It’s almost here. And it’s almost over. The New Dawn to replace the Interminable Darkness. Barack Obama- the holder of our hopes and vision for a better world is about to replace the Greatest Embarrassment that democracy has ever dealt up: the devastatingly moronic George W. Bush – twice elected and twice given the power to wreak untold havoc on this small planet of ours.
Never Again must we allow the politics of inertia to lull us into a stupor or sense of helplessness that has allowed the violations of all the tenets of justice and freedom that the so-called Developed World have the responsibility both to uphold and to encourage those with less resources and fewer opportunities.
Never Again must we stand by and allow our leaders to take us into the darkness that has led to the death of hundreds and hundreds of thousands of innocents through war, environmental assault, and sheer indifference and neglect.
And Never Again must we allow ourselves to become so culpable in the loss of what we are so privileged to have in our lives – freedom, the right to choose our government, and the responsibility to do so wisely and with a broad vision for all.
Welcome Obama – we are watching you with bated breath, and we will stand beside you when you falter if we know that you are at times understandably overwhelmed by the enormity of what you face, but that you are continuing to try and face the immeasurable responsibility you have been handed.
And George Bush… may you rot in hell.
You should have had the decency to just admit that you were never up to the task.
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White supremacists watched in lead up to Obama administration.
1. Racists angry, frustrated over prospect of black president, experts say 😆
2. No organized effort to oppose Obama known to exist, law enforcers say
3. Racist talk is protected; harmful acts are not, FBI official says
4. Demographic, historical factors stoke bigotry, racist watchdog group official says.
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Hopping on the Obama Train.
The Obamas and Bidens Will Make a Symbolic Journey by Train From Philadelphia to Washington.
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Pictures of the celebrities rocking for Obama.
Not long to go kids. We’re nearly there.
This Richard Cranium
gave the issue a much bigger coverage than it would have ever got. Thanks for the free publicity.
Man refuses to drive ‘No God’ bus.
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Tiger Woods set to speak at Obama event.
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Glider pilot experience saves everyone. Further video’s
US Coast Guard plane crash footage. BBC News
‘Twitterer’ posts plane picture BBC News
Faster than a speeding bullet. I have noticed one of the 3G phone companies advertising itself as You Tube ready.
‘A pilot’s eye view of NY crash flight BBC News
Some people have done the hard yards and earned their stripes the hard way.
So when they speak, their words carry some real weight.
Hence, I’ll always pay attention when Robert Fisk speaks.
fair comment from Fisk paddy. These crimes stand alone.
and oooh looky – another pasting for Bush…
jen….. Hmm…….I get the feeling that Jean’s not too fond of Dubya.
It’s good to know we’re not alone. 😆
well paddy – try to imagine what the 88% of Americans that say they disapprove of him means in actual numbers and add on the rest of the world – minus Laura, and she’s just being loyal – and my guess is somewhere around 8 billion or so.
Imagine being that hated – fortumately he can’t count so he’ll never probably never work it out. Fucking Imbecile.
Sage words from Uncle Keith, paddy. He is a professional who has earned respect the hard way and in this matter of exaggerated responses over Israel’s bombing of Gaza he is, strictly speaking, correct. I do plead guilty to the hyperbole of comparing the bombing of Guernica with the bombing of Gaza on this blog a couple of weeks ago. By way of mitigation, my comments were a response of passion, propelled by the needless slaughter of innocents including hundreds of children, an event that undeniably occurred on both “turkey shoot” occasions.
Chris B sez:
Somehow this song seems to fit the wait.
But seriously folks,
with a handle like that,
it was only a matter of time really,
before this fellah pulled the plug on his campaign.
This is really worth watching. It’s Olbermann recapping Bush’s administration. It’s less opinion, and more use of pictures to chronicle events that occurred over the last 8 years.
If you haven’t watched Jon Stewart’s astonishment at Bush’s final press conference, then treat yourself:
…but warning, Bush is at his most vomit inducing best. It is utterly amazing that this buffoon, this sad little narcissistic piece of shit ever got hold of ANY public office, let alone POTUS.
I wasn’t sure whether I should laugh or cry….really.
The Americans wonder why we get really pissed off with them.
Americanization of real historical events
full story on Wikipedia
Having seen it after avoiding it because of the controversy. I sat and watched it with a friend. Absolute crap. Bad acting, inaccurate and using an ex US coastguard vessel as a German warship. Absolute crap.
If you compare that with the Enigma directed by the one and only Mick Jagger. They don’t compare. Sure the Enigma does have some criticism. But its not blatant lies like U-571.
Whew. That’s enough venting for now.
Gone, not forgotten: Dems go after Bush. 😈
Hmmm. I wonder if Kevin has an inside info on some of these documents.
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Man Accused Of Threatening To Kill Obama.
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
Anyone caught giving Obama a cold will be arrested. Tried, sent to Texas and executed.
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Egyptian President Calls for Immediate Gaza Cease-Fire
According to this report there is a vote by the Israel’s Security Council scheduled for this evening (Israel time) which should have happened already, or at least should happen with a few hours. Egypt is calling for an unconditional ceasefire, however, my understanding is the Israel is pushing for a ceasefire that maintains Israeli troops on the ground in Gaza (a.k.a. an occupation).
Israel declares ceasefire in Gaza
Hamas to fight until Israeli army leave Gaza
NYT: Israel Declares Cease Fire; Hamas Says It Will Fight On
AFP: Israel readies post-war battle for public opinion
Basically this is not so much a ceasefire as an Israeli notice of cessation of hostilities. Israel intends to maintain troops on the ground in Gaza which is a deal breaker for Hamas.
Bruce Springsteen: George W Bush ruined lives.
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Track Obama’s Cabinet Nominees onCQ Politics.
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News Radio Web Poll.
As George W. Bush rides off into the political sunset, what’s your favourite Bush-ism?on News Radio
British PM slams banks for hiding debts.
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Net neutrality rules in stimulus trigger backlash.
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# 128. The Republicans and some technology companies have been trying to introduce a discriminatory form of Internet. In simple terms a better Internet for the rich. Comcast was restricting some services/members, particularly file sharing. Video usage would be effected as well. They are taking the matter to court.
Obama has effectively campaigned for equal access for everyone. The Democrats have set down conditions to enforce this with their grants. 😈
Mayors push for stimulus money.
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Obama organizing campaign volunteers.
It’s interesting how the Republicans poked fun at Obamas community research background. This is going to come back and haunt them. 😈
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Obama’s train tour in pictures
Obama Takes Train Ride To History.
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Oh dear! What a shame. 😈
you may need to be registered.
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I am trying to watch the Jon Stewart link from Kirri but it won’t download and it’s driving me crazy!!! 😡
ABC: Hamas must respect ceasefire, says Smith
Steven Smith – have you taken into consideration the fact that the Israel Army still occupies Gaza? Have you taken into account that the Israelis continue settlement development in Palestinian territories. Steven Smith – grow a pair of balls and call for the withdrawal of Israeli forces and settlements and give the Palestinian state a chance to stand on their own two feet.
exactly Cat. A ‘ceasefire’ where you can still occupy tha land and shoot at the people at will is um,… bullshit.
Wall Street Journal
Obama to Tap Grassroots Network to Push Initiatives.
The Wall Street Journal
Olmert on the ceasefire..
“We have reached all the goals of the war, and beyond,” Mr Olmert said in a speech after the vote.
that would be – murdering innocent children , terrifying a civilian population, decimating the infrastructures of whole comunities, engendering more hatred from the Arab world for Israel and her suposed supporters (ie -us), and further destabilising the middle east.
Well done fellas.
Not sure which browser you’re using, but sometimes Firefox has trouble with Jon Stewart’s site here.
Have you tried using IE on that link?
Channel 10 are broadcasting the “global edition” (whatever that means) of the Daily show tonight at 10.50pm.
Locomotives of Hope & Heroism.
The Cannonball Express:
The Woodpile Whisperer.
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paddy – um …what’s IE ? 😳
Cat. Wouldn’t it be a welcome change……If just for *ONCE*, an Australian foreign minister made a statement on the mid-east, that didn’t sound like it was written by the Jewish board of deputies.
I mean, we’ve just spent the last 3 weeks reading about and watching on the TV and the net, as the Israelis have clearly engaged in a bloody slaughter in Gaza.
It’s been both sickening and enraging, listening to the Orwellian nonsense coming from the Israeli spin doctors.
After enduring 12 years of Howard’s arselicking, It would be really refreshing for *our* govt to show a bit of spine for a change. 🙁
Geek shorthand can be a real pain at times.
For Firefox, if you download the ‘IE Tab‘ add-on, you can switch individual tabs to Internet Explorer’s rendering engine, which will allow sites that are designed only for IE (such as The Daily Show to be viewed with Firefox. Note that any other add-ons you use (Adblock Plus and Flashblock for example) won’t work in IE tabs.
cheers GWV and paddy- will give it ago.
Channel Nine will have extensive coverage of the inauguration starting Tuesday night.
141 Enemy Combatant Thanks for the Woodpile Whisperer. I didn’t have that one of it. I have shots of it in a museum. I’m a train watcher too. 😈
Comes up real nice as a wide screen wallpaper.
Well channel 9 might have the longest coverage of the inauguration.
But the thought of being subjected to the combined talents of Karl Stefanovic and Robert Penfold for 6 1/2 hrs. makes waterboarding sound positively enjoyable. 👿
I think I’d rather have my toenails pulled by Joe the plumber and Sean Hanity than listen to those two wankers.!!!
No doubt there’ll be lots of (cheap programming) filler from the US networks about how we got to this “historic” moment.
Hmm………Sounds like a good drinking game. A glass of your favourite tipple, every time they say *historic*. 🙂
I’ll be drunk by midnight!!!
I have a USB digital receiver I can plug into my computer. Tomorrow, I will set it up to get ABC2. I have heard that they will have an extended telecast. Although it does not show up in the program.
The New York Times.
Poll Finds Faith in Obama, Mixed With Patience.
21% not happy. Must be die hard Republicans, fundies, neocons, rednecks and racists. That lot we don’t need.
May need to be registered.
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Thanks Paddy, I didn’t realise Jon Stewart was on Ten. I’ve got it on series link now. (You can’t ‘fast forward’ the internet ads, but you can zip past them on the hard drive! LOL)
I wish they wouldn’t bleep out the expletives on the non-cable versions though!
Thanks Paddy I didn’t know John Stewart was on Ten at 10.50 either.
Barack Obama’s personal message.
How many calories do you burn doing horizontal trampolining or the horizontal rumba?
calories burned calculator
Try again. 😳
calories burned calculator
Europe needs a Barack Obama style organisation to do for Europe what Barack is doing for the USA. Tap into grass roots support. WOW!
# 158 I have just sent the European Socialists an email suggesting just that.
The president who never was— aboard the plane that never landed.
The Devolution of *43
Hero Pilot, Family Going To Inauguration?
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I’m enjoying John Stewart at the moment. Maybe we might get the Colbert Report (the t is silent in both cases). 😈
Hamas Agrees to One-Week Cease-Fire in Gaza Conflict
Hamas throws support behind ceasefire as Israeli troops withdraw
Hamas says it will cease fire immediately along with its allies in the Gaza Strip and give Israel, which has already declared a unilateral truce, a week to pull its troops out of the territory.
Mussa Abu Marzuq, the exiled number two of the Hamas movement, announced a one-week truce to allow Israeli troops to withdraw, in a speech on Syrian state television
Moment of reckoning draws nearer.
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Pelosi vows Bush probe, open to prosecutions.
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No, Nancy, we “don’t have a right to ignore it”, neither does your boss.
The Huffington Post.
Star-Studded Concert Featured Usher, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, U2 At Lincoln Memorial… Obama Calls For Unity.
On the “Bush must be prosecuted” thing – I haven’t actually seen any articles laying out the details of where laws were clearly broken – and I’m talking about laws as opposed to morals or trust or other wobbly stuff. I figure what Pelosi is doing is laying down suppressing fire on this subject. She’s calling for investigations into the question of illegalities. In other words she’s proposing that the subject gets moved into a committee. That gives Obama the cover he needs to move on with the job of running the country.
Paddy, if you’ve got pay TV, the all politics channel starts tomorrow – Channel 607. I don’t know what it’s going to be like – who’s broadcast will it use, for example. Anyhoo, that’s an option.
Cat. Apart from the “Bush must be prosecuted” thing. Does anyone know when the presidential pardons are likely to be issued?
Like sand through the hourglass…..time is running out.
(Or do they traditionally happen at the last possible moment?)
Pay TV is not quite within my budget. 🙂
I think I’ll stick with the “high class” coverage on politic 101.
paddy at 171
Presidential pardons can be issued at any time.
All the more reason to downplay the “Bush (and his minions) must be prosecuted” angle till after inauguration. 🙂
Israel accused of war crimes over 12-hour assault on Gaza village
White flags ignored and houses bulldozed with families inside, claim residents
There have already been quite a few presidential pardons issued by Bush in the last little while
Here is a list of some of the people pardoned.
I, like Catrina, would like to know the specific charges that Bush or Cheney could be indicted on. Putting in place through executive order an illegal wire tapping scheme is not actually a chargeable offence (from my research, at any rate) – the Australian government, for example, could pass legislation that was illegal under the Constitution. When it was challenged in the High Court, the legislation would be thrown out. But no member of the government would be guilty of any crime. The government – not individuals members of it – might have to pay compensation if people were adversely affected by the law, however.
This is why it seems to me to be a left-wing fantasy. ‘Bush did things that I am morally opposed to. Put him in jail!’
Now, it could be that there is something that someone could be charged with. But given how it would be fought and how it would be portrayed, politically I cannot see any upside. (Unless, of course, the crime was extremely serious and uncomplicated, like murder).
how about fabricating evidence to start a war that had no basis?
How is lying a criminal offence?
And ‘starting a war’ is not actually illegal. The Afghan and Iraqi wars was explicitly authorised by Congress. Given that the Congress can authorise a war for whatever reason it feels like, it is difficult to see how anyone can be charged with anything over it. The people in Congress can be held accountable for their decisions at the ballot box. But beyond that, what crime specifically is involved here?
How is lying a criminal offence?
It’s a felony if you do it under oath.
Whether people have have actually committed crimes according to US law remains to be seen.
Interesting time ahead. 👿
Yes, under oath it is a crime. And there are also fraud laws. But simply lying is not a crime.
Again, it seems to me as though people are simply saying, ‘I don’t like what Bush did, so we should throw him in jail.’ There is absolutely nothing to base any charge on.
For those looking at war crimes stuff, the International Criminal Court has already ruled on alleged war crimes during the war (not during the subsequent occupation, however). The main finding was that the courts of the nations involved were handling such allegations competently and that as such the ICC, as a court of last resort, did not have jurisdiction.
It’s a fascinating list of G.W.Bush’s pardons.
I particularly liked this one. (sentenced 1959!!!!)
Must have been someone’s pappy. 🙂
Bobby Frank Kay, Sr. E. D. Va. 1959 Operation of an illegal distillery, 26 U.S.C. §§ 5174, 5606, 5216, 5686(b), and 7302.
DG I don’t think there’s any *real* chance of Bush being convicted of any crime.
The precedent of convicting a past US president just has too many paths to “unexpected consequences”.
(Not so sure about Cheney though. He may have violated the constitution without the same level of cover of executive privilege that applied to Bush.)
No doubt the world’s most litigious society will enjoy years of inquiries and Billions of legal fees to find out whatever.
But I *do* think it’s important that some of his appointees get the “Nuremberg treatment” and are not allowed the usual excuses.
I don’t think that there is any real chance of Bush being *charged* with any crime. Or Cheney, or anyone at alll from the administration. There seems to be no evidence of any indictable offences being committed. All the stuff that is posted on left-wing sites seems just fantasy.
If someone can come up with something that might be an offence, that would be of interest, however. But to set up a committee to trawl through the papers of the administration to find out if there is evidence of some offence being committed by someone at sometime is the very definition of a witchhunt. My bet is that this is pure politics on the part of the Democrats. They know that there is nothing there that they can make stick. But there are sure to things that they can use in political attack ads for 2010 …
I think it is safe to say that the GWB presidency has been a low point in American history and I do think that an investigation into how it happened is a worthwhile endeavour. I would suggest that such an investigation would unfold into views on the psychology of the man, the ambitions of a state, the fear and insecurity of it’s people in dealing with terrorism, and the overarching geopolitical realities of energy, trade, and economy. This is the sort of stuff that good books will deliver and the stuff that will define the GWB legacy. But from that – maybe GWB has done the world a favour in that he has pushed the pendulum a long way in one direction, sufficiently far that we are now on the cusp of the pendulums return.
*From the previous post:
‘anyone at all from the administration’
Obviously, Libby has already been charged and convicted with something. So I am in error here. The charges he was convicted under were:
“one count of obstruction of justice; two counts of perjury; and one count of making false statements to federal investigators.”
Such studies and investigations would happen in any event – as they would for any president – without the attempt to wrap it in some attempt to find something to prosecute him or his officials on.
And I agree that the kinds of investigations that you are talking about would be very worth while.
Obama’s Speech at the Lincoln Memorial
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I want to thank all the speakers and performers for reminding us, through song and through words, just what it is that we love about America. And I want to thank all of you for braving the cold and the crowds and traveling in some cases thousands of miles to join us here today. Welcome to Washington, and welcome to this celebration of American renewal.
In the course of our history, only a handful of generations have been asked to confront challenges as serious as the ones we face right now. Our nation is at war. Our economy is in crisis. Millions of Americans are losing their jobs and their homes; they’re worried about how they’ll afford college for their kids or pay the stack of bills on their kitchen table. And most of all, they are anxious and uncertain about the future – about whether this generation of Americans will be able to pass on what’s best about this country to our children and their children.
I won’t pretend that meeting any one of these challenges will be easy. It will take more than a month or a year, and it will likely take many. Along the way there will be setbacks and false starts and days that test our fundamental resolve as a nation. But despite all of this – despite the enormity of the task that lies ahead – I stand here today as hopeful as ever that the United States of America will endure – that the dream of our founders will live on in our time.
What gives me that hope is what I see when I look out across this mall. For in these monuments are chiseled those unlikely stories that affirm our unyielding faith – a faith that anything is possible in America. Rising before us stands a memorial to a man who led a small band of farmers and shopkeepers in revolution against the army of an Empire, all for the sake of an idea. On the ground below is a tribute to a generation that withstood war and depression – men and women like my grandparents who toiled on bomber assembly lines and marched across Europe to free the world from tyranny’s grasp. Directly in front of us is a pool that still reflects the dream of a King, and the glory of a people who marched and bled so that their children might be judged by their character’s content. And behind me, watching over the union he saved, sits the man who in so many ways made this day possible.
And yet, as I stand here tonight, what gives me the greatest hope of all is not the stone and marble that surrounds us today, but what fills the spaces in between. It is you – Americans of every race and region and station who came here because you believe in what this country can be and because you want to help us get there. It is the same thing that gave me hope from the day we began this campaign for the presidency nearly two years ago; a belief that if we could just recognize ourselves in one another and bring everyone together – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents; Latino, Asian, and Native American; black and white, gay and straight, disabled and not – then not only would we restore hope and opportunity in places that yearned for both, but maybe, just maybe, we might perfect our union in the process.This is what I believed, but you made this belief real. You proved once more that people who love this country can change it. And as I prepare to assume the presidency, yours are the voices I will take with me every day I walk into that Oval Office – the voices of men and women who have different stories but hold common hopes; who ask only for what was promised us as Americans – that we might make of our lives what we will and see our children climb higher than we did.
It is this thread that binds us together in common effort; that runs through every memorial on this mall; that connects us to all those who struggled and sacrificed and stood here before.
It is how this nation has overcome the greatest differences and the longest odds – because there is no obstacle that can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change.
That is the belief with which we began this campaign, and that is how we will overcome what ails us now. There is no doubt that our road will be long. That our climb will be steep. But never forget that the true character of our nation is revealed not during times of comfort and ease, but by the right we do when the moment is hard. I ask you to help me reveal that character once more, and together, we can carry forward as one nation, and one people, the legacy of our forefathers that we celebrate today.
A gem of an article by Frank Rich in the NYT.
paddy at 189
Would you mind if I moved that to a new post in preparation for the Inugriation? As it turns out I won’t be around on Wednesday (starting a new job) so I figure getting an Inaugural post up now may be a good idea.
David, there are around 500 pages of Bush injustices. I will leave it to Holder to go through that list to find out what he can really be nailed on. Guesses aren’t any good.
Outing a CIA agent would be a good one to start with.
No problems Cat.
Congrats and good luck with the new job.
Can you give me a specific criminal offence that there is evidence Bush committed?
As to the outing of a CIA agent, it is hard to see what was specifically illegal about that incident. It may have been, but there is insufficient evidence with which to lay any charges. Note the specific charges that Libby was charged with and convicted on. None have anything to do with ‘outing a CIA agent’ – instead, they are all to do with the investigation of the incident and Libby’s attempts to thwart it.
Can you give me a link to that 500 pages of Bush ‘injustices’?
Meanwhile….Here’s a little bit of Bruce and Pete to going on with. 🙂
David one you must have missed, theJack Abramoff scandal continues with his fellow lobbyist Kevin A. Ring They apparently have 3 million pages of documents on him, as well as 50,000 emails. This will engulf most of the Bush administration. I can’t imagine that none of them would not implicate Bush for a lighter sentence. I’m looking forward to this year with great enthusiasm.
196 David Gould It was mentioned on here and I have been looking for it without success. I think I posted it, if my memory is correct. If I am wrong it must have been my Alzheimers.
All the article said was that someone handed over 498 or so pages of documents (I think it was the senate). Nothing listing what was in it. I remember thinking why didn’t the go for 500? 😈