Bush Official, in Book, Tells of Pressure on ’04 Vote – NYTimes.com

As  if this surprises us.  Just something to file to trot out for the obligatory dismissal of Tom Ridge as part of the liberal conspiracy (even though he was a Bush administration apointee) Tom Ridge, the first secretary of homeland security, asserts in a new book that he was pressured by top advisers to President George W. Bush to raise Continue Reading


Not that our troubles are over,  but I breathe a big sigh of relief that the “permanent Republican majority” envisioned by Karl Rove is history and on the trash heap.   I am proud of who our president is for the first time since the early Clinton days (and much more hopeful than I was even then).  But that “hopefulness” is Continue Reading

Suskind and The Enlightenment

I was a taken down a notch in my enthusiasm for Suskind’s book ,  when,  at Part 3,  about 113 pages in,  he has something that is like a celebration of the Age of Reason ,  and pits it against the “faith” approach.  He says that the two are compatible,  but it is clear that for him,  “reason” is the Continue Reading

Suskind’s Book Excellent

Before I turn in tonight,  I’ve been reading (about 100 page so far), Ron Suskind’s book The Way of the World,  and it is excellent.  It is much more than a story about the workings of the Bush White House and its efforts to get its way,  but it is also a story of the attempts of several families and Continue Reading

When they have nothing else to say

Then there’s character assassination.  That’s the only thing they can throw at it,  since they have NOTHING to answer with.  Ron Suskind with a new book ,  with still more on the liars known as the Bush administration, is the newest target of the character assasination that is used on whistleblowers who add towhat is seeming like an almost daily Continue Reading

Neocon Nightmare

The idiots. The criminals. The evil. Seymour Hersh On Covert Operations In Iran Listen Now [44 min 41 sec] add to playlist Alex Wong Seymour Hersh writes about covert military operations in Iran in the upcoming issue of The New Yorker. Getty Images Fresh Air from WHYY, June 30, 2008 · Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh believes that the United States Continue Reading

Bush and Rove are Don Siegelman Times 100 (or more)

Josh has the embedded video and the scoop on the 60 minutes story Got your popcorn? If it’s too early for that, a cup of coffee will do. Last night 60 Minutes finally aired its segment on the Don Siegelman case, and here it is, in all its 9-minute glory Muckraker | Talking Points Memo | Today’s Must Read This Continue Reading

‘Believing’ in Barack

I mentioned this post of Charlie’s earlier this week.  I think this post raises something that is certainly (or should be) an issue with American Christians. His values overlap with my own more than any other major candidate I’ve seen in my lifetime. I really hope that Barack is elected president. But I won’t be voting for him. I won’t Continue Reading

McCain’s Lies about Obama, and why I WILL vote for Obama

Juan Cole,  who IS a Middle East expert,  knows who is NOT one when he sees them: eg. John McCain. McCain: “Will the next President have the experience, the judgment experience informs, and the strength of purpose to respond to each of these developments in ways that strengthen our security and advance the global progress of our ideals? Or will Continue Reading

Another Axis of Evil?

Watching a Google Video of the documentary, No End In Sight,  and this statement by Seth Moulton,  a lieutenant in the US Marines,  just sums up the elitism of the Bush administration: personally I feel that the war would be going differently if you had leadership that really understood, number one,  what it’s like to be on the ground; had Continue Reading

I’m the Anti-Earmarker President

From TalkingPoints memo,  re: just one of the ridiculous claims of Georgie Boy last night in his “State of the Illusion” speech last night. It’s pretty safe to say that before the Bush administration, most Americans had no idea what an earmark was. But Bush, the earmark president, the man who presided over and enabled the Republican Congress during the Continue Reading

State of the Illusion

This speech,  as Keith Olbermann and Joe Biden marveled as well,  was from outer space,  which is where these idiot clowns inside the Bush administration live.   It is the “state” of “denial” of reality,  and a mythical construction that they sell to the uninformed or brainwashed through some illogical attachment.  He depends upon the lack of literacy among his supporters.  Continue Reading

Can’t Someone ELSE besides Bush help us?

Bush announced his “fix” for this economic mess.  Why aren’t we saying “uhhhhh……can we talk to someone else please,  and seek advice elsewhere?  You screwed this up ROYALLY,  and now we’re supposed to even listen to what you have to say?  How about a commission appointed by Congress (not much better,  but at least somewhat more NOT-Bush? 

The Petri Dish for Radical Free Market Ideas

The New Orleans “deal” Well I just got back from New Orleans and I was so struck to see these huge housing developments it’s just so clear that this thing that’s being called reconstruction is nothing of the sort. The tragedy, in part, was created by 25 years of neglect of the public sphere, by the culture of neglect, that Continue Reading