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Rooting out the evil

Posted by Greg on August 12, 2009

My friends at Cadillac Tight discuss the corruption in the Bush Justice Department.  Read it.

It is difficult to imagine any practice more deeply corrupt than a presidential administration distorting the criminal justice system in order to use it as a partisan weapon against its political enemies.
Newly released documents, including thousands of pages of White House emails, show that Karl Rove, Harriet Meiers and other high-ranking political figures in the Bush White House were deeply involved in using the federal criminal justice machinery to further their partisan political goals — including successfully orchestrating the firing of a top federal prosecutor who failed to bring criminal prosecutions against Democratic politicians because the evidence did not support bringing criminal charges. And, not surprisingly, Karl Rove also lied to Congress about his role in this corruption.

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Another one for the GOP duh files

Posted by Greg on July 21, 2009

Imagine that.  Children who aren’t taught about safe sex have unsafe sex.  Who’d have guessed that might happen.

Teenage pregnancies and syphilis have risen sharply among a generation of American school girls who were urged to avoid sex before marriage under George Bush’s evangelically-driven education policy, according to a new report by the US’s major public health body.

In a report that will surprise few of Bush’s critics on the issue, the Centres for Disease Control says years of falling rates of teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted disease infections under previous administrations were reversed or stalled in the Bush years. According to the CDC, birth rates among teenagers aged 15 or older had been in decline since 1991 but are up sharply in more than half of American states since 2005. The study also revealed that the number of teenage females with syphilis has risen by nearly half after a significant decrease while a two-decade fall in the gonorrhea infection rate is being reversed. The number of Aids cases in adolescent boys has nearly doubled.

The CDC says that southern states, where there is often the greatest emphasis on abstinence and religion, tend to have the highest rates of teenage pregnancy and STDs.

Hat tip to John Cole who observes, “At least the southern states get to lead the nation in something.”

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Giving it to them straight

Posted by Greg on May 19, 2009

It’s not often I’m proud of my former governor, but he’s done a good job these days…

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Defining torture down

Posted by Greg on May 4, 2009

Sully raises an excellent point:

One way to look at how the Bush administration redefined torture out of existence, so that it could, er, torture human beings, is to compare their criteria for “enhanced interrogation” with those for rape.

Raping someone need not leave any long-term physical scars; it certainly doesn’t permanently impair any bodily organ; it has no uniquely graphic dimensions …. and although it’s cruel, it’s hardly unusual…. So ask yourself: if Abu Zubaydah had been raped 83 times, would we be talking about no legal consequences for his rapist – or the people who monitored and authorized the rape?

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Leaving the reservation

Posted by Greg on April 22, 2009

Shepard Smith showing, again, why he’s among the few ethical people at Faux News.

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About the memos

Posted by Greg on April 19, 2009

A good follow up can be found at C&L.

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Impeach Bybee

Posted by Greg on April 19, 2009

Sign the petition here.

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Why doing something matters

Posted by Greg on April 17, 2009

It is not acceptable to not prosecute.  Keith explains why.

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Sully on the tea partiers

Posted by Greg on March 23, 2009

Sullivan puts it pretty clearly:

My sense is that it is a delayed reaction in some ways to Bush, and his betrayal of conservatism. For all sorts of reasons, most of the current tea-partiers backed the GOP under Bush and Cheney, although some, to be fair, did complain about some of it. The pent-up frustrations behind conservatism’s collapse under Republicans were trumped, however, by the fruits of power, partisan hatred of “the left”, defensiveness over the Iraq war and torture, and, above all religious devotion to the Leader. Now that Bush has been removed, the massive damage done, and a pragmatic liberal is trying to sort out the mess in a sane, orderly fashion, they’ve gone nuts.

Think of someone like Glenn Beck.

He sat back and watched Bush preside over the worst domestic attack in US history, explode the entitlement state, engage in unending projects of nation-building in two of the most dysfunctional countries on earth, rip up the Constitution, and bequeath as his legacy a trillion dollar deficit, unprecedented domestic discretionary spending, a banking collapse and the worst recession in many many years. The right will take some time to absorb this but Bush was Carter II – with two full terms. All that rage at what has actually happened – bottled up by rank partisanship for years – has come bounding out. Hence the bizarre spectacle of a president just two months on the job being treated on the right as if he’s already Robert Mugabe. Throw in a little racial and cultural panic, add a world of genuine economic pain … and you have the Malkin surge.

Hat tip: John Cole

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Still a Dick

Posted by Greg on February 6, 2009

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Feelings on inauguration day

Posted by Greg on January 20, 2009

It’s hard to put into words.

John has some nice photos here,

and with the photos, perhaps this…

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Day 0 – Good Riddance!

Posted by Greg on January 20, 2009

I hope you leave here and walk out and say, “What did he say?”

OR, 2004

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Day 1 – the last day of Bush’s miserable presidency

Posted by Greg on January 19, 2009

And the second way to defeat the terrorists is to spread freedom. You see, the best way to defeat a society that is – doesn’t have hope, a society where people become so angry they’re willing to become suiciders, is to spread freedom, is to spread democracy.

DC, 2005

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An ode to failure

Posted by Greg on January 19, 2009

Not safe for work, or for those of delicate constitutions…

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Laws apply to everybody

Posted by Greg on January 18, 2009

Some promising words from House leadership:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is receptive to the idea of prosecuting some Bush administration officials, while letting others who are accused of misdeeds leave office without prosecution, she told Chris Wallace in an interview on “FOX News Sunday.”

“I think you look at each item and see what is a violation of the law and do we even have a right to ignore it,” the California Democrat said. “And other things that are maybe time that is spent better looking to the future rather than to the past.”

Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced Friday he wants to set up a commission to look into whether the Bush administration broke the law by taking the nation to war against Iraq and instituting aggressive anti-terror initiatives. The Michigan Democrat called for an “independent criminal probe into whether any laws were broken in connection with these activities.”

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