Jul 31, 2006

Ambien Shortage..?

July 30, 2006

Dear Mr. President:

While the world has been focused on the crisis in the Middle East, Iraq has exploded in violence. Some 6,000 Iraqis were killed in May and June, and sectarian and insurgent violence continues to claim American and Iraqi lives at an alarming rate. In the face of this onslaught, one can only conclude that the Baghdad security plan you announced five weeks ago is in great jeopardy.

Despite the latest evidence that your Administration lacks a coherent strategy to stabilize Iraq and achieve victory, there has been virtually no diplomatic effort to resolve sectarian differences, no regional effort to establish a broader security framework, and no attempt to revive a struggling reconstruction effort. Instead, we learned of your plans to redeploy an additional 5,000 U.S. troops into an urban war zone in Baghdad. Far from implementing a comprehensive "Strategy for Victory" as you promised months ago, your Administration's strategy appears to be one of trying to avoid defeat.

Meanwhile, U.S. troops and taxpayers continue to pay a high price as your Administration searches for a policy. Over 2,500 Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice and over 18,000 others have been wounded. The Iraq war has also strained our military and constrained our ability to deal with other challenges. Readiness levels for the Army are at lows not seen since Vietnam, as virtually no active Army non-deployed combat brigade is prepared to perform its wartime missions. American taxpayers have already contributed over $300 billion and each week we stay in Iraq adds nearly $3 billion more to our record budget deficit.

In the interests of American national security, our troops, and our taxpayers, the open-ended commitment in Iraq that you have embraced cannot and should not be sustained.

Rather, we continue to believe that it is time for Iraqis to step forward and take the lead for securing and governing their own country. This is the principle enshrined in the "United States Policy in Iraq Act" enacted last year. This law declares 2006 to be a year of "significant transition to full Iraqi sovereignty, with Iraqi security forces taking the lead for the security of a free and sovereign Iraq, thereby creating the conditions for the phased redeployment of United States forces from Iraq." Regrettably, your policy seems to be moving in the opposite direction.

This legislation made clear that Iraqi political leaders must be informed that American patience, blood and treasure are not unlimited. We were disappointed that you did not convey this message to Prime Minister Maliki during his recent visit. Reducing the U.S. footprint in Iraq will not only give the Iraqis a greater incentive to take the lead for the security of their own nation, but will also allow U.S. forces to be able to respond to contingencies affecting the security of the United States elsewhere in the world.

We believe that a phased redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq should begin before the end of 2006. U.S. forces in Iraq should transition to a more limited mission focused on counterterrorism, training and logistical support of Iraqi security forces, and force protection of U.S. personnel.

Additionally, every effort should be made to urge the Iraqis to take the steps necessary to achieve a broad-based and sustainable political settlement, including amending the constitution to achieve a fair sharing of power and resources. It is also essential to disarm the militias and ensure forces loyal to the national government. Finally, an international conference should be convened to persuade other governments to be more involved, and to secure the resources necessary to finance Iraq's reconstruction and rebuild its economy.

Mr. President, simply staying the course in Iraq is not working. We need to take a new direction. We believe these recommendations comprise an effective alternative to the current open-ended commitment which is not producing the progress in Iraq we would all like to see. Thank you for your careful consideration of these suggestions.

The letter is signed by:

Harry Reid, Senate Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader Dick Durbin, Senate Assistant Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer, House Minority Whip Carl Levin, Ranking Member, Senate Armed Services Committee Ike Skelton, Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee Joe Biden, Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tom Lantos, Ranking Member, House International Relations Committee Jay Rockefeller, Vice Chairman, Senate Intelligence Committee

Jane Harman, Ranking Member, House Intelligence Committee Daniel Inouye, Ranking Member, Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee John Murtha, Ranking Member, House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

Please Keep It Down...

our Commander and Chief is asleep by 9:30PM.

D.C. moves up juvenile curfew to 10 p.m.

Jul 30, 2006

Dr. Dolittle Ph.D. For President..?

Status Quo...

Jul 29, 2006

One Child Left Behind...

Jul 28, 2006

Coyote Ugly...


It is a hot one today.

Jul 27, 2006

Paint The Town Brown...

Michael Brown Comes Out Swinging in a Playboy Interview

Brownie, you give a heckuva interview! Former FEMA chief Michael Brown unloads about his post-Katrina downfall in the August issue of Playboy -- calling himself a "scapegoat," warning that the nation is even "less-prepared" for this year's hurricane season, and sharing some PG-13 opinions of former colleagues.

· On Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.), accusing him in a hearing of not comprehending the devastation: "For that little twerp to claim I didn't understand death and suffering -- he can just bite me, for all I care."

· On President Bush saying the levee breaches were unexpected: "He doesn't have an incredible command of the English language."

· On DHS boss Michael Chertoff ordering him out of the field: "I am so mad at myself for not saying 'screw you.' "

· On Bush calling him "Brownie": "It's typical of the president. He's a cheerleader . . . How many people in the world do you think have ever called me Brownie? . . . When he used that nickname, a lot of people in the media went, Is he an insider?"

· On his much-mocked prior job with the International Arabian Horse Association: "Dealing with horses' asses taught me how to deal with the federal government."

Brownie, be-haaave!

Jul 26, 2006

Nerve(s) Of Steele...

End Of Times..?

so who gets to play the role of the anti-Christ? And will Jesus appear driving an SUV or a hybrid?

Jul 25, 2006

Don't Spit In The Wind...

Jul 24, 2006

What's Harriet - The Other White Meat..?

Time: Presidential adviser wants Bush to 'beef up' White House Counsel's office fearing possible Dem-controlled House probes

Jul 22, 2006

Happy Saturday...


Jul 21, 2006


Top-Secret World Loses Blogger
CIA Contractor Is Fired When Internal Post Crosses the Line

Washington D.C. - Christine Axsmith, a software contractor for the CIA, considered her blog a success within the select circle of people who could actually access it.

Only people with top-secret security clearances could read her musings, which were posted on Intelink, the intelligence community's classified intranet. Writing as Covert Communications, CC for short, she opined in her online journal on such national security conundrums as stagflation, the war of ideas in the Middle East and -- in her most popular post -- bad food in the CIA cafeteria. <more>

Side note - IMHO, if there ever was a case of not approving top secret clearance = Tony Snow.

Jul 20, 2006

Big Grin...


One of Largest Fines in FEC History

Washington, DC – Last night, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) released a conciliation agreement reached with Americans for a Republican Majority political action committee (ARMPAC) stemming from a complaint Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed against the PAC last August. As a result of CREW's FEC complaint, ARMPAC has agreed to pay a $115,000 civil penalty and go out of business. ARMPAC was created and led by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX).

This is one of the 50 largest fines ever obtained by the FEC in its 30-year history.

The FEC found that:

--ARMPAC failed to report accurately nearly a quarter million dollars in contributions and expenditures during the 2001-2002 election cycle.

--ARMPAC failed to report nearly $325,000 in debts owed to 25 campaign vendors.

--ARMPAC improperly used over $200,000 in soft money to pay for federal election activity. In particular, ARMPAC improperly used over $120,000 in soft money to pay for GOTV activities in Texas immediately before the 2002 general election.

CREW’s executive director, Melanie Sloan, stated, “the conciliation agreement reached between the FEC and ARMPAC shows a clear pattern of abuse of campaign finance laws.” Sloan continued, “on a disturbingly regular basis we learn that former House Majority Leader DeLay violated the law. From the Jack Abramoff scandal to the violations of Texas campaign finance laws, to Rep. DeLay’s misuse of charitable organizations, the list seems endless. It is time for federal investigators to step in and undertake a thorough investigation of Rep. DeLay’s financial dealings so that the public can learn the true extent of Rep. DeLay’s illegal activities and he can be held accountable.”
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit, legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions.

For more information, please visit here.

Jul 19, 2006

Happy Thursday Thread...

in a weary world.

Good news, what's working, what brings a smile to your face besides indictments, plea bargains and convictions...Anyone?

Mixed Emotions...

over stem cell funding or just playing to a diminishing base?

In-Depth: Bush Vetoes Stem Cell Bill

Jul 18, 2006

Praise The Lord...

Reed concedes - I am a loser

Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed conceded defeat about 9:50 p.m. in Georgia’s Republican primary for lieutenant governor.

“Tonight my candidacy for lieutenant governor comes to an end,” he said.

He promised to work for the GOP ticket, including Sen. Casey Cagle (R-Gainesville), his rival in the lieutenant governor’s race.

Reed conceded at 9:48 p.m., speaking to a crowd that cheered for the first time all night.

With him was his wife, Joann, and their four children.

“Today, Joann and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary. It was an important reminder of what’s really important.

“Stay in the fight, don’t retreat, and our values will win in November,” he said.

Reed left quickly but stopped to say he was pround of the race he ran. He said he had no plans to run for office again right now. Ha!

With 43 percent of precincts reporting, the Georgia Secretary of State’s office showed Cagle with 55.2 percent of the vote, compared with 44.8 percent for Reed. The real question begging to be asked is who are the 44.8 percent of the morons who voted for this snake oil salesman?

Sticky Mess...

Krispy Creme Man strikes again!

Why Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame Filed

I should check my email more often, occasionally some timely news sneaks into my box. ;)

Historical Head Butting...

Jul 17, 2006

Oops, She Did It Again...

Regardless, ALL women are princesses and deserve to wear white.

Dan Quayle Exit - Top Ten...

Heard this one?

Walking tall, and out

Dan Quayle took time out from participating in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Stateline, Nev., on Friday to attend John Mellencamp's concert only to run into a political statement.

He then made a statement of his own by walking out during Mellencamp's rendition of ``Walk Tall.'' Before launching into the song, Mellencamp told the Harveys casino crowd, in effect, that it was dedicated to everyone hurt by policies of the current Bush administration.

Quayle, who served as vice president for President Bush's father in 1989-93 walked out of the venue before Mellencamp finished the song.

Quayle said through a publicist: "Well, I think Mellencamp's performance was not very good to begin with, and the comment put it over the top.''

Mellencamp couldn't be reached for comment.

My guess...

10. Brown acid is bad...Mellencamp looked like Mr. Potatoehead!
9. Can Score better dime bag at Caesar's...
8. Where is Clay Aiken?
7. I just got called up by the Indiana National Guard stop loss progam - need deferment...

Compost Happens...

"See, the irony is what they really need to do is to get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this (expletive)," Bush told Blair in a discussion before the Group of Eight leaders began their lunch.

Jul 16, 2006

Amazing Grace...

GQ gets up close and personal with a wretch like he.


From star foot soldier for the religious right to GOP lobbyist with questionable ties to Jack Abramoff, Ralph Reed is finally losing his Teflon luster

Jul 15, 2006

Happy Fitz of July..?


Read the rest of the satire

I am a bleu cheese or French dressing man myself.

What In The World..?

Mosquito bites, poison ivy, or heat rash...

Happy (scratch) Saturday.

Jul 14, 2006

"Quotes Of The Day..."

Plame: "I and my former colleagues trusted the government to protect us in our jobs" and said it "betrayed that trust. I'd much rather be continuing my career as a public servant than as a plaintiff in a lawsuit."

Wilson: "We are under no illusions about how tough this fight will be. But we believe the time has come to hold those who use their official positions to exact personal revenge accountable and responsible for their actions." <more>


Jul 13, 2006

I Love It...

the criminal and civil one-two!
To help Ambassador Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame Wilson pay for the substantial legal costs associated with the illegal leaking of Mrs. Wilson’s classified CIA status. This includes:
  • Counseling them for their potential witness testimony during the upcoming trial of Scooter Libby; and

  • Helping them to prepare for a civil suit that would uncover the truth surrounding the leak, ensure all relevant public officials are held accountable for actions depriving the Wilsons of their privacy and constitutional rights, and serve as a deterrent to similar crimes being committed in the future.
Should the civil action result in a payment to Joe and/or Valerie Wilson that is in excess of all costs associated with their legal activities, the equivalent of all monies contributed to the Trust will be returned to the Trust. All Trust money will then be distributed by the trustees to a charitable organization(s) that works to protect government whistleblowers’ First Amendment rights and helps to defend them from retaliatory action.

Click here to view The Wilson complaint filed in Federal Court

B*tch Slap..!

Plame sues Cheney over leak

Valerie Plame Wilson, Ambassador Joseph Wilson and their counsel, Christopher Wolf of Proskauer Rose LLP, will hold a news conference at 10 AM EDT on Friday, July 14 at 10:00 AM at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045, to announce the filing of a civil lawsuit against I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice-President Richard Cheney and Karl Rove.

Open Thread...


Jul 12, 2006

Attend Any Military Funerals Lately..?

Enron Founder's Funeral Draws Crowd

Former President George Bush and his wife, Barbara, were among the mourners Wednesday at the funeral of Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay.


And I Want a Raise..!

Prey Tell...

Jul 11, 2006

Travel Tip...

Avoid traveling on the 11th of each month.

137 killed in Mumbai's 7/11 terror attacks

Doolittle - Swipe A Lot

"Lawmaker" Criticized for PAC Fees Paid to Wife

Just say "No, thank you, honey" to graft!

Jul 10, 2006

Sh*ts And Giggles...


$2 Million Payment to Former Lobbyist Raises Eyebrows

"You've probably never heard of Jeffrey S. Shockey. So, for simplicity's sake, think of him as the Two Million Dollar Man.

The 40-year-old congressional staffer last year collected nearly $2 million in severance payments from his former employer, a lobbying firm that specializes in winning benefits from the committee he now serves. Many longtime Washingtonians are shaking their heads in disbelief over the payout's enormous size, its ad hoc method of calculation and the fact that Shockey received it while working as a senior congressional aide."

Jul 9, 2006

Grover It's Over..!

Jul 8, 2006

Have Some Fun...

by taking a stroll down TV memory lane.

It is uncanny how FOX News and The Outer Limits theme/intro seem to jive perfectly...

Don't Do...


Just say "No, thank you!" to graft.

Jul 7, 2006

Boondoggle Of The Year...

States line up for anti-flu medication

The threat of Avian Flu is real, the effectiveness of Tamiflu in treating it is not.

They Don't Know Jack...

No Respect..?

this leaves a very bad taste in my mouth.
What if President Bush were a girl?

The O.C....

gone wild or business as usual?

Al Qaeda Terrorist Sprouts In GOP Stronghold

Can You Hear Me Now..?

Summer Reading...

makings the rounds in our nation's capital and Capitol.

How to Deal With Being in Prison
"You were accused of a crime and either after a trial or a plea bargain, you were found guilty and sentenced to do time in prison. You will spend most of your time in a locked building with people that have done despicable things, some worse than you can imagine. If you behave, it might go easier on you. Nonetheless, you will have to make the best of it if you are going to survive."

Jul 6, 2006

What's It All About...?

Transcripts Reveal Reporter's Central Role in Plame Outing

Speaking of Jason Leopold...in a slow news week - let's re-read...

Bush at Center of Intelligence Leak
By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | Report
Thursday 06 April 2006

and create new "news" - Bush Directed Cheney To Counter War Critic

Vanity Is Fair Game...

"California Republican congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham traded military contracts for $2.4 million in antiques, cash, and other booty. He is now in jail, but his case exposed a world of bribery, booze, and broads that reaches into the Pentagon, the C.I.A., and Congress. Washington is wondering: Who's next?"


Lonestar Booby Prize...

Thar He Blows...

Have A Heart..?

Jul 5, 2006

Open Thread...

Jul 4, 2006


Happy Independence Day...

Jul 3, 2006

Too Cozy...

Jul 2, 2006

Open Thread...

Jul 1, 2006

And We Want It Now...

Federal prosecutors asked a judge yesterday to order former Enron Corp. executives Jeffrey K. Skilling and Kenneth L. Lay to turn over $182.8 million, arguing that their homes and other assets were acquired by fraud.