No commentary tonight folks. The articles posted below say it all. LS
RIDICULE AND CONTEMPT
By Sidney Blumenthal of the UK Guardian, courtesy of Truthout.org
The most scathing public critique of the Bush presidency and the complicity of a craven press corps was delivered at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday by a comedian. Bush was reported afterwards to be seething, while the press corps responded with stone-cold silence. In many of their reports of the event they airbrushed out the joker.
RIDICULE AND CONTEMPT
By Jane Smiley of The Huffington Post
Make no mistake about it--George W. Bush has a thick thick skull. He finds it very difficult to learn anything. But he is thin-skinned and easily offended. It is time to offend him! He needs to be offended every minute of every day! Stephen Colbert did a pretty good job, but then all the kids on the playground rallied around the bully and soothed his hurt feelings. No No No! Don't these people know what a
collaborator is? A collaborator isn't merely the guy who pulled the trigger with the perpetrator, it is also the guy (and the gal) who made him feel comfortable and happy, just one of the gang, when he was getting ready to pull the trigger. Why show George W. Bush any mercy? He hasn't apologized for the crimes he's already committed and he proposes to commit more! He is preparing and intending to commit more!
"LAPDOGS: HOW THE PRESS ROLLED OVER FOR BUSH"
Below is an expose of a book recently written by Mr. Eric Boehlert. It examines the inside-the-beltway (I am beginning to hate that place) media's responsibility during the Swift Boat smear campaign directed against Kerry. The media's role as cowardly, timid, lazy and tacit facilitators delivered Bush the cushion he needed to win the 2004 election, according to Mr. Boehlert. This piece will make you shake with rage, I am afraid. LS
From The Huffington Post.com
For several crucial weeks during the campaign, journalists turned away from the pile-up of Swift Boat falsehoods and contradictions, rarely daring to call the Swift Boat attack out for what it really was--a farce. An elaborate, well-choreographed, well-funded farce that not only dragged down the Kerry campaign, but played the press for fools. At every turn, military records proved the Swift Boat veterans to be untruthful. But Beltway reporters and pundits for the most part remained hesitant, too timid to speak up, as they propped up the veterans as serious men. Their conduct during the manufactured Swift Boat scandal, which likely delivered Bush the cushion he needed to win in November, represented an embarrassing new benchmark for campaign season reporting. Rather than uncovering the obvious gaps in the veterans' wobbly allegations and holding the accusers accountable, the press, spooked about being tagged as too liberal, played dumb on an unprecedented scale, much to the White House's delight.
LAPDOGS BY ERIC BOEHLERT
MOVING ON TO OTHER GOP RELATED SLEAZE AND EVIL DOING HIGH CRIMES
unnoticed, naturally by the mainstream media whores who are as contemptuous and as cynical as Bush. Or maybe they are just plain dumb and lazy. LS
ABRAMOFF TEAM VISITED BUSH WHITE HOUSE OVER 200 TIMES DURING HIS FIRST 10 MONTHS IN OFFICE.
I thought Bush didn't know Jack Boy. LS
From Pensitoreview.com via Buzz Flash.com
WHITE HOUSE LOG SHOWS ABRAMOFF VISITED BUSH 200 TIMES
AND ABRAMOFF MONEY IS LINKED TO NEW HAMPSHIRE PHONE JAMMING SCHEME
Found Raw Story.com
ABRAMOFF MONEY LINKED TO N.H. PHONE JAMMING SCHEME
ALAS, LEST YOU BE DRIVEN TO THE DEPTHS OF DESPAIR BY THE EVIL DOINGS OF A CYNICAL, CONTEMPTUOUS, DANGEROUS AND CORRUPT GOP. THERE IS HOPE. BIG GUY MEHLMAN WARNS GOP FOOT SOLDIERS AND HIRED HACKS THAT THEY FACE A POSSIBLE CATASTROPHE IN NOVEMBER.
Quite frankly, every second the GOP stays in power is a catastrophe for the United States. The GOP is getting really worried, if not downright afraid, and they will get reckless, as most desperate criminals normally do when backed into a corner.
From my friend Ken who keeps me well informed, especially in moments when I feel like taking down this blog and running away from it all. LS
STATE OF THE PARTIES
State of the Parties:
Republicans: RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman met with Republican members of Congress this week to impress upon them just how bad the opinion polls are looking for them, and warning that they face a possible catastrophe in November.
1) This warning contributed to GOP determination to pass a tax reconciliation bill that will extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts beyond their current expiration dates at the end of the decade.
2) On Tuesday, Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and House Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) were supposed to meet with President Bush in the Oval office to discuss the tax bill, which, if passed, will be one of the most important Republican accomplishments of 2006 leading into the midterm elections. But Grassley bowed out, giving the excuse that he had constituents in town from Iowa. Even in the face of disaster, Republicans seem unable to get their act together.
3) Despite all the media coverage given to the issues of immigration and "corruption," polls show that the issue currently concerning voters the most -- even more than immigration -- is the wasteful spending by the Congress. With its vote on Thursday in favor of the rule for the lobby reform bill, the House has taken its first step toward patching up damaged Republican credibility. (Ha ha ha. If they pass it, which is deeply unlikely, it'll be like saying 'we're sorry for being so corrupt until now. And if they don't pass it the media will make a big deal about it, as they have been for a few months now. -K)
4) Republicans will focus in their campaign on the danger of electing Democrats to a majority in Congress. Their catchword is "dangerous," a word taken from an ill-considered appearance by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) on the Senate floor next to a sign (color-coded to match her outfit) stating "Dangerously Incompetent" in large letters. The Stabenow appearance was meant to highlight the administration's incompetence.
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