Archive for July 7th, 2007

Biden on Bush: ‘Brain dead’ and ‘beyond redemption’; White House declines to comment


At least twice this week in Iowa, according to reports by major news outlets, Democrat Joe Biden has called President Bush “brain dead.”

In the first, MSNBC reported that the Delaware senator was “almost apoplectic” about Bush’s commutation of Scooter Libby’s sentence: “That is what you might call tone deaf or brain dead,” Biden said at an event in Iowa City. “This is an administration beyond redemption … I was there with Richard Nixon. That’s how old I am. And folks, this guy’s worse.”

The New York Times offered this account of a Des Moines appearance on its Caucus blog: “This guy is brain dead,” Mr. Biden said to surprised applause and laughter from the crowd. “I know I’ll be quoted, I’ll be killed for that.” The post had nearly 1,100 comments as of late Friday afternoon.

The liberal blog Proctoring Congress offered up the brain-dead quote and asked readers to guess whether Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama or Joe Biden had said it. Extra credit if you guessed Biden “because he is the one candidate in the race who says what everybody else thinks.”

At conservative, the ironic lead-in is “Joe Biden shows how he plans to change the tone in Washington.”

Biden has a propensity to get into verbal trouble:

As our former colleague Walter Shapiro writes at Salon, “As a presidential candidate, Biden lives in a world seemingly free from fear about how his words will appear out of context. Back in January, as he was launching his presidential campaign, Biden stumbled badly in an interview in which he described Obama as “clean” and “articulate.”

And there was this memorable exchange between Biden and moderator Brian Williams in the first Democratic debate, on MSNBC.

Williams: Senator Biden, words have, in the past, gotten you in trouble, words that were borrowed and words that some found hateful. An editorial in the Los Angeles Times said, “In addition to his uncontrolled verbosity, Biden is a gaffe machine.” Can you reassure the voters in this country that you would have the discipline you would need on the world stage, senator?

Biden’s answer, in its entirety: Yes.

Don’t miss Biden’s take on Republicans Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney in the Times (Hint: he can’t wait to debate Giuliani because “I will eat his lunch”).

Update at 6:15 p.m. ET: White House spokesman Scott Stanzel tells us the White House won’t have any comment on Biden’s remarks.

From USA Today Blog


Say “When.” 

General Odom – former head of the NSA under Ronald Reagan has said that the only way to keep our troops safe is to bring them home – and the only way to convince President Bush of that fact is to threaten him with (dare we say it?!) IMPEACHMENT!

I’m sure the White House will have some smarmy answer to this tomorrow – read Gen. Odom’s piece (from August 2005) at and see if you think he sounds like a crackpot or like he should be dismissed out-of-hand.

Say “When.”

Yeah – I swear I’m not making this one up. Read it at

UPDATE! Watch the video yourself and see what you think – fair and balanced or fear-mongering?

From truthmeansfreedom:


Well, he is a Neocon, deeply embedded in the “Network” of those so called “conservatives” – and in no way has he got any qualification to talk about healthcare:……

In short:

Jerry Bowyer is the chairman of Bowyer Media, a company specializing in radio and television production, print and internet publishing and economic analysis.

He was also the President of the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy a few years ago (not any more!), a Pittsburgh- based conservative policy organization.

This organization gets financed by the foundations of Richard Mellon Scaife, the “infamous” ultraconservative billionaire.

About Richard Mellon Scaife:……

“Washington Post” mentioning Scaife and Jerry Bowyer in 1999:…

For the record: Jerry Bowyer denies to be financed by Scaife – see here:…

So, that’s a nice example how “independent” the guests on Fox are – and it is interesting that Jerry Bowyer gets practically no introduction by Neil Cavuto whatsoever – giving the impression that he is a competent, independent journalist or “expert” on the subject. But he is nothing more than a conservative “pundit”.

You will find more info about these “conservative foundations”, controlling at least 1 billion $ in assets, here:…

Lots of examples of Jerry Bower’s plain way of thinking can be found on his website:

Another interesting thing:

If you google “Richard Scaife pharma” you come to this page:…

(ISPE calls themselves the “largest non-for-profit society serving pharmaceutical manufacturing professionals”)

Richard Scaife is the Director of Business Development Quintiles Inc, a huge pharma company.

I believe that this Richards Scaife mentioned there is not “Richard Mellon Scaife”, the billionaire – but hey, I will eat my hat if they are not related 🙂

Just as an example of how the corporate world is connected in the USA, and which role Fox News plays in there as the prime “corporate mouthpiece”…



Interviewing Donald Rumsfeld (to Rumsfeld: “I am a great admirer”):…


Is this “your world”???

The universal healtcare systems in UK, Germany etc. support terrorism…?

Watch out for more Fox News spin about universal healthcare – we haven’t seen the end yet. “SiCKO” by Michael Moore has hit a nerve.

See also the comments on:…

Say “When.”

…WJFK (106.7 FM) [Thursday] dropped Bill O’Reilly’s nationally syndicated show, “The Radio Factor,” and replaced it with a sports-talk program hosted by Jim Rome. O’Reilly, an avowed independent who takes many conservative views, occupied a two-hour afternoon slot on WJFK.The popular Fox News Channel TV host never attracted much of a radio following in Washington — in the most recent ratings period, his program had about 1.2 percent of the audience….

From The Washington Post

Say “When.”