Saturday, September 18, 2004


Still shines despite Judicial Watch's best attempt to undermine it. Will they be trying to clear up the Bush AWOL/deserter status anytime soon? Will we ever learn why he was really grounded, why he did not take his physical, and why he failed to live up to his agreements?

Navy Says Kerry's Service Awards OK'd

Sat Sep 18, 6:34 AM ET

By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer

WASHINGTON - The Navy's chief investigator concluded Friday that procedures were followed properly in the approval of Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites)'s Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals, according to an internal Navy memo.

Vice Adm. R.A. Route, the Navy inspector general, conducted the review of Kerry's Vietnam-ear military service awards at the request of Judicial Watch, a public interest group. The group has also asked for the release of additional records documenting the Democratic presidential candidate's military service.

Judicial Watch had requested in August that the Navy open an investigation of the matter, but Route said in an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press that he saw no reason for a full-scale probe.

"Our examination found that existing documentation regarding the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals indicates the awards approval process was properly followed," Route wrote in the memo sent Friday to Navy Secretary Gordon England.

"In particular, the senior officers who awarded the medals were properly delegated authority to do so. In addition, we found that they correctly followed the procedures in place at the time for approving these awards."

Some veterans have challenged Kerry's version of the circumstances surrounding the incident that led to his Silver Star award for battlefield heroism, as well as his three Purple Heart medals.

Just for fun, can you guess which major story is not included here?

Thursday, September 16, 2004

51 DEAD THIS MONTH. Thanx George

7 SINCE YESTERDAY. I could swear that George W. Bush said things were getting better there. Maybe Daddy, Cheney and Rummy should explain all those "mass graves" to him, but don't you feel better now that WE get to staff and pay for the torture chambers?

You can’t just keep weighing the calves, you have to feed them, too

Greatest No Child Left Behind descritpion ever!

Gee Whiz Denny

Pretty nice to give yourself a $4000.00 raise when you have helped to strip overtime protection for decent hardworking folks back home.

Are you one of the dudes who wants to let Tom DeLay get away with selling legislation and other ethical violations?

It would only be fitting if the Tracy Velasquez was the one to benefit from your boondogglery. I know that you don't really acknowlege her candidacy, but she is interested in what is best for Montanan's and American's. You are more interested in what suits the big corporations than anything else.

I guess one example is why we still don't have country of origin labeling COOL. Not for us, because we are very proud of our agricultural products and would like to eat the ones produced closest to home!

Kids God and Politics

What do you do when your child asks if you're a traitor? Sad story and interesting discussion. Come on people, why do we treat each other so shabbily and why does George W. Bush encourage so much discord?

Wednesday, September 15, 2004


Don't you just hate it when the media jabbers on about the newly dead American soldiers in this failed war of lies? It's like they aren't even worth a small mention.

It is almost as cool as watching many stories about this horriffic hurricane season without ever hearing the words global warming or sudden climate change.

Update: post was edited because it posted incompletely. That gives me the chance to tell you about the 138 soldiers who were too severely wounded to return to duty last week.

Does George Bush have any plan to fix the mess he created here? Oh Afghanistan rocks too, small wonder he can hardly wait to get to Iran.



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Tuesday, September 14, 2004


Latest fatality count in this war of lies. Is it really five more than yesterday?

No mention of spyplane breakdown in China

I vaguely remember how tense it was to have U.S. citizens held in Chinese captivity, but it is never mentioned anywhere any more.

The events of the Bush reign in America are enough to fuel any crisis junkie anyway.

Read this and weep

Monday, September 13, 2004


That would depend on your definition of success.

The Times states that it is.

Al Qaeda has already declared war on the United States, and America needs to fight back relentlessly - in Afghanistan and through international efforts to capture terrorist leaders who function with forged passports and visas, safe houses and sleeper cells. That is why Mr. Cheney is also wrong to disparage law-enforcement cooperation with allies as an important weapon in this war.

Instead, he promises more preventive, offensive wars against hypothetical dangers like Iraq. Besides estranging America from its main European and Asian allies, and leaving Washington looking like an aggressor to much of the Arab and Muslim world, these policies kill American soldiers and civilians in the countries attacked, and they threaten to tie down the Army and Marine divisions America needs to have available for responding to real threats in the dangerous decades ahead.

Is it really possible that they they have not read "Rebuilding America's Defences", "A Clean Break" or any of the other self-serving dribble that is posted on the Project For A New American Century (PNAC) website?

Can it really be possible that "the paper of record" does not understand that the whole point of endless war is for the military industrial entertainment industry to gain even more money and power.

Dick Cheney and his fellow war profiteers like what they are getting and their appetite for money, power and blood is insatiable so they are continuing to demand even more. They do not believe that the doctrine of preemptive war is a failed policy at all.

In Fact, AEI fellow Tom Donnelly has a hit piece on Kerry there (the whole website has gone radically anti-Kerry, but since thei policies are already proven to be miserable failures what else would we expect of them?) that completely ignores the fact that NORTH KOREA DID NOT GET NUCLEAR WEAPONS UNTIL GEORGE BUSH RENEGGED ON THE DEAL THAT BILL CLINTON MADE WITH THEM.

A whole lot of self-important distorted hooey

...First, the Kerry team has apparently learned nothing from the disastrous deal the Clinton administration made with North Korea back in the 1990s. Edwards's proposal for a "grand bargain" with Iran is almost identical to the Clinton administration's 1994 Agreed Framework deal. In that earlier "bargain," North Korea promised to halt work on nuclear weapons in return for American assistance with "peaceful" nuclear programs. We now know that the North Korean government lied all along and used the agreement to proceed with its nuclear weapons programs.

But the Kerry team is undeterred by this record of failure. In fact, Edwards's proposal is of a piece with Kerry's generally soft approach to dangerous regimes like the one in Teheran. Back in March, Kerry told the Council on Foreign Relations that he wanted to carry out a "non-confrontational" policy toward Iran that emphasizes areas of "mutual interest."

Being "non-confrontational" with Iran apparently means not raising troubling matters, such as Iran's ongoing support for terrorism. In outlining his proposed "grand bargain" with the Iranian government, Edwards completely ignored the fact that a number of senior ranking al Qaeda officials now live and operate in Iran under the Iranian government's protection. Richard Clarke has stated that he regards the connection between Iran and al Qaeda as very dangerous. Yet John Edwards does not insist that his "grand bargain" must include a promise by Iran to cut off all ties with al Qaeda and to turn over those al Qaeda operatives on Iranian soil. Undoubtedly, this is all part of Kerry's and Edwards's strategy for waging a "more sensitive" war on global terrorism.

Kerry and Edwards believe the failed policies of the 1990s remain suitable to the post-September 11 era. We doubt a majority of Americans will agree.

I think that India's Economic Policy Review Iraq War Special (will try to find link) put it best when they called it "A military solution to an economic problem."

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Stupid or Still Lying?

"One thing about Senator Kerry's position is clear," Mr. Bush told a rally here. "If he had his way, Saddam Hussein would still be in power and would still be a threat to the security of America and the world."

Saddam Hussein was a lot of things, but a threat to America and the world wasn't one of them.


One friend insists that George is a good man who just happens to surround himself with very bad people, completely helpless in the sea of their wickedness. I think that he is a greedy yet empty man child who enjoys the suffering of others.

Is he stupid or still lying? I ask, you decide.