Archive for September 1st, 2007

The Spin; I’m In! Get up and Do Something..Anything!

by GEF @ 8:52 PM EDT


How Long are you going to keep taking this Heir Citizen ?

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No new oil law & no gas in Baghdad

by Geezer Power …4:27 PM PDT

Admittedly our gas and oil prices are high compared to year 2000, and now we are experiencing inflation, with the prices of commodities rising every day. It’s the karma from US actions in the Middle East, with more to come, but is nothing like the Iraqi people are experiencing in Baghdad. In one of the most oil rich countries in the world, the citizens there
wait in long lines to buy their gas and pay prices for it that few can afford.


Alive In Baghdad

While US officials on all sides criticize the Iraqi Parliament’s failure to pass an oil law, no one is asking a more critical question to the government’s local credibility and functionality, where is all the gas?

Recently many officials in the US have been criticizing the Iraqi Government’s failure to meet certain benchmarks imposed by US officials. One such benchmark has been the passage of a National Oil Law. Although Parliament went into recess without passing such a law, it is not necessarily the most important issue for Iraqis when considering the strength or weakness, and failure or success of their government.

These days much of Baghdad and the rest of Iraq is lucky to have even a few hours of electricity per day. Our sources tell us 1 hour per day is the average norm around the country, particularly Baghdad, where the large population center has greatly overstretched its resources and infrastructure are degrading rapidly.

Iraqis are now left wondering not just about the daily violence and whether they will survive until tomorrow, they also wonder why they elected a government that seems powerless except in the area of internal squabbling. Over a year ago we produced a short piece about the gasoline shortages in Iraq at the end of 2005. As we near the end of 2007, those same problems still grip Baghdad, and as we’ve shown in recent videos, in the case of electricity and social services, many consider them worse than ever.

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Meet Idaho’s New Hypocrite…

by- Suzie-Q @ 3:08 PM MST

Jim Risch

By tomorrow, we are reliably informed, the state of Idaho will have a new Senator, not the poor old gay hypocrite Larry Craig, but most likely the current lieutenant governor, Jim Risch.

Obsessive TPM Cafe readers will remember Jim Risch. In a post last year, I called attention to this quote from Risch, who was at the time the acting governor. Referring to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Risch said,

“Here in Idaho, we couldn’t understand how people [in Louisiana] could sit around on the kerbs waiting for the federal government to come and do something. We had a dam break in 1976, but we didn’t whine about it. We got out our backhoes and we rebuilt the roads and replanted the fields and got on with our lives. That’s the culture here. Not waiting for the federal government to bring you drinking water. In Idaho there would have been entrepreneurs selling the drinking water.”

What a fitting gift to the nation, on the anniversary of Katrina!

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I won’t repeat all of my earlier post, but what makes Risch’s nasty contempt for Louisianans all the more disturbing is that he was referring to the 1976 collapse of the Teton Dam, which was built entirely by the federal government, for the benefit of a handful of whining millionaire ranchers, and when it collapsed (which had been predicted) it was not the entrepreneurs of Idaho who fixed things up, but once again, the federal government, which rebuilt the irrigation systems and paid hundreds of millions of dollars in claims, far more promptly than in Louisiana.


Hot Chocolate–Everyone’s A Winner

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Experts: Fixing Justice Should Be On Bush’s Agenda

by- Suzie-Q @ 1:43 PM MST

WASHINGTON — Whoever replaces Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will face a daunting challenge.

Charges of cronyism and partisan politicking have sunk the Justice Department’s reputation to levels not seen since Watergate and damaged the Bush administration’s ability to fight crime, pursue the war on terrorism and achieve its other goals, current and former department officials said.

President Bush has downplayed the criticism of Gonzales as political mudslinging, but if he selects a new attorney general who seeks to restore the department’s independence and professionalism, he could repair the damage before the end of his administration, said officials who’ve served both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Restoring the department’s reputation also could give the administration more elbowroom to pursue its own agenda.


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BAM! Sen. Larry Craig Resigns!

by GEF @ 1:22 PM EDT

Sen. Craig Resigns Over Sex Sting

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Sen. Larry Craig resigned Saturday over a men’s room sex sting, bowing to pressure from fellow Republicans worried about a scandal dimming their election prospects.

“I apologize for what I have caused,” Craig said.

Craig’s resignation completed a stunning downfall that began Monday with the disclosure that he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge following his arrest during a sex sting in a Minneapolis airport men’s room.

Although leading members of his own party had called for him to step down, Craig steadfastly resisted resigning for days, contending that he had done nothing wrong and that his only mistake was pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge.


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by GEF @ 12:22 PM EDT





Mexico’s trucks get OK to roll in U.S. next week

Bloomberg News

Mexican truckers can begin hauling goods over the border into the U.S. as soon as Thursday after a federal appeals court on Friday refused a request from the Teamsters union and others to block the vehicles.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the Teamsters and other groups suing hadn’t met the legal requirements to justify blocking the program.

This is the wrong decision for American working men and women. We will now proceed to litigate this case on the merits,” Teamsters General President James Hoffa said in a statement. “We believe this program clearly breaks the law. We will continue to fight for safety and national security in the courts and in Congress.”


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No decision has been made…

anthony @ 11:30 BST

…about the date, that is.

Former Reagan aide: ‘Brownshirt’ Bush among top ‘mass murderers of all time’

Nick Juliano
Raw Story

Published: Friday August 31, 2007

President Bush’s apparent plans for a preemptive nuclear strike on Iran will only add to the civilian death toll as a result of US intervention that has placed the president “high on the list of mass murders of all time,” a former aide in President Ronald Reagan’s administration known for strident anti-Bush rhetoric said Friday.

“Bush is too self-righteous to see the dark humor in his denunciations of Iran for threatening ‘the security of nations everywhere’ and of the Iraqi resistance for ‘a vision that rejects tolerance, crushes all dissent, and justifies the murder of innocent men, women, and children in the pursuit of political power,'” writes Paul Craig Roberts, a former assistant secretary of the Treasury. “Those are precisely the words that most of the world applies to Bush and his Brownshirt administration.”

Roberts, who has emerged as a fierce critic of Bush’s war policies, accused the president of ignoring habeas corpus and the Geneva Conventions, justifying torture and demonizing critics as anti-American.

“Bush … is responsible, according to Information Clearing House, for over one million deaths of Iraqi civilians, which puts Bush high on the list of mass murderers of all time,” Roberts writes in a column published Friday on antiwar.com. “The vast majority of ‘kills’ by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan are civilians.”


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Marine tells of order to execute Haditha women and children

anthony @ BST

Published: Thursday August 30, 2007

A US Marine was ordered to execute a room full of Iraqi women and children during an alleged massacre in Haditha that left 24 people dead, a military court heard Thursday.

The testimony came in the opening of a preliminary hearing for Marine Sergeant Frank Wuterich, who faces 17 counts of murder over the Haditha killings, the most serious war crimes allegations faced by US troops in Iraq.

Wuterich, dressed in desert khakis, spoke confidently to confirm his name as the hearing to decide if he faces a court martial began at the Marines’ Camp Pendleton base in southern California.

The 27-year-old listened intently as Lance Corporal Humberto Mendoza recounted how Marines had responded after a roadside bomb attack on their convoy in Haditha on November 19, 2005 left one comrade dead.


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