Impeach Bush--Index 33

September 8, 2006
An Impeachable Offense

Behind the scenes as U.S. empties CIA's secret prison sites
Shackled and hooded, 14 men in secret CIA custody were gathered one by one from locations across the world last weekend and flown to a rallying point to await one more flight. For some of the prisoners, it was their third or fourth journey to yet another unknown destination since President Bush approved a covert plan for them to disappear into CIA facilities hidden throughout Eastern Europe and Asia.

September 7, 2006
Caldwell should be fired.

Gen. Caldwell Lie: murders didn't decline by 52 percent
On Thursday, for instance, Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, the military's top spokesman, wrote on a military Web site that since Aug. 7, murders in Baghdad had declined by 52 percent compared with the daily rate in July.

In finding a 52 percent reduction, the military counted only murders of individuals "targeted as a result of sectarian-related violence," including executions, said Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a spokesman for the American military here. Killings from other violent acts, like car bombings and mortar attacks, were not counted, he said.

September 4, 2006
65% of republicans believe fiction - they still think Saddam was involved in 911.

ABC Docudrama Sparks 9/11 Spat
So when the post-screening question-and-answer session began, Ben-Veniste stood to say that the Berger-bashing scene didn't square with the research he and the other commissioners conducted. "There was no incident like that in the film that we came across. I am disturbed by that aspect of it," Ben-Veniste, a loyal Democrat, told the panel, which included both the producer and the commission's GOP chairman, former Gov. Thomas H. Kean of New Jersey.

Berger, reached by phone after the screening, seconded Ben-Veniste's criticism. "It's a total fabrication," he said tersely. "It did not happen."

September 5, 2006
The rot within the GOP is systemic.

Arizona Republicans Attack Republican Congressional Committee
On Tuesday, Huffman's four GOP opponents took the unusual step of holding a joint news conference and delivering a message to the National Republican Congressional Committee.

"Stay the hell out of southern Arizona," said Mike Hellon, one of the candidates and a former state party chairman, in an interview following the news conference.

September 6, 2006
Oil company CEOs made $32 million in 2005, but the problem is labor?

Unit labor costs up 5% in past year, at a 16-year high
Higher unit labor costs could fuel inflationary pressures as firms struggle to recover their labor costs, and that could push the Federal Reserve to resume raising interest rates.

Unit labor costs -- the cost of the labor needed to produce one unit of output -- had been subdued in the past few years, but now workers are capturing more of their share of the productivity bonanza

September 5, 2006
The Taliban control half the country.

Opium war jeopardizing Afghan future
The highly critical study of the five years since the US-led invasion found that Afghans are starving to death despite international donor pledges and that the foreign military presence was "fuelling resentment and fear" among the local population.

The report concluded that poverty was driving people to support the Taliban which now had a "strong psychological and de facto military control" over half of Afghanistan. It also found that the international military coalitions in Afghanistan - the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom and the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) - were fuelling resentment and fear.

September 5, 2006
Florida Voting Problems (again)
The investigators compared the vote totals recorded on the machines after this year's primary with the paper records produced by the machines. The numbers should have been the same, but often there were large and unexplained discrepancies. The report also found that nearly 10 percent of the paper records were destroyed, blank, illegible, or otherwise compromised.

September 7, 2006
Redo it so it's true to the 9/11 Report or call it fiction.

Controversy Over 9/11 Film Hits Press -- Here's Preview
At least three real-life figures portrayed in the movie (Richard Clarke, Madeline Albright and Sandy Berger) have raised factual objections.

The attention on Clinton's culpability arrives about halfway through Part I, following the successful prosecution of several men involved in the 1993 WTC bombing. Keitel, an FBI security expert and clearly a tough-guy hero in this story, mentions Osama bin Laden (or "the tall one") for the first time. Richard Clarke, the White House terrorism expert and another sage in this story, agrees "we're at war."

August 30, 2006
Preach, not govern.

Bush Role of Government: "Save Souls"
I believe government has an obligation to open its coffers for competitive bidding to faith-based and community-based groups in order to make sure America -- America's souls are saved one person at a time.

August 21, 2006
Indoctrinate, not educate.

Rep. Norwood : "What I wanted was witnesses who agree with me"
At a field hearing Tuesday in Gainesville, Ga., Rep. Charles Whitlow Norwood Jr. (R-Ga.) brushed off complaints by those who wanted a more balanced witness list. "What I wanted was witnesses who agree with me, not disagree with me," he told reporters.

September 5, 2006
American soldiers died so Afghanistan could produce opium.

Bush's failures allowed Taliban to rebuild
President George W. Bush's decision to divert troops from their mission dismantling the Taliban in Afghanistan and redeploy them for his invasion of Iraq has allowed the terrorist organization to regroup to the point that it is more powerful than before the September 11, 2001, attacks five years ago.

Sept. 5-11, 2006
Lieberman believes in war for no reason. Enough said.

GOP secretly channeled millions to Lieberman
The White House funneled millions of dollars through major Republican Party contributors to Sen. Joseph Lieberman's primary campaign in a failed effort to ensure the support of the former Democrat for the Bush administration.

A senior GOP source said the money was part of Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove's strategy to maintain a Republican majority in the Senate in November. The source said Mr. Rove, together with Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, directed leading pro-Bush contributors to donate millions of dollars to Mr. Lieberman's campaign for re-election in Connecticut in an attempt that he would be a "Republican-leaning" senator.

September 2, 2006
Bush 'Assassination' Film Makes Waves Across the Pond
LONDON, Sept. 1 -- Nearly every British newspaper on Friday carried photos of the "assassination" of President Bush -- or, rather, the eerily realistic depiction of it from a new documentary-style television film that is causing an uproar in Britain.

The film, "Death of a President," has been alternatively derided as a tasteless publicity grab and defended as a serious look at a plausible event that could have dramatic ramifications for the world.

"It's a disturbing film," said Peter Dale, head of More4, the television channel that will telecast the film in England in October. It is scheduled to debut this month -- on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks -- at the Toronto Film Festival.

"You will never, ever be able to overestimate the degree to which the British people loathe George Bush," Liddle said. "It will be a free round of drinks in every pub for the person who plays the assassin."

September 3, 2006
Why is everyone in the Bush White House using the word 'fascist?' Because they're in trouble and it's time to make things up again.

40 GOP Districts Counted as Vulnerable
Over the summer, the political battlefield has expanded well beyond the roughly 20 GOP House seats originally thought to be vulnerable. Now some Republicans concede there may be almost twice as many districts from which Democrats could wrest the 15 additional seats they need to take control.

September 3, 2006
Afghanistan Opium Cultivation Skyrockets
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan's world-leading opium cultivation rose a "staggering" 59 percent this year, the U.N. anti-drugs chief announced Saturday in urging the government to crack down on big traffickers and remove corrupt officials and police.

The record crop yielded 6,100 tons of opium, or enough to make 610 tons of heroin -- outstripping the demand of the world's heroin users by a third, according to U.N. figures.

September 11, 2006 issue
The last NIE report on Iraq was two years ago. Good grief, the entire intelligence aparatice has to overhauled.

Iraq: A Sweeping, Secret New Report
Sept. 11, 2006 issue - Bush administration policymakers and their congressional backers may get some unwelcome news from a new analysis on Iraq that the office of intelligence czar John Negroponte will soon produce. In late July, leading Senate Democrats asked Negroponte to come up with a new Iraq National Intelligence Estimate, or NIE, a secret study that is supposed to reflect the views of all 16 U.S. intel agencies. The most recent Iraq NIE, produced two years ago, was generally pessimistic about the future of the country. In a letter to Negroponte, the Senate Dems asked for U.S. analysts' best assessment on a sheaf of awkward issues, including: Is Iraq in a civil war o

September 3, 2006
Some people thought the GOP stood for things, but in reality they just make things up.

There is desperation in the air
You know the White House is getting nervous when the president of the United States starts dropping the "f-bomb."

And not just him. We've heard it from Vice President Dick Cheney and from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, among others. So there's not much doubt that this is part of a plan. Few administrations have perfected the notion of a drumbeat better than those in Bush 43.

It's not every day, you know, when you come face to face with the threat of a fascist.

September 4, 2006
Education Secretary: Labor Unions are terrorists
U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige labeled one "a terrorist organization." Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, called them "a clear and present danger to the security of the United States." And U.S. Rep. Charles Norwood, R-Ga., claimed they employ "tyranny that Americans are fighting and dying to defeat in Iraq and Afghanistan" and are thus "enemies of freedom and democracy," who show "why we still need the Second Amendment" to defend ourselves with firearms.

Who are these supposed threats to America? No, not Osama bin Laden followers, but labor unions made up of millions of workers -- janitors, teachers, firefighters, police officers, you name it.

September 4, 2006
'Little America' is the epicenter of a Taliban resurgence
Today, Little America is the epicenter of a Taliban resurgence and an explosion in drug cultivation that has claimed the lives of 106 American and NATO soldiers this year and doubled American casualty rates countrywide. Across Afghanistan, roadside bomb attacks are up by 30 percent; suicide bombings have doubled. Statistically it is now nearly as dangerous to serve as an American soldier in Afghanistan as it is in Iraq.

September 3, 2006
Donald Rumsfeld's Dance With the Nazis
Here's how brazen Mr. Rumsfeld was when he invoked Hitler's appeasers to score his cheap points: Since Hitler was photographed warmly shaking Neville Chamberlain's hand at Munich in 1938, the only image that comes close to matching it in epochal obsequiousness is the December 1983 photograph of Mr. Rumsfeld himself in Baghdad, warmly shaking the hand of Saddam Hussein in full fascist regalia. Is the defense secretary so self-deluded that he thought no one would remember a picture so easily Googled on the Web? Or worse, is he just too shameless to care?

September 3, 2006
The military actively recruits poor people. Why? Is it because the middle class and rich don't support this war?

Immigrant and Minorities pay heavy toll in Iraq
"An analysis of the location of the Armed Forces' 26 recruitment centers in the city, listed in their Web page, show that most are located in the poorest neighborhoods."

Three of the five recruitment centers in the Bronx are in the South Bronx; six of eight in Brooklyn are in Crown Heights, Flatbush, East Flatbush, Fort Green, East New York and Greenpoint, and the four in Queens are in the immigrant neighborhoods of Elmhurst, Flushing, Jamaica and Long Island City. In Manhattan, three of six centers are in Hispanic and black areas.

In Morris Heights, in the South Bronx, 58 people joined one of the three branches in 2004.

"Yet, in the upper East Side, the richest neighborhood in the city, which is 77% white and has a per-capita income of $67,010, only seven people enlisted in 2004," Sanchis said. Not one center is located in this area.

September 4, 2006
Still not sure humans are causing global warming? You will be after reading this article.

800,000 Year Old Ice Core Evidence of CO2
Bubbles of air in the 800,000-year-old ice, drilled in the Antarctic, show levels of CO2 changing with the climate. But the present levels are out of the previous range.

"It is from air bubbles that we know for sure that carbon dioxide has increased by about 35 percent in the last 200 years," said Dr Eric Wolff of the British Antarctic Survey and the leader of the science team for the 10-nation European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica.

September 3, 2006
For some people, censoring the truth is the only way they can make it through the day. Sanitize everything so they won't be offended.

Some stations want cursing out of '9/11'
NEW YORK - Broadcasters say the hesitancy of some CBS affiliates to air a powerful Sept. 11 documentary next week proves there's been a chilling effect on the First Amendment since federal regulators boosted penalties for television obscenities after Janet Jackson's breast was exposed at a Super Bowl halftime show.

September 5, 2006
Sounds a lot like Bush's America. Tax the middle class and give the rich a tax cut.

Britain 'more corrupt than many African countries'
He said there is a "class of super-rich" who hold their wealth in offshore tax havens like Jersey, Monaco, Switzerland or the Cayman Islands. "They live more or less where they choose and their main preoccupation lies with staying rich."

The attack comes as the country's 29 million workers are paying huge amounts of tax, having over more than £130 billion in income tax in the last tax year.

August 31, 2006
IMO, Israel should be required to pay for all the damage. That way they'd think twice before they invade and kill over a thousand innocent civilians.

Israeli bombing 'wiped out 15 years of progress in Lebanon'
Lebanon's prime minister has said his country needs help from the world after Israeli bombing wiped out "15 years of postwar development" in a month of fighting with Hizbollah guerrillas.

About 60 governments and aid organizations are meeting in Stockholm hoping to raise £262 million ($500 million) to help Lebanon rebuild roads, bridges and homes left shattered by the war.

August 31, 2006
Israel suffered a military and moral loss. The US media and government celebrated their loss of morality.

Israel accused of immoral use of cluster bombs
Jan Egeland, the UN emergency relief coordinator, has accused Israel of immoral use of deadly cluster bombs during Lebanon conflict. Egeland says nearly all the cluster bombs were used by Israel in the last three days of the conflict.

International law bans the use of such weapons in civilian areas. Unexploded bomblets from Israeli cluster shells made in the United States now litter parts of Lebanon after the conflict with Hizbollah guerrillas.

August 31, 2006
Something is seriously wrong with the Marine Corps.

Two US marines charged with murdering an Iraqi civilian
TWO US marines charged with murdering an Iraqi civilian appeared today at preliminary hearings before a military tribunal at a Marines Corps base in southern California.

Corporal Marshall Magincalda, 23, and Private First Class John Jokda, 20, are charged with killing Hashim Ibrahim Awad on April 26 in Hamdania, north of Baghdad, then altering the crime scene to make it appear the victim was an insurgent ready to plant a bomb.

August 30, 2006
Rumsfeld and Nazism
Democrats Take Fire at Rumsfeld for Comparing Criticism of Iraq War to Appeasing Nazi Germany.

Several members of Congress had been urging Rumsfeld's to resign long before he asserted to the American Legion on Tuesday that war opponents displayed the kind of thinking that delayed military action against Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany.

August 30, 2006
When Bush went to war in the Middle East he knew it would raise gas prices to record levels. That's why he refuses to leave Iraq.

Oil Company CEO Pay Averaged $32.7 Million in 2005
Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Rising prices and profits translated into pay packages for oil company chief executive officers that are nearly three times the size of similarly sized businesses, a new study from two watchdog groups said.

In 2005, the CEOs of the largest 15 oil companies averaged $32.7 million in compensation, compared with $11.6 million for all large U.S. firms, according to the study, released today by the Institute for Policy Studies and United for a Fair Economy.

August 29, 2006
It looks like Charlton Heston is also a racist. This stands to reason since he left the Democrat Party during the Civil Rights movement (along with Reagan and Gingrich).

Beyond Macaca: The Photograph That Haunts George Allen
Only a decade ago, as governor of Virginia, Allen personally initiated an association with the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), the successor organization to the segregationist White Citizens Council and among the largest white supremacist groups.

After speaking with CCC founder and former White Citizens Council organizer Gordon Lee Baum and two of his cohorts, Allen suggested that they pose for a photograph with then-National Rifle Association spokesman and actor Charlton Heston. The photo appeared in the Summer 1996 issue of the CCC's newsletter, the Citizens Informer.

August 29, 2006
An Impeachable Offense
Bush continues to hire and keep in office known criminals.

Inquiry Criticizes U.S. Broadcasting Official Over Hiring
r. Tomlinson, whose job puts him in charge of the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, used his government office for personal business, including running a "horse racing operation" in which he supervised a stable of thoroughbreds he named after leaders from Afghanistan, including President Hamid Karzai and the late Ahmed Shah Massoud, that have raced at tracks across the United States. They also said that Mr. Tomlinson repeatedly used government employees to do his personal errands and that he billed the government for more days of work than the rules permit.

Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2006
God knows the GOP can't win wars so let them fight each other (the weak fighting the weak).

GOP At War With Itself
The two wings are so far apart that party strategists no longer envision a united front for the November congressional elections. The strategists said many of the liberals, already alienated from the White House, have been campaigning as opponents of the president in an effort to win re-election as part of an expected Democratic Party sweep of Congress.

August 29, 2006
Even partisan republicans would have to agree it's getting harder and harder to find a republican who's ethical or not a criminal.

Frist medical license renewal questioned
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist acknowledged Tuesday that he may not have met all the requirements needed to keep his medical license active — even though he gave paperwork to Tennessee officials indicating that he had.

August 28, 2006
Ahmadinejad doesn't understand US politics yet. In the US Bush lost the debates to Gore and Kerry and still won election and reelection. In the US the loser wins.

Ahmadinejad offers Bush TV debate
The Iranian president has challenged his US counterpart to a live television debate.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the offer to George Bush on Tuesday. Thursday is the deadline set by the UN Security Council for Iran to suspend all uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities, and Iran faces possible sanctions if it fails to comply.

August 30, 2006
Charter schools don't work and SAT scores had their sharpest decline in 31 years. Saddam had nothing to do with 911 and no had no connections to al-Qaeda, yet majorities believe the opposite. The religious right has succeeded in dumbing down America.

SAT records big drop in scores
The high school class of 2006 got stuck with a new, longer version of the SAT and didn't fare well on it. Average reading and math scores fell a total of seven points - the sharpest decline in 31 years.

August 29, 2006
Consumer confidence falls sharply in Aug.
The consumer-confidence index fell to 99.6 in August from a revised 107.0 in July. This is the sharpest drop since Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast.

The fall in August was sharper than expected. Economists expected the index to drop to 102.7 from the initial estimate of 106.5 in July.

August 30, 2006
"Cut and run" seems to be in every political column and news stories these days. Republican talking points are not news. Good grief!

For Republican fundraising, Bush becomes invisible
It is a clear sign of how nervous some Republican candidates are of being photographed with Mr Bush in light of the opposition to the Iraq war and his falling approval ratings, which have dropped well below 40 per cent. However, few wish to shun his unmatched ability to raise funds from wealthy donors.

August 27, 2006
Another day, another failed conservative program.

Missile Defense: Defense experts have concerns about design of X-Band vessel
"That radar is absolutely packed with sensitive electronics, and . . . salt water, wind and waves don't go well with sensitive electronics," said Philip Coyle, who as assistant secretary of defense from 1994 to 2001 was the Clinton administration's chief weapons evaluator.

He went on: "The bottom line is that the designers of this system didn't begin to contemplate the realistic conditions under which the X-Band would have to operate. When you look at all the facts, you really have to wonder what the people who designed this thing were thinking."

There are doubts that the SBX will ever make it to Alaska.

"I increasingly suspect it may not ever leave Hawaii," said Coyle, the former assistant secretary of defense.

August 27, 2006
Another day, another failed conservative program.

Exploding the Charter School Myth
A federal study showing that fourth graders in charter schools score worse in reading and math than their public school counterparts.

The study, based on data from 2003 on students' performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, found charter school students significantly behind their non-charter-school counterparts.

But the real stunner was the performance of free-standing charter schools, which have no affiliation with public school systems and are often school districts unto themselves. It was this grouping that showed the worst performance.

August 28, 2006
Another day, another failed conservative program.

Real Wages Fail to Match a Rise in Productivity
With the economy beginning to slow, the current expansion has a chance to become the first sustained period of economic growth since World War II that fails to offer a prolonged increase in real wages for most workers.

The median hourly wage for American workers has declined 2 percent since 2003, after factoring in inflation.

As a result, wages and salaries now make up the lowest share of the nation's gross domestic product since the government began recording the data in 1947, while corporate profits have climbed to their highest share since the 1960's.

August 27, 2006
How do we recover? Bush is bad, we've all known that, but a majority voted to reelect him. We'll never recover from that - short of impeaching the SOB.

Jimmy Carter's explosive critique of Tony Blair
Tony Blair's lack of leadership and timid subservience to George W Bush lie behind the ongoing crisis in Iraq and the worldwide threat of terrorism, according to the former American president Jimmy Carter.

"We now have a situation where America is so unpopular overseas that even in countries like Egypt and Jordan our approval ratings are less than five per cent. It's a shameful and pitiful state of affairs and I hold your British Prime Minister to be substantially responsible for being so compliant and subservient."

August 19, 2006
Airline chief: 'Terror leaders laughing in their caves'
TERRORISTS are "rolling around the caves of Pakistan, laughing" at Britain's response to the terror threat, an airline boss said last night as he gave the government a seven-day deadline to relax restrictions or face legal action.

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary described some of the security measures as "farcical, Keystone Kops-like and completely insane and ineffectual".

August 25, 2006
The era of lawlessness continues. Anyone at the EPA who obeys the order (without congressional authority) should be fired. An Impeachable Offense.

The Ministry of Truth Strikes Again, and Again, and Again...
The Environmental Protection Agency has been ordered by the White House to "shut down [its] libraries, end public access to research materials and box up unique collections on the assumption that Congress will not reverse President Bush's proposed budget reductions." Fifteen states will lose library service immediately, the rest will follow, and the public is to be turned away as soon as possible.

August 25, 2006
Conservatives can't win wars, balance the budget or run our government efficiently (Katrina). Why is anyone still a conservative?

Conservatives Love Government
Conservatives want the government to redistribute income upward. This is done through a variety of mechanisms, the most obvious of which are their tax policies, which favor upper income people. But conservatives want the government to intervene in the market in a wide variety of ways that have the effect of redistributing income from those at the middle and the bottom to those at the top.

August 29, 2006
An Impeachable Offense
Bush planned to move his rally to a military base, which is illegal. Military bases can't be used for political rallies.

Pro-Bush rally on 'Rocky's turf'
Republicans will keep their pro-President Bush rally Wednesday at the City-County Building's Washington Square. Organizers had considered moving it to the Utah Air National Guard base so that the crowd could welcome Bush as he arrived on Air Force One.

August 25, 2006
General Batiste: Rumsfeld served our military a bowl of chicken feces
Today on MSNBC, retired General John Batiste — former commander of the First Infantry division in Iraq — said that it was "outrageous" Rumsfeld was still in charge of the Pentagon. Batiste added, "He served up our great military a huge bowl of chicken feces, and ever since then, our military and our country have been trying to turn this bowl into chicken salad."

August 25, 2006
Is there anyone working in government or terrorism who isn't a CROOK?

Visa Chief Indicted for Bribery
Michael John O'Keefe, the deputy nonimmigrant visa chief at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto, was indicted on bribery and conspiracy charges Friday. International jewelry executive Sunil Agrawal, a native of India, also was charged but remains at large.

Since the terrorist attacks of 2001, authorities have worked to tighten controls over nonimmigrant visas like those granted to students, tourists and workers. Friday's indictment, however, describes a scheme in which O'Keefe fast-tracked applications for Agrawal's company, New York-based STS Jewels.

August 28, 2006
How important is bin Laden if the US stopped looking for him and he's never been charged for crimes of 911? How hard it is to indict him?

Bin Laden Not on FBI Most Wanted List For 911 Attacks
But another more infamous date -- Sept. 11, 2001 -- is nowhere to be found on the same FBI notice.

The curious omission underscores the Justice Department's decision, so far, to not seek formal criminal charges against bin Laden for approving al-Qaeda's most notorious and successful terrorist attack. The notice says bin Laden is "a suspect in other terrorist attacks throughout the world" but does not provide details.

August 27, 2006
An Impeachable Offense
Murder is still a crime.

Reuters seeks Pentagon probe on journalist's death
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Reuters news agency urged the U.S. military on Sunday to investigate the killing of one of its journalists by American troops in Baghdad a year ago.

An independent inquiry commissioned by Reuters concluded that the soldiers' shooting of television soundman Waleed Khaled on August 28 last year appeared "unlawful."

But the Pentagon has failed to respond to requests to review the local commander's ruling, which said the firing of shots at the car was "appropriate."

August 25, 2006
It's safe to say the Chamber of Commerce is nothing more than a smokescreen for the right wing republican agenda that has failed this us so miserably.

Medicare Ads Paid by Drug Industry
The pharmaceutical industry quietly footed the bill for at least part of a recent multimillion-dollar ad campaign praising lawmakers who support the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, according to political officials.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce claims credit for the ads, although a spokesman refused repeatedly to say whether it had received any funds from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

August 26, 2006
What's there to investigate?

Washington to investigate Israel's illegal use of cluster bombs in conflict
Officials confirmed yesterday that the State Department had launched the inquiry into a possible violation by Israel of an undertaking to use the munitions against only organised armies and defined military targets. The Pentagon has also postponed a shipment of M-26 artillery shells, according to The New York Times.

Since the 14 August ceasefire between Israel and Hizbollah, eight Lebanese - including two children - have been killed by cluster bombs, and 38 injured.

August 26, 2006
Bush made the US weaker than its been in generations so his solution is to make us even weaker by ignoring international law once again. Didn't he learn anything after Iraq and Lebanon?

U.S. May Curb Iran Without UN Support
The strategy, analysts say, reflects not only long-standing U.S. frustration with the Security Council's inaction on Iran, but also the current weakness of Washington's position because of its controversial role in a series of conflicts in the Middle East, most recently in Lebanon.

August 26, 2006
Maybe one of the reasons military personnel vote GOP is because they can get away with just about anything under republicans.

At least 80 recruiters guilty of sex abuse
More than 100 young women who expressed interest in joining the military in the past year were preyed upon sexually by their recruiters:

• Raped on recruiting office couches

• Assaulted in government cars

• Groped en route to entrance exams

August 25, 2006
The Iraqi military can't even protect a base. How can they protect a country?

Iraqis Loot Military Base After British Leave
AMARAH, Iraq -- Looters ravaged a former British base Friday, a day after the camp was turned over to Iraqi troops, taking everything from doors and window frames to corrugated roofing and metal pipes, authorities said.

August 24, 2006
Army Studies Accuracy Of Casualty Reports
Two senior military officials tell The Associated Press that the review of hundreds of casualties will be formalized in a directive in coming weeks.

The review was provoked by families who complained they weren't always given accurate information about the loss of loved ones in the service.

August 23, 2006
20% Female Citadel Cadets Report Assaultsn
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Almost 20 percent of the female cadets at The Citadel last spring reported being sexually assaulted since enrolling at the state military college, according to results of a survey released by the school Wednesday.

About 4 percent of the male cadets also reported being sexually assaulted since joining the formerly all-male school, according to the results of the survey.

August 24, 2006
Conservatives have replaced the red scare with terrorism. Both depend on fear and emotion, not facts.

Homeland Security officers illegally targeting Muslims
"It was a really humiliating experience -- humiliating because we were treated like animals," she said. "We were treated really horribly by the officers that were there, we were yelled at, we were told to get back, threatened with arrest and threatened to have to stay longer if we complained."

August 24, 2006
The New Activist Judges
Money, money, money is the motif of the "New Activist" federal judges, but they have also been busy, busy limiting congressional authority and individual rights. As People for the American Way notes, federal appellate courts—effectively the court of last resort for most Americans—are working on: questioning the constitutionality of the Endangered Species Act, overturning the National Labor Relations Board rulings against anti-union discrimination and other unfair labor practices by employers, allowing the Bush administration to keep secret the records of the Cheney energy task force, and rewriting by court order a state law on First Amendment activity.

Other Bush appellate judges have ruled to deny protection to workers who file claims of race and disability discrimination, made it harder to protect the environment, and issued other decisions that will affect our lives and liberties for decades.

August 24, 2006
Imagine a Fox commentator or Rush Limbaugh putting together a logical argument like this - it'll never happen. They use emotion to spin Bush's failures.

How to look like a failure - linking Iraq with the war on terror
The younger Bush's staggering mismanagement of the Iraqi occupation has until recently served his purpose of seeming to defy the elements of chaos he himself has aroused. By stringing every threat together into an immense plot that justifies a global war on terrorism, however, he has ultimately made himself hostage to any part of the convoluted storyline that goes haywire.

Having told the public that Iraq is central to a war on terror, the worse things go in Iraq, the more the public thinks the war on terror goes badly. Asked at his press conference what invading Iraq had to do with September 11, Bush seemed so dumbfounded that at first he answered directly. "Nothing," he said, before sliding into a falsely aggrieved self-defence: "Except for it's part of - and nobody has ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack."

August 17, 2006
Facts do to conservatives what WMD do in war.

Mass murder in the skies: was the plot feasible?
The genius of this scheme is that TATP is relatively easy to detonate. But you must make enough of it to crash the plane, and you must make it with care to assure potency. One needs quality stuff to commit "mass murder on an unimaginable scale," as Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Stephenson put it. While it's true that a slapdash concoction will explode, it's unlikely to do more than blow out a few windows. At best, an infidel or two might be killed by the blast, and one or two others by flying debris as the cabin suddenly depressurizes, but that's about all you're likely to manage under the most favorable conditions possible.

August 23, 2006
Teacher disciplined over foreign flags in the classroom
LAKEWOOD — A seventh-grade geography teacher at Carmody Middle School was suspended with pay today when he refused to take down three foreign flags on display in his classroom.

Eric Hamlin said the flags of China, Mexico and the United Nations were relevant to the unit on the fundamentals of geography he teaches during the first six weeks of the semester. He's used the same display for most of the nine years he's taught in Jefferson County, Hamlin said.

August 25, 2006
An Impeachable Offense

Bush is going to leave Iraq for the next president
WE'RE not leaving, so long as I'm the President." There in nine words is the exit strategy for the United States involvement in Iraq. Depending on your viewpoint, it's either a commitment or an admission of defeat.

August 24, 2006
McCain fell for the WMD nonsense which without it, there would have been no war. McCain is part of the problem. He supported war even after the UN inspectors said Bush's intelligence was "garbage" and "outdated."

McCain: Bush accused of hoodwinking America
A leading supporter of the Iraq war has accused President George W Bush of trying to hoodwink Americans into believing the campaign would be "a day at the beach".

Senator John McCain, a Republican who is expected to run for the presidency in two years' time, focused his anger on statements from Mr Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, and the vice-president, Dick Cheney, since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein three years ago.

August 24, 2006
Put science back in government and schools and take religion out.

After politically-motivated delays, FDA approves Plan B without a prescription
(NewsTarget) Women's advocacy and medical groups have been lobbying for three years to make the Plan B morning-after pill available nationwide without a prescription. Thursday the FDA approved the move, with the condition that only women who are 18 or older be allowed to purchase the pill with a valid form of identification.

August 23, 2006
Forbes: Battle of the Sexes (2 articles)
Article 1: Don't Marry Career Women:Guys: A word of advice. Marry pretty women or ugly ones. Short ones or tall ones. Blondes or brunettes. Just, whatever you do, don't marry a woman with a career

Article 2: Don't Marry A Lazy Man: If the last new skill your guy learned was how to tie his shoes in the second grade, dump him. If he can pick up new ideas faster than your puppy, you've got a winner.

August 23, 2006
US interventions have boosted Iran
The US-led "war on terror" has bolstered Iran's power and influence in the Middle East, especially over its neighbour and former enemy Iraq, a thinktank said today.

A report published by Chatham House said the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had removed Iran's main rival regimes in the region.

August 22, 2006
One would think Bush would be in a deep funk for failing to win his war in Iraq. In reality, it's likely the attack on Lebanon was a practice run for what Hush wanted to do in Iran. Bush needs terrorism more than terrorists.

Bush, Cheney in deep funk after Israel war performance
President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have been extremely disappointed by Israel's failure to defeat Hezbollah.

Government sources said the Israeli failure has led to deep pessimism within the National Security Council and Pentagon regarding U.S. goals in the Middle East, particularly the effort to stop Iran's advance in Iraq and toward nuclear weapons. The sources said the Israeli experience has been used by the Pentagon to explain the U.S. difficulty in halting the deterioration of order in Iraq.

August 17 & 23, 2006
Bush's friends in Israel appear to be criminals. Nothing new.

Israeli PM and President Under Investigation (two stories)
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his wife, Aliza, will soon be summoned for questioning by the State Comptroller's Office on suspicion of receiving benefits worth some half a million dollars.

Israeli police have questioned President Moshe Katsav over allegations of sexual harassment and corruption.

Associates of Olmert added that they were surprised by the comptroller's intention of summoning the prime minister's wife for questioning as well, since she does not hold any public office.

August 22, 2006
The media also covered up the fact that Bush used chemical weapons (WMD) in Iraq. If WMD are so bad, why was he using them?

Media coverups prior to 2004 election

  • Eavesdropping Story
  • Time and Valeria Plame
  • NBC and Fallujah
  • CBS and Saddam's hunt for yellowcake uranium
  • The New York Times and the Bush Bulge

Meanwhile, can anyone think of a single bad-news-for-Kerry story that news outlets politely sat on during the 2004 campaign?

August 21, 2006
Do people still fall for this family values crap? Anyone who votes for this man is a hypocrite.

GOP Family Values Candidate: no pictures of gay son, or unwed daughter
But Terry's adopted son Jamiel says the picture is missing two people: he and his sister Tila, also adopted. Both have been estranged from Terry since Jamiel came out as a gay man and Tila had a child out of wedlock.

"He has tried to say abortion should not exist because families and churches should step in," Jamiel Terry said. "When his own daughter is pregnant, he refuses to help her."

August 22, 2006
Cowards like Clinton and Bush aren't worthy of the presidency. Going to war with defenseless countries for no reason is not leadership.

Hillary Clinton: TIME Cover Girl, a Profile in Followership
There are politicians with great instincts as leaders -- those who recognize not just the crises directly in front of them, but those around the corner as well. (And these leadership instincts come from the gut, not from a multitude of consultants, strategists, and pollsters.)

And there are politicians with great instincts as followers -- those who are the first to stick their fingers in the air and notice even the slightest shift in the wind of popular opinion. (And these followership instincts are a political consultant's wet dream.)

August 22, 2006
Raise taxes $126 billion and pay for this program - then see how fast support dies. It's more spend till you drop conservatism.

Cost of Senate Immigration Bill Put at $126 Billion
The Senate's embattled immigration bill would raise government spending by as much as $126 billion over the next decade, as the government begins paying out federal benefits to millions of new legal workers and cracks down on the border, a new Congressional Budget Office analysis concludes.

August 23, 2006
This is why we shouldn't be coward into supporting our troops. The war is and always has been based on lies. Supporting the war and/or troops allows the lie to continue. I have a better plan. Force Bush to pay for his war with higher taxes and watch how fast it ends.

Marine Reservists Facing Combat Duty
The Marine Corps is planning to call up as many as 2,500 Marine reservists for combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, dipping into a rarely used pool of troops to fill growing personnel gaps in units scheduled to deploy in coming months, officials said yesterday.

It is the first time the Marines have resorted to involuntary call-ups since the initial invasion of Iraq in March 2003, when about 2,000 Marines were ordered into service for a short duration. It means thousands of Marines across the country who have left active service could soon be forced to return.

August 22, 2006
Hitler would be proud to have religious people on his side - that's why the Family Research Council supports torture and GW.

Evangelical professor tackles 'religious right'
But in his latest book, "Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America," Balmer goes on the attack. Calling himself a "passionate evangelical," Balmer denounces the "religious right" for hijacking the religion of Jesus.

I contacted eight "religious right" organizations and asked them to send me a copy of their position paper on (President) Bush's use of torture against enemy combatants. I received a reply from two -- the Family Research Council and the Institute on Religion and Democracy. Both defended the Bush administration's position on torture. First of all, that's morally bankrupt. It's also aligning the faith too closely with a particular ideology.

August 22, 2006
Judge rejects Bush plan to log in Sequoia National Monument
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Bush administration plan to allow commercial logging in Giant Sequoia National Monument, home to two-thirds of the world's largest trees.

U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer sided with state Attorney General Bill Lockyer and environmental groups that sued the U.S. Forest Service over plans to log about 3,200 acres of the 328,000-acre preserve, home to 38 Sequoia groves in Central California.

August 17, 2006
Ohio Governor May Determine Next President
CINCINNATI (Reuters) - Most politicians would be happy with a 20-point lead in an opinion poll, but the Democratic candidate for Ohio governor just worries.

In the last one, in 2004, Ohio was the state that assured Republican President George W. Bush of a second term in the White House. But Bush won the state with just 51 percent of the vote, and Ohio can swing the other way too.

Ohio has had a Republican governor since 1991, but corruption scandals have rocked the party. Gov. Bob Taft pleaded no contest last year to ethics violations.

August 15, 2006
A question for conservatives: Is George Will endangering our national security?
How will conservatives -- who have claimed that critics of the Bush administration's terrorism policy and Iraq policy are emboldening terrorists, undermining national security, and hurting troop morale -- respond to George Will's August 15 column, in which Will wrote that the Bush administration "seem[s] eager to repel all but the delusional" regarding Iraq?

August 15, 2006
This is the article that sent the Bush White House into a tizzy.

The Triumph of Unrealism
George Will: This farrago of caricature and non sequitur makes the administration seem eager to repel all but the delusional. But perhaps such rhetoric reflects the intellectual contortions required to sustain the illusion that the war in Iraq is central to the war on terrorism, and that the war, unlike "the law enforcement approach," does "work."

August 18, 2006
Ruling for the Law- wiretapping is illegal
The ruling eviscerated the absurd notion on which the administration's arguments have been based: that Congress authorized Mr. Bush to do whatever he thinks is necessary when it authorized the invasion of Afghanistan.

But for now, with a careful, thoroughly grounded opinion, one judge in Michigan has done what 535 members of Congress have so abysmally failed to do. She has reasserted the rule of law over a lawless administration and shown why issues of this kind belong within the constitutional process created more than two centuries ago to handle them.

August 20, 2006
Liberals have been saying Bush is an idiot for years. Note how it's only NEWS when republicans catch up with us.

Conservative Pundits Renounce The President
For 10 minutes, the talk show host grilled his guests about whether "George Bush's mental weakness is damaging America's credibility at home and abroad." For 10 minutes, the caption across the bottom of the television screen read, "IS BUSH AN 'IDIOT'?"

But the host was no liberal media elitist. It was Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman turned MSNBC political pundit. And his answer to the captioned question was hardly "no." While other presidents have been called stupid, Scarborough said: "I think George Bush is in a league by himself. I don't think he has the intellectual depth as these other people."

Bush aides were bothered by a George F. Will column last week mocking neoconservative desires to transform the Middle East: "Foreign policy 'realists' considered Middle East stability the goal. The realists' critics, who regard realism as reprehensibly unambitious, considered stability the problem. That problem has been solved."

The White House responded with a 2,432-word rebuttal -- three times as long as the column -- e-mailed to supporters and journalists. "Mr. Will's kind of 'stability' and 'realism' -- a kind of world-weary belief that nothing can be done and so nothing should be tried -- would eventually lead to death and destruction on a scale that is almost unimaginable," wrote White House strategic initiatives director Peter H. Wehner.

Few have struck a nerve more than Scarborough, who questioned the president's intelligence on his show, "Scarborough Country." He showed a montage of clips of Bush's famously inarticulate verbal miscues and then explored with guests John Fund and Lawrence O'Donnell Jr. whether Bush is smart enough to be president.

August 20, 2006
What Next? Now that Iraq is in a state of civil war
The debate is over: By any definition, Iraq is in a state of civil war. Indeed, the only thing standing between Iraq and a descent into total Bosnia-like devastation is 135,000 U.S. troops -- and even they are merely slowing the fall.

Refugees are not merely a humanitarian burden. They often continue the wars from their new homes, thus spreading the violence to other countries. At times, armed units move from one side of the border to the other.

The war in Iraq has proved to be a disaster for the struggle against Osama bin Laden. Fighters there are receiving training, building networks and becoming further radicalized -- and the U.S. occupation is proving a dream recruiting tool for young Muslims worldwide. As bad as this is, a wide-scale civil war in Iraq could make the terrorism problem even worse.

Much as Americans may want to believe that the United States can just walk away from Iraq should it slide into all-out civil war, the threat of spillover from such a conflict throughout the Middle East means it can't. Instead, Washington will have to devise strategies to deal with refugees, minimize terrorist attacks emanating from Iraq, dampen the anger in neighboring populations caused by the conflict, prevent secession fever and keep Iraq's neighbors from intervening. The odds of success are poor, but, nonetheless, we have to try.

August 18, 2006
Labour agrees: Bush is crap
The Independent asked a group of Labour MPs what they though of John Prescott's outburst

"I think that John Prescott is to be commended for the quality of his political analysis. His comment on American policy is brief and accurate. Britain has got to ensure that it is no longer seen as simply being the glove puppet of the United States."

August 17, 2006
Israel provokes Hamas and others, then it wonders why they attack them. Good grief. Are Israelis this stupid?

Israel extends Hamas MP's detention (kidnapping)
An Israeli military court has extended the detention of Abd al-Aziz Dweik, the Palestinian parliament speaker, until next Tuesday.

"I am the elected representative of the people," he said.

August 17, 2006
Splitting Iraq into two countries would be smarter.

Bush's final gamble: giving Iraq a dictator?
But last week the new nugget: an anonymous "military affairs expert" attended a White House briefing and reported: "Senior administration officials have acknowledged to me that they are considering alternatives other than democracy. Everybody in the administration is being quite circumspect, but you can sense their own concern that this is drifting away from democracy."

August 22, 2006
More hype than terrorism

Pakistanis find no evidence against 'terror mastermind'
The Briton alleged to be the 'mastermind' behind the airline terror plot could be innocent of any significant involvement, sources close to the investigation claim.

Rashid Rauf, whose detention in Pakistan was the trigger for the arrest of 23 suspects in Britain, has been accused of taking orders from Al Qaeda's 'No3' in Afghanistan and sending money back to the UK to allow the alleged bombers to buy plane tickets.

August 20, 2006
A Nonpartisan Look at the Price Tag of Overseas Wars
As the study notes, the Defense Department recently put the "burn rate" — a term for the sums being spent — for Iraq and Afghanistan at $6.8 billion a month. But as the study says, that excludes maintaining and replacing equipment or building and improving facilities. The official "burn rate," it concludes, is only about 70 percent of the true cost.

August 20, 2006
More Than 100 Women Raped Or Assaulted By Recruiters In Past Year
(CBS/AP) More than 100 young women who expressed interest in joining the military in the past year were preyed upon sexually by their recruiters. Women were raped on recruiting office couches, assaulted in government cars and groped en route to entrance exams.

A six-month Associated Press investigation found that more than 80 military recruiters were disciplined last year for sexual misconduct with potential enlistees. The cases occurred across all branches of the military and in all regions of the country.

August 13, 2006
9/11 Detainee Released After Nearly Five Years
The veiled accusations and vehement denials would continue for nearly five years - despite official findings in 2001 that he had no terrorist links and in 2003 that authorities had violated his rights by colluding to keep him in custody.

Of the estimated 1,200 mostly Arab and Muslim men detained nationwide as potential suspects or witnesses in the Sept. 11 investigation, Benatta would earn a dubious distinction: Human rights groups say the former Algerian air force lieutenant was locked up the longest.