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January 28, 2009

Feingold wasting our time: axe Electoral College instead

(Cross-posted and edited from Daily Kos)

     Everyone loves her (him) some Russ, but yesterday’s blast from Feingold about “”empowering the people”" is enough. Or more than enough.
     I wasn’t super happy about Blagoburrisbrand and all, but it seems there are even more pressing matters than 17th Amendment reform…especially since the Fein senator didn’t even bother to do something really important like officially censuring Bush or Cheney before they left office, say. (Will there be prosecutions? Don’t bet your mortgage on it.)
     Or, if Russ must have his way, let the “popular election of replacement Senators” be just the tip of a good iceberg, e.g., the far more significant/needed electoral reform of abolishing the Electoral College. (Yes, I know that reform is not politically easy, but it’s still far more crucial than the replacement-Senator stuff.)

     Or as musing85’s diary Change we shouldn’t believe in brutally but “nicely” puts it,

     I suppose it was only a matter of time before someone tried to make a little political hay out of the political mess that is Illinois politics right now. …

     I am not impressed by what Russ is doing, especially at this busy juncture with stimulus, Afghanistan, tailpipe emissions, torture, etc. all on the table. …If he thinks this waste of time will help him replace Reid as Senate Maj Leader, he might wanna think again.
     Or if he HAS to pull this stunt, let him make it clear that it is only as a preliminary to the much more vital work of getting rid of the Electoral College. Now THAT would be “necessary electoral reform”, and “empowering” ALL the American people.

     But don’t just think about the issue, do let him know; you can mail Russ’s chief of staff Mary Irvine at Mary_Irvine@Feingold.senate.gov, with this (adaptable sample) script:

[e-mail subject line: "Axe Electoral College, not 17th Amendment"]

Dear Russ Feingold:

     Instead of wasting time with “17th Amendment reform” as in your Daily Kos diary, please concentrate on more important issues such as abolishing the Electoral College and achieving direct election of Presidents; not to mention accountability for government torture/illegal wiretapping, and other truly crucial issues.
     Thank you,

Sincerely,
[your name]

     Or phone him too, at (202) 224-5323.
     Russ is a good guy on the whole, but he is a politician and a human being, subject to error etc. Feel free to guide him in a better path than the one he is cutting right now. Thanks.

Filed under: censure | Posted by: at 1:45 am | 0 Comments


January 14, 2009

If you can frost Nixon, you can censure Bush: have your say

     One finds it fascinating that with the film Frost/Nixon currently out, that there is not more public outrage that the current Nixon, George W. Bush, is still in office and unimpeached and uncensured…nay, not even threatened with impeachment or censure, even though he may have damaged the country even more than Sickie Trickie Dickie did. (Cf. the Nix quote “If the President Does It, It’s Not Illegal”.)
     Nixon was not held fully accountable before he left office–and then he was pardoned. Do we want this repeated?

     –And see some of Adam B’s fine commentary on Frost/Nixon here, and some from Meteor Blades here.

     Anyway, all the reader has to do is click on the following link,

     Gary_Myrick@Reid.senate.gov, Mary_Irvine@Feingold.senate.gov

, and send the little package on its way to your hired servants on the Hill, Russ Feingold & Harry Reid, through their chiefs of staff,

[e-mail subject line: "Censure Bush/Cheney, finish the job Russ and Harry"]

Dear Senators Feingold and Reid:

     Please officially censure George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for their Nixonian, disgraceful, and ruinous failures of duty in office, before they leave office. Torture, Katrina, Iraq, and wiretapping are only some of the many reasons to condemn the administration in the strongest terms possible. The integrity of the Senate and of the Republic itself depends on official condemnation of our failed and immoral leaders.
     Thank you,

                         Sincerely, [your name]

     Or phone them too, Russ’s chief of staff Mary Irvine, at (202) 224-5323, or Harry’s chief of staff Gary Myrick, at (202) 224-3542.

     Frost away! And thanks for reading/acting!!

Filed under: Nixon, censure | Posted by: at 3:46 pm | 0 Comments


January 13, 2009

Olmert enjoys publicly humiliating black woman

     “Some readers” will scream, probably, “Race has nothing to do with this.” Maybe. Then again, I didn’t say WHY Ehud O enjoyed dragging Condoleeza Rice through the mud in public, just that he did, while I also noticed some aspects of her identity.
     –Does anyone remember the Justin Timberlake-Janet Jackson “N-pplegate” flap? Does anyone also remember how JJ got blamed for it almost entirely, even though JT, as I remember, was the one who ripped something off and exposed her? Why doesn’t he ever get the flak for that that he should?
     –So, do you think Olmie

1) has just gone crazy

2) is trying to send Obama a subtle message, “Do not mess with me or my successor, Mr. African American, look what we did to a sister of yours”

3) is trying to prove he has worse manners than Solomon (who treated the Queen of Sheba pretty respectfully, as I recall)?

     Anyway, as I slip in my frequent exhortation to get Bush and Cheney censured by contacting a “Fein senator” through his chief of staff, Mary Irvine, by clicking Mary_Irvine@Feingold.senate.gov, or calling her at (202) 224-5323, thus or so,

[e-mail subject line: "Censure Bush/Cheney, finish the job Russ"]
Dear Mary Irvine:

     I’m a Democratic voter and would like Russ Feingold to lead the Senate to censure George W. Bush and Dick Cheney before they leave office. Torture, Iraq, and wiretapping are only some of the many reasons to condemn the administration in the strongest terms possible. Thank you,

Sincerely,
[your name]

,

and possibly sending (amended) copies to your own congresspeople too, and/or to Harry Reid via chief of staff Gary Myrick, at Gary_Myrick@Reid.senate.gov,

     …I note that Bush actually deserves some criticism, too, not just Olmert. Should he have flip-flopped on his close friend Condi? Should he have been, and continue to be, more supportive to someone who has sacrificed her years–and her reputation–for him? And is there really a “dissable/discardable person/people of color” theme in all this, or is that categorically impossible?
     Let us know. (And make sure to send a censure message too! Olmert don’t work for you, but Bushney do…)

Filed under: censure, racism | Posted by: at 6:04 pm | 0 Comments


January 12, 2009

Bush: “some…writers and opiners” dislike him. Censure time

     See the Guardian, Bush reflects on Katrina, Guantánamo and Iraq in last press conference,

     George Bush today offered a guarded retrospective of his time in the White House, defending his economic policies and the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and saying he was “disappointed” that no weapons of mass destruction ever turned up in Iraq. …
     He said that US abuses of prisoners at Abu Ghraib “was a disappointment”, and acknowledged that putting a “mission accomplished” banner on an aircraft carrier in May 2003, shortly after the successful overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s government, was a mistake.
     “It sent the wrong message,” he said. “Obviously some of my rhetoric has been a mistake.” …
     “My view is that most people around the world, they respect America and some of them don’t like me, some of the writers and opiners and all that,” he said. …

     God help us all, that anyone should write or have an opinion. Next thing you know, there’ll be a First Amendment protecting people’s free expression or something. That would be the end of Law and Order for sure.

     Anyway, he has made mistakes, as even he acknowledges; so maybe he should be held accountable before he leaves the White House? Maybe so.
     Since Russ Feingold has tried to censure Bush before, message him through his chief of staff, Mary Irvine, by clicking Mary_Irvine@Feingold.senate.gov, or call her at (202) 224-5323; a sample script,

[e-mail subject line: "Censure Bush/Cheney, finish the job Russ"]
Dear Mary Irvine:

     I’m a Democratic voter and would like Russ Feingold to lead the Senate to censure George W. Bush and Dick Cheney before they leave office. Torture, Iraq, and wiretapping are only some of the many reasons to condemn the administration in the strongest terms possible. Thank you,

Sincerely,
[your name]

     And feel free to send copies to your own congresspeople too, and/or to Harry Reid via chief of staff Gary Myrick, at Gary_Myrick@Feingold.senate.gov.

     Bush may have forgotten that you have a right to write and opine, even if he doesn’t like it. So write and opine away, to Mary, Gary, or whomever, on whether Bush deserves a good historical report card, or a bad one including official censure. I’m sure our President’ll be very happy to hear from you.

Filed under: Uncategorized, censure | Posted by: at 12:39 pm | 0 Comments


January 11, 2009

Dirty (Prince) Harry uses racial slurs. Down with dynasties

     See CNN, Britain’s Prince Harry apologizes for offensive language,

     Videos purportedly shot by Britain’s Prince Harry and including offensive language prompted an official apology Saturday from the prince and the royal family.
     According to the British-based News of the World, which released the videos on its Web site, the videos show British soldiers while a voice presumed to be Harry’s calls one solider a “Paki,” and in another clip tells soldier wearing a cloth on his head that he looks “like a raghead.” …
     It is not [the] first apology for offensive behavior by Prince Harry. In 2005, he was photographed wearing a Nazi uniform to a party, for which he said he was sorry. …

     “said he was sorry”! Welly well well.

     –Anyway, it’s hard to take it out on some foreign dynasty, so just take it out on Bush instead; holla Russ Feingold, through his chief of staff, Mary Irvine, by clicking Mary_Irvine@Feingold.senate.gov, or call her at (202) 224-5323; a sample script,

[e-mail subject line: "Censure Bush/Cheney, finish the job Russ"]
Dear Mary Irvine:

     I’m a Democratic voter and would like Russ Feingold to lead the Senate to censure George W. Bush and Dick Cheney before they leave office. Torture, Iraq, and wiretapping are only some of the many reasons to condemn the administration in the strongest terms possible. Thank you,

Sincerely,
[your name]

     And feel free to send copies to your own congresspeople too, and/or to Harry Reid via chief of staff Gary Myrick, at Gary_Myrick@Feingold.senate.gov.

     –There! Didn’t that feel better? Maybe Prince Harry will get the message across the “pond”, the message that even “dynasty dinosaurs” have to behave well, by seeing what happens to Baby Bush, thanks to your calls and letters…

Filed under: censure | Posted by: at 5:21 pm | 0 Comments


January 10, 2009

Censure Bush and Cheney, –and do it a la “edscan”

A President has left the law shaking,
quaking like Scooter’s aspens.
Who will rid us of this pestilent cloud?
like a swarm of flying lawless maggots.
Congress gets paid from your money,
to do things instead of just sitting.
So you must summon your Senate servants
and House-boys and House-maids, to censure
Cheney, censure Bush, for their stains on America.
The terrible crimes of these men cry to the skies.
Lies, lies, lies. Let them die, with the seal of censure.

     Contact Russ Feingold, through his chief of staff, Mary Irvine, by clicking Mary_Irvine@Feingold.senate.gov, or call her at (202) 224-5323; a sample script,

[e-mail subject line: "Censure Bush/Cheney, finish the job Russ"]
Dear Mary Irvine:

     I’m a Democratic voter and would like Russ Feingold to lead the Senate to censure George W. Bush and Dick Cheney before they leave office. Torture, Iraq, and wiretapping are only some of the many reasons to condemn the administration in the strongest terms possible. Thank you,

Sincerely,
[your name]

     And feel free to send copies to your own congresspeople too, and/or to Harry Reid via chief of staff Gary Myrick, at Gary_Myrick@Feingold.senate.gov.

     Sorry the action is not as poetic as the “edscan homage” above the fold, but life isn’t always pretty. Censure will be pretty, though. Make it happen.

Filed under: censure | Posted by: at 8:38 pm | 2 Comments


January 9, 2009

UAW chained to no-strike law as loan condition–outrageous!!

     See the Detroit News, UAW strike would kill auto loans: Auto rescue terms raise stakes in deal mandating changes in pay, benefits,

     General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC would be in default of up to $17.4 billion in federal loans if the United Auto Workers or another union engaged in a strike or work stoppage, a loan provision that essentially strips the union of a powerful negotiating tactic it has used several times in recent years.
     The provision is buried deep [surprise, surprise--ed.] in the Loan and Security Agreement between GM and the U.S. Treasury Department governing the use of up to $13.4 billion in short-term loans that prevented the automaker’s collapse, according to documents filed Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. …

and Detroit Free Press, UAW strike would kill auto loans: Auto rescue terms raise stakes in deal mandating changes in pay, benefits,

     …The union has not threatened a strike, but a work stoppage is one of the strongest levers it has to resist terms with which it disagrees in negotiations. …
     The deal requires the UAW to accept by Feb. 17 a plan to lower wages and benefits for workers to match those of employees at foreign-owned U.S. plants by Dec. 31. …
     Harry Katz, dean of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, doesn’t see the strike-default provision impacting the negotiations between GM and the UAW but questioned whether such a provision that could bar a strike is legal.
     “Workers have the right to strike guaranteed under the National Labor Relations Act,” he said. “It’s maybe there symbolically.”

     The articles also note that the UAW is not barred from striking at all–just, uh, if they don’t want to destroy their companies through loan default)–, and that this all ironically may let the UAW have a “nuclear option” (by striking, they can…cause their employers to default!).
     But still, obviously, this is disgraceful. It’s a slap in the face to the UAW and labor in general, it may be illegal, and, of course, it may make it harder to strike. (Note also the wage reduction that lets the companies of foreign powers effectively dictate American workers’ wages…)
     What can you do? Well,

     You can go to Change.gov and make comment,

     You can post on this yourself,

     You can post this to any Daily Kos or other blog “labor list” or “lists” that there is/are, and

     you can also work to censure the administration that would pull some trick like this; Bush posed as the Santa Claus of the auto industry when Corker Congress wouldn’t give a loan, but he put a lump of coal in the American worker’s stocking, sure enough.
     So contact Russ Feingold, thru his chief of staff, Mary Irvine, by simply clicking Mary_Irvine@Feingold.senate.gov, or call her at (202) 224-5323; here’s a sample script,

[e-mail subject line: "Censure Bush/Cheney, finish the job Russ"]
Dear Mary Irvine:

     I’m a Democratic voter and would like Russ Feingold to lead the Senate to censure George W. Bush and Dick Cheney before they leave office. Torture, Iraq, wiretapping, and now the Bush administration’s disgraceful attack on the American worker by preventing the UAW from striking unless they want the auto industry bailout loans to default, are all reasons to condemn the administration in the strongest terms possible. Thank you,

Sincerely,
[your name]

     And feel free to send copies to your own congresspeople too, and/or to Harry Reid via chief of staff Gary Myrick, at Gary_Myrick@Feingold.senate.gov.

     But whatever you do, do something. American labor, and the American people suffering under the Bush administration, could use your voice. Thanks and have a great weekend.

Filed under: Uncategorized, auto industry, censure | Posted by: at 10:36 am | 0 Comments


January 6, 2009

Why f*ckkos uid *82680 may not be a nice name, l’il children

     As the little green man says, fear leads to anger leads to hatred leads to suffering…and this is why, in our awful Bush-smirched world, it may not be productive to create usernames like f*ckkos, l’il children.
     (Comically spoken, of course: I doubt many l’il children are really reading this…
     Also, one usually avoids calling out particular usernames/Kossers; but since I strategically put in some asterisks, you could say I am not calling anyone out, heh heh…and how much mercy do people with names like that deserve anyway? especially since they may have no comments or diaries? Huh huuuuuhh?)

     Not to mention KOS IS A F*G, uid *71151, which may be not nice either. And also ignores the observable facts of Kos’ wife- and kid-itude, you might say.

     …Like young Luke, we must channel our dissatisfaction into more PRODUCTIVE THINGS, e.g., making sure that Congress censures Bush/Cheney before they leave office.
     Try rapping with Russ Feingold, via his chief of staff, Mary Irvine, by clicking Mary_Irvine@Feingold.senate.gov, or call her at (202) 224-5323; here’s a sample script, to adapt as you like:

[e-mail subject line: "Censure Bush/Cheney, finish the job Russ"]
Dear Mary Irvine:

     I’m a Democratic voter and would like Russ Feingold to lead the Senate to censure George W. Bush and Dick Cheney before they leave office. Russ is a great Senator, but he has some unfinished business to complete. Thank you,

Sincerely,
     [your name]

     Beats making up dirty usernames that may insult worthy super-bloggers, don’t it? WORD.

     –And don’t forget no Docudharma either. Whooo Special Prosecution.

Filed under: censure | Posted by: at 6:13 pm | 0 Comments


January 5, 2009

How’d Feingold lose his testosterone? Help him get it back

     Referring to Russ’s failure to follow through on his effort to censure Bush, which he tried before—and posted about on Daily Kos!!—; but one does not (yet) hear of his continuing it now that the Democrats are even stronger–and that means someone must have stolen his testosterone or something. But you can help him. If you love him. As you should.

     There is even more material for him to work with than previously, e.g., the Senate Armed Services Committee report from last month condemning the Bush administration for Abu Ghraib and other monstrosities, cf. Carl Levin’s statement about it,

…Conclusion 1 of the Committee’s report states:

     “On February 7, 2002, President George W. Bush made a written determination that Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, which would have afforded minimum standards for humane treatment, did not apply to al Qaeda or Taliban detainees. Following the President’s determination, techniques such as waterboarding, nudity, and stress positions, used in SERE training to simulate tactics used by enemies that refuse to follow the Geneva Conventions, were authorized for use in interrogations of detainees in U.S. custody.” …

     Not to mention that little “economic collapse” etc. So what is the Feinster waiting for?

     Give him a holla, via his chief of staff, Mary Irvine, by clicking Mary_Irvine@Feingold.senate.gov, or call her at (202) 224-5323; here’s a sample script, to adapt as you like:

     I’m a Democratic voter and would like Russ Feingold to lead the Senate to censure George W. Bush and Dick Cheney before they leave office, because of the terrible job they have done. Senator Feingold has tried censure before, cf. his 7/22/2007 Daily Kos essay “Demanding Accountability”, but he should try censure again now that the Democratic Congress is stronger.
     In addition, there is now more evidence that Bush and Cheney are worthy of censure, such as the Senate Armed Services Committee Report of its Inquiry into the Treatment of Detainees in U.S. Custody. Russ has no reason not to achieve his task of censuring Bush, and also Cheney.
     Russ is a great Senator, but he has some unfinished business to complete. Thank you,

                                           Sincerely,
                                                            [your name]     

     (If Feinie does nothing, despite your requests, then one may have to contact * * Al Franken * * to get something done about this; more later.
     But it’s worth contacting Russ, so please do so and get your friends to do so as well.)

     –Also, if you have a sec, do check out that fine blog Docudharma for the latest efforts of buhdydharma and pals to get some VERY SPECIAL PROSECUTION for Bushney.

Filed under: Uncategorized, censure | Posted by: at 2:32 pm | 0 Comments


January 4, 2009

…and “Chip the Magic Hebrew” would be offensive, too

     At least I think many people would find it offensive. Chip Saltsman seems to think, as we know, that “Barack the Magic Negro” is a hoot of a song (and also the Latino-insulting song “Star Spanglish Banner”). And if one can’t write an offensive song about Chip, how dare he approve one about somebody else. Boy, what a great leader “”Chip”"”" must be.
     –Actually, Chip seems to be a practicing Catholic, and not necessarily Jewish, despite a last name which might be thought so as “O’McMurphy” might be thought for the Irish; but if someone were bigoted enough to write a song called “Chip the Magic Hebrew”, I’m not sure they’d bother to check if the target were an actual “Hebrew” anyway. Haters often don’t care much about the truth anyway.

     Boy those Republicans can be a problem. So what to do?

     Riffing off Harry Reid claiming that Bush is the worst Presi ever on Press the Meat, you can tell him to do something about it through his chief of staff, Gary Myrick, at Gary_Myrick@reid.senate.gov, with a sample script something like this (or leave a phone message at 202-224-3542),

[subject: If Bush Is So Bad, Censure Him]
Dear Gary Myrick:

     It’s great to see that Harry Reid said on Meet the Press that Bush is the worst President. So why doesn’t he do something about it?
     Reid supported censure of Bill Clinton: why can’t he do the same for Bush? If he can’t, it’s time for “Half-Hearted Harry” to be primaried out of power before he embarrasses Democrats any further.
     Thank you,

                         Sincerely, a Democrat,
                                                              [your name]

     You could send a copy to Saltsman, but I don’t think that would help. It would probably rile him up if Bush got censured, though, which might be funny. And after the censure, you can write a song “Bush the Magic Loser” and put it on YouTube, which should really annoy both Chip and Chimp Chump our beloved President.

Filed under: censure, racism | Posted by: at 5:20 pm | 0 Comments