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Thread: Bush Finally Does One Thing Right

  1. #1
    Bush commutes sentences of former US border agents

    Jan 19 01:09 PM US/Eastern
    By DEB RIECHMANN

    Bush Commutes Sentences of Former Border Agents Ramos & Compean


    WASHINGTON (AP) - In his final acts of clemency, President George W. Bush on Monday commuted the prison sentences of two former U.S. Border Patrol agents whose convictions for shooting a Mexican drug dealer ignited fierce debate about illegal immigration.
    Bush's decision to commute the sentences of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who tried to cover up the shooting, was welcomed by both Republican and Democratic members of Congress. They had long argued that the agents were merely doing their jobs, defending the American border against criminals. They also maintained that the more than 10-year prison sentences the pair was given were too harsh.

    Rancor over their convictions, sentencing and firings has simmered ever since the shooting occurred in 2005.

    Ramos and Compean became a rallying point among conservatives and on talk shows where their supporters called them heroes. Nearly the entire bipartisan congressional delegation from Texas and other lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle pleaded with Bush to grant them clemency.

    Bush didn't pardon the men for their crimes, but decided instead to commute their prison sentences because he believed they were excessive and that they had already suffered the loss of their jobs, freedom and reputations, a senior administration official said.

    The action by the president, who believes the border agents received fair trials and that the verdicts were just, does not diminish the seriousness of their crimes, the official said.

    Compean and Ramos, who have served about two years of their sentences, are expected to be released from prison within the next two months.

    They were convicted of shooting admitted drug smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete Davila in the buttocks as he fled across the Rio Grande, away from an abandoned van load of marijuana. The border agents argued during their trials that they believed the smuggler was armed and that they shot him in self defense. The prosecutor in the case said there was no evidence linking the smuggler to the van of marijuana. The prosecutor also said the border agents didn't report the shooting and tampered with evidence by picking up several spent shell casings.

    The agents were fired after their convictions on several charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon and with serious bodily injury, violation of civil rights and obstruction of justice. All their convictions, except obstruction of justice, were upheld on appeal.

  2. #2
    Bush commutes sentences of former US border agents

    Jan 19 01:09 PM US/Eastern
    By DEB RIECHMANN

    Bush Commutes Sentences of Former Border Agents Ramos & Compean


    WASHINGTON (AP) - In his final acts of clemency, President George W. Bush on Monday commuted the prison sentences of two former U.S. Border Patrol agents whose convictions for shooting a Mexican drug dealer ignited fierce debate about illegal immigration.
    Bush's decision to commute the sentences of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who tried to cover up the shooting, was welcomed by both Republican and Democratic members of Congress. They had long argued that the agents were merely doing their jobs, defending the American border against criminals. They also maintained that the more than 10-year prison sentences the pair was given were too harsh.

    Rancor over their convictions, sentencing and firings has simmered ever since the shooting occurred in 2005.

    Ramos and Compean became a rallying point among conservatives and on talk shows where their supporters called them heroes. Nearly the entire bipartisan congressional delegation from Texas and other lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle pleaded with Bush to grant them clemency.

    Bush didn't pardon the men for their crimes, but decided instead to commute their prison sentences because he believed they were excessive and that they had already suffered the loss of their jobs, freedom and reputations, a senior administration official said.

    The action by the president, who believes the border agents received fair trials and that the verdicts were just, does not diminish the seriousness of their crimes, the official said.

    Compean and Ramos, who have served about two years of their sentences, are expected to be released from prison within the next two months.

    They were convicted of shooting admitted drug smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete Davila in the buttocks as he fled across the Rio Grande, away from an abandoned van load of marijuana. The border agents argued during their trials that they believed the smuggler was armed and that they shot him in self defense. The prosecutor in the case said there was no evidence linking the smuggler to the van of marijuana. The prosecutor also said the border agents didn't report the shooting and tampered with evidence by picking up several spent shell casings.

    The agents were fired after their convictions on several charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon and with serious bodily injury, violation of civil rights and obstruction of justice. All their convictions, except obstruction of justice, were upheld on appeal.

  3. #3
    BREAKING: Bush Pardons Osama bin Laden

    WASHINGTON, DC: In a stunning late-hour development, President George W. Bush has granted Osama bin Laden a pardon for the murder of more than 2,700 Americans in the fall of 2001.

    "This kinda came out of nowhere," said a White House aide who requested anonymity. "I wouldn't have put bin Laden on the short list myself. On the other hand, maybe this is the president's way of finding closure. Because ... y'know ... he wasn't actually able to kill bin Laden, or capture him, or even keep him from making all those (expletive) videos. I mean, jeez, let's face it: Osama bin Laden is basically a one-man Netflix of cave movies."

    The aide paused, then went on to say, "Can you believe this dude (Bush) was actually president for eight (expletive) years? What were we thinking? Seriously, what the (expletive) were we thinking?"

    The aide began weeping quietly. "May God have mercy on me for my role in the unfathomable travesty that was the Bush administration."

    Conservative columnist William Kristol insisted the pardon made sense.

    "George W. Bush is a brilliant strategist. I'm sure he has a good reason for this pardon. I'll figure it out."

    Kristol ****ed his thumb for a few minutes, lost in thought. He was then distracted by a brightly colored piece of string.

    A passerby, told of the bin Laden pardon, offered a possible explanation:

    "Maybe Bush is trying to smoke him out. Wasn't that the plan?"

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...ns-osa_b_159272.html

  4. #4
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Rough Neighbor:
    BREAKING: Bush Pardons Osama bin Laden

    WASHINGTON, DC: In a stunning late-hour development, President George W. Bush has granted Osama bin Laden a pardon for the murder of more than 2,700 Americans in the fall of 2001.

    "This kinda came out of nowhere," said a White House aide who requested anonymity. "I wouldn't have put bin Laden on the short list myself. On the other hand, maybe this is the president's way of finding closure. Because ... y'know ... he wasn't actually able to kill bin Laden, or capture him, or even keep him from making all those (expletive) videos. I mean, jeez, let's face it: Osama bin Laden is basically a one-man Netflix of cave movies."

    The aide paused, then went on to say, "Can you believe this dude (Bush) was actually president for eight (expletive) years? What were we thinking? Seriously, what the (expletive) were we thinking?"

    The aide began weeping quietly. "May God have mercy on me for my role in the unfathomable travesty that was the Bush administration."

    Conservative columnist William Kristol insisted the pardon made sense.

    "George W. Bush is a brilliant strategist. I'm sure he has a good reason for this pardon. I'll figure it out."

    Kristol ****ed his thumb for a few minutes, lost in thought. He was then distracted by a brightly colored piece of string.

    A passerby, told of the bin Laden pardon, offered a possible explanation:

    "Maybe Bush is trying to smoke him out. Wasn't that the plan?"

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...ns-osa_b_159272.html </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
    Should have added a note to the article that this was SATIRE.
    "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." John Adams on Defense of the boston Massacre

  5. #5
    Many of us like to make fun of Dr. Phil, the television therapist who, after getting his start on Oprah, got his own show and makes a fortune off of telling perfectionist moms, ***** who want plastic surgery, and people whose lives have been ruined by the Internet to “get real.” But he provides a real service: giving people their 15 minutes of fame while entertaining housewives and college students across America who are thankful that they aren’t nearly as pitiful as many of the guests on Dr. Phil’s show.

    But in mere months Americans are going to need all of the Dr. Phils that they can find, as a disaster of epic proportions just ripe for ratings pickings is looming large on the horizon.

    What, you ask? Will there be another major attack in the U.S. by Islamists? Is the gigantic volcano lurking beneath Yellowstone National Park ready to explode? Is David Letterman planning on replacing his popular “Top Ten” segment with a how-to series on knitting?

    It’s worse than you think: George W. Bush will be leaving office in mid-January 2009, leaving professional Bush-bashers up the proverbial creek without a paddle. Once Bush is no longer in office and, one presumes, enjoying his retirement on his ranch in Crawford, Texas, who will Americans blame for all the ills known to plague modern man?

    The few days of national unity against an evil force that seeks to destroy America after 9/11 notwithstanding, President Bush has been blamed for just about every problem known to plague humanity. Not only is he responsible for the fact that Europeans think we’re just a bunch of boorish cowboys who don’t know a salad fork from a demitasse spoon — yes, I know they’ve always thought that, but it’s worse now, right? — but he’s also responsible for:

    * 9/11 (if you don’t believe it was an inside job, just ask Rosie O’Donnell)

    * the mess in New Orleans and the surrounding area after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 (conveniently letting state and city government ***blers off the hook)

    * global warming because he wouldn’t sign the Kyoto Protocol (even though Congress gave it thumbs down during Bill Clinton’s administration and Clinton decided to leave well enough alone)

    * the tsunami in Indonesia in 2004 (see above reason)

    * weight and relationship problems of average citizens whom he’s never even met

    I could go on, but my space is limited.

    source
    "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." John Adams on Defense of the boston Massacre

  6. #6
    One thing I observed is George and Laura looked very happy leaving Washington yesterday. I'm sure when they landed in Texas, it was not only a breath of fresh air, but at least 30 or so degrees warmer!!!!

  7. #7
    Only half right, should have been a pardon.

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