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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Petition To Impeach Is Way Overdue! Sign It Today!

This morning, by e mail, i got the following petition:

To: Members of U.S. Congress

I support the passage of House Resolution 1258, introduced by Rep. Dennis Kucinich [OH], co-sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee [CA-9], Rep. Robert Wexler [FL], and Rep. Lynn Woolsey [CA], and demand hearings by the House Committee on the Judiciary regarding:


Resolved, that President George W. Bush be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate: Articles of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against President George W. Bush for high crimes and misdemeanors.

In his conduct while President of the United States, George W. Bush, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has committed the following abuses of power:

In his conduct while President of the United States, George W. Bush, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution "to take care that the laws be faithfully executed", has both personally and acting through his agents and subordinates, together with the Vice President, committed the following high crimes and misdemeanors.

Article I
Creating a Secret Propaganda Campaign to Manufacture a False Case for War Against Iraq.
Article II
Falsely, Systematically, and with Criminal Intent Conflating the Attacks of September 11, 2001, With Misrepresentation of Iraq as a Security Threat as Part of Fraudulent Justification for a War of Aggression.
Article III
Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction, to Manufacture a False Case for War.
Article IV
Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Posed an Imminent Threat to the United States.
Article V
Illegally Misspending Funds to Secretly Begin a War of Aggression.
Article VI
Invading Iraq in Violation of the Requirements of HJRes114.
Article VII
Invading Iraq Absent a Declaration of War.
Article VIII
Invading Iraq, A Sovereign Nation, in Violation of the UN Charter.
Article IX
Failing to Provide Troops With Body Armor and Vehicle Armor
Article X
Falsifying Accounts of US Troop Deaths and Injuries for Political Purposes
Article XI
Establishment of Permanent U.S. Military Bases in Iraq
Article XII
Initiating a War Against Iraq for Control of That Nation's Natural Resources
Article XIIII
Creating a Secret Task Force to Develop Energy and Military Policies With Respect to Iraq and Other Countries
Article XIV
Misprision of a Felony, Misuse and Exposure of Classified Information And Obstruction of Justice in the Matter of Valerie Plame Wilson, Clandestine Agent of the Central Intelligence Agency
Article XV
Providing Immunity from Prosecution for Criminal Contractors in Iraq
Article XVI
Reckless Misspending and Waste of U.S. Tax Dollars in Connection With Iraq and US Contractors
Article XVII
Illegal Detention: Detaining Indefinitely And Without Charge Persons Both U.S. Citizens and Foreign Captives
Article XVIII
Torture: Secretly Authorizing, and Encouraging the Use of Torture Against Captives in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Other Places, as a Matter of Official Policy
Article XIX
Rendition: Kidnapping People and Taking Them Against Their Will to "Black Sites" Located in Other Nations, Including Nations Known to Practice Torture
Article XX
Imprisoning Children
Article XXI
Misleading Congress and the American People About Threats from Iran, and Supporting Terrorist Organizations Within Iran, With the Goal of Overthrowing the Iranian Government
Article XXII
Creating Secret Laws
Article XXIII
Violation of the Posse Comitatus Act
Article XXIV
Spying on American Citizens, Without a Court-Ordered Warrant, in Violation of the Law and the Fourth Amendment
Article XXV
Directing Telecommunications Companies to Create an Illegal and Unconstitutional Database of the Private Telephone Numbers and Emails of American Citizens
Article XXVI
Announcing the Intent to Violate Laws with Signing Statements
Article XXVII
Failing to Comply with Congressional Subpoenas and Instructing Former Employees Not to Comply
Article XXVIII
Tampering with Free and Fair Elections, Corruption of the Administration of Justice
Article XXIX
Conspiracy to Violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Article XXX
Misleading Congress and the American People in an Attempt to Destroy Medicare
Article XXXI
Katrina: Failure to Plan for the Predicted Disaster of Hurricane Katrina, Failure to Respond to a Civil Emergency
Article XXXII
Misleading Congress and the American People, Systematically Undermining Efforts to Address Global Climate Change
Article XXXIII
Repeatedly Ignored and Failed to Respond to High Level Intelligence Warnings of Planned Terrorist Attacks in the US, Prior to 911.
Article XXXIV
Obstruction of the Investigation into the Attacks of September 11, 2001
Article XXXV
Endangering the Health of 911 First Responders

(Full text appears at: http://chun.afterdowningstreet.org/amomentoftruth.pdf)

In all of these actions and decisions, President George W. Bush has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and Commander in Chief, and subversive of constitutional government, to the prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States. Wherefore, President George W. Bush, by such conduct, is guilty of an impeachable offense warranting removal from office.

I therefore call on my Congressional representatives in both House and Senate to address these high crimes and misdemeanors that constitute grounds for impeachment of both George W. Bush and Richard Cheney and their removal from office.

The Undersigned

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Just reading through the 35 articles makes my blood boil! Please sign the petition! Just go to:

http://www.PetitionOnline.com/HR1258/petition.html -- AND JUST DO IT!




Bush, Musharraf, Ahmadinejad Least Trusted Leaders
Monday 16 June 2008
by: Reuters

Bush, Musharraf, and Ahmadinejad are the worlds least trusted leaders according to a new poll.
(Photos: Wire Services)
Washington - US President George W. Bush is ranked only slightly above the rulers of Pakistan and Iran as one of the least-trusted leaders in the world, a survey released on Monday showed.

The survey, carried out by WorldPublicOpinion.org in 20 countries around the world, found that no national leaders inspired wide confidence outside their own countries. But Bush, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ranked at the bottom, the polling showed.

Only 23 percent of people outside the United States had "a lot or some" confidence in Bush, compared to 22 percent for Ahmadinejad and 18 percent for Musharraf.

The leaders of other countries fared little better. Only 26 percent had confidence in French President Nicolas Sarkozy, 28 percent in Chinese President Hu Jintao, 30 percent in British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and 32 percent in Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has since become prime minister.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had the highest confidence levels, at 35 percent.

"While the worldwide mistrust of George Bush has created a global leadership vacuum, no alternative leader has stepped into the breach," said Steven Kull, director of WorldPublicOpinion.org. "Hu Jintao and Vladimir Putin are popular among some nations, but more mistrust them than trust them."

WorldPublicOpinion.org is a project involving research centers around the world and is managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland.

The group polled 19,751 people in nations that represent 60 percent of the world's population. The survey was conducted between January 10 and May 6, with margins of error of plus or minus 2 to 4 percent.


Writing by David Alexander, editing by David Storey and Philip Barbara.



Recently my drummer friend, Dave Barneson, knowing of my inordinate interest in NFL football helmets, sent me this story:

Review: The 11 Coolest Helmets in Pro Football History

Shutdown Corner is giddy to present it's list of the 11 Coolest Helmets in Professional Football History. There are no concrete qualifications for this list; it rewards the traditional and the iconic, as well as the goofy and the peculiar. Bravery in design is also rewarded. Essentially, the list was made at my own fanciful whim.
Because there's only room for so many, some great helmets were regrettably left off the list. I encourage you to list your own favorites in the comments, but if you're genuinely angry with the exclusion or placement of your favorite team's helmet, I'd rather you spent that time talking to a therapist.
After the jump, the complete list, plus honorable mentions.

The Shutdown Eleven: Coolest Helmets in Pro Football History

11. Buffalo Bills - In 1974, he was replaced with a cartoonish leaping buffalo, either because the Bills wanted something a little more lively on their helmet, or because O.J. killed him. I miss him very much. More ...
10. Edmonton Eskimos - It might be a Packers rip-off, but if you're going to rip someone off, the Packers are a pretty good target. I love the interlocking 'E's in the logo, neatly surrounded by the tight green oval. It's a clean, tidy look that has evolved very little through the years. More ...
9.San Diego - The Chargers are one of the few teams ever to incorporate a number as well as a logo. It's a bold move, and the masculinity required to pull it off was belied by the powder blue of the jerseys themselves. More ...
8.Iowa Barnstormers - The inclusion of the Iowa Barnstormers on this prestigious list can be justified with two words: Snoopy. Goggles. More ...
7.Cincinnati Bengals - The Tony the Tiger stripes are going to be a controversial selection here in the Shutdown Eleven, and I'm okay with that. Everyone I've unofficially polled has had a strong opinion on the Bengals lids; some hate them, some dig them. There's not a lot of gray area. More ...
6. The Philadelphia Stars - The logo itself looked like a graphic you might have seen during a roller derby broadcast on ESPN in 1983. More ...
5.The Dallas Cowboys - The rectangle is above being associated with any one sports team. The circle has too many universal applications to be claimed by any franchise. Nobody owns the square. But the Cowboys have taken the star, or at least the blue one, and they've made it their own. More ...
4.Houston Oilers - I think the Oilers' top-five ranking here is also helped by the fact that the helmet that replaced it is so effective at making you long for the old ones. More ...
3.Baltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers (tie) We celebrate you, Packers and Colts, for never giving into the temptation to change your helmets. I'm sure at some point in Colts history, some guy came into a board room and suggested putting a snarling cartoon horse on the Colts' helmets, and someone probably once tried to convince the Packers to put a football-toting meatpacker on the side of their helmets, but they've both resisted. And today, they're rewarded. More...
2.Tampa Bay - The Bucs discontinued this glorious creation in 1996, but it feels like it's been ten lifetimes since I've seen it. Not a day goes by that I don't wake up and miss that swashbuckling son of a gun winking at me like I just brought him breakfast in bed. More ...
1.The Pittsburgh Steelers - It's extremely unique, it's got an interesting backstory, and obviously, there's a lot of winning tradition behind it. It succeeds on every front, and is something that's kind of evolved organically out of the town itself to become a powerful and iconic sports logo. More ...

I, obviously, am not in agreement with these choices. As I look around my office at my collection, I find the three different versions of the Washington Redskins helmet. the KC Chiefs, The Oakland Raiders, The Arizona (once, long ago the Chicago) Cardinals, a Dan Marino Dolphins. I do find myself very much in agreement with the Baltimore Colts simplicity as well as the Green Bay Packers classic "G".

I am glad that the Packers , having once gone from blue and gold to what they now say is "green and gold", have stayed with what I describe our colors as - "the mustard and the spinach" -- I just think -- and of course I am prejudiced -- that the Green Bay packer uniforms are perfect!

Did you know that when The Grand Poobah (Holmgren) and Ron Wolf were in Green Bay, there was a movement afoot to change the yellow to a glitzy shiny gold? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

My number one choice is the Cleveland Browns - with absolutely no logo. I think it speaks total class and was worn by THE classiest and THE BEST running back the NFL has ever produced: Jim Brown!


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