Archive for December, 2005

31.12.05 | Comments Off

Supercilious Arrogance

The President asserts telling the world he taps phones was a terrible crime. It endangers national security, of course, so he put Justice on the trail of the leaker. Everyone knows he can get a legal warrant to eavesdrop on any call, but couldn’t be bothered to tell a court – even after the fact. […]

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30.12.05 | Comments Off

Defender of Cheap Labor

It’s against the law to hire illegal immigrants, but the government lets crime pay. Now Congress wants to make it wrong to help them in any way. That will trigger a major battle, but it matters not who wins. The Bush administration ignores all rules any business considers sins.

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29.12.05 | Comments Off

Curtailed Candor

Bush advisors debated using campaign mode or honesty to reverse plummeting polls. He chose to attack opponents of the war, then turn humble when assessing results so far. Unfortunately, a reluctance to come across as too negative restricts his truthfulness.

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29.12.05 | Comments Off

Haiku

Arrogance, thy name was Abramoff, but no more, per Washington Post.

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28.12.05 | Comments Off

Anticipation Can Be Half the Fun

Remember Skilling and Lay, the guys who blew Enron away? Their co-defendant may cop a plea, and cut their chances of going free. This case dragged on so many years, justice denied was one of our fears. Now that we’re ready for a final push, I have hope someday we’ll get Bush.

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27.12.05 | Comments Off

Chalabiku

Maybe Chalabi misleading Bush led Iraqis to vote against him.

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26.12.05 | 1

Holiday Haiku

Warrior princess Rice becomes Bush voice of reason in one charming year

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23.12.05 | Comments Off

Consolidation of Power

Alito thinks the Justice department should have absolute immunity in national security issues. Bush sees everything as national security. That pair will be the country’s despair.

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22.12.05 | Comments Off

A Chance To Do Some Good

Abramoff could create a whole new image by testifying about how Congress really works. A few might go to jail, more would learn to conserve and live like normal folks. The problem is, to make a deal they might have to offer good old Jack a witness protection program – but they have to create […]

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21.12.05 | Comments Off

Perils of Pursuing Power

In business we use to believe It’s easier to say I’m sorry than ask permission. Bush doesn’t do either one. If he loses the senate, subpoenas may drive him back to drink. If he doesn’t, there’s a chance Republicans will start to think.

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20.12.05 | Comments Off

ACLU Secures FBI Documents…

Though heavily redacted, they reveal plans to closely watch a “Vegan Community Project,” discuss the Catholic Workers group’s ideology, indicate interest in the location of a protest over llama fur planned by PETA. They’ll find out from informants planted in that organization – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. No wonder Bush is so […]

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19.12.05 | Comments Off

Executive Oversight

Cheney visits the troops, says Iraq “has turned the corner� – surprise! Even tells a marine it looks “good.� We can’t be sure why he said that. Surely it wasn’t 30 people dying, more likely it was gas prices jumping 800%.

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18.12.05 | Comments Off

They Have Their Priorities

Congressional oversight wasn’t an oversight after all. It was intentional dereliction of duty. Republicans don’t want to discomfit their bungling Bush, but they are getting tired of being embarrassed by revelations of secret prisons, wiretaps and general incompetence. Will they spring into action to find out why this government can’t seem to handle wars, disasters, […]

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18.12.05 | Comments Off

Another Testy Tantrum

Bushit flows freely as the President defends letting NSA spy on Americans and pleads for reauthorization of every provision of the so-called Patriot Act Our national security may or may not always be in danger as he insists, but social fabric is wearing thin from abrasive treatment of his foes and rough handling of the […]

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17.12.05 | Comments Off

Evolution of a Lobbyist

Abramoff didn’t mean to, but he becomes a philanthropist as recipients of campaign contributions contribute them to charities. Jack is probably busy revising tax returns now that that those funds are deductible.

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16.12.05 | Comments Off

A Matter of Style

The Senate successfully filibustered renewal of expiring provisions of the fraudulently named “Patriot Act.� Attorney General Gonzales badgered and harassed, but it’s hard to scare many senators when you sound like Mr. Rogers. Who could have guessed Alberto would support civil rights – even inadvertently.

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15.12.05 | Comments Off

The Value of Scholarship

Are Bush’s speeches explaining the war in Iraq illusional, or delusional? Different views of victory salted with varied signals for withdrawing troops make him interesting, not informative. Mara Rudman, a Middle East scholar at the Center for American Progress, says “He is struggling to make sure this is defined as a win whenever he gets […]

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14.12.05 | 1

Haiku

Iran ignores Bush ‘cause he tied up our army in an endless war.

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14.12.05 | Comments Off

Another Ray of Hope

The illegal immigration struggle, like the civil rights movement, could alter the political landscape. Businesses addicted to cheap labor are shocked that Republicans who cut taxes and passed trade pacts for them are now concerned for enforcing laws and protecting jobs. They are fighting back viciously with hoards of lobbyists and threats to withhold campaign […]

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13.12.05 | Comments Off

Exterminating an Exterminator

Tom DeLay is caught in a fray with judges and lawyers ruling the day. The Supreme Court considers his redistricting plan while Texas rules on his financing scam. When the House had an ethics committee they said what he did was a pity, and their rules keep crooks out of power, maybe ‘til voters send […]

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