Morning gifts…

Morning gifts…

Thanks, Liam!!!

Top White House aide Rove resigns

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.

Oh, that’s a nice way to wake up…

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 my kid 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???

It’s too soon for dancing in the streets…

It’s too soon for dancing in the streets…

…but at least I know my ballot isn’t one of the ones waiting to be counted.

I sat on the fence for several days, my absentee ballot in my hot little hands, but I ultimately decided to go with the electronics. So that’s one less paper ballot to be counted overall.

Still, I can’t get excited yet. With both the governor’s race and the senate’s within 100k of each other, we’re probably not going to know for sure until Thursday at the earliest. So, while I’d just love to crow about taking back the House AND the Senate, I need to wait just a little bit longer.

I’ll definitely feel a WHOLE lot better in January, regardless of the final outcome, but I can’t help worrying that if Ehrlich pulls this one out, we Democrats will somehow be punished for putting up such a close race.

Don’t forget, either: A lot of damage can still be done in the month and a half between now and the end of the current political year. We’re not out of the woods yet.

Looking forward to hearing the Rove spin on this…

Ok, NOW I have a reason to dance in the streets!

No, it isn’t because…

Rumsfeld to Step Down as Defense Secretary
Bush Taps Former CIA Director Robert Gates as Successor

President Bush today announced he is replacing Donald H. Rumsfeld as secretary of defense, saying a “fresh perspective” is needed at the Pentagon to deal with the war in Iraq. Read more…

Wa-HOO!!!

I was looking to confirm Maria’s crow about Robert Ehrlich (see Google News here: http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=ehrlich&btnG=Search+News), but this goes way beyond just being happy about the Governor’s race. For the record, I think she’s right, and Steele will look foolish if he doesn’t concede to Ben Cardin before the end of the day.

Considering the sleazy last-minute political move of shipping in homeless people to hand out inaccurate information designed to confuse voters who weren’t clear on the concept (Yes, Steele is a Republican, and no, it doesn’t matter one bit that he likes puppies), I think we just proved that some people at least get the concept.

Proud to say, I’m a resident of a fully Blue state once again!

YAY!!!!!!!

I should NOT be awake right now…

I should NOT be awake right now…

Oh, and because I simply can’t resist – I hope this is true: Rove Informs White House He Will Be Indicted [Turns out not to be true, unfortunately. Truthout.org is a propaganda site. See this: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/13/washington/13cnd-leak.html] (Thanks to Liam for posting the link.) Maybe there’s a little hope out there in the midst of this Pandora’s Box we’ve got open right now…

A couple more things I forgot last night, in the haze…

First up, while we were stuck in traffic last night, heading down to see Midsummer, I tuned in to Marketplace in the middle of this story:

A mom’s road back to work is often bumpy

At least I’m not alone.

Before kids, when I interviewed, generally speaking, I had the option to turn offers down. So far this time, I’ve been on two interviews, and I’ve been told twice I’m not right for the job. I suspect it’s because of my kids.

So what do I do? Lie? Tell them I have kids but I also don’t care?

I don’t want to freelance anymore. It’s a pain and the pay is insufficient to cover everything. But if I can’t get a job with the kind of pay I need to cover child care, then what’s the point in trying?

With all the fuss made about “family values” I’d like to see some fuss made to help *support* those of us who care about those family values. Lucky for me, my husband has a decent job. I can’t imagine what would happen if that wasn’t the case.

You know, for all the fuss we’ve made over the last 20 years about the improvements to life and work, how am I so much different from a woman in the 50s? I suppose the opportunities are out there, but if the companies aren’t hiring me, then they aren’t opportunities, are they?

On a related note: I ranted at a friend’s a few weeks ago about education and No Child Left Behind. It’s a sore point for me. Very sore. Having gone through a year of life with today’s kindergartener, I can say with certainty that 15 years down the road, we’ll see all the damage the current administration has done with this so-called insurance policy for kids. We’ll have fewer teachers, more kids to teach, and more kids falling through the cracks or dumbing down because the needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many.

If you’re going to force kids to know the stuff they should *before* starting kindergarten, and you’re not providing proper advance notice to parents, there’s no way the kids will be able to catch up. I’m lucky (again). I can afford to send my kids to preschool (even if it’s a coop program and I have to be in class once a month). But how is it for the kids whose parents can’t afford preschool, but who can’t qualify for Head Start either?

Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

Don’t give me another damn tax cut. Better yet, don’t give yourself another tax cut. Go give the money to the programs (like Education) that need it! Regulate the industries where spending has gone out of control! Or find a way to mandate something for education for which you can actually afford to pay.

And you can start by making it possible for us women with children to find a place in the work force so we can afford to help pay for all this stuff!!!

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.

Misc stuff, while I’m waiting for laundry…

Misc stuff, while I’m waiting for laundry…

I was watching the news while doing my daily mile on the treadmill when the Miers announcement was made on the news. I cheered. Out loud. There are a few things that would make me happier. Like the conclusion to this:

CNN.com:
Sources: Prosecutor focusing on Rove

Fitzgerald looking into possible perjury in CIA leaks probe

On Day 1400…

On Day 1400…

I’ve changed my home page.

I thought some recognition was in order.

Now, if the current administration would just employ the same effort into finding Osama Bin Laden and putting him out of business, I wouldn’t mind so much.

And has anyone noticed anything about the Karl Rove revelation? The outing of Deep Throat is garnering more press activity right now that this.

What hypocrites these mortals be.

“I don’t know of anybody in my administration who leaked classified information,” Bush said in Chicago, where he was on a fund-raising trip. “If somebody did leak classified information, I’d like to know
it, and we’ll take the appropriate action.”

Bush said he is “absolutely confident that the Justice Department will do a good job.”

And that action would be…?


I spoke too soon…

I spoke too soon…

Transcript: McClellan Takes Reporters’ Questions

and

White House denials on Rove fall silent
Democrats call for Bush to fire adviser linked to CIA leak

Associated Press Updated: 8:17 a.m. ET July 12, 2005

And here, because I embedded the info in a comment:

PERMITS OBTAINED FOR SEPTEMBER 24!
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF IMPEACHMENT SUPPORTERS TO SURROUND WHITE HOUSE

Dear EW,

Legal permits have now been obtained on both sides of the White House for the mass demonstration on September 24. This will allow tens of thousands of supporters of the impeachment of George W. Bush to join with the antiwar movement and create a sea of protestors [sic] to surround the White House.

September 24 will be a day to bring your family, your parents, grandparents and children, and as many neighbors and friends as possible together with thousands of others in the the ImpeachBush movement’s most powerful display yet. It will be an opportunity to exercise your First Amendment right to demand that Bush, Cheney and other high officials be held accountable for their criminal conduct.

As we reported last week, recent polls show a dramatic spike in support for impeachment. According to most recent Zogby Poll, 42% of voters – 25% of whom consider themselves Republicans – would support impeachment if Bush lied about Iraq. The tide is clearly turning, but we need to work with ever-greater vigor.

ImpeachBush.org/VoteToImpeach is launching a massive advertising and publicity campaign to promote the September 24 Impeachment contingent at the White House demonstration. We will take out newspaper ads, radio spots, targeted media outreach, and print hundreds of thousands of leaflets, stickers, posters, lawn signs and other outreach materials.

The impeachment campaign will use the information from the Downing Street memos and other known sources that prove the Bush administration engaged in a pattern of lies and deceit to mislead Congress and the people.

We are asking everyone to make a donation to help in the advertising and publicity campaign. This is a huge grassroots effort. We depend on the people who believe in impeachment to fund this historic campaign.

To make a contribution, access the online donation form and the secure server, where you can also get information to write a check: [Dead link]

More than 500,000 people have voted to impeach at the web site VoteToImpeach.org [Dead link]. This has been a remarkable exercise in grassroots democracy. Let’s double that number in the months ahead. We can do it. Each day brings a larger section of the population to the same conclusion: the Bush administration lied. Each day more and more people become outraged at the spiraling death toll in Iraq. Each day, angry and outraged people demand that the elected officials of this country uphold the constitution and use the mechanism of impeachment to hold high officials accountable for their High Crimes and Misdemeanors. We can’t wait for the politicians – the people must act now to create a firestorm of support for impeachment. If you know someone or a few people who would also vote to impeach, encourage them to visit VoteToImpeach.org to cast their ballot.

— All of us at ImpeachBush/VoteToImpeach.org

Time to take a walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, methinks…

This is going to sound crass, so please forgive me in advance…

This is going to sound crass, so please forgive me in advance…

…and please understand that I think *any* life wasted is a crime….

But why is it that we’re suddenly so very shocked at the bombs that have gone off today? After all, there were decades when bombs went off in London, which got barely a notice on our own local news. But then, that was the IRA, and it was England’s problem. Nothing to do with us.

Now that we’re in the “War on Terrorism” the press is having a field day.

This isn’t meant to belittle the people who lost loved ones, or the people who simply lost their lives, or those who were maimed. My outrage against our current system has nothing to do with them.

Why don’t we just give up now and rebuild the coliseums here. We can go get our own lions and toss the bad people to them. Or maybe we should make them transparent shark tanks. Think Emperor Bush would enjoy that?
For pity’s sake – the more the press responds to these actions, and the more comments they generate by analyzing the activities to death, the more the evil individuals who perpetrated the events get what they want – an inordinate amount of attention for their cause.

That goes for everyone – fair and balanced or not.

I feel a major rant coming soon. Too busy to do it justice, so I’ll just hold on a little longer.

The members and networks of the press (all of them) have catered to rumor-mongering and spin doctoring from all fronts for decades if not centuries. I object. To all of it.

And for your information, Bush’s administration was not voted for by me, and last time I checked I was entitled by the First Amendment to my personal opinion of his behavior, actions, and abilities. I have stopped short of accusing him publicly of the things which I firmly believe he has done to this country in the name of the “War on Terror.”

This is the only country in recent memory to have avoided large-scale conflict from other sources, largely because our borders are protected by two huge oceans and two friendly countries. That isn’t to say we haven’t suffered internally (see Oklahoma City or Gettysburg).

Before you start up the mimeograph machine and issuing manifestos on how evil the United States is, why don’t you sit down and take a hard look at your own exaggerated and misdirected hatred and thank God that Al Qaeda didn’t draw a big skull and crossbones over your public transportation system.

It isn’t the United States that’s evil. The United States is made up of billions of individuals who are just trying to survive in an increasingly hostile local environment. And before you suggest that Al-Qaeda hasn’t targeted us, think back a few years. And recall that recent data has proved Iraq had nothing to do with that attack.

It’s my personal opinion that we’re headed for another attack of our own, on a similar scale, and that they’re just waiting to time it right.

You’re free to prove otherwise.

Ok, so are you now saying here that Saint George W. is in the right of all this? Even in the face of all the things we’ve heard that he’s done to make his own personal war with Saddam come to fruition?

And you accuse me of losing my grip on reality?

Buddy, if that’s your idea of reality, I much prefer mine.

In the interest of being sure of my quotes, I just did a little research on the web. Found this fascinating site: http://www.religioustolerance.org/

That a set of stories may be blamed for so much of what has been done by humans over the centuries, based on the literal interpretations of the contents of that book (which was written based on hearsay), simply boggles my mind. It often amazes me that we have lasted this long upon the earth.

I don’t often agree with the literal Christian translations of the Ten Commandments, but at their heart, they are a common-sense method for guiding human behaviour.

I just wish to GOD that some of the Christians who beat that same book would sit down and read it from COVER TO COVER once in a while, and not simply point to it as the excuse for all the atrocities in the world.

Same goes for the Talmud, the Qur’an, and any other written text that gives people the rights to slaughter other people. Period.

Comments:

I put on my Tinfoil Hat this morning…..

Quoth the poster:
And today the actions of a few people kept Global Warming, possible aid to Africa and Bush’s utter support for Texas war profiteering (FOURTEEN BILLION DOLLARS OF OUR TAX MONEY SO FAR!) out of people’s consciousnesses and out of the news. Really good timing for W. What a lucky little man he is. And the big Dick too. Just amazing that the Valerie Plame revelations were timed to coincide with the news-ignoring July 4th weekend. What lucky funny little men they are.

The “Orbital Mind Control Lasers” alarm went off…
Not only was the whole Plame/Rove/Novaks thing shoveled out with the Friday news dump, London goes *foom* to ENSURE that those stories will not be spoken of again in the near future.

How conVEEEENNiant!

I guess the old saw is right, this administration will not fall unless Bush is caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy,

It’s been said that Republicans and the Right Wing Apologists love this country like a 3 year old: “But Mommy is good. Mommy could NEVER do wrong!” (not during the Vietnam war, not during our torture of civilians, treason, or war profiteering). The other half of us love this country like grown ups – we realize that it supported slavery, bigotry, intolerance and epic criminal hubris, but are working to make it constantly better through the service and vigilance that are every good citizen’s responsibility.

You are SO very quick to condemn your “friends” while never for a moment offering any real alternatives no matter how directly you are asked for them. You sound ever more fundamentalist yourself, and in that you seem to be just another blowhard who has no principles himself that might be examined (by himself or anyone else).

You seem to feel that the use of the magic words “liberal rant” instantly exempts you from having to think about what the writer is saying. And if you simply endeavor to crack wise and chastise them for having some perspective and a beating heart that loves this country, then they’ll give you the attention you apparently crave. Hell, it works for Rush (the aptly named addict), and for W. Simply don’t address problems, and blame others for your own piss-poor choices. And then claim victory. Again and again.

Or perhaps for you there ARE no alternatives. Maybe the namby-pamby days of peace and prosperity under a hated Bill Clinton were something to be borne, not loved. To quote Black Adder: “Baldrick, for you the Renaissance was something that happened only to other people, is that it?”

Until you decide to put your money where your mouth is and offer us a whole lot of reasons to respect your “Emperor”, then the reasons we list must be taken far more seriously than your faux Miss Manners apoligism. The bottom line seems to be that you simply can’t handle the truth and have such disdain for your “friends” that you must treat them condescendingly.

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As I wrote to regyt earlier:
So long as Britain and the US remain dead-set on killing, maiming and torturing a lot of people (including their own), then other “terrorists” will keep on keeping on. Every time the news heightens the level of unreasoning fear, then the fascist bastards on each side get to revel in their unchecked power. In short, the bad guys win every time.

And today the actions of a few people kept Global Warming, possible aid to Africa and Bush’s utter support for Texas war profiteering (FOURTEEN BILLION DOLLARS OF OUR TAX MONEY SO FAR!) out of people’s consciousnesses and out of the news. Really good timing for W. What a lucky little man he is. And the big Dick too. Just amazing that the Valerie Plame revelations were timed to coincide with the news-ignoring July 4th weekend. What lucky funny little men they are.

A good thing they weren’t having some sex though… cause THAT will get you impeached.

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