?

On the other hand, you can look at Paul Krugman, who was brave enough to compile all his editorial pieces into a best-selling book. His opinions and predictions have been shown to be accurate, as have the writings of other courageous journalists like Joe Conason and David Corn. Unless they’re shooting for something in the humor/fiction genre, I’d like to see the likes of George Will or William Safire publish such a book.

Knowledge is power only if the information you are getting is completely honest. It’s too early to tell, but there are some signs of hope as we move toward 2004. As Bush’s poll numbers continue to fall, it appears that at least the moron majority is being transformed to a moron minority.


Andrew Brewer


Thanks for writing Andrew.  I am hopeful that Bush will be pushed on his tush.  I am just worried about The Supreme Court re-selecting President Monkey in a Man Suit.

"The White House now has disputed allegations by members of the House Intelligence Committee that President Bush went to war with Iraq based on vague intelligence. Of course he did. Everything Bush does is based on vague intelligence." —Jay Leno

"The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well," Rush Limbaugh said, adding that he also thinks the media, which he considers liberal, want black coaches to do well. "There is a little hope invested in McNabb and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."

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Why are conservative political "comedians" like Limbaugh and Dennis Miller hired to narrate sports?  I watch sports to get away from people like them.

Here's a very interesting Blog Site by Juan Cole (Professor of History at the University of Michigan)


Sick of hearing how Joseph C. Wilson IV gave political money to John Kerry and Al Gore?  Click here to see the Federal Election Commission's document listing that Wilson gave $1000 to George W. Bush - he is the second listing.

Click here to see all campaign contributions Wilson made from 1999-2002

Would you like your wife outed, Mr. Novak?



Lightning striking Robert Novak's house.



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