Minnesota Liberal

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce.... and W's cooked goose.

Well, I must say, I never thought they would let this happen. "They" being our President's handlers. "This" being tonight's nationally televised press conference. Bush has never been a good public speaker, but... I don't believe anyone expected the most powerful man in the world to look this stupid, this sad, this small, and this careless.

Here is just a few key highlights:

When asked what his biggest mistake after 9/11 was, Bush responded:
"I wish I would have received that question before the press conference."

"Some believe if you are Muslim or brown skinned you can't rule your own country." Yes, you read that right. Bush used the term "brown skinned" to describe Muslim's.

Iraq is "a theater in the war on terror."

"Of course they don't like being occupied. I wouldn't like being occupied either."


"When you act like you're hiding something, it means you've got something to hide." My God... the irony in that statement.

"Nobody likes to see dead people on their television screens."

When asked why he must have Dick Cheney next to him during his 9/11 commission testimony, he replied: " incoherent bumbling" "incoherent bumbling" "To answer their questions." WHAT????? That is not an answer!

Several times he was so confused by the questions he would not be able to give a coherent answer, that is when he said this phrase: "I'm sure something will pop into my head here."

And our "Did he actually say that" moment of the night:

"Had I had any inkling whatsoever that people wanted to fly airplanes into buildings, we would have moved heaven and earth to save the country.''

LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE. It was a lie when Condi Rice said it, and it is a lie when our Commander-in-Thief says it. He received multiple intelligence reports that specifically mentioned Al-Qaeda using airplanes as missiles. Condoleeza Rice, after saying this exact same line during her private meetings with the 9/11 commission, asked the 9/11 to take back her comments as a misunderstanding and that she never meant to say that.

Several reports informed Bush and his administration of increasing threats to our homeland. But Bush says that he never had any intelligence that warned him of this threat. What was he waiting for.... Osama to call him up at home and say "Hello old friend, remember me... Osama... I fought the Commies in Russia for your father. I am gonna fly a plane into the World Trade Center. Just thought I would let you know."
Most intelligence does not say exactly what is going to happen and when. But it is their job to use that intelligence to influence policy decisions, and obviously Bush did not see Al-Qaeda as a very important factor in his agenda.

Bush went on to say that he must rely on his intelligence information to be correct. Well, it wasn't. But Condi still has a job. Tenet still has a job. Chalabi still has a job. NO ACCOUNTABILITY.

And why does Bush keep saying that we will find WMD's in Iraq? He apparantly still believes they will magically appear... even though every intelligence expert says that there are no WMD's.

Several times, Bush was asked whether he had any regrets or was in anyway culpable for what happened on September the 11th. Each time he avoided the question. And when asked more specifically why he wouldn't admit any error, Bush responded that we should blame Osama. I guess it is too much to ask of our leaders to be accountable for protecting us. But it is okay to blame Clinton. Cause Clinton was a Godless son of a bitch, right Georgy?

Thanks for firing up our Democratic base George. We Dems needed that.

I believe it is now time to create commercials only consisting of George W Bush clips. There is plenty of good "gotcha" tape to go around. Can we commission "The Daily Show" pieces as political campaign commercials. My candidate for Vice-President... Jon Stewart.


Friday, April 09, 2004

Lying Liars and the comedian who will take them down

Let me begin this post by saying that if you have not read Al Franken's book, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them" you must do so immediatly. I read the book last August and it was, for me, redemption for all of the trash out there like Coulter, O'Reilly, Savage, and Hannity. It screamed "I am mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore." But yet it was funny, smart, and HONEST. It had (oh my God) citations. Yes, that is right... they actually researched their material to make sure it was accurate.

Anyways, Franken has a chapter discussing the whole Condi Rice- 9/11 thing. You should read it. If you already experienced it, go experience again. For those of you without this enlightening text-click here. The chapter has been reproduced on someone's website. It is worth another read in light the debate our country is in.

For more liberal comedians, go check out Air America Radio! This new liberal radio network is spectacular. My favorite program is actually Janeane Garofalo's show "The Majority Report." It is brilliant. And so many awesome guest stop by as well. Recently, Stephen Colbert of the Daily Show and David Cross of Mr. Show. Randi Rhodes is also worth while. She recently shredded Ralph Nader to pieces... for all of her listeners to enjoy. As she put so wonderfully- "The Green Party- the party Ralph Nader created- is not even endorsing him."

Lastly, go check out The Center for American Progress. They are all over Dr. Rice like white on rice on a polar bear in a snow storm.


Wednesday, April 07, 2004


TODAY Wed 4/7, call (651) 296-3391 or (800) 657-3717

Tell him:

- Come to the table directly and settle the strike!
- You can't balance the budget on the backs of transit workers!
- Affordable health care is a right!
- Transit is important to our communities!

This issue is very important. The transit system is relied upon by so many around this community. How are blind citizens expected to get around? How are the poor supposed to afford transportation? How are we going to get in and out of the Metro area.

This is union busting and it won't be stood for. Public transportation is OURS and WE need to take it back!