Archive for February 21st, 2008

Time For Bill O’Racist To Resign In Disgrace

by Bob Cesca @ 11:18 AM (EST)

A cursory internet search reveals the shocking truth for those of us who weren’t there: photographs depicting a variety of howling posses composed of fire-eyed redneck thugs — terrorists, if you will — skulking through the woods with hounds and lengths of rope; hauling with them an American citizen of African descent, and making their way to a not-so-clandestine location where a cowardly, ritualistic, vigilante execution will take place.

Sepia-toned photographs retaining in permanent clarity the faces — the proud, grinning white “men” gathered like hyenas around the mangled corpse of a black man who had been beaten and hanged by these reactionary monsters. As if the deeds themselves weren’t shameful enough, these ghoulish lynch mobs would often take away souvenirs of their homicides: body parts, clothing, hair — and those terrible photographs.

There are too many of these images. There are too many stories — more than enough justify any thinking-person’s reluctance to pledge unconditional pride in the entirety our national heritage — a heritage which includes a 1922 U.S. Senate filibuster against an anti-lynching law.

This isn’t ancient history. These aren’t isolated incidents. Perhaps as many as 4,000 American blacks were lynched in the eight decades following the end of the Civil War.

Similar events, in practice and symbolism, occur even today. As recently as last year, nooses were used to intimidate African-Americans. The noose, it seems, has become a newsworthy issue in the fourth American century. Almost exactly ten years ago, in 1998, a black man was tied up and dragged behind a pick-up truck in Jasper, Texas until his body was so decimated it was practically unrecognizable as being the remains of a man.

So there’s no reason why Bill O’Reilly should be surprised when reasonable, rational, thinking Americans want him to be summarily fired for using the word “lynching” in the context of a rant about Michelle Obama. The outrage is righteous and justified. Words matter. And history shows that these words that Bill O’Reilly invoked carry a long, sinister shadow.

You’ve probably read the quote here and on other websites, but I want to make sure Bill O’Reilly’s bigotry is seared into the record, so I’ll post it here again:

And I don’t want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there’s evidence, hard facts, that say this is how the woman really feels. If that’s how she really feels — that America is a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever — then that’s legit. We’ll track it down.

Lynching? Party? Unless there’s evidence? So we’re to understand from Bill O’Reilly that if someone might be (and she wasn’t) relating a level of dissatisfaction with America’s present status and chief executive, that they deserve to be tracked down by Bill O’Reilly’s Lynch Mob?

Cross posted at- Bob Cesca’s Goddamn Awesome Blog! GO! and Huffington Post


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McCain’s Troubles…

By- Suzie-Q @ 8:45 AM MST

H/T to Paddy at Cliff Schecter

Because it made me smile even before my coffee.

More great pics here.

P.S.-If you can, you should really be watching C-Span where they are discussing McCain’s troubles. Exceptionally fiesty crazy this morning.

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McCain’s blonde bombshell

by Geezer Power ….8:29 am

Article from: Herald Sun

Stefanie Balogh

February 22, 2008 12:00am

REPUBLICAN John McCain has denied bombshell allegations romantically linking him to a female political lobbyist eight years ago.

Senator McCain yesterday described as a “smear campaign” a report in The New York Times that alleges during his first run for the White House he was allegedly involved with 40-year-old blonde Vicki Iseman.

His aides at the time were so convinced the relationship had become romantic they blocked the Washington lobbyist’s access to Senator McCain, warned her to keep away and intervened to “protect the candidate from himself”, the Times reported.

It anonymously quoted two of Senator McCain’s former associates, who said they “joined in a series of confrontations” and warned him he was risking the 2000 campaign and his career.

“Both said Mr McCain acknowledged behaving inappropriately and pledged to keep his distance from Ms Iseman,” the report said. The senator lost the 2000 nomination to George Bush.

Senator McCain, married to second wife Cindy McCain, and Ms Iseman denied they were ever romantically involved, or that Senator McCain had shown her or her telecommunications clients any favouritism when he chaired the powerful Senate commerce committee.

The Times had been sitting on the story for several weeks, and apparently chose not to run the expose before the Iowa and New Hampshire presidential nominating contests in January after intense lobbying from the McCain camp.

McCain Under Fire ~MSNBC VIDEO~

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Faux Noise Avoids their Own Elephants in the Room

GEF @ 8:08 AM MST

Fox News Ignores Judicial Analyst’s Criticism Of Bush’s Warrantless Spying

napolitano4.gif In a Los Angeles Times op-ed last week, Fox News senior judicial analyst and former New Jersey Superior Court judge, Andrew Napolitano, asserted that President Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program “illegally” spies on Americans and warned against further efforts to broaden his spying powers:

The so-called Protect America Act of 2007, which expired at the end of last week, gave the government carte blanche to spy on foreign persons outside the U.S., even if Americans in the United States with whom they may be communicating are spied on — illegally — in the process. […]

Those who believe the Constitution means what it says should tremble at every effort to weaken any of its protections.

Yet it seems Napolitano’s bosses at Fox News aren’t interested in hearing him criticize the right-wing wiretapping position on their televsion network. Napolitano has appeared on Fox News at least twice since Monday, and in both appearances, Napolitano was never asked to comment on Bush’s wiretapping. (He did, however, get to remark upon the death of Princess Diana.)

Discussing the Supreme Court’s recent decision to reject the ACLU’s challenge to Bush’s eavesdropping program would seem like a perfect opportunity for Fox News to turn to its premier judicial expert for an opinion. But in the one and only discussion of the decision last night, Fox host Bill O’Reilly instead brought on daytime anchor Megyn Kelly, who said the ACLU’s case is “like first-year law student fodder.”

Fox News is happy to let Napolitano appear regularly on Fox News — until he criticizes the administration.

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4 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq

Sudhan @11:40 CET

War In Iraq | By various on: Feb. 20, 2008

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Three U.S. soldiers killed in Baghdad-army

Baghdad – Voices of Iraq
Wednesday , 20 /02 /2008 Time 10:13:19

Baghdad, Feb 20, (VOI)- The U.S. army said on Wednesday three service members were killed when their patrol vehicle was struck with a roadside bomb in northwestern Baghdad.

“Three Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers were killed at approximately 10:30 p.m. Feb. 19 when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in northwestern Baghdad,” the U.S. army said in a statement received by Aswat al-Iraq- Voices of Iraq- (VOI).

The press release gave no further details.

The deaths bring the number of the U.S. troops killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003 to 3,966, according to statistics released by the U.S. army.
Of this number, 20 U.S. soldiers have been killed so far in February 2008.

November 2004, which witnessed fierce battles between U.S. forces and armed groups in Falluja city, Anbar province, remains the month that saw the highest U.S. death toll with 137.

April 2004 comes second with 135, followed by May 2007 during which 126 U.S. soldiers were killed.


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Rigged Trials at Gitmo

Sudhan @11:05 CET

Ross Tuttle | The Nation, Feb. 20, 2008
Secret evidence. Denial of habeas corpus. Evidence obtained by waterboarding. Indefinite detention. The litany of complaints about the treatment of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay is long, disturbing and by now familiar. Nonetheless, a new wave of shock and criticism greeted the Pentagon’s announcement on February 11 that it was charging six Guantánamo detainees, including alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, with war crimes–and seeking the death penalty for all of them.
Now, as the murky, quasi-legal staging of the Bush Administration’s military commissions unfolds, a key official has told The Nation that the trials have been rigged from the start. According to Col. Morris Davis, former chief prosecutor for Guantánamo’s military commissions, the process has been manipulated by Administration appointees to foreclose the possibility of acquittal.Colonel Davis’s criticism of the commissions has been escalating since he resigned in October, telling the Washington Post that he had been pressured by politically appointed senior Defense officials to pursue cases deemed “sexy” and of “high interest” (such as the 9/11 cases now being pursued) in the run-up to the 2008 elections. Davis, once a staunch defender of the commissions process, elaborated on his reasons in a December 10, 2007, Los Angeles Times op-ed. “I concluded that full, fair and open trials were not possible under the current system,” he wrote. “I felt that the system had become deeply politicized and that I could no longer do my job effectively.”

Continued . . .

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