April 30th, 2006


Move over, Maynard - Stephen Colbert is my new Jesus!

At the White House Correspondent's Dinner, Colbert roasted Bush - and how - and apparently der Chimpenfurher was not amused, nor was frau Laura. C&L has the full video, you've GOT to see this. You can see the entire thing in 3 parts at YouTube:He took no prisoners, absolutely none! Topics he nailed from TrueBlueMajority @ Kos: "NSA wiretapping, Katrina, Global warming, capitalist kissing up to China, the Republican aversion to facts, secret prisons in Eastern Europe, bad reporting on WMD intelligence, the complicity of the mainstream media, retired generals attacking Rumsfeld, the 32% approval rating, Jeff Gannon, Plamegate, the relentlessness of Helen Thomas asking tough questions, the culture of corruption..."

The genius of Colbert is not just that he's funny as hell, but that he's unafraid to back it all up. This is after all the man who coined the term "truthiness". The standout zingers for me were:
I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things, like aircraft carriers, rubble, and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message that no matter what happens to America she will always rebound with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world!

Mayor Nagin is here from New Orleans, the Chocolate City... Mayor Nagin, I'd like to welcome you to Washington D.C., the Chocolate City with a marshmallow center... and a graham cracker crust of corruption.

[Jesse Jackson] is a very challenging interview... It's like boxing a glacier. Enjoy that metaphor, by the way, because your grandchildren will have no idea what a glacier is.

The greatest thing about this President is you know where he stands. He believes the same thing Wednesday that he believed on Monday, no matter what happened Tuesday!
To the Press Corps:
Over the last 5 years you people were so good, over tax cuts, WMD intelligence, global warming - we Americans didn't want to know, and you had the courtesy to not find out.

Write that novel you've got kicking around in your head--you know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the Administration--you know, fiction!
After watching this, check out the interview he did with the brilliant and handsome Sam Harris, author of The End Of Faith, my current read.

I *heart* you, Stephen Colbert.

Along With city_of_dis' Sunday Stoning, Have Some Biscuit Heathening

Hands up, who's really surprised?

Bush challenges hundreds of laws
President cites powers of his office
President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.

Among the laws Bush said he can ignore are military rules and regulations, affirmative-action provisions, requirements that Congress be told about immigration services problems, ''whistle-blower" protections for nuclear regulatory officials, and safeguards against political interference in federally funded research.

Legal scholars say the scope and aggression of Bush's assertions that he can bypass laws represent a concerted effort to expand his power at the expense of Congress, upsetting the balance between the branches of government. The Constitution is clear in assigning to Congress the power to write the laws and to the president a duty ''to take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Bush, however, has repeatedly declared that he does not need to ''execute" a law he believes is unconstitutional.

Former administration officials contend that just because Bush reserves the right to disobey a law does not mean he is not enforcing it: In many cases, he is simply asserting his belief that a certain requirement encroaches on presidential power.

(Globe Staff Graphic / Joan McLaughlin)

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