Hypocrisy Today. Now playing, at the White House

So, let's get this straight -

It's "BAD" for people to "leak" classified items of National Security concern, to expose the lies and distortions of an Administration bent on dragging us into a war without end.

But . . .

It's "GOOD" for a President to "de-classify" cherry picked items in order to release this selected information, in order to discredit critics of his administration.

Now, Bush claims to have done this to bring "the truth" to the American people. And he claims that is fine and good.

But, somehow, it is Bad, and "political" for his critics to use unclassified information to expose his lies and distortions.

Uh, huh.

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Sig Heil!

Under the guise of "opening a discussion" Bush wants Congress to grant him the power to use the US Military, within the United States, for police powers.

Using another manufactured crisis, this time the "Bird Flu", he attempts to sow fear amongst the populace, that this as yet non existent pandemic will require "quarantines" that only the military could enforce.

Can Congress, the media and the people be so gullible and forgetful of history that they will accept this nonsense?

Even Conservative "think tank" people warn that this step is fought with danger and could mean the end of the American Republic.

The country handled the flu pandemic in of 1918 just fine, without a Dictator. Add a comment

Recess Appointments? Hold on there!

On the topic of "recess appointments", I submit that the traditional view of this, at least that being bandied about in the media, is seriously flawed.

The President does NOT have a Constitutional right to fill any vacancies the Senate is considering, but only such vacancies that might OCCUR DURING a Senate recess.

From the US Constitution, for you contemplation:

Article 2 - The Executive Branch

Section 2 - ". . . The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session."

Note the specific wording. It says vacancies "that may happen during", not those 'that may happen to exist during' a recess.

So, clearly, a plain reading of the Constitution puts lie to what so many media people mainatain, that President Bush has a Constitutional power to appoint John Bolton during the coming Senate recess.

Further, I submit that should President Bush make such an appointment, he would be in violation of the US Constitution, thus adding fuel to the smoldering issue of impeachment.

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Global warming my Ass! Just look at this Chilling Effect.

An uninformed populace is central to most tightly controlled societies.

If one is a Despot, benign or not, (or has designs to become one, verbalized or not) one finds it is much easier to control a population that is kept ingnorant of any facts, or opinions, that are not convenient to your plans to gain and maintain control.

Having been lulled to sleep by a spineless and compliant Mass Media (under threat of license non renewal and political retribution) we are dreamily unaware that the Press, long a bastion of freedom and the information required to keep it, has now also been emasculated.

Seems a major newspaper, the Cleveland Plain Dealer has given us a glimpse of the future, where we will be kept in the dark regarding deeds or misdeeds of our "leaders".

An article in the New York Times, (see it here) which deserved a front page banner, is buried on a back page.

According to this article, there are two items the Plain Dealer will not publish, out of fear of prosecution. These items would be of great interest to the public, according to the article.

Coming, co-incidentally enough, on the heels of the London bombings, the article is sure to gather little public attention.

So, then, who is to know what information has been kept hidden?

A smoking gun regarding a "cooked" election? A smoking gun that might lead to Presidential Impeachment? Sadly, it seems we will never know?

Another American tragedy unfolding. The Ghosts of Fascist Europe, circa 1930's must be laughing their ethereal asses off.

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