Cheneybot runs amok

What’s up with Cheney these past few days? When they have him out there dissembling and spinning there’s something brewing. Are they trying to make him look more Presidential before they rub out the the guy who is flying around in Air Force One at the moment? Are they trying to use him to push people’s expectations back into something more reasonable than what they have been leading people to expect?

Norbizness just got the batteries changed in his bullshit detection array.

Of course, this wispy, strange denial contrasts strongly to another area of foreign policy concern, addressed by the Vice President at the VFW Convention in August 2002: “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us.” I’m not sure what the atmosphere is comprised of on his home planet, but I’m itchin’ to take an interstellar trip there to get a buzz off it.

Yah. No shit.

Cheney’s Crystal Ball

I don’t know if they switched Dick Cheney’s meds this week or what, but suddenly the guy is gifted with second sight:

The vice president said he expected the war would end during President Bush’s second term, which ends in 2009.

Hard to know what to make of that. I thought we had “turned the corner” a year ago. Now we’re almost five years out?

Nevertheless, Cheney said he was “absolutely convinced we did the right thing in Iraq.” He said the United States was making “major progress” in Iraq, where a transitional government took power in April and was working on drafting a new constitution.

“America will be safer in the long run when Iraq, and Afghanistan as well, are no longer safe havens for terrorists or places where people can gather and plan and organize attacks against the United States,” he said.

Uh. Ok. Didn’t that Iraq/Al Qaeda thing kind of turn out to be bullshit? Are we still beating that drum? I’d say that anywhere outside of the Green Zone in Iraq is 300 times safer for terrorists to “gather and plan and organize attacks” than it was three years ago, by the way. I’m just saying.

Just a quick thought

Looks like those extra Abu Ghraib photos are gonna hit after all. And baby, they’re bad. Really bad.

The images, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Congress, depict “acts that can only be described as blatantly sadistic, cruel, and inhuman.” After Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) viewed some of them in a classified briefing, he testified that his “stomach gave out.”

NBC News reported that they show “American soldiers beating one prisoner almost to death, apparently raping a female prisoner, acting inappropriately with a dead body, and taping Iraqi guards raping young boys.”  Everyone who saw the photographs and videos seemed to shudder openly when contemplating what the reaction would be when they eventually were made public…

If it’s bad enough to make Saxby Chambliss’ iron gut blow out- I mean, if most folks knew how “bizness gits done around these parts” they’d have some profound interactions with recent meals- then it must be pretty godawful.

Coupled with the emerging chorus of voices decrying the run-up frame-up to the war in Iraq, I can envision the administration’s most likely defense of itself: (Let me put on my special fortune-telling fake mustache and beard…)

Yes, I see something… I see Donald Rumsfeld… and he’s saying something… something along the lines of “Your continued objections to this (illegal, immoral, unconscionable) thing we’re doing are making it really hard for us to keep doing it…” and the right wing noise machine will chime in with a mighty “…you traitorous scum!!!”

And I see the talking heads…. it’s the Sunday morning goon squad… and somehow they will be able to maintain a straight face while parroting what amounts to a “If you keep shining that light on me, I am not going to be able to keep robbing this bank” defense.

And… and…. I see… a boot stamping on a human face-forever

It’s my birthday

Blogging will be light as friends and family assemble at Casa Perro for grilling and chilling. The weather is dark, damp and cool here, and I don’t mind a bit.

Come one, come all. You’re invited if you can get here.


The things you can’t remember

and the things you can’t forget…

I forgot how tedious it is driving to a gig in another town. Six hours of Alabama.

I mean, it wasn’t too bad, but it was always a great opportunity to get some reading done back when I did it with Five-Eight. Didn’t bring a book today. Duh.

This was after rolling out early from the rack this morning and changing plugs, wires and air filter on the truck, as well as oil, oil filter and fuel filter. I had forgotten how easy it is to work on these old pickups. There’s plenty of room to move around in there. I was half done even before my coffee was cold.

Cut the shit out of my finger swabbing out the air filter case. Nothing like slashing some grease deep into your body. But it was no big deal. I managed to do the whole job on the truck with one 5/8 socket and a 5/8 spark plug tool. I felt pretty smart when I fired up the engine and nothing screwy was going on. All in a day’s work for The Fixer. For me? A complete miracle.

This will probably amount to nothing

but at least, as Gordon points out, someone’s doing SOMETHING:

A coalition of activist groups running the gamut of social and political issues will ask Congress to file a Resolution of Inquiry, the first necessary legal step to determine whether President Bush has committed impeachable offenses in misleading the country about his decision to go to war in Iraq, RAW STORY has learned.

The formal Resolution of Inquiry request, written by Boston constitutional attorney John C. Bonifaz, cites the Downing Street Memo and issues surrounding the planning and execution of the Iraq war. A resolution of inquiry would force relevant House committees to vote on the record as to whether to support an investigation.

“The recent release of the Downing Street Memo provides new and compelling evidence that the President of the United States has been actively engaged in a conspiracy to deceive and mislead the United States Congress and the American people,” Bonifaz wrote in a memo to the ranking House Judiciary Committee Democrat John Conyers (D-MI)

At least someone can say something when their grandchildren ask “What did grandpa do when they tried to kill democracy?”

Well, we have really obnoxious mosquitoes.

This morning, conversation in my office turned to the topic of bear attacks. (Don’t ask me how, I am too sleepy to remember.)

A quick google search found the photos of that insanely giant Alaskan bear. (You know the one- everyone got that in their email two years ago.) However, I found this article. I am a little amazed at how nonplussed this woman is about the experience of being attacked by a bear.

Heil-Smith had been on the phone at the time with her friend, Debby Nelson. The phone was knocked out of her hand during the attack. But instead of yelling for help, Heil-Smith was yelling, “It’s only a bear” to avoid scaring her friend.”

I didn’t want her to think it was a man with a gun or anything,” Heil-Smith joked.

“She’s pretty tough,” Scott Smith said of his wife. “It was one mother against another. I wasn’t here when it happened, but I could see the results when I got home.”

After the bear left with its cub, Heil-Smith found the phone and dialed 911. When paramedics arrived, they found her cleaning blood off the floor.

“I didn’t want my daughter to come home from volleyball and see all that blood,” she said. “So they helped me clean it up as they were fixing me up.”

Want another reason not to live in Minnesota?

Minnesota has more than 20,000 black bears.