Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The spectre of Joe Lieberman

Joe Blofeld, leader of The SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion (S.P.E.C.T.R.E.)

Is that thing Joe Lieberman doing called extortion? That thing being his intention to run as an independent in his own party, "Connecticut for Lieberman", if he loses the Democratic Senate nomination in the Connecticut primary next month. Lieberman's opponent, Ned Lamont, has stated that he will support whoever wins the Democratic Primary while Joe has refused to do so. Joe has a lot of chutzpah accusing Lamont of splitting the Democratic Party, which is what Lieberman himself is doing by announcing his intent to run in November even if he loses in the primary.

Lieberman's actions are definately unprincipled, but is it extortion?

n.1.The act of extorting; the act or practice of wresting anything from a person by force, by threats, or by any undue exercise of power; undue exaction; overcharge.

2.(Law) The offense committed by an officer who corruptly claims and takes, as his fee, money, or other thing of value, that is not due, or more than is due, or before it is due.

3.That which is extorted or exacted by force.

Well, it sure looks like extortion!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Why no outrage over India's nuclear ICBM test?

India tests a nuclear-capable Agni-III intercontinental ballistic missile(ICBM).

Where is the international condemnation and calls for the UN Security Council to debate repercussions?

This is in no way trying to equate the governments or intentions of India and North Korea, but to point out the hypocrisy of international and US response as well as differences reported by the media. Recall that Iran is a party of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, while India is not. Also, India has a history of war with it neighbors and been closer more recently to such a war (Pakistan in 2001) than Iran.

Check out the difference reported between BBC and Reuters versions of the story.

BBC, India tests new ballistic missile:
Analysts say the Agni-III dramatically increases the range of targets which India could hit.

"This means that India has entered an altogether different league of nations, a new club," Rahul Bedi of Jane's Defence Weekly told Reuters.

"We can now reach large parts of northern China, making our deterrence capacity stronger. Also, when a country is able to develop a missile which can travel 3,500km, it is not difficult to make something that can go 5,000km.

"Very few nations have that capacity."

Reuters, India successfully tests its longest-range missile :
Analysts say the successful test pushed India into a new phase in its long-term nuclear defense strategy.

"This means that India has entered an altogether different league of nations, a new club," Rahul Bedi, India correspondent of Jane's Defense Weekly, told Reuters.

"We can now reach large parts of northern China making our deterrence capacity stronger. Also, when a country is able to develop a missile which can travel 3,500 km, it is not difficult to make something that can go 5,000 km.

"Very few nations have that capacity."

Will portraying this as a defense strategy be how India's nuclear ballistic missle test will be downplayed in the American media soon to be described as their "missile shield" program?

Will this have any effect on Bush’s U.S.-Indian nuclear deal, which the Senate panel overwhelmingly endorsed?
Senate Committee approval came on a 16-2 vote. The debate preceding the vote lasted almost 90 minutes.

Senator after senator highlighted the proposal as a historic turning point in U.S-India relationship that has often been unfriendly.

The negative votes were cast by Sens. Russell Feingold and Barbara Boxer.

Or will Russ Feingold be right again:
The committee rejected by 13-5 an amendment from Feingold to require Bush to provide assurances that India was not taking advantage of the agreement by diverting nuclear fuel to its atomic weapons program.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Pentagon Investigating My Ties to Terrorism

Army Information Services Command-Pentagon in their tireless tracking of peace activists, environmentalists, and dissenters of the Cheney Misadministration are looking into my ties to terrorism.

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Coulter: "Happy Birthday Mr. President"

Ann Coulter arrived in Chicago on the evening of July 5, 2006 to prepare for what would be one of her most memorable major public appearances, but tragically, her last. She had left Fox News Channel against the wishes of studio executives while filming "Hannity & Colmes", for a show that was never completed, to perform at the Republican Party fundraiser and birthday salute for President George W. Bush. Reportedly, Ann was paid $100,000 for the event.

Approximately 2,000 people filled a ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton on the evening of July 6, 2006 to take part in this gala which featured Rush Limbaugh and a host of stars, among them Toby Keith, Ron Silver, Bruce Willis, and Marey Carey. Famed singer Jessica Simpson was in charge of the musical portion of the show and had rehearsed with Ann to prepare her in singing "Happy Birthday" to the President. Limbaugh distributed his new Dittohead Pez dispenser filled with his favorite candy as a party favor to all guests in preparation for Coulter's performance.

What occurred that evening has become a legendary moment in the history of American pop culture, with politics and Hollywood colliding head to head while the entire nation looked on. Captured on a few minutes of grainy video, the image of Ann Coulter's harpy, nightclub version of "Happy Birthday" is forever stamped in our collective consciousness. Wearing a rumpled evening dress which Tony Snow described as "skin and bones", Ann's disjointed and uncertain performance gives us a glimpse into the vulnerability and insecurity that plagued her entire life and career.

(adapted from ScreenLegends.com's May 19, 1962...."Happy Birthday Mr. President"...)

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Joe Lieberman As Time Goes By

You must remember this
A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh.
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by.

And when two lovers woo
They still say, "I love you."
On that you can rely
No matter what the future brings
As time goes by.

(with apologies to the cast and crew of Casablanca)

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Joe Lieberman claims he is not President Bush

Lieberman: 'I am no President Bush' (from Danbury News Times, CT):
Even though U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman is ready to run as a third party candidate if he loses the Democratic primary, he said it was his opponent who is harming the party.
Lieberman said it was Lamont who could be very damaging to the Democratic Party.

"This Senate seat, in the beginning of the cycle, was a safe seat. Enter Ned Lamont," Lieberman said. "If he – as my mother would say, ‘God forbid’ – wins the primary, I’m not sure he would win the election. That hurts the prospects for the three Democratic challengers for the House seats."

Lieberman said his first priority was to win the Democratic nomination. But he feels he has to be realistic.

"My challenger is backed by a group of very zealous people and they are using me to get at President Bush," Lieberman said. "I know President Bush. I wouldn’t say he’s a friend of mine. and trust me, I am no President Bush."

Joe's right! He is not President Bush and here is the visual proof.

President Bush:

Joe Lieberman, Bush's favorite Democrat (AKA Bush's Ass):