Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Gonzo Watch!

Here's your afternoon thread.

What will Alberto Gonzales say at his 2 p.m. press conference today? Could Gonzo be gone-zo?

UPDATE, 2:50 p.m.: Ah, nuts.

101 comments:

Paul Pease said...

Thanks for catching that "everybody wants Libby to be pardoned" quote from the Supreme Republican, wife of the ex-fed chairman, on Hardball yesterday.

What a crock!

Does she know everybody?

Shhhhhtttt!

Paul

blah blah blah said...

when was the last time you ever saw a neoclown do something honorable? alberto is here to say until we impeach him.

and would someone please tell the president to stop pleasuring himself with these attorneys...

blah blah blah said...

i meant to write "here to stay" but shoot, "here to say" just happens to work also.

No Fear said...

No fear....

Speaker Nancy and the Dems will go after Gonzales and get him kicked out....

right after they impose their tough, strict "Bush can't invade Iran...unless he really, REALLY wants to" provision in the new spending bill.

Anonymous said...

Air America Radio officially offers to host Republican debates

Liberal Talk Radio blog

Mark Green (President, Air America Radio) - Air America Makes Fox-y Invitation

After Nevada Democrats dropped Fox as a host of its Democratic presidential debate -- and after Fox denounced the move as anti-free speech and "Stalinist" -- I thought...damn right! How dare the progressive party in America not allow the conservative Fox to air its presidential debate. So I today contacted key Republican party chairs in the four early primary and caucus states to ask that Air America host their Republican presidential debates.

Alice said...

“All the problems we face in the

United States today can be traced to

an unenlightened immigration policy

on the part of the American Indian”

~Pat Paulsen

(That cracks me up...)

Boston's Mayor Tom said...

WHO FOTTID?

bridge said...

... just in case the preposterous "two soldier excuse" comes up again (and it will) by you know who ....

---
Olmert's Testimony to Winograd

The Real Goal of Israel's War on Lebanon

By JONATHAN COOK

Nazareth.

Israel's supposedly "defensive" assault on Hizbullah last summer, in which more than 1,000 Lebanese civilians were killed in a massive aerial bombardment that ended with Israel littering the country's south with cluster bombs, was cast in a definitively different light last week by Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert.

His leaked testimony to the Winograd Committee -- investigating the government's failures during the month-long attack -- suggests that he had been preparing for such a war at least four months before the official casus belli: the capture by Hizbullah of two Israeli soldiers from a border post on 12 July 2006. Lebanon's devastation was apparently designed to teach both Hizbullah and the country's wider public a lesson.

Olmert's new account clarifies the confusing series of official justifications for the war from the time. ... read on

counterpunch.org

Anonymous said...

I still think Cheney will resign, but for "health reasons", and so they will have the benefit of incumbency in '08.

recovered conservative

bridge said...

David Marsh, music critic extraordinaire: not Pro Bono

-------

Not One Red Cent

Bono's Bullshit

By DAVE MARSH

I read with growing dismay each successive paragraph of David Carr's fawning New York Times business section piece on Bono, the Red Campaign and Vanity Fair yesterday morning. Later, I read the more interesting piece from Advertising Age that shows that all the sturm and drang from Red has generated $18 million for African relief-I wonder if that'll even be enough to replace the condoms Bono's "effective" friend the Shrub refuses to allow U.S. government-supported agencies to deliver. You can be dead certain that it is hardly a match for the combined profits that the corporations for which Red fronts expect to pull out of all those products.

What maddens me most is that articles like this are built upon a cascading series of false premises, so I thought I'd catalogue the ones in the Times column.

read on ....
http://www.counterpunch.org/marsh03092007.html

good gravy 7 said...

Meatballs and peppers for
supper!!!

bridge said...

Alberto Gonzales sings the
mea culpa song: "Mistakes Were Made"

http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/news_theswamp/2007/03/ag_gonzales_mis.html

Anonymous said...

"NEWS CONSUMER" said...

Hi Alice,

The weather is warming up and
the cats are getting frisky. :)

WaitingForCicero said...

Just a quick drive by;

bridge, fwiw, I left a more detailed response to you in last night's thread. Again, you have my apologies if I offended, it was not my intention.

Alice said...

Excellent photos of protests in Mexico...

Protests against Bush in Mexico

betty jo beilowski said...

Has anyone seen my script?

toniD said...

Evening all!

There is a TV opposite my desk at work, in the visitors lounge.

I can't hear it but I can see the screen (barely). When I so Gonzales the customer I was helping said "There's a our "great" Atty General" with sarcasm in her voice. She said "he's supposed to resign". I asked her if that was what he was doing on TV. She said she didn't know but hoped it was that and he should take alot of the gov't with him.

Now I'm disappointed! He didn't resign :(

toniD said...

Republican "let business self regulate" in action today
by Chris in Paris · 3/13/2007 05:28:00 PM ET

Wall Street gets ripped, again. It seems that the subprime lenders were doing plenty of business with so-called top tier Wall Street organizations who are now starting to get nervous about loan defaults from both the actual buyers as well as the lenders. It was all such a fun party when it was going up and Wall Street was handing out multi-million dollar bonus' but it might not be quite as fun as foreclosures continue to rise.

What was the GOP thinking when they looked the other way and encouraged these shady lending programs? And big business wants Congress to ease up on regulations?

LINK

Sunshine said...

eya T!

I'd be elated to have one other sane and informed person in my community.

discordia said...

Chaos is from the Greek word Khaos, meaning "gaping void". There are many explanations as to who or what Chaos is, but most theories state that it was the void from which all things developed into a distinctive entity, or in which they existed in a confused and amorphous shape before they were separated into genera. In other words, Chaos is or was "nothingness." Though some ancient writers thought it was the primary source of all things, other writers tell of Gaia (Earth) being born from Chaos without a mate, along with Eros and Tartarus. Then from Gaia came Uranus (Heaven or Sky) which gave us Heaven and Earth.
Chaos has been described as the great void of emptiness within the universe from which Eros came and it was he who gave divine order and also perfected all things. In later times it was written that Chaos was a confused shapeless mass from which the universe was developed into a cosmos, or harmonious order. For instance, Hesiod's Theogony says that Erebus and Black Night (Nyx) were born of Chaos, and Ovid the Roman writer described Chaos as an unordered and formless primordial mass. The first Metomorphoses reads, "rather a crude and indigested mass, a lifeless lump, unfashioned and unframed, of jarring seeds and justly Chaos named."

The Roman writer Ovid gave Chaos its modern meaning; that of an unordered and formless primordial mass.

toniD said...

Gonzales speaks
by John Aravosis (DC) · 3/13/2007 02:17:00 PM ET

UPDATE: As Atrios notes, if Harriet Miers would just start blogging again, we could get to the bottom of this pronto.

He's not resigning, what a surprise. He accepts responsibility for the mistakes that "we're made." Oh my, now he's playing the race card. He's overcome a lot of obstacles in his life to become attorney general - sounds like the race card to me. Which is funny coming from an administration that attacks Latinos every change it gets.

I'd like to see him overcome a perjury charge.

LOL He saying that DOJ is a really big organization and he's not aware of everything that goes on. So much for him accepting responsibility. It was his freaking chief of staff, and the president of the United States, who were involved in this - and he didn't know about it?

Oooh, he's now saying that he's dismayed that he may not have given the congress accurate information. UNDER OATH, I might add. Now we know why he's doing the presser. Oh here were go again, we have 110,000 people here at DOJ, and he just can't know everything. So I guess he was just lying when he went before congress and under oath said he knew definitively that this entire affair wasn't political. Or did Gonzales only JUST discover that there are 110,000 people at DOJ and he doesn't know everything that goes on - you know, so he wasn't lying to the congress under oath because he thought he did know everything that goes on with all 110,000 people?

Ooh, now he's outright blaming his now-ex chief of staff, and he's stumbling a bit, stuttering, etc. Someone is nervous. I never saw documents, we never had a discussion. But he's accepting responsibility, even though he's totally innocent.

Oh man, that was fascinating. The man isn't just trying to keep his job, he's trying to avoid going to jail.

LINK

gaydar said...

On top of all his other troubles, Gonzales is as
queer as a three dollar bill!

toniD said...

Sunshine said...
eya T!

I'd be elated to have one other sane and informed person in my community.

March 13, 2007 4:36 PM

Hi Jim!

Not just her! My co-workers except maybe one, at the front desk all lean liberal. I say lean because they agree with some things and not with others and are still making their minds up about some things. But none like this admin, even the one I am not sure of. I just wouldn't call her a Lib, leans more center right.

toniD said...

Minnesota Senate poll:
Dem Al Franken has real shot
Minnesota freshman U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman has less than 50% support, and that means the Republican has a serious challenge on his hands from Al Franken, the comedian-turned-Air America talkshow host who is after Coleman's job.

LINK

toniD said...

Emails Expose Two Year Plan To Purge Prosecutors
Associated Press | LARA JAKES JORDAN | March 13, 2007 07:29 PM

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales rejected growing calls for his resignation Tuesday as scores of newly released documents detailed a two-year campaign by the Justice Department and White House to purge federal prosecutors.

Gonzales acknowledged his department mishandled the dismissals of eight U.S. attorneys and misled Congress about how they were fired. He said he was ultimately to blame for those "mistakes" but stood by the firings.

LINK

Alice said...


Nicaraguans Protest Iraq War


The Nicaraguan Social Movement "Another World is Possible" called the population to protest against Iraq war on occasion of the fourth year since the US invasion.

"Everyone is invited to join the non-violent demonstration to condemn a war based on lies and demanding the immediate cease of Iraq criminal occupation," organizers explained.

The protest was planned by the Nicaraguan Ecclesiastical Communities for next Thursday afternoon in front of the US embassy in Managua and is aimed at joining the country to the world massive actions previous to March 20.

The text urged the people to join the entire world in resistance to Bush government s militarism that threatens many countries.

toniD said...

New Orleans pumps found defective
Army Corps installed faulty pumps in rush to meet 2006 hurricane season.

LINK

toniD said...

Calderon tells Bush Mexico needs more By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer
Tue Mar 13, 2:54 PM ET

President Bush, working to rebuild strained U.S.-Mexico relations, promised Tuesday he would do his best to get a deeply divided U.S. Congress to change American immigration policies that are hated south of the border.

"My pledge to you and your government, but more important to the people of Mexico, is I'll work as hard as I possibly can to pass comprehensive immigration reform," Bush said during a sun-splashed arrival ceremony that opened two days of meetings with Mexican President Felipe Calderon in this Yucatan Peninsula tourist haven.

Relations between the two border countries have only grown worse since Bush signed a law calling for construction of more than 700 miles of new fencing along the long border the two countries share.

Calderon has lambasted the fence — a mix of physical and high-tech barriers. He likens it to the Berlin Wall, and argues that both countries need to improve Mexico's economy to lessen the desire to seek work in the United States.

Before their talks, Calderon had a tough message for Bush: The United States must do more to solve thorny issues of drug-trafficking and immigration.

He was gentler at Bush's side, but with the same message.

"We fully respect the right that the government and the people of the United States has to decide within its territory what will be best for their concerns and security," he said as he welcomed Bush. "But at the same time we do consider in a respectful way that" migration can't be stopped with a fence.

At the same time, Calderon said much responsibility lies with his government.

"Mexicans lose in each migrant the best of our people — young people, working people ... strong people," he said. "We want to generate jobs for Mexicans here in Mexico. Because that is the only way to truly solve the migratory issue."

Calderon said "we wish the best of successes" to Bush as he deals with Congress on the politically tricky issue.

At least Calderon realizes that..."Mexicans lose in each migrant the best of our people — young people, working people ... strong people," he said. "We want to generate jobs for Mexicans here in Mexico. Because that is the only way to truly solve the migratory issue."

Anonymous said...

Ola!

Im sure everyone will happy to know that I have made up mind about Chavez

I am not voting for him!

-conbo

ralph said...

It's right about time for ono to show up to pluck out a few eyeballs from bloggers.

Anonymous said...

but seriously

He is a cheeser...I was right

here is a qoute from his rally he had in Argentine:

"Thomas Jefferson himself said, another of the founding fathers of that nation, Thomas Jefferson said very clearly, "The United States should swallow up one by one the republics born South of the Rio Grande." It was in 1823 that James Monroe said, "America for the Americans."

Thomas Jefferson never said that.

So. Chavez is a cheeser...using South America's hatred of us (some of it VERY JUSTIFYABLY btw) to make himself more popular.

Thank You and goodnight.

-conbo

Anonymous said...

anonymous said:

The United States should swallow

jeez, i thought it would spit

toniD said...

Very astute of you Conne! :)

toniD said...

Lawmakers Urge Investigation Into Administration’s Prosecutor Purge In Abramoff Case
In recent weeks, Congress has investigated the Bush administration’s recent purge of qualified, well-respected U.S. attorneys. But one former prosecutor — Frederick A. Black — has received little attention. The administration fired Black shortly after he began investigating Jack Abramoff’s dealings in Guam.

Today in a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, Reps. George Miller (D-CA) and Nick Rahall (D-WV) urge Congress to investigate “the potential political manipulation by Jack Abramoff and his allies in Congress and the Administration” in the Black case:

At the time, we viewed the replacement of the Acting U.S. Attorney as an example of the overly zealous and improper, if not illegal, conduct by the now disgraced and convicted lobbyist, Jack Abramoff.

In light of more recent revelations about political interference with the work of other U.S. Attorneys, however, it is necessary now to re-examine the case as it may represent the beginning of a pattern of behavior by some members of Congress and officials in the Bush Administration to politicize the work of U.S. Attorneys and to quash their independence.

More here

a p said...

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Justin Brady's friends call him Bubba, so he figured why not ask a judge to change it legally. He wants to be known as Ynot Bubba. "It's just a name," Brady, 43, said in a telephone interview from Alabama, where he was on the road.

"I want my name to (be) ... not just something common," said Brady, who lives in Las Cruces but spends most of his time trucking the highways.

Brady said he was given up for adoption as a baby and lived in an orphanage until he was 14, when he was taken in by a couple who divorced two years later. Now, he said, his foster father wants nothing to do with him "and I basically want nothing to do with his name."

His chosen first name, Ynot, comes from communities around the country named Wynot and Whynot.


His choice of last name comes from people he now considers family who nicknamed him Bubba eight years ago for no particular reason.

"They only knew me by Bubba," he said. "I would call and say, 'It's Justin,' and they would say, 'Who?' I'd say 'It's Bubba,' and they knew who it was."

Now he said his friends laugh when he tells them about his pending name change.

Ynot Bubba was the final choice among three names Brady considered. He considered Lacon Marlboro, inspired by the town of like Lacon, Ala., and his preferred choice of cigarette. He also considered More Chek, from his desire for more money.

Brady's name change petition will be heard April 2.

"If you see in the paper that I get denied the first one, you'll see me applying for the other one," said Brady, possibly soon to be Ynot Bubba or Lacon Marlboro or More Chek.

m the a-c said...

Air America's new owner is discussing the Schultz/Seder/AAR feud.

cute little blonde said...

Speaking of cheesy...did somebody fart?

Anonymous said...

Very astute of you Conne! :)

March 13, 2007 5:25 PM

Actually someone at Kos figured out that the qoute was not real...

-conbo

Alice said...

SJ, do you think Chubbs would like Westerns? Old western fiction paperbacks?

m the a-c said...

You guys should pay a royalty to me every time you use "Chubs/Chubbs"... as if I need it.

toniD said...

18 percent: Dick Cheney’s favorability rating. Ana Marie Cox responds: “If he had feelings, I’m sure they’d be hurt by this.”

UPDATE: Tom DeFrank writes in the NY Daily News, “Cheney may be an overall net political minus, but he’s a huge asset where it counts most for Bush: the Republican base, which adores Cheney. Bush’s approval numbers are at 30%, roughly the same size as his base. If Cheney left, this weakened President couldn’t absorb the backlash. They’re all he has left.”

LINK

m the a-c said...

toniD said...
18 percent: Dick Cheney’s favorability rating. Ana Marie Cox responds: “If he had feelings, I’m sure they’d be hurt by this.”

March 13, 2007 5:53 PM

Chimp's approval should be 18%. I don't hate Cheney as much as I despise the chimp. At least Cheney is openly evil. The chimp is a fraud.

Alice said...

When will the aides get tired of being thrown under the bus?

...
Tengrain notes Sam Seder is taking bets as to how long Abu Gonzales will last.
...

Alice said...

Regulations for the Civil Camp in Huitepec

Training Sessions for the Encampment to be Coordinated by the Fray Bartolome Human Rights Center

By The Good Government Council
From the Central Heart of the Zapatistas to the World
...

toniD said...

‘Curveball’ revealed. The Blotter updates us on the whereabouts of the Iraqi defector who served as the source for Iraq’s supposed mobile bioweapons program. Even though he was considered an “unstable, immature and unreliable” source by some senior officials at the CIA, former Sec. of State Colin Powell said he was never told the CIA had doubts about the reliability of the source. “I spent four days at CIA headquarters, and they told me they had this nailed,” Powell said.

LINK

Sunshine said...

eya #

can you find that link to Aaron Russo and the Freedom to Fascism movie interview???

eya A.!

No books or mags for CB,

fat letters no prob.

send em a 10 dollar Money order!

any more than 10 and they take a portion. you can send him more than one, i'd send em in seperate envelopes.

packages when he's transferred in a copla months.

Sunshine said...

i'm so wiped out today i can't walk, back is totally trashed.

i'm getting horizontal again, i can't sit here longer than a few minutes.

check in later

Alice said...

Bush leaves Latin America empty-handed

...
"The collapse of American credibility under Bush accelerated a process already underway in which Latin America seems now, at least geopolitically, to be declaring its true independence, even though that happened in the 19th century, technically," said Julia Sweig, author of Friendly Fire: Losing Friends and Making Enemies in the Anti-American Century.
...

Alice said...

No books!?

Wow...torture....that sucks...

Alice said...

Energy Revolution Generates Jobs in Cuba

Havana.- The energy revolution underway in Cuba has created over 5,300 new jobs throughout the island since 2005.

This initiative, besides contributing to the efficiency of power generation, has given the opportunity to a large number of workers to attain higher technical qualifications, reports Trabajadores newspaper.

According to the director of the National Electricity Union's Human Resources Department, Nancy Torres Fernandez, the increase of the labor force was indispensable for the installation of the new power-generating plants.

Director of the National Electricity Union's school, Lucia Perez, highlighted the role of this educational institution where some 2,600 students graduated in 2006 -one thousand more than the previous year.

The 4-month courses are open to Havana residents and include the training of team leaders and power-generating plants operators.

another corpse said...

When did the place pass away?

Wanda said...

A sad footnote to a once great liberal blog. How did this blog come to this? I visited the MRR blog and was linked over here.

I knew AAR had fallen on hard times, but this is ridiculous! Using blogger for a national radio show? Christ, I'm embarrased for Sam.

No posts, No people, sad, sad, sad

Outtie again!

dada said...

"Air America Radio officially offers to host Republican debates"

+++++++++

I think that's a good move. Funny turn of events.

toniD said...

Onward to Paraguay


Cenk from the Young Turks just told K.O. about this, which I'm not sure Keith actually believed. So, for the record:


Aug. 9 issue - Days after 9/11, a senior Pentagon official lamented the lack of good targets in Afghanistan and proposed instead U.S. military attacks in South America or Southeast Asia as "a surprise to the terrorists," according to a footnote in the recent 9/11 Commission Report. The unsigned top-secret memo, which the panel's report said appears to have been written by Defense Under Secretary Douglas Feith, is one of several Pentagon documents uncovered by the commission which advance unorthodox ideas for the war on terror. The memo suggested "hitting targets outside the Middle East in the initial offensive" or a "non-Al Qaeda target like Iraq," the panel's report states. U.S. attacks in Latin America and Southeast Asia were portrayed as a way to catch the terrorists off guard when they were expecting an assault on Afghanistan.

The memo's content, NEWSWEEK has learned, was in part the product of ideas from a two-man secret Pentagon intelligence unit appointed by Feith after 9/11: veteran defense analyst Michael Maloof and Mideast expert David Wurmser, now a top foreign-policy aide to Dick Cheney. Maloof and Wurmser saw links between international terror groups that the CIA and other intelligence agencies dismissed. They argued that an attack on terrorists in South America—for example, a remote region on the border of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where intelligence reports said Iranian-backed Hizbullah had a presence—would have ripple effects on other terrorist operations. The proposals were floated to top foreign-policy advisers. But White House officials stress they were regarded warily and never adopted.

-Atrios 9:59 PM

LINK

He said She said...

Janet Reno fired all the Federal lawyers in 1993

Anonymous said...

"NEWS CONSUMER" said...

Cops seek ex-boyfriend in Brooklyn shooting

Brooklyn Teen Whose Body Was Found in the Hudson River Committed Suicide

Elderly mugging victim still traumatized

'Good Guy' Shot Dead In B'klyn

Bronx Building-Facade Collapses; 100 Tenants Displaced

New York City man who lost family in house fire must solve immigration status before burying his family in Mali

Police officer is shot in Harlem; suspect also wounded

Alleged killer of Johnny 'Coca Cola' Mob Murder Captured in New York

Dana said...

Hey, Sam...always have difficulty getting off to work, waiting for them to post your podcast for the west coast! Love the show... An idea... Awhile back someone suggested on Randi's show that Air America video parts of the shows or guests dealing with hot topics and uploading them to Utube... it would really reach a wide and eager audience, educate them and hopefully gain more listeners/supporters... a lot of your interviews, as well as other hosts (I'm a full on podcast freak!) would be awsome if uploaded... WE NEED AS MUCH EXPOSURE AS POSSIBLE! The new folks should really get this integrated into the studios ASAP... Thanks for all the great illuminations you all provide! Vastman

Anonymous said...

"NEWS CONSUMER" said...

Bronx Partial Building Collapse - Image gallery

dada said...

In the war of words, The Times is Israel's ally
The paper consistently adopts Israel's language, giving credence to an inaccurate, simplistic and dangerous cliche.

'AS SOON AS certain topics are raised," George Orwell once wrote, "the concrete melts into the abstract and no one seems able to think of turns of speech that are not hackneyed: Prose consists less and less of words chosen for the sake of their meaning, and more and more of phrases tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated henhouse." Such a combination of vagueness and sheer incompetence in language, Orwell warned, leads to political conformity.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-op-makdisi11mar11,0,2601983.story?coll=la-opinion-center

From Sunday, but I like the Orwell quote.

dada said...

'Smart' rebels outstrip US

...What is more devastating now is that the world's only superpower is in danger of being driven back by a few tens of thousands of lightly armed irregulars, who have developed tactics capable of destroying multimillion-dollar vehicles and aircraft.

By contrast, the US military is said to have been slow to respond to the challenges of fighting an insurgency. The senior officers described the insurgents as being able to adapt rapidly to exploit American rules of engagement and turn them against US forces, and quickly disseminate ways of destroying or disabling armoured vehicles.

The military is also hampered in its attempts to break up insurgent groups because of their 'flat' command structure within collaborative networks of small groups, making it difficult to target any hierarchy within the insurgency.

The remarks were made by senior US generals speaking at the Association of the US Army meeting at Fort Lauderdale in Florida and in conversations with The Observer. The generals view the 'war on terror' as the most important test of America's soldiers in 50 years.

'Iraq and Afghanistan are sucking up resources at a faster rate than we planned for,' one three-star general said. 'America's warriors need the latest technology to defeat an enemy who is smart, agile and cunning - things we did not expect of the Soviets.'

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,2031172,00.html

Ya, you know those Soviets...

Not the best news. But this was Sunday, maybe things have turned around since then.

Alice said...

Hey dada, NC.. :)

I got a new book today...I didn't realie how long it's been out already....

It's called:

Bridging Science and Spirit: Common Elements In David Bohm's Physics, The Perennial Philosophy and Seth

by Norman Friedman

Alice said...

Figures I get stuck with the two slowest bloggers known to blogging kind... ;)

Alice said...

...

dada said...

Vatican set to punish priest who is advocate for poor

...many saw a message in the criticism of one of the last champions of liberation theology, a political and sometimes radical interpretation of Roman Catholicism that emphasizes justice for the poor. The controversial school of thought was despised by the conservative church hierarchy, which believed it departed from core dogma.

The order against Sobrino will be issued by the Vatican's watchdog arm, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and will carry the approval of Pope Benedict XVI who, as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, led efforts to stamp out liberation theology.

The move comes just two months before Benedict is to make his first trip to Latin America as pope. He will visit Brazil, another onetime bastion of liberation theology.

A Spanish-born Basque, Sobrino was assigned to El Salvador half a century ago.

He was part of an intellectual team of Jesuit priests based for many years at the University of Central America. Some believed in liberation theology, but all preached Catholicism with a social conscience in a country that descended into civil war in the 1980s.

A reactionary, U.S.-backed Salvadoran military regarded the clerics' work as inspiration for leftist guerrillas, and in 1989 soldiers murdered six of the priests, their cook and her daughter. Sobrino escaped death only because he was out of the country.

Sobrino was also a close friend of Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was slain as he prepared to say Mass at a chapel in 1980. Romero was detested by the right because of his advocacy of human rights and criticism of army abuses.

Today's archbishop of San Salvador, Fernando Saenz Lacalle, is a member of Opus Dei, a right-wing Catholic organization that has gained significant power in recent years. It appeared that Saenz had pushed the Vatican to act against Sobrino, according to Jesuit sources who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

Sobrino's defenders are convinced that the action against him is politically motivated.

Father Javier Vitoria Cormenzana, who teaches theology at the University of Deusto in Spain's Basque Country, said he had reviewed Sobrino's writings over the years and found no fault with them. He uses several as texts in class.

"This is nothing but a Vatican strategy that has lasted 30 years: looking for a way to condemn and silence Sobrino," Vitoria wrote Tuesday in the El Diario Vasco newspaper.

And it was a slap at the "thousands" of victims of violence in Latin America for whom Sobrino served as witness, Vitoria said. "His voice is their voice. Silencing it silences once again the victims of barbaric murder."

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-sobrino14mar14,1,1601917.story?coll=la-headlines-world&ctrack=1&cset=true

dada said...

There are so many good articles here.

http://angryarab.blogspot.com/

Alice said...

...

dada said...

"Figures I get stuck with the two slowest bloggers known to blogging kind..."

Each star in its own appointed path.

Something like that... *smiles*

Alice said...

He's funny. & poignant..

WaitingForCicero said...
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WaitingForCicero said...

Dammit

"Mulligan!"

---

"...What is more devastating now is that the world's only superpower is in danger of being driven back by a few tens of thousands of lightly armed irregulars, who have developed tactics capable of destroying multimillion-dollar vehicles and aircraft."

Cheney Responds

Alice said...

dada said...

Each star in its own appointed path.

Something like that... *smiles*

March 13, 2007 9:57 PM


Dammit, foiled again.. :)

Alice said...

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voluntary_Cooperation_Movement
Voluntary Cooperation Movement
De Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre
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Voluntary Cooperation Movement —movimiento de la cooperación voluntaria— (VCM) es un colectivo formado a través de una red social de individuos de varios países que apoyan la educación y la autoorganización como principales medios para lograr una sociedad voluntaria, igualitaria y cooperativa. El movimiento tiene como lema Libertad, igualdad, cooperación.

Es un movimiento de carácter más que nada cultural e intelectual que presta apoyo de este tipo a grupos de activistas sociales con integrantes de Canadá, Reino Unido y Argentina.
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http://www.worldblu.com/orgdemo/whatis.php
Organizational democracy is freedom within a business framework.

It is a strategy for organizational design and a way of leading and managing an organization. It is achieved when an organization uses the principles of democracy to design the way it operates daily, cultivating a workplace that enhances employee potential achieving its business goals and positively impacting the community.
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http://www.geocities.com/voluntary_cooperation_movement/start.html
The Voluntary Cooperation Movement is a network linking individuals who favor education and self organization as the preferred methods of achieving a voluntary, egalitarian and cooperative society.

Alice said...

"Following...advice to truth seekers, I have examined three radically different frames of reference: aspects of theoretical physics, mysticism, and the paranormal. I have found in these three sources enough similarities to construct what I believe to be a coherent image of reality that could open the door to a profound new understanding of the universe.

"The first of these is the work of David Bohn, a theoretical physicist. His concept of reality is indirect, arising from the logical consequences of the algorithms of quantum theory and relativity theory.

"The second is Ken Wilber, a modern authority on the Perennial Philosophy. His overview is based on the accounts of mystics, who, through altered states of mind, have directly experienced a mysterious domain beyond our ordinary perceptions.

"Our third source is "channeled" through a medium. He is Seth, a discarnate personality whose prolific views on the nature of reality were communicated through Jane Roberts. Although this notion is guaranteed to elicit strong emotional reactions along the range from skepticism to scorn, the ideas presented by this "entity" are not only intriguing but intellectually challenging...Seth descriptions are remarkably consistent with the physical theories of David Bohm."

Alice said...

http://gallery.photo.net/photo/4440248-md.jpg

POSSIBLY the cutest kitten pic ever...

Alice said...

Wow, Hey WFC...you wrote dammit too.. must be a miss anne fan club thing or something... :)

Anonymous said...

"NEWS CONSUMER" said...

My apologies Alice,

I got distracted..

We'll catch up at a later date..

Catharine said...

Hannity falsely claimed Clinton called herself the "JFK of 2008," baselessly blamed her for Giuliani YouTube video

http://mediamatters.org/items/200703140001

dada said...

Gorgeous slaughter.

Ahmad Sadri writes in a review for the Lebanese Daily Star (I can't find it online):

To my mind, Snyder's 300 drinks deeply at the cauldron of rage that is still boiling over in the United States six years after that bloody Tuesday. Two invasions, a trillion dollars in smoke and three thousand dead Americans have not sated the Achellian anger in a remote part of the American psyche. The movie 300 unleashes that abiding desire to curse, brag and rave at "endless Asian hordes." Bring'em on you barbarian slaves, you, you..., black, gay, effeminate, depraved cowards. Your friends are hunchbacks, deformed giants, midgets, magicians, eunuchs, perverts, lesbians and executioners. To hell with you all and your "mysticism and tyranny!"

Nobody expects historical accuracy from a Hollywood movie based on a graphic novel. But using domestic racial and sexual stereotypes to demonize the enemy is breaking new ground. In the movie 300 Persian "immortal" knights are snarling beasts beneath their sinister masks and their king is a pierced and bejeweled androgynous savage. But, more significantly, Snyder's Persians - I am not talking about the disposable extras covered up to their eyes in male burqas - are predominantly black and by implication of mannerism and affect, homosexual. Allowing the widest berth for the genre and medium one still marvels at Snyder's audacity in demonizing the "Asiatic hordes" while morphing the Spartan warrior into the typical white American survivalist. Snyder's Spartans are white guys fighting a sea of racially inferior blacks, yellows and browns. They are staunchly heterosexual and weary of their elected elders (ephors) who are seen as sacrilegious lepers, traitors and scheming politicians.

http://leninology.blogspot.com/

To hell with you all and your mysticism and tyranny

Catharine said...

CNSNews.com commentary omitted key facts to claim Obama is "at the center of an ethics controversy"

http://mediamatters.org/items/200703130015

Catharine said...

March 13, 2007 --Our White House Press Corps sources report further disturbing news about President George W. Bush. Our sources have witnessed a clearly inebriated Bush approaching members of the press corps and making rude comments, including one particularly crude remark about First Lady Laura Bush. In that case, Bush, nodding toward Laura, called her a "c**t." While Bush's drinking is no secret to the White House press contingent, that particular comment was reportedly the worst they have heard uttered by Bush. Our sources also report that Laura Bush's stays at the White House are less frequent and that her overnight trips to the Mayflower Hotel often coincide with the president's drunken binges.

Note: Some of our female readers were shocked to see the "C" word in the above news item. This editor wants to make it clear that word was used by George W. Bush to denigrate his wife. It was his word, not mine. It is important that the public knows what kind of person Mr. Bush is by the offensive words he uses. The editor also wants to make clear that the President chose a public press gaggle to use this word -- that is not a private moment between him and his wife. If Mrs. Bush feels her privacy has been violated, she must understand that it is her responsibility to herself, her children, and the nation to end this abusive relationship by legally separating from the President and becoming a role model for other women around the country and the world who find themselves locked into similar abusive marriages.

Nevertheless, we have "asterisked" the word in question. However, Mr. Bush cannot asterisk his own vile words.

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/

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Holy Shit!

m the a-c said...

truly surprising to me:

OTTAWA - Two-thirds of Canada's rapid population increase over the past five years came from immigration — a force that in coming decades will account for almost all of the country's growth, according to census figures released Tuesday.

Unlike the United States, where an influx of legal and illegal immigrants has fueled heated debate, there is little public discussion in Canada on the issue.

The data released by Statistics Canada show the country's population grew 5.4 percent, the highest rate among the Group of Eight industrial nations.

Among the G-8 countries, only the United States, at 5.0 percent, approached Canada's growth. France and Italy grew 3.1 percent and Britain 1.9 percent, while growth for Japan and Germany was near zero and Russia's population shrank 2.4 percent.

Alice said...

Catharine...now there's a blogger who can get two posts in a row... :)

Catharine said...

Alice said...

Catharine...now there's a blogger who can get two posts in a row... :)

March 13, 2007 10:33 PM

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Heh.

;)

Catharine said...

March 12, 2007 -- Chinese and Japanese intelligence are from cautious to suspicious about the diplomatic rapprochement between the Bush administration and North Korea. After years of acrimony between the Bush neo-cons and Pyongyang there are strong indications that Washington will soon normalize relations with the reclusive North Korean Communist government. It is no secret that the Bush administration and North Korean-born religious cult leader Sun Myung Moon have close ties. In fact, a number of Moon's Unification Church members hold high office in the Bush administration, incluidng the State Department. Moon has extensive financial interests in North Korea, including holdings in the hotel, automotive manufacturing, and shipping sectors. It is also unclear what role the new UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon (no relation to Sun Myung Moon, but non-committal about his non-denominational Korean Christian links in Korea) may have had in the Washington-Pyongyang rapprochement.

Catharine said...

What has Beijing and Tokyo worried are the ties between Sun Myung Moon's organization and the Falun Gong movement in China and the Aum Shinrikyo cult in Japan. The Aum cult has attempted to acquire weapons, including weapons of mass destruction, from North Korea. In 1995, it launched a deadly sarin attack on Tokyo's subway system. There are also links between Aum and the Russian-Israeli mafia, especially relating to the smuggling of chemical and biological weapons, including VX and hydrogen cyanide. The Falun Gong is considered a major subversive organization by Beijing, which fears it has a number of adherents inside the Communist Party.

Intelligence professionals in Asia figure that there is more to the story of the Washington-Pyongyang diplomatic dance. In 2002, George W. Bush referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il as a "pygmy," a racial epithet usually applied to the Twa people of central Africa.

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Hey ... I was twice lucky ... I was in Tokyo, but not on the subway that morning for the Shinrikyo sarin gas attack; AND I was in New York on the train that pulls into the WTC on 9/11, but my stop was right before it.

Alice said...

Is the stop before it still where you had debris around?

Other Whu said...

http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_david_sw_070313_what_if_the_fbi_hire.htm

By David Swanson

What If The FBI Hired Someone Honest To Look Into 9-11?

It did. Her name was Sibel Edmonds. This is her story, as she told it to me. Edmonds discusses what she knows, whom it implicates, and what she's been through and what hope there is in the new Congress to start an investigation.

Catharine said...

Alice said...

Is the stop before it still where you had debris around?

March 13, 2007 10:43 PM


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No. Actually, maybe my stop was 2 before?... hmmm... but I could look up and see the plane in the building, but not so close that there was debris.

Alice said...

Aljazeera Covers The WTC7 Prior Knowledge Collapse

http://www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/conspiracy_theory/fullstory.asp?id=372

What’s behind the CNN and the BBC’s premature announcement of the WTC7’s collapse?

By: Adam Robertson

Catharine said...

You know ...

That story about Bush calling Laura a "c*nt" in front of the press is pretty telling about him ... and his state of mind ...

dada said...

"Schwitters began to construct his greatest ‘lifework’, known as the Merzbarn, using found materials and a construction technique invented for his two earlier ‘Merz’ installations, one at his home in Hanover, the other in Norway, neither of which survived the war. Unfinished at the time of Schwitters’ death in 1948, the Merzbarn installation survived until the 1960s, when Richard Hamilton and others arranged for it to be removed for re-erection at the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle."

http://www.littoral.org.uk/HTML01/images/merzBarn.jpg

Alice said...

Catharine said...

March 13, 2007 10:48 PM

I'm curious because I used to wonder if the Sears Tower crashed down if the glass & stuff would reach my place...

Alice said...

Corps placed faulty pumps in New Orleans

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070314/ap_on_re_us/katrina_faulty_pumps

dada said...

Stop! Did a stir? No, is fast. On to bed! So he is. It's only the wind on the road outside for to wake all shivering shanks from snorring.

http://www.trentu.ca/faculty/jjoyce/fw-578.htm

night

Alice said...

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WaitingForCicero said...

A., you asked me to find this once

Naked Eye, Luscious Jackson

blah blah blah said...

Catharine said...

March 13, 2007 10:48 PM

I'm curious because I used to wonder if the Sears Tower crashed down if the glass & stuff would reach my place...

i'm sure the demolitions team can arrange that...

air-ono said...

thanks shelly & lauren for the kitty pics

but have you seen...
the rare amazonian monkey kitten
and the strange human-face kitten

air-ono said...

well,
GET READY FOR!!!

Action-Kitty

Sunshine said...

mornin gang,

still creaky here.

wonder if my dog alarms

are reset to daylight savings?

looking for justice said...

More obstruction of justice in Lam's investigations in San Diego.

Sam, have you seen this? Looks like Lam was getting close to a huge cluster bomb...

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/3/10/21556/5045