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Friday, October 29, 2004

Smell the desperation! The IRS has apparently threatened the NAACP with the loss of their tax-exempt status because their chairman, Julian Bond, said mean things about Li'l Bushie.

"They don't say I crossed any partisan lines -- they just said I criticized the president," Bond told the newspaper. "I am shocked at this effort to silence our group before the election."
Scottie Mac has given up obfuscation on al Qaaqa, and jumped straight to ignoring questions altogether. It's a more honest approach, at least:

Q Can I ask you about Rudy Giuliani, as you know, was on the "Today Show" this morning, and he said, no matter how you try to blame it on the President, the actual responsibility for it, meaning the weapons that went missing, really would be for the troops that were there -- did they search carefully enough -- did they search carefully enough? Does the President support Rudy Giuliani placing this blame on the troops?

MR. McCLELLAN: He's talking about how we don't know the facts, we don't know what happened to these explosives. We know that we have seized and destroyed more than 400,000 munitions from some 10,000 caches spread all throughout Iraq. But when you look at the regime and you look at the way they operate, it is a likely possibility that they were removed prior to our forces arriving there. We don't know -- Senator Kerry shows that he will say anything for his own political advantage. And I think this goes to an issue that the American people will be looking at very closely. And that's, who can you trust to lead this nation forward on the big priorities? A President can't jump to conclusions without knowing the facts.

Looks like the Bush bulge was -- and is? -- really there after all.

Spinal stimulator to treat chronic pain, perhaps?
On CNN's morning show, the Bush spokesman is down to flat-out lying now about al Qaaqa, not to mention pathetic desperation. "We don't know know where the footage was taken [lie], these are the very weapons Kerry said weren't there [lie], and besides the whole country was crawling with this stuff [umm... doesn't that make it worse?]"

When even Soledad O'-Freakin'-Brien isn't buying what you're selling, it's time to go into a new line of work...

Thursday, October 28, 2004

ABC Nightly News is running the KSTP footage, including an interview with an expert who identifies the opened barrels as containing HMX, and that the sealed bunkers would only have contained the missing explosives -- otherwise there would have been no reason to seal them.
More from KSTP: They have footage of unbroken IAEA seals at al Qaaqa.

Soooo... the explosives had not yet been looted as of April 18.

Whoops.

Meanwhile, Lou Dobbs leads with the 'Russian special forces' crap (albeit to undercut it without debunking it)... and they don't mention the KSTP report.

Double whoops.
I can't decide whether this is screamingly funny, or just kinda sad.

The district said Halloween celebrations and children dressed in Halloween costumes might be offensive to real witches.

"Witches with pointy noses and things like that are not respective symbols of the Wiccan religion and so we want to be respectful of that," Hansen said.

Too bad this is a civil suit... mind you, Li'l Bushie would just pardon 'em all on his way out the door anyway.

Four former Guantanamo detainees yesterday sued Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and 10 others in the military chain of command overseeing the American interrogation prison in Cuba, alleging that the officials are personally responsible for illegal acts of prolonged arbitrary detention and torture.

The lawsuit, believed to be the first of its kind by former detainees who have since been released from the prison, seeks $10 million for each of the men to be paid by the officials out of their own pockets as compensation for their role in the alleged abuses.


Damn those trial lawyers! Always after a cheap buck! They're gonna drive up the cost of torture for the rest of us.

"This case is not about the money," Eric Lewis, a lawyer for the detainees, said at a press conference yesterday. "It is about accountability. Torture is un-American. Arbitrary detention is un-American. And what these young men have suffered, and continue to suffer, is something for which we and the American justice system need to hold these people accountable."

That sound you just heard was Karl Rove throwing up in his mouth.*

During that trip, members of the 101st Airborne Division showed the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS news crew bunker after bunker of material labelled "explosives." Usually it took just the snap of a bolt cutter to get into the bunkers and see the material identified by the 101st as detonation cords.

"We can stick it in those and make some good bombs." a soldier told our crew.

There were what appeared to be fuses for bombs. They also found bags of material men from the 101st couldn't identify, but box after box was clearly marked "explosive."

In one bunker, there were boxes marked with the name "Al Qaqaa", the munitions plant where tons of explosives allegedly went missing.

Once the doors to the bunkers were opened, they weren't secured. They were left open when the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS crew and the military went back to their base.


* - A little nod to the Sports Guy there, the happiest man on the face of the earth today. If he's not gonna use the line, somebody's got to...

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

So here's what I want to know... clearly, Hitch is experiencing blackouts when he drinks. So was he likkered up when he wrote the Bush endorsement, or the Kerry one?
Insert 'kaka - Qaqaa' pun here.

"The officials that were inside this facility (Al-Qaqaa) beforehand confirm that not even a shred of paper left it before the fall and I spoke to them about it and they even issued certified statements to this effect which the US-led coalition was aware of."

He said officials at Al-Qaqaa, including its general director, whom he refused to name, made contact with US troops before the fall in an effort to get them to provide security for the site.


If this weren't so perfectly emblematic of the Pub's prosecution of the war (not to mention Bush's entire administration) their evasions and non-denial denials might be gaining some traction.

But they aren't.

It's simple, really. Everyone in Washington knows what no one is saying -- Bush is toast -- so there's no reason to suck up to the Pubs any more by paying anything more than lip service to their crap.
Who says the nasty liberal media doesn't report anything good from Iraq? Here's a touching photo of a young boy finding his lost bike...

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Triumph finds Poop Valhalla.

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