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RNC Chair Steele on his own party: ‘No reason, none, to trust our words or our actions at this point.’»

Think Progress- By Matt Corley at 6:22 pm

On Glenn Beck’s Fox News show this evening, Beck told RNC Chairman Michael Steele that conservatives are “pissed” at Republicans because they don’t “expect socialism” from them. “Why should we even think twice of pulling a lever again?” asked Beck. Steele responded that he was right and that voters have “no reason” to trust the GOP “at this point”:

STEELE: Yeah, no, Glenn. I’m not gonna, look, I’m not going to soft pedal this with you. I’m not going to try to blow smoke either. The reality of it is, you are absolutely right. You have absolutely no reason, none, to trust our word or our actions at this point. So, yeah, it’s going to be an uphill climb.

Watch it:

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Nobody Read That Huge Patriot Act Bill Either…

GOP Leader Boehner Floor Speech Opposing Democrats’ Trillion-Dollar Spending Bill


Way Back Machine…

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Walter Jones, GOP Congressman, Signs On To Investigating Bush

HuffPo- Sam Stein

February 13, 2009 12:56 PM

There is, in fact, an element of bipartisan support for creating of a truth and reconciliation committee to investigate illegalities from the Bush years. And it comes from within Congress.

Rep. Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, has signed on as a co-sponsor of legislation introduced by House Judiciary Chair John Conyers to establish “a national commission on presidential war powers and civil liberties.”

A self-described conservative who brought “Freedom Fries” to Congress, Jones developed into one of the most vocal Republican critics of the Bush administration. He took particular umbrage at the handling of the Iraq War and the decision to prohibit photographs of returning coffins of American soldiers. Late in the past administration’s time in office he was reported to have been reading Vincent Bugliosi’s book, “The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder.”

So while it is surprising to see an elected Republican official endorse the establishment of an investigatory committee to probe the Bush years, it is slightly less surprising that that official is Jones.

Nevertheless, Democrats on the Hill who are committed to the idea are ecstatic to have the congressman on board. Jones’ office did not return repeated requests for comment.

As for what the Obama administration thinks of the matter, that remains shrouded in a bit of mystery. I asked the president about Sen. Patrick Leahy’s proposal for a truth and reconciliation committee at his Monday night press conference. He responded that he had would not comment on a proposal he had not seen. Asked on Friday whether the White House was in a better position to offer an opinion and if not, when, a spokesman replied: “I don’t have a timetable to share… I will keep you updated if there is movement.”

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Trends Researcher Gerald Celente from the Trends Journal Research Institute is here to give us the heads up to what most politicians know but refuse to even whisper for fear of agitating their constituents.

This Year The American People Are Hopeful, Desperate And Fearful! – Gerald Celente

When People Lose Everything They Have And They Have Nothing To Lose, They Lose It, People Are Going To Lose It! – Gerald Celente

Note: I normally don’t link to Faux Noise much less Glenn Beck but Gerald Celente has been right for years now.

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Undeterred, Conyers subpoenas Rove a third time

Raw Story- John Byrne
Published: Friday February 13, 2009

Rove lawyer out of office until deposition date

House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, Jr. D-MI) has subpoenaed Karl Rove a third time, asking him to appear Monday, Feb. 23 for a deposition to testify about his knowledge about the US Attorney firings and the alleged political prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.

“Pursuant to my letter to you of Jan. 29, 2009, and your agreement to accept service on behalf of Karl Rove, I am enclosing a subpoena for Mr. Rove to appear and provide testimony by deposition on Feb. 23, 2009, at 10:00am in room 2138 of the Rayburn House Office Building,” Conyers wrote Robert Luskin, Rove’s D.C. Attorney.

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The Eagles- One Of These Nights

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by Geezer Power

The rats who now control over 90% of the main stream media are freaking out at the idea of returning to the Fairness Doctrine , which has been held in check for years by Vetoes from both Ronnie Raygun and Poppa Bu$h. The Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that required the holders of broadcast licenses both to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was (in the Commission’s view) honest, equitable, and balanced. Faux News, who’s motto is, “cough cough* fair and balanced’ has a few things to say about this outrageous possibility.

And needless to menton, so does Clear Channel who owns over 1,100 full-power AM, FM, and shortwave radio stations, twelve radio channels on XM Satellite Radio, and more than 30 television stations in the United States. Premiere Radio Networks, which is the largest syndication company in the United States, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Clear Channel and is home to Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and many others. Sean Hannity recently signed a large multi-market contract with Clear Channel, as well.

In early 2004, Air America Radio Network was launched and was then the only all-progressive talk radio network. A predecessor, the UAW’s I.E. America Radio Network, which was home to hosts such as Thom Hartmann, Peter Werbe, and Mike Malloy, never gained national attention. Its last day on the air was February 27, 2004, only weeks before Air America took to the airwaves. Al Franken’s show was the centerpiece of the network, and would remain so for a little less than 3 years. The show featured Franken’s low key humor, political commentary, and guest and audience participation. AAR became the fastest growing network in modern radio history as Sinton was able to assemble a national network of 100 stations, including 18 of the top twenty markets, in just six months.

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Poll: Two thirds of Americans support probes of Bush era

Raw Story- John Byrne
Published: Thursday February 12, 2009

Almost 40 percent of Americans support criminal investigations into the Bush Administration’s use of harsh interrogations and warrantless wiretapping program, even after President George W. Bush left office, a USA Today/Gallup poll found Thursday.

Forty-one percent favor a criminal investigation into the Bush Administration’s use of the Justice Department for political purposes; 38 percent favor an investigation for the Administration’s warrantless wiretapping and 38 percent favor a criminal probe for the possible use of torture in terrorism investigations.

Close to two-thirds of respondents also said they’d like to see formal investigations of Bush policies, even if not criminal probes.

These results are based on a Jan. 30-Feb. 1 USA Today/Gallup poll.

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BUFFALO PLANE CRASH: Continental Connection Flight 3407 Crashes Into House, Kills 50 (VIDEO)

Via: HuffPo/ AP|   February 13, 2009 12:30 AM

SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEOS AND SLIDESHOW

This is a breaking story – check AP for updates here.

A Continental commuter plane coming in for a landing nose-dived into a house in suburban Buffalo, sparking a fiery explosion that killed all 49 people aboard and a person in the home. It was the nation’s first fatal crash of a commercial airliner in 2 1/2 years.

Witnesses heard the twin turboprop aircraft sputtering before it went down in light snow and fog around 10:20 p.m. Thursday about five miles from Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Continental Connection Flight 3407 from Newark, N.J., came in squarely through the roof of the house, its tail section visible through flames shooting at least 50 feet high.

“The whole sky was lit up orange,” said Bob Dworak, who lives less than a mile away. “All the sudden, there was a big bang, and the house shook.”

Two others in the house escaped with minor injuries. The plane was carrying a four-member crew and an off-duty pilot. Among the 44 passengers killed was a woman whose husband died in the World Trade Center attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

By morning, with the rubble still smoking, the task of retrieving remains had not yet begun.

Erie County Emergency Coordinator David Bissonette said it appeared the plane “dove directly on top of the house.”

“It was a direct hit,” Bissonette said. “It’s remarkable that it only took one house. As devastating as that is, it could have wiped out the entire neighborhood.”

Keep reading the breaking story here.

Relatives of passengers aboard flight should call 1-800-621-3263 for information

The crash is America’s deadliest since a Comair commuter jet crashed in Lexington, Ky., on Aug. 27, 2006. That crash also claimed 49 lives.

VIDEOS & PHOTOS AND MORE HERE

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