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Monday, July 02, 2007

"President" Bush Commutes Lewis "Scooter" Libby's Sentence

The rule of law is officially broken in the United States of Amnesia.

This is an outrage among many outrages committed by this rogue administration.

It's time to impeach, people.

UPDATED: For the record I was also outraged by the pardon, by President Clinton, of Mark Rich. And incidentally, who was Mark Rich's attorney? Lewis "Scooter" Libby!

SECOND UPDATE: Keith Ellison joins the effort to oust Vice-President Dick Cheney.

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Blogger Brett said...

Thank God he wasn't driving on a suspended license! The public would never allow this!

This administration is absolutely sickening.

July 02, 2007 5:47 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Libby declined to testify in his own defense because he was protecting VP Cheney. This is really all about protecting Cheney, who has declared that he is not part of the Executive Branch after claiming that he was not part of the Legislative Branch.

I guess this whole administration is part of the Judicial Branch, now. Which makes sense. *eyeroll*

July 02, 2007 6:39 PM  
Blogger OneDayWhenTheWeatherIsWarm said...

Uniter not a divider!

Enjoying your blog(s) I'm a biology grad student myself.

July 02, 2007 6:49 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Thanks for visiting. I'm a library/info science grad student. I wish I had gone the science route.

July 02, 2007 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come now, we are you all so concerned about dubya not following the law. He is following the dictates of his higher father. That supercedes anything made by humans.

Because anything dubya does (And by extension, dubya's attack dog, Cheney) is Big Sky Daddy's will, anyone who works to achieve the devine ends does not deserve to suffer from the laws of humans.

Yeah, it is that simple.


July 02, 2007 7:26 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

What I don't get is why Republicans want to invest the Executive Branch with such power. They must be pretty sure of their ability to hang on to the White House. Otherwise, the shoe is on the other foot. Frankly, I wouldn't like that, either. It's just wrong for the entire country.

July 02, 2007 7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at it this way, think how great (At least for the neo-cons.) it would have been if Reagan was a king instead of a president. Oh, when character was king!

Life just runs better when we all have a big daddy figure to inspire us to greatness and to punish us when we step off the straight and narrow.


July 02, 2007 7:38 PM  
Blogger vjack said...

I think we all knew it was coming, but I didn't think it would happen so quickly. I guess Bush figures he has nothing left to lose in terms of his approval rating.

I agree that he should be impeached, right after Cheney.

July 02, 2007 8:01 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

It will be interesting when I go to Washington DC this fall to see what the mood in the city is. I can't say that I'm surprised, either, although the speed of this and Bush's careless dispatch did take me aback. I know that this stuff goes on all the time; I work in a one-party town myself (Democrat, and formerly in government) and it's all bullshit, frankly. But this is beyond the pale. Yes, it's a power that the President has, and it's not a full pardon, but this is really going to blow up in Bush's face. This smacks of rich-guy privilege and it's already pissing people off. After all there was a reason why Clinton waited until he was about to leave office to pardon his friends. And hell, not many people knew who Susan McDougall or Mark Rich were (although I did).

July 02, 2007 8:11 PM  
Blogger Mike Haubrich said...

Considering that Ford was considered a hero among Republicans for pardoning Nixon, I am not surprised that this commutation happened. And I think it will be hard to get any traction. Look at how the Gonzales thing has died down in the last month with no questions ever having been addressed!

July 02, 2007 9:13 PM  
Blogger PiGuy said...

So what does a gov official have to do to actually deserve time? *shakes head in disbelief*

July 02, 2007 9:14 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Yeah, Mike, I can't believe how everything dies down with this administration.

But PiGuy, it's obvious what it takes: he has to have sex with somebody, that's what. Then, and only then, do people get the boot.

Hope to see you in DC, by the way!

July 02, 2007 10:09 PM  
Blogger Rev. Barking Nonsequitor said...

Reagan had a moniker, so I guess we can call GW "the great commutator"!

Proof that GW is really a DC motor after all.

July 03, 2007 3:21 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

The "Great Commutator"! I love it! :-D

July 03, 2007 10:50 AM  
Anonymous JanieBelle said...

Janine is exactly right. Bush and his minions are theocrats, so whatever they do to advance the cause is justifiable because they answer to a "higher law".

It's sickening that people would willingly hand over their minds like that. It's frightening to contemplate just how far they might be willing to go.

I can't convince myself to rule out the possibility that come time to leave office, The Glorified Houseplant Who Would Be Caesar will come up with some excuse about the "War on Terror" to declare martial law and refuse to leave.

OT - You may need to call in some AtBC minions in the poetry contest. Max's storm troopers are taking over.


July 03, 2007 2:56 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I think we've reached a critical point in our tolerance of political corruption and Kafka-esque governance with this administration. Personally, I hope that with extraordinary citizen involvement and perseverance, we might still be able to pull back from this slide into the kind of theocracy envisioned by Margaret Atwood, but it won't be easy.

Otherwise, to put it very bluntly, I think we're fucked.

The candle is flickering.

July 03, 2007 6:25 PM  
Blogger Rev. Barking Nonsequitor said...

Don't be confused here - Bush and company are operating Theocratic Fascism. it is primarily a corporate base government coup using religion as a propaganda tool.

July 03, 2007 7:07 PM  

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