Saturday, December 03, 2005

For the Christmas List?

Via Dependable Renegade:

Baby Bush Toys

Personally, I like the "Portable Playground"

DumBush's 2005 Lowlights

From Click on the link for the photo and audio links:

Top Ten Bushisms of 2005

The Dumbest Things President Bush Said in 2005

10) "It's totally wiped out. ... It's devastating, it's got to be doubly devastating on the ground." --turning to his aides while surveying Hurricane Katrina flood damage from Air Force One, Aug. 31, 2005

9) "I'm occasionally reading, I want you to know, in the second term." --Washington, D.C., March 16, 2005

8) "This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous. And having said that, all options are on the table." --Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 22, 2005

7) "I'm going to spend a lot of time on Social Security. I enjoy it. I enjoy taking on the issue. I guess, it's the mother in me." --Washington D.C., April 14, 2005

6) "Because the — all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers.
For example, how benefits are calculate, for example, is on the table; whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those — changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be — or closer delivered to what has been promised. Does that make any sense to you? It's kind of muddled." --explaining his plan to save Social Security, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 4, 2005

5) "I think I may need a bathroom break. Is this possible?" --in a note to to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a U.N. Security Council meeting, September 14, 2005 (View photo)

4) "We've got a lot of rebuilding to do. First, we're going to save lives and stabilize the situation. And then we're going to help these communities rebuild. The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch." (Laughter) --touring hurricane damage, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005

3) "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." --Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005 (Listen to audio)

2) "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." --to FEMA director Michael Brown, who resigned 10 days later amid criticism over his handling of the Hurricane Katrina debacle, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005 (Listen to audio)

1) "You work three jobs? … Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that." --to a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005 (Listen to audio)

Friday, December 02, 2005

John Bonifaz for Massachusetts Secretary of State

From the huffingtonpost:

Who the Heck Is John Bonifaz?

I'll vote for him just for this:

John went to Ohio last November to fight for the right to vote. When the Kerry Campaign took its $15M and went home, John took his $150 and bought a plane ticket to Columbus to help fight for a recount. (Video here of Bonifaz testimony at Conyers hearing on Ohio.)

A Democrat who fights! I'm sending him money tonight. Here's his website:

John Bonifaz

I'll also vote for him because our current Secretary of State, William Galvin, is an ambitious publicity seeking camera hog. Galvin could give Chuck Schumer a run for his money.

Schumer's propensity for publicity is the subject of a running joke amongst many commentators, leading Bob Dole to quip that "the most dangerous place in Washington is between Charles Schumer and a television camera."

Coincidence? I Don't Think So.

From scrutinyhooligan:

I Call Bulls**t

Sorry, but I gotta call bullshit.

The morning the news that 10 marines are killed by a roadside bombs breaks in the United States, 3 bombscares are called in around the country.

Conn. courthouses evacuated after bomb threat

Washington Monument shut after bomb threat

Taliban’ note on jet forces emergency landing

I hate to be so suspicious, but when you get an Administration that lied its way into a war, fake news stores in Iraqi news papers, fake letters to the editor in US newspapers, its easy to think that this is just psy-ops for the U.S. citizen.

Since this was posted, the deaths of four more American soldiers were announced. Three in a "vehicular accident,", one in a rocket attack.

14 dead in one day. And that ignores all the Iraqis who were killed and maimed in the past 24 hours. For what.


Ten U.S. Marines were killed and eleven Marines wounded in Fallujah yesterday by a homemade bomb, which the military has bureaucratically named the "IED", for "Improvised Explosive Device".

That just means bombs that were built with the material the U.S. military left unguarded when they stormed Iraq in 2003 with an insufficent number of troops.

Therefore, the Iraqi resistance is making bombs with the material looted from ammo dumps the US knew existed but callously chose not to guard. Improvised with the explosives Bush gave them.

Shouldn't there be a new name for these things?


Bush Bombs
Chump Cheneys

Anyone care to add a suggestion?

Karl Rove, bless his black heart, Traitor's Greetings to him, would have been all over this. Democrats are slow to cotton to the power of words.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The Stupid People Are in Charge

Tuesday I visited the Statue of Liberty with my goddaughter (hereinafter "the kid"). What should have been a fun trip was a boring ode to the Bush Administration's paranoia.

We bought tickets for the ferry ($9.50 for me, $4.50 for the kid). Had to enter a canvas building on the shore to go through security, which included taking off our coats (luckily it was 60 degrees) and walking through a metal detector. The building led directly to the ferry entrance. We walked past at least 10 National Park Service employees and their contractors in the process.

When the ferry took off, most of the people on the boat, rather than look forward to the Statue of Liberty, looked backward at the tip of Manhattan and took pictures, thinking of the missing World Trade Center buildings.

On arrival at Liberty Island, the Park Service employees herded us into another line, to another canvas building. No food or drink was allowed in the building, came over the loudspeaker, as we watched a Park Service employee walk past the gate carrying an apple and a bottle of water. So we got out of line to put our little bags with a bottle of water in lockers which cost $1 for 2 hours (I wonder who gets that money? Probably another private contractor, not the Park Service).

Back into line. Our tickets were swiped. Herded into the canvas building where the line snaked around barriers and ropes. There was nothing in this building but a small kiosk with some information about the Statue. There were two flat screen TVs on the wall, but they remained blank. We stood in line for 35 minutes here. The kid stood quietly for about 10 minutes, but then she grew restless. When we finally got to the head of the line, we found a security officer who wore a badge that said "Wackenhut". Once we entered this second room, we waited again, for despite all the uniformed security in place, only two sets of machines were in use.

The first machine required that you step in and stand within a box taped to the floor. After a green light came on, a mechanical voice announced that air was coming. Shots of air were directed at your body from behind. The kid's hair flew into the air. Many people wearing light jackets or shirts had those blown into the air, exposing their underwear or worse. After passing through this machine, you had to walk through a conventional metal detector.

The folks in line were from all over the world. The group in front of us were Japanese. I watched the kids trying to explain his eye drops without English. He did a pretty good job, miming removing his glasses and putting drops in his eyes.

By the time we finally got past all these barriers the kid was bored. We flew through the museum and exhibits, finally arriving to...another line, which we stood in for 5 minutes before being allowed onto the elevator to the base of the statue itself. By the time we got out onto the base we had been in transit for almost an hour and a half. We circled the base once and headed out.

It wasn't really any fun at all. I didn't feel like I had celebrated freedom when I finally got off the ferry. The symbol of freedom, ruined by bureaucratic ineptitude and paranoia.

Then I got up on Wednesday morning and read that the Transportation Security Administration is ready to allow airline passengers to carry:
scissors less than four inches long and tools, such as screwdrivers, less than seven inches long

And I'm thinking, I had to go through security three times at the Statue of Liberty? I couldn't take in a bottle of water? Yet Bushco wants the guy next to me on a plane to be able to have a 7" knife?

Republicans are morons.

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for. As for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.
H.L. Mencken