Archive for February 28th, 2008

Open Head Thread!

GEF @ 6:18 PM MST

Open Head Thread


The Elections are nothing but a Hollywood Produced Show now…

Pretend Democracy!

LOL*) 😉

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Lou Dobbs Calls it right on the Economy…

GEF @ 4:28 PM MST

Dobbs challenges Goldman Sachs chairman to a duel. 

On his CNN show this week, host Lou Dobbs discussed the new Economy.com report that 8.8 million American homeowners are now “underwater” — meaning they owe more on their homes that the homes are worth. Dobbs then took issue with Goldman Sachs chairman Lloyd Blankfein, who had earlier suggested Dobbs’ prognosis of a worsening economy was false. Dobbs proceeded to challenge Blankfein to tell it to his face:

Perhaps Lloyd would like to come on here and show me the error of my ways and educate me perhaps from his lofty Wall Street perch on how millions of Americans are faring and what their prospects are. Lloyd, you certainly — I would love to have you do it. I would love to have you come on and talk to my face, not to my back, partner. I know it’s not the way you do it on Wall Street there, hot shot, but try it here. Come on down. Open invitation.

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By- Suzie-Q @ 3:00 PM MST

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By- Suzie-Q @ 12:15 PM MST

Dems aim to rescind oil company tax breaks

By: Daniel W. Reilly
Feb 27, 2008 05:09 PM EST

With gas prices threatening to climb past $4 per gallon later this year, congressional Democrats are reviving a bill to rescind tax breaks for big oil companies as part of their retooled message of economic populism. Democrats are hoping that the pain at the pump will finally push the measure across the finish line in the Senate, where it fell one “heartbreaking” vote short last December as part of the larger energy package.

On Wednesday, the House passed the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act, which funds tax credits for wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by rescinding an estimated $18 billion in tax credits for oil companies. The vote was 236 to 182.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) intends to take the bill to the Senate floor “as quickly as possible,” according to his spokesman, Jim Manley.

Repeated veto threats from the White House suggest that the bill has little chance of becoming law. But Democrats are eager to highlight Republican opposition to it as gas prices continue to climb, believing it will pay dividends out on the campaign trail with Americans increasingly concerned about pocketbook issues.

“Americans feel the oil companies are getting away with murder,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who heads the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “Any candidate who thinks the way out of our energy crisis is to help the oil companies is going to have trouble.”

So far, Republicans who opposed the tax credits the first time around have stood firm, arguing the measure does nothing to increase supply and that the energy companies will simply pass on increased costs to the consumers who buy their product. They say that Democrats are trying to score cheap political points by pushing legislation that may not clear the Senate and would be greeted with a presidential veto if it did.


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Afternoon Jukebox… What I Like About You

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:00 PM MST

The Romantics – What I Like About You

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anthony @ 18:25 GMT

Al-Qaeda leader never claimed responsibility for attack, Van de Wiel tells Australian Supreme Court

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Skepticism towards the 9/11 official story reached the Australian Supreme Court this week after a lawyer asserted that the attacks were not orchestrated by Osama bin Laden during the trial of an alleged terror group in Melbourne.

“To say that this was all orchestrated by Osama bin Laden is a silly thing to do. He’s never claimed responsibility for it,” Remy van de Wiel QC told the Australian jury.

Unless you accept the credibility of a dodgy videotape of a fat Bin Laden doppelganger “miraculously discovered” in a house in Jalalabad by U.S. troops and pushed as authentic by the ever-honest U.S. government, then van de Wiel has a point.

Indeed, Bin Laden’s first public statement following the 9/11 attacks was to deny any responsibility for carrying them out.

“I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States. As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children and other people. Such a practice is forbidden even in the course of a battle,” Bin Laden told the Pakistani-based Ummat newspaper.

Despite the fact that it only took three months to charge him with the 1998 embassy bombings, there has been no formal indictment of bin Laden over six years after 9/11 and the FBI’s wanted poster makes no reference of Bin Laden’s involvement in 9/11.

When asked by reporters why no reference was made, FBI agent Rex Tomb was forced to admit that “the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11.”


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The Fight Against Red Tape

By Paul Rieckhoff @ 11:39 AM (EST)

Time and time again, we’ve seen troops and veterans suffering at the hands of an inept government bureaucracy. Wounded troops have been forced to repay their enlistment bonuses. Amputees fell through the cracks at Walter Reed. And 400,000 veterans are still waiting months (and even years) for their disability benefits.

Well, here we go again:

Christopher M. Simmance helped keep the peace as an American Soldier in the Middle East, but when he returned home and later suffered a breakdown, he was turned away from the VA hospital because the government didn’t acknowledge his overseas duty.

The whole story is here. Overall, at least 2,000 veterans across the country are struggling to correct mistakes on their military records – mistakes that have cost some of them their jobs and their health care coverage. The wait to correct these errors can stretch for as long as three years. In the meantime, the veteran is not eligible for any of the services or benefits to which they are entitled.

Cross-Posted at Huffington Post


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