Tuesday, May 29, 2007

It's Those Little Things

by Larry Every relationship has its ups and downs. Every experience has been filled with a series of mishaps and milestones. It's those little things both good and bad that add up. Perhaps Bobby Goldsboro spoke best of love with these lyrics.

Little things that you do make me glad I'm in love with you.Little things that you say make me glad that I feel this way.The way you smile, the way you hold my hand,and when I'm down you always understand.You know I love those little things in my ear, that you say when there's no one near. Little things that you do, let me know that your love is true.

The way she cooks his favorite meal, the way she makes his dreams seem real, the way she makes a dollar last, the way she always forgets his past, it's those little things.

It could also be the way he ignores her every word, the way he makes her feel so hurt, the way he spends and never saves, the way he takes but has never gave, it's those little things.

As we live another day, we can always remember that those little things always add up, both good and bad. Some little things add up to make someone love their spouse even more. Other little things add up to make the spouse learn to abhor. There are little things in all walks of life.

The way he lied the country into war, the thousands of deaths, and there will be more, the massive debt that we now owe, that we will reap what he will sow, yes it's those little things.

The way he took away our rights, the executive orders signed into the night, the way he uses the fear of terror, the way he overlooks every Presidential error, it's those little things.

The millions of jobs he sent overseas, the millions of Iraqi's just wishing he would leave, The levels of corruption that lay at his desk, the hundreds who've been tortured simply at his bequest, it's those little things.

The way he overlooks each and every law, the lives he has left so torn and raw, the military funerals he refuses to attend, the Katrina victims stranded as help he will not send, it's those little things.

Yes Mr. Bush, everything that you do, it's never me but always you, you are never wrong but always right, you say we're weak since we won't fight, you wonder why your ratings are low, we want you out but you refuse to go, it's those little things.

Maybe soon we'll have our say, that you'll be impeached everyday we pray, for all our freedoms that we have lost, those who have died at wars great cost, as we add our losses this we know, It's those little things, Mr. Bush, that make America detest you so.

180 comments:

  1. Those little things which means so much to the troops, like:

    Body armor

    Proper equipment

    Honest medical evaluations

    Time at home with their families

    A real pay raise

    More than parades and photo ops

    Medical care after they get dishonestly medically discharged

    Competent Adult Leadership

    An Exit strategy

    hell any real strategy at all

    just a few little things the troops wish they had.

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  2. Good list Clif and you could go on all day.

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  3. Angus Reid | May 28, 2007 11:05 PM

    Democrat Barack Obama is the top 2008 presidential contender in the United States, according to a poll by Zogby International. At least 46 per cent of respondents would support the Illinois senator in head-to-head contests against four prospective Republican nominees.

    Obama holds a three-point edge over Arizona senator John McCain, a six-point lead over former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, and a 17-point advantage over both former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and actor and former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson.

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  4. BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- At least 23 people were killed and 55 others were wounded on Tuesday when a parked car detonated in central Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official said.

    Also Tuesday, three people were kidnapped from an Iraq Finance Ministry building on Palestine Street in north-central Baghdad, according to sources at the Interior and Finance Ministries

    A normal day of the Bush "surge."

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  5. The federal government recorded a $1.3 trillion loss last year — far more than the official $248 billion deficit — when corporate-style accounting standards are used, a USA TODAY analysis shows.
    The loss reflects a continued deterioration in the finances of Social Security and government retirement programs for civil servants and military personnel. The loss — equal to $11,434 per household — is more than Americans paid in income taxes in 2006.

    Bottom line: Taxpayers are now on the hook for a record $59.1 trillion in liabilities, a 2.3% increase from 2006. That amount is equal to $516,348 for every U.S. household. By comparison, U.S. households owe an average of $112,043 for mortgages, car loans, credit cards and all other debt combined.

    More of the Bush economy.

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  6. Lydia, this could seriously be a big song, especially on the net. You ought to record it!

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  7. This is hilarious Larry, I love it!
    xoxo

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  8. Larry said "That amount is equal to $516,348 for every U.S. household. By comparison, U.S. households owe an average of $112,043 for mortgages, car loans, credit cards and all other debt combined.

    More of the Bush economy."

    Thats the kind of stuff that should come out in the election..........I think the Democrats are a little afraid to focus on fiscal irresponsibility since they have that stereotype............BUT since repugs are supposed to be fiscally responsible and GWB and the rubberstamping repug Congress of 1994-2006 CLEARLY WERE NOT, it will errode support for Bush and his war and hurt them in 2008.

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  9. Great post Larry.

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  10. Man, I'd hate to think you can sum up the American people with a Bobby Goldsboro song...

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  11. Miss Cellania, this was Larry's post. Yes, I agree it should be a song!

    "It's the Little Things"

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  12. Excellent post, Larry. I bet Laura is unhappy. She's probably completely ignored in bed, because he's so busy screwing the rest of us.

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  13. Send neocons Wolfowitz, Perle to Iraq, says GOP lawmaker

    A Republican lawmaker has an unorthodox suggestion for Paul Wolfowitz's future employment now that the neoconservative war architect has been ousted as World Bank president -- send him to Iraq.
    Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., suggested the Middle East assignment for Wolfowitz during a hearing of the House Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee last week, as reported by ABC News's blog, The Blotter.

    "I would like to suggest ... that maybe we give Paul Wolfowitz a new job and send him over there as mayor of Iraq, since the neocons got us in over there," Jones said. "And maybe Mr. (Richard) Perle could be co-mayor or co-chairman."

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  14. Al Gore will be interviewed by Keith Olbermann tonight.

    Must See!

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  15. Larry said...
    Send neocons Wolfowitz, Perle to Iraq, says GOP lawmaker

    A Republican lawmaker has an unorthodox suggestion for Paul Wolfowitz's future employment now that the neoconservative war architect has been ousted as World Bank president -- send him to Iraq.
    Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., suggested the Middle East assignment for Wolfowitz during a hearing of the House Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee last week, as reported by ABC News's blog, The Blotter.

    "I would like to suggest ... that maybe we give Paul Wolfowitz a new job and send him over there as mayor of Iraq, since the neocons got us in over there," Jones said. "And maybe Mr. (Richard) Perle could be co-mayor or co-chairman."


    They could be dumb and dumber.........although i'm not opposed to Iraq I always envisioned striped suits and life in jail or the gallows for those treasonous SOBs once they are brought to justice for treason and war crimes.

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  16. Larry said...
    Al Gore will be interviewed by Keith Olbermann tonight.

    Must See!"

    Give us a full report or a link tonight Larry!

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  17. Carl said...
    Man, I'd hate to think you can sum up the American people with a Bobby Goldsboro song..."

    Well Carl after 6 years of buying Roves Bs you could sum them up in one word...........either sheep, lemings or gullible..........take your pick...........at least the masses are starting to wake up to the Neo Cons lies and toxic rhetoric of fear and hate!

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  18. Mike:

    If they send Wolfowitz and Pearle to Iraq, at least then will be in the mess that according to them, isn't there.

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  19. Five Britons abducted in Iraq, 10 US troops killed
    Page 1 of 2 Updated 8:15AM Wednesday May 30, 2007
    By Ahmed Rasheed

    A US soldier stands guard at the site of a bomb attack near a Sunni mosque in Baghdad, Iraq. Reuters

    BAGHDAD - Gunmen in police uniforms kidnapped five Britons in Baghdad today and the deaths of 10 US soldiers were announced, making May the deadliest month for the US military in more than two years.

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  20. Larry said...

    Al Gore will be interviewed by Keith Olbermann tonight.

    Must See!
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    Thank you Larry! :)

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  21. Boston Globe:
    In defending the Iraq war, leading Republican presidential contenders are increasingly echoing words and phrases used by President Bush in the run-up to the war that reinforce the misleading impression that Iraq was responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

    In the May 15 Republican debate in South Carolina, Senator John McCain of Arizona suggested that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden would "follow us home" from Iraq -- a comment some viewers may have taken to mean that bin Laden was in Iraq, which he is not.

    Former New York mayor Rudolph Guiliani asserted, in response to a question about Iraq, that "these people want to follow us here and they have followed us here.

    More neocon dribble.

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  22. There have been 114 U.S troops killed in Iraq during the month of May.

    The month isn't over yet.

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  23. Wesley Clark a retired Army general, was supreme allied commander in Europe during the war in Kosovo, confirms Military plans to go to war with or in his own words “take out 7 coutries in 5 years. Syria, Lebanon, Libia, Somalia, Sudan and back to Iran”.


    Bush's World War III launch plans.

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  24. DeLay criticizes Gingrich for, among other things, conducting an affair with a Capitol Hill employee during the 1998 impeachment trial of Bill Clinton. (The woman later became Gingrich's third wife.) "Yes, I don't think that Newt could set a high moral standard, a high moral tone, during that moment," DeLay said. "You can't do that if you're keeping secrets about your own adulterous affairs." He added that the impeachment trial was another of his "proudest moments." The difference between his own adultery and Gingrich's, he said, "is that I was no longer committing adultery by that time, the impeachment trial. There's a big difference."

    Those moral Republicans. One affair is better than the others affair.

    It's those little things!

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  25. Associated Press | May 29, 2007 06:14 PM

    A lawyer for Vice President Dick Cheney told the Secret Service in September to eliminate data on who visited Cheney at his official residence, a newly disclosed letter states.

    The Sept. 13, 2006, letter from Cheney's lawyer says logs for Cheney's residence on the grounds of the Naval Observatory are subject to the Presidential Records Act.

    Another Bush/Cheney coverup.

    It's those little things!

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  26. Larry said...

    There have been 114 U.S troops killed in Iraq during the month of May.

    The month isn't over yet.
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    Larry:

    Bush won't attend any of their funerals. I think he and Cheney should have to attend every single soldier's funeral.

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  27. It is very sad that Cindy Sheehan has given up.

    It is a sign of the quagmire we are in here in this country.

    They've proven over and over that Bush lied to the people to start this war. They've proven over and over the corruption and that they broke the law with the wiretapping. Hell the Attorney General (James Comey) has testified under oath that they broke the law.

    And yet nothing happens.

    Pelosi and Reid step up and tell us to all be patient, and calls a concession a "small victory".

    Clearly Reid and Pelosi are as skilled as Bush is in putting lipstick on a pig.

    Cindy Sheehan's fed up and discouraged, and I can understand why.

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  28. How About Them Apples Vicky Toensing?

    by
    Larry C Johnson

    Victoria Toensing, Cliff May, Byron York and the other rightwing apologists who have long insisted that Valerie Plame Wilson was not undercover have some "splaining" to do.[cause they was wrong] Federal Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's latest filing in the Scooter Libby case leaves no doubt about Valerie Wilson's status--she was covert and undercover and served overseas. Thanks to a heads up from McClatchy's Jonathan Landay, followed in short order by a note from John Amato at Crooks and Liars, I got my hands on the Fitzgerald filing. [Update: David Corn posted the first piece on this Friday night. He needs to do more self-promotion.] Man, the rightwing stooges are getting their collective asses handed to them on all fronts (e.g., a bird shits on Bush, Wolfowitz gets bounced from the World Bank, and rightwing bloggers, Flopping Aces and Charles Johnson in particular, were exposed making fraudulent claims). As Jackie Gleason used to say, "how sweet it is!"

    Download fitz_filing_declaring_val_was_undercover.pdf

    Fitz makes the following points:

    1. Valerie Wilson was an operations officer working in the Counter Proliferation Division (CPD) of the Directorate of Operations and headed a unit that covered weapons proliferation issues concerning Iraq.

    2. While in CPD Valerie traveled overseas seven times to more than ten countries always, repeat always, undercover.

    3. Valerie was a covert officer on 14 July 2003, when Novak identified her as a CIA employee.
    4. The CIA was taking "affirmative measures to conceal her intelligence relationship to the United States."

    So far the CIA will only admit that Valerie worked there starting in January 2002. But those of us who trained with her know the truth--Valerie was undercover and covered by the Intelligence Indentities Protection Act since September 1985. According to the Intelligence Identities Protection Act:

    (4) The term “covert agent” means:
    (A) a present or retired officer or employee of an intelligence agency or a present or retired member of the Armed Forces assigned to duty with an intelligence agency—

    (i) whose identity as such an officer, employee, or member is classified information, and

    (ii) who is serving outside the United States or has within the last five years served outside the United States; or

    (B) a United States citizen whose intelligence relationship to the United States is classified information, and—
    (i) who resides and acts outside the United States as an agent of, or informant or source of operational assistance to, an intelligence agency, or
    (ii) who is at the time of the disclosure acting as an agent of, or informant to, the foreign counterintelligence or foreign counterterrorism components of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; or
    (C) an individual, other than a United States citizen, whose past or present intelligence relationship to the United States is classified information and who is a present or former agent of, or a present or former informant or source of operational assistance to, an intelligence agency.

    Oh! Let's not forget Mr. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. He's going to jail because he obstructed justice and perjured himself. He deserves to be tried for treason, but, as Mick Jagger sang, "you can't always get what you want, but you find sometimes, you get what you need."

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  29. Now will the reichwing idiots trolls STFU about their lies Valerie Plame was not covert.

    Because she was......................

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  30. You know, seems to me the Democrats missed a perfect opportunity to slam Bush a few days ago. As I understand it, he declassified some intelligence that stated Osama Bin Laden was setting up a terror cell in 2005. Apparently, this was supposed to prove that the war on terrorism really is centered in Iraq (well, yeah, it is NOW) and the war was a good idea.

    Did anybody bother to point out to him that if he had gone after and caught Bin Laden way back in 2001 when he said he was going to rather than immediately turning his attention to Iraq, that terror cell would never have been formed in the first place?

    I did, however, get a chance to put a co-worker in his place. He said that if Al Gore had been elected president, Sadaam Hussein would still be in charge in Iraq. I told him that was probably true, but what is also true is if Al Gore had been elected president, we would still have a World Trade Center.

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  31. Al Gore WAS elected President the supreme court and Kathrine Harris over turned the will of the MAJORITY of the American people.

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  32. Wow, that was awesome. Great post!

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  33. Thanks Jacq,

    It's always those little things that add up, good or bad.

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  34. By Steven Thomma
    McClatchy Newspapers

    WASHINGTON - The push to impeach President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney is gaining a hearing in some parts of the country, but not in Washington.

    More than 70 cities and 14 state Democratic parties have urged impeachment or investigations that could lead to impeachment. The most common charge is that Bush manipulated intelligence to lead the country into the Iraq war. Other charges include spying on Americans and torturing suspected terrorists in violation of U.S. and international law.

    Massachusetts' Democratic Party thus joined 13 others on the investigate-or-impeach bandwagon, including: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

    Indeed. The Democrats who run Congress have no interest in impeaching Bush or Cheney, despite pressure from their party's base outside the Beltway.

    It's noteworthy that impeachment pressure is coming from the home states of the two Democratic leaders in Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

    Pelosi said last year that impeachment "is off the table." Under the Constitution, the House impeaches; the Senate then decides whether to convict and remove from office.


    Do your job Democrats.

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  35. Clif said...
    Oh! Let's not forget Mr. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. He's going to jail because he obstructed justice and perjured himself. He deserves to be tried for treason,
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    Hi Clif!

    Fitz could reopen the case and charge Scooter with treason...and now Cheney could also be charged with the same.

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  37. Pelosi and Reed are worthless!

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  38. Suzie-Q said...
    Clif said...
    Oh! Let's not forget Mr. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. He's going to jail because he obstructed justice and perjured himself. He deserves to be tried for treason,
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    Hi Clif!

    Fitz could reopen the case and charge Scooter with treason...and now Cheney could also be charged with the same."

    Well lets hope he does they NEED to be impeached and cut out of the fabric of this country like you excise a cancerous tumor!

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  39. There is now proof of the crime that Scooter was lying to cover up. Cheney and Scooter committed treason...they outed a NOC in time of war.

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  40. I expect Fitz will reopen the case and charge that they did in fact commit treason.

    He said he would reopen if there was any new evidence and there is.

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  41. Btw Chuck and Jaq...........glad to have you guys its great to get intelligent sincere bloggers who have something insightful to add.

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  42. Pelosi can't impeach Bush. She has too many photo ops to do.

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  43. Mike:

    Yes, Cheney should be Impeached and I think he will be.

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  44. Larry:

    Pelosi may not have any choice in the matter! :)

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  45. Suzie:

    I don't know. She has said since before elections there would be no impeachment.

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  46. Congrats Suzie:

    I read your post about your big news.

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  47. In the early 1960s, America’s top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba.

    Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.

    The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba’s then new leader, communist Fidel Castro.

    America’s top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: “We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,” and, “casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national outrage.

    If they would do it then, they certainly would try this now.

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  48. Larry:

    Thank you! :)

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  49. Larry said...

    Suzie:

    I don't know. She has said since before elections there would be no impeachment.
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    Larry:

    Yes, however, Cheney committed treason by outing a NOC and there is now proof, which filed in court on the 25th. :)

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  50. I didn't see anything on the news about this. I hope they aren't covering it up.

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  51. Federal agents are looking into U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' role in the ongoing investigation into the remodeling of his Girdwood home, according to two law enforcement officials familiar with the probe.

    The two officials said Stevens was not considered a target of the investigation. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing inquiry.

    The investigation has been open for some time, and is linked to the VECO Corp. bribery case that earlier this month produced guilty pleas from two of the oil-field service company's top executives, the law enforcement officials said.

    The FBI and Justice Department are investigating corruption in Alaska — which may extend to the state's federally elected officials in Washington, the officials said.

    Another corrupt Republican. It's those little things.

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  52. Larry said...
    In the early 1960s, America’s top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba.

    Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.

    The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba’s then new leader, communist Fidel Castro.

    America’s top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: “We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,” and, “casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national outrage.

    If they would do it then, they certainly would try this now."

    That is chilling Larry.............i've heard rumors of this before but considering this in the context of 9/11 and the push to attack iraq is certainly chilling..........makes you wonder if an act of terrorism will mysteriously and tragically occur that is linked to Iran so the Neo Cons can attempt to justify and sell another stupid war to the American public!

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  53. Mike:

    It reminded me of all the talk of 9/11 when I found it. I don't doubt it abit.

    The government cares nothing for the people. Especially this particular government.

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  54. So am I the only one who's sad about hearing Cindy Sheehan is packing it in?


    I couldn't believe it when I heard it.


    We are at a critical junction I think here.Bush has been proven to be guilty of crimes, as has Gonzales.

    But Congress is doing nothing.

    Last week, Clif and I debated a little on our hope for change, and I took the optimist stance, Clif taking a more pessimistic position.

    Now this week, Cindy Sheehan is voicing the same frustration Clif voiced last week, only she's taking it further, and tossing in the towel on her fight.

    I can't tell you how discouraging that is to me. I am starting to see what Clif was talking about.

    I don't know how much longer I can be optimistic about the outcome of all this.

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  55. When Jack Murtha votes to fund the war, then what other venue do we have?

    We have a President whos turned into a tyrannical dictator and a congress that is collectively joined at the hip to him.

    To whom do we turn now?

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  56. Jim Webb also voted for funding. I couldn't believe he did that.

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  57. We've been hoodwinked.


    Hornswaggled.

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  58. I didn't see Murtha voted for it and that should be a surprise since he complains mabout the war.

    Webb is the one I still don't understand.

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  59. Like Cindy Sheehan, I have no idea what to do now.

    We worked to get the democrats power so they could end our occupation of Iraq and heal our international relations, and all they are doing is funding the war.

    I can only hope that the White House's sudden engagements with Iran were a secret concession made with the Democratic leadership for funding this stage of the war.

    While I wouldn't agree with the strategy, I can see why they'd be duped into doing that. If Bush told them he'd open up talks with Iran if they'd fund this next leg of the war, then maybe they bit.

    But Joe Biden criticizing people who voted against funding the war further on the Senate floor today???

    I guess he didn't want to be president that bad after all. Cause he sure doesn't have a rats asses chance in hell of ever winning now.

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  60. OBI WAN WORFEUS said...
    So am I the only one who's sad about hearing Cindy Sheehan is packing it in?


    I couldn't believe it when I heard it.


    We are at a critical junction I think here.Bush has been proven to be guilty of crimes, as has Gonzales.

    But Congress is doing nothing.

    Last week, Clif and I debated a little on our hope for change, and I took the optimist stance, Clif taking a more pessimistic position.

    Now this week, Cindy Sheehan is voicing the same frustration Clif voiced last week, only she's taking it further, and tossing in the towel on her fight.

    I can't tell you how discouraging that is to me. I am starting to see what Clif was talking about.

    I don't know how much longer I can be optimistic about the outcome of all this."


    That Really socked me in the gut as well, I commented on that last night...........its disgusting that congress is NOT impeaching these criminals.

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  61. Larry said...
    Jim Webb also voted for funding. I couldn't believe he did that."

    That shocks me as well...........I had a high opinion of Webb.

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  62. Yes. Murtha voted FOR giving the president a blank check.

    I couldn'nt believe it but I am saddened by it.

    It looks like we may be having our chains yanked by both sides, playing us for suckers while they wage war in our names.

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  63. I'm assuming its like Clif said the Democrats are being gutless and trying to play it safe to maintain control of congress and seize the white house in 2008 so they can implement their agenda.....................I think they may be conceding the war and impeachment to divide and conquor the repugs in 2008.............i hope i'm wrong because I think this country NEEDS impeachment, and the Democrats will likely win in 2008 no matter what they do.

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  64. May has been the deadliest month since the assault on Fallugha in Nov 2004.....

    Surge on Bush and send the brats to the surge also.

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  65. Larry- congrats on a severely encompassing (true)look at His Majesty, The Most Excellent Usurper.

    Man, you guys have one heck of a readership/commenting section here. Impressed. :)

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  66. Larry said:

    Jim Webb also voted for funding. I couldn't believe he did that.

    And we were busting our butts for that guy. Live. Learn. Remember.

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  67. We call it the funny farm.

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  68. Thanks Chuck:

    We wish we had your readership.

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  69. Sometimes the comparison is totally accurate;

    Very uncomfortable.

    "Enhanced interrogation", the Bush administration's preferred newspeak for torture, appears to have been coined by the Nazi Party in the 1937.

    There are way too many facile comparisons of whatever group or individual we dislike to Nazis. But when the shoe fits.


    -- Josh Marshall

    We always thought the Bushites were channeling the Nazis, and at least Gonzo and Rove were.......

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  70. Wow Clif, that is a powerful article..........i've always said bush and Cheney and their minions were Nazi's and that article paints the picture beyond a shadow od doubt.

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  71. LA Times:

    A growing portion of the U.S. workforce seems to agree. After falling for more than 100 years, the retirement age chosen by working Americans is edging up once again, and the trend could have broad consequences for households and the economy.

    In the mid-1980s, just 18% of people in their late 60s still had jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. That figure is now up to 29%, and experts believe the level will continue to rise as people confront the prospect of a lengthy and expensive old age with limited retirement benefits. More than 1 in 4 baby boomers — the huge generation born from 1946 to 1964 — plan never to retire, a recent survey by the National Assn. of Realtors shows.

    Many will not achieve that goal. Health problems and workplace pressures such as cutbacks force many workers into retirement earlier than they expect. And employers that have a choice often prefer the young, viewing older workers as costly and resistant to new technologies.

    Despite that, more older Americans are pulling paychecks, a shift that is increasingly noticeable among people in their late 60s.

    More of the Bush economy.

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  72. LA Times:

    BAGHDAD — Six U.S. soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing attack and two more in a helicopter crash in Diyala, the U.S. military announced Tuesday, as the eastern Iraqi province supplanted the notorious Al Anbar region as the most dangerous area outside the capital.

    Those fatalities and two others announced Tuesday brought the U.S. troop death toll in May to 117, making it the deadliest month for American forces this year, and the bloodiest since the battles for Fallouja in April and November 2004, according to icasualties.org, a website that tracks casualties in Iraq.

    Violence in Diyala has been on the rise even before the Feb. 13 launch of the U.S. troop buildup in Baghdad. U.S. forces have found themselves battling multiple factions, including members of former dictator Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, foreign-led Al Qaeda forces, and Shiite Muslim militias, which the U.S. military says use armor-piercing bombs.

    You're "surgin" well Bush.

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  73. Updated: 5:48 p.m. ET May 29, 2007
    WAUKESHA, Wis. - Police seized more than 1,500 pairs of girls’ shoes from the home and storage unit of a man arrested for breaking into a high school, police said Tuesday.

    “He liked to smell them,” said Lt. William H. Graham.

    Must have been Newt Gingrich. It's those little things.

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  74. Part two of the Al Gore interview will be on tonight on Keith Olbermann.

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  75. Truly Most Excellent post, Larry! Okay, this site's going on my blogroll, too.

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  76. Larry, What did Gore say last night, can you give us a quick summary of the high points of the interview!

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  77. I cant stomach watching GWB one more second, ALL he's doing is praising that piece of Neo Con garbage Paul Wolfowitz............In fact I think the moron is actually spending MORE time praising Wolfowitz...........the war criminal forced to leave in disgrace than the new World Bank President!

    Oh and Btw they said on CNBC that Bush told the Board of the world Bank in his own terms that the New guy is a Internationalist NOT a Neo Con Ideologue!

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  78. Who are these 28 percenters who still think he's doing a dandy job? Really, by now being pro-Bush should be kind of like being pro-LaRouche. Or believing the earth is flat.

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  79. Truffle, wecome to our blog.

    I just checked out your blog - great stuff! I loved the post that said, "What the f-- is Tom Delay still doing hanging around Washington D.C.?"

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  80. Candace - Welcome to the blog, and thanks for posting. Will visit your blog later today.

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  81. The Wall Street Journal reports (sub. req.) that Timothy Griffin, the former aide to Karl Rove who became one of the most controversial figures in the U.S. attorney firing scandal, is in talks with Fred Thompson's presidential campaign:

    Backers look for Fred Thompson to use a June 2 speech to Virginia Republicans to step closer toward the race. Thompson allies have had discussions with Tim Griffin, the Arkansas U.S. attorney and Rove protégé, about taking a top job with the campaign.

    Gonna get him a job with another war monger.

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  82. Two things which put together should explain how Rove thinks this election is going;

    Fred Thompson confirms it: He's planning to run for President.

    -- Greg Sargent

    Excellent! Attorney star Tim Griffin interviewing to run Fred Thompson's presidential campaign.


    -- Josh Marshall



    For those who don't know Griffin ran the "war room" for Bush in 2004 and lead the "charge against the 2000 recount in Florida. He was one of Rove's right hand men while Rove ran the White House political ops for Bush and Monica Goodling worked for Griffin before she went to DOJ.

    If Sara Taylor shows up in his campaign I would say it was a clear indication Rove's minions are flocking to Fred Thompson because he doesn't have cross dressing tendencies of St Rudy the flip flopper, or the foot in mouth disease of St John the Delusional, or the non existent policy positions of Romney who is willing to change his stands on the issues with every election.......

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  83. U.S. soldiers with missing limbs allowed to return to active duty
    By AP
    May 30, 2007

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — In the blur of smoke and blood after a bomb blew up under his Humvee in Iraq, Sgt. Tawan Williamson looked down at his shredded leg and knew it couldn't be saved. His military career, though, pulled through.

    Less than a year after the attack, Williams is running again with a high-tech prosthetic leg and plans to take up a new assignment, probably by the fall, as an Army job counselor and affirmative action officer in Okinawa, Japan.

    In an about-face by the Pentagon, the military is putting many more amputees back on active duty — even back into combat, in some cases.

    This is cold and pathetic.

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  84. Lydia Cornell said...
    Miss Cellania, this was Larry's post. Yes, I agree it should be a song!

    "It's the Little Things"


    Hm. And here, I thought my ex was all about "The Big Thing".

    No. Wait. That means she'd enjoy sex...

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  85. OBI WAN WORFEUS said...
    So am I the only one who's sad about hearing Cindy Sheehan is packing it in?


    Probably.

    She exploited her son's death.

    I was all for her until she decided it was important to visit Cuba and shake hands with Fidel Castro. Like the embargo or not (and certainly, I don't), it's the law, and to flount the law as boldly and stupidly as she did spoke volumes to me.

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  86. Larry said...
    U.S. soldiers with missing limbs allowed to return to active duty


    Just means fewer body parts to pick up after the next attack.

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  87. House Members Under Investigation
    Wed May 30, 2007 3:04 PM EDTgop, ethics, glance, six-house-republicans, politicsThe Associated Press, AP Writer
    House members recently under scrutiny by federal authorities:

    Republicans

    _Ken Calvert of California, 8th term. The FBI reviewed copies of Calvert's financial disclosure reports after a newspaper reported that he steered federal money to a planned freeway interchange that's 16 miles from property he sold for a large profit. Calvert says the FBI has not contacted him and he did nothing wrong.

    _John Doolittle of California, 9th term. The FBI in April searched his Oakton, Va., home, where his wife Julie, ran a bookkeeping and event-planning business. Among her clients was now-jailed GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

    _Jerry Lewis of California, 15th term. Prosecutors are examining Lewis' dealings with lobbyists and contractors during the time he chaired the House Appropriations Committee.

    _Gary Miller of California, 5th term. FBI agents have interviewed officials in two towns that purchased property from Miller about the nature of the transactions and the tax implications. The lawmaker denies any wrongdoing and says FBI agents have not contacted him.

    _Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, 3rd term. Murphy would not comment on reports that authorities are investigating whether his congressional aides performed campaign work on government time.

    _Rick Renzi of Arizona, 3rd term. FBI agents recently raided his wife's insurance business amid reports that Renzi paid substantial back taxes to settle charges that his businesses improperly paid for his first congressional campaign.

    The Republiacan Party - The party of corruption and war.

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  88. Chicago Tribune:

    U.S. ranks 96 in new peace index

    There'll no doubt be some violent debates over a new peace index just released today.

    In a new global ranking of the world's most peaceful countries, the U.S. ranked at 96, just beating out Iran which came in at 97. Israel came in at 119, one notch above Sudan and two notches above Iraq which, understandably, came in last on the list as world's least peaceful nation. Download global_peace_index.pdf

    Norway, New Zealand and Denmark led the index in that order. Canada was the leading Western Hemisphere nation on the list, coming in the eighth on the list.

    I can't believe they were ranked that high.

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  89. Larry said...
    House Members Under Investigation
    Wed May 30, 2007 3:04 PM EDTgop, ethics, glance, six-house-republicans, politicsThe Associated Press, AP Writer
    House members recently under scrutiny by federal authorities:

    Republicans

    _Ken Calvert of California, 8th term. The FBI reviewed copies of Calvert's financial disclosure reports after a newspaper reported that he steered federal money to a planned freeway interchange that's 16 miles from property he sold for a large profit. Calvert says the FBI has not contacted him and he did nothing wrong.

    _John Doolittle of California, 9th term. The FBI in April searched his Oakton, Va., home, where his wife Julie, ran a bookkeeping and event-planning business. Among her clients was now-jailed GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

    _Jerry Lewis of California, 15th term. Prosecutors are examining Lewis' dealings with lobbyists and contractors during the time he chaired the House Appropriations Committee.

    _Gary Miller of California, 5th term. FBI agents have interviewed officials in two towns that purchased property from Miller about the nature of the transactions and the tax implications. The lawmaker denies any wrongdoing and says FBI agents have not contacted him.

    _Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, 3rd term. Murphy would not comment on reports that authorities are investigating whether his congressional aides performed campaign work on government time.

    _Rick Renzi of Arizona, 3rd term. FBI agents recently raided his wife's insurance business amid reports that Renzi paid substantial back taxes to settle charges that his businesses improperly paid for his first congressional campaign.

    The Republiacan Party - The party of corruption and war."

    You forgot incompetence Larry............I prefer the repug party- the party of corruption, war and incompetence!

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  90. Look at Bush's legacy Larry his after his crusade in Iraq that has lasted LONGER than WW2 Iraq ranks as the least peaceful nation on earth............aqnd oyr own country once a shining symbol of peace, democracy and freedom now ranks near the bottom of the barrel for most peaceful nations..................Bush is a total failure that fails at and ruins everything he touchs.

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  91. Bush is preparing another war as soon as Pelosi and the rest give him their vote.

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  92. Extra5/25/2007 1:22 PM ET
    Men in their 30s lag behind fathers in pay
    There's been an interruption of the 'up escalator' that traditionally has lifted successive generations to new financial heights, researchers report.
    By The Wall Street Journal
    American men in their 30s today are worse off than their fathers' generation, a reversal from just a decade ago, when sons generally were better off than their fathers, a new study says.

    The study, the first in a series on economic mobility undertaken by several prominent think tanks, also says the typical American family's income has lagged far behind productivity growth since 2000, a departure from most of the post-World War II period.

    The findings suggest "the up escalator that has historically ensured that each generation would do better than the last may not be working very well," says the study, which is scheduled for release today.

    The study was written principally by John Morton of the Pew Charitable Trusts, which is leading the series, called the Economic Mobility Project, and Isabel Sawhill of the Brookings Institution. Other participating think tanks are the Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute and Urban Institute.

    In 2004, the median income for a man in his 30s, a good predictor of his lifetime earnings, was $35,010, the study says, 12% less than for men in their 30s in 1974 -- their fathers' generation -- adjusted for inflation.

    A decade ago, the median income for men in their 30s was $32,901, 5% higher (after adjusting) than 30 years earlier. Sawhill said she isn't sure why men's wages have stagnated.

    "It seems there's been some slowdown in economic growth. It's possible that the movement of women into the labor force has affected male earnings, and it's possible that men are not working as hard as they used to."

    Challenging the 'rising tide' scenario
    The study suggests that absolute mobility -- the rate at which an entire generation's lot improves relative to previous generations -- has declined. But within a particular generation, individuals can still get ahead if relative mobility, the rate at which the rich and poor trade places, remains high. Poor fathers may have rich sons, and vice versa.

    The report also says that between 1947 and 1974, productivity, or output per hour, and median family income, adjusted for inflation, both roughly doubled. Between 1974 and 2000, productivity rose 56% while income rose 29%. Between 2000 and 2005, productivity rose 16% while median income fell 2%, challenging "the notion that a rising tide will lift all boats," the report says.

    Sawhill said several factors could explain the divergence: a growing share of income going to the highest-paid workers, or to profits; an increased share of labor compensation going toward benefits such as health care; or a decline in the number of wage earners in the typical family.

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  93. More of the Bush economy...............this is the first generation that has a declining standard of living and earn less than their fathers did at the same age.................And if we dont get this country back on the right path, it wont be the last!

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  94. Between labor compensation going for healthcare and jobs being shipped overseas, the sons will not be as well off as the fathers.

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  95. Larry said...
    Bush is preparing another war as soon as Pelosi and the rest give him their vote."

    If Pelosi and Congress allow Bush to start ANOTHER war they are even more useless than i gave them credit for............Bush can NOT be allowed to attack Iran..........GWB, Cheney and Gonzalez should have ALL been impeached and tried for treason by now!

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  96. Carl said...
    OBI WAN WORFEUS said...
    So am I the only one who's sad about hearing Cindy Sheehan is packing it in?

    Probably.

    She exploited her son's death.

    I was all for her until she decided it was important to visit Cuba and shake hands with Fidel Castro. Like the embargo or not (and certainly, I don't), it's the law, and to flount the law as boldly and stupidly as she did spoke volumes to me."

    Sorry Carl, but I have to disagree with the above statement............I dont just blindly support the law merely because it is the law....................I bet if we polled the average American and asked them to give a coherent reason why we STILL have an embargo with Cuba they couldnt answer........Authoritarian followers like TT, FF and Volt just mindlessly and blindly follow laws because their leader tells them to without questioning them or thinking for themselves...........We're better than that though.

    Howver I do see your point that she might have flouted the law so boldly for attention but so what............she has a right to call attention to her cause and if she does that by speaking truth to power or flaunting ignorant laws then all the power to her.................to me the Cuba thing was irrelevant, when I think of Cindy Sheehan, what comes to mind is her being attested by brownshirts and stormtroopers as Bush babbled incoherently about ffreedom and democrac, all the while trampling on a womans freedoms because he didnt like her shirt, didnt like what she had to say, and didnt like what she represents.

    A man who babbles abouit freedom and democracy while simultaneously denying people those same freedoms is the worst kind of hippocrite1

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  97. If Reid and Pelosi caved in on the funding, who is to say they won't cave again?

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  98. Did we have a visitor?

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  99. Guys we might be getting another war in the middle east, but it ain't one on the AEI neo-con agenda, and could cause the entire region to erupt;

    Brinkmanship on Turkish Border?

    Statements From Ankara Indicate Impatience on US-Iraqi Action Against PKK;

    If Turkey attacks Kurdistan, well things could get interesting for every person in the region including the 160,000 US troops.

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  100. Sounds like Bush screwed around too long.

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  101. Hi Everybody!

    Happy Wednesday! :)

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  102. Larry said...

    Between labor compensation going for healthcare and jobs being shipped overseas, the sons will not be as well off as the fathers.
    -----------------
    Larry:

    The American dream fizzled when Dubya took office.

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  103. Reuters | Steve Holland | May 30, 2007 03:53 PM

    President George W. Bush would like to see a lengthy U.S. troop presence in Iraq like the one in South Korea to provide stability but not in a frontline combat role, the White House said on Wednesday.

    The United States has had thousands of U.S. troops in South Korea to guard against a North Korean invasion for 50 years.

    Must be enough oil in Iraq for 50 more years.

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  104. Must be enough oil in Iraq for 50 more years.

    Not if the Chinese, Indians, and other rising economies get auto's any where as numerous as we have in proportion to their populations........

    Things will get real tight if the Chinese try to run 1 billion autos like we run 250,000,000 autos.....

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  105. Oh forgot if the Chinese try to run 1,000,000,000 autos with the Indians running 750,000,000 autos to go with our 250,000,000 current autos.....

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  106. AP:
    Five U.S. soldiers were killed when their Chinook helicopter was apparently shot down in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, a U.S. military official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility

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  107. TomCat said...
    I bet Laura is unhappy. She's probably completely ignored in bed, because he's so busy screwing the rest of us.

    VERRRRY FUNNY TOMCAT!

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  108. San Francisco- Motorola is to cut 4,000 jobs as it tries to
    pare losses and return to profitability, the world's second largest
    maker of mobile phones said Wednesday.
    The reductions represent about 6 per cent of Motorola's total
    workforce at the end of 2006 and come on top of 3,500 job cuts
    announced in January. The move, along with lower general and
    administrative expenses, will help save an additional 600 million
    dollars a year but will incur costs of 300 million in the remainder
    of this year.

    More of the Bush economy.

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  109. The other fascinating part of the 30-year-olds-not-as-well-off-as-dads story is (and you'll excuse me for not having the exact numbers), during the dads' tenure, ceo's made about 65 times what the average employee made. Today, the ceo makes about 225 times what the average employee makes.

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  110. SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp. (IBM.N: Quote, Profile, Research said it laid off about 1,570 employees on Wednesday in its computer services business in the United States, part of a plan to trim costs in the unit.

    The lay-offs bring to about 3,700 the number of jobs IBM has cut this year in its services unit, which accounts for about half of total revenue but whose profit lags the company's software business.

    Earlier this month, IBM eliminated about 1,300 jobs in the U.S. services business. The rest were cut in the first quarter.

    Another result of the Bush economy.

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  111. Larry said...
    San Francisco- Motorola is to cut 4,000 jobs as it tries to
    pare losses and return to profitability, the world's second largest
    maker of mobile phones said Wednesday.
    The reductions represent about 6 per cent of Motorola's total
    workforce at the end of 2006 and come on top of 3,500 job cuts
    announced in January. The move, along with lower general and
    administrative expenses, will help save an additional 600 million
    dollars a year but will incur costs of 300 million in the remainder
    of this year.

    More of the Bush economy."

    Wonder how much of that 600 million cut will go to fat cat executives bonus's?

    Bush is the antithesis of Robin Hood...........He robs from the poor and middle class to give to the ultra rich!

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  112. They haven't made enough off of high prices and cutting workers wages and benefits, now they take their jobs and their futures.

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  113. US death toll in Iraq at two-year high
    By Steve Negus, Iraq Correspondent and Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington

    Published: May 29 2007 20:23 | Last updated: May 29 2007 20:23

    A series of fatalities announced on Tuesday in Iraq saw the US military’s death toll rise to its highest monthly level in more than two years.

    The US army reported that eight troops died in roadside bombings and a helicopter crash, bringing total fatalities so far for May to 112, a level not seen since the insurgency took hold in November 2004. The spike in violence follows another bloody month in April, when 104 US troops were killed.

    The deaths, which came as Americans celebrated the Memorial Day military remembrance holiday, were announced amid a surge of violence in the capital, where 40 Iraqis were killed in two car bombings. In another sign of the deteriorating security situation, the UK government confirmed that five Britons had been kidnapped in Baghdad by gunmen who raided a finance ministry building.

    What a "surge."

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  114. Why do you think the MSM NEVER covers Afghanistan.........isnt that bizaire, i mean thats where the Real war on terror is, thats where the terrorists who actually attacked us were from.........yet all the MSM covers is Iraq.........and not very well at that.

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  115. The latest CBS/New York Times poll found that 72 per cent disapproved of the way Mr Bush was handling the war in Iraq. Fifty per cent believed the surge was having no impact, while 26 per cent thought it was making the situation worse. Sixty-three per cent said the US should set a timetable to withdraw troops some time next year.

    According to the Pentagon, the number of US military fatalities in Iraq is approaching 3,500, while more than 25,000 troops have been wounded.

    Michael O’Hanlon, a defence expert at the Brookings Institution, said the higher troop fatalities were only partly owing to the increased patrols US soldiers were undertaking. He said another significant cause of the violence was retaliation by Shia militias against US and Iraqi forces. He added that a key test would be whether the crackdown on militias produced a security pay-off or helped the extremist groups recruit more members.

    Multiple deaths of US military personnel had been relatively rare, but have become increasingly common in the strife-torn mixed Sunni-Shia province of Diyala. Over the past year, Iraqi insurgents appear to have learnt how to launch more effective attacks on US vehicles, using ever-larger quantities of explosives that can kill or injure even if the armour is not penetrated.

    What a "surge."

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  116. The media wouldn't mention Iraq anymore than Afganistan if there weren't reporters being killed there also.

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  117. AP:
    As of Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at least 325 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to the Defense Department. The department last updated its figures May 26, 2007.

    I thought Bush said he won that war?

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  118. AP:
    As of Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at least 3,467 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,834 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

    The AP count is eight higher than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Wednesday at 10 a.m. EDT.

    The British military has reported 149 deaths; Italy, 33; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 20; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Denmark, seven; El Salvador, five; Slovakia, four; Latvia, three; Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; and Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Romania, South Korea, one death each.

    Bush sure is winning this war!

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  119. Wasnt the international community trying Cheney, Bush and Gonzalez for war crimes, what ever happened to that?

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  120. wouldnt it be interesting is Bush and Cheney had to be afraid to leave the country because they might be arrested for war crimes.

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  121. Cheney is always in hiding and Bush will just shove someone in front of him to avoid indictment.

    All these deaths and still no Democratic action.

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  122. Larry according to the website;

    Iraq coalition casualties count

    The number is 3471 Killed and 25242 wounded in Iraq,

    On afghanistan

    395 Killed and 1112 wounded in afghanistan.

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  123. Henry Kissinger has to be careful where HE travels especially now.....

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  124. Thanks Clif, I must have an old count.

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  125. Bush won't go far now, he is unwelcome everywhere.

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  126. By Margaret Talev and Greg Gordon, McClatchy Newspapers
    The Justice Department is expanding its internal inquiry to look into new allegations that senior department officials improperly filled career jobs based on applicants' Republican or conservative credentials. In a joint announcement Wednesday, officials at the department's Office of Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility said their inquiry now included scrutiny of hiring in the Civil Rights Division, which oversees voting rights.

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  127. By Kevin G. Hall
    McClatchy Newspapers
    WASHINGTON - With gasoline prices averaging $3.22 for a gallon of regular nationwide over the Memorial Day weekend, traditional economic logic might suggest that this would be a good time to invest in new U.S. oil refineries and increase the supply of gasoline.

    Yet no new refinery has been built in the United States in three decades, only one is in the works and oil companies are scaling back planned investments in new, expanded or modernized U.S. refineries rather than increasing them.

    Overseas, however - where it's generally cheaper, faster and easier to build oil refineries - a boom in construction is under way to meet the growing demand for gasoline in the United States and in big developing countries such as China and India. That means that Americans increasingly will be filling their tanks with imported gasoline.

    In 2005, imported liquid fuels - mostly oil and an increasing amount of gasoline - accounted for about 60 percent of U.S. consumption, according to the Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the Energy Department. In a long-term assessment this month, the EIA said that figure could grow to 67 percent by 2030.

    "We are outsourcing refining," said Severin Borenstein, an economist and energy expert at the University of California in Berkeley. "I think that this is primarily because of community resistance ... people don't want to live by refineries, but they still want the gasoline."

    Refineries are being built in Saudi Arabia, India and China. For Saudi Arabia, the world's leading oil producer, tight refining capacity amounts to a brake on its oil sales.

    India and other developing nations are building refineries to serve both their growing domestic markets and the increasing demand for gasoline in China, which by 2020 may have as many cars as the United States does.

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  128. Hell Bush won't go farther then the google and his computer power cord will allow him when the Secret Service stops helping him get home every night.

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  129. clif said...
    Henry Kissinger has to be careful where HE travels especially now....."

    And so will Gonzo, bush and Cheney soon!

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  130. Bush probably has someone doing his google for him. He's awful stupid.

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  131. Don't forget Rove and Condi.

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  132. Isnt it interesting that there are No new refineries or LNG terminals being built here...........Bush doesnt care about a sound energy policy........his policy is transfering wealth to the ultra rich!

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  133. Sounds like Rove is ready to dump Bush and glom onto Fred Thompson!

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  134. They want more excuses to increase prices. Exxon made another record quarter again.

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  135. BTW, did anyone hear Bush speaking today............he was praising and promoting that Neo Con idiot Wofowitz more than the guy that he just appointed..........GWB the defender of criminals and criminal acts.

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  136. Bush probably set Wolfowitz up with his tart and it backfired.

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  137. Source: Associated Press

    BAGHDAD (AP) - The US has confirmed that two Iraqi employees of the American Embassy in Baghdad are believed to have been kidnapped.

    A State Department spokesman could not say when the pair went missing, and has not been able to confirm reports that they are a married couple who have been killed by insurgents.

    The kidnapping claim comes on the same day US and Iraqi troops raided parts of Sadr City looking for five abducted British citizens.

    Meanwhile, authorities say at least eleven people were killed today in two separate incidents. Police say at least nine civilians died after several mortar rounds landed on a courthouse instead of on a US military base that was targeted in Fallujah.

    Didn't Bush say all was well?

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  138. I mean how many people whould announce a new World Bank President and spend most of the airtime praising the old President who was forced to resign in disgrace and is one of the Neo Con Fools who started the Iraq disaster that they call a war......Wolfowitz is an incompetent immoral criminal with absolutely NO integrity or respectability.........he is scorned and despised world wide for good reason!

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  139. Bush probably has another job in the government lined up for Wolfowitz.

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  140. Fred Thompson needs to answer this question;

    and until he does he needs to be asked it over and over again;

    Why Do You Support Treason, Fred Thompson?

    by
    Brent Budowsky

    Dear Fred Thompson. You are one of Amerca's strongest public supporters of Scooter Libby in the CIA Leak case and, as a potential commander in chief, there are some questions you should answer for the Nation:

    If you are commander in chief, would you believe it is proper for your senior White House staff to publicly identify the names of covert officers?

    As commander in chief, dont you feel a moral, military and patriotic obligation that is sacred to protect the lives and safety of those who serve under your command?

    Dont you believe that public identification of covert officers threatens our troops and our security by harming our ability to wage war when necessary, by weakening our intelligence capability?

    Regarding covert officers engaged in actions aimed to kill those planning terrorist attacks against Americans, are you on the side of our covert officers, or on the side of terrorists, who are aided and abetted by disclosure of the identities of covert officers working against them?

    If you are commander in chief, faced with the decision about whether America should go to war, do you want the most accurate intelligence to make that decision and if necessary most effectively wage war? Or do you believe in receiving distorted or untrue "information" or misrepresenting intelligence information to "sell" the war that accurate intelligence might suggest would be reckless or unwise?

    Do you understand that the compromising of intelligence information, intelligence officers and front companies not only endangers the lives of Americans, and endangers the lives of foreigners who cooperate with our security programs, but endangers the very lives of our Armed Forces personnel who depend on good intelligence to survive, and win?

    As commander in chief, would you put the interests of the Republican Party, or your personal campaigning, ahead of the interests of covert officers protecting our communities from potential nuclear terrorism?

    As you prepare to run for the Presidency, please answer this: if someone at a high level on your White House staff is ever convicted of perjury, would you promote or fire that person?

    Finally, on the CIA leak case, do you judge those serving under your command by which felonies receive criminal conviction or which acts hurt our security, endanger those who serve, threaten our communities and serve the interests of the terrorists who attacked on 9-11 and those who may be planning a nuclear 9-11?

    Is your priority, sir, patriotism or politics?

    As someone who spent years of my life working on the Intelligence Identities Protection Act and knows a great deal about the policies and practices of covert action, and the destructiveness of these leaks, I believe you owe the American people honest answers to these hard but vital questions.

    [NOTE FROM LARRY JOHNSON: Fred Thompson may have played a Prosecutor on TV, but it is clear he does not understand the basics of perjury and obstruction of justice. His lame excuses for Scooter Libby and his willingness to give money to back the convicted felon underscores that Thompson is not fit to be President of the Screen Actors Guild much less the United States.]

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  141. Good questions Clif, and I wonder if he would ever answer any of them.

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  142. Great post Clif...........these clowns arent going to be on the offensive in 2008.............I'm sure the Democrats have learned from 2004 and will tale the offensive on these hippocritical fools.

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  143. With all the Democrats voting to fund Bush's war, the better find a anti-war candidate since Congress has no backbone.

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  144. The reichwing including Bush Cheney ET AL need to answer this privates question;

    A soldier in Iraq asks in despair: Why are we here?

    After watching his roommate fatally wounded in a roadside bombing, an Army private wonders why the lives of good men are being lost when the Iraqis pose no threat to us and don’t want us there.

    BAGHDAD, May 12 — My name is Donald Hudson Jr. I have been serving our country’s military actively for the last three years. I am currently deployed to Baghdad on Forward Operating Base Loyalty, where I have been for the last four and a half months.

    I came here as part of the first wave of this so called “troop surge”, but so far it has effectively done nothing to quell insurgent violence. I have seen the rise in violence between the Sunni and Shiite. This country is in the middle of a civil war that has been on going since the seventh century.

    Why are we here when this country still to date does not want us here? Why does our president’s personal agenda consume him so much, that he can not pay attention to what is really going on here?

    Let me tell you a story. On May 10, I was out on a convoy mission to move barriers from a market to a joint security station. It was no different from any other night, except the improvised explosive device that hit our convoy this time, actually pierced through the armor of one of our trucks. The truck was immediately engulfed in flames, the driver lost control and wrecked the truck into one of the buildings lining the street. I was the driver of the lead truck in our convoy; the fifth out of six was the one that got hit. All I could hear over the radio was a friend from the sixth truck screaming that the fifth truck was burning up real bad, and that they needed fire extinguishers real bad. So I turned my truck around and drove through concrete barriers to get to the burning truck as quickly as I could. I stopped 30 meters short of the burning truck, got out and ripped my fire extinguisher out of its holder, and ran to the truck. I ran past another friend of mine on the way to the burning truck, he was screaming something but I could not make it out. I opened the driver’s door to the truck and was immediately overcome by the flames. I sprayed the extinguisher into the door, and then I saw my roommate’s leg. He was the gunner of that truck. His leg was across the driver’s seat that was on fire and the rest of his body was further in the truck. My fire extinguisher died and I climbed into the truck to attempt to save him. I got to where his head was, in the back passenger-side seat. I grabbed his shoulders and attempted to pull him from the truck out the driver’s door. I finally got him out of the truck head first. His face had been badly burned. His leg was horribly wounded. We placed him on a spine board and did our best to attempt “Buddy Aid”. We heard him trying to gasp for air. He had a pulse and was breathing, but was not responsive. He was placed into a truck and rushed to the “Green Zone”, where he died within the hour. His name was Michael K. Frank. He was 36 years old. He was a great friend of mine and a mentor to most of us younger soldiers here.

    Now I am still here in this country wondering why, and having to pick up the pieces of what is left of my friend in our room. I would just like to know what is the true reason we are here? This country poses no threat to our own. So why must we waste the lives of good men on a country that does not give a damn about itself? Most of my friends here share my views, but do not have the courage to say anything.
    About Donald C. Hudson Jr.

    Donald C. Hudson Jr. is a private assigned to the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

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  145. Carl said...

    She exploited her son's death.



    Oh bullshit.

    Exploited it for what?

    To give up a normal life, living out of doors, sleeping in tents and crapping in the woods? Abuse and criticism and being labled a traitor? Being arrested and thrown in jail?

    Yea.

    Sounds peachy.

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  146. If anyone exploited her sons life it was George W Bush, who sent her son to kill arabs for their oil.

    Cindy tried to bring peace. Whether you disagree with her methods or not, all she wanted was to end the war and hold those accountable who started it.

    And since she lost her son (most mothers never recover from the death of a son who was killed with act of violence) she has the right to speak out, and to proclaim her sons criminal death to the four corners of the earth if she so choses.

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  147. Carl said...

    I was all for her until she decided it was important to visit Cuba and shake hands with Fidel Castro. Like the embargo or not (and certainly, I don't), it's the law, and to flount the law as boldly and stupidly as she did spoke volumes to me.



    Oh give me a break.

    You're going to sit there and tell me you've never smoked a cuban cigar?

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  148. So if thats the case I take it you are boycotting Michael Moore's movie "SICKO", right?

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  149. That makes Michael Moore a bad person too then.

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  150. I agree Cuba is irrelevant and Sheehan had every right to promote her cause which was ending the war and holding the war criminals accountable............I stated this earlier this afternoon!

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  151. Whether you like Cindy or not, she did what most of us were not willing to do.

    Go out and protest, get arrested, (she was once dragged from the capital in handcuffs because they didn't like her tshirt) be publically ridiculed and scorned, and being permanently labled a possibly dangerous activist by the government, who will monitor her for the rest of her life.

    She gave her all, and anyone who doesn't respect that doesn't know too much about hard work or commitment, and the loss of their child to an act of violence.

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  152. Mike said...
    I agree Cuba is irrelevant and Sheehan had every right to promote her cause which was ending the war and holding the war criminals accountable............I stated this earlier this afternoon!


    I'm glad Mike.

    Sorry, I didn't read that far yet. I wanted to respond to this while it was fresh in my head.

    I admire Cindy. I didn't always agree with her methods, but I loved her fire. Her commitment to the truth.

    If more of us had her level of commitment and drive, we might not be still bogged down in Iraq.

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  153. And I understand her giving up.

    When I saw Pelosi and Reid in front of the microphone, wiping the shit still fresh around the corners of their mouths, stating they had won a victory when in reality they handed the president ANOTHER blank check, I wanted to vomit.

    Talking about it makes me still want to vomit. I don't know where we go from here, I honestly don't.

    We don't have a congress we have a puppet show. Just a bunch of dancing marionettes with Bush as the puppetmaster.

    I honestly don't know where we go from here.

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  154. All I can hope is they are really super slick players who have a sucker punch up their sleeves.

    But my gut tells me, Bush took em aside, and said if they'd fund this leg of the war, he'd open up talks with Iran.

    Thats what my gut tells me.

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  155. OBI WAN WORFEUS said...
    And I understand her giving up.

    When I saw Pelosi and Reid in front of the microphone, wiping the shit still fresh around the corners of their mouths, stating they had won a victory when in reality they handed the president ANOTHER blank check, I wanted to vomit.

    Talking about it makes me still want to vomit. I don't know where we go from here, I honestly don't.

    We don't have a congress we have a puppet show. Just a bunch of dancing marionettes with Bush as the puppetmaster.

    I honestly don't know where we go from here."

    It made me sick as well, Congress should be impeaching this criminal by now.......at the very least they should be poking, prodding and thwarting him every chance possible.........if he vetoes a bill they should send a tougher bill to him everysingle week and be hitting the airwaves spreading the word how Bush is a treasonous criminal that Doesnt support the troops......these clowns want to make funding the war political if congress had a set it SHOULD be game on!

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  156. I think they traded their vote on funding Iraq for the minimum wage and hope people only remember they got a raise in the minimum wage in the first time in 10 years.

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  157. OBI WAN WORFEUS said...
    All I can hope is they are really super slick players who have a sucker punch up their sleeves.

    But my gut tells me, Bush took em aside, and said if they'd fund this leg of the war, he'd open up talks with Iran.

    Thats what my gut tells me."

    That could be, but that could be a big sham.............remember right before Iraq was attacked how the inspectors were allowed back in and Bush made the pretense of diplomacy then he found an excuse for war and everything shifted..........this could be a similar ruse to make it look like Bush attempred dimplomacy but then some tragedy or mysterious evidence will come forth and the Neo Cons will be full steam ahead for war just like the last time..........these thugs dont have any New material or gameplans they arent smart enough.

    Many people call Rove a genius.........all he is is a slimy piece of human shit that dusted of Hitlers game plan and continues to cling to it because it has worked so far with the exception of the last election.

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  158. Yeah Clif Thats what I think too...........but that doesnt make it any easier to swallow and i dont agree with it.........they COULD HAVE ended the war and slapped Bush on his snout and they didnt!

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  159. clif said...
    I think they traded their vote on funding Iraq for the minimum wage and hope people only remember they got a raise in the minimum wage in the first time in 10 years.


    That may have been "part" of it Clif. I want to believe they take the war seriously, and are just political wimps, so I think they'd have to have heard something from Bush that made them ALL collectively cave like this.

    Almost all of them, except a few running for president and such, voted for giving Bush a blank check. It clearly was orchastrated by House and Senate leadership.

    That tells me Bush gave them "something" behind closed doors, and I couldn't help but notice this week that suddenly, for the firt time in years the US is talking with Iran again, and there seemed to be some temporary headway there.

    Talks with Iran were high on the Baker Commission report and Reid and Pelosi were pushing for it too, so I could see them agreeing to fund the war with some bs language in the bill to make it look like they at least thought about benchmarks, as long as Bush agreed to open talks with Iran for help with Iraq.

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  160. I am sure minimum wage was thrown into the mix as well, but I think Bush promised these talks with Iran we are suddenly seeing.

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  161. I dont know Worf...........I would prefer you are right and they cared about the war and I think Some of them do.........But as For Hillarry and Pelosi I dont think they care about the war. I think its all about 2008..........Now Webb and Murtha voting for that I cant quite figure.

    I think it could be one of several scenarios:

    1) They are planning impeachment and wanted the war funded so the repugs couldnt use not supporting the troops against the Democrats in 2008/

    2) They wanted the war funded for a full year so they could pressure repugs to end the war with the election loomong while the repugs cant use the democrats dont support the troops because its funded for a full year.......its a divide and conquor strategy.

    3) your right and there was some kind of secret deal we dont know about.

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  162. Sorry to disappoint you, Mike. You won't see me getting overly political on blogs.

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  163. JACQ said...
    Sorry to disappoint you, Mike. You won't see me getting overly political on blogs."

    Are you sure you are talking to the right person Jaq?

    I never said anything remotely close to you or anyone else getting overly political............whatever that means?

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  164. Mike said...
    I dont know Worf...........I would prefer you are right and they cared about the war and I think Some of them do.........


    I didn't say they did care.

    I said I "hoped" they cared.

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  165. I have no idea either what she's referring to Mike. She just sort of blurted that out.



    Jacq , who were you responding to?

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  166. By Leila Fadel
    McClatchy Newspapers

    Leila Fadel/MCT
    Sen. Joe Lieberman walks with Maj Gen. Joseph Fil Jr., commander of U.S. troops in Baghdad, left, at a Joint Security Station in southeast Baghdad.
    More photosBAGHDAD, Iraq - Spc. David Williams, 22, of Boston, Mass., had two note cards in his pocket Wednesday afternoon as he waited for Sen. Joseph Lieberman. Williams serves in the 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C., the first of the five "surge" brigades to arrive in Iraq, and he was chosen to join the Independent from Connecticut for lunch at a U.S. field base in Baghdad.

    The night before, 30 other soldiers crowded around him with questions for the senator.

    He wrote them all down. At the top of his note card was the question he got from nearly every one of his fellow soldiers:

    "When are we going to get out of here?"

    The rest was a laundry list. When would they have upgraded Humvees that could withstand the armor-penetrating weapons that U.S. officials claim are from Iran? When could they have body armor that was better in hot weather?

    Williams missed six months of his girlfriend's pregnancy when he was given six days' notice to return to Iraq for his second tour. He also missed his baby boy's birth. Three weeks ago, he went home and saw his first child.

    "He looks just like me," he said. "I didn't want to come back. . . . We're waiting to get blown up."

    Williams wasn't sure if he'd say how he really felt. But if he could, he'd ask about body armor.

    "I don't want him to snap his fingers to get things fixed," Williams said, referring to Lieberman. "But he has influence."

    Next to him, Spc. Will Hedin, 21, of Chester, Conn., thought about what he was going to say.

    "We're not making any progress," Hedin said, as he recalled a comrade who was shot by a sniper last week. "It just seems like we drive around and wait to get shot at."

    "I think I'd be a private if I did," he joked. "It's just more troops, more targets."

    In the past two months, the unit has lost two men. In May alone, at least 120 U.S. troops died in Iraq, the bloodiest month in 2007 and the highest number since the battles of Fallujah in 2004.

    Spc. Kevin Krasco, 20, of Medford, Mass., and Spc. Kevin Adams, 20, of Moosup, Conn., chimed in with their dismay before turning the conversation to baseball.

    "It's like everything else in this war," Adams said, referring to Baghdad. "It hasn't changed."

    Then Lieberman walked in, wearing a pair of sunglasses newly purchased from an Iraqi market that the military had taken him to in southeast Baghdad. He'd been equipped with a helmet and flak vest when he toured the market, which he described as bustling.

    Earlier, Lieberman had met briefly with Iraqi soldiers and Iraqi police at a Joint Security Station; there are 31 throughout the city now. The senator, who's steadfastly supported the Iraq war along with the current surge of more than 28,000 additional American troops, said things were better.

    "I think it's important we don't lose our will," he said. "To pull out would be a disaster."

    As Lieberman walked out, he said that congressionally mandated withdrawal would be a "victory for al-Qaida and a victory for Iran."

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  167. (My apologies to Bob Dylan)

    Lie Chimpy Lie
    The twenty percenters, will dance
    Lie Chimpy Lie
    And keep the believers, in a trance
    Whatever opposition you might have faced
    They all slunk away like cowards in disgrace
    Lie Chimpy Lie
    The twenty percenters, will dance
    Lie Chimpy Lie
    Hang onto your lies, for awhile
    Ann and Rush and Sean, they'll make all the wingers smile
    Your lies are dirty but your hands are clean
    And you're the best thing Halliburton's ever seen
    Lie Chimpy Lie
    Hang onto your lies, for awhile

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  168. Mike:

    I mistakenly took your comment to be a bit sarcastic when you said:

    "Btw Chuck and Jaq...glad to have you guys it's great to have intelligent sincere bloggers who have something insightful to add."

    I usually just give props to those of you who write great posts. Never thought I was offering much insight, but thanks!

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  169. Jacq, it was not meant to be sarcastic, I meant to welcome you, Ron, Chuck, and Candace to the blog...........we all support the cause and provide insight in our own way, whether it is by posting lots of information and debating or supporting others and pointing out others comments that are outstanding and insightful that deserve attention........I'm glad you and the others are choosing spending more time here, and i'm sure Lydia feels that way as well.

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  170. I'll tell ya, Mike, I really need to stop blogging when I'm tired. That's the problem!

    ;P

    This blog is far too interesting to pass up. Y'all do a fantastic job.

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  171. Oh, and thanks for keeping away the trolls!!!!!!

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