Friday, November 16, 2007

The Weekly Rewind

Um.. have I ever mentioned before that Blogger bites it? There is more to this week's rewind... but it's lost somewhere...

to something that we mentioned earlier this week that shouldn’t be a surprise… a new poll by the Norman Lear Center and Zogby International showed that Liberals are more open to opposing viewpoints than conservatives. (explains an awful lot, doesn’t it?)
Heckle: to the establishment of a legal defense fund for former attorney general Alberto “Still an Albatross” Gonzales. Gonzales is still staring down a Justice Department investigation investigating if he committed perjury or tampered with a congressional witness. All fine and good, but my question is, if he says he didn’t do anything wrong, why does he need a legal defense fund?

Applaud: to the House for approving, 227 to 189, the RESTORE Act, which will update the Protect America Act that will restore judicial oversight to the “surveillance of foreign targets outside the United States.” (Wow… almost like the Constitution is still around, imagine that…)

Heckle: to an end-around that shouldn’t be allowed to happen. “President” Bush’s Surgeon General nominee, Dr. James Holsinger, resigned his position on the Asbury Theological Seminary board of trustees because he expects to be recess appointed as Surgeon General. (Classic Bush tactics. Don’t like what’s happening, take a back-door approach so people can’t question the motives… what a fucking tool…)

Applaud: to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for “considering” pro forma sessions during the Thanksgiving break aimed at stopping Bush from using the break to install his executive branch nominees like Holsinger… (Nice to see you show up Harry… keep it up)

Heckle: to more depressing economic news. The “economic optimism index”, one of the primary measures of consumer confidence has dropped to a two-year low, partially weighed down by the housing market turmoil and surging oil prices… but conservatives still maintain that the economy is robust… to which I ask what color is the sky in your world?

Applaud: to Billionaire investor Warren Buffett. He urged Congress earlier this week to keep the estate tax and said that repealing it would “benefit a handful of the richest American families and widen income disparity in the United States” and is a “death present” for the wealthy… (Comforting, isn’t it, to see someone with that much money saying that it SHOULD NOT be repealed… too bad he’s in the majority within his demographic…)

Heckle: to Blackwater USA. A FBI investigation shows that the deaths of Iraqi civilians by Blackwater guards back in September were “unjustified and violated deadly-force rules in effect for security contractors in Iraq”… immunity offer from the Bush(whacked) Administration in five, four, three…

Applaud: to the Senate Judiciary Committee for striking telecon immunity from the current FISA bill.

Heckle: to the so-called hidden economic costs the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost the US. So far the total has topped $1.5 trillion and has cost an average American family of four more than $20,000.... (It was worth it since we got bin Laden… oh, wait. At least it’s made oil and gas prices drop… oh, wait…)

Applaud: to the American people. According to a new American Research Group poll, 55% of those polled think “President” Bush has committed impeachable offenses and has “abused his powers” in a manner that rises “to the level of impeachable offenses under the Constitution.” (You never know, it could still happen…)

Heckle: to news that further enhances the opinion that this administration has done NOTHING towards making us safer when we fly. The GAO filed a report that shows government investigators were able to smuggle liquid explosives and detonators through airport checkpoints, thereby “exposing dangerous vulnerabilities in security efforts.” (Lovely… at least we’ve spend so much on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan…)

Applaud: to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown for NOT acting like a Bush lapdog. Acting the polar opposite of his predecessor, the Bush(whacked) Administration is “losing patience” with Brown because he has so-far been reluctant to declare that Iran must never be allowed nuclear weapons… (way to go Gordo. Not only are you distancing yourself from Tony Blair, but also the arrogant, declining Bush White House. Keep it up)

Heckle: to Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf. After declaring a state of emergency, he has become the “most unpopular figure in the country.” Nothing surprising there… but “running a close second” is President Bush… with people now calling the two of them “Busharraf”…

Applaud: to federal judge Henry Kennedy who ordered the White House to “preserve copies of all its e-mails” even though administration lawyers had argued against it.

Applaud: to Catholics United. The group launched an ad campaign that targeted “pro-life Christian” politicians who voted against SCHIP expansion by criticizing those that say they’re “pro-life,” but then voted against SCHIP expansion. Said the ads; “That’s not pro-life. That’s not pro-family.” (Well said CU, well said…)

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