March 15, 2008 journal, this is the most up-to-date important information on us. Read all about it on plus the Rove doctrine and political prisoners. America is in for a rude awakening especially the evangelical church. A huge crane has fallen in Manhattan killing four people and injuring many more. "On Tuesday, Mr. Bu*ssh cast the stakes in stark terms, repeatedly invoking his desire to spread freedom and democracy, the central themes of his foreign policy. Those themes are hardly new to American presidents. Woodrow Wilson talked about making the world safe for democracy, while Ronald Reagan warned that "freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." (It's phony false perception) But Mr. Busassh, most experts agree, has taken the American freedom agenda to an entirely new level, by trying to foster democracy in nations that have not known it before, like Iraq and Afghanistan. Some historians have called it folly, and Mr. Bush conceded in an interview with conservative commentators last year that his critics believe he is "hopelessly idealistic." (emphasis added) (is one of many descriptions) The very idea that there's a genuine "American freedom agenda" is rather foolish, and the notion that "experts agree" that Buassh has taken democracy promotion "to an entirely new level" may come directly from Whi*e w-hourse talking points, but that doesn't make it true. (Many of his close friends call it the Pink House, I think of it as a whore house) The NYT article makes it sound as if in this speech to the Religious Broadcasters' Convention the war in Afghanistan was in some way related to spreading democracy. As I recall, we invaded the country and overthrew the Taliban because it protected al Qaeda and helped sponsor the 9/11 attacks. As for Iraq, after the president's rationale(s) for the war in Iraq fell apart, the hWhite wHore crafted a post-hoc rationalization for the invasion - the United States was committed, above all else, to spreading democracies and toppling dictators across the globe. He didn't mention any of this before the war, but only because he was really busy. Or something. It was always a dubious proposition, more politically convenient than ideologically heartfelt. Indeed, for all of the president's talk about democracy being "God's gift to humanity ," there's no evidence Bush takes his own principles seriously at all. Kevin and Matt have more. Filed Under: Foreign Policy , Iraq Share/Email This | Spotlight | 83 Comments | Permalink March 15th, 2008 Elliot's Mess: Spitzer Investigation Tied To Fed Bail Out By: Nicole Belle @ 4:56 PM - PDT At the time of Spitzer's resignation, I blogged that something about the investigation didn't pass the smell test , the Don Siegelman case foremost on my mind. But journalist Greg Palast has made a compelling case tying the Spitzer investigation to a different top story. While New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was paying an 'escort' $4,300 in a hotel room in Washington, just down the road, George B*u*s*h's new Federal Reserve Board Chairman, Ben Bernanke, was secretly handing over $200 billion in a tryst with mortgage bank industry speculators. (Actually all money is in New York) Both acts were wanton, wicked and lewd. But there's a BIG difference. The Governor was using his own checkbook. B*u-sh's man Bernanke was using ours. This week, Bernanke's Fed, for the first time in its history, loaned a selected coterie of banks one-fifth of a trillion dollars to guarantee these banks' mortgage-backed junk bonds. The deluge of public loot was an eye-popping windfall to the very banking predators who have brought two million families to the brink of foreclosure. (Banks could now trade in bad loans for spendable money) Up until Wednesday, there was one single, lonely politician who stood in the way of this creepy little assignation at the bankers' bordello: Eliot Spitzer. Who are they kidding? Spitzer's lynching and the bankers' enriching are intimately tied. How? Follow the money. Read on... The whole Bear Stearns bail out is hilarious when you consider how horrified these 'free market' proponents are at the thought of say, socialized medicine, but barely bat an eye at socialized banking. Privatize profits and nationalize losses , anyone? Meanwhile, decades of Republican economic strategy has brought us to a recession, if not teetering on the edge of a depression (The similarities in the economy of the 1920s and today are there for the finding). What will be telling is what kind of bonuses will be handed out to Bear Stearns executives in light of this massive failure of management. Filed Under: Economy , Investigations , Oversight , Scandals Share/Email This | Spotlight | 152 Comments | Permalink March 15th, 2008".