Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Pass me another bucket, I'm gonna hurl again.

Emperor Pissypants' tirade the other day over the resignation of his loyal dog, Alberto Gonzales, included one of the most depraved, clueless lines the dictator has spoken throughout the course of his dictatorship (and he has made thousands, if not tens of thousands):

It's sad that we live in a time when a talented and honorable person like Alberto Gonzales is impeded from doing important work because his good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons.

Uh-huh. Right, little boy...Gonzales' filth-ridden name was "dragged through the mud" not because he helped rewrite the rules against torture so that you could torture uncharged and unconvicted prisoners with impunity; not because he helped you politicize the Department of Justice so that it became nothing more than your personal gestapo organization, spying on Americans whose only crime was dissent, and with absolutely no judicial oversight whatsoever, and suppressing votes; and not because he perjured himself repeatedly before Congress. No, it was all because of politics. Politics (of which you have practiced the most evil and destructive to this nation) which, by the way, you've made it your life's mission to insert into everything from the environment to worker safety to education.

Fuck you, you little dipshit. You do NOT get to whine and complain because your stooge was such a piss-poor liar that even your fellow Republicans grew sick and tired of having their intelligence insulted -- to the point where some refused to rule out supporting impeachment proceedings against him. You do NOT get to throw another temper tantrum because someone told you that you weren't getting your way this time.

How many of your play-pals have left you behind, driven from office in disgrace or ahead of the shit storm you have only yourself to thank for bringing down upon you? Powell: you told him to fuck off to political retirement, after he had been a faithful and dutiful soldier to you. Ashcroft: he left, perhaps having a glimmer of human disgust at how you were treating the DoJ. Tenet: who sucked up to you as you and your gargoyle ran roughshod over the CIA and outed one of its agents. Libby, who helped your gargoyle out a covert CIA operative, was prosecuted and convicted for lying under oath and lying to investigators. He had to step down, because he was being indicted. Rumsfeld: you dumped him the moment you sensed it was time to throw a bone to Democrats and Republicans eager to investigate criminal incompetence and corruption at the Pentagon in the mismanagement of a war YOU began for greed and delusions of empire. Wolfowitz: you set him up at the World Bank, let him do whatever he wanted, and he had to resign in disgrace having been caught giving favors to his girlfriend. Rove: announced his departure just a few weeks ago, followed days later by Tony Snow. (How many paid spokesliars does that make, now? Three? Four?) And now Gonzales, who watched as his fellow sycophants departed in attempts to avoid prosecution for their own misdeeds.

Each and every one of these loyal toads left to protect you, protect themselves, or both. They left because everything you touch turns to shit, just like Harken Energy, Arbusto, America, Afghanistan and Iraq. You want to whine and stomp your feet, because one of your thugs finally did something right by resigning? Fuck you. This wasn't a result of petty politics, it was a result of you corrupting everything you touch, of you having to make everything and everyone just an extension of your political machine. Alberto Gonzales brought his troubles on himself, just as you brought yours upon your own head. So enough with the childish little temper tantrums. No one gives a shit about your "hurt" little "feelings" (as if you actually have any).

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Now Gonzo's leaving...Who's next?

After months of perjuring himself before Congress in response to questions about his role in the firings of U.S. attorneys for failing to politicize their prosecutions and his role in illegal wiretaps, and after refusing for about the same amount of time to step down in spite of calls to do so even from members of his own political party, attorney general Alberto Gonzales has announced his resignation.

Let's see now, first Bush dumps Rumsfeld right after the Democrats win control of Congress. Then, just a couple of weeks ago, Karl Rove announced his departure from the White House (read my blog entry about that here). Now Gonzo's going. Rove's resignation could almost be understood; this close to election season, he would have plenty of reason to begin devoting his time and energy to creating a new hate campaign strategy for whichever GOP presidential candidate he wants to put in office. But 'Berto departing, and so soon after? Something smells fishy, and this time it isn't Michelle Malkin's crotch after guest-hosting the O'Lielly Factor.

Rove has thus far defied a Congressional subpoena issued by Senate Judiciary chairman Patrick Leahy to testify about his role in the firings, as well as the illegal misuse of official e-mail accounts for political purposes. And Gonzales has until now been unable to escape talk of being brought up on perjury charges, and even impeachment from his cabinet position. Even White House spokesliar Tony Snow decided it was time to call it quits. Taken together, the resignations of the last few weeks reek absolutely of roaches departing the sinking S.S. Bush-Cheney.

Which begs the question: who's next to go?

Friday, August 24, 2007

ABC Hides Kucinich Debate Victory

You wouldn't know it if you tried to check ABC News' web site last weekend, but Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich won the online post-debate poll, following the August 19 forum in Iowa. Mother Jones reports.

Kucinich Wins Debate Poll, ABC Covers Up Results

Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich's supporters (and, according to his website, even some non-supporters) are demanding that ABC explain its actions of the last few days.

On Monday afternoon, Congressman Kucinich took a significant lead in the ABC online poll: Who won the Democratic debate? About the time that he took that lead, ABC removed the poll from its prominent position on the ABC website. Then a new poll suddenly went up, "Who is winning the Democratic debate?"

Those events could be seen as technical glitches, but there was more to come. Kucinich took the lead in the second poll, also, and that poll, too, was dropped. ABC also "forgot" to announce the results (Kucinich tied with Sen. Hillary Clinton as the winner), and news about the poll is nowhere to be seen on the ABC website. Kucinich was also cut out of a group photo of all the candidates in the debate.

It's a wonder viewers were even able to vote for Kucinich in the poll. He was not permitted to answer a question from debate moderator George Stephanopoulos until the debate had been under way for half an hour.

So far, the network has failed to respond to questions about these events.

I took a screen capture of the poll results, so I can attest to their showing Kucinich as the clear winner. After nearly a week with no explanation given, and queries ignored, ABC owes viewers some answers -- honest ones.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Now THERE'S something I didn't see coming...

Karl Rove has announced that he's resigning as of August 31. Knowing that he would never abandon his pal Shrubya unless it would directly benefit him, I have to wonder what his angle is. Could we see Turdblossom slither his way onto one of the GOP campaigns in the near future?

Monday, August 06, 2007

Pajamas Media Lies about YearlyKos Incident

He was in direct and blatant violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) when he stood up and began talking politics in uniform. But to read Pajamas Media's liefest*, you might think "an as yet unidentified soldier" -- who was mentioned in the same post as having been interviewed, by the way, so I don't know where the webmasters are getting this "unidentified" bullshit -- was being robbed of his free speech rights.

What happened, you ask? The DailyKos sets the record straight. To sum up: a uniformed soldier took it upon himself to go to the Yearly Kos convention and lecture current and former military members (who, between them, had served eight combat deployments) about adversity. Jon Soltz, a captain in the Army Reserves who served in the Iraq war as part of the 1st Armored Division, eventually had had enough of this buffoon violating the UCMJ and disregarding proper military bearing and escorted him out. The day before, this moron had confronted retired general Wesley Clarke, the latter of whom warned him about talking politics while in uniform. The regulations pertaining to this may be found here and here. If Soltz had not done what he did in removing the soldier, he would have been seen as condoning a breach of the UCMJ and would himself have landed in hot water.

That sparked the usual, vile and wholly uninformed criticism by the far right blogosphere and paid liars such as Michelle Malkin and Matt Drudge. Note to you losers: do your fucking research before you take up some idiot's cause, because you might actually be doing him more harm than good. The soldier will probably not face court martial, but chances are he will be disciplined for his actions by his commander. That could include a permanent mark on his record, and even a less than honorable discharge if the matter is persistently publicized. Soltz and Clarke did this guy a favor by first warning him of the regs in the UCMJ, and then by removing him from the premises before he went so far past the point of no return that he ended up in even hotter water than he undoubtedly has.

Good readers, I am a U.S. Air Force BMT washout. I enlisted in 2001. I can tell you right now that I was in long enough to learn that you do not get involved in politics while wearing the uniform. You may not understand the reason behind the regulations, but it exists and it is actually a very good one. When uniforms and politics mix, it usually ends up resulting in bad things happening. Examples of this are Fidel Castro, Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, George W. Bush, Moammar Qaddafi, and Manuel Noriega. So you can imagine, I hope, why the UCMJ forbids active duty soldiers from participating in uniform in political events. Had he been wearing his civilian clothes, he would have been in the clear. But this "unidentified" soldier chose to wear his dress uniform. Having gone through BMT, he knew that he was violating military law.

Pajamas Media, in trying to make the YearlyKos convention look bad for hypocrisy over free speech, lied about the incident. As you can see in the link to the entry, several people have pointed out the regs forbidding this guy from doing what he did. Even those who shared the disgrace to the uniform's views backed this key fact up (I have screen captures). Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with that "unidentified" soldier's opinions, what he did was still wrong and still illegal. Using this incident to promote a lie, Pajamas Media will probably do more harm than whatever good it falsely claims to be doing for this soldier by bringing attention to his misconduct that will likely result in harsher discipline. The Pentagon is going through a bunch of scandals right now, and the last thing it needs is a soldier using the uniform to make the top brass look bad.

*: Full disclosure: I posted a comment on the Pajamas Media blog page. I posted it at 8:48 A.M. EDT, but for some reason it showed up as three hours earlier.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

The House caves in, and Bush can spy on you with no due process.

In spite of a Constitution that says Congress shall make no law infringing upon such things as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, due process, and a whole host of other civil liberties, the Bush regime has managed to get bills passed by the federal legislature that gut all these freedoms and more. We are truly existing under a fascist dictatorship, where the courts are stacked with cronies loyal, not to the Constitution but to the dictatorship and to corporations; and where the legislature passes bills that undermine and eliminate Constitutional freedoms.
The monsters who seized power in December 2000, and the cowards, cronies and enablers who have let them do whatever they want with impunity, have screwed us over time and again. And there is no limit to what they do, no checks or balances.

Yesterday, after the U.S. senate passed a bill allowing George W. Bush and his flunkies in the DoJ to spy on Americans with no due process or court oversight, the house of representatives followed suit. And they did it with help from so-called Democrats who -- again -- caved in to fear and the politics of convenience.

Ladies and gentlemen, what is our recourse? What can we do to end this nightmare? Congress not only refuses to impeach the criminal, treasonous and terrorist Bush regime; it aids and abets this gang of thugs regardless of which major political party runs things. What is there for We the People to do?

Saturday, August 04, 2007

The Democrats fucking caved in -- AGAIN.

Can someone explain to me why we still have a Democrat-led Congress, if all it's going to do is acquiesce to George W. Bush? That's what the GOP-led Congress did for six years, and look where it's gotten this country. Nancy Pelosi wasn't even sworn in yet as the Speaker of the House when she publicly removed impeachment as an option for dealing with a criminal executive. After six months, Democrats caved in to the shrub's demands and gave him enough money to fund his war in Iraq until his term (allegedly) expires. Now they've given in to his demand to be allowed to spy on Americans with impunity.

Sixteen Democrats in the Senate decided that it was perfectly fine to let Bush wiretap American citizens without warrants. Who were those Democrats? Evan Bayh (Indiana); Tom Carper (Delaware); Bob Casey (Pennsylvania); Kent Conrad (North Dakota); Dianne Feinstein (California); Daniel Inouye (Hawai‘i); Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota); Nancy Mary Landrieu (Louisiana); Blanche Lincoln (Arkansas); Claire McCaskill (Missouri); Barbara Mikulski (Maryland); Bill Nelson (Florida); Ben Nelson (Nebraska); Mark Pryor (Arkansas); Ken Salazar (Colorado); Jim Webb (Virginia).

Joe LIEberman voted with his fellow Republicans to let the shrub eavesdrop on our telephone conversations, which is no surprise; he's fully supportive of this gutting of the Constitution, and we've learned that this is all he can be counted on to do -- it's in his nature to rubber stamp evil. But let's look at some of the Democrats who voted for it, too. Jim Webb, who ran last year as a self-proclaimed opponent of the Iraq war. Bob Casey, who unseated incumbent slimeball Rick Santorum (a creature so vile, he had a certain kind of bodily discharge named after him). Why did people elect these guys if all they were going to do was do the exact same thing their Republican predecessors did: give in to the shrub?

My friends, we have been well and truly snookered. The Democrats who ran on platforms against the Iraq war and against the abuses of the law and the Constitution by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney lied to us. They got into office and then used the power we gave them to do the bidding of a dictatorial regime that half the country wants out of office NOW -- not in January 2009, but fucking NOW. Even Sherrod Brown, a man I supported and voted for last year, surrendered to the shrub on funding the Iraq war.

Is this what we traded in the GOP rubber stamp Congress for, a rubber stamp Democrat Congress? Meet the new boss: same as the old boss, except that instead of anally raping you with broken glass he's doing it with an unlubricated broomstick. Gee, thanks guys. Nice to know that when push comes to shove, you get down on your knees and bow down to the dictator. We voters will remember all this the next time you fuckers are up for re-election.