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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

I SMELL A SKUNK …EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE …WHAT IS BUSH HIDING


Former White House counsel Harriet Miers and President George W Bush





"Fool me once, Shame on you.

Fool me twice, Shame on me."

George W Bush has lost sense of reality. He thinks he is King Bush apparently. To me he appears to believe that he is above the law. I mean, the word “outlaw” seems to fit his behavior. He appears to think that truth is something to be toyed with. And as long as this behavior works for him, as long as the United States’ citizens enable him, as long as he is not held accountable, he will keep on keeping on. He actually looks bored, unattached and oblivious.

How does Tony Snow, his Press Secretary, do it? How does he maintain a brain and say what he has to say every day to prop up GW? How does he keep his self-respect? Is it some dark sense of humor that keeps him sane?

I feel like my own sanity is being tested by GW. But a close second is the apathy that is shown by us. Okay I do laugh at George at times, but it’s only because crying is too depressing and would add to the knot in my stomach.

If I lived in Washington, D.C. I am sure that I would have arrived at my present state a long time ago. Maybe, the trouble is that Washington, D.C. is so far removed from the central part of the country that it seems untouchable to the average USA citizen. This guy is unraveling and fast. He is falling apart before our eyes. And are we noticing? The rest of the world is. Some, if not, rare, journalist in the USA are. I feel like screaming, but what good would that do? So I watch, blog and wait. And then he does some other mindless thing. It’s more than annoying. It’s more than embarrassing. And yet. And yet, there are those who stand by this guy. I just don’t get it. Well, I sort of do. I mean I “know” these people, they are my family. See, he “says” enough to keep them happy. You know…that abortion is wrong…that stem cell research is wrong…that gay people are wrong…that he is a “born again Christian”. Recently he used a phrase from a hymn that I recognized. I knew he was saying it for his fundamentalist Christian base. The phrase: "Wonder-working power". The thing is he really “used" the fundamentalist Christians when he campaigned. There is nothing compassionately Christian about his behavior. He has helped big business and left the average American in the ditch. He has no idea how to handle Iraq, so we have “stayed and stayed and stayed the course. He has taken the “Peter Principle” to the extreme. That is when you rise to the level of your incompetence. He has taken justice and stomped on it, shredded it and disrespected the integrity of the word.

Below are two articles. The links are below the article. The first one is from Great Britain’s website for the BBC. There were plenty of other sources for this same subject but I like to check out the take from outside the country. There are thousands of places around the world that get no attention, no media coverage, not a thought as to their importance or their happy or sad, hellish daily lives, but the whole world watches us, the United States of America. When we have a President who blunders time and time again, it is reported all over the planet. That’s what you get when you supposedly are the “strongest” country in the world. But, that could change. And sooner than thought possible. Stength is measured in money and military power. And we are in debt so far beyond imagination as a nation. You can get the cost of the Iraq Invasion. The monetary cost changes by the second at this link: http://costofwar.com/ As of this writing it is nearing $445 Billion. And our taxes haven’t been raised. How do you think that is going to play out? Seriously, if the next executive administration is fiscally responsible they will raise the taxes. And they will get blamed for it.

Our military power relies on the backs of the volunteers who sign up, and who wants to sign up? It isn’t the children of the politicians primarily. Primarily who do you think signs up to go to Iraq?

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Bush says aides will not testify

US President George W Bush has invoked executive privilege to deny requests by Congress for the testimony of two aides over the firing of federal prosecutors.

US President George W Bush has invoked executive privilege to deny requests by Congress for the testimony of two aides over the firing of federal prosecutors.

The row hinges on whether the attorneys were sacked for political motives.

Democratic leaders say they could go to court to challenge Mr Bush's move. He invoked the same little-used power last month to withhold subpoenaed documents.

The White House says Mr Bush is acting in good faith and has offered to let the aides do off-the-record interviews.

The pair in question are Harriet Miers, former White House counsel, and Sara Taylor, former political director for the White House.

Ms Miers has been summoned to appear under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and Ms Taylor to testify before the House Judiciary Committee the next day.

'Unreasonable' demands

The Democratic heads of the two judiciary committees had set a deadline of Monday for the White House to explain the first invocation of privilege last month and to log what documents were being withheld.

US ATTORNEYS

93 nationwide

Serve at the discretion of the president, with the approval of the Senate

Prosecute criminal cases brought by the government

Prosecute or defend civil cases in which the government is a party

Collect debts owed to the government

Source: US Department of Justice

In a letter to congressional leaders, White House counsel Fred Fielding said their demands were ‘unreasonable’ because they represented ‘a substantial incursion into presidential prerogatives’.

John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, responded with a warning that Congress was prepared to go to court over the matter.

‘Contrary to what the White House may believe, it is Congress and the courts that will decide whether an invocation of executive privilege is valid, not the White House unilaterally,’ he wrote.

Simmering row

The row over the firing of eight federal US attorneys in 2006 has been building for several months.

Democrats in Congress have been trying to force the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, accusing him of firing the prosecutors for political reasons and then lying about the reason for their dismissal.

Some Republicans have also backed the moves.

But the White House maintains the prosecutors were fired because they were ineffective. Mr Bush has dismissed the attempts to remove Mr Gonzales as being themselves political.

US presidents have occasionally used executive privilege to try to prevent themselves and their aides from having to answer questions or give information to Congress or the courts.

From http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6285658.stm

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Attorney General: He's got to go

SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER EDITORIAL BOARD

“It seems that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has a far worse memory than we thought.

Well, either that, or he's a liar.

Congress is still investigating how eight U.S. attorneys -- including Western Washington's John McKay -- were fired. Don't ask Gonzales what happened. He doesn't recall. He's too busy doing important things like coming to Seattle (the nerve!) to speak before a group of technology executives on protecting intellectual property.

And now, The Washington Post reports that while trying to get the USA Patriot Act renewed in 2005, Gonzales testified before the Senate that ‘There has not been one verified case of civil liberties abuse.’ But less than a week before that testimony, the FBI had sent Gonzales a report indicating that agents had overstepped in their information-gathering procedures, accessing more personal info than they legally ought to have. In fact, according to FBI documents obtained by The Post, for three months prior to his testimony, Gonzales had been receiving reports of ‘legal or procedural violations,’ including an illegal property search and unauthorized surveillance. The Justice Department spokesperson says Gonzales' statements were ‘consistent with statements from other officials.’ Which could mean that they were all lying or that no one, including Gonzales, had read the reports.

That Gonzales lacks the sense of honor to resign is clear. Too bad we can't demand that his boss, President Bush, fire him. Bush has his hands full stonewalling the congressional investigation into the firings of the U.S. attorneys. But, America, you are the boss of Gonzales' boss. You can have the attorney general -- a civil officer -- impeached. Your representatives in Congress can start those proceedings any day now.”

From http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/323153_fredoed.html

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My Headline: PRESIDENT BUSH - HE’S GOT TO GO


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President George Bush
202-456-1111
email: president@whitehouse.gov


The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
. 20500, USA
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These people who have voluntarily taken on the role as leader need to be held accountable.

Do you think President Bush is acting honorably and living with truth as his guide.

I don’t.
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Freedom of Speech means
nothing
if you don’t exercise it.

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Visit the Amazing Change Website

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As a human rights activist, I bring to your attention the four year, 6 month old genocide in Darfur, Sudan.

Genocide flourishes when there is no accountability.

WE CAN’T SAY THAT WE CARE ABOUT JUSTICE

WHEN WE DO NOTHING TO STOP THE INJUSTICE

THAT SINCE THE HOLOCAUST

HAS BEEN called - GENOCIDE.

We each have a voice.

W each have a presence.

Let us not be silent.

We have been called to be human
 in the most basic way
 on this subject.  
Where there is a will - there is always a way.  
And where there is no will - there is never way.
 
Silence is necessary for genocide to go on.  
Our collective silence is a weapon used by the genocidaires.  
Silence kills.
And we are responsible for our personal silence.

One World.

One humanity.

One Human Race.

One.

http://www.Savedarfur.org
http://www.ajws.org/
www.sudandivestment.org/

http://www.genocideintervention.net/
http://www.standnow.org/

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Visit the Amazing Change Website

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Please, consider supporting the movement to abolish slavery and human trafficking in the United States of America

and around the world.

It still goes on today, while we go about our lives.

PLEASE, sign the petition of Amazing Changes Campaign
http://www.theamazingchange.com/abolish.html

Zach Hunter, a teen young man, wants to put an end to world-wide slavery
Zach’s website:
http://www.myspace.com/amazingchange

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At July 11, 2007 at 5:47:00 AM EDT , Blogger ilovemylife said...

This might be of interest to some. It is an activist effort:

Dated:
Thursday, July 5th, 2007
Summer of Love '07 ...by Cindy Sheehan

On a Journey for Humanity

The other day I came out of my short retirement due to yet another Bush flagrant abuse of power. We decided that we would walk from Atlanta to DC to gather a people’s movement for humanity. The longer BushCo are in office the less chance we have of recovering the heart and soul of our nation, saving our soldiers and the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, and saving the planet from corporate and individual waste and pollution. Impeachment, removal from office, and in a perfect world: incarceration for the criminals against humanity, are urgent and necessary steps that need to be taken today.

Since the announcement of the Walk, circumstances have changed. Rev. Lennox Yearwood is not going to have his hearing for Conduct Unbecoming until the end of August, and we were going to begin our walk after his hearing on July 12th in Macon, GA. So consequently, we are going to begin our Journey on July 10th in Crawford, Texas.

Our Journey will take us through places such as Ft. Benning, GA, and New Orleans where Bush Crimes have had such a deeply detrimental affect on people. Torture and the continued criminal lack of help for the people of the Gulf States are two of BushCo’s more heinous crimes.

Our Journey will also take us to House Judiciary committee members’ offices where we will sit-in and demand that they institute Articles of Impeachment against Bush and Cheney immediately. On July 23rd, we will be in Congressman John Conyers’ office to encourage him to take the lead on impeachment. A sit-in in his office is possible and likely.

The US part of our Journey will end in New York City where on July 27th we will stage a demonstration in front of the UN to highlight the refugee crisis in the Middle East caused by the Bush High Crime Cabal. There are millions of people displaced by the atrocity in Iraq and, no matter what former US Ambassador and leading neo-con war criminal John Bolton says, the US does owe the people of Iraq more than we can ever repay. The very least we owe them, though, is a relatively safe country to live in and basic human rights like: homes, food, clean water and medical care.

On July 29th, we will be re-creating the Summer of Love and hold a “Gather-in of Hearts” in Central Park with leading activists and musical entertainment. Proceeds will go to Iraqi Refugees and for medical supplies for Iraqi hospitals.

When we are finished in NYC, a few of us will be Journeying to Amman, Jordan to help refugees in Jordan and Syria. We will visit the camps to assess the depth of the humanitarian crisis that is causing so many children to unnecessarily and tragically suffer. We have so much in this country. How can we allow our brothers and sisters to go without basics? Who can sleep comfortably at night and enjoy three square meals a day when other people only have moldy bread to eat and are starving? Do you think of the people of Iraq and the refugees literally dying of thirst when you go to turn on your tap for plentiful, clean water? Our animals here in the US are treated better than many humans on our planet. As MLK, Jr. said in his speech at the Riverside Church on April 04, 1967: “My government is the biggest purveyor of violence.” Our government has killed enough people to populate many small states in the US and has forced millions more to flee their places of birth. Our governments will never change, but our hearts can and we can do much to alleviate suffering and change the world.

Since I announced the Journey for Humanity, I have received a lot of support and encouragement, and many “I’ll be with you in spirits.” We appreciate your moral support, but we need your bodies and your dollars if you can’t participate. Our world is in an environmental, political and humanitarian state of emergency at this point and participation in a People’s Movement for Change, Justice and Humanity is becoming mandatory by our membership in the Human Race.

Our route and flyer for the “Gather-in of Hearts” is posted at Camp Casey Peace Institute. Donations can also be made there. Visit our MySpace page and be our friend!

We also need volunteers in cities along the route to help coordinate rallies/actions and food/housing for walkers. To volunteer, e-mail Dede Miller at tiggerloli@aol.com or call: 562-912-5838 (we don’t take blocked calls.).

End of Cindy's article.

I would like to add that if you want to help women, therefore, families, of war-torn and ruined places, a wonderful organization that I help sponsor a sister with is
www.womenforwomen.org

It is a wonderful non-profit organization started by an Iraqi woman who was visiting the USA years ago. Due to the Iraqi/USA situation under the President, George Herbert Walker Bush, she was unable to go home to Iraq. So she stayed here in the US. She started this organization that reaches out to women in several countries. My sponsored sisters have been from Rwanda. But you may choose from other countries, including

Afghanistan
Bosnia and Herzegovinia
Democratic Republic of Congo
Kosovo
Nigeria
Rwanda
and I believe also Iraq

I write to my "sister". Sometimes they write back, when they can. After a year they "graduate" from the program and I am assigned another "sister". They get a monthly allotment and are trained in women's rights, leadership skills and an income-making skill.

The organization believes when you help a woman, you help a family, which in turn helps build a community, a nation and peace. This would be "peace-building" in effect.


I encourage you to check it out.

 

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