Tag Archives: 2003

  and 'dixie' is a protest song!

Pawlenty’s Kindergarten: Sharing Is ‘Socialist’ & Slavery Helps Capitalism

Dull turd Tim Pawlenty actually did do something dingbatty enough to qualify him for the second tier of the Republican presidential candidates: He put some fringe-right nutter from the Bush Administration in charge of the Minnesota public school curriculum, and this educational terrorist installed a board of fundamentalist homeschoolers and extremist libertarians who then decided that kindergarteners shouldn’t be taught sharing (too socialist!) and that “We Shall Overcome” was an awfully dark choice, if you know what we mean, to be teaching kids as a “protest song.” So they picked “DIXIE” instead. Read more on Pawlenty’s Kindergarten: Sharing Is ‘Socialist’ & Slavery Helps Capitalism…
 

Undersecretary of Defense Did Nothing Wrong, Undersecretary of Defense Finds

The DoD prepared a report investigating the work of the DoD’s pre-war intelligence outfit headed by Douglas Feith, the dumbest fucking guy on the planet. The result of that report? The Office of Special Plans made a lot of shit up, misled Congress, spun and abused intelligence, and didn’t break any laws. Read more on Undersecretary of Defense Did Nothing Wrong, Undersecretary of Defense Finds…
 

U.S. Military, Howie Kurtz Not Feeling Lucky

Howard Kurtz, today: Now he tells us. If Newt has called [Iraq] an enormous mistake in his many Fox News appearances, or called for a major military pullback, I, for one, have missed it. Read more on U.S. Military, Howie Kurtz Not Feeling Lucky…
 

Daily Briefing: What Nice Hands You Have

* In May 2003, Bush publicly hailed evidence of Iraq’s WMD programs even though intelligence officials “possessed powerful evidence that it was not true.” [WP] * House Republicans worry harsh immigration legislation will backfire. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.): “There was political calculation that they could make this the wedge issue of 2006 and 2008, but it’s not playing out that way. This has galvanized and energized the Latino community like no other issue I have seen in two decades, and that’s going to have electoral consequences.” [WP] * Administration may hope to scare Iran with talk of military action. Professor: “I don’t get a sense that people in the administration are champing at the bit to launch another war in the Persian Gulf.” [NYT] * Lawmakers complain National Intelligence Office is ineffective. [USAT] * Sen. Kennedy splits from fellow Democrats on immigration; seeks bipartisan compromise. [NYT] * Bush, promoting Medicare drug program, tells retired dairy farmer, “You got big hands.” [NYT] * Democrat Francine Busby expected to win Rep. Randy Cunningham‘s California House seat. [WP] * Sen. Clinton develops mutually beneficial relationship with one of her largest corporate contributors. [NYT] Read more on Daily Briefing: What Nice Hands You Have…