Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Rove's Future Office SpaceHe's just been called in for additional questioning. "People close to the case said that Fitzgerald has presented additional evidence to the grand jury in the past week that shows Rove lied to federal investigators and a grand jury eight out of the nine times he was asked about his knowledge of the leak since October 2003."
Monday, April 24, 2006
Worst Prez in History?Rolling Stone magazine is thinking maybe so. Here's a great quote from the article: Calamitous presidents, faced with enormous difficulties -- Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Hoover and now Bush -- have divided the nation, governed erratically and left the nation worse off. In each case, different factors contributed to the failure: disastrous domestic policies, foreign-policy blunders and military setbacks, executive misconduct, crises of credibility and public trust. Bush, however, is one of the rarities in presidential history: He has not only stumbled badly in every one of these key areas, he has also displayed a weakness common among the greatest presidential failures -- an unswerving adherence to a simplistic ideology that abjures deviation from dogma as heresy, thus preventing any pragmatic adjustment to changing realities. Repeatedly, Bush has undone himself, a failing revealed in each major area of presidential performance. Well said.
Money, Mouth, JoinThe momentum we have going for the November election will only be secured by matching what will certainly be a huge investment from the RNC. They want to control congress after November, and will pay whatever it takes to get it. We have to stop them. Contribute your dollars. It's the only way we can win.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
For Those of You Who Noticed"The Meat of the Matter" has been temporarily renamed to draw attention to the staggering fact I've come to believe. The leader of the free world has gone mad. I don't mean that metaphorically. I don't mean that euphemistically. I mean exactly what I'm saying. I believe George W. Bush has is mad. He's lost touch with reality. I don't think he's always been mad (although I may be wrong). But there is no connection between reality and what comes out of his mouth anymore. This is not a theory I can easily defend, so if you don't think he's mad you are welcome to have your own opinion. I may change the name of my blog back at some later date, but Bush will still be mad. I will refer to him as "Mad King George" in my mind from now on.
Monday, April 17, 2006
General Compliments• Lt. General Newbold • Major General Charles H. Swannack Jr. • Major General John Batiste • Major General Paul D. Eaton • General Eric Shinseki • Major General John Riggs I salute you!
Sunday, April 16, 2006
The Oxford/Bush DictionaryI really need to grab a copy of this. Apparently the word "stable" means something that I do not think it means. To wit, last month Bush said this: "I'm satisfied with the people I've surrounded myself with. We've been a remarkably stable administration, and I think that's good for the country." He didn't offer any facts to conform to this theory, but regardless, I think I may think I have my words mixed up, and what they mean, etc. Because it appears as if "stable" means "the military doesn't want to follow your orders anymore." I can think of a few times in history when a leader/dictator/king overstepped his power, exhausted his military's resources, disrespected the needs of the military, and lost the military's respect with political motives to wars with ambiguous and costly ends. Ultimately, many of these leaders subsequently fell victim to a coup, or assasination attempt. But this is not what "stable" means to me, so I must have the words mixed around somehow. Maybe Bush meant "remarkably stable" in a sense that had to do with horses?
Friday, April 14, 2006
A Gentle ReminderI did some travelling this week, which actually allowed my brain some time to wander and think. I started imagining a scenario ... What if, right now, an announcement was made over the intercom here in the airport that The United States had just deployed a nuclear weapon over Tehran. My first reaction was to weep. Then I began to assess what would occur. President Bush would instantly become a de facto world dictator, and catapult the world into instant chaos. Without a doubt, other nations would instantly band together to retaliate against the United States. Some of these would be nations that can currently produce nuclear weapons. Since I live in Los Angeles, I would assume that my home city would become a target. While it's less likely that a large nuclear warhead could be deployed in Los Angeles, it is quite possible for a smaller 20 kiloton weapons to be detonated. So I did some research and calculations. I live about 22 miles (as the debris flies) EAST of downtown Los Angeles. If a drop were deployed strategically to do the most damage financially to this city, it would probably be deployed (thankfully) WEST of downtown Los Angeles. But for the sake of my research, I will assume a 20 kiloton bomb is deployed in downtown Los Angeles. All the buildings within .6 miles will be completely levelled. Moderate damage will be inflicted to buildings as much as 5 miles away. There is a chance that the bomb could cause a major earthquake, but that would be a different story. The thermal radiation would be felt as much as 5 miles away and would cause 1st degree burns to people as close to me as Pasadena. In all likelihood, I would easily survive the initial blast. The ensuing panic, riots, chaos, disease, famine, etc. would be the next immediate challenge. There would probably be no potable water for Los Angelenos. I don't own a gun, so it's possible I would be killed by neighbors trying to steal my food and water. Also, depending on which way the wind was blowing, if I were to survive these immediate threats, there is a good chance that I would either die or be severely handicapped by the nuclear fallout that would result. Since the wind is usually blowing inland, that is where my location becomes a big bummer. So I wouldn't die quickly ... I would probably be murdered or die slowly. Unless, of course, I grabbed the girlfriend, hopped in my car and drove. But where would I go? I would go to my kids, of course, but where would we go then? How would we survive? What would we eat? Wouldn't everyone else be running from Los Angeles too? Questions ... questions ...
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Exit Judas, Stage Left ...This bit of news is interesting on many levels. Namely, it puts a profoundly positive spin on that (previously assumed) dastardly character named Judas. So while one Judas is vindicated, another one is outed. How involved Bush was in this scandal (which I am affectionately calling "Scootergate") remains to be seen. I'm guessing that he and Cheney had plans, and they let Scooter be the patsy. We shall see ...
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Keeping the Homeland Secure ... for PedophilesPerhaps the administration that is trying to pry into our business in order to curb pedophilia should consider pulling the proverbial plank from its own eye. Brian J. Doyle, deputy press secretary with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and accused pedophile. These are the people The President has made our protectors.