Seems the Washington Post is not too happy with their boy king.
Caller ID - washingtonpost.com
IT DOESN'T much matter whether President Bush was the one who phoned Attorney General John D. Ashcroft's hospital room before the Wednesday Night Ambush in 2004. It matters enormously, however, whether the president was willing to have his White House aides try to strong-arm the gravely ill attorney general into overruling the Justice Department's legal views. It matters enormously whether the president, once that mission failed, was willing nonetheless to proceed with a program whose legality had been called into question by the Justice Department. That is why Mr. Bush's response to questions about the program yesterday was so inadequate.
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Cheney, others claim immunity to lawsuit
WASHINGTON - Attorneys for Vice President Cheney and top White House officials told a federal judge Thursday they cannot be held liable for anything they disclosed to reporters about CIA employee Valerie Plame or her husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson.
The officials, who include senior White House adviser Karl Rove and Cheney's former chief of staff, Lewis Libby, argued that the judge should dismiss a lawsuit filed by Wilson that stemmed from the disclosure of Plame's identity to the media.
The suit claims that Cheney, Libby, Rove and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage violated the couple's privacy and constitutional rights by publicly revealing Plame's identity in an effort to retaliate against Wilson.
Immunity? Why? Because he's Richard "Go Fuck Yourself" Cheney? Well, quite frankly, <sarcasm gain="high"> sir
, </sarcasm> you can go Cheney yourself. You and your's maliciously disclosed the identity of an undercover CIA agent responsible for preventing the spread of nuclear weapons to terrorists. Be thankful you are not tried for treason.
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So, according to this
, Turkish invasion into Northern Iraq is imminent. So, if you are Iran, do you allow Turkey to grab territory without any action? Or do you make a push with the claim of protecting the Shia in Southern Iraq? Well, I don't know, obviously.
But I do know one thing: with all the saber rattling done over the last year by the Bush administration, Turkey invading Northern Iraq could very well bring us closer to attacking Iran.
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Dems seek no-confidence vote on Gonzales - Yahoo! News
Asked twice during a news conference Thursday if he personally ordered Gonzales to Ashcroft's hospital room, Bush refused to answer.
"There's a lot of speculation about what happened and what didn't happen. I'm not going to talk about it," Bush said.
I'm sorry, but if he wants to end the speculation, then answer the damn question!
Instead, he ducks out, like the fucking coward he's always been. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the President of the United States.
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, Prosecutor Purge
Minnesota's senators target AG, Justice Department
WASHINGTON - Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., said Thursday that he would like to see Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resign, calling into question Gonzales' credibility and his ability to focus on his job.
"I don't believe that Gonzales has the type of leadership that the department needs," he said.
Coleman also said he was disturbed by the revelation that former Minnesota U.S. Attorney Thomas Heffelfinger was on two firing lists, but Coleman didn't think there needs to be an investigation into why.
Oh, sure, no need to investigate the use of the federal justice system to interfere and influence elections with false claims of voter fraud. And while we are at it, let's just chuck the whole checks and balances component out the damn window. No need to interfere with a fascist leader like Bush, whom we are to trust beyond all reason and sanity. What the hell, let's just all get fitted for a waterboard. Make it easy on the bastards. That will give them more time for a few drinks before engaging in some enhanced interrogation techniques.
Seriously, Norm, old buddy, old pal, you must have experienced some nerve damage when all that dental work was performed
The Rev. Jerry Falwell -- longtime foe of GLBT people, women, and those who thirst for justice and equality -- died today
When I heard the breaking news, my reaction shocked me. I wept.
I met the man. (Read about it here
.) Saw him preach from the pulpit of his magnificent Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA. Talked with him. Found him funny, interestingly enough. I never approved of his positions, his statements, his actions, what he did to the American political landscape. I am well aware of the human cost much of his ministry caused -- and told him so to his face. We were able to disagree without being disagreeable, which I see as a good thing.
This does not change the fact that the right-wing televangelist and Moral Majority founder disappointed me on a human level numerous times. Neither do his unchristian activities erase the fact that his ministry has done good as well. A fair person must note that too.
And now, suddenly, he's dead. How could anyone with a heart not react with sadness on some level?
In various places on the net, I've been reading people's reactions to the news. Won't link to them -- I don't want to call anyone out or make them feel bad or attract people to come and bash me for daring to feel sadness.
So I'll just say this and then go sit quietly for a while: Yeah, Jerry Falwell did some fucked-up, downright evil things in the name of Jesus. Enormously hideous and horrible things. He was virulently homophobic, a onetime (?) segregationist, a proponent of the traditional man-in-charge relationship model, and more. All true. All terrible. This should not, must not be forgotten.
Still, that's no justification for dancing on his grave. ANY death is a diminishment of the human family. We debase ourselves when we engage in hideous schadenfreude, and I'm seeing way too much of it today. It's devastating. And it's wrong.
Why are humans so damned cruel?
Rest in peace, Rev. Falwell. May your successor achieve more success than you did in embracing all of God's children. May those you harmed, if they still live, find healing and justice. And may the rest of us remember this:
"Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." Seven times seven times...
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