Friday, February 15, 2008

हैप्पी कांतेम्प्त ऑफ़ कांग्रेस वीकएंड!

Hee-lariously, the headline above was transliterated into Bengali. I have no idea why. I don't remember what it said, either.

This week's PressWatch was able to take its first 'live' email (to thanks to the generosity of Chris Andrae, who loaned me her laptop for half an hour.

I used the occasion to rant about Infragard--it's not something protecting InfraMan's crotch, but rather a James Bond Junior program for "corporate leaders." It's the weirdest, most fascist thing to come down the pike since Antonin Scalia--read more about it at the website.

Get this--after all these months of delaying:

"The House voted Thursday to hold two of President Bush’s confidants in contempt for failing to cooperate with an inquiry into whether a purge of federal prosecutors was politically motivated. Angry Republicans boycotted the vote and staged a walkout.

The vote was 223-32 Thursday to hold presidential chief of staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers in contempt. The citations charge Miers with failing to testify and accuse her and Bolten of refusing Congress’ demands for documents related to the 2006-2007 [Federal Attorney] firings.....The White House said the Justice Department would not ask the U.S. attorney to pursue the House contempt charges."

That's a section of the mainstream media take on the contempt charges. I had given up on them, after all these months of sneaking one-month extensions at the last minute. Note that the last line says that the Bushites won't cooperate-- the arrogant swine.... Now it's time to contact Conyers (and the whole Gang That Can't Shoot Straight Because They Won't Even Load Their Damn Guns) that they should proceed with instructing the House Sergeant of Arms to ARREST THEIR SORRY ASSES ANYWAY and deputize anyone they need to get 'er done. (I volunteer.) To the tune of That's Entertainment: "That's Constitution...." La la la.

And in the meantime, I have some questions--just a few--about the Guantanamo trials: (1) Why six+ years later? (2) Why military trials when we all want to see the evidence? (3) Where is the evidence? (4) Why was the evidence (of the destroyed buildings, etc.) carted away and never examined forensically, in complete defiance of all laws of investigation? (5) How is Guantanamo gulag legal anyway? (6) How is it ok to torture and then try someone? (7) How is it American if it doesn’t use the Bill of Rights, particularly the 4th and 5th Amendments? (8) How is it 2008, if we’re going back to 1215 before King John signed the Magna Carta and allowed habeas corpus?

So long as I'm asking questions about torture and detentions: Where are the KBR detention camps that have been paid for by Congress, and what manner of transport has been devised to fill them up?


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