10/31/03

Krugman makes the Washington press look like Idiots


James Carville's observation to The Washington Monthly's Nick Confessore: "It is considered the appropriate thing to say at a dinner party that, while Krugman is very bright, he's just too relentless on Bush. Because to accept Krugman's facts as right makes the Washington press look like idiots."



From Alterman at the Nation's website

10/29/03

Mission Accomplished Sparks No End of Major Combat Operations


More "I didn't do it" from the Responsible Adult Administration. From href="http://http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/10/28/mission.
accomplished/index.html">CNN.COM

Attention turned Tuesday to a giant "Mission Accomplished" sign that
stood behind Bush aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln when he gave the speech
May 1.

The president told reporters the sign was put up by the
Navy, not the White House.

"I know it was attributed somehow to
some ingenious advance man from my staff -- they weren't that ingenious,
by the way,"
the president said Tuesday. Now his statements are
being parsed even further. Navy and administration sources said
that though the banner was the Navy's idea, the White House actually
made it.




Oh the tangled web we weave when....

10/12/03

Rush Limbaugh insists "I must be put in prison!"


From an AP story, 10/12/03, Rush was quoted as saying...



"Drug use, some might say, is destroying this country. And we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs, using drugs, importing drugs. ... And so if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up," Limbaugh said on his short-lived television show on Oct. 5, 1995.


During the same show, he commented that the statistics that show blacks go to prison more often than whites for the same drug offenses only illustrate that "too many whites are getting away with drug use."



I'm sure he'll be first in line to help repair morality. Don't forget your soap, darling.


10/10/03

Classic diatribes by Rush Limbaugh against drug addiction


All I can say is that if he's ever prosecuted for any part of this business, I hope he winds up standing before the kind of zero-tolerance judge he's been advocating for the rest of us all these years.


On Sept. 23, 1993: "If there's a line of cocaine here, I have to make
the choice to go down and sniff it ... If there were a gun here, it
wouldn't fire itself. I've got to reach for it and pull the trigger ...
we are rationalizing all this irresponsibility and all the choices
people are making and we're blaming not them, but society for it.
All
these Hollywood celebrities say the reason they're weird and bizarre is
because they were abused by their parents. So we're going to pay for
that kind of rehab, too, and we shouldn't. It's not our responsibility.
"



Jan. 15, 1996: "... there were a couple of drug convictions out in -- I
think it was a Colorado court. And these guys had -- had done some
really bad stuff, and there were mandated federal sentences for the
crimes they had committed. And the judge apologized to the criminals
while sentencing them because he thought it was too severe. He
apologized and the community was outraged. So we've gone from a judge
sentencing a mother who makes her child beg six months in jail, to
judges apologizing for getting dope dealers and crack dealers and drug
salesmen off the streets with too severe a sentence.
"



Dec. 16, 1994: "So we're not going to get on -- we don't fault these
animals for a lack of discipline, but we get on human beings who are fat
for lack of discipline and you know it and I know it. But here's the
thing that struck me about this. We have alcoholics and drug addicts in
our society, don't we? And what do we say about them? Well, they can't
help it. Why, it's genetic. Why, they have a disease. Why, put one
thimbleful of scotch in front of them and they can die.' We totally
exempt them from any control over their lives, do we not? Some athlete
will spend two years snorting lines of coke. 'He can't help it.' You
know, it's -- it's just -- it's not -- it's -- it's genetic. These
people -- they're predisposed to having this addictive syndrome. They --
they can't help -- yeah, like that line of cocaine just happened to
march into the hotel, go up to the athlete's room and put itself right
there in front of him on his blotter.
"

10/7/03

Cost of War in Action


"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final
sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."



President Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16, 1953



Cost of the War in Iraq?
Let's see some NUMBERS already!