Alternet has an excellent piece by a Gore of a different sort on the failed Bush presidency. He writes, among other things:
Meanwhile, millions of adult Americans, presumably undrugged, have no idea who our enemies were in World War II. Many college graduates don't know the difference between an argument and an assertion (did their teachers also fail to solve this knotty question?). A travel agent in Arizona is often asked whether or not it is cheaper to take the train rather than fly to Hawaii. Only 12% of Americans own a passport. At the time of the 2004 presidential election 42% of voters believed that Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11. One high school boy, when asked who won the Civil War, replied wearily, "I don't know and I don't care," echoing a busy neocon who confessed proudly: "The American Civil War is as remote to me as the War of the Roses."
Raw Story reports on Bob Fertik's scoop that John Kerry, the winner of the 2004 Presidential election, will lead a filibuster against Scalito. He's looking for the 41 votes he needs. Head over to Fertik's and let's start pestering the Scalito 8!
Think Progress links to a Carpetbagger report on Pat "Bring Me the Head of Hugo Chavez" Robertson. It appears that not only might Pat's "charity," Operation Blessing, have used government largesse to fund his diamond mining, that largesse has increased from $108,000 to $14.4 million per year under Bu$hCo.
What Happened To Standing On Guard?
Haven't You Learned From Our Example?
OK, so now you've got a Bush clone in charge (not pictured). Doesn't like abortion, gay marriage (which you have, eh?), Kyoto, or civil rights. So how long you think it'll be before he's listening in on your phone calls? Like desert climates? Soon your fine young Mounties will be wearing desert camo and ineffective body armor in our Operation Enduring War™.
Oh, and watch for all your nationalized stuff to be quickly contracted out to Halliburton, KBR, and Bechtel. Sure, you can't be a superpower - that's us! But Harper will certainly waste your tax dollars on war-on-terror toys. And, in no time at all, your air will be an unbreathable as ours.
So welcome to the club! The "conservatives" did the same thing to you they did to us (well, except stealing two elections) - they kept the real wingnuts under wraps so they wouldn't scare your average voter like last time. You know, wingnuts are the ones who think anyone who's not white and Christian belongs in a camp. You'll see ...
Craig Murray and Janice Karpinski are on WNYC right now. You can stream it here. There will likely be a podcast on the website later.
UPDATE: Lily reports that there is a podcast. For those of you who did not hear the radio program, General Karpinski basically said that, in her view, we went to Iraq for oil and to enrich Bush's cronies. Another amazing event today was the Conyers hearing on eavesdropping. They will likely rerun it on CSPAN. Well worth your time.
At Agitprop, we had to take a break from worrying about the far right and Bush's Operation Enduring War™ to worry about giant Japanese jellyfish. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water ...
Since large e-petitions are unlikely to change even one Dem vote (much less any Rethug ones), what do you suppose it will take to defeat Scalito in the few days that are left? Oh, and PovertyBarn is pissed at DiFi.
Two days ago we blogged about Stephen Dujack, whose planned testimony regarding Alito and CAP ("Concerned Alumi of Princeton") disappeared down the Old Memory Hole. A concerned Princeton student wrote us to say that they had written about Dujack (and his smearing by Limbaugh, Drudge, and the rest) in the Daily Princetonian. They discuss Dujack's address to the Princeton College Democrats and link to his 1986 article on CAP.
Anybody figure out how to stop Scalito yet? One more thing ... if Scalito was never a member of CAP as the Repugs now claim, why did he feature it on his resume?
On the other hand, the Democrats could have done something other than whine about how they need to delay the confirmation vote another week. Like how about putting your seat on the line and stopping the Repugs in their fucking tracks?
And guess what? The Dear Leader engaged in domestic spying before 9/11 ... almost as soon as he was sworn in!