Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Another Sexually Repressed Republican? Senator Larry Craig Busted

Sen. Larry E. Craig pleaded guilty earlier this month to misdemeanor disorderly-conduct charges stemming from his June arrest by an undercover police officer in a men's restroom at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, a court spokeswoman and the senator's office said yesterday. Craig issued a statement confirming his arrest and guilty plea, which were reported in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call.

But the
Idaho Republican maintained that he had not engaged in any "inappropriate conduct" and that the airport police misunderstood his behavior.

"In hindsight, I should not have pled guilty."

The undercover officer was monitoring the restroom on June 11. A few minutes after noon, Craig entered and sat in the stall next to him. Craig began tapping his right foot, touched his right foot to the left foot of the officer and brushed his hand beneath the partition between them. He was then arrested.

While he was being interviewed about the incident, Craig gave police a business card showing that he is a U.S. senator. "What do you think about that?" Craig asked the officer, according to the report obtained by Roll Call.

GOI: What does he think this is? A game of Monopoly where you can turn in a "get out of jail free card??"

n 2006, a gay activist said he had spoken with men who had sexual encounters with Craig, including in the restrooms at Union Station. Craig's office told the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash., that the allegations were "completely ridiculous."

GOI: Why on EARTH would you plead guilty if you know that you are innocent and that the police, "misunderstood" you actions?

If he really didn't do it then he should have fought this out in court since his arrest would have come out anyway. That way he could have gotten out ahead of the story and fought for his name to be cleared. Craig has been a critic of gay rights.

I would give him the benefit of doubt but I mean, come on--the guy pled guilty!!

In 1982 Craig was caught up in a cloud of controversy for allegedly being apart of a sex page scandal. Craig issued a denial but that denial statement was done pre-emptively. Why issue a denial if you are innocent?

By the way, It's pretty well known that men's bathrooms are often places where anonymous gay men hook up. Looks like Craig took a page from George Michael's book. Apparently tapping your foot like that, bumping your shoe up against the guy's shoe next to you (and reaching under the stall as Craig did) is a sign that you want to have sex.

You learn something new everyday I guess!!

UPDATE: Craig just held a press conference and said he "mistakingly pled guilty" and that he should have told his family. First of all, what kind of idiot doesn't know that they are pleading guilty? The judge makes it clear what exactly a guilty plea means and you have to sign a damn piece of paper admitting you are guilty!! And he wants us to believe that a well-educated Senator like himself doesn't know the basics of law?? What a load of shit.

And why wouldn't you not confide in your family if you knew you were innocent? This guy is toast. Oh yeah and he kept stating over and over, "I'm not gay." Sure you are "Glory Hole" Larry.

I sense a stint in rehab soon.

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Ted Haggard Wants Paritioners to Pay for His Graduate School

"It looks as though it will take two years for us to have adequate earning power again, so we are looking for people (GOI: suckers) who will help us monthly for two years." -Rev. Ted Haggard who left his megachurch in the midst of a sex scandal, asking supporters for cash so that he and his wife can pursue college degrees.

GOI: Why doesn't he just pay for it by giving blow jobs for cash? Oh, wait. I forgot. He "successfully" went through "gay rehab." So I guess all I have to do to get my student loans paid off is become an blow job giving, meth using, evangelical Christian reverend. I'm all for forgiveness but I wouldn't give a dime to this clown. It seems that so much of Evangelical Christianity is about bilking people out of their money.

Haggard is seeking a master's in counseling while his wife is studying psychology. Psychology? Isn't that science? I thought Evangelicals saw science as the heathen's religion? And what's with his wife stepping outside of the kitchen? Shouldn't she be pregnant by now with Haggard's, "I'm proving that I'm not gay by having heterosexual sex" child??

So counseling, eh? Is he going to "counsel" people about being gay? Paster Ted once called himself a "great man." Oh how hard the mighty fall. Hey Ted. How about taking out loans to pay for school like everyone else? Oh damn my memory lapses!! I forgot, you're a "great man!!" Not like the rest of us suckers and peons, eh?

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Iraq War Fraud Whistle Blowers Face Penalties

One after another, the men and women who have stepped forward to report corruption in the massive effort to rebuild Iraq have been vilified, fired and demoted.

Or worse.

For daring to report illegal arms sales, Navy veteran Donald Vance says he was imprisoned by the American military in a security compound outside Baghdad and subjected to harsh interrogation methods.

There were times, huddled on the floor in solitary confinement with that head-banging music blaring dawn to dusk and interrogators yelling the same questions over and over, that Vance began to wish he had just kept his mouth shut. He had thought he was doing a good and noble thing when he started telling the FBI about the guns and the land mines and the rocket-launchers — all of them being sold for cash, no receipts necessary, he said. He told a federal agent the buyers were Iraqi insurgents, American soldiers, State Department workers, and Iraqi embassy and ministry employees.

The seller, he claimed, was the Iraqi-owned company he worked for, Shield Group Security Co.

“It was a Wal-Mart for guns,” he says. “It was all illegal and everyone knew it.”

So Vance says he blew the whistle, supplying photos and documents and other intelligence to an FBI agent in his hometown of Chicago because he didn’t know whom to trust in Iraq.

For his trouble, he says, he got 97 days in Camp Cropper, an American military prison outside Baghdad that once held Saddam Hussein, and he was classified a security detainee.

Despite this staggering mess, there are no noble outcomes for those who have blown the whistle, according to a review of such cases by The Associated Press.

“If you do it, you will be destroyed,” said William Weaver, professor of political science at the University of Texas-El Paso and senior advisor to the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition.

“Reconstruction is so rife with corruption. Sometimes people ask me, ‘Should I do this?’ And my answer is no. If they’re married, they’ll lose their family. They will lose their jobs. They will lose everything,” Weaver said.

They have been fired or demoted, shunned by colleagues, and denied government support in whistleblower lawsuits filed against contracting firms.

“There’s an unspoken rule in Baghdad,” he said. “Don’t snitch on people and don’t burn bridges.”

GOI: You have to read the rest of this article. This is just one example of rampant corruption that has plagued the Iraq reconstruction since day one. This story, however, puts a face to those that dare fight the good old boy network. Never the less, what they find is a federal government that refuses to work with them as well as peers, colleagues and friends that shun them for being seen as "unpatriotic." In other words, "How dare anyone question the government in a time or war?!!"

And for whatever reason the White House seems to be looking the other way.

One way to blow the whistle is to file a “qui tam” lawsuit (taken from the Latin phrase “he who sues for the king, as well as for himself”) under the federal False Claims Act.

Signed by Abraham Lincoln in response to military contractors selling defective products to the Union Army, the act allows private citizens to sue on the government’s behalf.

The government has the option to sign on, with all plaintiffs receiving a percentage of monetary damages, which are tripled in these suits.

It can be a straightforward and effective way to recoup federal funds lost to fraud. In the past, the Justice Department has joined several such cases and won. They included instances of Medicare and Medicaid overbilling, and padded invoices from domestic contractors.

But the government has not joined a single quit tam suit alleging Iraq reconstruction abuse, estimated in the tens of millions. At least a dozen have been filed since 2004.

“It taints these cases,” said attorney Alan Grayson, who filed the Custer Battles suit and several others like it. “If the government won’t sign on, then it can’t be a very good case — that’s the effect it has on judges.”

The Justice Department declined comment.

GOI: And who heads up the DOJ (Dept. of Justice)?? Why, Bush lacky, consigliere and the iron fist in the velvet glove--Alberto "Geneva Conventions are 'quaint' and obsolete" Gonzales of course!!!

As Randi Rhodes says (and I'm paraphrasing a bit), "In chaos they can steal."

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

NIE: Iraq Unable to Govern

The latest NIE (National Intelligence Estimate) states the obvious that, Iraq "unable to govern itself."

Iraq remains "unable to govern" itself effectively and hobbled by the absence of strong leadership, and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's inability to broker political accord continues to make him vulnerable, according to a new U.S. intelligence report released today.

Seven months after President Bush ordered more U.S. troops to the country, "there have been measurable but uneven improvements in Iraq's security situation," the report concludes. . If U.S. forces continue their current strategy, security "will continue to improve modestly" over the next six to 12 months but violence will remain high and political reconciliation will remain elusive.

GOI: The current situation in Iraq is like that of an coma victim. The decision making agent in the body (Iraq) is the brain (the Iraqi government) and that brain is dead--not functioning. Our efforts amount to clipping back toe nails that keep growing back and claiming that means the body is making progress toward reviving itself. It doesn't matter, however, how many toe-nails we clip (people we kill or capture) if the brain (Iraqi government) can not function. The brain (Iraqi government) might wake up and function today or it might wake up in 20 years--or never. At some point you have to let the person (Iraq) go by unplugging the life-support (redeploy our troops).

In other words, what good are the minimal surge improvements if the Iraqi government can't govern or establish a defense force that can stand on its own? Into the 5th year--HALF A DECADE and the Iraqi military STILL can't stand on its own. In addition, both the military and police remain corrupted by the various militias and criminal gangs:

“Iraqi Security Forces involved in combined operations with Coalition forces have performed adequately, and some units have demonstrated increasing professional competence. However, we judge that the ISF have not improved enough to conduct major operations independent of the Coalition on a sustained basis in multiple locations and that the ISF remain reliant on the Coalition for important aspects of logistics and combat support.”

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

I'm Not Surprised

A new AP-Ipsos poll finds that liberals read more books than conservatives. Some highlights from the poll:

34 percent of conservatives have not read a book within the past year, compared with 22 percent of liberals and moderates.

GOI: This supports my theory that the chances they didn't read many history books on Iraq before the invasion is high. Bush was too busy trying to finish, "My Pet Goat." Actually, Cheney was reading it to him one sentence a night before bedtime.

Hey Neo-Cons!! Try shutting off the right-wing noise machine, read a book and figure things out things for yourself.

In other news, Dear Leader is trying to say that Iraq will turn into the civil war that Vietnam went through after we left. Yeah, because they were already in a civil war while we were there you dolt!! Just like Iraq is already in a civil war that we can not settle. Besides, I don't want to hear any lectures about Vietnam from a guy who dodged the draft to go fight in Vietnam. He apparently didn't see it as that important so why should we listen to him now?? I guess (as Paul Begala said) 58,000 dead in 'Nam wasn't enough for ya, eh George?? And as David Gergen stated today (and I'm paraphrasing here a bit), "If you learned so much from history, Mr. President then how did you get us into another quagmire?."

Bush today:

There are many differences between the wars we fought in the Far East and the war on terror we are fighting today. But one important similarity is that at their core, they are all ideological struggles," Bush said.

GOI: YOU IDIOT!!! ALL wars are fought over ideological struggles!!! It's nothing unique to the Iraq war and Vietnam. One side has one set of ideals and the other side has their own!! This guy--Oh fuck it. What more can be said about this brain stem.

Oh yeah and George? How are those trade deals with Communist Vietnam working for your buddies in the private sector?? If you're so devastated with us leaving and the Commies taking over--why do we trade with Vietnam? Huh?? Oh yeah, you don't have any integrity or scruples. What a mindless invertebrate. Do us a favor, leave the analysis to the professionals there Wonder Boy and sit this one out.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Israel, Being Founded by Refugees, Rejects Darfur Refugees

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israel on Sunday rejected 50 Africans -- most of them reportedly from Sudan's Darfur region -- who had illegally entered the country from Egypt, a government official said. The move angered many Israeli lawmakers and human rights advocates because of reports that some Sudanese refugees are being killed or mistreated by authorities in Egypt.

The nationalities of the 50 sent back Sunday were not released, but the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, citing figures from the Israeli military, said nearly all of them had escaped the genocide in Darfur.

Speaking to CNN, Israeli government spokesman David Baker described them as "economic refugees from Africa."

Baker told The Associated Press that Darfurians would not be immune from Israel's ban on unauthorized immigrants.

GOI: Sooooo let me get this straight. A country formed for refugees fleeing genocide is now refusing other refugees feeling genocide?? Granted America isn't doing any better. As far as I know the U.S. doesn't accept many Darfur refugees. I'm not saying that they or we should accept every refugee out there but shame on us and shame on Israel.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

The War as We Saw It

I found a telling open letter to the New York Times titled, "The War as We Saw It" by 6 Sergeants and 1 Army specialist on their views of the war now that they are leaving Iraq. It's a powerful, must read--I'll post a few of my favorite teaser excerpts from the two page editorial:

Yes, we are militarily superior, but our successes are offset by failures elsewhere. What soldiers call the “battle space” remains the same, with changes only at the margins. It is crowded with actors who do not fit neatly into boxes: Sunni extremists, Al Qaeda terrorists, Shiite militiamen, criminals and armed tribes. This situation is made more complex by the questionable loyalties and Janus-faced role of the Iraqi police and Iraqi Army, which have been trained and armed at United States taxpayers’ expense.


Armed Sunni tribes have indeed become effective surrogates, but the enduring question is where their loyalties would lie in our absence. The Iraqi government finds itself working at cross purposes with us on this issue because it is justifiably fearful that Sunni militias will turn on it should the Americans leave. In short, we operate in a bewildering context of determined enemies and questionable allies, one where the balance of forces on the ground remains entirely unclear.


Given the situation, it is important not to assess security from an American-centered perspective. The ability of, say, American observers to safely walk down the streets of formerly violent towns is not a resounding indicator of security.
What matters is the experience of the local citizenry and the future of our counterinsurgency. When we take this view, we see that a vast majority of Iraqis feel increasingly insecure and view us as an occupation force that has failed to produce normalcy after four years and is increasingly unlikely to do so as we continue to arm each warring side.


In a lawless environment where men with guns rule the streets, engaging in the banalities of life has become a death-defying act. Four years into our occupation, we have failed on every promise, while we have substituted Baath Party tyranny with a tyranny of Islamist, militia and criminal violence. When the primary preoccupation of average Iraqis is when and how they are likely to be killed, we can hardly feel smug as we hand out care packages.

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Four on Six

A fellow American Scot tagged me and how can I turned down a brother? So the deal is that I write four things on six topics.

Four Jobs I Have Had or Currently Have in My Life:

1). Assistant Manager at the Thrift Store.
Nothing special but I got my pick of all the good stuff that came in. Plus, I'd get good tips from this one guy when I'd hook him up with items that I knew he'd want. I'd save them just for him.

2). Took Orders for a Vitamin Supply Company. Basically I just answered the phone and entered peoples' orders into the computer and answer any questions they had regarding vitamins and herbs. I learned a lot at that job and can pretty much tell you what herb to take for just about any symptom. I'm big into natural medicine and organics after that job.

3). Flow Meter Assembler. Basically a flow meter measures the flow of shit in the sewer system. It measures how much shit flows through a pipe system (we need one of those for the White House--actually probably a whole warehouse full of them). Some companies or towns, however, would order them to monitor water pressure/flow. I was hired by a company here in Colorado by the name of Hach Chemicals and flown out to Buffalo, New York to learn how to build these things and then returned home to build them on site at the main Hach plant. I'm just glad that I wasn't in the Flow Meter repair shop and yes, they do have one. You totally have to wear a HAZMAT suit to work on them. They need to do one of those "Dirty Jobs" episodes (On the Discovery Channel here in the states) on that side of the operation. Anyway, moving on...

4). Mechanical Assembler. I worked for Teledyne Water Pik--the company that makes/sells shower faucets and the like. Well, I assembled automatic tooth flossers and believe me it was a pain in the ass to put all those little parts together. That was my last job before I became disabled from the Schizo-affective disorder so now I blog and paint. I'm a full time painter I guess you could say now. The classic "starving artist."

Four Countries I Have Been to:

I can only name two: I lived in Cote D'Ivoire, West Africa for two years and I've been to Mexico as a kid. I want to travel see so many other countries though. Top of my list would have to be India to see the Buddhist holy sites. As well as China and visiting somewhere else in Africa.

Four Places I'd Rather be Right Now:

1). My secret islands. I'm keeping them a secret because I want them to remain pristine. Email if you must know.
2). Bodh Gaya, India (the supposed site of the Buddha's Enlightenment).
3). Way up high in the Rawah Wilderness area here in Colorado.
4). Kauai, Hawaii. This is where we spent out Honeymoon. My wife is from the islands.

Four Foods I Like to Eat:

1). Chinese (especially Fried Sesame Tofu with Fried Rice or Vegetable Lo Mein).
2). West African cuisine (what I would give for some Aloco (fried plantains served with a tomato pepper sauce and a boiled egg) right about now. Or some Atcheke (a couscous like substance made from cassava yams and served with fried fish and a spicy green pepper and onion paste. Now I don't eat meat anymore but I'd eat it without the fish. Damn, this is making me hungry!!)
3). Italian
4) Mexian

Four Personal Heroes-past or present:

1) Buddha
2). My Mother (and grandmother).
3) Thomas Jefferson
4). Salvador Dali
5). Bob Marley

Four Books I have Read or Are Currently Reading:

1). The Eye of the I
2). What Would Jefferson Do? A Return to Democracy
3). Tao Te Ching (the best translation I have found is the pocket edition by Stephen A. Mitchell).
4). Buddhism is Not What you Think: Finding Freedom Beyond Beliefs.

I tag whom ever wants to do this but if you do please let me know so that I can check our your answers.

PHOTO: "Four, Five, Six." Earsnot. Bayard Street. Manhattan, New York by Will Sherman 2007

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Cheney Shrugs Off Contradictory 1994 Video Regarding Invading Iraq

CBS 5 contacted the Vice President's press office Wednesday, where a spokesperson reacted to the video by saying: "He was not Vice President at the time, it was after he was Secretary of Defense. I don't have any comment."

GOI: Cheney was against the Iraq invasion before he was for it. So what?? What difference does it make what position he held when he said it??? It doesn't change what he said.

The video isn't the only damning evidence against Cheney. The following is a statement made by the now Vice President Cheney as to why invading Iraq is a bad idea:

If you are going to go to war, let's send the whole group; let's make certain that we've got a force of sufficient size, as we did when we went into Kuwait, so that we do not suffer any more casualties than are absolutely necessary.

I think that the proposition of going to Baghdad is also fallacious. I think if we were going to remove Saddam Hussein we would have had to go all the way to Baghdad, we would have to commit a lot of force because I do not believe he would wait in the Presidential Palace for us to arrive. I think we'd have had to hunt him down. And once we'd done that and we'd gotten rid of Saddam Hussein and his government, then we'd have had to put another government in its place.

What kind of government? Should it be a Sunni government or Shi'i government or a Kurdish government or Ba'athist regime? Or maybe we want to bring in some of the Islamic fundamentalists? How long would we have had to stay in Baghdad to keep that government in place? What would happen to the government once U.S. forces withdrew? How many casualties should the United States accept in that effort to try to create clarity and stability in a situation that is inherently unstable?

I think it is vitally important for a President to know when to use military force. I think it is also very important for him to know when not to commit U.S. military force. And it's my view that the President got it right both times, that it would have been a mistake for us to get bogged down in the quagmire inside Iraq.

The President has made it clear that we are not interested in a permanent, or long-term U.S. ground presence, a garrison if you will, on the ground in the Gulf in the Saudi Arabian area.

GOI: They clearly knew what was going to happen after the invasion.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Dick Cheney the Unpatriotic Liberal

I'm sure that many of you have seen this already but It's a classic. Where the FUCK was the "liberal media" with this in 2003?? Did I miss something? I hadn't seen this video up until a few days ago. The "internets" (as Bush calls them) have pulled though yet again. No wonder the Neo-Cons want a regulated, restrictive internet.

To hear him talk in this clip he's one of those nasty, smarmy, "unpatriotic" liberal war critics that he has cursed. His camp claims that things were different because of 9/11--yep, he is still beating that long dead (now decomposing) horse that Saddam has something to do with those horrible attacks. And I'm sure he'll be dragging the picked clean, parched bones with him to his grave.

Cheney has his world chamPEEN liar status so practiced that I'm sure he instinctively blames Saddam when he rips a fart.

The Dem candidates should just run this video on television ads on a loop.

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Bush Gets a Lobotomy

It's V.R. Day people!!! (Victory over Rove).

Bush's Brain, Karl Rove has resigned. He got all choked up while announcing his departure and that is probably because he off to jail. I'm waiting for the naked pictures with him and a kid to surface. Then it's off to rehab of course. Unfortunately he'll probably never see the jail cell he deserves. Power and money seem to have a way of trumping justice in this "Democracy."

It's scary that Bush's brain is now gone considering all the brainless decisions that Dear Leader has made with Rove's brain!!! Now instead of at least a partial brain (Rove) we are solely left with the single brain cell that is rattling inside Bush's echoing cranium.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Screw Electability--I'm for Dennis Kucinich!!!

Bill Richardson really struggled during the gay forum last night. He missed a beach ball sized softball question by a mile saying he believed that homosexuality is a choice but then later tried to back-peddle. He didn't seem comfortable during his entire segment and just came off as unprepared.

Now, he does have a good record on homosexual issues, however, compared to Rep. Dennis Kucinich Richardson doesn't have a clue:

This is a very important issue for me and so between Richardson's bomb and Rep. Kucinich's love fest I am now back to supporting Kucinich. I say back because we supported him in 2004.

So expect to see a Kucinich button on the blog from now on. I have really tried to give everyone in the Democratic field a shot and can't find anyone that I like all around more then Dennis Kucinich. Now, if Kucinich lets me down and when he bows out (which, let's face it, without a major sea change in our culture--he will) I'll be either writing him in on the ballot or voting for the Green Party candidate.

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

No Surprise, Clinton Lies

NEW YORK — Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, who chastised rival Barack Obama for ruling out the use of nuclear weapons in the war on terror, did just that when asked about Iran a year ago.

"I would certainly take nuclear weapons off the table," she said in April 2006.

Clinton, who has tried to cast her rival as too inexperienced for the job of commander in chief, said of Obama's stance on Pakistan: "I don't believe that any president should make any blanket statements with respect to the use or non-use of nuclear weapons."But that's exactly what she did in an interview with Bloomberg Television in April 2006. "I have said publicly no option should be off the table, but I would certainly take nuclear weapons off the table," Clinton said. "This administration has been very willing to talk about using nuclear weapons in a way we haven't seen since the dawn of a nuclear age. I think that's a terrible mistake."

GOI: Clinton's team was in full spin cycle in response:

Her campaign spokesman, Phil Singer, said the circumstances for her remarks last year were different than the situation Obama faced. "She was asked to respond to specific reports that the Bush-Cheney administration was actively considering nuclear strikes on Iran even as it refused to engage diplomatically," he said.
GOI: However, Obama was asked about specific reports of the Taliban regrouping on the Pakistan-Afghan border. So if we shouldn't use nukes on a country that refuses to engage in diplomacy (Iran--as Clinton said) then we certainly shouldn't use them on Pakistan that is a soft ally (as Obama said!!). I don't see the difference Team Shrillary.

Her office went on to say:

"She wasn't talking about a broad hypothetical nor was she speaking as a presidential candidate."

GOI: WTF?? Again, Obama wasn't talking about a hypothetical either!! And what she says before being a presidential candidate is and should be looked at as much as what she says now!!! Not that I'm an Obama supporter either but Good LORD am I getting sick of Hillary Clinton!!! If there is a good side to this feud it might mean that my man Richardson could ride up into the top tier as these two fall. I know, I know fat chance but you never know.

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Inspecting "Executive Privilege." Plus, Bush Takes Political Advantage of Minnesota's Grief.

Perhaps I am late to the party but I did a little research into executive privilege regarding the attorney firings investigation and found some interesting things. First and foremost perhaps is that the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in United States v. Nixon that executive privilege is only valid when issues of national security are at hand (emphasis added by GOI):

However, neither the doctrine of separation of powers, nor the need for confidentiality of high level communications, without more, can sustain an absolute, unqualified Presidential privilege of immunity from judicial process under all circumstances. The President's need for complete candor and objectivity from advisers calls for great deference from the court. However, when the privilege depends solely on the broad, undifferentiated claim of public interest in the confidentiality of such conversations, a confrontation with other values arises. Absent a claim of need to protect military, diplomatic, or sensitive national security secrets, we find it difficult to accept the argument that even the very important interest in confidentiality of Presidential communications is significantly diminished by production of such material for in camera inspection with all the protection that a district court will be obliged to provide.

GOI: This case clearly doesn't involve matters of national security so not only is the Bush administration flouting the rule of law, the Congress and the American people but also precedence established by the highest court in the land. Attorney General Gonzales is clearly perjuring himself and obstructing justice. Karl Rove and Harriet Miers are clearly obstructing justice as well by flouting Congressional subpoenas. If this case doesn't qualify as meeting the requirements for the involvement of a special prosecutor then I do not know what does.

Especially since the main person involved happens to head up the very justice department that is usually in charge of investigating such allegations!!!

If it wasn't so serious these ironic statements by the now White House Press Secretary Tony Snow (rightly stated at the time) would be hilarious (emphasis added):

Tony Snow - Op-Ed - St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 29, 1998

(HEADLINE: "Executive Privilege is a Dodge")

Evidently, Mr. Clinton wants to shield virtually any communications that take place within the White House compound on the theory that all such talk contributes in some way, shape or form to the continuing success and harmony of an administration. Taken to its logical extreme, that position would make it impossible for citizens to hold a chief executive accountable for anything. He would have a constitutional right to cover up.

Chances are that the courts will hurl such a claim out, but it will take time.

One gets the impression that Team Clinton values its survival more than most people want justice and thus will delay without qualm. But as the clock ticks, the public's faith in Mr. Clinton will ebb away for a simple reason: Most of us want no part of a president who is cynical enough to use the majesty of his office to evade the one thing he is sworn to uphold -- the rule of law.


In other news President Bush has spoken this morning expressing his sadness for the victims of the bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Minnesota yesterday evening. After his brief statement he took advantage of the question free occasion to down-shift into slamming the Democrats on spending. And yet of course the same man is blowing money on a failed Iraq like a bipolar off his medicine.

The worst part of his statements this morning, however, was that he took political advantage of the horrific, tragic demise of these people in Minnesota to push his partisan, vitriolic rhetoric. Not a surprise sadly as he has experience in using the death of soldiers to try and defend his insanity in Mesopotamia or help get himself re-elected in 2004.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

U.S. Military: Shia Militias the Biggest Prolem in Iraq--Not al-Qaeda.

BAGHDAD — Despite President Bush's recent insistence that al Qaida in Iraq is the principal cause of this country's violence, senior American military officers here say Shiite Muslim militias are a bigger problem, and one that will persist even if al Qaida is defeated.

GOI: What a surprise--Propaganda Minister George W. Bush is still full of shit!! BUT--BUT--BUT--I thought Bush listened to his "Generals on the ground???" How silly of me. Of course we know that dumbya only listens to those he agrees with.

Meanwhile the main Sunni Arab political bloc quit the Iraqi cabinet on the day before the parliament went into recess for a month:

"This is probably the most serious political crisis we have faced since the passage of the constitution. If unresolved the implications are grave," the remaining deputy prime minister, Barhim Salih, a Kurd, told Reuters.

Their withdrawal may have little practical effect on a government already paralyzed by infighting. The Shi'ite bloc of radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr withdrew in April.

But the withdrawal was a blow to reconciliation efforts: luring the large Sunni bloc into government had been hailed as a major achievement when Maliki took power last year.

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