Saturday, March 13, 2004

In Bush's Wonderland, failures are successes 

Perhaps we shouldn't be pointing this out to the Bush people, but George W. is campaigning on his failures and calling them successes: 9/11, tax cuts for the rich, deficits, an economy in the toilet, climbing unemployment as more and more jobs are sent offshore, Afghanistan, Iraq and his bogus, but endless, "war on terror."

Then what can Bush run on when his whole term in the White House -- a term handed him by the Supreme Court -- has been nothing but lies, coverups, broken promises, illegal wars and failures?

Do the Bushies think the American people are that stupid or have they already rigged the electronic voting equipment?

Hatch uses Democrats' absence to torpedo Memogate probe 

While Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee were on the floor voting Thursday night, committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) seized the opportunity to kill a bipartisan request to federal prosecutors to investigate Republicans' theft of memos from Democrats' computers and tossed the issue back to the Senate's sergeant-at-arms to decide what to do.

Following a contentious day in trying to find compromise language on how to proceed, Democrats believed they had time to cast their votes on the floor and return to the committee before a vote was taken there.

"'We weren't boycotting this -- we thought we had 10 more minutes,' said Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, who said some Republicans wanted to stop or curtail the probe because they did not want any revelations about 'which interest groups received these stolen documents' about the battle over the judges," according to a Reuters article.

Reuters reported that Sergeant-at-Arms William Pickle "released a report last week showing how two Republican staffers, both of whom have since left the committee, improperly retrieved sensitive documents from Democratic committee staff computers."

Earlier in the day, Pickles said he thought "a referral to the US attorney's office was probably the right course of action."

US continues to pay con man Chalabi and his Iraqi National Congress some $340,000 a month 

George W. Bush keeps cutting money for everything that would help the people, and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan now wants to reduce their Social Security benefits and add to the number of years they have to work in order to collect. Yet, the Bush administration has the money to continue paying Ahmed Chalabi, a convicted felon and fugitive from justice, and his Iraqi National Congress about $340,000 a month for "intelligence" about Iraqi insurgents.

This is the same Chalabi who supplied the Bush administration with false, misleading and fabricated information in order to promote an illegal war against Iraq. This is the same Chalabi who took the Bushies and New York Times reporter Judith Miller down the garden path about Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction." This is the same Chalabi who was convicted in absentia in 1992 by a Jordanian court for bank fraud, embezzlement, and currency-trading irregularities, following the collapse of the Petra Bank that he set up in 1977. And this is the same Chalabi who is currently serving as a member of the Iraqi Governing Council and who has his eye on becoming Saddam's replacement.

Is Jordan, an ally du jour, so afraid of the US that it is not demanding Chalabi be handed over to serve his prison term? Silly question.

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