Monday, January 09, 2006

Oh Dubya, Can You Hear Us Now?

Dubya doesn't like criticism. It makes him angry when people question his judgment. He is not impressed how this democracy thing works. He is used to people jumping when he says "jump" and lately that is just not happening...the aides who used to be afraid of him, now treat him like a once respected copy of yesterday's Washington Post.

Now Dick has "shortness of breath" said to be caused by medication for a foot ailment. He was seen using a cane Friday.

If Bill Frist can make long distance diagnosis, so can Prissy...Dick's "problem" sounds more like a pre-indictment anxiety attack. People who knew Dick years back claim he used to have a conscience...

Mosque in Iraq (Click any photo to enlarge)

Hot Links Last of the Saddam statues


I had been accustomed to vote for Republicans more frequently than for Democrats, but I was never a Republican and never a Democrat. In the community, I was regarded as a Republican, but I had never so regarded myself. As early as 1865 or '66 I had had this curious experience: that whereas up to that time I had considered myself a Republican, I was converted to a no-party independence by the wisdom of a rabid Republican. This was a man who was afterward a United States Senator, and upon whose character rests no blemish that I know of, except that he was the father of the William R. Hearst of to-day, and therefore grandfather of Yellow Journalism - that calamity of calamities. - Autobiographical dictation, January 24, 1906

From CBS "Peter Pace told me this last night: They know militarily they can't win this." Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa.

General Pace felt Murtha's remarks "will hurt recruitment"-couldn't be the illegal war they continue to ask our troops to fight... "It's damaging to morale of the troops who are deployed, and it's damaging to the morale of their families who believe in what they are doing to serve this country." Gen. Peter Pace

General, sir, with all due respect- you are wrong. What is damaging to morale of families who believe in our troops is to have their loved ones lives misused. Most military families are in possession of the facts-they know this is not a just or neccessary war. Please stop trying to make believe that it is.

UPDATE: From 2006/01/10-Iran resumes nuclear activities

"Based on the agreement made between the IAEA safeguards deputy and me the activities started in the centers which we reached agreement upon them", he noted.

Saidi reiterated that such researches have nothing to do with the nuclear fuel production which Iran still holds it suspended.

Prissy would like to believe them, but this is the Iranian paper which still claims Sharon is dead. From Open Democracy-Iraq’s war on women by Lesley Abdela (18 - 7 - 2005)

Just as Iraqi women were anticipating a new era of democracy and freedom, a wave of intimidation by extremist groups has arisen to crush their hopes. Violent oppression of women is spreading across Iraq, a weapon of mass mental and physical destruction. And yet there is silence from world leaders, religious leaders, politicians and the media.

Insurgents and religious extremists use rape, acid and assassination to force Iraqi women to wear the veil – the symbol of submission, first signal of further repression to come. Many Iraqi women have never worn the scarf. Now, dead bodies of girls and women are found in rivers and on waste ground with a veil tied around the head, as a message.

As well as unveiled women, key targets are those who wear make-up, who are well educated and in the professions, and who work with organisations connected with the coalition forces.

Note to NeoMorons: Nice going! Women are supposed to appreciate your methods and ideology, because??

The Prissy Patriot will return Thursday, with the Prissy's wish list - A who's who for potential indictments in the breaking neoRepublican scandals...

Corporations Create Fascism Blog President Urged To Disclose His Abramoff Fundraising Web-January 5, 2006

Citing Lobbyist's "Criminal Profile," Group Says This Elite Bush "Pioneer" Donor Used Money as a Tool of Political Corruption.

Mr. Abramoff has pled guilty to the indictment, which further alleges that he engaged in such bribery to forward the agendas of his lobby clients. Through the so-called "K Street Project," Mr. Abramoff and other powerful Washington lobbyists are known to have leaned on their clients to deliver campaign money to political committees and candidates. The public needs to know who provided the more than $100,000 that the 2004 Bush campaign credited to Mr. Abramoff to find out which of these contributions came from Abramoff clients who may have sought or received special treatment from the White House.

The Progressive After the War-By Howard Zinn-January 2006 Issue

I would argue that the end of the Vietnam War enabled the people of the United States to shake the "“war syndrome,"” a disease not natural to the human body. But they could be infected once again, and September 11 gave the government that opportunity. Terrorism became the justification for war, but war is itself terrorism, breeding rage and hate, as we are seeing now.

The war in Iraq has revealed the hypocrisy of the "war on terrorism."” And the government of the United States, indeed governments everywhere, are becoming exposed as untrustworthy: that is, not to be entrusted with the safety of human beings, or the safety of the planet, or the guarding of its air, its water, its natural wealth, or the curing of poverty and disease, or coping with the alarming growth of natural disasters that plague so many of the six billion people on Earth.

I don'’t believe that our government will be able to do once more what it did after Vietnam,prepare the population for still another plunge into violence and dishonor. It seems to me that when the war in Iraq ends, and the war syndrome heals, that there will be a great opportunity to make that healing permanent. My hope is that the memory of death and disgrace will be so intense that the people of the United States will be able to listen to a message that the rest of the world, sobered by wars without end, can also understand: that war itself is the enemy of the human race.

Governments will resist this message. But their power is dependent on the obedience of the citizenry. When that is withdrawn, governments are helpless. We have seen this again and again in history.

(March 2005) Iraqi architecture

The Ambramoff scandal from a Jewish writer's perspective Lapin and Toward Tradition Under Scrutiny in Abramoff Probe-January 9, 2006 by Tikun Olam

It’s common knowledge to those following the Abramoff lobbying scandal that Jack Abramoff’s rabbinic confidant was Rabbi Daniel Lapin. Lapin was the fellow how first introduced Abramoff to Tom Delay and we all know what beautiful music–and money–they made together. Rabbi Daniel Lapin: Jack Abramoff’s “go to” Jew

A little of Lapin’s background is in order here. After leaving (or being booted out) as pulpit rabbi of the Pacific Jewish Center, a Modern Orthodox, celebrity-oriented shul near the Venice boardwalk, The New Republic reports in Torah Cover–Rabbis to the Right (June 20, 2005, no link unfortunately) that Lapin tossed around ideas of how he could earn a living:

Village Voice-More about the Morning Report 1/9/06-Waiting to Inhale

Of course, the Wampumgate scandal — in which chief crook and Bush regime fundraiser Jack Abramoff stole from the Indians while calling them "monkeys" — is just the latest example of how Native Americans are held in contempt on Capitol Hill.

The fact is that when prominent pols are ailing, the rest of us can't lose perspective. Our outrage at their actions cannot flag. Or, maybe not outrage. One of the most fascinating pieces I've read about Sharon is "The Apprenticeship of Ariel Sharon," a riff by Canadian law professor Ed Morgan that links the Israeli prime minister to Duddy Kravitz, the protagonist of Mordecai Richler's well-known novel and also connects the dots about the question of international law's boundaries. You can read this piece in the German Law Journal, a good source of information about international law that is itself proof that World War II and Hitler happened a long time ago.

French Press's Sharon breathing unaided-01/09/2006 JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was breathing unaided while being gradually awoken from a deep coma so doctors can assess the extent of damage to his brain after a massive stroke.

A report on Israeli television said that Sharon, wired up to a life support machine since suffering massive haemorrhage last Wednesday, had managed to raise his right arm several hours after the delicate procedure began.

Reuters- Bush calls on Senate to give Alito fair hearing-Mon Jan 9, 2006 By Thomas Ferraro

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush called on senators on Monday to give Judge Samuel Alito a fair and dignified hearing on his Supreme Court nomination, as his conservative nominee prepared to face tough questioning on his views.

Just say NO to any more of Dubya's right wing radicals...Congressional Email Directory for all states

Let's not forget this gem regarding the Niger documents...Counterpunch November 9, 2005-An Incomplete Chronology The Niger Uranium Deception and the "Plame Affair By GARY LEUPP

The inescapable conclusion we must draw is that the Bush administration policy leading into the Iraq War was dominated by officials, grouped under Cheney and Rumsfeld in particular, principally neocons and including Wolfowitz, Libby, Feith, Perle, Abrams, Shulsky, Luti, Bolton, Joseph, Hadley, Wurmser, Franklin, Cambone, Ledeen, Card, Hughes, Rhode, Rove and others who as a matter of policy, and without any moral qualms, deliberately practiced deception to build their case for war. They were not duped by conniving Europeans or badly served by incompetent CIA analysts. They were engaging in "psyops," psychological operations, principally against their own people, whom they needed to delude with the most frightening imagery ("a mushroom cloud") to get their job done.

Quotes of the Day

A neoRepublican problem? Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego'. Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900) - German Philosopher

Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke. Will Rogers (1879 - 1935) - American humorist, columnist, actor, author

And coming from a Chickenhawk...

"As you can possibly see, I have an injury myself — not here at the hospital, but in combat with a cedar. I eventually won. The cedar gave me a little scratch. As a matter of fact, the Colonel asked if I needed first aid when she first saw me. I was able to avoid any major surgical operations here, but thanks for your compassion, Colonel." —President Bush, after visiting with wounded veterans from the Amputee Care Center of Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 1, 2006

"Congressmen are actually now returning illegal gifts. I called the weather bureau, and sure enough, hell has frozen over." --David Letterman