Thursday, July 19, 2007

Lights Out!

In a televised speech to California residents on April 5, 2001, Davis resisted Cheney's and Hebert's calls to increase electricity rates for average consumers to keep the state's public utilities afloat, opting instead to increase electricity rates of the state's largest power customers such as manufacturing plants. The next morning PG&E filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Davis publicly railed against the Bush administration's refusal to launch an investigation into wholesale energy companies trading practices, and its position on price caps. Davis's rhetoric started to impact the Bush administration's approval ratings. Rove, working closely with Cheney, entered into discussions on how the White House would respond to criticism by Davis that the Bush administration was turning its back on California.

"Karl [Rove] started to talk about using the resources of former Republican National Committee staffers to put together an attack campaign against Davis, and pin the power problems on the governor and his administration," according to one former high-level Energy Department official who was privy to the conversation between Rove and Cheney.

Rove enlisted the help of former RNC staffers Ed Gillespie, then a lobbyist who was working for Enron and other energy companies, and Scott Reed, who used to work for the RNC and was the former manager of Robert Dole's presidential campaign, to start devising a strategy to attack Davis and lead people to believe that the energy crisis was entirely his fault. Gillespie was recently tapped by President Bush to replace Dan Bartlett as White House counselor.

Reed and Gillespie, who was doing double duty advising Cheney's energy task force on behalf of Enron, advised Rove and the vice president that the PG&E bankruptcy left Davis vulnerable and the best course of action for the White House was to take advantage of Davis's vulnerability by stating that Davis single-handedly, in refusing to raise electricity rates, caused one of the largest bankruptcies in American history. Gillespie went a step further, according to Energy Department officials familiar with his conversations with Rove and Cheney, by suggesting that the White House start courting Republican gubernatorial candidates to replace Davis in the 2002 election.

At the White House in April 2001, Rove met with Brad Freeman, President Bush's California finance chairman during the 2000 presidential campaign, and Gerald Parsky, an investment banker, who was Bush's top adviser in California. The discussion centered on Parsky and Freeman's interest in courting actor Arnold Schwarzenegger to discuss his bid for governor in 2002.

"That would be nice," Rove said about the possibility of Schwarzenegger, a Republican, to replace Davis as governor, according to people who were briefed about the meeting. "That would be really, really nice."

Davis said he could see now see how the energy crisis created a political opportunity for the White House in California.

"In retrospect I could see how that happened," Davis said. "There's no question that the energy companies saw me as an adversary when I wouldn't buckle under their demands. I was vulnerable and the [energy companies and the White House] took advantage of it. This crisis took place in the early days of the Bush administration. I figured these guys are too busy picking out furniture for their offices. I didn't think they [the Bush administration] were spending their days in office involved in some full-scale conspiracy. But it turns out they were."


Executive Privilege

Immediately following reports that Cheney relied upon the recommendations of 400 energy industry executives to draft the National Energy Policy, lawmakers began to demand that the vice president turn over documents regarding his task force meetings to Congress. The vice president vehemently refused.

With White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales weighing in on the issue, the administration exerted "executive privilege" as the reason it refused to turn over task force documents to Democratic lawmakers. The issue reached the Supreme Court that ruled in Cheney's favor. As Attorney General, Gonzales still refuses to publicly release audiotapes from 2000 and 2001 in which other energy companies were also found to have discussed ways in which to manipulate the California energy market. Some of the heads of those companies implicated in the crisis also provided Cheney with input on the National Energy Policy.

Up to their eyeballs in "Executive Mischief" this article shows how the Mis-Administration manipulates and deceives to get what it wants.

This was back in 2000 and 2001, just think of the stranglehold they have on things seven years later.

Impeachment is too good, firing squad would serve a better purpose.

Traitors one and all!



DEN said...

Live coverage of the Oversight and Government Reform Committees investigation of the formaldehyde content of FEMA trailers.


A common ingredient in wood product manufacturing formaldehyde is nasty stuff.

Gerald said...

DEN, a similar experience is happening in Michigan to take down our governor, Jennifer Granholm. I see unfolding before my eyes a Nazi federal government that will undo elections if they do not like the results.

Hitler is threatening to attack Pakistan because of the unrest in that country. Hitler is doing everything he can to create a crisis so he can declare martial law.

Unless the impeachment process is started, all hell will break loose in Nazi America. Blood will flow in our streets like a river. It will be the Nazis against the patriots. Stock up on your weapons - uzies, bazookas, hand grenades, shoulder missile launchers, etc! A second American civil war is around the corner.

The war president will reign supreme. Our Constitution is nothing more than toilet paper.

Gerald said...

Hitler is a pickle brain idiot. In life we at times need to let water seek its own level. WE NEED TO LET COUNTRIES SEEK THEIR OWN GOVERNMENTS.

Nazi America and Nazi Israel do not like Hamas, the freely elected government, so they create unrest. They do not like the president of Pakistan so they create unrest. Bush wanted Pakistan to do more against the terrorists and the al Qaeda. The problem is that Pakistan, a secular state, has had to deal with the radical Muslims for years. Pakistan walks on a tightrope to keep peace.

Nazi America is similar to Middle Eastern countries in that radical religious groups in Nazi America lust for wars and human blood. Look on the faces of their screwballl leaders and you will see the blood dripping and seeping from the side of their lips after gorging themselves with human blood.

Gerald said...

Nazi America takes control of North America

Here is a lengthy and yet pertinent article.

Gerald said...

When I read the above article, I cannot help but to believe that Hitler is not leaving the WH anytime soon.

Eventually, the Bush family will be Nazi America's monarchy.

Gerald said...

The wars are a diversion from Hitler's true goal that is to takeover the control of our country. Hitler is succeeding in his goal!!!

Gerald said...

We must organize to impeach Hitler

micki said...

Gerald, this guy buried his lede...he seems to be thinking along your lines. I tend to agree.

Former U.S. ambassador writes in Toledo Op/Ed....

I can think of several reasons why they didn't do that (I will give them credit for enough intelligence to at least realize they had a problem). First, Mr. Bush felt he couldn't live without Mr. Cheney around. Second - and I suspect this is probably the truth of the matter - Mr. Cheney didn't want to step down and Mr. Bush decided in the end that he didn't care what happened to the Republican Party after he was out of the White House.

There is also the late-at-night, eerie concern that Mr. Bush has in his head some sort of scenario where, for reasons of national security - real or drummed up - the 2008 elections will have to be postponed and he will get to stay on.

My suspicions have at their base the feeling I have that, given their operating style now, this bunch will not leave the White House easily in 2009.

All one can do at this point is continue to have faith that the American electoral system will somehow manage to provide us with a decent candidate or two. But by their bad decision in 2004, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney have made it much more difficult for that system to function as it is supposed to.

Gerald said...

Impeachment must commence!!! It will not be successful but as on Bill Moyers Journal the process will be a learning experience for Americans.

Gerald said...


Gerald said...

Micki, you have read my posts from time to time and I have been predicting that there will be no 2008 election since 2004.

Micki, human nature does not consolidate and expand power to give it up easily or without somekind of blood bath.

My old supervisor said, "People will get what they deserve." Yes, Micki, Nazi America deserves Hitler!!!!!

I never thought that it would happen in my country. We are suppose to be a democracy. Everytime I say or think of American democracy I have to puke.

Micki, I emailed someone on MoveOn or the website that says we watch FOX NEWS so you don't have to and I said that Hitler will not be leaving the WH in 2009. A woman wrote back that her husband has been saying the same thing.

Micki, I laugh whenever I hear that there will be a Dem or a repugnant debate. These candidates are wasting their time. THERE WILL BE NO PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN 2008 !!!!!!!!!!

Micki, thank you for sharing that information!!!

Gerald said...

Hitler will not leave the WH in 2009 because he is too shitless to leave. He knows that the next president with some cajones will have to let Nazi America join the International Criminal Court and so murders and war crimes have no expiration dates. Only in Nazi America can Hitler murder and commit war crimes and he is exonerated from prosecution.

Alan said...

Generation Chickenhawk: Max Blumenthal’s Unofficial College Republican Tour

On July 13, 2007, I visited Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, where the bodies of American soldiers killed in Iraq were freshly interred. Afterwards, I headed across the street to the Sheraton National Hotel, owned by right-wing Korean cult leader Sun Myung-Moon, to meet some of the war's most fervent supporters at the College Republican National Convention.
*watch the clip

Gerald said...

Homeland Conspiracy

Gerald said...

I truly enjoyed this documentary

It was very informative!!!

Gerald said...

Living In God's Image

Alan said...

BREAKING: Judge Dismisses Plame Civil Suit Against White House

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed former CIA operative Valerie Plame’s lawsuit against members of the Bush administration in the CIA leak scandal.

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates dismissed the case on jurisdictional grounds and said he would not express an opinion on the constitutional arguments. Bates dismissed the case against all defendants: Cheney, White House political adviser Karl Rove and former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.

UPDATE: TP reports that Judge Bates is the same judge that dismissed the suit over Cheney’s energy task force meetings. “Activist judge”, anyone?

micki said...

Will the last one to leave, please turn out the lights?

F**k! The same judge -- John D. Bates -- who ruled that GAO lacked standing to sue Darth Cheney for access to his records on his so-called Energy Task Force, just DISMISSED THE VALERIE PLAME case.

micki said...

Oops, sorry Alan, I didn't see your post until after I had posted my mine.

Alan said...

This is not unlike the judge saying you can't sue about the secret wiretapping because you can't prove you were wiretapped, because it was secret.

David B. Benson said...

Now, now, Den.

Impeach first.

Firing squad later...

micki said...

Carol and Carey talked about reinstating the military draft. One reason it will not be reinstated is that ordinary Americans would demand that the children of the privileged serve also. No exceptions. No clever manipulaton. No using connections. Pure chance would determine who's called up. It would have to be a strictly impartial lottery system.

The elite won't allow that. Rich kids are not born to fight and be killed or maimed in war. Sacrifice is for those "other" segments of society. You know...those kids who are attracted to the military because it means they get a paycheck, at least for a while.

Another reason the draft won't be reinstated, is because the busheviks are forming private armies that will replace the U.S. military eventually.

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Have you been experiencing strange weather this past week?

And, oh yes, invest in Blackwater and make a fortune...

micki said...

Yes, the weather has been strange, Dr. B. Tying an all-time record high of 94ºF in B'ham is no big thing, but temps over 100ºF in Everson, Deming, Nooksack just east of here closer to Mt. Baker are very unusual. I guess it has something to do with air flowing off the mountains, then sinking and causing compressional heating.

Then the temps dropped by 30º and more lickety-split! Bingo! Then the wind. Then the rain. More rain. It's like fall.

If we don't take some action soon this weather won't be strange, it'll be the norm. Only worse.

micki said...

Watch the bouncing ball!

Bush is going to decimate Medicare and Medicaid and children's health coverage.

He said today:

And when you couple that with the idea that some have suggested of reducing the age at which you can be eligible for Medicare, you're beginning to get a sense of a strategy to grow the government's role in the provision of health care. I believe government cannot provide affordable health care. I believe it would cause -- it would cause the quality of care to diminish. I believe there would be lines and rationing over time. If Congress continues to insist upon expanding health care through the S-CHIP program -- which, by the way, would entail a huge tax increase for the American people -- I'll veto the bill.

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Thanks. I was just wondering if our strange weather here was the typical B'ham leftovers, a Canadian export, or something even wierder.

But doesn't it always rain in B'ham?


DEN said...

A lttle housekeeping needed to be done.

David B. Benson said...

Atmospheric carbon dioxide is now at about 385 ppm. In 1958, when good measurements began, it was 315 ppm.

So what we need to do is get back to 315 ppm.

That will be very, very hard to do. For example, if the Americas can sequester 8 billion tonnes of carbon per year, and the rest of the world can do likewise, then so long as we continue to use fossil fuels, it will take about 37 years.

And, it seems that it will cost about $50--100 per tonne to do so...

DEN said...

Is it my imagination or are we going nowhere fast?

So many friggin crimes from those idiots and still, they are occupying the highest positions in the land.

Congress can't pass a stick of legislation to get out of Iraq, administration officials trample willy nilly over them and flip them the bird.


David B. Benson said...

Den --- Its worse than nowhere. We are headed for peridition.

It's called Acute Climate Change...

ò,óarol said...

The resistance by Bush and the repugnuts to a national health care is not credible at all when you think that we're the only ones without it. How can the rest of the world be wrong and we the only ones right?

That's why he isn't credible. You know he disses it because of OTHER reasons, like feathering the nests of a certain segment of this society at the expense of everyone else.

micki said...

But doesn't it always rain in B'ham?

Actually, it rarely rains in July or August. But, you know that.

But, it is lovely. Everything is blooming in and the trees are in full glory. Vegetables are getting the size of the Green Giant!

micki said...

Congress can't pass a stick of legislation to get out of Iraq,

I could wring some slimy GOPher necks! They make all those noises about breaking with the dipshit president, then vote in lockstep and give the bastard another "win."

It's friggin' insane.

I hate those SOBs.

DEN said...

Insane indeed.

DEN said...

The neo-fascists are wedging their way in to every aspect of our lives.

I predict a crackdown on dissidents on line and in public, close to martial law without it being called as such.

"We are the Borg, prepare to be assimilated, resistance is futile, you will comply."

micki said...

Okay. I'm going to be a pain.

It's perdition.

ò¿óarol said...

I could wring some slimy GOPher necks! They make all those noises about breaking with the dipshit president, then vote in lockstep and give the bastard another "win."

Aint that the truth! The last two guys that popped up on the top Google News headline were dissed by me. I KNEW it was just talk, a chance to grab some headlines. Every one of them caves. Even Chuck Hagle.

I was watching C-Span around 2:00. Watched the House channel. If I could reach thru the screen, I would strangle every refucklican that stood at the lecturn to speak. They amaze me at how evil they are. They could give a good shit about anything that has to do with the common good. I HATE THEM!!!

I looked at how the Senate voted on some shit yesterday. One dem voted with the repugs. ONE dem! Mr. Reid. What the HELL was that about! If everything wasn't so time consuming I'd look into that one, but fuck it.

Can you tell I'm mad! I HATE 'EM!

micki said...

Carol, go break out the sheet music, sit down at the piano, and chill out! ;-))

They ain't gonna change.

I'm one to give advice about chilling out!????

The fartiginiceholebastages! (Not sure about the spelling on that...)

DEN said...

Last post, Tom Hartmans interview with Paul Craig Roberts On Raw Story.

Weez in big twubble.

Gerald said...

Carol, please always remember that you can never change the stripes on a zebra. It will never happen. The Nazis are born liars!!!!!