Archive for May 3rd, 2007

10 White Men Who Want To Be President!

by- Suzie-Q @ 7:19 PM MDT

Presidential contenders Mitt Romney, Sam Brownback and Ron Paul line up Thursday on stage before the first Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Photo- MSNBC

Raw Story

In the first debate among Republican Party candidates seeking the nomination to run for President in 2008, Senator John McCain slammed Congressional Democrats, and accused them of ‘cheering surrender’ as they tried to change the course of the war in Iraq.

“I would need the support of the American people, and we need to show them some success in Iraq, both on the battlefield, and with the Maliki government. We have a new strategy, and that strategy can succeed…but when the Majority Leader of the US Senate says we’ve lost the war, the American people reject that notion,” the Arizona Republican who ran for President in 2000 said.

McCain then slammed Democratic Members of Congress further for cheering when they passed their war funding bill recently.

“What were they cheering. Surrender, defeat? We must win in Iraq,” he said.

The debate took place in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

The other presidential hopefuls in Thursday night’s debate included Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, Rep. Jim Gilmore of Virginia, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, and former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson.

Tonight’s moderator was Chris Mathews from MSNBC’s Hardball, along with John Harris of Politico.com, and other staff of the online political news website.

Photo- NY Times

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The Omnipotent President

Posted by Basheert @3:55 PM MDT

Glenn Greenwald psychs out a WSJ Article by Harvard Government Professor Harvey Mansfield explaining why the President has the RIGHT to overturn the “Rule of Law”. When reading this gem, it is important to realize this man IS exactly what George Bush believes. His little bits about how men are strong and women are “meant to attract strong men” should tell you that holding your nose while reading this screed is a given. Professor Mansfield used to be a real right wing wack job, but as Glenn explains, his views are actually currently within the Republican mainstream…a scary thought in and of itself. That Professor Mansfield truly believes this claptrap is not really an issue, the main question should be WHY Harvard bothers to pay him a salary?


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Comey Testifies On Attorney Firings

by- Suzie-Q @ 2:04 PM MDT


WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s former No. 2 official testified Thursday he was unaware of plans to fire underperforming U.S. attorneys and praised all but one of the eight who were purged last year.

Jim Comey, who served as deputy attorney general from 2003 to 2005, said he had one 15-minute conversation during his tenure about prosecutors who were considered weak managers. Only one of the eight who were ultimately fired _ Kevin Ryan, the former U.S. attorney in San Francisco _ fit that description, Comey said.

The others were doing their jobs well, Comey told a House Judiciary subcommittee investigating the firings.

His testimony starkly contrasted with the Justice Department’s insistence that the eight were ordered to resign in a midterm purge because they were considered underperformers in some of the Bush administration’s priority crime-fighting areas.

David Iglesias of New Mexico, for example, was “a very effective U.S. attorney,” Comey said. He called Daniel Bogden of Nevada “as straight as a Nevada highway and a fired-up guy” and Paul Charlton of Arizona “one of the best.”

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Bill Maher Interviews Dennis Kucinich

by Geezer Power …12:17 PM PDT

Take a deep breath…Clear your mind…Imagine whirled peas…Dennis Kucinich is pretty far left, but the only one who is right.

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posted by anthony @ 18:45 BST

Thursday May 03, 2007

During the first Democratic presidential debate a little known candidate, former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel, ended up with one of the most memorable lines of the evening:

“And I got to tell you, after standing up with them, some of these people frighten me–they frighten me. When you have mainline candidates that turn around and say that there’s nothing off the table with respect to Iran, that’s code for using nukes, nuclear devices.

“I got to tell you, I’m president of the United States, there will be no preemptive wars with nuclear devices. To my mind, it’s immoral, and it’s been immoral for the last 50 years as part of American foreign policy.”

Of the eight candidates on that stage in South Carolina, only Gravel and Congressman Dennis Kucinich will say that there is no reason for the American people to incinerate the Iranian people with nuclear weapons.

When Senator Barack Obama repeated the lie that Iran is on the verge of attaining nuclear capability only Kucinich would call him out. He politely said that Obama’s assertions were in dispute.

Obama: I think it would be a profound mistake for us to initiate a war with Iran.
But, have no doubt, Iran possessing nuclear weapons will be a major threat to us and to the region.

Kucinich: (OFF-MIKE)

Obama: I understand that, but they’re in the process of developing it. And I don’t think that’s disputed by any expert. They are the largest state sponsor of terrorism…

Kucinich: It is disputed by…

Obama: … Hezbollah and Hamas.

Kucinich: It is disputed.

Obama: And there is no contradiction, Dennis, between…

Kucinich: It is disputed.

Obama: Let me finish.

Kucinich would have been correct if he had called Obama a liar. Gravel is right, most of the Democrats are very frightening indeed.

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Impeachment Is On The Table!

by- Suzie-Q @ 10:33 AM MDT

Raw Story

While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has famously stated that impeachment proceedings against President Bush or Vice President Cheney are “off the table,” many activists feel that the tide is beginning to turn.

For a previous report on this past weekend’s California Democratic Convention in San Diego, RAW STORY obtained responses about impeachment directly from Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and 2008 candidates New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and former Alaskan Senator Mike Gravel. A blogger present at the convention also helped pose the question to Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and former North Carolina Senator John Edwards (full article at this link).

While Gravel indicated that impeachment “will come, in due course,” Dodd told RAW STORY that having “been down that road” before with former President Clinton, he believes that “[i]t sucks all of the oxygen out of the air.”

However, on Sunday, April 29, California delegates and state party members sent a powerful message to Pelosi and Congressional Democrats. “In a resolution affirmed by the full state party convention Sunday, the Democrats called on the U.S. Congress to use its subpoena power to investigate misdeeds of President Bush and Vice President Cheney – and to hold the Administration accountable ‘with appropriate remedies and punishment, including impeachment,'” a letter to Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) members obtained by RAW STORY states.

The letter continues, “The delegate insurgency was coordinated by Progressive Democrats of America and its allies. While Speaker Pelosi had declared impeachment ‘off the table,’ the Democratic Party rank-and-file has demonstrated its commitment to putting the issue ‘on’ the table. And it’s no longer just the rank-and-file: Even among the members of the convention’s Resolutions Committee (appointed by the California Party chair), the impeachment resolution was the top vote-getter (tied with one other resolution).” (Read the full resolution text here)

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BREAKING: 3 US Reps Support Cheney Impeachment

posted by anthony @ 18:29 BST

By Matthew Cardinale, News Editor, Atlanta Progressive News (April 29, 2007)

(APN) ATLANTA – H Res 333, the bill introducing Articles of Impeachment against Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney, now has two co-sponsors, for a total of 3 current total supporters, including sponsor US Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Atlanta Progressive News has learned.

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Are You On The D.C. Madam’s List?

by- Suzie-Q @ 10:15 AM MDT

Photo- ABC News

Raw Story

In its ongoing investigation into Washington’s latest sex scandal, ABC News has reportedly identified more than 1,000 alleged clients of the so-called “DC madam,” Debra Jean Palfrey.

But the heavily promoted 20/20 special to air this Friday apparently isn’t aiming for a full release of the names. The Washington Examiner’s gossip column reported Thursday that investigative reporter Brian Ross will be revealing names of just two of Palfrey’s clients, much to his chagrin.

“Sources tell Yeas & Nays that Ross, who had anticipated a far juicier piece, is none too happy with the final results, especially after he and the network promoted this story for weeks,” the Examiner reports.

On Fox News Thursday morning, Newsday columnist Ellis Henican, says, “There is a very nervous question going around Washington this morning, and that question is, ‘Are you on the list?'”

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posted by anthony @ 18:10 BST

by David Chard

In a Pulitzer Prize-winning article in the Boston Globe, Charlie Savage courageously published details of Bush’s outrageous “signing statements” added to new legislation. As you can see from the examples quoted from Savage’s story(Boston Globe, April 30, 2007) below, the intention of each statement is to allow an “executive loophole” whereby “the W” can essentially ignore the effect of the legislation. In other words, Bush has been assuming the powers of a dictator, ruling by decree, under our noses.

This is quoted directly from Savage’s story:

“Since taking office in 2001, President Bush has issued signing statements on more than 750 new laws, declaring that he has the power to set aside the laws when they conflict with his legal interpretation of the Constitution. The federal government is instructed to follow the statements when it enforces the laws. Here are 10 examples and the dates Bush signed them:

March 9: Justice Department officials must give reports to Congress by certain dates on how the FBI is using the USA Patriot Act to search homes and secretly seize papers.

Bush’s signing statement: The president can order Justice Department officials to withhold any information from Congress if he decides it could impair national security or executive branch operations.

Dec. 30, 2005: US interrogators cannot torture prisoners or otherwise subject them to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.

Bush’s signing statement: The president, as commander in chief, can waive the torture ban if he decides that harsh interrogation techniques will assist in preventing terrorist attacks.

Dec. 30: When requested, scientific information ”prepared by government researchers and scientists shall be transmitted [to Congress] uncensored and without delay.”

Bush’s signing statement: The president can tell researchers to withhold any information from Congress if he decides its disclosure could impair foreign relations, national security, or the workings of the executive branch.

Aug. 8: The Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and its contractors may not fire or otherwise punish an employee whistle-blower who tells Congress about possible wrongdoing.

Bush’s signing statement: The president or his appointees will determine whether employees of the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission can give information to Congress.

Dec. 23, 2004: Forbids US troops in Colombia from participating in any combat against rebels, except in cases of self-defense. Caps the number of US troops allowed in Colombia at 800.

Bush’s signing statement: Only the president, as commander in chief, can place restrictions on the use of US armed forces, so the executive branch will construe the law ”as advisory in nature.”

Dec. 17: The new national intelligence director shall recruit and train women and minorities to be spies, analysts, and translators in order to ensure diversity in the intelligence community.

Bush’s signing statement: The executive branch shall construe the law in a manner consistent with a constitutional clause guaranteeing ”equal protection” for all. (In 2003, the Bush administration argued against race-conscious affirmative-action programs in a Supreme Court case. The court rejected Bush’s view.)

Oct. 29: Defense Department personnel are prohibited from interfering with the ability of military lawyers to give independent legal advice to their commanders.

Bush’s signing statement: All military attorneys are bound to follow legal conclusions reached by the administration’s lawyers in the Justice Department and the Pentagon when giving advice to their commanders.

Aug. 5: The military cannot add to its files any illegally gathered intelligence, including information obtained about Americans in violation of the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches.

Bush’s signing statement: Only the president, as commander in chief, can tell the military whether or not it can use any specific piece of intelligence.

Nov. 6, 2003: US officials in Iraq cannot prevent an inspector general for the Coalition Provisional Authority from carrying out any investigation. The inspector general must tell Congress if officials refuse to cooperate with his inquiries.

Bush’s signing statement: The inspector general ”shall refrain” from investigating anything involving sensitive plans, intelligence, national security, or anything already being investigated by the Pentagon. The inspector cannot tell Congress anything if the president decides that disclosing the information would impair foreign relations, national security, or executive branch operations.

Nov. 5, 2002: Creates an Institute of Education Sciences whose director may conduct and publish research ”without the approval of the secretary [of education] or any other office of the department.”

Bush’s signing statement: The president has the power to control the actions of all executive branch officials, so ”the director of the Institute of Education Sciences shall [be] subject to the supervision and direction of the secretary of education.”


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by Geezer Power …9:58 AM PDT

The First Post
Online Daily Magazine
May 3, 2007

Now the Saudis tool up for war

The White House line that Iraq’s extremists are all backed by Iran is a myth, writes Robert Fox. This weekend, buyers from across the Gulf states and the Middle East will descend on a huge arms fair in Dubai. Sheikhs, emirs, princes and kings will be buying anything from specialised sniper ammunition by the ton, to the highest-tech surveillance gear and even the odd British Aerospace gunboat or Eurofighter.

The Arab world will use the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX), to tool up for a coming confrontation with Iran, and to arm Sunni insurgents to fight Iran’s allies in Iraq, the Shia militias.

Even the Bush administration will now admit, under its collective breath of course, that Iraq is in the throes of a full-blown civil war between armed groups of its Sunni and Shia Arab communities, triggered a year ago by the destruction of the al-Laskar mosque in Samara, a revered Shia shrine.

What the American authorities are reluctant to admit, however, is that there are signs that the Sunnis of Saudi Arabia and their allies – including Jordan – have been equipping and training Sunni extremists in Iraq for some time now. Critically, not all the weaponry and munitions have been used against the militants’ Shia and Kurdish Iraqi enemies. Some of them – including lethal roadside bombs – have been aimed at US forces.

“The growth of the official and unofficial Saudi and Jordanian support for the militants is one of the most worrying developments,” a senior British officer has told me privately after a visit to Iraq.

The Bush administration has kept mum about this while it tries to concentrate the minds of America and the world on their new public enemy number one, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the region’s chief sponsor of terrorism and nuclear proliferation.

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