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The Great Syrian Watermelon Bombing Raid

Posted by Charles II on October 19, 2007

(Patience: there’s an interesting link at the end)

There’s so much manure circulating about the Israeli attack on Syria that one wonders whether the Israelis didn’t hit a fertilizer factory.

Maybe they did.

An Israeli newspaper reported that the bombing attack had been at a research facility.

The New York Times:

Foreign journalists perused the rows of corn and the groves of date palms pregnant with low-hanging fruit here this week, while agents of Syria’s ever present security services stood in the background, watching closely, almost nervously.

“You see — around us are farmers, corn, produce, nothing else,” said Ahmed Mehdi, the Deir ez Zor director of the Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands, a government agricultural research center, as he led two of the journalists around the facilities.

So, they give the tour. No bomb craters.
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So Much for Net Neutrality

Posted by MEC on October 19, 2007

And so it begins.

Comcast Blocks Some Internet Traffic

Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally.
 

The interference, which The Associated Press confirmed through nationwide tests, is the most drastic example yet of data discrimination by a U.S. Internet service provider. It involves company computers masquerading as those of its users.
 

[…]
 

…Comcast subscribers can download BitTorrent files without hindrance. Only uploads of complete files are blocked or delayed by the company, as indicated by AP tests.
 

But with “peer-to-peer” technology, users exchange files with each other, and one person’s upload is another’s download. That means Comcast’s blocking of certain uploads has repercussions in the global network of file sharers.

Posted in capitalism as cancer, net neutrality | 3 Comments »

Compassionate Conservatism in Action

Posted by MEC on October 19, 2007

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Government money short to help poor pay heating bills

The government’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP, only has enough funding to cover 16 percent of the 38 million poor households eligible for the program.
 

The current $2.16 billion LIHEAP budget in only $300 million more than what the program had when it was created by Congress in 1981. Despite higher energy costs, the Bush administration has proposed cutting the program’s budget.
 

[…]
 

U.S. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman said on Friday that current oil prices were “far too high” and the White House said this week the Bush administration was concerned about the impact high energy prices have on low-income families.
 
Still, the administration did not back away from its threat to veto legislation to boost funding for LIHEAP to levels it has called too high.

That’s “compassionate conservatism”: paying lip service and then refusing to do anything that might, you know, actually help people who aren’t rich.

Michigan has a nongovernmental program called The Heat and Warmth Fund, which helps low-income families pay their heating bills, from donations by individuals, corporations, and charitable foundations. I’m sure other states have similar organizations. If you can’t find one in your area, feel free to donate to THAW.

Posted in 'starving the beast', BushCo malfeasance, hypocrites, madness of King George | 4 Comments »

Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on October 19, 2007

Alexander the Great and Lady Lightfoot enjoy the unseasonably warm weather while it lasts.

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Judge to Bush: You Must Obey the Law

Posted by MEC on October 19, 2007

U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola has told George W. Bush in no uncertain terms that the Presidential Records act applies to him.

Facciola said it is necessary to hold out the threat of a contempt-of-court citation to ensure that White House personnel safeguard backup tapes of electronic messages that may have been deleted.
 

[…]
 

The Federal Records Act and the President Records Act require that all e-mails be saved.

Don’t expect the Busheviks to respect Judge Facciola’s authority in the matter of interpreting law:

In a hearing before Facciola on Wednesday, the Justice Department argued strenuously against the course of action the magistrate ended up taking.

I can only wonder how many incriminating e-mails have already been wiped out; they’ve had plenty of time to work on it while they argue against the rule of law. What we really need is a special prosecutor to be assigned to the case, and a judge to rule that the prosecutor can impound the White House and RNC servers.

Posted in BushCo malfeasance, dope slaps for Dubya | 3 Comments »

This Is Interesting

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 19, 2007

When the RNC made Mel Martinez their chair less than a year ago, the scuttlebutt was that it was so that he’d be the guy they could blame for when the Republicans tanked horrifically in ’08.

Looks like Mel Martinez doesn’t want to play that game:

Mel Martinez, the public face of the Republican National Committee as its general chairman, announced Friday he was stepping down from his post after serving only 10 months.

Aside from being scapegoat material, he pulled double duty as the token Hispanic in an alleged ‘leadership’ role, though his actual role was as window dressing:

Martinez has shared the chairmanship with Mike Duncan, a longtime RNC official who has been responsible for the party’s day-to-day operations. Republican officials say with Martinez’ departure, the RNC will return to a traditional leadership structure with a single chairman.

President Bush named Martinez, a prominent Hispanic who previously served in the Cabinet, as general chairman last November.

He had been reluctant to assume the role and did so only after repeated White House overtures. When he accepted the job, he had indicated to friends that he anticipated serving only about a year in the post.

The first-term senator was brought on to be the face of the party, focusing on fundraising, outreach and travel to promote the GOP agenda.

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Pete Stark Shows ‘Em How It’s Done

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 19, 2007

Oh noes! That mean ole Pete Stark picked on that filthy murderous unelected usurper boy The Preznit! Watch as Republicans stage heavily-orchestrated and coordinated hissy kabuki!

Meanwhile, 88% of the folks responding to a CNN poll essentially said to Pete: “D-VON! GET — the TABLE!”

And for comparative purposes, let’s look at behaviors Republicans consider to be OK (and their media buddies largely ignore) so long as they’re the ones doing them.

Posted in Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, Democrats, Democrats with spines, Iraq war, speaking truth to power | 4 Comments »

Friday Noon News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 19, 2007

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— So, if Cynthia McKinney had to be forced out of Congress for being anti-Semitic, what does that say about Al Wynn’s campaign (h/t Atrios)? Or is it OK because he’s Rahm Emanuel’s bestest fwend evah?

— The ACLU’s good FISA bill in the House (HR 3782) was shot down. The not-so-good House bill (the RESTORE Act) was sabotaged by Eric Coulter Cantor. The horrific Bush-and-telco-coddling, Constitution-raping Senate bill is being waved onto the Senate floor, over the holds and objections voiced by Senators Chris Dodd and Patrick Leahy, with hugs and kisses from Harry Reid and Dianne Feinstein.

But Chris Dodd has something to say about that: FILIBUSTER!

Reward good behavior.

Posted in 2008, ACLU, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, Congress, Constitution, Constitutional crisis, Democrats, Democrats with spines, Harry Reid | Comments Off on Friday Noon News Roundup

Nearly Half Of Americans See Yellow Liquid Trickling Down On Them, Realize It’s Not Rain

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 19, 2007

From CNN:

Nearly half of Americans feel the U.S. economy is in a recession, marked by a significant decline in economic activity, according to a survey released Thursday.

The poll by the CNN-Opinion Research Corporation found that while 46 percent of Americans hold that belief, 51 percent don’t.

Black citizens were more pessimistic than whites, findings show.

Sixty-nine percent of black Americans feel the United States is in a recession, while only 42 percent of white Americans feel the same way.

For mild amusement, check out the comments section. It’s filled to bursting by Bushbots in serious denial.

Posted in Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, capitalism as cancer, economy, eedjits, getting a clue | 1 Comment »

 
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