Monday, September 25, 2006

The Big, White House of Whores

In the early morning hours of 25 September 2006, C-SPAN (Thank God for C-SPAN), broadcast a hearing investigating corruption and war profiteering in Iraq by Dick Cheney's company, Haliburton. One of the witnesses, a woman named, Julie McBride, testified that when she complained to higher ups about the vast over-charging she was witnessing with her own eyes, she was promptly fired and her superiors then assigned four security guards to keep watch over her until they could get her out of the country in order to keep her from spilling the beans to military brass. Technically, had she tried to escape, they would have been able to shoot to kill - no questions asked. Mind you, this is not a branch of the US government with any kind of (real or imagined) jurisdiction over the movements of a citizen; This is a privately owned company!

Did you just spit out your coffee?

In an earlier era, before the FCC was gutted by Ronald Reagan; Before the people's airwaves were allowed to be turned into a virtual multi-channel garbage dump in order to keep the masses distracted by MTV, FOX News and E, those hearings would have been carried, live, on all three networks. The very next morning the entire nation would have stood up, en masse, and demanded congressional action. Do you remember the infamous, Saturday Night Massacre, of October of 1973? Less than forty-eight hours after Richard M. Nixon fired special prosecutor, Archibald Cox, the desks of every congressperson in Washington were flooded with telegrams and phone calls - hundreds of thousands of them - demanding the impeachment of the president. The following summer, facing that very possibility, he was forced to resign in total, utter disgrace.

And where are we as a nation a third of a century later? Crucial congressional hearings that everyone should be watching are broadcast at three o'clock in the morning on a network that hardly anyone watches!

Sixty-four years ago, an obscure senator from the state of Missouri by the name of Harry S Truman, sitting at the head of a committee that was investigating graft and corruption within what was yet to be called, the Military Industrial Complex, equated the crime of war profiteering with treason. Remember that when George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney are finally put on trial for their crimes against humanity. Since the day in March of 2003 when the perverts within the Bush administration invaded the sovereign nation of Iraq, billions of dollars in taxpayer money (that's your money and mine, kiddies!) are unaccounted for. The war was seen by these treacherous thieves as a giant cash cow; Contracts for "rebuilding" the country went to companies that had financial and political ties to the main players within the republican party in general and the White House in particular. The job of administering the complex post-war re-construction went not to people with experience in such matters, but to novices whose only qualifications were that they be registered republicans. Of this you can be absolutely sure: When all of the investigations are complete and the dusts of history have finally settled, it will be found that kickbacks - a lot of them - went to the republican national committee. Oh yeah, baby! Some seriously nasty chickens are going to come home to roost. And it's a sure bet that George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney will die in federal prison (NOTE TO SECRET SERVICE: From natural causes, of course, dear boys!) Is that too bold an assertion to make? Maybe. It's just that there are too many smoking guns to even contemplate and I wasn't born yesterday. Time will tell, my friends. Time will tell. One thing I'm certain about: The next two years will make the Watergate era of 1973/74 seem boring by comparison.

The next step with regard to bringing these disgusting people to justice are the November elections. Another GOP controlled congress will not, under any circumstances, impeach Bush and Cheney. Of that you can be absolutely sure. The democrats have to win back power with enough of a margin that will make it impossible for the republicans to steal the election (as they did in Ohio in 2004) with the new computerized e-voting machines. It's a big order but it can be done.

People are starting to wake up. Just the other day a man in his mid-sixties, seeing the huge, magnetic "IMPEACH BUSH" signs on both sides of my van, came up to me in front of the Kwik Stop convenience store down town and told me that he would never vote for the GOP again as long as he lives - and he has been a registered republican since the age of twenty-one! "I can't believe I ever voted for that bastard", he told me, referring to the First Fool. I took his words as a very hopeful sign. Although New York is a so-called, "blue state", Orange County, where I live, is a decidedly "red state" region. Help is on the way.

I left the democratic party years ago for painfully obvious reasons. This is not your father's Democratic party, that's for sure. It's frustrating beyond words that we have to always remind them, like semi-retarded children, that they are, in fact, the party of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. It gives me no amount of joy whatsoever to sit here and tell you that they are our only hope - but that is the cold, hard truth we've got to live with. We have no other choice but to make sure that they are victorious in November. The alternatives are just too depressing to even contemplate. Consider this for a minute: Another two years of a Bush White House and a sycophantic, lapdog republican congress? Do you have any idea as to the ramifications of that?? Think about the destruction they have wrought upon the planet in the last six years, bearing in mind that they always had an upcoming re-election or midterm to worry about. As reckless and as crazy as they have been since they seized power, if the GOP wins again, they'll have absolutely nothing to lose. Nothing! Are you ready for that? Have you any idea what that would mean domestically and internationally? It makes my hair hurt just thinking about it! It would probably destroy this country - if it's not already beyond repair.

Bush was, at one time anyway, great fodder for comedy. Let's face it: Someone as rip-roaringly stupid as our commander-in-chief is a comedy writer's dream. I remember during the campaign of 2000, Don Imus, pleading with his radio audience, "Please vote for this guy, I'm begging you"! The implication being that Imus' job of making people laugh would be a whole lot easier with so comical a figure sitting in the oval office. Those days are gone forever. This isn't funny anymore. I stopped laughing a long time ago. His regime must and will be ended. The day of reckoning is coming.

There. I feel better already!

Pray for peace.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Let's have our own Saturday Night Massacre and all of us who are spinning our wheels rally like-minded people and flood OUR congressmen (and Women) and let them know how fed up we are with our sleazy corrupt government and demand change. Our Holy Joe Kansas 3rd district representative has a strong challenger in Nancy Boyda, a savvy Democrat who is ahead int the polls at present. Seems like Jimbo is acquainted with a guy named Abramahov who is in a manure load of trouble and I would love to give him a rough time. When I contact him all I get is a form letter and no answer to my complaint.

At 8:54 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

I hope that more people turn out for the midterms than turned out for the primary election in New York State. That was a disgrace.
We should do like the Australians and fine anyone who does NOT vote. And any party that 'challenged' ANY voter would be disqualified from fielding a candidate in the election.
It might work on some other planet, but people just sit here and let it happen. Where are the Black activists protesting against the unfair sidelining of their voters in Florida or Ohio? While they can't bring ALL the odium down on this odious bunch of crooks, they CAN raise a stink, and so why is there not the slightest sound from Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton?

At 4:37 PM, Anonymous fearless flower said...

It's shocking that the Haliburton story didn't make headline news on more networks. I wonder what would have happened if it had? I hope people haven't become so jaded and apathetic that it wouldn't have even mattered. Instead of "American Idol", we need a program called something like "American Scandal" and let amateurs compete to come up with the worst example they can find of government corruption. That'll be the day!

I believe a lack of accountabilty to us by our government allows all kinds of evil to go unnoticed. I've tried to get accountability from local government and it's very difficult. Getting straight answers out of beaurocrats can be like trying to nail jello to a wall.

Thank God for alternative news sources like the ones linked to this blog. ICF should be recommended reading for all journalism students. Maybe then we'll get more reporters who will persist in getting the truth out of our government, or at least arouse people's suspicions by asking the right questions.

My sentiments echo those of that older gentleman who approached you to say he would never vote Republican again. I too feel angry that my loyalty to the GOP has been squandered under a hidden agenda. I blame myself for being politically asleep. I'm awake now and my government will never again catch me napping. In fact, I'll only sleep with one eye closed from now on.

As always, it's great to read what you write!

At 1:07 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...


I have it on VERY GOOD authority that at 13;00 hours, US Naval forces that include the Aircraft Carrier "Eisenhower" sailed for The Persian Gulf!

I also have it on very good authority that Russia launched one of the largest millitary exercises ever on Tuesday! They are also arming the nuclear facilities that have, and are still building in Iran with advanced Surface to Air missile batteries, and other anti-aircraft ordinance that will insure that an attack on Iran will not be the walk in the park that Iraq was, as these ordinances do not focus in heat, but on radar emisions from computer guided targeting systems on the airplanes themselves!

Bush has sent our forces into the middle of a hornets nest without a Declaration of War from a sitting Congress! That's not only illeagal, but a "war crime" to boot!

I tripped over a cat on the front porch and blew out my right knee, and it's not easy for me to sit in one spot for very long, (The cat's fine, by the way!), so my computer activities have been limited to say the least! I'm suffering to post this, but this news just has to be spread!

The only thing I can see that Bush could be up to is to lable this an "exercise" or "drill". That way he could set this Naval force up for a "false flag" or "black ops" job, with the "evidence" leading back to Iran! Of course this "evidence" would never be allowed to be seen by The People, just like Bush fought tooth and nail to derail the 911 comission!

That would give him something to take to Congress to start what he's been wanting to start for years! (What lies direcly between Afganistan, and Iraq? RIIIIGHT!) I'm getting the idea this has been the plan of the Neocons all along! PNAC was just book one! The second one hasn't been released yet!

If we don't get rid of this gomer's cheerleaders, and rubber stamp crew in Congress, we're ALL going to be screwed!

At 1:27 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Hey there, Stoney!
Glad to see you writing on your blog again. I have a funny feeling you're right. Somethings cookin', no question about it. This is going to get alot worse before it gets any better, that's for sure.
PS - Glad to hear the cat's OK....

At 2:16 PM, Anonymous Ray Duray said...


Thanks for posting at Truthdig. I like your style. :)

By the way, thanks also for carrying the "Impeach Bush" signs on your rig. I'm located in Central Oregon. Starting last April I've distributed about 1,600 "Impeach Bush" bumperstickers. People just love em. :)

At 3:29 PM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Hey Stoney, Sorry about your knee, as the owner of 4 very spoiled cats and an even more spoiled dog, I know where you are coming from on the tripping. Why should Bush start following the Constitution at this late date, he has shredded the Constitution even before he took the oath of office and has continued ever since. The Constitution, the Congress be damned, Stupid isn't going to rest till he unleashes a nukleyar war and fries us all.

At 1:33 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...

Fearless Flower,

It is NOT impossible to nail jello to a wall! You last have to nail something to the wall under the jello!

At 3:26 PM, Anonymous VPKR said...

In case you missed it:

1.) Is Your Daughter a Future Detainee?

2.) In Case I Disappear

There are many other similar articles on the same topic.

P.S. Not your average "fringe kooks." Make sure to scroll down and read the list of high-ranking individuals before dismissing it.

At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tom-
This is Debra from Alternet. I agree with you 100%. I am so disgusted with these Democrats saying that "impeachment is off the table"....after what we all had to go through with Clinton. And they won't put these criminals through the same process???? Bushco are thugs looting the Treasury to make their war-profiteer buddies rich. Pelosi's insistence smacks of back-room deals. I am writing to Ted Kennedy (my Senator) and letting him know that if they do not move for impeachment very soon, I am voting Green in '08. I will get actively involved in, and recruit new members to a Green branch right here in Mass . I am tired of this crap.

At 8:18 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Hi, Debra!
Not a bad idea. Let them know that we didn't go to the polls on 7 November for the heck of it - WE EXPECT RESULTS! Let Teddy know. He'll do the right thing. As for the rest of them? I've got my fingers crossed and my hands folded.
All the best,
Tom Degan


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