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Dennis Hastert has Resigned!

by GEF @ 6:57 PM MST

Ex House Speaker Dennis “Plantation Master” Hastert, who covered up the “Congressional-Pages-Tom-Foley-Scandal”, leaves today and none too soon too!

Hastert was also known as the “Bush Enabler”, who helped put in place, in as little as 7 years, the Horrible Fascist and Financial conditions we currently find ourselves in to which our Childrens childrens children will still be paying the price for his poor leadership.

He’ll probably become a lobbyist in a year or so.

Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out like the bus did in 2006 ok boay…

Hastert Submits Resignation Letter

CHICAGO — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who made a farewell speech to House colleagues 11 day earlier, made his resignation official Monday with a letter to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Hastert’s formal resignation, which was to take effect at 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, came the same day that Mississippi GOP Sen. Trent Lott announced he would retire by year’s end after 35 years in Congress.

Hastert had announced in August he wouldn’t seek another term and earlier this month confirmed he wouldn’t finish his 11th term, but he hadn’t said when he would resign his seat.

In his letter, Hastert said he chose Monday because he was advised it would give Blagojevich sufficient time to set a special primary election for Feb. 5 so voters can pick candidates to run for the remainder of his term, which ends in January 2009.

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By- Suzie-Q @ 6:30 PM MST

From Cliff Schecter:

Breaking! Cheney has a heart! (Oh, and it’s beating irregularly)

This just in: The Nation of Dick has a heart! I’m sorry, what?

Yes, yes, it’s been confirmed by 2 sources. Geez, give me a break, I’m nothing if not professional:

Vice President Dick Cheney, who has a history of heart problems, experienced an irregular heartbeat Monday and was taken to George Washington University Hospital for evaluation. […]

[His spokesperson] said Cheney went to the hospital around 5 p.m. She said that if necessary, he would be receive cardioversion, a procedure that involves the delivery of an electric impulse to the heart.

Now come on, they wouldn’t have reported that if he had nothing but an echo chamber in there right? Right?

But this does prove one thing: Cheney ain’t got, and ain’t never had, rhythm:

It is not immediately life-threatening, and the heart sometimes gets back into rhythm on its own.

Not “immediately” life-threatening?

But if the irregular heartbeat continues, it eventually can cause a life-threatening complication – the formation of blood clots that can shoot to the brain and cause a stroke.

Not good. Dick’s not exactly the picture of health:

Cheney has had four heart attacks, quadruple bypass surgery, two artery-clearing angioplasties and an operation to implant a defibrillator six years ago. In July he had surgery to replace the defibrillator which monitors his heartbeat.

And a partridge in a pear treeeee-e-e-e-e.

Okay, I know, this is no time for jokes, right. Right? Right?

I’ll make a deal with you: I’ll stop if you will.

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America in the Time of Empire

anthony @ 18:20 GMT

flags at the capital

Chris Hedges | Truthdig | November 26, 2007

This column was originally published by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

All great empires and nations decay from within. By the time they hobble off the world stage, overrun by the hordes at the gates or vanishing quietly into the pages of history books, what made them successful and powerful no longer has relevance. This rot takes place over decades, as with the Soviet Union, or, even longer, as with the Roman, Ottoman or Austro-Hungarian empires. It is often imperceptible. (more…)

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The Republicans who would’ve impeached Bush?

Sudhan @16:15 CET

 

Not so long ago, members of Congress put the rule of law above partisan politics and loyalty to the White House.

By Vincent Rossmeier | Salon.com, November 26, 2007

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AP Photo: Rep. Lawrence Hogan, R-Md., speaks on the Nixon impeachment question before the House Judiciary Committee on July 25, 1974. Listening at right is Rep. Caldwell Butler, R-Va.

During the past six years, leading Republicans in Congress have prioritized allegiance to a Republican president above all other governmental and constitutional concerns. But there was a time when U.S. lawmakers, regardless of party affiliation, actually voted the way of their conscience. There was a time when a president could not break the law or ignore a summons from Congress with impunity. Indeed, by the height of Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal, a number of congressmen — including Republicans staunchly loyal to their party — acted to uphold the law and make Nixon accountable.

Today, the main concern of lawmakers seems to be the preservation of power and the entitlements that come with it. Republican allies of the White House have blocked congressional investigations into the Bush administration’s alleged misdeeds, including illegal spying on Americans’ phone calls. In 2006, the Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Pat Roberts, R-Kan., thwarted an investigation into warrantless eavesdropping by the National Security Agency. While serving as chairman of the Judiciary Committee prior to the Democratic takeover of Congress in 2006, Arlen Specter, R-Pa., though a vocal critic of the spying, failed to initiate any investigations into Bush’s wiretapping program, despite ample evidence that it violated the existing FISA laws. Meanwhile, top Democrats, including Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Dianne Feinstein of California, have shown a willingness to cave into Bush’s demands, including retroactive immunity for American telecom companies that assisted the government’s spying.

Keep reading . . .

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Trent Lott Resigning!!

By- Suzie-Q @ 6:45 AM MST

From FDL:
BREAKING: Trent Lott Rumored To Be Resigning

MSNBC is reporting the following:

NBC News has learned that Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., the minority whip is in the midst of informing close allies that he plans to resign his senate seat before the end of the year. It’s possible a formal announcement of his plans could take place as early as today….

While the exactly [sic] reason Lott is stepping down before he finishes his term is unknown, the general speculation is that a quick departure immunizes Lott against tougher restrictions in a new lobbying law that takes effect at the end of the year. That law would require Senators to wait two-years before entering the lucrative world of lobbying Congress….

Lott’s departure would leave a vacancy in the Senate GOP Leadership. As minority whip, Lott is the party’s #2, behind Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Sources tell NBC News Lott is backing Arizona’s Jon Kyl to replace him in the party leadership, but that would be determined by secret ballot within the Republican caucus.

So, let’s see if we have this straight: he’s cashing in before the lobbying restriction goes into effect — hello oil, gas, and gambling interests that he was already serving anyway — and he wants to torture everyone by putting Jon Kyl in a position to be on television regularly as the #2 Republican in the Senate. Good lord, what a way to start the day…

In case you missed the book salon yesterday with John Anderson about, in part, the GOP connections to the K Street revolving door, now would be a good time to read through the thread. Best of luck, Trent…clearly you’ve already got a platinum parachute lined up, or you wouldn’t be jumping ship. Cozy.


Queen- Another One Bites The Dust

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