The things you find…

The things you find…

While researching a dead link in this post from 2006, regarding the Clinton administration and the independent investigation into Henry Cisneros, I came across this article in the CT Post:

Chances diminishing for independent counsel

Interesting how history keeps dredging itself up, no matter how much people might want to forget.

Two weeks…

Two weeks…

I am casting my vote for Hillary Clinton as soon as the polls are open for early voting. I’m not taking any chances.

Yesterday on FB there was a meme circulating about how Jimmy Carter was up by 8% before the landslide that lost him the presidency in 1980. Back in March, the article below suggested that Trump’s message wouldn’t serve to do the same damage in this election as the fight between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan did back then.

I disagree.

In 1980 I was still too young to vote, but I lived through the damage Reagan and Bush did during their twelve years at the helm of the US. They lied about the economy and tossed out regulations we’re only now coming to realize were important and not just a drag on business. People felt justified in voting against Carter because of a variety of things, including the “Iranian crisis” that extended through much of Carter’s last year in office, only to come to grips with Iran Scam in the late end of Bush’s sole term.

I understand that as conspiracy theories go, the October Surprise is unproven and fairly damning, but as I hasten to remind people, Bush Sr. was involved in the CIA prior to his run for the Presidency that led to being selected as Reagan’s running mate that year, and I have absolutely no trouble at all believing that he was in it up to his ears. I believe the truth will out once we finally have access to Reagan’s papers, starting in 2020 (if we’re lucky and the GOP don’t find a way to bury the truth down further).

From Wikipedia:

October Surprise conspiracy theory

Allegations that the Reagan administration negotiated a delay in the release of the hostages until after the 1980 presidential election have been numerous but unproven. Gary Sick, principal White House aide for Iran and the Persian Gulf on the Carter administration’s National Security Council, claimed in his book October Surprise: America’s Hostages in Iran and the Election of Ronald Reagan[145] that CIA Director William Casey and possibly Vice President George H. W. Bush went to Paris to negotiate such a delay. Many others have made the same allegations.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_H._W._Bush#Other_positions.2C_1977.E2.80.9380

I celebrated when we finally got a Democrat in the White House in 1992, though he wasn’t the one I voted for in the primary. I am grateful that we have one again, who’s worked really damn hard to undo a lot of the damage the Bush family has done to our country in the last 36 years.

We CANNOT afford to let this election slide based on polling statistics. A portion of our country is on the brink of recognizing and celebrating our diversity at precisely the same time as people in other portions are looking for people to blame, to vilify, to terrorize into believing that Hillary Clinton is the very devil.

I am asking a different question. It’s the same question I’ve asked since the end of the Primaries.

What if the polls aren’t telling the whole story? What if people who have the opportunity to vote choose not to exercise their right? What if they try but are prevented because the GOP is too scared to let Democrats back into power again?

What if the GOP knows that a Democratic majority in the House and Senate would spell an end to witch hunts and allow for forward progress because they can no longer obstruct change, and they are doing their best to turn the country toward fascism?

What if the true separation between Trump and Clinton comes down to too few votes in too many battleground states?

Can you really trust polls to tell you the truth? Their scope is limited, by definition, to the people they reach, and there’s no guarantee that those people will answer truthfully. Things can change (like they did for Jimmy Carter) in a matter of days. Can you say with confidence that the numbers on fivethirtyeight.com are in sufficient quantity that they’re reliable? What if the predictions of a landslide victory for Hillary Clinton are wrong?

Suppose the separation between candidates is as it was during the primary? There were fewer than two million votes across the entire country that separated Democrats from Republicans and MORE people voted for Republicans during this year’s primary than in any election from 1992 through 2012. That margin is too close for my own personal comfort.
 
Early voting is underway in many states. I’m going to get the opportunity to exercise my right starting on October 27. I will cast my vote for Hillary Clinton with a clear conscience and a hope that enough others will do the same that Donald Trump will have no chance, and that all the down-ticket offices will finally be filled with enough Democrats to restore a super majority to OUR side of the aisle (something not seen since Jimmy Carter’s presidency).
 
If your vote of conscience puts Donald J. Trump in charge of the country, I guarantee I will hold you personally responsible for the damage he and his followers will do, and we will not speak again.
 
Count on it.
 
#ImWithHer

You say you want a revolution…

You say you want a revolution…

The Beatles wrote the song Revolution in 1968. It was published as the B-side to Hey Jude and then released in a different version on The White Album.

Listen to the words.

“When you talk about destruction, don’t you know that you can count me out”

I got into an argument over the weekend with a British-born resident of the US who is all in with “Revolution or Bust (his own hash tag). More than the Bernie-Or-Bust movement, or anything that has to do with Hillary Clinton’s fitness for office over Bernie Sanders’ ability to be elected and serve, it got me to wondering just what sort of “revolution” the writer had in mind.

I mean, let’s face it. Even the Glorious Revolution wasn’t actually a bloodless coup.

When I ask what the word “Bust” actually means to the people who keep using it, I get vague responses. Same with the word “Revolution.” Unclear on the concept, these people seem to think that all they have to do is withhold their support for the candidate they don’t like, and somehow by magic everything will be all right come November 9th.

I just don’t see it that way.

This country is way, WAY overdue for a civil war. Ripe, even.

Some of us still harbor ill will based on the last one, which ended 151 years ago. Imagine how long it will take us to recover this time.

Don’t believe me? Look at Germany.

From Kaiser Wilhelm II’s disastrous path to the first World War to the fall of the Berlin Wall, it took Germany close to 100 years to recover and start to heal. It’s not done yet.

When England lost its last great battle for empire, becoming the war zone that we recognize today, it never truly recovered. Spain, France, all these countries came to the aid of the US during the first Civil War.

Now?

Who will end the war if Trump’s supporters sense a government takeover that costs their favorite misogynist carnival barker his role as President and Presumptive Emperor of the USA?

What will that Revolution look like?

Let’s see.

According to GunPolicy.org, there are somewhere between 270,000,000 and 310,000,000 guns in this country, owned by private citizens. In contrast, there are somewhere around 3,850,000 military and law enforcement guns in this country.

Read that again.

That, to my eyes, is a roughly 10:1 ratio of privately owned weaponry. Realistically, there are nowhere near as many households that own the kind of weapons we’re talking about. It’s not a one-to-one ratio because there are roughly 323 million US residents within our borders, including the elderly and children.

Now you tell me, what will a revolution look like?

Next question: How many of those households are planning to vote for a Republican come November? Do you know the answer?

Neither do I, but I have a reasonable guess and right now it’s not looking good for liberals in this country.

For some folks I know, this is no big deal. They figure we’ve survived conservative presidents in the past, and we’ll bounce back.

I think that’s not true. The GOP have done their level best to ensure that Hillary Clinton’s record is entirely questionable, even if that insurance is at least partially baseless. Is she perfect? No. Neither is Bernie Sanders, though he got my vote in the Primary. I believe he believes what he’s saying, and I want to believe he’ll accomplish what he wants to accomplish, but then Barack Obama thought the same thing when he declared his candidacy.

President Obama got my vote because of the toxic crap the GOP piled on the Clintons. The only thing that they could make stick at all was an unfortunate lapse in personal judgment that was never worthy of the impeachment process.

And now, with Independents, Greens and Libertarians all hollering for Hillary’s head on a pike, we’re one step closer to that civil war.

Revolution? Bloody likely.

Best to get your passport in order, or make sure your guns are clean and loaded. You might need one or the other, come January, if not sooner.

 

 

PoliticsUSA: Obama’s First Term Approval Ratings Now Equal Clinton and Reagan

PoliticsUSA: Obama’s First Term Approval Ratings Now Equal Clinton and Reagan

PoliticsUSA: Obama’s First Term Approval Ratings Now Equal Clinton and Reagan

“The Republican argument that Obama is an unpopular colossal failure simply doesn’t match up with reality. The Obama that Mitt Romney is running against is a failed left wing socialist that voters are rejecting on a daily basis.

The Gallup data illustrates the reality that Obama is much closer to Bill Clinton in terms of being a personally popular centrist Democrat.

Much like Reagan and Clinton, Obama has personal likability and an appeal to the political middle.

Barack Obama looks more like a potential two term success story than a one term failure.”

Fair Warning (reposted from Facebook)

Fair Warning (reposted from Facebook)

I posted this Note in response to some seriously inane conversation as a result of one of the many items I put up on my FB wall. It’s stunning how much better I can think when I have a night’s sleep.

Y’all should probably be relieved that I’ve moved the majority of my political posts there. But this applies to both that space and this one and it bears repeating, so here it is:

Last night I had a better night’s sleep than I have in a while, thanks to proper meds (albuterol and now inhaled steroids to nuke the starting bronchitis) from a thoughtful doctor who knows when to listen to the patient. It kills me that there are people I know who don’t have access to this sort of medicine or advice. (The nurse made me come in because *she* didn’t like the way I sounded.)

After a decent night’s sleep, I realized I buried this comment at the bottom of a post, and another that is cogent as well. So I’m reposting it here, as a warning and for encouragement of clear discourse. If you want to take issue with me regarding the things I post you’d better read this because I mean it.

Let’s be clear here. The Republican Platform is not the isolated input of a few noisy jerks in an otherwise intelligent and reasonable organization. This is the full percolation of all the hateful rhetoric in the last twenty years, distilled down for your voting pleasure. Read that again: 20 years of this crap, since Bill Clinton took the White House after beating George H.W. Bush out of a second term.

If you opt to label yourself as a Republican, tea party or otherwise, this is what you are signing on to as representation of YOUR views. If you don’t like that, take it up with YOUR party. I am reporting what these people who claim to be citizens of MY country say should be MY views, rights and responsibilities.

I’m proud to be a liberal Democrat. I have been since I was at least eight years old. I recall the Vietnam war, the riots of the ’60s that helped inspire the founding of my high school, the assassinations of MLK, Jr., RFK, Malcolm X and Pope John Paul I.

I am literate, educated and I vote. I have taken classes in human sexuality, human pregnancy and fetal development, and I have carried two children of my own. I have had two c-sections (one of which likely saved my life and my baby’s), and I have had a tubal ligation to prevent further pregnancies. I support the right to choose and I am not dependent on or beholden to anyone else’s religious views. I have already started to educate my daughters on how to stay away from drugs, cigarettes and pregnancy. And when the time is right, I will vaccinate my daughters so that they can be safe from preventable cancer in the same way that they are (theoretically) immune to tetanus, measles and hepatitis.

I have friends of the same sex who are married in some states but not in others. Some of them are parents, and awesome ones at that. Some of them are celebrating anniversaries of over 20 years.

I know and am (or have been) friends with close to 20 transgendered individuals, some of whom have undergone surgery and who are happier for the ability to identify themselves as they are and not as others see them.

I am also a survivor of inappropriate touching, non-consensual sex, and separation after marriage.

Do not presume to know what my motivations are in posting the things I do. Read the articles, pictures, and my comments. Explore the truth for yourself.

I’ll only say this once: Rant on my wall at your own risk. This is MY space. If you refuse to be educated, opt for accusations rather than open discussion and reduce your arguments to name-calling, I will remove you from my friends list without another warning, no matter how long I may have known you as a friend.

We have a long way to go between now and November 6, and I don’t propose to stop posting this educational material until the poisonous rhetoric of the extreme Right goes away or posting becomes illegal thanks to some hidden paragraph in an internet security bill or hidden agenda of the site hosting my account.

If you think I mean you, you may be right.

It’s about damn time! I thought they’d never get there!

It’s about damn time! I thought they’d never get there!

From: (ImpeachBush@VoteToImpeach.org)
Sent: Mon 6/09/08 10:32 PM

“Breaking News:
Articles of Impeachment Being Introduced in Congress Right Now

Right now, Monday night, Rep. Dennis Kucinich is on the floor of the House of Representatives introducing articles of impeachment against George W. Bush. He is presenting a 35 count indictment which is being broadcast on C-Span. We will provide a more detailed update, but wanted to be sure to let everyone know right away.

The intense work of the ImpeachBush.org/VoteToImpeach membership is forcing impeachment on the table. During ImpeachBush.org’s National Call In Day for Impeachment held just one week ago, the offices of Rep. John Conyers were flooded with calls demanding impeachment. We have received reports that there were more calls than could even be answered.

Your work and perseverance is making the difference!”

Time to take them DOWN!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efforts_to_impeach_George_W._Bush

Impeachment is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. It’s the first step in the process. I don’t see how you can get double-indemnity from that. They’re two separate processes, sponsored by two different branches of government.

The complete set of articles of impeachment presented this evening is already posted in the Wikipedia article. I’d look at it quick, because the revisionists will almost certainly follow.

See, now here’s the thing. The longer we wait, the more crap’s coming out. And now, with Scott M. coming clean in his book, I really believe the peace movement will manage to win out and this amazing loon of a President is finally going to get what he should have gotten a little over five years ago when he started us down this path by trying to finish a war his father knew better than to start. (Which, by the way, is maybe the only good thing GHWB ever did in office.)

Have you noticed lately how much we’re paying for gas? Have you maybe forgotten that our illustrious president is an oil man?

It’s very nice that we’re providing a grand trust fund for his darling twins, but quite frankly I’d rather not be worried about how I’m going to keep my house in an economy that requires me to pay $45 to fill my tank weekly, because that’s what it costs me to get to the job that doesn’t actually cover the mortgage, the food and the gas I have to pay for it, the child care I have to cover to work there, and the utilities that help me write this little missive.

Oh, and one more thing, while we’re talking about the upcoming election: What, exactly, will your fav alternative (McCain?) do to help get us the hell out of the Vietnam of the new Millenium? Another four years of complete failure to accept responsibility?

I’m thinking signs point to “no, thanks.” We wouldn’t need the extra taxes if our lovely administration hadn’t spent us into the situation in the first place. Nice to point fingers at the new guy. That’s very convenient.

After all, Bush didn’t take on an intern. He just asked the country to bend over and smile.

Hell, yeah, I’m backing Obama. I backed him before Hillary had to concede. Not gonna stop now…

Current Mood: Jubilant
Current Location: 7th Heaven
Current Music: We’re not gonna take it!

Comments:

JH:
For god sakes stop – you don’t know what you’re doing!
Impeachment kicks him out of an office he’ll only hold for 7 more months. Big deal.

It may take years but eventually the required documents will be declassified. And when they are, based on what is currently visible, there is probably a pretty damn good case for a capital charge of war crimes if not direct treason. If he’s impeached he’ll skate on “double indemnity”.

Patience.

Me:
Re: For god sakes stop – you don’t know what you’re doing!
Not according to this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movement_to_impeach_George_W._Bush

Impeachment is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. It’s the first step in the process. I don’t see how you can get double-indemnity from that. They’re two separate processes, sponsored by two different branches of government.

The complete set of articles of impeachment presented this evening is already posted in the Wikipedia article. I’d look at it quick, because the revisionists will almost certainly follow.

How do you figure?

DD:
The words you’re want here are double jeopardy – double indemnity is a Fred McMurray movie.

JH:
I plead reading an insurance spam fax earlier.

NR:
guys, this is really scary…one loon starting something he couldn’t generate for a few years, no more than one or two others will support him in congress, every single person in this country except a crazy fringe doesn’t take it seriously, and you still making news out of it…don’t you have something better to do, like asking your guy Obama why he only wants to tax evil rich and not execute them?…:)

Me:
See, now here’s the thing. The longer we wait, the more crap’s coming out. And now, with Scott M. coming clean in his book, I really believe the peace movement will manage to win out and this amazing loon of a President is finally going to get what he should have gotten a little over five years ago when he started us down this path by trying to finish a war his father knew better than to start. (Which, by the way, is maybe the only good thing GHWB ever did in office.)

Have you noticed lately how much we’re paying for gas? Have you maybe forgotten that our illustrious president is an oil man?

It’s very nice that we’re providing a grand trust fund for his darling twins, but quite frankly I’d rather not be worried about how I’m going to keep my house in an economy that requires me to pay $45 to fill my tank weekly, because that’s what it costs me to get to the job that doesn’t actually cover the mortgage, the food and the gas I have to pay for it, the child care I have to cover to work there, and the utilities that help me write this little missive.

Oh, and one more thing, while we’re talking about the upcoming election: What, exactly, will your fav alternative (McCain?) do to help get us the hell out of the Vietnam of the new Millenium? Another four years of complete failure to accept responsibility?

I’m thinking signs point to “no, thanks.” We wouldn’t need the extra taxes if our lovely administration hadn’t spent us into the situation in the first place. Nice to point fingers at the new guy. That’s very convenient.

After all, Bush didn’t take on an intern. He just asked the country to bend over and smile.

Hell, yeah, I’m backing Obama. I backed him before Hillary had to concede. Not gonna stop now…

Peace, bro.

NR:
A quick question…how will a new hero, Barrack Obama, lower the price we are paying at the pump? I am not smart enough to understand, can you enlighten me, please. I am from the old, stupid school that prices are driven by supply and demand. You know better. Explain if you can. And another question. How our president did managed that Western Europe is paying twice as us for gas? Wow, his powers are really unlimited.
And on another subject. If your boy takes us out of Iraq as he promises, what do we leave behind? I know it is a touch question, think before answering…

Me:
Gee! I must have struck a chord. Let’s see if I can answer your questions…

1. I don’t believe I said Senator Obama will magically lower the price of gas. I believe I said “Have you noticed lately how much we’re paying for gas? Have you maybe forgotten that our illustrious president is an oil man?”

There is no implication in this statement that a quick fix is in the offing or even possible. I’ve expected the gas prices to go up since Bush declared war on Iraq in 2003. I sold my Sienna two years ago and bought a Matrix instead. I can’t transport as much as I could before, but at least I can get 350 miles per tank for that $45.

I don’t believe anyone will generate a quick fix for gas prices. Unfortunately, this mess is something created by our former Republican-run government, and there’s only so much we’ll be able to do in our present condition. Sadly, Emperor Bush is fiddling while the USA burns.

2. European gas prices have been high for a while. That’s why so many Europeans choose to take public transportation instead. The Chinese have known about bicycles for ages. All our money that should go towards improving our infrastructure goes instead towards weapons and warplanes and preserving the troops who can’t come home.

3. I believe you were making mention of a tough question. (Spell check your stuff, please – you look a lot less intelligent when you can’t spell.) You’re right. We’re going to leave a mess behind when we pull out of Iraq. But in return I ask: How much longer should we have stayed in Vietnam? Korea? Did we win those wars?

This isn’t 1945. When we “won” that war, we lost 6 million more Allied military troops and 32 million more Allied civilians than the bad guys did. Don’t get me wrong, please. I lost a quarter of my family there (see Allied). There will be no ticker tape parade for the victors this time. Nobody wins this sort of war.

In the meantime, Osama Bin Laden is still at large, his network is growing and we’re doing nothing to make friends with the people most likely to join his cause. So, what will we leave behind in Iraq?

Let’s see:

Permanent military bases that will have to be destroyed when we go, because otherwise we will give the bad guys great places to set up shop, rather than operating out of an underground network of homes.

A failed police force without enough proper training that can’t protect its own members, let alone civilians.

A society that values its women as makers of babies, keepers of houses and property, but not as intelligent human beings with equivalent rights to men and therefore worthy of education and employment (except as suicide bombers).

Broken bridges, destroyed infrastructure and IEDs.

If you can remember far enough back to recall supply & demand, you must surely remember that we created this mess when we took on the responsibility of peacekeeper in the Iran-Iraq war.

Face it – We Americans have an awful lot to learn about playing well with our neighbors. Last I checked, this was the only Earth we’ve got and it’s gotten awful small in the last half century or so.

The US isn’t a whole lot larger than the Roman or British empires were before their downfalls. When the infrastructure of the government falls into decay, it tends to disintegrate. Would you consider the United Kingdom to be a particular threat to anyone? Rome?

Right.

Our National Guard is now our military. Check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Guard_of_the_United_States

I’ll be happy to answer more of your questions, but do me a favor first and read some of the material linked to the page above. When you’ve finished reading that and you’ve finished reading the articles of impeachment, please feel free to revisit this topic.

My family is now part of a growing statistic: military families ruined by war. The drawdown of troops began with the last Bush administration.

I have every reason not to trust another Republican with the safety and security of my home and family.

NR:
you are so biased, it blinds you…let’s take smaller steps…you are saying the energy mess was created by republican-run goverment…can you enlighten me and tell me what a democratic-led goverment under Clinton and a new democratic congress of the past 2 years did to help?
sorry about spelling, can’t check it here and you do realize by now i am not an american-born. trust me, has nothing to do with being intelliegent.

Me:
You’re absolutely right. I am biased. No question about it.

I am curious. Where are you located and why are you so anti-Obama? I read part of your public posts and at least on the face of them, you appear to be ultra-conservative. I’ve made no effort whatsoever to claim anything other than what I am – an extremely liberal, pro-choice supporter of the Democratic ticket and rights for our citizens.

Just in case you are at all hazy about what I just said, I voted for Obama in the primary, but I would have voted for Edwards first had he stayed on the ticket. Hillary never had my vote.

I don’t think Bill Clinton was perfect. I used to have a bumper sticker on my Sienna that I did not replace, which said: “No one died when Clinton lied.” While that statement was factually true in regard to his personal behavior, it was not true in regard to the continued treatment during his administration of Iraqi civilians. I will say, though, that I wasn’t worried about how I was going to pay all my bills. What I can recall, quite clearly, is the difference in my take-home pay, my ability to feed and care for my family, and the knowledge that my house was safe from foreclosure and it’s not anymore. If we have a serious medical crisis, I can’t guarantee that I won’t be in a cardboard box with my family. That’s a very scary place to be, considering where I was 8 years ago.

The Democratic congress has exercised its strength several times in the past year, overriding several Bush vetos, but the fact is that there are still not enough of them in either house to act as a unified group in opposition to the other half. After November, this will not be the case – I believe there will be a second sweep of Republicans out of both houses, at which point the majority Democrat congress will have a better chance at enacting its platform.

I can also recall, because I was old enough to pay attention, the race riots of the late 60s, the deaths of both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, the terrible toll the Vietnam war took on this country, both financially and emotionally, and the fuel rationing that was necessary the last time we messed around with the middle east in all the wrong ways.

If the current Bush had pulled any of the stunts he did with a predominantly Democratic or independent house and senate, I feel quite confident that we would not have waited as long as this to place him, his cronies Rove and Cheney on the block.

There is no Ollie North this time to take the fall for Bush, as there was when his father was in office. Scott McClellan will most likely go to prison just like John Dean did when President Nixon was impeached if he winds up as a witness for the prosecution. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dean)

I have to say that I am embarrassed to be counted as an American(tm) in light of our activities over the last 7 years. It saddens me to know that our rights and constitution have been taken away with little regard to the impact. I’m an idealist. I prefer to think that there ought to be a way to work things out. But the pendulum is swinging way too fast at this point. Where we’ll end up after this administration leaves office (however that happens) is anyone’s guess.

I’m not likely to move elsewhere, though I did consider Germany or England for a bit, because I don’t think anyone’s got it right. I can only hope that they’ll get it straightened out before the next generation’s generation has to deal with the consequences.

Hope that clarifies my position a bit more.

CD:
I really don’t think of Kucinich as a loon or a crazy fringe guy. I’m more of a centrist Democrat myself, but I have respect for him. He stands up for what he believes in.

Unfortunately because the media have painted him as the “weird guy who claims he saw a UFO” the Republicans are probably feeling no fear right now.

NR:
Can you explain why media are so unfair to him? Is it possible that his views are not a mainstream views in this country? Yes, I respect him also for being direct. But if you are a centrist, I can’t believe you can’t see that he is way, way to the left of center.

CD:
I can’t find your comment anymore, did you delete it because you realized that I already answered it?

As for me being centrist, this quiz result was pretty accurate. I was 83% aligned with Kucinich but there were still five candidates ahead of him.

CD:
On the one hand, I’m glad that Kucinich doesn’t care that Bush doesn’t have much time left and is just doing it on principle.

On the other hand, I wish someone had done this two years ago.

SK:
Frankly, it’s a very good move. McClellan is ready to testify, Conyers has finally stopped looking for excuses not to do something…people seem to be catching a case of conscience. Besides, it ain’t gonna hurt Kucinich with his re-election chances, and I wanna see Nancy Pelosi birth kittens.

Now’s a good time because of the upcoming election. Pres. McCain will proactively pardon Bush & Co. – forget double jeopardy, you won’t even get single. And there’s a fair to middling chance that Pres. Obama will do the same thing. “No partisan witch hunts”, clean break with the divisive politics of the past, etc. It’s the essence of Obama: when in doubt, equivocate, regardless of how moral the issue is. Remember, kids, Democrats will be Democrats.

JTN:
Heh, a little late for that. By the time impeachment proceedings began, Bush may well be out of office. I suspect that Kucinich and Co. realize this but are simply following through to make a political statement.

Hmmm… looking at the articles of impeachment I find a lot of mushy charges and exaggerated claims… particularly article 1: “…resulting in the death and maiming of over one hundred thousand Iraqis.” This number derives from a STATISTICAL STUDY which claimed over 655,000 “excess deaths” by 2006 since we invaded Iraq. That claim was also debunked some time ago and fails to show a direct link between US troop actions and those supposed deaths.

Otherwise good luck, I’ll be interested in seeing all of the tangible evidence and proof of intent on the part of George Bush for each charge. And a big cathartic impeachment hearing might put all of these claims to a rest once and for all (we can only hope)…

unless Bush ISN’T impeached or tried for war crimes or otherwise convicted, because some people seem to have endless amounts of time and energy to spend wasting their lives away on unconstructive pursuits.

Thank ghod for small favors!

Thank ghod for small favors!

I just turned my laptop on (didn’t bring it with us because the battery thing made it kinda dumb to do so), and found the autosaved draft of the Friday post. Posted it as a backdated entry. Poof, and there it is again.

Imagine my relief. I’ll NEVER edit another entry using a previous entry as a starting point. Copy and exit, no saving. That’s for me.

There’s a lot of stuff from today, but I want to run out the door to the O’Malley/Brown rally, since I got a personal invite to see former Pres. Bill Clinton in person tonight. Starts at 9. It’s 8:03.

L8r!

On the political front…

On the political front…

Got this message and submitted the petition. I strongly recommend you do the same.

Subject: The President Broke the Law

President Bush admitted to personally authorizing thousands of allegedly illegal wiretaps, and he doesn’t plan to stop. Circumventing the Constitution is serious business.

This is a big moment. People from across the political spectrum are standing together to protect the rule of law and the principles that are core to our identity as Americans.

Can you sign this petition to show Congress that Americans want a thorough investigation of the president’s secret wiretapping program?

Thanks!

I said it months ago here (July 8th, 2005 – way before the wiretapping issue broke). Funny how I can predict the future. Somewhere in the 27 comments I received was the implication that if we were good citizens, we wouldn’t have to worry.

Uh…

It isn’t getting better, especially with two Supreme Court justices on the switch. Roberts is already in, and in his very first ruling was one of three dissenting voices in an issue for which I side with the majority. With the possibility that Alito will also be seated, I think folks ought to be concerned. Cronyism, corruption and rank disregard for the Constitution – hallmarks of the current administration and many of the people in charge who helped put them in power.

Don’t know what I mean? See this Op-Ed in the Post (not related to the current administration, but the previous one), and their hope that they could smoke out some sort of dirt on the former secretary of housing and urban development:

A Fake Cisneros Scandal

The reaction from the Right, predictably, is full of conspiracy theories and anger because there was no there there, but that’s really been the hallmark of Clinton persecution since the 1990s.

All it amounts to is a justification and rationalization for continuing an investigation which should have ended years ago. No conclusive evidence has ever been found, but there *must* have been something. Riiiight.

Related Post articles are here, for historic record:

3/31/2005: Cost of Cisneros Probe Nears $21 Million Over 10 Years

4/21/2005: Cisneros Probe Faces Cut-Off

5/23/2005: Congress Won’t Stop 10-Year Cisneros Probe

10/24/2005: Release of Cisneros Report Ordered

10/29/2005: Special Counsel’s Value Is Upheld

At least Kenneth Starr knew when to quit.

In the meantime, here’s Karl Rove’s take on the 2006 elections: Rove Offers Republicans A Battle Plan For Elections

and more discussion on Alito’s nomination to the court: More Democrats Say They Will Oppose Alito

Still think your civil liberties can’t be trampled? Still believe the President has our constitution in mind? Still think the Patriot Act is for your protection?

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.

The Impeachment Witch Hunt of Bill Clinton…

The Impeachment Witch Hunt of Bill Clinton…

Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m a Democrat. I’ve been a Democrat since McGovern lost to Nixon in 1972. I wasn’t old enough to vote in that election, but it was the first time I was truly aware of what an election meant.

In 1976 I was still in Junior High, but I still worked for Jimmy Carter. I was allowed to vote for the first time in 1981. I missed the 1980 Presidential election by one year and a tiny bit of change, but I backed John Anderson. In 1984, my first Presidential election, I voted for Mondale and Ferraro, in the hope that a woman might finally make an office that high. And I was saddened along with the rest of the Democrats when Ronald Reagan swept the election for a second term.

In 1988 I voted for Dukakis. I was angry that George Bush could win. How could people believe that he would be capable of running the country? Didn’t anyone remember Iran? But we survived, and in 1992 I voted in my candidate, William Jefferson Clinton.

Finally, I thought, a President for whom I voted. Hurray! When he won again in 1996, I was still happy with my choice, despite the Republicans’ best efforts to persuade me to be otherwise. I thought perhaps the tide was turning again.

Ever since that first election, in 1992, the Republicans have fought back. They’ve been looking for something to use to lever Bill Clinton out of the White House. The ill-timed movement, Throw the Rascals Out, cleared the way to load both the House and Senate with Republicans, who set about the task not of running the country and making progress, but of finding just the right dirt to clear the President out of the Oval Office.

The Contract with America (not a contract authorized by me, I assure you), was the pinnacle of Partisan politics, and I was sick of it before the summer of the year in which it was proposed and acted upon. I was angry, and unenthusiastic about voting for anything, since it appeared that my vote was somehow no longer valid.

This, too, has passed. We have survived. Our country is in the strongest position it has been in more years than I’ve been on the planet. Our budget is balanced, and we’ve got a surplus we can apply to debts that we’ve accumulated over time. But now, with the vote coming tomorrow, I’m not sure what’s going to happen.

In this impeachment matter, I’ve seen huge judicial atrocities. I’ve been asked to view and listen to two private individuals’ Grand Jury testimony. How is this possible? And now, after seven years of looking for a means to remove the President I elected, the Republicans have finally got their way.

It appears that tomorrow, Thursday, December 17th, 1998, the House is going to vote for an impeachment trial.

I just don’t understand this. From my point of view, the President has been framed. Entrapped, like a common criminal. And over what? When Ken Starr resorted to handing Linda Tripp a tape recorder, and Monica Lewinsky confessed for the record (without knowing what she was doing), the stage was set for this travesty of justice. If Bill Clinton can be impeached on the basis of this illegally collected material, any one of us can be next in line. Best to start with Ken Starr and the rest of the Special Prosecutor’s office. Our hard-earned money was wasted on a huge investigation of Whitewater and this is the best he can do? Please!

I’ve already called my Representative. No surprises there. Steny Hoyer will vote with the Democrats. My Senators, both Democrats, will hopefully vote party lines. Otherwise, I’ll vote for someone else next time their tickets are up.

As for the rest? I can’t control elected representatives who don’t get the benefit of my vote, but I can try to get the word out to those who can. Hence this letter.

We are facing a possible melt-down of technology in just over a year. We have defiance in Iraq (again). The American dollar is going out of the American household as fast as it comes in. The United Nations hasn’t been paid in ages. Social Security is so far in arrears that I can plan on receiving none of the income that I am presently contributing. In short, we are setting up for a disaster of global proportions in the not-to-distant future – no meteors required. I want my President to be able to handle this business, but as long as the Congress is set on this path, he’s not going to be able to do it.

If that doesn’t chill your soul, you’re not alive.

Please, I’m begging you, tell your Representative that you will vote for someone else if your opinion isn’t taken into consideration tomorrow. Tell your Senator that the country has more important things to worry about right now than Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

Censure Bill Clinton and get on with it!

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