Category Archives: George W. Bush

Email FWD Electric Boogaloo BS

Comments now closed. Too much ignorant RW propadanda which, I might add, has absolutely nothing to do with the post. Yes, everything is always Obama’s fault and Bush The Lesser was wonderful. Fuck off, Jim.

Apparently this photo is making the rounds of Uncle Ernie and Aunt Bertha’s email:


It purports to show 73-year-old Bill Moyer attending a VFW speech by President Obama. The funny thing? The picture’s been ‘shopped. It was actually taken at a speech made by President George W. Bush in 2005.


Apparently the picture has made the rounds, photoshopped to allegedly be taken during speeches by Sen. Ted Kennedy, Vice President Joe Biden, and Nancy Pelosi.

This reminds me that a lot of the anti-Obama bumper stickers I’ve been seeing are clear rip-offs of anti-Bush stickers and memes we libs sported during the last administration. Last week I saw a car with a sticker reading “Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot,” which of course first appeared as an anti-Bush sticker, with “Texas” in place of Kenya.

Some of the right’s attempts to co-opt liberal slogans are a little odd and seem to miss the point. I’ve seen a few “1-20-17 End Of An Error” stickers around. We liberals sported those same stickers under Bush, the date of course reading 1-20-2009. The point of “end of an error,” naturally, was to reference the Supreme Court decision. Conservatives don’t seem to get that.

You guys need to get your own memes. You’re sorta looking like you don’t have any of your own ideas.


Filed under George W. Bush, internet, President Obama, propaganda, protests

First Draft Tuesday

Sandra Day O’Connor has some regrets. Welcome to our world.


Filed under George W. Bush, Supreme Court

The Ugly Season

Of course this came out of Tennessee:

“Look at my picture and ask yourself ‘Would he really do that for money?’ YOU CAN TELL I WOULD!”

That’s how Ron D. of Loudon, Tennessee, described the seriousness of his eBay listing, which was called “I will embarrass Mitt Romney on national TV for money.”

What would your high bid buy? “The possibilities,” the seller said, “are endless… As long as it isn’t against the law, I’ll do or say whatever you want until someone comes and drags me away. And it will take a few of them. I’m a biggun.” Bidding started at one penny.

Oh, Tennessee. Stay wacky.

Such is the enmity Mitt Romney inspires in people. You know, Ron D. could always just … not vote Mitt Romney! But no, Romney comes off like such a greasy player, the stereotypical used-car-salesman but with better suits, that it’s not enough just to vote against the guy. People want to take him down.

Me? I find Romney’s voice the biggest turn-off (other than the heinous “corporations are people, my friend” policies, the flip-flopping, the tying-the-dog-to-the-roof, etc.) Just in terms of the person, there’s something too smooth about that voice, that screams “untrustworthy.” If I heard Mitt Romney in a dark alley I’d run — fast. He’s that creepy.

Things Romney should never say on TV: “It won’t hurt a bit,” “trust me,” “would I lie to you?” and anything ending with the name “Clarice.”

But Romney is going to be the nominee, no matter what anyone says. No matter how much Santorum-mentum is out there. No matter what Newt Gingrich wants. It’s already been decided by our capitalist overlords. And while Democrats might rejoice that their opponent is so despised, my view is that this is going to be the ugliest, sleazieset, slimiest presidential election in U.S. history.

If you despaired the ethical nadir that was the Swift Boat Veterans, funded by big businessmen like Bob Perry and even our own Lee Beaman and foisted on the public by right-wing media figures like Jerome Corsi and Sinclair Broadcasting, well: you ain’t seen nothing yet. It’s gonna get ugly. There will be new lows, unimaginably despicable depths to be plumbed. Obama won’t just be a reverse-racist, Muslim-Kenyan, Socialist Nazi. He’s going to eat aborted Christian babies for breakfast. They’ll finally find that “whitey tape.” Michelle Obama will be revealed to be Louis Farrakhan’s secret love child. I mean, I can’t even imagine it, but it’s going to be shocking, you just know it will. Because when so many people hate the Republican nominee, the Republican Party has no choice but to use fear as a motivator. And after what we saw in 2008, which was shockingly sleazy, you just know they’re going to have to crank up the volume exponentially.

At a certain point these tactics have to backfire, I keep holding out a shred of hope that my fellow Americans will finally say enough, but it hasn’t happened yet, so until it does: more of the same, but on steroids. Not just rat-fucking, but nutria-fucking. Coypu-fucking. You get the picture.

The other thing they’ve been trying to do is pretend the last Republican administration was not George W. Bush’s but Ronald Reagan’s. Have you noticed that Bush has disappeared off the map? The entire family is gone. Know what you get if you Google “Bush”? The first three results refer to the rock band. I almost feel sorry for him, except of course I don’t. But you won’t be hearing anything about Bush. Instead, he’s been replaced by Ronald Reagan, as if both Bush terms and that of his father never happened. That’s why we aren’t seeing anything from Jeb Bush. No one wants the Bush name out there reminding people of past failures. No, we’ll just pretend none of that happened and roll the clock back two decades. That, and a constant drumbeat of fear, tinged with racist dog whistles, might get enough people to hold their nose and pull the lever for the lying Massachusetts liberal in the magic underwear with Satanic markings.

This is how I see the next 10 months going. Regardless of the election’s outcome, we’re all going to come out the other end bruised and bloodied. This will not be a proud moment for American politics. You can take that to the bank.


Filed under 2012 presidential election, George W. Bush, Mitt Romney

The Reincarnation Of George W. Bush

I’m not sure that fashioning yourself after the still-despised last president from Texas is a winning strategy, but then I don’t pretend to understand the conservative mind. Who knows, maybe all those conservative phonies who in the waning days of the Bush Administration suddenly claimed they had never, ever liked the Cowboy-in-Chief will have a new jingoistic figurehead to rally behind.

But seriously, has anyone heard Rick Perry speak this week? All of a sudden he’s channeling John Morgan. He’s droppin’ those g’s and callin’ for prayin’ and doin’ that tough-guy swagger. I don’t remember Perry being this way, do you? He’s just one mangled sentence away from being the reincarnation of George W. Bush.

And this is how I know he’s not running. Because Rick Perry isn’t the reincarnation of George W. Bush, he’s W’s evil twin. Bush came on the scene as a virtual unknown; Perry is a known entity, and he’s got a lot of dirty laundry. But he’s taking a page out of Sarah Palin’s playbook, doing the coy “will-he-or-won’t-he” dance with the political press. He’ll probably come out of this with a nice book deal and a bank account filled with Koch money.

But run for president? Nah, I don’t see it happening.


Filed under 2012 presidential election, George W. Bush

Don’t Look Under That Rock

Knowledge is power, which is perhaps why our glorious liberal media has ignored this story:

George W. Bush ‘knew Guantánamo prisoners were innocent

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld covered up that hundreds of innocent men were sent to the Guantánamo Bay prison camp because they feared that releasing them would harm the push for war in Iraq and the broader War on Terror, according to a new document obtained by The Times.

The accusations were made by Lawrence Wilkerson, a top aide to Colin Powell, the former Republican Secretary of State, in a signed declaration to support a lawsuit filed by a Guantánamo detainee. It is the first time that such allegations have been made by a senior member of the Bush Administration.

Let’s be clear: this isn’t some hearsay or gossip Wilkerson is spreading to boost book sales. This declaration is significant:

Still, Skinner said Wilkerson’s declaration is signficant because it marks the first time a Bush administration official is willing to state, under oath, that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and others knew many of the prisoners were innocent when they were sent to Guantanamo.

And had them tortured.

I’ve said this before (notably here) that the point of our torture program was not to gain accurate, actionable intelligence. It was to justify war. No one cared that intelligence obtained under torture might be wrong. Who cared? In fact, the more wrong the better (see Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi).

Some folks are calling for a “truth commission.” Screw that shit. I want a special prosecutor. I want subpoenas and frog marches and jail time.

We won’t go there, of course. We’re too candy-assed to look under the high crimes and misdemeanors rock of the Kennedy assassination let alone something that happened five or six years ago.

C’mon, America. What are you scared of? A little justice? A little soul-searching? It would do you some good.


Filed under George W. Bush, Guantanamo, torture, Vice President Dick Cheney

>Er, No. But Thanks For Asking

>Someone in Minnesota wants to know:

(h/t, Digby)


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>What I Did In New York

>Many of you know I was in New York City a couple of weeks ago. While there we caught Will Ferrell’s salute to George W. Bush on Broadway: “You’re Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush.”

All I can say is: It was hilarious. And very, very cathartic. If you’re in the New York area in the next couple of weeks, I highly recommend the show. Alternately, be sure to catch the show when it airs on HBO in March.

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>George W. Bush With Lipstick

>That about describes Sarah Palin, if you read this New York Times profile:

WASILLA, Alaska — Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal.

So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as one of her qualifications for running the roughly $2 million agency.

Ms. Havemeister was one of at least five schoolmates Ms. Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages.

Oh good. Just what the federal government needs: more Brownies. They’ve done such a hecukva job for us so far!

I found quite a lot of disturbing information in this story. We see a politician who has “pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and sometimes blurred the line between government and personal grievance.” She’s used her position to benefit family and friends, and seems to embody the GOP motto that “government doesn’t work unless it works for me.” It’s the same failed ideology of government we’ve seen from the Bush Administration for the past seven years; the same ideology of Jack Abramoff, Duke Cunningham and Tom DeLay.

But what’s exceedingly disturbing to me is the active role in public policy her husband Todd has played. For example:

When Ms. Palin had to cut her first state budget, she avoided the legion of frustrated legislators and mayors. Instead, she huddled with her budget director and her husband, Todd, an oil field worker who is not a state employee, and vetoed millions of dollars of legislative projects.


Last summer State Representative John Harris, the Republican speaker of the House, picked up his phone and heard Mr. Palin’s voice. The governor’s husband sounded edgy. He said he was unhappy that Mr. Harris had hired John Bitney as his chief of staff, the speaker recalled. Mr. Bitney was a high school classmate of the Palins and had worked for Ms. Palin. But she fired Mr. Bitney after learning that he had fallen in love with another longtime friend.

“I understood from the call that Todd wasn’t happy with me hiring John and he’d like to see him not there,” Mr. Harris said.

Excuse me, Todd Palin, but who elected you to anything? Is this what we can expect if Sarah Palin becomes Vice President or—God forbid—President? I seem to recall much pearl clutching and tsk-tsking over Hillary Clinton’s more active role in her husband’s administration. I would hope people would find Todd’s inserting himself into policy decisions equally disturbing.

Ah, who am I kidding. IOKIYAR.

Bottom line is, Sarah Palin looks like George W. Bush. With lipstick.

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Filed under George W. Bush, Sarah Palin

>You Say Messiah Like It’s A Bad Thing

>The folks at Pandagon point us to NRO’s latest Obama-mocking. Apparently someone thinks the backdrop at the Pepsi Center looks too reminiscent of a church manger scene for this crowd, so of course Obama must be mocked for comparing himself to the Messiah.

We’ve heard this whole “Messiah” thing from trolls for the past month or so; it’s the new talking point that the right is using. They seem to feel they can get traction with it, so expect to see a lot more “Messiah-bashing” as the campaign wears on. Jesse Taylor at Pandagon writes:

I guarantee you this is the histrionic attack that comes out of the convention – Obama’s step over the line from media Messianism to literal Messianism.  God help him if he’s seen anywhere near a loaf of bread. 

Indeed. That was the message that came out of Obama’s overseas trip: he’s too popular. It’s a little scary. People might follow him over a cliff, or something!

I’m trying hard to remember any president that didn’t have a bigger Messiah complex than George W. Bush.

Nothing says “Savior” better than hawking car magnets that look like this:

Or printing pictures like this:

Or even THIS:

It never fails. When the right attacks, they do so using an image or label they’ve co-opted for themselves successfully, then twisting it into something ugly. This was as predictable as the 2004 attacks on John Kerry’s war service.

The best way to counter such smears? Point your fingers at them and laugh, people. It’s really all so childish.

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Filed under 2008 presidential election, George W. Bush, religion

>Speaking of Manchurian Candidates …

I’ve been following the goings-on of notorious right-wing cult leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon for several years now. Moon, founder of the Unification Church, has long and deep ties to the Bush Administration, the Bush family, and the GOP, as well as top leaders of the Christian right such as Tim LaHaye and the late Jerry Falwell.

He’s a creepy guy to the say least; if you think Scientology is weird, check out Moon, who calls himself Messiah and has his fingers in a dizzying array of global businesses (not all of which are legal, say Moon watchers). For instance, did you know that Moon supplies nearly all of the country’s sushi restuarants with fish? If you eat sushi, chances are you’re supporting this creepy cult leader (I know, I eat sushi anyway, too).

About a year ago we heard rumors that the Bush family had bought thousands of acres of land in Paraguay adjacent to Unification Church land there. Some speculated that because there is no extradition treaty between the U.S. and Paraguay, this was Bush’s exit strategy. This struck me as a little silly and anyway, we do indeed have extradition treaties with Paraguay, so the argument was wrong.

But there’s clearly something going on, beause the land deal is real, and First Brother Neil Bush has been traveling with Moon in South America, as did George Bush Sr. back in the 1990s. Last week, Neil Bush was in Paraguay to meet with President Nicanor Duarte along with a group of Moon associates.


I don’t know what’s going on, but some tin-foil hat types have wondered if the Bush family isn’t a key player in Moon’s stated plans to take over the world. That also strikes me as silly, but no one has yet explained to me what was up with that “coronation” of Moon and his wife at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in 2004. Understandably, those involved in this bizarre event, including former Rep. Curt Weldon and Sen. Lindsey Graham, have been too embarassed to talk about it and have hoped the whole thing would fade from memory. As if.

I also think it’s interesting that several “Moonies” were given prominent positions in the Bush Administration: for example, David Caprara, one of Moon’s top political players, was director of the Office of Faith Based & Community Initiatives. His previous gig with Moon was as head of the American Freedom Coalition, which the Los Angeles Times described as an organization “dedicated to repairing Moon’s tattered persona in the United States” (Caprara is now with the Brookings Institution, BTW).

All of which is food for thought. I’m not saying I buy into the conspiracy theories but I do think it’s disturbing that a destructive cult leader and ex-felon would have access to those holding the reins of power in America. I’m blogging about this today because I think it’s fascinating, and Ken Layne’s column yesterday offers a good run-down on the Bush-Moon connection. Folks might get a kick out of reading it.

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Filed under conspiracies, David Caprara, George Bush Sr., George W. Bush, Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Unification Church