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The situation seemed to reach its nadir with the prevarications surrounding Dark Lord the Dick 's "hunting mishap. " Coming up with verbal manure for the person posing as president is one thing, but taking flak for and having your personal reputation sullied by the irresponsible, contemptible actions of an unpleasant, self-serving vice president with a nasty demeanor was not in Scott 's job description.

Watching him dodge questions he truly had no answers for that day, I kinda felt sorry for the guy. Kinda. Man, he was sweating so profusely you might have thought he had shot Harry Whittington.

Since taking over in 2003 his job has gotten progressively worse, with all the foul-ups that begin at Herr Rove but can 't be discussed; the dictates from King George XLIII who dispenses with our Constitution and any laws which get in his way (once he 's "decided " they lack usefulness); virtually every cabinet secretary or department head or nominee for judge being somewhere below the accepted level of capable, or far too lopsided to the Right; and a constant state of war, blown out of its real proportion by the Neo-cons, to justify wasting billions of dollars on anything but what we need within the 50 States (except for Ted Stevens ' two bridges in Alaska for $500,000,000.00 one to nowhere, the other named after himself).

Funny thing, Scott did sort of hint at a conflict of interests concerning his Mother 's bid for governor in Texas. By running against the Bush establishment, she put her son between a rock and a soft spot. Well, Mother 's Day is coming soon, and what better gift could Scott have given his Ma.

Outside of Kinky Friedman being in the field, I tried to reckon who the Democratic candidates are (Bob Gammage? Chris Bell?), but from what I 've read many Texas Dems are leaning toward Carole Keeton Strayhorn anyway. With any luck, they won 't cancel each other out and create a gap for Gov. Rick Perry to slip in through again.

Beware the adds of Diebold ...

Then there 's Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

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His surname lends itself perfectly to the most apropos nickname possible.

He has been the co-architect and overseer of perhaps the two most outrageously boneheaded military snafus in American history. England 's Field Marshall Bernard "Monty " Montgomery could not have fouled up this badly with this kind of superior force against such ragtag militias.

In a complete copycat move of what every tyrannical dictatorship throughout history has done to cause its own ultimate destruction, the executives took the decision-making process out of the hands of the professional soldiers.

Julius Caesar decided he was a great general, which led to his personal downfall. Subsequent Caesars destroyed Rome entirely through similar delusions. Constantine, Hannibal, Napoleon Bonaparte, Santa Ana, various popes, any number of kings rulers who wanted to be generals and ended up failing as both.

During the middle 20th Century the world saw a real good example: Adolf Hitler executed or jailed officers, especially generals, who dared to disagree with him and the other Nazi fanatics on matters of military tactics. They didn 't give a damn that the career soldiers knew about conducting war loyalty to the party was of ultimate importance.
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Some 40 years later Rummy and King George 's Daddy helped create another such character, one Saddam Hussein. He was never able to extend his reign of terror much beyond the borders of his native Iraq, but that didn 't matter to King George. For some inexplicable reason, he had Rummy launch an invasion upon Saddam 's country just for being there.

Oh, okay, it was for oil the very same reason Saddam had invaded Kuwait in 1990. And the reason we pushed his army out of that nation.

But the various Muslim sects, whom King George and Dark Lord and Rummy to this day do not understand, decided they didn 't want the Great Satan overrunning one of the oldest and holiest of Middle Eastern lands.

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An erstwhile Philosopher and sometime Educator, Jerry Tenuto is a veteran of seven years service in the U.S. Army. He holds a BS and MA in Broadcast Communications from Southern (more...)

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