number 521 showed up twice in the past week in
different news stories, and Putsch, who is trying
to figure out how to get elected President, is
kinda wishing it hadn't.
in the week, the number of American troops killed
in Iraq passed 521. It's at 524 now. And with
the 521 came the admission that despite the "capture"
of Saddam, despite al Qaida being on the run,
despite the wonderful progress Paul Bremer is
making, despite freedom and democracy and Big
Macs, attacks on Americans are on the increase.
Maybe Putsch needs to dress up in a military costume
and land on another aircraft carrier. It worked
pretty well the last time, right?
number was also the number of billions the projected
deficit for the fiscal year now stands at. Unfortunately,
like the first number, it's already grown since
it came out, since it's come to light that it
doesn't count costs incurred in Iraq, and doesn't
assume that Putsch's tax cuts will remain permanent.
The real number for the next year could actually
be $700 billion, which would be more than double
the worst year in history prior to now.
was, as always, oblivious. Campaigning in New
Hampshire, he grandly announced that he planned
to keep the tax cuts permanent, and dismissed
the question about exploding the deficit by vaguely
muttering that "the government has plenty of money."
someone can sit down with this chimpanzee and
explain it real slow. If the government had enough
money, it wouldn't be going into debt at the rate
of one and a half billion dollars a day, or about
a million dollars a minute.
budget went to congress, and virtually nobody
there liked it. In fact, it's probably DOA. Putsch
may find himself in the same position Reagan did,
when his notion that giving the rich lots of money
would cause them to put it into booming the economy
blew up in his face, and Congress forced him to
raise taxes. Congressmen on both sides of the
aisle smell the carrion scent of fiscal collapse
on the wind, and both sides realize that blowing
up the debt like this can only end in either huge
taxes at no benefit to the taxpayers, or financial
Putsch was hoping that his Mussolini-like stunt
of strutting around on an aircraft carrier in
a aviator's costume might help him, the long-dormant
issue of his national guard service suddenly sprung
to the fore when Michael Moore, stumping for General
Wesley Clark, called Putsch a "deserter." Moore
had to stretch the definition of desertion a bit,
but only a bit. Putsch was missing from service
for at least 14 months, and claims that he "made
it up later" just don't hold water. The fact is,
he was missing from duty. He was AWOL. And now
that the media is actually looking at the story,
questions are being raised about how he only scored
in the 25th percentile in aptitude to become a
pilot in other words, he barely made "bottom
of the barrel" and yet managed to beat out 26
other more qualified candidates for the one position
available. The media is asking how, despite refusing
to take a drug test and being grounded, and then
simply vanishing for over a year, the man still
managed to get an honorable discharge.
Vietnam, the National Guard was seen as a corrupt
joke, good only for sheltering "fortunate sons"
progeny of the rich, powerful and well-connected
and shooting unarmed demonstrators.
right wing, tone deaf to all of this, has started
the inevitable smear campaign against Kerry, claiming
that his injuries were superficial or even non-existent,
and that Putsch's military service was equivalent
to Kerry's (minus, of course actually going to
Vietnam, seeing action, getting injured, winning
medals and what not). A lot of Vets, already disgusted
with Putsch's lip service to the military while
simultaneously screwing over the Vets and even
trying to deny personnel in Iraq combat pay, are
noting the similarities between the smears against
Kerry and the utterly vile campaign the GOP ran
against Max Cleland in 2000 that got that war
hero unseated in a Diebold "election."
who won four out of five votes among military
personnel in 2000, saw his approval rating there
sink to 36%.
Kay admitted that the administration knew as early
as last May that there were, in fact, no WMDs
in Iraq, and a lot of people who confidently predicted
all through the balance of 2003 that they would
be found realized that the administration had
betrayed them. Kay and CIA director George Tenet
both took turns falling on their swords for the
administration, but among the general population,
the conviction is growing that Putsch flat out
lied about WMDs as an excuse to conduct an unprovoked
attack against Iraq.
admin is facing an unthinkable scandal with the
9/11 commission. The commission demanded and
today got an extension beyond the late May deadline.
This back down by the administration came nearly
simultaneously with the story breaking that Condi
Rice was refusing to testify under oath before
the commission. That's a decision that will raise
eyebrows all over the country. And increase the
lurking suspicions that Putsch could have done
more to prevent 9/11, or might have even been
complicit in it in some way. And this commission
was expected to be a whitewash, like the Hutton
commission in Britain is.
all occurred during a week when his approval ratings
fell back below 50%, and his disapproval ratings
climbed to 50%, the highest of his term. It came
even as the latest polls showed Kerry beating
him in a face-to-face by seven or eight points,
and even John Edwards, second or third among the
Democratic candidates, in a statistical tie with
scandal involving the corrupt Antonin Scalia continued
to grow. He will be sitting in judgement in a
case involving a good buddy of his with whom he
went duck hunting recently. It seems that not
only did his buddy cover all costs involved in
the trip, but ferried him there and back on his
taxpayer provided plane, dubbed "Air Force Two"
Scalia is darkening his already bad reputation
with his cosy relationship with the defendant,
Cheney himself is subject to increasing rumors
that he will be bumped from the ticket this summer,
due to the increasing scope of scandals involving
Halliburton, and because nobody much likes Cheney.
only trouble is, the two possibilities most often
noised about for replacing Cheney have both lost
luster of late. Condi Rice did herself political
damage in her refusal to testify under oath, and
is seen as an architect of the disastrous Iraq
policy. The other purported VP candidate is New
York's Rudolph Guilliani. While the man achieved
heroic status in the aftermath of 9/11 with his
calm and competent handling of NYC's greatest
crisis, he carries a lot of personal baggage (history
of prostate cancer, a really messy divorce and
affair), and Putsch may not want to remind people
of 9/11 by late summer, if the commission follows
the course it seems set upon.
was one bright spot: Janet Jackson's right boob
caught most of the media attention this week.
Boobs were watching the half time show and the
half time show decided to return the favor.
the secret is the next time there's a crisis,
they could arrange for Dick Cheney to have a "wardrobe
malfunction." Boobs created the Putsch regime;
perhaps boobs can save it.
Posted: February 6, 2004