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Four Color Politics

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

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: King of Pain

“Things are never easy for Fearless Leader. His crown lies heavy upon his head. I mean, the poor man just got over having to commute the sentence of a good friend convicted of lying to Congress, and now that stupid old Congress is sniffing around for more things to bother him with. Can’t they just let the poor man get back to watching cartoons?”
-Skippy


“President Bush invoked executive privilege Monday to deny requests by Congress for testimony from two former aides about the firings of federal prosecutors.

The White House, however, did offer again to make former counsel Harriet Miers and one-time political director Sara Taylor available for private, off-the-record interviews.”
-Associated Press, July 10, 2007

“No one is allowed to talk to the White House advisors because there needs to be free and unfettered communication between Fearless Leader and his flying monkeys, and the fear of Congress asking questions could make his monkeys not tell him the good news that he knows is happening all around him in the bright gleaming bubble of happiness and agreement that surrounds him like a halo..
Of course they WOULD be aloud to speak to Congress if they could avoid any kind of responsibility for what was said. You see, those communications are very private and personal, but if they weren’t under oath their communications would suddenly be ok to discuss. They could tell you anything (and probably would).
Exactly why is this executive privilege? Let’s let the White House answer.”
-Skippy

“In a letter to the heads of the House and Senate judiciary panels, White House counsel Fred Fielding insisted that Bush was acting in good faith and refused lawmakers’ demand that the president explain the basis for invoking the privilege.
‘You may be assured that the president’s assertion here comports with prior practices in similar contexts, and that it has been appropriately documented,’ the letter said.”
-Associated Press, July 10, 2007

“See? You just have to trust that the man who’s office is under investigation for withholding vital investigation into a corruption case will tell you the truth. Other than testimony, what else could you want…”
-Skippy

“Fielding also said the White House would ignore the committees’ request for a list of documents it was refusing not turn over.”
-Cox News Service, July 9, 2007

“…other than any information at all?”
-Skippy

“As a longtime attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, I can honestly say that I have never been as ashamed of the department and government that I serve as I am at this time.
The public record now plainly demonstrates that both the DOJ and the government as a whole have been thoroughly politicized in a manner that is inappropriate, unethical and indeed unlawful. The unconscionable commutation of I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby’s sentence, the misuse of warrantless investigative powers under the Patriot Act and the deplorable treatment of U.S. attorneys all point to an unmistakable pattern of abuse.
In the course of its tenure since the Sept. 11 attacks, the Bush administration has turned the entire government (and the DOJ in particular) into a veritable Augean stable on issues such as civil rights, civil liberties, international law and basic human rights, as well as criminal prosecution and federal employment and contracting practices. It has systematically undermined the rule of law in the name of fighting terrorism, and it has sought to insulate its actions from legislative or judicial scrutiny and accountability by invoking national security at every turn, engaging in persistent fearmongering, routinely impugning the integrity and/or patriotism of its critics, and protecting its own lawbreakers. This is neither normal government conduct nor ‘politics as usual,’ but a national disgrace of a magnitude unseen since the days of Watergate — which, in fact, I believe it eclipses.”
-John S. Koppel, civil appellate attorney with the Department of Justice since 1981, July 5, 2007

“Let’s go out on something a little more light-hearted. Give us a good one Fearless Leader..”
-Skippy

“You know, our government and the people -- the generosity of the Americans, American people can be -- as manifested by just money, spending money.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, July 9, 2007

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