Archive for August 24th, 2007

by- Mentarch … 00:42 EDT

The one and only reason I have so far remained “silent” on the SPPNA/Montebello protests and all that has happened is very simple: many Canadian bloggers did an excellent job at covering the events and developments there (nice list of them here). Hence, I felt that my adding to this would not have contributed much more than what was being superbly written and exposed already.

However, now that the SPPNA summit in Montebello is over, I would like to reflect upon a few things.


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by Geezer Power …7:00 PM PDT

Here’s some interesting commentary from Dante’s Lounge on Burnside Street, just three blocks from the Burnside Bridge in Portland Oregon. This is a free for all discussion with an emphasis on free speech. It’s a weekly event and has a internet radio broadcast. There are also videos on Youtube…using the search words “Ground Zero”.

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by- Suzie-Q @ 5:48 PM MST

— Former Congressman Mark Foley is unlikely to face criminal charges for sending sexually explicit e-mails to teenage boys, sources close to the yearlong investigation have told Scripps Howard News Service.

That could change if new evidence surfaces in the next week that proved Foley, 52, sent online messages to male teenagers with the intent to “seduce, solicit, lure, entice, or attempt to seduce a child,” a third-degree felony under Florida law.

But as of now, the end of Foley’s political career may be the most severe consequence that the former congressman faces for the revelations that stunned his longtime supporters and prompted his immediate resignation, just weeks before the 2006 election. The Fort Pierce Republican represented parts of St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach counties.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said this week that the investigation should be completed within the next several days.


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Evening Jukebox… Crocodile Rock

by- Suzie-Q @ 4:08 PM MST

Good Evening Justice Bloggers!

Happy Friday! 🙂

Have a great weekend..

Elton John – Crocodile Rock

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SENATOR Carl Levin no. 1 recipient of AIPAC money

by Geezer Power …1:46 PM PDT

Published on Monday, April 23, 2007 by The Detroit Free Press

Levin Gives Cheney Reason To Smirk

by Ray McGovern

Never before have I felt such irk from a Cheney smirk — the one with which he confidently assured CBS’s Bob Schieffer on Sunday’s “Face the Nation” that the Democrats will continue to vote to fund the war without including serious restrictions.

Cheney referred approvingly to the fact that “Carl Levin, who’s chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has indicated that they definitely do want to pass funding for the troops.”

Cheney expressed confidence that the Democrats will “not leave America’s fighting forces in harm’s way without the resources they need to defend themselves.” And yes, the vice president went on to reassure viewers, against all evidence to the contrary: “We are making progress.”

Top Ten 2002, Career Recipients of Pro-Israel PAC Funds

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Where Did Allawi Get $300,000?

by- Suzie-Q @ 12:00 PM MST

Following up on an item from yesterday, it may seem like inside poll that former interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has hired a powerhouse Republican lobbying firm with close ties to the White House, but the more details that emerge, the more interesting this story gets.

Christina Davidson reports today that Robert Blackwill, president of the Barbour, Griffith, & Rogers firm (BGR) and the former Iraq coordinator at the Bush White House, signed a contract with Allawi for $300,000. This will cover six months of “strategic counsel” for the former interim P.M., which will also apparently include Allawi’s “moderate Iraqi colleagues.”

So, how can Allawi afford $300,000 for six months of DC lobbying services?

Experts said Allawi does not have the resources to pay $50,000 a month plus expenses for Washington representation.

“He doesn’t have that kind of money,” said Bruce Reidel, who spent 25 years with the CIA and the National Security Council, covering the Middle East. “Somebody’s paying for it, and it’s not him.”

A former U.S. intelligence community Middle East expert who left the government in 2005 said that while the agency backed Allawi financially for many years, he doubted BGR’s bills would be paid with agency money.

“Obviously, if there were any trace of [CIA] funds into this sort of thing it would be illegal,” said Paul Pillar, the national intelligence officer for Near East and South Asia from 2002 until his retirement in 2005. “But I’d be extremely surprised if that had happened.”


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Military command wants Iraq troops cut by nearly half

Anthony @ 19:25

Marine Gen. Peter Pace

By Julian E. Barnes and Peter Spiegel, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
August 24, 2007

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is expected to advise President Bush to reduce the U.S. force in Iraq next year by almost half, potentially creating a rift with top White House officials and other military commanders over the course of the war.

Administration and military officials say Marine Gen. Peter Pace is likely to convey concerns by the Joint Chiefs that keeping well in excess of 100,000 troops in Iraq through 2008 will severely strain the military. This assessment could collide with one being prepared by the U.S. commander in Iraq, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, calling for the U.S. to maintain higher troop levels for 2008 and beyond. (more…)

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