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(Apologies if this has been diaried here already as this story is several days old, but this story is simply too important to ignore.)

Be afraid. Be VERY AFRAID. It appears that our worst fears might actually be coming true. Despite his record low approval ratings and declarations in the punditocracy and left-wing blogosphere that he's all but a lame duck who might not even finish out his second term if Democrats take back the house and senate and impeach or force him to resign, it appears that the White House Counsel, in tandem with the Justice Department, has been working on a draft document to indefinitely extend Bush's term in office past 2008, under his emergency wartime authority in the GWOT (Global War on Terror), effectively staging a bloodless coup d'etat.

This is REALLY SCARY folks!

I don't know how serious they are about this or what its chances are of succeeding, but with the GOP still controlling the executive branch (including, of course, the Department of Justice), both houses of congress, and to a large extent the Judicial branch, and the elections still 7 months away, it's not entirely inconceivable that could actually try to pull this off. These guys know that they're probably going down and are DESPERATE to hold onto power, and given their track record I wouldn't AT ALL put such a DESPERATE move past them.

I just found out about this on smirkingchimp.com, which got this from the UK's Register:

Bush preps historic Third Term - memo
It's war. It's a 'Continuity Presidency'
By Thomas C Greene in Washington
Published Saturday 1st April 2006 10:33 GMT

...The US Department of Justice (DoJ) and the office of the White House Counsel are preparing a draft document laying out the President's wartime authority to remain in office past 2008, The Register has learned.

The scheme is described as an emergency "continuity presidency," made necessary by the extraordinary circumstances and unique challenges of protecting the United States from the threat of international terrorism.

"The world changed on 9/11," a confidential DoJ memo obtained by The Register explains, "and no Administration in US history is better suited to adapt productively to those changes than this one.

WOW!

It appears that Attorney General Gonzales has some reservations about this plan and how it will play out with congress, but it sounds like he's fairly confident that any issues that stood in its way could be worked out with some pro forma provisions:

"The Attorney General supports the basic framework in the White House Counsel's draft proposal for a future Executive Order establishing a Continuity Presidency, with two provisos: 1. There must be at least the appearance of a time limit, which the AG believes might be satisfied by tying the duration of the Continuity Presidency to the duration of the GWOT [global war on terrorism]; and 2. The House and Senate Majority Leaders and the Chairpersons of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees must issue a written certification that they have approved the plan.

"AG does not believe that the plan will succeed unless those conditions can be met. Suggest you liase with [the White House office of] Legislative Affairs and get their sense of the liklihood that the key Members will work with us."

The memo is signed Christine McIntyre, Special Assistant to the United States Attorney General, and is addressed to Philip Van Zandt, Special Assistant to White House Counsel Harriet Miers.

They've also anticipated a Supreme Court challenge, and are preparing to deal with that as well:

A second memo leaked to The Register, this time from DoJ Assistant McIntyre to Jock Mahoney, Special Assistant to US Solicitor General Paul Clement, and to Philip Van Zandt at the White House, anticipates an immediate Supreme Court challenge to the scheme, and offers a few suggestions for defending the Administration's action.

"We will be attacked on the basis of Article II Section 1, and on Amendment XXII," McIntyre writes. "Thus it is absolutely crucial that the anticipated Executive Order for a Continuity Presidency make no mention whatsoever of a 'Third Term.' This will eliminate appeals to Amendment XXII, and leave us free to focus our attack on Article II Section 1 alone. Thus, the Executive Order has got to be framed as a necessary - and Congressionally authorized - extension of the President's Second Term, so that we can base our arguments on the Joint Resolution and Article II Section 2.

"Above all," McIntyre warns, "we must emphasize that the 2001 Joint Resolution, in which Congress empowered the President to 'use all necessary and appropriate force ... to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States,' and Article II Section 2 of the United States Constitution, give the President ample authority to issue an Executive Order for a Continuity Presidency for the duration of the GWOT, to exercise fully his mandate to protect the American people from harm.

"We must also press the national security angle hard and emphasize that the United States would be endangered severely by a change of government at this time. America cannot afford to give the terrorists such an opportunity."

Our tax dollars surreally at work, folks.

It sounds like a horrible joke, I know, but experts are taking it seriously, even if at present they discount its chances of succeeding:

Are they a hoax? We consulted renowned constitutional scholar Bud Jamison, of the prestigious Washington legal firm Horwitz Feinberg & Horwitz, for insight.

"I don't think they're a hoax, but I also don't think that there's anything here for the public to worry about, except the sad comment it makes on the current Administration," Jamison told The Register.

"I think we can assume - even for the sake of argument alone - that there is a draft proposal along these lines circulating. Obviously, we can only speculate about the full content and wording of the proposal, but based on the comments in these memos, I think we can do that fairly productively," Jamison said.

"First, the fact that this proposal is in the works so far in advance of the 2008 elections suggests that real care is being taken, which in turn suggests that President Bush is, for the moment, anyway, quite serious about attempting this coup d'état.

"If it ever becomes public, I suspect we'll find that the proposed executive order will postpone the 2008 elections - citing the exigencies of war - rather than attempt to do battle with Article II Section 1 and the 22nd Amendment," Jamison explained.

"But, Constitutionally speaking, Bush hasn't got a leg to stand on. Article II Section 1 states plainly that the president is elected to a four-year term, and the 22nd Amendment states plainly that he can serve only two terms. He's looking for weasel room, and he thinks that merely extending his second term, rather than declaring a third term, will give it to him. He's mistaken.

"I can't imagine even a sympathetic Supreme Court going along with this - although I'll admit that I was surprised when they handed him the Florida election in 2000. Still, what's being proposed here is literally a coup d'état; the Court is not going to sanction it, even if key members of Congress do.

This is beyond surreal. But here's how Jamison thinks it might play out if they actually had the nerve to try to implement it:

"If you think about what would happen, it quickly becomes a reductio ad absurdum, Jamison explained.

"Consider the practical problems: the election might well go on in defiance of the executive order. That might leave Bush no alternative but to declare martial law. He would need support from the military in that case, and I doubt he would get it. Remember, military personnel swear an oath to the Constitution first, and to the President second. Where the two are in conflict, most will consider the Constitution paramount.

"But suppose he were to let the election go on, and merely declare its results invalid, say with another executive order. Even a Republican House is going to impeach him, and even a Republican Senate is going to convict him. He'll be the ex-President in a heartbeat," Jamison predicted.

"And suppose he still refuses to leave? The Secret Service might forcibly eject him from the White House when the Senate conviction is handed down. What a gross public humiliation that would be, to be seen kicking and screaming as he's carried from the building. Bush can't risk it, especially with his grandiose personality.

"The best he could hope for is a military faction that would support him and defend the White House third-world-style, but there will certainly be a larger faction that will oppose him. Bush would become a prisoner in the White House, with his little Praetorian Guard. He'd be irrelevant. Congress would take over all of the day-to-day business of running the federal bureaucracy, and cut off money and other supplies to the White House. They'd probably cut the electricity, too.

"So you can see how quickly this becomes absurd. Bush will either finish his second term on schedule, or he'll be out of the White House before his second term expires."

"I'm sure he'll go with option one," Jamison chuckled.

Oh. My. God.

But he expects this plan to die before it ever has a chance of being implemented:

"But," Jamison continued, "Bush is so accustomed to having his way, and he exists in such a weird bubble of manufactured reality, that I can picture him believing that his second term could be extended. Still, I'm confident that someone among the gaggle of boot-licking toadies he's surrounded himself with will muster the nerve to sit him down and explain the facts of life.

"This proposal will never see the light of day. It may take a while for reality to sink in, but once Bush appreciates the potential for grotesque public humiliation that he's courting, he'll kill it," Jamison concluded.

As for the inevitable political fallout from the leaked memos alone, Jamison sees little for Bush to worry about.

"It shows incredibly poor judgment and galling arrogance on the Administration's part, but that's nothing new. And you can be sure that Bush and Cheney have got complete deniability in this little caper," he said.

"And that goes for Gonzales, Miers, and Clement too. The five or six people involved will be sacked, and the press will be told that the affair was merely the unauthorized creation of a handful of over-zealous underlings acting on their own. The Republican-controlled Congress will decline to investigate, and the issue will soon be forgotten. A break in the Natalee Holloway investigation is all it takes for a story like that to be erased permanently from the news."

I'm inclined to agree with Jamison--there are simply too many legal, political and practical hurdles for Bush to overcome for this to actually succeed--but you never know with these guys--ESPECIALLY with these guys.

What if we're attacked again, or, more likely, they have a plan in the works to stage an attack on the US to make it easier to sell this plan to congress, the courts and the American people, and thus implement it? And knowing how these people think and operate, no doubt they have such a plan in the works.

Scary. Snarkily scary.

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Hah-gotcha!

Happy belated April Fools Day everyone!

But it did give you a good scare and make those veins bulge for a moment, didn't it?

(I hope I didn't put anyone into cardiac arrest or prompt the destruction of property or small animals with this admitedly cruel hoax.)

;-p

Originally posted to kovie on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 05:16 PM PDT.

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  •  April Fool's was 3 days ago..... lol (5+ / 0-)

    I HATE REPUBLICANS, HATE HATE HATE THEM!!!!!!!!! UGHHHHH [-5.50, -4.69]

    by michael1104 on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 05:18:17 PM PDT

    •  I didn't see it then (0+ / 0-)

      And it would have been a bit more obvious at the time...I hope!

      "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

      by kovie on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:16:38 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  umm.... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Kingsmeg

    check the publishing date.

    "They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."- Benjamin Franklin

    by bluestateLIBertarian on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 05:18:19 PM PDT

  •  Kovie, you really should (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Rita in DC

    read this.

    •  Did you read the entire diary? (0+ / 0-)

      Or at least the last part?

      Someone needs to get out more...

      ;-)

      "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

      by kovie on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 05:27:46 PM PDT

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      •  kovie (0+ / 0-)

        Zero tolerance doesn't work.

        And actually, I'm not opposed to tin foil hat theories; i just like to point out managements thoughts on the subject.

        And, no I didn't read your entire diary (way too long) but yes I now see that it was humor (I read the last couple graph's at your insistance).

        I prefer tin foil hat diaries above and beyond the "humor" diaries (I really just don't have the time to waste).

        dkos is setting the trend; dkos does have BREAKING NEWS.  I'd prefer Our impact not be diluted with essays and whatnot.

        In any case, good to met cha & se ya around.

        rog

        •  You're certainly free to prefer and read (0+ / 0-)

          the sorts of diaries that you prefer to read, and I'm free to write the sorts of diaries that I prefer to write, so long as I observe site rules and the normal rules of social etiquette (as appropriate to a given context), which I think I did (well, I did break the "3 paragraph" rule, but that happens so often here as to almost be unenforceable).

          It's funny that you mention tinfoil hat theories. One of my very first diaries was about possible fraud in the Ohio '04 election. It quickly went to the top of the rec list and to date is my most-recommended and commented on diary, and one of the few that made it to the rec list. Yet it got a ton of criticism for supposedly being based on unproven conspiracy theories. I was fairly new here then and didn't fully appreciate the site's intolerance for such diaries. So I've since tried to be more careful in what I posted. And if you look at my diary history, you'll see that nearly all of them were serious ones (whether or not you agree with or like them is a different matter) that dealt with serious issues.

          Anyway, I have no problem with the occasional attempt at humor. We can certainly use the tension breaking from time to time so as to not explode or burn out with anger and frustration. I'm serious about that. Anyone who dedicates themselves 100% to a cause without taking any break from it will eventually burn out, and not be useful to anyone. I just thought it would help to give people something to laugh about for a change--while at the same time make it about a serious enough subject that laughter was not the only thing they got from the diary.

          The best humor is humor that makes you think. And I hope that this attempt at humor did that with all who read it, whatever conclusions they drew from it or however they appreciated or didn't appreciate my attempt at humor. I think it met one if not both goals with most readers.

          "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

          by kovie on Wed Apr 05, 2006 at 04:29:33 PM PDT

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    •  And this. (0+ / 0-)

      It's a story by Kos. He might not read to the end to find out that it's snark.

      So . . . "BREAKING," and it isn't, plus a diary that was preceded by at least two other diaries. We are not amused.

      •  I know the site's policy (0+ / 0-)

        And this doesn't qualify as bannable. It's a snark, and I'm sure Kos doesn't ban people who post the occasional snark that's clearly identified as one.

        Look at my posting history. It's hardly snarky or bannable.

        This was nothing more and nothing less than a tension breaker.

        If you didn't find it funny, I'm fine with that--I didn't find it funny when I first came across it, until I realized that it was just a joke.

        Then I laughed--somewhat nervously, I must admit--but I still laughed.

        And I'm not so sure that you speak for everyone here.

        "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

        by kovie on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 07:23:02 PM PDT

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        •  That was 'the royal we.' (0+ / 0-)

          And I'm not so sure that you speak for everyone here.

          "We are not amused" is a common expression making fun of "the royal we."

          But look--here's a response that's suggested in the dKos FAQs but which no one has made explicitly yet:

          Duplicate diary--please consider deleting it.

          •  I knew that, silly (0+ / 0-)

            or should I say Queen Victoria (Rita?)...

            As for dupes, I know about this policy as well but I didn't see anyone enforcing it when every other diary was about Kaloogian, and before that Quailgate. And my diary differs sufficiently from the other diary linked to below to be worth keeping up--and it admits to being a snark, plus has a poll.

            Again, I repeat, relax, this is just a joke, no need to take it too seriously. We all need to take a step back and laugh at things every now and then. And yes, even under the present circumstances.

            In fact, ESPECIALLY under the present circumstances.

            "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

            by kovie on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 07:42:53 PM PDT

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  •  You freaking punk! (0+ / 0-)

    You fucking had me.  My heart dropped when I read the diary.  But be careful, someone may get your fucking sorry ass.  Anyway, good joke.

    Peace out!

  •  It's Been Posted (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Rita in DC

    There were at least 2 diaries on this on the 1st.

  •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

    After a long and very frustrating day at work I was wondering how I could jack up my fucking blood pressure a few more points and waste some time.

    Lucky for me you wrote this diary.

    •  Glad to be of service! (0+ / 0-)

      Although it seems that this is a bit too "War of the Worlds" for some.

      "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

      by kovie on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 05:37:12 PM PDT

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  •  I would fully expect (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    PatsBard

    that slimy parlor prick to pull something like that. He may yet, stay tuned.

  •  the register (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    kovie
    I saw this in the Register a couple days ago. The article is hilarious and VERY scary.
  •  Great Idea! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    kovie

    Now why didn't I think of that?

    Thanks!

    Love and kisses,

    Karl

    •  I almost threw up, having been off the blog (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      kovie

      for the majority of the day and knowing that April Fool's Day is over and done.  Way too WAR OF THE WORLDS freak-out for me.  You made my worst fears a reality - meaning my tin-foil hat is on way too tight for my own good.  I guess I needed this wake-up call to realize how far into despair and terror over the state of the union I have become.  I seriously fell, hook, line and sinker, all the way to the bottomless pit of misery while reading your diary.  Yikes!  I need to get a real life!  Thanks!

      •  FINALLY someone who still has a sense of humor! (0+ / 0-)

        I was starting to worry that we're all a bunch of screeching humorless lefties here...

        As I see it, if we can't laugh at ourselves and the world around us from time to time--no matter how bad things look or are--then we truly are defeated.

        I remember reading somewhere that doctors and police officers tend to have the darkest senses of humor. They'd have to, I'd think, to not go crazy.

        As must we, I'd offer.

        :-)

        "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

        by kovie on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 05:56:40 PM PDT

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  •  Here's a little brain teaser for you... (3+ / 0-)

    Find me the legal distinction between what Bush is doing now, with the NSA wiretapping, and this "joke."

    Ha-ha! Fooled you again! There isn't any!

    •  No argument from me on that (0+ / 0-)

      Although there can be no doubt, if you will, that even Bush is too decent and honorable a man to try this.

      Ok, stop laughing. Seriously. You're going to hurt yourself...

      "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

      by kovie on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:07:39 PM PDT

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      •  Rudy Giuliani... (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Maine Atticus
        post-9/11...

        for just a while... considered the same idea.

        •  He considered postponing leaving office (0+ / 0-)

          by several months, with the approval of the city council and courts, to see the city through this horrible time until things started getting back to normal. It got some lip service but was quickly dismissed as neither necessary nor advisable. And the city fairly quickly got back to normal under his successor.

          And the situation then was, er, not quite comparable to the present one. I should know. I was there.

          "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

          by kovie on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:14:18 PM PDT

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  •  Bloodless, nothing. (0+ / 0-)

    He tries that, millions die.

    But maybe that's how he gets his kicks.

    We're all Helens now. :)

    by cskendrick on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:03:11 PM PDT

    •  </snark> (0+ / 0-)

      This is not going to happen. They might wish it would (and I've no doubt that this has been discussed, however quietly, more than once in the west wing by that gang of mental cases), but even the hint that this was for real would spell political death for them.

      Still, you never know...

      "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

      by kovie on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:10:56 PM PDT

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      •  There can be no possible peaceful outcome (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Maine Atticus, rgdurst

        That satisfies reactionaries, by their very choice to be reactionary.

        American reactionaries were on the losing side of American history, at least five times before Colorado became the Centennial State in 1876:

        1. Tories in the Revolution
        1. Slaveholders in the Antebellum
        1. Flouting rule of law, to steal Cherokee lands.
        1. Secessionists in the Civil War
        1. Klansmen in the Reconstruction

        And it only got better from there.

        These people are not your countrymen in any sense of the word; they have always held first and foremost that you are their worst enemy, the one they'd kill first, if only they had the numbers behind them.

        And based on the Civil War -- this they've already tried.

        And for some -- based on the KKK --- they've already tried twice.

        We're all Helens now. :)

        by cskendrick on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:25:45 PM PDT

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        •  You got that right ! (0+ / 0-)

          These cheap-ass conservatives always want it both ways. They lost the civil war but demand States Rights except when it benefits their cause, (Schiavo). They demand "My Country Right or Wrong" except when a Democrat is in office. They can't stand criticism of the president unless it's Clinton, then HE's fair game and Bush is NOT ! Corruption is only a Democratic crime, never a Republican one.

          F' em !

          Rich people make money using other peoples money... Republicans start wars using other peoples children.

          by fedupinca on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 07:27:36 PM PDT

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  •  About 25 years ago (0+ / 0-)

    The Daily Illini published an April Fool's front page story about Reagan invading Nicaragua. It was wild. There were stories of young women crying in the dorms because their boyfriends or brothers were in the service.

    About a week later there was a letter to the editor from the roommate of one Jonathan Emord. Emord had become notable as the pre-eminent writer of wing-nut Letters to the Editor of the DI. (Of course, back then we didn't call them wingnuts.) His roommate said that Emord had gotten so excited that he ran down and enlisted. I never saw another Emord letter.

    But now, with the wonder of the web, I googled for mr. emord, and discover that he's an attorney for the "supplements industry", and a former Cato Institute Vice President. Apparently, he graduated from UIUC in 1982, and from DePauw (no, not depaul) Law in 1985, so I guess that, if he did indeed run down and recruit, he was able to talk his way out of it. But more likely, the whole thing was untrue. Oh well.

    this has been your latest installment of "Where's my Wingnut"?

    HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS!

    by UntimelyRippd on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:49:31 PM PDT

  •  the UK Register's 'Washington legal firm' (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Maine Atticus, kovie

    Horwitz Feinberg & Horwitz is

       Jerome "Curly" Horwitz

       Louis "Larry" Feinberg

       Moses "Moe" Horwitz

    •  I did not know that (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      rgdurst

      I just assumed that the writer made the firm's name up. However, you are correct (except that the original second Horwitz was Samuel Howard "Shemp", not Jerome "Curly", who joined later), according to the following Wikipedia article:

      The Stooges got their name and their start from a vaudeville act called Ted Healy and His Stooges (originally called "Ted Healy and His Southern Gentlemen"), which was founded in 1922. Brothers Harry Moses Howard (Moe) and Samuel Howard (Shemp) (original last name Horwitz) were later joined by violinist Larry Fine (born Louis Feinberg).

      Thanks for the heads up, nyuk nyuk!

      (And let's hope that the real stooges continue to bumble their way to oblivion.)

      "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

      by kovie on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 07:09:23 PM PDT

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      •  wow kovie (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        kovie

        excellect job. Thanks for the fix.

        •  And thank you for pointing out (0+ / 0-)

          something that I would probably never have realized on my own. I always like it when satirists throw in a few Easter eggs to see who's really paying attention.

          (Which it seems more than a few people here weren't even though I all but hit them over the head with a snark warning--do libruls really not have a sense of humor?)

          "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

          by kovie on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 10:58:28 PM PDT

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            •  I have no idea what you mean by that (0+ / 0-)

              Seriously, I don't know what "frontin" means. The "mf" I understood, though, and am sending it right back at ya'.

              "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

              by kovie on Wed Apr 05, 2006 at 04:31:50 PM PDT

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              •  I'm a 67 year old guy (0+ / 0-)

                and write like a Valley Girl. "Frontin"'s teen talk for confrontin. You impress me man. Smart, good attitude.
                When I was a senior at Rice U., M.Mead came down to lecture, and we got to chat with her. Longtime heroine of mine. I could tell ya lots bout her work and 7 husbands. Her daughter 2.                              

                •  Hah, if my dad talked like that (he's 69) (0+ / 0-)

                  I'd seriously consider talking to my sister about looking into "alternative options" for him. ;-)

                  So, you like my 'tude, homeboy? (Eek, I sound so much like a repressed white guy trying to come off like he's cool, time to stop that.)

                  Seriously, I only meant to entertain and if possible enlighten with this diary, and anyone who didn't get that or was offended, well, that's their freakin' problem.

                  And interesting tidbits on Ms. Mead. 7 husbands, huh. Are you including any ceremonial ones she might have picked up in her tribal research?

                  "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

                  by kovie on Wed Apr 05, 2006 at 09:01:57 PM PDT

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  •  OVER MY (0+ / 0-)

    FUCKING DEAD BODY, MISTER BUSH! ; )

    Geeze, for a minute there, you had me, and that is what I was thinking.

    I think I'm gettin' old-timers disease. I read this joke a couple of days ago. But it still scares the bejeebers out of me, and you never can tell......

    Sombody fucked up. There is an American flag flying over the White House.

    by Maine Atticus on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 07:00:06 PM PDT

    •  I honestly didn't expect to see so many (0+ / 0-)

      folks taking this seriously and getting so worked up over it.

      Just shows how close to reality this "joke" really is.

      Now if Chuck Colson and G. Gordon Liddy were still in the White House, it would be somewhat more plausible...

      Oh wait, their old Nixon era buddies ARE in the White House!

      Now even I'm starting to wonder...

      "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

      by kovie on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 07:13:44 PM PDT

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  •  This DOES explain a few things (0+ / 0-)

    as in... the Harriet Meiers for the Supreme Court noination.

    as in... packing the Supreme court as it is.

    as in... Sen G. Allen proposing that Gen. Boykin be in charge of the Delta (aka praetorian) Force.

    as in...G.W. Bush's frequent statements about favoring a dictatorship.

    as in... the warnings / need for war with Iran.

    It also speaks volumes about the Conservative Republican need for a one party / one religion country. They'd love it !

    I think Mr. Jamison is truly naive in thinking that it simply could not happen. It could and it will !

    The war with Iran will come sometime soon, there will be disaster and carnage and Bush will be the continuity president with plenary powers, AKA dictator.

    Rich people make money using other peoples money... Republicans start wars using other peoples children.

    by fedupinca on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 07:09:36 PM PDT

    •  Um, you do realize the article was a joke? (0+ / 0-)

      Or are you joining in on the joke too?

      Oh, I get it, hah hah.

      ;-)

      "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

      by kovie on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 07:24:43 PM PDT

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  •  You did read the text of The Real ID Act, yes? (1+ / 0-)
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    The bill passed last March -- and buried in it is a clause that says the AG may suspend any and all laws at the behest of the DHSDir for the purposes of defending the borders, without judicial review.

    If you thought this was a prank, you were kidding yourself.  They already have plenty of tools in place with The Real ID Act.

    I suspect the only thing that keeps them from going a step further is the lack of an emergency to use as a trigger.  Bird Flu, anyone?

    •  I repeat: This article was a JOKE (1+ / 0-)
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      With the implicit disclaimer that any and all relation to reality was purely coincidental.

      Of course some variation of this COULD happen, under certain circumstances, but that's neither here nor there in the context of this obviously and intentionally satirical piece.

      I quote Mark Twain in his introduction to Huckleberry Finn:

      NOTICE:

      Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot. - Samuel Langhorne Clemens

      I stand by my snark. Or, more accurately, by shamelessly exploiting the Register's snark.

      "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

      by kovie on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 07:36:53 PM PDT

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      •  And yet it's a BAD one (0+ / 0-)

        Oh, I understood you were attempting snark.

        But my point is that the truth is painfully unfunny, that they already have the legal components to make what you thought was silly all too real.

        And the people here at DKos and the rest of the progressive world snoozed as they passed the Real ID Act.

        •  Black humor is the best humor (0+ / 0-)

          Ever read Catch-22 or anything by Vonnegut? Without humor their treatment of very serious topics wouldn't be anywhere near as effective or memorable.

          I don't discount the possibility that there are some people currently in power who would love to implement such plans and might even have looked into the possibility of doing so, and if presented with the opportunity (in their minds at least) would not hesitate to do so. And you misread me completely if you think that because I presented this as satire, I do not take the real possibility of this seriously.

          But without the satirical frame, many would have dismissed it as yet another conspiracy theory without validity. With it, it stood a better chance of being considered as an actual possibility. Humor (whether funny or not) is often a very effective way to get people who would otherwise not take something seriously, take it more seriously. It is clearly just a starting point, but often an effective one.

          If I can make people think about the serious and often quite unpleasant problems and dangers we face today by making some of them laugh at them for a moment (and only for a moment), and perhaps pissing others off by daring to make light of these serious issues, then I think I've done a net good. Anything that keeps people aware and thinking about how awful BushCo are and what they're capable of is worth posting, I believe, be it from a "funny" or "serious" angle.

          Not everyone laughed at this diary (and I suspect that most didn't). But everyone who read it did come away thinking about the issue at its core, however satirically treated. And as such, I think it was well worth posting.

          "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

          by kovie on Wed Apr 05, 2006 at 04:48:11 PM PDT

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  •  What a BRAT you are.... (0+ / 0-)

    I was composing my very terse response as I browsed through this diary, which would have been:

    It won't be a bloodless coup, even if it is only my blood that will spill, and that's a promise!

    LetsFight. re handle: Fight the radical right is the sentiment!

    by letsfight on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 07:47:59 PM PDT

  •  I think you should (0+ / 0-)

    polish up your resume and apply to the department of injustice.

    •  I've already got applications in at the (1+ / 0-)
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      Departments of Homeland Insecurity, Warmongering, Christian Affairs, Interior Plundering and Homelessness and Urban Dismemberment.

      Shouldn't be too hard to get hired at one of these since under "Political Party" I put "God's Own Party" and included a $1000 check made out to Karl Rove's legal defense fund.

      "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

      by kovie on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 08:03:50 PM PDT

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  •  Oi, Mr. Bush. (0+ / 0-)

    I've got a cunning plan....

    "By Grabthar's Hammer...what a savings." - Dr. Lazarus

    by Ari Mistral on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 08:55:43 PM PDT

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