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Archive for April 16th, 2007

Neocon Middle East plans~Wesley Clark

by Geezer Power 9:17 pm PDT

Democracy Now

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

The Plan — according to U.S. General Wesley Clark (Ret.)

Today we spend the hour with General Wesley Clark, the retired four-star general. He was the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO during the Kosovo War. In 2004 he unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination. He recently edited a series of books about famous U.S. generals including Dwight Eisenhower and Ulysses Grant – both of whom became president after their military careers ended.

Well for the rest of the hour we are going to hear General Wesley Clark on the possibility of a U.S. attack on Iran, the impeachment of President Bush, the use of cluster bombs, the bombing of Radio Television Serbia during the Kosovo War and much more. I interviewed Wesley Clark on Tuesday at the 92nd Street Y in New York.

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StopIranWar.com

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by Suzie-Q @ 7:09 PM MDT

Raw Story

A major government watchdog organization has warned that White House officials, including Karl Rove, could face a number of obstruction of justice charges for the way they used outside e-mail accounts and failed to properly archive e-mails on White House servers.

“[Special Counsel Patrick] Fitzgerald could decide to reopen the case,” said Melanie Sloan, Executive Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, referring to the probe over who leaked the identity of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. “And if it turns out that e-mail was deleted from the RNC server as suggested by the Waxman letter, that could lead to new obstruction of justice charges.”

Sloan was referring to a letter written by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) to various executive agency heads last week that suggested “White House officials retained the ability to delete e-mails from the RNC server until as recently as this month.”

The Waxman letter referred to top White House adviser Karl Rove specifically.

“The RNC does not have any e-mails prior to 2005 for Mr. Rove,” the California Democrat wrote. “One possible explanation is that Mr. Rove personally deleted his e-mails from the RNC server.”

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by Suzie-Q @ 6:20 PM MDT

CNN

Virginia Tech became the scene of the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history when at least 33 people were killed this morning. At least 28 more were being treated at area hospitals.


Thank you John and Elizabeth Edwards for this Hymn: 

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing, in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

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Oops! Gonzales Contradicts His Own Testimony!!

by Suzie-Q @ 5:00 PM MDT


Gonzo’s Inside Job
© 2007 Stephen Pitt

ABC

Recently Released E-Mails Show Attorney General’s Involvement in Attorney Firing Talks

April 16, 2007 — – Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ assertion that he was not involved in identifying the eight U.S. attorneys who were asked to resign last year is at odds with a recently released internal Department of Justice e-mail, ABC News has learned.

That e-mail said that Gonzales supported firing one federal prosecutor six months before she was asked to leave.

Gonzales was scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, but his testimony was postponed until Thursday because of the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech University.

When Gonzales appears before the committee, a central focus will be the extent of his involvement in the firings.

Gonzales has insisted he left those decisions to his staff, but ABC News has learned he was so concerned about U.S. attorney Carol Lam’s lackluster record on immigration enforcement in San Diego that he supported firing her months before she was dismissed, according to a newly released e-mail from his former chief of staff.

The e-mail, which came from Gonzales aide Kyle Sampson, appeared to contradict the prepared written testimony Gonzales submitted to Congress over the weekend in advance of his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday. In his prepared testimony, Gonzales said that during the months that his senior staff was evaluating U.S. attorneys, including Lam, “I did not make the decisions about who should or should not be asked to resign.”

But the recently released e-mail from Sampson, dated June 1, 2006, indicated that Gonzales was actively involved in discussions about Lam and had decided to fire her if she did not improve. In the e-mail to other top Justice Department officials, Sampson outlined several steps that Gonzales suggested, culminating in Lam’s replacement if she failed to bolster immigration enforcement.

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Why Is this Happening Again?

posted by anthony @ 21:12 BST


The Grade 1 class at Dunblane Primary School.

Most of the children in this class were killed in the shooting on 13 March 1996

First Dunblane (1996), then Columbine (1999), then Nickel Mines (2006), now this…

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by Geezer Power @ 10:40 AM PDT

The newly formed “ American Freedom Agenda” was formed on March 20, 2007 by some leading conservatives who seem to be very concerned by the abuses of power in the present administration, and are taking steps to restore our government. This looks like Bush & Co. no longer has any credence with the Conservatives, and will have to answer to them as well as the Democratic congress. Their “Freedom Pledge” for presidential candidates has one signatory so far…Ron Paul.


Richard A. Viguerie Viguerie’s latest book is Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause (Bonus Books, 2006). Conservatives Betrayed is an incisive look at how the GOP rode the support of America’s conservatives to majority status, only to subsequently advance a liberal, big-government agenda. Conservatives Betrayed is both a manifesto of what conservatism stands for in the 21st century and a battle plan for reclaiming and revitalizing the movement.

Now comes the Revolution!

The November 2004 election results were barely counted when conservative leader Richard A. Viguerie proclaimed: Now comes the revolution! If we don’t implement a conservative agenda now, when do we? Then he added: Make no mistake. Conservative Christians and (values voters) won this election for George W. Bush and Republicans in Congress. It’s crucial that the Republican leadership not forget this, as much as some will try.

Viguerie’s challenge to the GOP and his fellow conservatives was reported on the front page of The New York Times the very next day, and was immediately picked up by media around the world. Liberals in the U.S. sank into despair, for they knew that Viguerie was the marketing guru who established the conservative movement in the 1960s and 70s through the use of direct mail, and remains “the conservatives Voice of America” (Washington Post) today.

Viguerie’s new book, “Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause”, will lead conservatives into battle, and serve notice to the Republican Party that it must hew to the conservative line if it hopes to remain in power. For before Karl Rove, another direct marketing guru, there was Richard Viguerie; but while Rove’s first loyalty is to the GOP, Viguerie’s is to the conservative movement.

Written as a compact manifesto in easy-to-understand language, the book explains what conservatives must do to preserve moral values; protect the institution of marriage; overthrow Roe v. Wade; downsize government dramatically; slash the deficits that are holding back the American economy; cut taxes; reduce waste; and protect the interests around the world of America and its allies such as Taiwan. A call to action, Viguerie’s latest book gives Conservatives their marching orders for the coming political battles ahead.

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Gunman Kills At Least 29 On Virginia Tech Campus

by Suzie-Q @ 10:25 AM MDT

CNN Photo

A/P

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech on Monday, killing 21 people in the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history. The gunman was killed, but it was unclear if he was shot by police or took his own life.

“Today the university was struck with a tragedy that we consider of monumental proportions,” said Virginia Tech president Charles Steger. “The university is shocked and indeed horrified.”

The university reported shootings at opposite sides of the 2,600-acre campus, beginning at about 7:15 a.m. at West Ambler Johnston, a co-ed residence hall that houses 895 people, and continuing about two hours later at Norris Hall, an engineering building.

Some but not all the dead were students. One student was killed in a dorm and the others were killed in the classroom, Virginia Tech Police Chief W.R. Flinchum.

The name of the gunman was not released. It was not known if he was a student.

Up until Monday, the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history took place in 1966 at the University of Texas, where Charles Whitman climbed to the 28th-floor observation deck of a clock tower and opened fire. He killed 16 people before he was gunned down by police. In the Columbine High bloodbath near Littleton, Colo., in 1999, two teenagers killed 12 fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives.

After Monday’s shootings, all entrances to the campus were closed. The campus was to reopen Tuesday but classes were canceled.

UPDATE: 32 dead plus the shooter and 26 wounded.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the families.

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Conservatives to Bush: Fire Gonzales

by Suzie-Q @ 7:27 AM MDT

Time

“Attorney General Gonzales has proven an unsuitable steward of the law and should resign for the good of the country… The President should accept the resignation, and set a standard to which the wise and honest might repair in nominating a successor…”

In what could prove an embarrassing new setback for embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on the eve of his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, a group of influential conservatives and longtime Bush supporters has written a letter to the White House to call for his resignation.

The two-page letter, written on stationery of the American Freedom Agenda, a recently formed body designed to promote conservative legal principles, is blunt. Addressed to both Bush and Gonzales, it goes well beyond the U.S. attorneys controversy and details other alleged failings by Gonzales. “Mr. Gonzales has presided over an unprecedented crippling of the Constitution’s time-honored checks and balances,” it declares. “He has brought rule of law into disrepute, and debased honesty as the coin of the realm.” Alluding to ongoing scandal, it notes: “He has engendered the suspicion that partisan politics trumps evenhanded law enforcement in the Department of Justice.”

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