Saturday, June 09, 2007

The Weekly Rewind

Woot! It’s Saturday! What more has to be said other than it’s time for The Weekly Rewind.

Applaud: in case you hadn’t heard, former White House aide Scooter Libby was sentenced earlier this week. Thirty months in prison and fined $250,000. Bush has said he won’t get involved but I sincerely doubt that… so stay tuned.

Heckle: to Arkansas State Party Chairman Dennis Milligan. Earlier this week he said in an interview; “At the end of the day, I believe fully the president is doing the right thing, and I think all we need is some attacks on American soil like we had on [Sept. 11, 2001], and the naysayers will come around very quickly to appreciate not only the commitment for President Bush, but the sacrifice that has been made by men and women to protect this country.” (Mo. Ron. Essentially his prescription for what America needs most right now is more terrorism and mass civilian casualties… he’s openly advocating a terrorist attack on U.S. citizens… What a fucking tool)

Applaud: to the US legal system. Sure, it has a lot of problems, and while I hate mentioning her name on this blog, I have to give it up for the judicial system this week. First they took the wheels off of Scotter and sentenced him to 30 months in prison for obstructing justice. Then righting a wrong by the County Sheriff, Judge Sauer threw Paris Hilton’s ass back in jail. (There are times that I truly believe that Common Sense is making a comeback in this country… and then it quickly vanishes

Heckle: to the G8 countries that kowotowed to Bush and backed down from their strong global warming stance and embraced the Bush(whacked) Administration’s proposal that would move towards unspecified “substantial cuts” in carbon emissions and that the G-8 countries will “seriously” consider cutting emissions in half by 2050, but, like the administration’s Iraq policy, sets np benchmarks or true timelines. (Way to be indecisive and meandering everyone! Way to go!! Yes Virginia, that was sarcasm…)

Applaud: to the House oversight committee. It seems they’re expanding their investigation into ties between jailed gop lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the White House. They’ve gone so far as to have contacted several Abramoff associates about testifying to Congress… (Heh. Heh. Heh. Here comes the justice…)

Heckle: to “nagging worries about gasoline prices” that are dragging consumer confidence down to a 10-month low. (Great… just great…)

Applaud: to a few “Senior House Democrats” that are threatening the issuance of subpoenas in order to “obtain secret legal opinions” and other DOJ documents related to the NSA’s warrantless domestic surveillance program. Granted, this is the most aggressive action by Congress in its oversight of this program, but let’s not get TOO excited yet. Let’t first see if this is a true threat or mere posturing…

Heckle: to “President” Bush. Apparently he has a phobia of timelines and benchmarks as he refused to have the US agree to targets and timetables for cutting greenhouse gases at this week’s G-8 summit. The President’s science adviser (Wow, if that isn’t an oxymoron I don’t know what is…) said; “At this point in time we are not prepared to adopt that proposal.” (Timelinaphobia? Benchaphobia?)

Applaud: to a bipartisan group of senators (including “several conservative Republicans” who introduced legislation this past week that aims to use the Iraq Study Group’s recommendations “as the foundation for future U.S. policy in Iraq.” The bill also looks to begin withdrawing American forces by early 2008 if certain benchmarks are met.” (About. Fucking. Time.)

Heckle: to the military panel that recommended earlier this week that Iraq war veteran Marine Cpl. Adam Kokesh, who wore his uniform during an anti-war protest, should lose his honorable discharge status, despite his claims (rightfully so) that he was “exercising his right to free speech.” (This is just sad and pathetic. You would have thought that the military learned their lessons regarding this during and after the Vietnam war… but you would be mistaken. Apparently when you leave the armed forces, you no longer have your Constitutional rights…)

Applaud: to more falling approval numbers for “President” Bush. A new Washington Post/ABC News poll puts him at 35% and puts Congress’ approval ratings five points lower than previous polls at 39%, thanks in large part to their inactions towards the Iraq war. (Here’s a bit of advice to Congress; the American people elected you because they were sick of last year’s Do-Nothing Congress and the direction of the Iraq war. Not doing anything is going to make the American people kick all of you out of office in the next election, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a republican. So you better get your asses off the mat and do something. I would give advice to Bush to help his numbers, but it’s much too late for him, he’s boned)

Heckle: to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). They courted controversy this year regarding their pay-for-performance system that denied nearly 17% of its employees cost-of-living increases, but at the same time, 72 senior executives and senior-level employees received bonuses totaling more than $900,000… (It seems the accountability office isn’t being held accountable for anything…)

Applaud: to the news that the FBI is widening the investigation into Sen. Ted “The tubes” Stevens (R-AK), and has asked him to preserve records as part of that widening investigation…(Apparently when he was talking about the tubes he was referring to the place where his political career was headed…)

Heckle: to William Jefferson (D-LA). He was indicted on numerous corruption charges this past week and has, as of now, refused to step down from any committees. And today he pleaded not guilty as maintains his innocence. (Yeah, and the money was in your freezer so you could have cold hard cash… we’ll ignore the fact that Pelosi should have NEVER placed him on any committee and instead rail against the fact that he is sticking around. Mr. Jefferson, do us all a favor and step down now instead of dragging the party down like an Alberto Gonzales albatross…)

Applaud: to ignoring veto threats. A House spending committee approved a homeland security bill earlier this week that includes close to $50 million more for customs and border protection than Bush wanted and $2 billion more than his February request for security preparedness and disaster relief. (the fact that Bush would threaten to veto something that would give more money to disaster relief – his presidency doesn’t count – speaks volumes to his uncaring attitude towards the citizens of this country… what a tool)

Heckle: to the ornately huge US embassy currently being erected in Iraq. As we mentioned earlier this week, it will be as big as Vatican City and will make the foreign embassies dotting the tree-lined streets of Washington, D.C., look like carriage houses. Oh… and they’ve already got plans to expand it... (Hmmmm… almost seems as though someone is planning on being in Iraq for a very, very, very, very, very, very long time

Applaud: to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). She’s approved a proposal that calls for an independent outside panel to decide which ethics complaints merit investigation by the House ethics committee.

Take ‘em as you will…

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