Tuesday, May 29, 2007

ThinkingBlue: Ron Paul will bring sanity back to Republicans and Democrats

ThinkingBlue: Ron Paul will bring sanity back to Republicans and Democrats

Karl Rove strikes again!

When I see his name in print, I immediately see his porky pig face with that big smile. Maybe some day we will see his big smile wiped away from his unethical face.
clipped from www.nytimes.com

Forget Ethics, Remember Politics

The Bush administration’s never-ending push to turn federal agencies into favor-filled partisan clubhouses has just been confirmed in red-handed detail at the General Services Administration, the government’s main housekeeping agency. Investigators found that Lurita Doan, the Bush appointee running the agency, violated the Hatch Act, which forbids federal workers from politicking on the job.

Last January, Ms. Doan summoned her assistants to a campaign strategy session run by Karl Rove’s White House political operation. Tax-paid employees were treated to a PowerPoint briefing and slide show identifying Democrats marked as “2008 House Targets: Top 20.” Witnesses recalled Ms. Doan asking the gathering how they could “help our candidates” with G.S.A. favors.

As for Mr. Rove, who has run this partisan traveling show through other federal agencies, this is only the latest abuse for which he needs to be brought fully and finally to account.
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Monday, May 28, 2007

The Wisdom Of Abraham

I guess old Abe was talking about King George.

February 15, 1848

In a letter to his law partner, William H. Herndon, Abraham Lincoln disagrees with Herndon’s argument for preemptive war. “Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion… and you allow him to make war at pleasure.… The provision of the Constitution giving the war making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons: kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This our convention understood to be the most oppressive of all kingly oppressions, and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. But your view destroys the whole matter, and places our President where kings have always stood.”
[Lincoln, 2/15/1848]

Entity Tags: Abraham Lincoln

Category Tags: Legal justification

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

The Upcoming Bush Library.....will be a re-write of history!

Talk about partisanship.....this ought to be interesting!
“The Permanent Campaign.” The phrase denotes the blurring of the line in modern times between campaigning and governing.
Recently, the permanent campaign has added yet another stage—a final frontier. This is the fight for history, centered on the presidents’ libraries.
George W. Bush has taken this campaign for history to a new level. As the New York Daily News reported last fall, Bush’s team has imagined the most grandiose presidential library yet.
Making matters worse, the Bush team stipulated that the university should host a “Bush Institute.” This proposed policy shop, a spokesman for the president’s camp told the Daily News, would hire right-wing scholars or journalists and “give them money to write papers and books favorable to the president’s policies.”
Arguably the most distressing pattern of the Bush administration has been its jettisoning of long-established standards in virtually all areas of knowledge.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

So you think you are in control

A little disturbing ain't it.
clipped from www.jeffbridges.com
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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Studs Terkel, a Chicago Icon, turns 95 this week

Amy Goodman of "Democracy Now" interviewed Studs, and wrote this column. A couple of his great lines: "I was born in the year the Titanic sank. The Titanic went down, and I came up. That tells you a little about the fairness of life."Ordinary people are capable of doing extraordinary things, and that's what it's all about. They must count!"

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

The Worst In History

Just got to agree with this!
clipped from hosted.ap.org
Carter Blasts Bush on His Global Impact

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Former President Carter says President Bush's administration is "the worst in history" in international relations, taking aim at the White House's policy of pre-emptive war and its Middle East diplomacy.

The criticism from Carter, which a biographer says is unprecedented for the 39th president, also took aim at Bush's environmental policies and the administration's "quite disturbing" faith-based initiative funding.

The policy from the White House has been to allocate funds to religious institutions, even those that channel those funds exclusively to their own particular group of believers in a particular religion,"
When you call somebody the worst president, that's volatile. Those are fighting words."

"And I think the almost undeviating support by Great Britain for the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq have been a major tragedy for the world," Carter told British Broadcasting Corp. radio.

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Benjamin Barber Website Review

CSPAN'S "Book TV" had him on tonight, and I found myself agreeing with most of what he had to say. This is his blog, and has a discussion of many topics.
clipped from blog.civworld.org

strongdemocracy [thebarberblog]

The weblog of political theorist and professor Benjamin R. Barber - author of the classic STRONG DEMOCRACY, the international bestseller JIHAD vs. MCWORLD, and the about to be published CONSUMED: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Children Whole

clipped from blog.civworld.org
Republican conservatives reeling from President Bush’s plummeting poll numbers, as low as President Carter’s during the dark days of the hostage crisis in Iran, are excited. They have discovered hope in – of all places – France! Yes, the nation at the very center of  what they disdained as “old” Europe, the country that has been Bush’s bete noire ever since he went looking for WMD in Baghdad. The very same culture whose potatoes had to be renamed Freedom Fries so patriotic Congressmen wouldn’t have to utter the dreaded “F” word when ordering lunch in the Capitol mess hall.
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