The Fifth Horseman

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

 

Reid Rampages Through House Of Representatives

I love alliteration. Really, I do.

I also love that the Democrats finally seem to have grown some balls.

Like yesterday, when Senate Democrats shut down the Senate to demand some answers from the GOP about the shady evidence leading up to the Iraqi Quagmire.

From cnn.com:
The Senate reopened about two hours later, after members agreed to appoint a bipartisan group of senators to assess the progress of the "Phase 2" probe, the office of Majority Leader Bill Frist said.

The three Republicans and three Democrats are to report back to Senate leaders by November 14.

That's right, ladies and gentlemen. The Democrats took action, and actually got some results.

Wow. First the Libby Indictment...then, this. Let's hope this good fortune lasts.

Just for kicks, here's Harry Reid's personal site, Give 'Em Hell Harry.

In other news, it's nice to know that some sensibility remains in the Heartland, especially with regards to the Right To Privacy. Americablog has these results from a Gallup poll about the Alito nomination:
If you were convinced that Alito would vote to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision, would you, personally, want the Senate vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court, or not?

Yes, confirm: 37%

No, not: 53%

No opinion: 10%

It's nice to know that this country hasn't gone to hell completely.

In not so happy news, a new chapter has emerged in the Chickenhawk Torture Saga. The Washington post ran this article about the expose of a secret CIA detention facility in Eastern Europe. Here's an excerpt:
Host countries have signed the U.N. Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, as has the United States. Yet CIA interrogators in the overseas sites are permitted to use the CIA's approved "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques," some of which are prohibited by the U.N. convention and by U.S. military law. They include tactics such as "waterboarding," in which a prisoner is made to believe he or she is drowning.


For those of you that haven't caught on just yet, "Enhanced Interrogation" = Torture.

Makes you proud to be an American, doesn't it?

Monday, October 31, 2005

 

Bring Back Miers!

Sure, the woman had no judicial experience to speak of...but, at least she wasn't a Right Wing Ideologue. At least, not blatantly.

Not sot for Samuel Alito. Not by a long shot. Dubya learned from the bad Miers experience. This nomination is a blatant appeal to Dubya's Far Right Base.

Alito is bad news. And here are, courtesy of ThinkProgress.org, the reasons why:
ALITO WOULD OVERTURN ROE V. WADE
ALITO WOULD ALLOW RACE-BASED DISCRIMINATION
ALITO WOULD ALLOW DISABILITY-BASED DISCRIMINATION
ALITO WOULD STRIKE DOWN THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT
ALITO HOSTILE TOWARD IMMIGRANTS

These are, of course, simply the headings for the ThinkProgress article. For an in-depth explanation of the headings, hit the link in the text above the quote.

Not scared yet? Well, then visit and read the articles here and here.

However, the Unofficial Award For Best Alito Freakout has to go to this entry, over at the Rude Pundit.

In a nutshell, my message is this: Samuel Alito is a bad choice. A horrid choice. Be afraid of him.

If there ever was a time for the Democrats to use the filibuster, it is now. Come on, guys. You fought like hell to keep this thing...now, it's time to use it.

Monday, October 24, 2005

 

Freedom On The March?

It's nice to know that we're winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, isn't it?
I mean, just look at these poll numbers, courtesy of skippy. From a poll of Iraqis by the British Ministry Of Defence:

• Forty-five per cent of Iraqis believe attacks against British and American troops are justified - rising to 65 per cent in the British-controlled Maysan province;

82 per cent are "strongly opposed" to the presence of coalition troops;

• less than one per cent of the population believes coalition forces are responsible for any improvement in security;

• 67 per cent of Iraqis feel less secure because of the occupation;

• 43 per cent of Iraqis believe conditions for peace and stability have worsened;

• 72 per cent do not have confidence in the multi-national forces.


Finally, I bring you this excellent SNL sketch, courtesy of Crooks And Liars.

Well, that's all I have time for today. Sorry about the patchy update schedule. Life has been a little crazy lately.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

 
Wow. I am incredibly busy.

I'll post when I have time again. Hopefully, Monday or Tuesday.

Or whenever.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

 

More Treasongate News

It has not been a good week for the Chickenhawk Brigade. No siree, it hasn't. Their biggest problem?

The Plame Leak Scandal.

In the past week, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has shifted his focus to include not only Karl Rove and Scooter Libby, but Dick Cheney, and his possible role in a deliberate leak of Plame's name. And, it seems that Fitzgerald has uncovered some interesting information... From the Washington Post:
One former CIA official told prosecutors early in the probe about efforts by Cheney's office and his allies at the National Security Council to obtain information about Wilson's trip as long as two months before Plame was unmasked in July 2003, according to a person familiar with the account.

The same article continues on:
Lawyers in the case said Fitzgerald has focused extensively on whether behind-the-scenes efforts by the vice president's aides and other senior Bush aides were part of a criminal campaign to punish Wilson in part by unmasking his wife.

Additionally, there are have been some rumblings that an indictment, or several indictments, could be on the way from Fitzgerald. From the Wall Street Journal:
...lawyers and others close to the case say [Fitzgerald] may be piecing together a case that White House officials conspired to leak various types of classified material in conversations with reporters -- including Ms. Plame's identity but also other secrets related to national security.

An indictment on the way, they say? Maybe Fitzgerald will post it on his new website.

We can only hope.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

 

Hammer In The Slammer and Bad News for Rapture Rick

Well, you've probably heard by now about the arrest warrant issued for Tom DeLay...and his appearance, for fingerprinting and booking, at a Texas courthouse.

I must say, I'm disappointed in the quality of the mugshot. DeLay doesn't seem all that unhappy, does he? Honestly, he looks like he's posing for high school yearbook photo. And what about the cuffs? Did they even cuff him?

This makes me wonder: would DeLay have been treated differently if he were, shall we say, a disheveled 20-year-old dropout brought in on misdemeanor possession charges? Or a young black man caught loitering on private property? Or a young woman brought in for stealing $10 worth of merchandise from a convenience store?

I mean, this is America. Everyone is equal in the blind eyes of the law, right?

I think we all know the answer to that question.

In other news, it looks like there's more trouble ahead for our nation's Worst Senator, Rapture Rick. From Radar Magazine:
Poor Rick Santorum. A few months ago, he was being hailed by his GOP brethren as a leading White House contender. Now it looks like the gay-bashing golden boy, who is running for a third term in Pennsylvania, may not even make it back to the Senate. According to a poll published yesterday in The Hill, the devoutly Catholic candidate is now trailing Democrat Bob Casey by 16 points. But as Santorum's campaign has lost steam, Capital Hill sources say his support from RNC heavies has also evaporated. The blow-dried bible-thumper, who launched his campaign with a giant war chest, is also being deserted by the party's major moneymen, who are focusing their largesse on more competitive candidates.

"This is how the Republicans operate," sighs a veteran GOP campaign manager close to Santorum. "Even if you agree with their agenda, they'll abandon you if you're behind in the polls and move on to the next-most important race."

That's right, ladies and gentlemen, it looks like Rick Santorum is on his way out.

Good riddance, I say.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

 

Bad Harriet!

Hats off to Maureen Dowd for this title: "Naughty Harry: Lawyering Without a License". That's right, ladies and gentlemen. This woman, who has been nominated to the most powerful judicial body in the nation, can't seem to perform a task as simple as paying the dues that allow her to practice law in Washington D.C. From Dowd's article:
I was just coming to grips with the idea that a Supreme Court nominee doesn't need to have any experience for the job.

Now it turns out that a Supreme Court nominee doesn't even need to always be a lawyer in good standing.

Harriet Miers shared a little secret about herself on her application to be an associate justice: "Earlier this year, I received notice that my dues for the District of Columbia bar were delinquent and as a result, my ability to practice law in D.C. had been suspended."

Did that little dog on the birthday card she sent W. eat her dues?

Wow...just wow. This is the same woman that could be, if the nomination goes through, handing down rulings on gun control and abortion.

Speaking of choice...the woman is against it. This frightening tidbit came from the LA Times:
Supreme Court nominee Harriet E. Miers told a conservative group in 1989 that she opposed abortion and would "actively support" legislation to severely restrict the procedure should the Supreme Court overturn Roe vs. Wade, documents released Tuesday showed.

Granted, this survey is 16 years old...so, there has been some time for Miers to see the error of her anti-choice ways. But, nevertheless, this hardly inspires any confidence in my cold, liberal heart.

When put into the simplest of terms, Harriet Miers = Inexperienced and Anti-Choice.

On a happier note, the first two episodes of "The Colbert Report" have been, on the whole, immensely enjoyable. Although I have lost the will to compose a full-length review of the show, I will post a link to this fellow, who composed an extensive review that, for the most part, corresponds with my own opinion.

Read, and enjoy. Or, better yet, watch it and decide for yourself.

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