Happy weekend. Did you think it would ever arrive?
I'll say one thing for Bully Boy, my days are never boring.
Seriously, when Bill Clinton was president, I didn't worry about the country, I felt like we had someone who would do some things I agreed with and some things I didn't but that we wouldn't be headed to hell and collapse.
With Bully Boy in the oval office, it seems like it's one thing after another. Which is a good place to start noting the two items Mike and I will be noting. Mike's site is Mikey Likes It! and a visitor wondered if Mike and I were a couple. I'm a few years too old for Mike and he has a girlfriend (Nina) but I'll take it as a compliment.
My friend Rebecca blogs at Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude, my very good friend Rebecca. She needed some time off this summer and she asked me to substitute for her over there. Everyone was very encouraging and very helpful. (And C.I. would stay on the phone just waiting for me to stop typing so I could read my post for feedback before it went up. C.I., Rebeca and I are old friends from before the days of the internet as we know it today.)
But Mike would call and check on me and ask how I was handling the blogging. (Everyone did and thank you to all of them.) Mike loves Democracy Now! and, while I was filling in for Rebecca, we got into the routine of noting the same items and noting our thoughts on them so that someone who visited both sites could have two different views (both from the left). I've carried that over to this site which I started because a lot of Common Ills members and Rebecca readers were very supportive and Mike led this write in campaign from his site to get people to ask me to please start my own site.
Mike is gorgeous, tall, hilarious and kinder than you'd expect when you first see him (he's very kind). But he's also nineteen and I finished with college many years ago. So even if Nina weren't in the picture, having no desire to play Demi & Ashton, I wouldn't be involved with him.
(Though it would be my loss.)
Bush: God Told Me To Invade Iraq, Afghanistan (Democracy Now!)
As President Bush announces his renewed war on what he calls radical Islam, a new BBC series is revealing new details about President Bush's own perceived religious mission. According to the BBC, Bush told Palestinian ministers in 2003 that God had told him to invade Afghanistan and Iraq - and to create a Palestinian State. In the BBC program, Palestinian Prime Minister Abu Mazen and foreign minister Nabil Shaath describe their first meeting with President Bush in June 2003. Shaath quotes Bush as saying at the time QUOTE "I'm driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, "George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan." And I did, and then God would tell me, "George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq …" And I did. And now, again, I feel God's words coming to me, "Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East." And by God I'm gonna do it,'" Shaath quoted Bush as saying. The White House denied Bush made the comments, calling them "absurd."
The term for Bully Boy's medical condition that prompts delusions is "psychosis."
Rove Faces Grand Jury for Fourth Time (Democracy Now!)
Washington is abuzz with speculation today about possible indictments coming down against multiple senior administration officials over the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame. On Thursday, the special prosecutor heading the investigation summoned senior Bush advisor Karl Rove to appear before the grand Jury--for a rare 4th appearance. Rove appears before the Grand Jury with no offer of immunity with the prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, informing Rove in writing that he could face indictment later. Meanwhile, the LA Times reports: "In Washington, talk of imminent indictments -- of Rove alone or with others as part of a conspiracy -- was overheard in the corridors of the FBI, Justice Department and White House." The New York Times is reporting that prosecutor Fitzgerald will likely call on several other White House officials to return to the grand jury to testify about their actions in the case. The Grand Jury expires October 28. In addition to Rove, Fitzgerald is also reportedly re-examining grand jury testimony by Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
It would be amazing if this could happen, if the administration could be held accountability. I'll wait for indictments until I get too excited.
And that's it for tonight. I have plans this evening. Be sure to read C.I.'s "Other Items" today because of Francisco's comment and because C.I.'s talking about Todd S. Purdum's smelly jock. I always laugh when that happens.
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