It’s the age-old struggle: the roar of the crowd on the one side, and the voice of your conscience on the other

Maybe because he has used signing statements to avoid enforcing legislation passed by Congress for so many bills Bush has forgotten that he has the power to veto any tax increases or decreases, so this just seems like the kind of last gasp campaign bullsh*t that one would expect from Republicans, Bush hits Democrats on taxes, takes fire on Iraq

President George W. Bush warned on Saturday Democrats would raise taxes if they win control of Congress in Tuesday’s elections and Democrats vowed to fight for a new course in Iraq in a final, frantic weekend of campaigning.

Let’s say that Democrats tried to force Bush to pay for the mountain of debt that he has placed on America’s back by resending the tax cuts package passed a few years ago. All Bush has to do is veto it. So Bush is out lying for his party again. Which is a reminder of how little character and values matter to Republicans.

Newspapers for troops call for Rumsfeld’s ouster

“Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large. His strategy has failed, and his ability to lead is compromised. And although the blame for our failures in Iraq rests with the secretary, it will be the troops who bear its brunt,” the editorial says, according to an advance copy released Friday. “The time has come, Mr. President, to face the hard bruising truth: Donald Rumsfeld must go.”

Maybe Rumsfeld should go or maybe it just doesn’t matter. Bush and Cheney are the ones micro-managing the war and neither of them have any experience in strategic military planning. That would be OK if they would listen to and act on the the advice of the best minds in the Pentagon, but they will not do that. We don’t keep hearing that insane mantra about staying the course for nothing, these guys think they hear voices from the heavens directing their actions. Rummy’s replacement will simply carry out the policy dictated by those voices that echo inside the Bush-Cheney echo chamber. BTC News says pretty much the same thing, Who cares if Rumsfeld resigns?

Presumably the goal of the Military Times editorial board, other than racking up a few more votes in the Democratic column on Tuesday, is to get Rumsfeld replaced with someone more strategically adept, more in tune with the military and willing to argue forcefully on their behalf, and not courting institutionalization.

The obvious problem is that if the president and vice president wanted a secretary of defense with those admirable qualities, they would have hired one. They don’t. They didn’t.

Saying that Rumsfeld is the problem is like the captain of the Titanic saying that the tip of the iceberg was the problem.

Saddam verdict to be rendered soon. I wonder if they will go back and prosecute the Republicans that helped him during the eighties.

Study: 90% of the ocean’s edible species may be gone by 2048

Oversight of commercial fishing must be strengthened or there may eventually be no more seafood.

That’s the conclusion of a report in today’s Science journal that predicts 90% of the fish and shellfish species that are hauled from the ocean to feed people worldwide may be gone by 2048.

Even now, 29% of those species have “collapsed,” meaning a 90% decline in the amount being fished from the sea, said Boris Worm, lead author and a professor of marine conservation biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.

“It is a very clear trend, and it is accelerating,” Worm said. The paper represents four years of work by an international team of researchers at various universities who analyzed ocean species diversity over the past 1,000 years.

As the supposedly highbrow Republican intellectuals over at National Review and know-it-all right-wing bloggers like Stoptheaclu ( a site dedicated to hating the only national organization founded to defend the Bill of Rights should tell you something about their POV) struggle with their reading comprehension, More Incompetence, Plus Reading Comprehension Exercise over Rick Santorum, Curt Weldon, and George Bush’s insane zealousness to publish WMD information on the web American Progress wonders what the Republican reaction would have been if Democrats had done the same thing, Expert: GOP plays politics with intel

“This is a classic, textbook example of the dangers of politicizing national intelligence issues,” said Joe Cirincione senior vice president for national security and international policy at the left-leaning Center for American Progress in Washington.

“In their zeal to promote the idea Saddam Hussein in fact did have (WMD), congressional proponents of the war … have put up documents on the internet that could give terrorists and states hostile to the United States the very instructions they need to build nuclear, chemical or biological weapons,” he said.

Of course he couldn’t have been a year away from building a bomb in 2002 unless Saddam magically made all the related materials miraculously disappear. Darn, thats right the wingnuttery already had some tinfoil to cover that, the Russians smuggled everything across the border to Syria in the dead of night. As much as these conservative scroudrals are dangerous to America they do have a certain level of entertainment value.

“The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It’s the age-old struggle: the roar of the crowd on the one side, and the voice of your conscience on the other.” – General Douglas MacArthur