Archive for June, 2010

June 4, 2010

Boehner Beckons Beatle To Apologize For Bashing Bush

by Ben Hoffman

Right-wing wacko, House dumb-f*ck, and Minority Leader John Boehner, demanded Paul McCartney apologize for a “cheap shot” aimed at former President George W. Bush at a White House event on Wednesday.

“After the last eight years, it’s great to have a President who knows what a library is,” McCartney quipped.

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June 4, 2010

Right-wing Hypocrisy – Big Government (Cartoon)

by Ben Hoffman

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June 3, 2010

This Is The Result Of Bush’s Cozy Relationship With Big Oil

by Ben Hoffman


This bird was among several mired in oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island on Louisiana’s coast on Thursday.
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The Bush administration crippled the Minerals Management Service and allowed big oil to write the rules. As a result, we are seeing widespread suffering for wildlife such as this bird, not to mention all the sea animals. Thousands of fishermen had their livelihoods decimated by the oil disaster.

Who are the Republicans in Congress looking out for? Yep, big oil. Attempts by Democrats to raise the liability from a mere $75 million have been stymied by the Republicans and to be fair, a few DINOs.

June 3, 2010

When Is Bush Going To Be Prosecuted For War Crimes?

by Ben Hoffman

We live in a country of laws and nobody is above the law. Or so says our Constitution. So when is Bush and his cronies going to be prosecuted for the crimes he committed while in office?

George W. Bush’s casual acknowledgment Wednesday that he had Khalid Sheikh Mohammed waterboarded — and would do it again — has horrified some former military and intelligence officials who argue that the former president doesn’t seem to understand the gravity of what he is admitting.

Waterboarding, a form of controlled drowning, is “unequivocably torture”, said retired Brigadier General David R. Irvine, a former strategic intelligence officer who taught prisoner of war interrogation and military law for 18 years.

“As a nation, we have historically prosecuted it as such, going back to the time of the Spanish-American War,” Irvine said. “Moreover, it cannot be demonstrated that any use of waterboarding by U.S. personnel in recent years has saved a single American life.”

Irvine told the Huffington Post that Bush doesn’t appreciate how much harm his countenancing of torture has done to his country.

“Yeah, we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,” Bush told a Grand Rapids audience Wednesday, of the self-professed 9/11 mastermind. “I’d do it again to save lives.”

But, Irvine said: “When he decided to do it the first time, he launched the nation down a disastrous road, and we will continue to pay dearly for the damage his decision has caused.

“We are seen by the rest of the world as having abandoned our commitment to international law. We have forfeited enormous amounts of moral leadership as the world’s sole remaining superpower. And it puts American troops in greater danger — and unnecessary danger.”

James P. Cullen, a retired brigadier general in the United States Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps, told HuffPost that the net effect of Bush’s remarks — and former Vice President Cheney’s before him — is “to establish a precedent where it will be permissible to our enemies to use waterboarding on our servicemen in future wars.

“This is not the last war we’re going to fight,” Cullen said. “Americans not yet born are going to be prisoners of war in those conflicts. And our enemies are going to be able to point back to President Bush and Vice President Cheney saying that waterboarding is OK.

“It’s just shocking to me how he can be so flip about something that is so serious,” Cullen said.

“At least now we know where the blame for those soldiers’ deaths squarely belongs. President Bush’s decision broke with a military tradition dating back to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War and the consequences are clear: Al Qaida is stronger and our country is less safe.”

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Anti-American right-wingers are clamoring about impeaching Obama for offering a job to Sestak. How about we talk about some real crimes where thousands of people died and that compromised the security of our country.

June 2, 2010

The 14 Characteristics of Fascism are also the 14 Characteristics of the Republican Party

by Ben Hoffman

1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism.
2. Disdain for the importance of human rights.
3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause.
4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism.
5. Rampant sexism.
6. A controlled mass media.
7. Obsession with national security.
8. Religion and ruling elite tied together.
9. Power of corporations protected.
10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated.
11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts.
12. Obsession with crime and punishment.
13. Rampant cronyism and corruption.
14. Fraudulent elections.

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