The Fifth Horseman: October 2005

Monday, October 31, 2005


Bring Back Miers!

Sure, the woman had no judicial experience to speak of...but, at least she wasn't a Right Wing Ideologue. At least, not blatantly.

Not sot for Samuel Alito. Not by a long shot. Dubya learned from the bad Miers experience. This nomination is a blatant appeal to Dubya's Far Right Base.

Alito is bad news. And here are, courtesy of, the reasons why:

These are, of course, simply the headings for the ThinkProgress article. For an in-depth explanation of the headings, hit the link in the text above the quote.

Not scared yet? Well, then visit and read the articles here and here.

However, the Unofficial Award For Best Alito Freakout has to go to this entry, over at the Rude Pundit.

In a nutshell, my message is this: Samuel Alito is a bad choice. A horrid choice. Be afraid of him.

If there ever was a time for the Democrats to use the filibuster, it is now. Come on, guys. You fought like hell to keep this, it's time to use it.

Monday, October 24, 2005


Freedom On The March?

It's nice to know that we're winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, isn't it?
I mean, just look at these poll numbers, courtesy of skippy. From a poll of Iraqis by the British Ministry Of Defence:

• Forty-five per cent of Iraqis believe attacks against British and American troops are justified - rising to 65 per cent in the British-controlled Maysan province;

82 per cent are "strongly opposed" to the presence of coalition troops;

• less than one per cent of the population believes coalition forces are responsible for any improvement in security;

• 67 per cent of Iraqis feel less secure because of the occupation;

• 43 per cent of Iraqis believe conditions for peace and stability have worsened;

• 72 per cent do not have confidence in the multi-national forces.

Finally, I bring you this excellent SNL sketch, courtesy of Crooks And Liars.

Well, that's all I have time for today. Sorry about the patchy update schedule. Life has been a little crazy lately.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Wow. I am incredibly busy.

I'll post when I have time again. Hopefully, Monday or Tuesday.

Or whenever.

Saturday, October 22, 2005


More Treasongate News

It has not been a good week for the Chickenhawk Brigade. No siree, it hasn't. Their biggest problem?

The Plame Leak Scandal.

In the past week, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has shifted his focus to include not only Karl Rove and Scooter Libby, but Dick Cheney, and his possible role in a deliberate leak of Plame's name. And, it seems that Fitzgerald has uncovered some interesting information... From the Washington Post:
One former CIA official told prosecutors early in the probe about efforts by Cheney's office and his allies at the National Security Council to obtain information about Wilson's trip as long as two months before Plame was unmasked in July 2003, according to a person familiar with the account.

The same article continues on:
Lawyers in the case said Fitzgerald has focused extensively on whether behind-the-scenes efforts by the vice president's aides and other senior Bush aides were part of a criminal campaign to punish Wilson in part by unmasking his wife.

Additionally, there are have been some rumblings that an indictment, or several indictments, could be on the way from Fitzgerald. From the Wall Street Journal:
...lawyers and others close to the case say [Fitzgerald] may be piecing together a case that White House officials conspired to leak various types of classified material in conversations with reporters -- including Ms. Plame's identity but also other secrets related to national security.

An indictment on the way, they say? Maybe Fitzgerald will post it on his new website.

We can only hope.

Thursday, October 20, 2005


Hammer In The Slammer and Bad News for Rapture Rick

Well, you've probably heard by now about the arrest warrant issued for Tom DeLay...and his appearance, for fingerprinting and booking, at a Texas courthouse.

I must say, I'm disappointed in the quality of the mugshot. DeLay doesn't seem all that unhappy, does he? Honestly, he looks like he's posing for high school yearbook photo. And what about the cuffs? Did they even cuff him?

This makes me wonder: would DeLay have been treated differently if he were, shall we say, a disheveled 20-year-old dropout brought in on misdemeanor possession charges? Or a young black man caught loitering on private property? Or a young woman brought in for stealing $10 worth of merchandise from a convenience store?

I mean, this is America. Everyone is equal in the blind eyes of the law, right?

I think we all know the answer to that question.

In other news, it looks like there's more trouble ahead for our nation's Worst Senator, Rapture Rick. From Radar Magazine:
Poor Rick Santorum. A few months ago, he was being hailed by his GOP brethren as a leading White House contender. Now it looks like the gay-bashing golden boy, who is running for a third term in Pennsylvania, may not even make it back to the Senate. According to a poll published yesterday in The Hill, the devoutly Catholic candidate is now trailing Democrat Bob Casey by 16 points. But as Santorum's campaign has lost steam, Capital Hill sources say his support from RNC heavies has also evaporated. The blow-dried bible-thumper, who launched his campaign with a giant war chest, is also being deserted by the party's major moneymen, who are focusing their largesse on more competitive candidates.

"This is how the Republicans operate," sighs a veteran GOP campaign manager close to Santorum. "Even if you agree with their agenda, they'll abandon you if you're behind in the polls and move on to the next-most important race."

That's right, ladies and gentlemen, it looks like Rick Santorum is on his way out.

Good riddance, I say.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Bad Harriet!

Hats off to Maureen Dowd for this title: "Naughty Harry: Lawyering Without a License". That's right, ladies and gentlemen. This woman, who has been nominated to the most powerful judicial body in the nation, can't seem to perform a task as simple as paying the dues that allow her to practice law in Washington D.C. From Dowd's article:
I was just coming to grips with the idea that a Supreme Court nominee doesn't need to have any experience for the job.

Now it turns out that a Supreme Court nominee doesn't even need to always be a lawyer in good standing.

Harriet Miers shared a little secret about herself on her application to be an associate justice: "Earlier this year, I received notice that my dues for the District of Columbia bar were delinquent and as a result, my ability to practice law in D.C. had been suspended."

Did that little dog on the birthday card she sent W. eat her dues?

Wow...just wow. This is the same woman that could be, if the nomination goes through, handing down rulings on gun control and abortion.

Speaking of choice...the woman is against it. This frightening tidbit came from the LA Times:
Supreme Court nominee Harriet E. Miers told a conservative group in 1989 that she opposed abortion and would "actively support" legislation to severely restrict the procedure should the Supreme Court overturn Roe vs. Wade, documents released Tuesday showed.

Granted, this survey is 16 years, there has been some time for Miers to see the error of her anti-choice ways. But, nevertheless, this hardly inspires any confidence in my cold, liberal heart.

When put into the simplest of terms, Harriet Miers = Inexperienced and Anti-Choice.

On a happier note, the first two episodes of "The Colbert Report" have been, on the whole, immensely enjoyable. Although I have lost the will to compose a full-length review of the show, I will post a link to this fellow, who composed an extensive review that, for the most part, corresponds with my own opinion.

Read, and enjoy. Or, better yet, watch it and decide for yourself.

Saturday, October 15, 2005


Turdblossom testifies…again

Well, Karl Rove made his fourth appearancee before the Treasongate Grand Jury yesterday.

Is an indictment on the way? I hope so.

However, that's not nearly as interesting as this story. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, Treasongate has expanded. Not only are Rove and Scooter Libby under investigation, but now Dick Cheney himself is facing scrutiny.

That's right, The Dark Lord may be going to court sometime in the near future.

Unsurprisingly, all of this scrutiny has caused some tension among the Chickenhawks in the White House. The New York Times wrote about the mood in the Oval Office:
...the inquiry has swept up a dozen or more other officials who have been questioned by investigators or have testified before the grand jury, and, should it lead to the indictment of anyone at a senior level, it has the potential to upend the professional lives of everyone at the White House for the remainder of Mr. Bush's second term.

The result, say administration officials and friends and allies on the outside who speak regularly with them, is a mood of intense uncertainty in the White House that veers in some cases into fear of the personal and political consequences and anger at having been caught in the snare of a special prosecutor. And given how badly things have been going for Mr. Bush and his team on other fronts - a poll released Thursday by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center put his approval rating at 38 percent, a new low - they hardly have deep reserves of internal enthusiasm or external good will to draw on.

So, the Chickenhawks are sweating?

Good. This should be a lesson for them: crime doesn't pay. If you don't want to be prosecuted, then stop breaking the law. It's as simple as that.

Here's hoping that we actually see some justice doled out in the next few weeks.

Well, to wrap things up, I give you this. Watch's worth it.

Thursday, October 13, 2005


High Crimes And Misdemeanors?

The nice folks at skippy the bush kangaroo ran this excellent article about the legal ramifications of the Miers nomination. Read, and judge for yourself.

In other news, Harriet Miers has a truly awful way with The Written Word, as David Brooks pointed out in his column for today, entitled "In Her Own Words". Here are some excerpts of Miers' prose:
--"More and more, the intractable problems in our society have one answer: broad-based intolerance of unacceptable conditions and a commitment by many to fix problems."

--"When consensus of diverse leadership can be achieved on issues of importance, the greatest impact can be achieved."

--"An organization must also implement programs to fulfill strategies established through its goals and mission. Methods for evaluation of these strategies are a necessity. With the framework of mission, goals, strategies, programs, and methods for evaluation in place, a meaningful budgeting process can begin."

--"We have to understand and appreciate that achieving justice for all is in jeopardy before a call to arms to assist in obtaining support for the justice system will be effective. Achieving the necessary understanding and appreciation of why the challenge is so important, we can then turn to the task of providing the much needed support."

Now, this just might be me being an elitist snob, but...this makes me even less likely to support her. I'm pretty sure that writing is an integral part of being a Justice on the Supreme Court, and any other government job, for that matter.

Then again, nothing about this nominee really inspires confidence in me. Who is this woman? What has she done? Does she have any opinions? Views or thoughts?

Is she even an American citizen?

All are doubtful.

In less dismal news, the witty folks over at The Onion ran this delightful bit of satire: "Bush To Appoint Someone To Be In Charge Of Country". For your reading pleasure, I present one of my favorite bits:
"I've been talking to folks from all across this country, from Louisiana to Los Angeles, and people tell me the same thing: This nation needs a strong, compassionate leader," Bush said. "In response to these concerns, I'm making this a top priority. I will name a good, qualified person as soon as possible."

Oh, if only that were true. However, this next bit sounds a little more realistic:
While many Beltway insiders have named senators Barack Obama (D-IL) and John McCain (R-AZ) as likely candidates, White House sources revealed that Bush may be leaning toward a stalwart loyalist. The list reportedly includes fellow Yale graduates, Midland, TX business associates, and various GOP fundraisers with connections to the Bush family.

"Despite their inexperience in government, they've clearly passed the Bush character test," said a White House staffer who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "I think the president is looking for someone he's comfortable with and can trust, above all else. A [former FEMA director] Michael Brown type, or maybe even Brown himself."

Oh dear. That sounds right on the money. This would be funnier if it weren't so plausible.

Only three years left.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005


Treasongate Explained...And Other Stories

Does the Plame leak case have you confused? We all know that Karl's a crook...but why?

Well, luckily for you, Chris Matthews prepared this timeline on Hardball.

Even if you're familiar with the case, watch the clip, if only for the delightful hints of a possible Turdblossom indictment.

This next topic is also one that brings joy to my heart: more bad news for this nation's Worst Senator.

That's right, ladies and gentlemen...things are looking bad for Rapture Rick Santorum, with the latest polls showing him trailing Robert Casey by 18 points in the Pennsylvania Senate race.

Am I gloating?

Yes. Yes, I am gloating.

Well, this next news is not quite-so-happy. In fact, it's downright bad. The New York Times ran a stingingly accurate article about the Chickenhawk Brigade's horrid response to Katrina, and the Left Wing's failure to use the response to bring national attention to the issues of poverty and race. Sadly, the Right Wing did not hesitate in enacting their own, more sinister, agenda. Here's an excerpt:
Conservatives have already used the storm for causes of their own, like suspending requirements that federal contractors have affirmative action plans and pay locally prevailing wages. And with federal costs for rebuilding the Gulf Coast estimated at up to $200 billion, Congressional Republican leaders are pushing for spending cuts, with programs like Medicaid and food stamps especially vulnerable.

Wonderful. Although the Hurricane itself was tragic and destructive, it did present a golden opportunity to bring some questions about this nation's economic and racial injustices to the public's attention. But we squandered that opportunity and now, if the Republicans have their way, we're going to do our best to make those already horrific injustices even worse.

Don't you just love Compassionate Conservatism?

Monday, October 10, 2005


Bill O'Reilly Is A Moronic Ape-Man

Bob Herbert penned another excellent column today, entitled "Who Isn’t Against Torture?"

Well Bob, the answer to that question is simple: The White House. Those guys love torture.

Bob seems to know this, too. Observe this lovely tidbit about the President's opposition to bipartisan anti-torture legislation:
So who would you expect to remain out of step with
this important march toward sanity, the rule of law
and the continuation of a longstanding American
commitment to humane values?

Did you say President Bush? Well, that would be

The president, who has trouble getting anything right,
is trying to block this effort to outlaw the abusive
treatment of prisoners.

That pretty much says it all folks. According to Dubya: torture = good, human rights = bad.

Wonderful guy, ain't he?

These next two tidbits, I present mainly for my own entertainment...

First of all: this clip of Ann Coulter on Real Time with Bill Maher. Interestingly enough, Coulter seems to have flip-flopped on John Roberts. Although she seems to think he's great now, she was singing a different song when she penned her column entitled Souter in Roberts' clothing.

I know, Ann Coulter is not exactly this is something of a cheap shot. But I couldn't resist.

In other news, everybody should watch Stephen Colbert's new show. Really, I'm not kidding. Everyone should watch it. Here's a description of the showfrom Stephen himself:
With his promotion to anchor, Colbert says he will draw from the "dazzling hubris" of Bill O'Reilly, along with Sean Hannity and Joe Scarborough, plus "the folksiness of Aaron Brown, the way he mulls the news and loves to chew the words. And the sexiness of Anderson Cooper. Certainly they sell him as attractive." Watching O'Reilly and company inundate viewers with opinions, he says, is like witnessing a spectacle "as natural as a gorilla beating his chest."

It premieres a week from today. Mark your calendars, folks.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

The Fifth Horseman is taking a brief vacation. Normal posting will resume on Monday.

Friday, October 07, 2005


Dear President Bush: WTF?

Well, the New York Times ahs been at it again...this time Thomas Friedman has penned a column entitled "What Where They Thinking?". Here are some choice excerpts:
For Mr. Bush, the question would be: What were you thinking? If you bet your whole presidency on succeeding in Iraq, why did you let Donald Rumsfield run the war with just enough troops to lose? Why didn't you establish security inside Iraq and along its borders? How could you ever have thought this would be easy?

And this:
Sadly, what Iraq desperately needs most from the U.S. today are A.I.D. workers, State Department advisers and technical experts from every agency of the government who can help rebuild Iraq's human capital. But people are afraid to go. And who can blame them? We have never established basic public order there, because we never had enough troops

Now, let me make one thing absolutely clear: our troops should never have invaded Iraq in the first place. However, since we're stuck there, despite my opposition to the war, I know that our only current option is to give the military what it needs to bring everyone home safely. That means body armor, ammo, medical supplies and, yes, even extra troops.

However, the Chickenhawk Brigade has done none of this. In fact, it appears that the White House had no plans whatsoever for an extended stay in Iraq. Like Friedman, this raises one question in my mind: what were they thinking?

The best-fitting term, although juvenile, is this: WTF?

And I'm hardly alone in this sentiment. In fact, it seems that the rest of the nation is finally wising up and raising that same question.

My evidence? This poll from CBS News:
"What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?"

War in Iraq:18%
Gas/Heating oil crisis:5%
The President/George W. Bush:5%
Terrorism (general):4%


That's right, ladies and gentlemen. Americans have finally realized that the President himself is a greater threat to this nation than terrorism.

Well, all I've got to say is this: it's about time.

WTF, Mr. President? WTF?

Thursday, October 06, 2005


GOP Opposition To Miers

I don't want to sound obstructionist, or anything, but.....

Woo hoo! It warms my Liberal heart when things go wrong for Dubya.

This time, Dubya's agenda has been running into trouble in the form of Chickenhawk opposition to the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

And not just any Chickenhawks...this nomination is meeting scorn from the big, fat, bloated Chickenhawks. Like Trent Lott. From the La Times:
On Wednesday, skepticism about Miers' nomination came from some GOP senators who normally are party loyalists.

"There are a lot more people — men, women and minorities — that are more qualified in my opinion by their experience than she is," Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) said in a television interview. "I don't just automatically salute or take a deep bow anytime a nominee is sent [to the Senate]…. I have to find out who these people are, and right now, I'm not satisfied with what I know."

Lott's sentiments echoed those of a number of fellow conservative Republican senators, including John Thune of South Dakota, George Allen of Virginia and Sam Brownback of Kansas — all of whom are thought to harbor presidential aspirations.

I couldn't help but notice Trent, the most racist Senator in Washington, inserting "minorities" in there. Cute Trent, very cute. But not very believable.

But that doesn't detract from the main point: many in the Chickenhawk Brigade don't like Bush's nominee. That pleases me.

In other news, Bob Herbert penned an excellent column today, discussing the inherent racism of the GOP's power base. Here are some of his best turns of phrase:
Just as the Democratic Party would have been crippled in the old days without the support of the segregationist South, today’s Republicans would have only a fraction of their current political power without the near-solid support of voters who are hostile to blacks.

When Democrats revolted against racism, the G.O.P. rallied to its banner.

And, this one:
Bill Bennett’s musings about the extermination of blacks in America (it would be “impossible, ridiculous … morally reprehensible”) is all of a piece with a Republican Party philosophy that is endlessly insulting to black people and overwhelmingly hostile to their interests.

Excellent...simply excellent.

Hats off to you, Bob.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005


Falafel Bill Hates The Blogs

I'm sorry. A cheap shot...but I just couldn't resist that title.

However, it does happen to be true. Bill O'Reilly hates the bloggers. In fact, Falafel Bill devoted most of last night's O'Reilly factor to attacking the blogosphere.

Silly Bill. Don't you realize that this will just encourage us to do more?

Silly, silly Falafel Man.

In other news, Maureen Dowd had penned another delightfully scathing coumn about Dubya's passion for ego-affirming Yes Men....Wo-men....YES WOMEN. The title alone causes me delight: "All The President's Women". Here's an excerpt (TimesSelect, sorry!):
The West Wing is a parallel universe to TV’s Wisteria Lane: instead of self-indulgent desperate housewives wary of sexy nannies, there are self-sacrificing, buttoned-up nannies serving as adoring work wives, catering to W.’s every political, legal and ego-affirming need.

Maybe it’s because his mom was not adoring enough, but more tart and prickly, even telling her son, the president, not to put his feet up on her coffee table. Or maybe it’s because, as his wife says, his kinship with his mom gives him a desire to be around strong, “very natural” women. But W. loves being surrounded by tough women who steadfastly devote their entire lives to doting on him, like the vestal virgins guarding the sacred fire, serving as custodians for his values and watchdogs for his reputation.

Call me immature...but the thought of Laura Bush talking about "natural women" made me laugh. The phrase brings to mind 1960's Women's Lib and bra-burnings. Definitely not a topic that the Laura "Stepford" Bush seems to know much about.

Also, I doubt that Bush wants any of his subordinates, male or female, to have a strong will and/or opinion. Dissent, no matter how intelligent, is not permitted under a Chickenhawk Regime. It could give the plebains dangerous thoughts.

And, Lord knows we can't have that, now can we?

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005


More Fun With Tom DeLay

Poor Tommy. He really is having a bad week, isn't he?

First last week's charges, and now this. That's right, ladies and gentlemen...Tom DeLay was indicted again yesterday, this time on charges of money laundering. As of right now, here are the potential punishments DeLay could be facing (
Money laundering is punishable by five years to life in prison under Texas law, with fines up to $10,000. The conspiracy charge carried a penalty of up to two years in prison and fines up to $10,000.

Granted, he'll probably just get a slap on the wrist. Nevertheless, hope springs eternally. Maybe DeLay will get what he deserves this time.

In other news, I am still worried about Dubya's nomination of Harriet Miers. And you should be too. The woman is a complete unknown. Even the Chickenhawk Brigade doesn't seem to know anything about her.

In fact, the Chickenhawk reaction to the nomination has been quite confused and rather mixed.

On the one hand, we've got right-wingers actually opposing the Miers nomination. This is somewhat encouraging to me.

However, on the other hand, we've got batshit crazy right-wingers, like the Traditional Values Coalition, offering their support for the nomination. This alone makes me wary of Harriet Miers. Anybody who gains the support of the "moral values" crowd is not to be trusted.

The bottom line is, we don't know nearly enough about Miers to celebrate just yet. Sexual harassment aside, Clarence Thomas sounded somewhat sane in his confirmation hearings....and he has turned out to be the most backwards justice on the Court today. We can't afford to let that happen again. Now is no time for the Democrats to back down.

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Monday, October 03, 2005



That was my first though upon learning of the new Supreme Court nominee. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, I didn't think he could do it...but he did.

In Harriet Miers, Dubya has actually managed to find a nominee even more ambiguous than John Roberts.

Just as with Roberts, this makes me nervous. We can't afford to have one, much less two, Stealth Chickenhawks, appointed to the Supreme Court.

It's gonna be another nailbiting month for the Horseman.

In other news, the columnists of the New York Times have been at it agian. In his piece entitled "Miserable By Design" (sorry, you'll need TimesSelect), Paul Krugman ripped the Chickenhawk Brigade's Katrina response a new one. Seriously, this was his first line:
The Bush administration is trying to treat Hurricane Katrina's victims as harshly as the political realities allow, so as not to create a precedent for other aid efforts.

Krugman went on to say:
The crucial point is that President Bush has been forced by events into short-term actions that conflict with his long-term goals. His mission in office is to dismantle or at least shrink the federal social safety net, yet he must, as a matter of political necessity, provide aid to Katrina’s victims. His problem is how to do that without legitimizing the very role of government he oppose.

Excellent, quite excellent. Even as times get worse, it's good to know that I can still count on The New York Times to, for the most part, speak the truth.

In other news, one of my covert sources mailed me this excellent article. You would do well to read it, and quote it next time a Chickenhawk talks about "Freedom On The March" or the "Rise of Democracy" in the Mideast.

Well, that's all I have time for today. It's a nice day out there...why don't you go for a nice, evening stroll with the kids? Or wife. Or dog.

Or whatever.

Sunday, October 02, 2005


"In the Beginning, There Was Abramoff"

Boy, have I got some fun stuff for you today, folks.

The printed media is at it again, giving me all sorts of delightful quotes about DeLay, Abramoff and all the Crooked Chickenhawks in Washington.

This first tidbit is from an editorial by Frank Rich entitled "In the Beginning, There Was Abramoff". Enjoy:
Mr. DeLay's latest plight is only a tiny detail within this vast Boschian canvas of depravity. If this were Watergate - and Watergate itself increasingly looks like a relatively contained epidemic of corruption - the Texas grand jury's indictment of the congressman and his associates would be a sideshow tantamount to the initial 1973 California grand jury indictment of the Nixon aide John Ehrlichman and his pals in the break-in at Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office; Watergate's real legal fireworks were still in the wings. So forget about all those details down in Texas that make your teeth hurt; don't bother to learn the difference between Trmpac and Armpac. Fasten your seat belt instead for the roller coaster of other revelations and possible indictments that's about to roar through the Beltway.

Wow. Frank Rich is right about one thing: Tom DeLay is hardly the only Chickenhawk Crook that needs to be brought to justice. Something is rotten in the Republican party. Rampant cronyism and corporate crookery have gone far enough. It's time for some housekeeping, and Tom DeLay has to be the first to go. I just hope that the cleaning doesn't atop there: plenty more Chickenhawks are in dire need of an extended prison vacation.

Next, I bring you this story. Another retired American general has spoken out against the Iraq War. Unfortunately, none of the major media outlets have picked it up, so I was forced to use this source: The Lowell Sun. Read the story here. It will be worth the time.

Finally, I bring you some tidbits from The Daily Kos. Kos is angry. F-bomb angry. This rarely happens. Read this entry: Bush and reality hate each other.

Well, that's all I have time for today, folks. It's another nice day out there. Why don't you go play outside?

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Saturday, October 01, 2005


Dispatches From The Ministry Of Truth

Wow. I have lost complete faith in the Department of Education.

First, there were Bill Bennett's loving there is this.

That's right...apparently, the Department of Education is now functioning as something of a Ministry Of Truth, as well. Illegally, of course. From the New York Times:
Federal auditors said on Friday that the Bush administration violated the law by buying favorable news coverage of President Bush's education policies, by making payments to the conservative commentator Armstrong Williams and by hiring a public relations company to analyze media perceptions of the Republican Party.

In a blistering report, the investigators, from the Government Accountability Office, said the administration had disseminated "covert propaganda" in the United States, in violation of a statutory ban.

Of course, I doubt that anything will come of this. Just like the Abu Gharaib abuse, and every other Chickenhawk Scandal, the only punishments will be doled out to hapless underlings and middle-management types. I would like to hope that we have some accountability for the higher-ups, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

In other news, this is an interesting report. I'm not sure that I agree with some of its conclusions...but it's interesting nevertheless.

Well, this has been a short update. Now, I have some Saturday cleaning to do.

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