Saturday, September 10, 2005

In search of the bottom, hunting for bodies 

Bush's approval ratings go below 40%.
"Bush puts people in jobs who don't know what they're doing," said Shirley Carignan, a retiree and a political independent from Weymouth, Mass. "I think he's picking friends for these jobs. My girlfriend raises Arabians. You know horses, so what? Horses and people are different things."
Of course, when you've got a horse's ass in the White House, that distinction may get blurred.
"A lot of Americans don't pay attention to their leaders on a day-to-day basis," said Robert Blendon, a public opinion analyst at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. "They measure presidents, governors and mayors on how they handle big events like a hurricane. This event is not over because the bodies are going to be discovered day by day."
Sixty-five percent say the country is headed in the wrong direction. I guess incompetence has consequences. Unfortunately, it's the country that gets stuck with them.


Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Rehnquist in memoriam 

Bill Rehnquist established his Republican credentials as part of the group of GOP lawyers that tried to prevent Black and Hispanic citizens from voting. That was on the south side of Phoenix back in the early 1960s.

He will be remembered as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court that ordered a halt to the counting of ballots, thus disenfranchising voters once again. In the process, he handed the presidency to a loser, and gave the United States of America the worst president ever.


Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Bush has a frog in his pocket 

Or maybe we should call this "Riding on the City of Louisiana."

Some former sportscasters become flaming nazi drug addicts.

Others rise to a level that transcends their former profession. Keith Olbermann is definately in the second group.

Via Duncan:
And most chillingly of all, this is the Law and Order and Terror government. It promised protection — or at least amelioration — against all threats: conventional, radiological, or biological.

It has just proved that it cannot save its citizens from a biological weapon called standing water.

Mr. Bush has now twice insisted that, "we are not satisfied," with the response to the manifold tragedies along the Gulf Coast. I wonder which "we" he thinks he's speaking for on this point. Perhaps it's the administration, although we still don't know where some of them are. Anybody seen the Vice President lately? The man whose message this time last year was, 'I'll Protect You, The Other Guy Will Let You Die'?

I don't know which 'we' Mr. Bush meant.

For many of this country's citizens, the mantra has been — as we were taught in Social Studies it should always be — whether or not I voted for this President — he is still my President. I suspect anybody who had to give him that benefit of the doubt stopped doing so last week. I suspect a lot of his supporters, looking ahead to '08, are wondering how they can distance themselves from the two words which will define his government — our government — "New Orleans."
Read the whole thing.


Monday, September 05, 2005


Still making excuses. Still being an asshole. Nobody had the balls to ask him why he was fucking around in Coronado, California with country music stars while the levees were overflowing. It wouldn't be polite, I guess. Too bad he wasn't getting a blow job --- they would have been all over it.
Broder (whoring badly):
It took almost no time for President Bush to put his stamp on the national response to the tragedy that has befallen New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, a reminder that modern communications have reshaped the constitutional division of powers in our government in ways that the Founding Fathers never could have imagined.

Because the commander in chief is also the communicator in chief, when a crisis emerges the nation's eyes turn to him as to no other official. We cannot yet calculate the political fallout from Hurricane Katrina and its devastating human and economic consequences, but one thing seems certain: It makes the previous signs of political weakness for Bush, measured in record-low job approval ratings, instantly irrelevant and opens new opportunities for him to regain his standing with the public.
Laura Rozen via Billmon:
ZDF News reported that the president's visit was a completely staged event. Their crew witnessed how the open air food distribution point Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down immediately after the president and the herd of 'news people' had left and that others which were allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same time.

The people in the area were once again left to fend for themselves, said ZDF.
In other breaking news, Rain Storm has learned that an anonymous senior White House official says there is no truth to the rumor that Karl Rove asked Chief Justice Rehnquist to die in order to get the administration's Hurricane Katrina relief failures off the front page.


Sunday, September 04, 2005

Only the Very Best 

Josh Marshall on Michael Brown:
So let me see if I understand this. Brown's a Republican from the southwest. He ran unsuccessfully for Congress when he was thirty-three. Then he bounced from job to job, finally getting into the sports business in mid-life, before getting canned. And then he used connections to land himself a high-powered position in the federal government for which he had no apparent experience at all.

How could such a fellow possibly be in the Bush administration?


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