March 16, 2005

Rummy v. Reality

From the Progress Report:

"[T]he fact of the matter is that there are 130,200 who have been trained and equipped – no matter what [Sen. Joseph Biden] says. That's a fact.… [T]he idea that that number's wrong is just not correct. The number is right."

-- Sec. Rumsfeld, 2/2/05

VERSUS

"U.S. government agencies do not report reliable data on the extent to which Iraqi security forces are trained and equipped. … The reported number of security forces overstates the number actually serving."

-- Government Accountability Office, 3/14/05

Posted by Eric at 01:26 PM | Comments (2)

January 19, 2005

Rice v Reality

Via the Progress Report:

The number of trained Iraqi forces that Allawi can rely on is "somewhere over 120,000."

– Condoleezza Rice, 1/19/05

VERSUS

According to Pentagon figures, there are "4,000 soldiers 'trained and on hand'" in Iraq.

– LA Times, 1/18/05

Posted by Eric at 02:27 PM | Comments (32)

January 07, 2005

Gonzales Pulls a Reagan

From the Center for American Progress:

"I don't recall specifically whether or not I requested this memo."

– Alberto Gonzales, 1/6/05, on whether he requested a memo regarding the standards of conduct against torture.

VERSUS

"Memorandum for Alberto R. Gonzales: You have asked for our Office's views regarding the standards of conduct under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment…"

– Opening line of August 1, 2002 memo

The Center also lists a bunch of reasons why Gonzales shouldn't be confirmed.

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January 03, 2005

Quotable Quotes

From the Center for American Progress:

"Some senators are doing this because they don't appreciate the fact that I named judges who will faithfully interpret the law, not legislate from the bench. They apparently want activist judges."

- President Bush, 7/7/04

"[The opinion is] an unconscionable act of judicial activism"

- Attorney General Nominee Alberto Gonzales, describing an opinion of Texas Supreme Court Justice Pricilla Owen, who recently renominated to the federal courts by President Bush.

Posted by Eric at 08:03 PM | Comments (10)

December 15, 2004

Say What?

Courtesy of The Center for American Progress:

"You'll have people that share [the President's] philosophy "

- White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan on the who will attend the White House Economic Conference, 12/13/04

VERSUS

"There will be a wide range of people...participating in this."

- White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan on the who will attend the White House Economic Conference, 12/10/04

Posted by Eric at 11:06 AM | Comments (5)

December 13, 2004

Schwarzeneggerism

Via Political Wire:

"Pay no attention to those voices. They are special interests. Special interests don't like me in Sacramento because I'm always kicking their butt."

-- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), quoted by the San Jose Mercury News.

Posted by Eric at 03:59 PM | Comments (8)

November 10, 2004

A Lot Happens in Two Months ...

From the Center for American Progress (edit: sorry, forgot the cite):

“The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved.”

– Attorney General John Ashcroft's resignation letter, 11/9/04

VERSUS

“We are not yet safe.”

– President Bush, 9/11/04

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November 01, 2004

Quotable Quote

"It's good to see that Jon (Stewart) had a good impact on you guys, a real reality check, yeah, Jon made some good points. Yeah, let's be better journalists, let's book Conan's dog." Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

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Bush vs. Reality

From the progress report:

"The accusation made that this was a sealed sight [sic] is being contradicted by a marine major who said he was sent into the site to destroy the ammunition there."

– President Bush, 10/31/04

VERSUS

"I don't know. I don't have that information."

– Major Austin Pearson, asked if he destroyed the sealed IAEA ammunition, 10/29/04

Posted by Eric at 12:12 PM | Comments (17)

October 29, 2004

Bush on Osama Reminder

AP:

In one of the testiest moments of the evening, Bush protested, "I don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. That's kind of one of those exaggerations."

But during a news conference at the White House on March 13, 2002, Bush said something close to what Kerry quoted. "I truly am not that concerned about him," the president said, according to the official White House transcript.

Video.

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Cheney v. Reality

From the Center for American Progress:

"Well, the reason they keep mentioning Halliburton is because they're trying to throw up a smokescreen... It's an effort that they've made repeatedly to try to confuse the voters and to raise questions, but there's no substance to the charges."

– Vice President Cheney, 10/5/04

VERSUS

"The FBI is investigating whether U.S. officials improperly awarded Vice President Dick Cheney's former company [Halliburton] a lucrative contract work without competition, a probe that was confirmed only days after a top Army contract officer raised the issue of favoritism."

– AP, 10/29/04

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October 28, 2004

Our Silly President

"And a political candidate who jumps to conclusions without knowing the facts is not a person you want as your Commander-in-Chief."

– President Bush, 10/27/04

VERSUS

"We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories."

–President Bush, 5/29/03

-Center for American Progress

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October 21, 2004

Bush vs. Cheney

From Center for American Progress

"It is wrong to try to scare people going into the polls."
- President Bush, 10/20/04

VERSUS

"Cheney: Terrorists May Bomb U.S. Cities."
- Chicago Tribune, 10/19/04

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Biden Brain Dead Comment

Some perspective in the wake of the Drudge Report link:

Exhibit 1:

"Biden criticized the administration's prescription drug policies and their impact on consumers. "He is brain dead," Biden said of the president. His comment was greeted with loud applause at the UAW Local 435 union hall in Cranston Heights but quickly drew the ire of Delaware Republicans."

"Sen. Biden should be ashamed of his below-the-belt rhetoric and personal attacks on the president," said David Crossan, executive director of the state's Republican Party. "Challenging policies is one thing, but calling someone 'brain dead' crosses the line."

So naturally, Republicans must have criticized Biden back during Clinton ...Exhibit 2:
Even a Democratic Senator, Joseph Biden, said Clinton "either had an incredible lapse in memory or was brain-dead" when he pardoned Mr Rich, the Associated Press reported."

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October 20, 2004

Bushism

Chicago SunTimes:

*When former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw told President Bush that he was working on an autobiography, the president said, "That's great. Who's it about?"

Posted by Eric at 12:18 AM | Comments (27)

October 14, 2004

Quotable Quote

From Keith Olbermann's Countdown, via TVNewser:

"...None of this, we expect, is covered in O'Reilly's new book, 'The O'Reilly Factor For Kids.' Now available at bookstores... batteries not included."

Posted by Eric at 12:44 PM | Comments (35)

October 11, 2004

That Brent Scowcroft

Quote:

"Can we win the war on terrorism? Yes, I think we can, in the sense that we can win the war on crime. There is going to be no peace treaty on the battleship Missouri in the war on terrorism, but we can break its back so that it is a horrible nuisance and not a paralyzing influence on our societies." [U.S. Institute of Peace, CONFERENCE ON AMERICA'S CHALLENGES IN A CHANGED WORLD, 9/5/02]
Still, AP:
President Bush criticized Democratic challenger John Kerry on Monday for suggesting that the anti-terror battle should reduce terrorists to "a nuisance" from the current full-time crisis.

"I couldn't disagree more," Bush said. "Our goal is not to reduce terror to some acceptable level of nuisance. Our goal is to defeat terror by staying on the offensive, destroying terrorist networks and spreading freedom and liberty around the world."

Kerry said in an interview in The New York Times Magazine on Sunday, "We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives but they're a nuisance." The Bush campaign is also criticizing the comment in a new television ad.

Phil Singer, a Kerry-Edwards spokesman, said the Republicans were taking a single Kerry sentence out of context. "Considering that George Bush doesn't think we can win the war on terror, let Osama bin Laden escape and rushed into Iraq with no plan to win the peace, it's no surprise that his campaign is distorting every word John Kerry has ever said," the spokesman said.

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October 07, 2004

Quotable Bush

From Political Wire:

"My opponent says he has a plan for Iraq. Parts of it should sound pretty familiar -- it's already known as the Bush plan."

"In Iraq, Senator Kerry has a strategy of retreat; I have a strategy of victory."

-- President Bush, in the same speech, this morning in Pennsylvania.

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October 01, 2004

Scalia on Orgies

Well, if Antonin says so ...

But Scalia said his personal views on social issues have no bearing on his courtroom decisions.

“I even take the position that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged,” Scalia said.

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September 30, 2004

Quotable

“As far as the debate goes, I don't see how anybody could look at this debate and not score this a very clear win on points for John Kerry." Joe Scarborough, MSNBC's GOP analyst.

Posted by Eric at 11:45 PM | Comments (0)

September 13, 2004

Scott McClellan's Memory Problems

From Judd Legum at CAP:

[President Bush] does not set the legislative timetable. Members of Congress set the legislative timetable. And Congress has stated -- congressional leaders have stated that it's not going to come up for a vote. - Scott McClellan, 9/13/04

VERSUS

I have proposed legislation - Clear Skies, Healthy Forests and the Hydrogen Fuel Initiative - which I call on Congress to pass this year. - President Bush, 4/22/03

Congress needs to get some work done before they go home. And one of the most important things they can do is to pass an anti-terrorism insurance bill. See, we need an insurance bill to cover potential terrorist acts, so that hard hats in America can get back to work. - President Bush, 9/23/02

I also asked Congress to pass the supplemental that we submitted. It's emergency funding for defense and homeland security and economic security, and we'd like to get that done by Memorial Day. It's time for them to get that supplemental passed. - President Bush, 4/16/02

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September 03, 2004

OK U.S. Senate Candidate Tom Coburn

A quotable quote, from the Hugo Daily News (September 1, 2004, link unavail):

"We need someone who will speak morally on the issues and not run from the criticism of the national press:'
Coburn said. "We need to have moral clarity about our
leaders. I have a 100 percent pro-life record. I don't apologize
for saying; we need to protect the unborn. Do you realize
that if all those children had not been aborted, we
wouldn't have any trouble with Medicare and Social Security
today? That's another 41 million people."

Posted by Eric at 07:13 PM | Comments (34)

August 16, 2004

Bush Takes Credit for Olympics

Oh sigh, from CAP:

"Today, because the world acted with courage and moral clarity...[Iraqi] athletes are competing in the Olympic Games."

- George W. Bush, 8/14/04

VERSUS

Iraq sent "a four-athlete team...to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney."

- U.S. State Department

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Bush Takes Credit for Olympics

Oh sigh, from CAP:

"Today, because the world acted with courage and moral clarity...[Iraqi] athletes are competing in the Olympic Games."

- George W. Bush, 8/14/04

VERSUS

Iraq sent "a four-athlete team...to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney."

- U.S. State Department

Posted by Eric at 12:30 PM | Comments (0)

August 11, 2004

Bush vs. Bush

From yesterday's Progress Report:

"[I want] to make sure that tax cheaters are found, make sure the IRS gets after those who don't pay taxes; make sure that the system is fair for those of us who do pay taxes. We want everybody paying their fair share."

- George W. Bush, 4/15/04

VERSUS

"The really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes anyway."

- George W. Bush, 8/9/04

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Bush vs. Bush

From yesterday's Progress Report:

"[I want] to make sure that tax cheaters are found, make sure the IRS gets after those who don't pay taxes; make sure that the system is fair for those of us who do pay taxes. We want everybody paying their fair share."

- George W. Bush, 4/15/04

VERSUS

"The really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes anyway."

- George W. Bush, 8/9/04

Posted by Eric at 10:58 AM | Comments (2)

Today's Jerome Corsi Observation of the Day

"Anybody ask why HELLary couldn't keep BJ Bill satisfied? Not lesbo or anything, is she?"

Jerome Corsi, respected pundit and co-author of "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry."

Posted by Eric at 04:55 AM | Comments (18)

Today's Jerome Corsi Observation of the Day

"Anybody ask why HELLary couldn't keep BJ Bill satisfied? Not lesbo or anything, is she?"

Jerome Corsi, respected pundit and co-author of "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry."

Posted by Eric at 04:55 AM | Comments (7)

August 09, 2004

Repeatable Quotes

Alan Keyes: "I deeply resent the destruction of federalism represented by Hillary Clinton's willingness to go into a state she doesn't even live in and pretend to represent people there, so I certainly wouldn't imitate it."

Posted by Eric at 07:01 AM | Comments (18)

Repeatable Quotes

Alan Keyes: "I deeply resent the destruction of federalism represented by Hillary Clinton's willingness to go into a state she doesn't even live in and pretend to represent people there, so I certainly wouldn't imitate it."

Posted by Eric at 07:01 AM | Comments (0)

July 23, 2004

Bushisms

Alright, but just one chance. From About.com:

"Give me a chance to be your president and America will be safer and stronger and better." Marquette, Michigan, July 13, 2004
George W. Bush, once again running on his record.

Posted by Eric at 04:49 AM | Comments (31)

Bushisms

Alright, but just one chance. From About.com:

"Give me a chance to be your president and America will be safer and stronger and better." Marquette, Michigan, July 13, 2004
George W. Bush, once again running on his record.

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July 21, 2004

Isn't It Ironic?

Wouldn't you think?

After launching two wars, President Bush said on Tuesday he wanted to be a "peace president" and took swipes at his Democratic rivals for being lawyers and weak on defense.

With polls showing public support for the war in Iraq in decline, Bush cast himself as a reluctant warrior and assured Americans they were "safer" as he campaigned in the battleground states of Iowa and Missouri against Democrat John Kerry and his running mate, former trial lawyer John Edwards.

"The enemy declared war on us," Bush told a re-election rally in Cedar Rapids. "Nobody wants to be the war president. I want to be the peace president... The next four years will be peaceful years." Bush used the words "peace" or "peaceful" a total of 20 times.

What a hippie. Previously:
Bush has called himself a "war president" in leading the United States in a battle against terrorism brought about by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America. "I'm a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign policy matters with war on my mind," he said in February.

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Isn't It Ironic?

Wouldn't you think?

After launching two wars, President Bush said on Tuesday he wanted to be a "peace president" and took swipes at his Democratic rivals for being lawyers and weak on defense.

With polls showing public support for the war in Iraq in decline, Bush cast himself as a reluctant warrior and assured Americans they were "safer" as he campaigned in the battleground states of Iowa and Missouri against Democrat John Kerry and his running mate, former trial lawyer John Edwards.

"The enemy declared war on us," Bush told a re-election rally in Cedar Rapids. "Nobody wants to be the war president. I want to be the peace president... The next four years will be peaceful years." Bush used the words "peace" or "peaceful" a total of 20 times.

What a hippie. Previously:
Bush has called himself a "war president" in leading the United States in a battle against terrorism brought about by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America. "I'm a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign policy matters with war on my mind," he said in February.

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July 20, 2004

More on Wages

From blokes at CAP:

Wages have been rising.

Vice President Cheney, 7/12/04

VERSUS

"The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that hourly earnings...fell 1.1 percent in June.. The June drop, the steepest decline since the depths of recession in mid-1991, came after a 0.8 percent fall in real hourly earnings in May....Thee decline in the hourly rate last month cut deeply into workers' pay."

NYT, 6/18/04

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More on Wages

From blokes at CAP:

Wages have been rising.

Vice President Cheney, 7/12/04

VERSUS

"The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that hourly earnings...fell 1.1 percent in June.. The June drop, the steepest decline since the depths of recession in mid-1991, came after a 0.8 percent fall in real hourly earnings in May....Thee decline in the hourly rate last month cut deeply into workers' pay."

NYT, 6/18/04

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June 22, 2004

How to Blame Liberals for Beheadings

e.g. Ralph Peters in Front Page Magazine:

Arab extremists and dictators have become the ghetto blacks of hard-Left foreign policy. Theyre all victims of Washington and bear no personal responsibility for their own errors, failures or crimes. It isnt the Saddams, Abdullahs, Assads or Mubaraks who oppress the Arab masses, you see. Despots are never guilty--unless they get too chummy with the Americans. Anyway, dictators are victims, too. The mass graves and misery that haunt the Middle East (if such inconveniences must be mentioned at all) are my fault. And yours, dear reader. Were to blame for all thats wrong with the world. And dont you forget it!

The family secret of the hard-Left is that its followers share one powerful trait with Osama bin Laden: They need to look down on others, to feel superior and just. If the lords of terror dispense with displays of pity for their victims, its only because they havent yet attained the leftists level of hypocrisy.

And the ending line, with the obligatory Michael Moore shot: "We all await, anxiously, Michael Moores film Trolling For al-Qaeda. A pity Paul Johnson Jr. wont be around to watch it."

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How to Blame Liberals for Beheadings

e.g. Ralph Peters in Front Page Magazine:

Arab extremists and dictators have become the ghetto blacks of hard-Left foreign policy. Theyre all victims of Washington and bear no personal responsibility for their own errors, failures or crimes. It isnt the Saddams, Abdullahs, Assads or Mubaraks who oppress the Arab masses, you see. Despots are never guilty--unless they get too chummy with the Americans. Anyway, dictators are victims, too. The mass graves and misery that haunt the Middle East (if such inconveniences must be mentioned at all) are my fault. And yours, dear reader. Were to blame for all thats wrong with the world. And dont you forget it!

The family secret of the hard-Left is that its followers share one powerful trait with Osama bin Laden: They need to look down on others, to feel superior and just. If the lords of terror dispense with displays of pity for their victims, its only because they havent yet attained the leftists level of hypocrisy.

And the ending line, with the obligatory Michael Moore shot: "We all await, anxiously, Michael Moores film Trolling For al-Qaeda. A pity Paul Johnson Jr. wont be around to watch it."

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June 18, 2004

Quotable Quotes

From the Center for American Progress:

"I mean, let there be no doubt about that. [The president] was just as blindsided as the Congress and me and everyone else" by the treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib.

- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, 5/10/04

VERSUS

"Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeldordered military officials in Iraq last November to hold a man suspected of being a senior Iraqi terrorist at a high-level detention center there but not list him on the prison's rollsThis prisoner and other 'ghost detainees' were hidden largely to prevent the International Committee of the Red Cross from monitoring their treatment, and to avoid disclosing their location to an enemy, officials said."

- NYT, 6/17/04

Posted by Eric at 01:08 AM | Comments (0)

Quotable Quotes

From the Center for American Progress:

"I mean, let there be no doubt about that. [The president] was just as blindsided as the Congress and me and everyone else" by the treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib.

- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, 5/10/04

VERSUS

"Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeldordered military officials in Iraq last November to hold a man suspected of being a senior Iraqi terrorist at a high-level detention center there but not list him on the prison's rollsThis prisoner and other 'ghost detainees' were hidden largely to prevent the International Committee of the Red Cross from monitoring their treatment, and to avoid disclosing their location to an enemy, officials said."

- NYT, 6/17/04

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June 17, 2004

Quotable Quotes: Ronald Reagan Jr.

"What's his accomplishment? That he's no longer an obnoxious drunk?" Ronald Reagan Jr. on George W. Bush in 2000.

"The Bush people have no right to speak for my father, particularly because of the position he's in now. Yes, some of the current policies are an extension of the '80s. But the overall thrust of this administration is not my father's -- these people are overly reaching, overly aggressive, overly secretive, and just plain corrupt. I don't trust these people." Ronald Reagan Jr. to Salon in 2003.

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Quotable Quotes: Ronald Reagan Jr.

"What's his accomplishment? That he's no longer an obnoxious drunk?" Ronald Reagan Jr. on George W. Bush in 2000.

"The Bush people have no right to speak for my father, particularly because of the position he's in now. Yes, some of the current policies are an extension of the '80s. But the overall thrust of this administration is not my father's -- these people are overly reaching, overly aggressive, overly secretive, and just plain corrupt. I don't trust these people." Ronald Reagan Jr. to Salon in 2003.

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June 12, 2004

Stupid Quote Saturday

"When I see someone who is making anywhere from $300,000 to $750,000 a year, that's middle class." Rep. Fred Heineman, R-N.C., Washington Post, 10/29/96, via Pandagon

"Finally, the ACLU -- we talked about this yesterday and I -- and, you know, I have to pick on the ACLU because they're the most dangerous organization in the United States of America right now. There's by far. There's nobody even close to that. They're, like, second next to Al Qaeda." Bill O'Reilly, via Media Matters.

"But you'd have to put liberals in Abu Ghraib to get them to tell the truth about what people were saying before the war and then the problem would be that most liberals would enjoy those activities." Ann Coulter

"[B]y the way, we rank 10th amongst the industrialized world in broadband technology and its availability. That's not good enough for America. Tenth is 10 spots too low as far as I'm concerned."George Bush, Minneapolis, Minn., April 26, 2004

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Stupid Quote Saturday

"When I see someone who is making anywhere from $300,000 to $750,000 a year, that's middle class." Rep. Fred Heineman, R-N.C., Washington Post, 10/29/96, via Pandagon

"Finally, the ACLU -- we talked about this yesterday and I -- and, you know, I have to pick on the ACLU because they're the most dangerous organization in the United States of America right now. There's by far. There's nobody even close to that. They're, like, second next to Al Qaeda." Bill O'Reilly, via Media Matters.

"But you'd have to put liberals in Abu Ghraib to get them to tell the truth about what people were saying before the war and then the problem would be that most liberals would enjoy those activities." Ann Coulter

"[B]y the way, we rank 10th amongst the industrialized world in broadband technology and its availability. That's not good enough for America. Tenth is 10 spots too low as far as I'm concerned."George Bush, Minneapolis, Minn., April 26, 2004

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June 10, 2004

Stupid Quote Saturday

Returning this Saturday. Beware!

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Stupid Quote Saturday

Returning this Saturday. Beware!

Posted by Eric at 02:26 AM | Comments (0)

June 08, 2004

Parcells Uses Racial Slur; Apologizes

Surprise! From Reuters:

Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells has apologized for using the racial slur "Jap" during a press conference Monday, saying he had made a "very inappropriate reference."
When Parcells was asked Monday about the types of plays the Cowboys were working on, he replied: "No disrespect to the Orientals, but what we call 'Jap plays'. Okay, surprise things."

He later issued a statement saying the remarks had been uncalled for and inconsiderate.

The Cowboys also apologized for the remarks which were an apparent reference to the surprise Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor in 1941.

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Parcells Uses Racial Slur; Apologizes

Surprise! From Reuters:

Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells has apologized for using the racial slur "Jap" during a press conference Monday, saying he had made a "very inappropriate reference."
When Parcells was asked Monday about the types of plays the Cowboys were working on, he replied: "No disrespect to the Orientals, but what we call 'Jap plays'. Okay, surprise things."

He later issued a statement saying the remarks had been uncalled for and inconsiderate.

The Cowboys also apologized for the remarks which were an apparent reference to the surprise Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor in 1941.

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June 04, 2004

Bushisms

Things that make you go hm. From About.com:

I want to thank my friend, Senator Bill Frist, for joining us today. You're doing a heck of a job. You cut your teeth here, right? That's where you started practicing? That's good. He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me." George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., May 27, 2004

"I'm honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein." George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 25, 2004

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Bushisms

Things that make you go hm. From About.com:

I want to thank my friend, Senator Bill Frist, for joining us today. You're doing a heck of a job. You cut your teeth here, right? That's where you started practicing? That's good. He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me." George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., May 27, 2004

"I'm honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein." George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 25, 2004

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June 01, 2004

Cheney Lying?

From the Progress Report:

"Since I left Halliburton to become George Bush's vice president, I've severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interests...And as vice president, I have absolutely no influence of, involvement of, knowledge of in any way, shape or form of contracts led by the Corps of Engineers or anybody else in the federal government..."

Vice President Dick Cheney on Meet The Press, 9/14/03

VERSUS

"Time Magazine has obtained an internal Pentagon e-mail sent by an Army Corps of Engineers official...dated March 5, 2003 [that] says 'action' on a multibillion-dollar Halliburton contract was 'coordinated' with Cheney's office. The e-mail says Douglas Feith, a high-ranking Pentagon hawk, got the 'authority to execute RIO,' or Restore Iraqi Oil, from his boss, who is Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz."

Time Magazine, 5/30/04

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Cheney Lying?

From the Progress Report:

"Since I left Halliburton to become George Bush's vice president, I've severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interests...And as vice president, I have absolutely no influence of, involvement of, knowledge of in any way, shape or form of contracts led by the Corps of Engineers or anybody else in the federal government..."

Vice President Dick Cheney on Meet The Press, 9/14/03

VERSUS

"Time Magazine has obtained an internal Pentagon e-mail sent by an Army Corps of Engineers official...dated March 5, 2003 [that] says 'action' on a multibillion-dollar Halliburton contract was 'coordinated' with Cheney's office. The e-mail says Douglas Feith, a high-ranking Pentagon hawk, got the 'authority to execute RIO,' or Restore Iraqi Oil, from his boss, who is Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz."

Time Magazine, 5/30/04

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May 27, 2004

Bush: The Flip-Flopping Promise Breaker

President Bush makes a lot of promises ... he just doesn't often keep them. Just a few examples quoted from the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.

Bush Promise: "I think the reauthorization of these important federal initiatives should proceed. And one of the things is funding, of course. And I've asked for $290 million in new funding for these programs for the year 2003. And I've also - and it's to help meet these goals. 25,000 additional new AmeriCorps members, 25,000 more than we have now today all across the country. 100,000 new Senior Corps members." (Federal Document Clearing House Political Transcripts, April 9, 2002)

Promise Broken: "When I heard last week that President Bush and Congress were slashing AmeriCorps by 80 percent, my first reaction was to feel suckered. After his 2002 State of the Union Message, I wrote a column praising the president for promising to expand the program (which he placed under USA Freedom Corps) by 50 percent and attacking critics who made light of Bush's commitment. I actually believed that community service was important to this man, and that he saw it as a patriotic response to 9-11. Then I brought myself up short...what if I was snookered?" (Jonathan Alter, Newsweek, June 30, 2003)

Bush Promise: "Any time we put our troops into harm's way, you must have the best training, the best equipment, the best possible pay." (White House web site, October 9, 2003)

Bush Promise: "Our troops continue to face serious danger, and this government is giving them every means of protecting themselves and every means necessary to gain victory." (White House web site, May 10, 2004)

Promise Broken: "Many soldiers who are there say the Pentagon is failing to protect them with the best technology America has to offer...That has translated into a lack of armor...A breakdown of the casualty figures suggests that many U.S. deaths and wounds in Iraq simply did not need to occur. According to an unofficial study by a defense consultant that is now circulating through the Army, there have been 142 casualties by land mines or improvised explosive devices, while 48 others died in rocket-propelled-grenade attacks. Almost all those soldiers were killed while in unprotected vehicles, which means that perhaps one in four of those killed in combat in Iraq might be alive if they had had stronger armor around them, the study suggested." (Newsweek, May 3, 2004)

Promise Broken: "The administration announced that on Oct. 1 it wants to roll back recent modest increases in monthly imminent-danger pay (from $225 to $150) and family-separation allowance (from $250 to $100) for troops getting shot at in combat zones." (Army Times, June 30, 2003)

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Bush: The Flip-Flopping Promise Breaker

President Bush makes a lot of promises ... he just doesn't often keep them. Just a few examples quoted from the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.

Bush Promise: "I think the reauthorization of these important federal initiatives should proceed. And one of the things is funding, of course. And I've asked for $290 million in new funding for these programs for the year 2003. And I've also - and it's to help meet these goals. 25,000 additional new AmeriCorps members, 25,000 more than we have now today all across the country. 100,000 new Senior Corps members." (Federal Document Clearing House Political Transcripts, April 9, 2002)

Promise Broken: "When I heard last week that President Bush and Congress were slashing AmeriCorps by 80 percent, my first reaction was to feel suckered. After his 2002 State of the Union Message, I wrote a column praising the president for promising to expand the program (which he placed under USA Freedom Corps) by 50 percent and attacking critics who made light of Bush's commitment. I actually believed that community service was important to this man, and that he saw it as a patriotic response to 9-11. Then I brought myself up short...what if I was snookered?" (Jonathan Alter, Newsweek, June 30, 2003)

Bush Promise: "Any time we put our troops into harm's way, you must have the best training, the best equipment, the best possible pay." (White House web site, October 9, 2003)

Bush Promise: "Our troops continue to face serious danger, and this government is giving them every means of protecting themselves and every means necessary to gain victory." (White House web site, May 10, 2004)

Promise Broken: "Many soldiers who are there say the Pentagon is failing to protect them with the best technology America has to offer...That has translated into a lack of armor...A breakdown of the casualty figures suggests that many U.S. deaths and wounds in Iraq simply did not need to occur. According to an unofficial study by a defense consultant that is now circulating through the Army, there have been 142 casualties by land mines or improvised explosive devices, while 48 others died in rocket-propelled-grenade attacks. Almost all those soldiers were killed while in unprotected vehicles, which means that perhaps one in four of those killed in combat in Iraq might be alive if they had had stronger armor around them, the study suggested." (Newsweek, May 3, 2004)

Promise Broken: "The administration announced that on Oct. 1 it wants to roll back recent modest increases in monthly imminent-danger pay (from $225 to $150) and family-separation allowance (from $250 to $100) for troops getting shot at in combat zones." (Army Times, June 30, 2003)

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May 25, 2004

Quotable Quote

"To think that we are going to, quote, stay the course this course is headed over Niagara Falls." General Zinni

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Quotable Quote

"To think that we are going to, quote, stay the course this course is headed over Niagara Falls." General Zinni

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May 24, 2004

Incompetent

The DCCC blog has several quotes from leaders about the incompetent management of the Iraqi war, including:

"I believe we are absolutely on the brink of failure. We are looking into the abyss."
-- General Joseph Hoar, a former commander in chief of U.S. Central Command; testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, May 20, 2004

"I'm surprised that he is surprised because there was a lot of us who were telling [Rumsfeld] that it was going to be thus... Anyone could know the problems they were going to see. How could they not?...I think that some heads should roll over Iraq. I think the president got some bad advice."
-- Retired Marine General Anthony Zinni, San Diego Union-Tribune, April 16, 2004

"I think we got in there with a grossly anemic military force. We never defeated the elite elements of the Saddam regime. They walked away with their guns, their money, their leadership intact."
-- Retired General Barry McCaffrey; NPR "Morning Edition," April 15, 2004

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Incompetent

The DCCC blog has several quotes from leaders about the incompetent management of the Iraqi war, including:

"I believe we are absolutely on the brink of failure. We are looking into the abyss."
-- General Joseph Hoar, a former commander in chief of U.S. Central Command; testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, May 20, 2004

"I'm surprised that he is surprised because there was a lot of us who were telling [Rumsfeld] that it was going to be thus... Anyone could know the problems they were going to see. How could they not?...I think that some heads should roll over Iraq. I think the president got some bad advice."
-- Retired Marine General Anthony Zinni, San Diego Union-Tribune, April 16, 2004

"I think we got in there with a grossly anemic military force. We never defeated the elite elements of the Saddam regime. They walked away with their guns, their money, their leadership intact."
-- Retired General Barry McCaffrey; NPR "Morning Edition," April 15, 2004

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May 20, 2004

Lying Liars

Another edition of The Daily Grill, from The Center for American Progress:

"The use of video news releases is a common, routine practice in government and the private sector. Anyone who has questions about this practice needs to do some research on modern public information tools."

- Administration spokesman Kevin Keane, 3/14/04

"The use of appropriated funds for production and distribution of the story packages and suggested scripts violated the publicity or propaganda prohibition of the Consolidated Appropriation Resolution of 2003."

- General Accounting Office Ruling, 5/19/04

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Lying Liars

Another edition of The Daily Grill, from The Center for American Progress:

"The use of video news releases is a common, routine practice in government and the private sector. Anyone who has questions about this practice needs to do some research on modern public information tools."

- Administration spokesman Kevin Keane, 3/14/04

"The use of appropriated funds for production and distribution of the story packages and suggested scripts violated the publicity or propaganda prohibition of the Consolidated Appropriation Resolution of 2003."

- General Accounting Office Ruling, 5/19/04

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The Wit and Wisdom of Richard Perle

As compiled by Mother Jones:

"Iraq is a very wealthy country. Enormous oil reserves. They can finance, largely finance, the reconstruction of their own country. And I have no doubt that they will."
PBS interview July 11, 2002

"We are not talking about a massive invasion along the lines of 1991. We're talking about a much more modest effort in which the United States would assist Iraqis in freeing their country."
Washington Post interview, August 22, 2002

"UN weapons inspectors are being seriously deceived. It reminds me of the way the Nazis hoodwinked Red Cross officials inspecting the concentration camp at Theresienstadt in 1944. The SS even organized a phony concert to show what a wonderful new home the Jews had. But Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has MORE evidence of secret weapons dumps."
Writing in the News of the World, February 23, 2003

"The predictions of those who opposed this war can be discarded like spent cartridges. You remember them? We will kill hundreds of thousands. We will create thousands of new terrorists. The Arab world will rise up and set the region aflame. Tony Blair and George Bush knew better."
Writing in the News of the World, April 13, 2003

"Relax, celebrate victory."
Writing in USA Today, May 2, 2003

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The Wit and Wisdom of Richard Perle

As compiled by Mother Jones:

"Iraq is a very wealthy country. Enormous oil reserves. They can finance, largely finance, the reconstruction of their own country. And I have no doubt that they will."
PBS interview July 11, 2002

"We are not talking about a massive invasion along the lines of 1991. We're talking about a much more modest effort in which the United States would assist Iraqis in freeing their country."
Washington Post interview, August 22, 2002

"UN weapons inspectors are being seriously deceived. It reminds me of the way the Nazis hoodwinked Red Cross officials inspecting the concentration camp at Theresienstadt in 1944. The SS even organized a phony concert to show what a wonderful new home the Jews had. But Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has MORE evidence of secret weapons dumps."
Writing in the News of the World, February 23, 2003

"The predictions of those who opposed this war can be discarded like spent cartridges. You remember them? We will kill hundreds of thousands. We will create thousands of new terrorists. The Arab world will rise up and set the region aflame. Tony Blair and George Bush knew better."
Writing in the News of the World, April 13, 2003

"Relax, celebrate victory."
Writing in USA Today, May 2, 2003

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May 18, 2004

Rummy Quotes

From The Center for American Progress:

"We can't say something that is inaccurate."

Donald Rumsfeld, 5/17/04

VERSUS

"[Saddam's] amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of biological weapons, including Anthrax, botulism, toxins and possibly Smallpox. [Saddam's] amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of chemical weapons, including VX, Sarin and mustard gas."

Donald Rumsfeld, 9/20/02

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Rummy Quotes

From The Center for American Progress:

"We can't say something that is inaccurate."

Donald Rumsfeld, 5/17/04

VERSUS

"[Saddam's] amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of biological weapons, including Anthrax, botulism, toxins and possibly Smallpox. [Saddam's] amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of chemical weapons, including VX, Sarin and mustard gas."

Donald Rumsfeld, 9/20/02

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May 17, 2004

Gonzales Doubletalk on the Geneva Convention

From Judd C. Legum of the Center for American Progress:

Last week, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales forcefully denied that the Bush administration failed to support the Geneva treaties. But Gonzales recent statements are belied by his January 2002 memo to the President.

GONZALES SAYS ADMINISTRATION IS A 'STRONG SUPPORTER OF GENEVA CONVENTIONS: "At the same time, President Bush recognized that our nation will continue to be a strong supporter of the Geneva treaties. The president also reaffirmed our policy in the United States armed forces to treat Al Qaeda and Taliban detainees at Guantnamo Bay humanely and, to the extent appropriate and consistent with military necessity, in keeping with the principles of the Third Geneva Convention."

- Alberto Gonzales, 5/15/04 (NYT Op-Ed)

VERSUS

GONZALES SAYS GENEVA RESTRICTIONS ARE OBSOLETE: "The nature of the new war places a high premium on other factors, such as the ability to quickly obtain information from captured terrorists and their sponsors in order to avoid further atrocities against American civilians...In my judgment, this new paradigm renders obsolete Geneva's strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions."

- Alberto Gonzales, 1/25/02 (Memorandum to the President, as reported in Newsweek 5/16/04)

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Gonzales Doubletalk on the Geneva Convention

From Judd C. Legum of the Center for American Progress:

Last week, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales forcefully denied that the Bush administration failed to support the Geneva treaties. But Gonzales recent statements are belied by his January 2002 memo to the President.

GONZALES SAYS ADMINISTRATION IS A 'STRONG SUPPORTER OF GENEVA CONVENTIONS: "At the same time, President Bush recognized that our nation will continue to be a strong supporter of the Geneva treaties. The president also reaffirmed our policy in the United States armed forces to treat Al Qaeda and Taliban detainees at Guantnamo Bay humanely and, to the extent appropriate and consistent with military necessity, in keeping with the principles of the Third Geneva Convention."

- Alberto Gonzales, 5/15/04 (NYT Op-Ed)

VERSUS

GONZALES SAYS GENEVA RESTRICTIONS ARE OBSOLETE: "The nature of the new war places a high premium on other factors, such as the ability to quickly obtain information from captured terrorists and their sponsors in order to avoid further atrocities against American civilians...In my judgment, this new paradigm renders obsolete Geneva's strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions."

- Alberto Gonzales, 1/25/02 (Memorandum to the President, as reported in Newsweek 5/16/04)

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May 07, 2004

Did Someone Not Get the Memo?

"We still face a deficit in the $500 billion range for the current fiscal year...but that size deficit, at roughly 4.5% of GDP...is not historically out of range; and it is entirely manageable."

- Joshua Bolton, White House Budget Director, 12/10/03

VERSUS

"[The] federal budget deficit as "a significant obstacle to long-term [economic] stability."

- Alan Greenspan, 5/6/04

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Did Someone Not Get the Memo?

"We still face a deficit in the $500 billion range for the current fiscal year...but that size deficit, at roughly 4.5% of GDP...is not historically out of range; and it is entirely manageable."

- Joshua Bolton, White House Budget Director, 12/10/03

VERSUS

"[The] federal budget deficit as "a significant obstacle to long-term [economic] stability."

- Alan Greenspan, 5/6/04

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May 04, 2004

Tommy Thompson's Huge Savings

From CAP's The Progress Report:

Seniors who enroll in new Medicare drug card plans can expect "huge savings" on their prescriptions.

- Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, 4/29/04

VERSUS

"The analysis finds that the prices available with the new Medicare discount drug cards are far higher than the prices available in Canada and the prices negotiated by the federal government on the Federal Supply Schedule, and are no lower than the prices currently available to individuals who do not have the cards."

- Report of the House Government Reform Committee, April 2004

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Tommy Thompson's Huge Savings

From CAP's The Progress Report:

Seniors who enroll in new Medicare drug card plans can expect "huge savings" on their prescriptions.

- Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, 4/29/04

VERSUS

"The analysis finds that the prices available with the new Medicare discount drug cards are far higher than the prices available in Canada and the prices negotiated by the federal government on the Federal Supply Schedule, and are no lower than the prices currently available to individuals who do not have the cards."

- Report of the House Government Reform Committee, April 2004

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April 27, 2004

Bushisms Revisited

A Bushism every now and then is good for the heart. Seattle PI:

The intrusion of world affairs was evident yesterday when Bush was visiting the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. A suicide bombing in the Middle East prompted the president to briefly delay the start of his sunrise golf game with his father and gospel singer Michael W. Smith. Bush approached reporters to say he was distressed about the violence.

"I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers," said Bush, golf club in his hand. "Thank you. Now watch this drive."

British intelligence informs me it was a good drive.

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Bushisms Revisited

A Bushism every now and then is good for the heart. Seattle PI:

The intrusion of world affairs was evident yesterday when Bush was visiting the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. A suicide bombing in the Middle East prompted the president to briefly delay the start of his sunrise golf game with his father and gospel singer Michael W. Smith. Bush approached reporters to say he was distressed about the violence.

"I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers," said Bush, golf club in his hand. "Thank you. Now watch this drive."

British intelligence informs me it was a good drive.

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April 26, 2004

Evil Deeds

Karen Hughes: "I think that after September 11, the American people are valuing life more and we need policies to value the dignity and worth of every life. President Bush has worked to say, "let's be reasonable, let's work to value life, let's reduce the number of abortions, let's increase adoptions." And I think those are the kinds of policies the American people can support, particularly at a time when we're facing an enemy and, really, the fundamental issue between us and the terror network we fight is that we value every life."

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Evil Deeds

Karen Hughes: "I think that after September 11, the American people are valuing life more and we need policies to value the dignity and worth of every life. President Bush has worked to say, "let's be reasonable, let's work to value life, let's reduce the number of abortions, let's increase adoptions." And I think those are the kinds of policies the American people can support, particularly at a time when we're facing an enemy and, really, the fundamental issue between us and the terror network we fight is that we value every life."

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April 24, 2004

At Least It Wasn't John Kerry

Ohhh, snap!

Thursday's New York Times misidentified GOP Senate candidate Pete Coors as a Ku Klux Klan member who murdered a black sharecropper.

The Coors campaign found the error "so outrageous it's kind of funny," said spokeswoman Cinamon Watson.

"It could have been worse," she joked. "Pete could have been identified as John Kerry."

Keep that girl away from Coors. And twiiins.

UPDATE: Democrats up in arms.

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At Least It Wasn't John Kerry

Ohhh, snap!

Thursday's New York Times misidentified GOP Senate candidate Pete Coors as a Ku Klux Klan member who murdered a black sharecropper.

The Coors campaign found the error "so outrageous it's kind of funny," said spokeswoman Cinamon Watson.

"It could have been worse," she joked. "Pete could have been identified as John Kerry."

Keep that girl away from Coors. And twiiins.

UPDATE: Democrats up in arms.

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April 20, 2004

Claim vs. Truth

"I'm right now focused on the military operations in Afghanistan."

- President George Bush after a meeting with top Pentagon brass at his ranch, 12/28/01

VERSUS

Iraq "was the real focus of the session at his ranch."

- AP, 4/18/04

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Claim vs. Truth

"I'm right now focused on the military operations in Afghanistan."

- President George Bush after a meeting with top Pentagon brass at his ranch, 12/28/01

VERSUS

Iraq "was the real focus of the session at his ranch."

- AP, 4/18/04

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April 15, 2004

Condi vs. Reality

This is an interesting one from Progress Report:

"George Tenet met with the president every morning" before 9/11.

- National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, 3/28/04

VERSUS

CIA records show that despite increased threat warnings, Tenet briefed the president only twice in August - once in Crawford, Tex., on Aug. 17, and once in Washington, on Aug. 31. Tenet added that "I don't have a recollection of being called" by telephone by the White House to do any more briefings, either.

- WP, 4/14/04

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Condi vs. Reality

This is an interesting one from Progress Report:

"George Tenet met with the president every morning" before 9/11.

- National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, 3/28/04

VERSUS

CIA records show that despite increased threat warnings, Tenet briefed the president only twice in August - once in Crawford, Tex., on Aug. 17, and once in Washington, on Aug. 31. Tenet added that "I don't have a recollection of being called" by telephone by the White House to do any more briefings, either.

- WP, 4/14/04

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April 14, 2004

Billy Kristol

Tehehe. LA Times:

"I was depressed," said conservative strategist William Kristol, one of the war's most vocal proponents. "I am obviously a supporter of the war, so I don't need to be convinced. But among people who were doubtful or worried, I don't think he made arguments that would convince them. He didn't explain how we are going to win there."

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Billy Kristol

Tehehe. LA Times:

"I was depressed," said conservative strategist William Kristol, one of the war's most vocal proponents. "I am obviously a supporter of the war, so I don't need to be convinced. But among people who were doubtful or worried, I don't think he made arguments that would convince them. He didn't explain how we are going to win there."

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April 01, 2004

Flip Flops

With all the hoopola in the media about Kerry flip flops (not the hot, new sandal wear), what about these from Bush? Center for American Progress:

BUSH SAYS WE FOUND THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION..."We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratoriesfor those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them." [President Bush, Interview in Poland, 5/29/03]

...BUSH SAYS WE HAVEN'T FOUND WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION "David Kay has found the capacity to produce weapons. And when David Kay goes in and says we haven't found stockpiles yet, and there's theories as to where the weapons went. They could have been destroyed during the war. Saddam and his henchmen could have destroyed them as we entered into Iraq. They could be hidden. They could have been transported to another country, and we'll find out." [President Bush, Meet the Press, 2/7/04]

BUSH WANTS OSAMA DEAD OR ALIVE... "I want justice. And there's an old poster out West, I recall, that says, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive.'" [President Bush, on Osama Bin Laden, 09/17/01]

...BUSH DOESN'T CARE ABOUT OSAMA "I don't know where he is. I have no idea and I really don't care. It's not that important." [President Bush, Press Conference, 3/13/02]

BUSH SUPPORTS MANDATORY CAPS ON CARBON DIOXIDE... "[If elected], Governor Bush will work toestablish mandatory reduction targets for emissions of four main pollutants: sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury and carbon dioxide." [Bush Environmental Plan, 9/29/00]

...BUSH OPPOSES MANDATORY CAPS ON CARBON DIOXIDE "I do not believe, however, that the government should impose on power plants mandatory emissions reductions for carbon dioxide, which is not a 'pollutant' under the Clean Air Act." [President Bush, Letter to Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), 3/13/03]

More from the Center.

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Flip Flops

With all the hoopola in the media about Kerry flip flops (not the hot, new sandal wear), what about these from Bush? Center for American Progress:

BUSH SAYS WE FOUND THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION..."We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratoriesfor those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them." [President Bush, Interview in Poland, 5/29/03]

...BUSH SAYS WE HAVEN'T FOUND WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION "David Kay has found the capacity to produce weapons. And when David Kay goes in and says we haven't found stockpiles yet, and there's theories as to where the weapons went. They could have been destroyed during the war. Saddam and his henchmen could have destroyed them as we entered into Iraq. They could be hidden. They could have been transported to another country, and we'll find out." [President Bush, Meet the Press, 2/7/04]

BUSH WANTS OSAMA DEAD OR ALIVE... "I want justice. And there's an old poster out West, I recall, that says, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive.'" [President Bush, on Osama Bin Laden, 09/17/01]

...BUSH DOESN'T CARE ABOUT OSAMA "I don't know where he is. I have no idea and I really don't care. It's not that important." [President Bush, Press Conference, 3/13/02]

BUSH SUPPORTS MANDATORY CAPS ON CARBON DIOXIDE... "[If elected], Governor Bush will work toestablish mandatory reduction targets for emissions of four main pollutants: sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury and carbon dioxide." [Bush Environmental Plan, 9/29/00]

...BUSH OPPOSES MANDATORY CAPS ON CARBON DIOXIDE "I do not believe, however, that the government should impose on power plants mandatory emissions reductions for carbon dioxide, which is not a 'pollutant' under the Clean Air Act." [President Bush, Letter to Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), 3/13/03]

More from the Center.

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March 27, 2004

Quote

"If the Bush administration had gone after Osama bin Laden with anything akin to the energy it is expending to discredit Richard Clarke, the story of America's response to terrorism might have been dramatically different." John Nichols.

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Quote

"If the Bush administration had gone after Osama bin Laden with anything akin to the energy it is expending to discredit Richard Clarke, the story of America's response to terrorism might have been dramatically different." John Nichols.

Posted by Eric at 07:16 PM | Comments (7)

March 26, 2004

Other Funny Bush Joke

Remember this one?

Bush, in the weeks before September 11, pledged to honor the sanctity of the Social Security lockbox except in the event of recession, war, or a national emergency. But after "everything changed" on 9/11, he reportedly gloated to his budget director, Mitch Daniels, "Lucky me--I hit the trifecta!" At the time, this comment (a variation of which is being recycled for laughs at current GOP fundraisers) seemed merely offensive. But in light of revelations that Bush's August 6 briefing memo was titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike U.S.," Bush's "luck" and weird prescience are worth more than passing scrutiny.

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Other Funny Bush Joke

Remember this one?

Bush, in the weeks before September 11, pledged to honor the sanctity of the Social Security lockbox except in the event of recession, war, or a national emergency. But after "everything changed" on 9/11, he reportedly gloated to his budget director, Mitch Daniels, "Lucky me--I hit the trifecta!" At the time, this comment (a variation of which is being recycled for laughs at current GOP fundraisers) seemed merely offensive. But in light of revelations that Bush's August 6 briefing memo was titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike U.S.," Bush's "luck" and weird prescience are worth more than passing scrutiny.

Posted by Eric at 03:12 PM | Comments (8)

March 25, 2004

Lame Bush

From Political Wire and CAP:

"Had I known that the enemy was going to use airplanes to strike America, to attack us, I would have used every resource, every asset, every power of this government to protect the American people." Bush. AP

"on August 6th [2001], [Bush] received a one-and-a-half page briefing advising him that Osama bin Laden was capable of a major strike against the US, and that the plot could include the hijacking of an American airplane." NBC News, 9/10/02

"U.S. and Italian officials were warned in July 2001 that Islamic terrorists might attempt to kill President Bush and other leaders by crashing an airliner into the Genoa summit of industrialized nations." The warning came at the same time "U.S. intelligence officials informed President Bush that bin Laden's terrorist network might try to hijack American planes." LA Times, 9/27/01; ABC News, 5/16/02

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Lame Bush

From Political Wire and CAP:

"Had I known that the enemy was going to use airplanes to strike America, to attack us, I would have used every resource, every asset, every power of this government to protect the American people." Bush. AP

"on August 6th [2001], [Bush] received a one-and-a-half page briefing advising him that Osama bin Laden was capable of a major strike against the US, and that the plot could include the hijacking of an American airplane." NBC News, 9/10/02

"U.S. and Italian officials were warned in July 2001 that Islamic terrorists might attempt to kill President Bush and other leaders by crashing an airliner into the Genoa summit of industrialized nations." The warning came at the same time "U.S. intelligence officials informed President Bush that bin Laden's terrorist network might try to hijack American planes." LA Times, 9/27/01; ABC News, 5/16/02

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Hey, Remember the 80s?

"I blame the entire Bush leadership for continuing to work on Cold War issues when they back in power in 2001. It was as though they were preserved in amber from when they left office eight years earlier. They came back. They wanted to work on the same issues right away: Iraq, Star Wars. Not new issues, the new threats that had developed over the preceding eight years." --Richard Clarke, on 60 Minutes

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Hey, Remember the 80s?

"I blame the entire Bush leadership for continuing to work on Cold War issues when they back in power in 2001. It was as though they were preserved in amber from when they left office eight years earlier. They came back. They wanted to work on the same issues right away: Iraq, Star Wars. Not new issues, the new threats that had developed over the preceding eight years." --Richard Clarke, on 60 Minutes

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March 17, 2004

Bush vs. Reality

From the Center for American Progress:

"When you hear people say, we cut individual income taxes, or tax on the rich, really what you ought to put in your mind is these were taxes to help the entrepreneurial class of America. Small businesses benefit."

- President Bush, 3/17/04

VERSUS

Only 3.7% of small businesses are affected by the top tax rate cuts that made up the bulk of the President's income tax cuts. Most small business owners "would be far more likely to receive no tax reduction whatsoever from the Administration's tax package than to benefit."

- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 5/3/01

Posted by Eric at 11:37 AM | Comments (33)

Bush vs. Reality

From the Center for American Progress:

"When you hear people say, we cut individual income taxes, or tax on the rich, really what you ought to put in your mind is these were taxes to help the entrepreneurial class of America. Small businesses benefit."

- President Bush, 3/17/04

VERSUS

Only 3.7% of small businesses are affected by the top tax rate cuts that made up the bulk of the President's income tax cuts. Most small business owners "would be far more likely to receive no tax reduction whatsoever from the Administration's tax package than to benefit."

- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 5/3/01

Posted by Eric at 11:37 AM | Comments (4)

March 13, 2004

Stupid Quote Saturday

This Saturday's quotes come from the DCCC and quotes from the great GOP leader Tom Delay, the face of the Republican Party. Go get 'um, Tom!

"It's never been proven that air toxics (sic) are hazardous to people."
-Houston Chronicle, October 27, 1990

"Here is a flower child with gray hair doing exactly what he did back in the '60s: He is apologizing for the actions of the U.S."
on Clinton saying sorry for slavery.
-American Prospect, July / August Issue, 1998

"the EPA, the Gestapo of government"
-PBS Newshour, December 21, 1995

AND ON BUDGET DEFICITS!

"[Democrats] completely ignore the desperate need for deficit reduction which in itself would be a major step forward toward enhancing our Nation's competitiveness."
-House floor, September 22, 1992

More quotes are here.

Posted by Eric at 12:07 AM | Comments (50)

Stupid Quote Saturday

This Saturday's quotes come from the DCCC and quotes from the great GOP leader Tom Delay, the face of the Republican Party. Go get 'um, Tom!

"It's never been proven that air toxics (sic) are hazardous to people."
-Houston Chronicle, October 27, 1990

"Here is a flower child with gray hair doing exactly what he did back in the '60s: He is apologizing for the actions of the U.S."
on Clinton saying sorry for slavery.
-American Prospect, July / August Issue, 1998

"the EPA, the Gestapo of government"
-PBS Newshour, December 21, 1995

AND ON BUDGET DEFICITS!

"[Democrats] completely ignore the desperate need for deficit reduction which in itself would be a major step forward toward enhancing our Nation's competitiveness."
-House floor, September 22, 1992

More quotes are here.

Posted by Eric at 12:07 AM | Comments (8)

March 09, 2004

Then and Now

From the Center for American Progress:

THEN

"On October 18, 2002, our Nation marks the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act and begins the Observance of the Year of Clean Water."

- President George W. Bush, 10/18/02

NOW

Under Bush's new budget, funding would for clean water infrastructure drop from $2.6 billion to $1.8 billion. The programs slated for reductions include "sewage treatment plants plants, water purification facilities, and targeted pollution-prevention investments."

- Joint Budget Analysis by Environmental Groups

Posted by Eric at 03:04 PM | Comments (17)

Then and Now

From the Center for American Progress:

THEN

"On October 18, 2002, our Nation marks the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act and begins the Observance of the Year of Clean Water."

- President George W. Bush, 10/18/02

NOW

Under Bush's new budget, funding would for clean water infrastructure drop from $2.6 billion to $1.8 billion. The programs slated for reductions include "sewage treatment plants plants, water purification facilities, and targeted pollution-prevention investments."

- Joint Budget Analysis by Environmental Groups

Posted by Eric at 03:04 PM | Comments (7)

March 06, 2004

Stupid Quote Saturday

"If George Bush loses the election, Osama bin Laden wins the election." Tom Cole (R-OK)

"Imitating the ostrich-like posture of certain German Jews who ignored the growing danger during Hitler's rise to power, today's liberals are deliberately blind to the real threats of violence that surround us. Their narcissistic self-image requires absolute solicitude toward angry savages plotting acts of terrorism. The only people who scare them are the ones who worship a Jew." Ann Coulter on 'The Passion of Christ'

"The Times may have loopy ideas about a lot of things, but at least when they write about gay bathhouses and abortion clinics, you get the sense they know what they're talking about." Ann Coulter

"More Muslims have died at the hands of killers thanI say more Muslimsa lot of Muslims have diedI don't know the exact countat Istanbul. Look at these different places around the world where there's been tremendous death and destruction because killers kill." GW Bush.

Posted by Eric at 12:03 AM | Comments (4)

Stupid Quote Saturday

"If George Bush loses the election, Osama bin Laden wins the election." Tom Cole (R-OK)

"Imitating the ostrich-like posture of certain German Jews who ignored the growing danger during Hitler's rise to power, today's liberals are deliberately blind to the real threats of violence that surround us. Their narcissistic self-image requires absolute solicitude toward angry savages plotting acts of terrorism. The only people who scare them are the ones who worship a Jew." Ann Coulter on 'The Passion of Christ'

"The Times may have loopy ideas about a lot of things, but at least when they write about gay bathhouses and abortion clinics, you get the sense they know what they're talking about." Ann Coulter

"More Muslims have died at the hands of killers thanI say more Muslimsa lot of Muslims have diedI don't know the exact countat Istanbul. Look at these different places around the world where there's been tremendous death and destruction because killers kill." GW Bush.

Posted by Eric at 12:03 AM | Comments (2)

March 04, 2004

Then vs. Now

From the Center for American Progress:

Our opponents "are playing politics with national security."

- Bush-Cheney spokesman, 2/20/04

VERSUS

"President Bush's re-election team unveiled his first campaign advertisements [which] in part use the events of Sept. 11, 2001...Two ads refer to the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001...One ad, entitled 'Tested,' shows, among other images, a damaged building from the World Trade Center ruins behind an American flag."

- Reuters, 3/3/04

Posted by Eric at 02:35 PM | Comments (5)

Then vs. Now

From the Center for American Progress:

Our opponents "are playing politics with national security."

- Bush-Cheney spokesman, 2/20/04

VERSUS

"President Bush's re-election team unveiled his first campaign advertisements [which] in part use the events of Sept. 11, 2001...Two ads refer to the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001...One ad, entitled 'Tested,' shows, among other images, a damaged building from the World Trade Center ruins behind an American flag."

- Reuters, 3/3/04

Posted by Eric at 02:35 PM | Comments (3)

March 03, 2004

Cheney Then and Now

From the Center for American Progress:

"I severed my ties nearly four years ago" with Halliburton and "if they go belly-up tomorrow, it will not affect my financial status one iota."

- VP Cheney, 3/2/04

VERSUS

Cheney still "receives about $150,000 a year" from Halliburton and possesses more than 433,000 Halliburton stock options which are a "potential conflict of interest."

- CNN, 10/25/03 & 9/25/03

Posted by Eric at 12:11 PM | Comments (17)

Cheney Then and Now

From the Center for American Progress:

"I severed my ties nearly four years ago" with Halliburton and "if they go belly-up tomorrow, it will not affect my financial status one iota."

- VP Cheney, 3/2/04

VERSUS

Cheney still "receives about $150,000 a year" from Halliburton and possesses more than 433,000 Halliburton stock options which are a "potential conflict of interest."

- CNN, 10/25/03 & 9/25/03

Posted by Eric at 12:11 PM | Comments (3)

February 28, 2004

Stupid Quote Saturday

"I urge the liberal establishment to relax and rejoice. This is a campaign that strives to displace the present corporate regime of the Bush administration." Ralph Nader.

"That also seems crystal clear. Those who do such things, and those who think they are amusing - or innocent - are worthy of death. Doesn't seem as if the Lord is accepting of the sin of homosexuality at all. And Christians had better put on the breastplate of righteousness and the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. The battle for souls has begun." Susan Sanford

"T]he consequence is very clear. Marriage loses its significance. People will stop getting married. Homosexuals will not get married; heterosexuals will stop getting married." Rick Santorum.

AP: "Education Secretary Rod Paige called the nation's largest teachers union a "terrorist organization" Monday, taking on the 2.7-million-member National Education Association early in the presidential election year."

Posted by Eric at 08:43 AM | Comments (5)

Stupid Quote Saturday

"I urge the liberal establishment to relax and rejoice. This is a campaign that strives to displace the present corporate regime of the Bush administration." Ralph Nader.

"That also seems crystal clear. Those who do such things, and those who think they are amusing - or innocent - are worthy of death. Doesn't seem as if the Lord is accepting of the sin of homosexuality at all. And Christians had better put on the breastplate of righteousness and the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. The battle for souls has begun." Susan Sanford

"T]he consequence is very clear. Marriage loses its significance. People will stop getting married. Homosexuals will not get married; heterosexuals will stop getting married." Rick Santorum.

AP: "Education Secretary Rod Paige called the nation's largest teachers union a "terrorist organization" Monday, taking on the 2.7-million-member National Education Association early in the presidential election year."

Posted by Eric at 08:43 AM | Comments (1)

February 26, 2004

He Said, He Said

From the Center for American Progress:

"I'm not seeing any indication the Taliban pose any military threat to Afghanistan."

- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 2/25/04

VERSUS

Taliban attacks "have reached their highest level since the collapse of the Taliban government.[They] are a serious threat, potentially eroding commitments to stability and progress in Afghanistan."

- Defense Intelligence Agency chief Adm. Jacoby, 2/24/04

Posted by Eric at 11:26 AM | Comments (14)

He Said, He Said

From the Center for American Progress:

"I'm not seeing any indication the Taliban pose any military threat to Afghanistan."

- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 2/25/04

VERSUS

Taliban attacks "have reached their highest level since the collapse of the Taliban government.[They] are a serious threat, potentially eroding commitments to stability and progress in Afghanistan."

- Defense Intelligence Agency chief Adm. Jacoby, 2/24/04

Posted by Eric at 11:26 AM | Comments (6)

February 25, 2004

Dick Cheney Flashback

As Barney Frank notes, "The argument against such a centralized approach was articulated very well during the 2000 Presidential Campaign by one of the major party candidates. When asked by Bernard Shaw to state a position on the subject of same-sex couples, Vice Presidential candidate Dick Cheney responded as follows":

This is a tough one, Bernie. The fact of the matter is we live in a free society, and freedom means freedom for everybody. We dont get to choose, and shouldnt be able to choose and say, You get to live free, but you dont. And I think that means that people should be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to enter into. Its really no one elses business in terms of trying to regulate or prohibit behavior in that regard.

The next step, then, of course, is the question you ask of whether or not there ought to be some kind of official sanction, if you will, of the relationship, or if these relationships should be treated the same way a conventional marriage is. Thats a tougher problem. Thats not a slam dunk.

I think the fact of the matter, of course, is that matter is regulated by the states. I Think different states are likely to come to different conclusions, and thats appropriate. I dont think there should necessarily be a federal policy in this area.

I try to be open-minded about it as much as I can, and tolerant of those relationships. And like Joe, I also wrestle with the extent to which there ought to be legal sanction of those relationships. I think we ought to do everything we can to tolerate and accommodate whatever kind of relationships people want to enter into.

On a related note, there is this site.

Posted by Eric at 03:35 AM | Comments (7)

Dick Cheney Flashback

As Barney Frank notes, "The argument against such a centralized approach was articulated very well during the 2000 Presidential Campaign by one of the major party candidates. When asked by Bernard Shaw to state a position on the subject of same-sex couples, Vice Presidential candidate Dick Cheney responded as follows":

This is a tough one, Bernie. The fact of the matter is we live in a free society, and freedom means freedom for everybody. We dont get to choose, and shouldnt be able to choose and say, You get to live free, but you dont. And I think that means that people should be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to enter into. Its really no one elses business in terms of trying to regulate or prohibit behavior in that regard.

The next step, then, of course, is the question you ask of whether or not there ought to be some kind of official sanction, if you will, of the relationship, or if these relationships should be treated the same way a conventional marriage is. Thats a tougher problem. Thats not a slam dunk.

I think the fact of the matter, of course, is that matter is regulated by the states. I Think different states are likely to come to different conclusions, and thats appropriate. I dont think there should necessarily be a federal policy in this area.

I try to be open-minded about it as much as I can, and tolerant of those relationships. And like Joe, I also wrestle with the extent to which there ought to be legal sanction of those relationships. I think we ought to do everything we can to tolerate and accommodate whatever kind of relationships people want to enter into.

On a related note, there is this site.

Posted by Eric at 03:35 AM | Comments (2)

February 23, 2004

Rummy or Kylie?

From the WPost's Reliable Sources, and the new issue of GQ, can you guess who said what? Rumsfeld or Kylie Minogue?

The new issue of GQ goes where no magazine has gone before: comparing the sayings of sexy pop vixen Kylie Minogue to those of sexy Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Quiz time! Who said what: Kylie or Rummy?

1. "Look at me! I'm sweet and lovable?"

2. "That's a really good question, and if I could tell you, I would."

3. "I've got to have a man! I've got to have a man!"

4. "This kind of backlash didn't really seem to be coming from the people. It was more from the media, because they were bored."

5. "Once in a while, I'm standing here, doing something, and I think, What in the world am I doing here?"

Click down for answers.

(Answers: 1) Rummy 2) Kylie 3) Rummy 4) Kylie 5) Rummy)

Posted by Eric at 06:21 AM | Comments (104)

Rummy or Kylie?

From the WPost's Reliable Sources, and the new issue of GQ, can you guess who said what? Rumsfeld or Kylie Minogue?

The new issue of GQ goes where no magazine has gone before: comparing the sayings of sexy pop vixen Kylie Minogue to those of sexy Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Quiz time! Who said what: Kylie or Rummy?

1. "Look at me! I'm sweet and lovable?"

2. "That's a really good question, and if I could tell you, I would."

3. "I've got to have a man! I've got to have a man!"

4. "This kind of backlash didn't really seem to be coming from the people. It was more from the media, because they were bored."

5. "Once in a while, I'm standing here, doing something, and I think, What in the world am I doing here?"

Click down for answers.

(Answers: 1) Rummy 2) Kylie 3) Rummy 4) Kylie 5) Rummy)

Posted by Eric at 06:21 AM | Comments (24)

February 21, 2004

Stupid Quote Saturday

"It was obvious that Katie was not very good. She was awful. You know what guys do - they respect your ability. Katie was a girl, and not only was she a girl, she was terrible. There's no other way to say it. She couldn't kick the ball through the uprights." Colorado Coach Gary Barnett

"Bush's National Guard service is the most thoroughly investigated event since the Kennedy assassination." Ann Coulter, as TBOGG notes, unaware of "Watergate, Iran-Contra, the Tower Commission, and a little 60 million dollar investigation into a blowjob (when Ann knows perfectly well that they can be had for $5 and a Happy Meal)."

A GW Bush classic: "No President has ever done more for human rights than I have." to New Yorker writer Ken Auletta

Posted by Eric at 06:37 PM | Comments (37)

Stupid Quote Saturday

"It was obvious that Katie was not very good. She was awful. You know what guys do - they respect your ability. Katie was a girl, and not only was she a girl, she was terrible. There's no other way to say it. She couldn't kick the ball through the uprights." Colorado Coach Gary Barnett

"Bush's National Guard service is the most thoroughly investigated event since the Kennedy assassination." Ann Coulter, as TBOGG notes, unaware of "Watergate, Iran-Contra, the Tower Commission, and a little 60 million dollar investigation into a blowjob (when Ann knows perfectly well that they can be had for $5 and a Happy Meal)."

A GW Bush classic: "No President has ever done more for human rights than I have." to New Yorker writer Ken Auletta

Posted by Eric at 06:37 PM | Comments (2)

February 19, 2004

Scott Said, Bush Said

From Center for American Progress:

"This President is focused on what we are doing to create as robust an environment as possible for job creation not in crunching numbers."

- Scott McClellan, 02/18/04

VERSUS

It is important for you all to understand and for our fellow Americans to understand, the tax relief I have proposed and will push for until enacted will create 1.4 million new jobs by the end of 2004.

- President Bush, 04/18/03

Posted by Eric at 02:23 PM | Comments (47)

Scott Said, Bush Said

From Center for American Progress:

"This President is focused on what we are doing to create as robust an environment as possible for job creation not in crunching numbers."

- Scott McClellan, 02/18/04

VERSUS

It is important for you all to understand and for our fellow Americans to understand, the tax relief I have proposed and will push for until enacted will create 1.4 million new jobs by the end of 2004.

- President Bush, 04/18/03

Posted by Eric at 02:23 PM | Comments (5)

February 17, 2004

Powell Quote

From Center for American Progress:

"I am angry that so many of the sons of the powerful and well-placed... managed to wangle slots in Reserve and National Guard units...Of the many tragedies of Vietnam, this raw class discrimination strikes me as the most damaging to the ideal that all Americans are created equal and owe equal allegiance to their country."

- Secretary of State Colin Powell, 1995

VERSUS

"Let's not go there."

- Secretary of State Colin Powell when questioned about the President's National Guard record, 2/11/04

Posted by Eric at 03:21 PM | Comments (34)

Powell Quote

From Center for American Progress:

"I am angry that so many of the sons of the powerful and well-placed... managed to wangle slots in Reserve and National Guard units...Of the many tragedies of Vietnam, this raw class discrimination strikes me as the most damaging to the ideal that all Americans are created equal and owe equal allegiance to their country."

- Secretary of State Colin Powell, 1995

VERSUS

"Let's not go there."

- Secretary of State Colin Powell when questioned about the President's National Guard record, 2/11/04

Posted by Eric at 03:21 PM | Comments (6)

February 14, 2004

Stupid Quote Saturday

"Cleland lost three limbs in an accident during a routine noncombat mission where he was about to drink beer with friends. He saw a grenade on the ground and picked it up. He could have done that at Fort Dix. In fact, Cleland could have dropped a grenade on his foot as a National Guardsman - or what Cleland sneeringly calls "weekend warriors." Luckily for Cleland's political career and current pomposity about Bush, he happened to do it while in Vietnam." Ann Coulter on Max Cleland's luck.

"Then you wake up at the high school level and find out that the illiteracy level of our children are appalling." George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2004

"Antichrists. Yes, plural. There have been set loose antichrists, those in the plural who abhor Christ as Lord, denigrate the revealed truth, and despise biblical morality. They hate biblical standards. They rail and rant even at the shadow of divine expectations. Now the show takes place on the homosexual stage with many so-called upright citizens being so brainwashed as to support the display full-tilt. Amazing. Apostate. Hell-bent." Columnist J. Brant Swank Jr.

Posted by Eric at 03:16 PM | Comments (25)

Stupid Quote Saturday

"Cleland lost three limbs in an accident during a routine noncombat mission where he was about to drink beer with friends. He saw a grenade on the ground and picked it up. He could have done that at Fort Dix. In fact, Cleland could have dropped a grenade on his foot as a National Guardsman - or what Cleland sneeringly calls "weekend warriors." Luckily for Cleland's political career and current pomposity about Bush, he happened to do it while in Vietnam." Ann Coulter on Max Cleland's luck.

"Then you wake up at the high school level and find out that the illiteracy level of our children are appalling." George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2004

"Antichrists. Yes, plural. There have been set loose antichrists, those in the plural who abhor Christ as Lord, denigrate the revealed truth, and despise biblical morality. They hate biblical standards. They rail and rant even at the shadow of divine expectations. Now the show takes place on the homosexual stage with many so-called upright citizens being so brainwashed as to support the display full-tilt. Amazing. Apostate. Hell-bent." Columnist J. Brant Swank Jr.

Posted by Eric at 03:16 PM | Comments (1)

February 12, 2004

When Stupid People Write Stupid Things

Ann Coulter writes an entire article exposing the fake war hero that is Max Cleland. Coulter:

Cleland lost three limbs in an accident during a routine noncombat mission where he was about to drink beer with friends. He saw a grenade on the ground and picked it up. He could have done that at Fort Dix. In fact, Cleland could have dropped a grenade on his foot as a National Guardsman or what Cleland sneeringly calls "weekend warriors." Luckily for Cleland's political career and current pomposity about Bush, he happened to do it while in Vietnam.

There is more than a whiff of dishonesty in how Cleland is presented to the American people. Terry McAuliffe goes around saying, "Max Cleland, a triple amputee who left three limbs on the battlefield of Vietnam," was thrown out of office because Republicans "had the audacity to call Max Cleland unpatriotic." Mr. Cleland, a word of advice: When a slimy weasel like Terry McAuliffe is vouching for your combat record, it's time to sound "retreat" on that subject ...

Indeed, if Cleland had dropped a grenade on himself at Fort Dix rather than in Vietnam, he would never have been a U.S. senator in the first place. Maybe he'd be the best pharmacist in Atlanta, but not a U.S. senator. He got into office on the basis of serving in Vietnam and was thrown out for his performance as a senator.

Cleland wore the uniform, he was in Vietnam, and he has shown courage by going on to lead a productive life. But he didn't "give his limbs for his country," or leave them "on the battlefield." There was no bravery involved in dropping a grenade on himself with no enemy troops in sight. That could have happened in the Texas National Guard which Cleland denigrates while demanding his own sanctification.

So what did Cleland do during the war?
"Awarded: Silver Star; Date Action: 4 April 1968; Theater: Republic of Vietnam

"Action: For gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Captain Cleland distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 4 April 1968, while serving as communications officer of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Calvary during an enemy attack near Khe Sanh, Republic of Vietnam.

"When the battalion command post came under a heavy enemy rocket and mortar attack, Capt. Cleland, disregarding his own safety, exposed himself to the rocket barrage as he left his covered position to administer first aid to his wounded comrades. He then assisted in moving the injured personnel to covered positions. Continuing to expose himself, Capt. Cleland organized his men into a work party to repair the battalion communications equipment which had been damaged by enemy fire. His gallant action is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army ... While disembarking from a transport helicopter, Capt. Cleland reached for a grenade he believed had become dislodged from his web gear. Later it was discovered that the grenade belonged to a young soldier new to the theater. That soldier had improperly prepared the grenade pin for easy detonation and had dropped it while coming off the helicopter. The grenade exploded and severely injured Capt. Cleland.

The Silver Star is the third-highest valor decoration of the United States. Sen. Cleland also was awarded a Soldier's Medal, Bronze Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device (1960), Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Parachutist Badge.

Of course, this doesn't matter. As Coulter writes:
There was no bravery involved in dropping a grenade on himself with no enemy troops in sight. That could have happened in the Texas National Guard which Cleland denigrates while demanding his own sanctification.

Posted by Eric at 01:52 AM | Comments (134)

When Stupid People Write Stupid Things

Ann Coulter writes an entire article exposing the fake war hero that is Max Cleland. Coulter:

Cleland lost three limbs in an accident during a routine noncombat mission where he was about to drink beer with friends. He saw a grenade on the ground and picked it up. He could have done that at Fort Dix. In fact, Cleland could have dropped a grenade on his foot as a National Guardsman or what Cleland sneeringly calls "weekend warriors." Luckily for Cleland's political career and current pomposity about Bush, he happened to do it while in Vietnam.

There is more than a whiff of dishonesty in how Cleland is presented to the American people. Terry McAuliffe goes around saying, "Max Cleland, a triple amputee who left three limbs on the battlefield of Vietnam," was thrown out of office because Republicans "had the audacity to call Max Cleland unpatriotic." Mr. Cleland, a word of advice: When a slimy weasel like Terry McAuliffe is vouching for your combat record, it's time to sound "retreat" on that subject ...

Indeed, if Cleland had dropped a grenade on himself at Fort Dix rather than in Vietnam, he would never have been a U.S. senator in the first place. Maybe he'd be the best pharmacist in Atlanta, but not a U.S. senator. He got into office on the basis of serving in Vietnam and was thrown out for his performance as a senator.

Cleland wore the uniform, he was in Vietnam, and he has shown courage by going on to lead a productive life. But he didn't "give his limbs for his country," or leave them "on the battlefield." There was no bravery involved in dropping a grenade on himself with no enemy troops in sight. That could have happened in the Texas National Guard which Cleland denigrates while demanding his own sanctification.

So what did Cleland do during the war?
"Awarded: Silver Star; Date Action: 4 April 1968; Theater: Republic of Vietnam

"Action: For gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Captain Cleland distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 4 April 1968, while serving as communications officer of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Calvary during an enemy attack near Khe Sanh, Republic of Vietnam.

"When the battalion command post came under a heavy enemy rocket and mortar attack, Capt. Cleland, disregarding his own safety, exposed himself to the rocket barrage as he left his covered position to administer first aid to his wounded comrades. He then assisted in moving the injured personnel to covered positions. Continuing to expose himself, Capt. Cleland organized his men into a work party to repair the battalion communications equipment which had been damaged by enemy fire. His gallant action is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army ... While disembarking from a transport helicopter, Capt. Cleland reached for a grenade he believed had become dislodged from his web gear. Later it was discovered that the grenade belonged to a young soldier new to the theater. That soldier had improperly prepared the grenade pin for easy detonation and had dropped it while coming off the helicopter. The grenade exploded and severely injured Capt. Cleland.

The Silver Star is the third-highest valor decoration of the United States. Sen. Cleland also was awarded a Soldier's Medal, Bronze Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device (1960), Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Parachutist Badge.

Of course, this doesn't matter. As Coulter writes:
There was no bravery involved in dropping a grenade on himself with no enemy troops in sight. That could have happened in the Texas National Guard which Cleland denigrates while demanding his own sanctification.

Posted by Eric at 01:52 AM | Comments (54)

February 07, 2004

Stupid Quote Saturday

"I was a prisoner too, but for bad reasons." GW Bush to "Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, on being told that all but one of the Argentine delegates to a summit meeting were imprisoned during the military dictatorship, Monterrey, Mexico," Slate, Jan. 13, 2004

Posted by Eric at 03:07 AM | Comments (113)

Stupid Quote Saturday

"I was a prisoner too, but for bad reasons." GW Bush to "Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, on being told that all but one of the Argentine delegates to a summit meeting were imprisoned during the military dictatorship, Monterrey, Mexico," Slate, Jan. 13, 2004

Posted by Eric at 03:07 AM | Comments (4)

February 06, 2004

Then and Now

From CAP

THEN

"The country has come to appreciate so very much the dedication of our nation's first responders...So on behalf of a grateful nation, I want to thank you for the job you're doing."

- President George W. Bush, 6/24/02

NOW

"In the President's budget, funding for the FIRE Act, the popular grant program that helps fire departments fund equipment needs, was cut by 50%. ...state and local programs for homeland security purposes were reduced $200 million... [and] the Administration also recommended to eliminate planned funding of the SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) Act, the first-ever Federal program to fund firefighters, which was signed into law by the President in November."

- International Association of Firefighters, 2/3/04

Posted by Eric at 01:09 PM | Comments (46)

Then and Now

From CAP

THEN

"The country has come to appreciate so very much the dedication of our nation's first responders...So on behalf of a grateful nation, I want to thank you for the job you're doing."

- President George W. Bush, 6/24/02

NOW

"In the President's budget, funding for the FIRE Act, the popular grant program that helps fire departments fund equipment needs, was cut by 50%. ...state and local programs for homeland security purposes were reduced $200 million... [and] the Administration also recommended to eliminate planned funding of the SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) Act, the first-ever Federal program to fund firefighters, which was signed into law by the President in November."

- International Association of Firefighters, 2/3/04

Posted by Eric at 01:09 PM | Comments (1)

February 03, 2004

Independent, Bipartisan Commission

From the Center for American Progress:

"I'm putting together an independent, bipartisan commission to analyze where we stand [on intelligence]."

- President Bush, 2/2/04

VERSUS

"A senior Bush administration official said Monday that the president will name the members of the commission" himself. Because of this lack of independence, "[c]urrent and former U.S officials fear that Bush will try to limit the inquiry's scope to the CIA and other agencies and ignore the key role the Bush administration's own internal intelligence efforts played."

- CNN, 2/3/04; AP, 2/3/04

"independent" "bipartisan"

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Independent, Bipartisan Commission

From the Center for American Progress:

"I'm putting together an independent, bipartisan commission to analyze where we stand [on intelligence]."

- President Bush, 2/2/04

VERSUS

"A senior Bush administration official said Monday that the president will name the members of the commission" himself. Because of this lack of independence, "[c]urrent and former U.S officials fear that Bush will try to limit the inquiry's scope to the CIA and other agencies and ignore the key role the Bush administration's own internal intelligence efforts played."

- CNN, 2/3/04; AP, 2/3/04

"independent" "bipartisan"

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January 31, 2004

Stupid Quote Saturday

"Why would he want to rape her? She doesn't look like a day at the beach." Judge Gene Stephenson on a rape victim.

"For over 30 years, Kerry's primary occupation has been stalking lonely heiresses. Not to get back to his combat experience, but Kerry sees a room full of wealthy widows as "a target-rich environment." This is a guy whose experience dealing with tax problems is based on spending his entire adult life being supported by rich women. What does a kept man know about taxes?" Ann Coulter

"[T]he illiteracy level of our children are appalling." George W. Bush, January 23.

Liberals are afraid. They believe that they can make friends with people like Osama bin Laden. They think if they just show people like that that our military is not going to harm them, that we have no intention of going beyond our borders and we're not going to launch missiles at them, they'll leave us alone. Rush Limbaugh

"Well, weve paid it, you know. Weve paid it. We inherited this. I almost think that he set out to do this. I have the weird feeling sometimes that he set it up so that everything would collapse when Bush took over, because he knew he couldnt run again." Michael Savage.

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Stupid Quote Saturday

"Why would he want to rape her? She doesn't look like a day at the beach." Judge Gene Stephenson on a rape victim.

"For over 30 years, Kerry's primary occupation has been stalking lonely heiresses. Not to get back to his combat experience, but Kerry sees a room full of wealthy widows as "a target-rich environment." This is a guy whose experience dealing with tax problems is based on spending his entire adult life being supported by rich women. What does a kept man know about taxes?" Ann Coulter

"[T]he illiteracy level of our children are appalling." George W. Bush, January 23.

Liberals are afraid. They believe that they can make friends with people like Osama bin Laden. They think if they just show people like that that our military is not going to harm them, that we have no intention of going beyond our borders and we're not going to launch missiles at them, they'll leave us alone. Rush Limbaugh

"Well, weve paid it, you know. Weve paid it. We inherited this. I almost think that he set out to do this. I have the weird feeling sometimes that he set it up so that everything would collapse when Bush took over, because he knew he couldnt run again." Michael Savage.

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January 30, 2004

Michael Savage: "I have the weird feeling sometimes" Clinton Set Up Bush Disasters

He said it, I quote it, we laugh at it. From reliable Newsmax:

MS: Its not much more complex than fighting for your survival at a certain point. We are not the French where we have to, you know, buy people off. Clinton bought people off for eight years. He was a master of deceit. But everyone knew the piper had to be paid at the end of the road.

Well, weve paid it, you know. Weve paid it. We inherited this. I almost think that he set out to do this. I have the weird feeling sometimes that he set it up so that everything would collapse when Bush took over, because he knew he couldnt run again.

I think hes the devil. I truly do. I actually think that the man is demonic. But I dont want to spend my time talking about him. Hes not the issue right now. The issue is the election, and does it really make a difference? I think it does. Lets take one issue.

Also, Michael Savage says "Kerry can beat Bush."

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Michael Savage: "I have the weird feeling sometimes" Clinton Set Up Bush Disasters

He said it, I quote it, we laugh at it. From reliable Newsmax:

MS: Its not much more complex than fighting for your survival at a certain point. We are not the French where we have to, you know, buy people off. Clinton bought people off for eight years. He was a master of deceit. But everyone knew the piper had to be paid at the end of the road.

Well, weve paid it, you know. Weve paid it. We inherited this. I almost think that he set out to do this. I have the weird feeling sometimes that he set it up so that everything would collapse when Bush took over, because he knew he couldnt run again.

I think hes the devil. I truly do. I actually think that the man is demonic. But I dont want to spend my time talking about him. Hes not the issue right now. The issue is the election, and does it really make a difference? I think it does. Lets take one issue.

Also, Michael Savage says "Kerry can beat Bush."

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January 24, 2004

Stupid Quote Saturday

"Kerry and Clark now represent the two major wings of the Democratic Party -- the Kennedy wing and the Clinton wing. One drowns you after the extramarital affair; the other one calls you a stalker." Ann Coulter

"One of the most meaningful things that's happened to me since I've been the governor the president governor president. Oops. Ex-governor."George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 9, 2004

"Already, the Kay Report identified dozens of weapons of mass destruction- related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the United Nations." George W. Bush

"People who hate America tend to love Michael Moore - and that's all you need to know." Bill O'Reilly

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Stupid Quote Saturday

"Kerry and Clark now represent the two major wings of the Democratic Party -- the Kennedy wing and the Clinton wing. One drowns you after the extramarital affair; the other one calls you a stalker." Ann Coulter

"One of the most meaningful things that's happened to me since I've been the governor the president governor president. Oops. Ex-governor."George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 9, 2004

"Already, the Kay Report identified dozens of weapons of mass destruction- related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the United Nations." George W. Bush

"People who hate America tend to love Michael Moore - and that's all you need to know." Bill O'Reilly

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January 20, 2004

Then and Now

Courtesy of the Center for American Progress:

THEN

"Any appointment of a federal judge during a recess should be opposed."

- Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) opposing the appointment of an African American judge, December 2000

NOW

"Judge Pickering's record deems this recess appointment fully appropriate."

- Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), 1/17/04

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Then and Now

Courtesy of the Center for American Progress:

THEN

"Any appointment of a federal judge during a recess should be opposed."

- Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) opposing the appointment of an African American judge, December 2000

NOW

"Judge Pickering's record deems this recess appointment fully appropriate."

- Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), 1/17/04

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January 17, 2004

Stupid Quote Saturday

"No President has ever done more for human rights than I have." GW Bush to the New Yorker.

"President Bush can claim consistency. Does Governor Dean's support for Bosnia and Kosovo, and his opposition to Iraq, make him a hypocrite? No. It makes him a Democrat -- Judy." CNN's Bill Schneider

"If you went on the air tonight and called hannity a Nazi, these MoveOn people would kiss your butt. But you don't do that - because you aren't a name caller, aren't a bomb thrower and have respect for other people. But the MoveOn folks - they don't." Bill O'Reilly to Alan Colmes on why the left doesn't like him.

"Pause for a moment to consider the probable mental state of Howard Dean and then ask me that question again. Yes, of course liberalism is a mental defect. Liberals are wracked by self-loathing as the result of some traumatic incident -- say, driving drunk off a bridge with your mistress passed out in the back seat and letting the poor girl drown because you're a married man and a U.S. senator, just to take one utterly random, hypothetical example off the top of my head." Ann Coulter in recent interview to FrontPageMag.

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Stupid Quote Saturday

"No President has ever done more for human rights than I have." GW Bush to the New Yorker.

"President Bush can claim consistency. Does Governor Dean's support for Bosnia and Kosovo, and his opposition to Iraq, make him a hypocrite? No. It makes him a Democrat -- Judy." CNN's Bill Schneider

"If you went on the air tonight and called hannity a Nazi, these MoveOn people would kiss your butt. But you don't do that - because you aren't a name caller, aren't a bomb thrower and have respect for other people. But the MoveOn folks - they don't." Bill O'Reilly to Alan Colmes on why the left doesn't like him.

"Pause for a moment to consider the probable mental state of Howard Dean and then ask me that question again. Yes, of course liberalism is a mental defect. Liberals are wracked by self-loathing as the result of some traumatic incident -- say, driving drunk off a bridge with your mistress passed out in the back seat and letting the poor girl drown because you're a married man and a U.S. senator, just to take one utterly random, hypothetical example off the top of my head." Ann Coulter in recent interview to FrontPageMag.

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January 16, 2004

Now vs. Then

Courtesy of the Center for American Progress

Question: "Would you support authorizing funding for Superfund to clean up toxic waste?" Answer: "I would."

- Q&A interchange between Tim Russert and VP Candidate Dick Cheney, 7/30/00

NOW

The Bush Administration "did not ask for taxes on businesses to pay for federal toxic waste cleanups" and now the program " doesn't have enough money" to perform its duties.

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Now vs. Then

Courtesy of the Center for American Progress

Question: "Would you support authorizing funding for Superfund to clean up toxic waste?" Answer: "I would."

- Q&A interchange between Tim Russert and VP Candidate Dick Cheney, 7/30/00

NOW

The Bush Administration "did not ask for taxes on businesses to pay for federal toxic waste cleanups" and now the program " doesn't have enough money" to perform its duties.

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January 10, 2004

Stupid Quote Saturday

This whole column from Ann Coutler shall suffice:

Democrats never talk about believing in something; they talk about simulating belief in something. Americans believe in this crazy God crap that we don't, so how do we hoodwink them into believing we believe in God? It's part of the casual contempt Democrats have for the views of normal people. ...

The only Democrats who go to church regularly are the ones who plan to run for president someday and are preparing in advance to fake a belief in God. ...

Dean himself has recently made the fascinating discovery that a lot of Americans believe in God. Hold the phones -- the Democrats have a soothsayer in their midst! Next, Dean will be announcing that he's just discovered how important this sex thing is.

You can love Christ as long as you're not a Democrat. Oh divisive Ann Coulter, alienating the moderates from the GOP, the Democrats are so lucky to have you.

Posted by Eric at 05:59 AM | Comments (77)

Stupid Quote Saturday

This whole column from Ann Coutler shall suffice:

Democrats never talk about believing in something; they talk about simulating belief in something. Americans believe in this crazy God crap that we don't, so how do we hoodwink them into believing we believe in God? It's part of the casual contempt Democrats have for the views of normal people. ...

The only Democrats who go to church regularly are the ones who plan to run for president someday and are preparing in advance to fake a belief in God. ...

Dean himself has recently made the fascinating discovery that a lot of Americans believe in God. Hold the phones -- the Democrats have a soothsayer in their midst! Next, Dean will be announcing that he's just discovered how important this sex thing is.

You can love Christ as long as you're not a Democrat. Oh divisive Ann Coulter, alienating the moderates from the GOP, the Democrats are so lucky to have you.

Posted by Eric at 05:59 AM | Comments (15)

January 06, 2004

Out of Touch Powell

From the Center for American Progress:

"Sensible as these reasons are, some observers have exaggerated both the scope of preemption in foreign policy and the centrality of preemption in U.S. strategy as a whole."

- Secretary of State Colin Powell, January 2004

VERSUS

"Call Congress now. Tell them to support the President's policy of preemptive self-defense."

- RNC Television Ad, 11/21/03

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Out of Touch Powell

From the Center for American Progress:

"Sensible as these reasons are, some observers have exaggerated both the scope of preemption in foreign policy and the centrality of preemption in U.S. strategy as a whole."

- Secretary of State Colin Powell, January 2004

VERSUS

"Call Congress now. Tell them to support the President's policy of preemptive self-defense."

- RNC Television Ad, 11/21/03

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