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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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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 23rd, 2007

The President Is Insane- (Some Not So) Randomly Related Rants

The President is completely insane. I really don’t know how else to put it. His constant refusal to accept the reality of his failures is one thing. His compulsive lying and incompetence in nearly every task he undertakes are others. But some of his most recent remarks concerning recent instances leave me thinking that America’s CEO a complete and utter nutjob, complete with little birds flying around in his empty skull, both eyes rotating independently of each other, a thin stream of drool cascading from the corner of his smirk- in short, the whole animated 9-yards of insanity.

How else to describe Mr. Bush’s assessment of his Attorney General’s “testimony” to Congress? After 2 days of hearings in which Alberto Gonzales “couldn’t recall” the answer to over 75 questions (which any honest trial judge would call ‘evasion’ or -gasp-lying), a hearing that left even more Senators from both parties calling for his resignation, Mr. Bush was quoted as saying that Gonzales’ performance “increased his confidence” in the man.

I guess if I were a compulsive liar myself, I’d be pretty impressed with Gonzales too. I guess if I had so many skeletons in the closet that metacarpals were sticking under the door, I’d have a lot of confidence in a guy who swears that he didn’t even know what metacarpals were. But if I were an average American citizen, I’d have some pretty grave concerns about the people at the top of the political foodchain about now. And I am, so I do.
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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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April 20th, 2007

Why Alberto Gonzales Must Go

Alberto Gonzales must resign. It is as simple as that.

No matter what your personal opinion about the U.S. Attorney “scandal,” the issue has severely crippled Mr. Gonzales ability to do his job. He can no longer be trusted to perform his duty properly. At best we have a man who is unconscionably unaware of what is going on in his department about an issue that the entire White House staff seemed very aware of. At worst, we have a man who allowed partisan politics to punish U.S. Attorneys for doing their job and then lying about it to Congress. Either way, he can no longer lead America’s law enforcement division.

The Mission Statement for the Department of Justice is a clear one. It is “to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.” Does anyone feel at this point that Mr. Gonzales can fulfill this obligation? Can anyone truly believe that Mr. Gonzales can “ensure fair and impartial” justice for all Americans? The record to date leaves ample room for doubt.
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April 20th, 2007

More Proof That Bush Administration Doesn’t Give A Damn About “The Little Guy”

Government regulations of business and industry, whether federal or state regulations, are designed to protect the consumer and the natural world from the excesses of unbridled capitalistic business desires. In many cases (but not all) state regulation goes farther than federal regulations in protecting people and places. Perhaps it is because states have a more direct responsibility to protect their particular citizens, or perhaps it is because different states have different concerns and need more regulation over certain things than federal regulation offers. And in some cases, state regulations go too far in one direction while federal regulations go too far in another.

Normally, federal regulations try to govern business practices that occur over the entire country in general while leaving room open for states to add additional regulations as they see necessary. Such has been the case with the national banking industry, and in particular the subsidiary companies banks own that handle other financial transactions, like mortgages, annuity sales, car loans, investment advice, and the like. National banking in and of itself has been historically immune to state regulation and under the aegis of federal authorities insofar as what they can and cannot do. But in 1966, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency authorized banks to undertake the aforementioned additional financial enterprises so long as the new business subsidiaries were chartered by individual states. For roughly 35 years, states held the power to regulate those subsidiary (and state chartered) businesses and pass rules that would protect their state consumers from predatory lending practices, under-disclosure, and other such matters.

Enter the Bush Administration. Like most administrations, Team Bush inserted it’s own folks throughout the executive branch, and the OCC is a branch of the Treasury Department, an executive branch of government. In 2001, the OCC changed the rules on the banking subsidiary industry, essentially stripping from states the rights to regulate these businesses. In other words, federal authority was trumping state authority, and in the process eliminating decades worth of consumer protections enacted by states and replacing them with nothing. It was now open season on consumers by banking subsidiary companies. And following the general rule of thumb of the Bush Administration, little if any oversight was undertaken by the OCC to assure that national banks and their subsidiary businesses weren’t abusing consumers and ignoring what had become standard protections over the last 35 years.
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April 20th, 2007

Truth, Justice And The American Way

The last few days, I’ve been sidetracked by jury duty. It’s been an education. I have served on one civil case a long while back, but this is a criminal case. Thus, I find myself ensconced in an environment riddled with criminal trial lawyers, police, thieves, and other nefarious characters. Oh, and not to mention your ordinary innocent American citizen doing his or her civic duty.

I do apologize for not being on top of it, but I have to squeeze in the work around the edges. As usual things at the office don’t stop because I have been summoned.

One thing that strikes me as odd is the opportunity costs involved in our judicial process. If you add up the number of salaries collected in the room, all gathered to prove or disprove a person’s innocence, it seems like a costly endeavor. On the other hand, it’s a small price to pay for truth, justice and the American way. Part of what separates our society from others is this judicial process. And if I can sit and do my part, I’ve added value.
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April 20th, 2007

Shouldn’t Gonzales Be Judged By These Same DOJ Standards?

Happy Friday everyone. This weeks guest writer is Megan Donovan. Megan is one busy woman. She writes wonderfully on her own blog, Cest Moi Political Blog She also writes for our kindred site, The Gun Toting Liberal. Folks, when I tell you that’s just the tip of the iceberg, I’m not exaggerating. She’s also a marketing whiz, web developer and all around superwoman. She managed to watch Alberto’s testimony yesterday in the midst of everything else. Here’s her obervations - Tom B.

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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 15th, 2007

News in Review

Rove Emails Deleted - According to the White House, nearly four years worth of emails sought by the Senate Judiciary Committee were accidentally deleted by President Bush’s political advisor Karl Rove. White House spokesperson Dana Perino said, “The President believes the emails were deleted by Al Qaeda operatives. He is quite disturbed by this action and has vowed to get to the bottom of it.”

“Anyone found guilty of this crime will be sentenced to a position as a federal prosecutor and summarily fired for never having graduated from law school,” Bush is quoted as saying. “I believe it is important for the public to appreciate the high levels of trust and honesty continuously displayed by my administration.”

When asked about the four year gap, Rove explained, “It was just a minor error. I leaned over to answer the phone and my foot hit the delete key,” Rove said. “It could have happened to anyone. The keyboard was only 12 feet away in the next office. Those democrats are just a bunch of nappy-headed hoes bent on the politics of personal destruction”
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April 11th, 2007

Obfuscation: Whitehouse Style - Subtitle: Gonzales Still Pleasuring The President

Dana Perino must have or be taking obfuscation lessons from Scotty McMessage McClellan. Have a look at this slice of today’s Whitehouse press briefing and see if you think Dana’s being forthcoming with the truth regarding how some folk (perhaps Uncle Karl) are working to prep the AG for his forthcoming Congressional grilling:

Q Is the White House — anyone in the White House helping Gonzales prepare for his testimony next week?

MS. PERINO: Not the I’m aware. You mean somebody being over there at the department?

The press secretary using the plausible deniability ploy first identified by republican icon Ronald Reagan? Go figure! Let’s see, how many times does a reporter have to ask a questions before they get an straight answer…
Q Yes. Sure.

MS. PERINO: Of course, we’re in close contact with the Justice Department, but I don’t know of any White House official who’s been at the Justice Department in preparation for testimony.

Q No White House involvement?

MS. PERINO: Not that I’m aware of.

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April 3rd, 2007

In The Absence Of Any “Wrongdoing.”  Subtitle:  What Happens If You  Are No Longer Pleasuring The President

The President must have spent hours with Rove and Co. crafting his message when queried about the AG Gonzales situation. Sure, the phrase, “Serving at the Pleasure of the President” has been slung around quite a bit as of late by every stripe of W, Rove and Co member. But that is a rather empty and trite phrase as it really serves as no answer to any particular question.

If you pay attention to the responses to various queries, you see it’s the absence of an actual answer to very specific questions that casts a broader pall of doubt that is the shadow cloaking the inner workings of the current administration and choking off America’s soul.

Have a look at today’s brief foray into the wild and wooly world of the MSM that W took as he made yet another attempt sling another bunch of loaded up propaganda from the presidential catapult.
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April 2nd, 2007

BushCo gets knuckles slapped by SCOTUS

Last summer, it was determined that SCOTUS would hear a case entitled Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, 05-1120. The ruling was handed down this morning. Its not good for BushCo, but very good for the environment and individual states rights.

The lawsuit was filed by 12 states and 13 environmental groups that had grown frustrated by the Bush administration’s inaction on global warming. BushCo’s argument was that the EPA did NOT have to address vehicle emissions, in other words..it wasn’t their problem. There are several important decisions within this one case:

* Do states have the right to sue the EPA to challenge its decision?
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March 30th, 2007

Gonzales Going The Way Of Rummy?

Dana Perino gets slamed upside the head with Victoria’s Helen Thomas Special Cast Iron Skillet today at the Whitehouse press briefing. I love these kinds of questions that point out the W, Rove and Co. hypocrisy very obviously:

Victoria.

Q How can we have confidence in the President’s 100 percent support for Secretary Gonzales, the Attorney General, when he also had support for Mr. Rumsfeld, 100 percent, right up to the time that he was fired or resigned?

MS. PERINO: What I can tell you is I spoke to the President this morning and he has — the Attorney General has the President’s full confidence.

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March 30th, 2007

 Oversight committee requests deposition of Former White House Aide Susan Ralston

Jack and GeorgeToday the Committee sent a formal request to former White House aide Susan Ralston to appear for a deposition on April 5th. The deposition is part of the Committee’s investigation, begun last spring, into lobbying contacts between lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the White House.

Cspan has become my favorite channel lately. I have become very fond of Waxman too :)

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March 30th, 2007

Out of Control… So What Else Is New?

To the surprise of very few, progressive groups right here in little old Albuquerque have found out that before the September 2004 Republican convention in New York, the NYPD had sent undercover officers all the way out here to infiltrate their meetings and spy on at least one of them.

The New York Times reported Sunday that in a yearlong investigation, the NYPD spied on liberal groups in at least 15 cities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Shortly after the story broke, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg reassured reporters that only groups seen as potentially violent were targeted and no groups considered peaceful were spied upon, and that the only information collected was related to whether they would disrupt the Republican convention. Both parts of that statement were quickly revealed to be lies, as more information revealed that in some places, groups definitely known to be peaceful were included, and that information collected and reported included details on the groups’ general political activities. Shades of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI and COINTELPRO. What would have been next, a repeat of the FBI’s undercover campaign to break up Martin Luther King Jr.’s marriage and the “anonymous” messages trying to blackmail him and urging him to kill himself that were later tracked back to Hoover’s FBI?

The Albuquerque Police Department (APD) has declined so far to say whether they knew about the NYPD’s domestic espionage activities here – their spokesman said they’d have to investigate to find out. Sounds like stalling; if they wanted to answer the question, it would take about 20 seconds to have the information at his fingertips. The APD has a well-earned reputation for a storm-trooper mentality (APD is about 1/10 the size of the also-infamous LAPD, but APD spends as much every year on defending itself against lawsuits for excessive use of force and other violations as does LAPD), one example being the APD’s 1968-Chicago style police riot in 2003 in which officers on horseback and on foot assaulted a peaceful antiwar demonstration with batons and gas, resulting in multiple lawsuits and the police oversight commission’s ruling that the use of force was excessive and unreasonable. So it’s not a stretch to think it possible that they knew NYPD was in town and what they were doing.
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March 29th, 2007

A Bible Story

A recent Time magazine cover story raised some interesting questions about the role of the Bible in public education. Although the article wasn’t nearly as skeptical as I would have liked, the premise was interesting - the Bible might be a valuable teaching tool offering valuable insight into why our society is the way it is and why understanding those issues is worthwhile for budding adults.

Although teaching the Bible has been adopted by several public school boards across the country, the story largely focuses on an evangelical Oklahoma religion teacher. Comments from the teacher and her students - including some non-Christians - indicate she is relatively neutral, presenting the Bible as a starting point for discussion and open to other points of view, even those she doesn’t personally agree with. While I applaud the teacher for her intellectual honesty, using the Bible as an educational tool is still bothersome. Many committed atheists - including me - agree that fostering understanding between the religious and irreligious isn’t a bad thing. But, there are many problems with no easy answers.

What About Everyone Else?
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March 29th, 2007

Round 1 of the Sampson testimony

Sampson was vague, stating there werent’ any real standards for picking the 8 atty’s. He of course had no paperwork or documents to justify why and how he picked the atty’s he did.

Sen. Specter pummeled Sampson for the timing of the email that stated Lam needed to go asap and asked if it was tied into the investigation of Foggo..whom Sampson acted like he didnt know. Sampson at that point again stated she was let go because of her lack of prosecution on immigration cases.

Dianne Feinstein was up next. She brought up the fact that the FBI had called Sampson to complain about the firing of Lam. She read a letter from the SoCal district head of the Border Patrol that applauded Lam’s prosecutions of illegals…which of course is contrary to what the DOJ has said regarding why Lam was asked to resign. Read the letter here:
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March 29th, 2007

I Just Don’t Get It

I’m honest. I’ll cop to sometimes not being the sharpest tool in the shed. I’m sure some wing nut will chirp in here and back me up on that - and come to think of it, probably a moon bat or two as well. On a good day I have trouble finding my ass with a Klieg light and compass, but I’m still ahead of the chuckleheads who apparently never have a good day.

They constantly amaze me with their overwhelming blindness to their own words. They often defend themselves with the perfect counter-argument without a pinch of irony. They prattle on as if the physics of the real world is nothing more than a cruel joke they’ve decided to ignore - “sticks and stones may break my bones, but reality always evades me”.

Some cases in point:
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March 28th, 2007

”I honestly don’t have a recollection”

This was the response of Ms. Doan when asked about the powerpoint presentation that Scott Jennings, Rovers right hand man, held at the GSA in January that was about helping the Republicans win the next election .

She must be a Reaganite no? Doesn’t matter, its still a violation of the Hatch Act.

The hearing today from Waxman’s Oversight Committee was about allegations that GSA Administrator Lurita Doan failed to follow proper procedures for awarding federal contracts, attempted to intervene in contract negotiations, and engaged in partisan political activities on federal property.
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March 27th, 2007

Pleading The Fifth

Forget Innocent Until Proven Guilty. When some one pleads the fifth in an investigation, it certainly suggests that at least one person thinks there has been some wrongdoing perpetrated that might very well be illegal. What say you?

Ms. Goodling’s decision to exercise her Fifth Amendment rights suggests that she, at least, believes crimes may have been committed.

Meanwhile, the President is still sucking up to the AG:
Q How does the President think that the Attorney General can be effective when the erosion of support among Republicans is growing?

MS. PERINO: I think that — I don’t know if any of you are on the Department of Justice press release distribution list, but I certainly get lots of press releases from them on all the issues that they are managing, including immigration cases and the child exploitation cases that the Attorney General has placed a priority on, corruption cases — we saw one just last week, a member of our own administration, so — a former member of our own administration. And so I think that the Justice Department absolutely continues on, as we all do in government. Sometimes when you’re under the spotlight like that, it might be uncomfortable, and you have to have a lot of — you have to do a lot of work on that issue in order to keep going, but absolutely, the other issues of the Department have to continue on. And from all I know, they certainly are.

Q And he’s still effective?

MS. PERINO: Absolutely.

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March 26th, 2007

Australian pleads guilty at Gitmo

full article here:

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - An Australian who allegedly trained with al-Qaida and fought for the Taliban in Afghanistan pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorism on Monday.

David Hicks is the first suspect to face prosecution under revised military tribunals established after the U.S. Supreme Court last year found the Pentagon’s system for trying Guantanamo detainees was unconstitutional.
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March 26th, 2007

Gonzales aide to invoke 5th amendment at hearing

This can not bode well for either Uncle Al or Bush.

WASHINGTON - Monica Goodling, a Justice Department official involved in the firings of federal prosecutors, will refuse to answer questions at upcoming Senate hearings, citing Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, her lawyer said Monday.

“The potential for legal jeopardy for Ms. Goodling from even her most truthful and accurate testimony under these circumstances is very real,” said the lawyer, John Dowd.

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March 25th, 2007

Why the cry of ‘executive privilege’ won’t work for Bush.

There is a very valuable tool that congress can use if they have to take BushCo to court in order to get Harriet and Rover to testify. The report was prepared by the Congressional Research Service. This report was last updated October 6th 2004. Just a little about the CRS from their own government website:

The Congressional Research Service is the public policy research arm of the United States Congress. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS works exclusively and directly for Members of Congress, their Committees and staff on a confidential, nonpartisan basis.

History and Mission
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March 25th, 2007

BP saves money, kills 15 people..all in a day’s profit margin.

BP Texas City PlantMarch 23, 2005: Explosion kills 15 people and injures more than 170 in the worst accident in the nation’s gas and chemical industry in nearly 15 years. This explosion was at the British Petroleum (BP) plant in Texas City, TX. As noted, this explosion happened 2 years ago this past week.

The investigative arm of the Federal Government for this type of explosion, the U.S. Chemical Safety Investigation Board(CSB), released it’s report final report this week on the Texas City explosion. Its 355 pages long, which should give you an idea of the detail involved in this report,or…the amount of bullshit they are laying on since it seems they might have been paid by the page, I must admit I haven’t slogged through the entire report. The man that headed this 11-member group? Why none other than James Baker! You remember Jimmy..he headed the Iraq Study Group, but I digress.

Thankfully, the CSB released something a lot shorter in their press release. A couple of small blurbs from there:
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March 24th, 2007

The Attorney General Is A Big, Fat Liar

Telling lies is like laying a mine field behind you as you walk down your driveway. Odds are you’ll be walking back that way again, and if you forget where you laid all the mines you just may end up losing your life, or at least having your foot forcibly shoved down your throat.

Such is the situation Attorney General Alberto Gonzales now finds himself in. After denying last week that he had any real involvement in the US Attorney purge, newly released documents reveal that he did in fact attend a planning meeting last November with at least five other DOJ officials to develop a five-step plan for firing the prosecutors.

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March 23rd, 2007

Britain Bombs Iran-Says ‘Kidnapped’ Soldiers Valid Reason For War

Following the lead of last summer’s Israeli attack against Hezbollah in Lebanon, Great Britain today began bombing the hell out of Iranian infrastructure after the Iranian Navy detained 15 British sailors operating in the persian Gulf.

Former UN Ambassador from the United States John Bolton noted that he was “damned proud” of Britain for their decision. Israel is also backing the retaliation, noting that if the kidnapping of 2 Israeli soldiers was good enough to set back Lebanon half a century and kill up to 1000 Lebanese civilians, Britain should be able to wipe out at least 7500 Iranian civilians while decimating the city of Tehran.

After all, if it’s okay for Israel, it’s okay for the UK, right?
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March 23rd, 2007

The White House Makes Us An Offer

So the White House has made an offer to let Karl, Harriet and the gang have “conversations” with Congress off the record over the attorney scandal. I say send that offer to sleep with the fishes.

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March 23rd, 2007

The Ass of Velocity (more commonly referred to as The Seat of Power)


QUESTION: How do you get billions of dollars in Pork?

ANSWER: $50,000,000 at a time.

A few years ago, $50,000,000 might have turned a few heads, but with today’s lottery prize amounts, it might not even pay the taxes on them. Kinda like war statistics, there was a time when the words “four dead” could inspire pop stars of the time to write songs, but now those words simply reveal a bored newscasters revelation of a two day body count of US forces. But I digress.

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March 22nd, 2007

Bush Administration Prefers War To Peace

In an interview with the BBC, former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton said that during the Israeli-Hezbollah in Lebanon last summer, Washington did not support any sort of cease fire between the warring parties until Israel eliminated Hezbollah’s military capability. Only once it was cleaer that Israel’s campaign was not going to work did the Bush Administration join efforts to end the conflict.

Bolton went on to say that he was “damned proud of what we did” to prevent an early ceasefire. Damn proud? With over 1000 Lebanese civilians dead in the conflictand the massive destruction of the infrastructure of one of the more democratic countries in the region, Bolton is “damned proud?”

Let’s’ make no mistake. Hezbollah has done many things that put them in the category of ‘terrorist organization.’ But how does supporting a war in which more civilians were killed than combatants make our government (or those of Israel or Britain -who also supported a longer war action?) any less of a terrorist to the civilian population of Lebanon? Frankly, it doesn’t.
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March 22nd, 2007

The Difference Between Interviews and Testimony

It looks like the Whitehouse is spending a great deal of political capital to avoid the checks and balances established by our Constitution. Whenever a set of politicians suggest that the other side is simply playing politics, I think we have to request that they point the giant wagging finger of blame inward.

In the case of the AG and the firings of relatively qualified judges as the Whitehouse struggles to defend itself, we have to ask ourselves to what end? If you ask me, it sounds rather suspicious; like they are trying to hide something. If they had nothing to fear they wouldn’t fear testifying.

Is there a difference between being interviewed and testifying? You betchya! And that’s the very reason why the Whitehouse is fearful of being brought in front of congress and have to swear on their beloved bible to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
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March 21st, 2007

No Reason Rove, Miers Shouldn’t Testify Under Oath

The House Judiciary sub-Committee has authorized the issuance of subpoenas for Karl Rove, Harriet Miers, other aides in the ongoing Attorneygate scandal. The Senate seems likely to follow suit. President Bush, true to character, has vowed to fight the subpoenas and keep his ‘honorable public servants’ from speaking under oath about the political purge of eight US Attorneys.

Hey Mr. Bush- here’s a news flash. The average American voter already doesn’t trust you. Why are you giving us more validation of our position? You got something to hide? Something most of us don’t already assume is going on? This whole charade is just another self-inflicted wound on an administration already bleeding to death from too many gun shot wounds to the face. If, as the president says, there’s no indication anybody did anything improper, why be so reticent about sworn testimony? Oh wait…because he’s a big fat liar, that’s why.

Congress must move ahead with the subpoenas and get sworn testimony under oath. It is part of the job of Congress to act as a check on the executive branch of government. That duty has been ignored for too long. Now that the Congress seems willing to at least start to do it’s work of revealing the excesses of an administration gone awry, they can not let a little foot stomping from our juvenile in chief dissuade them.
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March 21st, 2007

A Cartoon that ties everything in the news together in one neat package!

Ok, not ALL the news..but some of the big stories lately :)

Uncle Al Rover and the Sheik

Just a lil humor to brighten your day..unless your Uncle Al, Rover or the Sheik of course…

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March 20th, 2007

Bush to speak tonight about USA’s.

It will be 5:45pm(eastern) the Shrub will make a statement about the ’situation’. On a related matter..the Dems in both the House and Senate have stated they won’t buy into Fielding’s offer for Rove and Miers to speak off the record, without being sworn in and no transcript will be allowed to be created of the convo.

TPMuckraker is calling for people to comb over the hundreds of pages of documents the DOJ dumped today..if you find anything ‘interesting’ you report it on the thread I linked to. If nothing else, if gives we, the people, first shot at finding incriminating evidence against Alberto, the Shrub and his minions.

Schumer just commented on TV that suppoena’s will ensue. This will get ugly. Place your bets..Rover will never testify.Miers is a crapshoot but her former position might give her the opportunity to refuse as well.
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March 20th, 2007

House Judiciary Committee hearing on FBI available online live.

The House Judiciary Committee hearing on the FBI abuses on National Security Letters, credit reports and telephone records of American’s is being held now. You can watch or listen live here. Also, you see various documents that have been presented to the committee or gathered by the committee through subpoenas on their site as well.

A short explanation of whats been going on this morning..even the Repubes on the committee are pissing and moaning about the FBI faux paux on this crap. Maxine Waters is on this committee, god help them.

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March 19th, 2007

Bush Administration Threatens Endangered Species

I have to hand it to this administration, it really doesn’t let things like laws or good conscience stand in the way of fulfilling its goals. The latest example (the latest in a LONG list of examples) is their reinterpriation of the Endangered Species Act so that developers, loggers, miners and farmers don’t have to worry about the messy details of habitiat anymore. From MSNBC:

Tired of losing lawsuits brought by conservation groups, the Bush administration issued a new interpretation of the Endangered Species Act that would allow it to protect plants and animals only in areas where they are struggling to survive, while ignoring places they are healthy or have already died out.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall, contacted in Washington, D.C., said the new policy would allow them to focus on protecting species in areas where they are in trouble, rather than having to list a species over its entire range

That would make it easier to take the gray wolf off the federal threatened species list in Montana and Idaho, leaving it to the states to manage. And it would leave it listed in Wyoming, where the state has yet to adopt a protection plan that satisfies the federal government, Hall said.

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March 19th, 2007

Israel Linked to Weapons Sales to Iraqi Terrorist Groups

O.K. folks, move along, nothing to see here. Hey, have you heard the one about Iran . . . .

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March 17th, 2007

The Gonzo-gone pool starts now

Uncle Al liesSeems Uncle Al is in some deep caca..he is getting hit from all sides now. First it was the firing of the ‘great 8′ USA’s..then it was the FBI lying about their numbers. Now..we hear that BushCo shut down an investigation by the Justice Departments Office of Professional Responsibility into Bush’s domestic wiretapping without warrants. Uncle Al was going to be investigated during this process and what did the Shrub do to save Uncle Al’s ass?

He denied the investigators security clearances that they needed in order to conduct the investigation. Once he did that..he killed the investigation, thereby saving Uncle Al the embarrassment of being investigated.

Wotta guy!
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March 17th, 2007

Gonzo’s Great Masquerade


There are two absolute truths in life, I have discovered. Behind every good man is a great woman, and behind every news story is the truth, sometimes way behind.

Rep. Rahm Emanuel, (D) Ill., made a startling yet simple statement on the floor today. A statement that is probably going to fade from the forefront due to the media feeding frenzy of mainstream journalists tasting the blood of an impending doom over Attorney General “Gonzo’s” expected short tenure.

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March 14th, 2007

Have No Fear, the Decider’s Here!

Have no fear, the Decider’s Here!

Attorney Lieutenant Gonzo McJusticepants is on thin ice these days as a bipartisan rabble screeches for his head like Frenchmen outside the Bastille. When asked if he would resign, Gonzo deferred the decision to the Decider to decide - and we all know what the Decider always decides - Gonzo will be imitating Jacob Marley’s ghost by this time next week.

While it isn’t clear he’s specifically broken any laws, one certainly could make the point that he’s one of the duller tools in a shed full of broken shovels. After all, this is a man who took suggestions from that immanently qualified jurist and would-be Supreme, Harriett Meyers.
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