Saturday, March 26, 2005

Friday, March 25, 2005


CBS Poll....
Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?
Approve 45 (52)Disapprove 49 (44)

Wonder what caused the drop? (I cant get my tongue out of my cheek...)

Monday, March 21, 2005

Bushism of the day.

Via Slate...

"I repeat, personal accounts do not permanently fix the solution."
—Washington, D.C., March 16, 2005

Click here to see video of Bush's comments. The Bushism is at 24:11.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

"We're gonna need a bigger boat...."

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Authorities were hunting Sunday for a six-meter (20-foot) shark that tore a man in half as he snorkeled off Australia's west coast, an official said.

Geoffrey Brazier, the skipper of a pleasure cruiser, was snorkeling with two tourists when he was attacked Saturday. He died instantly off the Abrolhos Islands, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of the Western Australia state capital, Perth, police said. No one else was injured.

"The 26-year-old man was bitten in half by the six-meter animal and death seemed to be instantaneous," police Inspector George Putland said.

Spot the extremely bad comparison.

This photo was on CNN's main page as a part of the Terri Schiavo case. The sign held up by the man in the background caught my eye.

Does this man even know where he is or what he is protesting?


Reading more on this story....I have no "side" to take in this story. But this quote from Michael Schiavo Says it best in my opinion...

"I'm outraged, and I think that every American in this country should also be outraged that this government is trampling all over a personal family matter that has been adjudicated in the courts for seven years," he told CNN. "I think that the Congress has more important things to discuss."

But Mary Schindler pleaded for parents nationwide to call their congressional representatives and pressure them to vote for a bill to prolong her daughter's life.

"There are some congressmen that are trying to stop this bill," she said outside her daughter's hospice. "Please don't use my daughter's suffering for your own personal agenda."

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

We thought we had it bad.....

Alot of attention has recently been centered on the crime problem in Wilmington. It seems they have it pretty bad up in Philly, too.

Within the past eight days there have been 21 homicides in Philadelphia, including three in the late-night and early morning hours after the prosecutor made her appeal Monday.

Now, CBS 3’s Walt Hunter reports that Mayor Street said under certain circumstances he would consider help from the Pennsylvania State Police and even the National Guard.

Street has declared the violence throughout the city a crisis and as a result has ordered the full review of police department policies and has suggested a full moratorium on the issuing of gun permits.

Inquiry into dishonest or insane assertions ....

A fun chunk of Fleischer watching via Slate.... and more here. The latter being Slate's review of Fleischer's new book, which could have been summed up in 2 pages from what I saw...
Chapter 1 = Bush is my hero, and the best boss in the world!
Chapter 2= The media is liberal!

Two astonishing admissions from a Bush staff member....

The Fleischer WatchIntroducing an ongoing inquiry into dishonest or insane assertions buried inside Ari Fleischer's White House memoir.

By Timothy NoahPosted Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at 2:09 PM PT

In his new book, Taking Heat: The President, the Press, and My Years in the White House, Ari Fleischer, the former White House press secretary, lays out various "biases and predilections" of "the liberal press." Among these is its 'belief that government is a mechanism to solve the nation's problems," its insistence that "emotional examples of suffering … are good ways to illustrate economic statistic stories," and its tendency to stay "fixated on the unemployment rate." Fleischer might just as well have complained that the press believes the Earth revolves around the sun.
At risk of belaboring the obvious:
1. If the government doesn't exist to solve problems, what the hell do we have it for? We can argue about the particular problems government should solve, and about how successfully government addresses them at any given time, but not, I think, about whether government should be in the problem-solving business.

2. Un-picturesque though they may be, people do tend to suffer when the economy is faltering, as it did throughout the period covered in Fleischer's memoir. If a lagging economy didn't cause people to suffer, there would be no great reason to keep track of the economy at all. Anecdotes about individual sufferers help the public understand in a concrete way what it means to have a weak economy.

3. The principal way people suffer when economic growth is weak or nonexistent is by losing their jobs. The statistic that keeps track of the people who lose their jobs is the unemployment rate (at the moment a so-so 5.4 percent). Fleischer doesn't want the press to focus on the "micro" story of individual suffering, but neither does he want the press to focus on the "macro" story of economic statistics. In effect, Fleischer is saying that it's unfair for the press to cover the economy at all.

Timothy Noah writes "Chatterbox" for Slate.

BONUS! I couldnt resist....

someone recently sent me the link to the video of old Ari getting laughed out of the press of his more entertaining moments...

Trust me, watch the whole thing....


More from DanNation..who apparently, is on a roll....

He points out right wing hack and Dave Huber dream girl Michelle Malkin's most recent entry into pure cluelessness.

*An interesting side note..... (update)

I took a jab at Huber in this post, mostly out of fun, because Dave has never attempted to hide his fondness and....lust?.. for Miss Malkin in his blog entries. turns out that love must really be Dave rushes to Malkins defense on Dan's blog....

Dan: I've seen Malkin on TV only a couple times -- once was on Hardball, where she wouldn't deny her assertion that John Kerry shot himself on purpose in Vietnam. She thoroughly embarassed herself.

Hube:Despite the character assassination going on here, it would be nice if dan correctly described Malkin's appearance on "Hardball."She was relaying another's assertion that Kerry had shot himself on purpose. It was Matthews who embarrassed himself by screaming and yelling at Malkin when she was trying to clearly state her position. Matthews' demeanor at that moment was on par with Lawrence O'Donnell's that time on "Scarborough Country."

Dan: I just re-read the transcript and there is absolutely NO WAY to read it other than that she agreed with these guys and was trying to avoid saying so. I'm stunned that you're defending her. From just the tail end of the transcript:
MALKIN: Have you tried to ask -- have you tried ask John Kerry these questions?

MATTHEWS: If he shot himself on purpose. No. I have not asked him that.

MALKIN: Don't you wonder?

MATTHEWS: No, I don't. It's never occurred to me.

Stick to "She's cute" Dave....At least it has substance to it.

Well, he must be some kind of covert robo android liberal bot-judge then.

From DanNation....

"Whenever there's a court ruling that's anything other than ultraconservative, we always hear that it's because the judge is a "liberal" who's substituting his own beliefs for the rule of law.Well, folks, let's watch 'em tear this poor judge to shreds who upheld the legality of gay marriage in California yesterday. Should be extremely interesting, as he's not only a highly respected fellow, but a a Catholic and a registered Republican."

More Criminal Propagnada

Emphasis mine...

The Bush administration, rejecting an opinion from the Government Accountability Office, said last week that it is legal for federal agencies to feed TV stations prepackaged news stories that do not disclose the government's role in producing them.

That message, in memos sent Friday to federal agency heads and general counsels, contradicts a Feb. 17 memo from Comptroller General David M. Walker. Walker wrote that such stories -- designed to resemble independently reported broadcast news stories so that TV stations can run them without editing -- violate provisions in annual appropriations laws that ban covert propaganda.

"Whether in the form of a payment to an actual journalist, or through the creation of a fake one, it is wrong to deceive the public with the creation of phony news stories," the lawmakers wrote.

So, once again...this administration insists on using tax payer money to fund its covert propagnda aimed at pushing its policy. Paying off reporters, buying fake news spots, buying columns, ...all on the american Joe's dime. Dont expect to see this run on those major liberal media networks.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Hate mongers @ USA Next also turn out to be theiving bastards.

Via Kos

"A $25 million lawsuit was filed today against right-wing front group USA Next and political consulting firm Mark Montini International for stealing an Oregon couple's wedding photo and using it without permission in a high-profile gay-bashing ad designed to drum up support for social security privatization.

Following an admission of photo theft by the creator, advertiser and publisher of the ad, the couple whose image was stolen - Rick Raymen and Steve Hansen of Portland, Oregon - today filed a four-count lawsuit in federal court in Washington, DC. The suit alleges that the use of the couple's image without permission constituted an invasion of privacy, was libelous, violated their right of publicity and constituted an intentional infliction of emotional distress [...]

"Our privacy and personal integrity were violated when our wedding photo was stolen and used to portray us as treasonous, unpatriotic, and a threat to American troops," Rick Raymen said. "We have been harassed and humiliated by this hateful ad campaign and by the bigotry and anger it has generated against us nationwide."

"Our lawsuit is intended to make USA Next and Mark Montini pay for the harm they have caused and to send a message to them that they cannot recklessly play with peoples' reputations and make them targets of hate, as they have done with us," Raymen said. "When we get our judgment, we intend to donate to those who fight the kind of hate and homophobia that USA Next and Montini have demonstrated."

Bringing Justice to evil doers. Now thats American.

A letter from the combat zone.

Via Altercation....

Name: Maj. Robert Bateman
Dateline: Baghdad, Iraq

Happy Groundhog's Day

That’s the common refrain ‘round here, as each day blends into the next. Though I doubt that any of us will end our tours with a scene in which we get to kiss Andi McDowell. A generation ago the same sentiment was expressed through a joke which said that at the beginning of any “war story” told by a veteran one must start with the words, “It was a’s always Wednesday in combat…” Some days, however, are different.

A few days ago an Italian journalist, recently freed by a ransom paid (to people who are, not to be too delicate about it, trying to kill Mrs. Bateman’s son), came under fire at an American checkpoint along “Route Irish.” The name, “Irish” means nothing, it’s just another title, randomly selected. But to us who use it that name means danger. It means stomach clenching fear. It means checking your oil, your vehicle, your ammunition, your armor, and only then moving out. It means you might die. One does not move casually along Route Irish. One coordinates, clears the route, stays in radio contact, and works within the rules, because to do otherwise is idiocy. The number of IEDs and Vehicle Borne IEDs detonated along that seven mile stretch between downtown Baghdad and the American base camp at the airport is approaching, and has possibly surpassed, triple digits. Before the IEDs it was direct-fire ambushes. I’ve driven that road, flown over it, and gone beside it, and in each case I can tell you, my ‘pucker factor’ was extreme.

International opinion, especially that of the Italians, currently waivers. I won’t go into the politics. That is not my lane. But I note that it may indeed be the status of the current Coalition which hangs in the balance. I leave thoughts on that to you and yours. But because of the high profile, it is not my place to be too explicit about my opinions about what happened. (This is also wise because although I live, literally, at one end of the route, I was not there at that time, in that place. And the first thing you learn as a solider is that second-guessing is a poor practice in combat.) That being said, I can make some observations.

  1. American soldiers, despite the hullabaloo, are very disciplined. Suggestions such as that I read in the New York Times recently (that we ought to follow the example of the British, who have such extensive Northern Ireland experience) are bullocks. Our British allies never faced IEDs in Northern Ireland. Or anywhere. We, more than any other force, actually do have the most experience in this particular issue. The “problem,” as in all conflicts, is that the enemy learns, and adapts, forcing you to learn, and adapt, etc. We’re about six cycles into this in some areas. It’s not simple.

  2. When we set up a check point, it is really obvious. A standing checkpoint (and I don’t know if this was a standing, or a “rolling” checkpoint, has large signs, well in front of them. These signs all say STOP. From the STOP point, one is waved forward, one vehicle at a time, to be searched. The appropriate speed at a stop sign, here as at home, is zero. At home, however, the penalty for blowing through a stop sign is not the same as when one does it in combat. Did I mention that this is a combat zone?

  3. The signs say, STOP, in English and Arabic. They also say, “The use of deadly force is authorized if you disobey.” (Wording in the last varies.)

  4. Rolling checkpoints are similar. Tactics vary as we adapt and they adapt. See “item 1.” A rolling checkpoint is a temporary one. Like a police DUI checkpoint. Similar signage.

Once again, because it bears repeating, the “normal” speed at a stop sign is exactly zero.

Other than that, all’s well. Trying to stay on top of things.

Eric adds: Hey Altercators, Major Bob said nothing about it in his filing for Altercation, but he needs our help. As another of his friends/admirers noted in Romenesko’s letters, being in Baghdad can be a pain in the ass. Here’s a few things he and his fellow soldiers can use:

Things that I cannot get here: Coffeemate or some other appropriate creamer. Powder, obviously. I prefer French Vanilla. We have hordes of coffee sufficient to wire the entire city of New York for a month, but we're damned short on creamer. Also a significant dearth of decent periodicals. Maxim and Stuff and other "lad" magazines abound, but I'm damned if I can find copies (even old ones) of the New Yorker, let alone The Economist. Everyone must be hoarding their copies and it seems that the local PX must sell out every day, as I never see them on the shelves of the magazine racks here. If you have spares laying about, please do send them along when you're done with them. Same with Esquire.

His address:
Maj. Robert Bateman
Baghdad, Iraq
APO AE 09316

Friday, March 04, 2005

Hail to the Theif.

David Corn has a great peice on the Bush administration's bogus budget....and how the numbers are going unchecked....

It's pointless. That is, expecting George W. Bush to be honest about his budget numbers. Any serious person, regardless of political persuasion, knows that Bush has been pushing a budget that is an outright fraud. It does not include big-ticket items (such as the war in Iraq). It does not, as Bush disingenuously claims, outline a path toward cutting the deficit in half within five years. It is a transparent con job put out by cynical and irresponsible politicians--jackals, Hunter Thompson would say--who are exploiting the public's low expectations regarding truth in government (especially when it comes to figures). Where's the outrage? Not anywhere--other than a couple of editorial pages. Conservatives in general have been silent, smothering principle for political gain.
But there is anger within the Office of Management and Budget--not among the political appointees running the White House budget office, but among the career professionals in the shop. According to a former OMB employee, who frequently meets with career staffers there, the OMB professionals are upset. "Somebody is supposed to care about the numbers," the former OMBer says, "and in the past that has been the OMB director. He's supposed to be there telling the White House what you can and can't do."

Continue the article here.....

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Marketing at its finest.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Saddam Judge Assasinated

JIM MIKLASZEWSKI REPORTING: "Good evening Brian. NBC News has learned that the judge, 35 year old Raid Juhi was apparently gunned down today as he left his home in Baghdad. Now Juhi was seen on video but just barely last July during the initial court appearances of Saddam Hussein. The young judge at the time gained widespread respect and admiration when he stood his ground against the belligerent former dictator who launched into a lecture during the proceedings.Juhi had already been the target of several assassination attempts, and was forced to move into a walled compound with his wife and three small boys behind concrete walls that could withstand bombs.He normally traveled with armed escorts, but the details around his assassination today remain unclear. He was a former prosecutor under the former Saddam Hussein regime -- and as an investigative judge was handling 12 high profile cases, including Saddam Hussein and the infamous Chemical Ali."

Terrible thing to happen to such a brave man. Of course, im sure it didnt help when Robert Fisk, foreign correspondent of The Independent, published this mans identity last year. Next thing you know, American "journalists" will be outing CIA agents!


Bush's numbers slipping again?

Just asking...

Classified bulletin warns of 'nonspecific' al Qaeda threat to U.S.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. intelligence has intercepted a communication from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq that "reiterates the desire by al Qaeda to target the homeland," U.S. officials have said.

A classified bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security, issued Friday, warns state homeland security advisers and other authorities of "credible but nonspecific threat information" reaffirming al Qaeda's intent to strike the United States.

Neighborhood Air Defense

A large, drab green missile launcher aimed vigilantly skyward has become one of the more distinctive landmarks in the Washington suburb of Bethesda, Md.

The launcher claims a commanding position on the lawn at the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock facility, a science and engineering center overlooking the Potomac River, the WASHINGTON POST will report on Tuesday.

The six non-nuclear missiles in the launcher could ``counter an inbound threat.''


The Ironic Times has become popular here at The Bunker. Its kind of like another version of The Onion, another Bunker favorite, minus the circulation in print. Here are todays headlines, for your chuckling pleasure.

Not the kind used by convicted criminals rotting in Texas jails; the other, youthful- experiment kind.

Canada Won't Join Missile
Defense Shield

Says it's too expensive, doesn't work, will lead to new arms race, but real reasons for decision unknown.

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth Join Fight to Promote Bush Agenda
Swift Boat Veterans for Privatizing Social Security, Swift Boat Veterans for Banning Same-Sex Marriage, Swift Boat Veterans for Permanent Tax Cuts, Swift Boat Veterans for Prayer in Public Schools, Swift Boat Veterans for Ban on Assisted Suicide will all spend millions attacking administration's critics.

PBS Censors Bad Language
From “Frontline” Documentary
On U.S. Troops in Iraq

Changes title to “War is Heck.”