Some inside scoop on that Iraqi Survey Group, an update on the bungled Sandy Berger investigtion and a funny AP "casualty counter" that will make you smirk.
And you don't think they'll be a national sales tax soon? Think again.
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In His Memory
A link to President Ford's Biography.
Living With the Kids
When I'm an old lady, I'll live with each kid, And bring so much happiness...just as they did. I want to pay back all the joy they've provided. Returning each deed! Oh,they'll be so excited!
(when I'm an old lady and live with my kids)
I'll write on the walls with reds,whites and blues, And I'll bounce on the furniture...wearing my shoes. I'll drink from the carton and then leave it out. I'll stuff all the toilets and oh, how they'll shout!
(when I'm an old lady and live with my kids)
When they're on the phone and just out of reach, I'll get into things like sugar and bleach. Oh.they'll snap their fingers and then shake their head,
(when I'm an old lady and live with my kids)
When they cook dinner and call me to eat, I'll not eat my green beans or salad or meat, I'll gag on my okra,spill milk on the table, And when they get angry...I'll run...if I'm able!
(when I'm an old lady and live with my kids)
I'll sit close to the TV,through the channels I'll click, I'll cross both eyes just to see if they stick. I'll take off my socks and throw one away, And play in the mud 'til the end of the day!
(when I'm an old lady and live with my kids)
And later in bed, I'll lay back and sigh' I'll thank god in a prayer and then close my eyes. My kids will look down on me with a smile slowly creeping, And say with a groan," she's so sweet when she's sleeping ! "
God bless all moms and grandmas EVERYWHERE !!!
Hilarious Parody of James Baker
What with the death of President Ford and Saddam's hanging, that Iraq Study Group, lovingly known as the ISG, is all but forgotten.
Still, from Powerline Video, we have a riotous parody of the esteemed James Baker, leader of the ISG and lover of despots and dictators. Baker's law firm is knee deep with various Mideast oil barons such as the sons of camels House of Saud.
Click this very funny video and see just how James Baker would lead us.
You'll Be the Envy of Everyone at Starbucks
We're not done with political satire just yet. For right here, from The Nose On Your Face.com, we have...tada...the new Associated Press Pocket Iraq Casualty Counter.
Ad hype is below.
Are you freakishly obsessed with the daily casualty count in Iraq? Do you find yourself disappointed when a day or two goes by and no American soldiers die? Have you ever been at a cocktail party and said, "How can we be so damn jovial when George Bush is responsible for a death toll in Iraq that is approaching one-tenth the total of British dead in the Second Boer War?"
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need the new Associated Press Pocket Iraq Casualty Counter! Now the information you need to make bizarre, extraneous points about the Iraqi War is at your fingertips, 24 hours a day! The Pocket Casualty Counter uses satellite technology to wirelessly provide instant updates on casualties, as they happen. And the Pocket Casualty Counter links the death toll with a historical database to provide you with the factual ammunition you need to battle those crazy neo-cons, on the go! So you'll be able to say, "I hate to be the one to tell you this, but George Bush has now murdered 10 times the number of people who are eaten alive in an average decade by the Spotted Siberian Tiger." Imagine the look of shock on their Christian fundamentalist faces!
How much you wanna bet that the Associated Press Stable of Liars has just such a database at their immediate disposal?
Charlie Rangel a Comedian? Who Knew?
Still edging around political satire here, we tune in to Charlie Rangel, scheduled to be the next Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means committee, promoter of the military draft and all-around supporter of Hillary Clinton.
From the NY Daily News:
Rangel showcased his comedic chops by ripping into the White House during his standup debut in midtown Saturday night - all in fun, of course.
"More than any other President that I can think of, you have really, truly shattered the myth of white supremacy," Rangel told a Bush impersonator during "Laughing Liberally," a traveling lefty comedy show that stopped at Town Hall.
Rangel mentioned an invitation to go hunting with Dick Cheney at this comedic fest and in general had quite the fun time with a Bush impersonator.
Now Here's An Intriguing Development
When campaign plans of a potential candidate end up in "enemy" hands, and in this case, subsequently in the press, there's always the REAL story of how it happened.
From the NY DailyNews:
The remarkably detailed dossier sets out the budgets, schedules and fund-raising plans that will underpin the former New York mayor's presidential campaign - as well as his aides' worries that personal and political baggage could scuttle his run.
At the center of his efforts: a massive fund-raising push to bring in at least $100 million this year, with a scramble for at least $25 million in the next three months alone.
The document was obtained by the Daily News from a source sympathetic to one of Giuliani's rivals for the White House. The source said it was left behind in one of the cities Giuliani visited as he campaigned for dozens of Republican candidates in the weeks leading up to the November 2006 elections.
Anne Dickerson is Rudy Giuliani's chief fund-raiser and RWG is "Rudy William Giuliani". A whole bunch of printouts, including copies of various memos, were found somewhere when Giuliani and his team were out and about during a recent swing by Rudy to test the presidential waters.
Come on. People just don't go leaving great big reams of printouts and other campaign strategy laying about willy-nilly. If they do, than Anne Dickerson should lose her job.
Several possibilities here: A)An opposition political operative STOLE this information. Could be...a twenty slipped here to Housekeeping, a fifty to Room Service...get the paperwork and turn it over. B)Someone INSIDE of the Giuliani campaign leaked the data, or copies of same, to the news media. Could be. Groom an up and coming political fundraiser, sneak him or her into an opposition campaign, instruct him or her to grab the data. Of it could be C)Rudy or his staff THEMSELVES leaked the information. Could be. Create a whole raft of erroneous campaign information, leave it laying around, cross fingers and hope the political opposition steals the bad information, as is the plan.
Giuliani spokesperson hinted at "dirty tricks" being used to obtain this confidential data so important to the former NY Mayor's campaign. The Spokesperson said that someone must be concerned about Giuliani's stellar showing in the various polls and is running scared enough to outright steal the information.
Let's see. At this time it wouldn't likely be a DEMOCRAT stealing Giuliani's campaign plan. Not that Dems are beyond such dirty tricks or anything. But such complicated and potentially damaging subterfuge is not worth the risk to the Democrats this early in the game when Giuliani isn't even close to the pubbie nomination. The Dems would be stealing this information from the actual Republican NOMINEE is what I'm saying here.
Reading between the lines, as I am so very good at doing, one can conclude that it was likely a REPUBLICAN opponent who somehow got hands on Rudy's campaign plans.
Let's see...it's probably not Romney as I see it. Romney's ahead of Giuliani by most indicators for the Republican presidential nominee and just a gut hunch here, I don't see Romney's people doing this.
So who else? Hmmmmm. John McCain has to beat almost every contender on the damn planet to get any blessing from the Republican party, much less a nod for its presidential candidate in 2008. Sure the Lamestream media loves the guy what with McCain throwing grand parties and providing free booze to the likes of Russert et al. But the Lamestream ain't the Republican party and Republicans across the fruited plains see McCain as a RINO_(Republican In Name Only) and his Campaign Reform sponsorship to save incumbents has a whole bunch of voters very mad at him.
Thus I nominate the McCain campaign as the culprit. If there was a culprit, as I was saying, as the Giuliani people could have planned the whole scheme, see item B -above.
If Mitt Romney's campaign data should suddenly disappear in the next few months then let there be no doubt, John McCain DESERVES to be president, dammit, and he'll do it no matter what it takes.
No wait, McCain already showed up at the recent Governor's conference. Er, McCain is a Senator, remember? Romney, heh, WAS an actual Governor, of Massachusetts in fact. Well ole McCain couldn't let his rival Romney steal the show, eh? So McCain has a nice luncheon and free booze for, who else? His Lamestream media buddies.
My money's on McCain.
Also, a new article has recently been published by a major magazine delineating the dangers of having a Morman president. I figure someone cozy with the Lamestream media pushed getting such a thing in print. Insert wink here.
1/2/07 was declared a National Day of Mourning for former President Gerald Ford.
As a further mark of respect to the memory of Gerald R. Ford, the thirty-eighth President of the United States, NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, in honor and tribute to the memory of Gerald R. Ford, and as an expression of public sorrow, do appoint Tuesday, January 2, 2007, as a National Day of Mourning throughout the United States. I call on the American people to assemble on that day in their respective places of worship, there to pay homage to the memory of President Ford. I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance.
I did watch Ford's funeral ceremonies on that day and couldn't help but be proud. Here in America, I wanted to scream at the entire planet, we honor our past leaders. WE DON'T HAVE TO HANG THEM!
Okay, with that off my chest, I then sit and try to gather all that I remember about Gerald Ford.
In or around 1974, when Ford ascended to the presidency, I was a fresh-faced 24 years of age and a Liberal that would scare the bejeesus out of my own self today.
I hated Nixon, of course, because the Lamestream told me to, and I subsequently despised Carter because he damn near ruined my life with his awful economic policies, gas lines and the Iranian hostage crisis.
Ford? Well heck, I was a Democrat at the time, God please forgive me, and Ford was the opposition party. Ford had been pulled in to be a replacement for none other than Spiro Agnew, my home state of Merryland's former Governor before becoming Nixon's VP. Hey, I actually LIKED Agnew when he was a Merryland Governor and was shocked as hell that the man was such a crook. Well what the hell did I know? Merryland was a cesspool, even back then.
Then when Nixon stepped down Ford took over the presidency. He didn't win the next election because frankly, as I remember it, the country didn't have any great loyalty to this man who really hadn't ever been elected and while mostly a nice man, he wasn't a dynamic leader one could put their heart and soul behind. But again, I was a Democrat at that time and more interested in the Democratic party's nominee.
I DID vote for Jimmy Carter and when I go to heaven I have a lot of 'splaining to do. I do plan to tell my Maker that what the hell did I know? I thought the plain-speaking man from Plains, Georgia was a great guy. How could I know he would not only wreck the country as its President, but he would continue on to betray the U.S.A. every time he landed on foreign soil and his post-presidential career would include such as writing bogus books.
Like many Americans, my most keen memory of Ford was the fact that he pardoned Nixon. As I remember Ford, in the nutshell of my memories, the man pardoned Nixon and went on to pretty much nothing.
Unlike most pundits of the era, I distinctly remember being relieved at the time that the Nixon story was over, that Watergate would finally go away. Most pundits during the mid-70's had themselves a lock on public information and while the yapping media drove Nixon out of office for acts that can't even compare to what Clinton and the Hildebeast have done, and wanted their great Watergate show to go on and on. Ford put an end to it and at the time I was glad and NOW all those yapping pundits who wanted to hang and hogtie Nixon acknowledge that it was the right thing.
Well hey, I gotta ask, if you all were wrong about what Ford did, as has been readily acknowledged by the many has-been 70's pundits these past few days, WHO'S TO SAY YOU'RE NOT WRONG ABOUT BUSH NOW?
I mean, I hear Woodward say he now realizes that Ford was right to pardon Nixon although, as Woodward readily admits, he was against it at the time.
So hey, Woodward and Bernstein, hey, NY Times, hey, CNN, and all the others beating the hell out of Bush, calling his war plan stupid and out bashing the man's skull in for entering a war the ENTIRE CONGRESS authorized, hey, all of you, if you admit you were wrong about Ford some 30 years later, maybe you're wrong about Bush NOW?
Just a thought.
Below, a pic I came upon that made me smile. The past meets the future as we see President Ford with a youthful Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.
Speaking of Jimmah Carter
Ah, here it is.
Finally some documentation to Carter’s plentiful Arab connections and goodness, there are many.
From the Washington Times:
Between 1976-1977, the Carter family peanut business received a bailout in the form of a $4.6 million, "poorly managed" and highly irregular loan from the National Bank of Georgia (NBG). According to a July 29, 1980 Jack Anderson expose in The Washington Post, the bank's biggest borrower was Mr. Carter, and its chairman at that time was Mr. Carter's confidant, and later his director of the Office of Management and Budget, Bert Lance.
At that time, Mr. Lance's mismanagement of the NBG got him and the bank into trouble. Agha Hasan Abedi, the Pakistani founder of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), known as the bank "which would bribe God," came to Mr. Lance's rescue making him a $100,000-a-year consultant. Abedi then declared: "we would never talk about exploiting his relationship with the president." Next, he introduced Mr. Lance to Saudi billionaire Gaith Pharaon, who fronted for BCCI and the Saudi royal family. In January 1978, Abedi paid off Mr. Lance's $3.5 million debt to the NBG, and Pharaon secretly gained control over the bank.
Why else would this former president write a book about Israel that is a total lie? Why else does he keep verifying foreign elections as legitimate when they are as bogus as a three dollar bill?
FOLLOW THE MONEY!
He’s not a humble peanut farmer, ladies and gems. Jimmy Carter is a traitor to this country and while that’s a huge charge, there’s just too many connections to ignore.
Lusting After Online Tax Revenue
Used to be that when one ordered from a catalogue or other venue that is not actually a brick and mortar store, sales tax was not included IF the selling company did not have a base of operations in the purchaser’s home state. Thus should I purchase a blanket from a company based in New York I would pay no sales tax since I live in Delaware.
With the explosion of online sales, but of course politicians want to get their greedy hands on sales tax revenues that before the Internet, weren’t a major factor.
The politicos now eye potential sales tax revenues from Internet sales with eagerness.
Indiana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Vermont, West Virginia and more than a dozen other states have been busy laying the groundwork for an Internet sales tax regime that will charge consumers based on where they live, not where they click to when shopping online. And the system is already up and partially running.
The current system was implemented for two reasons: One-the few out-of-state catalogue sales and the like were too few to garner much sales tax and with the amount so negligible, politicos considered it easier to overlook such sales. And two-with each state having a different method of assessing sales tax, including tax tiers and differing tax rates, forcing businesses to keep track of it all was a big burden to put on an innocent retailer.
This is why God made computers. For behind our backs, ladies and gems, the politicians are designing a sales tax program that will aid online retailers to collect sales tax from every state with a breezy ease.
So far the politicos have shied away from taxing the Internet in any grand manner, the premise being that it’s best to allow that new medium to grow unfettered by government interference.
But they’ve got greedy eyes, ladies and gems, and while pretending to be all for untaxed freedom of purchase, they’ve been working overtime to figure out how to get out money.
Next, count on it, a NATIONAL sales tax. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
The Strange Candidacy of John Edwards
So last week former VP contender John Edwards, running mate of the hapless John Kerry of “stuck in Irak” fame, threw his hat in the ring as a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination.
First, Edwards is not even a Senator anymore. He didn’t run for Senator from his home state as he was running for VP and, so scuttlebutt has it, there was no way he would win again due to disappointed local voters.
So I must wonder why this fellow thinks he can win the Dem nomination what with competitors such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Jesus Christ Obama sucking out all the air of the Democratic scramble for the nomination.
No one will even remember John Edwards by 2008 and indeed, I doubt many remember him now.
I figure Edwards threw his hat in the ring for one of two reasons, neither reason being that he someday expects to be President of the U.S.
Edwards is either being groomed as a “spoiler” for a Republican nominee, much like Ross Perot was Clinton’s spoiler in 1996.
Or Edwards is setting himself up as a VP choice, just like he did for John Kerry.
Edwards claim to fame is his legal background. He’s beloved by the mighty trial lawyers who contribute mightily to Dem campaign coffers. Silly Americans have no great love for lawyers, goodness knows, but politicos love the endless money from this special interest group.
Hillary, Barack, name the possible name. They are all going to be lusting after the trial lawyers’ campaign contribution. And John Edwards, he who actually heard an unborn baby talking to him from the womb, will be in the cat seat.
Really folks, does anyone with half a brain cell see John Edwards even remotely as this country’s next president?
Sandy Bergler’s Crime Worse Than Thought
He was Bill Clinton’s National Security Advisor and he was caught stealing documents from the national archives, an act which would have landed you and I in the slammer.
The man actually stuffed damaging documents to the Clinton administration in his SOCKS and PANTS, for God’s sake!
Now we learn that Berger not only took the documents without authorization, he actually deliberately and maliciously DESTROYED them!
From World Net Daily.com:
More amazing details of former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger's theft and deliberate concealment of classified documents emerged last week – just before the Christmas holiday, at a time few Americans were watching the news.
In a report by National Archives Inspector General Paul Brachfeld, we learn, more than three years after the crime against the American people and the laws of the land, that Berger hid some of the documents under a construction trailer.
In a little over a year, Berger gets his security clearance returned to him. No doubt a few friends help him his pay his $50,000 fine, a pittance to Berger.
I don’t know why Berger got off so light for such a nefarious and blatant crime although, heh, ole Bill laughed it off as Berger’s normal sloppiness.
Once I stuffed an Orioles yearbook in my book bag. Yes I was 12 years old and I stole the thing, pure and simple.
Where was Bill Clinton when I needed him? Because for sure I was a sloppy kid. My bookbag was a mess, frankly. I really MEANT to pay for the comic book. It was just that my lack of organization left me confused and forgetful.
If nothing else, who would be idiotic enough to appoint someone National Security Advisor for God’s sake, who was so damn sloppy? Folks, sloppy enough to be carrying national security secrets in his socks and pants is what I’m talking about here.
The politicos continue to urinate upon our feet and tell us it’s raining.
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