by- Suzie-Q @ 7:30 PM MST
OMG! I am ROFLMAO on this one! 😆 😆
Have A Good Evening!
Senator Craig – Tap Three Times
Let’s Tap to that! – Hit it Fred Astaire
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by- Suzie-Q @ 6:12 PM MST
UPDATED 3:48 p.m. — Sen. Craig likely to make announcement Saturday morning
Idaho Sen. Larry Craig will announce his career plans Saturday morning after widespread calls from fellow Republicans to resign over a men’s room sex sting, his spokesman said today.
“We haven’t quite scheduled anything, but we’re looking at doing something tomorrow,” said Craig’s spokesman Sid Smith. “We haven’t set a time or place yet.”
Dan Whiting, another Craig spokesman, said there would be an announcement Saturday but would not say whether Craig will step down.
Gov. Butch Otter already appears to have settled on a successor: Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, according to several Republicans familiar with internal deliberations.
Craig has been out of public view since Tuesday, but Republican sources in Idaho said he spent today making calls to top party officials, including the governor, gauging their support.
There has been virtually none publicly.
Asked today at the White House if the senator should resign, President Bush said nothing and walked off stage.
anthony @21:30 BST
Imagine if 25,000 of these posters went up on busy streets, dorm windows, and neighborhood walls all across the country, becoming an image no one can avoid. Millions are disgusted at the prospect of another unjust (and possibly nuclear) war, and their outrage needs to find voice and organization.
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by- Suzie-Q @ 12:40 PM MST
Sgt. Dave Karsnia shielded the men he arrested in the airport bathroom from embarrassment. After he flashed a badge, he would point silently to the exit. When one man said his wife was waiting at a gate, Karsnia called for a citation book to spare the man a trip to the airport police station.
And when his bathroom stings netted a senator from Idaho, he even promised him, “I don’t call media.”
That promise – which Karsnia seems to have kept – didn’t do Sen. Larry Craig much good.
Craig’s arrest was surely the biggest of Karsnia’s career, but it was only one of more than a dozen he made in the Minneapolis airport’s restrooms this summer.
Just 29, his record has been that of a rising young officer. He joined the Metropolitan Airports Commission’s department in 2000 as a community services officer, just out of college. Three years later, he was named its Officer of the Year, and in 2005 he was promoted to sergeant. Last year, he finished his master’s degree.
The last time Karsnia was in the media spotlight, it was because of his efforts to get speeding electric carts to slow down. That got him on Good Morning America earlier this year.
He’s not talking anymore. On Tuesday morning he was friendly and businesslike in returning a call to The Associated Press, but declined an interview, saying, “My chief would kill me.” The airport commission has declined to make Karsnia or the police chief available for interviews.
In his arrest reports, Karsnia typically details motioning suspects to a private spot where he could explain the arrest and their options. Often, he asked the men if they had suggestions for solving the lewd conduct problem at the airport. (One suggested lower stall dividers and more police presence.)
He chatted with one of them, a Canadian, about the upcoming Canada Day holiday. With that man and several others, Karsnia noted in his report that they were polite and cooperative.
His audiotaped interview with Craig started in a similar vein. But Karsnia grew more heated in the interview’s final minutes as Craig continued to deny that he had done anything to signal he was looking for sex.
Accusing Craig of failing to tell the truth, Karsnia told the senator, “I guess I’m just saying I’m just disappointed in you, sir. I just really am. I expect this out from the guy we get out of the hood, but – I mean, people vote for you.”
Later, he added: “Embarrassing. Embarrassing. No wonder why we’re going down the tubes,” and closed the interview.
anthony @ 20:02 BST
Today is the tenth anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.
One newspaper, the Daily Express, chose to mark the occasion by an article on the driver of the FIAT Uno, which, it alleges, caused her death.
I prefer on this of all days to remember her life.
The young girl diving into a swimming pool to show everybody that she was good at…something. The gauche and awkward teenager pursued by the press before her marriage to Prince Charles. That diaphanous dress as she stood against the sunlight holding a child at the nursery school where she worked. The (apparently) fairy-tale wedding. The marriage which, we now know, was troubled from the very beginning. Her frollicking with her boys, Wills and Harry, the “heir and the spare”, at an amusement park like any other mum on a day out with her kids. The bulimia nervosa and her brave acknowledgment of her illness in public. Her charity work and the broken lives she touched. The divorce and the sad and troubled last years of her life. The unseemly cavorting with Dodi in the south of France during that last summer of her life. The news heard in the early hours of the morning of August 31, 1997, of a car accident in Paris… .
I was not a great fan of Princess Di’s during her lifetime, dismissing her, after that interview she gave, as a “dangerous flake”. But in the years following her death I have learnt much more about her and have come more fully to appreciate, if I may borrow her brother’s words, “the unique, the complex, the extraordinary and irreplaceable Diana whose beauty, both internal and external, will never be extinguished from our minds”.
Here’s an article about her charitable work from the Austrialian newspaper, The Herald Sun:
Diana, the people’s princess
TWENTY years ago Princess Diana was photographed holding a man’s hand and it shocked the world.
He wasn’t famous. He wasn’t one of her lovers. What caused a sensation about this particular display of affection was that he had AIDS.
In 1987, when public hysteria about the condition was rife, such a public and familiar gesture was almost unheard of from any high-profile person, particularly a member of the royal family.
Royals cut ribbons at hospitals. They shook hands with the public wearing white cotton gloves. But the blonde and in her arms, making unpopular causes front-page news. beautiful Diana not only refused to wear gloves, she held dying people in her arms, making unpopular causes front-page news.
Here’s the first part of a three-part series on her work in Angola:
And last of all (and an appropriate note to finish on), a tribute from her younger son, Harry, delivered at a service which he and William organised to “remember her before God”:
William and I can separate life into two parts. There were those years when we were blessed with the physical presence beside us of both our mother and father.
And then there are the 10 years since our mother’s death. When she was alive we completely took for granted her unrivalled love of life, laughter, fun and folly. She was our guardian, friend and protector.
She never once allowed her unfaltering love for us to go unspoken or undemonstrated.
It was an event which changed our lives forever
She will always be remembered for her amazing public work. But behind the media glare, to us, just two loving children, she was quite simply the best mother in the world.
We would say that wouldn’t we. But we miss her.
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by Geezer Power …9:01 AM PDT
August 31, 2007
(benchmarks) set by Congress, according to a draft leaked to The Washington Post by the military so the White House couldn’t doctor it before its release.
The report, which the Post described as “strikingly negative”, is due to be delivered to Congress on Tuesday, ahead of a pivotal report on Iraq by the U.S. military commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, and ambassador Ryan Crocker due by September 15.
“Overall,” the report concludes, “key legislation has not been passed, violence remains high, and it is unclear whether the Iraqi government will spend $10 billion in reconstruction funds,” as promised. While it makes no policy recommendations, the draft suggests that future administration assessments “would be more useful” if they backed up their judgments with more details and “provided data on broader measures of violence from all relevant U.S. agencies.”
The Bush administration is scheduled to deliver a report on the war to Congress in mid-September, focusing on the Iraqi government’s progress toward 18 security and political “benchmarks” lawmakers included in a $120 billion war-spending bill in May.
~FOX NEWS FAIR AND BALANCED VERSION~
Pentagon Asks Congressional Auditors to Revise Iraq Benchmark Report Findings
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said Thursday that after reviewing a draft of the Government Accountability Office report — which has not yet been made public — policy officials “made some factual corrections” and “offered some suggestions on a few of the actual grades” assigned by the GAO.
The GAO report was on track to conclude that at least 13 of the 18 benchmarks set to judge the Iraqi government’s performance in the political and security arenas haven’t been met.
“We have provided the GAO with information which we believe will lead them to conclude that a few of the benchmark grades should be upgraded from `not met’ to `met,”‘ Morrell said. He declined to elaborate or to spell out which of the benchmark grades the Pentagon was disputing.