Archive for April 6th, 2007


by Geezer Power 10:47:00 AM PDT


The Poet

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Good Morning/Afternoon… The Spin, I’m In!

by S-Q @ 10:30 AM MDT

Tina Turner – Better Be Good To Me
(1984 release from the album “Private Dancer”)

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by S-Q @ 10:02 AM MDT

© 2007 Stephen Pitt
Energy Merchants

Raw Story/AFP

“With all due respect to the King, it’s a mistake to characterise the US presence in Iraq as illegal,” Bolton said in an interview with the US-based Arabic language Al-Hurra television station.

King Abdullah, a key ally of Washington in the Middle East, described the US occupation of Iraq as “illegitimate” at a meeting of Arab leaders last week in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

“In beloved Iraq, blood is being shed among brothers in the shadow of an illegitimate foreign occupation and ugly sectarianism threatens civil war,” Abdullah said.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice telephoned Saudi Arabia’s US ambassador specifically to discuss the remark.

Bolton said the US was in Iraq at the invitation of its government and its presence was further sanctioned by a United Nations Security Council resolution.

“I hope he (King Abdullah) finds an opportunity to correct that remark in the very near future,” Bolton said.

Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing

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by S-Q @ 8:45 AM MDT

I have a Special Announcement and I am sure you will be as excited as I am! 😉

Please welcome Cliff Schecter to the S-Q blog! You probably recognize Cliff’s name from Huffington Post, AMERICAblog, Cliff’s Corner, Cliff Schecter Blog and several other media sources.

We are currently working out the details and look forward to having Cliff Schecter begin posting on the SQ blog soon.

We are sorry for the delay – Cliff has just relocated and is in the process of getting settled and back to business.

Cliff Schecter

Cliff Schecter Bio:

Cliff Schecter is a veteran campaign strategist and political commentator. Schecter writes a monthly column distributed by Knight Ridder and was a guest columnist for United Press International from 2002-2004. His work has been featured in a variety of publications including The Miami Herald, The American Prospect, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Fordham Urban Law Journal, The Sacramento Bee and Salon.com. He blogs for The Gadflyer and writes a weekly satirical column each Friday called “Cliff’s Corner,” summarizing the week’s most ridiculous events for AMERICAblog. Surprisingly, Tom DeLay gets mentioned a lot.

During the 2004 election cycle, Schecter worked as the “liberal” pundit for The Sinclair Broadcast Group, where he debated conservative Armstrong Williams — for significantly less cost to the White House. He has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR FoxNews, The Canadian Broadcast Channel and Al Jazeera. Additionally, Schecter has provided analysis on American politics for international diplomats, journalists, students and politicians as part of The State Department Bureau of International Information Programs.

Schecter holds an MA in International Affairs from the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and is currently receiving his Ph.D. in American History as a Dean’s Honors Fellow at American University.

Schecter was a pollster for the successful reelection of President Bill Clinton in 1996 and fundraiser for former Governor of Virginia Mark Warner in 2001. He has also consulted for the DNC, DCCC and some other candidates he won’t mention here because they lost.

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John McCain Retreats Quietly Back into his Bubble!

by Global Evildoer Fighter @ 6:35 PM EDT

McCain Regrets Remarks to Press on Baghdad Safety, But ‘That’s Just Life’

By E&P Staff Published: April 06, 2007 4:25 PM ET

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in a ’60 Minutes’ segment coming on Sunday says he misspoke in comments he made about security in Baghdad and acknowledged that heavily armed troops and helicopter gunships accompanied him when he visited a market there.

Editor & Publisher Story

Side Swipe Comment from John McCain as he walks away:
“Media Jerks..” 😉

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Attorney Gate Update – Karl Rove is Uncle Fester!

by Global Evildoer Fighter @ 10:55 PM EDT

(Karl Rove as Uncle Fester)
Any Way You Slice It…
By Christy Hardin Smith(FDL) @ 6:45 am

***UPDATE: This just in: the April 12th Gonzales appearance before the Senate Budget Committee has, indeed, been postponed because the DoJ is now refusing to turn over thousands of documents that needed to be reviewed prior to the hearing, setting things up for a subpoena showdown. Hold onto your hats, kids — it’s going to get bumpy and that makes the April 17th hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee all the more intriguing. More from the WaPo.***

The upcoming hearings with Alberto Gonzales are going to be quite interesting, indeed. More information popping up about dissatisfaction in the ranks at USAtty offices across the country. This from Minneapolis, from reader “LD”:

Sources told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that four top assistants to U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose have stepped down from their positions.

According to our sources, First Assistant Attorney John Marti, Criminal Division Chief Jim Lakner, Civil Division Chief Erika Monzangue, and Administrative Officer Tim Anderson all left their posts Thursday.

Political insiders have criticized Paulose’s rise to the U.S. Attorney’s position as a political favor to the Bush Administration. She is just 34-years old and has worked directly for the same justice department officials who are currently under fire as part of the national U.S. Attorney’s office scandal.

Sources said Paulose’s style of management has already sent several other attorney’s out the door from an office historically viewed as one of the more stable in the country.

Full Story at FDL

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Monica Goodling Resigned, Was Gonzales Top Aide

by S-Q @ 2:37 PM MDT

Huffington Post/AP
AP | Posted April 6, 2007 04:47 PM

The top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales abruptly quit on Friday, almost two weeks after telling Congress she would not testify about her role in the firings of federal prosecutors.

“I am hereby submitting my resignation to the office of attorney general,” Monica M. Goodling said in a three-sentence letter. There was no immediate reason given, but her refusal to face Congress had intensified a controversy that threatens Gonzales’ job.

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