Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Musings 168--Staying the course is just hanging on.

I have been watching Bushie jr. do his stroll through New Orleans. He was clueless then, and is clueless now. He couldn't catch a clue if he had a clue-catcher in a room full of clues.

I watched him walking around the rubble that still covers over 60 percent of the jazz city. NBC's Brain Williams was trying to do a shift-on-the fly interview. Bushie jr. had his pants pulled up so high that he looked like the guy on Saturday Night Live that used to wear his trousers up under his arm pits.

When Bushie jr. leaves New Orleans today and heads out to give some more of his "stay the course" speeches on Iraq, he will encounter an electorate that is increasingly doubting his "plan for victory." More and more folks that have supported him are asking why it is prudent to continue a policy that has not worked. Iraq is more of a mess now than it ever has been. To most Americans, staying the course is just hanging on and hoping for a miracle. Unfortunately, the time of miracles has long passed.

"We can't cut and run," say the Bushie lovers. Of course, that simply means that we stay and die as things get worse. If there were any progress, then Bush jr. could point to it and say, "see it is working." But, alas, he can't, because nothing is working in Iraq. A civil war is in its early stages, and U.S. troops are caught in the middle.

The idea of redeployment to the outer fringes in the only answer. If we give the Iraqi government a deadline, and then leave it up to them, they will either come together or kill each other. Either way...we get our soldiers out of harms way.

More of the same--that we have been doing for the last four years--will only mire us deeper and deeper in Muslim religious violence. It is time to finish this chapter of the Bush Doctrine.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Musings 167--No end in sight and the draft.

The news media didn't seem to catch the most important phrase in President Bush's press conference, yesterday. He said, during a rambling answer to a reporter's question, that we will not leave Iraq as long as he is president. (See Link) That is quite telling. It is the first time that Bushie has stated what we all have suspected all along. The war in Iraq will be some other president's mess to clean up.

Here is the exact quote: President Bush said, "We're not leaving [Iraq] so long as I'm the president. That would be a huge mistake." His term ends almost two-and-a-half years from now, in January 2009.

Then, hot on the heels of that declaration, the Marines Corps announced that they will now call up 2,500 ready reservists for more tours in Iraq. Some of these being called up will be going for the third or fourth time.

The ready reserves are the quys that have served their four years and have gotten out. They then serve four more years of inactive reserve duty. Basically, they just serve on paper and are never called--until now. Bushie has invented his own back-door draft.

A veterans group told ABC News (See Link) that they feel that this is just the first step to re-establishing the draft.

It kind of reminds me of another president, Lyndon Johnson, who left a mess for Richard Nixon to clean up. By the time Nixon pulled our troops out of Viet Nam, the draft had all but depleted a generation of our young men. We have not learned much from our follies.

The president is telling us that there is no end in sight to a war that could very well last for generations. Well, it won't last generations. Some president sometime, probably the next, will declare victory and bring our troops home. Of course, that will be a little late for all those that have died. Plus, it will leave a bitter taste in the mouths of all the folks that see it as "cutting and running."

The price of Bushie's messing around in the mid-east will continue to take a toll on folks for generations. Vets will grumble that we should have blown them all "to hell." The libs will say it couldn't have been won anyway. And, Bushie...oh, yeah. He will be a retired president, sitting in Texas, sipping ice tea and critiquing the job of the next president. So in two and half years, it is over for him. Life goes on, even if you're a Bush, but not if you're a dead soldier.

If there really is a God, maybe he will allow the dead to haunt Bushie to his grave. It only seems right.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Musings 166--Die laughing

Here are some bittersweet views of the world.

The first one up is scary. These are from

This second one is quite possible, even though the movie didn't burn up the box office:

And from

And then there is Bill O...

Keep smiling....ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Musings 165--Fly me to the moon...

The United States government can outdo any other country when it comes to just stupid stuff. We have all heard about $300 bathroom seats, nuts and bolts that cost hundreds of dollars and weapons systems that cost millions that will never be deployed. Well, leave it to Uncle Sam to trump even those blunders--NASA, the space people, have lost the tape of the moon landing. (See Link)

It really isn't lost, they say, just misplaced. least that is what they think, maybe. You can not make stuff like this up. The recording of the single greatest human achievement in the history of our species is probably tossed in a closet in the NASA basement. (Does NASA really have a basement?..hmmm.) It boggles the mind.

It is utterly amazing that NASA does not have a historian who keeps track of their many achievements. Is it any wonder that space crafts fall from the sky?

Grey Hautaloma, NASA spokesperson, said to ABC News Online: "We haven't seen them for quite a while. We've been looking for over a year and they haven't turned up." A year! They've been looking for a year...365 days. Holy hell!

He went on to say: "I wouldn't say we're worried--we've got all the data. Everything on the tapes we have in one form or another." So...basically, we got the clones, but the originals have escaped. I think I saw that movie a few years ago.

Well, they can either do one of two things: Fly me and the rest of the world back to the moon and do it again, or go back to the movie set and recreate the landing like the wackos believed they did the first time.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Musings 164--Tell the dumbass to shut up!

Orrin Hatch, R, Utah, has just gone from being a whinny little wimp to a dumbass. That usually takes some time to do, but in Hatch's case it was a short trip.

Orrin Hatch has joined the Vice President of the United States in fearmongering to the hilt. VP Cheney has called Ned Lamont, candidate for U.S. Senate, as one who encourages"the al-Qaida types." Hatch says that if you vote for a democrat you are helping terrorist. Wow, have we come a long way from being Americans with just different views. (See Link)

Long ago in a far away land, it was thought that democrats and republicans were both good folks--just misguided. Today, the republican view point is that if you disagree with them; then, you must be on the far left or "an al-Qaida type." There is no room for debate. You are either for everything they believe in, or you are an evil person who is against the troops in Iraq. This is the legacy that hatemongers such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have given us. Orrin Hatch now joins their ranks.

It used to be that people of both parties would disagree and then go have a drink together. When Newt Gingrich led his take over of the House of Representatives in 1992, he came in with a bitter bunch of reformers. Democarts were evil. All Democrats were liberal. Democrats were weak on defense. It was quaint for a it is getting old. It is also tearing at the fabric of our country. Believe it or not, there are democrats that love America.

So as a reformed republican, I say to Orrin Hatch: "Shut up, you dumbass. There are American Republicans that don't agree with you. We aren't evil and we don't love al-Qaida."

Friday, August 11, 2006

Musings 163--They were always mean, but now they lie.

It has been said by democrats, independents and anybody who knows one that conservatives are mean spirited. Well, they are still mean. That has not changed, but they did not use to tell lies as quickly as they moved their lips. Now, it seems, everything they say is a lie.

Exhibit One: Ann Coulter(gist). The skinny dame with an adam's apple has been shown to lie, cheat and steal in her new book, Godless, The Church of Liberalism. (See Link) Ann qualifies as both mean and a liar. She doesn't care, however, since it sells books. To date, no conservative has said a bad thing about her lack of facts and extremely hurtful speech. I was always told by my peers that silence means agreement.

Exhibit Two: Bill O'Reilly. Bill even lies about where he grew up. He is mean and, to boot, a suck up for anyone from the Bush Administration. Also, he hates Keith Olberman. I like Keith Olberman, he rocks. (See Link) Bill O' also is too dumb to know that the cross on the Red Cross emblem is not a Christian Cross. Maybe he should do some research and look on the Red Cross site and read the history section.

Exhibit Three: John Gibson. I used to think he as a decent news guy, but since going over to Fox, he has fallen completely off the wagon. John has a lot of hate in his soul. (See Link)

Exhibit Four: Pat Robertson. He hates all other's Gods and I'm not sure if he really loves his own. He does love money, however. He lies and backtracks. (See Link) he also is the strongest man in the world and can leg lift 2,000 pounds.

Exhibit Five: Neal Boortz. He is another radio voice that comes to you from the dark reaches of hell. Boortz hates everybody who make minimum wage and is a big Bush jr. suck up. (See Link)

Exhibit Six: Rush Limbaugh. He loves drugs. Hates everything else. Conservatives love him. (See Link)

There are more, but I'm tired and these pretty much make the point. Here's a tip of the hat to the guys at They do most of the work and I steal it.

Oh, more for the get-out-of-jail card from yesterday compliments of

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Musings 162--Covering their asses...

With terrorist trying to blow up commercial airlines out of Great Britain today, one must wonder if we are better off than we were before Bush jr. and company decided to turn the mid-east upside down.

Religious terrorist will always do their thing. We must not forget Northern Ireland during a large part of the 20th century. Protestant Christians killed Catholic Christians in the name of God and vice versa. The Muslims have done nothing different. Thus, the conclusion is that people have killed in the name of God for thousands of years. This is not new.

What is new is that the United States used to be the moral guy on the block. We are not any more. Today, under the cover of the news out of England, the Bush Administration is trying to get legislation passed that will cover their asses for crimes and misdemeanors past and present. (See Link)

Now if our little fart president from Texas is so sure that everything he does is right; then, why do his people want a retroactive law to protect themselves. It kind of makes you say...hmmmmm.

Here are the last three paragraphs in an article in the L. A. Times:

"I think what this bill can do is in effect immunize past crimes. That's why it's so dangerous," said a third attorney, Eugene Fidell, president of the National Institute of Military Justice.

Fidell said the initiative was "not just protection of political appointees but also CIA personnel who led interrogations."

Interrogation practices "follow from policies that were formed at the highest levels of the administration," said a fourth attorney, Scott Horton. "The administration is trying to insulate policymakers under the War Crimes Act."

Bush and his followers are something else. They want to cover their bases, no mater what comes. Responsibility is not a term that they can define.

Thus, while the Brits are taking down real-live terrorist, the Bushies are covering their asses by using the law making power of the constitution to do it.

I could just cry.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Musings 161--More parodies and such, such, more.

As of Sunday, there have been 2,590 soldiers killed bringing democracy to the people of Iraq. Keeping this in mind, I give you these to ponder.

I know several people that think that Dr. Rice is brilliant. It eludes me, but then, I am not easily dazzled by a Ph.D. in kiss ass. These are again from

This one makes a couple of points, and it is kind of sad. It is a amazing that Bush wants to protect unborn life, but is so careless with other life. It is a circle that seems to not connect.

So, I guess, I'll end this with this one. It seems fitting...sad, but fitting.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Musings 160--Parodies and such

These speak for themselves. Enjoy!!

Condi baby...

And of course. Bush jr.

Can he be that dumb?

Lastly, I give you...poor Mel.

I stole these of off

It is a neat place to look for cartoons and such.

I was done, but found another one. It sure is hot!

Done for sure!!

Musings 159--The world watches, the world learns...

In the last decade, Americans were thought of as the greatest people on the planet. Most everybody liked us, and some even loved us. If you went abroad, you were treated with genuine respect. Today, it is not so. Why has things changed so much under the decade of Bush jr.?

Well, it could be that Bush jr. is the only President to break treaties since World War II. In the year 2002--that is exactly one year after 9-11 in 2001--Bush jr. served notice on the Russians that we would not stand by our 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. (See Link) By doing this, our American president showed the world that we will not have to honor our agreements.

Since the days of Franklin Roosevelt, Bush jr. has become the only president to nullify an international treaty. (See Link 2) So what is the big deal? Well, it could be that other countries have drawn the conclusion that if the U. S. doesn't like something, then we break a treaty or simply ignore it. If the U. S. can do that; then, so can they.

The Clinton Administration signed the Kyoto Protocol with the hopes of lowering carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming. Bush jr. refused to have congress ratify the agreement because it is "unfair and ineffective" and would "cause serious harm to the U. S. economy." The world watched, and the world learned.

Bush jr. would not allow the U. S. to participate in the International Land Mine treaty. He also does not want the U. S. to be represented at part of the International Criminal Court. Again, the world watches and learns.

The Bushies hate the United Nations, but will use it to further their agenda. Since the U. N. would not go along with a war in Iraqi, the Bushies decided to go it alone. Again, they showed that if something doesn't go their way, then, do it anyway. With a coalition of the willing--a bunch of suck-up countries with nothing much to lose by currying favor with the U. S.--the war to take over Iraqi began. It is still going on and even the suck-ups are now pulling out. Once again, the rest of the world watches and learns.

So with this is mind, I wonder when Bush jr. and his merry bunch will learn from their mistakes? Probably never, and the world watches and learns that too.

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