Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Imagine How it Would Have Been -- At Long Last, President Gore






OSTROY; Al Gore Will Not Only Run, but He Can and Will Win in '08
With an Oscar Appearance, and a Hit Documentary Gore Is Suddenly Very Cool
Gore

Feb. 27, 2007 — Make no mistake: Former Vice President Al Gore will be our next president.

I am as confident about that assertion as I am that George W. Bush will go down in history as America's worst president ever. Gore is the right man at the right time, for many reasons. And it's clear that the momentum and buzz is shifting his way big time.

At Sunday's Oscar ceremony, Gore's movie producers took home the coveted prize for best feature documentary for "An Inconvenient Truth," his scorching red-flag raiser on global warming.

Gore joined them on stage and was graceful, poised and presidential. And it didn't hurt his hipness quotient any to be getting a little Leo DiCaprio love either. The politician also joined the Hollywood star on stage during the Oscars. That's right, Al Gore is suddenly cool.

It gets even better. In October, Gore will also likely be the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for being the planet's biggest advocate in the fight against climate change. His prestigious nomination in this exclusive club puts him in the company of such independent thinkers, statesmen and activists as Dr. Martin Luther King, President Jimmy Carter, Elie Wiesel and Mother Theresa.

Now let's talk chops. Gore's an enlisted Vietnam vet who served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, two terms in the Senate, and eight years as vice president in one of the most successful administrations ever. Let's not forget that he won the popular vote in 2000, and as many say, the Electoral College as well.

So wait, he's hip, he's brilliant, he's highly experienced. Is America ready for a real leader after two terms of a guy who makes Jim Carrey's "Dumb and Dumber" character seem downright cerebral? You bet your asinine Bush-isms it is.

I even have the perfect campaign slogan for Gore: "Imagine how it would've been."

Just imagine what the country would be like today had he become president in 2000 and not Bush. Imagine an America without this bloody debacle in Iraq. Imagine an America that commands the respect of its allies and is feared by its enemies. Imagine an America that puts the environment before big corporate interests. Imagine having a president who strives to bridge the gap between rich and poor, where the middle class, not the wealthy, gets the tax breaks, and where the minimum wage is not a shameful $5.15. Pretty powerful stuff on the campaign trail, huh?


--Andy Ostroy

MoDo wrote a column lauding Gore just now, as well. Jurassicpork captures it here.

Link here.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Scooter Scooter Scooter -- What kind of a name is that for a grown man?




Waiting for the jury to come in after the Libby trial?

Don't bother with the MSM (mainstream media, for our stout handful of non-blogtopian gentle readers). Go directly to coverage at firedoglake.

Say, Jimmy, isn't firedoglake doing what the Fourth Estate is supposed to do, that is, before it morphed into the loudmouth useless braindead Bushist fascist media whore media? Wasn't all of the media supposed to be defending truth, not truthiness? Truth, justice and the American way -- as Sidney Blumenthal does, here.

But let's take time to tippy-toe down Memory Lane, just a bit. Reviewing the arguments presented in the Libby trial, one does love the little constellation of, um, like NINE , count them, NINE persons to whom Libby somehow managed to "blurt" a CIA covert agent's identity!

But hey, it didn't happen that way, people. It was all about Rove. It was all about Twinkie Sneezing. It was all about being SO BUSY Defenderering the Universe. But In the end, boo-hoo, just as Bubble Boy had become the Deciderer, somehow Libby is now revealed as the Forgetter-er.

Oopsie.

Three words:

Unique
Importance
Anger

Good mnemonic, UIA. Why, it's almost like CIA, is it not? Alliterative irony? Libby's behavior with regard to "Wilson's wife" was Unique -- testimony suggested he was acting in unusual ways, calling people he never called, going way out of his way. Libby's behavior showed the Importance to him of this information-- making time for special two hour lunches, even though he's so busy being the Defenderer of the Universe. Libby's behavior was driven by Anger -- to which many witnesses testified.

On a totally different note, hmm, can anyone say "Sealed vs. Sealed"?

Oh, and here's a little photo of Richard "Big Dick" Cheney. And a big one.

Cheney at Auschwitz. Golly. We're feeling really Jungian today, have you noticed?

The Libby trial summation somehow is just making me feel, so, so -- sentimental! Sentimental about Big Dick!

How about you?






Saturday, February 17, 2007

HAPPY TIBETAN NEW YEAR! LOSAR TASHI DELEK!














I'm betting that most of you may not know that it's Tibetan New Year. Looky here, the big-deal Washington Post doesn't even know that it's Tibetan New Year -- but, it is.

So do wish Bill O'Reilly "Losar Tashi Delek!" and if he doesn't say that phrase right back atcha, tell that loudmouth he'd better stop waging his ugly war on Tibetan New Year!

Happy Year of the Fire Pig, people!


Let's hope that all those naughty Bushist fascist piggies who so richly deserve to be thrust on a spit, and roasted over a blazing fire until they're searing hot and cracklin' good -- achieve all that they so richly deserve! Yee haw!


Link here to Buddhist Jihad, Losar Edition.
(Pilgrims and Monks Throwing Tsampa (Flour) into Air, Celebrating Tibetan New Year, Kathmandu, Nepal by Alison Wright)

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Scooter's Twinkie-Sneeze Defense



So, what's with Scooter "What kind of a name is that for a grown man?" Libby's twinkie-sneeze defense, anyhow?

His lawyer brings out 6 journalists who testify that Scooter didn't sneeze on them -- so therefore Scooter didn't sneeze on anyone else?

Holds up on the classic level of "it wasn't me it was the twinkie" thing.

Secondly, their testimony seems to be more about suggesting that Scooter was not leaking, not about Scooter not lying. Or that Scooter was leaking just a little bit. Hunh? So? And?

Plus, it seems that our own aspens-esque Scooter "What kind of name is that for a grown man?" Libby turns out to be, according to defense testimony, the actual oh-so-busy personal DEFENDERER OF THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE! Wow!


How stupid do his lawyers think the jurors are?

Purty stupid.




Fabulous live-blogging continues at firedoglake.
Nice piece by Sidney Blumenthal at Salon, here, all about Scootie's hubris problems, and more!
(One must bow down before the recent incisive Super-Libbyguy Personal Defenderer of the Universe Defense, which is that poor Scootie has SO much on his mind (absorbing info that appears each day in the New York Times) that he had NO MENTAL SPACE left to remember things like that he forgot Valerie Plame's identity before he remembered ti! Thus, therefore his failure to remember was just you know one of those things, even though he was SO BUSY SAVING THE UNIVERSE that really you'd think he wouldn't have had ANY TIME IN HIS SO BUSY UNIVERSAL-DEFENDERER SO BUSY SCHEDULE MUCH LESS ANY INTEREST in taking Judith Miller for a two-hour "working" lunch at the St. Regis? Hmm?)


Sunday, February 11, 2007

BIG DICK CAUGHT WITH PANTS DOWN: TIME TO NUKE IRAN








Some say nuking Iran will be just a wag-the-dog war thing to take pressure off Bush's failures in Iraq and the lies that led up to that war.

Some say waging war on Iran will deflect blame away from Richard "Big Dick" Cheney.

Some say nuking Iran is why Cheney had deep-cover NOC and (hmm) Iran WMD non-proliferation expert Valerie Plame outed in the first place.

Three wars at once.

Losing each and every one of them?


Some say -- it's the Bush trifecta!

What do you say?


I think we're all really really f*cked.





Friday, February 09, 2007

Will Scooter "What kind of a name is that for a grown man?" Libby Finger Scooter Libby? So far he's fingering Big Dick.






So, wow, it turns out that serial draft-dodger, sadist-in-chief, "last throes" guy Richard "Big Dick" Cheney was the driving behind the propaganda conspiracy that outed undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame.

One is shocked, shocked.

Is one not?



Links to the official DOJ website with transcripts of Scooter's testimony, here.

Scooter Libby's trial continues, masterful live blogging continues at firedoglake.


Unofficial excerpt from Scooter's Grand Jury testimony:
Fitzgerald: And do you have a nickname?

Libby: Yes, Scooter.

F: Can you give us a description of how you got the name Scooter?

L (joking): Are we classified in here?

Is this man insane? He was making snarky jokes about classified info while being questioned by Fitzgerald, under oath? Isn't this the same lame joke he tried when questioned by FBI agent Bond?

Talk about inappropriate and un-funny. Quick, let's look under the sofa, we might find those pesky WMDs.



But wait, wait.

It's time for another
No Blood for Hubris Official Mini-Mental Health Interlude:

"Some good news. Finally, President Bush is going to do something about global warming. He became alarmed when another chunk of ice fell off his mother."
--David Letterman




Friday, February 02, 2007

FBI's Bond Fingers Scooter "What kind of a name is that for a grown man?" Libby



"Always tell the truth. That way, you don't have to remember what you said."

--Mark Twain



WaPo story here.
One of the FBI agents who interviewed I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby during the CIA leak investigation testified yesterday that the vice president's then-chief of staff did not acknowledge disclosing the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame to reporters, asserting that he was surprised when another journalist later told him about her.

FBI agent Deborah S. Bond also testified that Libby said that, while he was preparing to be interviewed by investigators in the fall of 2003, he came across a handwritten note he had made during a phone conversation with Vice President Cheney.

The note made it clear that, shortly before June 12, 2003, Cheney had told Libby that Plame worked at the CIA's counterproliferation division . . .

Libby's conversation with Cheney took place nearly a month before Libby telephoned Tim Russert, NBC's Washington bureau chief.

According to Bond, Libby said that, during that call, Russert mentioned that "all the reporters" knew that former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV's wife worked at the CIA.

Libby told the investigators that "it was as if it was the first time he'd heard it," Bond said.

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"Earlier today, President Bush pardoned the White House turkey. It was just a practice run for Scooter Libby." --David Letterman

"Scooter Libby, who got indicted, has set up a legal defense fund to help pay his legal bills. It's pretty good, for a $1,000 donation you get a hand-written thank you note and the name of a CIA agent." --Jay Leno

"Libby was indicted on two counts of obstruction of justice, three counts of perjury, and one count of not being as smart as Karl Rove." --Jon Stewart

"What did Scooter Libby say when he bumped into President Bush at the White House? 'Pardon me.'" --Jay Leno

"Outside the courthouse, Libby's lawyer said all he wants to do is clear his client's good name. I don't know. "Scooter"? Is that a good name?" --Jay Leno