Jan 4, 2007

Welcome...

110th Congress.

Now roll up your sleeves and get to work! ;)

43 Comments:

Anonymous markie said...

i don't relish the thought of having to clean up the mess this country is in. but i'am grateful for those willing to work towrds that end. a 5 day work week-how novel.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Fielda said...

"Cool Change" - Little River Band

10:25 AM  
Anonymous fussbudget said...

Continue the Aretha Franklin set with "Think."

11:02 AM  
Anonymous t said...

Change will do you good-Sheryl Crow


Fielda I used to love Little River Band, back in the day;-)

Yes and I'm leaving now to go check in on them and will let them know they are expected to work! They are well paid to do something besides wring their hands and sigh over dubya:-)

11:18 AM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

Let's all pray that the 110th has the courage to face down this incompetent administration. Let's all pray that there is the will to

NOT FUND additional troups
NOT FUND earmarks
NOT FUND the continued waste of Katrina funds
NOT FUND "reconstruction" in Iraq where most of the $$$ are simply gone.
NOT FUND 911 funds for places like
Nebraska, Kansas, etc.

FUND: Stem Cell research, education, health care reforms

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11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning, Justice Bloggers!

BUSH MUST GO! Demonstration at Opening of Congress, 12 noon, Jan 4

A memorable day in Washington. New Congress and Protests. Hope to hear from t and others who are in Washington.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

W pushes envelope on U.S. spying

"WASHINGTON - President Bush has quietly claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans' mail without a judge's warrant, the Daily News has learned.
The President asserted his new authority when he signed a postal reform bill into law on Dec. 20. Bush then issued a "signing statement" that declared his right to open people's mail under emergency conditions.

That claim is contrary to existing law and contradicted the bill he had just signed, say experts who have reviewed it."

Another task for the new Congress: Stop these signing statements!

11:31 AM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

Nanci P and the girls better get some gloves on those sculptured nails so they can get to work diggin' out the corruption in the Congress.Five day work week? Most people in this country would be happy if that's all they hadda work.

Please take a long look at Duncan Hunter and the Defense spending. There's a story there. Go look up Duncan Hunter on Wikipedia.Nice bio.HeHe.

11:33 AM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

addidtionally.....DO NOT EXTEND those bountiful tax cuts for people
who haven't a clue how tough it is for MANY to make ends meet at the end of each and every month!

11:34 AM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

HOW do they stop the signing statements? Basically this immoral (p)resident in the WH has managed to make the congress irrelevant. I think the Dems will not be very favorable to this, but how do you stop it.

SPB.....is it possible, Constitutionally, to add a clause to proposed legislation ON EACH AND EVERY BILL that a signing statement will make the bill null and void and is, in effect, a veto?

11:37 AM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

or that a signing statement is an amendment and requires that the bill go back to congress for approval?

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grandamanuk

I am not a lawyer, but I think your ideas about how to address these signing statements make sense. I hope SPB will weigh in on this, as well as anyone else who has some expertise in this arena. But, somehow, this little man's power to override laws with these signing statements must be curtailed. It is hard to believe that there could be no way to accomplish that.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Calamity Jane, This one is for you. It looks like Madame Speaker is bringing a big supply of gloves. lol

(Sorry, tried several times, but could not get url to post as a link)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6230735 "New era as Democrats take power"

"Ms Pelosi, who will be referred to as "Madam Speaker", has vowed to clean-up Congress, saying: "It takes a woman to clean house" - a reference to the corruption seen as widespread on Capitol Hill."

11:58 AM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

Hey,"Madam Speaker",that's my line! I used that line on this blog way before you.The least you could do is cite me. LOL.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Nanci P and the girls better get some gloves on those sculptured nails so they can get to work diggin' out the corruption in the Congress.Five day work week? Most people in this country would be happy if that's all they hadda work.".....that's why god made lee press-on nails.

12:07 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

BTW, Nancy, don't forget to check the chairs before you sit down. Men like to throw stuff over the back of them like dirty socks or underwear. Eeew. Hey, you asked for it. HeeHee.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christy at Firedoglake has a great post up about "The Great Republican Whineoff"

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Fielda said...

It takes a woman to clean house, and a Mother who cares enough to do it.

Apparently some of our respectable? American "Fathers" have strayed..... off into corrupt-military-industrial-executive-shower-curtain-prostitute-poker-mafia-backscratch-lobbyland.

Calamity: You go, girl!

Git 'er done!! YALL!!!

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jiwZCskgNE&mode=related&search=

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening folks!

It's Thursday!

I wanted to address Grandmanuk's question to me about new latest pet project by the Gerbil regarding the right to open people's mail under emergency conditions. Yes, I read about this morning. And yes, he sneaked this in before the 110th Congress was sworn in. I know all of the bloggers are upset once again by his domestic spying. This is still under Bush's Patriot Act.

Yes, this is still Bush's abuse of power and his violating the Constitution. But, we all have to contact our Congress person in our area to demand a hearing into the President's abuse powet of domestic spying. Now, I personally emailed Senator Feingold this morning on the status of his pursuance into Bush's abuse of power of domestic spying, Patriot Act, and wiretapping. He was the lead person who wanted a censure for the President. Now that the 110th Congress has been sworn into office, it is time to demand that investigation. And I am sure that there will be an investigation into Bush's latest thing. But, I hope people do not sit by and expect this Congress to make this happen. It is also our duty to followup and follow through with Congress since we put them in office.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking on Feingold, here is new information on his website of the 110th Congress:

January 3, 2007

Washington, D.C. – Tomorrow U.S. Senator Russ Feingold will again introduce legislation to establish a timetable to redeploy U.S. troops from Iraq. The legislation builds on Feingold’s effort in the last Congress to end the military mission in Iraq in order to focus attention and resources on our top national security priority: defeating global terrorist networks. Feingold’s legislation would require the administration to submit a timetable for the redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq within six months. The bill would allow a minimal number of U.S. forces to remain in Iraq for targeted counter-terrorism activities, training of Iraqi security forces, and the protection of U.S. infrastructure and personnel.

And here is statement from Waxman about the Gerbil's pet project:

"Despite the President's statement that he may be able to circumvent a basic privacy protection, the new postal law continues to prohibit the government from snooping into people's mail without a warrant," said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the incoming House Government Reform Committee chairman, who co-sponsored the bill.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Per Special Prosecutor Biloxi @12:21 I second that. We will have to let this Congress know what we want and keep pushing until we get it. I hope each one of us has contacted our Congresspeople this week and that we keep doing so. Go Justice Bloggers! Give 'em hell!

12:31 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

Thanks to anon for posting the Peggy Lee video. She's oldstyle cool.I'm down with that song, too.Was that you, fielda?

SPB,I agree we need to keep the feet to the fire. I keep sending my smoke signals. We use email these days.lol

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

HARRIET MIERS, FORMER BUSH NOMINEE FOR THE SUPREME COURT, RESIGNS AS WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL


LOL! Harriet knows what is coming...and time to get outta town!
LMAO

12:40 PM  
Blogger patriot girl said...

I sure wish Feingold was in charge. Thanks for that Biloxi. And I 'second' anonymous... write your Congresspeople - especially Nancy Pelosi.

She needs to quit toting this "ETHICAL CONGRESS" garbage and put actions to her words.

"You didn't elect me emperor or queen," she said. "You elected me leader."

Unfortunately, being a leader may not be the job she is cut out for.

Management is doing things right; LEADERSHIP is doing the right things.
~ Peter F. Drucker

1) She needs to allow Conyers to start the impeachment process.

2) She needs to re-establish the power of the Congress and reinstitute our checks and balance system which has been non-existent in the past 6 years.

3) She needs to clean house so that we have a system that can function.

Change is what our country voted for in November, not working with the 'same' and hoping for the best.

How can we possibly move forward working with the bass-ackward governance we have now? Give the people what they voted for Nancy - justice, rights, respect, peace of mind, peace in Iraq, good leadership, and a strong Constitution that our country has always been proud of.

In short Ms. Pelosi, we want our Democracy back and you are the one who can help give it to us. So please don't screw it up.

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning/Afternoon Everyone!

I have faith in the new DEM Congress and I believe they will get it done!

Boy, the GOP sure left a mess for the DEMs to clean up!!

Btw.. did I say...bye, see ya..raccoon-eyed Harriet? LOLMAO

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew the bag lady Miers was going to bail out from the Gerbil.. Maybe someone should give her a care package of makeup on her way out...

12:51 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

SPB....what I asked is this: Under the Constitution can and should a clause to this effect:

IN THE EVENT THERE IS A SIGNING STATEMENT TO THIS BILL, IT WILL BE
CONSIDERED A VETO....

OR

IN THE EVENT THERE IS A SIGNING STATEMENT TO THIS BILL, IT WILL BE CONSIDERED AND AMENDMENT AND WILL BE RETURNED TO HOUSE/SENATE FOR APPROVAL.

I am so damn sick of this (p)resident ignoring the congress and "We, the people", that something has to be done to curtail his unmitigated grab for power.

12:53 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

care package????....yeah, right. She's bailing so that she won't have to testify to backing all of the misdeeds of this (p)resident, to which she is as culpable as he is. I think it's called:

ACCESSORY

12:59 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

SPB, does the Hairy Miers resignation mean she could be called to testify about him now that she isn't representing him anymore? How does that work? I know she has a paper trail from Bush. He is bound to go to trial for something in civil or criminal court.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grandmanuk:

Harriet will have to change her makeup...it won't go very well with an orange jumpsuit! Can you say...Halloween Fright?? LOL

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.K. Folks!

I received an email message from Waxman's office. Yes, I bugged his office about the Gerbil's pet project. I spoke with his secretary live over the phone. Here is the information about the Gerbil's new postal bill:

First of all, the bill is H.R. 6407 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act." The secretary walks through a website that I can look at that particular bill that was sent to Congress. I typed in that bill. That bill was sent to the 109th Congress and it passed and then sent to Senate and it passed. The only thing is that what Bush added in that bill recently was not in the bill when it passed in Congress and Senate. He snucked that clause of opening people's mail with a warrant for emergency reasons. That bill that passed through Congress and Senate never mention anything to what Bush had signed. Waxman's secretary is unaware of what exactly Bush's purpose to open up people's mail. His office will get back to me to answer what is exactly Bush's purpose to open up people's mail: Is it for the purpose of National Security or Terrorism?

According to Bush's website, "The executive branch shall construe subsection 404(c) of title 39, as enacted by subsection 1010(e) of the Act, which provides for opening of an item of a class of mail otherwise sealed against inspection, in a manner consistent, to the maximum extent permissible, with the need to conduct searches in exigent circumstances, such as to protect human life and safety against hazardous materials, and the need for physical searches specifically authorized by law for foreign intelligence collection." Yet, this is unclear is this involves terrorism..

From that conversation with Waxman's office, I am sure that all of Congress and Senate are unaware of Bush's new tactic. And this new clause into the Gerbil will not fly with the new Congress."

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Associated Press quoted White House spokesman Tony Snow as calling Miers "beloved" in the Bush White House. Snow explained she had resigned because, "Basically, she has been here six years," adding that "somebody said earlier today 'She put 12 years of service into six years,'" Snow said.

He also believed that Miers exit didn't signal an exodus from the lame duck White House.

Miers also became known for leading White House staff in "ethics" training after various scandals struck the Bush administration.

Developing ...

RAW STORY

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"IN THE EVENT THERE IS A SIGNING STATEMENT TO THIS BILL, IT WILL BE CONSIDERED AND AMENDMENT AND WILL BE RETURNED TO HOUSE/SENATE FOR APPROVAL."

Yes, Grandmanuk. I hear you loud and clear. What I say earlier is that President Bush purposely snuck this amendment into law when 109th Congress was out of session. Yes, the proper process is that a bill is that presented to the House/Senate and if that passes, then it goes to the President. But, we are talking about Bush who has altered the Constitution for the past 6 years. If you read my comments above regarding Henry Waxman's office, this lets you know that new amendment by the Gerbil has to go through the new Congress. And Bush calls it a "signing statement." That bill is not a privacy protection especially for businesses to have to send mail and packages to other businesses. So, this is a serious issues. But, I know that you are upset about this Grandmanuk as everyone else. But, it is the time to followup woth your Congressperson in Michigan.

"SPB, does the Hairy Miers resignation mean she could be called to testify about him now that she isn't representing him anymore? How does that work?"

CJ: Miers(whether she was still stayed at Bush's attorney) can testify or can be subpoena and so can any WH employee. Miers may be the Gerbil's attorney but she is like anyone else.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gramndmuk:

Bottomline: That amendment by the Gerbil has to go back to House/Senate to approve.

1:23 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

Thanks SPB....I AM angered at this (p)resident's actions. I guess I didn't quite understand that you were answering me. Sorry for the confusion. I was still looking for the YES or NO.

1:27 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

..and I already e-mailed Carl Levin and Nancy Pelosi. They aren't as quick to reply as SPB.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi everyone!

Just got this forward. Have Not looked at it yet (hope it's not spam!) but it looks interesting:


http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?disc=149495;article=107763;title=APFN

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deval Patrick will be sworn in today as Massachusetts governor,
offically becoming the nation’s second African-American elected governor. Patrick will “take the oath of office on a Bible given to John Quincy Adams by kidnapped Africans whom Adams helped free in the Amistad slave ship case he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1841.”


Man, I really admire both Ellison and Patrick as they are teaching us history. Ellison is sworn in by a Koran from Thomas Jefferson and Partick is being sworn in the bible from Adams that was given to Adams from freeing the slave ship on Armistad. And I read on Admas' work regarding Armstad..

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Folks,

Clarice Feldman is at again with a new piece. Libby responded to the Wilson's petition to squash the subpoena.

Libby Responds to Wilson's Motion to Quash Subpoena

2:25 PM  
Anonymous teak said...

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?
pid=20601087&sid=aRnVOPgYecAA&refer=
home

Congress and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have focused on excessive executive pay in recent months. In July, the SEC began the biggest overhaul of rules covering compensation in 14 years, calling on companies to expand the information they provide to investors about the salary, incentives and perks given to senior executives.

U.S. Representative Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat who is the new chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said yesterday that he would hold hearings on executive pay and will push for legislation to give shareholders greater say over what CEOs make.

Does anyone really believe these CEOs are worth a portion of the money and perks that they are paid?

2:51 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

SPB...is there anywhere in case law
that defines "high crimes and misdemeanors"...or any site for that matter?

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grandmanuk:

The only law that comes to mind is Bill Clinton. That was considered a high crime..

High crimes and misdemeanors is a phrase from the United States Constitution, Article II, Section 4: "The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."
"High" in the legal parlance of the 18th century means "against the State". A high crime is one which seeks the overthrow of the country, which gives aid or comfort to its enemies, or which injures the country to the profit of an individual or group. In democracies and similar societies it also includes crimes which attempt to alter the outcome of elections.

The first impeachment conviction by the U.S. Senate was in 1804 of District Judge John Pickering for the high crime and misdemeanor of chronic intoxication. Federal judges have been impeached and removed from office for tax evasion, conspiracy to solicit a bribe, and making false statements to a grand jury.

In the impeachment of Bill Clinton in the late 1990s for perjury, the exact meaning of the term high crimes and misdemeanors became the subject of debate. A particular subject of debate is exactly what rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors. Some felt that the act of perjury, a federal crime, certainly rose to that level. Others felt that perjury, while illegal, did not reach that level.

It is evident that in the absence of a clear legal definition, determining what rises to "high crimes and misdemeanors" is an inherently political process, which means that it is up to Congress and what it thinks constitutes an impeachable offense.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_crimes_and_misdemeanors

And yes, Bush and Cheney fall under that category..

My advice to you is the research Bill Clinton impeachment hearings case since that is now case law.

3:58 PM  

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