by- Suzie-Q @ 8:24 PM MST
Keith Olbermann Special Comment May 23.
Keith tells it like it is regarding the Dem’s capitulation to Bush vis a vis the Iraq funding bill.
Keith Olbermann- Special Comment May 23, 2007
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by- Suzie-Q @ 6:34 PM MST
WASHINGTON – A former senior aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told lawmakers Wednesday that Gonzales had sought to go over with her his recollections about the firings of U.S. attorneys after a congressional investigation was under way.
Monica Goodling, the Justice Department’s former senior counsel and liaison to the White House, told the House Judiciary Committee that the one-on-one conversation in Gonzales’ office in mid-March made her “uncomfortable” and that she thought it might be inappropriate for them to compare notes when both might be asked to testify.
Goodling answered “no” when Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala., asked her directly, “Do you think the attorney general was trying to shape your recollection?” She said, “I just did not know if it was a conversation that we should be having.”
Lawmakers said her disclosure was important nonetheless because it seemed to contradict Gonzales’ testimony to Congress under oath that he couldn’t answer some details about the firings because he’d had to avoid discussing certain details with his staff in order to avoid any perception that he was compromising congressional and two internal departmental investigations.
Olbermann- (May 23, 2007) ONCE AGAIN THE PRESIDENT HAS A PROBLEM NAMED *MONICA*
by- Suzie-Q @ 6:29 PM MST
ABC News is coming under heavy criticism for its exclusive report revealing a purported CIA covert operation designed to destabilize the government of Iran.
Brian Ross of ABC reported last night:
The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert “black” operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com. The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject, say President Bush has signed a “nonlethal presidential finding” that puts into motion a CIA plan that reportedly includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran’s currency and international financial transactions.
“Isn’t this type of reporting TREASON?!” asks Robert Lipps in an ABC thread receiving hundreds of comments. “Where’s the responsibility for the good of the country? This is disgusting! What are you thinking?”
Dawn Mansfield wrote: “Why, if it is covert, are you airing it and telling the Iranians what we are doing? Do you want more war and more killings of Americans? Let them do their job’s and keep your mouths shut.”
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by Geezer Power …5:49 PM PDT
Tue May 22, 2007 at 12:23:03 PM PDT
But only if it gets told, gets told loudly, clearly, simply and repetitively. It is still unfolding, even though it has been happening for years. It is pervasive, deep, goes against the very first and most basic premise of democracy and is a concerted effort by many individuals and organizations throughout the republican party, its affiliated “associations” as well as many levels of government whose primary purpose is to ensure that this most basic premise of democracy is not subverted.
The story, of course, is election fraud. Gaming the electoral system from the inside. To unfairly favor republicans. Favors and promotions for those who go along. Demotions, firings and blacklisting of those who don’t. Nonexistent charges of voter fraud and threats or coercion for these charges to be investigated. Illegal redistricting. Petty lawsuits against the Voting Rights Act. Voter ID laws that border on illegal, if not overtly illegal. Conflict of interest between party “reelection officials” and Secretary(ies) of State. Get accustomed to hearing about it, prepare yourself to say it. And not just things that can be dismissed such as exit poll discrepancies or hackable voting machines. The real deal. The whole enchilada.
Greg Palast, Author of Armed Madhouse, on How Rove May Have Already Stolen the 2008 Election
Submitted by BuzzFlash on Thu, 05/17/2007
BuzzFlash: You’re having incredible success with the new expanded paperback edition of Armed Madhouse: From Baghdad to New Orleans — Sordid Secrets and Strange Tales of a White House Gone Wild. Of course, the electronic voting machines and how they function is a very significant issue, but your specialty has really been how the Bush/Rove GOP political machine keeps persons who are likely to vote Democratic or Independent from voting.
Greg Palast: Yes. People ask me: Are they going to steal the 2008 election? No, they’ve already stolen the 2008 election. We still have a chance of swiping it back, but the reason I’ve expanded and put out the new edition of Armed Madhouse is to tell you how they will steal in 2008, and what to do about it. That’s one of the main new things. Plus a special chapter on New Orleans and my bust down there.
Of course, I was very flattered that the first review of the new edition of Armed Madhouse was written by Karl Rove and the Rove-bots — it was subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee — I can’t make this up. On February 7th, the Rove team, which had been writing several e-mails screaming about Armed Madhouse and “that British reporter,” Greg Palast, were gloating that no U.S. media had picked up my stories. And they had a .pdf file attached. Of course, the reason my book was subpoenaed is that it has to do with the US prosecutor firings. The prosecutor firings were 100% about influencing elections — not about loyalty to Bush, which is what The New York Times wrote. The administration team couldn’t tolerate appointees who wouldn’t go along with crime. In the book I present the evidence that Karl Rove directed a guy named Tim Griffin to target suppressing the votes of African American students, homeless men, and soldiers. Nice guy. They actually challenged the votes and successfully removed tens of thousands of legal voters from the voter rolls, same as they did in 2000. But instead of calling them felons, they said that they had suspect addresses.
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by Geezer Power …2:15 PM PDT
Yes, the Bush Administration violated the Hatch Act numerous times. When will they face a Special Prosecutor to be held accountable?White House officials conducted 20 private briefings on Republican electoral prospects in the last midterm election for senior officials in at least 15 government agencies covered by federal restrictions on partisan political activity, a White House spokesman and other administration officials said yesterday.
The previously undisclosed briefings were part of what now appears to be a regular effort in which the White House sent senior political officials to brief top appointees in government agencies on which seats Republican candidates might win or lose, and how the election outcomes could affect the success of administration policies, the officials said.
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Posted by Anthony @ 21:00 BST
Paul Craig Roberts
Wednesday May 23, 2007
The fallout now taints us all.
As everyone except for a dwindling band of Bush supporters now knows, the US is in a terrible situation in Iraq from which it cannot extract itself. For Bush and Cheney, their own pride and delusion are more compelling than US casualties, the destruction of Iraq and its people, and the inflaming of sectarian strife and anti-American violence throughout the Middle East.
Congress is complicit in the great strategic blunder. Republican flag-wavers led Americans like lemmings into the abyss. The Democrats have already abandoned the electorate that gave them Control of Congress six months ago in the false hope that the Democrats would corral the White House Moron and lead America out of the abyss.
Like the Republicans, the Democrats serve the few special-interest groups that benefit, or believe that they benefit, from the war. By now we all know who these groups are: the oil industry, the military-security complex, and the Israel Lobby, AIPAC. This contrived war, based on lies and deception, serves no other interest.
There is no longer any question whatsoever, not a single sliver of doubt, that Americans were deceived into this disastrous war. The President of the United States lied to the American people, as did the Vice President, the National Security Advisor, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Undersecretary of Defense, as did every neoconservative in the Bush administration, think tanks, and media.
The fact that the American people were lied to and deceived does not absolve them from blame. The lie was transparent, the logic nonexistent, the true facts available and easy to discover.
America failed, because the American people failed. The American people failed, because their self-righteousness and their hubris made them easy saps for deception.
Posted by Anthony @ 20:50 BST
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
The city of Baltimore was on the verge of martial law this week as a proposal by a city council member to impose curfews, grant police extended search powers and shut down businesses was seriously considered in an effort to tackle violent crime.
Baltimore lawmakers have rejected a proposal to allow the mayor to lock down streets and close businesses in high-crime zones, the most recent attempt to curb violence the city, reports the Washington Times.
The bill was introduced by Robert W. Curran, a Democrat.
The AP reported that Police would be encouraged to aggressively stop and frisk individuals in “public safety act zones” to search for weapons and drugs. They would also have been able to limit the number of people on city sidewalks, and halt traffic during two-week intervals.
“While I do agree that desperate times call for desperate measures, I do not agree that trampling on citizens’ civil liberties is the answer,” said council member Keifer J. Mitchell Jr., a Democrat also running for mayor. “This bill gives the mayor tremendous power, tantamount to declaring martial law, and I have grave reservations about that.”
MSNBC ran a report which asked “are curfews a good idea?” Former Baltimore police commissioner Ed Norris described the proposal as “the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard in a long time, a horrible thing, and an act of desperation.”
He then went on to ask “how is this going to work are they going to lock everyone in their homes?” asking “have you ever heard of the Constitution?” When asked “has this type of plan ever worked anywhere?” Norris replied “yeah I think it worked in Itlay in the 1930s.”
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Posted by Anthony @ 20:45 BST
May 23rd, 2007
Well, as you may have read by now, our premiere of “Sicko” at the Cannes Film Festival has been an overwhelming success. The 2,000 people inside the Lumiere Theater were alternately in tears and laughing during the two-hour film — and when it was over, they gave it a standing ovation that seemed to go on for nearly 15 minutes! Many came up to me and said (and critics seem to agree) that this is my best film yet. I don’t know about that, and it seems weird to compare any of these movies in the first place. But I do feel safe in saying that I am very, very happy with this film and I can’t wait to show it to you when it opens on June 29th.
Cannes is a crazy place. There are film lovers here from nearly every country in the world. And then there are the people in “show business.” These dark forces have virtually ruined this art form (invented by the French and nurtured to brilliance by the country I call home). There are so many bad, awful films now and less and less people are going to the movies. Many who run Hollywood believe that the American people are too stupid to enjoy a film that respects their intelligence.
At the press screening for “Sicko,” the Wall Street Journal reported that hardened reporters and critics wept. Even those who have been harsh to me in the past, or who have not agreed with my politics, were moved. Aside from my stated desire that “Sicko” ignite a fire for free, universal health care (and a larger wish that we, as Americans, do a better job of treating each other with a true sense of solidarity and respect), I continue to hope that I can make a contribution to the art of cinema and give people a good reason to get out of the house for a few hours.
by- Suzie-Q @ 11:43 AM MST
MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq (AFP) – Iraqi police found what they believed was the body of an American soldier floating in the Euphrates river south of Baghdad on Wednesday, 11 days after three US troops were snatched by Al-Qaeda.
The news came as the military announced that nine more American soldiers had been killed across Iraq, bringing to 85 the number of servicemen killed in one of the most violent months of the war so far.
Six of the US soldiers and marines were killed on Tuesday and three on Monday in a series of incidents, some of them in an area where the troops were searching for three of their comrades captured in a deadly raid last week.
Insurgents also launched several deadly attacks on civilian targets around the country, including a cafe bombing in a mainly Kurdish town that killed at least 20 people, while a fierce gunbattle erupted in the centre of Baghdad.
Police also reported discovering 30 corpses around the capital during the day.
Thousands of US troops scoured orchards and waterways south of Baghdad for the three missing soldiers captured by Al-Qaeda militants in a pre-dawn ambush on May 12 that killed four US soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter.
“We found the body of a man wearing a US military uniform with a tattoo on his right arm,” said Captain Muthanna Hassan of the police in Mussayib, which is a short distance from the town of Mahmudiyah, the epicentre of the search.
The US military later confirmed it had received the body.