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I feel as if I have stepped into the pages of Great Expectations and everyone has become Magwitch, transported to Australia in shackles aboard some vessel designed for the purpose of housing and transporting criminals at sea.  But of course that was the 19th Century...and earlier.  That's not now.  Right?  And then, along comes today's Guardian report.  And I am left with one reaction:

We have bloody prison ships?  Prison ships?  

Ask, the diarist who broke this story here, wondered if we should be surprised.  The bulk of this diary was constructed as a response to Ask's query.  I wanted to move it to a diary of its own because...well, because I tend to write gentle, thoughtful, peaceful, poignant diaries, and every once in a while it just feels good to let out some of the emotion that eight years of these evil jackasses has welled up in me.

Actually, the truth--the very, very sad truth, is this: I am not at all surprised.

Nothing that W and his Constitution-shredding cronies could do or conceive of doing would surprise me.  This is a man whose Presidency began with a concerted vote-stealing effort orchestrated by his brother and ratified by the allegedly apolitical Supreme Court.

It is a man who coldly and callously used bigotry and hate in a successful tactic to mobilize Christian Right voters after the Massachusetts Supreme Court decision authorizing gay marriage in 2004.  BTW: Have you noticed how the institution of marriage in that state has completely broken down?

It is a man who, halfway through his first term of office, bought the 2004 electoral votes of the state of Ohio through his connections to Diebold Corporation, whose CEO pledged to do whatever it took to get him re-elected and then managed to get his paperless machines installed in key precincts throughout a key state.  

It is a man who, having utterly wasted his first nine months in office (most people seem to forget that he had already been consigned to the historical scrap-heap by pundits after his--what? five hundred or so?--excessive vacations that year), ignored the direct warnings of his intelligence community that (what was that memo called again, Secretary Rice?) Osama Bin Laden was planning to attack inside the US and then, after he did so, managed to squander worldwide sympathy for our country in an amazingly short period of time.

It is a man whose response to such a catastrophe as 9/11 was to become emboldened to break down Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and international accords.

It is a man whose appointees to important positions have been almost uniformly incompetent or just plain bad, starting with his string of "Bush first, country and law a distant second" Attorney General appointees.  (And the image of Ashcroft covering up that pornographic Lady Liberty remains one of the distilling images of the Bush years in my mind.)

It is a man whose first actions in office were to allow his Vice-President to hold secret meetings with oil executives to set energy policies, policies that have worked so well for America that gas prices have tripled at the pump since he took office while oil company profits have soared.

It is a man who has ordered his cronies to ignore direct subpoenaes from Congress.

It is a man...

Oh I'm making myself ill.

G. W. Bush is a man guilty of criminal activity, large and small, national and international, from staging two non-violent coups to take over and retain the Presidency of the US to the absolutely impeachable offenses that led us into Iraq, which had done nothing to us, while ignoring the enemy who bombed our country.

No, I am not surprised at prison ships.  I would not be surprised if he had secret prisons on the moon, built and maintained by Haliburton.  

I am all in favor of trying to reconcile the political enmity that has permeated American culture for the last two decades, but I pray that President Obama finds a way to bring this treasonous and vulgar man and all of his cronies to justice for what they have done to our country and to the world for the last eight years.

Whew.

Sorry.  Next time I won't hold back so much.  :-)

Update [2008-6-2 1:24:28 by sunspark says]: Reader MajorFlaw saw a...well...major flaw in my poll.  My intention, which almost everyone recognized and honored, was to allow a bit of venting for the readers after my own rant was through.  I tried to use humor, ranging from the silly (Cheney's evil melting ice caps, the moon) to the more pointed (reminders of W's Nero-like dancing while the world burns) as well as some reflections of his own legacy: Guantanamo, Iraq, prison ships.  I had thought it a minor diversion.  One commenter, though, chose to go rather overboard with his own "humorous" response, and evoked Saddam on the gallows.  Never mind that I am vehemently opposed to the death penalty (even for Saddam and Osama); that particular brand of "gallows humor" does seem beyond the pale.  MajorFlaw requested that I remove what he (she?) refers to as an "inflammatory" poll.  I would be loath to do so because of one commenter's reaction or one poorly chosen alleged joke, though I'd be very open to doing so if I thought more people were offended...if I could.  But there does not appear to be a way to remove polls or even edit them once they are up.  Does anyone know about this?

Originally posted to sunspark says on Sun Jun 01, 2008 at 09:10 PM PDT.

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Where should we build the prison to hold Bush?

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  •  tips...for cells with bush's name on them (12+ / 0-)

    Justice Stevens is 88 years old. Justice Stevens is 88 years old. Justice Stevens is 88 years old.

    by sunspark says on Sun Jun 01, 2008 at 09:12:51 PM PDT

  •  Great summary (2+ / 0-)
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    cfk, Loudoun County Dem

    We've been almost forgetting lately the enormity of what we're fighting against.  We need these constant reminders to keep the atrocities clear and real in our minds.

    "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it *if* you can succeed." Speaker Pelosi

    by blueoasis on Sun Jun 01, 2008 at 09:20:39 PM PDT

  •  Saddam's gallows (1+ / 3-)
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    MajorFlaw, duckhunter, earicicle

    ...would be poetic justice.

    Rubus Eradicandus Est.

    by Randomfactor on Sun Jun 01, 2008 at 09:23:47 PM PDT

    •  Your comment is exactly why this poll (0+ / 0-)

      was a stupid idea.  TRed for threatening junior bush and thanks for making me do that :-(

      •  i understand the tr... (1+ / 0-)
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        Canadian Reader

        but i wonder...

        did the commenter really mean this as a threat to the President?  I am not sure it could even be reasonably taken that way.  I do not agree with it--I am vehemently opposed to the death penalty--but I see it in the same vein as the Bugliosi book advertised on this site: The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder.  There is a very real case to be made that this man knowingly led us into a war under false pretenses resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths.

        The humor in a line about gallows is misplaced, but I think it is the commenter's intention.  As to my poll, I know that was the intention.  I got through my vent and thought it might be nice to add a bit of lightness to the thing (with a touch of dark humor too, as in reminding readers of his Nero-like tendency to dance while the world is burning).

        I am sorry if it offended.  I hope it is not really a "major flaw."

        Justice Stevens is 88 years old. Justice Stevens is 88 years old. Justice Stevens is 88 years old.

        by sunspark says on Sun Jun 01, 2008 at 09:57:15 PM PDT

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        •  Watch it in real time: (1+ / 0-)
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          deMemedeMedia

          Where should we build the prison to hold Bush?

          Saddam's gallows
          ...would be poetic justice.

          Nope, not close.  Is there any way you can edit your diary and remove that inflammatory poll?

          •  Saddam was hung for being a Dictator and... (1+ / 0-)
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            killing thousands of people.  The difference here is what?  Shrub has set himself up as above the law, made a pardon of someone who had obeyed his commandment to break the law, and imprisoned people who have done nothing wrong.  The definition of Dick-tator is, um...oh, please.
            Hanging him isn't a threat.  It's a hope.

            "I am here because of Ashley." - Unknown Obama supporter.

            by rainmanjr on Sun Jun 01, 2008 at 10:24:41 PM PDT

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          •  Irish Car Bomb (0+ / 0-)

            Irish Car Bomb recipe
            Irish Car Bomb is one of the most popular drinks worldwide. The ingredients are simple and widely available, and beer lovers will almost certainly enjoy it. If you ask for one of these in an Irish pub you'll be greeted with either a smile, or a black eye. Enjoy!

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            3/4 pint Guinness® stout
            1/2 shot Bailey's® Irish cream
            1/2 shot Jameson® Irish whiskey

            Add the Bailey's and Jameson to a shot glass, layering the Bailey's on the bottom. Pour the Guinness into a pint glass or beer mug 3/4 of the way full and let settle. Drop the shot glass into the Guinness and chug. If you don't drink it fast enough it will curdle and increasingly taste worse.

        •  Ignore this malcontent! (0+ / 0-)

          Check the troll ratings recently given to him!

      •  B & B (0+ / 0-)

        Benedictine Brandy (B and B)
        A Real Restaurant Cocktail Recipe
        Preparation time: 15 seconds. Serves 1.

        Ingredients:

        1/2 ounce Brandy (cognac is best)
        1/2 ounce Benedictine
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  •  The International Court at the Hague (1+ / 0-)
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    awaits his pleasure...complete with iron bars for Mafia and racketeering types.

    Think Tank. "A place where people are paid to think by the makers of tanks" Naomi Klein.

    by ohcanada on Sun Jun 01, 2008 at 09:41:39 PM PDT

    •  Not impossible, but (1+ / 0-)
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      lot's of hurdles to bring BushCo to The Hague. My bet is that it never happens. Because the US is not a member of the ICC it makes it very difficult. There are some exceptions but it will take some very powerful foreign goverments with a lot of political will to bring BushCo to The Hague.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sun Jun 01, 2008 at 10:30:17 PM PDT

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  •  No need to hold back on my account. (1+ / 0-)
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    trivium

    I am all in favor of trying to reconcile the political enmity that has permeated American culture for the last two decades, but I pray that President Obama finds a way to bring this treasonous and vulgar man and all of his cronies to justice for what they have done to our country and to the world for the last eight years.

    Amen, sunspark.  

    "I am here because of Ashley." - Unknown Obama supporter.

    by rainmanjr on Sun Jun 01, 2008 at 10:19:28 PM PDT

  •  Try the whole lot of them. (0+ / 0-)

    Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, Gonzalez, Feith, Wolfowitz, Addington, Libby, Rove, Tenet, Franks...

    Round 'em up.

    •  in most cases, i'm sure you'll find cause... (0+ / 0-)

      but in most cases, I suspect it would not be worth it.  The ones who matter (and the most likely to go scot-free) are the big guns.

      Justice Stevens is 88 years old. Justice Stevens is 88 years old. Justice Stevens is 88 years old.

      by sunspark says on Sun Jun 01, 2008 at 10:54:26 PM PDT

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  •  Gotta problem here: Conviction by the MSM- (0+ / 0-)

    bloggistsphere doesn't seem like a fair trial, rendering a guilty verdict based on assumption of guilt because of past crimes.

    Don't get me wrong, the whole rendition, torture thing makes me sick. I am threatened by the whole shredding of the Constitution and dishonoring of Treaties.

    We don't have the mission of these ships. Our naval ships patrol international waters where pirates and terrorists are apprehended.

    Three ships were just hijacked off the coast of Somalia. Most of these hijacked ships have been carrying food and other relief supplies. Our Navy patrols these waters, as well as others, to protect such cargo ships.

    I agree that the 'charges' deserve an open, immediate investigation, but not a rush to judgment.

    "...fighting the wildfires of my life with squirt guns."

    by deMemedeMedia on Mon Jun 02, 2008 at 01:25:29 AM PDT

    •  true enough... (0+ / 0-)

      but as I say in my rant: there is nothing at this point that I would find too awful to believe about this administration.

      Justice Stevens is 88 years old. Justice Stevens is 88 years old. Justice Stevens is 88 years old.

      by sunspark says on Mon Jun 02, 2008 at 07:04:41 AM PDT

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  •  Great rant. (0+ / 0-)

    There's so much to rant about.

    And your poll is fine. I added an HR to the gallows remark. It should hide the comment. I agree w/you: I don't believe in the death penalty for ANYBODY, W included.

    I voted prison ships. Hopefully, he gets seasick!

    Sweet are the uses of adversity...[Find] tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything. -Shakespeare, As You Like It

    by earicicle on Mon Jun 02, 2008 at 02:39:16 AM PDT

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