Here are a collection of short posts that all seem to have a common thread—Republicans misbehaving. Whether it is lying, intimidation, spying, breaking the law, stealing, or something worse, it all seems to point to a definite lack of moral values by the party of the Moral Majority. How sad. Even worse is that the American people continue to allow such behavior to continue endlessly.
Apparently, George W. Bush has been caught in another blatant lie. There is a video, which shows a clueless George W. Bush, being briefed on the possibility of levee breaches in New Orleans. George W. Bush clearly states that the government will be fully prepared for the results of the hurricane coming ashore.
After the magnitude of the destruction wrought by Katrina was seen, George W. Bush claims he was never told how damaging the storm would be, and uses this as an excuse for the lack of response from the Federal government—a Federal government he had previously stated would be “fully prepared”.
What amazes me is how often the Bush regime has been caught blatantly lying to the public, and how little the media and the public actually make of it.
FEMA Strong Arm Tactics
Yahoo has a story on FEMA trying to strong-arm a critic. George Barisich was given a $75 ticket for giving a t-shirt away in a Wal-Mart parking lot. The FEMA-issued DHS ticket was for selling the T-shirt on federal property.
Two quick questions:
- first, the shirt Barisich was ticketed for was given away—so how does that constitute selling?
- second, exactly how is a Wal-Mart parking lot federal property?
Barisich admits to having sold the T-shirts, which say “Flooded by Katrina! Forgotten by FEMA! What’s Next Mr. Bush?” in the parking lot earlier, but hadn’t sold the one in question. FEMA was operating a relief tent in the same Wal-mart parking lot, when they cited Barisich.
This looks much like the bullying and intimidation that DHS has tried in other places, when anyone is critical of the Bush regime and its many failures. Another blatant example of this is seen here. Thanks to Homeland Stupidity for the heads up on this story.
Minnesota Republicans Distribute Spyware
Here’s a story from the Irregular Times about the how Minnesota Republicans are distributing spyware under false pretenses. IT quotes Minnesota Public Radio, which says:
“On Monday, the Minnesota Republican Party announced that it will send out CD videos on Friday to inform voters about the importance of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. It turns out the CD is also being used to add to the GOP voter database. Officials with the Republican Party say certain voter data is being collected by the party. Internet privacy experts say they’re concerned that the party isn’t telling the viewer that it’s collecting the data and worry where the information will end up… Republican Party Chair Ron Carey said the video is an attempt to get the DFL Senate to vote on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as only between one man and one woman. At the CD’s unveiling, he never mentioned that the party is also using the video to collect information about those who view the video.”
Apparently, the Minnesota Republican Party feels that it has the right to spy on anyone, without any legal mandate or authority. It would seem that Fascism is alive and well in all levels of the Republican Party.
Church and State in Missouri
Apparently, the separation of Church and State doesn’t apply in a Red State, like Missouri. KMOV.com has a story on a State Bill which would make Christianity the official state religiion.
Some excerpts from the KMOV.com article:
Missouri legislators in Jefferson City considered a bill that would name Christianity the state’s official “majority” religion.
The resolution would recognize “a Christian god,” and it would not protect minority religions, but “protect the majority’s right to express their religious beliefs.
The resolution also recognizes that, “a greater power exists,” and only Christianity receives what the resolution calls, “justified recognition.”
However, the Article I, Section 7, of the Missouri Bill of Rights states:
That no money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect or denomination of religion, or in aid of any priest, preacher, minister or teacher thereof, as such; and that no preference shall be given to nor any discrimination made against any church, sect or creed of religion, or any form of religious faith or worship.
Wouldn’t making Christianity the official state religion be giving it preference? This bill is pretty clearly unconstitutional under the Missouri State Constitution.
More food for thought…The combining of State and Religion is one of the defining points of Fascism. Missouri was one of the Red States in the 2004 election, and a state with serious voting irregularities that same year. It is also the home state of former Attorney General John Ashcroft.
Bill O’Reilly Threatens a Caller
Conservative Fox Television personality Bill O’Reilly threatened a caller on the air. O’Reilly said:
Mike is a gone guy. We have your phone numbers, by the way, so if you’re listening, Mike, we have your phone number, and we’re going to turn it over to Fox Security, and you’ll be getting a little visit… When you call us, ladies and gentlemen, just so you know, we do have your phone number, and if you say anything untoward, obscene, or anything like that, Fox Security then will contact the local authorities, and you will be held accountable…
Conservative Ideology under the Bush Regime
This is particularly (and depressingly) true of some members of the Republican majority in Congress. Men and women who swore to uphold the Constitution are treating Bush more like a king than what he actually is: an elected (by a tiny majority) president who has essentially decreed himself to be above the law. They should be ashamed of their dereliction of duty, but they are indifferent, or worse.
One thing I’d like to point out: it is quite questionable as to whether George W. Bush was actually elected in 2004. While most exit polls showed him losing to Kerry, and the United States and other countries routinely use exit polls as a indicator of whether elections in other countries were “fair and free”—the Bush regime dismissed them as being unreliable.
Missing Money in Iraq
Left End of the Dial has an entry about how $8.8 billion in US development money is missing in Iraq, and how the amount missing is greater than the entire state annual budget for Oklahoma.
I wonder whose pockets the $8.8 billion has gone into. Most of the people profiting from the War in Iraq are connected to either Dick Cheney or George W. Bush. King George has gone out of his way to help his friends and family prosper, often at the cost of the rest of Americans—it wouldn’t surprise me if he allowed them to prosper even more if the ones paying the price are Iraqis.