Thursday, September 09, 2004

Bush, Whacked.

So I was watching the local news on Sunday. The station had a reporter in the field in Florida to cover the storm. I had difficulty understanding this. I live in San Francisco. Do Floridians really need a swarm of reporters from hither and yon descending upon them? It seems to me that one single reporter, lashed to a palm tree, could provide all the information Americans need.

This reporter was singularly obnoxious as well. She refered to the hurricane as “determined,” “relentless,” and “ruthless.” I know we like to name our hurricanes after people, but that doesn’t make them human. Frances is not Osama Bin Laden. It’s a weather system.

How Goes the War? Oh.
The Associate Press reports that one of Osama’s production assistants, Ayman al-Aawahri told Al-Jazeera, "The defeat of America in Iraq and Afghanistan has become a matter of time, with God's help."

People in Glass Houses….
Also from the AP: “…newly unearthed memos state that George W. Bush failed to meet standards of the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam war, that he refused a direct order and that his superiors were in a state of turmoil over how to evaluate his performance after he was suspended from flying.”

Researcher Paul Lukasiak, on his web site, The AWOL Project, has concluded, after examining all the documents released by the White House that…”Bush did not perform the training that was mandated by law, and which could not be excused by his superior officers….Bush requested and received pay and point credit for which he was ineligible under Air Force policy….”

Further, President Bush’s “attempted transfer to the ‘9921st Air Reserve Squadron’…was an attempt by Bush to fraudulently escape his obligations as a member of the United States Armed Forces,” that “Bush intended to desert the Armed Forces with almost a year of his statutory six year participation requirement unfulfilled,” and that “the Air Force understood that Bush was a deserter, and had taken the steps necessary to deal with someone in Bush’s position who had abandoned their [sic] commitment to the US Government.”

Ouch. Put that in your swift boat, bub.

You can find it all here:

Drudge, Man, You’re Killing My Buzz.
On the other hand, today's Drudge Report reprints an article by Stephen Hayes in The Weekly Standard claiming that documents cited in this week’s 60 MINUTES, supposedly written by Bush’s commanding officer in the National Guard, Lieutenant Colonel Killian, which indicated that Bush had refused or ignored orders to have a physical exam required to continue flying,.are probably forgeries.

On the other hand, when President Bush claimed in his 2003 State of the Union address, that Saddam Hussein had tried to buy uranium from Niger, he based the claim on what later turned out to be crudely forged documents. Neocons now say that just because those documents were forged, it doesn’t mean that Saddam DIDN’T try to buy uranium from Niger. So if THESE documents are forgeries, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Bush - oh, never mind. I’ll just sit in the corner and try to dredge up the old John Kerry Excitement. Somebody’s got to do it.

In Other News…
Bill Allard and I performed today in a parody of the Swift Boat ads, playing National Guard veterans who served with Bush back in the day. It’s pretty good lowbrow fun, and when the link to the finished product is up, I will direct you thither. And yon.


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