In the midst of their lowest approval ratings in the history of the Republic, the Senate decides that THIS, that drugs in sports is somehow a national priority. Rather than investigate the most obviously criminal (my mom knows about it) presidential administration in American history, we need to know if baseball players took steroids or not. What better example of a broken political process does one need?
BUT, there were some stirrings of credibility, much like a flickering flame in the eye of a hurricane. House majority speaker (whose time is ticking-away fast) Nancy Pelosi finally made a demand for the Department of Justice to investigate former Bush counsel Harriet Miers and former chief of staff Joshua Bolten for not appearing before Congress to give testimony, a misdemeanor.
She [Pelosi] added: "Short of a formal assertion of executive privilege, which cannot be made in this case, there is no authority that permits a president to advise anyone to ignore a duly issued congressional subpoena for documents."Pelosi sent an additional letter to U.S. Attorney Jeff[rey] Taylor, the chief federal prosecutor for the District of Columbia, whose office would oversee the grand jury. The letters point to sections of federal law that require the Justice Department to bring the House contempt citations before a grand jury to investigate. ("Pelosi wants Bush aides investigated," AP, 02.28.2008)House Speaker Pelosi has given the new Bush-appointed attorney general Michael Mukasey one week to respond. He's not the entire problem in the federal law enforcement process: it's United States Attorney Jeffrey Taylor, an interim appointment made after the U.S. Attorney firings in late-2006, and the man prosecuting "DC Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey. Has the FBI investigated Christopher D. Baker yet, as requested by Rep. Louise M. Slaughter over-and-over again with no response?
No, that's not a priority either, especially since congressmen--primarily GOP ones--are going to be implicated. So will dozens-and-dozens of lobbyists and other government contractors who aren't named Brent R. Wilkes, recently convicted and sentenced to a lengthy prison term for bribing a congressman...but curiously not for soliciting prostitution. You might ask about this, his federal prison inmate number is 00858-298. Eat and enjoy.
None of that's important, though, trust me. Baseball players taking steroids and lying about it before Congress is. What's not important is reasonable inquiries into the firing of the U.S. Attorneys and all of the evidence and individuals responsible for it. Not even Monica Goodling matters, just..., uh drugs in sports, a real priority. I guess. God bless every senator that failed to show-up for the political theater of the GOP and their Democratic allies, and their habitual avoidance of adult responsibility, and their inherent and genetic lack of leadership-skills.
Yet, WE are all to blame for this. It's the sum-total of our inaction, your apathy, our greed, your stupidity, our collective ignorance, and your cowardice. The next bombs that hit America are going to come from an international coalition of "allies" who will take-us-down if they feel it's necessary. How wonderful, the president noticed a scandal in baseball...and was alarmed. Him say four-legs bad, so: The FBI took up the Roger Clemens case Thursday, tapped by the Justice Department to investigate whether the star pitcher lied when he testified to Congress he never took performance-enhancing drugs.
The FBI's involvement was announced one day after the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee told Attorney General Michael Mukasey they weren't sure whether Clemens told the truth under oath at a Feb. 5 deposition and Feb. 13 public hearing.
A probe could result in charges against the seven-time Cy Young Award winner for perjury, making false statements or obstruction of justice. Congress did not ask for a similar investigation of Brian McNamee, the former personal trainer who testified under oath that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone. ("FBI Opens Investigation of Roger Clemens," AP, 02.28.2008)
America isn't the only nation on earth "with all options on the table." When the rest of the world tires of our bullying and senses a genuine and direct threat, they will strike us. We will have earned if we continue down the same road we're on right now. What a bunch of clowns. Nuff' said. Next vacation, I'll tell everyone that I'm Canadian. Yep, I'll probably be going to Toronto again, but I order the same thing for Chinese carry-out every time too.
Visit Brent R. Wilkes and ask him about prostitution (visitation rules enclosed): http://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/sdc/index.jsp
"FBI Opens Investigation of Roger Clemens," AP, 02.28.2008:
"Pelosi wants Bush aides investigated," AP, 02.28.2008: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080229/ap_on_go_co/congress_contempt