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Archive for January, 2008

Political prisioner in…Alabama?

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Today, Don Siegelman, former governor of the state of Alabama, sits in a federal prison, sentenced to a seven year term for bribery.

9-11 commission director met with Rove during investigation?

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Key 9/11 Commission Staffer Held Secret Meetings With Rove, Scaled Back Criticisms of White House

A forthcoming book by NYT reporter Philip Shenon — “The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation” — asserts that former 9/11 Commission executive director Philip Zelikow interfered with the 9/11 report.

According to the book, Zelikow had failed to inform the commission at the time he was hired that he was instrumental in helping Condoleezza Rice set up Bush’s National Security Council in 2001. Some panel staffers believe Zelikow stopped them from submitting a report depicting Rice’s performance prior to 9/11 as “amount[ing] to incompetence.”

Relying on the accounts of Max Holland, an author and blogger who has obtained a copy of the forthcoming book, ABC reports that Zelikow was holding private discussions with White House political adviser Karl Rove during the course of the 9/11 investigation:

In his book, Shenon also says that while working for the panel, Zelikow appears to have had private conversations with former White House political director Karl Rove, despite a ban on such communication, according to Holland. Shenon reports that Zelikow later ordered his assistant to stop keeping a log of his calls, although the commission’s general counsel overruled him, Holland wrote.

Incredible. If you think we’ve been told even remotely the true story of 9/11, then you’re too disinterested in democracy to actually participate in one.

Rudie Can’t Fail

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

How you get a rude and a reckless?
Don’t you be so crude and a feckless
You been drinking brew for breakfast
Rudie can’t fail

Rudie Can’t Fail, The Clash London Calling

A rudie, or rude boy, is defined in Jamaican/reggae culture thus:

RUDE BOY: a criminal, a hard hearted person, a tough guy

That pretty much sums up Mr. “Noun, Verb and 911” in a nutshell.

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Thankfully, this Rudy did fail, ending one of the creepier presidential bids in our lifetime. Rarely has a man so unfit for public office attempted a run, and hopefully he’ll crawl back into the shadows, pimping himself out on speaking tours and sitting on a few boards, where he won’t be able to cause too many deaths.

Because if he had won, we’d be singing a different tune I suspect:

What are we gonna do now?
Taking off his turban, they said, is this man a Jew?
‘Cause they’re working for the clampdown
They put up a poster saying we earn more than you!
When we’re working for the clampdown
We will teach our twisted speech
To the young believers
We will train our blue-eyed men
To be young believers

Can ya tell I picked this up yesterday?

SOTU: STFU

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

In case you had something more fun and enriching to do instead of watching King George cluck, such as giving your dog a pedicure, TTP performs a vital public service and gives a quick recap:

“Blah blah blah. Platitude, lie, distortion, blah, blah, smirk, lie, thank you.”

No one can fault our kings steadfastness. He lied to get the job, and he’s lied everyday since. For example:

Bush said: “The people’s trust in their Government is undermined by congressional earmarks — special interest projects that are often snuck in at the last minute, without discussion or debate.”

FACT — BUSH HAS ENGAGED IN HIS OWN EARMARKING: In 2007, Bush stuffed approximately 580 earmarks worth $15.6 billion into his appropriation request for military construction and veterans affairs. Bush’s earmarks included $24 million for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program and “$8.9 million for the Points of Light foundation, a pet project started by his father, former President George H.W. Bush.” [Washington Examiner, 11/15/07]

FACT — BUSH HAS REPEATEDLY SIGNED PORK-LADEN BILLS INTO LAW: According to the Congressional Research Service, there were 997 earmarks in the Fiscal 2000 defense appropriation bill. By the Fiscal 2005 law that Bush signed into law, there were 2506 earmarks, “more than two and half times the number contained the Fiscal 2000 bill.” In the bill funding the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, the number of earmarks grew from 291 in 2000 to 3,014 in 2005. [Lilly, 1/28/08]

For those of you gluttons for punishment, Think Progress gives the reality of our lying tyrant’s hopefully last SOTU address.

No rain? No nukes.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Drought could force nuke-plant shutdowns

Nuclear reactors across the Southeast could be forced to throttle back or temporarily shut down later this year because drought is drying up the rivers and lakes that supply power plants with the awesome amounts of cooling water they need to operate.

Utility officials say such shutdowns probably wouldn’t result in blackouts. But they could lead to shockingly higher electric bills for millions of Southerners, because the region’s utilities may be forced to buy expensive replacement power from other energy companies.

Oh goodie.

Shut up sheep or be shunned

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Banned From Church

On a quiet Sunday morning in June, as worshippers settled into the pews at Allen Baptist Church in southwestern Michigan, Pastor Jason Burrick grabbed his cellphone and dialed 911. When a dispatcher answered, the preacher said a former congregant was in the sanctuary. “And we need to, um, have her out A.S.A.P.”

Half an hour later, 71-year-old Karolyn Caskey, a church member for nearly 50 years who had taught Sunday school and regularly donated 10% of her pension, was led out by a state trooper and a county sheriff’s officer. One held her purse and Bible. The other put her in handcuffs.

The charge was trespassing, but Mrs. Caskey’s real offense, in her pastor’s view, was spiritual. Several months earlier, when she had questioned his authority, he’d charged her with spreading “a spirit of cancer and discord” and expelled her from the congregation. “I’ve been shunned,” she says.

While many Christians find such practices outdated, pastors in large and small churches across the country are expelling members for offenses ranging from adultery and theft to gossiping, skipping service and criticizing church leaders.

Roberts on Padilla

Monday, January 28th, 2008

The Justice Department that manufactured the case against Padilla is the same DOJ that wrote memos justifying torture and findings that the President of the US need not obey federal statutes such as FISA or abide by the Geneva Conventions and the US Constitution. It is the same DOJ whose attorney general told Congress that the Constitution does not provide habeas corpus protection to every US citizen.

This same DOJ is the product of an administration the highest officers of which have been documented to have lied about Iraq 935 times in the two years following 9/11.

If the Bush administration will lie about matters of war and death and fabricate evidence to justify war, why won’t the administration lie and fabricate evidence in order to convict accused “terrorists” like Padilla and whomever else they please?

Hamas to Egypt: Let our people in

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Hamas prevents Egypt sealing border

Hamas fighters have defied Egyptian attempts to reseal the border with Gaza by using a bulldozer to smash through the chain and concrete fence.

Thousands of Gazans on Saturday continued to pour into Egypt to stock up on supplies four days after the border barrier was blown open in a bid to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Sibel makes Bush scramble?

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Why Bush Wants to Legalize the Nuke Trade with Turkey

26/01/08 “Dissident Voice” According to FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds there is a vast black market for nukes, and certain U.S. officials have been supplying sensitive nuclear technology information to Turkish and Israeli interests through its conduits. It’s a scathing allegation which was first published by the London Times two weeks ago, and Edmonds’ charge seems to be on the verge of vindication.

In likely reaction to the London Times report, the Bush Administration quietly announced on January 22 that the president would like Congress to approve the sale of nuclear secrets to Turkey. As with most stories of this magnitude, the U.S. media has put on blinders, opting to not report either Edmonds’ story or Bush’s recent announcement.

John Gibson, class personified.

Friday, January 25th, 2008

TTP has learned, at great personal emotional cost, to generally “get over it” concerning the utterances from the shallow end of the gene pool that one finds on Faux News, Boortz and the like. It’s not from lack of material- entire websites such as MediaMatters and Crooksandliars exist solely to document the most wretched of their hate-filled screeds- but rather because if one was to take offense- and action- each time one of these blow-dried Goebbels said something stupid, you’d quickly run out of time for anything else.

But every once in a while one of these cretins says something so unbearably stupid, so disgustingly ugly that bile rises in the throat and you must react. And while TTP cherishes the freedom of speech- far more, to be sure, than any kneepad wearing stenographer that makes up our media, whose days are spent putting a shine on the shit we call government, ready to yell “fire” in our crowded national theater over any dribble of stupid juice that our “leaders” deign to toss our way, and failing that, to question the very right to exist of anyone who voices even a whimper of contrary thought from that of our Fatherland. And just such a person is John Gibson, the freakish-looking host on Fox, who took the occasion of Heath Ledger’s death to pull down the Walmart whities and fondle his throbbing orbs of homophobia on camera:

Playing an audio clip of the iconic quote, “I wish I knew how to quit you” from Ledger’s gay romance movie Brokeback Mountain, Gibson disdainfully quipped, “Well, he found out how to quit you.” Laughing, Gibson then played another clip from Brokeback Mountain in which Ledger said, “We’re dead,” followed by his own, mocking “We’re dead” before playing the clip again.

Now, take a look at this freak:

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First off, he looks like a rejected character from Buckaroo Bonzai, and tell me that face hasn’t gnawed a few pillows in it’s time. This isn’t his first foray into Hateville, but really, it needs to be his last. John Gibson has the right to make whatever moronic, methinks the lady doth protest too much ejaculations he wants, as we all do, but he, like us, aren’t protected from the results of exercising our rights. He can make all the anti-human gay joke twitterings he wants, but he shouldn’t get paid for it.

Now, he’s made the classic fuck you apology“I’m sorry that some took my comments as anti-gay and insensitive,” said Gibson. “Once again, to anyone offended by my comments, I’m sorry.”– meaning, if you don’t think mocking queers is funny, then I’m sorry you’re stupid. And since he’s on Faux, a network who spent part of the week pondering if the recent stock market setback is the result of fears of a democrat in the White House, he probably earned a raise for spewing his homophobic nonsense.

Imagine with me a future without the hate mongers, the war pimps, the constant drone of anti-American, anti-human rhetoric that fills our public places from ceiling mounted televisions in airports, diners and waiting rooms. And all it takes is for enough people to make the choice to no longer accept it. Join GLAAD in protesting. Buy one of these. Teach your children the words of Burke: ‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing’ . Instill in them the drive to do something, anything, for what they feel is right.

And as for John Gibson? If you see him on the street, urinate on his expensive suit, or hock a gob against those buck teeth. He’s been doing it to you for years.