So, Impeachment Will Make the US Look Bad to the Rest of the World? Is that so…

by willyloman

During a conversation my mother had with one of my two uncles, this point was brought up about impeaching Dick Cheney: “Impeachment will make the US look bad to the rest of the world.” I would tend to disagree.

First of all, my mother, poor thing, has the unfortunate task of having to listen to my endless ranting about the various topics you can read here on my blog. She’s not old enough yet to pretend she can’t hear and my apartment is small, so she either fakes a seizure or she has to listen. There is no escape. I can often see her working out the choice in her head when I call her over to see something or to read a new post. She will scan the floor to see if there is anything in the way that she could actually hurt herself on when she takes the flop…

(rest of the article on American Everyman, here.)

Did CNN’s Debate Seem a Little “Pro-Hillary” to You? You Aren’t Crazy, it Was.

by willyloman

TheZoo did some great live blogging during the debate, here. During which, we quickly came to the conclusion that the overall jist of the thing seemed more like a Clinton campaign staff meeting on spinning the debacle of her last outing. We were not alone in that assessment.

It turns out that all the questions from the independent voters, in the last hour of the debate, had been previously approved and selected by CNN. CNN staffers had these people submit a variety of questions on varying topics, prior to the debate, and then CNN writers selected which ones they would allow to be asked. Story, here, at The Atlantic.

The best and most shining example was the young girl, who’s question about Hillary liking ‘diamonds or pearls” wrapped up the national coverage. She had also submitted a question about the future of the Yucca Mountain Facility, but apparently that one didn’t make the cut.

So every single question, for the entire night, was carefully selected or scripted by CNN. But it gets MUCH worse.

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Democratic Judicial Committee Member Schultz on Impeachment!

 Wasserman Schultz, (D) Florida, 20th (202) 225-7931fax 202-225-8456

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, representing the 20th District of Florida, needs to be given some attention. It would seem she has been talking to Pelosi, behind the scenes like Diane Watson told us in her candid town hall meeting. Schultz said, in an interview with Ed Schultz Show, “when what we should be focusing on are… our efforts on expanding the Democratic majority and electing a Democratic President.”

In a previous article I had detailed how Diane Watson had expressed the “real” reason that the House Dems were trying their level best to derail the impeachment proceedings. She claimed that behind the scenes Pelosi was urging the other democrats to defeat the impeachment proceedings in order to use this illegal administration as some kind of ploy to help in the Nov. ‘08 elections to garner more Democratic members and ultimately a Democratic president!

(read the rest of the article, here)

Why Did Steny Hoyer Try So Hard to Kill HR 333?

by willyloman 

“Yes dear, there really are such things as monsters.”

Our version of democracy suffered a serious blow, yesterday. After Kucinich’s question of privilege survived the motion to table put forth by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D), Hoyer then motioned to have the question of privilege sent to committee. That motion went forward, and this morning, John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, finds himself looking at HR 333, the impeachment of the seated Vice President of the United States of America.

In what can only be described as one of the most intriguing tactical maneuvers in years, the House Republicans first voted with a majority of the Democrats to table the bill. Halfway through the vote, every single Republican had voted and had voted to table it (tabling the question of privilege would effectively kill it). But then, by design, the republican members of the House stared to switch their votes. One by one.

Read the rest of the article here.

Martin Luther King Leads Us Still

by willyloman

They will not give us what we will not take. That much is clear.

An article posted at TPZoo included a video taped confrontation between a peace activist and a supporter of the current administration. I viewed the video and left a comment and went back to work on a project of mine. But it lingered in me. Somehow, I know I am wrong; I am configured wrongly at a time when all around us, precision of purpose is the only relevant virtue left to choose.

As I attempted to lose myself in the mundane business of everyday living, this thing grew inside me and I began to recognize it as a voice not my own, somewhere from long ago, speaking to me. Directly to me. A voice I had heard, and thought I understood. But I knew nothing till today.

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The “Stubbed Toe Award!” Recipient

Eric Prince is this weeks winner!

After his interview on 60 Minutes earlier when he said

“We absolutely want more oversight. We welcome the accountability. We want a good name for this industry because we think it plays an important role for what the U.S. policies are going forward,”

And then todays statement to the Washington Times;

“We will not let our people be taken by the Iraqis,” ““In an ideal sense, if there was wrongdoing, there could be a trial brought in the Iraqi court system. But that would imply that there is a valid Iraqi court system…”

That’s right! Eric Prince, the man who sold Daddy’s company to start his merc business, gets to decide what system of justice is valid and which ones aren’t! Lets hope this teaches him not to listen to Jack Abramoffs PR firm when they tell him next time he has to go out and “put a public face on Blackwater”!

Labor Day Memories at the Zoo

(In order to start off a little thread about our Labor Memories, I offer this. And we at the Zoo would like to wish everyone a safe and memorable Labor Day)

My first job was as a weekend dishwasher in the Burton Center at Lynchburg College in 1980. I was 14 years old and I learned to punch a clock early in life. We worked in a dish room around an automated dishwashing system full of steam and mostly unpleasant people. I was one of several who weren’t college students earning their way to a better stature in life. I was a 14 year old townie in a Private College sea of the entitled. Continue reading