Thursday, November 23, 2006


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The other night on The History channel, I watched an episode of Lost Worlds: Hitler's Super city. What Hitler was Aiming to construct was a new Germany based on an ideology of ‘ruin value’ – the idea that all new buildings would be constructed in such a way that they would leave aesthetically pleasing ruins thousands of years into the future. He strove to place his people's achievements on a par with the great civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. This remarkable program told a story of how Hitler was mad, psychotic with grandiose visions for a super race, lead by a superpower that would one day conquer the entire world. He tried to rid Germany of its past and reconstruct it as a personification of his "the Fuhrer’s" spectacular greatness.

They say that history is always repeated and I believe this to be
true. What the neoconservatives with
their absolute power were envisioning for this world was not unlike that of Hitler's. Scary is too mild a
word for the planned havoc they had wished to execute upon our nation and the world. But what these ideologues did manage to carry out, has strained our Nation, our Constitution to the brink and they should be held accountable for this.

They never feared retribution because they thought (as Hitler did) their invincible powers could never be taken from them. They believed they were accomplishing an insidious coup d'état of our government by manipulation of the masses through fear.

Well, hopefully their plans have been interrupted and now they should face their just deserts. All ten reasons should be addressed and penalties should be applied, THESE TURKEYS NEVER WAS AND NEVER WILL BE ABOVE THE LAW!


more pictures hereTen Reasons to Impeach George Bush and Dick

I ask Congress to impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney for the following reasons:

1. Violating the United Nations Charter by launching an illegal "War of Aggression" against Iraq without
cause, using fraud to sell the war to Congress and the public, misusing government funds to begin bombing without Congressional authorization, and subjecting our military personnel to unnecessary harm, debilitating injuries, and deaths.

2. Violating U.S. and international law by authorizing the torture
of thousands of captives, resulting in dozens of deaths, and
keeping prisoners hidden from the International Committee of the
Red Cross.

3. Violating the Constitution by arbitrarily detaining Americans,
legal residents, and non-Americans, without due process, without
charge, and without access to counsel.

4. Violating the Geneva Conventions by targeting civilians,
journalists, hospitals, and ambulances, and using illegal weapons,
including white phosphorous, depleted uranium, and a new type of

5. Violating U.S. law and the Constitution through widespread
wiretapping of the phone calls and emails of Americans without a

6. Violating the Constitution by using "signing statements" to
defy hundreds of laws passed by Congress.

7. Violating U.S. and state law by obstructing honest elections in
2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006.

8. Violating U.S. law by using paid propaganda and disinformation,
selectively and misleadingly leaking classified information, and
exposing the identity of a covert CIA operative working on
sensitive WMD proliferation for political retribution.

9. Subverting the Constitution and abusing Presidential power by
asserting a "Unitary Executive Theory" giving unlimited powers to
the President, by obstructing efforts by Congress and the Courts
to review and restrict Presidential actions, and by promoting and
signing legislation negating the Bill of Rights and the Writ of
Habeas Corpus.

10. Gross negligence in failing to assist New Orleans residents
after Hurricane Katrina, in ignoring urgent warnings of an Al
Qaeda attack prior to Sept. 11, 2001, and in increasing air
pollution causing global warming.

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New Senate Committee Chairs Will Carry Powerful Punch to Bush Agenda

Democratic leadership in the Senate announced committee chair assignments for the 110th
, from 2007-08, and it's enough to give the President hearburn and a headache as he attempts to force his agenda and judicial appointments through the new Democratic-controlled Congress.

None of these Senate committees will be a rubber stamp for Bush proposals... with the possible exception of the HomelandCLICK HERE Security Committee, chaired by Senator Joe Lieberman, whose
recent election victory was financed largely by Republicans and supported by the White House.

Senate Democrats had no choice, though, but to give "independent Democrat" Joe the chairmanship. Consider the alternative: he could change his party affiliation to Republican, thus causing the two parties to share control of the Senate. It's an excellent slate of long-serving Democratic senators who will serve as powerful, opinionated chairs of
influential Senate committees. You can scan the list here at US Senate Committee Chairs for the 110th Congress.

Our country's collective nightmare over the Bush Administration is almost over as the White House is forced to face its last two years with a Democratic Congress. Most certainly, the darkest days of having short-sighted and greedy legislation foisted on middle-class Americans is over.

Ding dong! The wicked witch isn't yet dead, but she's surely dying...


Well, that was a brief bit of civility
Published: November 22. 2006

President Bush's political fortunes have changed for the worst, but he himself
is announcing that he hasn't changed a bit.

He still hates not getting his own way on everything.

His immediate actions after proclaiming his deep desire to work with Democrats
in a fresh mood of bipartisanship were to reinforce his preference for
right-wing religious goals. This is the new civility in the nation's capital?
Bush has had it pretty much the way he wanted things for six years; you'd think
he would be wondering what hit him. The word hasn't gotten through his isolation
bubble, apparently.

Or Karl Rove has not told him yet. Reports are that Rove is still defending his
strategy of sticking to the so-called base of mostly Southern far-right
extremists, who didn't deliver very well this November. Maybe it's time for the
president to look beyond the bubble.

The first move he made was to stick the Democrats in the eye by re-nominating a
group of judicial nominees already rejected as too conservative and unqualified
by the current Senate. This was no accident. Why did he do it?

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., a key Democrat on the Senate Judiciary
Committee, was outraged, pronouncing them all politically dead on arrival.

"The days of hard-right judges'' are over, Schumer said.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the incoming chairman of the Judiciary Committee, had
this reaction to Bush's surprise renominations: "Barely a week after the
president promised to change course by working in a bipartisan and cooperative
way with Congress, it is disappointing that he has decided to 'stay the course'
on judicial nominees by renominating a slate of his most controversial past
choices.'' Leahy noted that these candidates had failed to win confirmation
under a Republican-controlled Senate.

Message: Forget about getting through the Senate after the Democrats take charge
in January.

Here are some of Bush's picks for life-time appointments to the federal bench:

William Haynes II, a one-time lawyer for the Pentagon who helped formulate the
administration's torture and enemy combatant policies that have redefined normal
understanding of civil liberties.

Terrence Boyle, a former aide to Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., has a record of
racial insensitivity.

Michael Wallace, a former adviser to Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., built a
GOP-promoted legal case for letting Bob Jones University keep its tax-exempt
status despite its open discrimination on the basis of race. He also got a "not
qualified'' rating from the American Bar Association.

Peter Keisler is a nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia. When President Bill Clinton tried to fill that empty slot, Republican
senators blocked him on the grounds that the court didn't need another judge.
This is a pretty bad double standard statement for Bush to make.

But the lurch to the right didn't end there.

He also promptly nominated Andrew Biggs, an advocate of privatizing Social
Security, to a six-year term as the next deputy commissioner of Social Security,
despite the fact that Bush assigned Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr. to work
with the next Congress to build a consensus on what to do with Social Security.

So, what is going on here? The Democratic majority has said that Social Security
privatization is off the table. Period. Public opinion polls show no support for
private accounts, which are seen as too risky for the elderly who rely on a
dependable retirement income. How can Paulson negotiate in good faith with a
deputy committed to a policy that cannot pass?

And just so he didn't overlook any area important to the religious right, Bush
also appointed a new chief of family-planning programs at the Department of
Health and Human Services who is opposed to contraceptives for women. Eric
Keroack works at a Christian pregnancy counseling organization that calls the
distribution of birth control pills "demeaning to women.'' He gets to advise the
department on reproductive health and adolescent pregnancy, with $283 million in
grants to provide "access to contraceptive supplies and information to all who
want and need them.'' The appointment does not require Senate-confirmation.

And then there's the subject of United Nations ambassador John Bolton, whom Bush
is also pushing for confirmation even though he couldn't win Senate approval
earlier in a Republican-controlled body. The controversial, abrasive Bolton has
a recess appointment, which expires at the end of this congressional term if he
is not confirmed by the Senate.

Am I missing something here? Where's the good will and cooperation that Bush
promised? It's the same old provocative, bossy attitude of the past six years.
But it's not the same old rubber-stamp Republican terrain. If he wants partisan
warfare, he'll get it. He's started it and now he's going to be stuck with it.

Marianne Means writes for Hearst Newspapers.

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