November 11, 2003 Monday
US Moves to Block Money for Troops Jailed in Iraq
New York Times - 11-10-03
...If the [Bush] administration succeeds, the former prisoners would be
deprived of the money they won and, they say, of the validation of a judge's
ruling that documented their accounts of torture by the Iraqis — including
beatings, burnings, starvation, mock executions and repeated threats of
castration and dismemberment....
Filling a suit isn't enough any more
...But as the war in Iraq continues to go badly, sending back news of a daily casualty count, Bush's common-touch artifice is beginning to wear thinner than the backside of his Crawford jeans. Showing through is the real Bush, his swaggering arrogance, unidimensional understanding of issues, congenital lack of sympathy and intense pique at challenging questions...
The Chicago Way
By MAUREEN DOWD November 9, 2003
...On Wednesday, Senator John McCain offered a vinegary critique of the Bush team, urging the president to be more engaged on Iraq, and not leave decisions to subordinates. He also swatted Donald Rumsfeld's assertion that troop levels are fine, saying 15,000 more troops should be dispatched to avoid risking "the most serious American defeat on the global stage since Vietnam."...
Bush has Irrational Iraqi Invasion Disorder.
The good news is that Bush's poll numbers are dropping like a rock.
Click here Poll: Majority of voters would not re-elect Bush
Touch screens worry voters
...Miami-Dade and Broward counties already are exploring
ways to enhance voter confidence in the machines, and 25 percent of likely
voters polled in Broward said they were ''not confident at all'' that the
electronic system would accurately tally their vote...
"Ozone Man, Ozone. He's crazy, way out, far out, man."
—George H. W. Bush, speaking about Al Gore during the 1992 presidential campaign
Disabled vet fights for respect
... Harrison said he grew more frustrated
listening to President Bush justify his $78 billion request for fighting the
war in Iraq.
"They have taken us much farther down the road toward an intrusive, 'big brother'-style government — toward the dangers prophesied by George Orwell in his book '1984' — than anyone ever thought would be possible in the United States of America,"
-Al Gore speaking about the Bush Slow Motion Coup d'Etat
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Cheney’s Long Path to War
The Hard Sell: He sifted intel. He brooded about threats. And he wanted Saddam gone. The inside story of how Vice President Cheney brought into shady assumptions and helped persuade a nation to invade Iraq
"Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don't know
what they are conserving." ~Robertson Davies
A Manufactured Crisis on Judges
"One word sums up probably the responsibility of any
Governor, and that one word is 'to be prepared'." George W. Bush
Handful of budget-conscious states cancel presidential primaries
Portsmouth Herald, NH - 11-10-03
Several states have moved to drop their presidential primaries next year, worried about costs
in still-tight financial times and wondering if the political exercise would serve any purpose...
Republicans not only are cutting taxes, they are cutting voting.
"We are living in a
world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish
is made from real lemons."
-- Alfred E. Newman
"Excuse me while I catch my breath; grab my chest; seize my
Whew..better now. I'm taken aback by the vitriol with which the current attack against the Dems in the Senate have been attacked by the virtue gang led by Hannity and then the usual gang of scum in the GOP Senate. (Hah! Thought I'd be talking about the attack against CBS, eh? Too bad..no time for BS and cowards here.)..."
-Bob Witkowski AtWitsEnd.org
Taken during the STS-95 mission from a point over Cuba, this photo shows an oblique, foreshortened view of the Florida Peninsula. (NASA/HO)