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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: Alberto.. Again

"’He has done nothing wrong,’ Bush said in an impassioned defense of his longtime friend and adviser during a news conference at his Texas ranch.

Despite Bush's comments, support for Gonzales is eroding, even in the president's own party. The Senate is prepared to hold a no-confidence vote, possibly by week's end, and five Republican senators have joined many Democrats in calling for Gonzales' resignation.
The attorney general is under investigation by Congress in last year's firing of eight federal prosecutors. The president told the Democrats to get back to more pressing matters.
‘I stand by Al Gonzales, and I would hope that people would be more sober in how they address these important issues,’ Bush said. ‘And they ought to get the job done of passing legislation, as opposed to figuring out how to be actors on the political theater stage.’"
-Associated Press, May 21, 2007

“Ah yes.. Fearless Leader using the word ‘sober’ and accusing politicians of being political… Ah, I love the smell of irony in the morning. Alberto Gonzales is always good for a few morning Quotes. Let’s look at how he’s been keeping himself busy (when not testifying as part of an ever-increasing scandal).”

“Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is pressing the U.S. Congress to enact a sweeping intellectual-property bill that would increase criminal penalties for copyright infringement, including ‘attempts’ to commit piracy.”
-CNet, May 15, 2007

“So owning Limewire or Kazaa will probably be illegal soon, as they will probably be seen as ‘attempts’ to commit piracy.”

“Permit more wiretaps for piracy investigations. Wiretaps would be authorized for investigations of Americans who are ‘attempting’ to infringe copyrights.”
-CNet, May 15, 2007

“Hmm? Oh sure, they’ll increase the government spying on people. If you have BitTorrent they’ll be allowed to tap your phone. You have a problem with this?”

“Allow computers to be seized more readily. Specifically, property such as a PC ‘intended to be used in any manner’ to commit a copyright crime would be subject to forfeiture, including civil asset forfeiture.”
-CNet, May 15, 2007

“And then they’ll be allowed to just take your computer, even if you actually did nothing illegal with it. I mean, if you INTENDED to use it to watch a bootleg video, that’s good enough for Alberto Gonzales. Still, Alberto, despite the scandals with the fired attorneys and his basic, kind of glaring, incompetence, manages to hold onto the only opinion that really matters.”

“Now, you asked about Alberto Gonzales. He has got my confidence.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, May 21, 2007

“And that is good enough for me. If there was any thought that something inappropriate was up you know Fearless Leader would be getting to the bottom of it.”

“President Bush said Tuesday he welcomes a Justice Department investigation into who revealed the classified identity of a CIA operative.
‘If there's a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is,’ Bush told reporters at an impromptu news conference during a fund-raising stop in Chicago, Illinois. ‘If the person has violated law, that person will be taken care of. ‘”
-CNN, February 11, 2004

“President Bush appeared to backtrack Monday from his 2004 pledge to fire anyone involved in leaking the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame.”
-CNN, July 19, 2005

“Dang. Guess I’m wrong. Seems like Fearless Leader just shields criminals in his Administration from any kind of responsibility or repercussions of their actions. You’ll have to excuse my language, but it takes a lot of balls to do stand up in the face of public opinion like that.”

“We talked about enlargement -- we're looking forward to going to the 2008 NATO summit in Bucharest to talk about enlargement.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, May 21, 2007


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