Jun 30, 2007

Introducing a new blog, full of wonderful writers.

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This group blog showcases female writers from around the blogosphere. The blog however is NOT just for women, oh no..we do not discriminate at Sirens Chronicles. We welcome both sexes to discuss issues and read our writings, our rants and our views of the world we all live in. The following is a current list of the writers on the site and their personal blogs. Many of these women write for other sites as well. We are a diverse group with one common goal:


Betmo writes at BetBlue

Bluegrrrrl writes at PeaceTrain

DemonPrincess writes at MoronCowboy

DivaJood writes at JourneysWithJood

Dusty writes at LeftwingNutJob

Enigma writes at WatergateSummer

Jet writes at BringItOn

Louise writes at WeezieLou

PBS writes at LifeIsAPBSandwich

SageFever writes at B.com

Sumo writes at SumoMerriment

Thorne writes at ThornesWorld

So, I hope you all stop by for a look-see soon. It will be worth the trip my dear reader. Leave us a comment and visit us often. We hope to enlighten, entertain and energize your soul.

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Jun 29, 2007

Avoid Bush’s Executive Privilege Claim By Investigating NSA Program As A Crime

From ThinkProgress: (video on their site as well)

Yesterday, after years of White House stonewalling, the Senate Judiciary Committee issued subpoenas to the Bush administration for documents related to the warrantless domestic surveillance program.

Today, during a background discussion with reporters, senior Bush administration officials indicated that they would invoke executive privilege in order to deny the NSA documents to Congress, just as they did this morning concerning subpoenas related to the U.S. attorney scandal. “Our response to [the NSA] subpoenas will be the same as our response was before,” said an anonymous official.

But last night on MSNBC’s Countdown, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley claimed that Congress may be able to “get around the executive privilege in court” by saying “we are investigating a potential crime.” Turley said this was possible because warrantless wiretapping is “a federal crime” that “the president has ordered hundreds of people do.”

As Columbia University law professor Michael Dorf points out, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Nixon that, “where the President asserts only a generalized need for confidentiality, [executive privilege] must yield to the interests of the government and defendants in a criminal prosecution.”

Bush is invoking such “a generalized need for confidentiality,” according to a senior administration official this morning:

“This is not a mere exercise relating to a particular event. This is an exercise in an attempt to protect the prerogatives of the president for this president and for future presidents.”

When I saw this on Countdown the other night I thought it was a simply wonderful idea. I am glad that TP posted on it for those that might of missed the show and interview w/Professor Turley.

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SCOTUS will hear Gitmo detainee cases


WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court, reversing course, agreed Friday to review whether Guantanamo Bay detainees may go to federal court to challenge their indefinite confinement.

The action, announced without comment along with other end-of-term orders, is a setback for the Bush administration. It had argued that a new law strips courts of their jurisdiction to hear detainee cases.

In April, the court turned down an identical request, although several justices indicated they could be persuaded otherwise.

The move is highly unusual.

The court did not indicate what changed the justices’ minds about considering the issue. But last week, lawyers for the detainees filed a statement from a military lawyer in which he described the inadequacy of the process the administration has put forward as an alternative to a full-blown review by civilian courts.

The White House continued to back its legal stance.

“We did not think that court review at this time was necessary, but we are confident in our legal position,” said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said Thursday.

The White House continued to back its legal stance.

“We did not think that court review at this time was necessary, but we are confident in our legal position,” said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council.

‘A stunning victory’
“This is a stunning victory for the detainees,” said Eric M. Freedman, professor of constitutional law at Hofstra Law School, who has been advising the detainees. “It goes well beyond what we asked for, and clearly indicates the unease up there” at the Supreme Court.

In February, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a key provision of a law the Bush administration pushed through Congress last year stripping federal courts of their ability to hear the detainees’ challenges to their confinement.

On April 2, the Supreme denied the detainees’ request to review the February appeals court ruling.

The detainees then petitioned the court to reconsider its denial.

Dismissing the petitions would be “a profound deprivation” of the prisoners’ right to speedy court review, lawyers for the detainees said.

The administration asked that the detainees’ Supreme Court petitions be thrown out.

Many of the 375 detainees have been held at Guantanamo for five years.

In recent months, the main arena in the legal battle over the detainees has been the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

‘The highest level of deference’
The appeals court is considering how to handle the detainees’ challenges to military tribunals that found them to be enemy combatants, which left them without any of the legal rights accorded prisoners of war.

The White House is considering closing Guantanamo and transferring some of the most dangerous suspects to a prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and a Navy brig in South Carolina.

The detainees’ attorneys want the appeals court to allow a broad inquiry questioning the accuracy and completeness of the evidence the tribunals gathered about the detainees, most of it classified.

The Justice Department has been seeking a limited review, saying that the findings of the military tribunals are “entitled to the highest level of deference.”

The White House has been weighing closing the Guantanamo Bay prison, which has brought global criticism of the Bush administration and condemnation from Democrats on Capitol Hill.

The cases are Boumediene v. Bush, 06-1195, and Al Odah v.
U.S., 06-1196.

WaPo also has a writeup here. The last time this subject came up SCOTUS only had 3 of the necessary 4 Justices that wanted to review the case. True to form, Kennedy was on the fence. It is unclear if he flipflopped again. The question this time is why a Military Tribunal over our regular court system....EXACTLY..THANK YOU FOR SEEING THE ridiculousness of this situation created by the Asshat-in-Chief. This case won't come before them until after October sadly..but its something to give us hope.

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Gonzales pushed death penalty over Prosecutors objections.

According to former USA Paul Charlton, in testimony before the Senate Judicial subcommittee, Abu Gonzales would insist on the death penalty in cases where he was unfamiliar with the evidence, or lack there of. He would also push it over the objections of the Prosecutor/USA handling the case.

How stupid is that? This man has no right running our countries highest legal office. From a Jurist writeup:

Charlton, one of the former US Attorneys involved in the current firings controversy, described a case where the Department of Justice simultaneously refused to exhume the body of an alleged victim from a landfill to provide forensic evidence while Gonzales pushed for the death penalty despite the objections of Carlton and his prosecutors due to the case's reliance on testimonial evidence obtained through guilty pleas. Charlton added that it was "wrong for the government to both seek the death penalty and at the same time refuse to provide funds to obtain evidence that could prove a vital link in supporting or negating its position."

Of course Abu Gonzales turned the tables on former USA Charlton, saying he disobeyed authority in one of his many trips to Congress to explain why he fired the 8 USA's.

In March, USA Today reported that Charlton was among the top 10 US Attorneys in terms of convictions secured.

Makes sense right? I say that with tongue firmly planted in my cheek, dear reader. Wotta asshole.

And people wonder why there are subpoenas out there for all this bullshit. Simply friggin amazing.

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Jun 28, 2007

SCOTUS rules on two cases, 5-4 vote again.

From msnbc:

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected public school assignment plans that take account of students’ race.

The decision in cases affecting schools in Louisville, Ky., and Seattle could imperil similar plans in hundreds of districts nationwide, and it leaves public school systems with a limited arsenal to maintain racial diversity.

The court split, 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts announcing the court’s judgment. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote a dissent that was joined by the court’s other three liberals.

Death row decision
In a separate decision, the court also blocked the execution of a Texas killer whose lawyers argued that he should not be put to death because he is mentally ill.

Scott Louis Panetti shot his in-laws to death 15 years ago in front of his wife and young daughter.

Panetti knows what he did, but believes that he is on death row because he preaches the word of God, his lawyers say.

Panetti’s lawyers wanted the court to determine that people who cannot understand the connection between their crime and punishment because of mental illness may not be executed.

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Jun 27, 2007

A few words from Randy Newman about our country

Hat tip to Earl over at PeaceTrain for this YouTube vid. Love ya Earl :)

Randy Newman sings about the state of our nation, the asshats on the Supreme Court and its worth the 4 min of your life to listen.

Left of Centrist: Bong the drums slowly

My blogger bud Robert Rouse has a great post up on states rights regarding the cannabis issue. His post also includes the wise words of one Chief Justice on the issue. Go check it out.

Jun 26, 2007

Sweet Jesus on a Ritz..the CIA called it the Family Jewels

Is that arrogant or what? Actually it might be humorous if it wasn't so damn smarmy folks.

read the entire 700 page history of the CIA right here. Step up, don't be shy..download the bitch and read it when you have nothing better to do. I bet you find some shit you didn't know. I can't wait to tear into it.

The history of the CI-fucking-A..wotta trip. Of course there are a couple of things still in the vault..aka blacked out. Much of the redacted material appears in sections relating to Richard Ober, head of the Special Operations Group and deputy to James Jesus Angleton, the agency’s legendary chief of counterintelligence. Its terrorism at its finest..made in the USofA folks. What a proud moment in our history.

Let me know if you read it..ok?

ACLU's protest today on Habeus Corpus in DC.

Today was the rally for restoring Habeus Corpus and the rule of Law and Justice in DC. If you would like to watch the speakers from today, you can do so here. The most moving speakers for me was the gentleman from the Hip Hop Caucus and Dennis Kucinich.

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Conservative Activism grips our Supreme Court

From TomPaine.com:

Way too many folks rolled over when John Roberts and Sam Alito were nominated for the Supreme Court. And now we're seeing the consequences.

In my recent book, I characterized the conservative judicial activist agenda as "elitist government, no longer representative of and responsive to the people, handcuffed from insisting upon responsible corporate behavior, but free to subject all Americans to one group's version of morality."

And today, we're seeing that vision in all its glory.

The conservative activists on the Supreme Court decreed in a series of 5-4 decisions:

* Individuals, who believe their tax dollars are being unconstitutionally misused by the White House to promote religious beliefs, aren't allowed to enter a courthouse to make their case.

* The Environmental Protection Agency can avoid its responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act, even though it's a law reflecting the public will as passed by the democratically-elected Congress.

* Corporations can once again use their checkbooks to flood the public airwaves with political ads during election season, again overruling Congress.

It's critical to recognize these decisions -- along with earlier decisions to end privacy between a woman and her doctor, and to make it harder to challenge pay discrimination -- are part of a pattern.

Because the battle for the Supreme Court is not over. As Justice Anthony Kennedy remains a swing vote, conservative activists do not have complete control. Yet.

Roberts and Alito were able to get on the Court because their dishonest PR operations went largely unchallenged. Roberts was christened "brilliant" and lauded as a lover of grammar. Alito was heralded as an "open-minded" judge who loves baseball and his mom.

All that was meaningless fluff intended to mask their conservative agenda.

We must remember how these nominees were misrepresented so they could get confirmed.

We must catalog the damage they did after being confirmed.

We must crystallize what the conservative activists are trying to achieve, and how it undermines what our founders wanted our judiciary to do.

If we do all that, the next time a conservative activist is being sold to the public, we can insist on proof that the nominee will uphold constitutional principles of representative government, not undermine those principles with elitist government.

And if we don't get any proof, we can reject that nominee on the merits -- that we cannot risk granting another lifetime appointment to someone who will not protect our constitution and our democracy.

More analysis from Tapped, The Carpetbagger Report, TalkLeft, and D-Day.

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Jun 25, 2007

Lady Justice got the shaft today..

Today the highest court in the land shit on the first amendment once regarding students, and then turned around and allowed swiftboaters to continue to do their dirty work.

Explain those two rulings to me and how they don’t contradict each other someone, anyone. In fact, explain the four rulings to me today..as this article in WaPo points out..the fucking neocons went 4 for 4 today using baseball lingo. That means they won all four cases.

Bastards can thank George Bush for setting up the Supreme just the way they like it…Alito, Roberts and the other two bible-thumping neocons gave the green light to BushCo’s ‘faith-based’ funding bs as well.

It was a crappy day overall for Lady Justice. Something tells me she is going out and getting drunk tonight. I wouldn’t blame her if she did. Bush has stacked the Supreme Court for what looks like decades to come, judging by the ages of Roberts, Alito and company. Only the liberals are old..and that ain’t good my dear reader.

Crossposted at SirensChronicles

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SCOTUS rules on 'Bong hits 4 Jesus'

And it should be no surprize the bastards went with the school's opinion. So much for free speech with Bush's kangaroo court.

They also ruled for BushCo on 'faith-based' funding, ruling that tax payers can not sue or demand a separation of church and state. Jesus Christ on a cracker..this is bullshit.

Both rulings were 5-4, with the ego-tripping Justice Kennedy making the deciding vote. Great way to start the week..I say with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek. If nothing else, Bush has fucked up the Supreme Court for decades, regardless of who gets elected President in 08.

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Jun 24, 2007

Former head of FISA court criticizes BushCo on wiretapping of Americans.

WaPo has a good read up today. The honorable judge Royce C. Lambeth had said this to say about Bush's wiretapping of American's program, speaking at the American Library Association's annual convention:

"We have to understand you can fight the war [on terrorism] and lose everything if you have no civil liberties left when you get through fighting the war,""We still have to preserve our civil liberties. Judges are the kinds of people you want to entrust that kind of judgment to more than the executive."

Isn't this a no-brainer my dear reader? Evidently not if the former presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court had to say it out loud and in front a gathering of people.

Go check it out. BushCo taking power that isn't their's..and people know it. People who matter know it and they are speaking out about it.

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Title IX, is there still more questions than answers?

This week was the anniversary of Title IX(9). The law mandating gender equity at all federally funded institutions regarding sports teams and school activities. 35 years ago it came into being, yet there is still debate about Title IX.

Two reads about the subject: Sports Illustrated has an article by Dr. Donna A. Lopiano. WaPo has an article up as well, but their writeup is by a male.

I thank the powers that be for creating Title IX. Many young women that never would of gotten to college can thank Title IX, my niece included. They are skilled athletes who would of had to take out thousands of dollars in loans in order to receive a college degree. My niece rec'd a degree in criminology thanks to Sam Houston State's Softball Program. Many of her friends in highschool were able to do the same at college's all over the United States.

I notice a distinct difference between the female and male college athletes. The women graduate with a degree more than the men. Or I just know more intelligent female's..I ain't sure which.

But I am still thankful for Title IX.

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Jun 23, 2007

Why is the Executive Branch 'above' the law?

This is a nation of laws. It is not a dictatorship, an aristocracy, autocracy, juntocracy or monarchy.

Yet the White House says the president's own order on classified data does not apply to his office or the vice president's. WTF people? According to an LAT piece:

The White House said Friday that, like Vice President Dick Cheney's office, President Bush's office is not allowing an independent federal watchdog to oversee its handling of classified national security information.

An executive order that Bush issued in March 2003 — amending an existing order — requires all government agencies that are part of the executive branch to submit to oversight. Although it doesn't specifically say so, Bush's order was not meant to apply to the vice president's office or the president's office, a White House spokesman said.

They spit in our face and then laugh. What balls these mutha fucka's have. To quote a line from the Executive Order: "Our democratic principles require that the American people be informed of the activities of their government,"--Just not the actual Executive Branch I guess..they can do whatever the hell they want.

Bush and Cheney are not above accountability. They are not above the laws.

Vile, fucking. pricks.

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Halliburton..cooking the troops meals and their own books.

Once again those crooked bastards at the federal government's biggest contractor have been caught with their pudgy hands in the cookie jar. A former employee, former director of technical accounting research and training, Anthony Menendez, alleges that Halliburton reported "billions" of revenue from sales before the sales ever happened.

Why is this wrong? Well the SEC had this to say on the practice a while back:

For companies to recognize revenue before delivery, ``the risks of ownership must have passed to the buyer,'' the SEC's staff wrote in a 2003 accounting bulletin. There also ``must be a fixed schedule for delivery of the goods,'' and the product ``must be complete and ready for shipment,'' among other things.

Sitting on a Halliburton back dock doesn't mean the ownership has been 'passed to the buyer'. But what the hell, Halliburton puts in 'on the books' anyway.

Jonathan Weil at Bloomberg has an OpEd up about this topic and TPMmuckraker does as well. From Weil's piece:

Menendez, who now works as a consultant, also accuses Halliburton of improper accounting for income taxes, off-balance- sheet entities and foreign-currency adjustments. Court records show he first alerted the SEC's enforcement division in November 2005, three months before he complained to Halliburton's audit committee.

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Jun 22, 2007

Army officer says Gitmo panels flawed

Like this is NEW. From AP:

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - An Army officer with a key role in the U.S. military hearings at Guantanamo Bay says they relied on vague and incomplete intelligence and were pressured to declare detainees "enemy combatants," often without any specific evidence.

His affidavit, released Friday, is the first criticism by a member of the military panels that determine whether detainees will continue to be held.

Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham, a 26-year veteran of military intelligence who is an Army reserve officer and a California lawyer, said military prosecutors were provided with only "generic" material that didn't hold up to the most basic legal challenges.

Despite repeated requests, intelligence agencies arbitrarily refused to provide specific information that could have helped either side in the tribunals, according to Abraham, who said he served as a main liaison between the Combat Status Review Tribunals and those intelligence agencies.

"What were purported to be specific statements of fact lacked even the most fundamental earmarks of objectively credible evidence," Abraham said in the affidavit, filed in a Washington appeals court on behalf of a Kuwaiti detainee, Fawzi al-Odah, who is challenging his classification as an "enemy combatant."

The Pentagon had no immediate comment, but a spokesman said Defense Department officials were preparing a response to the affidavit.

An attorney for al-Odah, David Cynamon, said Abraham "bravely" agreed to provide the affidavit when defense lawyers contacted him.

"It proves what we all suspected, which is that the CSRTs were a complete sham," Cynamon said.

Matthew J. MacLean, another al-Odah lawyer, said Abraham is the first member of a Combat Status Review Tribunal panel who has been identified, let alone been willing to criticize the tribunals in the public record.

"It wouldn't be quite right to say this is the most important piece of evidence that has come out of the CSRT process, because this is the only piece of evidence ever to come out of the CSRT process," MacLean said. "It's our only view into the CSRT."

Abraham said he first raised his concerns when he was on active duty with the Defense Department agency in charge of the tribunal process from September 2004 to March 2005 and felt the issues were not adequately addressed. He said he decided his only recourse was to submit the affidavit.

"I pointed out nothing less than facts, facts that can and should be fixed," he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his office in Newport Beach, Calif.

The 46-year-old lawyer, who remains in the reserves, said he believe he had a responsibility to point out that officers "did not have the proper tools" to determine whether a detainee was in fact an enemy combatant.

"I take very seriously my responsibility, my duties as a citizen," he said.

Cynamon said he fears the officer's military future could be in jeopardy. "For him to do this was a courageous thing but it's probably an assurance of career suicide," he said.

The military held Combatant Status Review Tribunals for 558 detainees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay in 2004 and 2005, with handcuffed detainees appearing before panels made up of three officers. Detainees had a military "personal representative" instead of a defense attorney, and all but 38 were determined to be "enemy combatants."

Abraham was asked to serve on one of the panels, and he said its members felt strong pressure to find against the detainee, saying there was "intensive scrutiny" when they declared a prisoner not to be an enemy combatant. When his panel decided the detainee wasn't an "enemy combatant," they were ordered to reconvene to hear more evidence, he said.

Ultimately, his panel held its ground, and he was never asked to participate in another tribunal, he said.

In April, the Supreme Court declined to review whether Guantanamo Bay detainees may go to federal court to challenge their indefinite confinement.

Lawyers for the detainees have asked the justices to reconsider and included Abraham's affidavit in a filing made Friday. The administration opposes the request.

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Will this be the end of torture, or just Gitmo?

From Breitbart.com:

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration is nearing a decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and move the terror suspects there to military prisons elsewhere, The Associated Press has learned.

President Bush's national security and legal advisers are expected to discuss the move at the White House on Friday and, for the first time, it appears a consensus is developing, senior administration officials said Thursday.

The advisers will consider a new proposal to shut the center and transfer detainees to one or more Defense Department facilities, including the maximum security military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where they could face trial, said the officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were discussing internal deliberations.

Officials familiar with the agenda of the Friday meeting said Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff, National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Peter Pace were expected to attend.

It was not immediately clear if the meeting would result in a final recommendation to Bush.

I am not holding my breath until I hear it from The Decider's lips....

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Jun 21, 2007

A new blog worth checking out...

Its a dear friend of mine, he has just made the foray into blogging.

It's called: The Church / State Wall. His goal: Commentary and reporting of issues, events, and philosophy concerning the Constitution of the United States, the separation of church and state, and various freedoms that thrive best under the protective safeguard of a sturdy church/state wall.Commentary and reporting of issues, events, and philosophy concerning the Constitution of the United States, the separation of church and state, and various freedoms that thrive best under the protective safeguard of a sturdy church/state wall.

Check him out if your so inclined..he knows his shit :)

Cheney states rules don't apply to him. LOL

WTF is this old fucker smoking? From ABC News:

Vice President Dick Cheney has asserted his office is not a part of the executive branch of the U.S. government, and therefore not bound by a presidential order governing the protection of classified information by government agencies, according to a new letter from Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., to Cheney.

Bill Leonard, head of the government's Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), told Waxman's staff that Cheney's office has refused to provide his staff with details regarding classified documents or submit to a routine inspection as required by presidential order, according to Waxman.

In pointed letters released today by Waxman, ISOO's Leonard twice questioned Cheney's office on its assertion it was exempt from the rules. He received no reply, but the vice president later tried to get rid of Leonard's office entirely, according to Waxman.

Leonard did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In a statement e-mailed to the Blotter on ABCNews.com, Cheney spokeswoman Megan McGinn said, "We are confident that we are conducting the office properly under the law.”

As director of the tiny, 25-person Information Security Oversight Office, Leonard is responsible for keeping track of the nation's secrets and making sure they are properly protected.

For the first two years of the George W. Bush administration, Cheney's office complied with a presidential order that requires officials to report statistics on the number of documents it classifies and declassifies.

Since 2003, however, Cheney's office has refused to submit the data to ISOO. And when ISOO inspectors tried in 2004 to schedule a routine inspection of the vice president's offices, they were rebuffed, Waxman's letter claims.

Other White House offices, including the National Security Council, did not object to similar inspections, according to Waxman.

"Serious questions can be raised about both the legality and advisability of exempting your office from the rules that apply to all other executive branch officials," Waxman said in his letter to the vice president, and asked him to explain why he felt the rules didn't apply to him and his staff and how he was protecting classified information in his office.

Former Cheney aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was recently convicted on several counts of perjury and obstruction of justice stemming from the leak of the identity of former covert CIA officer Valerie Plame, Waxman noted, and in 2006, former Cheney aide Leandro Aragoncillo pleaded guilty to sharing classified U.S. documents with foreign nationals. Aragoncillo also worked under former Democratic Vice President Al Gore, who complied with ISOO's requests.

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A Day of Action to restore Law and Justice in DC June 26th

(Click the Logo to go to their site)
On June 26, 2007, join us in Washington, D.C. as we call on Congress to restore habeas corpus, fix the Military Commissions Act, and restore our constitutional rights. Rally with us outside the Capitol, then help deliver our urgent message in person to your Members of Congress. This is your chance to make your voice heard!

There are hundreds of groups and affiliations that are supporting this action. It is sponsored primarily by the ACLU, Amnesty International,
The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). This page will list all the sponsoring groups.

List of Speakers:

Speaker List

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Representative John Conyers (D-MI)
Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)

Greg Proops of Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Reverend Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus

Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
Larry Cox, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA
David Keene, Chairman, American Conservative Union
Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Reverend Rich Killmer, Executive Director, National Religious
Campaign Against Torture
Sister Diana Ortiz, Executive Director, Torture Abolition and Survivors
Support Coalition International and torture survivor

Reverend Dr. Charles E. Gutenson, Associate Professor of
Philosophical Theology, Asbury Theological Seminary
Dr. Ingrid Matson, Islamic Society of North America
Rabbi Gerrald Serotta, Temple Shalom
Bishop Walter Sullivan, Catholic Diocese of Richmond (Ret.)

Feds wont deport missing soldiers wife.

As if the 12 million undocumented workers don't give them enough to do..the Fed Govt was in the middle of deporting the wife of missing Iraq soldier Army specialist Alex Jimenez. From Raw Story:

Hiraldo's immigration lawyer Matthew Kolken told Boston television station WBZ that the government refused to grant a so-called hardship waiver that would allow her to stay in the country.

Spec Jimenez was working to keep his wife, Yaderlin Hiraldo, in the country when he was deployed last year. The story has rec'd a lot of attention with Kerry writing a letter to DHS telling them to back the fuck off on this issue.

I am under the weather in a major way my dear reader. I hope to feel better and put something up later on today. Have a good day and keep telling the Congress that Bush and Cheney need to be Impeached!

Jun 19, 2007

Commanders refuse military Drs advice for troops in action.

After my Sunday post about Army Spec. Jeans Cruz and his PTSD, this morning I got to read how the military continues to put the war before the troops mental health:

U.S. commanders in Iraq are rejecting a recommendation made by Army health experts that troops receive a one-month break after they spend three months in a combat zone. U.S. troops in Iraq are spending more time in combat than those who fought in Vietnam or World War II, and experts say continuous exposure can lead to more mental health problems.

So, Army health experts can kiss off? WTF here? Army psychologists say continual combat may cause more mental health problems. Their research, conducted in Iraq last year, shows that 30% of troops experiencing high levels of combat demonstrate signs of anxiety, depression or acute stress.

This research was conducted last year..it has to be worse now..judging by the violence and deaths spiraling up as the "Surge" has led to worsening numbers in dead and injured troops.

30% of our troops IN THE COMBAT THEATRE show high levels of anxiety,depression and stress....yet we can't do shit to fix it? How effective can they be working at that level?

Are the military commanders fucking nuts or is it that the war is more important than the lives and health of our troops?

Great way to support the troops gents..fucking awesome. You vile pricks.

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Jun 18, 2007

Positive Liberty-Mildred Loving's statement.

A H/T to SteveO over at BIO for the link..From Ed Brayton's Blog:

On the 40th anniversary of the ruling in Loving v Virginia, MIldred Loving has released a public statement that really must be read. I’m going to post the full text below the fold and encourage others to distribute it far and wide, put it on Fark and Digg and Reddit and anywhere you can for the widest possible reach. Americans need to read this statement and see how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go to protect liberty and equality in this country.

Loving for All

By Mildred Loving*

Prepared for Delivery on June 12, 2007,
The 40th Anniversary of the Loving vs. Virginia Announcement

When my late husband, Richard, and I got married in Washington, DC in 1958, it wasn’t to make a political statement or start a fight. We were in love, and we wanted to be married.

We didn’t get married in Washington because we wanted to marry there. We did it there because the government wouldn’t allow us to marry back home in Virginia where we grew up, where we met, where we fell in love, and where we wanted to be together and build our family. You see, I am a woman of color and Richard was white, and at that time people believed it was okay to keep us from marrying because of their ideas of who should marry whom.

When Richard and I came back to our home in Virginia, happily married, we had no intention of battling over the law. We made a commitment to each other in our love and lives, and now had the legal commitment, called marriage, to match. Isn’t that what marriage is?

Not long after our wedding, we were awakened in the middle of the night in our own bedroom by deputy sheriffs and actually arrested for the “crime” of marrying the wrong kind of person. Our marriage certificate was hanging on the wall above the bed. The state prosecuted Richard and me, and after we were found guilty, the judge declared: “Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.” He sentenced us to a year in prison, but offered to suspend the sentence if we left our home in Virginia for 25 years exile.

We left, and got a lawyer. Richard and I had to fight, but still were not fighting for a cause. We were fighting for our love.

Though it turned out we had to fight, happily Richard and I didn’t have to fight alone. Thanks to groups like the ACLU and the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, and so many good people around the country willing to speak up, we took our case for the freedom to marry all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. And on June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that, “The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men,” a “basic civil right.”

My generation was bitterly divided over something that should have been so clear and right. The majority believed that what the judge said, that it was God’s plan to keep people apart, and that government should discriminate against people in love. But I have lived long enough now to see big changes. The older generation’s fears and prejudices have given way, and today’s young people realize that if someone loves someone they have a right to marry.

Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don’t think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the “wrong kind of person” for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government has no business imposing some people’s religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people’s civil rights.

I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.

The country fixed a mess like this before, created by Theocrats..we need to fix it again. Don't let the mutha fuckas win!

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Jun 17, 2007

Happy Fathers Day, Army Spec Jeans Cruz

More horror from WaPo's Dana Priest and Anne Hull on what our soldiers must deal with when they return mentally broken from Iraq. The full article can be read at the source linked above..and its worth every minute of your time.

Army Spec. Jeans Cruz helped capture Saddam Hussein. When he came home to the Bronx, important people called him a war hero and promised to help him start a new life. The mayor of New York, officials of his parents' home town in Puerto Rico, the borough president and other local dignitaries honored him with plaques and silk parade sashes. They handed him their business cards and urged him to phone.

But a "black shadow" had followed Cruz home from Iraq, he confided to an Army counselor. He was hounded by recurring images of how war really was for him: not the triumphant scene of Hussein in handcuffs, but visions of dead Iraqi children.

In public, the former Army scout stood tall for the cameras and marched in the parades. In private, he slashed his forearms to provoke the pain and adrenaline of combat. He heard voices and smelled stale blood. Soon the offers of help evaporated and he found himself estranged and alone, struggling with financial collapse and a darkening depression.

At a low point, he went to the local Department of Veterans Affairs medical center for help. One VA psychologist diagnosed Cruz with post-traumatic stress disorder. His condition was labeled "severe and chronic." In a letter supporting his request for PTSD-related disability pay, the psychologist wrote that Cruz was "in need of major help" and that he had provided "more than enough evidence" to back up his PTSD claim. His combat experiences, the letter said, "have been well documented."

None of that seemed to matter when his case reached VA disability evaluators. They turned him down flat, ruling that he deserved no compensation because his psychological problems existed before he joined the Army. They also said that Cruz had not proved he was ever in combat. "The available evidence is insufficient to confirm that you actually engaged in combat," his rejection letter stated.

Yet abundant evidence of his year in combat with the 4th Infantry Division covers his family's living-room wall. The Army Commendation Medal With Valor for "meritorious actions . . . during strategic combat operations" to capture Hussein hangs not far from the combat spurs awarded for his work with the 10th Cavalry "Eye Deep" scouts, attached to an elite unit that caught the Iraqi leader on Dec. 13, 2003, at Ad Dawr.

Veterans Affairs will spend $2.8 billion this year on mental health. But the best it could offer Cruz was group therapy at the Bronx VA medical center. Not a single session is held on the weekends or late enough at night for him to attend. At age 25, Cruz is barely keeping his life together. He supports his disabled parents and 4-year-old son and cannot afford to take time off from his job repairing boilers. The rough, dirty work, with its heat and loud noises, gives him panic attacks and flesh burns but puts $96 in his pocket each day.

This is disgusting and it must stop now. The Military has recognized PTSD as an illness since 1980 for the love of GOD! May every bastard that denies these men and women care rot in hell. Support our troops, bring them home now!

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Jun 16, 2007

The latest Republican BS..

Today's news items that will make you laugh, cry and want to throw things at Republicans:

From ThinkProgress: At a speech at the University of Arkansas this week, a teary-eyed Tim Griffin defended his record. Like former Justice official Monica Goodling — who called caging just “a direct-mail term — Griffin attempted to dismiss the allegations. He laid the blame on the “Internet stuff” and made jokes comparing caging to tending zoo animals.

John Kyl is a Kreep: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) yesterday blocked Judiciary Committee vote on whether to authorize subpoenas to obtain secret documents related to the NSA’s warrantless domestic surveillance program. Kyl’s action “will block the vote for a week,” after which the Committee will “decide whether to issue the subpoenas or use them as leverage in negotiations with the Bush administration over access to the documents.”

Prison Time Is Urged for Griles: Ex-Interior Official Admitted Lying About Ties to Abramoff. Former deputy interior secretary J. Steven Griles asked lobbyist Jack Abramoff for many favors for close female friends and in exchange helped Abramoff's clients at the government agency, according to prosecutors, who urged a federal judge to give Griles substantial prison time.

And last, but certainly not friggin least..we have Alberto pulling a fast one again.

Gonzales uses US Attorney appointment power that Congress banned:In a Senate Judiciary Committee business meeting Thursday morning, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) revealed that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales once again used an interim appointment authority at the heart of the US Attorneys controversy that Congress banned in a bill sent to the President for signature on June 4.

Gonzales Meeting With Monica Scrutinized: The Justice Department is investigating whether Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales sought to improperly influence the testimony of a departing senior aide, two of its senior officials said yesterday, adding a new dimension to the troubles already besetting the nation's chief law enforcement official.

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Jun 14, 2007

Judge Walton receives death threats over Libby sentencing

Isn't this the Republican way? Fucking bullshit if you ask me:

For one thing, Judge Walton revealed that he had received threatening letters in recent weeks. At first he just discarded them, he said, but as they kept coming, he began collecting them and has turned them over to the authorities.

If the bastards can't win by lying, stealing or cheating..they threaten. Friggin bullys. This really makes me sick to my stomach. Rotten bastards. I hate neocons with a passion right about now.

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Scooter must report to jail during appeal process..

This is rich..so rich..Scooter Libby doing time. The neocons are crapping down both legs I bet :)

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton's decision will send Libby's attorneys rushing to an appeals court to block the sentence and could force President Bush to consider calls from Libby's supporters to pardon the former aide. No date was set for Libby to report to prison but it's expected to be within six to eight weeks.

Read all about it here.

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"A moral and human breakdown"

The title of this post is a quote from L.A. County supervisor Zev Yarovslosky after viewing the security tapes of Edith Rodriquez vomiting blood and writhing in pain on the floor of the ER in one of Los Angeles’ hospitals known as King-Harbor. She died in the ER while staff and patients watched her suffer for 45 minutes. She finally died of a perforated bowel. The security tapes show a janitor cleaning the floor around her as she lay dying. Ms. Rodriguez isn’t the first patient to die from neglect at King-Harbor. The question is..will she be the last?

Her boyfriend and complete strangers called 911 to report the negligence of the ER staff. Even then, Ms. Rodriguez did not receive help or compassion. The second call by a stranger who witnessed the incident, was told that her call wasn’t an emergency. Part of the transcript of the 911 call:

“Ma’am, I cannot do anything for you for the quality of the hospital there,” the dispatcher said. “Do you understand what I’m saying? This line is for emergency purposes only…. 911 is used for emergency purposes only.”

The woman replied, “This is an emergency, mister.”

The dispatcher cut her off. “It is not an emergency. It is not an emergency, ma’am.”

“It is,” the woman said.

“It is not an emergency,” the dispatcher replied.

“You’re not here to see how they’re treating her,” the bystander said.

“OK, well, that’s not a criminal thing. You understand what I’m saying?” the dispatcher said.

“Excuse me, if this woman fall out and die, what [do] you mean there ain’t a criminal thing?” the woman said.

In the days leading up to her death, Rodriguez had sought care in the King-Harbor emergency room three times. Each time she was released after receiving prescription drugs for pain. On May 8, however, she did not leave the hospital but instead lay on the benches in front of its main entrance. County police officers found her there and helped escort her to the emergency room. There, a triage nurse told Rodriguez that nothing could be done to help her. The coroner has stated she could of survived if she had received treatment for the condition.

It gets better my dear reader. When Ms. Rodriguez was laying on the floor, the triage nurse told her to ‘get up and get back in the wheelchair’. The police were alerted to a ‘disturbance’ in the ER room and ran Ms. Rodriguez through their computer system. Discovering she had a no-bail warrant, they took her into custody. As they were loading her into the back of a squad car, they found she was unresponsive.

Because she was dead.

In a country that can build space stations and spend billions on a war in Iraq, a woman died because medical staff just didn’t give a shit and were possibly overworked or overloaded with poor people that had no insurance and no other way to receive medical treatment. This hospital serves one of the poorest parts of Los Angeles. The police were more concerned about arresting her than getting her medical attention. The entire system failed this woman and the cost was her life.

No one should die from neglect in a friggin Emergency Room, I don’t care who they are. This is criminal negligence and nothing less. Her death was ruled accidental by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

Accidental my ass. The LA Times did investigative pieces on the problems at King-Harbor in 2004. Federal regulators for the fourth time in three years declared patients at the hospital in immediate jeopardy. The Willowbrook hospital, once known as King/Drew, has been plagued by allegations of poor treatment almost since its inception 35 years ago.

But, its only poor people right? Any health care is better than no health care..or so they would have us believe.

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Jun 13, 2007

Eric Schwartz-Clinton got a Blowjob..version 2

I am back from Sin City..sick as a dog. Strep throat..who gets strep throat in Vegas?

Apparently I do.

So enjoy this video by Eric Schwartz entitled "Clinton got a Blowjob". The first version can be found on YouTube..this one is only available on Eric's website.

Jun 12, 2007

The leader of the Chickenhawks is..a Female!

Hillary Clinton no less..I swear..I almost broke my jaw when it hit the table as I read this article this morning on Alternet. I actually had to read this line twice:

Clinton shifts her position on troop withdrawal from Iraq, now saying she'll pull out all the troops by the end of her second term.

I couldn't believe it..seriously..I thought perhaps I was dreaming and pinched myself so hard I have a friggin bruise on my forearm now. WTF bitch?

Remember, Ol' Hill is saying she will 'Bring the troops home"..but she isn't saying ALL THE TROOPS.

Listen to Ted Koppel's NPR piece about Hillary's lie here.

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Enemy Combatant law tossed out.

Chalk one up for the Constitution! BushCo is probably pissin' down both legs over this ruling.

The Bush administration cannot use new anti-terrorism laws to keep U.S. residents locked up indefinitely without charging them, a divided federal appeals court said Monday.

The ruling was a harsh rebuke of one of the central tools the administration believes it has to combat terror.

“To sanction such presidential authority to order the military to seize and indefinitely detain civilians, even if the president calls them ‘enemy combatants,’ would have disastrous consequences for the Constitution — and the country,” the court panel said.

In the 2-1 decision, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel found that the fIn the 2-1 decision, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel found that the federal Military Commissions Act doesn’t strip Ali al-Marri, a legal U.S. resident, of his constitutional rights to challenge his accusers in court. It ruled the government must allow al-Marri to be released from military detention.

The government intends to ask the full 4th Circuit to hear the case, Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said.

“The president has made clear that he intends to use all available tools at his disposal to protect Americans from further al-Qaida attack, including the capture and detention of al-Qaida agents who enter our borders,” Boyd said in a statement.

Al-Marri has been held in solitary confinement in the Navy brig in Charleston, S.C., since June 2003. The Qatar native has been detained since his December 2001 arrest at his home in Peoria, Ill., where he moved with his wife and five children a day before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to study for a master’s degree at Bradley University.

“This is a landmark victory for the rule of law and a defeat for unchecked executive power,” al-Marri’s lawyer, Jonathan Hafetz, said in a statement. “It affirms the basic constitutional rights of all individuals — citizens and immigrants — in the United States.”

The court said its ruling doesn’t mean al-Marri should be set free. Instead, he can be returned to the civilian court system and tried on criminal charges.

“But the government cannot subject al-Marri to indefinite military detention,” the opinion said. “For in the United States, the military cannot seize and imprison civilians — let alone imprison them indefinitely.”

Al-Marri is currently the only U.S. resident held as an enemy combatant within the U.S.

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Jun 11, 2007

Specter will vote with the Dems? Who cares???

From the Hill:
(First, let me start off by staying...who gives a Rats friggin Ass Arlen? This vote doesn't mean shit and its a big waste of time, not to mention grandstanding of the ut-friggin-most degree.)

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Monday said he would vote with Democrats to express that he has no confidence in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, despite harboring deep misgivings about the nature of the resolution.

Specter said on the Senate floor that he has lost confidence in Gonzales, adding, “There is no doubt that the [Department of Justice (DoJ)] at the present time is in shambles.”

However, despite his feelings about Gonzales, Specter is not pleased with the Democratic no-confidence vote.

He believes it is politically motivated and that its principal purpose is to embarrass the GOP, not help DoJ.

In addition, Specter lamented, “The Senate has a lot more important things to do than to engage on this issue.” Specter pointed to the Senate’s failure last week to pass a comprehensive immigration bill, an effort in which the Pennsylvania Republican was deeply involved.

Edit: the Rethugs did successfully block this move..bastards.It was a worthless move anyway..but they stopped it none the less.

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As my vacation comes to a close..I find the internet drawing me back in.

I have basically been 'internet-less' for the better part of 10 straight days. I also found that at my sisters house the word "news" means whats going on with Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan. My niece doesn't seem disposed to discuss her current job in Afghanistan..so that left me with plenty of time to...


I am at the end of my two week hiatus and currently in Las Vegas. That wonderful place that is all about consumerism and self-indulgence. How do I indulge myself you ask


Now, I know I sleep alot, but the last two weeks have been vastly different than the sleep I get at my own humble abode. There have been no animals to deprive me of my sleep and until yesterday no husband to ask me dumb questions like'Whats for dinner?' and "did you feed and/or medicate the animals yet? "

So, I find myself looking forward to getting home Wednesday afternoon and resuming my regular life. I have missed politics, my cats and dogs and yes my dear reader...even my husband. I was happy to see that little changed during my hiatus..Bush is still a fuckwit and Scooter is still looking at sharing a cell with some bad man named Bubba with a penchant for man on man sex.

Sadly, the people of Darfur are still being killed and pretty white women are still being kidnapped and snuffed out like a candle in the wind.

I have to go down to the bar now and toss back a few while I attempt to win a small fortune.

I promise to read some actual news this evening..unless Pat makes me some exceptionally strong Vodka and sodas with two limes....or I actually hit a jackpot.

Jun 8, 2007

DoJs latest Document dump has some interesting finds

TPMmuckraker is a wonderful site. They actually comb through the hundreds of pages of emails, etc the Dept of Justice tosses at the various Senate and House committee's that are investigating all the bs and possible corruption going on. As they note in a post last night:

Leonard Leo the executive vice president of the Federalist Society offers then director of the Executive Office of the US Attorney his two cents in who would make a nice replacement for the US Attorney in San Diego. His suggestion was Mary Walker, who as McClatchy points out, has ties to the White House:

Walker led a Pentagon working group in 2003, which critics said helped provide the administration with a rationale to circumvent the international Geneva Conventions banning torture in the interrogations of terrorism suspects.

Leo’s recommendation is dated March 7, 2005, almost two years before Lam was fired, but just days before her name appeared on one of the firings lists.

There is also a good Goodling email apparently. Read their article for the 411.

Jun 7, 2007

Cheney pushed for wiretapping.

This isn't a surprise right? The Big Dick Cheney was behind the wiretapping program. From WaPo:

By Dan EggenWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, June 7, 2007

Vice President Cheney told Justice Department officials that he disagreed with their objections to a secret surveillance program during a high-level White House meeting in March 2004, a former senior Justice official told senators yesterday.
The meeting came one day before White House officials tried to get approval for the same program from then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft, who lay recovering from surgery in a hospital, according to former deputy attorney general James B. Comey.

Cheney allegedly disagreed with Justice officials on the legality of surveillance.
Comey's disclosures, made in response to written questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, indicate that Cheney and his aides were more closely involved than previously known in a fierce internal battle over the legality of the warrantless surveillance program. The program allowed the National Security Agency to monitor phone calls and e-mails between the United States and overseas.
Comey said that Cheney's office later blocked the promotion of a senior Justice Department lawyer, Patrick Philbin, because of his role in raising concerns about the surveillance.
The disclosures also provide further details about the role played by then-White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales. He visited Ashcroft in his hospital room and wrote an internal memorandum on the surveillance program shortly afterward, according to Comey's responses. Gonzales is now the attorney general. He faces possible congressional votes of no-confidence because of his handling of the firings of nine U.S. attorneys last year.
"How are you, General?" Gonzales asked Ashcroft at the hospital, according to Comey.
"Not well," replied Ashcroft, who had just undergone gallbladder surgery and was battling pancreatitis.
The new details follow Comey's gripping testimony last month about the visit by Gonzales and Andrew H. Card Jr., then President Bush's chief of staff, to Ashcroft's hospital bed on the night of March 10, 2004. The two Bush aides tried to persuade Ashcroft to renew the authorization of the NSA surveillance program, after Comey and other Justice Department officials had said they would not certify the legality of the effort, according to the testimony and other officials.
Ashcroft refused, noting that Comey had been designated as acting attorney general during his illness.
The episode prompted sharp criticism from Democrats and some Republicans, who questioned whether Gonzales and Card were attempting to take advantage of a sick man to get around legal objections from government lawyers. It is unclear who directed the two Bush aides to make the visit.
Democrats said yesterday that the new details from Comey raise further questions about the role of Cheney and other White House officials in the episode.
"Mr. Comey has confirmed what we suspected for a while -- that White House hands guided Justice Department business," said Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). "The vice president's fingerprints are all over the effort to strong-arm Justice on the NSA program, and the obvious next question is: Exactly what role did the president play?"

For the rest of the article, click here.

Jun 5, 2007

Libby gets 30 months

Scooter will also be free on bail during his appeals process at this point, but bear in mind the Judge and Fitz want his candy-ass jailed asap. Scooter's attorney of course wanted probation, Fitz asked for 30 months. He also got slapped with $250K worth of fines. TPM has a video here and MSNBC has a writeup here.

Unless Waxman has something up his sleeve, this brings to an end Le Affair de Plame. Hopefully within the next 60 days we will see Scooter doing the Perpwalk in Prison Orange..

Chrissy is on her way home from Afghanistan!!!!

My niece is finally out of Afghanistan! She is now in Kuwait, on her way home..several days late I might add. We expect her now on the 6th, I am just so friggin happy, I can't tell you.
This will be the best two weeks of the year for me, seeing her. The hardest part will be sending her back to that fucking hellhole.

Jun 4, 2007

Gitmo Judge sees jesus in a bar of soap, tosses 2 cases

I know, its an eye catching blog title..but its the only way I can see one of BushCo's judges tossing out the cases of both Hamden and Canadian Omar Khadr. I thought these guys were hand picked. In any case, according to this article, the government had failed to establish jurisdiction was the reason for dismissing both Hamden and Khadr's cases.


Sorry, but I had to laugh. Its fucking hilarious ain't it? I mean, think about it..BushCo changed the laws to make sure he could try these guys without one ounce of evidence..and it freaking backfired on them!

Oh, the irony. The boyz at the DoJ and the Pentagon must be crapping down both legs over this. Seriously..they must. This wasn't one judge, it was TWO judges that pissed in Bush's cherrios.

I am out of town for another week, so posting will be sort of sporadic. But I had to get online when I read about this one today.


Jun 2, 2007

Congress wants Ashcroft to testify

Both the Senate and House Judicial committee's want to talk to former AG John Ashcroft. The subject is that lovely little visit made to his sickbed. Per the Newsweek article:

The Senate and House Intelligence Committees are asking former attorney general John Ashcroft to testify about a March 2004 hospital-room confrontation during which he refused to sign off on a continuation of President Bush’s warrantless eavesdropping program, according to congressional and administration sources.

The panel plans to question Ashcroft, his former chief of staff David Ayres and former deputy attorney general James Comey about a heated dispute with the White House that roiled the Justice Department three years ago. The House committee is also planning a separate closed-door hearing with Ashcroft, according to a spokeswoman for Ashcroft.

The problem is..Ashcroft is still a loyal "Bushie", but he wasn't enamored with the wiretapping program either. I can't wait to see how this turns out..can you my dear reader?

Today's Photo..er..Graphic..ok, Picture.

It's moving day!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have purchased a domain name. I have been meticulously working on a new site,Leftwing Nutjob. Please change your bookmarks people..this puppy will no longer be updated as of July 1st 2011.