Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thursday Stuff

You know, I have to tell you that I'm really torn on this proposal by Patrick Leahy about a commission to investigate Dubya and his pals for various crimes (primarily torture, but also encouraging federal prosecutors to engage in witch hunts against Democrats, as well as other stuff, including FISA abuse before it became legally codified). I believe Leahy is trying to do what he thinks is best, but K.O. and law professor Jonathan Turley are spot-on in the video here.

As I noted in the Frances Townsend post earlier today "when the Repugs were in charge of Congress under Bill Clinton, the House Government Reform Committee issued 1,089 subpoenas during the six years that Dan Burton served as chairman from 1997 through 2002. During this period, 1,052 of the Committee’s subpoenas - 97% - targeted officials of the Clinton Administration and the Democratic Party; only 11 subpoenas related to allegations of Republican abuses.”

I'm not encouraging the Dems to engage in that kind of bastardization of what the Reform Committee is supposed to do for real, or any other committee. I'm just pointing out the ridiculously obvious fact that the Repugs have no compunction about what to do with power when the voters of this country are stupid enough to give it to them.

Worried about "blowback," Dems? Screw "blowback"! You've won the last two major elections in a row. Find some gonads (metaphorically speaking, Nancy, of course), tell Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor with subpoena power AT LONG LAST, and let justice take its course (and by the way, you'll win a THIRD election cycle in a row next year if you do).

...and as a tribute to the 200th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln (speaking of justice), here is actor Sam Waterston reading The Gettysburg Address.

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