Panty Raid In Alaska

The FBI raided 5 lawmakers offices in Alaska today looking for ties between the legislators and oil interests in the area.

JUNEAU, Alaska – Federal agents raided the offices of at least six Alaska lawmakers Thursday in a search for any ties between the legislators and a large oil field services company, officials said.

Tam Cook, [...]

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The FBI raided 5 lawmakers offices in Alaska today looking for ties between the legislators and oil interests in the area.

JUNEAU, Alaska – Federal agents raided the offices of at least six Alaska lawmakers Thursday in a search for any ties between the legislators and a large oil field services company, officials said.

Tam Cook, the Legislature’™s top attorney, said the company named in the search warrant was VECO Corp., an Anchorage-based oil field services and construction company whose executives are major contributors to political campaigns.

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Agents conducted office searches in both Juneau and Anchorage belonging to Sen. John Cowdery, R-Anchorage, the Senate Rules Committee chairman. The senator stood by in Anchorage as authorities sifted through documentation.

Blinds drawn, doors closed

The offices of Senate President Ben Stevens*, R-Anchorage; Kohring; Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau; Sen. Donald Olson, D-Nome; and Rep. Pete Kott, R-Eagle River also were searched.

The blinds were mostly drawn and doors shut in most offices being searched at the downtown Legislative Information Office in Anchorage. Agents wearing blue rubber gloves were visible through gaps in the blinds, rifling through documents in Stevens’™ Anchorage office.

*Son of Ted ‘œBridge to Nowhere’ Stevens.

Thursday, August 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |

From the Department of Low Expectations

I feel safer already’¦

Missile-Defense Test Postponed by Fog

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) – A key test of the nation’™s missile defense system was postponed Thursday because of fog in Alaska, authorities said.

An interceptor missile was supposed to have been launched from this California base on a near-collision course with a missile lifting [...]

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I feel safer already’¦

Missile-Defense Test Postponed by Fog

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) – A key test of the nation’™s missile defense system was postponed Thursday because of fog in Alaska, authorities said.

An interceptor missile was supposed to have been launched from this California base on a near-collision course with a missile lifting off from Kodiak Island in Alaska.

However, Kodiak was socked in by fog and the launch was put off until Friday at the earliest, Vandenberg spokesman Jack Hokanson’¦.

The test is designed to see how well the kill vehicle’™s optical sensors work and will be considered a success even if no collision occurs, officials said.

Star Wars Missile Defense? It sounds more like Mr. Magoo Missile Defense to me.

Thursday, August 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Stupid

Truth-Seeking In A Red State

Via RawStory:

During a rally held in Salt Lake City yesterday, thousands cheered Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson as he blasted George Bush as a ‘œdishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating president.’

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‘œA patriot does not tell people who are intensely concerned about their country to just sit down and be quiet; to refrain from speaking out in [...]

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Via RawStory:

During a rally held in Salt Lake City yesterday, thousands cheered Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson as he blasted George Bush as a ‘œdishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating president.’

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‘œA patriot does not tell people who are intensely concerned about their country to just sit down and be quiet; to refrain from speaking out in the name of politeness or for the sake of being a good host; to show slavish, blind obedience and deference to a dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating president,’ Mayor Anderson told the crowd, estimated by organizers to number between 4,000 and 5,000

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‘œWe will continue to resist the lies, the deceptions, the outrages of the Bush administration and this complacent, complicit, go-along Congress,’ Anderson said. ‘œWe must pursue peace as vigorously as the Bush administration has pursued war.’

Anderson told the crowd, ‘œWe are here to say’¦’™no more God-is-on-our-side religious nonsense to justify this immoral, illegal war.’™’

Video excerpt of Anderson’™s speech is here.

Full transcript of Anderson’™s speech is featured in the Salt Lake City Tribune. And the related SLCT article is here.

The transcript of Olbermann’™s interview with Rocky is here.

Thursday, August 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Civil Liberties

Best Political Novel ever?

When I think ‘œpolitical novel,’ I think Advise and Consent by Drury. Perhaps I’™m showing my age. I bought a copy a few months ago, though. It is a hard book to find, that’™s for sure.

Here’™s WSJ’™s list of the best political novels for your Labor Day reading. Not [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

When I think ‘œpolitical novel,’ I think Advise and Consent by Drury. Perhaps I’™m showing my age. I bought a copy a few months ago, though. It is a hard book to find, that’™s for sure.

Here’™s WSJ’™s list of the best political novels for your Labor Day reading. Not surprisingly, it contains two books about communishm. The WSJ has a fixation there that likely won’™t be fixed by either antibiotics nor the reality that we all know and have known for dozens of years that communism has been discredited. Otherwise, such lists are fun. Susie Madrak, for instance, suggests Elmer Gantry for the list. Oh, a delicious suggestion, too. Her readers suggest 1984 and The Handmaid’™s Tale. Can you think of other selections?

Thursday, August 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Politics - U.S.

Rummy in Trouble?

No, Bush will support him, no matter what. But Modo got in some good licks recently, and, of course, everyone is chattering about Olbermann’™s extended play editorial (video) about Rumsfeld.

Yeah, powerful stuff by Olberman. There’™s such a thing as a Pulitzer for editorial coverage. . . and maybe we ought to [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

No, Bush will support him, no matter what. But Modo got in some good licks recently, and, of course, everyone is chattering about Olbermann’™s extended play editorial (video) about Rumsfeld.

Yeah, powerful stuff by Olberman. There’™s such a thing as a Pulitzer for editorial coverage. . . and maybe we ought to start a campaign for Keith. I don’™t care if TV guys qualify or not.

Thursday, August 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Politics - U.S.

Are You Ready???

Just click the pic, dammit!

Commentary By: sukabi

Just click the pic, dammit!

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Humor

Remember Ken Tomlinson?

You know, the former chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting? He resigned last year amidst a cloud of controversy and allegations. Here’™s what the State Department investigation turned up:

State Department investigators have concluded that Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, the head of the federal agency that oversees most government broadcasts to foreign countries, improperly [...]

Commentary By: sukabi

You know, the former chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting? He resigned last year amidst a cloud of controversy and allegations. Here’™s what the State Department investigation turned up:

State Department investigators have concluded that Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, the head of the federal agency that oversees most government broadcasts to foreign countries, improperly hired a friend on the public payroll for nearly $250,000 over two and a half years, according to a summary of their report made public this afternoon by Democratic Congressional staff members.

They also said that Mr. 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 ï–¿–½horse racing operationï–¿–½ 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.

Running a horse racing operation through his office?!?!? Chances are that included a bit of gambling, don’™t you think?

But don’™t worry about Ol’™ Ken, the Justice Department isn’™t going to prosecute him ‘” and he has Bush’™s full support.

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |

How Important Is Your Right To Vote?

More importantly, how important is it that your vote is actually counted, and counted accurately?

For those of you who haven’™t been following the CA-50 Bilbray/Busby ‘œelection’ and its aftermath, come November you’™ll be wondering ‘œWTF just happened’.

In a nutshell here’™s what happened with Bilbray/Busby:

June 6 – unofficial results announced with [...]

Commentary By: sukabi

More importantly, how important is it that your vote is actually counted, and counted accurately?

For those of you who haven’™t been following the CA-50 Bilbray/Busby ‘œelection’ and its aftermath, come November you’™ll be wondering ‘œWTF just happened’.

In a nutshell here’™s what happened with Bilbray/Busby:

June 6 – unofficial results announced with Bilbray over Busby by a few thousand votes, followed by immediate public protests;

June 13 – Speaker Hastert swears in Republican Bilbray on the House floor and Bilbray becomes a Member of Congress; and,

June 30, 2006 – 17 days after Bilbray was sworn in as a member of the House, Mikel Haas, Registrar of San Diego County, officially completed the audit of election results required for certification, and officially certifies the election of Bilbray over Busby based on 163,931 total votes.

There’™s only one additional step that was taken and that was the preceeding step:
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Wednesday, August 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Civil Liberties

Timeline of Lies

I’™ve been wanting to undertake a project that would set up a nice little spreadsheet to document the lies and history re-writes in which the Bush administration is continually engaged. Of course, any such project would require an absolutely ridiculous amount of time because of the breadth, scope, and quantity of bullshit that’™s been [...]

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I’™ve been wanting to undertake a project that would set up a nice little spreadsheet to document the lies and history re-writes in which the Bush administration is continually engaged. Of course, any such project would require an absolutely ridiculous amount of time because of the breadth, scope, and quantity of bullshit that’™s been pushed by BushCo, particularly since 9/12/01.

Well, thanks to Mother Jones Online, all of a sudden my impossible project is no longer necessary. They’™ve published an interactive timeline titled ‘œLie by Lie‘, and it is absolutely priceless. While I haven’™t yet had the time to really explore the timeline or all of its functionality, it’™s easily the best one-stop resource for conducting research and rapidly response to any crap that the GOP noise machine attempts to fling.

I highly recommend bookmarking the timeline, and passing the link onto anyone in your email address book who could use this valuable resource (journalists, other bloggers, etc.).

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Media

Joe Lieberman Wants to be a Democrat

The Democrats of Newtown, CT are thinking he’™s not one, for purposes of their parade, and the issue seems to be one where Joe and his people are once more insulting the good citizens and Democrats of CT by insulting their choice of Ned Lamont last month.

Ned needs Joe to argue with the [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

The Democrats of Newtown, CT are thinking he’™s not one, for purposes of their parade, and the issue seems to be one where Joe and his people are once more insulting the good citizens and Democrats of CT by insulting their choice of Ned Lamont last month.

Ned needs Joe to argue with the Democratic Party in CT about once a week from here until election day.

From Josh Surgarmann at Huffpo.

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Politics - U.S.