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Thursday, April 26, 2007


Condi's Subpoena


Just who do they think they are anyway? Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she has answered enough questions and she doesn't want to answer any more. So, of course, like the Bushies have done so often thus far, she is going to ignore the Constitution and no appear before Congressmen and Senators, subpoenas and the law be damned!

If memory serves me correctly, wasn't it the GOP who fumed when Bill Clinton wanted to postpone his testimony on a civil case until after he was out of office? On just what right does Madam Secretary base her refusal, one has to wonder?

Rice claims that she has already answered everything, but says she will respond by mail to questions by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Why bother? If you have answered everything, it must all be redundant. And if there are new questions, then GET YOUR CONSERVATIVE ASS INTO THE CHAMBER AND ANSWER THEM! It's called oversight and you are a participant, willing or otherwise.

"I am more than happy to answer them again in a letter,"

(Buzzer rings!) Wrong answer. Throw her butt in jail for contempt of Congress if she won't appear, and then begin impeachment hearings (You can do that to political appointees confirmed by the senate, can't you?)

Why no appear before Congress when summoned? Is she going on another shoe shopping spree in new York City? We can work around your busy schedule if need be Ms. Rice.

"I addressed these questions, almost the same questions, during my confirmation hearing. This is an issue that has been answered and answered and answered."
-Rice, regarding questions about the pre-war lies the administration told about WMD's and such

Does the Secretary of State really want us all to believe that in the two-plus years after she took over the State Department's top spot that there is nothing new to talk about? Just what has she been doing since her confirmation?

Oh yeah - Shoe shopping!

While disobeying the Constitution, Rice has decided to hide and wrap herself up in it as part of her "Speak no Evil" defense.

"This all took place in my role as national security adviser. There is a constitutional principle. There is a separation of powers and advisers to the president under that constitutional principle are not generally required to go and testify in Congress.
"So, I think we have to observe and uphold the constitutional principle, but I also observe and uphold the obligation of Congress to conduct its oversight role, I respect that. But I think I have more than answered these questions, and answered them directly to Congressman Waxman."

And just when did Madam Secretary have time to go to law school between all of that getting nothing done and shoe shopping? Just like all of the other Bushies, Rice is determined not to tell anything, because if she did, she would have to lie, I don't get it - it never seemed to stop any of them before.

I'm sure that this is just posturing by Rice and the Bushies to create a compromise where Rice: (A) Doesn't have to testify under oath; (B) Can testify behind closed doors, and; (C) There is no transcript of her testimony. Those conditions seem to be all the rage at the White House, the Justice department and now at state.

Rep. Henry Waxman's (DEMOCRAT-CA) Committee voted 21-10 to subpoena Ms. Rice. After all, she was head of the NSA and now is in charge of State. you'd think that if anyone in DC had a grip on what was going on it would be her.

You'd hope so anyway, wouldn't you?

No matter how many times these hoods in the White House say they are "reviewing these requests", we have to realize that they aren't "requests" at all. They are demands in the form of subpoena. Just ask anyone of us ordinary Joes and Janes out there who has failed to respond, or report as ordered by a subpoena how they enjoyed their night, weekend or longer period of time in jail.

I'd rather ask Secretary Rice.

-Noah Greenberg

In response to Wayne LaPierre and the NRA's, "The National Rifle Association joins the entire country in expressing our deepest condolences to the families of Virginia Tech University and everyone else affected by this horrible tragedy," Pat Thompson writes:

Our personal tragedy involved a young man who spent a year in the state mental hospital in Idaho, came home and bought an AK-47 assault rifle, and killed his parents while they slept, and then killed himself. Our two oldest and dearest friends, killed last New Years Eve. Pretending that there is no way to have records available to all gun sellers is a real failure. Having recently applied for car insurance on line, I found out they knew everything about my driving record. Also, applying for life insurance, they knew exactly what medications I had been taking for high blood pressure, as well as my driving record. Insane people should not be able to buy guns. We must pass a test to drive a car -- why can't potential gun owners in all states be required to pass a test, get a permit. Oy I know, its an old argument. Dems are afraid of it. But there were 29,000 gun murders last year in the US, and a couple hundred more or less in most other western nations.

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