Thursday, February 12, 2009

Leahy Opens Petition Drive to Support A Truth Commission to Investigate Bush-Cheney Administration Abuses: Be Sure To Sign On Below!

Leahy Opens Petition Drive to Support  A Truth Commission to Investigate Bush-Cheney Administration Abuses: Be Sure To Sign On Below!



"The action I am taking is no more than a radical measure to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. Let them dare, then,
to bring me before a court of law and let the enquiry take place in
broad daylight!"

- Emile Zola, J'accuse! (1898) –

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude
than the animating contest of freedom, — go from us in peace. We ask
not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed
you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and 
may posterity forget
that ye were our countrymen!”

-Sam Adams-






A Truth Commission to Investigate Bush-Cheney Administration Abuses


I have set up a petition at, and I hope you will sign it to urge Congress to consider establishing a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate the Bush-Cheney administration's abuses. We already have over 7,000 signatures, but we need to hit 10,000 signatures -- or more -- by next week, to build momentum behind this idea.


Patrick Leahy
U.S. Senator


Dear Ed. Dickau,

Thank you for signing my petition at,
urging Congress to consider the establishment of a truth and
reconciliation commission to investigate Bush-Cheney
Administration abuses.

Now, please urge your friends and family to sign the petition as

Thank you for supporting this important effort.

Patrick Leahy
U.S. Senator


Exclusive: Leahy Talks To White House About Investigating Bush
By Sam Stein 

Dennis Kucinich, Pete Wexler, Gore Vidal, David Ray Griffin, Ruweusmaximus, John Conyers, Ron Paul, Arianna Huffington, Phil Donahue, Eric Shinseki and maybe a couple Repubs. Or let the Hague do it. Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted .... I thought republicans were above the law that's why it was okay to steal the election in 2000. That's why it was okay when we invaded a non-threatening country like Iraq on fake WMDs. AND NO ONE I MEAN NO MEDIA OUTLET ...
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"Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."
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Will Bunch

Author, "Tear Down This Myth"


Roughly this time a year ago, inspired by the insanity that was the 2008 presidential race, I started working on Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future. With a target publication date right before the Gipper's 98th birthday (or Reagan Day as modern conservatives have declared it), I did have one nagging worry. What if a decisive election victory last November by Barack Obama and congressional Democrats appeared to slay the Reagan myth for once and for all -- ushering in an Age of Aquarius in which government took a rational view of science, adopted economy policies that would actually help the middle class, and promoted a foreign policy in which our deeds matched our lofty rhetoric.


Silly me! Just like the bell in the Polar Express, the Reagan myth still rings for at least 37 Republican senators and 188 GOP House members, as it does for all who truly believe in the right-wing blather of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. And it's echoed by a lazy inside-the-Beltway press corps that came of age during the halcyon days of the 1980s and remains falsely convinced that America is a center-right nation, despite a slew of polls and election results to the contrary.


The Reagan myth was sold so successfully to the party's base by the likes of lobbyist and GOP point man Grover Norquist -- who founded the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project in 1997, in the dog days of the booming Clinton-era economy -- that too many Republicans really do believe that a tax cut is the solution to every problem, whether the nation has a budget surplus or a deficit, in times of war or peace, when the economy is booming or when Great Depression II looms.


Before this year's debate, the most bizarre manifestation came in 2003 when the Bush administration pushed through a tax cut even though America was engaged in two wars. Iowa Republican Jim Nussle, who headed the House Budget Committee at that time, explained "the basic playbook" on taxes is the one authored by Reagan, "and that is the one that I follow today." Meanwhile, one study found that nearly three-quarters of the whopping rise of nearly $4 trillion in national debt during the presidency of George W. Bush was attributable to two things: the simultaneous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the size of his tax cuts.


When President Barack Obama, both as a 2008 candidate and now as commander-in-chief, declared it was high time to end the folly that tax cuts are the only solution to the nation's woes, this is how South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint responded: "It's incredible that he said that. It's clear that whether it's John Kennedy or Ronald Reagan or when Bush did this in 2001 and 2003, the economy came out of recession." But the evidence for that argument just isn't there.


In the case of Reagan's massive 1981 tax cut, it did start the great divergence of wealth between the very affluent and the middle class in this country, but it didn't save the American economy, which actually slid into a deep recession the next 15 months. When the economy finally reversed in the mid-1980s, it was the predicted bounce-back in the business cycle (even Reagan's budget chief David Stockman said so), a steep drop in global oil prices, and the inflation-fighting tight-money policies of then-Fed chairman Paul Volcker, an appointee of Jimmy Carter who today is a top adviser to Barack Obama. And yet the Ronald Reagan myth and the hanging-by-a-thread 41 Senate Republicans have foisted a recovery program on America that is too weighed down by more tax cuts, and spends far too little on the nation's crumbling infrastructure, on mass transit, on green energy.


History matters. To set a new economic course for America, Democrats including the Obama administration won't just have to win the daily news-cycle wars of the present. They will need to dig deeper, and recapture the past as well.


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Young president in obvious need of seasoning
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Did Reid roll Pelosi?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid played a little high-stakes chicken with each other at the tail end of Wednesday’s shotgun stimulus talks. 

It’s not clear who won – or who blinked. 

According to a half dozen Congressional aides and members, Reid went before the cameras Wednesday to announce a stimulus deal before Pelosi had agreed on all the details of school construction financing. 

“It’s ruffled feathers, big time,” said a House Democrat speaking on condition of anonymity. “The speaker went through the roof.” 

Added one House Democratic aide: “He tried to roll her and she knew it.” 


On February 10, Media Matters for America documented that Fox News anchor Jon Scott had presented a GOP press release on the economic stimulus plan (typo and all) as Fox News' own "look back at the bill, how it was born, and how it grew, and grew, and grew." The following day, Scott acknowledged that the story was "prompted by a news release from the Senate Republican Communications Center" and apologized for including the telltale typo. Scott's report, however, was hardly the first time Fox News has adopted Republican talking points into its "straight news" reporting or presented Republican research as "news." Media Matters presents some of the highlights -- or lowlights -- of Fox News' GOP echo chamber.


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Will Obama Exploit the Unemployed as Recruits for a Ramped Up War in Afghanistan?
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The jobless rate is a depression-level 18 percent. Americans might sign up to kill abroad rather than be homeless and hungry at home. Read more »




Whoever forms gov, Israel moves right, pt1

Neslen: Whether Livni or Bibi form the government, the Knesset has taken a big step to the Right.  February 11, 2009


A. Lieberman not 'far right', Pt.2

Neslen: Plan to remove citizenship from Arab Israelis not just a 'far right' idea February 12, 2009



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