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Alberto Gonzalez memorably served as Attorney General under George W. Bush.
Sure, there were a few bumps along the way, what with the torture and helping Karl Rove purge the roster of U.S. Attorneys in a way that an official report declared violated the principles of the Department of Justice.
But all that's behind us now. Now Gonzalez just wants your cash.
Politico reports today on a high-powered e-mail fund-raiser going around elite circles asking for donations to pay Gonzalez' still-lingering legal bills.
Anyway, we guess Texas Tech isn't paying Gonzalez enough, so he needs the cash. We cannot think of a better charity to receive a donation this holiday season.
Just think how thrilled your kids, nieces, nephews and godchildren will be to open that envelope on Christmas Day and read "In lieu of a gift, I have made a donation in your name to pay Alberto Gonzalez' legal bills." It will bring tears to their eyes!!Alberto Gonzalez memorably served as Attorney General under George W. Bush.
With nearly 25% of the world's inmate population, who says the United States doesn't have political prisoners?
"Indeed, the United States leads the world in producing prisoners, a reflection of a relatively recent and now entirely distinctive American approach to crime and punishment. Americans are locked up for crimes — from writing bad checks to using drugs — that would rarely produce prison sentences in other countries. And in particular they are kept incarcerated far longer than prisoners in other nations."
How is this helpful to society? Why aren't Americans and politicians taking a good hard look at this issue? Coupled with an extremely dysfunctional judicial system populated largely by opportunistic prosecutors who believe they are empowered to wield the hand of God play the role of Judge, jury and executioner over people's lives, it's little wonder we incarcerate so many.
In my own experiences with the judicial system I can tell you with NO uncertainty the legal system has no interest in "truth", "right" or "wrong". The judicial system executes sloppily prosecuted people, knowing full well the inadequacies of the process. Prosecutions and executions sought and pushed forward by prosecutors who decided for themselves who was guilty, ignorant of their own weaknesses, failings, projections and externalization. Our nation shoots itself in not just the foot, but the leg and the abdomen. Our judicial system's conduct is terminal and fatal to our society.
Need we look at the actions of the Supreme Court allowing corporations the buying of judges, politicians and political favorable agendas and legislation AT the expense of the electorate?
That you believe you haven't been touched by the dysfunction of the judicial system is no excuse for ignorance or worse yet, indifference to the violations and victimization's of the judicial system on the American people. Not convinced? Just think about it. Why does the US's 5% of the world's population house nearly 25% of the worlds prisoner population and at what expense to you financially in the form of taxes? At what expense to society to loose so many of it's primarily male population? What is a country more interested in prosecuting and jailing it's people than helping them?
More interesting facts:
"Children of incarcerated parents have increased risk of anxiety, depression, aggression, truancy, attention disorders and poor scholastic performance."
I met a homeless young man who had been incarcerated for 3 days not paying a bus fee of less than $5.00.
And still more interesting facts:
"Children of incarcerated parents have increased risk of anxiety, depression, aggression, truancy, attention disorders and poor scholastic performance."
Would you rather the state and Federal Government paid for the bus fare and not incarcerated the young man or waste some $250.00 a day for his incarceration plus court costs?
Who makes decisions like this? Is it crazy or has the legal and judicial system itself become the monster? Again, is an unpaid bus fare of less than $5.00 worth blowing more than $600.00 of American tax payer money? Is this what "being tough on crime is"? That's a resounding: YES!
Did the people who conduct our legal and judicial system in this way go to college? Are they idiots? Are they intentionally trying to destroy America or are they just really really stupid?
Fact 1: Not everyone in prison is guilty. Fact 2: Not everyone accused is guilty.
Personally, I can't believe a civilized society would conduct itself so self-destructively and so oblivious to the Obvious!
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/23/us/23prison.htmlWith nearly 25% of the world's inmate population, who says the United States... more
Considering how far they went, and all the laws they broke with complete immunity from prosecution and question - so they claimed, what stopped the EVIL EMPIRE from going further?
Bush, Cheney, Carl Rove, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Perle, Rice, Gonzales and his minions, and so on, and so on...
They didn't almost make it, they failed by a mile nevertheless, they wrecked havoc on America and THEY accomplished what they attributed to the cave dwelling Saudi Arabian guy - that is, to bankrupt America. Curious, isn't it.Considering how far they went, and all the laws they broke with complete immunity from... more
Hundreds of people in central Illinois have protested outside a closed-door fundraiser that featured Republican strategist Karl Rove.
Rove spoke for about an hour Monday at a gathering sponsored by the Economic Freedom Alliance, a group that opposes the proposed Employee Free Choice Act. The people rallying outside represented unions that support the legislation.
The law would eliminate employers’ rights to demand secret-ballot elections for workers voting to form unions.
The fundraiser’s estimated 40 attendees included members of the business community.
Democratic Peoria County board member Mike Phelan called the Fox News commentator’s appearance "a big step backwards."Hundreds of people in central Illinois have protested outside a closed-door fundraiser... more
The Dallas Morning News reports that George W. Bush Library foundation president Mark Langdale downplayed suggestions that Bush political guru Karl Rove is heading up Bush’s “legacy project.” However, Langdale noted that Rove will continue to provide advice for the library’s attached “policy institute” — which has received criticism from Methodist ministers and SMU faculty because its research projects will reportedly “celebrate” Bush’s presidency rather than maintain academic integrity. And it seems that Langdale may have already begun the celebration. Pictured behind him in the photo provided along with the Morning News article is a photo of Bush superimposed over Martin Luther King, Jr.The Dallas Morning News reports that George W. Bush Library foundation president Mark... more
Oh, that's a relief, the VP said tortue is legal and justified. Who can argue with that?
Vice President Cheney said the waterboarding of terrorist suspects was appropriate and that none of the methods used to get information from top al Qaeda members went too far.
In a sweeping interview with ABC News, Cheney argued that the Bush administration’s policies in the war on terror have been “crucial” to keeping the country safe.Oh, that's a relief, the VP said tortue is legal and justified. Who can argue... more
The Vatican acknowledges that psychological tests could help identify candidates for the Catholic priesthood who show homosexual tendencies, according to a newly-released document.
While condoning the use of such tests by Catholic seminaries, the document released today and approved by Pope Benedict XVI says they must be strictly voluntary.
"Deep-seated homosexual tendencies" and "uncertain sexual identity" are listed in the document along with "excessive rigidity of character" and "strong affective dependencies" as traits that might make a candidate unsuitable for the priesthood.
The document, made public today by the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education, stipulates that psychological testing must always have the candidate's "previous, explicit, informed, and free consent".
The Vatican acknowledges that psychological tests could help... more
There has been an explosion of polls this presidential election. Through yesterday, there have been 728 national polls with head-to-head matchups of the candidates, 215 in October alone. In 2004, there were just 239 matchup polls, with 67 of those in October. At this rate, there may be almost as many national polls in October of 2008 as there were during the entire year in 2004.
Some polls are sponsored by reputable news organizations, others by publicity-eager universities or polling firms on the make. None have the scientific precision we imagine.
For example, academics gathered by the American Political Science Association at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington on Aug. 31, 2000, to make forecasts declared that Al Gore would be the winner. Their models told them so. Mr. Gore would receive between 53% and 60% of the two-party vote; Gov. George W. Bush would get between just 40% and 47%. Impersonal demographic and economic forces had settled the contest, they said. They were wrong.
Right now, all the polls show Barack Obama ahead of John McCain, but the margins vary widely (in part because some polls use an "expanded" definition of a likely voter, while others use a "traditional" polling model, which assumes turnout will mirror historical trends but with a higher turnout among African-Americans and young voters).
On Monday, there were seven nationwide polls, with the candidates as close as three points in the Investors Business Daily/TIPP poll and as far apart as 10 points in Gallup's "expanded" model. On Tuesday, the Gallup "traditional" model poll had the candidates separated by two points and the Pew poll had them separated by 15. On Wednesday, Battleground, Rasmussen and Gallup "traditional" model polls had the candidates separated by three points while Diageo/Hotline and Gallup "expanded" model polls had the spread at seven points.
Polls can reveal underlying or emerging trends and help campaigns decide where to focus. The danger is that commentators use them to declare a race over before the votes are in. This can demoralize the underdog's supporters, depressing turnout. I know that from experience.There has been an explosion of polls this presidential election. Through yesterday,... more
If Barack Obama wins the presidential election, it will be because he has beaten the Republicans at their own game, according to Karl Rove, the "architect" of George W. Bush's two victories.
The Democrats have copied Rove's formidable tactics and ground operation, pumping out a disciplined message, assembling a broad-based coalition that includes young first-time voters and African-Americans and drowning their Republican opponents with money.
"I've got to tell you, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," Rove said in an interview. "I can say, I'm deeply flattered."
Rove recalled how Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe, outlined their electoral strategy at the Democratic convention in August: "He explicitly said we have deliberately copied the army of persuasion of the Republicans."
The results can be seen in the long queues for early voting in western and southern states, which could herald the dawn of "Obamaland": Democratic control of the White House, the Senate and House of Representatives - offering the Illinois senator the chance to shape the nation for a generation.
"If the US really is entering a period of unchecked left-wing ascendancy, Americans at least ought to understand what they will be getting," The Wall Street Journal commented. It listed universal healthcare, greater regulation of business and industry, the restoration of union power and substantially higher taxes as likely consequences.
The "precriminations" among Republicans are already under way, with accusations flying inside John McCain's campaign about the wisdom of choosing the charismatic but flawed Sarah Palin as his running mate.
The revelation that the Republican National Committee spent about $US150,000 ($242,000) on Palin's designer wardrobe, $US36,000 on her make-up artist and $US19,000 on her hairdresser has detracted from the Alaska Governor's folksy, moose-hunting image.
On the road, however, she continues to hold McCain's ramshackle campaign together, galvanising voters who would like to see her run for president in 2012 if the Arizona senator is defeated.
Rove believes Palin, 44, remains "an enormous plus" for the party. However, he believes she will need to raise her game if she wants to be seen as a leader.
"When you're fresh and new, people make allowances for you," he said. "If you're a first-time candidate, you are not expected to know the name of South Ossetia or Abkhazia. When you come back on the stage, you're expected to have a higher degree of sophistication, knowledge and ability."
A number of Obamacons - Republicans for Obama - have been lining up behind the Democrat alongside former secretary of state Colin Powell since he criticised McCain's judgment and selection of Palin.
Rove believes McCain, 72, can confound his critics and emerge the victor if he hammers Obama on the threat of higher taxes and national security, two areas of traditional weakness for Democrats. "Wanting to raise taxes - anyone's taxes - in a slowdown is a warning sign of a misguided economic philosophy," Rove commented recently.
The electoral map on Rove's own website shows pivotal states such as Ohio, Virginia and Colorado, which voted for Bush in 2004, tumbling to Obama. According to his projection, if the election were held tomorrow, Obama would win 306 electoral college votes to McCain's 171, with 61 too close to call.
Nearly a million people have cast their votes in Georgia and more than 600,000 in Florida. It could be a sign of a coming "electoral tsunami" for Obama, according to Rove - or merely proof that reliable voters have cast their ballots early.
In North Carolina, formerly a solidly Republican state, 210,000 African-Americans registered as Democrats have already voted, compared with a total of 174,000 registered Republicans of all races. Blacks have made up 31 per cent of early voters so far, even though they form 21 per cent of the population.If Barack Obama wins the presidential election, it will be because he has beaten the... more
In the campaign's final two weeks, voters will take a last serious look at both presidential candidates. The outcome of the race isn't cast in stone yet.
Barack Obama holds a 7.3% lead in the Real Clear Politics average of all polls, but the latest Gallup tracking poll reveals that there are nearly twice as many undecided voters this year than there were in the last presidential election. The Investor's Business Daily/TIPP poll (which was closest to the mark in predicting the 2004 outcome -- 0.4% off the actual result) now says this is a three-point race.
This week also brought a reminder that Sen. Obama hasn't closed the sale. The Washington Post/ABC poll found 45% of voters still don't think he's qualified to be president, about the same number who doubted his qualifications in March.In the campaign's final two weeks, voters will take a last serious look at both... more
Check out this paragraph (warning obscene language). Try throwing this out at your unashamed Republican friends:
"Rove is not a genius, or even very clever: He's totally and completely immoral. It doesn't take genius to claim, as Rove ludicrously did last fall, that it was the Democrats in Congress and not George W. Bush who pushed the Iraq War resolution in 2002. It doesn't take brains to compare a triple-amputee war veteran to Osama bin Laden; you just have to be a mean, rotten cocksucker."
Check out this paragraph (warning obscene language). Try throwing this out at your... more
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Karl Rove criticized the McCain campaign for its handling of several issues related to the strategic operations of the campaign.
Asked about the candidate's decision to shut down its Michigan operations, Rove, who serves informally as an adviser to McCain, seemed perplexed that the campaign did it with such apparent flair.
"I don't know, I don't know," said Rove. "And not only that, but it set off a spat of warfare inside the Michigan Republican Party with the former national committee man sending a letter to Sarah Palin saying please contest the state and leaking that to the members of the state central committee which guaranteed it would be in the hands of the press."Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Karl Rove criticized the McCain campaign for its... more
WASHINGTON - A House panel voted Wednesday to cite Karl Rove, formerly President Bush's top aide, for contempt of Congress as its Senate counterpart explored punishment for alleged misdeeds by other administration officials.
But it was not clear that the Democrats controlling a lame-duck Congress will push their case for abuse of power against a lame-duck president beyond televised talk and vague threats just a few weeks shy of final adjournment. As a practical matter, lawmakers have little time and less willingness to follow through on most charges, let alone punishments, before Bush leaves office.
Voting 20-14 along party lines, the House Judiciary Committee cited Rove with contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena to testify July 10 on allegations of improper White House influence over the Justice Department. For his part, Rove has denied any involvement with Justice decisions. The White House has said Congress has no authority to compel testimony from current and former advisers.
The committee decision is only a recommendation; a spokesman for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she would not decide until September whether to bring it to a vote by the full House. If she does and Democrats prevail, Pelosi could then refer the contempt citation to the Justice Department for prosecution. She also could direct the House to file a federal lawsuit against Rove, as she has done with two other Bush confidants who similarly sidestepped their subpoenas: White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former presidential legal counselor Harriet Miers.
Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, called the contempt citation "gratuitously punitive" action that would serve no purpose because the question of executive privilege is already pending in federal court.
WASHINGTON - A House panel voted Wednesday to cite Karl Rove, formerly President... more
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He’s getting Bush's staff.
It’s no secret that Steve Schmidt, Bush’s attack dog in the 2004 election, and Mark McKinnon, the president’s media strategist, are performing similar functions for McCain now.
But other big-name Bushies are lining up to boost McCain, too.
Ken Mehlman, who ran Bush’s 2004 campaign, is now serving as an unpaid, outside adviser to the Arizona Republican. Karl Rove, the president’s top political hand since his Texas days, recently gave money to McCain and soon after had a private conversation with the senator. A top McCain adviser said both Mehlman and Rove are now informally advising the campaign. Rove refused to detail his conversation with McCain.
The list could grow longer. Dan Bartlett, formerly a top aide in the Bush White House, and Sara Taylor, the erstwhile Bush political adviser, said they are eager to provide any assistance and advice possible to McCain.
Rove explained that he and McCain “got to know each other during the 2004 campaign.” In a separate interview, Mehlman noted that “McCain was completely loyal to the president in 2004 and worked incredibly hard to help him get elected.” According to Taylor, “The Bush Republicans here in town are excited for John McCain.”
Despite the president’s low approval ratings, there are clear benefits to McCain for this cozy relationship with the Bush team. They are seasoned operatives with a track record of winning back-to-back national elections in tough political environments. But there are obvious drawbacks. First and foremost, any association with the Bush administration helps Democrats make their case that McCain represents a clear extension of an unpopular presidency.
“[McCain] has sided himself so closely to the administration, especially on Iraq, now having various Bush advisers — that doesn’t sit well with the public,” said Dowd, who has recently broken with the Bush inner circle. “The public wants the non-Bush candidate.”
Dowd also argued that he believes that the proximity of Bush’s advisers could lead McCain to a strategic mistake: refighting the 2004 campaign. “There is a real danger of that,” Dowd added. “And I think some of the things John McCain has done, and how he’s done it, has been a fight or a battle that’s gone. I don’t think this is going to be a terrorism election or a national security election.”
The McCain adviser said Dowd's concern is unwarranted, pointing to the campaign’s belief that the economy will play a far greater role in the 2008 race than it did in 2004.He’s getting Bush's staff.
It’s no secret that Steve Schmidt,... more