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A Florida paper (h/t to Wonkette) is reporting that one of its local battalions was “deployed” to Washington, D.C. to protect the capital against any air threat. Families are not going along with them, and are apparently only allowed limited opportunity to visit them, so this is not like a routine relocation of a unit. It reads more like they are being sent on a combat assignment.
I find this somewhat puzzling. I would have assumed we had troops routinely stationed at bases around D.C. for this sort of purpose and wouldn’t need to “deploy” a whole unit there in addition to those forces. Does anyone out there know whether this sort of thing is routine military procedure? I know our troops are stretched thin at the moment, but this still seems really weird, and I am just paranoid enough about the current administration to smell a rather large and odoriferous rat here…
At any rate, this does not change the fact that I really think that Bush and Cheney ought to be impeached.
Sorry for the tired metaphor, but Gonzo is gone! That’s the happy news I woke up to this morning. According to the New York Times, Gonzales submitted his resignation to the president by telephone on Friday, thus saving Congress the effort of impeaching his sorry ass (though of course they remain free to consider criminal charges given his apparent perjury in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year).
I’m going to be all smiles at work this morning. The guy who thinks that spying on Americans without a warrant is okay and that the Geneva Conventions are “quaint” and who apparently can’t remember anything but his own name is leaving the Department of Justice! Have a great day everyone!
And of course, it goes without saying that I still think that Bush and Cheney ought to be impeached.
Anonymous Liberal has a great discussion of the petitioners’ brief for the Supreme Court hearing on whether the detainees in Guantanamo are entitled to the protection of habeas corpus and due process under the constitution. Go read it!
Yes, I know. Once again, I have gone missing from this blog for an extended period of time without any good reason. Let’s face it — it’s not like there’s been a shortage of things I could be ranting about here:
- Gonzogate continues unabated, as does the quagmire that is the Iraq war.
- Politicians have been saying and doing all kinds of crazy and occasionally illegal things.
- The White House has continued its war against the constitution.
- The Democrats have allowed this to continue to happen.
- Fox News, the FBI, the CIA, and various other unsavory characters have been caught editing Wikipedia entries with malice aforethought.
- Karl Rove is leaving.
- Alberto Gonzales isn’t.
- It’s been revealed that the mine that has now caved in twice in Utah has been fined repeatedly for safety violations and that the Bush appointee who is supposed to be in charge of overseeing mine safety is maybe favoring mine owners at the expense of mine workers.
- The economy is teetering on the brink of collapse.
- Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen who was apparently driven to insanity through a combination of torture, isolation, and sensory deprivation, has been found guilty of something or another after a trial in which he was, by all accounts, too damaged and too terrified of the government to participate in his own defense.
- And, oh yeah, our alleged president has finally acknowledged parallels between Iraq and Vietnam, only to assert that they constitute sufficient justification for staying on our current path in Iraq.
See, that’s the problem. I mean, sure, part of the reason for my absence is that I have been busy with work and school, but really, that’s only a small part. The major reason is that there is just too much that is completely FUBAR about our beloved country at the moment, and I don’t even know where to start. I’m just numb. But at the same time, I am screaming on the inside.
How did things go from moderately screwed up to this nightmarish mess in just a few short years? Sure, some of it has been in the works for a while, but this is an unreal confluence of scandals, disasters, and catastrophes.
A perfect shitstorm, if you will.
I just don’t even know where to start writing. It’s all too much. Is this the Bush White House’s new strategy? Overwhelm the opposition (and the public) with an unending barrage of outrageous misdeeds and shocking revelations so they can’t grasp the full scope of any one scandal, and hope to keep everybody distracted until November ’08?
Anyway, after a month of staring numbly at my television and wondering, “What next?” I am ready (I hope) to dive back into the fray.
Because as I have said so many times before, I really think that Bush and Cheney ought to be impeached.
And will be posting shortly. But since I haven’t said it for a while, I want to mention that I really think that Bush and Cheney ought to be impeached.