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Just say NO to turning the page May 17, 2009

Posted by judylobo in Animal Videos, Links, Photography, Politics, Videos, wildlife, Zoos.
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seenoevilI am not the only Judy-One-Note out there.  President Obama desperately wants to turn that proverbial page but we just will not let him do that so easily. I think that so many people all over the political spectrum want some justice on the Bush years because the masses have finally woken up and it is not so pretty out there.  How did we all get bamboozled?  Why are we in such a mess?  Did the Emperor have no clothes?  The Bush bubble has broken and heads need to roll.  For the life of me I cannot figure out why Obama does not simply appoint a Special Prosecutor to handle the torture/war mess and move along.  Yes, it might get a bit ugly but I am certain we can handle the memos, photos, lies, crimes and outrages.  We are not a nation of babies. In order to be certain that behavior like that which was perpetrated by the Bush/Cheney team does not repeat itself we need to disinfect in the clean light of the sun.

The Repugnants have once again framed this issue to their liking.  They are now trying to blame Nancy Pelosi for knowing about the torture.  That is not the issue.  The issue is that water boarding is a war crime.  The discussion now needs to be re-framed by the left as one of War Crimes and who ordered them? How many years those perpetrators should serve in prison is the real issue.  Let’s get back to basics. If, in fact, any Democrats were co-conspirators then let’s let the chips fall where they may.

Frank Rich eloquently write about why Obama cannot turn the page on the Bush years in today’s column. ‘To paraphrase Al Pacino in “Godfather III,” just when we thought we were out, the Bush mob keeps pulling us back in. And will keep doing so. No matter how hard President Obama tries to turn the page on the previous administration, he can’t. Until there is true transparency and true accountability, revelations of that unresolved eight-year nightmare will keep raining down drip by drip, disrupting the new administration’s high ambitions’.

–  Here is what the NY Times had to say about the reversal of policies on Photographs and Kangaroo Courts. “It was particularly distressing to hear Mr. Obama echo Mr. Bush by saying that releasing the pictures would not add “to our understanding of what was carried out in the past by a small number of individuals.” This was not the fault of a few individuals. It was widespread, and systemic, the result of policies set at the highest levels of the Bush administration.  Mr. Obama was elected in part because of his promises to correct these lawless policies. He must create clear rules to deal with prisoners. And there must be a full accounting of what went so horribly wrong and how. Otherwise, Mr. Obama risks turning Mr. Bush’s mistakes into his own or, in the case of the photographs, turning Mr. Bush’s cover-up into his own. More important, he risks missing the chance to make sure the misdeeds and horrors of the Bush years are never repeated.”

–  Boo – hiss on the reversals!  Rachel and Jonathan Turley talk about Obama’s flip-flop on releasing 2000 photographs from the Bush Terror Regime.

–  Jon Stewart manages to skewer issues in perfect pitch. Lt. Dan Choi is an Arabic translator that is being fired from the military for admitting that he is gay. Jon Stewart finds hypocrisy in that the government will bend its moral standards to allow waterboarding but then fires the resources that could translate the results of that waterboarding.

–  Bill Maher’s New Rules from May 15th, 2009:

–  Check out my video of a gorgeous tiger diving for treats at Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, Ca.

–  Everyone needs a break from politics.  That’s why  go to so many zoos.  Check out this montage from my recent visit to Six Flags’ Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, Ca.




1. danjania - May 30, 2009

I completely agree that we cannot turn the page until America faces the crimes of the Bush Administration. Full accountability will allow the page to be turned. As for Pelosi, it’s totally just a trap of distraction. Even if every politician in Washington knew of the torturous interrogations, that does not make them right. The ones to face serious consequences would be those five or six lawyers who wrote the legal memos that try to justify torture, those who ordered the ET’s, and those who carried them out.

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