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Posted on Apr 30, 2007
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In better days:  President Bush and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales man-hug as Bush announces Gonzales’ appointment on Nov. 10, 2004.

By Bill Boyarsky

Since Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ inept stonewalling before the Senate Judiciary Committee shed no light on the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, let’s dig into one of the real reasons—the Republican effort to stop voter registration campaigns in poor neighborhoods.

The assault is an early battle of the 2008 presidential campaign. Republicans are trying to limit registration of African-Americans and Latinos in a number of states that Democrats have a chance of carrying. It’s not the only reason that attorneys were fired, but it is the most reprehensible.

U.S. attorneys are political appointees. When a new president and his party take power, the old are swept out for the new. But once in office, the attorneys usually work with local law enforcement and lawyers and are not often micro-managed from Washington. There have been exceptions to this. The power of local segregationists sent Kennedy administration lawyers into action to take over some law enforcement in the South during the civil rights movement.

This operation is different. The Kennedys wanted to give African-Americans rights guaranteed by the Constitution. The Bush crowd is trying to exclude African-Americans and Latinos.

One of the fired attorneys is David Iglesias of New Mexico, who was dismissed after state Republican officials complained that he wouldn’t prosecute registration fraud allegations.

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(The state produced another, unrelated, example of Republicans using the Justice Department to win elections. Republican Sen. Peter Domenici complained that Iglesias was too slow in prosecuting a political corruption case that would have helped the campaign of Rep. Heather Wilson, a Republican who eventually won a tight race.)

In 2004, President Bush beat Sen. John Kerry in New Mexico by just a single percentage point, 50 percent to 49 percent. In 2008, the state’s five electoral votes are within Democratic grasp. Although that’s not a lot of votes, the Democrats’ near success in 2004 reflects the party’s hopes of big gains throughout the Southwest and Rockies next year.

Another U.S. attorney firing was linked to efforts to stop a Democratic registration drive in Washington state. Kerry carried it in 2004, but a Republican came within 129 votes of the Democratic winner in last year’s election for governor. U.S. Attorney John McKay, who was appointed by Bush, was dumped by Gonzales after Republican officials complained he would not investigate supposed registration fraud.

The Republicans’ main target in New Mexico, Washington and other states is a progressive grass-roots group, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, ACORN.  It has chapters in more than 100 cities engaged in organizing the poor for a living wage, improved housing, jobs, healthcare, better schools and child care.

What angers the Republicans are ACORN’s voter registration efforts, mostly in poor African-American and Latino neighborhoods.  In the last few years, it has registered about 500,000 voters in poor communities.

ACORN members tend to be tough and focused. They organize poor families ignored by the politicians, the big contributors and the reporters and pundits who dominate today’s political dialogue. While political writers report on the so-called money primary—the contribution competition among the top contenders—ACORN is signing up voters in neighborhoods where the major candidates and journalists seldom venture.

It’s the hardest kind of political organizing.  The organizers—invariably low paid—must convince the overworked and poor to give up a portion of their limited time to activities such as staging marches, visiting city halls and state capitols and organizing registration drives.

Professor Peter Dreier, director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Program at Occidental College in Los Angeles, told me that “of all the organizations in the country that represent the poor, except for the labor unions, ACORN is the most effective.” With a good political research operation and a grasp of local, state and national politics, ACORN targets its work in swing districts, “registering voters who are likely to be Democrats,” Dreier said.

ACORN’s success woke up New Mexico State Republican Chairman Allen Weh and other state party officials. They accused ACORN of fraud in the 2004 drive that registered 35,000 potential voters, according to The Albuquerque Tribune. 

U.S. Attorney Iglesias investigated the complaints. He formed a task force that took a close look at more than 300 of them. In fact, some ACORN workers, who were paid for each person they registered, weren’t too fussy about whom they signed up. ACORN fired a worker for registering a 13-year-old boy.

But in January 2005, The Albuquerque Tribune reported that the U.S. attorney’s office had said most of the complaints were “not criminally prosecutable.”

Unhappy about this, Weh met with Iglesias over coffee. “I told him there were well-known instances of voter fraud and people expect them to be prosecuted,” Weh told the Tribune. Weh said he then took his complaint to an aide to Karl Rove, President Bush’s political brain. “The next time I saw that [Rove] staffer, I said, ‘Man, you guys need to get a new U.S. attorney. This guy is hopeless,’ ” Weh said.

When he saw Rove at a White House function a few months later, Weh asked him about Iglesias. Rove replied that Iglesias was “gone,” Weh told the Tribune.

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings revealed what had happened. A firing list was assembled in the White House and the Justice Department, and Iglesias and McKay were on it.

The accusations were phony. On April 12, The New York Times reported that the Bush administration campaign had turned up virtually no evidence of an organized operation to fix elections. In the last five years, only 120 people, most of them Democrats, have been charged. Only 86 were convicted. Most of the offenses involved mistakes in filling out registration forms or misunderstood eligibility rules.

Iglesias and McKay refused to use the tremendous power at their disposal to bring indictments on the basis of flimsy evidence. Unlike the attorney general, and the president, they would not abuse their authority. Of course they had to be fired.


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By JNagarya, May 3, 2007 at 9:31 pm Link to this comment

#67979 by TAO Walker on 5/03 at 11:51 am
(45 comments total)

”....the genesis of King Phillip’s War,” (JNagarya #67863), like that of so many such psychotic breaks in human relations, lies in resistance-in-kind to armed aggression, the latter of which is itself usually driven by an insatiable lust for “wealth” and “power” and “glory” (sanctified by some here in these latter days as the bibliesque “dominion,” but a-k-a “the whiteman’s burden,” “manifest destiny,” and “the new american century,” among many other such self-serving euphemisms).”

The genesis of “King Philip’s War” was that I said: two Indians murdered and Indian.  Those two Indians were charged, tried, convicted and executed.  “King Philip” used that as pretext to attack the English.

An element of the underlying conflict that resulted in the murder was conflict between various Indian tribes—those conflicts having been a matter of fact for far longer than the English had been on this continent.

“It appears J(for Joseph)Nagarya’s curiosity about that seemingly off-the-wall (and off-topic) subject might have its own genesis in the full-blown “nervous breakdown” he himself is evidently going through right out here in cyber-space….in front of his higher power and everybody.”

Personal attack.

The record of the genesis of “King Philip’s War” are found in the laws of the day, and the history, both of which inform each other.  The ignorant of history over-simplify and misrepresent the conflict is that between, on one hand, Idians, and on the other, English (in this instance) colonists.  By contrast, there were conflicts, independent of the colonists, between the various Indian tribes—which existed long before the first English colonist set foot on this continent.  And, to varying degrees, between some—not all—Indian tribes and the Enlgish coloniits.

“On second thought, the topic here is, after-all, “dirty laundry.” But who among us really bargained for such an up-close-and-personal look at the messy contents of poor Joseph’s disintegrating psyche.”

Personal attack from an individual in no wise qualified—ethics alone are sufficient to illustrate this fact—to “diagnose” anyone, including himself: no legitimate “disagnosis” is lacking compliance with ethical requirements; those ethical requirements bar “diagnosis” without face-to-face evaluation, interviews, and testings of the individual to be diagnosed.

Thus your personal attack is solely that of a bigot.

“Wherever he is in the “real” world, this old Indian sincerely hopes JNagarya has somebody around who can get him the professional help he so obviously and desperately needs.”

Personal attack. 

“Because, as first Veep Quayle and now POTUS Bush have so convincingly shown us all:  “Even a muddled mind is a terrible waste of space.” Alright, this old savage only made that last part up.”

In fact, you “made up” the entire bigotted smear.  Meanwhile, back at reality: your implication that there were only conflicts between Indians and English colonists—none existing between the various Indiain tribe—is false.  And that all responsibility for that conflict belongs on the English colonists is also false.

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By TAO Walker, May 3, 2007 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment

“....the genesis of King Phillip’s War,” (JNagarya #67863), like that of so many such psychotic breaks in human relations, lies in resistance-in-kind to armed aggression, the latter of which is itself usually driven by an insatiable lust for “wealth” and “power” and “glory” (sanctified by some here in these latter days as the bibliesque “dominion,” but a-k-a “the whiteman’s burden,” “manifest destiny,” and “the new american century,” among many other such self-serving euphemisms).  We see the same sick dynamic running its bloody course again in Iraq and Afghanistan, right now.

It appears J(for Joseph)Nagarya’s curiosity about that seemingly off-the-wall (and off-topic) subject might have its own genesis in the full-blown “nervous breakdown” he himself is evidently going through right out here in cyber-space….in front of his higher power and everybody.  On second thought, the topic here is, after-all, “dirty laundry.”  But who among us really bargained for such an up-close-and-personal look at the messy contents of poor Joseph’s disintegrating psyche.

Wherever he is in the “real” world, this old Indian sincerely hopes JNagarya has somebody around who can get him the professional help he so obviously and desperately needs.  Because, as first Veep Quayle and now POTUS Bush have so convincingly shown us all:  “Even a muddled mind is a terrible waste of space.”  Alright, this old savage only made that last part up.

HokaHey!

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By JNagarya, May 2, 2007 at 10:24 pm Link to this comment

#67772 by 127001 on 5/02 at 1:41 pm
(37 comments total)

“I’ve been watching JNagarya’s comments.”

I doubt that.  Well, okay, I’ll concede this much: You’ve been “watching” (reading?) them, and you don’t like their content, but you have no reasoned response to or refutation thereof, so want the “embarrassment” they are to your position and inability they are _suppressed_—

“Please Truthdig, put this commenter on track . . . .”

The “track” is the title of the article to and about which we are responding and commentin, its title, “Airing Gonzles’ Dirty Laundry”.  Gonzales is meant to be the top US law enforcement officer—but is the opposite of that.  I’m for rule of law.  What are you about?—something other than that.

“. . . or let me monitor their totally nuts comments out of my awareness.”

You can skip reading them—others don’t have problem with my defense of responsibility.  I suspect most do not; so you’re outnumbered.

How about being responsible: direct your “complaints” to the perosn with whom you have “complaints”.  Or cease expecting to be seen as the opposite of “nuts”.

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By JNagarya, May 2, 2007 at 10:08 pm Link to this comment

#67718 by TAO Walker on 5/02 at 9:41 am
(41 comments total)

“It is true all this Indian knows about JNgarya’s condition”

“condition”!?  Has that some relevance beyond smear?

“is what s/he reveals about it here in a relatively large number of submissions, including the most recent of these, #’s 67657 & 67659.  Those revelations may or may not be consistent with actual “facts,” so it’s a matter of taking his/her words at face-value….pretty much a given anyway, here in cyber-space.”

The _facts _ I post can be verified regardless me.  And I cite to the sources thereof.  Deal with those, instead of engaging and scurrilous persoanl attacks.  Stop being an intellectually dishonest passive-agressive slimer.

But let’s look at whether your are a responsible adult—a _MAN_—

“They are reminiscent of similarly exercised comments put-up here in reaction to some of this old savage’s own, but under several different by-lines.  “This isn’t to say”—

but it clearly intended to suggest—correct, jerk?

““JNagarya” is just another assumed moniker, or that any of the rest are either.  One just wonders, sometimes, is all.”“

1.  Be a _MAN_, punk: make your accusation straight out, or cease being a weasle asshole equivalent of Limbaugh and O’Reilly; cease the smears by innuendo.

2.  Unlike you, chump, “JNagarya” is my actual name.  First name: Joseph.

Got that, sleazy, sanctimonious, immoral punk?  Tell us all, ass: What was the genesis of “King Philip’s War”.

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By Pat Williams, May 2, 2007 at 9:55 pm Link to this comment
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It is very true that there has been little evidence of voter fraud around the nation. But vote fraud is something entirely different. Computer voting can NEVER be secured. George W. Bush was never elected either time. Gore won a majority and would have won Florida if the votes had been counted despite the huge voter disenfranchisement. In 2004, with over 29% of the votes having no paper trail, the exit polls, prior to tampering, and considerable other evidence indicate that there was greater than 7 million votes shifted or disappeared mostly in swing states. That does not include the several million mostly minority voters who were prevented from voting by these same activities. Estimates are that Democratic candidates came up 3 million votes shorter during the 2006 election as 39% of all votes had no paper trail. For a wealth of resources and links, you might want to go to election.solarbus.org.

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By JNagarya, May 2, 2007 at 9:54 pm Link to this comment

#67835 by TAO Walker on 5/02 at 7:05 pm
(41 comments total)

“This old Indian likes to keep both feet firmly on the ground, but the general drift of felicity’s “....into orbit” observation (#67776) is well-taken nevertheless….as is Mr. Boyarsky’s studied exposure here of the gangster mentality that pervades what has become, as a friend said recently, “the Department of Just-Us.” Some people here and elsewhere are beginning to suspect the all-or-nothing conditions taking-shape in this “situation” should be viewed as a chance to shake-off, finally, the chains of this ten-thousand-year rule-of-fear, now mestasticized again into an outright reign-of-terror, and just go-for-broke….beat the gangbangers at their own game, in a way.

““When you got nothin’ you’ve got nothin’ to lose.””

Your back-off is welcome.  But still even in that pretentious.  Quoting others in effort to justify your unchanged fundament fools no one.

Try beoing less certain—in which is growth.

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By TAO Walker, May 2, 2007 at 8:05 pm Link to this comment

This old Indian likes to keep both feet firmly on the ground, but the general drift of felicity’s “....into orbit” observation (#67776) is well-taken nevertheless….as is Mr. Boyarsky’s studied exposure here of the gangster mentality that pervades what has become, as a friend said recently, “the Department of Just-Us.”  Some people here and elsewhere are beginning to suspect the all-or-nothing conditions taking-shape in this “situation” should be viewed as a chance to shake-off, finally, the chains of this ten-thousand-year rule-of-fear, now mestasticized again into an outright reign-of-terror, and just go-for-broke….beat the gangbangers at their own game, in a way.

“When you got nothin’ you’ve got nothin’ to lose.”

HokaHey!

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By Alan8, May 2, 2007 at 8:01 pm Link to this comment
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The REAL crime isn’t the eight US Attorneys that were fired—it’s what the DOZENS of other US Attorneys did to keep their jobs.

They need to be investigated.  I’m suspecting rampant abuse of power by investigating Democrats based on phony charges.  This is both fraud and conspiracy.

Equally fraudulent (but harder to detect and prove) is ignoring REAL crimes by Republicans.

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By Emil Lawton, May 2, 2007 at 5:11 pm Link to this comment
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Boyarsky has done a great journalistic job. He dug into the background and as usual came up with REAL news. The falseness of the GOP complaints about voter fraud is also illustrated about the 18,000 votes that disappeared in a Florida County from the voting machines. The voter intimidation by uniformed guards etc. As for the possible indictments of the Democrats in New Mexico, I am curious what that was about. Was it for real?  Of course, the case against Doolittle (R.CA) is being kept quiet as is proper, until there is no evidence or there is reason for a prosecutoral case.

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By felicity, May 2, 2007 at 3:00 pm Link to this comment

TAO WALKER:

If I read you correctly this should send you into orbit - it did me.  Sec. of State Rice recently said, “American values are universal.” Torture?  Remember that.  Access to affordable health care?  Forget that.  Your own body and your own soul?  Forget those.  Habeas Corpus?  Forget that.  A liveable wage?  Forget that. Self-determination?  Forget that.  A world according to American values?  Good luck.

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By 127001, May 2, 2007 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment

I’ve been watching JNagarya’s comments.

Please Truthdig, put this commenter on track or let me monitor their totally nuts comments out of my awareness.

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By TAO Walker, May 2, 2007 at 10:41 am Link to this comment

It is true all this Indian knows about JNgarya’s condition is what s/he reveals about it here in a relatively large number of submissions, including the most recent of these, #‘s 67657 & 67659.  Those revelations may or may not be consistent with actual “facts,” so it’s a matter of taking his/her words at face-value….pretty much a given anyway, here in cyber-space.

They are reminiscent of similarly exercised comments put-up here in reaction to some of this old savage’s own, but under several different by-lines.  This isn’t to say “JNagarya” is just another assumed moniker, or that any of the rest are either.  One just wonders, sometimes, is all.

It seems best at this point simply to let all these words “speak” for themselves in whatever way they might to anyone who reads them.  Hurled epithets and ad hominem ripostes may “sound” the same to some as carefully-phrased (though admittedly less-than-complimentary) observations and possibly useful suggestions about a widespread condition with which this old Heathen is, happily, not afflicted….though considerable time spent in-amongst those who (happily?) are gives one a certain feel-for and understanding-of its causes and symptomology.

A major beef of JNagarya’s here seems to be the disinctions made between human beings who are free and wild (a relatively rare but far from “vanished” breed) and those who are domesticated (whose own numbers are legion, but whose precarious links to the natural living arrangement in which all our KIND originated threaten at almost any moment to leave them gasping futilely for breath in an artificial environment filled suddenly with nothing but toxic vapors).  Not everyone who has responded to this Indian’s comparative descriptions has taken such offense at them.  A few’ve even said they found there some measure of credible (and maybe even helpful) information. 

For JNgarya that is obviously not the case.  No surprise there, really, nor any offense taken….and s/he is of course perfectly free to ignore any future offerings as holding-out no edifying prospects for him/her.  “Law and facts,” after all, like Beauty and Truth and damned near everything else people can form an abstract attachment to, exist pretty much exclusively in the mind’s-eye of the beholden.

This surviving free wild (that is to say NATURAL) human being would be glad to see signs that JNgarya has recovered somewhat from her/his recent fit-of-pique.  Still, if none are forthcoming and s/he continues to “blame the messenger” rather than take (or leave) the message for what its worth on its own terms, it will certainly continue to reveal much more about his/her self than it can about anyone or anything else.

HokaHey!

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By Janus, May 2, 2007 at 8:29 am Link to this comment
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Professor of Law Jonathan Turley on TV last night said that the question that ought to be posed to Gonzo at his next hearing before the House Judiciary Committee should be, “Just what the hell do you do each day at work?” (alluding to the new information that Gonzo gave unprecedented power to his two next below underlings to hire and fire district attorneys, said underlings just barely out of law school, and in addition to all the many other activities that Gonzo has disclaimed being a part of).

I think most of us agree to that.

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By JNagarya, May 2, 2007 at 3:14 am Link to this comment

#67653 by TAO Walker on 5/02 at 6:57 am
(35 comments total)

Look at yourself, and your out-of-control self-righteous arrogance—

“S/he may even feel that the virtual world-o’-hurt he/she inhabits is the best of all possible places and these are the best of times there.  If so, it seems fair to ask:  Compared to what?  The highly probable response will reference mostly other states of more-or-less institutionalized degradation with which JNagarya has most likely only a vicarious familiarity.”

:[M]ay”.  Speculate away from the fact that you know nothing about me.  Speculate all you want away from my critique—challenge—in effort to avoid that by attempting to personalize away from the objective: the evidence provided by your own posts.  Check out your arrogant, self-reighteous hypocrisy.

“This old Heathen Savage, on the other hand, is coming to you (in this extremely abstract mode) from a place of actual and ongoing personal experience very different from that of our domesticated sisters and brothers.”

Speculation.  You don’t know anything about “my” “place of actual and ongoing personal experience”.  You and I are human before all else; in that we are the same.  Your arrogant, supremacist divisiveness, however, in this non-abstract, concrete, particular non-generality is yours, not mine.

“From where we stand, JNagarya’s condition as a tame two-legged individual is neither enviable nor (just plain) viable.”

Substantiate any of that as regards your effort to personalize/personally attack.  “Bring it on,” self-satisfied, arrogant fool.

“Her/his apparent belief that merely tinkering with the machinery of his/her exploitation by, for example, impeaching a figurehead president will somehow alter the fundamentally inferior position s/he and others of their kind”

“their [inferior] kind”.  Thank you for making my point for me—racist/supremacist.  Preach your smug, arrogant, “superior” racist crap to those who are impressed by your unevidenced claims for yourself.

Or, in the alternative, directly address and refute my statements of fact and law—without the ass-inine, juvenile efforts to avoid those by means of personal attack. 

In simplest terms: your spew is crap, regardless who you are.

“are in, vis-a-vis the real beneficiaries of their captivity, seems at best naive.  But no one here will ever say s/he isn’t completely entitled to such an opinion….or impugn his/her personal character for giving “voice” to it.”

“may”  “seems”—speculation, hypothesizing.  Be real, or be gone—and take your speculative, deliberatley, arrogantly insulting, racist bullshit with you.

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By JNagarya, May 2, 2007 at 2:58 am Link to this comment

#67653 by TAO Walker on 5/02 at 12:27 am
(35 comments total)

“If it left such a bad taste in the mouth of his/her mind, why did JNagarya (#67622) go to all the trouble of repeating in-full this old Indian’s “....smug, arrogant self-righteous….” comment here?”

Intellectual honesty.  I wasn’t about potentially distorting the full statement, or misleading others.

Instead of asking questions of the atmosphere, check yourself out—deal with the dcriticism, instead of endeavoring to find ways to avoid it.  Let’s see if you check yourself out, or repeat yourself in the same modality—

“Having just re-read some of her/his own submissions, it appears JNagarya is a thoroughly civilized individual who takes rather personally
suggestions that the condition his/her condition is in right now falls far short of what it naturally could be.”

Your personal attack noted—as avoidance of the issue.  I deal in law, not personalities.

Your notion of “natural”.  Is it universal?  No.  Are you perfect?  No.  Should your view therefore be required, in any way whatsoever, universally?  Obviously not.

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By TAO Walker, May 2, 2007 at 1:27 am Link to this comment

If it left such a bad taste in the mouth of his/her mind, why did JNagarya (#67622) go to all the trouble of repeating in-full this old Indian’s “....smug, arrogant self-righteous….” comment here?  Having just re-read some of her/his own submissions, it appears JNagarya is a thoroughly civilized individual who takes rather personally suggestions that the condition his/her condition is in right now falls far short of what it naturally could be. 

S/he may even feel that the virtual world-o’-hurt he/she inhabits is the best of all possible places and these are the best of times there.  If so, it seems fair to ask:  Compared to what?  The highly probable response will reference mostly other states of more-or-less institutionalized degradation with which JNagarya has most likely only a vicarious familiarity.

This old Heathen Savage, on the other hand, is coming to you (in this extremely abstract mode) from a place of actual and ongoing personal experience very different from that of our domesticated sisters and brothers.  From where we stand, JNagarya’s condition as a tame two-legged individual is neither enviable nor (just plain) viable.  Her/his apparent belief that merely tinkering with the machinery of his/her exploitation by, for example, impeaching a figurehead president will somehow alter the fundamentally inferior position s/he and others of their kind are in, vis-a-vis the real beneficiaries of their captivity, seems at best naive.  But no one here will ever say s/he isn’t completely entitled to such an opinion….or impugn his/her personal character for giving “voice” to it. 

Some of us might say it is a peculiarly foolish “mind-set,” and that it has itself evidenced (in its attempted-genocidal expression toward us Indians, for example) considerable arrogance, smugness, and self-righteousness over the last four hundred or so winters here on Turtle Island.  Our relatives up on Hummingbird Island, by the way, report much the same thing, over a slightly longer “time-frame.” 

Among the “rules” here in Indian Country are at least a couple to which our ininvited European occupiers have assummed some kind of immunity for theirselves from the natural consequences of their breaches.  One is that what goes around comes around.  Here in these latter days, moreover, what with all the electro-mechanical and institutional enhancement, acceleration, and amplification it’ll get on the way, it is dead-certain to arrive back at its source orders-of-magnitude more potent than when it was so carelessly launched.

So the other “rule” follows naturally.  If you can’t take-it, you better not dish it out in the first place.  This Indian has “called” civilization here pretty much as us free wild natural human beings see it.  Those who have no actual knowledge of anything but civilization might conceivably benefit from a “second opinion” about a condition even many of its less-oppressed inmates are finding increasingly stressful and debilitating lately.  Than again, they might just get upset and angry when faced with an analysis they don’t like….like JNagarya here, who chooses to attack the “medicine man” rather than address the particulars of the diagnosis and prescription. 

Well, we who’re shouldering “The RedMan’s Burden” don’t expect to be greeted as liberators and showered with flowers.  It is, as always, one of those thankless tasks the best-qualified are obliged, for the good of the Natural Order, to take-on.  Good thing for our domesticated brothers and sisters we long-ago learned the difference between true destiny and mere fate.

HokaHey!

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By JNagarya, May 1, 2007 at 9:34 pm Link to this comment

#67598 by TAO Walker on 5/01 at 7:03 pm
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“RobertBennett (#67577) edges nearer than many to the stark reality, in his location of “the problem.” To maybe mangle The Bard of Avon:  The fault, my dear americanpeople, lies not in your stars (or even your superstars), it is in yourselves.  It is in the all-too-easy way your precious human attention is distracted and co-opted, by the star-making machinery, from anything and everything to do with that machinery’s owner/operators’ “project” to rape, ruin, and destroy Mother Earth….and all of you along with Her.

“To those who still cling desperately to the hope and belief the end-product of this operation must be some “lesser evil,” this old Indian can only say….dream-on.  If you’re a lot luckier than you figure to be, you’ll get to die in your sleep.  It’s a lot more likely, however, the final feeding frenzy will see a global application of the “sleep-deprivation” techniques being perfected these days in the allamerican Gulag, so there’ll be a real “banquet” of the fear and suffering your long-time tormentors rule-by and subsist-on.

“Your “viable alternative” won’t be found in any system of science or philosophy or socio-economy.  Those are all just more dead-end distractions keeping you stuck in the great con-TRAPtion you’ve been programmed to call “civilization,” thinking it’s “a good thing.” It is that for you all like a feedlot is for the owner/operators of the meat-packing industry….and for exactly the same reasons.  Your adored civilization, a MADhouse ruled by its most sociopathic inmates, exists only to supply its owner/operators with a steady supply of the fear and misery and hatred they feed-on.

“The HeartSong ‘n’ HoopDance of Life Herownself is the living arrangement where human beings naturally belong. Anything else is just another variation on the kind of virtual world-o’-hurt so many of our domesticated sisters and brothers are dying in today.  This surviving free wild natural human being invites the tame two-leggeds to leave their hell-on-earth behind and come back to the Tiyoshpaye Way….where the roots of their humanity will again be nourished rather than poisoned.

“HokaHey!”

Your smug, arrogant self-righteousness is obnoxious.  And no different than that of those you attack for being that.

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By TAO Walker, May 1, 2007 at 8:03 pm Link to this comment

RobertBennett (#67577) edges nearer than many to the stark reality, in his location of “the problem.”  To maybe mangle The Bard of Avon:  The fault, my dear americanpeople, lies not in your stars (or even your superstars), it is in yourselves.  It is in the all-too-easy way your precious human attention is distracted and co-opted, by the star-making machinery, from anything and everything to do with that machinery’s owner/operators’ “project” to rape, ruin, and destroy Mother Earth….and all of you along with Her.

To those who still cling desperately to the hope and belief the end-product of this operation must be some “lesser evil,” this old Indian can only say….dream-on.  If you’re a lot luckier than you figure to be, you’ll get to die in your sleep.  It’s a lot more likely, however, the final feeding frenzy will see a global application of the “sleep-deprivation” techniques being perfected these days in the allamerican Gulag, so there’ll be a real “banquet” of the fear and suffering your long-time tormentors rule-by and subsist-on.

Your “viable alternative” won’t be found in any system of science or philosophy or socio-economy.  Those are all just more dead-end distractions keeping you stuck in the great con-TRAPtion you’ve been programmed to call “civilization,” thinking it’s “a good thing.”  It is that for you all like a feedlot is for the owner/operators of the meat-packing industry….and for exactly the same reasons.  Your adored civilization, a MADhouse ruled by its most sociopathic inmates, exists only to supply its owner/operators with a steady supply of the fear and misery and hatred they feed-on.

The HeartSong ‘n’ HoopDance of Life Herownself is the living arrangement where human beings naturally belong. Anything else is just another variation on the kind of virtual world-o’-hurt so many of our domesticated sisters and brothers are dying in today.  This surviving free wild natural human being invites the tame two-leggeds to leave their hell-on-earth behind and come back to the Tiyoshpaye Way….where the roots of their humanity will again be nourished rather than poisoned.

HokaHey!

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By RobertBennett, May 1, 2007 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment

“But, if the Judicial Branch of government operates at the behest of the Executive Branch, this fragile republic of ours will not long stand.”

The entire government is corrupt. But it isn’t the fault of any one person or group.

Our government is a reflection of us.  To change the government, we must change as a people.

Attacking conservatives will not help, it will only make things worse.

Conservative tactics will not work for a Progressive Movement.  Conservatism is the politics of Fear.

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20070327_terrorized_by_war_on_terror/

This is the direction progressives need to go:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6611695.stm

Other possible solutions are here:
http://thespiritandthestone.squarespace.com/display/ShowJournal?moduleId=1240661&categoryId=107877

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By felicity, May 1, 2007 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment

Make of this what you will.  The number of Republican government officials investigated by the US Justice Dept since 2001, 37.  The number of Dems, 262.

Perhaps the numbers would be reversed if there was a Democrat at the head of the Executive Branch.  Don’t know.  But, if the Judicial Branch of government operates at the behest of the Executive Branch, this fragile republic of ours will not long stand.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, May 1, 2007 at 12:34 pm Link to this comment
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Those rascally republicans if you cannot get elected fairly they will do it the old fashioned rig elections.When the constitution is not the highest power you answer to but the Bible is you can do whatever you want because you are doing what is right for the heathen unwashed masses.The Founding Fathers knew what a mess government can be when you mix politics and religion.Did we listen nooooo.We elected a Bible thumping moron with a messiah complex.How has that worked out for us.A great quote that fits this is"when totalarianism comes to America it will be carrying a cross and be wrapped in the flag”.

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By JNagarya, May 1, 2007 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment

#67454 by G. Anderson on 5/01 at 7:25 am
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“Mr. Gonzalez, has no honor. He also has no sense of shame, of duty or respect. . . . forgetting to remember, and then refusing to resign.”

He’s more complicated than that: he also remembered to forget.

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By JNagarya, May 1, 2007 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment

#67308 by Sharon Ash on 4/30 at 1:09 pm
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“People of honor, honesty, integrity and intelligence are neither attracted to nor welcomed by, this corrupt and inept administration.  So why does this chapter on Gonzales surprise anyone?  The bigger surprise is that Americans are not beating down the doors of Congress demanding that this entire group of crooks and thieves be thrown out of our government.  Americans have permitted themselves be neutered by fear.  Our forefathers must be so disappointed by how spineless we have become.”

It isn’t fear.  It’s ignorance of the law, including the Constitution, and the impeachment clause therein.  And the perseveration which prevents connecting of dots: a president named Clinton was impeached; therefore, the current occupier of the White House can be impeached.

It isn’t fear: many are demanding impeachment.

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By JNagarya, May 1, 2007 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment

“On April 12, The New York Times reported that the Bush administration campaign had turned up virtually no evidence of an organized operation to fix elections.”

That’s only because they didn’t follow their usual practice of investigating themselves.

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By Lee, May 1, 2007 at 11:18 am Link to this comment
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That photograph of W and Gonzalez is creepy. Way creepy.

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By Louise, May 1, 2007 at 10:07 am Link to this comment
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“Bill Boyarsky has an idea what Gonzales doesn’t want the committee—or the nation—to find out.”

There is something else Gonzalez doesn’t want the committee or the nation to find out ...

That he cant remember anything for more than three weeks?

No, even though that is a common affliction in the U.S.

That he cant understand the concept of truth or consequence?

No. Another common affliction in the U.S. Particularly on the “right” side of the political arena.

That he’d rather look like a fool than sound like a liar?

No. That’s been administration policy since 2000, and is now recognized as completely phony.

So, what is it?

That his affection for Bush is so all consuming, he’d rather be seen as grossly incompetent than say or do anything that might reflect badly on the object of his worshipful adoration.

Not the first time obsessive infatuation has destroyed the career of a good man. Saw a lot of this kind of stomach-turning silliness when Nixon came tumbling down.

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By Leefeller, May 1, 2007 at 9:30 am Link to this comment
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Republican lite,I like that one for the Democrats.  Gravel and super K seem to be the only folks with the fortitude to say what they believe, I agree with what they say.  Mainstream media is selecting our leaders again, time to get out the old bumper sticker.
“Who gives a damn about apathy”.

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By G. Anderson, May 1, 2007 at 8:25 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Gonzalez, has no honor. He also has no sense of shame, of duty or respect.

Shall I continue down the list?

All those qualities that seperate us from the gangsters of the world, this adminsration has dispensed with.

From Wolfowitz, refusing to resign, to Gonzalez forgetting to remember, and then refusing to resign.
This bunch, has gotten to the top by blatantly lying.
They lied about everything from WMD, to Valerie Plame. When the facts didn’t fit, they just made them up.

I would suspect, that they also cheated on their homework in grammer school, High school, and college.


I guess that’s what you have to do when you just can’t cut it.

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By Tom Doff, May 1, 2007 at 2:46 am Link to this comment
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‘Gonzales’ Dirty Laundry’, what a repulsive image!

You’d think that the Regent Law School alumni would take a break from their ambulance-chasing and ‘Play-For-Pay’ gay-prostitute-defending long enough to contribute to their mentor’s laundry fund, and make his change of underwear a daily event. Or use their expertise at covering-up dirty laundry to hire a gravedigger to bury Albertito’s pair of briefs and socks during his annual ‘change-of-underwear’ ceremony.

They could even spring for a new pair of shorts and sox once a year, and free Albertito from the chore of chiseling the encrusted crud from the old ones.

Of course, Mexican traditions die hard, and if Albertito doesn’t have crud-chiseling to look forward to on Cinco de Mayo, he’ll probably just get drunk sooner.

Ole’ Jose Cuervo.

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By Donald Paulus, May 1, 2007 at 12:15 am Link to this comment
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Bush and Co. attack the truth with lies and we have the war in Iraq.
They fight the campaign against terror and our
Constitution gets shredded.
They advocate tax reform and the wealthy get more
and more protection.
They do their political organizational thing and
US attorneys get dismissed.
FASCISM is alive and well flourishing as it does in the good old USA.
Solution:  impeach the bastards and do it now!

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By 911truthdotorg, April 30, 2007 at 10:48 pm Link to this comment

My first thought when I saw this pic: scum and scummer. But I don’t want to insult scum in any way.
If you shave their heads, there’s no doubt you’ll find a “666” up there…as well with cheney, rove, etc.

Two days after the Nov election, I changed my party from life long Democrat to Independent after I heard the cowards Pelosi and Dean say “impeachment is off the table”. How dare they???!!!  I will never vote Democratic again.

It didn’t even take 24 hours for them to forget that they work for US and not the reverse.

The Democrats will cave and do whatever the murderer-in-chief wants to do.

The Democrats are Republicans-Lite.

Demand a new, true 9/11 investigation…the lie that is the “official” story is their house of cards that needs to come crashing down like the WTC.

Google video: 9/11 Press for Truth, Loose Change 2nd Edition

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By Joe R., April 30, 2007 at 9:35 pm Link to this comment

There are only two kinds of people who support the Republican party.  Those who have a lot of property and those who can be deceived into believing their propaganda.  The facade is wearing thin because the have not done a damn thing for anyone who is not rich or religious.  The only way they can stay in power is to commit fraud.
I believe the Dems are holding back on impeachment because they believe they can win huge in o8.  I hope they are right but if they underestimate these people they and the nation are going to suffer.  I would like to see a special prosecutor appointed to start building a conspiracy and war crime case against the Bush dynasty.

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By Verne Arnold, April 30, 2007 at 9:05 pm Link to this comment

In order of magnitude, Gonzales is far down the list of traitors (but still important). 
I’ve finally registered and use my real name on these “comments” but I am getting worn down.  I do see many very insightful and intelligent responses.  It reafirms not everybody goes along with the fascist, criminal, insanity of this government.  But this isn’t a hollywood movie…the enemy isn’t “at” the gate; the enemy has breached the gate…where is the urgency.  Blah, blah, blah…I/we are speaking to the converted.  I love “Truthdid” but also see it as very outside of the mainstream.  I truly fear all is lost and like the frog in the slowly heating pot of water, we, (the majority) will not see the danger until it’s too late and we are boiled.

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By J.Flick, April 30, 2007 at 6:54 pm Link to this comment
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This seems an appropriate time to revisit the journalism of Greg Palast in preperation for the 2008 election.

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By QuyTran, April 30, 2007 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment

GWB talks to his servant :“Hey, Al, don’t worry about anything. I have a wonderful job for you if you were denied by this damned Legislature.”

What kind of job, master ?

“Clean the whorehouse toilets with the same pay as Attorney General.”

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By particle61, April 30, 2007 at 5:03 pm Link to this comment
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gonzo’s greatest hits…

redstateupdate has followed the historic career of gonzo the grotesque, from arguing for torture to demanding that phone companies give unfettered access to government spooks (with no judicial order) see stories-

Gonzales Defines Freedom as Grave Threat to Freedom
http://www.redstateupdate.net/full-page/fullpage-archive-80.html

Gonzalez Cancels Subscription to First Amendment
http://www.redstateupdate.net/full-page/fullpage-archive-53.html

Gonzalez Denies Federal Prosecutors Were Dismissed With Prejudice
http://www.redstateupdate.net/full-page/fullpage-archive-87.html

Government Spying Reveals Americans Have Little Useful Intelligence
http://www.redstateupdate.net/full-page/fullpage-archive-41.html

-and more stories from the annals of the denuding of our constitution at redstateupdate.net

http://www.redstateupdate.net
funny, frightening, free

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By dale Headley, April 30, 2007 at 3:47 pm Link to this comment
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Those who have been dumbfounded about the depth and extent of the incompetence of the Bush Administration are wrong.  The Bushies are very competent - at pursuing their agenda for political hegemony.  It’s just governing at which they suck so spectacularly.

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By Sharon Ash, April 30, 2007 at 2:09 pm Link to this comment
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People of honor, honesty, integrity and intelligence are neither attracted to nor welcomed by, this corrupt and inept administration.  So why does this chapter on Gonzales surprise anyone?  The bigger surprise is that Americans are not beating down the doors of Congress demanding that this entire group of crooks and thieves be thrown out of our government.  Americans have permitted themselves be neutered by fear.  Our forefathers must be so disappointed by how spineless we have become.

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By M Currey, April 30, 2007 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment
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Shows to go that when there is a one party in power the corruption is over the top, its like My way or the highway, I know there is always some corruption in government, but this Bush Administration with the Snarling Dog called Dick “shotgun” Chaney have taken corruption along party lines to a new high, the Repbs have only been in power for a decade and the fear of losing Democracy is very real.

Just last week I was informed that my Medicare Part D has been taken over by another company, part of the Fedeal Government contracting HMO’s and of course these companies are for profit, the list of what is not covered is longer than the list for the drugs that are covered.  And of course for my $15.00 worth of drugs I have to pay at least a $2.00 co-pay, and I don’t even like to take any medication, I don’t want to support the drug company any more than I have to.

So when the dirt really hits the fan is when a lot seniors hit the donut hole, since I am young I will not hit that hole for awile.

The pot is simmering and I can not wait for the public to really call out for impeachment, because this administration has turned everyting they touch to dust, and the war is not going to be won, because in the first place Bush and Company have set up a puppet goverenment in Iraq and anyone with a brain in their head can see it.

The best thing to do is not fool around with these fools and start the IMPEACHMENT ball rolling.

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By ManipulationNation, April 30, 2007 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment

It’s incredible, but not surprising anymore, that Republicans would stoop this low.

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By fpal, April 30, 2007 at 12:25 pm Link to this comment
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I believe Bill Boyarsky is right. The Republicans are trying to impede democracy in the U.S.

I can’t believe that some Americans still vote Republican.

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