Saturday, February 16, 2008

Saturday Business






Yesterday the House of Representatives took several historic steps towards protecting our system of checks and balances. First, by a vote of 223 to 32, the House passed resolutions referring criminal contempt citations for former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, as well as authorizing civil actions against them should the Justice Department refuse to prosecute. Second, we did not succumb to the White House political pressure concerning the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Yesterday's contempt vote upheld the simple Constitutional principle that no one is above the law. If an ordinary citizen could not ignore a subpoena without facing severe consequences, the same must hold true for the White House.

As the morning's papers covered this story, many of them recount the Judiciary Committee investigation that began a year ago. They talk of the fired U.S. Attorneys who testified, the thousands of pages of documents produced by the Department of Justice, and of the subpoenas ignored by the White House.

I hope that as you read those stories, you will remember that the path to today's contempt vote did not begin with just a subpoena, or a hearing, or even the firings in December, 2006. Rather, it began with the Bush Administration's politicization of Justice and its refusal to submit to congressional oversight. I commend my 232 colleagues who joined me in voting to hold the Bush White house accountable and who stood up for the rule of law.

I also want to commend the Democratic Leadership for standing up to the White House yesterday and refusing to succumb to political pressure concerning the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Last August we allowed ourselves to be jammed by the Senate and the White House. Yesterday, we stood up in the face of the pressure and let the President know that we intend to do our jobs as legislators and not hastily pass the flawed Senate bill with retroactive legal immunity for the telecommunications firms.

The White House, of course, has complained bitterly about the contempt vote as they have with many oversight actions Congress has taken. I have linked to some articles that show breadth of this bluster.

Much more remains to be done, but this week, we made real progress. With your help, we all made a difference, and the nation and our constitution are stronger for it. Thank you.

Thank you again for your continued support for a better democracy.

Your Friend,

John Conyers, Jr.

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Wow! what a roller coaster ride eh? The Senate is full of bozo-fascists while the House still seems to have it's stuff together, thank goodness!

Stay tuned for more!

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29 comments:

DEN said...

Ran out of coffee and Spike ate the donuts so you guys are on your own for eats.

Saturday to-do's-O-plenty, better get to it.

Carry on!

Gerald said...

Why Jeb Hitler Bush?

Dear Posters:

On Friday, February 15, 2008, Hitler Bush I endorsed Hitler McCain for the Nazi Party nomination for fuhrer of the United States of Evil. With Hitler Bush I’s endorsement it became perfectly clear that Jeb Hitler Bush would be on the Nazi Party ticket as vice-fuhrer of the United States of Evil. Hitler McCain needs a religious Nazi on his ticket. We must never forget that most Nazi Americans are enamored with the Hitler Bush family.

Jeb Hitler Bush IS THE PERFECT CANDIDATE for the ticket. He is a from a “compassionate conservative” family; he is a full fledged Nazi; he has the beloved name of Hitler Bush; and his wife is Hispanic. His wife will gather the Latino vote just like Omania or Omaniac gathers the black vote. The ticket of McCain-Jeb Hitler Bush is a dream team for the Nazi Party.

The ticket will have in Hitler McCain someone who desires to carry out a one hundred year war around the world and in Jeb Hitler Bush the ticket has a proven member of a family that cares nothing about body bags, mass murders, torture, and war crimes. This ticket is truly a perfect match.

Let me also add that Hitler McCain does not look well to me and I believe that he will only serve one term as the fuhrer of the United States of Evil. Jeb Hitler Bush will receive the Nazi Party nomination in 2012 and he will be elected for the next eight years before George P. Hitler Bush becomes the fuhrer for another eight years. Again, Jeb Hitler Bush’s wife will help her husband with the Latino voters because she is Hispanic.

The Hitler Bush dynasty will be in the White House for many, many years. This is my prediction and you can take it to the bank.

Sincerely,
Gerald

carey said...

Never fear, I bring fresh corn muffins, sausage and expresso.

I've got so much to do today, So much work, I don't know what I'm going to do.

NO!! Going to play with my Boom-Boom. We're going to a matinee of The Spider Wick. Gee, I don't know if that's two words.

The novel doesn't have good character developement--they're too simple--we've already read the book. Still, we'll check it out.

Brandon's a good student, you know. Or did I mention that?

Yea.

I wanted to encourage David to try his hand some more at little ditties. Like the one you wrote Micki. You're really good at it, sir. Motivation is everything I've discovered. A good spur to the creation of art. Our scientist is a poet.

Speaking of Clinton and Obama, although it looks good for Obama, and it sooooooooo does, Clinton's still got a huge bag of strategies. This is the Clintons we're talking about. A super couple with boundless energy. If I hear one more word about super delegates, though.

Carey said...

Gerald,

Did you see that article I posted about Chimpsters ruining any chance of a Jeb presidency? It's kind of obvious, look at the favorability polls, but then you never know with Americans.


John Conyers is a hero. If only the investigations would lead to the one thing we need most.

Impeachment. Not meant as a provacative statement, just a reality. How else can anyone lead with so many sumptuous temptations to abuse power surrounding him/her.

Forgot to mention, I have signed on to the Obama campaign for volunteer work. Yes, Hajji, I'm here. Just had to let the hope bag get a little more solidified. Was kind of scared about hoping a black man would win. That's so much to ask for, know what I mean?

Gerald said...

Carey, I did not read anything about Hitler Bush ruining Jeb Hitler Bush's chances for fuhrer. In my above letter I show how Jeb Hitler Bush becomes fuhrer through the back door. We will have to stomach the Hitler Bush dynasty for many years.

Gerald said...

Carey, you may want to read this article.

Too Little, Too Late from Too Few Journalists

The awakening is coming too late to help my choice for president in Hillary Clinton.

Gerald said...

Obama's inexperience isn't a fatal flaw, but it's a real issue.

He should use the rest of his campaign to give voters a clearer picture of how he'd govern — not in style but in substance.

WHERE'S THE BEEF???

Hajji said...

Carey,

Good for YOU!

I'm set for traveling to Southeastern Ohio next weekend and back again the NEXT for whatever I can do for the GO!Bama GOTV effort.

Today, I'm just barely back on my feet, having been laid low by a particular nasty influenza virus. What a way to celebrate Saint Valentines' day, eh?

I woke to the sound of the dogs' frentic barking/howling, usually a sign that some poor UPS driver is trapped between the safety of his truck and the gate. This time, however it was coming from out back.

No contacts in, and glasses broken, I stumbled out to find 4 HYOOGE horses standing, unfazed by the ruckus, at my back fence.

Pabla seemed flattered by their visit, but I knew that my neigbor Dan doesn't usually let his stock go 'awandering.

So we got a bucket of feed and walked them back home. Seems somebody opened a gate that hadn't been opened for years and left it.

Probably just kids making a short-cut to stay away from my dogs, but if I catch anybody moving through here without closing the gates behind them, well... I'll make sure they're unlikely to do that again.

Our animals our very much like our children, but perpetually stuck in the toddler-pre-teen stage. We protect them, scold them, nurture them and soak up the love they continuously give us back.

Something so simple as leaving a gate open is a serious endangerment to them. While it is 3/4ths a mile to any major road, these animals can cover it with ease and in very little time.

The thought of something tragic happening to these sweet creatures is a terrible one indeed.

PLEASE CLOSE ALL GATES!

now, I'm gonna try a little Gatoraide, maybe some broth.

-T

•¿•arol said...

Den, the only Norton thing I have left on my computer now is Ghost and it never updates. Still, I'd check to see if there was anything else out there for cloning. Check out Smart Computing or one of the other computing mags for advice and product comparisons.

Gerald said...

Carey, since Hitler Nixon was nominated and elected fuhrer in 1968, I have studied the presidential races with a keen interest. Plus, I have studied local elections as well. Blacks will vote for blacks and Latinos will vote for Latinos. Back in the mid-1960s it was politically incorrect to criticize blacks so even when a black Congressman was sent to prison for breaking the law, he ran for re-election in prison and he was re-elected. When Bill Clinton said something about Omaniac, I knew Hillary was in more trouble with the black voters. First of all, she was never going to get their vote and Bill sealed a no vote for Hillary among the blacks.

It should be an interesting general election in November.

I do not like Nazis but Hitler McCain has more experience than Omaniac.

I am leaning for a third party candidate at this time but I may have to follow McCain's mother's lead and pinch my nose and vote for Hitler McCain. I will not vote for Omaniac.

Gerald said...

I have never wanted to be a one issue voter but I will have to listen to Hitler McCain's stand on abortion and if he convinces me that he is anti-abortion, I will probably vote for him.

Gerald said...

We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.
– Stephen Vincent Benét

Gerald said...

Stones of Solace

Millie Sims of Champaign, Illinois, was grief-stricken when Arthur, her husband of 53 years, died suddenly. She found solace in the garden he had tended so lovingly.

One day, she noticed the small smooth river rocks he had gathered and arranged around the shrubs. Sims found comfort in just holding them. Then she marked four of them with the words faith, hope, love and peace, and put them in a bag, tied it with ribbon and gave them to a friend who was also bereaved. At Christmas, she did the same thing for dozens of shut-ins to whom her church was sending gifts.

Now, Sims has sent these “peace rocks” to people in 60 countries for birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions. She says that “by sharing them, I continue to be comforted.”

If you are able to turn your pain and grief into service to others, you will gain more than you ever imagined.

The Father of mercies... consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

Beloved Father, comfort us in our sorrow so that we may console others in theirs.

David B. Benson said...

Brandon the bold!
Brandon the brave.
Is he quite old?
Is he a knave?

Neither, he's spritely
and honesty pays.
Brandon goes lightly,
is making all As,

except in math.
Which earns my rath!

Study, Brandon,
you will catch on!

David B. Benson said...

And now for the bad news:

Global warming risks Antarctic sea life

:-(

Gerald said...

The Democratic Party is a disgrace the way it treats women

Why vote anyone in the Democratic Party? The Party's treatment of women is shameful.

Gerald said...

I'd like to know, too, if Barack Obama really stands for change, why this Democratic race is more of the same in terms of demeaning women so men might advance. There are times when silence is assent -- and this is one of them. I'm not suggesting he come to Hillary's aid. I'm suggesting he comport himself as the agent of change he so confidently claims to be.

Barack isn't to blame for the nastiness. But he's hardly denounced it. Many of his supporters revel in it. I've written about political courage, most recently in the Harvard Business Review. And this isn't it.

Corporate owned media flinging vile attacks at Senator Clinton should elicit from Senator Obama as much disdain as corporate lobbyists do. But he gives the former a pass at great expense to women -- those who notice and those who haven't yet.

Each rung of the ladder onerously constructed and climbed by women in the past and present is being damaged by the current Democratic presidential race. I knew things weren't perfect -- that we weren't in any sense solidly in the second stage. I just didn't think vile media attacks on Hillary that resonate for all women would go largely unchallenged by the Democratic Party -- that people supposedly on the side of equal regard for all would be, by their silence, little better than those on the attack.

If a vote for the Democratic Party means condoning incivility toward women and giving the most vile in the media and ones who take their lead from them free, unchallenged reign, then the Democratic Party is a shadow of its former self -- and may indeed be deservedly so in numbers before the vicious game they've condoned is over.

I WILL HAVE TO VOTE AGAINST THE DEMOCRATS FOR THEIR SHAMEFUL BEHAVIOR OF WOMEN!!!

Gerald said...

AT LEAST THE NAZIS LOOK UPON WOMEN AND THEIR BODIES AS SACRED AND IT SHOULD NOT BE TAINTED BY AN ABORTION.

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT I WOULD BE VOTING FOR A NAZI IN 2008???

Hajji said...

File under...hmmmm?

Unofficial Tallies in City Understated Obama Vote
_______________________

Black voters are heavily represented in the 94th Election District in Harlem’s 70th Assembly District. Yet according to the unofficial results from the New York Democratic primary last week, not a single vote in the district was cast for Senator Barack Obama.

That anomaly was not unique. In fact, a review by The New York Times of the unofficial results reported on primary night found about 80 election districts among the city’s 6,106 where Mr. Obama supposedly did not receive even one vote, including cases where he ran a respectable race in a nearby district.

City election officials this week said that their formal review of the results, which will not be completed for weeks, had confirmed some major discrepancies between the vote totals reported publicly — and unofficially — on primary night and the actual tally on hundreds of voting machines across the city.

In the Harlem district, for instance, where the primary night returns suggested a 141 to 0 sweep by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, the vote now stands at 261 to 136. In an even more heavily black district in Brooklyn — where the vote on primary night was recorded as 118 to 0 for Mrs. Clinton — she now barely leads, 118 to 116.

MORE
_____________________

I guess Bubba's been gittin' a few "fishin' Tips" on them "Fishin' Trips" he's been taking with the Bush Boyz!

-T

David B. Benson said...

Time to find some brewed wheat!

Hajji said...

Benson,

One of my Docs gave me a sixer of some of his homebrews on Thursday...A Scotish House Ale and more of his 50th Birfday brew...
Barley Malt with orange, cinnamon, and chocolate, fuggles hops to finish.

Believe it or not, I'm not up to tastin' any of 'em just now, but tomorrow's another day!

DEN said...

Carol, I did find Clonezilla for free. I still need to check it out more tho, been busy all day.
Friggin Saturdays!
Now I'm shot and having a few.

Carey said...

David,

My gosh, oh that's just brilliant. You do this often, I see! Ah, we're beginning to see another side to the somewhat reserved scholar. How lovely.

Brandon thinks your poem is grand. What a squeal of delight! He thanks you. He'll pin it to his study wall.

You know he tries; they teach math so much better nowadays. They devote the proper time to development of concepts.

Brandon wants to reach the answer before he's really read the question. He's a trooper, though, that's for sure.

David, the poem is divine. We all loved it.

Hajji,

I hope you feel better. Know what you mean about carelessness around animals. Drives one up a wall.

Carey said...

I have had a strange day. The energy around me is frenetic and I'm not thinking smoothly.

The movie we saw, The Spiderwick Chronicles, was quite good. I would say 12 years and older for this, there's a touch of violence. It would be scary for littler ones. We enjoyed it, but I knew the name of that sucker. How I got that wrong has bothered me. I've been doing that all day, making really stupid, stupid mistakes. Can't talk right either.

Lately, when that frenetic energy hits me, it's been related to a Dan incident--my stepson, "the bad". I pick up on his sick, aggressive, drugged out meth energy and it rattles me something fierce.

Hope I'm not picking up on something.

DEN said...

Carey, could be picking up on my hops induced stupor and over 3 shots of the medicine.

What effin politics!

Live from DWF, it's Saturday night!

Party on!!

Carey said...

Don't get too mad at Saturdays. They're necessary.

Anonymous said...

Dear Blog Bard -

Multiple kudos!

Signed,

in absentia

º¿carol said...

Clonezilla sounds intriguing. It takes over two hours to clone my drive these days. I've been scanning all the old family photos in and that's chewing up a lot more bytes. When I first got set up with the second drive and Norton Ghost it only took me one hour. I do have quite a few big computer games loaded.

Now I have the external hard drive. and I've been trying to get just My Documents over there and I can't do it. Hmmm. Mabye I have to clone to get it over there. I'll figure it out yet.

Alan said...

Now I have the external hard drive. and I've been trying to get just My Documents over there and I can't do it.

Wait, you can't drag 'n drop from your hard drive to the external? I have a USB-external hard drive. I keep copies of pictures, songs, etc... loaded by right-clicking on one or more objects, dragging it over to the external to drop, then choose "copy here" instead of "move here" (option comes with the right click, instead of left-clicking to drag 'n drop). Most likely isn't the fastest or coolest way, but it works for me. Also, I leave the external disconnected from the computer and the power source till I wanna use it. That keeps it safe and isolated from lightning.