It’s the Smirk, Stupid

“In light of yesterday’s announcement by the President that he was commuting the prison sentence for Scooter Libby, it is imperative that Congress look into presidential authority to grant clemency, and how such power may be abused,” John Conyers (D- MI) said. “Taken to its extreme, the use of such authority could completely circumvent the law enforcement process and prevent credible efforts to investigate wrongdoing in the executive branch.”

Conyers – Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee – has scheduled hearings for Wednesday to look into the issue.

When told, White House spokesman Tony Snow said “Well, fine – knock himself out.”

I guess the smirk and the smart-ass attitude behind it has trickled all the way down.



  1. illa morales

    Speaking of smirks, just so we know where a few stand on women’s rights.
    Dear illa,

    As you celebrate your independence and freedom this week of 4th of July, one more candidate is about to enter the presidential race who is bent on taking away a woman’s right to choose: Fred Thompson.

    Thompson joins a cadre of candidates who are clamoring to out anti-choice each other.

    Mitt Romney has said, “I am pro-life and I support pro-life legislation…. I think the Roe v. Wade one-size-fits-all approach is wrong.”

    Sen. John McCain, who has voted anti-choice 123 times out of 128 votes on choice, has said “I do not support Roe v. Wade. I think it should be overturned.”

    And Sen. Sam Brownback has gone so far as to promise that he “will commit to helping end abortion in America….”

    Don’t be fooled – Fred Thompson is no better. During his seven years in the U.S. Senate, he voted anti-choice 44 times out of 46 choice-related issues. He has called Roe v. Wade “bad law” and received a 100 percent voting record from the National Right to Life Committee.

    Anything can happen between now and the nomination, so stay up-to-date about where the presidential candidates stand on women’s freedom and privacy.

  2. gasdocpol

    The smirk is an integral part of GW Bush’s uncanney talent for failing with aplomb, grace and poise. GW Bush has used what intelligence he was born with to bouce back from his serial mediocre performances and outright failure. This is only possible because of the resources at his disposal that he was born with . He has gotten VERY good at it.

  3. illa morales

    Bush Evokes Revolutionary War to Bolster the U.S. Cause in Iraq

    Published: July 5, 2007
    MARTINSBURG, W.Va., July 4 — Facing renewed wrangling with Democrats — and possibly some Republicans — over continuing the Iraq war, President Bush on Wednesday took Independence Day as an opportunity to hark back to another bloody war with no apparent end in sight.

    Reading aloud from an article about the first Fourth of July celebration, in Philadelphia in 1777, and its “grand exhibition of fireworks,” Mr. Bush told the audience of Air National Guard members and their families at the base here, “Our first Independence Day celebration took place in a midst of a war — a bloody and difficult struggle that would not end for six more years before America finally secured her freedom.”

    Addressing National Guard members with the 167th Airlift Wing who were gathered in a cavernous airplane hangar here, he said, “Like those early patriots, you’re fighting a new and unprecedented war — pledging your lives and honor to defend our freedom and way of life.”

    After nearly six years of war, beginning with the war in Afghanistan, such Fourth of July speeches have become routine for Mr. Bush. On Independence Day last year, Mr. Bush went to Fort Bragg, in North Carolina, to argue against Democratic calls to withdraw from Iraq.

    Then, with Congress in Republican hands and no real attempts by it to force a withdrawal legislatively, his argument seemed tailored for that year’s Congressional elections above anything else. Now, with Congress under the control of Democrats, many of whom won with promises to force an end to the war, the threat to his plans from Congress is real.

    Democratic leaders have said they will use votes on the defense authorization bill after the July 4 recess to push new proposals calling for withdrawal timetables and possibly even a reassessment of the authorization to use force in Iraq.

    A Congressionally mandated preliminary progress report on the results of the troop increase that Mr. Bush ordered in Iraq is due on July 15 and its results — which are expected to be mixed — could add to the pressure to end the war or change strategies. It comes as a growing number of moderate Republicans, including Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, voice concerns.

    Mr. Bush said if the United States were to leave Iraq now, Al Qaeda “would be able to establish their safe haven from which to do two things: to further spread their ideology and to plan and plot attacks against the United States.”

    Victory, he said, “will require more patience, more courage, and more sacrifice.”

    Several Democrats have made the case that the president’s strategy is failing and that a full or partial withdrawal would press the Iraqis to settle their problems on their own. The lawmakers are facing dissatisfaction in polls that party strategists attribute to disquiet among Democratic voters with the party’s failure to force change in the president’s Iraq strategy.

    Mr. Bush spent 20 minutes in the hangar, which dwarfed the crowd, shaking hands and talking with a long line of Guard members who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. He then lifted off for what his spokesman, Scott Stanzel, said would be a Fourth of July celebration at the White House that would double as a celebration of his 61st birthday this Friday.

    Mr. Stanzel said Mr. Bush’s daughters and parents and his wife, Laura, would attend.

    As Mr. Bush said of Mrs. Bush, “Laura sends her love — she would be with me, but I told her to fire up the grill.”

  4. illa morales

    Also check out how the world is seeing the US with it’s inappropriately smirking, crook at the helm.

  5. illa morales

    Quote of the day:Wake up Mr. Snow…
    Thursday, Jul. 05, 2007
    I don’t know what Arkansan is for chutzpah, but this is a gigantic case of it.

    after former President Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton criticized President Bush’s decision to erase the prison sentence of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby

  6. illa morales

    Quote of the day:
    Thursday, Jul. 05, 2007
    We’re not there because of oil and we didn’t go there because of oil. We don’t remain there because of oil.

    Australian Prime Minister JOHN HOWARD
    refuting his defense minister, who said on public radio Thursday that “resource security” in the Middle East is a priority

  7. illa morales

    Quote of the day:
    Wednesday, Jul. 04, 2007
    I’ll apologize.

    White House spokesman TONY SNOW
    responding to a reporter’s question about who will apologize to Valerie Plame, the ex-CIA agent whose identity was leaked to the press

  8. illa morales

    Quote of the day:
    Wednesday, Jul. 04, 2007
    This is not the coalition of the willing. It’s the coalition of the billing.

    Military-contracting scholar PETER SINGER
    on new figures that show the U.S. employs more private contractors in Iraq — some 180,000 — than it has combat troops there

  9. illa morales

    Quote of the day:
    Wednesday, Jul. 04, 2007
    As to the future, I rule nothing in or nothing out.

    after commuting the prison sentence of disgraced White House staffer Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby, revealing that he may still consider issuing a full pardon

  10. illa morales

    Quote of the day:
    Tuesday, Jul. 03, 2007
    I’ve actually learned not to expect anything from this crowd other than bad behavior.

    Former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson
    husband of ex-CIA agent Valerie Plame, on President Bush’s decision to commute Scooter Libby’s prison sentence for crimes relating to Plame’s identity leak

  11. illa morales

    Quote of the day:
    Tuesday, Jul. 03, 2007
    President Bush has just sent exactly the wrong signal to the country and the world.

    Democratic Presidential candidate JOHN EDWARDS
    condemning President Bush’s decision to commute the sentence of former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, sparing him from a 2-year prison term in the CIA leak case

  12. illa morales

    Quote of the day
    Thursday, Jun. 28, 2007
    Congress’s failure to act on it is a disappointment.

    President GEORGE W. BUSH
    on Thursday after the Senate failed to pass the immigration bill, which now will likely wait until after the 2008 election

  13. illa morales

    Quote of the day
    Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2007
    It’s unfortunate that congressional Democrats continue to choose the route of confrontation.

    a White House spokesman after the Senate subpoenaed the White House and Vice President’s office for documents on its warrantless eavesdropping program

  14. illa morales

    Quote of the day
    Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2007
    In my judgment, the costs and risks of continuing down the current path outweigh the potential benefits that might be achieved.

    the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee after giving a bleak assessment of Iraq

  15. illa morales

    Quote of the day
    Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2007
    We do not want America to represent torture.

    A declaration signed by 50 high school seniors
    in a letter that was unexpectedly presented to President Bush during a press conference Monday

  16. illa morales

    Quote of the day
    Monday, Jun. 25, 2007
    There are people to blame. They are the terrorists that attacked the United States, not the men and women of all levels of government.

    the ex-EPA Chief who assured the public that the air quality at Ground Zero was safe for workers, defending her actions to Congress on Monday

  17. illa morales

    Quote of the day
    Friday, Jun. 22, 2007
    This illustrates just how far the Vice President will go to evade external oversight.

    who tracks government secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists, on Dick Cheney’s efforts to close down the agency that monitors how his office handles classified documents

  18. illa morales

    quote of the day
    Thursday, Jun. 21, 2007
    Just 14% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress.

    Editor-in-chief of the Gallup Poll, who says that the public’s confidence in Congress is at an all-time low

  19. illa morales

    Quote of the day
    Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2007
    Destroying human life in the hopes of saving human life is not ethical.

    President GEORGE W. BUSH
    who vetoed Wednesday a bill that would have eased restraints on federally funded embryonic stem cell research

  20. illa morales

    Quote of the day
    Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2007
    Please consider commemorating President Bush’s 61st birthday with a gift our entire Party can share.

    in an e-mail soliciting $61 donations from supporters of the Republican National Committee for President Bush’s upcoming 61st birthday

  21. illa morales

    Quote of the day
    Monday, Jun. 18, 2007
    The potential violation of the Presidential Records Act may be extensive.

    in a report that says e-mail records are missing for 51 of the 88 White House officials who had electronic message accounts with the Republican National Committee

  22. illa morales

    Quote of the day
    Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2007
    Today’s media, more than ever, hunts in a pack … It is like a feral beast just tearing people and reputations to bits.

    U.K. Prime Minister TONY BLAIR
    claiming TV and newspaper coverage has worsened during his 10 years at Downing Street

  23. illa morales

    Quote of the day
    Monday, Jun. 11, 2007
    They can’t believe that they have immunity for training and equipping people to come in and kill Americans.

    saying Sunday that the United States should consider a military strike against Iran

  24. illa morales

    Quote of the day
    Monday, Jun. 11, 2007
    If it were up to me, I would close Guantanamo not tomorrow but this afternoon.

    former U.S. Secretary of State, calling for the immediate closure of the controversial military prison

  25. illa morales

    Quote of the day
    Thursday, Jun. 07, 2007
    The Vice President’s fingerprints are all over the effort to strong-arm Justice on the NSA program …

    on testimony revealing Cheney’s role in the battle over the legality of the warrant-less surveillance program

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