Sunday, November 20, 2005

Bush Embraces War Critics? Filibuster for Alito?

President Bush Pretends to Relax Attacks on War Critics

In a surprising move, Preznit "I'm Never Wrong" pretended to display a kinder, gentler attitude towards critics of his failed war in Iraq by claiming that dissent is no longer unpatriotic. Yahoo News AP Wire excerpt:

BEIJING - After fiercely defending his Iraq policy across Asia, President Bush abruptly toned down his attack on war critics Sunday and said there was nothing unpatriotic about opposing his strategy.

Unless your name is Michael Moore or Al Franken...

"People should feel comfortable about expressing their opinions about Iraq," Bush said, three days after agreeing with Vice President Dick Cheney that the critics were "reprehensible."

Where is Mandy Patinkin when you need him?

Bush & Cheney: Critics of our failed and idiotic policies are reprehensible!

Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means...

The president also praised Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., as "a fine man" and a strong supporter of the military despite the congressman's call for troop withdrawal as soon as possible.

I wonder how Unka Dick feels about this egregious flip-flop by his life-sized hand puppet? Even curioser am I about how he felt when Murtha (D-Fighter) struck back against his attacks by mocking him with his now famous
I like guys who got five deferments and (have) never been there and send people to war and then don't like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done.

Bush brought up the growing Iraq debate when he met reporters after inconclusive talks with President Hu Jintao about friction in U.S.-China relations. Bush ran into stiff resistance from the Chinese to his call for expanding religious freedom and human rights.

It's kind of hard to call another country on it's human rights policies when we are torturing people and imprisoning people for indefinite periods with no changes. But then again, irony is quickly becoming an accidental Bush characteristic...

He also reported no breakthroughs toward reducing China's massive trade surplus, overhauling its currency system or protecting intellectual property rights.

All China has to do to assure that their trade surplus gets reduced is to take economic advice from our learning disabled Preznit. Hell, if Bush can do to the Chinese trade surplus what he did for the U.S. budget surplus, then we won't be in debt to the Chinese any longer! Unfortunately that would simply mean that Bush would have to borrow money from some other nation to fund his moronic tax cuts for the wealthy and the big corporations. Hey! Here's an idea: What about asking Saudi Arabia?!?

The president took satisfaction simply in the fact that Hu mentioned human rights when the two leaders made joint statements to the press. "Those who watch China closely would say that maybe a decade ago, a leader wouldn't have uttered those comments," Bush said. "He talked about democracy."

Yeah, he probably told you to take your hideous version of democracy and shove it where the sun never shines.

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Not much more to add to this story. It's just a shame that more than 1/3 of U.S. citizens can't see what a bumbling fool George Dubya Bush is, and what a joke he has made of the presidency.

Alito Nomination to be Filibustered?

And, as if the heat hasn't already been turned up enough for this crooked, amoral administration, the Alito Supreme Court nomination may be in danger of facing a Democratic filibuster if Senator Joe Biden (D-Phoney) can somehow become true to his word. Yahoo News AP Wire excerpt:

WASHINGTON - The views that Samuel Alito expressed on reapportionment in a 20-year-old document could jeopardize his Supreme Court nomination and provoke a filibuster, a leading Democratic senator said Sunday.

"I think he's got a lot of explaining to do, and depending on how he does, I think will determine whether or not he has a problem or not," said Sen. Joseph Biden, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which plans confirmation hearings in early January.

In 1985, Alito was applying to become deputy assistant attorney general in the Reagan administration. In the document, he boasted that while working as an assistant to the solicitor general, he helped "to advance legal positions in which I personally believe very strongly."

Drawing the most attention from Alito's critics today is his comment on abortion. "I am particularly proud of my contributions in recent cases in which the government argued that racial and ethnic quotas should not be allowed and that the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion," wrote Alito, now a federal appeals court judge.

But Biden, D-Del., said he was most troubled by Alito's comment about reapportionment under the Supreme Court when it was led by Chief Justice Earl Warren. The Warren Court, as it became known, ended public school segregation and established the election principle of one-man one-vote.

"The part that jeopardizes it (Alito's nomination) more is his quotes in there saying that he had strong disagreement with the Warren Court particularly on reapportionment one man, one vote," Biden told "Fox News Sunday." "The fact that he questioned abortion and the idea of quotas is one thing. The fact that he questioned the idea of the legitimacy of the reapportionment decisions of the Warren Court is even something well beyond that," Biden said.

In the document, Alito wrote, "In college, I developed a deep interest in constitutional law, motivated in large part by disagreement with Warren Court decisions, particularly in the areas of criminal procedure, the Establishment Clause and reapportionment," he said.

Biden said the chances of a filibuster against Alito had increased because of Alito's assertions in the document. "If he really believes that reapportionment is a questionable decision that is, the idea of Baker v. Carr, one man, one vote then clearly, clearly, you'll find a lot of people, including me, willing to do whatever they can to keep him off the court. ... That would include a filibuster, if need be," Biden said.

The Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision in 1962 in Baker v. Carr, ruled that arbitrarily drawn legislative districts can be challenged in federal court.

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Bottom line, Alito is poison. It seems clear that he would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, and would also uphold cynical schemes like Tom DeLay's re-districting that robs minority voters of equal representation. It is clear that Alito, despite his claims to the contrary, is anything but a strict Consitutionalist, and is far from respectful of district or Supreme Court precedent. Biden, you'd better be true to your word because this monster must be prevented from taking Sandra Day O'Connor's seat.

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