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  •  Abuse of Power (4.00)
    What are the Republicans trying to hide?

    "You think you can intimidate me? Screw you. Choose your Weapon." Eliot Spitzer

    by bonddad on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:33:38 PM PDT

    •  Dude (4.00)
      Did Spitzer really say that?  What was the context?  

      Exactly -- what the HELL are they hiding that can't bear the light of day?  Maybe that's the answer -- hold hearings in the bright sunshine of the Capitol steps.

      There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right with America. -- Bill Clinton

      by ThirstyGator on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:37:08 PM PDT

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      •  It might help get some media attention. (4.00)
        The obvious spectacle of open air hearings could draw the attention of media, highlight the DSM, and futher the publics awareness about republican abuses of power.
        •  Might Help? (4.00)
          We MUST get media attention about this.  First "Tex" Sensenbrener illegal shuts down a hearing and now this?

          We have the Thugs right where we want them.  MAKE NOISE PEOPLE, MAKE LOTS OF NOISE!  This is a cover-up.

          •  THIS ARTICLE (4.00)
            •  Pacifiers for Sensenbrenner Website (none)
              Hey guys,


              I put a site up based on someone's great idea to send Pacifiers to Sensenbrenner since he was acting like a baby.



              The more attention we can give this the better B/C LIKE BONDDAD SAID PERFECTLY WHAT ARE THE REPUBLICANS TRYING TO HIDE???

              the more you suppress things the more it wants to pop up.  it worked for Christianity.  it'll work here.

          •  Historical context. (4.00)
            If we could just get some journalists to include the fact that Sensenbrener silenced the hearing on the Patriot Act on Friday.
            •  ...and then show the crowd's cheers (4.00)
              when those remaining explained why examining the Patriot Act's (un)usefulness is so important.
            •  How about Olbermann? (4.00)
              Or Krugman or Rich?

              The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all- John F Kennedy

              by vcmvo2 on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:14:08 PM PDT

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            •  This is great news! What splendid arrogance! (4.00)
              It will surely draw attention to the meeting, perhaps a lot of attention, and it reinforces the impression that a lot of people have that the Republicans are out of control and utterly arrogant.

              On a related note:

              PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HEAR THAT C-SPAN PLANS TO BROADCAST THE CONYERS HEARING.  I am planning to target C-Span tomorrow in my Awaken the MSM diary, but no point in wasting a target if they plan to do that already.

              Btw, my diary today went up very late. Here is the link:

              Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. -Epictetus

              by smintheus on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:17:09 PM PDT

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              •  good point (4.00)
                Best way to draw interest is make something controversial.  This fits the bill.

                The "Mr. Chairman" crap is priceless.  What do you call the person who, errr... chairs a meeting?  Or have the Republicans trademarked the use of it?

              •  I have No Problem w/a DNC Forum (none)
                We have the spotlights, Action Camera, Dammit!

                Do it Wherever, but Especially at the DNC!

                Sensenbrenner can't Gavel It Down & Turn Off The Mics & Lights!

                Do It At The DNC!  & Welcome the press, esp CSPAN.

                If the Rethugs refuse to deal w/Dems, don't fucking deal with the assholes.

                That would effectively shut down Congressional business, wouldn't it?

                Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Buddha

                by x on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 03:35:58 PM PDT

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              •  I hate to repeat myself. (none)
                Really I do. But ...

                Sensenbrenner is an absolute IDIOT.

                He is a frickin' walkin', talkin' FUBAR-inducin' IDIOT, single-handedly manufacturing one outrageous mishap after another, which is, of course, a very good thing for us.

              •  "What splendid arrogance!" (none)
                May I borrow that one?  That was a perfect way of putting it.  I think we should weave it into some talking points or something, for internal use.  

                The arrogance has been a scary and infuriating thing for so long.  But if we can predict their political strategy using the Iraq war as an example, they will keep marching forward with arrogance, right off a cliff.  And that would be splendid indeed.  I've been hoping for this.

                Thanks for the great phrase.  I can make good use out of that one.

                "KBO." "It's the order of the day." -- Winston Churchill

                by joanneleon on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 09:50:24 PM PDT

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            •  What's up with Sensenbrenner? (none)
              Didn't he resist the original Patriot Act in 2001?
          •  Just sent the following (none)
            to news outlets:

            RE: Republican Majority on Judiciary pulls the plug on Conyers 'forums'

            The Hill is reporting that James Sensenbrenner will not allow John Conyers to use offices with which to conduct his Downing Street Minutes investigations.

            Sean McLaughlin, deputy chief of staff for Sensenbrenner, recently wrote to a minority staffer in more pointed language.

             "I'm sitting here watching your `forum' on C-SPAN," McLaughlin wrote. "Just to let you know, it was your last. Don't bother asking [for a room] again."

            After reading the above, I sent the following to Rep. Sensenbrenner:

            Representative Sensenbrenner, exactly what are you afraid of? What are you trying to cover up? Whatever happened to sunlight being the best disinfectant for corruption?

            Is someone concerned about finding the present administration`s "stained blue dress - Iraqi version" Just thought I'd ask.

            George W. Bush - Often wrong, but never in doubt!

            by auapplemac on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 09:33:00 PM PDT

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          •  Media? Fat Chance. (none)
            The media is complicit, COMPLETELY COMPLICIT in spreading and perpetuating the lies that started the Iraq War.

            Further the depraved indifference of our mainstream media to growing proof positive of the lies and deceit of the Bush/neo-con policy will mean that the Downing Street Minutes will, I said WILL be treated as "old news" and slip away with no impact what so ever.

            We thought the media would arise about DeLay, it did not.  Indeed many outlets squelched stories about this corrupt fiend.

            We thought the media would come to ask about Kenny Boy Lay, and guess what?  The media croaked a little and Kenny remains free to ponder more and greater klepto-plutocracy.

            We thought the media would chatter on about the Energy Minutes case, we thought the big media would be in a tizzy about coin-gate, we thought the media would be furious about Gannon/Guckert and we thought the media would be all over Plame-gate.


            And sadly, I have no idea how to get the media's attention about a President and his advisors starting a war that was based on a complete pack of lies.  

            "same old fears, same old crimes-we haven't changed since ancient times.." "Iron Hand" Dire Straits

            by boilerman10 on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 09:56:54 PM PDT

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          •  No, they have US (none)
            right where they want us....p. 13.  Get real, folks.  MSM watchers:  "sensen what?  Whaddya, stupid?"
          •  Think of... (none)
            ... how the racists wouldn't let Marian Anderson sing in DC because she was black.  So they shut her out of all of DC's concert halls.

            Until FDR invited her to the Lincoln Memorial to sing.

            •  Speaking of Forums (none)
              How about an open air DSM hearing at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial?  I think that an articulate black congressman having to hold a meeting at the feet of the Great Emancipator because he was kicked out of the House might just make the MSM.

              A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.

              by Webster on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 12:21:20 PM PDT

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          •  oust sensennbrenner (none)
            I would be nice to see him womped on in 2006, but he's from a pretty reliably red district. (Rich yuppies in the Milwaukee suburbs) so it might be pretty hard.

            Brett Favre for Wisconsin - Senate 2008 (Feingold for President)

            by Groper on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 05:59:50 AM PDT

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            •  I'll second that (none)
              Good how I hate driving through his district on my way to Milwaukee. I don't have to look at the exit signs to know where I am on the highway, I only have to look at the bumpers of the cars around me with their fucking "W" stickers.

              "Fortunately, I'm adhering to a pretty strict, uh, drug, uh, regimen to keep my mind, you know, uh, limber." Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

              by jkbiscuit on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 08:58:27 AM PDT

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      •  Spitzer (4.00)
        He did say that - either in the New Yorker or New York Magazine.  It was in the context of an interview, not a speech or anything.
      •  Spitzer quote (4.00)
        He was being rhetorical, but, tes, he did say that.

        "The people have spoken. The Bastards." -- Mo Udall

        by Dissento on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:59:06 PM PDT

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      •  Here (4.00)

        "You never want to tell Spitzer to go fuck himself," said one close observer, which is, in effect, what Marsh seemed to be doing by not coming clean. As Spitzer would later say, "I don't know why Marsh reacted the way it did. It will go down as a case study of how not to handle an investigation."

        --New York Magazine, Jan 10/2005

        Apparently not.

      •  out on the Mall would be nice... (4.00)
        ... then get 100,000 or so citizens to come and watch.
      •  What am I missing? What did Spitzer say?? (none)
        Many, many repubs in NY respect him like tremendously.  If he said something about this, I have a number of repubs I would like to send it to.

        "If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention."

        by adigal on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:15:34 PM PDT

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    •  um (4.00)

      Why is it so hot in here, and what am I doing in this handbasket?

      by justme on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:37:33 PM PDT

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    •  What are they trying to hide? (4.00)
      That's easy.  Treason.

      Just about everybody here knows what has been going on.  Conyers isn't going to unearth anything we haven't already come across from half a dozen other sources.  We already know the truth.  For us the DSM is not revelation, but confirmation.

      It's the rest of America that's in the dark.

      "Unk, the big trouble with dumb bastards is that they are too dumb to believe there is such a thing as being smart." -- Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

      by Roddy McCorley on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:38:17 PM PDT

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    •  Gotta have the hearing (4.00)
        Clearly, the hearing has to go on, even if the do it at IHOP with C-SPAN coverage over pancakes, they have to have the hearing. Does the DCCC have space?

      Winning without Delay.

      by ljm on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:51:31 PM PDT

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    •  I don't know what they're trying to hide... (none)
      But it's time to knock some sensenbrenner into them!

      (gawd, what a terrible snark)

    •  What are they trying to hide?!?!? (none)
      Well, everything! It's quite simple, really.

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