Rove Rues 'Mission Accomplished' Banner. Now that's a great headline. You'd have wondered if anyone on that team was going to admit this outloud.

The other thing I'm left wondering outloud is this: How appropriate is it for someone like Karl Rove to be at a newspaper's editorial board meeting? That just doesn't seem right to me. Kind of like Cheney showing up just to talk shop at a Halliburton Board meeting. Kind of. Especially when he then says "I don't mean that it's [the 2004 election] going to be close. What I mean is, it's going to be where everybody is going to be paying a lot of time and attention. I think we're going to win Ohio comfortably, but I do think that Democrats are going to contest it strongly."

What? Like Florida? Got something planned with Walden O'Dell? This is twice now. Let's not say later we weren't warned.


"Mistakes Were Made"

This is the second best campaign ad I've seen (the first being the MoveOn.org's "Child's Play" ad). Amazing stuff.

It's hard to believe he's as cocky as he is. This ad makes him look SO un-presidential.


A Clockwork George

The last seven numbers of a new National Debt Clock being installed at 1133 Sixth Ave. in New York City will be moving too quickly to read.

According to the NY Post: "The last time the clock went dark was in September 2000 - because the national debt was actually falling. It was plugged back in on July 2002 when the debt again began to rise."

Another reason in the case against the re-election of George W. Bush.


A long time ago, in a Republican administration far, far away...

An early warning about an invasion of Iraq from a Bush administration official:

"For us to get bogged down in the quagmire of an Iraqi civil war would be the height of foolishness."

It was a very early warning.

Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney warned us in 1991.

And we didn't listen to him.


A Bloch on the Butt of Humanity

Scott Bloch (Fascist-KS), appointed by President Bush to head of the Office of Special Council, made news in February when he began his 5-year tenure by reversing anti-discrimination policies against gay federal employees.

Yesterday, in an apparent attempt to silence those who leak such stories, Bloch issued a gag order on whistle blowers in his department.

Uh, excuse me. But isn't the job of the Office of Special Council to protect whistle blowers??

Yet another step toward fascism in these United States.

And another of the many reasons in the case against the re-election of the President.



Simon Says...

President Bush will hold his third prime-time press conference tonight at 5:30p (Points West time, 8:30p on the East Coast). (And Simon Cowell is pissed.)

Dubya must be poopin' bricks. The tens of millions of dollars worth of attack ads aren't hurting John Kerry all that much. Events in Iraq are spinning out of control. The 9/11 hearings are causing Karl Rove a great deal of discomfort, I'm sure.

So, the President's handlers feel the need to cut into his spring break so that he can hack the English language to pieces in front of network television cameras - and on one of the most watched nights on TV, no less! Yeah, that will improve his approval numbers.


Andrew Kohut of the Pew Research Center points out: "People look more to events and real-world happenings to form opinions...I think it's people sticking their head out the door and saying, 'How are things?' And things haven't been good for Bush."

As it is, the networks ain't too pleased about Mr. Bush's disruption of their coveted prime time programming. He's interrupting "American Idol," for Pete's sake! Could you imagine if he'd interrupted "The Apprentice?" Trump would have him in the board room lickety split! "Dubya. Yer FIRED!" (If only it were that easy.)

I'll be driving to San Diego for work during the press conference and haven't decided if I'll tune in. Bush's voice makes my skin crawl. Even on the radio you can HEAR that damn smirk of his. Driving in Southern California is already stressful enough!



The Apologentsia

Happy Easter, Points Westerners -- He is Risen!

Yup, the same crowd that hammered Bill Clinton mercilessly has developed a devastatingly obvious myopia when it comes to Dubya and The Gang. In today's LA Times Opinion The Bush Apologentsia launch a defense of Bush's Holy War. Oddly, they seem clueless to the fact that they've actually written an indictment:
Fundamentally, Bush Works on Faith
by Peter Schweizer and Rochelle Schweizer

Peter Schweizer is a fellow at the Hoover Institution and it the author, with Rochelle Schweizer, of The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty.

Ask Bush family members and friends about the intersection between the war on terrorism and George W. Bush's Christian faith and you get some strong answers.

"George sees this as a religious war," one family member told us. "He doesn't have a PC view of this war. His view is that they are trying to kill the Christians. And we the Christians will strike back with more force and more ferocity than they will ever know."

Family friend Franklin Graham told us: "The president is not stupid. The people who attacked this country did it in the name of their religion. He's made it clear that we are not at war with Islam. But he understands the implications of what is going on and the spiritual dimensions."
Okay, so it's a holy war, but it's not a war with Islam. It's a defense of Christianity, but non-Christians are not the enemy. Uh, yeah, sure, right, whatever. Of course, it has nothing to do with Western Will to Empire or Globalism Gone Awry. Let's continue:
Critics charge that the president is blindly engaged in a crusade, propelled by a belief in Armageddon that will end in a geopolitical disaster. One has compared his faith to the fundamentalists of Islam. Another calls it downright "frightening." Do we have something to fear from Bush's obviously strongly held convictions? [...]

Faith has played an ... important role in Bush's administration, morally clarifying for him the war on terrorism and encouraging patience in the light of tremendous pressure. But Bush's critics have it backward: It's not so much that Bush thinks God is on his side; rather, he wants to be on God's side and make the correct moral choices. He doesn't think God has given him a blank check; rather, to make the correct decisions, he believes he must study and embrace Judeo-Christian principles.

Bush reads the Bible and a devotional every morning. When you compare what he reads and studies with what he says and does publicly, the overlap is stunning.

His readings influence his language. One morning shortly after Sept. 11, Bush got up and read Proverbs 21:15: "When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers." Soon after, he was calling the terrorists "evildoers."
Part of Bush's self-confident resolve perhaps comes from his habit of reading Psalm 55 on the anniversary of 9/11. "My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me…. Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets…. Let death take my enemies by surprise; let them go down alive to the grave; for evil finds lodging among them…. Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall. But you, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of corruption; bloodthirsty and deceitful men will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you."

It is easier to think of the war on terrorism as a struggle over politics or oil. But the reality is that, fundamentally, it is about core beliefs. Just like the arms race was a symptom, and not the cause, of the Cold War, terrorism is a grisly byproduct of virulent Islam's difficulty in coping with a set of Western beliefs. For Bush, those beliefs have both strengthened and tempered his instincts.
Is "coping with us" their job? Myabe they are just sick and tired of the West's hundreds of years of meddling. These words may give others comfort -- but for me, they give me great and almighty pause. But three cheers to The Apologentsia for Ye Olde College Try.

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