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The Brownie Brigade

No doubt, given ample evidence confirming the pervasive by product of the
Republican’s stranglehold of our elected government - aptly dubbed the ‘Culture of
Corruption’ - Howard Dean and the DNC are already splicing together those ‘06
Mid-Term campaign ads certain to feature the images of ‘Duke’ Cunningham, Tom
DeLay and the dapper don Jack Abramoff. And fortunately, the Right will fail in its
efforts to uniformly tarnish the Democrats in turn, considering the sheer number of
ethically born again GOP politicians now filling the coffers of their favorite charities
courtesy of Abramoff’s ‘influence’.

Moreover, the unnamed targets likely to be indicted next (as cited in his plea agreement),
are none other than Ohio Republican Bob Nay and Tom DeLay, himself.
Ironically, now given more convincing examples
to warrant TV spots illustrating the harmful repercussions of Bush administration
cronyism and incompetence, the Democrats would be shrewd to craft such
comparable advertisement starring ex-FEMA chief Michael Brown and an equally
flawed cast of characters.

Bush Apologists can hurl accusations of exploitation, yet they must also then
explain how the weakening of the Mining Safety And Health Administration (MSHA)
through budget cuts (including a loss of 170 inspectors), and entrusting it's
management to anti-union, anti-regulation coal industry cronies does not foster even
the appearance of incompetence and failed oversight. The familiar scenario has
now led to Congressional efforts to detach FEMA from the Dept. of Homeland
Security, return it to it's full funding and former effectiveness. We were led to believe
the Bush administration had learned this hard lesson with the debacle that was
Hurricane Katrina and Michael Brown. On the contrary, his recent recess
appointments
now prove such admitted 'mistakes', are as credible as his under
funded promises to Katrina's victims.

It should come as no surprise, that this sidestepping of Congressional approval
reinforces the Bush White House's growing rep as an imperialist
Executive Branch. Bush's recent list of recess appointments (intentionally timed)
also recast the Senate confirmation hearings of John Bolton's nomination into a
documented instance of all the obligatory amount of briefing Congressional
Democrats deserve. Bolton needed to start cleaning house at the U.N., you see.
The President's authorization to act without the Senate's consent is therefore
sacrosanct, taking into account such earlier, unimpeded action in defense of this country
very well could've prevented the U.N. 'Oil For Food' scandal, I betcha.

The Bush administration's philosophy of apportioning human resources can best
be surmised by its decisions to dishonorably discharge desperately needed Arab
translators since 9/11,
to the half-ass vetting process that green lighted the
nominations of Harriet Meiers and Bernie Kerik. Courtesy of the list of new Bush
appointees, we can further deduce preferable expertise and applicable skills
basically entail a close relation to the Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Chief
Of Staff to the Homeland Security Secretary. In addition, if one is able, over the
strenuous objections of Justice Dept. lawyers to advance the Texas Congressional
gerrymandering blue print of the now indicted Tom DeLay, you're still grandfather'd
the substantial jump in pay grade and sub-Cabinet title.

Some have strongly suggested this is symptomatic of the Norquist neo-Con Master
plan to end government, as we know it. Where the Bush administration has
succeeded perhaps, is by allowing industry lobbyists to craft the Energy and
Bankruptcy Bills', without interference. Though, where the White House has
obviously overreached (Social Security, Medicare Prescription Drug Plan) proved
too onerous and costly, not to raise the appropriate suspicion and outrage.

In light of the seething indignation of Hurricane Katrina victims over the continued
inadequate response by FEMA and the Bush administration, I partisanly ponder why
that does not now make Louisiana and Mississippi competitive Red States for the
Dems? In the aftermath of the failing grade given the administration by the 9/11
Commission over its recommendations
, I don't expect it to alter much the
perception and undeserved credit given George Bush for successfully preventing
another attack. Given the fact that Bush carried the state of West Virginia last
November, we can presume that a good number of its coal miners voted against
their economic interests and safety, to stop the gays from marrying, and prevent
John Kerry from taking their guns away.

Only by recognizing that this stagnant atmosphere of low accountability still persists,
can one understand how Bush continues his brazen practice of rewarding cronies.

The elevation of Condi Rice and Doug Fief prove George Bush values loyalty over
competence, while the long scheduled exits of John Ashcroft and Colin Powell
confirm that flouting the rule of law and bouts of conscious will not be tolerated. Your
operating budget or manpower may be slashed in half, but you're 'doing a good job'
- until you embarrass the President. Your accurate calculation of the cost of the
administration's Prescription Drug Plan may be less optimistic, and your clash over
adequate troop levels may prove prescience. Yet, is such admirable diligence really
worth your job?

Herein, lies the battle cry of the Brownie Brigade.

Posted by Bert M. Caradine at February 8, 2006 9:49 PM
Comments
Comment #122533

Unfortunately, it seems that the vast majority of the voters on the right believe the excuses and spin of the conservative machine and news outlets like Fox. They won’t leave the ranks of red voters in any appreciable amount, in spite of the evidence staring them in the face.
Perhaps those voters that are normally on the fence, who voted republican in the last elections because of the “war on terrorism in Iraq”, may see the gross mishandling and corruption going on in our government today, and that will be enough to turn the tide. Hopefully enough of the message has gotten through to them.
If the democrats can put together a cohesive platform and deliver the goods in the campaigns, we may see a positive outcome after all.
As it is now, it’s probably a coin toss.

Posted by: Cole at February 8, 2006 11:34 PM
Comment #122542

Bert,

Good beginning but you need to work on “form” and I also think you should consider less inflammatory links. ie:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6824206/

After all you’re not just informing but attempting to change hearts & minds.

Or at least I assume you are.

KansasDem

Posted by: KansasDem at February 9, 2006 12:28 AM
Comment #122548

Things can change:

Veterans opposing the incumbents, “The fighting Democrats, as some call themselves, say their military experience could give them the credibility to criticize the war without being dismissed out of hand by the GOP as naive and weak on defense, as the Bush administration has often done.”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11225344/from/RSS/

KansasDem
PS: OTOH I’m just listening to Rush Limbaugh on FOX explaining why the libbys will lose again.

Posted by: KansasDem at February 9, 2006 1:09 AM
Comment #122553

Bert,

Too bad that Democrats have nothing to fight for but their own selfish desire for power. Yesterday’s funeral and episodes like this, which we see over and over again, tell the real story of the utter bankruptcy of the left.

Until Democrats realize that the progressive meme is basically an appeal to jealousy, greed, and envy, I’m not sure that hoping for, and attempting to manufacture, some kind of scandal big enough to depress Republican voters will do it for the Democrats.

Regular Americans can see through liberal lies well enough.

Democrats try to say that Bush divides America, yet who is it that takes cheap shots at him during a funeral? Besides the left, regular Americans are not deceived by this. It takes two to tango, but it only takes one to be divided (and then blame the division on the other).

Posted by: esimonson at February 9, 2006 2:07 AM
Comment #122599

Eric they aren’t lies Eric, Frist creating an aids fund and then taking that money and putting it in other people’s warchests and coffers aren’t lies. Bush running a sky high deficit and barely able to keep hold of greenbacks in Chines banks aren’t lies. A war built on outright lies aren’t lies. Gas prices at the pump doubling aren’t lies. Jack Abramoff with George W. Bush in pictures aren’t lies. George W, Bush holding hands with the Saudi sheik who supports terror by funding Hamas isn’t a lie.

Should I go on or are you getting the point?

Posted by: AAA the troll at February 9, 2006 6:39 AM
Comment #122616

Bert,
Dont bet on the Tom Delay indictment. He just landed a seat on the committee overseeing that investigation.

Sweet.

Posted by: Schwamp at February 9, 2006 8:15 AM
Comment #122631

“Until Democrats realize that the progressive meme is basically an appeal to jealousy, greed, and envy…”

That’s for that insight… not at accurate, but funny as hell. If I didn’t know better, I’d say this was some seriously bizarre satire…

Posted by: tony at February 9, 2006 9:33 AM
Comment #122650

Don’t forget that as soon as the time is ripe, the Republicans will start spinning “security” to scare voters into believing they are protecting the country.

I predict that we will start seeing government spokesmen issuing “warnings” of a “plot” which mirabile dictu is being uncovered and stopped through the magic of warrantless wiretaps! Of course, details are secret and to reveal them would compromise our security apparatus.

Remember: you read it here first — BEFORE it even happened!

Posted by: bobo at February 9, 2006 10:44 AM
Comment #122653

Bobo
you are dead on. I say the same thing, Just watch!!

Unfortunatly, the funeral did become a platform that was abused, however, this shows just how upset the American people are over all this.
I feel that Mrs Scott King Jr. would have approved , because the right are being so pigheaded in their stand. The Bush admin. is dangerous. It should be as clear as the nose on ya’lls faces. If it takes a funeral to get the word out then so be it.
I don’t believe a word that any offical say’s anymore… Not one word.

And, it was a little bit fun to watch this liar wiggle in his seat. Sorry , but it was . :)

Posted by: gypsyirishgirl at February 9, 2006 11:03 AM
Comment #122658

mirabile dictu- Marvellous in the telling! Latin.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at February 9, 2006 11:26 AM
Comment #122660

I know this isn’t exactly commentary on your blog. Sorry.
I’m hoping that perhaps one you can explain something to me. I understand why Abramoff is being indicted. Bribery of legislators is illegal. What I don’t understand is how Abramoffs’ behavior is more criminal than that of Karl Rove. Wasn’t it just the other day that he promised to blacklist and eliminate funding and White House support for any Repblican who chose to agree that more information on the “terrorist suvielance program” is needed? That seems to me to be saying vote the correct way and money from the RNC will be forthcoming, don’t, and no money comes from the party. That seems to me to be either buying votes or extorting cooperation. Isn’t that somehow akin to intimidating grand jurors or any other witness? Just curious, thanks for any light that you can shed on my lack of understanding.

Posted by: richard at February 9, 2006 11:31 AM
Comment #122661

Hey - bobo…

Check out this article…

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/02/09/bush.terror.ap/index.html

So, I can’t knock the guy if these threats were actually averted, but … the timing (with events being almost 4 years old) seems a bit insincere.

Posted by: tony at February 9, 2006 11:34 AM
Comment #122674

Don’t forget the “slam dunk”, a monumental failure subsequently to find WMD was a considerable embarrassment for Tenet and the CIA.
Then the resignation of both Tenet and CIA Deputy Director James Pavitt in June 2004 that surely was related to that failure to find the “slam dunk” WMDs used to justify invasion. And Admiral Stansfield Turner (retired). Director of the CIA under President Carter, said “I think the president feels he’s in enough trouble that he’s got to begin to cast some of the blame for the morass that we are in Iraq on to somebody else and this was one subtle way to do it.” Tenet’s resignation came so soon before an election. Unusual? But, Bush then said, “George Tenet did a superb job for America. It was a high honor to work with him, and I’m sorry he left,” and that Tenet resigned “for personal reasons”. Who’s going to believe that? Then, George Bush awarded Tenet the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The fact is, the government failed miserably for one simple reason. Bad intelligence and lack of diligence. Had the government and airlines simply heeded the numerous warnings to secure airline cock-pits, 911 could have been prevented.

And you would think that $2.2 trillion per year and all of this, we could connect the dots? Perhaps that’s the problem with such a bloated government?

Then there’s Abramoff. He is a perfect example of what is wrong with government. It is FOR SALE. Government is full of bought-and-paid-for , corrupt, politicians that no longer fear the voters. The believe the voters get what they deserve for allowing it. Incumbents answer only to their big-money-donors. That’s why no badly-needed, common-sense, no-brainer reforms are ever passed, but congress can vote itself a raise, cu$hy perks, and retirement plans in a heart-beat, and make the tax-payers pick up the tab.

The government is dysfunctional, and growing worse. But, that is not a surprise. That is what governments do. They are always growing more corrupt if voters foolishly allow it.

Posted by: d.a.n at February 9, 2006 12:01 PM
Comment #122681

bobo,

And don’t forget about the tape that will be released just before the election of OBL endorsing the Democrat Party!

Posted by: JayJay Snowman at February 9, 2006 12:19 PM
Comment #122693

“It should come as no surprise, that this sidestepping of Congressional approval
reinforces the Bush White House’s growing rep as an imperialist Executive Branch.”

I love it! The libs are getting more extreme. It should make for more great election cycles in 2006 & 2008.

“Some have strongly suggested this is symptomatic of the Norquist neo-Con Master plan to end government, as we know it.”

Yeah! Sounds rather ‘Hugo Chavezian’ … just bring your favorite son to the States and put him in a lib leadership position already!

Regarding Katrina: Yeah, you’re right, the New Orleans plan, or lack thereof, was a disaster! Maybe Mayor Chocolate should’ve orated less and planned more. Keeping those bus drivers around with the hundreds of busses may have been an idea to consider.

“The elevation of Condi Rice prove George Bush values loyalty over competence …” Yeah, nice research Bert! Condi’s one of the most educated in Washington … or would you prefer your law-school-cheating Kennedy taking the role? Or, better yet, are you both a racist and against equal opportunity for women? Hmmmmmm …

Posted by: Ken Cooper at February 9, 2006 12:49 PM
Comment #122698

And for all the Libs who keep touting “Bush Lied About WMD in Iraq” … please do not watch the following video. Otherwise you will not be able to continue to chant your mantra with a straight face …

http://media1.streamtoyou.com/rnc/111505.wmv

Posted by: Ken Cooper at February 9, 2006 12:59 PM
Comment #122706

Oh, I’m sorry, this blog is just too good not to have at least 3 comments on:

Tell Howard “Old Yeller” Dean (which your party correctly kicked to the curb once his numbers were up in the 2004 race) to keep splicing. And, regarding corruption, hmmm, how about lying to a grand jury, opening yourself up to unprecedented blackmailings by having an affair in the White House with a girl and a cigar (hello big tobacco!), cutting the military by 1/3 just because you don’t like them, and pardoning some of the most wanted and most in-debt criminals this country has arrest warrants for? NOW THAT WOULD BE AWFUL! As soon as the GOP does that, please do keep us informed.

Posted by: Ken Cooper at February 9, 2006 1:12 PM
Comment #122708

Ken,

This is at least the 3rd time you have posted this link in different places here, and I am really curious as to what it says, however, I have tried to play it on RealPlayer and Window’s Media Player and it is not compatible. Am I the only one having this problem? Maybe you could give us a run down of what it is that is suppose to shut the Dems up.

Posted by: JayJay Snowman at February 9, 2006 1:16 PM
Comment #122711

Wow - so it’s just the ‘they thought so too’ argument put to “Low spark of high heeled boys.” great. I think Traffic should sue the hell out of ‘em.

(Couldn’t watch the video, it froze near the beginning, but I sat here listening, waiting to be amazed… Not.)

One difference, just a slight concern… NONE OF THE PEOPLE PRESENTED IN THIS VIDEO TOOK THE COUNTRY TO WAR!!! Why is that such a difficult thing to grasp?

There’s ahuge difference in thinking that your neighbor is a wacko and is up to no good - it’s a completely different thing to shoot him and then find out you were wrong. !!! ???

“The percentage you’re paying is too high-priced
While you’re living beyond all your means
And the man in the suit has just bought a new car
From the profit he’s made on your dreams”
-lyriacs from song

Does anyone here find irony that the RNC chose this song???

Posted by: tony at February 9, 2006 1:20 PM
Comment #122713

“If I gave you everything that I owned
And asked for nothing in return
Would you do the same for me as I would for you
Or take me for a ride
And strip me of everything, including my pride”
- Traffic (same song)

Posted by: tony at February 9, 2006 1:21 PM
Comment #122715

Ken,

Thanks for the Spam! From one of the other 3 places you posted this comment: (can’t you come up with something else to say?)

(3) Corrupt congressmen? Hmmm, how about lying to a grand jury, opening yourself up to blackmailing by having an affair in the White House with a girl and a cigar (hello big tobacco!), cutting the military by 1/3 just because you don’t like them, and pardoning some of the most wanted and most in-debt criminals this country has arrest warrants for? NOW THAT WOULD BE AWFUL! As soon as the GOP does that, please do keep us informed.

Ok. How about “Scooter”? How about the President lying to the American people when he said “Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires - a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we’re talking about chasing down terrorists, we’re talking about getting a court order before we do so. It’s important for our fellow citizens to understand, when you think Patriot Act, constitutional guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because we value the Constitution.” He was also under oath to uphold and protect the Constitution.

Clinton’s cuts in military spending had nothing to do with because “he didn’t like them”. It had to do with the end of the Cold War. The eventual Clinton military budget was exactly the same as the military budget proposed by Republican President Bush Sr. in his last year in office, who had already begun cuts.

Bill Clinton only beat Ronald Reagan in pardons by 3. Democratic President Bill Clinton granted 396 pardons in eight years, former Republican President Ronald Reagan did 393 pardons in eight years. The current President Bush has pardoned 58, including Jesse Ray Harvey, a domestic terrorist.

Posted by: JayJay Snowman at February 9, 2006 1:21 PM
Comment #122716

tony,

I can’t even get sound, just an error message saying that the file extension does not match the file format.

Posted by: JayJay Snowman at February 9, 2006 1:24 PM
Comment #122719

Bert!
How nice to see an article by you.

Brownie Brigade — hilarious.

(Sigh) So many scandals. So many lies. So much corruption. So much failure. So much incompetence. No checks and balances.
And alas, still so much blind faith and unwavering support from the GOP legions, despite all of the above…

Unbelievable. :^/

Posted by: Adrienne at February 9, 2006 1:34 PM
Comment #122730

Ken -

I went to your link - now you need to check out this one.

http://www.state.gov/secretary/former/powell/remarks/2003/16921.htm

C. Powell’s speech at the UN leading up to the war. Several things jumped out as lies and false assumptions, but one in particular caught me

“Where are the chemical and biological munitions? Where are the mobile biological laboratories? If the Iraqi regime was truly committed to disarmament, we wouldn’t be looking for these mobile labs. They’d drive them up and park them in front of UNMOVIC headquarters for inspection.”

Kind of hard to park what ya don’t have. In the words of so many posting here - you can’t prove a negative.

So, Ken, after reviewing these comments, can you keep repeating the “no lies” with a straight face?

Posted by: tony at February 9, 2006 1:43 PM
Comment #122731

jayjay -

you might try right-clicking on the link and trying to download the file to your computer (just keep the Lysol handy for after you throw it away.)

Posted by: tony at February 9, 2006 1:44 PM
Comment #122738

HOLY CRAP - STOP THE PRESSES!!!

http://www.thememoryhole.org/war/powell-no-wmd.htm

Is this actually for real? Did Powell and Rice (in 2001) actually state that the Iraq sanctions were working and that Saddam had no weapons? I was just searching around online and found this. No idea if it is real or not.

Posted by: tony at February 9, 2006 1:57 PM
Comment #122763

Ken -

So, what does it do to your argument that Powell and Rice (in 2001) felt that the sanctions against Iraq/Saddam were working? That he was unable to develop weapons or become a threat?

Posted by: tony at February 9, 2006 2:40 PM
Comment #122809

I find it laughable that they began that stream with comments by the clinton Administration regarding 1998. What was the GOP saying:

http://edition.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/stories/1998/12/16/congressional.react/

KansasDem

Posted by: KansasDem at February 9, 2006 4:00 PM
Comment #122813

Tony,

Memoryhole f’in rules!!!! They save some seriously great archives.

Posted by: AAA the troll at February 9, 2006 4:04 PM
Comment #122829

its all a smokescreen………..read my comments in the no nukes posts

Posted by: mike h at February 9, 2006 4:36 PM
Comment #122867

Ken Cooper


And for all the Libs who keep touting “Bush Lied About WMD in Iraq” … please do not watch the following video. Otherwise you will not be able to continue to chant your mantra with a straight face


I went to the above site as suggested. (for some reason it won’t post, but it’s the one you suggested.) Which really did work and come up without any trouble for me

I heard a whole lot of “…from the briefings I have received…” to “…based on the reports I have been given…”

All I want to know is who gave these briefings and\or reports to both the Republicans and Democrats?

Posted by: Linda H. at February 9, 2006 5:41 PM
Comment #123293

Linda,

I like the link, mostly for the traffic in the background.

Posted by: Dave at February 10, 2006 2:10 PM
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