Good Riddance

Denny Hasterts Resignation LetterIt goes into effect 10:59PM CST Tonight. We won’t miss him.

Illinois’ biggest embarrassment took the Speaker of the House position in Januay 1999, he’s made a mockery of it and the rest of the U.S.

“Fat” Denny’s credit goes towards in “international foreign policy”. Four months after his ascension as Speaker of the House, Hastert said:

At the same time Congress was attaching human rights conditions to U.S. security assistance programs and negotiating a formal end-use monitoring agreement with the Colombian defense ministry, other lawmakers were secretly assuring Colombian officials that they felt such restrictions were unwarranted, and would work to either remove the conditions or limit their effectiveness.

One example of this was a congressional delegation led by Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) which met with Colombian military officials, promising to “remove conditions on assistance” and complaining about “leftist-dominated” U.S. congresses of years past that “used human rights as an excuse to aid the left in other countries.” Hastert said he would to correct this situation and expedite aid to countries allied in the war on drugs and also encouraged Colombian military officials to “bypass the U.S. executive branch and communicate directly with Congress.

Ah yes. Speaker of the House Denny Hastert is telling Columbia and everybody else: “You all ignore the President of the United States from now on. You have a problem – you come directly to me.” Does this sound like a Republican coup d’état to you? One has to wonder: If Nancy Pilosi would have said anything remotely like this to say…”Iraq” – do you think the Republicans in this country would simply shrug it off, ignore it and move on along?

After Hurrican Katrina wiped out New Orleans, Denny Hastert decided that it didn’t make any sense to rebuild the city (after all, it was King George who kept the money allocated to replace and repair New Orleans’ levee and spent it on his Iraqi (Oil) War in spite of the many warnings of that disaster). Hastert said:

“It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed,” the Illinois Republican said in an interview Wednesday with the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill.

That’s Fat Denny’s “Domestic Agenda”!Fat Denny

Hastert was told one year prior to the Mark Foley page scandal, and yet he told nobody on the left of the Congressional aisle. Mark Foley (R-FL) was allowed his sexual predatory behavior towards minors in the page program and Hastert did nothing about it. One former aid, Kirk Fordham said in an interview that he notified Hastert’s office three years prior to the scandal breaking out! The ethics panel investigated the case, (having no power over Foley because he bailed out of Congress) resulted in saying:

The committee found that there was “a disconcerting unwillingness to take responsibility for resolving issues regarding Representative Foley’s conduct.” Those in the chain of command, the report said, “did far too little, while attempting to pass the responsibility for acting to others.”

But never fear, the panel said that Denny Hastert may have been negligent, but:

But the panel also concluded that neither Mr. Hastert nor other officers of the House had violated any House rules, and recommended no sanctions for their failure to stop Mr. Foley’s conduct.

It’s been people like Denny Hastert and the Republican leadership in both the WhiteFruitFly House and Congress that explains why they lost Congress to the Democrats in 2006. Did I tell you that Denny Hastert also took $100,000 in donations from Jack Abramoff and his lobbying firm? I didn’t? Sorry.

Good bye Denny Hastert! Return to the sewer from wherever you came!! You were an embarrassment to your state and to the United States!! We won’t miss you!! We promise!

 

The “Mile High City” Gets the Dems

Denver?! The DNC will hold their 2008 Presidential convention in Denver?! You have got to be kidding me! Of four cities on the short list (Denver, Minneapolis, New Orleans and New York), Denver would have been the worst pick.

The GOP was stupid to announce their city of choice (Minneapolis/St Paul) before the election. Their arrogance dictated that DFL’ers in Minnesota wouldn’t show up to vote and the opposite was true. So, they’re now stuck with their convention deep in the heart of “Blue Territory”. Aside from that, it took the Twin Cities out of the equation for the DNC. That left two cities that have been patently ignored by Bush Co and the GOP…and then there’s Denver.

Of any metropolitan city in the United States, it is New Orleans that has suffered the most. I know there are New Yorkers out there who would disagree with me, and their right to their opinion. But, there are no New Yorkers who can say that their city has been completely dessimated, ignored and are still living in FEMA trailers a year and a half later!Denver

But Denver?!

Colorado is a marquee states for Democrats, who have, in the past two years, gobbled up the governor’s mansion, control of the state legislature, and two congressional seats.

And Colorado also re-elected Marilyn Musgrave, one of the most ferocious homophobes in the US House of Representatives. It was just last September where Musgrave said that “Gay Marriage” was the most important issue facing America today.

New York WTCThe DNC would have benefited much better by going to New York, where the Bush Administration cut funds because they had no “monuments worth protecting”. To ignore New York’s political potential is nothing short of stupid. Granted that New York a “Blue State”, that New York would be difficult for the Dems to get around from venue to venue, I wholeheartedly agree! But Denver?!

New Orleans would have been the best pick, in my humbleClaiborne Street opinion. New Orleans could have benefited from the boost. And seeing Barak Obama, Hillary Clinton and the entire face of the Democratic Party step and point out that they haven’t forgotten those Americans would have been spectacular.

And so they’re going to Denver?!

New Orleans doesn’t need to be ignored anymore than they have already. And New York would have been a better pick than Denver.

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