Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Musings 93--Looking for high crimes...

I used the word impeachment here several columns ago. Since I have been taking some time off over the holidays, I am encouraged that others have taken up the quest to hold Bush jr. responsible for his high crimes or misdemeanors.

Barrons, a conservative stock newspaper, says that Bush jr. should be investigated. I tend to agree. It is now in the hands of the republican majority to do the right thing. If Bush jr. willingly broke the law by ignoring the FISA courts, then he needs to pay the price. (See Link)

I will have more at a later date, but it looks like 2006 may not be a whole lot better for Bush jr. than 2005. Not one is above the law--especially the President of the United States. An example must be set.

It is, indeed, a sad day when the members of the President's own party are having a fit of conscience over the law breaking. Where is it written, that you can't speak up against the President if you are a member of his party? Come on republicans, do the right thing. Come out against Bush jr. and point the finger at him. Conservatives should be the first to voice their concerns about law breakers. Grow some backbone, republicans!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Musings 92--Bush the rule breaker...

I have often said that George W. Bush is not a real republican. He likes to talk the talk, but he never walks the walk.

Today, we see that George jr. has been breaking the law for the last three years. (See Link) It seems that spying on Americans by the National Security Agency (NSA) is quite all right to him--it is against the law, but it is alright, just the same. George jr. feels that he knows best and is above the law. Instead of getting the law changed, he just breaks it.

A good republican really likes the rule of law...at least that is what they have historically said. They are usually the law and order candidates. The democrat's are the ones that are accused of being the law-breakers. History shows more republicans who get caught breaking the law than those mean old liberal dems.

Thus, to prove that George jr. is not a republican, I submit my proof. Ten reasons why George W. Bush is not a republican:

(1) His latest incident of spying on Americans by the NSA.

(2) Allowing torture but saying we don't.

(3) Misleading America into a needless war.

(4) Allowing his administration to out a CIA agent for spite.

(5) Tampering with a jury in the Tom Delay case by saying that Delay is innocent.

(6) Allowing the rendition of captured prisoners to other countries.

(7) The excessive spending on the prescription drug bill.

(8) The cost of the war in Iraq, which is now close to half a billion dollars.

(9) The ballooning deficit.

(10) His love affair with illegal aliens.

Earlier today, the Senate beat down the extensions to the Patriot Act. One of the main reasons was that George jr. and his Attorney General have not proven that they can be trusted with sweeping changes in privacy laws.

George jr. is not a republican, and he sure is not a democrat. He is, however, well on the road to becoming a dictator--kind of like the guy from Iraq.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Musings 91--About the abouts...

About what George jr. knows.

So the way that it shakes down is George jr., who said he was going to lead an investigation into who leaked Valerie Plame's name to the press, now knows who it is, but he is not going to tell us. At least that is the story that the lesser demon Robert Novak is telling. (See Link)

I guess it comes down to semantics. George jr. did not say that he would tell us, he just said he would do an investigation. So why is Novak putting Bush jr. on the spot. Maybe the little demon feels that his daddy the Anti-Christ has forsaken him. Well, join the crowd, Robert. Get used to the feeling.

About being for or against Torture.

It seems kind of silly for Secretary Rice to tell all the leaders of the world that we are against torture as we move prisoners from place to place and country to country. It is the mind set of "do as I say, not as I do." Senator John McCain's bill is picking up steam. It has passed the senate and will probably pass the house. Then what will Georgee jr. and his minions do? Well that is easy...they will ignore it and keep doing it. These guys answer to no one.

About the election in Iraq.

I hope that things turn out right after these elections. However, I get the feeling that we are very close to a civil war between the Sunis and the Sheites. Iran would love that. Plus, I read the story about truck loads of ballots flowing into Iraq from Iran. Well, at least they learned that much about democracy. It brings back memories of Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004.

About Christmas.

Bill O'Reilly and Fox have tried to cook up a big stink over folks devaluing Christmas by saying "Happy Holidays." It pretty much has failed, along with any credibility that O'Reilly and his news channel ever had. Their ratings have slipped quite a bit. Although they still lead cable in total audience, their numbers have slipped from a high of about 4.5 to 1.8 million viewers per night. CNN has maintained about 1.0 with MSNBC holding at between .3 and .45.

I must be the only one watching Countdown.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Musings 90--Statistics don't lie...

I don't have much to vent on today. Here are some statistics compiled by Editor and Publisher Magazine. These pretty much say it all. (See Link)

$204.4 billion: The cost to the U.S of the war so far.

2,339: Allied troops killed

15,955: US troops wounded in action

98: U.K troops killed

30,000 : Estimated Iraqi civilian deaths

0: Number of WMDs found

66: Journalists killed in Iraq.

63: Journalists killed during Vietnam war

53,470: Iraqi insurgents killed

67: per cent Iraqis who feel less secure because of occupation

$343: Average monthly salary for an Iraqi soldier. Average monthly salary for an American soldier in Iraq: $4,160.755

8: per cent of Iraqi children suffering acute malnutrition

183,000: British and American troops are still in action in Iraq.

13,000: from other nations

90: Daily attacks by insurgents in Nov '05. In Jun '03: 8

60-80: per cent Iraqis who are "strongly opposed" to presence of coalition troops

5: foreign civilians kidnapped per month

47: per cent Iraqis who never have enough electricity

20: casualties per month from land mines

25-40: per cent Estimated unemployment rate, Nov 2005

251: Foreigners kidnapped

70: per cent of Iraqi's whose sewage system rarely works

Read'em and weep.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Musings 89--Mr. President's narrow mind...narrows more

There were no weapons of mass destruction (WMD's) in Iraq. Saddam did not have a nuclear program worth fretting about. Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden were not aligned with Iraq against the United States. Mr. President, supposedly went to war assuming all of these things. You might think that it would have made a difference if Mr. President had known for sure that these issues were untrue. Well, it would have made no difference. (See Link)

Mr. President in a speech today said that he would have done nothing different even with better intelligence. Wow! Can you say narrow minded. Also, it is an admittance that he was going to war with Iraq...one way or the other. How else do you take his comments?

"I made a tough decision," Mr. Bush said. "And knowing what I know today I'd make the decision again. Removing Saddam Hussein makes this world a better place and America a safer country."

Up until now, I have been tough but fair with Mr. President. Now there is no more Mr. Nice Guy. This sawed-off little snot has taken our great country down the road of destruction. When history is written about when America started its demise, George Bush, jr. will be the one that misled the way.

When George jr. took over in 2000, America was well thought of in the world. When 9/11 happened, the world signed up with us to fight terrorism. Then, all of a sudden, little George jr. decided to jump all bad on Saddam and Iraq. Instead of finishing the job in Afghanistan, he decided to go to war in Iraq because he felt they were a threat...to somebody.

We have lost 2,144 troops and more than 15,000 wounded in his little venture. He started a war that we did not have to fight. He sent soldiers to die for a reason that only he knows. The blood is on his little piss-ant Texas head.

Nothing is worse than a reformed drunk or a reformed drug abuser. Bush, jr. qualifies on both counts. He now has religion and talks to god. That is god with a small g because the real God would not hold a conversation with such an unreasonable creature. Thus, I concluded that whoever Bush jr. is talking to is not God but someone else. Thus, it is probably the guy we all call Satan; which, in turn, makes Bush jr. the Anti-Christ.

Can you tell I'm pissed?

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Musings 88--Four more years to go...

As I listen to the debate about the war on terrorism and the war in Iraq, I keep hearing well-meaning zealots refer to the fact that it is better to fight them over there than over here. Well, there are a couple of points I wish to make about that.

Point One: We were not fighting them here when they blew up the twin towers. They brought down the towers, but there was no one to fight here. The terrorists blew themselves up and there was not an army of bad guys walking around New York City that we had to fight. Basically, there was not much difference, other than the number of dead, between the twin towers bombing and what happened in Oklahoma City--and that one was home grown.

Point Two: We blew away most of Bin Laden's troops in Afghanistan. He is, by most accounts, hiding in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Mr. President said that we should hunt down Osama and his boys and kill them. Well, he is still hidden in those mountains.

I also hear true-believers saying that we must be doing something right because we have not been hit again since 9/11. Why, that was four years ago! Yep, it sure was, but don't forget the history of the radical muslims. We tend to have short memories--they, on the other hand, do not.

In 1993 the twin towers were bombed from the basement parking lot by radical muslims. They did not bring down the towers, but they tried. It was not until eight years later, 2001, that they tried again and succeeded. By looking at history...are we safe for four more years?

In 1993 and until 2002 we did not have a Department of Homeland Security, and we went eight years without another bombing on American soil. These guys, if nothing else, are patient. Don't you now feel lots safer...I thought not.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Musings 87--On being "purposely misled"

Looking back at the last bunch of speeches that VP Dick Cheney, aka, the Dark Lord has given, I have stumbled onto an overlooked factoid.

It seems that Dark Lord Dick is admitting that the administration misled the American people into war in Iraq. (See Link) Below is the quote from Cheney's speech:

"What is not legitimate, and what I will again say is dishonest and reprehensible, is the suggestion by some U. S. senators that the President of the United States or any member of his administration purposely misled the American people on pre-war intelligence."

Do you see it. I missed it the first time, myself. Dark Lord Dick said, "purposely misled." So the American people were "misled," just not "purposely." Aren't you glad that I cleared that up for you. I have always said that words matter, and Cheney is a fellow who picks his words carefully...so, there it is.

Finally, an admission that the administration did not have a clue as to what they were doing. Now that is real progress!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Musings 86--Go figure, absolutely, wow, etc.

I wrote in an earlier column, several months back, about California Republican Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham. Well, he is now indicted and kicked out of congress for taking over $2 million in bribes and pay-offs. Old "Duke" was a Viet Nam fighter pilot ace with five kills. He was a hero, now he is a corrupt and disgraced hero. Go figure!

Mr. President gave a speech to the cadets at the Naval Academy. He talked tough and almost broke into tears a couple of times. He kind of reminded me of Jimmy Swaggert of years gone by. It is about time he shed tears for American soldiers that are dead strictly on his account. He did not have to go to war in Iraq. It was his choice, and he will have to live with it. Absolutely!

It looks like Tom Delay, Republican congressman from Texas, will not be able to keep his job as the whip of the house of representatives. Randy Earles has him by the nuts, and is continuing to squeeze. Plus, many of Delay's aids are being indicted in various other scandals. Wow!

Republican Bill Frist, senate majority leader, is still being investigated for selling shares of stock on which he may or may not have had insider information. He had a blind trust that had eyes. Really, he did!

Bill O'Reilly of Fox News has invented out of whole cloth an assault on Christmas. Since some stores, and not many at that, have decided to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." He is going to get these godless bastards. So I say "Merry Christmas" to you, but to Bill, I say "Happy Holidays!" Ha, ha...

So here I sit at my computer just pondering all this stuff and watching the rolling snowclouds--we are suppose to get 1-3 inches tonight. Yipee!

Thus, in my pondering, I have come to a conclusion. The conclusion is that the majority party in this country, the party to which I belong, the Republicans, are a bunch of crooks without conscience or shame. I also have come to the conclusion that Bill O'Reilly is a sad man. Tisk, tisk.

If anything happens to Christmas, I will still celebrate the day because my wife was born on December 25--that's right, she and Jesus share the same birthday. There is no proof that Jesus was born on the 25th, but tradition says to celebrate it at year's end. My wife, on the other hand, has proof she was born on that day. It is called a birth certificate from the state of West Virginia. Yea rah!

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