U.S. Politics

Tuesday Blog Round Up

Obama presses case for immigration reform

Video: Pakistan’s loyalties called into question

Video: To turn red to blue, it takes a Boehner

Christie Likes Being Asked to Run

Senator Schumer proposes “do not ride” list for Amtrak

Tea Party: If You Don’t Succeed, Keep Doing the Same Stupid Thing..

No, killing of Bin Laden does not represent `continuity’ with Bush

It’s on! Wisconsin verifies enough signatures for first two recall ele..

Navy Says Chaplains May Perform Same-Sex Unions

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver Separation: Scenes From A Marr..

NY Times Valerie Plame Wilson Archives

The Complete Valerie Plame Story – New York Times Archival Articles

For months now, my article entitled, Valerie Plame’s Fair Game Released Nationwide (Trailer) – REPOST has been on the top of the “top posts” list for this blog. 

Personally, I can understand the mystique and the lure of the Plame case.  Mainly because there was unfinished business.  Karl Rove and others in the White House literally got off scott free for what I consider to be an abominable offense against an undercover CIA officer by exposing her identity to several news sources.  We know that Scooter Libby was in fact the “fall guy” in this sordid and dirty episode of partisan politics  and hubris during the Bush years.

The New York Times has a complete archive of every major event in the Valerie Plame debacle.  For those who want more information on this really sad part of our history during the run-up of the Iraq war, you’ll find the site will have  a treasure trove of information, documents and pictures on the case from beginning to end.

The New York Times – Times Topics

News about Valerie Plame Wilson, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.

Here’s an example: 

The Unfair Game 

An acid flashback to a time when White House aides behaved acidicly.

October 13, 2010 

Ultimate Bush Insider Lifts Veil on Presidency 

Karl Rove says in his new memoir that President George W. Bush probably would not have invaded Iraq had he known there were no unconventional weapons there.

March 4, 2010  

In ’04 Interview, Cheney Denied Role in C.I.A. Leak 

FBI documents show that former Vice Pres Dick Cheney denied in 2004 interview with special prosecutor investigating CIA leak case that he had played any role in disclosure of identity of Valerie Wilson as intelligence officer; some of Cheney’s assertions appear to conflict with testimony at 2007 trial of his chief of staff, I Lewis Libby Jr, who was convicted of perjury and whose sentence was later commuted by Pres George W Bush; Cheney photo

October 31, 2009  

Cheney and the Goat Devil 

One of the great mysteries of the Bush presidency is whether W. ever had an epiphany when he realized that he had been manipulated by Dick Cheney, and if it ever hit him that he trusted the wrong father figure.

February 18, 2009

GOP · GOP Folly · GOP Hubris · GOP Malfeasance · GOP Oversight Hearings

GOP signals subpoena for White House over leaked draft


Republican Reps. Darrell Issa and Sam Graves are signaling their intent to subpoena a top Obama administration official to testify about a controversial White House proposal that conservatives allege is an attempt to intimidate administration critics.

White House budget director Jake Lew, in a Friday letter, declined a request from Issa and Graves to testify at a Thursday joint hearing of their committees on a draft presidential order that would require companies seeking government contracts to disclose contributions.

“Unfortunately, because this hearing concerns a draft presidential executive order that is still moving through the standard review and feedback process, we will be unable to testify,” wrote Lew, who heads the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Issa (R-Calif.) and Graves (R-Mo.) responded Monday with a sharply critical letter, concluding, “If the OMB continues to demonstrate an unwillingness to cooperate fully with the Committee’s oversight function, we will be required to consider the use of compulsory process.”

Asked if that meant a subpoena of Lew could be forthcoming, a Republican source familiar with the situation said “We’re getting there” and called the letter “another step in the process.”

House Republicans – who swept into power last year promising rigorous oversight of a Democratic administration they contend has implemented a vastly overreaching expansion of government – have previously issued subpoenas to Obama administration agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security and Justice.

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FOK News Channel · Keith Olbermann · Right Wing Extremism · Right Wing Violence · Right Wing Vitriol

FOK News Channel’s Worst Person of the Day

This one warrants attention.  The guy never apologized for the “mistake”…

FOK News Channel – Keith Olbermann’s Blog


But our winner: Greg W. Howard, who tweeted just another one of those “accidents” confusing Barack Obama and Osama Bin Laden:

Based on the twitter feed on it, this appears to be Mr. Howard’s site. There’s either a lot of hate on it, or a lot of typos. It has apparently not been updated since February, which may or may not have anything to do with the fact that this “financial advisor” filed for bankruptcy the year before.

You know, a week ago, here, typing in a hurry, I did a very mild form of this myself. I wrote that George W. Bush had personally de-prioritized the “hunt for Obama.” And you know what? It was very much a Freudian slip. Because alone among the leading Republicans of 2008, Bush did not attack his eventual successor’s credentials, experience, loyalty or birth.

So even if this pig Howard simply “slipped” in tweeting that “Obama’s” body should be used as a latrine, or hung from the Statue of Liberty – if it was just a Freudian slip, it was because Howard’s unconscious was pondering, perhaps advocating, just such an assassination.

More over, a tweet is not a thousand-word blog post nor even an on-air blooper. It’s a 140-character haiku and most tweeters have to agonize over every letter and space to make it all fit and make it all make sense. You review it and review it.

In short: if, in a typo, you publicly advocate hanging a president of the United States, you apologize for it. Otherwise it will be assumed you meant it – which makes Greg W. Howard the Worst Person of the Day.

Michele Bachmann · Tea Party · Tea Party Anger

In praising Tea Party, Bachmann swipes at Boehner’s leadership

John Boehner’s leadership is in question by the Tea Party.

Last night, (at the 9:53 point) Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes pointed out  Boehner’s flaws as a leader by citing the fact that  Boehner insisted that the House GOP vote to support Paul Ryan’s Medicare overhaul plan before finding out what their constituents thought about the plan.  As we all know, the GOP Town Hall participants were not very happy with Ryan’s plan.

Now Michele Bachmann and a local  Tea Party leader are taking turns bashing Boehner…

The Hill

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) expressed sympathy on Monday for Tea Party groups’ dissatisfaction with House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) leadership on the debt ceiling.

Bachmann, founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, gave her blessings to representatives of Tea Party groups who, at a Monday event, questioned whether the Speaker had done enough to address spending or shown enough fight in negotiations over raising the U.S. debt limit.

The Minnesota congresswoman didn’t show at the event, and she didn’t mention Boehner or any other Republican leader by name in the statement she released supporting Tea Party efforts. But she openly encouraged the Tea Party to “keep up the fight,” a move that, while possibly complicating her relationship with leadership, could play into her posturing for a potential run for president.

“Thank you to the Tea Party for not giving up the fight. Your stubborn determination to return our country to its founding principles gives me great hope for conservative accomplishments in the current House of Representatives and for even greater victories in 2012,” she said.

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Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart Ridicules Last Week’s Post-bin Laden GOP Presidential Primary Debate

What can one say about Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart?  The man is a comic genius…


Last Thursday Fox News hosted the first debate for presumptive GOP presidential candidates that seemed to get as much media attention for who didn’t participate as coverage for anything said during the debate. But Daily Show host Jon Stewart noted that, after the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, GOP rhetoric wasn’t nearly as predictable (though just as suitable for ridicule.)

Watch the clip below, courtesy of Comedy Central.