"It is my firm belief that the Cheney-Bush team has committed offenses that are worse than those that drove Nixon, Vice President Spiro Agnew and Atty. Gen. John Mitchell from office after 1972. Indeed, as their repeated violations of the Constitution and federal statutes, as well as their repudiation of international law, come under increased consideration, I expect to see Cheney and Bush forced to resign their offices before 2008 is over."* uranus in the comments:
about the collapse of Enron made a statement that caught my attention. There were so many players cooking the books, they began to believe the blame was and no one was wholly to blame, and in time, "It's more than infiltrating every office and agency, and more than rigging the process so completely that they can't lose. An episode of PBS's Independent Lensdistributed,no one at all was to blame; in effect, they began to believe they could do no wrong. When you get to that point, you just do whatever you like and everything you can imagine, and nothing is wrong or against the law. In my opinion, that's the thinking of a three-year-old.* Kevin 'Pat isn’t with God. He’s fucking dead' Tillman delivered some amazing testimony yesterday re the PatTillman lies. More amazingly, apparently CNN ran with it live, for 15 minutes. When the hell did they decide that congressional hearings are worthy of full coverage? When will we see it again?
As you recall, Enron and the Bush adminstration gave each other a helping hand continuously until Enron vanished."
* speaking of yesterday's testimony, here's jessica lynch, too. As someone wrote yesterday in a different context: "truth" is the newest aphrodisiac!"
* this one is for Rimone, in absentia. (more rug-gedy optimism)
"Once considered a maverick unafraid of disagreeing with Bush on any number of issues, McCain showed his lack of basic common sense by jumping on the Bush policy bandwagon after the wheels started coming off. One wonders if McCain, living in an earlier time, would have booked a stateroom on the Titanic the day after it sank.
In summary, the key to an overwhelming Democratic victory in the 2008 elections lies with our Republican friends. I say put them in front of a microphone and a TV camera 24/7 from now until next November, and we can literally dispense with going through the motions of an election – we will have won, hands down, long before the polling stations are open for business."
* for those of you lucky enough to be going to Coachella tomorrow, i hate you.
"You know, I have no patience for this anymore. I am getting tired of people in journalism, smart people, acting like the newspaper industry's enabler. "Oh, it's okay, you had a rough day, just one more newsroom cut and then you can quit, it's all right." Fuck NO IT'S NOT ALL RIGHT. God, for a group of people which prides itself on having a bullshit detector turned up to eleven, journalists will swallow some crap about their own surroundings. And after a while, it's not even maddening anymore, it's just sad. Grow the fuck up, recognize you have a problem, and solve that problem, not a whole host of other crap about coaxial cables and how many hits somebody posting cats flushing toilets gets, because it's embarrassing."
i heart A.
"It was a joke when the satirical newspaper The Onion published it not long after President George W. Bush was elected: President seeks someone to run the U.S. government.i heart A.
But as on most days in the Bush era, the administration kills irony only to dig it up again. Last week, administration officials told the Washington press Bush was seeking a “war czar,” someone to oversee the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Someone to report directly to the president and empowered to give orders to cabinet secretaries in order to “manage” the two wars our nation now fights.
Our expectations of our government are criminally low these days. We barely ask that you escape indictment in order to qualify to lead us. We take it as a matter of course that you will lie, cheat, steal, foul up and still somehow deserve our vote. Now, to be president, it seems you don’t even need to deal with the wars you start.
What else is left in the job, if war is somebody else’s task? Taxes? Handshakes? Ribbon-cuttings and speeches to chambers of commerce?
Miss America has a more demanding schedule."