Sunday, July 31, 2005

Prez Bush Got a Physical…So How's His Brain?

Today, the NYT revealed everything no one wants to know about President Bush's latest physical. We were told his resting heart rate, his cholesterol info, how much he rides his mountain bike, his weight and that he experiences a reflux reaction if he eats peppermint or drinks coffee. We even got this statement about GWB from nine doctors: there is "every reasonable expectation that he will remain fit for duty for the duration of his presidency.” What ain't we got? We ain't got facts. We got jargon up the yazoo, We got happy talk from quacks, We got weasel-words aplenty, We got medical college hacks, We got wagons in a circle, We got doctors covering their tracks. What ain't we got? We ain't got facts. Why does the left side of the president's face droop? When did he have a stroke? Why is his thinking so muddled and his syntax and logic a jumbled mess? Why does he keep falling off his mountain bike? Why isn't he kept informed of important matters? Why can't he understand, much less explain the Social Security privatization plan? Is he taking medication for bipolar syndrome or schizophrenia? We got doctors falling all over themselves, We got a president out of whack, We got statements from the AMA, We got MD's sounding like flacks, We got a president who cannot function, And doctors plugging cracks. What ain't we got? We ain't got facts. And that “reasonable expectation” baloney only applies to a mentally fit human being. You can't have a reasonable expectation of someone being physically fit for “duty” if that person is mentally unstable. We need FACTS.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Bill Frist Wants to be Prez

The Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist, MD has no morals, no ethics and he's dumber than a White House callboy. Which is why he thinks he can be president. Frist assumes his flip-flop on the stem-cell research issue will be more of a winner than a loser. It's simply a calculated risk and he's decided to take it. Frist's latest stance on stem-cell research was a surprise yesterday, but a bigger surprise lurked in a throw-away sentence in yesterday's NYT. “Because Mr. Frist's colleagues look to him for advice on medical matters, his support for the bill could break the Senate logjam.” The NYT is kidding, right? They gotta be kidding. Does anyone actually look to Bill Frist for medical advice? Or put another way, only someone as terminally stupid and immoral as Bill Frist would seek medical advice from Bill Frist. Dr. Frist said AIDS can be contracted from tears and sweat. Dr. Frist said his diagnosis of Terri Schiavo was that she was not in a vegetative state. In his book “Transplant”, Dr. Frist confessed that he had adopted cats from animal shelters when he was in medical school in order to experiment on them. Then he killed them. In 1997, Frist said in a commencement address at the East Tennessee State University, “Be prepared to adapt. Be willing to risk. Be eager to dream.” Bill Frist is all of that. He has no moral center and he's willing to adapt, to say anything and to risk everything in order to get what he wants. He's also counting on 55 Republicans in the U.S. Senate being as stupid and corrupt as he is. Is he right? We'll see.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Beck Is a Scientologist? Oh No!

Was anyone else surprised last night when Steven Colbert announced in his This Week in God segment on The Daily Show that rocker Beck is a Scientologist? Well, I must say, I plotzed. Now it’s old news that when Greta van Susteren was on CNN and before she bought her new face she was the go-to Scientology person. But BECK? And then I got another shock. While googling Beck I found out that Jenna and Bohdi Elfman are Scientologists. Bohdi Elfman is composer Danny Elfman’s brother. And Jenna…well, who doesn’t know that Jenna is Dharma. I admit, there is a certain attractiveness about a religion that says it can pronounce a person “Clear”. That is, free of all hang-ups and attachments. For instance, Beck’s wife Marissa Ribisi is Clear. Buddha and Jesus are only “slightly above” clear. And get this. You can be better than Buddha and Jesus. You can get to be “OT”, as in, an Operating Thetan. When you achieve that state, the one above Jesus and Buddha, you can leave your body and mind and “see, hear, and feel without access” to your normal senses. Back in the 70’s when I was in Oscar Ichazo’s weird cult, Arica, we would do our yoga exercises and eat our pure food and get high on really good grass, and we would laugh at L. Ron Hubbard’s weird cult, Scientology. We didn’t know too much about it, but we did know that he started it as a joke. And then seeing his gag had all the potential of being a mega-money-machine, L.Ron decided he’d been in error, it wasn’t a joke, it was real. Back then, the E-Meters, which, according to the Scientology site, are used “to locate areas of spiritual distress or travail”, were basically two tin cans and a string. E-Meters or Eletro-psychometers probably have become a little more technoid by now. E-Meters ferret out engrams. Engrams are psychic scars. So you get “audited” (back in the day, that meant you held a tin can in each hand) and the E-Meters show when you feel stressed. The point being: to remove engrams and thence to “progress from being "preclear" (PC) to "clear;" i.e. totally free of engrams.” It's certainly clear to me that van Susteren's obsession to be a Paula Zahn clone by getting work done up the yazoo, and Tom Cruise's recent meltdown on every TV show on the planet, probably are indications that they are pre-preclear. How does being audited lead to being clear? I guess you have to join the club to find out. But, I’m told by my sources, that Scientology’s stranglehold over members is that during auditing a person reveals every wart, every peccadillo, every sin big and small, every vice, every lust, every perversion, fetish, even…dare we say it?...every abominiation. And from that point, they gotcha…for life. The Roman Catholic Church boasts that if they get a kid at the age of six, they have him forever. Scientology needs only get your audit on tape. So…you have to know…van Susteren, Beck, Cruise, Travolta, the Elfmans, the Fat Actress Whatsername, Chick Corea, Priscilla Presley and all the other Scientology devotees revealed ALL, and I mean ALL to their auditors. Oh yeah! Gotcha forever! Don’t even think about leaving…there’s that little incriminating tape.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

What Was Joe Tom Easley Thinking?

The Lord preserve us from well-meaning, maudlin do-gooders fueled by sentimental fantasies of being God’s surrogate on earth. Joe Tom Easley is a retired law professor living in Miami Beach. He forged an unlikely alliance with Robert Reilly, a gay-rights activist who is an advisor for the Defense Department. The two men decided that a worthy project would be to get approval to bring a thirteen-year old Iraqi, Ayad al-Sirowiy, to the United States for medical treatment. Easley had read about Ayad who had been injured at the beginning of the Iraq war (full story in today’s NYT). A cluster bomb went off and caused tiny pieces of shrapnel to be embedded in Ayad’s face. He was blinded in one eye and the shrapnel scars caused the boys in Ayad’s hometown to call him “Mr. Gunpowder”. Ayad was ashamed and dropped out of school. It took Easley and Reilly more than a year to get approval to bring Ayad to the US. Ayad and his father have spent two weeks in the US. They arrived in New York on July 13th. Ayad has seen the Empire State building, visited the Pentagon, the US Senate, met a Senator, drank all the Pepsi he could handle, saw a dermatologist in Washington DC and the best eye doctors in Baltimore. The dream offered to Ayad was that he would get a cornea transplant restoring the vision in his blinded eye and the gunpowder tattoo would be erased. Ayad assumed he would get his old face back and would see perfectly again. This was the United States after all. And it is not unreasonable that Ayad’s father assumed that now that he had rich and powerful friends in the US, he would get a job here, move the whole family to the US and everyone would live happily ever after. This was the United States. And George W. Bush could do anything. Anyone with half a working brain can guess at the real ending of this stupid project. Anyone except Easley and Reilly. Ayad couldn’t get the cornea transplant because the optic nerve in his right eye was destroyed. Instead, the doctors gave him a contact lens that would not help his eyesight but would make his destroyed eye look normal. He lost the lens immediately. Easley and Reilly hope to send him a spare. (And lots of luck with a spare cosmetic contact lens, should it arrive and it probably won’t. Ayad lives in a mud hut with no amenities.) The laser surgery to erase the scars only lightened them. Ayad needs follow-up treatment in a country with modern medical facilities. His return to the US or any other modern country is unlikely. Ayad’s father asked to be able to work in the US and was refused. He is furious. He told an Arab television network that he was promised money and gifts. “I demand to face George W. Bush, and I have some things to say straight to him," he said. Ah but their suitcases were “stuffed with new clothes, cameras and Herbal Essence shampoo”, the NYT said. Surely that will be enough, isn’t that right, Messrs. Easley and Reilly? It has been asked, in case you are wondering: Why help this boy? There are many others who are worse off. Easley answered. “Well, I don’t know about the other boys, but I do know about Ayad.” To the people who have not been targeted for help, succor and hope by Easley and Reilly, one can only say: THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS!

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Rove Has a GIRLfriend? Oh Ha! Oh Hee!

Little stories are starting to appear out of nowhere that Karl Rove has a girlfriend. I have no doubt Rove himself is behind the leaklet. It would do Rove more good to have people thinking he's got a honey of the female persuasion on the side than thinking he's faithful to his wife. Karen Johnson, the girlfriend mentioned in the droppings, has been a Texas GOP friend of Rove's for years. But that she, or any female person, is a Rove inamorata, is about as likely as Scott McClellan being signed by the Washington Redskins. The rumors of gay hanky-cum-panky in the far-right, born-again Bush Administration are so rampant that now they are leaking stories about a Rove girlfriend. OMG! Thank you Jesus! LMAO. LMFAO.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Opus Dei and the Republican Party

Say what you will about the best-selling blockbuster, “The Da Vinci Code”” by Dan Brown, and there isn’t much that hasn’t been said. But this badly written, wildly plotted, ponderous mystery about the power struggle between the Priory of Sion (a real secret society with members who included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo and Leonardo Da Vinci) and Opus Dei has had one very positive result. For anyone living in a cave, the Da Vinci Code’s McGuffin is that the Priory of Sion was entrusted with the knowledge of the hiding place of the Roman Catholic Church’s most sacred relic and Opus Dei wants it. And then there’s all that true and not-so-true RCC history and the stuff about Jesus and his beloved disciple who wasn’t a guy. But the very positive upshot is that the people who have read “The Da Vinci Code” want to know more about Opus Dei. And that is a very good thing. Because Opus Dei is a very bad thing. Opus Dei is a Vatican-sanctioned cult. The man who started it in Spain in 1928, Jose Maria Escriba de Balaguer, was a madman and zealot. Pope John Paul II canonized this crazed psychopath on October 6, 2002. Escriba de Balaguer changed his name to Escriva because it sounded classier. JPII put Escriva on a fast-track to sainthood. And now, Joey Ratz has put JPII on the heavenly express to Saintsville. It’s hard to understand what’s up with these guys. They seem to believe that if they say a corrupt nogoodnik is holy, he becomes holy. Yo! Papa Ratz and all you Ratzies-in-training: You Are Not God. But back to Opus Dei. Thanks to people like Dianne DiNicola, Executive Director of ODAN (Opus Dei Awareness Network), the truth about Opus Dei is available to anyone who wants to find it ( ODAN counsels people who have had negative experiences with Opus Dei. DiNicola’s daughter, Tammy, was a numerary in OD and was freed from the cult by an intervention by David Clark who is a cult expert. (A numerary is a single person who vows celibacy for life and agrees to devote his life to Opus Dei while working in the world.) Dianne and Tammy DiNicola and David Clark were guests on Chris Matthews' Hardball on June 8, 2005 along with Opus Dei priests and devotees. I didn’t see the show but read the transcript. Sometimes a transcript is more powerful than actually seeing the video. It was remarkable to read the words of Tammy DiNicola, who went through the horrors of being in the Opus Dei cult and of her mother who had watched the changes in her daughter because of the cult’s influence, and then to read the words of the Opus Dei flacks who said the DiNicola’s seemed sincere but they were mistaken. Right. And the Holocaust victims were mistaken. There has been a lot of conjecture about prominent Republicans who may be Opus Dei members. And, as you might expect, it’s impossible to find anything substantive to verify the rumors. The people most often said to be Opus Dei members are: Supremes Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, Former FBI Director Louis Freeh, Senator (R-PA) Rick Santorum and Robert Novak. Here is the info I have found: There is no document or hard evidence that Antonin Scalia is a member. However, Scalia’s son is an Opus Dei priest. There is no evidence that Clarence Thomas is a member but the rumor will not die. There is no evidence that Louis Freeh is a member. Louis Freeh’s brother, John, used to be a numerary member. The only thing I could dig up on Rick Santorum is that he attended Escriva’s canonization. And here’s the poop on Robert Novak: Novak was raised in the Jewish faith until he was 13. At the age of 67, in 1998, Novak was converted to Catholicism by an Opus Dei priest named John McCloskey. Fr. McCloskey has made something of a career out of converting high-profile Washington, DC insiders to Opus Dei’s brand of Catholicism (Kansas Republican Senator Sam Brownback, and economist-commentator Lawrence Kudlow, for instance). In an article by Chris Suellentrop about McCloskey (“The Rev. John McCloskey-The Catholic Church’s K Street Lobbyist”), Tammy DiNicola was quoted saying, “I’ve experienced personally a side to Opus Dei that I wonder whether it comes from the Holy Spirit. I think Opus Dei is a cancer on the Catholic Church.” Fr. John McCloskey and Robert Novak should be very happy together.

Monday, July 25, 2005

What Bush Doesn't Know

Bob Herbert's NYT Op/Ed piece this morning is titled, What Bush Doesn't Know. And his main point is that President Bush doesn't know the war in Iraq has not made the US safer. Which, of course, is true. But Bob Herbert's view is too narrow. President George W. Bush doesn't know anything. And given the President's limited intelligence and narcissism, that not only is the way he likes it, that's the way it has to be. George W. Bush is the most ignorant man in the world. Bush brags he doesn't read newspapers. He brags he can't think of any mistakes he has made. He brags he won't change his mind. He brags he believes God intended him to be president. Is it any wonder that the men who actually run the world wanted George W. Bush to be President of the United States? He's a dream come true. The most ignorant, gullible, ego-driven, delusional, obstinate man in the world is willing to do and say whatever his minders tell him to do and say as long as they let him pretend to be King. And I would bet you that George W. Bush really doesn't know about Karl Rove's and Scooter Libby's involvement in the Blame Plame Game. And that's not the worst of it. Prez Bush doesn't know or care that 1,777 US soldiers have died in the war he started in Iraq so he could feel like a man. Prez Bush could not explain the privatization of Social Security if his soul depended on it. Prez Bush doesn't know and doesn't care that Japan and China own the US because they have bought billions of dollars of US bonds. He doesn't know or care that we are in peril because China is threatening not to buy any more of our debt. And why would Bush know anything? He knows only what Karl Rove tells him. And that's only enough to make him get up in the morning and continue to play King. What George W. Bush doesn't know and doesn't want to know could fill a book. And oh you betcha! It will fill any number of books, to his eternal shame.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Prince Bandar Resigns…Prince Turki Steps In

Anybody care? The wife of the Supremes nominee John Roberts is, according to the NYT, “a Roman Catholic lawyer from the Bronx whose pro bono work for Feminists for Life is drawing intense interest.” And Karl Rove and Scooter Libby’s political lives are hanging in the balance. Ergo, not much ink is being devoted to Saudi Arabia’s appointing a new Ambassador to the US. Maybe it’s those names: Prince Bandar son of Sultan son of Abdulaziz of the family Saud. And Prince Turki son of Faisal son of Abdulaziz of the family Saud. But at least everytime they are introduced you get all the family connections. However, unless you read Craig Unger’s “House of Bush House of Saud”, you’re not going to understand the intricacies of the business connections between the Royal Saud Family, the bin Laden family and the Bush family. Let’s put it this way. You can’t be obsessed with getting Saudi Arabian oil money into your own Texas pocket without climbing in bed with the Sauds and the bin Ladens. Which, of course, is exactly what the Bushes have done. And it really isn't going to make any difference whether Prince Bandar or Prince Turki is Ambassador. It wouldn’t even matter if a bin Laden were named Ambassador. The official reason given for President Bush’s buddy Prince Bandar's resignation is his bad health. (Will you ever forget the sight of Prez Bush giving Bandar a hot-oil back rub in Michael Moore’s movie, Fahrenheit 911? But I digress.) No one ever resigns from any government position except for bad health or wanting to spend more time with the family. (And given the size of the Saud Royal family, the latter probably would not have been a sane option.) It is true that Bandar’s health has not been good in the last few years. But even though Bandar and Prez Bush have gushed over the closeness of their families…“your family is my family” and that kind of maudlin stuff. Still, since 9/11 things have been strained. And the Bushes are not people who put friendship and loyalty ahead of politics. Friendship and loyalty is politics. That business of Bandar spiriting 40 Saudis out of the US on September 13th 2001 with no fuss, no muss and with help from the Bush Royal family has stuck in the craw of many Americans. And that other business regarding 15 of the 19 9/11 terrorists being Saudis also made Americans queasy about Bandar. So Bandar has been practically invisible both as GWB’s playpal and as Ambassador since 9/11. At least we knew what we had with Bandar. He was educated here. He loved what followers of Islam call our decadence and he was invaluable as a Bush connection to Middle East oil. But what have we got with Turki? He also is of the family Saud. He also was educated here. And to say he was a little too close to the Taliban, AlQaeda and Osama bin Laden before 2001 would put the case mildly. But, we are told, he’s out of that unfortunate bidness and he’s strictly on our side now. Well, the Saud Royal family and the bin Laden family have invested heavily in the Carlyle Group, so I guess you would call that being on our side. Because, God knows, the US has invested heavily in the Carlyle Group. But here’s the bottom line. We went to war in Iraq because of oil. The House of Saud and the bin Ladens (minus Osama) are all about oil. As far as the Bush family is concerned, nothing else matters. Therefore Bandar/Turki/bin Laden, it’s all one. They are totally interchangeable to the White House. Oil is the Bush/Saud/bin Laden family business. And we must never forget that.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

The Drooling George W. Bush

No. I don't mean because of his impairment and the problem with his face because he's had a stroke. I mean Prez Bush looks so interested in the pretty young men coming across his sights these days that he's practically licking his chops. Did you notice him introducing his nomination for The Supremes, John Roberts? The Daily Show's Jon Stewart seemed to be reading GWB's mind when he added a comment to Bush's intro, “And he's soooooooo handsome.” Remember when President I'm-So-Manly-I-Ride-a-Dirt-Bike Bush told Canada's Prime Minister Scott Reid that he had a prettier face than Scotty McClellan? The whole quote from January 18, 2004 is: "You got a pretty face," he told the surprised Mr. Reid. He wasn't done. "You got a pretty face," he said again. "You're a good-looking guy. Better looking than my Scott anyway." Word has it that the Bush family tried to de-gay George W. and sent him to Worthy Creations near El Paso, TX in 1976. It's a church group that claims to convert homosexuals through faith. The party line at the time was that GWB was being detoxed. It may be time for another trip to Worthy Creations. Else the closet in the Lincoln Bedroom is going to get very crowded.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

White House Pick for Supremes…

Federal appeals court judge John G. Roberts Jr. is the pick of the White House Ladies to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. Nasty pick. Read the reports. The Ladies decided to choose a Supreme Court nominee quickly and without sufficient consideration of all options in order to divert attention away from the Karl Rove mess. Okay…two-minute break. Take a breath. Consider Roberts. He's a rotten choice. He's the wrong guy. Back to Rove. Bush says he doesn't know all the facts about the Plame case so he's reserving judgment. What crap! I don't know all the facts because the Bush administration is secretive and won't divulge facts on any issue. But the Prez is the Prez. Why doesn't he know all the facts? Well…right…he's not told anything about anything because his brain is too addled to sort through and ponder the most uncomplicated information. But if he could handle a simple thought, George W. Bush is the one person in the United States who can know all the facts. And, as pointed out, the Prez was confident he knew all the facts when he claimed Rove wasn't involved, why does he say he doesn't know all the facts now? The reason is because Karl Rove told him it was a shrewd thing to say. Or, more accurately, since Rove is not a lawyer, Ken Mehlman told Bush to say he didn't know the facts and was reserving judgment because, legally speaking, it' a wise stance to assume. Speaking of facts. Here are some Karl Rove facts. His middle name is Christian. He is one of five siblings. He dropped out of the University of Utah and never got a college degree. He became a protégé of Donald Segreti who later was a convicted Watergate conspirator. Rove's mother guessed at the day of his birth in December in 1950, but wasn't quite sure. She picked Christmas Day. On Christmas Day when he was 19, his father walked out on the family. During his parents divorce negotiations, Rove found out from an aunt and uncle that the man he knew as his father was not his father. Rove and an older brother were the sons of a man his mother had an affair with. His mother committed suicide in Reno, Nevada in 1981. It's not hard to figure out why Karl Rove became the all-around corrupt and depraved politician that he is. But what's the GOP's excuse for letting a man like Rove run the Republican Party?

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Who Is Ken Mehlman?

Right now Ken Mehlman is the Chairman of the Republican National Committee and the public face for Karl Rove's policies. That is to say, when a blatantly false statement needs to be repeated endlessly by the White House, Ken Mehlman is the fast-talker who broadcasts the lies and deceptions created by George W. Bush's deputy chief of staff. It's Ken Mehlman who tells the Bush administration's version of he truth at breakneck speed and seemingly without taking a breath. This motormouth facility is invaluable on news shows where bytes are kept short and often with only one point of view. But where did Mehlman come from? Mehlman is young (38) and smart. He got a B.A. in government from the Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA in 1988 and a law degree from Harvard in 1991. He was still at Harvard when he worked on Bill Weld's successful campaign to become Governor of Massachusetts in 1990. After graduating from Harvard Law, Mehlman practiced environmental law for three years in Washington D.C. for Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld. Then he began to concentrate on politics. He worked on GHW Bush's 1992 re-election campaign. In 1994 he was legislative director for Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX). He then worked on Representative Kay Gould's (R-TX) 1996 and 1998 campaigns and was her chief of staff. He worked on Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign. It was Mehlman who thought up what has been called the “historic Iowa model” used in the 2000 primaries, which garnered the “highest percentage of Republican votes in caucus history”. His model for building strong grassroots teams was also used in MD, VA and SC. Mehlman was made Deputy Assistant to GWBush and Director of White House Political Affairs in 2000. With those titles behind his name, he worked with Federal agencies, Congress, state parties and community organizations to manage the Bush political agenda. In 2004, Mehlman was Campaign manager for Bush-Cheney and credits his mobilization of grassroots workers and pushing forward the “Bush message” with the fact that (according to Mehlman) “the red states have turned redder while the blue states have turned purple.” Mehlman would have us believe he is a true-believer in the GOP agenda. Maybe so. But it's certain Mehlman is a true-believer in Mehlman. And he also seems to be a true-believer in the Karl Rove model of using character assassination, dirty-tricks, lies, deception and voter fraud just in case a candidate cannot win on his merits. It's not easy to find info on Ken Mehlman and I have used data from the John Kennedy Jr. Forum News article posted on December 15, 2004.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Looks Like Sy Hersh Has Another Scoop

This morning's NYT reports that the Bush team intended to fix the free election in Iraq this past January. And Seymour Hersh tells all (or as much of all as it's possible to tell) in the July 18th issue of The New Yorker. The NYT article by Douglas Jehl and David E. Sanger, “Plan Called for Covert Aid in Iraq Vote” reports “In the months before the Iraqi elections in January, President Bush approved a plan to provide covert support to certain Iraqi candidates and political parties, but rescinded the proposal because of Congressional opposition, current and former government officials said Saturday.” According to the NYT, Seymour M. Hersh's New Yorker article says “the administration proceeded with the covert plan over the Congressional objections. Several senior Bush administration officials disputed that, although they recalled renewed discussions within the administration last fall about how the United States might counter what was seen as extensive Iranian support to pro-Iranian Shiite parties.” The NYT says “Time magazine first reported in October 2004 that the administration had encountered Congressional opposition over a plan to provide covert support to Iraqi candidates." The Time mag article said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi had "strong words" with then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. Once again we see the fine hand of the White House Ladies trying to run the world by illegal means. The sole woman in the WH Ladies' club, Condoleezza Rice, promoted the scheme to fix the Iraq election. Of course, at the same moment as Rice and her pal, George W. Bush, had decided to mount a covert plan to fix the election, they were making high-flown statements about how the United States would faithfully abide by the persons and the parties the Iraqis chose in their so-called free elections. In the end, the plan to influence the election was never put into action because members of Congress strongly objected. The NYT said that President Bush had either signed the secret formal authorization, or was about to sign it, when the whole nefarious scheme was quashed. Lies to promote the unnecessary and illegal war in Iraq, false stories intended to ruin lives, whispers down the lane revealing state secrets, a fixed US election in 2000 with the help of the Supreme Court and now covert plans to influence the Iraqi elections. This is the legacy of the two GW Bush administrations. Tell me again, why are we allowing the White House Ladies to run our country?

Saturday, July 16, 2005

The White House Ladies

Who are the White House Ladies? They are the vicious, malicious, bitchy, prissy, rumormongering, lying, spiteful crew of White House men and their favored friends who traffic in character assassination and dirty-tricks plots for the GOP. To name a few names, the White House Ladies include President George W. Bush, Vice President and PNAC signatory Dick Cheney, GWB's political advisor and deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, Press Secretary Scott McClellan, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff and PNAC signatory I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, Defense Policy board member and PNAC signatory Richard Perle. Why dub them ladies? Because they are acting like a girls club whose main delight is making mischief and telling lies. Am I suggesting that the White House Ladies are, if not gay, then not 100% male-oriented males? Of course not. A suggestion like that could ruin lives, would be difficult to verify, might end careers, and might even lead to suicide. Who would do something like that, other than the White House Ladies? And on another note: The New York Times reported this morning that, “The Bush administration said on Friday that it would decide by Sept. 1 whether to allow sales of an emergency contraceptive without a prescription”. The NYT's article needs a little elaboration. Any girl or woman can request the so-called morning-after pills in a hospital's Emergency Room, right now, even though prescriptions are required in pharmacies. So, whether or not the Bush administration decides to make the pills available without a prescription won't change the fact that if a rape has occurred or if a female person simply wants to make sure she doesn't have an unwanted pregnancy because of unprotected sex, she can take that precaution right now. The only requirement is that she go to an ER and take the pills within 72 hours of the sex act.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Krugman: “What's Happened to America?”

This morning, in his NYT Op/Ed column, Paul Krugman lays it on the line. He condemns “Karl Rove's America” and finally asks, “How did our political system get to this point?” Another relevant question might be: When did the USA start being run by a bunch of gossiping, backstabbing, catty, lying, old ladies dressed in men's suits and ties? Nixon's administration was characterized by the high testosterone level of its foul-mouthed and profane top men. But the Bush administration has distinguished itself for the squawks and squeals of its spiteful, malicious, manipulative, passive-aggressive, bitch-slapping male impersonators. Where have all the real men in the GOP gone? Are they hiding out? Are they afraid they will be seen as effeminate if they associate with the White House Ladies? Karl Rove acts like my Aunt Etta. I have no idea what his sexual preference is, but he is devious, he deals in half-truths, his covert activities run to character assassination by outright lying, he is petty and mean, he simpers and smiles even when plotting a spiteful smear...just like Aunt Etta. And his devoted disciple, George W. Bush, thinks whatever Uncle Karl does is fabulous. I have nothing against Sewing Circles and Women's Clubs, I just don't want my country run by my Aunt Etta.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Rove is Amoral, Nasty and Corrupt: No Crime

Even though Karl Rove is the most Machiavellian, smarmy, depraved and unpleasant President the United States has ever had, he cannot be indicted or put in jail on those grounds. In fact, it is Karl Rove's willingness to lie, cheat and do whatever it takes that won the election in 2000 and 2004. And it's Rove's cynical and corrupt modus operandi that has made him the darling of the GOP. Karl Rove is running the Republican Party, he is running the White House, he is running the US and there's nothing to keep him from running the world except that Karl Rove is amoral, nasty and corrupt. The Rove way of doing things is the visible face of the Republican Party and of America. The Rove way of doing things took over all branches of our government in a bloodless coup. Thanks to Karl Rove, the US is universally despised. The US has become a bully and aggressor, US leaders lie and are proud of their lies and the US cannot be trusted, Karl Rove has won every battle he has fought. And the Republican Party has lost its soul, George W. Bush has lost his mind and the United States has lost its way. Karl Rove is an undisputed evil genius. But the monster machine he created has just slithered up its own asshole and is eating itself. What will cause the last gasp? Mark my words, it will be some small thing and it will blow the lid off the Rove Regime.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

What If…

What if George-the-Unwise had not made the disastrous claim in his January 28, 2003 SOTUS speech that the Brits claimed Saddam Hussein was trying to buy uranium in Africa? George-the-Dupe knew on January 28, 2003 that Saddam had not tried to buy uranium. He knew because Joseph Wilson had gone to Africa at the behest of the CIA in February 2002 and reported back in March 2002 that he doubted Iraq tried to purchase uranium in Africa. If George-the-Beloved-Disciple had not swallowed the lies being fed to him by Karl Rove, and had not made the uranium claim in his SOTUS speech, would Ari Fleischer (press secretary before suck-up Scott McClellan took the job) still be press secretary? Fleischer resigned May 19th, 2003. If the Bush team hadn't lied about Iraq buying uranium in Africa and if Colin Powell hadn't refused to repeat the lie to the United Nations would Powell still be secretary of state? Would the White House have been able to set the Iraq war plans in motion March 20th, 2003 without the Africa uranium lie? That's the real point about the Plame case. The importance of the Karl Rove connection isn't on whether Rove outed Plame as a CIA operative (which he obviously did, whether he used her name or called her Wilson's wife). But that's of lesser importance than the fact that Rove gave Time mag reporter Matthew Cooper “a big warning” in July 2003 that Joe Wilson's report on Iraq “might not be entirely accurate”. Rove knew Wilson's report that Iraq was not trying to buy uranium in Africa was true. But he tried to influence reporter Cooper to keep telling the Bush administration lie. On July 6th, 2003, in a New York Times op-ed piece, Wilson wrote that he could not verify that Niger sold uranium yellowcake to Iraq. Karl Rove knew Wilson had to be neutralized one way or another or the lies that rationalized the illegal war in Iraq could not be kept afloat. That is the crux of this matter. Karl Rove is the mastermind behind the Bush administration's unprecedented record of deceit, lying and down and dirty strategies. Will the Bush administration keep Rove as Captain and go down with the ship? Or have new orders been issued?: MAN THE LIFEBOATS…YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

You Can't Make Up Stuff Like This

Condoleezza Rice is blowing off a major annual meeting of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) in Laos later this month. She is the first US secretary of state not to attend the event in more than 20 years. Rice gave a lame excuse like she was too immersed in the problems of the Middle East. But everyone knows it's because the US wants to pressure ASEAN not to allow Myanmar (used to be called Burma), which is under military rule to chair the group next year. Then, sensing that perhaps she was being undiplomatic, Rice made a trip to Thailand to explain why she's not attending ASEAN. The town she visited in Thailand is named Phuket.

Monday, July 11, 2005

As Expected, Karl Rove Is Sweet/Pure/Guiltless

WaPo reports this morning that Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, admits “Rove spoke with at least one reporter about Valerie Plame's role at the CIA before she was identified as a covert agent in a newspaper column two years ago.” But Luskin said his client did not identify her by name. The WaPo article says, “(Time mag's Matthew) Cooper, according to an internal Time e-mail obtained by Newsweek magazine, spoke with Rove before Novak's column was published. In the conversation, Rove gave Cooper a "big warning" that Wilson's assertions might not be entirely accurate and that it was not the director of the CIA or the vice president who sent Wilson on his trip. Rove apparently told Cooper that it was "Wilson's wife, who apparently works at the agency on [weapons of mass destruction] issues who authorized the trip," according to a story in Newsweek's July 18 issue.” Whew! I'm so glad that's cleared up. Karl Rove fingered Valerie Plame and gave particulars about her job with the CIA but didn't say her name. Ergo, Rove is off the hook. The Plame case game is entering the “Lawyers Wriggle and Twist” Semi-finals. The rules are: to be considered a violation of the law, a disclosure by a government official must have been deliberate, the person doing it must have known that the CIA officer was a covert agent, and he or she must have known that the government was actively concealing the covert agent's identity. Good. That means if any government official accidentally and with no malice tells a reporter that the deputy chief of staff in the White House is a fat fascist twat who has committed war crimes and has never told the truth since he oiled his way into the Bush administration, that official won't get into trouble because he didn't say the name KARL ROVE. Coming up, the White House Whirl and Spin Finals: Karl Rove Reveals He's Jesus and George W. Bush is the Beloved Disciple.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

NYT Says the Brits Are Breeding Terrorists

The day after the bombings in London last week, Peter Bergen of the New America Foundation wrote an article published in the New York Times claiming all terrorists to date have been British citizens. This morning, Elaine Sciolino and Don Van Natta, Jr. have written an article for the NYT saying that, “Long before bombings ripped through London on Thursday, Britain had become a breeding ground for hate, fed by a militant version of Islam.” It's been going on for a decade, they said. Not that the info in these articles is wrong. The info sounds well researched and probably is right on the nose. But how come wasn't this in banner headlines at the NYT when Bush/Blair were doing their war-chant-in-tandem routine? Now that Tony Blair is beginning to doubt his hawkish position on Iraq, he's no longer useful to the Bush administration. And it looks suspiciously like word has come down at the NYT that the Brits are fair game, to use a Karl Rove phrase. At least we have Frank Rich at the NYT keeping us on point. Frank Rich's Op/Ed article this morning (We're Not in Watergate Anymore) gets to the heart of the matter re the Plame case: Plame's husband, Joseph Wilson, revealed that Bush/Blair lied to push us into the war in Iraq, the White House decided Wilson's wife was fair game and punished Wilson by outing her status at the CIA and 1753 American soldiers have died in Iraq because of the Bush/Blair lies. Those are the facts. Bush/Blair are two little toads who lied and killed 1753 American soldiers for no reason other than to feel powerful.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

To: Christoph Cardinal Schönborn

Your Eminence: God is smarter than mankind, not dumber. And that is the sticking point with all fundamentalists, far-right zealots, and now the super conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church. Yesterday, you wrote an Op/Ed piece in the New York Times. You said the Darwinian concept of evolution is nonsense. You said, "We believe that God created the world according to his wisdom. It is not the product of any necessity whatever, nor of blind fate or chance." How about this? God's wisdom ordained that man should evolve from the primordial ooze. Your problem with that idea seems to be that you want God to have created the world literally in six days 6,000 years ago. Evolutionists say it took billions of years. The only difference seems to be that you are determined to bring God down to mankind's level. Conservative fundamentalists and now the RCC have created God in man's image. According to you, God is mean, vengeful, small-minded, ignorant, arbitrary, elitist, bigoted and ornery...exactly like we are. I see no conflict with believing in God and believing that He not only set evolution in motion but that He gave mankind free will. And I believe that there are great benefits to cooperating with a creator who is wise and merciful. The real nonsense in your position, Cardinal Schönborn, is you seem to believe that the RCC has figured God out so perfectly he now is in a box and under the RCC's control. God is God, Cardinal, and you are only a wee man.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Will It Sell?

Washington Post editor Bob Woodward, who has just published a new book about W. Mark Felt titled, “The Secret Man”, said on Larry King last night that the terrorist bombings in London yesterday made George W. Bush a wartime President once again. Woodward even went so far as to say he could see that the disasters in London had stiffened Bush's spine. Woodward said the Prez became, once more, the leader he needed to be. Are the people in the USA and the world going to buy that baloney? Yesterday, Bush looked like the floundering jerk that he is. One wishes he had grown a spine. One wishes he'd said, “Homeland Security is going to see to it that the subway systems in the USA are made even safer than they already are.” But no. He said, “…I instructed them (Homeland Security) to be in touch with local and state officials about the facts of what took place here and in London and to be extra vigilant.” Extra vigilant. Translation: I'm not sure what I can say or what I can promise until I've asked for permission from Karl Rove, so I'll just say the most inoffensive thing I can think of. There was a very troubling Op/Ed piece in the New York Times this morning titled “Our Ally, Our Problem” by Peter Bergen. Bergen's position is that so far, terrorists have proven to be British citizens. And he had facts to back up his premise. But why did Bergen see fit to publish his article today of all days? And why did the NYT allow it to be published today of all days? Are we seeing the beginning of a new hidden agenda? As in, now that Prime Minister Tony Blair is a liability to the Bush administration and the Brits hate us, they have to be discredited. Peter Bergen is a fellow of the New America Foundation. Who are these people? Their mission statement says: “Powerful forces - from rapid technological change to massive demographic shifts, from economic globalization to terrorism - are remaking America. Now, more than ever, our nation needs a robust public debate, one that does justice to the complex challenges and opportunities of this unfolding era. Yet there remains a dearth of new thinking on both sides of the political divide, as well as a lack of investment in developing the creative young minds most capable of crafting new public policy solutions. The purpose of the New America Foundation is to bring exceptionally promising new voices and new ideas to the fore of our nation's public discourse. Relying on a venture capital approach, the Foundation invests in outstanding individuals and policy ideas that transcend the conventional political spectrum. Through its Fellowships and Policy Programs, New America sponsors a wide range of research, writing, conferences, and events on the most important issues of our time.” The NFA Internet site says, “The New America Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy institute that was conceived through the collaborative work of a diverse and intergenerational group of public intellectuals, civic leaders, and business executives. New America's founding President and CEO is Ted Halstead, and its Board of Directors is chaired by James Fallows. Based in our nation's capital, the Foundation opened its doors in January 1999.” NAF certainly sounds benign. Until one name on their board of directors pops out like a zit on prom night: Francis Fukuyama, Dean of Faculty, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. Francis Fukuyama was a founding genius of the Project for the New American Century--that Iraq war breeding ground which was masterminded by William Kristol in 1997. PNAC's signers were: Elliott Abrams, Gary Bauer, William J. Bennett, Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney, Eliot A. Cohen, Midge Decter, Paula Dobriansky, Steve Forbes, Aaron Friedberg, Francis Fukuyama, Frank Gaffney, Fred C. Ikle, Donald Kagan, Zalmay Khalilzad, I. Lewis Libby, Norman Podhoretz, Dan Quayle, Peter W. Rodman, Stephen P. Rosen, Henry S. Rowen, Donald Rumsfeld, Vin Weber, George Weigel, Paul Wolfowitz. PNAC's mission statement is more aggressive, more obviously pro-military than the New America Foundation. But PNAC's aims also were cloaked in high-minded, freedom-loving rhetoric. In case you've forgotten, here is PNAC's Statement of Principles as written by the editor of the right-of-center Weekly Standard, William Kristol: “American foreign and defense policy is adrift. Conservatives have criticized the incoherent policies of the Clinton Administration. They have also resisted isolationist impulses from within their own ranks. But conservatives have not confidently advanced a strategic vision of America's role in the world. They have not set forth guiding principles for American foreign policy. They have allowed differences over tactics to obscure potential agreement on strategic objectives. And they have not fought for a defense budget that would maintain American security and advance American interests in the new century. We aim to change this. We aim to make the case and rally support for American global leadership. As the 20th century draws to a close, the United States stands as the world's preeminent power. Having led the West to victory in the Cold War, America faces an opportunity and a challenge: Does the United States have the vision to build upon the achievements of past decades? Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests? We are in danger of squandering the opportunity and failing the challenge. We are living off the capital -- both the military investments and the foreign policy achievements -- built up by past administrations. Cuts in foreign affairs and defense spending, inattention to the tools of statecraft, and inconstant leadership are making it increasingly difficult to sustain American influence around the world. And the promise of short-term commercial benefits threatens to override strategic considerations. As a consequence, we are jeopardizing the nation's ability to meet present threats and to deal with potentially greater challenges that lie ahead. We seem to have forgotten the essential elements of the Reagan Administration's success: a military that is strong and ready to meet both present and future challenges; a foreign policy that boldly and purposefully promotes American principles abroad; and national leadership that accepts the United States' global responsibilities. Of course, the United States must be prudent in how it exercises its power. But we cannot safely avoid the responsibilities of global leadership or the costs that are associated with its exercise. America has a vital role in maintaining peace and security in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. If we shirk our responsibilities, we invite challenges to our fundamental interests. The history of the 20th century should have taught us that it is important to shape circumstances before crises emerge, and to meet threats before they become dire. The history of this century should have taught us to embrace the cause of American leadership. Our aim is to remind Americans of these lessons and to draw their consequences for today. Here are four consequences: we need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for the future; we need to strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values; we need to promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad; we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles. Such a Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity may not be fashionable today. But it is necessary if the United States is to build on the successes of this past century and to ensure our security and our greatness in the next.” Also on the New America Foundation Board of Directors are: Christie Todd Whitman (former Gov. of NJ, and now President of the Whitman Strategy Group) and Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International. So, what am I saying? I'm just saying…Peter Bergen doesn't sound like he's up to any good, I wouldn't let Francis Fukuyama change my cat's litter box, and the New America Foundation may not be as non-threatening as they would like us to believe.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Bush's Extempore Remarks Re London Bombings

It's interesting that when Prez Bush talked off-the-cuff about the London Bombings he sounded like the boob he is. But already it's hard to find a transcript of his remarks, even on-line. And it's only seven hours since the bombings took place. But, thanks to the Associated Press, this is what he said: “I spent some time recently with the Prime Minister, Tony Blair; had the opportunity to express our heartfelt condolences to the people of London, people who lost lives. I appreciate Prime Minister Blair's steadfast determination and restraint. He's on his way now to London here from the G-8 to speak directly to the people of London, to carry a message of solidarity with him. This morning I've been in contact with our homeland security folks and I instructed them to be in touch with local and state officials about the facts of what took place here and in London and to be extra vigilant as our folks start heading to work. The contrast between what we've seen on the TV screens here, what's taken place in London, what's taken place here is incredibly vivid to me. On the one hand, we got people here who are working to alleviate poverty and to help rid the world of the pandemic of AIDS and that are working on ways to have a clean environment. And on the other hand, you've got people killing innocent people. And the contrast couldn't be clearer between the intentions and the hearts of those of us who care deeply about human rights and human liberty, and those who kill, those who've got such evil in their heart that they will take the lives of innocent folks. The war on terror goes on. I was most impressed by the resolve of all the leaders in the room. Their resolve is as strong as my resolve. And that is, we will not yield to these people, will not yield to the terrorists. We will find them. We will bring them to justice. And at the same time we will spread an ideology of hope and compassion that will overwhelm their ideology of hate. Thank you very much.” And this is what UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said: "We condemn utterly these barbaric attacks. We send our profound condolences to the victims and their families. "All of our countries have suffered from the impact of terrorism. Those responsible have no respect for human life. We are united in our resolve to confront and defeat this terrorism that is not an attack on one nation, but all nations and on civilized people everywhere. "We will not allow violence to change our societies or our values, nor will we allow it to stop the work of this summit. We will continue our deliberations in the interest of a better world. "Here at the summit, the world's leaders are striving to combat world poverty and save and improve human life. "The perpetrators of today's attacks are intent on destroying human life. The terrorists will not succeed. Today's bombings will not weaken in any way our resolve to uphold the most deeply held principles of our societies and to defeat those who impose their fanaticism and extremism on all of us. "We shall prevail and they shall not." The print media is choosing to re-write Bush's moronic statement about telling Homeland Security to be “extra vigilant”. This is how NPR is now reporting Bush's off-the-cuff remarks: “President Bush warned Americans on Thursday to be "extra vigilant" as they head to work after the deadly explosions in London. Bush said he spoke with federal homeland security officials back in Washington. 'I instructed them to be in touch with local and state officials about the facts of what took place here in London,' Bush told reporters from a summit of world leaders here. Bush urged caution 'as our folks start heading to work.' 'The war on terrorism goes on,' he said. 'We will not yield to these people.' The president offered the 'heartfelt condolences' of the American people to the victims and their families in London. British Prime Minister Tony Blair left the summit being held at a posh resort here to rush to London. Bush said Blair would 'carry a message of solidarity with him' to London.” NPR's version certainly sounds better than what George W. Bush actually said. Because GEORGE W. BUSH IS AN EMBARRASSMENT AND AN IDIOT!!! How many times do we have to see Bush flounder and be at a loss to know what to do during times of catastrophe? How many times do we have to hear him back-and-fill and play for time waiting for instructions during moments of dire emergencies? How many times do we have to see our President shown up by other world leaders on every criterion (diplomacy, mental acuity, intelligence, extemporaneous remarks, to name a few) before the entire country screams?: IMPEACH THIS KNOW-NOTHING MENTAL DEFECTIVE DIM-WITTED NARCISSIST SOCIOPATH BEFORE HE DESTROYS OUR COUNTRY!!!!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Bush Says, “Cool Off Rhetoric on Court”

President Bush told USA Today that the people who are mobilizing support for a fight over Justice O'Connor's replacement should "tone down the heated rhetoric." “Al Gonzales is a great friend of mine," Bush said. “When a friend gets attacked, I don't like it," he added. On September 18, 2001, Bush vowed to get Osama bin Laden. "I want justice. And there's an old poster out West that says, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive,' the President said. On July 2, 2003 Bush said American troops under fire in Iraq aren't about to pull out. “Bring them on,” he said of those who might attack U.S. forces. On May 31, 2003 the Washington Post reported that President Bush told television viewers in Poland that "U.S. forces in Iraq have found the weapons of mass destruction that were the United States' primary justification for going to war.” Bush added, "And we'll find more weapons as time goes on. But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong. We found them,” he said. On March 24, 2004 at the annual black-tie dinner for the Radio and Television Correspondents Association, Bush did a stand-up routine where he looked for WMD's. “Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere.” He was shown looking under papers, behind drapes, under his desk. “Nope, no weapons over there…Maybe under here?” he asked grinning. On January 28, 2005, Bush said in a speech at Fort Bragg, “Like most Americans, I see the images of violence and bloodshed. Every picture is horrifying, and the suffering is real. Amid all this violence, I know Americans ask the question: Is the sacrifice worth it? It is worth it, and it is vital to the future security of our country,” he said. Mr. Ratfucker suggests the next time Mr. Bush is tempted to lecture anyone, anywhere or anytime on toning down rhetoric, he find a quiet place to sit down and meditate, using an old Zen mantra: Owah tashum kyam…owah tashum kyam…owah tashum kyam….

Monday, July 04, 2005

On This July Fourth…

…the Prez said we should fly the flag, thank the men and women defending our freedom and help the military family down the street. Dear President Bush: Of course I'm flying the flag, you mindless craven toad. I always do. And I deeply thank the men and women who have defended America and ensured our freedom. I do that every year also. Ever since March 20, 2003, I have extended that thank you to the men and women in Iraq, because they had no way of knowing you lied to them about why they should be willing to die in the Middle East. They had no way of knowing they were being sent to a foreign land to fight a war planned long ago by insane zealots in America. They had no way of knowing Iraq was picked out because Iraq was weak and vulnerable and was thought to be an easy first target in a Bush administration scheme to rule the world and the world's oil. But most of all, I thank the men and women in the US military who are telling the truth about the dishonest, dissembling and deceitful Bush administration that forced us into a war with Iraq. These men and women are truly courageous. The only way I can help the military family down the street is to encourage them to rise up in protest against your war, Mr. Bush. The Bush administration has cut back aid to returning veterans. The Bush administration says Iraq veterans should pay for the drugs they need…drugs that are necessary only because these veterans were sent to die and be maimed in Iraq. The Bush administration is not giving our soldiers the basic protection of armor for themselves or for their vehicles in Iraq. I certainly am not going to assure the families of American soldiers in Iraq that the civilian population will rally round and collect money to give their sons and daughters the aid and protection that the Bush administration will not give them. I can only encourage American soldiers' families to gather together and march on Washington in protest against the illegal and unnecessary war in Iraq. That is how I'm supporting our troops this July Fourth, Mr. Bush. You, on the other hand, will be in Charleston, West Virginia telling more lies.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Boob Geldof Said About Live 8…

…“It's either crap or it's great.” Dear Boob: It's crap! The towns hosting Live 8 will benefit from Geldof's badly-produced junkathons yesterday because the attendees spent big bucks on beer, booze and fat burgers. But no one else will benefit. Geldof envisions that his rock-and-preach mobscenes will shame the world's corporations into ending famine and poverty in Africa. What a load of bull. How much did Geldof inspire The Carlyle Group to donate? How much is Rupert Murdoch donating to end famine in Africa due to the Live 8 concerts? How much was the Rev. Sun Myung Moon moved to donate? How about the dick Cheney's corporation, Halliburton? How much did Geldof shame Halliburton into donating? How much are all those has-been stars donating personally from their multi-million dollar coffers? But most importantly, how much of any of the donations will the corrupt dictators of the African nations allow to reach the African people? Boob said today that African nations don't have a corruption problem, they have a poverty problem. That would come as a surprise to the Africans who didn't get any of the money donated by misguided do-gooders the last time around because corrupt dictators glommed onto it first. Powerful nations could end the poverty problem in Africa by using military intervention. But egomaniac Bob Geldof is only adding to the problem by literally giving money to corrupt dictators. Geldof is a self-promoting ass. But the Bush administration is even more at fault by turning its back on Africa's problems. Saturday morning, the UK's Channel 4 gave its predictions re the audience at the Boob's concert in London: “Your Live 8 pie-chart guide: A. 40% Cynical freeloading industry scum. B. 20% Journalists who will later use the phrase "A gr8 day!" C. 12% Live 8 performers gathering to nod their heads respectfully during Paul McCartney's set. D. 10% Competition winners (very excited). E. 5% Politicians who've been told to go. F. 5% Politicians who've begged to go. G. 3% Madonna's bodyguards (possibly armed). H. Made up of: Chris Martin's extended family, tramps who refused to move when they were putting the fences up, Pink Floyd's biggest fans and women who at some point during the day will climb onto someone's shoulders, whip off their tops, and let 5 billion TV viewers see their tits on which they will have written 'Drop the debt!' in black marker pen. Check back on Monday to see if we were right.” Of course Channel 4 is right. Live 8 is crap. Total crap. 100% crap. Every Geldof famine-fest is complete unadulterated unmitigated pure CRAP!!!!

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Rove is the White House Snitch

Last night on the McLaughlin Group political talk show, Lawrence O'Donnell said he knew who ratted-out Valerie Plame to Time mag's Matt Cooper. O'Donnell said it was Karl Rove. Not that it's any surprise that Rove would commit such a down-and-dirty act. As a matter of fact, when most people pondered the nasty episode that resulted in former diplomat Joseph Wilson's wife's identity as a CIA operative being disclosed, Karl Rove was the most obvious culprit. But for O'Donnell to divulge Rove's name on a syndicated talk show before Time mag's documents are made public is huge news. O'Donnell said, “…I know I'm going to get pulled into the grand jury for saying this but the source for Matt Cooper was Karl Rove, and that will be revealed in this document dump that Time magazine's going to do with the grand jury." The discussion then centered on whether Rove would be indicted for perjury. After all, he told the grand jury he did not leak the info to Cooper. It's obvious to me that Rove took the risk of being the Plame case leak because he was absolutely sure that 1) no one would dare reveal his identity and 2) if it did come out he was the leak, no one would dare press criminal charges against him and 3) if someone did reveal his identity and criminal charges were pressed, he would beat the rap and come up smelling like a rose. And he may be right. But the problem for the White House is that all the arrogance and bad decisions of the Bush administration are piling up and it's resulting in an avalanche of bad news for the GOP. With the 2006 elections getting closer and closer, the GOP is faced with problems it never expected to have: It's having to pull in its horns; it's having to blunt its far-right message; its have to tread carefully. And that comes as a shock to the party that only six months ago boasted that Bush and Co. had a mandate to fuck the world-which included Iraq war vets. Message to Karl Rove: You may enjoy some of the fancier sex practices JimmyJeff Gannon can provide, but those Fort Bragg soldiers looked pretty grim during the Prez's recent speech. It was clear they don't like being on the receiving end, if you catch my drift.