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What does your father do for a living?

One day a fourth-grade teacher asked the children what their fathers did for a living. All the typical answers came up -- fireman, mechanic, businessman, salesman, doctor, lawyer, and so forth.

But little Justin was being uncharacteristically quiet, so when the teacher prodded him about his father, he replied, "My father's an exotic dancer in a gay cabaret and takes off all his clothes in front of other men and they put money in his underwear. Sometimes, if the offer is really good, he will go home with some guy."

The teacher, obviously shaken by this statement, hurriedly set the other children to work on some exercises and then took little Justin aside to ask him, "Is that really true about your father?"

"No," the boy said, "He works for the Republican National Committee and helped re-elect George Bush, but I was too embarrassed to say that in front of the other kids."

FBI conducts clandestine surveillance of citizens

"WASHINGTON, Oct 24: Previously classified documents released on Monday show that the FBI has conducted clandestine surveillance on US citizens and legal residents for as long as 18 months at a time without proper paperwork or oversight.

Some of the violations found in the documents included Improper searches and seizures of bank records. Violation of bank privacy statutes. Improper collection of e-mails after warrants had expired.

FBI officials, however, say that most of the violations were simply administrative errors."

Sheriff Won't Keep Files On Political Protesters

"MELBOURNE -- After complaints from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office has agreed to stop routinely keeping criminal intelligence files on political protesters. The changes follow months of negotiations between Sheriff Jack Parker and the civil rights group, which will help train deputies about the policy change in November.

Controversy erupted after a January rally against President Bush attended by about three dozen protesters in front of Melbourne City Hall. Undercover sheriff's agents and uniformed city police officers videotaped protesters, photographed 23 license plates and created files on six "persons of interest." Records show the officers contacted Patrick Air Force Base security personnel even though no threats of violence were identified and no trouble happened.

The new policy says deputies can monitor public rallies only with senior command approval under "an identified credible potential threat for violence." If no illegal activity happens at a rally, no identifying information about participants will be noted in sheriff's reports."

Live by spin, die by spin - Howard Fineman - MSNBC.com

Lessons from the special prosecutor’s office

By Howard Fineman
MSNBC contributor
Updated: 12:23 p.m. ET Oct. 19, 2005

"WASHINGTON - Live by spin, die by spin.

That will be the lesson if Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald indicts anyone in the Valerie Plame leak case. Poetic justice is a concept as old as drama, but it applies time and again in the theater of presidential politics. Traits and tactics that lead to power lead to overreach, and ruin. In our day, justice is administered (and balance restored) by law, not by gods. Still, the idea is the same."

War is Very Profitable for Halliburton HAL

Take a look at a graph of HAL, whose former President is Dick Cheney. Hal's stock price as compared to the Dow Jones Industrial average. The graph begins with launching the fear campaign in 2001 and ends this month. Dick's stock options have soared as his well orchestrated plans have been executed.

W is For Wrong

I Think I Heard a Liberal Say

The Nation: "I Think I Heard a Liberal Say

Calvin Trillin

I think I heard a liberal say
To Ronnie Earle, 'Hooray! Hooray!
Because you finally made my day
When you indicted Tom DeLay.
They'll never fashion, come what may,
An ethics rule that he'd obey.

He works the shadowed shades of gray.
The moment that his side held sway,
He made the lobbyists on K
Just hire those who thought his way,
Then pay and pay and pay and pay.

For access, he did pay-to-play.
The Congress of the USA
Became the cages of Bombay.

'So here's what I'd like for The Hammer:
A whole bunch of years in the slammer.' "

George W. Bush as a Take-Charge Guy

The Nation

"A New Gilbert and Sullivan Song About George W. Bush as a Take-Charge Guy

Calvin Trillin

I keep my slicker by my bed, and, sure, my bullmike's handy too.
With these, it looks as if I've got the slightest notion what to do.

On Air Force One my staff and I will fly to every storm we're fighting.
My staff's prepared. They've studied film. They've got technique. They know backlighting.

You'll soon forget the FEMA hacks appointed, one and all, by me.
A leader is a man who finds a photo opportunity.

CHORUS

No matter what, there'll always be a photo opportunity.
And otherwise, I'm always free for loafing with impunity.
Because, you see, we all agree: With Karl there to fine tune it, he
Can find a way to picture me at one with the community.
No matter what, there'll always be a photo opportunity. "

Al From Florida Knows Why Bush Doesn't Respond

In this photo, we have concrete evidence of communications challenges Bush faces daily.

"Washington is a town where there's all kinds of allegations. You've heard much of the allegations. And if people have got solid information, please come forward with it. And that would be people inside the information who are the so-called anonymous sources, or people outside the information—outside the administration."—Chicago, Sept. 30, 2003

Check out More Bushisms

Randi From New York is Concerned

The US Treasury is little more than a taxpayer filled ATM for Bush cronies in the private sector.

He has bankrupted the nation, started wars with repercussions that will last generations, installed crooks and cronies in high positions of power, and remains a dangerous, reckless threat to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Yet notice no matter how bad things get for Americans, no matter how much proof that the same pack of thieves always seem to get their hands on YOUR money, Americans still BELIEVE they know his heart.

Top Five Banned Books

Five Most Frequently Challenged Books From the American Library Association

Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling, for its focus on wizardry and magic.

Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, for being sexually explicit, using offensive language and being unsuited to age group.

"The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier (making a comeback as was the "Most Challenged" book of 1998), for using offensive language and being unsuited to age group.

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou, for sexual content, racism, offensive language, violence and being unsuited to age group.

"Taming the Star Runner" by S.E. Hinton, for offensive language.

"Captain Underpants" by Dav Pilkey, for insensitivity and being unsuited to age group, as well as encouraging children to disobey authority.

Bush Stages His Own Little Protest

Bush Now Protests Too!

By HELEN THOMAS
HEARST NEWSPAPERS

"WASHINGTON -- How does the president of the United States ignore thousands of Americans who come to Washington with a special anti-war message?

It's easy to do, if you are President Bush. You get out of town.

If you are as insulated as Bush is from the real world, a massive public outcry against your policies doesn't register."

Bigtime Payback for Dodging DUI, Booze, Drugs, and National Guard

Miers possesses qualities important to Bush: loyalty, trustworthiness

From the Chicago Tribune:

"Because of her investigations of Bush, she has had access to the most sensitive, and potentially politically explosive, information about his life.

There was a DUI in 1976 that had not become public, plus other whispers about his use of alcohol and drugs, and questions about his wangling a coveted slot in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War."

Cracks appear in GOP

Republicans Protest Bush Actions

"BY JANET HOOK
LOS ANGELES TIMES

WASHINGTON - In the disciplined world of George W. Bush's presidency, Republicans for years have shunned open criticism of the White House, fearful of a call to the woodshed from an administration that prizes loyalty.

So it was a striking departure when Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania -- a high-ranking party official and a stalwart Bush ally -- recently lambasted the administration's handling of this year's Social Security debate. It was even more striking that his office e-mailed the news far and wide with a subject line boasting: 'Santorum takes Bush to task over Social Security strategy.'"