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Mexico, September 1 2007

Posted by Charles II on September 2, 2007

The fictitious president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, energized perhaps by gin fizzes, has promised that if the US builds a wall along the border, Mexicans will–all together now– jump it.  (via SdP )

According to SdP, the Peaceful Civic Resistance attempted to prevent FeCal from giving his “Informe” (State of the Union speech) at the National Palace. The authorities isolated and surrounded them with White Star buses (owned by Vicente Fox’s kids) and cranked up the sound  to drown them out. According to SdP, even the center/left papers are ignoring protests. Ruth Zavaleta of the PRD refused to accept the “Informe” from the presidential hands but allowed a subordinate to do so. This small act of defiance was edited out of television.

You can watch an independent view of the SOTU here. Hernandez says that Calderon did everything he wanted to, which amounted to nothing substantive, but did succeed in getting the PRD to effectively accept him. This suggests that the political system has closed around Calderon, the politicians have abandoned the people, and the national problems are simply getting deeper. You can also see a massive pro-Obrador demonstration in the Zocalo.

Five panistas were shot, two seriously so, by unknown assailants (probably from the Labor Party) in Veracruz; one later died. There is considerable electoral fraud alleged. In Papantla, PRDists held the municipal director of Papantla over vote buying charges.  In the port of Veracruz, the sister of the reigning PANist, was detained while in possession of a voter roll she shouldn’t have been able to obtain. In Cosaleacacque, the local deputy and candidate for mayor fired at PRDists. In Boca del Rio, PANists were detained with payoff money.
Ballot packets vanished from the town of Yanga. Apparently, men with heavy weapons pulled up and robbed the polls. The community responded by blocking the highway.

And the band played on.

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Bhutto return orchestrated by Washington

Posted by Charles II on September 2, 2007

Understand, I think ending the military dictatorship is a good thing, just done about 5 years too late, and probably in such a manner that Bhutto will end up branded as an American puppet. leaving the country in chaos. Tariq Fatemi, Dawn:

It was, however, not easy conveying to American officials and scholars the scale and depth of the transformation that had taken place in Pakistan in just a few weeks [after Musharraf capriciously expelled a Supreme Court justice]. For them, the only thing that mattered was the survival of the military regime. Most Americans were convinced that Musharraf was not only a sincere friend of theirs, but that he was the only leader who had the courage and capability to keep Pakistan stable and orderly, and, more importantly, remain committed to the war on terror.

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There Are Three Morals To This Story

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 2, 2007

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Here’s Christy Hardin Smith on how Specter and the GOP hosed Leahy over Southwick. 

The short version:  Specter conned Leahy into a delay when Leahy had the votes to kill Southwick’s nomination, then sweet-talked Feinstein (who is a sucker for flattery, especially from rich and well-connected men) into flipping to allow Southwick out of the SJC, and all the while blamed Leahy for the delay that he himself talked Leahy into providing!

Moral #1:  Never trust Republicans.  Ever.

Moral #2:  A coherent plan for dealing with Republicans would be nice.  And that plan can’t be dictated by the GOP/Media Complex, which praises the spineless and the corrupt sellouts among the Democrats as “bi-partisan”, while attacking and marginalizing the good Democrats.

Moral: #3:  Don’t be afraid to be tough.  They’re not.  (And don’t worry when they go whining to their friends in the media.  Let them.  People respect tough actors.)

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Yet Another Quality Bush Nominee

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 2, 2007

Goodness gracious great balls a’ fire, is Ben Bernanke the only major Bush appointee who isn’t an incompetent or a crook?

Get a load of this:

George Bush’s nominee for Surgeon General has drawn a lot of heat for among other things, his crack-pot anti-gay views as a leader in the United Methodist affiliate of the Institute on Religion and Democracy.   But a new report may finally sink his already controversial nomination in a sea of conflicts of interest that have marked his career.

Dr. James Holsinger has also been a longtime leader of the Confessing Movement in the United Methodist Church. The Confessing Movement is a rightwing “renewal group” affiliated with the Washington, DC-based Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD), whose purpose for a generation has been to divide and disrupt the historic churchs of mainline protestantism in the interests of advancing neoconservatism and the religious right.Holsinger was elected to the highest court in the Methodist Church a time when the IRD-affiliated church “renewal” groups had launched efforts to use church judicial systems to enforce their notions of orthodoxy, particularly on matters related to homosexuality.


Now, an investigation Rev. Andrew J. Weaver, Ph.D. and Lawrence H. McGaughey, Esq., and published at Media Transparency, shows that Holsinger used the sale of a United Methodist Church-owned hospital in Kentucky, as a cash cow for his personal ambitions. It took years of litigation by the church to find out what had happened to its money, only to learn that Holsinger had diverted millions to endow professorships at the Chandler Medical Center at the University of Kentucky where he served as Chancellor and fundraiser-in-chief.

Meanwhile, Weaver and McGaughy report Holsinger did not disclose to his fellow church justices that he he was party to significant litigation against the church in the state courts — and thereby surface any potential conflicts of interest. The litigation cost the United Methodist Church (UMC) millions of dollars in legal fees to recover its assets. The article also raises questions about how those assets (that were not given away) were managed while under the control of Dr. Holsinger and his associates, some of whom apparently also had conflicts of interest.

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