Author - John Christian Plummer

White House

More and more like Watergate all the time

The ILLEGAL (yeah, "warrantless," too, that's what makes it ILLEGAL) wiretapping of millions of Americans is shaping up to be yet another uber-Nixonian-redux chapter. Why, you ask? Well, perhaps you heard about Andrea "Mrs. Alan Greenspan" Mitchell's "speculative" comment that Christiane Amanpour's...

International Relations

The New Brownie

"President" Bush is a master at breaking the laws of our nation. He's also pretty good at bending them, and the latest example of this is making recess appointments. While the world was distracted by Ariel Sharon, Jack Abramoff, and the Sago coal mine, Bush is quietly slipping people into power...

Congress

How merry will Tom DeLay’s Christmas be?

It's all falling apart, and so, so quickly. Jack Abramoff, the ex-crappy movie producer and sleazeballiest lobbyist on K Street, is ready to roll on his "betters," members of Congress like Tom DeLay and Bob Ney and Conrad Burns. The deadline for "Abraham Jackoff," as his high school classmates...

Civil liberties

Suddenly speedy

The unelected-president at the press conference yesterday: BUSH: We used the process to monitor. But also, this is a different era, different war. It's a war where people are changing phone numbers and phone calls, and they're moving quick. And we've got to be able to detect and prevent. I keep...

Elections

Recipe for victory: run against Bush

You may not have noticed that Bolivia has a new president. See, the mainstream media has spent so much ink covering the same old "freedom marching all over Iraq" speech from our fake president whose never been truly elected that they tend not to put things like real presidents being really elected...

Pundit Watchdog

War on Xmas: Mission Accomplished!

With the "Merry Christmas" insurgency clearly in its last throes, isn't it time we liberals in Operation Happy Holidays moved on to fight another battle? I mean, really, we've worked so hard, for so many years, in relative secret, to destroy the words "Merry" and "Christmas." Especially when used...

Democratic Party

Can we stop wasting ink on Hillary 08?

Hillary R. Clinton, the great prevaricator, is at it again: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is supporting new legislation to criminalize desecration of the United States flag _ though she still opposes a constitutional ban on flag attacks. Clinton, D-N.Y., has agreed to co-sponsor a measure by...

Consumer Nation

Ford: Built Weak.

It's comforting to know that the Ford Motor's Company's track record of making short-sighted decisions continues unbroken. It's not bad enough that Ford repeatedly turns it back on engineering innovation, on fuel economy, on alternative fuel technology, on the environment, and, most recently, on...

Republican Party

Using the wackos

Speaking of Crooked Jack Abramoff, you may have seen this little quote which, if the media really cared about scoops, would be headline material (this is from a memo by Abramoff aide Michael Scanlon): "The wackos get their information through the Christian right, Christian radio, mail, the internet...

Congress

The Bugman is gonna get whacked

Just yesterday, Tom DeLay was blaming his staff for being crime-buddies with Jack Abramoff. But what a difference a day makes! The NYT reports that there is e-mail evidence that the Bugman himself had was a criminal accomplice to Abramoff. Representative Tom DeLay asked the lobbyist Jack Abramoff...

Republican Party

The new Dem poster child for crime

Remember Wille Horton? He helped George H. W. Bush get elected. Not voluntarily of course. Horton was a Massachusetts-based convicted murderer who, while on a prison furlough for the weekend, killed someone . The governor of Massachusetts, who tacitly approved of furloughs, was Michael Dukakis. And...

Corporate Crime

Rummy getting rich off panic. Literally.

Another entry in the disgusting saga of Republicans turning fear into profit, as Fortune Magazine reports that undiagnosed mental patient Donald Rumsfeld is making a lot of money off this pesky bird flu. See, the bird flu has killed OVER A HUNDRED PEOPLE! HOLEE CRAP!! QUICK, WE GOTTA PANIC! And...

Congress

Alito who?

Today, Harry Reid spanked Little George and his 19th-century judge, Strip Search Alito, back below the fold. We all know Little George is doing all he can -- from his early Monday morning announcement of the judge to yet more bird flu mania today -- to pretend that his administration is not riddled...

Supreme Court

The smell of Alito in the morning

Here's an Alito Judicial Fun Fact: In Doe v. Groody, Alito agued that police officers had not violated constitutional rights when they strip searched a mother and her ten-year-old daughter while carrying out a search warrant that authorized only the search of a man and his home. [Doe v. Groody...

George W. Bush

Can you hear this, Mr. President?

Remember the hammily staged moment -- I mean touching and patriotic moment -- at Ground Zero, when Bush and that audience plant -- I mean patriotic citizen -- had that back and forth about whether or not Bush could be heard, and Bush read his scripted lines -- I mean ad libbed: "I can hear you. I...

White House

Scooter won’t go away

As much as BushCo would like to distract us from their car wreck of an administration (albeit by their quickee nomination of a judge who believes wives should be legally bound to talk to their husbands before having an abortion), it's just not going to happen. There's no way that the "first sitting...

White House

Cheney knew

From Josh Marshall: Go to page 5 of the indictment. Top of the page, item #9. On or about June 12, 2003, LIBBY was advised by the Vice President of the United States that Wilson's wife worked at the Central Intelligence Agency in the Counterproliferation Divison. LIBBY understood that the Vice...

George W. Bush

Little George and George Takei

Little George was pushed in front of a microphone today, where he said: "we're all saddened by today's news." No, Bush wasn't talking about George "Mr. Sulu" Takei announcing that he's gay, though doubtless Little George is personally saddened by this fact. He'll never be able to hear Sulu say...

White House

John Conyers wants answers

Rep. John Conyers, one of the bravest men in Congress, has some good questions in the wake of the Scooter indictment: On page 4 of the indictment, who is the unnamed "Undersecretary of State" who was asked by Libby about Wilson's trip and then responded that Wilson's wife worked at the CIA? On page...