March 26, 2006

Ethics Reform Stalling In Congress

Ethics reform stalling in Congress

Bills crafted to end abuses revealed by the Abramoff scandal falter in both House and Senate.

Prospects for robust ethics reform in the 109th Congress are dimming, even as the criminal probes that prompted it are intensifying.
It's a political calculation that could cost lawmakers in this fall's elections, if they misread the degree to which voters care about bribery inside the Beltway.

March 25, 2006

Election 2006 Is the Key

Election 2006 Is the Key

In the end, this issue is going to be resolved by the 2006 midterm election. If Republicans lose control of either the House or Senate, the investigations of the Bush/Cheney White House will begin. It won't be pretty. It will make dealing with lying about sex look like High School hazing. It will even make Richard Nixon look like a piker when it comes to staying within the law.

If the early polls are half correct, independent swing voters have had it with Bush. Democrats want no part of him. Moderate Republicans are keeping their distance; they are no longer willing to hold their noses and vote for him.

It will be up to the voters in this Fall's election to judge him, and to decide whether to sweep out of office those legislators who are preventing a full investigation of this matter.

But if this issue goes to court, Bush should worry. Even Republican-appointed judges would have to comprise their judicial integrity to rule in his favor.



March 13, 2006

You Cowards You Democrat Cowards

Feingold Draws Little Support for Censure
Democrats Distance Themselves from Wisconsin Sen. Russell Feingold's Effort to Censure Bush

Democrats distanced themselves Monday from Wisconsin Sen. Russell Feingold's effort to censure President Bush over domestic spying, maneuvering to prevent a vote that could alienate voters. Republicans dared Democrats to vote for the proposal.
You cowards, You Democrat cowards the Republicans have you right where they want you. You Democrats are afraid of the Republicans you spineless good for nothing wimps. The Republicans are nothing but lying gangsters and you Democrats, are nothing but spineless, good for nothing wimps. Russ Feingold is the only true Democrat out of all of you. STAND TALL RUSS FEINGOLD, The rest of you can go to …..!
You spineless good for nothing coward Democrat wimps, you left Russ Feingold out their all alone. If you Democrats think I am going to vote for anybody other then Russ Feingold you better think again! If this is an example of how you Democrats are going to run this country you can forget it. The Republicans are nothing but lying gangsters and they are robin us blind and all you Democrats can do is wine. And when you spineless good for nothing coward Democrats wimps finely get someone to stand up to those Republican lying gangsters you coward out. I'm about as pissed off as a person can get but you know what Democrats, the Republicans are laughing at you. I’m about ready to dump you!

A Call For A New American Civil War

It's time, I think, for a New American Civil War.

Oh, I'm not calling for American citizens to take up arms and storm the White House and Congress. Instead, I'm suggesting we all need to step back, take a deep breath, and reexamine the entire concept of political and social discourse.

America is embroiled in an uncivil war - a battle defined by coarseness, division, bitterness and rancor. We substitute name calling for debate, anger for rational thinking and hate for understanding.

Our country sinks under the weight of partisanship, crippled by the spreading paralysis of divisiveness and consumed from within by a cancer of polarization.

Republicans call opponents "democraps" while Democrats assail the other side as "repukenuts." A common ground, if indeed one can be found, is buried beneath a mountain of self-destructive hetoric.


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March 10, 2006

You Don’t Get It Do You Stupid, It’s Not Just No, It’s HELL NO

Bush Says Political Storm Over Port Deal Sends Wrong Message

President Bush said today that he was concerned that United States alliances would be weakened in the Middle East by fallout from the aborted takeover of American port terminal operations by a Dubai company.

You don’t get it do you stupid, it’s not just no, it’s Hell No. If we ever do business with Dubai Company it will never be on your watch.

March 07, 2006

He Had It All

I’m surprised sometimes at what smart people do, Take Bush for one, he had it all, the Presidency the Republican GOP, he could have gone down in history as one of Americans greatest man like Washington or Lincoln, but he decided to be a money grabber like Cheney, Rove and others. Now he will be remembered as being the worse President in history. What a waist! Now he has to deal with us. I don’t feel sorry for him, he made his bed now he can lay in it!

March 05, 2006

Is The United States of America A Battlefield Or Not

To his critics, Gonzales is a Bush yes-man who never really left the White House and who continues to front for a commander-in-chief intent on illegitimately expanding his powers at the expense of civil liberties and in disregard of the legislative and judicial branches. Gonzales seems to have no agenda of his own, detractors say: He appears content to serve as the president's defense attorney rather than as the nation's top cop and prosecutor.

Will he be remembered in history books as an apologist of the Bush policies on torture and illegal spying?

The tension between serving two masters -- the Constitution and the president -- defined the tenures of many of Gonzales's predecessors

The ACLU considers independence the hallmark of good attorneys general, and by any measure, Gonzales certainly isn't neutral about Bush's agenda. "Attorney General Gonzales has displayed a shocking lack of independence.

Between advocating for renewal of the PATRIOT Act and defending the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping program, Gonzales spent much of his first year explaining the Bush administration's rationale for exercising presidential powers far broader than its critics -- and even some of its allies -- think the Constitution allows.

Last month, the attorney general grounded his most public defense of the administration in its war on terror. Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 6 to defend the controversial NSA program, Gonzales invoked various statutes, the Constitution, and several court rulings in contending that, despite restrictions in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the president has the authority to eavesdrop without a warrant on U.S. citizens who are in contact with suspected terrorists abroad. Four of the panel's 10 Republicans, including Chairman Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, don't buy Gonzales's legal analysis. Neither does any of the committee's eight Democrats. Specter has drafted legislation to require the FISA court to review the legality and constitutionality of the warrantless eavesdropping.

Many Gonzales critics argue that the NSA's eavesdropping is only a symptom of a much larger malady -- that the attorney general is allowing the president to use the war on terror as an excuse to drastically curtail Americans' basic freedoms. "The administration's view is that the entire world, including every inch of U.S. territory, is akin to a battlefield and that, therefore, if the president decides that he wants to order an arrest or search, then warrants are not necessary," said Tim Lynch, a legal analyst at the Cato Institute. "The real controversy is,
is the United States of America a battlefield or not?"

Gonzales's own legacy may well depend on whether his friendship with the president ultimately benefits the nation. "The bottom line is how power is used," professor Baker said. "Attorneys general ultimately disserve their presidents when they forget their other duties to the Constitution."

Bush Team Is Not Firing On All Cylinders.

Why Bush team is stuck in rough patch

New video of disaster officials warning Bush of hurricane Katrina adds to public-relations stumbles.

Just when it seems the news can't get worse for the Bush administration, it does.
On top of the continuing uproar over the Dubai ports deal and record-low job approval, add to President Bush's woes the leak of a videotape showing disaster officials warning him urgently about hurricane Katrina, the day before it hit the Gulf Coast. The video reinforces the Democratic message that the administration had plenty of advance notice, but still reacted slowly. And that's just this week's bad news.
There's also the warrantless-wiretap controversy, the indictment of a top aide and the threat of more, and the flap over the slow publicizing of the vice president's hunting accident, all against a backdrop of an Iraq on the edge of civil war. Many Americans probably aren't aware that the economy has rebounded and could clock in at a handsome annual growth rate of 4 to 5 percent this quarter.


March 03, 2006

U.S. Needs More Like Feingold

U.S. needs more like Feingold.

In response to your recent editorial about Senator Feingold, I would paraphrase a historic American by saying that those who would trade their liberties for safety, deserve neither. This constant post 9/11 fear factor that is played over and over again like some trump card is disgraceful.

In the aftermath and rush to judgment and war of 9/11, when Congress hastily pushed through the Patriot Act, Feingold was the only clear headed and courageous senator to vote no. When it came time to renew the Act, Feingold again led the charge in demanding changes to it.

Feingold good for president.

The Daily News' editorialist must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed the day the paper's Feb. 20 missive against Senator Russ Feingold was composed. How else could the writer explain such prickly prose as "wacko wing," "tantrum," and "sits down and shuts up"?

If there's one thing Senator Feingold doesn't do, its pander to one political faction or another. Remember his vote on the John Ashcroft nomination? What about his putting his own party and liberal 527 organizations on notice he didn't want big soft money contaminating his Wisconsin re-election campaign?

Feingold recognition key to presidential bid.

Land Of The Free Or Home Of The Homer?

First Amendment: More people know about the Simpsons than their freedoms

In a contest between Americans' knowledge of "The Simpsons" and what they know about the First Amendment, Bart and Homer win hands down.

About one in four Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment — freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition for redress of grievances. But more than half of Americans can name at least two members of the fictional cartoon family, according to a survey.

The study by the new McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum found that 22 percent of Americans could name all five Simpson family members, compared with just one in 1,000 people who could name all five First Amendment freedoms.
We the People.

Land of the free and home of the brave.

United States Constitution

The Constitution is the supreme law of the United States.

A River Runs Through It Into A Gulf Of Misfortune.

There are few doctors left, and teachers have been sacked because the schools are closed. So is this what happens when a city in the richest and most powerful country in the world suffers a major, catastrophic event like Katrina?

Is it inevitable that the response to any future major disaster like this - either natural or man-made such as a terrorist attack - will be as clueless, as disorganized, as inept as the response to Katrina?

And is this inevitable, that six months after 80 per cent of an American city is drowned by flood, that virtually no rebuilding has begun and more than half the city's 460,000 population remains scattered across the country?


Official Website of the City of New Orleans...

New Orleans, Wikipedia...

March 02, 2006

The Republicans ARE Corruption

David Brooks has been getting some undeserved praise for this piece, in which he speaks rather harshly of Republican corruption and proposes some rather stiff measures which the Republicans should take to become the party of reform.

This is ludicrous. The present majority was put together with the help of billions of corrupt dollars, and the famous party discipline that allowed them to pass so many extremist bills was the result of corruption.

This is the most fiscally-irresponsible administration in American history, and vote-buying is the reason why. Every time a Republican starts to waver, Rove throws a hundred thousand into his campaign fund, or a billion-dollar "bridge to nowhere" into his district. The tremendous deficits we see are the result of vote-buying and nothing else.

My guess is that Brooks fears that the Democrats might take over, and is proposing the new ethics rules in order to make sure that they will be crippled when they do so. Brooks is telling the Republicans to pull up the drawbridge once they're done with their looting.

There's really nothing left of conservativism any more but militarism and low taxes. Fiscal responsibility and limited government are utterly gone. The Bill of Rights is almost gone. Even the militarism hasn't been very successful.

The time is now for conservatives to realize that they are not Republicans any more, but I don't really expect any of them to figure that out. (The time was yesterday and last year, too, but now would be fine). They'll grumble and whine, but the Bush coalition will remain firm.

However, when I talk about "true conservatives" I don't mean Brooks. I don't know if any real conservatives survive, but Brooks is just one of the cagiest and smoothest of the Republican hacks. He's offering the Republicans an "out" which will make it possible for them -- against all logic -- to look like good guys at the end of the movie.
By John Emerson