State of the Union  

CantonOhCouple 60M/60F
370 posts
2/12/2006 10:39 am

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State of the Union

Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was told to leak classified information to journalists to “influence” public perception.

The CIA official responsible for coordinating US Intelligence in the Middle East accuses the Bush administration of “cherry picking” intelligence to support its position on going to war with Iraq.

Bush claims of “weapons of mass destruction” to justify the war in Iraq. False.

Bush claims of “Al Qaeda ties to Iraq” to justify the war in Iraq. False.

U.S. death toll in Iraq, 2,260 and rising. And by the way, does anyone know how many innocent Iraqi civilians have been killed in the aftermath of war in Iraq?

The White House knew of the potential impact of Hurricane Katrina and of the devastating levee breaks in New Orleans on the night of the storm, while publicly stating that it didn’t learn until the following day, all the while Bush and Cheney “vacationed”.

U.S. death toll from Hurricane Katrina. More than 1,300 hundred bodies have washed up but officials’ state “we will never know”.

Bush reveals Al Qaeda 2002 plot to hijack an aircraft using “shoe bombs” to “breach the cockpit door” in an effort to shore up support for his domestic spying program. Bush fails to mention that the plot was revealed thru “intense” interrogations of Al Qaeda detainees. Odd that he mentions this story now. Odd that he didn’t bother to notify the mayor of Los Angeles. Even odder, is the fact that cockpit doors were NOT armored in 2002.

Tom Delay, former Republican House Majority Leader is indicted for money laundering charges.

U.S. racks up record trade deficit in '05. $725.8 billion total is a 17.5% increase over 2004's mark.

Bush claims he didn’t know Abramhoff personally, in spite of receiving more than $100,000 dollars in campaign contributions from the lobbyist while Abramhoff, (who has pleaded guilty in a fraud and bribery case and is now helping prosecutors investigate lawmakers, congressional aides and administration officials) states "The guy saw me in almost a dozen settings, and joked with me about a bunch of things, including details of my kids. Perhaps he has forgotten everything, who knows," Abramoff wrote in an e-mail to Kim Eisler, national editor of the Washingtonian magazine.

$423 billion. That’s this year’s projected budget deficit.

2.2 trillion. That’s the aggregate amount of red ink since Bush and the “fiscally conservative” Republican Party took hold of the reins of government. Divide by 298 million Americans, that’s an increase of $7,400 dollars in additional debt for each and every one of us. In less than 6 short years, the Bush administration has increased the national debt by 35% to a whopping 8.1 trillion, while championing tax cuts.

Oops, this year’s 2.77 trillion dollar budget plan doesn’t include spending for the military in Afghanistan and Iraq, or for Hurricane Katrina relief aid. But not to worry, it does call for elimination of the Social Security death benefit and would cut off survivor benefits to high school dropouts aged 16 and 17 – while eliminating all funds for dropout prevention programs, with aggregate cuts of $65 billion from Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, education, etc.

The good news, we are building additional nuclear submarines. First time we need to sink a terrorist sub, we’re all set.

Speaking of Social Security, the president’s Social Security privatization plan is tucked away on a couple of pages of the budget. Its estimated cost over seven years: $712 billion, redirected from Social Security taxes. Did we miss the press release?

Osama Bin Laden, remember him? The man responsible for the September 11th attacks? He’s alive and well and making home videos.

The state of the union. Good job. Great work. Things have never been better.


rm_FreeLove999 46F
16127 posts
2/12/2006 12:51 pm

thanks for highlighting this. today i saw on tv british soldiers abusing iraqi teenagers ... blair is in SA at the moment ... he says it will be investigated and dealt with, but i bet this stuff is going on a lot of the time without the media getting wind of it... the power imbalances are vast!



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expatbrit49 62M

2/12/2006 12:55 pm

lol but what would do for entertainment without him

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loadeddice05 44M

2/12/2006 1:20 pm

Yeah! The country is in fine shape with G.W.B. in charge! LOL???


CantonOhCouple 60M/60F
553 posts
2/12/2006 6:26 pm

FreeLove999, we saw the news about British troops abusing Iraqi teenagers. Sad, isn't it? Truth thougth is that no matter the nationality, in times of armed conflict, the best of us can behave in very brutal ways. Stop by again soon.

expatbrit49, you got us there. Probably make fun of his replacement. If we're lucky, he or she will confine their indiscretions to something a little safer for the country.

loadeddice05, Just think. Jeb Bush is waiting in the wings. At least Jeb has experience in disaster management.

talldiscreet1, We're afraid so. And that's another blog. We the people need somebody to actually speak to the issues of the day and make a compelling case for change. Until then. Sad.


rm_1hotwahine 63F
21091 posts
2/12/2006 6:55 pm

It could be worse. We could be the VP's hunting buddies...

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MOfunNOWWOW 55F

2/13/2006 12:16 am

I remember a time when I would have a callous answer because I didn't care or a bohemian answer like Cananda looks better all the time, however, the state of world becomes more critical each day. It is so important to know what is going on, be a voice, and make a stand. Thanks for taking a stand and making a difference. The most ignorant and stagnant person can recognize a problem, an informed and educated person may comprehend and articulate the problem, but a responsive and courageous person makes a differnce.


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BullsTardeMeant 56M
837 posts
2/13/2006 7:21 am

Sooo ... you're campaigning for who? (inquiring minds want to know)


GOT SOME?


CantonOhCouple 60M/60F
553 posts
2/13/2006 5:24 pm

1hotwahine, oh lord, you are SO right. After we stopped feeling sorry for the poor millionare with buckshot wounds, we got to thinking. Shooting somebody (even accidently) is a crime in Texas. Failure to report a crime is a crime in Texas. Fleeing the state (on Air Force 2 no less) to avoid prosocution ... oh, be still, my heart ...

While we're at it. Cost per hour to fly the Veep around to shoot millionares. Bout 30K per hour. 3 hour flight there. Two to three hour flight back (jet stream). 5 or 6 hours. That 150 to 180,000 we the people spent to pepper this guy.

"leavin, on a jet plane, don't know then I'll be back again ..."

Giggle from us.

Stop back soon.


CantonOhCouple 60M/60F
553 posts
2/13/2006 5:29 pm

MOfunNOWWOW, the sad thing is that making a difference requires that more of us speak out and vote. To put it in perspective, just a few percentage point difference in just the female vote would make an enormous difference at the box office.

Even more frustrating than the shenigans of our elected officials is the lack of urgency on the part of our friends and neighbors.

But, given the lack of clarity and courage on the part of our so called representatives ... its understandable.


CantonOhCouple 60M/60F
553 posts
2/13/2006 5:40 pm

milkit7,

Good to see you again. Hmm. Good question. We might suprise you. McCain looks good right now, absent a credible progressive or democratic alternative

We admired his moral stand on torture of POW's, while shaking our head in disbelief that our VP and Commander in Chief would argue in favor of torture. Notwithstanding the fact that if its "ok" for us to torture "them", we're essentially granting others the right to torture our soldiers. The fact that McCain took a stand based upon principle, and stuck with it, gives us some hope for the GOP.

At the House level, gotta level the playing field. We'll never be safe under a one party government, no matter which way you lean, that's just giving the fox the keys to the henhouse.


CantonOhCouple 60M/60F
553 posts
2/13/2006 5:44 pm

MOfunNOWWOW, rereading our post, we realized. Never answer posts when a bit tipsy. "Box Office?". We meant polls. But than again, it is a little bit like a low budget film in Washington these days ... ok, we'll stick with box office.

Grins from us ...


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