This Thing Called Courage

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Lie to Start a War? No Prob! Hire a Hooker? YOU"RE GONE!


Well, Elliot Spitzer is gone. The question on everyone's mind is, "What was he thinking?" An additional question: is this revelation the result of Big Brother Chimpy McFlightsuit and his domestic spying? It's beginning to look like it is.
As one commentator put it on the Huffington Post:

But something else bothers me too, perhaps even more than all this Spitzer-sees-hooker kerfuffle. It's that it is emerging that this is the result of a Fed investigation into Spitzer, not his getting reeled in among many others, in the investigation of a call-girl operation.This is yet another misuse of one of those newly-invented "crimes" supposedly necessary to defend us against "turrism". Apparently, the compliance people for his bank or credit card company alerted the authorities (as they are mandated to spy on us and do) because they saw suspected "structuring".The Big Brother machine is now in full force and effect. Strangely, no "turrist" has ever been caught in its net, but many of our fellow citizens, the mighty like the average Joe, have been investigated, probed and analyzed for these new "non-crime crimes". Brave new world indeed.


Apparently what hastened Spitzer's resignation was a movement among the rethug opposition to begin impeachment proceedings against him. I think it's appalling that such a thing would happen, in light of the fact that our Founding Fathers wisely called on impeachment for 'high crimes,' not sordid low ones. You know, the kind of high crimes that involve lying us into war. In case you'd like to hear about some others, here they are, from democrats.com, a progressive group:
Ten Reasons to Impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney
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 napalm.
5. Violating U.S. law and the Constitution through widespread wiretapping of the phone calls and emails of Americans without a warrant.
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.



In other republican news, the republican governor of Alaska is still pushing their wonderfully humane agenda of chasing down wolves and bears to the point of exhaustion, in helicopters and planes, then shooting them. Some fun, eh? Is there any part of God's creation-- human, vegetable, or mineral-- that these people don't butcher, besmirch, and exploit? They are now trying to prevent the voters of Alaska from voting on this butchery, as they are scheduled to do this August. This is from Defenders of Wildlife:


At least 56 wolves are dead in Alaska -- the latest victims of the state’s brutal, unpopular and needless aerial killing program. And the death toll will continue to climb as spring’s longer days make it easier to kill wolves using airplanes… and even helicopters.
Worse yet, even as Alaskans prepare to vote in August on aerial gunning, Governor Sarah Palin and the legislature have launched a stealth campaign to maintain this brutal practice.
Donate $50.00, $30.00 or whatever you can afford to run television ads through next week and save these wolves and other wildlife.
Alaska’s politicians have stooped to new lows in their efforts to kill wolves. With the help of the Alaska Outdoor Council and other lobbyists, Palin and other politicians are quietly pushing bills in the state legislature to deny Alaskans their right to vote on key wildlife issues -- bills intended to stop this summer’s vote on to limit ending aerial gunning of wolves and bears!
Don’t let the lobbyists and their politicians get away it. Please donate now to help us ensure that the voices of Alaskans are heard.
Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund has launched an all-out campaign with
TV ads, radio ads, educational mailers and phone calls to protect the rights of Alaska’s voters, especially the more than 56,000 Alaskans who petitioned the state to put aerial gunning on the ballot in August.
These efforts are already making a difference. Since Monday, more than 10,000 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund supporters from all across the country have emailed their outrage to Governor Sarah Palin over her introduction of these anti-democratic, pro-aerial gunning bills.
And people from all over Alaska are calling and writing their state Representatives and Senators, urging them to oppose these awful bills and let Alaskans decide how their wildlife is to be managed.
But we can’t do this without you.
Your donation of $50.00, $30.00 or whatever you can afford is crucial to run our TV ad through next week and stop aerial hunting of wolves in Alaska.
Sincerely,
Rodger SchlickeisenPresident

Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund


And in still other Republican news, a Republican State Representative from Oklahoma has been caught on vidoetape saying that: (this is from HRC)


"I honestly think it's the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam."
That's from an Oklahoma lawmaker's speech about gay people.
You heard right. A secret recording has just emerged of State Rep. Sally Kern speaking to a Republican group in January, where she equates both sexual orientation and religion with terrorism.
She thought no one was listening. Now hundreds of thousands are. And despite her refusal to apologize, we won't let her get away with this.
Tell Oklahoma's governor and top legislators to publicly denounce Kern's remarks.
This recording, first released in a video by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, is all the more troubling given the recent spate of hate violence against gay and transgender youth.
Last month in California, a 15-year-old boy, Lawrence King, who suffered taunting and bullying by his classmates because of his sexual orientation, was killed by one of those classmates – a 14-year-old boy. The week after Lawrence King's death saw the murder of another teen, this time a 17-year-old transgender youth in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Words matter. Especially words from elected officials. Rep. Kern's private feelings towards homosexuality and Islam are one thing. But public statements that encourage disrespect or violence towards those with whom she disagrees are completely unacceptable.
Write to Oklahoma's leaders immediately and tell them Kern's remarks must not be tolerated.
Here are a few more completely unfounded claims from her speech:
"The homosexual agenda is destroying this nation."
"No society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted for more than, you know, a few decades."
"What's happening now is they're going after, in schools, two-year-olds."
Kern must be held responsible. Please send this message to your friends and ask them to join you in taking action.
Thank you for speaking out at this critical time. And special thanks to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund for exposing this anti-gay bigot. To add your name to the Victory Fund's open letter to Rep. Sally Kern, click here:
http://www.victoryfund.org/listening.

My God-- where do they find these people? Can we wake up from this Republican nightmare now, and take our country back? As Tippy said in 'Marnie,' "It would be hysterical if it wasn't pathetic."



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