Saturday, March 24, 2007
On the upside, so far as we know he didn't shoot anyone in the face while speaking at "a gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition at the oceanside Ritz-Carlton hotel in Manalapan, Fla., about 60 miles north of Miami."
Thursday, March 22, 2007
of the war.
Sorry. Almost got excited there for a second.
It turns out that Renzi remains as clueless as ever.
Last week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a unanimous decision saying that both the lower court and the U.S. Forest Service were in error on the issue of allowing reclaimed sewage to by used for snowmaking on the San Francisco Peaks.
The decision marked a significant victory for Native American tribes and environmentalists. The Mountain is sacred to many people, including members of the 13 native nations in northern Arizona.
Here are a couple of key points in the court's decision:
"We reverse the decision of the district court in part. We hold that the Forest Service’s approval of the Snowbowl’s use of recycled sewage effluent to make artificial snow on the San Francisco Peaks violates [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] RFRA, and that in one respect the Final Environmental Impact Statement prepared in this case does not comply with NEPA [National Environmental Policy Act]."Sadly, there has been a good deal of bitching and moaning from the local (Flagstaff) business community. To hear their cries of moral outrage, you'd think the Supreme Court just issued the Brown v. The Board of Education decision.
"If Appellants do not have a valid RFRA claim in this case, we are unable to see how any Native American plaintiff can ever have a successful RFRA claim based on beliefs and practices tied to land that they hold sacred."
Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard on this issue for so long. It's good to win one for The Mountain.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007|
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
In September 2006, just weeks before pivotal Congressional midterm elections, Paul Charlton, US Attorney for Arizona, opened a preliminary investigation into Republican Representative Rick Renzi of the state's First Congressional District for an alleged pattern of corruption involving influence-peddling and land deals. Almost immediately, Charlton's name was added to a blacklist of federal prosecutors the White House wanted to force from their jobs. Charlton is someone "we should now consider pushing out," D. Kyle Sampson, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez's chief of staff, wrote to then White House Counsel Harriet Miers on September 13. In his previously safe Republican district, Renzi had barely held on in the election. On December 7, the White House demanded Charlton's resignation without offering him any explanation.Turns out that Paul Charlton wasn't sacked because he was investigating corruption charges against Rick Renzi. It was because he wasn't aggressive enough in prosecuting pornographers. Right.
Which brought to mind this gem from the archives.
Maybe if Dan Quale were there, he could help them spell potato and everything would be okay again.
The White House will allow Rove and Miers to testify about the US Attorney Purge. But they can't be under oath. It has to be behind closed doors and no transcript can be kept.Time to appoint the Special Prosecutor.
President Bush sent a powerful message of support Tuesday for embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, calling his longtime friend to express unwavering support in the face of calls for his resignation.That should do it. Hope Abu Gonzo has got his resume all polished up.
The White House also denied reports that it was looking for possible successors for Gonzales. "Those rumors are untrue," White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino said.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Wrong. Democrats, i.e., those in Congress, have a responsibility to bring forth legislation that reflects the will of The People. The People sent a clear message on election day, trashing Republicans largely because of their support for the failed Iraq war policies of the Bush administration.
Democrats "have a responsibility to ensure that this bill provides the funds and the flexibility that our troops need to accomplish their mission," the president said."They have a responsibility to pass a clean bill that does not use funding for our troops as leverage to get special interest spending for their district. And they have a responsibility to get this bill to my desk without strings and without delay."
Only 30% say Bush is doing a good job (heckuva job, Dub), while 69% disapprove of the way Bush is handling the situation in Iraq.
Once again, the President is talking out of his ass. Maybe if he'd turn around we could hear him better.
This has been another edition of The President Said.