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When is a benchmark not a benchmark

Bush at the State of the Union re benchmarks in Iraq:

“Iraq’s leaders have committed themselves to a series of benchmarks,” Bush said at the time. “To achieve reconciliation; to share oil revenues among all of Iraq’s citizens; to put the wealth of Iraq into the rebuilding of Iraq; to allow more Iraqis to re-enter their nation’s civic life; to hold local elections; and to take responsibility for security in every Iraqi province.”

The non-partisan Government Accountability Office recently issued a report stating that 13 out of the 18 benchmarks in Iraq have not been met. The Bush administration, maneuvering in a manner that baby crabs would be proud to emulate, is now saying that benchmarks were never realistic and that it’s unfair to expect the Iraqi government to meet such benchmarks.

So, there were definitely WMDS, then there weren’t, then we were showing the terrorists that we wouldn’t back down after 9/11, then we were getting rid of a bad bad man and bringing democracy to democracy-starved Iraqis who were going to greet us with hosannas and rose petals and laurels, and then we were going to do something else that I’ve forgotten. Oh yeah, we were gonna stay the course, and then suddenly we weren’t.

Now we have the surge and God knows what next. If the news is good, the Bushies embrace it, if the news is bad or doesn’t meet their standards, the Bush team just takes a jump to the left, then a step to the right. It’s not just time these guys are warping.

Meanwhile, there’s no THERE THERE. You can fight until every cow, sacred or not, comes home, but unless there’s a government that can govern, an army that can hold it’s own, and a police force that upholds the laws for ALL Iraqis, the cause is eternal and benchmarks, fossils.

Those of us against this war are not ‘Defeat-o-crats’. We’re just telling the truth. The Iraqi empire has no clothes. Here’s a benchmark that I can guarantee. Unless the Bush team and the cadre of loyal congressmen change their tune, the Democrats will be swept into power with large majorities next year.

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Even Barry has doubts

Barry Bonds Not Certain Hell Be Present For His 756th Home Run

The Onion

Barry Bonds Not Certain He’ll Be Present For His 756th Home Run

SAN FRANCISCO—Barry Bonds added his voice to the chorus of criticism surrounding his inevitable breaking of the all-time home-run record…

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Speech must mention the Prezident 3 TIMES and tell how Comrade Bush’s 5 year plan is really shaping up..

Further evidence of the politics-first-who-gives-a-ratsass-about science or health mentality of some of the Bush acolytes, former Surgeon General Carmona had the audacity to write a speech about how the world’s health was our concern because boundaries are meaningless when it comes to disease.  Apparently the speech didn’t have its share of rah-rah-sis-boom-bah all hail the name of Bush, because it got throttled by the non-doctor, non-scientist who gets to control things like these.

If the President’s name was Clinton and his surgeon general had wanted to report that condom programs in Africa really aren’t that effective and some political lackey took the words ‘aren’t that’ and changed then to ‘are’ and then proceeded to add that Clinton should be mentioned in the speech supporting all that good in American foreign policy, the screams and cries of the right-wing radio crowd would still be reverberating.

What I would like to know is if any one of the dwindling crowd that actually supports the current Bush can justify this behavior?

Instead of attacking the former Surgeon General isn’t there someone in the White House with the balls to say ‘We were wrong’?    The mantra of taking responsibility for ones own actions seems to disappear in the rarefied air of the White house as fast as the bars on my phone down here in the mountains of north Georgia.

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You know you’re in trouble when the FBI Director says you’re lying

I’ve got Alberto Gonzales on his second ‘standing ‘eight count‘. Why aren’t Republicans who are running for re-election (or E-lection to the Oval Office) sending a modern-day ‘Barry Goldwater‘ to the Bush White House to encourage a Gonzales ‘resignation for personal reasons’?

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If you asked the Attorney General how to spell his name, he’d probably answer Gonzaliz

According to this Washington Post story*, when Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was asked during the hearings regarding the renewal of the Patriot Act if he knew of any violation of civil or legal rights of the citizenry.

“There has not been one verified case of civil liberties abuse,”

Perhaps the good General had been drinking his nightly dose of milk of amnesia, for it seems that he had been informed that there had been at least half a dozen legal or procedural violations, including property invasion. Is there something in the White House water, a side effect, that results in massive spontaneous and pre-digested prevarication?

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Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Oh yeah, and those ten commandments you guys love to bandy about…there’s that one about false witness. Just sayin’.

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Tell me about the surge again, Dick, tell me about the surge..

So, we’re not leaving Baghdad and Iraq because things would REALLY go to hell, eh?

I’m absolutely certain that our troops in Iraq are doing the best they can. But, this is an impossible situation. Bush’s 5-year war plan has begun to take on depressing similarity to those old Russian 5-Year plans for agricultural independence (America’s corn growers were always grateful). If there is no center holding things together, all the Bush soldiers and all the Bush men, can’t win this thing.

Please, somebody show me some evidence that the Iraqi government and the Iraqi army and the Iraqi police have a handle on this violence. The Iraqi army is riddled with secret militia members. When’s the last time the Bush folks bragged about how many Iraqi battalions were ‘battle-ready’?

What comes after the surge, Bush? You guys can’t even manage to fire attorneys without looking like Laurel and Hardy. Whoops..we lost three years worth of emails. 2009 cannot come too soon.   My hope and prayer is that we won’t have a war in Iran going by then…

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oh..Keep on lying, lying and denying, or, obscenity gentrified

Vice President Cheney chirping yesterday on his favorite lapdog’s radio show continues to spread the big lie:

Saddam and al-Qaida were more than chums, they were co-conspirators. “He [Abu Musab al-Zarqawi] took up residence there before we ever launched into Iraq, organized the al-Qaida operations inside Iraq before we even arrived on the scene and then, of course, led the charge for Iraq until we killed him last June”

What makes this prevarication so interesting is that the Pentagon recently declassified a report that says just the opposite:

….the intelligence community’s prewar consensus that the Iraqi government and al-Qaeda figures had only limited contacts, and its judgments that reports of deeper links were based on dubious or unconfirmed information.

I don’t listen to Limbaugh for medical reasons, but I’ve got fifty bucks that the Rushter didn’t seriously question the Veep’s assertion.    The fact is, pretty much everyone in the Bush administration INCLUDING BUSH has discredited the pre-war collaboration between al-Quaida and Saddam.  They’ll ‘allow’ that intelligence was mistaken and that they were operating on good faith that the connection existed.

Truthfully, the pre-war connection existed only in the minds of the neo-cons who feverishly spun the web that lead us into this conflagration, even before 9/11.

Bob Krumm has a piece claiming that foul language and lunacy may exist on both sides of the political spectrum, but it seems to be concentrated more on the left than on the right.   Even though I don’t see the point in politically parsing lunacy, I’ll grant there’s more than enough nuttiness to go around.

I do want to separate myself from the ‘i wish the bomb had taken out Cheney in Afghanistan’ crowd, but I’ve got to say that the continued propagation of this disproved propaganda is just another flavor of obscenity in my book.   Bob encourages us lefty types to call out the lunacy on the left.   Let me ask that reasonable people from any point on the political spectrum ring the BS bell whenever this BIG LIE reappears.

Maybe somebody should slip Cheney the memo that we aren’t staying the course anymore.  Hey Dick – we’re SURGING now!

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