Archive for the ‘Dick Cheney’ Category

by jhwygirl

I am beyond disgusted with this kind of stuff. If I’ve never written to the fact that the Constitution is the ultimate law of the land, I’ve written nothing.

Today I find that the MT GOP, at its most recent convention, re-affirmed its 2008 platform calling for making homosexual acts criminal.

And lest you think I’m making this up – mainly because the page link I provided has been removed today by the MT GOP – here is a cached version, courtesy of the google.

Now – these Einsteins of the MT GOP apparently have no respect for the Montana Constitution, nor the United State’s Constitution. See, both the Montana Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States of America have struck down “anti-sodomy” laws.

The Montana Supreme Court did so in Gryczan v. State, 942 P.2d 112 (1997). Not only that, Gryczan and the right of privacy it has conferred has been reaffirmed over and over again by both the Montana courts and other state and federal courts repeatedly since its rendering.

The United States Supreme Court struck down anti-sodomy laws in Lawrence et. al. V. Texas (02-102) 539 U.S. 558 (2003), finding a constitutional protection to sexuality. Only Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented.

In other words – it’s no government’s business what anyone does in their bedroom.

Where does it stop, MT GOP? What is it you want? Are there not enough problems out there facing Montanan’s? Have you no respect for the ultimate law of our land? Of our nation?

By Goddess, something is really failing us here, Montana – I am gosh darn sick and tired of politicians on both sides of the aisle proposing voting for passing and signing bills into law that violate the constitution (be it the Montana Constitution or the Constitution of the United States).

It’s beyond disrespectful that politicians think they can push the boundaries of these precious documents as if saying to The People “Go ahead and sue me – you can’t afford the fight.”

It’s pretty friggin’ simple – policies must obey rules; rules must obey laws; laws must obey the Constitution. It’s not a “sometimes” thing. It’s not something that should only followed when it’s convenient or when the “other party” is in charge

It’s all the time.

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by jhwygirl

For those of you who haven’t heard, Dick Cheney’s gotten an advance to write a biography. Who better to hear it from than someone in Wyoming? Michael Shay, of Wyoming’s premier progressive blog hummingbirds, has the news.

I love his suggested titles. Too funny.

by jhwygirl

Please consider this an open thread.

First some observations:

Supermontanareporter John S. Adams made his debut this week with The Lowdown, his blog for breaking news, notes and insights from the Capital City of Helena. This is one to watch, as he is the man up there on the marble, doing some fine legislative reporting. Professional-style, for the Great Falls Tribune.

Wulfgar! kept busy this week, but my favorite was this one. I love his football stuff – especially when he picks the Steelers.

Which reminds me: Go Steelers

The Polish Wolf and Liz were back at Intelligent Discontent…Pogie, too, of course – who was right about Brad Johnson being wrong – officially wrong, as it turns out.

The GO – George Ochenski – kicked ass this week.

And you know he’s right.

Moving on…

The Kootanai River is considered one of the 11 Places to See Before They Disappear. Montana DEQ? FWP? DNRC? Are you listening?

You read about this stuff, but rarely do you get the pictures. This guy’s got to be embarrassed: He shot, tagged and gutted llama, thinking it was an elk.

Bush/Cheney lost a big one in the courts last week. Barely a whimper was heard, what with all the Obamathon preparations under way. But will it be the last, or is it a first shot fired across the bow?

Let’s just say that I’m thinking it’s a first shot. With opinionators like this out there, the drums are beating. Bush might want to enjoy Camp David this weekend, because his rest might short-lived.

Mother Jones tells us that it takes less time to bake tuna casserole or apply for temporary assistance than it does to apply for a bailout. As they note in the end, the only thing that takes longer is a credit card application, which takes about 2 minutes.

Circuit City says bye-bye.

Googling may not be good for the environment.

Bored? Hallucinate.

What are Kansas citizens eating? Racooon meat.

Wow. Whadda ya say after that?

by Pete Talbot

Jhwygirl broke the story first but here’s some more information on Gary Brown’s resignation from the HD 100 race. From the Missoula County Democrats:

“Due to a very unfortunate circumstance, we will be selecting a new candidate to run for the legislature in House District 100. Candidate Gary Brown has been diagnosed with lung cancer and is giving up his race for the legislature in order to devote his time to much more important issues. The Central Committee will be meeting to select his replacement. The meeting will be next Tuesday, (Aug. 12) 7:00 pm in the City Council Chambers, 140 East Pine.”
Running for public office is one of the highest forms of community service. Thank you, Gary, for throwing your hat in the ring. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
This just in, though: there seems to be a bum’s rush to appoint Willis Curdy to the position. Willis is the candidate who lost to Brown in the primary (albeit by about 70 votes). While I appreciate Missoula Democratic leadership and others for advancing a candidate — please hold on, Bill Vaughn and area legislators — it’s not your call. Let’s see what happens at the meeting.
Denny Rehberg: drama king
Rep. Rehberg is headed back to D.C. during the break because he, and other Republicans, are outraged over the high price of gas. His service to date is what helped get us to $4-a gallon-gas.
Denny’s push to drill where no man has drilled before is going to bring prices down, so he says. Not in this decade and not by much, say the critics. This from Spiegel International:
“The reality, as usual, is far more complicated. Drilling in the now-restricted areas would require years of extensive seismic research before a single rig could operate. Even then, companies would not embark on such massive projects unless the profitability were clear. What’s more, the federal Energy Information Administration estimates that access to new US deposits would not significantly affect overall domestic production for 22 years.”
Rehberg has supported the Cheney/Bush energy policy from day one: big tax breaks for big oil, “no” to alternative energy or transportation; and he’s accepted large contribitions from the oil, gas and coal industry. This is GOP theatrics at its best.
Go to the Western Montana Fair
Last night, I ate two tacos, two vikings, a corndog, corn-on-the-cob, a tater pig and fry bread — I’m slacking — must be getting old.
Some people hate the fair and some people love it. I love it. It is the quintessential Western Montana experience — the people watching is the best — the pigs, goats and other livestock aren’t bad either.
It’s too bad about the horse racing but still worth the price of admission.

by jhwygirl

Kucinich was just warming us up – on June 20th, former Bush Whitehouse press secretary Scott McClellan will be testifying before the House Judiciary Committee regarding what he knows about the leaking of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame, who was working to prevent the underground trade in yellowcake uranium.

It’s my belief that Vice-President Dick Cheney was the source of the leak, and as such, committed treason. Libby Scooter, Cheney’s chief of staff, was sentenced to jail for obstruction of justice – for failure to reveal who told him that Plame was a spy – for failure to reveal the source of the leak. There’s way more to what has formed my firm belief that Cheney leaked Plame’s name – and anyone with time and motivation can go out and inform themselves. It’s not like there’s a dearth of information on the issue.

Last April, Kucinich had introduced a resolution of articles of impeachment against Dick Cheney. The resolution was killed, but only after Republicans voted in favor of taking up the measure to force a debate.

I know this all seems too radical for some, but the Constitution is the damned basis of our Government – and illegal torture, misuse of the FISA court, illegal surveillance, destruction of evidence, suspension of habeas corpus, war crimes, treason – at what point do Americans stand firm and say “No More”? At what point do our elected officials stand tall and speak up for our government? The government which our forefathers envisioned and put onto paper?

Scotty testifies on the 20th…and despite what I’ve thought about his need for a paycheck, maybe he really is seeking redemption. He might want to think about getting a bullet-proof vest and a bodyguard, though – they may come in handy.

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by Rebecca Schmitz

Bozeman’s Mayor Jeff Krauss wants us to win in Iraq. Conservatives on Missoula’s City Council feel it’s “wrong and disgusting” to discuss the war on Council’s time. With all the division in Bozeman and Missoula over our towns’ Iraq War resolutions, other American cities serve as a reminder that we’re not really all that radical. Take some of the citizens of Brattleboro, Vermont for example. In the words of Emeril Lagasse, they’re kickin’ it up a notch:

A group in Brattleboro is petitioning to put an item on a town meeting agenda in March that would make Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney subject to arrest and indictment if they visit the southeastern Vermont community.

The central argument of their opponents is the same as in our communities:

“I would not be supportive of it,” said Stephen Steidle, a member of the town’s Selectboard, which oversees its government. “It’s well outside of our ability. From my perspective, the Brattleboro Selectboard needs to focus on the town and the things that need to be done here.”

From my perspective, if we can’t get Congress or the Administration to listen to us, why shouldn’t we turn to our local politicians? Change has to start somewhere. However, as amusing as this petition is, I don’t think arresting Bush and Cheney will bring our nation together, let alone redirect our foreign policy. I doubt both men will ever find themselves in Brattleboro. Bush has yet to visit Vermont at all during his term in office. More importantly, our country is too dependent on fossil fuels to get our fingers out of the Middle East’s petroleum pie. For better or worse, we’ll be involved in their internal politics until all of us finally realize our national security depends on switching to other energy sources.

On the other hand, I won’t lie: it warms the cockles of my little black heart to imagine both of them handcuffed and placed in the back of a squad car.

by Rebecca Schmitz

Here’s the latest from one of our key allies in the, as the Bush Administration now calls it, War on Islamofascism: the Saudi gang-rape victim has been pardoned by King Abdullah. Remember this poor soul? She and an ex-boyfriend were raped by seven men because they were sitting…oh, hell. Who cares why? There’s no reason for this rape that any rational mind can process. Nor can the mind wrap itself around the victim’s punishment for meeting a male other than her husband: 200 lashes (the other rape victim, the guy, got 90 lashes).

Okay, so His Majesty completely understood that her sentence was outrageously unjust, and, to put it plainly, barbaric?

Saudi Justice Minister, Abdullah bin Muhammed, told the newspaper that the pardon did not mean the king doubted the country’s judges, but instead acted in the “interests of the people.”

Oh well.  At least they’re our ally.  That’s all that matters, right? I mean, when our country is fighting a global war for freedom and human rights against those who, in the words of President Bush,

…aggressively fund the spread of radical, intolerant versions of Islam in unstable parts of the world. Under their rule, they have banned books….and brutalized women. They seek to end dissent in every form, and to control every aspect of life, and to rule the soul, itself…

it’s important to find allies who don’t do any of that stuff.  Because then using the catchphrase “Islamofascists” to describe our enemies would be meaningless, right?  

by Rebecca Schmitz 

The next time one of your conservative friends wants to debate your stance on “Islamofascism”, the Iraq War or, as our President would pronounce it, the “War on Terra” remind them of what one of our key allies is up to these days:

A court in Saudi Arabia increased the punishment for a gang-rape victim after her lawyer won an appeal of the sentence for the rapists, the lawyer told CNN. The 19-year-old victim was sentenced last year to 90 lashes for meeting with an unrelated male, a former friend from whom she was retrieving photographs…”After a year, the preliminary court changed the punishment and made it two to nine years for the defendants,” al-Lahim said of the new decision handed down Wednesday. “However, we were shocked that they also changed the victim’s sentence to be six months in prison and 200 lashes.”

Really, if we’re going to invade countries without a tie to September 11th, if we’re going to use focus-grouped catchphrases like “Islamofascism”, and if we’re going to pretend to care about the spread of democracy, justice and equality around the globe, perhaps we ought to make friends with the right people.

Oh, silly me, I forgot. It’s not about any of those things. It’s about our energy, stupid.

by Rebecca Schmitz

It’s election day here in Missoula, so if you haven’t returned your ballot yet be sure to head down to the Elections Office in the county courthouse by 5pm 8pm (thanks, Jason!) today. Ward Two candidate Pam Walzer helpfully provided this voting advice for everyone in a comment on this site last week:

If you’re not able to get your ballot in the mail in time, not to worry – you can drop it off at the Elections Office any time during normal business hours and until 8 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 6th. OR – only on “Election Day,” Nov. 6th (7am-8pm)- you can drop your ballot off at any of the following 5 schools: Cold Springs, Hellgate Elementary, Paxson, Rattlesnake, or Russell.

In other words, it’s not over yet people! You still have time to make your voice heard, no matter which City Council candidate you support. We have our favorites, as you know, and we have a definite opinion on the Iraq War referendum.

Speaking of that pesky little misadventure in Iraq, Dennis Kucinich says he’s introducing a resolution in the House of Representatives today to force the introduction of Articles of Impeachment against one of its architects, Vice President Dick Cheney. He was supposed to have a nationwide discussion about his resolution last night, but apparently there was a glitch in the phone lines:

The Kucinich campaign apologized for the snafu, explaining that staff had significantly underestimated the number of call-ins, and public interest in the issue exceeded technological capacity. The call will be re-scheduled within the next few days.

I expect the resolution to fail miserably, not because it’s the wrong thing to do, but because Kucinich’s fellow Democrats can barely take a stand against torture, let alone remove one of the worst public officials in American history from office.

You could dismiss Representative Kucinich’s resolution as merely an election season publicity stunt, but at least he’s not trying to keep anyone off the ballot, like some Democratic party officials in South Carolina. In case you hadn’t heard, comedian Stephen Colbert wanted to run for President–in his home state alone. However, his bid was thwarted last week.

The South Carolina Democratic Party Executive Council voted last week 13-3 to block Colbert’s bid for the Democratic primary.

According to the Seattle Times this morning, his campaign is over. That’s a shame. If the Republicans can let that theocrat-in-Libertarian-clothing Ron Paul play in their sandbox, why won’t we do the same for one of the best and smartest entertainers in America today?




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