Bush's speech has a number of valid points, but he blows it in
terms of talking to people; like me, Colin Powell is put out
about the melodramatic surprise European countries are showing
over secret CIA jails.
If Clinton had admitted what he did with Monica and said it
didn't matter, would you have been angrier? And how does it make
you feel when Bush says he knew what he was doing when he signed
orders to broaden wire tapping without court approval? Plus,
something you might not know about Morgan Fairchild.
Larry Kudlow's mistaken measures of prosperity; the former head
of the Senate Intelligence committee speaks out: the Senate did
not have the same intelligence as the White House; writing
useless articles about things you'll never own; Iraq and El
Aaron Brown fired from CNN, replaced by the "passionate" Anderson
Cooper; David Brooks' divisive post on diligence from
the Democrats; American Muslims taken aside at a Giants game
because they were seen praying together.
Al Qaeda and game theory; Harriet Miers needs a nanny problem, of
course, but why is the White House asking senators to go to bat
over such a questionable nominee? Plus, Harriet Miers and
religion; complacency from the Atlanta Braves; changes in the tax
deductability of mortgage interest may be on the horizon.
Bush's Cincinnati speech on the mushroom clouds; Senate passage
of a restriction on maltreatment of detainees, contrary to White
House desires to torture at will; Stephen Rittenberg wants a gun
in his hand.
Choosing between National Guard troops in Louisiana and in Iraq;
Tom Delay won't accept indictments from Democrats; anyone
belittling Tom Delay's prosecutor as merely a local prosecutor
undermines law enforcement; truth and the calamities of war.
Reminder that the CIA told us Iraq is recruiting and training
ground for urban terrorists; why I subscribed to the New York
Times' new premium service; Bush pleaded ignorance on WMDs when
he himself created the ignorance; failures at Tora Bora don't
bode well for ambitious projects for New Orleans.
Bush's failure to read the newspapers led to a three or four day
ignorance over Katrina's impact; efforts to compare Katrina's
death count to those from Europe's heat wave need to use an
Yes, give the hurricane survivors debit cards, but how about
giving them access to goods at government prices, too? Plus, the
overreaching judiciary and Sandy Berger; the back and forth on
government reactions to Katrina points to the need for a
genuinely independent inquiry.
Judging Bush's Katrina performance through an appropriate lens
for an incumbent president; Bush's post-9/11 actions were ample
preparation for his hideous performance in Katrina's wake; a
Thomas Pynchon passage which is relevant to hurricane Katrina;
the Pentagon finds more who think Mohammed Atta was identified
in 2000, but can't confirm key details.
White House August fumbles suggest that Karl Rove is otherwise
engaged; Hurricane Katrina may not change Bush's vacation habits;
may need to reinstate the draft; my failure to recognize I was
walking in Johnson and Boswell's footsteps.
Pray for New Orleans; wishful thinking over strategies for Iraq;
a blogger recruits comments on another site, when the site where
the recruitment appears doesn't accept comments; a member of
the House of Representatives confronts dead silence when trying
to talk about Social Security; British warnings on Iraq.
Arguments against the vaunted "flypaper strategy" from a
conservative blogger; Chuck Hagel's prescience about Iraq in 2003
may put him in a good position for the elections; still no
progress plan from the President.
New laws limiting states' ability to require specific emission
standards might be skirted through additional taxes on though
who drive the really bad vehicles; Bush's new argument for war
in Iraq (honoring those who have already fallen) creates a
Iraqi constitution doesn't bode well for a democracy built on
American ideals; back-pedaling on the project that supposedly
identified Mohammed Atta in 2000; Clinton's efforts to get Osama
bin Laden kicked out of Afghanistan; conservative columnist wants
a tight lid on U.S. embarrassments; announcement of a coming CNN
Too soon to talk about claims that a Pentagon group identified
Mohammed Atta in 2000; interesting suggestion from Kevin Drum;
John Roberts' conflict of interest while interviewing for the
Supreme Court slot.
Ignored lesson of 9/11: we are a nation of suckers (at least,
those who voted for Bush, anyway...); in an effort to avoid the
lessons of 9/11, the White House cold-shoulders the 9/11
Commission as it tries to do follow-ups.
What were the motivations behind leaking SCOTUS nominee John
Roberts' pro bono work on a gay rights case? Plus, more
intense bombs in Iraq remind of al Qa Qaa; Bush reverts the
operative phrase to "War on Terror."
A former CIA officer is suing the government over an early
dismissal which he claims was due to their not believing him
about Iraq abandoning its nuclear program; a study observes
that African-Americans are few and far between on the Sunday
morning talk shows.
Treating religious questions equally; Josh Marshall using
fewer words in his posts? Plus, John Roberts' prior opinions on
affirmative action might not sit well with Clarence Thomas; Bob
Novak's failure to comprehend the full weight of his actions is
Press bias alert: the press presumes Democrats will oppose any
Supreme Court nominee from Bush, and if they don't it's
attributed to White House brilliance; Alberto Gonzales' admission
that he gave Andrew Card advance warning of the Justice
Department's investigation into the leak of the identity of a CIA
agent is another example of the brazenness of the lawless group
of thugs now in power.
You need a break, see you Monday; the New York City Police
Department will begin inspecting backpacks on their way into the
subway system, and if the music on you iPod sucks it's all over;
Orrin Hatch uses the same rhetorical tools which Dick Durbin
used, but will anyone criticize him for it?
What do they suggest when they write that John Roberts attended a
"nominally Catholic" high school? Plus, Costco pursues a
different strategy to retain employees and customers; Supreme
Court nominees and age discrimination.
The way character assassination was levied on Scott Ritter is
informative when thinking about Joseph Wilson; a new web site to
ignore; when judging Joseph Wilson, how much credence should be
paid to how Democratic senators agreed to the Senate Intelligence
Committee's assessment of Iraq intelligence?
Jon Stewart's take down of Scott McClellan, the Washington Press,
and all the stupidity of Rove-gate; stupid forced choices; how
Bush supporters behave, and how they're not criticizing Rove;
London now safe for our troops.
How to judge the President's disinterestedness over Karl Rove; on
"double super secret background" Karl Rove checks off his last
minute tasks before vacation; the British stiff upper lip after
the tube bombings.
Innumeracy in reading statistics about gay marriage in the
Netherlands; noting the passing of Gene Miller, a journalist who
fought against the unfair convictions of inmates on Florida's
death row; another suicide bombing in Iraq; time management
principles; Happy Father's Day!
Conservative visitors missing in action; so called liberal bias
in the media; the House member who instigated "Freedom Fries"
reverses course on Iraq; will Larry King talk about the Downing
Street Memo, or Michael Jackson?
Far fewer terror convictions than the government says, but that
doesn't stop the trumpeting; a respected British judge comes out
against the US and UK ginning up fear in order to violate
Kerry's records (sarcasm); Hindrocket's problems with those
who rely on newspapers instead of Fox; are anti-abortion
laws being crafted so as to make judges look too
liberal? Plus, White House retreating from its efforts
to replace El Baradei at IAEA.
Bush support plummeting, but too late for the election; Bush and
Blair's denials on the Downing Street Memo suggest some follow up
questions; continued evidence of White House corruption of truth
makes you really doubt the intelligence of those who voted to
The September 11 Commission is rejoining the effort to see its
recommendations get followed; the GOP can't stand independent
opinions in its ranks; Hezbollah showing in Lebanese elections
should make one wonder what Bush gets credit for; the world is
twisted and bent.
GOP twists its own opinions into the mouths of the Christian
Science Monitor; Digby; David Brooks thinks liberal policies have
been Europe's downfall, but doesn't examine what conservative
policies have done here; huge Iraqi insurgent bunker discovered;
White House approach to the truth is not that the truth is foul,
but the problem lies in those who report the truth.
Americans who voted for Bush, and 1930's Germans; if the EPA
can't monitor itself, anyone thinking businesses can be
self-regulating is naive; Bush and veto threats; the Downing
Street Memo, the New York Times, and somnolence of the American
public; Afghan prisoner abuse.
A Democrat proposes a payroll tax increase to help Social
Security, but it might not be necessary; a Democrat puts forward
an idea on Social Security, and all of a sudden someone who's
been calling for a plan shrinks back; using the Social Security
trust fund to finance government spending is actually a good
thing; Scott McClellan tries to act as if the White House wasn't
involved in a decision, when the strings on the puppets are
easily seen; Bill Frist's lack of perspective, back and
Still not impressed with iPods; United Airlines kisses off its
pension obligations; Bush's twisting of the intel on Iraq; George
Mitchell rightly warns about the end to checks and balances if
the GOP pursues the nuclear option; what action to report when
John Tierney says carnage isn't newsworthy?
State Department stonewalling over John Bolton; Paul Krugman on
how the rich have fared under Bush; US outlets just starting to
pay attention to the process of Blair's early decision to join
Bush in warring with Iraq; Dutch students ask Bush genuine
Bush talks about Social Security benefits growing when he wants
to cut them back from their scheduled growth; how to take credit
for cutting the trade deficit in half; Bush still didn't offer a
plan on Social Security; surviving spouse benefits; Bush returns
to his loser phrase of "hard work;" why Social Security surpluses
don't sit; Ivory Billed Woodpeckers found; Duelfer knows we're
not safer with Saddam gone because it was only bluster; Tom
Toles' view of the picture of the week.
Time magazine's cushy article on Ann Coulter; Donald Luskin
losing big in a stock market simulation; the risk of terrorism
has grown, in spite of Saddam Hussein's downfall and capture;
what will make Richard Lugar relent on John Bolton?
The House of Representatives has decided that getting rid of the
Estate Tax is more important than fixing Social Security;
Giuliani can't make it as a GOP candidate for President; partisan
politics suggests it's best to keep Tom Delay around.
Calendar quiz; bloggers who complain about having to rely
on press reports; American Catholics get slapped by Cardinal
Law's prominence in the Pope's funeral services; a blogger's
failure to retract his big goof.
Radio silence; General Sanchez told Congress a lie about torture;
inconsistencies in assumptions about Social Security; judge
chastises President, Congress for stepping on the judiciary over
Terri Schiavo; web "endorsements" that have silly points aren't
Saudis allowed to fly after 9/11, during air shutdown; media
over-coverage of Terri Schiavo; another Vatican response to The
Da Vinci Code; Pentagon ignores recommendations to prosecute
soldiers implicated in detainee deaths; Jeb Bush's agencies
almost had a confrontation with local police at Terri Schiavo's
Is Social Security's long term health better in this year's
projections? Plus, key dates accelerated in this year's Social
Security Trustees' report; light posting; rapid responses in the
Terri Schiavo case.
Terri Schiavo vote (only three Senators) further evidence of a
coup; have more died due to the failure of American Catholic
Bishops in talking about the death penalty? Plus, Bush cuts his
vacation short to sign rush legislation on Terri Schiavo, but
hasn't on other occasions; happy birthday Tom
Computer simulations question the performance of the stock market
as a replacement for Social Security; fewer insurgent attacks on
US soldiers in Iraq; documentaries mentioning evolution aren't
getting shown so often, over protest fears; our depleted military
forces; Connecticut's ex-governor gets a lighter sentence than he
bargained for; Senate thuggery over Terry Schiavo.
Mano a mano against Yeats; Bush, without a plan, sounds like the
carping opposition; how does privatization help Social Security's
solvency issues? Plus, MTA delaying any ban on subway
photography; low support for Bush's handling of Social Security;
George Will's errors.
Sharing the video game "Burger Time" with my daughter; Senator
Rick Santorum's failure to grasp the national nature of the
childcare issue; more skeletons in Tom Delay's closet;
privatization and stock market pragmatism.
The profits of privatization for companies wanting a boost in
their stocks; another winter blast; Bush's failure to secure an
extension of the assault weapons ban allowed terrorist suspects
to procure the dangerous weaponry; must you feel Social Security
faces a crisis if you recognize the funding gaps?
Bush continues his trail of divisiveness with his nomination to
the UN ambassador post; Luskin's poor thinking over Social
Security; privateers arguing that transition costs will be easily
borne; Tom Toles cartoon.
Clinton's views on Social Security misrepresented by a key Senate
Republican; errors by NBC reporter David Gregory; privateers have
a shortage of facts; credit card rate hikes based on all your
relationships; Mary-Kate Olsen sets fashion trends by not
dressing as expensively as she can.
Who wrote Boswell's "Life of Johnson"? Plus, less insistence on
privatized carve out accounts from the White House; AP article
fails to report the true costs of a transition to privatized
accounts; the Department of Homeland Security is doing too little
to help assimilate Mariel prisoners back into South Florida
A blogger who allows no comments praises the dialog in another
blog's comments; Blair may have agreed to join the US in a war
against Iraq as early as April, 2002; members of the House of
Representatives aren't holding enough town halls during their
Frank Luntz's 160 page playbook; insufficient explanation of a
Social Security chart at the White House web site; drawing
conclusions on the productivity of the prosecution of the Valerie
Plame case; monitoring the press at Bush events; White House
suppresses good news out of Iraq.
Hunter Thompson; a Supreme Court case on the Ten Commandments,
brought by a homeless man; media's willingness to cover Dick
Morris but not Jeff Gannon; tax increases implied by the
alternative minimum tax; blogger demonizes the Democrats while
arguing against restoration of voting rights for
Live blogging Nancy Grace on "Larry King Live" (just kidding);
fiery response to civil emails; low balling the Social Security
transition costs by starting the counting before the transition
Rejections of Social Security privatization will be more
convincing if they come after listening; link to Swiss snow
photo; Jeff Gannon may have known about Iraq war initiation in
advance; Social Security calculator and a cartoon.
Brit Hume should resign, since Dan Rather and Eason Jordan are
also atoning for their sins; arguing for privatization, Cato
Institute guarantees what it can't; Bush misrepresentations of
Social Security in South Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Bush violates oath of office when questioning the Social Security
Trust Fund; Brit Hume twists FDR's words and should be
investigated; what if Social Security sold its bonds before Bush
can default on them? Plus, conservative web site continues its
obsession over John Kerry's military records; Happy Chinese New
How other countries do our torture for us; Bush's abysmal
explanation of the costs underpinning Social Security; David
Frum's disregard for the bonds in the Social Security Trust Fund;
Iraqi theocracy; Bush raising taxes, because expenses have to be
Writer's alert: how Nicholas Kristof should have revised his
column in the face of an admitted counter-argument; Juan Cole
smacks down Jonah Goldberg; Bush has delayed taxes, not cut them;
New York Times killed an article on "Bush's Bulge" for fear of
influencing the election; political cartoons at Social Security
Choice are plain wrong.
Under the separation of powers, how can the President declare
anything is off the table? Plus, judge allows gay marriages in
NYC; a key concept regarding the Social Security Trust Fund is
missed by a pundit at NRO; job growth disappoints Wall Street for
the third month in a row; Social Security changes are offered not
because of need but because of perceptions in political leverage;
deceptive ad on Social Security privatization; two South Florida
papers have no Social Security coverage on their web site front
page; Enron provoked rolling blackouts by deliberately shutting
down plants; political cartoon compares Democrats to Iraqi
Social Security as is provides more than Bush's plan;
privatization won't fix Social Security shortfalls; how the White
House invents news; anti-privatization doesn't mean anti-reform;
State of the Union speech suffered from obvious credibility
Marines miss recruitment quotas in January; State of the Union
speech reactions (several); stock market growth over the last 75
years; a privatizer admits the political impact of taking Social
Security away from Democrats; using African-Americans as a
bargaining chip on Social Security parallel to how al Zarqawi was
used in UN discussions to invade Iraq; Republican Senator only
sees torture memos as "perceived sin" at the White House;
blogging about everything as quickly as possible makes no
Reasons you can't claim vindication over Iraqi elections; Social
Security reform isn't how you help African-Americans; thanks the
Scots for low bloodshed in Iraq; the race card and Social
Security; gratitude over the Iraqi elections; crisis and problem,
as terms in the Social Security debate.
Social Security privatization's profit implications for current
rich stockholders; unfair charges of hypocrisy from those who
campaign for privatization; endorsing democracy in Iraq;
mischaracterizations of the bulk of the left from the moderate
Unanswered questions on privatization of Social Security; Bush's
low standards for "success" in Iraqi elections; Bush's need to
spend jillions on PR to promote his programs; what pundits don't
think about in the President's mood.
The Club for Growth's site on Social Security doesn't want your
comments, so there goes the dialog; Social Security is not an
asteroid which will destroy the planet; Bush's continued doom and
gloom over Social Security's future; Bush's numbness over being
called a liar; profiteering on the price of pharmaceuticals;
voting against Rice may be ineffective to the outcome, but it
still matters; reject Alberto Gonzalez.
Burns' night; al Zarqawi: they never mention that the US chose
not to take him out before the war; Slate incompatibility with
non Microsoft browsers? new federal budget, already showing a
huge deficit, omits large line items like Iraq; Clinton looks for
common ground over unwanted pregnancies.
Linked by Powerline; Bush's use of Moynihan in the debate over
Social Security goes back at least as far as last October;
Democrats accused of using scare tactics over Social Security
reform; how Alberto Gonzalez helped keep Bush's DUI arrest
quiet in later years.
Mortor; coverage of Bush's inaugural was so biased, his funeral
couldn't be worse; the failure of "New Media" to remember
Condoleezza Rice won't be the first African American Secretary of
State (you have to go all the way back to her immediate
predecessor); Iraq rape story unraveling; White House labels all
dissent as petty politics; Bork weighs in on the judiciary's
efforts to assert its constitutional role.
Outgoing Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage's regrets
over Iraq; future opportunities from an anti-gay judicial
decision in Florida; Bush & co. are needlessly roiling the public
over Social Security; what did Rice mean when she accused Saddam
Hussein of cavorting with terrorists? He pranced?
War mongers don't think Boxer's criticisms of Rice landed;
Rice's balderdash; world in greater fear now, from Bush; Rice's
failure to recognize the ongoing need for diplomacy; WD40
on bar toilet seats in the UK; Supreme Court doesn't fall
down a much feared slippery slope over gay sex.
The shifting arguments for Social Security privatization are
parallel to the shifting arguments for invading Iraq; benefits in
the solvency of Social Security are more likely to come from
benefits reduction or increased revenues than from
Understanding the percentage of payroll which goes to
Social Security; the end of Kerry's candidacy leaves a vacuum for
a singular Democratic voice; Presidential rhetoric over Social
Security; Bush sees his re-election as his moment of
accountability over Iraq.
Social Security rhetoric ratchets up; candor from conservatives
regarding WMDs in Iraq; columnist complains about Rather's words
in accepting responsibility; administration back-pedaling over
the Iraqi elections; resource for learning about additional
liberal blogs; neighborhood blogs.
Tom Ridge too close to lobbyists as Homeland Security was
starting up; a call to renew the hunt for Bin Ladin, at NRO;
calls for better natal care; Australia will not apologize to a
citizen just released from Gunatanamo; with the hunt for WMDs in
Iraq over, let's not forget to thank our war blogger
The imminence of the Social Security shortfall is overstated by
the White House; desperation by the insurgents in Iraq; Osama;
the White House leaves the door open for funding journalists who
see things their way; partisan aspects of the Social Security
debate; Washington DC must pay for inaugural security out of
Homeland Security funds.
Bush must have forgotten Ukraine, because they're leaving Iraq;
Tucker Carlson's name quickly taken off CNN web site; Armstrong
Williams lies in session with the Washington Post; constitutional
amendment proposal: no term limits for our President, but we also
get recall votes.
No, I won't
really be live-blogging the detrimming of our Christmas tree; J S
Bach and "Master and Commander;" New York Times is considering
charging for access to online content; Bush and large government;
site's host problems apparently resolved.
Bush even lies to the Pope; Republican leaders in the House of
Representatives considering setting key ethics provisions aside;
Google news search warning; vacationers still going to tsunami-
hit regions; happy new year wishes.