Sunday, July 01, 2007

Monday, Monday!



After basking in the above surroundings, traffic and work are a real letdown, but it pays the bills. Was a wonderful Sunday indeed.

This week is the Fourth of July week which to most means drinking tremendous amounts and lighting fireworks off until you run out, thats the redneck way.

Most thinking Americans are more concerned with the current goings on in DC and how to relieve the pain of an ever tortuous government that was formerly "by the people and for the people" being squandered on money making ventures for a select few.

The thing is these crooks currently in there right now purging the Treasury of taxpayer dollars to pay off the cronies like Halliburton, Bechtel and others do not even care what the founding fathers had in mind for future generations of Americans. They only care about the money and the power gains, truly sick minds.

We the people of America stand for certain principles of Truth, Justice, and Equality among people. There are those that would think, Oh how quaint!

How quaint indeed when you have 1 million angry taxpaying citizens on your bureaucratic porch removing your pitiful money soaked ass from your "public" office.

Cue in the fireworks.

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27 comments:

DEN said...

(CBS) As Americans prepare to celebrate their nation's birthday this Fourth of July, it may be a bittersweet occasion. A CBS News poll finds that many think the Founding Fathers would be disappointed in the nation today, and belief in a better future for the next generation of Americans is down somewhat from last year.

Yet, most of those polled are satisfied with their own lives – especially those who have higher incomes. Essential parts of the American Dream remain alive and well this Independence Day: most think opportunities for success are better than their parents' were, and Americans overwhelmingly say it is still possible to go from rags to riches with hard work.

@ CBS

Not real good numbers for our countries' birthday.

DEN said...

If it sez libby, libby, liby, he must go to jail, not collect a pardon or wait at home during appeal!

“Upon consideration of the motion for release pending appeal, the opposition thereto, and the reply, it is

ORDERED that the motion for release pending appeal be denied. Appellant has not shown that the appeal raises a substantial question under 18 USC Sec. 3143(b)(1)(B). See United States v. Perholtz, 836 F.2d 554, 555 (D.C.Cir. 1987) (per curiam) (substantial question is one that is “close” or that “could very well be decided the other way”).

HA!

@ FDL

Alan said...

This guy likes to keep Sibel Edmonds' case in the public eye, trying to get some justice, and is comparing the case with the UK's BAe bribery case (says Sibel's is even worse). MY POINT in posting this is... to rub it in a few certain noses that had it COMPLETELY WRONG as I said, that Sibel Edmonds' case had NOT A THING to do with 9/11.
I'm currently watching a youtube that's a little scrolled down the page at this link...

Sibel Edmonds, Bandar Bush and BAe - similar but different.

micki said...

Jeez, if even Judge Sentelle initialed the motion, it looks like Libby better pack his bag.

I hope his kids gave him some soap-on-a-rope for Father's Day.

micki said...

Den, is this how Americans are going to go from rags to riches?

A while back, in an unscripted moment, bush the compassionate conservtive, had an exchange with a divorced mother of three, including a mentally challenged son. He was in Omaha promoting his version of social security reform. He told the audience the government would keep its promises.

MS. MARY MORNIN: That’s good, because I work three jobs and I feel like I contribute.

THE PRESIDENT: You work three jobs?

MS. MORNIN: Three jobs, yes.

THE PRESIDENT: Uniquely American, isn’t it? I mean, that is fantastic that you’re doing that. (Applause.) Get any sleep? (Laughter.)

DEN said...

Heh, heh, heh!

Chimpy made a funny!

DEN said...

How can anyone work three jobs, my God!

And raise a family too, someone give that woman a friggin medal, wow!

Gerald said...

The American way is that every American will have to work three jobs in order to survive. Welcome to the New America!!!

Gerald said...

Here is what will happen to Nazi Libby! The Bureau of Nazi Prisons will not find a spot for him or the Nazi U.S. Supreme Court will set Nazi Libby free!!! Libby walks!!!!!

º¿carol said...

CLOGGING UP CONGRESS

Monday, July 2, 2007
Posted by Jim Hightower



To the Democratic leaders of congress, I can only say: Heck of a job!

In less than six months, the top Democrats, have squandered the outpouring of public support gained from last year's congressional elections. On the war, on ethics, and on challenging corporate power, American voters expressed faith that Democrats would change congress and begin to serve the public interest.

But – poof! – that faith is gone. The latest polls show that only 27 percent of the people approve of the way congress is doing its job.

Why the precipitous decline? Because the "new" Democrats are still burdened with too many don't-rock-the-boat, money-soaked, corporate-backed, old Democrats who sit in key leadership posts. They are so entrenched that they don't feel the public's anger about Bush's war, so they have no sense of urgency about confronting this out-of-control President.

Even on congressional ethics reform, which should be a slam dunk for Democrats, some of the old bulls have balked. They don't want an independent ethics commission, they don’t want to limit their own possibilities of cashing in to become lobbyists, and they don’t want to stop using lobbyists as their campaign fund raisers.

Then, on their first chance to confront corporate power, some old guard Democrats have weaseled. Rather than an honest, bold energy bill to stop the corporate causes of climate change, the Democrats' house bill would prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks, would prevent states from doing so, and would set fuel economy standards weaker even than Bush has proposed!

What this means is that our job of congressional clean up is not complete. Voters made a good start last year, but we must continue next year, recruiting and electing more true reformers to replace the business-as-usual crowd that's clogging up both parties.

"For Democratic Leaders, a Fear That the Focus on the War Has Blurred,"
The New York Times, June 14, 2007
"The Democrat Lag on Warming,"
www.nytimes.com

º¿carol said...

WEATHER REPORT

It's only 70°! It was 63° in the house this morning and I ALMOST turned the furnace on! Dammit! I WANT HOT WEATHER! And I want some rain!

micki said...

UN urges pedal power to reduce environmental damage


KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - - More bicycle riding and other lifestyle changes are urgently needed to reduce climate-altering carbon emissions that are damaging Asia's health and could also threaten the economy, the World Health Organisation said Monday.

Climate change contributes directly or indirectly to about 77,000 deaths per year in the region, according to WHO estimates.

micki said...

It's 72º here. Almost too hot. :-)

Hajji said...

BUSH COMMUTES LIBBY's PRISON TERM!
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Bush Commutes Libby's Prison Term in CIA Leak Case (Update1)

By Edwin Chen

July 2 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush commuted Lewis ``Scooter'' Libby's prison term in the CIA leak case, saying the 2 1/2 year prison term was ``excessive.''

Libby, 56, was convicted of lying to investigators probing the 2003 leak of CIA official Valerie Plame's identity. Backers of Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, had argued for a pardon. Bush acted after a U.S. appellate court today refused to let Libby stay out of prison during his appeal.

``My decision to commute his prison sentence leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby,'' Bush said in a statement. ``The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant, and private citizen will be long- lasting.''

The president's action means that Libby's conviction still stands and he is still required to pay the $250,000 fine ordered by a federal judge.

The question of whether to intervene in Libby's case had been termed a ``no-win situation'' for the president by David Gergen, who advised Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

With Bush already suffering poor approval ratings, a Cable News Network/Opinion Research survey conducted after Libby's March 6 conviction found that 69 percent of respondents opposed a pardon while 18 percent favored it. Congressional Democrats, including Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, demanded that Bush promise not to pardon Libby.

Pro-Libby Firestorm

At the same time, a pro-Libby firestorm was being fanned by self-described conservative bloggers and talk-radio hosts, and many conservative leaders asked the president to step in.

Until now Bush had stayed out of the case, with his aides saying he would let the appeal go forward.

Libby's supporters argued that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was over-zealous in prosecuting Libby for lying to investigators when no one was charged over the actual leak of Plame's status as a Central Intelligence Agency official.

Libby was convicted of obstructing justice, perjury and making false statements. He resigned as Cheney's chief of staff upon being indicted in 2005.

Libby was found guilty of lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and a grand jury probing whether the Bush administration deliberately leaked Plame's identity to retaliate against her husband, Joseph Wilson. In a New York Times column on July 6, 2003, Wilson accused the government of twisting intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq earlier that year.

Novak Column

Plame's status as a CIA official was disclosed eight days later in an article by syndicated columnist Robert Novak. Novak testified during the trial that Plame's identity was provided to him by then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and confirmed by White House political adviser Karl Rove.

Fitzgerald argued that Libby lied about his knowledge of the leak to protect his job. It's a federal crime to knowingly reveal the identity of a covert CIA agent, and the White House had announced that anyone who leaked Plame's identity would be fired. No one was charged with a crime or fired for the leak.

Libby's lawyers said national security matters kept him too preoccupied to remember details about the leak.
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-T

David B. Benson said...

Is that legal?

I had thought that the president could only pardon, all or nothing...

carey said...

I don't know David, but we'll find out, won't we? First, the terrorist threatened car bombs, a fiery SUV into Glaglow airport, and now this.

Could it possibly be a tactic to get us all talking about something else besides Cheney's subpoenas? This happened on a Monday people. A full week to discuss the commuting of Scooter's sentence and ignoring Cheney.

We never know anymore, do we?

I heard Olbermann say that they the terrorist events could also be counterrorism experts drumming up business.

Gerald said...

Hundreds, not thousands, are in prison for obstruction of justice and their sentences are not commuted. Only one person has his sentence commuted and that person is Hitler Libby. Hitler Bush, as governor, did not commute any persons death sentences and those death sentences would be considered excessive. 30 months in prison for Hitler Libby are not excessive for his crimes.

When will the impeachment process for Hitler Bush commence?

Do you want to know the Nazis' salute for non-Nazis? It's the BIRDIE!!!

Gerald said...

It should have read, "Hundreds, IF not thousands, are in prison...."

DEN said...

Sounds like Deadeye told Chimp to sign the paper.

It was said on KO that Libby has many benefactors in DC and they will take care of him for the rest of his life.

HMMMMM

Guess us po folks know where we stand eh?

Neo Fascism rules the roost.

micki said...

Standards for Considering Commutation Petitions

A commutation of sentence reduces the period of incarceration; it does not imply forgiveness of the underlying offense, but simply remits a portion of the punishment. It has no effect upon the underlying conviction and does not necessarily reflect upon the fairness of the sentence originally imposed. Requests for commutation generally are not accepted unless and until a person has begun serving that sentence. Nor are commutation requests generally accepted from persons who are presently challenging their convictions or sentences through appeal or other court proceeding.

The President may commute a sentence to time served or he may reduce a sentence, either merely for the purpose of advancing an inmate's parole eligibility or to achieve the inmate's release after a specified period of time. Commutation may be granted upon conditions similar to those imposed pursuant to parole or supervised release or, in the case of an alien, upon condition of deportation.

Generally, commutation of sentence is an extraordinary remedy that is rarely granted. Appropriate grounds for considering commutation have traditionally included disparity or undue severity of sentence, critical illness or old age, and meritorious service rendered to the government by the petitioner, e.g., cooperation with investigative or prosecutive efforts that has not been adequately rewarded by other official action. A combination of these and/or other equitable factors may also provide a basis for recommending commutation in the context of a particular case.

It appears that Scooter Libby is a very special case, indeed. Why am I not surprised?

micki said...

Oh, that was from: SOURCE: United States Attorneys' Manual, 1-2.110 - 1.2.113

DEN said...

The president has power over that law legally and there is nothing that anyone can do, except to look at the obvious, a willful disregard to the Justice system in America.

The circumventing of Libbys sentence makes them stick out to the public eye, no one likes it at all.

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DEN said...

Except the repugs of course,

Amb. Wilson is pissed!

KO's WORST person in the world:

Chimpy!

Special Comment tomorrow on KO calling for Deadeye and Chimp to resign, should be a smoker!

carol said...

Leave it to them to find another way to pardon the guy. "I know, I know, let's call it a commuted sentence so we don't have to use the pardon word."

Any way you look at it, Bush and his bunch are above the law. It's just a good damn thing Bush doesn't do more Hitler stuff because I'm SURE he'd get away with it. There's no one to stop the guy. He IS above the law.

Can't wait to see how above the law the next democratic president is allowed to be. Ha! He won't be able to blow his nose without an investigation!!!

micki said...

OFFICE OF THE PARDON ATTORNEY

Take a look at these caveats and requirements for 'winning' a commuted sentence. I know people like Libby are "special" cases, but I would really like to know if he went through any of these hoops.

It is astounding to me that there are still citizens of the United States of America who are willing to turn the other cheek and let the busheviks press their collective thumbs on the SCALES OF JUSTICE!

Butchers!

micki said...

Patrick Fitzgerald, the federal prosecutor in the CIA leak case, released a brief statement tonight. It read: "We fully recognize that the Constitution provides that commutation decisions are a matter of presidential prerogative and we do not comment on the exercise of that prerogative.

"We comment only on the statement in which the President termed the sentence imposed by the judge as 'excessive.' The sentence in this case was imposed pursuant to the laws governing sentencings which occur every day throughout this country. In this case, an experienced federal judge considered extensive argument from the parties and then imposed a sentence consistent with the applicable laws. It is fundamental to the rule of law that all citizens stand before the bar of justice as equals. That principle guided the judge during both the trial and the sentencing.

"Although the President’s decision eliminates Mr. Libby’s sentence of imprisonment, Mr. Libby remains convicted by a jury of serious felonies, and we will continue to seek to preserve those convictions through the appeals process.”

micki said...

If you have a son or daughter whose job is in jeopardy because of outsourcing, a good (and becoming more and more lucrative) 2nd career is HAIRDRESSER.

So far that job cannot be outsourced.