May 30, 2006

Monday Monday...

unless it is a Tuesday.

Recharged and ready to go.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes just another Monday.

Are you going to one of the parades?

I like the Heat over the Pistons tonight? What do you think?

7:52 AM  
Blogger The Senator said...

Absolutely not a cool comment about the Pistons/Heat. Being from the "Old D," Tuesday has shaped up to be a rough one.

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Luckydude said...

Hey Everyone.

Looks like John Snow resigns and is being replaced by Henry Paulson!

So many political leaders resigning. They're guilty as sin <_<;;

8:25 AM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

I think most of us remember reading about the Teapot Dome scandal in our history books.

From Senate.gov:

"On April 15, 1922, Wyoming Democratic Senator John Kendrick introduced a resolution that set in motion one of the most significant investigations in Senate history. On the previous day, the Wall Street Journal had reported an unprecedented secret arrangement in which the secretary of the Interior, without competitive bidding, had leased the U.S. naval petroleum reserve at Wyoming's Teapot Dome to a private oil company. Wisconsin Republican Senator Robert La Follette arranged for the Senate Committee on Public Lands to investigate the matter. His suspicions deepened after someone ransacked his quarters in the Senate Office Building..."

http://www.senate.gov/
artandhistory/history/minute/
Senate_Investigates_the_Teapot_
Dome_Scandal.htm

Let's see here, we have bribes, ransacking of the Senate Office Building, an unprecedent secret arrangement without competitve bidding, oil -- sounds very familiar today.

Great cartoon from those days: http://www.wwnorton.com/college/
History/tindall/timelinf/teapot.htm

Very appropriate today.

A very good write-up on the scandal and it's repercussions can be found at the Brookings Institution. Here's the link:
http://www.brook.edu/gs/ic/
teapotdome/teapotdome.htm

9:15 AM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

From New York Times:

"KABUL, Afghanistan, May 29 — A deadly traffic accident caused by a United States military convoy quickly escalated into a full-blown anti-American riot that raged across much of the Afghan capital on Monday, leaving at least 14 people dead and scores injured.

But the crash tapped into a latent resentment of the American military presence here and violence radiated quickly through the city."

There is so much resentment of Americans in the world these days, it is scary and sad.

I hope through new leadership, we can turn this around. However, the extreme damage this administration has already done will make it even more difficult and will make it a long-term project for all of us.

9:27 AM  
Anonymous fran said...

Say, DO pigs fly???
White House Letter: Like it or not, Bush III is being primed to run

Elisabeth Bumiller
International Herald Tribune

WASHINGTON Bush III? Or has the dynasty run its course? Those are the questions some Republicans are asking themselves as political talk bubbles up yet again about President George W. Bush's brother, Governor Jeb Bush of Florida, and his interest in the White House. The chief driver of the mini-buzz is the current occupant of the White House, who has said twice this month that his younger brother would make "a great president."

No one is suggesting, the president included, that the younger Bush will run in 2008, and Governor Bush, whose second term is up at the end of this year, has adamantly ruled it out.

But Republican party leaders continue to talk seriously about a continuation of the dynasty, a Bush III administration, with Jeb as a candidate in 2012 or 2016, when the memory of the current president's dismal poll ratings will be less of a factor. That, at least, is what happened the last time around, when the first President Bush's unpopularity at the end of his term in 1992 did not hurt his eldest son when he ran for president eight years later.

"Look, I think he'd be a great president," the current President Bush said in response to a question about Jeb's intentions at a restaurant industry trade show in Chicago last week. "But he said he's not going to run in 2008, and I think you've got to take him for his word. He's been in public life now for eight years, and I think he wants a breather."

Less than two weeks before, the president was more expansive in an interview with a group of Florida newspaper reporters. According to the St. Petersburg Times, Bush said he had "pushed" his brother "fairly hard about what he intends to do" and that his political future "is very bright, if he chooses to have a political future."

The president also said that "I would like to see Jeb run at some point in time, but I have no idea if that's his intention or not."

Later the same day, Jeb Bush responded, with 14 television cameras trained on him, that "I'm not running for president, I'm not running for United States Senate, I'm not going to run." For good measure he added, "Why doesn't everyone believe me on this?"

One reason is that Jeb, who was always considered the political comer compared to his brother, the black sheep, was the original family favorite to run for president. But in a turn of events that has become a political parable, George surprised even his mother by upsetting Governor Ann Richards of Texas in 1994, the same year that Jeb lost by two percentage points to Governor Lawton Chiles of Florida. Although Jeb came back to easily beat Buddy McKay in 1998, by then his brother was in line for the White House.

People close to the Bushes say there are two major factors, political and personal, driving the governor's thinking.

First, Republicans say that running on the heels of what has shaped up to be a dismal second term for his brother would be difficult, if not impossible. Even if the current President Bush's approval ratings were better, Republicans say that Jeb, for all his political popularity in Florida, would still have to define himself in the shadow of his brother's White House.

"The first question would be, 'What would you do differently than your brother?'" said Tom Rath, a New Hampshire Republican who is close to the Bush family. "And that's a pretty tough race to run."

Others say that for all the prevalence of political dynasties in America - the Adams, the Kennedys, the Clintons - Bush III would still be a hard sell.

"After two generations of this, I can't imagine what it would take to make the American people sail again with another Bush," said Kevin Phillips, the author of "American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush," a book that is sharply critical of the Bush family.

Second, friends of the Bushes say that Jeb does not want the intense focus of a presidential campaign just now on his wife and daughter, and that his mother, for one, is opposed to a 2008 race.

"It's very clear that he knows what he has to do for himself and his family in the immediate future," said Ron Kaufman, a political adviser to the first President Bush.

In 2002, Jeb's daughter Noelle, then 24, was arrested on charges of prescription fraud after she illegally tried to buy the anti-anxiety drug Xanax from a drugstore in the small hours of the morning. In 1999 Jeb's wife, Columba, was fined $4,100 by customs officials in Atlanta for failing to declare $19,000 in clothing and jewelry she bought on a trip to Paris.

In the meantime, the current president keeps talking up his younger, larger brother - up to a point. When a member of the audience in Chicago last week told the president that "we love your brother" and that "he's been very good to the restaurant industry," Bush, not missing a beat, responded to laughter that "he has been eating a lot, I noticed."

9:34 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening folks!

Happy Tuesday!

Here is the thought for the day:

" A house divided against itself cannot stand.. Our cause must be intrusted to, and conducted by its undoubted words are free, whose hearts are in the work-who do care for the result."

This Abe Lincoln's remarks from "A House Divided speech on June 16, 1858

9:38 AM  
Blogger basheert said...

Good Morning Everyone:

Just my humble opinion, but The Bush family is NOT a dynasty. It's more like malaria, it just keeps recurring in spite of therapy.

I don't see the American people accepting their "right to reign".

10:54 AM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Goodmorning or afternoon All,
Here is a song that keeps going through my head this morning:

"Rock the Casbah" by- The Clash

Now the king told the boogie men
You have to let that raga drop
The oil down the desert way
Has been shakin' to the top
The shiek he drove his Cadillac
He went a' cruisnin' down the ville
The muezzin was a' standing
On the radiator grille
CHORUS
The shareef don't like it
Rockin' the Casbah
Rock the Casbah
The shareef don't like it
Rockin' the Casbah
Rock the Casbah
By order of the prophet
We ban that boogie sound
Degenerate the faithful
With that craazy Casbah sound
But the Bedouin they brought out
The electric camel drum
The local guitar picker
Got his guitar picking thumb
As soon as the shareef
Had cleared the square
They began to wail
CHORUS
Now over at the temple
Oh! They really pack 'em in
The in crowd say it's cool
To dig this chanting thing
But as the wind changed direction
The temple band took five
The crowd caught a wiff
Of that crazy Casbah jive
CHORUS
The king called up his jet fighters
He said you better eaarn your pay
Drop your bombs between the minarets
Down the Casbah way
As soon as the shareef was
Chauffeured outta there
The jet pilots tuned to
The cockpit radio blare
As soon as the shareef was
Outta their hair
The jet pilots wailed
CHORUS
He thinks it's not kosher
Fundamentally he can't take it.
You know he really hates it.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like John Snow resigns and is being replaced by Henry Paulson!

So many political leaders resigning. They're guilty as sin <_<;;::::HMM LETS SEE CEO CSX--carlyle--sell CSX assets to Dubai group for the ports--Dubai and carlyle ,csx involved--and who is ON the administration/panel to OVERSEE deals--why MR SNOW of course...

He is either Ethical and wants out of the madhouse--or is guilty as sin as you suggested

5:01 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I feel bad for the troops that murdered the woman and children in Iraq. Our kids left the US as soldiers and this Administration is turning them into murders. Now we charge Bin Ladin with using young people to kill is the US doing the same thing. And then they cover it up the crime and pay the victims $2500 per dead person. Have we become just like the people we're fighting? Our young troops left here good and with morals for human life. This Adminstration is teaching our kids to kill and torture innocent people and woman/children. What's going to happen when these kids come home and continue to do what we traind them to do. Please pray for these young troops to be saved from the axis of evil aka Bush Administration these kids weren't like that before they left here.

9:14 PM  
Anonymous cprisycremes said...

Gerbil read about it..."in the newspapers".

There is nothing to add to:

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/
la-oe-emanuel29may29,1,1828470.story?coll=la-news-comment

Jackie, I feel much worst than bad. Isn't there something that relieves a president when he is no longer "Zurechnungsfahig" (means: sane and accountable).

5:03 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Crispycremes,

I damn sure hope that it is the bottle that will relieves the Gerbil because he is beyond help. He is certainly a "President left behind." I wish that there was a law in the books that I can slap this Gerbil with an indictment of 10 counts of being stupid and a drunk!

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo Patty Boy - did Karl offer you his ass? I hear he does that you know. You seem like the type that would induldge such an offer.

1:03 PM  
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