Monday, September 18, 2006

If this Doesn't Clue You in Bush is a Moron, You are Hopelessly Lost

This would be really funny if it wasn't my President.

Sunday Bloody Sunday

Just watch this:

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Iran and Iraq......Making Like Friends

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki
TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Iran's president -- hosting a visit from Iraq's prime minister and expressing support for his country's beleaguered war-torn neighbor-- says the Islamic republic supports a "united" Iraq and will help the nation "establish full security," an Iranian news agency reported.

So Iran and Iraq are making good friends.

And here is why:

Iran has a Shiite majority with Shiite President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iraq has a majority of Shiites, but had a Sunni Dictator, Saddam Hussein keeping them in line.

But, we took out the Sunni dictator and then had the Iraqis hold a democratic election, opening the gate for the Iraqis to freely elect a Shiite Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki.

Check out the picture above. That is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki shaking hands in Tehran today.

During their meeting, al-Maliki asked for help from Iran in stopping militants from crossing into Iraq.

New York Times
September 12, 2006

Iraq Asks Iran to Stop Flow of Militants

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iraq's prime minister made his first official visit to Iran on Tuesday, asking Tehran to prevent al-Qaida militants from slipping across the border to carry out attacks, an Iraqi official said. Iran's president promised to help Iraq establish security.

Just in case you were wondering what kind of friendship that Iran and Iraq are building, look no further than oil.

Toronto Star
September 13, 2006

Iraq and Iran to Sign Deal on Shared Oil Fields

Iraq and Iran plan to develop oil fields that straddle their border and Iraq will pump crude to its neighbour's refineries, deepening commercial ties between the two oil producers, Iraq's oil minister said yesterday.
There is another interesting tid bit in the Toronto Star article.

Iraq could forge similar deals involving oil fields on borders with Syria and Kuwait.

Yes, you read that correctly, Iraq and Kuwait working together.

Why did we lead Operation Desert Storm in the early '90s? But I digress.

You'll remember Syria, they are that little country on the Iraq border that is part of United Nations Ambassador John Bolton's "Beyond the Axis of Evil." A kind of extended version of the original Axis of Evil.

Syria was in the news recently when it killed three men trying to attack the United State Embassy in Damasscus.

Times of India
September 12, 2006

Three US embassy Attackers Killed in Syria

DAMASCUS/CAIRO: Three men trying to attack the US embassy in the Syrian capital Damascus were killed, the Syrian Interior Ministry said on Tuesday. A fourth man was wounded and detained.

Of course this attack was useless, because the US Ambassador to Syria was withdrawn after the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.

So Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was put in an odd postition of having to thank the Syrians for protecting the US citizens in the embassy.

Khaleej Times
September 12, 2006

Rice Praises Syrian Agents for Repelling Attack on US Embassy

STELLARTON, Nova Scotia - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice praised Syrian security agents on Tuesday for repelling attack on American Embassy in Damascus, but said it was too early to know who may have been behind it.

Which had the Syrians respond with an attack on the United States foriegn policy in the Middle East.

September 13, 2006

Syria blames US policies for attack

Syria has accused the US of fuelling extremism and terrorism in the Middle East after four attackers stormed the US embassy in Damascus.

The Syrian embassy in Washington said in a statement on Tuesday that US policies in the Middle East have fuelled extremism, terrorism and anti-US sentiment.

It is important to keep in mind that Syria, unlike Iran, is a secular country, the way Iraq was before Saddam Hussein was removed from power.

While I knew we were trying to bring peace to the Middle East, I didn't know we were trying to bring peace to two of the "Axis of Evil" and one of the countries "beyond the Axis of Evil."

I don't think this is the kind of peace that George W. Bush's administration had in mind. I know it is not what I thought we were working toward.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

What The Hell Is Wrong With Republicans?

So, everybody is aware of the big news on Capitol Hill today: Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay resined his seat in the US House of Representatives and is dropping out of his re-election capaign. This coming after he was indicted in Austin, Texas by Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle for conspiracy and money laundering charges related to the infamous "K Street Poject" he helped get started.

Tom DeLay's Harris County Sheriff‘s Department Mug Shot

Washington Post
September 29, 2005

DeLay Indicted in Texas Finance Probe

A Texas grand jury indicted House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) yesterday on a charge of criminally conspiring with two political associates to inject illegal corporate contributions into 2002 state elections that helped the Republican Party reorder the congressional map in Texas and cement its control of the House in Washington.

The indictment forced DeLay, one of the Republicans' most powerful leaders and fundraisers, to step aside under House rules barring such posts to those accused of criminal conduct. House Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), the third-ranking leader, was elected by Republican House members yesterday afternoon to fill the spot temporarily after conservatives threatened a revolt against another candidate considered by House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.).

DeLay's former House Majority leader position went to Representavtive John Boehner (R-OH). You'll remember Boehner as the guy who went around on the House floor handing out Big Tabacco checks on the House floor back in 1996.

House Majority Leader John Boehner

New York Times

Bob Herbert

One day last summer Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, chairman of the House Republican Conference, decided to play Santa Claus.... In any event, Mr. Boehner took it upon himself to begin handing out money from tobacco lobbyists to certain of his colleagues on the House floor.

Boehner stopped handing out the checks only "after being questioned about the practice by two freshmen who'd heard about the handoff on the House floor."
You'll notice that DeLay refused to turn himself into the Travis County Sherrifs' Department, where Earle's juristiction resides. He truned himself into the Harris County Sherrifs Department. You'll also notice that even though this "mug shot" was officially released by the Harris County Sherriffs Department, There is no visible booking identifiers in the image.

But, I am not here to discuss DeLay, I am writing today about all of the corruption and theivery and down right lawlessness that is embbeded in the Republican party.

In January, Claude Allen, Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy resigned rather suddenly, to "spend more time with family."

President Bush And Claud Allen

White House
February 9, 2006

President Thanks Domestic Policy Advisor Claude Allen for Service

Claude Allen has been a trusted advisor since 2001. As Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, he worked hard to improve the health and welfare of all Americans. During the past year, he has served as my top domestic policy advisor at the White House and has helped develop policies that will strengthen our Nation's families, schools, and communities.

So, I guess all the teachers out there can thank Allen for the sorry state of our school system and the utter failure that is called No Child Left Behind.

President Bush, Karl Rove and Claude Allen

Chicago Tribune
March 10, 2006

Former White House adviser arrested on retail theft charges

The police said Allen, who was arrested Thursday, was seen Jan. 2 leaving a department store in Gaithersburg, Md., with merchandise for which he had not paid. He was apprehended by a store employee and issued a misdemeanor citation for theft, police said.

But, as it turns out, Allen wasn't just involved in a little shoplifting, as he was given a citation for on January 2. No, he was running a whole entire scam at Target stores.

Claude Allen's Montgomery County Sherrifs Department Mug Shot

Montgomery County Department of the Police
March 10, 2006

Gaithersburg Man Arrested for Theft Scheme

On January 2, 2006, a Target store Loss Prevention Manger observed an unknown man enter the store located at 25 Grand Corner Avenue in Gaithersburg. He was observed in the store with an empty Target bag in a shopping cart. The man was then seen selecting merchandise throughout the store and placing items in the Target bag. He put additional items in his cart. The man then went to guest services where he produced a receipt and received a refund for the items he had just selected from the store shelves. After receiving the refund he left the store without paying for the additional merchandise in the shopping cart. He was apprehended by the store employee.
Of course, since this is the actual police report, no specific amount of stolen goods is given. It is just stated "Allen had been receiving refunds in an amount exceeding $5,000 during last year." But, we don't know yet if he has been doing this for longer than a year.

I was completely stunned when I heard this report. I understand all of the money stuff in Washington, but petty teft? A shoplifting scam? This guy was one of Bush's right hand guys. Allen literally had the ear of the leader of the most powerful country in the world. WHat was he thinking?

Then, this one comes in:

Department of Homeland Security Deputy Press Secretary Brian J. Doyle

WTSP - Tampa Bay's 10 News
April 4, 2006

Deputy Press Secretary for U.S. Department of Homeland Security Arrested on Polk County Charges

Brian J. Doyle, DOB 4/7/50, the Deputy Press Secretary for the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security's Office of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C., was arrested this evening at his residence in Silver Springs, Maryland, on 23 Polk County charges related to the use of a computer to seduce a child and transmitting harmful materials to a minor.
Doyle's arrest is the result of a joint investigation by the Polk County Sheriff s Office, working with Florida’s 10th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jerry Hill s office, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Inspector General s Office.

Yes, you read that correctly. Doyle was trying to solicite sex from what he thought was a 14 year old girl. Luckily it turned out to be an undercover Montgomery County Sherriffs Deputy.

Doyle is nothing more than your average ordinary pedaphile. He should hang for this.

So, now this is where it gets weird. If you MapQuest directions from 7200 block of Cliff Pine Drive in Gaithersburg, MD, Claude Allens home and the city of Silver Spring, MD, Brian Doyle's residence, you find out they are only around 22 miles from each other.

Check for yourself.

You can't make this stuff up!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Saddam 'Tried To Kill My Dad'

A lot of republicans try to say that George W. Bush did not attack Iraq because of a grudge Bush had for Saddam Hussein trying to kill his dad George H. W. Bush.

Well, it is true. It was a reason hey gave for going to war.

George W. Bush Hanging Out With a Bunch of Republicans

September 27, 2002

Bush calls Saddam 'the guy who tried to kill my dad'

HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) -- President Bush leveled harsh criticism Thursday at the Senate on homeland security issues, but he revised his stump speech to make clear "there are fine senators from both parties who care deeply about our country."

And, in discussing the threat posed by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, Bush said: "After all, this is the guy who tried to kill my dad."
Keep in mind that this is around 6 months before we went to war in Iraq. Bush was stumping for war. This speech was one of the many where he was pushing to go to war. So, he did use Saddam trying to kill his daddy as a reason to take an entire country to war.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Charlie Sheen Speaks Up On 9/11 Cover-Up!

So, Alex jones was on CNN's Showboz Tonight to discuss Charlie Sheen's interview, in which Sheen stated that he felt there was a government cover-up regarding the events of September 11, 2001.

This is really the first time that a major star and major network have discussed a possible conspiracy theory around 9/11.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

What is the definitaion of "terrorist"?

Reading through some late night stories and I came across this one:

Bomb Damaged Riosinio Hotel In La Paz, Bolivia

March 23, 2006 1:43AM

American and his girlfriend arrested in hotel bombings

American man and his Uruguayan girlfriend were arrested Wednesday, accused of killing two people and injuring at least seven with bombs that severely damaged two hotels.

Police puzzled over their motive, discounting terrorism but saying they had religious reasons and that the American appears to be mentally ill.

The first bombing was at the Alojamiento Linares Hotel, also in La Paz on Tuesday. The fatalities came from the first bombing, because the police were able to uncover the plot and evacuate the Riosinio Hotel before the second bomb went off.

These are the two whackos responsible for two bombing attacks in Bolivia:

Claudio Lestad, 25, of New Orleans

Alda Ribeiro, 40, of Uruguay

The story continues to say that these two were planning a bigger hit than the two hotels.

The couple had planned to bomb the Chilean consulate in La Paz on Saturday, National Police Chief Issac Pemintel said.
The President of Bolivia imediately called these people terrorists, according to the story.

Bolivian President Evo Morales

President Evo Morales lost no time in denouncing them as an attack on Bolivia's democracy. "This American was putting bombs in hotels," Morales said. "The U.S. government fights terrorism, and they send us terrorists."

So, what makes these two loonies different than the crazy people who bomb embassies? What is the difference between a consulate and an embassy?


1. The residence or official premises of a consul.
2. The office, term of office, or jurisdiction of a consul.
3. Government by consuls.


1. A building containing the offices of an ambassador and staff.
2. The position, function, or assignment of an ambassador.
3. A mission to a foreign government headed by an ambassador.
4. A staff of diplomatic representatives headed by an ambassador.


1. An official appointed by a government to reside in a foreign country and represent his or her government's commercial interests and assist its citizens there. See Usage Note at council.
2. Either of the two chief magistrates of the Roman Republic, elected for a term of one year.
3. Any of the three chief magistrates of the French Republic from 1799 to 1804.


1. A diplomatic official of the highest rank appointed and
accredited as representative in residence by one government or sovereign to another, usually for a specific length of time.

2. A diplomatic official heading his or her country's permanent mission to certain international organizations, such as the United Nations.
3. An authorized messenger or representative.
4. An unofficial representative: ambassadors of goodwill.

So, the National Police Chief, Issac Pemintel stated that the couple had a plan together to blow up the Consulate of Chile in La Paz, Bolivia on Saturday, but the police "denounced terrorism" as the reason, but sited "religious reasons" for the bombings.

What did the victims of these bombings have to say about what happend?

"This doesn't make any sense. It seems like a joke. Clearly they are psychopaths and they wanted to kill people," said Natalie de la Quintana, who lives up the street.

"It knocked me out," [Ramiro]Calle [employee at the Riosinio Hotel] said. "I was very frightened."

"I was terrified," said Helga Bruggeling, an Australian tourist who was staying across the street. "Our entire building shook. Now we're wondering if it's safe to stay here anymore."
So, what is a terrorist?

1. One that engages in acts or an act of terrorism.
2. Of or relating to terrorism.


1. The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person
or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.
2. The unlawful use or threat of violence esp. against the state or the public as a politically motivated means of attack or coercion 3. Violent and intimidating gang activity
4. The calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimindation or coercion or instilling fear.
So, what do you call two people who planned to bomb the consulate of a soveriegn nation in a second soveriegn nation for religious reasons?

Sounds like terrrorists to me.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Why the US is Losing the War in Iraq

Why are we having so much trouble with the insurgents in Iraq? This was supposed to be a very short war that wouldn't cost America every penny in our coffers.

You will remember that on November 16, 2002, Donald Rumsfeld was quoted as saying that if war erupted in Iraq, it wouldn't last more than "five days or five weeks or five months."

Gaurdian Unlimited
November 16, 2002

Iraqi Army is Tougher Than US Believes

"I can't say if the use of force would last five days or five weeks or five months, but it certainly isn't going to last any longer than that," he said. "It won't be a world war three."
This quote is from an interview Donald Rumsfeld had with Steve Croft of CBS Radio Connect on November 14, 2002. This interview is supposed to be hosted on the Department of Defense web site, but their site seems to be down. Here is the cached page of the transcript.

Rumsfled used this same line a second time on February 7, 2003, but replaced the 555 with 666.

February 7, 2003

Defense Secretary Speaks to American Troops

And it is not knowable if force will be used, but if it is to be used, it is not knowable how long that conflict would last. It could last, you know, six days, six weeks. I doubt six months.
You'll notice he dropped the world war III stuff. Because nobody wants to hear Rumsfeld say 666 and World War III at the same time.

It is importnant to note what the November 16, 2002 Gaurdian Unlimited article was about.

Please take a second to read: Iraqi army is tougher than US believes
The article is by Dr Toby Dodge who was an Iraq expert at Warwick University and an associate fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs and discusses the difference between the Iraqi army the US led coalition faced during Operation Desert Storm and what was the current Iraqi army in November, 2002.

According to Wikipedia, their were roughly 660,000 US led coalition forces with Iraq having around 1,000,000 troops. A little over 500,000 of the coalition forces were American. Of the roughly 1 million Iraqi troops most not the highly trained Republican Guard or Special Republican Guard types. There were 80-100,000 Republican Guard and 15-20,000 Special Republican Guard troops.

When Operation Desert Shield was turned into Operation Desert Storm the RGs and SRGs were pulled back to Baghdad and the regular Iraqi troops, who were hungry for the most part and sometimes wearing Chicago Bulls jerseys (looking for this link) other times, were left to die.

So, what happened to the Republican Guard troops that were extremely motivated to keep to Saddam Hussien regime in power? Well, rather than trying to turn them to our side, they were disabanded.

Department of State
Under Constant Updating
Background Note: Iraq

When major combat operations ended in April 2003, the Iraqi Army disintegrated, and its installations were destroyed by pilfering and looting. The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) officially dissolved the Iraqi military and Ministry of Defense on May 23, 2003. On August 7, 2003, the CPA established the New Iraqi Army as the first step toward the creation of the national self-defense force of post-Saddam Hussein Iraq. Support for the manning, training and equipping of Iraq’s security forces is being led by the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq.
George H. W. Bush was smart enough to keep us out of Baghdad and the quagmire we are in today.

February 27, 2000

CNN20: Kuwait is Liberated

Kuwait is liberated, The Iraqi army is defeated. Our military objectives are met.
Why did George H. W. Bush stop the US led coalition troops short of Baghdad? Is it because he listened to his advisors who told him that Baghdad was protected by 95-120,100 higly trained Iraqi Republican Guard and Special Republican Guard troops?

It is quite clear that George H. W. Bush knew that going into Baghdad was not a good idea. He had liberated Kuwait which is why Operation Desert Storm was turned into Operation Desert Farewell.

What happened to the Republican Guard and Special Republican Guard troops. What happened to the regular Iraqi army troops when they were disbanded on May 23, 2003, one week after George W. Bush declared "mission accomplished."

White House
May 1, 2003
Remarks by the President from the USS
Abraham Lincoln At Sea Off the Coast of San Diego, California
President Bush Announces Major Combat Operations in Iraq Have Ended

Thank you all very much. Admiral Kelly, Captain Card, officers and sailors of the USS Abraham Lincoln, my fellow Americans: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country.

Did all of those Iraqi troops become pizza delivery guys or do they sell rugs on the side of the road. Or, did they become insurgents.