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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)

Posted in mediawhores, rightwing moral cripples | 2 Comments »

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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