Archive for July 24th, 2007

The Solution to 1984 is 1776!

by GEF @ 9:19 PM EDT

It’s Embarrasing to think of the US as what it is becoming….A Crooked Banana Republic!

“We’re no better than the nearest third world dictatorship if we continue on this road…”

The American Gov’t now puts people in prison or fires them for telling the Truth and they empower those who are Evildoing and Liars by giving them control of vital areas of our govt and corporations..

What do you call that ? I call it what it is…A crooked Banana Republic!

However there is a cure. There is a way back!

Going back to the Constitution is the only way to destroy this perilous road towards an uncertain banana dictatorship and the evil of 1984!

The Only cure to 1984 is 1776! – GEF

Banana Republicans

Cindy Sheehan: “Challenge the Status Quo”

The Nation — Fresh from being arrested on Capitol Hill, along with 45 other activists demanding that Congress get about the business of impeaching George Bush and Dick Cheney, Cindy Sheehan has determined that she can no longer count on others to stop the war in Iraq or hold a lawless administration to account.

So she has announced that she will, indeed, challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bid for reelection next year.

It is a bold gesture, rooted in the deep frustration of the nation’s most prominent anti-war activist with Pelosi’s hyper-cautious approach to her duties as both the leader of the congressional opposition to an unpopular president and as a sworn defender of the Constitution.


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by- Suzie-Q @ 3:30 PM MST

Late last week, we learned the White House has come up with a creative approach to the principle of executive privilege: once the president claims it, he has exempted himself from any and all accountability. Under this approach, Bush can define the scope and limits of his own powers. Congress can hold White House officials in contempt, but Bush won’t allow their prosecution.

In other words, the president and his team believe that once the White House claims executive privilege, there is no recourse. The president is accountable to literally no one — not the Congress, whose subpoenas can be ignored, or the federal judiciary, which can’t hear a case that cannot be filed.

This matters, of course, in the context of the U.S. Attorney scandal, because Congress has been seeking information about how the unprecedented, politically-motivated purge of federal prosecutors unfolded. As part of the investigation, Congress has issued subpoenas to former White House officials, who refused to cooperate under the guise of executive privilege.

Today, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) suggested a potential remedy to the problem.

Today, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) noted that under Bush’s broad claim of executive privilege, “the president’s word stands and the constitutional authority and responsibility for congressional oversight is gone.”

He added that one alternative he has been “exploring” is the appointment of a special prosecutor. “The attorney general has the authority to appoint a special prosecutor,” said Specter. “You’re recused, but somebody else could do it. You’re recused because you know all of the principals. You have a conflict of interest. But doesn’t the president have an identical conflict of interest?”


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Afternoon Jukebox… Babylon Feeling

by- Suzie-Q @ 3:15 PM MST

Everlast featuring Santana – Babylon Feeling

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by- Suzie-Q @ 2:00 PM MST

In a “chance meeting” on the Senate floor with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in June 2004, Vice President Cheney told Leahy to “f*ck yourself.” According to Leahy’s spokesman, the “exchange began when Leahy crossed the aisle at the photo session and joked to Cheney about being on the Republican side.” Cheney then “‘lashed into’ Leahy for remarks he…made criticizing Iraq contracts won without competitive bidding by Halliburton.”

In the new biography of the Vice President by Stephen Hayes, Cheney claims that the reason he shouted the expletive was because Leahy had been too “close” to him:

Leahy came over and put his arm around me. And he didn’t kiss me but it was close to it. So I flashed and I told him — I dropped the F-bomb on him. … It was heartfelt.

Leahy was not “close” to kissing Cheney; all he did was try to shake his hand. One congressional source with knowledge of the event explained what happened to ThinkProgress:

There were several witnesses from both parties. Leahy walked over in a friendly way and said the Vice President should feel free to come over on the other side of the aisle too, that Democrats won’t bite, and he held out his hand. The Vice President started to stick out his hand in response and then drew it back, and that’s when he unloaded his expletive.

It’s not surprising that Cheney overreacted when Leahy tried to exchange pleasantries. According to Hayes, Cheney “won’t meet with Democrats.” At the time, Cheney said that his comment to Leahy was “long overdue.”

Think Progress

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Halliburton Income More Than Doubles

by- Suzie-Q @ 1:02 PM MST

Photo- HalliburtonWatch.org

(07-23) 08:53 PDT HOUSTON, (AP) —

Halliburton Co. said Monday second-quarter net income more than doubled to $1.5 billion, lifted largely by a $933 million gain from the separation of its former subsidiary, KBR Inc.

The result for the April-June period, which amounted to $1.62 per share, compared with income of $591 million, or 55 cents a share, in the year-ago period.

Revenue in the quarter rose 20 percent to $3.7 billion from $3.1 billion a year ago. The oilfield services conglomerate said sales rose worldwide, particularly in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Excluding the gain from the KBR split, Halliburton said income from continuing operations in the quarter was $595 million, or 63 cents a share, up from $498 million, or 47 cents a share, in the second quarter of 2006.

More @ Raw Story/AP

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by- Suzie-Q @ 10:25 AM MST

In his testimony today before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was asked by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) to address inaccuracies in his 2006 testimony in relation to the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program. “There has not been any serious disagreement about the program that the president has confirmed,” Gonzales said at the time.

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) recalled that former Deputy Attorney General James Comey testified to a much different version of events. Comey said he had refused to sign on to an extension of the program “amid concerns about its legality and oversight.”

Today, Gonzales said Comey was referring to “other intelligence activities,” appearing to confirm that the Bush administration is operating more than one warrantless domestic spying program. In a heated back and forth with Specter, Gonzales stated:

The disagreement that occurred was about other intelligence activities and the reason for the visit to the hospital was about other intelligence activities. It was not about the terrorist surveillance program that the president announced to the American people.

Watch the video/ More @ Think Progress

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by- Suzie-Q @ 10:10 AM MST

Under direct and strident questioning from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Alberto Gonzales was unable to fully resolve his contradictory statements regarding the administration’s spying activities. Gonzales said that he misspoke when he said at a press conference in June that he and former deputy attorney general James Comey were referring to the same warrantless wiretapping program.

“I clarified my statement two days later with the reporter,” Gonzales told Schumer. “What did you say to the reporter?” Schumer asked. “I did not speak directly to the reporter,” replied Gonzales.

“Ok,” Schumer continued, “what did your spokesperson say to the reporter?” “I don’t know,” Gonzales said. Schumer then summed up the exchange:

In all due respect, you’re just saying, well, it was clarified with the reporter and you don’t even know what he said. You don’t even know what the clarification is. Sir, how you can say that you should stay on as Attorney General when we go through exercises like this where you’re bobbing and weaving and ducking to avoid admitting that you deceived the Committee?

Watch the video/ More @ Think Progress

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by- Suzie-Q @ 7:25 AM MST

Senator Patrick Leahy kicked off an oversight hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales by accusing top White House adviser Karl Rove of playing a key role in the firing of 8 US Attorneys.

“We have accumulated essentially incontrovertible evidence that political considerations factored into the firing of 8 US Attorneys last year,” the committee’s chairman said. “The evidence we’ve been able to collect points to Karl Rove and other political operatives in the White House.”

Leahy also described a Justice Department in a state of ‘crisis.’ He worried that most of the senior leadership in the department had resigned.

“I would joke that the last one out the door should turn off the lights, but the Department of Justice is more important than that,” he stated. “We need to shine more light on the Justice Department, not less”

The Vermont Democrat went on to criticize Gonzales for failing to be forthcoming with information about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s use of National Security Letters and said it pointed to an inability to trust Gonzales and the Bush administration.

“With a history of civil liberty abuses and cover ups, this administration has squandered our trust,” he warned.

Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), the ranking Republican on the committee, also said that Gonzales’ acceptance of responsibility was not sufficient.

“That is not enough,” he said. “The question is whether or not the Department of Justice is functioning as it must.”

Specter criticized Gonzales for failing to give a clear explanation for why the 8 prosecutors were firing. He also slammed the White House for lacking flexibility in preparing oversight.

“Now we have a very remarkable turn of events: we now have the announcement that administration will preclude the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from bringing a contempt citation,” he said. “The president in that manner can stymie Congressional oversight…if that is to happen, the president can run the government as he chooses.”

Specter then suggested the possibility of appointing a special prosecutor because he said the President had a conflict of interest. He went on to also offer the alternative that the Senate could try a contempt charge of its own, or consider the model of the impeachment of Alcee Hastings, a former federal judge who now serves as a Democratic Congressman from Florida.


Raw Story

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