Hammer time…

McCain Campaign Initially Stood By Gramm Remarks

The McCain campaign is working hard to distance itself from statements made by economic adviser Phil Gramm describing the current economic downturn as a “mental recession” and saying America had “sort of become a nation of whiners.”

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Dennis Kucinich introduces single article to impeach Bush

The Raw Story

AN ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN DENNIS J. KUCINICH

JULY 10, 2008

Resolved, that President George W. Bush be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, and that the following Article of Impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate:

An Article of Impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against President George W. Bush for high crimes and misdemeanors.

ARTICLE ONE

DECEIVING CONGRESS WITH FABRICATED THREATS OF IRAQ WMDs TO FRAUDULENTLY OBTAIN SUPPORT FOR AN AUTHORIZATION OF THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE AGAINST IRAQ.

In his conduct while President of the United States, George W. Bush, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution “to take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” deceived Congress with fabricated threats of Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) to fraudulently obtain support for an authorization for the use of force against Iraq and used that fraudulently obtained authorization, then acting in his capacity under Article II, Section II of the Constitution as Commander in Chief, to commit US troops to combat in Iraq.

The former Democratic presidential candidate introduced a single article to impeach President Bush, accusing him of deceiving Congress to convince lawmakers to authorize his invasion of Iraq more than five years ago.

“Yesterday in the House, we had a moment of silence for the troops,” Kucinich said during a Capitol Hill press conference. “Today it is time to speak out on behalf of those troops who will be in Iraq for at least another year, courageously representing our nation while their Commander-in-Chief sent them on a mission that was based on falsehoods about the threat of WMDs from Iraq.”

Nancy Pelosi:

“This is a Judiciary Committee matter, and I believe we will see some attention being paid to it by the Judiciary Committee,” Pelosi told reporters. “Not necessarily taking up the articles of impeachment because that would have to be approved on the floor, but to have some hearings on the subject.”

Pelosi added: “My expectation is that there will be some review of that in the committee.”

That’s an expert translation from the “Weasel to English” dictionary.  I’m not holding my breath.

Rove blows off subpoena and skedaddles

In a surprising (not) development today, Karl Rove ignored a subpoena to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, and as a super-duper fuck you — he left the country. His attorney said this trip was planned long before the hearing date today — it’s just that no one mentioned it until now. Uh huh…

Rove has claimed Executive Privilege as a reason for blowing off the subpoena, but funny story — good buddy George W. Bush has not invoked Executive Privilege in regard to MC Rove. Oops! And, one might note, Rove no longer works for the White House, so EP is a little tricky.

The Committee has given Rove five days to comply with the subpoena, but probably won’t get around to voting on contempt until later this month. The Congress has become quite adept at waving a dull sword. Hell, if they’re lucky, by the end of the month there might be a missing white girl or Britney snatch sighting. Rollover and hit the snooze button America…

Gee, I hope Karl took his laptop and Blackberry out of the country with him. Customs and Immigration might have a teeny peek inside. :lol:

Go here, to send Linda Sanchez (D-CA), chairman of the Commercial and Administrative Law subcommittee, a polite note about her five or twenty days’ wait for the contempt vote against Rove.

The Court of Last Resort?

A short preview into the further descent into a police state.

Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution grants the Legislature the power to “To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court.”

Article III both establishes the Supreme Court and limits its jurisdiction:

Section 1. The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.

Section 2. … In all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and those in which a state shall be party, the Supreme Court shall have original jurisdiction. In all the other cases before mentioned, the Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations as the Congress shall make.

Thus the only way you or I can bring a federal civil rights violation to the Supreme Court is through the District and Circuit Courts. If those are eliminated…you’ll still have your “Constitutional Rights” but with no way to enforce them.

Over the years, Congress has not only created the lower courts, but limited their jurisdiction. This latest law is but another example of that.

The Headline Says it All

Bush readies pen; Relishes signing wiretap bill

Big Brother has been created. Now He’s legal. Our democratically elected government has created a surveillance state. The theme song for whomever is elected President should be Police’s “I’ll be Watching You.”

Most Americans don’t know, or don’t care that every electronic communication they have is now legally being monitored by the government. Allowing the government to read our emails is the modern-day equivalent of allowing the government to open our snail-mail. It used to be mail was sacrosanct and could not be opened without a warrant. Not any more.

Perhaps even more disconcerting it the message that if the President asks you to do an illegal act, you may do so with impunity. We now allow violation of the Constitution by proxy. What’s the extension? Blackwater. Torture. Murder. Maiming. Contracted out, and immunized from prosecution, immunized from civil liability. Think school-yard bullies with license to kill, and draw a 6-figure salary for the pleasure. Think about the stereotypical SS trooper from Nazi Germany. Are there people for which this kind of job would be very appealing? You bet.

President Bush is poised to sign a bill that overhauls the bitterly disputed rules on secret government eavesdropping and grants immunity to telecommunications companies that helped the U.S. spy on Americans in suspected terrorism cases.

The Senate sent the measure to the president on Wednesday and he is to sign it in a Rose Garden ceremony Thursday afternoon.

The bill was a victory for Bush.

Why? The only possible conclusion is that the Democrats want this power too.