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May 1st, 2007

Bush can veto a bill, but he can’t veto the truth

Today Americans United for Change released this ad in response to President Bush’s veto of historic legislation to wind down the war in Iraq.

Tell George Bush he can’t veto the truth. Call: 202-456-1111

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April 30th, 2007

Tenet the Tool.

Georgie TenetHe has no balls. He writes a drive-by bitchslap of George and the Big Dick Cheney. He whines, he points his pudgy white finger at the White House.

But, he also took the hit for George when it all came down about the yellowcake and those 16 little words in the SOTU speeh didnt’ he?

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Posted in General, Politics, Right Wing Nut, Miscellaneous, Military, Quickie, Middle East, IDIOT, Terrorism, Iraq War | 7 Comments »

April 29th, 2007

General George Casey wants the troop build up NOW

Casey and RummyThe military man who was running the Iraq War Show for over two years got kicked upstairs to the Army Chief of Staff. Now, I don’t know about you, my dear reader, but I think Casey did a very shitty job running the War.

He has stated to the press and his own ‘people’ that he doesn’t want to wait until 2012 for the Army to expand to 547,000 troops. He wants them NOW. General Casey said the following to a group of military wives:

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Posted in Politics, Current Affairs, Economics, Right Wing Nut, Military, Middle East, Homeland Security, IDIOT, Terrorism, Iraq War | 7 Comments »

April 29th, 2007

This guy is a real peach..and he ran a military prison in Iraq?

By Ross Colvin

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The former commander of a major U.S. military detention center in Baghdad has been detained and charged with “aiding the enemy”, the U.S. military said on Thursday.

Lieutenant-Colonel William Steele is also charged with having an improper relationship with a translator and with the daughter of a detainee, providing mobile phones to prisoners, and unauthorized possession of classified information.
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Posted in General, Right Wing Nut, Military, Quickie, Middle East, Police State, IDIOT, Legal News, Iraq War | No Comments »

April 27th, 2007

BushCo is trying to muzzle the Gitmo lawyers again.

Welcome to Gitmo folksActually more than muzzle them. The bastards are trying to curb the lawyers contact with their clients..you know..the Gitmo prisoners. The folks that have, in most cases, been held for years without charges..tortured..and God knows what the hell else. Care to know what the excuse for this heinous action is? Hell, let the NYT explain it..I am speechless:

Saying that visits by civilian lawyers and attorney-client mail have caused “intractable problems and threats to security at Guantánamo,” a Justice Department filing proposes new limits on the lawyers’ contact with their clients and access to evidence in their cases that would replace more expansive rules that have governed them since they began visiting Guantánamo detainees in large numbers in 2004.

The filing says the lawyers have caused unrest among the detainees and have improperly served as a conduit to the news media, assertions that have drawn angry responses from some of the lawyers.
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April 26th, 2007

Author RJ Hillhouse gets exclusive interview with BlackwaterUSA’s President

Dr. Hillhouse has an interview up on her site that she recently conducted with BlackWater USA’s Prez Gary Jackson. This is quite a coup for her, since these folks aren’t usually too forthright with the interviews. She asks questions about Jeremy Scahill’s new book about the mercenary group that has gotten rich off the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She also asks him about the owner of BlackWater, Erik Prince and his christian rightwing contributions.

Dr. Hillhouse has just completed a book entitled ‘Outsourced” about merc’s and the outsourcing of our wars. I have a pre-release copy and will dive into it shortly, I can’t wait to get started on it and will review it for you here.

Check out her interview..see how Jackson is very adept at dodging pertinent questions.
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Posted in General, Politics, Current Affairs, Weblogs, Military, Middle East, Homeland Security, Terrorism, Iraq War | No Comments »

April 24th, 2007

IAVA to appear before Senate Comm. on Vet Affairs

On Wednesday at 2:00pm ET, the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs will be holding a hearing on the mental health issues and specifically PTSD faced by returning combat veterans. IAVA Legislative Director Patrick Campbell will be talking about recent efforts by the VA to address these issues, and about his own experiences in Iraq. Ellen and Randy Omvig, whose son Joshua committed suicide just a few months after returning from a tour of duty in Iraq, will be speaking on the panel with him.

You can watch the hearing live here. If you can’t watch it live, you can watch it afterwards on the Committee’s website.

Posted in General, Politics, Military, Quickie, Budget, Health, HERO | No Comments »

April 24th, 2007

Office of Special Counsel opens investiation into Karl Rove’s activities.

RoverIts about time:

WASHINGTON — Most of the time, an obscure federal investigative unit known as the Office of Special Counsel confines itself to monitoring the activities of relatively low-level government employees, stepping in with reprimands and other routine administrative actions for such offenses as discriminating against military personnel or engaging in prohibited political activities.

But the Office of Special Counsel is preparing to jump into one of the most sensitive and potentially explosive issues in Washington, launching a broad investigation into key elements of the White House political operations that for more than six years have been headed by chief strategist Karl Rove.
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Posted in General, Politics, Current Affairs, Right Wing Nut, Miscellaneous, Quickie | 6 Comments »

April 22nd, 2007

Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald(D) dies

From TheHill.com

Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-Calif.), who’d taken leave from Congress after being diagnosed with cancer, died Sunday, a Congressional source said.

House Clerk Lorraine Miller has secured Millender-McDonald’s office and is to oversee the office until an election can be held to replace her.

Posted in General, Politics, Quickie, Campaign News | 3 Comments »

April 22nd, 2007

Vermont Senate votes for Impeachment of Bush and Cheney

(AP) MONTPELIER, Vt. 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.”

The non-binding resolution was approved 16-9 without debate — all six Republicans in the chamber at the time and three Democrats voted against it.

The resolution says 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.”
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Posted in General, Politics, Current Affairs, Impeachment | 7 Comments »

April 21st, 2007

 Bush pushes for changes to the FISA law.

destroying the constitutionThis shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that follows the errant ways of our current administration..but just the same..This is total bs:

The administration says it wants to make the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act — or FISA — more “technology-neutral” — that is, it wants to make sure spy agencies can use new forms of surveillance that aren’t specifically foreseen in the law.

Oh, another thing..the bill will also provide immunity to participating Telecom companies. Isn’t that fabulous my dear reader?
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Posted in General, Politics, Current Affairs, Right Wing Nut, Miscellaneous, Police State, IDIOT, Legal News | 9 Comments »

April 19th, 2007

Doolittle resigns Appropriations seat.

From AP we get the news House Rep John Doolittle is temporarily giving up his seat on the Appropriations Committee:

The lawmaker’s decision followed by a day the disclosure of the raid on his Oakton, Va., home last Friday. FBI agents had a search warrant for information connected with a fundraising business run by Doolittle’s wife, Julie, that had done work for convicted GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

The search on the Doolittles’ home came the same day that Kevin Ring, a former Doolittle aide who went on to work for Abramoff, abruptly resigned his law firm job without explanation.
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Posted in General, Politics, Current Affairs, Right Wing Nut, Quickie, Campaign News, Diaries, IDIOT | 2 Comments »

April 19th, 2007

Senate Judiciary hearing is at lunch.

The first round of questioning by the Senators of AG Alberto Gonzales has taken a break for lunch. They will return at 2 eastern time. My thoughts on the first round Q&A is this:

If I had a buck for every time Gonzo said “I do not recall” or “I wasn’t involved in that” or when Uncle Al contradicted himself–I could go to a very expensive restaurant for dinner tonight and take my entire family.

TPMmuckraker is live-blogging the hearing and putting up videos of specfic questioning. I suggest for those that want to say on top of what’s being said, you check them out. I did enjoy the line of questioning right before the lunch break by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The video is now up for that exchange, I have included it here.
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April 19th, 2007

What’s a dead relative in Iraq worth these days?

As I write this Wednesday afternoon, the death toll in Iraq for today only, is: 160 human beings and counting. The folks who work for the ACLU have doggedly persevered in their mission to bring us the hidden truths about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of man hours filing FOIA requests and re-requests to the federal government and our court systems for information that many times, should be readily available.

When I read this last week, I was stunned at how callous and cold the report was. But, I suppose I shouldn’t of been, afterall..its merely an accounting of finances. The strange feeling I got while perusing the list in the middle of the night can only be explained as voyeuristic, but it was far from titillating.

The list starts out with death# 18 and goes through death# 1771. It covers Afghanistan and Iraq, but only a small percentage of the deaths are in Afghanistan. Either we didn’t pay them for their pain and suffering or it was an out-of-pocket, petty cash expense…We weren’t exactly accurate in our bookkeeping over in the war zone remember.
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Posted in General, Politics, Current Affairs, Economics, Military, DailyFeatured, Middle East, World News, Iraq War | 5 Comments »

April 17th, 2007

A trip through the mind of a mass murderer is online already.

The Smoking Gun has already posted a play by Cho Seung-Hui. What bothers me, more than anything, is that this young man never got the help he so desperately needed. I will not post any of the play, but you can click the link to read it. Part of the writeup about the play over at TSG:

APRIL 17–The college student responsible for yesterday’s Virginia Tech slaughter was referred last year to counseling after professors became concerned about the violent nature of his writings, as evidenced in a one-act play obtained by The Smoking Gun. The play by Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old English major, was submitted last year as part of a short story writing class. Entitled “Richard McBeef,” Cho’s bizarre play features a 13-year-old boy who accuses his stepfather of pedophilia and murdering his father. A copy of the killer’s play can be found below. The teenager talks of killing the older man and, at one point, the child’s mother brandishes a chain saw at the stepfather. The play ends with the man striking the child with “a deadly blow.” (10 pages)

Tags: Vermont Tech, Cho Hui

Posted in General, Current Affairs, Miscellaneous, Quickie, World News, Health | 12 Comments »

April 16th, 2007

Gonzo’s opening statement for his visit to the Judiciary Comm. Tuesday

Thanks to FDL, we have Uncle Al’s opening salvo when he visits the Senate Judiciary hearing Tomorrow morning regarding GonzoGate and the fired USA’s.

In order to get the word out early, Gonzo did an OpEd Sunday for WaPo. The title of Uncle Al’s OpEd: Nothing Improper.

Keep telling yourself that Berto..but bare in mind that no matter how many times you repeat it..it doesn’t make it true.
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April 13th, 2007

War Czar? We don’t need no stinking War Czar.

Because we already have one..actually two if you count the Decider-in-Chief and Robert Gates. In 1947, the Truman administration changed over from a Secretary of War to the Secretary of Defense. This law also saw the beginning of the Dept of Defense (DoD) and the creation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who’s friggin job it is to assist in the planning and execute the wishes of the Commander in Chief and the SoD in the combat arena when our country is ‘at war’.

Gates, as the SoD, is either too fuckwitted to DO HIS JOB..or the Joint Chiefs are falling down on theirs.

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Posted in General, Current Affairs, Right Wing Nut, Poll Results, Military, Middle East, IDIOT, Iraq War | 6 Comments »

April 11th, 2007

For Tos, with love :)

Imus.. a tool or just a fool?

As everyone should know by now, Don Imus pulled a bonehead move a week ago today.On his syndicated radio show Imus In The Morning, he referred to the Rutgers woman’s Basketball team as, and I quote:

Nappy-headed Ho’s
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Posted in General, Right Wing Nut, IDIOT | 26 Comments »

April 11th, 2007

Is Couric treading on Coulter territory?

I used to watch the CBS Evening News when Rather was the anchor. His replacement did a decent job, Bob Whats-his-name. But Couric..I won’t watch her to save my life. Ms. Couric is now caught up in a potentially embarrassing bru-haha with the WSJ over plagiarism. From MSNBC:

The problems began when an April 4 installment of “Katie Couric’s Notebook”—a daily essay by the anchor that appears in video and audio form on CBS News’ Web site, among other places—was uncomfortably close to musings by Wall Street Journal columnist Jeffrey Zaslow on the fading allure of library books. Opining in his March 15 “Moving On” column headlined “Of the Places You’ll Go, is the Library Still One of Them?”, Zaslow wrote of libraries’ appeal to kids: “It’s a last-ditch place to go if they need to find something out.” Couric likewise observed in her April 4 “Notebook,” “It’s a last ditch place to go if they need to find something out.” Amplifying his point, Zaslow wrote, “Sure, there are still library-loving children, but books aren’t necessarily the draw.” That also was Couric’s viewpoint, almost verbatim: “Sure, children still like libraries, but books aren’t the draw.” Couric, through a spokesperson, declined to comment. Seven other sections of “Katie Couric’s Notebook” closely matched the wording in Zaslow’s column.

The article goes on to point out more indiscretions by Ms. Couric. Check it out.

Posted in General, Television, Miscellaneous, Quickie, Diaries | 3 Comments »

April 11th, 2007

 Army tours extended to 15 months in Iraq

It was coming, the only question was when:

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon will lengthen tours of duty for all active-duty Army units in Iraq to 15 months from the current 12 months as the military struggles to supply enough troops for the conflict, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday.

Gates announced the decision Wednesday afternoon, saying the policy was meant “to provide better clarity, predictability and sustainability” of the U.S. military readiness. The secretary said Iraq deployments would be for “not more than 15 months” and that soldiers will return home to home station “for not less than 12 months.”
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Posted in General, Politics, Current Affairs, Right Wing Nut, Military, Quickie, Middle East, Iraq War | 20 Comments »

April 10th, 2007

Condi isn’t co-operating with Waxman’s Oversight committee.

It seems that Ms. Rice and her minions are playing hardball with Mr. Waxman and his Oversight committee. If you recall, Waxman requested Ms. Rice’s presence at the Oversight committee in a letter back on March 12th, for an April 18th hearing. Now, almost a month later, the assistant secretary for legislative affairs Jeffery Bergner finally got around to responding to the Waxman letter that also asked for more information about BushCo’s Niger yellowcake claim that he made in his 2003 SOTU speech and Condi’s involvement in that whole sordid affair. He also asked for information about PlameGate and the White House leak of her identity.

To make a long story short, the 17 page response by Jeffrey was severely lacking in substance. He had the nads to send Waxman copies of two letters that were readily available to Mr. Waxman, not to mention they were dated 2003. He also sent Waxman copies of transcripts from a previous hearing that Henry would also have access to. I think Henry is looking for newer information than that, don’t you? Also, the question of Condo’s appearance in front of the Oversight committee wasn’t even addressed.

Isn’t that odd?
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