Monday edition - June 19, 2006
More Than 8,000 Searching for Missing GIs
Spokesman: Bush Polls Don't Rule Iraq War
Homeland security spending bringing millons to Texas
Tony Snow and Dan Bartlett in the above cartoon really do look like Laurel and Hardy! Two more BushInc employees who haven't served in the military.
"Good news from President Bush. At a press conference yesterday, he was upbeat, he was cheerful, he was optimistic. Yeah, that's right. He's drinking again. ... They say he's having a pretty good week and you got to give him credit because, earlier in the week, President Bush quietly sneaked into Iraq. Here's an idea: Why don't we quietly sneak out of Iraq?" --David Letterman
7 explosions hit Baghdad within 5 hours AP
Bomb strikes Iraqi army convoy, killing 5 AP
Gunmen abduct 10 from Baghdad bakery Daily Star - Lebanon
US and Iraqi Forces Push Into Ramadi Washington Post
7 US Troops Wounded Looking For Comrades WRAL.com, NC
Closing Arguments Begin in Saddam Trial Houston Chronicle
US Troops Search for Missing GIs in Iraq ABC News
30 die as Taliban hit back after crackdown Scotsman
Iran ready to limit nuclear program - report Forbes
UK troops set to quit Iraq province Guardian Unlimited, UK
Japan delays decision on Iraq withdrawal AP
Democrats to introduce legislation on Iraq pullout Zee News, India
Prosecution seeks death penalty for Saddam AP
"The reason soldiers invented 'fragging.'" -- Ann Coulter on Rep. John Murtha
Public still owed honesty about war: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Ariz. Wildfires Force Hundreds to Evacuate Guardian Unlimited
Motorcycle Fatalities Soar After Helmet Law Repeal WFtv.com, FL
Sent in by Bill S.
Republicans in the Senate have announced they're moving on from gay marriage to a Constitutional amendment to ban flag burning. This way we can join the other three countries in the world that ban flag burning... China, Cuba and Iran. We can stand with our brothers on this issue. -- Jay Leno
Thoughts to Ponder
Homeland Security Officials Opting Out Washington Post
Rove discloses $2,073 hunting rifle gift Seattle Post Intelligencer
Governor mum about intentions for $1.9 million in endowments Palm Beach Post
Homeland Security Pedophile Update
In Internet and phone chats with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, a Department of Homeland Security press aide talked about underage sex, boasted about his job and called President Bush a "liar," according to transcripts released by prosecutors.
"It's tough sledding right now." --George W. Bush said at the Initiative for Global Development's national summit focused on getting the public and private sectors to work together to end poverty across the world.
Looking at the world through rose colored glasses
Sometimes, just sometimes, it can be
embarrassing to be the president.
Take the other day for example. I was holding a press conference outside in the White House Rose garden with the Washington press corps, whom I really despise. I was taking all those probing questions and tap dancing around the answers the best I could, when this guy stands up and starts to ask me a question. Before he can get a word out of his mouth, I made fun of him for wearing sunglasses or "shades" as I called them. You know, kinda my way of keeping the puppy press on my leash.
Little did I know that this guy is legally blind.
Sweet Jesus, I found this out hours later from one of the members of my staff. The last thing I need is more bad press so I called the scribe and apologized for asking him to take off his shades.
You know, if I had known that he couldn't see from the start, I would have just said to him, "Hey, dude, what is it like having the blind lead the blind?"
Those are the kind of important decisions I must make as president.
Democrats oust Jefferson from Ways and Means seat
Citizen Bill Will Back Hillary
Former President Bill Clinton says if
his wife becomes president in 2008, his role would be to quote "do whatever she
because that's what a good citizen would do.
Subject: Bartcop - KOS poll
You've got to love bart but someone should tell him that one of the reasons he didn't get an invite to YK is that he's intransigently deluded on the torture issue.
(The startling lack of taste demonstrated by the inviters by not making you, Lisa, one of the guests of honour, shook my faith in Blogtopia.)
But back to bart....I've argued with him many times on many issues but his disturbing technique of cut and pasting parts of readers mail so as to flame them with illogic, emotive analogies and disingenuous arguments is the classic right-wing technique of ridiculing and demeaning other people's point of view.
I know you're implacably opposed to torture Lis, but I wish the web would get together and send bart a message.
Lets get it straight; Burton L. Gerber, a decorated Moscow station chief who retired in 1995 after 39 years with the CIA, surprised some in the audience when he said he opposes torture "because it corrupts the society that tolerates it. "Torture, "even when accepted in the interest of realism and efficacy," represents "a flouting of honor that serves no purpose but to degrade" a nation in its own eyes and the world's. "The reason I believe that torture corrupts the torturers and society," Gerber says, "is that a standard is changed, and that new standard that's acceptable is less than what our nation should stand for. I think the standards in something like this are crucial to the identity of America as a free and just society."
"Torture is wrong...it's just wrong." - John Kerry
The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.” George Orwell.
In Vietnam in the 1960s, under its hellish, Top Secret Phoenix program, the American CIA and U.S. Army helpers abducted, murdered, and unmercifully tortured tens of thousands of victims. Estimates range between 20,857 and 40,994 Vietnamese men, women and children were killed. Many were thrown into inhuman cages, starved into submission and finally bludgeoned or shot to death. Some were drowned, others thrown out of helicopters. Young women and children were not spared. CIA op Kenneth Osborn said Phoenix became a depersonalized murder program.
Most victims, he notes, were innocent, brought in only after a neighbor or family enemy falsely reported them to authorities as a potential threat to security.... "I never knew in the course of all those operations any detainee to live through his interrogation," Bart Osborn, a former CIA agent, told Congress in 1971. "They all died. There was never any reasonable establishment of the fact that any one of those individuals was, in fact, cooperating with the VC, but they all died and the majority were tortured or shot to death". - Third World Traveller
"One of the problems beyond the details of these orders is torture is an extraordinarily dangerous thing. There's an absolute ban on torture for a very good reason. Torture taps into the deepest recesses, unexplored recesses of human consciousness, where creation and destruction coexist, where the infinite human capacity for kindness and infinite human capacity for cruelty coexist, and it has a powerful perverse appeal. And once it starts, both the perpetrators and the powerful who order them, let it spread, and it spreads out of control.
When the Bush administration gave the orders for techniques tantamount to torture at the start of the war on terror, I think it was probably their intention that these be limited to top al-Qaida suspects. But within months, we were torturing hundreds of Afghanis at Bagram near Kabul. A few months later in 2003, through these techniques, we were torturing literally thousands of Iraqis. You can see in those photos, beyond the details of the techniques that we've described, you can see how that once it starts, it becomes this Dantesque hell, this kind of play palace of the darkest recesses of human consciousness. That's why it's necessary to maintain an absolute prohibition on torture. There is no such thing as a little bit of torture." -Professor Alfred McCoy
Bush and Cheney WANT the war to continue and torture is one of the techniques they're using to inflame the passions of the people they're persecuting. Bart should renounce torture.
Oh, and he only wants Hillary because Bill comes with her.
Peace to you, Lisa
Thanks for writing, Waldo. Deep sigh.
Bartcop has effectively tapped into how most American Democrats feel. His popularity reflects that.
I am saddened that America is so willing to OK torture. But that's the truth.
America is a country that believes in capital punishment, so I guess torture to most Americans is no big deal.
Subject: Bartcop and Science
If Bartcop promotes the use of scientific polls then why doesn't he accept the scientific studies that proves torture doesn't work under ANY circumstances?
He can't have it both ways.
He can and he does. It's the American way.
"Speaking of Congress, the other day -- very quietly -- they voted themselves a $3,300 pay raise. Why not? Job well done. A lot of added expenses this year: legal fees, criminal defense lawyers." --Jay Leno
Oil Company Execs Defend High Pump Prices Houston Chronicle
Missile warning sends stocks diving Scotsman
US may derail limits on credit-report access Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“President Bush has apologized today for scolding a member of the White House press corps for wearing sunglasses, 'cause he found out the reporter was legally blind. He yelled at the guy, the guy's legally blind, yeah. Bush also apologized for telling physicist Stephen Hawking to ‘get off your lazy ass.’” -- Conan O’Brien
Subject: The Dems need new faces
Democratic Party NEEDS to get new faces on television...these old ideas and
voices MUST be replaced SOON...or we are doomed...names....just a few who turn
me off...Bob Shrum, Al Fromm and Donna Brazille...eek!!
These people are b o r i n g!
your site is great, I too like Bart also Smirking Chimp picks good articles...
Lynn from CA
I know how you feel, it seems it's the same old faces delivering the same message that hasn't worked for years.
"U.S. Immigration Service is busy. They deported 2,000 illegal immigrants this week in a program they're calling 'Operation Return To Sender,' or as the program is also known, 'Operation We're Taking Away Your Gardner.'" --Conan O'Brien
Subject: Imploding Democrats
I’m with you on that Ms. Lisa we all need to start pulling together than pulling apart!!! Roo
I agree, Roo!
Tests on Guantanamo 'suicide' duo BBC News, UK
US Sends Home Bodies of Three Guantanamo Suicides Voice of America
"Remember those $1,000 credit cards given to the victims of Hurricane Katrina? Congressional investigators now say FEMA was conned out of over $1.4 billion in bogus claims. Imagine how much worse it would have been if FEMA had actually gotten there on time?" --Jay Leno
Cheney mum, but his money talks Palm Beach Post
In San Francisco, a 98-year-old woman just graduated from high school. That's one way to keep teachers from sleeping with students.-- Jay Leno
Please keep All Hat No Cattle Online
Tourist taking picture dies in 500-ft. fall Chicago Tribune
A young mahout plays on the trunk of an elephant in the ancient Thai capital Ayutthaya, 80 km (50 miles) north of Bangkok. Photo/Adrees Latif