Sunday, October 08, 2006

Perversity

The Party of Perversion

"Perverse - Contrary to what is good or right: corrupt"

Early in the BushCo takeover, there were people trying to log the lies of the Moron. More than five years later, focus upon his lies has waned, because it is assumed he always lies. It is assumed that everyone in BushCo lies as a matter of course. It is assumed that anyone supporting BushCo for a salary and/or kickbacks lies.

Being lied to, drowning in the lies, corrupts our being.

Mark Foley's perversion is but a pimple on the ass of the Republican party and the nation. Compared to the array of countless other transgressions, he is very small potatoes. However, his misdeeds highlight the hypocrisy of the well fed roaches as they skitter, bibles at the ready, from the light of day.

As I write this, the Moron is going to stay the course with the roach Hastert, as he did with the roach DeLay, as he does with the roach Rumsfeld. As he does with the charnel house Iraq. He is perverse. His vice president is perverse. His secretary of state is perverse. His secretary of defense is perverse. His leader of the senate is perverse. His press secretary is perverse. The vile media enablers are perverse. They are all perverse.

What Mark Foley does to scratch his itch is ugly, but it is not as ugly as the perversions of those above him. For years Foley got away with the seduction of boys, because he saw that he could. It was what he wanted to do. For years, those above him have committed far more heinous crimes, and the light has not yet caused them to scurry for cover. They don't need to. They can get away with it, continuing to do what they want to do. Trillions are unaccounted for in the Pentagon. Billions are pilfered in Iraq. Blood is shed with a wink and a nod. Torture is legalized. Health care, such as it is, is available to fewer and fewer people. The environment is attacked by venal policies. The Moron has gutted the Constitution, and his signing statements have neutered Congress. The well being of life on the planet is attacked by venal policies. The rich get richer and everyone else slides. Through all of this, the right wing righteous bow their heads, praise Jesus, continuing their hubris without shame.

Tonight, Wednesday, I watched the Bill Moyers 90 minute special about the life and crimes of Jack Abramoff et al. It was chilling. Tom DeLay smiled benignly in his mug shot so that people could see Jesus emanating from him. Ewe! The perversion is so pervasive as to be insufferable. Jungles thrive on the rot below, but we will perish from the rot spreading around us.

Who would Jesus bomb? The same people we bomb.

Who would Jesus torture? The same people we torture.

Who would Jesus cheat and defraud? The same people we cheat and defraud

Who would Jesus molest? The same people we molest.

Who would Jesus lie to? The same people we lie to.

Who would Jesus make disappear? The same people we make disappear.

And so on.

It's good to be a Republican, to be on the side of Jesus. Thank God Jesus speaks through George W. Bush, Tom DeLay and the Republican Party.

Amen

Picks of the Week

A special comment about lying: Keith Olbermann on the difference between terrorists and critics

"The president of the United States — unbowed, undeterred and unconnected to reality — has continued his extraordinary trek through our country rooting out the enemies of freedom: the Democrats."

Six Flags over neo-Nuremberg:Bush, Oprah, the San Diego Chicken and a proto-fascist panopticon of the mind

"In temperament, Bush is as vain and brutish as any tin-plated dictator. Worse, Bush more closely resembles an abusive pimp – tragically -- Lady Liberty’s. Habitually slapping her around, accusing her of holding out on him, and paranoid of betrayal, Bush, a preening caricature of Macho Narcissism, like any run-of-the-dark-alley pimp claims to be her protector, as, all the while, he abuses, exploits, and degrades her. Apropos, Bush’s vast collection of outfits for every occasion should include a plum purple pimp suit; accordingly, the presidential limo should be tricked out to sport 1970’s style Cadillac El Dorado opera windows, a two tone paint job, and be accessorized with plush, white fur-lined upholstery."

This essay is worth reading through. It tickled my fancy after a night of too much wine and too little sleep. It reminds me of Hugh Romney, a comedian I saw in a small venue in Denver, circa 1962. Romney went on to become known as Wavy Gravy and may have been the person who put LSD into the Kool Aid in The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test.

Impeachment anyone? The case for taking the tape off our mouths

"Never before has the system of government established by the U.S. Constitution been as seriously threatened; never before has the built-in remedy for the sort of threat we face been as badly needed; never before have we had as good an opportunity to use that remedy exactly as it was intended."

Fatal vision: The deeper evil behind the detainee bill

"All of this is bad enough - a sickening and cowardly surrender of liberty not seen in a major Western democracy since the Enabling Act passed by the German Reichstag in March 1933. But it is by no means the full extent of our degradation. In reality, the darkness is deeper, and more foul, than most people imagine. For in addition to the dictatorial powers of seizure and torment given by Congress on Thursday to George W. Bush - powers he had already seized and exercised for five years anyway, even without this fig leaf of sham legality - there is a far more sinister imperial right that Bush has claimed - and used - openly, without any demur or debate from Congress at all: ordering the 'extrajudicial killing' of anyone on earth that he and his deputies decide - arbitrarily, without charges, court hearing, formal evidence, or appeal - is an 'enemy combatant.'"

The new enabling act

"At the time, perhaps, it was difficult to recognize the exact moment when the die was cast – when the malignancy gained sufficient momentum to make what followed inevitable. But in hindsight, the Enabling Act, passed by the German legislature in 1933, might well have been the point of no return.

"Hitler was elected Chancellor (a point conveniently forgotten by many) in January 1933 on a platform of anti-communist propaganda. In February, the Reichstag, the equivalent of our Capitol, was destroyed by arsonists, who may or may not have been affiliated with the Nazis. Appropriately cowed by these and other intimidations, the German parliament passed the Enabling Act that March."

Human rights groups condemn US law on military commissions

"Civil liberties and human rights have denounced the Military Commissions Act adopted by Congress last week, calling it a fundamental break by the US government with democratic principles. The bill passed the Senate Thursday and the House of Representatives Friday, and will be signed into law by President Bush within days."

Decimating the Constitution with military tribunals

"Given all the glorification being bestowed on three U.S. senators for displaying 'principle' in standing against President Bush’s plan to amend the Geneva Convention to permit torture of detainees, followed by their quick compromise abandoning any semblance of principle, it is easy to lose sight of something much bigger: The military tribunals that the president and the Congress are set to approve will constitute the most radical, dangerous, and disgraceful transformation in the U.S. criminal-justice system since our nation’s inception."

Pentagon to probe Gitmo beatings claim

"The Pentagon said Friday that it will investigate a Marine's sworn statement that guards at Guantanamo Bay bragged about beating detainees and that they described it as common practice."

The fascists are creating quite a hell for the defenseless.

Reporter was 'shot by US military on way to hospital

"Terry Lloyd, the ITN journalist, was shot dead by American troops as he was taken to hospital after being injured in crossfire during the Iraq war, an inquest heard today."

A lot of reporters have been offed in Iraq.

Attorneys for 25 men being held in Afghanistan launched a preemptive strike Monday against President Bush's plan to prosecute and interrogate terrorism suspects.

"Court documents filed Monday demand that the men be released or charged and allowed to meet with attorneys. Such a filing, known as a habeas corpus petition, is prohibited under the legislation approved by Congress last week."

Kissinger's bad advice on Iraq

"The real surprise in Woodward’s book has received less attention: The Bush administration’s main advisor during the war has been Henry Kissinger.

"Kissinger, according to Woodward’s book, apparently has convinced the Bush White House that any troop withdrawals from Iraq will start a wave of public pressure to pull out all U.S. forces from Iraq. He is probably right in this analysis."

Return of the war criminal

"Come to think of it, Talleyrand looks pretty good compared to Kissinger, who always aspired to be Metternich (a 19th century Austrian diplomat). Just count the number of Americans and Vietnamese who died between 1969 and 1973, and see if you can find any indication he ever gave a damn."

How al Qaeda views a long Iraq war: A letter from Al Qaeda leaders found in Iraq shows that the group sees the war as a boon for its cause.

"But a letter that has been translated and released by the US military indicates that Al Qaeda itself sees the continued American presence in Iraq as a boon for the terror network, which has recently shown signs of expanding into the Palestinian territories and North Africa."

Attacks in Baghdad kill 13 US soldiers in 3 days

"Thirteen U.S. soldiers have been killed in Baghdad since Monday, the American military reported, registering the highest three-day death toll for U.S. forces in the capital since the start of the war."

Iraq's universities and schools near collapse as teachers and pupils flee

"Iraq's school and university system is in danger of collapse in large areas of the country as pupils and teachers take flight in the face of threats of violence.

"Professors and parents have told the Guardian they no longer feel safe to attend their educational institutions. In some schools and colleges, up to half the staff have fled abroad, resigned or applied to go on prolonged vacation, and class sizes have also dropped by up to half in the areas that are the worst affected."

Troops polled say armed forces stretched too thin overseas

"A solid majority of American soldiers returning from the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan say that U.S. armed forces are stretched too thin, according to a poll released yesterday by a veterans group."

Bush's failed policy to kill, kill, kill

"On March 30, 2003 – 3 ½ years ago and only 10 days after the U.S. invasion of Iraq – I solicited assessments from a few trusted military analysts and wrote that “whatever happens in the weeks ahead, George W. Bush has ‘lost’ the war in Iraq. The only question now is how big a price America will pay, both in terms of battlefield casualties and political hatred swelling around the world.

"The article, entitled 'Bay of Pigs Meets Black Hawk Down,' argued that one of Bush’s most egregious miscalculations was his assumption that the Iraqis wouldn’t fight a foreign invader. Like the wishful thinking in the Bay of Pigs disaster (Cuba, 1961), U.S. policymakers assumed an invasion would be welcomed, not opposed."

Death squads in Iraqi hospitals

"The takeover began after the last election in December when Sadr's political faction was given control of the Ministry of Health. The U.S. military has documented how Sadr's Mahdi Army has turned morgues and hospitals into places where death squads operate freely."

US building Sunni militias?

"Dahr Jamail, an independent journalist in Iraq writing for Antiwar.com, reports on a new development in Iraq, namely, that the U.S. armed forces are arming and training Sunni militias. If true, it's a stunning new error, compounding past ones (disbanding the army, banning the Baath, empowering the religious Shiites, etc.)."In bill's fine print, millions to celebrate victory

"Tucked away in fine print in the military spending bill for this past year was a lump sum of $20 million to pay for a celebration in the nation’s capital 'for commemoration of success' in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Great wall to seal off Iraq

"'The feeling in Saudi is that Iraq is way out of control with no possibility of stability,' said Nawaf Obaid, director of Saudi Arabia's National Security Assessment Project. 'The urgency now is to get that border sealed - physically sealed,' Outwardly the great desert wall will appear mundane, with two metal barriers running 100 metres apart, lined with barbed wire at the base and top."

US general says thousands of Iraqi police wounded, killed

"About 4,000 Iraqi police have been killed and more than 8,000 injured over the past two years, the U.S. commander in charge of the police training said Friday."

US may accept Iranian nuclear bomb

"AMERICA is going to have to learn to live with a nuclear Iran, US intelligence analysts have concluded at a secret meeting near Washington.

"Senior operatives and outside experts from the intelligence community were almost unanimous in their view that little could be done to stop Iran acquiring the components for a nuclear bomb, The Sunday Times has learnt."

US eases demand for Iran sanctions

"Acting on EU advice, the United States has postponed its call for immediate U.N. sanctions against Iran over nuclear policy."

US uranium deadline for Iran

"The US is giving European negotiators until the end of the week to convince Iran to suspend its uranium-enrichment program and will then pursue sanctions if Tehran fails to comply, a senior US official said yesterday."

I'm so confused.

October surprise? A scary but plausible scenario

"To maintain his macho image, however, the president will also announce that the U.S. will bomb Iran's nuclear facilities if that country refuses to stop enriching uranium within a week. He is currently laying the political groundwork for this by asserting that the Democrats would be unwilling to militarily preempt an aggressive state. The Democrats, he says, will 'wait until we're attacked again,' implying that he will strike before we are assailed. Bombing Iran will be couched in terms of eliminating that country's ability to attack us with nuclear weapons."

From a former member of the Reagan administration.

The March to war: Naval build-up in the Persian Gulf and the eastern Mediterranean

"The militarization of the Eastern Mediterranean is broadly under the jurisdiction of NATO in liaison with Israel. Directed against Syria, it is conducted under the façade of a UN peace-keeping mission pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1701. In this context, the war on Lebanon must be viewed as a stage of a the broader US sponsored military road-map."

Russia slams US "unilateral" move on Iran

“'We believe the community of action must be continued but the United States has already taken a unilateral decision affecting all parties, which limits activities in Iran not only of American companies but of all companies,' Lavrov said during a visit to Poland."

something wicked this way comes

"There are some evil plans in the works for October."

Interesting item . . . make of it what you will.

Maher Arar's ordeal, the Harper government and the assault on democratic rights

"The report of the public inquiry into the official kidnapping, incarceration, and torture of Maher Arar and the reaction to it of Canada’s national-security forces, political establishment, and corporate media demonstrates the incompatibility between the agenda of the ruling elite and Canadians’ basic democratic rights."

Harper, like the Moron, takes his cues from corporate North America

Adding insult to injury? Wounded soldiers have pay cut

"The government must stop docking danger pay from soldiers who are injured while fighting for Canada in places like Afghanistan, a Liberal MP said yesterday.

"Wounded members of the Canadian Forces 'are no longer given the benefit of the danger pay nor the tax-exempt status, which I think is extraordinarily harsh and shows a broken faith with our troops,' said Dan McTeague, an MP from Scarborough."

Harper and Bush share the same compassionate conservative philosophy - i.e., f**k the troops.

How the West destroyed Afghanistan

"In order to sell Canadians on our war-fighting mission in Afghanistan, the Harper government resorts to using language that reduces the debate to an adolescent level. By constantly repeating phrases like “we can't cut and run” and we won't leave 'until the job is done,' or 'we have to support our troops' or we 'can't let the terrorists win' Harper hopes to frame the debate so that nothing substantive ever gets discussed.

"These are the kind of arguments you find amongst adolescent boys fighting in schoolyards: too immature and too driven by their testosterone to actually think straight about the consequences of their actions."

Canada must remove the their neocons from power before it's too late.

Taliban back, using Iraq-style violence

"'One Iraq is bad enough,' said Bruce Hoffman, a counterinsurgency expert at Georgetown University. 'Given that our two main theaters of operations aren't going well, one has to question how well the U.S. understands counterinsurgency.'"

Inadequate equipment, health problems face Iraq, Afganistan

"US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan lack proper equipment, are overstretched and face serious health problems upon their return home, according to a poll released by an advocacy group.

"The poll by VoteVets.org, a political action committee made up of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, showed that nearly half (42 percent) of all veterans who served in either country felt that their equipment did not meet military standards."

US set to cut deal with Taliban

"Alarm bells are going off in the US political and strategic community over the Bush administration's weighing the option of bringing Taliban back into the power equation in Afghanistan.

"First signs of impending overtures to Taliban from Washington came last month when Bush and his aides gingerly supported Pakistan’s agreement with Taliban in the Waziristan province, a deal which was panned in strategic circles as a sell-out to extremists at the expense of US and NATO ground troops in Afghanistan."

Contractors in Afghanistan are making big money for bad work

"A highway that begins crumbling before it is finished. A school with a collapsed roof. A clinic with faulty plumbing. A farmers' cooperative that farmers can't use. Afghan police and military that, after training, are incapable of providing the most basic security. And contractors walking away with millions of dollars in aid money for the work. The Bush Administration touts the reconstruction effort in Afghanistan as a success story. Perhaps, in comparison to the violence-plagued efforts in Iraq and the incompetence-riddled efforts on the American Gulf Coast, everything is relative. A new report 'Afghanistan, Inc.,' issued by the non-profit organization CorpWatch, details the bungled reconstruction effort in Afghanistan."

9/11 panel members weren't told of [Tenet - Rice] meeting

"Members of the Sept. 11 commission said today that they were alarmed that they were told nothing about a White House meeting in July 2001 at which George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, is reported to have warned Condoleezza Rice, then the national security adviser, about an imminent Al Qaeda attack and failed to persuade her to take action."

I guess we can drop the "Kinda" in Kinda Sleazy.

Rice more sordid than Foley

"Call me old school, but I am still more concerned with the Republicans molesting Lady Liberty while pretending to be guarding the nation's security, an assignment which they have totally botched. The news about the Foley coverup, while important as yet another example of extreme hypocrisy on the part of the Republican virtues police, should not be allowed to obscure the latest evidence of administration deceit as to its egregious ineptness in protecting the nation."

Stay home, Ms. Rice

"Or is this just a public relations exercise aimed at improving America's deplorable image in the Arab and Muslim world? Has she merely come on a mission to 'explore' the situation and spread around a little of her dubious charm?"

Maybe it's best to get the outted liar out of Dodge and out of sight.

Is Condi Rice being drug tested?

"The most despised woman in the Middle East returned to the scene of the crime this week. Condi showed up in Cairo with a pitch to sell the latest neo-con plot -- a 'moderate' Arab coalition aligned with Israel against the 'radicals’ in Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. She got no takers from the ranks of the assembled audience of seven autocratic absolute monarchs and one Egyptian dictator -- all fine examples of democratic progress in the Middle East."

Rumsfeld, Ashcroft received warning of al Qaida attack before 9/11

"The State Department's disclosure Monday that the pair was briefed within a week after then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was told about the threat on July 10, 2001, raised new questions about what the Bush administration did in response, and about why so many officials have claimed they never received or don't remember the warning."

Unlikely terrorists on no-fly list

"(CBS) 60 Minutes, in collaboration with the National Security News Service, has obtained the secret list used to screen airline passengers for terrorists and discovered it includes names of people not likely to cause terror, including the president of Bolivia, people who are dead and names so common, they are shared by thousands of innocent fliers."

Bush says he can edit security reports

"In the law Bush signed Wednesday, Congress stated no one but the privacy officer could alter, delay or prohibit the mandatory annual report on Homeland Security department activities that affect privacy, including complaints.

"But Bush, in a signing statement attached to the agency's 2007 spending bill, said he will interpret that section 'in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional authority to supervise the unitary executive branch.'"

On Friday night, I watched a History Channel presentation, Hitler Speaks. It was about how his physician treated him with a variety of drug cocktails. One vignette leapt out at me. Because of some condition Hitler suffered from, the doctor needed a special drug. But because of strict German laws regarding drugs, the good doctor had to jump through some hoops to obtain it. I immediately realized the Moron would have no such trouble. If he wanted an arcane cocaine, opium, amphetamine, meth, margarita pick-me-up, it would be a done deal. Jeb would FedEx it to him.

"Capitol crimes" Moyers on America

"'It's a dizzying scope of perfidy and politics that boggles the imagination, and although Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay have been brought down, the system remains as vulnerable as ever,' says Bill Moyers. 'The scale of corruption still coming to light dwarfs anything since Watergate. In one sense it's the age-old tale of greed, but greed encouraged now by the way our system works. Deep in the plea agreements of Jack Abramoff and his cronies is the admission that they conspired to use campaign contributions to bribe politicians; campaign finance is at the core of the corruption. They took great pains to cover their tracks, and they might have pulled it off except for a handful of honest people, and the work of some enterprising print reporters, Senate investigators, and the ethics team at the department of justice. Following the money in this story leads through a bizarre maze of cocktail parties, golf courses, private jets, four-star restaurants, sweatshops - and the aura of chandeliered rooms frequented by the high and mighty of Washington.'"

Judge may have stymied Abramoff probe

"The bribery investigation involving influence-peddler Jack Abramoff may have been stymied by a federal judge in Florida just as prosecutors began asking questions about the lobbyist's ties to the White House.

"U.S. District Judge Paul Huck refused to delay Abramoff's prison sentence for fraud charges Thursday, rejecting a plea by the Justice Department's top corruption prosecutor, who said Abramoff was providing information about officials whose names hadn't yet surfaced in the case."

Abramoff knew about war on Iraq a year before it happened

"Isn't it just super how slime like Jack Abramoff knew there would be a war in Iraq ONE FULL YEAR before it started! When it comes to incriminating documents for impeachment, this is as good as it gets."

White House Aide to Rove resigns

"Critics have pointed to Ralston as evidence that Rove - and thus Bush - are possibly closer to Abramoff than the White House has acknowledged. Ralston was Abramoff's administrative assistant at his lobbying firm and, after Bush took office, assumed the same post with Rove."

Wouldn't it be better to chop off the head of the serpent? Speaking metaphorically, of course.

Lincoln weeps by Bill Moyers

"If democracy can be said to have temples, the Lincoln Memorial is our most sacred. You stand there silently contemplating the words that gave voice to Lincoln's fierce determination to save the union—his resolve that 'government of, by, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.' On this latest visit, I was overcome by a sense of melancholy. Lincoln looks out now on a city where those words are daily mocked. This is no longer his city. And those people from all walks of life making their way up the steps to pay their respect to the martyred president—it's not their city, either. Or their government. This is an occupied city, a company town, and government is a subservient subsidiary of richly endowed patrons."

Yesterday, the Evil Moron came to town, seeking to bolster the sagging campaign of "Both ways Bob" Beauprez. The Moron raised $300,000 from 300 attendees. In appreciation, Both Ways said, "In a time of great trial, great leaders emerge. Washington, Lincoln, Churchill and Bush. We ask God to continue to grant us great leaders." God granted us Bush? Good God!! Hurry, we must atone to prevent further wrath.

I was just thinking about Bush as Washington, "I cannot tell a truth."

Dutch blackbox voting

"In a just-published report (PDF, in English, cached here), the Dutch we-don't-trust-voting-computers foundation (Dutch and English) details how it converted a Nedap voting machine, of a type used in Holland and France, to steal a pre-determined percentage of votes and reassign them to another party. The paper describes in great detail how 'anyone, when given brief access to the devices at any time before the election, can gain complete and virtually undetectable control over the election results.' As a funny bonus, responding to an earlier challenge by the manufacturer, the researchers reflashed a voting machine to play chess. The news was on national television (Dutch) last night and is growing into a major scandal. 90% of the votes in the Netherlands are cast on these machines and national elections will be held in a month."

Voter registrations faked in GOP drive

"At least five apparently bogus voter registration forms were submitted to the Metro Nashville election commission by a worker with ties to the Republican National Committee, and up to 150 other registrations have been called into question, The Tennessean has learned."

George W. Bush "failed to tell the truth?" What the hell does that mean?

"But with all the euphemisms for lying, 'failed to tell the truth' takes the cake! This is the new buzz phrase surrounding the new Bob Woodward book about George W. Bush. With all the lying exposed by this book the best this so-called journalist can do when it comes to finally telling the public that they are being led by the most dishonest American administration in history- is to express the apologist notion that George W. Bush was really trying to tell the truth, but he simply failed. That sounds as if he fought to tell the truth and just did not know how! (By the way, if Bob Woodward was a real journalist he would have been reporting his discoveries AS HE DISCOVERED THEM…not after the irreversible damage has occurred!)"

Of all the egregious things BushCo does and is, the worst for me is being lied to all of the time.

FBI begins looking at Foley's contact with teens

"The FBI is looking at whether former Florida Rep. Mark Foley's computer exchanges with underage House pages broke any laws, an FBI spokesman said late Sunday."

The Mel Gibson defense. If he does have an alcohol problem, then he is best characterized as an alcoholic pervert. And like most Republicans, he is a hypocrite.

Politics over children

"Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) resigned Friday after it became public that he had repeatedly sent predatory, sexually explicit emails and text messages to underage congressional pages. ABC News reported last night, 'Foley's obsession with 16- and 17-year-old male pages has been known to Republicans on Capitol Hill for at least five years, but, other than issue a warning, little else seems to have been done about the congressman.' At least 11 House members and staff, all Republicans, knew of the inappropriate emails sent by Foley to a page in 2005. The boy told House officials that Foley's messages 'freaked him out' and were 'sick, sick, sick, sick, sick.'"

The gay problem in the GOP

"If this has a familiar ring, look in the Catholic Church for the bell. Republican leadership was acting like the Catholic hierarchy, which played shell games with men accused of sexually abusing children. And there's a good reason for the similarity. The inability to deal straightforwardly with gay people leads to other kinds of truth-avoidance when things go south. But that's what comes from not wanting to know something, and going out of your way to remain ignorant."

I like what Stephen Covey had to say, "Unexpressed feelings never die; they merely buried alive only to come forth later in uglier ways." The Repugs are aquiver with repressed longings. That's why when something happens, it's usually inappropriate.

Closeted gay Republicans and a party in free fall

"Today's NY Times has a chart that outlines the 'key communications' in the House of Representatives about Mark Foley's inappropriate contact with pages. More than one of the names in the chart, which includes Kirk Fordham, are rumored to be closeted gay Republicans who have been working at the highest levels of the Republican leadership. They have been looking at their names in print for the last couple of days and no doubt fearing for their futures in a Party that is in political free-fall.

The child care crisis

"And, it keeps getting worse. According to a new 50-state report on child care policies just released by the National Women’s Law Center, the Bush administration has successful dismantled government services for children. State funds for child care assistance have fallen for the fifth year in a row. The problem will soon become catastrophic when large numbers of single mothers bump up against their five-year life limit on welfare."

Leave the children behind, and molest them.

Why capitol parents fear retaliation

"It now appears that one of the chief reasons why Foley’s e-mails remained secret for so long – and why some former pages still won’t speak publicly – is that they recognize that divulging what Foley did to them could kill their hopes for future careers in politics.

"This fear of retaliation from today’s take-no-prisoners Republican power structure in Washington has been a little-noted subtext to the stories about Foley’s sudden resignation on Sept. 29 over his e-mails to pages since 2003."

Congress sees through part-colored glasses

"Republicans were aghast at Clinton's behavior, with many saying it showed he had lied and abused his power.

"'It's vile,' said Rep. Mark Foley, R-West Palm Beach. 'It's more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction.'"

Consensual sex between adults turns off Senator Foley. Going after the young? Way to go!

The Franklin coverup scandal: The child sex ring that reached Bush/Reagan Whitehouse

"Former republican Senator John Decamp was involved in the production a documentary called 'Conspiracy of Silence' it was to air May 3, 1994 on the Discovery Channel. This documentary exposed a network of religious leaders and Washington politicians who flew children to Washington D.C. for sex orgies. At the last minute before airing, unknown congressmen threatened the TV Cable industry with restrictive legislation if this documentary was aired."

Buggergate

"It’s rare when a scandal hits Washington that’s actually enjoyable to follow, but Mark Foley has really put the punch back in politics. Who would have guessed that after 6 years of slaughtering and torturing people in their own countries, the American people could be so incensed by one rogue congressman bumping boys in his off-hours. It just shows what trivial people we’ve become."Congress is a moral cesspool. It didn’t take Foley to prove that. It is the epicenter of American corruption, the very heart of the beast. If we had any sense we’d send in the fire-trucks and hose out the whole place and then take a wrecking ball to the rotunda. The system is so far gone and so polluted with corporate money it’s no longer salvageable. Just bring in the dozers and we’ll start fresh."

Busted!: The Family Research Council knew about Foley

"Here's an excerpt from an October 3 interview Tony Perkins, president of the FRC, did with Chris Matthews of Hardball:

MATTHEWS: Do you think the leadership of the House should have acted when they saw that Mark Foley was spending an inordinate amount of time hanging around pages, just seemingly too interested in them? Is that enough for action?

PERKINS: Yes, I think there is, because in talking to some pages, you know--I`ve had people now on staff that used to be pages, and it was widely known to watch out for him, that he liked boys. And the question--and this question I asked ..."

Who is Scott Palmer? (Hastert's chief of staff)

"If Fordham did warn Palmer about Foley a long time ago, what are the odds that Palmer did not tell Hastert? As close to zero as you can get. Many chiefs of staff are close, very close, to their bosses on Capitol Hill. But none are closer than Scott Palmer is to Denny Hastert. They don't just work together all day, they live together."

US: Millions of Medicare beneficiaries to be left without drug coverage

"Many older Americans reliant on Medicare prescription drug coverage are now being confronted with the so-called 'doughnut-hole' written into Part D, the drug benefit plan legislated in 2003. Some 3 million beneficiaries are expected see an end to federal payments for their medicines as they reach an annual spending cap, and will then be forced to choose between paying thousands of dollars for their prescriptions and going without."

Given the FDA's rubber stamping of pharmas' bidding for quick passage of unproven drugs, it may not be all that dire to do without.

Working Americans under attack

"Workers' rights have been severely crippled. On Tuesday, President Bush's National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) -- 'easily the most anti-worker labor board in history' -- issued a decision that will deny the right to organize to as many as 8 million workers in 200 occupations. Under the Taft-Hartley Act, 'supervisors" in an organization are prohibited from joining unions. In a party-line vote of the five-member NLRB, the three Bush appointees voted to broadly interpret who can be called a supervisor, extending to someone who "spends as little as 10 percent to 15 percent of his or her time overseeing the work of others.' AFL-CIO President John Sweeney noted, 'The rights of anyone who spends 7 hours and 10 minutes a day on routine duties and 50 minutes on 'supervisory functions' are at risk.' Working Americans' right to organize has suffered under the Bush administration. Currently, 32 million workers -- 25 percent of the workforce -- have no right to form a union under federal, state, or local law. Even though productivity has steadily risen, the restriction on workers' rights has contributed to lower wages and a 'middle class in turmoil.' Tuesday's NLRB decision is a defeat for workers everywhere. In a blistering dissent, the two board members appointed by former President Clinton warned that the ruling 'threatens to create a new class of workers under Federal labor law: workers who have neither the genuine prerogatives of management, nor the statutory rights of ordinary employees.'"

Dobbs: Are you a casualty of the class war?

"More Americans than ever are living in poverty, living without health care, paying more for housing and for the costs of our public education. And real wages are falling."

The billionaires club

"A nine-figure fortune won't get you much mention these days, at least not in these pages. This year, for the first time, everyone on The Forbes 400 has at least $1 billion. The collective net worth of the nation's wealthiest climbed $120 billion, to $1.25 trillion."

Banks' $7 billion tax-exempt bond ruse yields nothing for needy

"The 300-apartment complex was on a list of developments that were eligible to benefit from $220 million in bonds issued by a public agency in 1999 to promote affordable housing in Florida. None of the money went to Oakwood Terrace. Not a penny of the $220 million bond issue -- which was underwritten by JPMorgan Chase & Co., the third-largest bank in the U.S., and insured by a unit of American International Group Inc., the world's largest insurance company -- was ever spent on low- income residences."

Deeper and deeper

"There is fresh evidence, if any more were needed, that excessive borrowing during the Bush years will make the nation poorer.

"For most of the past five and a half years, interest rates have been low, allowing the government to borrow more and more — to cut taxes while fighting two expensive wars — without having to shoulder higher interest payments.

"That’s over now."

Wal-Mart to add wage caps and part-timers

"Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer [and major BushCo supporter], is pushing to create a cheaper, more flexible work force by capping wages, using more part-time workers and scheduling more workers on nights and weekends."

Boycott Wal-Mart.

US Fed issues inflation warning

"Figures released earlier on Wednesday highlighted a slowdown in the services sector, a driver behind the economy."

Bernanke warns of boomer effect

"The burden from retiring baby boomers will strain the nation's budget and economy, unless Social Security and Medicare are revamped, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday.

"It was his strongest warning yet about the potential perils and tough decisions that will confront the United States with the looming retirement of 78 million baby boomers."

Destroying the crown jewel in Roosevelt's legacy will indicate final victory for BushCo. Did they save that "Mission Accomplished banner?

No Bush left behind:The President's brother Neil is making hay from school reform

"Now, after five years of development and backing by investors like Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal and onetime junk-bond king Michael R. Milken, Neil Bush aims to roll his high-tech teacher's helpers into classrooms nationwide. He calls them 'curriculum on wheels,' or COWs. The $3,800 purple plug-and-play computer/projectors display lively videos and cartoons: the XYZ Affair of the late 1790s as operetta, the 1828 Tariff of Abominations as horror flick. The device plays songs that are supposed to aid the memorization of the 22 rivers of Texas or other facts that might crop up in state tests of 'essential knowledge.'"

Neil "Silverado" Bush, the low profile member of the Bush Crime Family.

Job cuts soar in September

"Job cuts soared last month, topping the 100,000 mark for the first time since last January."

National Park Service to allow commercial bioprospecting

"'This is, sadly, another step along the path of turning our national treasures into corporate booty,' said Beth Burrows, Director of the Edmonds Institute (EI), one of the plaintiffs in the original lawsuit over this matter. 'We support scientific research in the parks, but we are against commercializing the parks and their wildlife.'"

The century of drought: One third of the planet will be desert by the year 2100, say climate experts in the most dire warning yet of the effects of global warming

"Drought threatening the lives of millions will spread across half the land surface of the Earth in the coming century because of global warming, according to new predictions from Britain's leading climate scientists."

Does this mean we shouldn't foul our nest?

World Bank's dirty power plan

"The World Bank promotes these and other technologies to the detriment of renewable energy, such as wind, a fast-growing, competitive and clean source of energy—and despite the fact that even the G8 recognized the potential of renewables: Its Renewable Energy Task Force developed a plan in 2001 that would have provided renewable energy to 1 billion people by 2010. (The U.S. killed that initiative.)"

Retired forest planner blasts secret forest service project

"'Something very tragic is happening to our public land,' Artley proclaims. 'This policy (RSFMP) was cooked up in secret by the Forest Service in 2002 with absolutely no public involvement or congressional review. By law, every RSFMP project must go through the National Environmental Policy Act process and have a public input period, but the Forest Service has chosen to ignore NEPA.'"

Can I say it? These perverse pricks hate life with the same passion they love money.

Quotes from www.bartcop.com:

"Senator Macaca's father was a football coach -- coach of the Rams and the Redskins. In fact, George Allen right now is coaching the white team on 'Survivor.'." -- Jay Leno

"If Karl Rove wants a piece of me he knows where he can find me." ... General Clark, our VP candidate in '08?

"Bush released portions of the classified report that stated the war in Iraq is adding to terrorism. Suspiciously, in parts of the report, someone had crossed out 'Iraq' and written in, 'Gay dudes'." -- Amy Poehler

"There's only one way to get this information. Send Foley, Hastert, Boehner, and the rest of them to Gitmo and torture the information out of them." -- Tom D'Antoni Link

"We need to look at the idea of bringing 15- and 16-year-old children to Washington D.C., exposing them to adults power-crazy Fascists who they look up to and admire and these people Republicans turn out to be flawed people with flawed personalities sexual criminals," -- Congressman Ray LaHood, blaming the children, Link

"The consensual age for sex in Washington, D.C., is 16 years old, and one of the reasons the age of consent has been reduced is the gay rights movement, which is holy inside the Democratic Party." - Pat Buchanan, blaming gays and Democrats for Foley's actions Link

"Nobody could have predicted..." -- Sleazy Rice, after giving Tenet the brush-off

"They have taken these e-mails out of context." --Jason Kello, spokesman for Foley the Republican Pervert, Link

"Instead of a plan or a strategy, we get 'mission accomplished' and 'stay the course'. Those slogans (might) win an election, but they won't help our mission in Iraq." -- Former Army Capt. Tammy Duckworth, Link

"Sex offenders are not petty criminals. They prey on our children like animals and will continue to do it unless stopped. We have a moral responsibility to do everything in our power to protect our kids from these animals." -- Foley the Animal, in 2005, given a green light to prey on kids by the GOP, Link

"We'll let history judge -- I've got to do my job." -- Dubya, Link

"You get an 'F', a**hole." -- History

"The party of FDR and Harry Truman has become the party of cut and run." -- Der Furher in Alabama, Link

"The party of Nixon and Reagan has become the party of legal rape and legal torture." -- Bartcop in Knuckledrag, OK

"We have thrown away the most valuable asset we had -- the right to oppose both flag and country when he believed them to be in the wrong." -- Howard Zinn, Link

"The Arctic is NOT getting warmer. It is actually gaining ice. It's getting thicker." -- Jim Inhofe (R-Pissquik) on CNN

"And before you accuse me of writing about news in your favorite entertainment magazine, let me assure you Nancy Grace is entertainment...if, that is, you're the sort who watches NASCAR for the crashes and Survivor hoping no one will. In the increasingly weird world of infotainment, she is the belle of the Freakers Ball...[Grace] conveys by body language alone the idea that we're all guilty of something...and she knows it." -- Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly, Link

2 Comments:

Blogger Seven Star Hand said...

Hello Jerry and all,

This Foley fiasco has given people the chance to change the make-up of this government, which will ultimately lead to the end of the Bush-Cheney reign. It may not be pretty, but it is a gift, nonetheless. Don't waste this advantage, and use it wisely to end the more pressing problems that face us all.

Want to better understand some of the desperation among top Christian politicos? Want to know what else they are pretending not to know about? Follow the links and read about who I am and what I have to say. Notice that my last name is Page? Think this "page" scandal is a mere coincidence? The timing and ramifications are much worse than most realize yet.

If Christian political leaders are going to go around attacking others for not living up to their professed values, it's a damn good idea to be truthful and actually walk the walk. Logs and motes in the eye, camels through the eye of a needle, glass houses, kettles and pots, and what goes around comes around, et al. Karma's a bitch when She finally decides enough is enough! This wouldn't have been so bad on Republicans if they hadn't been such arrogant hypocrites in order to corner the so-called values voters! Now the "Two Candlesticks" and "Two Witnesses" (Truth and Justice) are "breathing fire" and "raining hailstones!"

Christian Political Leadership, Hypocrisy, Duplicity, and Purposeful Evil

The current scandal involving Congressman Foley is merely the latest in an amazingly long list of blatant deception and duplicity by Republicans and the Christian Right in recent years. While bedeviling us all with their holier-than-thou pretenses, they consistently support and/or perform blatant greed and abominable evil. Never forget the extent of their arrogance over the last two decades and especially the last 6 years. It is beyond amazing that Christians continue to blindly support such obviously blatant scoundrels, even as they are repeatedly exposed going against the most basic of human values. The level of hypocrisy and duplicity boggles the mind. There is no longer any doubt, whatsoever, that Christianity is little more than a purposeful deception used by political and religious leaders to dupe, manipulate, and coerce entire populations into giving them wealth and power, which they always use for greed, injustice, and abominable evils.

The actions of Foley and those who covered up for him directly parallel the actions of scores of priests that have raped innocent children, preyed upon others for centuries, and had their actions hidden and abetted by the Vatican. Now, in eerie repetition of Vatican history, we have a power hungry Christian Emperor (GW) working closely with the Vatican and Judeo-Christian aristocrats to lead crusades in the so-called Holy Land. Furthermore, to leave little doubt about the reality of this assessment, the USA, as the new Holy Roman Empire, is about to legalize the torture it has perpetrated in recent years while steadily reversing many of the democratic and civil freedoms that people gained when the Vatican and royalty lost control of their European empire at the turn of the nineteenth century. Now we see them following the same old path of evil as they strive to cement the status of the USA as the latest proxy Vatican empire. Make no mistake about it, the new dark ages are looming on the horizon unless we do something proactive to prevent it.

Remember that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it!

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