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Iraq Contractor Contradicts Rosy Surge Scenarios Spun By Bush, McCain, Media Enablers

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 30, 2008

We knew that Bush lied us into war. It shouldn’t be surprising to hear that they’re lying about alleged ‘progress’ in Iraq:

But rather than security improvements being “substantial over the past nine months,” an assessment today from a leading private security and intelligence contractor in Iraq shows that the security picture hasn’t changed significantly since October 1, 2007.

Don’t expect to hear the name “GardaWorld” come up in any of Bush’s briefings.


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Tim Russert as the face of Christ?

Posted by Charles II on June 30, 2008

That’s what the Anchoress says. James Wolcott can barely pack all the atrocities recently committed in the name of St. Tim into one post(thanks to Avedon)

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Tell me again, why was Gray Davis recalled?

Posted by Charles II on June 30, 2008

Michael Marois, Bloomberg:

As the most populous U.S. state, with a gross domestic product that’s No. 8 in the world, California is so strapped for cash that it must consider a short-term, $10 billion loan to cover its bills. The widening deficit means the financing may be about 0.85 percentage point more expensive than five years ago, when Davis lost his job over a budget gap twice as large as the $17 billion deficit the state now faces. That’s an added $8.5 million on every $1 billion borrowed…

At the same time inflation is quickening, the Treasury and local governments are stepping up borrowing amid expanding budget deficits. The U.S. government’s shortfall for May totaled $165.9 billion, more than in all of fiscal 2007.

California, as the biggest borrower in the $2.66 trillion municipal market, bears the brunt of investor discord.

The state sold $1.5 billion of bonds last week, paying 5.3 percent on the portion due in 30 years, up from 4.78 percent on similar securities issued a year ago, according to data compiled by Bloomberg….

Under Schwarzenegger, a 60-year-old Republican, California began 2007 without a budget deficit for the first time in six years. By the end of the year, he was forced to declare a fiscal emergency.

The state borrowed $7 billion through short-term notes last October. Three months later Schwarzenegger ordered mid-year budget cuts and $3.2 billion of further borrowing to plug a gap that swelled to $14 billion in one year.

California has done horribly under Republicans. Reagan and the anti-taxers destroyed the fiscal foundations, Wilson and the nativists undercut education and filled the prisons, and Schwarzenegger has borrowed the state into near-bankruptcy. What’s not to like?

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Yet Another Reminder That There Are No News Sources You Can Uncritically Trust

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 30, 2008

The Independent announces that measles, after decades of being under control, is now endemic to the UK. Of course, what they won’t admit is the role they and other credulous media played and still play in trumpeting the debunked anti-vaccination bollocks of Andrew Wakefield.

Posted in frauds, science and medicine, WTF? | 1 Comment »

“Let’s You and Him Fight”

Posted by MEC on June 30, 2008


Looks like Some People want the conflict of the Democratic primary to continue into the general election, thus reducing the Democratic candidate’s chance of being elected.

And evidence strongly suggests that those people aren’t what they claim to be.

Amanda Marcotte did a little research on the “Hillary supporters” who are so outraged that Hillary Clinton didn’t get the nomination that they’re throwing “their” Democratic party under the bus. Her discoveries don’t surprise me and shouldn’t surprise you if you’ve been paying attention for the last few years:

  • Commenters in various blogs claiming to be outraged Clinton supporters don’t seem to have much history of comments on other things.
  • In news articles about the backlash against Obama, there’s “a lot of speculation, but no quotes” [emphasis mine].
  • A PAC formed to stand up against sexism in the Democratic Party was formed by a woman who’s only campaign contribution (per OpenSecrets) was to John McCain.

Right along with the efforts to perpetuate the “Hillary supporters all hate Obama” canard are the rumors gleefully recounted by the likes of Fox News that even if Hillary Clinton is willing to put a good face on it for the sake of party unity, Bill Clinton is saying nasty things behind Barack’s back. These reports cite the ever-popular “anonymous Democratic sources”.

When you see reports of conflict, even hatred, between Barack Obama and oh, just about every other Democrat, remember that Republicans have a tradition of winning elections by using lies, more lies, and great big fat lies to trash the other candidate.

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How Frickin’ Petty Can You Get?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 30, 2008

Just found this out from a UK friend of mine — it seems that Gordon Brown is bowing to pressure from Bush and his minions and is trying to force British banks to stop dealing with Cuba.

Frickin’ grandkids of mobsters are behind this garbage. Despicable.

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Taliban offensive in Pakistan threatens troop supply lines

Posted by Charles II on June 29, 2008

Andrew Buncombe, London Independent:

Pakistan’s military yesterday launched what it described as a major offensive against Taliban forces that were threatening to take control of the city of Peshawar.

In recent weeks, militants have been tightening their hold on villages and towns on the outskirts of the city, capital of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP). Truckloads of Taliban fighters armed with automatic weapons have been entering the city, threatening video store owners and others in a “moral crackdown”. A number of residents have also been abducted for ransom….

The threat to Peshawar highlights the Taliban’s steady growth in Pakistan. Many believe the movement is exploiting a power vacuum in Islamabad, where there has been constant infighting since February’s election produced a coalition government led by the Pakistan People’s Party.

Pakistan’s tribal areas have fallen ever further into the grip of the Taliban and al-Qa’ida, but for one of the country’s major cities to do so would cause an international alarm. The US argues that a major supply route for its troops in Afghanistan through the Khyber Pass would be threatened and, with its allies, has opposed the new government’s efforts to negotiate ceasefires with the militants.

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Easter in June!

Posted by Charles II on June 28, 2008

Josh Lowensohn tells us about some of the cool Easter eggs on the web:

Adding hidden items in Web sites is what separates good developers from great ones. Below I’ve compiled a list of 10 of my personal favorites from the past few years. If you have any of your own feel free to share them in the comments.

1. The Konami code. The infamous code sequence that appears in many video games old and new (↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A) has a place on the Internet too. Two sites that we know of take advantage of this to yield humorous results. The first, and most recent, is Google Reader. Inputting the code graces your feed source menu with one of the ninjas found in the newly skinnable sharing pages. This trick also works on Entering in the code and hitting enter at the end will take you to the cheats section for Contra, the game for the Nintendo Entertainment System for which it’s best known.

2. Yahoo’s singing yokel. If you remember the 1990s you’ll remember this wonderful yell–the sound of the Yahoo yodeler. To hear it any time just click on the ! at the end of the Yahoo logo on

3. JetBlue wants a sandwich. The infamous peanut butter jelly time dancing banana (background) was briefly a part of JetBlue’s travel search site. Typing in “PBJ” into the search box while holding shift and clicking the search button would pull up a clip from Fox’s Family Guy with the dog Brian doing the dance. It was removed shortly after it was discovered. You can still see a shot of what it looked like here.


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The Bloom Is Off The Jindal Rose

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 28, 2008

It wasn’t that long ago that Piyush “Bobby” Jindal was being lauded as an up-and-coming charismatic star in the Republican Party, the GOP’s answer to Barack Obama.

Those days are over, probably for good: The recall petition will likely see to that.

Crashing Vor has the details, here and here.

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Scalia v. Truth

Posted by MEC on June 27, 2008

Antonin Scalia seems determined to demonstrate a disregard for judicial propriety and the truth both on and off the bench.

In his dissent in Boumediene v. Bush, Scalia asserted that granting the detainees the right of habeus corpus “will almost certainly cause more Americans to be killed” because “at least 30 of those prisoners hitherto released from Guantánamo have returned to the battlefield.” That assertion is patently false.

Scalia also uses lies to justify the decision in Bush v. Gore, repeating the canard that Richard Nixon graciously conceded the 1960 election in spite of evidence that vote fraud boosted Kennedy’s total. As David Greenberg detailed, however, Nixon only gave the appearance of accepting the outcome; behind the scenes, he authorized and encouraged other Republicans to challenge the outcome: “The Republicans obtained recounts, involved U.S. Attorneys and the FBI, and even impaneled grand juries in their quest to get a different election result.”

It’s not just his dishonesty that makes Scalia’s decisions so shameful. It’s the evidence that Scalia bases his decisions not on the Constitution but on his personal opinions. In his dissent in Boumediene v. Bush, Scalia cites his belief about the possible consequences. In Bush v. Gore, it seems he based his decision on his disapproval of Al Gore. And he claims he bases his decisions on Original Intent? Nothing could be further from the truth.

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