Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Going down to the wire. Here's Reuter's Carol Giacomo from one hour
ago: A top aide to John Bolton, President Bush's embattled nominee as
U.N. envoy, threatened to diminish the role of the State Department's
intelligence bureau because of a dispute...
[War and Piece]
Reid to Bush: Bring it on
I'm just wild about Harry:
I still consider this
confrontation entirely unnecessary and irresponsible. The White House
manufactured this crisis. Since Bush took office, the Senate confirmed
208 of his judicial nominations and turned back only 10, a 95%
confirmation rate. Instead of accepting that success and avoiding
further divisiveness and partisanship in Washington, the President
chose to pick fights instead of judges by resubmitting the names of the
This fight is not about seven radical
nominees; itís about clearing the way for a Supreme Court nominee who
only needs 51 votes, instead of 60 votes. They want a Clarence Thomas,
not a Sandra Day OíConnor or Anthony Kennedy or David Souter. George
Bush wants to turn the Senate into a second House of Representatives, a
rubberstamp for his right wing agenda and radical judges. Thatís not
how America works.
Reid then gives two Frist two options:
allow up or down votes on additional nominees, as I addressed in my
proposal to Frist two weeks ago. If this is about getting judges on the
courts, letís get them on the courts.
Second, allow the Senate
to consider changing the rules without breaking the rules. Every one of
us knows that there is a right way and a wrong way to change the rules
of the Senate; the nuclear option is the wrong way. Senator Dodd will
go to the floor this afternoon to expand on the way the Senate changes
I suggest that Senator Frist introduce his proposal
as a resolution. If he does, we commit to moving it through the Rules
Committee expeditiously and allow for a vote on the floor. It takes 67
votes to change the rules. If Senator Frist canít achieve 67 votes,
then clearly the nuclear option is not in the best interest of the
Senate or the nation.
Either of these options offers a path away
from the precipice of the nuclear option. But if neither of these
options is acceptable to you, letís vote.
(via Raw Story)
forget the Democratic Senators represent an outright majority of the
country's votersóand they are our only voice in Washington. Shouldn't we have a say in our country's future? - Lambert
Downing Street & King George
For five years now we have watched our nation slip away from us. In
2000, a selected leader was placed into the Office of the Presidency.
With him, he brought a posse of thugs--from Rumsfeld, to Wolfowitz, to
Rice--who have collectively dragged our nation into two wars.
five years now, we have watched as clause by clause, our Constituion
has been eroded by this man's actions. Equal protection, due process,
freedom of speech, and freedom of association have been abridged. Our
fellow citizens have been arrested for voicing dissent. Others are held
in cages indefinitely, incommunicado.
In five years, we have seen the fall of the Wold Trade Center and the rise of fascism in our country.
For five years, we have stood by as our nation has been hijacked by
religious extremists who have the President's ear and who threaten the
very fabric of American life.
The Downing Street memo has led
some to deliberate whether impeachment is called for. I myself
initially thought it just substantiated what I already knew, that it
would receive little attention, and that we would have to trust those
historians decades from now to write the President's history as it
deserves to be written.
But then, I re-read the Declaration of Independence. And it was this excerpt that stuck me:
are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent
of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes
destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to
abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on
such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them
shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. ...When a
long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same
Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is
their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to
provide new Guards for their future security.
forefathers believed that when the Government became self-serving and
when that Government ceased to fulfill the intent of its creation, that
we have not only the right, but the duty to throw off
such a Government. They fulfilled their duty through armed revolution.
They gave us a tool that was unavilable to them: impeachment.
That duty to change the Government comes from natural law; it comes
from the duty we have not only to each other, as citizens of the same
soil, but also the duty we have to the rest of the souls on this earth.
That duty exists for us, as well as for our brothers and sisters in
Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Iran, in North Korea, and those in every
corner of the earth that are threatened by this corrupt regime.
Is what President Bush has wrought on this country any less severe than
that of King George, that which made our forefathers realize that
enough was enough?
he is--our King George--who has along with the radical Republicans,
curtailed our liberties, our freedoms, and the very essence of Americn
The history of the present
King of Great Britain [George III]
President of the United States, George Walker Bush, is a history of
repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the
establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this,
let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance,
unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained;
and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. [...]
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual,
uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records,
for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, [...]
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, [...]
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, [...]
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For protecting (troops), by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders [or torture] which they should commit on ...:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting (others) beyond Seas to be (tortured):
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has (polluted) our seas, ravaged our Coasts, (plundered our collective wealth), and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies [...] to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
And he has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to serve the rich and the corporate, rather than the citizens of this nation.)
This memo is a small piece, but a critical one. While
President Bush admitted prior to 2002 that his intent was regime
change, this memo unequivocally proves that the President lied to the
American public when he said, up until the last days before Shock &
Awe, that he was holding out for a peaceful resolution:
America tried to work with the United Nations to address this threat because we wanted to resolve the issue peacefully.
Should Saddam Hussein choose confrontation, the American people can know that every measure has been taken to avoid war, and every measure will be taken to win it. link
We now know, from the Downing Street memo, that it was not only Saddam,
but the President of the United States who "chose confrontation." We
now know, from the memo, that the President lied that day, on March 17,
2003, when he addressed our Nation and told us that "every measure has
taken been taken to avoid war."
Every measure, my friends, was taken to engage in war.
It is because of that lie that over 1,500 of our brothers and sisters
have given their lives. It is because of that lie that over 12,000 more
of them have returned to us maimed and scarred. And it is because of
that lie that over 100,000 innocent Iraqis have been killed in our name.
Some say that with a Republican-controlled Congress, pursuing
impeachment is futile. Did our founding fathers cower under the
foreboding force of King George? Did the fact that King George had
fleets of armies and oceans of power give them pause? Did they fear
failure, knowing that failure would brand them traitors and take them
to their death?
We have a choice. We can either let courage
fill our hearts and pursue what we know is our duty, or we can let this
evidence be filed away in the mountain of evidence that proves that
this man, this liar, should not lead our nation any longer.
thought I could live with accept the media's failure to report this; I
thought I could live with telling myself that all would be vindicated
in 2006 and 2008--but I cannot live like that. I can't live knowing
that I am a coward in the face of far less danger than our forefathers
I, for one, support the impeachment of President Bush. Who among you will join me? - Georgia
[akou: a blog by georgia]
Can't recruit? Hire private soldiers.
Government contractor seeking applicants for overseas assignment in KUWAIT. Excellent pay & benefits up to $60,000+.
The FPO performs duties under the direct supervision of the Shift
Sergeant and the Shift Supervisor. The FPO is responsible for providing
security, force protection and support for the U.S. Army's ARS (Area
Support Group) assets at various U.S. Army Compounds in the country of
Kuwait. FPOs serve as team members performing individual basic combat
tactics and techniques unique to military service. They adhere to post
orders unique to individual posts that range in function from static
posts to roving patrols to escorting VIPs or military asset convoys and
other missions as assigned. They must be able to perform as a fire team
member to provide defense against attacks and terrorist operations. The
duties of the FPO are similar to those of an Army MP.
Army 2005 pay scale.
Private: $13,711What is wrong with this picture? [Daily Kos]
Private E-2: $14,822
Private First Class: $17,475
Staff Sergeant: $23,040
Sergeant First Class: $26,640
Republicans are (not) good for the markets.
Update: Look at those gas prices rise.
prices leapt to more than $53 a barrel on Tuesday after news of a big
refinery outage in the United States added to fears about a shortage of
refined products and offset the impact of swelling crude supplies. U.S.
light crude was trading $1.02 higher at $53 a barrel. Brent crude oil
in London gained $1.07 to $52.36 [...] Analysts said concerns went
beyond immediate problems. They said refinery capacity was generally
inadequate and that stocks might not build enough to meet peak demand
later in the year. "Seasonally firm demand, especially from the U.S.,
is expected in the fourth quarter in winter. Demand levels are expected
to grow and the question remains whether the high OPEC output can meet
the increase," said Tony Nunan of Mitsubishi Corp in Tokyo.Rising gas prices. Rising interest rates. That's an ugly combination.
Frist apparently makes his choice.
Bill Frist wants everyone to know that he's decided which judge to use
in order to prompt the nuclear option fight: Priscilla Owen.
Majority Leader Bill Frist plans for Texas Supreme Court Justice
Priscilla Owen to be the judicial nomination on which he uses the
"nuclear option" against Democratic filibusters later this month,
according to [...]
[The Carpetbagger Report]
DeLay's Worst: A Dirty Drama of Bondage.
Marie Cocco | May 10
Newsday - Nothing has had the sex appeal of the St. Andrews junket. The
story that DeLay, his wife and a retinue of aides were treated to a
10-day, $120,000 trip to London and the fabled St. Andrews course in
Scotland - with many expenses charged to lobbyists' credit cards -
turned an insiders' furor over congressional ethics into a media
frenzy. But the question arises: Is the pond hop to historic links the
worst thing the Texas Republican has ever done? Hardly. There are many
qualified candidates, but one stands out for its squalor. That's
DeLay's personal campaign to ensure that garment industry sweatshop
workers and sex slaves in the Northern Mariana Islands - a U.S.
territory - were exploited in a system that resembled indentured
Don't show the car bombs
I see nothing
Bombs Bursting on Air
By JOHN TIERNEY
Published: May 10, 2005
If a man-bites-dog story is news and dog-bites-man isn't, why are journalists still so interested in man-blows-up-self stories?
realize that we have a duty to report suicide bombings in the Middle
East, especially when there's a spate as bad as in recent weeks. And I
know the old rule of television news: if it bleeds, it leads. But I'm
still puzzled by our zeal in frantically competing to get gruesome
pictures and details for broadcasts and front pages.
complained that they'd essentially become cop reporters, and that the
suicide bombings took so much of their time that they couldn't report
on the rest of the country. They were more interested in other stories,
but as long as the rest of the press corps kept covering the bombing du
jour, that was where their editors and producers expected them to be,
You could argue that their bosses were simply responding to
their audiences' visceral urges. Everyone rubbernecks at car accidents;
cable news ratings soar when there's a natural disaster or a heinous
murder. But how much shock value or mystery is there anymore to suicide
told the police to stop giving out details of daily crime in time for
reporters' deadlines, a policy that prompted outrage from the press but
not many complaints from the public. With the lessening of the daily
media barrage, New Yorkers began to be less scared and more realistic
about the risks on their streets.
I'm not advocating official
censorship, but there's no reason the news media can't reconsider their
own fondness for covering suicide bombings. A little restraint would
give the public a more realistic view of the world's dangers.
They compared this to Bobo on Atrios, but they're wrong. This is much stupider.
Giuliani was an accomplished liar, who also released Patrick
Dorismond's juvenile criminal record, defends the Diallo murderers and
humiliated his wife in public on Mother's Day. I think I
wouldn't use Giuliani as a template of honesty myself. But, what
Tierney doesn't say, it was all good as long as he kept the niggers
Car bombs matter to two groups of people: the resistance
and the Coalition. Hiding them from the public, like our gunning down
people at traffic stops, fluxuating morale, desertions, bad medical
care and unreliable Iraqi forces does no good. The fact is that car
bombs reflect a lack of security. The media can't really cover Iraq
because they might get kidnapped and have their heads cut off.
you think the Americans will be any less dead if we ignore the car
bombs? Maybe we can run stories on the ineffectual and factionalized
Iraq government? But it doesn't matter, Iraq is a mess and remains a
mess. Whether we cover the car bombs or not. [Steve Gilliard's News Blog]
And only wealth will buy you justice .
This is from WorldNutDaily, but they at least know what their nuts are up to. Bill to take profit out of anti-religion suits:
Indiana congressman plans to curb the ACLU's appetite for filing suits
targeting religion in the public square by introducing a bill that
denies plaintiff attorneys the right to collect attorneys fees in such
cases.In other words, they
want to make it impossible for anyone who isn't rich to even think
about defending the establishment clause in court.
Rep. John Hostettler, R-Ind., is expected to file his
measure next week to amend the Civil Rights Attorney's Fees Act of
1976, 42 U.S.C. Section 1988, to prohibit prevailing parties from being
awarded attorneys fee in religious establishment cases, but not in
other civil rights filings.
Which means, don't forget, that you lose your right to protect religion from the government.
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