Saturday, August 21, 2004

Man fired for heckling Bush
"I'm mad less about losing the job -- I'm more mad about the reasons," said Glen Hiller, 35, of Berkeley Springs. "All I did was show up and voice my opinion."

Didn't anyone inform Hiller that he was entering Bushworld, dissenting opinions not allowed.

The Connections and Contradictions of the Smear Boat Liars in graphic form from NYT

Forget Fahrenheit
Robert Greenwald is back, and he’s after an even bigger network of lies: the march to war.
In contrast, Greenwald’s experts -- from the former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Chas Freeman, to the man who conducted the fruitless CIA search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, David Kay -- offer scathingly well-reasoned and angry responses to administration claims. Backed up with exhaustive data and field experience, the words have the ring of testimony, which, in effect they are in Greenwald’s mock trial of a movie. There were no weapons of mass destruction, the experts tell us; we looked everywhere, the informants lied to us, intelligence data was cherry-picked to fit a foregone conclusion.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Records Counter a Critic of Kerry
In newspaper interviews and a best-selling book, Larry Thurlow, who commanded a Navy Swift boat alongside Kerry in Vietnam, has strongly disputed Kerry's claim that the Massachusetts Democrat's boat came under fire during a mission in Viet Cong-controlled territory on March 13, 1969. Kerry won a Bronze Star for his actions that day.

But Thurlow's military records, portions of which were released yesterday to The Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act, contain several references to "enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire" directed at "all units" of the five-boat flotilla. Thurlow won his own Bronze Star that day, and the citation praises him for providing assistance to a damaged Swift boat "despite enemy bullets flying about him."

So Thurlow is a liar. Apparently the entire Navy, the Pentagon, and Kerry's actual crewmates are all part of a vast conspiracy to get John Kerry elected fourty years later. They need to loosen up the tin-foil a lttle, its cutting off circulation to their small petty brains. They apparently acted like honorable men once, its a shame they can't do it now.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

via Digby
Doctors working for the U.S. military in Iraq collaborated with interrogators in the abuse of detainees at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, profoundly breaching medical ethics and human rights, a bioethicist charges in The Lancet medical journal.

In a scathing analysis of the behavior of military doctors, nurses and medics, University of Minnesota professor Steven Miles calls for a reform of military medicine and an official investigation into the role played by physicians and other medical staff in the torture scandal.

He cites evidence that doctors or medics falsified death certificates to cover up homicides, hid evidence of beatings and revived a prisoner so he could be further tortured. No reports of abuses were initiated by medical personnel until the official investigation into Abu Ghraib began, he found.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Kerry disputes allegations on Cambodia
"During John Kerry's service in Vietnam, many times he was on or near the Cambodian border and on one occasion crossed into Cambodia at the request of members of a special operations group operating out of Ha Tien," Kerry spokesman Michael Meehan said in a statement. The statement did not say when the cross-border mission took place.

During this time Bush was bravely getting drunk, high on cocaine, and playing grab-ass with any women within reach, but he did support the war.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

The Moonie Times is trying revive the whole WMD were sent to Syria piss on tin-foil propaganda. The righties are new generation of Archie Bunkers, they just can't admit when they're wrong. Its not just pathetic, its dangerous to think that way. THE WEAPONS ARE IN . . . SYRIA?
Here's the thing: The U.S. government is occupying Iraq now, and has been for some time. We have access to scientists and various senior regime personnel (not least Saddam Hussein) who would be in a position to tell us all about Iraqi WMD production were there any, and were the government to have such information in its posession you can be sure "defense officials" would be leaking that to The Washington Times and not this speculation.

If BushCo and his buds had the location of WMD down, you don't think we'd have the satelillite pictures on CNN in a second. The Washington Times proud to pull total nonsense out of their ass.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Suppress the Vote?
State police officers have gone into the homes of elderly black voters in Orlando and interrogated them as part of an odd "investigation" that has frightened many voters, intimidated elderly volunteers and thrown a chill over efforts to get out the black vote in November.

Converatism has been the enemy of democracy since the Pharaohs, maybe Jeb is part Anicent Egyptian.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Irony of the week.
Senator hires former Clinton lawyer for leak probe
A Washington attorney who represented President Clinton at his impeachment trial and has a long association with Democrats will defend Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, against possible ethics charges that he leaked classified information to the media.

and all this is just pissing away time and money better spent else where.
Shelby, up for re-election in November, doesn't appear to be in jeopardy of losing that race, regardless of how the ethics probe turns out.

This last line is from the same hard news story as the first paragraph, but offers up a cynical truth. Shelby's dress is covered with stains, but thats OK because he's a Republican now. Red-neck Republicans won't even think twice before they punch that card for Shelby. Even if Shelby got a BJ on the steps of the capital building they'd still vote for him, because he's a member of the club. Members get a pass on ethics, they don't get slammed by Bill O'Liar or Anal Cyst Limbaugh. What will we tell the children.