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Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Speak No Evil

In most (if not all) US municipal police departments, if you choose not to cooperate with an investigation, you lose your job. Period. So I want to know just what in the world Monica (must be something in the name) Goodling is doing when she says she's going to "Take the Fifth" when she is called in to testify before congress relating to the goings-on at the DoJ. Ms. Goodling is a senior aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Ms. Goodling needs to lose her job right now. If anything the President, Gonzales and just about anyone else in this White House is to be taken at their word ever again, she has to go.

Goodling was at "ground zero" in the firing of the eight federal prosecutors, which the Bushies say were not for political reasons. Someone needs to tell us all the "who's", "what's" and "why's" and it appears that she is that someone.

"I have decided to follow my lawyer's advice and respectfully invoke my constitutional right,"

What kind of control does this president have over his people? What kind of boss is Alberto Gonzales? Do you seriously mean to tell the American people that political employees have more rights in court than us ordinary Americans? The president doesn't want his people to testify under oath, in public, in front of a full Judiciary committee or to even have a transcript of their testimony. Why are these members of the Bush "base" of "haves and have more" elitists exempt from what we surely would be thrown in jail for? It's disgusting.

And her lawyer (these lawyers have more lawyers than I think lawyers ought to have), John Dowd of Pete Rose fame, is using the conviction of Scooter Libby as his reasoning for keeping his client off the witness stand.

"One need look no further than the recent circumstances and proceedings involving Lewis Libby,"

Libby lied to the FBI and federal prosecutors and the jury, who felt that he was just the guy left holding the bag, couldn't NOT find him anything but guilty. Will everyone in the Bush administration now use the Libby conviction as reason-enough not to cooperate in any investigation? Congress is going to have to find everybody in "Contempt of Congress" to open up some lips.

"The American people are left to wonder what conduct is at the base of Ms. Goodling's concern that she may incriminate herself in connection with criminal charges if she appears before the committee under oath," -Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (DEMOCRAT-VT)

I wonder what Dick Cheney is calling Leahy now?

AG Gonzales said some curious things to NBC News' Pete Williams the other night, including this gem:

"Let me try to be more precise about my involvement. When I said on March 13th that I wasn't involved, what I meant was that I had not been involved, was not involved in the deliberations over whether or not United States attorneys should resign."

Much like President Bush, who often has Right-Wing talking heads interpret his statements for the American people ("What the President meant to say was..."), the AG appears to need his very own interpreter.

"His (Gonzales') word is tarnished,"

That's like saying that New Orleans got a little damp in 2005.

Another "jump on the bandwagon" Republican understating the obvious.

-Noah Greenberg

Caring for Our Soldiers?

Salon.com’s Mark Benjamin has a new report documenting how U.S. soldiers with debilitating injuries and other medical conditions, including female soldiers who were pregnant, were deployed for weeks to the desert training facility at Fort Irwin, California. “In some cases, soldiers were sent there even though their injuries were so severe that doctors had previously recommended they should be considered for medical retirement from the Army.” Military experts say the decision “was an effort to pump up manpower statistics used to show the readiness of Army units.”

Well, as long as they aren't using GAY soldiers, that's fine.

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