Mission Accomplished?

It’™s three years ago tomorrow. Perhaps Colbert is right in referencing it as ‘œMisery Accomplished.’

At least he’™s funny.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

It’™s three years ago tomorrow. Perhaps Colbert is right in referencing it as ‘œMisery Accomplished.’

At least he’™s funny.

Sunday, April 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq

Technically Speaking…

‘¦ this statement may be accurate:

The letter also stated that Baker was ‘œnever in attendance in any party where any women were being used for prostitution purposes.’

What the letter specifically doesn’™t mention are any parties where men, boys or girls (insert your favorite congresscritters’™ choice of animal here) may have been used for prostitution purposes. [...]

Commentary By: sukabi

‘¦ this statement may be accurate:

The letter also stated that Baker was ‘œnever in attendance in any party where any women were being used for prostitution purposes.’

What the letter specifically doesn’™t mention are any parties where men, boys or girls (insert your favorite congresscritters’™ choice of animal here) may have been used for prostitution purposes. I’™d say the lawyer writing that letter is being a bit cute, wouldn’™t you?

Yes, I’™m beating the hooker scandal again. Fer christ’™s sake, if this is the one thing out of the millions of issues the repubs are responsible for that will get the media’™s attention, then so be it.

Sunday, April 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |

Humanitarian Work in Iraq

The news doesn’™t talk about the schools and electrical plants we’™re building, goes the FoxNews whine. Therefore, the people of the United States don’™t know how much good we’™re doing. . . .

Well, there’™s great news here! We’™ve built 20 clinics in and around Iraq and they are working to make the Iraqi [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

The news doesn’™t talk about the schools and electrical plants we’™re building, goes the FoxNews whine. Therefore, the people of the United States don’™t know how much good we’™re doing. . . .

Well, there’™s great news here! We’™ve built 20 clinics in and around Iraq and they are working to make the Iraqi people healthy. I suppose that’™s good news, except for the fact that we set out with our $253 Million to build 150 clinics, which now won’™t be built without a major infusion of more funds.

A $243 million program led by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to build 150 health care clinics in Iraq has in some cases produced little more than empty shells of crumbling concrete and shattered bricks cemented together into uneven walls, two reports by a federal oversight office have found.


The reports, released yesterday, detail a close inspection of five of the clinics in the northern city of Kirkuk as well as a sweeping audit of the entire program, which began in March 2004 as a heavily promoted effort to improve health care for ordinary Iraqis. The reports say that none of the five clinics in Kirkuk and only 20 of the original 150 across the country will be completed without new financing.

Written by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, an independent office, the reports cite a wide range of factors, including disputes among Iraqi construction companies and problems with local materials, that have contributed to the program’™s failures. The American company Parsons, the prime contractor for the work, also comes in for stiff criticism.

But the reports’™ main finding is that lax oversight by the Army corps is responsible for the failure of the overall program. Cowed by security fears that the reports suggest may have been overblown, the corps sometimes inspected the work only through what it called ‘œwindshield surveys’ ï–¿–½ hasty drive-bys.

Want to bet Parsons was a no-bid contract?

Sunday, April 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq

BREAKING NEWS!

Industrial Magnate and Billionaire Silvio Berlesconi is still defeated.

Weekend update continues after this short visit with our sponsors.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Industrial Magnate and Billionaire Silvio Berlesconi is still defeated.

Weekend update continues after this short visit with our sponsors.

Sunday, April 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |

Truthiness Laid Bare

Stephen Colbert, making presidents, politicians, pundits and the press corps ‘œuncomfortable’ ‘” and that’™s just a damned shame. Crooks and Liars has video of the second half of Colberts bit at the White House Press Corps dinner, and Cspan will be replaying the whole thing in its’™ entirety. He may have hurt [...]

Commentary By: sukabi

Stephen Colbert, making presidents, politicians, pundits and the press corps ‘œuncomfortable’ ‘” and that’™s just a damned shame. Crooks and Liars has video of the second half of Colberts bit at the White House Press Corps dinner, and Cspan will be replaying the whole thing in its’™ entirety. He may have hurt the Presidents widdle feewings ‘”- awwww, so sad.

A blistering comedy ï–¿–½tributeï–¿–½ to President Bush by Comedy Centralï–¿–½s faux talk show host Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondent Dinner Saturday night left George and Laura Bush unsmiling at its close.

Earlier, the president had delivered his talk to the 2700 attendees, including many celebrities and top officials, with the help of a Bush impersonator.

Colbert, who spoke in the guise of his talk show character, who ostensibly supports the president strongly, urged the Bush to ignore his low approval ratings, saying they were based on reality, ï–¿–½and reality has a well-known liberal bias.ï–¿–½

He attacked those in the press who claim that the shake-up at the White House was merely re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. ï–¿–½This administration is soaring, not sinking,ï–¿–½ he said. ï–¿–½If anything, they are re-arranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg.ï–¿–½

‘¦

*snerk* *snort* *snicker*

Find any WMDs under your desk lately, Mr. President?

Update: If the Crooks and Liars or Cspan servers are overloaded, you can also catch Colbert’™s bit here on YouTube.

Sunday, April 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Uncategorized

How Many of These Were Grannies or Quakers?

That’™s the real question here.

FBI Investigated 3,501 People Without Warrants

Received Details From Banks, Credit Card, Telephone and Internet Companies

By MARK SHERMAN, AP

WASHINGTON (April 29) – The FBI secretly sought information last year on 3,501 U.S. citizens and legal residents from their banks and credit card, telephone and Internet companies without a court’™s approval, [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

That’™s the real question here.

FBI Investigated 3,501 People Without Warrants

Received Details From Banks, Credit Card, Telephone and Internet Companies

By MARK SHERMAN, AP


WASHINGTON (April 29) – The FBI secretly sought information last year on 3,501 U.S. citizens and legal residents from their banks and credit card, telephone and Internet companies without a court’™s approval, the Justice Department said Friday.

It was the first time the Bush administration has publicly disclosed how often it uses the administrative subpoena known as a National Security Letter, which allows the executive branch of government to obtain records about people in terrorism and espionage investigations without a judge’™s approval or a grand jury subpoena.

Friday’™s disclosure was mandated as part of the renewal of the Patriot Act, the administration’™s sweeping anti-terror law.

It is not necessarily just how many wiretaps and searches, etc. that the FBI has asked for, but how many of them were asked for in order to keep an eye on dissent instead of their stated goal to investigate terrorism? Our problem here is that we’™ve no idea because we cannot possibly trust an Administration to obey the law when it comes to dissenting groups. Certainly we cannot trust an Administration that would burn a CIA agent for political reasons.

Sunday, April 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Politics - U.S.

Rush Limbaugh Arrested

So, who’™s got the mug shot? Anyone? Not on Smoking Gun, though there’™s a nice little history in those articles. Here’™s one article, at least, and another. Heck, we’™ve even got Roy Black’™s Press release where he minimizies as much as possible Limbaugh’™s culpability. What do you think Roy’™s [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

So, who’™s got the mug shot? Anyone? Not on Smoking Gun, though there’™s a nice little history in those articles. Here’™s one article, at least, and another. Heck, we’™ve even got Roy Black’™s Press release where he minimizies as much as possible Limbaugh’™s culpability. What do you think Roy’™s services cost? $3,000,000?

I just realized I no longer even know how fat the miserable fuck is. Has he marginalized himself so much, or is his listenership 100% whack job conservatives now, so the rest of us who have brain cells still working don’™t even have a clue what the Rushter looks like anymore.

When’™s the last time I saw Limbaugh? Seriously, it may have been when he took on Donovan McNabb during his attempt to become a sports commentator. What a freaking failure he was at that. I wonder whether it was oxycontin or something else he was on when he made those statements that were just this side of racism? Probably he was high on racism and his own bloated and diseased ego and he never needed drugs to go off on some racist jag.

Of course, Rush is not going to jail. This is a plea bargain, and if he keeps his nose clean, so to speak, he’™s going to get his record wiped clear. He is going to escape jail, though normal people would go to jail for abusing thousands of pills, certainly.

Prosecutors previously were investigating prescriptions that Limbaugh received from Florida and California doctors between March 2003 and September 2003, when he allegedly picked up 1,733 hydrocodone, 90 OxyContin, 50 Xanax and 40 time-release morphine pills.


In 2003, Wilma Cline, Limbaugh’™s former housekeeper and her handyman husband, David, gave the Palm Beach County State Attorney’™s Office copies of e-mails and taped phone messages documenting what they allege became Limbaugh’™s 30-pill-a-day drug habit.

Wilma Cline told The National Enquirer that she began funneling to Limbaugh some of her husband’™s hydrocodone supply, prescribed after David Cline fell when a pull-down ladder snapped apart, injuring his neck, knees and hand in March 1988. After those prescriptions dried up, Wilma Cline found another drug source for Limbaugh, she told the tabloid, getting him at one point 11,900 pills in a four month period in 2001.

Regardless of whether Rush is going to jail, he still qualifies as a corrupt Republican.

Saturday, April 29th, 2006 by Richard Blair |

Viva Mexico!

This is great news, and I hope it becomes law. While I am very happy to see Mexico move towards more sensible drug policy, until these drugs are legalized and the big money motive removed, there will be no end to the senseless violence that follows this trade around. But at least [...]

Commentary By: somegirl

This is great news, and I hope it becomes law. While I am very happy to see Mexico move towards more sensible drug policy, until these drugs are legalized and the big money motive removed, there will be no end to the senseless violence that follows this trade around. But at least jails will not be filled up with users in some phony show that they’™re tough on crime or some other such silliness.

One of my biggest problems with Venezuela, the country I wanted so desperately to love, was the drug prohibition. At times, they made the U.S. seem downright progressive. Because marijuana and cocaine possession carry the same penalites, cocaine is cheaper and easier to get than marijuana. And of course the system is so corrupt, that the dealers, since they can pay off the cops, get off, and the jails are filled with people busted for simple possession. Of course, drug use is still rampant, there’™s just way more crime and fear surrounding it than necessary. I’™m still really perplexed why it’™s like that there, and who Chavez is trying to impress with such a severe anti-drug stance.

I’™m a bit afraid to see the U.S. reaction to Mexico though, especially in light of the immigration imbroglio – they might have to build the fence even higher! But whatever’¦if this law passes, I know what my next destination will be.

Friday, April 28th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Latin America

Prostitutes for Republicans, Again?

When Sukabi mentioned this the other day I was frankly not impressed. It has nothing to do with my respect for sukabi, but Randy ‘œDuke’ Cunningham is already down and out for the count. I want scandals by CURRENT Republicans, but it appears this one may just touch on them. The story [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

When Sukabi mentioned this the other day I was frankly not impressed. It has nothing to do with my respect for sukabi, but Randy ‘œDuke’ Cunningham is already down and out for the count. I want scandals by CURRENT Republicans, but it appears this one may just touch on them. The story has spread from the Wall Street Journal to Harpers, where they identify a former lawmaker who is now a top-ranked man in the Intellignece community. Hmm. . . Susie wonders if that could be Porter Goss.

The two defense contractors who allegedly paid most of the bills, said the Journal, were Brent Wilkes, the founder of ADCS Inc., and Mitchell Wade, the founder of MZM Inc.; both firms profited greatly from their connections with Cunningham. The Journal also suggested that other lawmakers might be implicated. I’™ve learned from a well-connected source that those under intense scrutiny by the FBI are current and former lawmakers on Defense and Intelligence comitteesï–¿–½including one person who now holds a powerful intelligence post. I’™ve also been able to learn the name of the limousine service that was used to ferry the guests and other attendees to the parties: Shirlington Limousine and Transportation of Arlington, Virginia. Wilkes, I’™ve learned, even hired Shirlington as his personal limousine service.

Delicious! As Susie rightly mentions, the ones who connected the dots on this are at TPM and Billmon.

Friday, April 28th, 2006 by Richard Blair |

DYKEdolls

This is a hoot! The Bobbie doll, for instance, comes with its own leather strap-on. Eek!

OK, no making fun here for the SpinDentist. I will just direct you to SistersTalk, where I found out about these playthings.

Grrr!

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

This is a hoot! The Bobbie doll, for instance, comes with its own leather strap-on. Eek!

OK, no making fun here for the SpinDentist. I will just direct you to SistersTalk, where I found out about these playthings.

Grrr!

Friday, April 28th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Humor