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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bush Pardons Himself and Cheney Ahead of Time

If Bush and Co. believed that their actions were legal, why did he sneak into a bill a pardon for himself, Cheney and Co.? BECAUSE HE KNEW THEY WERE WAR CRIMINALS AND SUBJECT TO PROSECUTION !!

OK, Legal Eagles out there...can this law pardoning him and his axis of evil be repealed?

Bush Pardons Himself and Cheney (the original video posted here has been removed. This CNN video is replacing it.)


Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

WoW!! This one blows me away! So the criminal is worried about his ass, huh?

I have no idea the legalities of the law, and I hate so much to say this:

Democrats will help him pass this bill.

Friday, February 29, 2008 1:51:00 PM

Gadfly: They did. Gutless Wonders. Ofcourse it was buried in the middle of another bill and our reps never read those things - only a few do. So now Bushie Baby and Cohorts are pardoned for all their sins past and future.
Anonymous David G said...

We have a saying in Australia: It could only happen in America.

After reading the 'Pardon' item, I concur. And here I thought that this kind of thing only happened in countries like South America or Africa! Silly me!

Best regards from Down Under.

Saturday, March 01, 2008 1:21:00 AM

WA: Sadly, David, our country is more and more becoming one of those jackboot dictatorships.


Computer Crash

Back when it's fixed.

Impeach AND Prosecute the Buggers

The Old Woman is temporarily down so I'm holding the fort for her, kinda, sorta. I looked at her draft page and holy sh*t! I thought I might find something there I could post on but she has about a zillion drafts there, mostly stuff she has emailed to this blog's address. She has a slew of personal blogs and can never remember the "mail to blogger" addresses for them so sends most of them to the addy she remembers - this one. Later she'll transfer them to the appropriate blog but right now only she can make heads or tails of all that stuff. I ain't touching it.

This vid is the only thing I feel safe in messing with. She has a followup post for it but she can do it later. Gadfly.

You Tube Video

(2 + minutes)

Video Description

On Nov. 7, 2007, author Naomi Wolf was in Baltimore, Maryland, to discuss her latest book, "The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot." One of the topics that came up during her remarks was the Constitutional issue of the impeachment of both President George W. Bush and V. P. Dick Cheney by the U.S. Congress. The event was held at the Bolton Street Synagogue and was sponsored by Breathe Books, located in the Hamden area of

Personal Message

Impeachment is not enough - PROSECUTE!!



Sunday, February 24, 2008

Links to Gdaeman

Our friend, Gdaeman, has published two cogent posts on McCain's misbehavior which belies his campaign slogan of "honor and integrity". Check them out at
on 2/22/08 "Keating Five Belies McCain's Record" ; on 2/23/08 "McCain's Paxson Problem".

On 2/24/08 he posted questions for the candidates that the media SHOULD be asking. "Four Questions for Candidates on Global Trade" and includes links to Obama and Clinton's sites if readers want to ask. (Clinton and McCain are FOR Globalization, leading to a one world government.)

Gdaeman has also published some videos. I like THIS one especially:

You Tube Video

Video Description

from Gdaeman

"Would Barak Obama or Hillary Clinton have the courage to prosecute George Bush and other senior officials?" Mike Papantonio and David Bender of the Ring of Fire radio program ask this question. They argue that if Bill Clinton had prosecuted the criminals associated with the Iran/Contra affair that George Bush would not have been elected and the Nation would be in far better standing. Can we learn from the lessons of the past?

Personal Message

Clintons, Obama gutless cooperation with Big Business, Bush Co crimes and NEED to prosecute

(video 3 minutes long)


© 2008 YouTube, Inc.

A few videos by Gdaeman:

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[WA: Those are NOT America's countries, Jerkwad!"]

Click on titles to play videos.

Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

One candidate wants a hundred more years of war, another wants NAFTA, an still another doesn't know what the hell is happening!

I usually don't go out on a limb like this with predictions, but I really think we're in for still another big screwing!!

Monday, February 25, 2008 8:23:00 AM

Blogger Granny said...

And, as of yesterday, we're blessed with Nader once again.

Monday, February 25, 2008 10:11:00 AM

Blogger Worried American said...

Ye gods! We ARE screwed!! Not a viable candidate worth voting for. Not that our votes mean crapola anyway - it's all the delegates.

Monday, February 25, 2008 1:33:00 PM

David G said...

Look, guys and gals, I did ask, as nicely as I could, on several occasions, that you change your political system, get rid of the Office of President, make Congress and the Senate more accountable to the people, but what happened? Nothing.

Now I'm disappointed and obviously so are you. Your pain and frustration is palpable. Wish I could change things but only the America people can. Sorry.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 11:25:00 PM

Blogger Worried American said...

We hear you, David, but you are preaching to the choir. There's a few million other people out there that aren't listening. Sigh!

Thursday, February 28, 2008 12:07:00 AM


Saturday, February 23, 2008

Remembering Johnnie Carr - Black History Month

Civil rights icon Johnnie Carr, 97, dies

By DESIREE HUNTER, Associated Press writer Sat Feb 23, 5:34 PM ET

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Johnnie Carr, who joined childhood friend Rosa Parks in the historic Montgomery bus boycott and kept a busy schedule of civil rights activism up to her final days, has died. She was 97.

Carr died Friday night, said Baptist Health hospital spokeswoman Melody Ragland. She had been hospitalized after a stroke Feb. 11.

Carr succeeded the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as president of the Montgomery Improvement Association in 1967, a post she held at her death. It was the newly formed association that led the boycott of city buses in the Alabama capital in 1955 after Parks, a black seamstress, was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to whites on a crowded bus.

A year later the U.S. Supreme Court struck down racial segregation on public transportation.

"Johnnie Carr is one of the three major icons of the Civil Rights Movement: Dr. King, Rosa Parks and Johnnie Carr," said Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center. "I think ultimately, when the final history books are written, she'll be one of the few people remembered for that terrific movement."

As the Improvement Association's president, Carr helped lead several initiatives to improve race relations and conditions for blacks. She was involved in a lawsuit to desegregate Montgomery schools, with her then-13-year-old son, Arlam, the named plaintiff.

"She hadn't been sick up until she had the stroke," Arlam Carr said Saturday. "It was such a massive stroke that she never was able to recover from it. She was still very active — going around and speaking — but it was just one of those things."

She played a prominent role in 2005 on the 50th anniversary of Parks' refusal to give up her bus seat, speaking to thousands of schoolchildren who marched to the Capitol.

"Look back, but march forward," Carr urged the huge crowd of young people.

She also traveled to memorial services in Washington, where her eulogy of Parks was "really the most dynamic" moment, recalled Julian Bond, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

"There were many people who spoke who were much better known ... but she carried the day," said Bond, who helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

Just days before her stroke, Carr participated in King Day ceremonies in Montgomery, speaking after a parade. Admirers marveled at her energy and commitment into her 90s.

"She was always an encourager and not a divider," Mayor Bobby Bright told the Montgomery Advertiser. "She was just a loving person. She was truly the mother figure that we all so desperately needed in Montgomery during a very trying period of our history."

In a statement, Gov. Bob Riley said Carr was a "remarkable woman and will be deeply missed."

She was a true inspiration, Riley said, and "leaves behind a lasting legacy of pride, determination, and perseverance."

The family said funeral arrangements would be announced later.

Arlam Carr said that his mother's 97th birthday was last month, but that the only place her age showed was on paper.

"She was still driving her own car. How many 97-year-olds are still driving and you feel comfortable with their driving?" he said. "She has lived a very active life. If there's one thing about it, we all know we're going to leave here one day and this was just the time the Lord wanted her to 'come on'."

Dees said he, too, was impressed with Carr's vigor and amazed that "she never showed the strain of age. Her voice was strong and her spirit was always cheerful."

"One of the things I respect her for is she did not have the rancor and anger that so many local African-Americans of the civil rights movement had," he said. "She was very willing to build bridges. Montgomery's always been very divisive, and she showed an example of reaching across racial lines."

In recent decades, civil rights landmarks, including the site where Parks was arrested, have become historic points of interest for tourists.

"When we first started, we weren't thinking about history," Carr told The Associated Press in an interview in 2003. "We were thinking about the conditions and the discrimination."

Bond called Carr a "spark plug" and "one of the remaining links we had to the Montgomery bus boycott."

"She was remarkable to have had such a long career and to have held concern for justice in the forefront for all this time," he said. "It's a great tragedy that she's gone, and those of us who knew her are blessed to have that experience.

Sat Feb 23, 1:04 PM ET
Longtime civil right activist Johnnie Carr listens to comments ...
Sat Feb 23, 1:04 PM ET

Longtime civil right activist Johnnie Carr listens to comments about Rosa Parks and the 50th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott during a news conference in this Dec. 1, 2005 file photo, in Montgomery, Ala. Carr, 97, died Friday might, Feb. 22, 2008, according to a Baptist Health hospital spokesman in Montgomery.


Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

There's nothing in today's so called "civil rights movement", which is really the Excuse Factory nor, that can carry her handbag. Rest In Peace, Great Lady!! You carried the banner unceasingly, and asked no quarter. We are less of a nation with your passing. I bow to your greatness!

Saturday, February 23, 2008 11:22:00 PM


Friday, February 22, 2008

Deep Shit Cattle Company

Deep Shit Cattle Company

"To answer your question, the owner of the Ranch has lived there for many years, and he did catch a lot of flack for putting up the sign. The church goer's thought it was terrible to put such profanity in public display. He is definitely a character !"


Thursday, February 21, 2008

Usual Mudslinging by Opponents' Buds, Or Fact?

The stink raised by certain medias about McCain's alleged hanky panky with a female lobbyist and accusations that he pushed legislation favoring her clients is in full swing. Anybody that watches the news has heard about it so I won't go into that little tale. I just want to point out the campaign slogan about "honor and Integrity". When referring to polliticians, is that an oxymoron?

excerpted item:
"The allegations in the Thursday report in the Times — and a story in The Washington Post — contradict core themes of McCain's campaign — that he would bring honor and integrity to the White House as well as a record of changing business-as-usual Washington ways."

How soon they forget! Has McCain forgotten Bush and Cheney's self righteous attitude and lying promises during the 2000 presidential Bush campaign and what a (bleeping) bust those words proved to be?



Invisible integrity

WE WERE promised transparent dignity. We got the invisible dungeon.

All during the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney leaped all over President Clinton's sexual controversies. ''We want to restore honor and integrity to the White House," Bush said. Cheney echoed, ''It is absolutely essential for us to do whatever has to be done to restore honor and integrity to the Oval Office."

It was a refrain that Senator John McCain used himself in the Republican primaries. When he was beaten into submission by Bush, McCain said, ''My primary reason for endorsing Governor Bush is based less on policy than it is principle. Quite simply, I believe that he is our best hope to end the Clinton-Gore era and restore honor and integrity back to the White House."

By the end of his third debate against Al Gore, Bush went so far as to mix church with his stated pledge. ''Should I be fortunate to become your president, when I put my hand on the Bible, I will swear to not only uphold the laws of the land, but I will also swear to uphold the honor and dignity of the office to which I have been elected, so help me God."

(If you want to read the rest of this article, click on the url above. In fact, I recommend it).

I don't like Bill Clinton (nor Hilary, either) for unsavory reports of dishonesty and chicken shit, underhanded actions. I don't like Bill for making an international scandal and laughingstock of the U.S. presidency by his stupid actions with a hot pants intern (WooHoo! Look at ME! I screwed a PRESIDENT! Lewinsky!) and then his even more stupid denials (I did not have sex with that woman! Define "is". ) And I don't like him for his adultery. I know that sometimes there are extenuating circumstances motivating such actions ...BUT...the president of the United States should have had better sense and judgement!! (And yeh, I was wild
as a Georgia buck in my salad days, but when I married and made a commitment to my husband, I honored that commitment and was loyal to him as long as he lived).

Clinton's infidelity is not the point here. The point is Bush and Cheney's self righteous bull shit and promises to "restore honor and integrity" to the White House. We see how much honor and integrity those two have shown! Does McCain really want to link to them in the minds of the voters? He'd best choose another slogan.

Personally I don't give a damn if McCain fooled around with a lobbyist but I do care if he favored her clients because of his relationship with her. Favoring lobbyists is a betrayal of the public trust, a betrayal most politicians practise, including our president.

I don't like War Hawk Bomb-Bomb-Bomb-Iran McCain either but neither do I like mud slinging to discredit an opponent. If the guy is a crooked s.o.b., PROVE IT with facts. Otherwise, shut the hell up!

(P.S. Old Woman is out of town. Death in the family. I'm filling in for her. I HATE politics!).


Blogger ThomasLB said...

The sad thing is that the article documents half a dozen serious, verified ethics violations by John McCain, but all the press is talking about is the alleged infatuation. They should be asking him about the other things he's done.

You can read the article HERE.

Friday, February 22, 2008 5:29:00 AM

Blogger Gadfly said...

It looks like lying, cheating, stealing, comitting fraud, torture, violating every ethical standard there is, toadying up to the religious right for votes, catering to lobbyists and Big Business to the detriment of the nation and the citizens, driving the nation into bankruptcy that our great grandchildren's children will be paying off, murdering hundreds of thousands of people, destroying nations, etc. etc. etc. is acceptible but the media is fixiated like teenagers with SEX! Or like the religious right.

Friday, February 22, 2008 6:30:00 PM

Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

McCain is a liars liar, er I mean Republican's Republican! That old man has more dirt under his nails than most do their feet. Having said that:

It keeps his name in the news constantly. Name recognition is everything.

Friday, February 22, 2008 11:47:00 PM

Blogger Worried American said...

Years ago I bought into the McCain- Vietnam-War-Hero,POW-hero hype.Time has opened my eyes. Suffering service in a war does not necessarily make a person a hero; getting captured and imprisoned does not necessarily make a person a hero; surviving imprisonment does not necessarily make a person a hero. Being a hero involves much more than that. There were POWs who WERE heroes, no doubt about it. His callousness towards the inhumanity and destructiveness of war and towards our military personnel leads me to believe he either suffered little OR he has no compassion or human feelings - just cooperation with the imperial get richer goals of his superiors. He damned sure doesn't have any loyalty to the constituents and the nation.

Saturday, February 23, 2008 10:41:00 AM

Blogger Granny said...

Whatever John McCain may have been in his younger days, he isn't that now and hasn't been for some time.

The man formerly known as "Daniel" from down under just emailed me - he can't access our comments to post.

Most blogs have an extra couple of lines allowing people without a google account to post. For some reason we don't.

Saturday, February 23, 2008 7:24:00 PM

Anonymous David G said...

Hey, Gadfly, if all those things you listed were made into laws and politicians were supposed to lie and cheat and steal, etc, being the ornery creatures they are they'd probably do the opposite and we could all live happily ever after.

Thanks Granny for enabling me to comment again. I've had withdrawal symptoms cut off as I was from my favourite blog.

Here's hoping this one goes through! Cheers.

Saturday, February 23, 2008 9:11:00 PM

Blogger Worried American said...

David; Glad we got the door opened again. So sorry it slammed in your face! You know you are welcomed here! Don't sweat any anonymous comments that may show up. Granny, Gadfly and I can handle them. The important thing is for our friends to be able to visit us.

Sunday, February 24, 2008 3:04:00 AM


Monday, February 18, 2008

Dems Get Religion



The Dems Finally Get Religion

Obama, praying with supporters before a rally on February 2, has courted Evangelicals
Callie Shell for TIME

Backstage at the Target Center in Minneapolis before a rally earlier this month, Barack Obama engaged in one of his pregame rituals: the presidential candidate joined a circle of young campaign supporters and staff, clasped hands with those on either side of him and prayed.


Leveling the Praying Field

TIME National Editor Amy Sullivan on her new book The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats are Closing the God Gap

Hillary Clinton, his rival for the Democratic nomination, has talked on the campaign trail about the "prayer warriors" who support her, and her campaign has made sure that primary voters know that Clinton used to host church picnics at the governor's mansion in Arkansas.

If the Democratic ticket in November is able to capture a greater share of religious voters than in previous elections, it will be because both Obama and Clinton have rejected their party's traditional fight- or-flight reaction to religion. For decades, the men and women who ran the Democratic Party and its campaigns bought into the conservative spin that the faithful were pro-life, right-wing and most certainly not Democratic voters. Armed with this mind-set, political professionals gave themselves permission to ignore religion and the religious. And in 2004, John Kerry paid the price for that decision.

That year, the Bush-Cheney operation did more with religious outreach than any other campaign in history, deploying a massive parish- and congregation-level mobilization effort. In Florida alone, the gop employed a state chairwoman for Evangelical outreach who appointed a dozen regional coordinators around the state and designated outreach chairs in each of Florida's 67 counties. Every county chair, in turn, recruited between 30 and 50 volunteers to contact and register their Evangelical neighbors.

To read remainder of article, click here

[WA: They kiss up to the Fundies and Evangelicas to garner votes. After election, how much will they continue to pander to the theocrats and aid them in the move to take over?]


Horsey: Hillary's outreach to evangelical voters

David Horsey editorial cartoon.

Message from worried american

Click the image or the link below to see the full size cartoon.

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Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

A number of observations. 1. The Democratic Party is no longer. It's now the left wing of the Republican party. 2. Religion is being used (as is everything and everybody) for political purposes. If chewing tobacco was suddenly "in", we'd see spitting contests moderated by Chris Mathews. 3. Millions have fell for the bullshit that the Reich wing "owns" religion, and in order to win, they have to be as religious. 4. Every person I have ever met, without exception, who beats loudly "I'm a "_____" religion wise without being asked, has turned out to be a flaming asshole and phony. 5. The Democratic party turned themselves into willing whores, to get elected. 6. Then there's "Evangelical Democrats..(: And I better scoot before the air turns blue.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 12:17:00 AM

Blogger Gadfly said...

Dan'l, I think the other members of this blog and their readers have heard/read blue and even purple prose at times. They follow your blog, don't they, and it isn't known for snow white purity of prose.

Agreement all around on your comments. I think following the teachings of jesus as in basic ways to live civilized lives is more important than ascribing to some strait laced brand of religion that "interprets" teachings according to their way of thinking but lives hypocritical lives.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 8:58:00 AM

Blogger GDAEman said...

I like the dog. *shrug*

Is it OK to bash Hillary a little here?

Not that Obama doesn't have his Wall Street $, iffy real estate buddy, and Penny Pritzker as his campaign finance chairman.

Hey it's Amerika! Okay, I'll try to contain my cynicism. Sorry.

Thursday, February 21, 2008 9:17:00 PM

Blogger Worried American said...

gdaeman; welcome back. Always glad to see you. Go ahead and bash away. We do not limit comments and input to visitors that rubber-stamp our views. Different opinions can be discussed amicably. Ofcourse, Hilary bashing is freely done here. :) In fact, ALL the leading candidates are freely bashed.

In the past we've had the choices of the lesser of two evils as opposed to the best person for the job, but this election is the very worst time of being forced to choose the lesser of two evils - if one is lesser than the other and not equally evil. All the potentially honest candidates have been or are being forced out by corrupt clout of their opponents and/or the corrupt media so they get no exposure to voters.

Plus the money factor. Campaigning is horrifically expensive and only the corrupt or weakly stupid candidates get the big bucks donors on their side. Check out the campaign donor section for Obama, Hilary and McCain on "Choices08" blog (url in marquee scroll at head of this blog).

Saturday, February 23, 2008 11:09:00 AM