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Hasta Luego, Alberto

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Posted on Aug 27, 2007
Gonzales resigns
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Gonzales’ resignation takes effect Sept. 17. Said Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York: “Thank God.”

After months of intense scrutiny from the press, public and the Senate Judiciary Committee, beleaguered Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has followed in Karl Rove’s footsteps, becoming the second major member of President Bush’s inner circle to resign in this last phase of Bush’s presidency.  Gonzales called it quits on Monday, sparking a flurry of reactions on Capitol Hill.


The Politico:

In a brief statement before cameras at the Justice Department, Gonzales said he had met with Bush on Sunday and informed him of his decision to resign, effective Sept. 17. He made no references to the controversies that hounded him from office.

“Let me say that it’s been one of my greatest privileges to lead the Department of Justice,” Gonzales said. “I have great admiration and respect for the men and women who work here. I have made a point as attorney general to personally meet as many of them as possible, and today I want to again thank them for their service to our nation. ... I am profoundly grateful to President Bush for his friendship and for the many opportunities he has given me to serve the American people.”

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By purplewolf, August 28, 2007 at 4:45 pm Link to this comment

#97316 June:
Chertoff wouldn’t even need makeup, the kind used on the face, not the kind of things they “make-up” to try to save face.

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By June, August 28, 2007 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment
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RE: #97275
“Sepulchral” is my term for Chertoff’s mien. He could have starred beautifully in a Boris Karloff movie.

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By Marion, August 28, 2007 at 9:52 am Link to this comment
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Chertoff is translated literally from Russian as Devil’s or ‘Devilson’: in Russian ‘chert’ means ‘devil’.— So much for this so Christian administration. Ms. Rice, with her alleged skills in Russian language (which I doubt very much, since her knowledge of Russian history is remarkably skimpy) - should spot the irony long time ago. The whole administration and its deeds suppliy endless illustrations to everything that is Anti-Christ: by bringing death, poverty, injustice, taking from weak and poor, worshiping false idols, and pretending to be holier than God.

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By farmertx, August 28, 2007 at 9:02 am Link to this comment

Re:#97275 by purplewolf on 8/28 at 7:47 am
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The law you speak of is in the Constitution, which explains why they ignored it.
Actually, somebody did point it out at the last minute and the Shootist had to hop a plane and do a last minute after the fact registering in order to vote in his “home” state of Wyoming.
The Brown One was not AG then, so he couldn’t rule that the law didn’t apply to Shrubs’ VP.
Here in Texas we remember when Shrubs’ daddy used to fly down from Kennebunkport and stay at a Houston Hotel so he could vote as a “Texan”.
To me, Chertoff looks as if he got out of POW camp.
But, regardless of who Shrub appoints, we can be fairly certain that it will be sycophant. Or worse.

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By purplewolf, August 28, 2007 at 8:47 am Link to this comment

Let’s hope that Chertoff doen’t have this position handed to him. He makes the hair on my back stand out and I don’t even have hair on my back. There is something very sinister looking about him and when hearing him on tv,he is creepy sounding that I just know he cannot be trusted to follow the laws of the land over weedboy view of the law as he wants it to be. The only thing that might cause a problem for him taking this position would be the mess about Katrina.
As for Gonzales, wasn’t he weedboys gardener at one time bofore he started his political career. After all weedboy tried to have his housekeeper installed into one of these fluffy goverment jobs and it was discovered before it happened thus squelching that move for G.W. There was a law, weedboy probably eliminated it too, that states you cannot have your v.p. from the same state as prez., and various other goverment jobs are the same way, but this doesn’t seem to apply to this bunch as all weedboys appointees seem to come from the same place.

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By June, August 28, 2007 at 4:46 am Link to this comment
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Cyrena:

I had reference only to any capacity he might have for continuing in even a tangential way to promote the underlying Bush agenda.  I quite agree that he must be prosecuted and hope that Sen. Leahy follows through on his stated intention.

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By farmertx, August 28, 2007 at 4:32 am Link to this comment

#97180 by cyrena on 8/27 at 7:18 pm
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As far as being able to use a condom, I assume that they are using the one produced by the company that resulted from the merger of Pillsbury and Trojan. It is a self-rising one from what I’ve heard. Just hope it has detailed instructions, at that.

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By farmertx, August 28, 2007 at 4:28 am Link to this comment

Robodoc
You need to refer to what the Shrubs’ family call the son of their Latina in law. It’s the Brown One. That is where I took the name from.
Shrubs’ daddy told us that it is a term of endearment although I don’t use it as such.

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By cyrena, August 28, 2007 at 12:32 am Link to this comment

#97205 by June on 8/27 at 8:19 pm

No returns, no sound or sight of the man as a public figure of any kind or as an influence behind the scenes for the duration of his life!

June,

On this, I think we ARE gonna need to see and hear from or at least OF him, for some time to come. I say that only because we DO have to prosecute him, along with the others. Without that kind of accountability, there’s no way we have any hope of recovering as a nation.

We have been the victims of a long and sustained TREASON by Gonzo and his cohorts, so we at least have to deal with them, until they have received their due process, and their justice.

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By 1drees, August 27, 2007 at 11:47 pm Link to this comment
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CANT wait till all thse CLOWNS leave office BUT I AM AFRAID THAT I KNOW that they will be replaced by equally or more lethal IDIOTS then the present IDIOTS.

BOYCOTT EVERYTHING ZIONIST & ISRAELI.
STOP SUPPORTING THE WARMONGERING ZIONIST GENOCIDES.
SUPPORT WORLD PEACE AND HUMANITY.

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By robodoc, August 27, 2007 at 10:20 pm Link to this comment

farmertx:

I believe referring to Gonzales as “the Brown One” has definite racist overtones to it, and I think you should retract that.

Robodoc

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By June, August 27, 2007 at 9:19 pm Link to this comment
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PLEASE!  Not “Hasta luego” (which means “Till later”)!  Let’s hope it’s an absolutely final “Adios” (“Goodbye”)! No returns, no sound or sight of the man as a public figure of any kind or as an influence behind the scenes for the duration of his life!

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By farmertx, August 27, 2007 at 8:24 pm Link to this comment

I am just surprised that the Brown One could recall that he was the AG, given his memory lapses in Congressional testimony.
Plus he confused serve with service…when he thanked Shrub for letting him serve (denoting doing something for…as opposed to service—as in doing something to) America.
Meanwhile, has anybody actually seen the Constitution lately? Or has it joined Shrubs’ service and arrests records?

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By Tex, August 27, 2007 at 7:47 pm Link to this comment

The biggest problem Gonzo had as AG was that he is just as incompetent as bu$h.  bu$h has surrounded himself with ideologues. I’d call them toadies.  Gonzo is like Brownie was…........... in way over his intelligence. He, along with bu$h, has never had to work at an honest job. bu$h made it on his sperm donor’s name. Gonzo made it by being a toadie for bu$h. Rove’s nickname was turd blossom. I wonder what Gonzo’s was?  Worm? Spineless? Clueless?

How can an idiot like that go before Congress, as a leader (I use that term loosely) and give a testimony that was basically “I can’t remember”. I’ll bet you remember how to count your money and give bu$h h..d. Worm.

May you rot in Hell, Gonzo, and be tortured every moment left in your spineless existence.

Buck Fush. wink

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By cyrena, August 27, 2007 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment

#97176 by lawlessone on 8/27 at 5:04 pm
Once again I find myself assuming it is simply not possible for Bush to dig up a replacement this time around that would be more antagonistic to the Constitution, the oath of office, human decency, integrity and the rule of law than Gonzales was…

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Lawlessone,

I’ve been trying to articulate this for years. Everytime I would say that he couldn’t possibly do anything WORSE, it always happened.

That’s way back when I was so sure that “we the people” just wouldn’t allow it. But then…well, we see what’s happened.

So now, I never say that, or allow myself the comfort of thinking it.

It can ALWAYS be worse, and especially if “we the people” haven’t been able to do much about any of it.

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By KYJurisDoctor, August 27, 2007 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment
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I’m glad to see he finally did the “Gonzo shuffle”.

http://OsiSpeaks.com or http://OsiSpeaks.org

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By cyrena, August 27, 2007 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment

Purplewolf, Tex,

I was pretty amused by the condomlicker rice pet-name as well. Equally surprised as PW about being smart enough to use them.

That aside, and just a matter of trivia, since the issue of gonzo’s “experience” has come up here. The guy has NEVER, (not ever that I’ve been able to find one single place, in any existing record) tried a case in a court of law. He’s never conducted a trial. EVER.

However…do not be fooled!!! That does NOT mean, that gonzo is a complete legal nitwit, because that would not be true. He knows enough to have served his purpose very well, first as appointed by the Shurb to the Texas Supreme Court. Then as “THE” Shubs personal legal body guard as white house council, and then at the full-assault level, when he put him in charge of the Judiciary.

So, rest assured, he’s not as stupid as he looks. He knows enough of the law to have found multiple ways for the shrub to violate it.

Meantime, word on the street has it that Chain-ey is probably behind gonzo’s exit. Same as Rove.

That’s just the word on the street. Could be that they were all getting squeemish about supporting and/or laying the PR groundwork for the Iran attack that Chain-ey is so determined to get a move on.

Something else just occured to me. Remember how Gonzo was in IRAQ a couple of weeks ago? I remember thinking that just seemed like the ODDEST thing. Especially when he said he was there to advise the Iraqis on setting up a Judicial system!!! YIKES!!

At least that’s what I thought at the time.

Wonder where he might show up next?

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By lawlessone, August 27, 2007 at 6:04 pm Link to this comment
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We should not be cheering merely because Gonzales walked away from the Attorney General job.  It would have been far better for Gonzales to have faced impeachment so that he could be investigated under oath.  That way we might have gotten a perp walk and disbarment instead of the usual Rose Garden photo op. 

Besides, remember how glad we were when conservative zealot Ashcroft finally left?  We didn’t think it was even possible to get someone worse.  Yet, it turns out Ashcroft was a paragon of virtue, honesty and competence in comparison to Gonzales. 

Once again I find myself assuming it is simply not possible for Bush to dig up a replacement this time around that would be more antagonistic to the Constitution, the oath of office, human decency, integrity and the rule of law than Gonzales was.  I find myself hoping Congress will not do its usual weak protest and then promptly cave in to Bush’s choice as it usually oes.  Yet, given how horribly surprised I was last time at how depraved Bush’s preference for that job turned out to be, I am no longer sanguine as to the outcome.

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By PatrickHenry, August 27, 2007 at 5:47 pm Link to this comment

Now lets prosecute.

File charges for perjury the day after Bush leaves office.

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By purplewolf, August 27, 2007 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment

# 97160 Tex:
Liked the name condomlicker rice. you mean they use a condom and I didn’t think any of them were smart enough to know how to put one on.

The real truth will probably never come out in our lifetime and if these warmongers get their next foiled folly in full gear our lifetime will be ending a lot sooner.

As for speedless gonzales he wouldn’t know the truth. He has been to preconditioned to lies for so long that the truth is beyond his mental capacity.

Pacrat to bad that mud he walked around in wasn’t quicksand,it would have happened a lot sooner.

Anyone want to take bets on who’s next to resign? Barney is not included on the list.

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By Pat Cal, August 27, 2007 at 4:16 pm Link to this comment
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I t seem as though the rats ar abandoning a sinking ship. How much time will pass until we learn all of the truth on this gang of liars and thieves?

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By Robert, August 27, 2007 at 4:11 pm Link to this comment

THE RATS ARE JUMPING SHIP…ONE WONDERS WHAT THEY KNOW REGARDING CHENEY , GWB & THE GOOD OLE “NEOCONS”.

IRAN…IS ON THE BIG HIT LIST FROM NOW UNTIL JANUARY 2009. CHENEY, GWB AND THEIR NEO-CONS ALONG WITH THEIR “AIPAC’S NEWS NETWORKS” ARE CHEERLEADING AND MANIPULATING THEM FROM EVERY ALLEY AND EVERY SIDELINE.

AIPAC AND THEIR MAINSTREAM NEWS MEDIA WILL NOT STOP TILL CHENEY AND GWB FULLFIL THEIR PROMISE TO ISRAEL…IRAN NEXT…WITH MUCH MORE MASS KILLINGS AND A WORSE DISASTER THAN IRAQ.

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By QuyTran, August 27, 2007 at 4:04 pm Link to this comment

Just rest in peace with all Bush’s buddies in imperial warehouse.

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By Tex, August 27, 2007 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment

Lead? WTF is that, Gonzo?  You couldn’t lead a horse to water if you life depended on it. Bucking Fozo!

This idiot has made the name “Department of Justice” equate to a corrupt conservanazi cess pool.

Lead:)  Gonzo, you might be right for fixing a couple of parking tickets in Juarez, leading the DOJ, hardly.

So when the heat comes on, Gonzo is like a conservanazi patriot running away from Vietam. Poof, he’s gone.

Please, Gonzo, tell me you are a God-fearing christian, too. :-0

You know if I go to Hell when I die, I will be one of the happiest persons there, for in the next cell will be bu$h, GFY cheney, Gonzo, and Condomlicker Rice. ;-0

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By Pacrat, August 27, 2007 at 3:39 pm Link to this comment
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Gonzo dragged his name through mud and finally decided that he couldn’t walk any longer in the muck he created. Can the Department of Justice rebound and protect our Constitution once again? Not for a while, but his leaving is a good start.

Let’s hope that the Congress doesn’t give him another break and stop their investigation of his near destruction of our Consitution - not that he was intelligent enough to understand any of it - or doesn’t “recall” that outmoded set of rules.

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By ~B~, August 27, 2007 at 2:19 pm Link to this comment

#97133 by cyrena on 8/27 at 12:56 pm

The truth must be spoken or lost - you won’t hear it on T.V. that much is for certain.

What happened to you though that you aren’t allowed to say these things? Tired of being labelled, berated, threatened, and attacked whenever you speak anything with a ring of truth to it? [One of the reasons I like this site to comment on - less morons]

I look forward to your comments so please continue.

B

http://b-political.blogspot.com/

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By cyrena, August 27, 2007 at 1:56 pm Link to this comment

#97110 by ~B~ on 8/27 at 10:26 am

...What scum - the entire misadministration, the people who still support them, the pundits who still propagandize for them, the media who help them maintain their control, all of em down to the people who voted for these scum in 2004 [there is NO excuse].”...

~B~
Thanks for pointing this out. (I don’t get to post these things any longer, so I’m particularly grateful).

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By C Villarreal, August 27, 2007 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment

Gonzales Resigns, But Does It Matter

When now former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was merely nominated as Attorney General awaiting confirmation, I was strongly opposed to his appointment because he was an advocate of torture, state murder, and clearly loyal to Bush far in excess of anyone resembling a trustworthy public figure. To add to that, his road to head of the justice department was more than merely about the appointment of a conservative Bush hack, it was about a move to the right for the corporate media, the political establishment in Washington, and in a way that affected me personally, some of the largest Latino organizations in the country.

The media was initially reporting that his confirmation would be an easy one for Bush, and few reporters or pundits explored the problems with his record. It seemed, early on, that most Democrats would not put up a fight. And, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) as well as the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) strongly supported his nomination.

Ultimately progressives managed to get enough attention on the matter that his confirmation took longer than expected and succeeded with fewer votes for confirmation in the Senate than any other Attorney General in history. But it succeeded without a filibuster and was an unbelievable step backwards following John Ashcroft.

Now years later, Gonzales is “embattled” according to the corporate media, and resigning. Democrats have forced him to testify, it seems like numerous times now, and grilled him on domestic spying and U.S. Attorney firings. Some right-wingers don’t like him because, among other silly reasons, one of his U.S. Attorneys in Texas prosecuted some trigger-happy border patrol agents and won a conviction from a jury of Texans who actually heard all the facts. I would argue that some people found it easier to go after Gonzales because he is Latino - an awful guy, but a safer target than some of the rich white guys who are sometimes far worse. Dick Cheney remains; Michael “tough on immigrants” Chertoff remains and may even take Gonzales’ place; Bush remains and continues his surge despite his dismal poll numbers; the domestic spying continues, but now with Congressional approval.

Is this a victory? It depends in part on how the media, activists and even some politicians respond ...

shoplifters unite!

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By ocjim, August 27, 2007 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment

Alberto has been Bush’s stooge and bootlicker for many years. He lasted over two years as the Bush/Rove AG puppet, completely ignoring his responsibility to enforce our laws and avidly doing the Bush/Rove dirty work. What a disgrace in a long line of Attorney Generals who served administrations but saw their duty to the people and to law. Before becoming AG, he sought to restrict the rights of Americans rather than defending them. This continued after he was appointed AG.

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By Mudwollow, August 27, 2007 at 11:44 am Link to this comment

Nothing here to be gleeful about. Those who did most to scuttle the ship intend to be long gone when she goes down. Rove and Gonzalez belong behind bars, even more now that they have resigned. Stealthily creeping out the back door after thoroughly vandalizing the system they were charged with protecting certainly does not exonerate them from any of their crimes against the American people. This is no time to pat ourselves on the back. These criminals are getting away with their crimes and are likely to be historically transformed and shoved down our throats as American heroes.

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By June, August 27, 2007 at 11:37 am Link to this comment
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HALLELUJAH! Surely the next AG, whoever that is, will be on notice that he or she can’t get away with the same crap Gonzales did.  Chertoff might be a case of “out of the frying pan into the fire,” if he’s selected, but I give him credit for having a few more brains than Fredo (emphasis on “few”). It must be getting a bit lonely at he top for the Emperor who’s losing his tailors right and left so that even their lies are no longer protection against his bare image.

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By ~B~, August 27, 2007 at 11:26 am Link to this comment

Looks like Alberto finished his duties for the dictator and now is moving on. I wonder who the next dollar diva will be that Bush puts into office to keep his lock on America.

Who will be the next AG to stifle justice? There are still many things for the AG office to obstruct. Torture of US citizens, silencing of whistleblowers, preparations for the 2008 “election”, withholding investigations into contractor abuses and fraud, distracting Congress with a catchy phrase, ....

It’s a very busy office. An office at the very pulse of power of this misadministration. An office that is both the begining and the end of the corruption of this misadministration. The Omega Office of Corruption and Control - or just plain Bush Power Central.

What scum - the entire misadministration, the people who still support them, the pundits who still propagandize for them, the media who help them maintain their control, all of em down to the people who voted for these scum in 2004 [there is NO excuse].

May he die the death of the traitor he is - for American “Justice” will never suffice for his crimes even if it were laid onto him. Scum.

B

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By 1drees, August 27, 2007 at 11:14 am Link to this comment
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NEED I REMIND YOU THAT THE VIETNAM WAR WENT ON FOR 18 years or 56,000 DEAD, all HAPPENING DEPSITE MANY FACE CHANGES.

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By 1drees, August 27, 2007 at 11:08 am Link to this comment
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I CANT BELIEVE IT! I mean RUMSFELD was asked many times to resign but he didnt do that on many occasions, showed how stubborn these guys are.
Well, finally RUMSFELD did resign NOT SO LONG AGO, then followed by ROVE and now Gonzalez.
I am beginning to smell something that we dont know, I MEAN THESE GUYS ARE STUBBORN ( and most probably SHAMELESS) AS HELL, IF THEY ARE EVACUATING THE NEST, then maybe they see something what atleast I dont and MAYBE they are trying to avoid some sort of problems that they anticpate ahead on the road that lies ahead of them. NOW what could that be? Surely, its not persecution coz for that they DEFINATELY covered their TRACKS really good with all the MONEY they been THROWING around. AND its certainly NOT a MORAL issue that makes them go away now.
Could it be a change of FACES? In order to maintain the same agenda longer by just CHANGING the present FACES so as to give a perception of CHANGE comming about, (which is hardly likely BUT I DO WISH IT TO COME).
My best guess is that this is definately NOT a time for wishful thinking BUT RATHER to get into action & find out what they know and why are they fleeing the nest.

BOYCOTT EVERYTHING ZIONIST & ISRAELI. STOP SUPPORTING THE WARMONGERING GENOCIDAL ZIONIST MANIACS.

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By STEVE BENJAMINS, August 27, 2007 at 10:48 am Link to this comment
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Too many positions to fill, too few criminal insiders to take them!

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By waxman, August 27, 2007 at 10:32 am Link to this comment

ARE THEY STILL HIRING AT TACO BELL ??

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By purplewolf, August 27, 2007 at 10:29 am Link to this comment

Gonzales only served the Bush Bunch and allowed them to continually be beyond the law. As for serving justice for the American people, he never did. How anyone who came off as so stupid sounding during questioning as to not remembering anything could even get hired for a job let alone keep it shows the “Spoils System” is alive and well in the Bush administration. It’s not what you know, it is who you know. And this group over does it. No More executive priviledge.

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By tomack, August 27, 2007 at 10:19 am Link to this comment

Two to go…hold the mayo.

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By Casy, August 27, 2007 at 9:55 am Link to this comment

Another one bites the dust. Now if we can only get the biggest IDIOT in the White House to resign.

Actually, this is well timed. By the time Alberto Gone-zales is indicted, tried, and found guilty of lying to Congress, there will be enough time left in Shrub’s administration to pardon him. I think it’s rather late in the game for this administration to have any sort of morals anyway.

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By Marjorie L. Swanson, August 27, 2007 at 9:46 am Link to this comment

As my mother used to say “Good riddance to bad rubbish”.

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By Mar Del Zur, August 27, 2007 at 9:24 am Link to this comment

PATRICK FITZGERALD FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL!

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