Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Arrest Warrant

Update: Do you want to pre-order a t-shirt with DeLay's mug shot, if it leaks?

There it is, the arrest warrant for:

CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY
MONEY LAUNDERING => $100,000

Above that is a section giving instructions to sherriffs:

To any sheriff or peace officer of the state of Texas, greetings, you are hereby commanded to arrest Thomas Dale DeLay and him safely keep so that you have him before the 331st Judicial District Court of Travis County.

Greetings. Yes, indeed.

(Maybe he just ought to resign? Save us all from this, ahem, misery.)

63 Comments:

  • Wow. Such southern hospitality.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:28 PM  

  • I want to see him handcuffed, and I would *buy* the handcuffs.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:30 PM  

  • This is so great. I can't wait to get a copy of his mugshot.

    By Blogger carl, at 9:31 PM  

  • It says "...and him safely keep...", not "keep him safely."

    Sorry, just a stickler for details.

    By Anonymous drp, at 9:33 PM  

  • drp --just a little legalese-backward-speak.

    By Anonymous Thomas Allen, at 9:42 PM  

  • drp was right, and i edited it above. Thanks. -- DD

    By Blogger David Donnelly, at 9:48 PM  

  • Tom DeLay, former house majority leader, was seen today watching the televised proceedings of one time Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein. Mr. DeLay remarked that the,"This is an Illegal Trial and I do nat recognize it!" seemed like a good stratigery.

    By Anonymous colorado bob, at 9:52 PM  

  • these are usually just a formality and people can turn themselves in, but if there is an official arrest warrant for someone can a bounty hunter take it upon themselves to arrest the person? what i'm getting at could the DoG go get Delay? Or even better could a random citizen make an arrest if they saw him?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:00 PM  

  • bounty hunters are for those that skip bail and are paid by the bondsman.

    By Anonymous Joe, at 10:42 PM  

  • yeah, a capias warrant only empowers the addressee, here any sheriff or peace officer of TX,

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:28 PM  

  • The beginning of the end for the Culture of Corruption

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:02 AM  

  • Of course, we Texan's know how corrupt Ronnie Earle is so we don't expect ya'll to agree. On t'other hand, ya'll wanna talk about ole Ronnie and how he had to jury-shop to get this indictment or how he tried to get ole DeLay to accept a misdemenor plea cause he didn't have a case, or how about how ole Ronnie threatens business with indictments and/or investigations unless they contribute big bucks to one a his favorite causes? Don't wanna go there? Didn't think ya would! No sane person 'spects Ronnie to win his case, afterall, even a Democrat Judge threw out ole Ronnie's case against Senator-whats-her-name! Oh, yeah, Kay Bailey Hutchinson... Yeppers, ole Ronnie really won big with that there case. Why, all it did was help her get elected to Senator.

    Come to think of it, Senator DeLay sounds pret'near a good title.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:22 AM  

  • Yeah, you really almost sound like a Texan.

    Moron.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:39 AM  

  • Everyone should do a web-search for the top 10 stupid Tom DeLay quotes. My favorite is when he explained why he didn't serve in the Vietnam war--(closely paraphrasing:) "So many minorities volunteered that there was literally no room left for patriotic folks like myself."
    !!!

    Or when a worker in a restaurant told him he'd have to put out his cigar due to new federal laws, he brazenly responded, "I *am* the federal government!"

    Hopefully all of these legal problems will show that c*cksuker that he's NOT above the law!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:41 AM  

  • Give it to the Minutemen. They'll figure out a way to screw it up.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:57 AM  

  • In all my years, I've never seen so durn many blatherin' idiots spewin' so much B.S. just cause their political party an' the liberal media give 'em a loada' crap and call it news.
    If any of ya', 'ceptin' the Texan anonymous dude, he obviously follows the news and -- somethin' liberals don't do -- checks his facts, wuz to do like that and look for the truth instead of yer off base party line, you'd know this Ronnie feller was nothin' less than a political opportunist who's been tryin' to get somethin', ANYTHIN' at all on Tommy Delay fer a long time an' now he's graspin' at straws. Delay did nothing wrong(but then t'you folks, just bein' a Republican makes him guilty, which shows what kinda' fucked up people y'all are).

    Besta luck t'yall.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:21 AM  

  • I surely do hope that Anonymous brushed his teeth after chewing so long on that cow patty before he started spitting it.

    By Blogger Vinilo_Suave, at 1:42 AM  

  • I type like a Cannuck, ay. Therefore, I must be Canadien.

    Whoa.

    Now I'm Keanu Reeves

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:44 AM  

  • I am a Texan and all I can say about Anonymous is that he is a hill-billy-cow-f*cking-dumba$$ trying to make Texans look stupid. Many of the educated Texans know how corrupt Delay is and want to see him hang for his wrong doings.

    Anonymous,
    If you would stop watching Fox propaganda then you would realize that too.

    By Anonymous Educated-Texan, at 4:01 AM  

  • Delay did nothing wrong?

    Using your logic, John Gotti did nothing wrong for years...didn't call him the Teflon Don for nothing. Wait a minute...he eventually got his, didn't he?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:40 AM  

  • Travis County prosecutor Ronnie Earle has a long history of abusing prosecutorial power in the service of political patrons. (1) His best-known patron is former Texas governor Ann Richards. (2) The Richards family is tightly bound to the Soros machine. Governor Richards was an early champion of Soros' campaign finance reform movement. Her daughter, Cecile Richards, heads America Votes, an umbrella group of leftwing get-out-the-vote organizations which the Soros machine launched and funded in 2003.(3)

    1. Andrew C. McCarthy, "Ronnie Earle Should Not be a Prosecutor", National Review Online, October 6, 2005; Byron York, "Dollars for Dismissals," National Review Online, June 20, 2005; Peter Flaherty, "Texas Smear Machine Targets DeLay", Cybercast News Service (CNSNews.com), September 23, 2004

    2. "Hammer Time: Ronnie Earle Finally Gets His Man," The Wall Street Journal Online (OpinionJournal.com), September 29, 2005

    3. S.C. Gwynne,"The Daughter Also Rises",Texas Monthly, August 2004, p 112; David Horowitz and Richard Poe, "The Shadow Party" (Parts I-III), FrontPageMagazine.com, October 6, 7, 11, 2004

    The money trail implicates George Soros in the plot to frame Tom DeLay...and Soros is the man who "bought" the democratic party. You should be proud.

    Before we let a crooked county prosecutor unseat one of America's valued leaders, it behooves us to investigate further. We should demand of Mr. Soros what he and his hired retainers have long demanded of Tom DeLay — transparency and accountability.

    We shouldn't allow wealthy puppeteers to manipulate our government from the shadows. It's time this corruption and manipulation was exposed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:51 AM  

  • Of course, DeLay's problems only begin with Earle. His REAL problems lie with his relationship to Abramoff. That is where he will really do time in the big house, once Abramoff flips.

    By Blogger aqualung, at 5:36 AM  

  • He won't be too long in the big house. He knows too much. How long do you really think he's going to survive once the sh*t hits the fan?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:53 AM  

  • DeLay one of America's "valued leaders"? LMAO! More like just another Republican criminal. How many of them are out there? Too many to count, certainly.

    By Blogger aqualung, at 6:04 AM  

  • I'm from Texas, unlike you other folks who are just idiots. Everyone who knows anything in these parts knows that Earle is nothing more than a political hack. Anything and everything he does is 100% motivated by seeking money and power for himself first, Democrats second. He wouldn't prosecute a Democrat if he witnessed a murder himself.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:11 AM  

  • "Everyone who knows anything in these parts knows that Earle . . . wouldn't prosecute a Democrat if he witnessed a murder himself."

    Considering that Earle has in fact prosecuted Democrats, my guess is that your "everyone" pretty darn stupid. What you are claiming is simply not true.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:30 AM  

  • I am a conservative and I say good ridden to trash. We will take care of the neo-cons now and worry about the liberals when its their turn up to bat. Corruption is running rampant on both sides and its time to put a stop to it before all our rights are gone and any hope of getting them back. We also have to quit playing their left/right game of Russian roulette and put some real Americans in there, not lawyers, not oil guzzlers but real honest Americans.

    By Blogger XPIOLT, at 7:41 AM  

  • Hi. I'm the anonymous who isnt an inbred redneck. I didnt say this:

    "somethin' liberals don't do -- checks his facts"

    one word jeeter: IRAQ. WMD. wait thats two words. or did you lose count because you were too busy re-enacting "deliverance" with billy bob?

    did they frame abramhoff too? he and delay were bed buddies. your really going to claim that delays bedbuddy didnt rub off on his some?

    oh and lets not forget all the white house buttbuggers who are going to be indicted next week... fitzgerald is obviously a liberal crony too.. rush limbaugh told me so. and ronnie earle is a real liberal lover.. in fact he loves democracts so much 12 of the 15 politicians hes persecuted have been democracts, including Jim Wright. Do me a favor, other "anonymous", go crawl back under the bible beating rock you were scraped off from. And you know what... even if it is a politically motivated persecution, you know what? Its just desserts... Clinton was politically hounded for years and nailed to a cross by your wretched, hipocritcal bunch for lying about a blowjob. The most painfully pathethic thing about you reich-wing nazis is you have no sense of true justice. If your wormlike type do something to someone, you cry like a baby when someone turns around and does the same thing to you. Your time is slowly ending... cry, whine, and claim frameups all you want.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:00 AM  

  • I'm from Texas, too. As far as I know, Earle has prosecuted more Democrats than Repugs. Repugs just cant admit they have unethical creeps in their party. Always shifting the blame...WHAT ABOUT PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY? STOP WHINING, AND START ACTING LIKE THE MORAL SUPERIORS YOU CLAIM TO BE!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:19 AM  

  • Don't you love how conservatives spout all this nonsense about how liberals are uninformed and don't understand the facts when they base all their opinions on information they got from Fox news or the likes of Rush Limbaugh? :)

    They really must enjoy being lied to ... or more likely, they just like to hear their own misguided beliefs being confirmed. (Regardless of how biased or unreliable the source.)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:32 AM  

  • Bloody Americans! The planets cancer.Irishman

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:37 AM  

  • Marc, too many comments from "Anonymous." Isn't there an easier way to display your name without going through registration? After all, if a Clinton appointed judge in Georgia says that you don't have to prove who you are to vote, how can we demand more just to make a comment?

    By Blogger Woody, at 8:48 AM  

  • You mean, like the Dan Rather kerfuffle, the disproved Koran-in-the-commode debacle during which Dem Dick Durbin compared Camp Delta, the detention center at GITMO, with the "killing fields of the PolPot regime" and the MSM inhaled the entire circus as gospel?

    Hahahahahah! Well, that's enough entertainment. I'll tell you, you socialists crack me up.

    Chuckle.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:49 AM  

  • Hey, Texan...

    My mama down in Georgia taught me that two wrongs don't make a right. You "conservatives" can't seem to muster any defense for DeLay except that Ronnie Earle does it too, or for George Bush except that Clinton did it too. Some of us libruls would like to see ***all*** the corruption rooted out, and it seems to me Texas would be the perfect place to start.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:58 AM  

  • Damn, this is funny as hell. I don't know whether Delay did anything or not, and I guess it will only be after the trial that we will see if the jury thinks so, but I do know this;

    The left thinks that Delay convicted would be the beginning of the downfall of the "Bush Regime", while the right seems to think that things would fall apart without delay if Tom toddles off to the pokey.

    I think even if there was a video of Delay robbing Girl Scouts of their cookies and dancing drunk and naked on a table in a bar in D.C. while singing happy birthday to a visiting head of state that the democrats still wouldn't have one damned idea of how to fix any problem in this country.

    That means indict whomever, it won't change the fact that the dems have no viable platform and will continue to lose power while they sit around and let miscreants with socialist goals run their party.

    By Blogger Kender, at 9:21 AM  

  • I am going to try and make the warrant a little larger and easier to read. But I have to agree that Texas is a good place to start getting rid of these scum. Now, I'm talking about Democruds and Republicruds. I say when you go to the polls from now on , don't vote for an incumbent. For you Texans, an incumbent is someone who is holding the office now.

    By Blogger LoverBoy, at 9:31 AM  

  • This Texan knows DeLay is the poster child for political corruption. One of his best stunts was to allow products made by sweat shop labor to have a Made in the U.S.A. label.

    Earle is known around here as "a boy scout." He has very high ethical standards.

    I remember the Hutchinson trial. She is lucky someone helped her get off by the skin of her teeth. The evidence against her was solid.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:54 AM  

  • When the rest of the administration is indicted, the trail is going to lead straight back to Tel Aviv -- and the nest of Israeli spies will be exposed.

    These "neoconservatives" have no loyalty to America, only to Israel.

    Their fingers were deep in 9/11 as well...

    By Anonymous JoeSixPack, at 9:55 AM  

  • Hey Kender, when was the last time you asked a democrat directly
    about what "ideas" they may have for the future of our country? FYI Dems have a lot of great ideas...turn off the conservative media and you might hear some of them...pay attention it's out there...stop being a republican ditto-head...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:26 AM  

  • Actually, given the level of discourse spouted by the original texan anonymous and several other wannabes who have posted here, I'd say we got the cream of the crop rednecks here. Products of the fine, fine Texas education system that gets funded last, after county dogcatcher in most places.

    So, keep on beatin' yer meat over DeLay's innocence y'all...

    I'm from New England, home of the first patriots, and ya'll can't hold a candle to that. But keep foolin' yerselves while the rest of us watch yer ReThug poster boy do the perp walk he so richly deserves.

    By Blogger dejah, at 10:30 AM  

  • Hang 'em high!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:56 AM  

  • Baa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    I CAN'T STOP LAUGHING!!!

    This is too GD funny!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:11 AM  

  • The fat lady is warming up her chords.

    I just love me some opera!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:21 AM  

  • All I know, and it has put pause to the dittos in my circle, is that the foreman of the first Grand Jury to return indictments was a Deputy Sheriff in Texas for 20 years and then an Investigator for the Insurance Commission. That is, someone with a professional understanding of both the law AND standards of evidence. That alone does not make Mr. Delay guilty, but it certainly makes any political motive of Mr. Earle's quite beside the point. No matter how partisan Mr. Earle may be (and only extreme and historically unreliable partisans seem to say so), no professional lawman is going to be swayed by political bloviation. Or will the usual tightie-righties now smear Texas law enforcement in their determination to end-run the evidence?

    By the way, I'm happy to agree with Anon that rich political funders should be transparent in whome they support. I look forward to Anon addressing himself to the secretive dealings of Richard Mellon Scaife, who responded to an editor from the Columbia Journalism Review, who asked about his financial support of extreme right organizations, "Get out of here you Communist cunt!" and, tantalizingly, "Don't look behind you."

    Now there's an example of principled, Christian rectitude, nec pas?

    By Anonymous Shieldvulf, at 11:33 AM  

  • Actually I talk to dems all the time about their ideas. The oldtime sensible dems hate what is happening with their party, but the new crop out here in cali can't believe that they keep losing, even though they have no idea how to do anything but whine "we need to UNDERSTAND the culture of terrorism".

    I can tell you that I know what the dems believe is a solution and it isn't going to work.

    BTW, I am a part of that conservative media....you can tell the difference between us and them because we bring you the stories that the left won't.

    By Blogger Kender, at 11:35 AM  

  • Let me see: The wheels of the Gods grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine...

    Justice De Layed Is Justice Denied, but: Everything Comes To He Who Waits...including The Exterminator.

    Could it happen to a nastier guy?

    By Anonymous La Joyeuse, at 11:38 AM  

  • Hope after conviction they send him to the Mariana Island slave camp he and Abramoff visited and he crowed about being an example of "democracy":
    Even after an ABC News 20/20 program documented the wretched conditions where Tom DeLay’s patrons compete with American Workers by charging imported workers a recruitment fee for the job, paying well below minimum wage and charging them for their barracks style sub-slum housing, Tom DeLay denies that this is happening. There have been Congressional investigations, attempts at legislation in the Senate and the American companies tarred with the embarrassment of having trafficked in the ill gotten goods, have fully apologized and made reparations. Yet, on May 15, 2005, yes two weeks ago, Tom DeLay said: “…there was no evidence of any of that going on. NO evidence of sweatshops as portrayed by the national media…… they could not produce one story or one individual to prove their allegations,”.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:51 AM  

  • "BTW, I am a part of that conservative media....you can tell the difference between us and them because we bring you the stories that the left won't."

    This is classic. Do you know the number of investigative reporters employed by Fox News? ZERO! They are nothing more than a propaganda arm of the RNC.

    Another one that always makes me laugh out loud is when that pompous windbag Limbaugh states that he is announcing news "you won't hear anywhere else." He then spouts some lame spin on a story which was actually broken by the main stream media.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:12 PM  

  • I'm confused. Are the Democrats socialists with miscreant goals, or do they have no agenda? Can a conservative clear that up for me?

    By Blogger ddoodd, at 12:46 PM  

  • Kender? You're seeing the Democrat ideas in action here and now. The only ideas they have are to defeat Republicans. That's it. They don't have a single idea that's related to freedom or improving anything in this country, they just want to be in power.

    And "Professional Lawmen" are as good as their word? Most "professional" lawmen are politicians and appointees who do little actual enforcement and mostly just manage people and politics.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:48 PM  

  • They should get 2 photos: 1. with delay in cuffs so you can see his big ugly face and 2. one when they drop the lovely abu ghraib style burlap hood over his fat head,
    That'd be awesome!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:10 PM  

  • I wonder how many of these pro-DeLay Anons will manage to get on the jury.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:03 PM  

  • So...
    will Tommy boy get conjugal visits from Jeffy?
    snicker

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:13 PM  

  • And "Professional Lawmen" are as good as their word? Most "professional" lawmen are politicians and appointees who do little actual enforcement and mostly just manage people and politics.

    Ah yes, the respect of conservatives for law enforcement and the military once again on display. It's amazing that your respect for those who protect us only extends to the ones who share your twisted political philosophy.

    And while you may have failed to educate yourself on Democratic ideals and principles, your ignorance is not indicative of non-existence. Even if the Dems had no other plan than to remove the Bushies from power, that plan is better than the failed policies of the current regime.

    By Anonymous Singularity, at 2:35 PM  

  • Thisis the first smiling mug shot I have ever seen - they aren't suppose to let you smile in a mug shot.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:56 PM  

  • Nothing's going to happen to Delay because Earle's full of it, doesn't have any list, and the court case is over.

    Bla bla bla bla....

    This is all the garbage we hear on the right.

    However smell this bullshit in another light and it doesn't hold up to any scrutiny yet again.

    Jack Kemp, who insists Earle is a know-nothing fool is actually a two time crook.

    Jack Kemp runs the Free Enterprise Fund.

    Jack Kemp smears Earle?

    But Jack Kemp is really a crook..

    Jack Kemp caught red-handed in the Oil for Food scam with Dick Cheney!!!

    A lawyer, no that's a total joke. And if only the "fine" Texas education system had this inf"er"mation they wouldn't even talk about Ronnie Earle and would keep their mouths shut.

    Jack Kemp is no expert on anything, he's a two bit crook.

    And also, they do have the lists and do have the evidence.

    Observe the below.

    TRMPAC & Tom Delay are guilty: If they did the crime, they pay the time.

    Reality is he's got no "sympathy" plea that can get him off like Kay Bailey did, and at the very least will resign from Congress. Especially once Jack Abramoff flips and turns.

    Lists of candidates & amounts that will be making the case in court

    Okay then, lets return to our regular scheduled broadcasting.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:28 PM  

  • I am a centrist Democrat who believes in some ideas. Despite the right-wing rhetoric, we do have them, but the GOP, owning 2 (do I hear 3?) branches of government makes it a little tough to be heard. A previous poster was right, the Republicans dont ask for our ideas. BY their sheer numbers in Congress, they dont have to. Lets be honest. If they do, its a token gesture and their ideas are Sh*%canned (or hijacked)in the end.
    If I were a partisan democrat (which I am not), I would hold all my stratic ideas close to the vest. Why let the GOP steal DEM ideas that may help get themselves out of their self-made troubles?
    Here are a few ideas I have as a centrist democrat though, seeing as you dont think DEmocrats seem to have any:

    (1)Deficits are Real! But are being ignored under the spend-crazy GOP (who use to make the deficit such a big deal in the 90's). Remember the balanced budget act? A combination of spending cuts and higher tax contributions for the top 1% of persons in this country that own 40% of the money. It worked, and as far as I know, no millionaires went bankrupt as a result. So why are republicans suddenly afraid of cutting spending? If they want to perpatuate the tax advantage to the wealthy and not raise taxes, then the only alternative is budget cuts. Tom Delay said recently 'Weve trimmed all the fat'. I say BS to that. If a Democrat haid said that, the neo cons would have jumped all over it.

    Across the board spending cuts need to be made, no program should be totally exempt(including the military and corporate subsidies) Some programs should be cut more than others, but the time has come to weed out pork and restore some financial discipline. We had that prior to the election of 2000.
    Im a democrat, but I urge you, GOP, listen to John McCain! You should have listened to him in 2000!

    BTW- Deeply Cutting Medicaid and Food Stamps to the poor to finace the re-building of New Orleans where most of the poor there will need Medicaid or Food Stamps? How does that make sense?...anyway...

    (2)Tax cuts should not go to the wealthy, they should go to the middle class and small businesses. I say keep the tax cuts to the middle class permanent and do not let them expire. MAke sure that small business owners are included in the tax cut extension. But end big business tax cuts and income tax cuts to wealthy individuals (not small business owners) making over $200,000 per year.

    (3) Corprate tax breaks should be earned. Breaks should be given to companies who do not outsource labor in wholesale fashion to foreign markets. Why reward a company for taking away US Jobs?
    Conversely, Tax breaks should be taken away from companies prosecuted for corporate fraud and abuse.

    (4)Energy tax breaks should be given to businesses that reduce their consumption of fossil fuels and electricity by at least 10%.

    (5) Energy grants and tax breaks should be shifted more to companies who develop clean energy and anti-pollution technologies than going to existing oil companies to explore new oil resources, a natural resource which is being depleted. We need a progressive strategy towards weaning ourself not off of 'foreign ' oil, but off of oil...period. We also need to raise the fuel economy standards of automobiles.
    Other countries are taking the lead on these initiatives. If we dont wean ourselves from the teat of fossil fuels, and start embracing alternative energy (even a steady, incremental process), other coutries will own the energy and anti-pollution technologies of the future, leaving us in the position of having to import technology (expense) rather than to own it and export it as an an American technology (profit).

    (2) Global Warming is Real. We need to engage with the rest of the world who is trying to do something about it. Our reluctance to join (or even discuss) global environmental pacts is appalling and just fuels US isolation from the rest of the world.

    (3) GOP Corruption is real. It probably exists in some Dem circles as well. DElay, Rove and Libby may be criminals, maybe not. But the arrogance of power is growing. Regardless of REpublican or Democrat, corrup leaders who are indicted should resign or be fired. Period.

    (4) I was intially for the war when I bought the yellow cake lie like many of us did. I am angry that we rushed into the war under false pretenses and that we did nothing in advance to protect oil pipelines, water facilities, electricity facilities and sewer system that are still op0en and frequently attacked targets for the insurgency. We made huge mistakes that have prolonged this war.
    However.... we are there, we support our loved ones in battle and respect their sacrifice.
    Beleive it or not, most democrats dont want to pull every soldier back home immediately. Many polls attest to this fact. My view is that we should put pressure on the IRAQI government between now and the elections in December (if they occur) and say we will (as an official plan) withdrawl troops proportionaltely with the readiness status of Iraqi military forces. Starting right now! That is, withdrawl as they stand up. They say 1 Iraqi batallion is ready to fight on its own right now. If true, then send an equal number of US soldiers home....NOw! If we dont, we just perpetuate the crutch of US back up if they (Iraqi security forces) are not up to snuff. This security blanket does nothing to create any urgency or pressure for the IRAQi forces to get up to speed.
    Americans (democrats and Republicans alike), want some type of plan for bringing troops home. We are smart enough to know it cant happen all at once, but we need a plan that people can measure progess against. Democrats would be wise to put an alternative, honorable and smart proposal for an IRAQ exit strategy forward from within the party and and put it out their for public consideration.

    The poster here that said Democrats dont have any ideas is incorrect in the assessment of the Democrat's problems. We do have ideas. Our problem is articulating them in chambers dominated by tin ear republicans. They are simply not considered, not brought up for votes or simply ignored because it contrasts with the view of the Bush Administration or the power hungry (but overreaching) neo-cons.
    The Democrats, while smartly staying on the sidelines watching the GOP infighting and coruption debacles will need to form a unified vison for the country and articulate it as a pckaged alternative prior to the 2006 mid-term elections if they want to win bak their majority.
    With an approval rating of 38% saying IRAQ was not worth the cost, a 39% approval for how BUsh on handling his job as president and an even lower approval % for congress and (controlled by the GOP), the DEMS have a golden opportunity to redifine a different future for the United States and a return to respect in the world.
    We need someone of charisma and chracter and experience to voice this message. Its too bad Barack Obama needs a few more years to get the 'time in' to have legitamate political and Foreign relations experience. He already has the Charisma and character. I think he will be your president in 2012 and possible good VP pick for 2008.
    Bottom line is, DEms need a revised platform that moves them closer to the center, ensures that the country knows the truth that Dems have religious belifs and faith too (we have been falsely accussed of being against those of faith). DEms also need to ofer a visonary alternative challenge to the neo-con philosophy as a whole intead of focusing just on the president or Karl Rove...or Tom Delay or a particular bill. We seem content with just busting the offenders rather than challenging the political neo con philosophy that has fostered and perpetuated the bad behavior that begs for a more ethical mode of operation.

    By Blogger EMotico, at 3:33 PM  

  • When the exterminator is in safely behind bars, I propose an official "National Throw Shit at Tom DeLay Day" since the DeLay House Repubs having been throwing shit at America for so long.
    Note: Participants must provide own shit i.e. "BYOS"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:47 AM  

  • Shorter wingnuts:
    Ronnie Earle fathered a black child with a gay lesbian and then aborted it!
    Ronnie Earle is just like Michael Moore, only fatter!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:31 AM  

  • To the Texans -
    First, the population keeps increasing, but intelligence remains a constant. Second, it Texas has any intelligence, G.W. Bush is nothing to be proud of in showing it. He has without a doubt screwed the nation up more than any President in history. He can't talk, walks like he has a pickle up his A##, and has a wife that looks the "Barbie Gone Stepford Wife"
    His Daddy has no backbone, it's too bad he didn't
    "pull out sooner". It doesn't take a Rocket Scientist to figure out the Tom DeLay is guilty as sin. Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton's "incidents" when combined, and multplied a thousand fold, don't come close to what the Idiot in the White House has accomplished, nor did their actions cost nearly as much. Go stick your head in an oilwell.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:05 PM  

  • "Repugs just cant admit they have unethical creeps in their party."

    Which just goes to show what unethical creeps they all are, as if we needed any further evidence.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:13 PM  

  • On taxes: greatly reduce or even eliminate all taxes on wages -- i.e., money people WORK for. Replace that revenue with increased taxes on capital gains and large inheritances. In other words, do the opposite of the policies of the obscenely rich Republicans, which the foolish and ignorant Republican masses unthinkingly support under the banner of "tax cuts", as if it were THEIR taxes being cut (even that puny $300 check was a loan, not a cut, that was paid back in income taxes).

    Or alternatively, maintain the payroll taxes on registered Republicans -- after all, that's what they voted for (but were too dumb to realize it).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:32 PM  

  • Not everyone in the 22nd Congressional District is applauded
    at the way our Representative, Mr. Tom Delay, sold his office to the K street lobbyist.That is their complicity with the loss of ethics so prevalent nowadays in Congress.
    Marching with blinders on, they choose not to hold Mr. Delay accountable for his ethics lapses.
    I do however, feel that Mr. Delay expended a fast amount of energy in redistricting Texas.So much so, that he can not fully represent our district, until the sound of money or gratuitous trips, revitalize his interest. I presently, do feel safer, now that Mr. Delay went to St. Andrews, Scotland's golf courses.In the Bible belt, this is exactly what we need, to be sure that not to much Scotch crosses our borders illegally.
    Representing the 22nd District fully,in the style of a Compassionate Conservative, Mr. Delay, we thank you for your exemplary behaviour. Our nation and the rest of the world view the 22nd District as a hot bed of moral behavior.

    By Anonymous Brian @ 22nd District, at 5:20 PM  

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