For the last two years, since the 2006 midterm election, the Democratic leadership in Congress has done next to nothing to rein in the extraordinary abuses of power and rampant criminality of the Bush (Mis)Administration and its corporate co-conspirators. Instead of aggressively investigating and impeaching, they ever so cautiously frittered around the periphery, placated, vacillated and capitulated.
The minimal efforts at real oversight, the necessary first step toward imposing any real accountability, were half-hearted at best and almost completely ineffectual.
In all fairness, note I said "almost" completely ineffectual. There have been some, albeit minimal efforts and some modest, occasional results. For example, please consider this and that.
But clearly for the most part about the best that could be said about the Democratic leadership is that they did keep their powder dry.
So, can we now, finally, have some real accountability?
At this moment of triumph, with the Georgia Senate Race and a Democratic SuperMajority hanging in the balance, it would be a huge mistake to forget the lessons of 2000 Florida and 2004 Ohio.
Saxby Chambliss is the firewall for the Republicans, which means, imho, that all options are on the table, with option numero uno being criminal fraud.
And the signs are all bad.
Yesterday, I posted GA Senate: Martin v. Chambliss. Count the Votes! (hereinafter, Part I).
Please check it out and then follow me down for Part II.
People, People, People.
I hate to go all tin-foiled hattish here, truly I do, but Damn!
Karen Handel, the Georgia Secretary of State, is a Republican.
A Republican Secretary of State.
And not only that, an award-winning Republican Secretary of State.
Yep, she was the ignonimious loser of the 2008 Katherine Harris Award, duly conferred by none other than our election reform activist in residence, the incomparable georgia10.
To sum it up, short and sweet, Handel is a political hack at best and for all we know, is engaged in active criminal fraud at this very minute.
Oh, and because Georgia is a red state, the election officials in most of the 159 counties are Republicans and the officials at the State Board of Elections are Republicans.
And the Republicans really, really, really want to send Saxby Chambliss back to the United States Senate.
Flop the flip with me, please.
Especially since the incomparable georgia10 has just this morning recognized Karen Handel, the Republican Secretary of State of Georgia, as the ignonimious loser of the 2008 Katherine Harris Award, I would be utterly remiss in not bringing this Breaking! news to the community.
As a small bit of introing, I offer this morsel:
To the extent any or all may believe this sorry excuse for a public servant might limit herself to mere voter suppression efforts, you are just so wrong. You see, if Democratic candidates can be kept off the ballot entirely, that is even better (from her standpoint, of course) than voter suppression.
So what has happened is down below.
Those of the chattering pundit class who are not fools to be taken lightly, but instead actually have meaningful things to say on a consistent basis, deserve the courtesy of our occasional acknowledgement, if not our sincere graditude and deep respect.
To me, Jay Bookman - bio here - of the Atlanta Journal-Constitutuion (the nation's 17th largest newspaper based on circulation) is clearly in this select category and thus worthy - at least - of greater exposure.
Simply put, he routinely nails it.
Today's column, enticingly entitled "Flock of Libyan parrots leave mark on U.S. democracy", struck me as so damn good as to be blogable
Please let me bring it to the attention of you all, down below.
For the very small minority of Americans who read the liberal blogsphere or watch Keith O. on MSNBC, the revelations last week that torture of detainees was specifically and in grumsome detail discussed and approved at the highest level of the Bush Administration are well-known.
For everyone else, not so much.
Typically, I read several newspapers a day and visit DailyKos and other politically oriented websites. I also watch Countdown and, occasionally, Hardball on MSNBC, as well as CNN news programming.
Friday or so of last week, it occurred to me that I had read not one word in any newspaper about the torture news. Not. One. Word.
Sunday, after completely reviewing my local newpaper, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and continuing to be rather amazed, I decided to go googling and try to figure out what the hell was going on. This morning, I did the same. Specifically, I did news searches using the following key words: "torture bush".
The shocking results are below.
For the last two years, John Edwards, the former Junior Senator from North Carolina, Presidential Candidate and Vice Presidential Nominee, has been planning and working toward the announcement that will come next week.
I am a supporter. Three years ago, I got on-board early. I believed. I attended fundraisers and wrote checks and encouraged others to do so as well. I literally cheered as I sat home watching an early debate in Iowa, where John Edwards came on with a rush, vaulted almost overnight into major contender status and captured the attention of the nation.
BushCo's Orwellian mind control over large segments of the American voting populace is an amazing and astounding phenomena to me.
How is it possible that people are so easily deluded and propagandized on such a virtually endless number of important subjects?
That is, of course, merely a rhetorical question, since there can be no comprehensible explanation and it is, in fact, a matter well beyond any rational understanding.
Indeed, I often wonder how exactly are these people able to walk around and actually be functional with the cacophony of cognitive dissonance that must be constantly banging against the inside of their skulls.
So the list of utterly innane and irrational "Things You Have to Believe to be a Republican", reprinted below, struck a serious chord with me. And whomever the author may be, I assume he or she would not object to it being widely dispersed for all to enjoy and use.
And so, without further ado, here it is -- on the flip ...
The lead staff op-ed in today's Chicago Tribune, "The founding of Terroristan",
hits the nail on the head.
A "peace treaty?" No, not exactly.
Instead, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's deal with tribal elders and pro-Taliban militants in the border area of North Waziristan "sounds like a capitulation".
But, of course, it is certainly comforting to know that Pakistan officials are spinning out assurances that the deal does not mean Osama bin Laden had been granted "amnesty." See also, here.
Clearly, this deal by our idiot Preznit's loyal ally, Musharraf, "is a setback in the war on terror".
And why might that be? Oh well, just because:
It seems entirely likely that this area will become a sanctuary for terrorists, a protected place for them to regroup and rearm, a miniature version of what Afghanistan had become before the U.S. routed the Taliban starting in 2001.
American hero, former Senator Max Cleland (D - Ga), who would be in the United States Senate today but for scurrilious Republican lies, spoke some serious truth in Little Rock yesterday
Cleland and retired Gen. Wesley Clark appeared together at the Arkansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the state Capitol as part of a tribute to residents of the state who served in the military.
. . . <snip>
"It is immoral to abuse the good nature of our young people, and send them back and back and back (into combat) ... with no strategy to win, and no strategy to end" the war, Cleland said.
Go, Max, Go!
I guess I must just have too much time on my hands, but then again one never knows what fun tidbits of information or opinion a bit of random googling might yield.
Anyway, I have stumbled across an op-ed that our community might enjoy. Perhaps, we could consider it an update on the pulse of public opinion in the Deep South / Deep Red America. Yep, you guessed it, none other than Decatur, Alabama, a self-described "bustling community of some 50,000", located only 20 minutes to the northwest of Huntsville, home the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, and (at least the last time I checked) not a recognized center of liberal or other enlightened thought.
The good stuff is on the flip ...
Presidents Day morning, February 20, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. EST, the American Civil Liberties Union is holding a National Town Hall, via live streaming webcast, on the timely subject of Freedom at Risk: Spying, Secrecy and Presidential Power.
This event will be held at George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C., before a live audience, and will feature an impressive panel and be moderated by journalist Marvin Kalb. The panel will include:
Anthony D. Romero, ACLU Executive Director;
John W. Dean, former White House counsel;
Laurence H. Tribe, Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard University;
Jim Harper, Cato Institute; and
Mary DeRosa, Center for Strategic and International Studies.
To participate, simply go to http://www.aclu.org to watch the live webcast and participate by asking questions in real time.
(More on the other side.)