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“Bushevik Hypocrisy” Is Redundant

Posted by MEC on March 30, 2007

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Would somebody please ask Dana Perino to explain why George W. Bush attacked Nancy Pelosi for planning a visit to Syria when, even as he spoke, a Republican delegation was already in Syria?

(H/T ThinkProgress )

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Another Lying Bush Official?

Posted by MEC on March 30, 2007

Dems Question FDA Chief’s Testimony

House Democrats are investigating whether FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach lied under oath about the antibiotic Ketek, which has long been under scrutiny by Congress.
 

The seriousness of the inquiry was outlined in a letter sent Thursday to Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt. The letter requested that the department make available by the close of business Wednesday all documents used to prepare von Eschenbach for his testimony. Also, the lawmakers asked Leavitt to make available all senior staff and counsel who participated in preparing him for his testimony.
 

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At a hearing by his subcommittee on March 22, Stupak aggressively questioned von Eschenbach about a questionable study of the drug before it was approved. The study was marred by fraud involving one of the 1,800 sites that enrolled patients given the drug.
 

But Von Eschenbach said the study was not used as part of the decision to approve Ketek.
 

“That is false,” Stupak said during the hearing. The congressman said he believed the doctor was being forthright. “But whoever is doing your work is trying to lead this committee down the wrong path. We know these issues. We are on top of these issues, so when you come and give us testimony that isn’t accurate, we are going to call you on it,” Stupak said.

All together now: “What a difference an election makes.”

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Mexico, 3/30/07: Public-Pirate Partnership

Posted by Charles II on March 30, 2007

From the MSN newsletter 

As part of the flurry of activity in the first hundred days of his presidency, Felipe Calderon announced the privatization of hundreds of miles of highway and private investment in new highway construction.  Many of the proposed highways were originally constructed with government funds, then privatized in the 1990s, only to be taken back by the government in 1997 at a cost of US$5.2 billion when private companies abandoned them.  Calderon will also award construction/management contracts for new highways.  The total package includes 2,900 miles of highway, with a total investment of US$320 million dollars.  Only a few national companies can invest at this level, which will open the door to foreign ownership of Mexico’s highways.  The highest tolls per mile in the world are found in Mexico, about four or five times typical tolls in the US.

In related news, the Inter-American Development Bank (BID) announced new loans worth US$2.5 billion for public/private partnerships dedicated to infrastructure development.  Some of the money will likely fund the construction of expensive highway projects, such as the proposed US$1.7 billion Durango-Mazatlan highway.  And some may fund a temporary work program announced by Calderon that will improve roads in rural communities.  The program is expected to generate 150,000 temporary jobs.

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Another One Bites the Dust

Posted by MEC on March 30, 2007

HHS Official Quits

The head of the federal agency responsible for providing women with access to contraceptives and counseling to prevent pregnancy resigned unexpectedly Thursday after Medicaid officials took action against him in Massachusetts.
 

Just five months ago, Keroack was chosen by President Bush to oversee HHS’ Office of Population Affairs and its $283 million annual budget. The pick angered Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights groups that viewed him as opposed to birth control and comprehensive sex education. Keroack had worked for an organization that opposes contraception.

Dr. Keroack said that his “attorney feels confident that misunderstandings have occurred” and that the “action” will be reversed. Yeah, that’s why he had to quit his job to deal with it, because his attorney his handling the problem.

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Friday Furball Blogging

Posted by MEC on March 30, 2007

Sometimes Alex is an annoying little brother.

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And sometimes he’s a sweet little brother.

Friday Cat Blogging 3/30/07 - 1

Posted in Alexander the Great, cats, Friday Cat Blogging, Good Things, Just for fun, Lady Lightfoot | 1 Comment »

Taking A Cue From The Cumaean Sybil

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 30, 2007

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Check this out from Kossack Geekesque (emphases mine):

As I diaried the other day, the Democrats are using the strategy of Divide and Conquer.

They are peeling 1-2 Republican Senators away from the President each go around. Eventually, the entire caucus–especially vulnerable incumbents–will refuse to carry water for Bush. Eventually, his lawn will turn brown.

What better way to maximize this pressure than to apply it repeatedly instead of once or twice?

The important thing to realize is that Congressional Republicans hate voting on Iraq. They hate having their names mentioned in the same paragraph as “Bush” and “Iraq.”

They decided to play matador and let Bush be the story and take the blame for any defeat of the funding bill.

Phew, they think, we dodged that one.

Not so fast, guys.

Buried in today’s Washington Post is this little nugget:

Conservative Democrats also discussed alternatives for providing troop funding, if the standoff proves to be prolonged. For instance, Reps. Dennis Cardoza (Calif.) and Mike Ross (Ark.) suggested that the war funding be parceled out in three-month increments to force Bush to keep coming back for more.

Both Cardoza and Ross are Blue Doggies.

Pretty uninspiring stuff at first glance, as you would expect from that particular caucus.

Until you realize that it means that the issue of Iraq will be one continuous political nightmare for Republicans. Their attention will always be on the next Iraq war vote and how to explain to their constituents why they endorse a blank check for the least popular and worst president in the history of the United States.

So, pass the bill with binding withdrawal language. Bush will veto it. Force the Republicans to vote again on the veto override.

Then give him three months of funding and remind Senate Republicans to circle that date on their calendar.

Then come back with an even stronger bill–make the Murtha language mandatory. Drop waiver and other wiggle room.

Force the Republicans to vote with Mr. Popularity. Twice.

Then give them another three months. And remind them to circle the date on their calendars.

And then come back with an even stronger bill.

The key is to never give that rat bastard in the White House more than three months on his leash, and to never give any rest or peace of mind to his enablers in Congress.

This is straight out of the La Cosa Nostra playbook — or the one that the Cumaean Sybil used on Tarquinus Superbus. Truly, it is the offer they dare not continue to refuse.

Posted in 2008, antiwar movement, Congress, Democrats, Democrats with spines, dope slaps for Dubya, getting a clue, Good Things, Iraq war, Republicans | 3 Comments »

 
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