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must be a professor of logic in a philosophy department somewhere. Help me out, would you? Why the hell kind of logic is this:
"To suggest that Republican support is weakening means that we're not going to do well at the ballot box. And I believe we are going to do well at the ballot box because I think Republican support is strong," he says.
that is, Sunnis killing Shiites and Shiites killing Sunnis, how is that, as Bush would have it, anything "like last century's fight against Nazis and communists?"
If you are going to start drawing historical analogies, consider our own Civil War, which is more like what is going on in Iraq, I think. Blue vs. Grey. Shiites vs. Sunnis. Irreconcilable differences. Untold horror.
Oh, except during our Civil War we didn't have the world's superpower involved, did we? And I don't think we would have wanted that, would we?
As soon as Rumsfield or Cheney or Bush start talking, I always ask myself: where did these guys go to school? Oh, they went to good schools? Did they sleep through history class, or what?
that the only one with balls enough to rein in the bastards is FEMALE?
US District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor has just ruled that Bush's NSA wiretap program is unconstitutional. She said the program "violates the separation of powers doctrine, the Administrative Procedures Act, the First and Fourth amendments to the United States Constitution, the FISA and Title III.... The president of the United States... has undisputedly violated the Fourth in failing to procure judicial orders."
the conservative credentials and the media experience, but I think his appointment as White House press secretary is a mistake.
Why do I say that? Well, you never want a spokesman who is half a head taller than you, and who doesn't look like he just got roughed up on the playground. His mere physical presence in the White House is gonna make Bush look bad.
You can quote me on that. Find a picture of the two of them standing side by side and you'll see what I mean.
is not communication. Throwing McClellan overboard is not going to fix the mess you've made in Iraq.
Given that all you seem to be doing these days is shuffling deck chairs, I think it would be highly poetic for you to bring back Andrew Card as Treasury Secretary, once you throw your current Treasury Secretary overboard. Something fitting and whole about sticking the first guy out into the hole you're left with at the end.
By the way, Mr. President, the FOX/Opinion Dynamics survey for April 18-19 shows you at a THIRTY-THREE PER CENT (33%) approval rating. This survey is typically two-four points higher than most of the others, so when other surveys start coming in I'm expecting we'll see something in the 29%-31% approval range. Just in case your interested.
But I forget - you don't look at the polls. You talk to God.
Maybe you should wash your ears, Mr. President, for I think what God has been saying is: "W., yuh done fucked up."
Won't you please resign now, so we can start digging our way out now, instead of two and a half years from now. Puh-lease, Mr. President....
Mr. Bush said, explaining why he "declassified" an October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate in July 2003. "I thought it made sense for people to see the truth."
Isn't that exactly the reasoning used by those who leaked information about CIA prisons in Europe and NSA's wiretapping Americans without a court order? I would sure think so. That it made sense for people to see the truth....
Repeated a thousand times up and down and all the way across, it would make a great backdrop for any speech or press conference, don't you think? Like what the White House puts behind Bush when he's talking about The Plan For Iraq or The Plan for Health Care or The Plan for Hoping to Appear Competent. A navy-blue background with gold type, I think, yes....
"total collapse?" Can you see any possibility that this administration might find its way before it is scoured out of office? Don't you think the president has been looking as if he's just about ready to curl up with his blankey and suck his thumb? God, what a mess we've let them make!
for "not announcing himself," and now someone on the Vice President's staff will no doubt have to be fired. Well, actually, this is how the Office of the Vice President puts it at the White House web site: "A member of the Vice President's staff wrote a check for 140 dollars understanding that this would purchase a Texas non-resident season hunting license that would permit the Vice President to hunt quail in Texas. It appears now that the license itself cost 125 dollars, and an extra 15 dollars covered the cost of a Federal migratory bird stamp. The Vice President did not need the Federal stamp, as he already possessed one. The staff asked for all permits needed, but was not informed of the 7 dollar upland game bird stamp requirement."
Oh, pardon me, it appears that the staff member won't be fired after all. He "was not informed" about the need for the upland game bird stamp.
That Republican lawyer did not announce himself and that's why he got shot; it wasn't Cheney's fault. The Vice President's staff member was not informed about the upland game bird requirement, so not having the proper stamp wasn't Cheney's fault either.
I quit hunting when I was fourteen years old and I already knew that when all is said and done, the guy who pulls the trigger is responsible for what gets shot. And just how far do you suppose a fellow like me would get, trying to explain to the DNR that "I wasn't told" I needed an upland game bird stamp?
Unfortunately we've got Mr. Teflon Man himself for a Vice President. Nothing sticks.
New Bumpersticker: "Guns don't shoot people. Vice Presidents do."
was talking about Iraq, not about governing in the United States, when he told a gathering of the Veterans of Foreign Wars that: "Compromise and consensus and power-sharing are the only path to national unity and lasting democracy." We could use a little compromise and consensus and power-sharing on the path to national unity and lasting democracy here, but we haven't seen much of it from Mr. Bush and his cronies. In fact, if I remember correctly, he interpreted a half percentage point margin of victory as "a mandate." I think maybe I know how the Sunnis feel.
what they call the Quick Vote, asking "Do you believe that people have been abducted by space aliens?" Twenty-six percent of those who responded said "Yes." This would be Bush's base,* wouldn't it? *Those who don't know any better, those who believe that Intelligent Design is science, that the war in Iraq was justified, and that any education beyond the eighth grade is a waste of time; and they're probably the same 26% (according to another CNN Quick Voteconducted today) who think NSA spying on Americans is a good idea.
and fight the American Revolution to free ourselves from the kingly arrogance of one George? Do we need to step forward again and free ourselves from the arrogance of this George? Isn't it time for impeachment NOW? Trampling civil liberties in order to preserve them is the same kind of thinking that gets us to "You have to destroy the village in order to save it." Doesn't the Bill of Rights mean anything? Enough of this Imperial Presidency!
if ever there is a time, for you to announce the capture of your biggest embarrassment, Mr. bin Laden. I have all along suspected that you had him squirrelled away in some all-along-suspected CIA black site.
Your administration appears to be in quite the mess at the moment, with even your Republican cronies abandoning you. So the time is ripe, Mr. President, for you to pull the rabbit out of your ass-hole and announce the capture of bin Laden.
I don't know what else will right your listing ship.
that President Bush said that Islamic radicals are trying to intimidate the world. Isn't that a little bit like the pot calling the kettle black? What have his neo-con radicals been doing? Trying to intimidate the world, I believe....
Does he think we don't recognize his wing-nut fundamentalist approach is an American version of the Taliban theocracy?