Friday, October 28, 2005

Don't Leave Town

Karl Rove is still under investigation.

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Karl's Been "Libby-Rated"

Don't Cross This Bridge

As I was waiting to hear news on Rove and Libby's future (which, it seems, will be delayed) last night, I was watching an NBA preseason game between the Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns. I overheard former Wizards coach Doug Collins wax how Golden State was on the rise.

Read that last sentence again.

I almost choked on my McChicken Sandwich when I heard it myself. Let's get something straight: there's a short list of Cinderella teams in the NBA, and the Warriors aren't on it. Check their previous seasons and their pre-season reccord thus far. this is not a franchise with a recent history of turning things around. I don't care what the survey says. Putting one overrated psuedo-point guard on your roster isn't going to make you a playoff contender. They're certainly not winning their division, and that's the easiest way to get a playoff spot. And considering that they'd got to be better than the Clippers, Lakers, Hornets, Blazers, Wolves and Jazz (last season's "out crowd") I think Golden State has a looooong way to go.

Once they get some defenders, playmakers, and a big guy that can hold their own against the Tim Duncans and Kevin Garnetts, then we'll talk.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Next up to Bat


Now that Miers is gone, many think the President will nominate a hard-nosed conservative to throw to his base (and hopefully improve his poll numbers).

I say Bush should do the opposite. Pick someone worse than Miers to show those republican critics how right he was!

"But who," you ask? Well:

1. Failed Dot-Commers: They need the work, they're used to big failures, and they have even less judicial experience.

2. Harvey Birdman: It shows that Bush is reaching out to Animated-Americans, and Harvey has won a case or two.

3. Florida Governor "Jeb" Bush: He's not doing so hot in Florida. Help a brother out.

4. Former Senator Bob Dole: We all know how he feels about abortion, so you got that covered.

5. Stephen Johnson, EPA: It's not like he's really done anything. Really.

6. Karen Hughes: This shows that there's even worse cheerleaders than Miers.

C'mon, now. It's not like the President wanted a fight anyway, right? His image is at stake.

"Don't Blame my Bro'" Revisited


Following up on his previous pleads, J.E.B. Bush falls on the sword to salvage his brother's image.

A Call to Withdrawal

Harriet Miers, the most/best qualified person President Bush could find, has withdrawn her nomination for the the Supreme Court.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Starscream



Both cocky and comical, Starscream was easily one of the most popular characters in the Transformers Universe. Because of a good combination of good character writing (both the comic book and the cartoon) and the voice talents of Chris Latta, Starscream also became a critical character.

I suppose the thing that I liked about the character was that even though he knew it was a uphill battle to rule the Decepitcons, he never made his intentions hidden. His goal was to rule, plain and simple. His methods for achieving this goal, however, was usually a secret until the last possible moment. And his "allies" varied in both loyalty and effectiveness, making his attempts to overthrow Megatron (or whoever was leading at the time) even more entertaining.

His downfall, in just about every case, was his vanity. Take "Transformers: The Movie" for example: instead of striking a spiritually and physically weaken contigent of Autobots (a move that would have surely put him in the "Decepticon Hall of Fame") he wastes time getting dressed up for an unecessary and elaborate "crowning" ceremony. Any wonder why Galvatron blasted him to ash?

Even though the writers thought it would be a hoot to have ol' Screamy come back as "the ghost robot who's trying to get a body" I'll always remember him as the bad guy who was tolerated but never really taken seriously.

Announcement

One of the reasons I wanted to do this page was I wanted to have the ability to relate what's going on now to the past and also speculate how it affects the future. Another reason was more common among bloggers: to rant and ramble. I think I'll be able to kill to birds with one stone.

For those who don't know, it's 2005. In one fantasy's universe, that was a very important date. Every now and then, until the end of the year, I'll ponder on how the characters involved in this universe still impact us today. Not only will this lighten the mood, but it will be a nice change of pace.

Measuring Stick


The horrible events of September 11th, 2001 resulted in a death toll between 2,752 and 2,986 depending on your source.

After that, President Bush declared a War on Terror that involved going after a man named Bin Laden in Afganistan and then a man named Hussein in Iraq. Bin Laden got away and Hussein is on trial. Some people questioned the reasons for going to Iraq (mainly because the people there did not attack the U.S.) and they were dealt with in various ways.

The President continued to insist that the best way to prevent such attacks by people who came from here, here, here and here was to continue to wage war in Iraq. He promised to keep another disaster from harming Americans and we gave him another term to prove it. As of today, 2,000 American soldiers have died because of this particular military strategy.

Soon after his second term began, Hurricane Katrina and it's aftermath asked the question: Can the President and his people truly protect us from natural disasters? And if not, how can they protect us from a military/nuclear disaster? Katrina, by the way, has claimed over 1,300 lives.

Some of our soldiers are coming home, but many that do are damaged physically or mentally. Hurricane Wilma has struck Florida, and FEMA seems to be late again. The Mayor of New Orleans fears that there isn't enough to make the city what it once was.

So many lives ruined that didn't have to be. Not counting 9/11, there are at least 3,300 people dead because of the White House's foreign and domestic policies. Policies that were supposed to defend us and keep us safe.

Sadly, the President doesn't believe those lives are enough. He believes the best way to solve the problem of the brick wall is to continuously have people ram into it, hoping that it will eventually crumble. Meanwhile, every soldier that dies in Iraq (and Afganistan) is one less soldier available to deliver aide and supplies to hurricane victims.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Getting Battle-Ready


There is a new battle on the horizon: the fight to make Patrick Fitzgerald (he's the guy doing this) the new villian of the Bush Administration. His supporters -both those close to the President and those just sympathetic to his philosophy- have already started. However, the White House has yet to officially strike.

But that doesn't mean they won't. Remember that prior VOTBAs have included: Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, John Kerry, Joe Wilson, and The U.N.

Of course, if attacking doesn't work, President Bush can just pardon every guilty person (unless someone stops that too).

"If Ya Don't Know, Now Ya Know"


The Tennessean reports that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist knew what the deal was even though he claimed earlier that he was in the dark:

Before: "I had no information about HCA or its performance that was not publicly available when I directed the trustees to sell the stock," Frist said Monday, referring to the sale by administrators of his blind trusts.
"My only objective in selling the stock was to eliminate the appearance of a conflict of interest," Frist's statement said.



Now: Records filed with the Senate show that trusts held for Frist and his children received as much as $2.3 million in HCA stock between January 2001, when Frist established blind trusts in an attempt to minimize conflicts of interest, and last June, when he ordered his trustees to sell all the stock he had left in the company.

Most of the HCA stock was transferred into the blind trusts once family partnerships set up to manage substantial wealth that Frist's parents left to relatives were dissolved, a Frist adviser said. Frist's parents died in 1998, but their estate wasn't settled through probate until 2001. The stock owned in the partnerships was distributed over the next couple of years.


Meanwhile, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has a dubious honor: the lawyer representing him gave more money to Democrats then the lawyer who's prosecuting him.

Ricism


Awhile back I expressed my surprise at Condi Rice's brushes with racism. After reading Eugene Robinson's article, I guess I can see why.

In a nutshell, Rice was sheltered. Completely. Her dad was guarding the house with a rifle at the front porch while she was practicing her piano lesson inside. Her friend was one of the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, but she's not exactly shell-shocked about the ordeal.

Which leads me to this: I guess I can't fault her for her ignorance of the past because she was protected from it. Also, I can't fault her on not getting up to speed because she was never encouraged to do so. However, I don't want to hear anyone using her as an example of the "progress" of race relations. Her whole life has been keep separate from that issue, so I don't see any reason to bring her into it now.

I hearby deem this occurence -the situtation of being a minority without going through the trials and tribulations and growing up with so-so opinion on the whole matter (being neither fully pro nor con in issues relating to your race/cuture/religion)- to be "Ricism."

Onions Don't Always Make You Cry

When I read that White House is huffing and puffing over the Onion's latest display in political humor, I was shocked. You'd think that having to introduce a new (potential) Fed Chairman and dealing with inevitable indictments would keep you busy. Especially for a White House where the President is notoriously bad at multitasking.

But nooooooo. They have to pick on a group of guys whose "news" is as real as these fellas.

Flexing your muscles just to show you still have some authority is hard work.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Never Show Your Hand

You can say what you want about Karl Rove's version of Replublicans (personally I agree with what's here). You may even argue of what his absence may mean for President Bush.

One thing's for certain: Rove has no one to blame but himself.

His biggest shortcoming? Wanting to be known. True kingmakers are content with staying in the background, operating from behind the curtain and manipulating things from the sidelines. They don't want public recognition. They shun awards. They are suspicious of praise and publicity.

But Rove couldn't help himself. Being called the President's "brain" can really inflate you ego, ya know. Once he decided to have an official position with Bush's administration, it was all over. It's like the Loch Ness Monster suddenly deciding to be the spokesperson for Red Lobster. Now we see, without a shadow of a doubt, who you are and what you're about.

In short, you've been made fair game.

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Hard Decisions

Before I start, let's remember the one rule about George W. Bush: the man cannot multitask.

So, let's say you are the President of the United States. You've campaigned as a religious hardcore conservative even though it's becoming more obvious that you're a borrow-and-spend moderate who likes to use special interests to keep your party together and your opposition fractured.

After two questionable elections, a poorly conducted war based on "fixed" information, the worst federal response to a natural disaster n recent history, and the possibility that members of your administration and party may be going to prison for various charges, your polls are low and sinking.

You try to boost them by teleconferences and speeches, but it doesn't work. So you try a "presidential action;" something you're allowed to do as president to remind people that you can still be presidential.

The problem is, this action (nominating another person for the Supreme Court) doesn't go well. What's worse, this decision is being challenged by members of your own party. Rumors abound, like your own Vice President is letting you stew because you didn't heed his misgivings about your choice. Or that you may start another war to get people to like you again.

Not that the rumors matter. What's really important is that your Vice President and also your most important advisor are so swamped with their own problems you haven't been getting your regular dose of sage advice on how to make yourself look good. Everyone's too busy trying to save their own necks (or prepare to run things when you leave) that no one's paying you much attention.

So you have a choice. You can bite the bullet and ask your enemies to help you out; so you can save face on you latest nomination. You can make a real speech and cut loose those who are facing some court time; separate yourself as an unwilling party to their shady doings (regardless of how connected to them you truly are). You can finally give in to the indisputable evidence that this war cannot be won based on the direction it's going in, and take a stand by declaring a detailed method for troop withdrawal as well making sure that the occupied nation can properly (and independently) defend itself.

Or you can do nothing of substance and continue to try and make yourself look good.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Plame Game Recap

Timelines regarding the outing of Plame (which Scott McClellan still won't really talk about now that it's obvious someone's in trouble) can be found here, here and here.

Then & Now

Did President Bush really have higher standards when he was a bright-eyed candidate running for the highest office in America? If so, he should stick to them, even in these dark times.

You Can "Roll Back" All You Want

I don't plan on buying from Wal-Mart anytime soon. At least until they explain why their PAC gave money to an indicted member of Congress...after he was indicted.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Scotty's Stuck on "Default" Again

Highlights from Scotty's latest press gaggle, which goes over a certain debated photo op:

Q So you're saying this was not a staged conversation for PR purposes?

MR. McCLELLAN: This is an event where there's coordination that goes on and we work closely with the Department of Defense. They worked to pull together some troops for the President to visit with and highlight important topics that are going on right now on the ground in Iraq. The President is going to continue speaking out about what we're working to achieve in Iraq and he's going to continue talking about the vital mission that we're working to achieve there.
The stakes are high in Iraq. This is right up there at the top of our list of priorities. As the President said in the remarks, his most solemn duty and the most solemn duty of our men and women in uniform, like those he was talking to, is the safety and security of the American people.
I just don't know if some are suggesting that what our troops were saying was not their own thoughts, because it clearly was.

Q Now, we all saw the event, so without getting into what the President said and what the troops said, can you just talk specifically to the choreography? Did the soldiers know what questions they would be asking? Did they --

MR. McCLELLAN: No, I really can't, because we coordinate this with the Department of Defense, and you might want to direct questions to the Department of Defense, because when we do these events -- we appreciate all the help that they provide -- the Department of Defense takes the lead in terms of pulling some troops together so that we can do events like this.

Q So you, personally, do not know if those soldiers rehearsed their answers before they were on air, live?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, my understanding is that someone from the Department of Defense was talking to them ahead of time. But I don't know -- I was with the President, so --

Q Can you find out what the answer is?

MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, I think you might want to talk to the Department of Defense. Like I said, they're kind of the point person in terms of coordinating this with our troops. And we appreciate all that they do to help coordinate an event like this. But I think what the American people heard was some very important information from our men and women in uniform. These are men and women who are on the ground in Iraq, and I think we can get caught up in some of these side issues -- because that's all this is -- but let's talk about what was most important. What's important is that the Iraqi people are going to the polls this weekend, and they're going to vote on a constitution in a free Iraq. Just three years ago, the Iraqi people were under a brutal, oppressive dictator, a dictator that killed thousands and thousands of people.

Got that? If this was a rehearsed event, it's the Department of Defense's fault.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Watch For My Signal

The Washington Post tries to translate some of Bush's body language. By the way, what was with all of his jaw grinding? Is it really bruxism? If so, which one of the causes could it be?

But it's nothing compared to the signals he's trying to give conservatives who still aren't to thrilled with his SCOTUS nominee.

Captain Obvious Strikes Again

Fox News' own Bill O'Reilly makes a keen observation.

Two of a Kind

Quick: besides both being presidents, what does George Bush and Bill Clinton have in common?

How about a grand, but flawed domestic idea in their second term?

Of course, Clinton had his pre-Monica popularity to fall back on when his idea flopped.

Friday, October 07, 2005

What's Wrong With this Picture?

How's this for funny? In Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 2 6-year olds got into a fistfight over a pacifier! yup that's right, a pacifier. This began on monday. One of the children dropped his pacifier and another picked it up and refused to give it back, prompting the boy to punch the other boy in the face, and the boy with the pacifier retaliated.

Police then said the mother of one of the boys said she wanted the whole thing documented so she couldn't be accused of child abuse by the school.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Reality, Interrupted

President Bush dropped this little gem during today's speech (which didn't make the networks, BTW):

No act of ours invited the rage of the killers, and no concession, bribe or act of appeasement would change or limit their plans for murder.

Well, that's not what Capitol hill is being told. Nor is it what the people believe. Esecially when it's obvious -even to a history major like Bush- that there were "acts" on our part that invited rage: namely giving Bin Laden (and his ilk) weapons to fight Communism than leaving them high and dry to fight civl wars once Communism was no longer a threat to American Society.

The President shouldn't listen to polls, you say? Well, when the polls said that people believed Saddam Hussein was linked to 9/11, Bush did nothing. In fact, he promoted the theory until the truth was too big to ignore.

But there's no reason for denial anymore: there is a link between Iraq and the terrorists who attacked the US on 9/11. That link is George W. Bush.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

A Thousand Words

If take a good look at the picture on this link, you'll notice our new nominee for the Supreme Court helping President Bush with some documents.

First: It these are the "Bin Laden is gonna getcha" warnings we've heard about before, Miers isn't much of a briefer.

Second: I've heard of helping your friends get a job, but promoting your own laywer to the Supreme Court? Why would someone need to do that?

"Check the Logs"

Ok; we will. In regards to who said what during the Katrina Cleanup Debacle (which still continues but has the fortune of being attended to by some kind souls) we have Louisianna Gov. Blanco vs. President George Bush.

Blanco, in her offical emergency declaration, asked for all parishes to be included. In the White House response, the New Orleans parish was excluded.

Keep this in mind while people like (Former FEMA director/current FEMA consultant) Mike Brown tries to point fingers at everyone else but themsleves.