Hold The Bumper Stickers....
Impeachment, hell no. Impalement.The author vents why here.
I go, the bride of Acheron. --Sophocles, Antigone
Moi, je n'ai pas dit «oui»! ... Moi, je peux dire «non» encore à tout ce que je n'aime pas et je suis seul juge. --Anouilh, Antigone
Impeachment, hell no. Impalement.The author vents why here.
Texas ranks 45th in family planning. Texas also ranks 1st in pregnancies in young women under the age of 13. ...
This isn't about babies. Because if it were, women would have paid leave, insurance, pre-natal care, and every child would have insurance until they or their employers could pay for it themselves. It is about men controlling women. It is about wealthy people making damn sure that they can have sex and birth control and abortions because they can afford to and the poor can have children, drop out of school, have fewer educational opportunities because someone has got to cut madame's lawn and clean madame's toilet.
I blame men, but I also blame women. Republican women. Republican women who went to Planned Parenthood because they didn't want mommy and daddy to know about how they terminated their pregnancy. And they vote Republican because President Clinton got a blow job.
U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo says he is so dissatisfied with the pace and direction of immigration reform, he is considering running for president to deal with it himself.
"If no one is willing to pick up the banner... yeah, I'll run," the Colorado Republican said Saturday during a visit to the state with the earliest presidential primary. ...
He said federal prisons overflow with illegal immigrants, some of whom aim to hard [sic] people.
"And they need to be found before it is too late. They're coming here to kill you, and you, and me, and my grandchildren," he said, pointing at people in the audience. "It's just despicable."
How worried are you about the deep divide within your own party over this issue?
SEN. JOHN CORNYN (R), TEXAS: I really am not worried about it. I think it's actually healthy.
BASH: You think it's healthy? In an election year it's healthy?
CORNYN: Well, you know, that's the problem in America, we're always having elections.
Some business groups are opposed to Perry’s tax plan because they don’t think they should pay the tax if they haven’t turned a profit which begs the question, why are they in business if they don’t make any money? Are they bloggers?
Well, just ask Alice ... one electronic voting machine makes you larger, another makes you small ...
"But can you imagine John Kerry or Hillary Clinton or any other senate democrat meeting with a figure like Chavez today?"No, but I can imagine Chavez being arrested with the students protesting Republican immigration hate-mongering in Houston this week. Plus ça change, plus cest la même chose.
Most senior Democrats have attempted to remain noncommittal about censure and impeachment. They are waiting to see which way the wind blows.
The answer may be found at the local level. So far, 11 town councils have taken up resolutions supporting impeachment; eight have passed, the largest being in San Francisco. State Democratic parties have adopted similar resolutions in California, Nevada and Wisconsin. ImpeachPAC, a political-action committee devoted to supporting pro-impeachment candidates, lists 14 Democratic candidates mounting congressional campaigns centering on impeachment. ...
The odds are at least even that Democrats will win the House in 2006. That would make Conyers chairman of the Judiciary Committee, free to push through resolutions and hold hearings as he sees fit.
Feingold is running for president, and as he reaps political gains from the base by pushing for censure (with the possibility of impeachment), other Democratic contenders will gravitate toward his position. Remember that in 2003 the Democratic field was uniformly pro-war until Howard Dean made hay from the antiwar movement, causing the serious candidates to vacillate.
Impeachment is still in the distance, but make no mistake: Eventually the circus is coming to town.
The Libertarian Party nominated Bob Smither, founder of the Friendswood-based Laura Recovery Center, to be its candidate for the seat now held by Republican Tom DeLay. ...Even more unfortunately for Ever More Terminable Delay, this candidate doesn't take the hard-core anti-tax approach of the more radical Libertarians. Instead of simply opposing any taxes at all, he wants to shuffle the deck:
The engineering consultant is known for the tragic case that involved the kidnapping and murder of his daughter Laura Smither. The 12-year-old Friendswood girl was out for a jog in April 1997 when she was abducted.
Her body was found a 17 days later in a pond not far from her home.
Smither and his wife, Gay, helped found the Laura Recovery Center, a nationally recognized center that helps search for missing children. The center also serves as a national advocate for laws to keep children safe.
Prior to his nomination, which was done in a party district meeting and not via a primary election, Smither said one of his main campaign issues would be pushing for the Fair Tax, or national sales tax system, to replace federal income taxes. On that issue he finds himself on the same side of the issue as DeLay who is leading an effort to get the Fair Tax plan passed within the next two months.This practically guarantees that he will take votes from Delay's Republican and conservative base, not from the anti-war or anti-drug-prohibitionists he might have otherwise grabbed from voting Lampson as the lesser evil. Tommy, you're looking more like toast.
Stepping into a potential political minefield, Blackwater USA is offering itself up as an army for hire to police the world's trouble spots. ...Wait, hasn't this been tried somewhere before? Oh, yes:
Under Black's proposal, it would take on an overt combat role.
"We're low-cost and fast," Black was quoted as saying. "The issue is, who's going to let us play on their team?"
Unlike national and multinational armies, which tend to get bogged down by political and logistical limitations, Black said, Blackwater could have a small, nimble, brigade-size force ready to move into a troubled region on short notice.
Mercenaries and auxiliaries are useless and dangerous; and if one holds his state based on these arms, he will stand neither firm nor safe; for they are disunited, ambitious, and without discipline, unfaithful, valiant before friends, cowardly before enemies; they have neither the fear of God nor fidelity to men, and destruction is deferred only so long as the attack is; for in peace one is robbed by them, and in war by the enemy.
The fact is, they have no other attraction or reason for keeping the field than a trifle of stipend, which is not sufficient to make them willing to die for you. They are ready enough to be your soldiers whilst you do not make war, but if war comes they take themselves off or run from the foe; which I should have little trouble to prove, for the ruin of Italy has been caused by nothing else than by resting all her hopes for many years on mercenaries, and although they formerly made some display and appeared valiant amongst themselves, yet when the foreigners came they showed what they were. ...
The mercenary captains are either capable men or they are not; if they are, you cannot trust them, because they always aspire to their own greatness, either by oppressing you, who are their master, or others contrary to your intentions; but if the captain is not skilful, you are ruined in the usual way.
--Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
Where we disagree, apparently, is whether the President’s authority under Article II of the Constitution allows him to authorize warrantless surveillance without complying with FISA. You have said you think this is a close question. I do not believe he has such authority and I don’t think it’s a close question. We will continue to debate that I’m sure. But I think the fact that you have proposed legislation on this program undermines your argument that such presidential authority exists. Because if it does exist, then nothing that we can legislate, no matter how carefully crafted, is worth a hill of beans. For starters, your proposed bill may or may not cover what the NSA is now doing. You and I have no way of knowing because we have not been fully briefed on the program, and I am a member of the Intelligence Committee as well. But regardless, if the President has the inherent authority to authorize whatever surveillance he thinks is necessary, then he surely will ignore your law, just as he has ignored FISA on many occasions.
If Congress doesn’t have the power to define the contours of the President’s Article II powers through legislation, then I have no idea why people are scrambling to draft legislation to authorize what they think the President is doing. If the President’s legal theory, which is shared by some of our witnesses today, is correct, then FISA is a dead letter, all of the supposed protections for civil liberties contained in the reauthorization of the Patriot Act that we just passed are a cruel hoax, and any future legislation we might pass regarding surveillance or national security is a waste of time and a charade. Under this theory, we no longer have a constitutional system consisting of three co-equal branches of government, we have a monarchy.
And the way to stop it is impeachment.
STOP right now, all you supporters of inertia that instantly cry, 'but that means Cheney will be president!' and consider these three facts;
1) Cheney already is president.
Goldstein, bless him, is channeling Kipling: It's Dubya this, and Dubya that, and "Dubya, you're on drugs!"/ But it's "Mr. Bush will save us" when Al Qaeda sprays th' bugs!
Ce sont des sacs pesants, d’où partent des sanglots.
On verrait, en sondant la mer qui les promène,
Se mouvoir dans leurs flancs comme une forme humaine...
La lune était sereine et jouait sur les flots.
--Victor Hugo, "Clair de lune"
If a perennial loser named Gene Kelly beats out Barbara Radnofsky for the chance to run against Kay Bailey Hutchison, all down-ticket Democratic candidates will suffer in November, according to this analysis. The fact that the argument is made by someone who calls herself the "Bride of Acheron" only adds to its piquancy. [Insert joke about Democratic wing-nuts here.]I am reminded of a bit in a very old satire (whose author I don't recall) about the second Constitutional Convention, when all the far right-wingers gathered to work their will, and H.L. Hunt made a pass at Ayn Rand, "who blushingly rabbit-punched him to the floor." (Such tales of course have their modern analogues.) Thanks for helping spread the word, Wick.
'Twas Cheney and the Slimy RoveGo smile at it all.
Didst Rice and Rumsfeld in the shade
Convince the mimsy Bush to go
And to Iraq invade
Beware the Chickenhawks, my dear
They'll start new wars ad infinitum --
As long as someone else will fight 'em --
To keep us all in fear
The President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Cecilia Fire Thunder, was incensed. A former nurse and healthcare giver she was very angry that a state body made up mostly of white males, would make such a stupid law against women.(Spotted by Tennessee Guerilla Women.)
"To me, it is now a question of sovereignty," she said to me last week. "I will personally establish a Planned Parenthood clinic on my own land which is within the boundaries of the Pine Ridge Reservation where the State of South Dakota has absolutely no jurisdiction."
"If you are a registered voter of Louisiana who has been displaced as a result of Hurricane Katrina or Rita, you are eligible to vote in your home parish if you have not registered to vote in another parish or state."If you know some of those who are still here, point them to the info on this post at BlondeSense.
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. --Revelation 3:15-16.At this year's State Democratic Convention in June, my choice for State Chair is ____________. Fill in the name of the candidate who does most to make sure Barbara Ann Radnofsky defeats Gene Kelly in the Runoff for U.S. Senator. (No, I have no idea, yet, which one that will be.)
San Marcos attorney Charles Soechting will step down as Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party ...Why now, instead of waiting for the Convention? Could it be because he (i.e., the real powers behind him) see this as the best way to preclude the election of announced candidate Glen Maxey? Could this possibly be homophobia by the Texas "appease the rural bigots at all costs" types? Potential delegates want to know....
Plans currently call for Soechting’s replacement to be selected by a majority vote of the SDEC at its April 22 meeting in Austin. That replacement will serve until June, when the state Democratic Convention will elect a chair at its Fort Worth convclave.
"a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life."Henceforth his name should be linked to a site defining it as "To brutalize and rape, sodomize as bad as you can possibly make it, a young, religious virgin woman who was saving herself for marriage." So whenever possible, be sure to mention (with the following handy link) Senator Bill Napoli.
The Republican candidates include former prosecutor and misdemeanor judge Dan Wyde; former district judge, prosecutor and defense attorney Vic Cunningham; and Toby Shook, a DA's office supervisor."Ils n'ont rien appris, ni rien oublié."
...Cunningham and Shook said that Wyde offended minorities at forums by waving a blowup of his black Democratic opponent, defense attorney Craig Watkins. "It was obvious race baiting," Cunningham said. "Obviously, the tactics offended some people and he quit doing it after that," Shook said.
Merrill Keiser, Jr., is a trucker by trade ... His goal is a seat in the US Senate, but first he has to make it through the primary that will determine which Ohio Democrat will be the November ballot. ...She also points out a handy voter's guide for Texas Republican primary voters today by one of Perry's opponents for Governor, Larry Kilgore, who favors
He tells News 11 homosexuality should be a felony, punishable by death.
* Execution for crime of murder including abortionCould it be a plot to make Governor Goodhair look like a moderate?
* Execution for crime of adultery
* Execution for crime of homosexual acts
* 1-40 lashes for crime of maliciousness, like graffiti, porn, strip clubs
* Eliminate TX budget for government indoctrination of children. (public education)
* Illegal immigrants should receive a minimum punishment of five lashes, $3,000 fine & deportation
I just realized that those nuts in South Dakota might be having an unanticipated effect. ... I said "I hope you're ready to be daddies, boys. Last time abortion was illegal they didn't have DNA testing" and they all looked stunned.
"It will be cold and bitter, Watson, and a good many of us may wither before its blast. But it's God's own wind none the less, and a cleaner, better, stronger land will lie in the sunshine when the storm has cleared."Part 3. Statistics: The Last Grasp Of Good Old Boys
--Sherlock Holmes, "His Last Bow"
State House District 107: Andy Smith
195th Criminal District Court: Heath Harris
District Attorney: Larry Jarrett
County Court at Law #3: Judge Sally Montgomery
County Criminal Court #6: Alan Barr
County Court of Criminal Appeals #2: Jeff Rosenfield
County Clerk: Greg Allbright
County Commissioner, District 4: Scott Chase
Constable, Precinct 5 : Constable Mike Dupree
Let me explain -- No, there is too much. Let me sum up.Part 2. Damned Lies: Gay -- It's The New Black!
--Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride
"La belle Rosalie, a young prostitute who worked the rue Soufflet, had been costumed as a goddess, with a pike in one hand and a Revolutionary red cap on her head, so that she might be paraded through town on a tremendous chariot bedecked with tricolor flags and pulled by twelve white horses led by six young men in togas. All the town's citizenry had followed, wearing Roman attire. At one point, the float had to squeeze under a low portal and the goddess was heard to shout, "Hey, you bastards! Hey, buggers! Stop, you fuckers, I'm falling off!" before she hopped down into the crowd so as to clamber back up on the other side." --Ken Alder, The Measure Of All ThingsThe moral is: whores may be politically useful, but you do have to watch carefully what they say.
SAN FRANCISCO - City supervisors passed a resolution asking their Democratic congressional delegation to pursue the impeachment of President Bush for mishandling the war in Iraq and cutting civil liberties.
"I think the case is clear, and I think it's appropriate for us to weigh in," said Supervisor Chris Daly, who sponsored the measure.
The Board of Supervisors voted 7-3 Tuesday night in favor of the resolution, which also calls for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney.
...Mayor Gavin Newsom took the latest vote in stride. "It's probably going to shatter the status quo in this country when it passes," Newsom joked. "I imagine, immediately, Congress will probably convene into session and begin impeachment proceedings." ...
The House Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who represents much of San Francisco, repeated Tuesday what she has told her constituents: "Win the election. Then you can change the policy of our country."