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Last year, in the wake of the government's bungled response to Hurricane Katrina, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi blasted President Bush, calling him "oblivious, in denial, dangerous."  The Republican Party lashed out at Pelosi for her language, and the media gleefully debated back and forth whether such language was hyperbole and un-American.

The events of the last week have made it crystal clear:  it is not just the President, but his entire party that is oblivious, in denial, and dangerous.

We now know that the top GOP leadership was warned about Congressman Foley's inappropriate behavior years ago.  Instead of conducting an investigation, instead of demonstrating some semblance of concern over the possibility of criminal and immoral behavior, Speaker Hastert, Congressman Reynolds, Majority Leader Boehner and an untold number of Republican staff members choose to brush the issue aside.  They knew Foley was dangerous.  Sure, perhaps they didn't know every little detail, but the GOP leadership was cognizant that there was possibly a child predator in their midst.  The result? Republican inaction. And Congressman Foley remained free to continue preying on the young pages, day after day, month after month, year after year.  They knew, and chose to ignore.  Because being in the majority means power.  And power--not people--is what the GOP is about.  

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Last week, it was also revealed that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was warned in the strongest possible terms that terrorists were going to attack:  "10 on a scale of 1 to 10" is how intelligence officials describe it.  At first, Rice, the habitual liar, said that she didn't remember ever receiving such briefing.  In the face of documentation and collaboration, she grudgingly admitted that she was briefed on July 10, 2001 about impending terrorist attacks on the United States.

In lights of this revelation, Rice's actions in the months proceeding the September 11th attacks become that much more reckless and reprehensible.  Despite warning after desperate warning about al Qaeda's imminent plans to kill Americans, for two months before September 11th, Rice simply could not shut up about Iraq.  On July 29, 2001, less than three weeks after receiving the "10 out of 10" briefing, she was vigorously defending the President's right to pre-emptive war in Iraq, stating that "the world can be certain" that "Saddam Hussein is on the radar screen for the administration."  

Was al Qaeda on the radar screen?  Or did the administration's reckless and myopic vision in the summer of 2001 endanger our nation as a whole?

That summer, two US aircraft carriers began to move into the Persian Gulf--just a "routine rotation", the Pentagon assured us.  Just days after the President and Rice read a Presidential Daily Briefing on August 6, 2001 entitled "Bin Laden Determined To Strike in US", their attention was focused on US air strikes in Iraq, in selling the inevitable Iraq war to the public.  Their unrelenting focus on Iraq did not take place in a vacuum; their Iraq obsession occurred in the face of emergency terror briefings and alarming PDBs.  They didn't know the details, the why, the how, or the when, but they knew that terrorism was a greater threat than Saddam Hussein.  They knew, and chose to ignore.  Because war meant power.  And power--not people---is what the GOP is about.

During a recent series of speeches, the President unveiled how he plans to help his imploding party retain that power.  Voters, the President claimed, cannot trust Democrats to run the federal government.  

Does the President really want to make the last five weeks of the campaign about trust?

Whether it's one citizen or 300 million citizens, one young page or 100 pages, one soldier or over 100,000 of them, what we have over the last six years is a pattern of reckless endangerment.  The GOP has proved itself to be a party so hell-bent on retaining and augmenting its power that it is willing to put each and every one of us, young or old, Democrat or Republican, in harm's way.  

It is a party that is oblivious.  In denial. Dangerous.  

It is a party unworthy of any trust, unworthy of any deference, unworthy of any forgiveness for the tragic consequences of its inaction ...and it is utterly unworthy of re-election by the citizens it has betrayed.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:11 AM PDT.

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  •  Awesome, as always, Georgia... (12+ / 0-)

    Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:11:56 AM PDT

  •  Your title goes with this photo: (2+ / 0-)

    Global companies will suffer from the thousand small cuts of global terrorism. Fight terrorism with human rights not bombs.

    by mattes on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:12:07 AM PDT

  •  Did Pelosi really call him that? (3+ / 0-)
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    KingOneEye, majcmb1, Buffy Orpington

    I expect Charlie Rangel to demand an apology, ASAP!

    "Run, comrade, the old world is behind you!" -- Situationist graffito, 1968

    by Pesto on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:12:13 AM PDT

  •  I think the GOP is massively screwed (8+ / 0-)

    Karl Rove, whatever his strategy may have been, is probably going nuts. I don't see any way for the GOP to save this election. Even bombing Iran wouldn't do it for them; people would probably call it a 'Wag the Dog' scenario.

    But we gotta keep the pressure on them the next 5 weeks. Volunteer, phone bank - do anything you can. I think a lot more seats may be in play now because of Foley.

    Deny My Freedom
    "Inconvenient truths do not go away just because they are not seen." -Al Gore

    by PsiFighter37 on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:13:18 AM PDT

    •  Oct suprise ! (0+ / 0-)

      Bush recently mentioned in a speech that "We are getting closer to Osama" Is it possible they intend to capture him two weeks before the election? Naww... that would be playing politics!

      Disabled Viet Vet ret. My snark is worse than my bite

      by eddieb061345 on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:18:21 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I think their planned Oct Suprise (0+ / 0-)

        is the death sentence for Khalid Shiek Muhammed in the military commision trials.

        What effect that has now, I have no idea.  But based on their desire to push through the detainee bill, I think that's their suprise.

        "Why don't newscasters cry when they read about people who die? At least they could be decent enough to put just a tear in their eye" - Jack Johnson

        by bawbie on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:37:51 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Don't misunderestimate them! You have just lost! (1+ / 0-)
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      oortdust

      If your think for one moment that they are out of this election you have been in a cave for the last six years!

      This is only a skirmish. We have 5 weeks to go and that is a lifetime in politics.

      The right is on the a war footing with their media doing the main work right now.

      The effect on the public is not as much as you might expect because the story line is muddled on how the GOP leaders were culprits to a coverup.

      If the public think this was only a errent member of congress then they may not fault the entire GOP.

      Don't be so old Democrats Naive.

    •  Don't forget about the Senate!!! (1+ / 0-)
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      Sick of Santorum

      If Democrats take over the House (which is looking like a stronger possibility today than it was a couple weeks ago, when they were losing ground), Democrats will only control one part of the legislature. The GOP will still have plenty of power if they continue to control of the Senate.

      I worry that this is going to play as "one corrupt sicko Congressman and several House leaders", but people will take their eyes off the fact that there is a culture of Republican corruption and coverup that has infested our entire government.

      There is plenty of time between now and then for Rove and Diebold to work their evil magic, even turning the House back to Republican control. I, for one, will not count those chickens until after the November elections.

      I remember a time when the American President was the leader of the free world. ****** Repeat after me: "Neoconservatism has failed America."

      by land of the free on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 10:23:21 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Repiglican are Saints in their own minds! (3+ / 0-)

    They love to sit up on their high horses and pass judgemant on everyone else. And are so sure they are pure they ignore the sinner amongst themselves.

    Disabled Viet Vet ret. My snark is worse than my bite

    by eddieb061345 on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:14:27 AM PDT

    •  Yes, Frist just talked about principles. (2+ / 0-)
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      oortdust, jct

      He said he hoped Dems didn't politicize the Foley matter.

      Americans have to vote on who they want to take them forward on principles. -Frist, on msnbc, 10/4/6

      Yes, we will, and it won't be them.

  •  They not only knew... (1+ / 0-)
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    jct

    ...But Tom Renyolds talked Foley into running again, after he was aware of the emails.

    Toast...

    •  And then along comes the allegation (1+ / 0-)
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      oortdust

      that Reynolds was sexually assaulted by a priest when he was a teenager -- oh, but he's not using that as an excuse.  Yet, I've heard as much about that over the last 24 hours as I have about the rest of the scandal.  So, if they're not using it as an excuse for his behavior, why is it out there and being repeated ad nauseum?!

      Stay strong!

      "No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a Party that ignores her sex." -- Susan B. Anthony

      by Yellow Dog Dem Woman on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:20:27 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Oops -- meant "Foley" (0+ / 0-)

        "No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a Party that ignores her sex." -- Susan B. Anthony

        by Yellow Dog Dem Woman on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:22:15 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  i find all of this rather interesting. (1+ / 0-)
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        oortdust

        ..lets see.. toss the libertrians verison of smaller, unintrusive govt under a bus - check

        drain the treasuray, stagnating enconmy thus tossing the Fiscal neocons under a  bus - check

        finally the clergyman "molested me" defense while caught diddling kids..thus tosing the religious AND the family values crowd under a bus - check

        So.. are there anymore key foundation in the Current GOP that havent turned thier knives on each other yet?

  •  Right on! (7+ / 0-)

    The GOP is the every-man-for-himself party, and the rich get to go for themselves first.  Which, of course, means the rest of us get squat in their ideal world.  We're expendable, maybe useful as labor or soldiers for a while, but ultimately expendable.  The bottom line is that the GOP world view is not in any way compatible with a sustainable, peaceful future for our planet.

  •  You know, I just would NOT (9+ / 0-)

    forget if someone told me that a long-time colleague might be a child sexual predator.

    I just would NOT forget if someone told me that a known terrorist was planning to attack my country and that it was imperative that I take immediate action.

    Who would forget either one of those things?

    If you are capable of forgetting those things, what kinds of things are you actually capable of remembering?  

    A person would have to be brain dead to forget either one of those stories.

    Of course, they aren't brain dead - they are just lying, liars.  

  •  Denial (1+ / 0-)
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    bluewolverine

    Denial requires an enormous amount of psychic energy--so much so that it drains the consciousness of energy needed for good judgement and horrible mistakes occur.  With so much to spin, hide, and obscure from view, there was precious little energy left for thoughful action. Retain power first, safety second.

    •  Absolutely! (0+ / 0-)

      I work with a group of conservative engineers that live by these principles. You can take reams of hard data to them that proves there is an issue with the equipment they are responsible for.

      I never hear:
      "Good find. We'll look into that right away."
      "I agree. That is a problem and we need to solve it."

      I always hear:
      "That's hard."
      "I don't see anything wrong"
      "No one could have imagined..."

      "You can trust the government. Just ask a NATIVE AMERICAN!"

      by bluewolverine on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:34:21 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Plus (0+ / 0-)

        "It must be a hardware problem" (if they are software engineers).

        Otherwise "It must be a problem with the software" (if they are hardware guys).

        Don't get me wrong-- I love engineers. But they do have their human foibles.

  •  Heckuva job, Denny! (3+ / 0-)
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    oortdust, Red Bean, Gorette

    Bush still backs Denny.  This is going to be great when Denny falls.  It will prove what we've been saying about Bush and the Republicans being incompetent and ineffective.

  •  and repibs are trying to make this a democratic (0+ / 0-)

    scandal. We must not let that happen:

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    touche pas à mon pote!, -7.63, -6.56

    by Mr Bula on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:15:53 AM PDT

    •  Rove's legacy to politics. (1+ / 0-)
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      Mr Bula

      The repigs have been educated in the art of attack. It doesn't need to be reasonable, fair, honest or true it just needs to be repeated over and over louder and louder! But this time it only sounds self serving, stupid and pathetic. Nobody is buying it.

      Disabled Viet Vet ret. My snark is worse than my bite

      by eddieb061345 on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:23:13 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  yes! And... (3+ / 0-)
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    oortdust, jct, louavul

    as I mentioned in another (dying) thread, the GOP's earmarking of $20 Million for "victory celebrations" for Iraq and Afghanistan perfectly illustrate what the GOP is all about:

    They are more interested in how things look to the public than the reality of what needs to be done.

    They are more interested in celebrating a mythical victory and consistently shirk their responsibilities to plan how victory could possibly be achieved.

    They are like a slimy used car salesman, selling a beautiful, shiny looking vehicle and betting on the fact that no customer will look under the hood to see there is no engine.

    We've seen this "packaging" with no content too many times. When you look underneath the exciting spin, either you find no content or something entirely different than what they appear to be selling. Here are but a few examples:

    1. Iraq
    1. Afghanistan
    1. Warrantless Wiretapping Terrorist Surveillance Program
    1. Hurricane relief
    1. Medicare reform
    1. No Child Left Behind
    1. War on Terror/Global War On Terror/Start of World War III

    This is today's GOP. They have their eyes on the celebrations, seeing themselves basking in the praise - while ignoring their responsibilities. They ignore the people who are hurting because of their lack of detail planning or due to their deception.

    To the GOP, it's all about the end game - looking good, no matter what kind of failure you have effected.

    Mission Accomplished is just a Pretty Banner to Republicans.

    They truly are the do-nothing-but-celebrate party.

    I remember a time when the American President was the leader of the free world. ****** Repeat after me: "Neoconservatism has failed America."

    by land of the free on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:17:12 AM PDT

    •  yes. "celebrating a mythical victory" -- (3+ / 0-)
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      oortdust, Sam I Am, land of the free

      my head is shaking over that $20 million party, and letting children go to bed hungry and people having to sleep on the streets, right here in good old America.

      •  and as Georgia10 said (1+ / 0-)
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        oortdust

        the Foley saga, the preparation for and response to Katrina, the preparaton for and response to AlQaeda attacks on 9/11... just a few examples of their reckless endangerment of Americans.

        But let's not forget about the Senate's reckless endangerment. It's not just about the House. There is a coordinated effort to protect Republican power, with the safety and well being of American people being mere "casualties of GOP war".

        I remember a time when the American President was the leader of the free world. ****** Repeat after me: "Neoconservatism has failed America."

        by land of the free on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 10:16:02 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Does anyone reading those IMs or even the emails (4+ / 0-)
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    oortdust, Gorette, land of the free, DBunn

    really believe this all stopped there?  I wouldn't be surprised if the worst is yet to come.  Wonder where all those lining up behind Hastert will stand then?

  •  Speaker of the House (3+ / 0-)
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    oortdust, Brother Dave, Gorette

    The number 3 in line of succession must be replaced.  All citizens should be calling for Hastert to resign.

    Great diary:  Reckless negligence indeed.

  •  Why don't Republicans use bookmarks??? (1+ / 0-)
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    louavul

    Because they like to bend the pages over!

  •  I (4+ / 0-)
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    eddieb061345, hoolia, oortdust, llywrch

    don't see how these assholes have the audacity to show their faces. Thus far they have blamed:

    Pages
    Gays
    The Page program
    Alcohol
    Foley's rapist
    Democrats
    ABC
    Eachother

    Am I missing any?
    They should have resigned and this would have been on it's way out of the news...
    These guys are just freakin' stupid.

    Get off the blogs and tell everyone you meet that Habeas Corpus is dead.

    by LandSurveyor on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:19:11 AM PDT

  •  Oblivious and Denial are TOO KIND (9+ / 0-)
    They assume that the GOP would act differently if they knew - if they were not in denial and not oblivious.

    What evidence is there of that?

    The more parsimonious explanation of GOP behavior is that they know full well what they are doing.

    They are LOOTING America of its resources while they can.

    They are kleptocratic THUGS.

    Do we assume that the Soviet leadership oligarchy meant well?

    Of course not.

    So lets not assume that here for what are essentially home-grown Soviets.

    Republicans DO NOT DESERVE the benefit of the doubt, because they have shown us that there is no doubt - any more than Stalin and Brezhnev did.

    Lets call a thug a thug

    The Perfect is the Enemy of the Better

    by dabize on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:19:19 AM PDT

  •  A fact... (3+ / 0-)
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    espresso, hoolia, oortdust

    Randy Rhodes had Pitt on yesterday.  He stated that this much is clear: It was policy of the Bush Administration to ignore any AQ warnings.  Whether that was because they were engaging in LIHOP or they were not concerned is open for debate.  But it is clear that they actively ignored the warnings.

    God does not bless a nation that tortures.

    by RichM on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:19:47 AM PDT

    •  "actively ignored". ..great choice of words. (2+ / 0-)
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      RichM, oortdust

      Like the way they've "actively ignored" global warming, corruption in the House, thousands of citizens stranded in the Superdome, inferior body armor and tin can Humvees, generals advising against understaffed invasions...

      ...the way they'd glance at, and step around, the next door neighbor lying unconcious on the sidewalk, and trot on up the street.

      J.

  •  Fight the Foley Five! $1000 and counting.... (5+ / 0-)
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    espresso, GussieFN, hoolia, oortdust, louavul

    In the wee hours of Monday morning, maddened by the Foley cover-up, I researched the 5 cover-up ringleaders (BRASH: Boehner, Reynolds, Alexander, Shimkus, Hastert), created an Act Blue page for the Foley Five Democratic challengers and wrote an impassioned diary.

    Since then we've raised $1000 for these Democrats, who include three vets, two grandfathers, four local businessmen, two ex-Republicans -- that is, people I'm happy to share the label Democrat with.

    Can we get to $5,000 by the end of the week?

    Contribute, then add this to your sig or other blogs:

    <a href="http://www.actblue.com/page/foleyfive">Fight the Foley Five!</a>

  •  Do Nothing Denny (4+ / 0-)
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    hoolia, oortdust, jct, buddabelly

    I may expand this in a diary but listening to CNN last night I realized that the fall-out of the Foley scandal may revive the whole "culture of Corruption " idea in the American public's head in a way we hadn't realized: It seems that all those outrageous Republicansabuses of the Ethics process may finally come home to haunt them in one large connected story line that has nothing to do with Jack Abramoff

    After their report on Hastert's meeting with Foley, the reporter eneded the report with a sentence to the effect of .  "this isn't the first scandal that hastert has failed to take action on"  and then proceeded to point out that Hastert had taken no formal action against DeLay, Ney, Cunningham and other Representatives accused of ethic violations in the past on his watch.

    And as the words hit my brain I saw the frame as clear as Day:  "Do-nothing Denny and the rest of the Republican leadership had time and again turned a blind eye to corruption; so why should the Foley case be any different?"

    And THAT of course raises the Pregnant question: "if Denny has winked at scandal this often,  what OTHER corruption is he willfully ingnoring in the ranks?"

    Knowledge is power Power Corrupts Study Hard Be Evil

    by Magorn on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:20:41 AM PDT

    •  Absolutely correct (1+ / 0-)
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      Magorn

      This will bring to the mothers and fathers out there who have been voting republican, reluctantly, the realization of what they have been ignoring. If this is reported correctly it will tie the whole mess into a neat bundle to be thrown out in nov.

      "every saint has a past, every sinner has a future" Oscar Wilde

      by buddabelly on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:34:04 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  the argument that resonates with independents... (2+ / 0-)
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    oortdust, jct

    ... and conservatives with a conscience is "these guys need real oversight. these guys need an strong voice of opposition."

    i've been in many, many political debates in the last few weeks... and while some folks make their distaste for dems (or liberals, or progressives) clear, they all recognize that the GOP needs opposition.

    i think, while this attitude won't necessarily make them vote for dems, it will keep them home on election day.

    sort of a passive aggressive way of letting the GOP know they've lost their way.

    if everywhere you go smells like dogsh*t, you should probably check your own shoes.

    by monsterofNone on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:20:46 AM PDT

  •  It's Precisely Why Frist Loves The Taliban Now (1+ / 0-)
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    oortdust

    He went there and saw the failure first hand.  So rather than come home and report what a complete failure his party is, and what a debacle the republican led congress has been, he tries to get everyone on board with some "great new idea to cut and run and wave the surrender flag so we can win!"

    That way, when the news started breaking about how Afghanistan is in an even bigger shambles than Iraq, which didn't even have anything to do bin Ladin ... (and it is breaking today, baby) ... he would already have a spin in place.

    "Hell, I'll say it, gimme that fuckin' microphone!!" (imaginary Keith Olbermann quote)

    by Detroit Mark on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:21:07 AM PDT

  •  More than oblivious. (3+ / 0-)
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    Sassy, oortdust, Far left coast

    More than in Denial.

    More than Dangerous.

    The Criminal Law definition of Willfull Blindness:

    "Deliberate avoidance of knowledge of a crime, especially by failing to make a reasonable inquiry into suspected wrongdoing despite being aware that it is highly probable.

    A person acts with willfull blindness, for example, by deliberately refusing to look inside an unmarked package after being paid by a known drug dealer to deliver it.  Willfull blindness creates an inference of knowledge of the crime in question."
    (Black's Law Dictionary, 7th Edition)

    Sound familar?  Just substitute emails, known child predator and refusing to investigate serious allegations of misconduct and you have the Foley case.

    The crux is that covering up the (inferred) knowledge of a crime is a crime and the Republican leadership in Congress are criminals.

    "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is." -Governor George W Bush (R-TX)

    by espresso on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:21:14 AM PDT

  •  This is nothing new... (0+ / 0-)

    This is nothing new, Republicans have been hiding many pedophiles in their ranks for many years.
    They have also been hiding their involvement with a Satanic Cult.
    Just do some research on "The Bohemian Grove" and be prepared to be sickened!

    "When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the Flag and carrying a Bible." -Sinclair Lewis, 1935

    by Horus45 on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:21:46 AM PDT

  •  Say... (1+ / 0-)
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    oortdust

    Aren't we up for another "routine rotation" of carrier strike groups right now?

  •  Great post, but your missing another example (4+ / 0-)
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    espresso, Matt Jordan, oortdust, jct

    one which is much more egregious.  According to Woodward, within months of the end of the "war" CIA expert Bob Rischer informs Bush personally that there is an insurgency.  Bush's response - no there isn't and even if there is, we don't talk about it because "I don't want to read about it in the New York Times."  This is not denial, this is a intentional decision to ignore the existence of the insurgency.  The result, no counter insurgency measures are taken which results in where we are now and 2700 dead Americans. This is not oblivion or denial, these are intentional acts which mean Bush and his gang are murderers in my book.

    Juan Cole has an excellent discussion of this point.

    http://www.juancole.com/

  •  What part (1+ / 0-)
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    oortdust

    of "send me a pic" didn't they understand?

    He shit on me, then slapped me for stinking!

    by Arkydem on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:24:05 AM PDT

  •  And now a scumbag outs the pages (1+ / 0-)
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    oortdust

    Rightwing Scumbag outs one page and threatens to out another page in a blatant attempt to intimidate any other pages from releasing further damning evidence.

    ABC is dead to me. Disney is dead to me.

    by Walt starr on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:25:38 AM PDT

  •  Blackmailing Foley, War on US Citizens (2+ / 0-)
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    oortdust, louavul

    A good hypothesis is that Hastert and Delay knew Foley's problem and blackmailed him for money and votes.  As long as he wasn't outed he was a guarantee for money and votes.  They had him by the short hairs.

    The GOP has been taken over by the killer apes, those who want personal power and money at the expense of anything, anyone.  They have made war on the American people, on the Constitution, on the Treasury.

    Unfortunately, the people of the United States are too hard pressed for time and money, and informed primarily only by MSM infotainment, so will not take much leadership.  And Congress is designed to follow, not lead.  That leaves. . us.

    We need to regain the corporations, the TV stations, and the policy making of the Democratic party.

    This is us governing. Live so that 100 years from now, someone might be proud of us.

    by marthature on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:29:45 AM PDT

  •  Ultimate Disgust (0+ / 0-)

    Our American way of life has been completely sacrificed since 2000 when Bush cheated the election and forced himself in to office. His entire time in office has been based on an initial lie which has now snowballed in to one of the biggest messes of American history. The entire Republican Party is completely power-hungry and greedy. It's disgustin really. Let's just think about what has happened in the last week. Mark Foley is an "alcoholic" homosexual pedophile who se ass was convered by Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House. There is Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania funding the Green Party, in order to further divide the left. We have the President accusing the Democrats of trust after he and his entire Adminstration have lied to the public about more than just WMD. Condoleezza Rice is lying about meetings and her memory. What else??? Isn't this enough to make even the most average joe disgusted with our government? The GOP, the Christian Conservatives, the Religious Right, whatever you want to call them...those who claim moral supremacy and being morally sound who want to uphold traditional values are really bringing on the question of whose traditional values? I have never heard of lying and deceiving as being traditional values. At least not in God's house. The only house of lie and deceit is that of the DEVIL. It seems that those who are the least religious are those that have higher morals than those who claim moral supremacy because of 'faith.' This 21st Century debacle is disgusting and humiliating.
    Perhaps we should turn our focus outward and start taking a more humanitarian approach to our people and our fellow people's around the world. One way to start would be to address the Millennium Development Goals and put an end to global poverty and hunger. Seriously, that would not only do good for the world, and is the right thing to do, but it might help us recover our reputation and increase our economy. The estimated price to end world hunger is $19 billion a year until 2015...How many billion have we spent on the war in Iraq? OVER $400 billion!! We really need to get our priorities straight!!!

  •  A FECAL SPLAT ON PLANET EARTH (0+ / 0-)

    Thinking about the fecal splat of Bush’s incompetence against the windshield of our home ship, planet earth, reminds me of an old joke.
    I had pulled into a rural gas station and the attendant pointed to a flattened bug on the windshield. Dryly he asked, “What do you suppose the last thing to go through his mind was?” .......I didn’t know.
    His ars-hole, he replied.
    It seems fitting somehow. It makes me smile and gives me hope.

    EXORCISE YOUR RIGHT, VOTE!!

    by cognitorex on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:35:34 AM PDT

  •  We should push back (1+ / 0-)
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    Where are the Repubs willing to put their integrity out front and center by condemning all this?  Over the next six weeks, Dems should confont every Repub running for re-election with this same list and ask them where they were and why they didn't take a stand.  Essentially their silence has been a stellar example of cowardice and complicity.  We need to push that meme.  Go on the offensive.  How much more ammunition do we need?

  •  Does anyone else see (0+ / 0-)

    a parallel between Foley's preying on teenagers and the provision in the No Child Left Behind act which requires high schools to turn over contact information about their vulnerable, under age students to military recruiters without parents permission?

    "I thought you were going to ask me about the pig."

    by Red Bean on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:42:18 AM PDT

  •  Well Put (2+ / 0-)
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    Question is, will the Bush voters at least silently admit it to themselves, that they fucked up in supporting this man, AND his party, and vote Democrat (or at least stay home).

    That's my hope..that many people who voted Republican are very ashamed but a bit too proud to admit it (and honestly, I can understand that and empathize with it) and hopefully will at least secretly leave the party.

    Whackos get their info thru the Christian right. We'll bring them out to vote against something and make sure the public lets the whole thing slip past them.

    by chemsmith on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:42:43 AM PDT

  •  You can not trust the Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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    to run the federal government.  Because they IGNORE everything that doesn't fit their agenda.

    They IGNORED the prior administration's warning about bid Laden in January 2001.

    They IGNORED their own CIA director's July 2001 warning about bin Laden attacking in the U.S.

    They IGNORED the August Presidential Daily Briefing entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S."

    They IGNORED bid Laden because Bush didn't want to "swat at flies" instead of going after big fish like Saddam Hussein.

    They IGNORED reports that stated that the sources claiming WMDs in Iraq were unreliable.

    They IGNORED the State Departments longstanding and well thought out plan for the aftermath of a regime change in Iraq.

    They IGNORED warnings of Generals that more troops would be needed.

    They IGNORED warnings of those familiar with the region and culture that Iraq would descend into civil war.

    They IGNORED the National Weather Service as it predicted a massive hit on New Orleans.

    They IGNORED the reality of Katrina while watching it live and in real time.

    If you want something other than the obvious to happen - you've got to do something other than the obvious...Douglas Adams

    by trillian on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 09:44:35 AM PDT

  •  not just brushed aside.. (0+ / 0-)

    ...they actually encouraged him to run after they knew about his disease per Bob Novak's latest column.... sickening.

  •  they were warned and did nothing (2+ / 0-)
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    they were warned about an Al Queda attack;
    they were warned about an insurgency;
    they were warned about a hurricane;
    they were warned about a sexual predator;

    and they did nothing.

    I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

    by blue drop on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 10:02:13 AM PDT

  •  Using the "M" word (0+ / 0-)

    Or maybe the "I" word -- Georgia10 calls a spade a spade here: Foley's actions were IMMORAL!  Funny how the various values conservatives out there, Jeb Bush, the Decider, Hastert, others, have used every adjective except immoral to describe Foley: objectionable, perverted, naughty, disgusting, inappropriate, whatever ... all correct, but none really getting down to the heart of it. As usual, WE are the ones who are truly interested in morality and decency.  The Repugs are just a bunch of moral poseurs ... as if we needed any more proof of that.

    Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives ... I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. -- John Lennon

    by Egypt Steve on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 10:13:39 AM PDT

  •  When someone says FOLEY, we say OVERSIGHT! (1+ / 0-)
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    And the lack thereof .... and we talk lack of oversight in Iraq NOW, lack of oversight in Iraq in the past years, lack of oversight going into Iraq.  

    We talk lack of oversight in Afghanistan (aka Poppy Capitol).

    We talk  lack of oversight due to the power-grab from the White House and a rubberstamping Congress that created an atmosphere where Foley shit could happen.

    STAY ON MESSAGE!

  •  Please, let us all make the point . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    . . . that Rep. M. Foley (rethuglican of FL) was deputy whip.  As in the Deputy Whip & a member of the House leadership.

    Impeach. Convict. Imprison. End this REIGN OF MISERABLE FAILURE.

    by whl on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 10:21:27 AM PDT

  •  Trust is the meme (0+ / 0-)

    As georgia10 reports:

    Voters, the President claimed, cannot trust Democrats to run the federal government.  

    Does the President really want to make the last five weeks of the campaign about trust?

    Trust is a must (plagiarizing my own diary here). Without trust, even Values are of no value.

    Nothing like lurid revelations of child molestation and high-level cover up to remind voters that they should not trust Republicans. This inarguable betrayal of trust resonates with all the other betrayals from these Republicans-- Iraq, Katrina, torture, deficits, wiretapping, global warming, and on and on. Most of these other cases are at least somewhat arguable (granted, only with very superficial or deceptive arguments on the R side), but Foley-Alexander-Shimkus-Reynolds-HastertGate is not.

    Republicans: We can't trust 'em.

  •  Bravo Georgia! (1+ / 0-)
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    Great post.  Obviously, Bush using the whole "you can't trust Democrats" framing will not work and I think the reason is well advocated in your post Georgia.  

    How can anyone trust that man?

    He wants to talk about trust, then in using his own phrase.. Bring it on!  Who can trust someone who said "Mission Accomplished", yet the mission never ended... let alone the number of times the rationale changed for why we invaded Iraq in the first place.  

    Who can trust an individual who vehemently believes the United States is safer because we're fighting them there, instead of here, when we have heard differently from numerous sources that the situation has made us more vulnerable.  

    Who can trust someone who keeps saying the situation in Iraq is getting better when intelligence experts are signalling how the situation has worsened and will worsen even more in 2007.  

    You can't trust him... PERIOD!!!  I say make the last five weeks of the campaign about trust and watch Bush get eviscerated for the lies he continually pumps to the public, while the evidence proves time and time again to the contrary of what he is stating publically.  

    It's time to fight back!

  •  We can only think of forgiveness after, we think (0+ / 0-)

    of justice.  

  •  Strange... (0+ / 0-)

    Isn't it peculiar that the incompetents are always the ones who say government is the problem and that when these same people run the government, we have the most problems.  (Iraq, Katrina Response, Foleygate, Deficits, Crappy U.S. Image worldwide, Alienated/Angerred Allies, Iran Nuke Crisis, N. Korea Nuke Crisis, High Gas Prices, etc.)

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