Vermont Votes to Impeach!

Joining Kucinich and Feingold, the Vermont Senate has told America what they think of Bush and Cheney:

Vermont senators voted Friday to call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, saying their actions have raised “serious questions of constitutionality.”

Bush and Cheney’s actions in the U.S. and abroad, including in Iraq, “raise serious questions of constitutionality, statutory legality, and abuse of the public trust,” the resolution reads.

The lies that tricked us into Iraq.  Spying on ordinary Americans.  Torture.  Firing and rewarding US Attorneys based on politics.  Graft and no bid contracts.  Cronyism over experience.  The Plame scandal.  An all powerful executive and the abuse of signing statements.  Yeah, they have a lot to answer for.

Advocates were thrilled with the vote.

“I think it’s going to have a tremendous political effect, a tremendous political effect on public discourse about what to do about this president,” said James Leas, a vocal advocate of withdrawing troops from Iraq and impeaching Bush and Cheney.

Let’s get this discourse started!  The Bush administration needs to answer for their crimes.

Vermont just brought us all one step closer to seeing justice served.


Political Limbo for the Church?

The Catholic Church recently axed Limbo (emphasis mine):

“People find it increasingly difficult to accept that God is just and merciful if he excludes infants, who have no personal sins, from eternal happiness, whether they are Christian or non-Christian,” the document said.

It said the study was made all the more pressing because “the number of nonbaptised infants has grown considerably, and therefore the reflection on the possibility of salvation for these infants has become urgent.”

I’m taking a look at the language here, and the conclusions are a bit troublesome.  The first part suggests this was a response to political and religious pressure.  A bit of religious PR.  That can be see as both a good and bad thing I suppose.  The second part is what really gets to me.  Why should an increase in the number of nonbaptised infants change the urgency of what is essentially a moral conundrum?  If one believes that a just God would not condemn the sinless to eternity in limbo, why would the number of those condemned make or break this as an issue for the Church?  The reason that leapt of the page at me was simple pressure.  The more infants believed to be in limbo, the more parents and relatives pressuring the Church.

Now I like the idea of any religious body being responsive to its members,  and changing to keep up with the times.  Its just that moves like this (and the reasoning offered) suggest larger religious entities are essentially political in nature.  Change the wording around a little, and you could be looking at a press release for Monsanto about GM crops.

Regardless, this was a wonderful move, and I feel very happy for the Catholics who previously suffered with this belief who may now find solace and relief in findings of the Church’s Theological Commission.

Labor Organizer Murdered by Fucking Cowards

I can’t keep my anger quiet and polite. This really fucking rankles me.

To have to commit murder to advance your politics and your economics is an utter condemnation of both. Your “invisible hand” crumbles to dust the second a “great organizer” turns his eyes on you. Focuses his reason and his principles on helping the people you crush to make a few extra cents per day per person. So you had better kill this man. Better make him suffer. Otherwise your way of life is sand. Your corruption and your greed are fond memories. (Lindsay):

Yet police are investigating the death as a common crime, or an internal union power struggle.

From the AFL-CIO blog:

In a statement on its website, FLOC says:

Since our breakthrough agreement in North Carolina in 2004, FLOC has had to battle against anti-union hostility in the South’s “right-to-work” environment. We have put up with constant attacks in both the U.S. and Mexico—including having our office burglarized and broken into several times and a number of other attempted break-ins. Now the attacks have come to this.

When you resort to violence, you throw away every fucking ounce of credibility you once held. The hostility against Unions is dripping with fear, ignorance, greed, and pure vile hatred.

I don’t know what message you wanted to send, but all you’ve done is make a brave man known to more people, and raised his cause higher in our consciousness.

Cruz, 29, who worked for FLOC for more than four years in the United States, had headed up the Monterrey office for less than a month, says Leticia Zavala, a FLOC organizer.

He was full of life, a great organizer. He had just gotten close to the church. He had become a born-again Christian only some months ago and he was looking for a new life.

My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and his friends.