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Who The Hell is Karl Rove?

He’s not an elected official.

He doesn’t even show up for congressional subpoenas.

I mean: Who is this guy?

What happened to this:

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Ten Years Ago Today . . . And No It Was Not Worth It

I hate looking back.  Ten years ago today the US invastion of Iraq began. 

The push for war with Iraq felt like a time of public madness.  The American media has never been less absolutely incompetent than in those months.  Yeah, the media pretty much sucks now, but back then they were awful beyond the telling of it.  The largest peace rallies in history got no coverage.  American media has spent the last decade hoping no one reminds them how bad they were, how gullible, how insanely biased for the Bush administration they were and how they mindlessly lapped up any lie they were told. Read the rest of this entry »

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This Isn’t Funny Anymore

Doctored Photo

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Why does the Supreme Court keep injecting themselves into our voting system, enabling the plutocrats to get their way? Here comes another 5 to 4 vote. You can count on it. When justice Scalia stunned the court this week by saying the voting rights act is a “perpetuation of racial entitlement”, what was he talking about?

Sounds like Scalia’s living in another era. This is every bit as much about white peoples right to vote as any other race. I’ve been struggling to know my vote is being counted ever since Scalia and his gang of five stole the presidential race in 2000. After all, Scalia said that Americans didn’t necessarily have the RIGHT to vote for their president. He didn’t say anything about congresspeople, but we know that in the 2012 election, Democrats in the house got far more votes then Republicans. Gerrymandering stole the day for the losers there, but let’s face it, republican election fraud has so many avenues in the 21st century, you wouldn’t know where to turn without GPS.

If any of these clueless old white guys who watch Fox “news” think they’re going to benefit from preventing people who make less then a billion dollars a year from voting, they are going to feel pretty silly standing there with their pants down when the realization of what has happened finally hits them. Bush v Gore, Citizens United, and now this! Haven’t we been hearing for years that Judges shouldn’t be legislating from the bench? The Voting Rights Act has been reauthorized numerous times and the last time was in 2005, when the Senate voted 98 to 0 to retain it.

This reminds me of the kind of hubris exposed by Ron Suskind in this 2004 statement, which most now believe was made by Karl Rove, (someone who is widely believed to be rigging our elections):

The aide said that guys like me were ”in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who ”believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ”That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. ”We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

Robert Parry gives an insight into how we got here in his recent article concerning the coming supreme court ruling on the voting rights act:

Over the past half century, wealthy right-wingers have invested millions and millions of dollars in “think tanks” and other research institutions – the likes of Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute and Federalist Society – that have worked diligently to cherry-pick the nation’s early history to transform America’s Founding narrative into its opposite, with Washington and Madison made into states’ rights lovers and federal government haters.

The hubris has become so visible that during Obama’s last election, a Republican governor was bragging about suppressing votes for the president, and Fox “news” had to cut to a commercial when Karl Rove tried to halt the announcement of Obama’s victory.

This isn’t just enraging, it’s downright dangerous!

NOTE: OK, I doctored the photo of Scalia, but we all know that’s what he meant.

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What President is Karl Rove Talking About?

Obama hasn’t come within a light year of saying Romney committed a felony. I think it’s telling that Rove has accused him of saying that.

I’ve said here that I believe Romney HAS committed felony voter fraud, but there are many out there who would stop at nothing to fool us or Brad Friedman. Mr. Friedman is not easily fooled.

What is that Fox “news” refrain?

You Decide.

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You Decide

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I’m a Little Drunk

Well, maybe a lot, but I’m not driving my Toyota tonight. I don’t believe in harming people with my car.

I like to tell the truth, which often gets me in trouble, but I never meant any harm to anybody.

I believe that we are being scammed by the powers, and must fight back against election fraud at high levels.

Sometimes, opinions are like assholes, and I have mine.

You can’t say I’m not honest.

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Karl Rove Rewriting History Again

Karl Rove is making the rounds to sell his new book, revising history every time he appears on TV. This morning, it was “Meet The Press” with Tom Brokaw. How many blatant lies can you tell before you stop getting invited on talk shows?

“[T]he suggestion that somehow or another the administration had as its policy, ‘We’re going to go in to Iraq and take their resources and pay for the war’ is not accurate,” Rove told Brokaw.

In reality, in 2003 both White House press secretary Ari Fleischer and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said exactly that, on the record. And the Coalition Provisional Authority that the U.S. set up in Baghdad spent Iraqi oil revenues to pay for the occupation.

This morning Karl Rove also strongly implied, three times without being contradicted by Brokaw, that the U.N. Security Council authorized the invasion of Iraq. They did not. In fact, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan declared the invasion a breach of the U.N. Charter because there was no such authorization.

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Karl Rove: ‘Mushroom Cloud’ Meme Wasn’t Exaggeration (March 8th)

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Karl Rove: ‘Mushroom Cloud’ Meme Wasn’t Exaggeration

Mushroom cloud from TV series
Mushroom cloud on the horizon from TV series “Jericho.”

Via Media Matters. In his new book, President Bush’s Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove writes (emphasis added):

So, then, did Bush lie us into war? Absolutely not.

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From my perch inside the West Wing — but outside the frantic activity in the Situation Room — I could see the care everyone was taking to not overstate the case or exaggerate the danger. The president emphasized this when we reviewed his speeches, and this care was reflected everywhere else in the administration.

(Pages 340-341 of Courage and Consequence)


October 7, 2002

Yeah, right. The fear mongering campaign was deliberate and orchestrated by the White House Iraq Group. Chief Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson proposed the “smoking gun/mushroom cloud” meme as the best way to scare people into backing a war of aggression.

“The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly [Saddam] can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.”

Condoleezza Rice, September 8, 2002

The scary vision of mushroom clouds was repeated by President Bush and General Tommy Franks, head of Central Command. Vice President Dick Cheney declared Saddam to be a “mortal threat” on his way to “nuclear blackmail.”

The “all fear all the time” campaign worked wonders. From History Commons:

When 100,000 people march against the war in Washington, the largest antiwar demonstration since the Vietnam War, the Post buries the story in its Metro section. …Saddam Hussein is routinely, and effectively, conflated with 9/11, and the “smoking gun-mushroom cloud” trope is reported over and over again in TV news broadcasts. …By late September 2002, over half of Americans polled believe that Saddam was responsible for the 9/11 attacks, and 72 percent believe that Saddam will attack the U.S. with chemical or biological weapons.

And then, in October 2002, the Bush administration engineered a vote in Congress on the Iraq AUMF — just days before the first post-9/11 election.

More here: The Bush Administration’s Misleading and Inaccurate Public Statements on Iraq.

UPDATE: More from Rove’s book, via HuffPo:

“Would the Iraq War have occurred without W.M.D.? I doubt it…Congress was very unlikely to have supported the use-of-force resolution without the W.M.D. threat. The Bush administration itself would probably have sought other ways to constrain Saddam, bring about regime change, and deal with Iraq’s horrendous human rights violations.”

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Bush’s Moon Base Cancelled

Constellation program
Sorry, this is just too expensive and there’s no scientific rationale for it.

During the 2004 election, Karl Rove was hard pressed to offer any reason why anyone should want a second term for President Bush. One of his desperate election-year stunts was a grandiose announcement of NASA manned missions to the Moon and Mars. For which there was no money.

President Obama will send a $3.834 trillion budget to Congress today for Fiscal Year 2011 that includes the cancellation of the NASA Constellation program, aka Bush’s Moon Base. The program was hopelessly behind schedule and over budget.

Manned spaceflight is a waste of money. Most space science is done with automated vehicles that don’t need to carry people, food, water and air out of Earth’s steep gravity well. The Mars Pathfinder succeeded beyond the expectations of the designers. Since then, NASA has run 7 more successful Mars missions. What could astronauts do that these semi-autonomous landers can’t?


Previous One Utah posts:

No Bucks, No Buck Rogers (August 14, 2009)
NASA Offers Science Fiction Justification for Manned Moon Program (July 16, 2009)
NASA Abandoning Plans for Bush’s Moon Base (May 4, 2009)
Obama Should Cancel Bush’s Moon Mission (December 13, 2008)

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Karl Rove is Furious? He’s Not the Only One

Last Friday, the one and only Karl Rove (aka Turd Blossom) visited Utah and informed us that he is “furious” about Attorney General Eric Holder’s plan to investigate torture by the CIA. “I almost can’t speak about it, I’m so mad,” said Rove, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. After scrambling the facts beyond recognition, as the Trib reporter helpfully points out, Rove concluded:

“This country is less secure today because this president, and his attorney general made it so, and we all have reason to mourn that.”

Of course we now know, thanks to the declassification of the (still considerably redacted) CIA Inspector General’s report from 2004 and some memos that former VP Dick Cheney said he wanted released, that torture never produced any valuable intelligence whatsoever. If there was any evidence at all that “torture works,” then the CIA would be coming out with it in a desperate attempt to justify breaking the law.

Glenn Greenwald and other people who believe in the rule of law are every bit as angry at AG Holder, but not for Rove’s bogus reasons. Emphasis in the original:

Holder’s decision does not amount to the appointment of a Special Prosecutor, since a preliminary review is used, as he emphasized, “to gather information to determine whether there is sufficient predication to warrant a full investigation of a matter.” More important, the scope of the “review” is limited at the outset to those who failed to “act in good faith and within the scope of legal guidance” — meaning only those interrogators and other officials who exceeded the torture limits which John Yoo and Jay Bybee approved. Those who, with good faith, tortured within the limits of the OLC memos will “be protected from legal jeopardy” (the full Holder statement is here).

President Bush will go down in history as the Worst President Ever, having presided over the bloodiest terrorist attack in history, an illegal war of aggression, the wiping out of a major American city in the most expensive disaster in history, the doubling of the National Debt and the biggest worldwide collapse of the financial sector since the Great Depression.

We can add to that dismal record a breathtaking new precedent: the Attorney General of the United States now considers it settled that federal law and international treaties can be nullified at any time by a handful of Justice Department lawyers, acting in secret. No need to go to Congress, just write a few memos and illegal acts can be made legal. Imagine the possibilities!

This cannot stand. We learned in the IG report that CIA torturers knew full well that they were being ordered to break the law and the Geneva Conventions. Now they are to be let off simply because the Obama administration doesn’t want to try and make a case against Yoo and Bybee, and their bosses in the White House. By not appointing a special prosecutor empowered to bring charges against everyone who broke the law, AG Holder is rejecting the rule of law.

UPDATE:
Matt Yglesias is getting tired of the news media playing along with Holder and the CIA.

Not the most repugnant, but certainly the most bizarre, aspect of the most recent twists in the torture debate has been the willingness of the press to take seriously the argument that criminals who also happen to be CIA employees should not be held account for breaking the law because holding them to account might discourage them from breaking the law in the future.

One Utah archive for Torture category

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Rule of Law = Banana Republic?

This morning on “Face The Nation,” Bob Schieffer demonstrated the core competency of most Sunday talk show hosts– familiarity with the latest right-wing lies.

Schieffer first interviewed defeated presidential candidate Senator John McCain, who dismissed the suggestion of inquiries into the Bush administration’s rampant lawbreaking as a desire to “settle old political scores.” Then Schieffer brought on Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [transcript (PDF)], who has called for a commission to investigate the Bush crimes.

Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet

Excerpt, with emphasis added:

BOB SCHIEFFER: Let– let me just ask about you this part, I mean, is there anything else to know here?

SENATOR PATRICK LEAHY: Oh, yes. There– a lot is made of the fact that– well, we have pictures from Abu Ghraib, we have the waterboard memos. We– we know the people did not tell the truth when they said we weren’t doing that. We know they weren’t telling the truth when they said well, you only had to waterboard once or twice and got everything you needed. We– we know that’s not the truth.

But, I want to know who was it who made the decisions that we’ll violate our own laws, we’ll violate our own treaties, we’ll even violate our own constitution. That we don’t know. We don’t know what that chain of command was.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Well, is there the risk? I mean, and you know the argument you– we’ve been hearing it all that– that we somehow criminalize our political system. I mean, you know, in banana republics one group throws out the other group and they put them all in jail and then they stay there till somebody else comes along and throws them in jail

SENATOR PATRICK LEAHY: (Overlapping) But I’m not–

BOB SCHIEFFER: Are we going down that kind of trail here?

SENATOR PATRICK LEAHY: No. I think not. And I– you know, I’ve heard the talking point that’s– usually by people who are afraid they may be looked are the ones making that– making that argument. But I’m not out for some kind of vengeance and, certainly, if you have people in the field who are told here are the orders from the White House, here is a legal memo telling you what to do and how to do it. Now, nobody is going to prosecute them, although, I would note that when FBI agents were there and they saw what was being done, when they reported back to the headquarters, FBI director Mueller said, “No, you can’t do that. That violates our own rules. That violates our understanding of the law. You have step back” and they did till there were some who knew that.

What I want to know–who were the people in the Office of Legal Counsel, in the President’s Counsel office, even in the Justice Department who knew this was against the law and still told people to go and break the law? I’m more concerned about those people than I’m going after somebody in the field.

Where do you suppose Bob Schieffer got the bizarre idea that the United States of America might turn into a “banana republic” if we make some attempt to return to the rule of law? From the Banana Republicans, of course…

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Rove: Repeating a false argument will make it true

Well, if anyone would know, it would be Rove, eh? Tonight’s Hypocrisy Watch: Lest we forget.

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