The momentum building against the continued cover-up of widespread foreclosure fraud by the big banks and their associated agents is a wonder to behold. The progressive blogosphere is afire with posts about the frauds and calls for justice. Just today, Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism had three recent items on the subject. Professor L. Randall Wray offered a great post at Credit Writedowns. FDL has offered numerous posts on the subject over a period of months and has a page of links to these articles. Coverage at HuffPo has been fulsome, including a recent post by R. J. Eskow that offers a “home loan moral hazard scorcecard”.
Now, partly in reply to discussions at FDL, the most comprehensive and important piece I've seen yet was written by Professors William K. Black and L. Randall Wray and posted at HuffPo. It is a two-part piece. I'll comment on Part 1 here, and Part 2 in a future post. The series “Foreclose the Foreclosure Frauds,” is a call for justice, an outline of steps for getting it, and (in Part 2) a consideration of objections to their prescriptions. Here are some quotes from Part 1, and comments on each. Read more about Foreclosing the Banksters
By David Swanson
No one disputes that Jay Bybee's name is at the bottom of memos that were, and to some extent still are, treated as laws which legalized aggressive war at the pleasure of a president and a variety of acts of torture. For many months the House Judiciary Committee has had two excuses for not impeaching Judge Bybee, even while proceeding with the impeachments of a judge for groping and another judge for petty corruption. The private excuse has been that impeaching Bybee would be opposed by Fox News. The public excuse has been that the Justice Department has not yet released its Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) report on the crimes of Bybee and his former colleagues. Read more about Now We Impeach Jay Bybee
If a group of dedicated scholars, attorneys, journalists, and activists had tried to generate a comprehensive list of impeachable offenses committed by George W. Bush as president, and only 35 of them had been introduced into Congress, one of the many discarded ones, in rough and overly detailed form, might have read something like this: Read more about What Bush Did to Haiti
Wow, I thought it would go nowhere.
The significance of this is that an impeached President cannot issue pardons, amongst other things. Read more about Vote to begin impeachment proceedings
Many have pointed out the acts of President George W. Bush and his cabal as being "criminal." Take, for example, the words of Keith Olbermann:
It is a fact startling in its cynical simplicity and it requires cynical and simple words to be properly expressed: The presidency of George W. Bush has now devolved into a criminal conspiracy to cover the ass of George W. Bush.
Now if that's what this is all about, you tortured not because you're so stupid you think torture produces confession but you tortured because you're smart enough to know it produces really authentic-sounding fiction - well, then, you're going to need all the lawyers you can find … because that crime wouldn't just mean impeachment, would it?
That crime would mean George W. Bush is going to prison.
I so admire the glibness of Mr. Olbermann, the sharpness of his language and most of all, his passion.
However, under Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, President George W. Bush, and all those he chooses to include in pardons, will never be prosecuted for crimes committed against the United States absent impeachment. Read more about Why Bush & Co. Will Never See The Inside Of A Prison Cell
what's off the table, mommy
what has fallen to the floor?
what never even made it
what proves less is more?
when you carve your blessed beast
when your knife is painted red
will you smile for the cameras
with a tear to shed
just one tear to shed
rivulets of rain
rising waters in america
drowning once again
dropping from the clouds
no one can hear the screams
no one can hear the screams
among the silent crowds Read more about No One Can Hear The Screams
In the spirit of helping out new friends, I am following the marching orders from The General, and directing you French Surrender wine swillers who cannot be there in person, to the VR version of the convention. I confess I know nothing about this sort of technology, but the people I've been talking to seem really enthusiastic for it. Read more about Virtual Kossack Silliness
Case closed, I'd say. Barbara Jordan on impeachment (via the Bra'ed One). It's a case study for today's Democrats on how to talk about the issue, so go read the whole, wonderful thing. I'm going to pull out quotes on the legal rationale: Read more about James Madison:"A President is impeachable if he attempts to subvert the Constitution."
The new Democratic-led Congress has been hit with approval ratings of less than 25 percent largely because of its failure to deliver on a campaign vow to withdraw troops from Iraq.
Reuters states the obvious, which is not obvious to the most of the Beltway Press. Read more about Cindy Sheehan's two-fer
(Image one day late for Bastille Day.)
Just got finished watching Bill Moyers talk with John Nichols and Bruce Fein.
John Nichols was great, but Bruce Fein sounded pretty Shrill, didn't he?
First time I've ever heard Moyers sound remotely like a Beltway insider--incredulous at what the peasants were saying, although maybe it was just shtick. Read more about Shy rights: Why not pretty soon?
I know I should not write on politics, but this hits me where I live. I was talking with a friend about his affair with a married woman whose husband is assigned away from the US. It is a sad story, and it is one I have heard mirrored many times. It is one with all the other stories that, like mad cats drawn from the same sack, scratch and claw at us. So forgive me being weak, and writing on a topic that should be forbidden to anyone who must by profession be faceless, blank and without core or surface soul. Forgive me for saying this.
Come home America, come home. Read more about Come Home America
Nearly half of the US public wants President George W. Bush to face impeachment, and even more favor that fate for Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a poll out Friday.
This isn't a fucking blowjob we're talking about here. It's saving Constitutional government. Read more about Payback is a bitch goddess