Author: BooMan

Striving to Eliminate Jobs

In answers to questions from Biden and other senators, Bolton said some of his past remarks about the United Nations had been “quoted out of context.” He said he had been trying to make the point that the United Nations is not a disembodied entity, but reflects the will of its member governments, and that his remark about lopping off 10 stories from U.N. headquarters was meant to convey that the world body’s 51,000-member bureaucracy could be made a lot leaner and more efficient.

“I think a reduction in personnel is something that every manager . . . should strive for,” he said.
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I love this last quote. I think it pretty much says everything we need to know about John Bolton and the Bush administration.

Open Thread

“I’m a uniter, not a divider. That means when it comes time to sew up your chest cavity, we use stitches as opposed to opening it up.”

-George W. Bush, March 2nd, 2000, on the Late Show with David Letterman.

David had recently undergone open-heart surgery. Bush is a born comedian.

Oppose John Bolton

I’m sure many of you got this email. John Bolton is an enemy of all that is good, decent, and just. His nomination to be Ambassador to the United Nations is an insult to the entire world.

It is another clear example that Bush is a divider and not an uniter. He simply refuses to nominate anyone to any high-profile office that is not hated by the left, and feared by our allies.

I join Senator Kerry, in opposing Bolton for anything other than jailtime. Tell Lincoln Chafee what you think.

Dear BooMan,

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations – and, in particular, Senator Lincoln Chafee – have a big decision to make this week.

I’ve made my decision. I will vigorously oppose the nomination of John Bolton as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Have you ever noticed that in the Bush Administration, the only way to get a job promotion is to bungle our national security? As under secretary of state for arms control and international security for the past four years, Mr. Bolton has achieved little. In fact, we secured more nuclear materials in the two years before September 11th than in the two years after. North Korea and Iran are now burgeoning nuclear states. This record earned John Bolton a nomination to the UN?

How can we believe this nomination makes any sense at all?

We can’t believe it.

But, unless Senator Lincoln Chafee puts principle over party, the inexplicable John Bolton nomination will squeak through the Foreign Relations Committee on a party line vote.

We have to do everything we can to make sure that doesn’t happen.

That’s why, in addition to being vocal about my own opposition to Senator Bolton, I am organizing johnkerry.com activists in Rhode Island to contact Senator Chafee, and I am running online ads in the Rhode Island media.

See the ad for yourself.

http://www.johnkerry.com/action/chafee-ad.php.

…Sincerely,

John Kerry

Open Thread

“Do not repeat back to me what I just said in different fucking words!”

– Al Swearengen hosts a ‘board’ meeting, “Deadwood”

“I’ll try touching the moon before working on a whore’s thinking.”

– Al, about Trixie, “Deadwood”

“Hey Reverend, you could have just said amen.”

– Al, after the Reverend has a seizure, “Deadwood”

“You might, Dan, learn to indicate interest in a girl without murdering someone.”

– Al to Dan, “Deadwood”

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Arms Dealers, Terrorism and Banking Regulations

…(I)n a letter in January to Treasury Department officials, 52 banking associations around the country said that a “lack of clarity” by the government in explaining what is expected of them in complying with regulations to deter terrorist financing and money laundering has “complicated, and in some cases undermined” those efforts.

The result, banking officials say, is that many banks, now in a defensive mode, are sending the government far more reports than ever before on “suspicious activities” by their customers – and potentially clogging the system with irrelevant data – for fear of being penalized if they fail to file the reports as required.

Some smaller community banks have sold out to larger companies for fear of increased liability, banking officials say, and banks have dropped some money-transmittal businesses that do significant business overseas because of the risk.
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I find stories like this to be the most complicated for me to take a position on.

First of all, if I were made King of America, the first item on my agenda would be to identify every arms dealer I could, and to break up their criminal and/or clandestine business structures.

Most of these arms dealers are also involved in drug dealing, and many of them are intricately involved in human slavery, the diamond trade and mercenary activity in Africa.

In short, they are the greatest purveyors of human misery in the world. They are allowed to operate because they come in handy from time-to-time. Every major intelligence agency in the world has the same cast of characters in their rolodexes. And lax banking regulations are used to conceal who the true clients are.

So, I love the idea of cracking down on money laundering. But I hate the idea of the government compiling reams of financial information about private citizens. I hate the fact that banks are being intimidated into providing information that has little or no relevancy to any investigation.

Kind of a Catch-22. I have come to the firm conclusion that the only proper response to the Bushies, is to oppose the passage of ALL laws, and all foreign policy initiatives. They may sound good in theory, but every law they pass makes things worse.

After all, the most famous example of an arms dealing, drug dealing, and money laundering syndicate is the Enterprise. The Enterprise was set up to deal with our covert war in Laos, extended to handle our arms deals with the Shah, and finally exploded into plain sight during the Iran-Contra affair. The Bush family is close friends with many of the Enterprise spooks, and Bush Sr. ran their operations out of the National Security Council’s office during his Vice-Presidency.

I simply don’t believe the Bushies are really interested in cracking down on money laundering.

Saturday Night Live

Who is your favorite cast member in SNL history?

Who is your favorite recurring character?

What is your favorite recurring skit?

Who is your favorite guest host?

Who did the news the best?

Who did the best political impersonation, and why?

Has beisbal been berry berry good to you?

Ann Coulter is Really Smart

Ann Coulter’s opening snark:

It’s been a tough year for the secularist crowd. There was Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” the moral values election, the Christian hostage subduing her kidnapper by reading from “The Purpose-Driven Life,” and the Christian effort to save Terri Schiavo. Not only that, but earlier this year Dr. James Dobson insulted the Democrats’ mascot, SpongeBob SquarePants, with impunity.

Ann gets down to business:

…I wanted to return to a story from a few weeks ago that passed from the headlines far too quickly.

Nichols’ murderous rampage began when he took the gun from a 5-foot-tall grandmother who was his sole guard at the Fulton County Courthouse. It ended when an otherwise unremarkable 26-year-old woman appealed to the Christian conscience of this same violent killer holding her hostage.

At 2 a.m. one Saturday night, Ashley Smith went out for cigarettes while unpacking her new apartment, yet another victory for tobacco pleasure. Returning from the store, Smith was grabbed by a man at her front door, who put a gun in her side and told her not to scream. He asked if she knew who he was. When he removed his baseball cap, she saw it was Nichols, the dangerous fugitive all over television who had escaped custody during his rape trial and had killed four people in the previous 48 hours…
…In short order, Smith was reading aloud to Nichols from the Christian book “The Purpose-Driven Life” – in direct violation of his constitutional right to never hear any reference to God, in public or private, for any purpose, ever, ever, ever! For more on this right, go to the “People for the American Way” website.

Ann is correct. All liberals want the word ‘God’ to be banned from use in private homes. We just don’t ordinarily admit it. I’m glad Ann has the balls to set the record straight.

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DavidByron

Anyone who wants to opine on DavidByron’s positions, behavior, diary etc, please do so here.  This invitation is extended to David as well.

I’m not going to participate.

I have warned David about some of his posts.  I have suggested he consider leaving voluntarily.  

Other than that, I’ll say no more.  I’d rather see what the community has to say.

Open Thread

“It’s amazing to be interested in history and living– making history. It’s an interesting coincidence.”

Bush, C-SPAN interview, February, 5th, 1999.

Middle East Set to “Explode”

I am raising this issue again. This story has the potential to be much more significant than the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. But you would never know it by watching your television.

I am still hoping that reasonable people will prevail and that we do not see an uptick in the cycle of violence.

Israeli police guard Temple Mount

Thousands of Israeli police have surrounded the Temple Mount in Jerusalem amid fears that Jewish extremists plan to storm the site.
The operation follows reports that extremists hope to thwart Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza by inflaming tensions with Palestinians.

Palestinian militants say they will end a truce if Jewish protesters enter the al-Aqsa mosque built on Temple Mount.

The Temple Mount is known as the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) to Muslims.

Last month, Israel’s Channel Two TV station showed a video that it said showed plotters, including rabbis and far-right extremists, discussing ways to occupy the site, which is holy in both Judaism and Islam.

The meeting of representatives from 30 different groups took place at a secret location in Jerusalem’s Old City, the TV station said.

Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei appealed to Israel to stop any action against the compound, saying it would cause the region to “explode”…

…Opponents of the Gaza withdrawal plan have been protesting in a number of ways, including blocking traffic on major roads causing massive jams.

Israel is due to withdraw all settlers and the troops that protect them from Gaza in July this year. Israel has occupied Gaza since 1967, and will retain control of the strip’s external borders, airspace and coastline.

The Temple Mount compound, in the old city in East Jerusalem, covers an area of 35 acres.

The site is holy to Jews because it is the site of the First and Second Temple in ancient times. It is known in Jewish tradition as the “abode of God’s presence”.

It is also of deep religious, political and national significance to Palestinians and to Muslims around the world.
BBC