Monday, May 15, 2006

And How's Your Day?

It's a good thing that President Bush doesn't read newspapers. If he did he wouldn't be in a good mood today.

From The Daytona Beach News-Journal:

"U.S. lawbreaker-in-chief - President Bush stokes constitutional crisis"
The NSA continues to spy on Americans. The president continues to lie to Americans about the extent of the spying, or its purpose, since tens of millions of Americans couldn't possibly be terrorist suspects or "bad guys," and call patterns can be analyzed as much for their connections to whistle-blowers and reporters who reveal what an out-of-control operation the Bush administration has become as to connections to fanatics in Kandahar. How does the president get away with it?

How else: By breaking the very laws he signs through the same kind of self-serving legalese that he's used to justify arbitrary imprisonment, torture, secret prisons, domestic spying and who knows what else?
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To Bush, it's a matter of interpreting presidential authority. To anyone else with a middle-school understanding of the Constitution and the balance of powers, it's lawbreaking.


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From The New York Times

Conservative Christians Warn Republicans Against Inaction

Some of President Bush's most influential conservative Christian allies are becoming openly critical of the White House and Republicans in Congress, warning that they will withhold their support in the midterm elections unless Congress does more to oppose same-sex marriage, obscenity and abortion.

"There is a growing feeling among conservatives that the only way to cure the problem is for Republicans to lose the Congressional elections this fall," said Richard Viguerie, a conservative direct-mail pioneer.
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"I can't tell you how much anger there is at the Republican leadership," Mr. Viguerie said. "I have never seen anything like it."

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From The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Bad judgment in the wilderness of mirrors
By Joseph Galloway
Knight Ridder Newspapers

WASHINGTON - It was entirely predictable that the Bush administration's attempts to reform U.S. intelligence in the middle of a war and an endless series of political firestorms would come to no good end.
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At this juncture in our history, it would be better if the president had the best intelligence that money and knowledge and experience in the ways of infiltrating hard target states and bad guy groups can buy. But he doesn't, and he won't for months or even years -- in part because his administration and especially his vice president value political loyalty more than competence.

All of it is reminiscent of that famous line in the cartoon strip Pogo in which the possum declares: "We has met the enemy, and it is us."

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