January 20, 2005
Compiled and written by Delilah Boyd, A
Talking Points, Blogger Style
Talking points are easy to compile. Just consult your favorite
liberal bloggers for this week's batch:
Domestic Spying: Republican Peeping Toms (and Peeping
Georges and Peeping Albertos) belong in jail.
Unitary Executive Power: If it was good enough for Hitler,
it's good enough for Bush & Alito.
Abramoff: There is no lobbying scandal. What we've got
here is a Republican bribery scandal.
National Security: Are you safer now than you were when
Monica was an intern?
Yellow Cake Scam: Did you hear the one about the four-star
general's "No Yellow Cake" report? Of course not.
Bush Bubble: George W. Bush is so out-of-touch that he
still thinks our soldiers have the best equipment.
Iraq War: Republicans hire PR firms to tell our soldiers
what to think.
Media Maytag Spin Cycle: Republicans can't function without
their echo chamber.
George W. Is No Spy Master!
Talking Point: Republican Peeping Toms belong in jail .
Who else could spend five years trampling the U.S. Constitution
(diverting our human resources from actual terrorist chasing), spying
on Quakers and grandmothers, and still come up completely empty
a Bump in the Beltway cites the New York Times
article on Bush's failed domestic spying shenanigans and asks, "Are
you really surprised to find that this crew is incompetent at making
you safer? Are you?"
Just in case, BushBots always state that Al Qaeda would love to
attack us again. They really, really want to. So be afraid. Be ever
afraid. But as the poll numbers are beginning to reflect, BushCo's
I Spy Fear Factory may not be so popular. Bob
Geiger has the report on Bush's bad news.
calls the president's Constitutional Crisis pickle "The Year of
Living Dangerously," and Radar
Contact's Elizabeth de la Vega writes, "OK, everyone
who has studied the Unitary Executive Theory of the Presidency,
raise your hand. Anyone? Anyone?"
Talking Point: If it was good enough for Hitler, it's good
enough for Bush & Alito
Speaking of the
emperor's new clothes Unitary
Executive Theory of the Presidency (UETP), the best post on this
theory's history comes from Rev. Bill McGinnis at loveallpeople.org,
who explains the UETP's pre-Magna Carta origins:
The Unitary Executive Theory (Führerprinzip),
Or The King-With-Advisors Form Of Government
(EMAILWIRE.COM, January 14, 2006 ) Alexandria,
VA -- The "Unitary Executive" theory is really
just another name for the ancient "King With Advisors"
form of government, widely used around the world
for thousands of years in human history. The basic
idea is that the King has the final authority
and makes all the final decisions, but that he
consults with his advisors, and may or may not
heed their advice. The role of the people is to
go along quietly with whatever the King wants
Then the good reverend adds:
"There must be no decisions by majority, but
only responsible persons, and the word 'council'
is once more reduced to its original meaning.
At every man's side there stand councillors, indeed,
but one man decides."
Source: MEIN KAMPF at http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=98197509,
Yikes! Who needs Rod Serling when you've got Karen Hughes?
Abramoff & the Republican Bribery Scandal
Talking Point: There is no lobbying scandal. What we've got
here is a Republican bribery scandal.
When Republicans try to bundle Abramoff with legitimate lobbyists
(educators, disability rights groups, Indian tribes, and homeless
advocates), they can cry Reform! and further destroy the
ability of legitimate lobbyists to gain access to elected officials.
Two birds, one stone. Upper
Arlington Progressive Action (UAPA) debunks the Abramoff/Indian
tribes crap that major media conglomerates are still peddling daily.
In fact, UAPA notes that the tribes always donated to Dems, but
their donations to Dems actually decreased after they hired
Also hot on the "Abramoff Is A Bipartisan Crook" debunking
trail is Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo tome post, Summa
More generally, I think you'll see over the course
of the next year that these federal 'hard' money
contributions - either from Abramoff or his clients
- aren't where the real game was being played.
The real action was in money funnelled (sic) or
laundered through various DC-based non-profits
or de facto cash payments to members of Congress
or their staffs.
And color me a new fan of Taylor
Marsh (The Antidote To Right-Wing Talk):
Because since Abramoff is involved with Grover
Nordquist (sic) and Ralph Reed & Co., with Scanlon,
Ney and Tom Delay, you can be sure Bush-Cheney
re-elect is not far behind. After all, these guys
weren't meeting just to elect House members. They
wanted the whole shebang, and baby, they got it,
so I hope they get it.
As Kenneth Branagh whispered in Dead Again, "This is far
The Goring of the President
Talking Point: Are you safer now than you were when Monica
was an intern?
You know the rightful president has hit a nerve when the White
House, FOX, and the right-wing wacko Keyboard Kommandos squeal like
Deliverance pigs. Crooks
and Liars has the Gore speech video, and Peter
Daou (The Huffington Post) notes the (cough) major
media attention (cough) given to Gore's speech:
Which of the following is more important:
a) The deceptive and intentionally vague testimony
of a judge who could shape America's future
b) The tears of his wife
a) A missing girl in Aruba
b) The brazen outing of a covert CIA operative
a) A major speech by a former Vice-President
of the United States accusing George W. Bush of
breaking the law
b) An overturned tanker truck on a New York highway
Bloggers and C-Span covered the former vice president's speech
while Republicans and major media outlets prepared their selective
snippet-laden rebuttals. News
Hounds gives us FOX's play-by-play after-the-fact
attack, as well as Mr. Gore's downright eloquent response to the
criticism. Colleen at ASC
Blog (American Constitution Society) posts Attorney
General Alberto Gonzales' response to Gore's speech. Be sure to
read David Richman's comment:
With regard to the Administration's defense that
Clinton, through Reno, ordered warrantless searches,
it bears mentioning that at the time of the search
--- in 1993, I believe --- the law did not prevent
such searches from taking place. It was after
that that the law was amended to close this "loop
And you know your White House spin really sucks when Forbes
magazine corrects your lies. Bush
Out has the details and the link.
The Yellow Cake Hits the Fan!
Talking Point: Did you hear the one about the four-star general's
"No Yellow Cake" report? Of course not.
A four-star general, Carlton W. Fulford Jr.,
was also sent to Niger to investigate the claims
of a uranium purchase. He, too, came away with
doubts about the reliability of the report and
believed Niger's yellowcake supply to be secure.
The State Department review also cast doubt
on the logistics of Niger being able to deliver
500 tons of uranium even if the sale were attempted.
"Moving such a quantity secretly over such a distance
would be very difficult, particularly because
the French would be indisposed to approve or cloak
this arrangement," the review said.
Surely, Brewster-Jennings and Valerie Plame would've noticed 500
tons of uranium being carted out of Niger. Heavy sigh.
Bom dia, Portugal!
Talking Point: George W. Bush is so out-of-touch that he still
thinks our soldiers have the best equipment.
Sydney H. Schanberg's Village Voice article, "The secret's
out: Bush is overtaken by events-and overwhelmed," is so Hot-Blog-Worthy
that even a brand new blogger in Portugal, Formiga
Bargante, has cited it. What a great blog beginning!
From Schanberg's article:
Anyway, I'm watching his speech on CNN and suddenly
the president utters one of those giggly little
fibs he likes to tease America with. He says of
the soldiers he has sent into battle: "When you
put these kids in harm's way, we owe them the
best equipment, the best training, and a strategy
It was the "equipment" part that crossed my
eyes. Omigod, I thought, his staff has failed
him again and made him look like a fool. I guess
they didn't tell him about the repeated news stories
since the war's start, nearly three years ago,
that showed soldiers were being killed and maimed
because of outdated body armor and vehicle armor.
The latest undisputed report was on page one of
the Times on January 7, just four days before
The president and his coterie have put so much
information behind "classified" walls that now
even the president apparently doesn't have clearance.
Ouch! That would definitely leave a mark... if George W. actually
read what people write about him.
Republicans Control Your Message, Mister!
Talking Point: Republicans hire PR firms to tell our soldiers
what to think.
notes that the U.S. Army has hired a public relations firm (Manning
Selvage & Lee) to do outreach to pro-military bloggers. Also, the
Pentagon is shutting down some military blogs. Ignore the truth.
Sanitize. Spew lies. Repeat. Good Republicans don't need the truth.
Speaking of controlling the message...
Talking point: Republicans can't function without their echo
Have you read the Hughes memo to her minions on using her official
talking points? Corrente
posts the actual Hughes memo, along with some real-time situation
reports by Josef Goebbels. The juxtaposition is chilling, to say
Compiling talking points is the easy part. Every single day, thousands
of liberal bloggers offer a wealth of ideas on how to fight the
right. The inherent barrier: Getting our unified message to the
public. It obviously takes a brazillion bloggers to yell, "You're
not the king, George!" before one reporter notices, waters down
the content, and steals the credit for the story angle.
How many more bloggers will it take to tear down the right-wing
media wall and reach the public once and for all? Start blogging
and make it happen!
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