HAIL DUBYUS!

An Illustrated Guide to Mendacity and Folly in the Imperium Americanum

Bring In The Usual Suspects…

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You have all my confidence but … How would you like a Medal of Freedom, Fredo?

(AP) Specter: Gonzales hurt administration

(AP) Bush administration under a cloud

(AP) Bush administration awash in scandals

(AP) Vermont Senate: Impeach the president

I can’t remember this, something is amiss, my memory’s gone awry…
My fundame-ent’s store is dry, I’ll have to lie.

And when asskissers woo, they still say, “Mw-MW-moo!”… on that you can rely
When senator’s inquiries sting, I’ll have to lie.

Bald-faced evasions–never out of date.
Wild prevarications, always on my plate.
Disinformations, “Oops, did I misstate that?” is my sure reply.

It’s still the same old story, who cares about Old Glory, as long as I get mine!”
George Bush will always love asskissers who always lie!
And if I’m asked how sweet it tastes, I’ll have to lie.

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I Want To Remind You, You Still Have Two Out Of Three Branches Of The Government, And That Ain’t Bad

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A lot of people out there are singing “Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead” but as President Dale said in Mars Attacks! two out of three ain’t bad. Bush and his cronies have used his incumbency well in terms of stuffing the judiciary with far-right judges. He’s shifted the Supreme Court significantly rightward and if there’s another vacancy in the next two years, you know he’ll name a moderate conservative before a liberal or progressive. And there’s at least one very elderly Justice.

Then there are the signing statements. The “unitary executive” has attached statements to over 700 bills passed by Congress, essentially serving the purpose of a non-overturnable veto. Think about it, Bush hasn’t vetoed anything. Why? Because he can just attach a signing statement saying that he’ll interpret these provisions this way and those provisions that way and he won’t pay attention to any of this other nonsense.

Now if he vetoed a bill, Congress could overturn the veto. But by not vetoing anything but covertly saying via a signing statement that he doesn’t have to pay any attention to it, Congress doesn’t have anything to overturn. It’s a line item veto express and SCOTUS already determined the line item veto was unconstitutional for this very reason. The executive’s duty is to execute all laws “faithfully”, not to pick and choose whichever laws he wants to execute. If the Prez doesn’t think a bill is good for any reason, he has a veto. That gives Congress the power to either change things so he’ll sign it or else overturn the veto. That’s how checks and balances work. And that’s just the kind of protection against tyranny the forces who despise democracy want to subvert.

This theory of the unitary executive subverts the Constitution completely and gives us a president with monarchial powers. So before anyone starts thinking the battle to save American democracy is over, just remember, a cornered rat has lots of fight left in him…

(AP) Bush, Pelosi to bury the hatchet

(CQPolitics) Pelosi: Bush Impeachment ‘Off the Table’

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When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going: BYE BYE DONALD!

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Wanna Talk Mandate NOW, Georgie?

Well, the good news is that my natural paranoia about stealing elections turned out to be false and after 6 years of single-party government, the USA returns to a democratic system of government. The Democrats won the House by a huge margin, the Senate is JUST in Democratic hands, and George Bush has either got to learn humility and compromise or accomplish nothing in his last two years. I wish Nancy Pelosi had not promised not to seek impeachment for him, because if there’s any president who deserved it, it’s him. Perhaps, the grass roots will take it out of her hands 🙂

And the latest good news is that Don Rumsfeld has decided to scoot (or has been told to scoot) after four years of uncomprehending and uncompromising incompetence. I’m told there were cheers you could hear from the Pentagon all the way in Nordstrom’s in the mall across the street–the street being I-395! We’ll miss you Don, but hey, stuff happens …

The fun news of course is one of the election glitches that happened in Colorado. I haven’t been able to find out much more, but 41 out of 50 laptops seem to have been disabled by a squirrel at some point in time yesterday. Probably the squirrel ate through a cable connecting the laptops to the net (the best I can figure) but the only link to it I can find is through Wonkette, so click here for the link (Wonkette) Terrorist Squirrel Causes Chaos in Colorado

Now the bad news. I got an answer from Google–NOT by mail or email, of course, but by action. Remember how there were only 42 cartoons (out of an already reduced 386) left on Google Image Search because they’d subjected it to the Chinese censorship criteria and left China UNcensored? and how after I alerted them, they fixed China but left the US results censored? And how I wrote them again? WELL, guess what? There are only TEN (10) images now for my image search results! And two of those are my header and sidebar images! I’ve decided I’m NOT paranoid, someone IS out to get this page at Google. Yup folks, THIS PAGE IS TOO POLITICALLY DANGEROUS FOR GOOGLE. Or at least for someone who can alter search results who works there. I’m not sure of my next step, but believe me, it’s time to escalate. I’ll let you know if there’s anything YOU can do 🙂

This Friday, being Veteran’s Day, we’ll be taking the day off, so we’ll be back on Monday with more HAIL DUBYUS!

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