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Archive for June 24th, 2007

Late Night Jukebox… Waterloo

by- Suzie-Q @ 9:42 PM MST

Good Evening Justice Bloggers!

I just received this email from Matt Garthoff:

S-Q,

Was cruising and found your blog. I think my latest video is something you might enjoy. It’s up at Truthdig, Andrew Sullivan, FDL and a few others.
Please share with your audience if you like. Thanks,
mg

Excellent work Matt! Thank you for letting me know about this awesome video.  Also, I hope you will blog with us. 😉


Waterloo

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Isikoff: ‘A New Cheney-Gonzales Mystery’

by- Suzie-Q @ 9:14 PM MST

Michael Isikoff is reporting “a new Cheney-Gonzales mystery” in the current issue of Newsweek. It has recently become known that Cheney’s office has refused to comply with an executive order requiring annual reports on security measures, claiming that the vice president is not part of the executive branch. The government official responsible for enforcing the order, J. William Leonard, complained about this last January to Attorney General Gonzales, asking for an official ruling, but he never received a response.

Isikoff asks, “Why didn’t Gonzales act on Leonard’s request? His aides assured reporters that Leonard’s letter has been ‘under review’ for the past five months—by Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). But on June 4, an OLC lawyer denied a Freedom of Information Act request about the Cheney dispute asserting that OLC had ‘no documents’ on the matter, according to a copy of the letter obtained by NEWSWEEK. Steve Aftergood, the Federation of American Scientists researcher who filed the request, said he found the denial letter ‘puzzling and inexplicable’—especially since Leonard had copied OLC chief Steve Bradbury on his original letter to Gonzales.”

Congressional investigators have now become interested in the matter, according to Isikoff, and Rep. Henry Waxman has told Newsweek that he plans to investigate the Justice Department’s handling of the issue.

Link to full Newsweek story

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by- Suzie-Q @ 7:00 PM MST

BAGHDAD, Iraq _ Despite major ground-air offensives to the north and south of Baghdad, the deadliest place for U.S. troops remains the capital.

U.S. forces launched their largest assault of Baqouba, the provincial capital of Diyala about 35 miles north of Baghdad, five days ago. Since then, 29 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq — 22 of them in Baghdad, nearly all by roadside bombs, according to a tally on icasualties.org.

One U.S. soldier, Army Spec. Darryl Linder, 23, of Hickory, N.C., has been killed in the Diyala offensive so far.

But the small number of enemy captured or killed, and persistent U.S. casualties in the capital relative to those in major military campaigns in the provinces, raises questions about the efficacy of such operations.

Meanwhile, Iraqis huddled around televisions Sunday to watch Iraq’s High Tribunal condemn Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as “Chemical Ali,” and two other former Saddam Hussein henchmen to death for their roles in a 1988 campaign that killed tens of thousands of Kurds in the northern part of the country. Another two were sentenced to life in prison, while the charges against a sixth defendant were dropped.

Four Iraqi security officials touted the success of the Diyala campaign at a press briefing Sunday, saying about 57 insurgents have been killed and about 46 detained. The numbers are remarkably small considering 10,000 U.S.-led forces descended on the Diyala area, where al Qaida in Iraq imposed a strict, often brutal, brand of Islamic law.

Iraqi and U.S. military officials conceded most of the enemy fighters got away. Last week, these same officials talked of enclosing al Qaida forces to prevent them from escaping.

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Evening Jukebox… Breathless

by- Suzie-Q @ 6:58 PM MST


The Corrs- Breathless

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A Cancer On The Body Democratic

by- Mentarch … 18:52 EDT

(Updated below) (Update II)

Alternative title: The Root Of All Our Problems – In Real Life And In The Blogosphere.

Democracy is slowing rotting away. There is not only a cause for this wasting disease, but as well a potential cure – if we commit ourselves with courage, diligence and determination to apply such a cure.

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Afternoon Jukebox…Travolta Sings

by- Suzie-Q @ 2:05 PM MST

This is for the guy with the slicked back hair…. Uber Highwayman!  😉


Travolta Sings

(You need to double click the video to take you to youtube.)

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Bush: Plan Has Permanent Ban For Illegals

by- Suzie-Q @ 12:09 PM MST

INVASION USA
Uses radio address to lobby for Senate’s ‘amnesty’ idea

President Bush today offered the promise of a future permanent ban on illegal aliens in the United States – if the U.S. Senate moves forward with a compromise “comprehensive” immigration reform package that was killed earlier.

“Right now, our laws are ineffective and insufficient. For example, crossing the border illegally carries weak penalties. In addition, participation in illegal gangs is not enough to bar admission into our country,” he said on his weekly radio address.

“And when we cannot get other countries to accept the return of their citizens who are dangerous criminals, in most cases our government can only detain these aliens for six months before releasing them into society,” he said.

“This is unacceptable. The bill before the Senate addresses these problems. Under this bill, those caught crossing illegally will be permanently barred from returning to the United States on a work or tourist visa.

“Under this bill, anyone known to have taken part in illegal gang activity can be denied admission to our country. And under the bill, we will be able to detain aliens who are dangerous criminals until another country accepts their return,” he said.

However, it also grants legal status to the estimated 12-20 million illegal aliens already within the United States, and that has generated considerable opposition among Republicans and even some Democrats.

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