Powell confronts Cheney on the future of Republican Party

Colin L. Powell challenged Dick Cheney on the legacy of the Bush administration and the future of the Republican Party on Sunday, declaring that Republicans should not bow to “diktats that come from the right wing.”

The remarks by Mr. Powell, a former secretary of state, amounted to a public rebuttal of Mr. Cheney, the former vice president, and Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio commentator, who have questioned Mr. Powell’s Republican credentials and suggested that he should leave the party.

Rush will not get his wish,” Mr. Powell said Sunday on “Face the Nation” on CBS. “And Mr. Cheney was misinformed. I am still a Republican.”

Mr. Powell’s appearance underlined an extraordinary public struggle among Republicans over the future of the party and the legacy of the Bush administration, particularly on national security. Mr. Powell broke with Mr. Cheney on the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, saying that he agreed with President Obama that it should be closed and that Mr. Cheney disagreed as much with his former boss as with Mr. Obama.

“Mr. Cheney is not only disagreeing with President Obama’s policy,” Mr. Powell said. “He’s disagreeing with President Bush’s policy. President Bush stated repeatedly to international audiences and to the country that he wanted to close Guantánamo. The problem he had was he couldn’t get all the pieces together…”

Mr. Powell infuriated many in his party last fall when he endorsed Mr. Obama for president. His appearance on “Face the Nation” comes two weeks after Mr. Cheney, appearing on the same program, said he believed that Mr. Powell “had already left the party. I didn’t know he was still a Republican…”

He made clear that he thought a major threat to the party were suggestions by Republicans like Mr. Cheney and Mr. Limbaugh that there was no room for Republicans like Mr. Powell…

Though I respect the views of traditional American conservatism – goodness knows there are enough of them in my extended family – I’m glad to see the nutball Right battling to stay in charge of the party. I’m just as pleased to see proto-fascists narrow their base, affront that portion of the American populace who respect democracy and collective political freedoms.

Let them paint themselves into the corner where racists and bigots, war-lovers and chickenhawks alike, the professional haters jostle each other into uselessness. The party of “NO’ indeed.

Teen burglar confesses. Bureaucrats refuse to let Sheriff arrest him!

A 14-year-old alleged serial burglar — whose friends even placed orders for specific items — told Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputies he “needs to be in jail” because he “feels a rush when he enters a home,” according to a police report…

So far, the boy has admitted to about 80 residential burglaries in the city and county of Santa Fe during the last year, as well as others in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, Sheriff Greg Solano said. Preliminarily, it appears the boy — in conjunction with up to four other juveniles — stole approximately 40 flat-screen televisions, 30 guns, seven ounces of cocaine and $10,000 in cash, as well as an unspecified number of iPods and laptop computers, he said.

“It will easily be in the tens of thousands of dollars,” Solano said.

But despite the boy’s admissions of guilt, he has not been arrested and, thus, was not identified by the Sheriff’s Department. The Juvenile Probation Office declined to authorize the boy’s arrest because he didn’t score highly enough on the office’s point scale, which is used to determine if a juvenile should be incarcerated, Solano said.

“The point system is geared toward violent crime,” he said. “And they don’t consider burglary a violent crime.”

Solano, however, said he does consider burglary a violent crime because it can turn violent if a resident is home at the time of the intrusion. Also, burglary victims often feel violated, he said.

Asked if he thinks the boy will continue to break into houses, Solano said, “Yeah, I do.”

RTFA. Reflect on the loonies in charge of criminal justice for juveniles. Because apparently nothing will be done unless the little shit in question kills someone or is injured in the course of committing a crime.