Friday, November 10, 2006

Musings 186--Bush admits to lying.

I was rather stunned that Bush jr. would come right out and admit to lying to the press about his decision to remove Donald Rumsfeld. (See Link) Basically, the "Decider in Chief" decided it was perfectly fine to lie to the press and the American people about a political matter.

Now changes in personnel are totally political in nature. President's do it to give themselves cover and shield off blame. Rumsfeld was certainly overdue, but lying is lying. If the "Decider" lied about this, what else has he lied about?

I guess the "Decider" must have decided to tell a little white lie. I'm sure in his mind it is nothing compared to the myth of WMD's and the nuclear cloud coming from Iraq. Those were black lies of the most deceptive kind. Lives were lost over those lies. But, God will forgive him since he knows him personally. However, the 150,000 dead in Iraq might require a lifetime of prayer.

Hey, religious right folks...doesn't it make you proud to have backed this guy?

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Musings 185--Good-by cranky Donald

President Bush has just given Donald Rumsfeld the boot this afternoon. I guess "the decider" has decided that with his party soon to be out of power, he needs to clean a little house. (See Link) To bad it is too little, to late.

No later than last Friday did Bushie jr. give Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney glowing praise. He said that they'd be with him until the end of his term. Gee, did I miss something. Bush jr.'s term just ended? Wow, that was a fast two years.

Now I just may be guessing, but I think that the next two years will drag slowly by for Bush jr. With the power of oversite in the hands of the democrats, it would only seem fair that they get their licks in while they can. There are more than 730 wake-ups for Bush jr. and his band of merry men. This could be a whole lot more fun than say....ah, waterboarding.

So I guess all there is to say is: Good-by cranky Donald...we knew you too damn well. Don't let the door hit you in the ass as you leave.

Musings 184--Democracy ain't dead yet.

It looks like the democrats will now have control of both houses of congress. Maybe the people of the United States do understand the role they play in a representative democracy.

Yes, I suppose you can say that democracy ain't dead yet. Some of us were starting to wonder if it wasn't in its last throes, but, like Vice President Dick Cheney, we were wrong. Sometimes it is good to be wrong.

I am proud to say that my home state of Ohio lead the way. We kicked out a corrupt republican regime in the state house. Ted Strickland (D), a fellow southern Ohioian, beat the living daylights out of Ken Blackwell (R). We also kicked out the Bushie cheerleader Mike DeWine (R) in favor of Sherrod Brown (D). Brown, a U. S. Congressman, has been an outspoken critic of the War in Iraq.

Now the only danger is that the democrats get too full of themselves and turn into republicans. I don't think that will be the case because most dems understand that the people who voted for change want results. If there is no results; then, the democrats will have a short span of being in control. Vote them in; vote them out--it is the American way.

The power of the ballot box is import. It is something that the people in Iraq will have to learn if they are to become a democratic country. It has only taken us about 230 years to learn this lesson.

To President George W. Bush I ask this question: How does it feel to be in the minority? Oh, don't know yet? Well, you soon will. Now you can either govern from the center or have a miserable two years. It is your choice. got to love it.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Musings 183--Kill the messenger

There has been wide-spread corruption and fraud in Iraq that has been reported by every major news organization. Now, the lone federal prosecutor that looks into such matters has had his agency shut down by congress. (See Link)

The Office of Special Inspector General for Iraq will cease to exist on January 1, 2007. Both democrat and republican senators are wondering why this has happened. Senator Susan Collins (R) Maine said, according to a New York Times article by James Glanz, "that she still does not know how the provision got into what is called the conference report."

Well, I can tell the senator how it happened. The Bush jr. Administration got one of its flunkies to insert the wording to do away with the one group which could embarrass the Bush War Machine. Even though the lawyer heading the office is a Bush supporter from Texas, Stuart W. Bowne jr. has sent several officials to jail on bribery and conspiracy charges. He has been a thorn in the side of companies like Halliburton and their divisions of Kellogg, Brown and Root. He is also the one that discovered military weapons had disappeared--a couple hundred thousand of them--that I talked about here in and earlier column.

In the Times article, Congressman Henry A. Waxman, (D) Cal., said: "It appears to me that the administration wants to silence the messenger that is giving us information about waste and fraud in Iraq."

It also appears that the damning language may have been inserted into the bill by staff members of Duncan Hunter (R) Cal. Hunter is a known Bush lackey who wants to run for president in 2008.

So basically, the Bushies kill the messenger when it makes them look bad. What else is new? These guys make everything political. How the religious right hangs with them is an amazing thing, since their real gods are greed and corruption. This is the proof.

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