Archive for January 29th, 2008

By- Suzie-Q @ 7:30 PM MST

McCain appoints Abramoff-linked ex-Senator to leadership post

Senator John McCain has appointed a former Republican Senator who had major links to former lobbyist Jack Abramoff as head of his Montana presidential campaign.

Conrad Burns lost his senate seat to Democrat Jon Tester in 2006. The Republican senator’s ties to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to three federal fraud and corruption charges in 2006, are believed to have played a major role in his defeat. Earlier this month, according to the AP, the Justice Department informed Burns that he was no longer a subject of the Abramoff probe.

Burns’ appointment as the chair of McCain’s Montana campaign was a curious move, given some of the conflict that has existed between the two senators when they both served in Congress. The Chicago Tribune on Monday described one scenario in which Senator McCain publicly decried Burns for an earmark that he had placed in an appropriations bill:

John McCain went to the Senate floor in 2003 to mercilessly ridicule a fellow Republican, then-Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, for tucking a $1 million earmark into a spending bill to study the DNA of Montana’s bears.

“One can only imagine and conjure up an idea as to how this might be used,” mocked McCain. “Approach a bear: ‘That bear cub over there claims that you’re his father and we need to take your DNA.’ Approach another bear: ‘Two hikers had their food stolen by a bear, and we think it is you. We have to get the DNA.'”

In spite of such testy exchanges, Burns described his support for McCain as deriving from their long service together, and added that he approves of “the way he wants to run an administration,” according to the Billings Gazette.

While Burns was not charged with any crimes related to Abramoff’s corrupt activities, the senator and his staff had a close relationship with the lobbyist. Two members of Burns’ staff joined Abramoff’s lobbying firm, and the senator received $150,000 in donations from Abramoff and his associates. Ultimately, Burns donated the money to charitable causes.


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Evening Jukebox… World

By- Suzie-Q @ 7:15 PM MST

Five For Fighting- World

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Conyers: Impeachment is NOT off the Table!

GEF @ 5:08 PM MST

OpedNews: Conyers Hints at Double Impeachment!

“Bush is presiding over the Worse Economic Crisis this country has ever seen!”

Kudos: C&L for Chart

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Write A Caption For Rudy…

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:30 PM MST

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Large 911 Rat Exposed in Florida

by Geezer Power …12:03 pm

Giuliani’s worst nightmare


January 28, 2008 11:44 PM

Jim Riches, Sally Regenhard, and Rosaleen Tallon are the last people Rudy Giuliani wants in Florida as he launches a last-ditch effort to save his presidential bid, and his slowly waning image as the hero of 9/11. If he doesn’t gain some traction in the Sunshine State, his bid for the White House is over. And critics like these are threatening his already slim chances with their assertion that it’s Rudy whose campaign is actually based on a fairy tale.

Riches, Regenhard, and Tallon are survivors of true 9/11 heroes – ordinary New Yorkers whose loved ones were members of the New York City Fire Department. Their relatives rushed to the attack site and plunged into the buildings without any thought of their own safety. Along with hundreds of other firefighters, they were likely trapped and killed in the buildings’ collapse – something the survivors say didn’t need to happen. For these three, “America’s mayor” is a fraud, responsible in large part for the deaths of the heroes whose courage he now exploits.

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The Pork Is Gone After 55,000 Earmarks?

By- Suzie-Q @ 11:40 AM MST

Today’s Must Read

It was the ghost of State of The Unions past. Five years ago, President Bush used the SOTU to forcefully make the case for war with Iraq. Remember “the British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa?” Those were the days.
The USA Today headline for last night’s speech? “Bush Tries to Show That He’s Still on The Job.” Ouch.

Nothing was a bigger tell of the desperation here than the heroic centerpiece of Bush’s address. It’s pretty safe to say that before the Bush administration, most Americans had no idea what an earmark was. But Bush, the earmark president, the man who presided over and enabled the Republican Congress during the Jack Abramoff and Duke Cunningham scandals, changed that. And now he’s decided that he’s really going to bring the hammer down on the practice now that the Republicans no longer run Congress (actually not so much bring the hammer down as threaten to bring the hammer down right before he leaves office).The major papers didn’t even go to the trouble of taking him seriously.
The Boston Globe has a rundown of the watchdog disdain for Bush’s crackdown. And The New York Times had a straightforward take:

President Bush has never shown much distaste for Congressional pork.

But in his last year in office, with his party out of power on Capitol Hill, he declared Monday that he had had enough.

In the last seven years he has signed spending bills containing about 55,000 earmarks worth more than $100 billion for projects….

In his State of the Union address Monday night, Mr. Bush threatened to veto future spending bills unless Congress cut in half the number of earmarks, which now total more than 10,000 items and nearly $20 billion annually….

Mr. Bush was notably silent on the subject until after his fellow Republicans lost control of Congress in the 2006 midterm elections. And, now that his power has waned, his threats are almost certain not to matter.

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Afternoon Jukebox… I’m Like A Bird

By- Suzie-Q @ 11:30 AM MST

Nelly Furtado – I’m Like A Bird

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