Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Low hanging fruit

But how can one not pick it.

if
2 + 2= 4

then what do we make of this:

"I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen.'"

Falwell, pastor of the 22,000-member Thomas Road Baptist Church, viewed the attacks as God's judgment on America for "throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked."


plus this

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toniD said...

Hi Sam!!

One down!

The karma god took him.

shame it wasn't bush or cheney! said...

Falwell is at The Gates Of Hell right at this moment, shaking hands with Adolf Hitler and Richard Nixon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pat robertson next said...

Wow! Jerry Falwell, one of the greatest well poisoners of all time, has gone on to Hell!

Now there's an outcome for you~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~!

air-ono said...

no luck finding appropriate pics to blend in @ this hour of the morning

Cat Chew said...

Klaus Nomi - Ding Dong, The Witch is Dead

pasquale said...

I didn't ask for the power.

You chose to give it to me.

Now, for the rest of your days, when you meet a Leonard, you will think of me!

BOO!!!

mmrules said...

Yea!!The better blog is back!!

air-ono said...

i'm owned
falwell's dead...

this is a cause for celebration
thank you, catharine
:p

toniD said...

Jon Stewart Exposes the Bull$h*t “Ongoing Investigation” Excuse
By: SilentPatriot @ 9:50 AM - PDT Whenever the Bushies find themselves embroiled in scandal — USA purge, Scooter Libby leak, Abu Grahib/Guantanamo Bay torture, etc. — they always resort to the "we-can't-talk-about-ongoing-investigations" defense. Sadly, it works; the media falls for it–hook, line and sinker–every time. Jon Stewart and Rob Riggle finally call them out on it.

Download (1318) | Play (1448) Download (492) | Play (949)

"So the only time this administration will discuss an issue is after an investigation they have not cooperated in is finished?"

Are you listening, "Half Hour News Hour"? This is how it's done.

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Lilith said...

"God Did Smite Jerry Fallwell, and it was Good"

Hallelluia! My prayers have been answered! There IS a God!

toniD said...

Lots of posts today at

Ya Thnik?

mmrules said...

Ashcroft's ex-no. 2 says Gonzales, Cheney tried to take advantage of sick Attorney General Michael Roston
Published: Tuesday May 15, 2007


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toniD said...

Wolfie's girlfriend....

Wolfowitz: Girlfriend 'Angry and Upset'
The controversy has set off a media firestorm, with questions swirling about the current status of Wolfowitz's relationship with Riza and it isn't clear if they are still together.

Wolfowitz has defended the pay package, telling the bank's investigative committee he was trying to avoid a potential lawsuit from Riza.

"Ms. Riza was extremely angry and upset about being required to take an external placement," Wolfowitz wrote in a May 11 statement to the World Bank investigative committee.

Riza had been a World Bank employee for eight years, promoting women and democracy in the Middle East, when Wolfowitz was named president of the institution in 2005.

Against the wishes of Riza, the Bank's ethics committee determined Riza needed to leave the bank when Wolfowitz took control to avoid a conflict of interest.

"I was not given a choice to stay, and against my personal and professional interests, I agreed to accept an external assignment," said Riza in an April 30 written statement to the bank panel investigating her raise and promotion package.

"The irony of my working to ensure women's participation and rights through the work of the World Bank and [was] stripped of my own rights by this same institution," Riza wrote.

Under a lucrative compensation package that Wolfowitz arranged with the vice president of Human Resources at the World Bank, Riza was moved to the State Department and given a promotion to communications specialist, but was still retained on the World Bank payroll.

Her income jumped from $133,000 to $193,590 in just two years -- more money than Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice makes before tax.

"I was ready to pursue legal remedies…I only acquiesced to signing the agreement so as not to cause turmoil at the bank," Riza wrote in the April 30 statement to bank officials.

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mmrules said...

Comey Breaks Silence: White House Tried To Force Incapacitated Ashcroft To Back Spying Program


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blah blah blah said...

don't know why, but i'm suddenly in the mood for an ice cold one...

toniD said...

It's not going well for the Pope in Brazil. Evidently they don't want to hear...."You vill do vat I want you to do and you vill like it!!"

Pope breeds controversy in Brazil tour Mon May 14, 6:52 PM ET

Pope Benedict XVI's five-day trip to Brazil seems unlikely to stem a two-decade slide in Roman Catholic membership as different groups, including indigenous activists, criticized his visit.

"Many peoples adopted Christianity, but it was imposed by force," said Marcio Meira, president of the National Foundation of the Indigenous, a Brazilian government organization.

"The pope was very arrogant," said Gesinaldo Satere Mawe, director of an umbrella group of Amazonian native groups.

Benedict's statement during his first trip to Latin America as pope that "Christianity was not imposed by a foreign culture" drew a sharp reaction from the native leaders.

"Christ was the Savior (America's natives) silently yearned for," the pope said. Benedict also called the resurgence of pre-Columbian religions "a step backward," offending native peoples as far away as Mexico.

"His statements are ridiculous," said Roberto Olivares, president of Ojo de Agua, a group that promotes indigenous values in Oaxaca, Mexico.

"The Catholic religion was imposed despite our beliefs and our religion," said Mauricio Arias, a native people's leader in Bolivia.

The pope returned to Rome on Monday after a five-day tour of Brazil to galvanize the Roman Catholic church in Latin America.

However, Benedict's pronouncements in favor of sexual abstinence, birth control and abortion fell on deaf ears in Brazil, whose government hands out free condoms to schoolboys to curb AIDS and teenage pregnancy.

Benedict blasted "media that ridicule the sanctity of marriage and virginity before marriage."

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toniD said...

Five Baghdad embassy workers injured. “The U.S. Embassy says five embassy workers have been wounded in an attack inside Baghdad’s Green Zone,” ABC News reports.

toniD said...

Reminder: Monday is Wiretap the Internet Day


May 14th is the official deadline for cable modem
companies, DSL providers, broadband over
powerline, satellite internet companies and some
universities to finish wiring up their networks
with FBI-friendly surveillance gear, to comply
with the FCC's expanded interpretation of the
Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement
Act. (so that they can illegally listen in on
everything you do without a search warrent)
Goodbye freedom. Goodbye democracy. Goodbye civil
rights. Big brother is watching.
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50 million strong said...

Christian Conservatives Moving to Fred Thompson


United Press International


Washington -- Several leading Christian conservatives say they are confident former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee will seek the Republican presidential nomination.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a Protestant and Catholic activist have told The Washington Times they expect Thompson to announce his candidacy "in a matter of weeks."

The leaders say current frontrunners -- former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- all fall short of social conservatives' expectations.

In addition to spending eight years in the Senate, Thompson currently portrays a tough district attorney on the popular TV series "Law & Order."

"It's the moment of truth for conservatives," one of the Christian activists told The Times. "Either social conservatives rally to stop a Giuliani nomination and victory for him in November 2008 or our issues -- abortion, same-sex marriage, the preservation of the family -- are permanently off the Republican Party agenda

50 million strong said...

Why Giuliani Will Not Be a Nominee




By Rev. Rob Schenck

Faith and Action, Washington, DC

Rudolph Giuliani has a huge problem--and so do all other candidates that approach abortion as he does. Their huge problem are both their obviously untenable moral positions on abortion, as well as the huge number of pro-life activists and our many allies. We just don't like equivocation or ambivalence.

Jesus Christ said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." (Matthew 12:25) St. James said, "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." (James 1:8) It appears that Rudy, and possibly other candidates, are at war with their own consciences over where they will stand on this supreme moral, social and religious issue.

In the Book of Revelation, Jesus Christ warned the church at Laodicia, "because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth." (Revelation 3:16) Simply put, Jesus prefers an abject sinner to an equivocator.

50 million strong said...

Let not your heart be heavy, we shall once again select your next president. God Bless America Forever!

Jerry Falwell said...

Let me jes say this raht cheer...

If thar's one thang Ah was most proud of, it was haylpin' to brang morality back to the Whahte House.

god almighty said...

Jerry Falwell is now submitting to an earful of scolding from Me, while surrounded by a circle of bi-sexual angels.
He will be fitted with a new gown (extra large) with lots of lace.

Anonymous said...

50 million strong said...

well that accounts for a majority of the twits that voted for this evil bastard.

blah blah blah said...

interesting post about das pope, toniD. evidently german arrogance just doesn't command the respect it used to. perhaps a mustache would help...

it just doesn't make any sense that the worlds institutions are being taken over by these conservative cretins.

mmrules said...

Idiots
Heard just now on MSNBC, as they carry on about Jerry Falwell (my transcription),
Contessa Brewer (speaking to Chris Matthews):
You're looking at a guy - Jerry Falwell - who had a lot of influence on the current President, even now. One of my producers, Chris, just pulled up a page from whitehouse.org where they say "Jerry Falwell has earned his role as the de facto executive director of domestic and global policy for the White House." How much influence did he have on George W. Bush?
Of course, apparently unbeknownst to the crack detective staff at MSNBC, whitehouse.org is a satire site... the actual web address of the White House is whitehouse.gov. As someone more comfortable with talking about Jerry Falwell in terms of ridicule and scorn, it's nice to see the mainstream media snatching satire from the jaws of the serious here.
# posted by Don @ 1:25 PM

jbenet said...

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The Day of Judgment .com
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In comments at the National Press Club, Gonzales said McNulty was ultimately responsible for recommending the firing of at least eight U.S. attorneys in December.

"At the end of day, the recommendations reflect the views of the deputy attorney general. He signed off on the names," Gonzales said.

Lilith said...

Not to keep beating the dead horse, but...

Television evangelist Falwell dies at 73 - Yahoo! News

Television evangelist Falwell dies at 73 - Yahoo! News

I like how they say "Television evangelist Falwell dies at 73 - Yahoo! News"

That's pretty much how I feel too.

mmrules said...

Wesley Clark smashes O'Really
by Geoff Staples on Tue 15 May 2007 01:38 AM CDT
Might be old.

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Alice said...

Rev. Jerry Falwell's Greatest Hits

Jerry Falwell, the founder of the Moral Majority and significant leader in the religious right, died today at 73 in his Liberty University office.

We thought that Falwell's passing would be an appropriate time to publish a list of his best known quotes. Source: PositiveAtheism.org.

* “AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals”

* "It appears that America's anti-Biblical feminist movement is at last dying, thank God, and is possibly being replaced by a Christ-centered men's movement which may become the foundation for a desperately needed national spiritual awakening."

* "If you're not a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human being."

* After the September 11 attacks Falwell said, “I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen."

* “Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions”

* “[Homosexuals are] brute beasts...part of a vile and satanic system [that] will be utterly annihilated, and there will be a celebration in heaven.”

Read more...

http://americansexuality.blogspot.com/
posted by Anna Rose

Anonymous said...

JERRY FALWELL IS SMOKIN' A TURD IN HELL!!!!
Eric in NYC

jbenet said...

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Gonzales Throws McNulty Under The Bus .. with vidy

toniD said...

Gonzales misses deadline to submit Rove emails. Earlier this month, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) subpoenaed Alberto Gonzales to turn over all e-mails to or from Karl Rove in connection U.S. attorney scandal. The committee gave the attorney general until 2 PM today to comply. That deadline has passed.

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toniD said...

McCain ‘first out of the gate with Falwell condolences.’ Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who once called Rev. Jerry Falwell an “agent of intolerance,” was the first major presidential candidate to issue a statement of condolence following Falwell’s death. “Dr. Falwell was a man of distinguished accomplishment who devoted his life to serving his faith and country.”

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toniD said...

May have to leave soon. There's a huge T-storm coming and the sky looks oppresive right now. The first clap of thunder and I am gone til it's over.

bridge said...

blah blah blah said...

interesting post about das pope, toniD. evidently german arrogance just doesn't command the respect it used to. perhaps a mustache would help...

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German arrogance. Moustache?
Nasty. Nasty.

I think a trip to Germany to get to know German people and German culture is in order, blah. For you. Urgently.

The opinions of the v. conservative Polish Pope were no diff. than those of the German one, in fact they were identical. Pope Benedikt didn't get elected Pope for nothing.

When Pope Benedikt was Kardinal for many years his opinions were criticised by German religious scholars and leaders AFAIR. The media just didn't know and could have cared less.

Now they do. How convenient that he is "German" for the bashers.

The same media fawned over oh so "charming" Pope Paul no matter what he came up with. No matter his long time deteriorating mental and physical condition. And the peons followed. Like sheep.

toniD said...

Here's some insight on how well Falwell was liked...

Morbidly obese Falwell dead from likely heart attack

Jerry Falwell, the morbidly obese TV evangelist who founded the Moral Majority and built the religious right into a mighty political force, died Tuesday from an apparent heart attack. The hypocrite Falwell, who ignored religious edicts to have a sound body, spent a lifetime criticizing others who didn't fit his interpretation on how human beings should live their lives.

Falwell was loved by the obsessively fearful: Those who feared eternal damnation, those who literally slept at night with guns under their pillows, those who feared mixing of the races, those who feared the world was going to hurt them -- and those who feared change and couldn't fit into the modern world. He played on those fears to become a powerful player in social conservative politics.

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and Wonkette...

Wonkette: Jabba-like Falwell
was a 'racist bag of shit'
"Racist bag-of-shit Jerry Falwell, whose Jabba-like corpse is still warm yet comically unresponsive..."

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toniD said...

Rosie may have the last laugh: Apprentice likely cancelled
NBC hasn't fired Donald Trump - yet. But the network hasn't renewed his show "The Apprentice" for next season, and Trump himself said he'll make a decision in the coming weeks if he even wants to do it again.

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mmrules said...

Olbermann on the latest depature from the Justice Department

Posted by Adam Howard at 11:47 AM on May 15, 2007.



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jbenet said...

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White House spokesman Tony Snow said McNulty's departure did not weaken Gonzales' position. [true since he has no position]

"At the [hehe] end of day, the recommendations reflect the views of the deputy attorney general. He signed off on the names," Gonzales said.

Yes but WHO put the names on the list.


Listening to the AG is stunning (as in stun gun.)It should stop impacting me like that because all the actions these men take that seem so egregious, aren't any more. The laws have been changed to permit all they are doing (except the coverup.)

jbenet said...

Falwell is dead.

He finally did something good with his life.

billy mumphrey said...

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

angel of no mercy said...

Hey boys and girls, remember Jerry Falwell?

Well right now, Jerry is sucking Divine's cock and is getting fucked up his ass by Johnny "The Wad" Holmes!

Ain't it wunnerful?

mmrules said...

Nuclear War Play

By Nina Berman, AlterNet. Posted May 15, 2007.


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toniD said...

OOOppps!!

Ahhh, research, research, research.

From earlier today, here's MSNBC talking head Contessa Brewer citing anti-Bush spoof site Whitehouse.org as a source for administration praise of Jerry Falwell, who died today at 73 ...

John Marshall

Watch it

mmrules said...

CBS News Consultant O'Hanlon Wants To See Batiste Back On CBS
May 15, 2007 -- 03:36 PM EST


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toniD said...

Obama to support Feingold amendment cutting off funding for war.

-- Greg Sargent

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mmrules said...

McCain telling supporters to spam conservative blogs
by John Aravosis (DC) · 5/15/2007 04:23:00 PM ET America Blog.

Wow. CNN's Jackie Schechner just reported that John McCain's presidential campaign Web site is urging supporters to spam conservative blogs tonight with pro-McCain comments in order to make it look like McCain won the debate.


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toniD said...

Anyone going to watch this tonight? It's on Fox...

Republicans Meet for Second Debate
"The 10 Republican presidential hopefuls meet for their second debate Tuesday night in a faceoff that is expected to focus on the defining theme of the still-young primary season: the candidates' contrasting views on social and domestic issues," according to The Politico. "With near-unanimity on an aggressive approach in Iraq and against the wider threat of Islamic extremism, it was topics such as abortion, evolution and stem cell research that illuminated the starkest differences in the field" at the first GOP debate.

"Though the venue will be quite different -- several thousand of South Carolina's always passionate Republicans will replace the sober trappings of the Reagan Library -- the ever-sensitive topic of values could dominate tonight's proceedings as well if the recent tone of the conversation on the campaign trail is any guide."

Meanwhile, two polls of South Carolina Republicans showed conflicting results -- one had Giuliani in front with McCain fourth; the other had McCain in the lead.

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mmrules said...

Activism

Tell the Senate to End the War
Submitted by davidswanson on Tue, 2007-05-15 20:02. Activism.

AfterDowningStreet.org:


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GBC said...

I wanna be the cream in your gay cookie???

Jeebus, Randi! ;-p

mmrules said...

On Randi Rhodes today.The Palast..
HOUR 2 GUEST: Investigative journalist and author Greg Palast will stop by with latest on the Purge of the Prosecutors.

jbenet said...

.
-- more at GREGARIOUS
1 archaic : DISTINGUISHED
2 : CONSPICUOUS; especially : conspicuously bad : FLAGRANT -egregious errors- -egregious padding of the evidence -- Christopher Hitchens-
- egre·gious·ly adverb
- egre·gious·ness noun
http://m-w.com/dictionary/egregious

toniD said...

Bush gets his war czar...

Lt. Gen Douglas Lute. Re CNN

your greatest fear said...

Jerry Falwell shall live on forever in the hearts, minds, and politics of the American people. Jerry shall be even larger in death than he was on earth. Let the Godless perverts and blasphemers quake in their boots during the next election. WE shall rule the world!

Catharine said...

**************

This is from Robert Greenwald - Producer of Iraq For Sale.

Take a look at the video of him and Kingston in Congress.

Kingston is one of the biggest slimeballs I have ever had the pleasure of seeing.

He never addresses the question of whether it's ok to profit from war, he simply casts about trying to discredit Greenwald, Democrats, he even throws in bits about people in Hollywood being Democrats. I want to slap his southern smirk off his face.

***
Whoa! Attacked in Congress video

A big hearty cheer to all of you who made war profiteering a potent and important issue on the national stage. As a result, I was called to testify (along with Jeremy Scahill, author of the brilliant BLACKWATER book) to the House Appropriations Committee and explain the breadth and extent of the profiteering. And they listened, they asked questions, and they discussed how to fix this national tragedy. Imagine, the film all of you helped make and you distributed, was now the subject of serious legislative focus on how to fix the problem at hand.

However, despite the hundreds of thousands who have seen the film around the country, despite the letters, phone calls and pleas from Americans and soldiers of every political persuasion, somehow despite all this, Rep. Kingston was asleep at the wheel. And so he unleashed an old-fashioned, inept, partisan attack.

His intended knock out blow? That the film was an exercise in profiteering!! Ha. He was literally speechless when I explained that 3,000 of you contributed your hard-earned dollars to make the film. That 3,000 of you were figuratively with me in testifying. That 3,000 of you were the true patriots.

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bridge said...

re Jerry Falwell
check out digby, of course

for those too young to remember:
yes, he really was that bad

nobody should forget the "Clinton Chronicles" Falwell promoted and sold - not even for a second ....
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-clip

" In a 2005 interview for The Hunting of the President Falwell admitted, "To this day I do not know the accuracy of the claims made in The Clinton Chronicles," but nevertheless failed to condemn the poor research and false statements."

-clip

"The Clinton Chronicles" (which were also sold in churches throughout the nation)was just one note of the din created by the cacophanous rightwing noise machine during the 90's but it was well-known and significant. And this lowest form of scum-sucking smears was pushed relentlessly by this alleged man of God and believed by millions of people who watched his Sunday sermons and saw that informercial. It, and other rightwing conspiracy theories about the Clintons, (which I'm starting get in recycled Hillary form in my email box) were calumnious beyond anything I've ever seen and they fed the nonstop drumbeat that found its way into the mainstream, tabloid cable culture of the times. Jerry Falwell and his rightwing cohorts spewed these lies and rumors with a glee usually seen only in the eyes of five year olds on Christmas morning. And they did it with an unctuous phony sanctimony that was enough to turn the stomach of the most seasoned con man."

-clip

"If Falwell's beliefs about the afterlife are correct, I think he may have just had very big surprise."

read on ...
http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/

bridge said...

Falwell

By Rick Perlstein

"He was, of course, a monster.

What kind of man, let alone what kind of minister of the Gospel, would underwrite a video full of made-up stories about a President of the United States whose policies he happened to oppose being a cocaine trafficker and assassin, and recruit the film's producer to pose as an investigative journalist appearing in sillouette, as Falwell himself interviewed him about why he feared for his own life? ("Be assured, we will be praying for your safety.") ..."

read on
http://commonsense.ourfuture.org/falwell

toniD said...

Snow: Ashcroft Wasn’t That Ill, It Wasn’t Like ‘His Brain Didn’t Work’ »
In March 2004, then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales and then-chief of staff Andrew Card attempted to go around acting Attorney General James Comey and get John Ashcroft, who was debilitated with pancreatitis, to sign off on an extension of the administration’s warrantless domestic spying efforts from his hospital bed.

As ThinkProgress noted, Comey testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee today that “given how ill [he] knew the attorney general was,” he was “upset” and “angry,” believing he had “witnessed an effort to take advantage of a very sick man.”

At today’s press briefing, White House spokesman Tony Snow dismissed Comey’s testimony and the seriousness of Ashcroft’s condition. When CNN’s Ed Henry asked Snow if the White House had been trying to “take advantage of a very sick man” in “an end-run” to “try to get John Ashcroft to overrule James Comey” Snow replied, “Because he had an appendectomy, his brain didn’t work?” Watch it:

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toniD said...

Tell CBS to re-hire Gen. Batiste. MoveOn has launched an online petition to gather signatures in support of Gen. Batiste. The petition will be delivered to Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corporation and Sean McManus, President of CBS News. Sign the petition here.

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toniD said...

Congressman quotes ‘Mama Said Knock You Out.’ The Orlando Sentinel reports:

In what could be a congressional first, U.S. Rep. Ric Keller of Orlando quoted early hip-hop star LL Cool J on the House floor to prove he was a longstanding supporter of a police funding measure.

“Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years,” said the conservative Republican lawmaker, citing the classic hit “Mama Said Knock You Out” from the early 1990s album of the same name.

Watch the Rep then Watch the group:

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toniD said...

Army may redeploy suicidal, depressed, injured soldier. Col. Cloy Richards, who earlier this month attempted suicide, is listed by the military as “80-percent combat disabled,” as he previously “punched out all his windows and cut major arteries,” has knee and arm injuries, suffers from traumatic brain injury, and has pending claim for post-traumatic stress disorder. Nevertheless, Richards now “faces the possibility of a third deployment to Iraq.”

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This gov't won't reinstitute the draft because it would bring an end to this war immediately, so they are throwing maimed, mentally distressed troops back in to fight again. Where is the humanity of the people today, to allow this to happen!!

Alice said...

catharine said...

May 15, 2007 5:08 PM

Jeremy Scahill gave great testimony to Congress..he ended up questioning them..

Anonymous said...

Snow: Ashcroft Wasn’t That Ill, It Wasn’t Like ‘His Brain Didn’t Work’ »

Isn't that what Gingrich said about his wife being treated in a hospital for cancer when he served the divorce papers on her? What a compassionate crowd.

toniD said...

Richard Backus: Outsourcing Could Lead to Fascism in America (1 comments) The current outsourcing and downsizing of manufacturing in the U.S. will eventually lead to fascism. A decrease in the contribution of a country's manufacture to its trade balance will lead to large trade deficits causing a drop in the value of a country's currency. When this occurs, an accompanying decrease in the living standard of its citizens will result in political unrest leading to the establishment of a police state.

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toniD said...

The War Czar Speaks


Lute:


The US is expected to pull significant numbers of troops out of Iraq in the next 12 months in spite of the continuing violence, according to the general responsible for near-term planning in the country.

Maj Gen Douglas Lute, director of operations at US Central Command, yesterday said the reductions were part of a push by Gen John Abizaid, commander of all US troops in the region, to put the burden of defending Iraq on Iraqi forces.

He denied the withdrawal was motivated by political pressure from Washington.

He said: “We believe at some point, in order to break this dependence on the . . . coalition, you simply have to back off and let the Iraqis step forward.

“You have to undercut the perception of occupation in Iraq. It's very difficult to do that when you have 150,000-plus, largely western, foreign troops occupying the country.”


That was in August of 2005.


-Atrios 17:00

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toniD said...

Religion: The grand illusion for those who can't deal with life
Lewis Wolpert thinks religious belief can provide great comfort and points to medical studies showing that the faithful tend to suffer less stress and anxiety than nonbelievers. In Wolpert's view, religion has given believers an evolutionary advantage, even though it's based on a grand illusion.

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Anonymous said...

on anothe rnote, isn't lionel awful?
Two daus in and Mark Green's experiment is worse than I could have imagined
Call AAR and complain

toniD said...

Gonzales ignores heckler, pins blame on outgoing deputy

And the heckler was a middle aged woman that had more balls than any man in the room including the journalists. She told him to resign!

toniD said...

Neocon Perle 'turns on Bush' harshly
Says president a 'failure' who is proving powerless to impose his views.

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mmrules said...

Rumsfeld's resignation letter remains elusive
15 May 2007 19:11:40 GMT
Source: Reuters


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Anonymous said...

Please, Dear Lord, come and take Pat Robertson next.

mmrules said...

The Roots of Disaster: Impeachment As Remedy
Posted by CrisisPapers in Editorials & Other Articles
Tue May 15th 2007, 10:34 AM
| Bernard Weiner |



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Anonymous said...

Congress Approval Down to 29%; Bush Approval Steady at 33%

Both ratings are slightly lower than 2007 averages

by Joseph Carroll

GALLUP NEWS SERVICE

PRINCETON, NJ -- A new Gallup Poll finds continued low levels of public support for both Congress and President George W. Bush. Twenty-nine percent of Americans approve of Congress, down slightly from last month's reading (33%) and this year's high point of 37%, while Bush's approval rating is holding steady at 33%. Both the ratings of Congress and the president are slightly lower than their respective 2007 averages. Approval ratings of Congress are higher among Democrats than Republicans, while Bush's ratings are much higher among Republicans.

Congressional Job Approval

According to the May 10-13, 2007, Gallup Poll, 29% of Americans approve and 64% disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job. Congressional approval is down 4 percentage points since last month, and is 3 points lower than the 32% average measured during the first five months of the year. The high point for the congressional approval rating so far this year was the 37% approval measured in February. Although ratings are quite low, Americans have been more positive in their assessments of Congress this year than last year, when an average of just 25% approved of Congress.

bridge said...

On TV right now .... describing the Symbol: Jerry Falwell

the Falwell Legacy and the Republicans

(who are still fighting the 60s and the No. 1 goal has always been to elevate the status of the white male .... e.g. Roe vs. Wade has always been fighting women's rights and nothing but

... just caught a few minutes of Buchanan, Scarboro on MSNBC's Tucker Carlson - and decided to tape the next few hours

cause this is the Republican voice speaking, guys

don't miss it if you want to understand the impact Falwell had on American politics and culture

its migraine-producing to go thru it later but thats life in Real Time

Banned From Congress: Iraq For Sale Excerpts said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cJlJudDtVE&eurl=

Catharine said...

toniD said...

Tell CBS to re-hire Gen. Batiste. MoveOn has launched an online petition to gather signatures in support of Gen. Batiste. The petition will be delivered to Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corporation and Sean McManus, President of CBS News. Sign the petition here.

LINK

May 15, 2007 5:21 PM

***

I signed Toni!

Catharine said...

Alice said...

catharine said...

May 15, 2007 5:08 PM

Jeremy Scahill gave great testimony to Congress..he ended up questioning them..

May 15, 2007 5:26 PM

****

Good!

Those slimy little cocksuckers.

toniD said...

Pentagon general to be 'war czar' By BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer
4 minutes ago

President Bush has chosen Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, the Pentagon's director of operations, to oversee the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan as a "war czar" after a long search for new leadership, administration officials said Tuesday.

It was a difficult job to fill, given the unpopularity of the war, now in its fifth year, and uncertainty about the clout the war coordinator would have. The search was complicated by demands from Congress to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq and scant public support for the war. The White House tried for weeks to fill the position and approached numerous candidates before settling on Lute.

In the newly created position, Lute would serve as an assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser, and would also maintain his military status and rank as a three-star general, according to a Pentagon official.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Bush had not yet made an announcement.

Creation of the new job comes as the administration tries to use a combat troop buildup in Iraq to bring a degree of calm so political reconciliation can take hold.

The White House has sought a war coordinator to eliminate conflicts among the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies. Lute will seek to cut through bureaucracy and deliver fast responses when requests come in from U.S. military commanders and ambassadors.

His addition will help Stephen Hadley, Bush's national security adviser, who monitors hot spots around the world.

Bush's move is part of a lengthy reshuffling of war leaders. Yet critics have questioned whether a new coordinator will help so late in the Bush presidency or will instead add confusion in the chain of command.

Lute's appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

LINK

White house now confirms this. He's only a 3 star General so I am sure he will get a promotion asap. A 3 star takes orders from a 4star General. That could cause problems.

toniD said...

VA bonus winners sat on review boards
44 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - Nearly two dozen officials who received hefty performance bonuses last year at the Veterans Affairs Department also sat on the boards charged with recommending the payments.

LINK

Catharine said...

O'Reilly still touting Factor producer's uninformed analysis of IU study

http://mediamatters.org/items/200705150010

On the May 14 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly again criticized the Los Angeles Times for not publishing Factor producer Ron Mitchell's op-ed in the print edition of the newspaper. O'Reilly asserted that Times columnist Rosa Brooks "used a bogus Indiana University study to attack me" and claimed that Mitchell's op-ed refuted the study, which found that O'Reilly engages in name-calling during the "Talking Points Memo" segment of his show every 6.8 seconds. As Media Matters for America documented, however, Mitchell misrepresented the study's methodology, falsely claiming that researchers adjusted it until a desired result was produced.

In his op-ed, Mitchell claimed: "[T]he researchers admit they had to make several changes to their 'coding instrument' because the first attempts generated 'unacceptably low scores.' That's code for: they tried and tried until the results fit the preconceived notion of name-calling on the Factor." But Mitchell misrepresented the techniques of content analysis, in which an instrument is refined and/or the coders receive more training if measurements are found to yield unacceptably low levels of reliability between coders. The IU researchers explained this in their methodological note.

Catharine said...

Apparently ignoring polls, Blitzer asked: Are ads a sign Clinton camp "is feeling desperate"?

http://mediamatters.org/items/200705150009

On the May 14 edition of CNN's The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer asked whether former President Bill Clinton's recent campaign advertisement on behalf of his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (NY), is "the act of a supportive husband or a sign the Clinton campaign is feeling desperate." Blitzer offered no basis for his suggestion that the Clinton campaign may be "feeling desperate" and did not mention a recent Newsweek poll that shows Sen. Clinton ahead of all the other leading presidential candidates in head-to-head races (though within the margin-of-error in some matchups).

toniD said...

New ‘War Czar’ Advocated Troop Withdrawals To ‘Undercut Perception Of Occupation’ »
“After a frustrating search for a new ‘war czar’ to oversee the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” President Bush has chosen the Pentagon’s director of operations, Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute.

The choice of Lute is notable because of his previous advocacy for troop withdrawal in Iraq. As Atrios first noted, in August 2005, the Financial Times reported that Lute said the U.S. was planning to draw down troop levels. “You have to undercut the perception of occupation in Iraq. It’s very difficult to do that when you have 150,000-plus, largely western, foreign troops occupying the country.”

Lute echoed this notion in January 2006, telling PBS’s Charlie Rose that “we would like to see a smaller, lighter, less prominent U.S. force structure in Iraq.” Lute argued such a move would “undercut the enemy propaganda that in fact we have designs on Iraqi resources or Iraqi bases and so forth.” It would also reflect a lesson “we’ve learned in post-conflict scenarios like…the Balkans” to avoid “the dependency syndrome.”

Watch it (remarks start at 6:00):

UPDATE: VoteVets’ Jon Soltz: “Those of us who have a rudimentary understanding of the military and Constitution know that there is already a war czar. The position has a different name, though — commander in chief, or as the president says, ‘the commander guy.’”

LINK

toniD said...

Pentagon promotes banned YouTube. As of yesterday, soldiers are banned from accessing MySpace, YouTube, and 11 other sites. Yet as IraqSlogger points out, “the weekly electronic newsletter of the US-led Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I) today makes a banner appeal for US forces and others to watch MNF-I’s new YouTube channel”:



The Pentagon’s YouTube efforts are meant “to help portray U.S. combat efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan in a favorable light.”

UPDATE: Sen. John Warner (R-VA) today said that he will investigate the Pentagon’s decision. “Believe me, I am going to jump on that like a June bug right now,” said Warner, a member of the Armed Services Committee. “I’ve got a call into the Pentagon saying, ‘Hey guys, what is the rationale?‘”

LINK

Beyond Treason said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0WVuNZ-b8s&mode=related&search=

angel of no mercy said...

The world got a little bit
better today. We lost a
monster!

One of the prime leaders of
the Flat Earth Movement, fell over the edge.

Jerry Falwell, the Prime Minister of Hate has left the planet. His hate filled
voice will no longer vilify, but his poisonous words will carry on for many years to come to spoil innocent souls.

I don't believe in God or the Devil, so I don't believe in Heaven or Hell.

But, I do believe that somewhere, somehow, in some
strange, alternate dimension, Jerry Falwell is now getting back the hatred and evil he has dispensed on Earth, these many decades.

keiran said...

he is going to relieved at first when he sees mother theresa, and then surprised when he realizes he's sitting next hitler and pol pot. "hey, wait a minute...who is that gut with the pointed beard and pitch fork?"

toniD said...

Hillary to support Feingold amendment.

LINK

Smoke in the Breeze said...

The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal will reach federal circuit court this Thursday in Philadelphia. This is his last--and best!-- chance to get a new trial.
http://www.counterpunch.org/lindorff05152007.html

Catharine said...

angel of no mercy said...

The world got a little bit
better today. We lost a
monster!

One of the prime leaders of
the Flat Earth Movement, fell over the edge.

Jerry Falwell, the Prime Minister of Hate has left the planet. His hate filled
voice will no longer vilify, but his poisonous words will carry on for many years to come to spoil innocent souls.

I don't believe in God or the Devil, so I don't believe in Heaven or Hell.

But, I do believe that somewhere, somehow, in some
strange, alternate dimension, Jerry Falwell is now getting back the hatred and evil he has dispensed on Earth, these many decades.

May 15, 2007 7:52 PM

*****

Amen.

Cause and Effect said...

If Mumia dies, your Wall Street fries!

feed the poor said...

he is going to relieved at first when he sees mother theresa, and then surprised when he realizes he's sitting next hitler and pol pot. "hey, wait a minute...who is that gut with the pointed beard and pitch fork?"

May 15, 2007 7:54 PM

Are you saying that Teresa of Calcutta is in hell, too?
Just wondering.

toniD said...

Navy vet: Chaplains tried converting me

Posted by Jan Frel at 7:29 AM on May 15, 2007.

So much for separation of church and military-industrial complex.

Navy veteran David Miller said that when he checked into the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City, he didn’t realize he would get a hard sell for Christian fundamentalism along with treatment for his kidney stones.

Miller, 46, an Orthodox Jew, said he was repeatedly proselytized by hospital chaplains and staff in attempts to convert him to Christianity during three hospitalizations over the past two years.

He said he went hungry each time because the hospital wouldn’t serve him kosher food, and the staff refused to contact his rabbi, who could have brought him something to eat.

Miller, an Iowa City resident and former petty officer third class who spent four years in the Navy, outlined his complaints at a news conference in Des Moines on Thursday. The event was sponsored by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an activist group based in Albuquerque, N.M.

He described the Iowa City facility as an institution permeated by government sponsorship of fundamentalist Christianity and unconstitutional discrimination against Jews.

LINK

toniD said...

Long post, but very interesting!


This Just In... Reid pulls interesting procedural move on Iraq war supplemental vote
by John Aravosis (DC) · 5/15/2007 06:55:00 PM ET

UPDATE: The Senate will STILL vote on the Feingold and Levin Iraq war proposals tomorrow. This agreement doesn't change that fact. And the result of those votes could influence the House-Senate conference.

McJoan, over at Daily Kos, just explained it thusly:
Thus, a very strong vote for Feingold-Reid, as strong as the vote for the McGovern amendment in the House last week, could help shape and strengthen what comes out of the conference on the supplemental.
Okay, now for what just happened. Senators Reid and McConnell, the Senate Democratic and Republican leaders, have just jointly introduced a placeholder Iraq war supplemental bill that will likely be voted on Thursday. In essence, the plan is to pass a generic shell of a bill in the Senate so that we can expedite the process and move the negotations to the House-Senate conference. As you may know, the way a bill becomes a law is that the House and Senate each pass a bill, then a group of House and Senate members get together and reconcile the differences in the House and Senate bills, merging them into one bill that then goes back to the House and Senate for one final vote. If that conference report passes the House and Senate one more time, it then goes to the president for his signature or veto. The trick is this: The House and Senate don't just merge the two different bills, they negotiate back and forth and craft a combined bill based on their consensus.

So, what happened here is that Reid and McConnell, I think, both realize that there is going to have to be a negoatiation with the House, Senate, Democrats, Republicans and the White House in order to get a bill passed. And why waste time having a Senate negotiation only to repeat the entire thing when you get to the House-Senate conference. This way, the Senate passes a shell of a bill, as I call it, and we leapfrog to the conference with the House where the real negotiations begin.

Not sure what I think of this, but it's interesting.

Just got the following statement from Senator Reid's office:
REID: SENATE LEADERS AGREE ON PATH TO EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL CONFERENCE
Conference Goal Remains to Fully Fund Troops and Change Course in Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today:

“Democrats in Congress remain committed to changing course in Iraq and it will remain at the forefront of our agenda until the President and his Republican allies in Congress finally heed the will of the American people and work with us to bring the war to a successful and responsible end.

“On Thursday, the Senate will vote on a resolution that expresses our continuing support for our troops and will serve as a bipartisan vehicle that will allow us to move to conference. The details of the final emergency supplemental bill will be negotiated in the House-Senate conference. It is imperative that we get to conference as quickly as possible, which this resolution allows us to do.

“The American people deserve to know that Democrats will remain committed in conference to the goals of fully funding our troops and changing course in Iraq. That is why we will also have two additional Iraq votes on Wednesday, separate from the supplemental. Those measures, authored by Senators Levin and Feingold, are important to our overall debate. They will provide strong guidance to our conferees and help shape the conference negotiations we have ahead of us.”
Another update: Reid and Pelosi are threatening to keep Congress in town during the Memorial Day recess if the Republicans aren't willing to negotiate in good faith:
Washington, DC— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi today issued the following statement:

“Democrats are committed to fully funding our troops and changing course in Iraq. In the coming days, we will work to send the President a bill that does just that. We hope the President and Congressional Republicans will negotiate in good faith so that we can provide our troops the funding they need and an effective strategy by next week. If they do not, we are prepared to work through the Memorial Day district work period to accomplish our goals.

LINK

toniD said...

Gonzales Blames His Deputy... Wolfowitz Blames His Girlfriend

Associated Press | LARA JAKES JORDAN | May 15, 2007 07:48 PM

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday he relied heavily on his deputy to oversee the firings of U.S. attorneys, appearing to distance himself from his departing second-in-command.

Gonzales' comments came the day after Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty said he would step down by the end of summer, a decision that people familiar with his plans said was hastened by the controversy over last year's firings of eight prosecutors.

LINK

toniD said...

Fineman: Leveling the Media Playing Field
The Democrats are vying to reinstate the 'fairness doctrine'—in a bid to combat conservative dominance of the radio airwaves.
WEB-EXCLUSIVE COMMENTARY
By Howard Fineman
Newsweek
Updated: 2:25 p.m. CT May 15, 2007
May 15, 2007 - As the 10 Republican presidential candidates debate this week on their favorite cable network—Fox News—Capitol Hill Democrats are planning a new drive for access elsewhere, on talk radio and local broadcast TV.

The goal? To level the media playing field in time for the 2008 election.

Talk radio has long been a crucial power base for conservatives and Republicans; local TV stations are not.

They shy away from public-affairs programming altogether, and yet they rake in ever-larger wads of cash on political advertising.

Democrats have two media-access goals.

One is to prod local broadcast television and radio stations to renew their atrophied commitment to producing and airing their own public-affairs programming—shows that Democrats think would at least give them a chance to be heard. Some Democrats want to require stations to give free time for campaign debates, and even free campaign advertising as part of the stations’ “public-service” licensing requirement.

The Democrats’ more ambitious (and longer-range) goal is to reinstate the “Fairness Doctrine.”

LINK

Ben and Alex said...

Help out out the new postal increases which will destroysmall and independent publishers:
l http://action.freepress.net//campaign/postal

discordian bebop said...

JERRY FALWELL IS STILL

DEAD!

Crank Bait said...

Did Jerry fall well?

God: "Jerry Falwell! I've been wanting to meet you!"
Jerry: "We have met many times."
God: "I beg to differ. I'm a member of the Moral Minority. You thumped your bible. I washed Mary Magdalene's feet."
Jerry: "But...but...she was your Chosen whore!"
God: "All of you are my Chosen whores."
Jerry: "Okay. Maybe I was too hasty and a little bit acid, but I had good intentions."
God: "That's why I built this road. You paved it. Have a good trip."

toniD said...

Fed's Fisher: U.S. economy to go through "slow period" By Mark Felsenthal
Mon May 14, 6:28 PM ET



The U.S. economy is likely to go through a continued slow period in the beginning of 2007, Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher said on Monday.

"I do think that we're going to have a slow period here," Fisher told reporters after a speech to the U.S.-China Business Council, the American Council of Life Insurers and the Coalition of Service Industries.

"The inventory correction of the auto sector has worked its way through, but the impact of the housing market has yet to work its way through," he said.

Fisher's comments come after the U.S. economy posted a sluggish 1.3 percent growth rate in the first three months of the year. Many analysts now believe that number will be revised lower.

The U.S. central bank, while noting signs of slow growth, nevertheless says its predominant concern is that rises in nonenergy, nonfood prices, or core inflation, may not ease as hoped.

Fisher said that while there are signs that core inflation is receding, he would like more conclusive evidence.

"There are some encouraging signs as you sort through the entrails of the components of inflation," he said.

However, he added, "One month does not a trend make, and I would like to think that we are going to see a moderation of inflation from the current levels that are being reported, but I'd like to see that verified."

He noted higher energy prices, the struggling housing market, and rising food costs have dampened consumer spending appetites, saying: "I'm not surprised to see some pull back on the part of the consumer."

Fisher, who is not a voting member on the Federal Reserve's interest-rate setting Federal Open Market Committee this year, warned inflation must be a key focus at the central bank.

LINK

Disciple #0005 said...

Thank you, God!

Lilith said...

>>God: "That's why I built this road. You paved it. Have a good trip."

oh such satisfying irony, Crank.

Alice said...

US Rep. José Serrano: “The Murder of Brad Will Raises a Larger Issue About the Role of the Mexican Government”

Letter to Condoleeza Rice: “Some of My Newest Constituents Fled their Former Homes in Mexico from Paramilitary Violence and Intimidation”

By US Rep. José Serrano
(D-Bronx, New York), May 15, 2007

May 14, 2007

The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State
Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20520

Dear Secretary Rice:

I am writing to request any information you might have regarding the status of the Mexican government’s investigation into the shooting of Brad Will, an American journalist who was murdered in Oaxaca, Mexico in October, 2006. Mr. Will was a frequent visitor to my district who volunteered with several local organizations in the South Bronx. I would further ask that the State Department work to ensure that this investigation be carried out promptly and that its findings be made public. Lastly, I would urge you to ensure that those found responsible for Mr. Will’s death be identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The murder of Mr. Will raises a larger issue about the role of the Mexican government in aggressively pursuing a cessation of murder, beatings, and torture carried out by police and paramilitary groups in Oaxaca, Guadalajara, San Salvador, and Atenco. Some of my newest constituents hail from these regions and have fled their former homes in the face of escalating violence and intimidation by these groups. I am hopeful that you will urge President Calderon to fully investigate and pursue all allegations of such abuses.

Thank you for your kind consideration of this request and I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

José E. Serrano
Member of Congress

Star Vox said...

-------------
"Give bigger government a chance"

For too long, we've bought the idea that government has failed us.

By Ezra Klein

Excerpts:

Such unhappy outcomes are not merely morally unsettling, they're often economically inefficient. Government spending can be more than necessary, it can be desirable. It can step in, for instance, when the market fails to deliver public goods that society desires but private entities haven't figured out how to fund.

Libertarian humorist P.J. O'Rourke likes to say that "Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work, and then they get elected and prove it."

Link:

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-op-klein13may13,0,3813755.story?coll=la-opinion-rightrail

__________________

Excerpt from his blog:

"In Defense of Good Government"

Lastly, the editors took this part out, but I think the Bush administration's approach to personnel is a similarly huge problem. You're not going to get much out of the public sector if you aren't attracting, retaining, and empowering talent within it.

Positions requiring highly skilled civil servants have instead been filled with big donors and political hacks.

Michael Brown — "Brownie," in Bush’s famous diminutive — is only the most prominent example of the Bush administration's dispiriting approach to talent recruitment.

His obsession with loyalty easily trumps his concern for skills, and so we get Monica Goodling, Alberto Gonzales, the political hacks second-guessing global warming data, and all the rest.

Its no way to run a government.

Link:

http://ezraklein.typepad.com/blog/2007/05/in_defense_of_g.html

jbenet said...

==

Catharine said...

**************

This is from Robert Greenwald [ 's blog ]
x - Producer of Iraq For Sale.

May 15, 2007 5:08 PM

==

Just spent hours on my post for his blog.

thank you catherine

jbenet said...

This is from Robert Greenwald [ 's blog ] - Producer of Iraq For Sale.

you made your bed said...

Jerry Falwell will live on forever. Jerry's followers are raising the new moral majority. The Godless murder the next generation of liberals in the womb.

Crank Bait said...

I try to avoid writing God and (fill in the blank) dialogues. My belief is that there is no God and, if there is, God ain't gonna be chatting up Jerry Falwell and me. My God and (fill in the blank) dialogues are humorous satires intended to convey the absurdity of the notion that God has each of us on Speed Dial.

The personification...the anthropomorphizing of God is more than half of the problem with modern deism. If there is a God, God is not your pal. God doesn't have pals. God doesn't need pals. God doesn't want pals. God doesn't need or want anything. God is not your cute and cuddly puppy wanting, above all else, to be loved and protected.

God isn't looking for protection. God doesn't want to have you rub God's tummy. God isn't needy.

But I don't believe in God, so I don't concern myself with the human hubris that propels humans to believe that they know what they cannot know...and that what they think that they know is just like them, only bigger.

The Human Job, if there is one, is for each of us to reduce our assholedness from one day to the next. The instant that we begin to hang religious bunting on our denominational tables, we have diverted our energies to something else.

Alice said...

jbenet said...

thank you catherine

May 15, 2007 10:16 PM

I second that, Catharine...I saw Jeremy but not Robert's testimony..

Unreal how that guy tried the 'Hollywood is all Democrat' inflammatory line...Even the people it inflames should be catching on by now at how they get played like puppets by their "leaders"....

Alice said...

Banned From Congress: Iraq For Sale Excerpts said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cJlJudDtVE&eurl=

May 15, 2007 6:40 PM

also interesting...

Star Vox said...

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Study Finds Lapses in Battlefield Ethics said...
Only 47 percent of the soldiers and 38 percent of Marines said
noncombatants should be treated with dignity and respect.

How can this possibly be justifed under ANY sort of moral code?
They don’t deserve respect, because…?
__________________________

Thanks for this post. Disturbing findings in the briefing!

What was worse? The Bush administration was trying to spin the briefing as goods news!

---------------------------

Related article and the full briefing - Worth checking out!

"Almost half of surveyed troops say torture OK"

Excerpts:

The study also found that 36 percent of soldiers and 39 percent of Marines believe torture should be allowed to gather information about insurgents, and 17 percent said all noncombatants should be treated as insurgents.

Service members who had spent the most time in combat were most likely to hurt innocent people, the study showed.

Link:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2007/05/marine_ethics_070503/

The team was commissioned by U.S. Central Command. A copy of the team’s findings was obtained by Army Times April 30, and then released to the public May 4 at a Pentagon news briefing.

Full briefing (PDF):

http://www.militarytimes.com/static/projects/pages/mhativ18apr07.pdf

Anonymous said...

Jerry Falwell will live on forever.
+
The Human Job, if there is one, is for each of us to reduce our assholedness from one day to the next.
=
Jerry Falwell has finally reduced his assholedness to nothing. Good for him.

Anonymous said...

You're welcome for the post.

jbenet said...

toniD said...

Fineman: Leveling the Media Playing Field


My local public access cable channel was shut down about a year ago. How's your local access channel doing ?

Alice said...

Crank Bait said...

May 15, 2007 10:22 PM

'assholedness reduction'

Groovy idea...

I sent my letter off to Chubbs today. Yesterday, when I was trying to understand one of your jokes, I was thinking that you must miss him...Do you miss him?

Crank Bait said...

---Bait's Genesis Revisited---

In the beginning, there was no beginning because God is really, really old and God has no birthday. And God said, "This is good...because who's gonna argue with me? Bwa-ha-ha-ha!"

But then, a long, long time after the beginning that wasn't, God said, "Let there be more humor! I have tired of my old jokes." And there was more humor, because God created alimony, and divorce attorneys, and custody battles, and monogamous women and wanderlustful men. And God laughed until his sides hurt. And it was good; even more so when God wiped clean the milk that spewed from His nose.

Then God said, "Let there be grade school cafeterias!" And there were grade school cafeterias. And more milk speweth as before. And it was really good when God hearethed booger jokes.

And God said, "Let there be three men who walk into a bar!" And there were. And they went forth and multiplied until God not knoweth the next punchline until He heareth it. And it was good...well, most of them were good. Some of them were pretty much stinko but even God's gotta take the good with the bad.

talentless empty vessel said...

MAINSTREAM MEDIA GATEKEEPERS QUACK AT THE INTERNET

May 15th, 2007, by Gary Corseri

5/15/07

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? –Juvenal

Who will keep the keepers? Who will guard the guards?

The question is as pertinent today as it was when the dissident Roman poet posed it nearly 2000 years ago.

But for our mainstream media maggots and magnates—why bother to ask?

Besotted with their privileges, their chummy access to the “news and opinion makers,” “embedded” and unembarrassed, our lapdog “journalists” and sycophants dare not question the power elite that keeps them in caviar. Better, like William Saffire, Judith Miller, William Kristol to behave as consiglieri for the rich and powerful; cheer the masses onward to war; deflect criticism from those who steal elections, ransack the treasury, befoul the honor of the Ship of State.

Strong words? Only antidotal to one James Harkin, writing in that bastion of Anglo-American proprietary rights, The Financial Times of May 4, 2007. Harkin, or some provocateur headline-writer, has titled his hit-piece: “Rubbish piles up in the dead end of Cyburbia.” The FT’s guest columnist is miffed about Web 2.0–“the second coming of the worldwide web … taking its inspiration from a clutch of so-called ‘social networking sites.’” By which he means, “a matrix of websites, all peopled from the ground up, such as the self-broadcaster YouTube, the vast calling-card emporium MySpace and the virtual universe SecondLife.”

So, what’s the prob?

Mr. Harkin appears to have been nursed on too many re-runs of Reefer Madness. Surely our Youth are headed for the Promontory of Destruction. But, like all well-meaning fanatics, he wants to save the rest of us, too. He has found his hero and he adulates: “The internet entrepreneur and Silicon Valley veteran Andrew Keen has won plaudits and fame for this forthcoming book, The Cult of the Amateur, in which he argues Web 2.0 has become a virtual dumping ground for the inane ravings of self-made nothings and of talentless empty vessels.”

Alice said...

milk speweth

I used to get in so much trouble when I would have my friend's over for dinner, and my dad would do something (grouchy) to make my friend and I look at eachother and start laughing, more than once I spontanously speweth milk across the dinner table...those were the days.. :)

*

th e anarchist

& the leak...

Crank Bait said...

Do you miss him?
May 15, 2007 10:45 PM
----------------------------------
Yep. He went off the deep end on a few occasions. I didn't like that, but he wasn't asking for my permission to be funny so I don't have grounds to demand that he be nothing but.

And I don't like what has happened to him. Maybe if I knew the Absolute Truth I would feel differently, but I don't so I don't.

I know that he enjoys being a goofball most of the time. There are worse hobbies.

robert novak's future ghost said...

I hope they've sucked the blood out of Falwell's rotting corpse by now!

We must prevent reanimation
or zombiefication.

Crank Bait said...

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/245723/eureka_springs_arkansas_passes_domestic.html

The small tourist hamlet of Eureka Springs, Arkansas stepped into the national debate over same-sex unions when the Eureka Springs City Council unanimously passed the domestic partner registry ordinance May 14. The ordinance, which goes into effect on June 13, allows non-married couples from anywhere in the country to register with the city and receive a certificate bearing the signature of the Mayor and the City Clerk validating their relationship...
...This is not the first time that Eureka Springs has found itself in the crosshairs of the conservative movement. In November of 2006, voters approved a measure that deemphasized the prosecution and arrest of people caught with less than an ounce of marijuana. The Arkansas Family Council Action Committee, who are oppose to the domestic partner registry, were opposed to the marijuana ordinance.
---------------------------------
Eat your heart out, San Francisco.

billy mumphrey said...

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

toniD said...

House leadership bucks caucus over ethics. Recent press reports suggested that “momentum is slowing” in Congress for ethics reform. Apparently not. The Hill reports tonight, “House Democratic leaders have decided to use their Honest Leadership and Open Government legislation from the 109th Congress as the basis for the lobbying reform bill that the House Judiciary Committee is expected to mark up this week. By doing so, the leaders are on a trajectory to meet key demands made by left-leaning advocacy groups favoring strong reform. But that course has sparked strong opposition from rank-and-file members of their caucus.”

LINK

phantasmagoria said...

GAZING INTO THE ABYSS OF HAPPINESS

More and more creative people find they do their best work when they're
feeling healthy and secure. We know writers who no longer need to be
drunk or in agony in order to shed the numbness of their daily routine and
tap into the full powers of their imagination. We have filmmaker friends
whose best work flows not from the depths of alienated self-doubt but
rather from the heights of well-earned bliss.

Singer-songwriter P.J. Harvey is the patron saint of this new breed. "When
I'm contented, I'm more open to receiving a lot of inspiration," she has
testified. "I'm most creative when I feel safe and happy."
At the Beauty and Truth Lab, we've retired the archetype of the
tormented genius. We have zero attraction to books and movies and
songs by depressed jerks whose work is celebrated but whose lives are a
mess. Stories about supposedly interesting creeps don't rouse our
perverse fascination because we've broken our addiction to perverse
fascination. When hearing about illustrious creators who brag that they
feel most stimulated when they're angry or miserable, we unleash the
Official Beauty and Truth Lab Histrionic Yawn.

*

Sadly, many storytellers and artists are still addicted to the old delusions
about the risks of good mental health. Even those who don't view peace
of mind as a threat to their creative power often believe that it's a rare
commodity attainable only through dumb luck. "One cannot divine nor
forecast the conditions that will make happiness," said novelist Willa
Cather. "One only stumbles upon them by chance, in a lucky hour, at the
world's end somewhere."

There is another obstacle to overthrowing the status quo. Oppressively
nice, indiscriminately optimistic, sentimental comfort-hoarders give
happiness a bad name. They seem to justify Flaubert's mean-spirited
observation that "To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three
requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost." Here's a third blotch on the reputation of happiness: that it's mostly an
absence of pain. In *The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying,* Sogyal
Rinpoche frames the issue well: "Would you prefer the happiness of
scratching a mosquito bite over the happiness of not having a mosquito
bite in the first place?"

*

It's possible to define a more supple variety of happiness that does not
paralyze the will or sap ambition. For the first clue about how to proceed,
we turn to Buddhist researchers Rick Foster and Greg Hicks. In their book
*How We Choose to Be Happy: The 9 Choices of Extremely Happy
People,* they reveal that the number one trait of happy people is a
serious determination to be happy. Bliss is a habit you can cultivate, in
other words, not an accident that you stumble upon by chance, in a lucky
hour, at the world's end somewhere.

For another clue about how to conjure up a kind of happiness that does
not anesthetize the soul, we call on Kenneth Koch. Here's what he wrote
about Nobel Prize-winning poet Saint-John Perse: "So many poets have
the courage to look into the abyss. But Perse had the courage to look
into happiness."

toniD said...

Tim Russert was on the Daily Show.

Jon asked him the hard questions most journalist should ask. Should be on the comedy central site tomorrow or you can watch the repeat later tonight.

Russert said that Bush hasn't been on Meet the Press since 2004.

Jon just invited Rove, Bush and Cheney to be on his show.

toniD said...

Giuliani, Tancredo Endorse Waterboarding Torture »
During tonight’s presidential debates, several candidates were asked whether they would support the use of waterboarding — a technique, defined as torture by the Justice Department, that simulates drowning and makes the subject “believe his death is imminent while ideally not causing permanent physical damage.”

Both former mayor Rudy Giuliani and Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) suggested they would support using the technique. Specifically asked about waterboarding, Giuliani said he would allow “every measure [interrogators] could think of and I would support them in doing it.” Tancredo later added, “I’m looking for Jack Bauer,” referencing the television character who has used torture techniques such as suffocation and electrocution on prisoners.

The audience applauded loudly after both statements. Watch it:

LINK

Alice said...

Hi Toni...

I'm not surprised I guess about those men approving the use of torture..I read in this book called "Dissent In america" by Ralph Young today that there was this group called S.C.U.M. in 1968, it means, Society For Cuttin Up Men...I'll see if I can find vn online copy of their manifesto.. (heh)..it's amusing.. :)

Hey any word from your friend at all yet...I'm sure you'd tell me but I have to ask..

Alice said...

*Cutting

toniD said...

Haven't called yet. Didn't get the card. I'll get it tomorrow. I get paid tomorrow.

I'll let you know though.

Alice said...

Did I give a phone # too? I thought it was just the address?

toniD said...

I can't believe those sick people clapped about the torture.

These people are just strange! Neanderthals!!

toniD said...

There's a phone number also.

I'm just wondering. Her last name is common among the Greeks. Her dad was Greek. He and his brother were dancers and appeared in several movies with Martha. That's where they met actually.

republicans are nazi's said...

I can't figure out why you liberal ladies still can't believe it when Republicans act like Nazi's!

I've been telling you for years here now. Republicans are Nazi's. Even the ones in your own families. They will be the ones that will inform on you if they ever realize
the power they really want.

Alice said...

Oh I see, ok...it seemed uncommon to me, is it like Smith common for Greeks?

Crank Bait said...

Peter: "Next!"
Jerry: "Praise Jesus! I have entered the Kingdom of God!"
Peter: "Hold your horses there cowboy. The Kingdom is behind me."
Jerry: "I have preached the Word of God all of my life! Surely you know me?"
Peter: "It says here that you are #44759395016. And don't call me Shirley."
Jerry: "I have a number? I am Jerry!"
Peter: "So is Mr. Lewis. Jerry's are a dime a dozen."
Jerry: "Jerry Lewis is here?"
Peter: "No, but we have more spastic Frenchmen than you can shake a stick at."
Jerry: "So when do I get in?"
Peter: "First things first. You'll have to answer a few questions. What do you think of Broadway musicals?"
Jerry: "Full of fags."
Peter: "I see. How about AIDS?"
Jerry: "God's wrath on homos."
Peter: "You don't really want in, do you?"
Jerry: "Of course I do. Ask me another."
Peter: "If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?"
Jerry: "That sounds like a stupid question from Barbara Walters."
Peter: "Barbara Walters is God."
Jerry: "WHAT?"
Peter: "She's God. Always was and always will be."
Jerry: "Who is Jesus?"
Peter: "A pitcher for the Padres."
Jerry: "What about the Holy Spirit?"
Peter: "We made him up. We needed a third leg for the ecumenical stool."
Jerry: "Do I get in now?"
Peter: "Sure you do. Barbara is a forgiving God, er, God-ette. Check-in time is 12 noon. Here is the name of your roomie."
Jerry: "Hunter Thompson?"
Peter: "You'll like him. He's a trip."

Alice said...

Quotations from the SCUM manifesto

Solanas advocating the elimination of males:

"Life in this society being, at best, an utter bore and no aspect of society being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, responsible, thrill-seeking females only to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and destroy the male sex."

Assertion that males are inherently inferior to females:

"Retaining the male has not even the dubious purpose of reproduction. The male is a biological accident: the y(male) gene is an incomplete x(female) gene, that is, has an incomplete set of chromosomes. In other words, the male is an incomplete female, a walking abortion, aborted at the gene stage. To be male is to be deficient, emotionally limited; maleness is a deficiency disease and males are emotional cripples."

On the role of the individual in society:

"A true community consists of individuals - not mere species members, not couples - respecting each other's individuality and privacy, at the same time interacting with each other mentally and emotionally - free spirits in free relation to each other and co-operating with each other to achieve common ends. Traditionalists say the basic unit of "society" is the family; "hippies" say the tribe; no-one says the individual."

Describing her vision of a coming revolution:

"SCUM will keep on destroying, looting, fucking-up and killing until the money-work system no longer exists and automation is completely instituted or until enough women co-operate with SCUM to make violence unnecessary to achieve these goals."

"The sick, irrational men, those who attempt to defend themselves against their disgustingness, when they see SCUM barreling down on them, will cling in terror to Big Mama with her Big Bouncy Boobies, but Boobies won't protect them against SCUM; Big Mama will be clinging to Big Daddy, who will be in the corner shitting in his forceful, dynamic pants. Men who are rational, however, won't kick or struggle or raise a distressing fuss, but will just sit back, relax, enjoy the show and ride the waves to their demise."

(Some quotes are from the 1983 reprint, published by the Matriarchy Study Group.)

Alice said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCUM_Manifesto

SCUM Manifesto
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Cover of the SCUM Manifesto
Cover of the SCUM Manifesto

The SCUM Manifesto (Society for Cutting Up Men Manifesto) is a misandrous tract written in 1968 by Valerie Solanas which advocated a violent anarchic revolution to create an all-female society.

Solanas was indicted for the attempted murder of Andy Warhol on June 3, 1968 (charges of attempted murder, assault, and illegal possession of a firearm). That August, she was declared incompetent to stand trial and was sent to Ward Island Hospital. At her arraignment for the Warhol shootings, she told the crowd of reporters and police: "Read my manifesto and it will tell you who I am."

*

ROTFLMAO....

chris berman sez: you can't stop progress, you can only hope to contain it said...

Is a hunnerd-year-old farmhouse worth the time and bother to disassemble for (hardy, dry) lumber before the developer locusts descend w/their manic psychopathic bulldozers and plow it asunder?

toniD said...

Not that common. Pappas is that common.

But it's fairly common. I'll find out though, when I call.

let's go wading thru the pigshit, shall we? said...

President Bush loves fishing, so people aiming to impress him often go that direction. Last year alone, he was given three rods and three reels along with assorted other equipment to the tune of more than $2,600. That’s in addition to at least eight other rods he’s received as gifts during his presidency.

On the other hand, Bush is only an occasional golfer. But that didn’t stop his friend and 2004 campaign finance chairman, Mercer Reynolds, from giving the president a $915 set of new clubs and covers last year.

Bush cleaned up in 2006 — as usual.

He received at least 20 gifts worth a total of $12,364, according to the financial disclosure forms the president and vice president are required by law to file each year. The reports, made public Tuesday, give a broad picture of officials’ wealth — listing assets, non-governmental income, transactions and financial arrangements as well as gifts in an attempt to provide some transparency about potential conflicts of interest.

There is no limit on the size of gifts a president or vice president can receive from a U.S. citizen. But they must report those valued at $305 or more — as well as multiple presents over $100 from the same giver, if their cumulative total exceeds $305.

Bush’s take might look familiar to many men: a pile of ties, shirts and socks, plus a lot of sports equipment. Athletic shoes, jackets and shirts were popular buys for Bush in 2006. His staff gave him two wooden benches, made for $1,600 from trees on his Texas ranch, for Christmas and cufflinks for his 60th birthday.

Vice President Dick Cheney sprung for a $658 wireless weather station as a Christmas present for his boss, known to enjoy getting outdoors to hack at brush or ride trails. The president received another of the devices, this one a $157 model, from Bush mega-fundraiser James Francis Jr. and his wife, Debbie, a longtime friend of Laura Bush. Knowing where the commander in chief gets his thrills — on his bike — Cheney also gave Bush a $400 personal trainer and cycle computer for his birthday.

Apparently the president and his No. 2 were thinking alike. At Christmas, Bush presented Cheney with $667 worth of instruments to measure temperature, barometric pressure and tides.

Cheney’s gift haul was sizably bigger than the president’s.

He received at least 15 presents totaling $21,674 in 2006, many reflecting the vice president’s Wyoming roots and love of outdoor pursuits. They included three fishing rods of his own worth $2,975, $615 leather hunting boots, a $400 cowboy hat and a $7,200 bronze sculpture of a Cheyenne warrior. The White House’s senior staff ponied up $778 to buy him an iPod and compact disc collection.

It is unclear from the reports whether Bush or Cheney is much better or worse off financially than a year ago because officials are required to list each asset’s value only in very wide ranges, rather than precise numbers. But the documents suggest little substantial change in 2006 from years past, in both the value and type of their holdings.

Bush earns about $400,000 a year as president, while the vice president makes slightly more than $200,000. Both are wealthy men outside those generous salaries, but Cheney is far richer.

The president and his wife, Laura, are worth at least $7.54 million, including the 1,583-acre ranch in Crawford, Texas, valued at $1 million to $5 million.

Bush reported having at least $3.6 million in Treasury notes, $710,000 in certificates of deposit, $168,000 in checking and money market accounts, $151,000 in retirement accounts and at least $1 million in investments held in a blind trust. He disclosed owning GWB Rangers Corp., worth $116,000, a tree farm worth $776,000 and mineral rights valued at up to $15,000 on property in Reeves County, Texas.

Cheney and his wife, Lynne, listed assets including at least $10.5 million in bond funds and more than $5.1 million in equity funds. The vice president reported more than $1.5 million in checking and money-market accounts, as well as an undeveloped property in McLean, Va., outside Washington worth $1 million to $5 million.

He also reported at least $3.7 million in retirement benefits and stock options.

Alice said...

Funny to read...but she was probably VERY abused as a child, maybe..it seems like it, I don't know.

toniD said...

Time to call it a night. Hope they don't talk about Falwell all day tomorrow.

Good night all. Sleep well!

Anonymous said...

Since Falwell died early is the Rapture being cancelled?

Or was that it...just Falwell?

-conbo

Star Vox said...

---------------
talentless empty vessel said...
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? –Juvenal
Who will keep the keepers? Who will guard the guards?
The question is as pertinent today as it was when the dissident Roman poet posed it nearly 2000 years ago.
May 15, 2007 11:01 PM

___________________________

The conundrum of democracy!

n.b. Posts with Latin always get my attention.

---------------

"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"

Link:

http://www.harpers.org/archive/2007/05/hbc-90000028

Alice said...

Oh they will, Toni..they will...*gak*...sweet dreams... xoxo

*

Reuters news agency agrees to Thomson takeover bid

Financial information group Reuters accepted an 8.7-billion-pound (12.8-billion-euro) offer from Canadian conglomerate Thomson Corp. on Tuesday to create the biggest global force in the sector.

http://www.mercopress.com/vernoticia.do?id=10494&formato=HTML

(I'm too lazy to make links...)

Anonymous said...

IF Falwell is in heaven, I wonder if he will be shocked to find that it is not segregated.

IF, I say, IF

-conbo

Anonymous said...

May 15, 2007 2:00 AM PDT
Gonzales proposes new crime: 'Attempted' copyright infringement
Posted by Declan McCullagh

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is pressing the U.S. Congress to enact a sweeping intellectual-property bill that would increase criminal penalties for copyright infringement, including "attempts" to commit piracy.

"To meet the global challenges of IP crime, our criminal laws must be kept updated," Gonzales said during a speech before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington on Monday.

The Bush administration is throwing its support behind a proposal called the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007, which is likely to receive the enthusiastic support of the movie and music industries, and would represent the most dramatic rewrite of copyright law since a 2005 measure dealing with prerelease piracy.

The IPPA would, for instance:

* Criminalize "attempting" to infringe copyright. Federal law currently punishes not-for-profit copyright infringement with between 1 and 10 years in prison, but there has to be actual infringement that takes place. The IPPA would eliminate that requirement. (The Justice Department's summary of the legislation says: "It is a general tenet of the criminal law that those who attempt to commit a crime but do not complete it are as morally culpable as those who succeed in doing so.")

* Create a new crime of life imprisonment for using pirated software. Anyone using counterfeit products who "recklessly causes or attempts to cause death" can be imprisoned for life. During a conference call, Justice Department officials gave the example of a hospital using pirated software instead of paying for it.

* Permit more wiretaps for piracy investigations. Wiretaps would be authorized for investigations of Americans who are "attempting" to infringe copyrights.

http://news.com.com/8301-10784_3-9719339-7.html

Sunshine Jim said...

eya #

sorry i upset you.

Anonymous said...

Life imprisionment for pirated software?

thats beyond ridiculous

-conbo

Anonymous said...

Hey Sunny!

Im sorry I got upset! I was being ridiculous

:)

-conbo

Just was going through a rough patch. Sorry I took it out on you. I know you were trying to help.

I am really sorry, I was overreacting A LOT. :)

Anonymous said...

Fall in line with all the others.

Anonymous said...

Will's new babysitter is working out.

They are from Colorado and really nice.

:)

-conbo

I was just stressed out that day. Sorry you were the brunt of it.

Anonymous said...

peer a bit deeper.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Fall in line with all the others.

May 16, 2007 12:51 AM

I cannot escape the Sunshine Jim led cabal

The brainwashing is too deeply set

-conbo

Anonymous said...

USA TODAY: Falwell was a uniter and a divider

-conbo

hahaha

Anonymous said...

Falwell: a lifetime of being Just Really Wrong About a Lot Of Things:

"At a time when some liberal ministers were joining the civil rights movement, Falwell argued that the clergy should stay out of politics.

"Nowhere are we commissioned to reform the externals," he said in a sermon in 1965. "I feel that we need to get off the streets and back into the pulpits and into our prayer rooms."

A decade later, his thinking had changed. "This idea of 'religion and politics don't mix' was invented by the devil to keep Christians from running their own country," he said in 1976.


-conbo

Sunshine Jim said...

God's Laws and how to follow them.

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this law applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanness - Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is, my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2. clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there 'degrees' of abomination?

7. Lev.21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

Anonymous said...

"We will always remember him as a founder and leader of America's anti-gay industry, someone who exacerbated the nation's appalling response to the onslaught of the AIDS epidemic, someone who demonized and vilified us for political gain and someone who used religion to divide rather than unite our nation," said Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, an advocacy group.

I don't imagine they will be a keynote speaker at the funeral

-conbo

Alice said...

Anonymous said...

IF Falwell is in heaven, I wonder if he will be shocked to find that it is not segregated.

IF, I say, IF

-conbo

May 16, 2007 12:37 AM

You're funny, #. :)

Anonymous said...

Maybe Fred Phelps will boycott the funeral because
Falwell did not hate gay people enough.

-conbo

hahaha

that would be hilarious

Bloppo said...

"on another note, isn't lionel awful?"

He is a fucking arrogant ass.

And his five dollar words don't make him sound smart, they make him sound like a freshman at college who just got his first Thesaurus.

Boring, long-winded, closed-minded, irritating, uninformed, hostile towards callers, and in general, worthless.

Must have been the program director's massage therapist or something.

AAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Anonymous said...

You are part of the captured auidence, Shell.

*of course* you think I'm funny

-conbo

You have too. Resistance is futile

Alice said...

If there's anything I would censor in the world it would be spending one more molcule of my being thinking about that Falwell. THEY (whoever they are) probably capitalize on days like these so they can perpetrate more fucked up shit on us while we watch the fucking funeral CORTEGE (thanks Princess Di's funeral narrator person for teaching me that word)...for Fal-fucking-well!

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah! that is something else we have to look forward to!

Live National coverage of Falwell's funreal!

whooop whooop!

-conbo

Anonymous said...

Remember Reagan's funeral?

It will be like that, only with more crazie's

Hours of crazy talk for hours on end with nary a sane point of view to be heard

-conbo

Alice said...

Do you remember Morton Downey Jr's talk show, #?

Alice said...

I was JUST thinking of him too #...what was that crazy thing someone used to say on the Blog about someone stopped the cold war or something?

Anonymous said...

//Do you remember Morton Downey Jr's talk show, #?//

No! I've never seen it.

Is that what the Funeral is going to be like?

hahahaha

let me guess Heehaw meets
a Lawrence Welk with many bible verses

-conbo

Anonymous said...

A lot of conservative people think that Reagan defeated 'comunism'

The truth was, the Reagan Administration gave up 'fighting comunism' to pursue a more popular 'War on Drugs'


-conbo

Anonymous said...

from wiki:

Morton Downey, Jr., born Sean Morton Downey (December 9, 1933 – March 12, 2001) was a controversial and influential American television talk show host of the 1980s who pioneered the "trash talk show" format.

In the 1980s, Downey was working as a talk show host at KFBK-AM in Sacramento, California, where he established his abrasive, and much imitated, right wing populist style, relentlessly deriding anyone who disagreed with him or had a liberal point of view. Downey's insult-laden schtick would eventually serve as an enormously influential template for many future conservative talk show hosts and pundits, including Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Michael Savage, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, and many others.

Downey later headed to New York City where his highly controversial television program "The Morton Downey Jr. Show" was taped. (His replacement at KFBK was Rush Limbaugh, one of his earliest and most successful imitators.) He rose to fame in 1987 when his program featured screaming matches between Downey, his guests, and his audience members. Downey's signature phrase pabulum puker (referring to political liberals) briefly enjoyed some popularity in the conservative media.


so that is where Rush was spawned from!!! he isn't even original, Rush. i am so not surprised.

-conbo

im out for a bit

bbl

Alice said...

I don't have high speed now, but I think you do..if so check you tube...

Alice said...

If you hear the words "pablum puking" in the clip, it's him....

Anonymous said...

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1559682/20070515/id_0.jhtml

Is Shock Radio Dead? More Potty-Mouthed DJs Join Don Imus In Doghouse

Bad boys of radio living on borrowed time as sexist, slur-filled gags garner suspensions, firings.

It was a good, flatulent, slur-filled and sexist-gag-soaked run, but the bad boys of radio appear to be living on borrowed time.

On Tuesday (May 15), XM shock duo Opie and Anthony were slapped with a 30-day suspension for last week's gag involving a homeless character discussing his desire to sexually assault Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, first lady Laura Bush and the Queen of England.

"Nobody in radio thinks they're a shock jock; they're entertainers. But if [the genre] isn't dead, it's certainly had a storm warning," said Tom Taylor, editor of Inside Radio, citing last month's firing of Don Imus as well as this week's canning of the New York duo JV and Elvis over an on-air prank that featured a derogatory call to a Chinese restaurant.

Add in the firing last week of New York Power 105 jock Donnell "Ashy" Rawlings for making anti-Semitic remarks and a flap in Cincinnati over billboards for an AM talk station that used exaggerated Hispanic stereotypes and you have what appears to be a death knell for a genre that has been cracking wise about minorities, politicians, women and anyone else within earshot since the early 1970s. "It's certainly put a chill in the air, like when you're driving down the highway and you see someone pulled over and you look at your speedometer," Taylor said.

Sunshine Jim said...

eya A.!

beauty smile on the airplane kid!

Anonymous said...

http://freeinternetpress.com/story.php?sid=11772

The Bush administration made more than 200 revisions to the first report of a civilian board that oversees government protection of personal privacy, including the deletion of a passage on anti-terrorism programs that intelligence officials deemed "potentially problematic" intrusions on civil liberties, according to a draft of the report obtained by the Washington Post.

One of the panel's five members, Democrat Lanny J. Davis, resigned in protest Monday over deletions ordered by White House lawyers and aides. The changes came after the congressionally created Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board had unanimously approved the final draft of its first report to lawmakers, renewing an internal debate over the board's independence and investigative power.

Some of the changes sought by the administration ultimately were reversed, and some members of the panel said they were not opposed to the others

Anonymous said...

//"It's certainly put a chill in the air, like when you're driving down the highway and you see someone pulled over and you look at your speedometer," Taylor said.//

I feel awful bad for them too

ok really out

-conbo

Alice said...

He is a beamer, SJ! Glows from the inside :) Thank you...I didnt see him at the lib. today so I like to figure he and his dad are busy....that would b a pretty rockin gift to get if I were a little boy with his interests... thank you. xo

bridge said...

wheeee!

lovely Carrie Underwood is female vocalist of the year -

another great bit of news every Luke Wilson fan will appreciate:

he's got his looks back - his face is back to normal :)

also the Celeb Dancers have done a fabulous job, worked hard on their dancing - and the last three all deserve to win cause they are excellent. Final next week. Yay!

... thought I bring some good old fun news to the blog at the end of the day ;-)

now I am off to finish watching Volver ...

night everyone :)

Sunshine Jim said...

some things are worth doing just for the fun of it.

Sunshine Jim said...

nite bridge!

Alice said...

I feel awful bad for them too

-conbo

May 16, 2007 1:56 AM

It's tragic...kind of like being killed with stones being hurled at your head and body, but not.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? said...

http://www.harpers.org/archive/2007/05/hbc-90000005

SIGIR Roast
Washington Babylon

I reported last week that Stuart Bowen Jr., the U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR), who has issued reports about the misuse of Iraqi reconstruction funds, is now under investigation himself for allegedly misspending taxpayer money. Some bloggers are wondering out loud whether the Special Inspector is the target of a campaign by the Bush Administration to silence its critics. The New York Times has raised the same possibility, saying in a May 4 story, “A federal official whose investigations of waste and corruption in Iraq have repeatedly embarrassed the Bush Administration is now being investigated himself by an oversight committee with close links to the White House.”

I can understand why people are suspicious that the administration is behind the charges against Bowen–Bush does, after all, have a lengthy record of attacking his perceived enemies, as the current U.S. attorney scandal well illustrates–but in this case the allegation makes no sense.

Alice said...

Oh sorry bridge... :( You brought the fun....

Alice said...

I watched the videos of the girl being killed with rocks yesterday..it whacked me out...to say nothing of what she went through...could you imagine if the news that runs all night and day were all video of one or more people people dying?

Alice said...

Reflections of President Fidel Castro - Lessons we learned from the 6th Hemispheric Meeting in Havana

MARÍA Luisa Mendonça brought to the meeting in Havana a powerful documentary film on the subject of manual sugarcane cutting in Brazil.

As I did in my previous reflection, I have written a summary using María Luisa’s own paragraphs and phrases. It goes as follows:

We are aware that most of the wars in the last few decades have been waged over control of energy sources. Both in central and peripheral nations, energy consumption is guaranteed for the privileged sectors, while the majority of the world's population does not have access to basic services. The per capita consumption of energy in the United States is 13,000 kilowatts, while the world average is 2,429 and in Latin America the average is 1,601.

The private monopoly of energy sources is ensured by clauses in the bilateral or multilateral Free Trade Agreements.

The role of the peripheral nations is to produce cheap energy for the central wealthy nations, which represents a new phase in the colonization process.

It’s necessary to demystify all the propaganda about the alleged benefits of agrifuels. In the case of ethanol, the growing and processing of sugarcane pollutes the soil and the sources of drinking water because it uses large amounts of chemical products.

Ethanol distillation produces a residue called vinasse. For every liter of ethanol produced, 10 to 13 liters of vinasse are generated. Part of this residue can be used as fertilizer, but most of it pollutes rivers and the sources of underground water. If Brazil were to produce 17 or 18 billion liters of ethanol per year, this means that at least 170 billion liters of vinasse would be deposited in the sugarcane field areas. Just imagine the environmental impact.

Burning sugarcane to facilitate the harvesting process destroys many of the microorganisms in the soil, contaminates the air and causes many respiratory illnesses.
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bridge said...

P.S.

Came back because I forgot to mention that

If you haven't seen Charlotte's Web yet, I highly recommend it. What a wonderful film it is. The Extras are so worth watching.

They had over forty pigs starring for this film and they all found homes in good old Australia where the film was made.

All the other animals in the film found homes in Australia, as well.

Go Aussies!!!

Go Wilbur! Go Charlotte! Go Templeton (you lovely rat ;-)

night again :)

Anonymous said...

Food and fuel push US inflation in first four months to 4.8%

United States consumer prices increased by 0.4% in April, down from 0.6% in March with prices of goods such as clothing offsetting higher petrol costs, according to the latest release from the US Labor Department.
Core inflation which does not include the volatile food and energy items was up 0.2% in April. The Labor Department release shows that food prices rose 0.4% but energy soared 2.4% (5.9% in March).

Petrol prices were still putting an upwards pressure, albeit less intense, on the inflation figures, and climbed by 4.7% in April compared with a 10.6% jump in March.

"The acceleration thus far this year was due to larger increases in the energy and food components," the Labor Department said.

When looking at the first four months of the year, the inflation rate was 4.8% compared with 2.5% during the same period a year earlier. However, the core rate was less than a year earlier in the four month period, down at 2.2% from 2.6% in 2006.

Following on this data analysts indicated that prices were being contained, --as had been anticipated by the Federal Reserve-- and would not prompt a change in interest rates. The Fed has kept rates unchanged at 5.25% for eleven months.

In related news IMF Director General Rodrigo Rato forecasted that US growth would rebound in the second half of 2007 as investment begins to recover.

Last September the IMF reduced US growth prospects for 2007 from 2.9% to 2.2% and again increasing to 2.8% in 2008.

Bloppo said...

Remember when "shock jocks" used to be called assholes?

rakim said...

Capitalism uses institutions like colleges, prisons and the military industrial complex to create, maintain and support the unequal
distribution of power and wealth.

Anonymous said...

//Bloppo said...
Remember when "shock jocks" used to be called assholes?//

that's not p.c.

-conbo

Anonymous said...

A Eulogy for Rev. Falwell

-conbo

I Just Want To Puke said...

Loathed by liberals, Falwell was force among right-wing

The son of an alcoholic who sold bootleg whiskey during Prohibition, Jerry Falwell was the father of a movement to restore America as God's country.

W.T.F.

mmrules said...

How to End the Reign of Shock Jocks

By Rory O'Connor, AlterNet. Posted May 16, 2007.



Other than the desire to shock listeners -- and thereby create controversy, grow audiences and sell advertising -- the current spate of repulsive shock-jock gibberish all share something else: a salary from CBS.


Link

toniD said...

White House insists war czar supports escalation. Yesterday, ThinkProgress noted that President Bush’s new “war czar,” Gen. Douglas Lute, has said that reducing U.S. troop levels would “undercut the perception of occupation in Iraq,” and said “we would like to see a smaller, lighter, less prominent U.S. force structure in Iraq.” The New York Times reports tonight:

A spokesman said General Lute was not available for comment on Tuesday evening. Mr. Hadley said the general had expressed his doubts, but that he now supports the strategy.

“He said to me when he interviewed for this position, ‘Now, you need to understand that I was skeptical of the surge,’ ” Mr. Hadley recalled, using the administration term for the troop buildup in Iraq. He said that General Lute, who helped to develop the strategy, had raised questions about whether “Iraqi security forces would step up and contribute what they were supposed to do,” and whether the Iraqi government was committed to political reconciliation and providing economic resources.

“We developed a strategy that we thought answered those questions,” Mr. Hadley said, adding, “He’s saying that he supports the strategy, very clearly supports the strategy.”

LINK

toniD said...

Wolfowitz promises to ‘rely less’ on Bush advisers. “Late in the day on Tuesday,” World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz “made a personal and impassioned appeal to the bank board at a private meeting, seeking to stave off what some said was an inevitable rebuke. … He promised to change his management approach by relying less on advisers from the Bush administration, restructuring his office, delegating more to managers and placing ‘more trust in the staff,’ according to the text.”

LINK

toniD said...

Romney: ‘We Ought To Double Guantanamo’
As Crooks and Liars noted, former governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) said tonight that instead of shutting the prison at Guantanamo Bay, “we ought to double Guantanamo,” in part so that detainees “don’t get access to lawyers they get when they’re on our soil.”

ROMNEY: I am glad [detainees] are at Guantanamo. I don’t want them on our soil. I want them on Guantanamo, where they don’t get the access to lawyers they get when they’re on our soil. I don’t want them in our prisons, I want them there. Some people have said we ought to close Guantanamo. My view is we ought to double Guantanamo.

Watch it:


Since its creation over five years ago, the prison at Guantanamo Bay has been a source of human rights abuses that have dangerously tarnished the reputation of the United States. Leaders across the world have called for its closure, including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and even President Bush’s ally, outgoing-British Prime Minister Tony Blair. President Bush even said, “I’d like to close Guantanamo.”

The facility faces widespread criticism at home as well. A poll last year showed that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the United States “should change the way it treats detainees” to comply with international standards.

UPDATE: National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez calls “double Guantanamo” Romney’s “best line of the night.“

These people are beyond belief

toniD said...

From the team that thinks Iraq is going well
by Chris in Paris · 5/16/2007 05:31:00 AM ET

After a dismal Q1 economy that grew at 1.3% but is likely to be revised down to 0.7%, the White House economic team still thinks that they can pull off the miracle of maintaining 2.7% growth for 2007. Are there any plans to introduce reality on any subject to the administration in the near future or will they just keep pumping out nonsense like this to run out the clock?

LINK

blah blah blah said...

i checked out that mitt romney link and think progress has a serious troll issue. didn't anybody ever tell them:

- stay away from bright lights
- don't get them wet
- never feed them after midnight

wait, that's for gremlins. i guess a shovel to the old noggin works in this case.

toniD said...

David Gregory is on MSNBC during the Imus time. He has Chris Mathews on as guest speaker.

He asked Chris if he watched the repub debate last night and Chris Mathews said "No, I don't think I gat that channel"!

blah blah blah said...

Anonymous said...
Food and fuel push US inflation in first four months to 4.8%


interesting. on the other hand, investors business daily (with the exception of their timely financial reporting, they are the print equivalent of faux news) says inflation is easing on their front page.

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