A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right

I may start taking this personally. Are Republicans trying to make me yawn myself to death, Breaking: Bush Gets ‘Blunt Talk’ from GOP House Delegation

TIM RUSSERT: All eyes on the Republican Party. How long will they support the president’s position on the Iraq war. Yesterday may have been the defining, pivotal moment. At 2:30 in the afternoon, in the private quarters of the White House, the Solarium Room, 11 Republican congressmen had a private meeting with the president, the secretary of defense, the secretary of state, the chief political advisor, Karl Rove, and White House Press Sec. Tony Snow and others.

In which 11 whole Republicans were ….wait…. candid with the president. Bush is said to have replied, “I don’t want to pass this off to another president. I don’t want to pass this off, particularly, to a Democratic president — underscoring how serious the situation was. A group of clowns getting serious with the Joker. No one will buy the book version of this, not because there is no semblance of adult behavior in a three dimensional world, but be cause it doesn’t make sense even within the frame of a comic novel. These are America’s leaders. Morally lost, thousands of lives and billions of dollars too late going down on one knee to try and get The Decider to act less like Stalin and more like Lincoln. There is little chance that Republicans have seen the light and turned away from worshiping the Great Gods of Spin, but they do seem to realize that the majority of Americans don’t believe Bush when he says “Good Morning” much less any news having to do with Iraq or Afghanistan. So the only solution is that Bush shut the heck up and let Gen. Petraeus do all the talking. If I haven’t made myself clear, 11 sniffling Republicans shouldn’t impress anyone – Bush Gets a Scolding

Now if these 11 can round up 60 more disgrunted GOP Representatives and 17 Senators, then maybe we can start talking “pivotal.” Until then, I doubt they’re going to budge Bush.

True enough. What would move Bush is the 60 plus 17 putting their votes where their spines should be. One could almost say the same for Democrats, stand firm remove the emperor’s crown, stop playing it politically safe get American troops out of target range and restore habeas corpus. If Democrats want to do the soft shoe they should get out of politics and move in with Fred Thompson in Hollywood. Take a hint from the Iraqis, Majority of Iraqi Lawmakers Now Reject Occupation

On Tuesday, without note in the U.S. media, more than half of the members of Iraq’s parliament rejected the continuing occupation of their country. 144 lawmakers signed onto a legislative petition calling on the United States to set a timetable for withdrawal, according to Nassar Al-Rubaie, a spokesman for the Al Sadr movement, the nationalist Shia group that sponsored the petition.

It’s a hugely significant development. Lawmakers demanding an end to the occupation now have the upper hand in the Iraqi legislature for the first time; previous attempts at a similar resolution fell just short of the 138 votes needed to pass (there are 275 members of the Iraqi parliament, but many have fled the country’s civil conflict, and at times it’s been difficult to arrive at a quorum).

The Democrats’ Pledge

Last year, Congressional Democrats allowed the Bush administration to ram through one of the worst laws in the nation’s history — the Military Commissions Act of 2006. This year, the Democrats pledged to use their new majority to begin repairing the profound damage the law has done to the nation’s justice system and global image.

[ ]…But let’s be clear. There is nothing “conservative” or “tough on terrorism” in selectively stripping people of their rights. Suspending habeas corpus is an extreme notion on the radical fringes of democratic philosophy. As four retired military chief prosecutors — from the Navy, the Marines and the Army — pointed out to Congress, holding prisoners without access to courts merely feeds Al Qaeda’s propaganda machine, increases the risk to the American military and sets a precedent by which other governments could justify detaining American civilians without charges or appeal.

Consider some of the other wild-eyed liberals calling on Congress to restore habeas corpus: William Sessions, director of the F.B.I. under the first President Bush; David Keene, head of the American Conservative Union; the National Association of Evangelicals; David Neff, editor of Christianity Today, founded by the Rev. Billy Graham; a long list of other evangelical leaders and scholars; and nearly two dozen sitting and retired federal judges.

When one looks at the military and political history of the Democratic Party for the last 60 years there might be room for criticism on some details, but a reasonable person can clearly see they have been America’s best partner in national defense. On every important issue that has faced modern America Democrats have come out the real patriots, looking out time and again to preserve our safety and most vital liberties, yet they let themselves fall into political trap of the Rovian political machine in regards to habeas corpus. Now they have a chance to redeem themselves and restore one of America’s greatest protections against tyranny. They shouldn’t hesitate, they shouldn’t even take time to blink – they need to restore habeas corpus and do it now. Evey day that passes that they don’t is another day in which the myth becomes reality, they really are weak.

Even though right-wing pundits dominate every form of media in America from TV to newspapers and magazines they still act like petulant children with precocious imaginations, O’Reilly purported to chart an intricate web leading to “vile propaganda outfit” Media Matters

As previously indicated, Soros has never given money to Media Matters, either directly or through another organization.

If the less then rational O’Reilly was some poor guy on a street corner I’d suggest that we take up a collection and get him the mental therapy that he so obviously needs, but he is in fact a multi-millionaire media whore who is on TV and radio every day, so he can afford to buy his own lithium. The sooner then better.

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.”- Thomas Paine