July 22, 2005
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A
Hang 'Em High!
Treason. The word instantly conjures visions of daybreak firing
squads and gallows ropes. After all, loose lips still sink ships,
don't they? The Bush/Rove Treason Affair concerns our very survival;
but to the Bush administration, treason appears to be just another
political tool. So how do Republicans respond to accusations of
treason in the White House? They dismiss it as a "scandal" and defend
the perpetrators as if this were a college mascot kidnapping.
The blog swarm surrounding KKKarl Rove veered off momentarily
this week when George W. Bush announced his white-guy, physically-fit
Supreme Court choice, but it returned with a vengeance and a front
page Washington Post headline, which definitely widens the
perp net. NashvilleFiles
puts Rove, the man, into perspective, as Americans seek the truth
about the Bush administration's willingness to jeopardize national
security for political gain:
The revelation of Rove being the leak is only
like finding the body after you've found the trail
of blood, the crimsoned knife, and the gory, discarded
clothes: a dreaded sight you knew you'd eventually
The fate of the nation and the world are at stake, folks. And how
does the BushCo mob family behave?
Business As Usual
The truth will set you free... of your BushCo job, that is. The
Progress Report has the list of pre-Wilson whistleblowers
who dared to challenge BushCo's bullshit, including Shinseki, Lindsey,
O'Neill, and Clarke. The post also includes the BushCo henchmen
who've been promoted for toeing the company line.
Shades of Watergate? The WHIGs did it. Corrente
tells all about the White House Iraq Group and wonders if they,
too, had a $50 million slush fund at their disposal.
Wanted: Black Republicans (Will Train)
With his poll numbers in the basement, white Republicans must
be bailing on Bush. Why else would Republicans suddenly start courting
African-Americans, promising them major party-player status? Media
Matters catches one of Rush Limbaugh's hissyfits
over RNC chair Ken Mehlman's touching (cough) apology (cough) to
Responding to Mehlman's planned renunciation
of the race-based electoral strategy, Limbaugh
accused Republicans of planning "to go bend over
and grab the ankles."
Oh, by the way... Rush's bastardization of the acronym, NAACP,
is just as appalling as Mehlman's specious mea culpa:
In discussing the topic, Limbaugh -- whom Bush
described as a "good friend" in an August 2004
appearance on Limbaugh's show -- referred repeatedly
to the group as the "NAALCP," which he has explained
stands for the "National Association for the Advancement
of Liberal Colored People."
Florida. Again. Still.
Man-on-dog sex is legal in Florida? From the Pensito
Florida, which has laws against gays adopting
children, oral sex between adults of either gender,
and erections that show through a man's clothing,
has no law whatsoever against people having sex
with animals. The recent arrest of a blind Tallahassee
man accused of forcing sex on his guide dog highlights
this egregious shortcoming.
I'd hazard a guess that Republicans who made fun of the phrase
"no controlling legal authority" aren't laughing anymore.
News you can trust? Sure, if your idea of quality journalism is
Pravda, circa 1960. Cyberjournalist.net
has the 411 on a new "news service" called News Trust, which deserves
its own watchdog group. Speaking of Pravda (c 1960), Leslie
Smith, a Buzzflash
guest commentator, asks: "Why did BushCo DELETE the WH Press Briefings
concerning 'yellow cake?'"
Thanks again to Crooks
And Liars for capturing BushCo video crime scene
evidence for the record. Their latest capture concerns the Lou
Dobbs Tonight staffer who whispered, "That's bullshit!" when
Dana Bash reported Rove's bogus claim that Novak was his source.
We're also fortunate to have many dedicated analysts on our side.
For example, Marc C, posting at Daily
Kos, puts the Plame "outing" in perspective with
his detailed piece called, "Revised Plame Timeline and the Powell
Memo." According to the timeline, Nicholas Kristoff actually mentioned
Wilson's Niger trip in his May 6, 2003, column.
American Prospect writer and blogger Murray Waas (blogging sporadically
at Whatever Already) knows what's
been going on inside the Bush/Rove Treason Affair grand jury
White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove did
not disclose that he had ever discussed CIA officer
Valerie Plame with Time magazine reporter Matthew
Cooper during Rove's first interview with the
FBI, according to legal sources with firsthand
knowledge of the matter.
The omission by Rove created doubt for federal
investigators, almost from the inception of their
criminal probe into who leaked Plame's name to
columnist Robert Novak, as to whether Rove was
withholding crucial information from them, and
perhaps even misleading or lying to them, the
Waas also scoops the Washington Post's provenance of the
original memo which made its way onto Air Force One and into the
hands of White House Republican party hacks:
The classified memorandum, dated June 10, 2003,
was written by Marc Grossman, then the undersecretary
of state for political affairs, and reportedly
made claims similar to those made by Wilson.
John Roberts' Fan Club
Bryant, the brilliant blogger at Make
Me A Commentator, reports that the Heritage Foundation
likes John Roberts, Tony Perkins (Family Research Council) likes
John Roberts, and Bill Kristol likes John Roberts.
Of course, they like him. Borg mentality rules their very existence.
On The Lighter Side
Have you read The
Benquirer yet? It's like The Onion, only more
pungently political. Some recent headlines include:
FOXNews: Fate of War on Terror rests with
White Child Missing Eventually from Somewhere
in the South, Midwest
Failed Hurricane Dennis Turns To Depression
DUI Attorneys Adopt "McClellan defense strategy"
Rove: "McClellan takes it in the ---!"
And my personal favorite...
McClellan Conducts Press Gaggle from Inside
Tuesday, July 19, 2005 by J B Cougar, Staff
After an almost daily deluge of questions concerning
Karl Rove's involvement in the leaking of the
identity of an undercover CIA agent last week,
White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan conducted
his Tuesday morning press gaggle from within a
custom made fort made entirely of couch pillows
Three cheers for The Benquirer!
Two Sense(s) Worth
Despite C-Span's prissy/sissy ban on video sharing, our American
Marats at Crooks And Liars continue to capture and upload historically
important videos which will bite BushCo in the butt long after his
sorry ass is finally gone. This week's Must See TV snippet is Jon
explanation of the Bush/Rove Treason case, set to the Bye,
Bye, Birdie song, "The Telephone Hour."
Did you hear IMAO's
hilarious audio, "RoboJustice?"
Probably not, unless you frequent wingnut blogs. Anyway, "RoboJustice"
features George W. Bush's demonstration of his robotic Supreme Court
justice to Laura. Chaos ensues, and George and Laura finally learn
the meaning of "strict constitutionalist" the hard way.
Dicking With Drudge
Another wingnut blogger, Point
Five, who claims to be "a half step ahead of the
barbarians and a half step short of the divine," posts breaking
news on Drudge's new site design: "Drudge To Replace Flashing Siren
With Fluorescent!" Point Five deserves props for lampooning one
of her own, I suppose... but I sense a serious case of PCE (post
Follow The Links
DUer Dems Will Win relates
a tale told at Daily Kos, which makes one wonder if at least
one CIA agent was killed because BushCo blew Valerie Plame's cover.
Hmm. Maybe those mysterious eight blank pages are the answer. We
may never know.
Remember the "Iocane Poisioning" scene in The Princess Bride?
Street cites Atrios and a Washington Post
story in a post called, "Miller's Tale," and ultimately asks if
Plame was one of Miller's WMD sources, whom Miller burned by divulging
her covert CIA status to Rove. Whew! You've just got to read it
to follow the plot twists.
Indy Voice asks: "If Bush fires his brain, would
that leave him with a learning disability or would he be profoundly
Gun lover and blogger Triggerfinger
is concerned about political commentary being defined as political
Host a talk radio program? Ever mention politics?
If so, you'd better hire a lawyer. And an accountant.
Because each and every political comment you made
is now officially a campaign contribution that
must be reported to a government agency. (The
better to censor you, citizen!)
Of course, for a talk radio host with an audience
of thousands, that limit is going to whiz by so
fast that he'd hardly get the first sentence out
before that limit kicked in. But the ordinary
guy who just talks with his friends and maybe
runs a blog doesn't have anything to worry about,
Wrong: you're a "grass roots lobbyist" and required
to register if you've spent more than $200 within
a single month.
Hey, "Ordinary Guy!" Do you feel as strongly about treason in the
White House as you do about free speech for gun lovers?
The Bush/Rove Treason Affair is no mere scandal. The dictionary
definition of scandal is disgrace, dishonor, malicious gossip,
slander. The Bush administration didn't just get caught entertaining
a two-dollar whore... Oops! Strike that - they did, didn't they?
The Jeff Gannon/Guckert affair was a scandal. But revealing the
identity of a covert CIA operative and her carefully nurtured front
organization should outrage everyone, including Republicans... and
not just because our tax dollars paid for decades of Plame's training
and clandestine operations, monitoring WMD activity.
Title 18 of the United States Code addresses crimes and criminal
procedure. Section 2381 provides:
Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States,
levies war against them or adheres to their enemies,
giving them aid and comfort within the United
States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and
shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not
less than five years and fined under this title
but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable
of holding any office under the United States.
It is a capital offense.
At the very least, Republicans should have more respect for our
nation and its laws - and demand the truth from their party and
its president. Their behavior during these trying times is... well,
scandalous, to say the least.
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