And a time to every purpose under heaven
It has been 935 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Rove. Treason. Betrayal.
A Democrat - without prefix, without suffix, without apology.
It has been 935 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Mr. Natural offers up a gem from Georgie…
BUSH: "I'm beginning to think it through a little bit. I'd like to leave behind a legacy - or a think tank, a place for people to talk about freedom and liberty and the DeTocqueville model of what DeTocqueville saw in America."…and punctures his balloon of conceit with some words from the Frenchman himself…
"I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America."Legacy, George? Here’s your legacy, so far…
"The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money."
"All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it."
…and you, and, well, maybe you, too.
…from Eric Alterman.
While the attempt at a filibuster was doomed from the start, the majority of Democratic Senators for once listened to their vocal constituents and instead of taking a centrist position, took a stand.There it is. We weren't supposed to win. Hell, we weren't even supposed to matter. But we mattered. We moved Senators into our column. We put every Senate Democrat with Presidential prospects or aspirations (and there's a big difference between those lists) on record. We clogged phone lines, filled mailboxes, probably broke a few fax machines. We turned a pipe dream into a show down.
It has been 934 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Country singer Toby Keith, via 43rd State Blues.
…a lot of people want to paint me with that (conservative) brush. But I'm a lifetime Democrat, and that really pisses them off. They want me to be this big right-wing nut. I'm just a patriotic guy that was angry after 9/11 and knew our troops were going to have to go into Afghanistan because that country wasn't going to do the right thing and turn (Osama bin Laden) over to us.Me, too.
Me, I'd be perfectly happy if none of the scoundrels currently destroying our country's way of life and government were never prosecuted if we could just keep them out of power. Well, not happy exactly, but I'd settle for it.He's right, too, about the way they govern like they'll never lose.
Think about it for a moment. John Kerry called for a filibuster from Switzerland two hours after it became public that there were not enough votes for a filibuster. That is atrocious. Tinman points out on Breaking Blue the essential point:And actually, Matt, you do, or at least can, get points for trying. What you don't get points for is quitting.If he was serious about it he would have stayed in Washington, held press conferences, lobbied his colleagues and tried to generate as much attention as possible. Since it was just a PR stunt, it wasn't necessary for Kerry to change his travel plans.
It has been 933 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…save the Constitution.
Washington 202-224-3441 (phone) 202-228-0514 (fax)
Everett 425-303-0114 (phone) 425-303-8351 (fax)
Spokane 509-353-2507 (phone) 509-353-2547 (fax)
Vancouver 360-696-7838 (phone) 360-696-7844 (fax)
Tacoma 253-572-2281 (phone) 253-572-5859 (fax)
Seattle 206-220-6400 (phone) 206-220-6404 (fax)
Richland 509-946-8106 (phone) 509-946-6937 (fax)
Washington 202-224-2621 (phone) 202-224-0238 (fax)
Everett 425-259-6515 (phone) 425-259-7152 (fax)
Seattle 206-553-5545 (phone) 206-553-0891 (fax)
Spokane 509-572-3636 (phone) 509-572-9892 (fax)
Vancouver 360-696-7797 (phone) 360-696-7798 (fax)
Yakima 509-453-7462 (phone) 509-453-7731 (fax)
…to Dwight Pelz, the new Chair of the Washington State Democrats. I'd planned to blog a bit more about the whole chair selection process, but it pretty quickly drifted into an unnecessary and unhelpful acrimony. No need to repeat any of it, because happily the candidates were better than the campaign. It came down to a face-off between Pelz and former State Rep. Laura Ruderman, both capable and dedicated Democrats.
…it will be Dwight Pelz's responsibility to ensure that the state party is successful in the 2006 elections cycle - not only on the state and local levels, but also in federal races, which have added importance this year.I wish it was that easy, that the success of the Party was the burden of a single player. It's not.
...but it sounds like we better keep those calls and emails going...
Dear Mr. Dale,
Thank you for writing to express your views on the nomination of Samuel Alito to be Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. I appreciate your input on this critical issue.
As you may know, the President nominates individuals to serve on the United States Supreme Court and it is the constitutional responsibility of the Senate to advise and consent on the suitability of those individuals to serve in the position for which they have been nominated. While I am disappointed that President Bush did not choose one of America 's many well-qualified female jurists to replace Justice O'Connor, I look forward to the debate before us.
I take my Constitutional responsibility as a Senator to advise and consent on executive nominations extremely seriously. While I recognize the privilege of the President to select his nominees, I believe it is critical that we conduct a comprehensive evaluation of each nominee's qualifications, since Supreme Court judges are expected to impartially interpret our nation's laws during their lifetime terms. Please be assured that I am committed to making carefully considered and independent judgments on every nominee based on a thorough review of his or her records. Of course, it is vital that any lifetime appointee to the highest court in the nation possess the breadth of experience, character, and wisdom necessary to review the most significant, complex, and far-reaching legal questions of our time
Thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. Finally, you may be interested in signing up for my weekly update for Washington state residents. Every Monday, I provide a brief outline about my work in the Senate and issues of importance to Washington state. If you are interested in subscribing to this update, please visit my website at http://cantwell.senate.gov. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I may be of any assistance in the future.
United States Senator
It has been 932 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Apart from a couple of personalized introductory lines, I've sent the same message to both Senator Murray and Cantwell...
I don't have to explain to you the dangers that this nomination poses to reproductive choice, to civil liberties and, with the nominee's extreme views on the theory of a 'unitary executive,' to our Constitutional system of checks and balances. Still, I understand that the decision to filubuster is a serious one. I think the threats posed by the specter of a Justice Alito are serious enough to merit using every possible resource, including the filibuster, to prevent that occurence.Contact Senators Murray and Cantwell now.
I know that there are concerns about the political implications of a failed filibuster. Those are real, but they pale compared to the potential gain for our country in the event of success. No decision is without both political and policy risk. This is an instance in which the risks must be taken.
I assure you that regardless of the outcome, if you take those risks, I will use every resource available to me in defense of your decision, and I am confident that I am just one of many for whom that is true.
Please filibuster Samuel Alito.
Democratic Precinct Committee Officer
…for upper lefties from Jane Hamsher (my emphasis)...
Just got off a conference call with Ted Kennedy and others, and we got a better idea where the Dems are on all of this.The right response at this point isn't handwringing about why Maria might wobble, or why Patty might follow her down the path. It's time to let them know that there's a community of people who will have their backs if they join the filibuster. It is, after all, not a position without political risks. The Republican noise machine and their media sycophants will attack, and Patty and Maria need to know that they won't have to bear the attacks alone.
Maria Cantwell is reportedly quite wobbly, and might be succeptible to pressure. If Cantwell falls, Murray will potentially fall too.
3. Keep calling the Senators who are undecided or opposed to a filibuster. You can call their DC office all weekend and leave polite but firm voicemails urging the Senators to support Kerry's filibuster. When offices open on Monday 9 a.m. ET, make another round of calls. Let's shut down the Capitol switchboard on Monday!Maybe not so good.
4. Call the DNC (202-863-8000) and the DSCC (202-224-2447) and tell them your 2006 contributions will depend on the success of the Alito filibuster. Tell them they need to get every Democratic Senator on board.I get that if the filibuster fails, it will be because there aren't enough Democratic Senators willing to take a stand for Constitutional government in the United States. That's shameful, true, but it's really a subset of a larger problem - there aren't enough Democratic Senators period.
…till the end of the list
Jefferson Airplane - Fat Angel
Dave Alvin - 11 Months And 29 Days
George Thorogood & The Destroyers - Move It On Over
Robert Earl Keen - Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?
Booker T. & The MGs - Soul Dressing
Ben Folds Five - Army
Kris Kristofferson - Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)
Paul Brady - Blue World
Carrie Newcomer - Straight To The Point
The Kinks - Till The End Of The Day
It has been 931 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
...I had a cute story or clever caption for this, but it's just the lovely and talented Miss Audrey Hepcat just sitting there.
I was sold on the filibuster before Digby and Kevin weighed in, and I share their dismay that so many on the so-called 'left' have chosen to question, or even criticize, Senators Kerry and Kennedy for taking leadership on the Alito filibuster.
It has been 930 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…or spend 30 seconds with the Chairman.
"One: American jobs that will stay in America, using energy independence to generate those jobs. Two: a strong national defense based on telling the truth to our citizens, our soldiers and our allies. Three: Honesty and integrity to be restored to government. Four: A health care system that works for everybody just like they have in 36 other countries. Five: a strong public education system so we can have optimism and opportunity back in America."Hat tip to The Carpetbagger Report.
...from the (wow!) NBC Nightly News. Brian Williams, via the Rude One.
Katrina, though, is different. It displaced two million Americans. It destroyed 350,000 homes. Not all the bodies have been found yet. It exposed cracks in our society. It has us talking about race and class and money and relief. It affected what we pay for gas and what we will pay in taxes. It literally rearranged the map of the Gulf Coast. There are many heroes, but no one villain. Tonight, one of the great American cities is partially in ruins, and many of our fellow citizens are hurting and have nothing left. In some places, nothing's been done yet.Well, maybe not the whole truth.
…will lead the Scalito filibuster, but with six Democrats apparently going off the rez, it would fall to a principled Republican or two to make it happen. Oh well, nice try.
It has been 929 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Damn, I hate what they've done to my Army.
WASHINGTON - Stretched by frequent troop rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has become a "thin green line" that could snap unless relief comes soon, according to a study for the Pentagon.
Dems voting "No"
"When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal."So, how'd that work out for him? Could history repeat?
…some things about Jack Abramoff and the White House…
The disgraced lobbyist raised at least $100,000 for President Bush's reelection campaign. He had long-standing ties to Karl Rove, a key presidential adviser. He had extensive dealings with executive branch officials and departments — one of whom, former procurement chief David H. Safavian, has been charged by federal prosecutors with lying to investigators about his involvement with Mr. Abramoff....and birds of a feather...
We also know that Mr. Abramoff is an admitted crook…
It has been 928 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
The Dukestir is gone and there's a special election coming up. 50%+ and Francine Busby can win the seat in April, otherwise there will be a runoff in June. Democrats have had excellent luck winning (Chandler, Herseth) or coming close to winning (Hackett) special elections in realtively wingnutty areas, and there's some polling data which adds reason for optimism.If you're wondering what kind of Democrat Busby is, her campaign site is here, or you can jump straight to the money link.
…but we're getting better at being united without being uniform. Maybe better than ever, according to this from Jonathan Singer...
A new vote analyisis by Congressional Quarterly paints Congressional Democrats' actions in 2005 in a different light, however. Using metrics such as party unity and rate of opposition to measures favored by President Bush, the CQ analysis found that Democrats were more unified in their opposition to Republicans than nearly any other point in the last fifty years -- and these numbers don't even include the Democrats' successful effort to save Social Security from the President's partial privatization plan.Next time you see a rant that begins "Why don't the Democrats…?" remember that more often than you may think, it seems the Democrats do. Just a few more members on our side and we're not only fighting, but we're winning.
It has been 927 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
The bottom line is Judge Alito cannot be trusted on the Supreme Court. We can’t trust him to stand up to government abuse of power. We can’t trust him to ensure all citizens enjoy equal protection under the law. We can’t trust him to protect our right to privacy. We can’t trust him to defend mainstream American values.I don't have a lot of faith in petitions on this kind of thing, but he's right on this one, and if you'd like to chime in the link is here.
…returns to his previous ARG low.
Among all Americans, 36% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 58% disapprove. When it comes to Bush's handling of the economy, 34% approve and 60% disapprove.
"Part of the reason is because they wanted to increase the power of the executive branch regardless of the law. They know they were breaking the law and didn't care."There are criminals in the White House, and you can't escape your share of the blame.
It has been 926 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
...the war drags on, the Preznit's a liar, the Republican Congress is a nest of vipers, yada, yada, yada...but great holy cosmic muffin in the sky,
It has been 925 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…from James Carville and Paul Begala is one of the few campaign reform plans I've seen that I could actually get enthusiastic about. No more dialing for dollars by federal incumbents? Sounds like the real deal. They aren't just bragging when they write...
At its core, this plan does something no one will argue with: It forever divorces the corrosive—and sometimes corrupting—effect of campaign cash from members of Congress and presidents. When American citizens look at their Congress and White House, they will say what Alexander Hamilton said to a visitor to the newly-constructed U.S. Capitol: “Here, Sir, the people govern.”Check it out.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced "he will vote against Judge Sam Alito for the U.S. Supreme Court. And he said so many other senators intensely oppose Alito that they may have enough votes to sustain a filibuster against the conservative jurist..."So far only on D (Nelson of Nebraska) has given the Alito nomination the nod. Maybe, just maybe…
...so let's have some music. First ten today...
Cannibal & The Headhunters - Land Of 1000 Dances
Jimmy Buffett - Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants
Frankie Ford - Sea Cruise
Elvis Costello - Watch Your Step
Elvis Presley - Stuck On You
Jefferson Airplane - Crown Of Creation
Gov't Mule - She Said, She Said
Derek & The Dominos - Layla
Ani Difranco - Buildings & Bridges
Jackson Browne - These Days
...for a boneheaded screwup (mine) with the folks that host my pictures. Upper Left will be back in full graphic glory ASAP.
It has been 924 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Here's a subject suited for true hard ball, on Hardball: four years of failure - enough is enough - why hasn't Osama Bin Laden been captured or killed, and how will he be destroyed before he next appears on tape to spread his disgusting message?…and there's a thing or two to be learned from a scan of the comments, too, not the least of which is the amount of favorable attention JK receives in a forum I'd expect to be somewhat inhospitable.
The lovely and talented Miss Audrey Hepcat patiently awaits her audition for the designer cat role in our household drama...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (AP) ...To help reach those goals, a new law will allow the Army to give larger financial bonuses for enlistments and re-enlistments, doubling the maximum payment to $40,000 for new active-duty recruits and to $20,000 for reservists. It will also raise the top age for recruits to 42 from 35. And the top re-enlistment bonus for active-duty soldiers will increase to $90,000 from $60,000.An Army of middle-aged mercenaries. Don't you feel safer?
Here it is. You know what to do.
...Islamic Resistance Movement.
Hamas is paying a spin doctor $180,000 (£100,000) to persuade Europeans and Americans that it is not a group of religious fanatics who relish suicide bombings and hate Jews.Uh huh...
It has been 923 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…according to that Kerry fella.
"If the administration had done the job right in Tora Bora we might not be having discussions on Hardball about a new Bin Laden tape. How dare Scott McClellan tell America that this Administration puts terrorists out of business when had they put Osama Bin Laden out of business in Afghanistan when our troops wanted to, we wouldn't have to hear this barbarian's voice on tape. That's what we should be talking about in America."
…but I can't really disagree with Steny Hoyer's take...
Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, said the Republicans, not lax regulations, were to blame for the ethics scandals. "It is not the rules that are the issue, it's the character of the players that is the issue here," Hoyer said in an interview. "That is what I want to focus on, the culture of corruption."Bribery, after all, was against the rules when they took the bribes.
David Sirota and others are all atwitter about the inadequacies of the Democrat's Honest Leadership And Open Government Act. Frankly, I think an excessive focus on the need for bigger, better, brighter rules misses the real point regarding the GOP culture of corruption. The problem hasn't been a lack of rules. What's right and what's wrong under the current rules isn't hard to figure out for an adult human being with a functional moral compass. The problem hasn't been a lack of rules, it's been a lack of regard for the rules, whether they be explicitly stated or simply the kind of kindergarten ethics - don't steal, don't lie, don't hit your classmates - that should be understood whether or not they're codified.
The Tony Rudy Reform: Close the Revolving Door.Is it a perfect plan, from a good government purist's perspective? Probably not. It's an improvement over the current rules, though, and, for now, good enough.
The Ralph Reed Reform: Toughen Public Disclosure of Lobbyist Activity.
The Jack Abramoff Reform: Ban Lobbyist Gifts and Travel.
The Grover Norquist Reform: Shut Down Pay-to-Play Schemes Like the “K Street Project.”
The Scully & Tauzin Reform: Disclosure of Outside Job Negotiations.
The Frist & Hastert Reform: Prohibit “Dead of Night” Special Interest Provisions.
The Halliburton Reform: Zero Tolerance for Contract Cheaters.
The Brownie Reform: Prohibit Cronyism in Key Appointments.
"I was raised with American values, that good companies take care of workers. Wal-Mart is changing the rules. We're at a crucial point where society needs to decide whether we're going to follow them on this race to the bottom, or not."Heck, credit him with the runner up, too.
Craig Cole, President of the independent grocery chain, Brown and Cole.
"Wal-Mart is like a form of social pollution. If we let an oil company dump waste into Puget Sound, it could make cheaper gas. But we don't let them, because it degrades the environment.The quotes are from a Danny Westneat column in the Seattle Times about a legislative proposal to force Wal-Mart to do business in a socially responsible fashion if they're going to do business in the Upper Left. They don't like that? Let them leave. We'll be well served by local businessmen like Cole, who, as Westneat reports, "...buys health insurance for 95 percent of his 1,500 workers, including any who work 20 hours per week. He also insures their families." That's the kind of business that pro-business Democrats (and there really isn't any other kind) should absolutely fall in love with. That's the kind of business worth expending a little political capital to promote and protect.
"Well, what Wal-Mart is doing degrades American workers. And not just their own."
It has been 922 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."
Benjamin Franklin, American Patriot
"I don't agree with the libertarians. I want my security first. I'll deal with all the details after that."
Trent Lott, Republican Bedwetter
"Military people past and present have good reason to wonder if the current administration truly values their service beyond its immediate effect on its battlefield of choice. The casting of suspicion and doubt about the actions of veterans who have run against President Bush or opposed his policies has been a constant theme of his career. This pattern of denigrating the service of those with whom they disagree risks cheapening the public's appreciation of what it means to serve...."Shorter Jim Webb:
Vietnam Veteran and Former (Reagan) Navy Secretary James Webb
Bush hates veterans.
…they're the most lying, crooked bunch he's ever seen.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
AL GORE, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT: What we do know about this pervasive wiretapping virtually compels the conclusion that the president of the United States has been breaking the law, repeatedly and insistently.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BLITZER: Do you agree with him?
It has been 921 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
...he said he'd appoint justices like Thomas and Scalia.
It is simply an insult to those who came before us and sacrificed so much on our behalf to imply that we have more to be fearful of than they. Yet they faithfully protected our freedoms and now it is up to us to do the same.Exactly so.
I've gotta admit, reading this made me look...
Judge Samuel Alito's nomination to serve on the Supreme Court will be voted on by the Committee on Jan. 24 and the full Senate is to begin debate the following day.…but shucks, Jeffords isn't on the Judiciary committee.
Leahy says he has "assured Chairman Specter that no Democratic Senator" will ask for a second delay in the vote, and Specter, according to Leahy, does not expect any delays coming from the GOP.
It has been 920 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
"I’m beginning to think that the only thing that may save us from the seemingly unstoppable conservative movement in its current, anti-democratic incarnation is an allegiance between ethical, traditional conservatives and real progressives, who share in common a respect for democracy, the Constitution, and civil liberties…"...I think Shake's Sis is on to something. If the "ethical, traditional conservatives" could wrest control of the Republican Party from the gangsters and destructionists, we'd all be better off, too, but there's a dearth of such conservatives in evidence these days.
…or not. US News says that Colin Powell is pondering a new book, except "He doesn't want to dis the prez and is concerned that a publisher will want him to air all that dirty laundry over the start of the war in Iraq."
It has been 919 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Despite high praise from important people hither and yon, you sound more like an ass than a donkey to me this time.
Republicans say that Mr. Bush, in making conservative judicial choices, has been doing precisely what he said he would do in both of his presidential campaigns. Indeed, they say, his re-election, and the election of a Republican Congress, meant that the choices reflected the views of much of the American public.Republicans say something something stupid, and that's "…more evidence of why there needs to be a major blood-letting in the Democratic party, and soon." Right. Self-flagellation will drive the evil spirits from the body politic.
…I learned from my own personal Congressman.
"There is no other Member of Congress who more ably represents the conscience of America than Democrat Rep. John Murtha, a decorated combat veteran and a staunch supporter of America's defense."That's the truth, and I'm sticking to it.
It has been 918 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…that your Seattle Seahawks could spot the champions of the other Washington the NFL MVP and three turnovers and still dispatch them to the off season by a score of 20-10 (yeah, I was off a point. I blame the Alexander factor).
Cream - Sunshine Of Your Loveand a prediction.
Gary US Bonds - Quarter To Three
Three Dog Night - Never Been To Spain
Joan Baez - It Ain't Me Babe
Chambers Brothers - Time Has Come Today
Peter Tosh - Equal Rights
Flying Burrito Brothers - Sin City
Tim O'Brien - Norwegian Wood
Kinks - You Really Got Me
Rickie Lee Jones - Hi-Lili Hi-Lo
Seahawks 21, Redskins 10Sorry, Oliver.
It has been 917 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
No Ney never no more?
"We simply have too much power. We Republicans have abused that power badly over the past several years."
Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona
…for that 'positive Democratic agenda' everyone seems to think we need to emerge (although I always thought that that was what this is for), Digby went digging in the memory hole and came up with this encouraging note...
It pays to keep in mind that the 1994 Republicans didn't put out their "Contract On America" until six weeks before the election. They've pretended that it won them the election but that's a joke. (They did use bogus polling to give that impression.) What won that election was relentless criticism over the course of many months leading up to it. They built upon a reserve of discontent about a slow economic recovery by placing the blame for everything squarely on the "liberals" and the Democratic party. Their "positive" agenda was just gilding the lilly.Actually, 'Get rid of the crooked bastards' sounds like a pretty positive agenda to me.
…this should be enough to stop Scalito.
The single most important thing a senator can do to support abortion rights is to vote against Supreme Court nominees who would take such rights away. Given Judge Alito's record and his testimony, it is hard to see how Senators Specter, Chafee, Snowe and Collins - or any other pro-choice senators - can call themselves strong advocates of abortion rights if they support him.Not that it will be, mind you, but it damn sure should be.
It has been 916 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…from the latest Pew report.
"...I will not join the rush to scapegoat those tribes who have already been victimized by Abramoff. Your easy answer would be fine if all I wanted was to score cheap points on being "clean."Senator Murray is right, and it's important to set the record straight before the Republican bribery scandal is used to foster more anti-Indian sentiment and to disguise the identities of the real culprits.
But as someone who has stood as a partner with Native Americans and championed tribal sovereignty, I'm proud of their support. Your editorial asks, "How would she like to repeat that riff 25 times a day for the next five years ... ?"
I would rather repeat my support for tribes 25 times a day than to even once say "tribal money is tainted" just to make myself look better."
It has been 915 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…but Joe Lieberman's real popular with the home folks. Maybe it's time for progressives to drop the subject and get around to the business of beating Republicans.
It has been 914 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Be very afraid.
China has resolved to shift some of its foreign exchange reserves -- now in excess of $800 billion -- away from the U.S. dollar and into other world currencies in a move likely to push down the value of the greenback, a high-level state economist who advises the nation's economic policymakers said in an interview Monday.
…but not quite the whole truth. Mark Schmitt comes close...
Abramoff did lots of terrible things and should go to jail, but never forget that every single criminal and unethical act of his was made possible by a public official.…but precision demands that we point out that every single criminal and unethical act of his was made possible by a Republican public official.
It has been 913 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Howie lays it down.
Every person named in this scandal is a Republican. Every person under investigation is a Republican. Every person indicted is a Republican. This is a Republican finance scandal.Every one a Republican.
AUSTIN, Texas - The state's highest criminal court on Monday denied Rep. Tom DeLay's request that the money laundering charges against him be dismissed or sent back to a lower court for an immediate trial.Seems like the entire Texas judiciary is in on that conspiracy the Bugman's always ranting about.
It has been 912 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…dumbed down so that even the dullest pundit or pol should be able to get it. Mark Kleiman explains it all...
Not a corrupt Majority Leader or a corrupt lobbyist: a corrupt system run by and for a corrupt party.That's why…
Good questions from Glenn Greenwald, via The News Blog.
Why don't they call themselves what they are when we first had this argument, Tories. They could even call for the return of Queen Elizabeth as our sovereign leader. If they want a monarchy, why don't they just call for one.
I see that Snohomish County, with the support of the Democratic majority on the County Council, has gone the way of all mail elections. County Executive Ron Sims has his own proposal in the works for King County. The notion seems to be generally well received in the progressive blogosphere, but I find myself saddened.
It has been 911 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…I think I can live with this.
Embattled Rep. Tom DeLay on Saturday abandoned his bid to remain as House majority leader, clearing the way for leadership elections among Republicans eager to shed the taint of scandal.Inherent in liberalism, I think, is a certain amount of optimism, reflected in the belief that in the end, a constitutional government of laws can survive the predations of those who would betray the common good for personal wealth and power. It's always nice to see that optimism justified.
Here's the soundtrack so far...
Peter Tosh - Legalize It
Jimmy Buffett - Cheeseburger In Paradise
Blondie - One Way Or Another
Everlast - What It's Like
Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
Kinks - You Really Got Me
Randy Newman - Political Science
Townes Van Zandt - Colorado Girl
Prince - When Doves Cry
Bare Naked Ladies - Brian Wilson
...for a, well, nerd.
60 % Nerd, 30% Geek, 26% Dork
For The Record:
A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd.
THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST
Blame the cooler than I Chris Woods.
What are their names?
And on what street do they live?
I want to run right over this afternoon and give
them a piece of my mind...A secret Pentagon study has found that at least 80 percent of the marines who have been killed in Iraq from wounds to their upper body could have survived if they had extra body armor. That armor has been available since 2003 but until recently the Pentagon has largely declined to supply it to troops despite calls from the field for additional protection, according to military officials.During the time in question, any action, or lack of, by "the Pentagon" is the personal responsibility of George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld. Every life in their hands, every drop of blood soaking those hands.
God damn them to hell.
Friday, January 06, 2006
All I want is the truth, just gimme some truth now
It has been 910 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Rove. Treason. Betrayal.
Love the coinage. Via Oliver...Seems to me the recruiters were in a bit of a pickle long before Rep. Murtha sounded off, anyway...Murtha was criticized during a Pentagon news conference Thursday, when the chairman of the joint chiefs said Murtha’s weekend criticism was “damaging” troop recruitment efforts.Reject the premise of the attack, repeat with your original point. Bang. Murthanized.
In a statement released by Murtha, the decorated Marine veteran responded that the real damage to recruitment comes from prolonged deployments, inadequate equipment, and the “lack of any connection between Iraq and the brutal attacks of 9/11.”
Had to step away for a bit...
...but the lovely, talented and ever vigilant Miss Audrey Hepcat took up her post in defense of the blog...
I'm back, Aud. At ease.
That's nice, I suppose...
WASHINGTON -- Former Rep. George Nethercutt, R-Wash., has donated to charity $1,000 he received from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, his office said Thursday....though it doesn't seem to cover the $500 that Nethercutt took from Abramoff for an earlier House race. Maybe George figures that only money from unsuccessful campaigns is tainted.
Nethercutt, now a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., received the money during his unsuccessful 2004 campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Patty Murray.
And why aren't we hearing more about the thousand bucks credited to the account of the Chair of the House Ethics Committee from the personal resources of the latest poster boy for the Republican culture of corruption.
What's up, Doc?
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Money for dope, money for rope.
It has been 909 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Rove. Treason. Betrayal.
"The truth is…
...Gingrich is a smarmy, dishonest and corrupt politician."
Hat tipSweeping bow to David Sirota, for blowing the whistle on Newt's high-minded hand wringing about the culture of corruption he was instrumental in designing. Read it all.
…from the best thing about the Clinton administration, Robert Reich, via Tom Paine.What’s the point of economic growth if most people aren’t any more prosperous?
Colloquy of the Day
JACK SPADARO, former Director, National Mine Academy: We know from the record that the mine, in particular in the past year, has been cited over 180 times for violations of federal mine health and safety law and regulations. And about 90 of those violations were called serious and substantial violations of the law. So we know that it was a very unsafe mine and that there were serious problems with mine ventilation and roof control.Twelve more for the Bushco™ death toll
ALAN COLMES: Are you saying that these men should not have been allowed to go down there?
SPADARO: Yes, sir.
COLMES: You're saying this mine should not have been open?
SPADARO:This mine should have been closed. And there were too many serious violations. And the record is very clear.
COLMES: Why was it open then? If you, as a safety expert, feels it should not have been, why was it open?
SPADARO: I think it's because of the current Bush administration's policies toward mine operators and their reluctance to take the strong enforcement action that's sometimes necessary.
And that often involves closing a mine.
Hat tip to Crooks and Liars.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
With just a pocketful of soap
It has been 908 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Rove. Treason. Betrayal.
The paucity of posts...
...today isn't a product of blog neglect. I took some time for a long overdue revamp of the Upper Left blogroll, excising dead links and abandoned blogs and adding some of the sites I actually look at on a regular basis.
I encourage you to skim the list to your right and click on an unfamiliar name or two. Good stuff behind every link.
Holden's focus was on the George and Jack connection, but the bit in bold is what really caught my eye...In May 2001, Jack Abramoff’s lobbying client book was worth $4.1 million in annual billing for the Greenberg Traurig law firm. He was a friend of Bush advisor Karl Rove. He was a Bush “Pioneer,” delivering at least $100,000 in bundled contributions to the 2000 campaign. He had just concluded his work on the Bush Transition Team as an advisor to the Department of the Interior. He had sent his personal assistant Susan Ralston to the White House to work as Rove’s personal assistant. He was a close friend, advisor, and high-dollar fundraiser for the most powerful man in Congress, Tom DeLay.True enough, perhaps, in May, 2001, but would anyone use those words to describe Tom DeLay today? Will they ever again?
Sometimes you win something, even if you don't win it all.
And the games have just begun.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
It has been 907 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Rove. Treason. Betrayal.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gets the most laughs during oral arguments. During the nine month term beginning in October 2004, Scalia instigated 77 “laughing episodes...”Though you might'a guessed...Clarence Thomas had the fewest with no laughs.
Hat tip to Taegan Goddard.
What was it…
…that brought down Duke Cunningham again? Oh, yeah, bribery…23. In exchange for these things of value, from in or about March 2000 through in or about April 2004, defendant ABRAMOFF, Scanlon and others, together and separately, sought and received Representative # 1's agreement to perform a series of official acts to benefit defendant ABRAMOFF's clients, and advancing the application of a client of defendant ABRAMOFF for a license to install wireless telephone infrastructure in the House of Representatives.Representative #1. The once and future indictee?
Yeah or Ney?
…from Dave Johnson at Seeing The Forest.Why do we have a Constitution at all, except to prevent the kind of abuse Bush is engaging in?
Where it's dark as a dungeon…
...damp as the dew
danger is double pleasures are few
Where the rain never falls the sun never shines
It's a dark as a dungeon way down in the mine.
If you do anything like prayer, the folks in West Virginia could use your efforts.
It doesn't take anything like a revelation from the cosmic muffin, though, to understand that this is intolerable in 2006.In recent years, the mine has been cited repeatedly for a variety of health and safety violations by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. In a recent 11-week review period that ran from October through December, the agency's inspectors cited the mine for 46 alleged violations of mine health and safety rules and levied almost $3,000 in fines.Forty six violations in eleven weeks. Three thousand dollars in fines.
The most serious violations included problems with protections against roof cave-ins and the mine's overall plans to safeguard against methane gas and dust buildup.
That's about sixty five bucks apiece. Not even a stiff traffic ticket in these parts. Or, if you prefer, two hundred and thirty dollars for each of the thirteen lives in jeopardy as I write.
I'm waiting for a response from the 'culture of life' crowd that transcends piety, please.
Monday, January 02, 2006
No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky
It has been 906 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Rove. Treason. Betrayal.
…from John at AMERICAblog.Exactly how has Bush made America any safer in the past 4 years?
The Bush Barn® Rule.
We break it, you buy it.When the last of the $18.4 billion is spent, U.S. officials in Baghdad have made clear, other foreign donors and the fledgling Iraqi government will have to take up what authorities say is tens of billions of dollars of work yet to be done merely to bring reliable electricity, water and other services to Iraq's 26 million people.If the findings of the WaPo article that's sweeping the blogosphere today surprise you, you just haven't been paying attention. The truth is out there, but it seems you have to ask a soldier..."The U.S. never intended to completely rebuild Iraq," Brig. Gen. William McCoy, the Army Corps of Engineers commander overseeing the work, told reporters at a recent news conference.And it's a good thing we didn't, I suppose, because we don't seem to be very good at it..."For every three steps forward, we take one step back. Those are the conditions we face," said Col. Bjarne Iverson, commander of the reconstruction operations center.So, if we're not going to rebuild the country and their elections were so damn successful, what are we doing that's worth one more American life?
Sunday, January 01, 2006
All I want is the truth now, just gimme some truth
It has been 905 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Rove. Treason. Betrayal.
I really never bought into the tale…
…that Ronald Reagan 'won' the Cold War. There were any number of factors that contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union, and while Reagan's economically crippling levels of military investment may have made a contribution, I'm not at all sure that it was particularly decisive.
As time has gone on, it's become increasingly unclear that there was a victory in any meaningful sense at all. Some analysis of our present condition by Dave Johnson makes the key points plain.So how is the neo-con dream playing out? Russia and China benefit from having the U.S. bogged down in perpetual war against an invisible "enemy" many thousands of miles away. But "Radical Islam" just happens to be their enemy, not ours. It is a disruptive social movement on or inside their borders, not ours, but here we are fighting their war for them. Meanwhile China winds up with the manufacturing that used to be done here and holding the paper for massive U.S. debt. We spend our budget on military while their money is freed up for massive infrastructure investment. Iran winds up with Iraq as a client state.And we're supposed to be the world's preeminent power in a post Cold War era?
If we won, just what, exactly, did we win? And when did we lose it again?