Sunday, February 26, 2006

Last Port of Call For Dubya and Friends...

Dearest Readers, We are a little behind on pod cast production, due to The Daily Show lack of taping. Also, Betty has had to go out of town to assist family members, so we are aiming for mid-March.

We have a good show in mind and we hope you will be entertained and informed when you listen.

The Prissy Patriot will post updates throughout the day.

Hot Links

NYT- Prissy told you this months ago. Where were they? Bush Policies Are Weakening National Guard, Governors Say

In a preview of their message, all 50 governors signed a letter to the president opposing any cuts in the size of the National Guard.

Nearly one-third of the American ground forces in Iraq are members of the Army National Guard.

This month the Pentagon backed away from a budget proposal to reduce the authorized strength of the National Guard to 330,000 soldiers, from 350,000.

Speaking of lack of accountibility... The same problem we had with 911 donations and the missing $$ in Iraq. Two-Thirds of Katrina Donations Exhausted

Six months after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to the Gulf Coast, charities have disbursed more than $2 billion of the record sums they raised for the storm's victims, leaving less than $1 billion for the monumental task of helping hundreds of thousands of storm victims rebuild their lives, according to a survey by The Washington Post.

Google video from the Iraqi Resistance in English. This will come as no surprise-they want us to LEAVE. Push the triangle play button to start clip.

Many of our reservists are also full time police officers in the states. They know they have been misused. Bring them HOME.

Was 911 preventable? Able Danger thinks it was... Dancing on 3,000 Graves Listen to conference call with Curt Weldon, too. Prissy is sorry she missed that one, would have liked to blog the call.

The IC has advocates and lobbyists. They don’t work on K Street, but the function is the same. One need only look at the current make-up of the one big “reform” the IC has seen since 9/11 – the Office of the Director of National Intelligence – to prove my point: A deputy-director who ran the nation’s SIGINT capability, scores of assistant-deputy directors drawn from the senior ranks of SIGINT and HUMINT agencies, etc. Capable? Sure. The right people to fix a broken system? Hardly.

Congress isn’t any better. Of the 22 members of the subcommittee that could have heard potentially the most damning testimony about AbleDanger, three could bother to show up. Three who thought deeper insight into what we knew prior to 9/11 (or 10/00) was more important than meetings on how to bring home more bacon.

The press? Too busy trying to poo-poo other intelligence-related stories or pretending they know that “over-under” means something other than a position in the Kama Sutra.

In fact, the only lobby for doing the right thing is a raving Congressman, a few curious Bloggers, and the families of the dead.

The Able Danger blog roll lists Michelle Malkin-no offense guys, but she is not on your team, even if she is cute...

Hostages: Ijaw Warn On US Anti-Terror Squad

But Governor James Ibori of Delta State in a text message to our reporter, yesterday, allayed fears that the presence of the US anti-terror experts would make the militants to harden their position on the release of the hostages, pointing out that the negotiation for the release has nothing to do with the American team.

He said the militants had their people outside the country too and would not harm the hostages, because, on good authority, they were kidnapped as a human shield to negotiate a stoppage to the bombardment of Ijaw villages.

War Rhetoric Blows Back in Port Furor

"A view broadly held in the United States and even more so overseas was that deterrence of Iraq was working, that Saddam was being kept 'in his box' and that the best way to deal with the weapons problem was through an aggressive inspections program to supplement the sanctions already in place," Pillar wrote.

But Bush, in his major speeches on the war, repeatedly insisted that the U.S. could not take the risk that such assessments were wrong.

In making his case for invasion, Bush focused partly on actions Hussein had taken — invading Kuwait in 1990, using chemical munitions against his own people, impeding international investigation of his weapons programs.

But much of Bush's argument centered on what Hussein might do in the future. Words like "could" and "might" were linchpins of the president's case.

Hated what he has done, that is...

Neorepublicans, the last of your die-hard dupes are now questioning your lack of judgement...Bush appeal wanes for some Republican faithful

"We ought to be able to run our own ports," said Dukes, a muscular 45-year-old whose full-time job is as a police trainer in the central Louisiana city of Alexandria. "Right now, if we had an election, I don't know what in the world I'd do."

Even William Buckley woke up. It Didn’t Work

And he isn't talking about the marketing campaign for the ports... One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed. The same edition of the paper quotes a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Reuel Marc Gerecht backed the American intervention.

It failed because it was never a just war to begin with...and Chickenhawks wanted this war-not the military. Being warriors, they have more sense than Chickenhawks.

From the BBC High Court bid to block P&O deal

A US company will try to block the controversial £3.9bn ($6.8bn) takeover of shipping giant P&O by a Dubai firm in the High Court in London on Monday.

Miami-based Eller & Co has lodged a petition arguing the purchase by Dubai Ports World may harm its interests.

Speaking of neoRepublican and their ability to secure the country, let us not forget this: Report cites warnings before 9/11 From CNN, Sept. 2002

U.S. intelligence officials had several warnings that terrorists might attack the United States on its home soil -- even using airplanes as weapons -- well before the September 11, 2001 attacks, two congressional committees said in a report released Wednesday.

Dubya, The Ugly American, does it again...Insults to the Mahatma, ignored by India

George W Bush's protocol handlers have notified South Block that the American President's deep belief in his born again faith precludes his visiting Mahatma Gandhi's Samadhi at New Delhi's Raj Ghat -- during his forthcoming visit to India.

When asked -- by reporters on a recent trip aboard Air Force One -- if he will be breaking a decades long tradition of foreign dignitaries visiting India paying respect to the Father of India, Mr Bush, as is his wont, was caught off guard and mumbled something about how the Gospel of Jesus Christ views cremation as a pagan practice.

And...The absolutist Saudi monarch not only broke a hallowed tradition of paying homage at Raj Ghat observed by every foreign leader but offered an outrageously preposterous reason for doing so.

The king is reported to have indicated that a visit to the Mahatma's memorial would violate the principles of his faith. By inference, India's current head of State President A P J Abdul Kalam should be guilty of sacrilege for his many visits to the Samadhi

Granny claims it isn't about color, creed or religion, but simply that, "birds of a feather, stick together." She also tells Prissy she thinks if the port deal goes through, it is due to blackmail. Of course, Granny's only proof is her well-developed ESP...

From One Horse Shy...Political Posters

Quotes of the Day

It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.--Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.--Joseph Baretti, quoted in Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.--Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.--Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809)

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