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Friday, April 08, 2005
Poll: Bush, Congress Approval Slumping
WASHINGTON - President Bush's standing with the public is slumping just three months into his final term, but Americans have an even lower regard for the job being done by Congress. Bush's job approval is at 44 percent, with 54 percent disapproving. Only 37 percent have a favorable opinion of the work being done by the Republican-controlled Congress, according to an AP-Ipsos poll.
Bush's job approval was at 49 percent in January, while Congress was at 41 percent.
It gets worse. When he was in binniss school, Prince Goerge called FDR a socialist and condemned Social Security and the rest of the New Deal that kept hundreds of thousands of people from literally starving to death.
King Goerge is the worst president we could ever have. His fascist junta must be stopped. Get geared up for the mid-terms. We must take back Congress.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An Army sergeant who was wounded in Iraq wants a chance to remain in the military as an openly gay soldier, a desire that's bringing him into conflict with the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Sgt. Robert Stout, 23, says he has not encountered trouble from fellow soldiers and would like to stay if not for the policy that permits gay men and women to serve only if they keep their sexual orientation a secret.
"I know a ton of gay men that would be more than willing to stay in the Army if they could just be open," Stout said in an interview with The Associated Press. "But if we have to stay here and hide our lives all the time, it's just not worth it."
Stout, of Utica, Ohio, was awarded the Purple Heart after a grenade sent pieces of shrapnel into his arm, face and legs while he was operating a machine gun on an armored Humvee last May.
He is believed to be the first gay soldier wounded in Iraq to publicly discuss his sexuality, said Aaron Belkin, director of the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military at the University of California-Santa Barbara.
"We can't keep hiding the fact that there's gay people in the military and they aren't causing any harm," said Stout, who says he is openly gay among most of his 26-member platoon, which is part of the 9th Engineer Battalion based in Schweinfurt, Germany.
Stout, who served in Iraq for more than a year as a combat engineer, said by acknowledging he is gay, he could be jailed and probably will be discharged before his scheduled release date of May 31.
"The old armchair thought that gay people destroy unit camaraderie and cohesion is just wrong," Stout said. "They said the same things when they tried to integrate African-Americans and women into the military."
Facing State Protests, U.S. Offers More Flexibility on
The secretary of education sought to set a new, more
cooperative tone in her response to resistance to No Child
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Read it. And get ready. They are. You'd better, too. I'm got readier last weekend, and will get even more so this weekend.
"Yes, we used the Patriot Act to determine that man was innocent."
Does this legislation violate the "Non-Establishment" clause of the Constitution?
No, because it does not allow for the "establishment" of religion. The essence of religious "establishment" is state endorsement of a particular religion to the exclusion of all others. The acknowledgement of God is, if anything, an endorsement of religion in general, to the exclusion of none.
These folks and their wildcat machine guns and white supremacist literature give the rest of us decent recreational shooters a bad name.
See how the rest of the world views America when people aren't poisoned by the vast, right-wing conspiracy liars network.
Fascist gets pie in the face, gets so confused, he forgets he's the fascist.
Poll: Public disliked Schiavo intervention
WASHINGTON — The controversy over Terri Schiavo has raised concerns among many Americans about the moral agenda of the Republican Party and the political power of conservative Christians, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll finds.
In the survey, most Americans disapprove of the efforts by President Bush and Congress to draw federal courts into the dispute over treatment of the brain-damaged Florida woman. She died last week.
Some old stereotypes about the two parties have been reversed:
•By 55%-40%, respondents say Republicans, traditionally the party of limited government, are “trying to use the federal government to interfere with the private lives of most Americans” on moral values.
•By 53%-40%, they say Democrats, who sharply expanded government since the Depression, aren't trying to interfere on moral issues.
The debate over Schiavo has spotlighted the central role “values” issues — abortion, stem cell research, same-sex marriage and the right to live or die — now play in politics.
Over the past several weeks, the American public has watched Washington tie itself in knots over whether or not to get involved in the case over Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube, over the role of the judiciary in such situations and over Social Security’s future. And according to the newest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, the public doesn’t necessarily like this whole picture: Only a third believes the country is headed on the right track, an overwhelming majority says Congress should not intervene in cases like Schiavo’s and overall support for President Bush’s proposal to overhaul Social Security is declining.
King Goerge spends millions of our money trying to give the rest of it to his crooked friends on Wall StreetCost of Social Security Drive Cited
Democrat Waxman Seeks GAO Accounting
The Bush administration's ongoing Social Security blitz is unusual in scale in the selling of a domestic policy, mobilizing the president and vice president, four Cabinet secretaries and 17 lesser officials, down to an associate director of strategic planning for the White House budget office.
It also may be one of the most costly in memory, well into the millions of dollars, according to some rough, unofficial calculations.
Anti-American thought for the dayAnyone who opposes war, especially one started with lies for world domination, must hate America, right? And God, the flag and mom's apple pie, too.
Most wars are started by well-fed people with time on their hands to dream up half-baked ideologies or grandiose ambitions, and to nurse real or imagined grievances.
– Thomas Sowe
America intact a little while longer; DeLay, Robertson throw another hissyfit
40-Year Term for Supremacist in Plot on Judge
Matthew Hale was convicted of plotting to kill a federal
judge a month after briefly becoming a suspect in the
slaying of the judge's mother and husband.
The Passion of the Tom
Before, Republicans just scared other people. Now, they're
starting to scare themselves.
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Author Of Schiavo Memo Steps Forward
Sen. Martinez's Counsel Cited Upside for GOP
The legal counsel to Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) admitted yesterday that he was the author of a memo citing the political advantage to Republicans of intervening in the case of Terri Schiavo, the senator said in an interview last night.
Brian Darling, a former lobbyist for the Alexander Strategy Group on gun rights and other issues, offered his resignation and it was immediately accepted, Martinez said.
End of an eraMartin Sheen is no longer POTUS.
Will we ever have another real president who speaks English in complete sentences and stands for something besides just getting elected?
It's easy to point out the stupidity, hyprocisy and criminality of the GOP, this fascist junta in particular. But that doesn't give us a leader.
We have been looking for a leader for five years to no avail. The last couple of weeks have presented several golden opportunities for a leader to emerge. None has.
If rethuglicons are corporate whores, Democrats are only slightly less expensive escorts for the same pimps. Our only hope is to withhold support and donations from all alleged "progressives" until someone shows a little actual, bold leadership.
My fear is that no one around now is even capable of leadership. Dr. Dean is doing well as DNC chair, but will never be a contender for the White House again. DeLay is toast, but he's only good for our fundraising in the near future. Watching him crash and burn doesn't provide us with a better replacement. Various NGOs yell and jump up and down, but cannot become a party united FOR a strong, clear agenda that will resuscitate America from the coma of the past four years.
Some pet projects and party platform planks (sorry) will have to be sacrificed in the near future for party unity and a broad support base. We and America as an entity simply cannot afford another Ralph Nader-esque stunt like the one from 2000 which gave our country over to the fascists. We must be willing to compromise some things for the greater good. We do it in our household budgets, now we must do it in our political activities.
Think "united front." Speak it. Write it. Act on it. If we fail in 2008, our country is lost.
Don't forget Jed Bartlet's legacy as the leader we wish we could have.
The fanatics and nutjobs now running the show sure give honest believers a bad name
Gallup: Bush Approval Rating Lowest Ever for 2nd-Term Prez at this Point
NEW YORK It's not uncommon to hear or read pundits referring to President George W. Bush as a "popular" leader or even a "very popular" one. Even some of his critics in the press refer to him this way. Perhaps they need to check the latest polls.
President Bush's approval rating has plunged to the lowest level of any president since World War II at this point in his second term, the Gallup Organization reported today.
All other presidents who served a second term had approval ratings well above 50% in the March following their election, Gallup reported.
Presidents Truman and Johnson had finished out the terms of their predecessors, and then won election on their own for a second term.
Bush's current rating is 45%. The next lowest was Reagan with 56% in March 1985.
More bad signs for the president: Gallup's survey now finds only 38% expressing satisfaction with the "state of the country" while 59% are "dissatisfied." One in three Americans feel the economy is excellent or good, while the rest find it "only fair" or poor.
Gallup noted that more challenges lie ahead for Bush, including public doubts about his Social Security plan and Iraq policies.
Here are the approval ratings for presidents as recorded by Gallup (all for March):
Truman, 1949: 57%.
Eisenhower, 1957: 65%.
Johnson, 1965: 69%.
Nixon, 1973: 57%.
Reagan, 1985: 56%.
Clinton, 1997: 59% .
Bush, 2005: 45% .
Who would have thought Pope John Paul was a Saddam enabler who was detached from reality? Thanks, Shrill O'Really? for cluing us in.
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Iraq KIA somewhere between 1600 and 6210. Why won't King Goerge tell us the truth about anything--ever?The Bush Butcher’s Bill: Officially, 2 US Military Deaths in Iraq from 1 through 4 April, 2005 – Official Total of 1,600 US Dead to date (and rising)
U.S. Military Personnel who died in German hospitals or en route to German hospitals have not previously been counted. They total about 6,210 as of 1 January, 2005. The ongoing, underreporting of the dead in Iraq, is not accurate. The DoD is deliberately reducing the figures. A review of many foreign news sites show that actual deaths are far higher than the newly reduced ones. Iraqi civilian casualties are never reported but International Red Cross, Red Crescent and UN figures indicate that as of 1 January 2005, the numbers are just under 100,000.
Note: There is excellent reason to believe that the Department of Defense is deliberately not reporting a significant number of the dead in Iraq. We have received copies of manifests from the MATS that show far more bodies shipped into Dover AFP than are reported officially. The educated rumor is that the actual death toll is in excess of 7,000. Given the officially acknowledged number of over 15,000 seriously wounded, this elevated death toll is far more realistic than the current 1,400+ now being officially published. When our research is complete, and watertight, we will publish the results along with the sources In addition to the evident falsification of the death rolls, at least 5,500 American military personnel have deserted, most in Ireland but more have escaped to Canada and other European countries, none of whom are inclined to cooperate with vengeful American authorities. (See TBR News of 18 February for full coverage on the mass desertions) This means that of the 158,000 U.S. military shipped to Iraq, 26,000 either deserted, were killed or seriously wounded.
Sometime this month, the Internal Revenue Service will ask debt collection agencies to submit bids to chase down delinquent taxpayers.
In the parallel universe of Cancervatron, anyone can be a medical expert to prove how evil judges really areSmith seeks inquiry into case
WASHINGTON - New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith, a friend and advocate of Terri Schiavo's family, (and a self-appointed medical expert with no apparent credentials for anything beyond fomenting violent fascism) called for a full inquiry into her case yesterday after the severely brain-damaged woman who spent 15 years connected to a feeding tube died.
Smith characterized Schiavo as a "healthy but disabled woman" whose death "exposes an extremely cruel, merciless and dysfunctional element" within the judicial system.
Run to the sound of the guns! Stop those commie activist judges who insist on following the law instead of the White House's religio-fascist agenda!
Activist Judges are undermining democracy, devastating
families and assaulting Judeo-Christian morality
IF YOU AGREE THAT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
IF YOU’RE READY TO FIGHT BACK …. COME TO
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS INCLUDE
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, David C. Gibbs, Esq., attorney for Terri Schiavo's parents, Chief Justice Roy Moore and former Ambassador Alan Keyes.
Senator Sam Brownback, Senator Tom Coburn, former Vatican Ambassador Ray Flynn, Alan Keyes, Phyllis Schlafly, Tony Perkins, Mike Farris, Howard Phillips, Bill Dannemeyer, Morton Blackwell, Bill Federer, Rick Scarborough, Don Feder, Kay Daly, Janet Folger, Jan LaRue, Tim Lee and Patrick Reilly.
Monday, April 04, 2005
Three hotels, including the Rogue Regency, the Red Lion and the Jacksonville Inn, report they have been waiting almost six months for bills generated mostly by the U.S. Secret Service during President Bush's whirlwind tour through Jackson County, according to an article by the Mail Tribune newspaper.
Owed $3,332.72, the Red Lion Hotel in Medford sent a letter on March 28 to the president at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The letter written by the hotel's accountant Kirsten Yunuba Stephens, said: "My question to you: Is this how you help balance the budget at the White House by ripping off retailers in the towns you visit? If that is the case please do not come back to the Rogue Valley."
Thanks and a Tip 'O The Hat to
for this link.
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The answer every time should be a quick and simple, "Forget it. You forfeited your options when you told your kids they were too good for those awful secular and racially-integrated public schools. Go back to your parallel universe, deal with your original decision, and leave the rest of us alone."
You'll hear all sorts of hogwash about "rights" and "taxes" and other slobbery whining. Too bad. They opted out, they can stay out. If those kids are too good for regular kids, then they're not welcome in public schools.
Stay on the alert for such ridiculous demands in your area, and have your letters ready for the local papers. Hold parents accountable for their stupidity.
Could doctors refuse to treat gays under conscience clause laws? If so, who's next? Can a Baptist refuse to treat a Jew?
Take action against pharmacists refusing to fill women’s prescriptions!
Firstly, if you haven’t already seen NARAL’s new flash film, “You’ve come a long way baby! But how much farther do you still have to go?” go check it out now!
And then when you realize how much work still needs to be done, go and take action against the far-right extremists who want to keep women from obtaining birth control and emergency contraception.
As you well know, in as many as 20 states pharmacies can refuse to fill women’s prescriptions for contraception. You know $#!+ is getting ridiculous when you need a cop to help you get your BC pills.
So to take on this craziness, NARAL Pro-Choice America is telling the nation’s biggest pharmacies (Wal-Mart, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Eckerd) not to stand between a woman, her physician, and her reproductive health choices. Send a letter now!
U.S. Soldier, Marine Killed in Iraq
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2005 – A U.S. soldier assigned to Task Force Liberty died today near Bayji, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated at around 6:45 p.m. local time. No further details were available.
The soldier's death comes a day after a U.S. Marine was killed by an explosion in Hadithah. The deceased Marine was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force.
The names of both deceased servicemembers are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
In other news, Multinational Corps Iraq today announced the results of an inquiry into a March 4 friendly-fire incident in which a Bulgarian soldier was killed southeast of Ad Diwanyah.
Junior Sgt. Gurdi Gurdev was killed when U.S. and Bulgarian forces fired on each other in response to what each believed to be an enemy attack.
“This was a tragic accident,” the command noted in a press release. “And the men and women of Multinational Force Iraq extend their deepest sympathies to the family of Junior Sergeant Gurdi Gurdev.”
Also today in Iraq, Task Force Liberty soldiers detained five civilians with rocket-propelled grenades, RPG launchers, and improvised-explosive-device materials after a civilian tip led to a raid near Bayji.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)
Evangelical "leader" claims King Goerge will listen to him on environmental issues and not corporate donorsLike I keep saying, these people live in their own parallel universe. They just make up what they want to believe, and then go and believe it, and reality be damned.
Sunday, April 03, 2005
Defence chiefs are planning to reduce the size of the British military force in Iraq from 9,000 to 3,500 troops within 12 months as part of a phased withdrawal from Iraq, The Telegraph can reveal.
In the first stage of Britain's "exit strategy", troops will be withdrawn from three of the Army's five military bases in southern Iraq by April 2006.
Europe's Boys of Jihad
At 13, Salah left Paris for Syria, allegedly to aid insurgents in Iraq. He and others like him represent radical Islam's newer, younger face.
PARIS — The case file of the French homeboys who joined the Iraqi jihad contains a startling photo.
It's the mug shot of Salah, the alleged point man in Damascus, Syria, who authorities say arranged for guns and safe passage into Iraq for extremists from Paris. Salah has a serious expression beneath a short Afro-style haircut. He looks as if he's posing, reluctantly, for a middle school yearbook.
When Salah left for Damascus with the jihadis last summer, he was 13 years old.
"He's just a little kid!" exclaimed Ousman Siddibe, a leader of Good Boys of Africa, an African-French community association in Paris' Riquet neighborhood. "We have some husky guys around here, but he's not one of them. And he's got an innocent face."
Salah, the son of African immigrants, remains a fugitive two months after police here broke up the alleged terrorist cell. His odyssey is a drastic example of a trend, investigators say: Not only are Islamic extremists in Western Europe radicalizing faster, they are also younger than ever.
"There are some who, uh, feel like that, you know, the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is: Bring 'em on. We got the force necessary to deal with the security situation. “ - George W. Bush, July 2, 2003.
All the war news they don't want us thinking about when Terri Schiavo, Michael Jackson and the dead Pope are so much more important.
More. Read. Remember. The mid-terms are only 18 months away.
thought suppression is in the air
A group of music educators has launched the National Anthem Project because they're concerned that Americans no longer remember the words to the "Star Spangled Banner." (cnn.com, Sun. Mar 13, 2005)
Meanwhile, Robert Byrd, the 87-year-old Democratic senator from West Virginia, is concerned that Americans, even some senators, no longer remember the value of time-honored senatorial practices. In terms of which one of those two concerns is most important for Americans to remember if America is to maintain the spirit that makes it American, I'm with Byrd.
There's a move in the Senate right now to restrict the right to filibuster during discussions of judicial appointees. If you're tempted to assume that something as remote and obscure as the Senate rules of filibuster have little to do with the likes of us, think again.
In Colorado they want to fire a college history professor for comparing the workers in America's great World Trade Center, site of the infamous terrorist attack on 9/11/2001, as equivalent to the Germans who worked in Adolph Hitler's fascist war machine, supporting its policies, sustaining its operations. It is a shocking and painful use of language, true. It is an unacceptable image of the motives and goals that inspired these servants of corporate financial policies, surely. But is it treasonous? Un-American? Academically unacceptable? Should a professor be fired for raising such a comparison in a college classroom in a country where pornography is a protected industry and making people think is supposed to be one of the aims of the course? Unless, of course, the educational system is now to be nothing but a tool of the state. One thing is sure: A statement like that makes a person think.