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Archive for February, 2008

Yet another moron from our fair state, Jack “Global War On Lapel Pin” Kingston

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Why do I have to live in a state that elects continually elects complete and utter fools to “represent” us?

Kingston ironically attacks Obama for not wearing flag pin.

On MSNBC’s Live With Dan Abrams last night, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) said it was okay to “question” Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) patriotism because he doesn’t regularly wear an American flag lapel pin. Kingston claimed that “everybody” in politics “wears them.” Asked by Abrams if he was wearing one, Kingston had to admit he wasn’t, saying, “I will wear one and I have worn one.” Kingston then feigned ignorance about the irony between his criticism of Obama and his own lack of a lapel pin.

Regime change. We need a regime change on aisle 6, stat.

Did Pelosi grow a spine?

Friday, February 29th, 2008

“I strongly urge you to reconsider your position and to ensure that our nation is operating under the rule of law and not at presidential whim,” she added.

Majority Leader Pelosi has sent the contempt citations for Meirs and Bolten to U.S. Attorney of the District of Columbia Jeffrey Taylor. He is bound by law to send them to a grand jury, but AG Mukasey has stated that the Justice Department will not allow Taylor to comply.

Stay tuned.

Justice Roberts, STFU

Friday, February 29th, 2008

At the High Court, Damage Control

Exxon Mobil, the giant oil corporation appearing before the Supreme Court yesterday, had earned a profit of nearly $40 billion in 2006, the largest ever reported by a U.S. company — but that’s not what bothered Roberts. What bothered the chief justice was that Exxon was being ordered to pay $2.5 billion — roughly three weeks’ worth of profits — for destroying a long swath of the Alaska coastline in the largest oil spill in American history.

“So what can a corporation do to protect itself against punitive-damages awards such as this?” Roberts asked in court.

The lawyer arguing for the Alaska fishermen affected by the spill, Jeffrey Fisher, had an idea. “Well,” he said, “it can hire fit and competent people.”

The rare sound of laughter rippled through the august chamber. The chief justice did not look amused.

Of course he didn’t look amused. The ruling class rarely has cause to smell the truth, and it offends, oh it offends.

Now, what Exxon can do is to go ahead and pay the people who’s lives they destroyed, due to the fact that the oil giant was too cheap to repair the radar that would have alerted the third mate- (who was at the helm, btw, the “drunken captain” story is bullshit) to the dangers ahead:

On Wednesday, March 24, the Tenth Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez disaster was commemorated with the re-telling of lies. The official story is, “Drunken Skipper Hits Reef.” Don’t believe it.
This story remains untold: the true cause of the Exxon Valdez catastrophe was the oil giants’ breaking their promises to the Natives and Congress, cynically and disastrously, in the fifteen years leading up to the spill. As to Captain Joe Hazelwood, he was below decks, sleeping off his bender. At the helm, the third mate would never have collided with Bligh Reef had he looked at his Raycas radar. But the radar was not turned on. In fact, the tanker’s radar was left broken
and disasbled for more than a year before the disaster, and Exxon management knew it. It was just too expensive to fix and operate.

What can a corporation do, Chief Justice Roberts?

It’s called “responsibility”. Look it up, although to be fair, you’ll have to leave DC to find a true definition. Exxon is scum, and so are you.

Hil to Bill: Shut up, you!

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Now on the Campaign Trail, a Reined-In Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton is dutifully traveling from state to state and small town to small town on behalf of his wife’s presidential candidacy. But the growling and snapping Bill Clinton the nation saw before the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries has been muzzled and leashed. He is being kept as far from the news media as possible to prevent any more of the red-faced, finger-wagging tirades and freelance political commentary that polls say cost Hillary Rodham Clinton a lot of support, particularly among black voters.

All this money for a lie

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Iraq war ’caused slowdown in the US’

THE Iraq war has cost the US 50-60 times more than the Bush administration predicted and was a central cause of the sub-prime banking crisis threatening the world economy, according to Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz.

The former World Bank vice-president yesterday said the war had, so far, cost the US something like $US3trillion ($3.3 trillion) compared with the $US50-$US60-billion predicted in 2003.

The war was now the second-most expensive in US history after World War II and the second-longest after Vietnam, he said.

The spending on Iraq was a hidden cause of the current credit crunch because the US central bank responded to the massive financial drain of the war by flooding the American economy with cheap credit.

“The regulators were looking the other way and money was being lent to anybody this side of a life-support system,” he said.

That led to a housing bubble and a consumption boom, and the fallout was plunging the US economy into recession and saddling the next US president with the biggest budget deficit in history, he said.

All this stolen money, spent on a lie.

900,000 on terror watch list?

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

U.S. Terror Watch List Surpasses 900,000 Names, ACLU Estimates

The government’s centralized terrorist watch list passed the 900,000 name mark this month, according to the ACLU, which estimated the new total by relying on Congressional testimony from the fall that the sprawling list was growing by 20,000 names a month.

The Terrorist Screening Center runs the list, accepting nominations of new names from a large range of government agencies.

Most of the positive matches on the list came from police routinely checking persons, such as speeding motorists, according to the Government Accountability Office’s report (.pdf). The number of individuals on the list is likely significantly less than 900,000, since the name count includes aliases.

If the ACLU’s math is correct, the list should pass the million name mark sometime in early July.

This is madness.

Emails? You don’t need no stinkin’ emails, RNC tells Congress

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

GOP Halts Effort to Retrieve White House E-Mails

After promising last year to search its computers for tens of thousands of e-mails sent by White House officials, the Republican National Committee has informed a House committee that it no longer plans to retrieve the communications by restoring computer backup tapes, the panel’s chairman said yesterday.

The move increases the likelihood that an untold number of RNC e-mails dealing with official White House business during the first term of the Bush administration — including many sent or received by former presidential adviser Karl Rove — will never be recovered, said House Democrats and public records advocates.

The RNC had previously told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that it was attempting to restore e-mails from 2001 to 2003, when the RNC had a policy of purging all e-mails, including those to and from White House officials, after 30 days. But Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) disclosed during a hearing yesterday that the RNC has now said it “has no intention of trying to restore the missing White House e-mails.”

Color me…not surprised.

Arnold to Bush: Give us our stuff back

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Governor tells Pentagon to return Guard gear

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told Bush administration officials Monday that he is tired of the Pentagon treating the California National Guard like a stepchild by using its equipment in Iraq and Afghanistan without returning or replacing it.

The Republican governor, in a visit to Washington for the annual meeting of the National Governors’ Association, said the California National Guard is missing about half of its equipment – from humvees to radios. That could leave California at risk in an earthquake, fire or other emergency, Schwarzenegger said.

“It’s not fair to the states for the federal government to go into a war and then to take from us the equipment,” he said after meetings Monday with President Bush and Cabinet officials. “Every time our National Guard leaves, they take with them equipment but they don’t bring it back.”

Time for a new look at the RFK murder?

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

New evidence challenges official picture of Kennedy shooting

The official record states that senator Robert F Kennedy, like his brother before him, was killed by a crazed lone gunman. But the assassination of a man who seemed to embody so much hope for a bitterly divided country embroiled in an unpopular war still troubles this nation.

Little about the official explanation of the events at the Ambassador Hotel on June 5 1968 makes sense. Now a new forensic analysis of the only audio recording of the fatal shots has given new weight to a controversial theory that there were in fact two shooters, and that the man convicted of Kennedy’s killing — Sirhan Sirhan – did not fire the fatal shots.

Be nice if we could get the definitive answer to at least one of murder mysteries, even if it is 40 years late.

Justice American style

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

It ain’t pretty. Watched the 60 Minutes story on the railroading of Alabama Democratic Governor Dan Siegelman last evening, and it boggles the mind that the greatest nation on earth allows a cretin like Karl Rove to lumber through the streets, ignoring the law and thumbing his porcine nose at the rest of us.

But hey, at least I got to watch it:

Parts of “60 Minutes” Broadcast Blocked in Alabama

During the 60 Minutes broadcast and ONLY during the Don Siegelman portion — the screen went black for Huntsville residents and Mobile residents. There are other reports of other locations, but I have not yet confirmed those. In Florida, a series of strange ads were running about the FISA bill and how Democrats are not tough on terrorism, apparently during the 60 Minutes hour and also right before 60 Minutes, but not after (still trying to confirm when the ads stopped running).

In other words, in the United States of America, a man is imprisoned for being a Democrat. When reporters attempt to get this story out, they are threatened and smeared. When all else fails, the public is not allowed to see the news.

Follow the link to find out more about Karl Rove’s vision of a “permanent Republican majority” and the injustice done to Siegelman. If they can do it to a governor, they can do it to anybody.