Apr 25, 2006

George Who..?

Once Boon, Ties to Bush May Be Bust a Move
"Republicans around the country are openly debating how to distance themselves from voters' dissatisfaction with Mr. Bush and the war, but without further tarnishing their party and its public face in the process."
"Standing too close to an unpopular president or stepping away too far each have political risks. In a recent memorandum written for the Republican Party's chairman, Ken Mehlman, the pollster Jan van Lohuizen argued to Republican incumbents that trying to "drive a wedge" between themselves and the president would backfire by hurting their own image as Republicans."
"The president is seen universally as the face of the Republican Party," Mr. van Lohuizen wrote, according to a copy reproduced by the Web site of National Journal. "We are now Brand W. Republicans." [full story]


Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

Brand "W"? In for a "penny", in for a pound. This November 7th there are going to be a lot of well-paid political analysts wondering what hit them. Of course, the only factor we have to
worry about MOST is the Diebold voting machines. The great equalizer! If you can't win fairly, CHEAT!

My Congresswoman, Candace Miller, is one of the folks that got into office with the now famous 18,181 votes last time.

We Michiganders should be in her face, BIG TIME! She traded her vote on the prescription drug plan and was censured by the "Ethics Committee", along with Tom Delay.

5:32 AM  
Blogger airJackie said...

The gerbil was here in California and didn't do well at all. Josh Bolten isn't doing well in fixing the broken President. Charlie Brown can't help either. Nothing is working for these guys and the lies just keep coming. The GOP really did need Karl Rove and now nothing will save them. This is the price you pay when using God's name in vain and lying/torture/rape/stealing/
invading and so much more. I do feel bad for the few Republicans who are honesty people not caught up in the corruption of their party. Just as their are some Dems who are corrupt but now's the time to look at each person before you vote. If he/she wants to work for the people thats a good official. In a way SPB is right some elected Officials have stayed to long and become friends of each other and can't do what they we're elected to do. That old saying they stand to long at the party, its time to leave.

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Serveral blogs back I said that the leak would lead directly to the POTUS...not that I am a great guru..it's just that I know my southern culture....it is not that Bush was born in the south..the south just embraced them because of family money into "you can do no wrong society ..we are above everyone else" proven by this "regardless of what you look like or where you live"
the religious theme is dry drunk talk.. but if I were his mom
I would feel so ashamed
for these values he now displays
trying policy dicussed within his family group throughout his lifetime..just hope all Americans see it does not work.
The strength of this nation has always been the "common man"
he is from a family that takes far more than they give and if Babs would do the right thing and put her Country first she would ask her son to step down.

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that W brand is on the forehead of
everyone of the do nothings
hope they will be gone..
and the true patiots come home from Iraq..

7:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brand W? Oh thats too good. They will be sooo sorry that they stuck with the Heil brand W.

It will be a "branding" much like that on an Ohio cow-it will stay with them the rest of their days...

By the way, feminism was invented to combat the moral cowards in government and society-which includes most of the Democrats and all of the republican men in our current situation...
Women, like Rosa Parks, like Cindy Sheehan, were forced to take a stand for the truth- when men chose to be moral cowards and failed in their duties to America and humanity. There is nothing about this administration that I like.

My parents are in Egypt and I have not heard from them-I cannot tell you all how much this president has personally effected my life and I don't even know the guy-and I'm an Independent :-(
PS- Told you McCarthy was railroaded...another one, again.

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, we have t-shirts that say

"I don't know Jack" ..


" I don't know Bush"

" I dont' know a Republican"

as well for Congress and the entire Administration?

Dubious endeavors have a nice way of ensnaring the very people who engaged in them ...

8:31 AM  
Blogger The Astral Technician said...

As Randi Rhodes often says, "We're all wearing the blue dress now. The whole freakin world!"

Goper's Lament (Hard To Be A Republican)

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

George W Bush is now Typhoid George.

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Subway you are today's Arlo Guthrie
for sure and I'm proud to know you

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SS That was great-made my day :-)

9:39 AM  
Blogger Contessa37 said...

From one disgrunted Republican, W is like the plague

9:41 AM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...

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9:53 AM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...

The GOP is so afraid of losing in November election. It is now the theme of "every man for himself." The GOP party is in jeopardy and the human stain of corruption in which the Gerbil and company has caused. It will take the GOP party to really gain the public trust in that party first and then the future politicians. I feel sorry for the future upcoming GOP politicans who are honest and who don't follow the graft. They have to carry that human stain around of shame thanks to the Gerbil! And I am not saying the Democrats are perfect. I just read yesterday that many of the Democrats are distancing themselves from the "buttkisser" Lieberman. Many of them are saying that Lieberman acts more Republican than Democrat. Which I agree and it is about time that they admit it. Both political parties have issues. But, the bottom line is that the American people will be carrying this human stain of shame of this corrupted Administration. But, it is up to us to make that change and to remove that human stain forever being repeated or reoccurred.

9:56 AM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...

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9:58 AM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...

And you pick the right character for the Gerbil. He certainly is a dirtbag.. You are certainly are Charlie Brown cartoon lover. I was thinking of you and the little soldier standing side by side together. The two of you look like Yogi Bear and boo boo....

9:59 AM  
Blogger cs said...

It's nice to see the embodiment of GOP values being exposed so clearly...however, it's interesting that the GOP minor players would be distancing themselves like rats off a sinking ship. Bush's incompetence and dishonesty were fine with them when he was polling higher...

10:22 AM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...

From Americanblog, This is an interesting remark by Elisabeth Dole:

Sen. Elizabeth Dole, chairwoman of the Republican Senate campaign committee, issued a statement that said, "Democrats have decided to play partisan politics with gas prices in a flailing attempt to distract from the growing economy."

"According to Open Secrets, oil and gas interests have given 80% of their political money to the GOP over the past couple cycles -- that percentage has risen steadily. The best Dole can do is a press release blaming the Dems. for playing politics."
In 2004, Democrats gave 20% and GOP gave 80%. In 2006, Democrats gave 16% and GOP gave 84%. ExxonMobil and ChevronTexaco made huge profits this year and the year before. Cheney made 33% of profit from Halliburton. Do your math....


10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elizabeth Dole is a has-been.
She's just attempting to get in a cheap shot; recall this is how we had Swift Boat and Flip Flop Kerry.

Its all in the S P I N.

When she speaks or for that matter alot of the members of Congress [both sides]... most tend to just

"tune out" as we all recognize now [its never too late] ..

its a DAMN SPIN and ZERO SUBSTANCE, don't you think SPB?

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually, isn't this a pic of

Pig Pen?

10:41 AM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...

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10:46 AM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...


You are right, It is Pig Pen but I like the Dirtbag name for the Gerbil! Everywhere that the Gerbil goes, he brings nothing but dirt and fifth!

6 miles:

Of course, it is a spin and politics for Ms. Dole. If you check out the statistics of which party benefited from the oil and interests, you can see that her statement made her a complete idiot. Hello!!! The Gerbil and Cheney are oilmen for goodness sakes! And you know that Bob "Viagra" Dole benefited from the oil profits! Is she that stupid???? Ms. Dole is full of it!

10:50 AM  
Blogger Former Fed said...


Just read a terrific article in Truthout written by Col Wilkerson, Powell's former COS.

Highly recommend it:


10:58 AM  
Blogger KitNeill said...

When the Repubs have only Elizabeth Dole to send out as a banner head, to try to float ideas - any idea that forces blame from them - it's nearing bottom for them.

It's always been a PR tactic to send someone out front with a trial balloon. There will be more. But fewer are willing these days because instead of currying favor, it can kill a career.

I would feel sorry for them if they didn't bring it all upon themselves. And I do not feel one bit sorry for the so-called innocent decent Repubs - when they were winning they were sure willing to shut up and go along. They made their own problems, too.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cuff love your thoughts about "when polling higher..the one that gets me is the joker in Utah disttancing himself because of the morman values???what about Big Love.. the dole will be off the dole soon ..not fast enough...

11:04 AM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...

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11:15 AM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...

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11:17 AM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...

Former Fed,

Thanks for passing along the article. Two things that I highlighted:

1."Unprecedented interpretations of the Constitution that holds the president as commander in chief to be all-powerful and without checks and balances marks the hubris and unparalleled radicalism of this administration." The Gerbil certainly had abuse the meaning of the Constitution founding by the Founding Fathers! King Gerbil thinks that he is the all and powerful Oz. "To test a man's character, give him power"-Abe Lincoln.

2. "Congress can awaken and discover that the Constitution is correct, that Congress is in fact a separate and equal branch of government. The American people will find a way to deal with the remainder of the radicals, whether at the ballot box, in the courts or in the Senate." Grandmunk pointed out what happened to the separation of church and state. Well, we have a Congress a separate and equal government. American people need to understand the President, Congress, Senate, etc. are public servants to the American people. And it is up to people to get off the pot and get to the ballot box and decide which candidate will work for and serve the American people and not for the himself/herself or the lobbyists or corporate businesses or special interest groups, etc.

11:19 AM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...


Day two of Enron with Lying Lay. This is so interesting.

Enron: Ken Lay’s Nightmare, Stephen Cooper’s Cash Cow
Posted by Peter Lattman

HOUSTON — Down here in H-town, the Enron narrative pretty much ends on Dec. 2, 2001, the day the energy giant filed for bankruptcy. But for the hundreds of bankers, lawyers, and consultants who make their living dealing with bankrupt companies, the fun had only just begun. And since that fateful day – which Ken Lay described as the most “devastating” of his life — no one has had a grander time working on Enron’s Chapter 11 proceeding (or at least made more money) than Stephen Cooper.
The Law Blog has posted items on Cooper and the gargantuan fees he’s garnered for his work on Enron’s bankruptcy . Thanks to the Bankruptcy Litigation blog, we learned that earlier this month federal bankruptcy judge Arthur Gonzalez – who’s presided over both the Enron and WorldCom bankruptcies – approved a $12.5 million success fee paid to Cooper, despite accusations of “billing irregularities” from the Justice Department. That brings his total fees on Enron to roughly $120 million.
So while over the past few years Lay — as he described it to the jury — has lived “the American nightmare,” the man who oversaw the dismantling of the company that Ken Lay built has been able to continue his pursuit of the American dream.

Blah, blah, blah from Lay. Here s the article about Cooper's 12.5 jackpot fee:

The Price of Success: Enron's Bankruptcy Court Approves $12.5 Million Success Fee for Stephen Forbes Cooper, LLC

"With eyes glued to the daily happenings in Houston's trial of the century, surprisingly little attention has been given to the $12.5 million success fee recently granted to Stephen Forbes Cooper, LLC, by Judge Arthur Gonzalez (former 13 year veteran schoolteacher in New York's public schools who won the equivalent of the "Bankruptcy Judge Lottery" by having been randomly selected to be the presiding judge -- at the same time -- over the two largest bankruptcies of all time: Enron and Worldcom). In re Enron Corp., 2006 WL 1030421"
"In the end, Cooper's firm earned about $120 million in Enron's bankruptcy, thus paving the way for Mr. Cooper to earn another success fee in his next "sweet role," as CEO of beleaguered Krispy Kreme."

Good job from Peter and the lawblog for finding this out!

11:40 AM  
Blogger Former Fed said...


I certainly agree with your comments.

Many (some would say most) of the people in the US have either never known, or have forgotten, the concept of balance - as in, balance of powers, separation of powers, three co-equal branches of government.

This concept is central to our country and anytime it gets out of balance, problems occur. Too much power in the hands of any one group - Repubs, Demos, liberals, conservatives, or even Greens is going to lead to trouble for the nation.

Guess we need to get in the dismantle business - sounds like it pays very well!!

12:24 PM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...

Former Fed:

And also the clean the public sink and take back our country business!

12:30 PM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...

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12:45 PM  
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12:49 PM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...

More on Enron Trial with Peter. I can see why Lying Lay wasn't minding the store?

The Life of an Ambassador CEO
Posted by Peter Lattman

"HOUSTON — Sometimes exhibits displayed on the courtroom’s pull-down screen illuminate more about the Enron story than the lawyers presenting them might have otherwise intended. This morning Secrest showed the jury an entry from Ken Lay’s calendar dated Sept. 19, 2001 and focused on the substance of a meeting scheduled from 9:30-10:30 a.m. titled “Stock price & end of quarter meeting with Greg [Whalley], Mark K. [Koenig], Andy [Fastow] & Causey.”
But it was the rest of the calendar entries that fascinated the Law Blog, revealing that as late as Sept. 19 — less than three months away from Enron’s bankruptcy filing — Ken Lay was hardly in crisis mode. Rather, he was still very much the player, an ambassador CEO schmoozing it up with the power elite:
11 – 11: 30 Gov. Leavitt of Utah will call re: Olympics [the 2002 Winter Olympics were held in Salt Lake City]
11:30 – 12: Earl to drive you to Coronado Club [According to the Coronado Club’s Web site, members “are among a family of local and national leaders who throughout the history of the Club have played a vital role in Houston’s growth and who represent the highest standards in personal and business ethics.”]
12 – 1: Lunch with Bob Mosbacher – Coronado Club [Mosbacher is a Houston oil tycoon who served as Secretary of Commerce under the first President Bush]
2 – 2:30: Lloyd Bentsen [Treasury Secretary under President Clinton, four-term U.S. Senator from Texas, and teller to Dan Quayle, “You’re no Jack Kennedy"
Can't wait for Berkowitz to cross-examine Lay!

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Lay Biloxi, looks like he's about to go down!


The best Kenny Lay could do was blame it all on Fastow, always blame the new guy.

Its such a travesty that this guy got hired and never accepts any responsibility. Its like a little kid learning to walk again!

Pampered all his life, Lay feels the shoe should always belong to the little guy. Only this time he can't get out, he will have to accept his own role in the ENRON Crime!

Bring it on and bring 'em down!

Speaking of election fraud, everyone ought to take a look at this!


Looks like the truth is finally coming out and just in time.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see Cheney's blithering, assinine stance on 'Iraq's oil will pay for the invasion' and
helping his buddies at Haliburton line their wallets [and his as well] while they
in rebuilding the oil pipeline in Iraq.

Yep the 'no bid' contract one.

Nice, huh?

1:17 PM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...

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2:10 PM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...


Snow hasn't taken over the little Buckaroo McFelon's position yet. He is acting like adult baby that ought to be wearing diapers! From Thinkprogress:

Snow gets demanding.

"Prospective White House Press Secretary Tony Snow has reportedly “asked for guaranteed access to the president’s ear and to an unusually large degree of latitude to reconfigure the WH press operation. … Snow, not content to be a herald, also wants near-complete control over what he says from the podium, be it bromides, platitudes or substance.”
UPDATE: “Tomorrow, Republicans close to the White House expect Pres. Bush to formally name Tony Snow as his new press secretary" I can see that there will be a war of power of Snow/Bolten/Rove/Cheney.


More of the CIA Analyst From Americablog:

Goss was 'given instructions' to purge Democrats from the CIA

"Instead of assuming that McCarthy was responsible for leaks, we now have to wonder why, exactly, CIA Director Porter Goss sacked a veteran intelligence analyst. It's too soon to say with any certainty whether Goss, who personally oversaw the investigation into this leak, was driven by partisan motivations, but there's reason to believe the director of central intelligence was not acting on principle. After all, McCarthy was a Democrat and hold-over from the Clinton years -- and Goss is a former House Republican who has tried to purge top-ranking CIA officials of anyone who wasn't loyal to Bush.

The White House has ordered the new CIA director, Porter Goss, to purge the agency of officers believed to have been disloyal to President George W. Bush or of leaking damaging information to the media about the conduct of the Iraq war and the hunt for Osama bin Laden, according to knowledgeable sources. "The agency is being purged on instructions from the White House," said a former senior CIA official who maintains close ties to both the agency and to the White House. "Goss was given instructions ... to get rid of those soft leakers and liberal Democrats. The CIA is looked on by the White House as a hotbed of liberals and people who have been obstructing the president's agenda." Could this be a case of revenge to get rid of the CIA Analyst as well as Valerie Plame for political agenda????

2:12 PM  
Blogger Suzie-Q (S-Q) said...

Following the action of legislators in California and Illinois - which in turn followed the grassroots activism of Vermonters - legislation calling for the impeachment of George Bush under Section 603 of the Jefferson Manual will be introduced to the Vermont State Legislature Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest.


2:24 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

SPB...send her off to the gulag! This reign of terror MUST STOP!

These guys are getting so paranoid that they want to get rid of anyone that even remotely suggests that the emporer is naked.

2:29 PM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...

Adn there will be more state that will want the Gerbil removed!

In other news, here is a person that Fitz or any of the bloggers haven't discussed. What is World Bank Group President, Paul Wolfowitz, been douing lately?

World Bank Accused Over Malaria
BBC News

" The World Bank has been accused of publishing false accounts and wasting money on ineffective medicines in its malaria treatment programme.
A Lancet paper claims the bank faked figures, boosting the success of its malaria projects, and reneged on a pledge to invest $300-500m in Africa.
It also claims the bank funded obsolete treatments - against expert advice.
The bank has denied the allegations and says it is investing $500m to $1bn (£280m-£560m) over the next five years."


And there should be an investigation into that matter!

2:31 PM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...

Well, Grandmanuk!

The Gerbil Administratiob had alot of removing certain people who are against the Administration when he got reelected. In 2004, he claimed that is a uniter not a divider and that he wanted to work with the 49% Americans who didn't vote for him to gain their "trust." Uhhuh, right! As tou can see, he has gone through personal information into every person, company, professional, orgainzation, etc who didn't vote for the Gerbil and try to punish them! It is a shame what the Administration did to the CIA Analyst and to Valerie Wilson. But, King Gerbil believes that he is bigger than God. And I hope that everyone come out and vote in November to take back this country!

2:38 PM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...

Boy, Kenneth Lay is really pulling straw in his case. From Peter Lattman:

The Unsent Letter

"Judge Lake has been a picture of control in the courtroom — decisive, fair, even-tempered, and astonishingly punctual. Well, today it seems that either Judge Lake didn’t get his morning run in or he’s just fed up with lawyer “Mac” Secrest’s direct examination of Ken Lay.
First, Secrest asked Lay to interpret somebody else’s notes — highlighted on the pull-down screen — from an audit committee meeting in September 2001. Prosecutor John Hueston objected on the grounds that Lay shouldn’t interpret somone else’s notes about the meeting and should testify to his own impressions since he was there.
“I sustain the objection,” said Judge Lake.
Strangely, Secrest basically re-asked Lay a question about his interpretation of the notes. As Lay began to prattle on, Judge Lake interjected:
“The jury will disregard the last answer,” snapped Judge Lake. “I sustained the objection. You’re not listening, Mr. Secrest.”
Secrest showed a lengthy draft letter written to the WSJ, dated Oct. 19, 2001, from Enron director and New York financier Herbert “Pug” Winokur. Winokur, said Lay, “wanted to write a letter to the Wall Street Journal defending Andy Fastow, defending Enron, and [the LJM] transactions.”
Without any objection from the government, Judge Lake cut Secrest off: “What’s the relevance of this!” The letter was never sent, said Judge Lake, and “a draft of a letter that wasn’t sent is not relevant.” Judge Lake then hastened to add, “Let’s move this direct along!”
While the Law Blog appreciated the drama from the bench, it left us wondering why, if Enron was so incensed by the WSJ stories, the letter was never sent. " Lying Lay should get another attorney. He is making Lay look like an idiot!

2:49 PM  
Blogger The Astral Technician said...

Political Death From 70 Million Mosquitos From Cyberspace.

The one thing that made me a Howard Dean, fan was his belief in the ability of one person to make a difference.


2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wolfowitz was on the network news last night about Hilton hotel closing down a restaurant that gives seriously injured and maimed soldiers and their families free meals on Friday evenings. Something they look forward to and helps them cope much, but Hilton must be too cheap to continue.

Anyway, there was fake Wolfowitz moving among the vets playing it up for what it was worth......enough to make your stomach hurl. I seriously doubt if it was this super neocon's guilt acting up, narcissists don't have guilt.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SPB are we into high crimes yet...

3:00 PM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...

Well that tell how incompentent the Gerbil Administration is with hiring an inexperienced World Bank Prez, Paul "spit on the comb and put it in your hair" Wolfowitz (if anyone remembered seeing Wolfie on Fahrenheit 9/11. I still keep fast forwarding that scene with Wolfie. Can't stomach to see him do that!). More and more we are hearing in the news about the Gerbil's baee and how incompetent they are!

3:04 PM  
Blogger Suzie-Q (S-Q) said...

I couldn't believe what I was seeing when Wolfowitz put his comb in his mouth and then spit on it...and then combed through his hair! GROSS!! I think my mouth fell open and I was just stunned!

3:20 PM  
Blogger Suzie-Q (S-Q) said...

I would hate to go to a barbecue with that bunch! Can you imagine how they would eat ribs and corn on the cob?
Those guys have no class at all!

3:30 PM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...

I wouldn't want to near the entire nasty Gerbil Administration if I got lost and need directions from any of them. I certainly have a fixation of washing my hands every time I see Wolfowitz's scene with the comb on DVD!

3:49 PM  

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