Archive for March 5th, 2008

by Geezer Power ….6:00 pm

Ronald, who poses as an intellectual on the JREF forum fancies himself as a defender of truth, while contradicting the majority of the American people and almost all the people in the rest of the world. He is what might be called a pseudoskeptic in the true intellectual world, but personally I would say that he is Not even wrong.

And Heeere’s Ronald…

In a more rational world, a mass delusion that gripped millions of citizens of the strongest, richest, and most technologically advanced nation would set off alarm bells in the citadels of culture. The guardians —— thinkers, teachers, writers, print and electronic media —— would recognize their duty and rise to meet the crisis. Here, in Twenty—First Century America, a sizable segment of the voting population believes that the President promoted a ruinous war through a deliberate policy of lies and deception, and the loudest cries of ‘Burn the witch!’ are coming from the intelligentsia.

Confronting irrationality is an unrewarding business. People believe strange things because they want to. A quirky notion is a security blanket, a battered recliner —— an object fraught with so much emotional baggage that the gentlest suggestion to throw it out provokes snarling resistance. Children often cling to a belief in Santa after they have matured past the innocent embrace of magic and logical impossibilities. Embarrassingly, many Democrats are willing to maintain a similar belief that George Bush misled the nation, even though five minutes’ reflection should suffice to reveal the almost surreal implausibility of it all.

This goes beyond audacity —— this is delusional. Everywhere, liberals and leftists are inhaling deeply, inflating their lungs in preparation for the salutary roar, ‘BUSH LIED!’ I will therefore assert again, very clearly, that nobody is actually prepared to defend the proposition that George Bush took this nation to war knowing that there were no WMDs in Iraq.

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By- Suzie-Q @ 5:15 PM MST

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Evening Jukebox… Run

By- Suzie-Q @ 5:00 PM MST

Warning: If you are prone to epileptic seizures or seasickness, you may not want to watch this! It has been banned from MTV because it failed The Harding Test… due to the strobe effects. Other than that, it’s a great song and video and of course, I am a Gnarls Barkley fan! :)

Gnarls Barkley- Run

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Sudhan @20:55 CET

Lucinda Marshall /Dissident Voice, March 5th, 2008

As women throughout the world gather to observe International Women’s Day on this, the 100th anniversary of the New York City Bread and Roses March, they do so in the face of a seemingly intractable culture of impunity that enables increasingly horrendous acts of violence against women.

In Kenya, women are being gang-raped in refugee camps. In Afghanistan, young girls are forced into marriage. In Mexico and Guatemala women continue to disappear, the victims of brutal rapes and murder. In Iraq, women are being indiscriminately killed in the name of male honor. In the U.S. military, women are more likely to be assaulted by their fellow soldiers than by any enemy. The list, truly, is endless.

Continued . . .

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Glenn Beck Asks John Hagee: Is Obama The Antichrist?

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:15 PM MST

From: Think Progress– Beck: ‘Is Obama the Antichrist?’
(HT: Chris Achorn) 9:31 pm

Today on his CNN Headline News show, Glenn Beck asked Pastor John Hagee whether Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is the embodiment of evil:

There are people — they say this about Bill Clinton — he might be the anti-Christ. Odds that Barack Obama is the Antichrist?

In 2006, Beck also called Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) the anti-Christ, stating, “I think we may have found our Antichrist and our next president.”

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Afternoon Jukebox… Little Wonders

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:00 PM MST

Rob Thomas – Little Wonders

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By- Suzie-Q @ 10:00 AM MST

Mukasey’s Paradox

Jonathan Turley, professor of law at George Washington, writing today in The Los Angeles Times:

The recent decisions of Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey to block any prosecution of Bush administration officials for contempt and to block any criminal investigation of torture led to a chorus of criticism. Many view the decisions as raw examples of political manipulation of the legal process and overt cronyism. I must confess that I was one of those crying foul until I suddenly realized that there was something profound, even beautiful, in Mukasey’s action.

In his twisting of legal principles, the attorney general has succeeded in creating a perfect paradox. Under Mukasey’s Paradox, lawyers cannot commit crimes when they act under the orders of a president — and a president cannot commit a crime when he acts under advice of lawyers….

When reduced to its purest form, Mukasey’s Paradox is that government officials cannot violate the law — but that because executive privilege is also a law, it’s sometimes necessary to violate the law in order to uphold the law.

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Busting Bush and Co in Vermont and Kennebunkport

anthony @ 15:45 GMT

Vt. towns approve Bush ‘indictment’

Residents of Vermont Towns Vote to Support Hypothetical Bush-Cheney Indictment

JOHN CURRAN | AP News | Mar 04, 2008 20:23 EST

Voters in two Vermont towns approved measures Tuesday calling for the indictment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for what they consider violations of the Constitution.

More symbolic than anything, the items sought to have police arrest Bush and Cheney if they ever visit Brattleboro or nearby Marlboro or to extradite them for prosecution elsewhere — if they’re not impeached first.

In Brattleboro, the vote was 2,012-1,795. In Marlboro, which held a town meeting on the issue, it was 43-25 with three abstentions.

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Busting Bush & Co. in New England

By Dave Lindorff  | Op Ed News | March 5, 2008 at 07:41:15

In Mansfield, CT, the town where I grew up, there were no police. Oh, there was a resident State Police officer with a big cruiser, but mainly, his job was patrolling the stretch of four-lane highway that ran north of us between Hartford and Boston. The University of Connecticut, a sprawling ag school at the time, had a few police, but their job was limited to patrolling the campus. If something happened, like a kid stealing candy from Phil’s, the local Five and Ten, or if there was some kind of domestic dispute, it fell to the local town constable—an elected position—to handle.

Up in the town of Marlboro, VT, population 1000, the town constable may have a new job. If President George W. Bush, or Vice President Dick Cheney should happen to stop by there, perhaps to pick up some freshly made maple syrup or maple sugar candy, he’d have to arrest them. Last night, the citizens of Marlboro voted in their annual town meeting to indict both men for war crimes, obstruction of justice and perjury. The vote was 43-25, with three abstentions.

Residents of nearby Brattleboro, population 12,000, did the same, voting 2012-1795. (more…)

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anthony @ 14:50 GMT

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) scored big Tuesday night, taking Texas and Ohio, states her husband said were a “must-win” for her to remain viable in the race for the Democratic nomination.

But a close analysis of the delegate counts — which still favor Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) even after Clinton’s Tuesday bump, may put a Clinton victory out of reach.

“By some calculations, Clinton would need to win more than 60 percent of the vote in the dozen contests remaining between now and June 7 to catch Obama in pledged delegates — a steep challenge given that, so far, she has won that much in only one state, her onetime adopted home of Arkansas,” the Washington Post’s Peter Baker and Anne Kornblut noted Wednesday. “Even in New York, where she is a sitting senator, she won 57 percent of the vote. She won 55 percent in Michigan, where Obama was not even on the ballot.”

By CBS News’ count, Obama remains ahead, 1,512 to 1,423 delegates. By AP’s count, Clinton has 1,391 delegates to Obama’s 1,477.

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Related Story: Clinton Hints At Sharing Ticket With Obama

NEW YORK (CBS) ― Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton hinted at the possibility of a Democratic “dream ticket” with Sen. Barack Obama.

Speaking on “The Early Show” on CBS, Clinton said “that may be where this is headed, but of course we have to decide who is on the top of the ticket.”

Clinton said the race between her and Obama remains “incredibly close,” with just “smidgens of difference” between them in both the popular vote and number of delegates.

Clinton’s remarks came after her campaign won two big states yesterday: Ohio and Texas. She also won Rhode Island. The wins enabled her campaign to break Obama’s 12-state winning streak and pick up some momentum of its own.

Speaking later on “The Early Show,” Obama congratulated Clinton on her victories while maintaining he would be able to wrap up the Democratic nomination.

“We still have close to an insurmountable lead in delegates,” Obama said. Obama said his campaign had won nearly twice as many states as Clinton as well as a greater share of the popular vote.

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GEF @ 6:08 AM MST

“If you eat it, drink it, wear it … sit on it, if it is anything other than the air you breathe, an American truck driver made it possible!” wrote trucker Joe Misilewich of Norwich, New York in an e-mail. “Don’t forget it! Without truckers, America is nothing!”

Enter Now Bush’s Mexican Truckers…A disaster waiting to happen – GEF

Independent Truckers See End of the Road

Trucker Robert Griffith is on the road three weeks out of four, pulling oversize loads like crane booms, railroad ties and air conditioning ducts. One of his biggest worries: How he’ll find the money to buy his daughter a prom dress.

As the cost of diesel doubled over the last four years, his take-home pay has plummeted, from $50,000 to $11,000 last year. He’s literally burning money; he spent $64,000 on diesel in the last eight months. Since he canceled his satellite radio, he’s on citizens band radio constantly (handle: Instigator) talking about what needs to change so truckers like him can survive.

“I had to learn to live totally different,” said Griffith, 41, of Lebanon, Tenn.

No more $150 family outings to Shogun sushi. No more weekly washes for his Western Star 4900 EX truck. No more health insurance for him and his family.

“It hurts,” he said. “I’m a man who’s trying to make a living for my family and I’m not succeeding.”

Trucking’s owner-operators, the self-employed drivers who haul everything from Hummers to hay, are suffering. Many say they’re running on the edge of bankruptcy, about to disappear unless they get help. While a wave of trucking failures now might be invisible to consumers, when the economy rebounds, it would push up shipping rates, helping increase prices.


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