News reports indicate that Bush is asserting "executive privilege" in his refusal to turn over subpoenaed documents for former presidential counsel, Harriet Miers and former political director, Sara Taylor. The documents were subpoenaed in connection with the investigation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' command of the Justice Department.
"Tensions between the administration and the Democratic-run Congress have been building for months as the House and Senate Judiciary panels have sought to probe the firings of eight federal prosecutors and the administration's program of warrantless eavesdropping. The investigations are part of the Democrats' efforts to hold the administration to account for the way it has conducted the war on terrorism since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."
Does anyone recall the bygone years of Bill Clinton? Do you recall Monica-gate, Whitewater, and Ken Starr? Seems the Clinton's were persecuted and prosecuted throughout their term, perhaps not unjustly, and yet the Bush Administration continues to wage war, hide facts and confiscate our freedoms while America continues to remain complacent, or more accurately, apathetic.
And I'm as guilty as anyone. Hell, I've got car troubles, family responsibilities, a mass of bills to pay, and four DVD's I have yet to sit down and watch.
Would someone please take to the streets in protest? Call me when you've got a good crowd gathered and I'll join you.
Three Celebrity Deaths to report on today. One or two of these may have dropped while I was in Florida, so my apologies for my less than timely reporting.
Former relief pitcher, Rod Beck, was found dead in his Arizona home on June 23. At this time, the cause of death is still unknown, however police have ruled out homicide. During his 13 year career, Beck played for the San Francisco Giants, the Chicago Cubs, the Boston Red Sox and the San Diego Padres.
On Monday, June 25, professional wrestler, Chris Benoit, was found dead, along with his wife, Nancy Daus and their seven year old son Daniel, in their home in Fayetteville, Georgia. At this time, police are calling it a murder/suicide, speculating that Benoit killed his wife and son sometime over the weekend before taking his own life on Monday.
Benoit "performed" in Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, and World Wrestling Entertainment.
Best known for his rendition of The Lion Sleeps Tonight with the Tokens, singer and producer, Hank Mendress, died of lung cancer on June 18, 2007.
Sitting at a 'puter at the Anna Maria Island Library. Contemplating buying The Onion Field by Joseph Wambaugh for .50. Not a bad deal, I just don't know if I'll read it. Add it to the bookshelf I suppose. Ted Danson and James Woods were in the movie as I recall. I think Danson is the cop that gets executed. BFD, I know.
So Lisa and I are planning to visit Jessica's Beach Lounge this afternoon. A friend and co-worker of mine, Tom, AKA Cheese, grew up with "Jack" who retired down here and is now tending bar at Jessica's. Tom and Jack were hippies together, went to shows at the Fillmore, drove cross-country several times ala Easy Rider, even took peyote at the Grand Canyon. During their peyote trip, they apparently had an interesting conversation with a couple of crows who tried to talk them into attempting flight. Cheese tells me that just as they were considering it, an eagle flew by and squawked a warning at them, at which point the crows vamoosed and the boys wisely stayed put on the ledge. Hopefully I'll hear a couple of interesting stories from Jack's point of view.
After Jessica's it will be drinks at The Waterfront and then dinner on the pier at Rotten Ralph's. Lots of eating and drinking this week. Needless to say, I'll have to tighten up on the diet next week. But that's still several days away. I can wait.
OK, so I wasn't quite "here" yet. Where I am is a Crown Plaza hotel in Burlingame, California. Long story...
The day began well enough, light traffic and an easy ride to the airport, but things quickly began to deteriorate shortly after we were set to relax and await our boarding call.
We noticed on the monitor that our 9:30 flight had been delayed to 10:30, apparently due to bad weather in Dallas. A short time later it was delayed to 11:30, delayed to 1:00. Cancelled. Clusterfuck ensues.
So here we are, eating and napping at the Crown Plaza, right down the street from SFO. Do I know how to vacation or what?
3:06 PM - Today - Sunday June 17
Many calls to American Airlines while waiting in line. An attempt to move from American to a Northwest flight resulted in whipping said clusterfuck into a frenzy. Hours in lines, hours on the phone resulted in an 11:30 PM flight to Chicago which arrived at 5:30 AM this morning. Fitful sleep that was hardly worth it. We "deplaned" at which time the girl promptly barfed into a garbage can. A touch of air sickness apparently. A two hour lay-over and we were off for Tampa.
Attempted to sleep but the boy kept talking at me. Then suddenly he needed to barf. Where this came from I have no idea. We actually had an opportunity to use the barf bag. Imagine that. Bitch of a flight attendant would not let me toss it immediately as they were readying the "cart". Almost barfed myself while holding barf bag for boy. Nice.
Arrived on time for a change, met the in-laws and began the one hour drive to Anna Maria. Approximately 10 minutes from their house, the boy barfed into a cooler they had brought along to hold some cold drinks. At present he is swimming in their pool, probably making plans to throw up in it. No he's not sick. Too much greasy food, not enough sleep and motion sickness. What are you gonna do?
So here we are. Happy Father's Day to me. This is my mother-in-laws computer so I'll post updates as I'm able.
My notes from the flight:
As I write this it's 3:15 AM PST and I'm on a plane bound for Chicago, the sun is just beginning to leak through the clouds. I'm in an aisle seat toward the back of the plane and get to enjoy the constant parade to the bathroom. Reminds me of the infamous seat 29A story. Sorry, seat 29E
Eating a Subway Club sandwich with way too much mustard,in the dark. Purchased in order to use up the food vouchers from A.A.
Drifting, but rarely sleeping
Playing "toss the monkey through the neck pillow" with the boy while the rest of plane sleeps
Weird Chinese guy, head wrapped in his trench coat, sleeping on his tray table
The "Jackass" family, with matching Panama style hats and Tevas, the ugliest sandal ever