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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Morning News

posted by on March 14 at 7:00 AM

Viaduct: Cary Moon wins the big vote.

And: Peter Steinbrueck rides the wave.

Gonzales Gate Pt. 1: The local angle.

Gonzales Gate Pt. 2: The smoking e-mails.

Don’t Blame Us: US auto makers tell Congress to back Off.

Don’t Blame Me: Drunk driver blames….Unicorn??!!???

Blame the “Weird” Fetish: Portland couple wants sex with 5-year-old girl.

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No news about the crazy power outtage that happened last night on Capitol Hill?? I got power back around 9:45-10. Not too bad all in all. Lots of drinking and laughing with neighbors, which is rare and yet so fun.

Posted by Monique | March 14, 2007 7:42 AM

The fetish story should have been left for Dan to cover about how married heterosexuals are far superior to homosexual ones.

Posted by elswinger | March 14, 2007 8:05 AM

In 1993 Bill Clinton fired all the US attorneys. There were some grumblings from Bob Dole at the time, but there was no clamor for investigations and hearings. It's the President's prerogative to do so. So this is yet another pathetic non-scandal "scandal" from democrats grasping at every straw to discredit the administration. It's also worth noting that the firings are mostly on Bush's own appointees.

Posted by Proud Gay Republican | March 14, 2007 8:56 AM

It's also worth noting that the firings are mostly on Bush's own appointees.

Thanks Proud Gay Republican @ #3, but that's usually the way purges by power mad freaks work. They get paranoid, and they kill their own. Can you say Stalin?

Posted by Josh Feit | March 14, 2007 9:04 AM

The scandal isn't that they were fired, it's WHY they were fired, which, the famous memo makes clear, is because they were too focused on pursuing the law and insufficiently dedicated to partisan political activity. US Attorneys are supposed to be attacking Democrats, not criminals, in Bush's America.

And yet again we see that the sole purpose of the Patriot Act is not to fight terrorism but to use the fear of terrorism to fight Democrats. This administration is wholly obscene.

Posted by Fnarf | March 14, 2007 9:21 AM

Thanks, Fnarf and Josh, for clarifying what people like PGR @ 3 fail to get again and again. No, it's not unusual for US attorneys to be fired either gradually or at once under a new president. The scandal here is that these attorneys were fired for not targeting Democrats enough.

Posted by Gabriel | March 14, 2007 9:37 AM

So when Bill Clinton cleaned house in '93 that was non-partisan? That seems like quite a stretch to me.

Posted by Proud Gay Republican | March 14, 2007 9:38 AM

@7 Read the previous comment.

Posted by Gabriel | March 14, 2007 9:59 AM

PGR: "democrats grasping at every straw to discredit the administration."

No, the administration is ably discrediting itself by its actions. The Democrats aren't so much grasping at every straw as they are picking up all the straws the administration has left scattered around the ground.

As per this scandal, #7 Gabriel has it right. The Bush admin. wants to use the US Attorney's Office as its own personal tool to target Democrats.

Posted by him | March 14, 2007 10:12 AM

I thought there was no way neither measure would pass. I agreed with the logic behind the "no" and "hell no" votes, but how often do the election results match the Stranger's endorsements? It is awesome to hear mayor Gridlock talking about people capacity over car capacity.

Posted by Matt | March 14, 2007 10:38 AM

Gabriel and him: You guys are right, I guess what I'm trying to call attention to is that "targeting democrats" vs. other forms of partisan behavior is agonizing semantic hair splitting. I just heard that 'W is mad about the way these firings were conducted. Fine.
People seem to think that partisanship is a dirty word. It isn't. In a couple of years, President Mrs. Bill Clinton will do some major revamping and the GOP will cry foul. The game goes on and on.

Posted by Proud Gay Republican | March 14, 2007 10:42 AM

She has a NAME PGR. Or all you all about "old values"?

You know, since old values are all about gay inclusion.

Posted by Monique | March 14, 2007 11:05 AM

Er, the "Blame the 'Weird' Fetish" lead-in should be replaced with SICK! SICK! SICK!

Posted by Chip Chipmunk | March 14, 2007 11:20 AM


Typically, liberals and conservatives have different theories on law enforcement and generally prefer to have their own kind enforcing the law. Reno fired those U.S. Attorneys because, after 12 years of Reagan/Bush, it's likely that almost all of them were Republican appointees. The Clinton administration likely preferred liberals or moderates, attorneys who would care more about cracking down on crime than cracking down on porn and other consensual behavior.

In this instance, the Bush administration has fired their own appointees who haven't been obedient enough, as others pointed out, U.S. Attorneys who are more concerned with enforcing the law than engaging in Republican witch hunts against Democrats.

Posted by keshmeshi | March 14, 2007 12:15 PM

Also, past presidents like Clinton and Reagan fired the attorney's shortly after becoming president, and allowing most to retain their positions throughout their terms. GWB is the first to fire so many, simultaneously, deep into his second term. Combined with the documentation that these firings were punishment for failure to pursue the Democrats as single-mindedly as the Bush administration would have liked, this becomes a very suspicious turn of events that should become very interesting over the next several months.

Posted by diggum | March 14, 2007 2:22 PM

elswiger @2

dan is going though a phase, i think. just let him get it out of his system and i'm sure he'll move eventually.

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