Monday, June 19, 2006

Is the Bush Administration a Learning Organization?

by Tom Bozzo

Signs point to "no."

With a hat tip to Ken, via Sadly, No! ("Bush appointee..."), TBogg ("Houston, we have a moron") and Bob Harris ("Outer space: the new Iraq"), the Scotsman looks inside the decision to launch the :
During a weekend meeting at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral, Florida, Dr Griffin gave the final nod for next month’s mission, despite what he called an “intensive and spirited exchange” with senior colleagues who recommended a “no-go”. “We have elected to take the risk,” he said.
Oy. Someone at the Scotsman can read:
The Columbia Accident Investigation Board, which was set up to probe the reasons for the 2003 disaster, condemned NASA in its final report for a "culture of complacency" in which engineers' concerns were slapped down and debate stifled.
Yes, that's what the Columbia Accident Investigation Board report said — even in the Executive Summary, so there's no excuse for not having read it (if you're NASA Administrator):
Cultural traits and organizational practices detrimental to safety were allowed to develop, including: reliance on past success as a substitute for sound engineering practices (such as testing to understand why systems were not performing in accordance with requirements); organizational barriers that prevented effective communication of critical safety information and stifled professional differences of opinion... [emphasis added]
Impeach the entire Bush administration. Impeach them all now.

In the meanwhile, perhaps Corndog can queue (or tee) up Michael Griffin for his occasional series insulting Bush administration officials.
They cannot learn.
Impeach Bush yourself! This is much more than just a petition.

There's a little known and rarely used clause of the in the rules for the House of Representatives which sets forth the various ways in which a president can be impeached. Only the House Judiciary Committee puts together the Articles of Impeachment, but before that happens, someone has to initiate the process.

That's where we come in. In addition to the State-by-State method, one of the ways to get impeachment going is for individual citizens like you and me to submit a memorial. has created a new memorial based on one which was successful in impeaching a federal official in the past. You can find it on their website as a PDF.

You can initiate the impeachment process yourself by downloading the memorial, filling in the relevant information in the blanks (your name, state, etc.), and sending it in.

More information on the precedent for submitting an impeachment
memorial, and the House Rules on this procedure, can also be found at
the above address.

If you have any doubts that Bush has committed crimes warranting
impeachment, read this page:

If you're concerned that impeachment might not be the best strategy
at this point, read the bottom of this page:

"I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace."
Bush, June 18, 2002

"War is Peace"
Big Brother in George Orwell's 1984
Because you asked so nicely and because Griffin pisses me off so much, I came up with a special edition insult over at my place.
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