July 31, 2007

Violet Beauregarde

Someone's been sneaking Willy Wonka's gum again.



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Posted by kerry at 11:30 AM | Comments (0)

...and no blue face paint either.

Is there no way to keep George W Bush from appearing to be a complete moron on the simplest of discussions surrounding international relationships, cultural differences or global nuance?

Q What's changed?

PRESIDENT BUSH: Oh, what's changed? He's a Scotsman, kind of a -- he's not the dour Scotsman that you described him, or the awkward Scotsman; he's actually the humorous Scotsman, the guy that -- we actually were able to relax and to share some thoughts. I was very interested in his family life. He's a man who has suffered unspeakable tragedy, and instead of that weakening his soul, strengthened his soul.

ah, the rare single humorous Scotsman. Like snipe hunting, hard to do but ever so rewarding.

Posted by kerry at 06:34 AM | Comments (0)

QOTD - Lernin's fer thuh week

Apparently in North Carolina, much more emphasis and status is placed on patriotic graven images than the actual rights of the citizens it's supposed to represent. The populace has weighed in and some of the most articulate residents have opinions that would cause one to question their awareness of little things, like the constitution.

I applaud the sheriff's department for doing the right thing for the respect of our nation. Our rights are freedom of speech, not freedom to descrate our flag, Look it up.


Keeping in the spirit of equality and fairness...

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Posted by kerry at 03:46 AM | Comments (0)

Unable to See the Pollution for the Tar Pits

It's one thing to be a skeptic... it's another when you're completely dismissive of facts.

Q: As far as conservation, what are the trends you are seeing?

A: I'm hoping that consumers will see through the rhetoric about consuming less, demanding less, as faulty. It is not a given that consuming less will be good for our economy or for our personal freedom. It is not even established for our environment that we [should] deprive ourselves of gasoline for our personal mobility as well our commerce. And to suppose that it is good to do that, and pretend that we have consensus and put our heads together to deprive ourselves of this great product that makes the country go around, commercially and individually, I think is flawed. I'm hoping consumers and voters will see through that and be able to ignore some of the most extreme suggestions.

I think that there has been friendly as well as unfriendly brainwashing taking place. And when I say friendly and unfriendly, I'm talking about decades of extremist views that have now achieved mainstream acceptance. And the No. 1 item among those affecting current oil politics in Washington is the boogeyman, also known as global warming.

I don't accept it as established fact, nor do I accept that it would be caused by petroleum consumption, nor do I accept that the human species should not affect its environment. So even if it were someday to be shown to have some small effect on the environment, I see no crime. In fact, taking into account the many, many millions of people around the world that envy our way of life, it would seem more humanitarian to wish them the kind of plentiful petroleum products and vehicles ... that we enjoy ... to lift themselves out of [a] backward, poor way of life.


Nothing lifts the spirit up like a 5 gallon bucket of crude. Cheers. (h/t todd)

Posted by kerry at 03:30 AM | Comments (0)

July 30, 2007

oh, really?

Bless you George, it's good to see you have a handle on how Government works.



(via)
In the weeks ahead, my Administration will continue pushing for earmark reform and holding the line on Federal spending. The American people do not want to return to the days of tax and spend policies. They expect accountability and fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C. And I will use my veto to stop tax increases and runaway spending that threaten the strength of our economy and the prosperity of our people.


(via) In one of the most recent cases, a $90 million project to overhaul two giant turbines at the Dora power plant in Baghdad failed after completion because employees at the plant did not know how to operate the turbines properly and the wrong fuel was used. The additional power is critically needed in Baghdad, where residents often have only a few hours of electricity a day.

Because the Iraqi government will not formally accept projects like the refurbished turbines, the United States is “finding someone at the local level to handle the project, handing them the keys and saying, ‘Operate and maintain it,’ ” another official in the inspector general’s office said.

If the pace of the American rebuilding program is a guide, those problems could quickly accelerate: So far, the United States has declared that $5.8 billion in American taxpayer-financed projects have been completed, but most of the rest of the projects within a $21 billion rebuilding program that Mr. Bowen examined in the report are expected to be finished by the end of this year. Some of that money is also being used to train and equip Iraqi security forces rather than finance construction projects.


Your tax dollars, exported and at rest.

Posted by kerry at 03:31 AM | Comments (0)

Precision of the Surgical Variety

...and *he* was a hero


SAN FRANCISCO Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman's forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player's death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

"The medical evidence did not match up with the, with the scenario as described," a doctor who examined Tillman's body after he was killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2004 told investigators.

The doctors - whose names were blacked out - said that the bullet holes were so close together that it appeared the Army Ranger was cut down by an M-16 fired from a mere 10 yards or so away.


Absolutely criminal.

Posted by kerry at 03:07 AM | Comments (0)

July 27, 2007

Taint Itchin'

* When will Mitt flip-flop on Polygamy?

* Transparency, for the emperor's clothes only.

* Family values.

* KGB Nostalgia?

* When history's repeated... it's the good parts we should be emulating.

* Some patriotism may require anti-nausea medicine.

* The surge, working or not working? (With five days to go before the end of July, an Associated Press tally showed that at least 1,759 Iraqis were killed in war-related violence through July 26, a more than 7 percent increase over the 1,640 who were reported killed in all of June.)

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July 26, 2007

Press Briefs, complete with skid marks

Tony Snow is a precious little resource for this administration, ain't he? Yesterday's best-of.

And so now we have a situation where there is an attempt to do something that's never been done in American history, which is to assail the concept of executive privilege, which hails back to the administration of George Washington, and in particular, to use criminal contempt charges against a White House chief of staff and the White House legal counsel. Ironically, this comes as the very same committee is marking up the attorney-client privilege protection act, apparently not believing that attorney-client privilege applies to the President and his own lawyer.

The inability to differentiate between national security and required secrets versus bad behavior and the obfuscation needed to cover up misuse of power are vastly opposed.

We think a confrontation of this sort is neither constructive, nor necessary. As I said, we maintain our position of accommodation toward the House of Representatives. But make no mistake, based on legal precedent this is something that the drafters of this particular referral know has very little chance of going anywhere. And so the question is, why are they doing this rather than the people's business?

Oversight, investigation and protection of both the rule of law and the constitution, IS the people's business.

What we've been trying to do is to create a little air of dignity in this town, where at the very beginning of this Congress there was a lot of talk about getting work done, setting a new tone. And instead what have we gotten? We have got insults, insinuations, investigations and inquisitions. This is not the kind of thing --

I'm sorry Tony, I missed that segment in the last 6.5 years. Could you please cite examples of dignity you and your team have created. I'd love to laud *something* on your behalf.

Posted by kerry at 02:55 AM | Comments (0)

July 25, 2007

Like Family, 'Cept More Incestual

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Yet for all the hostility vented at Mr. Gonzales, there was no sign that today’s hearing would change anything. President Bush has repeatedly said he stands behind Mr. Gonzales, his old friend from Texas.

And Mr. Gonzales, besides promising that he “will not tolerate any improper politicization of this department,” said he would not leave under a cloud. “I have never been one to quit,” he said.

Never been one to quit subverting the consitution, one to quit working to cover Bush's tracks, to quit posturing as if he was qualified for the position, to quit obfuscating, lying to Congress and undermining the office he holds, and *never* been one to quit holding party loyalties over the rule of law.

Failure to remove this vapid waste of skin from office will be one of the more prominent black marks on the recent Democratic Congress.

Posted by kerry at 04:41 AM | Comments (0)

Decidering Produces Results

What Bush Says



(via)
There's a debate in Washington about Iraq, and nothing wrong with a healthy debate. There's also a debate about al Qaeda's role in Iraq. Some say that Iraq is not part of the broader war on terror. They complain when I say that the al Qaeda terrorists we face in Iraq are part of the same enemy that attacked us on September the 11th, 2001. They claim that the organization called al Qaeda in Iraq is an Iraqi phenomenon, that it's independent of Osama bin Laden and that it's not interested in attacking America.

That would be news to Osama bin Laden. He's proclaimed that the "third world war is raging in Iraq." Osama bin Laden says, "The war is for you or for us to win. If we win it, it means your defeat and disgrace forever." I say that there will be a big defeat in Iraq and it will be the defeat of al Qaeda. (Applause.)

Today I will consider the arguments of those who say that al Qaeda and al Qaeda in Iraq are separate entities. I will explain why they are both part of the same terrorist network -- and why they are dangerous to our country.


What Bush Means

By destabilizing the centralized government in Iraq, ignoring the populace and refusing to institute an immediate rule of law, we have guaranteed the presence of al Qaeda in the battlefront of our choosing. We have, therefore, fully justified our lingering presence and can now, unequivocally state that Iraq is the forefront on terror. Just like in "Field of Dreams" by building it, they came.

We will continue to plan and execute in the most half-assed manner possible. Thus ensuring the violence and chaos reign *just* enough terror and bloodshed to keep the Iraqis frightened and in need of us and to facilitate the perpetuation of televised fear of the region here at home.

I wanna keep fighting as long as I can through the efforts of all y'all. I need to retain my "War President" status cause it's the only thing I'm good at.

Posted by kerry at 02:16 AM | Comments (0)

July 24, 2007

Glaciers are melting faster

Rembember in college when you'd be out drinking with a bunch of people suddenly like a flock of birds, everyone would jump and decide they needed to go somewhere else? Then, as suddenly as the desire initally overtook the group, inertia would creep in under the subtext of all the booze. You'd hit the cool dark night air, it'd sober you up just a bit.. and then everyone would group huddle trying to figure out where to go next. By the time the drunk cluster had reached a conclusion it was after last call and the only thing still open was fast food.

That's our Democratic leaders in the House today. The cluster cannot apparently, collectively move with any authority on any decision without first taking a poll, checking tea leaves and waiting for a lightning bolt from some unseen oracle.

This, should have happened immediately.

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee said Monday that it would move forward with contempt-of-Congress proceedings against President Bush's chief of staff, Joshua Bolten, and former White House Counsel Harriet E. Miers for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas pertaining to the probe of the firing of eight U.S. attorneys last year.

Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) said his committee would vote Wednesday on a resolution to hold Bolten and Miers in contempt for refusing to turn over documents and testimony the panel sought in the politically charged case.

The decision ratchets up a battle between Congress and the White House in which the Bush administration has asserted executive privilege in refusing to release information about the firings. The contempt resolution would go to the House floor for a vote if, as expected, the committee approves it.

If the White House wants us to truly believe they held no influence over the political manipulation of the justice system then all subpoenaed parties should testify with full disclosure. Otherwise, we're left to only speculate and all attempts to add opaque layers to what should inherently be transparent, only add to the suspicion. Executive privilege is only to be used in instances of national security and by the office of the president who, declares he and his ilk had nothing to do with these firings. Thus the irrelevance.

Book her Dano.

Posted by kerry at 02:35 AM | Comments (0)

July 23, 2007

Change Is Not Failure.

* Absolute Corruption.

* Filibustering, the gander now wants what they tried to deny to the goose ever so recently.

* Sooo-eeee... here piggy piggy piggy. Rewarding corruption.

* Moral high ground. Lost due to massive unforeseen erosion.

* Held over by popular demand... It's "Our Troops in Baghdad" the musical.

* My gut says they just want us spooked... that and a bacon cheeseburger would be lovely.

* It's good to be delusional amongst fans.. they'll always laud your newly minted emperor wardrobe.

Posted by kerry at 07:38 AM | Comments (0)

Critically Fearful

Townhall is apparently concerned about the types of readers they pull in and are working to weed out the riff-raff.

What I see when I click through.


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Big tent indeed.

Posted by kerry at 02:35 AM | Comments (0)

July 19, 2007

July 18, 2007

Answer-free Questions

* What, beyond culpability, would cause a Democrat to cover up for a Republican?

* Executive privilege is like the race card, should be used very judiciously and not swiped at every kiosk at the mall like a 13 year old on a spending spree with her mom's credit card. Overuse weakens the impact and abuse moreso.

* Isn't this misuse of government funds?

* How many King Georges must we rise up against?

* "We've got a government so twisted and bent we don't even know how our money is spent..." (-- RHCP)

Posted by kerry at 05:41 AM | Comments (0)

July 17, 2007

GIGO

This is the sort of thing they publish in the New York Times:


If it’s true that civilizations normally go extinct because they get stuck on their home planets...

The Mayans were doomed because they hadn't mastered space travel.

Posted by dave at 07:35 AM | Comments (0)

Nice PDB

It's one thing to mangle "fool me once" into a laughable malapropism, it's another to juxtapose two divergent concepts into a policy. Bush has successfully combined "If you can beat em, join em" with "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" and created; "If you can't beat em, make em stronger".

NPR.org, July 17, 2007 · Al-Qaida presents a "persistent and evolving" terrorist threat to the U.S. in the next three years, according to a new intelligence estimate to be made public Tuesday.

The terror network will bolster its operations in the country and other related activities, the new National Intelligence Estimate is expected to say.

Several of the nation's top intelligence officials – including National Intelligence Council Chairman Thomas Fingar and FBI Deputy Director John Pistole - were to brief reporters on the declassified key findings of the document, which was years in the making.

According to details of the report seen by The Associated Press, al-Qaida is believed to be still seeking chemical, biological or nuclear weapons and would use them if it developed sufficient capability.

The group has been able to restore safe havens in Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan. It has also renewed its leadership structure after U.S. operations either captured or killed many of the organization's top commanders.


Congratulations King George, you are now able to add one item to your "Things I've Accomplished" list that's been so empty for so very very long.

Posted by kerry at 02:55 AM | Comments (0)

July 16, 2007

Glad We're All On Track

Have we reached a point of desperation where we don't care who we get to help us or are we just that blind to the overreaching impact our "allies" have in the region?


The action on Capitol Hill came as the Bush administration launched a diplomatic offensive intended to rally Sunni Muslim governments in the Middle East to come to Iraq's aid if only to maintain a buffer zone against Iran. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will travel to the region together next month to push Egypt and Saudi Arabia to do more to help the foundering Iraqi government.

(...)

But the diplomatic effort may face the same roadblocks as in the past, particularly from Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah remains opposed to working with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and does not trust any of Iraq's Shiite parties, according to Arab envoys and U.S. analysts.



BAGHDAD, IRAQ — Although Bush administration officials frequently have lashed out at Syria and Iran for helping the insurgents and militias who attack U.S. troops and civilians here, the largest number of foreign fighters and suicide bombers in Iraq come from a third next-door neighbor, Saudi Arabia, according to a senior U.S. military officer and Iraqi lawmakers.

The U.S. military believes 45 percent of all foreign militants are Saudi, another 15 percent are from Syria and Lebanon and 10 percent from North Africa, according to official U.S. military figures released to the Los Angeles Times by the officer.

Nearly half the 135 foreigners held in U.S. detention facilities in Iraq are Saudi.

Saudi fighters are thought to have carried out more suicide bombings than any other nationality, said the senior American military officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the subject's sensitivity for the U.S. government.

He added that 50 percent of all Saudi fighters here are suicide bombers. In the last six months, such bombings have killed or injured 4,000 Iraqis.

Posted by kerry at 02:55 AM | Comments (0)

July 15, 2007

H.U.A.S.

...which is why we don't believe him on the subject of Global Warming, either

WASHINGTON, July 13 — The mixed progress report on Iraq that the White House submitted to Congress this week included several grim assessments of the Iraqi government that contrasted with the more upbeat public statements of President Bush, his top aides and public White House briefing materials in the past few weeks.

In several recent cases, the White House discussed progress toward benchmarks that the review found unsatisfactory.

Two weeks ago, when a reporter asked Tony Snow, the White House press secretary, for “any signs they are making progress in any way,” he said, “We do know that they are obviously working toward oil law and distribution laws,” and added, “but it’s a parliamentary process.” The Americans and the Iraqis consider the proposed Iraqi law to distribute evenly oil revenues throughout the country to be a crucial salve for internal division.

When the reporter followed up by saying, “That doesn’t sound like any progress,” Mr. Snow responded, “It may not, but on the other hand, it could.”

Posted by kerry at 12:32 PM | Comments (0)

July 13, 2007

Facts are Irrelevant


THE PRESIDENT: Well -- thank you for the follow-up -- nothing has changed in the new room. Anyway -- yes. As I told you last November, right about this time, I was part of that group of Americans who didn't approve of what was taking place in Iraq because it looked like all the efforts we had taken to that point in time were about to fail. In other words, sectarian violence was really raging. And I had a choice to make, and that was to pull back, as some suggested, and hope that the chaos and violence that might occur in the capital would not spill out across the country, or send more troops in to prevent the chaos and violence from happening in the first place -- and that's the decision I made. So it was a realistic appraisal by me.

What's realistic, as well, is to understand the consequences of what will happen if we fail in Iraq. In other words, people aren't just going to be content with driving America out of Iraq. Al Qaeda wants to hurt us here. That's their objective. That's what they would like to do. They have got an ideology that they believe that the world ought to live under, and that one way to help spread that ideology is to harm the American people, harm American interests. The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11th, and that's why what happens in Iraq matters to the security here at home.

So I've been realistic about the consequences of failure. I have been realistic about what needs to happen on the ground in order for there to be success. And it's been hard work, and the American people see this hard work. And one of the reasons it is hard work is because on our TV screens are these violent killings, perpetuated by people who have done us harm in the past. And that ought to be a lesson for the American people, to understand that what happens in Iraq and overseas matters to the security of the United States of America.

How in the world did Al Qaeda get such a foothold both in Iraq and our TVs so easily? Ah, the consequences of failure.

Posted by kerry at 03:50 AM | Comments (0)

July 12, 2007

God's Own Par-tay

Was this part of the Contract for America or just a by-product of the "Straight" Talk Express?



(via)
An official with the John McCain presidential campaign was arrested for allegedly soliciting oral sex from a policeman in Florida yesterday.

Bob Allen, a member of the Florida House of Representatives, is one of six Florida co-chairs for the Arizona Republican senator's 2008 White House bid.

According to news accounts, local police in Titusville, Fla., arrested Allen Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly offered to exchange $20 for oral sex with the plainclothes officer.

To quote Larry Flynt, "this is going to be a fun election year".

Posted by kerry at 10:51 AM | Comments (0)

Test Your Empathy

We have it easy, we just have to explain to our children why there's war on TV every night, Iraqi parents have to try and explain to their children why they have bullets in their walls, cars, and relatives.

(via)

"I'll tell you the point where I really turned," said Spc. Michael Harmon, 24, a medic from Brooklyn. He served a thirteen-month tour beginning in April 2003 with the 167th Armor Regiment, Fourth Infantry Division, in Al-Rashidiya, a small town near Baghdad. "I go out to the scene and [there was] this little, you know, pudgy little 2-year-old child with the cute little pudgy legs, and I look and she has a bullet through her leg.... An IED [improvised explosive device] went off, the gun-happy soldiers just started shooting anywhere and the baby got hit. And this baby looked at me, wasn't crying, wasn't anything, it just looked at me like - I know she couldn't speak. It might sound crazy, but she was like asking me why. You know, Why do I have a bullet in my leg?... I was just like, This is - this is it. This is ridiculous."

Posted by kerry at 03:39 AM | Comments (0)

July 11, 2007

Scrabbleitus

* Even with cue cards, Bush misses a key vowel.

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*hint: vowel = U

Posted by kerry at 10:08 AM | Comments (0)

July 10, 2007

Executives Have Their Privileges


...in other news.

* It's amazing we still haven't won all the hearts and minds... guess it's hard to do when they're splattered all over the walls, alley ways and sidewalks.

* The best argument against reinstating the Fairness Doctrine is that it's, fair?

* Dear Cindy Sheehan, your chances of beating Nancy Pelosi died a horrible agonizing death the minute you hugged Hugo Chavez. HAND.

* Bush was right... setting benchmarks just instituttionalizes failure on a grander scale. Why inflict unnecessary pain in a country already torn apart by those setting the benchmarks?

* Amen.

* Ignoring the opposition is policy... ignoring the base is just plain silly.

* Save your panic for the rounding up of infidels.

* Next time Laura Bush declares women "free" in Afghanistan, someone correct her.

Posted by kerry at 01:39 PM | Comments (0)

July 09, 2007

Lest the Glut of Bad News Cloud Our Collective Memories

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."



Last month, Republican Congressional leaders filed into the Oval Office to meet with President George W. Bush and talk about renewing the controversial USA Patriot Act.

Several provisions of the act, passed in the shell shocked period immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, caused enough anger that liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union had joined forces with prominent conservatives like Phyllis Schlafly and Bob Barr to oppose renewal.

GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

"I don't give a goddamn," Bush retorted. "I'm the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way."

"Mr. President," one aide in the meeting said. "There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution."

"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face," Bush screamed back. "It's just a goddamned piece of paper!"

I've talked to three people present for the meeting that day and they all confirm that the President of the United States called the Constitution "a goddamned piece of paper."


Fascinating, in light of the Libby commutation and the refusal to respond to subpoenas... it's like we've shrunk government to just one branch and you know what families look like whose family trees don't branch.

Posted by kerry at 09:53 AM | Comments (0)

Good Fence Make Great Neighbors

Nice shootin' Tex

COLUMBUS, N.M. — The 1.5-mile barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border was designed to keep cars from illegally crossing into the United States. There's just one problem: It was accidentally built on Mexican soil. Now embarrassed border officials say the mistake could cost the federal government more than $3 million to fix.

The barrier was part of more than 15 miles of border fence built in 2000, stretching from the town of Columbus to an onion farm and cattle ranch.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman said the vertical metal tubes were sunk into the ground and filled with cement along what officials firmly believed was the border. But a routine aerial survey in March revealed that the barrier protrudes into Mexico by 1 to 6 feet.

James Johnson, whose onion farm is in the disputed area, said he thinks his forefathers may have started the confusion in the 19th century by placing a barbed-wire fence south of the border. No one discovered their error, and crews erecting the barrier may have used that fence as a guideline.

So, if the fence is jumped and those jumping don't move north more than 6 feet, they're still legally in Mexico? Priceless.

Posted by kerry at 03:39 AM | Comments (0)

July 08, 2007

Spectacular Success

Surge-ery


BAGHDAD Jul 8, 2007 (AP)

A flurry of bombings in Baghdad killed 26 people Sunday, and officials said the death toll from a giant suicide truck blast that devastated the market of a Shiite town north of the capital a day earlier could be more than 130.

Officials earlier had said Saturday's bombing in the town of Armili killed 115 people, one of the deadliest attacks in Iraq in months. The blast suggested Sunni insurgents are moving further north to strike in less protected regions beyond the U.S. security crackdown in Baghdad and on the capital's northern doorstep.

The string of attacks Sunday morning in Baghdad made clear that extremists can still unleash organized strikes in the capital despite a relative lull in violence there in past weeks amid the U.S. offensives.

(...)



(memory hole)
The legacy that our troops are going to leave behind is a legacy of lasting importance, as far as I'm concerned. It's a legacy that really is based upon our deep belief that people want to be free and that free societies are peaceful societies.

Some of the debate really center around the fact that people don't believe Iraq can be free; that if you're Muslim, or perhaps brown-skinned, you can't be self-governing and free. I strongly disagree with that. I reject that, because I believe that freedom is the deepest need of every human soul, and, if given a chance, the Iraqi people will be not only self-governing, but a stable and free society.


Maybe it didn't have anything to do with skin color.

Posted by kerry at 07:56 AM | Comments (0)

July 03, 2007

Needle in a Haystack

Where in all of Washington DC today is there the wisdom and insight the framers of the constitution possessed 200+ years ago? Where is the collective respect for the rule of law? Why on the eve of this year's celebration of freedom and liberation from tyranny are we forced to swallow such behavior from this selected White House?

From Dan Froomkin.

It's true that the Constitution grants the president unlimited clemency and pardon power. But presidents have generally used that power to show mercy or, in rare cases, make political amends -- not to protect themselves from exposure.

The Framers, ever sensitive to the need for checks and balances, recognized the potential for abuse of the pardon power. According to a Judiciary Committee report drafted in the aftermath of the Watergate crisis: "In the [Constitutional] convention George Mason argued that the President might use his pardoning power to 'pardon crimes which were advised by himself' or, before indictment or conviction, 'to stop inquiry and prevent detection.' James Madison responded:

"[I]f the President be connected, in any suspicious manner, with any person, and there be grounds [to] believe he will shelter him, the House of Representatives can impeach him; they can remove him if found guilty. . . .

"Madison went on to [say] contrary to his position in the Philadelphia convention, that the President could be suspended when suspected, and his powers would devolve on the Vice President, who could likewise be suspended until impeached and convicted, if he were also suspected."

Mr. President you make the nation collective wistful for the days of Kenneth Starr. You make Nixon look like a rank amateur and have insulted the very men whose portraits hang in your hallways and office. You are not fit to carry the title and behave in a manner more befitting a mob boss... minus the effective approach to true punishment. You question what your legacy will be. I think you just answered your own question. A myopic self-serving ass.

Posted by kerry at 05:30 PM | Comments (0)

Rewarding Loyalty

Doesn't matter how bad or how good you are, just matters that you can keep your yap shut.

WASHINGTON - Just when things looked darkest for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, when prison seemed all but certain, President Bush wiped away the former White House aide's 2 1/2-year sentence in the CIA leak case.

Bush's move came Monday, just five hours after a federal appeals panel ruled that Libby could not delay his prison term. His prospects for an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court seemed bleak. The former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, Libby was just waiting for a date to surrender.

After months of sidestepping pardon questions, Bush stepped in. He did not issue a pardon but erased a prison sentence that he felt was just too harsh.

"I respect the jury's verdict," Bush said in a written statement. "But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby's sentence that required him to spend 30 months in prison."

Prison is too harsh for Libby and the Geneva Conventions are quaint. Please resolve.

In case the memory hole is too deep...

THE PRESIDENT: Yes. Let me just say something about leaks in Washington. There are too many leaks of classified information in Washington. There's leaks at the executive branch; there's leaks in the legislative branch. There's just too many leaks. And if there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. And if the person has violated law, the person will be taken care of.

And so I welcome the investigation. I -- I'm absolutely confident that the Justice Department will do a very good job. There's a special division of career Justice Department officials who are tasked with doing this kind of work; they have done this kind of work before in Washington this year. I have told our administration, people in my administration to be fully cooperative.

I want to know the truth. If anybody has got any information inside our administration or outside our administration, it would be helpful if they came forward with the information so we can find out whether or not these allegations are true and get on about the business.

Yes, let's see, Kemper -- he's from Chicago. Where are you? Are you a Cubs or White Sox fan? (Laughter.) Wait a minute. That doesn't seem fair, does it? (Laughter.)

Q Yesterday we were told that Karl Rove had no role in it --

THE PRESIDENT: Yes.

Q -- have you talked to Karl and do you have confidence in him --

THE PRESIDENT: Listen, I know of nobody -- I don't know of anybody in my administration who leaked classified information. If somebody did leak classified information, I'd like to know it, and we'll take the appropriate action. And this investigation is a good thing.

And again I repeat, you know, 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. And we can clarify this thing very quickly if people who have got solid evidence would come forward and speak out. And I would hope they would.

And then we'll get to the bottom of this and move on. But I want to tell you something -- leaks of classified information are a bad thing. And we've had them -- there's too much leaking in Washington. That's just the way it is. And we've had leaks out of the administrative branch, had leaks out of the legislative branch, and out of the executive branch and the legislative branch, and I've spoken out consistently against them and I want to know who the leakers are.

Thank you.

Taken Care Of, in the Bush administration has more of a 'high roller in vegas' taken care of meaning, than a legal 'dealt with' type of action.

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July 02, 2007

It's a Bond

After being blocked by the Russian leader's new soul firewall, Bush reverted to the only international sign of goodwill he could think of... The Palmtickle of Truth.

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...and thus he commanded them, be brief




* surgical
* empirical
* monarchical
* radical
* historical
* delusional

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July 01, 2007

Oh Canada

Happy Canada Day, y'all



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