Monday, June 05, 2006

Nemo's World: Telling It Like It Is


Two words: Read this.

(It's that important.)

Then let me know what you think.

We Live under a Dictatorship
by Steven D [Booman Tribune]
Fri May 26th, 2006

~ Nemo


Blogger Robert said...

Well that will certainly wake you up in the morning.

I knew each and every thing he listed but I had just never seen the facts presented together on one page.


Unfortunately only the people who already know these things are the ones who will read it. Everyone else will se Bush=Dictator and simply dismiss it with the famous words all dictators love, "it can't happen here".

It also reminds me of the best name for Bush I ever heard: The Dictater Tot.

Thanks Nemo, great link.

Mon Jun 05, 03:01:00 PM  
Anonymous ML said...

Speaking of telling it like it is, here's Gore Vidal on Al Gore:

Some Inconvenient Truths About Al Gore

Gotta love that title!

Mon Jun 05, 03:19:00 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Thanks for the link ML.

You've taught me a great many things I didn't know about Mr. Gore with several of your links.

Keep it up.

Mon Jun 05, 07:30:00 PM  
Blogger Again said...

that's the lesson Germany learnt - it isn't enough to have a Constitutional State, you need a Rechtsstaat - i always wondered about the "addendums" your president is allowed to do - they now seem to be the coffin nail to destroy the separation of power in America

"I'm the decider" will go down in history

yes - as "l'etat c'est moi" did

btw: now you see, that comparing Bush to Hitler is wrong! Hitler was (something like) a self-made man - Bush is the "Infant" of the Royal Family (very different, explains much of his behavior)

what a bad joke of history - America, the victor over fascism, the creator of Nuremberg - now runs the same way, faster, quicker and in the end probably more efficient/effective than the defeated version. It's the same with Israel, then an often disgusted, homeless kind of people, now the superpower of its region - or the recruiter of "Recognition"

violence always has its price - and the victim isn't the only one to pay it: You sow wind, you earn storm, even when you do it with best intention

the end might justify the means - if, yes, if the planned end would be reached - but truth is, that some means AVOID any good end - you can't bet evil by doing evil or "male parta male dilabuntur" - evil spread, evil get...

btw: apropos "evil spread": if you want to cry - read Riverbend...

Tue Jun 06, 01:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Again: Here's further news on those "signing statements". It's pretty telling that the ABA is now getting directly involved in this, certainly indicating profound concern within the legal profession in this country. While I believe they're clearly "behind the curve" on this issue, those "legal eagles" are admittedly catching up fast: Bar Group Will Review Bush's Legal Challenges, By Charlie Savage [Boston Globe] ==== The board of governors of the American Bar Association voted unanimously yesterday to investigate whether President Bush has exceeded his constitutional authority in reserving the right to ignore more than 750 laws that have been enacted since he took office. ==== Meeting in New Orleans, the board of governors for the world's largest association of legal professionals approved the creation of an all-star legal panel with a number of members from both political parties. ==== They include a former federal appeals court chief judge, a former FBI director, and several prominent scholars - to evaluate Bush's assertions that he has the power to ignore laws that conflict with his interpretation of the Constitution. ==== Bush has appended statements to new laws when he signs them, noting which provisions he believes interfere with his powers. ==== Among the laws Bush has challenged are the ban on torturing detainees, oversight provisions in the USA Patriot Act, and "whistle-blower" protections for federal employees. ==== The challenges also have included safeguards against political interference in taxpayer-funded research. ==== Bush has challenged more laws than all previous presidents combined. .... ==== [I should point out that the particular wording used there may be somewhat misleading, to the *benefit* of the current administration. I assume the intention was to note that Bush has issued more "signing statements" -- ALL of them to some extent representing challenges to the authority of Congress -- than had ever been issued before his tenure. But it's crucial to note, as others have already written, that Bush's peculiar use of the "signing statement" differs *radically* from that of previous Presidents. While this instrument was formerly employed primarily to identify perceived "ambiguities" in an approved piece of legislation, the Bush Regime wields it as a vehicle of Executive Diktat -- a sleazy substitute for both the Constitutional veto power of the Executive (which can neverthess be overridden by a majority vote in Congress) *and* the defeated Republican proposal to introduce a Presidential "Line-item Veto" during the Reagan years, thereby allowing the prez to "pick and choose" at will what provisions he disliked. Of course, that's precisely what the Bush Mob *is* doing now, without the benefit of any mandate whatsoever.]

Tue Jun 06, 12:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Again: Much obliged too for the Rechtsstaat link. It's a great concept, and one we could sorely use here! As things stand, it's far too easy to "criminalize" mere behaviors that injure no one, as has been the case in our "War on Drugs" for decades now.

Tue Jun 06, 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Robert: Your own reaction was much like mine -- I knew of practically every abuse listed there, but had never seen them all put together so devastatingly in such a suitable framework.. It is a remarkably compelling (and frightening) piece, for that reason alone -- a genuine wake-up call. ==== For those who would say, "It can't happen here", I'd suggest they simply haven't been paying attention. It's *already* happening here, and has been underway for several years now, as all who have eyes to see can clearly detect.. (The only REAL question, in my mind, is: How far will the American people allow this to go? And my suspicions are NOT terribly optimistic, in that regard.) ==== Loved "The Dictater Tot". It's tremendously fitting for a "man" who's clearly emotionally retarded and maturity-disabled, or ,as Again suggested, an "Enfant terrible" -- "King George the Adolescent".

Tue Jun 06, 12:24:00 PM  
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Thu Jun 08, 01:32:00 AM  
Blogger Again said...

(i had to delete my previous post because of a wrong link-tag - ending with "/" -, never noticed by the preview)

but had never seen them all put together

a clear focus can explain many things - so let me put together just the links i directly classified as "separation of powers - downsizing" (not to mention the categories "Absolutism", "Evesdropping", "Election Fraud" and the not exactky-to-classify-documents in my ScrapBook)

Review Bush's Ignoring of 750 Laws, Sunday 04 June 2006 (your link above)

Bush bypasses hundreds of laws, April 30, 2006
'L'etat, C'est Moi', April 10, 2006
An Update on President Bush's NSA Program, Mar. 24, 2006
Bush shuns Patriot Act requirement, March 24, 2006
Bush could bypass new torture ban, January 4, 2006

btw: controlling the above links i stumbled across this quote:

"The five soldiers dragged in front of the cameras yesterday should thank their lucky stars that they are prisoners not of the American forces fighting for civilisation, but of the "barbaric and inhuman" Iraqis." (Emphasis mine) - how far have you gone, America, that the war-beaten, desperate Iraqis prove more humanity than your "poor little soldiers", the violent burglar, now demanding the right for "self-defense" against the home owner - btw: America, you immediately should forbid the NRA to protect the innocent thieves against the terrorists in their houses!
One rule for them

Thu Jun 08, 01:36:00 AM  
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