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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.


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 a start…

It’s a start…

Thanks, Steve, for the tip!

From CNN.com:

Democrats to Bush: Don’t pardon Libby

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.”


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 on March 17 for the next peace rally. Anyone else interested in coming with me?

999 days left…

999 days left…

…to the next presidential election (give or take a day…).

Just thought I’d mention it.

Oh, lookie. I got a gift…

Poking around my blog feed I ran across a post on the subject of “Scooter” Libby. All I can say is I hope this is a positive sign.

But don’t just take National Journal’s word for it. See what MSNBC has to say on the subject, too.

National Journal: CongressDailyPM – JUDICIARY – Libby: Cheney ‘Authorized’ Leak Of Classified Information [annoyingly behind a paywall] and MSNBC: Libby defense will allege Cheney role

Not enough to do cartwheels over, but it’s enough to give me a warm, fuzzy glow.

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:

Sources: Prosecutor focusing on Rove

Fitzgerald looking into possible perjury in CIA leaks probe

Noting the passing of a milestone…

Noting the passing of a milestone…

I was on my way out last night, heading for the first of two events (the latter being at my house) and I hit the airwaves just as this commentary from Benjamin Barber started on Marketplace. [The Wayback Machine’s link is here, but the actual recording is gone. Sorry about that. -CT]

The Last Full Measure

I find his take on the subject enlightening in a different way than you might expect. Seeing the big picture is what I seem to be about these days.

I was at the gym earlier in the day when I noted the 1999 on the daily CNN scroll tally, and had actively wondered when 2000 would be reached. It honestly didn’t take long. Not even 12 hours. I had intended to write something meaningful and profound concerning the milestone. How we are so focused on the storms and their aftermath, or on gas prices, or on the new threat to our very existence (Asian Bird Flu). Focused on everything except the daily toll being paid in lives lost. And how are we paying for it? In immeasurable ways.

I recognize that there are people out there who firmly and honestly believe we are doing the right thing in Iraq. We made the mess, and we should clean it up. Yeah. I’ve heard that rhetoric before. And I am certainly old enough to recall the divisive nature of the Vietnam War and its effect on the population. Just look at the pop culture from the time, and you’ll understand. And then go have a look in any store right now and you will discover another disturbing parallel. We’re dressing the same way we did then. We’ve got a leader who’s in just as much trouble as our leader was then. His Vice President is about to be hung out to dry (if we’re lucky) because it appears the leak came from the tippy top of the current administration. Corruption was then and is now just as rampant.

See CNN for more information on the subject: CIA leak probe has Washington waiting

My friend Mark has drawn some other conclusions that are telling. I especially like his comments here: The Onion, Channeling Nostradamus? and here: The Shoe Droppeth

And I believe my friend Jeff has the right of it, too. It isn’t that 2000 is a milestone. And it isn’t the number itself that is bothering me so much (although, believe me, it does bother me), but that the media is so focused on the US casualties (and boy, do I despise that word). I would be ever so much happier if they’d report with equal accuracy and frequency the total number of people who have died over this abortion of political planning. I don’t care where they’re from. I care that they’re people, and they are being killed because of the whole ideological mess we have caused over there.

Stupidest thing is, there is no elegant way to simply pull out. If we’re tossed out (like we’ve just been in Uzbekistan), then we’ll have no choice but to leave. It’s Saigon all over again, folks. Just 35 years later.

No wonder this time around the hippies are hip and it’s the vampires that have taken over the subculture. This whole situation sucks.

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


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:


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. Continue reading “This is going to sound crass, so please forgive me in advance…”

Oh, goody!

Oh, goody!

Gacked from MB:

Reports Reveal Karl Rove Named in Matt Cooper Documents
By Greg Mitchell. Published: July 02, 2005 1:00 PM ET”

Almost makes up for the O’Connor resignation. I haven’t felt this hopeful since I last watched Dave.

Now, if I can just finalize the cast list for my show, I’ll be all set…

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