Monday, December 31, 2007

Irish New Years toast

“In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in
friendship, never in want.”

Thanks pbtrue1 ! :)

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Bill Maher on Bush

George Bush

Come on, no list of assholes and fuck-ups could be complete without the Dipshit in Chief. Who will tell this president what everyone but him already knows? The theory of evolution. And the times tables. And where the sun goes at night. And that Iraq is going to be three different countries. And that everyone hates us and we've run our military into the ground and the Taliban is back and we still haven't caught bin Laden and the economy is tanking and we wasted eight years blowing the oil companies while the Earth is melting. We had a pretty nice house when this Cat in the Hat of presidents came in and made the mess of all time. And who's going to clean it all up — Rudy Giuliani?

and his supporters get a piece:

The Solid Quarter [who call themselves 'the 97%']

That twenty-five percent of America who would not desert George Bush if he ran over Dakota Fanning with his pickup truck on the White House lawn. Is it a coincidence that twenty-five percent is also the number of people who, in an AP poll of predictions for 2007, said they expect Jesus Christ to return this year!? I don't think it is.

Submitted by bibimimi on Mon, 12/31/2007 - 12:15am.
Thanks to Bibimimi ! :)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Plumbers 2.0 !

By Nathan Diebenow, Associate Editor Lonestar Iconoclast

WASHINGTON , D.C. — They say it’s better to give than receive.
But this holiday season, the Velvet Revolution says, "Hey! Why not both?"

The Washington, D.C. non-profit is offering a half a million dollars to whistleblowers.

In exchange, VR wants information about what they describe as a very crooked, Republican operative.

His name is Michael Connell.

More specifically, VR wants the low-down about his companies: Gov Tech Solutions, New Media Communications, and Connell/Donatelli.

The first two are based in Ohio.
That last one is in Virginia.

So what’s so bad about Connell and his businesses?

Well, the guys over at VR hear that Connell and his companies involved themselves in the United States Attorney scandal.

The website domain that Connell used for George W. Bush’s presidential bids was the same that White House officials used to hide data on the U.S. attorneys that were fired.
But Connell is notorious for being a "Bush loyalist."

"We’ve found he’s really been involved in every major GOP election issue or scandal since at least 2000," said Brett Kimberlin, founder/president of VR, in an interview with the Iconoclast.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Today's Senate Heroes.

Today's Heroes.

Senators who had the goddamned balls to stand with Dodd and vote "no" on cloture of the FISA bill:

Boxer - D/California
Brown - D/Ohio
Cantwell - D/Washington
Cardin - D/Maryland
Dodd - D/Connecticut
Feingold - D/Wisconsin
Harkin - D/Iowa
Kerry - D/Massachussetts
Menendez - D/New Jersey
Wyden - D/Oregon

Thanks ToniD !

My letter to Senate Majority Leader,Reid..

Senate Majority leader,Reid,

Now that you have put the FISA bill,the one with Immunity for the telecoms in front of the Senate,can you Please Resign as Senate Majority Leader !

You have proved over and,over again that you can't handle the job.

That you are more interested in Pleasing George Bush than Upholding The Rule Of Law !
And,Upholding The Constitution !

That you are more interested in Congressional Pork
than Stopping the Funding of The Iraq War !

We have seen enough of your Weak and,Spineless Leadership !

Please,for the Good of The Country,Resign as Senate Majority leader !

We want Our Democracy and,Country Back !

Thank you,A Democrat..

Naomi Wolf's 10 Points of Fascism

Submitted by Homunculus on Sun, 12/16/2007 - 6:42pm.

Bush's fascist America, in 10 easy steps:

1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
2. Create a gulag
3. Develop a thug cast
4. Set up an internal surveillance system
5. Harass citizens' groups
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release
7. Target key individuals
8. Control the press
9. Dissent equals treason
10. Suspend the rule of law,,2064157,00.html

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Online and Active!

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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Friday, December 7, 2007

That's what I'm talking about..

Submitted by CeeCee on Sat, 12/08/2007 - 2:06am.
John Lennon-Love
Submitted by MMRules on Sat, 12/08/2007 - 1:37am.

"Non Violence
Submitted by Alice on Sat, 12/08/2007 - 1:56am.
& Humor"

Wow - beautiful and insightful - Wow

"Intelligence career seniors were lined up to go to jail if necessary" if the document's gist were not given to the public.

The "jungle telegraph" in Washington is booming with news of the Iran NIE. I am told that the reason the conclusions of the NIE were released is that it was communicated to the White House that "intelligence career seniors were lined up to go to jail if necessary" if the document's gist were not given to the public. Translation? Someone in that group would have gone to the media "on the record" to disclose its contents.

It is no wonder that the AEI crowd and their congressional helpmates are running around with their hair on fire over this estimate. In sharp contrast to the ease with which the neocon Jacobins were able to control the content of the October 2002 NIE on Iraq, this time they failed utterly to use a national intelligence estimate as a propaganda tool.

Hearings? Good! Let there be hearings! Let there be many hearings! The more the better and let them be public hearings. Bring them on!. pl

Whitehouse Reveals Smoking Gun of White House Claiming Not to Be Bound by Any Law

By: emptywheel Friday December 7, 2007 8:49 am

Damn, I love me some Sheldon Whitehouse. He, like, actually knows the law. And he, like, is willing to actually read the stuff he is exercising oversight over.

Which is why this speech he gave today is so important (link to speech; here's a link to video). Apparently, Whitehouse actually read the OLC opinions that justified the warrantless wiretap program and continue to justify the Administration's wiretap authority today. Then, Whitehouse got the key concepts of some of those opinions declassified. Here's his description of what he found.

1)An executive order cannot limit a President. There is no constitutional requirement for a President to issue a new executive order whenever he wishes to depart from the terms of a previous executive order. Rather than violate an executive order, the President has instead modified or waived it.
2)The President, exercising his constitutional authority under Article II, can determine whether an action is a lawful exercise of the President's authority under Article II.
3)The Department of Justice is bound by the President's legal determinations. [my emphasis]

But what does this administration say about executive orders?

An executive order cannot limit a President. There is no constitutional requirement for a President to issue a new executive order whenever he wishes to depart from the terms of a previous executive order. Rather than violate an executive order, the President has instead modified or waived it.

"Whenever (the President) wishes to depart from the terms of a previous executive order," he may do so because "an executive order cannot limit a President." And he doesn't have to change the executive order, or give notice that he's violating it, because by "depart(ing) from the executive order," the President "has instead modified or waived it."

So unless Congress acts, here is what legally prevents this President from wiretapping Americans traveling abroad at will: nothing. Nothing.

That was among the most egregious flaws in the bill passed during the August stampede they orchestrated by the Bush Administration - and this OLC opinion shows why we need to correct it.

'NOW' VIDEOS: Will The 2008 Vote Be Fair?

PBS Explores Many Of The Ways Republicans And The DoJ Are Working To Disenfranchise Democratic Leaning Voters.

Guest Blogged by Alan Breslauer

Will The 2008 Vote Be Fair? That was the topic addressed by host David Brancaccio and former Justice Department official David Becker on NOW last Friday. Part I (at left, 10:01) begins with a discussion of Photo ID laws to prevent the "invented problem" of voter fraud. The discussion continues at the 6:15 mark on the topics of voter caging and voter purging --- when the DoJ requires jurisdictions to purge their voter rolls when they do not match census estimates.

Part II (at right, 9:50) begins with Becker explaining how the Bush 43 Justice Department has subverted its traditional mission: "During about a five year span, not one single case was brought on behalf of African Americans in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division". Becker goes on to state that policies were established that favored Republicans and disfavored Democrats in an effort to "gam[e] the system"
Con't-Link to Video's

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Congress 'guilty of not impeaching Bush'

By Press TV

Political analysts say that the NIE report on Iran should prompt Congress to start impeachment process against the Bush administration.

"With the recent NIE report on Iran, it is ever clearer that the administration's deceptions have only grown in scope. If after this Congress still does not take up the call for impeachment, it is itself open to charges of collusion in high crimes against the Republic," said Niranjan Ramakrishnan, a political analyst.

Ramakrishnan criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for pledging 'to keep impeachment off the table' in an October interview, describing the pledge as 'ridiculous' and 'criminal'.

"To leave unchallenged the deliberate misleading of the country to war, (and the effort to do the same a second time), makes her party a knowing accessory to the same misdeeds," he said.

He stressed that Congress has an equal duty to protect the Constitution as the President and called on Democrats to 'seize the cry of impeachment'.

"To paraphrase Lincoln's famous letter to General McClellan, it is time to tell Nancy Pelosi, if you won't impeach Bush and Cheney, can we at least impeach you?" he concluded.

Born-again Retard Hypocrites-Coming To Save The Day

The Huckster & Mutt..
And,I believe in God..Just Not These and,Other Born-again Retard Hypocrites !

"Beware Of False Prophets".

Monday, December 3, 2007

CNN: Corrupt News Network

Tim Rutten:
Regarding Media-LA Times.

A self-serving agenda was set for the Republican presidential debates.
December 1, 2007.

THE United States is at war in the Middle East and Central Asia, the economy is writhing like a snake with a broken back, oil prices are relentlessly climbing toward $100 a barrel and an increasing number of Americans just can't afford to be sick with anything that won't be treated with aspirin and bed rest.

So, when CNN brought the Republican presidential candidates together this week for what is loosely termed a "debate," what did the country get but a discussion of immigration, Biblical inerrancy and the propriety of flying the Confederate flag?

In fact, this most recent debacle masquerading as a presidential debate raises serious questions about whether CNN is ethically or professionally suitable to play the political role the Democratic and Republican parties recently have conceded it.

Selecting a president is, more than ever, a life and death business, and a news organization that consciously injects itself into the process, as CNN did by hosting Wednesday's debate, incurs a special responsibility to conduct itself in a dispassionate and, most of all, disinterested fashion. When one considers CNN's performance, however, the adjectives that leap to mind are corrupt and incompetent.