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Impeach Bush--Index 25

April 3, 2006
An Impeachable Offensee

Supreme Court Let's Bush Get Away With Violating Constitution
The criminal charges do not match that claim. He is accused of being part of a terror support cell that provided recruits, money and supplies to Islamic extremists worldwide. He has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to be tried in September.

April 3, 2006
White trash!

Embattled DeLay Quitting Congress
WASHINGTON (April 4) - Succumbing to scandal, former Majority Leader Tom Delay intends to resign from Congress within weeks, closing out a career that blended unflinching conservatism with a bare-knuckled political style.

April 3, 2006
What took him so long?

Bill Clinton's A Convert To Dean's 50-State Project
At a tense meeting in February, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid urged Dean to give to the Senate committee the same amount as the Republican National Committee was expected to transfer to the GOP's Senate committee. Reid argued that the DSCC's historically rare fundraising advantage could be wiped out with a single check from RNC chairman Ken Mehlman. If Republicans shuffled their cash, Reid said, the outcome of several critical Senate races might be jeopardized.

And Dean has one supremely important new ally who, when he goes public, will almost certainly help with donors. In late February, Dean traveled to Harlem and sat down with former President Bill Clinton, often said to be privately disparaging of Dean.

But as Dean walked Clinton through his 50-state capacity-building project, Clinton became a convert. He vowed to help Dean win the attention of donors.

Until now, lawsuits brought by former detainees against top American officials have focused attention on the maximum security unit of a federal detention center in Brooklyn where the Justice Department's inspector general found widespread abuse. But today in Toronto, as Mr. Sachdeva, a Canadian citizen born in India, gives his first deposition for the class-action lawsuit, the spotlight will shift to the New Jersey jail.

April 1, 2006
Pansies. ABC bashed President Clinton for eight solid years. They even lied about Whitewater being a scandal, so they could push the GOP agenda.

ABC suspends producer for bush bashing in PRIVATE email
ABC News suspended the executive producer of the weekend edition of "Good Morning America" yesterday over a pair of leaked e-mails in which he used inflammatory language to slam President Bush and Madeleine Albright.

n one of the e-mails, written during the first presidential debate in 2004 and leaked to the Drudge Report, Green wrote to a colleague on his BlackBerry: "Are you watching this? Bush makes me sick. If he uses the 'mixed messages' line one more time, I'm going to puke."

April 1, 2006
Anyone who follows politics knows Israel receives most of our foreign aid. Apparently stating this truth (and others) offends someone. Good grief. Harvard keeps anti-truth and pro-torture professors like Dershowitz. Go figure. Apparently Harvard thinks it's ok to support violating our anti torture laws.
Professor Critical of Jewish Lobby Loses Job

A storm is looming in America over an article written by two professors. The article that targets the Jewish lobby cost one of the professors his job at the university for uncovering the impact of Israel on the policies the Washington administration follows.

In his statement, Professor Stephan Walt, a Harvard dean, said he will resign in June as he has been subject to severe criticism from the Jewish lobby for co-writing an article with John Mearsheimer, a Chicago University professor, over the Jewish lobby and over the US foreign politics.

April 1, 2006
Looks dismal. Methinks it's time to get the hell out of there.

Shiite leaders in Iraq turn against the U.S.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Shiite Muslim religious leaders ratcheted up their rhetoric against the United States during Friday prayers, amid ongoing sectarian violence and faltering talks over the creation of a new Iraqi government.

The occasionally vitriolic anti-American sermons, often delivered by clerics close to the young cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, were the latest sign of souring relations between U.S. political and military leaders and the country's majority sect, which initially welcomed the U.S. effort to topple the Sunni-led regime of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

April 2, 2006
Prior to the Reagan tax cut just 25 years ago, we had less than one trillion dollars of debt. Today, we have $8.3 trillion.

Rising debt is very scary
As Mr. Bush said shortly after he took office in 2001, when the debt was a third lower: "Future generations shouldn't be forced to pay back money that we have borrowed."

However, deficits have a way of hitting home in much more personal terms.

If they continue to rise, they will crowd out investment, slow economic growth and reduce the average family's annual income by $1,800 in just eight years.

Government debt is also likely to drive up interest rates, making the typical $250,000 mortgage, plus the interest that Americans pay on other purchases, cost about $3,000 more a year.

Moreover, if we keep our current promises to the elderly, without reforming entitlements, the average family would have to pay $7,000 a year more in taxes by 2030.

April 2, 2006
NY Times Editorial Scalia Should Recuse Himself
Justice Scalia seemed to prejudge key issues in a momentous case involving the rights of Gitmo detainees. That should have caused him to recuse himself when the case, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, was argued in the Supreme Court last Tuesday. Unfortunately, he has not done so, in marked contrast to Chief Justice Roberts, who is properly sitting out the case in light of his participation, before becoming a justice, in the three-judge federal appellate panel that issued a ruling on the same matter.

December 9, 2005, posted April 3, 2006
This quote in on a number of liberal blogs. I can't verify it, so do with it what you want.

Bush on the Constitution: 'It's just a goddamned piece of paper'
GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

"I don't give a goddamn," Bush retorted. "I'm the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way."

"Mr. President," one aide in the meeting said. "There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution."

"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face," Bush screamed back. "It's just a goddamned piece of paper!"

April 1, 2006
I have my own theory. Republican voters (especially the right wing) want politicians they can control. In other words they have to be ignorant or play ignorant to get their votes.

Why would a man universally described as kind and
intelligent suddenly start acting like a dodo?
Presidential ambition, of course.

Frist, once esteemed as a citizen-politician, a heart- and lung-transplant surgeon who spent part of each year donating his services in the most desperate parts of Africa, has transformed himself into the ultimate political opportunist. His moves—like last week's ludicrous attempt to hijack the Senate's immigration debate and move it in a punitive, populist direction—have been so clunky that he has lost the respect of his colleagues, especially Republicans. (The Democrats are thrilled by his ineptitude.) "I hear he was a pretty good surgeon," a Republican Senator said last week when I asked how Frist had been as majority leader.

April 1, 2006
Clerics: Attack Troops to hasten US withdrawal
LONDON — Two years after U.S. authorities ceremoniously declared Iraq to be sovereign again, top religious leaders say Iraqis remain under military occupation, have a right to fight foreign troops and still don't govern themselves.

Their statements, made at the conclusion of a peace conference in London on Tuesday, provided a stamp of approval from Iraq's most influential Sunni and Shiite Muslim clerics for their countrymen to step up attacks aimed at hastening the withdrawal of U.S., British and other troops.

March 30, 2006
Feingold: myth versus reality
Myth: Congress needs to hold hearings on the NSA wiretapping program before a measure like censure is discussed.

Fact: The Senate Judiciary Committee has held multiple hearings on the issue despite the refusal of the administration to cooperate. Further hearings and investigation are necessary but those hearings will not change the fact that the President broke the law.

March 18, 2006
Impeach and Censure Polls at a glance
Here at a glance are the polls on the impeachment of George Bush (question wordings, along with party breakdowns and related questions on trust and honesty are summarized here):

Date Poll   Question Support Oppose Net
3/18/06 Newsweek Ad Impeach and remove 26% 69% -43%
3/18/06 Newsweek Ad Censure 42% 50% -8%
3/15/06 ARG LV Impeach 43% 50% -7
3/15/06 ARG LV Censure 48% 43% +5
2/1/06 MyDD RV Hold accountable through impeachment and removal 50% 39% +11
1/16/06 Zogby   Hold accountable through impeachment 52% 43% +9%
12/14/05 Rasmussen   Impeach and remove 35% 55% -20%
11/4/05 Zogby   Consider impeaching 53% 42% +11%
10/11/05 Ipsos   Consider impeaching 50% 44% +6%
6/30/05 Zogby LV Hold accountable through impeachment 42% 50% -8%

March 31, 2006
There are two solutions to Iraq. Get out and let it fall into full blown civil war or take complete control of the country; write a new constitution, pick new leaders and restore order - much like we did after WW2 in Japan and Germany.

Why is the United States Picking a Fight with the Iraqi Shiite Community?
In a rebuff to Bush, Iraq's supreme Shiite spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, was hand-delivered a letter earlier this week from the president but it sits unread and untranslated in the top religious figure's office. A key al-Sistani aide said the letter reinforced the American position that Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari should not be given a second term. Al-Sistani has not publicly taken sides in the dispute, but rather has called for Shiite unity.

March 31, 2006
Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy,
Ranking Member, Judiciary Committee Hearing On
"An Examination Of The Call To Censure The President"

This is our fourth hearing to consider the President's domestic spying activities. Regrettably, this hearing, like the two that preceded it, is not an oversight hearing. After this hearing, we will have heard from a total of 20 witnesses. Of those, only one had any knowledge of the spying activities beyond what he had read in the newspapers.

March 31, 2006
It's hard to argue with simple logic. Feingold exposes the hypocrisy of the chairman.

Russ Feingold Censure Statement - Wiretapping
But I think the fact that you have proposed legislation on this program undermines your argument that such presidential authority exists. Because if it does exist, then nothing that we can legislate, no matter how carefully crafted, is worth a hill of beans.

April 2, 2006
I lost all respect for McCain when he fought to pass NEW anti torture legislation AFTER Bush broke all our previous anti torture laws. What made him think another law would stop Bush?

John McCain: The Sell-Out Express
So, it is with profound disappointment that I say that we have lost John McCain. He has become what he warned us against. He has turned into a pandering politician who will stop at nothing to get elected.

John McCain will be speaking at the commencement ceremonies of Liberty University in May. The founder of Liberty University is Jerry Falwell. McCain is going to Liberty to kiss the ring of Falwell (to put it politely).

April 3, 2006
Pathetic. The GOP wants to distance themselves from the policies they supported with their votes. If they didn't like Bush, why don't they investigate him?

Republicans Increasingly Critical of Bush
"It's open season on him. George Bush has lost trust on too many issues," said presidential historian Thomas E. Cronin of Colorado College. "We saw it happen with Johnson, we saw it with Nixon. And now, sadly, we're seeing it with Bush."

April 2, 2006
An Impeachable Offense
Read the next article to see why they downplayed real science.

Nonpartisan science
Griffin termed as "unfortunate" the action by former NASA public information officer George Deutsch, who attempted to prevent a National Public Radio reporter from interviewing Hansen about global warming. According to a colleague, Deutsch explained that NPR was the most liberal media outlet in the United States, and his job was to make President Bush look good. The Bush administration has downplayed the threat associated with climate change.

April 2, 2006
Scientists Focus on Warming Disasters
But many scientists are not so sure that the oncoming train of global warming can be avoided. Temperatures are going to rise for decades to come because the chief gas that causes global warming lingers in the atmosphere for about a century.

"We certainly aren't going to stop that 18-wheeler that's rolling down the hill. In the short-term, I'm not sure that anyone can stop it," said John Walsh, director of the Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.

There are limits, experts say, to how much individuals can do. The best we can hope for is to prevent the worst — world-altering disasters like catastrophic climate change and a drastic rise in sea levels, say 10 leading climate scientists interviewed by The Associated Press. They pull out ominous phrases like "point of no return."

April 2, 2006
If Bush and Cheney were real men, they've have resigned a long time ago. (McCain's pathetic appeal to the right wing isn't included.)

Meet the Press Transcript: Gen. Tony Zinni
I mean there's a series of disastrous mistakes. We just heard the secretary of state say these were tactical mistakes. These were not tactical mistakes. These were strategic mistakes, mistakes of policy made back here. Don't blame the troops. They're the ones that perform the tactics on the ground. They've been magnificent. If anything saves this, it will be them.

MR. RUSSERT: Should someone resign?

GEN. ZINNI: Absolutely.

MR. RUSSERT: Who?

GEN. ZINNI: Secretary of defense, to begin with.

MR. RUSSERT: Anyone else?

GEN. ZINNI: Well, I think that, that we—that those that have been responsible for the planning, for overriding all the, the efforts that were made in planning before that, that those that stood by and allowed this to happen, that didn't speak out. And there are appropriate ways within the system you can speak out, at congressional hearings and otherwise. I think they have to be held accountable.

March 31, 2006
Powerful. If you read just one article on this site today, read this one.

Testimony of John Dean on censure
Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, I have set forth a brief overview of the testimonial subject where I feel I might be of assistance to the Senate Judiciary Committee's consideration of Senate Resolution 398 relating to the censure of President George W. Bush, for (1) unlawful electronic surveillance of Americans contrary to the provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, as amended; (2) the failure of the President to inform the respective congressional committees of his actions as required by that law; and (3) the presidents conspicuously misleading statements to the American people about the nature of his actions along with his dubious legal arguments claimed as justification for his actions.

March 31, 2006
When liberals said the war was lost they called us names. Today, conservatives are forced to accept reality.

Buckley Says Bush Will Be Judged on Iraq War, Now a `Failure'
March 31 (Bloomberg) -- William F. Buckley Jr., the longtime conservative writer and leader, said George W. Bush's presidency will be judged entirely by the outcome of a war in Iraq that is now a failure.

"Mr. Bush is in the hands of a fortune that will be unremitting on the point of Iraq," Buckley said in an interview that will air on Bloomberg Television this weekend. "If he'd invented the Bill of Rights it wouldn't get him out of his jam."

March 28, 2006
Why does Bush promote known failures? Is it because he's a failure and wants to surround himself with like-minded people?

Under Bolten's Leadership, Federal Debt Ballooned By $1.8 Trillion In 34 Months
Federal debt on June 26, 2003, the day Josh Bolten became director of the Office of Management and Budget. $6.592 trillion:

Federal debt today: $8.364 trillion

March 31, 2006
While I admire Feingold for standing up for something, he stood up for the wrong thing. The only remedy for lawlessness in this White House is impeachment and removal from office.

A History of Censure
"The Constitution places an obligation upon Congress to impeach a president who has committed a high crime or misdemeanor," he said. "We're often left with these ambiguous actions. Even if a censure vote passed, the president would simply blame it on politics."

March 31, 2006
The Post is owned by the same guy who owns Fox News. I hope their advertisers sue.

NY POST: Thousands of papers go from presses to the trash
Tens of thousands of New York Posts were dumped at two recycling centers yesterday morning, just hours after being printed, in a bizarre circulation ploy that has already come to the attention of newspaper circulation authorities.

March 31, 2006
Rule #1 of Catholic politics. Cover-up. Scalia lied and was caught. The Catholic Church tried to protect his lie by covering it up. Have they no shame?

Catholic Church fires reporter who photographed Scalia's obscene gesture.
A freelance photographer has been fired by the Archdiocese of Boston's newspaper for releasing a picture of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia making a controversial gesture in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sunday.

March 30, 2006
Forget about the article. The idea that US soldiers had to buy their own armor in the first place is absurd. Bush had years to plan his little war in Iraq and forgot to buy armor. His military commanders are just as bad.

U.S. Army Bans Use of Privately Purchased Body Armor by Troops
WASHINGTON — Soldiers will no longer be allowed to wear body armor other than the protective gear issued by the military, Army officials said Thursday, the latest twist in a running battle over the equipment the Pentagon gives its troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

March 29, 2006
Rule #1 of GOP politics. When the facts are against you, make them up.

California Republican Shows Fake Picture of Baghdad
March 29, 2006 - Online sleuths can claim another victory. Howard Kaloogian, a Republican candidate in California's 50th Congressional District, has removed a picture from his campaign Web site that he claimed was evidence that journalists are distorting how bad conditions are in Iraq. The photo purported to show a placid street scene in downtown Baghdad, including a hand-holding couple in Western dress and shoppers out for a stroll on a cobblestone street in an unmarred business district.

As it turns out, the photo is a genuine street scene—from Istanbul, Turkey.

March 29, 2006
Don't fall for it.

Bush blames Saddam 39 times in one speech
In fact, most of the animosity and violence we now see is the legacy of Saddam Hussein. He was a tyrant who exacerbated sectarian divisions to keep himself in power.

March 1-7, 2006
Everyone is talking about impeachment except the media, the democrats and the GOP. Why is that?

Impeachment moving toward center stage
"Bush lied about being strong on defense ... his military spending short-changes combat troops and veterans while enriching cronies and contractors. Bush lied that his tax cuts for the wealthy would not endanger our budget surplus, but now we're over $8 trillion in debt, costing every taxpayer ... and unfairly burdening our children." Sheeler added: "I am running for the U.S. Senate in the name of truth. Our citizens need a clear and unequivocal voice with the courage and conviction to say: 'The President lied.'"

March 26, 2006
There's one thing that binds Bush's debt and his lost war in Iraq - GOP voters vote for really dumb people. Until GOP voters demand intelligent politicians the party will continue to spin out of control.

Delta Force retired command sergeant has fighting words for Bush
For the first thing, our credibility is utterly zero. So we destroyed whatever credibility we had. ... And I say "we," because the American public went along with this. They voted for a second Bush administration out of fear, so fear is what they're going to have from now on.

The harm that has been done is irreparable. There are more than 2,000 American kids that have been killed. Tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis have been killed ñ which no one in the U.S. really cares about those people, do they? I never hear anybody lament that fact. It has been a horror, and this administration has worked overtime to divert the American public's attention from it. Their lies are coming home to roost now, and it's gonna fall apart. But somebody's gonna have to clear up the aftermath and the harm that it's done just to what America stands for. It may be two or three generations in repairing.

March 31, 2006
Interesting read. The Congress wasn't informed until after Bush made the deal and the media caught them. This congress is pathetic.

White House Tipped Lawmakers to Port Story
WASHINGTON - Anxious to avoid new flare-ups over seaport security, the White House alerted dozens of Republican lawmakers on the eve of a story by The Associated Press on the subject and provided their staffs with an advance briefing.

The March 22 briefing involved between 50 and 100 congressional offices, participants said. It focused, they said, on an AP story being published the next day that disclosed that the Bush administration was hiring a Hong Kong conglomerate to help detect nuclear materials inside cargo passing through the Bahamas.

March 29, 2006
An Impeachable Offense
The law already says the court has a formal role. Bush broke that law and now Spector (an idiot) will write another law saying what the first law says and like previous torture laws, Bush will ignore it.

Judges on Secretive Panel Speak Out on Spy Program - it's illegal
WASHINGTON, March 28 — Five former judges on the nation's most secretive court, including one who resigned in apparent protest over President Bush's domestic eavesdropping, urged Congress on Tuesday to give the court a formal role in overseeing the surveillance program.

March 28, 2006
The GOP continues to house uniformed bigots.

Gay couples only adopt to molest says US Representative
As the gay adoption debate shows no signs of resolution in America, the Representative for Hendersonville, Debra Maggart, says she believes gay couples may adopt children for the purpose of molesting them.

March 28, 2006
An Impeachable Offense
At the end of the article is says Bunny Greenhouse, a procurement official for the military exposed $1 billion of possible fraud from Halliburton. After she testified, she was fired. Firing a whistleblower is "An Impeachable Offense". Someone give this 61-year old woman her job back.

Halliburton overcharged for Iraq oil work-report
WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) - Oil services company Halliburton Co. repeatedly overcharged taxpayers and provided substandard cost reports under a $1.2 billion contract to restore Iraq's southern oil fields, according to a new report by U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman.

March 28, 2006
This has got to suck. Must Read for all of us who are anti war.

My Brother's War -- Off to Iraq Without the Yellow Ribbons
Editor's Note: What is it like to send a loved one off to an increasingly unpopular war? David Madrid, 28, is a writer for Silicon Valley De-Bug, a project of New America Media.

The war in Iraq has been going on for more than a year now, and today it's just tragedy and scandal that make the headline news. Politicians who once supported the war now question our involvement in Iraq. My brother is stepping into a war that is now thought to be without glory or heroism.

March 25, 2006
NSA Could've Monitored Lawyers' Calls
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency could have legally monitored ordinarily confidential communications between doctors and patients or attorneys and their clients, the Justice Department said Friday of its controversial warrantless surveillance program.

March 28, 2006
Fitzgerald Will New White House Indictments
The leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is nearly complete, with attorneys and government officials who have remained close to the probe saying that a grand jury will likely return an indictment against one or two senior Bush administration officials.

March 27, 2006
I've said it before and I'll say it again. The entire command structure of the US military has to be rebuilt - fire the bastards.

Pentagon paying people to make up lies about how well the war in Iraq is going
The Pentagon has once again investigated itself! And—have a seat, get the smelling salts, hold all hats—the Pentagon has once again concluded the Pentagon did absolutely nothing wrong and will continue to do so.

In this particularly fascinating case, the Pentagon investigated its own habit of paying people to make up lies about how well the war in Iraq is going, and then paying other people to put those lies in the Iraqi media, thus fooling the Iraqis into thinking everything in their country is tickety-boo. Well, if we can't fool them, whom can we fool?

March 19, 2006
Healthy gay Americans are kicked out of the military while sick men and women take their place. Something's wrong with this picture.

Some troops headed back to Iraq are mentally ill
But medical officers for the Army and Marine Corps acknowledge that medicated service members – and those suffering combat-induced psychological problems – are returning to War. And anecdotal evidence, bolstered by the government's own studies, suggest that the number could be significant. A 2004 Army report found that up to 17 percent of combat-seasoned infantrymen experienced major depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder after one combat tour to Iraq. Less than 40 percent of them had sought mental-health care.

March 28, 2006
An Impeachable Offense - torture
Close Gitmo
While the article is about the Brits, this articles adds to the mountains of evidence that the US violated human rights.

Britain 'complicit' in human rights abuses at Camp Delta
Britain has been complicit in the human rights abuses committed by US authorities at Guantanamo Bay prison camp, according to a report released today.

Drawing on exhaustive interviews with detainees and evidence from security services, the dossier gives the complete picture of the British government's co- operation with the US over a camp it now says should be closed.

March 27, 2006
An Impeachable Offense
Congress should ask why mail is being opened.

RESPONSES TO JOINT QUESTIONS FROM HOUSE JUDICIARY
25. What is the limiting principle of the President's claimed inherent authority as commander-in-chief? For example, does this interpretation of the law authorize the opening of first-class mail of U.S. citizens under the DOJ's interpretation, and if not, why not?

The Terrorist Surveillance Program intercepts only communications where one party is outside the United States and there is probable cause to believe that at least one party is a member or agent of al Qaeda or an affiliated terrorist organization. The Program does not include the opening of first-class United States mail. 13.

March 27, 2006
An Impeachable Offense

RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS FROM CHAIRMAN SENSENBRENNER
9. In a January 6, 2006 letter from Professor Laurence Tribe to Congressman
Conyers, the Professor states that the National Security Agency program "in question, far from being authorized by Congress, flies in the fact of an
explicit congressional prohibition and is therefore unconstitutional without regard to the Fourth Amendment. . . The inevitable conclusion is that the
AUMF did not implicitly authorize what the FISA expressly prohibited. It follows that the presidential program of surveillance at issue here is a separation of powers as grave an abuse of executive authority as I can recall ever having studied."16 Do you agree that FISA "expressly prohibits" the specific activities authorized under this program?

We disagree with Professor Tribe's assertion that the Terrorist Surveillance Program runs into an "express congressional prohibition?"

March 27, 2006
An Impeachable Offense
Bush said we'd leave when we're no longer wanted. They've wanted us to leave a long time ago.

Iraq parties demand U.S. cede control
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's ruling parties demanded U.S. forces cede control of security on Monday as the government launched an inquiry into a raid on a Shi'ite mosque that ministers said saw "cold blooded" killings by U.S.-led troops.

March 27, 2006
More from Bush's war on Islam.
A War Crime and An Impeachable Offense

Iraqi Police Say U.S.-Led Raid Kills at Least 17 at Shiite Mosque
BAGHDAD — At least 17 Iraqis were killed Sunday night when U.S. and Iraqi special forces stormed a mosque and clashed with Shiite Muslim militiamen, police officials said, further inflaming the country as its leaders struggled to form a new government and stem sectarian violence.

An Iraqi police official said the dead were Shiite worshipers at the Mustafa mosque in northeast Baghdad. State-owned Al Iraqiya television showed more than a dozen male corpses, at least one of them elderly, laid out in what appeared to be a prayer room as a grieving man in white robes stepped among them on a blood-smeared concrete floor.

March 25, 2006
Sanity is slowly returning to American. The Dixie Chicks were banned from many radio stations because they dared to disagree with Bush. Most of our radio stations are owned by ONE company - "Clear Channel." It's very conservative and it's turned our air waves into a wasteland of GOP propaganda. Moral of the story: "don't speak the truth unless you're willing to give up everything."

Dixie Chicks return to country radio
Maines told a London audience on the eve of the war in Iraq that the group was "ashamed" the president was from their home state of Texas.

Back in the U.S., their music was boycotted and the Chicks said they received death threats, leading them to install metal detectors at their shows.

March 27, 2006
An Impeachable Offense
Most of this is very OLD news.

Bush Was Set on Path to War, British Memo Says
Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2003: "The start date for the military campaign was now penciled in for 10 March."

The timetable came at an important diplomatic moment. Five days after the Bush-Blair meeting, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell was scheduled to appear before the United Nations to present the American evidence that Iraq posed a threat to world security by hiding unconventional weapons.

March 26, 2006
Impeach Scalia

Retired Generals Want Scalia Off Gitmo Case
The retired generals said Scalia's speech in Switzerland "give rise to the unfortunate appearance that ... the justice had made up his mind about the merits" of Hamdan's arguments.

The letter came from five retired generals and admirals: Navy Rear Adm. Donald J. Guter; Navy Rear Adm. John D. Hutson; Vice Adm. Lee F. Gunn; Marine Brig. Gen. David M. Brahms; and Army Brig. Gen. James P. Cullen.

April 3, 2006 issue
Scalia doesn't like the concept of trial by jury. He should be impeached - his words demand it.

Scalia pre judged case.
"Give me a break." Challenged by one audience member about whether the Gitmo detainees don't have protections under the Geneva or human-rights conventions, Scalia shot back: "If he was captured by my army on a battlefield, that is where he belongs. I had a son on that battlefield and they were shooting at my son and I'm not about to give this man who was captured in a war a full jury trial. I mean it's crazy." Scalia was apparently referring to his son Matthew, who served with the U.S. Army in Iraq. Scalia did say, though, that he was concerned "there may be no end to this war."

March 25, 2006
While some states ban the word "evolution" from schools, science marches on.

Scientists Find Skull of Human Ancestor
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia Mar 25, 2006 (AP)— Scientists in northeastern Ethiopia said Saturday that they have discovered the skull of a small human ancestor that could be a missing link between the extinct Homo erectus and modern man.

The hominid cranium found in two pieces and believed to be between 500,000 and 250,000 years old "comes from a very significant period and is very close to the appearance of the anatomically modern human," said Sileshi Semaw, director of the Gona Paleoanthropological Research Project in Ethiopia.

March 24, 2006
The GOP wants more Scalia-type judges - men who make up their minds before they hear any evidence, kinda like WMD.

Far Right is demonizing the courts
But, as Ginsburg and O'Conner warned, jurists are increasingly targeted for violence by an irrational fringe of far-right extremists who use the meaningless term "activist judges" to demonize judges whose decisions they don't like.

March 26, 2006>
There are a lot of really dumb people in this country and the GOP always wants their votes. An informed public knows breaking the law is impeachable. An uninformed public will listen to emotional idiocy.

Debating Bush Censure Serves Dueling Purposes
One group has been conspicuously absent from that consensus: most Democrats in Washington. Their objections to Feingold's gambit are both substantive and political. Although sharing his concern about the legality of the NSA program, some worry about formally sanctioning another president so soon after the Republican Congress impeached Bill Clinton. Others complain that Feingold's resolution diverts the debate from the surveillance program itself to whether it is appropriate to officially rebuke the commander in chief at a time of war (as Republicans like to put it).

March 18, 2006
he Antiwar Movement Becoming a Political Force That Cannot Be Ignored
The pledge states:

"I will not vote for or support any candidate for Congress or president who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq, and preventing any future war of aggression a public position in his or her campaign."

The national poll found that 45.9% of US voters agree – 20.1% strongly agree and 25.8% somewhat agree. Among Democrats 67.1% agreed – 33.3% strongly, 59.2% of Independents – 25.3% strongly and even 25.7% of Republicans agreed – 5.5% strongly. The poll was conducted by ICR Survey Research of Media, Pa., which also polls for ABC News, The Washington Post and many corporations and research organizations.

March 25, 2006
Northeast turns against Bush
HOLYOKE — To drive through the mill towns and curling country roads here is to journey into New England's impeachment belt. Three of this state's 10 House members have called for the investigation and possible impeachment of President Bush.

Thirty miles north, residents in four Vermont villages voted earlier this month at annual town meetings to buy more rock salt, approve school budgets and impeach the president for lying about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction and for sanctioning torture.

March 25, 2006
An Impeachable Offense
Bush has surrounded himself and filled the courts with corrupt and immoral judges and lawyers. Nothing is sacred to America's Hitler. The letter in this article will be online in a day or two.
Senate hearing set on move to censure Bush
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency could have legally monitored ordinarily confidential communications between doctors and patients or attorneys and their clients, the Justice Department said Friday of its controversial warrantless surveillance program.

March 25, 2006
This case was previously listed as impeachable offense. The military prosecutors in this case say the trial is rigged. Two Prosecutors Say Terror Trials are Rigged

Bush's Powers Again Under Review by Court
WASHINGTON - His wartime powers undercut once before by the Supreme Court, President Bush could take a second hit in a case in which Osama bin Laden's former driver is seeking to head off a trial before military officers.

March 24, 2006
Senate hearing set on move to censure Bush
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee announced on Friday it would hold a hearing next week on a call by a Democratic lawmaker to censure President George W. Bush for his domestic spy program.

March 26, 2006
If you still think republicans stand for something, think about all the promises they failed to keep. No line item veto, no balanced budget amendment, no balanced budget, no term limits. Nothing but cheap talk.

Republicans on the Run
In recent weeks, a startling realization has begun to take hold: if the elections were held today, top strategists of both parties say privately, the Republicans would probably lose the 15 seats they need to keep control of the House of Representatives and could come within a seat or two of losing the Senate as well. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who masterminded the 1994 elections that brought Republicans to power on promises of revolutionizing the way Washington is run, told Time that his party has so bungled the job of governing that the best campaign slogan for Democrats today could be boiled down to just two words: "Had enough?"

March 24, 2006
Domenech is your typical right winger. He and his supporters defended his work until the end, even though everything he said was a lie. Why didn't they check it out BEFORE they defended him?

Contrition
I want to apologize to National Review Online, my friends and colleagues here at RedState, and to any others that have been affected over the past few days. I also want to apologize to my previous editors and writers whose work I used inappropriately and without attribution. There is no excuse for this - nor is there an excuse for any obfuscation in my earlier statement.

I hope that nothing I've done as a teenager or in my professional life will reflect badly on the movement and principles I believe in.

I'm deeply grateful for the love and encouragment (sic) of all those around me. And although I may not deserve such support, it makes it that much more humbling at a time like this. I'm a young man, and I hope that in time that I can earn a measure of the respect that you have given me.

Regards,
Ben

March 24, 2006
The Post lied about Whitewater, lied about WMD and hired a known liar. Impeach Bush impeach and demand the immediate termination of the editors of the Post.

Bush to Be Impeached for Plagiarism
Satire: Until Domenech's resignation, Post editors had defended his appointment as bringing a "fresh new voice" to the paper's Web site. Of Domenech's contention that Coretta Scott King was a "communist" and that Hillary Clinton "ordered the hit on Vince Foster," the editor said, "Everyone is entitled to their own facts."

March 25, 2006
The Washington Post was hood-winked by Domenech

Washington Post Blogger Quits After Plagiarism Allegations Surface
Ben Domenech, 24, had recently begun writing the blog when Salon.com made the allegations against him. Jim Brady, executive editor of the Washington Post blog said, "In the past 24 hours, we learned of allegations that Ben Domenech plagiarized material that appeared under his byline in various publications prior to washingtonpost.com contracting with him to write a blog that launched Tuesday."

March 24, 2006
Kurtz was hood-winked by Domenech.

Kurtz mischaracterized criticism of the Post's Red America blogger
Responding to the widespread criticism of the launch of washingtonpost.com's Red America weblog by Republican operative Ben Domenech, Howard Kurtz defended the Washington Post's actions by mischaracterizing the criticism of Domenech and minimizing the widespread accusations of plagiarism levied against Domenech. Those same accusations led to Domenech's resignation from washingtonpost.com on March 24.

March 24, 2006
The "National Review" was hood-winked by Domenech.

DOMENECH Plagiarism: National Review
As we mentioned in our earlier editor's note, staff here at National Review Online are going through all of the pieces Ben Domenech has written for us (the most recent of which appears to have been published in 2002) in light of questions raised in the wake of the debut of his "Red America" blog this week on the Washington Post's website (from which he has since resigned).

Our review unfortunately raises questions about several other pieces besides the one we apologized for this morning.

March 25, 2006
Now that just about everyone seems to agree the war in Iraq is lost, it's time to state once again, that there was never any support for this war. You need proof? Here it is. When was the last time you heard Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld or the GOP call for a tax increase to pay for their war? Never. Therefore, they don't support the war or the troops. (Talk is cheap.)

Battle for Baghdad 'has already started'
The battle between Sunni and Shia Muslims for control of Baghdad has already started, say Iraqi political leaders who predict fierce street fighting will break out as each community takes over districts in which it is strongest.

"The fighting will only stop when a new balance of power has emerged," Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff of Massoud Barzani, the Kurdish leader, said. "Sunni and Shia will each take control of their own area." He said sectarian cleansing had already begun.

March 24, 2006
We can thank god these experts don't work for the Bush WH. If they did, their work would have been censured.

Global Model Predicts Greater Melting
"We need to start serious measures to reduce greenhouse gases within the next decade," Overpeck says. "If we don't do something soon, we're committed to [13 to 20 feet] of sea level rise in the future." --David Biello

March 24, 2006
The GOP had to choose between real science or pandering to their corporate bosses. Follow the money.

Little time to avoid big thaw
The US would lose the lower quarter of Florida, southern Louisiana up to Baton Rouge, and North Carolina's Outer Banks. The ocean would even flood a significant patch of California's Central Valley, lapping at the front porches of Sacramento.

These estimates may understate the potential rise. The teams say their studies provide the first hints that during the last interglacial period, ice sheets in both hemispheres worked together to raise sea levels, rather than the Northern Hemisphere's ice alone. This raises concerns that Antarctic melting might be more severe this time, because additional melt mechanisms may be at work.

March 25, 2006
Why are conservatives so slow? Any thinking person knew Rumsfeld was inept when he said he knew exactly where the WMD were located and that statement turned out to be a lie.

Knives out for Rumsfeld
David Brooks, the paper's prominent conservative columnist, also called for Mr Rumsfeld's resignation last week, in what appears to be a growing conservative movement of supporting the war but condemning its execution.

March 24, 2006
When presidents hit bad times, the bottom falls out of their presidencies unless they advocate policies that a majority of Americans agree with. Clinton was a prime example. When the GOP tried to impeach him, his poll numbers jumped to over 60%. Reagan and Bush lost support as soon as the media stopped pushing their lies.

Breaking Down Bush's Rating by Politics
Bush has lost most approval among pure independents, followed by Republicans, and then Democrats. He has dropped significantly among all party-by-ideology groups. Bush's support among pure independents has been cut in half, from 43% to 21%.

The net result of these changes is that independents' support for Bush is now quite similar to that of conservative Democrats (17%), and to a lesser degree, moderate Democrats (10%). Liberal Democrats are nearly universal in their opposition to Bush, just 4% approve of him.

March 20, 2006
The media pushed the GOP take-over around the clock in 1994. It's starting again, this time for the dems.

NEWSWEEK POLL: Fifty Percent of Americans Would Like Democrats to Take Control of Congress
NEW YORK, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A majority of Americans polled would like to see Democrats take control of Congress in this year's elections, according to the new Newsweek Poll, while 34 percent would like Congress to remain in Republican hands. In light of recent events, such as the Dubai ports controversy and the upcoming third anniversary of the Iraq war, only 36 percent of Americans approve of the way the president is handling his job -- the lowest score George W. Bush has received in the Newsweek Poll.

March 20, 2006
The war in about democracy but democracy in the Middle East allows the government to kill Christians.

Afghan faces death penalty for Christian faith
An Afghan who has renounced his Islamic faith for Christianity faces the death penalty under Afghan law in a throwback to the brutal Taleban regime.

Abdul Rahman, 41, is being prosecuted for an "attack on Islam", for which the punishment under Afghanistan's draft constitution, is death by hanging.

March 19, 2006
The media remains woefully inept. The war is a success. It's singular purpose was to increase oil and gas prices to record levels and keep there as long as possible. Oil man Bush and his friends couldn't be happier. They're raping the American people every time we fill up our cars or heat our homes.

Des Moines Register: Time to leave Iraq
What was originally thought to be a conflict involving a few insurgents trying to drive out American forces has morphed into something else. The insurgency is no longer about the American occupation. Iraqis are slaughtering Iraqis in a vicious cycle of suicide-bomb atrocities and revenge assassinations.

It's a harsh thing to say, but if Sunni and Shiite Iraqis insist on killing one another, let it be without American troops standing in the crossfire.

March 21, 2006
The small thinkers in the WH (Rove) didn't plan for losing the war. We lost this pup a long time ago.

Iraqi turmoil puts Mideast on edge
The Iraq invasion jolted complacent regimes, especially as it coincided with nascent attempts by Arab democracy campaigners to push for reform. But, says Jordanian political commentator Rami Khouri, "the way the American adventure in Iraq has gone has emboldened many Arab [regimes] to defy the US because they feel that it has gone badly in Iraq and the Americans are not likely to do this again."

March 21, 2006
Tillman was murdered and another cover-up to cover up the cover-up.

2 Years After Soldier's Death, Family's Battle Is With Army
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Patrick K. Tillman stood outside his law office here, staring intently at a yellow house across the street, just over 70 yards away. That, he recalled, is how far away his eldest son, Pat, who gave up a successful N.F.L. career to become an Army Ranger, was standing from his fellow Rangers when they shot him dead in Afghanistan almost two years ago.

March 19, 2006
A year later he decides to tell us the truth. Not much courage there.

Sen. Hagel: 'Low grade' civil war going on in Iraq for at least last six months
SEN. HAGEL: Well, first, I think prime minister -- the former prime minister is correct. I think we have had a low-grade civil war going on in Iraq, certainly the last six months, maybe the last year. Our own generals have told me that privately, George. So that's a fact. And for us to walk away from that or try to hue this up with some rosy veneer --

March 21, 2006
Another PR disaster. When will the military get its shit together?

Video details US attack on Iraqi family
The video, obtained by Time magazine and repeatedly aired by Arab televisions throughout the day, also showed bodies of women and children in plastic bags on the floor of what appeared to be a morgue. Men were seen standing in the middle of bodies, some of which were covered with blankets before being placed in a pickup truck.

The images were broadcast a day after residents of Haditha, 140 miles west of Baghdad, told The Associated Press that American troops entered homes and shot dead 15 members of two families, including a 3-year-old girl, after a roadside bomb killed a U.S. Marine.

March 23, 2006
Daschle should run.

Democrats coming forward to seek S.D. governor seat
After months of being unable to field a candidate, the Democratic Party of South Dakota is making headway to find opposition for Republican Gov. Mike Rounds.

Rounds, who won his first run for governor in 2002, had looked to be unopposed until recently. Three Democrats are now mulling a run, including two who have officially announced. Candidates have until April 4 to file nominating petitions to be on the ballot for the June 6 primary.

March 19, 2006
From this poll it appears that anyone who panders to the right can expect at least a 14% drop in the polls. We need to watch a bit longer to see if it hold up.

Anti abortion governor takes big hit in the poll
Gov. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) enjoyed a 76 percent approval rating in his state as recently as Sept. 19, 2005. On Feb. 13, 2006, his approval had slipped slightly to 72 percent.

Then Gov. Rounds signed a bill that outlaws most abortions in the state this month. On March 13, SurveyUSA conducted a fresh poll that shows his approval ratings have fallen all the way down to 58 percent in just one month, with 38 percent disapproving and 5 percent unsure.

March 19, 2006
Weak-kneed generals also need to be fired - then everyone who follows their illegal orders.

The case against Rumsfeld
DURING World War II, American soldiers en route to Britain before D-Day were given a pamphlet on how to behave while awaiting the invasion. The most important quote in it was this: "It is impolite to criticize your host; it is militarily stupid to criticize your allies."

By that rule, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is not competent to lead our armed forces. First, his failure to build coalitions with our allies from what he dismissively called "old Europe" has imposed far greater demands and risks on our soldiers in Iraq than necessary. Second, he alienated his allies in our own military, ignoring the advice of seasoned officers and denying subordinates any chance for input.

March 12, 2006.
Impeach Bush? Not now, Mom, for a lot of reasons
This administration has authorized torture, though the United States has signed conventions that forbid it. It has authorized warrantless wiretapping and surveillance, though it is plainly against the law.

March 13, 2006
I Am a Liberal. There, I Said It!
I am a liberal. And I make no apologies for it. Hell, I'm proud of it.

Too many people run away from the label. They whisper it like you'd whisper "I'm a Nazi." Like it's dirty word. But turn away from saying "I'm a liberal"

March 14, 2006
Most Americans Say Bush Has No Clear Plan for Iraq
PRINCETON, NJ -- Only days before the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, President George W. Bush yesterday gave the first in a series of speeches designed to convince the American public he has a strategy for victory. A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll conducted over this past weekend suggests it will be tough going for the president. Only 32% of Americans believe he has a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq, while 67% say he does not.

March 16, 2006
Will Democrats Take Control?
If there is not a significant change in the public's mood over the next several months, a low opinion of Congress coupled with an unpopular Republican president could make Republicans very vulnerable in the fall.