Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The major oil companies would have to give up control of Wall Street and the US congress and we all know that that ain't never, ever going to happen, not in a million f*** years. But wait, let us think about Texas seceding for a moment, okay. If Obama allows the US to own GM, why then make another oil powered car, ever? I mean really, if one could find a way to turn saltwater, for instance. into a combustible, well would not that make oil obsolete and over-night roo, wouldn't it?
This guy found a way to separate particles and ignite saltwater compounds, and of course, saltwater is the most abundant resource in the world. Si kets umagine a world without oil dictatorship, - no more war for oil ever again. Imagine what freedom fells like without slavery to the gas pump and the profit eating, rabid price fixing done by oil companies.
So now we can see that under Rush Limbaugh's flags of stupid hatred in Texas, Texas would surely secede into just another Mexico, really. I mean it's a right to work state, because in Texas you have the right to work for nothing at all, particular if oil should go belly up, so that like all those masses of poor that make up the Banana Republic of Mexico, Texans could work like dogs with no rights whatsoever and like it or not, I guess Texans could join a drug cartel and sell drugs or work for nothing. Whatever Texans - but please, oh please don't ask ExxonMobil about seceding from the US, because they aren't with Texans on that issue or even on the same page as I can guarantee all by my lonesome ro Texans that Big Oil would freak out, and that isan unfortunate matter of fact.
Texans, please. please try not to get stupid on us here.
Monday, March 30, 2009
If only more American workers would give up their standard of living so Rick Wagoner and all those unnamed board members that got the axe right along with Mr. Wagoner could get more money after looting the company and all it's shareholders. JEEBUS! One must ask, what did Ford do right? They have labor union workers too.
Took a snapshot of this from the Wall Street Journal (must say, I'm surprised Murdock allowed the WSJ to back stab another member of the AEI like that, really)!
Mr. Wagoner, like other top GM executives, doesn't get severance, according to a GM filing on March 5. The filing says Mr. Wagoner was eligible for GM's executive-pension plan at the end of 2008. The filing lists the value of the pension as of Dec. 31, 2008, at $20.1 million.
According to the filing, Mr. Wagoner also had accumulated almost $535,000 in deferred compensation -- though that balance shrank from $766,000 during 2008.
Mr. Wagoner is also eligible to receive equity grants valued at roughly $366,000, according to the filing. A GM spokeswoman said those grants were long-term incentive compensation awarded in earlier years.
But still, Obama won't do a thing about those piano wire threatening bank bonus guys, except of course, to tell everyone, via sending his beloved loyalist, Mr. Summers out to tell us all that they can break contacts between rich people and taxpayer money. These are bonus that would NEVER have happened if bailouts weren't possible, even as as we all saw that Preznut Obama had no problem selling out the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution because huge telecoms, oil companies, big pharma and all those too big to fail banks own Obama and his administration, same as they owned the Bushies and all the GOP.
And furthermore, we all know that GM will end up in bankruptcy court anyway, right? The GOP will push for labor union busting court doctrine because the GOP would never dream of working with Obama and certainly not the average working class citizen of the US either because if you ain’t a member of the AEI, than you just don’t matter to that crowd – and because we can't compete with foreign countries unless a lot more Americans are living like people in third world countries. So, I'm waiting till we all get to the point where we’re ready to tell our congress that we're in control here and not their crooked, rich friends. It hasn't happened yet, however, when the unemployment numbers get closer to 15%, and they will, perhaps by then, enough Americans will start to wonder what the hell is going on in DC? Yeah, that and WTF ever happened with the damn press members and supposed acts of journalism in last few years?
Sunday, February 22, 2009
A Republican that looks and acts nothing like a Bush family member!
Whatever were those Florida voters thinking when they elected this guy? Was it in respite of the supposedly popular Gov. Bush? I guess those homeless Floridians think the same as the rest of the nation does. So on that note, good-bye Rush Limbaugh Republicans - ain't going to miss you one bit at t-all.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Professor Michael Economides, Univerisity of Houston:
Economides said he sees the price of oil going from $40 per barrel now to near $200 per barrel in 18 months partly due to geopolitical issues. But he said some of the problem in the oil industry is the fear factor.
"They always want to believe the worst," Economides said.
As a result, a downturn feeds on itself.
"It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy," he said.
Economides said the one thing that will certainly send prices up toward $200 is the headline, "Israel attacks Iran."
Barring that, Economides said that by September 2009, he is expecting the natural decline in production due to the aging of oilfields coupled with the reduction in drilling activity to bring the supply and demand into equilibrium.
And now we know exactly WHY it was that Dick Cheney wanted Israel to attack Iran.
But frankly, at $ 200.00 a barrel for oil, that kind of price would generate an end of fossil fuel domination, simply because some Americans would refused to be a slave to that kind of consumer price raping. More than a few Americans would go into their collective garages and come up with somehing else, something other than fossil fuel energy, so Mr. Economides better hope that Israel doesn't ever bomb Iran. Those old Mad Max movies really were works of fiction and if Mr. Economides wants to find out how to go out of business overnight, that my gosh, by all means, bring on the $ 200.00 a barrel crude oil and lets see where that leads.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
"It will obviously take much more than that to put the GOP into a position to challenge the blue wall -- "
The message is clear. Rush Limbaugh "tear down that Democratic communist wall"? The commies are taking over American as opposed to Broder's beloved capitalist controlling mafia members on the Hill. I don't know what Broder fears so much as long as those Repugs were able to preach tax cuts in order to tear down the Stimulus Bill into something no honest, non-senile American could possibly believe in. At this point perhaps it far better to let the banks fail, after all, Americans are getting nothing out of this new funny money business debt bill. There is nothing that makes the Stimulus Bill a stimulus or what it really is, a contract with American to pretend the funny money has any meaning, something that no half-wit US citizen should sign on too.
Right now, we are being lead to believe that poor Nancy Pelosi's misconception of a Stimulus Bill has Barack Obama furious about it's creation since it had too few corporate tax cuts. What was she thinking? Perhaps now, Obama should apologize for Nancy the way he did for that old spineless majority leader of the past, Tom Daschle, or better yet, just pick some Republican congress member to fill Tom's empty post in more examples of his bipartisan love-fest, and then, invite the GOP for more drinks at the Whitehouse.
Mean while TMP is wondering why Reid doesn't make Repugs filibuster?
The comical thing about Harry is that he never seems to know when to quit or when to quit. Harry Reid plays this mournful scene over and over again. I called it "the resigned loser," - take one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine.... At some point, I have to wonder why Democrats like this kind of non-leader/loser so damn much? It must be because its quite the act really, and citizens or at least the netroots fall for it time and again. Those mean old Republicans! Dems only want to pretend its all the Repugs fault so they picked this hapless, lovable old loser, Reid to play the "beaten-up old man" over and over because, frankly it's quite the boon for Dems that don't like creating bills that only help average Americans citizen any more than those Repugs do. I mean, just look at all those grand influence peddled gifts and the people that Republicans always party with as they write off the nation bit by bit, that as oppose to the non-party Dems get for helping out the average boring American citizen. Oh wait, they had the AT&T Telecom Party, didn't they?
At this point in time, we do need Ronald Reagan after all. Its time to just let the banks go, just let em fall, because they're going to fall anyway. When you get right down to it, money is merely an illusion.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Compromising Away One Million Jobs...Or Is It Two?
The so-called "moderate compromise" in the Senate cuts $140 billion in spending from the stimulus legislation, but leaves in place between $300 billion and $350 billion in tax cuts.
Most Americans will get a one time check, pay their rent/mortgage for one more month, that they'll have to move into a tent city. Krugman is right, Republicans are pushing the nation off a cliff.
Maybe with Nevada's falling unemployment numbers fall fast toward double digits, Reid can find himself a lobbyist job after his post senate vote out. Harry Reid leads the nation to cowardly defeat every chance he gets.
Arnold Schwarzenegger once said on ABC's This Week to, "look at what McCain does and not what he says".
Arnold says this ONLY because McCain has a big stupid mouth, and thus, usually spills the beans in his sleepy, senile old way, exposing the sinister and ugly truth behind those Bush Republicans and their shell games.
Lets take the word "pork barrel" for instance.
Republicans have refined the art of loaded terminology. Some of the examples are: socialism, entitlements, special interest, and let's not forget that string of words, "Social Security privacy accounts" which has morphed into the word "entitlement" of late. To illustrated this fact, McCain shows how Repugs think you shouldn't be entitled to social security benefits even if when the government takes out funds from your payroll check every week to pay for social security benefits. BTW, those social security privacy "gambling" accounts would have amounted to nothing in today's Wall Street post-Bush collapsed economy, so be forewarned about tricky Repugs and their multi-underhanded snake oil marketing schemes. You know this, I know this, we all know this about the shell games Repugs love to play with taxpayer money.
Just listen as McCain talks about the mortgaging of your social security benefits.
McCain shows how the government, and particularly it WAS the Bush Administration and it's THOSE Bush Republicans that are now belly aching about the Stimulus Bill in congress, after having mortgaged everything to those guys on Wall Street, Repugs now want to mortgage Pell Grants and your child's K-12 education funding to their Wall Street campaign contributors, the same guys that got the bonuses and all the like minded, wealthy corporate special interest that support Repug campaigns and corporate influence peddled goodies.
The Pell Grant isn't "pork barrel" spending - but bonuses on Wall Street are in fact "pork barrel" spending projects, projects that Repugs NEVER, EVER complain about - or hasn't anyone notice? Obama talks about the Wall Street bonus heist but Republicans don't say a word about those Wall Street guys and the taxpayer robbery.
I have to say that McCain looks like he's almost crying in his latest TV media rounds, and it's all because Obama hasn't been bipartisan enough to let Republican's decorate his Stimulus Bill "Christmas Tree" with their rich and corporate friendly tax cut ornaments.
Poor old Ruppy! The old man is singing the blues.
All that work he did for the Bushies - gone up in smoke, as Ruppy appears to have gotten burned. No honor among propagandized and thieves, I guess. Not sure Ruppy can count on Obama at all, as it looks like a blood bath for anyone. So Ruppy should just let Faux news keep on singing tax cuts, parading that lip glossed over, Neiman Marcus fashion elephant Palin and her co-star, Joe dim-wit toilet fixer on the tube. Yeah, that should seal the deal, pal.
Rupert Murdoch isn't easily outfoxed. But the Bancroft family, which sold him Dow Jones, publisher of the Wall Street Journal, looks to have got the better of the media mogul.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Now would be a good time for some old fashion, economic revival in Martin Luther King, Jr style of righteous indignation. Obama should let loose, in stronger terms that he did in the WaPo today. Republicans are clearly NOT interested in bipartisanship, but instead only in Rush Limbaugh style exploiting BS alone.
Pat Buchanan illustrates this clearly in his latest column.
FDR exploited the Depression to launch his New Deal, bring an end to a Republican hegemony of seven decades and make Democrats the majority party, until Richard Nixon picked the lock. While the debate is endless over whether the New Deal ended the Depression or caused it to endure until World War II spending pulled us out of the ditch, few deny that FDR left a monumental legacy.
And that Pat ends with this:
If Obama gets this one wrong, and all this pork and welfare fail to generate real growth, his party could face a wipeout in 2010, and his opportunity could be lost forever. Does he really want to bet the farm on the nag Nancy Pelosi just trotted out of the House?
Obama needs to draw the attention back to himself, as the GOP is trying to demonize Nancy, divide and conquer (not that she hasn't been the coward for far too long), but Nancy shouldn't have to give into a small minority of fringe GOP at all, period. This latest dust up isn't about Nancy, it's about the GOP continuing to play ugly games that should have ended when Bush left office. Obama will need to use his high poll numbers, use that capital or lose it as Republicans chip away at it, so long as Obama pretends that the GOP is interested in bipartisanship. They aren't.
This House Member gets it right.
Rep: Barney Frank: ""Barack Obama has this desire to be widely liked way more than is helpful. He should look to Franklin Roosevelt, who said he 'welcomed their [Republican] hatred'. We have real differences with the Republicans and, like FDR, we should draw the line."
We're done with the GOP's nasty games and we can't afford to play those games anymore. So now, Obama needs to say so in no uncertain terms. The GOP in the house has problems all right, but it's THEIR PROBLEM. It's time for Obama to Party like it's 1933.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle is a former senator for good reason, because Americans gave him the boot. When it came time for re-election angry voters didn't show up to vote for him at all - left him to the Republican wolves.
Now, I think it's time that Mr. Daschle had the decency to do what New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson did, withdraw his nomination, and failing that, Barak Obama should ask him to resign his nomination.
Thomas A. Daschle, fighting to defend his nomination to be secretary of health and human services, released a letter early today apologizing to the top lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee for mistakes on his personal income tax returns that resulted in $146,000 in back payments.
When will our esteemed celebrity members of today's corporate owned press going to ask Obama about the "change we can believe in" with this pick for secretary of health and human services? We should have listen to Paul Krugman, as he did try to warn us about Obama, particularly when it came to health care issues? As we can see, Obama speaks more and more with a forked tongue. Promises are everything and actions are none. If Obama is wise he would have learned a lesson from Daschle's demise. A lesson that if Obama disappoints those faceless donors, they will fed him to Republicans and we know that Republicans have no mercy. Republicans don't want to be bipartisan and they are not Obama's friends, even as Obama wants to pretend they are. Obama will either serve the American people or he'll serve Republicans and himself, but he can't do both. Obama wants to be like Tom Daschle, pretend the American people won't notice the spinelessness, the double talk, the sell outs and therefore talks big but does nothing. If Obama doesn't find his spine fairly soon, it's going to be a short, ugly and bitter four years.
Ah yes, as if on cue again:
But Obama, asked today if he still backed the embattled Daschle, told reporters, "Absolutely."Insiders doubt that any of this will derail the nomination. Daschle has stored up a lot of goodwill during his years on Capitol Hill. And Obama is riding the crest of a honeymoon of public support. Still, as Arizona Republican Jon Kyl said the other day, "I just wonder if President Bush had nominated these people, what folks would be saying about that."
Sen. Jon Kyl knows exactly what people would say, something like "heckuva job Brownie" and that's not to mention what people said about Rummy and Gonso too, but then again, Kyl does have a grinning Wolfe like Republican point here. We, the people know about the kind of goodwill that Daschle stored up on Capitol Hill, thanks to liberal news blogger Glenn Greenwald, for all that liberal news that Americans can't seem to find in today's corporate owned media, the very truth itself. So Obama is indeed, riding a crest of a honeymoon of public support, a crest that will no doubt, start to receded. Than the Kyl Wolfe gang will start to move in, and the netroot people will be saying, will Jon Kyl is basically right, you know. Like how it was true that John Kerry really did flip-flop on that war issue.
It's like the FISA Bill lie over and over and over again, yeah, too bad, but it's not like we voters didn't see it coming I guess, or that we had any real choice between McCain vs Obama. Obama is an empty shirt that tries to please everyone but please nobody. This soap opera is getting rather sick and twisted right now as the worm turns in Washington DC.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to fix the bill.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he doubted the economic stimulus bill can pass the Senate in its current form. He said the bill needs to "put lead on the target immediately" with a specific focus on the housing sector and tax relief.
Okay, he's right, we need to dump the adjustable rate mortgage for GOOD, and really, Obama talks about the middle class all the time, but what about the poor? The poor working class Americans could REALLY use a bigger tax break right now so we should give it too them. Ye happy yet Mitch?
Somehow, I bet not!
Because we all know that Mitch really ONLY wants tax relief for his rich friends, don't we? Otherwise we can all brace for another round of lay-offs if we don't give into the Bush Mob Administration again, Bush is gone but still not out of office yet. It isn't Bush - it's the GOP that help Bush drive the country belly-up.
Frank Rich gets it right.
The Republicans do have one idea, of course, but it’s hardly fresh: more and bigger tax cuts, particularly for business and the well-off. That’s the sum of their “alternative” stimulus plan. Obama has tried to accommodate this panacea, perhaps to a fault. Mainstream economists in both parties believe that tax cuts in the stimulus package will deliver far less bang for the buck than, say, infrastructure spending. The tax-cut stimulus embraced a year ago by the G.O.P. induced next-to-no consumer spending as Americans merely banked the savings or paid down debt.
Mitch McConnell and Republicans want one thing and one thing ONLY - a big tax cut for their rich friends and this is the ONLY reason why Republicans have become the Party of NO. Tax cuts for big business and the wealthy is the ONLY reason Republicans are ganging up to hold the Stimulus Bill hostage, and therefore the American people hostage to the GOP's lobbyiest representatives for exactly the same kind of Wall Street crooks that have given themselves TARP bonus.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
The Ronald Reagan I remember would NEVER dream of bailing anyone out and would never have created a stimulus bill no matter how bad ecomonic times got.
So, Broder sure bought into the kool-aid, didn't he?
Nothing was more central to his victory last fall than his claim that he could break the partisan gridlock in Washington. He wants to be like Ronald Reagan, steering his first economic measures through a Democratic House in 1981, not Bill Clinton, passing his first budget in 1993 without a single Republican vote.
The first way leads to long-term success; the second foretells the early loss of control.
Gosh darn, it always the sex thing with the Repugs and their armchair pundits as oppose to the criminal acts of wiretapping, torture, those un-bid contacts and all the HUGE lies about an oil war in Iraq that the Broderetts of our media world are utterly indifferent too. If Bill Clinton hadn't pardon Marc Rich, Bill Clinton's mug would most likely be on the face of American currency today, that is how much Americans really valued Clinton, that he actually serve American rather that himself, unlike the way Republican politicans do it everytime they get into office. So minus the sex thing, I'm sure Obama would love to have a Clinton like legacy, even as I know such a thought would really chap Broder's hide?
The only thing Repugs want in that stimulus bill is a great big tax cut give-away to their corporate pay masters, a big tax break in exchange for big campaign money, otherwise Repugs might go out of business, go extinct as it were.
It must be unbearable to Broder that all those "foul-mouth" lefty bloggers became the huge "faceless donors" behind the Obama campaign fund, making it hard for corporate controlled Repugs to compete, especially in a slow economy. Thus is the reason for the latest Repug isolationist temper tantrum, because Repugs might go extinct if they don't get corporate funding, so they band together to try to enforce their corporate greed policies. It is a desperate survival act, the GOP is that close to demise, really. This is why Obama made the "mistake" of pointing to Rush Limbaugh as the head of the Republican Party, (a card trick, really) and as long as Obama doesn't cave to tax-cuts for the wealthy, and plays his political cards just right, Dems might not have to worry about Repugs at all by 2010, especially if the economy doesn't pick up, and with Repugs whinning and fighting the Stimulus Bill, the economy probably won't pick-up. A lesson on how to starve the GOP 101.
Now it's looking more and more like a Sarah Palin far-right radical third party type future for Repugs. I'm just wondering how well funded Sarah Palin's Neiman Marcus war chest will be in 2012? AND, I have to wonder too, what takes on the future of the GOP Mr. Broder will write about once he figures out that Barack Obama doesn't want to be the second coming of Ronald Reagan at all? I'm sure it'll read just like the funny papers, I can't wait because I could really use a good laugh, especially after what the Bush Administration did to this country, all whilst Broder harped on about those foul-mouth lefty bloggers.
Friday, January 30, 2009
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Michael Steele, a former Maryland lieutenant governor, was elected chairman of the Republican National Committee on Friday
The GOP wanted to asked the public if Obama was indeed too "White too be Black" so I'm just asking "is Steele too white to be black" working for the GOP in a rather questionable capacity? In the RNC, symbolism is everything from lapel pins to bibles so I wonder if they pick Steele exclusively by race to go up against Obama. the GOP seems to want Steele to attack Obama while avoiding being called a racist. It's the kind of appearence I'm think the GOP fears most from the left. Okay fine, but then we should ask, is Steele simply the GOP's pit-bull dog asking his boss man how to go about trashing Obama, I mean it does look rather like that is their whole intention?
How does the GOP deal with uppity Negroes 101, Jeebus, these guys, they never change, do they? The shame of it all. I wonder if Rush Limbaugh will deal with this new RNC guy like he did with his short lived ESPN career, cause you know, the GOP does stupid, ugly things all the time?
Big Oil had a RECORD breaking year.
Friday, January 30, 2009
HOUSTON - Exxon Mobil Corp. on Friday reported a profit of $45.2 billion for 2008, breaking its own record for a U.S. company, even as its fourth-quarter earnings fell 33 percent from a year ago.
The previous record for annual profit was $40.6 billion, which the world's largest publicly traded oil company set in 2007.
The difference between Clinton's Administration and Obama's is that when Clinton took office, Western oil companies had fallen into business oblivion and the nation was receiving all it's energy needs from foreign countries for a fair price. This happened to be the reason why the nation prospered under Clinton's term in office. Domestic oil companies were not the global threat that they are now, even as Western oil companies had tried domination in the 70's. We, Americans can’t have a recovery with big oil dominating the entire economy and thus, calling all the shots, because than, nobody else can make a profit except for oil companies.
Already, haven't we seen what happens when banks get into the same big oil like-minded act of price gouging with those adjustable rate mortgages that are exactly like adjustable rate oil prices, volatile and destructive in exactly the same way? It is time to stop talking about "our economic security" and start talking about liberation, liberation from big oil's economic servitude, that which is slavery by any other name. It is time to scheme in order to supplant our bloody dictator, big oil. Personally, I would like to see a vehicle that never, ever has to stop at another ExxonMobil gas station again, and really, shouldn't we all want one of those. We had Bush's ugly supply side, his and the GOP's cap less price gouging that, in the end, broke the banks, broke the nation, so now isn't it time for demand, the demand of new paradigms, an economy without big oil in the equation anywhere at all? Sure it is, sure it is.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
None of the netroot blogs of note have made any comments about this awful interview between Rachel Maddow and Carl Bernstein so I thought I'd say a few words myself. Like for instance, what I think is most notable about Bernstein comments is his requirement that this whistleblower, the former NSA agent Russell Tice, (not a hidden questionable whistleblower like Deep Throat, mind you,) is somehow not to be taken seriously or is basically uninformed about what he is saying or finally that congress was spineless - didn't do it's job, so therefore whatever Mr. Tice's claims should simply be dismissed outright because that isn't a reporters job to do what congress failed to do. Rachel Maddow is no journalist really, so she failed utterly to asked the right questions with this interview. Carl Bernstein is also holding his fellow journalist to a far higher standard then he held himself during the Watergate stories of Ricard Nixon's Presidency.
Russell Tice's report states thus:
Former National Security Agency analyst Russell Tice, who helped expose the NSA's warrantless wiretapping in December 2005, has now come forward with even more startling allegations. Tice told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on Wednesday that the programs that spied on Americans were not only much broader than previously acknowledged but specifically targeted journalists.
Now, I would think that any reasonable journalist might be truly alarmed by the claims coming from Mr. Tice, so Mr. Bernstein's indifference is quite shocking, really. If indeed today's journalist are at all interested in protecting their sources as well as themselves in the profession, why then wouldn't they demand to know the truth from the Bush Administration? But oh no, can't have that, unlike Bernstein did with his source, when Deep Throat started talking about the Watergate story way back when journalist used to do their jobs and wanted to find the truth by demanding that the President answer questions, nope, none of type of journalsim now a days. I'm fairly sure that Mr. Tice must be Dana Priest's source for her wiretapping story, so when are we going to throw Dana overboard for not vetting Russell Tice thoroughly the way Bernstein explains it on the Rachel Maddow Show, and before Maddow can jump to any conclusions about the reliability of Russell Tice’s claims?
If congress didn't do it's job, as Bernsteins iterates here in this video, it is only because today's journalist don't do theirs. Anymore don't we need a lawyer like Patrick Fitzgerald to throw a few journalists in jail to get at the facts that today's press members feel no responsibility whatsoever to find. Congress doesn't have a spine because our press members don't have one either, and thus fail to back up any investigation of the Bush Administration that congress might undertake if a press existed that kept the public informed about the truth, which we clearly do not have any longer.
People, the wiretapping story can't get much uglier than it is right now. And, sadly there does not seem to be a single journalist out there that cares enough about the safety of his/her source or his/her own safety to be bothered with Mr. Russell Tice’s alarming news.
I'm also wonder why it is that ever since the Russell Tice came forward with his claims, Salon columnist and Constitutional Lawyer, Glenn Greenwald has not written a word about Tice's admission either? What gives, what gives???
Dahlia Lithwick's Slate article starts out thus:
Javaid Iqbal is a former cable installer and Pakistani citizen who was swept up along with more than 700 Muslim and Arab men in the massive post-9/11 terrorism dragnet. Not one of them was ever charged with terrorism-related crimes. Some of those deemed, like Iqbal, to be of "high interest" were detained under a "hold until cleared" policy at a high-security facility in Brooklyn. Iqbal claims that during 150 days of detention based solely on his religion and national origin, he was subject to solitary confinement, repeated cavity searches, denied medical care, and brutally beaten. He pleaded guilty to immigration charges (unrelated to terrorism) and was sent back to Pakistan in 2003. He then sued 34 current and former government officials, right up the chain of command from the prison staff to John Ashcroft and Robert Mueller.
The defense is that John Ashcroft and Robert Muller are to "busy" to stand trail and it's a dismal read of the poison of partisanship that exist in today's US Supreme Court. There is no doubt, at least not to my mind, that if Aschoft or Mueller were associated with the Democrat Party rather than the Republican one, than US citizens would see those same, so-called conservative ideologist whom park their collective partisan butts in our nation's highest court, suddenly employ their strict constructionism legal standards to the current legal case that Dahlia is reporting here in her latest Slate column. It isn't Democrats that are above the law, it's only Republicans that have that right.
John Aschoft once talked about those "phantoms of lost liberty", but with Cheney's resent admission of torture (and waterboarding IS torture according to past legal cases), and the very real act of the Bush Administration and telecom's wiretapping along with the recent FISA Court's claim that oversight of Bush's wiretapping was not necessary, than lost liberty is not "phantoms" at all, but as real as the buckshot from Dick Cheney's gun that struck 78-year-old Harry Whittington in the face on Feb 13, 2006.
Today's Republican Party is a corrupt sickness so vast that I wonder how it is than anyone can ever vote Republican again if they value liberty. We can all see how evil and deadly the malignancy of unlawful acts are when protected by highly noticeable partisanship practiced among so-called conservative Justices, whom never see anything wrong with illegal acts so long as these crimes are committed by people belonging to the Republican Party. How is it that anyone can really deny that the Republican Party is not a mob controlled party anymore? It cannot be anything else that can explain why it is that Republicans are held unaccountable at all times.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Republicans are plying their usual tricks of the trade, hard at work, using the same old, tired old tricks, but it works so well on cowardly Democrats.
Obama promised bipartisanship and he is not working with Republicans, but as we can see, it's because there is no way in hell Republicans are EVER going to work with Obama, not even just a little bit.
In a gesture of bipartisanship, Obama on Monday urged Democrats to delete money from the bill for family planning funds for the low-income.
The House bill includes about $825 billion in tax cuts and spending. Republicans say much of the spending is wasteful and will not stimulate the economy.
It'll be a short four years for Barack Obama, as he just can seem to run far enough away from the scary GOP, so our new cowardly Preznut is going to have a Tom Daschle like ending. And, what about poor ole Joe Biden!
Biden doesn't want to make any misstatements because our timid Preznut Obama doesn't want FOX News to unleash all out evil upon him, so, as we can see, it's going to be a long, skate on thin ice, do nothing four years. Just another Jimmy Carter era really. That's too bad, but this is why Howard Dean needed to campaign as an independent, because, frankly, I'm tired of cowardly, do nothing Democrats who know only how to bow to criminal Republicans no matter how much money those "faceless" American citizens gave to buy back their freedom. It's going to be a disappointing four years. Americans need more choices than to choose between being a member of the criminal, double talk Party, the GOP, or the cowardly, bow to the criminal, doubt talk Party, the Democrats.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Bill Kristol is asking an important question. Kristol wants to know if Obama has a spine. Obama said that "nobody is above the law', but if that were true, than why is Obama trying to hide Bush and Cheney's act of torture in a commission?
Can Obama reshape liberalism to be, as it was under F.D.R., a fighting faith, unapologetically patriotic and strong in the defense of liberty?
Obama has no more of a spine than Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have one, and the truth is that Obama barely won the election, as Obama was in the act of full scale begging from McCain not to be to rough on him before Bush came out and announced that the US banks were insolvent, thus giving Obama a boost at the end of an election cycle. It is the ONLY reason Obama is President now. Obama is a coward by every stand in today's liberal coward book. Liberty doesn't beat in his veins, only fear and self serving political survival tricks. The Democrats have no warhorses like they did long ago, merely fear and double talk much like George W. Bush himself used, only Bush used lies unapologetically to commit crimes, Obama lies out of fear of the criminal right. Fear is not now, nor ever has it been a remedy for past criminal behavior. Thus it is business as usual in Washington today. Nothing has changed and nothing will change.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Gosh, whatever Obama does, makes sure the oath of office is repeated twice for effect, but that oath is meaningless. Ever since Obama decided there isn't anything wrong with wiretapping with his FISA Bill vote, and that covering up felony acts by the Bush Administration and the big name telecoms was okay, that oath has always been meaningless.
Obama doesn't consider that oath anymore important than little Bushie consider the oath significant. So save your breath Chief Justice Roberts because that oath is as meaningless to our highest government officials today as it was to Bush when he gave it and we all know that.
UPDATE: (as if on cue) Whistleblower: NSA spied on everyone, targeted journalists
And Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid DIDN'T CARE, THEY DIDN"T CARE! Barack and the Democratic leaders didn't even want to investigate what it was Bush was actually doing! Barack talked about keeping American's safe, but, now we know that Barack Obama had NO clue what Bush was doing, and THAT Barack didn't even CARE, he didn't even care.
It's just business as usual in Washington DC, folks, if, in fact Obama can lie, than why not just do it, right? Obama isn't ANY different that Bush was, all question of color aside, please tell me, where is the content of character here? What is different from George W. Bush? Bush was wiretapping reporters, and NOW Obama is wiretapping US journalist AS WELL. Barack Obama was purchased and bought by AT&T and Verizon and now we see that Barack Obama didn't mind it one bit.
Obama is every bit as crooked as Bush and Cheney were crooked men.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Bush, who has said he will likely pen a memoir and eventually hit the lecture circuit, has talked glowingly about his hopes for the policy center, and insists that his vision for it extends far beyond his own presidency. "This is not going to be a 'George Bush Is a Wonderful Person Center,' or 'The Center for Republican Party Campaign Tactics,' " Bush said during one of his last media interviews as president. "It's going to be a place of debate, thought, writing, lecturing."
Frankly, we all know that Bush already has a structure affixed permanently to his legacy for all time. A legacy of slothfulness that cause unnecessary death for not only 9/11 victims but thousands of victims to a lied about war in Iraq. The chairman of the panel probing the Sept. 11 attacks says they could have and should have been prevented, and he's pointing fingers at the Bush administration.
"This is a very, very important part of history and we've got to tell it right," said Thomas Kean.
"As you read the report, you're going to have a pretty clear idea what wasn't done and what should have been done," he said. "This was not something that had to happen."
Friday, January 16, 2009
In Fort Riley, Kansas, the US Army still maintains a Calvary Division but alas the mounted riders function only as color guards for parades, which in their most recent exercise, will be for President-elect, Barack Obama's inauguration parade.
Dubya did everything in his power to destroy the US and he pretty much succeeded in completely criminalizing the entire US Government from the top to bottom. Dubya brought the US to her knees morally, financially and socially.
Duby has no regrets. Nope, not a single regret! Only the people of the US will have any regrets from the Bush Administration, and we will, all of us, continue to have regrets forever more. As this nation did not root out the crimes of this administration, we can not than move beyond the corruption of it. It is a malignant cancer that will infest this nation will beyond the Bush years.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Hey look Ma, no shoes flying toward my face!
And this from the WaPo's Walter Pincus:
A $722 million contract to rebuild Iraq's oil and gas production facilities was marked by multiple changes, cost overruns, failure to meet schedules and lack of oversight, according to a new inspector general's report.
Oh, you don't say Mr. Pincus? A lack of oversight! Who have known that the Bush Administration has such gross lack of oversight going on.
And notice too, that Sen. Lindsey Graham was not present in this video of Joe Biden's visit in Iraq, as apparently, Lindsey had to stay in the "Ho Hum” Humvee simply because Iraqi journalist were all wearing their “shoes”. I’m sure Biden gave Lindsey some coloring books with different types of pump jacks branded with various Western oil contractor names and a pack of crayolas in black gold and money green.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Why would Obama even think that we, as a nation can move beyond Cheney's admission of torture as if nothing happened from this lastest CNN testament give by Dick Cheney on Sunday's Late Edition? AND, Cheney's waterboarding doesn't cover this administration's act of extraordinary rendition which happened to more than merely three persons. Since Obama is saying "no one is above the law" how do we account for what Dick Cheney is saying here, if indeed, Cheney is not "above the law"? Doesn't this make Barack Obama not only a liar but a co-conspirator, as Obama is intending on aiding and abetting the criminal act of helping the Bush Administration to hide their use of torture.
It's just business as usual, because the Bush Administration lied, it did in fact torture people and now Barack Obama is lying too, same as he did with the FISA Bill. It gets worse from here on out as one lie leads to another. Obama talks big for someone who is intending on doing nothing.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Richard Clarke on Bush's legacy.
There wasn't a second 9/11? That's obviously true, but it misses the point. First, we must remember that Al Qaeda terrorists are patient, deliberate planners who often wait years between strikes. Second, there was the first 9/11 - and it happened on Bush's watch. Without rehashing the entire 9/11 Commission Report, the historical record is pretty clear by now that Bush did virtually nothing about the repeated warnings to him that those cataclysmic attacks were coming. Unfortunately, I can personally attest to that as well.
Bush saved American lives? Tell that to the families of the 4,200 U.S. military personnel who have perished in the needless war in Iraq. While they served heroically and deserve the great thanks of the American people, the tragic truth is that they were engaged in a war we should not have been fighting and which was sold to the Congress, the media and American people with exaggerated and even false claims.
There will never be legal closure on the many crimes committed during the Bush Administration, and thus, the Obama's Administration is going to be plagued by the fact that Obama appears to rather liked all of Bush criminal policies, and thus, entirely plans on the continued use of the Bush Administrations many lies and deceitful strategies. It's beginning to look like business as usual.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama named Tim Kaine to succeed Howard Dean as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, calling the Virginia governor a man who shares his "pragmatic, progressive" philosophy.
Jeebus, why not just appoint Al From and get it over with? Obama is not "change you can believe in" at all, as Obama is merely the same, corrupt, flip side of the Republican Party. Obama is lossing me here and others too, as change is coming from Obama, it isn't coming at all, not with this his latest crap and I'm no Dem myself, so it isn't about "reaching across any partisan aisles - that as always is BIGGEST lie. Can we not see why Obama lied about the FISA Bill and will continue to LIE to the American people, because corporations come first, you know it, the telecoms did, and big oil will too, because Obama is a DLC Dem - or a criminal politican by any other name, same as Bush and Cheney, and thus, Obama will lie to the average American, just like the Bushies did and he is going to use all of Bushies cheezy lines to do it too, don't you just know it.
THIS is why Howard Dean should have left the Democratic Party in his dust, it wasn't NEVER his Party, not than and NOT now. This is because DLC Dems are exactly same as AEI Repugs, and are therefore, not any more honest that the Bushies in all their criminal dealings. It's the party of corporate will - fuck the American people by telling every convenient lie available.
THIS is why Obama trashed MoveOn.org, because Big Oil comes first and Obama honors the corporate criminal doctrine in order to honor his DLC pledge of allegiance.
Oh yes, and THIS is why Republicans love Hillary SO MUCH - she is the last, best hope for Western oil contractors, in case Americans haven't guess this yet, it's why Obama is going to keep troops in Iraq after all.
So it happened that the White House (and most of the press corps) passed over in public silence a key paragraph in the recently concluded U.S.-Iraqi agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.
Article 26, section 3 of that agreement reads as follows: "Consistent with a letter from the President of the United States to be sent to the Prime Minister of Iraq, the United States remains committed to assist Iraq in connection with its request that the U.N. Security Council extend the protections and other arrangements established in Resolution 1483 (2003) and Resolution 1546 (2003) for petroleum, petroleum products, and natural gas originating in Iraq, proceeds and obligations from the sale thereof, and the Development Fund for Iraq."
On Dec. 7, 2008, barely a week after the Iraqi Parliament approved the withdrawal agreement, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki wrote the U.N. Security Council requesting the mentioned extension; and on Dec. 22, in the news trough before Christmas, the Security Council granted it. But what does the extension really mean?
It means on the surface that Iraq will enjoy only partial control over its key national asset for another year, but it means as well that no one really knows who will end up with prime access to the world's second- or third-largest oil reserves.
Hillary has one year to save those Western oil contracts and Obama won't get the help of the UN or NATO anymore than big time liar, George W. Bush did because Obama will continue the very same lies about Iraqi democracy that Dubya did. Perhaps Obama is a moderate form of organized, syndicated criminal behavior but he is STILL very much a CRIMINAL who fully intends to act in a criminal capacity – we are still looking at mob control in the Office of President of US. Nothing changed except the label.
This all makes me wonder if Illinois Governor Blagojevich isn't actually being railroaded? I mean WHY can't Barack Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (aka, Karl Rove the II) be subject to a subpoena in the pending impeachment of Gov. Blagojevich? Is Patrick Fitzgerald REALLY a non-partisan attorney because I'm really beginning to wonder about Fitz and how that lawyer wouldn't dream of sparimg Ms. Judith Miller as a witness but somehow doesn't want a peep out of Emanuel to ruin his investigation? It seems that even the legal scholar Johnathan Turley is wonder why the Dems don't seat Roland Burris? Must be because Burris isn't a DLC Democrat like what Obama really wanted in his stead? I mean, seeing as how much Obama couldn't wait to be rid of Howard Dean, perhaps poor old Gov. Blago just isn't corrupt enough for the DLC Dems, so Obama got Fitz to play a little game of entrapment. Something fishy is sure hell going on with that crap.
Something tells me, Gov. Blago isn't going anywhere and Obama is about to be as passonately HATED as George W. Bushie ever was, all the historic la la la about being the first color Preznut aside, Martin Luther King did say something about content of character after all. It seems Gov. Blago is alot more like Dr. Stephen Hatfield than he is like the poor, late Dr. Ivins. Gov. Blago isn't going to quietly commit suicide for Obama and the thugish DLC gang. I guess Gov. Blago's just doesn't share Obama's "pragmatic, progressive" DLC philosophy and that is probably Gov. Blago ONLY crime.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
The Democratic Party continually insist on weak, meek non-leadership and thus David Gregory on Meet the Press had a good old lynching party with the aging majority leader last Sunday.
If the Democratic Party truly wants to accomplish ANY of Obama's campaign goals and policies, than the Democratic Party needs to elect a stronger leader than Harry Reid. The Dems need to pick a majority leader who has better communcations skills, who is more outspoken with a more determined type of character, like Chris Dodd for instance. Harry Reid only knows how to stammer about and defer to the will of Republicans time and again, even when his own party is in control of the Senate. Reid has been utterly incapable of demonstrating any substantial backbone, which will be absolutely necessary to accomplish any of Obama’s new policies in the short window of opportunity that Obama might get at the beginning of his new term in office.
Harry Reid certainly knows how to turn tail and run everytime the going gets tough. So frankly, Obama is going to be an ineffectual 44th President if the Democrats fail to find some way to ask Reid to step aside. Senator Reid has far too many limitions as his Meet the Press appearance so clearly demonstrated. Reid weakness is going to cost Barack Obama his ability to get things done and thus Obama's legacy might well end in just four short years. I don't know why Dems love weak leaders, who consistently demostrate poor commucations skills and genuine lack of backbone as both Harry Reid and Tom Daschle have flagrantly exhibited during their terms as majority leaders. Such cowardice has truly cost the Party some sever losses in the past, not only for themselves but for the people of this nation as well.
This from the WaPo.
"Oh, great question," Reid said with relief, his voice hoarse and face flushed, presumably from the fever he'd been running all week.
This was supposed to be a year of triumphs for Reid. Bolstered by the addition of at least seven Democrats to his caucus and an incoming Democratic president, Reid enjoys a stronger hand than any Senate leader in almost 30 years.
Yes, Reid enjoys a stronger hand than any Senate leader in almost 30 years, but even with that all power, Reid will never be up to task at hand. If the Obama Administration insist on standing on principle, and that, for whatever reason, the Dems simply can't bring themselves to replace Sen. Harry Reid, nothing worthwhile will ever be accomplished during Obama's entire time in office. The nation may want change but Harry Reid is always going to be too timid and lethargic to push for that change, as Reid has NEVER stood his ground since becoming majority leader, so this isn't something that Reid is going to start doing now, either. One of the Democrats biggest problems right now is a real and desperate need for strong communcation skills and finding someone with the determination to get things done.
I have wonder why Obama wanted Howard Dean to leave the DNC (strong leadership) but still want Harry Reid around (weak leadership). Is it because Obama is all talk and no do and intends to be NO DO during his entire time in office? Why did Obama get rid of Howard Dean and yet show no interested in finding decent leadership for the US Senate before his term? This truly begs the question of if Obama's "change" is nothing more than a spin doctored meme designed to buy votes and nothing else? So far Barack seems like he is only interested in as big a fig leaf to the public as the Bush Administration used with all the hyped up talkd of WMD, mushroom clouds and aluminum tubes to promote a lied about war in Iraq.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Why is Repug leaning, trash talking Chris Cillizza being aloud to spew his opinion on MSNBC Countdown with Keith Olbermann? Cillizza is trash talking the legal process of the recount, stating that Al Franken’s lawyer is an "ace". So I guess this implies that Norm Coleman's lawyer must have been poor legal representation, right? I wonder if Coleman's attorney finds Cillizza insinuations offensive because Coleman’s lawyer apparently was incompetent legal counsel next to Al Franken's "ace" of a lawyer?
Now, I realize that Keith Olbermann is nothing more than another hype program, a sort-of flip side of FOX News and therefore not real news per say, but this crapshoot from partisan extraordinaire, Chris Cillizza is being substituted for news and does so in such a destructive manner that it really crosses the line. The question that needs to be asked is why would Norm Coleman go out and hire himself an incompetent lawyer? The fact that Cillizza feels that Franken hired an "ace" lawyer while Coleman didn't hire a qualified lawyer is simply opinionated, partisan rubbish. I'm sure Coleman's lawyer would find Cillizza's words insulting not only to himself but the firm who hires him. What is Chris Cillizza hoping the Minnesota Supreme Court will do? We know the Court wouldn't rule that Norm Coleman had an incompetent lawyer and therefore Franken can't win the recount? It is clear that Mr. Cillizza has no faith in the US legal system, BUT don't we all KNOW that that arm-chair pundit, Mr. Cillizza is merely making things up like "ace" lawyer and even when Cillizza is implying that there is always the "uncouth legal business of lawyers" simply because the court failed to rule in Republican favor - because then, at least with Republicans and their pundits, all the fault is either those "activist judges" and now it's an unfair “ace” lawyer advantage that is representing Democrats who use “underhanded” tactics in the legal process. I'm sick of garbage talk being substituted for news that has no bearing whatsoever on reality. American no longer gets real news on television anymore because it's all coming out of our nationalized mob owned news organizations. Cillizza is NOT a journalist. Cillizza is a Republican spin doctor parading about as journalist.
Monday, January 5, 2009
The WaPo is making good on slanting the news for it's mob owned corporate proprietors.
Although Franken trailed Coleman on election night, the Democrat -- thanks in part to the ace work of election lawyer Marc Elias -- has gained steadily ever since. A hand recount of the nearly 3 million ballots cast turned the race into a dead heat, and the recent counting of 933 wrongly rejected absentee ballots (don't ask) yielded a 225-vote edge for Franken heading into today's meeting of the state Canvassing Board, in which a winner -- presumably Franken -- will be named.
So, why won't Franken be a senator later today? Because of pending legal challenges that the incumbent's campaign thinks can sway the outcome -- the most important of which, dealing with the inclusion of 654 allegedly wrongly rejected absentee ballots (from largely pro-Coleman territory), will be decided by the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Now we can see an example of what Republican slant does to the news. Chris Cillizza and Paul Kane slant the news to suggest that Franken's lawyer is "underhanded" and that poor Coleman's didn't have an equally confident attorney. And what about that addied (don't ask) to suggest unorthodox counting of absentee ballots? This is what Americans must deal with in a world where the national press is owned by the mob, the same mob behind all of Bush and Cheney's criminal activities. The WaPo is doing something no honorable, professional newspaper should be doing - slanting the news in favor of one political party over another, intended on making Democrats look sleazy, underhanded and corrupt, but certainly after Bush's criminal reign in office - the exact opposite is true. The WaPo is a mob owned newspaper and slanting the news to make veiled insinuations (don't ask) whereby Chris and Paul hint that underhanded tactics were used BUT don't see it as their journalist responsiblity to tell readers exactly WHAT underhanded tactics were used, and therefore are simply lying about stanard legal applications that apply in the Minnesota laws regarding ballot counting.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
"We are close to achieving most of our objectives. We have a significant reduction in the overall level of violence," said Cheney, who leaves office on Jan. 20.
Yes, Dick Cheney was successful at making it almost impossible for Western oil contractors to ever really do business in Iraq in any significant manner. So this claim that Cheney achieved his objectives other than to help Halliburton really fudge the books at massive American taxpayer expense, is simply utter bullshit.
UPDATE: Speaking of "pay-to-play" allegations, why hasn't the FBI been involved in any of those truly criminal acts committed in Bush and Cheney's pay-to-play unbid contracts in Iraq? Huh!
Jeb Bush for President
Yeah, and let Sarah Palin run as his VP in 2012 as well because that's got to be the ticket that will jumpstart the GOP come back, I'm so sure.
FOXNews - The first President Bush said he would like to see his other son, Jeb, become president one day, but if now's not the time he'd be an "outstanding" senator.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
WSJ is so DUMB and this column today is an example of exactly how Rupert Murdock thinks 100% of the time and I'm sure the members of the AEI are, no doubt, applauding this crap but regular heartland American citizens, I wonder, are they?
Mr. Blagojevich appointed Mr. Burris to represent Illinois on Tuesday, ahead of the official start of the 111th Congress next week. This was certainly an act of brash defiance given that nearly everyone had warned the Governor not to do so after he was heard on tape contemplating the sale of the seat for personal gain. But under Illinois law, Mr. Blagojevich had every legal right to do so.
Blagojevich had EVER legal right to sell the senate seat for personal gain????
Okay! Cause you know that under the Bush administration, all lobbyist were required to fire any known party members from "the left" (i.e. Democrats) and than HIRE only Republican people for all those cushy, crony positions inside lobbyist firms, if these same lobbyist wanted Republicans to even consider their corrupt money vested request. The GOP believes that if Bush does something illegal, it's totally okay because he is president and thus allowed to do any criminal act he wants as a matter of being in the Republican Party, and NOW too, if the GOP does something illegal, it's okay as well because they're the Party of "above the law" politics too. Whatever is good for lame duck Bushie, is good for the GOP as well. Gov. Blagojevich wasn't doing anything that Republican Governors haven't done at every opportunity for personal gain and benefit and there is nothing wrong with it, and Repugs call it LEGAL when they do it.
The neo-cons are a seriously corrupt bunch of assholes and they bend over backwards to show it on daily basis, be on FOX News (faux news) or the WSJ. THIS is why the GOP is completely dependent on corrupt corporate funding even if it doesn't quite keep up with those "legions of faceless small donors" which are known of as the faceless American people to Repugs everywhere. Such acts of democrat camaraderie might put the special interest corporate controlled Republicans out-of-business as well as all their so-called government service which is only for the exclusive purpose of personal gain.
Yeah, just keep writing columns like that WSJ and even the ignorant people in heartland and deep South American are going to start wondering just what it is that the GOP does for Americans citizens, I mean, other than looting taxpayer money for personal gain and for special interest campaign contributions to the non-conservative act of funding unbid contractors. Jeebus, the GOP knows no shame and seems utterly hell-bent on achieving third party status! God spend GOP, God spend on that endeavor!
Kinsley in today's WaPo.
"...it would be preposterous to claim that Caroline Kennedy could never get to be a senator except by appointment. In fact, it is precisely the fear that she would be a formidable candidate, likely to be elected again and again, that is driving Republicans to gin up a phony issue and bully New York Gov. David Patterson out of appointing her."
Republican are all about ginning up phony issues aren't they? Take for instance the word "communism" and the demonizing of the word "liberal" which is intended to rouse the ignorant American populace living mostly in those "red" states. The fact of matter is, there is no such thing as communism in a democracy.
Now, it didn't help that Caroline Kennedy went on stage looking like a star struck beauty queen, which is the very footage our corporate owned media loves to run over an over again in compliance with a corporate owned agenda. It should be Caroline's first lesson on public appearences and what the nations corporate owned media will take absolute advantage of every single time. The kind of lesson that Gov. Howard Dean learned far too late in his presidential bid. Having said that, it would be nice if we had more Senators like Russ Feingold and Edward Kennedy in US Senate because such liberal representatives tend to fight against corporate control of American which is something American desperately needs right now.
The Bush Administration was so vastly corrupt, such an organized, syndicated criminal apparatus that many Americans were truly shocked at what they were witnessing in the last eight years that caused many voters to leave the party. The Iraq war was a complete lie, a war over control of oil for Western oil companies exclusively, that NEVER had anything to do with WMD, democracy in Iraq or even terrorist in Iraq. The Republicans would like nothing better than to override the framers words of old and the neo-cons have nothing in common with the following words and most red state ignorant Republican voters don’t even understand the words anyway and have never contemplate what they actually mean to US citizens.
That to secure these rights, Governments 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.
It is one thing to talk about "spineless" Democrats but Democrats in congress were spineless in large part to due to our spineless press, TV news media and a pack of self-serving spineless, so-called journalist who wouldn't dream of backing up the truth with truth driven articles because of fear of their corporate owned bosses. So I believe it is time to break up these monolithic corporate entities in the US because they are destroying our democracy with lies, fear dissemination and gross misinformation to the American people through the buying of our govenment. The monolithic banks, the monotlithic oil companies, the monothlithic telecoms and monothlithic media should be downsized and re-regulated which of course, would put today's Republican Party out of business, but it is a corrupt apparatus that needs rebuilding anyway, having no moral or consertative etiquette to speak off within it's organization. The voter need not look any futher than Bush's unbid contractors to see what the Republican has become, a party that belongs body and soul to corruption of the worse kind, that has no interest in the rights of American citizens and every interest in destroying those rights.