Bloggfęrslur mįnašarins, mars 2007

Feršalög - Houston - Cancun

Viš įkvįšum aš fara meš börnin og baša okkur ķ blįum sjó fyrir ströndum Mexico yfir Spring Break - Mér skilst aš žaš sé žrįšlaust internet ķ sumarhśsinu, og kapalsjónvarp, svo ég get fylgst meš daušastrķši Alberto Gonzales į milli žess sem ég drekk Corona į ströndinni! Viš millilentum į George Bush international airport ķ Houston Texas, sem er hinn snyrtilegasti flugvöllur. Nema - žaš er ekkert žrįšlaust internet neinstašar į helv. flugvellinum! En svo sį ég hóp af fólki sitja ķ hnapp meš fartölvur fyrir utan "The Presidents Club", sem er einhverskonar Saga-class lounge.

Ég settist nišur og spurši flugmann frį Continental, sem sagši mér aš žau vęru aš stela žrįšlausu neti frį forsetaklśbbnum, svo ég slóst ķ hópinn... vegna žess aš mér hafši ekki hugkvęmst aš skrifa nišur eša prenta śt bókunarnśmeriš į bķlaleigubķlnum okkar, eša heimilisfangiš į hótelinu ķ Playa Del Carmen žar sem viš veršum fyrstu nęturnar!

Hinir netžjófarnir voru allir sammįla um aš žetta vęri "allt Bush aš kenna", netleysiš ž.e...

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Hvķta Hśsiš styšur ekki Gonzales? Bush er fullkomlega einangrašur frį žingmönnum flokksins.

Žó forsetinn hafi opinberlega lżst yfir stušningi viš Gonzales viršist sem dómsmįlarįšherran sé einn į bįti. Samkvęmt heimildarmönnum Roll Call hefur Hvķta Hśsiš lķtiš sem ekkert gert til aš sannfęra žingmenn eša senatora repśblķkana um aš styšja Gonzales. Roll Call krefst įskriftar, en ašalatriši fréttarinnar eru Žessi:

Despite President Bush’s unwavering public support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the White House is doing little privately to lobby Republican Senators to get behind the embattled Justice Department chief, according to senior Senate sources. In fact, Senate Republicans said Monday that the administration essentially has been absent when it comes to courting defenders for the attorney general, who has been under fire for the controversial dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys. The only outreach from the executive branch so far to save Gonzales’ job, those Senate sources said, has come from the attorney general himself.

Žetta er merkilegt, sérstaklega ķ ljósi žess aš flestir sem fylgjast meš žessu mįli telja aš Hvķta Hśsiš hafi fyrirskipaš hreinsunina - žaš er lķka alveg klįrt aš demokratar gera sér vonir um aš geta sżnt fram į aš Karl Rove sé višrišinn žetta mįl allt. Kannski telur Hvķta Hśsiš aš žaš sé vonlaust aš reyna aš bjarga Gonzales?

Önnur skżring er aš Hvķta Hśsiš hefur nśoršiš mjög lķtiš įhrif mešal repśblķkana ķ žinginu. Bob Novak, sem veršur seint sakašur um aš vera "vinstrimašur" skrifaši grein ķ Washington Post ķ gęr žar sem hann heldur žvķ fram aš Gonzales sé bśinn aš vera, bęši vegna žess aš hann eigi enga stušningsmenn mešal žingmanna, og lķka vegna žess aš forsetinn sé oršinn algjörlega einangrašur.

"Gonzales never has developed a base of support for himself up here," a House Republican leader told me. But this is less a Gonzales problem than a Bush problem. With nearly two years remaining in his presidency, George W. Bush is alone. In half a century, I have not seen a president so isolated from his own party in Congress -- not Jimmy Carter, not even Richard Nixon as he faced impeachment.

Republicans in Congress do not trust their president to protect them. That alone is sufficient reason to withhold statements of support for Gonzales, because such a gesture could be quickly followed by his resignation under pressure.

Žingmenn flokksins treysta ekki forsetanum! Ef žingmenn Repśblķkanaflokksins treysta sér ekki til aš styšja forsetann eša dómsmįlarįšherra hans er ekki svo skrżtiš aš almenningur skuli hafa misst trś į "the decider". En žetta er ekki bara spurning um traust, heldur vanhęfni. Gonzales er ósköp einfaldlega ekki starfi sķnu vaxinn:

But not many Republican lawmakers would speak up for Gonzales even if they were sure Bush would stick with him. He is the least popular Cabinet member on Capitol Hill, even more disliked than Rumsfeld was. The word most often used by Republicans to describe the management of the Justice Department under Gonzales is "incompetent."

Žaš eru tvö "I-words" sem forsetar og rįšherrar óttast mest aš heyra: Incompetency og Impeachment. Žaš er eitt aš pólķtķskir andstęšingar skuli tala um impeachment og incompetency ķ  sömu andrį og žeir nefna forsetann og rįšherra hans, en žegar repśblķkanar į borš viš Chuck Hagel tala um impeachment og žingmenn flokksins nota oršiš incompetency til aš lżsa rįšherrum Bush er fariš aš fjara undna forsetanum! Bob Novak:

The I-word (incompetence) is also used by Republicans in describing the Bush administration generally. Several of them I talked to cited a trifecta of incompetence: the Walter Reed hospital scandal, the FBI's misuse of the USA Patriot Act and the U.S. attorneys firing fiasco. "We always have claimed that we were the party of better management," one House leader told me. "How can we claim that anymore?"

Žetta veršur ein merkilegasta arfleiš Bush stjórnarinnar. Demokratar hafa vęlt um aš Bush sé aš rśsta Bandarķkjunum, umhverfinu, millistéttinni, skólakerfinu - nś, og svo aušvitaš Ķrak. Bob Novak bendir į aš Bush er lķka langt kominn meš aš rśsta sķnum eigin flokk!

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72% Bandarķkjamanna styšja žingrannsókn į saksóknaraskandalnum

Samkvęmt nżrri könnun USA Today styšur mikill meirihluti Bandarķkjamanna tilraunir žingsins til aš komast til botns ķ saksóknarahreinsun Alberto Gonzales. Sama könnun sżnir aš yfirgnęfandi meirihluti telur aš saksóknararnir hafi veriš reknir af pólķtķskum įstęšum, en ekki vegna žess aš žeir hafi ekki stašiš sig ķ starfi:

Based on what you have heard or read about the case, do you think the U.S. attorneys were dismissed primarily for political reasons (or) primarily because they were not doing their jobs well?

                Political reasons Not doing job well No opinion
 53 26 21

If Congress investigates these dismissals, in your view, should President Bush and his aides invoke "executive privilege" to protect the White House decision making process (or should they) drop the claim of executive privilege and answer all questions being investigated?

                Invoke executive privilege   Answer all questions   No opinion
 26 68 6

In this matter, do you think Congress should or should not issue subpoenas to force White House officials to testify under oath about this matter?

                Yes, should No, should not No opinion
 68 24 7

Žaš er lķka athyglisvert aš fólk styšur rannsókn žingsins, žrįtt fyrir aš meirihluti almennings telji aš įhugi demokrata į žessu mįli sé pólķtķskur, frekar en brennandi įst į réttlętinu. Žaš mun žvķ verša mjög erfitt fyrir hvķta hśsiš aš snśa almenningi gegn demokrötum ķ žessu mįli! Bęši er stušningur viš rannsóknir er žaš mikill aš žaš žarf eitthvaš mjög dramatķskt aš gerast til aš fólk snśist gegn žinginu, og svo mun Gonzales ekki gręša neitt į žvķ aš mįla demokrata sem "self serving partisans": Almenningur hefur engar gruflur um pólķtķskar mótvasjónir domokrata, en styšur žį samt!

Eftir sķšustu kosningar tóku margir fréttaskżrendur aš halda žvķ fram aš Demokratar myndu ekki gręša neitt į žvķ aš rannsaka stjórnina - almenningur vęri andsnśinn slķkum rannsóknum, og lķti į žęr sem pólķtķskar nornaveišar. Žessar tölur benda žó til žess aš Bandarķskur almeningur vilji aš demokratar rannsaki embęttisfęrslur stjórnarinnar. Žaš kemur žó ekkert į óvart, žvķ almenningur hefur takmarkaša žolinmęši gagnvart spilltum pólķtķkusum, og hefur fullan skilning į žvķ aš žingiš žurfi aš veita framkvęmdavaldinu ašhald.

Glenn Greenwald į Salon.com rifjar upp eldri kannanir į afstöšu Bandarķkjamanna til žingrannsókna: Fyrir kosningarnar ķ fyrra gerši CNN könnun į afstöšu almennings til žingrannsókna demokrata:

Do you think it would be good for the country or bad for the country if the Democrats in Congress were able to conduct official investigations into what the Bush Administration has done in the past six years?"

  • Good:57%
  • Bad: 41%
  • Unsure: 2%

Sķšan žį hefur eitt breyst: Demokratar eru komnir til valda og eru byrjašir aš kalla til vitni. Frekar en aš snśast gegn demokrötum hefur stušningur almennings aukist. Ef žessar tölur breytast ekki mį bśast viš žvķ aš nęstu tvö įr verši nokkuš spennandi!

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Jeb Bush neitaš um heišursdoktorstitil

Jeb! Hljómar betur en Dubya! Menn segja lķka aš Jeb sé greindari en stóri bróšir. Hann er allavegana stęrri.Prófessorar viš Flórķdahįskóla hafa žvertekiš fyrir aš veita Jeb litlabróšur Bush heišursdoktorstitil - žrįtt fyrir aš rektor skólans og Alumni félag hafi lagt hart aš prófessorunum aš samžykkja tilnefninguna. Opinber skżring er aš Bush hafi ekki stutt hįskólann nógu dyggilega.

"I really don't feel this is a person who has been a supporter of UF," Kathleen Price, associate dean of library and technology at the school's Levin College of Law, told The Gainesville Sun after the vote.

CNN og ašrir fréttamišlar vitnušu ķ frétt AP af žessu mįli:

In rejecting the honor, some faculty members cited concerns about Bush's educational record in respect to the university. Some said his approval of three new medical schools has diluted resources. He also has been criticized for his "One Florida" proposal, an initiative that ended race-based admissions programs at state universities.

Annaš eins ku vķst aldrei įšur hafa gerst ķ sögu hįskólans:

University officials said they could not recall any precedent for the Senate rejecting the nominees put forth by the Faculty Senate's Honorary Degrees, Distinguished Alumnus Awards and Memorials Committee. The committee determines whether nominees deserve consideration according to standards that include "eminent distinction in scholarship or high distinction in public service."

Žetta kemur svosem ekki į óvart, žvķ bandarķskt hįskólasamfélag er hreint ekki mjög vinveitt forsetanum og stóra bróšur Jeb Bush. Hęgrisinnašir bloggarar eru lķka sannfęršir um aš žetta sé enn eitt dęmiš um liberal bias og hatur allra hįskólaprófessora į Bushfjölskyldunni. Cosmic Conservative skrifar:

You think this would have happened if G.W. Bush wasn’t President? This is clearly a case of academic Bush Derangement Syndrome being taken out on G.W.’s brother. This is also clearly an example of the complete lack of ethics and integrity of modern college academics and administrators. You can bet they all patted themselves on the back after this for having “stuck it to the Bushes” one more time.

Ég er ekki ķ nokkrum vafa um aš Cosmic Conservative hefur nokkuš til sķns mįls, en žaš er ekki rétt aš žaš sé eitthvaš "academic Bush Derangement Syndrome" sem rįši gjöršum prófessoranna. George W. Bush hefur unniš sér inn andśš hįskólasamfélagsins meš žvķ aš reka strķš gegn vķsindamönnum og yfirleitt öllu sem stangast į viš hugmyndir og hagsmuni stušningsmanna sinna, ž.e. olķufyrirtękja og kristinna bókstafstrśarmanna

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Eru Tom DeLay, Bush ķhaldsmenn?

the gipper, the hammerUndanfariš hef ég tekiš eftir žvķ aš repśblķkanar og bandarķskir hęgrimenn séu aš velta žvķ fyrir sér hvort leištogališ flokksins seinustu įrin séu raunverulegir ķhaldsmenn, eša kannski eitthvaš allt annaš. Žessi tilfinning sprettur aušvitaš aš hluta til af gremju margra yfir žvi hvernig Bush hefur tekist aš reyta fylgi af flokknum meš utanrķkisstefnu sinni, og žvķ sem viršist nęrri botnlausu getuleysi žegar kemur aš innanrķkismįlum. Žaš bętir ekki śr skįk aš menn eins og "the hammer", Tom DeLay, sem stżrši žingliši flokksins meš haršri hendi, viršast hafa stašiš fyrir nokkuš kerfisbundinni spillingu, žar sem lobbżistar į borš viš Abramoff og žingmenn į borš viš Duke Cunningham og Bob Ney verslušu meš atkvęši og fjįrframlög hins opinbera. Žaš er skiljanlegt aš óbreyttir og heišarlegir flokksmenn vilji sverja af sér žessa aula og skśrka.

En žaš bżr annaš og meira aš baki žessu ergelsi. Bush og Tom DeLay hafa nefnilega ekki bara stašiš sig illa ķ starfi eša gerst sekir um spillingu - žeir hafa nefnilega lķka svikiš margar grundvallarkennisetningar bandarķskrar ķhaldsmennsku. Bandarķskir ķhaldsmenn trśa nefnilega į fleira en helgi fįnans eša jesś krist, öflugan her og "hefšbundin fjölskyldugildi", mįlefni sem er aušvelt aš sjóša nišur ķ "bumper stickers" og slagorš eins og "support the troops".

Bandarķskir ķhaldsmenn trśa t.d. į aš takmarka eigi vöxt eša śtženslu rķkisins, og aš rķkiš - sérstaklega alrķkiš - eigi ekki aš vera aš vasast ķ lķfi borgaranna. Bush hefur hins vegar aukiš völd rķkisins, sérstaklega völd alrķkisins, meira en nokkur forseti ķ seinni tķš. Ķhaldsmenn trśa žvķ lķka aš žaš eigi aš takmarka rķkisśtgjöld - ekki bara skattheimtu, heldur lķka śtgjöld. Bush hefur hins vegar aukiš śtgjöld meira en nokkur forseti ķ seinni tķš, ekki bara til hernašar, heldur ašra fjįrlagališi. Į sama tķma hefur hann aš dregiš mjög śr skattheimtu, meš žeim įrangri einum aš skuldir rķkisins hafa margfaldast. Žesskonar órįšsķa er sķst aš skapi "fiscal conservatives".

Žessi gremja kom skżrt fram žegar David Keene, formašur American Conservative Union, skipaši Tom DeLay ķ stjórn félagsins. Keene sem er sjįlfur vel žekktur K-Street lobbżisti hélt žvķ fram aš "kontaktar" DeLay myndu nżtast félaginu:

"When I introduced him (to ACU members) I said that, like a number of Republicans, Tom had done some work on the dark side," Keene recalled. "Now, he wants to harness his abilities for our agenda."

Keene said he has no second thoughts about keeping DeLay on the 33-member board, which receives no pay.

"Who can you think of better than Tom DeLay to be sitting in the room when you are setting priorities with Congress?" he asked.

Öšrum mešlimum stjórnarinnar fannst žetta hins vegar ekki alveg eins góš hugmynd, m.a. fyrrverandi formašur Repśblķkanaflokksins ķ Texas, Tom Pauken, sem sagši sig śr stjórninni ķ mótmęlaskyni:

"I just think we need to break loose from what was happening with the Republican Party in the post-Reagan era," said Pauken, citing a number of concerns including the scandal involving lobbyist Jack Abramoff

Žrķr ašrir stjórnarmenn sögšu af sér:

He was part of a congressional leadership that oversaw a massive expansion of the government, which conservatives opposed," said Robert Luddy, a North Carolina businessman among the board members who resigned. "It is one thing to call yourself a conservative, but you have to act on it."

The sentiment was echoed by political strategist Marc Rotterman, another board defector.

"Conservatives looked to Tom DeLay to cut government not grow it. He was complicit in the largest expansion of government in recent times."

Žetta er aušvitaš ekkert meirihįttar upphlaup, og menn eru alltaf aš segja sig śr félögum ķ mótmęlum viš hitt og žetta. Žaš sem er merkilegt er aš Tom DeLay kom fram sem andlit flokksins, og hélt uppi jįrnaga ķ žingliši hans. DeLay hefur lķka ręktaš žį hugmynd aš hann sé einhverskonar erkiķhaldsmašur, talsmašur og sérlegur verndari "ķhaldsvęngs" flokksins.

Žaš eru ekki bara stjórnarmenn American Conservative Union sem eru farnir aš hafa efasemdir um aš forystumenn flokksins séu raunverulega trśir hugmyndafręši flokksins. David Boaz, sem bloggar fyrir cato-at-liberty (sem er meš betri stjórnįlabloggsķšum hér vestra), skrifaši į föstudaginn grein um "hugmyndafręši" bśshverja, ž.e. the "loyal bushies":

But there are few if any ideologues in this administration. What would their ideology be? Certainly not any previously known variant of conservatism. “Compassionate conversatism”?! Right...

The famous email about which U.S. attorneys should be fired said they would keep the “loyal Bushies,” not “the conservatives.” I don’t think “loyal Bushies” are loyal to compassionate conservatism or country-club Republicanism; they’re personally loyal to George W. Bush, for some reason that passeth my understanding.

Consider a similar term: “Reaganite.” ... When someone says he’s a Reaganite, he means that he adheres to the principles of lower taxes, less regulation, traditional values, and a strong national defense. When a Justice Department staffer asks if someone is a “loyal Bushie,” he means something entirely different.

Žó viš getum haft ólķkar skošanir į įgęti rķkisstjórnar Ronald Reagan er žó hęgt aš višurkenna aš Reagan hafši hugsjónir, og hugmyndir um hvernig ętti aš stjórna Bandarķkjunum, og hverskonar žjóš Bandarķkjamenn vęru og ęttu aš vera. Sś hugmyndafręši var kannski stundum frekar žunn, en hśn var žó nógu sterk til žess aš sameina Repśblķkanaflokkinn og leggja grunninn aš 12 įra setu ķ Hvķta Hśsinu og svo valdatöku flokksins ķ žinginu 1994. Bush og DeLay tókst hins vegar aš tapa žingmeirihluta, og ef fram fer sem horfir, einnig Hvķta Hśsinu. Boaz og ašrir sem lķta til valdatķšar Reagan sem gullaldar Repśblķkanaflokksins sjį sem er: Bush er langt kominn meš aš drepa arfleiš Reagan.

Įstęšan er sś aš Bush og stušningsmenn hans hafa akkśrat enga hugmyndafręši. Žeir eru ekki aš vinna aš einhverri hugsjón: Žeirra hugsjón eru völd. Og žaš eru akkśrat žannig menn sem hęgrimenn og libertarians benda į žegar žeir vara viš ofvexti rķkisins. Boaz lżkur pistli sķnum meš žessum oršum:

Ideology gets a bad name sometimes. But a commitment to a set of political principles is more deserving of respect than a regime of pure politics.

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Gonzales aš tapa stušningi Repśblķkanaflokksins

GonzalesŽó forsetinn standi enn viš bakiš į Gonzales hefur hann hęgt og bķtandi veriš aš glata stušningi annarra repśblķkana, žrķr öldungadeildaržingmenn flokksins hafa lżst yfir efasemdum um heišarleika hans og getu til aš sitja įfram ķ embętti. Og sömu sögu er aš segja af sumum hęgrisinnušum bloggsķšum hér vestra: Gonzales žarf aš vķkja.

Carpetbagger Report, sem hefur undanfarna viku varla skrifaš um annaš en Gonzales, vitnar ķ žrjį hęgrisinnaša bloggara, Ed Morrisey į Captaings Quarters, Rick Moran į Right Wing Nuthouse og Jonah Goldberg hjį National Review. Žessi gagnrżni er enganveginn į jašri flokksins, žvķ Captains Quarters er eitt af flaggskipum "the right wing blogosphere".

Captains Quarters:

Have we had enough yet? I understand the argument that if we allow the Democrats to bounce Gonzales, they’ll just aim for more, but Gonzales made himself the target here with what looks like blatant deception. I don’t think we do ourselves any good by defending the serially changing stories coming out of Gonzales’ inept administration at Justice. One cannot support an Attorney General who misleads Congress, allows his staffers to mislead Congress, and deceives the American people, regardless of whether an R or a D follows his name or the majority control of Congress.

Right Wing Nut House:

I will brook no excuses by commenters that Gonzalez “misspoke,” or “forgot,” or “got a note from his mother” that gave him permission to lie, or other excuses from the ever dwindling number of Bush diehards who visit this site. He is the frickin’ Attorney General of the United States fer crissakes! If there is anybody in government who needs to tell the truth, it is the guy responsible for enforcing the laws of land.

Jonah Goldberg:

Some readers are cross with me for using the word “lied” in reference to Gonzales. Okay, he may simply have been deeply, deeply, confused, out of touch and unprepared to give a press conference which was supposed to put an end to the “scandal” and instead poured gasoline on it at a time when his boss, the President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief, had vastly more important things to deal with.

Žingmennirnir sem hafa lżst žvķ yfir aš Gonzales sé bśinn aš vera eru Chuck Hagel, sem er lķka einn af forsetaframbjóšandum flokksins, Arlen Specter, sem er hęst setti repśblķkaninn ķ dómsmįlanefnd öldungadeildarinnar og Lindsey Graham, sem lķka situr ķ nefndinni. Skv AP:

Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., Gonzales "does have a credibility problem. ... We govern with one currency, and that's trust. And that trust is all important. And when you lose or debase that currency, then you can't govern. And I think he's going to have some difficulties."

Hagel cited changing stories from the Justice Department about the circumstances for firing the eight U.S. attorneys. "I don't know if he got bad advice or if he was not involved in the day-to-day management. I don't know what the problem is, but he's got a problem. You cannot have the nation's chief law enforcement officer with a cloud hanging over his credibility," Hagel said.

Žetta er žvķ ekki eitthvaš "partisan" mįl, nornaveišar deomkrata gegn repśblķkönum. Skynsamari repśblķkanar gera sér grein fyrir žvķ aš žaš er ekki hęgt aš hafa dómsmįlarįšherra eins og Gonzales.

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Aldrei fleiri Bandarķkjamenn į móti strķšinu ķ Ķrak: 67%

Seinustu blašamannafundir hafa veriš haldnir fyrir framan žessa bókahillu... bloggarar og sumir fréttaskżrendur hafa velt žvķ fyrir sér hvaš sé ķ žessum bókum, žvķ žęr lķta óžęgilega mikiš śt eins og uppstillingabękurnar ķ IkeaSamkvęmt nżjustu skošanakönnun ABC fréttastofunnar hafa óvinsęldir ķraksstrķšsins hafa nįš nżjum hęšum - stušningur viš strķšiš og utanrķkisstefnu forsetans hafa aldrei veriš eins lķtil. Į sama tķma hafa "vinsęldir" forsetans ašeins aukist - (réttara vęri aš segja aš óvinsęldir hans hafi lķtillega minnkaš), žvķ nś eru heil 36% ašspuršra įnęgš meš frammistöšu hans, samanboriš viš 33% fyrir mįnuši! Eins og ABC bendir į, eru óvinsęldir Bush meiri og langvinnari en žekkst hefur ķ meira en hįlfa öld. Og hvaš meš "the surge"? Tveir žrišju žjóšarinnar eru į móti žvķ snjalla śtspili. En žaš er ekki bara aš bandarķkjamenn séu sśrir yfir strķšinu ķ Ķrak - meirihluti žjóšarinnar treystir forsetanum einfaldlega ekki, sérstaklega ekki žegar kemur aš žvķ aš taka skynsamlegar eša réttar įkvaršanir um utanrķkismįl! Jei fyrir Bush!

Just 36 percent approve of his job performance overall, very near his career low of 33 percent last month. Bush hasn't seen majority approval in more than two years — the longest run without majority support for any president since Harry Truman from 1950-53.

While rooted in Iraq, Bush's problems with credibility and confidence reach beyond it. Sixty-three percent of Americans don't trust the administration to convey intelligence reports on potential threats from other countries honestly and accurately. And 58 percent lack confidence, specifically, in its ability to handle current tensions with Iran.  ...

The Democrats continue to lead Bush in other areas as well, including a 52-39 percent advantage in trust to handle terrorism ... The Democrats lead by wider margins in trust to handle the economy, despite its relatively good condition; the federal budget; and health care,

Bush hefur ósköp einfaldlega misst tiltrś mikils meirihluta bandarķskra kjósenda: almenningur treystir honum engan veginn lengur. Og hvaš finnst almenningi nś um aš hafa gert innrįs ķ Ķrak? Góš eša slęm hugmynd? Yfrignęfandi meirihluti fólks telur sér, eins og er, aš innrįsin var djöfulsins glapręši:

Sixty-four percent now say the war in Iraq was not worth fighting, up six points from last month to a new numerical high. (It was 63 percent in October.) A majority hasn't said the war was worth fighting since April 2004, and it's been even longer since a majority has approved of how Bush is handling it. Sixty-seven percent now disapprove; 55 percent disapprove strongly.

In a fundamental change, 56 percent now say U.S. forces should be withdrawn at some point even if civil order has not been restored in Iraq.

Saksóknarahneyksliš žarf aš skoša ķ žessu ljósi: Žjóšin hefur misst trś į getu forsetans til aš reka helsta stefnumįl repśblķkana seinustu sex įrin, nefnilega strķšiš gegn hryšjuverkum. Almenningur hefur lķka séš, réttilega, aš hann hefur klśšraš strķšinu ķ Ķrak. Žegar Gonzales veršur tvķsaga um saksóknarabrottreksturinn, og hvķta hśsiš kemur fram meš hverja śtskżringuna į fętur annarri į žvķ hvaš hafi rįšiš brottrekstrinum er ekki skrķtiš aš bandarķskur almenningur sé efins, žvķ forsetinn og rķkisstjórn hans hafa glataš trausti meirihluta žjóšarinnar. Og žaš er žvķ ekki skrķtiš aš fjölmišlar, sem fyrir fįeinum įrum žoršu ekki aš spyrja óžęgilegra spurninga um ķmynduš gereyšingarvopn Saddam, žori nś aš sauma aš honum og Gonzales.

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Dómgreindarskortur dómsmįlarįšuneytisins: Hélt aš saksksóknarahreinsunin myndi ekki komast ķ fréttirnar!

Tasia ScolinosVanhęfni starfsmanna Hvķta Hśssins viršist engin takmörk sett. Žaš hefur oft veri šbent į aš mešlimir Bush stjórnarinnar séu furšulega dómgreindarlausir, sérstaklega žegar kemur aš žvķ aš leggja mat į pólķtķskt įstand ķ Bandarķkjunum, og žaš ętti žvķ ekki aš koma neinum į óvart aš žeir hafi komiš sér śt ķ žennan senasta skandal. Vandamįliš viršist nefnilega vera aš Hvķta Hśsiš, og žó sérstaklega Dómsmįlarįšuneytiš hafi ekki gert sér neina grein fyrir žvķ aš almenningi myndi ekki standa į sama žó alrķkissaksóknarar vęru reknir įn nokkurrar skżringar.

ķ gęr voru gerš opinber fleiri skjöl varšandi ašdraganda saksóknarahreinsunarinnar, og fjölmišlar eru enn aš grafa ķ gegn um žessi skjöl öll. Žaš hefur žó žegar komiš ķ ljós aš Gonzales laug žegar hann sagši fjölmišlum aš hann hefši ekkert haft meš brottreksturinn aš gera (sjį fęrslu mķna fyrr ķ gęrkvöld). Raw Story flytir svo ķ morgun fréttir af žvķ aš topp talsmašur dómsmįlarįšuneytisins taldi aš enginn myndi taka eftir brottrekstrinum! (žaš hefur enn sem komiš er enginn af stóru fjölmišlunum tekiš eftir žessari frétt, en skjölin voru gerš opinber ķ gęrkvöld, og žaš tekur tķma aš fletta ķ gegn um žau öll...)

Nearly three weeks before seven US attorneys were asked to submit their resignations, the top spokesperson for the Department of Justice expressed little concern and told a senior White House official that the firings probably wouldn't even become a "national story." The email conversations were revealed in an additional batch of 283 pages of documents turned over by the Bush Administration late Friday.

Žetta kemur fram ķ samskiftum Tasiu Scolinos, sem er Director of Public Affairs hjį dómsmįlarįšuneytinu, Catherine J Martin, sem er Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Communications Director for Policy and Planning - bréfaskiptin įttu sér staš 17 November 17, tveimur vikum fyrir brottrekstur saksóknaranna, en um žaš leyti voru starfsmenn Hvķta Hśssins aš skipuleggja hvernig stašiš yrši aš brottrekstrinum. Skjölin sżna aš sumir starfsmenn dómsmįlarįšunetyisins höfšu įhyggjur af "political fallout", en Scolinos blés į slķkar įhyggjur:

"It's only six US attorneys (there are 94) and I think most of them will resign quietly - they don't get anything out of making it public they were asked to leave in terms of future job prospects," Scolinos wrote Martin.

Scolinos continued, "I don't see it as being a national story - especially if it phases in over a few months. Any concerns on your end?"

Ža fyrsta sem mašur rekur augun ķ er aš Scolinos veit ekki hversu margir alrķkissaksóknararnir eru. Alls eru 93, en ekki 94 alrķkissaksóknarar ķ Bandarķkjunum. En žaš sem er furšulegast er aš hśn skuli virkilega ekki įtta sig į žvi aš žaš kunni einhver aš veita žvķ athygli aš forsetinn sé aš reka saksóknara ķ stórum stķl, į mišju kjörtķmabili - nokkuš sem ekkert fordęmi er fyrir. Į žvķ eru ašeins tvęr mögulegar skżringar: Scolinos heldur virkilega aš bandarķskur almenningur og fjölmišlar séu annaš hvort sofandi eša fullkomlega jaded og įhugalausir um alvöru fréttir, eša Scolinos žekkir ekki til fordęmisins, og skilur ekki hversu įberandi žessi hópbrottrekstur mun verša.

Žaš er žó fleira merkilegt ķ žessum tölvupóstskiptum hennar, žvķ žaš kemur fram aš Scolinos fann upp skżringu Hvķta Hśssins, aš žaš vęri veriš aš reka saksóknarana vegna innflytjendamįla:

"The one common link here is that three of them are along the southern border so you could make the connection that DOJ is unhappy with the immigration prosecution numbers in those districts," Scolinos wrote 

Žaš, aš blašafulltrśi dómsmįlarįšuneytisins hafi fundiš upp žessa skżringu bendir ekki til žess aš hśn sé mjög haldgóš!

En er viš öšru aš bśast žegar stjórnmįlamenn eru farnir aš leyfa blašafulltrśum aš móta stefnu og sjį um dagsdaglegan rekstur landsins? Og sagši enginn Scolonos aš žaš žaš vęri kannski góš hugmynd aš vera bśinn aš kynna sér mįl įšur en hśn tjįši sig um žau, eša fęri aš gefa dómsmįlarįherranum rįš?

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Gonzales tvķsaga

Gonzales og BushSamkvęmt ABC sżna skjöl sem nś hafa veriš gerš opinber aš Alberto Gonzales, dómsmįlarįšherra Bush, hafi persónulega samžykkt aš įtta alrķkissaksóknarar voru reknir ķ fyrra.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales approved plans to fire several U.S. attorneys in a November meeting, according to documents released Friday that contradict earlier claims that he was not closely involved in the dismissals. The Nov. 27 meeting, in which the attorney general and at least five top Justice Department officials participated, focused on a five-step plan for carrying out the firings of the prosecutors, Justice Department officials said late Friday.

There, Gonzales signed off on the plan, which was crafted by his chief of staff, Kyle Sampson. Sampson resigned last week in the wake of the political firestorm surrounding the firings.

Meira aš segja Fox hefur flutt žessa frétt, enda er žetta stórmįl, žvķ žaš sżnir aš Gonzales hefur logiš aš Bandarķsku žjóšinni varšandi aškomu sķna aš žessu mįli öllu. Žessi frétt stangast nefnilega į viš fyrri framburš hans. Gonzales hefur stašfastlega haldiš žvķ fram aš hann hafi ekkert haft meš brottreksturinn aš gera. Fyrir hįlfum mįnuši sķšan sagši hann: (Sjį Time)

I was not involved in seeing any memos, was not involved in any discussions about what was going on ... That's basically what I knew as attorney general." Gonzales then said he had accepted the resignation of his close collaborator and chief of staff Kyle Sampson, citing Sampson's role in orchestrating the firings.

Samkvęmt žessari fyrri sögu Gonzales įtti žetta mįl allt aš vera runniš undan rifjum Sampson, og Gonzales stašhęfši aš hann hefši ekki veriš višrišinn mįliš į neinn hįtt.

Žaš kemur svosem ekki į óvart aš Gonzales hafi logiš um žetta - en žaš vekur spurningar: Hvaš er satt ķ frįsögn Gonzales og Hvķta Hśssins? En ónei - samkvęmt Gonzales er žaš einhvernveginn stórhęttulegt aš leyfa sér aš spyrja spurninga! Gonzales mętti ķ śtvarpsvištal ķ morgun til aš stappa stįlinu ķ stušningsmenn sķna (žaš er hęgt aš hlusta į upptökuna hér):

Listen, we made a decision at the Department as to the appropriate way forward. There was nothing improper about the decision here … There’s no evidence whatsoever, and it’s reckless and irresponsible to allege that these decisions were based in any way on improper motives.

Žaš er "reckless" og "irresponsible" aš leyfa sér aš efast um heišarleika rįšherrans? Jęja... 

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Žrķr af brottreknu saksóknurunum voru taldir meš tķu bestu saksóknara BNA

Viš getum alltaf lįtiš okkur dreyma...Bush og Gonzales hafa reynt aš halda žvķ fram aš žeir hafi rekiš alrķkissaksóknara vegna "performance related issues", ž.e. žeir hafi einhvernveginn ekki veriš aš standa sig ķ starfi. Sś skżring žykir frekar vafasöm, ekki sķst ķ ljósi žess aš skjöl hafa sżnt aš dómsmįlarįšuneytiš hafši flokkaš saksóknara eftir žvķ hversu hollir žeir voru forsetanum, og rak svo fjölda saksóknara sem höfšu veriš aš rannsaka spillingu mešal Repśblķkana.

En jafnvel žó viš kysum aš trśa öllum skżringum Gonzales er žó eitt sem hann getur ekki skżrt: Žrķr af brottreknu saksóknurunum höfšu veriš į lista yfir 10 afkastamestu og duglegustu saksóknara Bandarķkjanna! Skv USA Today:

Three of the eight federal prosecutors ousted by the Justice Department as poor performers ranked in the top 10 for prosecutions and convictions by the nation's 93 U.S. attorneys, an analysis of court records shows.

Court records covering the last five years show large volumes of immigration cases helped U.S. attorneys Paul Charlton of Phoenix, Carol Lam of San Diego and David Iglesias of New Mexico consistently place in the upper tier among their peers. The analysis includes each U.S. attorney's per capita record of prosecutions, convictions and prison sentences.

A fourth former prosecutor, Daniel Bogden of Nevada, ranked among the top third of all U.S. attorneys during four of the past five years, according to federal data maintained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

Žetta eru sömu saksóknararnir og Gonzales segist hafa rekiš vegna žess aš žeir voru ekki aš standa sig ķ stykkinu, og höfšu ekki veriš nógu duglegir viš aš lögsękja innflytjendaglępi... Žó žaš vęri ekkert annaš gruggugt viš žetta mįl allt, er žetta eitt nóg til žess aš vekja alvarlegar spurningar.

The statistics raise questions about the criteria the Justice Department used to argue that the fired U.S. attorneys were dismissed over inadequate performance. Although the numbers appear to support Justice contentions that some attorneys were falling short of the administration's priorities, the statistics show that others were meeting goals.

"What is clear to me is that performance was not on the table in any credible way," said former Arkansas prosecutor Bud Cummins. Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty has said Cummins was removed to make room for a former aide to Rove. ... In Arkansas, where Cummins was dismissed, there were gains in virtually every major criminal offense category during the past five years.

Žegar demokratar hafa tengt žetta mįl viš Karl Rove eru žeir nefnilega ekki aš kokka upp einhverjar samsęriskenningar - ekki nóg meš aš Rove hafi veriš involverašur ķ skipulagningunni, og aš hśn hafi gengiš śt į pólķtķskar hreinsanir. Žetta viršist lķka hafa veriš klassķskt dęmi um bitlingapot

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