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Archive for July 5th, 2007

What blessings unregulated capitalism has brought them

Posted by Charles II on July 5, 2007

Jonathan Watts of The Guardian:

Breakneck growth has turned China into a huge environmental disaster area. A soon-to-be-published World Bank report says some 500,000 people die each year as a result of pollution.

This is leading to unrest, demonstrations, riots, and a backlog of illnesses that will endure for generations.

Posted in China | 3 Comments »

Kneejerk

Posted by MEC on July 5, 2007

The Busheviks have the ultimate answer to any criticism of Bush’s commutation of I. Lewis Libby’s sentence for, basically, engaging in a coverup of the White House’s destruction of a CIA network that was seeking out information about weapons of mass destruction:

“CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON CLINTON!”

And the mediawhores, being the mediawhores that they are, are helping them distract us from Bush’s utter corruption by repeating the Busheviks’ deeply dishonest and hypocritical accusations against President Clinton.

And as Keitih Olbermann just pointed out even as I’m typing this, the mediawhores have conveniently forgotten that when President Clinton pardone Marc Rich (cited as the ultimate example of Clintonian corruption), Rich’s attorney who was working so hard on obtaining that pardon was … I. Lewis Libby.

Posted in anti-truth, Busheviks, Clenis, Clinton Rules, distractions, GOP/Media Complex, hypocrites, Libby trial, mediawhores | 2 Comments »

Let the games begin

Posted by Charles II on July 5, 2007

The DC Madam is free to release her files (maybe)

Posted in Just for fun, Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

Is There a Contradiction Here?

Posted by MEC on July 5, 2007

Earlier this week, I saw reports that civilian deaths in Iraq have decreased 36% from May to June.

Today, however, brings a report that the number of unidentified bodies found in Baghdad has increased 41% since January.

So what’s happening here? Are war-related civilian deaths declining in the rest of the country but increasing in Baghdad? Are the deaths declining overall, but “executions” are increasing?

If more and more people are being murdered and dumped in the streets, this does not seem to indicate that the “surge” is suppressing sectarian conflict and bringing peace to Iraq. Quite the contrary.

The longer U.S. forces stay in Iraq, the more troops the U.S. deploys in Iraq, the worse it will get. You just can’t stop a fire by pouring more gasoline on it.

Posted in Iraq war, wrong way to go about it, WTF? | 3 Comments »

Al Gore’s Son, Pot, And A Prius

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 5, 2007

I feel badly for the Gore family. Driving under the influence of any drug, legal or not, isn’t a bright thing to be doing, but it’s pretty disgusting to think that he’s going to see more jail time for this than Rush will for blatant Oxycontin abuse, or Scooter Libby will for outing Valerie Plame and destroying her Iraq WMD spy network at Dick Cheney’s order and with George W. Bush’s knowledge and approval, and then lying about it to protect Cheney and Bush.

One good thing about this, though: I wonder how many gearheads who’d been avoiding the Prius because they thought it was a wimpy-ass “chick car” read this and thought: “Wow! He did 100 miles an hour in that thing?! And still got 60 miles per gallon? I WANT ONE!”

Posted in big money, eedjits, environment | 24 Comments »

Fred Thompson, Mole for Nixon

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 5, 2007

Looks like at least one major newspaper isn’t buying longtime lobbyist and former Senator Fred Thompson’s efforts to rewrite himself a heroic role in the Watergate scandal. From the Boston Globe:

The day before Senate Watergate Committee minority counsel Fred Thompson made the inquiry that launched him into the national spotlight — asking an aide to President Nixon whether there was a White House taping system — he telephoned Nixon’s lawyer.Thompson tipped off the White House that the committee knew about the taping system and would be making the information public. In his all-but-forgotten Watergate memoir, “At That Point in Time,” Thompson said he acted with “no authority” in divulging the committee’s knowledge of the tapes, which provided the evidence that led to Nixon’s resignation. It was one of many Thompson leaks to the Nixon team, according to a former investigator for Democrats on the committee, Scott Armstrong , who remains upset at Thompson’s actions.

Thompson was a mole for the White House,” Armstrong said in an interview. “Fred was working hammer and tong to defeat the investigation of finding out what happened to authorize Watergate and find out what the role of the president was.”

When confronted about this recently, Thompson, in keeping with Nixon White House practice, issued a non-denial denial.

If the news media is looking for a Republican who really was a hero during the Watergate crisis, they should be looking instead at Lowell Weicker, who served on the Senate Judiciary Committee and led the group of moderate “Rockefeller Republicans” who put country over party and pushed for Nixon’s impeachment — and suffered the wrath of the conservatives in the GOP base, who eliminated them one by one from public office.

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