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11 posts from October 2005

October 31, 2005

Frameshop: Cheney Stinks

Why is Dick Cheney still the Vice President?

I mean, can we be honest with each other for second.  Is there anyone in this country--I mean anyone--Democrat or Republican--anyone at all who does not think Dick Cheney knows the whole nine yards in the CIA leak case?   

Sure, it was Lewis Libby, Dick Cheney's right arm, who was charged with a crime on Friday.  Sure, Dick Cheney was not indicted for anything.  But we all agree that Dick Cheney, our Vice President, is the key to this whole sordid affair, right? 

Let's try it this way:  If you think Dick Cheney knows everything there is to know about the CIA leak case, raise your hand.  That's what I thought. 

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Frameshop: Man, Oh Man

Today, President Bush nominated Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court--yet another male nominee to fill Sandra O'Connor's seat, a seat which symbolizes the importance of having women on the highest court in the land. 

No biggie.  I mean, it must be really tough to find qualified women to fill important positions of leadership in America, right?   Uh...wrong.

The truth is, President Bush will only nominate a woman to the Supreme Court if she has a proven record as a radical right extremists or if she is a "trusted" member of his own staff.  Strange...the same standard does not apply to the men he nominates.

Here are a few pointers to keep the debate on the Alito nomination focused...


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October 30, 2005

Frameshop: A Short List of Big Ideas

After listening to Patrick Fitzgerald's press conference on Friday afternoon, many Americans are thinking the same two thoughts.

President Bush and his White house have so completely squandered the public trust, that the time has come for Americans to talk about the qualities we demand in our leaders.

When was the last time you turned to someone--anyone--and said, "These are the qualities I expect from our nation's leaders," and then told them?  Not lately?  Me either.

Start with a short list of big ideas.

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Frameshop: 'Harm' (Public Advisory)

Since the indictments against the Vice President's Chief of Staff, The President and his allies have been using two talking points, produced in yet another secret meeting held at The White House:

(1) innocent until proven guilty
(2) no crime was found.

To counter this latest effort at deception from the White House, Americans of all political stripes should keep in mind that the there is one word--and one word only--that sums up the indictment handed down last week:  harm.

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October 27, 2005

Frameshop: "Surprise!" The Distractions Begin

As we approach the time that top Bush officials will be charged with serious crimes, the White House will be running a strategy to move the media off the story.  That began this morning. 

At 9:00am the Dallas News ran this story (subscription) announcing a "surprise"--Harriet Miers, the President's nominee to fill Sandra O'Connor's seat on the Supreme Court of the United States, has withdrawn her candidacy.  The article included this sentence:

Miers' surprise withdrawal stunned Washington on a day when the capital was awaiting news on another front -- the possible indictment of senior White House aides in the CIA leak case.

(read the full article here)

This is no "surprise."  And any news agency that is currently running the Miers story as a "surprise" is aiding the White House's campaign to distract the American public from the real story:  George W. Bush's top aides will soon be charged with serious crimes.

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October 26, 2005

frameshop: High Noon

High profile members of President Bush's administration will soon be charged with serious crimes--crimes committed to keep Americans from learning that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq--crimes committed to help George W. Bush launch an unnecessary invasion of the Middle East--crimes committed to help raise the approval ratings of the administration--crimes committed to re-elect the President.

It's high noon in Washington, DC.  And the President's hired guns are about to bust through the saloon doors with double-barrel propaganda a' blazin.

Here are some pointers to prepare for the news that is about to break...

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October 20, 2005

Frameshop: Start Your Watches

Here's a fun game:  see how much time the Bush Administration wastes before it does anything about the Avian Flu pandemic that's inching towards America with the slow, but steady pace of a flock of migrating birds.

On October 7, the President held a very high profile meeting with--wait for it--the vaccine industry!  Oh thank goodness.  We're all in good hands because the vaccine industry is looking out for us.  If you squint and look towards Florida, you can almost see the lines of petrified senior citizens queing up at the strip malls.

Tick tock, tick-tock, tick-tock... (the sound of time being wasted)

How  many people will need to die from this Avian Flu before the President and his crack team of crisis experts (God help us all) addresses the nation?

So far, 13 people have died in Thailand alone.  (tick tock, tick tock...)

I mean, at the very least Homeland Security could give local police the authority to arrest birds that seem to be perspiring too much.  Something...anything! (tick tock, tick tock...)

Too bad.  Wouldn't it be amazing to have a President who prided himself on coming up with a solution to the Avian Flu so that the headlines would read, "American Medical Scholars Find Cure for Avian Flu, Give Away Vaccine to Those in Need, World Says 'Thanks!'"

I suppose if it was the Equine Flu, we'd all be safe.  "Brownie? Somebody get me Brownie.  We got a horse flu a comin' this way..."

©  2005 Jeffrey Feldman

Frameshop: Wasting Time

If you had suddenly woken up from a ten-year coma, and you switched on the television to see what was happening in American politics, you would conclude that the Bush White House likes to waste time. And you would be shocked by the fact that the people in charge spent so much energy wasting time rather than getting done all that we face as a nation.

Wasting time. 

More than any single phrase, the simple idea of "wasting time" seems to describe what the Bush Presidency, and the GOP leadership by extension, is about.

But as the Bush team wastes America's precious time, what else gets wasted in the process?

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October 14, 2005

Frameshop: The Christian Game

If Christians in this country had any doubts about how President Bush has used them for his own political gain, those doubts should have vanished as of yesterday.

With his numbers sinking and his latest nominee to the Supreme Court mired in criticism from left, right and center, President Bush played the Christian frame like a compulsive gambler pulling an ace from his well-worn sleeve.

It should be clear to everyone--finally--that President Bush's so-called "religious" convictions have more to do with political calculus then they do with the sanctity of a personal relationship with God.  The cold, manipulative way that the White House used its PR machine to invoke Christianity in the Miers debate was so obvious, so transparent, that even his most strident, church-going supporters must now see that the President does not love them as brothers and sisters, so much as he spends them like poker chips at the table.

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October 13, 2005

Frameshop: The Job

Hold on to your neck braces, everybody...

In what appears to be a two part strategy by the White House, intended to take back control of the debate on Harriet Miers, the White House today switched its focus from her "religion" to her "qualifications."

Just in case you're keeping score: (1) Yesterday, the President said that Meirs' religion was a key aspect of what made her an important candidate; (2) McClellan then hammered that home in some well-prepared remarks designed to lure the press into a feeding frenzy about "persons of faith";  and then (3) today, McClellan chided the press for focusing too much on Meirs' religion (I'm not making this up) and not enough on her obvious "qualifications."


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