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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Ruthless Power Struggle Grips Italy, Berlusconi Returns..

GEF @ 10:17 AM MST

Berlusconi invokes Mussolini in threat to march on Rome

By Peter Popham in Rome

Silvio Berlusconi will meet President Giorgio Napolitano this morning to explain why he has threatened to put “millions of people on the streets of Rome” if a general election is not scheduled immediately.

The meeting comes on the last day of talks held by Mr Napolitano with all the main forces in Italian politics. He is trying to thrash out an agreement on how to escape from the thorniest crisis Italy has faced since the implosion of the First Republic amid a massive bribery scandal 15 years ago.

Italy has been rudderless since the centre-left Prime Minister, Romano Prodi, lost a vote of confidence in the Senate last Thursday. His quarrelsome coalition, which included Communists, Greens and staunch Catholics among its nine parties, fell apart after 20 months in power after the defection of the Justice Minister, who resigned when he and his wife were accused of corruption. In an apparent fit of pique, the ex-minister, Clemente Mastella, pulled his mini-party out of the coalition, and the loss of his three senators was enough to bring down the government.


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Top ten Bushisms

anthony @ 17:30 GMT

As President George Walker Bush delivers his final State of the Union address, we select our favourite ever Dubya word gaffes.


There’s no fooling George

“There’s an old saying in Tennessee – I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee – that says, fool me once, shame on…shame on you. Fool me…you can’t get fooled again.”

Bush on guns

“For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three non-fatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America. It’s just unacceptable. And we’re going to do something about it.”

Bush on the economy

“It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.”

Bush on education

“Rarely is the question asked: is our children learning?”

Bush on the internet

“Will the highways on the internet become more few?”

Presidential growth

“I understand small business growth. I was one.”

Bush on the family

“Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.”

Bush on human-fish relations

“I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.”

More than meets the eye?

“They misunderestimated me”

America beware

“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”

Got a favourite Bushism?

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Justice Dept. Accused of Blocking Gonzales Probe

by Geezer Power …8:42 am

Gone but not forgotten, Gonzo (the ex AG of George Duhhhbya Bu$h)
is himself protected by Bu$hco’s present AG who wants to postpone the whole thing until Bu$h can escape. You know…kind of like the time he tried to escape from the Chinese press but found the doors locked…G:


Office of Special Counsel chief says his investigation into alleged politicization of the attorney general’s agency has been repeatedly ‘impeded.’

29 Jan 2008

The government agency that enforces one of the principal laws aimed at keeping politics out of the civil service has accused the Justice Department of blocking its investigation into alleged politicizing of the department under former Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales.

Scott J. Bloch, head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, wrote Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey last week that the department had repeatedly “impeded” his investigation by refusing to share documents and provide answers to written questions, according to a copy of Bloch’s letter obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

The Justice Department wants Bloch to wait until its own internal investigation is completed. A department official signaled recently that the investigation is examining the possibility of criminal charges.

But that, the regulator wrote, could take until the last months of the Bush administration, “when there is little hope of any corrective measures or discipline possible” being taken by his office.


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