Thursday, October 18, 2007

AG Weasel


Confirmation hearings began on Wednesday for Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey. And after a day of questioning, the Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee appears set to support his confirmation. President Bush nominated Mukasey to replace Alberto Gonzales after Gonzales quit in August amidst a series of scandals involving the firing of U.S. Attorneys and for approving a secret warrantless domestic surveillance program. Mukasey is a retired federal judge who handled several high-profile cases including the 1995 trial of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the "blind sheikh," and the initial detention of Jose Padilla.

On Wednesday Mukasey defended many of President Bush”s most controversial post 9/11 policies. He said the president has the right to indefinitely detain American citizens without charge. He refused to recommend the closing of the military prison at Guantanamo. And Mukasey said he does not believe prisoners at Guantanamo should be allowed the right of habeas corpus.

@ DEMOCRACY NOW

This man appears to be slightly better than the previous occupant of the AG's office but only slightly. With his narrow views and devotion to the Cabal it is not likely anything will improve in the areas of Habeas Corpus or GITMO and many others that are crying out for change.

Yet despite the shortcomings of this man, the Dems will once again roll over and relinquish control to the fascist Cabal.

Suddenly all aspects of law are open for micro-interpretation, defining torture, defining enemy combatants, etc, etc. The worst part about this is there are no more checks in the system to prevent further integration of fascism into the U.S. We are sitting ducks waiting to be plucked.

Nothing short of a full scale violent revolution will change what has been wrought upon us.
It will be a while but the rest of the consumer-grade citizens will be feeling the pinch of fascism and when they do, there will be hell to pay.

I hope.

.

45 comments:

micki said...

Getting sprayed by a skunk is no fun. We've been getting sprayed by a skunk everyday for the past 6 1/2 years and nothing has happened except that the stench worsens.

Den, there won't be any revolution. People are too self-indulgent for that kind of inconvenience.

Iraq is in shambles. The biggest foreign policy blunder in our nation's history. Bush shares the bully pulpit with Putin to restart Cold War bluster. Thanks guys! Boy, we need to repeat that bit of hisory. More money down the rathole. Bush, through his bluster and bravado egging on the other bigmouthed blusterer Ahmadinejad, made certain that any attempt at Iran moving towards moderation was thwarted.

In the *fatherland*, steam pipes are exploding, bridges are falling, a major city has been told to FO, the move to privatize has further damaged our infrastructure, heeding the common good is not so common anymore, our military is stretched so thin we have a mercenary army, habeas corpus is deader than a doornail, privacy is quaint, "we don't torture" because we redefined it, we can fight illegal wars on the cheap, no new taxes, rah-rah permanent tax cuts for the wealthy, no leadership on climate change, going to an ER is "health coverage," the Geneva Conventions are quaint, the unitary executive powers are expanding exponentially, our food supply is tainted, pharmaceuticals are killing us, oversight is diminishing, and you hold out hope for a revolution?

The standards of conduct in this country are so low, that bush continues to win political battles when he should have already been impeached.

Nope. Sorry, pal, I see no chance of a revolution.

Alan said...

SCHIP fails the override and telecoms get their immunity. At 24% approval rating, bush just keeps on winning. It don't make fkn sense!

micki said...

Yup, Alan. WTF?

micki said...

Over @ salon.com, Tim Grieve posted about Brownback leaving the race. (Big deal.) Related to the discussion, I posted the following a few minutes ago (and got "editor's choice" *blush*).

And the nominee is...........!

Okay. I wouldn't bet the farm, but I bet there's a 50-50 chance that Darth Cheney will put his (black) hat in the ring.

We live in strange times. Remember when Cheney picked himself for the veep slot as head of the search committee for Bush? Well, he could be letting the current crop of Repug contenders slug it out for a while, then he will come riding in as the defender of the current administration -- and use GWB on the campaign trail as his ally in freedom.

Pull out the fear card, stir in a measure of jingoistic bullshit, and pepper the sheeple with platitudes of how great this nation is -- and VOILA! -- Cheney has a message that resonates across the land.

Yeah, I know, people are supposed to have Cheney's number by now, and he's got a bad ticker that runs on batteries...but, we'd be reminded that he's younger than Reagan, younger than McCain, and his "so-called" health problems have not interfered with his functions as vice president.

This spring Cheney said, "America is a good and an honorable country. We serve a cause that is right, and a cause that gives hope to the oppressed in every corner of this earth. We're the kind of country that fights for freedom, and the men and women in that fight are some of the bravest citizens this nation has ever produced. The only way for us to lose is to quit. But that's not an option. We will complete the mission, and we will prevail." This kind of rhetoric sells like hotcakes.

Could Cheney legitimately win a presidential campaign? No. But that hasn't stopped the Repugs in the last two elections, has it?

-- MICKI
[Read MICKI's other letters]
Permalink Thursday, October 18, 2007 09:52 AM

DEN said...

REVOLUTION!!!!

(I do have my hopes)

Any volunteers??

*crickets chirping*

DEN said...

Den,

It's been a busy day, but I wanted take a moment and let you know that I have decided to place a "hold" on legislation in the Senate that includes amnesty for telecommunications companies that enabled the President's assault on the Constitution by providing personal information on their customers without judicial authorization.

I said that I would do everything I could to stop this bill from passing, and I have.

It's about delivering results -- and as I've said before, the FIRST thing I will do after being sworn into office is restore the Constitution.

But we shouldn't have to wait until then to prevent the further erosion of our country's most treasured document.

That's why I am stopping this bill today.

I've gotta run, but please visit my campaign website for more details.

http://www.chrisdodd.com/fisa

Chris

micki said...

Go here and support Chris Dodd's "hold" on the FISA bill

Go, Senator Dodd!

Now....what are the other presidential wannabees gonna do?

micki said...

...oops, now I see that Den is on the case already!

Gerald said...

Mukasey is still a Nazi.

Gerald said...

Bush "at peace" waging war (?)

Diary Entry by Professor Emeritus Peter Bagnolo

Bush "at peace" waging war
A new transcript reveals the president, on the brink of the Iraq invasion, full of faith, calm and unyielding optimism.
By Mark Danner [2007-10-18]

::::::::

My Letter to the Editor:

Bush "at peace" waging war
"A new transcript reveals the president, on the brink of the Iraq invasion, full of faith, calm and unyielding optimism"

His is exactly what one might expect from a sociopath, a psychopath, or from a sadistically violent, addictive personality, compounded by illusions of grandeur and superiority. Torture, inflicting pain and suffering, the obliviousness to the effects lack of health care has upon children, the record of massive Capital Punishment, his comment in a paper in college in which he said, "The poor are so, because they are lazy!" is neither "full of faith, calm or unyielding optimism," it is emblematic of psychosis and that this is not recognized by the author of those 'observations' gives one pause to ponder the educational defects and insights into character of the writer of such nonsense and Danner is on target with his analysis.

Bush, like Alan Greenspan is detached and incapable of humane empathy. It is not possible for someone of his nature to feel much of anything for others, nor of the after effects of any action, he might take.

The same has been said of many murderers and what onlookers call faith is anything but-a person of faith would show some semblance of conscience.

Anti-abortion, yet pro-every other segment of The Culture of Death and Sadism, does not qualify one as "full of faith, calm and unyielding optimism." It qualifies one as mentally ill.

-- ProfessorEmeritusPeterBagnolo
story at Salon.com URL

David B. Benson said...

Re-Use Deconstruction of Bellingham, WA --- a good idea whose time has finally come.

carol said...

Micki, congrats on the Salon.com post! VERY cool!

micki said...

Dr. B, Bellingham is called The City of Subdued Excitement for nothing. We rock!

Carol -- Thnx! I showed that post to Bill and he said, "Ohmigod! That sounds like a perfect Rovian plan."

It's windy and getting windier! The sky looks like doomsday.

Hey, what's with the attack on Bhutto's convoy? I can't keep up with all the SSDD!

micki said...

oops...isn't -- not is

whatever

micki said...

Iowa congressman holds up sign on floor during debate on S-CHIP, says it's an acronym for...“Socialized Clinton-style Hillarycare for Illegals and their Parents”

THAT kind of stooopidity makes me ache with pain.

No wonder this country is falling apart at the seams.

DEN said...

Worse than grade school, people of no conscience.

I just hope they get what they have coming to them.

Narcissism reigns supreme in the USA.

"Me first, screw you!"

Gets more difficult to watch every day, like the train is headed for a wreck and nothing can be done to stop it because everyone is too busy thinking of themselves first.

micki said...

I wonder how that idiot would feel if Iowa's farm subsidies were eliminated?

micki said...

Hmmmmmm....maybe if we didn't subsidize the high fructose corn syrup and the hydrogenated oil "farmers" the kids wouldn't need as much healthcare.

Those two "foods" are killing us.

micki said...

Some people make me sick.

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- You mean Iowa farmers?

micki said...

No. I mean stoooooopid politicians.

micki said...

Not too clear, was I?

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- That's the only kind. If they are intelligent they are statesmen.

Or stateswomen.

Or statespeople.

Or statescritters?

micki said...

statesapiens?

micki said...

or would it be:

statessapiens?

David B. Benson said...

Homo sapiens politicus

Gerald said...

Hillary is taking the blame for SCHIP. I thought that SCHIP was a Republican passed program?

Hitler Bush has openly admitted today that he will not leave the White House. Who is the poster who has made that prediction for three years? Yes, you are right. Gerald is the correct answer.

micki said...

Homo sapiens emocionalis stupidus

micki said...

Gerald: Hitler Bush has openly admitted today that he will not leave the White House.

Hey, Gerald, can you give us a citation? Really. Did he say that? Or are you engaging in a bit of hyperbole?

micki said...

S-CHIP was a bipartisan bill.

bush said yesterday in his press *lecture* (formerly known as a press conference) that one reason he used his veto pen on the bill is to "ensure that I am relevant."

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Yup. Those are politicians. I was refering to statespersons.

Gerald said...

Micki, President Putin said that he will step down in 2008 to be prime minister from the presidency or vice versa. Hitler Bush said that he would be doing the same thing. Is Hitler Bush planning to be a prime minister or a king or an emperor or an absolute dictator?

Micki, this is the information that read. Was Hitler Bush trying to be funny? I do not trust this monster.

DEN said...

Piles of steaming doggy doodoo(PSDD)

Shows what kind of people are represented by these Senators and Representatives, they voted for the ding-a-lings.

Gerald said...

Micki, I came across what was said but I cannot locate the specific article at this time.

micki said...

Oh, okay, now I see what you're referring to, Gerald.

Well, he is the joker-in-chief.

He's just not funny.

DEN said...

Forgot to leave congrats to Micki,OOPS!

!!CONGRATULATIONS!!

We must persist!!
The TRUTH must be told!!

Gerald said...

Micki, here is where I read Hitler Bush's comment!!!

Bush Quips He Might Stay in Power (Threat Level Plays Along)
By Kevin Poulsen October 17, 2007

At a press briefing this morning that touched on issues like the White House's extrajudicial wiretapping program and torture policies, the president was asked a question about Vladimir Putin's plan to hold on to power when his term as Russian president runs out.

Reporter: Mr. President, following up on Vladimir Putin for a moment, he said recently that next year, when he has to step down according to the constitution, as the president, he may become prime minister; in effect keeping power and dashing any hopes for a genuine democratic transition there ...

Bush: I've been planning that myself.

Gerald said...

When Hitler Bush says that he is planning to stay in power, I tend to believe him whether or not he is trying to get a laugh. Hitler Bush in the WH is not a laughing matter.

Gerald said...

I do not trust Hitler Bush because I believe that he is a psycho-maniac with a lust for eternal power.

David B. Benson said...

Many generals and admirals think Bush and Cheney are out of control?

Many in U.S. Military Think Bush and Cheney Are Out of Control

ยบ¿carol said...

Bush: "I've been planning that myself."

I saw him say that at the press conference. He was making a joke! I could tell by his smirk!

Still, I took him seriously. Thought about Gerald's prediction that he wouldn't leave the WH in 2009.

micki said...

Well, darn...I posted about this @ Den's yesterday.

micki said...
One damned funny thing after another!

From the joker-in-chief at his *press conference* this a.m. ....

Reporter: Mr. President, following up on Vladimir Putin for a moment, he said recently that next year, when he has to step down according to the constitution, as the president, he may become prime minister; in effect keeping power and dashing any hopes for a genuine democratic transition there ...

Bush:
I've been planning that myself.

Was he kidding? It had to be a joke, right?!!!!

10/17/2007 9:18 AM

DEN said...

The truth is out there.

micki said...

I wonder if he was kidding.

When I spun out the possible scenario of Cheney entering the race @ salon.com (and got editors' choice - no biggie in reality) and repeated it here, it occurred to me that this could be the equivalency to Putin staying power.

Possible.

DEN said...

I would caution against speculation at this point.

Might have tipped his hand, might not.

Must focus on uniting people to bring this train wreck to a halt and never let people like this ever occupy such important governmental positions ever again.

By the people, for the people.

zz