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Senator Arlen “the Weasel” Specter Strikes Again!

by GEF @ 6:18 PM MST


The weasel strikes Again…Senator Arlen “the Weasel” Specter is once again helping the NeoCons stall for time while they scramble to find a way(legal maneuver) to keep the truth from coming out about the DOJ Attorney firings and more…

Perhaps Senator Specter should be brought up on contempt charges…

Vote postponed on contempt resolutions

A Senate Judiciary Committee vote on contempt resolutions against Karl Rove and White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten were postponed following an objection by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). Under Judiciary Committe rules, the vote will be postponed for one week.

Rove and Bolten were subpoenaed as part of the committee’s investigation into the firing of nine U.S. Attorneys last year. Citing executive privilege, President Bush has refused to allow top White House officials, including both current and former, from testifying before the House and Senate Judiciary committees, which have spent months looking into the firing of nine U.S. attorneys last year. The House Judiciary Committee has already approved criminal contempt resolutions against Bolten and former White House Counsel Harriett Miers for refusing to comply with its subpoenas, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has not yet set a floor vote on the measures.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Bush “has not accepted responsibility for the firings or given any indication that he was involved in the White House efforts to politicize federal law enforcement. Instead, the White House line is that ‘mistakes were made’ but that we, the Congress, are to blame for the [former Attorney General Alberto] Gonzales resignations. Apparently, no one, least of all the president, is responsible, yet somehow executive privilege supposedly applies to cloak all White House activities and communication in regards to these firings affecting the independence and integrity of federal law enforcement from oversight.”

Leahy added: “Executive privilege should not be invoked to prevent investigations into wrongdoing, and certainly should not prevail.”

Draft contempt resolutions against Rove, former White House deputy chief of staff, released by the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning said “evidence accumulated from the testimony of nearly 20 current or former Justice Department officials and documents released by the department shows that White House political officials played a significant role in originating, developing, coordinating and implementing these unprecedented firings and the Justice Department’s response to congressional inquiries about them.”

Specter, who asked Leahy for a chance to revise the draft resoltions, warned that the whole matter could end in federal court, which is not something he wants to occur.

“It continues to be my hope that this matter could be resolved without litigation,” Specter said, although he added that he would back Leahy’s effort to enforce the committee’s subpoenas.

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anthony @ 17:55 GMT

Anthony says: Lyndon Johnson once said of Gerald Ford that he was so stupid that he couldn’t walk and fart at the same time. Clearly, neither can George W. Bush!

Mike Aivaz and Jason Rhyne | Raw Story | Published: Thursday December 6, 2007

Candidates vying for the presidency already face intense scrutiny from voters, the media and political rivals’ crack opposition research operations — but that’s not enough for one doctor: he demands brain scans.

Dr. Daniel Amen, a neuropsychiatrist and brain-imaging expert, says that scans of the human brain can reveal dysfunction and even predict degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. In an interview with MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson, Amen said that the technology could be used to effectively vet future presidents.

“For years, what I have thought about, talked about, is we should be scanning the brains of presidential candidates,” said Amen. “Because a president with a bad brain can ruin life on earth…I’m sort of tired of presidents who’ve had a bad brain that are not leading the country in a good direction.”

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Rubla Rhan – A tribute to St. Rudy of 9/11

Posted by Basheert @9:05am

Courtesy of DailyKos

I’ll let it speak for itself:

Rubla Rhan
by Hunter
Wed Dec 05, 2007 at 08:51:26 PM PST

In grand New York, under Pale Male’s wing
Where the subways hum, and taxis sing
There lived a man who liked his bling
And who would screw most anything.

With his wife he became bored
but yet his bald libido roared
So to the Hamptons he would soar
And charged his sex romps to the poor.

“Why not?” he cried, “I deserve to roam,
And smell the ocean’s salty foam.
These funds may help the homeless, true,
But does not my d*ck need shelter too?”

Mere protocol would not deter,
the funds were easily transferred;
his mistress preened, her family purred,
and the city worked as their chauffeurs.

Courageously, he seized that day
(And other things along the way)
And his wife thought him a jerk
(And still the radios did not work.)

Still he was not happy, though:
He sought a quicker place to go,
A private place for a quick perk
Within walking distance from his work.

So a stately Terror Dome he built
On ground where previous blood was spilt
With a private room in which to snog
(And police to walk his girlfriend’s dog.)

But one day thunder shook the ground;
The buildings fell, the skies profound
In tragedy, and yet in death unbound
Our Adonis soon would be renowned…

Our hero, grim, undaunted! Look!
See him rise through ash and soot!
As the city lifted voice in prayer
Rubla Rhan was quickly there.

Our hero knew, in smoke and din
That what was needed most was him
Look at him walk! He stood quite firm —
And tried to stay on past his term.

Yes, through tragedy and sordid spree
Our Romeo will always be
The inverse of a Kennedy
Who asks: What can my city do for me?

Still, there is just one more dream,
yet one more path, a greater gleam,
A place beyond the city lights
Where power peaks at lofty heights.

A place past agencies coerced,
Beyond cops and dogs and humps perverse,
And power over the city’s purse
And radios, and bombs, and worse.

And so he dreams of his ascent
And thinks to himself alone, when spent,
How many more there are, content,
that I could screw as President!

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Darth: History Lessons

Posted by Basheert @9:00am

Courtesy of Firedoglake by attaturk

For those of you who were curious – just a few snippets on the early days in Darth’s dark life. Basheert suggests that you NOT drink coffee while reading.


Here Ya Go Bloggers

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Were $15K Watches Part of Rudy Buddy’s Lobbying Effort?

By- Suzie-Q @ 6:50 AM MST

By Paul Kiel – December 5, 2007, 6:30PM

Rudy Giuliani has argued that his buddy Hank Asher put his lawbreaking past behind him. But it looks like he may have fallen off the wagon.

We noted earlier today that Asher pops up in the indictment of Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona. And although Asher is not accused of a crime, the facts do not look good: Less than three weeks after Carona was selected to advise the President’s Homeland Security task force, Asher gave Carona’s wife a $15,000 watch. Asher was lobbying for the federal government to buy his data mining software at the time. That same month, he hired Giuliani under a contract worth more than $4 million to head that effort.

Carona was one of 14 officials named as advisors to the task force in December of 2002, the month before the newly formed DHS officially began operations. The panel was guiding development of the Department at the time. Carona remained as an advisor until he was forced to resign last month due to his indictment on corruption charges.

According to the indictment, Asher gave “yellow gold and diamond” Cartier watches to both Carona’s wife and the wife of his deputy when they visited New York in December 2002. ABC reported that Asher was bombastic during the meeting at the restaurant, handing out $100 bills and comping other diners’ meals and drinks to “pay for any inconvenience his boisterous party caused the other guests.”

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America, Land of 371 Billionaires and 3.5 Million Homeless

Sudhan @12:00 CET

By STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN | Counterpunch, December 3, 2007

In the United States of America, the greatest country in the world, as many as three and a half million people experience homelessness in a given year (1% of the entire US population or 10% of its poor) and of that, 1.37 million (or 39%) are children under the age of 18.

The total number of billionaires in the world is 793 with 371 of them being in the United States of America, that’s about 322 more than there were 20 years ago.

If it can be said that people with money and power run the world, then 1% of America’s wealthiest and most powerful run America behind a façade of democracy. The façade is coming apart and the true nature of this government is plain to see.

After four years of a useless war, costing Americans their lives and treasury, and enriching the multitude of corporate entities slurping up billions at the Iraqi trough, we have allowed the new robber barons, Bush and his crony capitalist friends to continue conning us out of house and home, our country. Our constitution is in shreds and our economy is about to crash. Don’t let any of the Wall Street freaks try to fool you. They’re as scared as we are.

Keep reading . . .

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Sudhan @11:50 CET

By Bill Van Auken | Global Research, December 5, 2007

President Bush used a White House press conference Tuesday to defend his administration’s policy of aggression towards Iran. He insisted that new findings by US intelligence agencies that Teheran has no active nuclear weapons program would not change his policy in the slightest.

The National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) that was issued on Monday, reflecting the assessments made by 16 US spy agencies, reversed the conclusion made two years earlier that Iran was seeking to develop nuclear weapons and instead claimed the country had “halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003.”

It also expressed the opinion that Iran would be unable to produce a nuclear weapon, if it were to attempt to do so, before the year 2015.

These findings constitute a damning indictment of the Bush administration’s relentless fear-mongering in relation to an alleged nuclear threat from Iran. They demonstrate that just as in the buildup to the war against Iraq five years ago, the White House has been engaged in a systematic campaign to drag the American people into another war based on lies.

Continued . . .

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