Saturday, September 25, 2004


1048 funerals. I wonder how many widows the president will hug if he ever goes to one.

Going to Ronnie's funeral and hugging Nancy (if he did) does not count.

More to come.

Hiring and Firing

Sometimes a resume helps you make up your mind.


I confess that I was reeled into watching Oprah by the teaser about the six words that every single, divorced and dating woman needed to hear. Those six words, "he's just not that into you" had the same profound yet simple wisdom as two of my favorite Dr. Phil questions, "how's that working for you?", and "what's your measure of sucess?"

Oprah recommended buying the book for your pitiful single girlfriends. Good suggestion, why spend all your time agonizing about that person who says one thing but does another? If the words and the deeds are not matching up the answer to your agony is simply "he's just not that into you".

Saying one thing and doing another is a hallmark of a disinterested and/or unscrupulous partner. On the second anniversary of his departure from the Republican Party, Senator Jim Jeffords gave a speech at the National Press Club where he continually pointed out that the Bush administration says one thing and does another.

I really liked the speech, so I will reprint almost all of it here with a few changes. I think that it was Tom Spencer who used to say "It's not what we think of him that matters, it's what he thinks about US". Remember that when your partner or president says one thing and does another, it means that "he's just not that into in you".


Yet the reasons for my switch, while apparent to me then, have become painfully clear to me now. The events of the past two years have only heightened my concern over the president's veer to the right, and the poisoning of our democratic process of government.

The promises of candidate Bush, who pledged to bring a new tone to Washington and packaged himself as a compassionate conservative, are unmet. On issue after issue the Bush administration is not what it claims to be. Since coming into office, the president has dragged the Republican Party into short-sighted positions that maximize short-term gain while neglecting the long-term needs of families and the nation.

Pundits asked after last November's election: will the president over-reach with his Republican majorities in the House and Senate? Well, President Bush hasn't just over-reached, he has set a new standard for extreme partisan politics that on many occasions has been supported by the Republican-controlled Congress.

In place of thoughtful policy we now have superficial and cynical sound-bites. Instead of confronting pressing national problems, our president lands airplanes while Rome burns.

While our troops search for WMD in Iraq, we have found our own WMD right here in Washington -- at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. They are President Bush's weapons of mass distortion, or better, distraction. The Bush administration says one thing and does another to take the focus off the present realities.

Does he think we don't notice?


It's not what we think about him, it's what he thinks about us.

In Iraq, we have seen the inexcusable results of what happens when the Bush administration says one thing and does another. Last fall, the president said U.N. weapons inspectors would be allowed to do their job, but in reality, he didn't give them the time they needed. I am pleased to see calls for Congressional investigations to determine whether the president manipulated intelligence information to build support for the war. Why the hurry to invade a country and use military force in such an unprecedented manner? Where was the imminent threat to the United States? And where are the weapons of mass destruction?

As he prepared to invade Iraq and win the support of other nations, the president promised the world that the United States had a plan in place to rebuild that nation. But it quickly became apparent that there was no plan. While our military guarded the oilfields, we showed no compassion for the Iraqi people as we allowed their national treasures to be looted. All we see now is growing unrest with the U.S. presence in Iraq. Every day we see more lawlessness, more upheaval and more U.S. soldiers being killed. Is it any surprise that a recent Pell Research Center survey of 16,000 people from 20 nations shows a dramatic rise in distrust and skepticism toward the United States?

Does he think we don't notice?


It's not what we think about him, it's what he thinks about us.

His polls and famous advisors tell him to talk about compassion and job growth, and how he is helping Main Street. But that is all it is, talk.

In reality he adopts hard-right proposals that favor those who need help least and neglect those who need help the most. In reality we are now in the longest period of continued job loss since the Great Depression. Since the beginning of this Bush administration, 2.7 million private sector jobs have been lost and the number of unemployed Americans has increased by over 45 percent. In the first three months of this year alone, America has lost another half-million jobs. President Bush has said his tax plan is a "jobs growth package." But the only thing guaranteed to grow is the federal budget deficit.

He says one thing and does another.

Does he think we don't notice?


It's not what we think about him, it's what he thinks about us.

We will be paying for his tax cuts with borrowed funds, money borrowed from our children and grandchildren who will be forced to foot the bill. And, according to reports, the Bush administration intends to ask for more tax cuts next year. The effect of these tax cuts will be enduring -- and enormously damaging. These tax cuts will widen the gap between rich and poor. These tax cuts help those who need it least and do nothing for those who need it most. These tax cuts provide a $90,000 tax cut for millionaires, while millions of parents with incomes under $26,000 will see no benefit from the increased child credit. This is compassion? Again, he says one thing and does another.

Does he think we don't notice?


It's not what we think about him, it's what he thinks about us.

President Bush is rashly piling up debt our nation can't afford even as he knows the really big bills are about to come due. The Congressional Budget Office forecasts a $300 billion deficit this fiscal year -- an all-time record. Some economists believe the deficit could approach $500 billion dollars in the near future. That's edging close to a troublingly high percentage of the economy. But the real problem is not this year or next. Rather, it's the long-term cost, combined with the budgetary hit coming just around the corner, when the baby boomers start to retire and put new huge demands on Social Security and Medicare.

The administration highlighted this problem in its own budget documents, describing the real fiscal danger as the 18 trillion dollar shortfall -- yes, trillion with a "T" -- projected in those two programs.

At the same time, it was recently disclosed the Bush administration shelved a report commissioned by its own Treasury Department that shows the United States currently faces future budget deficits totaling at least $44 trillion.

The Bush tax cut will threaten the country's long-term well-being by starving the federal government of revenue for essential services, such as homeland security, transportation infrastructure, education and health care. Our States are bearing the brunt of our dismal economic conditions, and these cuts will brutalize them.

One of the most disturbing effects of the economic downturn is the lack of state and federal funding for our educational system -- where states are laying off teachers, cutting school days and eliminating early childhood programs -- most of which have only just started. The president's advisors tell him to endlessly repeat "No Child Left Behind."

But in the 17 months since that policy became law, we've seen something very different. Too many children are being left behind. President Bush says the new law will lead to stronger schools. I say it is all part of a quiet plan to starve our public schools so this country can move to vouchers and private school choice.

As the president pushes tax cut after tax cut, his administration still can not find the funding to fulfill the federal government's commitment to special education -- where we still fall $12 billion short on a commitment we made to the states more than 25 years ago, to help them finance this federal constitutional mandate. According to school boards across the nation, the number one thing the federal government can do to support education is fully fund special ed.

We are dumbing down our standards so the Bush administration can say we have strengthened our schools.

While pretending to have compassion for our schoolchildren, the approach of No Child Left Behind is heartless. It chronically under-funds our schools, it sets unattainable goals for our teachers and it steals from schoolchildren the quality education they deserve. Once again, the Bush administration says one thing and does another.

Does he think we don't notice?


It's not what we think about him, it's what he thinks about us.

A recent report in The New York Times noted that combined budget deficits for 50 states are estimated to be between $52 billion and $82 billion, and the schools are taking the worst hit. In Oregon, 84 school districts closed their schools ahead of schedule -- some by as much as a month -- because the money ran out. This comes at a time when schools are faced with mounting pressure to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind or face penalties.

Now we see that states are cutting back on testing standards to avoid sanctions. In the president's home state of Texas, the State Board of Education voted to reduce the number of questions that students must answer correctly to pass the standard test, to 20 out of 36, from 24, for third-grade reading. And Texas is not alone. Michigan's standards had been among the nation's highest, which caused problems last year when 1,513 schools there were labeled under the law as needing improvement, more than in any other state.

So Michigan officials lowered the percentage of students who must pass statewide tests to certify a school as making adequate progress. That reduced the number of schools "in need of improvement" to 216. In other words, we are dumbing down our standards so the Bush administration can say we have strengthened our schools.

Saying one thing, doing another.

{How's that working out for us?)

In my home state of Vermont, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution last week expressing its concerns over the policies and mandates of No Child Left Behind. They noted that the law could cost Vermont up to three times more to implement than the federal government provides -- and maybe more -- "thereby placing a major burden on the state's strained financial resources...."

If this wasn't all bad enough, we learned last week that the U.S. Department of Education plans to spend a half-million dollars -- yes, a half-million dollars! -- on a public relations campaign aimed at quieting the critics of No Child Left Behind. During three decades in Congress, I have never heard of such an ad campaign. Yet as schools are cutting early education programs for lack of money, the president has no problem with assembling an eight-person "communications" team to try and make a bad plan look good.

Saying one thing, doing another.

(What's our measure of success?)

In an age now driven by scientific and technological advances, American students are falling behind. This is inexcusable. But despite warnings that have spanned three decades, we have done nothing to respond. "Before It's Too Late: A Report to the Nation from the National Commission on Mathematics & Science Teaching for the 21st Century," released in 2000, highlighted that problem. Recent reports of the performance of our country's students from both the Third International Mathematics and Science Study and the National Assessment of Educational Progress echo a dismal message of lackluster performance.

In December of 2000 I met with President-elect Bush at his ranch in Crawford, Texas to discuss education. He assured me that education would be his top priority. But his actions speak louder than his words and that promise clearly fell to the wayside long ago.

The president says one thing, but does another.

short-sighted positions that maximize short-term gain while neglecting the long-term needs of families and the nation.

Perhaps this is most apparent when it comes to the environment. With a straight face he talks about protecting resources for our children -- even as he abandons the federal protection of land and air and water as fast as he can.

Does he think we don't notice?


It's not what we think about him, it's what he thinks about us.

The Bush administration continues to protect special interests and ignore public support for strong environmental protections and conservation measures. Candidate Bush said in September of 2000:

"With the help of Congress, environmental groups and industry we will require all power plants to meet clean air standards in order to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury and carbon dioxide within a reasonable period of time." Those were heartening words for many of us.

Unfortunately, just two months into his term, President Bush backed away from that statement, and abandoned his commitment to seek reductions in carbon dioxide which is the leading cause of global warming and climate change. And there has been no working together on anything.

What makes the actions of the Bush administration so troublesome is the lack of honesty.

Saying one thing, and doing another.

(How's it working out for them?)

From the beginning, this administration has relaxed environmental laws through deregulation and lack of enforcement, and put forward legislative proposals long on public relations and short on substance. What Americans really need now is relief from air pollution, and swift and serious action to avert global warming. We have a right to breathe air that is not contaminated by pollution. At a minimum, we have a right to full and vigorous implementation of laws already on the books, such as the Clean Air Act.

The devastation caused by dirty air is staggering. As many as 60,000 premature deaths each year are linked to air pollution, according to an American Cancer Society study and researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health.

I was proud to work with the first President Bush on the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990, when I was a Republican. I was proud to be chosen by the first President Bush as one of the lead Senate negotiators on that bill. He called our work, "a new chapter in our environmental history, and a new era for clean air." That was an example of what we could do -- together -- when we made a shared commitment to our environmental future. Now this President Bush insists on moving us backward, undoing his father's legacy and weakening our nation's environmental laws.

This Bush administration has put forward a plan mislabeled "Clear Skies." This bill weakens or eliminates current clean air programs, accelerates global warming, and saves only one-third of the lives that could be saved by the Clean Power Act. Worse, the administration bill takes 20 years before its reduction targets are achieved.

Does he think we won't notice?


It's not what we think about him, it's what he thinks about us.

Well, we do notice. We do care. And it does matter.

Some people might not have agreed with my decision to leave the GOP two years ago, but at least I did it for the reasons I said I did. I was honest about what brought me to that decision.

What makes the actions of the Bush administration so troublesome is the lack of honesty.

It amounts, in the end, to a pattern of deception and distortion; ultimately that does not respect the wisdom of the American people.

Yes we got Public Relations campaigns for The Patriot act,tax cuts, the No Child Left behind, the Iraq war, the Medicare "benefits", Homeland security, for Mad Cow and chicken diseases, for the voting machines and military recruitment just to name a few things. Apparently P.R. campaigns work for this administration, but do they work for us?

A pattern of deception and distortion, saying one thing while doing another has been funded with our hard earned tax dollars to market short-sighted positions that maximize short-term gain while neglecting the long-term needs of families and the nation.

It's high time that we understand what we mean to this administration. THEY JUST AREN'T THAT INTO US.


Mirror Mirror on the wall

Who's the fairest one of all?

Friday, September 24, 2004


Charles Krauthammer:

Real friends are the ones that buy you a drink when you've lost your other friends because of your drinking problem, they are also the ones that ride in the car when you are driving while intoxicated.

Also known as taking a bad decision to the extent that it destroys everyone and everything in your path.

George Bush:

John Kerry can't be trusted to lead because he won't act like my puppet Ayad Allawi. Everything is his fault because he isn't clapping harder.

Thursday, September 23, 2004


Bob Brown is a nice guy. His platform though is the same old tired mantra of exploiting our resources for the benefit of the few to provide a few ten dollar an hour jobs while the big winners get to skate off without paying their fair share of the dues.

It's tired and old. It's been done to death and it doesn't give Montanans the true value of what we give up.

How do I explain it? Selfishness and stupidity.


I don't remember her name, but a beautiful young lady has taken on the abstinence only sex education program. Seems that the kids really want to know about contraception, disease and the emotional impacts of having sex at their age.

I don't have figures, but I guess than it's quite all right if the kids get pregnant because something like 1/3 of the TANF money hasbeen diverted to pay for this abstinence only nonsense. It does have a definate symetry though.

When the children fail to achieve perfection their children are punished.

I hope that someone asks Denny Rehberg about this at the debate with Tracy tomorrow. I myself was surprised to learn just how far right he is.


Dave is all over it. I've only linked to the homepage because there are several posts, and because there are some good posts about election reform and about a chimpanzee who can reprogram the voting machines.

The Army National guard has fallen short of it's recruiting goals for the first time since 1994.

There several stories about dead American soldiers, but the number right now is 1041. I don't know how the reporting and tabulation converge, but I am sure the DOD doesn't want to let us know.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004


Most peculiar.

How did Admiral Linton Brooks manage to pull off a nearly non-competitive bid for the largest nuclear contract ever?

UC Regents meeting Aug. 17, 2004: two admirals stage ‘the setup’

On Aug. 4, 2004, UC President Dynes, a physicist and consultant to Los Alamos and former chancellor of UC San Diego, and UC Regents Chair Gerald Parsky visited Los Alamos and met with employees over chronic and recent security and safety lapses at the lab. Parsky told them: “The regents will be left with no choice about the contract competition if we do not feel confident that you understand the importance of security, procedures and safety at the lab. If we feel that you understand this and that steps are being taken to address these issues, the regents will not only endorse competing for this contract – we will compete to win.”

During three minutes of public comment before the Regents on Aug. 17, I informed them that the lab contract was going to the University of Texas; it was a “done deal.” I told them that the management contract change was a chess move the Carlyle Group was making to privatize the nuclear weapons program, that Carlyle owned 70 percent of Lockheed Martin Marietta, and that Lockheed a year ago had bought Sandia Labs - they make the trigger for nuclear weapons.

When “Carlyle” was mentioned, I noticed that the chair, Gerald Parsky, and the vice chair, Richard Blum, who is married to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, started shifting around in their chairs. Body language can say a lot. They began a disruptive and loud conversation carried on through the rest of my comments.

As a Livermore whistleblower, I commented that the loss of computer discs with classified information and missing keys had happened almost daily for 61 years under sloppy UC management, and that science fraud as well as health and safety violations had been just as bad.

During my week of security briefing at Livermore in 1989, we had been told the story of a scientist taking classified material home in his briefcase who did not notice it had fallen off the back of his bike. A merchant found the battered briefcase in an intersection, and several days later a horrified lab security employee found that every page of a lengthy report with “CLASSIFIED” stamped on each page had been taped in the window of the merchant’s shop hoping the owner would claim his lost secret documents.

What was even more egregious, I pointed out, was an article in the July 10, 2004, issue of the Daily Mirror about the murder by the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad of Robert Maxwell, a British publisher. It revealed that Maxwell, who was the former owner of the Daily Mirror, was a high level Mossad agent and had sold PROMIS software to Los Alamos with a back door for the Mossad to spy on the lab. In closing, I told the Regents that no matter who got the contract award, “The University of California would forever be known as the university that poisoned the world.”

Carlyle big boys who were not mentioned here inclode "Poppy Bush", former Prime Minister John Majors, and "Daddy Bin Laden" who may or may not be out of the loop after 9/11.

Is it really wise to let a multinational company take over our nuclear program? Why are they proceeding to weaponize space, is it to satisfy Dick Cheney and his neocon pals?


Will this be the 1040th funeral the president does not attend?

Apparently cannon fodder, er, fungible widgets are running low. Expect a return to the draft if Bush is reinstated. There won't be exceptions for women and students this time around.


That's what happens when you take anything that anyone at this Whitehouse says at face value. It was just stupid to believe Dan Bartlett when he said the documents were genuine.

For the record, it still hasn't been proven that they aren't.

The bigger man has apologised, but it is still Rather versus Bush.


Delusional too. If you get the chance to watch a clip of Bush at the U.N. again, watch the delegates. Do you see a body of diplomats straining to be polite to someone who they know is lying to them?

Too bad the news hasn't shown the collective eyerolling when Junior invariably brings up the issue of slavery. I always envision the thought balloons wondering how the American media never asks why a company that was convicted of human trafficking during a previous military adventure still gets no-bid contracts.

Hint: It's not Halliburton or Bechtel this time.

One more question. Why would Nedra Pickler ask John Kerry when Osama Bin Laden would be captured when no one ever bothers to ask the White House?

Children are a Secondary Consideration

Profits are first and foremost. Apparently the FDA is concerned that some parents will get their sugar pills at a reduced price from Canadian pharmacies.

Our government, always so helpful.

Ashcroft 0 out of 5000

But he did imprison Tommy Chong and the Lady Justice is still shrouded. Meanwhile Donald Rumsfeld is waiting for Iraqis to get tired of getting killed.

I guess that everyone is working on the Modified Tinkerbell Strategy.

You shall know them by their fruits

While the fearful and the ignorant cling to their illusions that George W. Bush is a bastion of godliness they must surely work very hard to ignore the rising poverty rates in America. It must be very difficult not to notice the turmoil that follows him everywhere. He has been plagued with job loss, the greatest intelligence failure(s) in history, a net job loss of 1.7 million, 45 million uninsured Americans, two disastrous wars and talk of more... the list is endless.

Some people feel protected by him, but I wonder how they would feel if the fire or police departments in their home towns routinely went to the wrong address when they were called. Would they really feel safer?

61 Dead in 22 Days

This does not include private contractors that have been beheaded or any other armies but our own. So far only four months saw more unnecessary war dead, but hey, there are still eight days until we start over.

Total right now 1039. My heart still breaks.

Wall Street wants my Social Security

I earned my money, they didn't. I have spent my entire life paying my fair share, heck I even remember the enormous hike in FICA taxes in 1983 to prepare for the time when the baby boomers would retire.

Now the Bush administration would like to shaft me, they would like to shaft my old mom who is too poor to retire. Talk about funneling the rest of our wealth upward.

This is a nice side dish to the military draft and more frivolous wars that they have got planned. yippee.

Why does the economy perform better under a Democrat?

It does! This article gives the eight measures of good economic management and the stock market statistics.

Don't panic because this is about economics. It is a really easy read that tells us that:

The results demonstrate why supply-side policies are sometimes called "trickle-down" economics. Corporate profits have soared 57.5% during the Bush administration, while workers' wages and benefits have increased a minuscule 1.57%.

In less than a year and a half, the Bush administration's sweeping tax cuts, passed by Congress in 2001, wiped out the federal government's 10-year projected budget surplus of $1.6 trillion. In 2000, the budget surplus was $236 billion. Three years later, the surplus had turned into a deficit of $375 billion.

Because Bush believes the free market will solve America's economic problems, he wants to gradually privatize Social Security and Medicare. To finance current government spending — after having given the wealthiest 1% of Americans 43% of the tax cuts — Bush is borrowing more heavily from the Social Security trust fund than any previous president. At the same time, the Treasury owes billions to foreign investors who buy Treasury bonds, and thus subsidize the national debt, which has soared by 29%, to $7.3 trillion.

The only exception that I have to this is that we really don't have a free market. Corporations are very heavily subsidized here, and many of the government functions that have recently been privatized cost more (way more) and provide inferior services while paying their employees far less .

go figure


That's almost as good as his explanation that the President has "broken the faith". There is also an explanation of the war vote in his own words.

George W. Bush pretends not to understand, and his explanation is not any better than the Media's. It is like a very bad game of gossip, it rarely ever ends up remotely the way it originated. I am not nearly as smart or as educated as the writers I follow, but I understood it. I bet you could, too if you bothered to read it.

Dubya threatened to veto body armour for the troops not once, but twice! Apparently Max Baucus and Conrad Burns voted against the body armour also.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Where oh where has the Whiskey Bar gone

Oh where, oh where can it be?

A month and eleven days

Is Billmon still all out at sea?


There are a lot of questions and they need to be answered.

It's a real cheap shot to try to blame it on Kerry. This issue has been avoided for years. What is the cowardly deserter afraid of now?

Face it, our predident is a spoiled rotten fraidy cat who has not lived up to his obligations.

In case you didn't get it the first time

Scott Ritter did not find WMD's in Iraq.

Mr Bush was very pleased with David Kay until he did not find WMD's in Iraq.

It looks like the Duelfer report will also state that Saddam Hussein did not have WMD's.

It looks like Colin Powell and Condalieza Rice were correct when they said that containmen works. (That was in January 2001, it was on the State Department website.)

1034 families will never get to hug their child again because George Bush sacrificed them for Power? Profit? Revenge?

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Dead Bed Check



Not a single failure, but multiple massive failures.

It's beyond comprehension how anyone with the best military on the planet could so thoroughly muck up two wars against two weakened and uninspired countries.

The sentiment is awful, but the verbage is right on when Chuck Nagel (R) Nebraska said "It's beyond pitiful, it's beyond embarrassing. It is now in the zone of dangerous.

George and our GOP controlled congress obviously like it that way.