Saturday, February 18, 2006

Bush's Unpopularity: Even Ohio Gets It Now 

It's a shame the people of Ohio weren't able to understand that Bush's 2nd term would be just that: Four more years of war, increasing defecits alongside additional tax cuts for the richest among us, and further decreases in support for the average American worker in the form of lower job security, more expensive health insurance, and less secure pensions.

Crooks and Liars: Bush is unpopular across the entire country
This 50-state polling chart compiled by USA Survey is quite telling. Bush's approval rating is above 50% in only 6 states in the entire country, and Texas is not one of them. In 40 out of 50 states -- 80% of the country -- more people disapprove of Bush than approve of him.

Most revealing is Bush's intense and pervasive unpopularity in Ohio, the state which swung the election in his favor. People in Ohio disapprove of Bush's performance by an amazingly lopsided margin of 37-60%. Apparently, they're not happy that they have no jobs, their kids have no health insurance, their neighbors have been stuck and are being killed in an increasingly unpopular, endless and senseless war in Iraq, and the President is surrounded by cronyism and corruption and thinks he has the power to break the law. But at least gay couples can't get married, so that's good.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Rove was Notified Within 90 Minutes of Shooting 

Can you say cover-up? Why did Rove instruct Katharine Armstrong to wait until the next day to leak the story to a small local newspaper? Why were they stalling?

If Rove was notified within 90 minutes, when was the president notified? Does Rove even check in with Bush on things involving Cheney?

Rove was Notified within 90 Minutes of Shooting
It just gets better and better. Karl Rove had a chat with Katharine Armstrong, the Bush pioneer and estate owner, who was on the hunt and is the only eyewitness who has been allowed to talk to the press. Apparently within 90 minutes of the shooting.

And it was her idea to go to the press, right?

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Tucker Carlson Knows Nothing about Hunting 

I just watched Tucker Carlson discussing drinking and hunting with Al Franken on Carlson's show on MSNBC. Tucker claims that "No responsible hunter drinks" which is certainly true, but does nothing to dismiss the circumstances involved in Dick Cheney's shooting of a 78 year old man in the face after getting out of the car to shoot farm raised quail.

Franken pointed out that Tucker's an idiot if he doesn't think drinking plays a role in most hunting accidents.

In this case, Franken was much more in touch with reality than Carlson. Or, Carlson was trying to cover for Cheney's idiocy by dismissing the drinking and hunting theory.

Assuming we later learn that Cheney was indeed drinking, I hope Tucker sticks to his original thoughts: No responsible hunter drinks, Mr. Vice President.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Dick Cheney's Safety Position: Police Report 

I was just perusing the police report from Dick Cheney's irresponsible shooting accident and noticed the field for "Safety Position" was marked Unknown rather than Off. Doesn't the fact that he shot a guy make it pretty clear that the safety wasn't On?

It also lists his hunter certification as Unknown. What's up with that? Stranger still, they marked Whittington's certification as No, so they checked the victim's hunting certification, but the guy who fired the shot?

It also states that Whittington was retrieving a downed bird when he was shot by Cheney. I don't know about you, but when I've been bird hunting in the past, my hunting partners had the courtesy to not shoot while I was retrieving birds. And especially not in my direction.

Conservative = Blind Loyalty to an Incompetent Administration 

Glenn Greenwald nails it:

Unclaimed Territory - by Glenn Greenwald: Do Bush followers have a political ideology?
People who self-identify as "conservatives" and have always been considered to be conservatives become liberal heathens the moment they dissent, even on the most non-ideological grounds, from a Bush decree. That’s because "conservatism" is now a term used to describe personal loyalty to the leader (just as "liberal" is used to describe disloyalty to that leader), and no longer refers to a set of beliefs about government.

Scott Mirengoff's Crooked Pointer Finger 

Mirengoff raises some solid points in his rant against Al Gore, only it really should be a rant against George Bush. Four years have passed since 9/11. What has George W Bush done to address the Saudi role in the 9/11 attacks?

Answer: Attack a neighboring country that had no ties to the 9/11 attacks.

Keep in mind that James Baker - the same James Baker who fought to put George W Bush in office by stopping the Florida recount in 2000. The same James Baker who worked for Bush's dad. The same James Baker who worked with George Bush (41) at the Carlyle Group defended the Saudis against lawsuits from the victims of 9/11.

So who's really hurting America, Mr. Mirengoff?

Power Line: Al of Arabia
I want them to know that the American people support the enforcement of America's immigration laws, especially against those suspected of having a possible terrorist connection. I want them to know that when 15 of the 19 perpetrators of September 11 were found to have been Saudi citizens, the American people wanted the Saudi government to take responsibility for its role in the attack on the United States and take every action necessary to ensure that it never happens again.

Some Churches See the Evolutionary Light 

It's good to see some churches realizing they can provide enlightenment for their member's faith without forcing scientific ignorance.

Churches celebrate Darwin's birthday
Nearly 450 Christian churches in the United States are celebrating the 197th birthday of Charles Darwin Sunday.

The churches say Darwin`s theory of biological evolution is compatible with faith and that Christians have no need to choose between religion and science, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

George W Bush's "Duty" is Apparently to be a Failed President 

A few Bush quotes courtesy of mtanga with commentary from me:

See, we have a duty. The job of the President is to confront problems, not to pass them on to future Presidents and future generations. –GWB (except the costs of war, tax cuts for the richest of the rich, and dealing with damage we're doing to the environment)

I have a duty to nominate well-qualified men and women to the federal judiciary. I have done just that, and I will continue to do so. –GWB (Harriet Miers?)

We have a duty for future generations. We have a duty to leave this world more peaceful. We have a duty to reform the institutions that are old and tired. That's our duty. –GWB (By deliverying peace one bomb at a time, by proposing to destroy institutions like Social Security.)

I have a duty as the president to define problems facing our nation and to call upon people to act. –GWB (How did he define the problem called Katrina? Who did he call upon to act? Can you name the person Bush has called upon to catch Osaba bin Laden?)

I have a duty to protect the Executive Branch from legislative encroachment. I mean, for example, when the GAO demands documents from us, we're not going to give them to them. –GWB (A duty to defy the checks and balances he's sworn to uphold?)

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty. –George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) (Correct.)

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