Sunday, November 19, 2006

When Bullies Panic

There was a lot of tit for tat this last week.

Mr. Bush, who presently occupies the office of the President, first "made nice" with Congress' new leaders by wearing a blue tie to their first photo-op, then he sent them a list of judges to be confirmed whom Congress had previously rejected for being too right-wing.

Senator Christopher Dodd offered a bill that would restore the right of habeus corpus.

Senator Obama introduced a bill to criminalize election-day fraud.

Senator Lautenburg introduced a Guarantee of Medical Accuracy in Sex Education Act. (Abstinence-only is not a medically supported answer for AIDS.)

Senator Collins of Maine introduced a bill to extend the termination date of the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader for the few weeks remaining in the lame duck session, then "issued a veiled threat to block action on legislation if Democrats refuse to allow confirmation votes on President Bush's troubled judicial nominations." (Truthout with a tip of the hat to OpEdNews...)

If Republicans actually argue on the floor of the Senate in against restoring the right of habeas corpus, in favor of election-day fraud, in favor of make-it-up-as-you-go sex education facts, and against auditing the expenditures in Iraq, they might as well resign. How will they ever explain these positions in the next election? The Dems would benefit from calling McConnell's bluff.

Congressman Charles Rangel called for reinstatement of the draft, so that we will have enough soldiers to win the war. Then Henry Kissinger said that the war in Iraq is unwinnable. (He has been advising Mr. Bush to "stay the course" until recently.) Oops.

Meanwhile, the CIA leaked a secret report that contradicts Mr. Bush's warnings that Iran is about to become a nuclear power. They are not going to let bad intelligence get us into another war like it did the last one. They need the money more than Defense needs it.

And Michael Chertoff, the Secretary of Homeland Security, says the U.S. is threatened by international law. Panic is setting in.

In local news, brutal Southern California cops, trigger-happy with their tasers, seemed intent on ensuring that enough people will be radicalized to carry on the revolution. See the next article below.

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