Bush vetos SCHIP program - Politics of death or politics of life?

The Republicans should be ashamed of themselves as our nation's children go without health care as they gleefully spend hundreds of billions on an immoral and ridiculous war in Iraq. The very sad and perverse thing is that there are forces in this country that would rather spend money to make people die than provide care to help people live. As Americans we are faced with a choice of politics of death or politics of life. President Bush's veto of the child health program funding is an example of the Republican politics of death.

Greatscat web site has a clip of Rep. Jan Schakowsky speaking for one minute on the travesty. She succinctly sums up the issue and it is worth watching.

Link: Greatscat!.

How many dead in Iraq? Is President Bush wrong?

What's up with President Bush's callous attitude toward the number of people killed in Iraq? Here's the story on The Real News  where they interview Les Roberts one of the authors who did the study and wrote the article in Lancet medical journal estimating the number of dead in Iraq which President Bush said was "not credible".

Last year, the medical journal The Lancet published an estimate of 650,000 excess deaths in Iraq based on a demographic study conducted by field workers questioning people in clusters throughout Iraq.

The group Just Foreign Policy has taken that number and projected it using Iraq Body Count, which tallies deaths reported by Western media sources. This leads to a rough estimate that one million Iraqis have now been killed in the conflict since the U.S.'s 2003 invasion and occupation.

When The Lancet published the 650,000 estimate, President George W. Bush said: "600,000 or whatever they guessed at is just, it's not credible."

We speak to Les Roberts, now at Columbia University, who is co-author of The Lancet piece "Mortality after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: a cross-sectional cluster sample survey." Roberts has studied other conflicts, including in Congo, where his estimates have been widely accepted.

To watch a TV interview of one of the researchers click on the link below.

Link: The Real News.

What happened to all the guns, money, and oil lost in Iraq Jon Steward wonders

Jon_stewart You either laugh or cry when you see what is going on in Iraq. Jon Stewart explains satirically that the lost guns, oil, and money is incompetence, but I think it is war profiteering at its finest. Our soldiers and Iraqi civilians are dying by the thousands so that American corporations can enrich themselves. To sweeten the deal even further for the profiteers they get congress to pay for it with taxpayers money. Jon Stewart's clip is well worth watching. Click on the link below to go to Crooks and Liars which has a link for the clip.

Link: Crooks and Liars » Daily Show on Missing Iraqi Weapons: Coincidence? Or Profound Incompetence?.

Jay Leno interviews Dick Cheney spoof

Dick_cheney Today, August 4, 2007, Greatscat! has a YouTube clip of Jay Leno interviewing Dick Cheney. It is a spoof, but when satire so closely mirrors reality it makes you wonder. It is only about a minute long and well worth the viewing. To go to the clip on the Greatscat! web site click on the link below.

Link: Greatscat!.

Is TV news staged? Watch this.

If you ever doubted whether the TV media news is staged and manipulated, here is a great CNN clip on the Greatscat! web site of the Laura Bush trip to Africa. It looks more like a Saturday Night Live satire than the real thing. It's worth the 3 1/2 minute view it takes.

Link: Greatscat!.

Alberto Gonzales day at the congressional judiciary committee hearings

Gonzo_bush You either laugh or cry and watching Alberto Gonzales attempt to lie his way out of his predicament of firing 8 competent, capable, Federal Attorneys for political reasons while under questioning by the Congressional Judiciary committee is so sad. John Daily does a great job summarizing the hearings on April 19th.

Tdsgonzotestimony To watch the Daily Show segment click on the link below which will take you to the Crooks and Liars web site where the clip is posted.

Link: Crooks and Liars » Daily Show: Alberto “I Do Not Recall” Gonzales.

John McCain out right lies about state of affairs in Baghdad

Cnnmccainbaghdad This is the stuff that makes Americans crazy. They are bald facedly lied to by people like John McCain. Watch John Roberts confront McCain on two patently false statements he made about the safety in Iraq on CNN.

This blog is a mental health blog, and I try to limit the political stuff, but politics has created a mentally toxic environment in the United States over the last 7 years with the lies that have lead to war, torture, loss of civil liberties, corruption, and heightened level of incivility in public discourse. People are mystified much of time and wonder who is crazy them or their government. Listen to John McCain and you decide.

Click on the link below to go to Crooks and Liars to watch the CNN clip.

Link: Crooks and Liars » John Roberts Debunks McCain’s Rosy Baghdad Scenario.