Friday, March 31, 2006

Obituary for the GOP...or "He's Dead, Jim"

Someone call for the bugler, his/her services will soon be required by the entire GOP. May Congress follow for what they have done or failed to do for our country. They must repent, as Dubya likes to say.

Prissy cannot bring herself to say Rest in Peace...

Rove can tell a lie a thousand times, but that will not make it true. Here is the addition of lies, ethical, moral and potential legal violations of the Bush administration. Feel free to add more. The first 208 transgressions can be found here. Excuse us for any repetition.

Prissy would like to thank Nancy for the information. Dearest readers, anytime you have something we all need to know-write and tell Prissy. We publish with or without your name-as long as your information is good.

The Prissy Patriot is read internationally, we are proud to say. Nearly 25% of our readers are overseas. Dave from England wrote and told us England will be requiring national ID cards soon. The last time England had such a thing was shortly after World War II. They were torn up as life returned to a condition of normalcy; ID cards were too big brother that long ago.

Where will democratic freedoms end? Will those of us grown accustomed to living in a democratic society be willing to let it go quietly?

Hot Links (more Dubya transgressions below)

Rocky Mountain News (More proof Dubya is lying when he says the economy is doing great)Foreclosure shock

Rising interest rates, a glut of unsold homes on the market and falling home prices in some submarkets drove up Denver-area real estate foreclosures by more than 30 percent in the first quarter of this year compared with the first three months of 2005.

The 31.5 percent jump is the largest year-over-year percentage increase for a quarter in almost two years.

The jump to 4,764 foreclosures compared with 3,624 in the first three months of 2005 took some experts by surprise. Public trustee offices in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties estimated the number of foreclosures they expect to open this month.

BBC Turkey warns children off clashes

PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan told parents they should not let their children become involved in street protests.

Meanwhile, one person was killed and 13 hurt in a bomb attack in Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, on Friday.

The bombing was claimed by a Kurdish separatist group, the TAK, which said it was acting in response to the recent violence in the mainly Kurdish south-east of Turkey.

Good job, Dubya. You lead by example-that is, your ignorant belief system that all problems will be solved if one simply applies enough violence...and that repercussions will not apply to U.S.

Granny said "You'll notice Harvard and Yale don't brag about Bush being one of their graduates."

Yahoo John Dean Blasts Warrantless Eavesdropping

Privately, Democrats in the House and Senate have said that embracing a censure resolution before the facts are known would damage their credibility this election year.

For his part, Feingold has accused those Democrats who have not embraced his proposal of cowering.

Free Consulting today for Dems: Your credibility problem started when you failed the country, taking it to war based on false constructs-which few of you bothered to properly investigate, i.e. "your purpose, your job, your obligation"

We knew! We the average public-so spare us your excuses. People have died and continue dying because you did not provide oversight-not even the bare minimum required by a fool.

Senator Ted Strickland,now running for Govenor of Ohio knew. Or is our Ted just extra bright and the rest of Congress extra dull? Remember "representatives", we like you even less than we like Dubya...check your poll numbers.

And they just keep making friends amongst the military...Army Bans Use of Privately Bought Armor

"We're very concerned that people are spending their hard-earned money on something that doesn't provide the level of protection that the Army requires people to wear. So they're, frankly, wasting their money on substandard stuff," said Col. Thomas Spoehr, director of materiel for the Army.

Murray Neal, chief executive officer of Pinnacle, said he hadn't seen the directive and wants to review it.

"We know of no reason the Army may have to justify this action," Neal said. "On the surface this looks to be another of many attempts by the Army to cover up the billions of dollars spent on ineffective body armor systems which they continue to try quick fixes on to no avail." And...Veterans groups immediately denounced the decision.

Pinnacle's stuff is better quality than PointBlank based on Prissy's research...

Remember this? Body Armor Being Replaced Again (Associated Press August 15, 2005)

And this? Dec 1, 2005 United for a Fair Economy, Brooks and Co. have made a tidy profit outfitting our nation’s fighting men and women in body armor that allegedly couldn’t take a hit from a 9mm round (Point Blank Body Armor, Inc.)

Or this? Friday November 18, 2005 Military Body Armor Recalled It is the second recall (of Point Blank Body Armor) in about six months.

And this too? "And I would -- without getting into the details, just simply say to the parents of the young people that are over there fighting for this country, that -- that they are, walking away, the best trained and the best equipped army on the face of the earth. They have what they need. They're well led. And this outcome is assured. " April 1, 2003-DOD newsbriefing by Rumsfield and General Myers

Was this some kind of April fool? Rummy and Myers, may the final joke be on you...

CNet Singapore unveils biometric passport

The biometric passport, called BioPass, was unveiled Friday by the government. Each e-passport contains a polycarbonate page that is embedded with a contactless chip, carrying the owner's facial and fingerprint biometric identifiers

From Raw Story Testimony of John Dean on Bush Censure!

I am hopeful that Congress for institutional reasons, not partisan gamesmanship, will act on Senator Feingold's resolution. If the term "censure" carries too much historical baggage, then the resolution should be amended, not defeated, because the president needs to be reminded that separation of powers does not mean an isolation of powers; he needs to be told he cannot simply ignore a law with no consequences.

Washington Post April 1, 2006 Irate Lawmakers Bolt Chamber In Md. Protest Get used to it- right-wing-nut jobs are the minority-thankfully...

"I'm appalled and shocked," said Sen. Sandra B. Schrader, a moderate Republican from Howard County who sometimes votes with Democrats. "To not allow us the courtesy of even an hour, I just don't understand how someone would do that."

Similar unrest roiled the House, as Republicans tried to attach amendments to bills that, if accepted, would have forced a return to the Senate for additional votes. On a measure to remove the governor's appointees to the Public Service Commission, for instance, Del. Jeannie Haddaway (R-Talbot) proposed changing the word "chairman" to "chair."

Still, the House approved two bills responding to looming electricity rate increases -- one to force Constellation Energy Group to return $528 million to customers and a second to effectively replace the utility commission.

Prissy is "shocked and appalled neoRepublicans won't give an hours worth of debate, regarding the pre-war intelligence-so spare her the whining. More proof, as a recent (and very old) study showed-neoRepublicans are whiners from childhood...

I TV Security tight for Rice visit

Schoolchildren joined members of the local Muslim community in Blackburn to shout: "George Bush is the number one terrorist", and "Who let the bombs out? Bush and Blair did".

And then the folks said this about the Bush administration (we don't take it personally-pp)...Salim Amed, 38, a call centre worker from Blackburn, said he had a long list of complaints against the US.

"I'm opposed to her coming here because of the arrogance of the American government shows towards normal civilian life around the world," he said.

They go around killing people with bombs and missiles from the air."

He said he was opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the imprisonment of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay.

"The majority of the Muslim community are opposed to the war and her visit," he said.

CNet News Sensitive documents surface in AT&T-NSA spy lawsuit

"It's fairly obvious that we believe (the internal AT&T documents) support the allegations in our complaint."

In a legal brief also filed Friday, fellow EFF attorney Lee Tien described his conversations with Justice Department attorney Anthony Coppolino. Tien wrote: "Mr. Coppolino also stated that in such case it believed that lodging the AT&T documents according to this court's sealing procedures would be inadequate." (The Justice Department is not a party to the case but seems unusually interested anyway.)

EFF gave copies of the AT&T documents to the Feds on Thursday and is also asking for a preliminary injunction to halt the allegedly illegal surveillance activity.

Yahoo Former DeLay Aide Pleads Guilty

WASHINGTON - A former top aide to Rep. Tom DeLay pleads guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy and agreed to cooperate in a widening federal investigation into lobby fraud on Capitol Hill.

The aide, Tony Rudy, was accused by prosecutors of conspiring with lobbyist Jack Abramoff to block legislation in exchange for money and later sought to illegally influence other public official.

Prison Planet Venezuelan Government To Launch International 9/11 Investigation

Billionaire philanthropist Jimmy Walter and WTC survivor William Rodriguez this week embarked on a groundbreaking trip to Caracas Venezuela in which they met with with the President of the Assembly and will soon meet with Venezuelan President himself Hugo Chavez in anticipation of an official Venezuelan government investigation into 9/11.

Rodriguez was the last survivor pulled from the rubble of the north tower of the WTC, and was responsible for all stairwells within the tower. Rodriguez represented family members of 9/11 victims and testified to the 9/11 Commission that bombs were in the north tower but his statements were completely omitted from the official record.

Jimmy Walter has been at the forefront of a world tour to raise awareness about 9/11 and has still yet to receive any response to his million dollar challenge in which he offers a $1 million reward for proof that the trade towers' steel structure was broken apart without explosives.

All the lies Prissy and Nancy have cataloged may not be enough. But lying about 911, after tossing it in our face each time a civil liberty was surrendered? Oh my...

Coming up How much more will Dubya ignore, part two...

209. Pushing for elections in NOLA before the Residents return and making it difficult for displaced voters to vote

210. Bush said he did watch the first plane hit the Tower-interesting-as no one else saw that clip From CNN transcript

QUESTION: One thing, Mr. President, is that you have no idea how much you've done for this country, and another thing is that how did you feel when you heard about the terrorist attack?

BUSH: Well...Thank you, Jordan (ph).

Well, Jordan (ph), you're not going to believe what state I was in when I heard about the terrorist attack. I was in Florida. And my chief of staff, Andy Card -- actually I was in a classroom talking about a reading program that works. And I was sitting outside the classroom waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the tower -- the TV was obviously on, and I use to fly myself, and I said, "There's one terrible pilot." And I said, "It must have been a horrible accident."

But I was whisked off there -- I didn't have much time to think about it, and I was sitting in the classroom, and Andy Card, my chief who was sitting over here walked in and said, "A second plane has hit the tower. America's under attack."

And Jordan (ph), I wasn't sure what to think at first. You know, I grew up in a period of time where the idea of America being under attack never entered my mind -- just like your daddy and mother's mind probably. And I started thinking hard in that very brief period of time about what it meant to be under attack. I knew that when I got all the facts that we were under attack, there would be hell to pay for attacking America.

211. Allowing the FDA, in Florida, to test pesticides on pregnant women and their children in return for VCR's. Let's Test Pesticides on Orphans and Mentally Handicapped Children

212. Rescinding Presidential Papers Act Bush keeps presidential papers all in family

213. Abramoff signed into the WH 200 see whom? Controversial lobbyist had close contact with Bush team

214. The Operation Swarmer mission that wasn't Time: How Operation Swarmer Fizzled

215. Building 7 fell but, wasn't affected by the towers. WTC ARCHITECT DESIGNED BUILDINGS FOR SAUDIS/BIN LADEN

Note about the WTC, from Wayne Andersen:

Ironic, is it not, that the architect of the World Trade Center, Minora Yamasaki, was also the architect for Saudi Arabia's King Fahed International Airport and its magnificent mosque, so beloved by Muslims of the Eastern Provinces. Ironic, too, is that a world trade center owes its history to the ancient Arabian caravansary. The ironical is what cannot be explained by cause and effect. The irony of all ironies is the slaughter of innocents in the name of God.

216.Testified, w/ Cheney, before the 9/11 Commission but refused to be sworn in. Loose Change Part 1

217. Won't explain why the War costs so much or why it's taking so long. Monthly costs of Iraq, Afghan wars approach that of Vietnam

218. Pat Robertson was told there wouldn't be any deaths. The Rev. Pat Robertson said President Bush dismissed his warning that the United States would suffer heavy casualties in Iraq and told the television evangelist just before the beginning of the war that "we're not going to have any casualties."

219. Every American owes $30,000 toward the debt. Every American now owes $30,000 in national debt.

220. 16 words were a lie. Why This Bush Lie?

221. Karen Hughes as Propaganda Czar of the Middle East. Karen P. Hughes

222. NOLA Flyover by officials, but no air drops of food and water. Radio captures the horror, exhaustion

223. Nunn-Lugar under-funded by $45.5 Million and 100 other facts and 1 opinion - from The Nation

224. Project T.I.P.S. Operation TIPS - Terrorism Information and Prevention System. The Federal Government Begins a "Citizen Watch" In Prissy's neighborhood, each time a T.I.P.'s sign went up, someone almost immediately took it down. They finally quit putting a new one up...

225. Free Speech "Zones" The administration quarantines dissent

226. FREEDOM MENTAL HEALTH ORDER/ TMAP New Freedom Commission on Mental Health More government officials will know your looney-but there is no funding for treatment. Typical neoRepublican idea...

Quotes of the Day

From Constant: Congress knows they face a credible threat of being held accountable with a New Constitution. They need to hear your voices -- not at the election, but now: "Do your job, or we will lawfully revoke the power you abuse and do not assert; we will make your failure to do your job a crime. You no longer have absolute immunity."

"If we in the Congress donĂ‚’t stand up for ourselves and for the American people, we become complicit in his law breaking.' -- Senator Feingold (They know Senator, that is why they won't cooperate)

I would rather be a coward than brave because people hurt you when you are brave. --E. M. Forster (1879 - 1970), as a small child

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.--Harper Lee (1926 - ), To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960

One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.--Agatha Christie (1890 - 1976)

The idea of all-out nuclear war is unsettling.--Walter Goodman

Next Week! The Crying Game...Is Ann Coulter really a former drag queen? Is "she" even a "she"? We have the pictures, you decide...

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Take Me Out to the Ball Game...Updated Again!

Dearest Readers, Grab the popcorn. Watching what will unfold in the next month, will be unlike anything you could ever imagine in American history. Stay tuned.

Bush attending Opening Day to throw out ceremonial first pitch

CINCINNATI -- President George W. Bush will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Cincinnati Reds' Opening Day game against the Chicago Cubs.

The Reds and Cubs will play Monday, April 3 at 2:10 p.m. ET at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Bring signs! Let Dubya know he is not welcome in Ohio!

Thursday UPDATE: Bushies, the CPR for your GOP is just not working... This just in! Ex Federal Prosecutor, State Dept. Agent Indicted for Obstruction of Justice and Presenting False Evidence in Terrorism Trial

WASHINGTON, March 29 /U.S. Newswire/ -- A former federal prosecutor and a Department of State special agent were indicted by a federal grand jury today in Detroit on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false declarations in the 2003 terrorism trial United States v. Koubriti in the Eastern District of Michigan, the Department of Justice announced today.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard G. Convertino, 45, of Canton, Mich., and Regional Security Officer Harry Raymond Smith III, 49, were named in the indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Detroit. The grand jury also charged Convertino with obstruction of justice in a second criminal case in the Eastern District of Michigan described only as United States v. John Doe.

Convertino was the lead federal prosecutor in Koubriti, a criminal case in Detroit, in which four defendants were charged with providing material support for terrorism and document fraud. Smith was an assistant Regional Security Officer with the Diplomatic Security Service of the Department of State at the American embassy in Amman, Jordan, from 1999 through July 2002. In that capacity, Smith assisted in the investigation of the Koubriti case and testified as a government witness at the Koubriti trial.

National Journal -Bushies, your day in the sun is done...PREWAR INTELLIGENCE Insulating Bush March 30, 2006

Karl Rove, President Bush's chief political adviser, cautioned other White House aides in the summer of 2003 that Bush's 2004 re-election prospects would be severely damaged if it was publicly disclosed that he had been personally warned that a key rationale for going to war had been challenged within the administration. Rove expressed his concerns shortly after an informal review of classified government records by then-Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley determined that Bush had been specifically advised that claims he later made in his 2003 State of the Union address -- that Iraq was procuring high-strength aluminum tubes to build a nuclear weapon -- might not be true, according to government records and interviews.

Hadley was particularly concerned that the public might learn of a classified one-page summary of a National Intelligence Estimate, specifically written for Bush in October 2002. The summary said that although "most agencies judge" that the aluminum tubes were "related to a uranium enrichment effort," the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research and the Energy Department's intelligence branch "believe that the tubes more likely are intended for conventional weapons."

Three months after receiving that assessment, the president stated without qualification in his January 28, 2003, State of the Union address: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. Our intelligence sources tell us that he has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production."

Three months? Not just a little liar, a BIG one.

Stephen Hadley, National Security Advisor Flashback-16 December 2004 (Hat tip to Special Prosecutor Bolixi for this article)

Unknown to the public at large, Stephen Hadley has carried on a brilliant career in the shadow of Brent Scowcroft and Condoleeza Rice. A business lawyer convicted of fraud, he became the lawyer of the largest arms manufacturer in the world, Lockheed Martin. He trained the candidate George W. Bush, wrote up the new nuclear doctrine, prepared the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, supervised new entries into NATO, and sold the invasion of Iraq. Ever faithful, he protected Bush the father from the Irangate scandal and Bush the son from the lies of the Iraq war. He now finds himself rewarded by becoming National Security Advisor.


At the beginning of the 1980s, Mr. Steven Hadley set up an insurance fraud of close to 1.1 million dollars. He was discovered, found guilty by a court in Iowa, and forced to reimburse the money. To erase any trace to his crime, he changed his name to Stephen John Hadley.

When Ronald Reagan took the White House, Mr. Hadley stayed in the private sector. However, in 1986, the Irangate scandal broke. President Reagan appointed a commission of three wise men to look into it. It was composed of the Texan Senator John Tower, Edmund Muskie [1], and Brent Scowcroft who called once more Stephen J. Hadley to his side. In spite of the implausibility, the commission concluded that President Reagan and Vice-President Bush were innocent. They found that the financing of the Contras in Nicaragua through the trafficking of drugs and illegal weapons sales to Iran was a secret initiative of over-zealous members of the National Security Council, put into place without the knowledge of their superiors.

This is the same guy who, in so many words, told Cindy Sheehan when protesting outside Dubya's Crawford, TX ranch she was making a fool of herself calling attention to the war like this. Hadley and the other neocons intended to keep this war on the back pages, so Americans could forget about it-just like they did in Vietnam...

Dearest Readers, Beware of men who attempt to disgrace Gold Star mothers-as they have much to deflect and project. Hadley-whom never donned the uniform- is in part responsible for the deaths, injuries and debt of this war. Tell all of your friends...he is guilty of insurance fraud. Birds of a feather, Granny says.

If the prosector had actually cleaned up the mess during Watergate and the Iran-Contra Affair- these goons would have been tossed out of public service long ago. "Public service" is not what they wanted anyway. Making a killing off the backs and blood of our soldiers are what this type is responsible for.

Prissy will petition to ban anyone convicted of a felony in office, from ever holding an office of public trust again...

US journalist is set free in Iraq

Iraqi police said Ms Carroll had been dropped off at the offices of the Iraqi Islamic Party in western Baghdad and was in good health.

Mr Bergenheim said it appeared that US troops played no part in Ms Carroll's release.

This really is some good news from Iraq.

From India Daily Mar. 29, 2006 Saudi Arabia on its way to make the nuclear bomb with the secret help of Pakistani nuke scientists

According to media reports, Saudi Arabia is working secretly on a nuclear programme, with help from Pakistani experts, the German magazine Cicero reports in its latest edition, citing western security sources.


According to western security services, the magazine added, Saudi scientists have been working since the mid-1990s in Pakistan, a nuclear power since 1998 thanks to the work of the now-disgraced Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan.

But Dubya said no one else can have nukes. (Except Israel, a government with such a sterling record for truth that they don't even need to claim they have them) Got that? Forward any questions to the White House...

Zaman, a Turkish paper Violence in Iraq Forces Muslim Sects to Relocate

This domestic migration is taking place not only among cities but also among the Sunni and Shiite neighborhoods of the big cities, such as Bagdat (Baghdad).

Many tents and temporary settlements have been established to shelter the thousands of Iraqis who become homeless in the central and southern part of the country especially.

The International Organization for Migration predicts the sectarian migration is likely continue until Iraqi families are settled into areas where their sect dominates.

Reports in the media suggest that this movement will cause division in Iraq, a country on the threshold of civil war based on ethnic and sectarian conflict.

Flashback from the Prospect Phoenix Rising

The latest offensives, combined with the counterinsurgency efforts, seem partly aimed at convincing Rove that there's no choice but to continue to gamble that the Iraqi venture will pay off. "This is an unusual president," says Richard Perle, an AEI fellow, member of the Defense Policy Board and perhaps the chief architect of U.S. Iraq policy. "He risked his presidency to do this in Iraq." But Perle is worried that politics could trump policy. "I hope it doesn't become a political issue, because that would encourage all of those who want us to fail, all of those arrayed against us," he says. "If we were to retreat, I shudder to think of the wave of terrorism it would unleash."

Richard Perle, coward and one of the neocon architects of the war upon Iraq. Perle's nickname is "The Prince of Darkness" - He has a hole where his soul should be. Perle should pay heavily for his own contribution to world terrorism...

From the Australian US asked to cede Iraq control

IRAQ'S ruling parties have demanded US forces cede control of security as the government investigated a raid on a Shiite mosque complex that ministers said involved "cold blooded" killings by US-led troops.

US commanders rejected the charges and said their accusers faked evidence by moving bodies of gunmen killed fighting Iraqi troops in an office compound. It was not a mosque, they said.


Despite confusions, one thing was certain: Shiite leaders are up in arms against the US forces who brought them to power by ousting Saddam Hussein's Sunni-dominated Baathist regime.

Why Should Anyone Worry About Whose Communications Bush and Cheney Are Intercepting, If It Helps To Find Terrorists? by John Dean

Both Republicans and Democrats have raised questions about the administration's defiance of the law in the name of fighting terrorism. One organization at the forefront of concern about this blatant lawbreaking is the ACLU - which recently convened a panel in Washington to discuss this subject. This broad-based dialogue, in which I participated, certainly added to my understanding. Not surprisingly, it raised issues that need further attention.

One, in particular, that has been gnawing at me, is the question why anyone should worry about the government listening in on conversations if they are doing nothing wrong. This is an old question that often arises in issues relating to privacy. Yet frankly, it still annoys me every time it is asked.

Yes, they assume the people employing these methods will use them only with a noble cause. The statutes in the Patriot Act are ripe for abuse.

Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold In Response to Chairman Specter'’s Comments Regarding the Scheduled Hearing on the Censure ResolutionMarch 28, 2006

There is no truth to the claim made today by Chairman Specter that I have asked for a postponement of Friday'’s hearing on the censure resolution and I am very puzzled how the Chairman could have reached that conclusion. I hope the Chairman is not backing away from his commitment to hold the hearing on Friday morning.

Charlie Sheen's Statement to the London Guardian

Observe the same data I have. Submit a formal request to the Pentagon or the DOD to release video PROOF that flight 77 did exactly as they claim. You will be stonewalled. You will be dismissed unconditionally. If there is nothing to hide - why are they hiding it? To avoid any confusion - I reiterate: Building Seven - Pentagon video documentation.

If any portion, or portions of this text is any way deleted or manipulated, you will only confirm what myself and countless others have suspected all along: Media complicity with no interest in the truth. A CNN poll at the time of this writing currently sits at 84 percent IN SUPPORT of my views.

Democrats website VIA Whatreallyhappened- well cited article "White House Memo" Drives a Stake into the Heart of White House LiesBy Bob Fertik

We marched by the millions before the war and predicted misery and horror, and we were right. When the Downing Street Memos proved Bush planned war all along, we created our own media ( to tell the story the Corporate Media refused to tell. When we got tired of being ignored, we commissioned our own polls and began a grassroots impeachment movement ( to tell Congress and the media that we would ultimately hold Bush accountable for his lies.

And now we have reached a turning point in our "long march" for Truth. Everyone in the world knows in their heart that Bush lied. Soon everyone will say it out loud: Bush Lied. When millions of Americans say those two simple words - and the media finally joins us - Bush's reign of fear will come to a crashing halt.

That day cannot come soon enough for the people of America and the world.

Abramoff Gets Almost 6 Years in Prison

Abramoff pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy and wire fraud charges, acknowledging he faked documents to get a $60 million loan to buy the SunCruz fleet of gambling ships in 2000. He is also cooperating with a federal probe into influence peddling within the U.S. Congress.

And in the Yahoo update...

The same week Abramoff pleaded guilty to the SunCruz fraud, he entered guilty pleas to three federal charges as part of a wide-ranging corruption probe that could involve up to 20 members of Congress and aides, including former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas. No date has been set for his sentencing in that case.

To go from looking at 30 years and no deal to five years, 10 months- you can bet he is telling everything he knows. Which is alot!

Flashback but still interesting, from Think Progress Abramoff: The House That Jack Built A comprehensive look at the potential scope of the "biggest scandal in Congress in over a century"“. (For readers who want to see the big list of people involved with Ambramoff's dirty laundry)

A tasteless photo, funny all the same in light of the above-notice Jack in background

Senate Votes Down Outside Ethics Office Of course they did. They know they are incapable of being held to a creed of ethics.

On a 67 to 30 vote, the Senate defeated a bipartisan proposal to create an office of public integrity, which its backers said was designed to strengthen enforcement of Senate rules and bolster voters' trust in Congress in the aftermath of the guilty plea in January of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

From MSNBC - Do you agree with President Bush that real progress is being made in Iraq? * 23109 responses

Yes 18%

No 82%

Take note of the latest polls, Bushies. Dubya's brand of government is so pre-911...and wait until they find all there is to know about 911. Where will they and their supporters be welcome once those revelations come out? And they will, as there is no stopping this 911 freight train. Hollywood is convinced, it is a matter of time until the rest of America follows. There are already some excellent Loose Change.

Rumsfeld: U.S. Gets A 'D' In War Of Ideas

Rumsfeld made the remark in response to a question from a member of his audience at the Army War College, where he delivered a speech on the challenges facing the country in fighting a global war on terrorism.

"If I were grading I would say we probably deserve a 'D' or a 'D-plus' as a country as to how well we're doing in the battle of ideas that's taking place in the world today," he told his questioner. "I'm not going to suggest that it's easy, but we have not found the formula as a country" for countering the extremists' message.

Rumsfeld's audience consisted of more than 300 war college students and faculty members.

That really takes nerve, blaming the Army for Rummy's mistakes.

Rummy, the "D" was for thee and not "we"...As the U.S. Army War College warned you and your neocons. They told you all about terrorism causes and using a pre-emptive war doctrine-and that your plan was not strategically sound.

Prissy gives you a big fat "F". You failed the course as well as the test. And Geez Rummy, it was an open book test! The Army gets a huge A++ for restraint...

Your friend didn't test well, either. See below:

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Military Veterans and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A good resource. Prissy will tell you, having studied Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)is that it appears to be the result of biochemical changes which occur under periods of extreme and dangerous (or momentary) stressors. Usually when ones life is endangered. Achilles of Vietnam is a good book to understand better about combat related PTSD. Treatment is very effective, so why suffer? Much like diabetes, Prissy promises you wouldn't miss it.

UK Times Online 3-19-06 "Impeach Bush" chorus grows

Feingold gave notice that the party should stop "cowering" before Bush on national security issues."If there's any Democrat out there who can't say the president has no right to make up his own laws, I don't know if that Democrat really is the right (presidential) candidate," he said.

Plenty of his Senate colleagues ducked for cover, fearful of alienating either party activists or swing voters. The eavesdropping issue is one of the few hot-button topics where Bush has public support. One leading supporter of Hillary Clinton acknowledged ruefully: "It's hard to beat the argument, "If Al-Qaeda is on the line, we want to be listening".

Hillary, Prissy used to be a fan until you started acting too much like one of the boys. No vote for've done nothing to support our troops, plenty for the war.

From The Oregonian VIA News2UOregon suit tests Bush wiretaps

An Ashland charity's case, called a strong challenge, seeks to have the secret spying declared illegal.

The suit seeks damages and a declaration that the wiretapping program is illegal. Half a dozen other lawsuits around the nation challenge the "Terrorist Surveillance Program," but only the Oregon case claims to have specific evidence of it.

"I think it is the most important of all those lawsuits. This goes to the head of the line," said Christopher H. Pyle, a constitutional law expert and a professor at Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts. "These plaintiffs can prove that they were spied on."

The suit could redefine how much authority a president has to defend against threats to national security.

Wave bye-bye to Dubya and Gonzo...the Constitution and F.I.S.A. have already defined the authority of the president and a court challenge is oh-so-welcome.

Ladies and Gentlemen: I present to you- a certified "moonbat"

Some Gay Couples Adopt to Molest, State Rep Says (Obviously she knows nothing about the foster care system either)

Rep. Debra Maggart, R-Hendersonville, said she still believes homosexual couples should not be allowed to adopt children. In fact, in addition to e-mail correspondence with a master's student at Vanderbilt publicized recently, in which she said as much, she has also said homosexual couples may molest the children they adopt.

And...(Dr.)Harris said a career in pediatrics has shown children of gay and lesbian parents turn out just fine.

Maggert said it's just the opposite, and the research she's read comes from a variety of sources, including the ACLU and Focus on the Family, a Christian group.

Ms. Maggert should probably try more reputable sources, like the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association.

Quotes of the Day

Don't call everyone you don't like, Hitler. Bush is not Hitler. For one thing, Hitler was a decorated frontline combat veteran. Also, in the election that brought him to power in 1933, Hitler got more votes than the other candidates.-- Bill Maher

Stupid is forever, ignorance can be fixed.--Don Wood

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.--Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882), 'Art,' 1841

The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.--Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982), The Virtue of Selfishness, 1964

Everyone rises to their level of incompetence.--Laurence J. Peter (1919 - 1988), "The Peter Principle"

Men have become the tools of their tools.--Henry David Thoreau

It is never too late to give up your prejudices.--Henry David Thoreau

The Prissy Patriot will return Friday with Nancy's post "Lies by The Bush Adminstration". Check back for hot news updates.

Monday, March 27, 2006

NeoRepublicans...Are They All Crooks?

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History does repeat itself, but who knew it would repeat itself so quickly? Good Heavens, most of us still remember "Tricky Dick".

My fellow Americans; this isn't the first time our leaders have lied to us. It is the first time we let them turn us into a fascist regime. And still, they claim to be a democracy, spreading Peace, Freedom and Democracy where ever we go.

Rumor is the Fitzgerald investigation has concluded-Cheney is said to already have an indictment under seal for him, when Libby was indicted. Now it seems possible Rove/Card/Stephan Hadley will finally get theirs-and very soon. Keep your fingers crossed, Prissy will keep you posted.

The election fraud that occurred in Ohio is being investigated and the evidence collection is coming along nicely. The republicans working on this election have been touchy and less than cooperative.

If they ran an honest election, one would think they should be eager to prove it. Perhaps someone told them election fraud is treason? Surely they didn't want Dubya to be president so badly that they were willing to go to jail to ensure his "win"...

Kenneth Blackwell might want to google "whistleblower" on The Prissy Patriot. Save yourself Ken, or they will make you their sacrificial lamb!

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Washington Post Retired Generals Want Scalia Off Gitmo Case So does Prissy. Scalia seems to have been, as they say in Southern Ohio touched in the head...

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was asked Monday to stay out of a case involving a foreign detainee because of remarks Scalia made about the rights of enemy combatants.

Speaking at the University of Freiberg in Switzerland on March 8, Scalia said foreigners waging war against the United States have no rights under the Constitution.

Truthout Fitzgerald Will Seek New White House Indictments by Jason Leopold

It may seem as though it's been moving along at a snail's pace, but the second part of the federal investigation into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is nearly complete, with attorneys and government officials who have remained close to the probe saying that a grand jury will likely return an indictment against one or two senior Bush administration officials.

These sources work or worked at the State Department, the CIA and the National Security Council. Some of these sources are attorneys close to the case. They requested anonymity because they were not permitted to speak publicly about the details of the investigation.

In lengthy interviews over the weekend and on Monday, they said that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has started to prepare the paperwork to present to the grand jury seeking an indictment against White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove or National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.

Although the situation remains fluid, it's possible, these sources said, that Fitzgerald may seek to indict both Rove and Hadley, charging them with perjury, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy related to their roles in the leak of Plame Wilson's identity and their effort to cover up their involvement following a Justice Department investigation.

Snails pace indeed, but Fitz is leaving no stone unturned...He will dismantle the corrupt ones, tossing them aside into a pile-until the entire heap of thieves are indicted.

Then we shall all burst into a round of "God Bless America"...

USA Today Andrew Card resigns, administration official says

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief of staff Andy Card has resigned and will be replaced by budget director Josh Bolten, an administration official said Tuesday. CNN was also reporting the news.

President Bush was expected to announce the shake up during a meeting with reporters with reporters later Tuesday morning in the Oval Office of the White House.

The move comes amid a sharp decline in Bush's approval ratings and calls from Republicans for the president to bring in new aides with fresh ideas and new energy.

Is this so they can say in the papers "A FORMER Bush Administration Official was Indicted Today"?

Lawsuits you might not have heard about...Testing Whether Congress Must Follow The Constitution

This is rather cavalier behavior for federal officials who demand "strict constructions" from federal judges. Many Republicans are offended by this activity, however, and one of them has decided to test the legality of this behavior.

Mobile, Alabama attorney Jim Zeigler has filed a lawsuit seeking a declaratory judgment that the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 violates Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution. Zeigler, who served as a Bush delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 200 and 2004, has sued the Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and the Unites States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, where he filed his lawsuit.

Another slap in the face to Veterans, compliments of our Senators -at the same time claiming to support our Veterans! Feel free to spread this all over the net.

In a related story, late Wednesday the House Republican leadership turned down an amendment from Rep. John Salazar, (D-CO)., to add $650 million to the Veterans Administration's health care budget. Salazar, who recently joined the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said the additional VA money is needed because the Army's own studies have shown the VA system is treating more veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan than projected.

Below is a list of Senators that voted against mandatory funding for veteran’s health care.

Notice anything about the parties involved? Nearly all Chickenhawk republicans and a few Veterans turned yes men.

Alabama: Sessions (R-AL), Nay - Shelby(R-AL), Nay

Alaska:Murkowski (R-AK), Nay - Stevens (R-AK), Nay

Arizona: Kyl (R-AZ), Nay - McCain (R-AZ), Nay

Colorado: Allard (R-CO), Nay

Florida: Martinez(R-FL), Nay

Georgia: Chambliss (R-GA), Nay - Isakson (R-GA), Nay

Idaho: Craig (R-ID), Nay - Crapo (R-ID), Nay

Indiana: Lugar (R-IN), Nay

Iowa: Grassley (R-IA), Nay

Kansas: Brownback (R-KS), Nay - Roberts (R-KS), Nay

Kentucky: Bunning (R-KY), Nay - McConnell (R-KY), Nay

Louisiana: Vitter (R-LA), Nay

Maine: Collins (R-ME), Nay

Minnesota: Coleman (R-MN), Nay

Mississippi: Cochran (R-MS), Nay - Lott (R-MS), Nay

Missouri: Bond (R-MO), Nay - Talent (R-MO), Nay

Montana: Burns (R-MT), Nay

Nebraska: Hagel (R-NE), Nay - Nelson (D-NE), Nay

Nevada: Ensign (R-NV), Nay

New Hampshire: Gregg (R-NH), Nay - Sununu (R-NH), Nay

New Mexico: Domenici (R-NM), Nay

North Carolina: Burr (R-NC), Nay Dole (R-NC), Nay

Ohio: DeWine (R-OH), Nay Voinovich (R-OH), Nay

Oklahoma: Coburn (R-OK), Nay Inhofe (R-OK), Nay

Oregon: Smith (R-OR), Nay

Pennsylvania: Santorum (R-PA), Nay

Rhode Island: Chafee (R-RI), Nay

South Carolina: DeMint (R-SC), Nay - Graham (R-SC), Nay

South Dakota: Thune (R-SD), Nay

Tennessee: Alexander (R-TN), Nay - Frist (R-TN), Nay

Texas: Cornyn (R-TX), Nay - Hutchison (R-TX), Nay

Utah: Bennett (R-UT), Nay - Hatch (R-UT), Nay

Virginia: Allen (R-VA), Nay - Warner (R-VA), Nay

Wyoming: Enzi (R-WY), Nay - Thomas (R-WY), Nay

Prissy thinks they forgot what this republican said. Perhaps they think they are braver than our troops?

Former VA Secretary Anthony Principi, a Republican, well before he was removed from office, gave all veterans the call to arms. Principi said, "History is littered with governments destabilized by masses of veterans who believed that they had been taken for fools by a society that grew rich and fat at the expense of their hardship and suffering."

Prissy hopes our Veterans let those cowards know what a warrior really is...

Reuters Bomb at US-Iraqi base kills 30

In December 2004 a suicide bomber wearing Iraqi uniform blew himself up at a U.S. armed forces mess tent in Mosul, killing 21 people, among them 14 U.S. troops and four other Americans.

It was not immediately clear if Monday's explosion took place at the same site.

The blast occurred one day after 20 people were shot dead in the Mustafa mosque near Sadr City in Baghdad in what some Shi'ite leaders said was a massacre of worshippers by U.S. troops. Police and residents said the killings resulted from a clash between American and Shi'ite militia men.

Dubya, How many times must they tell you? Does Dubya have some kind of learning disability?

Let's not forget this...Telegraph flashback from 10/05 Secret MoD poll: Iraqis support attacks on British troops

The results come as it was disclosed yesterday that Lt Col Nick Henderson, the commanding officer of the Coldstream Guards in Basra, in charge of security for the region, has resigned from the Army. He recently voiced concerns over a lack of armoured vehicles for his men, another of whom was killed in a bomb attack in Basra last week.

The secret poll appears to contradict claims made by Gen Sir Mike Jackson, the Chief of the General Staff, who only days ago congratulated British soldiers for "supporting the Iraqi people in building a new and better Iraq".

Andrew Robathan, a former member of the SAS and the Tory shadow defence minister, said last night that the poll clearly showed a complete failure of Government policy.

He said: "This clearly states that the Government's hearts-and-minds policy has been disastrous. The coalition is now part of the problem and not the solution.

So give them back their country.

First Amendment lawyer Glenn Greenwald's Blog. By Anon Blogger DoJ's Responses to Congress: The NSA Scandal in Microcosm

Democrats Question No 26. Under the Administration's legal interpretation, does the President have the authority to wiretap Americans' domestic calls and emails under his inherent constitutional power and the AUMF, if he feels it involves al Qaeda activity?

The DOJ response merely points out that NSA program is much narrower than programs authorized by President's Wilson and Roosevelt and ends by noting: "Interceptions of the contents of domestic communications would present a different legal question."

Is it even possible to craft a less responsive answer to a legitimate and important legal question? The entire point of the question is that there does not appear to be any relevant legal distinction between intercepting calls to which one party is a U.S. citizen and calls where both are; the Democrats want to know--for obvious reasons--why the Bush administration's legal reasoning doesn't extend to purely domestic calls. In response they are told merely that interception of domestic communications "would present a different legal question."

That's an insulting and totally unacceptable response to an incredibly important (and purely legal) question. There is simply no excuse for this behavior in our system of government. Congress has a right to have questions like this answered, particularly when the DOJ, at the same time, offers long-winded responses to Republican questions that are nowhere near as fundamental or important.

From Khaleej Times, Pakistan 3-24-06 Musharraf tells foreign militants to leave Pakistan or be "crushed"

"“All foreign militants should leave Pakistan, otherwise they would be crushed,"” Musharraf told a rally of some 80,000 people in the eastern city of Lahore on Thursday.

Musharraf's comments come amid increased tension between Pakistan and Afghanistan over allegations Islamabad is not doing enough to prevent Taleban and Al Qaeda forces from launching cross-border attacks from within Pakistan. Washington, which sees Islamabad as a key ally in its war on terrorism, has also urged Musharraf to flush out Islamic militants from its remote tribal regions.

Pakistani security officials have said hundreds of foreigners, including Arabs, Uzbeks, Chechen and Afghans are hiding in the North and South Waziristan tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.

Earlier this month, Pakistani security forces backed by helicopter gunships attacked a suspected Al Qaeda hideout in the rugged frontier and killed dozens of suspected militants, mostly foreigners.

Never say the media cannot be sued. Prissy predicts this will not be only one major suit the court will consider this year. Supreme Court Allows Defamation Suit Against NYT to Proceed

Hatfill's attorney, Christopher Wright, said that the reporting by Kristof was reckless, with multiple errors, including the claim that Hatfill had failed three polygraph tests.

The Supreme Court itself was touched by the anthrax scare. Traces of anthrax were found in the court's mailroom, forcing the building's closure for a week in October 2001.

Hatfill had sued in federal court in Alexandria, Va., in 2004, claiming defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. In its ruling, the appeals court said that the newspaper columns, taken as a whole, might be considered defamatory.

One of the dissenting judges said that The New York Times appeared only to be trying to reveal flaws in the FBI investigation, not to accuse Hatfill of the murders.

Note to press: People get hurt when you allow people like "Miss RunA\Muck" Judith Miller to be someone's shill, instead of a reporter. The press has a duty to democracy first -not to its corporate partners and parents.

And they said protesters were anti-American...

Guest Worker Issue Tops Immigration Debate

This one takes the cake. Americans are arrested for protesting Bush policy, but illegal immigrants come out in droves. No "free speech zones" for them. One must admire they are willing to get off their butts and tell the government what they want it to do; unlike legal Americans.

Note to illegal protesters: You are protesting in the wrong country, aren't you?

Quotes of the Day

This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.--Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress.--Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

You see how long citizens have known this gem? The best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class.--Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Politics

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.--Margaret Mead (1901 - 1978)

But the life that no longer trust another human being and no longer forms ties to the political community is not a human life any longer.--Martha Nussbaum, O Magazine, November 2003

This clip is the funniest imitation of Bush Prissy has ever seen. From the David Letterman show. Sent by a Marine Mom.

Frank Caliendo’s Bush Routine A must watch!

The Prissy Patriot will return Wednesday, with updates until then.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

They Say the Devil Wears a Turban, but it is really a Brooks Brothers Suit...

Dearest Readers, Is anyone out there feeling a draft? It's coming soon. They have managed to put it off, but now Dubya has left the military high and dry. The National Guard has been left bare from Dubya's war. (see article below)

Prissy has heard through the military families grapevine there are reports of food and water shortages for soldiers in certain areas of Iraq. Prissy will keep you posted on this very serious situation.

UPDATE: Another source has confirmed this to be true -at least in the outlying areas of Iraq. It is often too dangerous to get them supplies. Why are there no air drops of food? Sometimes one hot meal per day is what these soldiers are getting. Rationing of water. Food from a snack sack the rest of the time. Unacceptable in a war of choice.Can you think of one reason military families should support Dubya?

No Commander-in-Chief in the history of the United States has ever abused the military to the point of denying the reality on the ground...where is the line in the sand? Prissy believes the families of the troops have just drawn it.

Prissy may get impatient with Patrick Fitzgerald's slow and deliberate investigation, but the lad is no fool-he is quite brilliant. Fitz is also the prosecutor in Former IL Gov. George Ryan's (R) corruption trial. Look how well he dot's his i's and crosses his t's. Even the judge has no concerns about a hung or deadlocked jury.

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Reuters Iraqis in Tal Afar question Bush's optimism

Al Qaeda and other Sunni Arab insurgent violence has eased in Tal Afar since September's offensive but sectarian violence elsewhere in Iraq after the bombing of a Shi'ite shrine in Samarra last month raised fears among many people of civil war.

"I say that Bush is 100 percent a liar because the city of Tal Afar has become a ghost town rather than the example Bush spoke about," said Ali Ibrahim, a Shi'ite Turkmen laborer.

Well, now that is something Americans and Iraqis can agree on. Now you go tell your government to get it together and we shall tell ours the same.

From Lew Rockwell An Open Letter To Rush Limbaugh by William R. Tonso, a retired sociology professor (University of Evansville) former Air Force Officer

One of my biggest gripes has to do with the way you dismiss those who question American involvement in Iraq as liberals who hate Bush and want the war to go badly so that Republicans are discredited and Democrats can regain the White House in 2008. I voted for Bush twice, or more accurately, I voted against Al Gore and John Kerry, and I think that the war is a huge, even criminal, blunder and that Bush and his merry band of neoconservatives are a total disaster. Of course, in your great wisdom, you surely think that I’m the print equivalent of one of those "seminar callers" you claim are always trying to smuggle their liberal views on your show under the guise of conservativism. Okay, let’s check out my credentials apart from the war


Yahoo Minister's Wife Confesses to Killing Him

SELMER, Tenn. - The wife a minister found shot to death in their church parsonage confessed to investigators and agreed to return to Tennessee to face first-degree murder charges, authorities said Friday.

Prissy thinks there could very well be a lot more to this story than meets the eye. The fact that there were no police reports of domestic violence doesn't mean much. Most middle class women will not call the police-they are too embarrassed. Society still blames them, especially within the fundamentalist "woman, know your place" cultures.

Perhaps this was not the case in this situation; but Prissy will tell you, as a professional in the field- it would raise many red flags. It has been Prissy's experience that people are often very surprised to find out what was going on behind closed doors of seemingly normal families. A tragedy, for sure.

Ill-equipped Guard units alarm states

"How in the world can we help ourselves or our fellow governors in a natural disaster when we have none of the equipment to do it?" Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire asked.

Gregoire is not alone in her concern. Along with every other U.S. governor, she recently signed a letter to President Bush expressing alarm at the way the National Guard is being funded.

"Attention must be paid to re-equipping National Guard units with the resources they need to carry out their homeland security and domestic disaster duties," the letter pointedly read.

$23 billion OKd to re-outfit

Overall, the Guard has only 34 percent of the equipment it is supposed to have, according to Guard officials and the GAO numbers. Congress has approved about $23 billion for the Guard over the next six years, most of which will go to replace equipment. But many of the governors, as well as Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard bureau, have said it will take at least double that amount to effectively re-outfit the badly cannibalized force.

Dubya made us eat out own and left us open to attack for his imperialism. Nice going again, Chickenhawks...oh, but that was the plan. New Zealand Iraq to be focus of Blair's Australia trip

CANBERRA: Iraq will be at centre stage in British Prime Minister Tony Blair's four-day visit to Australia, with the father of an Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee hoping to seek his help to free his son.

Blair will make the second of three key speeches on terrorism, Iraq and Afghanistan in an address to Australia's parliament on Monday, after attending the closing ceremony for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne on Sunday.

Anti-Iraq war protesters and anti-war politicians are planning a rally outside parliament for Blair's visit.

And..."Given that Blair is reaching the end of his prime ministership, he has nothing to lose by speaking out quite firmly and trying to justify his place in history," he said.

The Jerusalem Post US objects to Israeli tech buyout

The Treasury Department, which oversees the committee, formally accepted Check Point's request to withdraw from the review process. This ensures the panel will not be required to submit recommendations to President George W. Bush whether to block the deal.

The committee has concluded only 25 full-blown investigations in more than 1,600 business transactions it has reviewed since 1988. In roughly half the investigations, companies pulled out of the deal rather than face imminent rejection.

Former president George H.W. Bush is the only president ever to block a deal, stopping the sale of a Seattle aircraft parts manufacturer to China in February 1990.

The objections by the FBI and Pentagon were partly over specialized intrusion detection software known as "Snort," which guards some classified US military and intelligence computers. Snort's author is a senior executive at Sourcefire, based in Columbia, Maryland.

This should not surprise anyone. Cheating is the only way these folks will ever win, they simply do not posses the ability to lead. Their prejudices and greed always get in the way...See why you can't always trust the Washington Post? From Salon A portrait of the blogger as a young plagiarist

As a college student Ben Domenech lifted arts criticism; as a GOP henchman, he was accused of fabricating a Tim Russert quote. What was the Washington Post thinking?

Does the Washington Post intend to maintain journalistic standards in the brave new blogosphere? Or are those standards incompatible with the Post company's ambitions for

CNN Cheney: Critics too eager to call Iraq war unwinnable And Prissy is too eager to see you get your come uppance, draft dodger...

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois (AP) -- Vice President Dick Cheney accused some Bush administration critics Tuesday of being too quick to argue that the Iraq war cannot be won and of underestimating a continuing threat of terrorist attacks.

Part of a broad effort to counter polls that show waning public support for the war and for President Bush personally, Cheney emphasized what the administration has said is underreported evidence of improvement in Iraq. He also took on those who have been questioning Bush's approach in the three-year-old war.

"A few seem almost eager to conclude that the whole struggle is already lost," Cheney told an enthusiastic military audience, from a stage bedecked with flags and camouflage netting. "But they're wrong.

Prissy will say Dick must be dumber and more evil than she thought, in his attempts to pull this one off. Throwing your lies right into the military's face, Dick. Of course, a Chickenhawk with five deferments can hardly have any shame.

US prepares for Iraq civil war

Mr Rumsfeld's admission that "the intelligence community are thinking about this and analysing it" comes despite the White House's insistence that Iraq is not slipping into civil war.

President George Bush and his officials have so far refused to discuss what has become known as the "plan B" scenario, declaring that the US military will stay in Iraq until a stable, democratic government is established.

It has also been revealed that an elite US Special Operations forces unit has converted one of Saddam's former military bases near Baghdad into a top-secret detention centre and used one of Saddam's torture chambers as its own interrogation cell, named the Black Room.

Once again, completely contradicting themselves.

From Reuters

Iraqi leaders were holding their first formal talks in several days on Friday as Washington kept up pressure on them to form a national unity government that can avert civil war.

Quotes of the Day

"I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." -- Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

"Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too."-- Richard M. Nixon

For those who say Dubya's wiretapping is a OK with them...Let me not be understood as saying that there are no bad laws, nor that grievances may not arise for the redress of which no legal provisions have been made. I mean to say no such thing. But I do mean to say that although bad laws, if they exist, should be repealed as soon as possible, still, while they continue in force, for the sake of example they should be religiously observed.--Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population. --Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Pity is the virtue of the law, and none but tyrants use it cruelly.--William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

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Prissy Patriot Friday Kinda Funny Gonzo "Torture Boy" Does D.C.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

When Will America Tame the World's Most Powerful Brat?

Let us pretend we are Rummy and we can answer our own questions.

What happens if a spoiled brat gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar? The brat lies...How many times will they lie to do what they want? As many lies as it takes.

How long will they continue to lie? Until someone stops them...

Prissy and poster Nancy have a new list of lies coming up this week. More than 300 of them...

Protest in Cleveland, Ohio Sunday (thanks to a reader for this picture)

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What’s Become of Americans? By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former Wall Street Journal Editor, Ass't to Secretary of the Treasurer under Ronald Reagan. Dr. Roberts is indeed a statesman our forefathers would be proud of. He actually cares about American values and freedom. Being a wealthy Republican white guy, he could have just shut-up and enjoyed the tax cuts...but he didn't! He is an American hero, for sure.

Readers tell me that Americans don’t live here any more. They ask what responsible American citizenry would put up with the trashing of the Bill of Rights and the separation of powers, with wars based on deception, and with pathological liars in control of their government? One reader recently wrote that he believes that "no element of the U.S. government has been left untainted" by the lies and manipulations that have driven away accountability. So-called leaders, he wrote, "talk a great story of American pride and patriotism," but in their hands patriotism is merely a device for "cynical manipulation and fraud."

The Bush regime acknowledges that 30,000 Iraqi civilians, largely women and children, have been killed as a result of Bush’s invasion. Others who have looked at civilian casualties with greater attention have come up with numbers three to six times as large. The Johns Hopkins study accounted for 98,000 civilian deaths. Andrew Cockburn, using more sophisticated statistical analysis, concluded that 180,000 Iraqis died as a result of Bush’s invasion. The former prime minister Iyad Allawi says that Iraqi sectarian violence alone is claiming 50–60 deaths per day, or 18,000–22,000 annually, a figure that could quickly worsen.

Captured Iraqi Documents Look Strangely Familiar

But the documents released by the DNI are a decidedly mixed bag.

Illustrating their eclectic nature, one of the captured Iraqi documents (pdf) is a print-out of an article from the Federation of American Scientists web site.

"This file contains document relevant to the Mukhabarat or Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS), it explains the structure of the IIS," according to the DNI synopsis of the document (record number CMPC-2003-006430).

In fact, the document was written in 1997 by John Pike (then at FAS, now at, except for an added cover page which is handwritten in Arabic.

Caught them again-CYA...Administration to release prewar Iraq documents (But they aren't new-pp)

The news was greeted with enthusiasm by U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, who has strongly urged the administration to release the material.

He suggested some of the information could shed light on prewar U.S. intelligence reports that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction.

The WMD allegation provided President George W. Bush with a central justification for the war in Iraq. But no such weapons have been found, and the Iraq Survey Group discovered no new evidence of WMD in its review of the prewar material.

"With so many questions about prewar Iraq unanswered, I'm glad to see there is finally the sense of urgency to get this done," Hoekstra said in a statement.

Gaza on brink of humanitarian crisis, says UN

Gaza City - The Gaza Strip is dangerously short of basic foodstuffs and is facing a looming humanitarian crisis as a result of the continued closure of the main trade crossing with Israel, the United Nations warned on Sunday.

John Ging, the Gaza director of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), said his organisation had now run out of food supplies to distribute to the most impoverished families because the central Karni border crossing remains closed.

"Every day is taking us closer to a humanitarian crisis," Ging told reporters.

"Flour and wheat are not the only products in short supply. There is a shortage of sugar, oil and many of the other basic commodities.

Wait a minute...this is an occupied area. Aren't the occupiers supposed to feed and secure those they occupy? Oh my, what was Prissy thinking...

From the BBC Iraq war veteran wins US primary

In addition to Ms Duckworth, they have recruited a number of other Iraq veterans for election races across the US.

They include army reservist Justin Behrens (running in Pennsylvania), Andrew Duck (Maryland) who served as an army intelligence officer, Marine reservist Tim Dunn (North Carolina) Army reservist David Harris (Texas) and former Marine officer Andrew Horne (Kentucky).

Also running are Bronze Star winner Patrick Murphy (Pennsylvania), Joseph Sestak Jr (Pennsylvania) a Navy veteran, and Tim Walz (Minnesota) who served in Italy in support of the Afghan mission.

Van Taylor - a marine reservist who participated in the operation to rescue Pte Jessica Lynch - is running for the Republican ticket in a Texas district.

All Democrats- but one? Readers, Prissy is going to assume you know the Jessica Lynch rescue was a falsely staged event to make good press fodder for Dubya's war. Ms. Lynch has spoken on this subject many times. So who can be impressed Van Taylor is running on anything, except more of the same...

International Herald Tribune 3-22-06 Bush sees no Iraq pullout before '09

WASHINGTON At a time of mounting public uncertainty about Iraq, President George W. Bush insisted at a news conference Tuesday that the violence there had not evolved into a civil war, but he acknowledged that the war would not end during his tenure and that a decision on complete American troop withdrawal would fall to "future presidents."

He also expressed full confidence in his top advisers, despite calls even from senior Republicans for an injection of fresh blood to help deal with surprises in Bush's second term that have undermined his standing in opinion polls and sapped his political capital. But the president did not rule out changes in the White House.

Bush has repeatedly refused to set any timetable for a complete pullout, saying that to do so would encourage insurgents. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld - whose work Bush defended Tuesday - has said that wars on insurgencies often last a dozen years or more.

The Washington Post tells the truth (sort of)A Punchy President Meets the Press

He identified Terry Hunt, the Associated Press's veteran White House correspondent, as the generic "AP Person." He accused New York Times correspondent Elisabeth Bumiller of sleeping through his speech Monday in Cleveland. After USA Today's David Jackson interrupted a Bush non-answer, the president queried: "Now, what is your follow-up yell?"

And he made a show of reading from his stage directions. Rambling his way through a question about interest rates, Bush paused to confess, "I'm kind of stalling for time here." Checking his seating chart before calling on a questioner, he confided, "They've told me what to say." After announcing that "there's going to be a P-5," the president translated his own jargon: "That's diplomatic sloganeering."

Whether it's the strain of the office, the weight of international crises, or simply his old Delta Kappa Epsilon roots showing, Bush has been President Punchy of late. In Cleveland on Monday, he said there were 16 U.N. Security Council resolutions about Iraq, then called on an unsuspecting Dick Keil, a Bloomberg News reporter. "I think 16 -- is that right, Stretch, 16?" Bush inquired, using the nickname he assigned Keil. "I like to, like, reverse roles sometimes," the president explained.

Truthout Woodward's Plame Leak Deep Throat By Jason Leopold

He is referred to as "official one" and he is the mysterious senior Bush administration official who unmasked the identity of an undercover CIA operative to Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Bob Woodward in mid-June 2003 and conservative columnist Robert Novak a month later.

The identity of this official is shrouded in secrecy. In fact, his name, government status, and the substance of his conversation with Woodward about the undercover officer are under a protective seal in US District Court for the District of Columbia.

But Woodward tape-recorded the interview he had with "official one." Woodward gave a copy of the tape and a transcript to Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald.

And some say Steven Hadley spilled the beans, others say Richard Armitage. The Scooter Libby camp is the one saying Armitage, Sec. Colin Powells former advisor. Prissy puts her money on Hadley.

More from Truthout...One thing is for sure, neither Hadley nor Armitage are commenting, not even to issue a denial. Last week, Armitage's assistant at his lobbying firm, Armitage International, said last week that Armitage would comment on the "rumors" once Fitzgerald completed his investigation. Hadley's spokesman would not confirm or deny anything related to the National Security Adviser's involvement in the leak.

Dearest Readers, remember this? Prissy told you this Sunday, October 23, 2005. You already know Prissy isn't too patient about these things, but it is finally coming around. From the Pen: Posted on The Prissy Patriot Tis the Season For Indictments

For those who are still trying to get their minds around the possible indictment of Rove and Libby, now a near certainty, consider that no one in the Bush camp is capable of telling the truth under any circumstances. As for Bush himself, one of his Harvard Business School professors said that Dubya was "famous" in his class for being a "pathological" liar. Bush has known all along who the leakers were, and he's been lying all along. Fitzgerald interviewed Bush for over an hour, and it's unlikely that he told the truth in any respect. Bad move, George. Fitzie don't play that.

But wait, you say; that interview wasn't under oath. Try telling that to Martha Stewart who just got out of prison from her conviction for deceiving an investigator. Likewise with Dick Cheney. Even if two of his bag men had not cut deals with Fitzgerald already. And as for those who did testify untruthfully to the grand jury under oath, ask Li'l Kim what heinous lie she told to keep her in federal prison for a year. All she did was deny that she knew somebody that she did, in fact, know.

So let's put it together. We have a president who seems unable to tell the truth. We have an independent prosecutor of immaculate integrity who will not tolerate a lie. The INESCAPABLE conclusion is that Bush will be indicted, along with each and every member of his administration who participated in this. There has been talk on the web of 22 indictments. Rove and Libby -- (that's two), add two for Hannah and Wurmser (already cooperating but not given immunity), plus Bush and Cheney -- that gets us up to six . . . why don't we just say conservatively for the purposes of the pool . . . that 12 people will be indicted.

Besides perjury (and false statements), Fitzgerald has conspiracy and obstruction of justice to pick from as well, and those are just a couple of the technical crimes. Remember that he has the authority to pursue this investigation wherever it leads, and he is driven to do just that. He was born for this. Among other things, he requested from the Italian authorities the files on the forging of the Niger documents themselves. That was what Joe Wilson's trip was all about. And why they were so compelled to "out" his wife in the first place in their clumsy attempt to discredit him. What do you think the chances are that the most zealous prosecutor they could have appointed won't get to the bottom of that one, too? He may even expose what really happened on 9/11. Wouldn't that be the "coup de grace"?

Quotes of the Day

To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.--Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister (1804 - 1881), Sybil, 1845

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge.--Enrico Fermi, Manhattan Project Scientist (1901 - 1954)

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.--Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992) Asimov was a Russian-born American Jewish author and biochemist

He who will not economize will have to agonize.--Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)