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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Bush Threatens To Veto Education Bill

   By Emelius at 9:41 PM

That is the headline everyone should be reading right now. It seems that Democrats are pressuring Congress in attempt to make a point and put the Bush administration on the defensive. It is assumed that every American from the age of 6 understands how a bill becomes law. If you do not remember, do some catch up from this 8mb video.

Now we are prepared to enter the world of shady politics. The democrats have attached an amendment to a bill for Education. The amendment cancels out some of the recent changes in the overtime laws, a pet bill by the republicans. Now if the bill passes the Congress, president Bush has said that he will veto it. This will look very bad as we go into the election. This will be a slippery issue if it ever gets to a vote on the floor. My guess is that with a republican held House and Senate, that it will never make it to the floor.


Blogger Fancy Pants Elitist said...

Saturday, September 11, 2004
The Brilliance of Mark Crispin Miller

Blogspot to blogspot, we must always treat everyone with the best of brilliant minds with honor and respect. If we are at all honest that is. :)

Mark Crispin Miller is a brilliant writer, and his perceptive ability to understand what the current administration is right on the mark....

While numerous books have been written criticizing the policies and practices of the George W. Bush administration, few have been as foreboding about the meaning of those policies and practices as Mark Crispin Miller's Cruel and Unusual. In Bush and company, Miller sees a regime comparable to the most ruthless authoritarian dictatorships of the modern era and warns that Americans, skillfully duped by a corrupt government and a complicit mass media, are blithely accepting the curtailing of their liberties and the eradication of their democracy. The attacks of September 11, 2001 and the tremendous fear and insecurity they generated among the American people provided, in Miller's estimation, ample opportunity for Bush and company to move the country to a place where dissent is crushed by force, wars are started on lies, and democratic elections will soon be a thing of the past. Cruel and Unusual makes a compelling case by providing massive amounts of evidence, some concrete and some speculative, although at times the sprawling range of his subject matter harms Miller's attempts to form a cohesive argument. And for someone writing a book about George W. Bush, Miller is awfully preoccupied with the treatment President Bill Clinton received from the press and right-wing activists. Particularly strong, however, are passages related to the build-up to war in Iraq and the discrediting of weapons inspector Scott Ritter, who insisted that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. Miller provides transcripts from cable news talk shows where administration spokesman attack Ritter with the apparent assistance of like-minded hosts while Ritter himself doggedly defends himself and persistently rejects the main reason given for war. Cruel and Unusual is one of the most energetic and dire criticisms of the Bush administration but its urgency is matched by the crimes it sees being committed. --John Moe

From Publishers Weekly In delivering this blunt jeremiad—Bush is "fascistic," "theocratic," a "crook," etc.—Miller (The Bush Dyslexicon) argues that the Bush-era press isn't simply biased, it has been lulled into an Orwellian false consciousness. One of the major examples Miller, a professor of media studies at NYU, offers is the case of Scott Ritter, the former U.N. weapons inspector who insisted before the war that Iraq probably had no unconventional weapons and was treated by TV interviewers like Paula Zahn as a near-stooge for Saddam. For Miller, further elements of the current order include electronic voting machines that he says were used to tilt the 2002 congressional elections and a cabal of Christian Reconstructionists that wants to impose theocracy on America. Miller, sometimes overheatedly, links the "extremist propaganda" of the Christian right to Bush assertions and policies, traces it to groups like the highly secretive Council for National Policy, and presents what he sees as a final agenda: "To such apocalyptic types, the prospect of a ruined earth is no big deal, as long as God can be alleged to go for it." While such arguments are familiar, as is the indignant tone, Miller's thoroughness and clarity in tracking down the sources of the policies he decries, and the ways in which they are disseminated, set the book apart. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist Miller parsed the language of presidential-candidate George W. Bush in his Bush Dyslexicon (2001) to reveal a chilling mind-set that belied an aw-shucks style of speaking. Now he delivers a deeper, more urgent indictment of George W. Bush, in this case his presidency and the news media covering it. The book's centerpiece is Miller's detailed argument that the Bush administration cynically manipulated Americans-- with the unwitting help of such news organizations as CNN and the New York Times--into believing that Saddam Hussein's Iraq was a greater threat to global and national security than it actually was. The author also argues forcefully that the "Bush/Cheney New World Order" is systematically chipping away rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, showing in the process just how prescient the Founding Fathers were to anticipate such a threat. Surprisingly, Miller does not address the issue of embedded war correspondents, and his sometimes dyspeptic tone will probably not convert anyone on the other side of the aisle. Still, this is a critical contribution to America's internal, life-or-death debate over foreign and domestic policy. Alan Moores Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

About the Author
Mark Crispin Miller is a professor of media studies at New York University and the author of The Bush Dyslexicon. He lives in New York City.

I can't recommend this book more. On Friday on Monring Sedition there was a discussion with Mark and I believe the day before on Al's show they did too.

Christo- fascism is a word Mark uses a lot...

Here are a couple of articles about it:
Christofascism and the Sanctity of the "Preborn"

and one from a Christian:

I would be interested in comments about these concepts... :)

not a Christian...
Heard Mark being interviewed and waiting for this book to come from Amazon...

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