Archive for July 4th, 2007

This is not the America that I grew up in!


By Larry @ 6:09 PM MST

The day that George W Bush freed convicted felon Scooter (Fibby) Libby my best friend on the blogosphere Suzie Q made a comment that simply stated “This is not the America that I grew up in!” This simple statement is so very true, this isn’t the country that we have known.

The Midwest and the Northeast had long been the industrialized center of the United States. These two regions had primarily been filled with factories and corn fields. Many residents of the south packed their belongings and moved their familes to where the jobs were in the manufacturing world of America.

America has such breathtaking sites be it in the South or the beauty of the West that were long well kept and untarnished, peaceful and settled. Many traveled to these regions for the many things they could see. These regions had long been environmentally sound and left to explore.

Today’s America is far different. Gone are the miles and miles of factories, replaced by barren shop floors, warehouses filled with foreign made goods, and lines of depressed workers hoping for just one days work. The very industrial base of America, has been replaced with the industrial base of Communist China.

Many years ago the neighborhood gas stations ran gas wars for consumers, now the oil barons of America run oil wars for power. Wars used to be fought in defense of ones nation, now they are fought for the Defense Industry of America. We used to take care of our nations wounded, now the wounded recuperate in rat infested hell holes.

The U.S used to come to the rescue of earthquake and hurricane victims, now the U.S leaves those victims homeless and alone for years at a time. We used to care for the homeless and poor, now we make laws to move them from the inner cities with few resources for food and shelter.

The U.S used to be a nation that brought justice to the guilty, now we are a nation that brings the guilty to further power. We used to scorn those who commit treason, now we reward the treasonous, and we destroy the innocent.

America used to be the most beloved nation in the world, now our enemies are the ones who are loved. A President used to be above reproach, now a roach is above an American President.

What has happened to America? Why has the most prosperous nation in the world, suddenly become one of the nations most in debt? How could a country of such great wealth and strength become so devasted? How could the once most caring nation in the world, unilaterally decide to destroy thousands for the elitist corporate wars?

The lies and greed of the Corporate Satanist George W Bush has brought America to its knees. The U.S has become weak, hated and so ridden in debt, we will not soon recover. George W Bush has no real friends, he has no real allies, and he certainly has no support from the ones he chose to ignore.

Mr. Bush you have sold out America in the guise of terrorism. You send our jobs overseas, and our kids to war. You have the morals of an alley rat. You spy on your citizens while aiding the enemy. You have ruined this nation with your acts of war and hate.

You are absolutely right Suzie Q; This is not the America that we grew up in!

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Cheney Declares Himself National Monument

by- Suzie-Q @ 4:00 PM MST

AP Photo

In a bold new strategy to avoid a congressional subpoena, Vice President Dick Cheney today declared himself a national monument.

Mr. Cheney took the unorthodox step only after failing in his attempt to invoke a little-known legal principle called the separation of Cheney and state.

Aides to Mr. Cheney confirmed that being a national monument gives the vice president not only immunity from subpoenas, but also a draft deferment in perpetuity.

President George W. Bush presided over a solemn White House ceremony this morning in which a plaque documenting Mr. Cheney’s status as a national monument was affixed to the vice president’s midsection.

Joining the ranks of the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, Mr. Cheney is believed to be the only landmark in the nation’s capital not made at least partially out of marble.

But even as his attempt to evade a subpoena appeared to have succeeded, the vice president’s new status as a national monument created unexpected problems, as Independence Day tourists lined up around the block to get a glimpse of Washington’s latest historic attraction.

Perhaps in an effort to control the crowds, Mr. Cheney announced today that the admission price for seeing him would be set at $75,000.

White House spokesman Tony Snow defended the $75,000 price tag, saying that it was an appropriate price to see a national monument of Dick Cheney’s stature.

“Seventy-five thousand dollars is what it costs to see Dick Cheney,” Mr. Snow said. “Just ask any lobbyist.”

Elsewhere, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said that everyone in the U.S. should go about their normal activities, “except you terrorists.”


Andy Borowitz is a comedian and writer whose work appears in The New Yorker and The New York Times, and at his award-winning humor site, BorowitzReport.com.


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Meanwhile in Afghanistan…

punditman says @ 6:10 EDT:

Six More Canadian Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

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Bush’s Ratings Sink Lower Still!

by GEF @ 5:49 PM EDT

Ratings for Bush, Congress Sink Lower

The Associated Press
Wednesday, July 4, 2007; 3:18 AM

Bush Limbo Image

WASHINGTON — Like twin Jacques Cousteaus of the political world, President Bush and Congress are probing the depths of public opinion polling as voters exasperated over Iraq, immigration and other issues give them strikingly low grades.

In a remarkable span, the approval that people voice for the job Bush is doing has sunk to record lows for his presidency in the AP-Ipsos and other polls in recent weeks, dipping within sight of President Nixon’s levels during Watergate. Ominously for Republicans hoping to hold the White House and recapture Congress next year, Bush’s support has plunged among core GOP groups like evangelicals, and pivotal independent swing voters.

Congress is doing about the same. Like Bush, lawmakers are winning approval by roughly three in 10. Such levels are significantly low for a president, and poor but less unusual for Congress.

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by GEF @ 4:08 PM EDT

I knew Patrick Fitzgerald had the Key…She’s unraveling baby… LOL*)


Read all about it!

Front Page News

…not going to protect one staffer and sacrifice the guy this Pres. asked to stick his head in the meat grinder because of the incompetence of others.”

Why does the Media always miss theBIG Picture?

Cheney’s Smokin’ Gun Pointed At Bush…

Obstruction Of Justice
From Fitz Blog—->

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Will the Progressive Majority Emerge?

by- Suzie-Q @ 11:34 AM MST

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of Americans are liberal. How long will it take politicians and the media to get that?

For as long as I can remember, there’s been a generally accepted story about the recent history of Democratic Party fortunes, a neat little morality tale that goes something like this: The New Deal majority fell apart when the party was taken over by forces outside the mainstream of American life. Getting blindsided by Reaganism was the party’s just deserts. And if Democrats wanted the country back, they would just have to learn to become mainstream again.

For as long as I can remember, liberals have been complaining about awkward, self-conscious attempts to recover this “mainstream” sensibility and how they have paradoxically weakened the party. They forced Democratic politicians to become obsessed with polls. That, in turn, boxed Democrats into an identity the public — the mainstream — found the most off-putting of all: Democrats became timid. They couldn’t pursue a bold public agenda because they were too hemmed in by polls. Very recently, among progressives, a new dictum has emerged: Hug close to the polls, worship the polls, be the polls.

Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes: 1987-2007, a massive twenty-year roundup of public opinion from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, tells the story. Is it the responsibility of government to care for those who can’t take care of themselves? In 1994, the year conservative Republicans captured Congress, 57 percent of those polled thought so. Now, says Pew, it’s 69 percent. (Even 58 percent of Republicans agree. Would that some of them were in Congress.) The proportion of Americans who believe government should guarantee every citizen enough to eat and a place to sleep is 69 percent, too — the highest since 1991. Even 69 percent of self-identified Republicans — and 75 percent of small-business owners! — favor raising the minimum wage by more than $2.

The Pew study was not just asking about do-good, something-for-nothing abstractions. It asked about trade-offs. A majority, 54 percent, think “government should help the needy even if it means greater debt” (it was only 41 percent in 1994). Two-thirds want the government to guarantee health insurance for all citizens. Even among those who otherwise say they would prefer a smaller government, it’s 57 percent — the same as the percentage of Americans making more than $75,000 a year who believe “labor unions are necessary to protect the working person.”


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by Sudhan@19:40 CET


Imploding’ presidency in no mood for celebration on Independence Day




By Rupert Cornwell in Washington

For Americans, the 4th of July is a time for celebration. For George Bush however, today’s Independence Day holiday is another date in the calendar of an imploding presidency without parallel in recent history.

The latest, albeit probably relatively minor, blow to Mr Bush’s standing was his move on Monday to commute the 30-month jail sentence imposed on Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice-President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, for perjury in the CIA leak case.

The decision has been greeted with predictable outrage by Democrats, who accuse Mr Bush of cronyism and contempt for the law. But although polls have shown that some 70 per cent of Americans opposed any idea of a pardon for Libby, so weak has Mr Bush become that the decision could actually strengthen him – by shoring up support among the conservative faithful, Mr Bush’s core constituency, who believe the real outrage was Libby’s conviction in the first place.

“I am very happy for Scooter Libby. This will allow a good American, who has done a lot for his country, to resume his life,” said Fred Thompson, unabashed conservative and soon-to-be-declared Republican presidential candidate, who helped organise a Libby defence fund.


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Posted by A Friend of the American Revolution @ 18:25 BST

4th July Glitter Graphics


By: Phil Brennan
Ether Zone

“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.” John Adams (The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784, Harvard University Press, 1975, 142).

Today we tend to think of the Fourth of July as a day off from work, an occasion for shooting off fireworks, having a backyard barbecue, or climbing in our cars and visiting distant friends and relatives. Hardly anybody harks back to that momentous day, what it meant, or how it affects us down to this very day.

What we mark on July Fourth is the signing of the Declaration of Independence, an astonishing event when a handful of men of different backgrounds and different colonies with no organized armed force at their disposal, came together and wrote a document that in effect, told the mighty British empire to bug off and leave them and their colonies alone.

It was what must be seen as a foolhardy act. They defied a monarch and his government with the finest and most powerful army on the face of the earth, knowing full well what the consequences would be if they failed in achieving independence from Britain. With Adams they understood the “Toil and Blood and Treasure,” it would cost them “to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. ”


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A New Declaration

by- Actor212 @ 12:38 PM EDT

As I pondered what to write for today, July 4, the celebration of our independence from England, I was struck by a subtle-yet-recurring theme of my blog over the past year: the distracted citizenry.

We each of us goes about our lives, trying to get one more day behind us: work, school, family. Hobbies. Sports. Television. The latest celebrity sightings. And yes, for a small percentage of us, politics.

Some few of us are activist, and by “activist,” I mean anything from writing a letter to a Congressman up to helping a politician run for office. I despair when I think that, even at political blogs, even among those who write and rant and front a facade of caring and criticism, that percentage that take the next step and even just write a letter to the editor is tiny, a single digit percentage.

That despair deepens when I realize that the population as a whole doesn’t even bother to read a political blog (right wing or left, doesn’t matter). If, say, Crooks and Liars gets a half-million hits in a day, what’s that compared to a population of 300 million people?


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Judge Reggie Walton to Bush: “You did What ?!”

by GEF @ 12:15 PM EDT

Scooter Libby was Tried and Found Guilty by a Conservative Judge and a Jury of HIS peers = Conservative. He was tried fairly and found…GUILTY!

He was not tried by an Activist Judge or a Democrat Judge who has a vendetta. The Jury was NOT made up of groups of hippies in search of a Republican to lynch..

We still haven’t found out Why Libby Lied to the Grand Jury ?

So Judge Reggie wants to know from Bush: “You did What ?!”

Libby judge questions Bush commutation as Judiciary Committee prepares hearings

Published: Wednesday July 4, 2007

The House Judiciary Committee plans hearings next week into President George W. Bush’s decision to commute the sentence of convicted former White House aide I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby. They are likely to focus their inquiry into whether Bush’s commuting of a jail sentence that had not yet been served was appropriate after the key judge in the Libby case questioned the President’s act.

Go Read It—>

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