As we listen to the right choke on self-righteous outrage over Deep Throat and how the "traitor" betrayed his agency, the FBI, or as Pat Buchanan called it this morning on CSPAN "the secret police" by breaking ranks to take down a President by leaking inside information to a "liberal" newspaper, one has to wonder if the conservative right has taken leave of its senses. I know it left its morality in a sewer some time ago. Morality only applies to the liberals and Democrats, especially the Clintons. I was a young adult, fresh out of college during the Watergate years. This is what happened. In short, President Nixon committed a crime. Yes, President Nixon committed a crime. He was caught red handed even though he tried to erase the tapes that helped incriminate him. (Being paranoid, Nixon had taped himself and everyone else who met with him.) Repeat: President Nixon committed a crime and he was caught. Case closed. I am staying on message. I am not flip-flopping. I have nothing more to say except President Nixon committed a crime. Justice and our Democratic system were served by his removal.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, while the conservative right continues rail, vent and rant about this and that, carrying on like clowns in a three, no, one-ring circus, or bad actors in a porn flick, below is news of substance if you want to know what is really going on in real reality. The Internet and bloggosphere are exploding with news tonight. It is exciting, heady and almost hard to keep up with it all. Despite the challenges to read quickly and blog what I think is relevant, it is with cautious optimism and barely containable excitement that I do so. I perceive light, finally, in the darkness that has been pervading us. I can't imagine where we would be, in terms of meaningful information, without the Internet and the bloggosphere. LS
DOWNING STREET MEMO NOT GOING AWAY
KERRY TO BRING DOWNING STREET MEMO ISSUE TO SENATE. WILL PRESENT A CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT OF BUSH
I found this interesting piece on a conservative website, The Consevative Voice.com via Raw Story. It is very short and factual.
KERRY BRINGS DSM TO SENATE
PROTESTERS IN TAMPA INSIST THAT LOCAL TV STATION AIR DOWNING STREET MEMO
PROTESTERS DEMAND NEWS
The Downing Street Memo is percolating in the MSM press. Found on the Bangor Daily News.com via Buzz Flash. Naturally the piece is written in the "Viewpoints" section, not on the front page.
MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE PUBLISHES DOWNING STREET MEMO
This paper was the first large MSM press to write about the Downing Street Memo in its editorial section. Now they have published the memo.
SMOKING GUN PUBLISHED
Thank you to the heroes in the Northeast, the Midwest and in the South (Florida of all places!) for giving exposure to the Downing Street Memo.
MOVING ON TO OHIO FRAUD AND SLEAZE.
REVEALTIONS OF CORRUPTION IN OHIO EXPLODING
Money laundering scheme may have taken place in the Ohio Bush/Cheney fundraising efforts. A former top aide to two Ohio governors admits Mr. Noe asked him to donate $2,000. to the Bush/Cheney and he was then reimbursed by Noe. Isn't it uplifting and gratifying to know how many moral and honest characters the GOP attracts to do its biding.
Found on Cleveland's Plan Dealer via Raw Story.
OHIO GOP MONEY LAUNDERING SCHEME
DEAN SAYS BUSH SHOULD GIVE TAINTED OHIO CAMPAIGN DONATIONS BACK TO THE STATE
Bush will give back oh, maybe $4,000., perhaps, of the funds raised by Noe, but not the $100K in tainted funds; the amount suggested by Democrats. Meanwhile, as if Bush really cares, the people in Ohio have been royally ripped off to the tune of $10-12 million. Where oh where did the money go, where oh where could it have gone?
DEAN SAYS GIVE MONEY BACK
ABRAMOFF'S CORRUPTION SLIME OOZING CLOSER TO BUSH.
“THE PIMPING OF THE PRESIDENT,” by Lou DuBose of the Texas Observer
Abramoff and Norquest bill clients for face time with Bush.
PIMPING THE PRESIDENT
MOVING AWAY FROM OHIO FRAUD TO WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR A DEMOCRATIC AGENDA.
DEMOCRATS NEED TO SEIZE IRAQ AS ISSUE NO. ONE
Great piece and solid, hard edged and thought provoking advice for Democrats by Arianna Huffington. She gave a speech yesterday at the Take Back America conference. Hammer away relentlessly about the horrors and failures of Iraq so they won't be lost on the American psyche. Wrap morality into the deliberate and abject refusal of the Bush administration to address the needs of working Americans and those of our nation’s poor.
Arianna has also started a blog, The Huffington Post in which 400 bloggers blog 24/7 on Iraq. I saw her on CSPAN's Washington Journal yesterday. Republican callers actually quite supportive of her views on issues. Of course there were a few crazy extremist calling in, but what else is new.
Found on AlterNet
And be bold and passionate enough to turn economic issues into moral issues. Because, remember one thing: although it hardly got any ink compared to the passage of gay marriage initiatives, voters in Florida and Nevada, both red states that voted for George W. Bush, also approved initiatives calling for big hikes in the minimum wage. These were the true moral values initiatives. Because it is a moral disgrace that low-wage workers with full-time jobs do not earn enough to lift their families out of poverty. And while the Bible says nothing against gay rights, it says an awful lot about our responsibilities to the poor. We shall be judged by what we do for the least among us, was Christ's admonition. Maybe someone can send that to Tom Delay.
IRAQ NO. 1 ISSUE
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