Monday, April 23, 2007

B-B-B-But..

We were told this was a crisis!

A couple of things to remember about these social security projections.
1. The social security trustees are appointed by Bush and the CBO numbers project trust solvency into the 2050's

2. Accepting the SSTrustees #'s, if we do nothing, 2041 is the year that social security will be able to only pay out 80% of current benefits well into the 22nd century.

3. Raising the cap on ss taxes from 90k (presently) to about 140k, eliminates the trust shortfalls totally.

4. Bob Dole, in 2000, said one of his greatest achievements when he was in the Senate was pushing the solvency of the trust until 2034.

In other words, there is/was no "crisis" with Social Security. So why did the Republicans and Bush pretend like there was?

5. Republican leaders don't want to return the money they raided from the Social Security trust fund to pay for tax cuts for the rich. And they hate the most succesful Government plan ever... insurance that you won't eat cat food when you retire.

And the new blog is coming. You are going to love it.

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rush will pay for the tp bus! said...

RUSH: Yeah, I'm getting all kinds of notes from people who say in the military it is taught. It's legitimate. Look, I don't want to take this any further. I already got tricked once. Snerdley is going to get docked a thousand dollars on his next bonus. I've never heard of this. Call me naïve. This is something about which I'll be happy to be naïve, but I only got one question after going through this demonstration. Why do you need the toilet paper, if you're going to use that technique? Pure and simple. This is absurd.

But I do want to make this pledge and I want to make it now publicly so that all can hear me -- and I make this pledge, this offer, if you will, to Laurie David and Sheryl Crow -- I will promise to underwrite the rest of your global warming bus tour, so long as at every appearance, every television show, every concert, every public appearance, you continue to advocate the single square of toilet paper solution to global warming.

If you will do that, I'll make sure you are heard by more people than your bus tour will even take you to, and I will underwrite it to make that happen.

I think you need to be heard on this. More and more Americans need to hear your solutions to global warming, including the single square toilet paper issue.

eating crow said...

44% wipe from front to back from behind their backs.

60% look at the paper after they wipe.

50% say that they have wiped with leaves.

8% have wiped with their hands.

2% have wiped with money.

topic of the day said...

40% fold or stack, 40% wad or crumple, 20% wrap it around their hand.

52% (Men) & 38% (Women) are "folders"

38% (Men) & 52% (Women) are "wadders"

6% (Men) & 6% (Women) have no preference

4% (Men) & 3% (Women) don't know

PU said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaKLrjxWXsg

NEVER shake hands with Sheryl Crow!

m the a-c said...

Sheryl Crow and Laurie David...
When you cause me to sympathize for Karl Rove, you know that you've gone too far.
Karl Rove= slightly better than Stalin in my book

But anyway, why do you think you are going to effect significant change during the monkey's final two years? He isn't simply a "lame duck." He is a duck that is in a full body cast and plugged into an iron lung. Yes, we/they know-- global warming is disastrous. They aren't going to do anything, though, especially when they are literally focused only on avoiding impeachment and removal at this point.

You're annoying people. "Turtles have shells. The sky is blue." Please...Stop. Just stop.

a big job said...

Rosie to Sheryl Crow: "Have You Seen My Ass?"

Posted Apr 23rd 2007 1:07PM by TMZ Staff


The answer, presumably, is no -- but Rosie made her point, pooh-poohing Sheryl Crow for suggesting that we all use just one square of toilet paper per trip to the loo.

Crow made her comments on her blog last week, and Rosie took a moment on this morning's "The View" to express her incredulity at the supposedly enviro-friendly suggestion.

"Have you seen my ass?!" bellowed Rosie, and Barbara Walters was good enough to warn viewers not to use their sleeves, another of Crow's helpful suggestions

CeeCee said...

Alice said...
that whole “second amendment” thing

circlealpha @ 12:03 pm

I’m gonna go out on a limb her e and probably offend all the liberal-progressive types who think i’m a crazy radical anyway, and say that I completely and totally agree with the “conservative” arguments for why the virginia tech shooting is not a good reason for more “gun control”.

The difference, of course, is that - in addition to agreeing with them that gun control isn’t the answer, I’m oppossed to the entire concept of gun control itself for 1 simple reason:

The second amendment isn’t about duck hunting. it’s about the right of “we the people” to “alter or abolish” any government that becomes “destructive of these ends” - “these ends”, of course, being “life liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.

In other words, the anti-federalists - who were the actual majority in post-revolution America and included many of my ancestors - fought against the ratification of the United States Constitution because they believed that it would create a government too powerful & too centralized, a government that would slowly but surely become even more oppressive then the one they had just overthrown. The Bill of Rights was the concession that rose out of their struggle, which is why its a series of Amendments to the constitution and not part of the document itself. Reading hte bill of rights its immidiately obvious that the rights protected are exactly and precisely the rights needed by a nation to overthrow its government; which is why the anti-terrorist crap ios so foul. We have the constitutional RIGHT to revolution in America, it is the critical and most important part of our legacy of struggle from the revolutionary era, and a peice of our heritage that we have sadly neglected. The right to bear arms is a critical part of that legacy, and if we allow the State to take it away from us we lose far more then handguns, we lose our hidden strength, our ace in the hole, the one legacy we have left of our legacy as a nation born from anti-impirialist and anti-colonial struggle.

The mainstream left knows this, and that’s why they’re so obsessed with gun control - It wasn’t until the Black Panthers exercised their rights, after all, that Democrats decided guns were a menace to society. That’s a fact, check the chronology and the history yourself. It’s sad that the only people who still wupport this most fundamental garauntee of all civil rights - the right to bear arms and with it the right to revolution - are “conservatives”. It’s a pretty sick state of affairs, and just one more indication of how pathetically spineless and ethically bankript the liberal left in this country is. Not that the conservatives are much better, but at least they don’t pretend to care about working class people while simultaneously stripping us of our ability to fight back independantly.

Think about it.

April 23, 2007 6:12 PM

I have thought about this Alice. As a liberal I do believe in the reasons for the second amendment.

Unfortunately, I just wish everyone who is so fervent for the second was so for all the amendments for all Americans regardless of race, religion, creed, color, and sexual orientation.

I,like many liberals, am looking for the day when we forsake violence and use peaceful methods for the promotion and success of what is right and good for all.

For the present, I just wish peaceful conflict resolution and belief in it got as much play as guns do.

Crank Bait said...

ceecee: "For the present, I just wish peaceful conflict resolution and belief in it got as much play as guns do."
April 23, 2007 10:12 PM
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Rooster Cogburn: "Fill your hands you son of a bitch!"

Crank Bait said...

(Sorry. It isn't often that I have the opportunity to dust off that ancient gem.)

Crank Bait said...

air-ono misunderstood Rooster Cogburn. Love, not war, ensued.

fibre fanatic said...

I can't stop pooping!

Catharine said...

Limbaugh claimed Media Matters "fell for" his "liberal" gunman "joke" "hook, line, and sinker"

http://mediamatters.org/items/200704230012

On the April 23 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, host Rush Limbaugh claimed "I was making a joke" when he said on his April 19 broadcast that Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui "had to be a liberal, " and "it's a liberal that committed this act" before adding on April 23, "I do believe that it was liberalism that got a hold of this guy and made him hate things, professors and this sort of thing." Limbaugh also lashed out at Media Matters for America, claiming that he had made the comments about Cho "as a means of illustrating on this show how the words of conservative talk show hosts are twisted and taken out of context," before adding, "And sure enough, Media Matters fell for it hook, line, and sinker. They had it up all over the place."

In an April 19 item, Media Matters noted both Limbaugh's statement that Cho "had to be a liberal" and his subsequent comment that "the drive-bys will read on a website that I'm attacking liberalism by comparing this guy to them." In addition, Media Matters provided transcript and audio of Limbaugh's statements. Limbaugh regularly describes mainstream media sources as "the drive-by media."

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*Sniff*

I smell someone about to get Imus-ized!

Hee!

Catharine said...

Newsweek's Meacham: "[L]ong time" since Dems have let Americans know they share their values

http://mediamatters.org/items/200704230011

On the April 22 edition of NBC's Meet the Press, Newsweek managing editor Jon Meacham repeatedly suggested that Democrats are out of step with "American value[s]." Meacham claimed that Democrats "are still struggling to find out how do they signal to the broad American public that they share their values ... whether it's religion or guns or life" and that "Democrats are living in terror of ... look[ing] as though they're being unsupportive of the troops, because ... that's an American value." In fact, recent polling indicates that Americans think that Democrats are more in line with their "values" than Republicans.

***

Does anyone really read Newsweek? Only in doctors' offices when you've got nothing else, right?

Even then ... I'd rather sit and study the lint in my navel.

Catharine said...

Reporting bipartisan desire to fix AMT, Wash. Post left out Bush budget's reliance on it

http://mediamatters.org/items/200704230010

An April 23 Washington Post article by staff writer Lori Montgomery on House Democrats' plan to shift the burden of the alternative minimum tax (AMT) onto wealthier Americans reported that Republicans "also advocate repealing or substantially rewriting the AMT." Yet the article did not mention that President Bush's Fiscal 2008 budget goal of, in Bush's words, "balanc[ing] the budget by 2012 without raising your taxes," relies on revenues raised from not adjusting the AMT after FY 2008. The White House's prediction that the budget will reach balance or surplus by 2012 rests, in part, on the assumption that Congress will stop raising the exemption level of the AMT -- although the Bush administration proposed that Congress increase of the exemption level again for FY 2008. Without a continuation of this temporary fix, the AMT would increase the income taxes of millions of middle-class Americans in the years to come, as Media Matters for America has noted.

Catharine said...

You know ...

that is 2 times on recent majority report blogs that Sam has committed to the fact that he is going to have a great new blog out very very shortly!

OK, Sam... you've done it now ...

Catharine said...

April 23, 2007 -- On August 28, 2006, WMR reported on how the U.S. visa issuing process was being outsourced to cronies with no accountability for the visa fee funds received from U.S. embassies abroad. We reported on what was occurring with the "I-Visa," a special visa required for journalists wishing to visit the United States...

...
If someone wishes to apply for a visa to come to the United States, the visa applicant contacts a non-U.S. embassy local contractor to apply for a visa. After the individual pays the visa application fee, they are iven a phone number and a PIN number. The applicant phones a Call Center and has up to 8 minutes to ask questions. The applicant is then given an appointment date by the Call Center. When the applicant arrives at the U.S. embassy Visa Section, the applicant's documents are screened by another local contractor in a waiting room before the applicant presents himself or herself for an interview at the consular window with an American Consular Officer.

This system, worthy of the Soviet bureaucracy, increases the number of applicants processed per day. With the application fee being non-refundable, whether or not a visa is issued, the number of applicants in one U.S. embassy in Latin America is 300 in one day at $100 per application, that is $30,000 for one day at one US embassy.

With most of the document scrutiny placed in the hands of private contractors, where fraud is more rampant than it is among U.S. consular officials, the Bush administration is putting up for sale entry to the United States. Security is being sacrificed for increased visa revenues, most of which go to slush funds in foreign bank accounts. In 2006, 5,836,718 Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visas were issued by U.S. Visa issuing offices around the world. At $100 per visa, that equals a potential total of $583,671,800 in visa fees being collected by private contractors under the new outsourcing system. That does not include the local bribes and kickbacks. Another Bush legacy will be the criminalization of the U.S visa process.

LINK

Catharine said...

April 23, 2007 -- French Socialist Party candidate Segolene Royal and her right-wing opponent, Nicolas "Sarko the American" Sarkozy, won the first round French presidential election. Sarkozy won 30.5% of the vote to Royal's 26% Centrist candidate Francois Bayrou picked up 18.6% of the vote. Far right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen, who criticized the "non-Frenchness" of Sarkozy, whose parents came from Hungary, picked up 10.4% of the vote.

Sarkozy has also been called a "little French Hitler" by our French sources, many of whom have served in intelligence and military jobs.

Although the neocon media, which is in Sarkozy's corner, is claiming that Sarkozy is the front-runner and that he will now steer to the center to pick up the support of Bayrou voters, the French election is not that simplistic. First of all, like questionable elections in the United States, Italy, Mexico, and other countries where the use of electronic voting machines resulted in skewed, similar use of electronic machines have already resulted in charges of fraud, in favor of Sarkozy, in the first round French election. With such fraud already taking place, some French observers are already predicting that Sarkozy will win through electronic voting machine fraud -- a factor that has favored neo-cons in other elections around the world. Philippe de Villiers, a far-right Catholic nationalist presidential candidate who voted in Herbier in the Vendees, called the electronic voting machine he used a "cheating machine."

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/

Catharine said...

Exit polls showed that voters who opted for Bayrou did so because thet thought Sarkozy was too right-wing. It is doubtful they would switch to Sarkozy in the second round even with centrist messages coming from the "little French Hitler." Similarly, many Le Pen voters did not vote for Sarkozy because they considered him too "non French" and opposed his close ties to Israel, the Samuel Huntington school of a "Clash of Civilizations," and the American Republican Party. It is also doubtful that they will change their stance and vote for Sarkozy. This means that in the second round, a number of Bayrou supporters will break for Royal, even if Bayrou endorses Sarkozy. Le Pen supporters are more likely to remain at home, although those that do vote would hardly embrace a candidate they consider to be a "foreigner." Some Le Pen voters will also likely break for Royal.

With this arithmetic, if Royal picks up a half of Bayrou votes and the 9.5% who voted for Trotskyite, Communist, and Green candidates, that increases her percentage to 43.5% compared to Sarkozy's 44%, if the other half of Bayrou votes go to Sarkozy. That leaves the 10.4% who voted for Le Pen. In the end, it is doubtful they will break for "Sarko the American" of Hungarian roots. If any turn out to vote, it appears likely they will vote for the candidate who is "more French," especially if Le Pen withholds an endorsement for Sarkozy. But with such a close election, the neocons are already busy calculating how they will manipulate the electronic voting machines. Another neocon contrivance may end up as the next president of a country through computerized election engineering.

ironic? said...

1. UPDATE: The prize has been set! If you're deemed closest to the actual day of Gonzo's resignation, you'll win signed copies of Sam Seder and Stephen Sherrill's FUBAR and Joe Conason's It Can Happen Here. Marc Maron has also thrown in a copy of The Jerusalem Syndrome


2. Sam Seder, Air America Radio

SEDER OUT?

Former Garofalo Co-Host Appears Cut From Schedule


In the first change to Air America Radio's schedule since the network's takeover by Stephen L Green and Rob Glaser, mid- morning talk host Sam Seder has apparently been canned




3. Gonzales Says He's Staying on the Job



Apr 23, 8:22 PM (ET)

By LARA JAKES JORDAN



WASHINGTON (AP) - Bolstered by a fresh show of support from President Bush, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales sought Monday to move beyond calls for his resignation and lingering questions about his credibility after the firings of federal prosecutors.

Critics reluctantly conceded that Gonzales was likely to weather the political storm. But many scoffed at Bush's claim of having more confidence in his attorney general after Gonzales' Senate testimony last week that was filled with memory lapses.

Gonzales, speaking at a news conference about identity theft, said he was staying at the Justice Department. He declined, however, to say for how long.

"As long as I think that I can be effective and the president believes that I should continue to be at the head of the Department of Justice, I'll continue serving as the attorney general," Gonzales said.

Catharine said...

It's probably just a coincidence...

***

April 20-22, 2007 -- Mass killer Cho Seung Hui's link to Iraq occupation and private military contractors. It has been discovered that Cho's older sister. identified as Cho Sun Kyung by South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper, works as a contractor for the State Department's Iraq Reconstruction Management Office.

Her employer is McNeil Technologies of Springfield, Virginia. McNeil, which was involved in prisoner interrogations for the Defense Department, is owned by Veritas Capital, a defense industry acquisitions firm that also owns two other Defense and US intelligence contractors, Dyncorp International and selected remnants of the former company of Mitchell Wade (of Duke Cunningham infamy), MZM Inc., renamed Athena Innovative Solutions, Inc. Cho Sun Kyung is three years older than her brother. While attending Princeton, Cho's sister served a stint as an intern at the US Embassy in Bangkok, where among other tasks, she studied the plight of Burmese migrant workers on the Thai-Burmese border.

Catharine said...

April 20-22, 2007 -- WMR has received a copy of a letter sent to the Manhattan Borough President's office Helicopter Task Force in 1996 warning about the dangers of the possibility that planes could hit buildings in downtown New York. Moreover, four active duty and retired Coast Guard, including a retired Commandant, concurred about concerns about planes hitting buildings. The letter, dated February 18, 1996, provides the response of four Coast Guard officers to the following question: "Because of the flight path and the huge volume of tour and other flights and the resulting confusion in the air, wouldn't it be easy for a terrorist helicopter to slip under 1200 feet escaping radar detection and drop a charge on the U.N., World Trade Center or other strategic building?"

The four Coast Guard officers responded:

"Yes, your concerns are well founded. It's a security risk."

"You're right. There's a possibility of a terrorist attack."

"Your analysis is correct."

"Yes. It should be a no fly zone like Washington."

This information that the US Coast Guard considered such a scenario makes Condoleezza Rice's comment on May 15, 2003 that "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center," a blatant falsehood.

Catharine said...

April 20-22, 2007 -- Democrats adopting independent policy on Latin America. Two top Democrats, Senator Patrick Leahy and former Vice President Al Gore, are turning up the heat on George W. Bush's only ally in South America, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. Leahy has blocked $55.2 million in military aid to Uribe, who has been linked to right-wing paramilitary death squads that have targeted progressive political leaders for assassination. Gore refused to share a stage with Uribe at an environmental summit in Miami today because Uribe, his family, and close advisers have been linked to assassinations and death squad activities.

Catharine said...

April 20-22, 2007 -- As a follow-up to our story yesterday about Cuba-American relations, jailed Cuban terrorist Luis Posada Carriles was released from a prison in New Mexico yesterday and flown on a private jet accompanied by federal agents to a welcoming crowd of Cuban-Americans in Miami. Posada was ordered released by El Paso-based US federal judge Kathleen Cardone after payment of a #350,000 bail bond. Posada is wanted by Cuba and Venezuela for the 1976 bombing of a Cubana Flight 455 off Barbados that killed 73 men, women, and children from a number of countries, including Cuba, Guyana, and North Korea. Among the dead were the entire Cuban national fencing team.

Members of the Cuban community in Miami, according to the Spanish newspaper Informacion, welcomed Posada as a "hero" and "patriot." The Justice Department failed to argue that Posada should have remained in jail because he was a wanted terrorist but merely wanted him detained because he entered the United States illegally. The US Fifth District Court of Appeals in New Orleans rejected the Justice Department request and ordered Posada released pending trial for the immigration violation. Posada was a contract agent for the CIA when he helped carry out the terrorist bombing of Cubana 455. The Director of the CIA at the time was George H. W. Bush.

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/

Catharine said...

April 19, 2007 -- Two top Republican officials call for lifting US travel restrictions on Cuba. Speaking at a forum yesterday in Washington hosted by the New American Foundation, Arizona Republican Representative Jeff Flake and the chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, called for Congressional passage of HR 654 and S. 721, which would lift stiffened U.S. travel restrictions to Cuba. Polls now show that 55 % of Cuban-Americans in Miami-Dade County, Florida now favor unrestricted travel from the U.S. to Cuba.

Flake criticized current Bush administration policies towards Cuba as "too Florida-centric." He said many Arizonans want to visit Cuba and he rejected the notion that "national security" is the reason given by the Bush administration for travel restrictions. Flake also said there is no place for any travel restrictions being placed on Americans. He cited such restrictions as hallmarks of Communist regimes.

Flake said one good thing about having a Democratic Congress is not having the Cuba travel freedom bill stripped by conference committees as it has been twice during past Republican sessions of Congress. Flake also said that Cuban-Americans are not in "lock step" with the Bush administration's travel restriction policy.

Flake also condemned the State Department's use of an electronic message board at the US Interests Section in Havana as "juvenile." He said one message stated that "In Miami, a school child today will receive a free breakfast of eggs and bacon."

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/

Catharine said...

Flake also revealed that the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has not been renewing or granting licenses and permits for humanitarians, journalists, academic, and religious groups to visit Cuba and that rather than becoming lax, the Bush administration is stepping up its travel ban. Some Cuban-Americans, limited in their travel to Cuba, have been forced to decide whether to attend the funerals in Cuba of their father or mother. According to a Cuban government official, some Cuban-Americans, tired of U.S. restrictions on travel to their homeland, have applied with the Cuban Interests Section in Washington to return to Cuba permanently.

Flake said the U.S. travel ban is having no impact on the Cuban economy. He cited statistics that show the Cuban economy growing at a pace of 12 percent annually. The CIA estimates the growth factor to be 7 percent. Flake also agreed that America's policy towards Cuba is adversely affecting the U.S. image elsewhere in Latin America.

toniD said...

Evening Catharine :)

Are you here alone?


Wolfowitz asked to resign:

An agency that oversees the World Bank is asking for the resignation of the bank’s president, former deputy U.S. Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.

In a document obtained by the Financial Times, the Independent Evaluation Group asked for Wolfowitz’s immediate resignation, saying a continuation of his leadership will lead to “irreparable harm to worldwide efforts in poverty reduction and sustainable development.”

LINK

toniD said...

Skelton: ‘Walls will not bring peace to Baghdad.’ » House Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO): “Building walls between sectarian neighborhoods, without consulting them or the elected government of Iraq, may temporarily increase security, but will not help unite the people of Iraq. Iraqis must be in the lead in fighting their civil war, especially when it comes to actions that could drive wedges between the very groups that must come together.”

LINK

Catharine said...

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toniD said...

Evening Catharine :)

Are you here alone?


Wolfowitz asked to resign:
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Wow! Good news!

as far as being alone... well.. you're never really alone... especially on a blog...

toniD said...

Former aide to Rep. Don Young (R-AK), Mark Zachares, looks “set to plead guilty to corruption charges” over his relationship with criminal lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

LINK

Catharine said...

toniD said...

Former aide to Rep. Don Young (R-AK), Mark Zachares, looks “set to plead guilty to corruption charges” over his relationship with criminal lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

LINK

April 24, 2007 12:06 AM

*****

They're still droppin' ...

toniD said...

Where'd everyone go? I just got home from work.

I saw Sam's new message. Wish he'd get a new daily gig! So much happening right now.

If anyone wants infor on Kucinich's plan to bring impeachment proceedings to the House for VP Cheney, he explains on his site.

4.23.2007
Congressman Kucinich Will Hold Press Conference to Announce Introduction of Articles of Impeachment Relating To Vice President Richard Cheney

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) will hold a news conference tomorrow afternoon to announce the introduction of articles of impea...

Read More Of Story

LINK

Catharine said...

I saw that the offices of Kucinich for President called earlier....

I am sure they must have been wanting money ...


That is GREAT that he is announcing the articles of impeachment tomorrow!

toniD said...

It's often said that Fox News is little more than a house organ of the GOP.

Rarely is it made this clear, though.

-- Greg Sargent

National GOP Multimedia Web Page Is ... Fox News Video Clips
By Eric Kleefeld | bio
Great Moments In Fox News Dept. If there was any doubt left that Fox News is just a media organ of the Republican Party, then take a look at this screen capture of the National Republican Senatorial Committee's multimedia page. You might think the term "multimedia" would imply that it's a collection of stuff from various news organizations, plus in-house content from the NRSC. It turns out, though, that it's nothing but ... a collection of Fox News video clips. Every clip in the NRSC's "multimedia" section is from Fox:

LINK

toniD said...

Catharine, today on Randi's show, she had Greg Pallast. She and Pallast and Bobby Kennedy are going to be together in a meeting soon in NYC. I didn't catch all of it at the time but I am sure it will be on Randi's site.

Greg Pallast's book is coming out in paperback with an updated new chapter and Bobby Kennedy said that with the emails and backup Greg has, there is proof against the admin.

mmrules said...
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Clinton said...

What's up with Lee Rayburn being on in the mornings instead of Sam or (ugh) Lionel? Anybody know?

toniD said...

Join Randi, Robert Kennedy Jr. and Greg Palast in NYC on May 1. Tickets on sale now

LINK

Palast's book Called Armed Madhouse and the new chapter is
The Scheme to swipe 2008

http://www.gregpalast.com/

toniD said...

McNulty to testify be interviewed Friday. The Crypt reports:

Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this Friday, a week after his boss, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was grilled by the panel.

McNulty will be questioned about what he knew and when he knew it regarding the firing of eight U.S. attorneys last year, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) just told reporters.

UPDATE: The Politico updates its story: “McNulty will be interviewed behind closed doors by the Senate Judiciary Committee this Friday… William Moschella, the principal deputy attorney general, is set to be interviewed on Tuesday, according to House and Senate Democratic aides.”

LINK

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Catharine said...

George Soros rules the world! Bill O’Reilly loses it…
By: John Amato @ 7:10 PM - PDT

It's all Soros all the time for O'Reilly. Didn't Soros push Bush to invade Iraq? Wasn't it Soros that funded Gitmo? And I believe Soros coached Alberto Gonzales before he testified last week…George wants to buy AMERICA! Poor Joe Lieberman…

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He doubled up on his production values by adding a nifty little chart…John Edwards is under his spell too…Move On, CAP, Media Matters, The NY Times, Jonathan Alter and NBC news…There's too many…I'm getting dizzy…

Bill from Portland has more: In a lengthy opening diatribe, this evening Bill O'Reilly laid out the far-left George Soros conspiracy in spades. He had a chart and everything. I can't possibly do the segment justice.

http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/04/23/george-soros-rules-the-world-bill-oreilly-loses-it/


*****

You have GOT to see this ... I start laughing when Bill just starts talking ... I can't help it....!

His chart is like the worst ... but the kicker is ... it all leads to .... Media Matters! [oh, and elements at MSNBC (Olbermann) and... Rosie O'Donnell?!]

These people are BUFFOOOOOONS!

"Stay with me now..." Bill says.


HAhAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Catharine said...

Jinx! mmrules...

mmrules said...

Catherine:Thanks for linking the Billy O link.He is such a A-hole.I was trying too link it but I blew it:)

Catharine said...

toniD said...

Catharine, today on Randi's show, she had Greg Pallast. She and Pallast and Bobby Kennedy are going to be together in a meeting soon in NYC. I didn't catch all of it at the time but I am sure it will be on Randi's site.

Greg Pallast's book is coming out in paperback with an updated new chapter and Bobby Kennedy said that with the emails and backup Greg has, there is proof against the admin.

April 24, 2007 12:25 AM

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Yeah, I know and I'm disappointed that I can't go. Well probably. I've known about it for a while but I have a prior commitment with my son.

Catharine said...

not a problem, mm...

Star Vox said...

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Good compilation of recent editorials and articles about Paul Wolfowitz on the following blog -

Wolfowitz Resign!

http://wolfowitzmustresign.blogspot.com/

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toniD said...

O'Liely is describing Fox News and the ties to the Bush admin. and just changing what they did to George Soros.

And Monica Crawley used to be with MSNBC and was on Imus show all the time.

Catharine said...

Network Hosting US Attorneys Emails Also Hosted Ohio’s 2004 Election Results
By: Nicole Belle on Monday, April 23rd, 2007 at 6:25 PM - PDT

I'm sure that's just a coincidence, right? The tentacles of corruption between all these scandals and screw ups of the Bush Administration are completely intertwined, and they all seem to lead to the White House. It will be interesting to see how historians will portray this time in the US, and how many red flags were there for all to see.

AlterNet:

Did the most powerful Republicans in America have the computer capacity, software skills and electronic infrastructure in place on Election Night 2004 to tamper with the Ohio results to ensure George W. Bush's re-election?

The answer appears to be yes.

http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/04/23/network-hosting-us-attorneys-emails-also-hosted-ohios-2004-election-results/

toniD said...

Doctors angered at Supreme Court ruling. Medical experts speak out about the court’s ruling upholding what the right wing terms “partial birth” abortion:

At Bellevue’s Reproductive Choice Unit, for example, unnerved residents circulated stories about the hospital’s sordid past, when floors were once full of women who attempted termination on their own. “I don’t think many of us know what partial birth is — it’s not a medical term at all,” said Kiran Chawal, a third-year resident there. “We’ve all looked it up to figure out what they’re talking about. It’s difficult to understand or interpret.”

The legislation of medicine is what angers doctors most, regardless of their political leanings. “It’s not a pro-choice issue as much as it is a medical issue,” says Chawal. “You’re telling doctors how to perform a procedure. Are they going to tell me next week that I can’t use a speculum to do a Pap smear?” Jessica Salas, one of the chief OB residents at Bellevue, doesn’t perform abortions because of her own moral concerns, but she is nevertheless opposed to the ban. … “It’s a sad day for practitioners in general. They’re telling us how to do our jobs and to do something that’s not safe for the patient.”

UPDATE: Ilene Jaroslaw writes in Newsweek: “I needed that now-banned procedure known as ‘partial-birth’ abortion. Why the Supreme Court’s decision to outlaw it was a dark day for American women.”

LINK

Catharine said...

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This Week’s Senate Committee Schedule
By: Nicole Belle on Monday, April 23rd, 2007 at 2:04 PM - PDT

While there's nothing as blockbuster as Gonzales's appearance, the Senate is clearly busy this week and there's some interesting things on the agenda, including:

S. 119, the War Profiteering Prevention Act of 2007, will likely make Dick Cheney come back to the Senate floor and tell Leahy to "go f***" himself again, because it sets penalties and standards for people like Cheney's buddies at Halliburton when it comes to profiteering and fraud in scamming money off the Iraq war.

Bob Geiger has the full schedule. Let us know if there are any hearings you think would be particularly clip-worthy for C&L.

LINK

toniD said...

Look Catharine, another one!!!

FBI Questions Rep. Feeney (R-FL) Over Abramoff Ties
The St. Petersburg Times reports:

The FBI has asked U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney for information about his dealings with Jack Abramoff as part of its ongoing investigation into the lobbyist convicted of defrauding clients.

FBI agent Kevin Luebke refused to say whether Feeney, a Republican from the Orlando area, is under federal investigation.

Federal agents also have asked the St. Petersburg Times for an email sent to the newspaper by Feeney’s office describing a golfing trip the congressman took with Abramoff to Scotland in 2003.”

Feeney is one of three House members who “accompanied Abramoff to Scotland on trips that included rounds of golf at the legendary Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews.” The other two: former Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), who is serving prison time for corruption, and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-FL), currently under criminal indictment.

Feeney said in a statement that he “considers this an embarrassing episode in his 17-year career as an elected official and an expensive lesson for him as a public servant.”

UPDATE: More bad news for Feeney. He is listed as “Representative #3” in Justice Department documents filed in federal court today on Mark Zachares, “a former Bush administration official and House GOP aide who is expected to plead guilty tomorrow on a federal corruption charge” related to Abramoff.

LINK

mmrules said...

Catherine: Update: Thanks to Kossack thirdparty for the chart. (How come all of O'Reilly's graphics are based on the anatomical appearance of a giant sphincter??)Bill in Portland Maine.

toniD said...

Sickening report on ABC of an American soldier who killed himself
by John Aravosis (DC) · 4/23/2007 08:44:00 PM ET

Just watched one of the most sickening, infuriating reports ever on ABC (transcript here). ABC's Bob Woodruff reported on a great American soldier who ended up trying to kill himself while serving in Iraq. His duty in Iraq seriously messed with his head, he tried to seek help, didn't really get it, and then ended up in that fateful building 17 at Walter Reed - the one that the Washington Post reported on a few months ago. Well, the military then ignored the guy at Walter Reed until he hung himself - and even then, they didn't find him until two days later, and only after his parents BEGGED someone to go to his room and check on him.

Oh, and by the way, I did a Google search on the soldier's name, James Coons, and Republican Congressman Sam Johnson (the guy who thinks we would have won in Vietnam had we'd only stayed longer and sent more troops). The results? Zero. It seems Mr. Johnson hasn't had anything to say about this abandoned American soldier either.

LINK

Sunshine said...

well the canucks won the hockey game, kids with flags riding around the hood, horn honkers, yahoos and firecrackers going off from here to downtown VANCOUVER!

so just had a call from CB, the wad (about a pound) of funny papers were rejected because they were 'stained'...

jail mailing book update...#4b:

books must be new, and sent from the publishers only...

(mutters to self)

CB hoping for work release in july.

Catharine said...

The legislation of medicine is what angers doctors most, regardless of their political leanings. “It’s not a pro-choice issue as much as it is a medical issue,” says Chawal. “You’re telling doctors how to perform a procedure. Are they going to tell me next week that I can’t use a speculum to do a Pap smear?” Jessica Salas, one of the chief OB residents at Bellevue, doesn’t perform abortions because of her own moral concerns, but she is nevertheless opposed to the ban. … “It’s a sad day for practitioners in general. They’re telling us how to do our jobs and to do something that’s not safe for the patient.”

UPDATE: Ilene Jaroslaw writes in Newsweek: “I needed that now-banned procedure known as ‘partial-birth’ abortion. Why the Supreme Court’s decision to outlaw it was a dark day for American women.”

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... yes, it is a dark day for American women and it has absolutely nothing to do with babies.

They do it for one reason: to make women lesser than in the eyes of the law.

They could care less about dead babies... as evidenced by all the dead babies both here [due to the rising infant mortality among certain segments of our population] .. and abroad ... all those innocent Iraqi children ... killed at the US gov't's behest.

Catharine said...

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mmrules said...

Catherine: Update: Thanks to Kossack thirdparty for the chart. (How come all of O'Reilly's graphics are based on the anatomical appearance of a giant sphincter??)Bill in Portland Maine.

April 24, 2007 12:55 AM

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HA!

toniD said...

Again I will say this...

How can people support this admin? After everything that has been reported on what they have done and all the corruption and all the indictments and still some people cannot bring themselves to believe that this admin is the worst ever!

Catharine said...

UPDATE: More bad news for Feeney. He is listed as “Representative #3” in Justice Department documents filed in federal court today on Mark Zachares, “a former Bush administration official and House GOP aide who is expected to plead guilty tomorrow on a federal corruption charge” related to Abramoff.

LINK

April 24, 2007 12:53 AM

******

Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy! Toni!

****

OK.. I really have to get some sleep...

damn.

toniD said...

Wolfowitz Hires Star DC Lawyer In World Bank Scandal
Associated Press | JEANNINE AVERSA | April 23, 2007 09:18 PM

World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz has hired a prominent attorney as he fights to keep his job, in jeopardy for arranging a generous compensation package for a bank employee with whom he has been romantically linked.

"I want to be sure that he receives appropriate treatment and fair treatment," Robert Bennett (news, bio, voting record), a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, said Monday.


LINK

toniD said...

Work release is good, Jim. Too bad he has to wait til July.

toniD said...

Me too Catharine. It'll be my 6th day in a row of work tomorrow. I know that doesn't sound bad to all you healthy people, but I've been pushing and am really tired.

toniD said...

Good night all.

Later

Star Vox said...

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air-ono said...
his name is Rajiv Chandrasekaran

and he //has written a definitive account of the Green Zone - Chandrasekaran's account illuminates what went wrong, and why, in post-war Iraq.//
April 22, 2007 1:18 PM

Link from air-ono:

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/latenightlive/stories/2007/1898580.htm
_________________________

air-ono,
Thanks for the link to the interview with Chandrasekaran. I recommend his book.

Molly Ivins wrote,

“Anyone who wants to talk knowledgeably about our Iraq misadventure should pick up Rajiv Chandrasekaran's ‘Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone.’

It's like reading a horror novel. You just want to put your face down and moan:
How could we have let this happen? How could we have been so stupid?”

Link:

http://www.alternet.org/stories/46657/

Excerpt from the book:

http://www.rajivc.com/excerpt.htm

Sunshine said...

nite T, Catharina!

sweet dreams ladies!

Sunshine said...

Evening Star Vox!

of all the people involved with profiting from the Iraq scam, i would guess less than 1% have ever read a book about it.

Star Vox said...

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Sunshine said...
Evening Star Vox!
of all the people involved with profiting from the Iraq scam, i would guess less than 1% have ever read a book about it.

April 24, 2007 1:56 AM
____________________

Good evening, Sunshine Jim!

Why would they need to read a book about it?

Sunshine said...

Ha!

ya the american business style is loathed in the orient and asia.

that's the word from ex pats there.

Sunshine said...

was just about to sign off when you posted but i'll yak for a bit.

emailie yer phone # if you'd like a telly call.

Sunshine said...

night all!

i'm out.

Anonymous said...

New Blog?

Love it? (does this mean My Little Ponies will be integral...)



How Images/Wording Can Save The Democrats

-conbo

mmrules said...

Scandals R Us. Open up this can of worms.And let's get these bastards!! Don't forget the DeLay/RNC gerrymandered redistricting of Texas that the career DoJ Civil Rights staff said was unconstitutional, but were over-ruled by the appointed DoJ higher-ups.

Have a look at BradBlog this morning for a great rundown on the Missouri connection to this scandal. Changes at the DOJ in Washington were being made to ensure that Missouri went to the GOP in 2004:

http://www.bradblog.com/?p=4447
TPMmuckraker.com

Anonymous said...

best Colber ever:

Do You

-conbo

Anonymous said...

Colber't'

that is

-conbo

mmrules said...

As regards the Ohio Voting Report:

As a geek, I find it horrifying that the JET database would be used for anything more mission-critical than recipes. It is horribly unstable and prone to corruption, facts commonly known in the IT industry.

But it's a great database to use if you want to lose data. Instant credibility.

"The database went bye-bye"

"What happened?"

"JET"

"oh"




Posted by: T. Scheisskopf
Date: April 23, 2007 11:18 AM TPMmuckraker.com

Anonymous said...

And that's 'Do You'

not You Do

ah dyslexia

-conbo

Anonymous said...

I love Bradblog

The dude is exhausted tho

More people need to pick it up

Voter Fraud=Bush Presidency

No not even FOX NEWS can support the Bush Takeover all on its own

-conbo

mmrules said...

EvilPoet,

http://2004.georgewbush.org/deadletteroffice/index.asp

- great reading, highly recommended

The excuse the Florida GOP gave for Griffin's "caging list" found in one of those e-mails was that the names on the list were "potential donors". Apparently, they thought that "caging" meant the same thing as "donating". But, there was another e-mail with an attached spreadsheet for the Nevada GOP that was called "Douglas County Voter Fraud Master Spreadsheet.xls". It's hard to disguise what that list was for. In the e-mail, it says: "Attached is the excel document with the returned mail from Douglas County."


Posted by: chimpeach
Date: April 23, 2007 12:18 PM TPMmuckraker.

james said...

David Halberstam, Pulitzer Winning Journalist, Killed (Update1)

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=aPsla6TQTMpw&refer=muse

Dennis H. Klein said...

Liked the '06 Elections... Now What?
TWO WORD CAMPAIGN: Everyone's Okay.
Many would bet on our new leaders repeating the past -- becoming just as corrupt as the last ones. Others would say...

JUST GO FOR IT! (Where is it written that our founders have a corner on destiny?) TAKE this puppy out for a test drive of its original intent -- universal mutual respect, comfort and security for everyone. Many say impossible without a charismatic leader. Others say impossible even with one unless there is a "message", one that restores the republic by giving it a place to go.

THE MESSAGE: EVERYONE'S OKAY.

The inability to get under, over or around its meaning frames the debate, makes the opposition have to defend or deny Everyone's Okay, distracting them from pushing out their message. Everyone's Okay's built-in amnesty appeals to all, even the ones who got us into this mess seeing it as an attractive PLAN B. Everyone's Okay leads to respect by everyone for everyone, without exception, for no other reason than for just being conscious at the same time. Sustained long enough, the abused and humiliated find Everyone's Okay so attractive that suicide bombing and get-even mass murder joins Quemoy and Matsu in the dustbin of history.

QUESTION. What is the flip side of hating someone? Respecting someone. But how do you turn your feelings upside down? Imagine two groups, one economically and militarily far stronger than the other. Ordinary resentment by the weak of the strong is inflamed by real and imagined disrespectful acts committed by the strong. This is a BIG problem when, in the culture of the weaker, how much one is respected by others is their main measure.

QUESTION. If the hatred on our side remains the same, can we expect hatred on their side to diminish? Not until Cause and Effect catch the last train to the coast.
"Seek no vengeance. Hold no grudge." [It's in the Book!] Cause and effect - - hate causes the grudge. The grudge causes vengeance. The vengeance causes war. Attack the source. Make war on hate itself, starting with yourself. And there is a lot to do here. We have just completed a six year unsolicited intensive hate training program. The brain washing likely far be more complete than we know when an "enlightened" American opinion of the weaker is an easily victimized crowd who have been tricked into hating us. Another widely held American sentiment is wishing they would stop hating us so much.

Your most powerful weapon in this war on hate is your own personal experience teaching you that, WITHOUT EXCEPTION**, every conscious person on earth is [at least] born okay. With our own two eyes, everyone has witnessed émigré children from the darkest places growing up so sweet and respectable they are among your best friends. Everyone's Okay, repeated enough causes everyone to be seen as arguably okay, or at least harder to hate. More about this in the Day and Night Covenant below.

QUESTION. If we diminished our hatred for them, would they diminish their hatred for us? Some would argue that the weaker would see it as weakness on our part and resent us all the more. Some would argue that if a broad public information campaign promoting mutual respect were sustained long enough, the rational ones among them cave into the attractiveness of state supported striving for universal respect for one another for just showing up.

Look at the current situation -- eternal domination bottomed on eternal hate. The best possible outcome is sustained military and political will to keep doing it at the expense of making our Republic a despicable hypocritical place for all but the dominators. Instead, contemplation of Everyone's Okay, without exception, is power-just-for-ABSOLUTE-power-sake's worse nightmare. Instead of spending billions on war, spend millions on newspaper / magazine articles, advertisements, TV shows, videos, movies, plays, novels, internet sites, and other expressions of Everyone's Okay. Pondering Everyone's Okay pushes back your own personal hate, then that of all Americans, then Europeans, then Israelis, then Moslems and then the rest.

In a funeral oration over a heap of Samian war dead, Pericles screamed at his countrymen...
'Athens is an education to Greece!'. America is an education to the world! Our greatest weapon of mass attraction. Reducing our hate educates the world. Security, single market and affluency unfolds from there - - not by dictate but by unfettered free will. Recruitment the next suicide bomber becomes impossible.

**Though the psychiatric community argues that about 4% of the population is psychotic by the time they are seven (extremely antisocial and not okay), there is arguably no clear evidence that anyone is born psychotic regardless of their environment. (Bibliography available on request.)

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james said...

In another incident, Halberstam and other journalists wanted a flight to cover a bad defeat by the South Vietnamese, so they called the commanding general at home. The next day U.S. officials gave a briefing where they scolded the journalists for disturbing the general.

``All of a sudden, David's arms shot out. He said, `General, you don't understand. We are not corporals, we don't work for you. We will disturb the commanding general at home any time we need to do our job,''' said close friend Neil Sheehan, author of the Vietnam War history ``A Bright Shining Lie.''

mmrules said...

Ladies and Gentlemen -- It's early days yet, but **this** is what it's like to live in a country with Congressional oversight.

I'd nearly forgotten -- and I'm sure when these Thugs were firmly in control that they wanted nothing less than all of us to simply remain frightened and asleep.

This time, I hope we can clean the wound out sufficently to allow healing, and prevent the recurrence of infection.

: Austin Cooper

toniD said...

US troops die in new Iraq attack

Nine US soldiers have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a base north of Baghdad, military officials have said.
Some 20 troops and an Iraqi civilian were injured in the attack, which happened in the volatile province of Diyala, to the north-east of Baghdad.

There has been fierce fighting in Diyala recently, pitting US and Iraqi forces against Sunni and Shia militias.

It is thought to be the worst single US loss on the ground since late 2005, when 10 marines died near Falluja.

In January 2007, 12 US soldiers died when a Black Hawk military helicopter crashed near Baghdad.

More than 3,300 US troops have been killed and some 24,300 have been injured in Iraq since the conflict began.

LINK

mmrules said...

Beach Impeach!

http://bp3.blogger.com/_jQuOy2dzWEQ/Ri3jWBSU_pI/AAAAAAAAAAo/AOrpQsoiGZ4/s1600-h/beachimpeach2.jpg

toniD said...

Watch the First New Bill Moyers Program: "Buying the War." We've screened it, and it is superb! Check your local television time for April 25. It is a remarkable reconfirmation of how the American media enabled -- through passivity, indifference and neglect -- the Iraq War, without challenging the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld manufactured lies

LINK

blah blah blah said...

Caught this one over on Maddows blog:

Bush Finally Gets Viet Nam War Purple Heart

So what state borders the state of denial? I don't personally know, but you have to be past denial to partake in a charade like this.

p.s. sam, you better not be teasing us....

toniD said...

Contradictum
Self-refuting quotations from the world of politics


“So you have the first Hispanic-American attorney general -- a minority -- under fire by white liberal racists in the Senate.”
Rush Limbaugh

''Let the unskilled jobs, let the kinds of jobs that take absolutely no knowledge whatsoever to do - let stupid and unskilled Mexicans do that work.''
Rush Limbaugh

"[L]ike a normal outdoor market in Indiana in the summertime."
Representative Mike Pence, describing the open-air Bagdhad marketplace he visited with Senator John McCain, 100 US Troops, three Blackhawk helicopters, and two Apache gunships on April Fool's Day in an attempt to justify McCain's ludicrous statement that you can "walk freely" in Baghdad. The next day, 21 shopkeepers from the market were dead.

"I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way."
General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, commenting on the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Pace is personally responsible for thousands of deaths.

"Benchmarks are very good.”
Representative John Boehner, January 23.

"The benchmarks that I see in this bill are intended to bring about failure."
Representative John Boehner, two weeks later.

"I think they're going to try to really tamp this down and appeal to the polling, which indicates that most people think, in fact, that he should be pardoned—Scooter Libby should be pardoned."
Andrea Mitchell, March 12. A poll released earlier the same day revealed 69% of respondents did not think Libby should be pardoned.

“I never want to suggest that, you know, there`s a silver lining to 9/11—my God, 3,000-plus people perished—but I will say that, were it not for 9/11, I don`t even think my book would have been published.”
Irshad Manji, author, The Trouble with Islam Today, speaking to Glenn Beck. This isn’t really self-contradicting in any way, but seriously, what a fucking stupid thing to say.

LINK

blah blah blah said...

mornin toniD. its 50 and foggy in cincinnati but its supposed to go to mid 70's with a mix of rain and sun.

i'll avoid giving a time :) but you gotta figure fredo is history after yesterdays endorsement. notice that fredo is now saying he would only continue to serve if he was being effective so he's opened the door a little wider.

which neo con think tank do you think will pick him up? how about the one that got that abomination that was the special prosecutor for clinton?

blah blah blah said...

bush: the attorney general answered every question he could honestly answer.

lets have some fun and parse that a little closer...

seems to me what he's saying is that those dozens of i can't remember are the lies.

Anonymous said...

Alberto Gonzales ?

Anonymous said...

Did someone say Alberto Gonzales ?

Anonymous said...

Well what about him ?

Anonymous said...

Karl Rove ?

Anonymous said...

Dick Cheney ?

Anonymous said...

George Bush ?

Anonymous said...

Did you say Geroge Bush ?

Anonymous said...

Sam Seder ?

Anonymous said...

Where is Sam Seder ?

Anonymous said...

One of these things is not like the others !

bibimimi troll'p said...

sam sez we're gonna luv it.

i'm tickled he cares so much.

morning, blogizens!

Anonymous said...

Hint:

All of these men where predicted to fail and be removed from their jobs.

toniD said...

'Impeachment rallies' scheduled across US for Saturday Josh Catone
Published: Monday April 23, 2007

People will call for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney at over 100 actions planned across the country on Saturday, April 28.

The creative actions include rallies, banner drops on freeways, "guerrilla slide shows" on the sides of New York City buildings, skywriting, and "human murals" of people spelling out "IMPEACH!" with their bodies at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, Coney Island in New York, the foot of the Washington monument in Washington, D.C., and other locations.

"George Bush and Dick Cheney lied the nation into an illegal war of aggression, are spying on millions of innocent Americans, and have authorized the use of torture," said Jacob Park, the national coordinator of the April 28 impeachment actions. "The time has come for all Americans--particularly our representatives in Congress--to decide where they we stand. To turn a blind eye to lying, spying, and torture makes a mockery of our most basic values and the very notion of democracy."

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) plans to introduce articles of impeachment for Vice President Dick Cheney at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

"Cheney spokeswoman Megan McGinn responded to Kucinich's announcement by saying that the vice president has served the nation honorably for almost 40 years," reports the Associated Press.

"The vice president is focused on the serious issues facing our nation," McGinn said.

On Friday, Vermont state senators passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of both the president and vice president for actions that have raised "serious questions of constitutionality."

LINK

toniD said...

Did US drone film Pat Tillman's death?
Lawmakers to ask Pentagon as questions still hover over athlete's shooting.

LINK

billy mumphrey said...

I'd Just Like To Say Hello To My Uncle!

Anonymous said...

does anybody know if lee rayburn reads this blog or has his own. the aar links are coming up with http errors.

Alice said...

abril 23, 2007

Growing Houseless Protest Encampment(Arcata, CA)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Squiggy Rubio or Verbena, (707) 407-5017

Growing Encampment Protesting Human Rights Violations Against Houseless People

PEOPLE PROJECT Proposes Free, People-Run, Eco-Sustainable Campground

Thirty-five houseless people and supportive community members began a demonstration on city property, the lawn of the 'neighborhood center' on D Street in Arcata Saturday afternoon. Later that evening, the demonstrators set up tents to form an encampment where people have been dialoguing, skill-sharing and sharing food during the day and sleeping at night. By Monday many more people are participating in, visiting and supporting the encampment. Early Monday a banner was posted over highway 101: "It's a Crime to Sleep Outside. Is that alright with you?"

The encampment protest has been organized by People Project to reveal the crisis of persistent cruelty and human rights violations that houseless people face every day and every night in this community. The goal of the encampment protest is to ultimately generate community support for a free, people-run and eco-sustainable campground.
...

Alice said...

Catharine said...

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/

April 23, 2007 11:27 PM

That clears that up...thanks for the post, Catharine....

Alice said...

Cable News' War Against America; Time to Fight Back

http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_rob_kall_070422_cable_news__war_agai.htm

I've had it. Normally, I spend my day at my desk, with a computer screen and a TV staring at me. I write, edit, program, correspond, all while listening to the news-- usually CNN or MSNBC-- ocassionally, to see how the garbage is being presented by the whitehouse propaganda network, I'll even switch to Fox News, until the stink reaches intolerable proportions-- usually less than five minutes.

This past week, all the stations have been intolerable. At a time when the Iraq disaster is getting far worse, when corruption is coming out so fast that Bushco's whack-a-mole cover-ups have not been able to keep up, our national media go psycho bonkers on covering the VA Tech massacre, filling in gaps with Anna Nicole's baby and the NASA nut.

...

Once the left gets enough power, as in Whitehouse power, we should have a plan for how to fix the media. Here are some ideas:
...


Ha! I love this..he calls MSM the Lamstream Media ...heh...

blah blah blah said...

i don't know alice, i have some real concerns that without one of the msm's in our court that we don't have a chance in 2008.

its what i call the american idol effect. by this i mean that the unwashed masses are large enough to decide the election and for the most part they will listen to cnn or fox and go unh unh and vote against their best wishes.

Alice said...

Sad, but I think that's true too, blah blah blah...

(by "our court", I'm guessing you mean Democrat?)

blah blah blah said...

democrat until we get a viable and winnable third party.

Alice said...

CeeCee said...

April 23, 2007 6:12 PM

I have thought about this Alice. As a liberal I do believe in the reasons for the second amendment.

Unfortunately, I just wish everyone who is so fervent for the second was so for all the amendments for all Americans regardless of race, religion, creed, color, and sexual orientation.

I,like many liberals, am looking for the day when we forsake violence and use peaceful methods for the promotion and success of what is right and good for all.

For the present, I just wish peaceful conflict resolution and belief in it got as much play as guns do.

April 23, 2007 10:12 PM

Good point, ceecee...I'm not sure most Dem's prefer peaceful methods...the people do, I think,...but not the government...mostly...

Alice said...

I don't know how they become viable without voting for them? Do you?

Cat Chew said...

Over at John Conyers' site:
http://johnconyers.com/HR676"

Sign on today to show your support for universal health care.
We, the undersigned, believe that establishing a universal health care system is essential to resolving our nation's health care crisis. We strongly support the passage of H.R. 676 to provide a strong single payer coverage program.
-------------------------
If you want to do more, please read nyceve's diary.
Excerpt:
PLEASE CALL YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND ASK IF THEY'RE PLANNING TO ATTEND CONYERS FORUM. THEY'VE ALL BEEN INVITED.

IF YOUR CONGRESSPERSON IS NOT GOING, ASK THEM WHAT COULD BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN GETTING UP-TO-SPEED ON THE MOST URGENT DOMESTIC ISSUE FACING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?


Here's a link to every member of Congress.
http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.shtml
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Sorry about pasting all caps. Wanted to cut to the chase for anyone who didn't have the time to read nyceve's diary.
btw, G'morning, and see you later!

Bloppo said...

2nd amendment rights.

People go on about having the 2nd amendment to protect themselves against a rogue government. What constitutes rogue? How bad does the government have to be for people to draw their arms? And how long will the fight last against the government when they face tanks and rocket launchers with their shotguns and varmint rifles?

Dream on...

blah blah blah said...

does viability come from voting or does viability come from having a complex enough set of reasonable positions to attract votes.

i generalize but my perception is that most third parties are single issue parties and they tend to attract the extremes.

as a separate issue, i think edwards is an ideal candidate (complexity of issues) but i wish he would get a clue that this metrosexual stuff will ruin him. personally i could care less what he spends on a haircut. i still go to an old time barbershop (because in ohio they can trim with razors while cosmetologists can't) and get a decent hair cut for 9 bucks. but there's a lot of people i know where 20 bucks still means something let alone 20 times 20.

george W. bush said...

No laws were broken during
the destruction of this
Constitution.

GBC said...

And the new blog is coming. You are going to love it.

~-~-

*waiting patiently...*

Morning everyone. :)

The next time you get the Crackberry urge, consider the option of being productive instead of being busy. Or, if that's too abstract, consider grabbing a joint instead -- you'll probably get more done.

Marijuana Trumps Blackberries for Productivity

Alice said...

Maybe this bad, blopp...?


Fascist America, in 10 easy steps

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,2064157,00.html

From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional freedoms. And, argues Naomi Wolf, George Bush and his administration seem to be taking them all


Last autumn, there was a military coup in Thailand. The leaders of the coup took a number of steps, rather systematically, as if they had a shopping list. In a sense, they did. Within a matter of days, democracy had been closed down: the coup leaders declared martial law, sent armed soldiers into residential areas, took over radio and TV stations, issued restrictions on the press, tightened some limits on travel, and took certain activists into custody.
...

1 Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy

2 Create a gulag

3 Develop a thug caste

4 Set up an internal surveillance system

5 Harass citizens' groups

6 Engage in arbitrary detention and release

7 Target key individuals

8 Control the press

9 Dissent equals treason

10 Suspend the rule of law

GBC said...

Dad sues for $20,000 over lesbian sex book

The father of two teenage boys wants $20,000 from his city for the damage sustained by his sons when they found a book on lesbian sex on a public library bookshelf, KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City reported.
Earl Adams of Bentonville, Ark., also wants the library director to be fired, the station reported.

The boys, ages 14 and 16, were searching for material on military academies but came across "The Whole Lesbian Sex Book" by Felice Newman. Adams said that finding the books "greatly disturbed" his sons and that the book caused "many sleepless nights in our house."

LINK

Okay, they came across a lesbian sex book in the military section?

o-kaaaaayyyy...

Alice said...

Here's the newest Peace & Freedom platform, May 2006

http://www.peaceandfreedom.org/Platform.htm

wild eyed creepy guy said...

blah cubed: "i still go to an old time barbershop (because in ohio they can trim with razors while cosmetologists can't) and get a decent hair cut for 9 bucks."
-----------------------------------
I'll use a razor exclusively for five bucks.

Alice said...

Kevin showed me that story last night, GBC...unreal...I know it's a "different" state than here..but I know in our library, every item is available to any one of any age...it's the parent's responsibility to monitor their childs check outs...

keiran said...

GOOD MORNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I miss you Sam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!love keiran waxman

blah blah blah said...

hey gbc, must be that damned dewey decimal system.

chewing the fat said...

Frying some bacon!

Alice said...

New Legislation to Protect Freedom of the Press

http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_christia_070420_first_ammendment_in_.htm

Does the public have a right to know what the government is doing?

Last week, the Texas Senate Jurisprudence Committee approved Senate Bill 966, the Free Flow of Information Act, with a vote of 4-0 and has gone on to the full Senate for consideration.

Alice said...

http://edstrong.blog-city.com/france_sarkozy__a_brutal_neoliberal.htm

Has the Marxist left lost

its supremacy in French political culture?

Has French society finally fallen in love

with capitalism and craves

an injection of neoliberalism?

But don't be fooled by the rise Sarkozy

France's soul is still left wing.

fat tony said...

I am as much of an environmentalist as the next guy and want to do my part.

I have started using only one paper square when I wipe my ass as suggested by Ms. Crowe.

So far so good!

I have noticed a little overflow, however. You really have to use every square inch of that piece of paper.

My wife is not too happy about my plan. She says she notices somewhat of an odor, when I get in bed.

My new L.L. Bean Long Johns
with the rear flap should fix that problem.

Anonymous said...

Why most radio sucks

GBC said...

Hey alice, I thought it had to be a librarian conspiracy or something...

blah3, awww... you said Dewey.

*sigh* I miss Sam.

bbl~

bibimimi troll'p said...

having no sam to listen to blows dogs for lunch at the ASPCA.

"Lame-stream Media"?

I recently heard "wall Street Urinal" and it was snortworthy.

Crank Bait said...

GBC: "Okay, they came across a lesbian sex book in the military section? o-kaaaaayyyy..."
April 24, 2007 11:20 AM
----------------------------------
...probably got misfiled under Flank Maneuvers.

bibimimi troll'p said...

Jessica Lynch--

cute as hell, ain't she?

blah blah blah said...

actually if we ever want to move this country forward, they got their suit wrong. they should be complaining they found a military book in the lesbian section...

bibimimi troll'p said...

them army guy r the bestest lesbians EVER. don't ask, don't sell.

bibimimi troll'p said...

rosie to trump:

"eat me"

ny post write that one?

Sunshine said...

Morning gang.

bad news service said...

WASHINGTON - The blood clot in Vice President Dick Cheney's left leg is improving, according to doctors who checked his leg Tuesday, a spokeswoman said.

Cheney was taken to his doctor's office for an ultrasound of the clot, then returned to the White House to resume his normal schedule, said Megan McGinn, a spokeswoman for the vice president.

"The ultrasound was reassuring and showed that the clot is gradually resolving," she said. "His blood thinning medication was found to be in the desired range. The vice president's doctors advised him to continue the current course of treatment."

blah blah blah said...

so what part of lesbia are you from? (don't you hate it when all you can remember is the punch line)

blah blah blah said...

bad news service said...

sounds like replacing his blood with ice water is working.

pbtrue1 said...

Sam, Can't wait for your new show to premier....

It's like waiting for Christmas when you are 4 years old.....

bibimimi troll'p said...

hey, jim!

Sunshine said...

eya BB!

feel any better?

http://adib.typepad.com/photos/flowersmy_garden/the_bees_and_the_flower.jpg

blah blah blah said...

did anyone catch john edwards town hall meeting on schultz yesterday afternoon.

imho, he was kickin ass and taking names.

schultz is doing clips from it today.

Anonymous said...

I screwed up! : (
Second try.
Why most radio sucks

blah blah blah said...

michael moore is back, yay...

of course there were knees that starting jerking right away:

“I would rather die in America than go to Cuba,” said Joe Picurro, a Toms River, N.J., ironworker approached by the filmmaker via an e-mail

from what i read moore was in cuba for two reasons. 1st was to secure some better care for 1st responders from 9/11. 2nd was to film some scenes for his upcoming moving about healthcare.

keiran said...

ohmygod did sanyone see that photo on crooks and liars of chimpster and gonzo? so gross they are so obviously in love.

bibimimi troll'p said...

feel better?

uh, no.

not good enuf to go back 2 work, but not wrecked enuf 4 the hospital.

you know, the avg schmoo.

bibimimi troll'p said...

so gross they are so obviously in love.

April 24, 2007 12:24 PM

k--

just turgid at the thot of corn-holing all of mankind with percieved impunity.

Harold said...

No more purgatory! Yay!

The Pope decided there were 'reasons to hope' that God saved everyone, and didn't make them wait in limbo.

Good enough. No more limbo.

keiran said...

I know right? They are so obviously sleeping together. I wonder which one wears the leather. SO GROSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

keiran said...

Hey, does Dewey ever post here? Cuz if you are reading this Dewey, I want to give you a big shout out. You and me have one thing in common buddy. We are both crazy in love with Sam. Come over to the light Dewey!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

New blog?

And I have a bridge I'd like to sell ya...

Cathy in Seattle said...

I so seriously can't wait to love the New And Improved Blog.

Cat Chew said...

Happy Blogiversary to LTR:
http://ltradio.blogspot.com/
Excerpt:
"LTR isn't really a political blog. There are sites that do that much better than I can. It isn't a clearing house for conservative misinformation. Media Matters and FAIR more than handle that. It's just a simple blog about liberal talk radio, alternative and advancing forms of media, a massive compilation of resources and information, silly graphics and humorous parody pics, and a little bit of fun. And that's good enough for me."

LTR also has a post on Lee Rayburn (Whodat?) and the return of Green America to AAR.
You might want to check the stream links on the left side of the page for late morning radio links. Good resource!

Cathy in Seattle said...

Right On about the Pope, Harold. God hopefully loves everyone.

Harold said...

Sorry, Cath. I'm the cynic.

If they can toss something out they've sworn about for hundreds and hundreds of years, then I believe that casts serious doubts on the concept as a whole...

Cat Chew said...

Cathy in Seattle said...
I so seriously can't wait to love the New And Improved Blog.


:) I still love the old blog, in spite of all the spats, the warts and wrinkles, the way it ran out on me when I needed it the most...
[sigh]
Ah, what can you do.
This time for sure, things will work out and we'll all blog happily ever after!
(That last sentence is mostly sincere, only about 25% snark.)

blah blah blah said...

Bill OReilly Is Right

thanks to tom tommorrow.

blah blah blah said...

so whats the deal with kucinich? i heard at the top of the hour he pulled back from the precipice and decided not to pursue impeachment of darth cheney.

Cathy in seattle said...

Harold, I was being sarcastic. I should not have deleted the end of my post which said something about the 10 feet of blood the Church has bathed the entire earth in, and how this newest revelation by the Pope still does not qualify the Church for membership into the Age of Enlightenment.

codependant cathy in seattle said...

Cat Chew, This blog is clean-cut and well-mannered, but I too long for our previous "Bad-Boy" blog. I loved it's firey temperment and capricious nature. Yes, it always promised to become a better blog after each blow-out, and never did, but that doesn't change the real feelings I had for it. Maybe this time it will really be better

Cat Chew said...

:)

Anonymous said...

cathy in seattle said:

...how this newest revelation by the Pope still does not qualify the Church for membership into the Age of Enlightenment.

couldn't agree more. never has one institution been so out of date and useless in helping mankind. now its run by a nazi.

Sunshine said...

bloggie.

10% programming and administration.

90% wonderfully quirky individuals communicating.

Alice said...

are any of you guys (people) going to make diaries on the new blog?

cathy in seattle said...

Anonymous said...
cathy in seattle said:

...how this newest revelation by the Pope still does not qualify the Church for membership into the Age of Enlightenment.

couldn't agree more. never has one institution been so out of date and useless in helping mankind. now its run by a nazi.

------

Vatican II pulled the Church kicking and screaming into the Modern Era - like about the 1500's.

Hell, they are uber-progressive - did they not formally forgive Galileo in 1972?

Sunshine said...

latest artisitic adventure shaping up:

i've been contacted by a swordmaker/reenactment supply business to make some decorative and functional sword hilts like these.

http://www.darkwoodarmory.com/pix/0481.JPG

cathy in seattle said...

er...alice... I think most of the men will have to create diaries just to comment and obsess on that id photo of yours...

;-P

blah blah blah said...

alice - whats the diary thing about? do we all get individual threads or is it more like randi's site?

Sunshine said...

diaries on the new blog?

of course!

cathy in seattle said...

that's very cool, sunshine. Have you been to any medieval fairs?

Alice said...

cathy in seattle said...
;-P

April 24, 2007 2:23 PM

;)

cathy in seattle said...

well, back to work...

be back later..

Alice said...

I don't know, blah blah blah...when I hear diary, I think of Kos...

old dogs and new tricks said...

Sam is going to make another effort to create a real blog. One not full of news spam available to any fool with a mouse.

A blog with intelligent thought, not foolish schoolyard jokes and shallow attempts at humor. Not a child's chat room full of Peter Pan wannabes, but a forum for original political thought.

Sam will fail once again in this effort. Sam can build a new and better blog, but Sam can not build new and better bloggers. Just like water, blogs seek their own level.

Sam's new blog will take it's rightful place as another Internet bottom-feeder, bells, whistles and all.

catfish joe said...

i guess that explains everything

good sausage and hot cofee said...

Sam's new blog will take it's rightful place as another Internet bottom-feeder, bells, whistles and all.

April 24, 2007 2:48 PM

I'll be there!!!!!!!

phu kyew said...

I guess that guy told us what a bunch of losers we are!

Weird! In all the years the blog has been here, I've never heard that before! LOL

paper cuts said...

SynaGare....we just never warmed up to you. We just thought you are a dipshit and you went out of your way to prove it. You are still doing it!

Sorry man. You're an asshole and we don't like you either.

emily latila said...

whats all this fuss about being a bottom? i like the bottom better than the top.

Alice said...

Yeah, "we're losers",that's a new one...wouldn't that be funny if it were Sam calling us losers all this time? :)

Cat Chew said...

"a forum for original political thought."

I guess that would leave you out, Mr. Sock.
I think you are supposed to wash those before sewing the eyes on and speaking through them.
You're awfully whiffy today!

I think I'll go listen to some TMBG.
And as you fall from grace the only words you say are
Put your hand inside the puppet head

Alice said...

* Ex-Justice Dept. Attorneys Accuse Bush Admin of Restricting African American Vote to Favor Republicans *

Another scandal is brewing inside Alberto Gonzales's Justice Department. Former Justice Department attorneys have publicly accused the Bush administration of politicizing the department's Civil Rights Division which was formed 50 years ago to protect the voting rights of African-Americans. According to a recent report by the McClatchy newspapers, the Bush administration has pursued an aggressive legal effort to restrict voter turnout in key battleground states in ways that favor Republican political candidates. We¹re joined by Joseph Rich, the former head of the civil rights division of the Justice Department, and Bertha Lewis, Executive director of New York Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/04/24/1446251

Alice said...

* EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Vulture Fund Owner Wins Debt Payment from Zambia -- But Faces Possible Indictment at Home *

A British court has ordered the government of Zambia to pay the ³vulture fund² company Donegal International 15.5 million dollars. Donegal is owned by the US company Debt Advisory International. But investigative journalist Greg Palast reveals a new development: Democracy Now!¹s airing of his BBC expose on Donegal this year has led the Justice Department to open an bribery investigation that could lead to an indictment.

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/04/24/1446255

toniD said...

Hey Sederites.

Work over. I can relax now. Ahhhh!
Finally. This past week has been hell week for me.

Cat Chew...Thanks for posting that Conyers Universal Health link. I did that right away.

Just catching up with the blog. I see that the asses were here.

MSNBC is saying that in New Castle IN. Prison, there is a full scale riot happening.

toniD said...

Another Hypocracy....

Kyl ‘Walks Off The Battlefield’ Of Intellectual Honesty »
Last night, congressional Democrats settled on an agreement “to ignore President Bush’s veto threat and send him a $124 billion war spending bill that orders the administration to begin pulling troops out of Iraq,” with a final withdrawal goal of October 1, 2007.

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) attacked the plan this morning on CNN, claiming it was “the first time I know of — in the middle of a war — that a country just announces that on a specific date it’s walking off the battlefield.” He added, “[I]t’s almost as if Americans want to say that we’re failing before our troops have a chance to get the job done.” Watch it:


Kyl doesn’t mention that on two separate occasions during the Clinton administration, he voted explicitly in favor of setting “a specific date” for American troops to “walk off the battlefield”:

– In June 1998, Kyl voted in favor of amending the National Defense Authorization Act for FY1999 to “require the President to submit Congress a plan for withdrawing United States forces from Bosnia and Herzegovina if the Congress does not so act by March 31, 1999.”

– In May 2000, Kyl voted against removing a provision from Military Construction Appropriations Act of 2001 that struck provisions requiring that President Bill Clinton withdraw all U.S. ground forces from Kosovo by July 1, 2001.

Since then, Kyl has become a critic of timelines and has voted again and again to give Bush a blank check in Iraq.

LINK

Alice said...

http://www.communityactionpartnership.com/ncam/ncam-guide.pdf

A Vision to end Poverty. No. 455.
Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are nonprofit private and public organizations established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America's War on Poverty. Community Action Agencies help people to help themselves in achieving self-sufficiency. Today there are approximately 1,000 Community Action Agencies serving the poor in every state as well as Puerto Rico and the Trust Territories.

Alice said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:George_W._Bush_administration_controversies

Cat Chew said...

Hiya, toniD!

Hit Counters and Statistics
I'm trying out SiteMeter on my most recent (soon to be completely neglected) blog.
Don't know the pluses or minuses of any of them.

toniD said...

The spread of Rove’s PowerPoint.One overlooked detail in today’s Office of Special Counsel story: as was long suspected, the partisan PowerPoint presentation created by Karl Rove’s office and presented to appointees at the General Services Administration in January was actually shown widely throughout the administration:

The Los Angeles Times has learned that similar presentations were made by other White House staff members, including Rove, to other Cabinet agencies. During such presentations, employees said they got a not-so-subtle message about helping endangered Republicans.

Such presentations likely violate the Hatch Act, which explicitly prohibits partisan campaign activities on federal property.

LINK

Alice said...

AIPAC and the Anti-War Movement: Missing in Action?

by Gabriel Ash

It is becoming clear, if it ever wasn’t, that the Democratic Congress does not have what it takes to end the war in Iraq, or to stop any escalation that the Bush administration might contemplate. Congress will not cut funding. Congress will not even expressly forbid Bush to attack Iran. All the major Democratic presidential hopefuls have taken mushy, watered down nominally anti-war positions, but essentially endorse the indefinite continuation of U.S. military presence in Iraq. Obama, Clinton and Edwards are even more hawkish on Iran than Bush is. If any of them gets elected in 2008, he or she is set to continue and possibly escalate the conflict.

Why do the Democrats so brazenly ignore their base?

According to Paul Krugman, Democrats are “off base” because they are haunted by unreasonable and outdated fears and do not grasp that the electorate would welcome a firmer anti-war stance. Krugman is the one who is off base. The Democrats read the same poll data as everyone else.

They do not listen to their base because their first commitment is to their donors and the interests of the corporate kleptocracy to which they belong.

Far from being spineless, their continuing disregard for the wishes of their grassroots is evidence of nerves of steel.

http://dissidentvoice.org/Apr07/Ash21.htm

toniD said...

Me either Cat Chew. I'll take a look in a bit and see which I like.

Now I think I need a nap.

keiran said...

ooh! looks like we just got served. That troll is not feelin' us. fer sure. ouch.

Cat Chew said...

Work over. I can relax now. Ahhhh!
Finally. This past week has been hell week for me.


Put your feet up, have a nice cuppa.
There's a lot of that going around judging from what I've read here and what I've heard from friends.
Here's to a much better week for everybody. Cheers!
Men's intuition
Artificial timetables

Cat Chew said...

Rest well, toni.

keiran said...

wait...I'm confused. You mean little unbaptized babies' heads with wings on them aren't flying around somewhere waiting for the rapture? Seriously? hmmmmm.........what about santa and the easter bunny? Is the pope going to say they aren't real next?

blah blah blah said...

toniD had a post about a prison riot in indiana. found the google news on it and i think the following paragraph should tell us all we really need to know:

GEO Group last year contracted with the Indiana Department of Correction to assume management of the prison for an initial term of four years with three two-year extensions.

just one more example of the depths that this society has fallen to under neocon rule when prisons are a "business".

Anonymous said...

//A blog with intelligent thought, not foolish schoolyard jokes and shallow attempts at humor. Not a child's chat room full of Peter Pan wannabes, but a forum for original political thought.//

I just don't see extreme causual friday Sam having a whole lot of structure

but nice try

btw, Tinkerbell just died
THANKS TO YOU ASSHOLE

-conbo

blah blah blah said...

keiran said...
what about santa and the easter bunny? Is the pope going to say they aren't real next?

from the blogeratis guide to the universe, page 42:

santa is real
the verdict is not in the easter bunny.
the pope, well you decide.

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