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Dems Set to Cave on Mukasey

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Posted on Nov 2, 2007

It looks as though Michael Mukasey is one step closer to becoming attorney general, having secured the support of Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Charles Schumer. Judiciary Committee Chairman (and former Truthdigger of the Week) Pat Leahy, on the other hand, plans to vote no, because “No American should need a classified briefing to determine whether waterboarding is torture.”


AP via MSNBC:

Once viewed as a sure thing, Mukasey’s nomination was threatened during hearings last month in which he repeatedly refused to say whether he considers the simulated drowning interrogation technique known as waterboarding to be a form of torture.

Torture is considered a war crime by the international community and waterboarding has been banned by the U.S. military, but CIA interrogators are believed to have used the technique on terror detainees as recently as a few years ago.

Mukasey has called waterboarding personally “repugnant,” but said he did not know enough about how it has been used to define it as torture. He also said he thought it would be irresponsible to discuss it, since doing so could make interrogators and other government officials vulnerable to lawsuits.

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By homovivens, November 5, 2007 at 11:40 am Link to this comment
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DiFi Fo Fum—I smell the blood of a tortured one.

The word “Senator” comes from the Latin “senex” meaning “old man”—from which one can infer sagacity or senility. Feinstein and Schumer (and now I cannot help but include Lieberman when I think of them) seem to have higher loyalties (to what wisdom?) or similar frailties (owing to what dementia?)—Maybe it’s all that lead in those toy soldiers. They are toys? Aren’t they?

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By weather, November 5, 2007 at 7:33 am Link to this comment

Again, instead of moving foward into a new and very challeged century w/esteemable hope we are being dragged down into a dark, draconian whole - and Schumer/Feinstein want to be tour guides.

This is sick and its also the point in the screenplay where you see people for exactly what they are - stage actors who’d steal a hot stove.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 4, 2007 at 8:55 pm Link to this comment

Despite the attacks on me and that clearly false accusations made against me, it may astonish you to learn that I am OPPOSED to this nomination.

I am disgusted with the spineless Democrats, have NO idea where Schumer is coming from (no, he’s not a traitor—he’s a loyal American) and no idea why they are caving in, yet again.

I KNOW they want to win in 2008 and think they can do it by not pissing people off, but they are pissing their base off with their spinelessness.

We elected them to COMBAT the fascism of George W. Bush, not collaborate with it.

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By TomR, November 4, 2007 at 3:03 pm Link to this comment

Obviously we’re not being represented by Schumer and Feinstein.  But there is SOMETHING YOU CAN DO.

Kucinich needs your help at this critical moment:
http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Kucinich_says_he_will_force_House_1102.html

Sign the petition:
http://www.democrats.com/impeach-cheney-congressional-record

We really must act now. 

I included this message when I signed the petition:

As an American citizen, I am deeply troubled by the abuse of power exhibited by the office of Vice President Richard B. Cheney. I fully support commencing the impeachment process in order to uphold, protect and defend the U.S. Constitution.

-  Tom

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By John Borowski, November 4, 2007 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment
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Take a look at Bush putting his covert hand signal with his first finger and his pinky upright at his adoring right-wing audience. (Although lately, he hasn’t displayed this symbol because some intelligent people understand what it means) It means morons a devil’s salute. Would you really believe that a god would have audience with a person that worships the devil and is drunken ninety percent of the time? Presuming the media is correct, his mother is stating that he is disgracing the Bush family.

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By Margaaret Currey, November 4, 2007 at 1:07 pm Link to this comment
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I lived in Calif. for 20 years, while the person Gray Davis was not a Ronland Ragen he was o.k. this Swartznaager is just a hot shot, does not have the intergacy that Gray Davis had.

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By P. T., November 4, 2007 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment

On his Sunday CNN show, former American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobbyist Wolf Blitzer had two Zionist backers (Senators Specter and Feinstein) of Zionist Michael Mukasey.  That’s what I call balance.  wink

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By originallycredulous, November 4, 2007 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment
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Feinstein and Schumer are torturers as are all Americans who don’t give a damn about this.  Reminds me of the allies forcing Germans to walk through the concentration camps at the end of WWII.  Average people conveniently live in oblivion as atrocities to the human situation are perpetuated in their name.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 4, 2007 at 7:03 am Link to this comment

PatrickHenry on 11/03 at 7:02 pm
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#111462 by Inherit The Wind

“I am not a typical or ordinary Jew”.

OK, superjew, I got your number, your a jewish racist and all of us who are critical of Israel and don’t ascribe to the unconditional support afforded that country are the problem.

Your ridiculous diatribes against me prove to me what a little bitch you must be.

Now you are just flat-out lying, pure and simple. I have NEVER demanded or even requested unconditional support of Israel.  In fact, just the opposite—conditional support tempered with valid criticism.

So saying that is a pure lie—something you are prone to, but not very good at, as your lying is easily caught.

Nor do I claim at ANY time to be “SuperJew”—just not typical.

Another bullshit KKK lie from an ignorant redneck.

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By John Borowski, November 4, 2007 at 6:53 am Link to this comment
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The Republicans (Aka Conservatives right-wingers) rammed Gonzales down the American peoples’ throat and now they will ram Mukasey down your throat because he is a bird of the same feather as Gonzales. The Republicans (Aka Conservatives right-wingers) know that most Democrats are in reality Republicans (Aka Conservatives right-wingers) dressed up in Democratic clothing so to inveigle the morons into believing they belong to the Democratic Party. This way when they crap on the Bill of Rights or the Constitution of this country they get the morons to blame the Democrats for the soiled documents. Do you see what I mean when I say how cunning they are? I’m surprised that the mythical devil doesn’t dress up as Jesus to con the morons as well. Do you see why I say voting is futile to cure the indelible evils in our society?

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By PatrickHenry, November 3, 2007 at 8:02 pm Link to this comment

#111462 by Inherit The Wind

“I am not a typical or ordinary Jew”.

OK, superjew, I got your number, your a jewish racist and all of us who are critical of Israel and don’t ascribe to the unconditional support afforded that country are the problem.

Your ridiculous diatribes against me prove to me what a little bitch you must be.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 3, 2007 at 5:43 pm Link to this comment

PatrickHenry on 11/03 at 10:57 am
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I really don’t know or have known any jews or arabs in my life as they are exclusive not inclusive in their business dealings and associations and I don’t live in New York.

If your insults and rants are indicative of what jewish americans are all about then you and they have my sympathy.

You’ve never known a Jew or an Arab yet you have the temerity and unmitigated GALL to make blanket anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli generalizations?

So on top of everytning else, (your bigotry and racism) you are also flat-out IGNORANT!

I am not a typical or ordinary Jew.  I am Agnostic, never believing any religion’s demands for “faith” (accepting as true without knowledge).

Yet you, in your continual imbecilic ignorance would task ME with representing some 15 million people around the world, of all ages, races, and levels of belief, from fellow non-believers, to ultra-orthodox fanatics who aren’t much different than the Moslem fanatics. 

You CONTINUE in your bigotry to stereotype ALL Jews by your blog-interaction with one man.

I should feel sorry for you because you’re a victim, of your own bigotry and ignorance. But to quote the shrink on M*A*S*H: “You’re such an example of walking fertilizer it’s hard for me to care.”

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By PatrickHenry, November 3, 2007 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment

I just E-Mailed them at: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

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By Don Stivers, November 3, 2007 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment

So, what does the Constitution say about a tyrannical Government?  Anybody remember?

I’m so disgusted with Feinstein and Schumer.

And, I’m a registered Republican.  I can’t stand the Republicans.  How can these two go along?  I guess we’ve been delivered some of the answers.  What a bunch of criminals.

What an outrage!!!!!!

Where is the Wold Court?  Can’t the members of the World Court call our members of government what they are, criminals?

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By G.Anderson, November 3, 2007 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment

After E-mailing Senator Feinstein with my displeasure at her stand on Bush’s nomination.

I began to think that not voting for her in the future is not really the way to go.

Does anyone know if a Senator can be recalled?

Maybe, our e-mails to her should say… Do Remember Gray Davis?

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By faith, November 3, 2007 at 2:38 pm Link to this comment

Bloggers, please email Senators Feinstein and Shumer and let them know that you disagree with their approval of Mukasey. 
Personally, I have respectfully done so and informed them that they work for us, the constituency.  Any person so ill informed that they cannot posit their views on torture and waterboarding in an honest straightforward does not deserve the privilege of holding governmental position.  Mukasey is not to be believed if he does not know what waterboarding is.  I am ashamed of Feinstein and Shumer and outraged.  I told them so.  I hope you will as well.

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By PatrickHenry, November 3, 2007 at 11:57 am Link to this comment

Passing wind says,

“Wife beaters, monstorus, serial killers, mass murderers, Stalin, Jewish problem-Hitlers way.

Troll patrol script redux.

#111425 by Inherit The Wind

“THAT is your best shot? That’s the BEST insult you can come up with?  It isn’t even funny”.
=====================================================
It’s obvious you take pride in your insults.

I really don’t know or have known any jews or arabs in my life as they are exclusive not inclusive in their business dealings and associations and I don’t live in New York. 

If your insults and rants are indicative of what jewish americans are all about then you and they have my sympathy.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 3, 2007 at 11:16 am Link to this comment

weather on 11/03 at 10:07 am
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itw:Im sorry you lost your teething ring.

You’ll find too that self-pity is clearly one of Ugliest emotions there is.
Now goto the mirror, your favorite zip code and reflect on a part of the problem.

*****************

THAT is your best shot? That’s the BEST insult you can come up with?  It isn’t even funny.

Your persistent attacks on Jews is YOUR legacy at Truthdig, no matter how many insults you heave at me to try to conceal. 

That’s the funny thing: Why ARE you trying to hide your detestation of Jews? What are you afraid of?  You post it all the time, with snide nasty sophmoric remarks (see above for a case in point).  Yet whenever you are forced to confront it, you throw the bullshit into the fan to try to hide it.

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By lawlessone, November 3, 2007 at 11:09 am Link to this comment
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Our country got in serious trouble by not realizing that Bush was as much a demented, dangerously destructive demagogue as Osama bin Laden.  If you looked at what Osama desired regarding the fortunes of America and what George delivered, the only real difference in ultimate effect seems to be that one thinks scowling beards and turbans are the height of fashion while the other favors fake cowboy hats and smirks.

  The same seems to be true of those in office like Feinstein, Schumer and Pelosi who allege they are Democrats.  They give Bush everything he wants to continue our wasting wars in the Middle East.  They refuses to even consider impeachment which might save us from him and Cheney.  They repeatedly allows his various bills destroying our rights to be re-enacted when all they had to do was to keep them from a vote.  In their most recent repudiation of basic Democratic Party principles, they have come out in favor of an Attorney General candidate who won’t even halt torture tactics.  They are proving more helpful to the Neocon conning cause than if they declared themselves to be one.

  With enemies to our Constitution like Bush, Cheney, Schumer, Feinstein and Pelosi, who needs Osama?  We need to stop listening to what menaces say and concentrate on what they actually do.

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By weather, November 3, 2007 at 11:07 am Link to this comment

itw:Im sorry you lost your teething ring.

You’ll find too that self-pity is clearly one of Ugliest emotions there is.
Now goto the mirror, your favorite zip code and reflect on a part of the problem.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 3, 2007 at 10:58 am Link to this comment

PatrickHenry on 11/03 at 8:49 am
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Passing wind,

“ KKK, neo-nazi, jew hating, Aryan, Hitler loving, anti-semite, fascist, jew-blaming, jew baiting, bigots”

Basic script of the troll patrol.

*************

Correction: Accurate description of your posts and the posts of your cronies.  It’s what you say. It’s what you do. It’s what you are.

Like Weather you justify your bigotry with “They brought it on themselves.”  Your kind have said that about Jews when they were powerless, when they had some power, and now that they have their own state, you say it even more.

To your warped logic there is ultimately only one way to deal with the “Jewish Problem”—Hitler’s way.  And you’ll come to that conclusion sooner or later, or be forced to confront what you’ve become, monstrous, and swerve back to being human.

Like Weather, you have the wife-beater’s rationale.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 3, 2007 at 10:52 am Link to this comment

weather on 11/03 at 9:34 am
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itw:Hate doesn’t motivate me at all you simply hate what I say.

Israel/Jews have no one to blame but themselves, but blame, complain, attack, distract, distort, deflect and deny they will - and always at the expense of others. Nice legacy.

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Yeah from wife-beaters to serial killers to mass murderers to Stalin and Hitler:  “It’s their own fault—they provoked us.”

That’s your total logic, justification and morality: the ethics of a wife-beater.

Nice legacy.

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By weather, November 3, 2007 at 10:34 am Link to this comment

itw:Hate doesn’t motivate me at all you simply hate what I say.

Israel/Jews have no one to blame but themselves, but blame, complain, attack, distract, distort, deflect and deny they will - and always at the expense of others. Nice legacy.

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By wagonjak, November 3, 2007 at 10:17 am Link to this comment
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Just when you think the Dem leadership can’t get any more spineless and capitulating…when you pray that they can’t get anymore disgracefully complicit in this illegal and immoral power grab by BushCo…

They surprise you and melt into a fecal pool of lifeless, smelly dead matter!

SHAME ON THE WHOLE DEMOCRATIC “LEADERSHIP”!

When are you going to actually stand up for the values and freedoms that made this country great and stop acting as stooges for this administration?

SHAME ON ALL OF YOU!!!!!!!!

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By 911truthdotorg, November 3, 2007 at 10:00 am Link to this comment

I think it’s less the “Jewish thing” as it is simply sucking from their incubus master bush.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/04/22/MN310531.DTL

Just found this on another blog:

Feinstien’s Husband (Richard Blum) is involved in a company that gets no bid military contracts from the bush administration for reconstruction in Iraq. As chairperson and ranking member of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee (MILCON) from 2001 through the end of 2005, Feinstein supervised the appropriation of billions of dollars a year for specific military construction projects. She made sure to look out for her own interests IE lots of money for her husbands company. She is the personification of the term War profiteer so it’s no suprise that she would screw the people of this country and align herself with likes of these criminals and theives… she is one too. Tough talking democrat that votes like a republican Ass-Kisser. Schumer should know better but it appears he is voting for this guy because he is a fellow New Yorker. I smell a rat! I think there is more to schumers vote than meets the Eye. These people are so thouroghly corrupt and morally bankrupt it’s hard to even support a democrat anymore as they more and more seem to dance to the corporate masters and align themselves with the Bush/Cheney Disaster. We need a third party .. Aprty of the people!!

Google videos: 9/11 Press for Truth, Loose Change 2nd Edition, 9/11 Mysteries, Terror Storm

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By PatrickHenry, November 3, 2007 at 9:49 am Link to this comment

Passing wind,

” KKK, neo-nazi, jew hating, Aryan, Hitler loving, anti-semite, fascist, jew-blaming, jew baiting, bigots”

Basic script of the troll patrol.

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By Paolo, November 3, 2007 at 9:24 am Link to this comment

As a libertarian, I am constantly amazed at how both Republicans and Democrats will stand by their official party lines, even when they are obviously tyrannical.

Is waterboarding torture? How can you even ask the question?

Any deliberate inflicting of pain on a helpless prisoner is torture. This includes waterboarding, head slaps, manacling in stress positions, sexual debasement—any of the weird stuff this administration has endorsed.

Any cruel and unusual punishment is explicitly forbidden by the Constitution. Thus, the Bush Administration has committed obvious high crimes and misdemeanors. They should be impeached, convicted, and then turned over to appropriate courts for regular criminal prosecution.

Dems and Reps are both part of the same corrupt system.

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By Jonas South, November 3, 2007 at 9:17 am Link to this comment
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Re 111371 by Non Credo.

Diane Feinstein does not take her marching orders from the ‘military industry’; she IS part of that industry.

In a little noticed report, her husband made a deal with the ever-Bushy Carlyle Group, to take control of a billion dollar defense contractor. California is a community property state, so Diane owns half, even as she sits on the Armed Forces Committee.

At the time, the left simply ignored this clear conflict of interest. This type of inattention encourages more of the same. Is it any wonder we are in the pickle that we are in?

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By Inherit The Wind, November 3, 2007 at 8:41 am Link to this comment

weather on 11/03 at 4:14 am
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itw:Pls. stop w/the Academy Award performance, it like Israel/Jewish victimhood is exhausting.

When Israel/Jews have the courage to finally confront their truths and heal themselves first w/out manipulating blame onto others a real Peace is possible. eom

************

Do you actually think I give a rat’s ass about your opinion of me? For your opinion to matter to me, I have to have a modicum of respect for you.

I have none. Zero. Zippo. Nada. Gornischt (oops…there’s one of those evil Jewish words.)

You have shown yourself to be consistently one of the neo-nazi KKK Jew-baiting Jew-hating creeps that have invaded Truthdig like termites. A troll.

I see you as nothing more than another Aryan-tologist.

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By Joe R., November 3, 2007 at 8:08 am Link to this comment
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The dems need to clean house of anyone who backs Bushes agenda. It is not just the repubs who suck.

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By PatrickHenry, November 3, 2007 at 7:56 am Link to this comment

This is what happens when our elected representatives vote religion over party or country.

Someone should poll their constituancies.

I hope they both get kicked out of office in 2008.

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By JimM72, November 3, 2007 at 6:51 am Link to this comment
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We all need to spend more time advocating congress for impeachment. If nothing else, let’s annoy the hell out of them by bombarding them with phone calls, email, snail mail. Flood the newspapers with letters demanding this as well.

Notice there is never any media poll on the issue of impeachment.

I bet if all of the people who know the thugs should be impeached made themselves heard, even the msn would have to take notice.

When people are afraid to speak up for fear they will get in trouble with the “authorities” then we really have a police state.

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By Verne Arnold, November 3, 2007 at 6:12 am Link to this comment

#111367 by weather on 11/03 at 5:03 am
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NPR/PBS took the brown bag too, that’s how Ugly and systemic this is.

Yes!  NPR/PBS took it in 1995.  That’s when I first saw the then subtle shift to the right and away from objectivity.  I think Amy Goodman on Democracy Now is one of the only true reporters left (no pun intended).

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By Verne Arnold, November 3, 2007 at 6:06 am Link to this comment

#111347 by Douglas Chalmers on 11/03 at 2:22 am
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But how are the uSA’s motivations different from Pol Pot or Uncle Ho if they want to do such things? Fear, degradation, control….... what’s next? Going around chopping off village leaders’ heads to set an example? That takes us back to the days of Vlad the impaler (Dracula!).

No argument here.

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By weather, November 3, 2007 at 6:03 am Link to this comment

Thank you Paul Fretheim, that is exactly what it is, bribery and extortion in broad daylight - pretty much across the board.

Again this theft is carried out w/the complete cooperation and packaging of the highly manipulated media monster.
NPR/PBS took the brown bag too, that’s how Ugly and systemic this is.

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By heavyrunner, November 3, 2007 at 5:40 am Link to this comment

The Democrats seem not to have an actual party.  If the chairman and all the Presidential candidates are opposing Mukasey, where is the party discipline?  Republicans would threaten to pull endorsements, campaign contributions, and threaten powerful primary challenges if any Republican Senators challenged their party leadership in the same manner.

Cowardice is not the problem with the Democrats who vote pro Zionist all the time.  The issue is corruption.  They are brazen in the way in which they dare to defy the wishes of the American people in their support of both Zionism and the military prison industrial complex. 

Pelosi, Emmanuel, and many others are corrupt, not cowardly.  They bravely defy the demands of the voters to protect their seats on the gravey train!

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 3, 2007 at 5:23 am Link to this comment

#111358 by Inherit The Wind on 11/03 at 4:06 am: “...And all the KKK nazis here do what they ALWAYS do: Blame The Jews…... That’s how Hitler came to power…Lots of people not facing facts or reality and blaming Jews rather than themselves….”

At last you’ve actually said something clever, Inherit The Wind. Congratulations…..

Denial and refusal are now endemic and have become a carefully contrived way of life - the “American way of life”, uhh. But, when things star getting sour, we’ll see what is in store as a new kind of visciousness.

In the past decade or so, society has actually been slowly moving backwards. Technical progress continues but people are neither progressing philosophically or culturally never mind spiritually (SQ). There are those who can see - and then there are the rest…...

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By weather, November 3, 2007 at 5:14 am Link to this comment

itw:Pls. stop w/the Academy Award performance, it like Israel/Jewish victimhood is exhausting.

When Israel/Jews have the courage to finally confront their truths and heal themselves first w/out manipulating blame onto others a real Peace is possible. eom

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By Inherit The Wind, November 3, 2007 at 5:06 am Link to this comment

Yes, the Jello-crats have caved again, and Trog-licans win again, for no good reason.  Another terrible day for Americans in 7 terrible years.  Our country still teeters on the brink of fascism and the ONLY thing standing in its way is the American People making the House and Senate Democratic again…but unknowingly filling it with spineless wimps who will NOT do what their voters told them to do. STAND FIRM AGAINST THE BUSH FASCISTS!

It’s really simple.  Do not give an inch. Do not let ANYTHING get done that’s not on your terms.  Haven’t you learned ANYTHING from the 12 YEARS the Re-thugs ran the House?

And all the KKK nazis here do what they ALWAYS do: Blame The Jews.

That’s how Hitler came to power…Lots of people not facing facts or reality and blaming Jews rather than themselves.

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By noodle, November 3, 2007 at 4:14 am Link to this comment

Once again, double-crossed by fake liberal democrats like Feinstein. Schumer has never been any kind of liberal so we should not be surprised by his acceptance of Mukasey. If the Senate accepts this man, we are in for more of the same horror endorsed and promulgated by Alberto.

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By John Borowski, November 3, 2007 at 3:54 am Link to this comment
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I’m surprised how many slow learners we have on this web site. Just because a guy is wearing Democrats’ clothing, doesn’t mean he is a Democrat. Most of the Republicans in the in the South know that a Republican can’t win. What they do is to go to Washington wearing Democratic clothing. They have conned the people in the South like they con people in the country with their phony tax cuts. (Three pennies for you and two hundred and seven four thousand for the rich taken from your Social Security that you will never see unless by some miracle you can reach old age). With the Republicans ready to nuke the world I doubt you will ever see senescence. Not only is the South conned but there now is extreme right wearing Democrats’ clothing all over the country. These pseudo Democrats are as extreme right as the ones wearing Republican (Aka Conservative right wingers) clothing. If you take a survey of Democrats that are true Democrats the results will show they are a minority party and really can’t pass any thing to protect the working man. The true Democrats can’t prevent the installation of a man or a law that is one hundred and eighty degrees out of phase with our Constitution or Bill of Rights. Believing that the true Democrats are running the show only insults your intelligence. They con you that the Democrats are a majority in this country so the slow learners will throw shit on them for being pusillanimous. The American people are involved in a crooked card game with the Republicans (Aka Conservative right wingers) and the American people will lose the game.

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By Marjorie L. Swanson, November 3, 2007 at 3:50 am Link to this comment

Not much of a surprise. Republicans choose party over country and Democrats simply haven’t the integrity to do anything except blabber. Time to insist on term limits and time to scare the re-election bejeebers out of these complacent traitors. Anyone, Democrat or Republican that votes to confirm a man for Attorney General that will not state that water-boarding is torture and against the laws of this country is a traitor. They might have lost the fight, but at least they would have shown that they had the courage and integrity to get in the fight. Sadly they had neither. And sadly we are not “represented” by either party.

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 3, 2007 at 3:22 am Link to this comment

#111343 by Verne Arnold on 11/03 at 1:40 am: “I knew water-boarding couldn’t be good because Pol Pot used it during the time of the killing fields in Cambodia…... Watching it wasn’t actually easy and then I coupled the scene with MY government using it on the captured “enemy” (not always an enemy as it comes to pass)and it sent a cold shot of reality on just how far we have fallen….”

Its been deleted (and several others)  - try Current TV’s water-boarding http://current.com/pods/controversy/PD04399

But how are the uSA’s motivations different from Pol Pot or Uncle Ho if they want to do such things? Fear, degradation, control….... what’s next? Going around chopping off village leaders’ heads to set an example? That takes us back to the days of Vlad the impaler (Dracula!).

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By Ken Mitchell, November 3, 2007 at 2:44 am Link to this comment
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I voted for Schumer in 1998 and 2004. I will vote for someone else in 2919.

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By Verne Arnold, November 3, 2007 at 2:40 am Link to this comment

I knew water-boarding couldn’t be good because Pol Pot used it during the time of the killing fields in Cambodia.
Go to the Huffington Post and see it first hand…one of their reporters had himself water-boarded.  Watching it wasn’t actually easy and then I coupled the scene with MY government using it on the captured “enemy” (not always an enemy as it comes to pass)and it sent a cold shot of reality on just how far we have fallen.

Shame on America!

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 3, 2007 at 2:31 am Link to this comment

#111288 by P. T. on 11/02 at 4:51 pm: “...Democrats can’t get it together, due to having fifth columnists in their ranks.  If the majority party can’t stop an attorney general nominee who doesn’t know if waterboarding is torture, they’ve got a sick party (and the Republicans know it)....”

Two right-wing political parties - both full of lawyers, uhh! A recipe for the status quo and the establishment. You only have to look at all those drab ‘suits’......

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By BushWacked, November 3, 2007 at 2:12 am Link to this comment
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No surprise here! Our spineless & loyal opposition of Dumbocrats is reliable & predictable.

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By Mr. Tuttle, November 2, 2007 at 11:44 pm Link to this comment
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We are all alone people.

We the people of this country are left in th hands of a group of torturists that give no care to the rule of law or humanity.

Sadly, Revolution seems the only answer to the sham Democracy that we thought we had.

I will see you all in the streets or catch a glimpse of you as the cold boot of fascism holds our heads to the ground.

America was a nice theory as long as it lasted.

PEACE!

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By G.Anderson, November 2, 2007 at 11:41 pm Link to this comment

I would recommend that everyone write Feinstein and tell her your opinion on her decision.

I will not vote for her again. It’s time to change Senators from Califonia, she doesn’t support the people of this state.

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By Outraged, November 2, 2007 at 11:01 pm Link to this comment

Well folks here it is, it’ll be more than they got now. (Note, I have rheumatoid arthritis.)

          Last Will and Testament

Upon my death, I, Outraged, do bequeath my crooked, crippled spine to Democratic Senators Diane Feinstein and Charles Schumer to be transplanted and shared equally, exactly half each…........signed Outraged.

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By 911truthdotorg, November 2, 2007 at 9:38 pm Link to this comment

The pussocrats should all get Academy Awards for Best Actor.

They actually make it look like they’re opposed to everything the criminal-in-chief wants, until they end up giving him everything he wants on a silver platter. Just like he’s always been used to his entire miserable life.

Smoke and mirrors. That’s all it is.

Wave goodbye to the good ol’ U.S. of A in the
rearview mirror, everyone.

Google videos: 9/11 Press for Truth, Loose Change 2nd Edition, 9/11 Mysteries, Terror Storm, America: Freedom to Fascism

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By Jonas South, November 2, 2007 at 8:26 pm Link to this comment
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Diane Feinstein’s support for Bush/Chaney/CIA water boarding policy is not surprising.

In a sweetheart deal, Feinstein and her husband was ‘sold’ a billion dollar defense contract company, by none other than the Bush-Saudi Carlyle Group—this while she sits on the Senate committee charged with oversight over our defense tax dollars.

Californian progressives who once thought of Feinstein as a San Francisco liberal have given up on her ethical bearings long ago.

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By TJ, November 2, 2007 at 8:12 pm Link to this comment
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Lieberstein!

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By waxman, November 2, 2007 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment

I GUESS WE IN THE NOT SO UNITED STATES ARE ABOUT TO BECOME THE BOAT PEOPLE OF THE 21ST CENTURY…THIS IS REALLY HARD TO BELIEVE….CUBA LOOKING PRETTY GOOD..

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By Martin, November 2, 2007 at 7:33 pm Link to this comment
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I can’t tell you how disappointed I am that the two jewish members of the senate judicial committee voted to approve the jewish candidate for AG.
It really proves to me that Jews will always make decisions first as Jews and then as citizens of the country that they live in.
Just like Elliot Abrams disclosed in a 1998 book. Their allegiance is split.
I am withdrawing from this game. Let the chips fall where they might, I will look out for my gain and not give money or support to the Democrats. Each country has the leaders that it deserves.

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By PatrickHenry, November 2, 2007 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment

No Incumbents 2008.

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By johanB, November 2, 2007 at 6:55 pm Link to this comment
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I try to remember what happened to traitors after world war II, like for instance the politicians that were part of the French Vichy government in WW II. I am sure that no one complained in these days about what happened to them. Feinstein and Schumer (Lieberman of course started it all))are very close falling in that same category of collaborators, kissing up and giving in to every demand of the little dictator.
In addition, hiding in the dark till the weekend so no one can reach them does not help their case either.
Disgusting is all I can say about them.

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By P. T., November 2, 2007 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment

Crafty of the Bushies to pick a Zionist.  They knew it was a lock.

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By weather, November 2, 2007 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment

Please give me Tony Soprano, at least you know where you stand.

These souls who populate Congress they’re frauds who’s oath didn’t include us. And now we know what has long been suspected. America is dying from w/in.

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By DennisD, November 2, 2007 at 6:07 pm Link to this comment
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The Dims cave in again! Their perfect record is intact. Two party system my ass.

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By purplewolf, November 2, 2007 at 5:59 pm Link to this comment

Cyrena you are to kind to call it the rabbit hole, the word I chose is a much better word to describe it,I am certain you can figure it out.And we all know that if all else fails of course they will let this person in thru the backdoor/underhanded way which is the way things are done in the Bush administration.Sneaky,underhanded,unlawful and based on lies.Same story only the names and dates change.

As I have said before if this person cannot decide if waterboarding is torture,demand that he as well as our fearful leader have this demonstrated upon themselves, no substitution, so then they can decide if this is torture after experiencing it firsthand for themselves.That way they should be able to made a coherent decision. It’s a no-brainer.

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By P. T., November 2, 2007 at 5:51 pm Link to this comment

The Democrats can’t get it together, due to having fifth columnists in their ranks.  If the majority party can’t stop an attorney general nominee who doesn’t know if waterboarding is torture, they’ve got a sick party (and the Republicans know it).

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By weather, November 2, 2007 at 5:44 pm Link to this comment

Mrs. Chuck Schumer is a Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey phony. Clearly in a class all by his fraudlent self.
Democratic/Republican its a myth of affinities based on yesterday’s dogma. Look at Joey LIEberman, now there’s a star spangled fraud.

Its amazing what a little anthrax, a private plane air crash and a petri dish of mis and disinformation can accomplish.

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By Louise, November 2, 2007 at 5:42 pm Link to this comment

cyrena (#111283)

“And, I also heard they’re good buddies, and attend the same synogogue.”

Bingo!

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By cyrena, November 2, 2007 at 5:22 pm Link to this comment

#111274 by scurvybro

The only answer I can give for you on this scurvybro, (which isn’t a good one) is that SCHUMER is the one that recommended him, assuming that the Thugs would be more accepting of him than any other democratic referral. (so, political BS)And, I also heard they’re good buddies, and attend the same synogogue.

At least that’s what the talk was at the time. Now of course we know there is far more to it, and that Mukasey was probably the Thugs choice all along. He’s wedded to all of the post-9/11 money schemes, and he and his son are both involved with Guiliani’s firm, as well as his campaign. He’s also the “terror trial’ Judge.

So, it’s difficult for me to believe that Schumer didn’t know any of this at the time of his ‘recommendation’ of Mukasey, so it would appear that he too, has taken the bribe, or otherwise fallen down the rabbit hole. Too bad. I always liked him before this.

Anyway, this thing about a difficult decision is BS as well, since of course he’s gonna vote for him. Bernie Sanders has issued a statement that he will say NO to Mukasey, and from the looks of things, so will Leahy. But, as has been mentioned before, even if the dems actually DO something this time, the Thugs will just wait for the next official Congressional recess, and appoint him anyway, without a confirmation.

It’s their favorite trick.

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By weather, November 2, 2007 at 5:18 pm Link to this comment

Improve America’s esteem - send Schumer to Israel and Feinstein to Iraq, they’re a part of the problem.

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By scurvybro, November 2, 2007 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment

I don’t give a rat’s a** that Sen. Schumer considers his appoval of Mukasey an “extremely difficult” decision. What I want to hear is an explanation of why he’s going to vote to approve Mukasey, despite Mukasey’s refusal to acknowledge waterboarding as torture.

It’s a simple question, Chuck. How about a straight answer?

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By jbart, November 2, 2007 at 4:21 pm Link to this comment
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All I can comment is….“You’ve GOT to be shittin me” !!

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