American Madness

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What does it take to get a President impeached?

(The following comment, in response to Another Test for Habeas Corpus received 80 reader recommendations and was an editors’ selection on the NYTimes online today):
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend [...]

Thank goodness for the intermediate step

A bit hokey in the execution, but funny reasoning.

Democrats are Pansies

In 1998 President Clinton discreetly got a BJ in his office. Okay, maybe it wasn’t the best thinking on his part to do this while on the phone with some other world leaders, but hey, no one lost their life over it.
Months later, when this news leaked out, the Republicans (and folks at Fox [...]


You can’t make this up!
The NYTimes reports on the large peaceful uprising in Najaf.
The story includes this photo caption:
Col. Steven Boylan, an American military spokesman and aide to the commander of all American forces in Iraq, praised the peaceful nature of the demonstration, saying Iraqis “could not have done this four years ago,” the [...]

God help and forgive us

Guantánamo Detainees Stage Hunger Strike
Torture continues. Say what you want about the Khmer Rouge, the Hutu/Tootsie massacres, even the Stalinist purges, at least many of these atrocities were carried out in hot blood. Not so the current U.S. policy for Guantanamo detainees, which reminds me of a line from the movie Payback: “I’ll make this [...]

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