Monday, July 31, 2006

Is Israel Looking for a Land Grab in Lebanon?

Friday, February 24, 2006

Republican Governor of Maryland ready to give it up to the Bushies on port deal

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Bush Threatens Veto Against Bid To Stop Port Deal

President Bush yesterday strongly defended an Arab company's attempt to take over the operation of seaports in Baltimore and five other cities, threatening a veto if Congress tries to kill a deal his administration has blessed.


Isn't this just about exactly the same paragraph that always starts an article on Bush defending his actions.

I guess Karl Rove just sends them a form article to fill in.

By saying lil' Bushie "strongly" defended they make him look less like the jiggly, smiling, dancing puppet for big business, fat cats, and politically unsavory types and more like a real leader.

But, of course, Bush --er the fat cats and undemocratic people he represents -- will get his -- their -- way again. Most likely, the Republicans in Congress will roll over and play dead as usual.

Monday, February 20, 2006

WP article shows the Apron Strings that Republican Congressionals are tied to.

At two key moments in recent days, White House officials contacted congressional leaders just ahead of intelligence committee meetings that could have stirred demands for a deeper review of the administration's warrantless-surveillance program, according to House and Senate sources.

In both cases, the administration was spared the outcome it most feared, and it won praise in some circles for showing more openness to congressional oversight.

But the actions have angered some lawmakers who think the administration's purported concessions mean little.


Good old Bush administration. Still controlling their cronies in Congress. What is it this time? Intimidation or promises to funnel big campaign contributions?

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Iraq: The Kindler, Gentler War

WP has 2 articles on a suddenly new kinder gentler war.

Vietnam Veterans Return to Duty in Iraq Seeking a Better Outcome

Fighting a Different War in Iraq


Either that or they've already started swarming the media with the propaganda that Rummy is pushing.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Mirror:The New New Orleans?

Mirror for a friend: Has anyone who's been to Disneyland seen the New New Orleans?

The only thing real in New Orleans Square are the guys in the bands.

You can see it in their eyes. The love of music.

New Orleans seems to be waiting on a firm promise and some sign of commitment on the strenghtening of those levees. Bush says he's waiting on some sign from the people there that they want to come back. Hmmmm who's in the more firm position? Maybe the president of the United States? The people who are needed to come back need security and jobs. That's only going to happen if those levees are rebuilt and improved. Lets not allow Bush to fail his way through on this one. Too many families futures are at stake.

Nagin should go with the casino plan.

If he got flack from the Republican side, he should remember that Mississippi thinks casinos are such a good idea they're bringing them ashore. I believe that was the governor's idea.

Can't Nagin find a place for casinos that doesn't mess up other people's neighborhoods?

If there are jobs, people will come home. People will rebuild.

I think the soul will come back, too. Casinos need music and entertainment too don't they? Wouldn't they rather have real New Orleans music and entertainment rather than a copy of Las Vegas junk if they are in New Orleans?

Mirror: Former Bush Ethics Counsel is under fire as NASA Inspector General

Mirror for a friend: Failing to investigate safety violations and threatening whistleblowers are the allegations being investigated by a watchdog group led by the FBI.

Did I mention this guy was Bush's Associate Counsels on Ethics before he was nominated to NASA's Inspector General?

Now I have this picture in my head of a little guy rolling over and over on the floor laughing till he pukes.

The complaints are being reviewed by the Integrity Committee of the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency. The complaints describe efforts by Cobb to shut down or ignore investigations on issues such as a malfunctioning self-destruct procedure during a space shuttle launch at the Kennedy Space Center, and the theft of an estimated $1.9 billion worth of data on rocket engines from NASA computers.

In documents obtained by The Washington Post and in interviews, NASA employees and former employees said Cobb's actions had contributed to a lack of attention to safety problems at NASA.

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The complaints against Cobb began to surface early last year, according to NASA research pilot Robert Rivers, when [Senator] Nelson's office was contacted regarding allegations of retaliation against Rivers in a dispute over aircraft safety at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

In early 2003, Rivers had refused to fly Langley's modified Boeing 757 research jet, saying NASA management had not addressed safety concerns that he and other pilots had raised over the previous 18 months. He was reassigned and eventually grounded. On Feb. 22, 2005, Cobb notified Rivers he was closing the IG's investigation without taking action.

The Hampton Roads Daily Press detailed these events in an article last April. Nelson forwarded it to Michael D. Griffin, NASA's new administrator, suggesting in a letter that Cobb "may have downplayed" the case "and may even have been involved in a cover-up." Nelson also wrote that "on occasion" he had heard of "similar allegations regarding the NASA IG."


Do read entire report especially the back pages where it gets deeper into what they know.

Reference on Cobb's previous position
Excerpt from article linked directly above:
Following nomination by President George Bush and confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Robert W. Cobb took office as NASA's Inspector General on April 22, 2002. In a formal ceremony in the NASA Administrator's office, Mr. Cobb was sworn in by the White House Counsel, Judge Alberto Gonzales.


Mr. Cobb was previously Associate Counsel to the President. In this role, he handled the administration of the White House ethics program under the supervision of the Counsel to the President and was responsible for administration of the conflict of interest and financial disclosure clearance processes for candidates for nomination to Senate-confirmed positions.

Mirror: CIA chief threatens the Press

Mirroring for a friend:What do you expect from another unqualified Bush crony? Exactly what we are getting here. An attack on whomever is standing up to Bush in the least bit.

A free press bothering the Little Emperor? Out it goes!

Just when we thought we couldn't get a worse one than George Tenet (whom the Republican controlled Senate forced on Clinton -- who wanted Anthony Lake) they found one.

I, will not be taking the word of a man who's gotten no further than a federal representative before being catipulted into the CIA directorship because he sponsored a bill calling for allowing Bush's CIA to spy on Americans within our own borders.

CIA Director Porter J. Goss told a Senate committee yesterday that unauthorized leaks of classified information about agency activities have caused "severe damage" to the CIA's operations and that journalists who report leaks should be questioned by a grand jury.

Appearing alongside Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte for an annual briefing on global threats for the Senate intelligence committee, Goss and other intelligence officials also defended the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program.

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Democrats charged that the White House has politicized the handling of intelligence by launching a week-long public defense of its efforts while refusing to divulge to Congress details of the program's reach.

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[Senator John D.] Rockefeller [D WV] said the information provided on the NSA's largest surveillance effort in the United States hardly amounted to briefings, particularly in contrast to details that Bush and top aides have publicly released in claiming its success at thwarting terrorist attacks.


"This rationale for withholding information from Congress is flat-out unacceptable and nothing more than political smoke," he said. "What is unique about this one particular program, among all the other sensitive NSA programs, that justifies keeping Congress in the dark?"


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Rockefeller, one of the few members of Congress briefed on the spy program, asked "whether the very independence of the U.S. intelligence community has been co-opted . . . by the strong, controlling hand of the White House."


Here's a Newsweek article on former Representative Goss's bill to allow the CIA to spy on and arrest Americans. The CIA was forbidden such actions before, to keep a president from having an agency like the Third Reich's SS. (An excerpt from an article about Goss's disturbing bill is near the bottom of this post.)

And laughibly Senator Pat Roberts is reported in the Washington Post report linked above as saying that Democrats were "down playing the threat of terrorism for political gain" Directly copying a liberal argument that the Republicans have been overplaying the threat of terrorism for political gain.

I am amazed that they are trying such a pathetic message board hack trick. We laugh at people on message boards if they have to copy the opposition.

If you have to copy your opposition, then you've already lost the argument.

But still as a report in the Washington Post the other day showed, the people working for money from the Republicans, from the bloggers, to the message board spammers, to the people who accost you on the street, or at the market, or in church and harangue you for hours about how great president Bush is, they will get a ping in their brain. A sensation of joy at reading Pat Robert's stupid little copy of a liberal argument. Ping. Oh goody, now we have something to say! Ping! We'll all repeat it a hundred times, and that makes it true!

Ping! The money we're getting from the American taxpayer to politic for Bush won't be taken away from us after November. Ping! We've got another Rovism to spread around.

Excerpt from Newsweek report on bill the CIA director introduced into Congress before his selection:

In effect, one former top U.S. intelligence community official told NEWSWEEK, the language in the Goss bill would enable the president to issue secret findings allowing the CIA to conduct covert operations inside the United States—without even any notification to Congress. The former official said the proposal appeared to have been generated by Goss’s staff on the House Intelligence Committee, adding that the language raises the question: “If you can’t control a staff of dozens, how are you going to control the tens of thousands of people who work for the U.S. intelligence community?”

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Bush dissing New Orleans? Of course.

This administration's base hates New Orleans, and hates spending money except on the affluent and wealthy.

So we find:

New strains emerged this week when Bush aides rejected a plan by Rep. Richard H. Baker (R-La.) to set up a government corporation that would buy back the mortgages of storm-damaged homes around New Orleans. Instead, the government limited the use of $6.2 billion in grants to the rebuilding of 20,000 homes destroyed outside federally insured flood zones.


In other words, the more affluent areas.

Didn't he say something a couple of weeks ago about how the private sector should pay for the recovery of New Orleans?

What is it? Are the New Orleans people supposed to sell their lots and move elsewhere like those on the Gulf Coast did?

That's not recovery. That's losing everything, expletive deleted.

And that's what coming to any American who gets hit by terror attack or other disaster under the uncaring and incompetent Bush administration.