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February 12, 2004
From one of my longtime client papers, the Memphis Flyer--two witnesses who state definitively that Bush never showed up for Guard duty in Alabama:
MEMPHIS – Two members of the Air National Guard unit that President George W. Bush allegedly served with as a young Guard flyer in 1972 had been told to expect him and were on the lookout for him. He never showed, however; of that both Bob Mintz and Paul Bishop are certain...
If this isn't national news tomorrow, everyone in the mainstream media deserves to be fired.
...also: Col. William Campenni (retired), the guy who's been writing letters claiming that Bush did too uh huh fulfill his duty, is going to be on Washington Journal tomorrow morning (7:30 am EST). I'd strongly urge the early birds among you to call CSpan and mention the Memphis Flyer article.
Another celebrity couple calls it quits
After 43 years as one of the world's prettiest pairs, the perfect plastic couple is breaking up. The couple's "business manager," Russell Arons, vice president of marketing at Mattel, said that Barbie and Ken "feel it's time to spend some quality time — apart."
Nothing denotes single status like a deep tan, after all.
Barbie — the most popular fashion doll in the world, according to toy maker Mattel — met Ken on the set of a TV commercial in 1961, and they have been inseparable ever since.
Well, it's really no secret that Ken is, you know, a confirmed bachelor.
Drudge has something on his site about a possible marital infidelity on the part of John Kerry.
Here we go again. Peckergate, part deux.
Tragedy, meet your successor, farce.
This doesn't mean Kerry's out, of course, even if it's true. But it means the media will be back on comfortable ground--talking about sex, rather than the lies which led us to war.
Blogs vs. AWOL
Calpundit has been all over this story--just scroll through, he's got a more thorough analysis of the evidence than you'll find anywhere else, including an interview with a man who claims to have seen some of Bush's record being roundfiled. Counterspin raises some interesting questions about a fellow who's been writing letters supporting Bush's version of events, and Oliver Willis actually tracked the guy down and talked to him on the phone.
Good work, guys.
February 10, 2004
He's either a complete liar or he's completely senile. Either way, he should resign tomorrow. This is just outrageous.
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he did not recall British Prime Minister Tony Blair's pre-war claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction ready to be deployed in 45 minutes.
I can't even begin to express my astonishment.
And then there's this:
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, asked about Tuesday's car bombing in Iraq that killed about 50 people, said there are murders in every major city in the world "because human beings are human beings."
...afterthought: I wonder if Rumsfeld remembers Bush making the 45-minute claim?
The White House, in the run-up to war in Iraq, did not seek CIA approval before charging that Saddam Hussein could launch a biological or chemical attack within 45 minutes, administration officials now say.
...this is the biggest problem I face as a satirist these days: these guys keep outdoing my cartoons. How am I supposed to stay ahead?
Apparently it is snowing in Hell today
WASHINGTON – Conservative television news anchor Bill O'Reilly said Tuesday he was now skeptical about the Bush administration and apologized to viewers for supporting prewar claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
Why Bill Clinton's statements on Iraq are completely irrelevant to the current debate
Since some of our slower friends are having trouble with this one, I'll try to put this as simply as possible.
1. President Bush said many, many times that he had no intention of attacking Iraq before 9/11.
2. President Bush said many, many times that he only decided to attack Iraq because of 9/11.
3. President Bush, in fact, was actively planning to attack Iraq from the moment he took office.
4. President Bush lied.
All clear now? Good. Now run along and play.
February 08, 2004
The incredible shrinking President
Oh. My. God.
Flight 34 was headed from Los Angeles to Kennedy Airport on Friday afternoon, said the spokesman, Tim Wagner. The pilot, whose identity was not released, had been making flight announcements and then asked that the Christians on board raise their hands, Mr. Wagner said.
...A reader notes that I missed the obvious headline for this one: "Guess we know who his co-pilot was..."
This has been on a lot of sites already, but just in case you haven't seen it:
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- In what may be the first subpoena of its kind in decades, a federal judge has ordered a university to turn over records about a gathering of anti-war activists.
Kos has an update from the executive director of the Catholic Peace Ministry, which I think is important enough to reprint in full:
Yesterday, February 3, Detective Jeff Warford of the Polk County Sheriff's Office-FBI-Joint Terrorism Task Force came to Catholic Peace Ministry's office here in Des Moines with a subpoena for me to testify before a Federal Grand Jury next Tuesday, February 10. Mr. Warford also served papers on Elton Davis at the Catholic Worker House and Patti McKee, who was coordinator of Iowa Peace Network until last month. The Grand Jury process is shrouded in secrecy. We do not know who or what the object of this investigation may be, beyond "possible violations of federal criminal law in the Southern District of Iowa."
Welcome to George Bush's America.
Hey Russert--ever heard the name "Valerie Plame"?
...here's an annotated transcript from CAP. One thing it doesn't really convey is the sixth-grader-who-forgot-to-study look on Bush's face throughout much of the interview--but it's not as if you haven't seen that before.
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