Is Bush Nuts?

I keep telling myself almost every day, when the old jerky knee wants me to write a headline just like that, that I should put some content in the headline, point towards the story, be at least pseudo-journalistic. After all, this is Richard’s Blog and he’s been so kind as to let me write here. So I try desperately to avoid the title that comes to mind nearly every day, IS BUSH NUTS????

This time it is an appropriate title, because the answer to the question just might be “yes.”

According to Capitol Hill Blues, a liberal journal specializing in Beltway news, Mr. Bush is being given some serious anti-depressant meds to control what is evidently some very erratic behavior.

President George W. Bush is taking powerful anti-depressant drugs to control his erratic behavior, depression and paranoia, Capitol Hill Blue has learned.

The prescription drugs, administered by Col. Richard J. Tubb, the White House physician, can impair the President’s mental faculties and decrease both his physical capabilities and his ability to respond to a crisis, administration aides admit privately.

“It’s a double-edged sword,†says one aide. “We can’t have him flying off the handle at the slightest provocation but we also need a President who is alert mentally.â€

I guess it is clear how the big old liberal media machine has picked up on this. They haven’t. I stumbled on the story about 9 hours ago, and in that time I’ve seen it spread to just one other outlet. Of course, if the story first bloomed on Drudge, as often those stories Foxnews finds too hot to handle do, then it would be spread to Limbaugh, spread to O’Reilly, the neo-con pseudo net dailys would grab on, and we’d be a few days putting out the fire.

Let me take a breath here. This is difficult to discuss calmly.

HE’S NUTS!

OK, I’m ready to proceed. So, I understand why nobody has picked this up, but from what Capitol Hill Blues has reported, Bush’s behavior has not gone unnoticed by the Press.

Tubb prescribed the anti-depressants after a clearly-upset Bush stormed off stage on July 8, refusing to answer reporters’ questions about his relationship with indicted Enron executive Kenneth J. Lay.

“Keep those motherfuckers away from me,†he screamed at an aide backstage. “If you can’t, I’ll find someone who can.â€

Bush’s mental stability has become the topic of Washington whispers in recent months. Capitol Hill Blue first reported on June 4 about increasing concern among White House aides over the President’s wide mood swings and obscene outbursts.

It appears we have a mad President in the attic that the Press and the White House are unwilling to talk about.

Thursday, July 29th, 2004 by SpinDentist |
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Safe

How’s that for a one word review of John Edwards’ speech on Wednesday night?

Listen, I’ve been in John Edwards corner and watching him for quite awhile. He was the recipient of some of my money long before Kerry. It was not his best speech. Or even his second or third best.

I suppose we could blame it on the scripted nature of the convention, or maybe even the cold he’s picked up in the past week. Edwards is at his best when he’s moving around the stage with his tie loose and sleeves rolled up like a tent revival preacher. He couldn’t do that yesterday evening. By necessity, he was chained to the podium.

But the essence of his message was true to his nature. This is a man who has lived on both ends of the economic spectrum. I think it’s axiomatic that to have empathy, one has to be true to the word “empathetic” – in other words, having walked a mile in those shoes. John Edwards earned that t-shirt a long time ago.

Anyone who watched Edwards’ speech would have a difficult time making the argument that he is light on foreign policy issues or the challenges that confront us as a country in dealing honestly (not code chartreuse alerts) with the threat of terrorism. But that being said, something was missing from his speech tonight. Or maybe I just didn’t hear it because he was, uncharacteristically, trying to macho-ize the Democratic Party ticket.

Here’s what was missing: committing a Kerry administration to examine why the evil doers are bent on destroying America in the first place.

There are a lot of approaches to solving this rubik’s cube of foreign policy; certainly many more than I could begin to address here on a backwater internet blog. But the bottom line is that we won’t be secure as a nation until we can honestly begin to formulate a national response to the above question.

Domestically, Edwards’ “two Americas” approach is correct, because there are two Americas. I’ve had the good personal fortune to bounce back and forth between the two during my life. That’s what drew me to JRE in the first place.

But, with Edwards speech on Wednesday, and surely John Kerry’s acceptance speech on Thursday, I’m increasingly squeamish about the direction they’re going to be taking the campaign. I admit, it may be necessary for the Democratic Party ticket to play the tough guy on the block. What I don’t want to see is Kerry / Edwards trying to out-tough Bush / Cheney. The “Marlboro Man” image is what got us into the international fix that we’re in to begin with.

This country needs a totally different direction. Again, maybe I just didn’t hear it in Edwards’s convention speech, and maybe he was simply subjugating himself to the DNC party line, but I didn’t hear a significantly different direction on foreign policy. I didn’t hear that Kerry / Edwards were going to strive to repair the diplomatic bridges that the Bush administration has so casually blown up around the world. I didn’t hear that Kerry / Edwards were going to make mea culpas for the atrocities such as Abu Ghraib brought on by the Bush administration in the name of the American people.

Maybe I’m just expecting too much from a political convention designed to appeal to the broadest base possible. And in the end, that’s what these things are all about.

We live in a dangerous world. John Edwards was trying to assuage Mom and Pop Trailerpark that he and John Kerry would not let up on the war on terra. And they shouldn’t. It was a message that needed to be communicated.

What he failed to express is how a Kerry administration would address the true root causes of the problem, and how they would work to ensure that we, and our children’s children, would never be put in this place again.

Perhaps I was just expecting too much after listening to the skinny kid with the funny name on Tuesday night.

(Update, 12:50PM, 7/29/04: Text of John Edwards’ speech here.)

Thursday, July 29th, 2004 by Richard Blair |
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Greenspan Spends Your Money Wisely

Pleased to meet you,

Hope you guessed my name…

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Economists searching for reasons why some nations are richer than others have found that those with a wide belief in hell are less corrupt and more prosperous, according to a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis…

Thursday, July 29th, 2004 by Richard Blair |
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Hooking for Castro?

A week or so back, George Bush made a campaign trip to South Florida. (Damn, there’s that state again.) At a stop along the way, he made a speech in which he commented that:

“The dictator welcomes sex tourism. Here’s how he bragged about the industry,†said Bush. “This is his quote — ‘Cuba has the cleanest and most educated prostitutes in the world’ and ‘sex tourism is a vital source of hard currency.’ â€

The harsh statement, on the heels of the Bush administration’s recent travel restrictions to Cuba, raised more than a few eyebrows in the press. Bush is already under fire by the Cuban community for his implementation of travel restrictions to the island.

The statement regarding sex tourism clearly had a target audience in mind: the legacy Cuban voters in S. Florida, rather than the younger Cuban American population under 40 that, for the most part, was born stateside. Well, it played with Castro, too.

Now, understand that I’m not trumpeting Fidel Castro as an icon for positive change in the Western hemisphere. But, damn, the guy gets a bum rap sometimes. So, Castro responded:

Speaking in the central province of Villa Clara on a national holiday marking 51 years since he launched his revolution, Castro depicted President Bush as “sinister†and his charges as “irresponsible statements by the president of the most powerful nation on the planet.â€

What Castro failed to say was, “I know I’m one, but what are you, Boosh? Neener neener.”

Anyway, with a week’s hindsight, here’s reality. Bush’s accusations were based on…

Three days after Bush’s remarks, the Los Angeles Times reported that the White House found the comments in a Dartmouth undergraduate paper posted on the Internet and lifted them out of context. “It shows they didn’t read much of the article,†commented Charlie Trumbull, the author.

Speaking in 1992 to the Cuban parliament, Castro actually said, “There are prostitutes, but prostitution is not allowed in our country. There are no women forced to sell themselves to a man, to a foreigner, to a tourist.â€

cubaupdate.org also has a nice little debunking story and references on their website. So, as usual, fantasy collides with reality where it comes to George W. Bush. And the R’s are still obsessed with S-E-X. But the sad part is, as usual, the media followup to Monkey Boyâ„¢’s remarks was essentially nonexistent.

I’m shocked.

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004 by Richard Blair |
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Via Email

Doc? What’s the buzz down in FLA? Received this via email today…

Greetings: The reprehensible Jeb Bush is continuing his anti-democratic attempts to rig the vote in Florida:

Posted on Fri, Jul. 23, 2004

Days after a Florida appeals court demanded that the state provide more help to felons who want their right to vote restored, Gov. Jeb Bush introduced a new policy that civil rights advocates say circumvents the will of the court and threatens to exclude tens of thousands of potential voters.

Last week, the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee unanimously ruled that state prison officials must follow the law and provide newly released felons the necessary paperwork and assistance to get their full civil rights back.That would include a one-page application for a formal hearing before the Florida Clemency Board — the only way an estimated 85 percent of felons will ever get their rights restored.

But instead of providing the application, Bush decided to scrap it altogether. On Wednesday, he announced that felons will now have to contact the Office of Executive Clemency when and if they want to apply for a hearing to have their rights restored.

Bush argues that the policy reduces paperwork and, therefore, provides the ease and assistance demanded by the court.Civil rights advocates say the decision will disfranchise thousands of people in a state where more than 400,000 are already banned from voting.

Also:

Gov. Jeb Bush shows judges he gets his way

Gov. Jeb Bush has come up with a novel way to deal with last week’s court ruling requiring the state to give inmates a specific form so they can apply to have their civil rights restored.

He eliminated the form.

There. Now won’t that show those rascally 1st District Court of Appeal judges just who’s in charge?

“It’s an obvious attempt by the governor to thumb his nose at the ruling,” cried Randy Berg, the attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union who successfully argued the case on the felons’ behalf.

As an aside, I can’t see anything that will prevent Bush from circulating on election day his list of 50,000 or so “ex-felons” who are to be denied the vote. This is going to be a repeat in that regard of what Greg Palast uncovered about the 2000 election.

Yes, I know CNN recently obtained a copy of the latest list, but that is irrelevant. The only list that will matter is the one circulated on election day. Democratic Congressmen and Senators should be screaming to high heaven about all of this. Also, any pre-election polls in Florida mean nothing if Jeb Bush is going to disenfranchise thousands of voters.

We’re not merely talking undemocratic here. We’re talking anti-democratic.

Any comments from readers residing in the People’s Banana Republic of Florida?

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004 by Richard Blair |
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Admin Note – ASZ Googlized

In case you missed it, the ASZ archives are now fully searchable. Simply scroll down to the bottom of the page, and use the google search box.

Hey, it was free. ;-) And it works. Unbeatable combination.

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004 by Richard Blair |
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How’s the Security at the Olympics


Just a couple weeks away and yesterday NATO committed more troops. Methinks someone is a tad bit antsy about terrorism. Could there have been some chatter? I’m not so cynical as to think they are just hyping the terror like they do in the good old USA. And this would be the most inviting target around, excepting the Statue of Liberty. Here’s the take at USA Today!

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO has agreed to provide extra forces under alliance command to help Greece protect next month’s Olympic Games from potential terror attacks, officials said Monday.

However, unspecified “operational issues” remain to be resolved, NATO officials said on condition of anonymity. The officials said the Greek request for additional counterterrorism assistance, first considered Thursday, had been approved “in essence.”

Then again, it doesn’t seem as if they have quite all their ducks in a row, now does it?

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004 by SpinDentist |
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Odiferous Porcines

BushCo continues to try and spritz eau du Soir on the middle eastern pig they’ve created. Kind of hard with news like this:

BAGHDAD, Iraq – A suicide car bomb exploded outside a police recruiting center in central Baqouba on Wednesday, killing 68 Iraqis and turning the city’s busy streets into a bloody tangle of twisted metal and bodies.

Or this:

KABUL, Afghanistan – The relief agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said Wednesday it is pulling out of Afghanistan, discouraged about a fruitless investigation into the slayings of five of its workers and fearful of new attacks…

Taliban-led militants have been blamed for attacks that have killed more than 30 aid workers since March 2003 and made much of the south and east virtually off-limits. The killings of the MSF workers occurred in the northwest and raised fears that the violence was spreading was also becoming too dangerous.

I know it will make absolutely no difference in the U.S. presidential election this year because most people won’t pay attention anyway, but elections in Afghanistan (which BushCo touts as a success) have been postponed twice now. Elections been rescheduled for October, but it’s hard to see how they can be successful when the people doing the voter registration are being shot in the act of registering voters.

In earlier postings on ASZ, we’ve established that the only secure areas in Afghanistan are a 10 square mile area of Kabul and 15 feet to either side of any roadway that a military convoy or patrol is driving. The Taliban and poppy warlords are pretty much back in the driver’s seat. We’ve no more than 10,000 troops in a country larger than Iraq. In other words, Afghanistan is an abject failure.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai should thank his lucky stars that Osama bin Missing is still on the lam – because there would be absolutely zero U.S. focus in Afghanistan otherwise.

Rather than try to dab more cologne on the pigs that BushCo has created, the Kerry campaign needs to become really active in spraying both situations with bullshit repellent. Yes, President Kerry is going to have a daunting task ahead of him when the Texan squatter’s occupation of the White House ends this coming January. But it’s a task that Kerry signed up for when he decided to run. We can hope he chooses to surround himself with more pragmatic and less ideologic brains than George Bush has managed to do in his four years at the helm.

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004 by Richard Blair |
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Demagogues Gone Wild

Your ironic chuckle for the night, courtesy of Matt Barganier at Anti-War.com’s blog:

Moore vs. O’Reilly

Excerpt:

MOORE: So you would sacrifice your child to secure Fallujah? I want to hear you say that.

O’REILLY: I would sacrifice myself—

MOORE: Your child—It’s Bush sending the children there.

O’REILLY: I would sacrifice myself.

MOORE: You and I don’t go to war, because we’re too old—

O’REILLY: Because if we back down, there will be more deaths and you know it.

MOORE: Say ‘I Bill O’Reilly would sacrifice my child to secure Fallujah’

O’REILLY: I’m not going to say what you say, you’re a, that’s ridiculous

Be sure to click through the link at the top of the page. It’s good to smile in the middle of the night. Really! ;-)

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004 by Kate Storm |
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An Appropriate Gift to Mr. Bush and the GOP

It’s Bullcrap! No, better still, Elephant Crap!

Mr. Bush received a gift from Sri Lanka of paper made of Elephant dung. This was two years ago, but it’s the first I heard of it. I kid you not! It’s reported in the Netscape News!. The production details might give our President the MBA some clues on how to win, so keep the buzz quiet!

“We produce the paper using 75 percent elephant dung,” Martis told The Associated Press on Monday. “Fully digested fiber gives the paper a smooth finish, while half digested fiber makes the paper coarser.”

Hope you all appreciated the laugh.

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004 by SpinDentist |
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