Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Katrina was a Good Thing for These People, says Barb Bush

Barbara Bush showed her overwhelming lack of caring and compassion for the poor, when she said that the loss of loved ones, and in most cases everything they owned was a good thing. She said that since they were poor anyway, the care that they were getting at the Astrodome in Houston was better for them than the lives that they lived before their tragic losses. It is no wonder that George Bush is so cold and lacking in compassion for those not in his tight circle of elites, if his own mother is this cold and heartless.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

WWJA (Who Would Jesus Assassinate?)

This was a quote from Air America Radio's Rachel Maddow in response to Christo-Fascist right-wing nut job Pat Robertson's call for the United States to assassinate Venezuela's Democratically elected president Hugo Chavez. On his 700 Club television show Robertson called Chavez a "terrific danger" to the safety of the United States. He went on to say:

"We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator. It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with."

This is just more evidence that what the religious right calls the "culture of life" is only meant to refer to fetuses and brain dead women from Florida.

Monday, August 22, 2005

A Crawford Update

I just saw video from Crawford from this weekend that has failed to make the Main Stream Media. The mothers and family members of soldiers killed and still serving in Iraq, and returned Iraq War veterans signed a letter to the President, and went to deliver it to his Crawford ranch. They were stopped by Secret Service personnel who said that no one from the administration was available to receive the letter, and refused to deliver it. The mothers and veterans left the letter on the ground at the feet of the Secret Service supervisor where it remained as they left.

If that was not insulting enough, there was video footage from later that day of a Pro-Bush group similarly delivering a letter that was happily received by the previously "unavailable" administration officials. This is a slap in the face to all of those who have been made to sacrifice their loved-ones, and only demand a truthful reason why their soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors were killed.

Return of Liberalog

I'm back from my brief summer hiatus from posting. I will be posting regularly once again. So much has happened in the past few weeks, that I don't know where to start.

I think that the major story has been Cindy Sheehan, and the rising anti-war movement that has solidified around her Crawford Texas vigil called Camp Casey. This movement has become a major political thorn in the side of the Bush Administration. For this reason alone, I would say that Sheehan deserves our support.

In addition to the grief that Sheehan and her Gold Star Families for Peace Organization is giving Bush, they are highlighting some very important issues concerning the Iraq War. Every day that these people are camped out in front of Bush's ranch, they call attention to the lies that Bush used to get us into the quagmire that the war has become. It also highlights the administration's lack of a realistic plan for post-war Iraq, and the ever changing exit strategy plans that the administration keeps announcing. This has resulted in the Bush approval rating fall to just over 40%.

One drawback of this movement's overtaking the news cycle, is the disappearance of the Karl Rove/Valerie Plame story. We need to work toward keeping this story alive. If we can keep both the Rove scandal, the quagmire in Iraq, and the Abramoff/Delay stories in the news; we have a great chance of regaining both houses of Congress in 2006, and the Whitehouse in 2008!

Monday, August 01, 2005

Bush Once Again Shows Contempt fro Democracy

President Bush has once again proven that he has total disregard for democracy and the will of the American people by using a recess appointment to place John Bolton as our representative to the United Nations. This action is just a continuation of the Republican abuse of power. The major objection against this appointment, which have not been covered in the mainstream press, is that Mr. Bolton is incompetent. He has repeatedly been removed from projects he was working on at the request of our allies, because of his incompetence and abusive behavior. In the negotiations for disarmament in both Libya and North Korea, diplomats from Britain requested that Bolton be removed from the bargaining team because he was risking the failure of the negotiations. There have also been some accusations that Bolton was one of Judith Miller's sources in the Plame outing incident.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Bush Administration Protecting the Osama bin Laden of Latin America

The Bush Administration is keeping accused terrorist Luis Posada Carriles in federal detention on charges of illegally entering the US ( a charge typically used against illegal immigrant workers), and refusing to extradite him to Cuba to face charges of killing 73 people in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner. Posada was a paid employee of the CIA since the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, and has been implicated in various anti-Cuban terrorist attacks. The Bush administration is showing their hypocritical stance on terrorism by protecting right-wing terrorist groups, and actively opposing leftist, environmentalists, and islamists as the only dangerous terrorists.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Bush's Brand of Democracy

The Jan 30 elections in Iraq have been repeatedly referred to by the Bush administration as a sign of successful democracy. Little did we all know that he was talking about "Boss Tweed" style democracy! It seems that the fix was in, and "the Administration repeatedly sought ways-including covert action-to manipulate the outcome" of the election. This according to a new report from Seymour Hersh, who uncovered the Abu Ghraib scandal, in this month's issue of The New Yorker. (www.newyorker.com/printables/fact/050725fa_fact) The administration claims that they dropped the plans due to congressional objection, but there are signs that the plan was still completed "off the books." Even if they did drop the plan, this raises some very disturbing questions. Is this the kind of democracy that our troops are giving their lives for? I think that this cheapens their sacrifice. Also, if this how the Bush people think democracy works, there may be some truth to the charges of election fraud in the 2004 election. I think that there will be much more on this issue in the coming months. Just like Hersh's Abu Ghraib story, it will take a while for all the facts to come to light.

Perfect Timing!

The Bush administration has announced their Supreme Court nominee, conservative judge John Roberts. It couldn't have come at a more politically opportune moment. After repeatedly saying that they would take their time and deliberate over the choice, they seemed to rush out the announcement in a special prime-time speech. This happened to correspond to a rising crescendo of anti-Rove sentiment. Just yeterday a poll was released that showed only 25% of Americans thought that Bush was cooperating with the Plame/Rove investigation. They clearly hope that the nomination process will deflect coverage of the investigation. We cannot let this happen, I will continue to do my part to keep this story alive, and hope that you will do the same.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Bush Flip-Flops on Palme Outing

This afternoon, President Bush changed his stance on the treatment of those responsible for the leak of Valerie Plame's identity. Initially Bush himself, and through press secretary McClellan have stated that "anyone involved...would no longer be in the administration." Now, just a few hours ago appearing with the Indian Prime Minister, Bush said only those found guilt of a crime would be fired. There are those that will say that this is just a subtle change of language, but this is a huge change in his stance. This is the same kind of word parsing that Republicans accused Bill Clinton of during the Lewinsky debacle, only on a grander scale. We'll see how the mainstream press handle this development, keep the pressure on.

You Too Can Help Get Karl Rove Fired!!!

The Karl Rove story, despite the best efforts of the Republican machine, is turning out to resemble the Energizer bunny. Even with all of the media attention, it seems that President Bush has no intention of firing Rove. I have heard several radio personalities on Air America characterize this scenario as Charlie McCarthy firing Edgar Bergen. (for those of you too young to know, Bergen was a ventriloquist, and McCarthy was his dummy--This comparison seems appropriate!) I think that there is little chance that Bush will fire Rove without extreme pressure. To keep with the ventriloquist theme--Karl Rove has his arm so far up George W.'s butt that when Karl moves his hand George speaks.

It is up to us to apply the pressure needed to make Bush stick to his word and fire anyone involved in the outing of Valerie Plame. How do we apply this pressure you ask? One way is to sign petitions! Congresspeople respond to large numbers of voters reacting to an issue, and tend to sway with the political winds. Here is a link to the DCCC petition that has a short video about the whole Rove affair http://www.democraticaction.org/firerove/?source=d3cfull. Watch the video, sign the petition and send it on to all of your friends (even the Republicans, ask them to put their money where their mouth is on National Security!). The second and most effective way is to write to all of your representatives. It is especially important if they are Republicans, but write even if they are Democrats--they can use the volume of letters to help sway their Republican colleagues. Here is a link to a site where you can find your Representatives and send them email (www.congress.org), I use it all the time. Exercise your right to free speech and tell your elected officials how you feel. Let's get rid of Karl Rove!