Monday, January 15, 2007

Idaho Supports a dicTATER and a DICKtator

On Sunday’s 60 Minutes, President Bush admitted that he had watched Saddam Hussein’s execution--but only until right before the trap door opened. But then, Bush has "readers," much like kings used to have "tasters." If the "reader" finds something critical (distasteful), he makes sure the president is kept in his normal state of blissful ignorance. So I doubt Bush knows about the former Nuremberg prosecutor who some time back stated that he (Bush) should be tried along with Saddam for war crimes.

Meanwhile, there’s an urban legend concerning Cheney’s youth. Seems he dropped a glass milk bottle which broke, milk everywhere. Dick stood there glaring at the milk as it spread. His mother raced to the kitchen, took the situation in and said, "Richard, jutting your chin out will not clean up this mess." Cheney turned to his brother, Robert, and said, "Well, then what’s your plan for cleaning up my mess?"

With great portions of Iraq destroyed and some estimates of over 600,000 Iraqi civilians dead, Bush was asked whether this war had been botched. "Not at all. I think the Iraqi people owe the American people a huge debt of gratitude."

Rejecting assertions that Bushco repeatedly lied to instigate this war, Bush said his spirits were strong. Well, duh, I’d have to stay pretty drunk too if I had set such a disaster in motion let alone insisted on keeping it going.

Bush stated Saddam’s execution could have been handled better, but luckily didn’t add "at Abu-Ghraib." He also wants us to know he is not a "revengeful" person. But that might be because he is actually a preemptively vengeful person. Ask some of the people who ran against him in elections. Ask those who have been sacked for not toeing the line.

Aimee New

Submitted to Times-News 1/11/07

Redneck Idahoans who support Bush -- Stand on your heads before reading

Idaho and Utah typically grab first and second places in presidential approval polls. I don’t know if this is because, as one letter suggested, red necks signify no blood reaching the brain, or if people have burned an admonition to “follow the rule of the land” into their brains. The latter does not mean to stand idly by while the rule of the land is arbitrarily changed.

In an article titled ‘How Do You Spell “DICTATOR”?’, Elliot Cohen notes predictors ignored by mainstream media (paraphrased), such as a president who made facts fit the policy, deceived the nation into going to war; got Congress to transfer war-declaring power to him under false pretenses; systematically engaged in warrantless wiretapping while denying same; invaded personal banking records; canceled the right of habeas corpus for anyone he deems to be an unlawful enemy combatant; infiltrated and spied upon peaceful anti-war groups; paid journalists to tout administration policies; hired PR companies for phony war success stories; exempted himself from following many of the laws he signed; permitted abuse of detainees; and was never truly elected to office in 2004 (when suddenly exit polls were no longer reliable indicators).

The major news agencies are still owned by those who have benefited the most from this administration’s policies, and they have a big stake in keeping control of what we know. But there are alternatives; a few cited below.

Bush Tells a Tale, Dan Froomkin

Interview with Scott Ritter and Seymour Hersh on White House Plans for Regime Change

Peace is Possible in Iraq, Lisa Farino and Medea Benjamin

New U.S. Embassy in Iraq cloaked in mystery, AP file

Bush: Iraq Troop Boost Going Forward

Sharon Metcalf
Submitted to Times-News 1/14/07

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Omigosh! Idaho will be virtual emptiness (sigh)

Words have failed me tonight. So, welcome to those of one of my heroes who says it better than I could anyway.


Dear Mr. President,

Thanks for your address to the nation. It's good to know you still want to talk to us after how we behaved in November.

Listen, can I be frank? Sending in 20,000 more troops just ain't gonna do the job. That will only bring the troop level back up to what it was last year. And we were losing the war last year! We've already had over a million troops serve some time in Iraq since 2003. Another few thousand is simply not enough to find those weapons of mass destruction! Er, I mean... bringing those responsible for 9/11 to justice! Um, scratch that. Try this -- BRING DEMOCRACY TO THE MIDDLE EAST! YES!!!

You've got to show some courage, dude! You've got to win this one! C'mon, you got Saddam! You hung 'im high! I loved watching the video of that -- just like the old wild west! The bad guy wore black! The hangmen were as crazy as the hangee! Lynch mobs rule!!!

Look, I have to admit I feel very sorry for the predicament you're in. As Ricky Bobby said, "If you're not first, you're last." And you being humiliated in front of the whole world does NONE of us Americans any good.

Sir, listen to me. You have to send in MILLIONS of troops to Iraq, not thousands! The only way to lick this thing now is to flood Iraq with millions of us! I know that you're out of combat-ready soldiers -- so you have to look elsewhere! The only way you are going to beat a nation of 27 million -- Iraq -- is to send in at least 28 million! Here's how it would work:

The first 27 million Americans go in and kill one Iraqi each. That will quickly take care of any insurgency. The other one million of us will stay and rebuild the country. Simple.

Now, I know you're saying, where will I find 28 million Americans to go to Iraq? Here are some suggestions:

1. More than 62,000,000 Americans voted for you in the last election (the one that took place a year and half into a war we already knew we were losing). I am confident that at least a third of them would want to put their body where their vote was and sign up to volunteer. I know many of these people and, while we may disagree politically, I know that they don't believe someone else should have to go and fight their fight for them -- while they hide here in America.

2. Start a "Kill an Iraqi" Meet-Up group in cities across the country. I know this idea is so early-21st century, but I once went to a Lou Dobbs Meet-Up and, I swear, some of the best ideas happen after the third mojito. I'm sure you'll get another five million or so enlistees from this effort.

3. Send over all members of the mainstream media. After all, they were your collaborators in bringing us this war -- and many of them are already trained from having been "embedded!" If that doesn't bring the total to 28 million, then draft all viewers of the FOX News channel.

Mr. Bush, do not give up! Now is not the time to pull your punch! Don't be a weenie by sending in a few over-tired troops. Get your people behind you and YOU lead them in like a true commander in chief! Leave no conservative behind! Full speed ahead!

We promise to write. Go get 'em W!


Michael Moore