Archive for April 6th, 2007


by Geezer Power 10:47:00 AM PDT


The Poet

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Good Morning/Afternoon… The Spin, I’m In!

by S-Q @ 10:30 AM MDT

Tina Turner – Better Be Good To Me
(1984 release from the album “Private Dancer”)

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by S-Q @ 10:02 AM MDT

© 2007 Stephen Pitt
Energy Merchants

Raw Story/AFP

“With all due respect to the King, it’s a mistake to characterise the US presence in Iraq as illegal,” Bolton said in an interview with the US-based Arabic language Al-Hurra television station.

King Abdullah, a key ally of Washington in the Middle East, described the US occupation of Iraq as “illegitimate” at a meeting of Arab leaders last week in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

“In beloved Iraq, blood is being shed among brothers in the shadow of an illegitimate foreign occupation and ugly sectarianism threatens civil war,” Abdullah said.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice telephoned Saudi Arabia’s US ambassador specifically to discuss the remark.

Bolton said the US was in Iraq at the invitation of its government and its presence was further sanctioned by a United Nations Security Council resolution.

“I hope he (King Abdullah) finds an opportunity to correct that remark in the very near future,” Bolton said.

Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing

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by S-Q @ 8:45 AM MDT

I have a Special Announcement and I am sure you will be as excited as I am! ;)

Please welcome Cliff Schecter to the S-Q blog! You probably recognize Cliff’s name from Huffington Post, AMERICAblog, Cliff’s Corner, Cliff Schecter Blog and several other media sources.

We are currently working out the details and look forward to having Cliff Schecter begin posting on the SQ blog soon.

We are sorry for the delay – Cliff has just relocated and is in the process of getting settled and back to business.

Cliff Schecter

Cliff Schecter Bio:

Cliff Schecter is a veteran campaign strategist and political commentator. Schecter writes a monthly column distributed by Knight Ridder and was a guest columnist for United Press International from 2002-2004. His work has been featured in a variety of publications including The Miami Herald, The American Prospect, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Fordham Urban Law Journal, The Sacramento Bee and Salon.com. He blogs for The Gadflyer and writes a weekly satirical column each Friday called “Cliff’s Corner,” summarizing the week’s most ridiculous events for AMERICAblog. Surprisingly, Tom DeLay gets mentioned a lot.

During the 2004 election cycle, Schecter worked as the “liberal” pundit for The Sinclair Broadcast Group, where he debated conservative Armstrong Williams — for significantly less cost to the White House. He has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR FoxNews, The Canadian Broadcast Channel and Al Jazeera. Additionally, Schecter has provided analysis on American politics for international diplomats, journalists, students and politicians as part of The State Department Bureau of International Information Programs.

Schecter holds an MA in International Affairs from the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and is currently receiving his Ph.D. in American History as a Dean’s Honors Fellow at American University.

Schecter was a pollster for the successful reelection of President Bill Clinton in 1996 and fundraiser for former Governor of Virginia Mark Warner in 2001. He has also consulted for the DNC, DCCC and some other candidates he won’t mention here because they lost.

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John McCain Retreats Quietly Back into his Bubble!

by Global Evildoer Fighter @ 6:35 PM EDT

McCain Regrets Remarks to Press on Baghdad Safety, But ‘That’s Just Life’

By E&P Staff Published: April 06, 2007 4:25 PM ET

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in a ’60 Minutes’ segment coming on Sunday says he misspoke in comments he made about security in Baghdad and acknowledged that heavily armed troops and helicopter gunships accompanied him when he visited a market there.

Editor & Publisher Story

Side Swipe Comment from John McCain as he walks away:
“Media Jerks..” ;)

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Attorney Gate Update – Karl Rove is Uncle Fester!

by Global Evildoer Fighter @ 10:55 PM EDT

(Karl Rove as Uncle Fester)
Any Way You Slice It…
By Christy Hardin Smith(FDL) @ 6:45 am

***UPDATE: This just in: the April 12th Gonzales appearance before the Senate Budget Committee has, indeed, been postponed because the DoJ is now refusing to turn over thousands of documents that needed to be reviewed prior to the hearing, setting things up for a subpoena showdown. Hold onto your hats, kids — it’s going to get bumpy and that makes the April 17th hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee all the more intriguing. More from the WaPo.***

The upcoming hearings with Alberto Gonzales are going to be quite interesting, indeed. More information popping up about dissatisfaction in the ranks at USAtty offices across the country. This from Minneapolis, from reader “LD”:

Sources told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that four top assistants to U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose have stepped down from their positions.

According to our sources, First Assistant Attorney John Marti, Criminal Division Chief Jim Lakner, Civil Division Chief Erika Monzangue, and Administrative Officer Tim Anderson all left their posts Thursday.

Political insiders have criticized Paulose’s rise to the U.S. Attorney’s position as a political favor to the Bush Administration. She is just 34-years old and has worked directly for the same justice department officials who are currently under fire as part of the national U.S. Attorney’s office scandal.

Sources said Paulose’s style of management has already sent several other attorney’s out the door from an office historically viewed as one of the more stable in the country.

Full Story at FDL

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Monica Goodling Resigned, Was Gonzales Top Aide

by S-Q @ 2:37 PM MDT

Huffington Post/AP
AP | Posted April 6, 2007 04:47 PM

The top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales abruptly quit on Friday, almost two weeks after telling Congress she would not testify about her role in the firings of federal prosecutors.

“I am hereby submitting my resignation to the office of attorney general,” Monica M. Goodling said in a three-sentence letter. There was no immediate reason given, but her refusal to face Congress had intensified a controversy that threatens Gonzales’ job.

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Welcome To Anthony and Geezerpower!

by S-Q @ 7:20 AM MDT

Please welcome Anthony and Geezerpower,
as authors, to the S-Q blog! Anthony resides in the UK and Geezerpower is living in the Pacific Northwest.

I know both will contribute newsworthy articles of interest! ;)

Again, I am thrilled to have Anthony and Geezerpower join the S-Q team!!


Note: I have another very important announcement that will follow this post… shortly..

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From a Friend of the American Revolution

by Anthony @

S-Q has invited me to contribute to this blog and I feel honoured to accept her invitation.

My first post. What to say. Today’s big story? The latest on the war in Iraq? More on 9/11 Truth? No, something more personal.

My mind goes back to my first day in America in the July of 2004.

I went alone, flying from Heathrow airport to Boston’s Logan Airport.

I would spend a total of fifteen days in America, returning from Washington’s Dulles Airport, and visiting Boston, Cambridge, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Newport, Mystic, New Haven, New York (and yes, New Yorkers really do call it Noo Yoik!), Washington, the Watergate and Georgetown during a summer storm, the Skyline Drive, the house that Jefferson built at Monticello, Hooper’s Island on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake, and back to Washington to visit Pennsylvania Avenue, Congress, the National Gallery, and Georgetown again, on the way.

So many places. So many sights. So many impressions.

It was one of those experiences that you knew you would look back on and treasure for the rest of your life and you were in the process of living it!

I spent three days in Boston, which, for me, new to this country, and yet, strangely, not new with its curiously familiar Federalist architecture so similar to the Regency architecture back home, constituted the sum total of my first hand experience of America at that time.

What stands out the most?

The opening paragraphs of the declaration of Independence in an original Dunlap Broadside under glass on a wall inside the Old State House and being moved by those ringing words in a way I had never been before, and which, for me, constituted a kind of epiphany?

The Freedom Trail?

The intriguing Italo-American accents of Boston’s North End?

The hot-dogs and pizza (the best I had ever eaten), washed down with root ale, in the Food Hall of Quincy Market?

The harbor tour and the story of the burning of the Philadelphia during America’s first foreign adventure, told by a guide who buttonholed me in the USS Constitution museum?

The Harpoon IPA? (And I always thought American beer was crap!)

The “heavies” standing outside John Kerry’s residence in Louisburg Square?

Shakespeare on the Common?

Boston Red Sox on the telly in the Irish pub on Huntington Avenue every night?

The girl with cascading, curling golden tresses, who could have been anything from 14 to 34 who triumphantly held aloft a ball in the stalls above the Green Monster after a flurry to retrieve it after Kevin Youkilis had scored a home run?

The white sails of the yachts plying to and fro joyously on the Charles River?

No, none of these things.

What stands out the most are the words of John Adams, America’s second president, displayed under Perspex on a board on Boston Common:

“What do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations…This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.” John Adams

Is the Revolution still alive in the hearts and minds of the people?

Judging by this blogsite, and many others like it, it still is.

It is my conviction and that of many others that Patriots today face their darkest hour since that winter which Washington and his fledgling army spent at Valley Forge, assailed this time not from enemies without, but from enemies within.

As Washington said: “ . . . you might have tracked the army from White Marsh to Valley Forge by the blood of their feet.”

Today, we must again fight for the survival of the Republic. But it a struggle that is not fought with the butt ends of muskets (in the case of the Patriots), or bayonets (in the case of the British), or sabers, or cannon, or flintlock pistols, but with information.

The Revolution had its Friends in this country then. As Coke of Norfolk, a fellow farmer who corresponded with Washington, said: “…every night during the American War did I drink the health of General Washington as the greatest man on earth.”

And, despite the evil deeds done in America’s (and Britain’s) name in foreign lands, the Revolution has its Friends in this country now.

From a Friend of the American Revolution.

Oh, BTW, I found the tea in Boston a little salty!

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Air America’s Rachel Maddow On The Money Primary

by S-Q @ 6:38 AM MDT

Keith Olbermann on Countdown with Air America’s Rachel Maddow on the money primary. (April 05, 2007)

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