Specter wants to sue Bush

 Posted by at 22:14  Politics
Jul 242006
 

Wow. If you thought the righties hated Arlen Specter before, you ain’t seen nothing yet…

Specter Prepping Bill to Sue Bush

specter_arlen.jpgWASHINGTON (AP) – A powerful Republican committee chairman who has led the fight against President Bush’s signing statements said Monday he would have a bill ready by the end of the week allowing Congress to sue him in federal court.

“We will submit legislation to the United States Senate which will…authorize the Congress to undertake judicial review of those signing statements with the view to having the president’s acts declared unconstitutional,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said on the Senate floor.

Specter’s announcement came the same day that an American Bar Association task force concluded that by attaching conditions to legislation, the president has sidestepped his constitutional duty to either sign a bill, veto it, or take no action.

Bush has issued at least 750 signing statements during his presidency, reserving the right to revise, interpret or disregard laws on national security and constitutional grounds.

“That non-veto hamstrings Congress because Congress cannot respond to a signing statement,” said ABA president Michael Greco. The practice, he added “is harming the separation of powers.”

Bush has challenged about 750 statutes passed by Congress, according to numbers compiled by Specter’s committee. The ABA estimated Bush has issued signing statements on more than 800 statutes, more than all other presidents combined.

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Forgotten war?

 Posted by at 20:30  Iraq, Politics
Jul 242006
 

I’ll bet George W. Bush and the Republicans wish we would forget…

Iraq: The forgotten war

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — “What did you do, how was your day off?” I asked one of our Iraqi cameramen, who will remain unidentified for his protection.

“It was awful,” he says, half laughing at himself. “I spent all day trying to get my generator fixed, it was hot and my baby wouldn’t stop crying.”

He had Friday off because the Iraqi government extended the curfew — normally from 11 p.m. to 3 p.m. — to 7 p.m. in an effort to curtail rising violence over the last week — violence that went largely unreported and internationally unnoticed as the world focuses on the most recent conflict in the Middle East.

But here in Iraq, the cycle of senseless violence continued, indicating once again that there is little that the average Iraqi can do to avoid it.

Twenty-two people were killed in Tuz, northeast of Baghdad, because they happened to be in a coffee shop when an explosion went off.

Less than 12 hours later, 120 miles to the south in Mahmoudiya, more than 40 Iraqis were killed because they were shopping for fruits and vegetables when armed gunmen set off explosives and opened indiscriminate fire.

Just over 24 hours after that, at least 60 Iraqis were killed in Kufa, this time day laborers looking for work.

“People can’t think about Lebanon,” our cameraman tells me as we watch the images of the aftermath of more Israeli bombs. “If you look at the total killed there, it’s what is killed here in a day. People are too worried about just getting through their own day-to-day lives.”

A look at the numbers is chilling. According to the most recent report issued by the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq, 5,818 Iraqi civilians lost their lives in May and June alone. More than 14,000 civilians have died in 2006. The U.N. estimates an average of 100 deaths a day.

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Democracy?

 Posted by at 17:32  Politics
Jul 242006
 

There is a right way and a wrong way to do almost anything. This is the wrong way…

Bush Frees Up Flag Displays

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush on Monday signed a bill that would bar condominium and homeowner associations from restricting how the American flag can be displayed.

Sponsored by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., the resolution would prohibit those groups from preventing residents from displaying an American flag on their own property.

It was passed unanimously by both the House and the Senate.

This is another example of the government sticking its nose in where it doesn’t belong. I am amazed that something like this would be passed unanimously by both the House and the Senate. (not really)

This is akin to moving in next to an airport and then complaining about the noise; or going to “activist judges” to get the rules on gay marriage changed.

If your condominium or homeowner association has rules that you do not agree with, you work within that association to get the rules changed (or, failing that, you move). You do not go running to the federal government, which honestly has no business meddling in the rules of your condominium or homeowner association. That’s called democracy. The will of the majority prevails. Big brother does not fight your battles for you.

What’s next? A federal law requiring you to carry a pooper scooper and plastic baggies when you walk your dog? Oh, that’s right… no need for that one. Your condominium or homeowner association already has that rule. That’s one the majority actually wanted.

Comedy

 Posted by at 17:11  Politics
Jul 242006
 

Wow. I simply cannot believe that there on some on the right who are actually making a big deal out of this. Hint number one, people: Stephen Colbert. Hint number two: Comedy Central.

It’s called a sense of humor. Get one.

Congressman Jokes About Cocaine on TV

Robert_Wexler.jpgWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Democratic Rep. Robert Wexler says he was just playing along with the joke when comedian Stephen Colbert prodded him in an interview to say: “I enjoy cocaine because it’s a fun thing to do.”

The Florida congressman who is unchallenged for re-election appeared on Colbert’s Comedy Central show and was asked to say a few things that would “really lose the election for you if you were contested.”

Colbert asked the congressman to complete this sentence: “I enjoy cocaine because … ”

A bemused Wexler looked into the camera and said, “I enjoy cocaine because it’s a fun thing to do.”

A follow-up in the complete-the-sentence questioning led to this comment: “I enjoy the company of prostitutes for the following reasons … because it’s a fun thing to do. If you combine the two together, it’s probably even more fun.”

Wexler told The Palm Beach Post after his interview aired last week that he had never seen the show before and only agreed to appear at the urging of his younger staffers.

Asked what his teenage children thought of his performance, he said: “They thought I was foolish.”

Monday, Wexler told The Associated Press he was fully aware of what was happening in the interview and had no regrets.

“I think it’s an important thing for members of Congress to be able to participate in a good-natured joke,” he said. “Everyone who watches the show knows that what is being said is a joke and that it’s about silly topics. I thought it was funny.”

The video:

Or, you could watch the entire segment from The Colbert Report.

Update: After you watch the above video, be sure to also watch this one. It’s amazing how Fox News can change a story to suit their needs and bias. (It’s even more amazing that they found this story to be “news.”)

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Having it both ways

 Posted by at 15:04  Middle East, Politics
Jul 242006
 

The United States supplies Israel with missiles and bombs which Israel uses to destroy Lebanon, while at the same time sending aid to Lebanon.

There is a word for this. Is it ambivalence… or perhaps flip-flopping?!

Bush Orders Aid For Lebanon

President George W. Bush has ordered helicopters and ships to Lebanon to provide humanitarian aid, but he still opposes an immediate cease-fire that could give relief from a 13-day-old Israeli bombing campaign.

Announcing the assistance program, White House press secretary Tony Snow said Monday there was no reason to believe an immediate cease-fire would stop violence in the Mideast and said instead the world should confront the destabilizing force of Hezbollah and its practice of using the Lebanese people as “human shields.”

Israel’s bombardment has demolished Lebanon’s infrastructure and killed hundreds. It began after Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers.

“At the order of the president, humanitarian supplies will start arriving in Lebanon tomorrow by helicopter and by ship,” Snow announced at the White House. “We are working with Israel and Lebanon to open up humanitarian corridors.”

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Apples and apples

 Posted by at 14:53  Politics
Jul 242006
 

Georgia newspaper drops Ann Coulter’s column

The Augusta Chronicle of Georgia dropped Coulter’s column from its editorial page last week. A Friday article from its editorial staff claimed that its editorial page “stand[s] for civility,” and noted two reasons to part ways with Coulter. First, it saw “stridency” in her declaration that 9/11 widows were “witches.” Second, it worried that “Coulter herself had become the issue, rather than the topics she was writing about, which is an unhealthy circumstance for a journalist, even a columnist.”

The decision comes two weeks after The Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, chose to abandon Coulter’s column as well, and while the Shreveport Times of Louisiana is reported to be mulling the same move.

The paper will replace Coulter with conservative columnist Michelle Malkin.

Let’s see… replacing Ann Coulter with Michelle Malkin. Kind of like replacing death by lung cancer with… well, death by lung cancer.

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“Would like a six donuts, sir, or a half dozen?”

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