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Morning in America
Author: BobR    Date: 02/15/2008 13:31:33

It's almost morning in America again. Bush and the congressional Republicans are finally seeing that they won't get their way every time, and boy are they pissed. Once again, Bush babbled through an uninspired speech in a lame effort to strong-arm House Democrats into renewing his Constitution-breaking law. Watching it, you got the sense that Bush himself didn't even believe what he was saying.

This time, however, they didn't flinch. The Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence sent a letter to Bush that said:
I urge you, Mr. President, to put partisanship aside and allow Republicans in Congress to arrive at a compromise that will protect America and protect our Constitution.

I, for one, do not intend to back down – not to the terrorists and not to anyone, including a President, who wants Americans to cower in fear.

We are a strong nation. We cannot allow ourselves to be scared into suspending the Constitution. If we do that, we might as well call the terrorists and tell them that they have won.

The House Democrats instead took up a vote to indict two key Bush aides with Contempt charges, prompting the Republicans to stage an "impromptu" walkout (which ended up at a conveniently placed dais and mics on the House steps). By doing so, they ensured that the contempt vote would pass, and the FISA law would expire. Bush helped on that account by refusing a 21-day extension that would've allowed the House and Senate to reconcile the bills, hoping that once again the Dems would cave. He bluffed. He lost.

Now the Bush Administration is asking the SCOTUS to limit judges' authority to scrutinize evidence against detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Perhaps he'll have better luck with them. In the interests of fair trials, I certainly hope not.

Seven years ago, it must have seemed like a neo-con wet dream. A "charismatic", president that could be marshalled by his neo-con master of a vice president (and other advisers) ready to remake the world with their blueprints. With the advent of 9/11 (whether you believe it to be MIHOP, LIHOP, or something else), they had all the money, toys, and support they needed to put their plans into place. They wasted no time.

How disappointing it must be for them to see their dreams spiraling away into oblivion, like the water in a toilet bowl. Only Cheney remains, and - with the American people pushing and yelling and threatening - the Democrats and Congress are finally reasserting their rightful Constitutional powers.

Bush has cried "wolf!" one too many times. Congressional Democrats have stood up to the bully and found themselves unscathed.

It's almost morning in America again. I just hope it doesn't rain.

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Comment by velveeta jones on 02/15/2008 13:44:20
I'll entertain, yet again.............I'm gonna hafta start charging soon, though.



Have ya seen Obama's "Yes We Can" video? Its powerful and well done, filled with lots of talent.



Le YIKES! Here is Hillary's:



Comment by velveeta jones on 02/15/2008 13:47:31
I should have posted a warning.

WARNING! Most middle schools student talent shows performed in the

Cafe-gym-atorium have more talent than this video. For real fun, check out the comments on YouTube.

Comment by Raine on 02/15/2008 14:00:12
HA! I saw tat video the other da... it reminded me of something from *up with People*



Good morning!

Comment by shelaghc on 02/15/2008 14:05:23
I received an email this morning from the DCCC with John Edwards' as the writer:

Dear Shelagh,



I believe the 2008 elections can truly transform American politics -- but only if we have the courage to act. We have to think big again, taking on fundamental issues like poverty and challenging injustice at every turn. And we have to seize every opportunity to move beyond politics as usual.



Today, I'm writing to alert you to 29 such opportunities -- that's the stunning number of Republicans in the House of Representatives who have decided not to run for re-election in 2008.



They've stood in our way and now they're standing down. And we've got an incredible chance to replace them with strong Democratic leaders who will help end the war, achieve universal health care, challenge poverty, and reduce global warming.



Donate $30 or more to the 2008 Open to Change Campaign and your gift will be matched.



You and I know that we've got to put the White House in Democratic hands this year. But, we've also got to strengthen our hold on Congress -- breaking the ability that special interests still have to throw obstacles in the path of progress. Shelagh, your activism has helped put Democrats in a strong position. And in order to seize this historic opportunity, I'm asking you to step forward and stand together with our strong Democratic candidates so we can celebrate Democratic victories.



That's what the 2008 Open to Change Campaign is all about. The skilled, savvy and committed political organizers at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have developed a detailed plan. With our help, they can turn open seats into big changes.



Donate $30 or more to the 2008 Open to Change Campaign and your gift will be matched.



I've seen it firsthand. I know how eager the American people are to take our government back and lead our country in a new direction. As a DCCC supporter, you've long been in the forefront of this movement for change. And now you can help recruit, train, support and sustain strong Democratic candidates -- people who can win the seats that running for the hills Republicans have left open to change.



These kinds of open seat opportunities don't happen every day. Let's make the most of it.



Sincerely,



John Edwards




I wonder if, based upon this, Edwards is going to withhold any endorsement of either Obama *or* Hillary. If he's now working directly with the DCCC, that would seem to indicate he's going in a different direction.



Hmmmm....



How long until Howard Dean finishes as head of the DCCC?



Comment by velveeta jones on 02/15/2008 14:10:18
Interesting email Shelagh.



I'll probably get this one as well. My response will be this: Why should I give the Dems one more dime of my money if they're NOT going to make a SERIOUS effort restore our rights and put lawbreakers and liars on notice?

Comment by TriSec on 02/15/2008 14:10:42
Morning...just a quick blow-through...



I'm off today too, and with Javi in school, we're headed up to the mall and the bookstore and out to lunch today..





I looked up Keith on C & L this morning.



So is tonight the night we turn on MSNBC and are greeted with silence and a blank screen at 8:00?



Comment by livingonli on 02/15/2008 14:15:00
Good morning all.



I'm up already because I slept like shit last night.



So, who loved it when KO called Chimpy a Fascist.



Chimpy was just on Headline News when he was giving his statement about the shooting in Illinois. He mentioned it for 3 sentences and then went right into a rant about Congress not passing his FISA police state bill.

Comment by Raine on 02/15/2008 14:15:43
Quote by shelaghc:

I wonder if, based upon this, Edwards is going to withhold any endorsement of either Obama *or* Hillary. If he's now working directly with the DCCC, that would seem to indicate he's going in a different direction.



Hmmmm....



How long until Howard Dean finishes as head of the DCCC?

Very interesting ponderance. Now I am very curious.







Comment by shelaghc on 02/15/2008 14:16:58
Quote by TriSec: Morning...just a quick blow-through...



I'm off today too, and with Javi in school, we're headed up to the mall and the bookstore and out to lunch today..





I looked up Keith on C & L this morning.



So is tonight the night we turn on MSNBC and are greeted with silence and a blank screen at 8:00?





I sort of wondered the same thing. I'm particularly wondering if the right is going to call for KO's firing. It's almost *too* quiet out there today after the tongue-lashing last night....





Comment by livingonli on 02/15/2008 14:18:18
If KO was fired, it would be a sure sign that free speech and a free, independent press is dead in this country.

Comment by shelaghc on 02/15/2008 14:18:41
Quote by velveeta jones: Interesting email Shelagh.



I'll probably get this one as well. My response will be this: Why should I give the Dems one more dime of my money if they're NOT going to make a SERIOUS effort restore our rights and put lawbreakers and liars on notice?




You mean like they finally did yesterday?



I'm seriously hoping that what happened in the House is a portend of things to come. Let's face it, even some of the Repugs voted for the contempt charge.



Comment by livingonli on 02/15/2008 14:19:22
I wish a 16-tonne weight would fall on the Boner.

Comment by Raine on 02/15/2008 14:21:36
Quote by TriSec: Morning...just a quick blow-through...



I'm off today too, and with Javi in school, we're headed up to the mall and the bookstore and out to lunch today..





I looked up Keith on C & L this morning.



So is tonight the night we turn on MSNBC and are greeted with silence and a blank screen at 8:00?



***** Mr. Bush you are a fascist*****



Comment by m-hadley on 02/15/2008 14:21:48
Quote by Raine:
Quote by shelaghc:

I wonder if, based upon this, Edwards is going to withhold any endorsement of either Obama *or* Hillary. If he's now working directly with the DCCC, that would seem to indicate he's going in a different direction.



Hmmmm....



How long until Howard Dean finishes as head of the DCCC?

Very interesting ponderance. Now I am very curious.







Mornin' everyone!

I believe that Howard Dean is head of the DNC. Here's some info on the DCCC from wikipedia - Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) was unanimously elected to head the DCCC for the 2008 campaign cycle. Hope everybody has a good day - me, I'm glad I survived another week ;)



Comment by wickedpam on 02/15/2008 14:24:07
Morning! :hug:







Comment by shelaghc on 02/15/2008 14:24:49
Quote by m-hadley:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by shelaghc:

I wonder if, based upon this, Edwards is going to withhold any endorsement of either Obama *or* Hillary. If he's now working directly with the DCCC, that would seem to indicate he's going in a different direction.



Hmmmm....



How long until Howard Dean finishes as head of the DCCC?

Very interesting ponderance. Now I am very curious.







Mornin' everyone!

I believe that Howard Dean is head of the DNC. Here's some info on the DCCC from wikipedia - Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) was unanimously elected to head the DCCC for the 2008 campaign cycle. Hope everybody has a good day - me, I'm glad I survived another week ;)











This from the new head of Drinking Liberally Pittsburgh.



I'd better bone up on my political knowledge base.....



Comment by m-hadley on 02/15/2008 14:24:59
Quote by Raine:
Quote by TriSec: Morning...just a quick blow-through...



I'm off today too, and with Javi in school, we're headed up to the mall and the bookstore and out to lunch today..





I looked up Keith on C & L this morning.



So is tonight the night we turn on MSNBC and are greeted with silence and a blank screen at 8:00?



***** Mr. Bush you are a fascist*****





Raine,

Thanks for posting another excellent special comment by KO. I watched it first thing this morning and it of course led me back to that old question - "Why is impeachment off the table?" Remind me again why this lying sack of crap is still in office...



Comment by livingonli on 02/15/2008 14:26:27
Good morning Mala. How's it going in the DC?

Comment by starling310 on 02/15/2008 14:26:32
Good morning everyone! What happened with KO? Eep!

Is it on Crooks and Liars? That's the one place I can still stream videos from work.



Bobber....nice post. Thanks for having the facts correct ( as if I doubted you ) but, a ton of people yesterday thought, incorrectly, that they walked out during the FISA vote.

Comment by velveeta jones on 02/15/2008 14:26:50
Quote by shelaghc:
Quote by velveeta jones: Interesting email Shelagh.



I'll probably get this one as well. My response will be this: Why should I give the Dems one more dime of my money if they're NOT going to make a SERIOUS effort restore our rights and put lawbreakers and liars on notice?




You mean like they finally did yesterday?



I'm seriously hoping that what happened in the House is a portend of things to come. Let's face it, even some of the Repugs voted for the contempt charge.



Ya know, I was inspired by that, for a moment.................

The Dems have been known to let us down. Just as I get excited that they might actually do something, they get scared and pull out! They suffer from what I call courtus interuptus.



Comment by m-hadley on 02/15/2008 14:27:25
Quote by shelaghc:
Quote by m-hadley:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by shelaghc:

I wonder if, based upon this, Edwards is going to withhold any endorsement of either Obama *or* Hillary. If he's now working directly with the DCCC, that would seem to indicate he's going in a different direction.



Hmmmm....



How long until Howard Dean finishes as head of the DCCC?

Very interesting ponderance. Now I am very curious.







Mornin' everyone!

I believe that Howard Dean is head of the DNC. Here's some info on the DCCC from wikipedia - Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) was unanimously elected to head the DCCC for the 2008 campaign cycle. Hope everybody has a good day - me, I'm glad I survived another week ;)











This from the new head of Drinking Liberally Pittsburgh.



I'd better bone up on my political knowledge base.....





Congrats Shelaghc!!!

Is there a way I could start a chapter here in Tulsa? I've been drinking liberally in the comfort of my own living room for the last 8 years ;)



Comment by starling310 on 02/15/2008 14:27:59
Ooh! It is on C&L!! : watching :

Comment by m-hadley on 02/15/2008 14:30:19
Quote by starling310: Good morning everyone! What happened with KO? Eep!

Is it on Crooks and Liars? That's the one place I can still stream videos from work.



Bobber....nice post. Thanks for having the facts correct ( as if I doubted you ) but, a ton of people yesterday thought, incorrectly, that they walked out during the FISA vote.




Star,

I caught it over on Crooks & Liars this morning - check it out, it is another winner ;)

Comment by livingonli on 02/15/2008 14:31:15
Morning How are things in CT? Did you do an anti-valentine's day celebration?

Comment by livingonli on 02/15/2008 14:31:42
I watched it live last night on the TV.

Comment by wickedpam on 02/15/2008 14:31:55
Quote by livingonli: Good morning Mala. How's it going in the DC?




All is well, blogging from home and enjoying my day off!



Comment by starling310 on 02/15/2008 14:32:49
KO with the KO!!!!







Hey Liv! Things are warming up a bit in CT. But, tonight it is supposed to be freezing again.

My anti-Valentine's was talking to Mom on the phone, eating McDonalds and watching LOST. All in all it wasn't bad.



Comment by livingonli on 02/15/2008 14:33:22
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by livingonli: Good morning Mala. How's it going in the DC?




All is well, blogging from home and enjoying my day off!



Now that's the life. Only a 1/2 hour until the show is on the radio.

Comment by livingonli on 02/15/2008 14:34:26
Tomorrow is supposed to be cold here in New York too, but then it is supposed to warm up after that.

Comment by livingonli on 02/15/2008 14:35:13
The important thing at Momma's Super Bowl party is to get plastered by half-time.

Comment by starling310 on 02/15/2008 14:40:50
Quote by m-hadley:



Star,

I caught it over on Crooks & Liars this morning - check it out, it is another winner ;)




Gracias! I found it! My mom was while it was on last night so I missed it.



By the way, I stole your "Mommy, I'm scared of the Government" picture from your blog. It's now my desktop.



Comment by starling310 on 02/15/2008 14:41:24
Dan Abrahams. Blech!



Comment by Raine on 02/15/2008 14:43:35
BTW, My congressman, John Lewis has decided to do the right thing regarding his superdelagate! He originally endorsed Clinton, but in todays paper, he announced that he is going to use it to go to Obama, becuase as he said, he represents the people in his district, and they by and large voted for Obama!







Comment by starling310 on 02/15/2008 14:43:51
OK...when Chris just laughed that deep laugh....he literally sounded like he was IN my headphones!



Comment by livingonli on 02/15/2008 14:44:01
So, it was a Stockholm Syndrome meoment when Mittens announced his support for Gramps.

Comment by shelaghc on 02/15/2008 14:44:25
Quote by m-hadley:
Quote by shelaghc:





This from the new head of Drinking Liberally Pittsburgh.



I'd better bone up on my political knowledge base.....





Congrats Shelaghc!!!

Is there a way I could start a chapter here in Tulsa? I've been drinking liberally in the comfort of my own living room for the last 8 years ;)




Just contact the folks at Drinking Liberally and tell them you'd like to head one up. I'm fortunate in that there used to be a very active DL group in Pittsburgh until the previous group host couldn't do it anymore, so I have a base in place - so to speak.



You'll have to start from scratch finding a location, pulling in members and setting up the schedule. The DL folks will help you along but it's up to you to be pro-active. In particular they prefer each group have two hosts so the whole responsibility doesn't fall on just one person.



Good luck to you! From what I can see, there's only one other group in all of Oklahoma so the field is open!

Comment by velveeta jones on 02/15/2008 14:45:19
Quote of the day from our local weather "gal"

"The ones who succeed are the ones who perserve"







Our little "cute" Julie the weather "girl" continuing to dumb down women everywhere. :sigh:

Comment by Raine on 02/15/2008 14:45:52
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MALA!


Comment by velveeta jones on 02/15/2008 14:48:12
Quote by shelaghc:
Quote by m-hadley:
Quote by shelaghc:





This from the new head of Drinking Liberally Pittsburgh.



I'd better bone up on my political knowledge base.....





Congrats Shelaghc!!!

Is there a way I could start a chapter here in Tulsa? I've been drinking liberally in the comfort of my own living room for the last 8 years ;)




Just contact the folks at Drinking Liberally and tell them you'd like to head one up. I'm fortunate in that there used to be a very active DL group in Pittsburgh until the previous group host couldn't do it anymore, so I have a base in place - so to speak.



You'll have to start from scratch finding a location, pulling in members and setting up the schedule. The DL folks will help you along but it's up to you to be pro-active. In particular they prefer each group have two hosts so the whole responsibility doesn't fall on just one person.



Good luck to you! From what I can see, there's only one other group in all of Oklahoma so the field is open!


What if one does not drink? :scratchhead:



Comment by starling310 on 02/15/2008 14:49:10
Quote by Raine:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MALA!






It's your birthday, Mala?!?!?







Comment by Raine on 02/15/2008 14:50:32
Faye, regarding the impeachment thing... I wonder that everyday ... EVERYDAY. Nancy and HArry REid do not deserve imo to be the leaders of the house and the senate.

Comment by shelaghc on 02/15/2008 14:51:07
Quote by velveeta jones:
Quote by shelaghc:
Quote by m-hadley:
Quote by shelaghc:





This from the new head of Drinking Liberally Pittsburgh.



I'd better bone up on my political knowledge base.....





Congrats Shelaghc!!!

Is there a way I could start a chapter here in Tulsa? I've been drinking liberally in the comfort of my own living room for the last 8 years ;)




Just contact the folks at Drinking Liberally and tell them you'd like to head one up. I'm fortunate in that there used to be a very active DL group in Pittsburgh until the previous group host couldn't do it anymore, so I have a base in place - so to speak.



You'll have to start from scratch finding a location, pulling in members and setting up the schedule. The DL folks will help you along but it's up to you to be pro-active. In particular they prefer each group have two hosts so the whole responsibility doesn't fall on just one person.



Good luck to you! From what I can see, there's only one other group in all of Oklahoma so the field is open!


What if one does not drink? :scratchhead:




You can still attend or host. But DL is always held in pubs, bars, etc. If you're interested in hosting a DL group for non-drinkers, I'd still contact Drinking Liberally to see if they'll help you set up such a group. They have the network in place and the tools to advertise.

Comment by velveeta jones on 02/15/2008 14:51:53
WHAT????

Is Steph and the MOOKS saying that there has been.....................



ELECTION FRAUD!!!!!!! OH MY!!!!



I'm SHOCKED!

Comment by livingonli on 02/15/2008 14:53:11
Quote by starling310:
Quote by Raine:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MALA!






It's your birthday, Mala?!?!?







How could I forget? Happy Birthday, Mala!









Comment by Raine on 02/15/2008 14:53:19
Quote by velveeta jones:

I'd better bone up on my political knowledge base

What if one does not drink? :scratchhead:

Are their Teetotalling liberally groups?



(I know I know, off to the penalty box I go!)



Comment by starling310 on 02/15/2008 14:53:48
I'm SHOCKED! Shocked that there's gambling going on in here.



Comment by m-hadley on 02/15/2008 14:54:01
Quote by starling310:
Quote by m-hadley:



Star,

I caught it over on Crooks & Liars this morning - check it out, it is another winner ;)




Gracias! I found it! My mom was while it was on last night so I missed it.



By the way, I stole your "Mommy, I'm scared of the Government" picture from your blog. It's now my desktop.





Star,

Steal away - mi blog es su blog I got it from a DemoOkie list that I belong to, I'm glad you like it - I thought the look on the tot's face is priceless...



Comment by wickedpam on 02/15/2008 14:55:02
Quote by livingonli:
Quote by starling310:
Quote by Raine:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MALA!






It's your birthday, Mala?!?!?







How could I forget? Happy Birthday, Mala!















Thanks Guys! :hug: :hug: :hug:



Ya'll are the best!



Comment by velveeta jones on 02/15/2008 14:56:07
Speaking of turnout. I am going to sign up to be a poll worker - since I don't currently have a job.............. I encourage anyone else who can do this to do it. Part of the problem is - at least around here - its retiree's who are poll workers and they are short staffed!

Comment by m-hadley on 02/15/2008 14:57:56
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by livingonli:
Quote by starling310:
Quote by Raine:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MALA!






It's your birthday, Mala?!?!?







How could I forget? Happy Birthday, Mala!















Thanks Guys! :hug: :hug: :hug:



Ya'll are the best!





I'm confused - Does WickedPam = Mala? Sorry, I'm still relatively new around here, in any case Happy Birthday !!!