Archive for July 22nd, 2007

Take off his Toupee, Guiliani is about Done!

by GEF @ 9:00 PM EDT


Giuliani has connection with accused priest

Placa was legal adviser for Whitinsville center


Republican presidential candidate Rudolph W. Giuliani has close ties to a Catholic priest accused of sexually molesting boys and who also was the lawyer for a now-closed Whitinsville counseling house for troubled priests that has been described as the center of a pedophile sex ring.

Monsignor Alan J. Placa, who works for Mr. Giuliani’s consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, was legal adviser in the 1980s to the House of Affirmation, where priests accused of sexual abuse were sent for psychotherapy and other counseling services. The center closed in 1987 amid a financial scandal.

Monsignor Placa, who while an active priest arranged the annulment of Mr. Giuliani’s first marriage, baptized his two children and officiated at the funeral of his mother, is a childhood friend of Mr. Giuliani and they both attended Manhattanville College.

He was stripped of his duties as a priest, but not defrocked, after Newsday, a Long Island newspaper, published a story in 2002 about young men who alleged that Monsignor Placa abused them in the 1970s. He has been on administrative leave since and has worked for Mr. Giuliani for the past five years. Read on…

Crooks & Liars scoop

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Save The Best For Last


By Larry @ 4:13 PM MDT

Sometimes the snow comes down in June
Sometimes the sun goes round the moon
I see the passion in your eyes
Sometimes its all a big surprise
cause there was a time when all I did was wish
You’d tell me this was love
Its not the way I hoped or how I planned
But somehow its enough

And now were standing face to face
Isn’t this world a crazy place
Just when I thought our chance had passed
You go and save the best for last

All of the nights you came to me
When some silly girl had set you free
You wondered how you’d make it through
I wondered what was wrong with you

cause how could you give your love to someone else
And share your dreams with me
Sometimes the very thing you’re looking for
Is the one thing you can’t see

And now were standing face to face
Isn’t this world a crazy place
Just when I thought our chance had passed
You go and save the best for last

Sometimes the very thing you’re looking for
Is the one thing you can’t see

Sometimes the snow comes down in June
Sometimes the sun goes round the moon
Just when I thought our chance had passed
You go and save the best for last

You went and saved the best for last

Venessa Williams Best for Last

These words of a hit song by Vanessa Williams reflect the affairs of the heart. The affairs of the heart can be many things. A broken marriage, a shattered love affair, an abusive relationship and even a broken promise made to the masses. Most of us have had broken relationships or failed marriages. Some have strained relationships with a child or a spouse. There are some who had a spouse die, a mate cheat and numerous other areas that can be considered affairs of the heart.

There is one area that we all have endured. We all have had promises made and broken, lies have been told, and the results have devastated the lives of each of us in some way. Every person in this country has had their lives forever altered by broken promises.

George W Bush promised on the campaign trail in the year 2000 that he would bring morals and dignity to the White House and beyond. George W Bush promised there would be no nation building.

George W Bush promised there would be no corruption in his administration. George W Bush promised he would be a “compassionate conservative” and he promised to create millions of jobs, and to bring peace to the world.

Mr. Bush you have betrayed your countrymen with the amount of corruption and cover ups that have overrun your administration. Mr. Bush you have destroyed countries, and wasted billions of dollars under the premise of rebuilding them.

Mr. Bush you have cost U.S citizens millions of jobs that had fled to China and beyond. Mr. Bush you have turned your head while people were tortured. Mr. Bush you have brought about the slaughter of thousands of innocent people.

You have started wars that you will not end, you have protected your friends over the safety of a CIA agent. You have promised peace, while promoting war, and you have reaped the profits of oil while thousands of your troops have shed their lives.

Mr. Bush your approval ratings are at an all time low, and sinking farther. Your administration has been ridden with scandal, your flock is fleeing and your allies are trimmed to a few. You have the hate of the world, but worst of all you have the scorn of your own country.

Mr. Bush you deserve two specific things. Your imminent impeachment is the first thing you deserve. The final thing you deserve is your pending imprisonment. We must always “Save The Best For Last.”



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by GEF @ 5:15 PM EDT


Rich nations backlash against globalisation

By Chris Giles in London
Published: July 22 2007 18:11 | Last updated: July 22 2007 18:11

A popular backlash against globalisation and the leaders of the world’s largest companies is sweeping all rich countries, an FT/Harris poll shows.

Large majorities of people in the US and in Europe want higher taxation for the rich and even pay caps for corporate executives to counter what they believe are unjustified rewards and the negative effects of globalisation.

Viewing globalisation as an overwhelmingly negative force, citizens of rich countries are looking to governments to cushion the blows they perceive have come from the liberalisation of their economies to trade with emerging countries.


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by GEF @ 4:02 PM EDT

The American People from Coast to Coast are Crystal Clear but the Government still does not know how to follow instructions written in the Constitution in order to remedy an Executive branch gone totally insane.

So let’s help them out shall we…

The Proper sequence is..
Impeach Cheney first and then Impeach Bush!

Here’s a little book to show Congress the way.. 😉

West Hollywood joins call for impeachment

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., July 22 (UPI) — A nationwide call for the impeachment of U.S. President George Bush was bolstered last week when officials in West Hollywood, Calif., joined the fray.

By passing a resolution on the measure, that also targets Vice President Dick Cheney, officials in West Hollywood made their city the first Southern California locale to make such a declaration, the Los Angeles Times said Sunday.

West Hollywood Mayor John J. Duran said his city joined 80 other U.S. towns or cities in the political effort to protect constitutional ideals.

“Someday I know I’ll look back and I’ll be satisfied that when I thought the Constitution was in peril, I took some action rather than just sat passively by,” he said after last Monday’s vote.

The nationwide effort accuses both Bush and Cheney of numerous constitutional transgressions, including allowing the torture of prisoners and domestic wiretapping to occur.

Duran told the Times he has called on officials in nearby cities to take similar action in order to push Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Los Angeles, to make it a congressional topic.

Source UPI

All this is completely doable!

Oh and take out that silly and tyrannical hispanic  fool over the DOJ while you’re at it! 😉

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Iraqi Oil Sector In Tatters

by- Suzie-Q @ 1:18 PM MST

Even after spending $2.7 billion in U.S. reconstruction funds, Iraq’s oil sector has failed to achieve any of the goals to boost production, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.

Indeed, the highest production levels were reached back in 2004 and have not been equaled since then. In addition, the State Department’s oil data for Iraq may dramatically overstate the actual production levels by as much as $5.5 billion a year, because of inadequate metering, corruption, theft, and sabotage. Security remains the biggest of the challenges, but future investment will be difficult as well.

Nearly 80 percent of U.S. funds destined for the oil sector have already been spent and the rest of the international community has yet to offer any of its own financial support.

For its part, the Iraqi government has failed to spend more than 3 percent of the $3.5 billion it approved for oil reconstruction projects last year. On the political side, the Iraqi government’s effort to pass laws to govern exploration and revenue distribution for the oil sector remain stalled and foreign investment will be minimal until that legislation is in place.

U.S. News

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300th. Sludge Report*The Billybobjoe connection*

by Geezer Power …10:26 AM PDT

Alright…Billybobjoe, totally cool…You are actually doing what most people only talk about. We should all of course be using our Yankee ingenuity to spread the word and protest in every way we can against this evil cabal that has stolen our government. Needless to say, I’m pretty damned impressed by your fiery senior rhetoric. Keep up the good fight brother…G:

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Conyers: 3 More Congress Members And I’ll Impeach

by- Suzie-Q @ 10:13 AM MST

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers has said that if three more Congress Members get behind impeachment he will start the impeachment proceedings.

I was a guest today on Bree Walker‘s radio show. She’s the progressive radio host from California who purchased Cindy Sheehan’s land from her in Crawford, Texas.

Bree attended an event on Friday in San Diego at which Congressman Conyers spoke about impeachment. Her report was extremely interesting. I had already heard reports that Conyers had said: “What are we waiting for? Let’s take these two guys out!” But, of course, what we’re waiting for is John Conyers. Is he ready to act? It was hard to tell from that comment. In January, Conyers spoke at a huge rally on the National Mall and declared “We can fire them!” but later explained that what he meant was that we could wait for two years and Bush and Cheney’s terms would end. Was this week’s remark just more empty rhetoric?

It appears to be more than that. Bree Walker told me, on the air, that Conyers said that all he needs is three more Congress Members backing impeachment, and he’ll move on it, even without Pelosi. I asked whether that meant specifically moving from 14 cosponsors of H Res 333 to 17, or adding 3 to the larger number of Congress Members who have spoken favorably of impeachment but not all signed onto bills. Bree said she didn’t know and that Conyers had declined to take any questions.

Either way, this target of three more members seems perfectly doable. It’s safe to assume, I think, that we’re talking about impeaching Cheney first. But, even if Conyers is talking about Bush, the target is perfectly achievable.


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Feingold Calls For Censure Of Bush And Cheney

by- Suzie-Q @ 9:17 AM MST

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) Sunday called for the censure of President Bush, Vice President Cheney and others, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) indicated that he is reluctant to schedule a vote on such a measure.

“Censure is about holding the administration accountable,” Feingold said. “Congress needs to formally condemn the President and members of the administration for misconduct before and during the Iraq war, and for undermining the rule of law at home.”

While censuring White House leaders would not be “a cure for the devastating toll this administration’s actions have taken on this country,” Feingold said he believes such a move would send a signal “that a co-equal branch of government stood up and held to account those who violated the principles on which this nation was founded.”

Feingold plans to introduce two measures, one focusing on the administration’s actions leading up to and during the Iraq war and the other on domestic issues. Feingold cited overstating the need to go to war as one reason for censure, as well as not giving the American people an honest view of the situation in Iraq.


Feingold Discusses His Censure Resolutions On ‘Meet The Press’ 7-22-07

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by- Suzie-Q @ 8:58 AM MST

This is exactly the kind of story for which our “All Muck is Local” series was created.

Simon Speights is the mayor of Lipscomb, Alabama. He got the job back in 2005 when his predecessor resigned and the City Council voted him in. But Speights isn’t exactly eligible to be mayor.

Speights pleaded guilty to burglary in 1994, and while his voting rights have since been restored, his right to run for political office has not. Records show Speights occasionally uses the surname Speight, which might account for no one realizing the mayor’s criminal record. Oh, and he’s driving a stolen car (no one knows how he got it). And he’s collecting more than twice his authorized salary (no one knows how that happened). Last week, the local district attorney demanded that a judge remove the mayor from office.

But who would replace him? The mayor pro tempore is Gaston Randle, a city councilman and the former police commissioner. Randle might not be the man people want in charge; last month he resigned his commissioner job after being indicted for stalking a local Hispanic woman. And more recently, Randle has been charged with extortion, bribing and impersonating an officer.

Next in line for mayor would be City Councilman David Horn. But Horn was charged two weeks ago with impersonating a police officer. Apparently Horn was annoyed with a citizen who challenged him on fire safety statutes and so threatened to arrest him. He then pulled out an honorary police commission card and claimed to be a sheriff.

Horn posted bail for the incident, but then the police realized he was wanted in connection to an outstanding charge of domestic violence. He was promptly rearrested.

What is it with this perfect storm of small-town corruption? Well, the county sheriff first began an investigation of the Lipscomb police (the second in three years) after receiving allegations that officers were harassing Hispanic citizens. The sheriff found that the cops were shaking down pretty much everyone, regardless of ethnicity. And in the process, he found much to investigate at the city council.

Speights is still in charge, and has since applied to have his rights restored. But the local district attorney wants him out of there now. If the judge were up to it, he’d do well to toss Speights and the entire city council along with him.

TPM Muckraker

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Is Justice Department Operating On Autopilot?

by- Suzie-Q @ 8:13 AM MST

Resignations and the on­going furore over allegedly politicised hiring and firing at the US justice department have left so many top positions vacant that the department is all but operating on autopilot, the Financial Times has learnt.

Six top DoJ officials have quit since February, when the sackings of at least nine US attorneys prompted an outcry in Congress. Outside Washington, 23 of the 93 US attorneys’ offices, which investigate and try most cases, are devoid of permanent political leadership.

The remaining top officials, including Alberto Gonzales, attorney-­general, are the subject of multiple investigations by Congress and the DoJ’s inspector-general.


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