Archive for March 12th, 2007

Welcome to S-Q

I want to welcome everyone to S-Q blog, since it seems to be chosen as the natural successor to “From the Desk of Patrick J. Fitzgerald.” While we all will miss it, it’s understandable that he would need a break from the daily maintenance. So hopefully the PJF owner will join us, on a more flexible time schedule.

I especially want to thank S-Q for stepping into that breach. I remember when she was new to blogging, asking questions, and now has put up a terrific site, taken charge and we will barely miss a beat. After all, Libby’s indictment is not an end to the travesty and mockery this Administration has made of democracy and moral values.

Since the indictment we’ve had the Walter Reed scandal, the firing of Justice Dept lawyers ostensibly for not chasing down Democrats and thereby muddying the waters for Republicans to continue their shenanigans. Then a report that the FBI misused their powers. Alberto Gonzales is on the hot seat. If ever someone looked and sounded stupid, he’s it. Almost a deer in headlight expression. Bush’s lap dog wondering what went wrong.

You forgot to read the Constitution, that’s what went wrong.

And now Halliburton, after stealing the taxpayers blind, is moving to Dubai. So much easier to skim off the top from a more sympatico country. With their oil profits building their kingdom, are they poised for global takeover?

Just when I thought it was getting better. I want to be optimistic and say it is. Because while it was going on before, now it’s headline news and people are paying attention. With 24/7 news sources when will people learn that whatever you do in secret today will be blasted into sunshine tomorrow.

This administration needs to learn a basic lessen our mothers taught us: Don’t do anything you don’t want to see on the front page of the New York Times. (And how ironic, that’s exactly where their undoing is happening.)

And a heaping thanks to all the bloggers that keep the light shining in all those dirty dark corners. Here’s a challenge: Every day, every one of us should do something positive for our country. Write a letter, volunteer, read an article, stay informed. We are our own best hope.

I want to work toward a really positive 2008 election, electing someone we can be proud of.

Captain Kit

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The “embattled” former commander of the US Army’s Walter Reed Medical Center, which has come under fire for giving “substandard” outpatient care to veterans, has submitted his resignation request. But one cable news channel is reporting that Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley was “actually fired.”

Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, the Army’s surgeon general and commander of the US Army Medical Command, headed Walter Reed from 2002 to 2004, and was recently appointed interim head there for a spell after Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman, who commanded the hospital the past six months, was fired.


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Report: Army ordering injured soldiers to Iraq

The U.S. Army is ordering soldiers at Fort Benning classified as “medically unfit to fight” to war in Iraq, Salon reports, asking aloud if it is an “isolated incident or a trend.”

“As the military scrambles to pour more soldiers into Iraq,” writes Mark Benjamin for Salon, “a unit of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Ga., is deploying troops with serious injuries and other medical problems, including GIs who doctors have said are medically unfit for battle. Some are too injured to wear their body armor, according to medical records.”

Benjamin cites recent cases of troops at Fort Benning whose medical profiles were “downgraded … without even a medical exam, in order to deploy them to Iraq.”

In fact, writes Benjamin, some of the affected soldiers he interviewed “are already gone,” with others set to fly to Iraq within a week. 3rd Infantry Division officials, according to Benjamin, deny the claims.


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Welcome to S-Q’s Blog! The Spin, I’m In!

Oh It’s Tasty…

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — If Chuck Hagel is looking to join the cast of Republican presidential hopefuls, he’s certainly not taking an orthodox route.

Speculation that the senior U.S. senator from Nebraska is considering a run for the White House has run high since 2004, when he confirmed he might make the leap. A new flurry of conjecture hit political blogs and news programs Wednesday, when he revealed his intention to make an announcement on Monday about his future plans.

Loree Bykerk, a political science professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, says recent rumblings within the state indicate he likely will run.

Former students of Bykerk’s now active in the state Republican Party have told her of “the queuing up … in the Republican party of who is going to run for his senate seat and keep the governor’s seat and other state offices,” she said.

But if Hagel is beating a path to the White House, there are those who question what he’s using to pave the way.

In an interview appearing in April editions of Esquire magazine — set to hit stands next week — Hagel suggests that President Bush could be subject to calls for impeachment as the Iraq war drags on.

“The president says, ‘I don’t care.’ He’s not accountable anymore,” Hagel said in the article. “Before this is over, you might see calls for his impeachment. I don’t know. It depends on how this goes.”


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