Monday, December 12, 2005

Rumsfeld Plays Dominoes With Kissinger?

Ok, this is too weird. Raw Story is reporting that Donald Rumsfeld had dinner with Henry Kissinger last thursday in Washington, DC.

The reason I find this strange is that it comes on the heels of a December 5th speech that Rumsfeld gave wherein he stated:
"Iraq would serve as the base of a new Islamic caliphate to extend throughout the Middle East, and which would threaten legitimate governments in Europe, Africa and Asia. This is their plan. They have said so. We make a terrible mistake if we fail to listen and learn."
As the article I cited above states, Rumsfeld sure seems to be trying to invoke the flawed Domino Theory from Kissinger's days. Why is he playing this card now? Is Kissinger trying to put Rumsfeld back in line for trying to fly such a hole-filled kite with no wind?

Or is it something more benign like Kissinger offering Rummy a slot at his consulting firm, Kissinger and Associates?

We shall see.

Beware The Smear

Karl Rove still has a job for now. The Republicans are trying to find their backbone with the elections coming up. You know what that means. Ready the mud bucket brigade.

Of course, I made this graphic so that I can easily add names to it. Should come in handy in the coming months.

Ford Folds Under Pressure

The fundamentalists strike again with their anti-homosexual crusade. This time they struck the fatal blow to Ford Motor Company's advertising campaigns in various Gay publications. Not only did they succeed in getting Ford to stop their ads that targeted Gay consumers, but apparently they got them to stop buying ad space altogether. Ford responded that they will still be buying ads for their Volvo line in several Gay magazines.

A right-leaning friend of mine likened this move to when several gay rights groups lobbied to get Michael Savage and Dr. Laura knocked off their new television shows. I told him that I thought that was an asinine comparison.

I used the analogy of a Ford Mustang. That it is much easier and safer to drive a car forward. Savage and Dr. Laura, like these gay hating groups that dogged Ford, are trying to drive our society in reverse. They are driven by hate and exlcusion and are trying to keep the gay segment of our population under the tires.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Tom Delay Gets Hammered With... A Delay

In a move that will likely strip Tom Delay of his leadership status, Texas Judge Pat Priest denied a motion to dismiss all charges against Tom Delay. Judge Priest dismissed conspiracy charges against Delay, but let stand 2 charges of money laundering against the beleaguered former House Majority Leader.

Delay's lawyer still wants those charges dismissed before the new year, but by all accounts that seems unlikely. That would set the stage for a trial to begin in January. A trial of even moderate length would almost guarantee that House Republicans would bring in a new Majority Leader and Delay would be left out in the cold.

Interestingly enough, these charges are wholly separate from the mounting storm on the Jack Abramoff front. Many who are watching the Abramoff debacle unfold believe that it will extend to ensnare Delay as well.

Lapdog Lieberman

This has to be a joke. It's certainly nothing more than a rumor and a lame one at that. But then again it has been confirmed that Rumsfeld met with Liberman yesterday.

Lieberman to replace Rumsfeld as secretary of defense? Is Bush trying to throw a bone to the democrats? Is this some weak attempt at reversing the polls? I thought Bush likes to project an air of strength in his cabinet positions? Lieberman? Just listen to the guy when he talks. I would honestly be more intimidated (and impressed) by a tepid bowl of plain oatmeal.

Let's not spend too much time on this one. But he's still Bush's lapdog.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

EXCLUSIVE: Luskin and Novak's Original Strategy


A high level source has provided us with a copy of Luskin's original strategy that he had planned to deliver to Fitzgerald to stave off an indictment against his client, Karl Rove.

According to our source, Luskin and Novak had agreed to use the above photo - which we have determined to be a horribly doctored security camera image from a Washington, D.C. Fortune Teller's shop - to convince Fitzgerald not to indict the fragile Turdblossom. Luskin was apparently ready to testify that he and Viveca Novak had knocked back a few too many Irish Car Bombs and stumbled into 'Madame Tshurka's Bleeding Palm' velvet ensconced , paranormal nook. He continued to say that Luskin and Novak had agreed to frame out this scenario under oath:
"After 15 minutes of trying to persuade the crystal ball into contacting the long lost soul of Woodward's journalistic career, Novak asked the following benign question... "Who was Matt Cooper's source for Valerie Plame's name?" Suddenly, all the lights went out and a cold breeze blew out the candles despite the fact that all the windows and doors were closed. The table rumbled, the tarot cards scattered and the crystal ball began to glow and swirl with clouds and demonic faces. Then, as if by magic, the crystal ball crackled with electricity and a ghostly apparition of Karl Rove burst from the ball, laughing maniacally. The Karl Rove spirit then disappeared into the small, adjacent bathroom and plunged head long into the toilet and disappeared. The lights flickered back to normality and Luskin plunked down 2 crisp $100 bills and he and Novak left without getting a receipt."
Personally, I think that the above story and photo would have gone over as a more believable than the one they are currently trying to float with Fitzgerald.

Update: I should have provided more information about the weakness of Luskin's strategy that he decided to go with. As Jane is pointing out over at firedoglake, there is an apparent discrepancy between Novak and Luskin as to when their meeting took place. While that certainly looks bad, in my opinion it is overshadowed by the fact that Luskin waited until the last second to provide information of the Novak/Luskin meeting to Fitzgerald. It smacks of desperation and stall tactics.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Down, but not out yet

First off... let me apologize for the way I pulled the plug last night. I was caught up in the moment and knee deep in anger and confusion over my lovely gift from the IRS. I spent the better part of today going through my options and my records. It remains to be seen what the outcome will be. In the mean time, I realized that even though I tried to leave the blog, the blog hasn't left me. All day today I was still being bombarded by ideas for articles and graphics.

Second, I am deeply humbled by all the comments and emails I've received asking me to continue and offering support. Thank you all very, very much.

It is with slight trepidation and sincere motives that I've added a donate button to the sidebar.



For now, I will continue to fight the fight as best I can. The political pendulum has reached it's apex and now is the time to help give it the momentum it needs. I can't quit now.

I've got some good ideas and some even bigger plans and I'll be throwing out requests for help to make them happen.

Again, thanks so much.

-Monk

Monday, December 05, 2005

The Dartboard Has Deflated


Wow.

I find it strange that all of the sudden I get blindsided by a large, unrealistic tax bill from almost 5 years ago when I was making really good money.

It was fun while it lasted... Time to focus on reality.


-Monk

9/11 Report Card: Bush Totally Off Track

Look, I dont' like beating up on this administration continually, but this is ridiculous. 4 years, 100's of billions of dollars, erosion of freedoms and constitutional rights, disjointed and upside down strategy for combatting terrorism, death, destruction, mangled reputation of the US and no signs of anything changing anytime soon.

Some of the more in depth, interesting pieces:

SF Gate: Sept 11th Panel: US Remains Unprepared
Financial Times: US Commission Hits At 'Shocking' Post-9/11 Failures
ABCNews: 9/11 Panel Faults White House, Congress

Google Round-Up news search on this issue

Daily Dissent points out the Bush administration is pointing fingers at the Republican controlled congress for not getting the job done. Another example of prime Bush Strategery.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Iraqi Paper Payola: Don't Let This Story Die

We should all be familiar with this story by now, but we can't let it die in the main stream media. Last week, a whistleblower alerted the press to the fact that the Pentagon had awarded a $100+ million dollar contract to an interesting, dubbed The Lincoln Group, to pay Iraqi papers to print pro-american stories.

Administration officials and republican lap dogs are quick to defend this as typical and justifiable war time propaganda. We must pause to consider the strange state of affairs when GOP loyalists shrug off the serious nature of corrupting an emerging free press as being nothing but a propaganda tool.

Perhaps the catalyst for the leak to the LA Times (who broke the story) was this statement by Donald Rumsfeld the day before the article appeared:
"[Iraq] is -- has a free media, and they can -- it's a relief valve. They could have hundred-plus papers. There's 72 radio stations. There's 44 television stations. And they're debating things and talking and arguing and discussing."
Keith Olbermann has already commited to reporting on this issue further on his show for Monday. With Jack Warner at the helm of 'investigating' this issue, it's almost assured to die off quickly from an oversight perspective. But as long as bloggers and the press keep up the heat, we can keep the word out there.

Click here for a Google News search result page for this issue and read, read, read.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Karl Rove Out Of Options

Rove Roundup:

This article from Media Matters does a great job of summing up the wall that is headed quickly towards Rove.

Think Progress underscores the obvious with an article titled "A Bad Sign For Karl Rove".

Jane Hamsher, leading plameologist, scooped everyone by succinctly pointing the finger at Viveca Novak for kicking down information to Robert Luskin (Rove's Attorney).

The Moderate Voice frames up the idea that the White House is sharpening their knives and dusting off the chopping block for Rove.


This was charming, no doubt: but they shortly found out That the Captain they trusted so well Had only one notion for crossing the ocean, And that was to tingle his bell.
- Lewis Carroll; The Hunting of the Snark (l. 105-108).

Friday, December 02, 2005

Bush Is Merely Ornamental

I've always been terribly unimpressed by Bush's performance at podiums and lately he's taken on a new degree of incompetence from a leadership perspective. He mailed in his 'Victory In Iraq' speech in my opinion. It was fraught with nervousness and nervous jaw ticks, pauses and whats worse is that it ultimately rang hollow. A very poor performance. That is not to say that I'm just judging him on his appearance, the content of his message was weak and repetitive.

His recent trip to Asia was a trainwreck from a diplomatic perspective. While he managed to refrain from puking on anyone, he had the equal impression on the other leaders and dignitaries I'm sure.

He used to have a certain air about him that most defined as "swagger". I could see it, but I was never impressed by it because it struck me as arrogance that was thinly veiling total incompetence. The last remnants of that swagger is now gone and Bush is left naked and vulnerable. The worst part is that he lets it show. His eyes are vapid and his expressions are melancholy. He feels sorry for himself.

We need a new leader. The time has come for Bush to step down. He's been neutered politically and he is not the person who should be steering this country. He's like the Captain of the Exxon Valdez, absent and preoccupied while America drifts aimlessly through waters filled with approaching hazards.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Rush Limbaugh Fleeces His Ditto-Heads

I was speaking to a good friend last night and we commenced our regular swapping of current and political events. If we were somehow transformed into Dungeons and Dragons characters, we would both be classified as 9th Level News Mongers. In other words, rarely do we catch each other off guard with an unknown news item.

Last night was an exception to that rule. My fellow news junkie floored me with the revelation of the Rush Limbaugh "Adopt A Soldier" program. Sounds benign and perhaps even honorable at first. Well, one should always be suspicious if Rush is involved. I offered up my laptop and he directed us to Rush's lair on the web. Sure enough, on his front page, there is a large graphic for the "Adopt A Soldier" scam.

Why is it a scam? Here's how it works... there are two buttons for you to click on. You choose button one if you want to adopt a soldier, click on button two if you are currently a soldier. Then the incredibly complex database matches a soldier with the kind donation of one of the charitable donors.

So what is it that these folks are donating? Could it be much needed body armor? Perhaps scraps of steel for their Hum Vees? Sand repelling lubricating oil for their guns? Tasty baked goods from nice little old ladies? What goodness is Rush spreading to the troops?

None of the above. The adopted soldier is the proud recipient of a annual subscription to Rush Limbaugh's "24/7" newsletter! How exciting and useful! What's more is that Rush only charges $49.95 to each donor for the subscription rate. In fact, he states that the $49.95 is a "reduced rate". How incredibly kind of him.

I've seen these newsletters at a ditto-head relative's house. They are very light on both content and pages, thus the term "newsletter" and not "magazine". I subscribe to a couple magazines and the subscriptions for both don't even come close to $49.95.

The only thing I can gather is that the printing company that prints this newsletter charges him an inflated fee because all the crap he writes about spurts, sprays and gunks up all the printing presses and equipment operators.