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Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 4:15pm

Iran Tempting the West into War

The nation of Iran kidnapped 15 British soldiers last week after they claimed the Britons had trespassed into Iranian waters.  The Iranians offered no proof whatsoever to substantiate that claim, but today the British released overwhelming evidence to the contrary.  With satellite images and recorded GPS coordinates, the British government has apparently been able to prove Iran is lying....shocking, I know.


 To further complicate the matter, Iran blatantly ignored the Geneva Conventions and paraded some of these soldiers on international television today.  They also forced the female British soldier, Faye Turney into making (presumably) false statements about her captivity.


This is not the first time Iran has held hostages.  They captured British soldiers in 2004 under the same false pretense, but released them a few days later.  In that situation, Iran forced their captives to state they crossed into Iranian waters.  Upon release, the soldiers recanted.  Iran also held American hostages for over 440 days from 1979-1981.  They are no stranger to this kind of action and have yet to be held accountable for it.


If Iran is asking for a war, they may very well get it.  The British and the United States are downplaying the conflict to avoid an escalation, but if Iran does not release all of these hostages unharmed, there may be a few hundred bombs dropped on Tehran in the not too distant future.


It has become all too clear that Bush and Blair invaded the wrong country four years ago.  As a result, we are now witnessing Iran grow stronger and more brazen.  This hostage crisis could easily turn into 1979 all over again.


Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 5:30pm

GOP Finally Starts Turning on the AG

After testing the political waters and realizing that they're still warm, a number of Republicans have now decided that Alberto Gonzales has been untruthful and needs to resign.  Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA), Chuck Hagel (R-NE), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) all took more aggressive stands against the AG on the Sunday morning talk shows.  In addition, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) finally called on Gonzales to resign, long after her colleagues had done the same.


There is very little new information out there about Torture Boy that was not known a week ago or longer, but these above politicians had to make sure public opinion polls were on their side before offering any leadership and/or opinions. 


None of these clowns demanded Gonzales' resignation when he was rewriting the Geneva Conventions to let Bush and Cheney torture prisoners (including an American citizen).  They didn't even grill him when he came up for nomination as AG.  At the time, public sentiment was in favor of torture or at the very least was apathetic, so politicians didn't want to come down hard on him.


Now that the media and the bloggers have kept this story on the front page and pushed public sentiment against the Attorney General, these Senators have suddenly developed a conscience.  If that's the way it has to be, I guess we'll just have to push these politicos a little bit harder so that TB is out on the street, where he should be.  Wait, scratch that, he should be in jail.


Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 12:25pm

John Edwards Speaks About Wife's Health

Presidential candidate and former Senator John Edwards announced this afternoon that his wife's cancer had returned, but in a different form.  Elizabeth Edwards was diagnosed with breast cancer just after the 2004 Presidential elections, but had later received a good bill of health.


Medical tests conducted this week showed a recurrence of the cancer in her right rib.  Since the cancer is considered to be treatable, John Edwards is expected to continue his candidacy.


Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 9:15am

Call His Bluff, Subpoena Them All

George Bush made it clear yesterday that he is trying to hide something.  After having eight U.S. Attorneys fired for political reasons and then having his people lie about it, he now wants to protect his aides by threatening to not allow them to testify under oath.  Bush would use a little known rule called executive privilege that lets him stop Congress from questioning his people. 


 Unfortunately for Bush, there are many steps to go through before he's able to use executive privilege. By the time the process gets to him, the issue will be so escalated that the public will demand testimony from his thugs.  Front and center is the hatchet man himself, Karl Rove, who was partly responsible for firing these attorneys with no cause.  Also needing to testify is Alberto 'Torture Boy' Gonzales and Harriet Miers.


The Democrats need to finally get some cajones.  They have let the Republicans run all over them for the last six years.  Now that they actually have subpoena power, they need to use it!  They should already be investigating the last six years of transgressions by this administration, but they are too cowardly to go down that road.


Issue the subpoenas and let the chips fall where they may.  There is already fracture in the Republican party over this and other issues.  One Republican Senator and a Congressman have already called for the resignation of Torture Boy.  More will surely follow as the public outcry becomes louder. 


The Democrats need to ignore the threats of George Bush and continue with the process of forcing Rove, Gonzales, Miers, and anyone else they deem necessary to testify under oath.  If they don't do it now, they never will.


Monday, March 19, 2007 - 12:00am

The Fourth Anniversary of Iraq War

Four years ago, George Bush and his administration made the worst mistake in the history of the United States.  They still haven't figured it out yet, but the vast majority of Americans have and so has the rest of the world.  Four years after the invasion of Iraq, nothing positive has been accomplished.  Thousands of American soldiers are dead, tens of thousands more have been seriously injured, the U.S. military has been significantly depleted, and the world loathes this country.


The Iraq war is not winnable.  Bush, Cheney, and their followers are the only ones who don't know it yet.  Their followers still comprise a third of the American public, who blindly and stubbornly follow these clowns for no other reason than they are classified as Republicans.


Much like the first, second, and third anniversaries of this invasion, protestors will gather around the globe to denounce the war and beg for the American troops to go home. Unfortunately, the protests themselves will do very little, as Bush will not pay attention to them and the Democrats will again refuse to hold him accountable.


I pray that we do not make it to a five year anniversary of this war.  The situation on the ground has become worse each year and that will not change.  Maybe Bush will figure out that he can't win or maybe the Democrats will force him to bring the troops home, but I wouldn't hold my breath on either one.  Neither group has any idea what they're doing.  They know how to win elections and stay in power, but that's about it.


Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 10:10am

Republican Senator Calls For Gonzales' Head

You know you're in trouble when a leading Republican comes out against you and calls for your dismissal.  That's exactly what Senator John E. Sununu (R-NH) did yesterday by declaring that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should be fired and that Bush should replace him as soon as possible.  Sununu went on to say that "we need to have a strong, credible attorney general" and that "Gonzales can't fill that role."


Those are very strong words coming from a Republican Senator.  John E. Sununu is the youngest Senator in office and has only been New Hampshire's Senator since 2003, but his family has direct ties to the Bushies.  His father, John H. Sununu, was George H.W. Bush's Chief of Staff from 1989-1991.


For Sununu to come out against the Attorney General says a lot.  However, it is just one Republican at the moment.  Others must join him and the Democrats in removing Torture Boy as fast as possible.  With any luck (fingers crossed), a few more Republicans will demand the AG's head and he'll resign before the weekend is out.


As of this writing, no other Republican has taken a stand and called for Alberto to be canned.  Let's see if they're all stooges for the Bush administration of if they actually can think for themselves.  I think it'll be the former.


Monday, March 12, 2007 - 9:30am

Democrats Want Gonzales Fired for Canning Attorneys

Attorney General Alberto "Torture Boy" Gonzales, who has made a living attempting to legalize torture, is now under scrutiny for firing leading U.S. Attorneys.  Prominent prosecutors throughout the system were dismissed as a result of increased power the Bush administration slid into the USA Patriot Act last year.  Now that Democrats have caught onto this abuse of power (took them long enough), they want Alberto Gonzales fired immediately.


 U.S. Attorneys are almost never dismissed.  Since 1981, no more than three have ever been fired.  In the last year, the administration has canned eight of them.  All eight posed a threat to the administration in one form or another.  For example, Carol Lam was the prosecutor against Republican Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham last year.  She convicted him and he was sent to prison.  Her reward was being fired by the Bush thugs.  Another was fired for not speeding up an investigation of Democratic corruption before the mid-term elections.


This whole episode is yet another example of the Bush administration completely abusing the power.  They want to break the law, but attorneys and judges keep getting in their way.  Luckily for them, the Democrats are completely incompetent and do nothing while the administration rewrites the system.


The Democrats have had the blinders on for over six years now.  They want Alberto fired, but it remains to be seen if they will do anything to that end.  Gonzales is just the tip of the iceberg anyway.  Karl Rove has also been linked to this scandal and you can be damn sure that Bush and Cheney know exactly what is going on.  Alberto Gonzales should be fired and thrown directly in jail, but it should not stop there.


Thursday, March 8, 2007 - 7:50am

How Long Before Bush Pardons Libby?

We all know this will happen.  The only question is when.  Does George Bush let Scooter Libby stay in jail until the end of his presidency before he pulls out the get out of jail free pass or does he pardon him immediately?  The nutjob neocons, who called for President Clinton's head when he lied under oath, are suddenly calling for Libby to be pardoned now and it would "show courage" for President Bush to do it.


 Courage?  Are you kidding me?  If Bush pardons Libby, it is the complete opposite of courageous.  It would be cowardly.  Scooter Libby has been made the fall guy to protect Vice President Dick "Shooter" Cheney, which was cowardly enough all by itself.  The VP will never stand trial, nor will the President for whatever his role was in outing a CIA agent. 


It is possible that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will now try to roll Libby to get him to give up Cheney.  Now that Libby has taken the heat, Bush needs to pardon him so that they themselves aren't investigated.  The veep is the real thug in all of this and I highly doubt that Bush will let him or the administration take any more scrutiny.


President Bush will grant Scooter Libby a pardon sooner rather than later.  Once again, it will prove that this administration is above the law.


Tuesday, March 6, 2007 - 11:10am

Sponsors Starting to Drop Coulter

I hate to write about this skank again, but I must.  It took a few days for the media to even pick up on this story of Ann Coulter calling John Edwards a "faggot", but now that it has, a number of the sponsors on her website have had enough.  Of course, it took customer complaints and not the act itself that got these sponsors to jump ship, but the end result is the same.  Mad props go out to DailyKos for listing all her website advertiser information.


 This hurts Ann Coulter where it hurts the most; in her bank account.  The only way to get this hate-filled shrew to shut the F up is to start taking away her money.  Maybe if she can't afford her $1.8 million beach home in Palm Beach, Florida, she'll learn to act like a civilized human being and not the evil spawn of the devil that she truly is.


What strikes me the most is that the conservative audience applauded and cheered when Coulter made the anti-gay remarks about Edwards.  It remind me of Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat character and how he gets people in the movie to join him in hate-filled songs. Of course, Borat does it to show that discrimination still exists.  Coulter does it to sell books and pay her mortgage.


It remains to be seen how many sponsors will drop Coulter.  She still has plenty up on her website and this latest controversy only brings in more eyeballs.  Her site currently has ads from the Yellow Pages, Premier Collectibles, the Young America's Foundation and the Conservative Book Club.  Of course, two of these sites sell her books, so I doubt they'd suddenly get an attack of conscience and drop the ads, but you never know.  If everyone hammers away at these firms, maybe they'll dump her.


Sunday, March 4, 2007 - 11:25am

Mainstream Media Gives Ann Coulter a Pass

Normally when someone in the public eye makes racist, discriminatory or inappropriate remarks, the media is all over them to take back their comments, apologize, and do something worthwhile to make up for their behavior.  Such was the case with the anti-Jewish comments from Mel Gibson, anti-gay remarks from Tim Hardaway, and racist slurs by Michael Richards.


 Unfortunately, when it comes to Ann Coulter, the mainstream media lets her say and do whatever she pleases.  The Conservative Political Action Conference was held in New York City on Friday.  In attendance were Coulter, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and thousands of supporters.  When Ann Coulter gave her speech, she called John Edwards a "faggot."  This extremely anti-gay remark by a well known conservative against a leading presidential candidate would normally generate huge publicity and condemnation from anyone and everyone.  Instead, the mainstream media chose to ignore the entire story.


I guess there's not enough time in the news cycle when Anna Nicole Smith and Britney Spears dominate your (tabloid) coverage.  These are the same people that give Ann Coulter a microphone and a forum to spew her hate-filled messages.  Much like Anna Nicole and Britney, Coulter generates a big up-tick in ratings when she shows up on television.  Apparently the mainstream media doesn't want to upset her for fear she'll refuse to appear on their network again.


Of course, the bloggers on both sides discussed it openly.  Even leading conservative blogger Michelle Malkin strongly disapproved of Coulter's anti-gay remarks.  John Edwards released a statement condemning the remarks and calling them anti-American, but outside the blogging world, his response fell on deaf ears.


Our television news coverage has now slipped into selective disclosure.  Ratings are the first priority and the MSM won't do anything to jeopardize them.  They also don't want to appear too liberal, so they let a conservative bigot who generates a lot of buzz off the hook.  Pathetic!


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