Gore PAC Begins Attack On President Bush

Or so the seemingly Conservative author of this piece in a South Carolina paper trashing our last press release thinks. Wow, I made the papers.

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Bush's NSA Tentacles Gotcha: Take Action!

Think Bush's NSA war powers theory does not personally affect you? Think again. Bush claims the power to seize computers, e-mails and records even without the use of the Patriot Act; the power to assassinate terrorists in US; the power to "house" Americans in "detention centers" and immunity for violating constitutional rights. These are some of the tentacles spreading out  from the same theory used to justify Bush's illegal spying on Americans by the NSA.

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Three Questions for Gonzales

To follow up on my last post, the excellent group at Think Progress have put together three questions Attorney General Alberto Gonzales must answer tomorrow:

1. Why did you mislead the Judiciary Committee about Bush's warrantless surveillance during your confirmation hearing last year?

2. If you are so confident that this program is legal, why don't you let the FISA court review it and make an independent legal judgement?

3. Can you guarantee this program has never -- either intentionally or unintentionally -- captured communications of political opponents or journalists?

Remember, Bush is spying on his political opposition, and possibly even journalists. He's keeping the program entirely secret, with no oversite by any court of legislative body.  And his Attorney General lied about it to the Senate during his confirmation hearings.

If he won't put his secret spying program to the FISA court or any sort of legal test, we can be fairly sure he's using it for political ends.  Just like Nixon. So these questions are critical tomorrow.

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Quick Thought about the Superbowl

It is very depressing to see that the Super Bowl Pregame show talked more and dedicated more to those who suffered through the devastion that is Hurricane Katrina than President Bush's State of the Union. It is absolutely sad that a private institution cares more about the people of the Gulf Coast than the American government.

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Ford to New York, Bush to New Orleans: Drop Dead

Thirty years ago, the City of New York was bankrupt and the conventional wisdom was that New York was a city of the past.  New York was a cesspool of crime and corruption whose economic reason for being had come, and gone.

The New York Daily News ran a headline that became one of the most famous ever to appear in print: "FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD".  Oh yes, the President was Gerald Ford and like the current one, he had not been elected by a majority or even a plurality of the voters, although he was selected under the U.S. Constitution.

Narrowly, the establishment decided not to give up on New York and something called the "Municipal Assistance Corporation" was formed to, in effect, re-finance the great City of New York.  It was just too big to fail.  Even as New York was being abandoned in droves by "good" people and the Bronx literally burned every night, the city was still home (at least Monday - Friday) to the tip of the top of the American elite.  

Within a year, the country had a new President, Democrat Jimmy Carter.  A lot of folks who did not like the idea of the President abandoning a great American city just might have provided Carter with his narrow margin of victory. People like Chicago Mayor Richard Daley did not like the idea of the President telling big cities to drop dead.

Anyone who can read between the lines (or even read lines) knows that President George W. Bush has abandoned New Orleans in 2006.  Speaker Dennis Hastert may have had poor timing but there can be little doubt that he spoke for his party when he questioned the expense of rebuilding of New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina.  Why rebuild New Orleans when the money can be used to finance a war in Iraq??

The difference is that New Orleans has no Wall Street and no Park Avenue.  The right people (i.e. white people, except for a few bohemians and history lovers) don't live in New Orleans. Good Republicans visit Commander's Palace, Brennan's or Antoines, even like jazz, but they don't live in New Orleans and the city is not too big to fail.  No major banks or brokerage houses are threatened.  Sure, there is Bourbon Street and it will rise again, but New Orleans is dead or at least in an extended coma. The next President and the next Congress will either bring it back to life or let it die.  President Bush has, at least, made his position clear -- bring Congress back into session to save a long gone Terri Schivo but let New Orleans rest in peace.

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