Archive for June 16th, 2007

Special Counsel Probes Rove…

by- Suzie-Q @ 8:02 PM MST

The Office of Special Counsel, which has already recommended that GSA chief Lurita Doan be suspended or fired for participating in partisan activities while on the job, is now moving forward with its investigation of nearly 20 other administration agencies.

Eighteen agencies have been asked by the Office of Special Counsel to preserve electronic information dating back to January 2001 as part of its governmentwide investigation into alleged violations of the law that limits political activity in federal agencies.

The OSC task force investigating the claims has asked agencies, including the General Services Administration, to preserve all e-mail records, calendar information, phone logs and hard drives going back to the beginning of the Bush administration. The task force is headed by deputy OSC special counsel James Byrne.

The White House has admitted that roughly 20 agencies have received a PowerPoint briefing created by Karl Rove’s office “that included slides listing Democratic and Republican seats the White House viewed as vulnerable in 2008, a map of contested Senate seats and other information on 2008 election strategy.”


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Saturday Evening Jukebox… Tonight

David Bowie And Tina Turner- “Tonight”

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by GEF @ 8:50 PM EDT

Ruby Ridge figure coming to Browns
STAND-OFF Survivor to Advise Tax Protesters

By Margot Sanger-Katz
Monitor staff

Plainfield, meet Ruby Ridge.

Randy Weaver, who survived a standoff with U.S. marshals in Idaho that claimed the lives of his wife and son, is driving to New Hampshire this weekend to advise Ed and Elaine Brown on how to manage their own conflict with the marshal service.

“If it helps, I’m more than willing to do it,” Weaver said on an internet radio show this week.

The Browns, who have been holed up in their Plainfield home for nearly five months, say that any attempt to arrest them will result in bloodshed. The couple has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for a series of crimes related to their nonpayment of federal income taxes.

Go Read it–>

Shocking Documentary Whistleblows on the Government about the Truth of the Income Tax!

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What do you do when you’re homeless?

by Geezer Power …2:11 PM PDT

As more and more folks fall through the cracks we see the amount of homeless people on the increase. Everybody feels the crunch as we have family and friends who are not able to pay their bills, or have already lost their home and need help. Seems like we’re all working to help out, but our resources are being drained too. There are people living in tent cities throughout the country, but in more and more places they are being driven out.

On top of the 3 million who were homeless or marginally homeless there are an additional 5 million poor people that spend over half of their incomes on housing, leaving them on the verge of homelessness. A missed paycheck, a health crisis, or an unpaid bill can easily push poor families over the edge into homelessness, and once that happens it’s all about survival. There are not enough shelters and not many places that you can even pitch a tent or build a wikiup.

The Portland Oregon Solution

Dignity Village International Tent City Celebration

Dear Fellow Portland Housing/Homeless Activists:

Homelessness is increasing worldwide. Housing costs are skyrocketing. Governments are more inclined to support tax cuts for the wealthy than help for low income people. Drastic cuts of essential entitlement or safety net programs are looming on the horizon–courtesy of the Bush Administration and U.S. Congress.

To truly end homelessness and poverty worldwide, we need to do more than just develop 10 year plans to end homelessness or bureaucracies to study the problem.

This is why the National Coalition for the Homeless, the nation’s oldest and largest national homelessness advocacy organization, supports such proactive legislative initiatives as the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund and the Bringing America Home Act. If enacted by Congress, both pieces of legislation would end homelessness in this country.

In addition to tackling the roots causes of poverty (lack of affordable housing, no universal health insurance, and poor-paying jobs) in this country and elsewehere, we support the development/operation of tent cities and other alternative housing models.

We join you in this international day of solidarity pushing for an end to homelessness and poverty today, not ten years from now.

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by- Suzie-Q @ 11:02 AM MST

Mentarch, I decorated your desk for your Birthday party…

I hope you don’t mind…. 😆

I invited some of your friends to join us…. I hope that is okay with you… and they brought a cake. 🙂

And, GEF had some left over Birthday cake from his recent Birthday party… 😆


Kool & The Gang – Celebration

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by- Mentarch … 13:10 EDT

(Note: because “rumor” has it that Suzie-Q‘s blog is the #1 site for the drive to impeach V.-P. Cheney, I thought I would repost this entry in order to bring a smile to Suzie-Q, my fellow Justice Bloggers and all readers of Suzie-Q’s blog. I hope you’ll all enjoy …

 It is well understood that neocons are adpet at accusing others of doing/thinking what they are actually guilty of doing/thinking.

The other day, U.S. V.-P. Dick B. Cheney gave a commencement address at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. Maybe he drank the wrong brand of tea that day, or perhaps he slightly over-medicated himself – in any event, he came out and revealed publicly the motus operandi of the President, himself and their neocon administration, condemning all they stand for, their ideological agenda, and everything they have been doing in the process so far. As reported, Cheney delivered his remarks in the context of moral and ethical lessons that the graduating cadets at West Point had learned in the course of their studies. Dixit Richard (Dick) B. Cheney: (more…)

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by- Suzie-Q @ 8:26 AM MST

The Democrats are hoping to soften what support remains for the war — eventually winning the battle in September, when Gen. Petraeus offers his report on the progress of the surge.

Be afraid. The ghosts of campaigns past are once again haunting the Democratic Party.

Remember 2004, and how the Kerry camp couldn’t decide whether to highlight the war and national security or to push domestic issues? Well, those chains are rattling again.

Even as a steady stream of bad news pours out of Iraq, Democrats are once more divided over how much of their focus to put on Iraq.

Thankfully, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid seem to have learned the lesson of 2004 — it’s not the extended family leave, stupid. Or, at least, they’ve learned the lesson of 2007: there is nothing wrong with being a one trick pony, if it’s the right trick. And at this point, getting us out of Iraq is the feat voters most want to see.

“You can’t become a one trick pony,” warned Rahm Emanuel, arguing that Democrats need to pay equal attention to domestic issues. And Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor yesterday called on Democrats to abandon efforts to set a public troop withdrawal date (Pryor said he could support a super-double-secret redeployment timeline known only to a select group of U.S. officials. I assume this would include Gen. Petraeus, Karl Rove, and Steve Perry — who proved he can keep things hush-hush).

I guess Emanuel, Pryor, and those in their camp missed the reports of plummeting approval ratings for Congressional Democrats after the no-timeline Iraq funding vote.


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Anthony @ 13:58

Fifth Justice Department Official quits

By LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writer
Fri Jun 15, 7:21 PM ET

WASHINGTON – A senior Justice Department official who helped carry out the dismissals of federal prosecutors said Friday he is resigning. Mike Elston, chief of staff to Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, is the fifth Justice official to leave after being linked to the dismissals of the prosecutors.

Elston was accused of threatening at least four of the eight fired U.S. attorneys to keep quiet about their ousters. In a statement Friday, the Justice Department said Elston was leaving voluntarily to take a job with an unnamed Washington-area law firm.

The firings have led to congressional investigations, an internal Justice Department inquiry and calls on Capitol Hill for the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (news, bio, voting record) said the resignation raises a red flag for investigators.

“When yet another significant player resigns in the U.S. attorney scandal, it only deepens the mystery of who targeted U.S. attorneys for firing, why they did it, and what exactly is going on in the highest reaches of the Justice Department and who is filling the vacuum of leadership that has developed there,” said Conyers, D-Mich.

As McNulty’s top aide, Elston’s duties included overseeing the government’s 93 U.S. attorneys nationwide. Elston helped plan and carry out the firings of seven of the eight prosecutors who were dismissed in 2006 — firings which were orchestrated by two of Gonzales’ top aides beginning shortly after the 2004 elections. Elston also called several of the U.S. attorneys afterward trying to quell the growing outcry.

At least four of the prosecutors Elston contacted said they felt threatened by his calls, which they interpreted as demands to stay quiet about why they were fired. Congress is investigating the firings, which Democrats believe were politically motivated.

Elston and his attorney, Bob Driscoll, said the phone calls were never meant to be threatening.

Statements released from the House Judiciary Committee painted a different picture.

Anthony says: Will the last person to leave the Department of Justice please turn out the lights!

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Anthony @ 13:25 BST

Published: Friday June 15, 2007

According to a Capitol Hill newspaper, police are unable to solve the mystery of the “caca caper.”

“Usually, if a turd gets into the Senate, it’s because he or she was elected,” Emily Heil reports for Roll Call. “But on Wednesday, several large piles of actual, nonmetaphorical ‘No. 2’ found their way into the Capitol, and the source isn’t yet clear.”

Heil continues, “On Wednesday afternoon, Capitol Police cordoned off a section of the hallway on the third floor of the Senate side of the Capitol, where at least three piles of the stuff were causing a stench — and a stir. At first, the word circulating among the staff was that a visiting child had fallen ill while in the gallery. But then the prevailing theory was that the foul stuff had come from an adult or group of adults making a yet-to-be-determined political statement.”

According to the paper, “Reports also circulated that the yucky stuff had been smeared on seats in the gallery overlooking the chamber floor, and the gallery remained closed hours after the incident was first noted.”

To see a full list of all Turds including the new 2006 Range click here

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