Thursday, June 28, 2007


WASHINGTON - President Bush, moving toward a constitutional showdown with Congress, asserted executive privilege Thursday and rejected lawmakers' demands for documents that could shed light on the firings of federal prosecutors.

Bush's attorney told Congress the White House would not turn over subpoenaed documents for former presidential counsel Harriet Miers and former political director Sara Taylor.

"With respect, it is with much regret that we are forced down this unfortunate path which we sought to avoid by finding grounds for mutual accommodation," White House counsel Fred Fielding said in a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. "We had hoped this matter could conclude with your committees receiving information in lieu of having to invoke executive privilege. Instead, we are at this conclusion."

KNOCK! KNOCK! Executive privilege does not mean anything if a crime has been committed, as Joathan Turley explained on Countdown:

"Both sides, both Democrats and Republicans, have avoided this sort of pig in the parlor," Turley continued. "They don't want to recognize that this president may have ordered criminal offenses. But they may now be on the road to do that, because the way Congress can get around the executive privilege in court is to say, we're investigating a potential crime."

"This administration, I have to say, has a certain contempt for the law," said Turley. "They treat it like some of my criminal defendents used to treat it. ... They come up with any argument that might work. ... It's a sort of shocking development. ... But at the end of the day, they will lose, and they're making the situation worse."

Well if anyone can make a situation worse, it would be the bozo's in the WH.

Go right ahead chimp and be an obstinate fool, you will like jail and we will like you being there.


DEN said...

Doofus and the vice doofus are pushing the envelope.

Impeach deadeye, indict rover and the chimp will run like a little girl, screaming from the room.

{ò,ó}arol said...

". ... But at the end of the day, they will lose, and they're making the situation worse."

Ya think? When I saw the subpoena thing yesterday I had to laugh. I said there was NO way they'd comply and no one will make them. We have a king now. Bush and his crew are above the law. Nothing will come of this. It makes headlines, but in the end it's all meaningless.

DEN said...

Meaningless? Major laws have been broken, there is no rug big enough to sweep this crap under.

If the repugs are concerned at all about their election future they will comply.

micki said...

I refuse to believe that the Senate Judiciary Committee has "making headlines" as its impetus in issuing these subpoenas.

The f**kers in the WH have committeed a crime. The wheels of justice sometimes move at a glacial pace, and it takes time to do a thorough investigation that is "bullet proof" but, at the end of the day, THEY HAVE TO LOSE or we all lose!

There is enormous significance -- meaning -- in issuing these subpoenas.

With that said, I feel what Carol is saying -- those bastards have gotten away with so much with impunity, it makes one wonder if they'll wiggle out of this one, too.

BTW, I've LOVING these headlines!

micki said...


...not I've

DEN said...

What about Santa?

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has made an astonishing bid to grab a vast chunk of the Arctic, giving himself claim to its vast potential oil, gas and mineral wealth.

His audacious argument that an underwater Russian ridge is linked to the North Pole is likely to lead to an international outcry.

Some commentators have already observed it is further evidence of growing Russian assertiveness under its authoritarian president.


And the twelve tiny reindeer?

And the elves?

Oh the travesty! Those Rooskies

micki said...

Whoa! Wait a minute, Den, twelve reindeer?


and the mythical one made up by the songwriter, Rudolph, makes nine!

micki said...

Of course, if bush/cheney have their way, they'll use delaying tactics 'til kingdom come.

Then when it goes to the Supreme Court, they'll get their way again! They enter the WH with the help of SCOTUS and they will leave the WH protected by SCOTUS.

F**k. Maybe that does make it meaningless.

David B. Benson said...

Well, with climate change comes warming. With warming comes the ability to grow bananas.

Banana Republic!

No offense meant to bananas nor (most) central americans...

micki said...

One of my sister's has a friend who is very, very politically active and connected.

She told her that the buzz is that Fred Thompson is the Gophers man for '08 (read the cheneyites man). It's already decided that FT gets the GOP nod. Cheney resigns for health reasons when he undergoes his pacemaker replacement later this summer, and bush "picks" Fred as VP. The Senate approves (by a whisker) the choice. The Decider-in-Chief has been told by the Decider-behind-the-Decider-in-Chief (cheney) that this is the way it's gonna be. Cheney does not give a rat's ass that he's not in the WH any longer, because he and his henchment are still in charge and FT has the best shot at getting the nomination as the "incumbent." Fred is their man!

micki said...

Will they be organic bananas?

David B. Benson said...

It was supposed to be a political comment, so no, GM bananas!

ò,óarol said...

I said "meaningless" because who's gonna make them do anything? After 6 years of pure horror, or the "major laws" that have been broken, I'll have to see it to believe it.

They were handed the subpoenas, they flipped them the finger and wiped their asses with the paper.

micki said...

We are most threatened today, not by terrorists, but by impersonal physical forces. And as the century goes on, that invasion will gather speed and effect with biological threats like invasive plants and malaria.

Such talk, we are told, is scare mongering. We also are told that defensive measures would cost too much.

Yet which place is worse off today? New York, which lost two major buildings and thousands of lives to terrorists? Or New Orleans, which lost many lives as well and may never recover much of its displaced population or destroyed territory after being hit by a hurricane that drew its energy from warming gulf waters?

And how can we not afford to invest in conservation and alternative energy sources to defend our own land against the ravages of global climate change, but afford to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which cost $120 billion a year? And pay four to five times that, depending on the calculation, for the military as a whole? And spend more than $40 billion more on the Homeland Security Department?

All that money to defend a country that is the most secure and safe in the world from outside human invasion!

Our homeland is facing a change of unprecedented danger, one that we have helped create by wasteful consumption. This is likely to be the greatest threat to security and prosperity in our history.

When will our leaders stop beating the drums about “a war on terrorism” and start facing the real dangers we face? When will they wake up and take action — today, this year? Will they wait until Washington is under water and the Great Plains are a burning desert?

Fiddling While America Burns

DEN said...

My answer? If there is no money in it for corporate mega-buck interests nothing will be done.

Doncha just love fascism?

micki said...

If you haven't already seen it, y'all must see the cover illustration on the July 2, 2007, The New Yorker --

The flame on Lady Liberty's torch is a CFL!

Bright idea!!!!

micki said...

If there is no money in it for corporate mega-buck interests nothing will be done.

When they are they going to get in through their thick skulls that there's money to be made in mitigating climate change?

David B. Benson said...

Den & Micki --- If you read the side-bar at


you'll discover that many new contracts are being signed daily...

Gerald said...

Published on Thursday, June 28, 2007 by
Fiddling While America Burns
by Donald Worster

micki, this is a great article!

DEN said...

Doc, looks like people are responding around the world, but not in the USA.

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Yes, to a large extent that is true. First of all, to use biomass to produce biofuels typically requires

fast growth, i.e., tropics

inexpensive labor, i.e., tropics

capital, obtained from China or the developed world, or else from the gvmnt, as in Brazil and other South American countries.

However, there are some projects in the USA and DoE just granted $350 million to a group of universities and companies to develop some pilot plants. Its happening. Just not enough biochar and just plain not enough, soon enough...

DEN said...

Here is the USDA's NCRS division and soil management is their thing.

I would think locating a soil scholar willing to listen is the key to getting through to these feds.

Budget concerns slow stuff down to snail speed getting things done as new stuff has to be budgeted for the next year if it gets in so biochar would take some persistence to squeeze in anytime soon.

National TV ads, non-profit organization set up and theres the key, to get it on the TV.

I am of the firm belief, if you put anything on TV you will get a response, lot's of organizing and communication would sure keep one busy.

Time is money on TV so it isn't cheap, but the market is enormous.

micki said...

Yes indeedy, Dr. B, a few American corporations are making plans to take corrective action but the reality is, The U.S. is not a leader on this issue.

I am not a member of the investor class, but until some of the largest mutual funds take a leading position on mitigating climate change on behalf of their investors, I will take whatever U.S. corporations say they are doing cum grano salis.

Vanguard and Fidelity, for example, control trillions of dollars of investors' assets. They could play a vital role in encouraging corporate responsibility on climate change, while still protecting their investors' nest eggs.

There are a lot of ways to put pressure on corporate America.

DEN said...

Maybe, You Tube

Hey Micki! you busy?

We got a 30 second spot and five minute vid that could help Doc push Biochar.

Think you can have it by tomorrow?

Just kidding of course.

Do you work cheap? HA!

micki said...

I'm cheep, but I'm not easy.

DEN said...

Nothing is easy, especially counting reindeer.

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