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What Jimmy Breslin Says

He must be older than God by now, but he’s still got it:

I am walking in Rosedale on this day early in the week while I wait for the funeral of Army soldier Le Ron Wilson, who died at age 18 in Iraq. He was 17 1/2 when he had his mother sign his enlistment papers at the Jamaica recruiting office. If she didn’t, he told her, he would just wait for the months to his 18th birthday and go in anyway. He graduated from Thomas Edison High School at noon one day in May. He left right away for basic training. He came home in a box last weekend. He had a fast war.

The war was there to take his life because George Bush started it with bold-faced lies.

If Bush did this in Queens, he would be in court on Queens Boulevard on a murder charge.

He did it in the White House, and it is appropriate, and mandatory for the good of the nation, that impeachment proceedings be started. You can’t live with lies. You can’t permit them to be passed on as if it is the thing to do.

Yesterday, Bush didn’t run the country for a couple of hours while he had a colonoscopy at the presidential retreat, Camp David. He came out of it all right. He should now take his good health and go home, quit a job he doesn’t have a clue as to how to do.

The other day, Bush said he couldn’t understand why in the world would some people say that millions of Americans have no health insurance. “Why, all they have to do is go to the emergency room,” he said.

Said this with the smirk, the insolent smug, contemptuous way he speaks to citizens.

People, particularly these politicians, these frightened beggars in suits, seem petrified about impeachment. It could wreck the country. Ridiculous. I’ve been around this business twice and we’re all still here and no politician was even injured. Richard Nixon lied during a war and helped get some 58,500 Americans killed and many escaped by hanging onto helicopter skids. Nixon left peacefully. Mike Mansfield of Montana, the Democratic Senate majority leader, said on television that the Senate impeachment trial of Nixon would be televised and there would be no immunity. That meant Nixon would have to face the country under oath and if he lied he would go to prison. He knew he was finished as he heard this. Mansfield said no more. He got up and left. Barbara Walters, on the “Today” show, said, “He doesn’t say very much, does he?

(…)

This time, we have dead bodies involved. Consider what is accomplished by the simple power of the word impeachment. If you read these broken-down news writers or terrified politicians claiming that an impeachment would leave the nation in pieces, don’t give a moment to them.

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[A]n investigator – the mind here sees George Mitchell and Warren Rudman, and you name me better – can slap a hand on the slitherers and sneaks who have kept us in war for five years and who use failing generals to beg for more time and more lives of our young. A final word in September? Two years more, the generals and Bush people say.

Say impeachment and you’ll get your troops home.

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[I]n Washington we had this Bush, and it is implausible to have anyone who is this dumb running anything, smirking at his country…. On his PBS television show the other night, Bill Moyers said he was amazed at Sara Taylor of the White House staff saying that she didn’t have to talk to a congressional committee because George Bush had ordered her not to. “I took an oath to uphold the president,” she said.

That president had been in charge of a government that kidnapped, tortured, lied, intercepted mail and calls, all in the name of opposing people who are willing to kill themselves right in front of you. You have to get rid of a government like this. Ask anybody in Rosedale, where Le Ron Wilson wanted to live his young life. His grave speaks out that this is an impeachable offense.

Okay, I just checked; Breslin will be 77 this fall, and Broder will be 78. Broder’s brain has turned to mush, and Breslin’s… hasn’t.

3 comments July 22nd, 2007 at 09:11pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Impeachment,Iraq,Media,Politics,Republicans

When Tabloids Attack

Fun stuff in this week’s Globe:

A fearful George W. Bush is pleading with wife Laura to call off her divorce plans – telling her a public marital bust-up could kill him, reveal sources.

And Bush’s fears for his life are real!

Physicians have privately warned him the stress of his crumbling marriage and mounting pressures from his political troubles could trigger a catastrophic heart attack at any moment, sources say.

“Doctors have told George he’s a walking medical time bomb,” confides a family friend. “With his secret binge drinking and mounting stress, he’s put his life on the edge. If he’s stressed any more, his heart could explode!”

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Bush has been fitted with a shock vest only worn by high-risk cardiac patients. The device would restart the president’s heart in case of a heart attack.

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“The president has made 48 visits to Ohio since he was elected even though the GOP candidates didn’t particularly want him around,” says a longtime Texas supporter.

“We believe he’s been going there to sneak into the Cleveland Clinic which has some of the country’s top heart specialists.”

Earlier this month, the president looked in on an energy company in Ohio, then hurried to the clinic “to discuss health care” at a closed meeting.

Insiders believe he really went for medical tests.

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On top of his heart worries, Bush is terrified that Laura will walk out on him and file for divorce, leaving him humiliated and alone.

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“She still loves George, but was afraid he was killing himself with booze and that was the start of their separation,” says the Texas source.

“Then came his increased moodiness and his relationship with Condoleezza Rice, which caused her to walk out more than once.

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Bush shows other signs of cardiac problems such as a drooping mouth, memory deficits, impaired language ability and motor system problems, [“Houston medical expert C. L. Hallmark] says.

“The drooping left side of the president’s face and mouth may be indicative of a recent stroke,” notes Hallmark.

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Respected psychoanalyst and George Washington University professor Dr. Justin Frank worked up a psychological profile of the president and found megalomania, delusions of persecution and omnipotence, and a sadistic indifference to others’ pain. Some of this could be blamed on the president’s drinking, he says.

Now, George is begging Laura to call off the divorce using his heart crisis to convince her to stay by his side.

He’s already suffered an emotional collapse,” says the source.

“He’s desperate to keep her, but she’s just as desperate to get out.

“I’m not sure that even his heart attack drama will make Laura change her mind.”

It would, as the saying goes, be irresponsible not to speculate.

Maybe Laura can go on TV and imitate Dubya saying “Please don’t leave me”…

6 comments July 22nd, 2007 at 04:36pm Posted by Eli

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