Out To Lunch

Blog on hold for a bit while work gets caught up on.

Also holding breath for the announcement of indictments.....

"We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world - no longer a Government of free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men."
-- President Woodrow Wilson during WWI


DeLay Document Dump Day

The Bush administration takes advantage of the DeLay's indictment to dump some stories into the slipstream that it would rather not have in the headlines.

  • Bush pardons 14 people...

  • Robert Bonner, head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, resigns...

  • Bush waives restrictions on Libya...

  • National Guard short on equipment....

    (Hat tip to Rachel Maddow)


  • Pre$$titution

    There's another great Media Watchdog site online now that looks like a possible successor to the sorely missed Media Whores Online:

    Pre$$titutes

    From their FAQ section:

    Q. Why This Site?

    We believe Pre$$titution is the First Cause of the worst presidency in U.S. history. The transformation of George W. Bush from a smarmy dilettante to a supposedly resolute, pious, compassionate leader is the result of a half decade of methodical Pre$$titution, both by hard right partisans and by reporters who have abdicated their interrogative role in order to pander to the administration. It is "death by a thousand cuts" in reverse: the cumulative effect of tens of thousands of implicit and explicit pro-Bush stories and soundbites has been to create the illusion of legitimacy around an individual uniquely unqualified to be president. Our aim is to make that process transparent.

    Welcome to the fight boys and girls....

    "Is this a private fight or can anyone join in?"
    - Old Irish Saying



    Grapple In the Big Apple

    If you haven't seen the "Grapple In the Big Apple" yet, the debate on the Iraq war between George Galloway and Chris Hitchens, I highly recommend it. Galloway takes Hitchens apart and leaves nothing but the slime that Hitchens tried to drag in. He also destroys Hitchen's endless army of strawmen. It's a stunning debate... and very "spirited".

    Democracy now has the video and audio up.

    Real Video

    mp3 Audio Download


    Update: (After another listen)

    Even with the great drubbing given to Hitchens by Galloway, the question that really left Hitchens stumbling for an answer was asked by Amy Goodman who was moderating the debate:

    "As you've changed your views over time, do you feel the media is friendlier to you."

    It's a stunning question that I can only hope will make Hitchens wake from his madness.

    Best quote from the evening about Iraq was by Galloway quoting the famous words of Tallyrand:

    "It's worse than a crime.. it's a blunder"

    One more thing: What the hell was up with Hitchens repeatedly warning the somewhat boisterous audience to remember that they are all being televised.
    What a creepy bastard.


    Gitmo Amnesia

    More news that people around the world are reading that you will not find in many (if any) American papers.

    Hunger strikers pledge to die in Guantánamo

    Why the blackout? Can't the newly found backbone in the US press extend itself to include Gitmo?


    America's Dirty Little Secret

    I wonder why this didn't make Good Morning America and the Today Show.

    UN hits back at US in report saying parts of America are as poor as Third World
    The Independent

    Parts of the United States are as poor as the Third World, according to a shocking United Nations report on global inequality.

    Claims that the New Orleans floods have laid bare a growing racial and economic divide in the US have, until now, been rejected by the American political establishment as emotional rhetoric. But yesterday's UN report provides statistical proof that for many - well beyond those affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - the great American Dream is an ongoing nightmare.

    The document constitutes a stinging attack on US policies at home and abroad in a fightback against moves by Washington to undermine next week's UN 60th anniversary conference which will be the biggest gathering of world leaders in history....

    Read the rest. This is America?


    Cole v. Hitchens

    You can guess the results. Juan Cole eviscerate Hitchen's falacies and torches his strawmen to ashes.

    It's a must read and hopefully evidence of the last of Hitchen's attack on reality.

    Juan Cole really is a national treasure.


    The REAL Timeline.

    Hurricane Katrina Actual Timeline

    Friday, Aug. 26: Gov. Kathleen Blanco declares a state of emergency in Louisiana and requests troop assistance.

    Saturday, Aug. 27: Gov. Blanco asks for federal state of emergency. A federal emergency is declared giving federal officials the authority to get involved.

    Sunday, Aug. 28: Mayor Ray Nagin orders mandatory evacuation of New Orleans. President Bush warned of Levee failure by National Hurricane Center. National Weather Service predicts area will be "uninhabitable" after Hurricane arrives. First reports of water toppling over the levee appear in local paper.

    Monday, Aug. 29: Levee breaches and New Orleans begins to fill with water, Bush travels to Arizona and California to discuss Medicare. FEMA chief finally responds to federal emergency, dispatching employees but giving them two days to arrive on site.

    Tuesday, Aug. 30: Mass looting reported, security shortage cited in New Orleans. Pentagon says that local authorities have adequate National Guard units to handle hurricane needs despite governor's earlier request. Bush returns to Crawford for final day of vacation. TV coverage is around-the-clock Hurricane news.

    Wednesday, Aug. 31: Tens of thousands trapped in New Orleans including at Convention Center and Superdome in "medieval" conditions. President Bush finally returns to Washington to establish a task force to coordinate federal response. Local authorities run out of food and water supplies.

    Thursday, Sept. 1: New Orleans descends into anarchy. New Orleans Mayor issues a "Desperate SOS" to federal government. Bush claims nobody predicted the breach of the levees despite multiple warnings and his earlier briefing.

    Friday, Sept. 2:
    Karl Rove begins Bush administration campaign to blame state and local officials—despite their repeated requests for help. Bush stages a photo-op—diverting Coast Guard helicopters and crew to act as backdrop for cameras. Levee repair work orchestrated for president's visit and White House press corps.

    Saturday, Sept. 3: Bush blames state and local officials. Senior administration official (possibly Rove) caught in a lie claiming Gov. Blanco had not declared a state of emergency or asked for help.

    Monday, Sept. 5: New Orleans officials begin to collect their dead.

    (Adapted from: Katrina Timeline, http://thinkprogress.org/katrina-timeline/

    Don't believe otherwise no matter how the right-wing machine is trying to spin what happened.
    Posted for posterity and future reference.


    Quagmire? Who knew?

    Oh yeah.... Dick Cheney knew.

    The notion that we oughta now go into Baghdad and somehow take control of the country strikes me as an extremely serious one in terms of what we would have to do once we got there. You'd probably have to put some new government in place, it's not clear what kind of government what would be, how long you'd have to stay. For the US to get involved militarily in determining the outcome of the struggle over who's going to govern in Iraq strike me as a classic definition of a quagmire.

    - Dick Cheney '1991
    NPR Interview

    Download mp3 Audio Clip
    via Crooks and Liars


    Another Sad Failure

    George Bush on March 12, 2004 celebrating "global women's human rights":

    PRESIDENT BUSH: I want to thank my friend, Dr. Raja Khuzai, who's with us today. This is the third time we have met. The first time we met, she walked into the Oval Office -- let's see, was it the first time? It was the first time. The door opened up. She said, "My liberator," and burst out in tears -- (laughter) -- and so did I. (Applause.) You have stood fast, you have stood strong. Like me, you've got liberty etched in your heart, and you're not going to yield. And you are doing a great job and we're proud to have you back. Thanks for coming. (Applause.)

    Dr. Raja Khuzai on August 23, 2005 about her immediate plans:

    "This is the future of the new Iraqi government - it will be in the hands of the clerics," said Dr. Raja Kuzai, a secular Shiite member of the Assembly. "I wanted Iraqi women to be free, to be able to talk freely and to able to move around." "I am not going to stay here," said Dr. Kuzai, an obstetrician and women's leader who met President Bush in the White House.



    Be A Witness

    This is an incredibly powerful commecial and message.

    Why don't some people want you to hear it?

    Do we need anymore evidence that the News Is Broken?


    Chickenhawks On Parade!

    Excuse me?? Since when does the PENTAGON sponsor freakin' parades!!??

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2005
    The Defense Department today announced the first "America Supports You Freedom Walk" to honor the victims of 9/11 and America's military personnel, as well as to celebrate freedom.

    The Freedom Walk will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 11 in the Pentagon South parking lot, near the site where the airliner crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11. The walk route will consist of a two-mile trek through Arlington National Cemetery, over the Potomac River, and will end by the reflecting pool on the National Mall, where a free concert featuring country music star Clint Black will take place.

    "I am proud and honored to be part of the America Supports You Freedom Walk to honor the victims of 9/11 and to support our men and women in uniform," Black said.

    Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld made the announcement today at the Pentagon.

    Doesn't Rumsfeld and the Pentagon have other going concerns? ... like in IRAQ!

    I think the title of the parade could be revised a bit to reflect better it's intent. Maybe it should read:

    'Freedom Walk' to Celebrate 9/11, Commemorate Freedom
    Rather than the other way around.


    Know Your Conservative Blog

    Great recap of the right-winger blogs by Fables Of The Reconstruction.

    They do the work so you don't have to.


    Nattering Nabobs

    Great article up on Huffington about the "nattering nabobs of mediocrity".

    Cenk Uygur is right. It is time to stop any attention being throw to the media whore shows like Meet The Press and their ilk. They serve no purpose other to further the administration line and to issue talking points. The "journalist with a conservative" round table formula has done more to hurt this country and put it in harms way and even the administration itself. They are part of the tools now that are being used to make this country nearly unrecognizable a large portion of the populous.

    I wish I could share his hope for the "new media" of becoming the rising phoenix out of the ashes of what was once a strong and independent media in this country. He might be right but I just hope the transition does not come too late.


    "...and we have the media now"

    Breaking News:

    Ann Coulter speaks the truth. For once.
    mp3 Audio of Ann trip-hopping the light fantastic. 600K


    Mission Accomplished?

    I wonder why this information isn't on the cover of every newspaper and featured on every talking-head show in America?

    ...wording from the new Iraqi Constitution.

    "Islam is the official religion of state, and is the fundamental source of legislation. It is impermissible to pass legislation that contradicts its essential verities or its laws."

    Just why did we sacrifice 1700 Americians and kill ten's of thousands of Iraqis?
    Thank you Bush administration. So when do Iraqi and Iran merge into a superpower in the Middle East?
    It looks like this administration is all for religion-based constitutions

    Juan Cole has more about the new Iraqi constitution.
    Draft Constitution Enshrines Islamic Law


    Karl Rove: The Great Unifier

    Yes that's right. Karl The Unifier . Stay with me here. Maybe the almost inevitable charges to come against Karl and Kompany is just what the country needs to find some kind of common ground... something thay can agree on. Red, Blue, Purple or Hot Pink... this is an issue that just might be able to unity the country into some kind of basic agreement. I'm really hoping that the voices still spewing the ridiculous GOP talking points will start to crawl back into their lairs to rethink just what kind of person and what kind of America they are attempting to protect and support.

    These are basics that I hope we all can come together on:

  • The security of our country is important.

  • Protecting our CIA operatives is part of keeping out country safe.

  • Those who attempt to break down this system should be help accountable.
  • The way the President is still protecting this person (or more likely these people) really makes me wonder just how much of a figurehead he really is. If he really was created by Karl then he will inevitably be destroyed by Karl. That destruction will not be a pretty sight, but like watching a horrible accident, I find it hard to turn away.

    Bad Animals

    Note Karl's button: "I'm a Source, Not a Target".
    The lighthearted arrogance will be his undoing.

    As the great philosopher Brion Gysin once said: "Man is a bad animal".
    These are bad animals.


    Lest we forget...

    Old habits are hard to break.
    (aka) Those who fail to learn from the past (and aren't prosecuted) are doomed to repeat it.

    From Salon

    When Karl Rove was little known outside Texas political circles, he was fired from George H.W. Bush's 1992 reelection campaign for leaking information to syndicated columnist Robert Novak. According to newspaper reports at the time, Rove was terminated for passing information to Novak from a meeting of the president's chief advisors. Rove denied he was the leaker.

    Today, with another Bush in office, a journalist is being jailed to protect a source that led Novak to name a CIA operative, Valerie Plame. There is fevered speculation that Novak's source was, once again, Karl Rove.

    Beyond Salon I have yet to hear any other media outlets pick up on this story.

    I really think questions to George Jr. asking why his father had the guts to take care of business that he doesn't would steam him up pretty good. He's always had a thing about trying to top daddy. The analysts would have a field day with Bush on the couch.

    Update: Looks like LA Times picked up the story on the 13th.

    During George H.W. Bush's second presidential campaign, Rove was fired from the campaign team because of suspicions that he had leaked information to columnist Robert Novak — the same columnist who first reported Plame's CIA role in 2003, citing anonymous administration sources.

    At the time, Bush's campaign was in trouble, and there was concern that the president might not even win his home state of Texas. The Novak column described a Dallas meeting in which the campaign's state manager, Robert Mosbacher, was stripped of his authority because the Texas effort was viewed as a bust.

    Mosbacher complained, expressing his suspicion that Rove was the leaker. Rove denied the charge, but was fired nevertheless.

    I'd love to hear Good Morning America or Today Show have an interview Mosbacher and get his two cents in telling this tale from the past.


    Max and Mann

    Max Blumenthal takes on the herculean task of reading through the Mann Report so we all don't have to. The Mann Report was commissioned by Kenneth Tomlinson, the chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in an attempt to document liberal bias in public broadcasting. This little exercise cost taxpayers a cool $14,700. What emerges is worthless drivel in the form of a report.

    The Mann report may be one of the strangest documents ever produced by the federal government; however, it is not totally without value. Though it may be botched as an indictment of liberal media bias, it inadvertently offers an unfiltered glimpse into the recesses of the conservative mind.

    The conservative media game was neatly summarized by Matt Labash, a former senior writer for The Weekly Standard ... "The conservative media likes to rap the liberal media on the knuckles for not being objective. We've created this cottage industry in which it pays to be un-objective.... It's a great way to have your cake and eat it too. Criticize other people for not being objective. Be as subjective as you want. It's a great little racket."

    Read the entire article in The Nation. It's worth it.

    M Is for Moronic


    Echo Chamber

    The mainstream media in this country are dominated by liberals.

    I was informed of this fact by Rush Limbaugh. And Thomas Sowell.
    And Ann Coulter. And Rich Lowry. And Bill O'Reilly. And William Safire.
    And Robert Novak. And William F. Buckley, Jr. And George Will.
    And John Gibson. And Michelle Malkin. And David Brooks. And Tony Snow.
    And Tony Blankely. And Fred Barnes. And Britt Hume. And Larry Kudlow.
    And Sean Hannity. And David Horowitz. And William Kristol. And Hugh Hewitt.
    And Oliver North. And Joe Scarborough. And Pat Buchanan. And John McLaughlin.
    And Cal Thomas. And Joe Klein. And James Kilpatrick. And Tucker Carlson.
    And Deroy Murdock. And Michael Savage. And Charles Krauthammer.
    And Stephen Moore. And Alan Keyes. And Gary Bauer. And Mort Kondracke.
    And Andrew Sullivan. And Nicholas von Hoffman. And Neil Cavuto.
    And Matt Drudge. And Mike Rosen. And Dave Kopel. And John Caldara.

    The mainstream media in this country are dominated by liberals.
    They have so poisoned the electorate that no Republicans can get elected.

    Republicans don't control the presidency.
    Republicans don't control both houses of Congress.
    Republicans don't control 28 of 50 governorships.

    Poor poor dominated Republicans. How will they ever get their point of view out?
    Culled from the Denver Post


    The Turd Blossoms

    This was the image that came into my head upon waking this morning.
    The wonderful people at ID Visuals made it a reality.... and then some.

    See original flash here:
    Download the SWF file for posting on your site.
    Please credit The News Is Broken and ID Visuals if reposting.

    Wikipedia Trivia

    * George W. Bush has referred to Karl Rove as "the Boy Genius", "Turd Blossom", as well as "The Architect". The last term is a Masonic term for God, though it is not clear whether a reference to this is intended.
    * On 8 December 2004, Rove was named by Barbara Walters as the "Most Fascinating Person" of the year.
    * Karl Rove is known for his strong temper and use of profanity.

    Moron Rove here


    V-II: The Nightmare Continues

    Doc Alt brings us a classic Media Whores post from March 2003. I never saw this the first time. I sure miss "The Horse".

    VIETNAM 2 PREFLIGHT CHECK

    1. Cabal of oldsters who won’t listen to outside advice?   Check.
    2. No understanding of ethnicities of the many locals?   Check.
    3. Imposing country boundaries drawn in Europe, not by the locals?   Check.
    4. Unshakeable faith in our superior technology?   Check.
    5. France secretly hoping we fall on our asses?   Check.
    6. Russia secretly hoping we fall on our asses?   Check.
    7. China secretly hoping we fall on our asses?   Check.
    8. SecDef pushing a conflict the JCS never wanted?   Check.
    9. Fear we’ll look bad if we back down now?   Check.
    10. Corrupt Texan in the WH?   Check.
    11. Land war in Asia?   Check.
    12. Right unhappy with outcome of previous war?   Check.
    13. Enemy easily moves in/out of neighboring countries?   Check.
    14. Soldiers about to be dosed with *our own* chemicals?   Check.
    15. Friendly fire problem ignored instead of solved?   Check.
    16. Anti-Americanism up sharply in Europe?   Check.
    17. B-52 bombers?   Check.
    18. Helicopters that clog up on the local dust?   Check.
    19. In-fighting among the branches of the military?   Check.
    20. Locals that cheer us by day, hate us by night?   Check.
    21. Local experts ignored?   Check.
    22. Local politicians ignored?   Check.
    23. Locals used to conflicts lasting longer than the USA has been a country?   Check.
    24. Against advice, Prez won’t raise taxes to pay for war?   Check.
    25. Blue water navy ships operating in brown water?   Check.
    26. Use of nukes hinted at if things don’t go our way?   Check.
    27. Unpopular war?   Check.

    VIETNAM 2, YOU ARE CLEAR TO TAXI


    March Of The Frog Traitor

    While we are talking about evil incarnate.
    Please oh please make this be true.

    MSNBC Analyst Says Cooper Documents Reveal Karl Rove as Source in Plame Case

    "At the end of the day, it's of keen interest to me to see whether or not we can get Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs. And trust me, when I use that name, I measure my words."
    ----Joseph Wilson, August 21, 2003

    Let the march of the cowardice traitor begin.
    Skip to the music Mr. Rove.
    "Froggy went to court 'cause he did lie, uh huh"


    Corporation For Perle Broadcasting

    Just when I thought the problems with the CPB couldn't get any worse
    They give the Prince of Darknessssss himself his own propaganda vehicle.

    Richard Perle, the former Bush administration adviser and Iraq war advocate, would make a ripe subject for many filmmakers. But when the Corporation for Public Broadcasting awarded a preliminary grant for a film on Mr. Perle's neoconservative worldview, it gave the money to the British producer Brian Lapping, Mr. Perle's friend of four decades.
    .........
    (T)he corporation took another unusual step. Seeking political balance on a charged topic, in late April it asked a half-dozen filmmakers to submit proposals for a separate film critical of White House foreign policy. Sherry Jones, who has won awards for her work on the public television series "Frontline," was chosen, with an associate. They will examine "how the implementation of the so-called Bush doctrine has alienated traditional American allies, tarnished America's image abroad and possibly made the world more dangerous," the corporation said in a news release.
    .........
    Of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's decision to commission a counterfilm, Mr. Lapping said, "I can understand the pressure for an opposite point of view, but I didn't see the need for it."
    I bet you don't Mr. Lapping.. but it's a good thing that the CPB still does. For now anyway.


    Unexpected Victories

    Good news on the media consolidation front.

    From WaPo today

    The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday let stand an appeals court ruling that limits the number of television stations, radio stations and newspapers a media company can own in a single market.

    "It's an enormous victory for those who seek greater diversity in ownership and greater competition in news media," said Gene Kimmelman, director of Consumers Union.

    Score one for the Supreme Court.....


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