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Torture, Treason, Corruption, Lies and Incompetence....   .   .   Known by their works :: • The Republicans 2000 - 2008



Updated: 2018-02-20T20:09:17.703-05:00

 



BitterSweet Lam

2007-03-19T04:32:18.684-04:00

PurgeGate Irony... memeorandum ƒc After all the revelations coming forth in the PurgeGate firings of U.S. Attorneys, I find one aspect most intriguing.   All that 'Hard Work' they did to remove them accomplished nothing.   Although typical of the Bush Criminal White House and their cronies that can't shoot straight, it is ironic that two days before she resigned, Carol Lam succeeded in doing what her firing was supposed to stop. Sampson got his panties all twisted up when Lam notified the Justice Dept that she was going to issue warrants for Dusty Foggo concerning the Brent Wilkes investigation.   He waved a red flag against her and followed with a list of others to be purged because they were not partisan enough to be part of the Bush/Cheney Crime Family any longer.   They started out chosen for their faith in all things Republican and turned traitor by taking down corrupt politicians who just happened to be...   Republicans. Not good for job security in Bush's Amerika... washingtonpost.com Prosecutor's Firing Was Urged During Probe   [] Lam "sent a notice to the Justice Department saying that there would be two search warrants" in a criminal investigation of defense contractor Brent R. Wilkes and Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, who had just quit as the CIA's top administrator amid questions about his ties to disgraced former GOP congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham. The next day, May 11, D. Kyle Sampson, then chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, sent an e-mail message to William Kelley in the White House counsel's office saying that Lam should be removed as quickly as possible ... The FBI raided Foggo's home and former CIA office on May 12. He was indicted along with Wilkes on fraud and money-laundering charges on Feb. 13 -- two days before Lam left as U.S. attorney. bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • Draining The Swamp • Carol Lam • PurgeGate • Obstruction of Justice • Criminality Of Bush • Bush [...]



Profits of War

2007-03-18T17:47:19.273-04:00

From Cheney With Love... ƒcMike Luckovich just about has it right in his weekly cartoon.   One of the stories that got battered beneath the radar this last week was the story about Halliburton moving its corporate headquarters to Dubai.   It is understandable that interest in the sensational is the money maker in the M$M and flashing Abu and Wilson in our face has taken the spotlight. In the case of Halliburton there are several aspects with this move that are troublesome.   The National Security issue centering on their no-bid military support contracts and in depth knowledge of the inner workings of our military being primary.   Also quite interestingly is the prospect that their CEO and others would be out of limits to our justice system which would be a convenient way to avoid subpoenas concerning fraud and mismanagement in the government contract works in Iraq. Nick Anderson's cartoon is an ironic look back in history at the coronation of King George   []   and President Cheney.   They both ruled in grand style with hardly a whimper from the CON-gress or the mindless masses of Ma and Pa America's huddled in their 'give a $hit' - 'long as it don't affect my life, I don't care' mode.   Thanks mainly to the rubber stamp congress their unadulterated spending and killing spree was funded and approved at every step for four years. It is time for accountability and the New Wave 110th U.S. Congress has the ability and the mandate to stop the NeoCon War Machine.   I know I should be patient but it has been a hard struggle since 2004 when I could no longer tollerate the injustices being done to our nation and our constitution.   Who will be the last to die for Bush's lies...? Torture, Treason, Corruption, Lies and Incompetence...   . . . Known by their works :: • The Republicans 2000 - 2008 bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • Culture Of Corruption • Criminality Of Bush • Profits Of War • Bush [...]



The Nuremberg Declaration

2007-03-17T05:19:51.192-04:00

Re-sign and Ratify... ƒcThe following is the full text of the Nuremberg Declaration delivered to the head of the Documentation Center for the Crimes of the Nazi Party, the group responsible for maintaining Room 600 in the Nuremberg Courthouse where Nazi leaders were tried and convicted of war crimes in 1945 and 1946. The declaration calls on the United States to reverse the decision of the Bush administration and re-sign and ratify the International Criminal Court treaty (Rome statute). NUREMBERG DECLARATION on International Criminal Court The Nuremberg War Trials marked the birth date of a new age in international law -- the creation of an International Tribunal to try war criminals. Mr. Robert Jackson, the Allied Forces' Chief Prosecutor, stated on various occasions in 1945 that, "the U.S. itself will be bound in the future by the rules they are imposing on the German war criminals in Nuremberg today. Fifty seven years elapsed between the Nuremberg War Trials and the commissioning of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on July 1, 2002. However, the United States, under the presidency of George W. Bush, did not participate in the foundation of the ICC. Instead, the Bush administration threatened the use of military forces in the event that an American national was ever tried before the ICC. The continued refusal of the United States government to become a party to the ICC is an ongoing violation of the promises made at Nuremberg in 1945. The conduct exhibited by the United States over 61 years constitutes a breach of good faith proclaimed in 1945. A breach of faith that contravenes the moral basis for the Nuremberg War Trials of 1945 and is a lasting obstacle to the efforts of all peaceful nations that believe in the rule of law. Americans are urged to encourage their government to fulfill the promises made by Robert Jackson at Nuremberg in 1945 and become a party to the ICC as soon as practicable. Declared on the Documentation Center former Nazi Party parade grounds, Nuremberg, Germany, Dec. 7, 2006. There were six original signers of the declaration and it may be available for signatures by visitors to the Nuremberg Courthouse. We are also soliciting signatures for the Nuremberg Declaration by professionals from various sectors, including current and/or past affiliations. The following sectors are included: 1. Current and former members of legislatures -- national, state/provincial/territorial, local/municipal. 2. Current and former executive government officials -- national, state/provincial, local/municipal, tribal and territorial.(e.g., governors, mayors, county executives). 3. Current and former jurists -- national, state/provincial/territorial, local/municipal. 4. Members of the Fourth Estate, the press/media, publishers, editors, journalists. 5. Officials and faculty of educational institutions. 6. Legal professionals. 7. Members of the clergy/lay leadership. 8. Current and former members of the diplomatic corps. 9. Current and former non-governmental organization (NGO) officials 10. Current and former members of the military. 11. Current and former trade union officials. 12. Current and former business community officials. 13. Current and former intelligence agency and law enforcement officers. 14. Members of the film, art, literature, sports, and entertainment communities. 15. Political party officials. Signatures can be sent to: wmreditor@waynemadsenreport.com waynemadsendc@hotmail.com The current plans are to collect signatures from Nuremberg and from e-mail and present them, along with the Nuremberg Declaration, to the relevant congressional committees with a view to persuade them to initiate the proper legislation to ensure that the United States becomes[...]



Draining The Swamp

2007-03-16T12:00:50.331-04:00

PurgeGate and Beyond... ƒc There may be much more serious issues floating to the surface in the swamp due to the PurgeGate being opened.   Much more indeed. Update :: 12:00 pm :: Glenn Greenwald has detailed information   []   on this issue as well as a link to another letter to Gone-zales from Senators Feingold, Kennedy and Durbin. Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold On the National Journal Report that the Attorney General Advised the President to Shut Down the OPR Investigation of the NSA Program   [] Congress and the American public deserve to know whether the Attorney General of the United States acted ethically and appropriately. The President should immediately issue the clearances needed to permit the Office of Professional Responsibility’s NSA investigation to proceed, regardless of whether the Attorney General himself is a target. That investigation should also consider whether the Attorney General conducted himself properly in making his recommendation to the President. Obviously, the Attorney General must recuse himself from any further involvement in this matter. Feingold, Kennedy and Durbin ask the A.G. in their letter :: When did you learn that you were the target of the OPR Investigation? Who advised you that you were the target of the OPR Investigation? Did you inform President Bush that you were the target of the OPR Investigation? The  Gavel Chairman Conyers Writes to Attorney General Gonzales   [] Conyers Demands More Answers from Attorney General Gonzales (Washington, DC)- Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales demanding he answer allegations that he may have advised the President to shut down an Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) inquiry into the Administration's domestic wiretapping surveillance program because of his role in the program. An article posted in today's online version of the National Journal alleges that Gonzales anticipated the inquiry would focus on his role in the wire-tapping project so he advised the President to end it by denying necessary security clearances to investigators. "It would be an extraordinary abuse of authority if you advised the President on this matter after learning that your own conduct was to be investigated," Conyers wrote. "The decision by the President to shut down the OPR investigation by denying security clearances to key Department personnel was itself extremely unusual, controversial and, in our view, improper. But the issue of your role in advising the President on this question raises what may be even more serious concerns." EXCLUSIVE: E-Mails Show Rove's Role in U.S. Attorney Firings   [] The e-mails also show that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales discussed the idea of firing the attorneys en masse while he was still White House counsel, weeks before he was confirmed as attorney general. The e-mails directly contradict White House assertions that the notion originated with recently departed White House counsel Harriet Miers, and was her idea alone. Two independent sources in a position to know have described the contents of the e-mail exchange, which could be released as early as Friday. They put Rove at the epicenter of the imbroglio and raise questions about Gonzales’ explanations of the matter. Congresswoman Linda Sánchez, Chairwoman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, also comments: "These emails, if the reports are accurate, are the clearest evidence that the Bush Administration has been lying to the public, the Congress, and perhaps even among its own ranks, about its scheme to purge federal prosecutors. This would be a deliberate attempt to place partisan ideology at the center of the justice system in a way not seen since the Watergate scandal. "It is time for the Bush Administration to come clean. Who made the decision to fire these U.S. Attorneys, why did they do it,[...]



Gone-zales Under The Bus

2007-03-15T10:58:43.039-04:00

Just a Matter of Time...ƒc Republicans standing up and calling foul from Abu Gone-ales is really no surprise.   There are 21 up for re-election in 2008.   More to follow I would suspect, the longer this scandal continues to grow. Sununu knew it was time to start distancing himself from his fellow rubber-stampers.   By being the first Republican Senator to call for Abu's resignation he is looking to lead the crowd.   For an interesting perspective of what he has stood for lately take a look at BlueHampshire's sununu tag and MYDD's Sununu Voting Record which lead you to many details. A Republican Rep from California has jumped on the bus.   This guy Issa is an even more interesting read than Sununu.   He had just been celebrating getting Lam fired when all this blew up on the front pages...   Next... Issa: 'Congress was lied to'Calls for ouster of attorney general if involved in providing false information to lawmakers   [] U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa said Wednesday he was "outraged" that executive branch officials recently gave a congressional hearing misleading and inaccurate testimony based on information that both the Department of Justice and the White House knew to be untrue. He said that if Attorney General Alberto Gonzales had any role in false information being given to Congress, "he should not be able to continue in his job." bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • PurgeGate • Abu Gonzales • Obstruction of Justice • Perjury • Criminality Of Bush • Bush [...]



PurgeGate

2007-03-13T09:10:48.770-04:00

If a lie is a crime, Bush is a master criminal...ƒc It's the cover-up, Stupid...   Well it's being stupid when you cover-up that is the hallmark of the Bush Administration.   The NeoCons who could not shoot straight.   The Republicans who sold their soul to the Devil when whitewashing over the first six years of scandals from the Karl Rove Dirty Political Tricks Handbook.   Cheney the Co-President constantly doing his "Bagdad Bob" routine for the Faux News 23%ers.   The unindicted co-conspirators, The Main Stream Media who fell right in step with the war drums and the lies that started them a thumpin' and turned a blind eye to the logical and rational reasons not to pre-impetively invade nations with sovereigninity ... PurgeGate is just now developing into a full scale "Katrina" for the little cowboy.   The lies and deceit are being lined up one after the other in what will be a domino effect when the tipping point is reached.   How many of the neocon-rustler's men will fall eventually is the only question.   [] Torquemada Gonzales lied to Congress...   He's toast...   Torquemada's chief of staff [] D. Kyle Sampson fell on his sword yesterday.   He's toast...   [] Domenici and Wilson are caught in blatent obstruction of justice.   They are toast...   And the band played on, PurgeGate :: a catchy tune [] written by Harriet Miers, with a slow tempo to start with but it's pickin' up in the latest stanzas now baby...   It's easy to dance to, it's got those little neocon tootsies just a twitchin'...   Story Developing ... bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • PurgeGate • Abu Gonzales • Harriet Miers • Culture Of Corruption • Criminality Of Bush • Bush [...]



Criminality Of Bush

2007-03-11T10:20:47.881-04:00

Not Just Liberal Conjecture Anymore... memeorandum ƒcThe conviction of I. 'Scooter' Lewis Libby set history on it's proper course in documenting the Criminality of George W. Bush.   No longer conjecture or speculation on the part of Liberals, pen has been set to paper and this is just the beginning because he no longer has a congress that is willing to white-wash over his illegalities. Following less than a week after Rove thru Scooter under the bus, we are informed that the FBI (Federal Bureau of Incompetence) has violated all kinds of laws set up by the Patriot Act.   I'm sure the WingNuts are all still in a state of denial, as usual, but should likely see that there are Republicans as well as Democrats expressing outrage at this latest revelation of the Criminality of Bush.   Abu Gonzales has caught some much needed flak from some Republicans this week for the firing of the US Attorneys.   Republicans Domenici and Wilson have been caught up in a possible obstruction charge in that scandal and face investigations. It is a sad state of affairs that the rule of law has been replaced by the rule of hubris and incompetence.   Instead of making this country safer, Bush has created a mess that even his daddy can't fix this time.   It is looking more and more like the little cowboy was right when he said this mess would be waiting for the next administration to clean up.   Kinda makes me want to vote Republican just so they, the Republicans who enabled the NeoCons are the ones to shoulder the responsibility for cleaning up what the little cowboy broke...   Well...   Maybe not...   They would probably just continue to screw things up... washingtonpost.com Report Details Missteps in Data Collection By R. Jeffrey Smith   [] Over a three-year period ending in 2005, the FBI collected intimate information about the lives of a population roughly the size of Bethesda's -- 52,000 -- and stored it in an intelligence database accessible to about 12,000 federal, state and local law enforcement authorities and to certain foreign governments. The FBI did so without systematically retaining evidence that its data collection was legal, without ensuring that all the data it obtained matched its needs or requests, without correctly tallying and reporting its efforts to Congress, and without ferreting out all of its abuses and reporting them to an intelligence oversight board. "We believe," the inspector general's office said in a summary of whether and how often the tool might have jeopardized the privacy of U.S. residents, "that a significant number of NSL-related violations are not being identified or reported by the FBI." Continue Reading This Article... New York Times Justice Department Says F.B.I. Misused Patriot Act By DAVID JOHNSTON and ERIC LIPTON   [] Robert S. Mueller III, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, called a news conference today to accept responsibility for the lapses, and to pledge his best efforts to see that they are not repeated. "How could this happen?" Mr. Mueller asked rhetorically. "Who is to be held accountable? And the answer to that is, I am to be held accountable." Details of the inspector general’s report emerged on Thursday, a day ahead of its formal publication, as Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and other officials struggled to tamp down a Congressional uproar over another issue, the ouster of eight United States attorneys. Mr. Gonzales told Democratic and Republican senators that the Justice Department would drop its opposition to a change in a one-year-old rule for replacing federal prosecutors, senators and Justice Department officials said. Mr. Gonzales offered the concession at a private meeting on Capitol Hill with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mr. Gonzales also agreed to let the panel question Justice Department officials involved in the[...]



Dems Reject Fox

2007-03-10T07:06:59.040-05:00

Just Said NO... memeorandum ƒc By way of memeorandum and Middle Earth Journal we learn that the Nevada Democratic Party and the promoters of the Democratic Primary Debate that was to be aired on Faux have annouuced that it will not happen.   I temper my pleasure of this development with the fact that some friends involved in the area explained how the Dems wanted to reach out to Faux viewers in hopes of strengthening their numbers.   In a rational world dealing with a ration bona fide news organization, that would have been noble enough reason to pursue this objective.   Faux however is not a real news organization and Bush's Amerika is hardly a rational world. MIDDLE EARTH JOURNALOnline Pamphleteers Just say no to Pravda By Ron   [] I have always felt that the Democrats should simply ignore Fox. When Democratic politicians appear on FOX they give it a legitimacy it does not deserve. It's not a news organization but a propaganda organ for the Bush/Cheney administration and neocon lunatics like Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes. Letting FOX host a Democratic debate was just plain stupid. Huffington Post confirms it's dead and this from an e-mail I received from Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films. Today, Senator Harry Reid and the NV Democrat Party announced they would drop a FOX-sponsored debate scheduled for August - citing FOX President Roger Ailes remarks last night that compared Barack Obama to Osama Bin Laden as the final straw. "We hope this sets a precedent for all Democrats - that FOX should be treated as a right-wing misinformation network, not legitimized as a neutral source of news," said Eli Pariser, Executive Director of MoveOn.org Civic Action. "John Edwards, Harry Reid, the Nevada Democratic Party, and grassroots progressives across the nation deserve credit for standing up to Fox's right-wing agenda." Continue Reading This Article... bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • Democrats • Faux News • NeoCons • Bush [...]



National Security Letters

2007-03-09T12:19:33.314-05:00

Ignore Congress...   Ignore the Rule Of Law ƒcGlenn Greenwald notes that the Silent Patriot at Crooks & Liars points to the fact that the possible lawbreaking by the FBI concerning NSL's is rooted in the Signing Statements Bush penned when the Patriot Act was renewed in 2006.   So much for accountability from this criminal administration.   Will the Dems have the guts to force the issue...?   Story Developing... Glenn Greenwald The FBI's lawbreaking is tied directly to President Bush Multiple media outlets are focusing on the unsurprising story that the FBI seems to have been abusing its powers under the Patriot Act to issue so-called "national security letters" (NSLs), whereby the FBI is empowered to obtain a whole array of privacy-infringing records without any sort of judicial oversight or subpoena process. In particular, the FBI has failed to comply with the legal obligations imposed by Congress, when it re-authorized the Patriot Act in early 2006, which required the FBI to report to Congress on the use of these letters. That the FBI is abusing its NSL power is entirely unsurprising (more on that below), but the real story here -- and it is quite significant -- has not even been mentioned by any of these news reports. The only person (that I've seen) to have noted the most significant aspect of these revelations is Silent Patriot at Crooks & Liars, who very astutely recalls that the NSL reporting requirements imposed by Congress were precisely the provisions which President Bush expressly proclaimed he could ignore when he issued a "signing statement" as part of the enactment of the Patriot Act's renewal into law. Put another way, the law which the FBI has now been found to be violating is the very law which George Bush publicly declared he has the power to ignore. Continue Reading This Article...   -•-   Technorati Cosmos bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • National Security Letters • Signing Statements • Unitary Executive • Bush [...]



Guess Libby's Pardon Date - Win a T-Shirt

2007-03-07T12:37:30.231-05:00

Just a matter of time...? memeorandum ƒc News from memeorandum, my favorite political news/blog aggrigator.   They are gonna offer a free t-shirt to anyone who guesses when bushji pardons scooter.   Will he do it?   I would not be surprised in the least. What does he have to lose...?   Only the 23 percent club, NeoCon enabling wingnuts extraordinaire still believe in the little cowboy.   Besides he already has an administration packed with ex-cons from the WaterGate era.   So what is the big deal. I just hope whoever is in charge when he is removed from office do not even think about a pardon for him. washingtonpost.com Guess Libby's Pardon Date, Win a T-Shirt By Al Kamen   [] The verdict is in! Now it's time for the In the Loop Pardon Scooter Contest! Yes, simply pick the date that President Bush will pardon Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who, according to federal sentencing guidelines, is looking at 18 months to three years in the slammer. Send your entries -- one date only: month, day and year -- to: intheloop@washpost.com. Ten people closest to the pardon date will receive a coveted In the Loop T-shirt. You must include your name and telephone numbers to be eligible. Deadline is March 14, assuming Bush doesn't act before then. Continue Reading This Article... bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • Scooter Libby • WingNut • NeoCon • Plame • Bush [...]



Coulter GAYte

2007-03-05T19:06:26.644-05:00

Conservative Homophobia...   Hypocritical Values... ƒc Coulter has finally committed the unforgivable sin.   She has let the country know that a lot of the 'conservative' base that she spews her venom to, don't care what she says about libruls.   Kinda funny that most of these upstanding conservative bloggers and beltway wannabe pundits had little to say before this latest flap. Now they band together to   []   write a letter condemning her slur that Edwards is a faggot.   Where were they when she was calling for the deaths of New York Times personnel and all the other hate speech that she has made famous...?   It was OK then because she was pampering to the base and the NeoCon - 'good old boys' network at the top thought that was just fine...   My my my...   What a difference a Democratic Landslide Election in 06 and the prospect of more to come in 08, will make... Note ::   Had no cable or internet for a couple of days.   Health problems and a bad attitude will keep posting at a minimum for a while...   Until I can get that good ol' "Kick Bush in the Teeth" attitude back... bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • Coulter • WingNut • NeoCon • Conservative • Republican • Homophobia • Bush [...]



Conyers' Subpoena Power

2007-03-02T08:24:43.874-05:00

Finally, Some Substantive Action... ƒc John Conyers Jr. is the first to wield the power of the subpoena in the 110th Congress.   This is no surprise to me.   Since the release of the Downing Street Memo, and subsequent revelations of abuse of power, John Conyers has been the most consistent of all the politicians in trying to confront this loose cannon in the White House.       McCLATCHYWASHINGTON BUREAU Sources: GOP lawmakers tried to influence federal investigation WASHINGTON - Sen. Pete Domenici and Rep. Heather Wilson of New Mexico pressured the U.S. attorney in their state to speed up indictments in a federal corruption investigation that involved at least one former Democratic state senator, according to two people familiar with the contacts. The alleged involvement of the two Republican lawmakers raises questions about possible violations of House of Representatives and Senate ethics rules and could taint the criminal investigation into the award of an $82 million courthouse contract. On Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., issued subpoenas to require Iglesias and three other ousted U.S. attorneys to testify before Congress. Continue Reading This Article...     -•-      Technorati Cosmos ( Blogs Who Link To This Article ) U.S. House Of RepresentativesCommittee On The Judiciary Chairman :: John Conyers Jr.Committee Schedule :: March 6 - 8, 2007 March 6, 2007 Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law Hearing: “H.R. 580, Restoring Checks and Balances in the Confirmation Process of U.S. Attorneys” March 7, 2007 Full Committee Hearing: “Protecting the Right to Vote: Election Deception and Irregularities in Recent Federal Elections” March 8, 2007 (am) Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Hearing on: “The McNulty Memorandum's Effect on the Right to Counsel in Corporate Investigations.” March 8, 2007 (pm) Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property Hearing: “An Update – Piracy on University Networks” bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • Conyers • Congressional Oversight • Subpoena Power • U.S. Attorneys • 110th Congress • Bush [...]



Iraq Leads Condi Follows

2007-02-28T07:42:12.597-05:00

No Choice But To Tag Along, I suspect... ƒc Has her power become so strong that she has actually convinced "The Decider" that he better get up off his ass and do something or the Middle East and it's oil is going to hell in a hand-basket...   I imagine it is more likely that she is having to drag the screaming little cowboy back into reality.   It's not very likely that he has made such a rational decision on his own...   I may have to quit marking up the side of the newspaper with "NeoCon" every time I see her name...   Well...   May have to reserve judgment on that one for a while... (visions of mushroom clouds keep poppin' into my mind) washingtonpost.com U.S. Will Join Talks With Iran And Syria Rice Announces Policy Shift as Iraq Plans Conferences The United States agreed yesterday to join high-level talks with Iran and Syria on the future of Iraq, an abrupt shift in policy that opens the door to diplomatic dealings the White House had shunned in recent months despite mounting criticism. "I would note that the Iraqi government has invited all of its neighbors, including Syria and Iran, to attend both of these regional meetings," Rice told the Senate Appropriations Committee. Continue Reading This Article...     -•-      Technorati Cosmos ( Blogs Who Link To This Article ) She also told this same committee that she didn't know why the Iraqi were not spending the ten billion dollars we gave them for reconstruction.   I imagine they look at it like we are the ones who shock-n-awed the place to hell and back so we are the ones who are gonna have to pay for fixin' it...   They may have done some research and found out how we treated red people (Native Americans) and decided they shouldn't let brown people get treated the same way.   I wonder if Condi got the term "Indian Giver" laid on her...   When ya think about it, we have been really big on giving away money in Iraq for the last four years... [Including Arming Al-Queda (you know - the ones who are killin' our people) with help from the Family Saud]   That ten billion may be the only money in Iraq that is not buying guns and bullets that end up killin' our folks... Just about the time you think they have turned the corner on their Idiot-ology, up jumps the devil and they sink to newer and more devious lows...   How low can these people get...?   Somebody needs to throw the little cowboy a rope...   Does Condi have the ass to dig her boot heels into the sands of Mesopotamia and pull them all out of the hole the NeoCons have dug for them...?   Story Developing... bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • Rice • Iraq • Iran • Syria • Bush [...]



Draft Gore

2007-02-27T10:24:06.290-05:00

Non-Official Grassroots Effort... ƒc This country needs Al Gore.   The grassroots efforts like this and the website Gore 08 are keeping our hopes alive.   For some background on why it is still possible for Gore to still run, check out The Politico article that states he can wait until the fall of 2007 before he must really decide.   Let's hope for some sanity to return to our national stage with the announcement later this year that he will run for and be elected the next President of these United States of America...   Over a thousand people have signed this petition since yesterday...   Join us in helping Al decide... DRAFTGORE.COM Draft Gore 08 He's eloquent, passionate, relentless, undaunted. The first political figure to oppose the Iraq war, Al Gore is also the lead champion in the fight against global warming, a passionate defender of our Constitution, and an unyielding voice against the Bush Administration's abuse of power. Given his unmatched experience and leadership on issues of moral imperative, Gore is increasingly seen as Democrats' best bet to win back the White House. Dear Vice President Gore: Americans from every corner of our nation are calling on you. Please listen to our plea and run for the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States in 2008. Never before has America needed a leader of your stature, vision and experience more than now. The next presidential election will be the most crucial one in our history, and you are the only Democrat who can unite the country and lead us to victory. And this country -- indeed, the entire world -- cannot afford anything less. Our nation and the planet itself are entering “a period of consequences,” as you so well stated in “An Inconvenient Truth,” but in more ways than one. We are ruled by a government of the powerful and for the powerful -- a government that tramples our Constitution, wages unjust war in our name, sacrifices our economic future, and puts our very planet on the endangered species list. America and the world need you now more than ever. Be our candidate. Run for president. And we pledge that we'll be there for you every day until the last vote is counted.     -•-      Technorati Cosmos ( Blogs Who Link To This Petition ) bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • Al Gore • Election 08 • Democratic Party [...]



Shiite Crescent

2007-02-26T10:02:33.925-05:00

Iran/Contra Redux... Congratulations to Al Gore for winning the Oscar for Best Documentary ƒc Seems history is repeating itself once again, as I have noted several times on these pages.   The instances have been replete and the analogies accurate in so many ways.   This latest farce in idiot-ology [Ideology of BushThink - (Yes, I made this term up and will soon list it at Wikipedia)] says they are gonna finesse their way to victory in their Conquest of The Middle East.   Those sly devils...   I am sure we will hear more of how they plan to dominate The Shiite Crescent... Digby's reaction to Seymour Hersh's "The Redirection" :: Hullabaloo Rube Goldberg Policy Contraption This is the part that gets me. When Bush brought that war criminal piece of garbage Elliott Abrams back in to the government we all should have known they were going down this road: The Bush Administration’s reliance on clandestine operations that have not been reported to Congress and its dealings with intermediaries with questionable agendas have recalled, for some in Washington, an earlier chapter in history. Two decades ago, the Reagan Administration attempted to fund the Nicaraguan contras illegally, with the help of secret arms sales to Iran. Saudi money was involved in what became known as the Iran-Contra scandal, and a few of the players back then—notably Prince Bandar and Elliott Abrams—are involved in today’s dealings. Today we have the DOD equivalent of Brownie running around with boatload of cash making deals with Muslim extremists and Saudi princes, whom the administration has divided up into completely useless designations of "reformer" and extremist." Nobody knows who's talking to who or what agenda they really have. Liberals think up complex plots like this and make them into movies. Republicans steal billions from the taxpayers and actually try to implement their hare-brained schemes. Continue Reading This Article...     -•-      Technorati Cosmos ( Blogs Who Link To This Article ) Source Article ::   THE REDIRECTION - Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?   - by Seymour Hersh Hat Tip to AnyMouse from the Comments to the Post below for the inspiration to create a new Bushism's hyphenated descriptor of the NeoCon MindSet.   (Please note capital letters placed appropriately throughout)   I am sure coining the term :: Idiot-ology - and the overuse of hyphens, commas, apostrophes and capital letters will assure me a place in history.   I am going to flagrantly insist that I made up this term, whether I am actually the first to use it or not.   After all, what is a little plagarism amoung liberals...   Once again, AnyMouse... Thanks bud...   Your fellow Maverick...   - fc bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • Seymour Hersh • Pentagon • NeoCons • Bush [...]



NeoCons In The Pentagon

2007-02-25T13:23:13.855-05:00

How many and what tell are they doing...? ƒc We know Rummy is gone but how many and which ones of his NeoCon cronies are left in the Pentagon.   A hint comes from the information Cernig at NewsHog posts about the Generals threatening to resign if Bush attacks Iran.Cernig quotes a bit of info from Seymour Hersh's upcoming article which tells us that another "Office of Special Plans" (Douglas Feith and NeoCon Crew) type unit has been set up under the Office of The Joint Cheifs.   If this is the reality and knowing Gen. Pace's stance about Iran, it only seems logical that this new initiative is being forced on them from what would be left of the NeoCon contingency - post Rumsfeld. Hopefully the wiser heads in the top positions in our military will make it known to the war-monger in chief that his war making days are over... NEWSHOG London Times- US Generals Will Revolt Over Iran Attack A couple of days ago, I posted about Gwynne Dyer's claim that Gen. Peter Pace, the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs, was prepared to resign if the White House insisted on war with Iran over threadbare "evidence". Now, the London Sunday Times has a report which says it may well be more than just Pace, co-written by the interesting partnership of Michael Smith (who broke the Downing Street Memo story and is widely regarded as the British intelligence community's spokesman in the UK press) and Sarah Baxter (a well-connected pro-American insider in US military and diplomatic circles oft-quoted by neocon pundits). I suggested back when Pace first broke with the until-then White House line on Iran that he might have been one of Sy Hersh's sources for his report that the Pentagon's generals were revolting over White House plans to use tactical nukes in any Iran strike. Now, Hersh is in the news again with a forthcoming story about alleged US contingency plans for an attack: NEW YORK (Reuters) - Despite the Bush administration's insistence it has no plans to go to war with Iran, a Pentagon panel has been created to plan a bombing attack that could be implemented within 24 hours of getting the go-ahead from President George W. Bush, The New Yorker magazine reported in its latest issue. The special planning group was established within the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in recent months, according to an unidentified former U.S. intelligence official cited in the article by investigative reporter Seymour Hersh in the March 4 issue. Continue Reading This Article...     -•-      Technorati Cosmos ( Blogs Who Link To This Article ) Update ::   THE REDIRECTION - Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?   - by Seymour Hersh bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • Pentagon • NeoCons • Bush [...]



Freeze Out Fox News

2007-02-21T18:12:55.574-05:00

Gimme One Good Reason... ƒc Faux News is a farse...   It is not news, it is propoganda.   What are the Dems in Nevada thinking...?   They are not going to get a fair deal from the NeoCon Mouthpieces at Faux News.   Faux News watchers are not going to vote Democratic and they know it.   Sign this letter to Nevada Democratic Party Leaders and tell them to say NO-TO-FOX... [blogpac.org] Tell Democrats to Freeze Out Fox News The Nevada Democratic Party is working with Fox News Channel to host a debate with all the Democratic Party presidential candidates in August. This is, to put it mildly, insane. Fox News is a partisan Republican propaganda outlet, not a news station, and it is irresponsible for any candidate or party official to lend it the immense credibility of a presidential forum. It would be better to do this on MSNBC, CNN, C-Span, or just stream it on the Internet where progressive blogs can carry it. I understand that the Nevada Democratic Party has decided to allow Fox News to televise the Democratic presidential debate on August 14, 2007 in Reno. I believe this is a mistake and I hope you will reconsider supporting this decision. It is obvious to Democratic primary voters that Fox News is openly hostile to the Democratic Party with its exclusive line-up of conservative voices and conservative slant in its news. It's highly unlikely that its partisan audience will be persuaded to vote for Democrats nor should Democratic partisans be forced to patronize such a hostile news network to see its candidates debate one another. More importantly, Fox News may choose to follow the example it set in a previous presidential debate when it cut away from the debate before it even finished to immediately offer a negative spin from their commentator in the studio, William Bennett. The audience had no time to absorb any positive message they may have received before they were inundated with a harshly partisan Republican spin on the entire Democratic field. They also put up a banner behind the candidates reading “Democrat Candidate Debate” instead of “Democratic Candidate Debate,” asked loaded questions, and produced vicious post-debate news “reports.” This did nothing to serve the Democratic candidates or the Democratic Party as a whole, and it certainly wasn’t “unfiltered.” If Fox news were the only outlet available that would be one thing. But many outlets exist which would be thrilled to give the Democratic candidates a platform and a chance to make their case to the television audience without partisan Republican spin. I would urge you to retract your support for this counterproductive agreement and seek another news network to host this important event.     -•-      Technorati Cosmos ( Blogs Who Link To This Petition ) The Petition Site has another petition in the same vein as this one... bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • Democratic Presidential Debate • Fox News • Bush [...]



Wounded From Iraq :: Neglected

2007-02-20T05:11:30.773-05:00

This Must be the true Bizarro World of George Bush... Update :: The Army started repairs to Building 18 yesterday after this story by Dana Priest and Ann Hull.   Way to Go Ladies... ƒc History has come full circle once again in Bush's Bizarro World.   Wounded, criple and crazy all at the hands of a system that is overwhelmed.   We only have to think back to Katrina to realize how out of control this administration can be.   Now we get a glimse of the nightmare world that many Vietnam Vets went through in much the same kind of system.   This is very sad note in our 21st Century Bush's Amerika... washingtonpost.com Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration At Army's Top Medical Facility By Dana Priest and Anne Hull Washington Post Staff Writers Sunday, February 18, 2007; Page A01 Behind the door of Army Spec. Jeremy Duncan's room, part of the wall is torn and hangs in the air, weighted down with black mold. When the wounded combat engineer stands in his shower and looks up, he can see the bathtub on the floor above through a rotted hole. The entire building, constructed between the world wars, often smells like greasy carry-out. Signs of neglect are everywhere: mouse droppings, belly-up cockroaches, stained carpets, cheap mattresses. This is the world of Building 18, not the kind of place where Duncan expected to recover when he was evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center from Iraq last February with a broken neck and a shredded left ear, nearly dead from blood loss. But the old lodge, just outside the gates of the hospital and five miles up the road from the White House, has housed hundreds of maimed soldiers recuperating from injuries suffered in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Continue Reading This Article...     -•-      Technorati Cosmos ( Blogs Who Link To This Article )  ±  Click To Expand    Quotes From Other Blogs about this issue :: StreetProphetsA Daily Kos Community It’s getting worse by pastordan Sat Feb 17th, 2007 at 18:58:21 PST There's more, much more: disoriented soldiers with fractured skulls being handed a map and told to find their way across the base, psychologically fragile vets being left alone in an unsecured building on a drug-dealing corner, bureaucratic nightmares that swallow up months of work at making improvements. I'm with Aravosis on this: Forget the agenda Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reid had planned. It's high time we helped our troops. And if the Republicans won't do it, then we will. Let's ensure that the American people and our troops know which party got them into this mess, and which party is getting them out of it. Let the hearings and investigation and legislation begin until we fix these problems once and for all. PANDAGON Shame of the Bush Admin — deplorable conditions in Army hospital by Pam Spaulding February 18th, 2007 Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration At Army’s Top Medical Facility. He sends them to fight in his military misadventures without enough armor, wears the best and the brightest down with stop-loss orders, and now, in the WaPo, we learn how Dear Leader takes care of his war-injured men and women. When you read this mind-boggling piece by Dana Priest and Anne Hull about Walter Reed Army Medical Center, one can only imagine what kind of hailstorm of criticism would hit if a Dem sat in the Oval Office. bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • Military • Wounded Vets • Bush [...]



Senate White Flags

2007-02-18T08:00:20.518-05:00

The Senate's Republicans... NO-TO-BUSH ƒc We have compiled a list of Republican in the House who have stood up and said NO-TO-BUSH.   We now have a list in the Senate that have done so also. As John Murtha has stated and re(d)-stated several times over that this is not the vote that counts.   The one that counts is the first one to start taking power from the megalomaniac in the White House. We will only see America turning a corner when Congress truely and not just symbolically says :: NO TO B U S H A point all the WingNuts keep forgetting is stated by Instaputz regarding the attacks on Murtha.   So quickly do they foget after a nationally voted mandate for change that the real American Body Politic also says :: NO TO B U S H The Senate's White Flag Republicans John Warner (Virginia)Norm Coleman (Minnesota)Arlen Specter (Pennsylvania) Chuck Hagel (Nebraska)Gordon Smith (Oregon)Susan Collins (Maine)Olympia Snowe (Maine) The true tests of the Republicans willing to stand up for America will start to take place when the legislation in binding.   Then and only then will the truth to power be raised proudly back to the rule of law.   The majority of the people of this great nation have spoken.   It is time for Congress to do it's job and return to the people the power to set the course.   For six long years a small wingnut minority has run rampant without control.   It is time to start taking the first real legislative steps to take that control back...   Now... bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • Electronic Voting • Senate • 110th Congress • Bush • White Flag Republicans [...]



Ban Paperless Ballots

2007-02-17T12:13:53.235-05:00

Bolster Voter Confidence... ƒc It is imperative that we support changes like this to ensure our democracy survives... MoveOn.ORGPolitical Action Ban Paperless Ballots A new bill in Congress would ban paperless voting. It's got enough support to pass, but time is short. This week, the Democratic leadership is deciding what Congress will take up next. If they don't put voting on the agenda, there simply won't be time to make the change by the 2008 presidential election. Sign this petition to ask the Democratic leaders in Congress to ban paperless voting before it's too late. "Congress must ban paperless voting in time for the 2008 election. As voters, we support Rep. Rush Holt's paper ballots bill." TO: (Your senators and representative) FROM: (Your name and email) SUBJECT: Ban paperless voting Dear Senators and Representative, (Your personal note) Congress must ban paperless voting in time for the 2008 election. As voters, we support Rep. Rush Holt's paper ballots bill.     -•-      Technorati Cosmos ( Blogs Who Link To This ) MoveOn :: Holt Reintroduces Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act :: H.R.811 :: Thomas.loc.gov "Senator wants District 13 answers," SarasotaHerald-Tribune, February 8, 2007 "Holt Reintroduces Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act," VoteTrust USA, February 6, 2007 "An Important Election Safeguard," NewYork Times, June 10, 2005 "A Vote We Can Believe In," WashingtonPost, October 10, 2006 "A Warning in Florida," Roll Call,December 6, 2006 bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • Electronic Voting • H.R.811 • 110th Congress • Bush • MoveOn.org [...]



White Flag Republicans

2007-02-17T00:12:21.244-05:00

Surrender Monkeys... ƒc Hugh Hewitt at Townhall is truely disappointed in the White Flag Republican Surrender Pachyderms that voted with the Democrats on the non-binding resolution against the surge.   He is not going to contribute to the RNCC this year because they support the WFR's...   That's a good deal...   If these are your reps, please contact them and let them know you appreciate their vote... White Flag Republicans Michael Castle Howard Coble Tom Davis John 'Jimmy' Duncan Philip English Wayne Gilchrest Bob Inglis Tim Johnson Walter Jones Ric Keller Mark Kirk Steven LaTourette Ron Paul Thomas Petri Jim Ramstad Fred Upton James Walsh Names are linked to their Contact Pages -•- http://www.house.gov/writerep/ Democrats.com and Instaputz are also talking about this...   -•-    Technorati Cosmos ( Blogs Who Link To This Site ) bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • White Flag Republicans • 110th Congress • Bush • War Of Terror [...]



Congressional Progressive Caucus

2007-02-16T12:13:41.986-05:00

71 Members Strong... ƒc The largest of all Democratic Caucus' :: The Congressional Progressive Caucus.   Seven new members in the 110th Congress...   All 71 members have signed a resolution to permanantly end funding for Bush's War Of Terror in Iraq...   They are on the record for putting a stop to flag draped aluminum caskets flying back in to Bush's Amerika under the cover of darkness...   Who will be the last to die for Bush's Lies...? Co-Chairs -•- Hon. Barbara Lee -•- Hon. Lynn Woolsey Neil Abercrombie Tammy Baldwin Xavier Becerra Madeleine Bordallo Robert Brady Corrine Brown Sherrod Brown Michael Capuano Julia Carson Donna Christensen Yvette Clarke William “Lacy” Clay Emanuel Cleaver Steve Cohen John Conyers Elijah Cummings Danny Davis Peter DeFazio Rosa DeLauro Keith Ellison Lane Evans Sam Farr Chaska Fattah Bob Filner Barney Frank Raul Grijalva Luis Gutierrez John Hall Phil Hare Maurice Hinchey Mazie Hirono Jesse Jackson, Jr. Sheila Jackson-Lee Hank Johnson Stephanie Tubbs Jones Marcy Kaptur Carolyn Kilpatrick Dennis Kucinich Tom Lantos Barbara Lee John Lewis David Loebsack Carolyn Maloney Ed Markey Jim McDermott James McGovern George Miller Gwen Moore Jerrold Nadler Eleanor Holmes-Norton Ed Pastor Donald Payne Charles Rangel Bobby Rush Bernie Sanders (Senate) Jan Schakowsky Jose Serrano Louis Slaughter Hilda Solis Pete Stark Bennie Thompson John Tierney Tom Udall Nydia Velazquez Maxine Waters Diane Watson Mel Watt Henry Waxman Peter Welch Lynn Woolsey Names are hotlinked to house.gov websites -•- blue links indicate my favorite congress critters -•-    Technorati Cosmos ( Blogs Who Link To This Site ) bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • Congressional Progressive Caucus • 110th Congress • Bush • War Of Terror [...]



Murtha at MoveCongress.org

2007-02-16T04:50:14.638-05:00

A Realistic Set of First Steps... ƒc Murtha talks about his position on the Iraq War with candor and realism.   Something missing when most politicians open their mouth.   Well worth the time to listen to what he has to say... Tom Andrews of MoveCongress Interviews Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) on the Iraq War. 24 min 24 sec - Feb 14, 2007 Google Video   -•-   MoveCongress.org bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • Iraq • Murtha • MoveCongress.org • Bush [...]



Murtha's Plan

2007-02-15T04:21:04.730-05:00

A Thousand Paper Cuts... ƒc It's about time someone came up with a workable solution to the madness that is George W. Bush.   I think John Murtha is just the person to do it.   When push comes to shove, just take the ability of the war-mongers to 'stop-loss' the troops there already, approve no money for new troops to be added along with the other ideas that Murtha is proposing.   Without bullet proof filibuster breaking votes in either houses, this is the only rational way to go as Booman concludes... MOVECONGRESS.org CHAIRMAN JACK MURTHA TO OUTLINE COMMITTEE STRATEGY ON BUSH’S IRAQ FUNDING REQUEST THURSDAY, FEB. 15th AT 11:00 AM EST Join Us! On Thursday, Congressman Jack Murtha, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, will outline new details of his strategy to use the president's Iraq funding request to begin the redeployment of troops from Iraq. The Defense Subcommittee has begun consideration of the president’s $93 billion supplemental appropriations request for Iraq. Action on the request will be the first opportunity for the new Congress to exercise its "power-of-the-purse." Chairman Murtha discusses his strategy in an online briefing with former Congressman Tom Andrews (D-ME), the National Director of the Win Without War coalition, sponsor of MoveCongress.org.  Technorati Cosmos ( Blogs Who Link To This ) The POLITICO House Democrats' New Strategy: Force Slow End to War Murtha's Plan Restrict the deployment of troops to Iraq unless they meet certain levels adequate manpower, equipment and training to succeed in combat. Limit the time and number of deployments by soldiers, Marines and National Guard units to Iraq, making it tougher for Pentagon officials to find the troops to replace units that are scheduled to rotate out of the country. Additional funding restrictions are also being considered by Murtha, such as prohibiting the creation of U.S. military bases inside Iraq. Dismantling the notorious Abu Ghraib prison. Closing the American detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "What we have staked out is a campaign to stop the war without cutting off funding" for the troops, said Tom Mazzie of Americans Against Escalation of the War in Iraq. "We call it the 'readiness strategy.'"  Technorati Cosmos ( Blogs Who Link To This ) EARTHtimes.org Rep. Murtha Partners With MoveOn Against Troop Escalation in Iraq /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman John Murtha will deliver a videotaped message to tens of thousands of MoveOn members across the country this Thursday night in an effort to help block President Bush's attempt to escalate his failed policy in Iraq. These events are held in coordination with Americans Against Escalation in Iraq (AAEI). AAEI includes :: Service Employees International Union   •   MoveOn.org Political Action   •   VoteVets.org   •   Center for American Progress Action Fund   •   USAction   •   Win Without War   •   Campaign for America's Future   •   Progressive States Network   •   Campus Progress   •   TrueMajority   •   Working Assets   •   United States Student Association  Technorati Cosmos ( Blogs Who Link To This ) bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • Iraq • Murtha &#[...]



The Resolution

2007-02-14T09:52:47.156-05:00

House's Resolution Against the Surge ƒcThe Moderate Voice has a copy of the resolution before the House...   Let's see if I got this straight...   Bush was given a mandate in Nov 2006 to put a halt to his madness but he of course ignores it.   The Congress that was elected in this mandate take a week to debate a resolution that means nothing to a madman.   To him it is just like our Constitution...   Just another piece of paper.   A small worthless waste of time while more people die in Iraq.   Brilliant...   Who will be the last to die for Bush's Lies...? CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Disapproving of the decision of the President announced on January 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq. Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That— (1) Congress and the American people will continue to support and protect the members of the United States Armed Forces who are serving or who have served bravely and honorably in Iraq; and (2) Congress disapproves of the decision of President George W. Bush announced on January 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq. bookmarks ⇒ Tags ::  Politics • Iraq • Surge • The Resolution • Bush [...]