November 19, 2017 | In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

By DEROY MURDOCK

Before the 108th Congress expires, the Senate should pass, and President Bush should sign, the Federal Election Integrity Act. H.R. 4844, adopted 228-196 by the House on Sept. 20, would require Americans to present valid, government-issued photo identification to vote in the 2008 presidential election. By the 2010 mid-term congressional elections, voters must show a photo ID that demonstrates American citizenship.

Talk to voters in the traditional Republican strongholds of the heartland and you hear the same manta: The GOP has sold out their party, their principles and their country.

The real determining factor in this year's midterm Congressional anger may be the anger of Republicans toward their own party and that anger could help Democrats on election day.

By JOE GARNER

A Muslim spokeswoman for Democratic U.S. Rep. John Salazar abruptly took some time off after comments she made provided campaign ammunition for Republicans.

As part of their continuing assault on freedom and the Constitution, the Republican-led House of Representatives Thursday approved President George W. Bush's rights-robbing warrantless wiretapping program.

Republicans, in yet another blatant political move, called the legislation a test on whether or not Democrats "want to fight or coddle terrorists." In reality, the legislation is a election-year ploy to use the manufactured war on terrorism as a campaign theme.

As a result, another freedom that used to be protected by the Constitution is stripped away, destroyed forever by a Congress controlled by power-mad despots with no concern for basic rights.
Freedom died in the halls of the United States Congress Thursday as the U.S. Senate passed White House-sponsored legislation that gives President Bush virtually unlimited power to approve torture of detainees and allows the U.S. military to hold, without due course or Constitutional protections, anyone it considers a terrorist or threat to this country.

Women never had it so good

By BETSY HART

Some people are just complainers.

Working Mother magazine, in a well-reported cover story, has just come out with its list of the top 100 companies for working moms, and it's a smorgasbord of good stuff for working women.

Florida Republican Congressman Mark Foley exchanged personal emails with a 16-year-old former male page for a month, asking how old the young man was, if he wanted a photo, and requesting a photo.

Reports of the emails have rocked the House, bringing back memories of a scandal involving two members of Congress who had sex with two Congressional pages  in the 1980s.

While Foley denied doing anything improper, sources say the Capitol Hill Police department is now looking into the Congressman's behavior.

In 1983, the House censured Illinois Republican Congressman Phil Crane and Garry Studds (D-Mass) after both admitted having sex with pages. Crane's lover was female while Studds' was male.  Crane, who cried on the floor of the House and asked his colleagues to forgive him, lost his re-election campaign the following year.

Studds, however, refused to admit any guilt and became the first member of the House to openly admit his homosexuality while saying he did nothing wrong. He served several more terms before retring.

Abramoff had run of White House

In yet another example of extensive lying by the Bush Administration, a new Congressional report shows scandal-ridden lobbyist Jack Abramoff had, literally, the run of the White House, visiting more than 450 times, openly seeking jobs for clients and contacts and at least nine meetings with Presidential guru Karl Rove.
Of the many lies told by the Bush Administration about the invasion of Iraq, and there are now too many to catalog, few stand out as prominently as Vice President Dick Cheney's continued claim that the Iraqi people see Americans as "liberators."
Driven by bitter partisanship and lockstep Republican loyalty to a President and his failed politics, Congress is about to make torture of the law of the land.

The House Wednesday approved George W. Bush's plan to codify "harsh interrogation techniques" for detainees along with expanded powers for the President to determine just what can and cannot be done to them while they are in custody.

The Senate is expected to approve their modified version today and both Houses of Congress expect to work out any differences and have the bill on the President's desk by the end of the week.

And we can expect Republicans to spin the approval of torture as a political positive in the rapidly-approaching November mid-term elections, claiming anyone who opposes their barbarianism is "weak" on national security.