A Third Bad Week for Bonzo
We've already covered the Ports sale biz, and the 'alternative energy' staffing cuts with the cover-up that followed, and covered the impending Iraqi civil war he precipitated on Monday. But you ain't seen nothing yet, as they say.
In the Woe on Terror, Georgie took a beating this week. Human Rights First released a report alleging over a hundred deaths of prisoners held by our forces in Iraq. 34 of those were suspected or confirmed homicides, 8 to 12 were died as a result of torture. Then, a committee of British MPs (Members of Parliament, not military police) released a statement that they are convinced that our Guantanamo prison actually hurts us in the war on terror. And a Federal Judge (Jed S. Rakoff) has ordered the government to release the identies of all the prisoners held in Guantanamo. This will work hard against the secret detentions policy of the White House, and help to ensure our freedoms under the Constitution aren't gutted by power crazed officials who would sell their own people in order to gain control.
In the on-going saga of the illegal domestic spying program that Bush now paints as only 'international', news came out Monday that the White House has quietly begun to fold it's cards on that one, and will provide some more information about the program to the Congress. They haven't agreed to quit spying on you as yet, but they are trying to duck the confrontation as they know it's not a winner for them. And to make things worse, we find out on Wednesday that USAF General Michael Hayden had planned to brief the House Committee on Intelligence but that the briefing was killed by White House Staffer Andy Card.
But wait. There is more. Democrats are publicly stating that as Americans learn more about Bush's new Medicare program they will like it less and less. There's a no-brainer. The administration was also caught RE-classifying already de-classified security related documents that have been public for years, much of it already published even by the federal government. It's an attitude of secrecy that can only indicate that we'd BETTER find out what these guys are doing, because if they work that hard to keep things secret they must be up to something not good for America. And, in a transparent white-wash attempt, the White House had to release it's own version of the What Went Wrong During Katrina report - because the one from Congress was too critical for Bush to bear. It's enough to make a man drink. Some more.
Hang in there. We're still going.
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law released the "Protecting Minority Voters: The Voting Rights Act, 1982-2005" report, which basically says that if you're a minority voter you're probably getting screwed at the polls. (Surprised?) Get your copy of the report here if you want to read it.
Also, orders for durable goods (manufacturing orders) fell by the largest amount in 5 & 1/2 years. (Let's see, subtract 5 & 1/2 years from today and you're back just after Bush was handed the White House by the Repuglican Supreme Court.)
But the one I like best is the study of voting issues in Florida during the last presidential election which shows that Bush may NOT have been elected President at all. We all know it didn't happen the first time, but apparently it didn't happen the second time either.
An examination of Palm Beach County's electronic voting machine records from the 2004 election found possible tampering and tens of thousands of malfunctions and errors, a watchdog group said Thursday.
Bev Harris, founder of BlackBoxVoting.org, said the findings call into question the outcome of the presidential race. But county officials and the maker of the electronic voting machines strongly disputed that and took issue with the findings.
All in all, must have been a bad week for the Chimperor. And folks, a bad week for Bush is a good week for America. Raise your glass.