Sunday, April 09, 2006

The Weekly Rewind

No fanfare, no applause sign, just The Weekly Rewind coming at ya…..

Applaud: to telling it like it is. At a Bush Q&A session, audience member Harry Taylor said to Bush: “I would hope, from time to time, that you have the humility and the grace to be ashamed of yourself.” Smackdown!!! Way to go Harry!

Heckle: to disgraced and soon to be out-of-work Rep Tom DeLay (R-TX). Hours after resigning his congressional seat and dropping out of his re-election bid, he had the adacity to to threaten Cynthia McKinney (though her actions were contemptible and merited a Heckle as well) by suggesting he may file an ethics complaint against her.

Heckle: to DeLay (sense a theme do ya) for dispatching his winged monkeys (read: his aides) to disrupt a Nick Lampson press conference and assault little old ladies. DeLay’s campaign manager (what exactly does a campaign manager do when there is no campaign left you ask… I’ll tell you) Chris Homan, sent out an email to his staff that stated: “Let's give Lampson a parting shot that wrecks his press conference.” (If you can’t beat them legitimately… act like a thug… or a goon… you’re choice) For photographic evidence of DeLay’s hired goons, click HERE. For video, click HERE and scroll down

Applaud: to Karma biting you in the ass. Seems that Clueless George himself authorized I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby to disclose highly sensitive intelligence information to the news media. According to court papers filed by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, the reason for the disclosure was an attempt by the administration to discredit Joseph Wilson (husband of Valerie Plame), because his ‘views’ were publicly undermining the rationale for the invasion of Iraq. Seems ‘Scooter’ has taken the position ‘If I fall you’re going down with me”. Keep talking ‘Scooter’.

Heckle: to ‘Scooter’ McClellan. In trying to ‘spin’ the Libby grand jury papers, Scotty said that the President has the constitutional right (excuse me while I laugh, a republican concerned about the constitution) to declassify intelligence data and sensitive information “when it is in the public interest”. Watch out Scotty, it’s hard to keep so many plates spinning at the same time….ooops I think I see about a dozen starting to wobble !

Applaud: to kicking a couple of those plates. A former administration official said that “rebutting Wilson and other critics was an obsession of Cheney, Libby and many others” within the Bush White House. Also that there were frequent discussions about declassifying information to support the “Bush” argument for the war. (Scott you do realize that we can all tell when you are lying…)

Heckle: to taking more and spoiling it for everybody. Republican Senators proved why their approval numbers are diving like their leader. On Thursday Senators announced a bipartisan compromise on the very difficult task of re-writing the country’s immigration laws. But 24 hours later the deal was on hold as Republicans were demanding numerous changes to the agreed upon proposal. So now the issue has been tabled while the members of congress take a two week Easter recess. (since they act like children, they get recess)

Heckle: to censorship. Once again we are hearing that the Bush Administration is censoring our scientists. (I’m sorry is this 1930’s Germany?) It seems that the administration has been busy reprimanding and altering information released by employees and contractors working for, or at NOAA. Why the problem? It seems that these folks have been speaking out on policy questions, investigated news leaks, removed references to global warming from reports, news releases and Web sites. They even had the brass to tell people to stop talking to the media at all. Seems that the White House is not eager to have it’s ecological position challenged by actual experts.

Applaud: to telling it like it is part 2. The judge in the Zacharias Moussaoui trial had some sharp words for the Bush Administration. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema issued a ruling granting families of 9/11 victims access “to the same unclassified aviation security documents that the government turned over to the al Qaeda conspirator’s defense team.” After granting the request Judge Brinkema said, "I've always been troubled to the extent which our government keeps things secret from the American people." She went on to add, "It is amazing what some agencies think is secret…..As a culture, we need to be careful not to be so wrapped up in secrecy that we lose track of our core values and laws." Slap !!! Way to go Leonie!

Heckle: to Katherine Harris, why? There are sooo many reasons…

Heckle: to the politician who cried ‘race’. On Thursday, Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) made a brief statement in which she apologized to the House for an ‘altercation’with a Capitol Police officer that occurred back on March 29th. When the story of the incident first broke Rep. McKinney was stating she has been the victim of racial profiling (she is black and the police officer is white). Capital Police stated that the officer was stopping Rep. McKinney as she entered a House building without identification, bypassed a metal detector and ignored the officers repeated requests to stop and identify herself. Let’s look at this one….. Congressional Building, tight security (post 9/11 and during a time of “war”) no I.D., and just strolling into the building around various security points ….hmmm, oh yeah she must have been stopped just because of race alone. (Insert sarcasm in previous sentence) Not even the members of her own party or the Congessional Balck Caucus believed her. Here’s a tip, get the chip off your shoulder and follow the rues like everyone else.

Be good, stay informed….later.

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