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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: Big Trouble in Little White House

“Fearless Leader is a man of bold and courageous vision.. A man who dares to do what no sane man would do. A man who sees what no one else can see..”

“Can see things no one else can see. Do things no one else can do.”
-Egg Shen, Big Trouble in Little China

“For instance.. Most people feel that Iraq is a mess…”

“The Pentagon is making contingency plans for a gradual U.S. withdrawal of troops from Iraq, according to U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates, who called the planning a ‘priority.’
‘You may rest assured that such planning is indeed taking place with my active involvement as well as that of senior military and civilian officials and our commanders in the field,’ Gates said in a letter delivered this week to Senator Hillary Clinton, a Democratic presidential candidate who had tangled with the Pentagon to learn whether such plans exist.
‘I consider this contingency planning to be a priority for this department,’ Gates said.
His comments came as a highly sophisticated simultaneous truck bombing and rocket attack devastated a Shiite market district in one of Baghdad's safest central neighbourhoods yesterday, killing at least 28 people and wounding 95. Separately, the U.S. military announced the deaths of seven American troops in Iraq.”
-Reuters, July 27, 2007

“…but not Fearless Leader.”

“And he's [Gen Petraeus] making progress. And I believe it's in the interests of this country, for our own security, for the United States Congress to fully support General Petraeus in his mission and to give him time to come back and report to the United States Congress the progress that he's making.
It's really interesting to watch this counterinsurgency strategy work. I mean, when people on the ground begin to have confidence, they, all of a sudden, start making good decisions for a state that will represent their interests. There is such a thing as top-down reconciliation -- that's the passage of law. And the Iraqi parliament has passed quite a few pieces of legislation, and they're working, trying to work through their differences. Sometimes legislative bodies aren't real smooth in getting out a piece of legislation in timely fashion, as some of you might recognize. But nevertheless, they're working hard to -- learning what it means to have a parliament that functions.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, July 26, 2007

“Ok, you people! Sit tight, hold the fort and keep the home fires burning. And if we're not back by dawn... call the president.”
-Jack Burton, Big Trouble in Little China

“Many people think that Alberto Gonzales is a lying SOB who is taking down the entire Justice Department with his politicizing the work they do and his blatant lying to Congress…”

“The head of the FBI contradicted Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' sworn testimony and Senate Democrats requested a perjury investigation Thursday in a fresh barrage against President Bush's embattled longtime friend and aide.
In a third blow to the Bush administration, the Senate Judiciary Committee issued subpoenas to compel the testimony of Karl Rove, Bush's chief political adviser, in connection with its investigation of the firings of federal prosecutors.
‘It has become apparent that the attorney general has provided at a minimum half-truths and misleading statements,’ four Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote in a letter to Solicitor General Paul Clement calling for a special counsel to investigate.”
-Associated Press, July 26, 2007

“But Fearless Leader can see into Gonzales soul and knows that he is worthy.”

“The White House defiantly stuck by Gonzales on the perjury matter and flatly denied that FBI Director Robert S. Mueller on Thursday contradicted the attorney general's sworn testimony on internal Bush administration dissent over the president's secretive wiretapping program.”
-Associated Press, July 27, 2007

“Q On Gonzales, this Negroponte memo shows an apparent contradiction in what he told the committee two days ago about that briefing at the White House. But yet Gonzales' spokesman says that what he said on Tuesday was true. How can that be? Can you explain that?
MR. SNOW: Unfortunately we get into areas that you cannot discuss openly. It's a very complex issue. But the Attorney General was speaking consistently. The President supports him. I think at some point this is going to be something where members are going to have to go behind closed doors and have a fuller discussion of the issues. But I can't go any further than that.
Q Everyone else says the meeting was about the TSP. Negroponte says it, people who were there said it, Comey said it. How could that not be right?
MR. SNOW: It's simply more complex than that, and I can't go into any more detail.
Q Is there another program that existed besides the TSP program?
MR. SNOW: I will repeat myself -- it's more complex, and I cannot go any further than that.
Q Does that mean that members of the Congress are being briefed on something they didn't realize they were being briefed on? If they're all describing it in this way --
MR. SNOW: Look, the most important thing to do is, I'll refer you back to DOJ to going through all this. But there were a series of briefings for a small, restricted number of members of Congress who seem to have differing recollections about what went on. As I've told you the last couple of days, I'm not going to try to be the fact witness on this. “
-Press Gaggle with White House Spokesperson Tony Snow, July 26, 2007

“And some argue that the economy is hitting some rough spots..:

“Wall Street suffered one of its worst losses of 2007 Thursday, leading a global stock market plunge as investors succumbed to months of worry about the mortgage and corporate lending markets. The Dow Jones industrials closed down more than 310 points after earlier skidding nearly 450.”
-Associated Press, July 26, 2007

“But Fearless Leader knows better than any of the so-called ‘economists’.”

“In other words, this economy is strong. And I would argue with the doubters and the skeptics that one of the reason is because of the tax cuts we passed.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, July 26, 2007

“And while Fearless Leader my question our enemy’s motives..”

“We were attacked by a group of ruthless killers who have an ideology. In other words, they believe something.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, July 26, 2007

“He isn’t going to let that get in the way of his own beliefs.”

“I believe in that old Texas adage, if you don't stand for something, you don't believe in anything.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, July 26, 2007

“God bless you Fearless Leader. I once was afraid, but through you I have seen that all I was scared of was reality. Now I will try to just ignore it like you do.”

“When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, looks you crooked in the eye and asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: ‘Have ya paid your dues, Jack?’ ‘Yessir, the check is in the mail.’"
-Jack Burton, Big Trouble in Little China


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