Monday, August 27, 2007


Well apparently speedy figured it was time to leave. Good riddance to the biggest liar and asshole ever to mis-lead the Justice Dept.

I do not expect his replacement to be much better especially if he/she is appointed by the chimp who has absolutely no scruples like his ventriloquist, deadeye dick.

Man I sure wish we could rid this country of the the repug scourge dragging us all down the drain along with their policy of fashit BS.

Hope for a better person? always. Will we get one? not the SS leader, mr. bones.

Say a prayer to the God of your choice someone can end the nightmare, soon.



micki said...

The only Repug person I can think of who'd be an improvement is John Danforth. Other than Danforth, they all stink to high heaven.

But, I'm still placing my bet on Chertoff. And, I wouldn't be surprised if he's picked in a recess appointment.

Then, of course, Congress would have to scramble to get the HLS slot filled BECAUSE OF THE TERRORIST THREATS COMING OUT OF THE WOODWORK.

micki said...

One reason I wouldn't dismiss a recess appointment is because Al Fredo's resignation is EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.

Perfect timing for a recess appt.

micki said...

...or maybe we're being distracted from something much bigger than this.

DEN said...

The whole thing stinks!

We are the BIG losers in the elitist power plays.

bones makes speedy look like a saint in comparison.

DEN said...

UPDATE II: Oddly, the Drudge Report, for a period of no more than several minutes, apparently "reported" that the Bush administration would replace Gonzales via recess appointment, but has now taken that down. Identically, the publication most closely associated with Drudge, The Politico, briefly had a caption on its front page indicating the same thing, though nothing in its Gonzales article mentioned that. When I just went to the Politico site to screen capture the recess appointment reference, it, too, had been removed.

The Politico does have an article by the always-plugged-into-the-Bush-administration Mike Allen which signals the potential administration strategy here:

The acting attorney general with be Solicitor General Paul Clement. He "can stay in that position for quite a while," a senior administration official said.

That would avoid a bruising confirmation fight. Some Democratic senators have vowed not to confirm a Gonzales successor. . . .

An administration official explained: An individual may serve in an acting capacity for 210 days. However, if there is a pending nominee, the 210 day "clock" starts again when a nominee is announced. The 210 day "clock" would restart again if the nominee is voted down. The clock stops when there's a nominee, and restarts with a new 210 days if the nomination is withdrawn or fails.

Engaging in that tactic would be tantamount to a recess appointment -- allowing Bush to have an Attorney General in place more or less indefinitely without Senate confirmation. One would hope, though not necessarily expect, that Harry Reid and company would treat that as the serious violation of their agreement that it would be and respond with full retaliation.

-- Glenn Greenwald

@ Salon

micki said...

No one can make Al Fredo look better. How? He rubber-stamped torture, off-shore prisons such as Guantanamo; grinned and approved warrantless wiretapping; cavalierly sneered at and agreed to violate the Geneva Conventions; turned the other cheek to rendition and illegal trials, etc. etc.

He's a violent criminal, IMO.

micki said...

Well....Den...U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement certainly has the BONA FIDES to be a good bush lackey!

After graduating, Clement deferred law school, while earning a masters degree in economics from Cambridge University. In 1989, he began at Harvard Law School, where he served as Supreme Court editor for the Harvard Law Review. Clement went on to prestigious clerkships for GOP appointees Judge Laurence Silberman of the D.C. Circuit and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

In 1994, he accepted a job in the D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis, working in the high-powered appellate group led by one-time D.C. Circuit Judge and Solicitor General Kenneth Starr.

Clement called to take the job on the same day Starr signed on to serve as independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation. The senior partner’s absence worked out well for Clement, giving him the opportunity to play larger roles in cases and even argue two appeals as a young associate.

After 2 1/2 years at the firm, however, Clement found himself growing antsy. With Democrats in the White House, he took a job with Ashcroft, then a Republican senator from Missouri. Accepting a staff position on the Hill was an unconventional career move for an appellate practitioner, but ultimately sharpened Clement’s focus on pure litigation….

During his brief return to private practice, Clement collaborated with the conservative American Center for Law & Justice on two amicus briefs in Bush v. Gore, supporting George W. Bush on behalf of Republican voters….

DEN said...

Oh yea more repug slime!

Just what we need, even more ineptitude, this time from a NON-lawyer? Economist?

And a BIG repug lackey!

I think I feel ill.

micki said...

rumor is, this guy will head-up HLS, and Chertoff becomes AG. We'll see...

Clay Johnson III
Deputy Director for Management

Clay Johnson is the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget. The Deputy Director for Management provides government-wide leadership to Executive Branch agencies to improve agency and program performance. Prior to this he was the Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel, responsible for the organization that identifies and recruits approximately 4000 senior officials, middle management personnel and part-time board and commission members.

From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Johnson worked with Governor George W. Bush in Austin, first as his Appointments Director, then as his Chief of Staff, and then as the Executive Director of the Bush-Cheney Transition.

Mr. Johnson has been the Chief Operating Officer for the Dallas Museum of Art and the President of the Horchow and Neiman Marcus Mail Order companies. He also has worked for Citicorp, Wilson Sporting Goods and Frito Lay.

He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and a Masters degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. In Austin, he helped create the Texas State History Museum, and was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas Graduate School of Business. In Dallas, he served as President of the Board of Trustees for St. Marks School of Texas, and as a Board Member of Equitable Bankshares, Goodwill Industries of Dallas, and the Dallas Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization.

Hajji said...

NPR's reporting that AbuGonzales' resignation is effective in Mid-September.

Too much political fallout from possible recess appt?


David B. Benson said...

Another rat leaves the sinking ship!

DEN said...

Wouldn't it be nice if the damn ship sank already!

Gerald said...

People are ecstatic because Gonzo is gone. Before you go out and get drunk to celebrate, remember that a cornered Hitler is recoiling and he is even more dangerous now. I say this because Hitler is a total wacko.

Gerald said...

Gonzo is incompetent. He graduated from Harvard. Big deal? I read an article that once you are accepted into Harvard as a student you receive your gentleman B grade in your courses. With your ability to know the alphabet and you can count to 100 you will receive an A grade in your classes. That is why it is the Harvard mystique. Gonzo was accepted at Harvard because he was a minority. Gonzo is known by the fact that he is not the sharpest tool in the shed. Gonzo has succeeded because he does a good job of licking rear-ends.

David B. Benson said...

But Den, it's our ship of state!


Gerald said...

The Elites keep us in the dark; the Politicians feed us crap; and we are the Mushrooms

Gerald said...

(1.) The United States of Evil is a Dictatorship of the rich.

(2.) Establishment politics (i.e., our ONE party system: the Democratic/Republican Party) is the carrot in front of the jackass. It's the table scraps America's Greek God like elites (roughly, the top 1 to 2 %) throw to all the rest of us suckers who clean their commodes, fight their vampire greed wars, and pay all the taxes.

(3.) This still is the middle ages. Only the names have changed. The Bush/Saudi Royal Family, the Murdoch Royal Family, and a few thousand others families are the literal Kings & Queens and Lords & Ladies of our country. The contemporary American social structures are uncannily identical to those of the middle Ages. Guess who gets to be the peasants, serfs, and peons?

(4.) Religious fanatics are now and always have been the toxic waste of civilization. Spirituality is a one to one relation between each of us and the universe, but since religious fanatics are terrified of genuine spirituality, they institutionalize their religioso psychosis and believe things even barnyard animals would laugh at, e.g., the Baptist Big Bang (Armageddon).

Gerald said...

Our Differences

Gerald said...

The Warriors of God

DEN said...

Doc, has not been "our ship of state" since Raygun.

He started the decline into fascist oblivion.

Gerald said...

The Moral Roting of Nazi America

Gerald said...

No self-respecting person would ever work in this present Nazi regime.

Gerald said...

It's OK to be human

Gerald said...

Mother Teresa, I suspect, will be remembered as "one who struggled" with the issues of faith and yet lived an authentic life because that's what humans given to the search for meaning do.




Gerald said...

I believe the correct spelling is ROTTING - the motal rotting of Nazi America.

Gerald said...

I must be tired if I can't even spell MORAL correctly. I can understand a spelling mistake in a lengthy diatribe but to make a spelling mistake in a post of twenty or less words should not be possible.

David B. Benson said...

Gerald --- I mke spilling mistaxes all the time...


carey said...

Congrats Micki. On Chertoff I mean. Well, well, well.

I want to quickly report on this morning's events with KLSD and Clear Channel.

It was a good turnout. Really, for an early Monday at worktime, I was happy. Stacy Taylor spoke, our rebellious city attorney Mike Aguirre, a few other prominent locals, then head of KLSD.

Art Griffin ? I think his name is said Clear Channel had made no announcement that they're were ridding their stations of their progressive formats, that those stations weren't targeted. All his focus was on advertisers and the chant from this guy was "buy, buy, buy" (advertisers' products).

He lied, I strongly reckon. It is about politics and it's a done deal. It's a gut feeling. All their talk about low advertising doesn't hold up to scrutiny. The right wing is paranoid about 2008 after the 2006 results. It's a systematic attack on a highly influential blue state.

Carey said...

He's a violent criminal, IMO.


micki said...

Yeah, Hajji == whatz up with that? First they said his resignation was effective immediately, then it mysteriously morphed into September 17th.

But, I don't think the busheviks care one iota about "political fall-out"...

micki said...

Here's a scary thought.

Remember when we sighed a sigh of relief when John Ashcroft resigned. THEN WE GOT GONZALES! From bad to worse...

Gawdalmighty! Ann Coulter is a lawyer and a "constitutional scholar" (hahaha). Maybe it'll be picked for AG.

Just kidding.

micki said...

I'm almost certain that a person who is impeached cannot be pardoned.

Perhaps, Al Fredo hi-tailed it out because Jay Inslee (D-WA) has the goods. Recall that Inslee introduced his resolution for an Impeachment Inquiry just before Congress went on recess.

micki said...

Impeachment of Gonzales, that is.

Anonymous said...

The wheels are coming off the Bush manure cart. I hope they go after Gonzo and make him spill all the secrets. Come on....make my day.


Anonymous said...

Fired attorney: Rove, Gonzales resignations 'absolutely linked'

Like President Bush's top political adviser, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned to avoid encroaching Congressional investigations, a fired federal prosecutor said Monday.

During an appearance on CNN, former US Attorney David Iglesias said Gonzales's resignation is "absolutely linked with Karl Rove leaving two weeks ago," and speculated the two resigned "for the same reason": Congressional investigators closing in on their suspected roles in the attorney-firing scandal.

"This is what happens when there is not check and balance" under a Republican-controlled Congress and White House "and all of a sudden you have a new sheriff in town - so to speak - that wants answers to hard questions."

Due to obstruction by Gonzales and other Bush officials, Iglesias added, the extent of the White House's attempt to have politically inconvenient prosecutors fired remains unknown. "We still don't know who put our names on that list," he said. The former US Attorney for New Mexico contends that he was fired after two Congressional Republicans - Sen. Pete Dominici and Rep. Heather Wilson - urged him to speed indictments of a Democratic state senator before the election.

"What triggered this [resignation] was Attorney General Alberto Gonzales going in front of the US Senate and not being fully candid, telling half truths (and) having very convenient memory lapses," Iglesias said Monday. "Had he shot straight with the American people and shot straight with the Senate, perhaps a lot of this would've been mitigated."



Anonymous said...

By the way, I got the article off Raw Story.


Anonymous said...

I wonder how Rush Limbaugh feels right now. His clan is disintegrating. The garbage talk is no longer "politically correct".
How's Anne Coulter feeling? and Bill O'? I bet their checking out their retirement funds.


Carey said...

Wow--THANKS Micki and Jeanne for all the pertinent info. Jeanne, HI!

I think we're just seeing the GOP go into their particular form of election (cheat at all costs) engineering.

Maybe Gonzales was worried, maybe. I mean about Leahy. I don't know folks. Well, perhaps. But that would be logical.

micki said...

That lying no-good rotten smelly stooooopid Decider in Chief is in Bellevue, WA, even as I type this.

He's fundrai$ing with another lying no-good rotten smelly (stoooooopid, but not quite as stoooopid) Ea$t $ide Repug, Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA).

Seattlites are royally pissed off! bu$h is tying up rush hour traffic for his $10,000 per plate rubber chicken rich man shindig.

bu$h will make his way to Sea-Tac Airport soon and make more misery.

Fuck him. Who are those a$$hole$ who still $hovel the money to him???????

micki said...

Carey -- yeah, he's worried about Leahy. But, he was really, really worried about Jay Inslee's (D-WA) impeachment resolution.

Look up Jay Inslee -- he's almost as cute as George Clooney! :-)

micki said...

Take a look at the YouTube Video of Inslee on Gonzales' Impeachment -- it's not a new video, but it's worth watching. Inslee means bizness about impeachment of Gonzales

micki said...

well, didn't work

Carey said...

I cannot get through on that link for some reason Micki. But I saw Inslee when he originally did all this. I was very impressed. Forgot to mention that I suppose.

Match George Clooney? Never! Is it possible?

David B. Benson said...

And who will be leaving tomorrow?

And the next day...

Carey said...

But, I'm still placing my bet on Chertoff.

You see, when I first came here, what was it--around 2:30, I was under the mistaken impression that Chertoff had been named already.

I swear I heard it on TV. Now I'm confused because it's not true. Perhaps I heard it wrong.....

Just listened to someone say that the administration hedged their bets on this one speculating that a confirmation hearing would be easier on the White House politically than Gonzales going through another dreadful hearing.

Hajji said...

Oh, Gonzo's going through another hearing. This time it will be all about the perjury he comitted when asked about his late-hour trip to badger Asscrotch in his hospital bed.

He said it wasn't about the warrantless wiretapping, but everybody else says it wuz.

It is almost always the PERJURY or the COVER-UP that gets 'em. Why can't the vile practices and deceptions and breeches of the "spirit" of the law, if not the "letter" be enough?


Carey said...

I heard someone speculate that, now, with the resignation, they will not pursue the perjury charges any further.


micki said...

Dr. B...believe it or not. I think one of the next to go is Darth Cheney. He may not be the next....but he's gonna be one of 'em.

Of course, it's going to be all theatrical politics, but he'll be sidelined -- soon.

These varmints don't really go away, they just lay real low when the heat is on, out of the bright light. They'll continue their skullduggery, secretly doing their dirty tricks and engaging in unscrupulous behavior, but they will be "out of the spotlight."

But, yeah....cheney is on the list. He's willing. In fact, he's a volunteer for the cause.

micki said...

Carey -- of course they're hoping that.

But, I don't think it's gonna work.

*fingers crossed*

Carol said...

Inslee can't hold a candle to Clooney. No way.

Gonzales gone. Well, it's a big so what. Someone anointed by the king will be put in his place. Nothing changes there. I love how they interrupted TV this morning to say he resigned. As if it were a big deal. Humph.

Nice to see you, Jeanne.

micki said...

Hey, Jeanne! -- I love the manure cart imagery.

Nice to hear from you, as always.

micki said...

Hey, Carol, -- I don't know....I've seen Jay in person a couple of fact, at Shoreline with Joe Wilson. He held my interest. :-)

I admit it's hard to compete with GC, but......Jay has a certain...a certain....

...what's the right word?

micki said...

Carol -- no, it's not a big so what. It doesn't mean that it will result in a more competent AG or that they will adhere to the will of law or any of that...but, it's nice to see that the busheviks had to make some changes as a result of building pressure.

Justice often moves at a glacial pace.

micki said...

...oops "rule of law" not will

Anonymous said...

on a different note;
even an american airlines employee admits that their 2 planes allegedly involved in the 9/11 crime of the century, AA11 and AA77, did not actually even leave the ground that day.

worth noting is the BTS (bureau of transportation) database also did not list either of those planes as in operation on the day of 9/11/01.

micki said...

I'm glad they interrupted TeeVee for his ridiculous "press conference" where he took no questions and stiff-armed reporters, walking off after his...what...3 minutes of bullshit...and effectively giving a big FU to the American citizen

It was a strong message. "We do not give a flying fuck about any of you."

micki said...

Here we go again.


micki said...

This "resignation" isn't in the running for 'WHO'S NEXT" but....jeepers, what's with these closeted Repugs...

Monday, August 27, 2007
Senator Craig withdraws from Romney campaign role

US Senator Larry Craig resigned tonight as Senate co-chairman for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, within hours after news broke of Craig's guilty plea to disorderly conduct after an incident in a men's bathroom.

"Senator Craig has stepped down from his role with the campaign. He did not want to be a distraction and we accept his decision," Romney's campaign said in a statement.

The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reported today that Craig pleaded guilty earlier this month to a charge of disorderly conduct after he was arrested in June at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport by a plainclothes police officer investigating lewd conduct complaints in a men's public bathroom.

Craig denied any "inappropriate conduct" and said his actions had been misconstrued.

In February, Romney announced that Craig of Idaho and Robert Bennett of Utah would serve as co-Senate liaisons.

"Both men have a unique perspective of the new generation of challenges confronting our nation," Romney said in the statement announcing their roles. "I look forward to working with them to find the solutions needed to ensure that our country remains a strong world leader."

In May, Romney's campaign announced that Craig would be co-chairman of the Romney for President Idaho Leadership Team.

"Our government is in need of a proven leader like Governor Romney, who will put in place benchmarks and streamline our government using proven conservative principles," Craig said in the Romney campaign's statement. "His message is resonating with voters and I'm looking forward to helping him on his way to winning the Republican nomination."

After reports of Craig's arrest, the Romney campaign made private a YouTube video in which Craig also praised Romney. That move was first reported by The Politico website.

Anonymous said...

You'll love this one. Bush was in MPLS for a photo op at the bridge just like he did at the twin towers. It wasn't as inspiring this time. Especially when he left a half an hour later for a fundraiser for Norm Coleman. Ick.


Den said...

Make it an even 60!!!