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melissa bean voted (w/the republican minority) against prohibiting the president from preemtivly attacking iran w/out congressional approval



i guess she's against the whole congress declaring war thingy


since atrios rules our world and we are sheep that blindly submit to his staff

here's what digby said



who are your representatives representing ??

from charley cray:

Remember how many members of Congress actually read the WTO agreement before it was first passed?


That was conservative Republican Hank Brown (CO), who took up a challenge issued by Ralph Nader to actually read the entire treaty and answer ten simple questions in public. Senator Brown not only did his homework, and answered all ten questions correctly, but had more to say: That he was a free trader and had voted for NAFTA, but after he read through the WTO agreement, he was appalled by the various anti-democratic sections and decided to vote against approval when it came to the Senate floor. Which he did. But, as Nader later wrote, "His example had no influence on his colleagues. None changed their vote and the WTO was approved...it was a sobering episode that taught people about the many slovenly puppets masquerading as denizens of "the world's greatest deliberative body."

before each piece of legislation that comes up for a vote, ask your member of congress or senators if they have read the whole thing, do they understand it, are they aware of what various critics of that bill has said, is there ever a time that there is something in the bill that just reeks to high heaven that justies voting against it (see the military commissions act and the removal of habeas corpus) ??




and we're the ones who are called traitors
“To fit in with the change of events, words, too, had to change their usual meanings. What used to be described as a thoughtless act of aggression was now regarded as the courage one would expect to find in a party member; to think of future and wait was merely another way of saying one was coward; any idea of moderation was just an attempt to disguise one’s unmanly character; ability to understand a question from all sides meant that one was totally unfitted for action. Fanatical enthusiasm was the mark of a real man, and to plot against an enemy behind his back was perfectly legitimate self-defense.”

- Karl Rove, 2004 Thucydides, ~2400 years ago


if you're not outraged, you're not paying attention

from scienceblogs

To Be a [Bush Supporter], You Must Believe ..
Category: Politics
Posted on: May 23, 2007 4:10 PM, by "GrrlScientist"

1. Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.

2. Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him, and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion.

3. Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.

4. The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iran.

5. A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multinational corporations can be trusted to make decisions affecting all mankind without any government or public regulation.

6. The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.

7. If condoms are kept out of schools, teens won't have sex.

8. A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then demand their cooperation and money.

9. Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to all Americans is socialism. HMOs and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at heart.

10. Tobacco's link to cancer [is] junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.

11. A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense. A president lying to enlist support for an unjustified war where many thousands die is solid defense policy.

12. Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.

13. The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but George Bush's driving record is none of our business.

14. Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio host. Then it's an illness, and you need our prayers for your recovery.

15. High gas prices were Bill Clinton's fault, now they are the fault of the free market.


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