<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: May 2007

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Righteously insane

"…by all reports, President Bush is more convinced than ever of his righteousness.... Friends of his from Texas were shocked recently to find him nearly wild-eyed, thumping himself on the chest three times while he repeated 'I am the president!' He also made it clear he was setting Iraq up so his successor could not get out of “our country’s destiny.”

- Georgie Anne Geyer (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/viewpoints/

Friday, May 25, 2007

More dead bodies = "a snapshot...a moment"

President Bush, May 10, 2007: "The level of sectarian violence is an important indicator of whether or not the strategy that we have implemented is working. Since our operation began, the number of sectarian murders has dropped substantially."

President Bush, May 24, 2007 (in response to the question, "Are you surprised by reports today from the Iraqis that sectarian killings are actually on the rise to pre- troop surge levels?"): "Yes, I'm - there's - certainly there's been an uptick in violence. It's a snapshot. It's a moment."

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Bestiality with Mitt Romney's wife

Conservative journalist Ronald Kessler (Newsmax) thinks Ann Romney is the perfect horse, and he'd very much like to ride her:

"Ann is warm and very natural. She has the look of an outdoors woman bred to be an equestrian, which she is -- good carriage, rosy complexion, square jaw, and blond mane. When she is not flashing her truly unbelievable smile, she may lower her eyes demurely. ... She lowers her eyes, thinking, and then looks up directly at her interviewer and dazzles him with that smile."

Too bad polygamy has fallen out of favor...right, Mr. Kessler?


Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Boycott American Idol

Last night at the end of American Idol, George and Laura Bush appeared to say thanks to the show and its viewers for generating millions of dollars in support for a variety of causes in Africa and America.

Anyone with either a brain or a heart should have thrown up.

And then you should boycott American Idol.


1. Because George Bush has singlehandedly done more to harm humanitarian causes than any other human being on the planet - ever. (See: Iraq War, Afghanistan War, tax cuts for the wealthy, elimination or curtailment of programs for the poor, callousness toward victims of Katrina, reductions in aid to other countries, etc.)

2. Because yesterday was the fourth anniversary of Bush's infamous "Mission Accomplished" speech, in which he declared, “Major combat operations have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.” (See yesterday's post for a chart showing exactly what Bush meant by "ended" and "prevailed.") Both that speech and last night's appearance on American Idol were ill-timed, disingenuous, and cynical attempts to increase support for the war and boost Bush's approval ratings.

3. Because yesterday was also the day Bush vetoed the bill presented to him by Congress demanding a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. This bill not only would have provided the financial support needed to sustain the troops in Iraq for 10 more months, but would have given them hope for an end to their otherwise interminable tours of duty. By March of next year, most of them would have been back home with their families, where they belong. It would have given meaning to the words "Support our troops." But Bush said no - and then appeared on American Idol to show us what a great guy he is. Again, cynical beyond belief.

4. Because George Bush's good friend Rupert Murdoch is the Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, which owns both American Idol and Fox News - Bush's biggest cheerleader. Murdoch is in the midst of trying to acquire (for $5 billion) the Dow Jones Company, a media conglomerate that owns, among other things, the Wall Street Journal. If you think Murdoch's influence was vast before, wait till he's in charge of all the news you read about Wall Street. Do you think it's mere coincidence that he chose this particular time - while he's trying to gain SEC approval to control most of America's financial news - to pull his American Idol charity publicity stunt? Do you think it's mere coincidence that George Bush appeared on American Idol to show his "support" for Murdoch's efforts? We don't.

Boycott American Idol. And while you're at it, boycott Fox News, MySpace (yes, Murdoch owns that, too), and all of Murdoch's attempts to expand his empire.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Heckuva job, George

On May 1, 2003, President Bush stood underneath a "Mission Accomplished" banner and announced that "Major combat operations have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed."

This is a by-the-numbers look at the situation then, compared to the situation now.