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Archive for June, 2007

Oh, those sunny beaches at TTP…

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

beach

TTP is hitting the sand for a week, and may or may not find time to do anything constructive, like this blog. So hey, you’re on your own. Be good, plant a tree or something.

Oh that Dick

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

More from that wild and crazy guy, Big Dick Cheney:

Agency Is Target in Cheney Fight on Secrecy Data

For four years, Vice President Dick Cheney has resisted routine oversight of his office’s handling of classified information, and when the National Archives unit that monitors classification in the executive branch objected, the vice president’s office suggested abolishing the oversight unit, according to documents released yesterday by a Democratic congressman.

Gee Dick, that’s not playing fair. You dick.

Oh wait, theres more!

Other officials familiar with Mr. Cheney’s view said that he and his legal adviser, David S. Addington, did not believe that the executive order applied to the vice president’s office because it had a legislative as well as an executive status in the Constitution. Other White House offices, including the National Security Council, routinely comply with the oversight requirements, according to Mr. Waxman’s office and outside experts.

Cheney is now claiming that the office of the VP is not in the Executive Branch, hence, not subject to the law regarding records and their access by Congress.

Ok, I know we’ve kidded ya a lot around here, Shotgun Cheney, but lets get real a moment. The law is not whatever you want it to be at any given moment, and stating absurd blather that is supposed to sound all legal and shit might fool the average serf, but those of us who’ve actually read history and stuff? We know better. Now, its understood that you have attempted – hell, largely suceeded in- creating an opaque presidency, removed from oversight, legality, and questioning, and sad to say, you might actually run out the clock before they drag you, snarling and cursing, into the Grand Jury room. But the damage you have done, here and abroad, will befoul our times like no other before you.

Since you won’t subject yourself to the processes that WE THE PEOPLE (catchy phrase, look it up) have created and died to defend, I hope you stand near a microwave real soon.

You dick.

China dumps more T-Bonds

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

This don’t bode well:

China sells more US T-bonds

China sold more US treasury bonds in April than any time in at least seven years, a signal that the nation may be diversifying the world’s largest foreign-exchange reserves, Shanghai Securities News reported today.

Statistics from the US Treasury Department show that China sold a net US$5.8 billion of T-bonds, the first drop in holdings since October 2005. Japan remains the largest holder of US T-bonds, with its holdings reaching US$614.8 billion in April, according to the statistics.

…To attract more investments in US dollar assets, Treasury deputy secretary Robert Kimmitt plans to lobby China and Russia to keep investing in the US on his trips to Moscow and Beijing next week. He said he plans a similar message on upcoming visits to Japan, South Korea and the Middle East.

Good luck on that, dude. Try selling our near worthless paper to the Middle East- so we can have cash to pay military contractors for more bombs to use…on the Middle East. Again, good luck on that.

Did bin Laden get frequent flier miles?

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Bin Laden may have arranged family’s US exit: FBI docs

Osama bin Laden may have chartered a plane that carried his family members and Saudi nationals out of the United States after the September 11, 2001 attacks, said FBI documents released Wednesday.

The papers, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, were made public by Judicial Watch, a Washington-based group that investigates government corruption.

One FBI document referred to a Ryan Air 727 airplane that departed Los Angeles International Airport on September 19, 2001, and was said to have carried Saudi nationals out of the United States.

“The plane was chartered either by the Saudi Arabian royal family or Osama bin Laden,” according to the document, which was among 224 pages posted online.

State Farm to be sued for RICO violations on Katrina

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

State Farm accused of Katrina racketeering
Federal lawsuit claims insurance company manipulated damage reports

NEW ORLEANS – State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. engaged in a “pattern of racketeering” by manipulating engineering reports on Hurricane Katrina damage so the company could deny policyholder claims, lawyers for a group of Mississippi homeowners allege in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Wednesday’s lawsuit on behalf of Mississippi Gulf Coast homeowners is the first in which Scruggs and his legal team accused an insurer of violating the civil Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization Act, commonly known as RICO.

Ah. Insurance companies as a criminal conspiracy. Who’d a thunk it?

Heckuva job, bushie

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Iraq now ranked second among world’s failed states

Anyone who didn’t see this coming, go to the back of the class.

We got ourselves a king, yes indeedie

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Government watchdog says Bush ignored law after 30% of signing statements

The Government Accountability Office issued a report showing that US government agencies ignored Congressional legislation on 30% of the occasions when President George W. Bush issued a ‘presidential signing statement’ after signing bills into law. The report was released today by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“The White House cannot pick and choose which laws it follows and which it ignores. When a president signs a bill into law, the president signs the entire bill. The Administration cannot be in the business of cherry picking the laws it likes and the laws it doesn’t,” the President Pro Tempore of the Senate said. “This GAO opinion underscores the fact that the Bush White House is constantly grabbing for more power, seeking to drive the people’s branch of government to the sidelines….We must continue to demand accountability and openness from this White House to counter this power grab.”

You can “demand” all you want. Issue subpoenas, hold hearings, yeehaw. The only way you’ll keep King George from doing whatever the hell the diseased little voices in his head demand is to remove him from power.

Impeach. The only way- the only way– to stop this.

NASA broadcasts to baby monitor

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Baby monitor picks up video from NASA

PALATINE, Ill. – An elementary school science teacher in this Chicago suburb doesn’t have to turn on the news for an update on NASA’s space mission. She just turns on her video baby monitor.

Since Sunday, one of the two channels on Natalie Meilinger’s baby monitor has been picking up black-and-white video from inside the space shuttle Atlantis. The other still lets her keep an eye on her baby.

“Whoever has a baby monitor knows what you’ll usually see,” Meilinger said. “No one would ever expect this.”

Live video of the mission is available on NASA’s Web site, so it’s possible the monitor is picking up a signal from somewhere.

First Tang, now live to baby monitors. Go Team NASA!

Great job, Gonzo

Monday, June 18th, 2007

U.S. attorneys fallout seeps into courts
Defense lawyers in different cases are raising new questions about government prosecutors and potential political biases.

WASHINGTON — For months, the Justice Department and Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales have taken political heat for the purge of eight U.S. attorneys last year.

Now the fallout is starting to hit the department in federal courtrooms around the country.

Defense lawyers in a growing number of cases are raising questions about the motives of government lawyers who have brought charges against their clients. In court papers, they are citing the furor over the U.S. attorney dismissals as evidence that their cases may have been infected by politics.

Gee, ya think?

And speaking of irony…

Monday, June 18th, 2007

The Jefferson Memorial is sinking into the mud of Washington:

Jefferson Memorial’s Signs of Sinking Raise Fresh Alarms

Up on the surface, the signs of the trouble at the Jefferson Memorial are small:

A few blacktop patches over uneven seams in some concrete. A cordoned-off section where the sea wall has slipped below the front plaza. The “tilt meter” boxes that visitors can’t see unless they know where to look.

Underground, though, the problems may be huge: Slowly, almost imperceptibly, parts of the complex seem to be sinking into the mud.

Heh.