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Archive for July 20th, 2007

Turkey threatens to invade Iraq; Islamist likely to retain power in Turkish election

Posted by Charles II on July 20, 2007

Patrick Cockburn, The Independent:

Turkey’s Prime Minister has threatened an invasion of northern Iraq if, after the Turkish election on Sunday, talks fail with Iraq and the US on curbing the activities of Turkish Kurd guerrillas.

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A church astray

Posted by Charles II on July 20, 2007

All institutions have people who let them down. But the Catholic church seems to be on a roll.

I don’t take pleasure in the following story. But it has elements in it that I believe bear on a deeper corruption of the Catholic church that has come because that church has gotten so deeply involved in politics. By contrast, I remember the late Archbishop Romero, a man who steadfastly refused to allow political considerations to enter into his actions, and was martyred for the cause of peace and justice. 

The pictures are as grainy and blurry as you might expect from a tiny camera hidden in the ceiling of what Zimbabwe’s government press is calling “the archbishop’s love nest”. But there is little doubt that the man perched on the edge of the bed is Pius Ncube, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo and furious opponent of Robert Mugabe. …

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Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on July 20, 2007

While Lady Lightfoot and Alexander the Great are busy watching CAT-TV (i.e. the back window), we have Special Guest Cats for Friday Cat Blogging.

ZoeyTheLioness and MissCharlotte own neeka of Salon’s Table Talk, and they know what bowls are really for.

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The Two-Faced Conservative Credo: Rules For Thee, Not For Me

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 20, 2007


Atrios asks the following:

I’ve long wondered why even careful historical comparisons being actions of a government and events in 1930s Germany, when made by a liberal, are the Worst Thing Evah, while the branding of hundreds of thousands of average citizens as Nazis is a-ok.

It’s because the righties know that legitimate comparisons of their people to Nazis are dangerous to their movement, whereas it’s OK for their heroes such as Rush Limbaugh to call women who like voting and driving cars “feminazis”, and he gets Monday Night Football contracts.

The righties cling to Godwin’s Law so hard it’s pathetic, even as they violate it. Their abuse of Godwin’s Law is so notorious that a codicil, called Quirk’s Exception to Godwin’s Law, was created specifically to invalidate such specious invocations of Godwin’s Law.

Posted in hypocrites, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples | 1 Comment »

Bush Declares Himself the Supreme Being

Posted by MEC on July 20, 2007

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The Bush Administration has decreed that the Bush Administration is above the law.

“A U.S. attorney would not be permitted to bring contempt charges or convene a grand jury in an executive privilege case,” said a senior official, who said his remarks reflect a consensus within the administration. “And a U.S. attorney wouldn’t be permitted to argue against the reasoned legal opinion that the Justice Department provided. No one should expect that to happen.”

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly, added: “It has long been understood that, in circumstances like these, the constitutional prerogatives of the president would make it a futile and purely political act for Congress to refer contempt citations to U.S. attorneys.”


David B. Rifkin, who worked in the Justice Department and White House counsel’s office under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, praised the position and said it is consistent with the idea of a “unitary executive.” In practical terms, he said, “U.S. attorneys are emanations of a president’s will.” And in constitutional terms, he said, “the president has decided, by virtue of invoking executive privilege, that is the correct policy for the entire executive branch.”

Their reasoning (to use the term loosely) seems to be that the DoJ, being under the authority of the President, cannot act against that authority.

If that’s true, then let’s just wipe out Ken Starr’s investigation of President Clinton and the resulting impeachment, because it was improper in the first place for the Attorney General — the president’s subordinate — appointing the independent counsel to investigation her superior, and therefore all subsequent proceedings were invalid.

Isn’t it interesting how applying this Administration’s pronouncements about executive power to a Democratic Administration always shows how unprecedented and untenable the Busheviks’ claims are.

(H/T Molly I. in Eschaton)

Posted in abuse of power, Department of Injustice, DoJ, Justice Department, madness of King George, US attorney firings, US Attorney scandal | 6 Comments »

Lead-Pipe Cinches of 2007

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 20, 2007

— The revelations of just which Big Energy executives met with Dick Cheney in the spring of 2001 (when Enron and other privatized former public utilities firms gang-raped parts of California and other places foolish enough to dump public energy) will from here on out get far less coverage than John Edwards’ hair-care practices.

— The same media goons that can’t help breathlessly stroking themselves with catty crap about How John Edwards Is Evil ‘Cuz He’s Rich And Cares About Poor People will keep forgetting that GOP candidates Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, neither of whom seem to give a rat’s ass about the poor, are actually richer than Edwards (four times as much, in Romney’s case). As Ezra Klein points out:

To engage in some pop-psychology, my sense is that folks in the press corps are very unsettled by social justice types. No end of folks got into journalism through activism, or as a close alternative to it, and as the mores of the profession took them further and further away from direct work on the issues that once enraged them, they’ve grown somewhat defensively contemptuous of those who took the other path. The poverty activists I know are ecstatic that John Edwards has brought so much visibility to their issues. The media types are aching to point out his hypocrisy, and expose him as a fraud. For the first group, Edwards’ focus on poverty doesn’t call their life choices, and occupational compromises, into question. For the second group, it does, and so there’s an urge to explain it away. If everyone is a fraud, than having turned into a suit is a relatively minor sin.

It also occurs to me that the attacks on Edwards are similar to the attacks on Gore: Namely, the whole how-dare-this-rich-guy-care-for-the-poor thing. (Eeeek! He’s a traitor to his class!) Remember how Michael Kelly mocked the younger Gore’s summers on the farm, choosing to pretend that Gore instead lived a solid-gold, utterly urban childhood? Even though Kelly knew better and had reported as much several years earlier? The attacks on Edwards by the nouveau-riche, arriviste press, so eager to ingratiate themselves with their paymasters, have that same stench about them.

Posted in 2008, big money, BushCo malfeasance, capitalism as cancer, Dick Cheney, economy, energy, evil, GOP/Media Complex, John Edwards, media, Media machine, mediawhores, Mitt Romney, mythmaking, news media, Rudy Giuliani | 1 Comment »

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