Archive for September 22nd, 2007

by Geezer Power ….7:32 PM PDT

The former anchor, suing for $70 million, says he has uncovered new facts about his ouster.

By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 21, 2007

Former CBS anchor Dan Rather is vowing an aggressive pursuit of his $70-million lawsuit against the network, saying he’s determined to get his former bosses under oath and prove that they caved to government pressure in forcing his ouster.

“I didn’t take this on to have it dwindle away,” Rather said in a phone interview Thursday. “I’m prepared to fight it all the way. . . . I don’t have to be afraid anymore of standing up and speaking out.”

Dan Rather
Rather, who according to the suit drew a $6-million salary at CBS, said any money he collects will go to nonprofit groups, including the Committee to Protect Journalists. “People will say, ‘You’re suing for $70 million?’ You bet I am,” he said. “That’s the only language that these corporations understand.”

Rather, who exited CBS after his work on a widely questioned 2004 newsmagazine report about President Bush’s Vietnam-era military service, sued the network and three top executives this week for breach of contract and fraud. The 75-year-old newsman said that officials at CBS and its parent company Viacom needed “regulatory favors” from administration officials who were upset by allegations in Rather’s weekday “60 Minutes” report that Bush as a young man had received preferential treatment. That report relied on documents that an expert panel, convened by CBS, later said could not be verified.


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by- Suzie-Q @ 4:13 PM MST

With thousands of American lives lost in Iraq and the prospect of losing untold more, the CBO report confirms the colossal financial cost of this war. The President’s endless war in Iraq could cost American taxpayers as much as $2 trillion, according to the CBO. The American people have long ago rejected the President’s planned 10-year occupation of Iraq and want the Administration to provide a concrete plan to bring our troops home.

Senate Republicans must end their support for the President’s plan for a long-term occupation of Iraq and stop delaying tactics that have blocked Democratic efforts to responsibly redeploy our troops and end this war.


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Evening Jukebox… Into The Night

by- Suzie-Q @ 3:50 PM MST

Chad Kroeger With Santana – Into The Night

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The Spin, I’m In: New Version of Dear Mr. President!

by GEF @ 4:12 PM EDT


via C&L

Pink – Dear Mr. President

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Bush/Cheney Hate America’s Poor!

by GEF @ 312 PM EDT

Bush vows to veto bill that would provide health insurance to millions of kids
by makeprofilelink(“John Aravosis (DC)”); John Aravosis (DC) · 9/22/2007 01:29:00 PM ET

Bush is threatening to effectively kill the current program by vetoing this bill, knowing full well that the money is going to run out. He doesn’t care. He also doesn’t care if the Republicans never win another election. Bush’s ego is more important. He’s already shown us that he has no problem killing 4,000 American troops for his ego, and now he’s taking on poor children.

Worst. President. Ever.

Via AmericaBlog

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Feds Probe Blackwater Weapons Shipments

by- Suzie-Q @ 8:27 AM MST

Blackwater founder Erik Prince in June 2007

RALEIGH, N.C. — The U.S. government is investigating whether private military contractor Blackwater USA, blamed for the deaths of 11 Iraqis in Baghdad on Sunday, has been shipping automatic weapons and military goods to Iraq without a license.

Two former Blackwater employees have pleaded guilty in Greenville, N.C., to weapons charges and are cooperating with federal officials who are investigating Blackwater, which is based in the tiny town of Moyock in the northeastern corner of North Carolina.

Two sources familiar with the investigation said that prosecutors are looking at whether Blackwater lacked permits for dozens of automatic weapons used at its training grounds in Moyock. The investigation is also looking into whether Blackwater was shipping weapons, night-vision scopes, armor, gun kits and other military goods to Iraq without the required permits.

A former Blackwater employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the investigation includes a look at whether Blackwater shipped weapons from its Moyock headquarters to Iraq hidden in pallets wrapped tightly in shrink wrap.

COPS Theme (Bad Boys)

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