Thursday, November 08, 2007

Das Boot

Rep. Robert Wexler sent his constituents this beautiful and admirable Email today:

As a person who supports holding this Administration accountable for their deceptive actions, you may be interested to know about the recent votes in the House regarding H.Res. 333, "Impeaching Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors."

I share your belief that Vice President Cheney must answer for his deceptive actions in office, particularly with regard to the preparations for the Iraq war and the revelation of the identity of covert agent Valerie Plame Wilson as part of political retribution against her husband. That is why I voted against the motion to table debate on H.Res. 333. Along with only 85 other Democrats, I opposed tabling the measure and supported beginning immediate debate and a vote on the Cheney impeachment resolution. The vote on tabling the Kucinich resolution was rejected, and the House subsequently voted to refer the matter to the Judiciary Committee.

Vice President Dick Cheney and the Bush Administration have demonstrated a consistent pattern of abusing the law and misleading Congress and the American people. We see the consequences of these actions abroad in Iraq and at home through the violations of our civil liberties. The American people are served well with a legitimate and thorough impeachment inquiry. I will urge the Judiciary Committee to schedule impeachment hearings immediately and not let this issue languish as it has over the last six months. Only through hearings can we bring begin to correct the abuses of Dick Cheney and the Bush Administration; and, if it is determined in these hearings that Vice President Cheney has committed High Crimes and Misdemeanors, he should be impeached and removed from office. It is time for Congress to expose the multitude of misdeeds of the Administration, and I am hopeful that the Judiciary Committee will expeditiously begin an investigation of this matter.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or concerns. I sincerely appreciate your input and hope that you will feel free to contact me anytime I may be of assistance to you. In addition, I hope you find my website ( a valuable resource in keeping up with events in Washington and in South Florida.

With warm regards,

Congressman Robert Wexler

So many times I have got my hopes up only to have dashed upon the rocky shores of repugs' and their innate ability to neutralize any attempt to dislodge their sinister plans.

I would hope that somehow, someone could finally stick it to these merchants of disgust and kick their asses to the curb.

So it is with deadeye dick. If anyone ever deserved to get the boot, it is him and his fellow neo-fascist death merchants.

America has been transformed into a worldwide terrorist organization by dick and his warped views and desire for world domination.

We are much better than that and as such deserve much better.



micki said...

Way to go, Congressman Wexler! Thanks for posting this, Den!

-Call the House Judiciary Committee at 202-225-3951 and demand hearings on H.Res. 333.

-Email all of the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee:

-If your Congress Member is not on the Judiciary Committee, ask them to cosponsor H Res 333:

-Watch for updates and notice of a national conference call with Rep. Dennis Kucinich at

micki said...


• John Conyers, Chairman, Michigan
• Howard L. Berman, California
• Rick Boucher, Virginia
• Jerrold Nadler, New York
• Robert C. Scott, Virginia
• Mel Watt, North Carolina
• Zoe Lofgren, California
• Sheila Jackson-Lee, Texas
• Maxine Waters, California
• Bill Delahunt, Massachusetts
• Robert Wexler, Florida
• Linda T. S├ínchez, California
• Steve Cohen, Tennessee
• Hank Johnson, Georgia
• Luis Gutierrez, Illinois
• Brad Sherman, California
• Anthony D. Weiner, New York
• Adam B. Schiff, California
• Artur Davis, Alabama
• Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida
• Keith Ellison, Minnesota
• Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin
• 1 vacancy


• Lamar S. Smith, Ranking member, Texas
• Jim Sensenbrenner, Wisconsin
• Howard Coble, North Carolina
• Elton Gallegly, California
• Bob Goodlatte, Virginia
• Steve Chabot, Ohio
• Dan Lungren, California
• Chris Cannon, Utah
• Ric Keller, Florida
• Darrell Issa, California
• Mike Pence, Indiana
• Randy Forbes, Virginia
• Steve King, Iowa
• Tom Feeney, Florida
• Trent Franks, Arizona
• Louie Gohmert, Texas
• Jim Jordan, Ohio

micki said...

Gail Collins, in TNYT, begins her column today with this perky lede!

Back in mid-2001, when Mayor Rudy Giuliani was busy committing adultery, lurching into his divorce and third marriage and rooming with a gay couple he promised to marry as soon as the law allowed, who among us would have imagined that one day he would be endorsed for president by Pat Robertson?

DEN said...

Update on the oil spill in the Bay area:

SAN FRANCISCO -- Oil leaked from a cargo ship that bumped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is washing up on beaches about 40 miles north of San Francisco, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.

Cleanup crews have helicopters surveying the damage, as well as skimmers sucking up the oil on the bay and ocean. Teams are also walking the shoreline scooping up the oil, authorities said.

About 58,000 gallons of oil spilled from the ship when it struck a tower supporting the bridge Wednesday morning. The accident caused no structural damage to the span, officials said, but vessel's hull suffered a large gash. It is now being anchored off Candlestick Point in the bay.

The spill has closed five area beaches.

"By our guidelines it is a medium-sized spill. But in the San Francisco Bay Area, that is a big deal," said Coast Guard Capt. William Uberti, captain of the Port of San Francisco and the chief federal officer investigating the incident.

Scientists are still assessing the best cleanup techniques and the environmental impact. A small number of birds have been spotted coated in oil.

The pilot of the ship is being interviewed by Coast Guard authorities. If he's to have acted negligently or recklessly, authorities said he could close his state's pilot license.

Authorities said the oil traveled as far north as Dillon Beach on the Marin County-Sonoma County line. It's also been spotted on the shores of Angel and Alcatraz islands and Crissy Field near the Golden Gate Bridge.

58-THOUSAND gallons is a medium size spill? Yipes!

David B. Benson said...

If you want a computer which will fit comfortably in a shirt pocket, I can tell you more about a rechargable battery linux machine for $299.

Alan said...

haha That's funny Dr. B. I mean, I see all these people that just have to have a huge wide-screen HD-TV at home, but then want to watch videos 'n stuff on their little iPhone. *shakes head*
I still mostly watch a regular ol' 25" stereo TV in my old-timey entertainment center. No flat screen hanging on the wall for me... and no hand held little computers either. My cell phone is pretty cool, but I turned off the internet function on it. Da hell I wanted to hear it beep every time I got a new email!

DEN said...

Geez Alan next thing you will tell us is that you live in a cave and hunt small mammals for food.

HA! (Couldn't resist)

Alan said...

Welp, I DO live in Texas, and most folks think we still drive cattle through town 'n shyt. lol

micki said...

The oil tanker Exxon Valdez departed the Valdez oil terminal, Alaska at 9:12 pm March 23, 1989 with 53 million gallons of crude oil bound for California.


The accident resulted in the discharge of approximately 11 million gallons of oil (240,000 barrels), 20% of the cargo, into Prince William Sound.

So, yeah Den, 58,000 gallons is medium size by that measurement!

Alan said...

I just read a good article. At the end it's also got part of Olbermann's special comment and Kucinich's impeachment resolution.

Hard Rain Journal 11-8-07: Who Will Rescue The Goddess of Liberty from Her Abusers & Their Enablers in the US Congress?

She never wanted to be with him. She did not choose him. He and his thugs took her by force in 2000, and dragged her into their lair.

She tried to escape in 2004. She got as far as Ohio, then they caught up with her, hog-tied her, and hustled her away again.

How many times has she been carried into the chambers of the US Congress, bruised and bleeding? Too many.

How many times have the denizens of the Congress sent her back to him? Every time.

"It will be different this time," they promise. "We have assurances."

But, of course, each time, it does happen again. And each time, a little bit more of her body is broken, and a little bit more of her light has gone out.
You can see the gist of it with that first part, and it's not belittling abused women because to me, 'she' is the most abused of all.

micki said...

That's nothing.

A friend of mine has a computer that is smaller than the head of a pin. :-)

"There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom"

Alan said...

WOW ! They're calling Stephen Colbert another Nostradamus. Check out his answer to Jon Stewart on election night 2000.

Stephen Cobert Called It

There's a couple of youtubes there that were pulled by Viacom, but here's the relevant quote...

Stewart: Stephen, are you seeing parallels with tonights election? A country flush with prosperity, two young, energetic candidates perhaps ready to lead us back to Camelot?

Colbert:No, I'm getting more of a 'Nam vibe. You know, unwinnable wars, inescabable downward spiral, chaos in the streets. That sort of thing."

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- That was a prescient lecture. Nobody, not one, in the audience came away convinced enough to say yes afterwards.

In my hearing, anyway.

David B. Benson said...

But he didn't predict this:

Preparing For Life After Oil

Another CalTech professor, Harrison Brown, did in a book entitled The Next Hundred Years: the challenge of man's future. A geochemist, he understood that fossil fuels are a finite resource.

But he didn't predict global warming...

David B. Benson said...

Prognosis: very, very bad.

Global warming gases set to rise 57% by 2030 -- IEA

DEN said...

Great posts!

David B. Benson said...

Oh goody:

Blackwater's Florida Court Woes

David B. Benson said...

Clapping one hand with glee!

Kucinich Not Stopping With Cheney!

David B. Benson said...

Something for your town?

Will Berkeley spark a solar revolution?

micki said...

According to a CNN poll 1% of Americans think bush is the best president in U.S. history.

What a useless statistic.

But, whoever that 1% is, they need immediate medical attention.

They're deranged!

micki said...

Hey, that idea from Berkeley is great!

David B. Benson said...

More than one percent of adult Americans are deranged.

Much more than that.

They live in suburbs and have long commutes via automobile to work.

That's crazy!

micki said...

They live in suburbs and have long commutes via automobile to work.

Well, that's a different type of mental illness.

It's called an "adjustment disorder." :-)

DEN said...

We do what we do to be what we want to be.

DEN said...

Excitement from the Land-O-Cheese

Alan said...

Get your gag/upchuck bucket handy.

11.08.07 -- 11:32PM

President Plays Virtual Soldier
So the President was down in San Antonio today, visiting the rehab center at Brooke Army Medical Center, where lots of wounded Iraq War vets go for further treatment.

As is usually the case in these kinds of visits, the President took a tour, shook some hands, and gave a speech. But we got a hold of a copy of the pool report of the visit, and the President apparently also got a chance to play a little virtual soldier on his tour:

Bush saw a number of cutting edge virtual reality games that allowed recovering soldier to simulate riding a car or boat. One game simulated shooting in a Baghdad neighborhood, a game she said POTUS participated in with two other soldiers there and helped shoot the bad guys, at least virtually.
That must have been quite a scene. I wonder how it went over.

--David Kurtz

Gerald said...

Das Boot is a great blog and Den summarizes it very well.

I have been fighting a terrible cold for the last 2 and one half weeks that has slowed my down. As I grow older, fighting a cold or some another health problem takes longer to shake.

Why are Americans so stupid? We face great problems and the division in this hell-hole of a country will destroy us. With time running out for me in some ways I am very amused by all the crap that transpires in our daily lives.

How can Americans consider themselves superior when in fact the U.S. of Evil has the majority of people who favor mass murders and endless war crimes? I do not believe that we are a good, holy, and saintly nation. Far from it!!!