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Archive for March 23rd, 2007

Taking Hypocrisy to New Depths

Posted by MEC on March 23, 2007

After the House passed the bill setting a deadline for withdrawing from Iraq, George W. Bush accused the Democrats of “political theater”.

 He said this while using members of the military and their families as his backdrop.

Posted in anti-truth, Bush, hypocrites | 3 Comments »

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Posted by MEC on March 23, 2007

My head just exploded.

I was contemplating the latest news about the pet-food recall, and I suddenly realized:

It’s illegal for individuals to save money by buying prescription drugs from Canadian pharmacies because (says Bush) the drugs — even those made right here in the United States — may be unsafe.

But it’s legal for big companies to save money by importing wheat — you know, food — from a country that uses a rodenticide so toxic it’s banned in the United States and Canada.

Somebody please tell me exactly what our government is protecting us from these days.

Posted in hypocrites, WTF? | 4 Comments »

Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on March 23, 2007

Lady Lightfoot asks, “Is it spring out there?”

Is It Spring Yet?

Alex says, “Almost!”

Is It Spring Yet?

(By the way, Lightfoot and Alex have never eaten the brands of cat food involved in the recall.)

Posted in Alexander the Great, cats, Good Things, Just for fun, Lady Lightfoot, Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

Good Luck, Tony Snow

Posted by MEC on March 23, 2007

Dear Mr. Snow,

I just heard that you are going to have surgery to remove a growth in your intestine. I hope the growth turns out to be nonmalignant, you don’t suffer much pain from the surgery, and you recover quickly.

Especially since you’ve previously had cancer, you’re probably thinking it’s bad luck to find an intestinal growth and have surgery.

But look at it this way.

Millions of people in this country don’t have the luxury of preventive medical care to detect problems like yours, and can’t afford surgery even if they do find out they need it, and their numbers are growing steadily because of your employer’s policies.  But you’re not one of them.

There, now, don’t you feel better?

Posted in Busheviks, health care, hypocrites, Tony Snow | 4 Comments »

What the Busheviks’ Praise for Gerald Ford Was Worth

Posted by MEC on March 23, 2007

Basically, nothing.

Brian Dickerson of the Detroit Free Press recalls that

Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and a gaggle of lesser Bush administration officials came to Grand Rapids to pay homage to the recently departed Gerald R. Ford. And, oh, how they praised Michigan’s only president! …Their old boss could teach modern politicians a lot, they agreed, about the power of decency and integrity.

But they don’t admire him enough to follow his example.

Ford had been in the Oval Office only a few weeks when congressional leaders asked him to appear before a House subcommittee investigating his pardon of Richard Nixon. The new president’s top aides thought it was a terrible idea.

“We were opposed to his being summoned like a criminal,” former presidential counselor Robert Hartmann recalled Thursday by phone from his winter home on St. Croix. That the Democratic House could compel a sitting president to submit to such a public interrogation seemed unlikely, moreover; Hartmann and his colleagues doubted that any court would enforce a congressional subpoena.

But Ford wasn’t interested in constitutional brinkmanship. He knew the public was deeply suspicious of his decision to pardon Nixon, and he concluded that nothing less than a public inquiry would clear the air.

“He told us: ‘I don’t care what you say. I’ve got nothing to hide,’ ” Hartmann remembered. Then Ford waived the executive privilege claim his lawyers wanted to assert and confronted his critics.

By contrast, George W. Bush and his minions are defying Congress so boldly that even David Brooks is getting a clue.

“In time of war,” Brooks observes, “Bush has decided to expend political capital so that his staffers can lie to Congress without legal consequences.”

The longer they stonewall, the more people will conclude it’s because they have something to hide. It’s now a lose-lose situation for Bush.

Posted in BushCo malfeasance, Congressional hearings, Gerald Ford, getting a clue | 1 Comment »

A Message for the Anti-Regulation Crowd

Posted by MEC on March 23, 2007

Rat poison found in tainted pet food

Rodent poison has been found in pet food blamed for the deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs, a spokeswoman for the State Department of Agriculture and Markets said Friday.


The rat poison, which may have been used on wheat imported from China, is illegal in the U.S., NBC News correspondent Tom Costello told MSNBC TV.

The deaths led to a recall of 60 million cans and pouches of pet food produced by Menu Foods and sold throughout North America under 95 brand names. There have been reports of kidney failure, some fatal, in pets that ate the recalled brands. The company has confirmed the deaths of 15 cats and one dog.

Everybody who thinks government regulations are a burden on business and the free market would be a better way to determine what should and should not be allowed into our food supply: Do you have a pet? Would you enjoy watching your pet die of kidney failure?

If you don’t have a pet, or enough empathy to recognize the grief these deaths have caused, then consider the economic impact of recalling 60 million cans and pouches of pet food, not to mention the inevitable lawsuits.

Now consider the likelihood, if that rat poison weren’t banned in the U.S., that it would eventually contaminate food consumed by humans.

And now, consider that the Bush Administration has had six years to hinder the work of federal regulatory agencies.

Bon appétit.

Posted in economy, pet food recall, regulations, when government is a good thing | Comments Off on A Message for the Anti-Regulation Crowd

Another One Bites the Dust

Posted by MEC on March 23, 2007

J. Steven Griles cops a plea.

The former No. 2 official in the U.S. Interior Department has agreed to plead guilty to lying to Congress about his role in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, officials familiar with the case said on Friday.

J. Steven Griles is the highest-ranking Bush administration official to face charges in the wide-ranging scandal. He was deputy secretary of the interior from 2001 to 2005.

Normally, a plea deal means that what he actually did is a lot worse than what he’s convicted of. But the following paragraph makes me say “Hmmmm” for a different reason.

The charge carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison. But under the plea deal, prosecutors have agreed to recommend to the judge that Griles get a 10-month sentence, of which at least five months can be served in home confinement, a law enforcement official said. The plea deal does not require Griles to cooperate in the Justice Department’s continuing Abramoff investigation, the official said.

Specifically, “He gets a minimal sentence and doesn’t have to cooperate with the investigation. And the prosecutor is one that Bush didn’t fire. Hmmmm.”

The Case of the Purged Prosecutors has tainted every action the Justice Department takes and put every surviving prosecutor under suspicion of bowing to political pressure. Going easy on a member of the Bush Administration does nothing to reduce that suspicion.

In case you don’t remember J. Steven Griles, he’s the Interior Department official who shared a million-dollar vacation home with a former prosecutor in the Justice Department’s environmental division and the top Washington lobbyist for ConocoPhillips.

Posted in BushCo malfeasance, corruption, Jack Abramoff, Justice Department, US Attorney scandal | Comments Off on Another One Bites the Dust

Of Course This Won’t Make The Usual Suspects Apologize For Sliming Gore, But…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 23, 2007

One thing that all the recent right-wing-orchestrated attacks on Gore and his home office — attacks parroted without question by the mainstream press — somehow fail to mention is that Gore can’t put solar panels on the building because the rules of his municipality don’t allow it:

Zoning rules in Al Gore’s upscale Tennessee neighborhood have prevented the former vice president and environmental activist from installing solar panels on his roof.

Gore bought his multimillion dollar home in 2002 in Belle Meade, an exclusive city encircled by metropolitan Nashville, and he has embarked on an ambitious renovation. But his contractors ran into a legal barrier last summer when they sought to apply for a permit to install solar panels on the roof.

Terry Franklin, Belle Meade’s building officer, said the town only allows power generating equipment to be placed on the ground level. “Solar panels are generators,” Franklin said.

“We told them they couldn’t do it,” he said. “They wanted to try anyway, but we convinced them it was something the board wouldn’t allow.”

The story goes on to mention that Belle Meade is in the process of changing the town rules to allow limited solar panel usage, but only if the panels “are not visible from the street or from any adjoining property”. Gore’s house has some flat spots on the roof, and he’ll be installing solar panels there as soon as the new rules go into effect.

But don’t expect the New York Times to tell us about it. They’re too busy passing along other right-wing anti-Gore smears to bother with actually reporting the unvarnished truth.

Posted in Al Gore, beat the press, climate change, environment, GOP/Media Complex, Media machine, mediawhores, mythmaking | Comments Off on Of Course This Won’t Make The Usual Suspects Apologize For Sliming Gore, But…

GOP phonejammer likely to walk

Posted by Charles II on March 23, 2007

The law only applies to those too poor to get a good lawyer and to Democrats.

Josh Micah Marshall:

It looks like the high level Republican official convicted for his role in the New Hampshire phone jamming might get off on a technicality.


An appeals court yesterday reversed the conviction of James Tobin. Tobin has been sentenced to 10 months in prison, 2 years probation, and a $10,000 fine, but has stayed out of prison during the appeal.

The rest of the phonejammers, including RNC headquarters, got off in part probably because Bushco was leaning on US Attorneys not to connect too many dots. We also know that in another case, the tobacco case, DoJ instructed the US Attorney to throw the case. Did they do that in the phonejamming case?

Now no one can trust any court ruling. The Bush Administration has hopelessly tainted the courts. The courts are packed with their crony appointees, and the US Attorneys are their puppets. Was the technicality on which Tobin’s conviction thrown out legitimate? Will the prosecutor decline to file charges because he believes the statute doesn’t apply?

Or is it just one more political fix to legalize denying Democrats the right to vote?

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

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