George W Bush must be one of the greatest hypocrites ever born of a woman. Certainly, he shovels more manure than any thousand pork barrel politicians.

In his weekly radio address, Bush pointed the rabbity finger of accusation at the Democrats for tax and spend policies, and promised to veto any bill that spends too much.

The administration of Bush the Lesser has been the most fiscally irresponsible in the history of this nation. Clinton left him with a surplus budget. He blew through that like it was just enough for a weekend in Vegas, and it’s all gone downhill from there. But shoot, his economic policies were in a tailspin four years ago.

Oh the war will pay for itself, they said. Meadow muffins.


I wouldn’t mind seeing some conserve put back into conservatism. I wouldn’t mind seeing some checks and balances in our economy. Balance – the middle way – is a good thing. But for this man who spends our money on a war that amounts to a whim of biblical proportions to talk about the democrats’ spending is just asinine.

…. He will not feed,
Nourish or help; and his rabbity hand
Lifted in the fading light of the hemlocks
Waves to them, gestures to the young to die.

– Robert Bly


Baghdad – Another U.S. soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq, the military said Thursday, pushing the four-year death toll for American forces to 3,501, according to an Associated Press tally.

The count includes 23 deaths in the first six days of June, an average of about four per day.

Words fail.

the freedoms they’re fighting to protect

I guess we’ve all seen this in the news by now.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A military panel recommended that an Iraq war veteran who wore his uniform during an anti-war demonstration lose his honorable discharge status, brushing away his claims that he was exercising his right to free speech.

Don’t ever let them kid you, folks. There is no one in an American uniform actually fighting to protect our freedom, or for that matter to protect us from terr’r. They’re fighting to project megalomaniacal Power, and it’s authority must be respected.

practice makes perfect

Here’s something I’ll betcha the Shrub hasn’t carefully considered. The longer our troops stay in Iraq, the better the other guys get at killing off our young people.

As U.S. troops push more deeply into Baghdad and its volatile outskirts, Iraqi insurgents are using increasingly sophisticated and lethal means of attack, including bigger roadside bombs that are resulting in greater numbers of American fatalities relative to the number of wounded.

Insurgents are deploying huge, deeply buried munitions set up to protect their territory and mounting complex ambushes that demonstrate their ability to respond rapidly to U.S. tactics. A new counterinsurgency strategy has resulted in decreased civilian deaths in Baghdad but has placed thousands of additional American troops at greater risk in small outposts in the capital and other parts of the country. [The Washington Post]

set in concrete

Well, we all knew this was coming. Permanent bases in Iraq. It’s been prophesied by many in the blogosphere, including All That Arises. They’ve been pouring the concrete of this insanity since the statues of Saddam came down.

We’re never getting out. The troops are never coming home. How will the children ever learn peace?

cindy sheehan

is going home, having resigned as the “face” of the antiwar movement. Here’s part of her letter to US.

The most devastating conclusion that I reached this morning, however, was that Casey did indeed die for nothing. His precious lifeblood drained out in a country far away from his family who loves him, killed by his own country which is beholden to and run by a war machine that even controls what we think. I have tried ever since he died to make his sacrifice meaningful. Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next American Idol than how many people will be killed in the next few months while Democrats and Republicans play politics with human lives. It is so painful to me to know that I bought into this system for so many years and Casey paid the price for that allegiance. I failed my boy and that hurts the most.

I submit that she has done more than her share. I hope that is some consolation.

Bush sanctions Sudan

I got an e-mail today from the office of the press secretary at the white house. It seems I’m subscribed to something there. Beats me. The e-mail consists of a press release:

Today, President Bush Announced The Expansion And Tightening Of Economic Sanctions Against The Government Of Sudan. The United States is now taking the steps the President outlined last month because the government of Sudan continues to violate its numerous commitments to stop the violence and suffering in Darfur.

The press release points out, among many things, that the US has given $1.7 billion for Darfur, and ends as follows:

The United States Will Not Avert Our Eyes From A Crisis That Challenges The Conscience Of The World

· The people of Darfur are crying out for our help – and they deserve it.

· The United Nations Security Council, the African Union, and all members of the international community must reject efforts to obstruct implementation of the agreements that would bring peace to Darfur and Sudan.

· President Bashir should stop his obstruction, allow the peacekeepers in, and end the campaign of violence that continues to target innocent men, women, and children.

OK, that’s all well and good I suppose, though claims have been made in other nations that economic sanctions actually hurt the people more than the government.

It occurs to me to ask who is going to sanction US for the mass killings Bush set in motion in Iraq. Then I think maybe we’re already being sanctioned. The world is turning its back on the dollar, and we are losing – or have lost – the world’s respect.

I saw a bumper sticker today:

Frodo Failed
Bush has the Ring

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deauthorize the war

Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson spoke in Seattle on Thursday:

Richardson is a former congressman, U.S. energy secretary and ambassador to the United Nations. He says the race should be about qualifications and experience.

That experience, he said, convinces him that Democratic congressional leaders are taking the wrong approach to Iraq. He said that with timetables for withdrawal now out of the equation, Congress should instead vote to “de-authorize” the war, essentially repealing the Iraq war authorization.

“Since there are no weapons of mass destruction, there is no support of the American people for this war, you de-authorize this war,” Richardson said.

Nothing would make me happier, but I don’t think congress has the sand.

resistance is futile?

WASHINGTON – In the standoff between President Bush and Democrats in Congress led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over funding the Iraq war, it was the Democrats who finally blinked Tuesday, at least for now.

It’s as if we’ve been invaded by some insurmountable, unyielding alien force. No, not the Mexicans. This isn’t the Lou Dobbs site. I mean the Bushies. Have they got a Vulcan mind lock on Washington? Nah, it’s worse than that. It’s like puppies; as if Bush waived an old sock around until they finally flopped over like puppies, for tummy rubs.

Maybe a feline analogy is better: maybe the Democrats are just a bunch of pussies. Except, real cats know when they’ve got a bird by its wing.

Congress should keep sending the spending bill that is right for America, for Iraq, and for the military, not the bill that the Shrub wants to sign. Just do the right thing: Print it up, send it to the White House, again and again, until Bush understands that he has to sign it. After all, he didn’t veto a single bill until the Democrats took power. Now he’s yanking his veto out like a shootin iron. It’s high time he was informed there’s a new sheriff in town.