Saturday, June 25, 2005

Why Rove morphs Iraq into 9-11

Because people are starting to catch on. Saddam was a monster created for the most part by conservatives. A monster that had nothing to do with 9-11. By taking resources away from the hunt for Bin Laden and Al Quida and directing them toward Iraq, Rove has made America less safe. Rove is a typical pussy never taking responsibility for anything and deflecting his failures on others.

Three Things About Iraq
The war has nothing to do with Sept. 11. Saddam Hussein was a sworn enemy of Washington, but there was no Iraq-Qaeda axis, no connection between Saddam Hussein and the terrorist attacks on the United States. Yet the president and his supporters continue to duck behind 9/11 whenever they feel pressure about what is happening in Iraq. The most cynical recent example was Karl Rove's absurd and offensive declaration this week that conservatives and liberals had different reactions to 9/11. Let's be clear: Americans of every political stripe were united in their outrage and grief, united in their determination to punish those who plotted the mass murder and united behind the war in Afghanistan, which was an assault on terrorists. [...]

The war has not made the world, or this nation, safer from terrorism. The breeding grounds for terrorists used to be Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia; now Iraq has become one. [...]

Friday, June 24, 2005

Something dark and evil in the Conservative soul

There's something dark and evil eating away at the modern neocon Conservative soul and their General in charge of political strategy gave us some deep insights into how they operate. Unlike others I'm not mad at Karl Rove, on the contrary I would like to thank him. The first four years of the Bushovik presidency untied us like we hadn't been in years, from Labor Democrats to Envionmental Democrats, from Lieberman Democrats to Farm Democrats. Now thianks to Unka Karl we're not only going to take our country back from the delusional wackos, we're going to nail some hide to the wall; we're going to get some justice. Pray long and hard, hope for a miracle from the God whose face your party spits in Karl that you hold on to power for the next twenty years, because if you don't you'll be testifying alot in the years ahead.

from Steve Gilliard
As a New York, I find this the equvilient of blood libel. (You know, the lie that the Jews used Christian babies blood for matzoh). No one asked what party 343 firemen belonged to when they died, or the 34 policemen. No one asked what party nine members of the 69th Regiment, New York City's own infantry regiment with a lineage going back to WW I, were when they were killed in Iraq, two of whom were immigrants, one a Pakistani muslim. No one asked and no one cared.

To say that New Yorkers, who are 5-1 Democrats, are shirking from the service of their country is an insult to them and their service. No one asked for party enrollment when they took their oath and it is wrong to suggest that it matters now. Many New Yorkers, and Califonians as well, have died in the service of their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But, to you. birdman, I think it makes you feel all big and manly to say that. After all, you're not going to Iraq. You're not burying anyone killed there. So why should care if they're defamed by the President's aide? It doesn't effect anyone you know. right?

Let me explain something birdman: I smelled the dead in my windows for a week after 9/11. While you sat back and worried about some Sikh blowing up your mall, every time I took a breath, burning flesh and paper filled my nose. Every day, for a year, I opened the paper to read about yet another funeral. On nice, sunny days, I get reminded of 9/11.

Then, I get to read about how Congress wants to pull $125m in aid for Ground Zero workers.

So don't fucking lecture me about defending the people who protect my city. You don't drive by the firehouse memorials on every goddamn firehouse in the city. You don't see the stories about fucked up families left behind. You live in a fantasy world where big strong men kill the brown people and make you feel like a man. We know what they did for us far better than you ever will, no matter how much you pretend to understand. You don't. And you never will and you never want to.

But in my real world, I had an appointment in the new Cantor Fitzgerald building this week. Maybe you don't know what that means, but let me explain. The majority of civilians killed on 9/11 worked for Cantor Fitzgerald. Nearly 700 dead. So when you see their logo, it can creep you out. Because there is no way to escape that ghost.

Not that you care. You sit in your home and cheer the confused teenagers in Irqq dying for your ideas and you don't lift a finger to help them. You don't volunteer, do you? Not at the local VA, or military hospital. Nope. You just sit there, a big old coward, cheering on children as they get crippled in the quest to make the Islamic Republic of Iraq. A fight you will not join, either.

But like most conservatives, you expect others to do what you will not.

So does that explain how Rove insulted the military? I hope so.

If Unka Karl and BushCo aren't full out fascists, they're certainly skirting the edge.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Steal more with a spread sheet

Its always been my view that you're money, family, and general well being is under greater threat from american business as its practiced today, then from athug on the streets.

Your Boss a Psychopath?
"They don't care that you have thoughts and feelings. They have no sense of guilt or remorse." He talked about the pain and suffering the corporate rogues had inflicted on thousands of people who had lost their jobs, or their life's savings. Some of those victims would succumb to heart attacks or commit suicide, he said.

Then Hare came out with a startling proposal. He said that the recent corporate scandals could have been prevented if CEOs were screened for psychopathic behavior. "Why wouldn't we want to screen them?" he asked. "We screen police officers, teachers. Why not people who are going to handle billions of dollars?"

Here we are again nature versus nurture

from New Donkey
For them, the issue isn't one of civil rights, because the term implies something inherent in the individual -- being black, say, or a woman -- and they deny that homosexuality is inherent. It can't be, because that would mean God had created some people who are damned from birth, morally blackened. This really is the inescapable root of the whole issue.

Did any of these people notice that Dick Cheney's daughter is gay and that ultra right-winger Phyllis Schlafly has a gay son. Does the anti-gay crowd realize that they're saying these two ultra patrons of the philosophy of wing-nuttyness have gay children not because they were born that way, but because that's how they were raised.

When is victory not a win in Bush World

Think Progress has done the heavy lifting on Bush's ever changing views on when Iraq will be a "mission" accomplished.
Bush: “Our mission is clear in Iraq. Should we have to go in, our mission is very clear: disarmament.” [3/6/03]

Bush: “Our forces have been given a clear mission: to end a regime that threatened its neighbors and the world with weapons of mass destruction and to free a people that had suffered far too long.” [4/14/03]

Bush: “And our mission is clear there, as well, and that is to train the Iraqis so they can do the fighting; make sure they can stand up to defend their freedoms, which they want to do.” [6/2/05]

You get the idea.
Now we switch to an actual human being on the scene. Building Iraq's Army: Mission Improbable
"We don't want to take responsibility; we don't want it," said Amar Mana, 27, an Iraqi private whose forehead was grazed by a bullet during an insurgent attack in November. "Here, no way. The way the situation is, we wouldn't be ready to take responsibility for a thousand years."

Hello Quigmire meet Mr. Miserable Failure.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Bush was obsessed

'Fixed' for war?
Why is the American public so apathetic about the Downing Street Memo?

A nation that just a few years ago was obsessed with fudging over sexual trysts by one president seems unconcerned about evidence of lying by another to justify a war that has cost the lives of more than 1,700 American service members, killed tens of thousands of Iraqis and cost American taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars.

Damn if I know. The same reason people care more about the latest celebrity divorce/romance then they care about the end of the fossil fuels that run their absurdly huge SUVs. The same reason many care more about the latest major league trade more then about america's potable water crisis. It is truly strange in my wanderings across the internet the outrage at Bill Clinton that is for the most part fueled by a sex scandal rather then policy. Even with the deficit reduction package ( The true Reagan legacy was a huge deficit ) america had a huge economic boom. Peace and prosperity. Where is it now ? The prosperity is in the pockets of the wealthy that always makes out boom or bust. We can recover from Bush's economic social darwinism, but we can't bring back the dead.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

We're losing in Iraq and its because of College Republicans

A Rude Note of Encouragement To College Republicans:
Hey, crazy College Republicans, it's time to step up for Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty, and good ol' George W. Bush. Ya see, with recruitment for active military and reserves (which, these days, is like active military but without things like benefits) going down faster than a hot coed at a Campus Conservatives for Christ informational mixer, the brave boys and girls in uniform need some new blood to be spilled on the hot streets of Basra and Baghdad.

and a request by Jesus' General himself

OPERATION YELLOW ELEPHANT -- Special Op "First Strike"

Task: Ask the College Republican leadership to pass the following resolution at their convention:

WHEREAS, the College Republican membership has always fully supported the war in Iraq;

WHEREAS, we have encouraged the notion that the degree of one's patriotism is directly proportional to their support for the war;

WHEREAS, by word, by deed and by support of Ann Coulter, David Horowitz, and Michelle Malkin we have decreed that dissent against the war is the equivalent of treason;

WHEREAS, the military continually falls far short of meeting its recruitment needs resulting in a manpower crisis;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The College Republicans organization is officially disbanded until the end of the war;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT:

The College Republicans membership immediately volunteer for military service as infantrymen.

If Iraq continues down the tubes, we all know who to blame. Why do young republicans hate America.