Monday, April 11, 2005

 

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Sunday, April 10, 2005

 

"Weirdoes Run Amok" Award Goes to Tom DeLay

It was a week for freak shows, but Delay's Confronting the Judicial War on Faith Conference wins the "Weirdoes Run Amok' award. The leaders of this conference are the biggest group of screw balls ever to gather in one place. But before we get into that, let's pay homage to the runner-ups in this past week's many freak show festivals.

!st Runner Up is Pass the Pope on a Plank

The Pope's funeral began to take on a carnival atmosphere several days after they continued to show the Pope's corpse adorned with pointy red shoes. But the mourning took a downward turn when it was announced that Cardinal "Molester Protector" Law would officiate.
This prompted victims of Priest molestation to gather in protest.

Other strangeness surrounded this protracted funeral, including Clinton's proclamation that "The Pope sure knows how to draw a crowd!" Sure, Bill was referring to the Pope's ability to draw a crowd when he was alive, but Bill should know better than to bandy these comments around! Booing of Bush added to the carnival quality of the funeral.

Photos of Bush and Laura smooching amongst the mourners were almost too much to bear. I guess Bush was feeling frisky since the Pope's funeral was one of the "highlights of his presidency!" Of course Bush may have been trying to show Chirac that he didn't care if Chirac slobbered on his Condi's, hand. This is the second time Chirac has slobbered on one of Bush's main squeezes. Last year he smooched Laura. It must be some sort of psychop technique Chirac uses. All of this combined plus the millions of attendees and the non-stop media coverage turned a funeral to honor the Pope into a steady stream of freaky faux pas.


2nd Runner Up Award is Tied! Royal Wedding vs. Wal-Mart Wedding

Local Austin news stations aired a wedding in New York that was held in a Wal-Mart. A Texas man met his bride online and flew to New York to marry her. She had not informed him that they were getting married at Wal-Mart. It turns out that she and all of her best friends work at Wal-Mart, but her friends were not allowed the day off to attend her wedding. So instead of being pissed at Wal-Mart, she held her wedding there. She said that Wal-Mart was a great place to get married and after the wedding you can do some fine shopping.

The Royal wedding had stiff competition with the Wal-Mart wedding but Camilla Parker Bowles was not to be outdone by the boxy Wal-Mart bride. Camilla, who is already portrayed as looking like a horse, showed up to her wedding with a hat crafted of straw and feathers. If I were her I would have played down the barnyard theme. Fashionistas were kind, saying the plume of feathers popping from her head "elongated' her neck. In reality, it looked like a chicken was roosting on Camilla's head.

3rd Runner Up is Gannon Gang Bang at National Presstitute Club

The press reached an all time low when they invited ex-gay male prostitute and plagiarism expert, Jeff Gannon, to be on their panel for the National Press Club meeting. Sure, they thought they would kick his ass by bombarding him with questions regarding his ill-gained White House access. Audience members hollered out "Did you sleep with Scott McClellan?" Wayne Madsen questioned him about his illegal former career as a gay male prostitute. All in all, Gannon's invitation only confirmed that the National Press Club is guilty of being media whores.

Grand Prize Winner for the Weirdoes' Run Amok award goes to Tom DeLay and the Confronting the Judicial War on Faith Conference

The speakers at this conference were a who's who list of freaks.

The conference opened with Rabbi Yehunda Levin. Rabbi Levin lends his wisdom to groups with talks like Jew Jitsu, which trains conservatives on how to confront the "hostile liberal media." Another fave of Rabbi Levin's is his speech A Silver Lining in the Priest Molestation Scandal. If he wasn't so busy with the "weirdoes run amok" meeting he could have handed out fliers of this speech to the Molester Protector protesters at the Pass the Pope on a Plank festival.

Dr. Sam Jahani was also on hand for opening remarks. Pretty good gig for a guy that was sued by the Justice Department for defrauding the federal government of millions dollars in false Medicare claims. The lawsuit was first filed by the law firm Phillip and Cohen on behalf of a whistleblower who worked for the Dallas based IHS hospital chain. Jahani was named in the lawsuit for admitting patients who were not sick into the long-term care units of IHS and falsely billing Medicare for their treatments which included trips to malls and restaurants. Mall trips were billed to Medicare as "recreational therapy." The law firm, Phillip and Cohen, has won millions in settlements in whistleblower cases including 723 million from Frist's HCA hospital chain. No wonder Frist and Jahani have formed a Judiciary Jihad!

Don Feder was another speaker at the conference. On his website he brags that his politics make Attila look like a liberal. He claims Terri Schiavo was killed by conservative political eunuchs. Feder spent 19 years as a syndicated columnist for the Boston Herald. The Boston Herald just fired one of their op-ed columnists for taking Republican payola to write positive stories about Governor Romney.

Richard Lessner was a speaker in the seminar called Remedies to Judicial Tyranny. According to Lessner, Frist will be "a dead Presidential wannabe" unless he ensures Bush's judicial nominees are confirmed. This is one more reason to pray that Bushes judicial nominees are tossed out on their heads. As reported by Raw Story, during this seminar Edwin Vieira said the bottom line when confronting these judges was to employ a Stalin technique; No man, no problem.

Manny Miranda served on the conferences Mobilizing the Grassroots committee. Miranda was Frist's former counsel, but he quit after he was implicated in leaking Democrats' memos on judicial nominees. The memos were obtained by someone hacking the Democrats' computers. Kay Daly was also implicated in Hackergate and now she is on the Grassroots committee for wrecking the judicial branch of government. Looks like Kay and Manny are practicing Rovian techniques. Between Frist and Mel Martinez, there are plenty of memo scandals to go around.

DeLay skipped out on the Weirdoes Run Amok award winning meeting to attend the Pass the Pope on a Plank festival. This did not stop him from videotaping a speech for the conference and reaffirming that he just does not know when to shut the F #$% up!

Friday, April 08, 2005

 

Americablog Reporting on the National Press Club Meeting With Gannon/Guckert on Panel

Click on title to get to John Aravosis' details of the wild stuff going on at the National Press Club meeting where they allowed Jeff Gannon/Guckert to be on the panel. People were outraged that Gannon was asked to be on the panel. From America Blog's reports, it looks like the used their outrage to nail Gannon. Good stuff.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

 

Delay Missing From Wingnut Meeting, Called to Vatican Instead

Yeah, right. Delay was scheduled to speak at the Confronting the Judicial War on Faith Conference but he had to cancel because he was called to the Vatican. Ooops, I had big plans for tomorrow too, but now I have been called to Mecca.

Could the real reason Delay is going to Rome be that the "inner circle" is plotting his demise? Delay has become a huge liability for Bush and Friends and they have set the hounds loose on him.

The handwriting was on the wall when Dick Cheney said last week that he thought threatening judges was inappropriate. He said this shortly after Delay went on TV lobbing veiled threats against the judges in the Schiavo case.

Delay should have known that Dick only rears his head when the going gets really tough. When Dick gives someone the big heave-ho, they should know it is time to look for a different line of work, but not Tom. If he loses in his legal battles what job will he get next? A White House pest control contract? So in spite of a clear and present danger, Tom continued to spout off about activist judges, even though Dick had him in a headlock and was prepared to administer noogies until Tom cried "Uncle."

But what is not widely talked about is how this whole ugly right-wing attack against judges began.

Flash back to the Kerry/Bush debates. Bush and Friends have been blathering about activist judges for a long, long time. During the debates Bush said he wanted judges to adhere to the constitution and then he brought up the Dred Scott case.

When Bush said this, it looked as though he was just plain nuts. Who knew about a bill called Constitution Restoration Act 2004 that had been introduced in both houses of Congress in March of 2004? H.R. 3799 and S. 2082 had no mainstream press coverage, but it was a huge deal to its sponsors and supporters. Sponsors of the bill are Zell Miller, Lindsey Graham, Richard Shelby and Sam Brownback.

Supporters of the bill are a cast of characters indeed. Alan Keyes and a whacky pair of guys, Michael Peroutka and Chuck Baldwin, who tried to run for President and Vice President in 2004 under the Constitution Party ticket. The party with the slogan God*Family* Republic. These two guys offer bloggers a lifetime of examination, but let's get back to the H.R. 3799 bill.

The bill looks, at first glance, like a religious bill, simply making it illegal for higher courts to review cases by lower courts on decisions regarding things like allowing the Ten Commandments to be posted at court houses. But other parts of the bill seem far more sinister, like banning judges from basing decisions on "international organizations" and "foreign states."

I'm no lawyer, but it sounds to me like Bush, Cheney, Rummy, et al. are looking for a way to legally ensure they will never be prosecuted for war crimes or war profiteering. This bill could be their meal ticket.

Fast forward to Terri Schiavo. Perhaps Rove and the boys thought she was the horse to ride all the way to H.R. 3799. If they won the Schiavo battle, what Senator in their right mind would raise a stink about the bill to allow the Ten Commandments into the court house? It would seem ridiculous after Bush and Friends won the public's hearts and minds over the Schiavo life or death struggle.

But in spite of all of their carefully laid plans, the Schiavo debacle backfired. After Rove flew Shrub back from his tract house in Texas to sign the Terri law, the public support went south. When all attempts to save Schiavo backfired and polls showed the public was against Congress and the Bush Bros, the inner circle piped down. I can imagine the prayers they said on behalf of the Pope's fading health. These guys needed the public to forget about their failed escapades while they figured out another way to slip in H.R. 3799.

Unfortunately, the ugly beast they created with the rabid right-wingers would not pipe down. Delay went around threatening judges. Next thing you know, Cornyn is threatening judges. Keyes says on his website that the Bush Bros are responsible for Terri's death. It is one giant screw scene for Bush and Friends.

So out comes the inner circle to put the death nail in the biggest wingnut of all, Tom Delay. First Cheney puts him in a headlock, but Delay wriggled free and was on his way to speak at the Confronting the Jucidicial War on Faith Conference.

Then Frist tries to put the screws to him, coming out and saying the judges in the Schiavo case did the right thing. This is the same Frist who diagnosed Schiavo via videotape and led the charge to save her life. You know, the good doctor who still thinks HIV can be transmitted by sweat. The same good doctor who makes profits from abortions performed by his family owned HCA hospital chain. The same good doctor who may run for President in '08. He is distancing himself from Delay the only way he can. He flip-flops and hopes the public doesn't notice.

Then along comes Lindsey Graham, a sponsor on the Constitutional Restoration Act bill. He too is insinuating publicly that Tom Delay is a liability to the Republican party.

So Bush and Friends follow the Godfather and decide to keep their friends close and their enemies closer. Delay is somehow summoned to the Vatican and prevented from speaking at his conference. It's an inside job if I ever saw one. The inner circle will dispense with Tommy Boy as quickly and quietly as possible.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

 

Wingnuts Gather to Stop Activist Judges

You can join the likes of Tom Delay, Alan Keyes and Jan LaRue at their upcoming wingnut convention called Confronting the Judicial War on Faith Conference.

I am sure Randall Terry and many other boarderline personalities will show up with their hate-spewing minions.

The conference is being put on by a group called Judeo-Christians for Constitutional Restoration. Their interim chair is Reverand Rick Scarborough of Vision America which is somehow connected to Alan Keyes' foundation Renew America
Renew America offers some interesting readings on who killed Terri Schiavo. After raking all of the usual suspects over the coals, including Michael Schiavo, Judge Greer, the Bush Bros and the media, Keyes' group concludes the American people killed Terri Schiavo! Whew! Just when I thought I was going to get off scot free!

Delay has not backed down from his veiled threats against the judges who reviewed the Schiavo case. Even though his hometown support is slipping and Dick "Without A Head" Cheney gave him the elbow, Delay and his cast of crazies are moving forward to rip up the judicial branch of our government.

A friend just sent me an article on a bill called the Constitutional Restoration Act which bars "ANY federal court or judge from ever again reviewing "any matter to the extent that relief is sought against an entity of Federal, State, or local government, or against an officer or agent of Federal, State, or local government (whether or not acting in official or personal capacity), concerning that entity's, officer's, or agent's acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government."

This bill already has 28 sponsors and I guess if it passes, and a judge views God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government, you could go to jail for coveting thy neighbors wife. Talk about activist judges!
 

Reader Contribution, IS THIS THE STUPIDEST THING SHRUB HAS EVER SAID?

IS THIS THE STUPIDEST THING SHRUB HAS EVER SAID?
by Mark G. Levey

In his Social Security road show, President George W. Bush stated that the U.S. Treasury bonds held by the Social Security trust fund are "worthless." The Associated Press carried the following report:
http://www.whotv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3166848

WHITE HOUSE Explaining why Social Security is in dire straits, President Bush has warned more than once that there is no Social Security trust fund. Today, he's visiting a federal building in West Virginia to explain what he meant. That building -- the Bureau of the Public Debt in Parkersburg -- contains a file cabinet filled with I-O-Us. It's all that's left after Uncle Sam takes Social Security's payroll tax money and converts it into 15-year bonds.Bush insists the system is pay-as-you-go -- meaning the surpluses of prior years don't really exist, and Social Security can only pay benefits while payroll taxes are rolling in. But starting in 12 years, more will go out than comes in, according to the system's trustees. The president's critics say the bonds are as solid as any other federal paper -- and help mask the multi (b) billion dollar deficits Bush has run up. This raises the question:
What would happen if the holders of U.S. Treasuries took W seriously? We'd be stuck paying out over a trillion USD in foreign IOUs.

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING: Over time, the Asian exporting countries have been placing a big percentage of their exchange earnings into US Treasuries. The leader continues to be Japan, with China now the #2 foreign holder of US debt.

Reportedly, China is shifting its portfolio away from US investments, which include billions in real estate trusts and Federally backed loans. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are the focus of major accounting scandals, and the former lost five percent of its value Monday.
http://www.forbes.com/home/feeds/ap/2005/04/04/ap1923108.html
Shares of Fannie Mae tumbled Monday to their lowest intraday level in more than 10 years on a report that the mortgage financing company's chief regulator is looking into possible improper accounting of trusts it uses to sell mortgage-backed debt. Shares of Fannie Mae, a government-sponsored entity that buys mortgages from banks and then repackages and sells them as bonds called mortgage-backed securities, fell $2.68, or 5 percent, to $50.56 in midday trading, and was one of the New York Stock Exchange's biggest percentage losers and most active issues. The stock dropped to a new 52-week low of $49.75 earlier in the day, down about 30 percent since early January.

THE SAUDIS HAVE FLED U.S. BONDS
The Saudis and other Gulf oil exporters bailed out of U.S. Treasuries a long time ago, and aren't even on the list anymore.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7294906 /Who holds U.S. Treasury securities as of January, 2005 Amount in billions $ Percentage of foreign-held Treasury debt Japan 701.6 36% Mainland China 194.5 10% United Kingdom 163 8% Caribbean Banking Centers* 92.5 5% Korea 67.7 3% *Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, et al.(Source: US TREASURY DEPT)--------------------------------------------------------------
AND, LOOK WHERE THINGS STOOD TWENTY YEARS AGO:http://www.treas.gov/tic/shl94sum.html Table 5 Foreign Portfolio Investment in Long-Term SecuritiesTop 10 Investing Countries(Amounts in $ Billions)

Japan and the United Kingdom have maintained their positions as the top portfolio investing countries in U.S. securities. However, the rate of growth for Japan has decreased significantly. Between 1984 and 1989, Japanese holdings increased from $28 billion to $180 billion, or over 500%. Between 1989 and 1994 their holdings increased by only 28%.On the other hand, holdings of the Middle East Oil Exporting countries (Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) decreased from $54 billion to $45 billion. In 1984, these countries together held 17% of foreign holdings of U.S. long-term securities. By 1994, their holdings represented less than 4% of the total held by foreigners. The Unknown line is largely Eurobonds held in bearer form for which no ownership information is available. The level of Eurobond holdings have increased significantly since the 1984 survey as the size and importance of the Eurobond market has increased.
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That giant popping sound you just heard was the real estate bubble.
The days of cheap and easy home equity credit just ended. Add this to skyrocketing energy costs, and we have a prescription for one hell of a long, hot summer. This would be the time that BushCo introduces its favorite randomizer -- war -- in hopes of distracting us and reshuffling the political deck. I'd bet anything on it.

Monday, April 04, 2005

 

Bush's "I Hope He Shuts Up Medal"

It is no secret that the Pope was against the war in Iraq, calling it a "defeat for humanity." In response, Bush awarded the Pope the "I Hope He Shuts Up Medal" formerly known as the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Bush also hanged this medal around the neck of Paul Bremmer, who somehow managed to lose about 8 billion US tax dollars somewhere in Iraq and then came home bellyaching about Bush's failure to provide enough troops to secure the country. He piped down pretty quick once he was given the "I Hope He Shuts Up Medal."

The same medal was given to General Tommy Franks, who returned from Iraq with a book deal. Franks tiptoed around some of the failures in Iraq in his book, American Soldier, but quickly toed the party line and became a big supporter of the Bush/Cheney '04 ticket, even after supposedly telling Senator Bob Graham that diverting attention from Afghanistan in Iraq had reduced the war on terror to nothing more than a manhunt.

Of course, George Tenet received the "I Hope He Shuts Up Medal" too, after taking all of the blame for the failed intelligence on WMDs and covering for Bush on his lack of response to the threats that proceeded 9/11.

Now that the Pope is out of the picture and Bush can laud praises all he wants, but everyone knows they disagreed on Iraq. Anyone watching TV saw how uncomfortable Bush was in the Pope's presence. It is hard to be around a holy man when you are defying his wishes for humanity.

The former US Envoy to the Vatican, Jim Nicholson, now claims that Bush and the Pope had forged a close bond over the "culture of life" issue. Actually, I call BS on this. The "culture of life" is a catch-all phrase the Bush administration has created to make anyone who opposes anything they do a supporter of the "culture of death." Bush and his minions blathered on and on about erring on the side of life, using Terri Schiavo as their mascot. Yet the Pope decided to disconnect his tubes, leave the hospital and return to the Vatican to die peacefully. So only a moron would think that the Pope valued a life connected to tubes more than a dignified death. It is time for Bush and Friends to leave the Pope out of it.

Friday, April 01, 2005

 

Do You Ever Wonder Why Bush is Pro Tort Reform?

Bushes stance on tort reform may go deeper than many think. Beyond protecting doctors and insurance companies, Bush's tort reform will protect drug manufacturers. They will need this protection as millions of kids are put on dope by Bush and Company.

Bush has been planning to dope your kids since he was Governor of Texas. The plan, called the Texas Medication Algorithm Project has already been tested in prisons in Texas and Pennsylvania. This project is designed to screen school kids for mental health and then medicate kids with antidepressents. Once this project is unveiled nationwide, Bush needs to protect the doctors, the insurance companies and big pharmaceutical firms from high damages they may pay when little Johnny is put on Zoloft and then goes on a shooting rampage at school.

Hah, and the public thought Bush stayed quiet about the Red Lake Reservation shootings because Bush didn't want to offend the NRA. He is probably more concerned because the shooter, Jeff Weise, was on Prozac in spite of serious doubts about the safety of Prozac for children. Too much attention on Jeff Weise would have gotten in the way of Bush's plans to dope your kids for fun and profit.

 

Raw Story Exclusive, Sen. Lautenberg Rebukes Delay

Kudos to Raw Story and Senator Lautenberg! Click on title to go to the Raw Story article and Lautenberg's letter to Delay. Not only did Lautenberg think that Delays "these men will have to answer for their behaviour" statement was unseemly for a political leader, but may have violated the law. Lautenberg's letter brings up recent acts of violence against judges and warns that Delay may be inciting violence.
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