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Archive for February 19th, 2007

Way To Go, Joe!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 19, 2007

Minnesota Monitor’s Joe Bodell snagged an exclusive interview with Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken — and Crooks and Liars linked to it.  Way to go, Joe!

Posted in Al Franken, blogs and blogging, Democrats | Comments Off on Way To Go, Joe!

Peacetrain

Posted by Charles II on February 19, 2007

The following is a vid of Teheran.

The real Teheran. Not the hate object spewed out on American TV screens.

The real places you might some day visit.

The real people you might some day meet.

Aren’t you glad you work for peace?

Posted in Iran, Just for fun | 4 Comments »

Disconnect

Posted by MEC on February 19, 2007

John “Straight Talk” McCain continues to talk out of both sides of his mouth.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Monday the war in Iraq has been mismanaged for years and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will be remembered as one of the worst in history.

“We are paying a very heavy price for the mismanagement — that’s the kindest word I can give you — of Donald Rumsfeld, of this war,” the Arizona senator told an overflow crowd of more than 800 at a retirement community near Hilton Head Island, S.C. “The price is very, very heavy and I regret it enormously.”

[…]

“I think that Donald Rumsfeld will go down in history as one of the worst secretaries of defense in history,” McCain said to applause.

It’s not just that this scathing denunciation is just about the polar opposite of what McCain said when Rumsfeld resigned:

“While Secretary Rumsfeld and I have had our differences, he deserves Americans’ respect and gratitude for his many years of public service.”

It’s that McCain is an out-front supporter of Bush’s “surge”. He thinks that the war has been tragically mismanaged, yet he supports doing more of the same. It’s way too late for an increase in troop levels to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. More of the same means more mismanagement, more deaths, more miserable failure.

McCain for president? No, thank you. We don’t need another president who won’t admit he made a mistake.

Posted in anti-truth, Iraq war, John McCain | 1 Comment »

File This Under “Things That Don’t Surprise Me One Bit”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 19, 2007

And again, even though this is an AP wire story, it’s interesting that the first paper I saw this in was the UK’s Guardian:

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republicans blocked a bill Thursday that would curb the Justice Department’s power to fire and replace federal prosecutors. Democrats had sought to give the courts a role in the appointments of U.S. attorneys, to GOP opposition.

The objection by Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., to the proposal was long anticipated. So Democrats used the occasion to complain anew about the firings of at least seven prosecutors, some without cause, under a little-known part of the Patriot Act.

Democrats say Attorney General Alberto Gonzales used the law to get around the Senate confirmation process and install Republican allies.

“I believe that their intent was to bring in people from the outside to give some of their bright people an opportunity,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. “That is wrong.”

And judging from this story, Feinstein is right to believe what she does:

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 — A United States attorney in Arkansas who was dismissed from his job last year by the Justice Department was ousted after Harriet E. Miers, the former White House counsel, intervened on behalf of the man who replaced him, according to Congressional aides briefed on the matter.

Ms. Miers, the aides said, phoned an aide to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales suggesting the appointment of J. Timothy Griffin, a former military and civilian prosecutor who was a political director for the Republican National Committee and a deputy to Karl Rove, the White House political adviser.

Later, the incumbent United States attorney, H. E. Cummins III, was removed without explanation and replaced on an interim basis by Mr. Griffin. Officials at the White House and Justice Department declined to comment on Ms. Miers’s role in the matter.

Paul J. McNulty, the deputy attorney general, said at a hearing last week that Mr. Cummins had done nothing wrong but was removed to make room for Mr. Griffin. It was not known at the time Mr. McNulty testified that Ms. Miers had intervened on Mr. Griffin’s behalf.

Posted in government malfeasance, Republicans, Republicans acting badly | 3 Comments »

Reframing

Posted by MEC on February 19, 2007

The Confederate flag is a “third rail” in America’s culture war. If you don’t condemn state-sponsored display of the flag, you get beat up by the people who believe it’s a symbol of the “Southern Heritage” of slavery and racism. If you do condemn it, you lose the people who believe it’s a symbol of “Southern Heritage” (but not of slavery and racism).

Today Hillary Clinton was asked the Confederate Flag Question. She didn’t sidestep it, didn’t equivocate, and didn’t surrender to the forced choice. She reframed the issue.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that South Carolina should remove the Confederate flag from its Statehouse grounds, in part because the nation should unite under one banner while at war.

“I think about how many South Carolinians have served in our military and who are serving today under our flag and I believe that we should have one flag that we all pay honor to, as I know that most people in South Carolina do every single day.”

If you support the Confederate flag, you don’t support the troops.

Can anybody remember a better example of turning the other side’s “strength” against it?

Posted in Hillary Clinton | 1 Comment »

Um, Like, Uh, WOW!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 19, 2007

Just a heads-up to our readers:

Starting next Saturday, I’m also going to be posting over at Fire Dog Lake

Yeah, I’m kinda shocked, too.  I’ve been fangirling over Jane and Christy and the rest since Jane was still on Blogger.  Now I’ve been invited up into the treehouse.  I promise not to spill beer on the furniture!

Posted in blogs and blogging, Fire Dog Lake, Good Things | 1 Comment »

The You’re On Your Own-ership Society

Posted by MEC on February 19, 2007

Here’s how BushCo protects our children from danger:

In 2005, when government scientists tested 60 soft, vinyl lunchboxes, they found that one in five contained amounts of lead that medical experts consider unsafe — and several had more than 10 times hazardous levels.

But that’s not what they told the public.

Instead, the Consumer Product Safety Commission released a statement that they found “no instances of hazardous levels.” And they refused to release their actual test results, citing regulations that protect manufacturers from having their information released to the public.

Lead. Lead. Everybody knows that lead is dangerous, and especially dangerous to children. Exposure to lead causes serious, permanent developmental damage.

Bush’s Consumer Product Safety Commission acted to protect the manufacturer’s profits, not our children’s health.

The only surprise here is that the Associated Press was ultimately able to get access to the documents that revealed this malfeasance.

ConsumerAffairs.com reports that “The CPSC is currently powerless to enact new rules or levy fines because it has had only two commissioners since Chairman Hal Stratton, [a] Bush appointee, abruptly resigned six months ago to become a lobbyist.” Bush, however, is expected to nominate a new commissioner soon:

Insiders say that Michael Baroody, chief lobbyist for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), a powerful trade group that opposes aggressive product safety regulation, is President Bush’s choice to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

At least Bush is consistent. He always chooses the person most likely to undermine a federal agency’s purpose and act against the American people’s interests.

Posted in anti-truth, big money, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, government malfeasance, real journalism | 1 Comment »

 
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