Archive for September 12th, 2009

Also Guesses Ongoing War Might’ve Prevented Terror Attacks

by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com, September 11, 2009

Speaking on the eight-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attack, top US commander in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal says that he sees no indication of any large al-Qaeda presence in Afghanistan.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal

Gen. McChrystal’s comments come at a time when the Obama Administration is facing an increasing revolt over the ongoing war in Afghanistan, and officials have used the “threat” posed by al-Qaeda as their primary justification for continuing the conflict.

Seemingly oblivious to having already dismissed the conflict’s ostensible raison d’etre, the general continued to defend the war, maintaining that it was winnable given increased effort and insisting that, while he had no evidence to back it up, he “strongly believes” the war has prevented other terrorist attacks.

Gen. McChrystal has recently presented a “new” strategy for the war, roughly five months after the Obama Administration’s previous “new” strategy involved a massive increase in the number of troops in the nation. It is widely expected that McChrystal will soon request another 20,000 troops for the war, on top of the previous escalation.

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Bill Maher Challenges Obama: “Stand Up For The 70 Percent Of Americans Who Aren’t Crazy” (VIDEO)

Huffington Post
First Posted: 09-12-09 12:59 AM   |   Updated: 09-12-09 01:13 AM

On “Real Time” Friday night, host Bill Maher closed his show with some sharp words for the Obama administration with regards to how they have responded to criticism from figures such as Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin.

Maher called the White House “cowards” for allowing Van Jones to resign following a series of right-wing attacks and for capitulating to those who complained about the nature of Obama’s back-to-school speech.

“The Democrats just never learn. Americans don’t really care which side of an issue you’re on as long as you don’t act like pussies,” Maher said.

Maher then criticized Obama for trying to win over those who vehemently disagree with him, insisting that the president should instead “stand up for the 70 percent of Americans who aren’t crazy.”

“When are we going to actually show up in all this,” Maher said.


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Kentucky GOP Pol Found With Slit Wrists After Shooting Death Of Ex-Fiancée

TPM Muckraker

Zachary Roth | September 11, 2009, 3:54PM

For the last few days, we’ve all been transfixed by the tawdry spectacle out of California, in which a married Republican family values crusader has gotten his comeuppance after being exposed — with the aid of a hot mic — as a repulsive sexual braggard.

But a very different story about the personal life of a state-level Republican politician has been playing out today down in Kentucky — one that’s far stranger and more tragic. Indeed, with its themes of love, death, violence, and bourbon, and its suggestion of a son struggling to live up to the accomplishments of his father, it’s almost a modern-day Southern Gothic.

Steve Nunn, a former Kentucky GOP lawmaker and gubernatorial candidate was found by police this afternoon with slit wrists in the cemetery where his parents lie buried. Hours earlier, Nunn’s former fiancée had been found shot to death in a Lexington parking lot.

According to the local sheriff, Nunn, 57, placed mementos on his parents’ graves, moved several feet away, then cut his wrists. The sheriff, Chris Eaton, said Nunn had initially told police he had shot himself, and was found in possession of a handgun, but had no gunshot wound. Nunn was taken via ambulance to the hospital.

Nunn’s former fiancée, Amanda Ross, was found dead this morning. A neighbor told reporters she heard five shots and screams at 6:11 a.m. in a courtyard outside Ross’s condominium. Ross was 29 and worked for the state’s Department of Insurance. A police spokesman said investigators have leads.

Nunn was arrested after being taken to the hospital, for allegedly violating a protective order against Ross, by carrying the handgun. Eaton, who said he’s been a friend of Nunn for around 20 years, said Nunn’s mood was “solemn to a point” and “at that time didn’t make any comments” about Ross’s shooting.

Nunn is the son of Louie Nunn, the state’s last GOP governor, from 1967 to 1971, until Ernie Fletcher was elected in 2003. Steve Nunn — who spent what he has called his “formative years” in the governor’s mansion — received just 13 percent of the vote running against Fletcher in the gubernatorial primary that year. He is also a former state legislator.

You can see a picture of the couple here, and a slideshow of pictures of Nunn here.

Nunn and Ross had a deeply troubled relationship. Court documents and testimony show that they started dating in September 2007, and he moved in with her in March 2008. He moved out that October, shortly after they were engaged, because, according to him, the “relationship had deteriorated.”


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