Archive for May 22nd, 2007

Susan Ralston Seeks Immunity

by- Suzie-Q @ 5:26 PM MST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former executive assistant to White House political adviser Karl Rove is seeking immunity from prosecution before testifying about administration ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a House investigative committee revealed Tuesday.

Susan Ralston, the aide who resigned last fall, told lawyers for the committee this month she would provide information if protected from prosecution.

In a sign that Congress’ probe into the Abramoff matter is widening, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform also signaled plans to seek further documents and information about the former lobbyist’s contacts with the Bush White House from “former and current White House and Administration officials who may have knowledge” about such communications.

In a memo to fellow committee members Tuesday, Chairman Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., said lawyers for the panel deposed Ralston, Rove’s former aide, on May 10. Ralston resigned her White House post in October following the committee’s finding that she had extensive contacts with Abramoff and had accepted tickets to sporting events and concerts from him.

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by- Suzie-Q @ 4:16 PM MST

Once you watch this video, I promise you will be singing this song all day! The Republicans at the end is priceless! LMAO

Obama- The Musical

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Afternoon Jukebox… Summer Nights

by- Suzie-Q @ 2:34 PM MST

With the Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, it brings back memories of my childhood and Memorial Day weekends with my family. Camping, picnics, fishing, playing at the beach, and of course, those contests of who can build the best sandcastle. But, none like the one in the photo! LOL

What are your memories of past Memorial Day weekends?

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta- Summer Nights

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Speaker Tells Students: “Have Sex, Do Drugs”

by- Suzie-Q @ 12:19 PM MST

‘Men with men, women and women, whatever combination you would like’

A guest speaker at an assembly at Boulder High School in Colorado has told students as young as 14 to go have sex and use drugs, prompting school officials to say they will investigate.

The instructions came from Joel Becker, an associate clinical professor of psychology at the University of California at Los Angeles.

“I am going to encourage you to have sex and encourage you to use drugs appropriately,” Becker said during his appearance at the school as part of a recent panel sponsored by the University of Colorado’s Conference on World Affairs.

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Now Yahoo! Censor Popular Support For Ron Paul

by Geezer Power …11:29 AM PDT

ABC forced to address Texas Congressman’s campaign, but remain silent on why they scrubbed him from online poll

Prison Planet | May 8, 2007
Paul Joseph Watson
Yahoo! News have become the latest establishment media outlet to ignore and censor Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, despite the fact that he won Thursday night’s GOP debate hands down, according to an overwhelming majority that voted for him in online polls.

Yahoo! News’ 2008 Presidential election coverage page features a list of candidates from both Democrat and Republican parties, but fails to list Ron Paul, despite the fact that he easily trounced the likes of Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee and Duncan Hunter – who are featured, in every online poll since Thursday’s debate.

No room for Ron Paul at Yahoo! Only establishment shill Republicrats and Democons allowed.

MySpace users are also claiming that bulletins expressing support for Ron Paul are being blocked and that prominent supporters of Paul’s campaign are having their accounts suspended.

ABC News were swamped with furious e mails and calls over the weekend after they deliberately scrubbed Ron Paul from their online poll , ensuring no one could vote for him. After he was reinstated, the Congressman received thousands of votes and won the poll at a canter.

In a simpering puff piece released last night , ABC News correspondent Rick Klein claims that Paul’s popularity is not reflected nationwide and is merely the result of “viral marketing” on behalf of the Congressman’s online supporters.

Apologists for the establishment press have tried to argue that popular support for Ron Paul is skewed by activist voting, but the fact remains that Paul had topped the MSNBC online vote before it had even been widely publicized, as Keith Olbermann stated during live coverage of the debate.

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And Now For Something Completely Different…

by- Actor212 @ 2:25 PM EDT

Similar in style to LOL!Cats but with 100% more snark!

(Sharp salute to MissC)

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Stop Gas Price Gouging

by- Suzie-Q @ 11:14 AM MST

Gasoline prices are predicted to be even higher than last summer, even though Big Oil just announced record profits.

Enough is enough! A bill in the House would make gasoline price gouging a federal crime, and it could pass this week! Can you help be sure it does?

A compiled petition with your individual comment will be presented to your Representative.

MoveOn.org has a petition and you can sign it HERE

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America Leads The World In War Profits

by- Suzie-Q @ 10:58 AM MST

The United States is a proud nation of firsts — among them: weapon sales, military expenditure, oil consumption, CO2 emissions, external debt, private military personnel and more.

Hey, aren’t we the most exceptional nation in history? George Bush and his pals thought so — and they were in a great American tradition of exceptionalism. Of course, they were imagining us as the most exceptional empire in history (or maybe at the end of it), the ultimate New Rome. Anyway, explain this to me: Among all the exceptional things we claim to do, how come we never take credit for what may be the most exceptional of all, our success of successes, the thing that makes us uniquely ourselves on this war-ridden planet — peddling more arms to Earthlings than anyone else in the neighborhood? Why do we hide this rare talent under a bushel? In the interest of shining a proud light on an under-rated national skill, I asked Frida Berrigan to return the United States to its rightful place in the Pantheon of arms-dealing nations.

U.S. Takes Gold in Arms Olympics

They don’t call us the sole superpower for nothing. Paul Wolfowitz might be looking for a new job right now, but the term he used to describe the pervasiveness of U.S. might back when he was a mere deputy secretary of defense — hyperpower — still fits the bill.

Face it, the United States is a proud nation of firsts. Among them:

First in Oil Consumption:

The United States burns up 20.7 million barrels per day, the equivalent of the oil consumption of China, Japan, Germany, Russia, and India combined.

First in Carbon Dioxide Emissions:

Each year, world polluters pump 24,126,416,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the environment. The United States and its territories are responsible for 5.8 billion metric tons of this, more than China (3.3 billion), Russia (1.4 billion) and India (1.2 billion) combined.

First in External Debt:

The United States owes $10.040 trillion, nearly a quarter of the global debt total of $44 trillion.

First in Military Expenditures:

The White House has requested $481 billion for the Department of Defense for 2008, but this huge figure does not come close to representing total U.S. military expenditures projected for the coming year. To get a sense of the resources allocated to the military, the costs of the global war on terrorism, of the building, refurbishing, or maintaining of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, and other expenses also need to be factored in. Military analyst Winslow Wheeler did the math recently: “Add $142 billion to cover the anticipated costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; add $17 billion requested for nuclear weapons costs in the Department of Energy; add another $5 billion for miscellaneous defense costs in other agencies…. and you get a grand total of $647 billion for 2008.”

Taking another approach to the use of U.S. resources, Columbia University economist Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard Business School lecturer Linda Bilmes added to known costs of the war in Iraq invisible costs like its impact on global oil prices as well as the long-term cost of health care for wounded veterans and came up with a price tag of between 1 trillion and $2.2 trillion.

If we turned what the United States will spend on the military in 2008 into small bills, we could give each one of the world’s more than 1 billion teenagers and young adults an Xbox 360 with wireless controller (power supply in remote rural areas not included) and two video games to play: maybe Gears of War and Command and Conquer would be appropriate. But if we’re committed to fighting obesity, maybe Dance Dance Revolution would be a better bet. The United States alone spends what the rest of the world combined devotes to military expenditures.

First in Weapons Sales:

Since 2001, U.S. global military sales have normally totaled between $10 and $13 billion. That’s a lot of weapons, but in fiscal year 2006, the Pentagon broke its own recent record, inking arms sales agreements worth $21 billion. It almost goes without saying that this is significantly more than any other nation in the world.

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Stand by Your Man

Posted by Anthony @ 18:20 BST

by mcjoan
Daily Kos
Mon May 21, 2007 at 02:55:59 PM PDT

Or, in the case of Bush, your lackey. He’s once more reiterated his full support for Gonzales.

“He has done nothing wrong,” Bush said in an impassioned defense of his longtime friend and adviser during a news conference at his Texas ranch….”I stand by Al Gonzales, and I would hope that people would be more sober in how they address these important issues,” Bush said. “And they ought to get the job done of passing legislation, as opposed to figuring out how to be actors on the political theater stage.”

With five GOP Senators calling for Gonzo’s resignation, and Specter all but pleading with him to do so on the Sunday shows, the upcoming no confidence votes will put some pressure on these guys to put their votes where their mouths are. One suspect Specter would love nothing more than Gonzales’s resignation, to take him off the spot on this upcoming vote. Making those Republicans squirm on this vote makes it worth it in and of itself. Add in the political pressure of the just announced Impeach Gonzales by DFA and BraveNewFilms, this is one issue that’s not going to go away for Gonzo, for Bush, or for the GOP.

Because however much the Republicans in Congress might prefer to have done with him, Bush needs him there. Having a real attorney general who actually respected and followed the rule of law just wouldn’t work.

Update by kos: How far has Bush fallen on this issue? The no-confidence motion in the House has been introduced by Reps. Adam Schiff (CA) and Artur Davis (AL). Schiff is a Blue Dog, while Davis is a conservative Southern Dem.

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It’s time to impeach Alberto Gonzales

by Geezer Power …10:11 AM PDT

The President won’t fire him — but YOU can


James Comey testifies before Senate Judiciary

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