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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Blogging From the Left Coast

My apologies for being absent from blogging the last few days.  I have been on the west coast attending some family events.  However, it has seemed relatively quiet on the political front this past week, so I'll just give a quick summation.

  • It seems that Republicans and Democrats are both extremely upset that Congressman William Jefferson's office was searched by the FBI.  Apparently, they all think they're above the law.  They claim 'separation of powers', but it is really about privilege and not using common sense.  Jefferson was caught on video accepting bribes.  Take the search for what it was...necessary and fully justified.

  • The Senate passed their watered-down version of the immigration reform bill on Thursday.  It includes amnesty for illegals, even thought they call it something else.  That won't fly in the House.

   The Davinci Code came out a week or so ago, but I can't understand why Catholic groups are making a big stink about the film.  All they're doing is promoting the movie even more.  Didn't they learn this before with The Last Temptation of Christ?  For the record, I have not seen the movie, but have just finished the book and thought it was exceptional.  Anytime you question what is said to be truth, it will intrigue me.  The book simply questions the accuracy of the church's teachings about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and how things came to be.  It is important to at least consider other alternatives.

That's all I have for now.  I'll be back to writing more consistently in the coming days and weeks.


Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Catch the McPheever

Ok, this has nothing to do with politics, but it involves voting, so I figured that would give me an excuse to discuss the finale of American Idol.  As you can tell by the title, you know who I want to win.  I mean, how can you not love Katherine McPhee???  She's sweet, hot, talented, and all of 22 years old.  As for her opponent, Taylor Hicks, he just can't be trusted.  Who honestly believes that he's only 29 years old.  The man looks like he's 55 on a good day.  I'm thinking he pulled a Danny Almonte on his birth certificate.

   The American Idol finals were on last night and McPhee and Hicks each sang three songs.  My girl McPhee sang "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree", followed by "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", and finally "My Destiny".  Her opponent sang a few boring songs in between. 

Now it all comes down to the voters and the honesty of Fox to report the correct results.  We'll take a huge leap and assume that Fox will be honest with the results.  For some reason, Katherine McPhee's opponent is a slight favorite.  It's hard to imagine him winning though.  There is a lot of anti-Taylor sentiment out there and Kat is just phenomenal.

So if the voters have any sense, they will declare my girl, Katherine McPhee the next American Idol tonight!  If you need further proof of just how great she is, check out this video.  Vote now and vote often!


Monday, May 22, 2006

Lest We Forget, Democrats are Crooks Too

I know you all didn't think that the Democrats were honest and trustworthy and the Republicans were the only crooks and liars in Washington.  So it should come as no surprise that Democratic Congressman William Jefferson of Louisiana is being investigated for bribery charges.  The latest news is that federal agents found $90,000 in cash hidden in his freezer!  It seems that Congressman Jefferson has been taking large bribes in exchange for his actions on official matters. 

 If you recall, Congressman Jefferson was the one who secured his New Orleans home with the National Guard when Hurricne Katrina hit.  I guess now we know why.  I wonder how much money the Congressman took with him after he left his home.  There are affidavits that claim that Jefferson has taken well over $400,000 in bribes from various people and organizations.

If that isn't bad enough, Jefferson is still claiming his innocence.  I guess he's like everybody in the prison in The Shawshank Redemption....they all claimed they didn't do it.  Investigators have this crooked politician dead to rights, but all he can say is that he is "a victim of a fraud and bribery scheme."  The only victim, unfortunately, is the American public.  This Congressman has been bought and paid for.

The Democratic leadership needs to step up and force William Jefferson to resign immediately, as in today.  The Democrats are trying to point out the GOP's culture of corruption, but they need to address this issue within the party.  They've already dropped the ball with the Patrick Kennedy case.  The Democratic party is in full support of the drunk, which is just sad.  They better not support this guy too.  If they want to take back control of the House and Senate, they must clean themselves up first.

I also think it is quite ironic that this Congressman's name, William Jefferson, is also the name of Bill Clinton.  Bill Clinton's full name is William Jefferson Clinton.  So at least one William Jefferson will likely go to jail.


Saturday, May 20, 2006

Republicans Push Constitutional Amendment to Ban Gay Marriage

I am so glad I didn't vote for Arlen Specter (R-PA) in the last election.  I almost did, as he is considered to be a fairly moderate conservative and occasionally stands up against the Bush administration.  Unfortunately, it appears that Arlen Specter is now pandering to the extreme fringe of the Republican party by voting to create a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.  Not only did he vote for it, he chaired the committee that looked at it and forced the members to have the meeting behind closed doors, away from the public.

   I must also say that I'm gaining a lot of respect for Russ Feingold (D-WI), who was so appalled that he told off Specter and walked out of the room.  Finally, we have someone who will not stand for blatant discrimination in our society.

The lunatics on the right apparently don't believe that all people are entitled to equal rights.  They pretend their goal is only to ensure that a marriage is between a man and a woman, but it is actually a thinly veiled attempt to deny homosexuals equal rights in today's society.

The other part of this is pure politics.  The Republicans are losing their base in a hurry and they purposely are bringing up this non-issue to curry favor with the extremists.  They bring it up every time there is an election coming up.  Heaven forbid they actually do something about real problems that are affecting Americans.  There is a war in Iraq where Americans are dying every day.  There is a monstrous budget deficit as a result of record spending by the Republican Congress and White House.  There are problems with illegal immigration, corruption, and health care, just to name a few.

There are many issues facing this nation and gay marriage is most certainly not one of them.  The Christian groups and the nuts on the far right that continue to push this issue should wake up and realize how discriminatory it is.  If these groups were so concerned about the sanctity of marriage, maybe they should spend their time trying to figure out why half the marriages between a man and a women fail.

Oh, let me also take this opportunity to rip Mandisa, the preaching singer from American Idol who is a part of these hate groups.  Mandisa was voted off Idol a few weeks ago and then revealed that she is part of an anti-gay group and that she would not perform for her gay fans.  How pathetic!  Here we have someone who literally is preaching about God's love and acceptance, but at the same time is also part of a discriminatory organization.  I guess God loves everybody, just so long as you're not gay.


Thursday, May 18, 2006

When All Else Fails, Blame the Media

The media members risking their lives in Iraq continue to get vilified by the right for their coverage of the Iraq War.  The conservative government and their radio nuts have been going on and on about how the coverage is focused solely on the negative and never on the positive.  They ridicule media outlets like CNN, NBC, and CBS for their coverage of the war.  The war's not going bad they say; it's just being portrayed that way.

   First of all, the war is being portrayed as a disaster because it is a disaster.  Everyone but our government and a few neocons have figured that much out.  However, the administration thinks that any journalist who paints them in a bad light must be working for the terrorists.  That is what the crazies on the right will tell you about the media coverage.

If the media members are holed up in their hotel in the Green Zone, it is because it is not safe to go anywhere.  As Lara Logan states in this video, security issues dominates the media coverage.  Unfortunately, right-wing hacks like Laura Ingraham go over there for a brief amount of time and profess to know all.  She comes back and rips real journalists who are in danger every day.  These are journalists who effectively live in Iraq and are not just visiting.

Lara Logan also describes the deterioration of the conditions in the country with regard to movement of journalists.  It used to be that journalists could move more freely in Iraq.  Today, you must be accompanied by military or a security detail if you want to go anywhere to report.

What is happening in Iraq right now is a continued deterioration of conditions.  Things are getting worse, not better.  The morgue in Baghdad is now receiving over 60 bodies every dayThat is just one city in a large country.  It doesn't even take into account the deaths in other towns and areas.  Iraq will continue to worsen over the course of the year.  It cannot possibly get better unless the security issue is solved.

The problem is, and always has been, that there are not enough soldiers on the ground.  Violence has gotten out of hand because there is not enough security to cover the whole country.  When history is written, that will be the fatal flaw of this invasion.  The insurgency was allowed to get out of hand because the U.S. didn't put enough troops in Iraq.


Wednesday, May 17, 2006

How Bush's Base is Going Bye-Bye

I don't disagree with everything Bush said the other night on the immigration issue, but his base sure does.  Bush's base wants the 700-mile fence along the southern border that is in the House bill.  His base also wants illegal immigrants to be deported.  They have valid and rationale reasons for both of these.  However, Bush took a more moderate approach in his speech in an attempt to appease a number of constituencies.

   Bush tried to play nice to the corporations by suggesting a guest worker program.  The big business part of his party appreciates that, but the majority of his base despises it.  Bush also spoke of 'high-tech' fences in 'urban corridors', but did not go anywhere near endorsing the 700-mile fence. 

He stated that it was impractical to deport the 11-12 million illegal immigrants that are here and that they should be able to earn citizenship over time.  This really annoys the base to no end, because they correctly argue that it encourages more people to cross the border.  If you know you'll be made a legal citizen down the road, why wouldn't you cross the border?

Bush spoke of enforcement with National Guard troops, ID cards, and getting temporary workers to leave when required, but it requires action and not talk.  Getting temporary workers to leave at the end of their term has never, ever been enforced.  Half of the illegals in this country come here legally, but overstay their visas and become illegal.  Either make them legal, don't let them in, or actually enforce the law.  To date, none of those options have been taken.

I have to agree with conservatives with regard to building a fence along the border.  The National Guard troop deployment will help, but not nearly as much as a fence.  In addition, it will be easier to monitor after it is constructed.  With just 6,000 Guard troops to protect 2,000 miles, there will still be many gaps. 

Also, we cannot encourage more people to come over here by granting citizenship to the illegals that are here.

I was surprised at one aspect of Bush's speech in which he described a Marine fighting in Fallujah who had not become a U.S. citizen.  I was shocked by this.  I was shocked that some members of the U.S. armed services are not citizens.  I don't know how many people this comprises, but I would recommend making all of those men and women citizens immediately.  They may have broken the law by coming across the border, but fighting for your country more than makes up for it.


Monday, May 15, 2006

I'm Not Ready to Make Nice

The Dixie Chicks released this great song a few weeks back, but it has come to my attention that a bunch of radio stations in the South and elsewhere decided to ban the song.  If you're unfamiliar with the story, allow me to explain.  Three years ago, on the eve of the Iraq invasion, Natalie Maines, the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks said that she was ashamed George Bush was from her home state of Texas.  That one comment created a firestorm.  Natalie Maines received death threats, radio stations pulled their music, and the Dixie Chicks were vilified daily.

   This reinforces my original theory that we should've let the South secede when we had the chance!  LOL!  That is where most of the hatred came from.  This story is a case in point.  Someone makes one comment that they don't agree with and they go nuts.  Perhaps these zealots should be aware that we live in a free country and people are allowed to express an opinion without facing death threats.

Anyway, I've decided to show this video because the song is still banned in many parts of the country.  It is a great song and is a response to the hatred that the Dixie Chicks received as a result.  It has been three years and this is their first release.


Sunday, May 14, 2006

Karl Rove Indicted?

According to Jason Leopold at TruthOut.org, Karl Rove has been indicted on charges of perjury and lying to investigators.  He may also be charged with obstruction of justice.  Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald met with Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin on Friday to discuss the charges.  Rove was told he had "24 business hours to get his affairs in order" before Fitzgerald makes the charges public.

   Right now, Jason Leopold is the only one reporting this information.  The mainstream media has yet to acknowledge the report, primarily because it is coming from a blogger.  However, Jason Leopold is not your typical blogger.  He is an investigative journalist with a number of sources close to this Valerie Plame leak story.  He was previously the Los Angeles bureau chief for the Dow Jones newswire.  He has also written for The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle.  So although this is the only source reporting this major story, it is a very good source.

If this story is true, it spells disaster for the Bush administration.  Karl Rove has long been considered the architect of Bush's presidency.  He is often referred to as Bush's brain.  He is George Bush's Deputy Chief of Staff and the man most closely associated with the President.

Rove has been embroiled in a number of unethical controversies over the years and he has always managed to escape justice.  The difference this time around is that he has met his intellectual match in Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor.

On second thought, the Bush presidency is already a disaster, so the removal of Rove may actually help him.  Without a shady, corrupt, unethical sidekick, maybe GWB can get some good, sound advice.

We should know definitively by early Tuesday morning, if not earlier.  By then, according to the story, Fitzgerald will make the indictments public.


Friday, May 12, 2006

Cell Phones Not Included in (This) NSA Spy Database

The NSA is spying on tens of millions of ordinary Americans by obtaining phone records from Verizon, AT&T, and BellSouth.  The NSA is constructing a massive database with the intent to track every call placed inside the United States.  This caused intense anger on the part of lawmakers and the public in general on Thursday.

   So incensed was I that I contacted my phone company, Verizon Wireless, to see if they were also involved in this unlawful activity.  They quickly told me that they were not involved.  As it turns out, this NSA spy program only pertains to land based phone lines.  Cell phone calls are not being included in the database.  That means that all the calls you make on your cell are not traced....well, at least not this way.  I'm sure they're tracking those already through some other means.

So not only is the government conducting another unlawful spy programs, they are also going about it in the completely wrong manner.  The government claims that these phone records are being obtained to protect the nation against terrorists.  However, terrorists are usually young people.  Most young people use cell phones exclusively.

I, for one, haven't used a landline in years and I'm in my early 30's.  Many people younger than me have never even had a land line.  Who uses landlines?  Your parents, that's who.

So the U.S. government is obtaining phone records of old people.  Good job!  They are missing most of the people in their teens and 20's and a good chunk of the thirtysomething crowd.  That's a pretty large gap, don't you think?  It sounds like quite an effective program.

I don't have the breakdown of the percent of population that uses cell phones versus landlines, but it is fairly clear that the 18-34 year old crowd has already moved significantly in the direction of wireless.

Of course, the braindead mainstream media has failed all day long to point this out.  It's up to the bloggers to show that the government is not only unethical, but completely stupid too.

These phone records won't find a terrorist any more than they could before.  It will simply be an exercise in futility and a complete waste of taxpayer dollars.


Thursday, May 11, 2006

U.S. Government Disclosing Minutemen Location to Mexican Government

The United States Border Patrol has been disclosing the positions and activity of Minuteman to the Mexican government.  It seems hard to believe, but the U.S. is providing information on American citizens to the corrupt and unethical Mexican government.  Not only that, but the U.S. government is also providing this foreign government with background info on these citizens.

   The Mexican government details the information they obtained about these "vigilantes" right on their own website.  If you're mono-lingual like me, you can translate the page into English using Google.  In addition, the spokesperson for the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol confirmed that they were revealing the activity of Minutemen to the Mexican government in order to "reassure the Mexican government that migrants' rights are being observed".

Basically, the U.S. government is endangering the lives of these Minutemen, who are American citizens.  They are providing information to a foreign government that could be used against them.

The spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed that the U.S. gives information to Mexico under the rules of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963.  However, the information the U.S. is providing Mexico goes well beyond the scope of this treaty.  The treaty speaks to the rights of foreign nationals who are arrested or detained inside another country.  It does not say that a government should provide detailed info on the activities of their own citizens and hand it over to a foreign government.

The blogosphere of the right is enraged about this story.  Many are actually calling for George Bush's head.  Conservative bloggers are now talking impeachment.  They will not impeach President Bush for the war in Iraq, but they would impeach him for refusing to protect the borders of our nation.

I didn't think it was possible, but Bush's poll numbers could go even lower as a result of this.  Right wingers are livid that Bush continually refuses to protect the borders.  This specific case may not be his fault, but it casts new light on the border security issue.


Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Feingold Implores Democrats to Get a Spine

Senator Russ Feingold is calling upon all Democrats to stand up and fight against the oppressive policies of President George Bush.  Finally, we are seeing some leadership in the Democratic Party.  Feingold stated that Democrats have been intimidated by the Republican leadership for far too long and that they need to get their act together before the November elections or they will lose just like they have in 2004 and 2002.

   Feingold speaks of his earlier call to censure Bush in this video, but the larger point is to get the Democrats to wake up and fight.  He states what many of us are thinking; that George Bush thinks he can get away with whatever he wants and not be held accountable.

Feingold is a candidate for the Presidency in 2008 and he is beginning to show himself as a leader within his own party.  The question is whether or not his fellow Democrats will follow him.  Up until now, the Dems have been afraid to do just about anything. 

Take the current issue with the nomination of General Michael Hayden.  The left is very upset that Hayden ran Bush's illegal spy program.  Hayden has basically trampled all over the Constitution and has no problem with spying on innocent Americans.  However, the Democrats see that Bush's poll numbers are relatively good when the question relates to surveillance, so they are fearful to broach the subject.  They ignore the fact that if they brought up the issue and were forceful about it, the poll numbers would change.  Not all Americans are aware that what Bush is doing is completely illegal.  If the Dems would take a stand, the polling on that topic would shift dramatically to their favor.

The cynical side of me thinks that Feingold is just trying to get in the news because he wants to become President.  That is a possibility, but what he is saying is correct.  Bush's approval rating is at an all time low of 31%, so now is the time for the left to come out swinging.

They need to take a stand on this nomination and on any future action the President tries to get away with.  If they don't do it now, they never will.


Monday, May 8, 2006

Controversy Surrounds General Michael Hayden

In George Bush's ever growing quest to surround himself with people that agree with him, he is now set to nominate General Michael Hayden to the top job at the CIA.  One of the many problems with this nomination is that the CIA is a civilian agency.  It is designed to operate without the pressure or influence of the military or White House.  Nominating a military person would further erode the systems of checks and balances that this country needs.

   This nomination is very concerning.  Nominating someone who is under the direction of Donald Rumsfeld and George Bush is a very, very troubling thing.  Rather than "shaking" up personnel, what Bush is doing is appointing people that are under his control.

Many Republicans have already had a problem with this expected nominee.  The Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Republican Pete Hoeska, was very concerned.  Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss, who is on the Senate Intelligence Committee, was also upset.

It's not only General Hayden's massive conflict of interest that is a problem.  Hayden's claim to fame is running the NSA's illegal spy program.  That's right.  Hayden is already responsible for destroying the civil liberties of Americans.  As you can see from the above video, he also is not very familiar with the Fourth Amendment.  He seems to forget the part about needing probable cause to conduct searches and seizures.

So what we have here is a nominee who is already breaking the law, who ignores the Fourth Amendment, and who is an active-duty military person under the control of Donald Rumsfeld.  All things considered, I think Bush did a better job nominating Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court.


Saturday, May 6, 2006

Patrick Kennedy Needs to Resign

Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy is a mess.  His life has been a train wreck ever since he was a kid.  He was a cocaine addict as a teenager.  He was checked into rehab before he was even 20 years old.  Six years ago, Patrick Kennedy shoved a security guard at Los Angeles International Airport.  As if that weren't bad enough, the security guard was an elderly black woman.  Patrick Kennedy eventually paid the woman off.  A few months after that incident, Patrick Kennedy trashed a boat he rented to the tune of $28,000.  The boat was found abandoned off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.

It gets worse.  The Coast Guard was also called out to Kennedy's yacht in a separate incident after he got into a heated argument with his date.  Now how bad do you have to lose it to have the Coast Guard come out and investigate?  A few years ago, Kennedy also claimed that he had "never worked a f*cking day in my life."  What a great guy, huh?

All this leads us to Congressman Kennedy's latest brush with the law.  He was caught driving recklessly and without his lights on at 2:45am.  Before the police could pull him over, he had crashed into a concrete barrier.  The police officers who confronted him stated that he appeared to be intoxicated and that he smelled of alcohol.  The Congressman claimed that his actions were the results of taking the prescription drugs Ambien and Phenergen.  Yeah right!  The Congressman was hammered.

Not only did Patrick Kennedy smell of alcohol and stagger out of his car, it has also been learned that he was seen drinking at the Hawk & Dove bar in Washington, DC.  Still, Kennedy has denied drinking.  Like father, like son I suppose.

In order to save face, Congressman Kennedy came out yesterday to tell everyone he is re-admitting himself into the Mayo Clinic.  Apparently it didn't take the first time.  The problem is that Kennedy is lying about the incident and is only checking himself into the drug rehab facility because it looks good politically.

As a resident of Providence, Rhode Island, I regret to tell you that Patrick J. Kennedy is my Congressman.  Let me be the first to say that this disgrace of a man needs to step aside and let someone else represent the state.  Patrick Kennedy has done nothing in his 39 years of life to deserve such a prominent and important position.  He was simply born with a great last name.

As much as I want the Democrats to take control of the House of Representatives in November, I do not want this jerk to be there, representing my state.  The voters of Rhode Island, myself included, need to vote for anybody but Patrick Kennedy.  We need to restore some level of decency back into the office.


Thursday, May 4, 2006

Amnesty International Details Continued Widespread Torture

Despite denials from Washington, personnel at U.S. controlled prisons are continuing to torture inmates, according to a report by Amnesty International.  In their report, Amnesty describes the torture as "widespread".  Government officials have sought to cast blame on a few low-ranking soldiers, but in truth, they are the ones pushing for torture.

  This strategy of blaming the hard-working soldiers that fight for our country is typical of this administration.  What they say and what they do are completely different.  The government continues to get in front of the podium and deny mistreatment, but at the same time, they are abusing prisoners all around the world.

Even though a number of soldiers have gone to court over abusing prisoners, the real culpability lies with the people far above them that allow for these conditions.

The McCain anti-torture bill is a case in point.  The White House fought tooth and nail to create loopholes in which they were still allowed to abuse these prisoners of war.  In the end, we have a anti-torture bill that doesn't prevent torture.  Vice President Cheney personally became involved in ensuring that torturing prisoners would still be acceptable.

All of this creates a horrible image of the United States for the rest of the world.  The rest of the world hates the United States right now.  You may say "so what", but it is a huge problem.  It strains relations with dozens of countries that we need to be friendly with.  It also emboldens the enemy.

In addition, when U.S. military personnel are captured, other countries will now feel that it is their right and obligation to abuse our soldiers.  If it's ok for the largest, most powerful country in the world to do it, then it certainly is ok for the rest of us.  That is the rationale they will use.


Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Plame Working on Iran Nukes When Cover Was Blown

Now the truth is starting to come out.  Valerie Plame, the covert CIA agent whose cover was blown by the Bush administration, was assigned to follow Iran's nuclear weapons development at the time she was outed.  This is a very big deal.  Not only did the thugs in the Bush administration commit treason by blowing the cover of a CIA agent, they also damaged their ability to keep track of Iran's nuclear activity. 

  This truly demonstrates how low the Bush people will sink to in order to protect their own hide and smear someone else.  They are willing to compromise national security so that they can win a political argument.  How this administration is still in existence is beyond me.  Even the people on the right can see that these people in the White House are reckless, irresponsible, and crooked.

I'm really too disgusted and tired to write any more about this subject.  I think it speaks for itself.


Tuesday, May 2, 2006

The Immigration Debate

Millions of illegal immigrants and their supporters came out across American yesterday to march and protest their status as "undocumented" workers.  From Los Angeles to Chicago to New York, people took to the streets to demand citizenship.  They took the day off from work and from school in what was called the Day of Immigration.  The problem, of course, is that they are not in this country legally and do not (yet) have the right to become citizens of this great country.

  The immigration debate is quite divisive in this country.  Most people accept that immigration itself is necessary and a welcome part of the culture of America.  People divide when they talk about legal immigration versus illegal immigration.

The constant flow of illegal immigrants into the United States has made it impossible to have a strong system of legal immigration.  Legal immigration has been stifled because there is too large a flow of illegal immigrants.  If the politicians can somehow stem the flow of illegals, they can expand the number of legal immigrants that are allowed in this nation.

That is the key after all.  Expansion of legal immigration is the goal.  If you can expand legal immigration, you can accept people from many countries, not just one. 

There is no doubt that this country needs immigrants.  However, it needs people to come to the country through normal channels.  The people that are crossing the border illegally or that are overstaying their visas are ruining the chances for law-abiding citizens of many other nations.

This country is made up of people from all over the world that have come here for a better life.  Unfortunately, many people are no longer allowed to immigrate here because of the abuse of the system by others.


Monday, May 1, 2006

Stephen Colbert Rips President Bush

In what can only be described as an incredibly uncomfortable comedy bit, Stephen Colbert spoke at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night.  Colbert, who ridicules politicians on a regular basis, had everybody in the room for his comedy routine.  With George Bush only a few feet away from him, Colbert ripped into him on the NSA wiretaps, the war in Iraq, weapons of mass destruction, staged photo-ops in New Orleans, and much more.

  The segment is so long that it had to be broken up into three videos.  The most amusing parts of this is to see all the prominent people in the audience squirm in their seats.  Some dead silence followed many of his jokes, even though I was laughing uncontrollably for most of them.  It's even more funny when Colbert makes fun of someone who is in the room.

  I don't think they knew what they were getting when they booked Stephen Colbert.  Just a couple of months ago, he interviewed a Congressman who didn't know that The Colbert Report was not real news.  The Congressman didn't figure it out until about half-way through.  You could tell that some people in the audience knew what Colbert was about, but others clearly did not.

  In the third segment of Colbert's performance, he shows a video where he becomes the White House spokesperson.  In it, Helen Thomas chases him down because he won't give an answer for why the President really invaded Iraq.

George and Laura did not seem too happy with the whole bit.  President Bush actually shook Stephen Colbert's hand at the end of his own roasting, but was not very pleased.  It seems that the Bushies don't like it when people deliver the truth to them.  Perhaps they're just not used to hearing it from someone ten feet away from them.


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