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JONATHAN TURLEY
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Professor Jonathan Turley is a nationally recognized legal scholar who has written extensively in areas ranging from constitutional law to legal theory to tort law. He has written over three dozen academic articles that have appeared in a variety of leading law journals at Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Northwestern, and other schools.

After a stint at Tulane Law School, Professor Turley joined the George Washington faculty in 1990 and, in 1998, was given the prestigious Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law, the youngest chaired professor in the school’s history. In addition to his extensive publications, Professor Turley has served as counsel in some of the most notable cases in the last two decades including the representation of whistleblowers, military personnel, judges, members of Congress, and a wide range of other clients. He is also one of the few attorneys to successfully challenge both a federal and a state law — leading to courts striking down the federal Elizabeth Morgan law as well as the state criminalization of cohabitation.

In 2010, Professor Turley represented Judge G. Thomas Porteous in his impeachment trial. After a trial before the Senate, Professor Turley (on December 7, 2010) argued both the motions and gave the final argument to all 100 U.S. Senators from the well of the Senate floor — only the 14th time in history of the country that such a trial of a judge has reached the Senate floor. Judge Porteous was convicted of four articles of impeachments, including the acceptance of $2000 from an attorney and using a false name on a bankruptcy filing.

In 2011, Professor Turley filed a challenge to the Libyan War on behalf of ten members of Congress, including Representatives Roscoe Bartlett (R., Md); Dan Burton (R., Ind.); Mike Capuano (D., Mass.); Howard Coble (R., N.C.); John Conyers (D., Mich.); John J. Duncan (R., Tenn.); Tim Johnson (R., Ill.); Walter Jones (R., N.C.); Dennis Kucinich (D., Ohio); and Ron Paul (R., Tx). The lawsuit was before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Other cases include his representation of the Area 51 workers at a secret air base in Nevada; the nuclear couriers at Oak Ridge, Tennessee; the Rocky Flats grand jury in Colorado; Dr. Eric Foretich, the husband in the famous Elizabeth Morgan custody controversy; and four former United States Attorneys General during the Clinton impeachment litigation. In the Foretich case, Turley succeeded recently in reversing a trial court and striking down a federal statute through a rare “bill of attainder” challenge. Professor Turley has also served as counsel in a variety of national security cases, including espionage cases like that of Jim Nicholson, the highest ranking CIA officer ever accused of espionage. Turley also served as lead defense counsel in the successful defense of Petty Officer Daniel King, who faced the death penalty for alleged spying for Russia. Turley also served as defense counsel in the case of Dr. Tom Butler, who is facing criminal charges dealing with the importation and handling of thirty vials of plague in Texas. He also served as counsel to Larry Hanauer, the House Intelligence Committee staffer accused of leaking a classified Presidential National Intelligence Estimate to the New York Times. (Hanauer was cleared of all allegations).

Among his current cases, Professor Turley represents Dr. Ali Al-Timimi, who was convicted in Virginia in 2005 of violent speech against the United States. He also represents Dr. Sami Al-Arian, accused of being the American leader of a terrorist organization while he was a university professor in Florida. He also currently represents pilots approaching or over the age of 60 in their challenge to the mandatory retirement age of the FAA. He also represented David Murphee Faulk, the whistleblower who disclosed abuses in the surveillance operations at NSA’s Fort Gordon facility in Georgia. Most recently, Professor Turley agreed to serve as lead counsel representing the Brown family from the TLC “Sister Wives, a reality show on plural marriage or polygamy. On December 13, 2013, the federal court in Utah struck down the criminalization of polygamy — the first such decision in history — on free exercise and due process grounds. Professor Turley also served as the legal expert in the review of polygamy laws in the British of Columbia (Canada) Supreme Court. In the latter case, he argued for the decriminalization of plural union and conjugal unions. In 2012, Turley also represented the makers of “Five Wives Vodka” (Ogden’s Own Distillery) in challenging an effective ban on the product in Idaho after officials declared the product to be offensive to Mormons. After opposing to the ban on free speech and other grounds, the state of Idaho issued a letter apologizing for public statements made by officials and lifting the ban on sale for “Five Wives Vodka.”
Turley has served as a consultant on homeland security and constitutional issues, including the Florida House of Representatives. He also served as the consultant to the Puerto Rico House of Representatives on the impeachment of Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá.

Professor Turley is a frequent witness before the House and Senate on constitutional and statutory issues as well as tort reform legislation. Professor Turley is also a nationally recognized legal commentator. Professor Turley was ranked as 38th in the top 100 most cited “public intellectuals” in the recent study by Judge Richard Posner. Turley was also found to be the second most cited law professor in the country. He has been repeatedly ranked in the nation’s top 500 lawyers in annual surveys (including in the latest rankings by LawDragon) – one of only a handful of academics. In prior years, he was ranked as one of the nation’s top ten lawyers in military law cases as well as one of the top 40 lawyers under 40. He was also selected in the last five years as one of the 100 top Irish lawyers in the world.

Professor Turley’s articles on legal and policy issues appear regularly in national publications with hundreds of articles in such newspapers as the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal. He is a columnist for USA Today. In 2005, Turley was given the Columnist of the Year award for Single-Issue Advocacy for his columns on civil liberties by the Aspen Institute and the Week Magazine. Professor Turley also appears regularly as a legal expert on all of the major television networks. Since the 1990s, he has worked under contract as the on-air Legal Analyst for NBC News and CBS News to cover stories that ranged from the Clinton impeachment to the presidential elections. Professor Turley has been a repeated guest on Sunday talk shows with over two-dozen appearances on Meet the Press, ABC This Week, Face the Nation, and Fox Sunday. Professor Turley has taught courses on constitutional law, constitutional criminal law, environmental law, litigation, and torts. He is the founder and executive director of the Project for Older Prisoners (POPS). His work with older prisoners has been honored in various states, including his selection as the 2011 recipient of the Dr. Mary Ann Quaranta Elder Justice Award at Fordham University.

His award-winning blog is routinely ranked as one of the most popular legal blogs by AVVO. His blog was selected as the top News/Analysis site in 2013, the top Legal Opinion Blog in 2011 as well as prior selections as the top Law Professor Blog and Legal Theory Blog. It has been regularly ranked by the ABA Journal in the top 100 blogs in the world. In 2012, Turley has selected as one of the top 20 legal experts on Twitter by Business Insider. In 2013, the ABA Journal inducted the Turley Blog into its Hall of Fame.

Professor Turley received his B.A. at the University of Chicago and his J.D. at Northwestern. In 2008, he was given an honorary Doctorate of Law from John Marshall Law School for his contributions to civil liberties and the public interest.
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1,387 Responses

  1. Mr. Turley, I’m a fan of yours and have enjoyed the mental aerobics you’ve displayed during testimony before Congress and elsewhere on TV. I’m happy to learn of your new WordPress.com blog and plan to follow your endeavor here. Welcome! May you shine here as well as you do elsewhere. :)


  2. Prof. Turley,

    There are a very few TV/radio commentators who, when they speak, I stop what I’m doing and listen. You are one of the best. Thanks for your input on politics and current affairs.

    Stephen Mette


  3. Dear Mr. Turley:

    I never imagined I would ever get a chance to address you directly, but like bloggomio and Stephen Mette above I have been a fan and supporter of yours for many years now. Today, I enjoyed (as always) hearing you discuss the latest “high crimes and misdemeanors” on AirAmerica with Randi Rhodes, and was thrilled to hear about your blog. So, here I am. The following “note” is much longer than I intended, and I hope it does not overwhelm you! Please bear with me.

    As depressing as it can be to be a patriot and constitutionalist in these trying times, it is good to know that there are a few men out there with the time, tools, talent, intellectual chops and courage to take on massively powerful corporate/government interests when they engage in unconstitutional (and un-American) behavior. Criminality and unconstitutionality seems to be the standard operating procedure these days. Perhaps it has always been thus…

    I’ve followed your work for years, going all the way back to the Clinton era (seems like ancient history now). The Area 51 case was amazing. I consider myself fortunate to have seen you on a documentary about “America’s most secret base,” lest I might never have heard about the case otherwise. The story certainly wasn’t covered by the local news here in Los Angeles!

    I imagine it took great chutzpah to “beard the lion” in his own court, if not in his own den, and it was highly surreal listening to you describe a court battle in which part of the government’s defense was that since the base didn’t exist there couldn’t be any violation of law. It must have been even more surreal to be there! In my opinion, knowing how powerful (and nefarious) the federal government is these days, I think it’s safe to say that those injured workers and their surviving family members were very lucky to have you. Well done sir!

    In any event, I believe your words (both written and spoken) have had a profound effect on the criminal cabal running this country and have contributed mightily to the recent departures of several luminaries. I’m sure Gonzo and others like him get rather dyspeptic when they hear you enumerate the many ways in which they have violated the law, and would greatly prefer that you didn’t! More-so, your work keeps extremely important issues front and center for many people — including members of congress — who seem to need a “good swift kick” to even contemplate doing the right thing these days.

    Thankfully, the Att’y General is stepping down. I believe you and Mr. Olbermann had a big hand in that. I can only hope that there will be real investigations and prosecutions (where warranted). Not that I’m holding my breath. Sadly, in the end, the President will most likely pardon all of his cronies so there’s little chance any of it will “stick.” The implications are dire for what’s left of the republic and it’s long-term survival. I am certainly not the first to point out that we have been sliding down the slippery slope towards total statism/fascism for a long time now, and I fear that we are reaching the bottom.

    So, having said all this, I hope you will indulge me for a few more minutes. I have two questions for you. The first is rather long, but I think it will be of interest, and I look forward to your answers.

    *** *** ***

    1) At the risk of being immediately labeled a “conspiracy theorist” (or worse) for even raising the question, I’m wondering if you and your colleagues are aware of the fact that many (if not most) of our high-ranking officials, elected or otherwise, are Freemasons (and/or members of other Masonic secret societies, such as Skull and Bones, to which our President and his father belong)?

    While you may not realize it, this is a profoundly important issue, perhaps even one of the most important (though largely unknown) issues in America today. Why? Because Freemasons and Bonesmen swear oaths of loyalty, secrecy and protection that supersede any others, including the oath of office!

    I simply can’t emphasize how important this point is, and I think you of all people understand it’s implications. In my opinion, the behind-the-scenes influence of the Masonic brotherhood goes far towards explaining much of the unconstitutionality (and criminality) that is endemic today. FDR and Truman were at the very top of Freemasonry (32º and 33º respectively, 33º being the highest), and it’s been steadily downhill for this nation, insofar as observance of constitutional law goes since then. By the way, lest I be accused of partisanship as well as lunacy, I am not claiming this is purely a partisan problem. It is not. High level Freemasons infest (and I’m choosing words very carefully here) both of our major political parties. I simply mention Roosevelt and Truman because it was under their watch that the rise of the crypto-fascist national security state began.

    For those without time or interest to investigate the role of secret societies but who wish to get a flavor for their influence on day-to-day events and “national security,” I recommend the recent films The Good Shepard (directed by Robert De Nero) or The Company (starring Michael Keaton). These works focus on the dangerous and unconstitutional activities of Bonesmen (rather than Freemasons, per se) in American intelligence and foreign policy. However, the message is clear.

    If you wish to see a list of “important Freemasons,” I suggest going over to Wikipedia. For those who are not steeped in such material, it’s an eye-opener, I assure you:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Freemasons

    Our forefathers were certainly aware of how important the intertwined issues of divided loyalty and secret societies was, and it remains to this day. Washington, Jefferson, Hancock, Madison, Paine (among others) warned of the dangers to the republic inherent in secret societies (given that Washington was at one time an active Mason, his condemnations are particularly apt and telling).

    John Quincy Adams, in his LETTERS ON THE MASONIC INSTITUTION said: “A more perfect agent for the devising and execution of conspiracies against the church or state could scarcely have been conceived.”

    Following the murder of ex-Freemason William Morgan (by Masons) in 1826, the Anti-Masonic party came to the fore. In it’s day, it’s influence was such that Masonry (prior to the Civil War) nearly died out. Would that it had.

    Masons (the so-called “blue lodge” or first three degrees) pledge to protect their brothers in all matters, excepting treason and murder. I should not have to point out that this still includes a high degree of latitude. But far more disturbing is that higher level Masons (which includes most of the officials in high office all over the land) swear to protect their fellow Masons in all cases, up to and including treason and murder!

    I don’t know about you, but I think this is extremely alarming, to say the least.

    “You must conceal all crimes of your brother Masons…and should you be summoned as a witness against a brother Mason be always sure to shield him…It may be perjury to do this, it is true, but you’re keeping your obligations.” — Ronayne, HANDBOOK OF MASONRY

    Please understand that I am not one who approaches this from a fundamentalist Christian and/or Biblical perspective. I’m not religious at all, and in fact, consider myself a deist like most of the Founders. But there are those who say Freemasons are Luciferians and/or Satanists and therefore inherently evil. To my mind, that whole line of thought is nothing but a straw man argument and, worse yet, a distraction from the real danger. No, my concern is purely a pragmatic one. To wit: how can we have honest, open government when many (if not most) high-ranking officials are sworn to cover up each other’s crimes? How can we trust anything they do or say when the oath of office means nothing to them?

    Concern over this problem has gotten so acute in England that the government has enacted laws requiring secret society members (Masons in particular) to disclose their relationship to the brotherhood. It may not be much, but it at least it’s a start.

    In my opinion, Masonic secrecy (and all that it entails) is one of the most important issues in the world today. Yet outside of very narrow circles it is not even known, much less discussed. Your thoughts?

    *** *** ***

    2) If you had to pick a few constitutional groups to support with your time and/or money, which ones would you choose?

    *** *** ***

    In closing, I thank you for your attention and I commend you on your great work! I believe you are truly an American hero, albeit largely unsung. Somewhere far away, the Framers are smiling knowing that a few staunch men of conviction remain. Above all else, keep up the good work, continue to fight the good fight and (we hope and pray) never falter — America needs you!

    Sincerely Yours,
    K. S. Knight


  4. Dear Prof. Turley,
    I deeply appreciate the intelligence and perspective you’ve brought to the Countdown broadcasts; like Stephen Mette, above, I drop my knitting and just listen when you (and John Dean) come on the show. I also learned of your blog from a reference Randi Rhodes made to it, and was very happy to learn of it. Thank you for joining us in the blogosphere, and may you always find it welcoming!
    Best wishes,
    Arabella


  5. Arabella:

    That alone was worth blogging. What a wonderful way to start the weekend. Thanks for the kind note.

    Jonathan


  6. Dear Professor Turley:

    I am a loyal fan and always watch your commentary on Countdown. (I make sure to watch it again when it re-airs at midnight to make sure I get it all…) No one in this house is allowed to talk while your segment is airing.

    Your words are a voice of reason in all of this Constitutional madness we have had to endure since this administration seized power. I also appreciate the way you explain Constitutional issues in layman’s terms for all of us non-lawyers.

    Some people have religion, some people have the bible. For me the Constitution is my bible. I worship it and often get depressed about how it is being assaulted time and again. The Framers are rolling over in their collective graves.

    I want to thank you for all that you do. You are a true American patriot and because of you, I have hope that we can get back to the country we once were. (Oh – and go on Randi Rhodes more – I love those segments too!)

    I think you’d make a great Attorney General. :)

    Warmest wishes and regards,

    Diana
    Loxahatchee, Florida


  7. Attorney General! I thought you liked me. Recently, Republican candidate Ron Paul said that he would like to make me Attorney General if he is elected and I asked what I ever did to him.

    Thanks for the kind words Diana. Such positive feedback means a lot to me.

    Best,

    Jonathan


  8. Welcome to the blogosphere! I’ve linked to you before and will do so again and run a special Take A Peek on our site to get some of my modest readership to your new blog. Also, clearly you won’t be putting political blogs on our blogroll but I’m going to add you to OTHER VOICES on The Moderate Voice’s blogroll right now. I’ll check in and link to you frequently. Your site is already a great resource and you are someone who has enormous credibility…someone who calls the shots in a consistent manner.


  9. Sorry (you have no email address so I have to leave this here but you can delete these comments if you wish). I see I added you already to Center Voices since you’d get more hits there.


  10. Joe:

    Thank you for adding me to the website and checking in. I originally set this site up for my students and colleagues. I have been surprised and gratified by the interest outside of the law school. As a baby blogger, I am still learning the ropes but it is a fun distraction.

    All my best,

    Jonathan


  11. K.S.:

    Thank you for your very kind comments. On the Masonic issue, I am aware of the long controversy. I do not like secret societies and I certainly do not like any oath that seems to place the organization above civic duties. Beyond that, I do not know enough about the Masons to comment. On the constitutonal groups, there is an array of options. No good entirely thrills me, but I tend to be a hard sell. The American Civil Liberties Union has done important work historically, but I do not agree with some of its more recent priorities. There seems to be a great deal of politics in the selection of its positions on some issues. Nevertheless, it is an organization with a proud history. I tend to have a fair dose of libertarian feelings so CATO has always held some interest for me. There are, however, a plethora of great groups that specialize on issues of church/state separation and privacy. I tend to be a mutt when it comes to my political views with some conservative, some libertarian, and some liberal elements.

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts,

    Jonathan


  12. Dear Mr. Turley,

    PLEASE help me!!

    Knowing the Constitution and Bill of Rights as well as you do, would you say that Bush and/or Cheney have violated the Constitution and/or Bill of Rights enough to be impeached?
    My congressman, Robert Wexler, says no. If he is mistaken, I would like to give him a list of impeachable offenses if I could. Please help me to compile such a list.

    Respectfully,
    JBR


  13. In my view, President Bush clearly committed an impeachable offense in ordering the domestic surveillance program which is a federal crime. The Democrats, however, allowed the law to be extended in one of the most bizarre decisions in decades. The White House immediately claimed that the move established its legality. There are a variety of alleged violations of law but little serious effort in Congress to force disclosure of the information. Years ago, Democratic leadership promised not to allow impeachment investigations let alone proceedings.


  14. Dear Mr. Turley,

    Hi, my name is Kate and I attended NYLF Law last week. During my week at DC, I had the opportunity to attend your speech. It was extremely engaging. I was always afraid of admitting that I wanted to be a lawyer (I mean.. it does sound nerdy) and was often confused as to what being a lawyer actually meant. It just seemed like a fancy title that everyone wanted to have. However, after your speech, my dream of becoming a lawyer and helping people became more tangible. I’d like to thank you for such an amazing speech and I’ll never forget that night. Thank you very much.


  15. Kate:

    What a wonderful surprise to read your entry on the blog. I cannot tell you how much it means to an academic to receive such a response to a speech. I hope that you continue your plans for the law. We need good people in this profession!

    All my best,

    Jonathan


  16. I think it appropriate on Thanksgiving to say “Thanks” to you.

    You are a welcome reminder that the Constitution is so much more than
    “just a piece of paper.”


  17. Thanks so much, and happy thanksgiving to you too!


  18. Prof. Turley,

    I was very pleased to hear of your blog on the Randi Rhodes Show today. I enjoy your many appearances on TV and whtching the testimony you present to Congress.

    Keep up the good work. No secerts or privelege here.


  19. Thanks, Judy. You made my week.


  20. You are very welcome Prof, Turley.


  21. Dear Mr. Turley,

    I, too, am attending the NYLF on Law program. Currently I’m sitting in one of the many hotel rooms on this floor enamored by the speech you gave to us during your brief visit here. You left many of us stunned and became the talk of the night. You truly put things into perspective about what it means to set yourself on an introspective journey. Indeed, it’s more important to be able to look at yourself in a mirror and know who you are, than to be the man who has a thousand riches and has lost himself. Thank you again for taking the time to come. It was definitely enlightening.

    My regards,
    Trevor


  22. Trevor:

    Your message was a wonderful surprise this morning and a great way to start the day. I am glad that you liked the speech and that you guys have continued to talk about it. Enjoy your time in Washington. I look forward to seeing you in a courtroom in the future!

    Best,

    Jonathan


  23. Dear Prof. Turley,
    Welcome to the tubes! I came across your blog after it was mentioned on Daily Kos. I’m a big fan even though I only ever see you in you interviews wit Keith Olbermann. I don’t think he could have picked a better man to help educate the American public about their constitution and the very real risks they face (I’m not American btw).

    Thank you for your clear voice, and for using it.

    Yours,
    Clive,
    Taiwan


  24. Dear Professor Turley,

    While I am always interested in your thoughts on constitutional law and appreciate the wisdom you bring to TV viewers, this is on a personal note. I was wondering if your ancestor was John Turley Gunnell, who was born in 1796 near Alexandria, VA. His wife was Elizabeth Redd Major. He died in Danvers, Il (McClean County) in 1867. If you are interested, I have some old documents in hand that I would be glad to share.

    Regards,

    Pat Gunnell Dean
    San Anselmo, CA


  25. I am indeed aware that there were Turleys in Virginia at the founding. I gave a speech at George Mason’s home a couple years ago and was struck by the fact that one of his neighbors was a Turley. I was told that Turleys first came over before the Revolution and began in New York/New Jersey. My grandfather’s name was Edmund Turley and lived in New Jersey. We were raised in Chicago, however.


  26. Im actually blown away by this site……..great work Professor.


  27. Thank you. While it is still new and evolving, it has been a fun distraction.


  28. What I find remarkable is Professor Turley’s willingness to find the time, despite an overwhelmingly busy schedule I imagine, to reply to contributors to the discussions. Unfailingly kind, he reminds me of Emerson’s maxim:

    The greater man, the greater courtesy.


  29. Well actually its Tennyson I am told.

    I am getting old and forgetful!


  30. I read of your site on the dailykos and since I truly enjoy hearing you speak when you’re on Keith Olberman, I had to try to contact you.

    The article that referenced your site, mentioned that there is a way to go forward with impeachment of the criminals in the white house without congress, since they are hell bent on not doing their job! What can we, as citizens, do when congress and the senate refuse to provide oversight or investigate the many illegal actions of the bush administration?

    I truly fear for the future of this country when all branches of the government are complicit in such gross illegalities. When is torture not torture? When bush and his boys say so… We need help. Where do we go? Thank you in advance.

    (I left this question on another blog – but this seems the better place to ask, so sorry for the repeat.)


  31. Dear Professor Turley,

    It is such a honor to run into your blog like this.
    I used to watch CNN all the time(used to be a news junkie, not anymore though, news depresses me too much these days…) and very much enjoyed your commentaries. I am not going to pretend that I understand law but as a person who strongly believes that “knowledge is power” and more than anything who is always curious with the world and things around me, I feel so lucky to discover your blog today. I made a link to your blog and I know I will be a frequent visitor here and be your virtual student. :)

    - Always Curious


  32. You are very kind and you are welcome to our small circle. I like the idea of a virtual classroom as long as I do not have to hand out virtual grades. I am buried right now in grading my torts class, which is a labor of love but a labor none the less.


  33. Dear Professor Turley,
    You wouldn’t believe what a great honor it is to be able to address you directly this way. Thank you very much for the welcoming words. You really make me want to be your student. :) But as much as I want to be your virtual student here, I don’t want to be graded either. :) I have been enjoying out of school years for quite some time now.

    Today while driving I caught your voice in some segment in NPR (I think it was “Talk of the Nation”, the subject being Castle Doctrine: In Defense of Self-Defense). Sadly I was able to catch the last few minutes of your commentary on the subject. :( But it certainly was a pleasant surprise. I hope to see/hear you on TV or radio often.
    But I am curious where you find all this time to do so many things, teaching/grading students, appearing on TV or Radio and blogging…  I think I need to learn some time management skills from you. :)

    Sincerely,

    - Always Curious


  34. I thoroughly enjoy your appearances when I see you on CNN. You bring light to areas I am unfamiliar with, such as constitutional law and its interpretation. I enjoy hearing your opinion and consider you one of the best commentators I have seen on TV.

    Keep up the good work.

    Rick


  35. Always Curious:

    It is not difficult to be a columnist, litigator, and law professor. My secret is that I discovered that you could do a huge number of things if you focus on keeping the quality of your work as low as possible. If you are not insistent on good quality work, you would be surprised how many things you can do!


  36. Rick:

    Thank you for the kind note. Feel free to periodically post such notes on a regular basis! Happy Holiday.


  37. Mr. Turley, I enjoy you on Countdown and The Randi Rhodes Show and i’m amazed at how positive you are about our ability to restore the constitution. Just when it seems there’s no turning back from the power grabs by the Bush administration you reassure us that there are legal solutions. With great respect, thank you for serving our country.


  38. Fireontop:

    You are very kind. However, I cannot take the credit for the optimism. We have survived worse than the Bush Administration. The Constitution was designed by the Framers to be idiot proof and through the years we have certainly tested that concept.

    Best,

    Jonathan


  39. Prof. Turley,

    First off, let me just chime in with my appreciation of the work you do in the media along with your other duties. Taking complex, emotional (as well as more than a few DUH!) issues and breaking them down to their basic “is it legal or not?” facts is a huge benefit and a bright spot in a generally biased media. You help to show what the media can do, inform a busy populace of the facts of the matter. A basic service that is sadly all to lacking these days.

    I hate to bug you, but i do have one question, I have recently gotten into a debate with a friend about the constitutionality of universal health care. His argument is that if a power is not specifically granted by the Constitution, then it is not within the scope of the Federal Government, and then falls upon the states. And that just because powers have been granted to the Fed in the past that weren’t within the intended scope, that doesnt mean that the practice should continue.
    To quote him (because he makes his case far better than I)

    “The reality is that the Constitution defines what the federal government CAN do. If it isn’t explicitly stated, the federal government has no jurisdiction.

    For citizens, it works the other way. If there is nothing prohibiting something to the people, the people can do it unless the states have rules against it. The Bill of Rights may outline some of the rights we have, but one should not take it as an all-inclusive list.

    The second mistake is that she’s attributing the statement of purpose (to provide for the common welfare) with an actual power. A good way to explain this is to break a similar statement down. Ex: “To provide for the national defense, the government may maintain a militia, navy, etc.” Should we then take that statement in the same fashion, claiming that the government’s purpose of providing for defense grants it unlimited power to do so by any means necessary? That’s what we’re stating when we use the welfare bit in that way, after all.

    So, short version:

    The Constitution limits federal government to those powers explicitly granted. If it is not in the Constitution, federal government should not be doing it.

    The welfare “clause” is a statement of purpose. It tells us WHY the government is granted the powers listed in the Constitution… it does not grant additional powers.”

    I was just wondering if he was correct, or if he was missing something?

    The only legal case I can see that makes me question his assertion is mcCulloch V Maryland, however even that ruling states that the end result must be within the scope of the Constitution.
    Of course, I’m no lawyer, so naturally, i have zero clue!

    thanks so much, for giving us this forum, and for giving so much of your time to educating and shedding light on the laws that make our freedoms possible.

    Aaron


  40. Dear Prof. Turley,

    I’ve seen your discussions with Keith Olbermann of COUNTDOWN many times, and have always enjoyed your discussions.

    Your blog and various articles are excellent, and I always learn a great deal about the law and the criminal justice system by reading them. I’m sorry to impose, but I just would like to know where on your website the article “CRIMINALIZING INNOCENT BEHAVIOR AT AN ALARMING RATE” is posted. I would like to post this link at a forum I post on to point out how the criminal justice system is being used as a weapon against innocent people in a grossly abusive fashion by members of the law enforcement community.

    If you could give me a “road map” in the form of a link to that article, it would be very helpful. I’ve looked through several of your pages, but I always seem to miss the correct page. Needless to say, I have put your site on my Favorite Places list for regular reference.

    Thank you in advance.

    Susan


  41. Thanks Susan. You will find a bunch of entries on the over-criminalization of America by putting in criminalization in the search box. A column can be found at http://jonathanturley.org/2007/08/18/the-criminalization-of-america/

    Thanks again for your kind words and putting me in your favorite site!


  42. JT and Susan

    I was curious, too, so I Googled the phrase
    “CRIMINALIZING INNOCENT BEHAVIOR AT AN ALARMING RATE”
    and got an article you wrote for Jewish World Review 3/28/07

    http://www.jewishworldreview.com/jonathan/turley.php3


  43. Dear Prof. Turley,

    Thanks so much for your prompt response. I hope you don’t mind if I posted the link to this excellent, not to mention alarming, article at a Justice System forum. My feeling is, the more people who know about these abuses by law enforcement, the better.

    I have noticed that everyone wants to believe the best of law enforcement at the city, state and federal levels, but it seems they’re too eager to bury their heads in the sand to avoid hearing the worst. The consequences of this ostrich imitation is that the worst (being falsely or wrongly charged with a criminal offense) could happen to them, or someone in their family. By then, of course, it is too late.

    Again, thank you. :-)


  44. Hello ,
    I hope you are fine and carrying on the great work you have been doing for the Internet surfers. I am Ghazala Khan from The Pakistani Spectator (TPS), We at TPS throw a candid look on everything happening in and for Pakistan in the world. We are trying to contribute our humble share in the webosphere. Our aim is to foster peace, progress and harmony with passion.

    We at TPS are carrying out a new series of interviews with the notable passionate bloggers, writers, and webmasters. In that regard, we would like to interview you, if you don’t mind. Please send us your approval for your interview at my email address “ghazala.khi at gmail.com”, so that I could send you the Interview questions. We would be extremely grateful.

    regards.

    Ghazala Khan
    The Pakistani Spectator
    http://www.pakspectator.com


  45. I read on another web site that you served as a Congressional page. I also served–in 1969. Just wondering what year(s) you served and your thoughts on the experience.

    Thanks!
    rog


  46. That was back in the 1970s. Here are a couple of links http://jonathanturley.org/2007/08/20/the-page-scandal-and-a-congress-that-simply-cant-resist/ and http://jonathanturley.org/2007/08/18/the-page-protection-act-the-path-to-saving-a-historic-program/

    It is good to hear from another page. I was in the House page service in 1997 and 1978. I loved it, though as these links indicate, I have been a critic of the structure and supervision of the page service since then.


  47. Professor,

    What is your opinion on the constitutionality of sex offender registration? I look forwoed to your reply.

    BP


  48. Professor,

    What an impressive C.V.! I’m grateful you’ve found another medium to share your constitutional wisdom with all of us. Your reach is growing and providing many people like me with important info to help steer this country in the right direction.

    Here’s proof: On an Octover 16 entry above, JBR asked about your opinion of impeachable offenses commited by the President. He wanted to convince Congressman Wexler of the need to uphold the Constitution. Have you seen wexlerwantshearings.com yet? Kudos to both you and JBR for playing a role.

    I’ve contacted my congressman but have not gotten any response yet. I’ll keep trying, though, I’m becoming more pessimistic about him.

    My question is since the teleco’s may receive retroactive immunity, does this negate the warrantless wiretapping as an impeachable offense? Also, is there any truth to the argument that if the teleco’s do not receive immunity, then other companies will not be able to support the Administration spying on Americans “to protect Americans?”

    Thanks in advance for your response. And thanks also for joining the blogosphere…I’ve added your site to my Favorites!


  49. Dear Jonathan Turley 02-15-08

    I enjoy listening to your comments whenever you are on Keith Olbermann’s show. The other day was most interesting as it fits well with what I’ve experienced in most of my life while married. The following day, I ran a search looking for any website that followed your commentary but there was only one.

    I left the following post and wanted to make sure you and Keith were able to read it…..

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Unfortunately there is much more to what is happening than what many already know. Many of us are horrified with what is happening, but there maybe another side that explains this than what we all currently see.

    Sadly, sometime over the last many decades we’ve seemed to have replaced our two parties into two groups with one wanting our Constitution and the other NOT wanting the Constitution. There seems to be many other changes too and a glaring one is that our system of Law isn’t living up to what it should be. There is also a realization with everyone that “We the People” have been replaced with “The Corporations” and “Others” NOT wanting the Constitution.

    Unknown to me at the time while married in a family back in the 70’s, they joined a group who actively doesn’t want the Constitution. I was in that family for more than 26 years and early on, their job with this group was to launder Drug and Gun Running money straight into property with big Banks using Mortgage Fraud to hide ownership. Please note that the Gun Running part has already been in the news with Drummond Corp and Chiquita Brand. However there is another huge part beyond these corporations that include many others that many don’t know about.

    In the early 90’s the family graduated from laundering money into going into business with “Clyde O’Connor” with flying in huge amounts of Drugs into the US. This became part of a large group of other people, some families I can name. Recent investigations have surfaced that a fleet of 50 Planes are involved. Clyde O’Connor was caught in Mexico later last year with Ton’s of Cocaine on his plane but wasn’t ever prosecuted as he remains at large to this day. Clyde is my ex-sister-in-laws brother and her husband is Clyde’s money man. I know this because I stood next to Clyde and my ex-brother-in-law in the early 90’s while they discussed getting their new business venture started in Florida.

    As per the family, the drug system is enormous. The Chicago part is a $100 Million Weekly shipment split with Florida and New York. That amounts to more than $5 Billion annually and we need to consider that there are many other weekly shipments going elsewhere within the US at the same time.

    As explained by the family, the Drug system’s proceeds are being used to FUND “Black Op’s” here in the US in support of another “White House Coup”. The Coup has been “in process” for decades as they learned early on after the failed White House Coup in 1933 that a different approach was needed to succeed. The Coup is waiting for a day they call “The Change”. “The Change” is when our Government system finally changes over to be a Dictatorship. That is also when many other things are expected to happen as well. Needless to say, there was a lot of discussion back then knowing the earlier failure with worrying about another failure. Even though the family was concerned, they always said that they were told this time the Coup would be successful.

    There is a lot to talk within the family about this issue. Please accept that I’m as concerned for everyone as you are. After hearing Keith Olbermann and Jonathan Turley last night, my thought today was to write them directly. I may still do that. Happily I ran across this article with an opportunity to reply.

    I just hope and pray someone is listening!

    Marty Didier
    Northbrook, IL
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Usually posting challenges my ability to limit an explanation of this system to something smaller than a book. There is so much more about this that needs to be surfaced. I’ve been following the news for sometime and feel that soon something may break on many of these issues. That means that if not now, later we’ll be talking in a serious manner focused on what this is.

    Sincerely,
    Marty Didier


  50. A Man and A Woman, what shall they be
    An Artist and An Artist, all that responsibility
    A poet, a philosopher , a diplomat, a muse
    An actress, a musician, an inspiration, to truth

    Dear nature come calling on God’s blessed Earth
    Your children love dearly this place of their birth
    A home eternal for creatures large and small
    World spin the seasons winter, spring, summer and fall

    A web has been built between present and past
    It’s up to mankind to decide if mankind will last
    The future holds promise for all cultures to see
    The cosmos do beckon for the brave and the free

    Democracy’s path protects freedom and rights
    Woe to those who abuse it and challenge it’s light
    Some pretend to believe for power and greed
    Their fate is sealed, their faith failed their need

    The material and the spiritual and all of God’s plan
    This meeting has been building from before the fall of man
    The journey’s been joined by our friends Time and Space
    And of course the Almighty in his infinite grace

    Now on with your hats and on with your boots
    The good and the righteous are forgiven for the fruit
    A Man and A Woman, what shall they be
    To all on all virtues, we’re waiting to see


  51. Where is William Boykin.


  52. Mr Turley,

    I appreciate your candor and have become a fan of your writing and TV appearances (while testifying and as an analyst). Always speak truth, sir.

    Thank you!

    I have added you to my BlogRoll so others may find their way here.


  53. Mr. Turley,

    Hopeless, I found, getting thorough and an insightful view on Texas Supreme Court Justice Medina and his spouse concerning duplicity in the arson of their Spring, Texas home, the destruction of another home, plus damage to a third residence. Seeking just a morsel of intimacy about the various players in their story; their defense attorney, the grand jurors- foreman/asst foreman, a county DA and his assistant, troubled Texas judges, that ole rule of law and sweetheart blind justice. I knew there must be a realm of credulity that was breeched. Nowhere that did not lack integrity did I find background exploring the tangled issues that strung the players together, nowhere did I find a writer or reporter whose pen pointed straight had planted their shovel into the fertile Texas landscape to do limited or otherwise investigative background on the principals themselves where the identity a myriad of sordid details may come to light; i.e., Medina’s financial plight, the spectrum of gay rights and its activism, political mud raking, judicial indiscretions’, and so on. I ignored the lackluster reports as I continued to search the web clicking through a number of “news articles” concerning the Harris County Indictments that had been handed down in January, and then ever so swift right on the heels of the indictment D.A. Rosenberg’s controversial motion to withdraw those indictments against Justice Medina and his spouse (with Judge Wallace ordering same) on different charges between the two… Except that I ran upon your blog about this Medina mess and more, which I read with interest, thank you for reasonably detailing this Medina affair. I can see how you have become interested in a well-rounded way, whether taken aback by the similarities, or lack thereof, concerning the Rocky Flats jury, or a more banal perspective you may be taking– that indeed disaster lies underfoot of the Harris County prosecutors’ actions, that impotence is laying in wait, that our judicial system is under stealth attack. Someone must be there to witness, be there to report at some level upon truth that does not lie. And it is you- you are that man, who I now recognize. I am but one lone interested reader, but I know there are more like me too, wanting to know, and to know even more without picking up a Texas Monthly.

    CSRVICES
    Austin, Texas


  54. Mr Turley:

    I appreciate your appearances on Countdown. Your comment last night (3 April 2008) about lawyers being responsible for sanctioning the lawbreaking in the Bush administration is something that needs to be said. At the same time — and I know you already know this — many lawyers have also shown themselves to be among the most courageous in defending those whose rights have been compromised by the administration. In particular, I’d single out the JAG Corps, especially Navy JAGs, who have been the most involved with Guantanamo. It’s extremely difficult to “go against the flow” when your career is determined by people who disagree with you, but many JAG officers have done so. I salute them.

    Jim Wilson
    Arlington VA

    P.S. No, I’m not a lawyer, nor a member of the Armed Forces. But I’ve had the privilege of working with some JAG officers in the distant past. Their courage and independence in today’s politicized environment doesn’t surprise me in the least.


  55. Somebody told me when I became what I could have been
    Somebody lied to me tell me everything
    Cuz it’s been hard you see to find myself again
    Oh I’m an angry fool

    All of the time I have spent
    Trading loves for my innocence
    Hey did I betray the truth

    Cuz it would be a shiny sea
    If I spent it all worthlessly
    Oh I’ll be bankrupt from you

    Cuz it’s been hard, hard but I’m livin
    Trying to believe

    I remember back in the day
    We were young our dreams just came our way
    But now one’s broken, one’s missing, one’s blue

    Tell me cuz I just want to know
    Did he call me his one man show
    I’m all tangled up and bruised

    Cuz it’s been hard, hard but I’m livin

    Oh it’s been hard, hard but I’m living

    Trying to believe
    We’re all O.K.

    Am I self destructing

    Am I self destructing

    Are we self destructing

    Figure it out


  56. Thanks for your courage and integrity, Jonathan Turley. I never thought I’d live to see torture institutionalized in America. Like Spencer Tracey pointed out in Judgement at Nuremberg, “Civilization is the defendant” if the Bush administration’s war crimes are ever brought to trial. Your unwavering voice pierces the cacophony, and I cannot thank you enough.


  57. Dear Professor Turley,

    I am an attorney and former adjunct law school professor.

    I am writing to bring your attention to an urgent issue, and to get your take on it.

    Specifically, as documented at the website http://www.constitutionally.blogspot.com (with links to source materials):

    (1) The United States has been in a declared state of emergency continuously from 9/11 to the present;

    (2) Continuity of Government (“COG”) measures were actually implemented on 9/11, and were maintained — at the very least — for 9 months;

    (3) Congress did not know COG plans had been implemented;

    (4) The implementation of COG plans supersedes the Constitutional form of government created by the founding fathers. For example, COG plans basically cut Congress out of the decision-making process;

    (5) In the summer of 2007, the Homeland Security Committee of the U.S. Congress requested that the White House disclose to it the full documentation on the latest COG plans. Most or all of the members of the Homeland Security Committee have full security clearances to view all such documents. However, the White House refused to show the Committee the documents, citing “national security”;

    (6) There is strong circumstantial evidence that the COG measures implemented on 9/11 were never rescinded, and are still – currently – in effect.

    You have shown great insight and courage in speaking on other important Constitutional issues of the day. Thank you in advance for spending a couple of minutes looking into this meta-issue.

    GW.


  58. By the way, I did not intend to put a smiley face in my post (I typed close quotes and then close parenthesis).


  59. Mr. Turley, thank you for your insights, I just found this blog after having seen you 10 times on Olbermann. I was curious if you were active at all in the things you talk about, ya know, trying to counteract or stop, but I guess I’ll read the blog first.

    cheers!
    jason in germany


  60. http://www.prlog.org/10066765-congress-and-supreme-court-listen-to-what-dennis-quaid-has-to-say-about-big-pharma-abuses.html

    U.S. Congress and Supreme Court: Listen to what Dennis Quaid has to say
    about Big Pharma’s Abuses!

    by Stephen Fox, Managing Editor Santa Fe Sun News

    A nightmarish story of two week old twins of Dennis Quaid and Kimberley
    Buffington, getting overdosed by a 1000 times overdose of blood thinner
    Heparin* at LA Cedars Sinai Hospital (*already under scrutiny for Chinese
    manufacturing contamination)

    Dennis Quaid is here in Santa Fe to film Legion. We were horrified to learn
    what happened to his twins, Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace, who were last
    November accidentally given 1,000 times the common dosage of the blood
    thinner, Heparin; this drug is already under scrutiny because of
    contamination presumably in the manufacturing process in China. According to
    an article and photos in the New York Times, this heparin manufacturing
    process involves grinding up pig intestines in family kitchens/factories
    that seem ordinary for China, but which would seem monstrously filthy in
    most nations.

    These Quaid twins were conceived with a surrogate mother and are wonderful
    little blue-eyed bundles of joy already.

    Cedars of Sinai Hospital officials denied that any of the victims suffered
    any ill effects. Chief Medical Officer, Michael Langberg confirmed that
    three patients received vials containing 10,000 units per milliliter of
    heparin, instead of vials with a concentration of 10 units per milliliter.
    The patients were receiving intravenous medications and the heparin was used
    to flush the catheters to prevent clotting.

    Once the hospital staff realized the error, they tested to measure the
    patients’ blood clotting function. One test was normal, but the other two
    were given another drug, protamine sulfate, that reverses the effects of
    heparin. Further tests “indicated no adverse effects from the higher
    concentration of heparin,” Langberg said. Heparin is used to treat and
    prevent blood clots in the veins or arteries and comes in different
    concentrations; too much can be deadly.

    Last year, three premature infants at an Indiana hospital died after a
    pharmacy technician mistakenly stocked the medicine cabinet with heparin
    vials containing a dose 1,000 times stronger than what the babies were
    supposed to receive. Three others also suffered overdoses but survived.
    Quaid and his wife, Kimberley Buffington, are the biological parents of the
    twins, who were born Nov. 8 to a surrogate mother.”God has definitely
    blessed us,” the couple said in a statement announcing their birth. Quaid,
    53, has a 15-year-old son, Jack Henry Quaid, from his marriage to Meg Ryan.
    His credits include “Great Balls of Fire!” “Any Given Sunday” “The Big Easy”
    and “Far From Heaven.”

    This nightmarish story is of great concern to me, given my deep focus on
    consumer protection, especially getting aspartame taken off the market by
    getting its FDA and other regulatory approval rescinded.

    Two week old children should not be administered such risky drugs in the
    first place. Quaid and his wife are correct to be suing the manufacturer
    because of the shoddy labeling on each vial, although the $50,000 they are
    asking for seems like chump change for what sort of terror as parents they
    had to have gone through; Quaid told me that he is very keen on getting them
    to standardize their labeling all over the world, so this won’t happen
    again. Baxter Health Care stated that: “this is not a product issue. The
    issue here is about improper use of a product.”

    In a prepared statement, the hospital said a pharmacy technician took the
    heparin from the pharmacy’s supply without having a second technician verify
    the drug’s concentration, as hospital policy requires. Then, when the
    heparin was delivered to a satellite pharmacy that serves the pediatrics
    unit, a different technician there did not verify the concentration, as
    required.

    Finally, the nurses who administered the heparin to the patients violated
    policy by neglecting to verify that it was the correct medication and dose
    beforehand, the hospital said. Quaid’s suit argues that the heparin
    was “unreasonably dangerous” as it was packaged and sold because both the
    small and large dosage vials had labels with blue backgrounds when the vials
    should have been completely distinguishable (by) size and shape. He can wait
    up to eight years to sue Cedars Sinai, which is warranted, given the
    developmental damage that might have occurred with the heparin overdose,
    which hopefully will not materialize during the next seven ½ years.

    Quaid told me out of their concern for other potential vicitms of heparin,
    especially children, that he and his wife Kimberley will be addressing a
    Congressional hearing in the near future on this matter, and is even more
    concerned that the United States Supreme Court does not extend its immunity
    blanket to drug manufacturers in a decision expected this summer. “The
    Supremes” have already given blanket immunity to medical device
    manufacturers, and of course extending this to Big Pharma becomes an obscene
    and brazen gift from the Bushie Neocons-doing-business-as-the-US Supreme
    Court to some of the biggest corporate monsters in America.

    Mike Adams of Newstarget.com, one of the sharpest and most astute
    alternative health commentators in the USA, decried this situation in a
    great column and recent post as no less than the veritable end of our nation
    as we know it, if the Supremes hand the “get-out-of-being-sued” card to Big
    Pharma. Let’s hope that Mr Quaid and his wife can add momentum and some
    celebrity impact to this discussion when they appear before Congress, and
    let’s hope that some of the venerable Supreme Court Justices might just
    happen to be listening!


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  62. Re: “Criminalization of America” related topics

    Professor, I just wanted to thank you for continuing to “shine the searchlight,” for lack of a better expression, on the serious problem of lawmakers who make up ridiculous and abusive “crime” statutes, and the law enforcement officials who enforce them.

    I post at another justice discussion forum, where concerned citizens who are very worried about these types of abuses by law enforcement can meet to share and exchange ideas for possible improvement. I know you are very busy with your own blog, and this is strictly an invitation only, but if you’re interested in receiving a link to this Justice System Discussion forum just to check it out, feel free to send me an email at: JUSTICE1st@aol.com. I don’t want to post the link to the forum on the blog, because that will attract the destructive flamers.

    Again, my sincerest thanks.

    Susan


  63. Dear Professor:

    You seem to key in a lot on injustice in Denver, ranging from its hooker trsfficking federal judge( Bush appointee, to its pesky grsnd juries , and leaks in criminal matters, but your silence is utterly deafing in the Stone civil csse.
    Mr Jim Stone wss tehe civil plsintiff in the reputed big qui tsm worker csse.
    Strangely, he did not testify in 1999 at the trial.
    He wss hurt on all of that, even though he went to the FBI
    The FBI guy did not testify in the civil csse sgainst against Rockwell, either.
    You are strangely silent on the above.
    Mitchell


  64. Mr. Turley,
    Heard you on Rhandi Rhodes program today. Keep up the good work.

    Currently I am battling an overzealous and moronic code department at the City of Fort Lauderdale. I have already attended the hearing they set up with the special magistrate that is on their payroll. No jury trial. He did not hear a thing I said. Literally. (my microphone was cutting in and out)

    I have been pondering going to battle (appeal / sue) over the following legal questions:

    Whether quasi-judicial code hearings conducted in front of a special magistrate – whose salary ( $350 per hearing ) paid by the moving party ( the City) – is a conflict of interest. (Obviously if he ruled against the City very often they would not bring him back for any hearings)

    Whether quasi-judicial hearings conducted in front of a special magistrate – instead of a jury trial – violates a resident’s right to a jury trial per Article 1, Section 22 of the Constitution of the State of Florida and Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution of the State of Florida, and Amendment VII U.S. Constitution. ($150 / day fine being threatened)
    SECTION 22. Trial by jury.–The right of trial by jury shall be secure to all and remain inviolate. The qualifications and the number of jurors, not fewer than six, shall be fixed by law.
    Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution: “In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.”

    Whether an action by the City to take a resident’s property because he is fixing his car on his own property … violates Article 1, Section Two of the Florida Constitution, also see Amendment XIV, U.S. Constitution.
    SECTION 2. Basic rights.–All natural persons, female and male alike, are equal before the law and have inalienable rights, among which are the right to enjoy and defend life and liberty, to pursue happiness, to be rewarded for industry, and to acquire, possess and protect property; … No person shall be deprived of any right because of race, religion, national origin, or physical disability.

    Whether an action by the City to take resident’s property simply because he stores a few items in his fenced in back yard … violates Amendment XIV, U.S. Constitution. The City’s own code – section 47 – clearly gives Fort Lauderdale residents the right to store items in their back yard. (City’s response ? “section applies to commercial property”. Then why is the word residential used 12 times in this section of the code ?)

    Whether FLL Code section 47-19.1.M – which states “ No private garage will be allowed in residential districts in which is conducted any business” – is overbroad and vague, and therefore unconstitutional.

    Whether the City is negligent for failing to provide the accused resident with a proper working microphone at the special magistrate hearing.

    Whether the City is negligent for conducting said hearing in front of a special magistrate who admitted he is hard of hearing.

    Whether Judge Hull – by ordering the resident to allow the Code officer into the resident’s fenced back yard – is violating the resident’s fundamental right to privacy.
    SECTION 23. Right of privacy.–Every natural person has the right to be let alone and free from governmental intrusion into the person’s private life except as otherwise provided herein. This section shall not be construed to limit the public’s right of access to public records and meetings as provided by law.
    SECTION 12. Searches and seizures.–The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, and against the unreasonable interception of private communications by any means, shall not be violated. No warrant shall be issued except upon probable cause, supported by affidavit, particularly describing the place or places to be searched, the person or persons, thing or things to be seized, the communication to be intercepted, and the nature of evidence to be obtained. This right shall be construed in conformity with the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution, as interpreted by the United States Supreme Court. Articles or information obtained in violation of this right shall not be admissible in evidence if such articles or information would be inadmissible under decisions of the United States Supreme Court construing the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution

    Whether the City is guilty of selective enforcement when it ignores blatant code violations by one resident and over-pursues violations by another resident.

    Whether the City’s overzealous prosecutions – advanced solely to fund their coffers – violates
    Article 1, Section 17 of the Florida Constitution:
    SECTION 17. Excessive punishments.–Excessive fines, cruel and unusual punishment, attainder, forfeiture of estate, indefinite imprisonment, and unreasonable detention of witnesses are forbidden

    I think I have a fair chance if I can ever get these issues in front of a jury trial in the County Court system.

    I spent almost 110 years in the Federal Justice (sic) system trying to obtain justtice against Eastern Air Lines for labor violations. All I got from that was BOHICA (bend over here it comes again) I will never waste my time in the Federdal system again ( I hope ).

    What do you think my chances are ?

    I have not had a chance to do any deep legal research on these matters yet. Been too busy trying to do everything that the code department expects me to do.

    Thanks in advance,
    Bruce Toski
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    954 583-4191


  65. Dear Prof. Turley,

    My name is Alan Jasie and I am the Program Producer for News Talk Online at Paltalk.com. I would like to invite you on to our show to talk about what the next president should look for in selecting the next Supreme Court justices. We would also like to discuss the decision reached by the Supreme Court re Habeas Corpus and the prisoners at Guantanemo Bay.

    News Talk Online is broadcast live Monday – Friday at 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST. We use a web cast audio/video format and our audience can ask questions to our guest and host via voice chat or text (our host would read the text questions). We are located in New York City but we can do the interview over the phone.

    News Talk Online at Paltalk.com is hosted by Gary Baumgarten (former CNN Radio NY Bureau chief). Paltalk has over 4 million users. Our show is also broadcast over the CRN Radio network into 12 million households.

    We have the following dates open: Friday June 20th and Monday June 23rd –Tuesday June 24th

    Some of our recent guests:

    News and Politics – Ed Koch, Gary Hart, Ollie North, Dr. Frank Newport (Gallup), Jon Soltz (VoteVets.org) and Bob Barr(Today)

    Authors – Gregg Mitchell (So Wrong For So Long), Jonathan Cohn (Sick), Cliff Schecter (The Real McCain), Robert McElvaine (Grand Theft Jesus)

    Entertainment – Gary David Goldberg (Sit Ubu Sit), Janine Turner

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks and Best regards,

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    News Talk Online
    Program Producer

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  66. Dear Jonathan,

    I have been uplifted by your quest to show that the Democrats, especially my Congressional opponent, Pelosi, are now (or have been) collaborators with BushCo in their crimes.

    As you may, or may not know, I have been an avid and outspoken advocate for impeachment for years now and I appreciate the renewed interest in the concept of impeaching GWB and DC.

    I think it would be timely if you could come to San Franciso and speak on a panel with me and do some actions aimed at the Speaker.

    Of course, Cindy for Congress would pay your travel and lodging expenses.

    I don’t know if you read these responses…

    Respectfully,
    Cindy Sheehan


  67. Cindy, go get a job.


  68. bindo:

    She tried but she had family problems. Maybe someone read you something about it –using flash cards I suspect. Only a cad would insult a mother who lost a son in a needless war. That family’s honor is intact, yours is shattered, if it ever existed.


  69. mespo727272:

    Cindy’s son volunteered as have two of my sons and millions of other’s sons & daughters.

    In my opinion, it is wrong for her to be politicizing his sacrifice in an attempt to cause this country to lose a war that almost everybody that thinks agrees must be won while we only differ on the cost to the world of leaving the battlefield.


  70. russ:

    Like so many one dimensional thinkers, you missed the point. Her son did more than volunteer, he died fighting in a war we would have never fought if the facts were fairly presented to us. Forgive me for feeling bamboozled, but if I were fraudulently sold a lemon car, I would resent making the payments. You should know that your sons’ service is honored by everyone, it’s the cowboy yahoos we elected who deserve the scorn. I wonder what your sons would say to your trashing of a gold star mom? Why don’t you ask them or, for a better perspective, ask their mother?


  71. mespo:

    Nobody died in a war whose facts were not fairly presented to us; the world saw the danger Saddam was and our President acted. Now you choose to complain.

    The OATH President Bush took is very clear and looked at from Bush’s viewpoint, he was doing only what his oath of office required. Of all the responsibilities imposed on a president, none exceeds the obligation to protect the American people. Indeed, any president found to have neglected or shortchanged that obligation would expose himself to impeachment — by popular demand. Bush did what he thought he had to do.

    So please, you, Cindy, and the rest of the looney left, lay off my SON’S COMMANDER IN CHIEF! Your incessant whining is getting sickening.


  72. The really SAD fact is if America had been attacked again after 9/11; the same childish lunatics here would be screaming for impeaching him for NOT protecting us.


  73. russ:

    Seems you disagree with the recent Senate Intelligence Committee Report that says we were “lied” into a war by Bush & Company. We’ll just ignore Richard Clark too. But hey I’ll take your word for it since you have mastered the fine art of cut and paste putting the same comment in two threads. Seem my reply elsewhere to this foolishness. By the way, on your second comment, I wouldn’t give up my day job. Being a swami doesn’t suit you. I can think of other acts in the circus that might though.


  74. mespo: the only way you can agree that the recent Senate Intelligence Report says what you says it says is to be wililng to take the word of, lets say, someone as “distinguished a liar as Michael Moore…….

    If you read the report you would see it doesn’t say anything anywhere near what you have been told it says.


  75. Liberal TNR Editor:
    Bush Never Lied to Us About Iraq
    By Warner Todd Huston | June 16, 2008 – 13:39 ET

    In an editorial in the L.A. Times on the 16th, Kirchick said that “Bush never lied to us about Iraq” and then went on to substantiate his claim in a style that runs contrary to the Media and nutroots meme that “Bush lied and people died.”

    The left narrative, one the media is happy to parrot, has been that Bush lied us into war. Kirchick points out that “the notion that the Bush administration deceived the American people has become the accepted narrative of how we went to war.”

    But Kirchick then steps out into some of the most intellectually honest analysis I’ve seen from the left since before the 2000 election when BDS first began to infect the media.

    Yet in spite of all the accusations of White House “manipulation” –that it pressured intelligence analysts into connecting Hussein and Al Qaeda and concocted evidence about weapons of mass destruction –administration critics continually demonstrate an inability to distinguish making claims based on flawed intelligence from knowingly propagating falsehoods.

    Kirchick goes on to chronicle some of the agencies and investigative bodies that have found absolutely no evidence that the Bush Administration manipulated Congress as it made the case for the war.

    Kirchick also comes as close to calling John D. Rockefeller (D, W. Va.) a liar as you can without using those specific words when he notes that Rockefeller’s “highly partisan” Senate Intelligence Committee report does not support the wild eyed claims made in its summation.

    Yet Rockefeller’s highly partisan report does not substantiate its most explosive claims. Rockefeller, for instance, charges that “top administration officials made repeated statements that falsely linked Iraq and Al Qaeda as a single threat and insinuated that Iraq played a role in 9/11.” Yet what did his report actually find? That Iraq-Al Qaeda links were “substantiated by intelligence information.” The same goes for claims about Hussein’s possession of biological and chemical weapons, as well as his alleged operation of a nuclear weapons program.

    Kirchick also trenchantly notes that the latest partisan attack that is being presented as a “report” conveniently forgets to mention the words of the many dozens of highly placed Democrats who’s words were nearly identical to Bush’s in the run up to war.

    In 2003, top Senate Democrats — not just Rockefeller but also Carl Levin, Clinton, Kerry and others — sounded just as alarmist. Conveniently, this month’s report, titled “Whether Public Statements Regarding Iraq by U.S. Government Officials Were Substantiated by Intelligence Information,” includes only statements by the executive branch. Had it scrutinized public statements of Democrats on the Intelligence, Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees — who have access to the same intelligence information as the president and his chief advisors — many senators would be unable to distinguish their own words from what they today characterize as warmongering.

    In the end, Kirchick finds no shred of proof that Bush “lied” about anything. In fact, he scolds every Democrat and partisan leftist for saying that he did and that the claim that Bush lied us into war is an “unsubstantiated allegation” that is “cowardly and dishonest.”

    So, kudos to James Kirchick for an honest look at the record. Certainly we can agree to disagree right now, at this point, if the war was a good idea or not. But, it is beyond question that there were no lies disseminated by the Bush Administration and neither did the president “manipulate” any evidence to “mislead” the nation into war.

    Go read Kirchick’s piece and marvel that it came from a lefty. He really nailed it. “Bush never lied to us about Iraq” is worth your time.


  76. russ:

    Unlike you, I did read much of the Report. Here are the verbatim conclusions of the Committee detailing the false, misleading, incompetent, and ill intentioned deeds of this Administration and the President, Vice-president and Secretary of Defense in particular:

    “Ø Statements and implications by the President and Secretary of State suggesting that Iraq and al-Qa’ida had a partnership, or that Iraq had provided al-Qa’ida with weapons training, were not substantiated by the intelligence.

    Ø Statements by the President and the Vice President indicating that Saddam Hussein was prepared to give weapons of mass destruction to terrorist groups for attacks against the United States were contradicted by available intelligence information.

    Ø Statements by President Bush and Vice President Cheney regarding the postwar situation in Iraq, in terms of the political, security, and economic, did not reflect the concerns and uncertainties expressed in the intelligence products.

    Ø Statements by the President and Vice President prior to the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate regarding Iraq’s chemical weapons production capability and activities did not reflect the intelligence community’s uncertainties as to whether such production was ongoing.

    Ø The Secretary of Defense’s statement that the Iraqi government operated underground WMD facilities that were not vulnerable to conventional airstrikes because they were underground and deeply buried was not substantiated by available intelligence information.

    Ø The Intelligence Community did not confirm that Muhammad Atta met an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague in 2001 as the Vice President repeatedly claimed.”

    If you would like the actual false statements, they are likewise stated in the Report. A fair minded person must conclude that our Government either was totally incompetent,or “lied us” into a needless war. Neither choice is very appealing, and given this Administration’s record of not leveling with the American public, I would have to say the chances are that we have been deceived.


  77. [...] Posted by eagleclaw Bio JONATHAN TURLEY Maybe, this is from Jonathan Turley’s blog: At the risk of being immediately labeled a [...]


  78. Iraqi, U.S. Forces Take Over Al-Mahdi Stronghold Without Firing a Shot
    Thursday , June 19, 2008

    They came at dawn, thousands of Iraqi troops and U.S. special forces on a mission to reclaim a lawless city from the militias who ran it.

    By the end of the day, al-Amarah was under Iraqi government control — without a shot being fired amid cheering Iraqi troops.

    The city had been taken over by Muqtada al-Sadr’s al-Mahdi Army two years ago after British troops handed it to an ill-prepared Iraqi Army. On Thursday, the city’s streets were crawling with smiling yet forceful Iraqi security forces. Soldiers searched houses as police manned checkpoints and Soviet-era tanks guarded bridges over the Tigris River. Jubilant residents were seen motioning to Iraqi soldiers to search their homes as if saying “I am with you, I am Iraqi, come see.”

    The flood of troops, who had moved into position outside the city a week ago, had encountered no resistance as they moved in. The leaders of the Shia militias that once ruled as crime bosses and warlords were either gone or in hiding. Even the police chief fled a week ago, fearing arrest for his affiliation to the al-Mahdi Army, while the mayor, a member of the Sadrist movement, was arrested.

    Nouri al-Maliki, the Shia prime minister, has insisted that his large-scale operations in the south are not targeting the Sadrist movement, which has been increasingly weakened by internal divisions, its brutal reputation for murder and extortion and a hugely more confident Iraqi military.

    Al-Sadr, the fundamentalist Shia cleric who heads the al-Mahdi Army and the Sadrist political movement, claimed he had ordered his men not to resist the government forces, and a senior member of his parliamentary block expressed grudging support for the Iraqi troops.

    Locals said that militiamen had been spotted throwing their weapons into the Tigris or trying to hide them along the lush river banks. One man said that he saw women digging up stashes hidden by fighters and taking them into a weapons collection point manned by Iraqi soldiers to get them out of the hands of the fighters.


  79. Hi! Just have to say I’m a fan of the U.S. Constitution and like what you say about it being “idiot-proof”. Gives a person hope to hear that….

    I’ve been reading some of your stuff, today, and I’m wondering…. what person from history (i.e. founder, lawyer, scholar, philosopher ) would YOU most love to be able keep as a conversation buddy….?

    Highly curious….Thanks!

    MornenGleide


  80. Mornegleide:

    Yes, the US Constitution is idiot proof from our liberals. They can’t touch it. Liberals in America are the most intolerent group of people you will ever find when it comes to politics. They will shout you down, ruin speeches by screaming epithets, march in the streets intimidating those they disagree with by getting in their face, mock as neanderthals those they differ with.

    But we are safe in our US Constitution. It calls for free speech and the liberals are not able to take that away no matter how much they scream, rant, swear at others, or push them around.


  81. “Yes, the US Constitution is idiot proof from our liberals. They can’t touch it.”

    I may not be a liberal, but I do know a duplicitous liar when I see one.

    It’s amazing how you can feign loyalty to the constitution out of one side of your mouth, while cheering on an administration as it uses the constitution as a urinal puck, out of the other side of your mouth.


  82. MornenGleide”

    “They will shout you down, ruin speeches by screaming epithets, march in the streets intimidating those they disagree with by getting in their face, mock as neanderthals those they differ with.”
    *********************

    Yeah, yeah what russ said and plus they spy on you, intercept your phone calls, place you in “free speech zones” away from any political speaker, confinscate tape recorders from journalists when their Judges talk, eject people from speeches by public officials (even Presidents) because of the T-shirt you wear, and many other horrible things–oh wait, that was conservatives who did that to liberals. My bad!


  83. on 1, June 22, 2008 at 7:40 am jonathanturley

    MornenGleide:

    No contest. James Madison. Though I would have to chide him over the electoral college.


  84. JT:
    Though a life-long admirer (I even went to his University)I think a table for three would have include his neighbor and friend Thos. Jefferson. Wouldn’t you agree?


  85. Hi Mespo! I know you posed the question about including T. Jefferson in the group of three to JT, but may I say that I agree? :-)


  86. Bindo and Russ:

    This page is a bio of someone who, when he talks, I listen.

    Your points may be relevant, but please take them elsewhere.

    Professor Turley:

    Yes, when you talk on the tube I make sure I put down what I am doing and listen. Your analysis is clear and to the point and heck, nice tie!

    I read this blog daily, which I consider to be a “Legal News of the Weird”. I wonder how some of these cases turn out.

    Thanks for being a clear voice for the Constitution, a document that seems these days to be used more as an earplug than a legal statement of Ideals.


  87. I agree with Alan, above, on both counts… ;)

    That tie really is “Off the Hook” – a Happy Father’s Day present?
    You looked ‘mahvelous’ on KO 6/19.

    Yours has to be the whitest shirt I have every seen – against that dark blue jacket! Nice combination for you. Surely, even Leslie approved.

    p.s. How are Madison and the other cabinet members?


  88. on 1, June 22, 2008 at 3:40 pm jonathanturley

    Mespo:

    I am frankly uncertain about the dinner invite for T. Jefferson if only a third chair is available. I would probably first ask George Mason and, if I am allowed to go foreign, Edmund Burke. It is not that I am in total agreement, but I would expect that to be a very interesting evening out. TJ would certainly be in the top five from that period, however.


  89. on 1, June 22, 2008 at 3:42 pm jonathanturley

    Alan Liechty:

    I will assume that weird in “Legal News of the Weird” is not meant to be a reference back to the legal news rather than the blogger. Thanks for your kind note, much appreciated.


  90. JT:

    I thought about Mason too, but Jefferson could discuss a broader range of topics from horticulture to natural law to politics to inventions. If I could pick anyone from the period, I would take Meriwether Lewis. Assuming we could get him to talk (he was hopelessly shy) that would be a conversation for the ages including the mysterious circumstances of his death at Grinder’s Stand. Jefferson was a tad cantankerous and a bit haughty, but I personally would love to hear about that election in 1800. BTW your tie was quite the hit apparently.


  91. Mornegleide & you liberals here, all three of you:

    Yes, the US Constitution is idiot proof from our liberals. They can’t touch it. Liberals in America are the most intolerent group of people you will ever find when it comes to politics. They will shout you down, ruin speeches by screaming epithets, march in the streets intimidating those they disagree with by getting in their face, mock as neanderthals those they differ with.

    But we are safe in our US Constitution. It calls for free speech and the liberals are not able to take that away no matter how much they scream, rant, swear at others, or push them around.


  92. russ:

    Personally, I think no liberal would ever shout you down or mock you. Why should they, by comparison they all sound like Winston Churchill or Cicero. Carry on brave defender of the faith.


  93. Mornegleide & you liberals here, all three of you:

    Yes, the US Constitution is idiot proof from our liberals. They can’t touch it. Liberals in America are the most intolerent group of people you will ever find when it comes to politics. They will shout you down, ruin speeches by screaming epithets, march in the streets intimidating those they disagree with by getting in their face, mock as neanderthals those they differ with.

    But we are safe in our US Constitution. It calls for free speech and the liberals are not able to take that away no matter how much they scream, rant, swear at others, or push them around.

    I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT LIBERALS ALWAYS FEEL THEY MUST GET THE LAST WORD IN……….


  94. Mr. Turley,

    I always look forward to your appearances on “Countdown With Keith Olbermann”. I wish you could have been my government teacher, way back in the 1970s when I was in high school. I may have chosen a different path in life.

    I have sent a suggestion to Barack Obama’s website that he consider you for a seat on the Supreme Court, after he becomes President. I know you would use the Constitution as your basis for decisions, and not let any politicians influence you.

    Thank you for your logical, factual and excellent discussions with Keith; and I do hope you will consider becoming a Supreme Court Judge, if the situation arises.

    Sincerely,
    Mary Leon


  95. Mary Leon:

    I can guarantee you Mr. turley is not qualified for a SC nomination. He is like Obama, all talk and no facts.

    Shame you are so enamoured with a low life narcistic person like Mr. Olbermann. Most people have seen right through him which is why even Oreilly’s re-run ratings from two hours later beat Olbermann’s prime time show.


  96. russ:

    I was leaving a message for Mr. Turley, not you.

    You’ve added your opinion, so thanks, but I can decide for myself who I like to watch on TV and I enjoy watching Keith Olbermann.

    I would think that you would be too busy to post here, what with all the scandals and lies coming from your president Bush and his White House gang.

    Every day I look forward to the newest exposed lies and corruption. And, yes, even though it may take time, your president Bush will be exposed for what he has done to destroy our country and our US Constitution and Especially the loss of our US troops and Innocent Iraqis; either in this world or the next.

    I’m also looking forward to Election Day this November so I can cast my vote for Sen. Barack Obama.

    Adios, russ,

    Mary Leon


  97. One more thing, russ:

    You might be interested in “Project for the New American Century” (PNAC) agenda. It is a delusional Neo-Con dream of world dominance, starting in the Middle East. I’m sure you will find it a fascinating work of fiction. Some of the original signers of the agenda: Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and Jeb Bush. Very interesting that these men are or were so involved with this White House administration…

    You’ll have to find it in Wikipedia, though (look under the PNAC archives). The main website is Closed, with a message to contact the accounts office. You would think that William Kristol–the main author of the PNAC agenda–would have more than enough money to keep the website going.

    Anyway, enjoy the agenda. I do hope you’ll come back here soon and let us know how you are doing your best to dream this impossible dream of a One World Order led by the Neo-Cons.

    Adios, russ,

    Mary Leon


  98. mary leon, the only thing at this web site are a handful of left wing lunatics that don’t have a clue…….like you.


  99. Shock: Obama disagrees with Court’s decision in child rape caseposted at 6:35 pm on June 25, 2008

    Actually, not so shocking.

    Had the decision come four months ago in the heat of the primary and he responded this way, that would have been shocking.

    As it is, consider this the legal equivalent of his many full-throated statements of support for Israel. Maybe he means it, maybe he doesn’t, but he can’t afford to be on the wrong side of it politically so his disciples will just have to console themselves with the possibility that it’s yet another lie concocted in the interests of getting elected.

    The DUers & other left wing lunatics sound bummed. They’ll get over it. He is their only choice and even as he runs to the right of where Hillary was and governs even further to the right of that when elected; they will cheer him on anyway since he is THEIR GUY.


  100. russ, percy and others,

    Why are you bothering to come here and insult us serious people who want to talk about Mr. Turley and his work?

    Why don’t you just go to a right-wing website or Fox News site?

    Thanks,

    Mary Leon


  101. mary leon; seriously now, serious people don’t come here.


  102. PERCY,
    Obviously, you are quite mistaken, as in your case, one can deduce
    the seemingly ‘seriously’ disturbed quite simply and inevitably show up
    -every now and again.


  103. Prof Turley,

    I will be attending GWU Law next year and I hope to see you there! I found your blog a few weeks ago and the eclectic mix of law-related posts are great. I was just wondering, how do you get the time to keep it up!?


  104. on 1, June 26, 2008 at 7:56 am jonathanturley

    ubeube:

    Congrats on getting into the GW! I speak to the incoming class each year so I will see you at orientation. Turley blog readers are given a standard grade inflation in my classes, so you are covered.

    As for how I keep it up, the answer is simple. I have found that if I keep the quality of my work as a professor, litigator and columnist low, I can do much more in a given day.

    Once again, my congratulations on your selection for GW.


  105. Dear Professor Turley,
    Today I discovered this website and your bio. As a member of the group fighting the bill of attainder contained in HR 4343, I am honored to have you on our side. I will continue the effort for veterans under VEVRAA and appreciate all that your efforts have accomplished. Thank you.
    Chuck


  106. Chuck:

    Are you fighting the unjust baggage aspect or are you one of those that don’t think it wrong for the public to expect pilots not to drop dead of old age at 30,000 feet?


  107. The price of gas is going through the roof, and Bush and Cheney are smiling at all the money they’re making every day in their offshore accounts from their oil dividends while we pay over $4 a gallon.

    Something is wrong with this…


  108. on 1, June 27, 2008 at 9:38 pm James Salisbury

    Greetings Professor Turley,

    I have admired your comments on MSNBC for sometime now and I write to you this evening requesting a small favor. Could you glance at the complaint Jimbo’s v. USBC filed in Harrisburg District Court by clicking on the page at BowlParkLanes.com? I am in a David v Goliath situation with this as I am up against the powers that be in a $10 Billion per annum industry. The disposition of this case is important to the little guys in our industry as it refects a liftime’s work for many of us. Any suggestions, comments or help would be cherished. I thank you for your time.

    jim


  109. Mary Leon, our homes are worth 25% less, our 401k’s are tanking, we are paying $4 or more per gallon of gas. All this has happened in the 18 months Democrats have controlled congress.

    Nancy Pelosi said she had an easy answer to the energy shortage in October of 2006; she never told us it was for us to pay $7 per gallon for gas.

    You are childish and imature to blame Bush, who can do nothing, for the state of affairs we are in with our economy. For 30 YEARS the demcoratic party has fought against drilling, coal, and nuclear energy:

    June 16, 2008
    Who’s to Blame for High Gas Prices?

    ANWR Exploration

    House Republicans: 91% Supported

    House Democrats: 86% Opposed

    Coal-to-Liquid
    House Republicans: 97% Supported
    House Democrats: 78% Opposed

    Oil Shale Exploration
    House Republicans: 90% Supported
    House Democrats: 86% Opposed

    Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Exploration
    House Republicans: 81% Supported
    House Democrats: 83% Opposed

    Refinery Increased Capacity
    House Republicans: 97% Supported
    House Democrats: 96% Opposed

    SUMMARY

    91% of House Republicans have historically voted to increase the production of American-made oil and gas.

    88% of House Democrats have historically voted against increasing the production of American-made oil and gas.

    You and people like you have supported the do-nothing Democrats for 30 years. I know because I use to be an idiot just like you. Grow up and face the music: your Demcoratic party is the most corrupt bunch of weasels America has known. They accomplish nothing and while our young cannot afford homes and are going broke on food that is 25% more because of their ethanol fiasco here we sit.


  110. Mary Leon: additionally, the left’s PRECIOUS JOE BIDEN went to Pakistan and interferred with their elections in his effort to have Mushareff removed from power. Joe was successful and we now have militants executing people. Do you THINK IDIOT JOE BIDEN HAD A CLUE TO THE DAMAGE HE WAS ABOUT TO DO: WHO WILL CHALLENGE the lunatic Biden about a US Senator going to a foreign country during an election with the stated goal of making sure Musharef is weakened because he doesn’t like him:

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A gang of Pakistani militants executed two alleged U.S. spies in front of thousands of cheering supporters Friday as a top U.N. official expressed fears that Pakistani government peace deals with the gunmen were sparking a wave of human rights abuses.


  111. Caution: Clown Congress at work


  112. Percy:

    Well, I have to admit, you’re a real Republican. How many years have you been a member of the PNAC agenda? Do you know what the PNAC agenda is? Hint: Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

    If you are a loyal Republican then you must agree 100% with this agenda that William Kristol wrote about 10 years ago. He basically decided that the United States should rule the whole world–using our military and your “compassionate conservative” morals. This nightmare agenda was approved by, amongst others: Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Jeb Bush.

    The mistake that Bush made was that he thought that the Iraqis were living in the Dark Ages under Saddam Hussein’s rule, so Bush figured he could go invade Iraq; take out Saddam and steal the Iraqi’s oil, all while smiling and chewing gum at the same time because he wanted to run the US empire on earth. He failed to realize that Iraq is where civilization started and the Iraqis are smarter than he could ever be. He still thinks he can invade Iran before he leaves the White House, but I guess if he does you better go volunteer for his invasion.

    Your president Bush opened up this can of worms, so whatever is happening now to our economy and our standing in the world is NOT the fault of the Democrats. They do NOT have a 2/3 majority in either the House or the Senate, so you can’t say that they are at fault.

    Why don’t you ask Bush and Cheney how much money they’re making every day on their oil dividends while you, me and everyone else pays over $4 a gallon. Oh yeah, even if we drilled for oil off the coastline and in Alaska or the Arctic, we would never see a drop of it for at least 7 to 10 years from today. So how’s that supposed to help us?

    When are we leaving Iraq, Percy?


  113. Mr. Turley,

    I want to apologize to you for my frank arguments with Percy and Russ. Sometimes I tend to go overboard with my disagreements about this White House administration.

    I do this because I love this country, but I do not like what has happened to it these past 7 years. I want this country to be the way it was before Mr. Bush took over–for the People, NOT for the “haves” and the “have mores” and I cannot stay quiet while people like Percy and Russ defend this administration and their lies and crimes while our beloved troops and innocent Iraqis are dying for no reason.

    Sincerely,
    Mary Leon


  114. Next time you’re filling your gas tank, staring at the pump and those little dials are spinning so fast you can’t even read the numbers, ask yourself: If Barack Obama is elected, will those numbers slow down?

    If Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton get a filibuster-proof Democrat majority in the Senate, will gas prices fall?

    These liberals, currently running Congress, have no problem with U.S. consumers sending $600-700 billion each year to Russia, Venezuela and the Middle East for oil while they stifle our nation’s ability to develop our own known vast energy resources.

    That’s the choice we’re facing this coming fall.


  115. mary leon: I bet you post over with the loons here also:

    http://www.democraticunderground.com

    You sound just like them.

    God Bless our President Bush.


  116. mary leon: I love it when the opposition wins my arguments for me.

    Your post above shows just how little thinking goes through your head. God help you if you believe even 10% of what you write. You are truly a product of the American school system of the last 20 years.


  117. Change: LOL!

    Barack Obama has artfully crafted an image as an unconventional candidate, a change agent and a post-partisan politician who represents a dramatic break from the status quo. But since securing the Democratic presidential nomination, when confronted with a series of thorny issues the Illinois senator has pursued a conspicuously conventional path, one that falls far short of his soaring rhetoric.

    Faced with choices on fronts ranging from public financing and town hall meetings to warrantless surveillance and the Second Amendment, Obama passed up opportunities to stay consistent with his primary speeches and promises and make striking departures from customary politics.

    Instead, he has followed a familiar tack, straddling controversial issues and choosing politically advantageous routes that will ensure his campaign a cash edge, minimize damaging blowback on several highly sensitive issues, and keep him away from open debates with his opposition.

    Abandoning the far left rhetoric of the primaries, and those that supported him, Obama has now begun the move to the center where the votes are. The only thing left for Obama to abandon is his committment to a fast withdrawal from Iraq.

    That may have already occurred yesterday at Unity Massachusetts where the candidate made note of the necessity for a slow careful withdrawal from Iraq; virtually indistinguisable from either the Bush or McCain plan for Iraq.


  118. Unity Massachusetts?

    With talking points so loud, who has time to think?


  119. martha h:

    Just so you recall oil was $27.39 a barrel when Clinton left office. It’s now $140.00. And I will give you the sage words of George W. when asked during the election about what he would do if oil hit $30.00 a barrel. Our resident mental midget said in 1999, “I’m an oil man, if it gets too high, I ‘ll just jawbone OPEC down. That’s what Bill Clinton should have done.” Keep talking oil man. Funny how Big Oil’s profits have soared under Bush/Cheney, both acknowledged “oil men.” I wouldn’t be so hard on Mary Leon. She remembers what you choose to forget. Finally unless McCain can start raising money soon or the price of oil drops, you’d better start getting used to saying “President Obama.” I know, I know you’ll move to Australia. Can I contribute to your moving expenses oh great intellectual product of our private schools? Why not spread your conservative tripe over there?


  120. mespoop7272:

    You have to be truly ignorant to think that pouting that oil was $30 per barrel when clinton left office but now it is $140 accomplishes anything. You have to be truly even more ignorant to think your argument about this being Bush’s fault holds water in America. Almost 80% of Americans know the problem is production and want to drill now. Your President Clinton locked up 100 years worth of coal and oil with executive orders blocking exploration. Now here we sit. World oil use has increased by 30% in those years while production has increased only 25% largely because of Clinton and this:

    June 16, 2008
    Who’s to Blame for High Gas Prices?

    ANWR Exploration

    House Republicans: 91% Supported

    House Democrats: 86% Opposed

    Coal-to-Liquid
    House Republicans: 97% Supported
    House Democrats: 78% Opposed

    Oil Shale Exploration
    House Republicans: 90% Supported
    House Democrats: 86% Opposed

    Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Exploration
    House Republicans: 81% Supported
    House Democrats: 83% Opposed

    Refinery Increased Capacity
    House Republicans: 97% Supported
    House Democrats: 96% Opposed

    SUMMARY

    91% of House Republicans have historically voted to increase the production of American-made oil and gas.

    88% of House Democrats have historically voted against increasing the production of American-made oil and gas.


  121. mary leon, this is directed especially at you since you are one of those that obviously thinks Obama walks on water:

    Change: LOL!

    Barack Obama has artfully crafted an image as an unconventional candidate, a change agent and a post-partisan politician who represents a dramatic break from the status quo. But since securing the Democratic presidential nomination, when confronted with a series of thorny issues the Illinois senator has pursued a conspicuously conventional path, one that falls far short of his soaring rhetoric.

    Faced with choices on fronts ranging from public financing and town hall meetings to warrantless surveillance and the Second Amendment, Obama passed up opportunities to stay consistent with his primary speeches and promises and make striking departures from customary politics.

    Instead, he has followed a familiar tack, straddling controversial issues and choosing politically advantageous routes that will ensure his campaign a cash edge, minimize damaging blowback on several highly sensitive issues, and keep him away from open debates with his opposition.

    Abandoning the far left rhetoric of the primaries, and those that supported him, Obama has now begun the move to the center where the votes are. The only thing left for Obama to abandon is his committment to a fast withdrawal from Iraq.

    That may have already occurred yesterday at Unity Massachusetts where the candidate made note of the necessity for a slow careful withdrawal from Iraq; virtually indistinguisable from either the Bush or McCain plan for Iraq.


  122. Ah the beauty of self-proclaimed statistics; almost makes ya look like you know what you’re talking about.

    Almost.


  123. Bill Clinton says Barack Obama must ‘kiss my _ _ _’ for his support

    By Tim Shipman in Washington and Philip Sherwell in New York
    Last Updated: 9:07PM BST 28/06/2008

    Bill Clinton is so bitter about Barack Obama’s victory over his wife Hillary that he has told friends the Democratic nominee will have to beg for his wholehearted support.

    AP
    Bill Clinton is still very bitter that Barack Obama beat his wife Hillary. Mr Obama is expected to speak to Mr Clinton for the first time since he won the nomination in the next few days, but campaign insiders say that the former president’s future campaign role is a “sticking point” in peace talks with Mrs Clinton’s aides.

    The Telegraph has learned that the former president’s rage is still so great that even loyal allies are shocked by his patronising attitude to Mr Obama, and believe that he risks damaging his own reputation by his intransigence.

    A senior Democrat who worked for Mr Clinton has revealed that he recently told friends Mr Obama could “kiss my _ _ _” in return for his support.

    A second source said that the former president has kept his distance because he still knows Mr Obama cannot win the election.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/barackobama/2211812/Bill-Clinton-says-Barack-Obama-must-%27kiss-my-ass%27-for-his-support.html


  124. martha h:

    Like most of your conservative brothers, numbers make you swoon. Demand for oil is down 8% domestically and oil production is at an all time high. The cost to get a barrel out of the ground is still around $30.00 but your oil pirating brethren in the neo-con party want their “ENRON loophole” speculation profits and Big Oil wants big money as it always does (40.6 billion dollars last year for ExxonMobile alone), so the cost still hovers around $140.00. While there is demand pressure from India and China, it does not account for the obscene increase in price and hence profits to your friends. W’s disastrous economic policy and his interminable war have reeked havoc on the dollar and hence our crisis. BTW does Bush screw up everything he sees or just the Texas Rangers, two oil companies, the State of Texas and now the Nation? You may fool some of the people some of the time, but it appears about 75% have caught on to our war criminal/robber baron/buffoon Chief Executive. He and his party– along with your dubious logic– appears poised to make an fast exit stage right, appropriately. Bon voyage. Say hello to the kukaburras for me!

    And as an aside, you don’t need to publish someone else’s nonsense in toto and of course, without attribution (it’s the neo-con way). Unlike most of us on the left, it’s only the right that needs to learn from flash cards.


  125. Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com
    Thursday June 26, 2008 07:22 EDT
    Keith Olbermann: Then and now
    (updated below – Update II)

    On January 31 of this year, Keith Olbermann donned his most serious face and most indignant voice tone to rail against George Bush for supporting telecom immunity and revisions to FISA. In a 10-minute “Special Comment,” the MSNBC star condemned Bush for wanting to “retroactively immunize corporate criminals,” and said that telecom immnity is “an ex post facto law, which would clear the phone giants from responsibility for their systematic, aggressive and blatant collaboration with [Bush's] illegal and unjustified spying on Americans under this flimsy guise of looking for any terrorists who are stupid enough to make a collect call or send a mass email.”

    Olbermann added that telecom amnesty was a “shameless, breathless, literally textbook example of Fascism — the merged efforts of government and corporations that answer to no government.”

    Olbermann closed by scoffing at the idea that telecom amnesty or revisions to FISA were necessary to help National Security:
    There is not a choice of protecting the telecoms from prosecution or protecting the people from terrorism, Sir. This is a choice of protecting the telecoms from prosecution or pretending to protect the people from terrorists. Sorry, Mr. Bush, the eavesdropping provisions of FISA have obviously had no impact on counter-terrorism, and there is no current or perceived terrorist threat the thwarting of which could hinge on an email or phone call that is going through Room 641 of AT&T in San Francisco.

    Strong and righteous words indeed. But that was five whole months ago, when George Bush was urging enactment of a law with retroactive immunity and a lessening of FISA protections.

    Now that Barack Obama supports a law that does the same thing — and now that Obama justifies that support by claiming that this bill is necessary to keep us Safe from the Terrorists — everything has changed.

    Last night, Olbermann invited Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter onto his show to discuss Obama’s support for the FISA and telecom amnesty bill (video of the segment is here). There wasn’t a syllable uttered about “immunizing corporate criminals” or “textbook examples of Fascism” or the Third Reich. There wasn’t a word of rational criticism of the bill either. Instead, the two media stars jointly hailed Obama’s bravery and strength — as evidenced by his “standing up to the left” in order to support FISA revisions that include telecom immunity.


  126. Obama Undercuts His Brand
    The Huffington Post
    June 28, 2008 12:10 PM

    Sen. Barack Obama is risking his brand as a political reformer, according to reports today in the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. In recent weeks, he has moderated or changed positions on a number of politically-charged issues, leading to criticism from demoralized Democratic activists and charges of “flip-flopping” by party stalwarts.

    The Times reports:

    In recent weeks, he toughened his stance on Iran and backed an expansion of the government’s wiretapping powers. On Wednesday, he said states should be allowed to execute child rapists. When the Supreme Court the next day struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns, he did not complain…

    …”I’ve been struck by the speed and decisiveness of his move to the center,” said Will Marshall, president of the centrist Progressive Policy Institute…

    …And Obama endorsed a compromise wiretapping bill despite stiff opposition from liberal activists. MoveOn.org, the liberal online activist group, asked its members to flood Obama’s campaign office with phone calls and e-mails urging him to support a filibuster of the bill.

    The changes carry some risk that Obama will erase the cultivated image he has as a new type of leader who will change how Washington conducts business.

    McCain and other Republicans have used his recent policy statements to argue that Obama is a traditional politician, unwilling to take clear stands on tough issues and abandoning his principles when he finds it advantageous.

    The Post reports that those who should be his strongest supporters are taking this as a wake-up call.


  127. martha h:

    While in Australia, please pass on my recommendation to the Sydney Morning Herald that you would make a fine newspaper boy spouting the words and thoughts of others after screaming “Extra,” “Extra.” Could you let me know when you get an original thought? I think I have enough time. I ‘m only 49 and expect to live another few decades.


  128. Amen


  129. I have an idea…

    Instead of posting barbs on JT’s Bio, which seems inappropriate to me, perhaps, he would provide a Free-for-All ‘Chat’ section.

    It could be fashioned ‘On the Hook’ – whaddaya say?


  130. PattyC:

    I agree with you 100%. I have already issued Mr. Turley an apology for my posting, which tends to get quite emotional at times. But I will NOT apologize for telling the Republicans that they are so wrong about what they’ve allowed to happen to our country.

    What ever they write to me or about me doesn’t bother me in the least. Ever since Bush got ‘selected’ as president in 2001, I’ve been saying that he’s going to try to turn this country into the “haves”, the “have mores” and “the rest of us–their personal slaves”. I’ve been called everything from traitor, unpatriotic, a hater of our country, you name it, I’ve been called it. They don’t scare me at all; because my conscience is clear. But they are the ones who will have to live with themselves because they decided to follow Bush by approving and even cheering his invasion of Iraq and the Killings that have happened because of it.

    I wonder if Percy, russ, and any other Republican have seen pictures of our young troops after they’ve been hit by a bomb. I have, and I will have those terrible photos of our dismembered troops in my mind until the day I die. I remember one young troop said that he thought he had seen everything in this war, when he had to go out after a bombing to pick up the pieces of his dead buddy off the street. But, then he looked down the street and saw a little boy, picking up the pieces of his dead father. How terribly tragic and sad…


  131. June 28, 2008
    Delahunt Bobs, Weaves, Lies

    Mark Levin’s radio show caught up with disgraced Congressman Bill Delahunt to ask him about his expression of solidarity with al Qaeda against the Bush administration, which we wrote about here, here, here and here. Unfortunately, on Levin’s show Delahunt simply repeated the same incredible tale that he told shortly after his encounter with David Addington.

    To see how ridiculous Delahunt’s excuse is, let’s reproduce his exchange with Addington:

    DELAHUNT: Was waterboarding one of them?
    ADDINGTON: That’s what I’m answering, because I know where you’re headed. As I indicated to the chairman at the beginning of this thing, I’m not in a position to talk about particular techniques, whether they are or aren’t used or could or couldn’t be used or their legal status.

    And the reasons I would give for that, if you’ll look at, I think, Exhibit 9, the president’s speech of September 6, 2006, explains why he doesn’t talk about what particular techniques…

    DELAHUNT: Oh, I can understand why he doesn’t talk about it.

    ADDINGTON: But you’ve got to communicate with Al Qaeda. I can’t talk to you. Al Qaeda may watch “C-SPAN.”

    DELAHUNT: Right. Well, I’m sure they are watching and I’m glad they finally have a chance to see you, Mr. .

    ADDINGTON: I’m sure you’re pleased.

    DELAHUNT: Given your penchant for being unobtrusive.

    Delahunt’s excuse on the radio is obviously a lie. He and Addington were talking about the fact that, because al Qaeda may be watching CSpan, Addington does not want to discuss specific interrogation techniques. Delahunt now claims that he meant to say, “Right. Well, I’m sure they [al Qaeda] are watching and I’m glad I finally have a chance to see you, Mr. Addington.” That sentence makes no sense. Obviously, the people who are “watching”–al Qaeda–are the people who Delahunt is “glad” to have a chance finally to see Addington.

    If hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue, the kind of transparent lying that Bill Delahunt is now engaged in is perhaps the tribute that crazed partisanship pays to the patriotism of the American people. It is sad that we have vicious haters like Bill Delahunt in Congress, but it is good that when the mask slips for a moment, and viewers can see how they really think, haters like Delahunt have no recourse but to lie.


  132. martha h:

    Did you even read what I just posted above?


  133. Mary Leon:

    To your credit your are here to dialog with others. The vexatious martha j is here to cut and paste talking points in the hopes that we read them. I suggest we treat her like all the other white noise around and just ignore her until she moves to the next blog.


  134. mespo727272:

    I wish martha, Percy, russ and the other Republicans would read the last paragraph I wrote above. War isn’t pretty and those photos I saw were terrible and sad. I know that the dead person is put in the coffins face-down before they are shipped back to our country, in case anyone but the mortician inadvertantely sees the body. This is due to the trauma caused by the bombs and other weapons. If martha, Percy, russ and anyone else cannot be affected by our beloved troops’ deaths and innocent Iraqi civilians’ deaths, all willingly caused by their president, then I guess I will just have to ignore them.


  135. mary leon, hundred of thousands of soldiers and civilians caught up in war have had to pick up the pieces whether it was ww1, ww2, korean war, vietnam, or any of the other hundreds of conflicts in the world where good people are trying to free other people or oppose tyranny.

    maybe you just need to stay safe in bed with your quilt over you, a flashlight, and a “save the seals” book…


  136. Too bad those who love this war in Iraq won’t have the courage to volunteer and enlist. Then they can “free” the Iraqis…


  137. mary leon,

    i have two sons in the service, a us marine and a us air force officer. you have no clue who is defending this nation nor why do you.


  138. martha h:

    Your sons service is commendable. Your shrill defense undermines their service. Perhaps you haven’t noticed but 75% of the Country is against this needless, immoral war, and unless something happened last night with the Bush mob, public opinion still matters in a democracy. This election will turn on that war sentiment as all wartime elections do. I would prepare for your profound disappointment which ironically will lead to your kids coming home. When that happens, I trust you will being writing thank you notes to President Obama.


  139. mespo727272:

    I wonder if those who love Bush and what he’s done to our country are either making lots of money because of his policies or are blindly following him because they can’t think for themselves; they can’t go against what their friends, relatives and neighbors do. What kind of life is that for an adult?

    It’s also too bad that these people don’t realize that Saddam Hussein could have been eliminated without our troops having to take one step into Iraq. Who ever said that Iraqis wanted Democracy? They have the right to choose the way they want to run their country, NOT have Democracy shoved down their throats with a barrel of a gun.

    I feel so sorry for our troops–they had no say in being sent to Iraq. They have to follow the president and his policies, no matter how delusional. I wish everyone who supports this war would volunteer to go to Iraq and take the place of one of our troops–then they would find out how insane this war and this president really are. But those who won’t volunteer to go serve in Iraq are cowards and hypocrites–love the war but won’t fight in it.


  140. mary leon & mespo.

    i doubt if there were ever two sorrier examples of americans than you two.


  141. Those who support this war and have sons and daughters serving in Iraq will have a different opinion, if, God forbid, their son or daughter comes home from Iraq in a body bag. Tragically, some people can only see the truth when they are personally affected by it.


  142. mary leon, again i say the two of you are the sorriest example of americans there are. sons & daughters volunteer to fight in a war about freedom for others…….and you have the gall to come here and post that parents will change their minds about that fight when their sons or daughters are injured or killed in their quest to help others.

    you have taught me and others here that there are no limits to the reaches of depravity of the left. god help you.


  143. Who said Iraq wanted our help? Who said there were weapons of mass destruction aimed at our allies in the Middle East? If it was so dangerous, why didn’t Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Oman, etc… decide to invade Iraq together to stop Saddam Hussein? Why didn’t the United Nations believe that Bush needed to invade Iraq, and therefore would not commit troops to help him? Why does everyone hate the United States now? Why do millions believe Bush invaded Iraq to get their oil?

    I believe in God. I have a clear conscience. I am Patriotic. I love this country and I hate what has happened to it over the past 7 years. But I am wise enough to understand why this invasion happened. I can understand the evil that comes from this White House administration. History will prove that I and others were right–Bush invaded Iraq to get their oil so he, Cheney and their oil friends could make tons of money in profits, plus Blackwater and KBR Halliburton (both Neo-Con corporations) have already made Billions from their no-bid contracts.

    You are believing in a war of Choice, not a war of Necessity. This war is all about getting oil and making money. Bush could care less how many people die. All he cares about is the money, and you are ignorant enough to believe he invaded Iraq to spread freedom and democracy all over the Middle East.

    I feel sorry for you, because you will find out the truth one day, and you will know that all these people died for your president’s love of the almighty dollar and that you supported Bush’s agenda and therefore you supported the deaths of innocent people.


  144. martha h:

    “i doubt if there were ever two sorrier examples of americans than you two.”

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

    I consider this observation an honor almost as prestigious as being on Nixon’s hit list. Please continue in the knowledge that, like you (unless you take me up on my offer to aid you in your trip to Australia), I am not going anywhere. And by the way, using your kids service to support your preposterous position that this is a war about freeing Iraqis and not about oil may assuage your conscience, but it also places you squarely beneath contempt for the million or so Iraqis we have “freed” from life on this planet.


  145. Mary Leon:

    Forgive me for responding to the foolish comment before your sane one. In any event, you, like most thinking people, have it right. It took some citizens years to figure out that Bush was a con man without peer. But most people have the concept now. It was always about oil and defense spending with Saddam Hussein serving as the stooge to fool the incredibly stupid conservatives who supported this guy. Bush was always the company man– a sort of Manchurian candidate from Wall Street by way of the Pentagon. People like our own martha h are the sad ones who willing give their children to this war-machine-for profit on notions of patriotism. The ironic thing is that true patriots abhor this little man with his big war. I doubt you will see a conversion from martha h; she has too much invested in this fight to even consider she is wrong. I have always believed that blindness is the worst disability that could befall someone, even more so when the blinding is self inflicted by wishful or delusional thinking. By the way, have your received your “sorriest Americans” membership card yet? I am anxiously awaiting mine.


  146. Hey Martha H.,
    Can I get into the “sorriest American” club too?? It seems no matter which topic(s) you are writing about, the facts somehow do not seem to get in your way. Congrats on your factoid blindness. And one other thing Martha H., I, like Mary Leon, believe in God. And I didn’t have to drive drunk and snort cocaine before deciding to believe.


  147. rafflaw:

    “And I didn’t have to drive drunk and snort cocaine before deciding to believe.”
    **********

    I believe too, but I question why He didn’t give me the wit to say that first? I am still laughing as I type.


  148. mespo and rafflaw:

    No, I have never heard of the “sorriest American” club until today. I will happily be a member.

    I would add that by believing in God, through His words is how I was able to recognize Bush and Cheney for what they really are–wolves in “designer” sheeps’ clothing.

    Sure, they can be pro-life (yet they sure love that death penalty), frown on stem cell research, hate gays and lesbians and believe that they and ONLY they are the only ones going to Heaven. But I say that no matter how much they go to church and profess to be christians their actions speak louder than any words can.

    Do they follow the teachings of Jesus? Love their enemies, do good to those who disagree and hate them? Try talking with others through diplomatic means before any blood is spilled? Share the wealth of this country, (the richest country that ever was on earth) with everyone they can–by way of feeding the hungry and making sure everyone can see a doctor when they need to? Do they follow the law of the land–the US Constitution–and abide by its fair and separate balance of powers? Do they do what is right for the people that live in the United States? Do they make sure there are good schools for educating our children? Do they believe in a fair tax system? Do they care about the “have nots”? Do they fairly treat prisoners–as in the Geneva Convention?

    By watching and observing this White House administration, I can safely say that NO, they do not follow the teachings of Jesus. And no matter what happened with any other president in our country’s history, from scandals to assassinations, there has NEVER been a sitting president who deliberately and willingly invaded a country; and who deliberately and willingly tried to destroy our US Constitution–until NOW.


  149. Mary Leon,
    The Republicans and the Neo-Cons use religion as a shield and have no intention of living under those religous precepts. The only question you have to ask them is WWJT? Translated, Who Would Jesus Torture?
    Mespo,
    While we are on the topic of religion, the good Benedictine Nuns that I had in grade school were not as amused as you were with my wit! But thank anyways.


  150. rafflaw:

    I had the Sisters of Mercy. They were equally humorless.


  151. Who said Iraq wanted our help?

    Saddam’s people pleaded with the world, anyways those that escaped with their lives.

    Who said there were weapons of mass destruction aimed at our allies in the Middle East?

    Bill Clinton did, along with Al Gore, Hillary Clinton and almost every leader of the free world.

    If it was so dangerous, why didn’t Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Oman, etc… decide to invade Iraq together to stop Saddam Hussein?

    Each of those countries were convinced Saddam had and would use his WMD if any of them attacked him, but your ignorance of the region astounds me. Syria was his ally, Jordan supported him out of fear, Iran had fought a 12 year war to a standstill wit him, and Saudi Arabia did not have the ability to wage war along a 1,000 mile front with him.

    Why didn’t the United Nations believe that Bush needed to invade Iraq, and therefore would not commit troops to help him?

    The UN has no militarily trained “troops”. They have a force of blue helmeted thugs that rape & demand payments for protection or they stand around as innocents get slaughtered like in rwanda, nigeria, etc. What on earth do you think the UN is? It is nothing but a bunch of political animals with a few ten thousand blue helmeted peace keepers that would have been killed on the spot by Saddam even if they cuold have been convinced to fight for something other than the woman, booze, and money they fight for now. The UN DID manage to pass 17 UN resolutions demanding Saddam comply. If you want a UN you better have someone behind it enforcing it or it is a waste of time.

    Why does everyone hate the United States now?

    I think the most haters of America in the world live right here in big houses with big cars big salaries, huge egos, and nothing to do but bitch.

    Why do millions believe Bush invaded Iraq to get their oil?

    Because lunatics like you have been saying it for 7 years, despite it being a bald face lie.

    I believe in God.

    So did Saddam Hussain & Adolf Hitler.

    I have a clear conscience.

    Most children nowadays have been brought up without one so that means nothing.

    I am Patriotic.

    Like hell you are; you are giving aid and comfort to those that are trying to kill our sons & daughters that are fighting for others freedom every day.

    I love this country and I hate what has happened to it over the past 7 years.

    Then leave. It would be better without children like you.

    But I am wise enough to understand why this invasion happened. I can understand the evil that comes from this White House administration. History will prove that I and others were right.

    Ya, sure, you betacha. I have some land to sell you in Florida also if you believe all that. What crock.

    Bush invaded Iraq to get their oil so he, Cheney and their oil friends could make tons of money in profits, plus Blackwater and KBR Halliburton (both Neo-Con corporations) have already made Billions from their no-bid contracts.

    Oh, now its the oil. Why didn’t we just take Kuwaits oil? We had 100,000 troops there and could have just taken it. Why didn’t we take Saudi Arabia’s oil? We also had 400,000 troops there in 1991 and didn’t take it did we?

    You are believing in a war of Choice, not a war of Necessity.

    Get a clue: ALL wars are choice.

    This war is all about getting oil and making money. Bush could care less how many people die. All he cares about is the money, and you are ignorant enough to believe he invaded Iraq to spread freedom and democracy all over the Middle East.

    You have so many screws loose I pity you.

    I feel sorry for you, because you will find out the truth one day, and you will know that all these people died for your president’s love of the almighty dollar and that you supported Bush’s agenda and therefore you supported the deaths of innocent people.

    What is it like to think you know everything? I realized when I was 15 that I didn’t know everything. I guess you must either be 14 yet or you never grew up.


  152. Yet Another Obama 180, This Time on Iraq

    Recent statements & acitons indicate that Senator Obama plans to aggressively move to the middle on Iraq in the coming months. This is a good political move for Obama, if only because he’s finally starting to recognize reality.

    However, it’s no surprise that he will continue to try and have it both ways: moderating his withdrawal language without giving any credit to surge/Petraeus advocates.

    Standing alongside Hillary (Friday in Unity, NH), Obama said:
    “We can follow a policy that doesn’t change whether violence is up or violence is down, whether the Iraqi government takes responsibility or not; or we can decide that it’s time to begin a responsible, gradual withdrawal from Iraq.”

    GOT THAT? RESPONSIBLE GRADUAL WITHDRAWEL – BASICALLY NO DIFFERENT THAN MCCAIN OR BUSH IS IT?

    ….. Just months ago, Obama clamored for an “immediate” withdrawal, regardless of the situation on the ground; today, his withdrawal would be “gradual.” Maybe he was channeling Hillary Clinton, or maybe he finally realizes that very few people—except the MoveOn crowd—want an immediate withdrawal. His website, I should note, still touts an “immediate” withdrawal.

    Regardless, within a month Obama will throw the left wingers under the buss on Iraq. He will say he was ill-informed and/or uninformed as to the situation and that new information means any withdrawel must be gradual. What the heck; who else are the lefties going to vote for in the Fall? Nader?????


  153. Martha H.,
    Thank you for calling me a child. It has been many, many years since I have been called a child. I am a bit confused with your postings, however. You seemed to have your facts screwed up. Since when is wanting peace unpatriotic? Only since the Bush Crime Family Administration was appointed into power. What is this crap about every war is a war of choice? We did have a choice in Iraq and your appointed President made the wrong choice. We had no choice in WWII because of Pearl Harbor.
    Iraq has more oil reserves than Kuwait and Kuwait already does business with Daddy Bush. Have you ever heard of the Project for the New American Century? You may want to check them out. Before they closed down their website you could find their plan to invade Iraq if they had a big event to convince the American people. I wonder what that evernt was??? Could it be 9/11? Georgie didn’t listen to Germany, or France who knew better not to get involved in Iraw, even though they joined us in Afghanistan.
    I guess it is just a coincidence that gasoline cost me $1.60 when Bush was appointed and I just paid $4.19 yesterday. I almost forget, I am a Patriot because I make sure my country is following its own laws and the world’s laws. George W. vilated FISA with his illegal warrantless wiretapping program. Prof. Turley and Mespo can correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that would be a felony. George W. ordered torture of detainees in our control which violated U.S. law and international accords. I could go on, but my Mom just told me that it is time for all children to be in bed. Peace.


  154. Mary Leon wrote:
    Do they follow the teachings of Jesus? Love their enemies, do good to those who disagree and hate them? Try talking with others through diplomatic means before any blood is spilled? Share the wealth of this country, (the richest country that ever was on earth) with everyone they can–by way of feeding the hungry and making sure everyone can see a doctor when they need to?
    *****************

    I haven’t noticed either Bush or Cheney following any of those particular teachings. They seem to have a huge problem with the idea of sharing the wealth, but have NO problems TAKING it though. Including starting wars to get it from other countries. Is that version of Christianity (the taking part) from the Old Testament or the New? I always get them mixed up.


  155. rafflaw:

    Save your typing. Martha H has drunk the kool-ade and will not be dissuaded. Some people never get it, and they always question everyone else’s patriotism. They are fools and they tend to stay that way. We’ll just soldier on allowing her to wallow in her hate. BTW violating our civil rights is a crime with sanctions varying depending on the injury sustained. TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242. More pertinent Bush is likely guilty of war crimes with national and international sanctions available.


  156. Mespo wrote:

    rafflaw:

    I had the Sisters of Mercy. They were equally humorless.

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

    I have to wonder if a formal study has ever been done on how many adults who are now either non-religious or no longer Catholic had to attend Catholic church and/or school as kids. I was stuck with both as a kid; rejected it all by the time I was 18.


  157. martha h:

    “OT THAT? RESPONSIBLE GRADUAL WITHDRAWEL – BASICALLY NO DIFFERENT THAN MCCAIN OR BUSH IS IT?

    ….. Just months ago, Obama clamored for an “immediate” withdrawal, regardless of the situation on the ground; today, his withdrawal would be “gradual.” Maybe he was channeling Hillary Clinton, or maybe he finally realizes that very few people—except the MoveOn crowd—want an immediate withdrawal. His website, I should note, still touts an “immediate” withdrawal.”
    *************

    One last post just to correct the falsehood you mouthed from the National Review website –god forbid you have an original thought in your own head. Let me start by quoting the exact passage from the website of Obama:

    “Obama will immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq. He will remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months. Obama will make it clear that we will not build any permanent bases in Iraq. He will keep some troops in Iraq to protect our embassy and diplomats; if al Qaeda attempts to build a base within Iraq, he will keep troops in Iraq or elsewhere in the region to carry out targeted strikes on al Qaeda.”

    For those of you in conservative la-la land you may see an conflict between his statement in Unity, N.H. and the website. For the rest of us who can read and comprehend the langauge, we see that there is no conflict. Upon election Obama will immediately START the gradual withdrawal over 16 months which appears to most people to be a responsible timetable, and he will keep some troops there to oversee operations and protect installations. He never said “immediate withdrawal.” That is pure fiction by the National Review as mouthed by the apparatchik we know as martha h. (I’d call her a liar but that would imply intent to deceive, and as we have seen martha h has little intent to do anything save disagree with us grasping at the false talking points of her masters on the right) If you’re going to plagiarize at least get the name of the fool your mimicking for us so we can rebut the charges, or is that not sporting in the neo-con world you hail from.


  158. Susan:

    “I have to wonder if a formal study has ever been done on how many adults who are now either non-religious or no longer Catholic had to attend Catholic church and/or school as kids. I was stuck with both as a kid; rejected it all by the time I was 18.”
    *************

    Never heard of one but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence out there for your proposition. I bet that would be an interesting study, too.


  159. Interestingly almost every pagan I know was raised either Catholic or extreme protestant fundamentalist. In the case of those who were Catholic I notice the ceremonies recreate the rites in great detail. There are high priest and priestess who run things and tell everyone else what to do. There are elaborate ceremonies which must be followed exactly. There are pieces of knowledge that only followers who’ve been appointed by the leadership are allowed to learn. It is a massive hierarchy with rigid rules of obedience. As far as I can tell, members have exactly recreated the church, just changing to gods and goddesses and they do allow women priests.


  160. The Nuns didn’t scare religion out of me. I made the improper(in their eyes) habit of asking the wrong question in religion class. I still ask those questions, but I am still a believer. I just have a problem with some of the bishops and Cardinals and some of the Popes!


  161. Well, what’s the news today? Surprise, Surprise!

    Iraq is going to be making short-term contracts with Exxon-Mobil, British Petroleum, Chevron, Shell, and a few other smaller oil companies who want to ‘help’ Iraq pump more oil every day.

    Exxon-Mobil, Shell, and British Petroleum have been working in Iraq for ‘free’ the past 2 years and now wants to make sure they get compensated for the ‘free’ advice.

    Saddam Hussein kept the big oil companies out of Iraq for over 36 years. Now, these oil companies are being allowed in for short-term drilling rights (how short is short-term anyway? The companies won’t disclose this info).

    So, Mr. Bush, who is friends with all the CEOs of all of these big oil companies now says that the US will NOT get involved with helping Iraq deal with these companies.

    *** I wonder how these oil companies were allowed to go into Iraq in the first place, so they could give their ‘free’ advice and how much it’s really going to cost Iraq for this ‘free’ advice?***

    Let’s see, now, martha, What was the reason Bush invaded Iraq? It certainly WAS NOT for the oil, was it?

    Case closed, my dear. RFLMAO


  162. Mary Leon:

    Daggone it, martha h with her private school education, TOLD (or most likely read) you that the war wasn’t about oil, and you keep presenting all these facts that the National Review never told her about and just upsetting her to no end. She even fled the blog. Now I hope you are happy with yourself because, because….we surely are!

    Isn’t it great how current events always seem to come back to bite the neo-cons right on the butt. Would be funnier if we all weren’t paying the price for their rampant stupidity.


  163. mespo:

    You betcha I’m telling martha what the ‘real deal’ of the Iraq invasion is.

    But there is a huge sadness to all of this–so many, many thousands of people that are dead that shouldn’t be dead. That is something I wish would have never happened–all the deaths of our troops and of innocent Iraqi citizens, just so Bush and his corporate friends could get richer from taking Iraq’s oil.

    It’s people like martha who blindly follow whatever they hear, either from the ‘prosperity’ gospel preacher, or the republican party. She fell for the ‘us versus them’ trick–”let’s us ‘christians’ go over to the Middle East and teach them ‘heathen’ Iraqis how ‘conservative and compassionate’ we really are “and, “oh, yeah, while we’re there, let’s show these heathens, who live in the Dark Ages, how we are so ‘progressive’ at getting that oil. Of course, we’ll have to keep the oil profits, or them Iraqis will give the profits to ‘terrorists’”. I bet she even believes that now that Exxon-Mobil, Shell, BP and Chevron have access to the Iraqi oil that the price of a gallon of gas is going to go down. Won’t she be surprised when it DOES NOT go down–rather, the oil companies will INCREASE the price, due to their whining that they have to bring in ‘new’ technology and pipelines to Iraq, so it’s going to cost them a ‘fortune’, and ‘unfortunately’ they have to pass the price increase for us to pay.

    Well, I’m glad she’s gone. She’s probably over at either Foxnews.com or Bill O’Reilley’s website, crying her poor little heart out, about us ‘big mean’ liberals, and our ‘big mean’ way of speaking the TRUTH…


  164. “I wonder how these oil companies were allowed to go into Iraq in the first place, so they could give their ‘free’ advice and how much it’s really going to cost Iraq for this ‘free’ advice?”

    You may want to Google up “Executive Order 13303″


  165. Bob, Esq.

    Thank you for that interesting piece of information. I wonder what other “Executive Orders” are out there that Bush signed? Scary thought…


  166. Martha is right. You people are insane. You are literally the one percenters of America all coagulating around a half dozen wacko blogs.

    Funny how Obama moved even further to the right today, showing his disgust with you Moveon.org types and Weasely Clark fans.

    Who knows, pretty soon Obama might announce he is a Blue Dog Democrat; you know, those Democrats that are so far to the right that they could be mistaken for moderate Republicans. The Democratic party found they had to run blue dog democrats or they could not win a single election in America. Rahm Emmanual came up with that idea, but now he has anothe problem; blue dog democrats gave the Democrats the majority but those same blue dog democrats don’t always follow the party line, do they, on abortion, national security, taxes. etc.


  167. Mary,

    If you’re looking for a solid patriotic foundation upon which to despise G.W. Bush, please note that E.O. 13301, issued 21 days after “Mission Accomplished,” legalized all crimes committed by private contractors and mercenaries.

    Why is it patriotic to despise Bush over this? Well, ya see, back in July of 1776 13 Colonies set forth a Declaration of Covenants & Restrictions against their first and foremost enemy; TYRANNY.

    Montesquieu held that Tyranny consists of oppression via gathering of too much power in too few hands; Locke, i.e. Jefferson’s role model, defined Tyranny as follows:

    “AS usurpation is the exercise of power, which another hath a right to; so tyranny is the exercise of power beyond right, which no body can have a right to.”

    http://www.constitution.org/jl/2ndtr18.htm

    Legalizing crime is the essence of tyranny.

    Accordingly, everything you heard about Bush fighting tyranny in Iraq was a total lie; not just because tyranny is an inherently domestic enemy of the constitution, but for the simple fact that he established tyranny in the very country he claimed to liberate.

    Regards,

    Bob

    “As usurpation is the exercise of power over which another has a right to; so TYRANNY is the exercise of power, beyond


  168. PERCY,

    I find your lack of fealty is disturbing.

    It’s said that George Washington once crucified a man for desertion.

    Ever wonder what George Washington would do to the likes of you if he were alive today?

    http://www.76house.com/history_tavern.html

    Being a mindless ditto-head can be hazardous to your health.


  169. Mary Leon you really need to get your news straight before running her and posting BS. It makes you look so childish.

    Tonight Iraq indicated that reports oil contracts would be limited to five western countries on a no bid basis were incorrect.

    Bids will be accepted for 8 months from 36 oil companies world wide. The only oil companies locked out where those that had executed “back door” lucrative contracts with Saddam that were to have been effective after the UN ended sanctions on Saddam. Guess which countries….Russia & France.

    No contract will be awarded until March of 2009 after the new Iraqi Government has reviewed all applications and bids.

    Sorry Mary Leon. Once again your blind hatred of a fine man & President, our President Bush, caused you to make an uninformed ass out of yourself, but that is typical of the one percenters here.


  170. oh oh. Two more under the Obama bus today:

    Weasely Clark – THROWN UNDER THE BUS TODAY!

    Moveon.org – THROWN UNDER THE BUS TODAY!

    att: Mary Leon

    You really need to get your news straight before running her and posting BS. It makes you look so childish.

    Tonight Iraq indicated that reports oil contracts would be limited to five western countries on a no bid basis were incorrect.

    Bids will be accepted for 8 months from 36 oil companies world wide. The only oil companies locked out where those that had executed “back door” lucrative contracts with Saddam that were to have been effective after the UN ended sanctions on Saddam. Guess which countries….Russia & France.

    No contract will be awarded until March of 2009 after the new Iraqi Government has reviewed all applications and bids.

    Sorry Mary Leon. Once again your blind hatred of a fine man & President, our President Bush, caused you to make an uninformed ass out of yourself, but that is typical of the one percenters here.


  171. Percy:

    I wouldn’t care how many companies were “qualified” to bid if I got to draw up the bid documents as the American companies did. Sounds like the little boys got caught with hands in the oil jar yesterday and had to back down for awhile ’til this blows over. Let’s wait and see before we condemn Mary Leon who is merely saying what the Arabs and most thinking people believe.


  172. oh oh. Two more under the Obama bus today:

    Weasely Clark – THROWN UNDER THE BUS TODAY!

    Moveon.org – THROWN UNDER THE BUS TODAY!

    att: Mary Leon

    You really need to get your news straight before running her and posting BS. It makes you look so childish.

    Tonight Iraq indicated that reports oil contracts would be limited to five western countries on a no bid basis were incorrect.

    Bids will be accepted for 8 months from 36 oil companies world wide. The only oil companies locked out where those that had executed “back door” lucrative contracts with Saddam that were to have been effective after the UN ended sanctions on Saddam. Guess which countries….Russia & France.

    No contract will be awarded until March of 2009 after the new Iraqi Government has reviewed all applications and bids.

    Sorry Mary Leon. Once again your blind hatred of a fine man & President, our President Bush, caused you to make an uninformed ass out of yourself, but that is typical of the one percenters here.


  173. Gee, I miss one day of posting messages here, and Percy acts like he got a wedgie over his head. LOL

    Percy, why are you copying others’ words? Don’t you know you’re committing plagerism?

    Oh, maybe you know the answer to this question–

    Where was Bush when he went AWOL out of the National Guard in the 1960s for over a year? I bet if any other soldier did that, they would have been thrown in the brig for a year or two. Nice to have Daddy Bush’s money to pay off the National Guard so they will ‘conveniently’ lose Bush’s paperwork.

    Oh, by the way, he’s YOUR president, NOT mine. He was ‘selected’ by the Supreme Court in early 2001, even though Al Gore won the popular vote in Florida. So, for the past 7 years, I’ve had no president to admire.

    If you’re so enamored of Bush, why aren’t you over fighting for him in Iraq? I mean, unless you have an excuse why you can’t enlist in one of the military branches, what are you doing wasting my and others’ time here, ‘copying and pasting’?

    Oh, yeah, one more thing Percy. I thought that the United Nations mandate says the US has to leave Iraq by the end of this year, but Bush announced that he’s sending MORE troops into Iraq next year. Did he make a deal with al-Maliki, an ‘agreement’ that we’ll be in Iraq for years? How come he won’t tell US the people who will end up paying for this?

    Lots of crimes are being committed by Bush and Cheney. Those are two evil men; and you admire them. That says a lot about your character, Percy. Too bad you are on the LOSING side of History, by supporting the WORST president we’ve ever had.


  174. I join the other posters who hold you in high regard!! I first heard you comment on Countdown. I, also, pay close attention when you or John Dean comment. I’ve seen the twinkle return to your eyes recently, as the DOJ scandal unfolded and bushco was called out for politicizing justice!! I am confident that you would point to lawbreakers in any political party, and am comforted by the thought of you teaching true bipartisanship to the up and coming law students.
    And speaking of bipartisanship: I am really disappointed in the postings!! People, take your political party fights to another site. This site should be for people interested in law and reality.


  175. suziq:

    Yes, you are right about the political fighting. When I first posted here to Mr. Turley, I had told him that I submitted a suggestion to Barack Obama’s website that, should the need arise, that Mr. Turley would make a wonderful nomination to sit on the US Supreme Court.

    The next thing I know, someone named russ started in on what I wrote, then came Percy, then martha h.

    I would love to discuss when Mr. Turley appears on “Countdown” but I will not let someone tell lies about Bush and Cheney like it’s the truth; and I don’t like when someone posts something here, cutting and pasting from some other person’s writings to use as justification for their views.

    I guess you can say I enjoy a good debate, but I will be the first to admit that I do NOT like any part of this White House administration, which in my opinion, is the Worst we’ve ever had in the history of our country. They have cheated, lied to us all and sent our military to fight in an invasion of a country that had Nothing to do with September 11, 2001.

    I am praying that Barack Obama will be elected President this November and he will begin the investigation of war crimes and other illegal crimes against this administration.

    The main reason I am doing this is because of all the Unnecessary deaths of our US troops and Innocent Iraqi citizens–all for a lie. This is inexcusable that this administration is allowing all this death and making us pay the bill, just so they can get hold of the oil in Iraq and Bush and Cheney, both oil men, can get good deals for their oil associates to make obscene profits.


  176. Mary Leon:

    “Where was Bush when he went AWOL out of the National Guard in the 1960s for over a year? I bet if any other soldier did that, they would have been thrown in the brig for a year or two. Nice to have Daddy Bush’s money to pay off the National Guard so they will ‘conveniently’ lose Bush’s paperwork.”

    More Dan Blather garbage. No doubt you believe a word processing software program was spirited back in time to create those “letters” Dan Blather & his informer tried to produce as factual. By the way, Larry Flynt the Penthouse Magazine scum, offered a million dollars to anyboby that could bring him proof about Bush being absent from the National Guard. He is still offering it.

    “Oh, by the way, he’s YOUR president, NOT mine. He was ’selected’ by the Supreme Court in early 2001, even though Al Gore won the popular vote in Florida. So, for the past 7 years, I’ve had no president to admire.”

    All the Supreme Court did was rule you could not change election laws AFTER the election. I am not surprised you are not informed. You appear to be a very young naive uninformed product of the public school system.

    “If you’re so enamored of Bush, why aren’t you over fighting for him in Iraq? I mean, unless you have an excuse why you can’t enlist in one of the military branches, what are you doing wasting my and others’ time here, ‘copying and pasting’?”

    I am sure Percy has served this country in a number of ways, including military. I find it shameful you would resort to such a “Keith Olbermann” style attack. And you wonder why Olbermann’s ratings are 1/3 Bill Oreilly’s?

    “Oh, yeah, one more thing Percy. I thought that the United Nations mandate says the US has to leave Iraq by the end of this year, but Bush announced that he’s sending MORE troops into Iraq next year. Did he make a deal with al-Maliki, an ‘agreement’ that we’ll be in Iraq for years? How come he won’t tell US the people who will end up paying for this?”

    How many years have we had troops in Germany? In South Korea? In Bosnia? Personally, anybody that has a brain knows it would be a huge benefit to have a contingent of American troops right alongside the worst trouble maker in the region – Iran.

    “Lots of crimes are being committed by Bush and Cheney.”

    Prove a single crime or SHUT UP.

    “Those are two evil men; and you admire them. That says a lot about your character, Percy. Too bad you are on the LOSING side of History, by supporting the WORST president we’ve ever had.”

    Harry Truman had the worst rating in history when he left office; now he is considered a great President once the lunatics got tired of bitching, moaning, and lying about him. History will look very favorably on President Bush. Already, foreign opinion of him is bouncing back. Popularity comes & goes, but I know this is too much for an obviously little girl to understand.

    Isn’t it time for you nap?


  177. GOD BLESS PRESIDENT BUSH!


  178. martha:

    “GOD BLESS PRESIDENT BUSH!
    **************

    Well martha you got three out of four words correct.


  179. martha, what are you doing here? I thought you left and went over to Fox news’ website or that you enlisted, so you could take the place of one of our troops, who then could come home from Iraq and be with his/her family.

    FYI I’m 47 years old, and I’ve seen enough people like you to last me more than 100 lifetimes. Actually, you are quite funny, your blind loyalty to Bush is rather amusing. I wonder when was the last time you thought for yourself, instead of agreeing with whatever Bush says and does because he’s your president? There’s such a thing as ‘too much patriotism’.

    Keep on writing bad thoughts about me–because I’m going to earn a lot of rewards in Heaven because of them. Yes, I believe in Heaven. And I believe that God sees and knows ALL, and he sees the “tree of bad fruit” that is the Bush administration, and “the bad fruit” which are Bush supporters, like you. You probably are a card-carrying member of the “Project for the New American Century” (PNAC)agenda.

    Bush’s crimes? How about–Justice department choosing applicants based on their political views; Guantanamo Bay prison torture; illegally invading Iraq, which had nothing to do with 9/11; signing new legislation, then using the ‘signing statements’ so he can ignore the laws just passed; having people in his administration ignore subpoenas to testify, using that “executive priviledge” excuse; having KBR and Blackwater no-bid contractors sent to Iraq that are immune from any type of prosecution in Iraq; choosing people for departments in his Cabinet based on party loyalty, and not personal experience; and the first thing Bush did as president?–seal his daddy’s White House papers until 50 years after daddy dies, so none of us can find out what daddy did in the White House. Plus, the worst one–signing a Presidential Directive last May, 2007, giving himself Complete Control over all 3 branches of our government–you know, the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches–giving him the power to cancel the 2008 presidential election and declare Martial Law–with ‘homeland’ Chertoff second in command, if there is a terrorist attack, or Suspicion of an attack. And etc, etc, etc… He must have signed Thousands of Presidential Directives, probably pardoning everyone he knows from any criminal prosecution (I don’t think he can get away with pardoning himself)to selling our country to the Highest bidder–right now, Saudi Arabia and China OWN almost half of our corporations. It will take Barack Obama a few years to even find out what else Bush has done to us…


  180. ml writes: “Plus, the worst one–signing a Presidential Directive last May, 2007, giving himself Complete Control over all 3 branches of our government–you know, the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches–giving him the power to cancel the 2008 presidential election and declare Martial Law–with ‘homeland’ Chertoff second in command, if there is a terrorist attack, or Suspicion of an attack.”

    WARNING! WARNING ! DANGER WILL ROBINSON! WARNING! WARNING ! DANGER WILL ROBINSON! WARNING! WARNING ! DANGER WILL ROBINSON!

    LOL. b-a-n-a-n-a-s


  181. dundar:

    I don’t know if you’re joking or not, but if you don’t believe me, look it up yourself.


  182. mary leon: don’t you get tired of repeating that same old huffington post, daily kos garbage? do you even bother to entertain the idea that you are being lied to by leftists with an agenda. i am sorry, but if you are truly 47 years old, i don’t know how you made it this far in life with such idiotic thoughts, ravings, ideas, and imaginations.

    here is a thought; your family has you on medications and you refuse to take them, right?


  183. July 3, 2008
    Buyer’s remorse? Part Two

    Earlier today, John wondered how many Democrats who voted for Barack Obama on the theory that he was a staunch antiwar candidate are having second thoughts. It’s a legitimate question, and it extends beyond the Iraq war. In fact, it turns out that an “internet petition” has been launched to pressure Obama to flip back to opposing legislation that would immunize telecommunications companies that participated in the Bush administration’s warrantless intercept surveillance program.

    The interesting question is not whether Obama will continue to tack towards the center as a candidate — that’s a virtual certainty. The interesting question is what he’ll do if elected president.

    It’s almost certain Obama won’t satisfy his leftist supporters when it comes to foreign, defense, and security policy. That’s mostly because Obama is far too intelligent to embrace leftist indifference to obvious national security concerns.

    Thus, for reasons of pragmatism, Obama will be quite keen, for example, to prevent a successful attack on the homeland. Indeed, I suspect that Obama’s current position with respect to surveillance of terrorists (including suits against companies that cooperate in that surveillance) is not just the product of strategic political thinking but also a reflection of what he’d like to be able to do as president. Let’s hope so. Odds are that McCain will win this election handily, but in the event Obama pulls out a long shot – don’t expect him to be swinging left on policy.


  184. martha, I still have ‘free speech’ so I’ll wish you, Percy, dundar and everyone else here a Happy 4th of July.

    PS. Don’t play with fire crackers!


  185. Hi Mr. Turley…..Something has been nagging at me during all this FISA/telecom immunity crap, because it was missing, but I couldn’t figure out what it was. Till now. Given your status as a scholar of constitutional law, I’m curious as to your thoughts.
    Specifically, what’s been missing is the fact that the congress is going to be passing an unconstitutional act of law.
    And no one has been commenting on that fact, especially not Obama, the former law professor.
    In Article I/Section 8 of the Constitution it quite clearly states that “No bill of attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.”
    A law that grants immunity for crimes, after the fact of the crimes, is–by definition–an ex post facto law. Which same the congress is banned from passing.
    Any ideas as to why everyone is acting as if the law-to-be is constitutional? You’d think that its blatantly unconstitutional status would be obvious to the meanest intelligence.
    Cheers!
    Rob


  186. Rob,

    This may answer your question, in that it explains how your excellent point is “gotten around” by the wording in the law.

    http://www.aclu.org/safefree/general/35636leg20080612.html

    Jill


  187. rob, obviously, you don’t know what you are talking about.


  188. arlington virginia real estate…

    Now is the time to invest in US property, Don’t abandon it, invest in it….


  189. I would like to know where I may email a personal note to Jonathan. I am an old family friend who knew him personally when we were both adolescents. I just read what I think was a recent reference to his mother’s driving and, while I don’t necessarily recall the out-of-body experience, I do remember the car–a Mercedes– I think dark, like dark green or black. As I recall, it was perhaps my first ride in a Mercedes, which may be why I remember it.

    I hope your mother is well. Mine, as you may have heard, passed on about 10 years ago in Florida.

    For that matter, I hope the whole family is well. I imagine the family has become a large extended family since I was in your family’s house back in the 70′s.

    Anyway, I have seen Jonathan on television for several years now and always thought it would be nice to say, “hello.”

    I am proud of your accomplishments. I remember you as a very funny kid who entertained my family during his visits.

    Take it easy,

    Kurt “K.C.” Moser
    (formerly of Arlington Heights, IL now residing in Los Angeles (Van Nuys), CA)
    kacemo@adelphia.net


  190. Sorry :-( I didn’t realize that would post directly to the blog. -KC


  191. KC, Turley is still funny when he is on Countdown. A regular riot.


  192. Welcome, Rob and K.C. Don’t mind martha h too much. She is a troll who probably is paid to come here and slime everyone. Too bad she’s part of the Neo-Con crowd–what a boring, power-hungry empty pathetic existence she must have.

    The latest news out of Iraq:

    Al-Maliki and the Iraqi government have been in talks with the US to draw up a Short Term agreement (can’t call it a TREATY, if Bush does that, then the treaty has to be approved by Congress, and he’s not about to let them have that power to deny it) because the UN mandate calls for all foreign Occupiers to be out of Iraq by this year, December 31, 2008. BUT now the Iraqis are TELLING Bush that they will NOT sign a Long Term agreement, AND they want the US to set a timetable for the troops to leave, after the Iraqi military gains control of the various districts.

    Let’s see–as I recall Bush has said that when the Iraqis ask us to leave, we WILL leave. Now I read that Bush is against ANY type of US withdrawal, ANY kind of timetables. Well, Bush, YOU said that we would leave Iraq when the Iraqis want us to–so you have NO other option but to agree to their request. If you defy the Iraqi government on this point, not only will you get not get an ‘agreement’ but you will be showing your true colors of your delusional “Project for the New American Century” agenda of world domination by the US ‘Empire”.


  193. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for taking those intrusive and annoying pop-ups down! For what it’s worth, you have another loyal, guaranteed regular reader. And while I’m at it, thank you for standing up for our Constitution. Someone sure needs to…


  194. Why do Congressional Democrats fear free speech?

    posted at 6:30 pm on July 8, 2008

    Efforts in both chambers of Congress have Republicans wondering why Democrats seem to fear free speech. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) has proposed limitations on how Representatives can post information to the Internet in a time when we should be demanding more transparency, not less. According to a source in the Senate, Dianne Feinstein has begun her own campaign to force Senators to seek permission before communicating over the Internet.
    Soren Dayton at The Next Right has the story from the House:
    In typical fashion, House Democrats are trying to pass rules that stifle debate and require regulation. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) sent a letter to the Chairman of the Committee on House Administraion Kevin Brady. The letter is a response to a debate about whether the House should allow members to use YouTube, first raised by Rep. Kevin McCarthy back in April. …
    Well, Capuano’s proposal is a disaster. It creates a list of sites, maintained by the Committee on House Administration that members are allowed to post material. Except, those sites have a caveat:
    To the maximum extent possible, official content should not be posted on a website or page where it may appear with commercial or political information or any other information not in compliance with the House’s content guidelines.
    In the Senate, the problem gets even worse. Feinstein (D-CA) would have the Rules Committee act as a censor board, forcing members to get approval for the act of communicating on external websites. Further, it would appear that the Feinstein proposal would attempt to exercise editorial control over these sites, at least indirectly.
    As my source put it, these are the key issues:
    Under their scheme, the Senate Rules Committee would become the Internet speech police for everyone in the Senate.
    It will be up to the committee to “sanction” which websites and forms of communication they deem appropriate.
    The Rules Committee thus gets to pick winners and losers among various websites in terms of which are appropriate for use.
    The Rules Committee would get to regulate communication through any site not ending in “senate.gov,” which would include sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
    Further, this could jeopardize guest posts at sites like RedState and Townhall.
    The Rules Committee would require senators to moderate “any public commentary” which would likely mean regulating comments on guest posts and YouTube videos, among other things.
    It also raises a number of questions:
    Would this rule extend beyond comments to posts on the site?
    Would it affect Slatecard & BlogAds?
    How about something like The Ed Morrissey Show, which has a live chatroom? Would that have to be moderated?
    The Rules Committee would get to act as the “Content KGB” since it can require the removal of content in violation of Senate Rules. And who determines what’s in violation? The Rules Committee.
    There are no similar controls on any other form of communication with the public, such as publishing op-eds in newspapers or appearing on radio or television.
    The sudden interest in silencing Congress goes right along with the brand-new 9% approval rating the Democratic leadership has earned Congress. Imagine how much worse it will get when they gag their members and force an end to communication through policy sites, blogs, and Internet media.
    Want to ask Feinstein what she’s thinking? Be sure to e-mail her through her website or call the Senate Rules Committee at 202-224-6352 to express your support for free speech and transparency. Ask them what they have to hide that the 9% of Americans who still support them shouldn’t find out.
    Update: And let’s not forget Feinstein’s other policy goal —


  195. I have a question for JT.

    Is there going to be a point in the future at which you ask MSNBC if there will ever be an opposing viewpoint to the far left chatter you and the other 5 steadies on the show blather about?????

    Heck, if Bill Oreilly can immediately have someone on his show almost everynight to challenge him on his viewpoint; why can’t MSNBC?

    Almost every night 10 minutes into Bill Oreilly’s show, after he speaks his opnion, he brings someone on with the opposing viewpoint to challenge him.

    What is MSNBC, or more importantly, YOU JT, afraid to have opposing viewpoints? Can’t find one in your small liberal world?????


  196. Obama answers McCain on deficit with a SHRUG!

    posted at 8:31 pm on July 8, 2008

    John McCain pledged yesterday to balance the budget by 2013. Barack Obama responded by claiming that it can’t be balanced, and he can’t be bothered to try:

    Not only does Obama say he won’t eliminate the deficit in his first term, as McCain aims to do, he frankly says he’s not sure he’d bring it down at all in four years, considering his own spending plans.

    “I do not make a promise that we can reduce it by 2013 because I think it is important for us to make some critical investments right now in America’s families,” Obama told reporters this week when asked if he’d match McCain’s pledge.

    Democrats have complained for years about the Bush administration deficits. In fact, they routinely use that as one argument against the Iraq war, claiming that it has exploded the deficit. Now are the Democrats about to say that the deficit is of no consequence at all, and that spending shouldn’t rely on financing? They insisted on pay-go in 2007, although they broke their own rules in the 2008 budget.

    There is a large difference between the McCain and Obama spending plans. Obama would add almost $300 billion in new spending each year, while McCain would add less than $20 billion, and McCain has at least outlined cuts to balance them. The difference becomes more significant with Obama’s stated indifference to the deficit, now and in the future.

    This time, Obama won’t just execute a flip-flop for himself. He’s about to force the entire party to do a 180 on deficit spending. When do the backflips cease with Obama?


  197. I knew your father in Chatham, New York and did a few favors for him: one day he ran out of gas on the way to the office and I took a can of gas to him on the road. It is good to know there are defenders of freedom and the constitution hard at work. Thanks!


  198. Anyone else having fun scrolling thru martha’s posts?

    Mr. Turley,

    Thanks again for your non-partisan opinions. I was glad to hear you call out both parties on the FISA fiasco. The republicons may be the worst offenders in breaking the laws, but the democrats are enablers and culpable. I am very sad today.


  199. I believe I shall report martha h for plagarizing other people’s spoken or written words. Come on, martha, use your own talking points, not others!


  200. Obama Flip-Flops on FISA

    Standing with his party’s hard-left wing through the primary season, Barack Obama consistently opposed granting immunity to telecoms who cooperated with the federal government’s foreign terrorist surveillance program in the years after September 11. Obama went even farther by vowing to oppose any cloture motion on the FISA reform bill as long as it included telecom immunity. Jake Tapper has assembled the quotes, including this one from Obama’s Senate office in December:

    Senator Obama unequivocally opposes giving retroactive immunity to telecommunication companies and has cosponsored Senator Dodd’s efforts to remove that provision from the FISA bill. Granting such immunity undermines the constitutional protections Americans trust the Congress to protect. Senator Obama supports a filibuster of this bill, and strongly urges others to do the same….Senator Obama will not be among those voting to end the filibuster.
    Like everything Barack Obama says, that pledge was operative only as long as it was in Obama’s political interest. Last month, he announced a change in position. He still favored the Dodd amendment to strip telecom immunity from the act, but said he would now vote in favor of cloture and in favor of final passage of the FISA reform bill.

    Today, the FISA bill came up for a series of votes in the Senate. Consistent with the new position he announced last month, Obama voted for the Dodd amendment, to delete telecom immunity from the act. The Dodd amendment failed, 66-32. Later came the cloture vote, the one on which Obama had pledged to vote “No.” Obama voted “Yes.” He then voted with the 69-28 majority in favor of the act.

    There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth over Obama’s flip-flop on the Left. The Associated Press wailed and gnashed its teeth a bit over the bill’s passage, as well. This is how the AP began its story on the Senate vote:

    Bowing to President Bush’s demands, the Senate sent the White House a bill Wednesday overhauling bitterly disputed rules on secret government eavesdropping and shielding telecommunications companies from lawsuits complaining they helped the U.S. spy on Americans.
    The Senate “bowed to President Bush’s demands” in a 69-28 vote? In a parallel universe, the AP might have begun its story, “The Senate voted today, enthusiastically and overwhelmingly, to continue President Bush’s program of keeping Americans safe by spying on terrorists overseas.” But that’s not a world any of us are likely to live long enough to see.

    powerline blog.


  201. Good News from Iraq:

    Al-Maliki has announced that before the US makes any kind of agreement with Iraq that the US has to follow a timetable set by Iraq.

    Bush says that we will leave when the US generals decide the conditions on the ground are good and he will not follow any timetable.

    I say: let the Iraqis make their own decisions. After all, it’s THEIR country!

    to russ, martha, Percy, etc…

    powerline blog–whoopie, two lawyers write a right-wing blog and you copy their work. Why can’t any of you repubs write your OWN words?

    Me, I write what I feel and what I believe. I don’t need to go to any other website or blog and write, word for word, what someone else has said or written.

    Can’t you think for yourselves and write something original to support your warped views?


  202. Wow, Senator Obama was sure quick to accept Jesse Jackson’s apology over threatening to cut a physical attribute of Senator Obama’s off if he didn’t stop “talking down black people”.

    I wonder if a weak kneed PRESIDENT Obama will be so quick to run out and jump to accept an Achmadinejad’s “apology” after threatening to blow New York City off the face of the earth a couple years down the road.

    We don’t need a WEAK man protecting a nation of 330 million people do we? Even Jesse Jackson’s SON was tougher on his father than Obama was; maybe the party nominated the wrong man for President, maybe it should have been a strong Jesse Jackson Junior, a man obviously not afraid of even his own father.


  203. Ask a Republican a question, get a response about “weak kneed” and “talking down black people”.

    Big Deal, russ. Jackson is just jealous of Barack because Jackson is getting to be an old fart and doesn’t hold sway on anyone anymore.

    So, did you think up this about Barack all by yourself, or did you write this from a blog or website?

    Oh, I know you won’t answer this question, but, russ–when are YOU going to Iraq to fight for your president?

    Oh, one more thing: are you going to leave the United States when Barack Obama becomes President?


  204. JT was on with the FAMOUS DAVID SHUSTER TONIGHT!

    On September 24, 2007, Shuster interviewed Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn while filling in on Tucker Carlson’s show.[1] When Shuster asked about her response to the MoveOn.org ad campaign concerning General David Petraeus’s Iraq war testimony, he followed up by then asking her the name of the last soldier from her congressional district who had been killed in Iraq; she was not able to name the soldier. Shuster mentioned that it was 18-year-old Jeremy Bohannon, and asked Blackburn why she was not able to recall the name. However, Bohannon was not actually from Blackburn’s congressional district, but had grown up in the congressional district of Rep. John Tanner.

    That interview was not the first time Shuster has sparked controversy.

    Shuster has been criticized for inserting political commentary into his coverage of news stories. One incident occurred on May 8, 2006, when he cited attorneys familiar with the CIA leak investigation and proclaimed, “I am convinced that Karl Rove will, in fact, be indicted”[2] in relation to the Plame affair. A month later, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who had always indicted grand jury figures referred to as “person A,” announced that Rove would not be indicted.

    On February 7, 2008, while hosting an MSNBC program, Shuster discussed Chelsea Clinton’s campaigning for her mother Hillary Clinton, her efforts to influence superdelegates, and her refusal to answer any questions by the media. When his guest, Bill Press, pointed out that Bush’s daughters campaigned for their father, Shuster noted the different access rules in each case and responded:

    “There’s just something a little bit unseemly to me that Chelsea’s out there calling up celebrities, saying support my mom … doesn’t it seem like Chelsea’s sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?”

    The Clinton campaign demanded an apology and stated that Clinton might not participate in any further debates on MSNBC. Shuster was suspended from all NBC News and MSNBC appearances for his comments. Before the suspension Shuster had engaged in a heated e-mail exchange with a Clinton staffer in which he defended his remarks. Shuster’s long suspension from on-air duties ended on February 22, 2008.

    On February 9, 2008, a blogger posted that Phil Griffin, senior vice president at the network, threatened to fire Shuster for not having apologized; Meet the Press host Tim Russert intervened with Griffin on Shuster’s behalf.


  205. Mr. Turley,

    On a recent “Countdown” you had commented about the protection for the telecoms and referred to the Founders and how they would be appalled by this attack on the Fourth Amendment. Every time I hear the Founders referenced as to what they would think or feel I am shocked- especially when stated by a lawyer and my understanding of “hear-say.” Admittedly not an expert, I would bet (if it were legal in California) there would be much of our present-day America the Founders would find contrary to their vision. Regardless, after reading your posted biography I applaud your involvement in defining our laws despite often views to the contrary.

    Best of luck on the site.

    Thank you.


  206. russ:

    I knew you wouldn’t answer my questions, but I didn’t know you’d start a “kill David Shuster” campaign.

    I saw “Verdict” last night and I agree with Mr. Turley about the telecoms getting immunity and your president Bush getting away with more crimes.

    I know that when Barack Obama is President he will have to go through all the various laws, by-laws, signing statements, etc… that Bush did and have his assistants find out what is and isn’t Legal. (My guess is that 99.999% of everything that Bush approved is ILLEGAL). This will take Months and Months of work to try and go back and correct all this Illegal activity.

    I also know Barack Obama voted in favor of this sham of a FISA bill, but he has said that, since there is so little time left before Bush is given his walking papers out of the White House, that Barack will be starting on his long job of fixing our broken government. I’m sure this FISA bill will be one of the first things addressed, right after Barack agrees with Iraq to end this Illegal Bush Invasion.

    Have a good weekend…


  207. Mary Leon. You write FISA will be one of the first things addressed by Barack……LOL! Ya, I bet right up there with going back to his bank and asking them to INCREASE his loan rate!

    You might be interested in this, I think it is the tip of the iceberg for Barack. He is as corrupt if not more than your average politician:

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/

    Judicial Watch Files Senate, FEC Complaints against Barack Obama over Questionable Mortgage Loan

    Northern Trust Allegedly Provided Obama Special Discounts on “Super Super Jumbo” Home Loan

    Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has filed separate complaints with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee against Senator Barack Obama for allegedly accepting a below-market rate mortgage loan in 2005 not available to the general consumer.


  208. By the way Mary Leon, for every Jonathan Turley on MSNBC, long noted as a joke for any balance, there are a dozen others more versed in law that KNOW this Rove chase is a big fat JOKE!:::

    In Defense of Karl Rove
    July 11, 2008 – 5:11 pm

    It seems the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee is trying to obtain information from Mr. Rove concerning the firing of several U.S. Attorneys by the President. Now the President has the right to fire any U.S. attorney. (This isn’t the teachers union!) In fact, Bill Clinton fired I think the figure is 94, U.S. attorneys and Mr. Clinton’s staff was not subjected to any subpoenas. As they shouldn’t have been.

    So, what does Mr. Rove know that the Committee Members want him to repeat under oath? Absolutely nothing. Do the House members think that Mr. Rove will assert that the President fired some of the U.S. attorneys because he does not agree with their political philosophy? No. Are they being barraged with phone calls and emails by their respective constituencies wondering what Mr. Rove knows? Of course not. If the President wants to fire 500 U.S. attorneys, it IS his right to do so. I will go so far as to say that if President Bush fired all of the U.S. attorneys because they disagree with his political philosophy, so what?

    Let me remind the American public that WE voted for President Bush and WE respect the right of the President to make an executive decision. That’s his job. If the American public wants a new President, guess what? We have that opportunity every four years. It’s called America, not Russia.

    Mr. Rove has offered to answer questions posed by the Committee to get to the bottom of whatever it is they want from Mr. Rove, but the Committee has rejected Mr. Rove’s offer. Why? Because an informal question and answer session will NOT embarrass the President. It is Rep. John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, and Rep. Linda Sanchez, a California Democrat that are pursuing Mr. Rove. Please, if either of these Democrats are YOUR representative, by all means, contact them, and ask them to concentrate on keeping their own jobs of working for the PEOPLE, and stop wasting your tax payer dollars on attempting to embarrass the President.


  209. Newsweek Poll: Obama drops like a rockposted at 6:53 pm on July 11, 2008

    Newsweek’s poll surprised many by showing a huge gap between Barack Obama and John McCain, with the Democratic nominee-apparent enjoying a 15-point lead over the Republican.

    One month later, Obama has lost all of the momentum and has dropped into a virtual tie with McCain. The latest Newsweek poll shows Obama up 44-41, within the margin of error:

    A month after emerging victorious from the bruising Democratic nominating contest, some of Barack Obama’s glow may be fading. In the latest NEWSWEEK Poll, the Illinois senator leads Republican nominee John McCain by just 3 percentage points, 44 percent to 41 percent. The statistical dead heat is a marked change from last month’s NEWSWEEK Poll, where Obama led McCain by 15 points, 51 percent to 36 percent.

    Obama’s rapid drop comes at a strategically challenging moment for the Democratic candidate. Having vanquished Hillary Clinton in early June, Obama quickly went about repositioning himself for a general-election audience–an unpleasant task for any nominee emerging from the pander-heavy primary contests and particularly for a candidate who’d slogged through a vigorous primary challenge in most every contest from January until June. Obama’s reversal on FISA legislation, his support of faith-based initiatives and his decision to opt out of the campaign public-financing system left him open to charges he was a flip-flopper. In the new poll, 53 percent of voters (and 50 percent of former Hillary Clinton supporters) believe that Obama has changed his position on key issues in order to gain political advantage.

    More seriously, some Obama supporters worry that the spectacle of their candidate eagerly embracing his old rival, Hillary Clinton, and traveling the country courting big donors at lavish fund-raisers, may have done lasting damage to his image as an arbiter of a new kind of politics. This is a major concern since Obama’s outsider credentials, have, in the past, played a large part in his appeal to moderate, swing voters. In the new poll, McCain leads Obama among independents 41 percent to 34 percent, with 25 percent favoring neither candidate. In June’s NEWSWEEK Poll, Obama bested McCain among independent voters, 48 percent to 36 percent.

    There is a definite momentum away from Obama, especially within the independents. June’s poll, taken only three weeks ago, had Obama ahead by 12 points, 48-36. Obama has lost a whopping 14 points among independents and now trails McCain, 34-41. “Undecided/Other” rose among independents from 16% in June to 25% in July, which likely shows flirtation with third-party candidates such as Ralph Nader and Bob Barr — but some went to McCain as well.


  210. One last comment before the weekend:

    russ:

    As far as Barack Obama, we shall see what happens. We can only live one day at a time. I’m just hoping he’s elected President, Bush gets what he deserves–a prison sentence for war crimes, (Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Rove, Gonzo, etc…) I have no more power to make these things happen than you do.

    And why do you come here to post on Mr. Turley’s website if you don’t respect him or are interested in his views? Seems to me like you’re wasting our time here…


  211. on 1, July 11, 2008 at 11:40 pm Carla Anderson

    Dear Professor Turley,

    You have captured us here in our home. I stop whatever I am doing when you are on, and have my children watch you later on Tivo. When you speak we learn so much about our Constitution, and how wonderful our rights are, and how evil it is for those who wish to restrict our rights. You are the truest Patriot – and we very much appreciate your sharing your knowledge in such a clear and approachable way – our family will follow you!

    Respectfully,
    Carla


  212. Rumor had it that Barack Obama would release his June fundraising numbers yesterday.

    John McCain released his two days ago and raised a huge amount.

    So far today, no release of information has come across the wires or at Obama’s website.

    Does Team Obama have bad news they want to bury far into a weekend cycle?

    Maybe Obama is going to FLIP FLOP on campaign finance and decide to change his mind & take public financing after changing his mind & deciding to take private financing after telling America he would take public financing…..


  213. A commander-in-chief who fears the military?

    July 12, 2008

    John McCain has accepted an invitation to appear at a nationally-televised town hall meeting next month organized by a coalition of support organizations. Despite pleas from the group, Barack Obama has refused to appear at the same event, underscoring his desire to avoid extemporaneous exchanges with John McCain, especially on military matters in which he has no experience at all.

    The Fort Hood group has offered to change dates, but Obama remains obstinate.

    Carissa Picard, managing director of the Fort Hood Presidential Town Hall Consortium, said she had suggested Aug. 11 and asked the campaign to suggest other dates if that was not convenient, but after several conversations she had not been able to work anything out. “I’m having extreme difficulty getting the Obama campaign to commit to this event, and we do not understand why,” said Ms. Picard, whose husband is deployed in Iraq. “We made it very clear to them that if they would commit to the event, we would work with them on dates.”

    On a number of occasions, Obama challenged McCain to debate foreign policy and the war, “anywhere, any time”. Hmmmm.


  214. The U.S. is on the way toward transitioning away from over-reliance on fossil fuels, pursuing every source of energy out there –solar, nuclear, clean coal, wind, biofuels, hydrogen, shale. We need it all.

    But we’ve built up an infrastructure over 100 years that must be relied upon as we make the change to renewable sources. Congress has to get out of the way and allow the U.S. to develop its resources for that infrastructure – or we’re headed towards economic catastrophe.

    A number of Democratic officeholders have heard from their constituents, and they know they desperately need to vote to expand energy exploration. But their leadership is making sure they cannot.

    You can feel the Democratic solidarity on this fragmenting. One of two scenarios is likely. Either the leadership wakes up and allows expanded development – in Alaska, outer continental shelf, shale – or I suspect Republicans are going to do a great deal better in this fall’s elections than most pundits now assume.


  215. Hey, russ, what are your thoughts about the book that will be published next week that has the official Red Cross findings that the CIA, through Bush, HAS committed torture on prisoners?

    I’ve even heard that if we don’t start Impeachment against Cheney and then Bush, the World Court might decide to bring charges of War Crimes against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc…

    Our own Congress won’t do anything, because Pelosi and lots of others are also guilty of war crimes. The only person who has enough guts to say anything has always been Rep. Dennis Kucinich. God Love him.

    In 2002, Bush signed some kind of act that would allow him and any of his administration to ignore any subpoena from the World Court. (way back then, Bush KNEW he was doing wrong, and he tried to ‘cover all his bases’). BUT I know that the majority in the world would welcome any kind of trial for this evil administration, so Big Deal about Bush trying to ignore any subpoena. He won’t be able to hide forever on his 100,000 acres in Paraguay. Cheney has a bigger spread, right down the road from Bush.

    How are you going to feel, knowing that you support WAR CRIMINALS???


  216. mary leon:

    LOL! Ya try them in the famous WORLD COURT! What a rip roaring joke and now you 1 percenters really think it COULD happen.

    Let’s see now; the WORLD COURT has not brought a single third world murderous dictator to justice but BY GOD the WORLD COURT is going to put a UNITED STATES PRESIDENT in JAIL for freeing countries from tyranny!

    Ya, that will get you all a lot of votes in the next election. GO FER IT! LOL!

    I can’t stop laughing..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! world COURT! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    hahahahahahhahahhhhhhhhhhhhahahaahahahahaahhah,,world court…lahahahahahaaahahahahahhaheeheeehahchahaeehhheeeeeeeeehhaww!

    Say, I see Obama is TANKING EVERYWHERE! Even the Germans want Obama to stay out of Germany, the smart ones anyway.


  217. According to the NYT, you two percenters are getting restless about Obama……..::

    In the breathless weeks before the Oregon presidential primary in May, Martha Shade did what thousands of other people here did: she registered as a Democrat so she could vote for Senator Barack Obama.
    Now, however, after critics have accused Mr. Obama of shifting positions on issues like the war in Iraq, the Bush administration’s program of wiretapping without warrants, gun control and the death penalty — all in what some view as a shameless play to a general election audience — Ms. Shade said she planned to switch back to the Green Party.
    “I’m disgusted with him,” said Ms. Shade, an artist. “I can’t even listen to him anymore. He had such an opportunity, but all this ‘audacity of hope’ stuff, it’s blah, blah, blah. For all the independents he’s going to gain, he’s going to lose a lot of progressives.”

    I see no transformational quality to either Obama or his candidacy. Obama said he was a new kind of politician. He sold an entire younger generation on the theory of change, a new kind of politics in Washington and he’s delivered the status quo. He’s shown us that on FISA, the death penalty, guns, religion, Iraq, Afghanistan and trade policy (so far) he’s all about preserving the status quo and not rocking the boat in his quest for votes. How much more “politics as usual” can you get? … How does anyone know what Obama really believes or, even more problematic, what beliefs he’ll decide are worth expending political capital on once he’s elected?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/13/us/politics/13liberal.html?_r=2&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&oref=slogin&oref=slogin


  218. russ:

    You’re doing it again! You’re writing someone else’s comments; but at least you’re giving the source credit for it.

    Oh, by the way, the current commander-and-thief is the one who is afraid of our military. After all, he’s the one who was AWOL for over a year from the National Guard during the Vietnam War. Put that together with his veep *5 defferments* Cheney, and you have your two chicken-hawks.

    I wouldn’t laugh too much about the World Court not being able to get any leader guilty of war crimes just yet.

    Bush WILL pay for what he’s done to us, either here or in the next life…

    And YOU will pay for your supporting him, one way or another…


  219. russ:

    I ask you again:

    Why do you post on Mr. Turley’s website if you don’t respect him or are interested in his views? Seems to me like you’re wasting our time here…

    (Original Quote by ME)


  220. mary leon: I told you long ago that your favorite progressive, Larry Flynt the porno king, has a reward for $1,000,000 to anybody that can prove President Bush was AWOL from the National Guard. The offer has been out there for 5 years now and nobody can claim it because he wasn’t AWOL.


  221. russ:

    Just answer this following question:

    I ask you for the Third time:

    Why do you post on Mr. Turley’s website if you don’t respect him or are interested in his views? Seems to me like you’re wasting our time here…

    (Quote by ME)


  222. Will Kurtz Slam the L.A. Times Web Site for the Commenters Who Reveled in Tony Snow’s Death?

    Tomorrow there will be an online chat with Howard Kurtz at the Washington Post web site. You can leave questions or comments for him here. Here is the question I just left:

    Mr. Kurtz:

    When Ted Kennedy was diagnosed with a brain tumor, you made a special point of noting in your column that there were commenters at Michelle Malkin’s site “who were reveling in the news and, in one case, talked of celebrating.”

    Over the weekend, Tony Snow died. At the L.A. Times web site — where comments must be approved before they appear — well over 2 dozen commenters reveled in the news. Some examples:
    “CANCER WAS TOO GOOD FOR HIM. HOPE IT WAS PAINFUL. NOW FOR THE REST OF THIS SCUMMY ADMINISTRATION. COME ON CANCER, DO YOUR GOOD WORK………………..”
    “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the first day of a Tony Snow-free world! Yay!!!!”
    “I only wish his suffering were more prolonged.”
    “I hope he suffered at the end. Just a terrible person.”
    My question to you, Mr. Kurtz: is this worthy of mention in your column? Is it meaningful that one of the nation’s largest newspapers approved these comments for publication? Or are such comments relevant only when they appear on a conservative blogger’s site?
    http://hotair.com/archives/2008/07/13/will-kurtz-slam-the-la-times-web-site-for-the-commenters-who-reveled-in-tony-snows-death/


  223. russ:

    I ask you a simple question, three times already, and you Ignore it.

    You won’t face reality. You, russ, are guilty of supporting an administration that will be facing War Crimes, whether here on earth or in another place and time (Yes, I’m talking about Heaven. I can be a pro-life Independent AND a Christian at the same time, you know). You DON’T want to face this fact, because if you do, then you know you will be guilty of sending our soldiers to Iraq, to die and be injured for Life, whether Physically or Mentally–all because of a LIE.

    Haven’t you read the “Project for the New American Century”? Haven’t you read what the Neo-Con plans were? William Kristol is the author of this piece of evil, supported by Cheney, Rumsfeld and Jeb Bush, amongst others who signed their souls to the devil, as far as I’m concerned, to try to force everyone on earth to follow the “American Neo-Con Empire”; starting with the Middle East.

    Sorry, russ, but I can’t help you when you finally face facts. You and millions of others will have to Live with what you’ve ALL done to us, to our soldiers and to the Innocent Iraqi civilians by following that warped man in the White House. There will be PLENTY of Democrats in Congress that will be facing facts along with you, for their silent approval of Bush’s crimes.

    May the Lord keep you all from going crazy with guilt and grief…


  224. Hello Professor Turley,

    I am not a law student nor am I a college student. I am a junior in highschool and because of the speech you gave at the June 9 2008 NYLF Law I am 100% sure that I would like to pursue a career in law. I truly appreciate the way you presented the speech, it made the message one hundred percent more enjoyable. As soon as I was able to call my mom at the conclusion of the speech I was like “Mom this Professor is amazing.” Of course i had to tell her about how ministers can add the extra “D” to God and also about how when you know that the defendent is guilty and you have to have a bottle or two of wine and realize what your job is. Those two really made me laugh. Even the “If you eat sushi, raw fish, why can’t you try crime?” made me laugh until my stomach hurt. I would just like to say thank you so much because I was a little skeptical because of my shyness but you inspired me to step out of my box and its okay to be funny and have a fun character.

    Once again thank you!

    Sincerely,

    Andrea C.


  225. University apologizes to student after accusing him of … “openly reading” a bookposted at 7:33 pm on July 15, 2008 by Allahpundit

    Behold the ne plus ultra of campus tolerance, in which the act of reading scholarly material now constitutes an actionable offense. Our culprit? A student-janitor named Keith Sampson.

    His weapon? “Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan.” The charge? Racial harassment, for thoughtlessly brandishing this anti-Klan book with an image of Klansmen on the cover where others might see it.

    The AP story describes what happens next, but to get the full Orwellian flavor you need to read Dorothy Rabinowitz’s op-ed. Quote:
    Mr. Sampson stood accused of “openly reading the book related to a historically and racially abhorrent subject in the presence of your Black co-workers.” The statement, signed by chief affirmative action officer Lillian Charleston, asserted that her office had completed its investigation of the charges brought by Ms. Nakea William, his co-worker – that Mr. Sampson had continued, despite complaints, to read a book on this “inflammatory topic.”…
    Ludicrous harassment cases are not rare at our institutions of higher learning. But there was undeniably something special – something pure, and glorious – in the clarity of this picture. A university had brought a case against a student on grounds of a book he had been reading.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2008/07/15/university-apologizes-to-student-after-accusing-him-of-openly-reading-a-book/


  226. JONATHAN,

    SHOULDN’T THE NEW FISA BILL BE CONTESTED BY YOU BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT, IT IS CLEARLY UNCONSITITUTIONAL?

    THANK YOU,
    DAN BERGSTROM…
    SEATTLE, WA…


  227. Turley:

    Someone said they saw you were on Countdown again without anybody to debate your extreme positions.

    Is it because you are buddies with Keith Olbermann that he permits you to come on the national tv without rebuttal?

    I find it disturbing that you would be fearful of actually having someone debate you one on one.


  228. MARTHA H,

    I FIND IT VERY DISTURBING THAT YOU HAVE AN OBJECTION TO JONATHAN WANTING TO PROTECT AND PERSERVE OUR CONSTITUTION AGAINST AN ADMINISTRATION WHO HAS CLEARLY VIOLATED IT!

    THANKS,
    DAN BERGSTROM…
    SEATTLE, WA…


  229. dan b:

    I find it very disturbing that you do not believe in the innocent until proven guilty aspect of our judicial system. I guess you have made up your mind that the administration has “clearly violated” our Constitution despite the absolute EVIDENCE that anything of that sort occurred; except in the minds of the dead enders that infest left wing blogs.


  230. martha h:

    The fact that the Administration won’t let the truth be proven should give even you some pause, martha h. Let me know when you evolve from apparatchik to citizen.


  231. Welcome, Dan,

    Just ignore martha h, russ, percy, and any Neo-Cons that post messages here. They have NO respect for Mr. Turley’s website; in fact I wonder why they bother to come here and post incredibly idiotic and hypocritical remarks.

    Mr. Turley is a Professor of the US Constitution and knows the laws thoroughly. I have even sent a suggestion letter to Sen. Barack Obama’s website, stating that Mr. Turley should be considered a nominee for the US Supreme Court, if the opportunity ever arises. He is such a learned scholar and can make decisions based on LAW, NOT on Neo-Con baloney.

    When the TRUTH comes out, then martha h, russ, percy and the rest of the Neo-Cons will owe us an apology. Everything Bush has done using the name of our country will be because of these people who voted for him and gave him their silent approval of Invading Iraq, and killing our US soldiers and Innocent Iraqis and changing our laws by shredding the US Constitution, Especially the first 10 ‘Bill of Rights’.

    I’m glad you, me, mezpo and others agree with Mr. Turley. He knows the TRUTH and so do we.


  232. I am starting to think mary leon, raf, mespo, etc are all JT alter ego’s meant to come here to stroke his own ego!

    That wouldn’t surprise me a bit, no sirree, wouldn’t surprise me a bit.. Certainly when one insists on not having an opposing view for debate when you appear on a ridiculous low rated in-the-tank-for-Obama show such as countdown, that raises the suspicion bar.


  233. martha h,

    No, I’m a real person.

    Why do you come here to post vile messages?

    Why do you disrespect Mr. Turley so much?

    Why don’t you go join Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly’s websites?

    We don’t need you, russ, percy, or any other Neo-Con here; so get lost.


  234. 52 seconds on why Obama won’t win the November election:

    3,000,000 hits so far.

    In the video Obama pronounces a McGovernite credo like a catechism:

    I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems…

    …I will not weaponize space…

    …I will slow development of future combat systems…

    …I will institute a “Defense Priorities Board” to ensure the quadrennial defense review is not used to justify unnecessary spending…

    …I will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons…

    …I will not develop nuclear weapons…

    …I will seek a global ban on the development of fissile material…

    …I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair-trigger alert and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenals…

    NOT surprising Obama has not been asked about his statements by the media is it? This guy Obama is preparing to surrender America!


  235. Iraqis Differ on Obama’s Plans

    As Candidate’s Visit Nears, Residents Worry on Troop Pullout

    Washington Post Foreign Service
    Saturday, July 19, 2008; Page A07

    BAGHDAD, July 18 — As Sen. Barack Obama prepares for his first ever visit to Iraq, Iraqis are worried over his plan to withdraw U.S. combat troops in 16 months should he be elected president.

    “Iraq will be in hell, and we will find ourselves at the gates of civil war,” said Maied Rashed al-Nuaemi, a provincial council member in Mosul, a city in northern Iraq where Iraqi forces are battling the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq. “The American presence in Iraq is the safety valve to keep this country quiet. If they withdraw, that will lead to calamity.”

    Perhaps more than any country in the world besides the United States, Iraq finds that its future is at stake in the presidential elections this November. And the single most important question Iraqis have for the next president is: How long will U.S. forces remain?

    While most Iraqis are against what they see as the continuing U.S. occupation, many also view the U.S. military as a bulwark against militias and extremists, as well as the growing regional influence of Iran.

    In polls, a majority of Iraqis say they want U.S. forces to leave, but only a tiny minority say they want the forces to leave immediately.

    Some of the more than two dozen Iraqis interviewed for this article said Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is naive in wanting to withdraw U.S. combat troops by the summer of 2010.

    “I think that Obama talks more than what he can accomplish, because reality differs from promises and dreams,” said Um Mohammed, 60, an engineer in Baghdad who declined to give her full name. “I think it is just a camouflage to reach the presidential chair.”

    Mohammed Sulaiman, 56, a retired government employee in Baghdad, said: “The proposal of Obama to pull out the troops by summer 2010 is foolish. If the United States withdraws from Iraq, I think its credibility among the international countries would collapse.”

    Most Iraqis interviewed appeared wary of setting a specific timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, although Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and senior politicians have said they want such a commitment from the Bush administration.

    “We need more training, as well as new and developed weapons and supplies. We also need modern and developed technology. The U.S. forces should withdraw gradually so our Iraqi forces can fill the gaps that the American forces will leave,” said Brig. Gen. Najim Abdullah, spokesman for the Iraqi National Police. “As to a timetable, I don’t think we should specify it now, because it is related to the logistical support and the ability of our Iraqi forces to handle their responsibility.”

    Several Iraqi army commanders said the country’s security forces would not be ready to stand on their own for at least several years.

    “Now we are only fighting the insurgency in our country, and we still need the support” of U.S.-led coalition forces, said Maj. Gen. Habeeb al-Husaini, commander of the Iraqi army’s 14th Division, whose forces control the cities of Amarah, Samawah and Nasiriyah in southern Iraq. “So how about if we want to defend the country from the external threats?”


  236. The Left is crowing about the time line BUT the truth is:

    Maliki: Obama’s 16-month timetable sounds goodposted at 12:15 pm on July 19, 2008

    “Interpreted” by Reuters as tacit evidence of Liberal Jesus’s foreign-policy sagacity.

    SPIEGEL: Would you hazard a prediction as to when most of the US troops will finally leave Iraq?

    Maliki: As soon as possible, as far as we’re concerned. US presidential candidate Barack Obama is right when he talks about 16 months. Assuming that positive developments continue, this is about the same time period that corresponds to our wishes.

    The unasked follow-up question: How about the 14-month timetable that Obama wanted to set in January 2007 to start pulling troops out before those positive developments could occur? How keen does that look in hindsight? To repeat a point made yesterday, the only reason a timetable or “time horizon” is arguably a responsible strategy now is because it was properly rejected as being irresponsible then. Maliki hints at that in another part of the interview:

    So far the Americans have had trouble agreeing to a concrete timetable for withdrawal, because they feel it would appear tantamount to an admission of defeat. But that isn’t the case at all. If we by good fortune & success now come to an agreement, it is not evidence of a defeat, but of a victory, of a severe blow we have inflicted on al-Qaida and the militias.

    Exactly, which at least partly explains why Bush is more willing to compromise now on some sort of informal schedule. Compare Maliki’s justification for the timetable to Obama’s justification in his big Iraq speech. The pacification of the country is almost incidental, something to congratulate Petraeus on and then quickly move past. To the extent conditions in Iraq seem to affect his rationale at all, he offers this: “In the 18 months since the surge began, as I warned at the outset – Iraq’s leaders have not made the political progress that was the purpose of the surge. They have not invested tens of billions of dollars in oil revenues to rebuild their country. They have not resolved their differences or shaped a new political compact.” I.e. it didn’t work, so let’s get out.

    Back to Maliki for a rebuttal:

    SPIEGEL: In your opinion, which factor has contributed most to bringing calm to the situation in the country?

    Maliki: There are many factors, but I see them in the following order. First, there is the political rapprochement we have managed to achieve in central Iraq. This has enabled us, above all, to pull the plug on al-Qaida. Second, there is the progress being made by our security forces. Third, there is the deep sense of abhorrence with which the population has reacted to the atrocities of al-Qaida and the militias. Finally, of course, there is the economic recovery.

    One more quote from the interview which I dare say won’t be making it into the inevitable Team Barry press release. The fact that Maliki thinks the war was good for Iraqis doesn’t mean it was good for America, needless to say, but Obama fans eager to exploit the timetable bit may want to mull this before baptizing his judgments with Absolute Moral Authority:

    SPIEGEL: Mr. Prime Minister, the war and its consequences have cost more than 100,000 lives and caused great suffering in your country. Saddam Hussein and his regime are now part of the past. Was all of this worth the price?

    Maliki: The casualties have been and continue to be enormous. But anyone who was familiar with the dictator’s nature and his intentions knows what could have been in store for us instead of this war. Saddam waged wars against Iran and Kuwait, and against Iraqis in the north and south of his own country, wars in which hundreds of thousands died. And he was capable of instigating even more wars. Yes, the casualties are great, but I see our struggle as an enormous effort to avoid other such wars in the future.
    For context, here’s Petraeus on MSNBC yesterday afternoon (before the Spiegel interview was published) responding to reports that Maliki wants a timetable. He fudges a bit with the “time horizon” terminology, but note well the point about domestic politics and assertions of sovereignty. Another “positive development.” Exit question: What do we do now with that NYT piece from the other day about Iraqis who love Obama for bringing Hope but pray that the U.S. security presence doesn’t Change?

    Update: Spend some time with this AP story about U.S. troops — who would have been reduced to a small Baker/Hamilton token force by now if Obama had had his way last year — helping Iraqi villagers rebuild after purging Al Qaeda. Quote: “It reveals how drastically American troops have shifted their focus from combat to helping Iraqis build on a newfound peace.


  237. In just 30 short years almost 20 MILLION children will be born free in Iraq thanks to GW Bush.

    and you low lifes here complain bitch & moan while sitting fat on your couch watching sports.


  238. martha h:

    I thought you’d gone over to Hannity or O’Reilly’s website.

    Your copy and pasting here is a waste of space.

    Get Lost, Loser!


  239. martha h:

    “In just 30 short years almost 20 MILLION children will be born free in Iraq thanks to GW Bush.”
    ******************

    Wonder what they would say to the 1.2 million or so Iraqis born alive but are now dead in just 5 short years because of GW Bush and his “mistaken” invasion? You may want to recheck with the Red Cross or Opinion Research Business in London, the figures are likely up by now. Maybe we and he should have stayed on the couch. Well he does have a problem with pretzels there doesn’t he:

    http://archives.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/01/14/bush.fainting/


  240. mespo:

    martha h is just so stubborn and ignorant when it comes to defending the clown in the White House.

    I wonder how much the Repub party pays her for coming to this website and pasting and copying stuff from her right-wing bible…


  241. Mary Leon:

    I like to think she is a Democratic plant serving as an inert bacteria into the blog that forces us to rise up against feigned stupidity like white blood cells in the body against disease. It’s makes more sense than the other alternative which is that someone is really that dumb!


  242. Instead of a gas-tax holiday, Congress considers gas-tax hike

    John McCain couldn’t convince Congress to adopt his gas-tax holiday, but Congress does plan on making some changes to the rate. Unfortunately, the change will go in the opposite direction, if Democrats get their wish. With Americans driving less, the highway fund faces even more severe shortfalls than expected from lost gas-tax revenue — and so the Democrats plan to hike it up by ten cents a gallon:

    Despite calls from the presidential campaign trail for a Memorial Day-to-Labor Day tax freeze, lawmakers quickly concluded — with a prod from the construction industry — that having $9 billion less to spend on highways could create a pre-election specter of thousands of lost jobs.

    Now, lawmakers quietly are talking about raising fuel taxes by a dime from the current 18.4 cents a gallon on gasoline and 24.3 cents on diesel fuel. …

    Oberstar, D-Minn., said his committee is working on the next long-term highway bill. He estimated it will take between $450 billion and $500 billion over six years to address safety and congestion issues with highways, bridges and transit systems.

    “We’ll put all things on the table,” Oberstar said, but the gas tax “is the cornerstone. Nothing else will work without the underpinning of the higher user fee gas tax.”

    The problem with the transportation bill isn’t a lack of funds, it’s a lack of fiscal discipline. Oberstar figures prominently in this, earmarking transportation funds for projects like bike and walking path, visitor centers, and other nonsense instead of focusing on the infrastructural needs he decries. Over twelve percent of the last transportation bill consisted of earmarks, with projects like a North Dakota peace garden, a Montana baseball stadium and a Las Vegas history museum.

    Pork is the cholesterol of infrastructure. Whenever Congress attempts to address legitimate infrastructure needs, it signals open season on the taxpayers. In that bill last year, over $8 billion got spent on earmarks — the same amount that Congress says will be the shortfall this year for transportation needs, and the deficit they need to erase by raising the gas tax.

    When gas was inexpensive, Congress could get away with that. Now that fuel prices have shot through the roof, taxpayers want relief, not a greedy Congress looking to get a piece of the action. If Congress demands sacrifice, then let it start with Congress and eliminate their pet projects from future transportation bills. The gas-tax holiday may be a silly idea, but a gas-tax penalty at this point in time has to set a record for political stupidity.


  243. hey, martha h:

    Tell us all about the “Project for the New American Century” and stop cutting and pasting from your right-wing sites…


  244. oh, yeah, another thing martha h:

    How are you Repubs going to pay off the $10 TRILLION debt your president is leaving us???

    I shouldn’t have to pay ONE DIME of the National Debt since I did NOT vote for that clown, and I did NOT approve of his Invasion of Iraq, nor any of his other Illegal decisions concerning ‘war on terror’, corporate welfare, tax breaks for the rich, everything for everyone who is a ‘have’ or ‘have more’, paid by us who don’t have much.

    So, you Repubs who approved everything he’s said and done the past 7+ years should foot the bill for his choices…


  245. Mary Leon:

    re: 10 Trillion dollar debt: You must mean the medicare social security PONZI schemes the Democrats shove on America for VOTES. Seems to me it should be the Democrats that solve that fiasco and the people that sold their votes for MY tax money should be ashamed.

    As far as your lunatic Bush Derangement Syndrome blather; History will show whether what we did in Iraq was good or bad for the region, but that History won’t be written for 50 years. I suggest you shut up and wait for that. Most in America know this was the right thing to do in Iraq, the only thing they are bothered about is why it took 5 years but of course since the Democrats were trying to LOSE the war for 3 years for Political gain, American will power was waining. Thank GOD we won in Iraq and GOD BLESS GW BUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now move to Canada………PLEASE! Or are you in Iran sipping tea and posting more BS while pretending to be Americans?????


  246. martha, martha, martha, LOL

    No, my dear, I’m not moving to Canada.

    Why won’t you answer me about the Project for the New American Century?
    Don’t you even know what it is? If you do, do you think it’s okay for the US to take over the world?

    You must have some stock in the oil wells, or else you are completely loony.

    Can’t you think for yourself?

    Don’t you know how much the rest of the world HATES us? Don’t you care?

    Don’t you think that Bush has abused the ‘executive priveledge’? You do know it’s ONLY supposed to be used for National Security reasons, NOT to keep Congress from subpoenaing ANYONE to testify?

    Rove, Miers and Bolton should have at least had the DECENCY to show up at their hearings, then plead the 5th. If you or I had a subpoena, we’d better darn well show up!

    You may think your Repub party is the best thing since sliced bread–but YOU will have to answer to God why YOU and your kind allowed this ‘man’ to kill Innocent Iraqis, using WMDs, ‘democracy in the Middle East’(yeah, right) and any other excuse for his invasion of Iraq. WE ALL know it had to do with stealing Iraq’s oil. And it looks like al-Maliki won’t let Bush even do that.

    I’m so happy that gasoline is so expensive now. Maybe you people in your fancy homes and fancy cars and SUVs will get off you ass and MOVE by your own two feet! Lazy bums!


  247. oh, martha, I forgot something…

    The Bible says we must forgive our enemies. Being that you ARE an enemy of our country, I do forgive you for being an ungrateful, hypocritical woman who doesn’t want to know the TRUTH.

    Actually, I don’t really feel like forgiving Bush or Cheney for anything they’ve done. They are not human beings, you know, the regular people that have feelings for others–they are Money Machine psychopaths.


  248. mespo:

    Isn’t it ashame that our little martha h doesn’t realize she’s being put through the ‘spin’ cycle? She wouldn’t believe that Bushie would sell her out to the highest bidder if he could make a profit.

    Things like Bush and Cheney have so much money, they don’t know what to do with it. All they do is strive to have ONE more Dollar than the man down the street from them.

    What a life! Nothing to look forward to but counting money. But, having people like martha actually believe that Bush is doing great for us and our country is so idiotic, it’s almost too funny to imagine.

    martha must have just fallen off the turnip truck before she started to come here and defend the clown in the White House. Won’t she be surprised when all his ‘dirty little secrets’ are finally bared to the whole world?

    She will probably then say that she never supported the guy; that she never said for God to “bless” Bushie. I wonder what kind of kool aid they serve at the Repub parties? It must be pretty strong mind-control drugs in that liquid. But then, anyone who claims to be a Repub has already put their Eternal Life in danger by following the murderous clown in the White House…


  249. GOD BLESS GW BUSH.


  250. OBAMA FLUNKS HISTORY – AGAIN!

    posted at 10:24 am on July 20, 2008

    After receiving a hailstorm of criticism for considering Brandenburg Gate for a public speech, as well as official German dissuasion, Barack Obama moved the venue to the Siegessäule monument. Obama will speak about “historic” US-German relations, but once again, Obama’s own grasp of history has been proven deficient.

    Not only does the site contain a monument to Prussian victories over other American allies in Europe, its placement was decided by Adolf Hitler — in order to impress crowds in his idealized version of Berlin called Germania:

    Still, even as the issue of his speech’s location has now been settled, a number of politicians in Berlin are still dissatisfied with the site. The Siegessäule — or Victory Column — was erected in memory of Prussia’s victories over Denmark (1864), Austria (1866) and France (1870/71). The column originally stood in front of the Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building, but was moved by Adolf Hitler to its current location in 1939 to make way for his planned transformation of Berlin into the Nazi capital “Germania.”

    “The Siegessäule in Berlin was moved to where it is now by Adolf Hitler. He saw it as a symbol of German superiority and of the victorious wars against Denmark, Austria and France,” the deputy leader of the Free Democrats, Rainer Brüderle, told Bild am Sonntag. He raised the question as to “whether Barack Obama was advised correctly in his choice of the Siegessäule as the site to hold a speech on his vision for a more cooperative world.”
    Andreas Schockenhoff of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats said, “the Siegessäule in Berlin is dedicated to a victory over neighbors who are today our European friends and allies. It is a problematic symbol.”

    Hitler didn’t just move the monument to its more central location. He had a taller column built for it as well, to emphasize its message of German military domination over Europe. He saw it as a message to Germans of their destiny — as well as to other Europeans as their destiny as well. It was never meant as a symbol of peaceful, multicultural co-existence.

    Team Obama has outdone themselves on symbolism with this choice. They’ve managed to make their hosts uncomfortable for a second time with their choice of rallying point, and perhaps more so this time. If one wanted to talk peace, what worse location could one choose than Adolf Hitler’s favorite monument to militaristic domination? One has to wonder how France, Denmark, and Austria will feel about Obama rallying German masses under the Siegessäule. Deja vu?
    Obama could be excused for his gaffe, except for two reasons. His team certainly understood the historical weight that the Brandenburg Gate would have lent his event, so why didn’t they bother to ask the Germans about the Siegessäule? Quite obviously, the Germans understand the meaning and subtext of the monument, and most of them wonder why Obama does not. Maybe this is a better example of clueless Americans traveling abroad than those who can only say Merci, beaucoup.


  251. My bad!

    On an earlier post I said that the World Court was going after the leader of Zimbabwe. I was wrong. They are going after the leader of Darfur. Hopefully, they will go after the leader of Zimbabwe next, then our ‘leader of the ‘free’ world’ Bush.

    martha h = Cutting and pasting, cutting and pasting. Such a copy cat; can’t even think up her own words. Has to follow the Rush Limberger school of thought–the Repub mind control. I could care less if they pay that old fart Rush a Billion dollars. He sounds like he has a bunch of marbles in his mouth-he can’t even pronounce words correctly. What a waste of time to listen to his drug-induced crazy thoughts. But, most people don’t realize that the Media is owned by corporations; mainly right-wing conglomerates. Why people ever think that the Media is ‘liberal’ is sure strange.

    We’ll always have people like martha. I can spot them coming from a mile away. They live their whole lives like children. All lock-step with each other. They stay with the same kind of people, the same kind of views, the same kind of talk–never daring to explore any other opinions. They think that Bush is the ‘big daddy’ president who knows best and who always tells them the truth.

    Sorry, but I am a grown woman, able to decide things for myself. I have studied very carefully the 2 candidates. Obama may have his faults and limitations, but at least HE doesn’t want to keep our soldiers in the Middle East for 100 years, like McSame; and HE wants to stop the tax breaks for the rich and give us back our US Constitution. So, my vote will definitely go to Obama. As for McSame, he can go back to snoozing on his lazy boy recliner–another old fart like Limberger…


  252. Martha!! Mary!!! Get a room!!!


  253. suziq:

    The more I criticize Bush, the more martha h cuts and pastes her right-wing babble–the latest ‘spin’ the Repubs are saying about Barack Obama. It’s so fascinating to see these ‘lock-step’ Repubs defend everything that Bush does–and bash Barack Obama with lies and smears. I have a feeling that martha h doesn’t like Barack Obama because he’s ‘different’ from her ‘kind of people’. Too bad, martha h. There are LOTS of different people in the world and you have to learn to live with them.

    You’re right, suziq. I should post less here and let martha h burn out her computer with all the cutting and pasting she’s doing but I’m having so much fun pulling her chain! LOL


  254. I agree with you, Mary. It is fun to bait the trolls – there is SO much bait! And Martha takes your bait everytime. You have to give her props for at least knowing how to read/cut/paste. Comprehension is another matter. But the give/take is predictable and I have gone to scrolling thru it all, even tho I agree with your comments and think you are well spoken.
    I started coming to this site out of a great respect for Prof. Turley, but it seems no matter what site I visit the trolls spew the party line and have no opinion of their own. And they bring the site down to their level. But please continue your fun – martha will always respond to show us how in tune she is with the rest of the world. (NOT!)


  255. suziq:

    martha h doesn’t know this (she will now LOL) that I cut and paste HER stuff here and send it to some Liberal sites I belong to. None of us has to sign up anonymously with a Repub website and be a Troll there, all we do is go to different websites and gather up the Trolls’ ‘cut and paste’ Neo-Con delusions and we read what each other has found.

    I can honestly say that Thousands of people are LOL when they read martha h’s ‘cut and paste’. She’s one of the easiest Trolls I ever targeted and I hope she keeps on ‘cutting and pasting’ here so I can share the fun with my Liberal buds!

    I tell you, some Repub Trolls are SO DENSE, they don’t even know when they’re being ‘spinned’! LOL


  256. Obama to Couric: You know, I’m not sure how many troops I’ll keep in Iraqposted at 8:28 pm on July 22, 2008

    Consider this a complement to the “flexibility” word games I wrote about earlier. We know he’s shooting for 16 months; we also know he (properly) reserves the prerogative of strategic decisions to himself as president. Beyond that, we don’t know jack:

    Couric: You talk about a residual force remaining in Iraq, but you’ve been hesitant to really give a number … to people. You haven’t been specific, though some of your advisors have said it could be tens of thousands of troops. Why can’t you be more specific as to what you envision?

    Obama: Now, keep in mind that when I talk about timetables, people say that’s too specific, with respect to residual force, maybe not specific enough. I think this is an example of a tactical issue. How do you execute a mission that requires commanders on the ground to make that decision? My job as commander-in-chief would be to indicate to them here’s our goal, here are the missions that we need to carry out. Now, you tell me what it is that we need in terms of boots on the ground, in terms of equipment, in terms of other capabilities that are gonna be required. The overarching strategy is not something that I can deflect to the general. That’s something that I have to make a decision at of, if I am president of the United States.

    Couric: Having said that, if General Petraeus or the chairman of the joint chiefs, Admiral Mullen, say to you, “Hey, President Obama …” Obama: Right. Couric: …if that comes to pass, “you cannot take out the final complement of combat troops. You need them in the theater,” you would say?

    Obama: I will always listen to the commanders on the ground. And I will make an assessment based on the facts at that time.

    If he considers troop levels to be a tactical rather than a strategic issue and therefore something to be guided by the advice of his generals rather than dictated from the top down as C-in-C, how is he able to set even an informal timetable? Petraeus, his would-be Centcom commander, is already telling him that a timetable unmoored to conditions is a bad idea. Is that a strategic or tactical judgment? Does it matter, since he’d have the final say anyway? He’s drawing an artificial distinction here in order to avoid having to commit to an estimate of the number of troops he hopes/plans to draw down. Which is fine by me, since it leaves him room to inch away from a total withdrawal later on, but presumably not so fine by the left for the same reason.

    Imagine, for instance, he tells Odierno that manpower is desperately needed in Afghanistan and therefore he wants to try to free up 50,000 troops by accelerating the handover of provincial security to Iraqi forces. No dice, says Odierno; we can spare 20,000, but those other 30,000 will be needed as back-up for awhile since the Iraqis aren’t fully prepared yet for their lead role. 50,000 versus 20,000 is a big deal, sufficiently so to matter to voters, I’d think. We have no sense from his answer what he’d do.

    Elsewhere in the interview, he reiterates his opposition to the surge:

    Couric: But yet you’re saying … given what you know now, you still wouldn’t support [the surge] … so I’m just trying to understand this.

    Obama: Because … it’s pretty straightforward. By us putting $10 billion to $12 billion a month, $200 billion, that’s money that could have gone into Afghanistan. Those additional troops could have gone into Afghanistan. That money also could have been used to shore up a declining economic situation in the United States. That money could have been applied to having a serious energy security plan so that we were reducing our demand on oil, which is helping to fund the insurgents in many countries. So those are all factors that would be taken into consideration in my decision — to deal with a specific tactic or strategy inside of Iraq.

    Lots of “factors,” near-total flexibility — again, fine by me, not so fine for the left. Also, notwithstanding the political reality of both sides refusing to admit error in their Iraq judgments, I’m surprised that he’s as reluctant as he is to change his position on the surge in hindsight given (a) how much improvement there’s been, (b) what the likely consequences would have been if it hadn’t worked, and (c) the fact that he can still tout his initial judgment on the war to voters as evidence that he’s savvier than McCain. A “serious energy security plan” would be wonderful, but the alternate-history timeline in this scenario includes possible Srebrenicas.

    When ABC’s Jake Tapper says Obama hasn’t learned anything, he isn’t kidding.


  257. on 1, July 23, 2008 at 5:59 am Texas Liberal

    Do you have an opinion on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy of imprisoning families while they await disposition of their proper pleas for amnesty? T Don Hutto, in Taylor, Texas, is a former medium security prison “converted” as a family detention–at a tidy profit to CCA (private prison corporate giant) and much to the pain and degradation of the prisoners–many of them infants. Barbara Hines, UT Law Immigration Clinic and others (ACLU, included) sued and settled over some specific clients/issues, but the facility not only continues–the gov and CCA are in the process of building more.

    A group of pained patriots are holding a forum on this in September; Prof. Hines will be a panelist. But I want to know if this is Constitutional. (These people have been charged with no crimes; many of them have crimes commited against them while in this facility, by the guards.) Additionally, because the facility is under Homeland Security jurisdiction, absolutely NO regulatory standards apply! ICE is free do as they chose, which means the corporation getting the gross profits pretty much does as it choses.

    I’m happy to supply more info if this piques your curiosity and/or moral indignation.

    Thanks!


  258. Texas Liberal:

    I agree with you. This does not seem to be Legal or Constitutional, but then, when has Bush let anything in the Constitution or the Law stop him from doing whatever he wants?

    He doesn’t care about People–he only cares about those with Money. Everyone else can drop dead. If the CCA is making tons of money, then Bush is happy to let them do whatever they want, as long as he gets a bit of the profits.

    Whoever thought of that “Homeland” Security slogan must have thought of Hitler and his “Fatherland” Germany of World War II. I mean, what the heck does “Homeland” really mean? It must be a code word for the Repubs or something; you know like “Compassionate Conservatism” (yeah, right, like anyone would ever believe that bunk).

    PS. To martha h:

    Thanks for supplying some more ‘spin’. I can’t wait to cut and paste it so my Liberal friends can have a laugh. You are TOO funny for words!

    You, my dear, are SO being used, abused, and royally Screwed by the Repub party. You must either enjoy it or you are too afraid to think for yourself…

    Oh, this stuff does ‘pique’ my curiousity, but I sure don’t feel any ‘moral’ indignation. I don’t claim to be part of the ‘moral majority’ party of hypocrite Repubs. Oh, yeah, I’ve heard that the number one tourist spot in Minneapolis-St Paul during the Repub convention will be the airport men’s room where Sen Larry Craig did his little toe tapping… The Party of Morals–what a crock!


  259. I never miss you on Countdown and try to catch you whenever I hear you are on any show. I so wish I lived closer just so I could take a class that you teach. Keep on fighting the good fight of trying to protect the Constitution. One day maybe it will sink in with all the people in this country.


  260. C. Lewis:

    COUNTDOWN! You mean fat boy bowling ball Keith Olbermann? You and five others are watching Countdown. Bill Oreilly’s RERUNS beat Keith Olbermann’s ratings!

    PS. Next time you are watching fat boy, make sure you pay attention to just how he hides his weight problem.

    PS Again: There is a reason they call him bathtub boy.


  261. EMAILS FROM AFGANISTAN:

    I had a first hand view of Barrack Obama’s “fact finding” mission, when he passed through this base.
    While I can’t name it, it’s one of the largest air bases in the region, with up to 8000 troops (depending on influxes and transients in mobilization/demobilization status), mostly Airmen and Soldiers, but some Marines, Sailors, Koreans, Japanese, Aussies, Brits, US Civil Service, contractors including KBR, Blackwater and Halliburton, among others in the news. The overwhelming majority of all of these are professional, courteous and disciplined.

    Problems are rare. Casualties are also rare. This base has a large hospital for evacuation—twenty plus beds. I have yet to see a casualty in one, though I am told there are about three evacuations a week through this region, of which two on average are things like sports injuries, vehicle accidents or duty related falls and such. You can tell from the news that the war is going well. The ghouls are now focusing on Afghanistan, since there is no blood to type with here.

    When his plane arrived (also containing Senators Reed and Hagel, but the news has hardly mentioned them), there was a “ramp freeze.” This means if you are on the flight line, and not directly involved with the event in question, you stay where you are and don’t move. For a combat flight arriving or departing, this takes about ten minutes, and involves the active runway and crossing taxiways only. For Obama’s flight, this took 90 minutes, during which time a variety of military missions came grinding to a halt. Obviously, this visit was important, right?

    95% of base wanted nothing to do with him. I have met three troops who support him, and literally hundreds who regard him as a buffoon, a charlatan, a hindrance to their mission or a flat out enemy of progress. Even when the rumors were publicly admitted, almost no one left their duty sections to try to see him, unless they were officers whose presence was officially required.

    Mister Obama’s motorcade drove up from the flight line and entered the dining hall toward the end of lunch time. Diners were chased out and told to make other arrangements for food, in the middle of the duty day.

    Now, there are close to 8000 troops on the base and its nearby satellites. No one came up from the Army side (except perhaps a few ranking officers). The airbase resumed operation, once he cleared the flightline, as if nothing had happened. The dining hall holds about 300 people and was not full. The troops did not want to meet him and the feeling was apparently mutual. In attendance, besides the Official Entourage, were the base’s senior officers, some support personnel, and a very few carefully vetted supporters who’d made special arrangements. No photos were allowed. No question and answer with the troops. No real acknowledgment that the troops existed.

    Obama left around 1530, during the Muslim Call to Prayer. Within 48 hours he was in Afghanistan. It takes most troops longer than that to in-process and get cleared on safety, threats, policies and such. Yet he somehow made a strategic summary by not talking to anyone and not seeing anything.

    Twenty-four hours after that, he was in Kuwait, back here, and then home, so fast we didn’t even know he arrived the second time at this base.

    I can’t imagine any officer of the few he met told him anything other than what they tell the troops, and what their own leadership at the Pentagon tell them—we’re winning. Our troops are stomping the guts out of the insurgency. The surge worked and is working. If the insurgents have to divert to Afghanistan, it means they can’t fight in Iraq anymore. We should not change the rules and retreat with the enemy on the ropes as we did in Vietnam. We should finish kicking their teeth in. The Iraqi government now controls 10 of 18 provinces, with US assistance in the rest. Let us win the war. 90% of the troops I know, even those opposed to the war, say that is the way to win. Victory comes from winning, not from “change.” In fact, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is on record as opposing Obama’s strategic theory.

    Since he obviously knew in advance that’s what they’d tell him, and since he didn’t care to talk to the troops (we’re told by the Left that the troops are horrified, shocked, forced to commit atrocities with tears in their eyes, distraught, burned out, fed up with losing, etc) and find out how they feel, and was barely in country long enough to need a shower and a change of clothes, we can only call this for what it is.

    In comparison, I’ve seen four star generals and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on this base. They each held an all ranks call, met with and briefed the personnel, and took questions on every subject from tour length to uniform design to rules of engagement to weapon choice to long term policy, from the newest airmen to the senior NCO with TEN 120-180 day tours since Sep 11. It’s very clear they want to know what the troops think, and to keep them informed of events. It’s equally clear mister Obama does not.

    Obama clearly doesn’t care about the troops, doesn’t care about America, doesn’t care about anything except hearing his own voice and the chance to sit at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue…From where he’ll bring us the proven Democratic wartime leadership of Bosnia and the Balkans (US forces still there), Somalia (US forces prevailed despite being ill equipped by executive order, and taking heavy casualties), Haiti (what were we doing there again?), Desert One (oops?), Vietnam (where we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory), Korea (still there), WWI, and the fluke success of WWII won by such wonderful liberal notions as concentration camps for Japanese Americans, nukes, FBI investigations of waitresses who dated soldiers in case they were “morally corrupt” and the (valid) occupation of and continued presence in Italy, Japan and Germany for 60 years, which they are conveniently pretending won’t happen with Iraq.

    That’s not “change.” That’s “failure we can do without.”

    Hello everyone,

    As you know I am not a very political person. I just wanted to pass along that Senator Obama came to Bagram Afghanistan for about an hour on his visit to “The War Zone”. I wanted to share with you what happened. He got off the plan[sic] and got into a bullet proof vehicle, got to the area to meet with the Major General (2 Star) who is the commander here at Bagram. As the Soldiers where lined up to shake his hand he blew them off and didn’t say a word as he went into the conference room to meet the General. As he finished, the vehicles took him to the ClamShell (pretty much a big top tent that military personnel can play basketball or work out in with weights) so he could take his publicity pictures playing basketball. He again shunned the opportunity to talk to Soldiers to thank them for their service. So really he was just here to make a showing for the American’s back home that he is their candidate for President. I think that if you are going to make an effort to come all the way over here you would thank those that are providing the freedom that they are providing for you. I swear we got more thanks from the NBA Basketball Players or the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders than from one of the Senators, who wants to be the President of the United States. I just don’t understand how anyone would want him to be our Commander-and-Chief. It was almost that he was scared to be around those that provide the freedom for him and our great country.

    If this is blunt and to the point I am sorry but I wanted you all to know what kind of caliber of person he really is. What you see in the news is all fake.


  262. Why Obama snubbed the troops: no photo op allowed
    posted at 7:21 am on July 25, 2008

    The skinny on the abrupt cancellation of Barack Obama’s visit to Landstuhl and Ramstein yesterday. The campaign tried to excuse it by claiming that it wouldn’t be appropriate to visit while on a campaign-funded portion of his trip, but that wasn’t the real problem. When Obama found out he couldn’t use the visit as a photo op, he canceled:

    One military official who was working on the Obama visit said because political candidates are prohibited from using military installations as campaign backdrops, Obama’s representatives were told, “he could only bring two or three of his Senate staff member, no campaign officials or workers.” In addition, “Obama could not bring any media. Only military photographers would be permitted to record Obama’s visit.”

    The official said “We didn’t know why” the request to visit the wounded troops was withdrawn. “He (Obama) was more than welcome. We were all ready for him.”

    In fact, those same rules applied for the CODEL trip to Iraq and Afghanistan. They serve to keep politicians from exploiting military facilities for political reasons, and to ensure that all visitors get treated fairly. Andrea Mitchell, also of NBC, complained of this very issue during the earlier visits with the troops when she told Chris Matthews that the media couldn’t get access to Obama when visiting troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    This makes the decision track very clear. Obama and his team set up the visits to military installations before going overseas. After seeing how the media got excluded in Iraq and Afghanistan, they decided it wasn’t worth traveling to Ramstein and Landstuhl to visit the severely wounded troops because they couldn’t bring the campaign and get the photo ops they wanted. Instead, Obama went shopping in Berlin.

    That’s certainly a revealing set of priorities for a man who wants to lead these troops as Commander in Chief.


  263. July 25, 2008
    McCain Hits Hard

    Before a military audience in Denver today, John McCain launched his strongest attack yet against Barack Obama. The attack was devastating because it is true. Here are some excerpts; McCain began by recalling the beginning of the surge:

    Senator Obama and I also faced a decision, which amounted to a real-time test for a future commander-in-chief. America passed that test. I believe my judgment passed that test. And I believe Senator Obama’s failed.

    We both knew the politically safe choice was to support some form of retreat. All the polls said the “surge” was unpopular. Many pundits, experts and policymakers opposed it and advocated withdrawing our troops and accepting the consequences. I chose to support the new counterinsurgency strategy backed by additional troops — which I had advocated since 2003, after my first trip to Iraq. Many observers said my position would end my hopes of becoming president. I said I would rather lose a campaign than see America lose a war. My choice was not smart politics. It didn’t test well in focus groups. It ignored all the polls. It also didn’t matter. The country I love had one final chance to succeed in Iraq. The new strategy was it. So I supported it. Today, the effects of the new strategy are obvious. The surge has succeeded, and we are, at long last, finally winning this war.

    Senator Obama made a different choice. He not only opposed the new strategy, but actually tried to prevent us from implementing it. He didn’t just advocate defeat, he tried to legislate it. When his efforts failed, he continued to predict the failure of our troops. As our soldiers and Marines prepared to move into Baghdad neighborhoods and Anbari villages, Senator Obama predicted that their efforts would make the sectarian violence in Iraq worse, not better.

    And as our troops took the fight to the enemy, Senator Obama tried to cut off funding for them. He was one of only 14 senators to vote against the emergency funding in May 2007 that supported our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. …

    Three weeks after Senator Obama voted to deny funding for our troops in the field, General Ray Odierno launched the first major combat operations of the surge. Senator Obama declared defeat one month later: “My assessment is that the surge has not worked and we will not see a different report eight weeks from now.” His assessment was popular at the time. But it couldn’t have been more wrong.

    By November 2007, the success of the surge was becoming apparent. Attacks on Coalition forces had dropped almost 60 percent from pre-surge levels. American casualties had fallen by more than half. Iraqi civilian deaths had fallen by more than two-thirds. But Senator Obama ignored the new and encouraging reality. “Not only have we not seen improvements,” he said, “but we’re actually worsening, potentially, a situation there.”

    If Senator Obama had prevailed, American forces would have had to retreat under fire. The Iraqi Army would have collapsed. Civilian casualties would have increased dramatically. Al Qaeda would have killed the Sunni sheikhs who had begun to cooperate with us, and the “Sunni Awakening” would have been strangled at birth. Al Qaeda fighters would have safe havens, from where they could train Iraqis and foreigners, and turn Iraq into a base for launching attacks on Americans elsewhere. Civil war, genocide and wider conflict would have been likely.

    Above all, America would have been humiliated and weakened. Our military, strained by years of sacrifice, would have suffered a demoralizing defeat. Our enemies around the globe would have been emboldened. …

    Senator Obama told the American people what he thought you wanted to hear. I told you the truth.

    Fortunately, Senator Obama failed, not our military. We rejected the audacity of hopelessness, and we were right. Violence in Iraq fell to such low levels for such a long time that Senator Obama, detecting the success he never believed possible, falsely claimed that he had always predicted it. … In Iraq, we are no longer on the doorstep of defeat, but on the road to victory.

    Senator Obama said this week that even knowing what he knows today that he still would have opposed the surge. In retrospect, given the opportunity to choose between failure and success, he chooses failure. I cannot conceive of a Commander in Chief making that choice.

    That recitation of Obama’s conduct is entirely factual. In this case, the facts are nuclear.


  264. There is one obvious neo-con, zionist, republican wackjob that feels she has to post on this blog and I have to waste time scrolling past her propaganda to read the views of intelligent people, but unfortunately that’s her right. But what does half of her nonsense have to do in this “Bio” section?

    Any guesses as to whom I’m referring?

    Dr. Turley, keep up the good work and I’m glad to see that you don’t ban people of her ilk like Fox bans intelligent people.


  265. zakimer:

    God Bless GW Bush and all he is doing…………


  266. GOD BLESS GW BUSH.

    Bushs is showing those that would kill us we won’t stand and wait for them. We will TAKE THE WAR TO THEM!

    GOD BLESS GW BUSH!

    right zaky old buddy bud budy????>>>>>>>>


  267. zakimer:

    Yep, martha is our resident kook.

    She cuts and pastes her neo-con crap here and I cut and paste it and send it to a few liberals friends, who read what the right-wing is up to. She must be paid by the RNC or some group to troll here; but she is the one that is going to pay for her loyalty to the resident traitor in the White House by being guilty of supporting Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq and the deaths of thousands of our soldiers and Iraqi citizens. She and her kind will have to answer to God why they supported deliberate MURDER.

    She wants God to bless Bush; but God is NOT going to bless Bush–rather God is going to allow Bush to use his free will until Everyone, even martha realizes that these past 7+ years Bush’s main goal was to turn our country into the country of “have and have mores” and the rest of us into their slaves. Bush HATES the US Constitution and the Balance of Powers and he’s done all he can (with the traitorous help of 99.9% of Republicans and a few chicken Democrats) to destroy our way of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

    Bush thinks he’s won the Project for the New American Century Neo-Con agenda; but he has LOST the respect of most of the people in the US and the world. Does anyone think that McCain would not do the same stuff for the next 4 years? He’s just another “Bush” in disguise.

    Thanks be to Keith Olbermann’s show and Mr. Turley’s appearances on it–giving us the FACTS about the US Constitution and the FACTS that Bush is committing crimes against us and against the people of Iraq…


  268. Thanks Mary Leon for your insight, but I’m afraid I have to agree with both you and the whackjob whose name I can’t speak. I am truly sorry for the reprehensible thing that I have done, but read my following message and I hope everyone will understand – and forgive me.


  269. From a previous posting of mine.

    I’m really torn about whether to hate or love Bush Jr. On the one hand, he is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iraqis but on the other hand he has done more to end the reign of the American Empire than anybody including Reagan.

    I’m also torn on Obama vs. McCain for the same reason as above. On the one hand, Obama like Clinton could turn the Republican deficit into a surplus and perhaps get a settlement for Palestine and Israel. On the other hand eight more years of Bush – I mean McCain and a war with Iran which is four times larger and has more than double the population of Iraq and has many more sophisticated weapons could very well be what bankrupts the US, demoralizes what is left of the armed forces and leaves them unable to dominate the world.

    Unfortunately, I’m going to have to go with McCain because more Iraqis died under Clinton than under Bush. Clinton deprived Iraq of food and medicine with his sanctions and over 500 000 children died (see WHO, IRC) and when Albright was asked if the USA was justified in killing half a million children, she said “yes”.

    For all of us non-American citizens, go to McCain’s website and donate money. When asked for a Zip Code, just pick almost any random five digit number – I went with 85050 (Phoenix, Arizona) but I’m sure 90210 would work just as well.

    I feel sorry for all the Iranians and US soldiers who will die under McCain and I pray that God will take my explanation on Judgment Day, that I was doing it for the good of the world in the long term and I would encourage all those that donate to also donate to the International Red Crescent/Red Cross after the war to help the orphaned children and maybe some money for all the disabled soldiers that make it back alive. God Bless and please forgive me.


  270. zakimer: God Forgives; America remembers……………..


  271. zakimer: just in case you don’t get my post:

    Eventually, GOD will forgive those that have attacked the United States of America which is his gift to the world of freedom and hope.

    Personally I hope God is very slow to forgive those that have been trying to destroy it, but the God of Abraham is a forgiving GOD.


  272. martha h:

    You must be very special indeed to speak for– and presumptively with –your god. Tell me who’ll win the World Series this year?


  273. zakimar:

    Well, it is your decision to vote for whoever you want, but I know that there will be NO way I would ever vote for John McCain.

    Have you ever heard of the “Project for the New American Century”? It is a Neo-Con agenda dedicated to the idea that the United States is the last ‘empire’ on earth and therefore the rest of the world must follow the US ideas; whether it be military or spiritual. The main author of this agenda is William Kristol. Unfortunately his official website is closed–and there is a message to contact the Accounts office (he’s a millionaire but he can’t pay the bill for this website?)–but you can find the archives if you ‘google’ or ‘yahoo’ it.

    This “Project” is nothing more than the US taking over all the world by way of military force. It was approved by (amongst other signers) Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and Jeb Bush (W’s brother). I’m sure that McCain is a card carrying member of this “Project” and will follow its agenda until he either bankrupts the US or he invades Iran and so many of our US soldiers are killed that we Demand he bring them back home.

    It will be a ‘lose-lose’ situation if McCain gets elected.

    If Obama gets elected we will have the chance to get out of Iraq and to go after the al-Quaida that are in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This will be a major undertaking, but THIS is where the killers of September 11th are based, they are NOT based in Iraq; but their members in Iraq sure have recruited enough people to follow their ways and kill our soldiers. The “surge” is a failure, too, because there is no way the US can stay in Iraq and force democracy on Iraq. We have to let Iraq decide what they want to do with their own country’s future; whether it is Democracy or tribal leadership. The reports that come out every six months from the generals on the ground are always going to say that Iraq is ‘improving’ but it will NEVER say that Iraq has successfully become a democracy, or that the US can ‘finally’ leave Iraq. This was W’s goal–stay in Iraq, get their oil, then invade Iran for their oil–no matter how many people have to die. His “Project” was to start the global domination by the US in the Middle East, but he has lost. He is so stubborn he will Never admit to this defeat, and he will never care about the US soldiers who have died for his “Project”, but he has others who are willing to keep his “Project” going–namely McCain.

    If McCain was the only candidate, I would sit home and not vote on Election Day. But he’s not the only candidate, and I would rather vote for Obama any day of the week, than to vote for another 4 years of ‘Bush’ and his “Project for the New American Century”.


  274. I know about a guy who wanted to start a Project that would last one thousand years too, but his Reich only lasted 12 years (1933 to 1945). If McCain wins, I think the New American Century will last 12 years as well – 2001 to 2013, RIP.


  275. zakimar:

    It may be true that McCain will keep this “Project for the New American Century” going for a few more years, but he cannot succeed either.

    Unfortunately, the first thing McCain will do if he is elected president is invade Iran. Iran is at least 3 times larger than Iraq and has at least 3 times more people than Iraq.

    How are we ever going to get the money to fight wars in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan? Only Great Britain and a few other countries will even help us with the “war on terror” and if we elect McCain I know that we will lose more and more allies that would help us if we ever came under attack again. McCain = 4 more years of Bush!

    How many more Thousands of people will have to die for a “Project”?

    No, zakimar, I don’t believe you want to see this occur. If it does, then the United States of America will cease to be a country with a Constitution and balance of powers and will become a country of the small minority of the rich and super rich and the rest of us their low paid slaves. I pray to God we NEVER see that happen here in the United States of America!


  276. The problem with Obama winning is that he may actually turn the US economy around and get the troops out of the Middle East just as Clinton did after Reagan’s senile spending spree almost bankrupted America. If not for Clinton, Bush Jr. wouldn’t have had the funds for this fiasco.

    So unless Obama is followed by the likes of Edwards, Webb indefinitely, sooner or later another Bush or McCain will come around and threaten the world all over again. It is better to eliminate the threat permanently. The US will still be around, like Russia or Britain, but not able to set up puppet-dictator regimes/satellites/colonies respectively all over the world.


  277. zakimer: you do realize you are posting back and forth with a couple of people on medication don’t you? mary leon & mespo come here to post when they have gone two days without their medications.


  278. For anybody wanting to know what an insane asylum looks like, I invite them to the JT blog site. There are now 5 rock solid left wing lunatics posting here and one that seems to have lost his way.


  279. July 27, 2008

    Another day in Arafatistan

    An Israeli operation in Hebron has resulted in the death of the terrorist mastermind of the suicide attack on Dimona earlier this year. Carl in Israel has posted a good round-up. The Jerusalem Post reports:

    The IDF said that in a joint Border Police and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) operation the forces surrounded a house where 25-year-old Shihab Na’atsha, a Hamas explosives engineer, was hiding. The IDF said Na’atsha had assembled the bomb belt used in the Dimona attack on February 4 that killed 73-year-old Lubov Razdolskaya and wounded 40 other people….

    Troops surrounded the house in Hebron early Sunday morning and exchanged fire with Na’atsha, calling on him to exit the building. Once he refused to surrender and after hours of gunfire, the IDF bulldozed the house. His body was later removed from the rubble.

    The IDF added that during the heavy exchanges of fire, troops heard explosions from inside the house, presumably from bombs stored inside. Two additional terror suspects were apprehended during the operation.

    Na’atsha and his ammo dump somehow went undetected by the “security forces” of the Palestinian Authority, only to be discovered by Israelis in an operation of the kind that Secretary Rice finds to visit indignity on Palestinian Arabs.

    GO ISRAEL! GOD IS WITH YOU & AMERICA!


  280. Did the same person that told you that Islam had a Prophet in 1300 AD tell you about the story above, and was Santa Claus driving the bulldozer?


  281. You are obviously a Zionist Jew, and Zionism is Apartheid which is Racism and should be hated by all decent people. No person is better than any other and should be given special rights in this life or the next solely based on their race.

    Unfortunately, some races, religions and groups believe in hate and Zionists belong to this group. I am not surprised that many Americans and the US Government sees nothing wrong with Zionism because many Americans have no regard for their own indigenous people (that’s Injins to those that don’t know what indigenous is), didn’t oppose Apartheid in South Africa and until a few months ago had Nelson Mandela on their terrorist list for decades.

    Both the US and Israel were founded on the slaughter and oppression of the indigenous people and both had “founding fathers” that were racist. Most in the US even had slaves and some even raped their slaves. If your God blesses those sorts of people, his actual name is Satan.


  282. The latest news from Iraq:

    New bombings kill dozens.

    Yep, that “surge” is working, NOT.

    It seems as though every time John McCain opens his mouth and shouts that the “surge” is a Success that there is another bombing in Iraq.

    I believe the two are connected. Maybe if McCain keeps quiet for a few days, there will be no bombings in Iraq? But, unfortunately, McCain is all mouth and no exit strategy…

    Oh, wait, he does have an exit strategy. Every six months from now until the end of time he will say that the “surge” is working, Iraq is more safer, but we still can’t leave Iraq because of ‘conditions on the ground.’

    Barack Obama’s solution: get out of Iraq and go after the real al-Quaida of September 11th in Afghanistan, and get Pakistan to force Osama bin Laden and his gang out of their caves.

    John McCain’s solution: stay in Iraq until either the ‘conditions on the ground’ are absolutely safe (which they will never be, as long as we occupy Iraq) or until every last person in Iraq is DEAD.


  283. Mary Leon; You are one of the few people on this blog that I sadly say seems to intelligent for most of the others who seem to be imbeciles. But if you don’t mind spending the time contributing, I’ll keep spending the time reading your stuff. Unlike some others (who will remain as nameless as they are soulless, I enjoy reading stuff that I may disagree with, as long as it’s factual and polite. Keep up the good work.


  284. zakimar:

    Thanks for the kind words.

    I really do hope you change your mind about McCain and see that with Obama there is at least a Chance to get out of Iraq and not even get in Iran.

    Remember the old saying: “Be careful what you wish for. You may just get it”. (My translation: McCain may seem to be the lesser of two evils, but I would much rather take my chances with Barack Obama than to keep the McCain war machine going; because all this war machine will bring is more death and destruction to Innocent people who have done nothing to us).

    I always say a prayer every night, for our US troops and for the Innocent Iraqi citizens that have been killed, that they will rest in peace for eternity, and that we shall all be together one day in Heaven.


  285. Hello Mary Leon; McCain is NOT the lesser of the two evils, as far as I’m concerned he is even more evil than Bush Jr. Bush Jr. is just a privileged coward that doesn’t know what war is, however McCain doesn’t have that excuse. In spite (or maybe because) of McCain’s “experience”, he still craves war and has voted against every bill to spend money on veterans. That is precisely why I wrote the following above:

    I’m torn on Obama vs. McCain. On the one hand, Obama like Clinton could turn the Republican deficit into a surplus and perhaps get a settlement for Palestine and Israel. On the other hand eight more years of Bush – I mean McCain and a war with Iran which is four times larger than and has more than double the population of Iraq as well as possessing many more sophisticated weapons could very well be what bankrupts the US, demoralizes what is left of the armed forces and leaves them unable to dominate the world.

    So I’m giving money to McCain because I feel he’ll be Rome’s Nero, France’s Louis XVI or the Third Reich’s Hitler and leave the US unable to make war in the future. Every president in recent history has attacked a Muslim country including Clinton (who did it to get the media focus away from Lewinsky) at least Bush Jr., who did it for oil and the big US corporations also managed to remove Hussein. I doubt that Obama will any different.

    McCain will need the draft and between that and the huge US debt and the number of people that will be left without jobs or homes, there will either be another American Revolution (or at least thousands of riots all over the country) or the economy will collapse and the US will no longer be able to export billions of dollars and weapons to Israel and terror throughout the world. Obama will just delay the process as did Clinton. I’m just sorry good people will have to die in the short term and that you’ll be living there when all that happens. I would suggest to all decent Americans, if McCain wins, start applying for your travel/work Visas to Canada and the EU.


  286. zakimar:

    I don’t wish to leave my home country just yet.

    I am supporting Obama because he can turn this country around. It’s true that Clinton left over a $200 Billion surplus for Bush to waste, but we are so much in debt now it’s going to take YEARS to even balance the budget, let alone have a spending surplus.

    I know the National Debt is AT LEAST $5 TRILLION and that by the time Bush is out of office and after all the debts are added up for the Invasion of Iraq and the tax breaks for the rich and for the money we owe to Saudi Arabia and China on loans Bush took from them, then the National Debt will be OVER $10 TRILLION!

    Obama will be busy enough trying to find out what Bush has done to us; by way of his presidential directives and his hundreds of signing statements. These past 7+ years of Bush signing away our rights and freedoms and selling the country out; there are literally thousands of papers to go thru and Millions of e-mails to go through (that is, if there are any left after Bush had papers shredded and e-mails permanently deleted).

    The LAST thing on anyone’s list will be getting a budget surplus.

    That’s why I hope you don’t donate one Penny to McCain’s campaign! His wife is worth over $100 Million, due to the fact that she is an heiress of a beer delivery dynasty, so he doesn’t need any more campaign contributions, as far as I’m concerned.

    BUT, if McCain does win, then I’m going to Mexico. My husband was born there and I’ve been married to him almost 29 years. (This is another story for another day; but let me just say that since he is dark-skinned and speaks with a foreign accent he has been the victim of racial slurs by white people, who have accused him of being a member of al-Quaida and being a terrorist, and I have been accused of being married to an enemy of the US and I’m a traitor to this country, etc…) I have TONS of stories on how I and him have been treated, but I will say that the more my husband and I have been insulted, the more my husband and I stick together and Love each other! :)


  287. mary leon:

    Zakimar is just another one of JT’s most recent alter-egos trying to bait someone into making some “biased” statement here.

    I can’t believe you are falling for it…….wait…..yes I can.


  288. Mary Leon, you are quite the whiner yourself. I would rank your whining right up there with “Zakimer”, alias JT.


  289. I would have responded sooner but I fainted when I read that martha h had something nice to say about any SANE person. I take being compared to Dr. Turley as a compliment.


  290. Zakimar: Give it up. We know you are Turley and one of his alter egos he uses.


  291. martha h:

    How many times must you come here and think that we are not who we say we are? Mr. Turley must get quite a laugh when he reads your ‘cut and paste’ blather and your crazy ideas that he is the only person who is posting responses to you by using various aliases. :)

    To put it bluntly–you must be a white woman who gets paid as a Troll for the Repub party, because you are acting like a Troll, and acting like a typical white person who thinks she is better than everyone else just because of her skin color. People like you disgust me because you have had all the ‘breaks’ and made all the rules, and yet you can’t stand the thought of someone else getting a piece of the American dream–especially someone who is not ‘lilywhite’ like you!

    And as for me ‘whining’, yes I will ‘whine’ when either my husband or myself are called traitors, terrorists and unpatriotic, but I won’t back down or let anyone, especially the likes of YOU, step all over me.

    But as far as you; you have NO excuse for coming here, cutting and pasting your right-wing tripe. I guess you DO like that I cut and paste your tripe and send it out to my liberal friends, or else why would you keep coming back here? Unless you like to ‘spin’???


  292. Hello Mary; I can see how marta h confused me with the good Doctor. We are both articulate, educated, sane men who seem to feel that somehow EVERYONE is entitled to human rights and dignity even though Americans and Israelis are the only people deserving of God’s love on the planet. I’m sure Dr. Turley is also an excellent father to his wonderful and fortunate children and a great husband to his beautiful wife, as well as being quite handsome himself. The main difference between me and Dr. Turley is that he is more educated than I and I am less humble.


  293. zakimar:

    I can’t tell you how happy I get when I see Mr. Turley on “Countdown” with Keith Olbermann, and lately, a few times on “Verdict” with Dan Abrams. My husband also enjoys watching him. Mr. Turley is such a smart and learned scholar! Like I posted before–I have written a suggestion to Barack Obama’s campaign website that Mr. Turley should be considered as a nominee to the Supreme Court when Obama becomes President. I can’t think of anyone else who could do the job as well as Mr. Turley, and I do hope he IS chosen, should the situation arise.

    And yes, martha, this is ME, Mary Leon (that’s my real name) so don’t accuse me of being an alter-ego of Mr. Turley. Also, if you can’t say anything nice about Mr. Turley at his own website, just don’t say anything at all! :(


  294. Get This Man A Teleprompter!

    Barack Obama is a lot like Sean Penn or George Clooney. If you give him a script, he can deliver it pretty well. But if he tries to talk without a script that has been written for him by others, he quickly reveals that he is poorly-informed if not downright ignorant.

    Today he delivered another classic, by claiming that if only we would all properly inflate our tires, we could save as much gasoline as “all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling.”

    The stunned silence with which the crowd greets this howler suggests that most Americans have a more practical understanding of energy consumption than Obama.

    Just for fun, I did the math. Properly inflating your tires can improve gas mileage by 3%. Of course, many people already keep their tires properly inflated, and many more are at least close to being properly inflated. Let’s be generous and assume that one-half of the total possible savings would be realized if we all inflated our tires properly; that’s a net gain of 1.5% fuel efficiency.

    Americans drive approximately 2,880 billion miles per year. If we average 24 mpg, we use around 120 billion gallons of gasoline in our vehicles. If, through perfect tire inflation, we improved our collective fuel efficiency by 1.5%, that would be 1.8 billion gallons. A barrel of oil produces around 20 gallons of gasoline, so the total savings available through tire inflation is approximately 90,000,000 barrels of oil annually.

    How does this stack up against “all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling?”

    ANWR: 10 billion barrels
    Outer Continental Shelf: 18 billion barrels (estimated; the actual total is undoubtedly much higher, since exploration has been banned)
    Oil shale: 1 trillion barrels

    So, on the above assumptions, it would take only 11,308 years of proper tire inflation to equal “all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling.”

    Obama is a curious case. He gives the impression of being an intelligent guy, but through his unscripted comments we have learned that he knows little about history, science or mathematics. He also seems rather shockingly short on common sense, as this most recent gaffe illustrates.


  295. By conservative estimates it will be over five years before there is any oil from this new drilling. I know you probably have your grade six math, so 100% of 0 is 0. So if 1 gallon was saved, by the entire country, in the next five years, that would be more than all the oil that has been drilled. And since you’re such an educated fellow, perhaps you can find Czechoslovakia and the Iraq/Pakistan border on a map and show it to Senior McCain/Bush III.


  296. zakimar: Much of the new oil would be available in 1 to 3 years, with some not coming online for 5 at most. The point is we know where it is and how to get it.

    PS. Every barrel of oil we produce ourselves is $120 we don’t have to send to scum of the earth low lifes barely out of the stone age that are using it to kill civilians without a care in the world.

    PS again, many believe Satan formed a religion over a lake of oil in that region to mess with God’s wonderful creation. What do you think?


  297. PS again, many believe Satan formed a religion over a lake of oil in that region to mess with God’s wonderful creation. What do you think?

    Pulease – talk about LUNAtics!


  298. If the guardians of marta h and percy ever gave consent for these two to get “hitched”, they’d better get ready to apologize to Dr. Turley because they’ll need him to stop the State from sterilizing them so they can’t breed.

    I guess I should give up my day job doing “satire” for the New Yorker.


  299. That “religion” Satan formed is called Zionism.


  300. Monday, July 31, 2008

    JON VOIGHT: My concerns for America
    OP-ED

    We, as parents, are well aware of the importance of our teachers who teach and program our children. We also know how important it is for our children to play with good-thinking children growing up.

    Sen. Barack Obama has grown up with the teaching of very angry, militant white and black people: the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, William Ayers and Rev. Michael Pfleger. We cannot say we are not affected by teachers who are militant and angry. We know too well that we become like them, and Mr. Obama will run this country in their mindset.

    The Democratic Party, in its quest for power, has managed a propaganda campaign with subliminal messages, creating a God-like figure in a man who falls short in every way. It seems to me that if Mr. Obama wins the presidential election, then Messrs. Farrakhan, Wright, Ayers and Pfleger will gain power for their need to demoralize this country and help create a socialist America.

    The Democrats have targeted young people, knowing how easy it is to bring forth whatever is needed to program their minds. I know this process well. I was caught up in the hysteria during the Vietnam era, which was brought about through Marxist propaganda underlying the so-called peace movement. The radicals of that era were successful in giving the communists power to bring forth the killing fields and slaughter 2.5 million people in Cambodia and South Vietnam. Did they stop the war, or did they bring the war to those innocent people? In the end, they turned their backs on all the horror and suffering they helped create and walked away.

    Those same leaders who were in the streets in the ’60s are very powerful today in their work to bring down the Iraq war and to attack our president, and they have found their way into our schools. William Ayers is a good example of that.

    Thank God, today, we have a strong generation of young soldiers who know exactly who they are and what they must do to protect our freedom and our democracy. And we have the leadership of Gen. David Petraeus, who has brought hope and stability to Iraq and prevented the terrorists from establishing a base in that country. Our soldiers are lifting us to an example of patriotism at a time when we’ve almost forgotten who we are and what is at stake.

    If Mr. Obama had his way, he would have pulled our troops from Iraq years ago and initiated an unprecedented bloodbath, turning over that country to the barbarianism of our enemies. With what he has openly stated about his plans for our military, and his lack of understanding about the true nature of our enemies, there’s not a cell in my body that can accept the idea that Mr. Obama can keep us safe from the terrorists around the world, and from Iran, which is making great strides toward getting the atomic bomb. And while a misleading portrait of Mr. Obama is being perpetrated by a media controlled by the Democrats, the Obama camp has sent out people to attack the greatness of Sen. John McCain, whose suffering and courage in a Hanoi prison camp is an American legend.

    Gen. Wesley Clark, who himself has shame upon him, having been relieved of his command, has done their bidding and become a lying fool in his need to demean a fellow soldier and a true hero.

    This is a perilous time, and more than ever, the world needs a united and strong America. If, God forbid, we live to see Mr. Obama president, we will live through a socialist era that America has not seen before, and our country will be weakened in every way.

    WELL SAID JON VOIGHT!!!!!!!!!!


  301. Mr. Voight couldn’t raise his own children properly – they aren’t even on speaking terms.

    Yet another pillar of the Republican establishment and a McCain supporter has brought disgrace to his office (if that’s possible) Ted Stevens.

    -Sen. McCain is best known for being captured while bombing civilians and being a POW.
    -Sen. McCain wants another war after supporting the first illegal and unwinnable war.
    -Sen. McCain has voted against EVERY effort to provide more money to veterans and veterans’ services.
    -Sen. McCain supports torture even though he was supposedly tortured himself.
    -Sen. McCain’s “experience” leads him to believe there are a Czechoslovakia and an Iraq/Pakistan border.

    You are someone that supports racism, bigotry, murder, persecution and oppression (see Zionism and Israel).

    Enough said.


  302. zakimar, not even you can be that dumb as to believe 2% of the garbage you print here. Nice try Turley.


  303. I know doin reserch is tuff, speshaly wen ur igornant & lazi, butt tri it. lernin can b fun.


  304. Hi, zakimar:

    I’m beginning to wonder if Percy, russ and martha h are all ONE person. After all, you and I are always being accused of being Mr. Turley’s alter-egos.

    Before I ‘cut and paste’ the ridiculous drivel of the Trolls, I read it and I can’t believe how DUMB these people really are!

    I don’t give a hoot about Jon Voight and his opinions, or about how we can only ‘save ourselves’ by drilling for oil offshore.

    I notice that instead of pointing out facts, these Trolls only attack, attack, attack. They give out estimates of what MAY happen if we drill offshore for oil, or what some has-been actor is saying. Big deal.

    What I would like an answer to is what occurred yesterday:

    Federal US District Judge John Bates *WHO WAS APPOINTED BY W.BUSH* has concluded that there is NO legal basis why Miers and Bolton cannot testify before Congress and bring non-priviledged documentation about the US Attorney Firings!

    Yep, there is NO legal reason why Miers and Bolton can IGNORE a Subpoena issued by Congress!

    The White House said it probably will appeal the ruling, dragging the issue into January. But if the Democrats remain the majority party, then the subpoenas will be re-issued in January and Miers and Bolton, and probably Rove will HAVE to at least SHOW UP, then declare ‘executive priviledge’.

    So, Percy, russ and martha h: A Federal US District Judge, appointed BY Bush, is disagreeing with him and telling him that he has NO legal reason to tell any of his staff that they can IGNORE a subpoena. What do you think about that???


  305. His ilk tends to stick together and be of like “mind”.


  306. I just read that WalMart has been having meetings with their management all over the country, reminding them that if a Democratic majority happens in Congress and in the Presidential Election, then there may be fears of employees trying to start unions and think about striking for better wages.

    Sounds to me like WalMart is Telling people Not to vote for Barack Obama or any other Democrat in Congress.

    Isn’t that ILLEGAL???


  307. It’s only a crime if someone enforces the “law”. Republicans have no interest and Democrats are frightened. Hence, it’s not illegal. Please refer to Bush and Pelosi, McCain and Obama on FISA.


  308. You are right, zakimar. Both Repubs and Democrats are not running to Impeach Cheney and Bush because they all have their little secrets and skeletons in their own closets.

    I’ve heard that after the Presidential election then Pelosi and Reid might start more hearings and contempt of court citations once they know that McCain has lost and that they just Might put Impeachment on the table for Cheney and Bush right before Obama is inaugurated on January 20, 2009.

    But Bush might pull out that presidential directive he signed last May in 2007, giving himself Total control of all 3 branches of the government, in case of terrorist threat or attack. He may even ‘coincidentally’ allow a ‘terrorist attack’ to make his followers afraid. Percy, russ and martha sure would start running to Bush to ‘save them’ from the terrorists if there would be such an attack. I wouldn’t doubt that Bush would try to hold onto his power as long as he can because he is one man that can’t take “NO” for an answer.
    He can try to take over the government, but I know he won’t succeed.

    Plus, I’ve heard that Cheney has a plan, starting this October, to have the US Navy Seals be dressed as Iranians and fire at one of the US warships in the Gulf, right across from Iran, and then blame the Iranians for the ‘unprovoked’ attack. A good way to start another ‘war’ by using this tactic, right?


  309. August 1, 2008
    Obama Caves On Drilling!

    Barack Obama has seen which way the wind is blowing on gas prices, and today he changed his mind about offshore drilling:

    “My interest is in making sure we’ve got the kind of comprehensive energy policy that can bring down gas prices,” Obama said in an interview with The Palm Beach Post. “If, in order to get that passed, we have to compromise in terms of a careful, well thought-out drilling strategy that was carefully circumscribed to avoid significant environmental damage—I don’t want to be so rigid that we can’t get something done.”

    Obama left no doubt about the political calculation behind his flip-flop:

    As I’ve said before, there is no philosophical or political principle that Obama cares much about, other than the desirability of his own ascension to the Presidency. So we can look forward to more such shifts between now and November.

    OBAMA DOESN’T HAVE A PRINCIPLED BELIEF IN HIS WHOLE LOW LIFE BODY!


  310. Mary Leon; Bush and Cheney already have what they want: they’ve made themselves rich; made their corporate donors like oil companies, Haliburton and Blackwater rich; and helped Israel by attacking Iraq. Attacking Iran would be a good bonus but the US doesn’t have the manpower left to do it, so they’re betting on McCain. Even that pillar of Republican values, Ted Steven donated money to McCain.


  311. zakimar: You are just jealous that GOD protects Israel & the United States.


  312. We NEED a law that sterilizes such “simple” folk before they become old enough to produce viable gametes and breed.

    The first sane President to succeed McCain should create a Federal Eugenics Agency to weed out the sort that votes for the likes of Bush and McCain.


  313. zakimar: glad you keep putting your thoughts in writing for the lunatics here to see what they are placating…….


  314. Barack Obama has proven himself slippery on oil. In April, he accused his opponents of taking money from oil lobbies, when in fact Obama himself not only did the same thing but had oil executives as major bundlers to his campaign.

    Now he’s reversed himself on off shore drilling, and he did it in a remarkable place — Florida. Of course, this comes shortly after Obama called off-shore drilling “the latest scheme”, telling his supporters that drilling wouldn’t solve anything. How shortly? 48 hours!


  315. Barack Obama is NOT flip-flopping! He is trying to tolerate the Republickan side. At least he is willing to Listen to their arguments, for and against offshore drilling. He is to be commended for his approach to ALL sides of a problem.

    He’s nothing like Bush, who, for the first 6 years of his presiduncy, had a solid Republickan majority in Congress, both House and Senate, who passed every bill, every act and everything Bush wanted to do. Talk about being in lock-step!

    He MAY suggest offshore drilling, but once he is President, he can change his mind. But I do know one thing–he won’t be like McCain, who is just waiting to lead the charge into Iran.

    We don’t have enough money, troops or allies left in the world; but when has that ever stopped a Republickan from declaring WAR???


  316. Mary Leon; Either these people are liars spouting propaganda or they believe their own lies and are thus lunatics. Either way they are never going to respect the truth or an opposing opinion?

    I think this is all a cover and if Obama wins or this election could somehow have been held 30 years ago, they’d simply be saying “nigger”. The likes of these people are shocked that this “boy doesn’t know his place”.

    The hatred in these genetically misinformed people is obvious. They have used such terms to describe Sen. Obama as: downright ignorant, buffoon, charlatan, enemy of progress, doesn’t care about the troops or America, is preparing to surrender America and low life. The only thing they forgot to add is that they are being “fair and balanced” and that McCain is the Messiah.

    This is coming from the same people that state that Islam had a “false Prophet in 1300 AD, and that God reserves his love for only 5% of the world’s population.

    So please stop responding to these Zionists (racists), liars, and imbeciles’ vulgar comments, it only gives their puny minds satisfaction and encouragement. Their hero Goebbels would be having a good laugh at their attempts at “disseminating information”.


  317. zakimar:

    I know that ‘these people’ are just going around the edges, too afraid to say the word “BLACK” so they use every excuse to cut down Barack Obama–he’s not experienced, he’s a movie star elitist, he’s a flip-flopper, he’s too skinny (that one made me laugh so much!) LOL.

    I just wish one of them would have the GUTS to just say: “I’m not voting for Barack Obama because he’s Black, and that’s the ONLY reason I’m not voting for him because he IS Black and I’m white, and only the white people know how to run the show.”

    You know the worst thing, though, is that they think that God LOVES what they are doing–being racist pigs who only care about “their kind of people”, and the rest of us are heathens who will NEVER make it to Heaven. They think they speak for Jesus, but they are actually speaking for the Devil.

    They are acting like Hitler was, taking over most of Europe, killing Millions of people, all so the ‘aryan’ race of blonde, blue-eyed people could rule the world. We all know how THAT ended.

    I remember my late father telling me that when Jesse Owens was in Germany in the 1930s, on the United States’ track team for the Olympics, that Hitler was SO angry that a Black man could beat his precious ‘aryan’ race of runners, sprinters and high jumpers. I sure wish I could have been there to watch the German crowd when they defied Hitler and cheered for Jesse!

    I am not responding to their vulgar comments as much as I’m gathering information for some websites I go to that need to know what ‘these people’ are up to and what they are thinking. This information is very useful and necessary to know as well as fun to read, because of their ‘holier than thou’ approach to life and their ‘delusions of grandeaur’ that they are doing the work of the Lord.

    I must admit that Hitler would be proud of martha h and her ‘kind of people’ who think if they tell a lie so many times that people will actually believe it is the truth and that the white people are the only people that should have power to rule the world… :)


  318. Mary Leon; I agree with what you say, but you got a few things wrong. Some of these people don’t think they speak FOR Jesus; they speak WITH Jesus, Bush Jr. included. Also, there were a lot of Americans in the primaries that did say I’m not voting for a “Black” or “Colored”.

    Cindy McCain put $750 000 on her American express card in one month, the McCains spent $250 000 per year on servants, and the Obamas are the “elitists”. Also, when Jesse Owens came back to the good ol’ US of A after winning the gold, the same Americans that cheered him wouldn’t give him a job and he did stunts to get money. Thirty years later, Muhammad Ali, who was also cheered for winning the gold, was thrown out of a restaurant and told “we don’t serve niggers here”.

    And finally, I think it dishonors Hitler when he is compared to the likes of these hateful imbeciles.


  319. zakimar:

    Yes, you are so right about dishonoring Hitler. Hitler killed people because he thought he was their ‘aryan’ superior and that he deserved to rule the world. These people like martha h are worse than him because they think they are doing the work of the Lord, and that the Lord will put them at the head of the line in Heaven when they get there. They are truly ‘wolves in sheeps’ clothing’ and are more dangerous, because they hide behind the cross of Jesus and justify that He would approve their words and actions.

    I guess there are people who have admitted that they won’t vote for Obama because he’s Black, but I sure haven’t run into any of them.

    I know that Jesse Owens had to work as a janitor because he couldn’t get any kind of high paying job after winning all those gold medals in Germany and that Ali refused to be drafted for the ‘white man’s war’ in Vietnam and was arrested and jailed for a while. How terribly they were treated because of the color of their skin…

    *A personal note* My husband, who is older than I am and as I wrote before, was born in Mexico and came to live in the United States when he was a teenager, Volunteered to enlist in the US Army in 1965 (this was the same year I started Kindergarten in elementary school). He was stationed for a few months in the state of Georgia, and he and his buddies who were not white-skinned, were NOT allowed to eat at certain restaurants, off base, because they were brown-skinned. I just couldnt’ believe this when he told me, but I know that it’s true. Here he was, Volunteering and Serving in the US Army during the time of the Vietnam War and could have been sent there at any moment (luckily he was sent to Europe for 18 months, but he did lose a few of his friends in Vietnam) and yet he couldn’t get a bite of food in a restaurant because he was brown-skinned. Absolutely Unbelievable!!!

    But what people like martha h say IS important to me because, not for what they say, but that some people BELIEVE what they say. This information is Priceless and very useful… :)


  320. I am also on this and other sites because there are obvious liars out there that want to spread hate and I would like to educate those that may be ignorant, that not everything they hear is true (see Fox, CNN, Bush, Congress).

    My dad told me something when I was young that I now tell my children. “An ignorant person who wants to learn is a student; an ignorant person that doesn’t want to learn is stupid”. He also told me that “stupid people think everyone is stupid like they are”. I think my audience is full of students, martha h and percy think their audience is stupid.


  321. zakimer & mary leon:

    I am glad you two nut balls keep putting your words in writing here so the other 2 percenter lunatics can see what ype of idiots they are placating.


  322. LOL! Time to fess up.

    Mary Leon, “Zakimar” is a buddy of ours yanking your chain.


  323. It’s official: Obama runs from town-hall debates

    posted at 10:00 am on August 3, 2008

    Obama’s campaign made its distaste for free-style debates more or less official yesterday in their letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates. Obama only will agree to three debates and all of them in the standard moderated format.

    He will not accept McCain’s challenge to meet him in a format where voters can ask the questions:

    Obama’s campaign released a letter this afternoon from campaign manager David Plouffe to the Commission on Presidential Debates only agreeing to the traditional three sanctioned fall debates and single vice presidential forum.

    The McCain campaign responded with a dose of sarcasm: “We understand it might be beneath a worldwide celebrity of Obama’s magnitude to appear at town hall meetings alongside John McCain and directly answer questions from the American people, but we hope he’ll reconsider.”

    This news will surprise no one that has followed the number of gaffes Obama makes when speaking off the cuff. When the press finally got embarrassed by their fawning attitude and asked him tough questions in the Pennsylvania debate, Obama folded like a cheap suit against Hillary — and immediately stopped appearing in debates. He has provided an almost endless series of gaffes when speaking extemporaneously, and obviously wants no part of McCain in this format.


  324. And don’t forget your other “facts” about Islam’s “false Prophet” in 1300 AD and that “Obama doesn’t care about America” and is “a low life”. And remember, it’s Professor zakimar to you.

    Also, will the Easter Bunny be travelling with Santa this year because Obama raised the price of gasoline?


  325. martha and percy:

    Isn’t it time you two went to church and confessed your sins to the Lord?
    Every time you post your tripe here you are adding another strike against you in the Book of Life…


  326. Mary Leon:

    Like I said, Zakimar is a friend of our yanking your chain.


  327. Percy:

    I don’t believe a word you say…


  328. Mary Leon; I am shocked that you would even suggest that Percy would ever entertain telling an untruth. For verily, he and martha h are the Righteous and are Blessed by God.


  329. Percy:

    Do you ever watch C-SPAN? There was a good program on yesterday. Vincent Bugliosi (he was the prosecutor for the Charles Manson murders in the early 1970s in California) has written a book, calling for your presidunt Bush to be tried on murder charges after he leaves the White House in January 2009.

    Won’t that be wonderful to watch Bush try to justify why he LIED to start the war in Iraq. He will have to face the families of the 4,000+ soldiers he deliberately sent to Iraq and who were killed there.

    It doesn’t matter if Bush is tried here on earth or in Heaven; but he will one day have to face the fact that he is a Murderer of our soldiers and of all the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people that were killed because of his invasion.

    I wonder how you people who support him can sleep at night. Don’t all the deaths of this sham of a war bother you? You voted for Bush, so you are guilty of aiding in his murders. I sure wouldn’t want to face the Final Judgment, knowing that I support the Mass Murderer-George W. Bush…


  330. Mary Leon; You and I are unfortunately in the minority. The fact that Bush II even has a chance against Obama shows that most Americans sleep just fine, even if it’s under a bridge because Bush/McCain/Graham left them unemployed and homeless. If Obama doesn’t win by a landslide, it just proves that the 80% that don’t approve of the direction the country is headed would rather hold on to their racism than their homes or jobs.

    And I hope EVERY person in the Military that votes for McCain gets four 18 month tours in Iran. And don’t worry, if they survive, Walter Reed hospital will fix em up reel good.


  331. zakimar:

    We really should ask Mr. Turley to ban martha h and percy from his website, because they use up so much precious space, with all their idiotic tripe they ‘cut and paste’; but since Mr. Turley believes in free speech, unlike their ‘master’ Bush, he will allow them to say whatever they wish.

    I can just imagine martha and percy, living together under a bridge, telling everyone near the sound of their voices: “God bless George W. Bush!” over and over again, while the rich get richer and more poor join them under the bridge. Eventually those poor will kick out martha and percy out from under the bridge–after all, who wants to live next to mass-murder accomplices and Bush lovers?

    And to think that percy says you are a friend of his, just ‘yanking’ my chain…


  332. I’m actually glad that not only are percy and matha allowed, but mespo and others as well. As hard as it is to accept, there are many millions more of them out there. They are the people that reelected Bush and will vote for McCain. If not for them, I’d have to watch Fox, CNN, Bloomberg or Israeli television to get an idea of what the Zionists/racists, bigots, neocons and morons that make up nearly 50% of America think. We’ll see how many of them are out there by the percentage of votes received by McCain.

    I’m hoping their ilk make up more than 50% of the population for the next 16 years and they elect more of the Bush/McCain types so that when it’s over, I’ll be able to move to the US and buy one of the millions of vacant houses (preferably in California) for under $250 000.


  333. zakimar:

    Unfortunately, people like martha and percy (who I believe are White Anglo Saxon Protestants) usually get a chance to have a good life, with good food, nice homes and cars. But they waste their lives by not living it freely; they spend their lives doing what others tell them to do. That’s why I don’t like Republickans, because they tend to ‘follow the leader’ and do what he says. What a waste of time, and money to follow a mass murderer and his PNAC agenda!

    I’m not too sure about living in California. There was another earthquake there last week, and I just think it’s a matter of time that part of it will break away from the San Andreas Fault and indeed fall into the Pacific Ocean.

    I’ve been reading a lot of different things about the year 2012; many ancient civilizations (Mayan, Incan, Aztec, Chinese, Greek) have the end of the world occurring on December 21, 2012, when a series of stars will line up together at the center of the Milky Way and change the North and South poles’ gravity and turn our planet around. If we’re alive, we’ll find out if it’s true, on 12/21/2012.


  334. First of all, I’m sure most of us will still be here in 2013. Secondly, martha hatred for Arabs (Christians and Muslims) as well as Muslims in general, indicates that she is much more likely a Jew than a Protestant. The Christians that are the rabid Zionists aren’t usually the Protestants anyway.

    It’ll have to be Northern California, because not only will earthquakes destroy a large part of Southern California, but if this whole global warming “myth” is true, the Southern States will become uninhabitable, and the old coastlines will be gone.

    And don’t worry about the PNAC; once the Palestinians regain control of Palestine, they’ll disappear.


  335. Obama’s energy policy: Turn out the lights and pray for wind

    Perhaps the Barack Obama campaign needs the services of a mathematician, but it doesn’t take differential calculus to determine that his energy policy doesn’t add up. Politico reports on Obama’s speech in Lansing, which officially served as the re-launch of his efforts to defuse public anger over Congressional inaction on domestic energy production. Obama wants to both transfer American transportation from oil to electricity and then cut electrical production as well:

    The three main components of Obama’s plan are:
    — Get 1 million 150 mile-per-gallon plug-in hybrids on U.S. roads within six years.
    — Require that 10 percent of U.S. energy comes from renewable sources by the end of his first term – more than double the current level.
    —Reduce U.S. demand for electricity 15 percent by 2020.
    Well, far be it from me to point out the obvious, but the more cars we have that use “plug-in hybrids”, the more demand for electricity will increase. Apparently, this didn’t catch the attention of the Harvard-educated candidate, but it should catch the attention of the voting public. Transferring the burden of transportation from gasoline to electricity will vastly increase the need for more generating stations.

    Even without the transfer of cars from gas to electrical power, how exactly does Obama plan on cutting electrical demand in the US? As the economy and the population grow, the need for electricity will continue to expand as well, in order to just maintain the current standard of living, let alone improve it. Perhaps we will hear more about the electrical equivalent of inflating tires, and Obama does plan to spend billions of dollars weatherizing homes — which Americans do when their energy bills increase anyway.
    What happens when the demand doesn’t decrease by 15%? Where will Obama get the energy needed to power the economy? He doesn’t answer that question.

    And why worry about electrical demand if Obama believes that we will have emission-free mass-production sources on line in the next 10 years? Electricity in and of itself is completely neutral to the global-warming debate; it’s the source that matters. If we have solar energy perfected, as an example, why worry about electrical demand?

    This sounds like a Luddite philosophy, an energy-hostile policy regardless of its source or its benefits. Obama wants America to live in a shortage economy, where we become ever more dependent on government to ration energy and in which our standard of living decreases year after year. Obama talks about Hope, but he’s really selling Despair … and it has started to lose whatever luster it ever had as his energy policies come more into focus.


  336. Toby, alias ZAKIMAR, stop messing with Mary Leon! She is obviously unbalanced and it isn’t right nor fair to yank her chain anymore!


  337. August 4, 2008
    The Dishonesty of Barack Obama

    Barack Obama gave a major speech on energy in Michigan today, in which he offered a number of new proposals to try to bring down the cost of gasoline. Over the next day or so, I intend to take a careful look at Obama’s new energy strategy. For now, though, a quick comment about Obama’s proposal to sell a portion of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Obama said:

    We should sell 70 million barrels of oil from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve for less expensive crude, which in the past has lowered gas prices within two weeks.
    This is, of course, another policy reversal on Obama’s part. Until now, he has opposed selling gasoline from the Reserve. His spokeswoman acknowledged as much:

    Previously, Obama opposed tapping into the reserve, but campaign spokeswoman Heather Zichal said he reconsidered because “Americans are suffering.”

    Now, I have no problem with a politician changing his mind when conditions change. Thus, I’d be delighted to see John McCain reverse himself on ANWR, on the ground that $4 gasoline demands measures that $2 gasoline doesn’t. This is the sort of rationale implied by Ms. Zichal.

    But Obama’s opposition to selling petroleum from the Reserve is not some relic of the days of cheap oil. It was reiterated on July 7, in St. Louis:

    I do not believe that we should use the strategic oil reserves at this point. I have said and, in fact, supported a congressional resolution that said that we should suspend putting more oil into the strategic oil reserve, but the strategic oil reserve, I think, has to be reserved for a genuine emergency. You have a situation, let’s say, where there was a major oil facility in Saudi Arabia that was destroyed as a consequence of terrorist acts, and you suddenly had huge amounts of oil taken out of the world market, we wouldn’t just be seeing $4-a-gallon oil. We could see a situation where entire sectors of the country had no oil to function at all. And that’s what the strategic oil reserve has to be for.

    On July 7, oil and gas prices were higher than they are today, not lower. So Obama’s explanation that he changed his mind because “Americans are suffering” is transparently false. What has really happened is that Obama has been reading the polls, as always: John McCain has caught up with him, and poll respondents now say that they trust McCain more on energy. Hence the new policies that Obama unveiled today.

    More to come.


  338. Al-Sadr Plans to Turn Militia Into Civic Organization
    Monday, August 04, 2008

    Anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is planning to disarm the Mahdi Army by turning the militia into a civic and social service organization, a significant strategic shift, according to a report by the Associated Press.

    In a brochure obtained by the paper and confirmed by Sheikh Salah al-Obeidi, Sadr’s chief spokesman, the Mahdi Army will now be guided by Shiite spirituality instead of anti-American militancy.

    The move could further enhance the stability of Iraq. The brochure states the al-Mumahidoon will undergo an intellectual and scientific jihad focusing on education, religion and social justice.

    “[The army] is not allowed to use arms at all,” the brochure reportedly says.

    The al-Mumahidoon office will be separated into sections, including religion, education, social services and information. Posters bearing the indicating a new direction for the Mahdi Army have been put up in some areas of Baghdad.

    “All the Mahdi Army must listen to this and follow this new office, which will have the name al-Mumahidoon,” Obeidi told the paper. ” We are also thinking that our work must focus on guiding and enlightening the people to serve Iraqi society.”


  339. McCain is going to get $2 per gallon gasoline by signing an exclusive contract with Czechoslovakia for oil and he will make sure not a single US troop is ever killed because they’ll all be stationed at the Iraq/Pakistan border.


  340. Toby, (alias ZAKIMAR), stop messing with Mary Leon! She is obviously unbalanced and it isn’t right to yank her chain anymore!


  341. Percy, russ, martha and toby:

    Van a comer sus cojones, culeros.

    (An Old Spanish Saying)


  342. August 8th, 2008 4:24 PM Eastern

    What Is Obama Talking About?
    By Betsy Newmark

    Occasionally, Obama has indicated that he has a weak sense of American history. He didn’t seem to know that the Cold War was not a time when the world was standing as one. He didn’t know the history of presidential summits and seems to think that FDR and Truman met with our nation’s enemies. He didn’t know how the Nuremberg Trials worked. And I’m not even talking about his mistake that Americans liberated Auschwitz.

    But I think his remark when the little girl asked him why he decided to run for president and he gave this response.

    “America is …, uh, is no longer, uh … what it could be, what it once was. And I say to myself, I don’t want that future for my children.”

    As you watch the video, it’s clear that he formed his words carefully and was thinking about how to answer the little girl.

    I’m wondering when is the time that Obama thinks that we were what we could be. It couldn’t have been when we had slavery. So that takes us to 1865. It couldn’t be when we had states divided by terrible Jim Crow laws that segregated society and disenfranchised an entire race. So that takes us to the mid-1960s. It probably wasn’t when we were divided and torn apart by the Vietnam War and racial violence. So that takes us to the 1970s. I doubt that it was when we were suffering devastating stagflation and seeing our hostages being paraded in front of the cameras. So that takes us to 1980. We’re left with the Reagan-Bush years. Is Obama yearning for Morning in America? Many conservatives remember that period with nostalgia; does Obama share that feeling? No, certainly not the 1980s, that decade of greed.

    Or is he talking about the Clinton years? Was that the time when we were what we could be? Why then run against Hillary Clinton? And that was a time when we were supposedly being divided by bitter partisanship. Is he yearning for the time when the Republicans controlled Congress? The days of impeachment? Or is he thinking about when we had our heads in the sand regarding the growing development of Al Qaeda terrorism? If that was the one period in our time when we were what we could be, then wouldn’t he have wanted to put that team back in the White House? And we know that he isn’t talking about the Bush years. So what was he talking about?

    This matches up with some of the things his wife has said. His wife thinks that we are a “downright mean” country.

    Obama begins with a broad assessment of life in America in 2008, and life is not good: we’re a divided country, we’re a country that is “just downright mean,” we are “guided by fear,” we’re a nation of cynics, sloths, and complacents. “We have become a nation of struggling folks who are barely making it every day,” she said, as heads bobbed in the pews. “Folks are just jammed up, and it’s gotten worse over my lifetime. And, doggone it, I’m young. Forty-four!”

    We can narrow down when that better time was as far as his wife is concerned. She says it’s gotten worse over her lifetime and she’s 44. I’m still trying to figure out when in the past 44 years she thinks that it was better. Ed Morrissey reminds us of some other remarks that Michelle Obama has said that indicated her dislike of this country. It now seems that her husband shares some of that disdain. Or does he? She’s also said that this is the first time in her adult life that she is proud of America because America had the good sense to vote for her husband. So does she think that we’re now being what we could be? Or was her childhood during the 1960s and 70s that time when America was so good. It’s all very confusing.

    As Jennifer Rubin says, this remark wasn’t a gaffe, but a theme.

    But really, it is not just a matter of an off-the-cuff remark. (By the way can you imagine that if Joe Biden is selected as VP he might actually be the less gaffe-prone of the two?) That gloomy assessment and glum world outlook is essential to his message. Remember: if the country is not in dire straits then no ordinary, experienced politician will do. We have to throw away the playbook, take a leap of faith and elect the One Who Is Like No Other. So of course everything must be worse than before — why else would we need Him?

    You know, this wasn’t a tough question. She was asking him why he wanted to be president. Ever since Roger Mudd flummoxed Teddy Kennedy, candidates have known how to answer that question. He could have talked about the challenges that our country faces and how he wanted to lead us to a better tomorrow. He was given an opening to talk about how much he loves this country and wants to serve it. If he had to return to his usual solipsism, he could have talked about how proud he is to be the first candidate of a mixed racial heritage to be nominated by a major political party and how far we have come from our grim racial history and how he is looking forward to leading the country as we continued our progress.

    Many liberals supporting Obama’s campaign probably don’t see anything wrong with Obama’s reply. But those aren’t the people he needs to convince. If he’s worry about those bitter, clinging voters who voted for Hillary in the primaries, this sort of talk isn’t going to win them over.

    And I hope that one day, some reporter, or maybe just another seven-year old child, will ask him. When exactly were those golden, halcyon days? What are all those qualities that he believes represent what we can be and what we once were? And when exactly was that period in American history when we satisfied all those criteria? I hope that those journalists or townhall participants at Obama events who will be trying to think of what questions to ask Obama if they get the opportunity will consider asking him when we were what we could be and if we were waiting for the change that we would be today back then? It all is very confusing, but I’m sure that he can deconstruct it for us.


  343. Russians bomb Georgian city
    posted at 11:40 am on August 9, 2008

    Wouldn’t this constitute a war crime, if deliberate? The Russians dropped bombs on the city of Gori today, killing civilians, while announcing that they had taken the capital of South Ossetia back from Georgia. Meanwhile, the US struggles to find a response that will contain the aggression and hostilities, but Georgia has war on its mind:

    Russian air attacks over northern Georgia intensified on Saturday morning, striking two apartment buildings in the city of Gori and clogging roads out of the area with fleeing refugees.

    Russian authorities said their forces had retaken the South Ossetian capital, Tskhinvali, from Georgian control during the morning hours. They reported that 15 Russian peacekeepers and 1,500 civilians have been killed in the conflict.

    Georgian forces shot down 10 Russian combat planes over the last two days, according to Alexander Lomaya, secretary of the Georgian National Security Council.

    Shota Utiashvili, an official at the Georgian Interior Ministry, called the attack on Gori a “major escalation,” and said he expected attacks to increase over the course of Saturday. He said some 16 Russian planes were in the air over Georgian territory at any given time on Saturday, four times the number of sorties seen Friday.

    The US received howls of criticism for its targeted strikes on insurgents who deliberately hid among civilians in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Even Barack Obama criticized American tactics in the latter, saying that all we were doing was “air raiding villages and killing civilians”. Israel got the same criticism during its war with Hezbollah, which also hid among civilians.

    So when will we hear criticism from Obama, MoveOn, and the rest of the critics over these tactics by Russia? Georgia is fielding a uniformed army, clearly identifiable and operating under command of the state. Why does Russia need to bomb civilian centers under these conditions?

    The US, meanwhile, has tried talking with both sides, but unsurprisingly have not gotten far with either. Georgia claims that Russia started the war by supporting the separatist attacks and then escalated with their own attacks on Georgia proper; Russia claims that they are only fulfilling their role as peacekeepers and would stop if Georgia withdraws from South Ossetia. The Russians claim that the US got taken aback by Georgia’s actions, praising our efforts to defuse the crisis but noting that those efforts proved fruitless.

    Update: Here’s the video of Obama ripping American tactics in Afghanistan

    America will wait with bated breath his swift and merciless condemnation of Russian tactics.


  344. To the Russians, the Georgians are terrorists. And if the Russian response of using war planes to bomb civilians in order to fight these terrorists is a war crime, then Israel has been committing these war crimes for decades. Bush is calling for an end to this violence, but gives $3 000 000 000 per year (plus weapons, plus “loans”) to Israel to continue its violent hegemony in the Middle East. This is hypocrisy at its finest.


  345. GOD BLESS ISRAEL. Maybe some day Israel will make glass of the lands of their barbaric & backwards & lunatic neighbors.


  346. So JT, who are you cheering for in this war?

    “What is most striking about the crisis is how strongly it recalls the bad old days of the Soviet Union. Vladimir Putin has cast aside any pretense of having given up the reins of power, and is directing the Russian Army. Here is how Pravda is covering the conflict:

    War between Russia and Georgia orchestrated from USA:

    Russian officials believe that it was the USA that orchestrated the current conflict. The chairman of the State Duma Committee for Security, Vladimir Vasilyev, believes that the current conflict is South Ossetia is very reminiscent to the wars in Iraq and Kosovo.
    Russia: Again Savior of Peace and Life:

    The international community collectively held their breath waiting for the reaction of Russia after the savage, brutal, criminal attack by Georgia on South Ossetia. After having offered a cease fire in hostilities, the back stabbing Georgians immediately violated the cease fire, invading South Ossetia and causing massive destruction and death among innocent civilians, among peacekeepers and also destroying a hospital. …
    Georgian troops attempted to storm the city [Tskhinval] much as Hitler‘s Panzer divisions blazed through Europe. Also noteworthy is the fact that Georgian tanks and infantry were being aided by Israeli advisors, a true indicator that this conflict was instigated by outside forces. …

    Relating what has become common practice among war criminals, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reported: “A Russian humanitarian convoy has come under fire. Panic is growing among the local population, and the number of refugees is increasing. There are reports of ethnic cleansing in some villages… The situation is ripe for a humanitarian catastrophe.”

    The two-faced, underhanded foreign policy of Georgia:

    Ask anyone in the Caucasus region, and they will tell you never to trust a Georgian because they would shake your hand with a smile and then stab you in the back. On Friday morning, we saw a perfect example of this treachery, when hours after declaring a ceasefire, Georgian military units launched a savage attack on the civilians of South Ossetia.

    Hours after Georgia President Mikhail Saakashvili, the pro-western Washington-backed anti-democratic stooge (attacks on opposition policians in Georgia are rife) declared a unilateral ceasefire, the Georgian army lanched a savage attack on the capital of the province of South Ossetia, Tskhinvali, with tanks and infantry, while the air force bombed a village and strafed a Russian humanitarian aid convoy.”

    SO:

    We appear to be witnessing the resurrection of the Brezhnev era. If so, the news is ominous indeed, for if Vladimir Putin looks like the second coming of Leonid Brezhnev, Barack Obama looks equally like the second coming of Jimmy Carter, whom Brezhnev treated as a lackey. Today the Obama and McCain campaigns both put out statements on the Russian invasion. Politico’s Ben Smith contrasts them:

    While Obama offered a response largely in line with statements issued by democratically elected world leaders, including President Bush, first calling on both sides to negotiate, John McCain took a remarkably — and uniquely — more aggressive stance, siding clearly with Georgia’s pro-Western leaders and placing the blame for the conflict entirely on Russia.
    In case that wasn’t clear, he adds: “McCain’s initial statement…put him more closely in line with the moral clarity and American exceptionalism projected by President Bush’s first term.”

    In another weird echo of the Brezhnev years, Obama adviser Mark Brzezinski– Zbigniew’s son–said, “It’s both sides’ fault — both have been somewhat provocative with each other.” Sure. Just like the Czechs provoked the Germans in 1938.

    The Russians, needless to say, are not neutral as between McCain and Obama. Ben Smith recounts that their Washington public relations firm contacted reporters to remind them that McCain foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann has lobbied for Georgia. Unbelievably, the Obama campaign aligned itself squarely with Vladimir Putin, putting out a statement that echoed the Russian PR firm’s:

    “John McCain’s top foreign policy adviser lobbied for, and has a vested interest in, the Republic of Georgia and McCain has mirrored the position advocated by the government,’ said Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan.
    In the common sense-free world of Barack Obama, advocating for a fledgling democracy that is trying to align itself with the West and is threatened by the imperial aspirations of Russia constitutes a “conflict of interest.”

    The McCain camp responded with this statement:

    The Obama campaign’s attacks on Randy Scheunemann are disgraceful. Mr. Scheunemann proudly represented a small democracy that is one of our closest allies in a very dangerous region. Today, many are dead and Georgia is in crisis, yet the Obama campaign has offered nothing more than cheap and petty political attacks that are echoed only by the Kremlin. The reaction of the Obama campaign to this crisis, so at odds with our democratic allies and yet so bizarrely in sync with Moscow, doesn’t merely raise questions about Senator Obama’s judgment–it answers them.
    The American people once elected Jimmy Carter to defend their interests against Leonid Brezhnev. It will be interesting to see whether they are willing to do it again.


  347. So martha or percy is back, I actually missed your humor. People like you are the reason debating was so easy for me in university.

    “GOD BLESS ISRAEL. Maybe some day Israel will make glass of the lands of their barbaric & backwards & lunatic neighbors.”

    is a fine way to rebut,

    “To the Russians, the Georgians are terrorists. And if the Russian response of using war planes to bomb civilians in order to fight these terrorists is a war crime, then Israel has been committing these war crimes for decades. Bush is calling for an end to this violence, but gives $3 000 000 000 per year (plus weapons, plus “loans”) to Israel to continue its violent hegemony in the Middle East. This is hypocrisy at its finest.

    BTW, if Bush had listened to Carter’s Zbigniew Brzezinski instead of Nixon’s Henry Kissinger, the US wouldn’t be in Iraq. And I just won another debate.


  348. So Olbermann Expelled Milbank for “Distorting” Obama, when will Olbermann Expell Himself for Distorting the Truth?

    August 10, 2008 – 03:23 ET

    When Washington Post columnist and, until recently, regular Countdown guest Dana Milbank used an edited quote from Barack Obama that was arguably a distortion of the Illinois Senator’s words, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann suspended Milbank from appearing on his show insisting Milbank correct his transgression against the Democratic presidential candidate.

    But if Olbermann’s MSNBC bosses held him to the same standard, the Countdown host himself would have been suspended numerous times during the past four years if he were required to correct either distortions of people’s words or his reporting of stories that turned out to be inaccurate. But while in Milbank’s case the Washington Post columnist’s infraction was against a liberal target in Obama, Olbermann has primarily targeted conservatives. Notably, while it is no secret that Olbermann is very pro-Obama as he conducts his show, on the June 26 show, Olbermann came closest to admitting he hopes Obama becomes President as he defended the Illinois Senator’s decision to vote for a FISA bill opposed by the left. Olbermann: “If you get as hot about the issue as I have, you would rather see a President Obama prosecuting the telecoms criminally, rather than a Senator Obama throwing away a vote to keep open the civil suits when most of the other Democrats already caved in.”

    In October 2004, the MSNBC host used selectively edited clips of Vice President Cheney to make it appear Cheney had argued that Iraq was involved in the 9/11 attacks as a justification for the Iraq invasion.

    In 2005, Olbermann accused FNC’s John Gibson and talk radio host Janet Parshall of sounding like terrorists from “an al-Qaeda show” as Olbermann distorted Gibson’s remarks about the American tradition of majority religions tolerating minority religions.

    On Jay Leno’s show in 2006, Olbermann accused FNC host Bill O’Reilly of defending the Nazis from World War II because of O’Reilly’s mixup of the events of the Malmedy massacre. Olbermann: “On the air in the last year, Bill O’Reilly has defended the Nazis from World War II on three separate occasions. … Yes, I wish I were making this up.” Further explanation can be found here.

    This past July, Olbermann picked up on an incorrect account from a liberal blogger which claimed that O’Reilly accused Democratic Congressman Robert Wexler of trying to evade the state income tax of Florida, with O’Reilly being embarrassed at being corrected by his own guest, conservative columnist John Fund. In reality, O’Reilly had not made this accusation at all, as the FNC host had actually pointed out that Florida has no state income tax, and that Wexler was using Florida as his address for tax purposes even though he lives in Maryland. The liberal blogger in question corrected her account of the exchange on her Web site, but Olbermann never corrected the error on his show.

    Also in July, Olbermann used a sloppily worded statement about Islamic terrorism by an 83-year-old decorated veteran, retired Colonel Bud Day, a John McCain supporter, to paint McCain as agreeing with what the MSNBC host referred to as Day’s “racism and religious hatred.”

    Olbermann slammed McCain: “And you heard him [Day]: John agrees with him. As of tonight, John’s campaign has refused to repudiate Day’s racism and religious hatred. Maybe John needs to get rid of this clown but fast. Bud ‘The Muslims are Going to Kill Us’ Day, today’s ‘Worst Person in the World.’”

    Olbermann did not inform viewers that a McCain campaign spokesperson, as was reported that day by Fox News, “said Day intended to say ‘Islamic extremists’ — an important distinction as some Muslims feel inappropriately discriminated against since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.”

    In December 2006, the MSNBC host, likely picking up on a report by the liberal Media Matters for America, seized on a date mixup by O’Reilly to accuse the FNC host of lying about comments O’Reilly had made in the aftermath of the Iraq invasion from April 2003.

    O’Reilly bragged that he had voiced the need for tough martial law early on to keep order in Iraq, but had misstated the date of his prediction as “the night that Saddam’s statue fell” when, in fact, it was a mere two nights later (April 11, 2003, instead of April 9). But instead of entertaining the possibility of a date mixup, Olbermann called O’Reilly a “holy-you-know-what-liar.”

    Olbermann has also hinted that O’Reilly’s concerns about a “War on Christmas” by secularists are motivated by anti-Semitism, once joking about O’Reilly supporting a “war against Hanukkah.” In December 2006, while reporting on the controversial decision of the Seattle-Tacoma Airport to remove its Christmas trees from public view rather than display a Menorah, Olbermann joked: “Generalissimo O’Reilly remains upbeat. Look not on this as a defeat in the war on Christmas. This was a dramatic victory in Billow’s new war against Hanukkah.” Ironically, less than 20 minutes earlier on The O’Reilly Factor, the FNC host had spoken approvingly of displaying a Menorah at the airport as he interviewed the rabbi who had requested it.

    In September 2006, Olbermann condemned President Bush for an awkwardly worded, off-the-cuff remark made by the President during a news conference that it is “unacceptable to think” the actions of America can be compared to those of terrorists. Not catching on to the President’s likely meaning that it is “ridiculous to claim” the actions of America are similar to those terrorists, Olbermann blew it out of proportion as if the comment were an attack on the right to think, and therefore a grave threat to democracy. Referring to a favorite topic of his, George Orwell’s 1984, he attacked Bush’s words as “chilling.” Olbermann: “‘It’s unacceptable to think.’ Sounds like something straight out of George Orwell’s 1984. Instead, it was something straight out of George Bush’s mouth. … And not only issuing those chilling words, ‘It’s unacceptable to think,’ but doing so in answer to the call to conscience from his own former Secretary of State, Colin Powell.”

    In January 2006, after O’Reilly complained that the “network newscasts” had ignored the story of a Vermont judge who initially sentenced a child rapist to only 60 days in jail, Olbermann argued that because his Countdown show on MSNBC had covered the story, that O’Reilly’s statement was false, even though “network newscasts” would only included ABC, CBS and NBC newscasts, not cable news.

    In November 2005, after Vice President Cheney gave a speech charging that the Associated Press had misrepresented an earlier speech in which he had attacked Democratic Senators who had accused President Bush of lying about pre-war intelligence, Olbermann characterized Cheney’s complaint as “vitriol” toward the media. The Countdown host proceeded to distort Cheney’s words himself, even editing the Vice President’s words in mid-sentence, to prove his contention that Cheney’s complaints about the AP were unfounded.

    Time and again, Olbermann has demonstrated his unwillingness to let facts get in the way of a good hit job.

    Yet Mr. Turley continues to go on his show! Why I must ask? How much does Olbermann pay his guests?


  349. I suspect Mr. Turley shows up on Countdown for the same reason you show up on this blog, you’re ALLOWED. Where FOX doesn’t allow free thought, if you don’t speak in unison with President For Life Murdoch, you’ve got to go.

    And welcome back and Happy Tisha B’Av.


  350. Zakimar: you must be lost again.

    Keith Olbermann on Countdown NEVER allows opposing viewpoints whereas Hannity, Oreilly, and every other Fox opinion show relishes in having opposing views on to debate.

    Additionally, the word on MSNBC is that Mr. Turley will NOT appear on any news opinion show where he will be challenged in a debate style forum, so that is why he almost never appears on any TV show except for Countdown.

    Keith Olbermann fears having a debate style show because it would show his opinions have zero credibility and his “facts” are lacking whereas the Fox news opinion shows, again as I said earlier, RELISH in have opposing views because they KNOW it raises ratings. Olbermann still does not even have as many prime time viewers as Orerilly’s late night RERUN!


  351. I remember how Billo “relished” having the son of a 911 victim on his show; he’s truly a class act.

    And Clan Rallies and WWE draw more people than Shakespeare in the Park and Aida. Popular doesn’t mean Good or Right.


  352. martha:

    “Additionally, the word on MSNBC is that Mr. Turley will NOT appear on any news opinion show where he will be challenged in a debate style forum, so that is why he almost never appears on any TV show except for Countdown.”

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

    Right again, martha h. As we all know most lawyers, especially law professors who do trial work, run from a good debate.

    Do you read your comments before you hit “submit,” or do you at least have the night nurse read it to you before she ties own the restraints?


  353. Mespo and Zakimar,

    I really wish Mr. Turley would find out which Insane Asylum martha, russ, percy and toby are living at, so he can tell the doctors in charge to make sure that these people are being monitored for drug usage, because the tripe they find to post here must be coming from the mind of a user of LSD or Crystal Meth or Heroin(Bush’s choice of drug, as I recall).

    I know that both McCain and Obama has their positive and negative aspects (I’ve seen McCain on “Saturday Night Live” reruns on YouTube, and I must admit he is a very funny comedic actor), (and Barack Obama knows how to give a speech and draw a crowd to listen to him, like no one else has since Bill Clinton was President).

    But as far as Keith Olbermann’s show and Bill O’Lielly’s ‘show’ there is NO comparison. I would much rather spend my time watching Keith Olbermann tell the Truth about this clown in the White House, even if he gets very emotional at times; because what he is reporting IS True, not like O’Lielley’s racist and Neo-Con viewpoints. (O’Lielley should really go back to reporting rumors and half-truths on shows like “Current Affair” or at least admit to his audience that he is really a comedian–a la, “we report, you decide” tripe. Everyone knows that Fox is a Neo-Con Right Wing station that wouldn’t know the Truth if it came and bit everyone there on their asses.)

    Martha, Percy, russ and toby:

    “Hasta la vista”

    (Another Old Spanish Saying)


  354. Hi Mary Leon; I don’t know who toby is and I don’t bother responding to people who use profanity (another debate disqualifier), but I enjoy reading martha/russ. You can tell that some people like JMark and percy just ‘phone it in’, but that/those other person(s) make a point, albeit an erroneous one.


  355. Obama’s 3 AM Breakfast: Waffles
    posted at 10:25 am on August 10, 2008

    Barack Obama has apparently reversed himself on what John McCain called a 3 AM moment, in reference to Hillary Clinton’s primary campaign ad. Originally, Obama had decided to castigate both Georgia and Russia over the outbreak of hostilities in South Ossetia, even while Russian bombs fell on Georgia itself. Today, Obama has changed his tune, following McCain’s lead in demanding that Russia cease its aggression:

    Obama called for direct talks among all sides and said the United States, the U.N. Security Council and other parties should try to help bring about a peaceful resolution.
    “I condemn Russia’s aggressive actions and reiterate my call for an immediate ceasefire,” Obama said in a statement.
    “Russia must stop its bombing campaign, cease flights of Russian aircraft in Georgian airspace, and withdraw its ground forces from Georgia.”

    Here’s his original statement:
    “I strongly condemn the outbreak of violence in Georgia, and urge an immediate end to armed conflict,” Obama said in a written statement. “Now is the time for Georgia and Russia to show restraint and to avoid an escalation to full-scale war. Georgia’s territorial integrity must be respected.”

    McCain responded sooner than Obama and with a great deal more accuracy:
    Today news reports indicate that Russian military forces crossed an internationally-recognized border into the sovereign territory of Georgia. Russia should immediately and unconditionally cease its military operations and withdraw all forces from sovereign Georgian territory. What is most critical now is to avoid further confrontation between Russian and Georgian military forces. The consequences for Euro-Atlantic stability and security are grave.
    The government of Georgia has called for a cease-fire and for a resumption of direct talks on South Ossetia with international mediators. The U.S. should immediately convene an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council to call on Russia to reverse course. The US should immediately work with the EU and the OSCE to put diplomatic pressure on Russia to reverse this perilous course it has chosen. We should immediately call a meeting of the North Atlantic Council to assess Georgia’s security and review measures NATO can take to contribute to stabilizing this very dangerous situation. Finally, the international community needs to establish a truly independent and neutral peacekeeping force in South Ossetia.

    McCain obviously took time to determine first that Russia had indeed attacked Georgia before demanding restraint from the victim. It’s apparent that McCain has a better grasp of the situation and understood its ramifications as events unfolded. Obama issued a boilerplate statement that generically demanded that everyone start getting along, and had to modify his stance as his 300 foreign-policy advisers had a chance to tutor him on the conflict.

    I’d rather vote for the man who gets it right and has spent years studying foreign affairs, warfare, and American strategic needs than the man who makes it up as he goes along. McCain is right; this was a 3 AM moment, and Obama proved himself unprepared and unsuited to answer the call.


  356. martha:

    Yawnnnnnnnnn….


  357. GOD BLESS GW BUSH.

    GOD BLESS JOHN MCCAIN.

    Barack Obama is a piece of crap.


  358. Fear and loathing … in the Democratic Party
    posted at 12:00 pm on August 10, 2008

    Barack Obama has twiced smeared John McCain and the Republican Party as racist and fearmongering — but perhaps that may be better explained as projection. The Atlantic plans to publish internal memos from the Hillary Clinton campaign in its September edition, and Politico reports that a campaign strategy of xenophobia didn’t come from the GOP. The Clinton campaign suggested painting Obama as un-American:

    Mark Penn, the top campaign strategist for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign, advised her to portray Barack Obama as having a “limited” connection “to basic American values and culture,” according to a forthcoming article in The Atlantic.

    The magazine reports Penn suggested getting much rougher with Obama in a memo on March 30, after her crucial wins in Texas and Ohio: “Does anyone believe that it is possible to win the nomination without, over these next two months, raising all these issues on him? … Won’t a single tape of [the Reverend Jeremiah] Wright going off on America with Obama sitting there be a game ender?” …

    Penn, the presidential campaign’s chief strategist, wrote in a memo to Clinton excerpted in the article: “I cannot imagine America electing a president during a time of war who is not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and in his values.”
    Hammering Obama on Jeremiah Wright? Looking for video of the Obamas nodding approvingly to Wright’s demagoguic tirades on race and America? It didn’t start with the Republicans at all; it started with the Clintonites. Furthermore, the Clintonites apparently agreed with Republicans in their assessment of Obama and his long-time association with anti-American radicals like Jeremiah Wright, Michael Pfleger, William Ayers, and Bernardine Dohrn. They concluded that Obama is “not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and in his values.”

    Democrats came to that conclusion long before Republicans even worried about Obama. In March 2007, Penn warned Clinton’s team to focus on values-based voters, women, and working- to middle-class families. That strategy finally got adopted in February 2008, when it was just a little too late to help, but Penn saw Obama’s flaws very clearly even in the early stages of the race.

    It will have one effect, and that’s to put the race card out of reach for Barack Obama. He can’t call McCain a racist and a fearmonger again without first pointing the finger publicly to the Clintons, who obviously went a lot farther than McCain would ever countenance along those lines. (McCain all but forbid the mention of Jeremiah Wright by his campaign or surrogates.)

    This could also rip the veneer of inclusionism off of identity politics and expose it for the tribalism that it is. These memos and the Democratic infighting demonstrate the corrosiveness of identity politics and its eventual outcome — division, bitterness, and loss. That will help improve American politics in the long run as we focus on ideas and philosophy, and not the color of skin, internal plumbing, or ethnicity of our great-grandparents.


  359. Mark Penn is a Zionist, like so many others in the Clinton Administration (I could list Several Dozens of names), who naturally feels that ALL Black people are inferior. But just because the Clintons are racists, doesn’t mean racism from McCain should thus be excused.

    I honestly couldn’t say who I think would have a more Zionist/racist Administration, Bill Clinton or McCain, but Hillary Clinton would have won, hands down. The only reason to prefer McCain over Obama is that McCain is much more likely to demoralize the US Military and bankrupt the country and thus make the US a far less dangerous country in the future.

    I hope you give McCain eight years to prove me right.


  360. I wonder what you Republickans will say when Bush and Cheney are outed…Not that they’re gay, but they are outed as a pair of liars who started a war based on LIES…


  361. They’ve been outed long ago. And the response was that it’s the fault of the “intelligence” and the Democrats. And to make sure it doesn’t happen again, give McCain a try.

    BTW, a lot of them are closet queens (see Giuliani) and they are so upset with Clinton and Edwards because they were cheating on their wives with WOMEN.


  362. zakimar:

    Don’t forget Sen. Larry “the toetapper” Craig, and the “holier than thou NOT” Minister Ted Haggard. The both of those ‘conservative’ fellows have been outed, too. (I must admit that Giuliani does look better in drag. LOL)

    I’m kind of nervous to see McCain get elected. I think the run of the Republickan agenda is nearing an end, so there won’t be much more of this “Project for the New American Century” of taking over the world. BUT McCain wants to invade Iran. I just know it. And if he is elected he will 100% certainly bomb Iran and help Israel attack Tehran. If this happens, then the United States will end up being a burned-out civilization. I don’t want that to happen in my lifetime, and neither do Millions of my fellow citizens.

    I really believe that those who come here and bless Bush and all that are either too stubborn to admit Defeat, or have a couple of loose screws in their brains that need fixing NOW. They would rather God bless an evil man like Bush instead of praying for their fellow man/woman in the world, that we do not cause any more bloodshed based on LIES like Bush has done in Iraq.


  363. I haven’t been in the US since early 2003, before the attack on Iraq, and I miss it a little. I remember how the average American treated me just fine UNTIL I mentioned my name – well over half stopped talking to me immediately and walked away. I still wouldn’t feel safe in the US under Obama, unless he also changed policy for the Government staff that enforces the laws. Some of my friends and business contacts think I’m joking when I first tell them about the behavior of most of the Americans I’ve met while in the States, and that I’m worried that some Zionist like Emerson, Kromberg etc. at the border will give me a one way ticket to Guantanamo.

    I’ve been to over a dozen States and I especially loved California, Delaware (the 0% sales tax was a bonus) and Virginia. So maybe in the 5th year of an Obama Presidency, I’ll be back. Until then, it’ll have to talk to decent Americans such as you, via e-mail.


  364. zakimar:

    As far as I’m concerned, you or anyone else are welcome to come to the United States, to visit, to live, to raise your families, to bring your friends and loved ones. This is a country of Immigrants, and All are Welcome.

    It’s idiots and racists, like martha, percy, russ and toby, who do not want to welcome anyone who isn’t a lilywhite, Neo-Con. Well, they know where they’re heading when this lifetime is over. They can stay in Hell with the other racist KKKs. Why they think that the United States belongs only to them and their kind is so idiotic, it’s beyond the knowledge of mortal man.

    I’ve been to California, too, and I loved it. That’s where I’ve always wanted to live, but it’s too expensive there to even try and find a place to live, let alone find a job.

    Right after September 11th, my husband was out for a walk, minding his own business, when a white man came over and pushed him into the street; almost making him get hit by a car. The man called my husband a “towel head” (a very nasty term used for people who wear turbans) and told him to go back to Africa (why he told him that, I’ll never know). My husband, as I’ve mentioned before, is from Mexico and is a beautiful man, with black hair (now with gray streaks), dark brown eyes and brown skin. Some of his friends who are also from Mexico, were treated very rudely right after September 11th, too. Now, no one really says anything to him. But he does get occasional dirty looks from those who think they are better than everyone else (people like martha, percy, russ and toby).

    Most people I know are friendly, but there are a few in my family, and those who used to be my friends, until I married my husband and became “persona non grata”, who don’t like anyone who isn’t like them–white married to white. If I wanted that I would never have married my husband. But I figure I have One Life to Live and I’m going to choose to be happy with the man I love, and not conform to my family’s idea of a marriage. And so far, after 28 years of marriage, I’ve come out the Big Winner. And a few of my cousins who married the same, are now divorced. So, it all depends on Who you Love, not what he/she looks like or how they were brought up, or how they speak.

    Unfortunately, it probably will take at least 5 years, maybe longer, for Barack Obama to find out all the mess that Bush has left for him to clean up. There are presidential directives and signing statements Bush issued in secret, that still have yet to see the light of day. If I am right, I believe that Bush has tried to sell us and our country to the highest bidder. Bush has done to us what Hitler tried to do to Germany–take over and make a political party of rich, and make the rest of us pay for all their adventures and mistakes. That’s why I still can’t figure out why Anyone would support John McCain or even ADMIT to being a Republickan. That is one mystery I’ll Never understand…


  365. Barry Obama is unelectable.

    Even the liberal media is sick of him and poking fun at him tonight having his Hawaii vacation strolling on the beaches as we have a world crisis.

    Oh well, it could have been worse, you could have nominated John Edwards!!!!!!! Say, did you know Edwards is married?


  366. I heard that when McCain was told that Georgia had been attacked, he asked if it was the Union Army or the Injins. When he was reminded what century he was now in, he called Chertoff to see if he could connect this second attack on the US to Iran. When told that this was not the US Georgia, he asked if it was near Czechoslovakia or the Iraq/Pakistan border. The SS (Secret Service) then confiscated his Lithium and Viagra, gave him some warm milk and told him Gran’ma would come by to tuck him in. FOUR MORE YEARS!


  367. Mary Leon; Good for you for doing what you felt was right in spite of the racists. I was once given some great advice, “Fight words with words, fists with fists, guns with guns and bombs with bombs” and “Let people say what they want, but if they put a hand on your family, put them in the grave”. I’m a firm believer of those sayings, because my father is a wise man. To me, insults from the ignorant, Zionists, bigots and plain stupid are like a compliment from an intelligent friend. Since I am more ‘white’ then most of the inbred I used to meet in the States that treated me ‘reel good like’, until I mentioned my name, I often got to listen to what these people really thought and it wasn’t pretty (or intelligent for that matter). My oldest daughter has hair like the sun and eyes like the sky, so she’ll do well when/if she goes to the States for University, but I’m sure I’ll have to tell her NOT to mention her religion until after she graduates.

    Maybe President Obama can change things a bit, but don’t hold your breath.


  368. Today Senator Barry Obama as well as New Mexico Gov. Richardson called for the United Nations Security Council to vote to demand Russia stop its aggression against Georgia.

    I guess Barry Obama forgot who the UN Security Council is comprised of:

    The French Republic
    The People’s Republic of China
    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    The United States of America
    and of course,
    THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

    Unbelievably Barry Obama today was asking the RUSSIAN FEDERATION to vote to DEMAND the RUSSIAN FEDERATION cease it’s aggression against Georgia!

    Unbelievable. Something so stupid I only thought Keith Olbermann would do it, but the Democratic nominee for the Office of President of the United States said it. Just goes to show you that between Barry Obama, John Edwards the sleazeball, and Hillary I never saw those files Clinton, the Democratic party has a tough time finding anyone with character.


  369. No more stupid than trying to pass a Resolution that seeks to help the Palestinians or reign in Israel and which consistently gets almost unanimous approval but is ALWAYS VETOED by the USA.

    Maybe, one day the country could do the right thing?

    Also, how Britain, France and the US continue to be Permanent Members on the SC and Germany, Japan and India aren’t, I’ll never understand. No country should have veto power. Make it a requirement to get 75, 80, or even 90%, but to let one or two countries dictate to the World is archaic.


  370. Obama Calls for UN to Pass Resolution Condemning Russia, Forgets Russia Has UNSC Veto

    Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 5:55:12 pm PDT

    An astoundingly bone-headed statement from Barack Obama today, as he calls for the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Georgia.

    Memo to the Obama campaign: Russia has veto power in the United Nations Security Council.

    lgf BLOG


  371. ZAKIMAR: TO HELL WITH THE UNITED NATIONS.

    YOU CAN HAUL THE WHOLE THING LOCK STOCK AND BARREL TO YOUR TWO BIT LITTLE COUNTRY AND LET THE CORRUPT UN “DIGNITARIES” WELCH OFF YOUR COUNTRY FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS.

    ENJOY.


  372. martha h/percy:

    The world is indeed a strange and mysterious place for you two, and your naiveté is breath-taking. Follow along now: The purpose of such a resolution is to force a vote and compel the offending party to veto it to save it’s rumpus. That tends to make the veto-er a pariah among the other members–something I suspect both of you know more than a little about.

    The same tactic was used by the US during the Cuban Missile Crisis when then US UN Ambassador Adlai Stevenson courageous said he would wait “until Hell freezes over” for a reply from USSR Ambassador Zorin concerning the photographic proof that the missiles did in fact exist. “The embarrassment of public indictment was instrumental in forcing the Soviets to remove the missiles.”

    You too remind me of something else Adlai Stevenson said when attacked by another know-noting who opposed the UN. After being struck by a placard wielding Cretan in Dallas in 1963 barely a month before the Kennedy assassination, Stevenson said “I don’t want her to go to jail, I want her to go to school.”

    Funny, I feel the same way!


  373. The UN is only a tool much like Bush, McCain and many on this blog.

    Much preferable to bombs however. Too bad Bush wasn’t dropped on Baghdad and Hussein on Washington. You’d have about 300 000 000 happy people and the UN could have called it a day.


  374. As far as Russia provoking war with Georgia, that will have to be settled with either the UN Security Council threatening to kick out Russia, or the Russians and Georgians will have to split the disputed territory by either bloodshed or negotiations.

    I don’t see Bush running to invade Georgia to help them kick out the Russians. I wonder why. Oh, I know. Georgia doesn’t have much to offer Bush in way of oil.

    To the racists: percy martha, russ, toby:

    Any time you make fun of me or condemn people that are ‘different’ from you, you are doing us a Great Favor, in that, when we get to Heaven we will have Extra rewards for being treated Rotten here on earth by people like you. Don’t think that Jesus approves of what you are doing. In fact, He is watching what you are doing and wondering why you are taking the side of Evil Republickans in the ways you are treating your brothers and sisters in this country and the world.

    I may not like you kind of people, but I, too am a woman with blond hair and blue eyes, and I can’t believe what ‘you people’ first say to me when you think I’m ‘one of you’. Then the bomb drops when you see me with my husband. I’ve had ‘you people’ turn your backs on me and even deny me a right to own a home, once you’ve seen me and my sweetie; and I’ve even been called an ‘N***** Lover’, though why, I’ll never know. I may not like you, but I will always defend your right to live and be free.


  375. Mary; I’m pretty sure all the people you mentioned are Jews or at least Zionists. If they are Jews, they couldn’t care less about what Jesus thinks or would say, because he is nothing more than a “self-hating” Jew to them and they’re still waiting for their Messiah. Keep in mind, Jews celebrate a Holiday in which they believe God MURDERED thousands of babies and children because one man was mean to them (I know people may think I’m making that up because it’s so blasphemous and ludicrous, but they call it Passover – look it up). If they are Christian Zionists (which I doubt), they believe Jesus would approve of the murder and oppression of millions of people in Palestine, because that is what’s required for Jesus to return.

    So either ignore their mindless babble, or enjoy it as I do.


  376. Video: Georgian president touts McCain’s solidarity in Tbilisi

    posted at 7:00 pm on August 12, 2008

    A nice moment, but much nicer still is who’s on stage with him here. Recognize the guy over his left shoulder? There are, I believe, five presidents of Russian satellite states on stage there — Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia — although Yushchenko’s the only one I know on sight.

    McCain himself is calling out that endgame is near. Both sides have tentatively agreed to Sarkozy’s truce plan, but Georgia’s still objecting to some of the Russian demands. One of those demands, according to the Telegraph, is to make South Ossetia and Abkhazia a “buffer zone” from which all Georgian troops would be excluded, meaning the two areas would be de facto annexed by Moscow. Quote:
    Observers believe Mr Saakashvili’s decision to move into South Ossetia last week followed about two weeks of provocation by Russian forces and their client militias. “Russia wanted to manoeuvre Saakashvili into a situation where he would be seen to be making the first move and then provide a pretext for Russian action,” said an observer.

    WHAT WAS DISTURBING WERE THE NUMBERS OF LIBERALS THAT ARE NOW AGONIZING OVER THE RESPONSIBILITIES NATO MEMBERS HAVE IN THE EVENT MORE OF THESE SATELLITES DECIDE TO ASK TO JOIN NATO. THESE LIBERALS ARE FERVENTLY SAYING WE NEED TO CLOSE DOWN NATO MEMBERSHIP BECAUSE WE WOULD NOT WANT TO HAVE TO TAKE ON RUSSIA IF THEY DECIDED ON EXPANDING THEIR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE. SO IN THE LIBERAL WORLD, AS LONG AS LIBERALS ARE FREE, TO HELL WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD.


  377. on 1, August 12, 2008 at 8:17 pm Michael Spindell

    “Mary; I’m pretty sure all the people you mentioned are Jews or at least Zionists.”

    Zak,
    as far as I know neither percy, martha, russ, or toby are Jews and if they are frankly I’d want no part of them. However, you in your way are just as bigoted and wrong-headed as they are. While you’re casting anti-Jewish aspersions, how come Bandar Bush, is called that? Could it be that the whole Bush family is allied with the Saudi’s. Now if that is so, and it is, then are the Saudi’s secretly supporting Israel? If they’re not and I don’t think they are, why is it that you believe Bush and the Neo-Cons support Israel? Because some are Jewish. But then how is it that Jews are supporting Saudi’s. Perhaps this situation is a lot more complex than your pre-judgment filled mind can imagine. You, like many buy the propaganda, as Islamic people are financially and morally raped by their own leaders, while they chase an Israeli bogeyman.

    While we’re talking about your last post and the First-born Egyptians being struck down, what were the Moors doing in Spain? How did the
    Islam wind up in the Baltic, why did Charles Martel have to defeat them in Gaul? Was it because Islam was spread by the sword and by lust for imperialistic conquest. Doesn’t sound like such a gentle religion to me. Yes I know, you’re still angry about the myth of Jacob usurping Esau’s birthright. If you want to de-construct any religion you wind up in the same place. Islam is still split over who was the heir to the Prophet after 1,300 years.

    It’s time for you to grow up, look beyond the propaganda and begin means people learning to resolve their differences and compromise to work for a better world. If you don’t you’ll just be the flip side of
    percy, martha, russ, and toby.


  378. The only thing that Israel and Saudi Arabia have in common is that both countries have dirty and corrupt governments that wouldn’t exist but for the meddling of the US.

    Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world PERIOD. More people convert to Islam today – even in America, than any other religion. No one is forcing these people to become Muslim.

    Most neocons are Jews and they couldn’t care less about the US, their main focus is ALWAYS Israel. Pelosi has discredited herself, her Party and Congress to protect Bush because he is helping Israel.


  379. Okay, fellows, how about we just let this Israel/Islam thing take a rest?

    One comment about this. As I recall in the Bible, after Abraham died, BOTH Isaac and Ishmael came together, as Brothers, to bury him. I know both Jews and Arabs, everyday people, and I and my family have been treated with respect by them…

    As far as Georgia, McCain wants to help them overcome Russia. So now does that mean McCain wants to attack Russia? I hope not. How McCain can even think about that, what with his obsession with invading Iran, plus having the war in Afghanistan and Bush’s Invasion of Iraq; how the heck can he come up with all these US troops to fight all this? He’s an old man, who no longer can lead in battle, so he acts like he’s a brave man, but he will be sending our children, and maybe us, to wars, just because he wants to see the US in battle. I think he is so angry that the US lost in Vietnam and that he was left a POW for so long, that now he is wants to start wars, so maybe one may be a winner for our country. This man is the choice for the Republickans? Then let THEM go fight McCain’s wars!


  380. Islam only grows by the threat of the sword.

    If Islam was the true religion, GOD would not have cast it out from his bosom.

    Repent Zakimar, you have been deceived by Satan. I pity your soul.


  381. Former Muslim:

    I rarely monitor or object to postings. However, your posting happened to catch my eye this evening. Frankly, I found your posting to Zakimar to be highly offensive and gratuitous. This site is dedicated to passionate but civil discourse. There are certainly many sites that allow and even welcome attacks on different religions. This is not one of them. We can have spirited debate over the actions and principles of different religions. We welcome debate regarding faith, politics, the law, and most every subject. However, attacking Islam or other religions in this way is unacceptable and I ask that you adopt a more productive and respectful approach to discourse on this blog.

    JT


  382. on 1, August 12, 2008 at 9:49 pm Judy Burke-Holya

    To: Johnathan Turley
    Re: Illegal hiring of immigration judges.
    There are still some very bad things going on. Can you take a moment to advise us?

    My husband, John Holya, has been an immigration attorney with Dept. of Justice, now Homeland Security, for about thirty-two years. He applied for Immigration Judge and was then told he could not apply. He filed a lawsuit with EEO last year. He included testimony by Goodling and Gonzalez in his lawsuit. A few months ago, Administrative Judge Joel Kravitz at EEOC in Washington, DC ruled against him, despite overwhelming evidence.

    John has worked in an extremely hostile environment since filing. He has pretty much been black-listed from any IJ jobs. John learned from the old school to practice law, not policy. Management does not appreciate that concept. After years of outstanding reviews he now gets poor reviews. He is currently on leave while a proposed suspension is being decided based on a medical problem.

    The EEO Lawsuit:
    John was a member of the Durnford Class action suit against the Agency and E.O.I.R several years ago

    In Nov. 2005, John filed an application for IJ at Florence, AZ. In December, John’s application was returned to him with a letter from A.C.I.J. Owens that the E.O.I.R. only accepted applications for positions that were publicly announced. No announcement for an IJ vacancy at Florence was ever made public. About late June 2005 John learned of two IJ’s that were hired without any public announcements for political reasons, I J Nugent and IJ Nixon. Bruce Taylor was then hired as an IJ due to his political ties. Taylor had never practiced immigration law.

    Pursuant to a Freedom of Information request John received an unsigned memo entitled “Immigration Judge Hiring Process.” The memo states that the hiring process ends with the Deputy Attorney General. It was also attached to a memo written by C.I.J. Creppy to his staff. It was attached after the Statement of Robert Owens who stated under oath he did not know how people were hired without an announcement.

    All three witnesses interviewed by the E.E.O. investigator in April 2006, stated they did not know who the ultimate selecting official was. It strains credibility that the head of Human Resources, the Chief Immigration Judge’s special assistant and an A.C.I.J. would be unaware of this memo.

    The E.E.O. investigator was told that James McNulty, Deputy Attorney General and Chief Immigration Judge Creppy had no part in the selection process. This is contrary to the memo dated February 3, 2005.

    Solution request
    John’s solution to this case was that he quickly be appointed to the Phoenix, AZ office as an immigration judge with back pay from the time Judge Taylor was hired and that another sum be distributed to him for compensation for lower retirement benefits.

    Proposed Suspension:
    On April 5th, John took a lunesta and while sleep-walking, attacked me. My son called the police. John has no recollection of the event. In our 34 years of marriage nothing like this has ever happened. I repeatedly told police there was no argument – it came from nowhere. Based on the arrest Pat Vroom, his boss – head of Phoenix ICE, wants him fired.

    Prior Harassment:
    John has worked in a hostile environment with Pat Vroom and Kimberly Shepard for several years. Their management style has resulted in a high turnover rate. They are especially hostile to older men. John’s co-worker, Art Resnick. retired rather than deal with the problems in the office. Naturally the stress from this situation caused undue stress to John and our family, including our health. People at work and in the private sector have told him to watch out because Vroom and Shepherd were after him. They emailed extremely derogatory and unprofessional emails to our home. Our son, who is a 1st Lieutenant in the Army, saw some of these emails and was shocked. Also, it does not help that it is well-known I worked on democratic campaigns in the past.

    Over the last few years John has suffered numerous injuries from falling. He has been to countless doctors, including several neurologists. For several years the doctors only treated the symptoms with pain medicines. Last summer he became so crippled he could only walk a few steps without falling. Last year I went to his neurologist with him and with a written list of symptoms, including not sleeping well and 6-7 strange episodes of sleep-walking. He never remembered the sleep-walking incidences the next day. One time he got up at 2am, got dressed and was “going to the dentist.” Another time he dozed off and got up to go to work at 6pm.

    Last fall 2007 they finally determined he suffered from “stenosis.” John put in for FMLA. It was difficult to get the doctors to write the forms – they kept passing it to another doctor. Pat Vroom became angry. She called us constantly and harassed us. She then sent three police cars to our home to check on him. I have a heart condition, was out gardening and when I saw them pull up, I thought something had happened to our youngest son. She used the excuse she was concerned, but a simple phone call to me would have sufficed. She then showed up at our home with an armed guard on the pretext of “helping him.” Rep Mitchell requested an investigation. It seems the office kept “losing the paperwork.” Finally they recommended John see EEO. It went nowhere as there are deadlines.

    John started to see what we consider a better neurologist, Dr. Lauren. Then in the spring John hurt his shoulder when, yet again, he fell on the sidewalk at Ace. Along with the pain meds, they put him on a powerful steroid that caused him to gain weight. He also had been complaining about not sleeping for many months. John had many hours of sick time he could have used but Ms. Vroom made it so hostile for him that he feared the situation if he put in for FMLA again. The doctor set John up for sleep tests finally, but they would not take place until May. And of course the results would take a long time. I believe because of undue pressure he was forced to work when he needed to be healing. If Pat had not harassed him about FMLA he would have stayed home rather than go to work with barely enough sleep to keep him alive. He also stalled on the medical tests and doctor’s appointments because of her.

    On the evening of April 5th, Saturday, I was watching Rome on HBO. John was also watching it in the master in his chair, the only one he could comfortably sit in in the house, due to injuries. He took a lunesta. Twenty minutes later he walked to where I was, the family room, with a strange gait and odd look on his face. He sat next to me and was babbling about the lack of a dowry. The scene about the girl’s dowry on Rome had just played. I was very concerned about his odd behavior. He then became violent. In 34 years of marriage he has never been violent before. It was incredulous.

    I blame Pat fully. John is no more guilty of anything than if he had cancer. Many documents regarding lunesta, sleep-walking, and sleep apnea will prove this, along with statements from several doctors. He was since diagnosed with sleep apnea. Doctors have written prosecutors about his condition, sleep-walking and lunesta. However, his attorney and the prosecutor are finally going before a settlement judge, but not until sometime next month.

    In the meantime he has been on paid leave. The union set up a conference call with Arthur E. Adams – Acting Director Field Legal Operations – West in Laguna Niguel, CA. last week. It sounded like Adams had not even read the paperwork. This man is going to decide whether John will be fired. If so we will quickly go bankrupt because we will probably not be able to maintain our mortgage while we try to sell our home. Our savings has gone to legal bills.

    This last year has been a nightmare. We have a son going to Iraq in October to fight for a C student from Texas’ ego. He goes with the full knowledge his government has betrayed his father.

    His EEO attorney has filed something to have it reviewed, but if they are Bush cronies like everyone else, we are doomed. My ancestor, Josiah Bartlett, first person to vote for the Declaration od Independence, is turning in his grave.

    Sincerely

    Judy Burke-Holya


  383. Mr. Turley,

    I totally agree with you about religions, and hope you will accept my apologies for some ‘spirited’ conversations I have had with some of the posters here.

    I have sent a suggestion to Barack Obama’s website for you to be nominated for a position on the Supreme Court, if he becomes President. You know Everything from A to Z about the Constitution and you would be a fair and impartial decision maker for our country. I do hope you consider being a Supreme Court Judge, should the situation arise.

    I enjoyed watching you tonight on “Countdown” with Keith Olbermann and always look forward to your comments and opinions!

    Sincerely,
    Mary Leon


  384. Unlike some people including “Former Muslim” (and I think we all know who that is), Islam believes that God loves EVERYONE. And in his love, he has brought Prophets to ALL people. From Adam to Mohammed, there have been thousands of Prophets. Some of Gods children have chosen to ignore the Prophets and others accepted His messages.

    I am thankful to have a father that taught me many religions in order that I may compare for myself. I am also thankful that as a Muslim, I am taught to accept Moses and Jesus as my Prophets as well. I would be a little worried, if on the Day of Judgment, I was asked why I ignored his Prophets and the best I could come up with was, “That’s what my parents told me”.

    And thank you Dr. Turley for your comments on “Former Muslim”. I also thank you for not deleting that posting so that people have an opportunity to see how some people think. I gain a much greater appreciation for everything I have in life when I come across people that disagree with me.


  385. zakimar:

    I certainly agree with your inclusionary sentiments but take issue with one of your factual assertions. When you say that “Islam believes that God loves EVERYONE,” I must confess that is hard to square with much of the Qur’an or the Hadith. The following passages are just a couple (out of scores) of examples from each work showing a rather virulent dislike for non-believers and apostates:

    “As for unbelievers, neither their riches nor their children will in the least save them from God’s judgment. They shall become fuel for the fire.”(Qur’an 3:12)

    “Ali burnt some people and this news reached Ibn ‘Abbas, who said, ‘Had I been in his place I would not have burnt them, as the Prophet said, ‘Don’t punish (anybody) with Allah’s Punishment.’ No doubt, I would have killed them, for the Prophet said, ‘If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.” (4:52:260 Hadith)

    In fact all Sunni Muslim one major Shia Madh’hab agree that the punishment for apostasy is execution (“Murtadd”, Encyclopedia of Islam). This is not cherry picking and I can provide many more similar passages from the “unerring word of the Creator of the Universe” as those devoted to the Qur’an can attest. These rather barbaric notions stand in stark contrast to your beliefs, but I sincerely hope that your view might prevail despite considerable current evidence to the contrary.


  386. I see you forgot to mention beliefs from your own religion. Since you seem to be a scholar of Scripture, perhaps you can recite some of what Jesus had to say about “the Hypocrites”.

    The Koran is the word of God and is what a Muslim should follow. The Koran is full of numerous references to previous Prophets and the Bible. Just because other people, who claim to believe in God, chose to ignore His Word does not mean Muslims do the same.

    To Jews, who believe in Moses, Jesus was a “false” Prophet as was Mohammed and to Christians, Mohammed was a “false” Prophet, Muslims believe in ALL three. I find perspective to be a good thing.


  387. BTW, I have just begun to assume everything you say is untrue, but for people that might not want to bother to read the passage of the Koran to which you refer, it is, “Say to those who reject Faith (in God): Soon will ye be vanquished and gathered together to Hell, an evil bed indeed”! (Koran 3:12) I am not a religious scholar of mespos’s caliber, but the two verses are nothing alike, and I do recall that Jews and Christians also believe that those who reject God will end up in Hell.

    I would advise all people to read the entire section, up to Surah 3:20, and see how God speaks of Believers being the ‘People of the Book’, which includes Jews and Christians.

    Yet one more piece of propaganda or should I say “oversight” (to be polite) by mespo.


  388. zakimar:

    “I see you forgot to mention beliefs from your own religion. Since you seem to be a scholar of Scripture, perhaps you can recite some of what Jesus had to say about “the Hypocrites”.

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

    I have no idea what you are referring to as anyone who has read my past comments knows, I have consistently criticized all religions and never expressed whether I am so inclined or not. I do acknowledge the utter foolishness and ruthlessness of some of the Christian Bible and I am sure there we would find substantial agreement. Unfortunately, some like you have a blinder for your own religion, and insist on wearing it on your sleeve as some badge of distinction. I have no trepidation calling you on your interpretations which contrasts sharply with your “sacred texts.” BTW my Qur’an edition does have the passage located at 3:12, but I am advised that other editions may have it either at that location or 3:10 or even 3:11.*

    I am certain as you were researching my comment you conveniently missed my quotation adjacent to the one you cited, but I would expect nothing less from a “true believer.” I do note with interest your complete evasion of the central point which is that your contention that “Islam is love,” is decidedly contrary to the “unerring” text of both the Qur’an and the Hadith. On that point, “Former Muslim” and I agree though not his “over the top” commentary. I raise this with you because, given the standard punishment for apostasy, I would not want you anywhere near that line.

    *Interested readers can find it for themselves in Chapter 3 at verse 11 at http://www3.alislam.org/index.jsp


  389. Let us all remember the main two points of religion:

    Believe in your God.

    Love your neighbor as you love yourself (your neighbor is anyone–neighbor, stranger, the people down the street, the people on the other side of the planet, the good, the bad, the evil ones, the friend or enemy(those that deliberately do the work of the Devil).

    This is the hardest thing to do–to love your enemy. I will admit I don’t like Bush and I especially don’t like Cheney, plus all of these people that post here who support the evil they have done in the world. But, we are supposed to do no harm to those who would want to harm us. An exception might be if someone would harm my husband or son, I would probably act out of reflex action and defend them both, instead of watching harm come to them. This is the most difficult thing to do, to try to love your enemy–but these people will one day have to face what they’ve done, and why they were allowed to do it, and face the people who died because of their deliberate decisions to do evil. The most I will ever do is to call them on it–to let them know they are hypocrites and doing the work of the Devil and that I hate what they have done and that innocent people have died because of their greed, selfishness and lust for power.

    We’ll all find out this Truth when we meet one day in another place and time…


  390. I am not surprised that two bigots would think alike. I am curious as to how many copies of the Koran you own, and which convenience store you picked them up. Maybe the version you found on the KKK site you frequent wasn’t entirely accurate.

    AGAIN, what Islam dictates and what some people (like you) choose to believe are very different things. Last I checked, some Americans and Bush himself feel that your President is a GOOD Christian. I’m sure I don’t need your scholarly expertise to know that Jesus probably didn’t tell him to kill thousands of Muslims and hand their oil to US corporations.


  391. Mary Leon:

    I am now getting a clear read on zakimar’s calculus:

    Religious skeptic = Bigot
    Dispute Zakimar = Bigot or Zionist Jew
    American = Zionist Jew
    American Corporations = Zionist Front Organizations
    Moderate Muslim w/ attitude = Good
    Qur’an/Haddith = Divine word in some passages but not in others

    I think with these definitions we can now proceed to discuss relevant topics with our Eastern friend. Why don’t you go first, and I’ll follow.


  392. I agree on the point of loving thy neighbor, which both Christians and Muslims are supposed to believe, if not necessarily practice enough.

    Unfortunately for some, the Truth will come way too late. I find ignorant people look for enemies and things to hate because they have nothing to love.


  393. I, for one, do not wish to debate any further about religion, because not one religion being practiced today is perfect, since NONE of us are perfect.

    Let’s just take a break, a long break about religions, and focus on what will be occurring in the coming weeks at the conventions in Denver and St. Paul. I’m looking forward to the Democratic convention and to hear Barack Obama give his acceptance speech and who he will choose as his Vice President; not too much the Republickan convention–but I do look forward to hearing John McCain speak and tell everyone how he plans on every country in the planet to be a Democracy–at the end of a gun if necessary; because he’s another ‘decider’ and ‘war is the only way to keep the peace’…


  394. Who do you think are going to be the Senators’ picks for VP? I’m thinking Webb and Huckabee.


  395. I believe that Barack Obama will choose either Webb, Biden, Hagel, or John Kerry for Vice President.

    As far as John McCain, I believe he will choose either Romney, Huckabee, Liebermann, or Jeb Bush for his vice president.


  396. zakimar:

    “I find ignorant people look for enemies and things to hate because they have nothing to love.”

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

    Funny, I find “ignorant people” believe preposterous propositions on scant or nonexistent evidence and then bristle when others point that out. That’s why other people call them “ignorant”!

    People who look for enemies are sociopathic or paranoid and generally despise classes of people rather than individuals on scant or nonexistent evidence like say for instance, Jewish people.

    Must be a “lost in translation” type situation here.


  397. Go in Peace my brother, you have no enemy here.


  398. I’ve been reading reports on the Internet that Colin Powell may be endorsing Barack Obama as President instead of John McCain. Looks like some Republickans may be jumping ship and landing on the shores of success with Obama!


  399. Hopefully, Powell will have enough courage to do so and speak at the Democrats’ Convention. I do applaud him for resigning even though he didn’t have the strength to stand up to Bush before that UN speech with his vial of corn starch.


  400. Well, I made a mistake. Sorry about that.

    Now it looks as though Colin Powell is NOT going to endorse Barack Obama; neither is he going to endorse John McCain. He now says he will wait until after both conventions to decide if he even wants to endorse anyone.

    I still remember watching him when he was trying to push the UN to help invade Iraq. Powell didn’t even believe what was coming out of his own mouth. He knew after that UN speech that he was to be the ‘scapegoat’; the one to blame for the invasion of Iraq, and he was wise enough to leave the administration early.

    I still hope he chooses to endorse Barack Obama. Obama is the only logical choice to bring the United States out of the ‘war business’ and start being a nation of ‘people’ again.


  401. Has any US President in recent history made it through two terms without killing people? I hope Obama is different, but eight years with the Military Industrial Complex breathing down your neck is a long time.

    I notice ever since Fox and CNN began to monopolize the news, I haven’t heard from Noam Chomsky, perhaps Dr. Turley can put in a good word next time he’s on MSNBC.


  402. zakimar:

    You are correct. Unfortunately, there isn’t any president in recent history who in some indirect or direct way hasn’t killed people.

    The difference with Barack Obama and John McCain is that John McCain WANTS to keep the ‘war business’ going as long as possible.
    Barack Obama knows he can’t shut off the ‘war business’ overnight, but he will not be basing his whole candidacy on ‘war’ like McCain.

    I don’t understand why McCain is so gung-ho about seeing our young men and women killed, when he was a POW himself during Vietnam.

    One reason McCain wants the ‘war business’ to keep on going is that he is somehow getting payback for being abandoned in Vietnam, and now HE will be the one to abandon US troops in Iraq, Iran, and who knows where. Another warped reason could be that McCain will be making a TON of money on the rebuilding contracts.

    Either way, he’s so old he won’t be able to spend the money that his wife gets every month in interest; her being a beer distribution heiress, worth over $100 Million, let alone worry about spending kickbacks from Halliburton, KBR and Blackwater.


  403. zakimar, quit throwing out your false maliciously intended “go in peace my brother, you have no enemy here” BS.

    Cut the crap. You know it, we know it, everybody knows it. YOU are a religious indoctrinated NUTBALL.


  404. I know that I shouldn’t take pleasure from it, but I’m glad that God willing, I’ll outlive both Bushes, both Clintons, McCain and Murdoch. I want to see how many people will have the courage to say how they really feel about those warmonger death merchants. A world free of all of them will make Satan almost as happy as most people on this planet.


  405. Jesus advised that I turn my cheek, so that is what I’m doing. Once again, go in Peace my Brother.


  406. TOBY (AKA zakimar) cut the crap. You got everybody really BELIEVING you are an islamic nutball! You really GOT to cut the play acting out or Mary Leon will be looking to date you!


  407. Percy, russ, toby and martha:

    So do you all follow Rush Limbaugh on the radio?

    He said something so vile today that I hope you will call him on it, because it doesn’t belong with either Republic or Democratic ideas.

    I won’t repeat it word for word, but basically Limbaugh said that John Edwards had an affair because his wife Elizabeth mainly could only nag with her mouth and do nothing else with it.

    Very insulting to hear on the news that this Adulterer, Rush Limbaugh, would have the nerve to say something like this about Elizabeth Edwards, who has Incurable Cancer.

    I would complain if someone said this about Hillary Clinton, Cindy McCain or Michelle Obama. It was very, very ugly and Rush should absolutely Apologize to Elizabeth Edwards, either in person, or in a hand-written letter with a sincere apology and a nice bouquet of flowers.

    This kind of crude talk has NO Business in politics or being on public radio!


  408. percy:

    I am a Happily married woman and I don’t think I’ll ever love another man beside my husband. I’ve been married to him since I was 18 years old; I’m now 47 years old and am still in Love with him, maybe even more since the day we were married, because we’ve had to face many difficult situations caused by mean and evil people, and we’ve come through it all by sticking together. :)

    If toby is faking being zakimar, that will be his burden to bear. But you sure do get emotional and all hyper about him posting. Are you sure YOU aren’t zakimar or toby? Not that it matters to me either.

    I enjoy coming here to have serious debate, give an occasional yank on ‘the chain’ and to read other’s views. I don’t need to know who you all are or what your real names are.

    I’m just glad that Mr. Turley allows us to have open discussions on his website.


  409. But I say to you, do not resist the evildoer. But whoever strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well. (Matthew 5:39)

    …We sent after them Jesus the son of Mary, and bestowed on him the Gospel: and We ordained in the hearts of those who followed him Compassion and Mercy. (Koran 57:27)

    As Jesus inspired both Muslims and Christians, I continue to follow his guidance. I have as many cheeks as you do hands, so go in Peace my brother.


  410. Congratulations Mary; Hopefully your husband knows that next year is your PEARL anniversary.


  411. zakimar: how deep is the sewage sludge in the street in your country? someday some american has to come over there and teach you about sewers and all that modern stuff.


  412. zakimar: how deep is the sewage sludge in the street in your country? someday some american has to come over there and teach you about sewers and all that modern stuff.


  413. Go in Peace my brother.


  414. zakimar:

    Yes, I know when my husband and I are married 30 years, the traditional gift is Pearls; the modern gift is Diamonds.

    But guess what? I don’t need or want any of those gems or pearls. I only wear my wedding ring and some plain hoop earrings. That’s all I need. I don’t even know where my diamond engagement ring is anymore. I just don’t go for fancy jewelry, fancy cars or fancy clothes. I’ve always been like that. Just give me clean, comfortable clothes and a nice pair of shoes, and I’m happy. I HATE going to the malls to window shop. I only go to department stores when I have to buy something and I already know what it is. Why should I waste my time looking at stuff in malls that I know I’m not going to buy, nor can I afford to buy?

    My son says I’m like a ‘dinosaur’ in that I don’t have to be wined and dined or have to have lots of clothes, shoes or jewelry to be happy, like his girlfriends all want. I’m a ‘homebody’ and only go out a few times per year to celebrate special occasions–birthdays and wedding anniversary. Since I rarely go out to dine, when I do, the event is especially happy, my son brings his digital camera to take photos and we all have a great time and the memories are always there to share.

    One can only go out so many times for dinner and dancing, see movies, concerts or live stage. After that, you’re bound to get bored and tired of it; even if you have all the money in the world, it can’t buy you True Happiness.

    I am a very different person than my family. I often wonder if I was dropped off at my parents’ doorstep when I was a baby. LOL :)


  415. I’m the same way except for the cars. Since I bought my first German car, I can never go back to the North American stuff. I know it’s a “guy thing”, but with Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and VW to choose from, I’m pretty sure your son will be coming home with one, preferably a stick (manual transmission).


  416. on 1, August 14, 2008 at 2:45 pm Michael Spindell

    Percy/peercy,
    The sad thing is you actually think you’re witty with the sludge remark. If you knew anything about history you would know that Muslims were practicing sanitation, while Europeans were throwing excrement in the street. If you knew a little more history than that you’d know that in the Indian City of Mohenjo Daro circa 1,500 BCE, they had toilets, indoor plumbing and sewer systems that far surpassed anything in Europe or the US, until the 19th Century.

    There is much Zak and I disagree on, but I dislike ignorant racism and jingoism directed at any culture. I take pride in being an American because of our constitution and aspects of our history. Because I am a good American though, I try to also understand the culture and history of other peoples, without wrapping myself in jingoistic nonsense that only exposes the ignorance of the people spouting it.


  417. zakimar:

    I don’t think my son will be bringing a stick shift (manual transmission) car home. He drove one of his friend’s stick shift car, came home, and said “Never again will I drive a stick shift!”

    Right now, he doesn’t have a car, so he’s been taking the bus to meet with his friends and girlfriends. And most of Them are now leaving their cars at home and taking the bus. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper to go round-trip on a bus, than to spend $10 for a few gallons of gas in the car, and they can enjoy themselves, knowing there will be no need for a designated driver. They don’t get drunk, but they like to go out to dinner and have a few beers or mixed drinks, so I’m glad that no one is behind the wheel of a car, endangering others.

    PS. My son is 28 years old, still lives at home and helps pay the bills. Funny thing was when I was 18 years old, back in 1978, everyone I knew, including me, was moving out on our own. But now, almost all of my son’s friends are his age and they too, still live with their parents. It’s much cheaper, they can take off whenever they want, and they don’t have to worry about room mates not cleaning up or sharing the expenses. It costs too much to live by yourself these days–you either have to have a room mate or stay with the folks, so I’m happy that I know where my son is (most of the time) and that he can take off for a few days without having to worry about his things being stolen, or a room mate taking off and leaving him with all the bills…


  418. Driving a manual transmission is so easy a six year old can do it.


  419. dundar:

    If my son is paying for it, he can drive whatever he likes. I prefer automatic transmission myself; even though I learned on a manual transmission car, in the snow, in the dead of winter, with a foot of snow on the road. Give me an automatic transmission anytime–it drives just as well and you can always use D1 or D2 if you need to slow down so your tires don’t slide…


  420. Mary; I wouldn’t bother addressing the likes of dundar; I’m guessing the only car he’s ever been in is a Police car. Automatic transmissions have become so sophisticated, that there are now little fuel savings for many manuals over their automatic counterparts. Even some sports cars come with auto. My wife drives the auto, and I drive the stick – most German cars now have available Tiptronic (auto and manual in one transmission). I only feel like I’m DRIVING when I’m in a stick, otherwise I feel like I’m just RIDING.

    I moved out when I started university and bought my first house a few years after graduating. Unfortunately, thanks in large part to Bush, many TWO income families can no longer afford a house, let alone single people just starting out. Ironically, now is the time to buy in the States, but when people are worried about keping their jobs, the value of their current properties falling and interest rates climbing, not too many people can afford it (unless you’re Romney or Cindy McCain). If not for Bush and his occupation of Iraq, I would have purchased at least one property in the US by now. If mortgage rates are around 6% during a second Obama term, I’ll be buying that property.


  421. Michael Spindal:

    In direct opposition to your opinioni, Islams contributions to the world are much in doubt.

    Islam contributed nothing directly to the advancement of humanity. Peoples who coincidentally were conquered by Muslims contributed art, science and literature which Islam then claimed credit for.

    The only accomplishment of Islam is it helped the advance of culture in general because of its teaching of Arabic reading and writing. Arabic became a medium for the spreading of ideas, just as Latin was in European Chistendom and English is today.

    All the positive effects of Islam in its golden age were side-effects, not the planned outcome of a positively Islamic strategy. As I indicated in my first paragraph, much of what the Islamic world contributed was done by the rediscovery, translation and circulation of documents and ideas by those they had conquered.


  422. Russ,

    Care to list some sources for that theory?

    I mean if you’re going to something that contradicts what most people understand history to be you really should list a source.

    After a couple quick checks of Wikipedia (I know, Wikipedia isn’t the best source in the world, but it’s good for a quick refresher) to make sure I was right I can give you this list of things that were developed by Muslims during the Islamic Golden Age: hospitals (versus temples where the ill were treated), diplomas (the oldest university to give diplomas is in Fez), the decimal point, algebra, and lot of other things I’m to lazy to list.

    How many of the Roman Empire’s accomplishments were “side effects, not the planned outcome of a positively” Roman “strategy?” What does that even mean? Do you think that the Romans all sat down together and said “You know, it’d be nice if we created an Empire to spread our ideas about the rule of law. Oh we could also build roads all over the place. We’d SAY they were to speed up troop movement so we could better control our Empire, but REALLY they’d help aid trade and the spread of ideas.” I’m betting it probably went more like this “We can conquer those people, then we’ll have more people paying tribute to us, which means more wealth. Oh and we should build roads, not only will they help us control our Empire, but they’d make trade easier, and we could make more off of taxes that way.”


  423. I don’t know if your ignorant or just a bigot, but why don’t you try to make a contribution to your own knowledge. Start by researching ANY of the following (and by research I mean, “re•search: NOUN: 1. a detailed study of a subject, especially in order to discover (new) information or reach a (new) understanding”).

    Abul Hasan; Kutbi; Mir Fatehullah Khan; Ibn al-Hashem; Muhammad Musa; Abu Solet Umayya; Al-Masudi; Jabir Ibn Afiah; Razi(Rhazes); Ibn Sina(Avicenna); Abu Ali al-Hasan(Alhazen); AlJabar; Al-Khwarizmi; Omar Khayyam; Al-Battani…

    In the time it took to write your nonsense, you could have typed, ‘Muslim contribution’ into Google and educated yourself BEFORE you made yourself look foolish. Since you were obviously a poor student in grade school I’m sure you have no concept of Algebra.

    You’re welcome.


  424. Zakimar: and your point is what? That Muslims have done a very good job of taking credit for the accomplishments of others that they viciously conquered. That is my point exactly. Muslims have done a VERY good job of hiding the fact they have taken credit wher none is due. They have done such a good job that it is extremely hard not to find “experts” in the world that will most vociferously agree with that idea.

    Of course, when Publishers dare not print a book about Muhammed’s 6 year old bride for fear of vicous reprisals, is it any wonder few challenge this idea of Islamic contributions to society?????


  425. I ges my words 2 u wer 2 hard. aks ur mommy 2 go 2 GOOGLE and press, the kees in this way: MUSLIM (space) CONTRIBUTION hav hur reed sum 2 u. then go bak 2 skool and finish grd 6. cum bak wen u no how 2 reeserch.


  426. Poor little A’isha, child bride of a troubled old man.


  427. I think you meant poor Abeer, and she never had a chance to get married. The troubled “old” men were three American Jews and three American Christians in their 20s. I can’t image the horror if any of these American soldiers were Muslims.

    The 14 year old girl that was gang raped, burned and murdered by American soldiers (or are they all just called heroes now) was Abeer Qassim al-Janabi;

    her 34 year old mother was named Fakhriyah;

    her 45 year old father was named Qasim;

    and her 7 year old sister Hadil.

    The six United States of America soldiers that came to Iraq to bring this “poor little girl” ‘Freedom, Democracy, Horror, Rape and Death’ were Jesse SPIELMAN, Steven GREEN, Bryan HOWARD, James Barker, Paul Cortez, and Anthony Yribe.


  428. Either way, your genuine sympathy for a Muslim, Arab girl is much appreciated.


  429. Mr. Turley, isn’t time to delete this lunatic anti-american anti-jewish anti-anything-not-muslim clowns posts?

    Or do you approve of the rantings of a mad man such as he?

    Millions of Americans have sons & daughters in the armed forces that have freed hundreds of millions from tyranny.

    zakimar obviously sides with those that are murdering civilians and America has called them out on it.

    Mr. turley, delete this clowns posts.


  430. We ALL know your one of the original three whiners, I’m guessing J Mark or Gyges. Ignorant calls for censorship don’t carry much weight when it comes from someone who supports child rapists and murders.


  431. Hussa’n,

    Prof. Turley believes in Zakimar’s right to express himself. I agree, no matter how much I disagree with his opinion on some subjects. I think one of the most American things that someone can do is say “I disagree” without saying “You can’t say that.”

    Of course that’s just because I’m a big fan of that darn “Bill of Rights”

    Russ,

    So you apparently are the only one that knows better then the experts? How did you come by this information, years of painstaking textual research and archaeological digs? Because that’s how the “experts” came by their theory. I know archeology and history are hardly hard science, but they are generally regarded as sciences. Which means that in order to get your theory accepted by the wider community, you have to show some pretty convincing and verifiable proofs.

    So anyway, you got proof of your theory?


  432. I guess some bloggers need Stelazine, some Lithium and some obviously require both.


  433. For those who don’t read their labels, schizophrenics and bipolars respectively.


  434. I am deeply troubled by ALL the references to psychiatric conditions and medications made on this blog. If someone has a medical disorder this does not mean they are stupid, incapable of rational argument or have nothing of value to add to a conversation.

    The inability to engage in a rational discussion exists in people who do and do not have medical conditons. These psychiatric references seem to be consistently used in place of sound arguments. They are ad hominim attacks unworthy of any person who is serious about a free exchange of ideas.


  435. There are people on this site that support Zionism, child rape and murder! I would politely suggest that you get your priorities straight when it comes to things that cause you to be “deeply troubled”.


  436. zakimar,

    I find your hatred of Jews extremely troubling. My priorities are in good working order. You call people friends of rapists, evil Zionists, etc. That has no basis in fact. Your saying it does not make it so.


  437. First of all, I couldn’t care less that you’re a Jew, but at least have the honesty to admit that you are also a Zionist. As I have mentioned to MS, and you also chose to ignore, I’ve spoken about a courageous and honorable Jew, Rachael Corrie (for whom I have nothing but love and respect and called a hero) and Muslim Jews with no positive comment from you and the EVIL that is Zionism with no negative comment from you.

    I also note that you had no response to the following story, which I pointed out to gygyes/hussa’n who are, so “proud of their family and friends” in the military, that he like you also had nothing negative to say about their conduct.

    The 14 year old girl that was gang raped, burned and murdered by six American soldiers was Abeer Qassim al-Janabi;

    her 34 year old mother was named Fakhriyah;

    her 45 year old father was named Qasim;

    and her 7 year old sister Hadil.

    The six “friends and family” of Gyges that came to Iraq to bring this little girl ‘Freedom, Democracy, Horror, Rape and Death’ were Jesse SPIELMAN, Steven GREEN, Bryan HOWARD, James Barker, Paul Cortez, Anthony Yribe.

    I note that you have begun to automatically take a contrary view of whatever I say to the point of parroting my quotes with nothing to add. You post a negative comment to my suggestion that some people may require medication, and have no opinion on six American soldiers who rape and kill a 14 year old girl, her 7 year old sister and the rest of her family. So you see how I would find your statements above to be quite hypocritical. Just admit that you’re a Zionist so that we all know where you truly stand.


  438. Zakimar,

    Not letting ourselves be distracted by a obvious attempt at sidetracking the debate is hardly “supporting” rape. You’re trying to use a Red Herring style tactic, and getting mad that it’s not working. The in your anger you’re trying to use your Red Herring as a basis for a Ad Homenin attact. Further more You’re trying to use an inductive argument to do it, which is pretty much the first logical fallacy anyone learns (some rectangles are squares, therefor all rectangles are squares). I would be a lot more inclined to address your points if a)they had anything to do with the topic at hand and b) they weren’t such obvious logical fallacies.


  439. zakimar, even the most far leftists here now understand how utterly clueless and hateful you are to everyone you disagree with, which is obviously 98% of America.

    your “prophet” by his desire of and “marriage to” to a six year old child when he was a 53 year old man destroyed the lives of tens of millions of children born after he was dust in the soil. to this day throughout the world his selfish action has set the stage for another 2,000 years of children being abused by foolish old men believing GOD thinks it proper they marry children.

    and in your mind what your “prophet” has done to the lives of TENS OF MILLIONS of children is to be ignored, perhaps even celebrated, while you profess outrage over the rape of a 14 year old Iraqi.


  440. THE MAGNITUDE OF MUSLIM ATROCITIES – I

    The world famous historian, Will Durant has written in his Story of Civilisation that �the Mohammedan conquest of India was probably the bloodiest story in history�.

    Islamic imperialism came with a different code – the Sunnah of the Prophet. It required its warriors to fall upon the helpless civil population after a decisive victory had been won on the battlefield. It required them to sack and burn down villages and towns after the defenders had died fighting or had fled. The cows, the Brahmins, and the Bhikshus invited their special attention in mass murders of non-combatants. The temples and monasteries were their special targets in an orgy of pillage and arson. Those whom they did not kill, they captured and sold as slaves. The magnitude of the booty looted even from the bodies of the dead, was a measure of the success of a military mission. And they did all this as mujãhids (holy warriors) and ghãzîs (kãfir-killers) in the service of Allah and his Last Prophet.

    Hindus found it very hard to understand the sickness of this new invader. For the first time in their history, Hindus were witnessing a scene which was described by KãnhaDade Prabandha (1456 AD) in the following words: �The conquering army burnt villages, devastated the land, plundered people�s wealth, took Brahmins and children and women of all classes captive, flogged with thongs of raw hide, carried a moving prison with it, and converted the prisoners into obsequious Turks.� That was written in remembrance of Alauddin Khalji�s invasion of Gujarat in the year 1298 AD. But the gruesome game had started three centuries earlier when Mahmud Ghaznavi had vowed to invade India every year in order to destroy idolatry, kill the kãfirs, capture prisoners of war, and plunder vast wealth for which India was well-known.


  441. Yes Gyges/hassan/Zionist, we all know you hate Muslims and love America. Blah, blah, blah.


  442. Hassan,

    Zakimar is not the entirety of Islam. You shouldn’t ascribe every act committed in the name of his religion to him any more then he should ascribe ever act committed of your religion to you.

    Every culture has black spots in its history. You can’t tell me that a conquering European empire has never sacked villages, looted bodies and sold the captured as slaves. How do you think the Roman Empire was created? Or for that matter the Spanish, Portuguese, or British Empire? The last three are far more recent then the Islamic Golden Age.


  443. Schizophrenic?


  444. on 1, August 16, 2008 at 2:46 pm Michael Spindell

    “There are people on this site that support Zionism, child rape and murder! I would politely suggest that you get your priorities straight when it comes to things that cause you to be “deeply troubled”.”

    Zakie,
    Your constant mention of psychotropic drugs and referral to mental illnesses, might lead one to believe you have more than a casual experience with both. This is underlined with you obsessiveness and with the hatred you expound. Jill is right you need to either chill or get some help to make your life even more perfect than as you claim it is.


  445. on 1, August 16, 2008 at 2:56 pm zakimar is right

    The only real problem you have with me is that I denounce Zionism for what it is, EVIL. You are a Zionist without the courage to try to justify your “philosophy” because you know that no decent person will support you and that racism.


  446. UN Resolution 3379 (1975), “Determines that Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination”, with a majority of world nations supporting the Resolution. It took Bush Sr. and US arm-twisting to have that Resolution revoked in 1991 without any change in the Palestinian condition. Bush Jr. had the phrase “Zionism is racism” omitted from the World Conference against Racism 2001 (ironically) in Durban, South Africa. The US left delegation left however, when Israel was equated with Apartheid.

    So it took the esteemed Bush family and US arm-twisting to remove what the majority of countries felt was right. However, what made Zionism racism in 1947 and 1975 did not change in 1991 or 2001. Jimmy Carter knows a great deal more about the topic that either Bush, you or I and he recognized that Israel is an Apartheid State.

    So if you’re a Zionist, you’re a racist, PERIOD.


  447. zakimar, even the most far leftists here now understand how utterly clueless and hateful you are to everyone you disagree with, which is obviously 98% of America.

    your “prophet” by his desire of and “marriage to” to a six year old child when he was a 53 year old man destroyed the lives of tens of millions of children born after he was dust in the soil. to this day throughout the world his selfish action has set the stage for another 2,000 years of children being abused by foolish old men believing GOD thinks it proper they marry children.

    and in your mind what your “prophet” has done to the lives of TENS OF MILLIONS of children is to be ignored, perhaps even celebrated, while you profess outrage over the rape of a 14 year old Iraqi.


  448. I thought you (Gyges) or J Mark promised to keep it shut. We know, Islam is bad, Zionism is good, God Bless A@#$%^&a, God Bless I*&^%$l. Blah, blah, blah.


  449. What’s going on here?

    I wish everyone would just drop all this talk about Jews/Zionists/Muslims already.

    I did not get a chance to watch that discussion yesterday with both Barack Obama and John McCain talking to that minister.

    Did anyone watch it, and what did you think? Did Obama or McCain make the best impression on the audience?

    I’m curious, because I know that a lot of evangelicals vote Republican, but this minister is more ‘up to date’ and not such a hardliner as the older evangelicals who hate everything that has to do with Liberal thinking.


  450. Hi Mary; I didn’t watch it and will probably just catch the highlights on MSNBC or YouTube. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t care who wins, which frees me up to do more important things.

    The neocons are going to say McCain “won” and the normal people are going to say Obama “won” just like on this blog. Fox and CNN will have Murdoch’s lackeys Kristol and Krauthammer anal-yzing everything Obama said and giving a pass to McCain. Blah, blah, blah.


  451. Senator John McCain was at a 10

    Barry Obama was at a 1

    If you don’t believe me, check with the journalists at CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, etc. Even those in bed with Obama are having a hard time defending his stupid statement about a decision on when life begins is “above his paygrade”. If he is unable to decide when life begins, he should not have been voting to encourage more abortions later in pregnancy his whole political life.

    I encourage you to watch the whole two hours. You may find that your support for Obama is gone and you will discover new honor & respect for a great man – Senator John McCain.

    Obama’s most visible problem was taking 5 minutes to answer each question so he could say down the road “that is not what I said”. As the media says today, all his answers were “nuanced”.

    Senator Mccain answered so many questions so concisely and clearly that they were a full 15 minutes ahead of schedule and the host joked about having time to play a hand of poker.


  452. zakimar:

    I guess you’re right about that. I’ve never heard of Krauthammer, but I know Kristol is the (in)famous dork who wrote that now ‘unavailable’ Project for the New American Century. I wonder how many people have died because of this ‘Project’? Too bad we can’t make those people like Kristol donate all their money they’ve made on this ‘Project’ to the families of the Innocent Iraqis and US troops who have died for this ‘sham’ of a war.

    Nothing would please me more than to see Bush and Cheney being sued by families from the US and Iraq. (Because we all know that the Congress will Never Impeach them, and that they will run away to Paraguay rather than face any kind of charges in the US or the World Court). The only sad part is, even if these families sue them in Civil Court, they will not get one penny from Bush or Cheney, BUT they will have the satisfaction of knowing that Bush and Cheney are legally Responsible for their loved ones’ deaths.

    Too bad those people who support Bush and Cheney don’t feel guilt in their responsibility of electing Bush and allowing him and Cheney to start this Invasion of Iraq. They opened a can of worms that will make the past wars of this world pale by comparison…


  453. hassan:

    I don’t know who you are, but I definitely do NOT share your praises or enthusiasm of John McCain. Why I would NOT give ‘honor and respect for a great man’ is easy. McCain is a big fat hypocrite adulterer who left his first wife after she was disfigured in an accident so he didn’t have to be seen with her. McCain is an old ‘flip flopper’ who has changed his course since 2000 and will be another Bush, in that he wants to keep the Invasion of Iraq going forever and he wants to Invade Iran because he thinks (like Bush and Cheney do) that the people in the Middle East are dumb, backward, and living in the Dark Ages. This is such a big mistake that these Republickans don’t understand that this is where Civilization began, and that this region of the world is where Jerusalem was chosen to be the city of all nations.

    I have NO respect for people who, with all the money they now have, still want more, more, more money and don’t care how many people have to die, just so they can have one dollar more than the fellow down the street. Who would ever respect anyone like that???


  454. Zakimar, even Mary Leon, the most clueless & far leftist here, now understands how utterly hateful you are to everyone you disagree with.

    Your own “prophet” by his desire and subsequent “marriage” to a 6 year old child when he was a 53 year old man destroyed the lives of tens of millions of children since then. The world fears that for the next 2,000 years children will continue being abused by foolish old men believing GOD thinks it proper they marry children.

    To add insult to this, in your mind what your “prophet” has done to the lives of a hundred million children is to be ignored, perhaps even celebrated, while you profess outrage over the rape of a 14 year old Iraqi.


  455. ura mofo:

    I don’t understand why people are playing mind games.

    This website belongs to Mr. Turley; not some crazy nutbags that come here spewing complete and utter hatred.

    I may not like McCain, Bush or Cheney, but here they are on earth, and I have to accept that they have their supporters. I hate what Bush and Cheney have done to our country, but I know that if they don’t pay here they will ‘pay’ in eternity, and that the worst thing that could happen would be for McCain to be president. I don’t like them, but I would like to see them held responsible for what they have done.

    I first posted here to give my regards to Mr. Turley, then this person named ‘russ’ gave me his opinion; that’s why I started to respond to those misguided and foolish Republickans.

    All this other stuff about Jews/Muslims is getting too much. I don’t need to come here and read all this hate; I can watch the consequences of hate on the news or read about it in the papers. If you hate each other so much, you should go somewhere else and play your ‘hate’ games!


  456. Hi Mary; 39 minutes after I posted, “The neocons are going to say McCain “won” and the normal people are going to say Obama “won” just like on this blog”, the resident neocon, Zionist Republikan, proved me correct with his babble. What does “at a 10″ or “at a 1″ mean anyway? If Americans don’t destroy PNAC, it will destroy their country. Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz and the like will never answer for their crimes because by the time America is defeated, they’ll all be long dead. Stalin killed more people than Churchill, Hitler and Roosevelt combined but since Hitler lost the Battle, the other three War Criminals never answered for their crimes.

    uram; I suspected that hassan was gyges, but Former Muslim is probably right. After Dr. Turley told FM to ‘shut it’ (not in those words of course) hassan sprung up with the same hate and intellect. Comparing hassan to animals is an insult to livestock. I think hassan was a bully at school and like all bullies he is a coward. He is also a Zionist and like all of them, he wants others, particularly Americans to fight for them so that no Israeli Jews will be killed. Israel with all of its nuclear weapons is afraid to attack Iran so they get neocon Jews like those in PNAC to press the US to do it for them. When the US is finally destroyed or goes bankrupt it will be because of Israel at which point the US Jews will begin to look for another host country. Germany and the Middle East are out of course, and China, Japan and Russia wouldn’t tolerate them, so I suspect it will be Argentina or elsewhere in Latin America.

    And uram, I know that people like hassan use that kind of talk because they are bullies, but I don’t respond in kind, not because I’m above that sort of thing, but because of the decent people like Mary Leon who unlike hassan didn’t grow up with that sort of language from their parents. So I thank you for the choice words, obviously some people don’t listen to polite reason.


  457. CNN is replaying the Saddleback Forum tonight. John McCain SMOKED Obama. Everybody with a bit of honesty freely confesses that McCain was in TOP FORM and Obama lacked his teleprompter…..


  458. McCain’s people fed him the questions while McCain was outside the building in his “Cone of Silence”. I have to hand it to the Republicans, they are great at cheating.


  459. zakimar, I pity those that surround you.


  460. russ, I second that.


  461. Now that Dr. Al-Arian has been granted bond by Judge Brinkema- has a bond motion been filed with ICE? I haven’t heard of an Immigration Judge ruling against bond- has this happened?


  462. There are apparently ‘conflicts’ in releasing him – either way.

    He is granted bond by Judge Brinkema, but to do so would allow him to leave the country which he should have been able to do in early April 2008 under a now, further, disputed agreement between the US and former Florida defense counsel from 2006 complicated by another DOJ conempt citation – thus the recent SCOTUS writ re previous, lower court, non-admitted, parol evidence.

    ICE, by all appearances is aligned with Gordon Kromberg, with respect to holding Sami Al-Arian and is utilizing its power to do so for the full (disputable) ’90-day’ period prior to deportation- IF they can.

    Trustfully, ‘someone’ WILL step in. There is no reason why Sami should still be incarcerated. He should be released to his family, locally, to
    either await trial and/or, if it works out for him, to leave the country, ASAP, as planned


  463. In September 1987, the campaign ran into serious trouble when he was accused of plagiarizing a speech by Neil Kinnock, then-leader of the British Labour Party.

    Within days, it was also discovered that as a first-year law student at Syracuse Law School, Biden had plagiarized a law review article in a class paper he wrote. Biden said the act was inadvertent due to his not knowing the proper rules of citation, and Biden was permitted to retake the course after receiving a grade of F.

    Biden also released his undergraduate grades, which started off poorly and remained unexceptional. Further, when questioned by a New Hampshire resident about his grades in law school Biden had claimed falsely to have graduated in the “top half” of his class, (when he actually graduated 76th in a class of 85) that he had attended on a full scholarship, and had received three degrees. In fact he had received two majors, History and Political Science, and a single B.A., as well as a half scholarship based on financial need.

    Faced with these revelations, Biden withdrew from the nomination race on September 23, 1987, saying his candidacy had been overrun by “the exaggerated shadow” of his “mistakes”.


  464. Fox Reporter Assaulted By Anti-war Protestors In Denver
    By Noel Sheppard

    August 24, 2008 – 15:30 ET

    The Democratic National Convention hasn’t even begun, and the protestors are out trying to Recreate 68.

    For those unfamiliar, the group “was created for all the grassroots people who are tired of being sold out by the Democratic Party,” and are gathering in Denver to “resist a two-party system that allows imperialism and racism to continue unrestrained.”

    High profile activists such as Cindy Sheehan and Cynthia McKinney have already joined the festivities.

    On Sunday, Fox News’s Griff Jenkins tried to speak to these folks as they marched in Denver, but was instead verbally assaulted vulgarity warning.

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2008/08/24/fox-reporter-assaulted-anti-war-protestors-denver

    Readers should be advised of some of the attendees:

    The Re-create 68 Alliance also announced that anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan and Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney and Green Party Vice Presidential candidate Rosa Clemente will be joining their historic line-up of speakers who include Ida Audeh, Kathleen Cleaver, Ward Churchill, Mark Cohen, Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., Larry Hales, Larry Holmes, Ron Kovic, Glenn Spagnuolo, Pamela Africa, King Downing, Jenny Esquiveo, Mumia Abu Jamal – Current Political Prisoner (Recorded from Death Row for the DNC), Gloria Estela La Riva, Ricardo Romero, Natsu Saito, Ann Erika White Bird, and others.

    Given the participation of Sheehan, McKinney, and Churchill, one has to wonder how much attention these protests will get from media looking to do everything within their power to make it look like Democrats are all unified behind Obama.

    Stay tuned.


  465. August 24, 2008
    A strange singling out explained

    Barack Obama’s recent comment about Justice Thomas — that he would not have nominated Thomas for the Supreme Court due to Thomas’ “inexperience” — coupled with Obama’s selection of Joe Biden as his running mate, provide a painful reminder of the judicial confirmation wars of the past 20 plus years. I wrote about Biden’s central (and disgraceful) role in these wars here. I wondered why Thomas is singled out for having been inexperienced at the time of his nomination here.

    The latter post brought this response from a reader:

    The answer is this: liberals like Mr. Obama simply cannot fathom how a black person could hold seriously thought-out views about jurisprudence like those of Clarence Thomas. And there is something too crass about attacking Justice Thomas’ jurisprudence on the merits, as well as too time-consuming.
    Liberals deem it too crass because they like to pretend that their objections are unrelated to politics, perhaps out of a concern that conservatives will apply the same approach to liberal judicial nominees when the tables are turned. So they find other reasons: Bork is too smart and doesn’t understand the “common man;” and Thomas is too dumb. But the Thomas-as-too-dumb view is too crass also, so the easy thing to do is say he was “unqualified” or too inexperienced.

    Substantive critiques of Justice Thomas’ jurisprudence are too time-consuming because people like Mr. Obama don’t want to read, much less engage, his opinions. Note that criticisms of Justice Thomas never cite any examples of actual opinions he’s written. Obama certainly failed to do so at the Saddleback forum.

    Ultimately, the theme continues for liberals: “self-hating” minorities who deviate from liberal orthodoxy are attacked because liberals view them as turn-coats. For more recent examples, see the treatment Miguel Estrada and Janice Rogers Brown received when the president nominated them to the D.C. Circuit, while the white guy, John Rodgers, sailed through to confirmation. And, recall Justice Thomas’ words:

    “This is not an opportunity to talk about difficult matters privately or in a closed environment. This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace. And from my standpoint, as a black American, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate rather than hung from a tree.”

    The “old order” is liberalism. Mr. Obama’s cheap shot against Justice Thomas, which would be applauded in Cambridge and Hyde Park, is the most recent example of the stereotypical left-wing effort to keep minorities on the plantation.


  466. I have been SO busy this past week, with relatives visiting, that I just have time to say “Great choice in choosing Biden!” He is a well-seasoned member of Congress that will help Obama sucker-punch McCain and his ‘swift boaters’.

    Oh, and I saw those two ‘women’ who are calling themselves ‘Clinton supporters for McCain’ standing outside of the convention center. How stupid can they be? They tell Chris Matthews that they have ‘proof’ that Obama was in a muslim school when he lived in Indonesia (how old was he then, about 10 years old or less? big deal, so he went to school when he was a kid) and that a ‘former Congressional investigator’ had a 17 page document of ‘proof’ that Obama is not qualified to be president.

    When Chris Matthews asked who was the former Congressional investigator, one woman said, “I’m not going to tell you.” There’s the answer right there–these two women want to put thoughts in people’s minds without having the hardcopy proof of their accusations.

    Oh, and I love the way McCain keeps on defending his decision to approve Bush’s Invasion of Iraq–like anyone is really happy about that now. Only the Republican base will vote for Republicans, so we all know who will be the next President of the United States–Sen. Barack Obama! :)


  467. Obama continues tanking in the polls after selecting the plagiarist hair plug ego-maniacal racist Joe Biden as his VP.

    PS: Earth to Obama – Biden voted FOR the Iraq war. Biden also made many speeches before & after the conflict started about the deadly danger there was in store for America if we allowed Saddam to stay in power.

    How could Obama be so stupid?


  468. Is Keith Olbermann Trying to Banish Tom Brokaw From MSNBC?
    By P.J. Gladnick (Bio | Archive)
    August 27, 2008 – 13:40 ET

    It appears that Keith Olbermann might be vying for the title of Most Obnoxious Anchor On Television. First we had Olbermann dissing Joe Scarborough during a live broadcast on Monday from the Democrat convention. Then a day later, Olbermann managed to enrage Chris Matthews during another broadcast. And now it looks like Olbermann is going for broke in the insult department by pushing to have Tom Brokaw banned from appearing on MSNBC as reported in Page Six of today’s New York Post:

    At a forum on Sunday, when Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell called MSNBC “the official network of the Obama campaign,” Brokaw said, “I think Keith has gone too far. I think Chris has gone too far.”

    Insiders say Olbermann is pushing to have Brokaw banned from the network and is also refusing to have centrist Time magazine columnist Mike Murphy on his show.

    This could be payback by Olbermann not only for what Tom Brokaw said at a forum on Sunday but also for Brokaw’s criticism of him back in June. Here is a partial transcript of the June 3 MSNBC Democrat primary interchange between Brokaw and Olbermann (emphasis mine):

    TOM BROKAW: So all those experiences have formed him, and he does come from what I think is a kind of post-60s family background. His father came from Africa. His mother came from the Great Plains. He lived around the world. And as we get ready for the 21st century, those are very strong credentials. On the John McCain side, 5 1/2 years in the Hanoi Hilton, from a long, distinguished military family. His life has been about service to his country. He was a wild child, by his own admission, as well, and then got into the United States Senate, married Cindy, and six months ago, we were saying he had no shot at this nomination, and won, too. So we have two remarkable stories taking shape here tonight, it seems to me.

    KEITH OLBERMANN: And a third one trying to shoe-horn her way into those, the coverage of the first two.

    BROKAW: Well, I think that’s unfair, Keith. I don’t think she shoe-horned her way in. When you look at the states that she won and the popular vote that she piled up, and the number of delegates that she has on her side, she’s got real bargaining power in all of this. You’ll remember it was on that New Hampshire primary night when people were saying she can’t survive the next 24 hours after just Iowa, and here we are at the end of the calendar. And she looks very strong in one of these states tonight, and will have some real bargaining power, and has people, which I think we ought not to overlook, there are a lot of poeple who voted for her who might have been denied that if she’d dropped out — blue-collar workers and especially women, and it’s a delicate time for Barack Obama as he now deals with her because he does not want to disenfranchise them come the fall.

    What’s amazing here is how many prominent people Olbermann thinks he can get away with insulting at NBC. Does Keith have some blackmail material on someone high up in the NBC organization that gives him the confidence that he won’t be fired for his hyperactive hubris?


  469. Believe it or not, I’m mainly pro-life, but I prefer that women take contraceptives so they don’t get pregnant in the first place. When a woman is pregnant, then she chooses to do what she wants. I hate the idea of abortion, but it is a fact I must face that happens every day around the world.

    I am against the death penalty, except for people like Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, and people like them, who kill masses of their own citizens, and those they don’t like.

    I don’t believe the death penalty works here in the United States, because there are too many minorities that are executed. And I KNOW and so do ALL OF YOU that there have been INNOCENT people EXECUTED by this government. I would rather be cautious and let the guilty party live the rest of his/her life in prison than to think that EVEN ONE PERSON who is Innocent is being Wrongly executed because of the rules of the death penalty!


  470. Mary Leon, how do you sleep at night when you are pro life but you support the party totally responsible for the destruction of over 40 MILLION of God’s children since just 1970?


  471. Martha:

    Are you saying that NO Republickan has NEVER had an abortion? You, my dear, should look in your own family’s skeleton closet and the ‘clean, upright and moral’ members in your church; you might be surprised.

    As far as me, I have two choices–either Republickan or Democrat. I will choose a Democrat every time. I know that Democrats want a woman to choose, and I wish that women and men would choose contraceptives so that no fetuses are aborted. But I will not commit violence to stop a woman from having an abortion. I would suggest to her to have the baby, then put him/her up for adoption.

    BUT you Republickans stand by and watch YOUR president Invade Iraq and do NOTHING and say NOTHING while our US soldiers and Iraqi citizens are blown to bits. Your party is more in favor of killing AFTER a person is born. How can YOU sleep at night, know that YOUR party is responsible for ‘overkill’ death penalty that has certainly sent Innocent people in this country to their unjust Executions?

    OH, by the way, I almost fell out of my chair laughing :) when I heard who McCain picked to be his Veep. If he thinks he’s going to get supporters of Hillary and gullible young men to vote for him because he has that Alaskan governor piece of ‘eye candy’ on his ticket; he is sadly Mistaken. People are fed up and are saying “ENOUGH!”. McCain could have chosen anyone else and I would still say the same thing: “ENOUGH!” Enough of this Republickan party and their corporate welfare; Enough of the party of the ‘have’ and ‘have mores’; Enough of being hated around the world; Enough of having secret prisons and Gitmo; Enough of this “Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, Iran” from McCain; Enough of this $10 Billion a month spent in Iraq so that Bush’s oil buddies could make contracts to legally Steal Iraq’s oil; Enough of this ‘old white anglo-saxon protestant’ Republickan party! The time for us everyday, regular people to finally get a break from this government that is supposed to SERVE us, NOT SCREW us!


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  473. martha:

    Your computer keyboard get stuck? :)

    Sorry, martha, but McCain just handed Barack Obama the Presidency of the United States on a silver platter by picking this inexperienced, one-track mind, big-mouthed broad… :)


  474. MARY LEON; OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVE NOT BEEN WATCHING THE NEWS. I HEARD A RUMOR THERE WAS A ROCK FESTIVAL LAST NIGHT AT WHICH BARRY OBAMA ACCEPTED HIS NOMINATION. I AM NOT SURE, BECAUSE THE NEWS IS NOT COVERING IT TODAY! ALL THAT IS ON THE NEWS IS SARAH PALIN!

    LOL!

    CAN YOU SEE THE LOOK OF PANIC IN THE LIBERALS ON THE AIR! HERE YOU HAVE A WOMAN THAT CAN ACTUALLY TAKE CARE OF HERSELF IN THIS WORLD! WHO HAS A WONDERFUL FAMILY AND HUSBAND, WHO FIGHTS CORRUPTION, AND ACTUALLY DECIDES TO GIVE BIRTH TO A BABY THAT SHE & HER HUSBAND KNEW MONTHS BEFORE THE BIRTH HAD DOWNS SYNDROME! THIS WONDERFUL WOMAN DOESN’T LIKE YOU AND YOUR THROW THE BABY’S AWAY SOCIETY.

    I NOTICED YOU STUPID POST TO MARTHA. YOUR PARTY HAS MURDERED MORE BABIES THAN THE TOTAL POPULATION OF THE TWO COUNTRIES PRESIDENT BUSH HAS LIBERALTED – 40 MILLION! 40 MILLION BABIES DEAD BECAUSE OF DEMOCRATS! 40 MILLION!!!!!!!!!!!!


  475. percy:

    I NEVER even heard her name until today–Sarah Palin. Big deal, a governor of Alaska who kills animals for sport and whose husband works for the BP oil company. Typical Republickans.

    As far as abortions go, you people with your ‘holier than thou’ and ‘compassionate conservatism’ have killed millions over the centuries, by thinking just because you’re white and you and your kind have all the money and the power, you can take away the American Indians rights, the Blacks rights and the Hispanics rights and if they get killed in the process, so what? they’re a bunch of heathens anyway. With your ‘big daddy’ Idi Amin attitude, it’s no wonder why the rest of the world hates you Republickans and your secret prisons and your ‘haves’ and ‘have mores’. You may not know this, but MOST of the people around the world want the Neo-Cons and their failed delusion of the Project for the New American Century gone from Washington DC.

    I thought you were a Christian, percy. If you are, you sure are NOT doing the work of the Lord. Me, I’m just telling it like I see it. You Republickans are just a bunch of hypocrites who think that they are the ONLY ones who should have all the Money and all the Power, BUT Jesus chased out the MONEY changers from the Holy Temple and told the POWERFUL high priests the TRUTH–that they were hypocrites who hated their brothers and sisters who were poor or were ‘different’ from them and that they would NEVER be allowed in Heaven.

    What ever happened to “Love Thy Neighbor”? Yes, I can Love you and martha and russ as fellow citizens of this world, but that doesn’t mean I have to sit by and read your tripe and be pushed into agreeing what you say or think…

    So, at least have the guts to admit you’re a bunch of Hypocrites who say one thing but do another!


  476. Where is everyone? Are you still being ‘thrilled’ by the pick of McPalin?

    Boy, is she ever a doozy! I’ve been reading so many bad things about her that I just can’t wait to watch the convention, which now I’ve heard that Bush and Cheney are not going to go to and that the convention may be shortened because of Hurrican Gustav.

    This is rich! Remember 3 years ago, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans? What was Bush doing? Eating birthday cake with McCain! Now Bush is so concerned about the hurricane that he doesn’t even want to go to his own party’s convention?

    I wonder if McCain celebrated his birthday on the 29th, or did he, too, start thinking about the hurricane and forget to eat his cake?

    Oh, yeah, I’ve been reading a lot of comments from supporters of Hillary. They said that McCain seems to think they’ll vote for him because he chose McPalin. They are saying that McCain must think they’re a bunch of ignorant idiots who will vote for him because of McPalin; but they’re not going to fall for it. They know what will happen if McCain wins–four more years of Neo-Con tripe! And they are ‘insulted’ (read that to Cindy ‘insulted’ McCain) that McCain thinks they are so dumb!


  477. I’ve seen some pics of Ms. McPalin when she was supposedly 7 months pregnant. Her teenage daughter WAS pregnant, not her. So she’s already involved in a cover-up, by saying that her grandchild is her own child.

    More to come out of the woodwork, I’m sure… :)


  478. Well, I saw the famous Sarah McPalin give her speech last night. My husband watched a few minutes of it, then said “The same old Republickan talking points”, then he went to bed.
    I thought that if this is all she’s got, then her and McCain are sunk. There was NO discussion of when our troops will be able to leave Iraq (remember, Iraq has a timeline now that even Bush is willing to accept) NO discussion about Abortion (how she wants to outlaw ALL abortion, except if the mother will die). Why she thinks that any of the Hillary supporters will vote because of her on the ticket is amazingly naive. There was NO discussion of how she and McCain are going to ever pay off the TRILLIONS of dollars of debt that Bush is leaving us, only “cut taxes, less government”.
    I was kind of disappointed. I thought she was going to be exciting and new, but she IS the same old thing. I do admire her for being married for 20 years, though. Nowadays, if ANY couple can stay married over 10 years, that’s wonderful. And I do admire her for raising a family and having a special needs child. I guess the press came down hard on her about the little baby, but she cleared it up and *I’m willing to apologize that I thought she was covering up her daughter’s pregnancy*.
    But I just can’t picture her a ‘heartbeat’ away from being president. No way, no how…


  479. I’ve posted two similar messages, but they haven’t been added yet. Is there a problem with the system?


  480. Third try:

    Why isn’t Palin giving any interviews to the Media (Fox News not included) to answer questions, by herself, about her ideas, ‘so-called’ experience and plans for the future?

    The Republickans only want us to know ‘just enough’ about her. If anyone asks more, they just say that she’s ‘not ready’ to be interviewed. What’s with all the Secrecy?

    We, as the voters, have the RIGHT to know this information!!!


  481. Dear Professor Turley,

    I have an issue I would like to discuss with you at your convience. It is of a legal nature and also personal. It is concerning my son. I have watched you on Fox Cable and have read your Bio and know of no other way to turn.
    You appear to have all the legal knowledge that is necesary. I raalize you are a very busy man but I pray you will have at least ten minutes of time for me. I am not a crack pot but a senior citizen that is 68 years old with all my facilities in tack. I thought I would share that so you do not think this is something toher than a serious issue.
    Thank you so much.

    Sincerely

    Carol Davis


  482. This forum might be a strange place to post a song, but I thought I would because part of the subject matter of the lyrics has to do with the Constitution.

    I wrote this song for a specific purpose, to be included on a compilation CD based on the theme ‘Change’ to be distributed in the gift bags at the Democratic National Convention. Unfortunately , the project was cancelled due to noncompliance of the rules by the ‘approved vendor’ sponsor of the project, leaving some very frustrated songwriters.

    Anyone have any contacts to get it more exposure, either as a performance or a slide show presentation on YouTube?

    The lyrics are below. To hear the song, go to the following link, then go to Artist Songs, and click Play for “A Time For Change.”

    http://www.taximusic.com/hosting/home.php?userid=me

    A TIME FOR CHANGE

    (Verse 1)
    ‘We the people of the United States,
    In order to form a more perfect union;’
    Our founding fathers inscribed these words,
    The beginning of our Constitution.

    (Verse 2)
    Based on justice and the welfare of all,
    It gave power to people to make their best call
    On who would govern and how they should,
    To make sure it was for the common good.

    (Pre-chorus)
    Some goals can get lost along the way,
    But on the horizon there’s a brand new day……

    (Chorus)
    It’s A TIME FOR CHANGE, a change for the better.
    It’s time to live up to the Constitution’s letter.
    There’s work to do, a hill to climb,
    But this is our moment, this is our time,
    A TIME FOR CHANGE, a time to believe
    In how much together we can achieve.

    (Bridge)
    Changes are needed in our nation
    In energy and health and education,
    And we need to show a bit more sense
    In our approach to world events.
    If out of many, we are one,
    We can get these things done!

    (Repeat Chorus 2X)

    (Tag)
    It’s A TIME FOR CHANGE;
    It’s A TIME FOR CHANGE.

    (A Time For Change. Music & Lyrics by Don Coyne. Copyright 2008.)


  483. Sorry about that link to the song. Try this one:

    http://www.taximusic.com/hosting/home.php?userid=1808


  484. Don,

    What a wonderful song! Have you let the Obama/Biden campaigns hear the song? I’m sure they would enjoy having their supporters hear it.

    You remind me of my late father. He was a beautiful singer. He led the church choir over 40 years and he would only sing in church. He had a bass voice that would fill the whole church and he taught me and my sister how to sing harmony.

    If he and my beloved mother were still alive, they would both be cheering on Obama as President and they would certainly be enjoying your song.

    I hope to hear it on Obama’s website or on TV soon. You have a winner!

    Sincerely,

    Mary Leon :)


  485. My mother’s grandmother was a Turley. She was an Irish immigrant, a Baptist (curiously), with very long never-cut hair, and my mother said she was “mean,” lol. Just strict with children, not very doting toward the grandkids, I think she meant. But then of course, Turley would have been her married name, so no reflection on the family!

    I must say as others have, you are one of few commentators that I drop everything to listen to. Wonderful to find you here.

    Welcome to cyberspace, Cousin! (Kidding you.)


  486. Isn’t it strange that John McCain wants to delay the debate on Friday with Barack Obama, while, during the CIVIL WAR, the worst time our country was ever in, Abraham Lincoln DEBATED George McClellan! Lincoln didn’t cancel the debates or stay in Washington, because Lincoln knew that the debates would be the deciding factor of which person would be in charge of ending the Civil War!

    Talk about running scared–McCain!


  487. [...] experience of being surveiled as I read my magazine got me thinking about Georgetown law professor Jonathan Turley’s funny speech at fff.org’s conference in [...]


  488. Mary,

    Thanks for the kind words. It is very difficult to reach any people of influence within the campaign, BUT I have now produced the song as a music video. You can check it out at:

    If you like it, please pass it on.

    All the best,
    Don Coyne


  489. Don,
    I listened to and watched your video. It is a great song. Good luck with it.


  490. Unrelated to bio or anything currently on site:

    What is your take, if any, on NY State Attorney General’s threat to recover funds from AIG that have gone to lavish junkets since the government’s loan?

    And The Guardian is now reporting that “financial workers at Wall Street’s top banks are to receive pay deals worth more than $70bn.” Could Cuomo or others seek recovery of some portion of that?

    Thanks for the blog.


  491. I noticed that you made the top 500 lawyers again in Law Dragon. I voted for you. I have been a great fan of yours for almost 20 years of commentary back when you wrote for LA Times. Even though I am a Republican, you have always been fair and criticized both the Republicans and Democrats. I now am an equal fanatic about this site, which a friend told me about. This has become one of my morning and afternoon delights to check in.

    I wish that both candidates would appoint you as their White House counsel. It would be a real test if they wanted to have someone who is a great lawyer and not someone who just wants to do their bidding in office.

    Thanks again for what you do for our country!


  492. Thank you Walter. However, I do expect to keep my current job. Tenure is a wonderful thing for the irredeemably unemployable.


  493. todays headlines:

    OBAMA SAYS TAKE ‘DAY OFF’ WORK FOR ELECTION…

    Mississippi’s voter rolls stuffed with dead and absent registrants…

    Judge rules Ohio homeless voters may list park benches as addresses…

    Effigy of Palin hanging by noose creates uproar..

    Obama Campaign Accepting Untraceable Donations…

    Obama broke promise on campaign finance..spending over $600,000,000

    ACORN investigated under RICO Act for Voter Fraud.

    Biden lowers tax cut claim to under $150,000 a year…

    Palestinian Hamas Call America for Obama…

    LA TIMES suppreses video of Obama toasting terrorist…

    Pelosi: Congress ‘will be more bipartisan’ with substantial Dem majorities…!

    Obama’s ‘Redistribution’ Constitution; Courts Poised For Takeover By Judicial Left…

    VIDEO: Gun Sales On Rise In FL On Fear Of Obama Presidency…

    Jeez christ.


  494. on 1, October 31, 2008 at 10:32 pm obama gonna lose

    Mr. TURLEY WHERE IS YOUR OUTRAGE:

    State employee says she was ordered to check out Joe the Plumber
    Friday, October 31, 2008 10:21 PM
    By Randy Ludlow

    The Columbus Dispatch
    Vanessa Niekamp said that when she was asked to run a child-support check on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher on Oct. 16, she thought it routine. A supervisor told her the man had contacted the state agency about his case.

    Niekamp didn’t know she just had checked on “Joe the Plumber,” who was elevated the night before to presidential politics prominence as Republican John McCain’s example in a debate of an average American.

    The senior manager would not learn about “Joe” for another week, when she said her boss informed her and directed her to write an e-mail stating her computer check was a legitimate inquiry.

    The reason Niekamp said she was given for checking if there was a child-support case on Wurzelbacher does not match the reason given by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

    Director Helen Jones-Kelley said her agency checks people who are “thrust into the public spotlight,” amid suggestions they may have come into money, to see if they owe support or are receiving undeserved public assistance.

    Niekamp told The Dispatch she is unfamiliar with the practice of checking on the newly famous. “I’ve never done that before, I don’t know of anybody in my office who does that and I don’t remember anyone ever doing that,” she said today.

    Democrat Gov. Ted Strickland and Jones-Kelley, both supporters of Democrat Barack Obama, have denied political motives in checking on Wurzelbacher. The Toledo-area resident later endorsed McCain. State officials say any information on “Joe” is confidential and was not released.

    Today, Strickland press secretary Keith Dailey said neither the governor’s office nor Job and Family Services officials could comment due to an ongoing investigation by Ohio’s inspector general.

    Republican legislators have called the checks suspicious and Jones-Kelley’s reason for them flimsy. They are demanding to know whether state computers were accessed in an attempt to dig up dirt on Wurzelbacher.

    Jones-Kelley has revealed that her agency also checked to see if Wurzelbacher was receiving welfare assistance or owed unemployment compensation taxes. “Joe the Plumber” has said he is not involved in a child-support case.

    About 3 p.m. on Oct. 16, Niekamp said Carrie Brown, assistant deputy director for child support, asked her to run Wurzelbacher through the computer. Citing privacy laws, Niekamp would not say what, if anything, was found on “Joe.”

    On Oct. 23, Niekamp said Doug Thompson, deputy director for child support, told her she had checked on “Joe the Plumber.” Thompson “literally demanded” that she write an e-mail to the agency’s chief privacy officer stating she checked the case for child-support purposes, she said.

    Thompson told her that Jones-Kelley said Wurzelbacher might buy a plumbing business and could owe support. Thompson said he replied that he “would check him out.”

    Niekamp, 38, a senior child-support manager, said she never heard any discussion of politics amid what her supervisors told her about the checks on Wurzelbacher.

    Worried about her $69,000-a-year job and potential criminal charges, the 15-year state employee said she went to Inspector General Thomas P. Charles on Oct. 24. She has seen employees fired, and dismissed one herself, for illegally accessing personal information in support cases. Niekamp, a registered Republican, said politics played no role in what she told investigators.

    The e-mail that Niekamp said she wrote was not among records provided today to The Dispatch in response to a public-records request. Nor did the agency, as required by state law, say it withheld any records.

    Strickland spokesman Dailey later said one e-mail was withheld from The Dispatch because its release is prohibited by federal or state laws that forbid the release of information on the state’s child-support system. Daily said he was neither confirming nor denying the existence of a case on Wurzelbacher.


  495. “The use of electrical shock without any warning is a potential form of battery under tort and assault under criminal law. Any child could have innocently come into contact with the sign”

    uhm, tell that to one of the many liberal judges that you’ve come across over the years. Trespassing (what the little shit did) is also against the law.


  496. AP REVEALS: OBAMA AUNT LIVING IN U.S. ILLEGALLY…

    Boston Housing Authority ‘flabbergastered’ Zeituni Onyango living in Southie…

    Obama Aunt says made $260 donation to Obama subjecting her to immediate deportation if in America illegally…

    Kenyan Government orders Obama’s family in Kenya to stop media interviews…

    Obama’s brother STILL living in 9 by 9 hut on $12 per year…

    ZOGBY SATURDAY: Republican John McCain outpolled Obama 48% to 47% in Friday polling. He is beginning to cut into Obama’s lead among independents, is now leading among blue collar voters, has strengthened his lead among investors and among men, and is walloping Obama among NASCAR voters. Joe the Plumber may get his license after all…

    THE BIG PURGE: SKEPTICAL REPORTERS TOSSED OFF OBAMA PLANE…

    Suicide jumper left ‘note for Obama’…

    State employee says she was ordered to check out ‘Joe the Plumber’…ACLU ignores violations…


  497. Saturday Night Live has Ben Afleck playing the part of overweight wacko lefty Keith Olbermann who just stopped living with his mother.

    Rashid Khalid is playing the part of Jonathan Turley, Olbermann’s trusty sidekick and “Constitutional Law Expert” on Countdown.


  498. SNL has Ben Afleck playing the part of overweight wacko lefty Keith Olbermann who just stopped living with his mother.

    Rashid Khalid is playing the part of Jonathan Turley, Olbermann’s trusty sidekick and “Constitutional Law Expert” on Countdown.


  499. I do hate that, drive the fish into the net feeling.

    Dear Professor Turley,
    Please share your perspective about the book, “The End of America” by Naomi Wolf. There is a film of the same title by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern. Here is the movie link: http://www.endofamericamovie.com/guerilla.php
    Is Vincent Bugliosi accurate when he states that a U.S. Attorney could charge Messrs. Bush and Cheney? Before Martial law is declared

    Thanks for what you do for our country!


  500. What is the criminal penalty for knowingly accepting donations from foreigners for use in a United States election?

    Does the Obama campaign know that simply disabling credit card security functions does NOT mean the donations over the internet are untraceable?


  501. This blog Is very informative , I am really pleased to post my comment on this blog . It helped me with ocean of knowledge so I really belive you will do much better in the future . Good job web master .


  502. I’ve loved listening to your commentary these past many years. If I were Barack Obama, you’d be on my short list for Supreme Court. What do you think?


  503. CJ:

    Thanks for the nomination, but I expect that President-elect Obama will have a rather long list for that particular position.


  504. on 1, November 5, 2008 at 2:11 pm President Obama

    The Right-Wing, Republican, Palin/McCain/Rove xenophobes didn’t realize what they were doing. Because of them, now a large part of the American population feel that President Barack Hussein Obama is the first Muslim President in US history – how’s that for irony?


  505. Joe Biden was wrong. The thugs of the world did not wait 6 months to test Barack Obama – they waited 6 hours. Today Russia announced they are moving missiles to the Poland Border. Additionally, Hamas launched more than 35 missiles at Israel.

    It will be interesting to see what a President Obama does any different than President Bush, and I doubt it will be very little except to raise your & my taxes and tell us the country can’t afford the tax cut he promised during the election.

    Interestingly, I haven’t seen any “Obama is not my President” screaming Republicans. I haven’t seen rants that the “election was stolen”, but I did see President Bush offer to make Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff HIS OWN CHIEF OF STAFF to facilitate the transition.

    Tomorrow, Barack Obama will be a different person tomorrow, the day he reads his first “Presidential Daily Briefing” on the threats to this country. That person will either be one that says “we cannot prevail with these threats to us” or he will harden and understand that this great country will win over these threats. That will be the greatest test of his life.

    Tonight Retired General Tommy Franks reminded us that the military of this country, including TWO SONS OF MINE, swear allegiance to the United States of America and to their Commander in Chief, the President of the United States, regardless of their political beliefs.

    Parents of military are terrified but accepting of the fact our sons & daughters lives are entrusted with an untested inexperienced young man that has been elected President while you all still suffer from some form of irrational BDS based on what the media tells you the rest of the world thinks of us or Bush. I would guess in maybe no more than 6 months the media will be whining that Obama is the reincarnation of Bush. The election is behind Obama, now he was to govern and protect. The BS talk is over.

    PS. Hours ago Iraq announced Obama had indicated to Iraqi leaders that there would be no change in policy towards Iraq that would lend to instability in Iraq, including troop withdrawals. Funny how the right decisions get repeated when the election is over and the rhetoric is behind us.

    God Bless America. God Bless the US Marines. God Bless the US Air Force. God Bless President Elect Obama & President Bush!!!!

    Most certainly, this election resoundly proved once again Republicans & conservatives are the party of civility.


  506. on 1, November 6, 2008 at 9:28 am President Obama

    If President Obama continues the blind support for the Apartheid regime in Israel as did Bush, Clinton, every other President, the Middle East will continue to deteriorate and more countries will try to get nuclear weapons and WMD. Bush, Clinton etc all “tried” to bring a peace settlement to Palestine/Israel, by giving Israel billions in weapons and over $15 000 annually to every Israeli and less than $100 to every Palestinian. Pres. Obama chastised Bush for waiting until the “waning days of his Presidency” to help secure a peace deal and stated he would make it a priority for him. Unfortunately, by making his first appointment a Zionist Jew like Rahm Emanuel, it looks like we’ll be getting Clinton’s third term.


  507. In just two days Barack Obama has proven he isn’t up to the job.

    After his first top secret Presidential Daily Briefing on threats we face in the world, Barack Obama emerged from the meeting visibly shaken and pale.

    Wall Street has already seen right through Obama and we have suffered the worst two day loss since 1987 – the worst post election selloff in our history.


  508. re: Obama

    I think being 20 minutes late for your first Press Conference and then giving what amounted to a campaign speech was an extremely ridiculous start for Obama.

    I think his approval rating, after just three days, has gone from 60% to 50%.

    Three screw-ups in just three days:

    Naming a man who lied about losing a finger defending Israel in the Israeli Defense Force when he lost it to a fast food machine, a man who sent a rotten fish in the mail to a detractor, and a man who was a Director of Freddie Mac for two years 2000 to 2001 and to date who voted to obstruct further regulation of them……yes I am talking about RAHM EMMANUAL, as your Chief of Staff is totally STUPID!

    Not speaking up when Russia tested him on Wednesday by announcing they would be moving missiles to the Poland border.

    Not renouncing immediately a letter from Achmadinajad asking Obama to eliminate the sanctions on his country.

    I could go on, but hey, this is only his third day as President elect! I did notice he has his own “Office of the President Elect” seal already…..


  509. Dear Professor,

    What do you think about Bird Flu Attack in US?

    Yours

    David


  510. Hey Prof. Turley,

    I was doing some age discrimination research and I came across your blog while reading about the stripper… Pretty funny stuff! I have to say you’ve done an excellent job. You probably don’t remember me, but I was in your crim pro class in ’05. I hope that all is well with you.

    Sincerely,

    Dan Furlong


  511. Welcome & Best Wishes to

    President-Elect Obama & Our New Congress!

    Barrack Obama says change comes from the people and I believe him. But it needs political leadership when the subject is THOUGHT READING TECHNOLOGY, and the people haven’t been told by their government that this technology even exists, let alone is in use by government agents on U.S. Citizens living in America .

    I’ve been tortured for 15 years by government agents broadcasting (remotely) to me, reading my thoughts, threatening mock ‘heart attacks’, and dream manipulated without cause or warrant. 15 YEARS!

    I watched in wonder as our nation debated FISA and warrantless wiretaps on calls between the U.S. and foreign nations, all the while knowing the pain of the intrusion of my government on my life. I watched our leaders start wars in the name of bring freedom to other countries while my freedoms are trampled on here at home.

    Thanks to President-Elect Obama for promising that he will review the lawfulness of government activities in the first thirty days of his administration. Thank you to Vice President-Elect Joe Biden for promising that any unlawful activities discovered will be prosecuted.

    And special thanks to Senator Russ Feingold for his willingness to share information with other members of Congress who have the proper security clearanc–information on this technology, and his hopeful comments that he believes information on thought reading technology will become public either by the new Executive Branch in January, or by leak, or by report of Congressional Oversight Officers. Senator Feingold – you give me hope every day that my ordeal will soon be ended.

    We need to restore that we are governed by law and not by men. The crimes committed for fifteen years against me must be brought public, the perpetrators have no business working for the U.S. government; in fact they should be prosecuted when we have a new, reliable Attorney General. The DOJ must be restored to an entity that all Americans can believe in.

    My name is Kathleen Teresa Heckman, I live at 2212 26th Street, #5 , Sacramento , CA 95818 . My phone is 916-712-3560 (I will shortly have a new Ph #). PLEASE DON’T FORGET ME.


  512. The new star in our political canopy, Rahm Emanuel, is reported to have served in the Israeli Army while being a US citizen.

    Did he violate any US laws???
    Could you please clarify the legal scene in this regard?

    Keep up the excellent work!


  513. In just over two weeks Barack Obama has reversed almost every campaign promise he made and he hasn’t even taken office yet.


  514. NYT columnist needs to read the Constitution
    posted at 11:20 am on November 23, 2008

    Do the editors of the New York Times’ opinion pages ever exercise editorial control over their content? I missed Gail Collins’ ignorant and obtuse entry yesterday while traveling, but it’s worth highlighting for its sheer stupidity. She wants George Bush to resign now so that Barack Obama can start running the country before the inauguration:

    “Thanksgiving is next week, and President Bush could make it a really special holiday by resigning.
    Seriously. We have an economy that’s crashing and a vacuum at the top. Bush — who is currently on a trip to Peru to meet with Asian leaders who no longer care what he thinks — hasn’t got the clout, or possibly even the energy, to do anything useful. His most recent contribution to resolving the fiscal crisis was lecturing representatives of the world’s most important economies on the glories of free-market capitalism.

    Putting Barack Obama in charge immediately isn’t impossible. Dick Cheney, obviously, would have to quit as well as Bush. In fact, just to be on the safe side, the vice president ought to turn in his resignation first. (We’re desperate, but not crazy.) Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would become president until Jan. 20. Obviously, she’d defer to her party’s incoming chief executive, and Barack Obama could begin governing.

    As a bonus, the Pelosi presidency would put a woman in the White House this year after all. On the downside, a few right-wing talk-show hosts might succumb to apoplexy. That would, of course, be terrible, but I’m afraid we might have to take the risk in the name of a greater good.”

    Beyond her ignorance of the President’s schedule, Collins shows a remarkable ignorance of the Constitution and of American government.

    Let’s focus first on the practical implications of her suggestion. The sudden resignation of the duly elected executive would bring government to a standstill. Obama hasn’t had enough time to transition between the Bush administration to his team, and Pelosi hasn’t even thought about it. What happens in the meantime? Congress hasn’t even received the nominations of the political appointees from Obama. The new White House staff hasn’t even been chosen.

    And Pelosi will suddenly be able to run the executive branch? Uh, sure. Collins bases this on the fact that she has two X chromosomes and nothing else. In fact, while celebrating the idea of making a woman temporary President, she then says that Pelosi will simply do what another man will order her to do. That little bit of irony somehow escapes Collins, along with common sense and procedural issues.

    More importantly, no one voted for Pelosi to be president. The succession act Collins references exists to ensure continuity in case of disaster, not on the whim of a constipated New York Times columnist whose need for instant gratification apparently outweighs the rest of her cerebral processes.

    We have representative government with legal processes in place to protect against instability and abuse. Bush has the responsibility to fulfill the rest of his term and to assist Obama in transitioning smoothly between the two administrations in order to ensure the stability of the US government. Our constitutional form of government is strong enough to allow for this kind of transition, which it has for 220 years.

    Obama will be President on January 20, 2009, and not before. If Gail Collins can’t wait for that date, then perhaps the New York Times should send her on an extended leave of absence so that she doesn’t further embarrass herself or her paper in the next two months.


  515. Change? Who said Change?

    Obama is starting to feel a bit of pressure from members of the far left of his own party who are beginning to raise their eyebrows over the fact that he hasn’t shown any desire to institute any “change” thus far with his staff.

    Obama went so far as to address the situation today as MSNBC reported on its FirstRead blog.

    Obama explains away his lack of “change” and his picking of a plethora of out-of-work Clintonites by saying that who he puts on his staff and cabinet don’t matter. It’s because he is the change we seek, you see? But, wait, you might ask. If the press were paying attention, they might remember that during his acceptance speech he said this whole thing wasn’t about him, it was about us? Wasn’t it that we were the change we were waiting for… right?

    Is the stupid press going to let him get away with dropping that hoary rhetoric only to say now it’s suddenly all about him?


  516. What would Professor Turley suggest I do about this problem? I had an individual profile page on facebook under my blogging name of SteadyCat. Facebook accused me of not being an individual but a business with more than one person and who is making money. In spite of the fact that I am just an individual whose friends call her Steadycat and who blogs – they refused to change their view. I was told that their decision is final. What would you advise me to do – other than just accept it and walk away? Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.


  517. you simple minded hate monger stinking miserable neo-lib….you lick overbites boots and rachel mandows boots that creepy guy on mslsd….how do you live with yourself…..bet you got beat up on the playground a lot! have you come out yet? you and your sick demented liberal comrades teaching our children make me sick….you hate the usa, you hate the military, you hate family values….the 58,000,000 of us that are good decent God loving, (sorry to mention God you soulless creature, I know how you neo-libs hate God) family values, usa loving, military loving citizens will take back the usa from you and your sick ilk….we fight for your free speech but we hate you cowards, you stinking rats…go to hell


  518. Prof. Turley.
    Thank you.
    You are making a difference.
    An important difference.
    A huge difference.


  519. Mr. Turley,,

    Thanks for standing up for the law at a time when its under attack at the highest levels, with consequences too hard to think about. Peace to you and yours,,

    fee-


  520. Questions Arise About the Obama/Blagojevich Relationship
    Jake Tapper, ABC News
    December 09, 2008 3:37 PM

    “Obviously like the rest of the people of Illinois I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the US attorney’s office today,” said President-elect Obama this afternoon in Chicago, speaking of the criminal complaint against Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich for corruption. “But as this is a ongoing investigation involving the governor I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to comment on the issue at this time.”

    Asked what contact he’d had with the governor’s office about his replacement in the Senate, President-elect Obama today said “I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening.”

    But on November 23, 2008, his senior adviser David Axelrod appeared on Fox News Chicago and said something quite different.

    While insisting that the President-elect had not expressed a favorite to replace him, and his inclination was to avoid being a “kingmaker,” Axelrod said, “I know he’s talked to the governor and there are a whole range of names many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them.”

    read more at blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/12/questions-arise.html


  521. wish contact Jonathan Turley regarding a federal lawsuit against the government regarding free speech rights- I am a journalist

    roger wiegand
    511 1/2 Chamberlain St.
    Flushing, Mi. 48433
    810-659-6310 phone and fax


  522. Jonathan,

    I am as shocked an dismayed as you are at the lack of movement to investigate the possible war crimes committed by the administration.

    So shocked, that I have made a film that details the torture policies of the Bush administration in a fun and engaging way that makes it exciting and accessible to the general populace.

    It stars Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura – “Star trek”, NBC’s “Heroes”).

    Is there any chance we could send you a copy?

    WEBSITE: http://thetorturer.com

    Best,

    Graham


  523. Jonathon

    I hail from NZ and first saw a clip of you on Olberman. I can only echo all the good things said about your work.
    Wish we had someone of your calibre here in NZ. When others cower and comply with the criminals, you speak truth with seeming ease with both your name and face for all to see. You are in a class of your own and I imagine are living at a higher spiritual level than most of us.


  524. I just came across your blog and look forward to reading it regularly. I have enjoyed your numerous appearances on MSNBC and particularly appreciate your commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law at a time when both are under attack by our own government. Please keep up your efforts.


  525. Thank you, Mike, much appreciated.


  526. Please limit your appearances on such ridiculous shows as rachael maddow or keith olbermann.

    Being on either of those two left wing wacked out stooges shows lowers what little credibility is left for attorneys in America.

    You must have noticed their ratings are half their competitors.

    If you insist on appearing on those shows please demand they have some balance on with you otherwise it is kind of like watching paint dry.


  527. Mr. Turley, are you going to be leading the charge for Obama to reverse all those horrendous attacks on our Constitution that you have alleged President Bush committed?

    When he ignores you, will you bad mouth him as you have bad mouthed our President for the last number of years?


  528. Cable Ranker: Week of Dec. 15

    For the 20th week out of the last 20, Fox News Channel ranked as one of the top 5 networks in all of cable last week in prime time (Live+SD).

    FNC averaged 2,563,000 Total Viewers for 3th place, while CNN was #21 (1,002,000) and MSNBC was #24 (952,000).

    In total day, FNC was #3 (1,455,000), CNN #20 (654,000) and MSNBC #26 (501,000).


  529. on 1, December 29, 2008 at 1:24 am a scared little 1L

    I thank Turley for keeping me in law school. He showed me that it’s normal to be a good person and a lawyer and for that I will be forever thankful.


  530. As U.S. Succeeds In Iraq, Network TV Pulls the Plug
    By Rich Noyes | December 29, 2008 – 14:49

    After reporters such as NBC’s Tom Brokaw derided President Bush’s troop surge as “a folly” and suggested the war itself was a “lost cause,” ABC, CBS and NBC have now all pulled their full time reporters from Iraq. According to correspondent Brian Stelter, the stellar lack of violence means the networks have lost interest in the Iraq story: “Representatives for the networks emphasized that they would continue to cover the war and said the staff adjustments reflected the evolution of the conflict in Iraq from a story primarily about violence to one about reconstruction and politics.”

    Examples of earlier reporting:

    ■ “Like a folly.” Last Tuesday on NBC’s Today, anchor emeritus Tom Brokaw argued that the way Saddam Hussein was executed revealed Iraq as “a deeply divided country along tribal lines,” and that sending more troops would “seem to most people…like a folly.” Brokaw added: “I think a lot of people who are raising their hands to join the armed services are wondering, ‘I’m giving my life for that?’”

    ■ “Wrong Way Corrigan.” The next morning on Today, political analyst Chris Matthews declared the President’s plan dead on arrival: “I expect it will be treated the way Richard Nixon’s invasion of Cambodia was reacted to. The American people aren’t gonna like it.” Matthews insisted that the voters wanted to end, not mend, Bush’s Iraq policies and “for the President to go Wrong Way Corrigan on this thing and to increase the number of troops, take us deeper into Iraq, would be to reject the opinion of the American people.”

    ■ “Absolutely no difference.” This week, as more details of the President’s plan were revealed, the anti-surge drum-beat got louder. On CBS’s Early Show, co-host Harry Smith asked Baghdad reporter Lara Logan if extra troops would make a difference. “The best thing we have is to look at what has happened already. When the U.S. brought in 12,000 more troops into Baghdad last summer, it made absolutely no difference,” Logan replied. “In fact, security here in Baghdad got even worse.”

    ■ “Lost Cause?” On Tuesday’s Today, NBC’s White House reporter David Gregory suggested even White House insiders have lost faith. “As the President prepares to start a new phase of the war in Iraq, the White House is fending off charges that key figures in the administration have concluded the war is lost.” NBC’s graphic headline read “Lost Cause? Can U.S. Win the War In Iraq?” Gregory also cited unnamed “critics” to suggest Bush’s motives were psychological: “U.S. commanders who opposed adding troops to Iraq have been replaced, prompting critics to charge the President’s resolve has become stubbornness.”

    ■ Roll call of critics. On Wednesday’s Good Morning America, Diane Sawyer confronted White House aide Dan Bartlett: “I just want to run through a partial roll call of the number of people who have either opposed what the President is going to do, or expressed serious reservations.” As she read off names such as Colin Powell and Chuck Hagel, their names and faces scrolled over her right shoulder. “I could go on and on,” Sawyer told Bartlett. “What don’t they get? What don’t they understand?” Bartlett objected, saying some of the generals she listed as critics “helped devise this plan.”

    ■ “Breaking Point.” On yesterday’s Today, co-host Meredith Vieira doubted that the U.S. military could meet the challenge: “The cornerstone of his plan is sending around 20,000 additional U.S. troops into the war zone. But is the military stretched to the breaking point already?” Reporter Jim Miklaszewski suggested it was: “The pace of two wars has left two-thirds of the Army’s combat brigades rated ‘Not Ready to Fight.’”


  531. Hi Jonathan your website is simply superb..Keep it Up.


  532. on 1, January 4, 2009 at 2:23 am Victoria Dilling

    Greetings Jonathan, I have enjoyed your legal blog very much. The best I have seen. Thank you for your excellent work!


  533. on 1, January 5, 2009 at 8:51 pm ya all were duped

    Liberal Blogosphere Duped By 3-Year-Old ‘Gaza Bombing Video’
    By Noel Sheppard | January 5, 2009 – 15:17

    Just how badly do many liberal bloggers want to depict Israelis as heartless killers and Hamas as poor defenseless victims?

    On Sunday, a more than three year old video of an accidental munitions truck explosion at a Palestinian rally in September 2005 was spread around the liberal blogosphere as footage of an Israeli attack on Gaza on January 3, 2009.

    Two prominent leftwing websites — Raw Story and Democratic Underground — displayed this video for hours before a poster at Reddit exposed the hoax (h/t NBer Blazer).

    Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs reported early Sunday:

    A gruesome propaganda video uploaded to LiveLeak that purported to show the aftermath of an IDF attack on civilians in Gaza turned out to be a fraud—it actually shows the results of an accidental explosion of a truck full of Hamas rockets at a Palestinian rally.

    This didn’t stop the video from reaching the top spot on reddit.com and gaining more than 2,000 up votes, because reddit.com is absolutely infested with antisemites and terror supporters: GRAPHIC Video of Israel Defense Force’s attack on Gaza civilian market — originally uploaded on & banned by YouTube (NSFW) : politics.

    Raw Story issued a correction Sunday:

    On Sunday, RAW STORY ran video of a bombing in Gaza purported to be recent footage leaked from an exiled Palestinian blogger. We removed the video from the site early Sunday and issued a correction but the original was deleted in a database without the actual html file being removed, so the original persisted through Monday morning without our notice.

    The footage is the aftermath of a devastating bombing taking place in a market, said to have been taken on Saturday. According to Haitham Sabbah, it was taken “immediately after a terrorist Israeli air strike hit a busy market where kids with their mothers and fathers were searching for food to eat from one of the local markets early on Saturday 03, Jan 2009.”

    Raw Story has removed its original article on this matter, but Question Everything still has the text:

    As Israel’s IDF wages it’s [sic] own “media war” via Twitter and YouTube, uncensored footage from Palestine has been completely blacked out in the US.

    Until now.

    Saturday, before Israel launched a full-scale invasion of Gaza, a Palestinian with a camera witnessed a devastating bombing. His video shows the brutal, bloody results of an air strike on what appears to be a civilian area.

    In the footage, scores of bodies – men, women and children – lay strewn about a Gaza market as abject chaos spirals around them. Some struggle to their feet, covered in concrete powder and blood, as others assess their injuries or join the effort to carry away wounded.

    Within moments, men in camouflage holding automatic weapons and RPGs assert a growing number among the citizenry. The men, presumably affiliated with Hamas, appear to be helping with crowd control and medical response.

    The source of this video was Haitham Sabbah, a self-proclaimed “Palestinian activist and blogger.”

    Although he too has updated his blog to reflect his error, this is what he originally wrote concerning this video:

    This video clip was taken with a mobile camera immediately after a terrorist Israeli air strike hit a busy market where kids with their mothers and fathers were searching for foot to eat from one of the local markets early on Saturday 03, Jan 2009, Gaza.

    As you will see, there are no words to describe the terror of the Jewish state of Israhell. This is why Israel is continuously refusing to allow foreign correspondence and reporters from entering Gaza.

    Please spread the video widely. Let the world see what their news TV channels won’t show about reality of Israel. (YouTube deleted the video minutes after it was uploaded, but it is worth trying again).

    Get the code for the video to embed on your blog from: http://sabbah.blip.tv/#1642223.

    I guess that’s all it takes to get anti-Israeli propaganda spread throughout the liberal blogosphere these days.

    How sad.


  534. on 1, January 10, 2009 at 12:06 pm Martha Still - West Wateree, S. C.

    Thank you for standing up for what is right! I’ve listened to you many times over the past several years (CSPAN, MSNBC) – but didn’t know about this website. I’d like to know if you have a student looking for a very interestnig project… if so, I have a really good one! (Regarding my son who has been in prison in South Carolina for 6.5 years; his appeal to SC Supreme Court was denied…they didn’t even bother to notify him!) In any case, I’d like to express my appreciation for your dedication to preserving the United States Constitution. You are just great!!!


  535. Prof. Turley:

    watched you on Rachel Maddox show last night and was really amazed that you wanted to prosecute GW for being a war criminal. Are you serious? What has he done that would rise to that level? The taliban were/are non-state actors, they wear civilian clothes by all rights they could have been shot on site with no trial as spies. So they get a trip to Gitmo, some good chow and a Koran(Quran) how is that violating their rights? Seems to me the US went overboard for them considering what they and their associates did to us.

    I say bring that trial on, go right ahead and try Bush and Cheney for war crimes or crimes against humanity. I dont believe you have the vigor to do it. And dont be confused about Bush’s approval rating, my guess is that the vast majority of Americans dissaprove of Bush’s war stance because he did not fight hard enough, nor did he appear to want to win.

    I say let the left try, maybe then we can get a little Jeffersonian dialogue going.

    The fact that you want to try GW and DC is laughable, I am giggling it is so funny. I am roflmao. The left has lost what little mind they have left.

    Is this what is left of the intellectual vigor the left had at the end of the 19th century? Plato, Marx, Hegel and Kant are laughing too and Aristotle is weeping.


  536. Bron98:

    Whether or not the Taliban were non-state actors has no bearing on the war crime of torture. The Bush Administration long insisted that it would not comply with the Geneva Conventions on this basis. It later withdrew from that argument and agreed that it would comply with the Geneva Conventions after even its closest allies objected. The war crime of torture applies to anyone. Otherwise, nations could torture civilians and claim to be exempt. If Bush ordered torture, it is a war crime. If it is a war crime, he is a war criminal.

    Nevertheless, I am happy to see that we are in accord. Let us have the trial. After the court instruct the jury that as a legal matter waterboarding is torture, the jury will be asked if Bush ordered waterboarding. I am perfectly happy to leave that question up to a jury.


  537. Prof. Turley,
    I agree with you 100% about letting the torture crimes issues go to a court. However, I do want to clarify one point. The Taliban were and are state actors. They were the controlling government of Afghanistan when we invaded them. I contend that they are still state actors even though they are not officially in power(at least not in Kabul) because they are attempting to regain control. I thought you did a great job on Rachel Maddow’s show. The torture issue is one that just boggles my mind. If they can torture Padilla who was a citizen, Bush is actually claiming he can torture you and I and even Bron98, with impunity.


  538. Rafflaw:

    I have always viewed the Taliban as state actors. However, that argument is simply not relevant to the determination of a war crime for torture.


  539. “If Bush ordered torture, it is a war crime. If it is a war crime, he is a war criminal.”

    And what of Bugliosi’s case against Bush for the crime of murder?


  540. I’m listening to your interview on NPR and I’m grateful for your advocacy of our leaders obeying the rule of law. The moral simplicity of that far too easily becomes whitewashed due to partisanship and fear of hypotheticals. Again, thank you for a well reasoned and clearly explained argument on this critical subject.


  541. if our own troops undergo waterboarding how can it be torture? torture in my mind is something that does permanent physical or emotional harm.

    I think the Geneva convention (as originaly signed) was about hooking wires up to privates, pulling fingernails off, beating the soles of ones feet, operating on people without benefit of being put under (as the Japanese did in China), that type of thing.

    All in all I’d say Bush has done a pretty good job with keeping rights intact and providing for our safety. It amazes me that as a liberal you think it perfectly all right to make me wear a seatbelt, not smoke in public, not eat transfat, and to generally reduce my level of freedom through high taxes and regulations that cost me untold thousands of dollars so I am really no better off than a serf and you think you are protecting my liberty when you talk about trying GW for war crimes because he poured water over the head of some guy who is trying to kill me?

    If you really are about protecting the rigths of individuals, which I dont believe you are because most liberals are about naked power and control over other people lives, you would be fighting to reduce the tax burden of every man and woman in this country that pays taxes. You may think you are protecting peoples rights but what you are actually doing is paving the way for a totalatarian state. Philosophies have consequences and Kantian ideas are not good.

    the thing may speak for itself but i like “a res est quis est quod can exsisto nusquam alius” A=A and ask no man to live for you nor you for another. only that philosophy will lead to a world in which all men truly are brothers engaging in commerce and association not because they have to but because they want to.

    AGO SOLVO


  542. I sent the following to the Obama email addresses:

    I am disappointed in the AG nominee — he has “amnesty” baggage.

    It is critical that the new admin prosecute the Constitutional violations of Gonzalez/Bush if you want to correct past violations of law. Otherwise, the next administration can do the same violations with impunity.

    Jonathan Turley, Prof Constitutional Law) at Geoge Washington Univ, would be ideal for the Dept of Justice. Please take the violations of the Constitution seriously.

    I hope the Obama admin does the right thing to correct constitutional violations in a strong way.

    Respectfully,

    Arnold Vagts, PhD

    I hope Prof Turley offers his services to bring law and order back into the Justice Dept.


  543. lets try Bush and Cheney in Texas for crimes against humanity and have a death sentence if convicted! Hang em high and higher.


  544. Jonathan,
    Did you grow up on 12 Reservoir circle in Canton, Ma. I remember you, Donna and Sharon very well!!! we were at 8 Reservoir Circle… the Coyne’s

    Let me know


  545. on 1, January 15, 2009 at 10:42 am Martha Still - West Wateree, S. C.

    I am watching the confirmation hearings for Eric Holder right now, and I believe that he should be confirmed. He has answered all questions, including the one about whether waterboarding is torture or not, thoughtfully and correctly, and has also taken responsibility for mistakes he made in the past. The only way to avoid making a mistake once in a while is to not do anything! I look forward to the Justice Department that he hopefully will head!


  546. on 1, January 15, 2009 at 10:48 am Martha Still - West Wateree, S. C.

    p.s. But I also agree that you, Jonathan Turley, would make an absolutely excellent Attorney General. Like many have stated above, I have listened to you on CSPAN and MSNBC, and immediately stop what I’m doing to ‘listen up’! I have a son in prison, and also many prisoners that I’ve come to know over the past 6 1/2 years since my son was sent to prison, so the issues that you speak about are always close to my heart!


  547. Dear professor,

    Found this typo, thought you might want to correct it:

    ‘..contempt defenses and it is one of the most *abuses* areas…” I presume you meant to use the word, ‘abused’?

    You’re an inspiration to us all…thank you!

    Frank


  548. Prof Turley:

    I’ve enjoyed your commentary on MSNBC concerning Constitutional Law issues and was wondering if you have considered authoring a book? You’ve awaken in me an interest in the law beyond what is usually portrayed on TV. I’ve checked several sources and was unable to find one (of course, if you point me towards one you HAVE written, I’ll feel the fool).

    I think, especially after the last eight years and the promise of the next four, something on Constitutional Law written for us “Joe-the-Plumb…..”, (er, sorry….maybe something written at a slightly higher level) types. Maybe covering the basics of C. Law, sections on the more profound rulings by the Supreme Courts, the esoteric yet important rulings, the stranger or bizarre cases.

    Again, I’ve enjoyed your comments.
    Kind Regards,
    Mike


  549. Mr. Turley,

    People like you who speak truth to power need to know that they have millions of supporters who do not necessarily have the knowledge, forum, or eloquence to join your chorus but are with you all the way none the less. Rest assured, we are out here and we greatly appreciate your courageous efforts. You are a true Patriot and I can think of no greater honor.

    Rock on!
    JB


  550. Dr Turley,

    I’ve seen you many times on TV and have become a fan of yours. I’d like to share with you a growing concern of mine and possibly get some insight from you.

    I am of the opinion that the Bush regime has been one of the 3 most damaging administrations in our history with the main positive possibly being AIDs aid to Africa. In my opinion he has ignored and violated our laws, Constitution, and Congress. Worst of all, he initiated a preemptive war in Iraq for reasons that he lied about. In addition to 4,000 + Americans there have been an estimated 600k – 700k Iraqians killed and 2M displaced – a horrendous cost for a nation that had not harmed us.

    In addition, we’re now hearing so many of our politicians and pundits debate the validity of preemptive war and torture. Obama has signaled that he does not want to investigate people for potential war crimes making it acceptable for some people to be outside of the law.

    Civilization has slowly evolved to the point where we now have the concept of rule by law (including adherence to our constitution, laws, treaties). What disturbs me is that another legacy of Bush is that we are accepting a standard that is less than rule by law all justified in the name of fighting terrorism.


  551. HEY TURLEY, WERE YOU THERE WHEN THE SON OF A FALN VICTIM SPOKE OUT AGAINST HOLDER? WHY ARE YOU SO SILENT?

    Eric Holder illustrates the dangers of ambition married to weak character. His subservience to the interests of Bill Clinton in approving the corrupt pardon of Marc Rich and the indefensible pardons of the FALN terrorists was a disgrace. His role in these pardons should disqualify him for higher office.

    Holder himself does not defend his role in the Rich pardon. He concedes it was a mistake. He claims somewhat paradoxically that he learned so much from his mistake that he will be a better Attorney General. Holder makes no such concession or claim in the case of the FALN terrorists.

    Joseph Connor is the son of one of their victims. He testified against Holder in the confirmation hearing yesterday. In “Terrorists killed my father,” Connor writes:

    At the time of the [FALN] pardons, Eric H. Holder Jr. was deputy attorney general. In considering his department’s recommendation on clemency, he met with supporters of the terrorists but ignored their victims. He pushed staff members to drop their strong opposition to a presidential pardon for the FALN members and alter a report they had prepared for the president recommending against clemency. Today, although two turned down their pardons because they were unwilling to renounce violence, many of the convicted FALN members walk free. And a man who was instrumental in their release may become the highest law enforcer in the land.


  552. ping post this:

    OBAMA GONNA TORTURE TOO!

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090116/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_interrogations

    Obama advisers are considering adding a classified loophole to the rules that could allow the CIA to use some interrogation methods not specifically authorized by the Pentagon, the officials said. …

    For Obama, who repeatedly insisted during the 2008 presidential campaign and the transition period that “America doesn’t torture,” a classified loophole would allow him to follow through on his promise to end harsh interrogations while retaining a full range of presidential options in conducting the war against terrorism.

    The proposed loophole, which could come in the form of a classified annex to the manual, is designed to satisfy intelligence experts who fear that an outright ban of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques would limit the government in obtaining threat information that could save American lives. It would also preserve Obama’s flexibility to authorize any interrogation tactics he might deem necessary for national security.

    OBAMA DOES A 180 ON “TORTURE” AND YA’LL ARE SILENT!


  553. The left warned that GW would pardon those involved in torture activities, those involved in falsifying rationale for initiating the Iraq war, and/or to those involved in the secret wiretapping/spying program that circumvented FISA.

    QUESTION: Assuming the left was/is correct, what would’ve prevented GW secretly issuing pardons to anyone involved in the BUSH administration despicable/illegal activities. Given GW’s and Cheney’s use of secrecy, don’t we have to assume that GW would’ve classified the pardons in such a way so as to prevent the general public from knowing about the existence of the pardons? Especially since names of those performing the activities being pardoned are/were also “classified”?


  554. right and left can never get along. I suggest we split up the country into the 2 camps. We can have red states and blue states. We can flip for which coast we get. then the left can have their own country and so can the right. It has come down to this and it is time to stop the nonsense and get it over with.

    Can we amend the constitution to do this?


  555. right and left can never get along. I suggest we split up the country into the 2 camps. We can have red states and blue states. We can flip for which coast we get. then the left can have their own country and so can the right. It has come down to this and it is time to stop the nonsense and get it over with.

    Can we amend the constitution to do this?


  556. These are the people Obama wants to release from GITMO:

    The American soldier Al Queda member Omar Khadr killed with a grenade when he was 15 was an ARMY MEDIC.

    A MEDIC……………….a person who SAVES lives. A MEDIC.

    An introduciton to the Khadr family:

    “We are an Al Qaeda family.” So spoke one of the Khadrs, a Muslim Canadian household whose near single-minded devotion to Osama bin Laden contains important lessons for the West.

    In 1985, in the course of working in Afghanistan, Khadr met bin Laden and became his close associate. Sometimes Khadr was described as the highest ranking of Al Qaeda’s 75 Canadian operatives.

    In 1996, he and his wife set up an Islamic charity they named “Health and Education Project International.” When the Taliban took control in Afghanistan a few months later, the parents and their six children decamped there. As he worked closely with bin Laden, Khadr became known for his militant Islamic vitriol, leading one Frenchman in Afghanistan to observe about him,” I never met such hostility, someone so against the West.”

    Like other Al Qaeda leaders, Khadr disappeared from view soon after 9/11. He spent two years on the lam, reappearing only in October 2003,when Pakistani forces unexpectedly found that the DNA of one unrecognizable corpse from a bloody shootout matched Khadr’s.

    The terrorism-related activities of other Khadr family members — wife, one of two daughters, three of four sons — complement their patriarch’s record.

    Wife Maha Elsamnah took her then 14-year-old son Omar from Canada to Pakistan in 2001 and enrolled him for Al Qaeda training.

    Daughter Zaynab, 23, was engaged to one terrorist and married, with Osama bin Laden himself present at the nuptials, a Qaeda member in 1999. Zaynab endorses the 9/11 atrocities and hopes her infant daughter will die fighting Americans.

    Son Abdullah, 22, is a Qaeda fugitive constantly on the move to elude capture. Canadian intelligence states he ran a Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan during the Taliban period, something Abdullah denies.

    Son Omar, 17, stands accused of hurling a grenade in July 2002, killing an American medic in Afghanistan. Omar lost sight in one eye in the fighting and is now a U.S. detainee in Guantánamo.
    Son Abdul Karim, 14, half-paralyzed by wounds sustained in the October 2003 shoot-out that left his father dead, is presently prisoner in a Pakistani hospital.

    Fortunately, there is also one positive story:

    Son Abdurahman, 21, reluctantly trained with Al Qaeda, was captured by coalition forces in November 2001 and agreed to work for the Central Intelligence Agency in Kabul, Guantánamo, and Bosnia. He returned to Canada in October 2003, where he denounced both extremism (”I want to be a good, strong, civilized, peaceful Muslim” ) and his family’s terroristic ways.


  557. Rachel:

    you cast pearls before swine. these jackanapes will respond by requesting your head. Dont waste your time trying to explain the obvious to them. Namely Osama wants our collective heads.


  558. What is your opinion of the employee Free Choice Act—the card check proposal for certifying union representation?

    I know labor law may not be your specialty but I respect your opinion on a wide range of legal issues—and believe that unlike most lawyers, you’ll tell me if this isn’t your interest.

    I always felt, as a former field examiner with the NLRB, that the NLRA could be improved by adding more punitive measures when employers flagrantly violate worker rights. I also felt that the secret ballot election was the best possible way to determine worker preferences but that employers had too many tools to delay the election and diminish the majority standing of the union. Issues brought up in hearings which took forever, might be issues to discuss after the election.

    In other words, I believe a speedy election is essential for the unions to have a fair chance and a secret ballot election is essential to truly express the wishes of the employees without coercion. Can this be achieved without a card check law? Your thoughts, please.

    Mary Ann


  559. Commentary: Obama breaks his own rules already

    By Campbell Brown
    January 23, 2009
    CNN

    (CNN) — Just a couple of nights ago, we heaped praise on the new president for announcing what he called a new era of openness, where in his administration, transparency would rule the day.

    And the lobbyists that he was so critical of during the campaign? Well, he told us they will now face even tougher new restrictions.

    President Obama: “The executive order on ethics I will sign shortly represents a clean break from business as usual. As of today, lobbyists will be subject to stricter limits than under any other administration in history. If you are a lobbyist entering my administration, you will not be able to work on matters you lobbied on, or in the agencies you lobbied during the previous two years. When you leave government, you will not be able to lobby my administration for as long as I am president.”

    Well, anyway that’s what President Obama said two days ago. But as we first told you Thursday Obama already wants and will get an exception to his own new rule.

    You see, what happened is, there is this former lobbyist for a big defense contractor called Raytheon. Obama wants him to be deputy defense secretary. So, he wants a waiver to his own rule – now.

    That means Obama is saying he will put tough new restrictions on lobbyists, except when he won’t.

    Really? Is this how it is going to be? Just three days into this administration?


  560. Mr. Turley
    I’m new at this. I wonder if anyone gets a chance for a discourse with you? If I post a question, is it possible you might respond?
    Tom


  561. Response (hope I’m doing this correctly):

    Campbell Brown

    Transparency?? How come there’s no hue & cry over sealed college records &, my goodness, no birth certificate to validate legitimacy for presidential stature? Mr. Turley was quoted in the St. Petersberg Times, expressing concern that Obama might not be seen as the “real” President because of a botched oath at swearing in. How ludicris is this concern in comparison to the blatant stonewalling by BO not opening up his records?? Have we heard Mr. Turley’s thought(s) on this matter?? Other than Phillip Berg, no one seems to have the stomach to express concern, when even Obamaites speak of being appalled at his lack of “transparency.
    Mr. Turley, are you there?
    TF


  562. Hi Prof Turley,
    I agree with all who voiced their appreciation for you and the riveting interest you compel during television appearances on PBS, (The Jim Lehrer News Hour, formerly MacNeil/Lehrer) and your recent debate on NPR with Harvard law professor Charles Fried. You are brilliant yet humble, powerful and persuasive, yet always a gentleman.
    Prof Turley, if a judge alters a court transcript materially, by erasing and recording over portions of it, in order to cover-up the nature of his conduct, could this be considered a criminal act?
    Filing formal complaints of judicial misconduct rarely result in any disciplinary action. Do you believe the means to address issues involving judicial corruption, even with the implementation of the Breyer recommendations, are sufficient?
    Would you consider making your class lectures available on the internet? You could teach (reach) the law to thousands.
    Keep up your astonishing work.
    George


  563. Prof Turley,

    How nice to see you are as active now as you were when I had you for TORTs back in 1998 at GW Law. You have always been a wonderful professor and judicial leader thus I look forward to keeping tabs on your thoughts as relayed within the pages of this site.

    While I took a different legal route (in-house counsel specializing in Technology and IP), your views on such diverse constitutional/tort issues still fascinates me.

    Take care

    Kevin Cromer, Esq.


  564. Kevin:

    It is wonderful to hear from a former student and to see you doing so well. Welcome to the site. I am afraid that I cannot offer any refund on prior classes, however. Yet, if you become a regular, you can go to any Starbucks and ask for a discount as a Turley blogger on a Latte. In fact, you can ask for a discount from any coffee shop.

    JT


  565. Kevin, I ask the state troopers to let me off because I post on the Turley blog.

    There is no harm in asking.


  566. Prof. Turley,
    I asked several questions on an entry on 1/25. I see you do respond to school/praise messages. I hope you will offer an opinion on the issues I “raised”. I know no one in the media will address my concerns because, obviously, they are judged to be taboo. Are you governed by something (for want of a better word) that makes it off-limits? The OATH glitch was so benign as to cause no backlash for you, I would guess. I don’t see that the St. Pete’s article in which you were quoted would have offered any threat or offended anyone to your determent. I guess what I’m asking of you may NOT be comfortably answered. If so, please accept my apologies. It’s just such a monsterous affront to our Constitutional law that this issue has been ignored by our Courts, media, the DNC, our electoral college, Congress……and,especially the Supreme Court! I mean, who (or what) has the power to influence the Supreme Court? Maybe I’m being overly optimistic to expect these entities to protect/represent the citizens of this land?


  567. tom fitchue, I certainly do not pretend to speak for Prof. Turley, but at the risk of appearing rude, I wish to point out that no one can answer your questions because they are incoherent, delusional and evidence of paranoid fantasies. No serious persons have questions about Pres. Obama’s birth certificate, school attendance or employment history. I would add that his immunization records appear to be in order as well. I suggest that you need some time off, maybe a nice vacation trip to Roswell, N.M.


  568. Dear Mr. Appleton,
    And, your credentials include expert evaluation of an on-line “certificate of birth” to acertain its originality? And your “power” to delve into the minds of everyone in this country that enables you to declare they are “serious people”? Just exactly who endowed you with these dubious (at best) powers? Could it have been something that came to you in a dream? I image there could well be drugs involved, butt, who am I to judge YOU of all people?? Who knows, your laser “WIT” might bring a bolt from the Heavens to strike me when I least expect it? I mean, someone with your powers might be able to do anything! And, I’m sure Prof. Turley appreciates you taking up the banner, so to speak. He must be so proud of you!!
    TF


  569. Tom, I usually leave this sort of exchange to mespo or Buddha, but I guess I got myself into it, so … My point is simply that the things you are concerned about have been investigated. Some of it has been litigated. For Pete’s sake, I haven’t seen the “original” of my own birth certificate. I also have not personally been on the moon, so cannot attest on the basis of personal knowledge that we have actually landed there. We daily rely on what others tell us about all sorts of things; we question veracity when we determine that we have been lied to or that the asserted truth does not square with our experience and common sense. Or, in some instances, when the speaker appears to have dishonorable motives, such as racial or ethnic hatreds. We judge another’s seriousness by the manner in which his or her thoughts are organized, whether the speaker engages in ad hominem attacks as a substitute for argument and whether he or she recognizes that disagreement is not evidence of bad faith. I have not seen or heard anything to lead me to suspect that anyone has played games with the president’s birth records. Moreover, Phillip Berg, the prime mover in this crusade, is a fruitcake. As a lawyer, he knew from the outset that he had no more standing to challenge the election than I have to ask the courts to enjoin the Iraq incursion as violative of the War Powers Act. For the rest of it, I did not attend GW and have never met Prof. Turley. I follow this site because the topics are interesting and the comments (with some exceptions)are thoughtful. I’m sorry if this response is not sufficient, but it is frankly the best I can do.


  570. Mike Appleton:

    Welcome to fun world troll thumping. You will learn to love the non-sequiturs, passionate stupidity, and utter contempt for reason or judgment. These trolls really do find themselves profound.


  571. mespo:
    Thanks, I guess.


  572. This thread seems to be getting very full and hard to read. Can the webmaster start up a Bio II file?


  573. Mike,
    I appreciate your time writing your response. From the content, I can see your viewpoint and respect it. Your first writing was an attack that I responded to with hackles up. Not a great way to start a discourse, wouldn’t you agree? I don’t agree with some of your thoughts, but I can respect your right to have them. I believe the failure/refusal of Obama’ refusal to bring forth an original document flys in the face of “transparency”, which, as I recall, was a main talking point during the election. There were (ARE) many unsettled issues from the election that still rackle me, but, that’s my problem. I do have many friends & associates that strongly share my concerns, in response to your “serious” people. I guess we all have varied opinions – would be awfully boring if we didn’t.
    Tom Fitchue


  574. Mike,
    I just belatedly found out that Obama had a closed door meeting two or three days prior to the Supreme Court’s scheduled meeting about whether or not to hear the lawsuit asking for proof of his origin. This meeting was attended by 8 of the 9 sitting judges of the Supreme Court. I don’t know your legal background, but it’s somewhat inappropriate for this clandestine meeting to have occured, given that opposing counsel wasn’t invited. Does this have any meaning to you? If it had been John McCain, what might have been your response, and, perhaps all the other “serious people” previously mentioned? Can you search yourself honestly and without bias and answer this question? Perhaps you might appreciate my concern in other matters. There really has to be other “powers” involved for this type of activity not being disclosed to the public. And, the gall to do something as blatantly this illegal has to prove that something’s badly wrong.
    Your opinion here will be greatly appreciated.
    Tom Fitchue


  575. Mr. Turley,
    I’ve always enjoyed political commentary, and, as a liberal, I’ve always appreciated your articulate defense of our positions in the public arena. On a completely different topic, I was recently researching my family ancestry, which traces back to Cianciana, Sicily, and came across the wonderful article that you wrote about the passing of your grandmother. It certainly made me appreciate my own Sicilian grandmother, who I promptly called after finishing the article.

    I was curious as to whether you have written anything based on the interviews with your grandmother regarding the Ciancianese and/or Italian immigrant life in the Ohio Valley in the early-1900′s. My family emigrated to that area, living in Yorkville and Bridgeport until the 1940′s.

    Anyway, I’ve noticed that you monitor this board, so maybe you can drop me a line sometime and let me know if you’ve ever written anything to that effect… I would certainly enjoy reading it.

    Thanks!


  576. Gary:

    What a surprise. Indeed, my Italian side hails from Cianciana, Sicily, where both my grandfather and grandmother came from. One of the still remaining tasks is to write the book about my grandmother. The fact that they lived in Yorkville would seem to guarantee that they knew my grandparents, I would think. Please give my very best to your grandmother. Cent’ Anni!


  577. JT:

    “Indeed, my Italian side hails from Cianciana, Sicily”

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

    I am kicking myself for not putting it together. Your mom at age 82 drives alone from Chicago to see her grandkids; you’re a doting parent; a wine lover; a compassionate advocate for the downtrodden; possess a Roman’s feel for politics and law. I bought into that Irish heritage of your Dad’s side, and totally missed the gumba in you. Damn, damn, damn. I knew I liked you for a reason. I should have got it a lot sooner! Sono spiacente!


  578. Tom, I know nothing about any such meeting. What is your source? To answer your question, it is always improper for a judge to meet privately with a party to a lawsuit, or with an attorney for a party, without the presence of opposing counsel. Indeed, I believe it is improper for sitting judges, particularly those on the Supreme Court, to maintain any social relationships with those whose actions may become the subject of judicial review. That is why, for example, I found it unprofessional and improper for Justice Scalia to go duck hunting with Vice President Cheney. But I would need more information to respond to your comments.


  579. Mike,
    Great response. I feel that, once we got by that first salvo we fired, that you might give me insight (and, perhaps, I to you) about concern for our nation and our rights as citizens, from two “opposing” sides. I spend a great deal of time worrying about the end of a way of life that’s coming at an unbelieveable pace. I am, predictably, an advocate for bearing guns, freedom of speech (Limbaugh, although I don’t listen to talk-radio or watch TV news, or believe the newspapers), media honesty (major issues here), honest politicians (an oxymoron if there ever was), Israel’s safety, etc. So, I’m a flaming Conservative, to say the least. I keep hoping for an awakening from the Liberal side about the erosion to these Constitutionally guaranteed rights. Without them, and other similarly endowed “rights” vanquished, will you want to live (and raise children) in what will be left of this great country. I’m 73 years old, and have always taken these things for granted. We are now “LED” by a man (and whom/what ever’s behind him) in a direction that promises the end of our way of life.
    My source is: WORLD NET DAILY News, writer Bob Unruh, in a post dated 1/27. I’d send you the article, along with others from the same day, but I think that blogs aren’t a good place to share contact info. Probably, rightfully, not allowable. I AM new at this.
    I really, truly would appreciate your opinion(s) on this meeting and how there’s been NO media acknowledgement of it’s occurence.
    Tom


  580. Prof Turley,

    I stumbled upon your site when I saw an article that covered an assault case my office handled a little over a year ago against Rep. Bob Filner at Dulles Airport.

    In my position, which is an odd combination of politics and law enforcement, you learn quickly that there is always more to what is reported by the papers than what is actual in fact. This case was no exception.

    Proudly, I can tell you that you helped carve me into the attorney I am today as I was a student of yours back in the early 90′s (Torts, Crim Pro).

    I suspect that we’re on opposite sides of the political spectrum, but I always appreciated your classes more than any other, because you helped me think diffently and examine cases from multiple perspectives. This has been a great asset in my profession.

    Let me know if you find your way to Loudoun County, Virginia. Maybe I’ll arrange a tour of the Airport for you!

    Jim Plowman
    Commonwealth’s Attorney
    Loudoun County

    GWU Law School (Natl. Law Center)
    Class of 1996 (night school)


  581. Jim:

    It is terrific to hear from you and to see that you have become the Commonwealth Attorney for Loudoun. That is quite a job and does the whole school proud. It is even more impressive when you were deprived a valid education in not one but two areas. You are very kind in your comments and I will indeed take you up on the airport tour. I insist on being able to ride and shoot one of those de-icers (a personal dream).

    Best,

    Jonathan


  582. Thanks for the response, Mr. Turley. I would love to read your grandfather’s story, so I hope you do write that book someday. You were correct in your short article about your grandmother that the stories of that generation are disappearing. It was actually my great-grandmother who would have been a contemporary of your grandmother. She was also forced into marriage at age 14 and bearing children by 15. Unfortunately, she passed away in the 1950′s, so I never knew anyone from that generation of immigrants (I was born in the 1970′s). I know very little of their personal stories, other than names, dates, and a few little anecdotes (my grandmother was born in the 1930′s, so she was only 10 when they moved away from the Ohio Valley). I’ll certainly keep my fingers crossed about that book…

    Thanks!


  583. B”H

    Professor Turley, you rock! You have done more to restore my faith in this country — and that perhaps we are not on our way to third world status — than anyone else!


  584. Tom, 73 years of living should provide you with a great deal of perspective. I am 62. My father served overseas during World War II with what was then known as the Army Air Corps. He spent a great deal of that time in Iran and came out with a pronounced disdain for Arabs (he recognized no distinction between Arabs and Persians). As a Democrat by family tradition, he liked Adlai Stevenson, but thought that he spoke over people’s heads. So he did what many veterans did, vote for the war hero. After two terms of Eisenhower, he told me-and this was one of those moments where one recalls the exact words, “I wouldn’t vote for another G..d d..n Republican if they managed to prop up Abe Lincoln.” He had plenty of prejudices, but recognized them for what they were, and demanded that his kids not share them. That is, he wanted us to be more educated, more compassionate, more understanding and more tolerant than he was.

    I mentioned that story simply to illustrate my belief that societies as well as individuals need to mature. Maturity to me is nothing more than the gradual elimination of irrational fears, which in turn opens us up to the consideration of other points of view. I expressed my support for the Obama candidacy to anyone who cared to listen during the campaign. Several people whom I care about a great deal ackowledged to me in private that they could not bring themselves to vote for a black man. They couldn’t really articulate the reasons, but they didn’t need to because all of the reasons can be found in the history of this country. They were simply afraid.
    You have expressed concern that the new president will take us “in a direction that promises the end of our way of life.” I’m not sure what you mean, but I do recall that the last time I heard a comparable statement, the candidate was John F. Kennedy and the joke was that if he lost the election he would have to send a telegram to the pope telling him to unpack.

    Pres. Obama is just a man like you and me, except that he is smarter than I. He received an outstanding education. He has a wife and kids and wants the same things for them that you and I want for our own wives and children. He is not going to eliminate the First Amendment or any of the others, including the Second. He doesn’t appear to be a great dancer, contrary to a certain popular myth about black people. He has the ability to laugh at himself. He is secure enough that he doesn’t feel the need to surround himself with sycophants; he is willing to listen to opposing views. Whether his presidency will be successful will depend on the same sorts of things which have determined the success of other presidencies: good will, careful planning, decisiveness and a great deal of luck. I don’t agree with all of his views, but I’ve yet to encounter another human being as reasonable and well-balanced as I (LOL).

    His election is another opportunity for America to mature. I am confident that when his term of office concludes (or two terms, as the case may be), he will have solved some problems and not solved others. Some problems will have simply solved themselves, only to be replaced by new ones. The Republic will still be standing.

    Narrowness produces fear because constant exposure to only one line of thought becomes obsessive. One of the ways I try to avoid becoming too narrowly focused in my views is to expose myself to other ideas. I’ve never yet found a reason to be afraid of another’s thoughts. I read a variety of materials, including some very conservative and some very radical stuff. Contrary to what you might think, I’ve even listened to Rush Limbaugh on occasion, although I do not regard him as a thinker. He is actually a commercial polemicist, but there are plenty of intelligent conservative journals out there. I do not waste time listening to persons who view the world as though life were a series of conspiracies. I do not find any topic (including myself) immune from satire or humor. I lived in 11 states growing up. I met some wonderful peole every place I’ve ever lived. I’ve met some bitter, unhappy people every place I’ve ever lived.

    In sum, I do not know what concerns you about the new president, so I don’t know how to allay those concerns other than to suggest that you take a look back at all of those things you may have once feared, and at what became of them.


  585. Mike,
    Again, I thank you for taking the time to tell me about your history, especially about your father’s reaction to Ike. I can tell by the depth of feeling that you express that you’re probably much more versed and introspective than I am. I would have also guessed your age around forty, don’t ask me why, tho.
    My concern is the enormous lack of tranparency (again, an Obama talking point with little evidence on display) and, the ability to be chambered with 8 sitting Supreme Court Judges who, only a few days later, declined to hear a Constitionally based lawsuit that probably over half the nation wanted opened to prove once and for all, Obama’s right to be President. You did not comment on the private session incident. Most diehard Obama followers will NOT debate the birth issue, stating that it doesn’t exist nor matter.
    Stonewalling at its best. It makes no sense to me that, were he capable of producing conclusive proof, why he chooses not do so. Transparency is a great word to sell, but it takes honor and true dedication to walk the walk. An honorable man, wanting to bring the nation together, might have strived to remove this cloud and helped bring the people to rally around him. Arrogance (Supreme Court, the statement “I won”, the fact that Republicans are being berated for sticking together while the Democrats are equally unified in their postitions , with very little criticism) is in full swing. But, that IS politics as usual, especially when one side holds a winning majority.
    I don’t know how long you’ll stay in this exchange of views, but I will look forward to its continuation. It’d be interesting were we living closely enough, to meet you and talk to you personally. And, really interesting if Prof. Turley would join in.
    Tom Fitchue


  586. Tom, when I last responded to you, I had not had an opportunity to check into the meeting you inquired about. I had asked you for a source, but you only provided worldnet. I am familiar with that site; it is almost a classic example of what I warned about earlier, a small group of people who see a conspiracy around every corner. It is not a source of factual information, and should not be regarded in that manner. In any event, I did a search, including the Supreme Court site. The meeting you mentioned was a ceremonial visit to the Supreme Court at the invitation of Chief Justice Roberts (whose appointment, you may recall, was opposed by then Sen. Obama). The vice president was also present. The same sort of visit occurred following the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980 and Bill Clinton in 1992. The Chief Justice is attempting to establish the visit as a traditional event for each incoming administration (sort of like the Prime Minister of England calling upon the Archbishop of Canterbury). There was certainly nothing nefarious about it. And to correct an error in your post, the Supreme Court did not rule on anything relating to the president “a few days after the meeting.” The last case the court refused to hear was thrown out on December 15th.

    I also did some other research. The worldnet sniping is fueled in large part by a California dentist named Orly Taitz. She attended dental school in Israel. Several years ago she graduated from an unaccredited law school in California and has been attempting to litigate the citizenship issue, one of at least a dozen cases filed to date. She has no credentials as a legal scholar, let alone a Constitutional lawyer.

    Finally, I suggest that your perception that half of the population is concerned about the president’s birthplace is substantially off the mark. This goes back to the problem I discussed earlier. If I restrict my sources of information to admitted propagandists, such as the folks at worldnet, or believe nothing other than what I read in the Daily Worker, I will soon develop a rather skewed view of reality. Each generation has its extremists. You are old enough to remember the John Birch Society or “None Dare Call It Treason,” a book which attempted to pick up the gauntlet of anti-communism following the public humiliation of Sen. McCarthy. I have in my possession a book published this past year in Florida and delivered gratis to my home. Its thesis is that the Jesuits are pursuing a long-term strategy to assume complete political power in this country. I have kept the book as an example of some of the most virulent anti-Catholicism I have ever encountered. You get the picture.

    The digging I did you can certainly do well enough yourself. When people feel they are unfairly attacked on this blog, it is usually because they appear to be simply parroting views they have picked up from someplace, rather than rationally discussing their own ideas. If you take the time to verify what you read (particularly on a site that has a pronounced agenda) before you repeat it, you will likely find that you have less to say, but that what you do offer is more interesting and cogent.


  587. Mike,
    Thanks again for your time and insight. I’m not very skilled on researching for information. I earlier tried to find access to the Supreme Court activities, with no success. I even mailed letters to all nine Judges, asking them to hear the birthright verification issue. I’m reluctant to randomly open sites for fear of taking out my computer, even though I have “protection”. This does limit my searches.
    I believe the that Supreme Court Judges were to have met privately to review the validity of another suit filed to petition Obama’s records. There was no decision proffered by the Court publicly, as had been the case in an earlier petition. Will you give me the name of the site where you found your information? Wonder if either Bush attended such a meeting with the Judges? Seems like a big jump from Reagan to Clinton.
    I appreciate the time you’ve spent responding to my issues.
    Tom


  588. on 1, January 30, 2009 at 6:30 pm MSNBC employees united

    In November 2007 Barack Obama told his supporters in a speech just played on MSNBC that he would employ “ZERO” lobbyists in his White House.

    He now has 8 lobbyists employed in his White House – and this report is courtesy of non other than MSNBC – the network fast getting tired of Barack Obama ruining its market share.

    Mr. Turley, just WHEN are you going to start challenging these mistakes Mr. Obama is making almost daily? Or is the pittance you get for appearing on Olbermann and Maddow’s show worth corrupting the values virtually all parents wish to instill in their children – by chance maybe even you.


  589. Dear MSNBC,
    I’m a new-to-blogging person trying to become accustomed to the process. I started off initialy trying to draw Prof. Turley into a discourse on how the Media buffers Obama from serious issues of concern. One of the other posters has given feedback to my questions/comments/concerns that I have found quite enlighting. It seems that some (if not all) of my issues were drawn from information from sources considered slanted in their content. I have/had become quite disenchanted with the junk we’ve been fed by all the media that have actually (in some isolated instances) acknowledged they were mandated to NOT raise issues that were deemed taboo (muslim terrorists is now off-limits, as an example) because they might offend some faction. Issues of birthright are ignored as being “already documented WITHOUT A DOUBT”. The lack of response to this issue without media acknowledgement only proves, in my eyes, the depth of how far the “TRUTH” has fallen from standards in place since this country was founded. Never in my lifetime have I felt the corruption in our courts and government to be so predominate.
    I’m sure to draw some fire over this “blog”, but I doubt it will come from Prof. Turley.
    Tom Fitchue


  590. Mr. Fitchue:

    I would not waste my time you are dealing with a good many mental incompetents on this web site. They think taxes are good and putting your money in your pocket bad. they think that water boarding is more immoral than Lt. Calley killing those civilians in Vietnam. They think that they are all about protecting the constitution at the same time calling for more regulations that make us less free. the mind of a liberal is a scary place enter if you dare.


  591. Mespo:

    Sorry for the delay but indeed I am half Italian. My mother’s family was named Piazza. My grandmother’s family was named Moscato and LaCort. I agree with your view of Italians who desire both good wine and good justice, but what explains that paisan Giuliani?


  592. JT:

    “…but what explains that paisan Giuliani?”

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

    Genetic anomaly or cardiac resection.


  593. JT:

    This blog must really have the troll population worried. I noticed when I Googled the site a warning comes up that it “might harm your computer.” You may want to discuss that with Google to get your name off the list “no surf” list.


  594. Mespo,
    I too got the google “bad site” message when I tried to google Prof. Turley’s site. those nasty trolls are getting upset over people actually pointing out the error in their ways.


  595. There is something bogus at Google. It does cough up that warning message.

    But if the MSN brower, Live Search, is used, there is no warning message.

    And on both Google and MSN, the McAfee SiteAdvisr says:
    “We’ve tested this site and found it to be safe.”

    It is probably a technical glitch. I doubt if the trolls are smart enough to do this.


  596. As a troll I am not worried about this site. I wish more of my kind would come here. I actually have learned quite a bit. There is nothing to fear from another point of view unless you are staring up the barrel of a gun while being talked to.

    Come on trolls, take it to the bozone.


  597. Glitch seens to be gone.


  598. One million without power freezing and Obama sets the Oval Office thermostat to a toasty tropical setting that you could grow Orchids in, according to David Axlerod, senior advisor. Axlerod’s response, “He is from Hawaii.”!

    Obama has told America the days of setting our thermostats to 72 degress are over. We can’t do it, but he can, while millions freeze without power.


  599. Dear Bron98 & Global Warming….,
    It does seem the heat has been turned up in here, despite BO’s admonishment to the common folk that it’s necessary to “keep the heat turned down”. I found this blog because I wanted to get Prof. Turley’s opinion about the media’s disregard for misdeeds that are afoot in Gomorah (D.C, if you would). Courts failing to administer their sworn duties to the people they serve, politicians who ignore the wishes of the people who elected them, who sell their votes to line their pockets, media hacks who ignore issues because their audiences will be offended (or their management mandates are contrary to the facts because of political conflict) as was well evidenced in our last election. For instance, just imagine John McCain had won the election but refused to prove his legitimacy to hold the office of the President. Wonder how our left-wing liberals
    might react? You think, perhaps, they might demand evidence be provided to prove the Constitutional right to be seated?? How do you think the courts might respond to their demands?? Since our courts have demonstrated their unwillingness to hear Conservatives’ demands, one might be led to believe they’d be on McCain in a Chicago minute. Obama’s attack on talk show narrators (which does seem, to many, to be an attack on our Constitutional rights for freedom of speech) is very likely to undermine his credibility in the eyes of the citizenry. His lobbist cabinet members are a direct contradiction to his promise to exclude them from the White House. His choices of two tax-evading, caught red-handed, minions are certainly no break from old, long-standing Washington practices that he promised to keep out of his “administration”.
    Many of us wonder why he is not held to task on these issues that openly conflict with all his promises to his followers that there would be “CHANGE”. Maybe these followers weren’t subconsciously expecting better, so they see nothing wrong with all this. Or, it could be the Kool-aid.
    Tom Fitchue (a.k.a. troll?)


  600. 500,000 people without power in the east, dozens of deaths, people freezing in unheated homes.

    Obama turns the Oval Office heat up to 77 degrees and spends the day at the Superball hoisting $25 drinks paid for by taxpayers.

    Shameful and I see the world and Americans are noticing.


  601. February 1, 2009Obama: “Let Them Eat Steak”

    Is Barack Obama an insensitive lout who serves $100 per pound steaks to his elite guests and turns up the heat in the White House high enough to grow orchids while a million of his countrymen are without power and dozens are freezing to death?

    Many on the web–but no one in the mainstream media–have commented on the fact that Obama has not even pretended to do anything about the massive ice storm that has disabled much of Kentucky and neighboring states. It took days for FEMA to swing into action. Why is that not a scandal? Days went by before Kentucky’s governor called out the National Guard. Why did no one blame Obama for failing to call out the Guard sooner? Probably because he lacks the constitutional power to do so; but the Constitution hasn’t changed since 2005.

    What Katrina taught the media was that they could hurt Bush by lying. What 2008 taught them was that they could help Obama by not reporting at all. What will 2009 teach them? I shudder to think.

    A basic reality of our time is that our mass media are monolithic, and what they choose to report (or not report) depends on what fits the narrative they are pushing on the public. If our reporters and editors wanted to portray Obama as clueless and out of touch with ordinary Americans, he has given them ample opportunity to do so. But because they are Democrats and he is a Democrat, they have no desire to tell that story. So “let them eat steak” is not a theme you’ll be seeing on the evening news.


  602. Sorry, kent, but Comrade Kramer spoke out of turn and will have to be silenced by the proletariat. Our master plan was not to be revealed until we had completed the nationalization of the banks and their bourgeois lackeys on Wall Street. The people of Kentucky refused to support the revolution. Now let them look to Mitch McConnell for succor.


  603. Mike,
    Or plan on secession from the Obamanation, along with Texas. But, this information is not for publication, so, hopefully, we can rely on you to keep our secret safe,
    Tom


  604. “Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ” Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507.

    “Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ” Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507.

    “Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ” Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507.

    “Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ” Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507.

    “Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ” Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507.

    “Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ” Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507.

    “Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ” Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507.

    “Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ” Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507.


  605. I have real difficulty with the Obama administration’s obvious desire to support and expand Bush’s faith-based initiative.

    During the Bush administration, I worked for Dare Mighty Things, the federal contractor that provided technical support for the faith-based initiative known as the Compassion Capital Fund. Much was made about the Bush Administration’s innovativeness in providing public dollars to support the work of faith-based organizations. This was inaccurate. Government support through a network of grants and contracts has been provided to religious organizations for non-sectarian social services for the past 50 years.

    What was new was allowing federal funds to be used to support religious and quasi-religious activities under the guise of social services. This happened with a wink and a nod through the Capital Compassion Fund and related faith-based initiatives. This cannot be allowed to continue in the Obama Administration.

    Additionally, I witnessed first hand, technical assistance training on how CCF grantees could legally discriminate against people they didn’t want to hire based on religious predilections. As an American, I was and continue to be offended that taxpayer dollars would be used to exclude any group of people. This, as well, cannot be allowed to continue.

    Yet, beyond these challenges, there is the wider, Constitutional issue of the separation of church and state. The previous administration – certainly not the most respectful of the Constitution in general – somehow believed that the separation clause was up for grabs. It is not.

    We are all diminished when government can use its substantial weight to assault the Constitution by funding the peculiarities of religious entities. Let’s hope that President Obama, as a constitutional scholar, will safeguard these vital protections by curtailing the errors of the past faith-based initiative.

    You can read more about this and other matter at my blog: http://www.501cweb.com.


  606. Obama Picks Porn Lawyer for #2 at Justice

    February 3, 2009

    CHICAGO – President Obama has made a major mistake and put America’s families at risk by selecting David Ogden to become Deputy Attorney General, says Fidelis, a pro-family organization.

    “David Ogden is a hired gun from Playboy and ACLU. He can’t run from his long record of opposing common sense laws protecting families, women, and children. The United States Senate has a responsibility to the American people to insure that Mr. Ogden’s full record is fully reviewed before any vote on his nomination” said Brian Burch, President of Fidelis.

    “Ogden’s record is nothing short of obscene. He has represented Playboy Enterprises in multiple cases, Penthouse Magazine, the ACLU, and the largest distributor of hard-core pornography videos. He has opposed filters on library computers protecting children from Internet smut, and successfully defended the right of pornographers to produce material with underage children.”

    “David Ogden has collected checks from Playboy and Penthouse to fight any attempts to establish filters on federally-funded public libraries. Ogden even sued the federal government in an attempt to publish Braille versions of Playboy magazine – at taxpayer expense, of course,” said Burch.

    As a lawyer in private practice, Ogden has argued for an unlimited abortion license, gays in the military, and has urged courts to treat traditional definitions of marriage as a social prejudice.

    “A vast majority of Americans support parental notification before a minor’s abortion and protecting kids from Internet pornography in our libraries,” continued Burch. “Yet David Ogden has fought tooth and nail against these common sense laws protecting our children from harm. At a time when America’s families are under increasing assault, Mr. Ogden is a dangerous choice for a position whose responsibilities include the enforcement of our nation’s laws. “


  607. There are two kinds of people in the United States:

    1. People who remember how horrible the Jimmy Carter years were.

    2. People who are about to find out.

    To be fair to Carter, though, he got off to a better start.


  608. By Charles Krauthammer
    Updated: Friday, February 06, 2009

    “A failure to act, and act now, will turn crisis into a catastrophe.”

    – President Obama, Feb. 4.

    Catastrophe, mind you. So much for the president who in his inaugural address two weeks earlier declared “we have chosen hope over fear.” Until, that is, you need fear to pass a bill.

    And so much for the promise to banish the money changers and influence peddlers from the temple. An ostentatious executive order banning lobbyists was immediately followed by the nomination of at least a dozen current or former lobbyists to high position. Followed by a Treasury secretary who allegedly couldn’t understand the payroll tax provisions in his 1040. Followed by Tom Daschle, who had to fall on his sword according to the new Washington rule that no Cabinet can have more than one tax delinquent.

    The Daschle affair was more serious because his offense involved more than taxes. As Michael Kinsley once observed, in Washington the real scandal isn’t what’s illegal, but what’s legal. Not paying taxes is one thing. But what made this case intolerable was the perfectly legal dealings that amassed Daschle $5.2 million in just two years.

    He’d been getting $1 million per year from a law firm. But he’s not a lawyer, nor a registered lobbyist. You don’t get paid this kind of money to instruct partners on the Senate markup process. You get it for picking up the phone and peddling influence.

    At least Tim Geithner, the tax-challenged Treasury secretary, had been working for years as a humble international civil servant earning non-stratospheric wages. Daschle, who had made another cool million a year (plus chauffeur and Caddy) for unspecified services to a pal’s private equity firm, represented everything Obama said he’d come to Washington to upend.

    And yet more damaging to Obama’s image than all the hypocrisies in the appointment process is his signature bill: the stimulus package. He inexplicably delegated the writing to Nancy Pelosi and the barons of the House. The product, which inevitably carries Obama’s name, was not just bad, not just flawed, but a legislative abomination.

    It’s not just pages and pages of special-interest tax breaks, giveaways and protections, one of which would set off a ruinous Smoot-Hawley trade war. It’s not just the waste, such as the $88.6 million for new construction for Milwaukee Public Schools, which, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, have shrinking enrollment, 15 vacant schools and, quite logically, no plans for new construction.

    It’s the essential fraud of rushing through a bill in which the normal rules (committee hearings, finding revenue to pay for the programs) are suspended on the grounds that a national emergency requires an immediate job-creating stimulus — and then throwing into it hundreds of billions that have nothing to do with stimulus, that Congress’s own budget office says won’t be spent until 2011 and beyond, and that are little more than the back-scratching, special-interest, lobby-driven parochialism that Obama came to Washington to abolish. He said.

    Not just to abolish but to create something new — a new politics where the moneyed pork-barreling and corrupt logrolling of the past would give way to a bottom-up, grass-roots participatory democracy. That is what made Obama so dazzling and new. Turns out the “fierce urgency of now” includes $150 million for livestock (and honeybee and farm-raised fish) insurance.

    The Age of Obama begins with perhaps the greatest frenzy of old-politics influence peddling ever seen in Washington. By the time the stimulus bill reached the Senate, reports the Wall Street Journal, pharmaceutical and high-tech companies were lobbying furiously for a new plan to repatriate overseas profits that would yield major tax savings. California wine growers and Florida citrus producers were fighting to change a single phrase in one provision. Substituting “planted” for “ready to market” would mean a windfall garnered from a new “bonus depreciation” incentive.

    After Obama’s miraculous 2008 presidential campaign, it was clear that at some point the magical mystery tour would have to end. The nation would rub its eyes and begin to emerge from its reverie. The hallucinatory Obama would give way to the mere mortal. The great ethical transformations promised would be seen as a fairy tale that all presidents tell — and that this president told better than anyone.

    I thought the awakening would take six months. It took two and a half weeks.


  609. Mr.Krauthammer,
    Undoubtly the best message of truth on this site. I’m in awe! Perhaps the kool-aid is wearing off, or, maybe, BO left something out of the recipe? Maybe, sometime, there will be a more wide-spread calling to delve into the birth certificate issue. Won’t be fun, but may be the fastest way to remove this blight from our lives.
    Registered Democrat.
    Tom Fitchue


  610. Panetta goon manhandles reporter

    Don’t recall any incident in which a Bush administration official had a bodyguard manhandle a reporter, at the CIA or anywhere else.

    Can you imagine the media reaction if this had happened a year ago?

    Following Leon Panetta’s confirmation hearing Thursday, several reporters approached the CIA director-designate in the hallway outside room G-50 in the Dirksen Building.

    There, CongressDaily reporter Chris Strohm — upon asking a question — was physically – and painfully – restrained by a man who accompanied Panetta at hearings both days.

    Strohm, when reached by phone Friday, said he was unsure of the man’s role. “I felt this hand grab my right arm and push me aside,” Strohm said.

    By his account, Strohm told the man, “Please don’t touch me” more than once.

    CQ’s Tim Starks objected when it happened, and later told Politico’s Michael Calderon that he’d never seen any journalist pushed around like that before.

    Imagine how this would have been covered in the Bush administration.

    We would have heard about it on every broadcast channel.

    Keith Olbermann would have complained about Nazi tactics in silencing reporters. Media organizations would have called for Congressional investigation.

    Now? This is the president the left & the media elected and the Hope and Change they wanted. The silence is deafening.


  611. Takili,
    This seems to be a day of enlightment on this site, but, the general population doesn’t seem to have much to say. ‘Course, this all WAS predictable, considering the tactics used before and during the election. I mean, could any one have expected the quality the characters involved to have magically become honest and forthright?
    Their pasts are so tainted, that to expect better of “them” is naive, to say the least. It does seem the noise on the street appears to be full of disatisfaction and “if I had only known”.
    I wonder what it will take to get us out of this mess? Maybe there’ll come a way short of bearing arms, after all. I certainly hope. I’m way too old for “hand-to-hand”.
    Registered Democrat who voted for BO over Billiary in the so-called Florida primary. I’m still trying to re-think that one.
    Tom Fitchue


  612. WIKILEAKS PUBLISHES ALL 6780 CRS REPORTS

    A press release indicated that the Wikileaks site
    has published 6780 Congressional Research Service CRS reports on its
    website, supposedly the entire electronic output made available to all the
    Congressional Offices. There are additional reports and briefings prepared
    for specific offices that are not included in that electronic output.
    Details are available at this page:

    http://www.wikileaks.org/wiki/Change_you_can_download:_a_billion_in_secret_C
    ongressional_reports

    Wikileaks says that there are are 2500 reports that had not been available
    through OpenCRS in any form; a substantial amount of material. Some 4500 of
    the reports are the updated versions of older reports already online.


  613. ABCNEWS: CATERPILLAR CEO contradicts Obama: ‘We’re going to have more layoffs before we start hiring again’…


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  615. Mespo, welcome back.


  616. on 1, February 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm Buddha Is Laughing

    Dream on Al.

    We the People are coming for your boys.


  617. Jonathan,
    Just wanted to point you to the Bush Project site. Thanks for all you do.

    Steve


  618. on 1, February 25, 2009 at 7:41 pm eoeocioetoupcupeoiotu80870ccceoc

    Democrat Senior Senator Byrd says Obama trying to impower Presidency beyond Constitutional limits:

    In a scathing letter to Obama on Wednesday, Byrd complained about Obama’s decision to create White House offices on health reform, urban affairs policy, and energy and climate change.

    Byrd said such positions “can threaten the Constitutional system of checks and balances. At the worst, White House staff have taken direction and control of programmatic areas that are the statutory responsibility of Senate-confirmed officials.”…
    “As presidential assistants and advisers, these White House staffers are not accountable for their actions to the Congress, to cabinet officials, and to virtually anyone but the president,” Byrd wrote. “They rarely testify before congressional committees, and often shield the information and decision-making process behind the assertion of executive privilege. In too many instances, White House staff have been allowed to inhibit openness and transparency, and reduce accountability.”

    The West Virginia Democrat on Wednesday demanded Obama “consider the following: that assertions of executive privilege will be made only by the president, or with the president’s specific approval; that senior White House personnel will be limited from exercising authority over any person, any program, and any funding within the statutory responsibility of a Senate-confirmed department or agency head; that the president will be responsible for resolving any disagreement between a Senate-confirmed agency or department head and White House staff; and that the lines of authority and responsibility in the administration will be transparent and open to the American public.”


  619. Our media tell us of all the wonderous things Obama is going to do. Where he got the power to make all these crazy assertions, I can’t imagine. It’s like he’s going to wave his wand and sprinkle Kool-Aid over all the land, and all his loyal subjects will sing his praises on high, and we’ll all kneel at his feet, saying, Oh blessed one, we’re in your hands. Do with us as you will!!! And, his Dem side-kicks (disciples?) will raise their hands as one, and empower him to have his way with all who kneel before him. And no one can stand before him or his mighty sword will strike him down and be vanquished for ever-more.
    Makes my blood boil!!! Makes me sick at my stomach!! Wakes me in the middle of the night, furious and frustrated because no where is there any sign of rebellion or challenges from the media!!!
    God, what have we done to deserve this charlatan/usurper/liar having been granted the position to stand in front of us, and yet be the most reviled (if you doubt this, go on the streets and listen) incarnation imagineable?? And for there to be so many who support him and sing his praises as the Messiah who will delivery us to………! What has happened to this country to lead us to the brink of destruction without an up-rising, without a storming of Washington demanding a stop to this debacle?? I’ll bet we could top a million man march by a long ways. It’s likely there’d even be more people than there was at the crowning!!


  620. on 1, March 2, 2009 at 7:40 pm fderalcoodo33093

    Yes, Virginia, we now have a President Doofus:

    ‘Fuzzy Math’ on War Funding.

    Obama Begs Moscow “We will scrap missile-defense for help with Iran”.

    Dow drops another 300 points; off 2,500 just since Obama inaugeration, 3,500 since Obama election, and 6,500 since Obama nomination – investor message – WE DON’T TRUST or BELIEVE IN Obama’s fruitcake answer to our problems.


  621. on 1, March 2, 2009 at 11:22 pm STOCK MARKET TRASHING UNDER BAMA

    Mespo you CLUELESS DOLLARLESS MORON, read what the smart people are saying about your hero Obama the Market Crasher:

    REVIEW & OUTLOOK MARCH 3, 2009 The Obama Economy

    As the Dow keeps dropping, the President is running out of people to blame.

    As 2009 opened, three weeks before Barack Obama took office, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 9034 on January 2, its highest level since the autumn panic. Yesterday the Dow fell another 4.24% to 6763, for an overall decline of 25% in two months and to its lowest level since 1997. The dismaying message here is that President Obama’s policies have become part of the economy’s problem.

    Americans have welcomed the Obama era in the same spirit of hope the President campaigned on. But after five weeks in office, it’s become clear that Mr. Obama’s policies are slowing, if not stopping, what would otherwise be the normal process of economic recovery. From punishing business to squandering scarce national public resources, Team Obama is creating more uncertainty and less confidence — and thus a longer period of recession or subpar growth.

    The Democrats who now run Washington don’t want to hear this, because they benefit from blaming all bad economic news on President Bush. And Mr. Obama has inherited an unusual recession deepened by credit problems, both of which will take time to climb out of. But it’s also true that the economy has fallen far enough, and long enough, that much of the excess that led to recession is being worked off. Already 15 months old, the current recession will soon match the average length — and average job loss — of the last three postwar downturns. What goes down will come up — unless destructive policies interfere with the sources of potential recovery.

    And those sources have been forming for some time. The price of oil and other commodities have fallen by two-thirds since their 2008 summer peak, which has the effect of a major tax cut. The world is awash in liquidity, thanks to monetary ease by the Federal Reserve and other central banks. Monetary policy operates with a lag, but last year’s easing will eventually stir economic activity.

    Housing prices have fallen 27% from their Case-Shiller peak, or some two-thirds of the way back to their historical trend. While still high, credit spreads are far from their peaks during the panic, and corporate borrowers are again able to tap the credit markets. As equities were signaling with their late 2008 rally and January top, growth should under normal circumstances begin to appear in the second half of this year.

    So what has happened in the last two months? The economy has received no great new outside shock. Exchange rates and other prices have been stable, and there are no security crises of note. The reality of a sharp recession has been known and built into stock prices since last year’s fourth quarter.

    What is new is the unveiling of Mr. Obama’s agenda and his approach to governance. Every new President has a finite stock of capital — financial and political — to deploy, and amid recession Mr. Obama has more than most. But one negative revelation has been the way he has chosen to spend his scarce resources on income transfers rather than growth promotion. Most of his “stimulus” spending was devoted to social programs, rather than public works, and nearly all of the tax cuts were devoted to income maintenance rather than to improving incentives to work or invest.

    His Treasury has been making a similar mistake with its financial bailout plans. The banking system needs to work through its losses, and one necessary use of public capital is to assist in burning down those bad assets as fast as possible. Yet most of Team Obama’s ministrations so far have gone toward triage and life support, rather than repair and recovery.

    AIG yesterday received its fourth “rescue,” including $70 billion in Troubled Asset Relief Program cash, without any clear business direction. (See here.) Citigroup’s restructuring last week added not a dollar of new capital, and also no clear direction. Perhaps the imminent Treasury “stress tests” will clear the decks, but until they do the banks are all living in fear of becoming the next AIG. All of this squanders public money that could better go toward burning down bank debt.

    The market has notably plunged since Mr. Obama introduced his budget last week, and that should be no surprise. The document was a declaration of hostility toward capitalists across the economy. Health-care stocks have dived on fears of new government mandates and price controls. Private lenders to students have been told they’re no longer wanted. Anyone who uses carbon energy has been warned to expect a huge tax increase from cap and trade. And every risk-taker and investor now knows that another tax increase will slam the economy in 2011, unless Mr. Obama lets Speaker Nancy Pelosi impose one even earlier.

    Meanwhile, Congress demands more bank lending even as it assails lenders and threatens to let judges rewrite mortgage contracts. The powers in Congress — unrebuked by Mr. Obama — are ridiculing and punishing the very capitalists who are essential to a sustainable recovery. The result has been a capital strike, and the return of the fear from last year that we could face a far deeper downturn. This is no way to nurture a wounded economy back to health.

    Listening to Mr. Obama and his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, on the weekend, we couldn’t help but wonder if they appreciate any of this. They seem preoccupied with going to the barricades against Republicans who wield little power, or picking a fight with Rush Limbaugh, as if this is the kind of economic leadership Americans want.

    Perhaps they’re reading the polls and figure they have two or three years before voters stop blaming Republicans and Mr. Bush for the economy. Even if that’s right in the long run, in the meantime their assault on business and investors is delaying a recovery and ensuring that the expansion will be weaker than it should be when it finally does arrive.


  622. It’s great to read articles herein that speak openly about the debacle being foisted on this country by Obama and his Congressional minions (who have had control of the national decision-making for over two years). No one seems to recognize that Bush was not without opposition his last two years. As I recall from a past that’s getting clouded with age, that the country’s finances weren’t in too bad a shape in 2006. No one seems to remember all the Democratic support/chest thumping about going to “war” in Iraq. All of this does appear to be child’s play compared to the carnage being created (perhaps delibertly) by Obama. I’ve thought, since his past was made public, that he was being protected in a manner that was so far spread that it couldn’t be just a fluke. For the courts to protect him from scrutiny, for us to stand by while Acorn worked it’s magic unchallenged, for State’s and Universities to block access to his records, to watch him lie (and, it’s easy to watch him and KNOW when he’s really “reaching for words” to mask or avoid telling the truth when asked a direct question, that, if truthfully answered, would bring him DOWN). NO rational person, not on the Kool-Aid, could NOT know that he IS indeed, our worst enemy.
    If only the national media could shake their leftist mandates, focus on the reality of what they’ve helped create, and un-do this mess before it gets any worse.
    I’m a Registered Democrat who voted for Obama in the Florida primary, because I couldn’t bring myself to vote for Clinton!
    At that time all I knew was that he had voted “present” a lot.


  623. on 1, March 3, 2009 at 11:13 am Buddha Is Laughing

    Hey Tom,

    Here’s the enemy, sport.

    http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/magazine/17-03/wp_quant?currentPage=all

    To think otherwise is just not thinking.


  624. on 1, March 3, 2009 at 11:14 am Buddha Is Laughing

    Did I mention this as well?

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/187342

    Yeah, Bush is soooo great.

    Get a clue.


  625. Dear Bubba,
    I didn’t set out to defend Bush. Sorry you misconstrewed, but, is this your weigh of changing the subject?? If sew, you’ve had a good teacher for the last few months.
    Do you ever actually express yourself with the written word? It does make it tough for us to understand your intentions, us – your audience who hang on your every word. Who look to you for our enlightenment. Being the prophet that you are. Worshipped around the world. We’re in awe of your omnipotence.
    Tom


  626. on 1, March 3, 2009 at 11:42 am Buddha Is Laughing

    Oh, so yet another cogent posting. You’re a genius.


  627. Buddha:

    “I didn’t set out to defend Bush. Sorry you misconstrewed, but, is this your weigh of changing the subject?? If sew, you’ve had a good teacher for the last few months.
    Do you ever actually express yourself with the written word? It does make it tough for us to understand your intentions, us – your audience who hang on your every word. Who look to you for our enlightenment. Being the prophet that you are. Worshipped around the world. We’re in awe of your omnipotence”

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

    Not one to quibble about grammar in the rush job that is blog commentary, but can you contain your laughter at the irony of this guy criticizing you for being unable to “express yourself with the written word,” in the face of his syntax?


  628. Buddha/Mespo:

    If I may be so bold, the object of your derision is in his late 70′s based on reading posts a month or so ago. I dont know if that has anything to do with it and I am certainly not trying to engage in octanagerianism.

    And certainly if he is going to play he has to pay, I am just suggesting a handicap of say 20 strokes (no pun intended)


  629. Wasn’t aware of his senior status, but the Glass House Rule applies to those over 50 too.


  630. Dear Bubba, Mespo, and Bron98,
    Gosh! That a hole bunch of you. To explain about my sintax, I used short sentences for Bubba, because, judging (although, far be it for me to judge anyone) from Bubba’s two messages to me, you’ll notice he uses short sentences, and only two at a time. Not having dealt with him before, I thought it best to start off slowly. Obviously, you others must be used to taking up the banner, so to speak, in his behalf. An admiral undertaking, no doubt. Being in my dotage, and likely unable to defend myself
    from the barrage of your wittisms, I’ll just apologize to Bubba, so you all won’t have to worry anymore. Hopefully, that will give you more time for other, more critical issues.
    I’m sure the world awaits.
    Tom


  631. Mr. Turley,

    I saw you on Countdown tonight.

    Please stop shaking your head as if you are nodding that you are in agreement with yourself after most every statement you make.

    Not only does it make you look ridiculous, your jowels bounce!

    Also, you look like you need some sleep – pardon me – a lot of sleep.


  632. Ugo,
    Are you related to HugoC who has posted the same nonsense in the regular threads? I will say it here again that to make the claim that Obama is working on everything but the economy is an purposeful misreading of the facts. You are forgetting that this recession started in December of 2007 and over 4 million jobs were lost before Obama took office. You must be forgetting that the stimulus bill that the Republicans refused to cooperate with is designed to create and save jobs. You may be able to point to the stimulus in a year or two and say it hasn’t saved or created any jobs, but 2 months into the Presidency and less than a month into the stimulus plan is not intellectually honest.


  633. Dear Mr. Turley:

    First, you could appear on Countdown every night and draw an incredible number of viewers for Mr. Olberman – you are articulate, direct, and free of “legalise” – in other words, we can all understand you!

    My son continually tells me that the Constitution is based solely on individual rights and not societal rights. I need a good argument from a scholar – and that’s you. He feels that taking money from the wealthy to assist those less fortunate is a violation of our Constitution. I won’t even bore you with my lame counter-arguments. Help!


  634. Dear Dr. Turley,
    This is a first-time blog for me. But I want to THANK YOU for your courage and straight speaking about the necessity of keeping to the rule of law in this country, and of not committing torture. Noone is above the law, and we must prosecute those who have broken it no matter who they are. You give me some hope that the America we all love and cherish might be able to regain some of it’s lost self respect. Hopefully President Obama, himself a former constitutional law professor, will come to see that upholding the constitution is crucial to our national self-esteem and identity, and to keeping us honest. We, as a nation have audaciously thought ourselves to be above other countries in humanitarian and legal rights, fairness, free speech, open government, and in embracing diversity. I fear we are at great risk of losing all that makes us unique and wonderful, and that frightens me. However, your clear thinking and straight speaking cheers me. Thank you.


  635. Dear JAaA,
    I’m unsure what your credentials are, but I’ll bet they don’t include A’s in diction. If you have some empowerment that allows you to judge other people’s intelligence, would you please, for the sake of “transparency” (don’t you enjoy using this word, although it’s intent HAS been drug through the mud recently), share its source with us. This will help decide whether, or not, to pay heed to your missive(s).


  636. on 1, March 19, 2009 at 12:56 am TheAngryAmerican

    Mr. Turley what can Constitutionally be done about re-instituting and re-establishing the Constitution to our nation, I mean does it have to come to an all out revolution? John F.Kennedy WARNED everyone about corrupt government and secret society assemblies. There has got to be a way for the American people to be heard. Millions of Americans simply do not trust the government any longer on any level. What has happened to our own Supreme Court, lobbying our rights away. I read where that terrorist could be set free within our borders, yet, Eric Holder is trying to disarm the American people. Then I hear about the State of Missouri getting what was ‘supposed to be secret’ document that anyone that has a patriotic symbol, bumper sticker, anything constitutional will be pulled over and harrassed…It’s called the MIAC. Labeling any American a terrorist from the age of 2 to 102. So, explain to me what can be done to be heard. Talk to our congressman??? Our states DO NOT have representation, but manipulation. I fully understand if you don not reply, but I am concerned that the American people may be faced with a stand off. Am I Democrat? Am I Republican? No, I am neither…I am an American…I don’t have time to be Democrat or Republican. This Nation under God has been divided long enough.
    I hope to hear from you,
    A.V. Worley


  637. To: AngryAmerican,
    If the Missouri part is real, one would wonder just WHICH bumper stickers, etc. would be targeted. And, just who would issue such an edict? I wish you were on my “mailing list”. This country needs all the voices that speak of returning our government back to where our values are represented by our ELECTED “officals”. Funny how easily the word “offical” can be changed to “offal” by removing “I see”, isn’t it?
    Tom Fitchue


  638. on 1, March 19, 2009 at 1:35 pm TheAngryAmerican

    Yeah Tom…my buttons don’t play with me right sometimes and I do miss letters…lol. No, I have really been working on my own investigations for the ast five years, just to debunk many conspiricies, and some I have but many that can’t be debunked, but anyway…thanks for your reply. Just check out MIAC and you’ll see what I was refering to.


  639. on 1, March 21, 2009 at 6:14 am TheAngryAmerican

    Shoot…I feel like a microbe…Tom I read what you said and thought you were refering to a mispelled word I wrote..lol. And yes, I am very ready for our country to reunite back together as a nation…NOT TWO SEPARATE PARTIES, but as Americans…God fearing Americans.


  640. Monica Foran:

    Your son is a genius.
    Dont you dare ruin that boy’s mind.


  641. Hello Jonathan:

    Until I heard you on the Rachel Maddox show this evening (Monday March 23, 2009) I was ambivalent about pursuing war crimes against the Bush Administration including Dick Cheney (even though I have marched in the peace marches since 2001 and been a lifelong Democrat). All of your arugments are reasonable, logical and sound and I now am a firm believer President Obama should get out of the way (stop being an obstructionist) and allow the legal process to take place. Absolutely. Thank you for the education and insight in to this critical issue.

    Dr. Jerri Curry
    jerricurry5@yahoo.com


  642. Mr Turley, I am not a legal or political analyst. I am just a person who is concerned about our nation and how it is perceived in the world. I just want to say that I appreciate your insight and clear interpretations of the actions of our politicians and other individuals who seem to be compromising the integrity of the United States and deceiving our citizens. Aside from my run on sentences I am short on words. I will follow your blog and keep an eye out for you on the air. Thanks again for helping us see where to look. Dan


  643. Daniel or anyone else who can direct me to the text/Utube, etc that is referenced in Daniel’s message. I’ve wanted to get a feel for Prof. Turley’s take on what’s happening NOW in Washington. Hopefully, there’s enlightenment for me therein. I did, earlier, try to engage Prof. Turley over election issues, but had no luck.


  644. Saw you on Maddow re Cheney/Obama torture issue. I was 20 when JFK died. Since then, partly thru the writing of John Perkins (Econ Hit Man, etc.) I’ve become convinced that the well-armed, mostly secret, military & intelligence services of the US Govt took out the President because he probably wasn’t going to do VietNam the way they wanted, and had already disappointed on the Cuban Missile thing (& Bay of Pigs). They had to also do Bobby later because he would have outed them, had he become President.

    The Army has taught torture to thousands of students at School of the Americas for decades. Torture is not new to us; what is new is our open discussion of it.

    Obama must be very careful with these people in order to stay alive. I believe he fully understands his situation.


  645. please expose how the world trade center buildings were imploded by our own officials !!


  646. Toni, Our “Officials” failed to protect our nation when they needed to be vigilant. Had they not been too busy disregarding the constitution and corrupting the civil rights of US citizens who disagreed with them perhaps the Trade centers would not have fallen. Then to compensate for their failure they initiated a war based on lies and deceit and as a result over 4000 American soldiers have lost their lives and over 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilians have been killed. Our Officials failed to protect our nation from an attack and failed in their response to it…I can list more failures if you like….


  647. Whatever your name is Troll,
    The reason why Cheney and Bush are already guilty of war crimes is because they admitted in public on more than one occasion to the their authorization of waterboarding. Waterboarding is a crime under US law and International law. The facts are so troublesome for the Troll community.


  648. The troll family continues to have problems with the facts.


  649. To: Pathetic Apologist formally known as dsljdaoejew0p970d7v0x7v0987v09: Hmm…indeed, a prosecutor should be appointed and an ongoing investigation should be pursued and all of the tape and video comments that implicate members of the Bush Administration with the violation of national and international laws should be reviewed and submitted as evidence of their implication. And, upon their conviction perhaps they can be extraordinarily renditioned to someplace where they can serve a suitable punishment. As for the bigger monstrosity I would submit that the needless killing of 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilians including women and children and the needless loss and maiming of thousands of US soldiers as “repayment” for the 9/11 tragedy to be a suitable measure of the larger abomination. Perhaps you should think before you comment lest you look like a fool….


  650. DanielC,
    Good work!


  651. Mr. Cautrell,
    In following the last few (recent) comments, and, being something of an “innocent” participant, I read through your entry, and, in so doing, noticed the multiple use of the word “SHOULD”. Having been tutored by several friends ( I doubt I would have ever figured it out by myself) to recognize words that have an irrational purpose, using them is a method of projecting your wishes on to others. It’s something of an indicator of a controlling personality. I’ll bet there are others frequenting this site who’ve learned to realize when they themselves use such a word, or, perhaps more often, have someone else attempt to “use” it on them. It’s like skating or swimming, once learned…. This knowledge can be very useful when interacting with others. Most people who don’t choose to be controlled will likely be non-receptive to your wishes.


  652. Tom, Thanks for the psychological profile. However, I reject your inference that I am a controlling individual. I use the word “should” because I am “suggesting” these actions. Based on my limited real knowledge of what the Obama Administration is going to do I, as a US citizen and not a legal scholar, would suggest that these legal actions should be considered. And, I as a citizen have that right. However, if my suggestion is offered as a form of control forcing President Obama to abide by my decree then so be it. He is my employee and works for me so he should be doing what I say shouldn’t he?….


  653. Daniel,
    Two more “should’s”, but, you’ve probably picked up on the “suggestion” that I made. As far as your employment of Obama, when does he get his first evaluation? Hopefully, he’s still in the “trial period” (just a little light-hearted play-on-words) and, you can terminate his employment at will. I envy you the power!


  654. So, Tom, you look at the actions of the Obama Administration to date and feel that he is destroying our nation? And, were you silent for the eight years watching or ignoring the actions of the Bush Administration? Did you approve of them? It is inconceivable that someone would determine that the Bush Administration was anything less than the worst Presidency in the History of the Nation and has created more enemies of our nation than it had destroyed. But, of course, I’m no expert. Quite frankly, the Bush Administration has disfigured the face of America for ever. It will never look the same or have the same world status that it once had. It has been poisoned the effects of which cannot be counteracted with a couple Obama aspirin. But I do think that the days of right wing apologists who spout out half truths and out right lies without being called on it are over. Oh, and I really do appreciate the suggestion about the word “should”. I will in fact be conscience of it’s use from now on. Thanks for that.


  655. Daniel,
    You’re welcome. First, I’ll guess that you’ve read some of my earlier entrys here, and, according to one writer – very old. I am a Democrat by history & registration, but not by heart at this time. Once I learned & SAW some of Obama’s background – Ayers, Wright, ACORN, dependance on teleprompters (without which Obama was nothing but a bumbler), stolen speechs -(JUST WORDS?) etc., I never would have believed that the voters of this country would elect someone with such a tainted past. No credentials that display worthiness – PATRIOTISM!, LEGITIMACY, etc., but many that DID display his liberalism to the ultimate degree. His Islamic ties, the words he spoke pre-Election were so far to the Left that, it seemed, we might as well have cloned Hitler. His proposed projects are as UN-AMERICAN (let’s try having mandatory servitude for our youth – the latest disclosure I’m aware of) and bounce that off Hitler, for instance. Let’s somehow control the media so no one knows the “issues”, so that there’s no line of communication to the people to call out the incroachments of the Constitution – a HITLER method for sure, worthiness to “hold” the office of the Presidency, that deserved/s to be ‘vetted (by the DNC, if no one else, before & now – inexcusable), the First & Second Amendment violations, some flagrant, and of course he “took” the oath of office to up-hold the integrity of it….. What a farce! I predicted & still do, that he’ll sell out Israel – watch that happen. He has breached protacol with some of our strongest allies, who have helped make this country what it used to be. You’re right when you state that we’ll never see things return to their past glory. I don’t feel Bush is responsible for the deterioration of our diminishing place of respect by the rest of the World. I see that as a result of the chaos being brought forth in the last two months, that is destroying a respect 230 years in the making.
    I don’t feel that any candidate in the last Election was worthy to lead the country, especially under the conditions Bush left it, but we had to elect someone. If only the “someone” was a person the entire Nation could rally behind, not the untested charlatan with a damaged, clouded past that has divided this country far more than Bush – in just two months – and, is “pushing us over the cliff”, likely delibertly. I can’t find any other reason that explains what’s happening.


  656. Tom…..I am sorry to say that you have lost all credebility with me. You can not be serious….your asinine comments seem to be so ridiculous that I can not take you seriously. You seem like an intelligent person, well spoken, but you observations are so out of line that I can’t imagine that they are your own. Your assertions about Obama’s association with Ayers and ACORN have been explained and dispelled by research. Unless, you want to distort the facts with false embellishment of these situations. I have sat in on community meetings with perceived racists across the table who indeed live in my community. So, you would associate me with racism? There were a few unscrupulous ACORN members who broke registration rules and so you would poison the entire orgaization? The organization was doing a community service to get under served citizens to vote. Do you suggest that that was not a worthy cause? I am not black but I recognize the history of the black population in the US….and it is a travesty….but, you consider a black priest who chooses to voice his disgust of this treatment to be anti American…I would call that racism on your part. Furthermore, how dare you even comment of the use of telepromters by politicians. That is simply a disrespecting my intelligence. And, to suggest that because he is more worldly and is more aware of other cultures and religions you consider this to be unacceptable? I personally want a president who knows something of the Muslim religion. By the way, I associate with the Muslims and Hindus and Buddhists in my community. Would you consider that to be UnAmerican? Based on your interpretation of associations I would say yes you do.

    Mandatory servitude? Do you mean giving young Americans the opportunity to do community service to work for the benefit of their communities or work for international peace in exchange for money for college as opposed to military service? You don’t consider that to be a worthy use of our youth? I think that your opinion is un American. To continue, your assert that Obama has disregarded constitutional laws? You have got to be kidding. Legal Scholars has determined that the Bush Administration has been the most corrupt unconstitutional presidency in history. And, yes, the Bush Administration IS responsible for America’s diminished integrity in the world. It has not just happened in the last two months. That statement doesn’t deserve a response and to have you state that it Bush was not responsible is again disrespecting my intelligence. In the case of Israel I assume that the US will continue to support their nation but will not support the murder and starvation of the Palestinian people. Hmm…the more I consider your comments the more I am thinking that perhaps you are some Jonathan Turley stooge perpetuation my comments…So, with that I will finish by response. However, you will notice that I did not use the word “should” at all. I found it to be quite liberating..


  657. I’m just a visitor to this blog. But I can’t help but laugh when I read the very first blog comments by Professor Turley referring to civility, and then the last 20 or so, as the discourse races downward like an avalanche. Some folks on this blog might want to take a deep breath before they hit the ‘send’ button.

    It didn’t take long to recognize that this is a left-leaning blog, but it shouldn’t shock liberal readers to find that some right-leaning people might also read it, and might offer a different opinion. It doesn’t make them somehow less patriotic or worthy of your courtesy.


  658. Sans,
    Perhaps this is not the best thread to judge what this site has to offer. If you read the articles that appear on the blog itself you might find that the opinion range and level of discourse is more to your liking. Originally, this Bio section was there for well wishers on the new venture at its’ inception in 2007. It then became invaded by trolls more interested in invective rather than discourse, who figured that by besmirching JT’s Bio they were inflicting harm. The exchanges then got hot and heavy with invective.

    Many of our best contributors are conservative in outlook. In fact this blog to me has always been more about civil liberties, legal matters and the Constitution, than about ideology or partisanship. Different opinions from all over the political spectrum are most welcome. However, the liberals and conservatives who frequent this site are pretty sharp people, so do try to provide more cogent arguments than you find on Limbaugh, Hannity and O’Reilly.


  659. Dear Sans Serif, I going to respond to you since I appear to be the last response in the long list of left wing responses that you refer to. First, I will mention that the days of conservative right wing individuals who spout ridiculous comments with out having to face up to them is over. We have had eight years of such nonsense. Now, I assume you read the comment by Tom, who incidentally was my first friend on this blog. Anyway, Anyone, who dares to relate Barack Obama or the Democratic party to Nazism, Facism, Communism is quite worthy of question. I do not deprive anyone from expounding on their beliefs or opinions but you better be ready for some feedback from others who do not support or agree with you. Of course, that has been the Bush Doctrine for his entire presidency. Also, are you suggesting that I was not civil in my response? I am going to assume that you agree with Tom. That the Obama Administration is pursuing policies similar to the Nazi’s. I am going to also assume that you resent Obama’s knowledge and understanding of the Muslim Faith and consider him to be less of an American or a Patriot. And, I must continue to assume that you think Obama has dstroyed the credibility of the United States in the last two months and that the Bush Administration actually raised our status in the world today. In that case, indeed, you are free to hold those opinions and I am free to denounce them.


  660. Mike, I am going to have to agree with you…I am new to this blog and joined it because I appreciated Turley’s contributions on the Countdown and Maddow shows. Of course as you can see I got caught up in other matters not really related to JT at all. So, with that I am going to end this thread and move on. I think my comments would be better served on some right wing neo con blog. Or, I will check in from time to time and perhaps making comments on some of the other more focused articles….


  661. Jonathon,
    I heard you on Countdown tonight and have read your comments about Obama and this wire tapping. My question, is this, what is an average citizen supposed to do? Does calling the White House or our Senators do anything?

    Thanks,

    Tom


  662. Mr. Turley:

    First, let me say that I am a fan. I admire your stand on “Countdown” against incursions of our Constitution. However, having said that, I must also say this:

    PISS OR STEP AWAY FROM THE POT!

    If violations of our Constitution are as flagrant as you present, THEN WHY DON’T YOU FILE A LAWSUIT? You know more about the Constitution and the courts than probably 99% of the population of this country (including me). If you’re so upset about what is happening, please DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!


  663. While I can’t agree with the way Edwin put the idea forward, I do think no one is better equipped to do something about this mess. Why not ‘pass the hat’, so to speak to raise what ever money is needed, and sue the parties…you have my support!


  664. Prof. J Turley: As so many of the previous posts have so gratefully and quite graciously declared, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! It’s voices such as yours (Keith’s and other F.O.C.)that have been missing; although some would say A.W.O.L, I would prefer drowned out by ‘the Best Government Propaganda Machine that Money Could Buy’!! PLEASE: for the Good of the Country, do NOT shirk this sacred duty to aid, assist and protect not only this country (our primary duty) but, as well, humanity in the ongoing struggle ‘for that more perfect Union’. to be the standard that humanity needs and deserves.


  665. Dear Spy,
    To quote the Everly Brother’s classic – “THAT’LL BE THE DAY”
    Tom Fitchue


  666. Obama Embarrasses Himself, and Us, Again

    Posted from a blog:

    I thought Barack Obama couldn’t sink lower than he did in his apology tour of Europe. I was wrong.

    Now it’s Latin America, where Obama is attending the Summit of the Americas. While he doesn’t seem to have actually bowed to anyone in Trinidad, he has adopted a submissive posture at every opportunity, telling Latin America’s leaders that he “has a lot to learn.” I’m afraid that’s truer than Obama knows.

    One can only speculate as to what was running through Hugo Chavez’s mind when Obama humiliated himself by posing with Chavez.

    We know, though, how Chavez responded to Obama’s plaintive confession that he “has a lot to learn”–he contributed to Obama’s education by pressing upon him, before the cameras, a book by a Uruguyan leftist named Eduardo Galeano:

    The book’s title translates as The Open Veins of Latin America; the subtitle is Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent. Here is how Wikipedia describes it:

    In this book, he analyzes the history of Latin America as a whole from the time period of European contact with the New World to contemporary Latin America arguing against what he views as European and later U.S. economic exploitation and political dominance over the region. … It is a classic among the left of Latin America.

    You can get a sense of Galeano’s mindless anti-Americanism in this interview.

    So, how did Obama react to Chavez’s insult–an insult, we should note, both to Obama himself and to the nation of which he is, for better or worse, President? With his usual cluelessness:

    When a reporter asked Obama what he thought of the book, the president replied: “I thought it was one of Chavez’s books. I was going to give him one of mine.” White House advisers said they didn’t know if Obama would read it or not. [Ed.: Not likely, since it's in Spanish.]

    When asked what he thought of Obama, Chavez replied:

    “I think it was a good moment,” Chavez said about their initial encounter. “I think President Obama is an intelligent man, compared to the previous U.S. president.”

    Obama soaks up this kind of back-handed “compliment,” which is intended as an insult to the United States and is understood as such by everyone other than, apparently, our President, like a sponge.

    The next Latin American lefty to treat our President like a hey-boy was Danny Ortega. After receiving Obama’s homage, Ortega:

    …delivered a blistering 50-minute speech that denounced capitalism and U.S. imperialism as the root of much hemispheric mischief. The address even recalled the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, though Ortega said the new U.S. president could not be held to account for that.

    Once again, Obama assumed the position:

    “I’m grateful that President Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was three months old,” Obama said, to laughter and applause from the other leaders.

    Yes, like trying–albeit not hard enough–to liberate Cuba from Communist dictatorship. Does Obama really not understand that hostile foreign leaders are making a fool of him and of the country he purports to lead? Apparently not. I don’t think Barack Obama is a stupid man, but he is in so far over his head that every time he ventures onto the international stage he not only embarrasses himself–and us–he damages, if ever so slightly, our national security.

    PAUL adds: President Obama should feel quite comfortable with the writings of Eduardo Galeano and the ranting of Danny Ortega. He heard this sort of anti-American rubbish from his spiritual mentor Jeremiah Wright for 20 years. It didn’t bother him then and it doesn’t seem to bother him now..


  667. Obama on Chavez’s gift of an anti-American book: “I think it was a nice gesture”

    No, it wasn’t a “nice gesture,” as The One very well knows.

    It was a cheap stunt designed to put him on the spot so that Chavez can crow when he gets home about having confronted los Yanquis with evidence of their imperialist crimes.

    Obama can’t call him out, though, lest our precious nascent “dialogue” with Venezuela be jeopardized, so he’s forced to swallow hard and play the stooge.

    Good work, Barry. Note too the vague, politic rhetoric to describe Chavez’s long history of evil clownishness. If you’re not sure what he means by “interference” that’s a “source of concern,” let me spell it out: He’s talking about funding Marxist terrorists who’ve held Americans hostage for years on end. Mentioning that might spoil the dialogue, too.

    As for his point that talking to Venezuela doesn’t hurt American strategic interests, we’ll have to see how the detente plays in South America, which will be poorly.

    It’s not a question of jeopardizing national security, it’s a question of conferring legitimacy upon a cretin who, in a just world, would be radioactively illegitimate. If Obama’s going to do that, the least he can do is not play dumb about it!


  668. Ok…korn and cresent….as stated in one of my previous posts any right wing crap spouting will not go unchallenged. Seriously, if you don’t know your history about the United States and how and where your government has been involved with dictators and leaders of dubious character you should keep you mouth shut lest you sound like a fool…The Reagan and Bush administrations were actively courting brutal dictatorships in South American, Daniel Ortega, until he was just too horrible to hide and in the Middle East, The Shaw of Iran, Saddam Hussien, Musharuf in Pakistan, Mubarak in Egypt all of whom oppress their own people with United States support. I could go on with other repressive regimes who should have been denounced by the United States but, instead, enjoyed our support because we had something to gain. So, for you to make an issue of Obama speaking to those who may be perceived as “enemies” of the United States is laughable if it weren’t so pathetic. It is a fact that the United States has abused it’s power in Central and South America for decades. Hundreds of US companies set up shop in these countries and abuse workers and laws to created product for our consumption. Again, pull your head out of your ass and learn the history of our involvement in Central and South America before you make accusations of how Obama is being too apologetic when he goes abroad. He knows the history…..it is he that does not want to look like a goddamn fool and pretend like everything is cool when he visits these places…Furthermore, it is customary to meet and introduce oneself and begin a dialog before immediately complaining and making demands on someone. We had that with the last Bush Administration which is why the US reputation was a complete disaster and we were demeaned and derided all over the world. As for Cuba, it may very well have been that Cuba would be democratized now if we had opened the doors to cooperation years ago…So, from now on when you post more of your complaints about how Obama is interacting with the world read the facts about where and how the United States has performed in the world otherwise shut up…


  669. fusion:

    Almost childlike, these trolls think we may ignore those with whom we disagree. It is “ostrich thinking” to the extreme. Maybe they will develop and realize that adults handle differences by trying to work them out with compromise and negotiation, not by calling out the marines and settling things at the point of bayonets wielded by some poor souls’ child. All this hate over some silly cross-equatorial insults directed at a leader of ours who probably richly deserved them. Cheney’s corrosive influence was a cancer on the body politic.


  670. CMoon,
    fusionink & Mespo have already dealt with historical content and your simplistic reasoning. I thought I’d just give you a list of worse dictators than Chavez that Bush/Cheney held hands with and whose behinds they licked so that you might contemplate the falsity of:

    “it’s a question of conferring legitimacy upon a cretin who, in a just world, would be radioactively illegitimate.”

    Saudi Arabia: Is owned by them and they are Father’s business
    partner.
    Egypt: Fully Supports Mubarek Government.
    Russia: Looked Putin in the eye and saw a good man.
    China: Went to Olympics
    Libya: Recognized Qaddafi
    Brazil: Police Death Squads to kill homeless children.

    The list goes on and on. The Neocon brain views any country’s leader who is not subservient to US direction and business interests as a monster. The right wing has dealt with dictators and worse since the “Cold War” because they somehow believe its prudent foreign policy. What it really is Right wingers looking after their corporate masters business interests, while at the same time these companies register in the Cayman Islands and declare themselves to be international in scope. Too bad you get your foreign policy perspective from people who’ve been failures for more than five decades.


  671. I still fail to comprehend the purpose of posting to this page.


  672. What in the world?

    I just dropped back in to see what the good professor was writing these days, and have to say I am pretty shocked by some of the writing. It’s like every war criminal apologist has found a new home. As the good professor is clearly not an apologist for crimes against humanity, I just wonder what’s the point? As for the whole name calling, you know, the ‘Nazi/Fascist’ nonsense, I just have to say, I don’t get that either? I mean, either people know what those terms mean, or they can go to any number of well respected references which would explain it. So why bother trying to change the definitions to label someone? What is the point? Are those who are doing that assuming people who read people like JT would not notice?


  673. Bob and thatmtnman,
    To answer both your points simultaneously. JT has gained some mass media recognition for his views on constitutional law and the war waged against it by Bush/Cheney. This brings out the trolls both paid and true believers. They write on the Bio spot in the hope that people will come here for first looks and get turned off. Hence the venom and its concomitant stupidity.


  674. Dear “THAT…”,

    Did you actually find something relevant writen by JT? Seems like he’s mostly MIA, especially when called upon to share an opinion.
    As far as “labeling” goes, it doesn’t seem like much of a reach
    if you’re not in “lock-step”. Guess it depends on one’s point of view. As this site is slanted so far to the left, I keep expecting in to fall off into…..? And, one would hope, there’s room for everyone to voice an opinion on here. I mean, if NOT, what does that say for the contributors? For some of us
    who observe the activities of our government through Conservative (right-wing extremests’s) eyes, there are “things” (for want of an expletive) working in Congress that everyone who values their freedom to choose, might want to be aware of. Like the latest efforts afoot by five Democrat Senators to initiate legislature to give Obama control of the Internet!! Try that one on. Everyone who thinks he SHOULD BE IN CONTROL of ALL our means of communication needs to wear a sign around their necks so the ones who object to this control can recognize them, because they do not honor the laws of the land, i.e. THE CONSTITUTION. ‘Course, there’s a good chance that no one who reads this will feel that way. If there is anybody who agrees with my position, how about voicing your thoughts? There’ll be myriads of detractors, I imagine.
    Tom Fitchue
    Registered and concerned Democrat


  675. Mtnman, I am a bit suspicious of some of the postings because of the level of absurdity. Either they are in high school or they are shills for JT posting inflammatory comments to incite comment. Either way, their incitement works…See Meso and Spindell…and yourself. Well done all of you.

    Bob,Esq….the point is to blather on a about our points of view and smack down any troll that dares to post here. By the way, who is JT…..??? :)


  676. Hi Mike,

    Thank you for the info. I guess I am so unschooled on these things that I don’t even know what a ‘troll’ is…but I assume it’s not a good thing-perhaps some sort of ‘agent provocateur’ I suppose.

    Still it is surprising, I would have expected that the discussion would have been more high minded, more technical. I wish JT would join in more often. Though why would someone at his level even bother to address some of the things written here. Maybe he needs to start a new ‘members’ only blog for those with a sincere interest in the issues.

    Anyway-thank you Mike!

    Cheers!


  677. Dear fusionink,

    Thank you for the reply. Not sure if you were suggesting I fell into some sort of ploy, but I hope not!

    I was just hoping to find a place where people at ‘what’s his name’s’ level-’JT’ would be discussing the issue. Although, it is kind of an interesting question as to what the motivations might be of some of the more, ummm…’unorthodox’ writers? All in all, it seems a lost opportunity to have an informed and elevated discussion in the presence of one of the country’s great minds.

    cheers!


  678. Mike,
    Can you cite the Constitutional “law” that gives OBAMA the power to mandate the removal of a “sitting” CEO? I mean, since you bring up the subject. There’s lots of others regarding the First Amendment and how it’s rape is shaping up. Do YOU NOT CARE about this? If not, fire up for all of us to read. Maybe there’s something we’re missing. I mean, it can’t be (can it) that BO & his minions are afraid of open criticism? What do they have to hide that makes them fear the masses voicing their concern(s)? I guess you lib’s maybe can’t abide other opinions to the point of abjectly trying to degrade a nay-sayer. Let’s see who crawls out the woodwork on this. I suspect I can name a few, but, that would take away all the fun!
    Tom Fitchue
    Registered and disgusted Democrat


  679. “the removal of a “sitting” CEO?”

    Tom,
    We just kept the guys company afloat after he put it in jeopardy for years with bad decisions. Since you asked me a question though let me ask you one. Where in the Constitution does the term corporation even get mentioned? Corporations are legal fictions functioning by the permission of the government.

    “I guess you lib’s maybe can’t abide other opinions to the point of abjectly trying to degrade a nay-sayer.”

    “Registered and disgusted Democrat.”

    Perhaps you see the inherent contradiction in these last two quotes Tom, more likely not since their both from you? You really have to improve your game if you’re writing here. I suggest a few courses on logic and many on American History.


  680. Dear Mr.Fitchue,

    Thank you for your information. I don’t know how one would answer your question regarding JT’s silence. I suppose one answer might be that for him, there would be no point in engaging in many of the discussions as they are so, ummm…’divergent’(?) from most agreed upon facts. Just a guess of course.

    May I add, that when I was thinking of ‘out there’ writing, I was thinking of comments such as ‘the president is trying to ‘control’ the internet’. I suppose anything is possible, but it seems a bit of an ‘extraordinary’ thing to say. Even were it so,and of course speaking only for myself, such an issue seems far away from the area of expertise of JT that is to say, the issue of crimes against humanity. So what would be the point of going so off topic? Again-I may be wrong, likely I am wrong, which is good evidence why I should not be writing here!

    yours kindly

    cheers!


  681. on 1, April 20, 2009 at 4:09 pm Buddha Is Laughing

    That,

    You said, “the ‘Nazi/Fascist’ nonsense, I just have to say, I don’t get that either? I mean, either people know what those terms mean, or they can go to any number of well respected references which would explain it. So why bother trying to change the definitions to label someone? What is the point? Are those who are doing that assuming people who read people like JT would not notice?”

    But since you obviously know the definitions, I ask you this:

    Have you noticed the rights misuse (here and in the MSM) of the term fascism, especially in connection to the “teabaggers”?

    It is a key tactic in propaganda when faced with an insurmountable roadblock, e.g. pointing out that the actions of the Bush administration are the very definition of fascism (authoritarian, anti-liberal, militaristic, aggressive expansionists, corporatists), to attempt to change the definitions and/or other underpinnings of the assertion of wrongdoing in order to attempt to distort the argument.

    So to answer your question, the actual definition of fascism does not matter to apologists, obfuscators and enemies of the Constitution beyond their attempt to avoid being properly labeled as such.


  682. thatmtnman,
    A troll is someone who does act like an “agent provocateur”
    with the object being to disrupt or annoy. I do believe that more than a few are paid to do it. JT writes the articles or provides the links we respond to. He does a lot more communicating than one might think at first glance.

    As to the trolls mostly I ignore them, but sometimes when in a puckish mood I’ll take them on. The problem is that the quality of their production is uniformly poor and many just take their talking points from the usual sources. What does exist here, in plenitude, are a lot of bright people who represent the entire political spectrum. It is not a site where we all agree, or adhere to some party line. I’m not into insulting people I disagree with, as long as they can defend their points with wit and logic and don’t insult me. Then it becomes fun because it tests my own abilities and forces me to reexamine my own suppositions.

    My own personal mantra has become: When I began to realize that I don’t know everything, I then began to realize I might have a shot at being wise.


  683. Mike,
    Was I just “fill-a bustered”? Seems something of a “liberal” trait when asked some question they don’t want to (or can’t) answer without exposing “off the wall” policies.
    Does a president have the power to remove a corporate CEO, subject to the law of the Constitution? Which one gives this power? Our elected “officials” swear an oath to up-hold the Constitution. I don’t believe they have any power outside that. I don’t think – but am open to discussion – that the government has any power but the laws of the Constitution. Are there any specific industries where the Constitution endows ANYONE the right to remove any officer anywhere? Straight answer, please.
    Tom


  684. Dear Buddha Is Laughing,

    What a great screen name btw! I am jealous!

    Yes, I did notice all of those things you mentioned. As anyone would who had as much as one poly sci course in the history of the time. Or political philosophy. Or anyone of a dozen other introductory courses on the topic.

    But my question wasn’t as you suggest. My question was, ‘why here’? I could see the tactic being used by an O’