by Geezer Power …8:06:33 PM PDT
Archive for May 21st, 2007
by- Suzie-Q @ 7:19 PM MST
Congress and the administration keep getting closer and closer to the edge. As part of the U.S. attorney firings investigation, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) has threatened to subpoena Karl Rove and other White House officials, a subpoena the White House will certainly fight. And in the House, House reform committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) has subpoenaed Condoleezza Rice to testify next month; Rice has said she won’t comply.
So what happens when they get to the edge? Will we see top officials in cuffs soon?
The short answer: no, but a subpoena still gets results.
Former general counsel to the House Charles Tiefer explained that these face-offs never culminate in court.
“In theory, what happens is, after the House, or the Senate, goes through a certain process, [the case] is kicked over to a prosecutor,” Tiefer said. But to think that will actually happen “is a naive way” of looking at Congressional investigations.
No top government official has ever been indicted for failing to respond to a Congressional subpoena. Tiefer, who signed off on more Congressional subpoenas than anyone else while counsel to the House from 1984 to 1996, explained that these investigations mount pressure to achieve results.
When asked if a Congressional subpoena has teeth he asked his own question: “Does a vise have teeth?” Well, no, but, “you could crack stones in a vise.”
The investigation process ramps up political pressure with letters, media outreach, subpoenas and contempt until one side cracks. The more bipartisan support an investigation has, the heavier each move weighs. The more the public supports the opposing branch, the more likely a committee will be to back down.
Usually a negotiated agreement is reached before the investigation hits a serious phase.
Posted in Uncategorized on May 21, 2007 | 16 Comments »
by- Suzie-Q @ 3:10 PM MST
This was perhaps the greatest President in the history of the United States of America.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was an incredible speaker and I do believe he was a man for the people. He had vision, hope and pursuit of happiness for all Americans. You can hear it in the sincerity of his voice. When you listen to his words, in this video, they ring out so clear and unmistakably he spoke the truth.
Our country needs another JFK at this critical time of our great nation. Are you listening Al Gore? America needs you! We don’t need the second best… we need the best man for the job!
Draft Al Gore Campaign (Sign the petition)
Note: A big thank you to The Highwayman for this video!
Posted in Uncategorized on May 21, 2007 | 2 Comments »
Posted by Anthony @ 22:13 BST
by Joan Brunwasser
May 20, 2007 at 01:56:58
“The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” – Joseph Stalin
Since art does not exist in a vacuum, I would like to place my review of Commander ‘N Thief within the context of recent newsworthy events. Unfortunately, you’ll have to dig hard to find coverage of them in the mainstream press.
Almost two weeks ago, the House Administration Committee unanimously decided to throw out numerous 2006 election challenges, including that of Clint Curtis. He collected hundreds of voters’ sworn affidavits that point to a different reality from that indicated by the election results in Florida. Alas, none of the candidates were invited to testify and Curtis’s evidence was neither examined nor evaluated.
I joined other concerned citizens in mounting a last-minute campaign (since this was snuck in under the radar) to protest this cavalier disregard of basic democratic principles. We were successful in deluging committee members’ offices with faxes, e-mails, and phone calls. Unfortunately, the committee members were unmoved by this massive display of public support. The committee was made up of five Democrats and three Republicans – so much for the big changes expected after the 2006 elections.
It seems that the accurate counting of the vote is not a big priority for our elected officials in D.C. Those who have posited that there isn’t a nickel’s worth of difference between the two parties have fuel for their argument. Is there something in the water inside the Beltway that makes conscientious, well-meaning individuals susceptible to collective amnesia regarding their responsibility to the very people who put them in office? Why is it such an uphill battle to convince our representatives that fair elections are something that deserves more than lip service?
Commander ‘N Thief, the twelfth film on election integrity that I have reviewed, is so chock full of material that it’s hard to know where to start. This documentary does a great job spotlighting the 2004 election, and goes farther than the others I’ve seen. While it is not partisan in tone, it does not shy away from calling a spade a spade. From opening with Stalin’s words on elections, it cuts directly to Greg Palast, investigative journalist and author, who baldly states,
I don’t think John Kerry won. I know he won… and that they did not count the votes… This is not conspiracy theory…These are the facts. It’s a question of numbers; it’s a question of votes…millions of votes cast, not counted. It’s not the story of the Ukraine… It’s the story of the United States of America… Maybe you won’t like what you hear. It should get you real energized. Get ready for the information and then get ready to do something about it.
Posted by Anthony @ 21:57 BST
May 21, 2007
Significantly, one of the last things that Tony Blair does before finally quitting (don’t believe it until it happens) is to go off to greet the British military occupation on a rah-rah tour in Iraq. A mortar attack was made on the British Embassy but unfortunately missed hitting Blair who went on to give a heart-rending speech on what a great job ‘Our Boys’ were doing defending good ol’ Freedom ‘n’ Democracy and making the Matrix World a safer place to live, blah, blah, blah.
Meantime, ex-Prez Jimmy Carter is reported by the BBC to opine on Blair in tones which if not quite Red Pill are still an embarrassing pink.
Criticising Blair for his “blind” support of the war in Iraq Carter said the UK’s “almost undeviating” support for “the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq had been a major tragedy for the world.”
“… I think the combination of Bush and Blair giving their support to this tragedy in Iraq has strengthened the effort and has made the opposition less effective and prolonged the war and increased the tragedy that has resulted.”
The Iraq invasion had “caused deep schisms on a global basis”, said Carter, and he hoped Mr Blair’s successor, Gordon Brown, would be less enthusiastic in his support for it.
Posted in Uncategorized on May 21, 2007 | 7 Comments »
by Geezer Power …12:54 PM PDT
Saudis Buying GE Plastics
May 18 2007
LONDON – General Electric is set to sell its plastics division to Saudi Basic Industries, Saudi Arabia’s largest industrial firm, an official source told Forbes.com on Friday. GE Plastics had originally been expected to sell for around $10 billion, but reports say the unit could fetch as much as $11 billion. A source close to the situation would not confirm the transaction’s value but said the deal would be announced Monday.
SABIC is one of the world’s largest makers of polyethylene and polypropylene, materials that are heavily used in consumer products like plastic grocery bags, packaging and bottles. Its first-quarter profits jumped 50% to $1.7 billion, and it saw revenues of $23 billion last year.
The company is 70% owned by the Saudi government and 30% owned by private investors in the Middle East. One cost advantage it has over competitors like Shell Chemicals, Exxon Mobil Chemical and Basell Holdings is the relative ease with which it can get access to cheap and abundant supplies of oil and natural gas in the region.
Its close proximity to fast-growing China and India, where demand for industrial materials is booming, also gives it the upper hand on transport costs.
SABIC in acquiring GE Plastics is apparently setting the stage for more ties to China and India, and is investing in petro chemical and plastics industries there. This will set China up for the increasing use of plastics in automobile manufacture etc., while giving Saudi Arabia a means of using their main resource (oil) for manufacturing their own raw plastics. This looks like a win win situation for Saudi Arabia and China, but not so good for the US. We will be paying more for oil and plastics both, while trying to put more energy efficient automobiles and trucks on the market. They have already been invented many years ago, and our Corporate Government will be forced to put them on the market, but if we don’t get on track, we’ll be buying them from Japan and China.
19th May 2007
BEIJING: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic), the world’s largest petrochemical firm by market value, may invest just over $1 billion in a petrochemical plant in China, a senior industry source said yesterday.
The deal, likely to be finalised in days, will mark a breakthrough for international companies seeking a foothold in China’s fast expanding petrochemical market as it comes at a time when Beijing appeared to be shifting to self-reliance in building the booming sector.
Under the pact Sabic would join its Chinese partner, state-run Sinopec Corporation in building a one million tonne a year naphtha cracker to produce ethylene, a key building block for petrochemicals, in the northern city of Tianjin, the source said.
Sabic would also own a 50 per cent stake in two production lines of polyethylene – raw material for plastics – and one mono ethylene glycol facility, an intermediate for chemical fibre, with total investment worth some $500 million, the source said.
From fuel tanks to wire harness and from instrument panels to exciting new molded windshields, virtually every current and developmental plastic component
for vehicles will be represented by technologies at
NPE 2006: The International Plastics Showcase.
by- Suzie-Q @ 12:37 PM MST
Senator John McCain escalated a dispute over his immigration bill with a competitor for the 2008 Republican nomination for President, according to a report at the New York Sun’s Latest Politics website.
“Maybe I should wait a couple weeks and see if it changes,” Ryan Sager reports Senator McCain saying in reference to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s position on immigration. “Maybe he can get out his small varmint gun and drive those Guatemalans off his yard.”
Sager reports that McCain made the remark during a conference call with bloggers on Monday morning. The Arizona Republican’s remark about the ‘small varmint gun’ referred to Romney’s explanation of when he had hunted in the past.