March 31, 2004

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Found at Starbucks: the Pentagon's papers
Heh.


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Lay off my kid! He's retarded!
Poppy Bush, fighting back tears at a campaign fund-raiser, laid into those who have criticized his unelected, incompetent, lying sack-of-shit son, as former first lady Barb tattooed "not a pussy" onto his bony little-girl arm in between bitchslaps.


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Bush's national security flip-flops
CNN helpfully posts a short list of Bush reversals 'in the face of criticism.'

Apparently the terms "imminent threat to our national security" and "he may have given some thought to the possibility of building some missiles" are interchangable.


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But is he a pretzal-swilling cokefiend?
At a Hollywood fundraiser last night, Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David said John Kerry should consider him for vice president because he's "a nincompoop, a chicken and a liar" who could offset Smirky McDumbass on the ticket.


"Ooooog!"

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Sounds...french to me...
German 'elite' back Kerry over Bush

More than three-quarters of German business and political leaders favor John Kerry for president over lying punk Napoleon Bonehead, according to a survey.


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Zombies for Jebus!
WH creating jobs for backdrop-sign makers:

After spending the better part of the past few weeks engaging in lies, personal attacks and character assassinations, the Bush campaign hopes to 'regain' their compassionate {cough... bullshit... cough...} image by holding well-choreographed photo-ops with hand-pithed picked, brainwashed mouthbreathers.




Soaking rain and fog for the next five days! Oh boy!
/sarcasm




Those wmd have gotta be here sumwhere...
A bomb exploded under a US military vehicle west of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing five soldiers, the military said. At least four people, including one American and possibly other foreign nationals, were killed in a separate attack. Crowds burned and mutilated their bodies. Victims were dragged through the streets.




US weapons hunt shifts focus to 'intent'
The search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq will continue despite the failure to find them, but the taxpayer-funded death-fiasco mission will also investigate the possibility of whether or not Saddam may have intended to someday think about possibly developing some kind of plan to try to design such weapons, the Bushies said on Tuesday.


March 30, 2004

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Accountability is for suckers
'We live in a time of exemplary decency and vile indecency, and in one day last week we saw how George W. Bush's behavior can drive both. Caught in a long trail of lies, the president is using every evasive technique, smoke screen, blame diversion, distortion and even a sick attempt at humor to cover his unmistakable tracks.' - Bill Gallagher.

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The ultimate moment in American politics
Two criminals who need to "keep their stories straight."

"Will Bush sit on Cheney's lap? Will Cheney's lips move when Bush talks?

"What about the security problems of having them both in the same place at the same time?" - E. L. Taggert.

Indeed...

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Outsourcing can help the economy!
Just like war can help peace.

"It's part of trade," Treasury Secretary John Snow chirped in an interview with Neocon Dumbf*ck Magazine. "It's one aspect of trade, and there can't be any doubt about the fact that trade makes the economy stronger."

Dur!

"You can outsource a lot of activities and get them done just as well, or better, at a lower cost," Snow said, before fleeing to his lead-lined bunker.


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Cheney gets to hold Bush's hand when the punk testifies
From the "ground rules" the WH sent to the commission (scroll down):

"I am authorized to advise you that the president and vice president have agreed to one joint private session with all 10 commissioners, with one commission staff member present to take notes of the session."- thanks to Antidolt at the BC forum.


"Dammit, unca Dick, quit kickin' muh chair!"

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Dear Dumbass,
STFU already.
Respectfully,
Sen. Tom 'cialis' Daschle


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Terror aides strangely keep turning on Bush
They can't all be Democratic stooges with book contracts!
/sarcasm

'Every counterterrorism expert the White House hires who isn?t (a) a hidebound ideologue or (b) a dyed-in-the-wool Bush loyalist eventually becomes so disgusted with the mix of incompetence and mendacity that is the White House?s counterterrorism policy that he eventually quits and then immediately sets about trying to drive the president from office.' - Josh Marshall.


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The line
'Clarke has joined a long and prestigious line of people who have come forward to bear witness against this White House.'
Tom Maertens, National Security Council director for nuclear non-proliferation for both Clinton and Bush.
Roger Cressey, Clarke's former deputy.
Donald Kerrick, three-star General who served as deputy National Security Advisor.
Paul O'Neill, former Treasury Secretary.
Joseph Wilson, the former ambassador and career diplomat.
Greg Thielmann, former Director of the Office of Strategic, Proliferation, and Military Issues in the State Department.
Karen Kwiatkowski, Lt. Colonel in the Air Force, career Pentagon officer, Undersecretary for Policy office, and Office of Special Plans.
Rand Beers, who served the Bush misadministration on the National Security Council as a special assistant to the President for combating terrorism.

- read all of William Rivers Pitt here.

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Dear Rush,
STFU.
Sincerely, the H.J. Heinz Co.


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Reminder
This evening, 7 PM est, catch the rerun of last night's The Daily Show, where Jon Stewart calls WH shill Boob Novak a "douchebag."


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Bush rolls on Rice!
But...

This just in: Condoleezza Rice will be allowed to testify in public under oath before the commission investigating the failure to prevent the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

'As long as the panel seeks no further public testimony from White House officials, the administration said Tuesday.'

Excuse me????

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The smoking gun
Or it should be, anyway.

New polls are showing that the indolent assclown is continuing to get high marks for the war on terra. The f*cking sheep American people, brainwashed by the propaganda spewed out 24/7 by the WHore media, are happily drinking their Kool-Aid.

"From April, 2001 right up to 9/11, urgent warnings of impending large-scale attacks by terrorists went unheeded. The German intelligence agency warned in June that Middle Eastern terrorists were 'planning to hijack commercial aircraft to use as weapons to attack important symbols of American culture.' On June 13, Egypt warned that a plane stuffed with explosives could be used as a weapon. Vladimir Putin was so certain of the information he received in the summer of 2001 that he personally instructed Russian intelligence to tell Bush 'in the strongest possible terms' of an impending attack involving airports and government. In August, 2001, the Israel's Mossad warned that as many as 200 al Qaeda members were infiltrating the US and planning 'a major assault on the US' against 'a large-scale target' in a setting where Americans would be 'very vulnerable.'"
- Cheryl Seal.

I mean, WTF???? What's it going to take??
Resuming head-pounding.

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You'll love this -

Faux News pundit Hume tells families of dead American soldiers "just get over it"
Brit Hume, Fux Nooze anchor, insensitive partisan hack and WH apologist, continued his pathetic bootlicking for his rethug masters when he told critics of Smirky McAwol's jokes about non-existent WMD - including families of American soldiers killed in Iraq - to "just get over it" on Fox News Sunday.

There are just no words....


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Sending out the Smite Squad
The compassionate conservatives turn the other cheek - into a grenade launcher
It's just way too early.

'The subsequent brouhahas have revealed the most distinctly unpleasant - and not very righteous - side of the President. Unable to defend his policies in a coherent way and unwilling to acknowledge his mistakes, Bush responds to criticism with ugliness.' - Joe Klein gets biblical on the misadministration's ass.




"I'm looking forward to America getting to know Massachusetts and reconnecting to Lexington and Concord and the USS Constitution and Paul Revere and the great patriotism that really defines our nation." - 'Massachusetts Liberal' John Kerry.


This isn't America
George Bush's America has become a byword for deception and abuse of power, where character assassination is "standard operating procedure."

Out-nixoning Nixon:

On the terrorism front, here's one story that deserves special mention. One of the few successful post-9/11 terror prosecutions - a case in Detroit - seems to be unraveling. The government withheld information from the defense, and witnesses unfavorable to the prosecution were deported (by accident, the government says). After the former lead prosecutor complained about the Justice Department's handling of the case, he suddenly found himself facing an internal investigation - and someone leaked the fact that he was under investigation to the press.

- from Paul Krugman's column in the NY Times.

March 29, 2004

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'Those weapons of mass destruction have to be here somewhere'
This week's Top Ten Conservative Idiots at DemoUnderground.

Who we'd like to see on next week's list:
Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Dickhole, who's been badmouthing John Kerry as a flip-flopper, though he himself supported both Bill Clinton and George W - when he switched political parties.

Sen. Bill Frist, R-Appallinghypocrite, who castigated Richard Clarke for what he called "profiteering, of trading on insider access to highly classified information, and capitalizing upon the tragedy that befell this nation on September the 11th" when he wasted no time getting his own terrist tome out (see yesterday's 'Declassify all of it', or go to amazon.com and read the customer reviews).

Gee-Dumbya, Jebus' fave-rit preznit, for accusing John Kerry of using the word o' God 'for political purposes.'

WH stenographer/traitor Boob Novak and skanky roveho mAnn 'no link cuz she's a c*nt' Coulter, for trying to dismiss Richard Clarke's charges against the Bush misadministration by insinuating that he's a racist.


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'Why can't you be fair and balanced like Fox News?'*
When Ed Bradley noted during the 60 Minutes inteview that there have been more terrorist attacks in the 30 months since Sept. 11 than in the 30 months prior, Condi Rice replied: "That's the wrong way to look at it."

"After all, don't forget, Bill Clinton had blowjobs."
/desk head-pounding

*Actual email received by '60 Minutes,' in regard to last week's interview with Mr Clarke.


Freepers are such morans.

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Keeping us safe from terrizm?
Lessons from the anthrax attacks: we're doomed....doooooomed!

Two years after a report on the 2001 anthrax attacks was completed, the Pentagon has released parts of the unclassified document, which concludes that the Bush misadministration is 'woefully ill-prepared to detect and respond to a bioterrorist assault.'


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Fact check: Condi Rice's 60 Minutes interview
'Not only did Rice refuse to take Richard Clarke's lead and admit responsibility for her role in the worst national security failure in American history, but she continued to make unsubstantiated and contradictory assertions ...'


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Other former Washington insiders support Clarke's criticism
Nostril rapings, beheadings to begin at dawn tomorrow.

Clarke, in his book, echoes other accounts, such as Ron Suskind's book on former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, that key administration officials appeared unduly focused on Iraq in the months before the Sept. 11 attacks -- and then leaped to the conclusion that Iraq was somehow involved.

Clarke's complaint resonates with some other former administration officials. Rand Beers, who served as counterterrorism chief after Clarke, has voiced the same complaint and is now foreign-policy adviser to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.

Flynt Leverett, a former CIA analyst and Middle East specialist who left Bush's National Security Council staff a year ago, also agrees.

"Clarke's critique of administration decision-making and how it did not balance the imperative of finishing the job against Al-Qaida vs. what they wanted to do in Iraq is absolutely on the money,'' Leverett said.



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Disclosure game works both ways, dickheads
When Faux Nooze asked permission to reveal Richard Clarke as the source of a 2002 briefing, the White House broke precedent and agreed to let them do so.

The public was no doubt served by the disclosure.

It's useful, then, that the president and his staff are willing to serve the public interest by releasing journalists of their obligation to protect confidential White House sources. There's one more way for the administration to serve that interest. Release Robert Novak and five other capital reporters of any obligation to withhold the names of the "two senior administration officials" who told them that Valerie Plame was a CIA operative, in what appeared to be an attempt to punish Plame's husband, retired Ambassador Joseph Wilson IV, for debunking the president's Nigerian yellow-cake claim.

- from an editorial in the Seattle PI.

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Now go away or I will taunt you a second time
Demonstrators stormed Karl Rove's house, challenging him to come out and talk about a bill that deals with educational opportunities for immigrants. Confirming that he is a humorless bastard, he responded by yelling threats and "pointing a finger."

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Why buy the cow...
Halliburton dramatically reduced what it spent on lobbying Congress and the federal government after the Bush-Cheney misadministration took office, the Duh Institute reports.


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That pesky vision thing
'Bush's vision of the nation's future will undoubtedly be one focus of the presidential campaign. We suggest the debate start with the question of whether Mr. Bush actually has one.' - from an editorial in the NY Times.

Rimshot!

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Crusader Bunnypants: 'I'm Jebus' favorite! I am!'
Bush has minion accuse Kerry of using Bible for political purposes

John Kerry cited a Bible verse Sunday - at a speech at a Baptist church - to criticize leaders who have "faith but has no deeds," prompting Smirky McDumbass's spokesman to accuse Kerry of 'exploiting Scripture for a political attack.'


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But wait, it gets better!
The Bushies now want to transfer power in Iraq to a hand-picked prime minister, virtually shitcanning plans for an expansion of the governing council, coalition officials in Baghdad say.


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Meet the new boss...
Winning hearts and minds and making progress in Iraq

Of course this is just a temporary setback on the way to establishing true Iraqi Freedom...

'US soldiers shut down a popular Baghdad newspaper on Sunday and tightened chains across the doors after the occupation authorities accused it of printing lies that incited violence. Thousands of outraged Iraqis protested the closing as an act of American hypocrisy, screaming "No, no, America!" and "Where is democracy now?"'


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'As National Security Advisor to the pResident of the United States, wtf were you thinking????'*
Boy, Condoliar Rice did not come across well at all on the 60 Minutes interview last night. While she didn't have that pissy must-control-fist-of-death look plastered all over her smarmy phiz, she reeked of evasiveness, arrogance, and bullshit. This exchange in particular made me want to hurl:

BRADLEY: One final question on [Clarke's] apology. When he apologized he said, "I failed you, our government failed you -- your government failed you." Will the families of those people who were killed hear an apology from you? Do you think that would be appropriate?

RICE: The families I think have heard from this President.

Yeah. And I hope he hears from them loud and clear in November.

Here's the transcript.
*Me





"There is no excuse for arrogance and never a reason for disrespect toward others. I expect each of you … to be an example of humility and decency and fairness." - the lying punk, swearing in his new WH staff, Jan. 22, 2001.




Courtesy flush
Bush's rating down the crapper in key opinion polls
'The reason they are losing this fight is they are showing no grace, no sincere effort to learn. All they have left is an attack and we already know they are plenty tough.' - Larry Haas, former aide to Bill Clinton.

'Damning testimony' by Richard Clarke has left the resident's team scared sh1tless and 'in disarray' as their approval ratings begin to tank. They certainly weren't helped by Bush laughing at his own tasteless and appalling wmd jokes the other day.

'And worse is to come. In a few months former diplomat Joseph Wilson will publish his book, an account of the build-up to the war in Iraq, called The Politics of Truth.'


March 28, 2004

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Condi lies again
'White House allies and Republicans investigating the Sept. 11 attacks pressed Sunday to hear open testimony from national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, with one commissioner calling her refusal a "political blunder of the first order."

'Rice said she wants to testify publicly, but is constitutionally barred from doing so' - which is horsehockey. She could if her bosses in the WH gave their OK. But they're too chickenshit to do so.

''This is mostly about politics, not about the legalities,'' said Michael Gerhardt, a constitutional law professor at the College of William and Mary who specializes in separation of powers. ''There's not much they can point to as settled law to prevent this. This is a matter of political judgment, not legal judgment. ... It hasn't kept her from talking to the press.''

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'Declassify all of it'
Tim, you ignorant slut...

And I want more declassified. I want Dr. Rice's testimony before the 9-11 Commission declassified, and I want the thing that the 9-11 Commission talked about in its staff report this week declassified, because there's been an issue about whether or not a strategy or a plan or something useful was given to Dr. Rice in early January. And she says it wasn't. So we now have the staff report of the 9-11 Commission, and it says, "On January 25th, Clarke forwarded his December strategy paper to the new national security adviser, and it proposed covert action to the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan, significantly increasing CIA funding, retaliating for the USS Cole, arming the Predator aircraft, going after terrorist fund raising."

- Richard Clarke on Meet the Presstitute with WH shill Tim Russert.

Then it was Judy '.......' Woodruff's turn:

WOODRUFF: Let me quickly turn you, though, back to President Clinton. You talk in your book, "Against All Enemies," about the fact that President Clinton, that there were steps that he took, that he could have done more.

Was the Monica Lewinsky scandal one of the reasons President Clinton couldn't pursue a war against terror on a more sustained basis?

CLARKE: I think it probably was. And here's why I think that. George Tenet, Sandy Berger and I went to the president and said, "We think bin Laden is going to be at a certain location in Afghanistan at a certain time." And Clinton said, "Fine, let's blow it up." And he fired a lot of cruise missiles at that location, apparently just missing bin Laden.

The reaction of the American people was not, "Great job, you're fighting terrorism with military force," something previous presidents had not done. It was, "Wag the dog," meaning, you're using this to divert attention from your own personal and political problems. ...

If you look, beginning in 1996, in his last four years in office, President Clinton gave about 40 speeches where he mentioned terrorism, five speeches that were devoted just to terrorism. He did a lot, but, frankly, if you look at the media play on those speeches, the media didn't pick up those speeches. When he made a speech on terrorism, it wasn't on the front page, it wasn't on CNN.

And now we turn to hypocrite and kitten-killing douchebag Senate majority leader Bill Frist: "I personally find this to be an appalling act of profiteering, of trading on insider access to highly classified information, and capitalizing upon the tragedy that befell this nation on September the 11th."

To that, what else is there to say but oh yeah???

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PSM
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Uh-huh
"During the first week in July I (2001) I convened the CSG and asked each agency to consider itself on full alert. I asked the CSG agencies to cancel summer vacations and official travel for the counterterrorism response staffs." - Richard Clarke, Against All Enemies, p. 236.

Misadministration focuses on creating "Western White House" logo for Smirky McChimp, golfcart wrangler.

Some sources who have read the still-secret congressional report say some sections would not play quite so neatly into White House plans. One portion deals extensively with the stream of U.S. intelligence-agency reports in the summer of 2001 suggesting that Al Qaeda was planning an upcoming attack against the United States —and implicitly raises questions about how Bush and his top aides responded.

One such CIA briefing, in July 2001, was particularly chilling and prophetic. It predicted that Osama bin Laden was about to launch a terrorist strike “in the coming weeks,” the congressional investigators found. The intelligence briefing went on to say: “The attack will be spectacular and designed to inflict mass casualties against U.S. facilities or interests. Attack preparations have been made. Attack will occur with little or no warning.”

The substance of that intelligence report was first disclosed at a public hearing last September by staff director Hill. But at the last minute, Hill was blocked from saying precisely who within the Bush White House got the briefing when CIA director Tenet classified the names of the recipients. (One source says the recipients of the briefing included Bush himself.) As a result, Hill was only able to say the briefing was given to “senior government officials.”

Meanwhile...

The White House announced that indolent punk pReznit Privilege would stay at his photo-op tick farm in Crawford Texas from Aug. 4 (2001) through Labor Day on Sept. 3, a record-breaking 31-day stretch.

And, from Aug. 15, 2001...

Dick 'dick' Cheney 'took time off from his month-long vacation Monday to outline his plans for August in Jackson Hole and to reflect on "an amazing year."'

Yeah, congratulations, bunghole.

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Bush's efforts to offset Clarke stymied
'President Bush's intense efforts to neutralize the revelations of former national security official Richard Clarke have yet to succeed, leaving White House officials struggling to regain political momentum after a tumultuous week, according to interviews with Republicans both inside and outside the administration,' reports the WaPo.

Needing to regroup, the lazy lying punk is spending the weekend at his Texas fleapit, the Lazy W, 'before heading into a week built around celebrations of achieving a campaign treasury of $170 million, a political record.'





Running scared

The swiftness and ferocity of the Bush White House's attack on Richard Clarke tells you two things: his story may be largely true, and the Bush administration is terrified that the American people will believe it.

The White House did not let a single news cycle go by before questioning that the alleged encounter between the president and Clarke had ever taken place, assigning dark motives to a man who has served four presidents, three of them Republicans.
But there were other witnesses to the meeting, one a former national security council official was too terrified of the misadministration to go on the record (via Blah3).