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Posted by MEC on March 22, 2007

I just saw a video clip of Alberto Gonzales saying he won’t resign. Specifically, he said he was going to stay on the job and “protect our children”.

That was quite a smarmy little attempt to get a visceral reaction from the parents in the audience.

But we know what he really meant was “protect the children of corrupt Republicans from seeing their parents doing the perp walk.”

Posted in Alberto Gonzales, anti-truth, wrong way to go about it | Comments Off on Smarm

Why Does Eric Cantor Hate America?

Posted by MEC on March 22, 2007

On Hardball just now, Chris Matthews repeatedly asked Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) whether the President had the Constitutional obligation to seek approval from Congress to go to war — and Cantor refused to answer the question. Cantor blatantly did not want to concede that Bush couldn’t just go out and attack countries without constraint or oversight.

The United States Constitution, Article I, Section 8:

The Congress shall have power…

To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;

To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;

To provide and maintain a navy;

To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;

To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;


To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.

Mark down Eric Cantor as another Republican who hates our system of government.

Posted in Constitution, Silly Republicans | 1 Comment »

Worth a Thousand Words

Posted by MEC on March 22, 2007

They Fired Justice

(source page)

Posted in US attorney firings, US Attorney scandal | Comments Off on Worth a Thousand Words

One Thing About Michele Bachmann

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 22, 2007

She may be an utter whackaloon and a wet-behind-the-ears freshman Representative, but she’s still rated as more effective than second-termer Bobby “Please Kick Me Upstairs Before You Figure Out What A Tool I Am” Jindal as a congresscritter. Check it out, here and here. (h/t to

Posted in 2008, Congress, New Orleans, Republicans, Silly Republicans | Comments Off on One Thing About Michele Bachmann

Does This Surprise Anyone Who’s Been Paying Attention Over The Last Seven Years?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 22, 2007

To borrow a catchphrase — sadly, no (emphases mine):

The only U.S. attorney fired by the administration in December who undeniably had performance issues was begrudingly added to the list at the last minute — and only then because of a federal judge’s threat that he would go to Congress with complaints about the prosecutor’s performance.


[Kevin] Ryan only was added to the list in early December, after a federal judge warned the Justice Department that she was “going to ask members of Congress to get her a copy of the blistering evaluations the department had done of Ryan earlier that year.” The emails strongly suggest that Ryan was fired in order to prevent that from happening.

Just let that sink in. In the only case where there was a strong case for firing, the DoJ had to be extorted to do it.

It was not always that way at the DoJ. Remember that, before he left in August of 2005, then-Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty generated his own list of U.S. attorneys to be fired. Only his list was completely different from the list finally generated by Alberto Gonzales’ deputy, Kyle Sampson — save one name: Kevin Ryan.

Why did the DoJ try to protect Ryan?  As the LA Times article TPM cites makes clear, it was because he was a total Bush zampolit, who put BushCo’s agenda over all else.

This has been a hallmark of everything BushCo touches, from who was picked to run the CPA in Iraq to hiring Michael Chertoff and Michael Brown to pretty much what they’ve done to every government agency. Knowing what you’re doing is a decided liability where the Bush Junta is concerned, and possessing a sense of ethics is a definite liability. Loyalty to BushCo’s agenda is the single biggest factor; all else is not even secondary.

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

Where The Son Isn’t As Good As The Father

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 22, 2007

Just as Chris Wallace’s career is based on trashing his dad’s good name, and George W. Bush’s career manages to make his old man look good (an amazing feat, really), Mark Halperin — the son of stand-up guy and hero Morton Halperin — merrily undoes everything the paterfamilias stood for.

Which is why I’m not sad to see him leave TheNote, though I very much doubt that TheNote — which is all about policing and reinforceing the GOP/Media Complex’s talking points of the day — will suddenly stop being hacktacular with his departure.

Posted in GOP/Media Complex, media, Media machine, mediawhores, The smear industry | 4 Comments »

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