Archive for December 23rd, 2007

Halliburton/KBR… HALL OF SHAME!

By- Suzie-Q @ 4:00 PM MST

Chairman Conyers’ Statement at the KBR Rape Hearing

Jamie Leigh Jones Testifies Before House Judiciary Committee

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Talking Head Thread!

GEF @ 3:48 PM MST

If you could have anything for Christmas ?
What would it be ?

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Fox News: General Petraeus will not run for president

by Geezer Power …3:46 pm

Success in Iraq Doesn’t Fuel Presidential Plans for Gen. Petraeus

by Associated Press
Sunday, December 23, 2007

WASHINGTON — President Bush’s top Iraq war commander said Sunday that as far as he knows, his command performances now and in the future will be strictly military, not political.In fact, Army Gen. David Petraeus cited the words of Civil War-era Gen. William T. Sherman in declaring he has no interest in shedding his uniform and running for the White House, as Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower did 55 years ago.

“None,” Petraeus replied, when asked on “FOX News Sunday” if he had an interest in running.

“I have great respect for those who do choose to serve our country in that way. I’ve chosen to serve our country in uniform,” Petraeus said from Baghdad.

Yeah right, US Sheeple are supposed to believe that General Betrayus is presidential material because he supported the village idiot in promoting the “Surge”. Bu$hco replaced General Casey because he called it a cival war and warned against troop escalation. Bu$h promoted Petraeus to 4 star general when he replaced Casey in Feb. 2007.

A Brief Timeline

Jay Garner, the US general abruptly dismissed as Iraq’s first occupation administrator after a month in the job, says he fell out with the Bush circle because he wanted free elections and rejected an imposed program of privatization. [Guardian, 3/18/04]

AUGUST 3, 2006: The head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. John Abizaid, suggests that civil war is possible in Iraq. ABIZAID: “I believe that the sectarian violence is probably is as bad as I’ve seen it in Baghdad in particular, and that if not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move toward civil war.” [CNN, 8/3/06]

AUGUST 7, 2006: The top U.S. military official in Iraq, Gen. George Casey, says that civil war in Iraq is “certainly possible,” calling it “the most significant threat right now” in the country. [ABC News, 8/7/06]

NOVEMBER 8, 2006: Donald Rumsfeld resigns as Secretary of Defense. One day after the midterm elections that turned control of Congress over to the Democrats, Bush announced Rumsfeld would step down and be replaced by former CIA Director Robert Gates. [CNN, 11/8/2006]

JANUARY 2, 2007: Gen. George Casey warns against troop escalation in Iraq. “It’s always been my view that a heavy and sustained American military presence was not going to solve the problems in Iraq over the long term.” [New York Times, 1/2/2007]

January 5, 2007 · President Bush will replace Gen. George Casey, the ground commander in Iraq, with Army Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, who headed the effort to train Iraqi security forces.

FEBRUARY 2, 2007: National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq declares Iraq is worse than a civil war. The document states that the term civil war “accurately describes key elements of the Iraqi conflict,” though it “does not adequately capture the complexity of the conflict.” [Washington Post, 2/3/2007]

FEBRUARY 10, 2007: Gen. David Petraeus officially takes charge of U.S. forces in Iraq, replacing Gen. George Casey, who will become Army chief of staff. [Defenselink, 2/12/07]


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Afternoon Jukebox… A Holly Jolly Christmas

By- Suzie-Q @ 3:00 PM MST

Burl Ives- A Holly Jolly Christmas

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By- Suzie-Q @ 2:25 PM MST

From Think Progress

Today on ABC’s This Week, host George Stephanopoulos pushed former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani on why the radios for the 9/11 firefighters didn’t work. Giuliani dodged the question, claiming that it would have been “impossible” to have given them working radios:

STEPHANOPOULOS: They make two main charges. Number one, that those firefighters in the north tower, many of them lost their lives because their radios didn’t work. They also say you ended the recovery efforts too soon.

GIULIANI: Well, the radios that you’re talking about weren’t put online for three, four, five years after. So, it would have been impossible for me to have those radios ready. It took the city two or three more years…

STEPHANOPOULOS: But they had malfunctioned in 1993.

GIULIANI: But even with the new equipment, it took another two or three years for those radios to be put online. So it would have been impossible for us to have gotten them online before that, given the fact that it took so long afterwards.

As Stephanopoulos pointed out, the firefighters on 9/11 were forced to use old equipment that had malfunctioned eight years earlier, during the 1993 attacks on the World Trade Center.

But it wasn’t “impossible” to get new radios to these firefighters, as Giuliani tried to claim. After the 1993 incident, Giuliani gave Motorola a $14-million no-bid contract. Despite this exorbitant sum, the radios were faulty and had to be taken out of service in March 2001, after a “distress call from a firefighter trapped in a burning house” went unheard. A New York City Council report on the fire department’s radio procurement process concluded:

Thus, despite its acknowledgment two years earlier that several manufacturers were developing technology that might meet FDNY’s CAI specifications, and in apparent disregard of its pledge to evaluate new technologies and products, the FDNY appears to have elected to accept a radio representing an entirely new communications technology from Motorola rather than conduct a competitive review of products and prices.

Brave New Films has put together a video on Giuliani’s record on the 9/11 radios HERE.


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Anti 2nd Amendment (Gun Grab) Bill heads to Bush!

GEF @ 8:48 AM MST


A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

United Nations influencing behind the scenes

Gun owners ‘get stabbed in back’
‘Veterans Disarmament Act on way to president’

Posted: December 23, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

Congress has given gun owners in America a Christmas gift: a blade in the back, according to officials with Gun Owners of America. The organization said the plan supported by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and others, and known as the Veterans Disarmament Act by opponents, is being forwarded now to President Bush. While other gun groups have endorsed H.R. 2640, a comprehensive plan to expand the powers of the Brady Bill gun restriction plan, Gun Owners of America has opposed it vigorously, and described its provisions for banning individuals, especially veterans, from owning guns as unreasonable. “The core of the bill’s problems is section 101(c)(1)(C), which makes you a ‘prohibited person’ on the basis of a ‘medical finding of disability,’ so long as a veteran had an ‘opportunity’ for some sort of ‘hearing’ before some ‘lawful authority’ (other than a court),” the organization said in a new criticism of the plan. “Presumably, this ‘lawful authority’ could even be the psychiatrist himself,” the organization said.


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Mexican Border Gets Really Dangerous!

GEF @ 7:21 AM MST

Border Patrol Says More Agents Attacked

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents have been assaulted 250 times along the Mexican border since Oct. 1, a number that represents a 38 percent increase from the same period last year.

Officials say the rising violence indicates smugglers are frustrated and more desperate as it has become more difficult to cross the border illegally. Agents have been attacked with rocks, vehicles and Molotov cocktails.

“Criminals are discovering they can no longer operate with impunity in certain areas and are systematically being prevented from using the border for their criminal activities,” Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar said in a news release.

The agency’s San Diego sector, which encompasses western California, reported the steepest increase. Assaults more than quadrupled to 110 from Oct. 1 through Sunday, up from 24 in the same period last year.

The agency recently equipped agents in California and Arizona with a powerful, pepper-spray launcher that has a range of more than 200 feet. It has also fired tear gas into Tijuana, Mexico, several times in response to attacks.

Overall, the Border Patrol said agents were attacked 987 times during the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30, the highest since it began keeping track in the late 1990s.

By the end of 2008, The Department of Homeland Security plans to complete 370 miles of pedestrian fencing intended to stop illegal immigrants on foot, and 300 miles of vehicle barriers to stop drug smugglers on the southwest border. As of Sept. 30 of this year, 145 miles of fence were complete.

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Bush’s Class Warfare

Sudhan @13:05 CET

Peter Dreier | Huffington Post, posted December 21, 2007
Just a week before Christmas, President Bush gave corporate America two big presents. On Tuesday, his Federal Communications Commission changed the rules to allow the nation’s giant conglomerates to further consolidate their grip on the media by permitting them to purchase TV and radio stations in the same local markets where they already own daily newspapers. As a gift to the country’s automobile industry, Bush’s Environmental Protection Agency ruled Wednesday, over the objections of the agency’s staff, that California, the nation’s largest and most polluted state, and 16 other states, can’t impose regulations to limit greenhouse gases from cars and trucks that are stronger than the federal government’s own weak standards.

So far, no major politicians or editorial writers have labeled these actions “class warfare,” although this is precisely what Bush is engaged in — helping the already rich and powerful at the expense of everyone else. Class warfare is, in fact, the very essence of Bush’s tenure in the White House. In thousands of ways, big and small, Bush has promoted the interests of the very rich and the largest corporations. Corporate lobbyists have the run of the White House. Their agenda – tax cuts for the rich and big business, attacks on labor unions, and the weakening of laws protecting consumers, workers and the environment from corporate abuse – is Bush’s agenda.

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Ireland to EU: Step off, you don’t rule us yet!

GEF @ 7:00 AM MST

Mary Lou tells EU leaders:
‘Let Ireland get on with our own referendum’

MARY LOU McDonald stood up in the European Parliament this week and told fellow MEPs to let the Irish people get on with their own referendum on the EU Treaty.

“2008 is set to be the European Union’s most decisive year,” the Sinn Féin Dublin MEP said on Tuesday, 18 December. “The Lisbon Treaty will shape the EU’s future irrevocably.

“Proponents of the Treaty state its purpose is to provide a mechanism to streamline decision-making powers for a burgeoning bureaucracy. This is not true.

“This is an ambitious political strategy to move member state decision-making areas such as taxation, foreign policy and social provisions from national parliaments to the institutions that remain beyond the democratic reach of ordinary people.”

She said that the EU Commission has made no secret of its desire to decide on matters relating to corporation tax and that, having secured jurisdiction in monetary policy the EU now has its sights set on fiscal policy.

“Provisions relating to national parliaments contained within the Treaty such as citizens’ petitions and the yellow card system are tokenistic and are of no meaningful value to member states,” she said.

The Dublin MEP maintained that it is ironic that the same champions in Ireland of such policies contained within all European treaties point the finger of blame at Brussels when the consequences are felt by ordinary people – the Brazilian beef and school water charges debacles being just two current examples of this.

McDonald left her EU parliamentary colleagues under no illusions:
“In Ireland we will have the opportunity to vote on this treaty. I suspect Bertie Ahern is envious of French and Dutch leaders, who can ignore the views of their citizens expressed so clearly in 2005.

“Repeatedly, Taoiseach Ahern and his Government cohorts pretend that our reputation of ‘good’ Europeans requires acceptance of this treaty. In fact, the values of democracy and the building of peace and respect for diversity, to which the EU is rhetorically committed, are best protected by good Europeans rejecting this bad treaty.

“Irish people do not need the ‘great and the good’ of Europe telling us there is no alternative to Lisbon. I have one simple message to EU leaders: If you are keen to be involved in a referendum campaign, organise one in your own country and leave us to get on with ours.”

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