funeral

I considered myself fortunate’ to catch an excerpt of the Coretta Scott King funeral on The Newshour last night. Then, this morning while watching Democracy Now, I found that the program had some video cuts of the speakers who confronted bush (who was at the funeral).’ The speakers highlighted were:

  • Reverend Joseph Lowery, who co-founded the Southern Leadership Conference with Dr. Martin Luther King.
  • Maya Angelou, poet, writer, activist.
  • President Jimmy Carter

If you have a few minutes, watch the video. You won’t regret it. My immediate reaction was, “good… people are confronting this small man to his face,” but then I started thinking about how courageous these individuals are to speak truth to power.’ This got me to thinking about the karl rove stuff. People all over are scared to speak out… especially Senators,… especially Republican Senators.

Everyone, who has thought about our present situation longer than the time needed to slap on a yellow bumper sticker, knows that enough is enough.’ Those in government who continue to give aid and comfort to this criminal administration have told us where their loyalties lie, and it is not with this country or the Constitution of’ The United States of America.

I mean to say, I want to see a better world.
I mean to say I want to see some peace somewhere.

I mean to say I want to see some honesty, some fair play
I want to see kindness and justice
This is what I want to see…

Maya Angelou

they get worse each day

Within weeks of the news being revealed that peaceful protesters are targets of FBI surveillance, and bush pretty much saying, “Warrants? I don’t need no stinkin’ warrants,” we get this news from the clown in chief’s minion (Alberto Gonzales – son of Yoo) that they want to see what Americans search for on the internet.

The bush crime administration is so arrogant, it is almost beyond belief.

Within weeks of the news being revealed that peaceful protesters are targets of FBI surveillance, and bush pretty much declaring, “Warrants? I don’t need no stinkin’ warrants,” we get this news from the clown in chief‘s minion, Alberto Gonzales (son of Yoo), that they want to see what Americans search for on the internet.

“Google is rebuffing the Bush administration’s demand for a peek at what millions of people have been looking up on the internet’s leading search engine — a request that underscores the potential for online databases to become tools for government surveillance.

Google has refused to comply with a White House subpoena first issued last summer, prompting U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales this week to ask a federal judge in San Jose, California for an order to hand over the requested records.

The government wants a list of all requests entered into Google’s search engine during an unspecified single week — a breakdown that could conceivably span tens of millions of queries. In addition, it seeks 1 million randomly selected web addresses from various Google databases.”

(Via Wired News.)

This ought to make a number of right-wing bush defenders who used the “If you haven’t done anything wrong, what’s the problem?”, a little uncomfortable. Who knows what they’ve been searching for in the privacy of their homes using Google? Oh, and by the way, if they used AOL, or Yahoo, or MSN search engines,… forget it. Those companies just rolled over and gave Gonzales what he wanted.

Addendum:
Why isn’t this page one news?

yoo again!

Ya know what’s interesting about these believers in the imperial presidency? They only seem to believe in it, when a Republican is president.

I’ve been offline for a while, so it was interesting to see that John Yoo has inserted himself into the news again. I wasn’t aware of it until I read Knock-Knock and Bottle of Blog.

Way back in 2004, I wrote a little ditty about Yoo myself, on this blog. So apparently, his viewpoint of “president as king” has not changed.

Ya know what’s interesting about these believers in the imperial presidency? They only seem to believe in it, when a Republican is president.

allegiance to men or to country

They supported King George during the American Revolution. They supported Hitler in his rise to power in Germany, and now, they support a corrupt/treasonous administration.

They supported King George during the American Revolution. They supported Hitler in his rise to power in Germany, and now, they support a corrupt/treasonous administration here in the United States. It seems in every age there is a group of people who refuse to say “no” to power. No logic or persuasion will work, they are committed to their allegiance to the power brokers, not their country.

I’ve decided that I can not reach out and try to convince them any longer,… there is too much other work to be done. For ideas, MoveOn.org has what they call an ActionForum. Lots of ideas and potential paths to get the country back on track.

ActionForums are structured to promote a productive dialogue by automatically filtering out inappropriate or marginally relevant comments. They make clear where agreement and disagreement lie and foster collaborative problem solving.

The bush hanger-ons can follow us if they choose… or not.

which americans?

So, other than the arrogant attitude that as “king” he doesn’t need a warrant, why would he do that?

So, bush admits to spying illegally, without search warrants on American citizens. Why, I wonder, would he do that? I mean, why would he do it illegally, when the FISA court is so lenient in giving out warrants. The court has only denied 5 (five !!!) warrants out of 20,000. So, other than the arrogant attitude that as “king” he doesn’t need a warrant, why would he do that? Probably because he knows that the warrants would be denied.

What could possibly be so over the top, that he wouldn’t want to make it public? How about spying on his political opponents. While people argue about whether he is extending the power of the presidency, he is merely trying to maintain his power by spying on Democrats or anyone else that could threaten his power.

I mean, I’m just sayin’… think about it.

he has broken the law

Simple, no? It is not to protect the people of the United States as bush is so fond of spouting, it is to protect the Constitution. The US’s ultimate law and consequently the ultimate protector of our way of life.

Okay,… I’ve posted this before, but here it is again:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” – oath of office

Simple, no? It is not to protect the people of the United States as bush is so fond of spouting, it is to protect the Constitution. The US’s ultimate law and consequently the ultimate protector of our way of life.

We know that this administration has spied on its own citizens bypassing court approval, spied on and collected information on legitimate political organizations, has fought for the ability to torture (see the 8th amendment), has established “sneak and peak” powers with the Patriot Act (see the 4th amendment) and taken every opportunity to destroy the United States Constitution (peruse the amendments and see how many other violations you can find), screeching “terrorism” as the excuse.

Why has this fraud and the rest of his flying monkeys not been impeached? Even if people know the impeachment process will fail, he needs to, at a very minimum, be brought up on charges of violating his oath of office.

bush and company is destroying the country. He must be removed from office (not that he ever belonged there). Here’s what the constitution says:

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. – US Constitution

He has broken the law. I’m not saying execute him. I don’t think revenge works to anyone’s betterment. I’m saying remove him from the oval office… now… before he does more damage.

tomlinson: part 2 (final chapter?)

Hopefully this will be the last we’ll hear from Tomlinson concerning the CPB,… but you know what they say about bad pennys.

A while ago, I wrote about a Frank Rich article about Kenneth Tomlinson and how he was trying, basically, to destroy the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Well, here’s the latest news:

Kenneth Y. Tomlinson’s problem wasn’t just that he wanted public television to hew to his conservative ideology. He was also apparently blinded by those same politics to the laws, policies and practices that are supposed to guide public service.

… and

E-mail evidence shows that he was regularly taking direction from the White House, including in the appointment of Patricia Harrison, a bigwig in Republican circles, as the CPB’s new president, a job traditionally reserved for non-politicians with actual TV experience.

Hopefully this will be the last we’ll hear from Tomlinson concerning the CPB,… but you know what they say about bad pennys.

impeachment

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
United States Constitution

Why is there no one in congress willing to bring up impeachment?

According to the latest Zogby poll, 50% of the American public thinks bush is doing a bad job.

• Lying about reasons for war.

• Country’s finances moved from surplus to major debt.

• Closest advisor connected to teason investigation.

If a Democratic congress person were to open the impeachment process, there’d be a lot of republicans having to explain why they would defeat such a resolution. And if they didn’t vote for it, you can bet they’d be in trouble come election time. Now is the time for Democrats to take a bold move. They’re practically invulnerable.

We need to get him out of office before he does any more damage to the country.