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Archive for July, 2006

Bush Uber Alles

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Bush submits new terror detainee bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. citizens suspected of terror ties might be detained indefinitely and barred from access to civilian courts under legislation proposed by the Bush administration, say legal experts reviewing an early version of the bill.

Oh, but it can’t happen here. We have magnetic stickers on our minivans that prove we love freedom!

The Hague. I will not rest until he sits in the Hague.

Amazing

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Huge rally in Mexico protesting the recent elections, estimates range from 2.4 million people in an account here, to CNN’s half a mill (hey, at least they mentioned it at all).

In this country we get two elections in a row stolen by the men who make money counting the votes, and for the most part, nobody says boo. Sorta makes you wonder why we bother holding the f’n things at all, ain’t it?

Oh, so we can “elect” a jackass like this:

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The world ponders WW3, and this pretender to the throne mucks it up with the American Idol goofs. Nice priorities, asshat.

Bravo Ireland

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Irish refused bombs sent to Prestwick airport

BOMBS destined to be used by Israel are being flown via Scotland only because the Irish government refused to allow them to land on its soil.

Scotland on Sunday can reveal that after the conflict in Lebanon began three weeks ago, Ireland turned down a United States request for planes carrying 600lb so-called bunker busters to refuel at Shannon airport in Co Clare.

The use of Prestwick triggered a furious diplomatic row last week after it emerged that the US had broken aviation rules by failing to notify Britain about the flights.

Nice to see someone, somewhere, saying no to the US.

Ah, Friday…

Friday, July 28th, 2006

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Look out Harpers…we’re gonna be practicing…

Everybody have a good weekend and stay out of the heat!

What GWOT?

Friday, July 28th, 2006

They plundered Iraq for fun and profit

Mike Battles — former Republican candidate for Congress in Rhode Island and Fox News war-on-terror analyst — figured he could make a quick fortune off the rebuilding of Iraq. So he and pal Scott Custer set up a contracting firm with the catchy name of Custer Battles. The company proceeded to steal a cool $50 million from American taxpayers, according to two of its former employees. In March, Custer Battles became the first U.S. contractor to be found liable for fraud in Iraq.

Ex-employees now accuse two former Pentagon officials of plotting with Custer Battles to set up shell companies that, among other things, sold arms on the Iraqi black market — weapons that could have been used against American troops. These startling charges come in a sealed federal lawsuit obtained by the Associated Press (AP).

What war on terror?

Bush seeks shield from war crimes charges

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Detainee abuse charges feared

Bush administration seeks shield from 1996 War Crimes Act

An obscure law approved by a Republican-controlled Congress a decade ago has made the Bush administration nervous that officials and troops involved in handling detainee matters might be accused of committing war crimes, and prosecuted at some point in U.S. courts.

In light of a recent Supreme Court ruling that the international Conventions apply to the treatment of detainees in the terrorism fight, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales has spoken privately with Republican lawmakers about the need for such “protections,” according to someone who heard his remarks last week.

Hang ’em high.

Sing it!

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

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Recently reissued version of this incredible live album, Aretha at the Fillmore. Includes King Curtis, Ray Charles, the best session players around in 1971 and the keyboards of the late great Billy Preston.

Whew.

Security? Ha.

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

The party that brought us the War on Drugs and the War on Crime had now adapted the tune for the War on Terror. Cowboy-booted conservatives constantly tell us how much danger we’re in and how much we need them to keep us safe. Meanwhile, they ignore real risks, distort facts, alienate our friends and stir up hornets nests all over the world.

Iraq has now become a breeding ground for terrorists. The U.S. has never been so despised and terrorist incidents are up worldwide. But that’s okay; or at least it’s good for Republicans. They run the protection racket. They have mastered the art of scaring people into spending money. It worked for crime. The question is how much damage will be done before we call their bluff.

Continue reading the GOP Protection Racket

No.

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Could U.S. Troops End Up in Lebanon?

Ken Silverstein

There’s much discussion of putting a multinational, NATO-led force in southern Lebanon as part of a ceasefire agreement in the Israel-Lebanon conflict, but Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, according to a story in the Washington Post, has said that she does “not think that it is anticipated that U.S. ground forces . . . are expected for that force.” However, a well-connected former CIA officer has told me that the Bush Administration is in fact considering exactly such a deployment.

The officer, who had broad experience in the Middle East while at the CIA, noted that NATO and European countries, including England, have made clear that they are either unwilling or extremely reluctant to participate in an international force. Given other nations’ lack of commitment, any “robust” force–between 10,000 and 30,000 troops, according to estimates being discussed in the media–would by definition require major U.S. participation.

No.

From the “Well duh” dept.:

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Tax Cuts May Come At a Price, Study Says
Treasury: Financing Must Be Found

By Nell Henderson

The federal government will need to either cut spending or raise taxes down the road to pay for extending President Bush’s recent tax cuts, the Treasury Department said in a report released yesterday, dismissing the idea popular with many Republicans that such sacrifices can be avoided.

The reason the idea is popular with Republicans is that it frees them from having to accept responsibility for their actions. Sorta like their stance on global warming or say, the rapture.