HAIL DUBYUS!

An Illustrated Guide to Mendacity and Folly in the Imperium Americanum

Alive and Kicking, If I still had a leg

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(USAToday) U.S. deploys more than 43,000 unfit for combat

(PoxNews) White House: Bush Will Veto Iraq War Funding Bill Unless it Trims DownWASHINGTON รขโ‚ฌโ€ A top White House official weighed in Thursday with renewed veto threats against rival House and Senate Iraq funding bills, saying add-ons for veterans and the unemployed were unacceptable.

So Much for taking care of veterans. First we send them into battle when they’re physically not ready and then we don’t fund any benefits. And they say the Republicans are pro-military. They’re pro-using the military, but as for taking care of them, well, hell, that means we can’t buy hired guns from Blackwater, don’t it?

More servicemen and women are coming home with injuries that would have killed them a few years ago, but now they’re alive and crippled. And what are these thieves doing about it?


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BYE-BYE, RUMSFELD–You Just Know I Couldn’t Let Him Go Without A Song

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Everything in this cartoon was based on something Don Rumsfeld actually said ๐Ÿ™‚ so click here for some choice Rumsfeldisms. Donald has entertained us so much with his poetry, his zen-like answers to questions that made people feel like idiots for asking them…not that they weren’t valid questions. And Bush claimed he didn’t want to tell us about his departure before the elections becuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz he didn’t want to influence the votes? Becuz he didn’t want to answer questions about it before Gate accepted? But Donnie Boy himself said that “he had decided to resign partly because of the changed political environment after Tuesday’s congressional elections.” (Reuters) Resignation was due to changed political scene: Rumsfeld. So it seems when Bush told us that this had already been in the offing, he was blowing smoke up our asses as usual. And as a followup, (Reuters) Rights groups file war crimes suit against Rumsfeld

Breaking News: An 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific some 990 miles from Tokyo resulting in the issuance of a tsunami warning for Japan and Russia. Let’s hope that everything turns out OK for everyone concerned.

And to let the search engines find the song by the lyrics, here they are:

Pack up all your known unknowns: what we don’t know, we won’t know. Bye Bye, Rummy!
Things were best undetailed-y, that’s why I stayed concept-y. Bye Bye, Rummy!
I told you the answer if I knew it, if I didn’t, out my ass I blew it.
Quagmires, numbers, book reviews, all the rest of my don’t-do’s, RUMMY, BYE BYE!

Sometimes, yes, when I stood there, I thought, “What-am-I doing here?” Bye Bye, Rummy!
If you found out what we do, it would be clear to us, too. Bye Bye, Rummy!
Freedom’s so untidy, so forget it, screwups never could make us regret it.
Torture, roadside bombs and “Stuff”, that’s SUCCESS–Sure Enuff!
RUMMY, BYE BYE!

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But Can You Believe A Puppet?

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(AP) Snow denies Saddam trial ‘scheming’

(AFP) Bush spurts toward campaign finish after Saddam verdict (Ah, I love that headline)

Granted Saddam is an evil tyrant who deserved the death penalty, but do we do the world any service by trying him in a kangaroo court? This should have been an international tribunal, not an Iraqi one, since there’s no way he could have gotten a fair trial in Iraq. One of the standard motions in America is the change of venue for someone who cannot obtain a fair trial in a given location. I put it that the Bush administration made another huge mistake in not forcing this trial to take place in an international court. Of course, that’s partly because the Bushies deny consistently the status of international proceedings, but it’s also because in an international court, Saddam could have mounted a true defence–and in doing so, exposed US involvement in his crimes going back to Reagan and Bush the first and involving Cheney and Rumsfeld. All in all, a sad day for the principles of justice.

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