September 10-11-12, 2004 TGIF-Weekend Edition
USATODAY.com -- Sept. 9
Detailed new reports by two independent groups offer a devastating portrait of the 16-month-old U.S. reconstruction effort in Iraq, blaming ongoing violence there in large part on misplaced U.S. priorities, bureaucratic bungling and poor planning.
Reuters -- Sept. 9
A study of thousands of federal court cases has found that judges appointed by President Bush are the most conservative on record in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties.
No easy answer for number of storms hitting Florida
I wish dieting was the answer.
"A record made by a band that John Kerry was in during college has been bought for $2,500. Yeah, meanwhile, the White House said that President Bush was in a college band, but that all the records have been lost." -- Conan O'Brien
The Large Editor - AllHatNoCattle.net
God told us to vote Republican
Thank God that Dick Cheney warned all of us in time.
Many Americans were planning to vote for Democratic challenger John Kerry or their household pets instead of President George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney.
But the vice president – probably through the administration’s direct links to the Almighty – has divined that the United States will be struck by another terrorist attack if its citizens elect Kerry and running mate John Edwards.
All Hat No Cattle has long been impressed with this administration’s sanctity and its uncanny ability to put a spiritual spin on a wide variety of subjects and issues.
When Bush said during the 2000 election campaign that Christ was his favorite political philosopher, it was a mere sample of the holy Crusader mindset that was to engulf the White House and much of the rest of the nation’s leadership during the ensuing four years. Once Bush was selected by the Supreme Court to occupy the White House, the nation received several blessings:
* An attorney general who talks in tongues, wears his Christianity on his sleeve and had the common decency to cover the naked breasts of female statuary at the Department of Justice. Now we can call it the Department of Just Us Nuts.
* So-called “faith-based initiatives” that put public funds in the hands of churches to run charitable programs while the compassionate conservative administration steadily backs out of the social welfare business.
* A strengthening of the movements to return prayer to public schools and to ban abortion.
* A curious ambivalence about verbal obscenity, in which the Federal Communications Commission goes after foul language and behavior on radio and television, while VP Cheney can nonchalantly tell a U.S. Senator to “go f*** yourself” on the floor of the Senate.
We have so many things for which to be thankful because of this administration’s spirituality that there is not enough space here to let us count the ways. But a conversation this week with a neighbor and close friend who served in the Marine Corps provided an interesting perspective of this Godly administration.
“I believe in God. I just don’t believe in all the guys who say they work for him,” Jim said.
He, his wife and the AHNC staff of two were sitting around over drinks discussing current affairs – the upcoming election and the Iraq war first and foremost.
Jim already had gotten teary-eyed over the deaths of seven of his Marine Corps “brothers” in Iraq that day. Even though it’s been more than 20 years since Jim served, Marines consider themselves members of the Corps forever after. And they respond accordingly.
Jim can’t stand Kerry. But he realizes Bush and Cheney have done a lousy job of leading the country, so he’s in a quandary.
“Maybe I just won’t vote,” said Jim, who has voted in every other election of his adult life. In fact, Jim regularly tells people who don’t vote that he therefore is not interested in hearing about their dissatisfaction with elected officials. Now he’s facing the miserable prospect of becoming one of those non-voters. At least for four years.
And this is something that many conservative voters are confronting as the days count down until the election.
They can switch horses in mid-stream of a war or stay on their badly floundering mount. Or they can jump off and try making it to shore on their own.
There is, however, the possibility that further divine guidance will be offered to the American electorate between now and Nov. 2.
So live righteously and stay tuned to the Bush/Cheney campaign.
Editor's note: AHNC Publisher Lisa Casey celebrates her 31st birthday this weekend, and all Website readers are urged to send her vast sums of money. I need a raise.
"President Bush toured the hurricane damage in Florida. He looked really surprised to see places boarded up for reasons other than his economic policies." -- Jay Leno
ever forget Nine One One.
Osama bin Laden had the evil done.
But Bush instead stripped Saddam of his powers,
He forgot Osama brought down the Twin Towers.
We won't forget that Bush sat reading a book about goats for seven minutes while our country was under attack.
"The Republicans are now accusing John Kerry of using rich friends to help him get into Vietnam." --David Letterman
U.S. near defeat, bin Laden deputy says Chicago Sun Times, IL
Costa Rica Demands Exit From Coalition Guardian, UK
Taliban Say Attack Shows They Can Strike at Will - (Reuters)
U.S. warplanes attack militants in Iraq MLive.com, MI
Italy, France Agonize Over Iraq Hostage Crises ABC News, United States
Indian foreign minister says Kashmir 'not a nuclear flashpoint' Channel News Asia, Singapore
India to give Nepal more arms to fight Maoists Reuters, UK
Russia siege: 'No Arabs' ID'd yet CNN International
"Dick Cheney said that if John Kerry wins, there will be another attack. Then Cheney said, if Bush wins, I'll call it off." -- Conan O'Brien
Am I the only one this paranoid, or does anyone else think Karl Rove came up with the idea to create some disparaging "memos" from young Lt. Bush's now-dead superior, so they could then conveniently be discovered to be forgeries that could be blamed on the Demos -- after sucker-punching some of them, like Tom Harkin, into using the forgeries to denounce Bush?
Ben TArlington, VA
The memos are obfuscating the real story below:
“But Bush fell well short of meeting his military obligation, a Globe reexamination of the records shows: Twice during his Guard service -- first when he joined in May 1968, and again before he transferred out of his unit in mid-1973 to attend Harvard Business School -- Bush signed documents pledging to meet training commitments or face a punitive call-up to active duty.He didn't meet the commitments, or face the punishment, the records show. The 1973 document has been overlooked in news media accounts. The 1968 document has received scant notice.” Click here for the Boston Globe article
Karl Rove is a master obfuscator.
Here's more Bush-Missing-Military-Records News
Further scrutiny lessens doubts on Bush memos San Francisco Chronicle, CA
White House dismisses memos on Bush Guard duty Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA
Critical memos on Bush's Guard service faked? Chicago Sun Times, IL
Thanks for writing.
THE POWERS THAT BE ARE SAYING THE LATEST MEMOS ABOUT THE BUSH MILITARY RECORD (RELEASED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE) ARE NOW BEING CALLED "FAKE"
MAYBE THEY ARE "FAKE"
MAYBE THEY WERE RELEASED TO COVER UP SOMETHING ELSE.....
MAYBE BUSH DID TAKE THE PHYSICAL.....
AND HE FLUNKED THE DRUG TEST!!!!
Inquiring minds want to know -- are all of the other National Guard Pilot's records in Texas and Alabama medical missing examinations, follow-ups, etc? Or is it just W's records?
"Because every candidate needs an outrageous endorsement."
South Africa arrests two men for nuclear trafficking Seattle Times, WA -
Palestinians: 3 Wounded in Israeli Missile Strike in Gaza Voice of America
“We heard, of course, that hell was full and therefore Mr. Clinton will be with us for a while longer,” -- former MSNBC-TV host Michael Savage.
"In a shocking new book by Kitty Kelley, acquaintances of President Bush say that when he was in the National Guard that he liked to sneak out back for a joint or go in the bathroom and do cocaine. Isn't that unbelievable? They actually found people who saw Bush in the National Guard." -- Jay Leno
As Expiration Looms, Gun Ban's Effect Is Debated New York Times
Reichert campaigner quits over attack ads Seattle Times
The NRA Mocks John Kerry in a New Ad advertising.about.com
"That's quite a claim that Bush did coke and marijuana. You know who's going to get hurt by this? John Kerry. This means Bush could now carry California." -- Jay Leno
The Bush Twins look like models for Grunge Magazine.
The Illustrated Daily Scribble
Your website is a daily balm for me in 'An Evil Empire Republican
Local, punky Republicans have stolen Kerry/Edwards signs from my and a
neighbor's lawn. Another neighbor had someone spray a giant 'W' with
herbicide on their front lawn (I probably would have bought my own
herbicide and added the a-W-o-l). I think Republicans are taking notes right out
of Adolf Hitler's 'Brown Shirts'. These thugs would go around intimidating
people into submission for disagreeing with the NAZI party. Creepy.
GO Kerry/Edwards -- The Voice of Reason
"The claim by Bush and Cheney that the American people must give them four more years in office or else be 'hit hard' by another terrorist attack is a sleazy and despicable effort to blackmail voters with fear. They are going back to the ugliest page in the Republican playbook: fear. They're not even really trying to convince you to vote for George Bush. Their only hope, they've decided, is to try and make you too afraid to vote for John Kerry. It's the lowest sort of politics imaginable. It is not worthy of a presidential candidate." –- Al Gore, Internet inventor and still winner of the most votes in Election 2000
Just in case you forgot or didn't recognize
this Rocky and Bullwinkle character,
here is the Captain's profile.
2,000-camera network will monitor Chicago for trouble Indianapolis Star, IN
CIA hid many Iraqi prisoners, generals say The Desert Sun
View a Compassionate Conservative in Action
"I did not say if Kerry is elected, we will be hit by a terrorist attack.” -- Dick Cheney flip flopping
Go-F*** -Yourself News
Cheney Seeks to 'Clean Up' Attack Remark Washington Post, DC
“Bush refused to answer questions from reporters. He simply stared at a reporter who asked if he agreed with Vice President Dick Cheney's assertion that if Democrat John Kerry is elected, "the danger is that we'll get hit again" by terrorists.” -- AP
Man hammering gates of Downing Street arrested People's Daily Online, China
The $5 million royal wedding Independent
Letters rigged to ignite sent to 5 governors Chicago Sun Times
Nader to Be Absent From Florida Ballot Washington Post
People walk past a big luggage-like advertisement for Louis Vuitton items at the boutique under the direct management of Louis Vuitton in Shanghai, China, on Tuesday. (Eugene Hoshiko)