Archive for February 17th, 2008


by Geezer Power ….8:35 pm

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So Hap-Hap-Happy Together

by Bob Cesca @ 9:38 PM (EST)

Remember this Bush-McCain moment?

This August 29, 2005 scene took place while Hurricane Katrina was destroying a large section of a major American city. Fun!

[August 29] 7:30 AM CDT — BUSH ADMINISTRATION NOTIFIED OF THE LEVEE BREACH: The administration finds out that a levee in New Orleans was breached. On this day, 28 “government agencies, from local Louisiana parishes to the White House, [reported that] that New Orleans levees” were breached.



Let them eat it!

Cross posted at Bob Cesca’s Goddamn Awesome Blog! GO!

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by Geezer Power ….3:44 pm

What is it that you don’t understand about the 10,000,000 page NIST report


Pomaroo sets up a BBC debate that includes Arthur Scheuerman

The BBC is planning a follow-up to the documentary on 9/11, concentrating on the collapse of WTC 7. The producer wants to use parts of a ‘Hardfire’ debate. I am planning to tape on February 26, and I assume that I will feature the redoubtable Mark Roberts and retired FDNY battalion chief Arthur Scheuerman for the rationalist side.

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‘Dodgy dossier’ was ‘wrong’, its author says

Sudhan @20:25 CET

Ian Griggs and Brian Brady | The Independent, Sunday, 17 February 2008

The government official who wrote the first draft of the “dodgy dossier” that helped propel Britain into war in Iraq today admits, “We were wrong.”

John Williams, a former Foreign Office aide, said last night that publication of his document would expose how members of Tony Blair’s team were locked in a mindset that made military action inevitable.

On Wednesday, ministers will hit a deadline for publishing the 2002 document, after years of resistance.

The Williams draft was written in September 2002, only days after Mr Blair, then Prime Minister, announced that the Government would publish a dossier of intelligence showing that Saddam Hussein threatened the world with his weapons.

The draft was not disclosed at the Hutton inquiry into the death in 2003 of the former Iraq arms inspector David Kelly. The scientist had suggested the dossier was exaggerated to justify the UK joining the 2003 invasion.

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Write Your Captions For These Photos…

By- Suzie-Q @ 11:45 AM MST

Photo # 1-

President Bush and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete sign the Millennium Challenge Compact agreement during a ceremony at the Tanzanian State House in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008. The pact pledges $700 million to help the infrastructure of the country. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

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President Bush and Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete toast at the social dinner held at the State House in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Afternoon Jukebox… Dreams

By- Suzie-Q @ 11:30 AM MST

Fleetwood Mac – Dreams

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McCain Changes His Story On Tax Cuts

By- Suzie-Q @ 10:30 AM MST

New McCain Rips Old McCain’s Argument That Bush Tax Cuts Benefit The ‘Wealthy’

On ABC’s This Week today, host George Stephanopoulos asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) about Democratic proposals to protect “middle-income Americans” and “only raise” taxes “on the wealthy.” In response, McCain bristled at Stephanopoulos’s distinction, mockingly warning against rhetoric that talks about “who the, quote, ‘wealthy’ are in America”:

MCCAIN: But more importantly, we’ll argue about whether we should increase your taxes or decrease them. Obviously, I’m for decreases in taxes. Maybe Americans want their taxes increased. We’ll argue about…

STEPHANOPOULOS: … for middle-income Americans, only raise them on the wealthy?

MCCAIN: Oh, yes, sure, the wealthy, the wealthy. Always be interested in when people talk about who the, quote, “wealthy” are in America. I find it interesting.

Now that he has to court the hardline anti-tax factions of the conservative movement, McCain is changing his story on tax policy. In 2000, 2001, and 2003, McCain was one of the people “interested” in talking about “who the, quote, ‘wealthy’ are in America” when he argued against Bush’s tax cuts that “mostly benefit the wealthy“:


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Out of America

Sudhan @17:40 CET

The unholy trinity of arms manufacturers, the Pentagon, & Congress

By Rupert Cornwell | Global Research, Feb. 17, 2008
Whoever wins the presidency will most likely fail to take on the unholy trinity of the arms manufacturers, the Pentagon, and Congress

Lockheed Martin,” intones the fruity male voice, drenched in patriotism. “We begin with the things that matter… [pregnant pause]… Freedom.” Such are the joys of listening to radio commercials as you drive to work in Washington DC. Lockheed, of course, is a giant defence contractor. Hearing this ad, and similar inspirational stuff from Boeing and the like, you might think you were on the front lines of a war that reached into your living room.
That, of course, is precisely what George W Bush would like you to think of his “war on terror”, even though the closest the average citizen here ever gets to it is a security line at an airport. But those commercials are part of another struggle, less violent but no less relentless. It is being fought out by companies like Lockheed over the lucrative and effectively captive US government arms market.

Obscured by the great Obama-Hillary battle and the drama of Super Tuesday, the final budget of the Bush era was published last week. It covers the 2009 financial year, and contains one startling fact. If this President has his way, the US will next year be spending more on its military (adjusted for inflation) than at any time since the Second World War.

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