June 30, 2006
Bush gets the "smack down!"
From WAPO (Read it all):
"For five years, President Bush waged war as he saw fit. If intelligence officers needed to eavesdrop on overseas telephone calls without warrants, he authorized it. If the military wanted to hold terrorism suspects without trial, he let it.
Now of course, the strategy on The Right will be either to pooh pooh this as, "much ado about nothing," or "An outrage against a President only trying to protect us," depending on whatever Captain Ed and the Other BIG Right Wing Blogs say the spin should be.
At this point, honestly... I am far too busy to care. Bush got reigned in, its a good thing for the American people. Nuff said!
January 17, 2006
I guess the whole, "CAP was an innocent thing"
The fact that Samuel Alito was a member of the Concerned Alumni of Princeton, and cited that fact on his 1985 job application, has been in the news recently; and it occurred to me that since I was a Princeton undergraduate (class of '81) while CAP was active, I might be able to provide some useful background on this one.
Hat Tip Balloon Juice
January 11, 2006
Rob let me introduce you to John, whom I am sure you know. You should probably read John a bit more, since he has solid Conservative Credentials but is a bit more temperate on pulling the trigger on Bullshit. Nice contrast the two pieces....
These hearings are childish and silly. With aged men looking like children fighting over who gets to play quarterback in a pickup football game. As for the Judge's wife crying? I think John nicely covers that little fib, dont you?
Other than that, whether or not the man belonged to some elitist Conservative Club during his college years or after college, is of little consequence to me. I agree with you Rob that the Dems need to be quoting his record from the bench. If this is the best the Democratic leadership can do, the man has already won his seat on the court.
UPDATE: Kevin was nice enough to provide links to the video. Which makes me wonder if the Conservatives who are jumping all over the Drudge Fabrication, even bothered to watch the video. And for that matter so Freakin' what? The woman cried. Did she go to Senate Confirmation hearings expecting them to be an honors banquet? Please guys, I agree with John, I am pretty sick of the lying and the bullshit. Were you guys writing ode's to Hillary when she was crying her eyes out in the White House over her families personal dirty laundry being aired on the nightly news? Especially Mr. "Sludge," who seemed to revel in every disgusting detail back then. The Hypocrisy is almost as bad as the bold faced lies dressed up in hypothisis.
January 10, 2006
Talk is Cheap....
But let's face it, this guy is going to win...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 - Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. said today that he agreed with the principle that a president does not have "a blank check" in terms of power, especially during wartime.
And unlike politicians, once he dons the robes, there won't be a damned thing we can do about him flip flopping, if he choses to do so. Let's hope he sticks to his word...
November 06, 2005
Is the Fillibuster Dead?
Personally, I say let the Republicans go with their Nuclear Option. It is clear that the American people do not support it, so let them bring it on. The REAL filibuster has been going on for five years in Washington, and it was designed to cow the opposition and silence debate. Time to send Harry Reed a Case of Viagra.
November 02, 2005
Bush's Desperate Play
Under other circumstances, President Bush's choice of Judge Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court would have been seen as a bold move by a strong president with a clear policy objective. By choosing a man of superior intellectual heft and an indelible record of conservative views on major social issues, Bush would have been challenging his critics on the Democratic side to test their arguments in an arena where everything favored him: a Republican Senate.
John Cole has an interesting take on the issue.
The Alito nomination is just another example of an Administration reeling under the weight of failure. My good friend the Commissar spoke the other day, about Lefty opposition to Alito:
I think it's fair to say that the entire Vast Right Wing Conspiracy will be on board for the Alito nomination. If the Moonbats want to rumble, I say (without apology and mindful of precedent) "Bring it on."
I think even he may be surprised that the Dems are taking his advice.
October 31, 2005
Waggin' that Dawg!
From The Moderate Voice:
President Bush's nomination of doctrinaire conservative Samuel Alito -- "there will be no one to the right of Sam Alito on this Court," says NBC legal analyst/George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley -- is clearly a move to wipe the legal and ethical issues surrounding the administration and the GOP off of the front pages. But it is also an attempt to distract from real and pressing issues facing the country, such as the growing American death toll in Iraq. The AP's Thomas Wagner passes on the disturbing numbers from October.
Based on the News conference going on right now with Scotty Boy, it aint working....
Bush Nominates Alito for Scotus
As The Commissar says, it should please his base. Based on recent polls, that is all he has left. In the end Alito will make the Court. With Republicans in power, there is sadly little that can be done to stop the nomination. We will be getting what we deserve for giving this morally bankrupt administration another chance...
Let the chips fall where they may... We are about to take a huge step backwards in this country, and I have to admit, I cant even feel angry any more. What I feel is a sense of dread at what is coming.
God Bless America, the America I used to know, not the one it has become or is yet to become...
August 04, 2005
Roberts and Catholicism
Chris Hitchens post an interesting commentary yesterday on the Roberts nomination:
Everybody seems to have agreed to tiptoe around the report that Judge John G. Roberts said he would recuse himself in a case where the law required a ruling that the Catholic Church might consider immoral. According to Jonathan Turley, a professor of law at George Washington University, the judge gave this answer in a private meeting with Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., who is the Senate minority whip. Durbin told Turley that when asked the question, Roberts looked taken aback and paused for a long time before giving his reply.
The commentary has received a firestorm of criticism from Catholics. As someone who lives in a Catholic Country, and one that all but shuts down on certain Catholic Holidays, I have a unique perspective on the influence of the Catholic Church. I also watched with great interest last year, the last minute news of an alleged Kerry excommunication... The news being spread right before the General Election. So I have no love for Catholicism and Political meddling!
I have not had much to say about the Roberts nomination, because honestly, I believe Bush will eventually get his way. But I am becoming increasingly concerned about the issue of separation of church and state.
If Roberts can not be trusted to place our constitution above Church Dogma, we should all be concerned...
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