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Saturday, June 10, 2006


Oh goody, more AC...

Hey, I just found out that the godless one herself, Ms. Ann Coulter, will be appearing tonight at 8 PM on FNC's "Heartland w/Jonh Kasich" (that little dope...) answering viewers emails. Will you join LCL in flooding the FNC servers with dozens upon dozens of emails trashing Ann Coulter? You know, with Q's like "how's Rosie O'Donnell, your secret lesbian lover", and "since you hate 9/11 victims so much, were you behind 9/11" - that sort of thing.

Here's the address: heartland@foxnews.com

You'll notice that the appearance is not open to live phone calls, only emails. I wonder why? Yeah.

al-Zarqawi

So Abu Musab is dead. Yay.... Does that really matter? And how about the circumstances surrounding Zarqawi's death? That's interesting. Except to the MSM. What really bugs me about the al-Zarqawi death coverage is the absolute willingness of the MSM to go along with the "real" story from the U.S. military about him being killed in the airstrike in Iraq. They are still believing everything that comes from the military, this despite their extensive
cover-up of the facts surrounding AMAZ's death. First he was completely obliterated in a gargantuan and triumphant airstrike by fighter jets. After the Iraqi police blew that story, the U.S. went with the one where he died immediately - but wasn't obliterated. Then they conceded that he was still alive when U.S. troops arrived on the scene. Instead, he died "on a stretcher" at the bombing site. What's next, that he's not really dead? You bet.

Come on here, let's face the truth. The latest story, and the one that seems to be the closest to reality, is that Zarqawi was not killed in the immediate explosion of two 500-pound bombs that landed directly on his safe-house. Instead,


"Al-Zarqawi was lying on a stretcher at the scene of the bombing, near the village of Hibhib, about 35 miles north of Baghdad, when U.S. forces arrived and tentatively identified him as the wanted insurgent leader Wednesday evening. He mumbled something unintelligible and tried to move but was restrained, according to Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad. "

"Everybody re-secured him back onto the stretcher, but he died almost immediately thereafter from the wounds he'd received from this air strike," Caldwell said.


Okay, how could Zarqawi be alive, very much alive apparently, alive enough to speak, roll around on the stretcher, and then attempt to get off the stretcher and stand up - and then die instantly, just like that. Poof. This guy, Zarqawi or not, was obviously murdered by the U.S. soldiers who arrived on the scene after the Iraqi police. The soldiers got there, coincidentally, just as Zarqawi died. The fact that "Zarqawi" was not killed by the bomb blast but by murderous U.S. troops is solidified by new allegations and eyewitness accounts coming from Iraq.

U.S. officials have altered their account of the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, saying he was alive and partly conscious after bombs destroyed his hideout, and an Iraqi witness has raised the possibility that the wounded "al-Qaida in Iraq" leader was beaten by American troops before he died.
The witness, who lived near the scene of the bombing, claimed in an interview with AP Television News to have seen U.S. soldiers beating an injured man resembling al-Zarqawi until blood flowed from the man's nose.


Yeah, that's it. Whoever this guy was, he was beaten and murdered. A quick glance at the photo of the dead "Zarqawi" will prove that.





Come on. Does that look like the face and neck of a guy that was just obliterated by 2 (2!!) 500-pound laser-guided bombs? I don't think so. The bombs were so powerful that news reports were mentioning how buildings were leveled nearby for two blocks. That a whole forest of date palms were turned into charred pulp. And look at this guy. That looks like the swollen face of someone who was just given a severe beating - enough to make "blood come out of his nose".

As to the question of this actually being al-Zarqawi; that's tough to say. My first reaction is to say yeah, but who cares? But the secrecy with which the U.S. military is going about the circumstances of his death is bizarre. Why didn't they do everything possible to keep him alive after the bombing to glean much needed intel from him? The Iraqi prime minister ordered that he be taken alive.

The speculation about beatings and cover-ups is addictive, but second to the big-picture surrounding Zarqawi. That is, is his death, and Zarqawi himself, important or not? W seems to be as confused as the rest of the country, at one moment bordering on sheer jubilation and a Dean-scream, but the next saying that "the fight will go on". So which is it, W? Just months ago the Bush administration was touting the eventual capture or killing of Zarqawi as a Saddam-capture turning point in Iraq. That the troops could start going home after Zarqawi was disposed of. And now they're talking about leaving only after we "win", and keeping 100,000+ U.S. soldiers in Iraq for at least 17 more months. What!!?? Not surprised at this though. After all, Zarqawi was a BA creation.

Friday, June 09, 2006

The real "witch":

Yep - it's Ann Coulter. That she-devil/nutcase/Hitler idolizer has reached a new low in her sorry little career of lies and slander. This time she's mercilessly bashing, of all people, 9/11 widows in her pathetic new "book" Godless: The Church of Liberalism (give me a break...).

"These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much."

Yeah, that's nice. Does she even realize what comes out of her mouth (or computer) anymore? Is this sad comment even relevant to her vain and ridiculous book? Hardly.

So Ms. Lucifer is now trashing victims of 9/11? Wow, there goes her support from the right. Right? Umm, no. The same people that literally destroyed the life and career of CSU (or was it U of Col.?) professor Ward Churchill for saying that some victims of 9/11 were comparable to Nazis, comments from some no-name nut that were getting zero coverage and were not even noticed until the right blew them up, are now 110% behind Coulter. They are not only ignoring Coulter's comments, they are agreeing with them - saying that AC was "telling the truth" and that they do not "have a problem" with the comments, with FNC leading the way in adulation of Coulter. WHAT!!?? Where the hell are the calls for her to prosecuted, as was done with the Churchill situation? Where are the calls for her to be deported, as was called for during the Churchill situation? This is the same thing - if not worse. The hypocrisy is dizzying.

My answer to Ms. 666 is this; I would sincerely like to see what happens when somebody blows up your lesbian lover and you express some grief over your loss. Will you whine when we call you a sobby witch? Watch out Coulter, we'll get you soon.

Here are some Coulter troubles that are fun.




LCL is back!!

Very sorry for yet another long break for LCL. But I have a good reason this time. I was working on an with interview Democratic Florida gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Jim Davis for my other website (of which I am assistant editor) The Sun State Activist. It's a great interview, covering everything from oil drilling to gay marriage, so check it out. That's not a suggestion - that's an order. Go. Now!!! (then come right back to LCL)

Thursday, June 01, 2006


George W. Bush:

The worst president in the last 61 years. Sweet.



Haditha: The cover-up continues -

We all know about the Haditha massacre by now right? a battalion of U.S. Marines (who knew exactly what they were doing) rampage through a somewhat restive Iraqi town, shooting, killing and torturing dozens of civilians - most of whom were women and children. This is documented by journalists and the U.S. military, even though they have yet to accept responsibility for it. This is fact, right? Right??!!??

Not for the radical right. They are stuck in their ususal mode of blaming the left for everything. "Slimy liberal commies cooked up everything!!!". Yeah, that's it. The right-wing blather macjine Human Events has an article by the "despicable" MichaelReagan in which he syas just that.


"Without any real knowledge of the Nov. 19 deaths of 24 civilians and the role if any played in the killings by United States Marines, the despicable Democrat Rep. John Murtha is charging that members of the Marine Corps killed those civilians in cold blood."


"Without ... real knowledge"? "Murtha .. is charging"? Sorry Mike, it's not just the "despicable" John Murtha. Why else would the U.S. military launch a serious (I hope) investigation of the massacre? Why else would the military start to give the U.S. troops in Iraq ethics training. Did these events happen because of "pressure" from leftist commies? I don't think so.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Snow resigns, Paulson nominated:

Treasury Secretary John Snow officially resigned this morning from the BA, after months of speculation. No surprise here, Snow was getting tired and rather grumpy over the last year or so, unable to successfully push GWBush's radical tax cut/economic strategy. Of course, I really don't think that anyone with a brain could have been excited about more and more tax cuts for the rich. Snow had to get pretty creative towards the end in talking up the TC's. Besides, John was probably missing his multi-million dollar salary that he'd get in the private sector from CSX. He's gotta get that parachute.

W's choice to replace Snow as TS is a minor surprise. He picked Henry Paulson, CEO of big-time financial firm Goldman Sachs. Paulson is well known for his supposed financial expertise, and will probably be better suited to spin W's failed economic policies. But one surprise about Paulson is that he was director of the Nature Conservancy, and has warned of the economic consequences of unchecked global warming in the past. Wow. And this is W's choice? No doubt this will be similar to the Harriet Miers SC nomination, with W and the BA caving to incensed right-wing demagogues who are already whining about Paulson's pro-environment record. Heck, they were whining on April 11, when some right-wingers released a letter urging W to drop Paulson from consideration for the job because of HP's support for the Kyoto global warming treaty.


"As head of the Nature Conservancy, Paulson often made decisions that benefited the Conservancy at the expense of Goldman and its shareholders," said John Carlisle, policy director at the National Legal and Policy Center. "Based on his private sector record, Paulson simply can't be trusted as Treasury Secretary to faithfully adhere to important Administration policies on Kyoto and the environment."

Have no fear neo-con's, for Paulson is still way too tight with W and friends. Paulson was a key figure in the Nixon administration during Vietnam, and was implicated in the Watergate scandal. Paulson also has contributed heavily to W's reelection efforts, being named a "Pioneer" for giving upwards of $100,000 to GWB. Paulson has also donated some serious cash to Republican Senate and Congressional election efforts, and also individual GOP candidates.

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W + Enron:

The real story of the Bush administration's close ties with Lay and Enron? You tell me...

Monday, May 29, 2006

GOPers defend a criminal (because they're criminals too!):

Republicans have really reached a new level of silly, pathetic and out of touch with their rather spirited defense of DEMOCRAT Rep. William Jefferson in his bribery case. Dennis Hastert, who we all now know is the center of his own bribery scandal, involving Jack Abramoff no less, is especially "outraged" at the Justice Department's search of Jefferson's D.C. office, where they found, in a freezer, $90,000 in cash.

But, of course, there is no sudden flash of bipartisan friendliness on the part of the House GOP members that are rushing to Jefferson's aid. No, they're only trying to save their own ---es from their many ethics scandals. See, they don't want the JD to pull off a Jefferson search in their bribery cases. That's all. They don't condone what WJ did - but they don;'t want him brought to justice. Hmm... Come on GOP, even the Democrats (well, until Pelosi caved in to the Congressional Black Caucus) are thrashing Jefferson. He's one bad dude people. As bad as Tom DeLay, Bob Ney, and Duke Cunningham.

Ok, there were no male strippers involved with Jefferson's scandal, so maybe not as bad as the Duke.




Kabul Riots:

The "peaceful" and "prosperous" country of Afghanistan, according to President Bush, already dealing with the resurgence of the Taliban, has now apparently reached a bloody breaking point. A U.S. military convoy involved in a traffic accident has sparked widespread unrest and violence in the formerly calm (to a point) city of Kabul. At least 20 Afghan civilians have been killed by U.S. soldiers or Afghan police, with the rioting still continuing. This uprising comes as no surprise due to the growing tension that had been observed throughout Afghanistan over the last few months.

GWBush has continued to ignore this growing unrest, even as the Taliban has made a full and complete comeback, U.S. soldiers continue to die there, and violence is spreading throughout the country, finally reaching Kabul. As recently as March 1, when he made a "surprise' visit to Afghanistan, W was blind, deaf, dumb etc. to the looming crisis in that country.


President Bush paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan March 1 (2006), praising that country for its progress toward democracy.

“People all over the world are watching the experience here in Afghanistan. I hope the people of Afghanistan understand that as democracy takes hold, you're inspiring others."


Oops W, oops.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Sunday Talk Buzz:

Face the Nation:

Not much here except for a blistering confrontation between GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer. Schieffer was pressing them on a variety of issues, but it really got heated when they went at it over the November elections. Mitch seemed almost nonchalant in his confidence concerning a Republican landslide this fall, and blasted the Dems for "block and stall" tactics on the Senate immigration legislation. Um, Mitch, it's the Republicans that are blocking immigration reform in the House, remember that? Apparently not. McConnell also made this astounding statement, revealing his ignorance of the pulse of the American people:

"I don't think that the war (in Iraq) is going to be a factor in the upcoming 2006 elections..."

What!!?? Where has he been for the last year? Not talking to his constituents, that's for sure. Schumer repeated the tired Democratic line of "we'll do it better" - without telling us what they would exactly do.

At least Mitch admitted that W's poll numbers were actually low, and not some giant "liberal media conspiracy" like the BA and Fox News suggest:

"We would certainly like for the president to be in better shape."

But McConnell sealed his fat with an overzealous defense of President Bush and the GOP in general, going on about "patriotism" and that the country will vote for them because "we have to remember that no terrorist attack has happened in America since 9/11" and that "we realize that we're over fighting them over there (Iraq) instead of fighting them in New York and Washington D.C." Will conservatives ever stop using the 9/11 excuse? It's a general catch-all for anything. Just like the Doonesbury strip. Man, that was funny.....


Meet the Press:

This continues to provide some serious entertainment on Sunday morning. Today was great. GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel vs. GOP Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner. What a showdown. Maybe it would have degenerated into fisticuffs if Sensenbrenner was in studio. He was not. The billing for the appearances was that it would be all about immigration, and it was, to some extent. Some great debate ensued, with Jimmy S. looking ever more foolish going on about his "grand plan" for "illegals". Since running into serious opposition from members of Congress and Americans in general regarding his "get draconian" immigration bill - ignoring citizenship and focusing on busing millions of illegal immigrants to Mexico - by changing the tone of his pitch. Now it's a "business-friendly" House bill, even though nothing ahs changed with the bill.

Sensenbrenner: "My goal is to make illegal workers legal workers..."

How would this bill do that? It wouldn't, unless he's talking about them becoming legal workers in Mexico. He would round up workers, put them in detention camps, then bus 'em off to Mexico. Sensenbrenner also continued his complaints about the Senate bill being "amnesty". Chuck Hagel quickly trashed that accusation. Anyhow, the immigration talk was fine, but the main attraction of today's MTP was a comment by Chuckie Hagel on the general mess that is Iraq.

Tim Russert posed the usual Iraq/Iran question - "Why should we invade Iran on skimpy intel - look at what transpired in Iraq"- and Hagel answered with a mini-bombshell.

"I think you could make a pretty strong case that things are worse off in the Middle East today than they were three years ago. By measurement of Iraq, by Iran, by the Palestinian-Israeli issue, what’s going on in Egypt. And, I think the United States must use its force of diplomacy to engage Iran."

Big props to Hagel for this stunning quip, but will he actually do anything on this? Probably not, unless hewantss to solidify himself as the new GOP maverick in the 2008 presidential race, replacing John McCain. Interesting.

Sunday Talk Buzz:

Face the Nation:

Not much here except for a blistering confrontation between GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer. Schieffer was pressing them on a variety of issues, but it really got heated when they went at it over the November elections. Mitch seemed almost nonchalant in his confidence concerning a Republican landslide this fall, and blasted the Dems for "block and stall" tactics on the Senate immigration legislation. Um, Mitch, it's the Republicans that are blocking immigration reform in the House, remember that? Apparently not. Schumer repeated the tired Democratic line of "we'll do it better" - without telling us what they would exactly do.

At least Mitch admitted that W's poll numbers were actually low, and not some giant "liberal media conspiracy" like the BA and Fox News suggest:

"We would certainly like for the president to be in better shape."

But McConnell sealed his fat with an overzealous defense of President Bush and the GOP in general, going on about "patriotism" and that the country will vote for them because "we have to remember that no terrorist attack has happened in America since 9/11" and that "we realize that we're over fighting them over there (Iraq) instead of fighting them in New York and Washington D.C." Will conservatives ever stop using the 9/11 excuse? It's a general catch-all for anything. Just like the Doonesbury strip. Man, that was funny.....


Meet the Press:

This continues to provide some serious entertainment on Sunday morning. Today was great. GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel vs. GOP Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner. What a showdown. Maybe it would have degenerated into fisticuffs if Sensenbrenner was in studio. He was not. The billing for the appearances was that it would be all about immigration, and it was, to some extent. Some great debate ensued, with Jimmy S. looking ever more foolish going on about his "grand plan" for "illegals". Since running into serious opposition from members of Congress and Americans in general regarding his "get draconian" immigration bill - ignoring citizenship and focusing on busing millions of illegal immigrants to Mexico - by changing the tone of his pitch. Now it's a "business-friendly" House bill, even though nothing ahs changed with the bill.

Sensenbrenner: "My goal is to make illegal workers legal workers..."

How would this bill do that? It wouldn't, unless he's talking about them becoming legal workers in Mexico. He would round up workers, put them in detention camps, then bus 'em off to Mexico. Sensenbrenner also continued his complaints about the Senate bill being "amnesty". Chuck Hagel quickly trashed that accusation. Anyhow, the immigration talk was fine, but the main attraction of today's MTP was a comment by Chuckie Hagel on the general mess that is Iraq.

Tim Russert posed the usual Iraq/Iran question - "Why should we invade Iran on skimpy intel - look at what transpired in Iraq"- and Hagel answered with a mini-bombshell.

"I think you could make a pretty strong case that things are worse off in the Middle East today than they were three years ago. By measurement of Iraq, by Iran, by the Palestinian-Israeli issue, what’s going on in Egypt. And, I think the United States must use its force of diplomacy to engage Iran."

Big props to Hagel for this stunning quip, but will he actually do anything on this? Probably not, unless hewantss to solidify himself as the new GOP maverick in the 2008 presidential race, replacing John McCain. Interesting.

State of the Bush Administration:

A couple of comments on this morning's Sunday talk fests got me thinking about this very question. Really, what is going on with the Bush administration? Is it withering away with GWBush's poll numbers? Or is it pressing ahead with its agenda, successfully ignoring the distress and anger voiced by conservative Republicans on issues like immigration reform?

The comments that piqued my interest in this matter came from three very conservative commentators (again!!??) on ABC's This Week, and FOX show with Chris Wallace (whatever it's called). Bill Kristol, the neo-con idol, came out heavily in favor of the president when asked the question I have posed here: How are W and the BA really doing? Good or bad? Kristol gave a very unsurprising answer, listing all of the "successes" that the BA has achieved over the past few weeks, saying that they passed their pet tax cuts, and that Iraq is going well (??), and that the immigration showdown is merely a "hiccup". This is what I expected from a top neo-con. Bush is great, Bush is wise, etc. etc. Kristol never fails to please with his conservative bombast and fallacies.

So then I turned on This Week, on ABC. There was the ususla roundtable, with the exception of neo-con John Kasich, loaned from FNC, out touting his new book. So GS asks virtually the same questions Wallace; with an immigration showdown looming, is the BA stable and succeeding in pressing its agenda forward. Well, George Will and Kasich really surprised me on this. They essentially blasted the Bush administration, not over the immigration bill - they supported him on that (well, except for Kasich, but he's from FNC) - but on almost everything else. Kasich wrote off the BA, saying that W's second term is done, it's failed, and that he has zero credibility with the conservative wing of the GOP. Will echoed that sentiment, calling for wholesale changes in the BA, wondering how far it will fall before they really shake things up. This was a surprise coming from two well-entrenched conservatives.

So, what's the real deal with W and his administration? Kasich and Will are spot on. It's falling apart. Iraq is over, violence is worsening, U.S. troops are massacring dozens of civilians, no government can do anything. Immigration reform is stalled - even with the Senate passing a bill. The right-wingers in the House will settle for no less than total extermination of all immigrants in the United States. Gas prices are still disgusting, but everything else is so bad right now that even that is one the backburner. But it sure as heck isn't going away. W's poll numbers, after the little "bounce" reported by CNN that was not real, are still tanking, hovering from 30 to 35%, with the GOP's numbers no better.

It's looking bad for W, the neo-con's, and conservatives. But, instead of rejoicing at their good fortune and coming up with real plan for the country and victory in 06 and 08, the Democrats are still stumbling along blindly, following the GOP's lead ni every matter, while saying that "we'd do it different", and then offering no plan of their own. They were silent on the huge story - no dead - of the NSA phone call database. They were silent, and still are, when the U.S. Marines massacre story broke, and even now, when it has been corroborated by the military. Wake up Dems! This is the opportunity that you've been waiting for! I'm afraid that without a true Democratic leader (I'm talking about you Russ Feingold. Please step up.) they will go down in defeat in November and, after another John Kerry presidential loss, wallow in misery once more.

Sundat Talk Buzz is coming after Late Edition wraps up.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Ken Lay convicted:

Mr. Enron himself, Ken"neth" Lay, has finally faced justice for all of the slimy deeds he had during the demise of Enron. Now the big question is when GWBush will pardon him (you know it's gonna happen). Will he pull a Clinton and wait until he's about to exit the White House? Or will he just get the inevitable over with and do it ASAP. "Kenny Boy", as W affectionately called him, was a major player and financier of W's political career, from Texas to the White House. Lay was also the driving force behind Veep Cheney's secret energy policy. W and Kenny are close, so no way is the Prez going to let down his buddy.

Either way, the fact that Lay was convicted is a big victory for justice and common sense. Skilling and Lay are about as guilty as they come, and no excuses of "ignorance" about what was going on at Enron would save them, for everybody knew that it was a lie.

What I found especially amazing was Lay's tear-jerker of a statement outside the courthouse in Houston after the verdict was in. Lay professed his innocence in the statement, but acknowledging that "God always works for the best result", and saying that "my belief in the Almighty will get me through this trying time". Oh please. This is what every big shot corporate criminal does before he goes to jail. "I've found God", "I'm good at heart", "I love God". Good grief. They turn into some freaking circuit-rider, as if that's going to clean up their image.

No way Kenny, you lose this time. I just hope all of the no-good Republican corporate criminals get their well deserved prison time.




Treasury Sec. John Snow to resign?

That's what some news outlets are reporting. By mid-June they say.