Sunday, December 31, 2006
SAY WHAT? I hear you cry. Yes, I reply, as my hands shake, thinking of all those people having voter registration cards. TWENTY FIVE PERCENT! If you're in a room with three other people, and they are atheists, then that means YOU believe that Jesus is packing even now to come back.
There's no historical context given, so no way to determine if this is more or less than would have been so inclined in previous years.
What a world.
Saturday, December 30, 2006
The leader of the free world was in bed, asleep, at 9PM local time. You'd think he might actually want to pretend to work on the decision he's pretending to make on escalation. But not our Georgie.
Friday, December 29, 2006
I don't consider myself a conspiratorialist, just properly paranoiaic (but then I'm sure most conspiracy nuts dont consider themselves anything but rational, either), but I wonder about the almost unseemly haste with which Saddam was dispatched. There were an awful lot of things left that he could have been prosecuted for, most much more egregious than the relatively minor (in Saddam terms, anyway) mass murder for which he was hanged.
My inner wingnut wonders how much was a rush to do him in before he could implicate US officials and governments of the past in his activities. He hadn't managed to thus far, with a pretty considerable stage to act on, but who knows what the future could have brought.
It's an indication of how poisonous the Bu$hCo crowd has made the environment that even this long-expected result raises more questions than it answers.
Bob Scheer at HuffPo weighs in:
The fact is that Saddam Hussein knew a great deal about the United States' role in Iraq, including deals made with Bush's father. This rush to execute him had the feel of a gangster silencing the key witness to a crime.
HENRY: You know, going back to September 2001, the president said, dead or alive, we're going to get him. Still don't have him. I know you are saying there's successes on the war on terror, and there have been. That's a failure.
TOWNSEND: Well, I'm not sure -- it's a success that hasn't occurred yet. I don't know that I view that as a failure.
To put it simply, the presidential is neither psychologically nor politically capable of leaving Iraq. The 2006 election made it clear the current course can't be sustained politically. Even his own party won't back it. That leaves escalation as the only alternative. All that's left is a rationale for doing so. And that's what the president is now working on.
I think this is pretty much correct. The boy just never learned the old lesson- when you're a freakin' hole, STOP DIGGING!
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
However, what hit me wasn't that DHS is incompetent- in Bu$hCo, no matter the department, that's pretty much a given. What hit was the following paragraph:
Jarrod Agen, a department spokesman, said the guns belonged to Paragon Systems of Chantilly, which provides security for the department's facility on Nebraska Avenue NW.
Okay.... anyone else struck by the irony that the outfit in charge of protecting all of us is protected, not by their own efforts, but by Porta Pigs from suburban VA?!?!?!?
It's getting to the point that even the straight news from DC is so ironic it's writing it's own jokes.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Monday, December 25, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Hallefuckinglujah! I don't think the country could survive another four to eight years of these lying, thieving, vote-stealing, Nazi-backing, Constitution-screwing oligarchic bastards.
Not that I have any strong feelings on the subject.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
If we pull out, and the Saudis support the Sunnis, and Iran supports the Shi'a, how long before Saudi Arabia and Iran come to open warfare? How long before Jordan and/or Syria intervene? Egypt? This could be a nightmare quickly.
I'm NOT arguing that we shouldn't pull out, but the consequences are potentially devastating. And realists in the Administration should have realized this BEFORE the invasion, instead of daydreaming about candy and flowers and ponies for everyone.
I'm not pro-impeachment. Oh, I think if every ANYONE deserved to be impeached, it's Dumbfuck. But, the options after are not good. Do we let Cheney succeed him, then what? Impeach him? Impeach Cheney first (can one impeach the Veep?) I tend to lean towards leaving Shrub in office, watching him like a hawk, and hoping the codes in the football aren't real (surely, the Joint Chiefs are dumb enough to trust him with the keys to Armageddon!)
Josh has some more in-depth/insider speculation.
NYT has details.
The former adviser said Prince Turki’s resignation came amid a growing rivalry between the ambassador and Prince Bandar, who is now Saudi Arabia’s national security adviser. Prince Bandar, well known in Washington for his access to the White House, has vied to become the next foreign minister.
“This is a very high-level problem; this is about Turki, the king and Bandar,” said the former adviser to the royal family. “Let’s say the men don’t have a lot of professional admiration for each other.”
Even in Texas, the Repugs are in disarray! :)
Update: final count shows Ciro won 55-45(ish), a romp of 10 points. As late as Monday, Bonilla was up by 4-7 points. Way to go, DCCC and Bill 'Big Dog' Clinton, for closing this out with BANG!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
The group suggested the president shake up his national security team. "All of us said they have failed, that you need a new team," said one participant. That recommendation is likely to fuel Pentagon rumors that Bush and his new defense secretary, Robert M. Gates, may decide to replace Marine Gen. Peter Pace as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
Two main reasons. One, Bush is a gut-level-reactor who has decided that he can 'fix' Iraq with just the right combination of force and will. Two, God told him to do it.
Even if we could get past the first, we'd never get past the second. It's unthinkable for people like Bush to concede that THEY might be wrong; what's the unthinkable-squared version of unthinkable for them to admit that GOD might be wrong!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Needless to say, the Orthodox rabbis think they're all meshugah!
Serious snark alert!
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Two days before he resigned as defense secretary, Donald H. Rumsfeld submitted a classified memo to the White House that acknowledged that the Bush administration’s strategy in Iraq was not working and called for a major course correction.
“In my view it is time for a major adjustment,” wrote Mr. Rumsfeld, who has been a symbol of a dogged stay-the-course policy. “Clearly, what U.S. forces are currently doing in Iraq is not working well enough or fast enough.”
Nor did Mr. Rumsfeld seem confident that the administration would readily develop an effective alternative. To limit the political fallout from shifting course, he suggested the administration consider a campaign to lower public expectations.
“Announce that whatever new approach the U.S. decides on, the U.S. is doing so on a trial basis,” he wrote. “This will give us the ability to readjust and move to another course, if necessary, and therefore not ‘lose.’ ”“Recast the U.S. military mission and the U.S. goals (how we talk about them) — go minimalist,” he added. The memo suggests frustration with the pace of turning over responsibility to the Iraqi authorities; in fact, the memo calls for examination of ideas that roughly parallel troop withdrawal proposals presented by some of the White House’s sharpest Democratic critics. [Text, Page 28.]
The memo’s discussion of possible troop reduction options offers a counterpoint to Mr. Rumsfeld’s frequent public suggestions that discussions about force levels are driven by requests from American military commanders.
It also puts on the table several ideas for troop redeployments or withdrawals, even as there have been recent pronouncements from American commanders emphasizing the need to maintain troop levels for the time being.
The memorandum sometimes has a finger-wagging tone, as Mr. Rumsfeld says that the Iraqis must “pull up their socks,” and suggests that reconstruction aid should be withheld in violent areas to avoid rewarding “bad behavior.”
Other options called for shrinking the number of bases, establishing benchmarks that would mark the Iraqis’ progress toward political, economic and security goals and conducting a “reverse embeds” program to attach Iraqi soldiers to American squads.
Sound like anything he EVER said publicly?
Friday, December 01, 2006
Paperless electronic voting machines used throughout the Washington region and much of the country "cannot be made secure," according to draft recommendations issued this week by a federal agency that advises the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
The assessment by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the government's premier research centers, is the most sweeping condemnation of such voting systems by a federal agency.
In a report hailed by critics of electronic voting, NIST said that voting systems should allow election officials to recount ballots independently from a voting machine's software. The recommendations endorse "optical-scan" systems in which voters mark paper ballots that are read by a computer and electronic systems that print a paper summary of each ballot, which voters review and elections officials save for recounts.
I don't know anything about Reyes but the little mentioned in the article, but he sounds good. Let's hope this is the right move with a key slot.