the Iraq War don’t want U.S. to win the “War on Terror,” according to his spokesman, Trent Duffy.
Iowa has passed some of the strictest anti-methamphetamine laws in the country for a reason. The state’s rural communities have been devastated by the recent meth epidemic, which is driving up crime and domestic abuse rates around the country (and leaving hundreds of users with a grotesque condition called “meth mouth“).
“The problem is that you can get everything to start a meth lab at Wal Mart,” Florida law enforcement official Sgt. Scott Behringer says. The even bigger problem is that Wal-Mart fought to ‘roll back’ tough laws in states like Iowa that make products with meth ingredients (such as Sudafed) more difficult to buy.
And when the Bush administration released its federal anti-meth plan last week, even conservatives couldn’t believe it. “If this is a cohesive national policy, it is embarrassing,” said Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), chairman of the House subcommittee that handles national drug policy. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) says the White House is “listening more to Wal-Mart than to the economic and social problems” that meth causes.
From Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s press briefing today:
Throughout history there have always been those who predict America’s failure just around every corner. At the height of World War II, a prominent U.S. diplomat predicted that democracy was finished in Britain, and probably in America, too. Many Western intellectuals praised Stalin during that period.
For a time, Communism was very much en vogue. It was called Euro-Communism, to try to mute or mask the totalitarian core.
And thankfully the American people are better centered. They ultimately come to the right decisions on big issues. And the future of Iraq is a very big issue.
So those being tossed about by the winds of concern should recall that Americans are a tough lot and will see their commitments through.
Yesterday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Trent Duffy said President Bush “believes that Americans, obviously, have a right to express their views. That’s part of being American. That’s one of the things we’re fighting for.” He left out the part about how, if you do express your views, the Secretary of Defense will call you a Stalinist.
“He’s a private citizen. Private citizens say all kinds of things all the time.”
American Progress created a television advertisement for BeAWitness.org, our netroots campaign that calls out the television news media for their deplorable coverage of the genocide in Darfur. Over the last few days, three Washington DC television affiliates, NBC-4, CBS-9, and ABC-7, informed us that they refuse to air the ad.
Since the major networks seem to have their hands full covering stories like Natalee Holloway and the Runaway Bride, the ad does what the media won’t — puts the spotlight on Darfur, and suggests that genocide warrants increased coverage.
ABC News broadcast just 18 minutes of Darfur coverage in its nightly newscasts in all of 2004 — “and that turns out to be a credit to Peter Jennings,” as Nicholas Kristof pointed out. NBC News featured 5 minutes, and CBS only had three, “about a minute of coverage for every 100,000 deaths.” Now they won’t allow us to pay for 30 seconds to urge better coverage of the genocide.
Send a message to NBC, CBS and ABC demanding that the stations air the ad.
Here are the official responses from the networks: Read more
On August 22, Pat Robertson called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. This appears to be in conflict with some of his earlier teachings that appear on his website:
God Almighty wants to protect life and have everyone walk the streets without fear of being murdered. — Pat Robertson
Life has become more and more cheap in the society we live in. But God says you shall not murder. — Pat Robertson
The moral foundations that taught us to value life are crumbling under our feet. — Pat Robertson
I’m sure patrobertson.com 2.0 will clear this all up.
For a week, reporters have been asking what the President is going to be doing today in Donnelly, Idaho. The White House press operation has stonewalled –
Q What’s in Donnelly? What’s he doing in Donnelly?
MS. PERINO: I’ll see if I can get some more on that. I don’t know.
Q Dana, can you yet not say what the President is doing on Tuesday in Donnelly?
MS. PERINO: I just don’t have an update. There’s just no public events.
Tamarack Resort received official confirmation today that President George W. Bush will be at the Idaho mountain resort Aug. 22-24… Tamarack Resort, the first all-season resort to be permitted in the U.S. in 22 years, has received national attention for having not one, but three spectacular crown jewels: a world-class ski mountain, a Robert Trent Jones II signature golf course and beautiful Lake Cascade, suitable for swimming, sailing, fishing, sea kayaking, and boating.
Who doesn’t need a little vacation…from their month-long vacation?