Who Hijacked Our Country

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Global Warming-gate

Or how about Climategate? Species Destruction-gate? These slippery underhanded methods have become so synonymous with the Bush administration, they shouldn’t even be surprising any more.

A White House official has been repeatedly altering climate reports in order to downplay the link between greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. And — coincidence? — this White House official used to be a lobbyist for the oil industry.

During 2002 and 2003, the Chief of Staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Philip Cooney, routinely made changes to reports after they were already completed by government scientists and approved by their supervisors.

The altered documents were obtained by the Government Accountability Project, a nonprofit group that provides legal help to government whistleblowers. A senior scientist from the Environmental Protection Agency said this editing “has somewhat of a chilling effect and has created a sense of frustration” among government scientists.

Is there anything the Bush administration says that we can trust? “Weapons of Mass Destruction.” “Mission Accomplished.” “Freedom is on the march.” “These tax cuts will create jobs.” “This draconian new drug law will help The Children.”

And now: It has been confirmed that global warming is caused by the emission of greenhouse gases. This will cause glaciers to melt, which will cause sea levels to rise, leading to a much greater risk of tsunamis and floods. Massive droughts will cause farmlands to become deserts Global temperatures may increase just a teensy little bit, or maybe not. Whatever happens, it was God’s will. What these flooded countries and endangered species really need is a big dose of free enterprise.

The 1998 movie “The Truman Show” should be making a big comeback any day now. After 4½ years of smoke and mirrors from the Bush administration, we should all know exactly how Jim Carrey felt when he discovered that his whole life was just a TV show. His house and neighborhood were nothing but stage props, and all of his friends and family members turned out to be just actors.

That’s where we’re headed. The “news” turns out to be an infomercial prepared by the Bush administration. “Press conferences” are nothing more than softball questions lobbed to the president by White House stooges. “Town hall meetings” turn out to be completely orchestrated, with a handpicked audience and all the questions scripted and rehearsed. “Demonstrations” and “rallies” in favor of dismantling Social Security turn out to be organized and rehearsed, with a pre-selected audience.

The bloodiest massacres in Iraq are explained with “Look! The enemy is getting desperate! This means we’re winning!” With every massive downsizing / outsourcing we hear “the tax cuts are creating jobs. The economy is getting better.” A law allowing more air pollution is called the “Clear Skies Initiative.” A giant giveaway to the timber industry is called the “Healthy Forests Initiative.”

I’m almost afraid to imagine what this administration’s next Orwellian stunt will be, and how Bush will spin it. Anybody want to guess?

21 Comments:

Blogger Fred said...

I think they have rigged just about everything. We just need digging to expose these people.

June 8, 2005 at 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Fred Villarreal: Oh, it's gonna take a lot of digging. I just hope the public and the "media" (using the term loosely) are up the task.

June 9, 2005 at 12:48 AM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

It's really cool to see Bush denying this having happened when the documents are being published for the public. Hilarious display of Bushist insanity and at tempts to deny the truth of what corporate American is doing to the environment all to make a few bucks.

June 9, 2005 at 2:10 AM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

OK Democrat: This whole pack of lies would be shocking, except that it's so standard. This is what his administration has been doing -- in all areas -- since early January 2001. Hopefully the public will catch on and notice the pattern at some point.

June 9, 2005 at 2:16 AM  
Blogger Hammer said...

The National Academy of Sciences has had enough. For the first time, they are signing a letter on climate change that contradicts the official US position.

June 9, 2005 at 6:00 AM  
Blogger Nariel said...

Yep, I agree Tom... it seems that anytime ANYTHING is said that has that "shit flows downhill" aspect to it--it is either downplayed or not played at all.
Let's see to date what do we have:

Lie that sent the nation to war, as told to Congress.
Lie that policy wasn't being fixed to fit our desire for war.
Lie about the global warming and climatology.
Lie about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Lie about if we are guilty of the stated laws against torture.
Lie about if we send prisoners abroad with the express purposes of being tortured.
Lie about if persons in Washington are paid with campaign funds to pitch their political opinions.
Lie about election counts.
Lie about election voting machines.

*sigh*
I'd take up your whole column if I went on with more.. but there ARE more..

Oh and disclaimer: where it says LIE.. lets re-word that to
"alleged abuse of the truth"

There.. i feel better.

June 9, 2005 at 6:55 AM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

None of this matters to the faithful-you could find a video clip of Bush in bed with a Bighorn and the faithful would find some way to blame Clinton for it.

June 9, 2005 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Sar said...

You have to admire Rove's ability to spin. That is what we need - comparable counter spin. If we want the message to get through, we have to level the playing field and fight back just as dirty. True it's not ideal, but has ideal worked to date? Hardly. We are in a desperate time and in need of desperate measures.

June 9, 2005 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Ken Grandlund said...

Appalling. Indefensible. But sadly, with these guys, hardly unpredictable.

I'm ready to storm the castle.

June 9, 2005 at 10:03 AM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Hammer: Thanks for the link. I'm glad to know about that. At this point it's practically the only solution.

Patricia: That's a good list you've got there. But like you said, it's only a partial list. We'd run out of bandwidth if we tried to list all of Bush/Rove's lies and deceptions. My favorite euphemism for lying was when Nixon's PR man announced that "all previous statements on Watergate are inoperative." But even that statement was an admission, sort of; something we've never heard from Bush and Co.

Jolly Roger: Yeah, those "faithful" are pretty set in their viewpoints, no matter what you show them. And of course it's Clinton's fault.

Sar: This definitely is a desperate time that calls for desperate measures. One Karl Rove clone, coming up. His methods aren't patented. With more and more people being on to him and seeing how he operates, these methods will become standard. Bring on the spin doctors.

Ken: I think you're right; time to storm the castle.

June 9, 2005 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Fred, let dig to expose the rig. It must be done. The "liberal media" sure isn't going to do it.

Hammer, thanks for the link. It will be fun to see how the administration pooh-poohs the National Academy of Sciences. I might have to use those quotes on "intelligent design" on my blog at some point....

OKDem, I agree, it's pretty amusing to see all of Dubya's denials, but I find it pretty frightening to see his denials on American TV news with little if any press going to the stuff he's denying... maybe with the exception of the Newsweek-Koran-flushing story.

Patricia, I'm also tired of the lying. How stupid does the administration think Americans are? Pretty stupid, I'd guess. This must mean they "hate America", right?

JR, Bush in bed with a bighorn would be pretty cool. Cheney in bed with Scalia would also be mighty fine, although it also wouldn't get much press, and if it did, the faithful might not pay much attention. After all, a gay hooker at the White House having access to inside information didn't seem to have much impact...

SAR, we do indeed need to discover our own version of Kreepy Karl. As they have unleashed their behind-the-scenes Frankenstein on us, we need to have one with which to counter.

Tom, I agree with what you agree with. United we stand.

And Ken, please include me in your unit when the castle is stormed. Thanks!

June 9, 2005 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

I wish there was some way to impeach Bush. He's done more to hurt American than Nixon and that's saying alot.

June 9, 2005 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger ~jay said...

yes, but we'd need a Congressional majority that we're going to have to push DAMN hard for to get there, OKD.

the saddest thing is, if Watergate happened now (and you know W. Mark Felt came forward this month rather than containing the secret to his departure for a reason) no one would give it a second thought. Hello, downing street? These days you can't even scare them with the evidence.


~j

June 9, 2005 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

I tell you guys that I am ashamed of journalists for caving into pressure from Republicans. They are not covering the news the way they should anymore because they are afraid of the GOPPERS boycotting and going on witch hunts for journalists that don't bow down to their opinions. I am ashamed that I am studying journalism in its days of degredation.

June 9, 2005 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger The Biased Reporter said...

Hey, guys. This is Kristal and I'm just making an announcement.

I've been doing some revamping of my website. My new url is http://liberal-lounge.blogspot.com

My new display name is, of course, The Biased Reporter.

June 9, 2005 at 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Snave: Sounds like we all agree. Together we'll storm the castle.

OK Democrat: I wholeheartedly agree that Bush needs to be impeached. Every time a new Bush scandal comes out I always think his allies will finally turn on him and put principle first, but it hasn't happened yet.

And Bush is definitely worse than Nixon. Nixon had a clear grasp of history and international affairs. Bush isn't dumb but he's the most small-minded president we've ever had. And I think he's even more vindictive and powercrazed than Nixon.

And I sure hope some journalists start covering things more seriously and with more courage. If we had today's "journalists" back in 1972, Nixon would have still been president-for-life up 'til his death in 1994.

~jay: Yeah, it's funny (not ha ha) that some of Bush's worst scandals and lies are right out there in the open and nobody is doing anything about it. Nixon resigned because he knew the Watergate tapes would reveal his crooked activities. Here we have the Downing Street memo right here in front of us, and Bush just goes on about his business.

Kristal/Biased Reporter: Thanks for the news. I have your old site linked (Political Rants from a Liberal) so I'll link up to Liberal Lounge.

June 9, 2005 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger Nariel said...

Blessings Readers:
Okay..so we have determined we need to do SOMETHING --and here's a good first start(since we were talking about what to do) :0)

Join the Stop Global Warming Virtual March. Doesn't take anything but your time to click a link and be part of history in showing WE AREN"T GONNA TAKE THIS KNEELING! Fight on your feet or die on our knees.. that is what it has become, my friends

Please join me.. I'd be honored to have ya!

http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/campaigns/sgw/impact/e18d9d5c81b7dfb2cb092db6ccb8c8e9/

Read more on the campaign by clicking here:

http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/campaigns/sgw/partner/nrdc/

June 10, 2005 at 6:27 AM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Patricia: Thanks for the link. I signed up.

June 10, 2005 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger ~jay said...

OKD-- I'd rather see you study it than see you walk away based solely on the corruption though. The system can be changed, but the only way that will happen is by taking the system head-on.

The system of blogs could be a far more powerful tool... well, until they start oppressing those too.

Anyone else read in Audubon Magazine a month or so ago about that Michael Crichton book where he tries to make global warming look like a conspiracy?

Looking now, patricia!

~j

June 10, 2005 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger halcyon67 said...

The Republicans are delusional. Whatever we say, they take the opposite, that is how feeble they are.

Yea, where is the liberal media?

June 10, 2005 at 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

~jay: I think right now the thousands of political bloggers out there are playing more of a role than the "media." But soon they'll probably slip some unseen amendment into a spending bill that defines any criticism of Bush as a national security violation.

Samantha: Oh yes, that liberal media. They must be the ones who talk about nothing but Michael Jackson and the missing-girl-of-the-week, and relegate all political news to page 37.

June 10, 2005 at 12:12 PM  

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