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Well said. Conservative direct mail guru Richard Viguerie, on : "When Tom and his bunch first ran, they campaigned against the cesspool in Washington. After a while they looked around and said, 'Hey, this isn't a cesspool, it's a hot tub.' "

Your Liberal Media It's OK How things change.

Acid seas Stefan Rahmstorf of has issued a marine alarm (Hat tip ):

 

-- The world's oceans are becoming more acidic, which poses a threat to sea life and Earth's fragile food chain, a climate expert said Thursday. Oceans have already absorbed a third of the world's emissions of carbon dioxide, one of the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming, leading to acidification that prevents vital sea life from forming properly.

Forget about climate change for a moment: Does it make sense to allow our economic fate to be held in the ruthless palm of the House of Saud and the bin Laden family, protecting their profits and keeping a tenuous hold on dwindling, finite supplies of oil half a world away with the blood of our youth and the treasure of our nation? Or might it make sense to lead the world in new technology and create jobs at home using a proven fusion of science, business, and policy? One choice may lead to endless war, a polluted planet, and a declining energy economy. The other took us from to the in a decade.

B Regarding this Iraq Study Group, the following:

While [James] Baker has been testing the waters for some time to determine how much change in Iraq policy will be tolerated by the White House, [former Democratic Rep. Lee] Hamilton perhaps faces the now even-more-difficult challenge of cajoling Democrats such as former Clinton administration chief of staff Leon E. Panetta and power broker Vernon E. Jordan Jr. to sign on to a plan that falls short of a phased troop withdrawal, the position of many congressional Democrats.

This is a trap. Democrats cannot - can not - own the administration's current course in Iraq. If Democrats buy off on a policy that they know is not the right policy, then they will be buying off on future failure in Iraq. They will own Bush's bad policy. And that is insane. If the bipartisan group can't come up with a real plan, a good plan, the best plan, then let the Republicans in the group come up with their own wacky plan that will fail. The Democrats can issue a dissent that respectfully says they disagree, and why. And when all hell breaks loose over the next two years, the Dems can say "I told you so."

The last thing Democrats need is to hand George Bush some bipartisan approbation of his failed Iraq policy so that, in the future, he can say we all own Iraq, warts and all. We all don't own Iraq, it's his disaster, his failed state. And nothing we try is going to work because it's already too late - Iraq is lost. Bush had his chance, and he failed.

It's Terri Schiavo all over again. Sometimes the patient is just too far gone.

Oh yeah, one final rather important point. Check out the first line of that paragraph - James Baker is testing the waters as to how much change in Iraq policy the White House will tolerate. Excuse me? So, that means the guy running this panel isn't going to give his honest advice - he's only going to give the closest to honest the White House will let him give. That is totally messed up, incredibly dishonest, and it's the very reason we're in this predicament to start with. Generals being afraid of giving honest advice, top advisers to Bush being afraid to tell him the truth. It will be a total travesty if Baker only agrees to what the White House is willing to hear, and Lee Hamilton feels obliged to agree to whatever the Republicans want. Then what is the point of this entire exercise?

Loser How pathetic are you when major magazines are running stories about how you're the president of the United States and your daddy has to come fix your mess.

How would this thought even enter his empty head? This has "soft bigotry of low expectations" written all over it. From yesterday's presidential :

One freedom that defines our way of life is the freedom to choose our leaders at the ballot box. We saw that freedom earlier this week, when millions of Americans went to the polls to cast their votes for a new Congress. Whatever your opinion of the outcome, all Americans can take pride in the example our democracy sets for the world by holding elections even in a time of war." (emphasis added)…

If he had his way—he'd cancel our elections while tapping our phones— then throw us all in prison for as long as he wants…Ouch…

First Dem move is a good one
"Congressional Democrats say they will press new legislation next week to restore the power of a federal agency in charge of ferreting out waste and corruption in Iraq and greatly increase its investigative reach. The bills, the first of what are likely to be dozens of Democratic efforts to resurrect investigations of war profiteering and financial fraud in government contracting, could be introduced as early as Monday morning. The move would nullify a Republican-backed provision, slipped into a huge military authorization bill, that set a termination date for the agency, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. The agency’s findings have consistently undermined Bush administration claims of widespread success in the reconstruction of Iraq." (NY Times)

"Let me put it to you this way: I earned
capital in the campaign, political capital,
and now I intend to spend it. It is my style."
-- Dubya, 11/04/04, on what elections mean,

Let the sun shine in!!
"The Democratic congressman who will investigate the Bush administration's running of the government says there are so many areas of possible wrongdoing, his biggest problem will be deciding which ones to pursue. There's the response to Hurricane Katrina, government contracting in Iraq and on homeland security, political interference in regulatory decisions by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration, and allegations of war profiteering, Rep. Henry Waxman [D-CA] told the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. 'I'm going to have an interesting time because the Government Reform Committee has jurisdiction over everything,' Waxman said Friday, three days after his party's capture of Congress put him in line to chair the panel. 'The most difficult thing will be to pick and choose.'" (AP)

Still more sunshine
"The new Democratic leaders in Congress are likely to move quickly to use their investigative powers as a key lever to force changes in the administration's policies on the Iraq war and domestic spying, according to congressional staff members. Despite the conciliatory language this week between the White House and the new leaders of Congress, Democrats expect to launch probes into the administration's use of prewar intelligence on Iraq and its domestic wiretapping program and into Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force, current and former aides said. The goal, they said, will be to force changes by shedding light on problems with the existing policies." (Boston Globe, )

"Ted and I had a discussion. He said homosexuality is genetic.
I said, no it isn't. But I just knew he was covering up. They need to say that."
-- Rev. Louis Sheldon, a Christianist from the Traditional Values Coalition,
disclosing that he and 'a lot' of others knew about Haggard's homosexuality
'for awhile ... but weren't sure just how to deal with it',

Cleaning out the vermin
"On Day 1 of the next session of Congress, newly empowered Democrats are promising restrictive rules to 'break the link between lobbyists and legislation.' The city's veteran lobbyists know what to expect on Day 2: requests for political donations from the Capitol's new stewards. Ethics watchdog groups are hopeful as incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi [D-CA] readies the Democrats' 'Honest Leadership and Open Government' initiative for opening day in January. The plan includes a list of changes designed to clean up what the party calls "a culture of corruption" in Washington.... Fred Wertheimer, president of the ethics watchdog group Democracy 21, acknowledged there's no magic cure, but added: 'There's a difference between doing nothing and doing something. We've got a real shot here of doing something important.' Pelosi says Democrats will end the culture that allowed one-time super lobbyist Jack Abramoff to hand out perks in return for lawmaker favors for his clients, and that led to the jailing of former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham [R-CA] for accepting $2.4 million in bribes." (AP)

Bush still doesn't hear us Americans aren't frustrated about Iraq, as the President . They are :

While no one knows how many Iraqis have died, daily tallies of violent deaths by The Associated Press average nearly 45 a day. About half of them are unidentified bodies discovered on city streets or floating in the Tigris River. The United Nations estimates about 100 violent deaths daily. The Iraqi health minister last week put civilian deaths over the entire 44 months since the U.S. invasion at about 150,000 -- close to the U.N. figure and about three times the previously accepted estimates of 45,000 to 50,000. In morgues across Iraq where capacity stretches beyond thin, bodies are even being turned away. "We have to reject them," Hadi al-Itabi of the morgue in Kut, southeast of Baghdad, said he told men who turned in the bodies of six slain border policeman last week. "We just don't have enough cold storage." Iraq's bureaucracy of death is overwhelmed.

Like the President, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) thinks that Americans are just discouraged. McCain used the word "frustrated" or its variation seven times today in his today on Meet the Press in talking about Iraq and the midterm elections. The Republicans' attitude on this is the same now as it was before the elections: if Americans would just buck up, we could win this war.

Father Issues haunt Dubya by Ronald Reagan's daughter Excerpt: A few years ago, during my father's memorial service at the National Cathedral, I saw a telling moment between the two George Bushes. Bush 41 had just finished his eulogy. The current President Bush followed him, and though father and son passed each other so close their shoulders almost brushed, 43 passed his father as if he were invisible, keeping his eyes straight ahead and walking briskly to his destination. It looked like there was some trepidation in the eyes of Bush the Elder, as if he knew his son would slight him.

"Republicans were oddly oblivious to the fact that they had turned into an unappetizing
tableau of bloated, corrupt, dissembling, feckless white hacks who were leaving kids unprotected.
DeLay and Bob Ney sneaking out of Congress with dollar bills flying out of their pockets.
Hastert playing Cardinal Bernard Law, shielding Mark Foley. Rummy, cocky and obtuse as
he presided over an imploding Iraq, while failing to give soldiers the armor, support and strategy
they needed to come home safely. Cheney, vowing bullheadedly to move full speed ahead on Iraq
no matter what the voters decided. W. frantically yelling about how Democrats would let the
terrorists win, when his lame-brained policies had spawned more terrorists."
--Maureen Dowd, (She hates everybody)

Getting rich off death “The United States last year provided nearly half of the weapons sold to militaries in the developing world, as major arms - many already engaged in conflict - grew to the highest level in eight years.”

Yeah, but what do scientists know? Two new energy studies “are likely to hasten efforts to increase production incentives next year” for renewable fuels. A Rand study found renewables could easily account for by 2025, while a National Academy of Sciences study predicted “wood chips may become a plentiful source of ethanol and electricity for industrial nations.”

Funny and smart President Bush likes Will Ferrell’s — but the warm feelings aren’t mutual. Ferrell says he has twice turned down invitations from Bush to perform. “In both cases, I especially did not want to do the inevitable photo op afterwards where we are all holding hands.

How ugly did we get?
"A Muslim cleric has claimed to have been tortured with electric shocks, left in a cell where rats crawled on him and threatened with rape after he was allegedly kidnapped from a Milan street by CIA agents three years ago. The claims of Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, appeared in an affidavit provided to Milan prosecutors investigating his alleged abduction in February 2003, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported yesterday. Prosecutors say that the cleric, who was formerly suspected of links to terrorism, was driven to the Aviano military air base and flown via Germany to his native Egypt before being secretly interrogated for six months." (The Daily Telegraph [U.K.])

Remember how the wingnuts thought this was funny? This piece of conservative crap not only sent sent letters to but Senator Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Jon Stewart and David Letterman as well. I wonder how the will treat this story. WMP | MOV From :

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A California man suspected of mailing threatening letters containing a suspicious white powder to celebrities and U.S. politicians has been arrested and could face federal charges on Monday, the FBI said.

Investigators identified Chad Castagana, 39, of Woodland Hills, California, as the person suspected of sending more than a dozen threatening letters to media outlets and the homes of public figures in various cities, the FBI said in a statement on Sunday evening.

Lieberman: Still an ass

LIEBERMAN: The fact is that this was not a major realignment election in my opinion. This was the voters in Connecticut and elsewhere saying we are disappointed with the the Republicans. We want to give the Democrats a chance. But I believe that the American people are considering both major political parties to be in a kind of probation because their understandably angry that Washington is dominated too much by partisan political games and not enough by problem solving and patriotism.

Patriotism? Not enough patriotism? Pray tell, ol' Joe, which members of Congress were put on "probation" because they didn't wave their American flags with the sufficient level of frenzied enthusiasm? Which Democrats and which Republicans failed to demonstrate the sufficient level of "patriotism" necessary to win your personal stamp of approval?

Not enough patriotism on the Hill? Since 9/11, every member of Congress has wrapped themselves so tightly in the American flag that it has practically become their full-body tattoo. But no, there just hasn't been enough patriotism on the Hill for Joe Lieberman.

Lieberman was elected with a new party label, but he's still the same ol' Joe: the quintessential politician who is poorly mimicking the maverick "independent" by trashing friend and foe alike.

, he says. It's a label which gives squirmy Joe the perfect cover, permitting him to simultaneously lift his finger to wind while using his other hand to stab the Democratic Party in the back. That party, though, contrary to Lieberman's suggestion, without question bleeds red, white, and blue.

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November 13, 2006 - 12:52pm

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