There are quite a number of authors I follow on Facebook and Twitter, and they are all saying the things I would say if I could bring myself to write about the shit show that was the last two months. Continue reading “Sedition and Impeachment…”
The New York Times has been sending out so-called impeachment briefings every morning and evening. Tonight was no exception. At the end of the message they asked if there was anything we want to see.
I responded. Continue reading “Well, there it is…”
Sent: Mon 6/09/08 10:32 PM
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!”
Ok, so before I get started on the last couple of days, this I gotta share (thanks to RN, who finally forced me to get my own YouTube account).
Obviously not safe for work; not at all safe for kids either.
Freedom [better quality]
If you’re wondering why I’m not crowing more about the takeover of the House and Senate, the supremacy of the Democratic Party, or the end of the Evil Empire, understand that I’m just exhausted.
There’s a fine rant about the disgusting timeliness of The Crucible somewhere around here, and I might get there sometime soon, but not in the next couple of days. Besides, I think I need to think some more about what I want to say.
You may be surprised to discover that I’m really hoping people don’t screw this up. In the back of my head I’m hearing “be careful what you ask for” and it’s getting louder all the time.
So, here I am, sitting at breakfast, trying to explain to my kid why we vote.
It’s a good thing there isn’t school today. I’m moving slower than molasses. Continue reading “Polling Day Politics…”
Any President who maintains he is above the law–and acts repeatedly on that belief by violating the law–commits high crimes and misdemeanors that endanger our constitutional system of government. Former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, veteran of the Watergate proceedings, calls for a full and fair inquiry into President Bush’s actions, including his violation of US laws and international treaty obligations in the warrantless wiretapping and torture scandals; his reckless and dishonest waging of the war in Iraq; and his failure to fulfill his oath to faithfully execute the laws of the nation. This is a process that should never be lightly undertaken, she argues, but President Bush’s misdeeds constitute grounds for his impeachment and removal from office.
IMPEACHMENT MOVEMENT RESPONDS TO BUSH’S SPEECH
George Bush went to New Orleans tonight. In the devastated city, he brought generators to provide electricity solely for his elaborate photo-opportunity.
Those guilty of criminal negligence rarely have an opportunity to go on national TV for nearly a half an hour to camouflage and conceal their criminal conduct. This is precisely what George Bush did tonight on prime time national television. Two weeks after the fact, Bush and the spin doctors at Fox News and other corporate media are now attempting to do damage control – that is, political damage control, not human damage control.
Bush’s handling of the Katrina catastrophe, and the actions of the administration prior to the hurricane, constitute a clear pattern of criminal negligence and gross misconduct.
Here are just a few of the facts that highlight the criminal negligence and Presidential misconduct:
- The Bush administration is spending $200 million each day or $1.4 billion each week for its criminal war of aggression in Iraq.
- Despite the fact that scientific experts had widely publicized predictions of the coming catastrophe in New Orleans, the Bush administration was hell bent on diverting resources to the Iraq war, while it slashed funds for flood control operations in New Orleans.
- Bush’s war on Iraq left the Corps of Engineers only 20% of the needed funding to protect New Orleans from flooding from Lake Pontchartrain. Before the Iraq war, FEMA officials warned of a looming disaster in New Orleans. The Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project (SELA) is authorized by Congress to protect the people of New Orleans and the port facilities as well as oil refineries. After the start of the shock and awe invasion of Iraq however, SELA’s monies were diverted. The Times-Picayune, the daily newspaper of New Orleans, published numerous articles during the last two years citing the danger caused by the loss of hurricane protection funds to the war in Iraq.
Bush has taken the money needed to protect and serve the needs of society and spent it on his war of aggression against the people of Iraq, on multi-billion dollar contracts for his corporate friends, and on tax cuts for the super-rich. Although he turned away as hundreds of people – including babies and the elderly – drowned and starved, now he is compelled to at least pretend to take action. This is not out of concern for the well-being of the suffering people, but concern for his popularity – the people of the United States have turned against his criminal administration.
The impeachment movement has responded powerfully to the criminal neglect and subsequent charade of the administration. Thousands of organizers around the country are preparing to make the trip to Washington DC on September 24. Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark will be speaking at the White House on the Ellipse calling for Impeachment.
You can help mobilize a massive contingent for the September 24 National March on Washington DC. This is a demonstration initiated by the peace movement and is shaping up to be the largest demonstration since the beginning of the Iraq war. We will make the demand “Impeach Bush” highly visible throughout the day. The ImpeachBush movement will be assembling at the south side of the White House (an area called the Ellipse at 11:00 am). You can pick up ImpeachBush banners, placards, signs, literature, hats, and petitions. We need volunteers to help us dispatch people and materials starting in the early morning of September 24. If you can help out, please send an email letting us know your availability to be an ImpeachBush.org volunteer.
We have one week left – we need your help today to make impeachment resound at the White House and throughout the streets of Washington on September 24. In the last few weeks, 30,000 new people have voted to impeach in our grass-roots referendum. Every day people are taking petitions and literature and spreading the word.
Others are making generous donations to help this work continue. We are asking you to make a contribution today. If you have never made a donation please consider doing so now. If you have donated before, please help again. You can make a donation by clicking below, where you can also get information to write a check. [Dead link]
-All of us at VoteToImpeach/ImpeachBush.org
I’m firming my plans up now. Get in touch with me offline if you’re hanging with me.
I have to leave the Mall by 5pm for the play that night, but I anticipate getting down there around 10-11am.
Perhaps this summary might make more impact?
When the White House considers that damage control is as important for its image as it is for the destruction of an entire American city, there is something wrong with the leaders of the country.
There is no slack to cut here. The President has a responsibility to his people to be sure that all of them are cared for. The concern for Trent Lott’s lost house pretty much sums it all up.
And it doesn’t change my mind one iota that we are doing the right thing, asking for his impeachment. His assumption that we have, as a whole country, mandated his behaviour is wrong headed and dangerous, and he is the biggest threat to our national security. I’m not talking here about our ability to protect ourselves from terrorists, but our ability to care for our own.
I don’t know about you, but I am seeing huge gaps between what we have been promised and what we have seen delivered. This gap is in the cost of living, in the rising poverty levels, and the general failure of our leaders to provide equal opportunities for everyone.
Let’s face it: As someone pointed out recently, if the flood had been New York, we’d have seen the helicopters within 24 hours.
It may be decades before New Orleans can be inhabited again. FEMA’s failure is every bit as much GW Bush’s responsibility as it is the head of the agency’s.
May he receive the same treatment we saw fit to give those prisoners of war.
The excuse: There isn’t anyone else available to do the job.
The reason: The draw down started by Bush Senior has gutted our regular military to the point where our national guard has to step in and do the job.
The reality: These men and women are part-time soldiers with full-time families and these families are suffering hardships way beyond what should be happening.
And now? They’re talking about drawing down again.
Because they can’t find enough folks who want to risk their lives in our name, and keeping the bases open is costing them too much money.
The result: DH ships off twice, for four months in a seven-month period, leaving his bosses hanging, leaving us with a reduced income (yes, that’s right, he’s not making his current salary while on duty), and he gets a whopping extra $250 per month in combat pay. He’ll have 240 hours of military leave between now and the end of the period. He’ll be gone for 640 hours total. Big effing deal.
I love my DH but I cannot and will not support this activity, and I will make my voice heard this time.
I didn’t go and march with the Million Moms. Last time I was out on the Mall in protest was during one of the Roe v. Wade support rallies (has to be 10 years ago, now). It’s time. I’ll be there and so will my kids.
Where will you be September 24th? Wanna join me?