Thursday, October 19, 2006

Another bailout?

When GW was an "oilman" (he never actually struck much oil) in Midland, TX, he started up and was employed by several different companies--Arbusto, Harken Energy, etc. Each time, he'd basically drill a bunch of dry holes, suck up salary, then get bailed out of the business by his father or his father's friends (like the Bin Laden family). This was a pattern that has been noted by many people, including Craig Unger in House of Bush, House of Saud, the brilliant book on Bush and Rove Bush's Brain, and other sources. In short, like many spoiled rich kids, whenever GW would get into trouble, Daddy would bail him out.

I've been watching with interest this whole business of the James Baker-led Iraq Study Group, and something about it is ringing a bell with me. Simply put, GW has gotten himself into a REAL big pile of shit--way worse than the dry holes and failed businesses of his youth--and now Daddy's key henchman Baker seems to be trying to step in and get Junior out of the mess he's gotten himself into.

Can Daddy fix things this time? Can Baker save Junior again, like it did when Baker rammed through the 2000 "election" of GW in the first place? Or will GW continue his "stay the course" idiocy? He always let Daddy buy him out of trouble back in his younger days. Let's see if GW's grown up stupid, or just plain grown up.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

A Word for the Dear Departed

In Brown v. Vasquez, the U.S. Supreme Court stated, "The writ of habeas corpus is the fundamental instrument for safeguarding individual freedom against arbitrary and lawless state action." (thanks to for that piece of the ruling)

Where will we go now? Who or what will protect our freedom? How long until the gulag archipelago described by Solzhenitzyn is put into place here?

All those documents in the National Archives are now just very old pieces of paper--worth something to an antiques dealer, I suppose, but not to the government that was supposed to uphold the words and ideas written on them.

Let's recall what President Chimp said about the Constitution in December 2005:

"It's just a goddamned piece of paper."

I guess the man is finally right about something.