Impeach Bush--Index 26

April 19, 2006
Veteran rocker takes aim at Bush
Veteran rocker Neil Young has recorded a protest album featuring an anti-Iraq war track with "a holy vow to never kill again" and a song titled Let's Impeach the President, the singer said on Monday.

The 10-track set, called Living with War, was recorded this month by a "power trio" – electric guitar, bass and drums – plus trumpet and a 100-member choir, the Canadian-born musician announced on his website.

April 19, 2006
Despite the man's wacky religiosity, I have been giving Bush the benefit of a small amount of remaining doubt after five years of the most disastrous rule this nation has ever suffered. I believed that he was breathtakingly bigoted, stupid and ignorant. But I didn't think he was out of his mind. Until now.

"Current and former American military and intelligence officials" tell Hersh "that President Bush is determined to deny the Iranian regime the opportunity to begin a pilot program, planned for this spring, to enrich uranium." Of course, uranium enrichment for peaceful atomic energy is permitted by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to which Iran is a signatory. Which is what the Iranians say they're doing. But the Bush Administration, which knows a little about lying, doesn't believe them.

April 19, 2006
War in the Middle East = record oil and gas prices. The war is giving Bush what he wants.

Oil Hits New Record in US, $71.79
NEW YORK ( - Oil prices hit another record Wednesday after a government report said supplies of crude made a surprise decline and gasoline stocks fell far more than expected.

U.S. light crude for May delivery spiked to $71.79, a new intraday high, just following the report's release, but later fell back and traded at $71.14 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, down 21 cents from Tuesday's record $71.35 closing high. Oil was off 45 cents just before the government report.

April 19, 2006
How do you deal with criminals and liars?

McClellan Leaves White House Press Office - Rove Reassigned
WASHINGTON Apr 19, 2006 (AP)— White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove is giving up his policy portfolio and press secretary Scott McClellan is resigning, continuing a shakeup in President Bush's administration that has already yielded a new chief of staff.

April 17, 2006
Oil hits new high over $73 on Iran
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil hit a new high above $73 a barrel on Wednesday on fears Iran's intensifying dispute with the West may hit oil supplies and after a sharp fall in U.S. gasoline stocks.

London's Brent crude was up 16 cents at $72.67 a barrel at 1449 GMT after peaking at a fresh record of $73.34.

April 10, 2006
Edwards backs effort to censure Bush
(WATERLOO) - Former Senator John Edwards said he supports congressional efforts to censure President Bush.

Edwards, a former Democratic vice-presidential candidate, was campaigning for legislative candidates in Iowa this past weekend.

April 17, 2006
$3 gas is back, may stay awhile
Experts say drivers should get used to the high prices.

"It will continue to climb beyond $3, and most likely will stay there in May and June," said Bernard Baumohl, executive director at The Economic Outlook Group LLC in Princeton Junction, N.J.

U.S. consumers are now paying on average $2.72 for a gallon of gasoline, according to AAA's daily fuel gauge report. That's up more than 45 cents from a year ago.

April 15, 2006
Gallup: 57% think the US will not win the war in Iraq.
Experts cite several reasons for the recent spike in gas costs, including war and unrest in oil-producing countries; the prediction of another strong hurricane and tropical storm season; a change in seasons; laws and regulations; and greed.

"I believe that at the refinery supplier level the cost the wholesalers pay to refinery suppliers is excessive in some cases," said Richard Maxedon, executive director of the Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association, pointing to Exxon-Mobil's record $36.1 billion in profits last year.

April 15, 2006
Refiners Enjoying Bigger Profits
But don't blame crude oil. From early January to April 10, the cost of the oil most popular with California refiners rose 16 cents a gallon, while retail pump prices jumped 60 cents, according to the California Energy Commission. As a result, refinery gross profits have doubled in that time.

It should come as no surprise that refiners are making lots of money; after all, Exxon Mobil Corp. posted more profit in 2005 than any corporation in history. The trend, it appears, is continuing.

April 15, 2006
Exxon CEO made $144,573 a day
"For his efforts, Mr. Raymond, who retired in December, was compensated more than $686 million from 1993 to 2005, according to an analysis done for The New York Times by Brian Foley, an independent compensation consultant. That is $144,573 for each day he spent leading Exxon's "God pod," as the executive suite at the company's headquarters in Irving, Tex., is known."

April 17, 2006
His presidency was built on secrecy and lies.
April 13, 2006 | President Bush has been in search of himself for two and a half years. His voyage of self-discovery began on Sept. 30, 2003. Asked what he knew about senior White House officials anonymously leaking the identity of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson, he expressed his earnest desire to help special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald ferret out the perpetrators. "I want to know the truth," he said. "If anybody has got any information inside our administration or outside our administration, it would be helpful if they came forward with the information so we can find out whether or not these allegations are true and get on about the business."

Bush didn't stop there. He issued an all-points bulletin requesting help for the prosecutor. "And if people have got solid information, please come forward with it. And that would be people inside the information who are the so-called anonymous sources, or people outside the information -- outside the administration. And we can clarify this thing very quickly if people who have got solid evidence would come forward and speak out. And I would hope they would." The day before, the president had sent out his press secretary, Scott McClellan, to announce that involvement in this incident would be a firing offense: "If anyone in this administration was involved in it, they would no longer be in this administration."

Last week, however, in a filing in his perjury and obstruction of justice case against I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, Fitzgerald revealed that Libby had been authorized by the president and vice president to leak parts of the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction to reporters.

April 17, 2006
Is the "Israel lobby" distorting America's Mideast policies?
"In our piece, we argued that when people are critical of Israeli policy or the U.S.-Israeli relationship, the arguments are not taken on their merits," Mearsheimer says when reached by phone. "What happens instead is that the great silencer -- the charge of anti-Semitism -- is leveled at the critics."

April 14, 2006
An Impeachable Offense

What Rumsfeld knew about torture
According to Hill's account of that call, Miller advised that the harsh interrogation of Kahtani should continue, using the techniques Rumsfeld had previously approved. "We think we're right on the verge of making a breakthrough," Hill remembered Miller saying. Hill said he called Rumsfeld back with the news. "The secretary said, 'Fine,'" Hill remembered.

Nonetheless, several days later Rumsfeld revoked the harsher interrogation methods, apparently responding to military lawyers who had raised concerns that they may constitute cruel and unusual punishment or torture.

April 13, 2006
IRAQ: Women were more respected under Saddam
BAGHDAD, 13 April (IRIN) - According to the findings of a recent survey by local rights NGOs, women were treated better during the Saddam Hussein era – and their rights were more respected – than they are now.

"We interviewed women in the country and met with local NGOs dealing with gender issues to develop this survey, which asked questions about the quality of women's life and respect for their rights," said Senar Muhammad, president of Baghdad-based NGO Woman Freedom Organisation. "The results show that women are less respected now than they were under the previous regime, while their freedom has been curtailed."

April 13, 2006
Harvard study tells parties to court 'religious centrists'
"This analysis foreshadows the 2008 general election campaign for president where religious centrists, nearly a quarter of the student vote, will be the critical swing vote ... and likely the most influential group in American politics for years," according to the survey.

April 13, 2006
Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times Poll: Americans Wary of Action on Iran, Gloomy on Iraq
A majority of those surveyed -- 56 percent -- said Iraq is now in a civil war, and just 37 percent said they believe Bush when he says a lot of progress is being made there, down from 45 percent who said they believed him in January.

Forty-eight percent said they would support military action against Iran if it continues to produce material that can be used to develop a nuclear bomb, down from 57 percent in January. Forty percent oppose military action, up from 33 percent in January.

April 17, 2006
Gallup: 57% think the US will not win the war in Iraq.

PRINCETON, NJ -- American opposition to the war in Iraq appears to have steadied, with clear majorities saying that it was a mistake to send U.S. troops there, and that the United States will not win and should withdraw at least some, if not all, of its troops. Public approval of the way President George W. Bush has been handling the situation in Iraq is tied at the lowest level measured by Gallup.

These findings come from the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, conducted April 7-9, 2006. It shows that 57% of Americans think the United States will not win in Iraq, including 21% who think the U.S. can win but will not.

April 17, 2006
Gallup:Congress Approval Rate at 12 Year Low

PRINCETON, NJ -- Public approval of the job Congress is doing has dipped to its lowest level of 2006, and is now the worst Gallup has recorded since the closing days of the Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994.

April 10, 2006
Third Retired General Wants Rumsfeld Out
WASHINGTON, April 9 — The three-star Marine Corps general who was the military's top operations officer before the invasion of Iraq expressed regret, in an essay published Sunday, that he did not more energetically question those who had ordered the nation to war. He also urged active-duty officers to speak out now if they had doubts about the war.

Lt. Gen. Gregory Newbold, who retired in late 2002, also called for replacing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and "many others unwilling to fundamentally change their approach." He is the third retired senior officer in recent weeks to demand that Mr. Rumsfeld step down.

April 12, 2006
From the very beginning Bush picked winners and losers. Oil and military stocks would rise and Americans would have to pay for it.

Defense stocks may jump higher with big profits
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shares of U.S. defense companies, which have nearly trebled since the beginning of the occupation of Iraq, show no signs of slowing down as investors anticipate strong first-quarter profits this month.

U.S. defense spending is rising faster than expected -- confounding experts' who predicted a slowdown -- and rumors of cuts to big programs have not turned into reality. Allied with a boom in commercial aerospace, the profit outlook for defense contractors has never looked more robust.

April 4, 2006
Iraqi Sunni Leader Demands US Apology and Withdrawal
Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat over phone from his office in Baghdad, Al-Mutlaq said: "The formation of the government should take place within the next few days; otherwise, Iraq will drown in a river of blood." He considered what some politicians are doing as some sort of "sadism, for people are being slaughtered on streets while politicians are busy looking for posts." From his new office in Baghdad, which is close to the Green Zone, the Sunni politician, known for his opposition to the US presence in Iraq and his public calls for the US withdrawal, tried to draw general outlines through which he could evaluate the US policy during the past three years since the entry of the coalition forces into Iraq and the ouster of Saddam Hussein on 9 April 2003.

April 12, 2006
There are no conservatives in the republican party - never have been and never will be.

Government Spending Hits New Record in March
WASHINGTON — Government spending hit an all-time high for a single month in March, pushing the budget deficit up significantly from the red-ink level of a year ago.

In its monthly accounting of the government's books, the Treasury Department reported Wednesday that federal spending totaled $250 billion last month, up 13.7 percent from March 2005.

April 12, 2006
Leaking intelligence for political gain is An Impeachable Offense. Besides, the leaked intelligence was known to be a lie

A clear pattern of deception
If we are to believe White House spokesman Scott McClellan, President Bush authorized the disclosure of selected classified intelligence on Iraq's weapons programs to certain reporters because "it was in the public interest."

But when the president made this decision in the summer of 2003, his immediate goals apparently were to punish former ambassador Joseph Wilson for revealing that the White House had ginned up the case for war and to once again misinform the public about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's regime. These two goals were to serve the ultimate objective: concealing how the administration had misused prewar intelligence to sell Americans on an invasion of Iraq.

April 11, 2006
Subverting "free elections" is An Impeachable Offense.

Phone-Jamming Records Point to White House
WASHINGTON - Key figures in a phone-jamming scheme designed to keep New Hampshire Democrats from voting in 2002 had regular contact with the White House and Republican Party as the plan was unfolding, phone records introduced in criminal court show.

The records show that Bush campaign operative James Tobin, who recently was convicted in the case, made two dozen calls to the White House within a three-day period around Election Day 2002 — as the phone jamming operation was finalized, carried out and then abruptly shut down.

April 12, 2006
Here's a thought. If Bush wants to destroy Middle Eastern Oil supplies and keep gas prices at record highs he should go war with another country in the Middle East.

Iraq's oil output shrinks as fuel shortages mount
Iraq's oil production has shrunk to 1.8 million barrels a day, way below average output rates prior to the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of the country.

Despite U.N. trade sanctions, Iraq was pumping more than 2.5 million barrels a day then with plans underway to boost output to nearly three million barrels by the end of 2003.

Oil Ministry sources, refusing to be named, said the Ministry's efforts to boost output have failed with technicians even fearing further slumps in production.

April 11, 2006
Spying on Americans without a search warrant is An Impeachable Offense

Pentagon admits to surveillance of gay groups
The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network has released documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act from the Department of Defense, which confirm the military's surveillance of organizations working to repeal the Military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy, PageOneQ has learned.

The government's monitoring of anti-war protestors, including protests against the Military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, was first reported by the blog Coffee House Soapbox

"The very idea that the federal government believes freedom of speech is a threat to national security is unconscionable," Steve Ralls, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network's Director of Communications told PageOneQ today. "The Pentagon has acknowledged that collection of the information was perhaps inappropriate," Mr. Ralls said as he cited an earlier report by United Press International on the Pentagon's admission.

April 11, 2006
Gingrich: GOP could lose control of Congress
WASHINGTON -- A dozen years after he engineered his party's takeover of Congress, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is warning that his fellow Republicans could be swept out of power themselves.

"They are seen by the country as being in charge of a government that can't function," he said in an interview last week. "We could lose control this fall."

Gingrich cited a series of blunders under Republican rule, from failures in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to mismanagement of the war in Iraq.

April 11, 2006
Congressman Murtha has been saying this for months. What took republicans so long?

Gingrich: Time to 'Cut and Run'
VERMILLION - Newt Gingrich, the former Republican Speaker of the House, told students and faculty at the University of South Dakota Monday that the United States should pull out of Iraq and leave a small force there, just as it did post-war in Korea and Germany.

"It was an enormous mistake for us to try to occupy that country after June of 2003," Gingrich said during a question-and-answer session at the school. "We have to pull back, and we have to recognize it."

April 11, 2006
Calif: Bush approval rating drops to 32 percent
President Bush's approval ratings have continued to reach new lows among California voters, according to a new Field Poll.

The survey found voters' sour mood extended to Congress, which had an even lower approval rating than the president. And those surveyed gave the most pessimistic assessment of the country's general direction than any recorded since 1992.

April 9, 2006
One mistake was having a very weak Secretary of State.

Powell: U.S. made 'serious mistakes' in Iraq
"We made some serious mistakes in the immediate aftermath of the fall of Baghdad," Powell told a crowd of thousands at the McCormick Place conference. "We didn't have enough troops on the ground. We didn't impose our will. And as a result, an insurgency got started, and . . . it got out of control."

April 11, 2006
If the US spent less time killing people and more time helping them we wouldn't be their enemies.

Child Mortality Jumps In Iraqi City
BASRA, Iraq - April 11, 2006 (UPI) -- A European children's charity says the number of child deaths in Basra, Iraq, has risen sharply since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Marie Fernandez, a spokeswoman for Saving Children From War, blamed a shortage of medical supplies and equipment for the higher mortality rates. She said that water-born diseases are becoming increasingly common.

April 11, 2006
Americans wanted "shock and awe" but we don't want to pay for cleaning it up.

For quality of life, Baghdad ranks last in world
BAGHDAD, 11 Apr 2006 (IRIN) - Residents of the capital were not surprised by the results of a recent survey that ranked Baghdad as the worst city in the world in terms of the quality of living.

"We have to admit, this city is getting worse everyday in regard to the quality of life," said Fadia Ibraheem, a senior official at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. "As long as US troops remain, the city will continue to deteriorate."

April 11, 2006
War in the Middle East = Record Oil Prices. Who'd have thought?

Oil prices likely to surge to $100 a barrel
LONDON (Reuters) - An influx of fresh fund buying and geopolitical worries will most likely push oil prices to new record highs soon, analysts said on Tuesday, while the most bullish predicted prices to eventually climb to $100 (57 pounds) a barrel.

April 10, 2006
A better title might be "All the President's Lies"

All the President's Leaks
These arguments merely distract attention from why Fitzgerald's disclosure was so important. When a fuss was kicked up in the fall of 2003 about the leaking of the name of Wilson's wife, former CIA operative Valerie Plame, to the media earlier in the year, the president spoke and acted as if he knew nothing and was incensed that any leaking was going on in his administration.

March 16, 2006
Defense Offical Indicted on Child Porn
According to a press release from U.S. District Court in Alexandria, "Agents seized a computer and over 1,000 CD-ROM disks when they searched Dr. Lynch's office. Child pornography was found in computer file folders titled 'Young.'"

April 10, 2006
Why dropping nukes may not be the best way for President Bush to 'save' Iran - or secure his place in history
But even if this nuclear blitz were successful in destroying Natanz, it could still be futile relative to American aims. For all the Pentagon knows, Natanz may not be essential to Iran's nuclear weapons programme. Retired US Air Force colonel Sam Gardiner told the Washington Post: "We could bomb it, take the political cost and still not set them back." The only certain effects, then, would be increased Iranian radiation levels and an equally horrible non-nuclear fallout of more terrorism and anti-western feeling. The blitz might consolidate Ahmadinejad's position in Iran and make him even less likely to invite Ehud Olmert over for tea than hitherto.

April 10, 2006
Imagine that. The US military is caught lying to us again. Who'd have thought?

Military Plays Up Role of Zarqawi
The U.S. military is conducting a propaganda campaign to magnify the role of the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to internal military documents and officers familiar with the program. The effort has raised his profile in a way that some military intelligence officials believe may have overstated his importance and helped the Bush administration tie the war to the organization responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

April 10, 2006
Conservative Christian is an oxymoron. There's only so much hate you can squeeze out of people in the of Christ.

Christian Coalition Shrinks as Debt Grows
The once-mighty Christian Coalition, founded 17 years ago by the Rev. Pat Robertson as the political fundraising and lobbying engine of the Christian right, is more than $2 million in debt, beset by creditors' lawsuits and struggling to hold on to some of its state chapters.

April 7, 2006
It's so serious, Bush lied to our faces about it.

WSJ ignored Bush's prior denunciations of leaks
* "This is a very serious matter, and our administration takes it seriously. As members of the press corps here know, I have, at times, complained about leaks of security information, whether the leaks be in the legislative branch or in the executive branch. And I take those leaks very seriously." [Bush, referring to the CIA leak case, 10/6/03]

April 9, 2006
Very Good. His praise of the military is a little over the top though.

Why Iraq Was a Mistake
Flaws in our civilians are one thing; the failure of the Pentagon's military leaders is quite another. Those are men who know the hard consequences of war but, with few exceptions, acted timidly when their voices urgently needed to be heard. When they knew the plan was flawed, saw intelligence distorted to justify a rationale for war, or witnessed arrogant micromanagement that at times crippled the military's effectiveness, many leaders who wore the uniform chose inaction. A few of the most senior officers actually supported the logic for war. Others were simply intimidated, while still others must have believed that the principle of obedience does not allow for respectful dissent. The consequence of the military's quiescence was that a fundamentally flawed plan was executed for an invented war, while pursuing the real enemy, al-Qaeda, became a secondary effort.

So what is to be done? We need fresh ideas and fresh faces. That means, as a first step, replacing Rumsfeld and many others unwilling to fundamentally change their approach. The troops in the Middle East have performed their duty. Now we need people in Washington who can construct a unified strategy worthy of them. It is time to send a signal to our nation, our forces and the world that we are uncompromising on our security but are prepared to rethink how we achieve it. It is time for senior military leaders to discard caution in expressing their views and ensure that the President hears them clearly. And that we won't be fooled again.

April 10, 2006
The Washington Post Editorial Board is not only poorly informed but it lies. For this alone, everyone on the board should be fired.s

'The Washington Post': At War With Itself
The editorial page, a co-producer and then staunch defender of the war in Iraq, declared in a headline on Sunday that the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) info "Scooter" Libby gave to reporters in 2003 was in reality "A Good Leak." The White House was not out to punish Ambassador Joe Wilson for raising doubts about pre-war intelligence; in fact, Wilson is the bad guy in this story for making false claims. Bush, in a sense, is the hero, for instantly declassifying the key NIE document--he was only out to inform the public. Now the poor guy, the Post complains, is the target of "hyperbolic charges of misconduct and hypocrisy" from the Democrats.

As often the case in Post editorials related to Iraq, reporting in the newspaper proves that much of the above is pure hogwash. This reality checking usually doesn't happen the very same day, however.

April 10, 2006
An Impeachable Offense
Intelligence was leaked to hurt Wilson and the leak was a known lie.

Bush declassified to hurt Wilson
WASHINGTON, April 9 — A senior administration official confirmed for the first time on Sunday that President Bush had ordered the declassification of parts of a prewar intelligence report on Iraq in an effort to rebut critics who said the administration had exaggerated the nuclear threat posed by Saddam Hussein.

April 9, 2006
Impeachment clock moved several minutes closer to midnight
The national impeachment clock moved several minutes closer to midnight this week, with word from special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's Plamegate investigation that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's leaking of classified information to New York Times reporter Judy Miller and other journalists was approved by President George Bush himself.

What makes this latest revelation important is that if Libby's claim is correct, it means the president has lied about his role, both to Fitzgerald's federal investigators, and to the American people. The former act--lying to a federal agent--could be a federal crime even though the president was not under oath. The latter--lying to the American people--was voted out of the House Judiciary Committee as an impeachable offense in the case of President Richard Nixon, and was one of the counts approved by the full House of Representatives against President Bill Clinton. While not a statutory crime, Congress has long held that lying to the public can be a "high crime" meriting of impeachment under the Constitution.

April 9, 2006
An Impeachable Offense

Iraq Findings Leaked by Cheney's Aide Were Disputed
Mr. Fitzgerald, in his filing, said that Mr. Libby had been authorized to tell Judith Miller, then a reporter for The New York Times, on July 8, 2003, that a key finding of the 2002 intelligence estimate on Iraq was that Baghdad had been vigorously seeking to acquire uranium from Africa.

But a week earlier, in an interview in his State Department office, Mr. Powell told three other reporters for The Times that intelligence agencies had essentially rejected that contention, and were "no longer carrying it as a credible item" by early 2003, when he was preparing to make the case against Iraq at the United Nations.

April 17, 2006 (issue)
The easiest way to keep record high oil prices is to go to war in the Middle East. NEVER forget this.

Going nuclear against Iran
He went on, "Nuclear planners go through extensive training and learn the technical details of damage and fallout—we're talking about mushroom clouds, radiation, mass casualties, and contamination over years. This is not an underground nuclear test, where all you see is the earth raised a little bit. These politicians don't have a clue, and whenever anybody tries to get it out"—remove the nuclear option—"they're shouted down."

The attention given to the nuclear option has created serious misgivings inside the offices of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he added, and some officers have talked about resigning. Late this winter, the Joint Chiefs of Staff sought to remove the nuclear option from the evolving war plans for Iran—without success, the former intelligence official said. "The White House said, 'Why are you challenging this? The option came from you.' "

April 8, 2006
Kerry's Slashing Attack of Bush
"The Bush administration is wondering when Iraq will have a functioning government. I want to know when we're going to have a functioning government," Mr. Kerry said, according to a transcript of his remarks.

April 9, 2006
Bush is either lying about declassifing intelligence or he lied about not knowing who leaked the intelligence (he did). Specter should grow a ball and then a brain.

Senator Asks Bush, Cheney for Explanation
"There's been enough of a showing that the president of the United States owes a specific explanation to the American people ... about exactly what he did," Specter said.

April 6, 2006
Cool tid bit: A new ocean is being formed in Africa. Check it out.

Climate Researchers Feeling Heat From White House
Employees and contractors working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with a U.S. Geological Survey scientist working at an NOAA lab, said in interviews that over the past year administration officials have chastised them for speaking on policy questions; removed references to global warming from their reports, news releases and conference Web sites; investigated news leaks; and sometimes urged them to stop speaking to the media altogether. Their accounts indicate that the ideological battle over climate-change research, which first came to light at NASA, is being fought in other federal science agencies as well.

April 6, 2006
Television news stations caught reporting fake news
Many television news stations, including some from the nation's largest markets, are continuing to broadcast reports as news without disclosing that the segments were produced by corporations pitching new products, according to a report to be released today by a group that monitors the news media.

April 9, 2006
Impeachable Offenses

In ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST GEORGE W. BUSH, the experts at one of our nation's leading institutions of constitutional scholarship, the Center for Constitutional Rights, set out the legal arguments for impeachment in a clear, concise, and objective discussion. In four separate articles of impeachment detailing four separate charges –warrantless surveillance, misleading Congress on the reasons for the Iraq war, violating laws against torture, and subverting the Constitution's separation of powers – it is, say the CCR attorneys, a case of black letter law, with abundant evidence.

April 6, 2006
Evolution may be banned in some schools but science marches on.

Missing link found: This fish had arms
Say hello to our most bizarre ancestor — a part crocodile, part seal-like fish that was able to take the first baby steps on to land roughly 380 million years ago.

The discovery, 1,400 kilometres above the Arctic Circle, of fossilized skeletons of a creature dubbed Tiktaalik roseae is seen as filling a missing evolutionary link between fish and the first land animals.

April 7, 2006
CIA Leak Judge Says No to Secret Arguments
U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said Wednesday the government may in some instances present the court the actual classified information that Libby wants for his defense without letting the defendant and his lawyers see it, or the government's arguments for withholding it.

April 6, 2006
An Impeachable Offense - Bush lied.
If Bush declassified this intelligence, then there was no leak. So why did he lie?

Bush Authorized Leak
Dick Cheney authorized Cheney's top aide to launch a counterattack of leaks against administration critics on Iraq by feeding intelligence information to reporters, according to court papers citing the aide's testimony in the CIA leak case.

April 7, 2006
An Impeachable Offense
Republicans finally see what we see - a tyrant.

White House won't rule out domestic spying
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told lawmakers Thursday that warrantless spying on purely domestic phone calls between Americans on U.S. soil is an option in the war against terror.

"I'm not going to rule it out," he said in a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.

The testimony caused alarm among some lawmakers.

"How can you not rule that out?" Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said later. "I think it's a stretch to assume we gave them the authority" to conduct warrantless surveillance of international phone calls. But it's unreasonable, he said, "that they would feel they have the authority to do domestic surveillance."

April 6, 2006
An Impeachable Offense
Clinton Impeachment: "..he unlawfully attempted to prevent the judicial (congressional) branch of government -- a co-equal branch from performing its constitutional duty to administer equal justice (oversight) under law.

Chairman Criticized Gonzales for 'Stonewalling'
WASHINGTON — The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee pointedly criticized Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Thursday for "stonewalling" by refusing to answer questions about the Bush administration's warrantless eavesdropping program.

Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., said Gonzales was frustrating his panel's oversight of the Justice Department and the controversial surveillance by declining to provide information about how the program is reviewed inside the administration and by whom.

April 5, 2006
Kerry: A Plan for getting out of Iraq.
We are now in the third war in Iraq in as many years. The first was against Saddam Hussein and his supposed weapons of mass destruction. The second was against terrorists whom, the administration said, it was better to fight over there than here. Now we find our troops in the middle of an escalating civil war.

Iraqi politicians should be told that they have until May 15 to put together an effective unity government or we will immediately withdraw our military. If Iraqis aren't willing to build a unity government in the five months since the election, they're probably not willing to build one at all. The civil war will only get worse, and we will have no choice anyway but to leave.

April 4, 2006
An Impeachable Offense
It's against US law to send someone to a country where they will be torture.

Amnesty report claims CIA used private flights to hide terror rendition
The report includes a lengthy account drawn upon the only public testimony of detainees held at "black sites," that of three Yemeni nationals who "disappeared" in U.S. custody for more than eighteen months but were never charged with any terrorism-related offenders.

"During their 'disappearance,' the three men were kept in at least four different secret facilities, likely to have been in at least three different countries, judging by the length of their transfer flights and other information they have been able to provide," the report states. "Although not conclusive, the evidence suggests that they were held at various times in Djibouti, Afghanistan and Eastern Europe."

April 5, 2006
The GOP still has a lot of time to get Americans to believe things that are not true.

Republicans may be in path of political 'hurricane'
"We know that there's a hurricane coming, and it's going to hit the Republicans in November," says Charlie Cook of the non-partisan Cook Political Report. "We're just trying to figure out how big this thing is."

April 5, 2006
Has the GOP stood for anything but empty rhetoric - balanced budgets?

Democrats united. GOP divided
The conventional wisdom in Washington in recent years has been that Republicans are more unified and disciplined and have better-articulated ideas than Democrats, who are often at war with one another and questioning their leadership. But lately the Democrats, looking to create a campaign platform for 2006, have put out some ideas that their famously fractured party largely agrees on. Earlier this year, they released a plan to reform lobbying following the scandals of Jack Abramoff. Last week's security ideas were hardly earth-shattering: increasing inspection of goods coming through U.S. ports, doubling the number of Special Forces troops, pushing Iraq toward full sovereignty by the end of this year, and increasing efforts to make the U.S. less dependent on foreign oil. Some Democrats, like Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha, have called for more aggressive steps, like the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. But Democrats seem to broadly agree on the security issues that hurt them in 2002 and 2004.

April 2, 2006
An Impeachable Offense

CIA wanted informers. Held Three Arabs since Nov. 2002
When they arrived on Nov. 8, they were detained by Gambian and U.S. intelligence operatives, who interrogated them again, this time for a month, British and U.S. documents show. Then two of the men, Bisher al-Rawi and Jamil el-Banna, disappeared into the netherworld of the U.S. government's battle against terrorism, taken first to a prison in Afghanistan, then to the Naval detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The primary purpose of this elaborate operation, documents and interviews suggest, was not to neutralize a pair of potential terrorists -- authorities have offered no evidence that they were planning attacks -- but to turn them into informers.

April 3, 2006
Buckley Calls Clinton a Contender to Be President
April 3 (Bloomberg) -- William F. Buckley Jr., the longtime conservative writer and leader, said that while a strong Republican candidate for the 2008 presidential race has yet to emerge, the Democrats have in Senator Hillary Clinton a true contender to become the first woman elected U.S. president.

April 5, 2006
An Impeachable Offense
A 15-year old boy fighting in a declared war is not a terrorist. He's a POW and as such is protected by the Geneva Conventions protection.

15-year old Canadian, one of only 10 so-called terrorists charged
GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - A Canadian teen charged with killing a U.S. Army medic in Afghanistan told a Guantanamo war crimes tribunal on Wednesday that he was being unfairly punished and would no longer participate.

Khadr is charged with conspiring to commit war crimes and with murdering U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer with a grenade during a firefight at a suspected al Qaeda compound in Afghanistan in 2002.

April 5, 2006
The war was never about democracy. It's about keeping oil prices as high as possible for as long as possible. Prior to war OPEC was begging for $25 a barrel oil. Today, it's almost $70 a barrel.

Democracy In Iraq Not A Priority in U.S. Budget
While President Bush vows to transform Iraq into a beacon of democracy in the Middle East, his administration has been scaling back funding for the main organizations trying to carry out his vision by building democratic institutions such as political parties and civil society groups.

April 3, 2006
Many news organizations banned anti war and anti Bush ads prior to war. There is a vast right wing conspiracy - ant it's displays its prejudice against the truth daily.

2 NBC TV Stations Reject Move-On Ads
WASHINGTON -- A liberal activist group's $1.3 million ad campaign criticizing four Republican House members for voting in support of "energy and big oil companies" was rejected Monday by NBC stations in Columbus, Ohio and Hartford, Conn.

April 5, 2006
No one can spend more than a fiscal conservative. If republicans are re-elected it'll prove once and for all that conservatives want more pork.

Annual Report on 'pork,' Finds Bills Are Meatier Than Ever
Lots of earmarks qualify under either criterion. Consider a $1 million water-free urinal conservation initiative obtained by Rep. Vernon Ehlers, R-Mich., or a $500,000 grant for the Arctic Winter Games in Alaska, slipped into a Pentagon spending bill by GOP Sen. Ted Stevens.

April 4, 2006
As usual, liberals were right while every single conservative pundit was wrong.

Right wing war hubris
"The only people who think this wasn't a victory are Upper West Side liberals, and a few people here in Washington." (Charles Krauthammer, "Inside Washington," 4/19/03)

"Well, the hot story of the week is victory. The Tommy Franks-Don Rumsfeld battle plan, war plan, worked brilliantly, a three-week war with mercifully few American deaths or Iraqi civilian deaths. There is a lot of work yet to do, but all the naysayers have been humiliated so far. The final word on this is hooray." (Morton Kondracke, Fox News, 4/12/03)

"This has been a tough war for commentators on the American left. ... Liberal writers for ideologically driven magazines like The Nation and for less overtly political ones like The New Yorker did not predict a defeat, but the terrible consequences many warned of have not happened. Now liberal commentators must address the victory at hand and confront an ascendant conservative juggernaut that asserts U.S. might can set the world right." (New York Times reporter David Carr, 4/16/03)

April 3, 2006
Bad week for government pedophiles.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer pleads no contest to exposing himself to a 16-year-old girl
One of Florida's top federal cops pleaded no contest Wednesday to exposing himself to a 16-year-old girl last year in Orlando at the Mall at Millenia.

The plea by Frank Figueroa, who ran U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations in Central and North Florida, keeps him from standing trial today in the Orange County Courthouse.

April 6, 2006
Really, really bad week for government pedophiles. FBI screwed up too. Lousy background checks.

Homeland Security Deputy Sec. Arrest Prompts House Probe
The arrest of a Department of Homeland Security deputy press secretary on charges that he used a computer to seduce and send pornography to a child has triggered a congressional inquiry into hiring practices and security clearance policies at the department.

Brian J. Doyle was chatting online with Polk County, Fla., detectives Tuesday night when investigators arrived at his Silver Spring house with an arrest warrant. He thought he was corresponding online with a 14-year-old cancer survivor, Florida police said.

April 4, 2006
The defining moment of the democrat party and they let it slip away. Will they ever take a risk and stand up for something -ANYTHING?

Leaving Feingold to Hang Out to Dry Is Asinine
Democratic leaders need to embrace the obvious and vote to say, "Mr. President, whether you like it or not you live in a democracy." The president of a democracy is not only not above the law, but he, more than any other citizen in the democracy, needs to uphold the law.

April 6, 2006
Mass. May Make Health Insurance Mandatory
BOSTON — Lawmakers have approved a sweeping health care reform package that dramatically expands coverage for the state's uninsured, a bill that backers hope will become a model for the rest of the nation.

The plan would use a combination of financial incentives and penalties to expand access to health care over the next three years and extend coverage to the state's estimated 500,000 uninsured.

April 4, 2006
The US caused the first round of insurgency in Iraq. Then Bush didn't stop police and military death squads and all hell broke loose.

Iraq much worse off than before we "liberated" it
Four years ago, Iraqis enjoyed electricity in most of their homes, walked the streets of Baghdad without fear and, as long as they stayed out of the crosshairs of Saddam Hussein's campaign of terror, led relatively normal lives. More Americans, per capita, died from crime on our streets than from crime in Iraq.

Not so today. Fewer homes in Iraq have electrical power now than before the U.S. invasion in 2003. Iraqi civilians die on city streets daily, victims of a growing war between the occupying forces of the United States and the insurgents who are much better at waging war than American soldiers.

April 4, 2006
The GOP party line is Americans are too lazy to work hard and play by the rules. They argue we need illegal immigrants. Pay Americans a decent wage and we'll take ANY job.

Sen. John McCain Threatens to End Speech After Being Booed by Union Leaders on Immigration
Later, the senator outlined his position on the Senate immigration debate, saying tougher border enforcement must be accompanied by guest-worker provisions that give illegal immigrants a legal path toward citizenship.

Murmurs from the crowd turned to booing. "Pay a decent wage!" one audience member shouted.

"I've heard that statement before," McCain said before threatening to leave.

April 5, 2006
A leader is born. Equality for all Americans is as American as it gets. Regardless of what you think of this issue, Feingold has what it takes - he's moral.

Feingold Backs Legalizing Same-Sex Marriages
Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.), a prospective 2008 presidential candidate, said yesterday that he thinks bans on same-sex marriages have no place in the nation's laws.

April 4, 2006
Arab nations plan for Iraq civil war
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Top intelligence officers from several Arab countries and Turkey have been meeting secretly to coordinate strategies in case civil war erupts in Iraq and in an attempt to block Iran's interference in the war-torn nation, Arab diplomats said Tuesday.

April 5, 2006
The Bush debt represents a $2.6 trillion dollar future tax increase. Calling future taxes (deficits) tax cuts is ridiculous.

Big Gain for Rich Seen in Tax Cuts for Investments
The first data to document the effect of President Bush's tax cuts for investment income show that they have significantly lowered the tax burden on the richest Americans, reducing taxes on incomes of more than $10 million by an average of about $500,000.

April 5, 2006
Bush poll in Conn. 25% approval.

Bush Visit to Conn. Delights Democrats
Democrats are eager for President Bush to appear in Connecticut today, visualizing his embrace with Rep. Christopher Shays as just the picture they need to defeat the veteran congressman.

He has not backed away from his support of Bush, whose statewide University of Connecticut approval rating in late January was 25 percent.

April 3, 2006
An Impeachable Offense

9/11 Detainees in New Jersey Say They Were Abused With Dogs
Until now, lawsuits brought by former detainees against top American officials have focused attention on the maximum security unit of a federal detention center in Brooklyn where the Justice Department's inspector general found widespread abuse. But today in Toronto, as Mr. Sachdeva, a Canadian citizen born in India, gives his first deposition for the class-action lawsuit, the spotlight will shift to the New Jersey jail.

April 3, 2006
After years of cover-up, they're finally releasing some files. Ho-hum!

In reversal, US opts to release Guantanamo files
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After four years of resisting disclosure of information on Guantanamo detainees, the Pentagon changed course on Monday and voluntarily released about 2,600 pages of documents relating to numerous prisoners.

April 3, 2006
Need a reason to vote against every republican in office? Here it is.

Growth in federal spending unchecked
The federal government is currently spending 20.8 cents of every $1 the economy generates, up from 18.5 cents in 2001, White House budget documents show. That's the most rapid growth during one administration since Franklin Roosevelt.

"You take anything, and we've grown it big," says Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a leading critic of the spending spurt. "When you're in control of the presidency and both houses of Congress, there's just no stop on it. There's no brake."

April 3, 2006
A pile of crap. The GOP has always been the party of Big Government and Record Deficits.

How federal spending has climbed since 2001
President Bush and the Republican-led Congress have increased spending substantially since Bush took office in 2001. In those five years, spending has risen faster than at any time since the Vietnam War. Here are eight of the ways that happened:

April 4, 2006

If the Chinese stop buying Bus's debt, we're screwed.
Chinese parliament official calls for cut in US debt holdings
HONG KONG (AFP) - China should stop buying US debt and gradually cut its holdings of US government bonds, a senior Chinese parliament official said according to a newspaper report.

China held 256.7 billion dollars worth of US treasury debt as of the end of last year, making it the second largest holder.

April 3-9, 2006 issue
How many criminals does it take to run this White House?

Libby says Powell, Armitage and Grossman were source for Plame Leak
Attorneys for former Vice President Chief of Staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby say one of three senior State Department officials was the source of a leak that exposed CIA agent Valerie Plame.

They say the officials are: former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and then-Undersecretary of State Marc Grossman.

March 31, 2006
There are so few real reporters left. Thank God we still have one or two.

After grilling Bush, Helen Thomas gets thousands of flowers
By the time the Federal Express delivery was complete, there were 108 dozen roses, nearly 1,300 in every color. They were the result of an e-mail campaign to show support for Hearst columnist Helen Thomas after she grilled President Bush about his Iraq policy at last week's White House news conference.

"It sure beats the brickbats," she said, referring to hundreds of vitriolic e-mails she's received since last week's encounter with Bush. "Some of them attack you ad hominem and call you a traitor and ask if you've ever been to Iraq," she said. "I think it's the frustration of those who are angry with me and take it out in e-mail. I think there should be a logical debate, but maybe that's not possible during an ongoing war."

Thomas shared her roses with Hearst bureau chief Chuck Lewis and other colleagues and sent the bulk of them to wounded military personnel at Walter Reed Army Hospital.

March 27, 2006
Support for Censure dropped from 52% to 41% because democrats are more interested in power than protecting the Constitution.

41% support censure for misleading country on Iraq
[575 Respondents]
Q.70 (SPLIT B) Now I'd like you to imagine that a United States senator introduced a resolution to censure the President for misleading the country on going to war in Iraq. Do you support or oppose this resolution to censure the President?

Strongly support.............29
Somewhat support.........12
Somewhat oppose..........16
Strongly oppose.............40
(Don't know/refused).......4

Total support................41
Total oppose.................56

Support - Oppose.........-15

March 27, 2006
41% support censure for wiretapping
Strongly support.............29
Somewhat support.........12
Somewhat oppose..........16
Strongly oppose.............40
(Don't know/refused).......4

Total support................41
Total oppose.................56

Support - Oppose.........-15

April 3, 2006
A few good men (and women) still know how to govern, but it's getting harder and harder to find them.

Boxer, Harkin cosponsor censure resolution
Besides Senator Feingold, only two Democratic senators - ranking member Patrick Leahy of Vermont and fellow Wisconsinite Herb Kohl - showed up at Friday's hearing to examine the case for censure. Just two Democrats, Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Tom Harkin of Iowa, have signed on as cosponsors.

April 3, 2006
This Supreme Court is useless. At a minimum they should have bitch-slapped Bush for changing the charges after years of captivity without a lawyer.

Supreme Court Let's Bush Get Away With Violating Constitution
Padilla was arrested in 2002 after a trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan. The government alleged that he had returned to detonate a radiological "dirty bomb" in the United States.