Tuesday, January 24, 2006

BuzzFlash on "The mugging of democracy"

Those who would shrug off an Alito confirmation with a "No" vote -- without a filibuster -- are giving into the mugging of democracy.
This will not stand.
We will remember those 44 Democrats who would not fight for everything our soldiers throughout our nation's history have died for: our liberty, our freedoms, and our right to an elective government and the rule of law.
We will remember, by the power of one grown into a teeming sea of anger.
Because we cherish this country, and we will not be reduced to a choice of tyrants and enablers.
We will remember.

Good evening. The above is from BuzzFlash's "The Power of One" and if I'm starting with a quote, you know I think it's important. Eight Democrats realized it was safe to vote no on Alito today. We're still a long way from a filibuster but way to go to the people of this country for lighting a fire under the eight Democratic asses and that means if they're your senators or if you had other senators. Your work in the last week showed the cowards that you wouldn't stand for anymore nonsense. C.I. printed an e-mail John Kerry sent out and I agree with C.I. What's the point of sending that out if you don't even mention filibuster? They're still not fighting and it's getting disgusting.

Bush Vows Anti-Choice Movement "Will Prevail"
Back here in the United States, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote today on whether to recommend the confirmation of Samuel Alito as a Supreme Court justice. The vote is expected to be split largely along party lines. Meanwhile on Monday, President Bush told activists who are tying to make abortions illegal that they are pursuing a "a noble cause." To mark the 33th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, Bush said "This is a cause that appeals to the conscience of our citizens and is rooted in America's deepest principle. And history tells us that with such a cause we will prevail." Several groups include the National Organization of Women have urged Democratic Senators to filibuster Samuel Alito's confirmation because they fear he will overturn Roe v. Wade. In 1985 Alito wrote that the Constitution does not protect the right to an abortion.

Bully Boy thinks he "will prevail?" Well the Dems certainly seem willing to toss in the towel. But the people aren't going to. We forced eight Dems to stand as one today, we can force them to stand as one on the Senate floor when the full vote takes place.

Military Jury: No Jail Time For Interrogator Who Killed Iraqi
In other Iraq news -- a military jury in Colorado ruled last night an Army interrogator who killed an Iraqi general would not have to serve any time in jail. The interrogator -- Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr. - killed the Iraqi man after putting a sleeping bag over his head, wrapping him in electrical cord, sitting on his chest and covering his mouth. Over the weekend the military jury convicted Welshofer of negligent homicide which carries a maximum prison term of three years. But the jury chose instead to fine him $6,000 and ordered him to spend the next 60 days restricted to his home, office and church. The Los Angeles Times reports soldiers and officers inside the courtroom broke out in applause after the jury announced Welshofer would not be jailed for the killing.

That's interesting because someone died and there's no jail time. No one died and there is jail time for a peace activist.

Peace Activist Gets 6 Months in Jail For Recruiting Station Protest
In upstate New York, a peace activist has been sentenced to six months in jail for pouring blood inside a military recruiting station in March 2003 in order to protest the invasion of Iraq. The man, Daniel Burns, 45, was one of a group now known as the St. Patrick's Four. The other three members will also be sentenced this week.

Want to explain how that works? One person stood up for peace, one person is responsible for the death of another human being. One walks, one goes to jail. A Bully Boy America.

That's pretty much all I've got to say this evening. I'm betting everyone else is pretty tired too.
We let all the senators, Republicans and Democrats, know, for a full week, that Alito wasn't a done deal. We fought long and we fought hard. And we forced eight Democrats to stand as one. Now we need to get some rest before the next ongoing battle.

Be sure to go to Like Maria Said Paz and check out Elaine's thoughts.