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Thanks to the Digital Federalist for bringing this statement to light…….

Mr. Bush has squandered the hard-built paternity of 40 years. But so has the party, and so have its leaders. If they had pushed away for serious reasons, they could have separated the party’s fortunes from the president’s. This would have left a painfully broken party, but they wouldn’t be left with a ruined “brand,” as they all say, speaking the language of marketing. And they speak that language because they are marketers, not thinkers. Not serious about policy. Not serious about ideas. And not serious about leadership, only followership.

Yep, there is something wrong within the Republican party, top down…

Therefore if there is any hope for them, it lies in those coming from the bottom up.

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I heard this several days ago and it took me awhile to follow up.

Here is the evidence supporting it.

Any Republican, for example Mike Castle, who doesn’t stand up and repudiate the Bush/Cheney administration’s lying to the American public,… is equally complicit and should be tried as a co-conspirator, shortly after the regime is changed and the trials ensue……

Because that……. is what we do.

You may hear during the upcoming elections cycle that House Democrats are making America unsafe by not passing the Senate’s version of the new Wiretap Act before Congress.

Actually the News Journal ran an editorial along those lines on Saturday February 16th..

But did you know that when Democrats proposed an extension of the Protect America Act, as a stopgap between the expiration of the last bill, and passage of the next one, EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN VOTED IT DOWN?

Why?

Perhaps they know of an impending tragedy rivaling 9/11 and are praying for its arrival so they can reinforce their policies that currently are out of fashion?

Yes? Just for the fact that there is no logical explanation as to why they would first say America is in grave danger if this Act is not passed, and then ………..vote not to pass it.

Amendment 4: United States Constitution

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

WE, as guaranteed by our nation, have the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. Why the News Journal would take the other tack, that government has the right to violate the Constitution at will, boggles the mind. What on earth were they thinking?

Do they hate America? Or do they think that those who spend their money each day to keep the News Journal afloat, do not deserve the very protection they themselves have wrapped around them under Delaware’s Corporate Law?

Perhaps they are poorly informed. With a quick simple search they could certainly see that most of the early requests for wiretaps and spying were directed not at terrorists, but at former Clinton governmental employees still held over from the last administration.

With a quick and simple search, they could certainly see that this administration first broke the law days after entering office, long before 9/11 occurred, by instituting Gestapo style spying of Democrats and members of Congress, digging deep for black-mailable offenses no doubt.

With a quick and simple search, they could certainly see that these “Spying on America” bills were rushed through Congress, one along Republican party lines when they had the majority, the other with scare tactics just minutes before summer recess was to begin.

With a quick and simple search, they could certainly see that last summer, a secret FISA court stacked with appointees loyal to the administration, ordered Cheney/Bush to abandon their wiretapping. It was highly illegal. Which now explains why we had the unprecedented rush to pass the Protect America Act which mandates that any citizen can be wiretapped simply because the “administration says so” , and that no one would be allowed to monitor the Constitutional aspects of whether those listening devices were or were not illegal.

With a quick and simple search, they could certainly see that one company, Quest, refused to go along with the requests for spying before 9/11 and is now facing some type of harassment litigation by the Justice Department over some minor unrelated infraction………

With a quick and simple search, they could certainly see that scores of American citizens have been picked up, whisked overseas, tortured, and then been told, “sorry, we seem to have made a mistake.”

Currently there are forty some lawsuits around the country from victims of governmental mistakes. These citizens have had their lives ruined by a violation of the Fourth Amendment. If this legislation is allowed to continue, they are being forbidden their right to seed redress for their sufferings.

When you do something wrong, you should be held accountable.

But for some reason the News Journal thinks differently. They think anyone who gives information to Dick Cheney should be given a get out of jail card for free.

That argument is the equivalent of saying that any criminal who breaks into a families home, orders them on the ground, steals their belongs, and then murders them execution style, should be let go without charges because he was doing it on orders from someone else.

No! News Journal, what on earth were you thinking?

And next time could, get your facts right? It was not a Democrat leadership political ploy. They actually tried to get an extension passed to cover the recess. It was a combination of very conservative Republicans and very Liberal Democrats who were sick, tired, and disgusted with this Unconstitutional Administration violating the Constitution.

Like an OVERWHELMING number of Americans who hate this administration, they decided that the original FISA bill that we default to now that Bush legislation has expired, kept us fairly safe for twenty years of the cold war and beyond. It was only after we violated it secretly, January 20, 2001, that we got ourselves a 9/11.

Finally in an ironic twist of fate, let us use the president’s words themselves.

“He said either you are with us………or you are against us. ”

After reading this:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

It is obvious that the News Journal is against us.

The real question is “why”? What are they hiding?

This is an old piece of information that seems to have resurfaced and risen to the top with the warming of election waters……..

Some of the best journalism and investigative reporting comes from our friends across the pond. Here is the inside take of what went on in the White House between Bush’s swearing in, 9/11, the invasion of Baghdad, and the Occupation Government of Brenner.

No wonder its a mess over there after one reads this from the BBC,

Reading this article is worth it for this quote alone coming from the former CEO of Shell Oil, Mr Carroll in regards to a statement made by Ariel Cohen from the neocon’s TV’s Funhouse otherwise known as the Heritage Foundation.

Mr Carroll hit back, telling Newsnight, “I would agree with that statement. To privatize would be a no-brainer. It would only be thought about by someone with no brain.”

Chain of events:

1) Someone told Cheney “no” over the Thanksgiving weekend.

When Dick Cheney, the vice-president and leading Iran hawk, was briefed on the about-turn a couple of weeks ago, there was a “pretty vivid exchange” with intelligence officials in the White House, one participant told The New York Times.

According to an intelligence source, Cheney sought to block the NIE’s release, but was overruled.

2) Cheney develops irregular heartbeat.

Cheney, who has a history of heart problems, was discovered to have an irregular heartbeat around 7 a.m. when he was seen by doctors at the White House for a lingering cough from a cold. He remained at work throughout the day, joining President Bush in meetings with Mideast leaders.

3) Cheney in Hospital for day

Vice President Dick Cheney was recovering at home Monday night after being treated for an irregular heart beat, found Monday morning during a checkup for lingering cold symptoms, Cheney’s office said

4) NIE comes out with Iran free of Nuclear weapons.

David Wurmser, Cheney’s former Middle East adviser, charged: “One has to look at the authors of this report to judge how much it can really be banked on.”

The “guilty men” were named as Thomas Fingar, Kenneth Brill and Vann Van Diepen, all now in top US intelligence posts, who had seethed at Bush policies for years and were said to have executed a triumphant revenge.

Yet there was an infusion of new information about Iran that persuaded all 16 American intelligence agencies to back the NIE.

Israeli sources told The Sunday Times that a key part of the jigsaw was supplied by General Ali Reza Asghari, 63, a former Iranian deputy defence minister who is believed to have defected after disappearing from his hotel room in Istanbul in February.

The Iranian regime accused Washington of kidnapping him, but western intelligence sources say he is in America of his own accord. His debriefing was so secretive that information went directly to the director of the CIA, rather than to senior officials. “People who would normally know, and should know, are completely out of the loop,” said one informed source.

American intelligence agencies also received a trove of information last summer, including intercepts of Iranian phone calls by GCHQ, the British listening station, which suggested that Iranian military officials were angered by a decision in late 2003 to halt a project to design nuclear weapons. The suspicion that the revelations might be a complex hoax were discounted.

Yet some American intelligence experts remain baffled by the black and white picture presented by the NIE. Former CIA official Paul Pillar, who helped to compile the 2005 NIE on Iran, believes the difference with the 2007 report has been greatly exaggerated.

“It’s described as a dramatic 180-degree reversal but it’s not. The key ‘pacing element’ about when Iran is going to get a nuclear weapon is the uranium enrichment issue and that hasn’t changed,” he said.

As before, the NIE suggests “with moderate confidence” that the Iranians could be capable of producing enough highly enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon by 2010-2015.

5) There is no credibility behind invading Iran. it is off.

Bottom line, it appears the facts did not change….Just our interpretation of facts based on the evidence….In other words back in 2005 we estimated that Iran could have a crude weapon between 2010-2015. Today we estimate that Iran could have a crude weapon between 2010-2015. The difference is that the evidence that Iran had stopped in 2003, was not deleted by Mr. Cheney….

In other words, we were lied to…..and now we are not.

So who is that hero? Hmmmm……

Quite often in heated political discussions the other side becomes an enemy, and we forget that they are there to offer opinions, just like we are, in order to help solve our problems requiring solutions….

But only when someone sent me a link to this article, focusing in on one hot button issue, and instead I took the time to read the whole thing, was I able to regain my perspective and realize that just as personifications of evil-doers do not correspond well to foreign nations, nor do such names apply to assorted members of the “other” party.

As I read Dan Bartlett’s somewhat open conversation he had with a reporter for the Texas Monthly, (no doubt he was relaxed and feeling among friends), was it then that I realized that the other side is treading water just like I was and doing their best to keep afloat……

But just to set the stage, here is the quote that was highlighted, obviously not flattering to the right wing blogosphere:

That’s what I mean by influential. I mean, talk about a direct IV into the vein of your support. It’s a very efficient way to communicate. They regurgitate exactly and put up on their blogs what you said to them. It is something that we’ve cultivated and have really tried to put quite a bit of focus on.

Had I stopped there I would have failed to see how their minds work and how they can be manipulated to perform on cue…….I was ready to move on when my eye made this juxtaposition: Bush=smart? Intrigued I read on……

“I can’t tell you how many times reporters who didn’t really know the president came in and had a personal session with him and said, “Wow, he’s smarter than I thought.” The temptation to buy into the conventional wisdom left the wrong impression about who this guy is personally. “

Naturally from my perspective I had to ask if he is so smart, how come he does stupid things, and speaks in weird phrases?

” This issue of “Bush lied, people died”? It’s been the mantra for the last four years: “If only the right questions had been asked back then, we would have found out that he was lying to us.” That’s false—it’s patently false. There’s a difference between lying and being wrong. We were wrong. As were a lot of people and a lot of countries. We were wrong about the intelligence on weapons of mass destruction. That’s far different from saying that we purposely manipulated or intentionally lied to the American people.”

That is an important distinction. I have been wrong before. And I have lied before…..I know what is at stake with both…..I can deal with someone who has been wrong…..even though he’s made a mistake; he is still looking out for my best interests and against all odds, his methods just did not work out. That feeling is diametrically opposed to someone who directly lies to me. Since that person is lying to cause me to do something I would not do otherwise, he obviously has interests other than mine at heart, and wants me to perform for his own self interests, even if they are opposed to mine…….That make him my enemy.

So if Bush acted in good faith, I and many like me can forgive him. On the other hand, if he played with a stacked deck, then he has damaged the country beyond repair…….

Coming from the Judeo-Christian background, there is an interesting story about the first sin……The greatest punishment befalls the instigator, the liar, the tempter, in this case a serpent who ultimately becomes a snake…….

Now if George Bush is extremely smart, it would be unlikely that he would be the type of president who would sign off on the war, thinking it was a requisition form for “some of them little candy bars.” Here, sign this Mr. President. Obviously he would know what the stakes were, what the ramifications could be, and what the rewards would be if successful……..

So the fact that he made a dumb decision seems rather unlikely…..Therefore in this week’s latest case, where he implies two weeks ago that if necessary we will start WWIII, and meanwhile we have the UN report that says the weapon’s program was dismantled since 2003, and one of our local bloggers posted it on September 17th, 2007, seventy five days ago, one has a hard time believing that “such a smart man” would be absolutely in the dark and unaware of what everyone else knew…..Every friend of John Bolton knows the UN can never keep a secret. The evidence was out there for all to see.

Therefore the expectation is prevalent that this deception was deliberate. With poll numbers lying on the bottom of all time, every American should be inquisitive and ask why, with such low poll numbers, would any president want to deceive the American people over an up and coming WWIII?

Was he hoping to keep his seat in perpetuity as did FDR?

Not very likely if one reads the rest of the article……Here is how Don responds to the question of how the press corp put out the message that the president is lying……

“”How do you deal with them when they’re all liberal? I’ve found that most of them are not ideologically driven. Do I think that a lot of them don’t agree with the president? No doubt about it. But impact, above all else, is what matters. All they’re worried about is, can I have the front-page byline? Can I lead the evening newscast? And unfortunately, that requires them to not do in-depth studies about President Bush’s health care plan or No Child Left Behind. It’s who’s up, who’s down: Cheney hates Condi, Condi hates Cheney.

So that is how we are shocked into perceiving Bush as a liar…. It is done for bylines….and an extra plaudit on some reporter’s resume……

But one should remember the serpent, and the punishment reserved for that beast….. If Bush is so smart, then he must be making all of his dumb decisions in a vacuum devoid of balanced advice….In other words, if one is only given skewed evidence, one can only make a skewed verdict…….

If one remembers as far back as 2000, Bush delegated to Cheney the task of coming up with a Vice President…Cheney chose himself……After the Supreme Court decision that secured the Presidency for Bush, Bush delegated to Cheney the task of staffing his office, screening his cabinet, and determining the teams energy policy…..

Invasion of Iraq was central to that policy…..we know from Cheney’s map, found in his office drawer…..So either Bush had all the facts and chose a policy not in America’s interest, or he was only given partial evidence and had to make the best of the bad choices. That is why this week’s NIE change-up is so significant. It is beginning to make Bush look like he was a pawn in the hands of a superior master…… smart as Bush is, he failed to realize it….And as President, if you don’t realize it, you screw yourself…..For with the title Mr. President,  no one is going to contradict you………

Right now the best thing for this country is that Cheney resign for health reasons. The country needs to move on……….. Should he not be willing, a forced change might be in order………

As we drum war up again, this time for Iran, unlike the last time, it would be wise for this nation to follow some good advice, proffered by Sun Tzu , hearkening back from the 6th Century BC.

Know thy enemy.

So who is this Iran that Cheney wants to nuke before the next elections to bolster republican showings at the polls?

If you look through the MSM lately this is the single face of Iran we have been allowed to see..

propaganda in pictures

When most people think of Iran they remember Khomeinei and the Iranian hostages and shudder when they see this.

using pictures to channel American's fears

But if we decide to do the unthinkable and send our B2’s and nuclear tipped cruise missiles into Iran’s heartland, what kind of world are we destroying? Most guess that it will look very much like Iraq…..which looked much like Somalia did the decade before.

They are surprised at the differences.

sunset on Iran

Iran is not all desert. it is very much like America with a variety of different geographical features.

Iranians can ski?

Some of the scenery is spectacular. They have one of the most beautiful capital cities.

Take a last look now....soon to be gone forever

Based on the caricatures of Iranians provided by the Vice President and his court, one should be forewarned that transportation within Iran is rather primitive.

Iranian transportation Must Be Prehistoric

Being primitive people, they abhor anything of international flavor.

Tehran's four Star Restaurant

People who live in huts can never be expected to understand how difficult it is to live like we do…..

city street in Tehran

We have been led to believe that Iran is very different.

They have parks in Tehran?

Of course, this land once housed the Persian empire, which was the worlds greatest civilizations at its time…

Traces of the past

Most Americans would feel lost among the ancient traditions of Iran.

Tehran cityscape

I am sure that most people will concur that primitive people capable of this….. deserve the nuclear holocaust Cheney wishes to give them.

People Cheney Wants Nuked
Especially if it gives the republicans a better shot in the elections.

Allan Coffey recently sent me a link that was quite profound. In fact, if one remembers from the Matrix how a simple pill changed not just the perception of reality, but set into motion a chain of events that eventually changed reality itself, I would have to say, that this link…….is probably the equivalent of that pill. It is four pages. I could not do anything else until I finished it…

Hours latter, urged by something I do not know, but have come to respect, I am dutifully passing it on….. I am sure some will choose the other pill, but that is within their prerogative.

For some of you who wonder if I am pulling your leg……let me say honestly, it is better than a BSG episode. Serious.

Got to go, …