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Recount

Monday, June 30th, 2008

recount

Finally got around to watching this yesterday, and I suppose its a testament to the effectiveness of the presentation that it chapped my ass almost as bad as living through that ridiculous spectacle. The old saw of not wanting to see laws or sausages being made holds strong here- we as a nation should be ashamed of what occurred in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004. For example, the concept that the Secretary of State of Florida, the megalomaniac Katherine Harris, passed judgment on ballot issues while also acting as Florida campaign co-chair for the Bush campaign, well, that’s what corrupt banana republics do.

Which, in many ways, we are.

Watch this, but be prepared, its appalling.

Hersh on Iran: The game is on

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Preparing the Battlefield
The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran.

By Seymour M. Hersh

29/06/08 “New Yorker” — — Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership. The covert activities involve support of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations. They also include gathering intelligence about Iran’s suspected nuclear-weapons program.

Clandestine operations against Iran are not new. United States Special Operations Forces have been conducting cross-border operations from southern Iraq, with Presidential authorization, since last year. These have included seizing members of Al Quds, the commando arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and taking them to Iraq for interrogation, and the pursuit of “high-value targets” in the President’s war on terror, who may be captured or killed. But the scale and the scope of the operations in Iran, which involve the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), have now been significantly expanded, according to the current and former officials. Many of these activities are not specified in the new Finding, and some congressional leaders have had serious questions about their nature.

Tracing the Freerepublic smear on Obama

Monday, June 30th, 2008

An Attack That Came Out of the Ether
Scholar Looks for First Link in E-Mail Chain About Obama

The e-mail landed in Danielle Allen’s queue one winter morning as she was studying in her office at the Institute for Advanced Study, the renowned haven for some of the nation’s most brilliant minds. The missive began: “THIS DEFINITELY WARRANTS LOOKING INTO.”

Laid out before Allen, a razor-sharp, 36-year-old political theorist, was what purported to be a biographical sketch of Barack Obama that has become one of the most effective — and baseless — Internet attacks of the 2008 presidential season. The anonymous chain e-mail makes the false claim that Obama is concealing a radical Islamic background. By the time it reached Allen on Jan. 11, 2008, it had spread with viral efficiency for more than a year.

Tracking down the cretins.

‘The ‘W.’ Stands for ‘War Criminal’

Friday, June 27th, 2008

The ‘W.’ Stands for ‘War Criminal’
The House and a shot not yet heard ’round the world
by Nat Hentoff

In a June 6 letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey—largely ignored by a press immersed in the future of Hillary Clinton—56 Democrats in the House of Representatives asked for “an immediate investigation with the appointment of a special counsel to determine whether actions taken by the President, his Cabinet, and other Administration officials are in violation of the War Crimes Act (18 U.S.C. 2441) . . . and other U.S. and international laws.”

This isn’t front-page news?

Of course it isn’t.

Afghanistan getting worse

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Remember, the other war?

June marks highest monthly death toll for coalition forces in Afghanistan since 2001.

Earlier today, a roadside bomb “killed three service members and a local-national interpreter in a coalition convoy in eastern Afghanistan.” CNN reports that “[w]ith the deaths, the number of foreign forces in Afghanistan killed in June has reached 39, the highest monthly toll of the war.”

Uh, President Obama? We need to leave here too.

Oguchi is dead

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Master Japanese drummer Oguchi dies

TOKYO (AP) — Master Japanese drummer Daihachi Oguchi, who led the spread of the art of “taiko” drumming to the U.S. and throughout Japan, has died after being hit by a car, an official at his ensemble said. He was 84.

Oguchi was crossing the street when he was struck by the car Thursday. He was rushed to the hospital but died of excessive bleeding early Friday, said Yuken Yagasaki of Osuwa Daiko, the group in Nagano prefecture (state) in northern Japan that Oguchi had led.

Oguchi helped found top U.S. taiko groups, including San Francisco Taiko Dojo, which has performed in Hollywood movies and on international tours since its founding 40 years ago.

A former jazz musician, Oguchi was one of the first to elevate the traditional folk sounds of taiko to modern music played in concert halls, not just festivals and shrines.

Amazing

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Boy tackled by Colo. mayor gets restraining order

GREELEY, Colo. – The mayor of this northern Colorado city has a temporary restraining order against him after he was accused of throwing a 15-year-old boy to the ground when the teen refused to stop riding a motorbike.

Mayor Ed Clark, who must stay at least 100 yards away from the boy, told the Greeley Tribune he stopped the boy for his own safety and did not hurt him. He said he will fight the restraining order during a July 7 hearing.

The boy’s father, Tim Stitt, plans to ask the judge to make the restraining order permanent.

Stitt said Clark forced the boy to the ground on Monday and then held him there until police arrived. Police ticketed the boy for driving without a license.

The father said Clark should be charged with assault. Greeley police spokeswoman Joe Tymkowych said Wednesday an investigation was ongoing.

Stitt said his son and Clark have been at odds for weeks after his son had a dispute with the mayor’s wife. Stitt said Clark confronted his son at a basketball court and told him “bad things are going to happen” if he didn’t stop showing disrespect to his wife.

This jackass still has a job? Remind me to never move to Colorado…

McSames fundie pandering for naught

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Faithful in pews might not be voters in November

COLUMBUS, Ohio – If Christian conservatives stay on the sidelines during the fall campaign, presidential hopeful John McCain probably stays in the Senate.

Christian conservatives provided much of the on-the-ground, door-to-door activity for President Bush’s 2004 re-election in Ohio and in other swing states. Without them, the less-organized and lower-profile McCain campaign is likely to struggle to replicate Bush’s success. And so far, there’s been scant sign that the Republican nominee-in-waiting is making inroads among these fervent believers.

McCain, who identifies himself as Episcopalian and attended Baptist services last weekend, has done himself no favors. He appeared ignorant of high-profile figures, especially as he sought — and then was forced to reject — the support from Ohio’s Rod Parsley and Texas’ John Hagee after their controversial sermons brought the candidate unwanted criticism.

“That was one of the most ill-advised faith and values adventures this campaign,” said Jacques Berlinerblau, a religious scholar at Georgetown University who studies faith and the U.S. presidential campaign.

It gave religious conservatives yet another reason not to like McCain, even though he has sought a truce this time after calling televangelists Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell “agents of intolerance” during his first presidential run.

“I don’t know that McCain’s campaign realizes they cannot win without evangelicals,” said David Domke, a professor of communication at the University of Washington who studies religion and politics. “What you see with McCain is just a real struggle to find his footing with evangelicals.”

McSame’s problem is, that while fundies may well be crazy, they aren’t stupid. They understand that McCain stands for nothing- and is willing to change his mind a dozen times a day, depending on who’s standing in front of him. He no more cares about evangelicals than he does Iraqis. They are just grist for his pathetic run to nothing.

Rove offers judgment on outing CIA agents…by others.

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Rove Rips NYT For Outing CIA Agent’s Identity And ‘Putting Our Country At Risk’

On Sunday, the New York Times published an extensive article examining the CIA’s interrogation of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad (KSM). The article identified the name of the CIA agent who interrogated KSM, Deuce Martinez.

Yesterday, on The O’Reilly Factor, Karl Rove slammed the New York Times for supposedly leaking the name of a CIA agent. “[T]hey’ve got a very callous view about our nation’s security and interests,” Rove charged:

ROVE: Well, I read their explanation. And basically, it sounded to me like they were saying we put his name out there because we decided we could. And I mean, they didn’t have a good explanation for it.

Rove claimed the United States is put at risk when a CIA agent’s identity is leaked. “Look, they put our country at risk when they reveal the details of a program that saved America from attacks.”

You could almost laugh about this except that irony from traitors? Never funny.

Garbage gas?

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

1 Buck Ethanol from Garbage, Tires, Landscaper Waste, etc…

Speaking loud and clear about the potential to produce cellulosic ethanol right now with production costs of less than US $1.00 per gallon was Wes Bolsen, chief marketing officer and vice president of business development for Coskata.

“We’re ready to go today,” he said. The company uses a syngas to ethanol process, converting, Bolsen said, virtually any feedstock, to syngas via a plasma gasifier and then using proprietary microorganisms and bioreactor designs to convert that gas to ethanol.

“”That’s the great flexibility, Coskata can use trash, tires, plastic bottles, diapers, it really doesn’t matter because all we’re doing is getting the carbon, we really just need those carbon atoms, and then the biological process reassembles the carbon atoms into fuel,” he said.

Bolsen envisions ethanol plants breaking out of the corn belt and setting up in Texas, California, Florida and outside of New York city. The process is able to use any feedstock and therefore “tires and trash, construction and demolition waste, those things are wonderful sources of carbon,” he said.

Right now, the company is building a demonstation plant in Madison, Pennsylvania. Bolsen said that since it takes about 2.5 years to design, build, and start up a plant, if all goes according to plan, “We’re looking at late 2010, early 2011 before the consumer will actually see [Coskata’s cellulosic] ethanol on the market.””