Impeachment Greatest Hits: The Classics

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First, if you have not seen  Bill Moyers Journal on Impeachment…go watch!

I was searching for something today and came across one of my old Dkos diaries wherein I had assembled links to what I considered to be some of the best Impeach!!! diaries written on Daily Kos. In my essay on Docudharma today, Will Our Candidates Prosecute Bush?   a poster said that he had been converted to Impeach!!! So …I thought it might be worthwhile to reassemble and post the old linkeroonies! The diaries are all first rate, and you might find some fun stuff in the comments too, muahahahaha….

And heeeeeeeee-eeeeeeeeere they are, Johnny!

Impeachment, Historically Speaking by Unitary Moonbat

Articles of Impeachment against Bush and Cheney, by Eternal Hope Check the poll and the date!

The Case for the Impeachment of George W. Bush : Count 1 – Intelligence Fraud by Vyan

The Impeachment Case Against George W. Bush. Count 2 – Domestic Espionage, by Vyan

The Impeachment Case Against George W. Bush. Count 3 – War Crimes, Torture and Murder by Vyan

The Impeachment Case against George W. Bush – Count 4: Criminal Negligence by Vyan

. . . there will be no choice but impeachment, by teacherken

I think that we are now ready to impeach Dick Cheney by Major Danby

On Impeachment: Have Faith in the American People by Turkana

A Clear Case for Impeachment by Mayor Rocky Anderson

Bipartisan Impeachment & Resignation: A Retrospective, by BentLiberal

In defense of impeachment by wolverinethad

Sorry, but Tony Snow is right by occams hatchet

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And some of my own humble efforts!


Impeachment Without A Conviction? Hell Yes!

Without Impeachment…………….George Bush Skates

The Apparently Misunderstood Strategy Behind Impeach ‘Now’

We Don’t Have The Votes To Impeach…well, DUH!

The Illusion is Shattered…the centre cannot hold….Impeach

My Fellow Americans……..Please Impeach George Bush

Is Torture An Impeachable Offense?

So ….these are some of the classics, if you have suggestions for “new classics” or remonstrances for classics I have missed speak up in the comments (with a link!) and I will add them to the archive!

But Don’t Order Yet!!!

You also get….

Impeachment Greatest Hits: The Videos!

The Regime Arrives: The Big Brother Passport Is Our Key to Victory

I just got one of the new passports, with the embedded chip. There is a logo on the front cover to let you know The Regime is Protecting You. Of course if you would like to destroy that chip, there is no shortage of online how-to advice. That tactic is not my style. I like to keep my options open.

This diary is called “The Regime Arrives” because until the advent of the electronic passport, there was a loophole in the web of State Control on citizens. That loophole is closed. Your identity and key information can be read at a distance if you are carrying a new passport. Your digital photo is added to a Federal database and no doubt mathematically abstracted into a vector string that represents your facial signature…probably available to certain trusted purveyors and consumers of security camera systems and imagery monitoring.

Who you are, where you are, where you are going, who accompanies you, what you are doing, what you are reading, what you are communicating, what you look like…all now fully open to Federal government scrutiny without a warrant, or probable cause.

So let’s review the bidding. The Federal government, with the collaboration and consent of all its three branches, has established a large number of ongoing programs and policies in direct and flagrant repeated violations of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. These include but are not limited to: electronic surveillance of all communications, imprisonment without warrant, deprivation of counsel, cruel and unusual punishments, no speedy trials, property seizure without due process…

The Constitution is not vague about these things: the rights of the people in these matters are not to be infringed. The Constitution does not grant rights. It acknowledges their existence and expressly forbids their infringement. I cannot say that a Federal government that so grossly and callously violates the letter and spirit of the Constitution is a Constitutionally legitimate government.

This has brought about a movement of secession in Vermont:

http://www.vermontrepublic.org/

“…governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it…”

– Thomas Jefferson,

The Declaration of Independence

Mr. Jefferson, if only you were with us today.

Alter it? Voting for whom? One of the UniParty? Pointless.

Abolish it? By what means? And replace it with what?

Good luck, Vermont. You’ll need it. And some more cash:

Please help us save Vermont, America, and the rest of the world from the American Empire by helping tiny Vermont lead our nation into peaceful disunion.

Send your check to the Second Vermont Republic, P.O. Box 544, Charlotte, VT 05445.

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War stops thousands of beating hearts

I saw that on a bumpersticker recently, and thought it was a cogent reminder to so-called right-to-lifers that saving lives of real, whole people who actually exist and function as human beings should be at least as important as saving unborn fetuses or frozen embryos.

But to the religious right, and to the Catholic church, which I don’t lump in with the evangelicals, some “beating hearts” are more important than others.

When you go to Abortion Stops a Beating Heart website, you discover that Pro-Life Ministries “supports President Bush and our brave soldiers fighting Islamic terrorism.”  A link takes you to this explanation of Islam:  

Why you Need to Understand Islam and Islam’s False Religion of Hate, Intolerance and Errors Which Leads its’ Followers to Hell and Eternal Separation from God and Become a Follower of Jesus Who is the Christ, the ONLY Son of God, and sits at God’s Right Hand!

But are their Islamic hearts, and the hearts of Iraqi civilians, beating, or is it only the US military, whose hearts beat true for the red, white and blue?

What prompts this post not anything new from the fundamentalists, but a recent statement by the Catholic bishops.

The Chicago Tribune’s Washington bureau reports:

Catholic bishops: Remember abortion in 2008

by Mark Silva

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today renewed a call to American Catholics to heed the church’s teachings on Election Day — and make the fight against abortion a top priority.

“The direct and intentional destruction of innocent human life is always wrong and is not just one issue among many,” the bishops said in adopting a statement, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” at the close of their fall meeting in Baltimore.

The bishops also issued a statement on Iraq.  From Catholic News Service:

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Some U.S. policymakers “seem to fail to recognize sufficiently the reality and failures in Iraq and the imperative for new directions,” warned the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a new statement on transition in Iraq.

“As pastors and teachers, we are convinced that the current situation in Iraq remains unacceptable and unsustainable,” the document says.

The statement issued Nov. 13 by the conference president, Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, Wash., reiterates the bishops’ insistence that the transition of U.S. forces out of Iraq should take into account moral issues, such as minimizing the loss of human life, addressing the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, the situation of refugees and the protection of human rights, especially religious freedom….

Then comes a discussion of the moral issues of war and peace:

Church teaching on war and peace “offers hard questions, not easy answers,” it said. “Our nation must now focus more on the ethics of exit than on the ethics of intervention.”

Among the moral questions it raises are:

— “How can we minimize the further loss of human lives?”

— “What actions will do the most good and least harm?”

— “What elements of a responsible transition are attainable?”

— “What actions should be avoided?”

— “What are the financial costs and global consequences of continued war and occupation?”

— “How can our nation effectively counter the perversion of religion and ideologies that support terrorism?”

How the answers could be so clear-cut on abortion, and even stem cell research, and so foggy on whether it is morally right to kill people to try to impose our will, is mind-boggling.  Blessed are the peacemakers, indeed.  How many IslamoFascists can dance on the head of a pin?

I find it abhorrent that any religion would try to tell its members how to vote.

But telling them that abortion is more important at the ballot box than war and peace is indefensible.

Hey, hey, USA,

How many beating hearts

did you stop today?      

Krongard Brothers Update – Meta

After our Monday Morning News Drop story appeared here and on Kos, Keith Olbermann and John Dean ran with it as documented on Raw Story.

“It is a component of a larger investigation,” Dean asserted, “and I cannot escape the metaphor that has been running through my head, that we might see Waxman running into a cookie that is starting to crumble because it’s run into a buzzsaw brother. … Waxman isn’t one who will turn away from digging this entire matter out.”

Since then it was discovered that Mother Jones has been doing their own research on the issue where we learn some of the corruption charges:

Krongard stands accused of inadequate oversight of construction contractors at the new, $600-million U.S. Embassy in Baghdad; refusing to pursue procurement fraud charges in a case related to a DynCorp contract; intervening in an ongoing investigation of former Broadcasting Board of Governors Chairman Kenneth Tomlinson; questionable auditing of State Department financial statements; and an “abusive management style” that has contributed to an almost wholesale revolt against him by his own staff.

TPM has put together CookieNotes which is a list of all the documents revealed so far.

Turkana asks the important question, why is killing people in any legal gray area whatsoever?

Despite attempts to cancel the hearing Henry Waxman announced that he is moving forward with the investigation as planned.

The Mesabi Daily News wonders what Thanksgiving will be like for the Krongards.  The Washington Post asks the same question.

I was wondering if the story made it beyond our borders and it looks like it made it all the way to New Zealand.  Perhaps that will show the Dems the impact of standing up for what’s right?  Perhaps not.

Thank you Mr. Waxman, Keith Olbermann, and all the bloggers and journalists for making this story an international one within just a few days.  

New Report Warns “Afghanistan on the Brink”

Reuters has just posted a story that should make Americans stand up and take notice — assuming they can bestir their self-interested torpor — as the Senlis Council, a well-respected international think-tank, has released a report, “Stumbling into Chaos: Afghanistan on the Brink”, which argues the situation in Afghanistan has reached “crisis proportions”. This follows the revelations last month from a top British politician and former UN representative in the Balkans that the war in Afghanistan is “lost”.

Canadian Television summed up the conclusions in the Senlis report this way (all emphases in quotes throughout are mine):

*** The Taliban are winning hearts and minds in southern Afghanistan; the international community is not. NATO-ISAF troops are forced to fight in an increasingly hostile environment because of the international community’s blunt political errors.

*** The absence of comprehensive development aid plans has given a strategic advantage to the Taliban.

*** Time for a well-planned village by village hearts and minds campaign to re-engage the Afghan population and make NATO’s mission a successful one.

What’s that? A “hearts and minds” campaign to “re-engage” the population against the native opposition? Where have I heard that kind of language before?

Meanwhile, the Reuters article elaborates:

If NATO, the lead force operating in Afghanistan, is to have any impact against the insurgency, troop numbers will have to be doubled to at least 80,000, the report said.

Despite the alarms and the suggestions, the Taliban is likely to retake Kabul next year.

Senlis said its research had established that the Taliban, driven out of Afghanistan by the U.S. invasion in late 2001, had rebuilt a permanent presence in 54 percent of the country and was finding it easy to recruit new followers.

It was also increasingly using Iraq-style tactics, such as roadside and suicide bombs, to powerful effect, and had built a stable network of financial support, funding its operations with the proceeds from Afghanistan’s booming opium trade.

“It is a sad indictment of the current state of Afghanistan that the question now appears to be not if the Taliban will return to Kabul, but when,” the report said.

Putting it all together, we can see that like its neighbor to the east, Pakistan, Afghanistan is headed for greater turbulence and a higher amount of Western intervention — although perhaps we should drop the polite language and call “intervention” by its real name: invasion.

The “hearts and minds” language, when combined with the call to double troop presence, points to plans for a large-scale military counterinsurgency campaign, as in Vietnam… or in Iraq. Such a campaign cannot really win popular support in the target country, as a prominent international humanitarian representative explains:

David Curtis, head of mission for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Somalia, explains: “When military and humanitarian groups are doing similar work it is hard for people… to differentiate between them. Yet the objectives of the two are utterly dissimilar; humanitarian agencies aid the population without taking sides and based on need, while the US military serve their own political and military objectives alone. The two are incompatible.”

Why U.S./NATO Troops Must Withdraw from Afghanistan

The U.S. “war on terror” has always been a cover for imperialist maneuvering between Western nations, the drive to secure capital markets and natural resources, like gas and oil, and to beat out your opponents while doing it. For instance, despite their putative “alliance,” the U.S., France, Germany, and the U.K. all have strong reasons to see the other nations of the group as competitors, particularly the U.S. and Germany.

The one thing that keeps them together is a lingering fear of Russia, and the political decision that the time has not yet come to split the alliance (as France almost did five years ago over Iraq). Well, I suppose there’s also the profits, as a Daily Kos diarist noted the other day:

More than $20 billion in U.S. Government contracts for work in Iraq and Afghanistan has gone to “… foreign companies whose identities – at least so far – are impossible to determine, according to a new study from the Center for Public Integrity.

The sufferings of the Afghan people has been immense. The Taliban are a truly awful political organization, one which will enslave much of the population in barbaric medieval religious laws and institutions. But the U.S. and its allies are incapable of “liberating” this country, as the predatory Iraq War has made clear to all Muslims in the region.

Only the complete defeat of the political leadership in the U.S. and Europe, and the institution of a new one, dedicated to punishing the militarists, politicians and businessmen, particularly those responsible for the illegal intervention into Iraq and the use of torture throughout the region, will begin the massive repair job needed to truly win the “hearts and minds” of impoverished and oppressed people around the globe. Such an overturn in leadership and political policy will not be without its reflection within the countries undergoing such change, and there will be both pain and sacrifice, and a feeling of liberation and a future free of fear.

For now, 2008 looks to be a year of further defeats on the battlefield for Bush and the neo-cons, followed by strained attempts to ratchet up the military machinery in the most explosive corner of the world. It is not too late to throw out this rancid bunch, but I fear the current political opposition is too subservient, too inured to a sterile electoralist platform, and too afraid, frankly, of necessary change, because too indebted to the large corporations that feed off the military machine, to lead as it should.

The conclusion will be messy, but as always in history, unforgiving, especially for those candidates and politicians that cannot embrace impeachment and immediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan — Withdrawal from Afghanistan?? you cry. Yes. NATO cannot save the anti-fundamentalist opposition in Afghanistan. They are ensuring a Taliban victory. They are irrevocably tainted by war crimes and torture. If a truly domestic opposition is to form and beat the Taliban and the warlords — and I strongly oppose both Taliban and the vicious warlords and obscurantist mullahs — then the U.S. and its allies must pull out.

Also posted at Invictus, NION, and Daily Kos

By The Numbers: 50, 43 and 24

Well, this is interesting.

From today’s Washington Post:

And despite widespread impressions that Obama is banking on unreliable first-time voters, Clinton depends on them heavily as well: About half of her supporters said they have never attended a caucus. Forty-three percent of Obama’s backers and 24 percent of Edwards’s would be first-time caucus-goers. Previous attendance is one of the strongest indicators of who will vote.

I note with amusement that the same Anne E. Kornblut who got it so so wrong in my previous diary today is coauthor of the piece quoted above.

Yikes.

Anyhoo, that ‘previous attendance’ number tells me the Iowa race is very much undecided, when you consider the other key piece of information:

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) draws support from 30 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa, compared with 26 percent for Clinton and 22 percent for former senator John Edwards (N.C.). New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson received 11 percent.

Some simple math. Let’s say there are 100,000 primary voters. If 1/4 of the folks for whom this is the first time don’t show up, and the rest do, the voting would go down as follows:

Obama – (30% X 100,000) – (1/4 X 43% X 100,000) = 19,250 votes

Clinton – (26% X 100,000) – (1/4 X 50% X 100,000) = 13,500 votes

Edwards – (22% X 100,000) – (1/4 X 24% X 100,000) = 16,000 votes

This was just an example with 100,000 base voters. The relative math works the same regardless of the base number.

Not that I’m trying to pick a fight with Armando, but I really don’t think Edwards is quite dead yet. Neither is Obama, of course.

Note – I’m not some big time Edwards supporter, just a dude who’s getting drawn into following the horserace despite my better instincts.

Cheers.

Four at Four

Some news and your Wednesday afternoon open thread.

  1. The Burlington Hawk Eye reports a Collapsed corn bin spills bushels on Hillsboro, Iowa house. A family was “rescued after a grain bin full of corn collapsed near their home in Hillsboro in Henry County. Rescue workers labored into the night Tuesday to free a father and son from the rubble of their home after the corn bin collapsed, spilling corn over a wide area.” Today, the Family sifts through remains of their home. “Wading through corn and scrambling over the crushed remains of a one-story house Tuesday, friends and relatives helped a Hillsboro family salvage small pieces of their lives. A full 519,000 bushel grain bin owned by Chem Gro of Houghton — only 20 feet from the house at 205 E. Main St. — burst Monday shortly after 8 p.m., according to neighbors. Jennifer and Jesse Kellett and their two children Jordan Walter, 11, and Sheyanne Walter, 9, were at home when the bin collapsed. Corn swept the house 30 feet off its foundation, trapping the family under rubble and grain.”

  2. The Washington Post reports Huckabee gaining ground in Iowa. “Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, buoyed by strong support from Christian conservatives, has surged past three of his better-known presidential rivals and is now challenging former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for the lead in the Iowa Republican caucuses, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News Poll. Huckabee has tripled his support in Iowa since late July… His support in Iowa appears stronger and more enthusiastic than that of his rivals… Romney outperforms Huckabee and other Republicans on key attributes, with two notable exceptions — perceptions of which candidate best understands people’s problems and which candidate is the most honest and trustworthy. On both, Romney and Huckabee are tied.” 1960 campaign was the last time a senator went on to win presidential election. The Democrats did it then with John F. Kennedy. Huckabee may have enough faux-populist hogwash to convince America.

  3. The New York Times has a piece about the Kerry-Edwards campaign of 2004 called For Edwards, a relationship that never quite fit. “To the end of their disappointing run, the two men were unable to agree on the script, whether for slogans or more substantive matters. And like so many political marriages, the one between Mr. Kerry and Mr. Edwards – Senate colleagues who became rivals then running mates but never really friends – ended in recrimination and regrets…. Kerry supporters say Mr. Edwards refused to play the traditional vice-presidential role of attack dog even going up against a purebred, Dick Cheney… To Mr. Edwards, Mr. Kerry seemed unable to get out of his own way. He ignored Mr. Edwards’s warning not to go windsurfing, one aide recalled, which led to the infamous ‘whichever way the wind blows’ advertisement mocking Mr. Kerry’s statements on the war. And in the end, Mr. Edwards concluded that Mr. Kerry lacked fight for not filing a legal challenge to the election results… Once the sunny centrist who did not want to criticize his rivals by name, Mr. Edwards has become the most confrontational candidate in the race. And he has courted his party’s left wing by renouncing his vote on the war, something he counseled Mr. Kerry not to do… On Election Day, the running mates spent much of the day believing exit polls that showed them winning. The next morning, with Ohio still up in the air, Mr. Edwards pressed to send lawyers to Columbus to challenge the way the state counted provisional ballots. But Mr. Kerry finally concluded that even winning all those ballots would not make him president.”

  4. The Los Angeles Times reports Early caucuses put student pro-Obama vote in play. “The Iowa caucuses are being held Jan. 3, the middle of winter break. With college students home for the holidays, campuses across the state will be empty. But the early caucus date could shift voter dynamics, adding young voices at their hometown caucuses across the state while diminishing the turnout at college precincts. Or, it could mean even fewer college students will take part in the electoral process. Either outcome will affect the tally for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois… The Obama campaign is banking on young voters, and the timing of this year’s caucuses could work to his advantage… Although students tend to register as voters on campus in Iowa, it’s easy to switch their registration on caucus night and vote at precincts in their hometowns… Of the Democratic candidates, the Illinois senator has the greatest support among young people and the least among senior citizens… If fewer college students vote, that would hamper Obama’s efforts and help former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, who has weaker support among young people and higher support among baby boomers, [according to Iowa State University political science professor Dianne Bystrom]. Clinton’s candidacy is unlikely to be affected because she has broad support across age groups.”

There’s a bonus story about an enormous, new national park in Canada below the fold.

  1. The New York Times reports Canada to announce vast new national park. “The Canadian government plans to announce today that it will convert 25.5 million acres of northern woodland into a new national park and wildlife protection areas. The result will be one of North America’s largest conservation areas, about 11.5 times the size of Yellowstone Park, and ease pressure from the mining and energy industries on an area that is important for wildlife, if sparsely populated by humans.” The Globe and Mail adds “Environment Minister John Baird, along with Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl, is expected to designate the East Arm of Great Slave Lake as significant to the culture of Canada in an announcement at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. Park status would protect the sprawling land from diamond and uranium companies, which are already working just north of the potential boundaries. It would also protect wildlife and traditional hunting grounds, said Bill Erasmus, Assembly of First Nations NWT regional chief… The government is also expected to announce some land withdrawals and the protection of the Ramparts, near Fort Good Hope, which encompasses 15,000 square kilometres of wetlands and other habitat for birds, including peregrine falcons. It contains many archeological sites and is considered sacred ground.”

So, what else is happening?

Hillary Hate Makes People Idiots

Booman:

The non-stop shilling for Clinton continues at Talk Left where Armando is at it full-time.

Have whatever opinion of the actual Bill Clinton Presidency, but you have to deal with the fact that Bill Clinton remains extremely popular and his Presidency remembered fondly.

It's funny, but I don't remember Bill Clinton's presidency all that fondly. The first two years could only be described as a total disaster.

Funny, I do not recall writing that BOOMAN remembered the Clinton Presidency fondly. I cited an article which stated:

Bill Clinton enjoys a 66 percent approval rating in a Washington Post/ABC News Poll released last month.

Booman's hatred of Hillary is so blinding that he denies the obvious – Bill Clinton is popular, whether Booman likes Bill or not. He sounds like a Republican now. Denying obvious facts. That is quintessential Hillary Hate. Makes people idiots.

True cost of Iraq war: Trillions

Such a deal.

The Iraq war already has cost a family of four $16,500, but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

A new report from the Congressional Joint Economic Committee says the cost per family is going to be $36,900.

And total expenditures, direct and indirect, could exceed $3.5-trillion if the U.S. stays the course and keeps even 75,000 troops in Iraq through 2017 — hardly a rash assumption, since none of the leading presidential candidates in either party will pledge to have the troops home by 2013.  (To be fair, “only” $2.8-trillion is for Iraq, with the rest for war in Afghanistan.)

Amitabh Pal for The Progressive online:


Predictably, the analysis has the Republicans crying foul. They allege that the Democrats in charge of the committee have played with the numbers. But this is the right way to measure the cost of that unnecessary conflict. The budgetary impact, as large as it is, captures only a fraction of the economic toll on this country.

The report details the multiple ways in which the war has been detrimental to the U.S. economy. Most obviously, the turmoil in Iraq has contributed to a diminished global oil production, making all of us pay higher prices at the pump. The report estimates that the Iraq fiasco has contributed at least $5 per barrel to the increase in oil prices.

And then there are several other costs, too. The government has had to spend borrowed money for the war, diverting spending from more productive uses and paying massive interest payments on its war profligacy. Substantial sums have had to be paid for treating wounded war veterans. There have been several lifetimes of lost productivity for the injured. Considerable military equipment has been damaged. And the list goes on.

Even that dollar count, of course, doesn’t count the real toll of the hundreds of thousands of lives shattered beyond repair, a cost the world will continue to bear for decades.

UPDATE: The Pentagon has found one way to cut costs: By asking wounded vets to give back the signing bonuses they got for enlisting, because they couldn’t fulfill their contracts. More here.

Pal continues:

I’m not going to do that whole guns versus butter thing and lament about all the productive expenditure this money could have been utilized for. It’s giving the Bush Administration too much credit to assume that they would have guided all that amount to more rational uses. (For those interested in such numbers, the American Friends Service Committee has some heartbreaking comparative statistics on the myriad ways the funds could have been better spent.)

Cross-posted on Out of Iraq Bloggers Caucus.

Some Questions Are Better Left Un-Asked?

I ate the apple from the tree. Sometimes I wish I hadn’t. I’m probably going to hell. 😉

“Where better to find people dumb enough to believe in George Bush……………..?”

Son of Mormon Prophet Maxes out to Mitt

Although Mitt Romney has said that he will not take orders from the LDS (Mormon) church, it is clear that many Mormons are excited about his candidacy.  He has received millions of dollars in donations from people in Utah, and many of them are Mormons.

I began to wonder if any of the so-called “General Authorities” of the church had contributed to Mitt.  So I went to opensecrets.org to check.  I couldn’t find any.  I guess they’ve sort of figured out that would be too obvious.  

But I was surprised to find that many of the children of the first presidency of the church (the prophet and his counselors) had maxed out their donations to Romney.  (OK, I wasn’t really that surprised.) Details on the flip.

The president and prophet of the LDS church is a cute old guy named Gordon B. Hinckley.  Gordon is now 97 years old, and has had some trouble keeping his nose out of politics lately.  For example, in April 2003 he said

As citizens we are all under the direction of our respective national leaders. They have access to greater political and military intelligence than do the people generally …  Furthermore, we are a freedom-loving people, committed to the defense of liberty wherever it is in jeopardy.

It may even be that He will hold us responsible if we try to impede or hedge up the way of those who are involved in a contest with forces of evil and repression.

Whoops!  Cat’s out of the bag there!  All of you who marched against the war will be Held Responsible by Him!  Sounds like a Bush supporter to me!  Then, in April of 2007, he presided over the award of an honorary doctorate of public service to Dick Cheney by BYU, the church’s university (follow the link for the most precious picture of the prophet and the neocon pope).

Furthermore, Gordon Hinckley has long used the family jet of Republican Utah Governor Jon Huntsman and his father to get around.

Well, now it looks like conservative politics run in the family.  Hinckley’s son Clark B. Hinckley, a big shot at Zion’s Bank, an outfit with longstanding official ties to the church, has donated $2300 to Mitt.  And so has his wife.  Now they are certainly free to do this.  But do you think they forgot to mention it to dad beforehand?  Do you think the prophet disapproved?  I don’t.

I also found that children of the late James E. Faust, one of Gordon Hinckley’s counselors in the first presidency, and Henry B. Eyring, Faust’s replacement, have also given near the maximum to Mitt.  The list of donors to Romney contains the surnames of many Mormon General Authorities that I don’t have time to dig into.  It is enough that the children of three of the four most recent top Mormon leaders have given generously to Romney.

It is a joke for these people to try and act like Romney will be independent of Salt Lake.  The Mormon elite are salivating at the power that would come with control of the White House.

And I am a lifelong, practicing Mormon (for now). I even served a mission in Paris like Mitt (though 20 years later).  I’d like to write a bit about that too, but it will have to wait.  For now, I’m seriously reevaluating my relationship with a church that is beginning to look more and more like a branch of the Republican party, and complicit in the murders and torture of the Bush administration.

Here are the details:

FAUST, MARCUS G MR

OAKTON,VA 22124

MARCUS G. FAUST P.C./ATTORNEY

3/2/2007

$4,200

Romney, Mitt

FAUST, SUSAN MRS

OAKTON,VA 22124

SELF-EMPLOYED/CONSULTANT

3/2/2007

$2,100

Romney, Mitt

EYRING, AMY R MS

ASHLAND,MA 01721

HOMEMAKER

6/25/2007

$2,300

Romney, Mitt

EYRING, JOHN B MR

NORTH SALT LAKE CI,UT 84054

LEVCACLIA/EXECUTIVE

6/25/2007

$2,300

Romney, Mitt

EYRING, MATTHEW J MR

ASHLAND,MA 01721

INNOSIGHT LLC/MANAGING DIRECTOR

1/10/2007

$2,100

Romney, Mitt

HINCKLEY, CLARK B

SALT LAKE CITY,UT 84105

ZIONS BANCORPORATION/EXECUTIVE

3/26/2007

$2,300

Romney, Mitt

HINCKLEY, KATHLEEN H

SALT LAKE CITY,UT 84105

HOMEMAKER

3/26/2007

$2,300

Cross posted at Daily Kos.

Rudy Guiliani a Cross Dressing Presidential Candidate Raised by a Mafia Father

Rudy Guiliani’s father Harold was a mafia hit man. He did time in Sing Sing. Upon his father’s death Rudy said that his father was a kind, generous man who taught him the value of honesty. Many members of Guilianis family were mobsters. Maybe Rudy has “issues”. According to Rudy mafia hit men can be kind and honest. It seems that Rudy, due to his upbringing and the development and maintenance of this perverse perspective no doubt has a great deal of difficulty dealing with a little thing called, THE TRUTH.


Wayne Barret wrote a book that uncovered Rudy’s upbringing in 2000. It’s called “Rudy! An Investigative Biography of Rudolph Giuliani.” Barret is a well respected writer for the Village Voice.


The news media seems to have forgotten all about the book.

 


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He could be the next President. Here he is showing his feminine side dressed up like a mobster….and again below showing he’s not afraid to dress up in womens clothing. He’s got the cross dresser vote in the (brown paper) bag

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Yes, this is really Rudy Giuliani. A man of many disguises. He likes to play dress up. There are many more photos of Rudy dressing up in womens clothing on several occassions. It’s something he likes to do….otherwise he wouldn’t do it. Take off the make up and you will find a very mixed up man, who dabbles in being a woman.


Here’s a video with Trump. Trump actually sucking at Giuliani’s breasts. Can he be serious about being president?


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Giuliani has also posed as a Hell’s angel with Conservative, Mob connected senator Al D’Amato to buy crack cocaine on the street in an “effort” to show how available drugs were in New York City. He showed up in a news conference dressed as a Hell’s angel to describe the buy. Maybe Rudy’s upbringing by the Mafia dad, cousins and uncles left him with a little bit of an identity problem. Does he want to be a man, a sexy woman, a mobster, a cop, a drug addicted Hell’s Angel or President or just a fey, silly boy?


Senator Al D’Amato is a very close friend of Rudys

A convicted figure in the FBI’s Abscam Congressional bribery sting operation said in a taped conversation that D’Amato was “on the take.” In the March 1979 taped conversation, Alfred Carpentier told FBI agents posing as Arabs how to develop Mitchell Field, an abandoned Air Force base the government sold to Nassau County in 1961. Carpentier asserted that he could get to then Hempstead Supervisor D’Amato. “The guy is on the take. If you want to give him something, we’ll weigh that when the time comes. You make your analysis based on what he’s giving us… [D’Amato] said you can develop the that whole goddamn thing. That whole thing comes to, like, a $240 million development. You can have any part of it or the best pieces, whatever you want.” No action was taken against D’Amato.

From TPM Cafe:

Senator Al was delighting his fellow Republicans in Washington with his never-ending investigation of the Clintons. Appointing Senator Al, one of the most crooked senators in US history, to lead an investigation of President Clinton, was the most crude and ugly attack on a sitting president ever launched. Senator Al’s charge was to humiliate a sitting president in front of the world to the best of his ability and he put his heart and soul into the task at hand. Thank God, New Yorkers finally got sick of listening to his shit and threw him out of office.

If Senator Al had conducted a real investigation of the Clintons, it would have been over in less than six months. Based on his own vast experience, Senator Al knew which rocks to look under and if he couldn’t find any wrongdoing, there wasn’t any.


Louie Freeh’s assignment was to turn up the heat on the president and block any attempt to look into Senator Al’s ties to Carl Lizza and his other unsavory mob-connected associates. It was fairly well-known in certain NY circles that Senator Al was picking up cash at Nastasi-White, another mobbed-up NY contractor. Someone I know personally observed Senator Al on several occasions at the Nastasi office.

Among his many shady undertakings, Senator Al traded stock through Stratton Oakmont, a very crooked brokerage house on Long Island which was the target of a big investigation and shut down. The Stratton Oak principals were convicted but nothing stuck to Senator Al. Nothing ever did.

From the New York Times

Senator Alfonse M. D’Amato said yesterday that he had spoken to Rudolph W. Giuliani, then the United States Attorney in Manhattan, three times about pending criminal cases in 1984 and 1985, but he denied any effort to pressure the prosecutor – an account that Mr. Giuliani backed up.


Both the Long Island Republican and Mr. Giuliani, the Republican-Liberal candidate for mayor of New York City, described the contacts as cursory and routine, with no effect on the outcomes of the cases. The two men issued statements after articles about the contacts appeared in The Village Voice and The Daily News.


On one occasion, Mr. D’Amato said, he passed on a plea from the Rev. Louis Gigante of the Bronx for a reduction in the prison sentence of Father Gigante’s brother, Mario, of Yonkers, a reputed captain in the Genovese family of the Mafia. Over the objections of Mr. Giuliani’s office, a judge later trimmed two years from the eight-year term that Mr. Gigante received for extortion.


Another time, Mr. D’Amato said, acting at the behest of the late criminal lawyer Roy Cohn, he urged Mr. Giuliani to review murder charges against the late Paul Castellano, then boss of the city’s most powerful Mafia group, the Gambino family. But Mr. D’Amato said he was unaware of the identity of the defendant or any other particulars of the case at the time..

Of course Rudy opposed the reduction of the sentence publicly while he promoted it privately. The fact is, The Castellano sentence was reduced.


…and Gigante was granted bail.


This is another example of how Rudy takes the values he learned from his father and applies them to real world situations. Tony Soprano has those kinds of values. He doesn’t like to be lied to either. He believes in doing favors. And getting favors in return.


Harold Giuliani, Rudy’s father broke legs, smashed kneecaps and crunched noses and no doubt killed people for the mob as a juice loan collector for the mob. He served time in Sing Sing for armed robbery

Early on in his crime career, Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani’s father, Harold Giuliani, was sent to Sing Sing prison for armed robbery.__As reported by Wayne Barrett in his 2000 book Rudy! An Investigative Biography of Rudolph Giuliani, Harold Giuliani and an accomplice held up a milk deliverer in Manhattan on April 2, 1934. The indictment (“People v. Harold Giuliani indicted as Jospeh Starrett,” the false name Harold gave the police) charged Harold threatened the milkman with a pistol to get his money.

From the Village Voice a description of Harold Guiliani on a typical work day as he shakes down a milk man.

Giuliani grabbed Hall’s pants and yanked them down to his ankles. He told Hall to sit down. He grabbed the man’s hands, pulled them behind his back and bound them with cord. Squatting, his back to the wall, Giuliani leaned over his victim and began tying his feet together. Before he was finished, a police officer, Edward Schmitt, burst in the front door of the building.


Later in his career…


Most debtors would pay at the bar, slipping an envelope to Harold across the counter. In the mid to late ’50s, Harold collected as much as $15,000 a week, tapping dozens of debtors. The “vig” usually began at a stifling 150 percent and rose with the passing of each week. Many people borrowed money to pay rent or foot a business expense and would pay back four or five times the amount they borrowed. There were no excuses for being late.


One afternoon, a man reluctantly entered the bar to apologize to Harold, saying that he didn’t have the money-could he have just one more week? Frowning, Harold reached under the bar, out of sight, and gripped his baseball bat. As the man before him continued pleading for an extension, Harold swung the bat, cracking him flat across the face, sending him back a few feet. “Don’t be late again,” Harold said, according to an eyewitness.



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Many of Rudy’s immediate family were mobsters.

But you see Rudy was a states attorney and he indicted many mobsters and many Wall Street cheaters.


So you ask….how can Rudy be a Mobster if he indicted so many mobsters? Recently two New York Policeman who were once convicted were released from life imprisonment by what appears to be a mob judge. The two police were high officials in the New York police department. These policemen worked for the Luchese crime family and were assassinating and imprisoning members of rival mafia families.

From the NYTS:

Judge Weinstein wrote that Mr. Eppolito and Mr Caracappa

“had kidnapped, murdered and assisted kidnappers and murderers” and he had no choisce but to let them go because the 5 year staure of limitations in the conspirisacy cases had run out.



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States Attorney, politicians and judges belonging or allied with one family or the other often put in jail opposing mafia members. So we have the illusion that there is the law on one side and the criminals on the other. But in reality they work together.


Public officials promote the agenda of the family whose side they are on.


Politicians do not go to jail because they break the law. They go to jail because they are caught by opposing forces on the other end of the political spectrum and for competitive reasons of advancement by the public officials who put them there.


States attorneys are always putting potential rivals in jail…or fixing cases on behalf of allies.

  In Illinois it’s common for a states attorny to put an Illinois governor in jail and then run for governor himself. States attorney’s typically go for high profile cases to further their careers, not to fight crime.


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What is Guilianis other hand doing?

Bernard Kerik associates with the mob too. They do all his remodeling.


Kerik’s mother was a prostitute who abandon him as a child. Kerik is a high school drop out and has passed only a high school equivalency test.


With those qualifications Bernark Kerik was appointed police commissioner for the New York City by Rudolph Guiliani and later on, with Guilianis recommendation, head (and neck) of Homeland Security. I think Keriks neck is a neck developed from the use of steroids. In any case Kerik is neck deep in mob ties and Rudy Guiliani certainly knew that when he appointed him Police Commisioner.


Kerik has just been indicted for a host of reasons, among them having a mafia construction company remodel his home at no charge. Kerik helped the company get city contracts and his brother got a job “working” for them.

Like Rudy, family is very important.


Kerik was “discovered” by Guiliani when Kerik appeared on the scene as Guiliani’s chaffeur.

So Giuliani is leading in many of the polls. That figures. Quite fitting that the American State Run Mob that extorts, rapes, kidnaps, imprisons, assassinates, tortures people all over the world be led by a man whose family taught him the ropes from childhood.


Quite fitting that the absurdist, American suburban people seriously consider a cross dressing son of a mobster disguised as a former mayor, crime fighting states attorney and faux 911 hero to lead a nation in worldwide extortion and loan sharking.

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The future waits anxiously for Herr Don Guiliani.

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