Whoa - the WaPo breaks down the Bush campaign lies about John Kerry.
May 31, 2004
Posted by maru at 5/31/2004 11:55:00 AM
Sovereignty. Democracy. Freedom.
Iraqis boiling at Bushies' ban on their pick for president.
Boy, that sounds familiar, dunnit?
Posted by maru at 5/31/2004 11:43:00 AM
Image by deviousp.
Anyone out there today?
Things that happened this weekend:
Saw a hummingbird in the garden.
The kittens started purring.
Started drinking gin 'n' tonics, which I found don't make me as sick and sleepy as rum drinks do. Weird. Anyway, as you can tell, my life is pretty much one big laugh-riot.
Posted by maru at 5/31/2004 11:36:00 AM
May 30, 2004
'It's in my kennel so it must be mine, right?'
The Big Brown Dog and one of the kittens.
Posted by maru at 5/30/2004 11:56:00 AM
May 29, 2004
"Newly released transcripts reveal that President Nixon was drunk during the Arab-Israeli crisis of 1973. After hearing this, president Bush said, 'Hey, so was I!'" — Conan O'Brien.
"Ashcroft said that our way of life is being threatened by a group of radical religious fanatics who are armed and dangerous. And then he called for prayers in the schools and an end to gun control." — Jay Leno.
"John Kerry said a vote for Ralph Nader is a vote for George Bush. Bush said, "I'm voting for Ralph Nader!" — Jay Leno.
Posted by maru at 5/29/2004 11:53:00 AM
"Bush's persistence in describing the abuse of foreign prisoners as an isolated problem at one Iraqi prison is blatantly at odds with the facts seeping out from his administration. These include mounting reports of crimes at detention facilities across Iraq and Afghanistan and evidence that detention policies the president approved helped set the stage for torture and homicide... It is horrifying to contemplate that US interrogators have tortured and killed foreign prisoners and that their superiors have ignored or covered up their crimes - and yet that is where the available facts point."
- from an editorial in the WaPo.
"Rumsfeld, he with the lack of conquest planning, and Powell, with the lack of guts, should both resign. The Shrubhead should be impeached for being the lying or credulous, but certainly incompetent, bag of treason he is."
- Jane Wallace Claymore, in the Charleston Gazette.
Posted by maru at 5/29/2004 11:31:00 AM
Posted by maru at 5/29/2004 11:05:00 AM
"The White House had a perfect deal with Miller," said a former CIA analyst. "Chalabi is providing the Bush people with the information they need to support their political objectives, and he is supplying the same material to Judy Miller..."
- James C Moore, in the Guardian.
Posted by maru at 5/29/2004 10:16:00 AM
"They could have told us ahead of time!"
After two days of conflicting statements and mixed signals on the urgency of the terrorist threat Crisco John Ashcroft and Tom Ridge late Friday issued a joint statement implying they had both gotten their asses reamed.
The move appears designed to show unity in the Bush administration's efforts to protect the home front, reported CNN.
Homeland Security director/werewolf Tom Ridge
awaits his transformation in order to rip out
AG Ashcroft's throat.
Update: Ashcroft’s sources for this latest bullshit warning have turned out to be "highly suspect," as the claims were made by 'a largely discredited group."
Posted by maru at 5/29/2004 10:00:00 AM
May 28, 2004
To tell the truth
'Amazing things have been happening lately. The usual suspects have tried to silence reporting about prison abuses by accusing critics of undermining the troops - but the reports keep coming. The attorney general has called yet another terror alert - but the press raised questions about why. At a White House morning briefing, Terry Moran of ABC News actually said what many thought during other conveniently timed alerts: "There is a disturbing possibility that you are manipulating the American public in order to get a message out."' - Paul Krugman.
Posted by maru at 5/28/2004 03:08:00 PM
Posted by maru at 5/28/2004 12:52:00 PM
Working on the tranny vote
"I want to thank my friend, Senator Bill Frist, for joining us today. You're doing a heck of a job. You cut your teeth here, right? That's where you started practicing? That's good. He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me."
- the Smirking Moron, May 27, 2004.
Posted by maru at 5/28/2004 12:45:00 PM
Dante, Randal, and Annoying Customer?
Not that I have a snowball's chance in hell in keeping any of them, but I'm taking suggestions for naming the kittens in the comments section below. Difficulty: they're all male, baby.
Here they are checking out the fountain yesterday:
Posted by maru at 5/28/2004 12:29:00 PM
White House divided over terror alert, smooth or chunky-style PB
Department of vague, overblown warnings says that Justice Department's terrorist attack warning was vague and overblown.
Officials and members of Congress with access to the intelligence reports said the announcement by Jesus John 'no wonder I lost to a dead guy' Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller was overblown and caused unnecessary public worry for the few sheeple that actually fell for it.
"We do not have any new intelligence or specific information about al-Qaida planning an attack," Homeland Security spokesman Brian Roehrkasse reiterated Thursday. "Fucking Ashcroft..."
Posted by maru at 5/28/2004 10:41:00 AM
It's 'watch a fretard's head explode' today
Cornell has to put out extra seating for President Bill Clinton's speech Saturday at the senior convocation (from the Ithaca Journal, no link available yet).
Bidding war for Bill Clinton's memoir, My Life has reached the mid-six figure range.
President Clinton gives Kerry high marks on his campaign.
al-Qaeda spokesman says terror organization wants Bush to stay in office because "his religious fanaticism will rouse the Islamic nation."
Posted by maru at 5/28/2004 10:21:00 AM
Rain, thunderstorms, rain, picking slugs off the roses, rain.
Let's start off with some happy news:
Drunken elves.... mmmmmmmmm....
Gollum and Frodo take turns bitchslapping Sam, Aragorn gets a new suit.
Woot! What may be included in the Return of the King extended edition DVD.
Posted by maru at 5/28/2004 10:15:00 AM
May 27, 2004
Posted by maru at 5/27/2004 03:13:00 PM
State of denial
There has already been much analysis of the pResident's lackluster Iraq speech, the first in a promised set of six. The speech itself was largely boilerplate Iraq-yak from this pResident, all of whose talks are unidirectional and so filled with "progress" toward the "future."- Tom Engelhardt.
The triumphant aspect of his speech, as Dan Froomkin, columnist for the Washington Post, pointed out was certainly the makeup job.
In press conferences, TV ads, and interviews this year, pResident Bush has manifested a series of psychopathologies: an abstract notion of reality, confidence unhinged from facts and circumstances, and a conception of credibility that requires no correspondence to the external world. Tonight, as he vowed to stay the course in Iraq, Bush demonstrated another mental defect: incomprehension of his role in history as a fallible human agent. Absent such comprehension, Bush can't fix his mistakes in Iraq because he can't see how - or even that - he screwed up.- William Saleten.
As ever, Mr Bush was utterly certain of the righteousness of his cause. He admitted no mistake, or even misjudgement, in the year since his premature "mission accomplished" speech on a US aircraft carrier almost 13 months ago.- Rupert Cornwell.
Essentially, the strategy set out by Mr Bush was less a plan than a list of five step-by-step objectives, each of them hostage to events on the ground.
Posted by maru at 5/27/2004 03:09:00 PM
Is he still here??
Senator/doorstop Trent Lott, R-Idiot, says saving American lives should be the priority in Iraq, even if it might mean dealing harshly with prisoners.
"Frankly, to save some American troops' lives, or a unit that could be in danger, I think you should get really rough with them, some of those people should probably not be in prisons in the first place," Lott said in an interview with confused anchors at WAPT television in Jackson, Miss.
Posted by maru at 5/27/2004 02:58:00 PM
Weapons of mass dis--! Uhhhhhhh, never mind...
The US government confirms that it has discovered the release of deadly chemical weapons, and that it has punished the army that released them. Unfortunately, the army that released them and was punished is the US Army.
Posted by maru at 5/27/2004 02:20:00 PM
UN fury over Bush attempts to install Iraq PM
The Bush misadministration was accused yesterday of undermining the work of the UN envoy by leaking that their latest puppet was picked to be prime minister.
"There is no final list yet," said the spokesman for UN envoy in Baghdad. Plus, now that Mr Shahristani's name had been leaked "his life could be in danger."
Good one, dickheads.
Update: Hussein Shahristani, proving that he is a rocket scientist, has declined the position. "Thanks anyway, but I'd rather live," he tells reporters.
Posted by maru at 5/27/2004 01:18:00 PM
Gray Lady's dress stained
The New York Times admits to not checking facts, having sports section.
"Looking back, we wish we had been more aggressive in re-examining the claims as new evidence emerged - or failed to emerge."
- New York Times staff reporter Bob Baghdadi.
Posted by maru at 5/27/2004 12:19:00 PM
And everything else.
'Someday soon, Bush will have to give a major speech on Iraq, because the country he talked about in Monday night's speech doesn't look at all like it. And he seems determined not to notice.'
Crucially, in the Iraq George Bush sees when he closes his eyes -- which seems to be the way he sees the country -- he can give just about the same speech he would give a year ago, with minimal mention of anything turning out differently than expected. The president sees this attitude as being resolute. To others, it looks like being oblivious.- David Sarasohn.
Oh, and our troops in Iraq are running out of bullets.
Posted by maru at 5/27/2004 12:17:00 PM
Analysts say US threat warning is ass-covering
Not everyone thought John Ashcroft’s warning was justified
Wasn't the Iraqi war supposed to keep us safe from terrorism?
Posted by maru at 5/27/2004 12:16:00 PM
Huh - some 'Murka-haters just aren't buying it
As Ashcroft warns of attack, some question threat and its timing
Harold Schaitberger, head of the International Association of Fire Fighters, told reporters that he found the timing of the announcement to be "politically convenient at best" because it came after "we see the president's approval ratings plummet."
Posted by maru at 5/27/2004 10:41:00 AM
May 26, 2004
Bush speech meant to rally public support doesn't answer key questions
Such as WTF are you doing?? and You're going to accomplish this HOW??
After promising "concrete steps," the White House basically repackaged stalled US policy as a five-step plan, says the WaComPo.
"Our terrist enemies have a vision that guides and explains all their varied acts of murder," Bush said. "They seek to impose Taliban-like rule, country by country, across the greater Middle East." He asserted that extremists now see Iraq as "the central front in the war on terror."Yeah, great - they do now, thanks to you. Idiot.
Posted by maru at 5/26/2004 03:43:00 PM
Bush and his father amassed more than 790 vacation days in fewer than two terms.
Just when GW thought the news couldn't get any worse, now the economic 'recovery' is slowing.
9th US Circuit Court of Appeals rules Ashcroft's interference with Oregon's assisted suicide law "far exceeds the scope of his authority under federal law."
Posted by maru at 5/26/2004 03:09:00 PM