Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Cheney on Hot Seat, Zinmeister S.O.S., The V.A. and Anti-Terrorism Doing Great, Book Banning and Stephen Colbert & Tom Delay.

Dick Cheney will probably be called to testify in the Scooter Libby trial next year. Cheney's lawyers say he won't. So you can expect to see Cheney testifying.

Fitzgerald, in contrast, has sought to build a case that Libby was preoccupied
with the task of rebutting Wilson's July 2003 column, which accused the White
House of twisting intelligence to support its invasion of Iraq -- and that this
preoccupation stemmed from Cheney's own intense focus on Wilson's assertions.

Bush shows that things aren't going to change by appointing Karl Zinsmeister a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a right wing septic tank. Zinsmeister a rabid Iraq War proponent without even a passing acquaintance with reality will become Bush's new Domestic Policy Advisor. I doubt if he will have any more of a clue about domestic policy than he does about Iraq.

"What the establishment media covering Iraq have utterly failed to make clear
today is this central reality: With the exception of periodic flare-ups in
isolated corners, our struggle in Iraq as warfare is over," Zinsmeister wrote in
his column last June. "Egregious acts of terror will continue -- in Iraq as in
many other parts of the world. But there is now no chance whatever of the U.S.
losing this critical guerrilla war."

"No chance whatever", clueless in the White House.

It's been known for five years that the Veterans Administration's information security is anything but secure. The Republicans running the government have known this, but since the only service these guys want the veterans to receive is the lip service they give them, nothing has been done.

Veterans brimmed with shock and anger yesterday at the loss of their personal
data by the Department of Veterans Affairs, but in many ways the information
security breach should not have come as a surprise.

Despite the monumental screw up, the President, on cue, expressed confidence in the V.A. Secretary.

White House press secretary Tony Snow said Bush had "full faith and confidence"
in Nicholson.

How much faith and confidence do you have in these reality challenged Republicans?

They are so pathetic that they are now using the prosecution of Al Queda wannabe Zacarias Moussaoui as an example of their great anti-terrorism record. I'm telling ya, they think we're stupid.

Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty, in a speech at the conservative
American Enterprise Institute in Washington, said the Justice Department has
"developed a strong record of success in the war against terrorism" -- citing
prosecutions against admitted al-Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and other
defendants around the country since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

In Illinois, district 214 school board member Leslie Pinney wants to remove nine books from the required reading list in high schools. Although she hasn't read all (or any?) of them, she said the books contain vulgar language, brutal imagery or depictions of sexual situations inappropriate for students. Conservative groups are crawling out of the woodwork to support her suppression of literature

Keep them ignorant all their lives and they might become President. We know it has happened before.

A bid to remove nine books from the required-reading list of the second-largest
high school district in Illinois has triggered debate over whether works praised
in literary circles are high art or smut.The issue arose this month when
Township High School District 214 board member

Leslie Pinney flagged
books that she said contain vulgar language, brutal imagery or depictions of
sexual situations inappropriate for students.

"If the media are
bombarding our children with explicit sexual images and graphic violence and
prolific profanity, can't a school relent from that?" Pinney said. "Is there a
different level of standards? That's my question."

Just another example of the hypocritical, personal responsibility right wanting the government to be their nanny.

And it's just too good to be true. Texas crook Tom DeLay's legal defense fund sent out a mass email criticizing an anti-DeLay movie by Robert Greenwald. The Big Buy: Tom DeLay's Stolen Congress

They are using an interview by Stephen Colbert to prove their point. I told you Republicans are clueless.

DeLay thinks Colbert is so persuasive, he's now featuring the full video of
the interview at the top of the legal
fund's website
. And why not? According to the email, Greenwald crashed and
under the pressure of Colbert's hard-hitting questions, like Who
hates America more, you or Michael Moore?

Apparently the people at DeLay's legal fund think that Colbert is actually
a conservative. Or maybe they're just that desperate for supporters.

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I did not mean that Conservatives are generally stupid; I meant, that stupid persons are generally Conservative. I believe that to be so obvious and undeniable a fact that I hardly think any hon. Gentleman will question it.

John Stuart Mill (May 20 1806 – May 8 1873)