[T]oday’s decision to shelve the contempt process, in violation of a federal statute, shows that the White House will go to any lengths to keep its role in the US Attorney firings hidden. In the face of such extraordinary actions, we have no choice but to proceed with a lawsuit to enforce the Committee's subpoenas.”
Friday, February 29, 2008
Sen. Shumer, Happy Now?
Mike Smith, R.I.P.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Why The Roman Catholic Church Really Sucks
The Diocese of Little Rock is urging its members not to donate to a breast cancer foundation known for its fundraising races across the globe because the group supports Planned Parenthood.
Here's Something To Be Really Proud Of
I'm to lazy/busy right now to look it up, but I bet the cost is just beyond belief. The ReThugs can breathe a sign of relief, Scooter Libby, among others, isn't in that statistical pool.
For the first time in the nation’s history, more than one in 100 American adults is ehind bars, according to a new report.
Nationwide, the prison population grew by 25,000 last year, bringing it to almost 1.6 million. Another 723,000 people are in local jails. The number of American adults is about 230 million, meaning that one in every 99.1 adults is behind bars.
Too bad somebody didn't label Bill Clinton the first Latino president.
The new Rasmussen poll shows Barack Obama taking a four-point lead in the Texas primary. Here are the numbers, compared to the previous poll from Sunday:
Obama 48% (+3)
Clinton 44% (-2)
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Frankly, I'm Not Unhappy
Change Is In The Air
Today was the special election for House District 32 on Florida’s East Coast. The district was vacated when former Rep. Bob Allen resigned after being convicted of soliciting sex.
The seat was fairly safe - held by a Republican for some time. Bob Allen and before him Republican Randy Ball.
But tonight, at least from what I can see on the Florida Department of State website, the seat was won by a Democrat.
Things do seem to be moving somewhat in a good direction.
Mrs. Griffiths, R.I.P.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
One television ad depicted Dr. Jarvik as an accomplished rower gliding across a mountain lake, but the ad used a body double for the doctor, who apparently does not row.
That committee was examining whether the ads misrepresented Dr. Jarvik and his credentials. Although he has a medical degree, Dr. Jarvik is not a cardiologist and is not licensed to practice medicine.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
The Dark Ages
One More Thing
It might be a complication of heat stress, induced by a climate that's gotten too warm too fast. It might be combination of those and other factors.
The fate of the state's largest herbivore is about more than postcard imagery, Schrage and others say. The moose may be an outsized canary in a coal mine, representative of a struggle facing many other animals whose home ranges and climate are changing, said Dennis Murray, a professor of terrestrial ecology at Ontario's Trent University.
UPDATE: & this.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Just Because McCain Says It
“Out of 535 Members of Congress, John McCain is the only one who chose to miss every single key environmental vote scored by the League of Conservation Voters last year. When it came time to stand up and vote for the environment, John McCain was nowhere to be found,” said Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club. “Every other Member who received a zero from LCV last year at least had the temerity to show up and vote against the environment and clean energy time after time. And unlike John McCain, I doubt any of them would claim to be environmental leaders or champions on global warming.”
Don't Have A Heart Attack #2
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) proposal to mandate that all people purchase health insurance would be a boon to the industry, filmmaker Michael Moore said Friday.
“Can you imagine, every time Sen. Clinton says that, the licking of the lips that goes on with these health insurance executives?” Moore said during a conference call with reporters.
Moore credited Clinton and Obama with good intentions but suggested they were too influenced by campaign contributions from healthcare interests.
“I think in their hearts, they want to get it. But it’s not just their hearts that’s speaking, it’s their wallets,” he said.
The Army We Have Created
One full-moon night I was sitting outside a sandbag-reinforced hut with Kearney when a young sergeant stepped out hauling the garbage. He looked around at the illuminated mountains, the dust, the rocks, the garbage bin. The monkeys were screeching. “I hate this country!” he shouted. Then he smiled and walked back into the hut. “He’s on medication,” Kearney said quietly to me.
Then another soldier walked by and shouted, “Hey, I’m with you, sir!” and Kearney said to me, “Prozac. Serious P.T.S.D. from last tour.” Another one popped out of the HQ cursing and muttering. “Medicated,” Kearney said. “Last tour, if you didn’t give him information, he’d burn down your house. He killed so many people. He’s checked out.”
As I went to get some hot chocolate in the dining tent, the peaceful night was shattered by mortars, rockets and machine-gun fire banging and bursting around us. It was a coordinated attack on all the fire bases. It didn’t take long to understand why so many soldiers were taking antidepressants. The soldiers were on a 15-month tour that included just 18 days off. Many of them were “stop-lossed,” meaning their contracts were extended because the army is stretched so thin.
As the medevacs flew out, Sergeant Sandifer had talked in air cover: Slasher, the AC-130. The pilot was a woman and, Sandifer later told me, “It was so reassuring for us to hear her voice.” She spotted guys hiding and asked if she was clear to engage. “ ‘You’re cleared hot,’ I told her. And we killed two people together.” But, at this point, the killings were no consolation to Sandifer.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Such A Maverick
The man who's absurdly proclaimed that "I’m the only one the special interests don’t give any money to" is surrounded by lobbyists.
In fact, he got a headstart during the Savings & Loan scandal.
Republican Rep. Rick Renzi has been indicted for extortion,
wire fraud, money laundering and other charges related to a land deal in
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I Just Wonder
Who wouldn't be proud of a country where you could steal drugs from a charity and not suffer any consequences?
I'd be Yakov-Fucking-Smirnoff if I could get away with such shit.
Communism, Yeah, That's The Ticket
...the research led the Woessners to conclude that if higher education wants to attract more conservatives to the professoriate, it should smooth the way financially, offering subsidized health insurance and housing for graduate students, and adopting family-friendly policies for professors.
My emphasis. Fell out of my chair, well, not really, laughing so hard.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
More On Corn
Recent research out of Princeton University and other reputable institutions show that switching from dinosaur gas to corn ethanol could almost double CO2 emissions.
But we thought corn could save us! Although ethanol burns cleaner, a host of other petro-intensive costs belie its true benefit. In order to produce enough ethanol – and once again, the Bush administration is complicit in the problem, requiring a six-fold increase by 2022 – valuable crop and forest land would be replaced in the rush to make as much commodity as possible. For agriculture, this means monoculture in the form of either corn or switchgrass.
"At which point, [Haynes's] eyes got wide and he said, 'Wait a minute, we can't have acquittals. If we've been holding these guys for so long, how can we explain letting them get off? We can't have acquittals, we've got to have convictions.'"
Feeling safer yet?
This Is What's Really Wrong With The Clinton Campaign
Clinton surrogate and Machinists union President Tom Buffenbarger: "Give me a break! I've got news for all the latte-drinking, Prius- driving, Birkenstock-wearing, trust fund babies crowding in to hear him speak! This guy won't last a round against the Republican attack machine. He's a poet, not a fighter."
The Public Has Caught On
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Obama Wins Wisconsin
Actually, quite a convincing win.
Yeah, "all we've done for them..." What a fucking putz. NWA used and abused Minnesota every minute of the twenty years I've been living up here. Most of that money left in Al Checchi's back pocket, his reward for suckering the Republicans and DFL alike over the years. Same as his predecessor, same as his successor.
And we know, we've known for over forty years, or since we first bothered to look, that the major predictor of academic success is socio-economic status. Fighting poverty, providing sound nutrition and adequate health care, and giving people below the poverty line a fair shake and the hope of decent employment would do a hell of a lot more for public education than those cadres of virtual software engineers who just can't wait to teach junior-high math, but are prevented from doing so by greedy union bosses.
Funny how that sort of thing never enters into Buck Rogers' Geek Utopia.
Bush: Yeah, because we’re buying equipment, and people are working. I think this economy is down because we built too many houses (Curry: hmmmmm) and the economy is adjusting. On the other hand we’re just about to kick out 157 billion dollars to our taxpayers……what would have been had we abandoned Iraq when times were tough and let those soldiers die in vain.
Via Howie Klein at Crooks & Liars.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Democracy, Yeah, That’s The Ticket
Pakistanis dealt a crushing defeat to President Pervez Musharraf in parliamentary elections Monday, in what government and opposition politicians said was a firm rejection of his policies since 2001 and those of his close ally, the United States.
The results were interpreted here as a repudiation of Mr. Musharraf as well as the Bush administration, which has staunchly backed Mr. Musharraf for eight years....
Well, I Personally Was Scared Shitless
The issue is liability protection for the private sector.
Duped & Complicit
Doubts Raised About Recent Global Warming Studies
Sunday, February 17, 2008
& Then What?
Global warming is setting the stage for an invasion of predators on the sea floor around Antarctica, the likes of which have not been there for more than 40 million years.
W In Charge
But after spending hundreds of millions of dollars setting up as many as 12 of the companies, the agency shut down all but two after concluding they were ill-conceived and poorly positioned for gathering intelligence on the CIA's principal targets: terrorist groups and unconventional weapons proliferation networks.
It just figures.
Friday, February 15, 2008
The Evil Never Stops
Not only did the Bush administration do nothing to protect consumers, it embarked on an aggressive and unprecedented campaign to prevent states from protecting their residents from the very problems to which the federal government was turning a blind eye.
The administration accomplished this feat through an obscure federal agency called the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). The OCC has been in existence since the Civil War. Its mission is to ensure the fiscal soundness of national banks. For 140 years, the OCC examined the books of national banks to make sure they were balanced, an important but uncontroversial function. But a few years ago, for the first time in its history, the OCC was used as a tool against consumers. In 2003, during the height of the predatory lending crisis, the OCC invoked a clause from the 1863 National Bank Act to issue formal opinions preempting all state predatory lending laws, thereby rendering them inoperative.
February 15, 2008
Thank you for contacting me regarding presidential impeachment. I appreciate hearing from you.
The Constitution grants the House of Representatives the authority to draft articles of impeachment, and gives the Senate the power to try an impeachment. Each decision as to whether or not to convict on each article must be made separately, and a conviction on any single article is sufficient grounds for removal from office.
On August 3, 2007, I introduced two censure resolutions condemning President Bush, Vice President Cheney and the then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for misconduct relating to the swar in Iraq and for repeated assaults on the rule of law.
One resolution, cosponsored by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), censures the President and the then- Attorney General for undermining the rule of law with respect to the following: (1) the illegal NSA warrantless wiretapping program, (2) extreme policies on torture, the Geneva Conventions, and detainees at Guantanamo Bay, (3) the refusal to recognize legitimate congressional oversight into the improper firings of U.S. Attorneys, (4) misleading the American public about the Patriot Act, and (5) the issuance of signing statements suggesting the President does not believe he has to follow the laws Congress passes.
The other resolution, cosponsored by Senator Harkin and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), censures the President and Vice President for misconduct relating to the war in Iraq. This misconduct includes the following: (1) overstating the case that Saddam
Hussein had WMD, particularly nuclear weapons, and falsely implying he had a relationship with al Qaeda and links to 9/11, (2) failing to plan for the civil conflict and humanitarian problems that the intelligence community predicted, (3) over-stretching the Army, Marine Corps and Guard with prolonged deployments, and (4) seeking to justify our military involvement in Iraq by distorting the situation on the ground there.
I have attached for your review a copy of each of the resolutions. I hope you find this information useful.
Introducing these resolutions of censure is an appropriate and necessary step that allows Congress to rebuke an administration that is responsible for such egregious misconduct. When future generations look back at the actions of this administration, they need to see that a co-equal branch of government stood up and held to account those who violated the principles on which this nation was founded. I am pleased to be working with Representative Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), who has introduced companion legislation in the House with 19 cosponsors.
I appreciate your support for impeachment, and I respect the anger many Americans feel at the outrageous actions of this administration. I believe that the President and Vice President may well have committed impeachable offenses, but with so many important issues facing this country and so much work to be done, I am concerned about the great deal of time impeachment would take. Because censure does not require multiple impeachments in the House and trials in the Senate, or the support of two-thirds of Senators, it is far less cumbersome than impeachment. However, if the House of Representatives does decide to move forward with impeachment, I will take seriously my role as a sworn impartial juror in any impeachment trial.
Thank you again for contacting me regarding holding the President accountable for his actions. I look forward to hearing from you in the future.
Russell D. Feingold
United States Senator
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A Little Vet Humor
There are three religious truths:
a. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
b. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith.
c. Baptists do not recognize each other in the liquor store or Hooters.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
The gunman was a sociology graduate student who was enrolled in classes at NIU last spring but was not currently enrolled there, Peters said.
Up Is Down
...The New York Times will bow to growing financial strain and eliminate about 100 newsroom jobs this year, the executive editor said Thursday.
Shares in The New York Times Company rose almost 5 percent Thursday after the newsroom staff reductions were reported, closing at $18.84, up 86 cents.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
John McCain: He was against waterboarding before he was for it.
More Good News
Edwards 59,462 60%
Wynn * 35,590 36%
Other 4,357 4%
What's Wrong With J. B. Van Hollen?
A few days after the shootings, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen gave reporters an outline of what happened and then famously advised reporters to "go home." He seems to have appointed himself, Solomon-like, as the arbiter of what the public ought to know. His time might have been better spent familiarizing himself with law enforcement's responsibilities to provide information and public records in a timely, free and open manner.
"This sure doesn't inspire confidence," said Peter Fox, Wisconsin Newspaper Association executive director, in an understatement. "There should be a policy of maximum disclosure, minimum delay in cases like this."
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Feel The Freedom
Monday, February 11, 2008
Just Excellent News
Shaheen(D) - 54% | Sununu(ReThug) - 37%
Sununu is the incumbent. Heh.
Roy Scheider, R.I.P.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
I Didn't Know
Saturday, February 09, 2008
What Do You Think?
Who We Are?
In an apparent violation of U.S. policy, Peace Corps volunteers and a Fulbright scholar were asked by a U.S. Embassy official in Bolivia "to basically spy" on Cubans and Venezuelans in the country, according to Peace Corps personnel and the Fulbright scholar involved.
Obey To Vote For Obama
And Obey has made that choice.
"For eight long years, in extreme partisanship, George W. Bush has governed this country by dividing it," the senior Democrat from Wisconsin explained in an email sent to this reporter after we spoke about the race Thursday. "(Bush) has pursued disastrous foreign and domestic policies and has stubbornly refused to listen to anyone's views except those who march in lockstep with him. America desperately needs a new president who can reach across old barriers to form new alliances that can produce a new era of optimism and a healthier respect for the needs of others. I had originally supported John Edwards for President, but with his withdrawal I am voting for Barack Obama."
No More Chair In Nebraska
Friday, February 08, 2008
Feb 8, 2008
Low, Low Numbers
It's almost as if people can barely stand the thought of President Bush and Congress anymore. Bush reached his lowest approval rating in The Associated Press-Ipsos poll on Friday as only 30 percent said they like the job he is doing, including an all-time low in his support by Republicans.
History Is A Bitch
If your opposition to war is based on the idea that Saddam does indeed possess illegal weapons but it's best to leave him alone anyway, well and good. But if it's based on the idea that the administration is lying and none of this stuff exists, you should tread carefully. I think it's pretty likely you will be proven wrong shortly.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
School bus drivers to be trained
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Heckuva Job, Bu$hCo
Islamic insurgents are expanding their numbers and reach in Afghanistan and Pakistan, spreading violence and disarray over a vast cross-border zone where al Qaida has rebuilt the sanctuary it lost when the United States invaded Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks.
"Make no mistake, NATO is not winning in Afghanistan," warned an Atlantic Council of the United States report last week. The report was directed by retired Marine Corps Gen. James Jones, the former top NATO commander. "What is happening in Afghanistan and beyond its borders can have even greater strategic long-term consequences than the struggle in Iraq."
"The Taliban in Afghanistan now control more of the country than at any time since 2001, and their confederates in the tribal areas of Pakistan are expanding their operations almost day by day. While our attention has been diverted by Iraq, we've overlooked a potentially far more serious threat to the security of all Americans," Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph Biden, D-Del., told McClatchy.
There Will Be Blood
This expansion would significantly increase the size of the refinery, and Murphy has stated that its proposals involve filling 400 acres of wetlands, the largest wetlands fill since the passage of the Clean Water Act.
Murphy is planning to withdraw 5 million gallons per day of water from Lake Superior, approximately 2.5 million of which will be lost to evaporation. Clean Wisconsin has not yet been able to obtain details on any increases in air or water pollution, but we found that Murphy has a track record of noncompliance with air and water laws. In the early 2000s, Murphy was prosecuted for violations of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and "withheld information knowingly and intentionally" from the Wisconsin DNR regarding its permits.
Newspapers In Trouble
-The biggest problem, of course, had nothing to do with the newsrooms. It was the collapse of an unsustainable business model. Simply put, the model involved sending miniskirted saleswomen out to sell ads at confiscatory rates to lecherous old car dealers and appliance-store owners. Protecting these profits, whether from national, local or classified ads, became the central focus of newspaper bosses. These areas were the most vulnerable to new competitors. But the condition of the industry by the 1990s – risk averse, promising unrealistic margins, losing its best talent, ignoring ideas outside its preconceived notions – left it unable to meet these threats.
Two In A Row
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Alabama - The Newest Member Of America's Gulag
Fee Of The Future
Missing Mardi Gras
The green tucked neatly into the middle of Carnival's official trio of colors symbolizes faith. (Purple stands for justice; gold for power. And if you didn't know these three colors, my friend, you need some serious bead remediation courses and another slice of king cake.)