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Senate Has their First Veto Override

Can I get a big fat meh? I don’t think that the country voted in a Democratic Congress because of a overweening passion for water rights.

It’s the war, stupids.
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Presidency and the Voters Temperature

Is it ironic that we as a people can not trust any politician running for President to tell us what they will do once elected based on what the current President has done to our nation?

When you think about the truth in politics you always look at it as a cloud that could be dispersed if the winds change. Public opinion is now no longer relevant if the latest polls say that a candidate for President should be on this side of the issue or against this other issue. I’ll offer one further point with the main stream media dictating as to whom is first, second and third and laughingly pointing out who the hell should just up and quit campaigning in each political party. Has the office of President been sold to the highest tally polling Lemming?
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A Rare Sighting in Congress: Vertebrae

No you aren’t hallucinatin g. “Congress and “vertebrae ” in the same sentence — for this brief moment anyway — is not an oxymoron.

There have actually been two — TWO! — spinal sightings in Congress in the past two days. Enjoy the moment. The one that’s really gotten the wingnuts’ panties in a bunch is Pete Stark’s comment:
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The Blame Game: Hey, I Thought W Didn’t Like People Playing It?

You remember a bit ago when people started pointing fingers around the leak situation and Valarie Plame, no?

You remember the W, Rove and Co chastising a wide assortment of people for “playing the blame game” revolving around the Fed response to Katrina, don’t you?
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Dear Mr. President: Private Medicine Means No Medicine If You’re Poor

As expected, George Bush has vetoed the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) which was recently passed by wide bipartisan margins in the House and the Senate. The veto occurred without the fanfare which has typified most of “The Decider’s” actions. There will be no “Mission Accomplished ” banners on this one…no gathering of the snowflake babies as was witnessed in vetoing legislation to expand government funded stem cell research. You see, when the culture of life fits the President’s ideology, babies matter; when it doesn’t, we get statements like the following:

“I believe in private medicine, not the federal government running the health care system.”

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Acting Locally

Last night I had the opportunity to hang out with folks who think like me. The difference was, this was face time. All my politicking is cyber. I write, comment and chat all the time, but I rarely actually talk to people. Part of that is because I live in a red county, and my mother raised me not to pick fights with strangers. A larger part is that I hadn’t bothered to seek them out. My bad.

The first myth busted, for me anyway, is that people involved in local politics are plugged in, smarter and far too savvy to hang with a newbie like me. Nope. Everybody I talked to was a lot like me, knows some stuff about the local and national scene, but wants to learn more. They ask questions, and listen. It was an information exchange, not a snob fest of know-it-alls . It was a lot of fun.
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The Day The Fourth Amendment Died

August 5, 2007. Remember that date. You may very well be asked by a child or grandchild to explain this abomination.   Those who have not walked and witnessed this Constitution al erosion will undoubtedly have many questions.

How could Congress pass an unconstituti onal law?”
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Quote of the Day

To our reps in Congress:

“I am not afraid of terrorism, and I want you to stop being afraid on my behalf. Please start scaling back the official government war on terror. Please replace it with a smaller, more focused anti-terrori st police effort in keeping with the rule of law. Please stop overreacting . I understand that it will not be possible to stop all terrorist acts. I accept that. I am not afraid.”

Via DownsizerDC. org


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Bush adds Rove to Untouchables List

Well it looks like lady justice took her blinder off and wiped her back side with it. At least that is the way President Bush interprets executive privilege. Ummm, Houston we have a serious problem here.

Karl Rove has a note from his mom… I mean the President to not appear before the Congressiona l investigatio n of the dirty dealings and firing of the nine U.S. Attorneys.
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Democracy: Decomposing Daily

American democracy is like the floor of a forest. We walk on the spongy mat of dead ideals. Life springs out that decay, some glorious, some poisonous, some just there to feed the cycle. A walk through a forest fills the eyes with the now, what’s growing, blooming, even fading. On rare occasion, we kneel down and lift up the rotten log, surprised by the layers of industry, mildew and decay underneath. A subterranean world exists beneath the showy ferns, the stinging nettles, the watching eyes of the living forest.

Our government lives under that log. Legislative beetles scurry and chew up the tax logs. Lobbyists scavenge the carcasses of the dead. Everything must eat, and it can, when the forest stays in balance. Democracy needs checks and balances. The question has always been “Who benefits?” . Earmarks, entitlements  , pork, policy, programs, you name it. There is always an answer to the question, and never a reason not to ask it. If the reason can’t stand the light of day, chances are it’s not good for the forest.
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