Archive for March 22nd, 2007

Edwards Will Continue Presidential Run

by S-Q @ 3:15 PM MDT


By MIKE BAKER, Associated Press Writer
Thursday, March 22, 2007

(03-22) 12:26 PDT Chapel Hill, N.C. (AP) —

Democrat John Edwards is forging ahead with his second bid for the presidency despite the sobering news that his wife, Elizabeth, is battling an incurable reappearance of cancer.

The presidential candidate revealed the closely guarded prognosis — even family friends and some senior campaign staff were unaware — at a news conference Thursday, his wife by his side in the hotel garden where they married 30 years ago.

Putting to rest speculation about his political future, Edwards told reporters: “The campaign goes on. The campaign goes on strongly.”

Note: Best wishes and prayers for Elizabeth Edwards.

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What Bush Is Hiding

by S-Q @ 2:00 PM MDT


In the U.S. attorney scandal, Alberto Gonzales gave orders, but he also took them — from Karl Rove, who plotted to turn the federal criminal justice system into the Republican Holy Office of the Inquisition.

By Sidney Blumenthal

March 22, 2007 | Leave aside the unintentional irony of President Bush asserting executive privilege to shield his aides from testifying before the Congress in the summary firings of eight U.S. attorneys because the precedent would prevent him from receiving “good advice.” Leave aside also his denunciation of the Congress for the impertinence of requesting such testimony as “partisan” and “demanding show trials,” despite calls from Republicans for the dismissal of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Ignore as well Bush’s adamant defense of Gonzales.

The man Bush has nicknamed “Fredo,” the weak and betraying brother of the Corleone family, is, unlike Fredo, a blind loyalist, and will not be dispatched with a shot to the back of the head in a rowboat on the lake while reciting his Ave Maria. (Is Bush aware that Colin Powell refers to him as “Sonny,” after the hothead oldest son?) But saving “Fredo” doesn’t explain why Bush is willing to risk a constitutional crisis. Why is Bush going to the mattresses against the Congress? What doesn’t he want known?

In the U.S. attorneys scandal, Gonzales was an active though second-level perpetrator. While he gave orders, he also took orders. Just as his chief of staff, Kyle Sampson, has resigned as a fall guy, so Gonzales would be yet another fall guy if he were to resign. He was assigned responsibility for the purge of U.S. attorneys but did not conceive it. The plot to transform the U.S. attorneys and ipso facto the federal criminal justice system into the Republican Holy Office of the Inquisition had its origin in Karl Rove’s fertile mind.

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by S-Q @ 1:23 PM MDT

Daily Show correspondent John Oliver and anchor Jon Stewart discuss the last time Karl Rove testified. Very funny!!

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by S-Q @ 8:10 PM MDT


Tribute to Ray Charles “Living For The City”

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Deep Gloat

by Basheert @12:15 pm MDT

I found this AWESOME op-ed by Paul Slansky on Huffington Post. When I read the first sentence (The truly great, giddiness-inducing thing about the Justice Department scandal (still awaiting its moronically obligatory “gate”-suffixed title) is how it owes its existence to the gratuitous nastiness of these hate-driven punks in the White House) I knew I had to share it here.

Paul has a real “gift” for identifying the stripes on these zebras and a real skill for getting his message across!


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Deployments: The Real Numbers

by Basheert @7:00 pm MDT

Mr. Bush’s fuzzy math (must be all that cocaine and booze) regarding the actual deployment numbers for Iraq. When will the military families realize they are being used and abused for purely political reasons?

We need our troops home, now!


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Did Tom Delay Write or Even READ his New Book?

by Basheert @6:55 pm MDT

In a rather sticky interview with Chris Matthews on MSNBC, it became obvious that Tom Delay not only did not write his new book, but evidently he also didn’t take the time to read it either!


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