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CNN Recognizes the Implications of the Libby Trial

Posted by MEC on March 6, 2007

Wolf Blitzer just asked Paul Begala,

“Is there a possibility the Democrats will overplay their hand right now and see the situation turn against them?”

Wow. If it weren’t for CNN, I would never have guessed in a million years that Scooter Libby’s obstruction of justice is a Democratic scandal.

But wait, it gets better: Blitzer just told us that Libby was Marc Rich’s lawyer when Rich got his presidential pardon, in a shameless attempt to convince us that Libby is All Clinton’s Fault.

 …And later, in the segment with Jack Cafferty, Blitzer repeated the tidbit about Libby being Marc Rich’s lawyer when Rich was pardoned, with peculiar emphasis when he said “by Bill Clinton“.

Posted in anti-truth, beat the press, GOP/Media Complex, Libby trial, media, mediawhores | 1 Comment »

Guess What? Undocumented Workers Help Our Economy

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 6, 2007

From Latina Lista via Pachacutec subbing for Jen and Steve over at News Blog:

The Public Policy Institute of California recently released a report, in their California Counts series, titled How Immigrants Affect California Employment and Wages and they uncovered some of the same facts that Texas did.

The report looked at the effects of the arrival of immigrants between 1960 and 2004. Specifically, the author looked at the impact on employment, population and wages of U.S. California natives.

Among the study’s principal findings:

1) There is no evidence that the influx of immigrants over the past four decades has worsened the employment opportunities of natives with similar education and experience.

2) There is no association between the influx of immigrants and the out-migration of natives within the same education and age group.

3) Immigration induced a 4 percent real wage increase for the average native worker between 1990 and 2004.

4) Recent immigrants did lower the wages of previous immigrants.

The author of the report states in his conclusions that native and foreign-born workers perform complementary rather than competing tasks in production. He goes on to say that the increase in the number of immigrants increases the demand for tasks performed by native workers and raises their wages.

Was that Lou Dobbs having a choking fit I just heard?

Posted in immigration, poverty, Steve Gilliard | 5 Comments »

The Lovely Cherry Of Irony Atop Today’s Good-News Sundae

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 6, 2007

Turns out that Matt Sanchez, the newest conservative media darling — and on whom Bill O’Reilly man-crushed very recently —  has a career path similar to that of Jim “Jeff Gannon” Guckert, male prostitute.  (Click on the link for a pic of him posing with Ann Coulter at this year’s CPAC conference.)

Posted in mediawhores, Republicans, Republicans acting badly | 1 Comment »

Scooter Libby Is Small Fry

Posted by MEC on March 6, 2007

Over in firedoglake, emptywheel reported:

Fitz was his typical self, not saying more than he could. He will not do a report. Will not file further charges unless something new comes up. He will not give his materials to Congress unless they ask for it (Hey, John Conyers! Did you hear that?) …

I’m thinking that the Honorable John Conyers won’t need a lot of persuasion to hold hearings into the obstruction of justice within the White House.

Here’s his contact information:

Telephone: 202-225-5126
Fax: 202-225-0072

You know what to do.

Posted in Bush, Democrats with spines, John Conyers, Libby trial | 1 Comment »

It Is a Good Day

Posted by MEC on March 6, 2007

Senate: Airport screeners can unionize

The Senate voted Tuesday to give 45,000 airport screeners the same union rights as border patrol, customs and immigration agents, despite a veto threat from the White House.


The House passed a similar anti-terrorism bill with the same union provision for airport screeners in an indication of organized labor’s strength with Democrats now running Congress.

The Thugs are, once again, revealing an irrational hatred of unions. Here’s a sample of their absurdity:

“We’re not going to let big labor compromise national security,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., noting there are not enough votes in either the House or Senate to override a veto by President Bush.


“It’s absolutely absurd,” said Sen. Richard Burr (news, bio, voting record), R-N.C. “Terrorists don’t go on strike. Terrorists don’t call their union to negotiate before they attack.”


The screeners’ boss, TSA chief Kip Hawley, told a Senate panel Monday that giving airport screeners collective bargaining rights would hinder the agency’s flexibility to move them around in response to terrorist threats.

Fire fighters and police officers are unionized. As the first sentence of the report says, border patrol, customs, and immigration agents are unionized. Being in a union doesn’t mean they refuse to respond to emergencies. Union members are as patriotic and responsible as anybody. They won’t refuse to do what’s necessary to protect this country.

A union contract binds both sides. If TSA management is so concerned about “flexibility”, then they can insist on a provision in the contract that in an emergency, employees will go where needed and work as long as needed. It’s that simple. The Thugs are just blowing smoke because they hate unions.

Let’s see Bush veto this bill. Let’s just see him go on record that opposing unions is more important than protecting America.

Posted in anti-truth, Congress, unions | Comments Off on It Is a Good Day

And In Other Good News Today…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 6, 2007

Chuck Hagel’s put impeaching Bush back on the table.

Granted, Hagel seems to be all guff and no stuff — he didn’t vote to stop Bush’s surge when it counted and always falls in line when the votes are counted (oh, and he’s connected ES&S) — but for a conservative Republican to be coming out and saying the “I” word is no small thing.

Posted in Bush, impeachment | Comments Off on And In Other Good News Today…

The Libby Verdict Is In

Posted by MEC on March 6, 2007

‘Scooter’ Libby guilty on four of five counts

Libby was convicted of obstruction of justice, making a false statement and two counts of perjury.

Jurors cleared him of a second count of making a false statement.

Reminds me of the good old days.


Posted in Libby trial | 3 Comments »

Guilty, Guilty, Not Guilty, Guilty, Guilty

Posted by Charles II on March 6, 2007

The countdown to the pardon begins.

Posted in Libby trial | 1 Comment »

Coleen Rowley Speaks About Rudy Giuliani

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 6, 2007

You listen:

A former colleague in the FBI’s New York City office (whom I’ll mysteriously call Mr. Dennehy until I get permission to publicly credit him) happens to be a wonderful cartoonist-caricaturist who regularly sends out his original artwork to a select list of friends and FBI retirees. His latest depiction of our old former boss–before Rudy Giuliani was Mayor of New York, he was United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York–along with last week’s editorial down in our Star Tribune South paper about Republican Rep. John Kline’s unusually vitriolic and furtive dealings with his 2nd District constituents “Anger over war has us lobbing bombs over the political fence” (http://www.startribu…) has inspired me to connect the dots.


So what do John Kline and Rudy Giuliani have in common besides their GOP membership? Simply put, it’s not in either one’s political interests for anyone to know where they stand on the issues. Rudy is surging in the Republican polls right now but most commentators, including CBS correspondent/news anchor Bob Schieffer, say they believe Giuliani’s popularity is due to the fact that most people in his Republican base have no idea of his rather liberal stances (he’s apparently pro-choice, pro gay marriage and pro regulation of guns, among other things). According to Schieffer, Giuliani is just known more or less for his hero image as the NYC mayor on 9-11. Of course when you got a good image going, it’s not in your interest to risk ruining it by exposing yourself to the public. Schieffer almost chuckled about how the polls have been sinking for Giuliani’s rival, poor Republican presidential hopeful John McCain when it is McCain who is the one so much in the public eye, giving speeches all over about the need to escalate U.S. military troops in Iraq.

More at the link above.

Posted in Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Rudy Giuliani | Comments Off on Coleen Rowley Speaks About Rudy Giuliani

WordPress Is Going Slightly Berzerk Today

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 6, 2007

Especially in the comments feature.

Have done a workaround, so things should be OK for now.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on WordPress Is Going Slightly Berzerk Today

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