Rebuilding the past (2007 Edition)…

The content for this post comes from a different journal, and takes the form of an archive. I’m cutting the display for the sake of your feed, but there’s a BUNCH of stuff here, below the cut.

I’ll be revising this post, representing all of my thoughts on 2007, and adding to it and to others, to put all the politics in one easy-to find and source place.

In theory, all links have been vetted, but the Internet is ephemeral. If you notice a broken link, let me know. Thanks!

And on with the show…


01/11/2007: Ok, I’ve had enough again…

Call your congressional representatives and tell them not to back this asinine plan of our fearless leader.

It’s more than time to start the impeachment process. We’ve passed 3,000 American lives lost, who knows how many Iraqis, and NOW he’s going after Iran! When’s it going to stop?

I’m not forwarding a plea from MoveOn.org, ImpeachBush.org, ActForChange or any of the other organizations screaming for my attention right now. I’m asking as a citizen of this country.

He’s sending kids over there. They’re the ones who are coming home in body bags. They’re 19. And we’re going to send 20,000 more of them to this place.

The Washington Post has stories every single day of the soldiers being asked to go to Iraq, the effect their exits have on the families they leave behind, and what happens when they return home, in pieces mentally or physically.

According to the ticker on my home web site, we’re well past $357 BILLION invested in this travesty. Election Day 2008 isn’t for another 665 days.

It’s time to stop him. Now.

Please?


01/13/2007: I ain’t sayin’ I’d vote for her, but…

This just says it all…

http://www.stampandshout.com/shop/bumper-stickers/more-village-less-pillage.php

And I think I need to add this one to my Matrix gallery, though I’m just not sure about it…

http://www.stampandshout.com/shop/bumper-stickers/miss-nixon.php

My blue thoughts for the day. Your mileage may vary…


03/06/2007: It’s a start…

Thanks, Steve, for the tip!

From CNN.com:

Libby found guilty

Former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has been found guilty on four of five counts in his perjury and obstruction of justice trial. CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said, “He is virtually certain to go to prison if this conviction is upheld.”

DEVELOPING STORY

The sacrificial goat is finished. Now, if they’ll just take out the rest of the bastidges, I’ll be really happy!

Thinking seriously of heading to the Mall March 17 for the next peace rally. Anyone else interested in coming with me?


03/16/2007: Oh, that’s a nice way to wake up…

I don’t have time to post everything I’m thinking right now. A proper post is coming after I deliver E to school this morning.

But…

I can’t resist sending up a silent (or maybe not so) prayer to whatever force operates in and around our nation’s capitol, and hope we finally got the bastidges:

Rove, Gonzales discussed firings, e-mails show

Story Highlights:
• In e-mails, Gonzales and Karl Rove talk of U.S. attorney shakeup
• Discussion took place while Gonzales was still White House counsel
• White House has said idea came from Harriet Miers, who followed Gonzales
• Rove, Bush’s political adviser, says Democrats “want to play politics” with issue

Oh, please? Pretty please???


05/29/2007: RIP Charles Nelson Reilly, and other partings…

Another piece of my childhood just left the planet for good.

Charles Nelson Reilly dead at 76

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Charles Nelson Reilly, the Tony Award winner who later became known for his ribald appearances on the “Tonight Show” and various game shows, has died. He was 76.

Reilly died Sunday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia, his partner, Patrick Hughes, told the New York Times.

FULL STORY

And then, there’s this:

Anti-war mom Cindy Sheehan gives up her protest

Cindy Sheehan, the mother who became an anti-war leader after her soldier son was killed in Iraq, says she is walking away from the peace movement. Sheehan says her son died “for nothing.” And she says her activism has cost her health, her husband and her savings.

FULL STORY

Sigh…


08/13/2007: Morning gifts…

Thanks, Liam!!!

Top White House aide Rove resigns (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6943814.stm)

Ok, so someone please tell me: Does “executive privilege” extend to former employees as well? Please say “No.” Please?

By the way, in case you haven’t heard, September 15 is the next march on Washington.

September 15
Mass March in Washington DC!

Come to Washington DC on September 15 for a large antiwar protest timed to coincide with the report by General Petraeus on the “Surge” in Iraq.

(If you want to do this, you’re welcome to crash here.)

It’s theoretically possible that a group from my congregation will go. I still have the signs I made last time, waiting downstairs.

Just thought I’d share. Happy Monday!

Comment from Joan:

Sorry, but despite what you think executive privilege is not about protecting Rove or any other employee or former employee. By it’s very nature, executive privilege is about protecting the EXECUTIVE and since Bush is still in office he can still use it to block anyone talking about something he said or ordered or had anything to do with at all.

Further bummer – I imagine he’s just freeing his time up to hand pick and polish our NEXT executive. He’s evil, pure and simple from the 8th dimension.


09/15/2007: Well, it’s a good thing I decided to check in today!

11am – ish…Arrive either by foot or bus down at McPherson Square and camp out until I see the other folks from my UU congregation. I may also see NW and his crowd, and if they want to join us and swell our ranks, they’re certainly welcome! We’re a “Welcoming Congregation” after all… 😎

http://www.pephost.org/site/PageServer?pagename=S15_homepage – SEPTEMBER 15 Mass March in Washington DC!


12/20/2007: Rah…

Gimme an M!
Gimme an E!
Gimme an H!

What’s it spell?

My opinion of the current presidential race.

I know I need to go and read the stuff people are saying and writing about the front runners. Sooner or later I need to make a decision. (Primary is in just a few weeks. Better get cracking, huh?)

So, riddle me this, Batman:

Do any of these geeks promise to follow up on impeachment? Do they even discuss the topic? How about Guantamo? The environment is a big deal, and I know most folks on my side of the fence have already declared where they stand. How about this one: If elected, who would Hilary take as VP? Obama? Edwards?

Can a President turn around and serve as VP?

I’d like to thank Andy for providing the Fact-Check RSS link. I know I need to make a decision soon, but my head is so wrapped up in local crap (see my living room for a clue), I just have no desire to dive into the load of crap reading material and talking points. I was cynical before. I’m not apathetic now. Just numb. I can’t concentrate enough of my energy to unpack a box, let alone choose a president.

If you have strong opinions, one way or the other, and you want to share why you think I should vote one way or another, feel free to drop a comment here. At least it will be entertaining…

Maybe…

Comments:

  • DF: Ron Paul!! 🙂
  • CD: Kucinich is serious about impeaching Cheney.

    Not that I’m voting for him. I already decided about a year ago that I would vote for Obama in the primaries.

  • AM: Kucinich is the only one talking impeachment openly and unabashedly from what I can see. He really can’t get the nomination, so it depends on whether you believe in voting what you believe which is also splitting the vote, or whether strategy has some place in your decision. Of the front runners, I find that Edwards is the only one taking any risks that could be conceived of as *leadership*. Heck, the repubs are calling him both “ungenuine” and “a socialist.” But, he does seem to be the one to scare them. Yes, he’s kind of a golden boy, but he worked his way up from nothing with smarts and hard work, and he has always talked relentlessly about *for the people* and benefiting those who have not been so lucky as to advance as he has. On a balance of issues, leadership, and electability, I go John Edwards.
  • LM: No way Hilary takes either of her competitors. None.
    Wesley Clark seems likeliest to me.

    Edwards is an actual Democrat who won’t scare the stupid people or give them too much negative ammo right off the bat. Please remember that these candidates are fighting the media first and any competitors a distant second.

    Obama is smart, and Hilary is smart. But the media and its attendant narratives will work ceaselessly to destroy either while flattering and mollycoddling whichever lame asshole the Reichwing picks.


12/27/2007: Not a good way to start the day…

RIP Benazir Bhutto.

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2007/news/benazir.bhutto/index.html

Score one for the extremists.

Comments:

  • MP: Yeah, when I heard that on the news this morning I thought – “well, crap. Now I suppose there will be more violence and deaths of innocents in retaliation…” – which is exactly what they are predicting. I had this vague thought that how cool would it be if all her supporters just peacefully protested for days and marched, and they were allowed to, then I got my idealistic head out of the clouds and just sighed. At any rate the extremists have definitely made a martyr of her now, so we’ll see what happens.
  • BJ: Have to agree with you on this one. I woke up to the news and thought…’damn, the world really wants to stay messed up doesn’t it?” It would have been nice if her followers did protest peacefully, but…..

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