Archive for August 4th, 2008

By- Suzie-Q @ 7:30 PM MST

Cheney’s argument for not releasing innocent detainees: ‘They’ll all get lawyers.’

Think Progress- By Matt at 5:41 pm

In his New York Times review of Jane Mayer’s new book, The Dark Side, Alan Brinkley describes how by the end of 2005, torture advocates within the Bush administration were fighting to continue their extreme detainee program “because they feared being prosecuted should the program be halted and exposed.” In one White House meeting described by Mayer, Vice President Dick Cheney argued against releasing innocent detainees because “they’ll all get lawyers“:

By the end of 2005, those defending the regime of torture were no longer seeking primarily to protect the search for valuable intelligence. They were fighting for its survival, in the face of considerable evidence of the failure of SERE and other programs, because they feared being prosecuted should the program be halted and exposed. Even releasing detainees whom they knew to be entirely innocent was dangerous, since once released they could talk. “People will ask where they’ve been and ‘What have you been doing with them?’” Cheney said in a White House meeting. “They’ll all get lawyers.”

(HT: Noam Scheiber)

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The Other Shoe Dropped…

GEF @ 8:48 PM ET

So Much for Our Retail-Based Economy…

The Centre for Research on Globalization (Canada) has some very un-pretty numbers.  I’ll be watching for another announcement from the President that we’d all better go shopping.  But where, Mr. President?

Ann Taylor closing 117 stores nationwide.

Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, Catherines closing 150 stores nationwide

Talbots will close all 78 of its kids and men’s stores plus another 22 underperforming stores.

Gap Inc. closing 85 stores

Foot Locker to close 140 stores

Wickes Furniture is going out of business and closing all of its stores. The 37-year-old retailer that targets middle-income customers, filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

Levitz – the furniture retailer, announced it was going out of business and closing all 76 of its stores in December. The retailer dates back to 1910.

Home Depot store closings 15 of them amid a slumping US economy and housing market. The move will affect 1,300 employees. It is the first time the world’s largest home improvement store chain has ever closed a flagship store.

Movie Gallery – video rental company plans to close 400 of 3,500 Movie Gallery and Hollywood Video stores in addition to the 520 locations the video rental chain closed last fall as part of bankruptcy.

Sprint Nextel – 125 retail locations to close with 4,000 employees following 5,000 layoffs last year.

Wilsons the Leather Experts – closing 158 stores

Bombay Company: to close all 384 U.S.-based Bombay Company stores.

KB Toys closing 356 stores around the United States as part of its bankruptcy reorganization.


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Ancient bust of Caeser looks like Bu$h

by Geezer Power…3:08 pm

Divers find Caesar bust that may date to 46 B.C.

May. 13, 2008

PARIS – Divers trained in archaeology discovered a marble bust of an aging Caesar in the Rhone River that France’s Culture Ministry said Tuesday could be the oldest known.

The life-sized bust showing the Roman ruler with wrinkles and hollows in his face is tentatively dated to 46 B.C. Divers uncovered the Caesar bust and a collection of other finds in the Rhone near the town of Arles — founded by Caesar.

These are strange times folks and I don’t think a phenomena like this should go unreported. Who knows what strange forces lurk in the mind of Bu$hco?…G:

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Karl Rove: The Fugitive?

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:00 PM MST


23/6.com- The News Only Funnier

August 01, 2008

Instead of choosing to appear before a House Judiciary Committee investigating White House influence on the Justice Department, Karl Rove decided to lam it. The Bush adviser claimed that “executive privilege” meant he didn’t have to appear before the committee. Since the committee is trying to figure out whether Rove pushed for prosecutions of Democrats like former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, they disagreed with his claim and voted to hold him in contempt.

Now that a federal judge has ruled that it is illegal for Bush advisors to ignore congressional subpoenas, Karl might want to lay low for a while. No one is sure where he’ll turn up, but the community is being warned should they come in contact with the fugitive. If you or your family spot Karl Rove, refer to the poster below for how to proceed:

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By- Suzie-Q @ 11:20 AM MST

Former FBI Official: After 9/11, White House Told FBI To Blame Anthrax Attacks On Al Qaeda

Think Progress- By Satyam at 1:54 pm

Last week, Bruce Ivins, a government scientist who researched anthrax and was expected to be charged in connection with the 2001 attacks, reportedly committed suicide. As Glenn Greenwald has noted, President Bush and his administration initially attempted to link the anthrax attacks to Iraq.

The New York Daily News has a new twist in the administration’s attempt to peg the anthrax attacks to its own bellicose aims. Immediately after 9/11, the Daily News reports, “White House officials repeatedly pressed FBI Director Robert Mueller to prove it was a second-wave assault by Al Qaeda,” according to a former FBI official:

After the Oct. 5, 2001, death from anthrax exposure of Sun photo editor Robert Stevens, Mueller was “beaten up” during President Bush’s morning intelligence briefings for not producing proof the killer spores were the handiwork of terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden, according to a former aide.

They really wanted to blame somebody in the Middle East,” the retired senior FBI official told The News.

As the Daily News noted, similar to its efforts with Iraq, the White House on multiple occasions suggested that the anthrax attacks were tied to al Qaeda operatives abroad:

On October 15, 2001, President Bush said, “There may be some possible link” to Bin Laden, adding, “I wouldn’t put it past him.” Vice President Cheney also said Bin Laden’s henchmen were trained “how to deploy and use these kinds of substances, so you start to piece it all together.”

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) claimed “some of this anthrax may…have come from Iraq,” suggesting that the “second phase” of the war on terror may be in Iraq.

The claims, however, were quickly rejected by experts, who “told us this was not something some guy in a cave could come up with,” the former FBI official said. “They couldn’t go from box cutters one week to weapons-grade anthrax the next.”

As press reports have indicated, while the source of the attacks is still unknown, a large body of evidence points towards Ivins’s lab in Ft. Detrick, Maryland. For the Bush administration, however, the evidence doesn’t seem to matter until after the case for war is made.

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Afternoon Jukebox… Take On Me

By- Suzie-Q @ 11:15 AM MST

A-Ha – Take On Me

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GEF @ 8:08 AM ET

Small Florida bank is 8th U.S. failure this year

Friday August 1, 9:51 pm ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bank regulators closed a small Florida-based bank on Friday, the eighth U.S. bank to fail this year under pressure from a weak economy and a credit crisis precipitated by falling home prices.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp said First Priority Bank had $259 million in assets and $227 million in deposits and its failure will cost the federal fund that insures deposits an estimated $72 million.

SunTrust Banks Inc (NYSE:STINews) has agreed to assume the insured deposits of First Priority, whose six branches will reopen Monday as branches of SunTrust Bank.

Customers can access their money over the weekend by check, teller machine or debit card, the FDIC said.

It is the first bank to fail in Florida since Guaranty National Bank of Tallahassee failed in March 2004, according to the FDIC, which blamed the failure on exposure to the real estate market, predominantly in the construction lending area.

Florida is among several states whose housing markets have seen the sharpest declines.

The biggest bank failure by far this year is IndyMac (Other OTC:IDMC.PKNews), seized on July 11 with $32 billion in assets and $19 billion in deposits as of March, and the third-largest bank insolvency in U.S. history.

The FDIC oversees an industry-funded reserve used to insure up to $100,000 per account and $250,000 per individual retirement account at insured banks.

The agency also has running tally of problem banks that its examiners closely monitor. At the end of first quarter, 90 institutions were on that list.

The FDIC does not name the institutions on the list, which is expected to be updated this month for the second quarter.



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Nancy Pelosi Cleaning Out the Swamp (Not)

anthony @ 13:10 BST

You know those brown-paper bags they provide you with on airplanes in case you’re sick. Well, you’ll be needing one after watching this.

Dennis Kucinich on Democracy Now responding to the statements that Nancy Pelosi made on The View about impeachment.

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anthony @ 13:00 BST

From A Talk by Edward Griffin: Author of The Creature from Jekyll Island:

The Mandrake Mechanism

Whenever a partnership is formed there has to be a benefit to the partners otherwise they don’t form it. So we need to ask the question what is the benefit, the payoff, for these two partners? Why did they go into it? Why did the government go into a partnership like this and why does the banking cartel? In answering those questions we finally come to grips with the reality of what this creature from Jekyll Island is. Let’s take a look at that; what’s the payoff to these two partners? In order to see that we’ll have to examine in some detail the mechanism by which the Federal Reserve System creates money. This is a real interesting study. I call it the “Mandrake Mechanism” named after that comic-book character of the 40s, Mandrake the Magician, who could create something out of nothing and then wave his cape and it was back into the void again. That’s a pretty descriptive phrase for the way the Federal Reserve System does it.

Let’s take a look at it and see how they create money through the Mandrake Mechanism. I am going to do this in a very simplified form. I want to warn you that it’s going to sound like it’s too simple. It’s not. I’m going to strip out all the banking terminology, all the banker language, all the accounting phrases that need to be defined and speak in very plain English that anybody can understand. It may sound to you as though I’ve simplified it too much and I want to assure you that in spite of the simple language everything I’m going to tell you is absolutely 100% technically accurate. The other thing I want to warn you about is don’t try and make sense out of this because it can’t be done; this does not make sense and you’ll blow a fuse trying to make it make sense. Just remember that it is a scam and if you keep that fact in mind then you’ll have no trouble comprehending what’s going on. (more…)

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