Monday, November 26, 2007

Getting Away With Murder?

In the history of the American Republic, perhaps no political family has been more protected from scandal than the Bushes.

When the Bushes are involved in dirty deals or even criminal activity, standards of evidence change. Instead of proof "beyond a reasonable doubt" that would lock up an average citizen, the evidence must be perfect.

If there's any doubt at all, the Bushes must be presumed innocent. Even when their guilt is obvious to anyone with an ounce of common sense, it's their accusers and those who dare investigate who get the worst of it. Their motives are challenged and their own shortcomings are cast in the harshest possible light.

For decades -- arguably going back generations -- the Bushes have been protected by their unique position straddling two centers of national power, the family's blueblood Eastern Establishment ties and the Texas oil crowd with strong links to the Republican Right. [For details on this family phenomenon, see Robert Parry's Secrecy & Privilege.]

This reality was underscored again by how major news outlets and the right-wing press reacted to a new piece of evidence implicating George W. Bush in a criminal cover-up in the "Plame-gate" scandal.

Though the evidence is now overwhelming that President Bush was part of a White House cabal that leaked Valerie Plame Wilson's identity as a covert CIA officer and then covered up the facts, major newspapers, such as the New York Times and the Washington Post, continue to pooh-pooh this extraordinary scandal.



One million dead Iraqi's and over 3000 dead troops cannot be wrong, the Bush crime family continues to destroy others while raking in millions.


micki said...

Though it's not a crime per se, it is, in some ways, c'est plus qu'un crime, c'est une faute (it is worse than a crime, it is a blunder), that laws are so easily circumvented for personal gain.

Trent Lott, as you've probably already heard, is resigning the Senate by the end of the year so that he can thumb his nose at the new anti-lobbying rules that go into effect on January 1, 2008, that prohibit an elected official from lobbying activities for two years after leaving Congress.

Another pig eating at the public trough.

micki said...

...but, his seat is probably safe for the Repugs. Haley Barbour has the authority to pick his replacement until an election can be held.

micki said...

Following his Supreme Court appointment as president, bu$h appointed 6 Iran-contra defendants to his staff, filled the upper levels of the WH and Department of Defen$e with senior members of the PNAC including his speech writer, chief advisor, secretary of defense, and vice president. bu$h also used the terrorist attacks of 9-11 to "justify" illegally invading and occupying a sovereign nation, Iraq, under false pretenses of imminent threat, and essentially hand$ over billions in no-bid contracts to Cheney'$ Halliburton, Rum$feld'$ Bechtel, and his own family'$ Carlyle group. That's just for starters... tell me why he was reelected?

I'm getting more worried everyday.

micki said...

...meanwhile in the wonderful world of American professional sports, that great bastion of American values and Apple Pie, Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was shot at his Florida home early Monday morning and hospitalized in critical condition, according to police and a statement released by the team.

DEN said...

Micki, TPM has amassed a huge list of BS maneuvers that should have sent this pack of thugs to the slammer, instead it further entrenched them and allowed the further decline into the fascist abyss.

Read the article here

Most disgusting indeed.

micki said...

Den, and that list is only what we know we don't know!

What else have they done in secrecy?

DEN said...

Micki, we don't want to know I suppose.

However it is the fault of Congress with the oversight power that ignored(deliberatly) all the signs leading us to where we are today.

The rubber stamping of the thugs has led us to where we are today, well on our way to complete corporate control of government.

DEN said...

Now for the levity portion of our program:

How not to ride a snowmobile

carey said...

Yes Micki. I thought Lott's announcement coincided perfectly with the Ashcroft wheely-deal. Here's another Republican powerhouse to rip the American public off and act generally illicitly.

I am so sick of "is it a "crime"?

Carey said...

Generally speaking guys, we're fucked. Totally fucked.

Carey said...

Merry Christmas.

Carey said...

They have us in a stranglehold. It's impossible to escape.

I'm getting more worried everyday.

I know what you mean jellybean. Things don't look good.

On to the subject immediately at hand--the race. The next 39 days will be rather cuthroat, don't you suspect? Lots of dirty shenanigans--steadily throughout winter.

I liked Michael Kinsley's take on the candidates--it's fair-minded and shows his experiential learning.

Got Experience?

You can vote the resume or the life, but the key is what was learned.

micki said...

Hmmmm. Apparently Dick Cheney has a heart of some kind. Reports are that he's experiencing atrial fibrillation, even as I type this.

I'll be darned. A heart?

DEN said...

Dow dropped 237.44 for the day.

Darth chainey better retire from his stressful job, doncha know!

David B. Benson said...

Uh, oh!

Concluding line of abstact:

All of these changes characterize a carbon cycle that is generating stronger-than-expected and sooner-than-expected climate forcing.

Carey said...

Noam Chomsky fleshes out a few key chips in the argument over Iran and nuclear acquisition. It's quite brief and to the point.


Carey said...

Another words, yikes, David. Faster, even more faster than ever, now.

Carey said...

The phenomenon of Cheney. I found myself pondering him yesterday. Lord knows why.

He's just so bad.

David B. Benson said...

Carey --- Yes! Faster and then even faster!

Faster! Faster! Faster!

Carey said...

And then, most fastest.

Glancing over the caucus/primary schedule, my first thought is, we've never seen such a badly thrown together bunch of contests. Mass crap is likely from this conglomeration of mismatched dates.

My goodness, really. What a mess.

David B. Benson said...

Faster! Here is one of the reasons why:

Far from Beijing's reach, offcials bend energy rules

Moral: Don't buy anything made in China

Carey said...

When you're the biggest industrial powerhouse, it goes with the territory.

David B. Benson said...

You're eating that?

Farmer's markets are safer, IMHO.

By the way, are you getting at least 1000 IU of Vitamin D evry day this time of year? I just read an article which strongly recommends 1000--4000 IU daily...

DEN said...

Doc, I thought Vitamin C was the cure all. DOH!

Hajji said...

get your C and D.

Get them from natural sources, fruit, veggies and most important of all....SUNLIGHT!

Ski Naked, if you have is for your HEALTH!


David B. Benson said...

Den --- That too, that too. Big doses of Vitamin C are good for you, year round.

Vitamin D suppliments are only needed during the winter time. Enough sunshine will allow you to generate the required Vitamin D in other seasons of the year.

Applicable to the 'temperate zones'. Which I guess includes San Diego...

David B. Benson said...

Hajji --- Is cod liver oil sufficiently natural for you?

Gerald said...

It's not that Christianity has been tried and failed. It's that it has never been tried. G. K. Chesterton

If the United States of Evil is a Christian nation, why aren't Nazi Americans more Christ-like?

Gerald said...


Gerald said...

Another week, another 120 war vets

micki said...

Maybe the bush administration will give another crony $52MILLION DOLLARS to MONITOR food safety.

micki said...

When the central government in Beijing announced an ambitious nationwide campaign to reduce energy consumption two years ago, officials in this western regional capital got right to work: not to comply, but to engineer creative schemes to evade the requirements.

Looks like the bush administration provides OJT to the Chinese officials!

Gerald said...

Get the children while they are young

Gerald said...

Bush Is Beyond Callous to Iraqi Suffering
November 9, 2007 By Matthew Rothschild
Here’s how out of it Bush is.

At a press conference earlier this week, he was asked about the Iraq War, and this is what he said: If you’re an Iraqi, “you’d be saying: ‘God I love freedom.’ ”

Somehow, I don’t think that’s what most Iraqis are saying to themselves right now.

Certainly not the 75,000 to more than a million Iraqi civilians who’ve died as a result of Bush’s reckless war.

Certainly not the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who’ve been wounded.

Certainly not the families of all those killed or wounded.

Certainly not the two to three million Iraqis who’ve been rendered into refugees.

Certainly not the 20,000 Iraqis that the U.S. and the Maliki government are holding without charges.

And certainly not those who’ve been tortured.

And certainly not the women of Iraq, who are much less free today than they were under Saddam.

But Bush is beyond callous to the casualties in Iraq.

For he thinks he’s doing God’s work, which he says is to deliver the gift of freedom around the world.

And if some people die under the wheels of the delivery truck, well, that must be part of God’s plan, too.

Thus does he sleep at night, untroubled by the wailing in Iraq.

Gerald said...



Wounded Vets Asked to Pay Up
The Associated Press

Monday 26 November 2007

New York - Service members seriously wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan after they received a $10,000 bonus for enlisting are being asked by the Pentagon to repay portions of the incentive money, says a U.S. senator who calls the practice an example of military policy gone wrong.

"A bill in the mail is not the kind of present our soldiers deserve in this holiday season," Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. said. "Our veterans are not being treated with the dignity, respect and thanks that they deserve. It's just a disgrace."

At a news conference Sunday, he said the policy remained in effect despite a report last July by a presidential commission that wounded veterans were being unfairly penalized by a requirement that enlistees must fulfill their entire term of service or lose a pro-rated portion of their bonus.

"This policy and early discharge as a result of service-related injury is now preventing thousands of combat-wounded warriors from getting the bonuses they have earned," Schumer said. "This includes several hundred New Yorkers who suffered wounds or catastrophic injuries before concluding their duty."

He said that when the case of Jordan Fox, an Army sniper partially blinded by a roadside bomb in Iraq, was called to the Pentagon's attention, officials replied that the demand for him to repay $2,800 was a "clerical error" and canceled the debt.

If the Mount Lebanon, Pa., soldier's case was an isolated incident, there has been no explanation of why hundreds of other wounded veterans have also received letters demanding repayment, Schumer said. "When you talk to the Pentagon, you get different answers from different people," he said.

The numbers of veterans affected by the policy are not known. Schumer said his office had received several complaints, as had the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

"Asking wounded service members to repay part of their enlistment bonuses is an outrage," IAVA Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff said in an e-mailed statement.

"Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is pleased to work with Congress to put an end to this unfair practice," Rieckhoff said. "These injured heroes have made enormous sacrifices for our country and they deserve to be treated with the utmost honor and gratitude."

Standing in front of a World War I memorial, Schumer called on the Department of Defense to conduct an internal investigation and audit to identify recently wounded personnel who received the dunning letters and assure them that repayments were not necessary.

He also said he would support proposed legislation, to be called the Veterans Guaranteed Bonus Act, to require full payment of bonuses to enlistees within 30 days of discharge from the service due to combat-related injuries.

As of Sunday, at least 3,875 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes eight military civilians. At least 3,157 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

The AP count is three higher than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Friday at 10 a.m.


Gerald said...

What is so transparent about our country is her endless hypocrisy. - Gerald

micki said...

Some of the comments are brutally heartfelt at Gerald's link about war vet suicides.

War. Solves nothing.

David B. Benson said...

Hippity Hops time...

micki said...

Okay, Tom Wolfe was right about the blogosphere engaging in unfounded rumors. But, sometimes those rumors find a foundation and stand on their own when the facts come out.

So....I won't engage in rumors, but if you can visualize a U.S. Rethuglican Senator in a toga hanging out with the boys who announced his resignation today, and then think of the ancient Roman Senate and some of its activities, and male escort services, you might come up with a DIFFERENT reason for the Senator's resignation.

If this turns out to be true, it'll be the latest chapter in GOP hypocrisy.

DEN said...

Rumor and Sigh, by Richard Thompson

Excellent listening.

(Mr.Helmet hair is a pedophile?)

DEN said...


Birdie bad dream.