Tuesday, February 26

Bush Censors His Library, Our Mentality, September 2001 Iraq War Plans--But Gives 2008 Election to McCain

German primatologists found that male Barbary macaques thrust more vigorously during sex if their female partners shout loudly, and that is its almost impossible for the male macaques to climax if the females do not shout....[Let's clear our throats, ladies.] Zoologists suggested that apes and humans share an ancestor who laughed.--Harper's, "Findings," March 2008, p. 96

Just casting about the outer news realm of The Empire and fastened upon more Bush fasci-nuggets sure to produce acid burn in your craw.

A Book in the Bush is Worth....Nada

Bush's ideological-activist library, according to one academic, "is opposed to the mission of the university." (Can that really come as a "news-at-6" news flash among allegedly intelligent people--in 2008?)

The Center for American Progress Action Report's 26 February's "Progress Report" described it this way:
Last week, officials at Southern Methodist University (SMU) announced that the Dallas-based university will be home to President Bush's $200 million library -- despite protests from faculty, administrators, and staff. Two unusual features will accompany the George W. Bush Presidential Center at SMU. First, the library will feature "an institute -- independent of academic governance of the university -- to sponsor research and programs designed to promote the vision of the president" and "celebrate" Bush's presidency. Second, an executive order Bush signed in 2001 could result in material at the library "being censored." One presidential memorial scholar said academics "should be concerned" that the institute is included in the library because it "goes against the idea of dispassionate inquiry." Susanne Johnson, associate professor of Christian education at SMU, said the point of a presidential library is to analytically reflect on the presidency, "not to cheer-lead for a particular president." Rev. William McElvaney, professor emeritus of preaching and worship at SMU's theology school, asked, "What self-respecting university would accept a censored library?"
Good question, Rev. EcElvaney.

George Understands My Mentality? *&!x?*

Today, Bush indicated the GOP will win the White House, Senate and House of Reps. "When I say I'm confident, I am so because I understand the mentality of the American people." (Look in the mirror and tell me what you understand, UnCurious George.)

That Old Familiar, Forgotten Feeling...for War

From a French blog I get the following tip of Amy Goodman's 2 March 2007 Democracy Now! interview with former U.S. General and Democrat presidential wannabe Wesley Clark, who told the host the Iraq War was a certainty by 20 September 2001 instead of being "fixed" :

GEN. WESLEY CLARK: Well, in a way. But, you know, history doesn’t repeat itself exactly twice. What I did warn about when I testified in front of Congress in 2002, I said if you want to worry about a state, it shouldn’t be Iraq, it should be Iran. But this government, our administration, wanted to worry about Iraq, not Iran.

I knew why, because I had been through the Pentagon right after 9/11. About ten days after 9/11, I went through the Pentagon and I saw Secretary Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz. I went downstairs just to say hello to some of the people on the Joint Staff who used to work for me, and one of the generals called me in. He said, “Sir, you’ve got to come in and talk to me a second.” I said, “Well, you’re too busy.” He said, “No, no.” He says, “We’ve made the decision we’re going to war with Iraq.” This was on or about the 20th of September. I said, “We’re going to war with Iraq? Why?” He said, “I don’t know.” He said, “I guess they don’t know what else to do.” So I said, “Well, did they find some information connecting Saddam to al-Qaeda?” He said, “No, no.” He says, “There’s nothing new that way. They just made the decision to go to war with Iraq.” He said, “I guess it’s like we don’t know what to do about terrorists, but we’ve got a good military and we can take down governments.” And he said, “I guess if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem has to look like a nail.”

So I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said, “Are we still going to war with Iraq?” And he said, “Oh, it’s worse than that.” He reached over on his desk. He picked up a piece of paper. And he said, “I just got this down from upstairs” — meaning the Secretary of Defense’s office — “today.” And he said, “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.” I said, “Is it classified?” He said, “Yes, sir.” I said, “Well, don’t show it to me.” And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, “You remember that?” He said, “Sir, I didn’t show you that memo! I didn’t show it to you!”

Bush, Diebold Want John McCain in November 2008

Remember, you heard it here second.... (Caveat: 5-second Old Spice promo before the program; another 15-sec product placement afterward....)

But the 110th Congressional House Democrats could care less about elections.

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