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Monday, February 09, 2004

Preznit look tiny

This is not a retouched photo. bus seems to look really small next to big tim. Maybe they put him in the dryer or somthing. i nver thought he was a small man, but he looks positively hobbit-like.

God is his co-pilot
Airline Pilot Stirs Christian Discussion
An American Airlines pilot asked Christians on board a flight to New York to identify themselves and suggested that the non-Christians discuss the faith with them, an airline spokesman said yesterday

The pilot told the airline that he then suggested that the other passengers use the flight time to talk to the identified Christians about their faith.

I don't think there is anything wrong with this - the airline should not really make a stink. It is not exactly what i would like my pilot to be worrying about mid flight, but evangelicals leave tact at the door when it comes to praisin Jesus.

Sunday, February 08, 2004

A trip down memory lane
BUSH, BARNES, AND THE NATIONAL GUARD:
"Draft-dodge tale threatens Bush's run for presidency"
In a written statement under oath presented on Monday, Ben Barnes, a former speaker of the Texas state legislature, said that in 1968 he asked the head of the Texan Air National Guard, General James Rose, to give the young Mr Bush a place on a pilot-training programme, automatically excusing him from the draft.

....In his deposition, Mr Barnes said he had been asked to intervene by a Bush family friend, Sid Adger, but he did not know whether George Bush Sr, then a congressman, knew about the request. The former president said recently that he was "almost positive" that he had never discussed the matter with Adger, who died three years ago, and never asked for help. Rose died in 1993

Calpundit summed it up better than I can:
Ben Barnes was one of the most powerful politicians in Texas in the 60s and 70s — "the next LBJ" — until an unfortunate scandal derailed his career (although fret not for Barnes: his consolation prize was becoming a garden variety Texas tycoon and political fixit man). Sid Adger was an oil magnate and friend of the Bush family.

So did George W. Bush get some high-level help getting into the Texas Air Guard? Of course he did, and it came from higher up than Adger, who didn't just wake up one morning and decide to call Barnes for no reason. Somebody asked him to. Hell, even the official denials from the Bush camp are obviously just pro forma.

But the thing is that no one cares. Sure he got special treatment, but so did lots of other folks and that was 35 years ago anyway. It's just not that big a deal.

However, what is a big deal is that it makes it rather more plausible that Bush continued to receive special treatment throughout his career in the Guard and for many years after. More on that later.


I truly despise that crooked fuck.

Daily Kos has been following the indictment of anti-war protestors as terrorists. Now, I don't know much about this case, but the Catholic Peace Ministry is not typically the type of organization that would be supporting terrorism.

Go to Drake university's site to learn a bit about these organizations
"Yesterday, February 3, Detective Jeff Warford of the Polk County Sheriff's Office-FBI-Joint Terrorism Task Force came to Catholic Peace Ministry's office here in Des Moines with a subpoena for me to testify before a Federal Grand Jury next Tuesday, February 10. Mr. Warford also served papers on Elton Davis at the Catholic Worker House and Patti McKee, who was coordinator of Iowa Peace Network until last month. The Grand Jury process is shrouded in secrecy. We do not know who or what the object of this investigation may be, beyond 'possible violations of federal criminal law in the Southern District of Iowa.'
The proceeding will be behind closed doors. We may not have an attorney present. We have the right to plead the Fifth Amendment, refusing the answer questions that might incriminate us. The government, then, can offer us immunity from prosecution, in which case we will obliged to answer under threat of contempt of court and could be imprisoned for the length of the Grand Jury session, 18 months, should we continue to refuse to answer. This immunity would be limited to our own testimony and anything any of us say could be used against the others.
Whatever is going on, this is definitely an escalation on the part of the government's war on dissent and clamp down on civil liberties. The fact that anything that we three and the peacemaking communities we represent could possibly attract the notice of a 'Terrorism Task Force' is reprehensible. Please spread the word, express concerns you have with Federal and Polk County authorities. Keep us in mind and prayer.
Brian Terrell
Executive Director
Catholic Peace Ministry"


Apparently the FBI was watching an anti-war forum that was hosted by several groups and they are arresting the people that sponsored the forum.

Fourth activist in D.M. ordered to testify

Judge's gag order silences Drake campus
Much of the Drake University campus was silent Friday about a federal investigation into an anti-war group meeting held on campus last fall.

Sources say a sealed court order issued Thursday prohibits Drake University employees from talking about a subpoena calling for all university records of the Drake group sponsoring the meeting.
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Crime & Courts

Judge's gag order silences Drake campus
By MADELAINE JEROUSEK
Register Staff Writer
02/07/2004
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Much of the Drake University campus was silent Friday about a federal investigation into an anti-war group meeting held on campus last fall.

Sources say a sealed court order issued Thursday prohibits Drake University employees from talking about a subpoena calling for all university records of the Drake group sponsoring the meeting.

President David Maxwell said he couldn't comment.

Chief of Security Hans Hanson referred calls to the university's marketing office. Several Drake Law School faculty said the dean's office was handling calls, while a secretary said the dean was out of the office.

"Good luck finding anyone who's going to talk," said Robert Rigg, a law professor.

Across campus, some faculty members were talking. They expressed outrage about the investigation, saying it appeared to infringe on free-speech rights. The subpoena asks for all records relating to the Nov. 15 anti-war conference on campus hosted by the Drake chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. The request calls for information about leaders of the group, security reports reflecting observations about the meeting and any annual reports since 2002.


But George bush is Emmanuel Goldstein. Well, come to think of it, in a way he is.
Though I hate Drudge
Sometimes his handlers actually send him interesting things
A furious Powell vocalized the "license revocation" option against CBS-owned broadcast outlets to senior staff at the FCC in the hours and days after the event, a top source said from Washington.

The "tit of mass distraction" has 'lil Mikey all up in a tizzy. I think this has to do with serving notice to the media that the administration has absolute power and a PR arm that would make Jesus shiver. I cannot imaging any real person would be outraged by a stupid 40 year old tit with a pasty on it. I know that Republicans are typically frightened children when it comes to sex, but threatening to revoke a stations license for a tit is excessive.

OT: You ever notice how Mike Powell looks an awful lot like a stiff Bryant Gumble?
1984 - the movie
starring George Bush as Emmanuel Goldstein

Some people just don't get the point of a piece of literature. This guy probably thinks that "A Modest Proposal" was Jonathan Swift's barbaric plan to destroy the Irish. God. irony is dead.

Here is my post to this nincompoop:

Did you actually read the whole book you chowder head?

People that hated Emmanuel Goldstein hated him because they were told by Big Brother and the rest of the party insiders that Goldstein was the source of all evil. They did not have any objective proof that Goldstein did anything. They just had faith.

The people that dislike Bush don't hate him becasue of propaganda. They hate him because he lied to start a war. They hate him because he lies about the budget, taxes, the environment, etc, etc, etc. They hate him because the anti-war people were screaming the same things that David Kay said last week - for the past 2 years. They hate him because he won't even honestly accept responsibility for his failings.

You are seriously living in limbo. We do live in Orwellian times, but you on the wrong side of the equation. Like any good party member you support Big Brother. When he says chocolate rations are up, you happily cocur. When Big Brother says that Eurasia( Saddam ) is a threat - you don't fact check him. You listen and obey. When Big Brother says everything is going fine in Afghanistan, you believe he is telling you the truth.

You get together and burn Dixie Chicks CDs while listening to Rush Limbaugh and his 4 hours of hate. You watch Fox News, MSNBC ( owned by GE dammit - is it any wonder they were jumping for joy for this war? ), and CNBC - while reading the Weekly Standard and Little Green Footballs. You live in a shell of propaganda that is so subtle and pervasive that you cannot even see it.

The people in power have outdone Orwell to a stunning degree. You watch Paris hilton and defend the rights of the super-rich party insiders to get a tax cut - while they move your job to Bangalore. You have an administration that created an office of "Total Information Awareness" - and they appointed a felon to head the damn thing - for God's sake!

You have Laurence Silberman( who pardoned Ollie North ) as the head of the commision set to look into the "intelligence failures" - and you accept the notion that they won't have to report back until Bush has stolen another election.

Jesus, man. Wake up! Do you need to have the rat box on your face before you realize that the people in power today are manipulating the system to make their friends and themselves unreal sums of money and power?

Go to this site and learn somthing that you don't get as part of a canned newsfeed from the Ministry of Truth.

Et tu Peggy?
Even breathless Peggy was not impressed by Bush's interview with timmy. Of course, her reasons for Bush's poor performance were that he was just not good at talking point. Democrats have minds for talking points, Republicans like speeches. But what are talking points? Hell, this is just basic communication. When you ask someone how a car works, they give you talking points about engines, transmissions, gasoline, etc. When you ask somebody what they want to do if they become the president - or what they think about an issue - they give you an ordered list of their thoughts in a coherant manner. This is somehow wrong to Republicans. They prefer someone who bumbles, repeats himself - and falls back on the stalwart "Saddam is a dangerous man in a dangerous part of the dangerous world with weapons of mass danger"Peggy's Talking Points
Democrats have minds that do it through talking points, and Republicans have minds that do speeches. (Mr. Bush has given a dozen memorable speeches already; only one of his Democratic challengers has, and that was "I Have a Scream.") And the reason--perhaps--is that Democratic candidates tend to love the game of politics, and Republican candidates often don't. Democrats, because they admire government and seek to be part of it, are inclined to think the truth of life is in policy. How could they not then be engaged by policy talk, and its talking points?


This is just such inane drivel. How does this idiot get published? "Democrats, because they admire government and seek to be part of it, are inclined to think the truth of life is in policy" Is the truth of life in rhetoric? Is the truth of life in a photo-op? Republicans don't love the game of politics? Yeah right. The Mayberry Machiavelis are just terribly upset that they have to play politics. Stupid.
If you tell one lie, it leads to another
I thought Bush would just keep up the bullshit and not be challenged on anything by Tim Russert. I was right. TheCenter for American Progress has a play by play of the "interview". Softball question after softball question - and Bush still lied his ass off. Tim never asked him about Plame, Mars. or gay marriage. Nice going Russert. Preznit give Tim turkee.

Here is the transcript - I am waiting for all the breathless praise from the Peggy Noonan press corp about how well our "Dear Leader" stood up to vicious Tim's interrogation. More proof that the media is overwhemingly liberal I suppose.
SSSHHHHHRRRIIIIIIILLLLLLLL!
The evil Paul Krguman is attacking our glorious leader again!
The New York Review of Books: The Wars of the Texas Succession

Read this. Krugman puts together a broad and compelling protrait of King George the 1st of the new American monarchy. I especially liked this part:
The advent of a Machiavelli-inclined dynasty in what may be a Machiavellian Moment for the American Republic is not a happy coincidence.... National governance has, at least temporarily, moved away from the proven tradition of a leader chosen democratically, by a majority or plurality of the electorate, to the succession of a dynastic heir whose unfortunate inheritance is privileged, covert, and globally embroiling.

I knew that Karl Rove was a fan of Machiavelli. I read The Prince a long time ago - and George Bush fits the mold to a "t".
Down the memory hole

Remember Scott Ritter? He was one of the many intelligence experts that was saying that Iraq really had nothing back before this whole debacle began. Paula Zahn once said that Ritter had "drank Saddam's Kool-aide". Well, you never heard about him after he got smeared ( for a misdemeanor where the charges were dropped ). Tom Spencer has been keeping track.
But the president said Saddam had nukyular weppins
The New York Review of Books: Now They Tell Us

For anybody that says that the media was not clamoring for the Iraq war, I encourage you to read the article above.
I have 1 reader! I am as relevant as The New Republic!
Wow - I got a comment. That means at least one person has read my blog. Only 999,999 people to go before I can count myself as a truly influential evil liberal propagandist. I better get crackin.

Here's my comment complete with my own witty remarks:

Scott,

I followed the links from Riverbend to Iraqi Spirit to you. Loved your comments as pandoraShrugged. You know your history. Good words.

See, mom. Somebody says I paid attention in history class.

As to this rebuttal to pooplapants' garbage, good job. It must have been cathartic. You stopped before you got to this one, though:

"Liberals in America fight home schooling with a vengeance and continue to push for national education standards."


Speaking as a Republican home-schooler, I have to ask: who is pushing for national education standards? Why, Mr. George W. "Leave No Child Behind" Bush, that's who. His administration is pushing for national standards so that they can corporatize the public education system even more. Which is one reason that I am a home schooler.


I agree with the theory behind it - to the extent that our education system needs to be revamped. But the execution is piss poor. As with just about everything this administration does, it was based on bullshit. The "Texas miracle" only happened because the administration kicked out the marginally and poorly performing kids, the made kids bypass the 10th grade ( where the tests were administered ), and they only taught the test.

I think education needs to be broadly based and I think kids should be taught a lot more than just the 3 Rs. I think higher education should be far more affordable than it is, and I think we should model our education system on countries that really do have a great educational system. Give me a Japanese education dammit! I am tired of those bastards out-performing us on every metric!


In a time when school districts are so desperate for support that they are cutting fund-raising contracts with soda companies, and the administration is burdening the schools with yet more unfunded mandates like LNCB, I gotta ask: what the hell is the Republican Party up to?


You know, I heard friends tell me about guys like this. He is a free thinking Republican - I kid you not - go to his blog! Everybody I know in the real world tries hard to keep me off politics when we talk. I have literally rambled on for hours about such inane things as the use of the word "God" in the pledge of allegiance. Consequently I rarely meet people I know to be Republicans. The few I do meet are so stridently anti-liberal that they equate Democrats with Nazis. It is truly refreshing to read about a Republican that is more interested in recognizing reality than he is about supporting 'Dear Leader'. I commend this guy on his integrity.

Scott, I may be a Republican, and a home-schooler, and a life member of the NRA, but I'm with you. (Rest assured - the NRA hasn't gotten a dollar from me since it became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the GOP.)

I think gun laws should be a community based thing. An inner city kid probably does not need an AK-47 or have a safe place in which to fire such a weapon. Somebody that lives out in the boonies - like me - needs one because it would take 20 minutes for the cops to get here if we called em. I like shooting shit, too. Few things are more fun than cutting down a grove of trees with my friends automatic shotgun.

OT: This shotgun is the coolest damn thing ever. The guy that built it is a helluva machinist and he got a wild hair - after watching that conversion mechanics show on TLC - to build an automatic shotgun. He basically modeled it off the M-60. After about a year of trial and error, he had it firing singles and loading on the recoil. He stamped out a few hundred links for the chain belt - and we took this thing to the Mile Pile ( huge mound that has something to do with the Wastewater treatment plant in Summerville ).

We were afraid to fire this thing at first. We did not know if it would explode, jam, or free-fire. I volunteered to test it.

It was incredible. The kick was like a jackhammer - and it fired SOOOOO fast. It ate through 10 rounds in about a second. I tried to fire it in bursts, but it chewed through that belt like nothing I have ever seen. It was loud, too. It was like somebody wired together a bunch of real M-80s into a firecracker string.

I pointed it at this poor tree - that I knew was eye-balling me with the intention of attack - and cut the thing down in a flurry of exploding timber. It reminded me of the way the trees in Endor would explode when the land-walkers woudl fire at them in "Return of the Jedi". Very cool.

Back to Topic.

Along with the above, I'm also a card-carrying member of the ACLU, and a charter member of the "Anybody but Bush" party. So count me in.

One of the things I never really understood was the typical Republican hatred of the ACLU. I mean, this is a group of people whose main intent is to prevent abuses of power - and they are demonized by the Republican press. I think it really made them happy to come out and defend Rush Limbaugh's against an invasion of his privacy. It is a true sign of integrity when an organization like the ACLU comes to the defence of a hypocrite.

And don't forget to blog - it's been, what, a month? Throw us a bone, man!

I have 2 kids and a luddite wife that hates it when I get online. What am I supposed to do? I am writing this behind my wifes back anyway. I am sure if she realizes I am online she will make me get back to rotting my brain with her as I fantasize about Paige Davis (the hot-chick host of "Trading Spaces" - there is just something about that girl).

Regards,

Personally, I prefer "Sincerely" as my method of ending correspondence. I may move to "Regards" - because I am rarely sincere about anything I write.

[name withheld]
Scottsdale, Arizona
Not in My America


I get it now. The guy is from Arizona. I like Arizona - great state. John McCain is from there.

Though, he has been carrying as much water as Gungha Dinn for the Bush administration. I am starting to think he is more partisan than I realized. I thought he would hold a grudge against Bush for those dirty tricks in South Carolina.

You heard about that, right? In SC (my state) 'ol Karl decided to push-poll the undecided folks with a poll that claimed McCain had an iligitimate mixed-race daughter. McCain adopted a girl from Vietnam (or Laos - I am not really sure where she is from)so it played well into the more racist parts of SC (which is sadly - everywhere). To sink a good man with such dirty tricks is despicable.
You know, I am a stickler for the Constitution. I guess it is something crazy about me, but I actually think we should abide by it. I think one of the most important parts of it is the Bill of Rights - and I think the most important amendment is the one they put first. It reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.


Seeing as how I believe this crap to be central to our democracy. I was a little annoyed by this.

DES MOINES, Iowa -- In what may be the first subpoena of its kind in decades, a federal judge has ordered a university to turn over records about a gathering of anti-war activists.

In addition to the subpoena of Drake University, subpoenas were served this past week on four of the activists who attended a Nov. 15 forum at the school, ordering them to appear before a grand jury Tuesday, the protesters said.

Federal prosecutors refuse to comment on the subpoenas.

In addition to records about who attended the forum, the subpoena orders the university to divulge all records relating to the local chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, a New York-based legal activist organization that sponsored the forum.



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