Monday, April 2, 2007

Monday: We walked through the desert for this?!

It looks like the "loyal Bushies" are fleeing this administration like Jews from Egypt. Matthew Dowd didn't even wait for his bread to rise. Tonight begins the Jewish holiday of Passover, but Sam's in the driver's seat for today, before he heads out of town for two days to get in touch with his roots. Today Sam welcomes back Professor Juan Cole, Clintonite Sidney Blumenthal, and Bill Scher from Liberal Oasis. Last stop for yeast!


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War Dog said...

What a Happy Doggie Day..

Sam is still on the air..

I a still celebrating Fitzmas...!

You remember Fitzmas don't you..??

Or are you one of those trying to live it down..???

The Surge is Surging..

Iran is feeding the War Dog Plan..

Congress is getting ready to fund The War Dog Plan...

Hillary is smacking the other candidates around..

Fred Thompson is a winning new face in the race.

Rove is still rappin and dancin..

Springs is here..

We are biking again..

I got to camp in my new RV...

This year is looking sweet..

It looks like a Happie Doggie Year comin up again..!!!

War Dog said...

How many days does Sam have left..??

I never listen to anyone but Sam..

Too bad for AAR..

Who is to take this slot..??

War Dog said...

Britain refuses to back down on calls for Iran

London, April 2 (AP): Britain refused to back down on Monday in its call for the unconditional release of its 15 naval crew members despite an Iranian state-run television station flashing repeated claims that they had confessed to trespassing into Iranian waters.

Video footage has shown four of the 15 saying they were captured in Iranian waters on March 23, including footage Sunday in which two of the sailors used maps to show the alleged location where they were seized. Iran has said the others have also confessed.

Britain said the latest so-called confessions would not alter attempts to secure the crew's release through diplomatic channels.

``The Iranians know our position, they know that stage-managed TV appearances are not going to affect our position,'' Prime Minister Tony Blair's official spokesman said on condition of anonymity in line with government policy. ``They know we have strong international support.''

Ministers were scheduled to hold a government crisis committee meeting.

War Dog said...

I call for Jimmy Carter to fix this...

He fixed the Iran hostage crisis before..

Just wait em out until your out of office..

Jimmy could help with the Iran Nuclear Issue..

He did a great job in North Korea..

Just give them everything they need to build a bomb..

And make them promise not to build it..

Oh, and pray a lot..

Then go build a house..

Where is Jimmy..??

by Justin Raimondo said...

April 2, 2007

Libertarianism and the War
Over at Cato Unbound, it's Cato unhinged

The discussion around Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism:

A Freewheeling History of the American Libertarian Movement underscores a point I've been making, not only to my fellow libertarians, but also to's many left-oriented readers: libertarianism, i.e., the philosophy that government is invariably a malevolent force in human history, is anti-imperialism. Opposition to war lies at the very core of the libertarian argument. Without it, ostensible advocates of liberty eventually give up even their free-market ideology, and, in the name of "pragmatism," wind up assimilated into the world of Washington politics-as-usual.

toniD said...

Morning Bloggers!

War Dog, here's a "what if" for you.

What if Hillary loses and Obama or Edwards wins?

toniD said...

Now we have two Thompsons in the race.

Both on the Right.

Fred Thompson and Tommy Thompson.

That could be confusing for the Bush Base.

toniD said...

White House Complaining About Gonzales Hearing Despite Being Offered Earlier Date
The White House is now complaining that the Senate Judiciary Committee won’t move up the date for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ hearing. Presidential counselor Dan Bartlett said yesterday on CBS that the date should be changed from April 17 to next week, and suggested that senators were playing politics by preventing him from testifying earlier:

BARTLETT: If they wanted to get to the bottom of it, they would accept the proposal the president’s put forward. They would have the attorney general up there next week, having the testimony in open hearing, on the record, for everybody to see. Because the attorney general has made clear that while the explanation of what they did has not been good, that his role in this has been to sign off on the final list, participate in meetings with regards to the implementation of it.

This is a ruse. The Senate is on recess next week, virtually assuring that it couldn’t respond to the White House request. Moreover, according to a Senate aide, Gonzales was offered an earlier date and rejected it:

Last week, the Justice Department did not indicate whether the attorney general would be willing to appear earlier than April 17. He is scheduled to appear that day for a regular oversight hearing that is likely to cover other matters, including allegations by an inspector general that the FBI has been insufficiently judicious in its use of national security letters, which allow investigators to obtain individuals’ telephone, e-mail and financial records.

A Senate Democratic aide said the administration’s eagerness for Gonzales to appear is new. Senators are out of town this week on recess for religious holidays. The administration “knew this and it’s why they are apparently insistent all of a sudden,” the aide said. The aide also said that Judiciary Committee staff members had proposed an appearance the week of April 10, but the Justice Department “said no.”

In any case, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) argues that there is now a good reason to keep the current date. The committee plans to use the interim to interview other Justice Department officials and develop a “factual groundwork” before Gonzales testifies. “So, I think to rush this and then have the attorney general say, ‘Well, I don’t know,’ when if you prepared it properly you could say, ‘Well, Mr. So-and-so says you were at this meeting,’” he said. “That’s why we have to wait.”


Ticia said...

With your help, I've been putting together this collection of impeachment sites, articles, and resources over the past sixteen weeks.

+ Impeachment Watch: March
+ Movement to impeach George W. Bush - Wikipedia
+ Project Censored
+ Dennis Loo
+ Progressive Democrats of America
+ CODEPINK:Indict President Bush
+ Seven Stories Press
+ The World Can't Wait
+ Impeach Bush: The Four Reasons for Responsible Citizenship
+ SourceWatch - The case for impeachment of President George W. Bush
+ ImpeachBush / VoteToImpeach
+ Green Party: Impeach Bush
+ Impeachment Videos
+ Elizabeth de la Vega, Part I
+ John Nichols, The Genius of Impeachment
+ Impeachment Watch: Blogroll
+ Consciousness Raising
+ To Impeach or To Win?
+ What About an Indictment?
+ Open Letter to Speaker Pelosi
+ Impeachment Watch: Lewis Lapham
+ He's got Mail: New Postal Law Lets Bush Snoop into Yours
+ David Lindorff website
+ Impeach on the Beach
+ Tuesday 1/9/07 Briefing
+ Impeachment Song
+ Land of Enchantment to Initiate Impeachment
+ State Resolution: Avenue to Impeachment
+ Voices of Impeachment: Videos
+ Only Impeachment Can Prevent More War
+ Hirsch Proposes Impeachment Trap To Stop Bush Nuclear Attack on Iran
+ Impeachment and the Media: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
+ Bush Must Go
+ Kucinich: President's Actions Could Lead to Impeachment
+ Conyers to Begin Impeachment Process Next Week
+ Edging Impeachment Back onto the Table
+ Only Impeachment can Prevent more War
+ Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush
+ ImpeachPac
+ Impeachment by the People Could Motivate Congress
+ Anti-War Groups Seek Impeachment
+ Congress Must Draw a Line in the Sand: Attack Iran = Impeachment
+ 23 Towns Take up Impeachment Resolution
+ Feith-Based Intelligence = Impeachable Offense
+ Emergency Summit to Impeach Bush for War Crimes
+ 20+ American Campuses Protest or Strike Against the War
+ NM Senate Rules Committee Passes Bush-Cheney Impeachment Resolution!
+ National Impeachment Push Announced
+ Merci mille fois à Thomas Jefferson
+ Grassroots Impeachment Movement Rapidly Expands
+ What Lincoln Really Said with thanks to David Swanson
+ Vermont Puts Impeachment on the Table
+ Power Abuse: Lessons from Women
+ Conservative Voice on Impeachment
+ GonzoGate
# No Oaths for His Petulance
# Leahy Rejects War Mouth's Offer
* GonzoGate: CBS says AG to Exit Soon
* White House Seeks Gonzales' Replacement
* All Roads Leads to Rove
* Sununu Calls for Bush to Fire Gonzales
* Leahy Teaches the Inquisitor General about American Values
+ House Overturns Bush Order on Secret Papers
+ Tell Congress to Support Kucinich Imperative for Impeachment
+ Kucinich: Impeachment May be the Only Remedy
+ Michael Corcoran: The Politics of Impeachment
+ Madam Speaker: Impeachment Proceedings Against Cheney Are No Longer a Choice here.
+ Ticia's Diary at Daily Kos
+ War Tax-Protest
+ Chuck Hagel: George W. Bush 'Could' Face Impeachment if He Ignores Congress on Iraq War by Steve Clemons
+ CNN's Impeachment Reality Check Needs a Fact Check
+ Intrade Prediction Market Adds "Bush Impeachment" Trading Category with thanks to revbludge at Daily Kos
+ The Impeach Project
+ April 28
+ ImpeachSpace

More soon,

toniD said...

Because Bush went after Iraq, not the real terrorists, the real terrorists are re-building
by Joe Sudbay (DC) · 4/02/2007 08:11:00 AM ET
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Not only did George Bush not get 'em dead or alive, the leaders of al Qaeda have been expanding its operations. Not only did George Bush not get 'em dead or alive, he's helped spawn -- and train -- a new generation of leaders. While Bush led us in to a war that had nothing to do with September 11th, the actual perpetrators of that attack seem to be the prime beneficiary of that war in Iraq. The NY Times reports:
Much is still not known about the backgrounds of the new Qaeda leaders; some have adopted noms de guerre. Officials and outside analysts said they tend to be in their mid-30s and have years of battlefield experience fighting in places like Afghanistan and Chechnya. They are more diverse than the earlier group of leaders, which was made up largely of battle-hardened Egyptian operatives. American officials said the new cadre includes several Pakistani and North African operatives.

Experts say they still see Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia as largely independent of Al Qaeda’s hub in Pakistan but that they believe the fighting in Iraq will produce future Qaeda leaders.

“The jihadis returning from Iraq are far more capable than the mujahedeen who fought the Soviets ever were,” said Robert Richer, who was associate director of operations in 2004 and 2005 for the C.I.A. “They have been fighting the best military in the world, with the best technology and tactics.”
So, the new Al Qaeda is adept at fighting the U.S. military because the U.S. military is pinned down in a civil war that we helped start.

We are going to be suffering the effects of Bush's disastrous war policy for a long, long time.


toniD said...

Democrats to widen
conflict with Bush
Even as their confrontation with President Bush over Iraq escalates, emboldened congressional Democrats are challenging the White House on a range of issues — such as unionization of airport security workers and the loosening of presidential secrecy orders — with even more dramatic showdowns coming soon.


toniD said...

Latest JibJab goes after silly media >>
The online jokesters at JibJab have turned their attention to TV news, and what they see is pretty funny.


toniD said...

McCain needed 100 soldiers,
3 helicopters and 2 gunships to
guard him in Baghdad
NBC’s Nightly News provided details about McCain’s one-hour guided tour. He was accompanied by “100 American soldiers, with three Blackhawk helicopters, and two Apache gunships overhead.”


punditfight said...

Jackie Mason was on Mark Levin's show. see
As terrible as Sam's impersonation was, sadly or funnily enough it was dead on. Its almost as if Mason's old age has made his voice sound like a terrible impersonation.

toniD said...

For our Librarians:

Libraries have been turned into
de facto homeless shelters
A dirty little secret about America is that public libraries have become de facto daytime shelters for the nation's street people while librarians are increasingly our unofficial social workers for the homeless and mentally disturbed.


toniD said...

Kissinger: Iraq victory impossible
Death toll up 15% in March; McCain sees 'progress' during visit as 6 troops die.


bibimimi troll'p said...

I'm back ya bastards!

make way for the pissed off white woman!

bibimimi troll'p said...

Fred Thompson and Tommy Thompson.

That could be confusing for the Bush Base.

April 2, 2007 8:33 AM

Thompson and Thompson '08

good for

Johnson & Johnson

oh, yeah

f*ck Matthew Dowd running

toniD said...

Morning miss bibi!!

toniD said...

Happy aniversary Sam! 3 hard years!!

Worse than the spelling police said...

SEDER, you and Janeane were on the air March 31, 2004. 8pm until 11pm. Blog was online too. However comments weren't enabled until April 1st.

toniD said...

Dems To Open New Fronts Against Bush
Washington Post | April 1, 2007 09:33 PM

Even as their confrontation with President Bush over Iraq escalates, emboldened congressional Democrats are challenging the White House on a range of issues -- such as unionization of airport security workers and the loosening of presidential secrecy orders -- with even more dramatic showdowns coming soon.

For his part, Bush, who also finds himself under assault for the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, the conduct of the Iraq war and alleged abuses in government surveillance by the FBI, is holding firm. Though he has vetoed only one piece of legislation since taking office, he has vowed to veto 16 bills that have passed either the House or Senate in the three months since Democrats took control of Congress.


edna ellen poe said...

Greetings All:


did you see Alexander Cockburn on Cspan yesterday?

bibimimi troll'p said...

toniD said...
Morning miss bibi!!

April 2, 2007 9:18 AM

hey, tonigirl! I see dogshit's back. nice mushroom cloud icon. i think he's a running joke. very busy here again. trying to listen AND be productive. yoi.

toniD said...

Edna, no I missed it. I hope they replay it. Didn't realize he was on. Saw that bridge post late last night.

I'm sure he was very succinct!

bibimimi troll'p said...

they have a hard-on for war. especially with Iran now that they've destroyed Iraq.


BZBZB said...


Former Top-Level Carter Advisor Warns Neo-Cons May Stage Terror & Blame Iran

By Mark Glenn

Once thought to be solely the domain of America-first, patriot types, now it seems that even well-educated leftists are willing to put political differences aside and join ranks with their rival “conspiracy theorists” on the right in suggesting there is something rotten in Washington.

What’s more, some of these individuals are even willing to go so far as to hint that interested parties at the highest levels of the U.S. government would be willing to perpetrate acts of terror on American soil to justify the more insidious agenda of widening the present war in the Middle East to include Iran.

What makes it all the more interesting is that in this case it isn’t some wild-eyed backwoodsman making such serious allegations, but none other than the former national security advisor to U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski.


But more disturbing than these are the broader actions of Bush and company in regard to Iran and what appears to be the Zionists’ desire to initiate the next phase of the war for Israeli hegemony in the Middle East. At present the largest build-up of naval assets in the area is under way since the war began against Iraq almost four years ago.

American servicemen and women home on leave have had their R&R halted and were ordered to report back to duty immediately. Iranian airspace is repeatedly violated by U.S. drones sent to do aerial reconnaissance and to test the effectiveness of Iran’s early warning defense systems. The United States has been funding and training revolutionary groups (in this case, Iranian communists) who are and will be used as a “fifth column” in further destabilizing Iran if and when hostilities break out.

At least 50% of the additional 21,000 surge troops recently sent to the area are being stationed along the Iran-Iraq border.

toniD said...

For the second year in a row, President Bush will skip the tradition of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in Washington’s baseball home opener. With Bush’s approval ratings stuck in the low 30s in recent polls, a White House spokeswoman “was asked whether the president feared he’d get booed. ‘No,’ she replied. ‘Certainly not.’” Last Opening Day, Cheney filled in for Bush and was peppered with loud boos. (Watch it.)


toniD said...

bibi, you've come up with WD's new nic!! War Boner! Heh!

web_geek said...


This shawl is only $2!!!!

Anonymous said...

does mccain really think people are going to take him seriously now? with all the b.s. he's pushing that's so easily contradicted by the live facts around him?

edna ellen poe said...


they did repeat Cockburn's segment at 12:00 A.M. Hopefully, they will show it again. I was aware that Cockburn despised the 9-11 Truth Movement. However ToniD, he does not believe in global warming either. He also believes the Warren Commission. Oswald did it all by himself. But more shocking, he doesn't find the religious right dangerous.

Alice said...








Anonymous said...

Is Janeane available to fill in for you Tuesday and Wednesday?

I really miss her. She always was reading something that I would add to my reading list. Moreover, I felt a sense of comraderie with her angst.


toniD said...

Amir Raheem, a merchant at the Shorja market visited by Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), disagreed with the senators’ claims that the market is proof Iraq is getting safer. “Just yesterday, an Iraqi soldier was shot in his shoulder by a sniper, and the day before, two civilians were shot by a sniper as well…Everybody closes their shops by 2:30 p.m.”


War Dog said...

Ya gotta love Hillary..

I know I do...

You can do business with Hillary..

She gets it..!!!!


Hillary Clinton's presidential race

Senator Hillary Clinton, wife of former President Bill Clinton, has raised 26 million dollars, breaking fundraising records for the early part of a presidential race. This report from Justin Webb:

Some of her enemies are suggesting that she should have raised even more but Clinton campaigners say they are delighted and they appear to have every reason to be. Hillary Clinton's juggernaut rolls on.

The Clinton campaign has raised more money in the first three months of this year than all nine Democratic candidates combined in the equivalent period for the 2004 election.

War Dog said...

Waiting for another Ronald Reagan..?


Fred Thompson Is for Real

By Robert D. Novak Commentary
April 02, 2007

In just three weeks, Fred Thompson has improbably transformed the contest for the Republican presidential nomination.

It is not merely that he has come from nowhere to double digits in national polls.

He is the talk of GOP political circles because he is filling the conservative void in the Republican field of candidates.

Republican activists have complained for months that none of the "big three" contenders -- Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney -- fits the model of a conservative leader for a conservative party.

The party faithful have been waiting for another Ronald Reagan.

But in conversations with them the past year, nobody mentioned Thompson as the messiah until he appeared March 11 on "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace."

His statement to Wallace that he was "giving some thought" to a presidential run generated a reaction that surprised Thompson. In the first Gallup poll that listed Thompson (March 23-25), he scored 12 percent -- amazing for someone out of public life for more than four years who has not campaigned.

bibimimi troll'p said...

Moreover, I felt a sense of comraderie with her angst.


April 2, 2007 9:48 AM

that was agita, wan'it?

bibimimi troll'p said...


complete loser and whiner.

toniD said...

“Iraqi figures estimate civilian deaths in violence across the country rose by 13% last month, despite the security crackdown in Baghdad.”


bibimimi troll'p said...

smell the burning flesh, Matt...

toniD said...

The American Prospect details the connections between former MZM lobbyist Mitchell Wade and Vice President Cheney, offering some clues as to how Wade was able to receive a federal contract from the Vice President’s office without having any previous experience. From 1991-93, Wade worked in Cheney’s Pentagon as an intelligence officer.


The Name Leaker smells dog! said...

War Dog said...

Ya gotta love Hillary.

W eak

A lbino

R odent

D iseased

O ld

G oat

toniD said...

Paul K. Charlton, the United States attorney in Arizona, was ousted after spending months protesting a Federal Bureau of Investigation policy that, for practical purposes, forbids the taping of almost all confessions, in stark contrast to the practice of many local law enforcement agencies in Arizona and other locations across the country.
(NY Times)


CeeCee said...

Exactly Sam -

To Matthew Dowd - Actions speak louder than words. SHOW ME!

bibimimi troll'p said...

weak albino rodent diseased old goat...

dag, that's good.

Dowd had to sacrifice. Karma bit him in the ass and now he feels he must atone. All the money's gone, all our liberties forfeit, all peace a thing of the past.

Eff you, Dowd. Welcome to the real world.

Anonymous said...

Karma is not a "christian" concept. I find it highly offensive that one of Bush's goons is using this terminology. A Godless statement from a Godless regime.

Anonymous said...

Dowd is typical for the republicans - insecure egos who can't stand being on the losing team, so to make themselves feel better, they suddenly "get it" and claim remorse so they can switch sides, and with Democrats, expect to be welcomed with open arms. It's all about them, and has nothing to do with what is right.

bibimimi troll'p said...

To Matthew Dowd - Actions speak louder than words. SHOW ME!

April 2, 2007 10:20 AM

not EVERYBODY gets a piece in the NYTimes to reveal themselves to be SUCH an asshole

bibimimi troll'p said...

Billy Tauzin said his bout with cancer so MOVED him he became a drugco. lobbyist!


Ponnuru (sp)-- sick weirdo with a girl's voice

SunshineJim said...

mornin gang!

Happy B'day WFC, jenise!

happy happy aniversary bloggie buds!

toniD said...

So Sam Zell bought the Chicago Tribune. Don't know much except that he has donated money to both parties. It said in wiki that he donated a "bit" more to the repubs.

Cubs will be up for sale as well as the ESPN cubs channel.

SunshineJim said...

...i look outside and it's snowing!

what happened to spring?

Alice said...

Mexican social movements: are they the same?

Excellent videos....

SunshineJim said...

did Sammer say what's going on with him and AAR?

toniD said...

Stocks drop on weak manufacturing data
1 minute ago
NEW YORK - Wall Street fell Monday after data showed U.S. manufacturing was more sluggish than expected, a further sign that the economy continues to grow at a slower pace.


toniD said...

..........Happy Birthday........

.........Waiting for Cicero........

Alice said...

OU student gets arrested, roughed up after Mexican protest

An Ohio University student in Mexico with the Study Abroad program got more than he bargained for when Mexican police swept him up during an anti-President Bush protest on March 13.

In an interview on Friday, senior Chris Stenken, back in Athens after his harrowing experience in southern Mexico, recounted his arrest, beatings by police, and subsequent release.

On March 13, when President George W. Bush came to Merida, a mid-sized Mexican city on the Yucatan peninsula and a quick stop on his tour of Latin America, he must not have expected a warm welcome. A small army of Mexican state police and soldiers, along with a contingent of U.S. Secret Service agents, used barbed wire and concrete fences to build an armed fortress around the Hotel Americana where Bush and his aides would be staying.
"I'd say about 10 minutes later, two to five hundred state police jumped out of the back of pickup trucks and began running at the population in the city center, the majority of whom ran away from them," Stenken recalled. "These people weren't necessarily protesters but often just out for the night or returning home from work. I ran into a shoe store to hide myself, where I greeted an employee and told her the police were chasing people. A few moments later, about three police officers came in, threw me on the ground, started punching and kicking me and jabbing me with their police batons before dragging me out by my feet."

toniD said...

Morning Jim.

Nothing yet that I have heard.

Probably waiting til the end of the show.

Maybe things changed over the weekend. I know...but I am hoping that is true.

Cnn saying 9,000 troops headed to Iraq with less than a year break.

GBC said...

... about McCain’s one-hour guided tour. He was accompanied by “100 American soldiers, with three Blackhawk helicopters, and two Apache gunships overhead.

Hey! Didn't he just say a few days back that you could walk down some streets of Baghdad without such protection? Why, yes he did.

Guess he didn't have time to visit those neighborhoods.

toniD said...

Sorry War Dog. Looks like your war won't happen this time!

Iran Won't Air More Soldiers' Statements Because Of "Positive Changes" From UK
AP | NASSER KARIMI | April 2, 2007 08:47 AM

Iranian state radio reported that all 15 British sailors and marines held captive by
Iran have confessed to illegally entering Iranian waters but, in an apparent softening in the dispute, said their statements would not air because of "positive changes" from Britain.

The softer tone was apparently mirrored in London, where an official said Britain has agreed to consider discussing with Iran how to avoid future disputes over contested waters in the Persian Gulf.


SunshineJim said...

tanks ToniD!

bibimimi troll'p said...

Monica Goodling

(aka Bush's cumstain)

a very bad girl

SunshineJim said...

"You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror."

George W. Bush, interview with CBS News' Katie Couric, Sept. 6, 2006

Jeany said...

Ha! Matthew Pan Dowdy's public acknowledgement of his "dissappointment" in the l'il blowmonkey is a croi de coeur that he'll never work again for the people who're in charge.

snoop dogg said...

"Fuck Bill O'Reilly!"

"He's a motherfuckin' prick."

"I'd love to go on his show. But we'd have to do it in my neighborhood, though ... so I can kick his motherfuckin' ass when the interview's over."

War Dog said...

Iran has not brought up the 5 Iranian Terrorists we captured and held in Iraq...

Iran has not asked for a prisoner exchange yet..

That would be the logical goal for the Iranians..

I don't think we have seen all of Iran's cards yet..

Jeany said...

Matthew Pan Dowdy's reason #2: his wife divorced him because he betrayed all their shared values, and now the ole reality sunrise has dawned on him.

SunshineJim said...

the Basic riff on Monica Goodling with pic:

dada said...

"Tell the British prisoners to relax. They'll be questioned using only CIA-approved interrogation techniques"

From the Philadelphia Enquirer.

War Dog said...

Looks like Our Beloved President George W. Bush has won another victory over Axis of Evil...


Court Denies Appeal From Gitmo Detainees

Apr 2 10:25 AM US/Eastern

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from Guantanamo detainees who want challenge their five-year-long confinement in court, a victory for the Bush administration's legal strategy in its fight against terrorism.

toniD said...

Pelosi is bringing a peace offer from Isreal to Syria.

Now the WH is asking Pelosi to bring a message to Syria to change their ways.

I thought they didn't want Pelosi there!

Anonymous said...

it may be hard for new listeners to take anything seriously when you have a commercial extolling the 'power of footloose'.

i'm just sayin...

War Dog said...

Shouldn't we wait for Hillary..??

Hillary wants a crack at these guys too....

I think we should wait...


'US ready to strike Iran on Good Friday'


Talkbacks for this article: 200

The United States will be ready to launch a missile attack on Iran's nuclear facilities as soon as early this month, perhaps "from 4 a.m. until 4 p.m. on April 6," according to reports in the Russian media on Saturday.

According to Russian intelligence sources, the reports said, the US has devised a plan to attack several targets in Iran, and an assault could be carried out by launching missiles from fighter jets and warships stationed in the Persian Gulf.

Russian news agency RIA Novosti quoted a security official as saying, "Russian intelligence has information that the US Armed Forces stationed in the Persian Gulf have nearly completed preparations for a missile strike against Iranian territory."

bibimimi troll'p said...

she's porcine

bibimimi troll'p said...

'power of footloose'.

i'm just sayin...

April 2, 2007 11:02 AM

who saw 'American Dad' last nite?

SunshineJim said...

"Palast learned of Griffin's crimes by a very humorous accident:

In October 2004, our investigations team at BBC Newsnight received a series of astonishing emails from Mr. Griffin, then Research Director for the Republican National Committee. He didn’t mean to send them to us. They were highly confidential memos meant only for RNC honchos.

However, Griffin made a wee mistake. Instead of sending the emails — potential evidence of a crime — to email addresses ending with the domain name “” he sent them to “@GeorgeWBush.ORG.” A website run by prankster John Wooden who owns “” When Wooden got the treasure trove of Rove-ian ravings, he sent them to us."

SunshineJim said...


collapsible trolls!

glenn greenwald said...

bibimimi troll'p said...

Ponnuru (sp)-- sick weirdo with a girl's voice

April 2, 2007 10:26 AM

Your Modern-Day Republican Party

Various Republican candidates attended a meeting of Club for Growth, and afterwards, National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru spoke to Cato Institute's President Ed Crane about what they said. This brief report from Ponnuru is simply extraordinary:

Crane asked if Romney believed the president should have the authority to arrest U.S. citizens with no review. Romney said he would want to hear the pros and cons from smart lawyers before he made up his mind.

Mitt Romeny can't say -- at least not until he engages in a careful and solemn debate with a team of "smart lawyers" -- whether, in the United States of America, the President has the power to imprison American citizens without any opportunity for review of any kind. But in today's Republican Party, Romney's openness to this definitively tyrannical power is the moderate position.

Ponnuru goes on to note:

Crane said that he had asked Giuliani the same question a few weeks ago. The mayor said that he would want to use this authority infrequently.

It sounds like Giuliani is positioning himself in this race as the "compassionate authoritarian" -- "Yes, of course I have the power to imprison you without charges or review of any kind, but as President, I commit to you that I intend (no promises) to 'use this authority infrequently.'"

... [To highlight how complacent much of the country has become to transparently radical GOP authoritarianism, imagine if a liberal writer posted something along these lines:]

Spoke to both Clinton and Obama today and asked whether they intended to seize and nationalize all American industries after they are inaugurated. Clinton said she would have to consult first with lawyers and decide only after a full debate, and Obama said he would likely only nationalize some industries, perhaps not all.


Spoke to both Edwards and Clinton today and asked whether they intended to shut down conservative Christian churches. Edwards said he would want to hear the pros and cons from smart lawyers before he made up his mind, and Clinton said that she would want to use this authority infrequently.

Ponnuru's report must be viewed in its context -- the context being that the hero and icon of the Republican Party over the last six years has, in fact, imprisoned U.S. citizens and insisted that he has the power to throw Americans into black holes indefinitely with no charges or review of any kind.

That is the modern Republican Party. Its base, its ruling factions, simply do not believe in our most basic Constitutional guarantees.

Gilbert said...

Sam, (and Air America)

Congrats for 3 years! Here for 100+ more!

I've have certainly learned quite a bit in that time. More importantly, I've learned that I am not alone!!! (Well, politically anyways ;-))

You should have Janeane call in to commemorate.


SunshineJim said...

mea culpa, mea culpa,

bullshit gulpa...

SunshineJim said...

three years!


Mike G. said...

I came in late, who are we talking about that apologized?

SunshineJim said...

"who are we talking about that apologized?"

roves buttboy Dowd.

Jeany said...

I still miss Janeane; I suppose she's not everyone's cup of tea, but her psychoanalytical rants on Thuglies, Cons, and Christofascists were sublime radio, IMO, and the perfect for Sam's rat terrier treatment of the Cons that call in.

Happy Birthday Air America and the brave stickers from the original crew, Sam, Randi, Rachel, Riley, and all those "back of the mic."

Well done, and don't ever let anyone kid you that Air America is the joke the reichswing makes it out to be.

Eva said...

ROFTLMAO! Sam, you are killing me with the 'open air market' skits that you are doing with Lauren and Dan. Ha! Ha! It's HILARIOUS!!!!!! Keep up the good work! I love the show!


Anonymous said...

it really doesn't bother me living in Kansas except when your live stream goes down.

SunshineJim said...

come here when the stream goes down and we'll help you find alternate streams.

Anonymous said...

You'd think that Sam would acknowledge the rumors and say something. Put a lot of us out of
the misery of waiting. But he DID
sat to Bill Scher " to you
next week".

Left in Jersey said...

Regarding the show's future: At the top of the show, Sam promoted the newsletter again. Makes me wonder: Could last week's scare have been a warped April Fool's joke? I'm fervently hoping ...

toniD said...

From the AFP:

Gunmen killed five African peacekeepers in Darfur in the deadliest attack to hit the embattled contingent since it was first deployed in the western Sudanese region in 2004, a spokesman said Monday.

The deadly shooting came against a backdrop of renewed violence in Darfur and a day after a helicopter carrying the pan-African force's deputy commander came under fire.

"The AMIS (African Mission in Sudan) protection force soldiers were attacked by armed men as they guarded a watering point in Umm Barru in northwest Darfur," spokesman Nureddin Mezni told AFP.

The attack near the Chadian border took place late Sunday.

"Four were killed and one seriously injured while the attackers lost three combatants," Mezni said.

He added that the wounded soldier died Monday of his injuries after "severe weather conditions" made evacuation impossible.


toniD said...

Anonymous said...
You'd think that Sam would acknowledge the rumors and say something. Put a lot of us out of
the misery of waiting. But he DID
sat to Bill Scher " to you
next week".

April 2, 2007 11:33 AM

It wasn't an April Fools joke, but I am thinking alot changed over the weekend.

toniD said...

As far as the newsletter is concerned...he would still promote that. He is supposedly getting a Sunday gig and he would want the emails to keep in touch with people.

And he said he will not eliminate the blog.

Here's what he wrote me:

Hi Toni:
I'm afraid it's true. I'll be doing monday and then thurs and friday.. Off the record pls, but the radio people here feel this time slot should have "less substance" I don't think I plan to make a public dispute out of this...I am negotiating with them for a sunday show.

I'll let you guys in on more info next week. This is not the end of the blog, in fact, now that I have some notion of what I'll be doing three weeks out my blog rework can begin.

toniD said...

Video: Feinstein rebuke cools GOP senator's Iran 'regime change' rhetoric David Edwards and Mike Sheehan
Published: Monday April 2, 2007

Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) appears on CNN's 'Late Edition' advocating a change of leadership in Iran, suggesting that the use of military force may be the only way to bring about the fall of Iran's ruling class.

"Unfortunately, it doesn't look like there is any other option other than regime change," says Bond. "I would hope that other nations would be willing to join with the [United Nations] Security Council and start employing escalating sanctions on Iran to force them to change their way with nuclear weapons, or even to bring about a regime change in Iran."

Another guest, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), criticizes hints of military force during a time of sensitive diplomatic negations for the safe return of 15 British sailors that have been detained by Iran. "Cooler heads have to prevail," she says.

Video here

Star Vox said...


*** Happy Anniversary! ***

Sam Seder Show Blog Party!

Best wishes to all!


toniD said...

OOOOh! I think Sam is still negotiating!!!

OOOOh! I'm hoping!!!!

Write the station big time now guys!!! Say you want Sam to stay!

SunshineJim said...

no further details...

SunshineJim said...

eya Star Vox!

good to read ya!

Richtee said...

I'm going to back to not being aware of news-blogs and all that.
This is torture!

toniD said...

Okay all you Majority Rporters and Sam Seder Show Fans.....

Time to get to work for Sam!!

Here's where you send the E-mail:

Or you can call:

Voicemail: (212) 871-8150

This is all off the contact page for Air America Radio.

Get to work!!!

toniD said...

Richtee said...
I'm going to back to not being aware of news-blogs and all that.
This is torture!

April 2, 2007 12:03 PM

Richtee, give him time, he may not want to say anything for two reasons....

1. He's still negotiating and he doesn't want the station to look bad just yet.

2. He has his Sunday Show and he doesn't want the station to look bad yet.

If he's negotiating, give him time. I'd rather that.

SunshineJim said...


Linux: Linux and OSS to Aid the Library of Congress
Posted by Zonk on Monday April 02, @04:23AM
from the go-little-patriotic-penguin-go dept.
flakeman2 writes with a link to article about Linux's new role at the Library of Congress. The national archive of books is looking to begin an ambitious digitization project, aimed at getting some rare and crumbling documents into the public record online. These will include
"Civil War and genealogical documents, technical and artistic works concerning photography, scores of books, and the 850 titles written, printed, edited, or published by Benjamin Franklin. According to Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive, which developed the digitizing technology, open source software will play an 'absolutely critical' role in getting the job done. The main component is Scribe, a combination of hardware and free software. 'Scribe is a book-scanning system that takes high-quality images of books and then does a set of manipulations, gets them in optical character recognition and compressed, so you can get beautiful, printable versions of the book that are also searchable,' says Kahle."

Alice said...

From DN:

"The Worse Things Get in Iraq, the More Privatized This War Becomes, The More Profitable This War Becomes" - Naomi Klein on the Privatization of the State

Naomi is a widely read columnist for the Nation magazine and the London Guardian. She is the author of the international bestseller "No Logo" and more recently of "Fences and Windows." She visited Iraq in 2004 and published an article later that year for Harper's Magazine titled "Baghdad Year Zero" in which she detailed the privatization of Iraq's state-dominated economy. She has continued to cover the issue and her forthcoming book on disaster capitalism is due to be published in the fall.

Naomi Klein recently spoke at an event here in New York celebrating the launch of Jeremy Scahill's first book, "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army." In her talk, Naomi Klein spoke about the privatization of the state.


Anonymous said...

Sammy-such a good boy to take Pesach off, but I have heard your replacement from Madison subbing for Rachel, and it looks like we're in for two days of the radio equivalent of watching paint dry,

Alice said...

Jupiter Auroras "Northern Lights on Steroids"
Watch a brief animation of Io's particles interacting with Jupiter's magnetic field to create auroras

richtee said...

You're right.
It's the lingering shell-shock from
the Morning Sedition & Mike Malloy
bombshells that causes so much dread.

toniD said...

richtee said...
You're right.
It's the lingering shell-shock from
the Morning Sedition & Mike Malloy
bombshells that causes so much dread.

I was right there with you for both of those also. But it's worth a try. New owners might listen to the fans. They should because we are here every day, not just the casual listener.

Star Vox said...


SunshineJim said...
eya Star Vox!
April 2, 2007 12:00 PM


Greetings Sunshine Jim,

Time to celebrate another year!

(By the way, fancy party hats this year).

leonard said...

I am still handsome!!!

bibimimi troll'p said...

i listen to Nova M radio's on the weekends

they REALLY have their shit 2gether

zeek said...

You can also try these addies

New owner Mark Green

New VP of Programming David Bernstein

toniD said...

There's a new war about Iraq...

Drudge Smears CNN’s Michael Ware As Alcoholic Activist, Ware Responds »
CNN’s Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware has reported from Iraq for four years and regularly corrects the record when politicians mislead about conditions on the ground there. Now he’s under attack.

Yesterday, right-wing Internet gossip Matt Drudge posted an “exclusive” report — based on an anonymous, unnamed source — claiming that Ware had acted inappropriately during a weekend press conference and implying that Ware is an alcoholic:

During a live press conference in Bagdad, Senators McCain and Graham were heckled by CNN reporter Michael Ware. An official at the press conference called Ware’s conduct “outrageous,” saying, “here you have two United States Senators in Bagdad giving first-hand reports while Ware is laughing and mocking their comments. I’ve never witnessed such disrespect. This guy is an activist not a reporter.” […]

This morning on CNN, Ware said the attack was a fabrication: “I did not heckle the senator. Indeed, I didn’t say a word. I didn’t even ask a question. In fact, when I raised my hand to ask a question, the press conference abruptly ended.” Watch it:

Drudge’s “exclusive” also implies that Ware is an alcoholic, quoting an appearance last year on Bill Maher’s HBO comedy show:

Michael Ware has also publicly expressed his views on the war last year in an interview with Bill Maher, saying, “I’ve been given a front-row ticket to watch this slow-motion train wreck … I try to stay as drunk for as long as possible while I’m here … In fact, I’m drinking now.”

It’s clear from the video, which you can watch below the fold, that Ware was joking when he talked about his drinking habits.


SunshineJim said...

(By the way, fancy party hats this year).""

i'm going for the double prop geek beanie look.

toniD said...

Breaking: Supreme Court Sides Against Bush In Monumental Global Warming Case
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court today issued a “stunning rebuke” to the Bush administration and “ruled that the federal government does indeed have authority to regulate greenhouse gases linked to global warming.”

Frank O’Donnell of Clean Air Watch writes, “The Supreme Court has confirmed that carbon dioxide can be controlled under the Clean Air Act. That means California and other states have the clear right to limit greenhouse gas emissions if the Bush administration won’t.”


bibimimi troll'p said...

less substance?


toniD said...

New "news". An American has gone missing in Iran. He has been missing for a few days. State Dept. giving a new conference.

Alice said...

While McCain Walks in McNamara’s Footsteps

by Norman Solomon

The media spectacle that John McCain made of himself in Baghdad on Sunday was yet another reprise of a ghastly ritual. Senator McCain expressed “very cautious optimism” and told reporters that the latest version of the U.S. war effort in Iraq is “making progress.” Three years ago, in early April 2004, when an insurrection exploded in numerous Iraqi cities, U.S. occupation spokesman Dan Senor informed journalists: “We have isolated pockets where we are encountering problems.” Nine days later, President Bush declared: “It’s not a popular uprising. Most of Iraq is relatively stable.”

For government officials committed to a war based on lies, such claims are in the wiring.

When Defense Secretary Robert McNamara visited Vietnam for the first time, in May 1962, he came back saying that he’d seen “nothing but progress and hopeful indications of further progress in the future.”

In October 1966, when McNamara held a press conference at Andrews Air Force Base after returning from a trip to Vietnam, he spoke of the progress he’d seen there. Daniel Ellsberg recalls that McNamara made that presentation “minutes after telling me that everything was much worse than the year before.”

Despite the recent “surge” in the kind of media hype that McCain was trying to boost last weekend in Baghdad, this spring has begun with most news coverage still indicating that the war is going badly for American forces in Iraq. Some pundits say that U.S. military fortunes there during the next few months will determine the war’s political future in Washington. And opponents of the war often focus their arguments on evidence that an American victory is not possible.

But shifts in the U.S. military role on the ground in Iraq, coupled with the Pentagon’s air war escalating largely out of media sight, could enable the war’s promoters to claim a notable reduction of “violence.” And the American death toll could fall due to reconfiguration or reduction of U.S. troop levels inside Iraq.

Such a combination of developments would appeal to the fervent nationalism of U.S. news media. But the antiwar movement shouldn’t pander to jingo-narcissism. If we argue that the war is bad mainly because of what it is doing to Americans, then what happens when the Pentagon finds ways to cut American losses — while continuing to inflict massive destruction on Iraqi people?

American news outlets will be inclined to depict the Iraq war as winding down when fewer Americans are dying in it. That happened during the last several years of the Vietnam War, while massive U.S. bombing — and Vietnamese deaths — continued unabated.

The vast bulk of the U.S. media is in the habit of defining events around the world largely in terms of what’s good for the U.S. government — through the eyes of top officials in Washington. Routinely, the real lives of people are noted only as shorthand for American agendas. The political spin of the moment keeps obscuring the human moment.

Awakening from a 40-year nap, an observer might wonder how much has changed since the last war that the United States stumbled over because it could not win. The Congressional Record is filled with insistence that the lessons of Vietnam must not be forgotten. But they cannot be truly remembered if they were never learned in the first place.

bibimimi troll'p said...

“stunning rebuke”

i would like to order 2-6 packs of “stunning rebuke”!

electric powered hamster said...

All you assholes that have been putting down Steph Miller for the past year on this blog are going to find yourself listening to her show when Sam is gone.

It's funny and it's topical and her right hand man, Jim Ward, is a radio genius.

You are going to love the Stephanie Miller Show because it is funny and it gets to the business of showing what total asshole dickwads rightwingers really are!

Alice said...

Vigil This Morning During Josh Wolf's Mediation
by via Josh Wolf's Coalition
Monday Apr 2nd, 2007 8:35 AM

WHAT: Vigil for Josh during mediation
WHERE: Phillip Burton Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Ave. SF
WHEN: Vigil starts around 8AM and will continue through the day.
Get there early so Josh can see you when he his driven into the



There will be another round of mediation between Josh's lawers and
the federal prosecution tomorrow at the Federal Building in San
Francisco. It would be a great show of support for Josh if we could
turn out a big crowd tomorrow morning outside the Federal Building.

At the last mediation as Josh was being driven into the basement car
entrance, he spotted a supporter holding a sign out front and it
meant a great deal to him.

A large presence of supporters would also show the feds and the press that Josh's support is broad and that we are determined to see him released immediately.

toniD said...

Cheney visit sparks protests at Brigham Young. “Dick Cheney is traveling later this month to Utah, the reddest of Red States, to deliver the commencement address at the Mormon Church’s Brigham Young University. … The university has approved a rare campus protest this week against Cheney’s visit, and is considering a second on commencement day. One online petition asking BYU to rescind the invitation has gathered more than 2,000 signatures, many from students and professors as well as alumni.”


Anonymous said...

As we enter the THIRD week of "end of the day"...

blah blah blah said...
lets hope war with iran doesn't start at 5:45 tonight...

seriously, i would expect gonzo to be gone by the end of the day.

March 20, 2007 1:00 PM

SunshineJim said...

"All you assholes that have been putting down Steph Miller for the past year on this blog are going to find yourself listening to her show when Sam is gone."

Steph is gonna save us!

Jim Ward is going to hand out candy and flowers!

thank gawd! i was really worried there for a bit!

electric powered hamster said...

Jim Ward doesn't have time to hand out candy and flowers.

He's too busy being the funniest guy on radio.

Anonymous said...

//All you assholes that have been putting down Steph Miller for the past year on this blog are going to find yourself listening to her show when Sam is gone.//

if we're already putting her down, we've probably tried her out and didn't like it. I know that's the case with me. If Sam goes, I'm gone as far the current options are.

toniD said...

electric powered hamster said...
All you assholes that have been putting down Steph Miller for the past year on this blog are going to find yourself listening to her show when Sam is gone.

It's funny and it's topical and her right hand man, Jim Ward, is a radio genius.

You are going to love the Stephanie Miller Show because it is funny and it gets to the business of showing what total asshole dickwads rightwingers really are!


Steph has an okay show and Ward is good, but I don't think that it will be Steph's show. It might be me but I can't take her on a regular basis. I think it will be younger brother Green doing that slot.

Also, AAR slammed Steph if it is her show saying it had "less substance".

electric powered hamster said...

One of the biggest pains in the ass came when they took Sam off of evenings and put him on opposite Steph.

For me, this was a disaster because I LOVE both shows and listened to BOTH, every day.

Making them compete, sucked!

SunshineJim said...

vacation for congress

a week for the senate

2 weeks for the house!

(why am i thinking 'National Lampoon'?)

Anonymous said...

Steph isn't coming to AAR. You'll have to go looking for her on Jones. So what?

toniD said...

Reid co-sponsors Feingold bill to end the war. From the press release: “The bill requires the President to begin safely redeploying U.S. troops from Iraq 120 days from enactment, as required by the emergency supplemental spending bill the Senate passed last week. The bill ends funding for the war, with three narrow exceptions, effective March 31, 2008.” Reid states, “If the President vetoes the supplemental appropriations bill and continues to resist changing course in Iraq, I will work to ensure this legislation receives a vote in the Senate in the next work period.”


Gare said...

Morning ya'll...

Stephanie Miller, eh? Good replacement for ol' Sammy....she's a babe.

Well, maybe "The Show" Reunion Movie will get started and Sam can get some work....otherwise Nicole will have to go out an do another pro-Castro documentary and start winning the bread!

toniD said...

You Steph Miller fans on the blog...

What if it were the other way, and Sam was to replace Steph, wouldn't you feel the same as we are now.

So quit your bitchen, we're supposed to be on the same side. We get enough trolling from the wingers!!

Anonymous said...

The BIGGEST problem that AAR had was that it was WAY too wonky.

Al's show was operating on Full Wonk. Too often, "sense of humor" was left outside the studio door.

Go ahead, snipe at Steph all you want but I'll tell you's the only left wing radio that also incorporates HUMOR and tosses WONK out the window!

Jeany said...

Well if Stephanie Miller is great the way the Young Turks are great, I'm gonna have a lot of time on my hands.

There's a cancer growing in NPR, but I've gone back since Rachel moved to evenings. And a week-end time slot is a slow death, unless Laura Flanders is going away. I've always been a little iffy with her, I like the way she thinks, but her voice makes me want to hurt myself in the ears.

I wouldn't suggest anyone hold their breath about Mark Green, but the switchboard number is (212) 871-8100; address is
Air America Radio
641 Avenue Of The Americas,
New York, NY 10011

I wrote Green the first week, about Maron, and we got that message loud and clear.

SunshineJim said...

everyone that challenged the corporate AAR BS has been dumped.

i've suspected AAR was a sop to the 'lower classes', to relieve pressure, like a steam 'blow off valve', since i first noticed their hypocricy and the lack of interest in communicating with us bloggers in any way that lead towards organization of political opposition.

there were exceptions, sam being slightly inclined to activism, but steph has never impressed me as being knowledgable or honest.

toniD said...

Snipers return to McCain’s Baghdad market. “The crack of shots fired by unseen snipers echoed on Monday through Baghdad’s wholesale Shorja market, a day after U.S. Senator John McCain held up his visit there as one sign of improving security in Baghdad.”


UPDATE: “Last week’s suicide truck bombing in the northern city of Tal Afar is the deadliest single attack since the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003, a high-ranking Iraqi Interior Ministry official said Monday as a new death toll for the blast surfaced.”


SunshineJim said...

Steph the pretender.

Air Activism...

Anonymous said...

steph has never impressed me as being knowledgable or honest.

April 2, 2007 1:14 PM

Her father ran for vice president with Goldwater!

Her family is BIGTIME right wing. Step had the cajones to quit that shit and become a lefty.

She has balls that people like you, Sunnyboy, take for granted.

She has also been threatened with death by the right wing.

SunshineJim said...

She has also been threatened with death by the right wing.""

that reminds me, i have'nt had a death threat for months. i'm being too nice again.

toniD said...

Here's a site you may want to bookmark...


Another breaking news story from CNN....Reid said he would cut off funding of the war if Bush vetos the bill.

Jeany said...

I love wonk, loved Franken's show, and love Thom Hartmann. Franken's humor generally fell flat on the show, that's my take. The shimmeringly brilliant humor on AAR came from Maron on Morning Sedition and Lizz and Rachel on Unfiltered, anyone else remember that?

Maybe leftie talk is always going to be a smaller market than the righties, do we have to intellectually geld ourselves to keep up with the reichswing?

By the way, Jim Earl did a bit for the opening of State of Belief yesterday, and he really is fabu with that material.

War Dog said...

Does this Stephanie Miller like Hillary?

If she likes Hillary she is will be fine with me..

You know I warned Janeane and Sam about Crossing Hillary..

No one does that..

It just isn't smart....

Go along to Get along...

SunshineJim said...

ya know yer efforts to get us to give steph ANOTHER chance to impress us with her 'truthiness' would work better if they were'nt prefaced with 'All you assholes' asshole.

Jeany said...

Howaya, Jim?

toniD said...

American reported missing in Iran

Senate majority leader threatening vote to end Iraq war funding
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The standoff between Congress and the White House over Iraq is ratcheting up another notch. The top Democrat in the Senate is threatening to try to end nearly all funding for the Iraq war if the president vetoes a more loosely worded timetable for withdrawal.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is cosponsoring a new Iraq bill with war opponent Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis. Their bill would stop most war funding after March 31, 2008, allowing spending in just three areas: fighting al Qaeda, training Iraqis and protecting the U.S. Embassy and other personnel.

Reid's spokesman, Jim Manley, admits the bill would require heavy political lifting. "This is an uphill battle," he told CNN, "but it's part of an attempt to try and force a change in policy."


SunshineJim said...

Humor was what i was hoping for from AAR.

it's the best way to go IMO.

i'm still in contact with Marc and Lizz.

Jim Earl is a hoot!

Cya later.

SunshineJim said...

love ya jeany!

good to read ya here )

gotta go, yak at me later? xox's

toniD said...

Justices refuse to review latest appeal from Guantanamo detainees
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Supreme Court refused Monday to jump back into an ongoing legal fight over how dozens of foreign terror suspects detained by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will face justice before upcoming tribunals, the latest showdown over the president's war power authority.

The justices, by a 6-3 vote, denied appeals from two groups of prisoners. Preliminary hearings before military commissions in Guantanamo have already begun.

In a brief order written by Justices John Paul Stevens and Anthony Kennedy, the court noted the detainees had not gone through the usual legal routes for relief before appealing to the high court.

"Despite the obvious importance of the issues raised in these cases, we are persuaded that traditional rules governing our decision of constitutional issues ... and our practice of requiring the exhaustion of available remedies as a precondition to accepting jurisdiction." --From CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears (Posted 10:11 a.m.)

Jeany said...

I don't know one damned thing about Ms. Miller. Saw her once on TV, my eyes glazed over, but maybe she's better on radio.

Cheers, Sunshine. Give 'em my best.

Anonymous said...

This is the last time I'm going to tell you folks this.

This blog has cancer!

The cancer calls itself War Dog.

The inability to control right wing SPAM allowed the cancer to grow.

Allowing opposing points of view was OK.

But, allowing War Dog's right wing SPAM killed the blog.

bibimimi troll'p said...

Cake: War Pig


toniD said...

Feingold, Reid Ups The Ante
By: Nicole Belle @ 10:29 AM - PDT Have I said recently how much I loves me some Feingold? This morning, Sen. Russ Feingold, along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have issued a statement that lets George Bush no in unmistakable terms that the days of the blank check are OVER:

U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced today that they are introducing legislation that will effectively end the current military mission in Iraq and begin the redeployment of U.S. forces. The bill requires the President to begin safely redeploying U.S. troops from Iraq 120 days from enactment, as required by the emergency supplemental spending bill the Senate passed last week. The bill ends funding for the war, with three narrow exceptions, effective March 31, 2008.

"I am pleased to cosponsor Senator Feingold's important legislation," Reid said. "I believe it is consistent with the language included in the supplemental appropriations bill passed by a bipartisan majority of the Senate. If the President vetoes the supplemental appropriations bill and continues to resist changing course in Iraq, I will work to ensure this legislation receives a vote in the Senate in the next work period."

That's right, George. You veto the funding bill, you get an even tougher bill. Bob Geiger has more…

At Salon (watch short ad for day pass), Russ Feingold tells the minority party to stop obfuscating behind the talking point of "supporting the troops," especially when their rhetoric was the exact opposite for the mission in Somalia in the '90s:

The debate about the Iraq war is the most important, and the most difficult, issue we face as a country. Any American, including any member of Congress, is entitled to support or oppose Congress' using its constitutional power to end our involvement in this disastrous war. But, in contrast to the 1993 debate about Somalia, today some wrongly suggest that ending funding for the Iraq war is tantamount to ending funding for the troops. That misleading argument makes it harder to have the thoughtful, responsible debate about the war that Congress and the American people so badly need.

Now is no time for phony arguments against ending funding for the Iraq war. There may be big differences between the military missions in Somalia and Iraq, but Congress' constitutional power to end a military mission hasn't changed, and neither has the fact that this power can be used without jeopardizing the safety of U.S. troops. As Congress debates Iraq — and considers the new Feingold-Reid legislation — we should remember Somalia, put false arguments aside, and have an open, honest debate about a war that drags on with no end in sight.


Anonymous said...


Hey guys,

Stopping by just to say hello.

Catch up with you guys later.

Most wanted mobster

Brooklyn man charged with two murders

Elderta said...

Oh my god, this would be awful if Sam got cancelled. Just awful. Another stupid programming idea from AAR. :(

Anonymous said...


Cop shot in Brooklyn

Anonymous said...


Mother Wanted Her Infant Son ‘to Disappear,’ Prosecutors Say

rev-24 said...

Big fan of the show since the Majority Report with Janeane. Last night I saw her perform at a comedy club in San Francisco and I was in heaven!!!

I was wondering if anybody had a fan mail address for her since she doesn't do the email thing.... Thanks a bunch in advance...

toniD said...

Hi NC!!

toniD said...

Reaction to Q1 Fundraising
The most important thing to keep in mind is that raising money is not a direct measure of a presidential candidate's viability. It's interesting because it's a measure of support other than polls, but campaign history is littered with examples of candidates that are good at raising money and don't ultimately win their party's nomination.

Craig Crawford gives us another caveat: "Before everyone gets too excited, let’s wait and see how much" Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) "has spent -- the number that usually takes a bit longer to leak out. Those often elusive cash-on-hand statistics tell us more about where campaigns are really positioned at this early stage. Many times they spend so much to raise their funds that that they are not as strong going forward as they appear for the moment. How much a candidate has left in the bank for the long road ahead is what really matters."

These numbers won’t be known until April 15, when Q1 reports are formally filed with the FEC.

Meanwhile, The Hotline says three numbers matter -- primary receipts, primary receipts plus transfers from other campaign accounts and cash on hand -- and each impacts the campaigns differently.


toniD said...

Foreign workers sue U.S. companies

By Alan Gomez, USA TODAY
Labor leaders overseas are turning increasingly to an obscure 18th-century law that could for the first time make U.S. companies liable at home for the violent and sometimes murderous actions of their employees around the world.
Several lawsuits alleging violation of the Alien Tort Statute are awaiting trial in federal courts, filed with the help of unions and activist groups in the USA.

One against Geo W. Drummond Ltd. of Alabama alleges the contracting company's subsidiary in Colombia paid death squads to kill labor leaders.

The lawsuits have set up a showdown over whether boardrooms in the USA should pay big-money verdicts for crimes not prosecuted in countries where corruption and violence are often seen as a cost of doing business.

"I realize that there are problems in lots of different countries," said William Jeffress, a lawyer for Drummond. "But to have the U.S. courts attempt to provide remedies for all of the injustices that occur in countries around the world is not a rational system."

At least a dozen such cases are ongoing. Among them:

•Relatives of people killed in an airstrike by the Colombia military say that Occidental Petroleum of Los Angeles should pay damages because its security contractor worked with the military to take out leftist terrorists accused of sabotaging Occidental's pipeline operation. The plaintiffs say the attack killed 17 unarmed civilians.

•Chevron, headquartered in San Francisco, is fighting a lawsuit filed by Nigerians who say the company should be held responsible for the killing of protesters by Nigerian security forces outside a refinery owned by its subsidiary.

•Del Monte is being sued by five union officials in Guatemala who say they were kidnapped by armed men hired by the Miami corporation's subsidiary and forced to quit their jobs at a banana farm.

All of the lawsuits come under the Alien Tort Statute, a 1789 law that allows citizens of foreign nations to sue in U.S. courts for actions that violate the "law of nations," such as genocide, torture and slavery. Human rights activists began using the law in the 1980s to sue foreign military leaders accused of repression who had retired in the USA. Now, those activists have teamed with labor unions here to sue U.S. corporations for oppression of workers in Latin America and Africa.

"A lot of these countries do not have judicial systems which are independent and free of corruption," said Dan Kovalik, a lawyer representing the families of victims killed in the Drummond case. "It's unfair to make them try to bring a case where it would be futile."


toniD said...

Former FBI Agent on Private Business in Iran Missing

By Robin Wright
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 2, 2007; 1:52 PM

A former FBI agent has been missing in Iran since March 8, according to U.S. officials.

The unnamed former agent was on private business, but the United States is now sufficiently concerned about his welfare that the State Department today sent a formal message to Iran through Swiss intermediaries asking about his whereabouts and his situation. The Swiss Embassy represents U.S. interests in Iran.

The American was visiting Kish Island, an Iranian resort and "free trade zone" off the country's southwestern coast that does not require an Iranian visa to visit. He had traveled to Iran from the United Arab Emirates, U.S. officials said.

"We don't know where he is. We have no reliable information on him," a senior official said. "I would not characterize him as a hostage."

U.S. officials stress that the missing American was not working in any capacity for the U.S. government or any agency. His specialty at the FBI was not Iran, officials add.


toniD said...

Looks like I have the blog all to myself right now.

Too bad. Have to leave for work soon.

toniD said...

In a broadcast on Fox News last week, host Sean Hannity offered Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice free tickets to Major Leage Baseball's All Star Game this summer. Rice said she would go if Hannity would offer to protect her from any stray balls.

"If you're ever really interested, I have a pretty good connection with a good buddy of mine who has the greatest seats at Yankee Stadium and I'd love to take you there," Fox News host Sean Hannity said on air.

Rice responded that she'd "love that" and noted that she is a Yankees fan.

Hannity then mentioned that his son had been hit by a foul ball in the seats last season, and offered to protect the Secretary from any line drives.

"You have to protect me, Sean. I hope you can catch," Rice joked back.

Hannity proceeded to interview the Secretary, asking her about the detained British Marines and sailors in Iran, US policy toward Iran, and other aspects of US foreign policy.


Anonymous said...

HI u

Alice said...

SunshineJim said...

vacation for congress

a week for the senate

2 weeks for the house!

(why am i thinking 'National Lampoon'?)

April 2, 2007 1:05 PM


They should
a. live on minimum wage
b. not have take vacations during war-time.
c. representatives? ....My ass...

Anonymous said...

Cancer? This blog has been on life support since the old blog first broke six months ago. Now the lifeline to AAR is going to be pulled. Thanks for your advice though, posts of any sort are hard to come by. Do you have a theory as to why AAR is crashing as well?

Alice said...

NC..I was going to call had me worried for a few... :) Glad to see you're ok..

Anonymous said...

Now the lifeline to AAR is going to be pulled.

Doomsayers just after AAR's purchase from the Green's... already!

AAR's goin' undah!

Shit... you people have been saying this for three years.

You're still wrong.

toniD said...

From the Guardian, UK...

US judges reject appeal by Guant√°namo inmates - 23 minutes ago

From BBC. UK

US court rejects Guantanamo test - 3 hours ago

And Finally from the US...I've been waiting all morning...

Court nixes Guantanamo appeal

Haven't even heard it on cable news yet.

GBC said...

An email from Hillary:

To: War Poodle

We can end the war in Iraq. We can achieve universal health care coverage. We can commit to energy independence. We can restore America's rightful place on the world stage.

Working together, we'll get our country back on track. It's going to be a long journey with a lot of hard work, but I can't think of anything more important.

So let's get back to work. I need your help right now on an important issue.

Last week we passed historic legislation in the Senate that calls for a phased redeployment for our troops in Iraq while ensuring they have the support they need. It's an important first step in ending the war in Iraq. But President Bush has threatened to veto the bill.

The American people have had enough of the president's failed strategy in Iraq. Join me today. Tell President Bush to listen to the will of the people and withdraw his veto threat.

big dick c. said...

Who's your daddy?

randys said...

Sam, that was the funniest routine I've ever heard you do! Shopping in New York with Vicky and escort helicopters ala John McCain! Priceless!

Alice said...

"Everything for everyone, and nothing for ourselves..."


toniD said...

Truthdig has an interview with Mark Green about the future of Aie America Radio.

It's also on podcast

Alice said...

Beware of State Power-Noam Chomsky Interviewed by George McLeod

McLeod: Turning to Israel, you have been very critical of Israeli policies. However, many observers, such as author Alan Dershowitz, say that Israel has been disproportionately criticised. He cites the fact that the UN has condemned Israel more than any other country and argues that Israel is far from being the world's worst human rights abuser. How do you respond to that?

Chomsky: Remember that Alan Dershowitz is a fanatic supporter of Israeli violence and atrocities, so he is not a neutral observer - he is way out in the extreme. It's sort of like asking a communist party member in the 1950s, "Look how much Russia is condemned, it's not the worst country in the world."

But aside from that, there is a reason why Israel is condemned. Plenty of other countries are much worse internally. But the military occupation of Palestine is very harsh and it has a potential settlement - everyone knows what the settlement is: a two-state settlement based on the international border. But Israel and the US have rejected it.

However, in one respect I agree with Dershowitz. It is wrong to condemn Israel - you should be condemning the US. Israel can do nothing without US authorisation. It's a small country and it consciously chose to be dependent on the US. We can even date it - in 1971, Israel was offered a full peace treaty by Egypt. Israel had a choice, either expansion or security. It chose expansion, and Henry Kissinger backed it, so Israel could do it.

Since then, Israel has lost its choices. If it wants a peace settlement, it can have it. The Arab League proposal of 2002, which is only one of many that go back to 1976, would grant Israel normalised relations and integration into the region. But it would mean abandoning expansion, which it does not want to do.

Figure another country that is in that situation, actually, there is one - Morocco, which is occupying the Western Sahara, but that's a US ally, so it's ignored.

toniD said...

Shell, I left a link for you and Cathy and Conbo...

toniD said...
For our Librarians:

Libraries have been turned into
de facto homeless shelters
A dirty little secret about America is that public libraries have become de facto daytime shelters for the nation's street people while librarians are increasingly our unofficial social workers for the homeless and mentally disturbed.


April 2, 2007 8:50 AM

War Dog said...

GBC said...
An email from Hillary:

To: War Poodle

We can end the war in Iraq


I'm right there with you and Hillary...

We should both vote for her...

Everyone wants to move on to Iran...

What did they vote for...???

2008.... ????

I am fine with that...

I plan to invade Iran in 2009 and will need those troops for the invasion..

Bush wants to move on as well..

It's all going to work out fine...

Bush has his 2 more years..

Then Hillary can fight the fight..

It's all good...

And Hillary supports your right to enlist...

As do I...

Be all you can be...

Vote Hillary..!!!!!

Alice said...

If you want to, you can wish WFC a Happy Birthday Here too....


Alice said...

Oh yes, I meant to thank you for that, Toni... thanks.. :)

Alice said...

Dark art...

War Dog said...

It's Kucinich, and Dean, and Cindy, and that lot you must watch out for..

Hillary marginalizes the left wing and this is her first job..

Keep the Crazy Talkers on the bench..

God, Country, Capitalism that's the American way...!!

That the Clinton Way...!!

rev-24 said...

you guys operate on a whole different level.... at first sight it might look random especially with news articles; at second sight mabye even more random?????

Anonymous said...

Is there anybody on this blog that doesn't scroll War Dog's posts?

What an evil pain in the ass he is to leave all this spam for a few dozen people to have to wade through.

What a crazed prick!

toniD said...

Thanks Shell

toniD said...

Rosie pledges allegiance to seeking 'the truth' behind 9/11

Have to get ready for work.

See you much later

Anonymous said...

So what's the deal with Barack Obama saying that even if Bush vetoes the funding bill, the Congress will pass a "clean" bill with NO end-date for getting out of Iraq?!?!?


rev-24 said...

just tuning into today's podcast for the day... finally got through the tyt and the AT.... "it is monday april 2nd, 2007....."

bridge said...

Attention Cat Owners :)

A week ago our cat was diagnosed with diabetes and now needs a special diet and two shots a day. Was a nervewrecking week learning the new routine but the worst of it all was our cat didn't really get better - did not stop urinating and drinking which are the prominent signs of diabetes. Also she was slower by the day ... :(

Today we brought her back to the Vet for check-up and turns out she has a urinary track infection. Thats why the shots didn't work as they should have. She is staying at doctor's office overnight and Vet assured us she will be ok with anti-bios and we are to pick her up tom. She never had a UTI before.

I remember Reefer's cat had diabetes, too. Hope he reads this.

Please post, guys, if you had a similar experience with your cat.

nerve wrecked

SunshineJim said...

rev-24 said...

you guys operate on a whole different level.... at first sight it might look random especially with news articles; at second sight mabye even more random?????""

you guys = us long time posters here?

the 'random' appearance is resolved when you realise these are conversations that have gone on for over three years.

theres links to the bloggie that go back to day 1. you can catch up or just merge with the stream of conciousness.

compliments before criticism will ease your way.

(the Zen of the bloggie)

Anonymous said...



SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - If President Bush vetoes an Iraq war spending bill as promised, Congress quickly will provide the money without the withdrawal timeline the White House objects to because no lawmaker ``wants to play chicken with our troops,'' Sen. Barack Obama said Sunday.

``My expectation is that we will continue to try to ratchet up the pressure on the president to change course,'' the Democratic presidential candidate said in an interview with The Associated Press. ``I don't think that we will see a majority of the Senate vote to cut off funding at this stage.

SunshineJim said...

eya bridge!

at least yer closer to knowing whats wrong.

deff nervewracking. went through a mystery health prob with Ruzzalyn last summer. $800 later we still did'nt know what was wrong.

toniD said...

Just popping in. Bridge, could your cat have eaten any of that bad cat food they are talking about.

That has caused urinary infections.

SunshineJim said...

good thinkin T,

thats a real possibility.

i said...

Hear the REAL truth about Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe. Listen to the Greg Elich interview for Unusual Sources. (Audio, MP3 file) or visit

SunshineJim said...

just got a good contract with the new school construction.

what a neat project, lotta hours probably a coupla months.

fairly light on the back, this'll be good.

toniD said...

Later guys.

Se you after 10 PM CT

SunshineJim said...

Cya T!

be careful. snowed here today its a soppy muddy mess.

bridge said...

I know, Jim,
mystery health probs with pets are the worst. Hope this will be it and it doesn't end up like that after all ...

Re Vet expenses - we have been so fortunate with our cat. Always v. healthy esp. since cat fights are a thing of the past. Years ago One nasty scratch from neighbors' cat once turned into an absess and needed surgery and that was the most we paid at the Vets AFAIR.

We had to pay $700plus last week and another $700 this week, too. Yikes!

we pretty much ruled out that possibility. Also, we got the new diet food from the Vet's office and you would think by now they know what they are selling there. I hope.

But we checked the brand on the net also - any which way - and so far its okay cat food.

But to have this happen during the pet food disaster ... it certainly never leaves your mind.

bridge said...

Group: Mammogram Risks Outweigh Benefits

just saw this - here we go again
the Mammogram thing pops up every couple years or so

bridge said...

In Depth: Alexander Cockburn

WATCH here if you missed it yesterday

the interview is three hours long - I taped it last night and watched two hours so far - another one to go ... v.v. interesting - thought he was just great

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