Friday, October 14, 2005

The Meltdown is Officially Underway

Watch the first several minutes of the DemocracyNow! show linked above -- click out before the first in-depth story (unless you want to watch the whole thing!)

Then, dig the following, which follows up on or highlights some aspects of the DN! report. See the comments below, too.

1. Video conference with soldiers unambiguously scripted. To see the whole thing for yourself, check this out. Scroll down to "Pres. Bush News Conference with Troops (10/13/2005)" or just search that quoted phrase in order to find it.

2. Scott "Puffy McMoonface" McClellan accuses Helen Thomas of being against the GWOT -- Terry Moran defends her. Quite terrifying. Everyone's laughing at him, luckily. Here's the full WH press conference with Joseph Goebb...I mean, Scott McClellan. Scroll down to "White House Press Briefing with Spokesman Scott McClellan (10/13/2005)" or just search that quoted phrase in order to find it.

3. Bush approval rating (WSJ/Newsweek) is at 39%. Among blacks, 2%. Yes, 2%. The numbers are terrible. Check it out. PDF of entire poll here.

4. FEMA spending $11m per night to house New Orleans residents whom they don't want to return, even though ample space is available in New Orleans.

And so on.

Meanwhile, we're rattling sabers over Syria and Iran. Nothing like a war to get those numbers back up, huh?

11 Thoughts:

Blogger Doug said...

More here from an Army blog.

Even FoxNews is reporting how staged this was.

But these folks are all a bunch of appeasing-pansy liberals. Of course.

Friday, October 14, 2005 12:52:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Just one comment: This is the on-message political juggernaut we were all scared of?

Well, well. Reality does have a way of trumping bullshit, after a while.

Or at least I hope so.

Bush is hovering in the high 30s now. When he resigned, Nixon was in the mid 20s. We shall see.

Awaiting news on Rove and Libby.

In politics, people tend to flee the bunker when all is lost.

Friday, October 14, 2005 12:54:00 PM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Here's an interview with Bush by Carole Coleman of RTE, the Irish Network, that got past the stage managers. Or you can listen to it here.

Coleman is a mainstream European journalist who has conducted interviews with top officials from a number of countries - her January interview with Secretary of State Colin Powell was apparently solid enough to merit posting on the State Department's Web site.

Recently, she told her story about what went down before, during, and after. Fascinating glimpse into the intimidation and coercive nature of the Bush PR machine.

Friday, October 14, 2005 3:04:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Unfuckingbelievable. Anyone who can't stand up to this paper tiger is a total zero. Hooray for Carole!

Friday, October 14, 2005 4:11:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

All I could think of while this simian was babbling was the Canadian politician in the South Park movie.

"Can I finish please? Can I finish?"

This guy is a fake. Bully. Pathetic.

Friday, October 14, 2005 4:16:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

This guy is either a good actor, or he's totally insulated and/or fucked in the head.

I can't believe the answers he gives. It's worse than I thought. He's completely out of touch. I mean, he makes LBJ circa 1968 look wired in.

People -- this is an extremely dangerous man. My worry is that he won't leave after two terms -- if he's not removed, which I sincerely hope.

Friday, October 14, 2005 4:22:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

The End is neigh, repent Republican sinners! Your false profit has led you into temptation. Repent!

I heard on Air America that a firm with ties to the Bush Administration got the deal to provide trailer-homes for the refugees of Katrina. The strange thing is that this company wasn't in the trailer-home business. They were given about $80,000 a unit to organize the purchase of $45,000 units from companies that actually were in the trailer-home business, keeping the difference.

Fortunately not every Republican is a Kool-Aid drinker. Sooner or later they will realize that the nation's interest must come before their tax-cuts and other government hand-outs. Love of country is hard to extinguish, even in the blackest Republican hearts.

Saturday, October 15, 2005 3:13:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

I just watched that Irish interview. It's so difficult to force yourself to sit through it. Bush just pushes his talking points without answering anything. He must be super-insulated from the real world, otherwise he could never maintain his belief that he's actually accomplishing anything. The most frightening thing of all is that he really does believe that "the world is a safer place." Maybe it is for him although Mr. Fitzgerald might have a say in that.

Saturday, October 15, 2005 3:25:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...


I don't think we need to worry about a war in Syria or Iran. Even this stupid administration must know that they would be destroyed by the fallout of another war of choice.

Monday, October 17, 2005 7:33:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Reportedly, a strike against Syria was ruled out only on Rice's strong stand against it.

Now, I wonder if we "struck" in another way...with that "suicide" recently...

Monday, October 17, 2005 4:15:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Furthermore, I've seen some articles (can't look now; busy) comparing (ominously, to say the least) Syria to Cambodia in the Vietnam war. As in, we need to go into Syria to win in Iraq.

I think it was in the New York Times over the past few days...not sure.

Monday, October 17, 2005 4:16:00 PM  

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