you lie!

By Jim Stanford on September 10, 2009

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Bush and Cheney, chummy with Rummy.

Chummy with Rummy: 935 falsehoods and counting.

Just making sure you’re still tuned in.

Ah, today’s GOP: first, the dripper, and now the heckler.

The hypocrisy of the right knows no bounds.

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from the depth of winter, hope

By Jim Stanford on January 20, 2009

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YES WE WILL: U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama, from the new WhiteHouse.gov.

President Barack Hussein Obama, from the new WhiteHouse.gov.

“We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth.

“And because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

“To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.

“To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict or blame their society’s ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.

“To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”

Hallelujah, Amen, Shalom, Salaam.

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Full text of Obama’s inauguration speech can be found here.

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a farewell kiss

By Jim Stanford on December 14, 2008

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This surreal scene unfolded today as George W. Bush made his final visit to Iraq as president.

An Iraqi television journalist threw both of his shoes at Bush, shouting, “This is a gift from the Iraqis. This is the farewell kiss, you dog! This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!”

Bush displayed rather cat-like reflexes in ducking and dodging both shoes, which were hurled from about 15 feet, according to various media reports.

The Iraqi journalist, Muntader al-Zaidi, 28, was beaten by Iraqi security guards and dragged from the room, and presumably faces execution.

The attack occurred as Bush and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki held a press conference to say everything is basically hunky-dory in Iraq.

From the N.Y. Times report: “Hitting someone with a shoe is considered the supreme insult in Iraq. It means that the target is even lower than the shoe, which is always on the ground and dirty.”

Could Dick Cheney get thumped with a Sorel while dining at Snake River Grill?

Ah, the prestige and dignity of the U.S. presidency.

Ah, the prestige and dignity of the U.S. presidency. (Saul Loeb - AFP/Getty)

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eight years later …

By Jim Stanford on October 29, 2008

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The Budweiser “Wassup?” guys are back, this time in defense of what’s really TRUE.

First watch the above commercial from 2000, which although somewhat annoying became a cult hit among football-watching beer drinkers.

Now check out this statement the guys made on their own, without the sanction of Anheuser-Busch.

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Dick Cheney’s new colors

By Jim Stanford on July 4, 2008

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Chairman Cheney finds himself a new countryThe bald eagle has landed.

Devious Dick is back in Jackson Hole for Fourth of July weekend, according to well-placed sources. He did not attend the parade this morning (where he might have faced a mob), but perhaps he’ll be ferried by chopper to the Music in the Hole concert, of which he and his wife are fans.

Since we’re such patriotic, freedom-loving Americans, we thought we’d celebrate this Independence Day with some ol’-fashioned Communist bashing.

Oops. Turns out the military trainers the U.S. government sent to Guantánamo Bay in 2002, under the direction of the Creep Veep, gave our soldiers a lesson in torture tactics pioneered by … the Communist Chinese during the Korean War.

The Chinese used these tactics — sleep deprivation, exposure to cold, standing for long periods of time — to “obtain confessions, many of them false, from American prisoners,” the New York Times reports.

The trainers based their lesson on a chart the U.S. Air Force developed during the 1950s as it sought to train our soldiers to resist the very same techniques.

“The only change made in the chart presented at Guantánamo was to drop its original title: ‘Communist Coercive Methods for Eliciting Individual Compliance,’” the Times reports. Nice work, keystone commies.

[In case anyone is wondering whether waterboarding, another of the tactics implemented by the Bush administration, is, in fact, torture, a journalist we admire greatly, Christopher Hitchens, says there's no doubt. Hitchens, bless him, subjected himself to waterboarding and wrote a piece about it for Vanity Fair.]

Happy July Fourth, Chairman Cheney!

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