Winging it: Above is the specific minute once George W. Bush shelp “wings take dream.” Click the PLAY switch. When you’re done laughing at the POTUS’s poetry, accompanied by Professor Harlan McCraney, sober up and also read on.

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Exactly 5 years ago this particular day, marketing in La Crosse, Wisconsin, George W. Shrub said:“Families is wbelow our country finds hope, where wings take dream.”

What a moron. Congratulations, America, bereason without all of you, we wouldn’t be observing this anniversary.

Click on the above picture’s PLAY button to hear Shrub actually say it, as part of a hilarious Rusoffer Bates video (which I previously composed about).

Slate Editor Jacob Weisberg, keeper of the flaming idiot, deserves eternal many thanks for preserving this and also other Bushisms.

In spite of what Cryptome says around Reader’s Digest, the little bit mag taught me years back that laughter is the ideal medicine. And I still think that.

But there’s an angle to the Plamegate examination that might chill Bush beaters after the laughter dies dvery own. And for pointing that out to us, we as soon as aobtain have the Slate editor to thank. As far as I have the right to tell, Weisberg didn’t publicly observe the anniversary of the “wings take dream” quote. But he was busy.

In “Illiberal Prosecution,” posted late this morning, Weisberg notes the gleeful anticipation of many type of while prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald supposedly is deciding that or what to maybe charge regarding Plamegate. Oooh! Oooh! Let it be Karl Rove! But then Weisberg writes:

Hold the schadenfreude, blue-staters. Rooting for Rove’s indictment in this instance isn’t just unseemly, it’s unthinking and inevitably self-devastating.

Anyone that cares about civil liberties, liberty of indevelopment, or even simply fair play have to have been unconvinced around Fitzgerald’s investigation from the begin.

Claiming a few conservative scalps can be satisfying, however they’ll come at a price to values liberals hold dear: the press’s best to find out, the government’s capability to discshed, and also the public’s best to recognize.

“Unseemly”? That never stops me from making mit der schadenfreude. I’m likewise not enthralled by Weisberg’s disagreements that the White Housage mooks more than likely didn’t understand Valerie Plame was undercover and that they couldn’t probably be so venal regarding put CIA agents at hazard for the sake of trashing her husband.

But as soon as it concerns the implications of Fitzgerald’s poking roughly in that shelp what to whom, Weisberg provides mit der good point:

n the hands of a relentless and ambitious prosecutor like Fitzgerald, the lack of proof that you’ve damaged a legislation just becomes an invitation to construct a situation based on other possible crimes, especially those committed in the course of deffinishing yourself, choose obstruction of justice and making false statements.

Call witnesses earlier enough times and you have the right to usually come up through something. Special prosecutors never before offer up, bereason saying no crime was committed, after investing years and tens of countless public dollars, counts as abject faitempt.

And if gleanings from the grand jury room are to be thought, Fitzgerald might go past the Ken Starr–style foolishness to carry more imaginative crap charges of his very own devising.

Fitzgerald’s concerns to Judith Miller suggest the opportunity of indictments under the much larger and also rarely supplied espionage legislation or Section 641 of the U.S. Code, which deals with the theft of federal government property. The Justice Department has used 641 in at leastern one situation, to prosecute a Drug Enforcement Agency analyst that leaked a name from an firm file to the British press.

And then there’s the wider problem of reporters’ (i.e., the public’s) capacity to get info:

Already, Fitzgerald’s investigation has actually verified a disaster for freedom of the push and also freedom of indevelopment.

Reporters, editors, and publishers have actually been put on notice about the legal danger of making use of blind sources, which most take into consideration a vital tool of news-gathering. Any ambiguity about a push privilege under federal law has been refixed, not in favor of the media.

According to some anecdotal accounts, journalists’ faiattract to completely protect their resources in the Plame instance has actually already chilled official leaks to reporters.

Should Fitzgerald win convictions under the espionage law or Section 641, any kind of conversations in between officials and journalists emotional on classified indevelopment might come come to be prosecutable offenses. That would turn the current chill into permafrost.

Not to cite that even more and also even more unclassified information is ending up being “classified,” as Steven Aftergood‘s Secrecy News constantly points out.

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There’s even more in Weisberg’s evaluation. He’s such a grownup. But he’s encouraged also me that once the laughter over the doofus POTUS dies down, the silence can be deadly.