Speaking of turning out the lights…

(The title is in reference to an earlier post…)

Crooks and Liars:

There’s probably a general impression among voters that the House of Representatives is a silly, dysfunctional institution, made up of a few too many people who love to hear themselves talk, but aren’t especially fond of governing.

Today is perhaps the single best example in recent history of lawmakers going out of their way to prove that caricature right. John Bresnahan has the story:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats adjourned the House and turned off the lights and killed the microphones, but Republicans are still on the floor talking gas prices.

Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other GOP leaders opposed the motion to adjourn the House, arguing that Pelosi’s refusal to schedule a vote allowing offshore drilling is hurting the American economy. They have refused to leave the floor after the adjournment motion passed at 11:23 a.m. and are busy bashing Pelosi and her fellow Democrats for leaving town for the August recess.

At one point, the lights went off in the House and the microphones were turned off in the chamber, meaning Republicans were talking in the dark. But as Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) was speaking, the lights went back on, and the microphones have been turned on as well.

Before you rush to C-SPAN to watch the circus unfold, don’t bother — C-SPAN isn’t broadcasting this. In fact, no one is actually watching this unusually stupid display except the Republican House members, their staffers, some tourists in the gallery, and some reporters who happen to be around.

But the GOP seems quite excited to play this little game, whether anyone can see it or not.

Read on…

More on this from ThinkProgress.

Oh the ‘games people play’…

I will remember you..

Sarah McLachlan.. I love her voice.. I could listen to this every night to put me to sleep. Her voice is like sitting out on a warm sultry evening, the warm humid heat seeps into you and all cares slip away.. It’s like cutting through soft butter with a feather.

I Will Remember You

Angel

Takin’ My Country Back

Country music alert!! (I just liked the lyrics..)

TAKIN’ MY COUNTRY BACK

country music’s got mamas and daddys
we got bar rooms and old heartbreak songs
but i ‘m here today to stand up and say
how i feel about my home sweet home
what’s left, what’s right and what’s wrong… and

i’m takin’ my country back
son, you ain’t been doin’ her right
oh i been watchin’ you and i don’t like
how you’ve been treatin’ my stars and stripes
you took our jobs and sent ‘em overseas
now we owe billions to the red chinese
you blew the budget and you botched iraq
so i’m takin’ my country back

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Some Cats are grey in the dark

I moved to Portland (the first time) in 1972 and the soundtrack for the next couple of years included an awful lot of Cat Stevens. For some obscure reason, the soundtrack memories include a good deal of, uh, well, sex. Even though his songs weren’t much about sex, they are inextricably intwined in my memory with lovers from those years. Listening to his music now, whether performed then or more recently, I was pleased to find that it held up very well–a lot better, in fact, than a ton of other music from the same period.

He’s so cute!

And this video made me cry. He’s taken a lot of crap over the years and I found it very moving to hear him sing one of his whole songs in a voice still rich and textured.

Mukasey Calls On Congress to Subvert Constitution

Why does this stuff always seem to come out on a Friday afternoon…

OpEdNews and ACLU:

Attorney General Wants New Declaration of War Allowing Indefinite Detention and Concealment of Torture

In an enormous executive branch power grab, Attorney General Michael Mukasey called on Congress today to authorize indefinite detention through a new declaration of armed conflict. Mukasey also proposed that Congress subvert the right of habeas corpus with a new scheme of procedures that will hide the Bush administration’s past wrongdoing – an action that would undermine the constitutional guarantee of due process and conceal systematic torture and abuse of detainees.

“Mukasey is asking Congress to expand and extend the war on terror forever. Anyone that this president or the next one declares to be a terrorist could then be held indefinitely without a trial,” said Caroline Fredrickson, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. “This is clearly the last gasp of an administration desperate to rationalize what is a failed legal scheme that was correctly rejected four times by the Supreme Court. With as little as five work weeks left in this Congress, there are more important issues than helping the lame-duck president cook up an indefensible plan to lock people up forever and throw away the key with no due process rights and limited judicial review.”

“The attorney general’s proposal would hide the torture and abuse conducted since 9/11,” Fredrickson said. “This is one more effort to cover up the illegal activities authorized by the president and his administration. Attorney General Mukasey might be ok with helping in a cover-up, but there is no reason to think that Congress will assist him.”

“Congress won’t fall for this latest Bush administration plan to cover up its wrongdoing. At the same time that the House Judiciary Committee is investigating whether high-level Bush White House officials may have committed crimes of torture and abuse, Mukasey has the arrogance to ask Congress to give him the power to detain people without trial and hide torture and abuse from the courts,” said ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel Christopher Anders. He added, “He wants a new declaration of a worldwide armed conflict in order to hold people without trial, and then under the guise of protecting ‘sources and methods’ from judges who have decades of experience trying dangerous international terrorists, Mukasey asks Congress essentially to bury the evidence.”

“There is simply no need to invent yet another set of legal rules to govern the detention and trial of prisoners held on national security grounds, and the rules that the attorney general is proposing are fundamentally inconsistent with the Constitution. The prisoners at Guantanamo, some of whom have been held without charges for more than six years, should be allowed a meaningful opportunity to challenge their detention in court. The handful of prisoners that have actually been charged with crimes should be tried under rules that conform to the Constitution and that the rest of the world will recognize as fair,” said Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU National Security Project.

I don’t even know what to say.. Sounds to me like they are tying up loose ends before they all leave office. CATFA (Covering All Their F*cking Asses). That goes along with this earlier post of today. No accountability. Ever.

Shut all the windows, lock all the doors, turn off the lights, the party’s over.. And a stack of pardons sitting in a safe – ready to go as the lights get turned off..

When did we stop being “We The People..”?