February 24, 2006
Compiled and written by Delilah
George W. Bush claimed this week that the UAE government-owned
company he's approved to take over US ports has been "fully
vetted." Bloggers have two words for George and his supporters:
Harriet Miers. Bloggers also have many more choice words for BushBotic
First Spin responders: stop lying; stop spinning; just stop it before
the whole world turns on us like Dick Cheney after a beer with lunch.
Truly, Madly, Weirdly (and not just Bill O'Reilly)
Be careful what you ask for in writing. Case in point: the truly
weird marriage contract accused kidnapper/child porn law-breaker
Travis Frey tried to make his wife sign. Can't
Stop The Bleeding writes:
I don't pretend to be a relationship expert or
anything, but as someone whose own marriage is
fast approaching a 9th anniversary, I would encourage
all of the young couples reading this blog to
openly discuss their differing needs, expectations
and values. Before producing a 4 page contract
that will end up on The
Smoking Gun, that is.
In other weird news, if George Bush has lost Bill O'Reilly, has
he lost the country? FUBAR FOXer and notorious Sheehan/Murtha-riser,
Bill O'Reilly, says it's time to pull out of Iraq. Media
Bill O'Reilly suggested that the United States
"hand over everything to the Iraqis as fast as
humanly possible" because "[t]here are so many
nuts in the country -- so many crazies -- that
we can't control them." O'Reilly has previously
called those advocating immediate withdrawal from
Iraq "pinheads" and compared them to Hitler appeasers.
Media Matters also has the backstory, including the facts missing
from O'Reilly's rant, as well as the video. It's a head shaker,
to say the least. Still craving bigger and better O'Reilly smackdown
action? Editor & Publisher has
the latest on New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof's
pledge drive to send O'Bile-ly to Darfur. Will Wild Bill turn down
a $727,568 falafel-filled trip to witness the devastation, or will
he continue to claim (falsely) that Kristof has no idea what's going
on there? Only time and Bill's lame excuses will tell.
First Do No Harm
This week physicians let California's Republican Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger know, in no uncertain terms, that they aren't hangmen.
Furnace has the whole story and the links. Meanwhile,
I'm still trying to wrap my mind around Shasta
Iglesias' blog post on the delayed California execution
of Michael Morales:
I say if you don't get an apeal in 5 years ..
Bend over and kiss your ass goodbye.. it's time
to check out.. You played your cards and it's
time to pick your money up off the table and bust
You could say, I'm not very sympathetic to people
who do these kinds of things. OUCH!! Sometimes
i am just harsh.. However, I have learned that
life is harsh and sweetens up for no one, not
even me, i have to keep on fighting thru, just
like you. You make bad decisions, you feel the
consequences, and beleive me i have felt mine,
i wear it my soul.. And the good, you feel the
consequences of that too and hopefully in the
end it all turns out the way it was supposed too
and you walk from the consequences a better person..
Is Shasta equating the events of her young, shapely
life (check out her posted pic) with those of a death row inmate,
or is she somehow channeling Judge Dredd? Color me confused.
Ahoy! Swiftboatee Ahead!
Is Alberto J. Mora, the out-going general counsel of the United
States Navy, the next truth-teller to be swiftboated? Parenthetical
Remarks praises Mora for his fight against Bush W.
Cheney's ever-expanding claims of executive authority to abuse and
What the administration is asking for is the
unaccountability that comes with royalty.
The good news is that Mora seems to been an
entirely unimpeachable character. Let's see how
the administration tries to smear him. You know
Unimpeachable character has never stopped them before, has it?
Hmm. I wonder how the swiftboaters are reacting to that other Waterworld
issue of the day. So far, the crickets are chirping from here to
Ports Of Entry Made Easy
The big story this week (besides several days passing without
Dick Cheney shooting anyone in the face after a beer with lunch)
is the BushCo handover of our ports to a UAE government-owned company.
The administration probably thought this story wouldn't even gain
blip status on the corporate-owned media's radar screen, but it's
not the first time they've been wrong, is it? Government-owned is
the keyword, despite efforts by Blitzer, Matthews, et al to equate
the old private British company and the new UAE government-owned
company approved by Bush to run our major ports of entry.
It On! dissects the issue nicely:
The people are speaking, lots of them, and they
are not happy with this. This is not bigotry;
this is the noise of parents raising children,
young people just starting their lives, elderly
folks wanting to enjoy their retirement. This
is a population for whom the safety buck just
stopped. Our population sees the folly of tying
our commerce to a nation whose ties to the attack
and murder of three thousand Americans (who got
up one morning and just went to work) are visible.
It's not bigotry to question; it's common sense.
Democratic Sen Charles Schumer of New York
said: "This company is coming out of a
country that has had a strong al-Qaeda presence.
"In this post 9/11 world, we cannot
consider approving this contract until a much
more thorough investigation takes place on this
The administration has rejected the concerns,
saying the deal was thoroughly vetted. – BBC
As well vetted as the intel leading to the invasion
of Iraq? Hmm? This is the end of Bush political
capitol. He's toast. Congress people are not going
to ride this because they will be running for
re-election. This is the perfect vehicle of separation
from the failing Bush regime. Perhaps that alone
will save us from two more years of misguided
The people are speaking too loudly to ignore.
thinks the whole UAE port deal could be because America is being
It may be that we have gotten ourselves into
a terrible position in which we cannot "offend"
the UAE by blocking this deal because they may
reciprocate by blocking access to their deep water
ports. If that's the case, then we are being blackmailed
by the UAE for big money and potentially putting
our own ports in danger in the process. According
to the 9/11 report they have been playing both
ends against the middle for years. And we have
Yosemite Sam and Quickdraw McGraw in charge of
dealing with them. It's not a big surprise that
the whole thing is blowing up in their faces.
Blowing up in their faces? Cheney must be in charge. Sirotablog
points out that the whole Dubai Ports deal is about free trade (aka
corporations' profits trump national security like rock crushes
scissors). Extremely heavy sigh.
At this point, I need a humor break. How about you? For those
who paid attention in school, DUer soupkitchen writes:
Bush agrees to accept Trojan horse.
Will veto any act by Congress to deny letting
Trojan horse into country. Says not accepting
Trojan horse will send wrong message to the Greeks.
Also, DUer Peter Frank may
be onto something:
Just Figured it Out (you heard it here first)...
Bush thought that "Dubai" is the way his name
is pronounced in Arabic.
Back to the awful truth of this ports insecurity deal. Craig Crawford
reminds us that the White House snubbed the law by skipping the
Mandatory 45-Day investigation of the port deal. Shocker, Craig!
And here's the gut-wrenching clencher: DUer Coastie for truth
(retired Coast Guard) has
the facts and the background to back them up:
The Dubai Ports World Deal - Through a Coast
Guard Veteran's Eyes
The "Port Service Company" receives, manifests,
loads, offloads, and transfers the containers.
Normally, this is monitored for drugs -- but there
are "holes." The "Port Service Company" has the
"expertise" (in a "perverse kind of way") to know
where the holes are.
Second, the "Port Service Company" frequently
prepares the manifest. This is the legal document
ennumerating what the ship is carrying, shipper,
recipient, port on loaded, port to be off loaded.
This guides (or misguides) the inspection.
Third, frequently the "Port Service Company"
performs "ship chandlering" - that's the sale
of consumables and low level spare parts. This
is not inventoried or manifested.
Fourth, merchant mariners' documents. It is
fairly easy to enter a country on "Merchant Mariner's
Documents" (functions like a mini-passport). No
visa requirements if you stay within some distance
of the port. This is popular with drug dealers
- and could be a route for terrorists. In many
countries a "Port Service Company" can issue "documents"
(note - these are not Master, Mate, Pilot, Engineer,
Radio Officer licenses or "Competency Documents")
which are good enough to get you off of the ship
while it's in port.
The stuff of nightmares, Coastie! Sadly, I have little faith in
a totally Republican-contolled government to stop this ship before
it sails. I hope I'm wrong.
Cartoon Wars & AndrewSullivan@LoadOf.Crap
For the latest cartoon wars update, The
Tension (Tagline: All the news that causes a fit
in print) is your go-to site. In Allah email news... Thwack! Parenthetical
Remarks takes Andrew Sullivan to the woodshed over
Sully's claim that Yahoo.com denied an email address to Linda Callahan
because it contained the word Allah. Parenthetical writes:
The problem? It's all a load of crap. How do
I know? Well, I'm the proud owner of the brand
new Yahoo email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go ahead, send me an email. I'll write back to
Do Women And Their Gay Genes Threaten Traditional
Science is a pesky little devil, isn't it? Hothouse
Blog notes a scientific study which suggests that
"mothers of gay sons process their extra x chromosome differently."
Not that there's anything wrong with that sort of processing. It's
just different, that's all. Leave it to science to toss a spanner
in the theocracy works every few centuries.
This Just In: Hannity Lies!
Duh. For the latest Hannity shenanigans, JABBS
relates the twisted way in which Hannity twistedly twists Bryant
Gumbel's reason for not watching the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.
For future reference, here's Gumbel's comment:
"So try not to laugh when someone says these
are the world’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity
of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like
a GOP convention."
Naturally, "Hammity" hit the roof and asked why the media wasn't
outraged, despite the fact that several Big Media types had already
expressed their, well, outrage. One even called Gumbel (who's Black)
a racist. What's the matter, Sean? Panties in a twist because Gumbel
doesn't care for Curling?
Spinning The Not-So-Straight Shooter
Don't you just love it when Arianna
with the wardrobe and goes straight for the meat of the matter?
Mary Matalin was definitely out gunned on Meet The Press this week.
If you tuned in, you already know what I'm talking
about: Mary Matalin.
Oh my God.
James Wolcott called
her "a car wreck in repose" and "the Beltway's
Madwoman of Chaillot." Crooks & Liars has video
Let's start with the unavoidable: what was she
wearing? First, the brooch. Or was it a sculpture?
Or was it perhaps some bizarre new NSA listening
device? It was so, well, there, that hard as you
tried you could not avert your eyes from it.
Feed me, Seymour! Matalin demonstrated a severe lack of facts
(even for Russert standards), absolutely no class (rolling eyes),
and the obvious fact that her personal assistant must be too afraid
to tell her she looks like she's just walked off the "Little Shop
Of Horrors" dinner theatre stage. Thanks to DUer TomInTib for posting
Mary Matalin, Andrew Card, Karl Rove, and Scott McClellan all
had a hand in handling the veep's "hunting accident," but one person
was conspicuously missing. The
Washington Note asks: "Where was Cheney's Chief of
Staff, David Addington?" Good question. Still waiting for an answer,
but I'd prefer a thorough investigation by impartial law enforcement
officials, thank you.
In the meantime, how many more Dubai-type deals have been "fully
vetted" by loyal BushBots that never saw the light of day? How many
more Emerald City curtains do we have to pull back before we finally
expose the hapless traveling magician who got caught up in a whirlwind
and ended up ruling the land by illusion? Will this long national
nightmare ever really end?
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