Friday, January 20, 2006

They're Scared II

Super Clinton-hater Republican former Congressman Bob Barr has called it illegal.
The non-paritsan Congressional Research Service has said the legal arguments in support of it are weak.
American citizens have started filing lawsuits to stop it.
A poll by a respected research firm shows that most Americans want Congress to consider impeaching the president if it happened the way they have heard.
The US Attorney General last night put out a 40-page report trying to justify it.
Dick Cheney is holding private meetings with some Congressional leaders today to discuss it.

"It" is the president ordering the National Security Agency to spy on American citizens without a warrant.

And the widespread outcry against it has them wetting their pants.

As it should.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Mr. Bush, I'd Like To Introduce You To The Law

Bush Administration, inconsistent with the law. So unusual to hear those two phrases in the same sentence, huh?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 - A legal analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service concludes that the Bush administration's limited briefings for Congress on the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping without warrants are "inconsistent with the law."

The analysis was requested by Representative Jane Harman, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, who said in a Jan. 4 letter to President Bush that she believed the briefings should be open to all the members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.

Instead, the briefings have been limited to the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate and of the Intelligence Committees, the so-called Gang of Eight.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

But, This Is America!!!

From the New York Daily News:

An African-American family preparing to move into their new North Valley Stream home had a hate-filled welcome message painted on their garage door - on Martin Luther King Day.

"There's two swastikas. 'KKK' is written on the top and bottom and in between it says, 'Move out N-----,'" said Lee Burke, 43.

[snip]

The Burkes aren't the first such victims on the block. In November 2003 and December 2004, there were "similar types" of racist graffiti spray-painted on the homes of two minority families who moved onto Frances Drive.

[snip]

Burke said she was also very grateful for neighbors like James Guinsburg, 65, who welcomed her yesterday and expressed outrage over the racial slurs.

"I find it unconscionable that somebody would even do such a thing. This is America," said Guinsburg....


Exactly.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Just a Bunch of Slaves?

Has Hillary ever said something this harsh about the Bush Administration?

NEW YORK - Sen. Hillary Clinton on Monday blasted the Bush administration as one of the worst” in U.S. history and compared the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to a plantation where dissenting voices are squelched.

Although the modern GOP may be fairly compared to a lot of of history's worst institutions, I don't think plantation is quite the right label here. On a plantation, everybody works but gets little in return. Only the owner prospers. In the GOP, everyone working "on the plantation" prospers. The squelching of dissenting voices that Hillary spoke of is certainly characteristic of plantation mentality, but it's not the key defining characteristic.

Hillary was clearly reaching for something to resonate with the predominantly black audience she was speaking to. She might have thrown out a clunker this time; black folks will always receive her warmly, but those moderate whites out there might recoil at her "plantation" reference.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Oh, No!

John at Americablog points out the ridiculousness of having James Clyburn represent the Democrats in Congress as they plan to launch their "reform" branding campaign. What John and NRP didn't point out is that Clyburn is one of the BIGGEST corporate suckups among the Democrats. That he is an African-American and member of the Congressional Black Caucus makes that fact all the more upsetting from my perspective.

Clyburn was among a handful of CBC members who back in 2001 let themselves be swept away to one of those ubiquitous corporate-sponsored "golf" trips in which the Congressman gets to pretend he's gaining influence over the industry rather than the other way around. He represents a spectacularly bad choice for the role of "reformer."

From the Mouth of a King

The last public words of Dr. Martin Luther King:

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
The next day, he was killed.

Wicked, But True

This comment from a diary on Daily Kos:

Impeachment with this President and this Congress would be like a KKK member charged and tried for murder of a black man in 1920's Mississippi.