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Posted by NightOwwl in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Wed Jan 10th 2007, 11:21 PM
A Crisis of Confidence

Bush's way forward may be sensible. But his face showed fearóand that's no way to rally a war-weary nation.

I first interviewed the guy in 1987 and began covering his political rise in 1993, and I have never seen him, in public or private, look less convincing, less sure of himself, less cocky. With his knitted brow and stricken features, he looked, well, scared. Not surprising since what he was doing in the White House library was announcing the escalation of an unpopular war.


What the voters saw on TV just now was a man struggling to come to grips with his own unwillingness to face facts. It's still a struggle. His acknowledgement of mistakes was oblique and not as brave as it sounded at first blush. Mistakes were made, and he said. "The responsibility rests with me," he said. What he meant to convey was that others had made the mistakes, but that he was stepped up to take the hit. Hoo-aw! He said that he had "consulted" congressional leaders of both parties before he came to a decision on sending more than 20,000 additional troops. He didn't really consult with members of Congress, and certainly not with Democrats, unless you consider Sen. Joe Lieberman a Democrat.


The president's chances of success, such as they are, now rest with the reasonableness and details of his plan. Will it work? His says that his generals "report" that it will. Do the American people believe that it will? I'm not sure that they are really listening, but if they were watching, they can't have been reassured by the man they saw in the basement of the White House.

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Posted by NightOwwl in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sat Nov 11th 2006, 01:12 PM
I'm serious. Don't let him get away with this shit any longer. And make sure you correct him in a public forum, so if he continues to use the term in a derogatory manner it will reflect poorly on him.
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Posted by NightOwwl in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Wed Oct 25th 2006, 10:06 AM
"In the past, Democrats and other critics of the war who talked about benchmarks and timetables were labeled as defeatists, defeatocrats or people who wanted to cut and run. So why shouldn't American people conclude that this is nothing from you other than semantic, rhetorical games and all politics two weeks before an election?"

Love, love, love David Gregory!
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Posted by NightOwwl in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed Oct 25th 2006, 01:09 AM
Wow. Powerful stuff by Arianna Huffington.

Keep this up CBS, and we might forgive you for what you did to Rather.

Letís face it: "The sky is falling" or "the nukes are coming" is a frighteningly effective sales pitch. Donít get me wrong: North Korea testing a nuke is real bad news. But I couldn't help but wonder what political use Karl Rove and the president would put this real bad news to. After all, banging the fear gong and trying to scare the hell out of us has worked like a charm for President Bush and the GOP.

Ever since 9/11, "be afraid" has been their No. 1 talking point. They sold us on invading Iraq with warnings from Condoleezza Rice that the "smoking gun might be a mushroom cloud" and dire predictions from Bush and Cheney about all the ways Saddam could rain death and destruction on us. And it's remarkable how the terror rhetoric always seems to hit Red just before elections.

Whether it's the specter of North Korean nukes or Iraqi insurgents making their way to Main Street USA, fear is a powerful, universal emotion ó always there to be exploited. So as Election Day draws near, be on the lookout for those attempting to scare us into voting our fears. To quote FDR, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." And those who use it for their own political purposes.

link to video: /

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Posted by NightOwwl in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Thu Jun 15th 2006, 09:13 PM

"Word of the first couple's showdown over bombshell claims that President Bush was having an affair with Secretary of Secretary of State Rice comes on the heels of Globe's exclusive stories about his crumbling marriage to Laura, 59."

"Rumors of the affair have enraged Laura, who has been at odds with her husband for months over their deteriorating 28-year union."

"Mrs. Bush reportedly moved out of the White House after a confrontation with President Bush over his ongoing affair with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice."

"Meanwhile, a host of other problems are plaguing the Bush marriage, including reports that the President had been caught drinking whiskey again after quitting for nearly 20 years, and strife between Laura and her meddling mother-in-law Barbara, say sources."

No link, but you can't miss it! It's on every supermarket checkout line in America this week!

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Posted by NightOwwl in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Tue Mar 21st 2006, 11:29 AM
Some snippets from today's NYTimes article:

Patrick K. Tillman <snip> staring intently at a yellow house across the street, just over 70 yards away. That, he recalled, is how far away his eldest son, Pat, <snip> was standing from his fellow Rangers when they shot him dead in Afghanistan almost two years ago. "I could hit that house with a rock," Mr. Tillman said. "You can see every last detail on that place, everything, and you're telling me they couldn't see Pat?"

He has studied ó and challenged ó Army PowerPoint presentations meant to explain how his son, who had called out his own name and waved his arms, wound up dead anyway, shot three times in the head by his own unit, which said it had mistaken him for the enemy.

<This> has even left him suspicious of the military's central finding in their son's case so far: that the killing was a terrible but unintentional accident. "There is so much nonstandard conduct, both before and after Pat was killed, that you have to start to wonder," Mr. Tillman said. "How much effort would you put into hiding an accident? Why do you need to hide an accident?"

After the shooting, the Rangers destroyed evidence that would be considered critical in any criminal case, the records show. They burned Corporal Tillman's uniform and his body armor. "How could they do that?" Mr. Tillman said. "That makes no sense." The family still wants to know, he said, what became of Corporal Tillman's diary. It was never returned to the family, he said.

Shot 3 times to the head. Uniform and body armor burned. No trace of his diary which was filled with anti-war, anti-Bush diatribes (according to his brother.)

Looks like an execution style killing to me.

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Posted by NightOwwl in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Tue Mar 14th 2006, 04:23 PM
I can't take anymore of their silence and cowardice. The lack of support for censure is the final straw.

I sent the following email to the DNC and both of my Senators (Boxer and Feinstein.)

I am a life-long democrat who has faithfully voted along party lines for 25 years. Come 2008, this will all change if a Republican-lite candidate (Hillary Clinton comes to mind) is the presidential nominee. I will NO LONGER support my party if once again, the base is taken for granted.

Yes, my lack of a vote may be the one that puts another Republican in the White House, but you know what? I don't care anymore. If my party doesn't see fit to represent me, I have no desire to represent my party. The Democratic "leadership" is a joke, and I am sick and tired of their silence and their cowardice. I am sick and tired of watching Democrat's transparent efforts to appeal to conservatives by moving to the right of issues such as abortion and the Iraq war. I am sick and tired and incredibly angry.

I never thought I would say this, but it appears Ralph Nader was right. There doesn't seem to be any difference between the two parties. It sickens me to say that, but I have not seen evidence of anything to make me think otherwise. We have Alito and Roberts on the Supreme Court. We are still in this immoral, illegal war. The president wipes his ass with the Constitution and there is no response but silence.




Will I really go through with my threat? Who knows. But the despair and defeat I feel right now is for real. Thank god for DU, because without all of you I would feel so alone right now.
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