Sunday, November 19, 2006

Recap: Heard Around the Blog

Not so curious George does another drive by road trip [LSB: When a leader is so uninterested in the world around him, should it come as any surprise that his foreign policy has been so bad?]

Alaska Lawmakers Thumb Nose At Court Ordered Gay Benefits: “Alaska Republicans have drawn a line in the sand, refusing to obey a court order mandating health and other benefits for the same-sex domestic partners of state employees and retirees.” [Republicans hate the basic underpinnings of that which makes us America. They don't believe in the Constitution. They don't believe in the Bill of Rights. They don't believe in courts of law. They don't believe in anything, accept anything as law in our country, other than the Bible and their will. They are a party of extremist bullies who simply do not believe in America. ‘ – John in DC, AmericaBlog]

Padilla Case Raises Questions About Anti-Terror Tactics: “…But some legal scholars and defense lawyers argue that the government's case is so fundamentally weak, and its legal options so limited, that Padilla could draw a relatively minor prison term or even be acquitted. The trial has already been postponed once, until January, and is almost certain to be delayed again. …” [So an American citizen, detained without due process for three years, accused of terribly serious crimes, and allegedly tortured, may not be found guilty, after all. And people wonder why many of us have concerns about the way the Bush administration has handled military detainees.” – Andrew Sullivan, DailyDish]

Chertoff says U.S. threatened by international law: “A top Bush administration official on Friday said the European Union, the United Nations and other international entities increasingly are using international law to challenge U.S. powers to reject treaties and protect itself from attack.” [LSB: Damn! Don’t you just hate it when international law gets in the way? That’s what got Saddam in trouble. We’ll follow the law, for who wants some third world country routing around the US looking for WMDs? (‘Cause you know they’d find them, don’t you?)]

Embittered Insiders Turn Against Bush: “...Heading into the final chapter of his presidency, fresh from the sting of a midterm election defeat, Bush finds himself with fewer and fewer friends. Some of the strongest supporters of the war have grown disenchanted, former insiders are registering public dissent and Republicans on Capitol Hill blame him for losing Congress...”

Al Gore: Bush Admin "Most Incompetent-Inept & With More Moral Cowardice...": “A former vice president tells the Truth, ignites a global debate, and suddenly looks like a dark-horse candidate.”

A Tough Road Ahead for the President’s Closest Adviser: “Karl Rove is coming off the worst election defeat of his career to face a daunting task: saving the president’s agenda with a Congress not only controlled by Democrats, but also filled with Republican members resentful of the way he and the White House conducted the losing campaign.” [LSB: Sometimes good things do happen to bad people.]

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