Tuesday, August 28, 2007


There he was: The President of the United States - The First Fool - standing in the shadow of Marine One, the presidential helicopter, bemoaning how shameful it was that Alberto Gonzalez had been forced to resign because of nothing more than a political witch hunt. After all the good work the Attorney General had done for the American people - that something like this could possibly happen to so good and upstanding a man. How can those evil-doing Democrats even sleep at night?


Talk about a fait accompli! Alberto Gonzalez is just one more in a deck of jokers, this house of marked cards which is collapsing of its own weight all around this incomparably, murderously corrupt and incompetent administration. Last week it was Karl Rove who got out of Dodge while the getting was good. Who do you think will be the one to skip town next week? Unlike George W. Bush, these people aren't totally stupid. They know that the trillion dollar shithammer is about to pulverize this disgusting White House into dust. They know that the scam that they arrogantly thought they could put over on We, The People - is being uncovered and exposed for all it's worth. Trust me on this one campers: They don't want to be found within a thousand miles of DC when that happens! They've left Dubya to twist - agonizingly - in the wind. Soon he'll be out there, all alone; left to be held accountable for the crimes against humanity that were committed in his name and under his orders. The gavel of history will soon be crashing down upon Bush - and I'm going to love every freaking minute of it.

The evidence surrounding the firing of the eight U.S. Attorneys last year is as shocking as it is voluminous: They were relieved of their duties because they either refused to persecute Democrats who were guilty of nothing, or they insisted on prosecuting Republicans who were guilty of everything! As Greg Palast observed just yesterday, Joe Stalin did that sort of thing. Saddam Hussein did that sort of thing. Who would have ever dreamed that something like that could happen in the USA? (Actually, it has happened a number of times in our nation's history. For a good point of reference, pick up a book about Sacco and Vanzetti). But the practice of political persecution is an old Karl Rove specialty. As the late, great Molly Ivins once said, "That's sooo Rove 101." Before he brought his twisted little act to Washington, Rove - as republican King maker in the state of Texas - used his enormous influence to initiate the prosecutions of a number of Democrats who were probably guilty of nothing - two of whom in particular wound up going to state prison.

What has been happening for the last six and a half years in the Justice Department is nothing more than the Karl Rove Show going national. When the final chapter on the Bush era is written (and it's being written at this very moment, make no mistake about it) Alberto Gonzalez will be written off as a pathetic, impotent little "yes" man. It was Rove, with George W. Bush's approval, who was really calling the shots. If poor little Alberto is smart (wishful thinking, I know, just bear with me) he'll cut an immunity deal with the Congress and tell them everything. If he doesn't, sooner or later some underling at Justice will. Call it a hunch, but I have this sneaking feeling that there are an awful lot of potential John Deans out there who are just itching to spill a bowl full of some extremely nasty tasting beans.

That Gonzalez is covering up for some serious crimes, only a fool would deny. It's already been established beyond a shadow of a doubt that, as White House council, he bypassed acting Attorney General James Comey and tried to get John Ashcroft who was extremely ill and under sedation, to sign off on the infamous (illegal) wiretapping scheme. As sick as he was, Ashcroft (and I can't believe I'm even writing this) acted nobly and refused to have anything to do with the deal. During testimony before the Senate earlier this month, when confronted by Senator Arlen Spector with the fact that the sedated Ashcroft wasn't even legally the Attorney General at the time of this hospital room confrontation, Gonzalez came back with the pathetic response that Ashcroft could have reclaimed his powers anytime he wished.

And speaking of Senate testimony, please tell me: how many times in one four hour period have you ever said, "I don't remember" or "I can't recall". If we are to believe his testimony, he is either the most incompetent Attorney General in history, or the man has the IQ of a half eaten box of Milk Duds. Come to think of it, I suspect that it's probably a little bit of both. Or maybe he's lying! Now there's a novel idea!

And now for the big question: What sort of contemptible political hack will George W. Bush try to install as a recess appointment while Congress is away on vacation? Here's my scenario - they'll try to find someone who is a retired politician with a little experience in the law (violating it). Maybe an ex-senator or congressman or - BETTER STILL! - a former governor! Yeah! That's the ticket! Now who can we find? Hmm...How 'bout...How 'bout - FORMER GOVERNOR JEB BUSH FROM THE GREAT STATE OF FLORIDA!!! WHAT A NEAT IDEA!!! Naturally the Democrats and even a few intelligent Republicans (there are some out there, believe it or not) will fly into a rage. Instantaneously, the Republican National Committee will issue the talking points which the neanderthals of Hate Radio will recite in unison: What a bunch of hypocrites these Democrats are! After all, President Kennedy appointed his brother Bobby as Attorney General in 1961 - and both of them are now viewed as sainted Democrat icons!

Is the Bush Mob actually brazen enough to try to pull off something that obvious? Absolutely they are. Will they dare try it? Who knows? But of this you may be absolutely certain: They're thinking about it.

Tom Degan

Goshen, NY



To Bob O'Connor (1930-2007) who passed away this week just one month shy of his 77th birthday:

You were one of the greatest men I ever knew. Thank you for a wonderful life, well lived and nobly spent. Thank you for your wit. Thank you for your love of family and friends. I'll sleep a little more soundly tonight knowing that you and Jack Degan are together again. We love you and we'll miss you forever.

Cheer! Cheer for old Notre Dame!


At 9:09 PM, Blogger Bambic said...

So, Mr. Degan, Mr. Tom Tom,
Long time no speak.

I, too, am thrilled with the fact that two of the top assholes actually stood in front of a microphone and uttered those wonderful words---
so I ask you, in all honesty, what do you think the odds are that we might have President Pelosi as our first female prez?
And how do you feel about that?

Talk to me. Please.
You've ignored my past few comments, and I'm getting the feeling that you're ticked off about something.
I know you had a birthday on the 16th, mine was the 17th and I beat you by three years.
So there.

At 9:37 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

I promise, I wasn't ignoring you. I tend not to comment on any posts unless they address me directly - which yours has. I love your posts. Keep them coming. As to the prospect of a President Pelosi, all I can say is, "Oh, please, God!"
All the best,
Tom Degan

At 11:45 PM, Blogger TheRambleman said...

Another good one, Tom. I too am THRILLED that A.G. resigned. I hope it's for the better, but I'm still a little worried that the worst is still to come from the Bush administration.

At 7:16 AM, Anonymous fearless flower said...

Tom, Great post!

Your predictions are coming true - must feel nice! Who do you think will be the next to jump ship or be given the heave ho? With Gonzales gone, the focus is back on the main characters again.

I'm hoping Cheney will be the next to come under fire for trying to create a fourth branch of government centering on himself.

Your posts are always a good read and this one is no exception. Thank you!

At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tom,

Great column, as usual. When I saw your thoughts about W appointing JEB! to be the next Attorney General I looked it up and per wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeb_Bush, JEB! is not an attorney. He got his degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 1973. In a normal world this would seem to make him ineligible for the position. That being said,the last 6 years have proven we don't live in a normal world so it wouldn't surprise me if W tried to get him into the position as a recess appointment. Lord knows he has abused that power at just about every other opportunity he has had to use it.


At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Charles Moore said...

Hi Tom, I must admit that I have not always shared your confidence that the Bush administration was imploding before our very eyes, but I am now truly converted. First Rumsfeld, then Harriet Meiers, Rove and now for all of his foot dragging, Gonzales has left and shortly even Tony Snow will be abandoning ship. Who else will be leaving? Who will be left? Can Bush and Cheney paddle this canoe by themselves?

I am willing to bet money that you are absolutely correct - somewhere there is someone lurking around behind a bush in the rose garden who will spill the beans on everyone in this rotten administration.

Next big question - can the remaining Bushies actually hang on until the 2008 election?

At 6:35 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...

OK, people, listen well!

On Friday August 31, 2007, the FED will be having an emergency meeting at the COG (Contininuity of Government) facility near Jackson Hole Wyoming.

For those of you that don't know what the COG facility is, it's a HUGE underground bunker, designed to withstand nuclear attacks, and other such hairy shit that might happen!

It exists to give the United States Government a place to hang ouyt in safety, while th rest of us catch their ration of shit, when (and if) the shit comes down!

Now, why, oh, why is the FED (a PRIVATE enterprise consisting of bankers, lawyers, and other asorted low-lifes) been given the keys to such a super-secret, and government-built-and-mantained facility? Hmmmmmm!

Now let's add to that the fact that KKKarl, Tony Snow, and Gonzo, have jumped ship, and are paddling around in the briney depths surrounding Bush's slowly sinki9ng ship od fools! Hmmmmmmmm!

Do all these peculiar acions, and the aproaching 9 11 aniversary, lead me to believe that something big and hairy is about to happen? Perhaps something like a "false flag" attack that can be blamed on the Iranians? Something "nuclear"? I'm beginning to think that we're getting ready to see that very thing!

Google "Truth Seeker.uk.com". These people are a source of information that, (for some reason or other), doesn't make it in the American media. "Rense" is another one to Google.

Get all the firearms you can, get ammo, non-perishable foods, and whatever else you can think of that will allow you to hunker down and survive! Don't forget to make sure you have some sort of primitive weaponry that won't run out of ammo!

Sorry, Tom, I know you don't like firearms, but when they come to drag me and mine off to "Camp Haliburton", I plan on facing them with something more substantial that an acoustic guitar!

I'ld rather die a warrior, than live a prisoner! And I've had some experience as both!

At 4:11 PM, Blogger Lena said...

Hi Tom,
Great writing, as usual!
With regard to the "attorney general brother" possibility, I believe there is a prohibition that was put into place after the Kennedys. (that's not to say that the bushies couldn't buy their way through that)
[I'm not TOO cynical, huh?) ;o)


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