The direct consequence of deregulation.

May 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Bush, politics straight up | Leave a comment
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Let’s thank all of those who voted for George W. Bush and who continue to vote for Republicans:

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Am I missing something?

May 18, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Bush, torture | Leave a comment
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Print shows a mob pouring tea into the mouth of a Loyalist who has been tarred and feathered. Behind the group, on the right, is the Liberty Tree from which hangs a noose and a sign Stamp Act written upside down; on the left, revolutionaries on a ship pouring crates of tea into the water.  Copied on stone by D. C. Johnston from a print published in London 1774, published Boston : Pendleton, 1830

Print shows a mob pouring tea into the mouth of a Loyalist who has been tarred and feathered. Behind the group, on the right, is the "Liberty Tree" from which hangs a noose and a sign "Stamp Act" written upside down; on the left, revolutionaries on a ship pouring crates of tea into the water. Copied on stone by D. C. Johnston from a print published in London 1774, published Boston : Pendleton, 1830

Why has the last week of “news” been taken up with the burning question of what Nancy Pelosi knew about the Bush torture program?

Isn’t the real question, what did George W. Bush know about his torture program?

Torture Is Not That Hard To Recognize.

April 24, 2009 at 9:42 am | Posted in Bush, torture | Leave a comment
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“Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset.”

January 21, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Posted in Executive Orders | Leave a comment
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President Barack Obama (Photo: Pete Souza)

It’s true! It’s true!

Executive Order — Presidential Records

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to establish policies and procedures governing the assertion of executive privilege by incumbent and former Presidents in connection with the release of Presidential records by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) pursuant to the Presidential Records Act of 1978, it is hereby ordered as follows:

[blah blah blah]

Sec. 4. Claim of Executive Privilege by Former President.

(a) Upon receipt of a claim of executive privilege by a living former President, the Archivist shall consult with the Attorney General (through the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel), the Counsel to the President, and such other executive agencies as the Archivist deems appropriate concerning the Archivist’s determination as to whether to honor the former President’s claim of privilege or instead to disclose the Presidential records notwithstanding the claim of privilege. Any determination under section 3 of this order that executive privilege shall not be invoked by the incumbent President shall not prejudice the Archivist’s determination with respect to the former President’s claim of privilege.

[blah blah blah]

Sec. 6. Revocation. Executive Order 13233 of November 1, 2001, is revoked.

The Wikipedia entry for Executive Order 13233 is more enlightening perhaps than reading the Order itself.

I literally spit my coffee when I first saw the bit of today’s Executive Order from President Obama posted up at Dependable Renegade.  Given, however, that a Judge ruled that Cheney was on the honor system as far as turning over all appropriate documents on the way out the door, it will not be surprising if most of what anyone wants to see is gone.

Cheney didn’t pull a muscle in his back while “moving boxes,” he pulled it trying to unjam the paper shredder.

I don’t know whether this Memorandum or the Executive Order came first but they are all of a piece and bode well for the way the federal government will be operating during the Obama administration.

Blue-Red Country.

January 15, 2009 at 1:11 pm | Posted in Historical | 1 Comment
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This is what President Obama is up against:

Despite all evidence, Republicans are still happy to tell pollsters that George W. Bush was a swell president. The good news is, Republicans are only 39% of the population. The bad news is, 90% of the mouse circus is Republican.

Your Shepard Fairey Inauguration Poster

January 13, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Posted in Obama! | Leave a comment
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Your Shepard Fairey Inauguration Poster

Your Shepard Fairey Inauguration Poster

I got an email from Obama for America soliciting donations for the inauguration.

Twenty bucks will get you this lovely Shepard Fairey poster. Thirty-five will get you two. Remember, sharing is good!

And they PROMISE — no donations are accepted from “corporations, labor unions, currently registered federal lobbyists, non US citizens, political action committees, or minors under the age of 16.”

You could make your donation online using a credit card, but if you mail your donation, you can kill two birds with a single trip to the post office. Don’t miss the opportunity to let George Bush know what you think of him. Wrap up that pair of shoes moldering in the back of your closet and mail them to: George W. Bush, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20500.

Not much time left!

UPDATE (1/14/09): These fine folks have come up with a generator to convert your image so it looks like it was done by Shepard Fairey!

Good-Bye & Good Riddance

November 20, 2008 at 11:20 am | Posted in Office of the President | Leave a comment
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 The Wreck on the Baltimore and Ohio Road, Washington, D.C. - from a photograph by Bell

The Wreck on the Baltimore and Ohio Road, Washington, D.C. (1887) - from a photograph by Bell

Some clever monkey has made a website for people to write farewell letters to the can’t-be-too-soon-to-be-former President George W. Bush.

(Photograph courtesy of The Library of Congress)

“nothing shall be printed which might, directly or by inference, disturb public tranquility”

November 16, 2008 at 6:24 pm | Posted in Office of the President | Leave a comment
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Eight years ago Don Levy was out walking his dog in Watertown, Massachusetts and found a suitcase full of photographs on the sidewalk. Inside were photographs of “devastated buildings, twisted girders, broken bridges — snapshots from an annihilated city” — Hiroshima. By calling a list of people who had lived at the address where he found the suitcase, he was able to locate the man the photographs belonged to, Marc Levitt. Mr. Levitt had more.

The photographs were taken during late October and through November 1945 by members of the US War Department’s Physical Damage Division as part of their “task of tracing blast paths, calibrating bomb damage and analyzing the physical destruction of the city.” But after the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Japan surrendered, “the U.S. Government imposed a strict code of censorship on the newly defeated nation [which] read, in part: ‘nothing shall be printed which might, directly or by inference, disturb public tranquility’.” And it worked. Despite the enormous damage and loss of life that followed, “The media and the public as a whole approved of the bombing of Japan.”

The Bush administration ban on media coverage of returning coffins or the funerals of dead American troops and the media ban on reporting what is in fact happening to the Iraqi and Afghani people has served to protect not the American people or its military but those responsible for this disaster — George W. Bush and “Dick” Cheney (and Rumsfeld and Rice and Powell and Feith, et al).

“Let it go” is the kind of thinking that got us where we find ourselves, again, with our foundational beliefs undermined by politicians and their cohorts abusing the Constitution. Has anyone else noticed that many of the actors in our current debacle were members of the Nixon, Bush I and/or Reagan administrations, participants in those earlier incidents from which we all just “moved on”?

When are we going to start disturbing some of that “public tranquility” and treat criminals at the top of the food chain as harshly as we treat those at the bottom?

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