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PETRAEUS LINKED TO SUICIDE IN IRAQ
EVERYONE: PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE BELOW ABOUT NEW EVIDENCE THAT CAME TO LIGHT SURROUNDING COL WESTHUSING'S SUICIDE. NOW IS THE TIME. THE CRIMINALS MUST GO.
This says it all: the anti-Christian greed and evil of the Bush administration, the corruption of the generals whom Bush put in place of the REAL generals who told him this war was a disaster.

All morning I've been praying for the world: for our troops' children and Iraqi children who have lost their fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters; for our precious, barely-out-of-high school troops; for the Iraqi people, for all suffering people of the world. Today will be a day of light and a new beginning. We can only go forward. But now is the time, the criminals must go. They have no place in this new world we are creating. The selfish, fundamentalist, divisive mindset of "neoconservatism" is a blight on mankind.

I've also been praying for our administration and our Congress to see the light. We can stop this war, stop this insanity, impeach Bush & Cheney & Rove, get rid of the debauched, corrupt, heinous neo-conservative mindset, which is truly anti-Christian.

NOW IS THE TIME. THE CRIMINALS MUST GO.

Gen. Petraeus Linked To High-Profile Suicide in Iraq

Col. Ted Westhusing, a West Point scholar, put a bullet in his head in Iraq after reporting widespread corruption. His suicide note -- complaining about human rights abuses and other crimes -- was addressed to his two commanders, including Gen. David Petraeus, now leader of the U.S. "surge" effort in Iraq. It urged them to "Reevaluate yourselves....You are not what you think you are and I know it."

Petraeus Linked To High-Profile Suicide in Iraq
Submitted by Clif

READ THIS ONE TOO. THIS WILL BLOW YOUR MIND: SECRETS ABOUT BLOOD MONEY IN IRAQ

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411 comments:

  1. Clif you have found some articles that need to hit the mainstream media.

    Blood money and suicide of soldiers have become a norm in the Bush war.

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  2. Anonymous9:59 AM

    Westhusing didn't commit suicide; he may have been murdered, according to an insider in the Carlyle Group.

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  3. If he was murdered they will leave th suicide story to cover up the murder.

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  4. Anonymous10:03 AM

    The family can't believe he committed suicide. A good Catholic wouldn't do that.

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  5. Karl Rove is defending his actions in the U.S attorney firing by saying they waited until they could find suitable replacements.

    Rove says this is all politics.

    Like he should know.

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  6. Anonymous10:05 AM

    Westhusing couldn't live with the corruption and human rights abuses he saw. He was an ethics professor too. But it doesn't make sense that he killed himself if he could have spoken out about it.

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  7. Anonymous10:06 AM

    I just heard that Harriet Myers is Rove's counterpart and is also responsible for a lot of this.

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  8. Those with the most to lose would have silenced him if they wanted him shut up that bad.

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  9. Democrats are pushing another bill to bring troops home by early 2008.

    The question is how long will they stick with this.

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  10. The Washington Post reports the number of homeless soldiers from the Iraq and Afganistan wars, is growing and they aren't sure just how many there really are.

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  11. These are the signs of the times.

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  12. The signs of the times and they will get worse.

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  13. Rep. Henry Waxman introduced a bill to restore full access to presidential records, so Bush can't rewrite anymore.

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  14. Panel OKs subpoenas in U.S. attorney probe
    Committee postpones authorizing subpoenas for President Bush's top aides.

    AP Updated: 1 hour, 16 minutes ago
    WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday cleared the way for subpoenas compelling five Justice Department officials and six of the federal prosecutors they fired to tell the story of a purge of U.S. attorneys that has prompted demands for the ouster of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

    The voice vote to authorize the panel to issue subpoenas amounts to insurance against the possibility that Gonzales could retract his permission to let the aides testify voluntarily, or impose strict conditions.

    The committee also postponed for a week a vote on whether to authorize subpoenas for President Bush's top aides who were involved in the eight firings, including political adviser Karl Rove, former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and deputy White House Counsel William K. Kelley.

    The committee approved subpoena power for key Justice Department officials involved in the firings: Michael Elston, Kyle Sampson, Monica Goodling, Bill Mercer and Mike Battle.

    Sampson, Gonzales' chief of staff, quit this week. Elston is staff chief to Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty and Mercer is associate attorney general. Goodling is Gonzales' senior counsel and White House liaison, and Battle is the departing director of the office that oversees all 93 U.S. attorneys.
    Gonzales has said he would allow the aides still at the Justice Department to testify voluntarily. It was unclear whether Sampson would agree to tell his story without a subpoena.

    The panel also approved subpoena power for six of the eight U.S. attorneys fired since December. The six, all of whom testified last week under oath before the House Committee, are: Carol Lam of California, Bud Cummins of Arkansas, Paul Charlton of Arizona, John McKay of Washington state, Daniel Bogden of Nevada, David Iglesias of New Mexico.

    The subpoenas are a warning to the embattled administration to follow through on promises in recent days by Gonzales and Bush to tell the whole story of the firings, beyond the selected details that Associate Deputy Attorney General William Moschella revealed to the House panel last week.

    "I want to obtain their cooperation and all relevant information," Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy said. "But I want people to know that if I do not get cooperation, I will subpoena, we will have testimony under oath in this committee. We will find out what happened."

    Ranking Republican Arlen Specter said he would do the same thing if he were still chairman, but he cautioned against passing judgment on Gonzales and the aides before the facts are fully known.

    "I agree that this committee should get to the bottom of this issue," Specter, R-Pa., said. "I would hope that we would do so with at least a modicum of objectivity."

    Republican call for dismissal
    On Wednesday Sen. John Sununu of New Hampshire became the first Republican in Congress to call for Gonzales' dismissal, hours after President Bush expressed confidence in his embattled Cabinet officer.

    "I think the president should replace him," Sununu said in an interview with The Associated Press.

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  15. Even repugs are starting to ask for Gonzalez to resign...........He's Through !!!!!!!!

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  16. Larry its funny isnt it how the repugs "CLAIMED" Democrats were in league with terrorists and supported them, and the terrorists wanted the Democrats to be elected ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,BUT Alishtari proves the exact opposite, I posted about this around 2 weeks ago.

    Alishtari was financing BOTH terrorist training camps and Repug Relection Campaigns........Alishtarti also tried to defraud investors and was named a "LIFETIME" "Inner Circle Member" to the NRCC's :White House Business Advisory Committee"

    So The Repugs and terrorists were not ONLY in league and supporting each other but the Bush administration and NRCC were being ADVISED by known terrorists.

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  17. Larry, ask ANY teacher, No Child Left Behind is one of their biggest frustrations it causes students and teachers to focus on merely passsing tests rather than actually learning and teaching.......It causes more students to actually be left behind than anything other than possibly repug under funding for education.

    Its an ignorant blight on the education system proposed by an ignorant man.

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  18. Anonymous said...
    The family can't believe he committed suicide. A good Catholic wouldn't do that.


    All due respect, but good Catholics commit suicide all the time and good Catholics get divorced all the time (ask Rudy Giuliani) and good Catholics have abortions all the time...

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  19. Well Westhusing certainly "COULD" have committed suicide, but it is certainly plausible that he was murdered as well...........I certainly thought it somewhat odd that the suicide note was found somewhere else in the room away from where he died.......as usually writing the note is the last thing suicide victims do and it is usually right by them when they take their life.

    Also If he felt this strongly about the horrors that were going on, i would think he would want to stay alive to combat them.......but for now that will remain a mystery.

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  20. Its also highly questionable that the family did not believe he committed suicide usually a family or those close to a suicide victim can tell if someone is the type of person to commit suicide particularly after the fact when examined objectively.

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  21. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17607925/

    Should U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resign? * 34748 responses

    Yes
    79%

    No
    18%

    Not sure
    2.8%

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  22. 79% of our country or about 240 million people think Gonzalez should resign...............is that a lot guys...............I wonder how much of the Fringe Neo Con backwash of America think he should stay?

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  23. Well according to this poll about 18% of America or 54 million.....must be all the brain washed goosestepping inbred red necks who hate America and hate our soldiers and vets and Hate Fredom and Democracy and want to see America transformed into a fascist police state.

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  24. That 12 billion dollars just lost, while people just shrug and and dont even blink i find astounding.

    There is no accountability and it seems no real desire to hold any one accountable or responsible and get to the bottom of what REALLY happened............and the good for nothing MSM would rather cover Britney, Anna Nicole who has been dead for over a month or some idiot who lies and obstructs justice by falsely confessing to Jon Benet's murder and then is fed caviar and champaign and just up and released after breaking the law and falsely confessing to a crime......Instead of covering REAL NEWS and holding people accountable for their actions the MSM spoon feeds us BS!

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  25. House overturns Bush order on papers secrecy
    Bill overturns ’01 order that allowed presidents to keep documents private

    Reuters Updated: 2 hours, 20 minutes ago
    WASHINGTON - Brushing aside a veto threat, the House voted Wednesday to overturn a 2001 order by President Bush that lets former presidents keep their papers secret indefinitely.

    The measure, which drew bipartisan support and passed by a veto-busting 333-93 margin, was among White House-opposed bills the House passed that would widen access to government information and protect government whistleblowers.

    “Today, Congress took an important step towards restoring openness and transparency in government,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman said.
    The presidential papers bill nullifies a November 2001 order, criticized by historians, in which Bush allowed the White House or a former president to block release of a former president’s papers and put the onus on researchers to show a “specific need” for many types of records.

    Among beneficiaries of the Bush order was Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush, a former vice president and president.

    The order gave former vice presidents the right to stop the release of their papers through an executive privilege that previously only presidents could use. And it extended to deceased presidents’ designees rights to keep their papers secret indefinitely.

    The House bill would give current and former presidents 40 business days to object to requests to view their papers, allow a sitting president to override a former president’s claim of executive privilege and strip former vice presidents and the designees of deceased presidents of the power to use executive privilege to block access to their historical documents.

    In its veto warning, the White House said the bill encroaches on the president’s constitutional authority and the 40-day deadline would force presidents to use executive privilege to block information requests “out of an abundance of caution” and thereby invite litigation.

    The real reason, the White House said, for delays of up to five years in releasing presidential papers to researchers is a lack of archivists at presidential libraries.

    Many historians, however, support the House bill, saying the Bush order has slowed the declassification process.
    Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archives at George Washington University, said the average time to release presidential documents has grown to 78 months from 18 months since the Bush order, which he said directly contributed to one year of the lag.

    A similar bill is expected to be introduced in the Senate.

    Also passed by the House by a 331-94 margin, despite another veto threat, was a bill aimed at bolstering protections of government whistleblowers who report wrongdoing, especially those with private contractors and national security and scientific agencies.

    A third bill, which passed 308-117, was aimed at speeding requests for government information made under the Freedom of Information Act. The White House stopped short of threatening to veto it but said it could not support the bill.

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  26. Looks like the tyrant and self proclaimed "DECIDER" has been dealt another substantial blow right in the snout!

    Meanwhile Democracy is in the ICU on life support but still alive and kicking despite The powers of fascism and misrules best efforts.

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  27. House moves to clean up contracting process
    Democrats cite billions spent in Katrina reconstruction via no-bid contracts.
    Updated: 2 hours, 11 minutes ago
    WASHINGTON - House Democrats, saying billions have been wasted in contracts for Katrina reconstruction and Iraq, offered legislation Thursday to clean up government contracting practices.

    The White House protested the Accountability in Contracting Act, contending it would get in the way of administration efforts to make contracting more open and competitive.

    Debate on the contracting bill follows passage Wednesday of four other open government bills, including one giving more protection to whistleblowers and another obliging federal agencies to be more responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests for information.
    Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., in support of the contracting bill, cited Defense Department auditor estimates that at least one out of six dollars spent in Iraq is suspect, including $2.7 billion in contracts awarded to Halliburton, a giant oil services company once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney. She said post-Katrina contracts worth $8.75 billion have been plagued by waste, fraud and abuse.

    But Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, characterized the legislation as “the triumph of politics over policy by attempting to taint every government contractor with the high-profile transgressions that only a few have done.”

    The legislation would limit the awarding of no-bid contracts awarded in emergencies to one year, and requires agencies that spend more than $1 billion a year on federal contracts to implement plans to minimize use of sole-source contracts.

    It also charges agencies with reducing the number of cost-plus contracts that leave the government vulnerable to wasteful spending and demands that contract overcharges in excess of $10 million be disclosed to Congress.

    The bill sets limits on procurement officers dealing with their former or future employers in the private sector.

    The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the federal government awards contracts worth $400 billion every year.

    On Wednesday the House, with strong Republican support, passed four bills to make presidential and executive branch activities more transparent.

    Two directly affect the president — with one requiring that contributors to the presidential library make their donations public and another overturning a directive by President Bush making it easier for current and former presidents to withhold their records from historians and the public.

    ‘Overly burdensome’
    Another gives the public and the media more clout in getting sometimes-reluctant federal agencies to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests.

    The fourth expands whistle-blower protections, specifically for national security officials, airport screeners and government scientists who say they experience political pressure or retaliation because of their research.

    Several Democrats said faulty intelligence before the invasion of Iraq might have been exposed if security officials had had better channels to reveal their misgivings.

    The administration said it opposed the FOIA bill, arguing that the administration already was taking steps to streamline the often-delayed process of answering requests for information, and issued veto threats against the presidential records and whistle-blower bills.

    The whistle-blower measure, it said, “could compromise national security, is unconstitutional and is overly burdensome and unnecessary.”

    The Senate is already moving on the FOIA bill, with the Judiciary Committee holding hearings Wednesday on legislation offered by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and John Cornyn, R-Texas.

    The Senate also must consider the other bills before they can go to the president.

    The open government theme was part of Sunshine Week, March 11-17, a three-year-old national initiative led by the American Society of Newspaper Editors.






    AP

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  28. Its not that farfetched that Westhusing "COULD" have been murdered.................afterall I watched a show on Skull and Bones and otherr secret societies this past weekend and they implied that Bush 41 stood to gain id Reagan had died when he was shot................something I had never really even considered.

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  29. Mike,

    Ever see the movie "A Few Good Men"?

    Now, I realize that its dangerous comparing fiction to reality...sometimes it gets you stuck in a land war in Asia...but in this case, there's a parallel to be drawn.

    Sometimes, what you are living with is so hideous and it's been so frustrating getting your voice heard that you figure the only way to do it is to make some grand gesture.

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  30. I saw that Skull and Bones thing as well.

    I didn't buy a lot of what the couple of nutcases were claiming about them and the CFR (which Angela Jolie just joined, so their standards must be dropping) and so on.

    Primarily, Bush was Vice President, a job better suited for an S&B: low-key, behind the scenes, but in a position to influence the course of events.

    Kerry was S&B, as is Bush the Immature. Given his track record of failure, the S&B could easily have shifted the election to Kerry by forcing Bush out.

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  31. Lydia, I led with the same article at my place today. Here is my comment to it there:

    We may never know specifically what drove Westhusing to suicide. Petraeus did though, and Petraeus refused to buck the Bush regime. Now, after Bush has kept this covered-up for over a year, Petraeus has his reward. He gets to lead the Chickenhawk Charge. Where is the outrage? One principled general like Westhusing is worth more than a million Bush toadies.

    On suicide -vs- murder, I suppose either is possible, but I see suicide as entirely conceivable for a old school military purist who could not bring himself to turn on his commanders, but found their expectations to be so far outside the bounds of the ethical tradition of the US military, upon which he had based his entire professional career, that he could not bear the shame.

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  32. Tom, that's an excellent point about duty and honor and how someone deeply embued with them might struggle when confronted with the truth that others throw them around....how was it Colonel Jessup put it in "A Few Good Men"?

    Oh yes..."We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline."

    Of course, Jessup was most definitely not honorable and the speech really is a moment of self-reflection (which I think Nicholson missed in the movie, but I get the melodramatic effect he was going for), but that speech stuck with me to this day after playing him.

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  33. Carl, that's an excellent comparison. Jessup's front did embody the military ideals I notes, but it appears that Westhusing embodied them in real life.

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  34. Carl, that's an excellent comparison. Jessup's front did embody the military ideals I noted, but it appears that Westhusing embodied them in real life.

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  36. The attorney firing scandel could be the last straw for the Bush administration.

    While its true the President can hire and fire attorney's pretty much at will, there are some circumstances where he can't.

    One such instance is where its to impede a federal investigation. That makes the Lam firing the bitch of the bunch for Bush.

    Also it looks like Gonzales and others may have lied under oath to congress.

    ooops.

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  37. While people are focusing on the fact that Bush lied to us (what else is new?) if they tried to impede the Duke Cunningham investigation and prosecution then thats going to be a problem.

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  38. Thats where I think the dems are going with this. Thats why the subpeona power. That and the lying under oath to congress.

    Both criminal offenses, as well as impeachable offenses for Bush if his involvement is shown.

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  39. Gee, isn't it odd?

    For some reason, at this the darkest hour so far for Bushco and friends, old Johnny Moo Moo, the disinterested Candaian is noticably absent?

    I mean, I can understand Volt and FF wanting to hang themselves, but why would a guy who by his own description isn't taking sides, just disappear?


    Why?

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  40. Oh well.

    We'll fill him in when he gets back. He's probably in Cancun again.

    Of course, something tells me we won't have to. I see news paper headlines.... "IMPEACHED!"

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  41. Anonymous6:57 PM

    Hey I have been gone for months. I hope ya'll missed me. They were running a Hee Haw marathon and I think Lydia did her best acting on that show.


    Glad to see the hate speech is going strong. What a good Christian you are Lydia. You are the liberal equivalent of Ann Coulter. (Except Ann is still a babe, no matter what she says.)

    I can't wait for another repub presidential win next time. If Bush could beat the dems twice, why don't you just quit....


    Impeach Bush!!! Hah. You have been saying that for years. We will then have Cheney. Another true patriot.

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  42. Hey loser your BS idiocy is gonna get flushed down the toilet just like your wanna be Nazi Neo Con idols.......you got something to say or debate fine but this isnt going to be a pulpit to insult people or preach your Reich Wing BS, lies or dishonest talking points Got it troll.............your time is OVER and far too long it was!!!!

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  43. Worf said "ee, isn't it odd?

    For some reason, at this the darkest hour so far for Bushco and friends, old Johnny Moo Moo, the disinterested Candaian is noticably absent?

    I mean, I can understand Volt and FF wanting to hang themselves, but why would a guy who by his own description isn't taking sides, just disappear?"

    I thought the same exact thing.....he is exactly what you stated from the beginning Worf........Nothing more than a slimy Reich wing Troll one of the foulest of the bunch in fact.

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  44. Anonymous said...
    Hey I have been gone for months. I hope ya'll missed me. They were running a Hee Haw maratho


    Yup. That about sums you up, lock stock and barrel...

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  45. NOSTRAWORFEUS said...
    The attorney firing scandel could be the last straw for the Bush administration.


    Well, Rove at the very least. As much fun as I had with a guy named Scooter doing time, can you imagine Karl Rove being marched down Broadway in Shawshank Prison?

    Heywood: Hey, Fat Ass. Fat Ass! Talk to me boy! I know you're there I can hear you breathin'. Don't you listen to these nitwits you hear me? This place ain't so bad. Tell you what, I'll introduce you around, make you feel right at home. I know a couple of big old bull queers that'd just love to make you're acquaintance. Especially that big, white, mushy butt of yours.

    Fat Ass: God! I don't belong here! I want to go home!

    Inmates: We have a winner!

    Heywood: And it's Fat Ass by a nose!

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  46. Worf said "Thats where I think the dems are going with this. Thats why the subpeona power. That and the lying under oath to congress.

    Both criminal offenses, as well as impeachable offenses for Bush if his involvement is shown."

    Yep, out of all the crimes against the Constitution and Humanity that Bush has committed, I think this will be the one that brings down a tyrant..........only thing is Gonzalez will go down first......and if they play this right the repugs wont be able to use the pardon scam to stifle and obstruct the investigation like they did with Ole Scooter.

    BTW wopuldnt it be a real Hoot if Bush and Cheney got impeached BEFORE they could pardon ole Scooter like they promised........BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!

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  47. NOSTRAWORFEUS said...
    Oh well.

    We'll fill him in when he gets back. He's probably in Cancun again.


    I don't think Edmonton prison is called "Cancun."

    Like I said, Worf...I know people...

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  48. The rumors of my death on the gallows are much exaggerated.

    However the fact that everytime somebody makes up a "scandal" our guys just roll over instead of standing up for themselves and denouncing these moonbats DOES make me pretty queasy.

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  49. Karl Rove is about to get what is coming to him after these latest email revelations.

    Unless the Dems get spineless.

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  50. Carl said "Mike,

    Ever see the movie "A Few Good Men"?

    Now, I realize that its dangerous comparing fiction to reality...sometimes it gets you stuck in a land war in Asia...but in this case, there's a parallel to be drawn.

    Sometimes, what you are living with is so hideous and it's been so frustrating getting your voice heard that you figure the only way to do it is to make some grand gesture"

    Good point Carl and Tomcat and I agree both that that was a very memorable scene and that you are right that he could very well have committed suicide for the reasons you outlined.

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  51. Neocon loser George Allen is preparing to run for John Warner's Senate seat.

    Guess he didn't get beat enough last time.

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  52. Voltron said...
    The rumors of my death on the gallows are much exaggerated


    The day's still early, reVolting.

    I'm curious, tho...why are you so infatuated with this blog, when no one bothers even looking at yours anymore?

    Aren't you getting the hint here? You're in love with us, but that love is unrequited!

    You're hooked on us, but we don't give a damn about you.

    You hang on each and every word we write here, but no one gives a crap about the spewings of you and the other fecal volcanoes that infest your part of the blogosphere.

    We live in the light. You run when the light's are turned on.

    Aren't you just the least bit concerned about your addiction? I say that as a compassionate and goodhearted liberal, who generally cares about people.

    Oh. Right. People.

    That excludes you, doesn't it?

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  53. See, I never said I thought he WAS murdered, I just that that anonymous raised some good points and there were some inconsistencies in the suicide that made foul play plausible.

    Namely that his family did not believe he committed suicide, and the fact the note was found away from the body, which is unusual and if there was foul play could have been overlooked by the murderer.

    Again i'm not saying it was or wasnt a suicide, just that both theories are plausible.

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  54. Damn Duke...screwed my bracket up but good. At least I called the Marquette loss...

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  55. Mike,

    Neither you nor I are privvy to the police reports and evidence found at the scene, so we both have to judge it on the merits of what we read.

    Yea, murder is plausible, but if you recall, the vast right wing conspiracy made great political hay out of creating "inconsistencies" in the Vince Foster suicide.

    So given they're still involved, I tend to lean towards suicide, since that's not their MO.

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  56. Breaking News Breaking News

    Future jailbird Tom Delay says Newt Gingrich was an ineffective House speaker with a flawed moral compass, in his upcoming memoir.

    Now Delay should know all baout those every problems.

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  57. Voltron the Spinmeister said "However the fact that everytime somebody makes up a "scandal" our guys just roll over instead of standing up for themselves and denouncing these moonbats DOES make me pretty queasy."

    First of all Dolty, NO ONE is making up these scandals these are all your guys corruption and crimminal behavior coming to light.

    Now as for being queasy because our guys just roll over instead of standing up for themselves...........I share your pain bro........the dems are weak and soft as well.

    But as for your guys they've been stonewalling and supporting the tyrant long enough....they either got to stand tall on the side of justice or get flushed down the toilet in 2008 when the election holds them accountable for their actions.

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  58. Actually Carl, the word "love" is a little strong. I like Lydia and although I think she's terribly misguided, her heart seems to be in the right place. I kinda like Mikey, he's wrong of course but spunky, and Worfs OK in his more sane moments.

    That said, this blog is sort of like watching a train wreck. You know its morbid and wrong, but somehow you just can't look away.

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  59. Hugo Chavez told Barbara Walters in an interview to be shown Friday, that Bush and Condi kill people.

    Chavez also said if he ran for U.S President he would win over any right wing candidate.

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  60. Carl said "Mike,

    Neither you nor I are privvy to the police reports and evidence found at the scene, so we both have to judge it on the merits of what we read.

    Yea, murder is plausible, but if you recall, the vast right wing conspiracy made great political hay out of creating "inconsistencies" in the Vince Foster suicide.

    So given they're still involved, I tend to lean towards suicide, since that's not their MO."

    Ok Carl but when I hear an official investigation I also consider other Reich Wing attemts to stifle or manipulate investigations..............Federal prosecutors being fired, generals being fired, investigations being stop because material was either classified or the federal prosecutor was fired etc.......

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  61. Awe Volts allright.........I feel the same way, I think he's misguided and dont agree with much of what he says but he can be an allright guy.

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  62. Four U.S soldiers were killed in Baghdad today.

    Another great bloody day for Bush.

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  63. "the vast right wing conspiracy made great political hay out of creating "inconsistencies" in the Vince Foster suicide.

    So given they're still involved, I tend to lean towards suicide, since that's not their MO."


    Yeah, but if the Clinton administration was still in power we COULD lean toward murder since that WAS their MO.

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  64. Speaking of JM² and FF, FF did check in recently but I haven't heard from the Moo meister in quite awhile. Hope he's OK...

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  65. Lydia - Thanks for posting this.
    I remember the suicide well.
    Too bad this did not break before he was appointed Top Hat in Iraq.

    Peace.

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  66. Blogtron said...
    That said, this blog is sort of like watching a train wreck. You know its morbid and wrong, but somehow you just can't look away.



    Yea? Well since you do more than "look", but are a regular and long standing participant, that makes you what?

    The caboose?

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  67. And by the way Volty, why don't you advise your buddy Rove when he's on trial to call the federal investigator a "moonbat".

    I'm sure that will help.

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  68. Anonymous said...
    Hey I have been gone for months. I hope ya'll missed me


    Missed you?

    We don't even know who the hell you are.


    :|


    You'd have to actually use a handle for that to occur.

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  69. Voltron said...

    I haven't heard from the Moo meister in quite awhile. Hope he's OK...


    That would require years of therapy and lots of medication.

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  70. Voltron says he hasn't heard from goober in quite awhile, maybe he should go a few posts up. They came in together.

    Coincidence?

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  71. Guys it REALLY illustrates how low the bar has fallen for thye trolls that the ONLY way they can come in here is insulting people anonymously.

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  72. They don't have much longer to slither here.

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  73. Worf said "Thats where I think the dems are going with this. Thats why the subpeona power. That and the lying under oath to congress.

    Both criminal offenses, as well as impeachable offenses for Bush if his involvement is shown."

    Yep, out of all the crimes against the Constitution and Humanity that Bush has committed, I think this will be the one that brings down a tyrant..........only thing is Gonzalez will go down first......and if they play this right the repugs wont be able to use the pardon scam to stifle and obstruct the investigation like they did with Ole Scooter.

    BTW wouldnt it be a real Hoot if Bush and Cheney got impeached BEFORE they could pardon ole Scooter like they promised........BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!

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  74. The new emails reveal Rove was in this deeper that Gonzales.

    If the Democrats had any spine they would take him down.

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  75. Well they might not have much spine Larry, and I don't think they do, but it is starting to look like they might have a plan.

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  76. If they have a plan it has me baffled. I hope they will do something except give flowery interviews.

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  77. I think this could be the straw that breaks the camels back and brings down the tyrant.........I think Gonzalez is going down, possibly Rove as well.........and this time shit might actually roll up hill and take down Bush.

    The Democrats may be spinelesss and these charges may seem minor in comparison to the other Crimes Bush and his cronnies have committed, but...........lets not forget that the thing that brought down Al Capone was not murdr, conspiracy or racketeering, it was income tax evasion.........this could bring down the bush crime syndicate just like many so called Teflon Dons were brought low by lesser charges and or former associates rolling over and turning evidence on them.

    Lets also keep in mind that if Bush is impeached or implicated in the investigation he cant pardon, or if the investigation stretches till AFTER he is out of office the pardon scam to obstruct justice is slammed shut.

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  78. I think GONZO is gone for LYING to congress.

    Rove even though what he did was slimy, in this he actually broke NO laws, since the President has the right to fire attorney's at will. Thus advocating to the president when he is an adviser to the president a policy which is lawful, well unless he lies to congress he probably is safe, and Bush is isolated in his bubble as usual.

    Rove is smart enough to let "Speedy Gonzo" take this fall just like he was able to have Scooter Libby(what a name to go to prison with) to fall on his sword in Plamegate.

    If rove doesn't lie he is safe, and he does have a claim of executive privilege because he is a senior adviser to the President. What he told Gonzo or Gonzo's chief of staff probably would not be covered by executive privilege, but they would go to court to stretch out the time line, and try to run the clock out before 2009.

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  79. Well thats basically my take on this also Clif.......but like I said before they could wait till after Bush is out of office to charge them for this or other crimes and then the pardon window is closed

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  80. Not a chance Mike, Bush can pardon Rove for any and all crimes he might have committed before Jan 9th 2009 and nobody could touch Rove then, anybody else Bush wants to give a get outa jail free card.

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  81. Well if the lie under oath after Bush is gone thats a whole different matter

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  82. Right, but congress in 209 especially if a democrat wins the white house will have much more important problems to fix then Rove who would be gone and irrelevant at that point in time.

    No Bush will cover those he knows needs it, then they will continue to claim executive privilege, which would tie things up and give the same fooles who choose bush in the first place a chance to cover up for him also.

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  83. Well if that truly is the case then Congress NEEDS to amend the Constitution so the President CANT pardon his own cronies to stifle investigations and obstruct justice!!!!

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  84. Clif I dont think a repug could possibly win the White House after another 1 1/2 years of GWB!

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  86. Lydia's blog is doing something right. It has been banned from being shown in Communist China.

    You can check out your favorite blog to see if it has also been banned, or if it leans toward Bush to much.

    http://greatfirewallofchina.org/test/

    Good job Lydia. You like your blog are truly All American.

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  87. Another four U.S soldiers were killed in bombings in Iraq.

    Aren't you proud Bush?

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  88. I also wrote about this yesterday.

    I am not certain at all that the Colonel committed suicide, but I can certainly see how a man of his ethics may have been driven past his breaking point by what he saw going on.

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  89. Interesting;

    Valire Plame UNDER OATH says she was

    1 COVERT

    2 Very few people KNEW this.

    Also interesting, Chairman Waxman said gen Hayden, NO liberal raving moonbat said, She was covert, and the congress was cleared to say so,

    In other words the re-pubie trolls and talking heads are LIARS.

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  90. This hearing destroys the MYTH Valire Plame was NOT Covert, because under OATH she says she was covert.

    also it shows how hard the republicans in BOTH the white House and US Senate went to LIE about who sent Joseph Wilson to Niger.

    Thus the republicans are willing to destroy US National security in a time of war THEN lie about it for PURELY political reasons.

    Such good "protectors" of this country, PURE LIARS all of them, including the trolls HERE.

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  91. What do Keith Olbermann, Senator Charles Schumer, Jon Stewart, Nancy Pelosi, David Letterman, The New York Times, former President Bill Clinton hundreds of abortion providers, US Supreme Court Justices and now John Edwards all have in common?

    They've all been victims of domestic terror attacks attacks:

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Mar 15, 2007 (AP)— The campaign headquarters of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards reopened Thursday after authorities determined the white substance found in an envelope wasn't dangerous, campaign officials said.

    Edwards said a letter in the envelope contained "some negative comments" and powder spilled out of the envelope, but he didn't elaborate on what the letter said or its possible source.

    "It's like any high-profile presidential campaign, you're going to encounter threats and these kinds of instances," Edwards said during a conference call before a scheduled speech at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire.



    One teeny minor mistake here, since John Edwards is a declared candidate for the president of the United States. It could mean the united states secret service just might be the agency who looks into this one, and from working around them while I was in the service, you do not want them coming after you, THEY never give up.

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  92. Ann Coulter no doubt approves of "powdering" Edwards. She's advocated it so often that it's no wonder people are actually doing it.

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  93. Hopefully the SS will ask Coulterguist about that also.......

    Maybe (s)he can explain that joke to them.

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  94. The hearings on the outing of Valire Plame showed the White House totally ignores the rules of investigation any disclosure if classified information.

    Like what they did even though in violation of statutes about disclosure and the required investigations were NOT needed.

    I guess KKKarl and others have different laws and rules than the rest of us.

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  95. Remember the congresswoman from OHIO who told a combat veteran John Murtha cowards "cut and run" marines never do?

    Meanwhile, today on the Hill, Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) was seen making a spectacle of herself when the unlucky lawmaker slipped and fell in what we’re told was vomit, in a bathroom in Cannon. (Some nice female dealing with the repercussions of Jason Roe’s going away party by chance?) “She made THE biggest scene in the hallway,” says a staffer who escaped the, um, regurgitation. “It’s literally all down her back.”

    ain't Karma grand?

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  96. Gonzales lied under oath.

    He told Congress under oath that the Bush administration never intended to use a provision in the Patriot act to bypass senate confirmation for attorney candidates.

    But his chief of staffs emails show they did intend to do that.


    :|

    ooops

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  97. I hear they frown on that.

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  98. Worfeus, the hearings about Valire Plame, is good, the questioning of the white House official who is supposed to investigate ANY leak of classified information was riveting, he had to admit HE never investigation about anything even though he knew;

    Rove lied to Scott McClelend, which could very well get his security clearance pulled, and that numerous people freely gossiped about classified information both with each other, A big NO NO concerning classified info.

    Especially with members of the press, which should require a thourgh investigation.

    That definitely should have been investigated by the white house personnel who had the responsibility to clear people for handling classified material.

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  99. The white house says they didn't know she was covert.

    :|

    You think they'd have checked first.


    Being the White House and all.

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  100. Even if she wasn't covert, CIA agents are not supposed to talk openly about where they work or what they do.

    You'd think the White House would know that.


    Being the White House and all...

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  101. Gen Hayden said she WAS covert.

    He cleared the congress to say she was covert.

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  102. Clif said "This hearing destroys the MYTH Valire Plame was NOT Covert, because under OATH she says she was covert.

    also it shows how hard the republicans in BOTH the white House and US Senate went to LIE about who sent Joseph Wilson to Niger.

    Thus the republicans are willing to destroy US National security in a time of war THEN lie about it for PURELY political reasons.

    Such good "protectors" of this country, PURE LIARS all of them, including the trolls HERE."


    EXCELLENT post Clif........particuolarly the part that highlights how the repugs were willing to compromise and destroy National Security in a time of war for parsisan political gain.

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  103. In fact lets looik at that last paragraph again....
    Clif said "Thus the republicans are willing to destroy US National security in a time of war THEN lie about it for PURELY political reasons.

    Such good "protectors" of this country, PURE LIARS all of them, including the trolls HERE."

    I dont think the repugs will be able to portray themselves as the party of National security,or that supports the troops and veterans, or the party of moral values....................just a hunch ..............BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  104. Victoria Toesning is a LYING tool still trying to spread the lie the re-pubies told, too bad she is full, of SHIT.

    Congressman Waxnman just fed her some of her own shit by repeating Gen Hayden's words back to her.

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  105. White House Security Chief Reveals -- No Probe of Plame Leak There

    Dr. James Knodell, director of the Office of Security at the White House, told a congressional committee today that he was aware of no internal investigation or report into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame.

    The White House had first opposed Knodell testifying but after a threat of a subpoena from the committee yesterday he was allowed to appear today.

    Knodell testified that those who had participated in the leaking of classified information were required to attest to this and he was not aware that anyone, including Karl Rove, had done that.

    He said that he had started at the White House in August 2004, a year after the leak, but his records show no evidence of a probe or report there: "I have no knowledge of any investigation in my office," he said.

    Rep. Waxman recalled that President Bush had promised a full internal probe. Knodell repeated that no probe took place, as far as he knew, and was not happening today.

    Knodell said he had "no" conversations whatsoever with the president, vice president, Karl Rove or anyone about the leak.

    Asked by chairman Rep. Henry Waxman if he knew this was an issue of concern, he said "yes." Asked if he learned this from the White House or the press, he said, "through the press."

    Rep. Elijah Cummings said all of this was "shocking."
    Waxman said that Knodell's office's lack of action was a "breach within a breach." Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton called this a "dereliction of duty."

    Knodell, who is a career employee and not a Bush appointee, said he would go back and "review this with senior management." He admitted that leaking classified information called for action, whether the leak was accidental or on purpose.

    Democrats challenged his assertion that no probe was necessary since a criminal investigation was underway. They said that the criminal probe was narrowly focused, started well after the leak -- during which the White House apparently did nothing -- and that in any case, the White House was required to carry out its own probe and deny security clearances to anyone who had leaked classified information.

    They demanded to know why Rove's security clearance had not been revoked.

    Rep. Waxman at one point said that he regretted not being able to put up a video of the president promising a full probe but added, "I guess we will leave that to The Daily Show."

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  106. House overturns Bush order on papers secrecy
    Bill overturns ’01 order that allowed presidents to keep documents private

    Reuters Updated: 2 hours, 20 minutes ago
    WASHINGTON - Brushing aside a veto threat, the House voted Wednesday to overturn a 2001 order by President Bush that lets former presidents keep their papers secret indefinitely.

    The measure, which drew bipartisan support and passed by a veto-busting 333-93 margin, was among White House-opposed bills the House passed that would widen access to government information and protect government whistleblowers.

    “Today, Congress took an important step towards restoring openness and transparency in government,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman said.
    The presidential papers bill nullifies a November 2001 order, criticized by historians, in which Bush allowed the White House or a former president to block release of a former president’s papers and put the onus on researchers to show a “specific need” for many types of records.

    Among beneficiaries of the Bush order was Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush, a former vice president and president.

    The order gave former vice presidents the right to stop the release of their papers through an executive privilege that previously only presidents could use. And it extended to deceased presidents’ designees rights to keep their papers secret indefinitely.

    The House bill would give current and former presidents 40 business days to object to requests to view their papers, allow a sitting president to override a former president’s claim of executive privilege and strip former vice presidents and the designees of deceased presidents of the power to use executive privilege to block access to their historical documents.

    In its veto warning, the White House said the bill encroaches on the president’s constitutional authority and the 40-day deadline would force presidents to use executive privilege to block information requests “out of an abundance of caution” and thereby invite litigation.

    The real reason, the White House said, for delays of up to five years in releasing presidential papers to researchers is a lack of archivists at presidential libraries.

    Many historians, however, support the House bill, saying the Bush order has slowed the declassification process.
    Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archives at George Washington University, said the average time to release presidential documents has grown to 78 months from 18 months since the Bush order, which he said directly contributed to one year of the lag.

    A similar bill is expected to be introduced in the Senate.

    Also passed by the House by a 331-94 margin, despite another veto threat, was a bill aimed at bolstering protections of government whistleblowers who report wrongdoing, especially those with private contractors and national security and scientific agencies.

    A third bill, which passed 308-117, was aimed at speeding requests for government information made under the Freedom of Information Act. The White House stopped short of threatening to veto it but said it could not support the bill.

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  107. House moves to clean up contracting process
    Democrats cite billions spent in Katrina reconstruction via no-bid contracts
    AP Updated: 11:36 a.m. MT March 15, 2007


    Several Democrats said faulty intelligence before the invasion of Iraq might have been exposed if security officials had had better channels to reveal their misgivings.

    The administration said it opposed the FOIA bill, arguing that the administration already was taking steps to streamline the often-delayed process of answering requests for information, and issued veto threats against the presidential records and whistle-blower bills.

    The whistle-blower measure, it said, “could compromise national security, is unconstitutional and is overly burdensome and unnecessary.”

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  108. Interesting isnt it Clif that the Bush administration n"CLAIMS" to be worried about National Security after outing Plame.............It looks far more like they want to deny access to information to stonewall and obstruct investigations into their criminal and unethical conduct.

    Kinda like what you said about Rove's lying to McClellan not being investiated like IT SHOULD HAVE!!!!

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  109. From Day one the Bush Administration has been saying "just trust me"

    But time aafter time they have proven that THEY CAN NOT BE TRUSTED and that they are as corrupt and dishonest as they come.

    Time after time they have put personal agendas and partisan politics over the welfare and best interests of this country.

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  110. The Walter Reed scandal has prompted Congress to investigate the plush complex for VIP's.

    The investigation will center on whether funds were diverted from the soldiers care to the VIP complex.

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  111. Forever the dreamer George W Bush pledged to Republican loyalists, that the Repugs will take control of both the House and Senate next year, as well as maintain control of the White House.

    Bush says he is an optimist.

    Bush is also a starry eyed delusional dreamer of doom.

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  112. Donald Trump told CNN that Bush was "probably the worst President in the history of the United States."

    Nice to hear the true words from a Republican wealth mogul.

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  113. The FBI are claiming that extremist groups have signed on t be school bus drivers in the U.S.

    The FBI also said there have been no threats, not reports, no suspicious activity.

    The FBI also said the nations children are safe.

    Is this Bush's "kiddie" terror alert to distract from his boy Rove crumbling before our eyes?

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  114. keyser soze5:31 PM

    there was a barbershop quartet in skokie illinois

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  115. The U.S Chamber of Commerce is opening a new division to lobby Congress, to ease accounting requirements in the wake of the Enron scandal.

    That's all we need more lobbying for corruption.

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  116. Well Larry in the last 7 congress' they did have corruption for lobbyists, and some people do refuse to live in a reality based world, Like the democrats WON the November 7th election because the re-pubies are so incompetent corrupt and clueless, they can not even realize Iraq was a lost cause in 2006, and why that is so.

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  117. Clif it looks like the Chamber will be doing everything they can, to buy back the level of corruption their members have enjoyed under the Repug rule.

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  118. New York Times:

    John McCain was asked if contraceptives helped stop the spread of HIV.

    A stunned McCain replied "you've stumped me."

    Did they expect a generic war-monger to know that?

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  119. Ameriquest, the mortgage lending giant, will slash 3000 jobs as a result of the faltering housing industry.

    More victims of the Bush economy.

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  120. Larry things dont look good for the economy if you factor in the likely impact of the housing slump.

    See housing and related industries like finance, insurance. real estate, home improvement/home decorating etc.........make up 30%-40% of the economy so a housing slump that causes a recession weere 40% of the population either lose jobs or have their income drastically reduced will effect the whole country.

    Housing and related industries have been the engine that have kept people spending and kept the econonmy strong the last 4-5 years, if housing and related industries sicken, the entire economy will catch a cold and suffer as well and the likely result will be a severe recession and loss of jobs.

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  121. A few days ago it was announced that Foreclosures are at a 40 year high.

    That is devastating.

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  122. 40 YEARS????????????

    Is that a lot LARRY???

    LOL!

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  123. "Nice to hear the true words from a Republican wealth mogul"

    Actually Larry Donald Trump has given a little money to Republicans, (I suppose he has to in his business) the vast majority of his donations in both amounts of money given and number of donations have been DEMOCRAT.

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  124. What would Bush say............oh "heckuva" job Dubya!

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  125. It's not a lot to Bush. 3000 jobs in the mortage lending field today is a hit.

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  126. Trump was even calling Bush a liar in the interview over all his claims in Iraq.

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  127. What would you expect from a Democrat wealth mogul?

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  128. Joe Scarborough is hardly no Democrat, but he gave to them instead of the Republicans last year.

    Maybe Trump is like Scarborough and has had enough of his Republican party.

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  129. Well he must have lied then because he only gave to ONE republican last year, an obscure one from Oregon, .
    Derrick Kitts

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  130. from Wiki,

    "Derrick Kitts is a Republican member of the Oregon House of Representatives representing Oregon's 30th district. He is the Majority Whip and Chairman of the Rules committee.

    Kitts gave up his House seat to run as the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in Oregon's 1st congressional district. In the general election, Kitts lost to incumbent Democrat David Wu."

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  131. Are you calling Trump a Democrat Volt..............I dont think so Bud, I would be Very surprised if Trump were a democrat.

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  132. Well Mike, he donates often and big to Democrats, and only few and far between to Republicans.

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  133. Wasn't Trump flirting with the idea of running for President a few years ago as a Republican?

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  134. Reform Party in 2000

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  135. are you talking recently or for decades, because it sounds to me like Trump is a repug that just got fed up with Bush and the Rubber stamping repug Congress of 1994-2006.

    You have to admit your guys havent been very loyal to traditional repug principles.

    They are not even remotely fiscally responsible, they have not done a thing for national security, they have weakened our military, and they have sacrificed and destroyed our freedoms and privacy.

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  136. He DOES claim to be a Republican, but his donations don't support that...

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  137. Hey Volt, sorry to digress for a minute but do you know of any good trucking companies for shipping motorcycles.

    I used one last year that was very reasonable and I was very happy with and I cant for the life of me remember the name of the company?

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  138. Like I said Volt, I think he just became disillusioned with repug rule over the last 6 years.............see most people dont continue to support people who betray everything they believe in and exhibit not one shred of decency..........see for most people humanity and integrity trump politics..........(NO pun Intended!!!! LOL!

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  139. No, mostly Dems through 1999...

    There are some Republican names but he didn't give them as much money.

    Foley's name comes up often. You suppose Trump is gay?

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  140. Did you see Bill Mayer tonight? His new rules about what Americans have sacrificed for the Iraq war was classic.

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  141. Trump was on Imus this morninjg singing Rudy's praises.

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  142. I know there are specialty companies who deal with collector cars, but I didn't even know they had trucking companies devoted to motorcycles.

    And although I know OF them, I don't know any personally, and haven't heard any rumors regarding who is best.

    You might try the google.

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  143. Volt said "Foley's name comes up often. You suppose Trump is gay?"

    I think its more he wanted to do business in the Hot Palm Beach area and was greasing some palms............again no pun intended!!!!!

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  144. Well, I'm gonna sign off for a bit. I'm setting up a rebuilt computer and I need to install Windows...

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  145. Dan Rather and Jason Alexander was on Bill Mayer ripping Bush.

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  146. I think Bush is the biggest failure this country has EVER seen!

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  147. I agree with that and with the economy in the tank and getting worse, along with this unwinnable war, Bush is in rare form.

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  148. Mike you've got mail.

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  149. I'll be listening to the show Saturday. I hope Lydia is allowed to talk more.

    It seems her co-host likes to overwhelm her voice with his.

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  150. Earth warmest during December-February

    The Earth has experienced its warmest December-February since records began 128 years ago, a US said in a report which has added fire to global warming concerns.

    A record warm January worldwide pushed average temperatures to 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit above normal for the 20th century, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

    It was the highest average temperature for the period since records began in 1880, the NOAA, said in its report released on Thursday. A UN panel said last month that global warming was almost certainly caused by human activity and several governments and international bodies have sounded the alarm over the need to cut carbon emissions.

    Europe has had its hottest winter on record and European experts say the spring and summer are also likely to be the warmest ever. The El Nino phenomenon, a periodic warming of surface ocean waters in the eastern Pacific, contributed to the chart-busting combined global land and ocean surface temperature, the NOAA said. But in February ocean temperatures in the central equatorial Pacific cooled more than 0.5 degrees F/0.3 degrees C and were near average for the month. Nevertheless, the ocean-surface temperature in the period tied for second warmest on record, the agency said, just 0.1 degree Fahrenheit cooler than the record established during the very strong El Nino episode of 1997-1998. The NOAA scientists pointed to a steady rise in temperatures in recent decades.

    During the past century, global surface temperatures have increased at a rate near 0.11 degrees F (0.06 degrees C) per decade. “But the rate of increase has been three times larger since 1976, or 0.32 degrees F per decade, with some of the largest temperature increases occurring in the high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere,” they said.

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  151. And they say there is no Global Warming and the weather is normal.

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  152. no the Reich Wing fools think because we have a cold day or get a snow storm that global warming doesnt exist.

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  153. That is what all the neocons say as they are afraid they might have to spend a little money to make the environment better.

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  154. On BASHAM AND CORNELL PROGRESSIVE TALK we will be discussing veterans issues, and we have some breaking news items that will blow you away.

    PLEASE CALL IN LIVE to our show. Go to the website BASHAM AND CORNELL PROGRESSIVE TALK
    and find the phone numbers on front page.

    We are ready to take your phone calls.

    Today is St. Patrick's Day and MARCH FOR PEACE Day!

    Please wear green and listen to our show BASHAM and CORNELL PROGRESSIVE TALK from 9 - 10 a.m. We broadcast live from Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Please go to our website and click on the link to hear the entire show.

    Upcoming: Congressman Charles Rangel will be our guest April 14. Last week we had Mark Green, one of the new owners of Air America, founder of New Democracy Project and author of "Losing Our Democracy."

    TODAY CALL IN and discuss whatever is on your mind. Today, Saturday, Doug and I decided not to have a guest, so we can discuss all the current headlines in depth and take calls from listeners -- that's YOU! Please call in and talk about whatever bugs you the most: the Valerie Plame scandal, the firing of federal prosecutors, Rove's hand in both of these scandals, Alberto Gonzales, our veterans, Walter Reed Medical Center, Westhusing's suicide, Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly... and impeachment. We have some breaking news regarding mental illness in our returning vets. This is not to be missed.

    We've had amazing guests the past 3 weeks: former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega, author of U.S. vs BUSH; Media Matters' Paul Waldman, author of "Being Right is Not Enough"; and Mark Green.

    Check out upcoming guests, leave comments on our blog or listen to the archives at: Basham and Cornell Progressive Talk

    After the show, MARCH FOR PEACE in your city! We will be at Hollywood and Vine here in Los Angeles. Check out peace activities where you live. And if you're in Washington, please go MARCH ON THE PENTAGON.

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  155. I, for one, habe my PIM set to BLAP me and am looking forward to it.

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  156. Matt Sanchez, the Marine who was at CPAC but found to have a gay porn past -- was on hold and thought he was a guest on our show, but it was a scheduling conflict.

    We had a glitch today, some dead air in the middle. Two commercials were supposed to air, but Doug hit the wrong button.

    We are working out the glitches.

    Thanks for listening.

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  157. Anonymous11:13 AM

    GREAT SHOW LYDIA! The caller was right, you really hit the nail on the head.

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  158. TomCat thanks for listening!

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  160. no the Reich Wing fools think because we have a cold day or get a snow storm that global warming doesnt exist.

    The utter stupidity of this argument drives me nuts.

    Using this kind of "logic," you could make the argument that anyone who lives on or near a mountain is going to suffer the same fate as the people who lived near Mt. St. Helens, or Vesuvius.

    How far will some go to find reasons for denial?

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  161. Anonymous11:48 AM

    carls favorite video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH2V328P7-U

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  162. That ignorant troll Moo Moo is spamming the blog with his BS Video's that no one gives a crap about or cares to see..........wonder how the schizo that craves attention will feel when his posts are deleted like farts in the wind.

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  163. i'll check out the Radio Show later tonight..........I'm sure Lydia and Doug did an EXCELENT job as usual though.....

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  164. Impeachment: Winning by Losing


    …..Democrats et al. seem to pay little attention to the potential benefits of an unsuccessful impeachment. These benefits include the uncovering and publicizing of the Bushevik crimes and the consequent educating of the public. This would, in turn, lead to the discrediting of the corporate media and the devastation of the Republican Party, resulting in a Democratic landslide in the next election. In short, a loss in the Senate trial might be far outweighed by the benefits of the investigations leading up to a House bill of impeachment and the subsequent debate in the Senate trial. A “win” via a loss.

    The Republican stalkers of Bill Clinton were well aware that the process of impeachment might well be more significant than the outcome of conviction and removal. After all, the Clinton impeachment was launched with a full expectation that the effort would fail in the Senate. But even so, the House Republicans anticipated that there would be sufficient mischief to be gained by proceeding with a bill of impeachment that they went ahead anyway. What they did not anticipate was that the public at large would be more put off by the GOP’s partisan shenanigans than by “Slick Willie’s” unrestrained libido.

    The Democrats must stop fretting about a likely failure in the Senate and put their eyes on the prize of the results of a congressional investigation, of testimony under oath, and of the unavoidable publicity that would result therefrom. And who knows, once the high crimes and misdemeanors are exposed to the sunlight of open and public congressional hearings and debate, the “impossible” Senate conviction just might turn out to be quite possible. After all, all that is required is the defection of 17 GOP senators. And bear in mind that 22 Republican Senators are up for re-election in 2008. They might find themselves very hard-pressed in their re-election campaigns to justify a vote for acquittal.

    Today about half the public approves of impeachment, provided they are convinced that Bush and Cheney lied to get us into war -- which, in fact, they did. Most of the “stubborn third” that still approves of Bush, along with those undecided and indifferent (thanks, in part, to the corporate media), are simply not informed of the facts. Once impeachment is set in motion, the facts will “out.”

    So let the facts come out in congressional hearings and debates -- e.g., the illegal wire-taps, the Downing Street memos, the lies that led to war (about Saddam’s alleged WMDs, the non-existent African uranium shipments, Saddam’s alleged ties to al Qaeda), the violations of constitutionally guaranteed rights, violation of oaths of office (failure to “protect and defend the Constitution of the US”), the Plame affair, etc. Then approval of Bush will likely fall below 20 percent, with an irresistible momentum in public opinion to throw the rascals out….. [emphasis added]

    Inserted from Online Journal

    I couldn't have said this better myself, even though I have said it often.


    Posted by TomCat at 5:15 AM 2 opinions

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  165. Another EXCELLENT! post by Tomcat!

    Once again, I couldnt agree more buddy.......keep up the good work.

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  166. BTW Tomcat, I think you are absolutely right the Democrats are afraid of hurting themselves in the 2008 election, and that is why the are reluctant to impeach or stop the war.

    They think a failed impeachment will hurt them in 2008 because it will be perceived as partisan and vindictive like the move to impeach Clinton was..........what they fail to realize is a simple blow job is exponentially less wrong than destroying our Constitution, freedoms and privacy, and committing treason by lying our country into a war of choice, and failing to see the difference reflects on their judgement and ability to lead this country, if they cant dicern the difference between merely exercising poor judgement and criminal and treasonous behavior then they are part of the problem more than the solution.

    We need politicians who arent afraid to make the tough decisions and go out on a limb for what they believe or know is right.

    Letting these people walk because they are afraid to do what is right and take action to hold the evil doers accountable is a huge mistake.

    These treasonous criminals need to be fought and stopped before they lead us past the point of no return........this is our country and these idiots are destroying it and me need men of courage willing to challenge the criminals and stop them.........not gutless cowards who say that it might not be prudent for 2008 to take a stand.

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  167. Jolly Roger, thank you for that. Yes, I always wonder how they misunderstand "global warming." Do they actually think this means everything just gets warmer Don't they get how it works?

    Larry - thank you for your comment, and for calling in. Hope you get on the show next time!

    Mike - great article. I was going to say on the show today, that IMPEACHMENT MUST BE A PRIORITY.

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  168. Hey Jolly I have on your blog a lot lately. You have a lot of info.

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  169. I missed it. Can I listen to it somewhere?

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  170. Go to the archives of the radio show website.

    It is Lydia 24/7

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  171. A 66 year old man scaled the White House fence carrying a package claiming it was a bomb.

    Bush even has the elderly after him.

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  172. Thousands of Christian's marched in front of the White House in protest of the war.

    Over 200 were arrested.

    The Christian's are tired of Bush's war and the Falwell/Dobson rhetoric.

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  173. Thanks Larry. Just found the archives.

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  174. White House correspondent Helen Thomas was finally given her front row seat back at White House briefings.

    Guess they got tired of pushing an 80 year old lady around.

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  175. If today's show isn't posted yet, give it a couple of hours.

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  176. Tomcat, I mentioned something about Christ -- not fighting our enemies, etc on the radio today, and then I sounded timid saying we are not ready for that kind of pacifism,
    but i was wrong. I should stop being a timid Christian.

    We are ready for peace. Nothing is more archaic than fighting ones' enemies. It is SO last century, and so B.C.

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  177. Bush says the Democrats are trying to micro-manage the Iraq war.

    Maybe a little micro-managing is better than Bush's 6 years of hands on disaster.

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  178. Thousands are currently marching the Pentagon demanding an end to the Iraq War.

    This is the 4th anniversary of Bush's push to world domination.

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  179. Anbar Province:

    Three suicide bombers driving chlorine-laden trucks struck the Anbar Province, killing two and forcing 350 Iraqi's and 6 U.S soldiers to be treated for exposure to gas.

    Another good day for Bush in Iraq.

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  180. Alberto Gonzales apologized to all 93 U.S attorney's under him, whose morale has sunk since the scandal broke.

    What Gonzales did not do was apologize to the U.S attorney's he fired for political reasons.

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  181. The radio show is cool.

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  182. I can't wait till Lydia gets her own show.

    The girl can talk, and talk with intelligence.

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  183. What will George W Bush be doing on Monday, the fourth nanniversary of his assault for world dominance?

    Bush will be hosting the Florida Gators at the White House.

    As U.S soldiers are being killed and seriously injured, as the families of U.S soldiers live devasted lives, as Bush's assault on Iraqi's moves on, George W Bush will be having a party with the Florida gators.

    Kind of sick isn't it?

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  184. For some bizarre reason, COMMENTS for this blog was turned off or hidden all day yesterday.

    Did anyone experience trouble getting into this blog to comment?

    Please let me know.
    Thanks.

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  185. I'm hiring a moderator for this blog, who will take care of all the glitches and make sure this doesn't happen again.

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  186. Thanks Lydia for giving special attention to your blog.

    Many famous people with blogs seldom show up but you are here daily.

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  187. CBS is reporting that the Gonzales firing is "only a matter of time."

    They can fire Gonzales and dump the blame on spinster Harriet Miers but until Karl Rove is gone, nothing will change.

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  188. George W Bush couldn't find the veto pen while the Repugs were in charge for six years.

    Now Bush is threatening to use a veto pen on legislation like protection for whistleblowers, releasing Presidential records and any bill to withdraw from Iraq.

    Bush wants protection for his papers but no protection for those who tell on his allies for illegal deeds.

    Sounds like a dictator in waiting.

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  189. Baghdad:

    Seven U.S soldiers were killed in separate bombings.

    Another great day of American blood for Bush.

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  190. Karl Childers7:41 AM

    This here is Karl.Ive been studing on making buiscuits with mmustard.Hmm mm.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVh3tlVf7L8

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  191. karl childers7:44 AM

    you ought not talk like that,
    you's justa boy!

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  192. Hey Mike, interfering with the stock market to try to save the re-pubies LIES about a good economy again;

    Pushing On a String - The New York Fed

    Did you catch the ad in the Broker Dealer Times run by the NY Fed offering low interest short term loans? The ad touted a wide variety of possible purposes....

    THE NEW YORK FED WINDOW ADVANTAGE!
    BORROW BY THE BILLIONS AT BELOW FED FUNDS!!

    * Pay off some old bills!
    * Extra Cash For Unexpected Market Dislocations!
    * Take that Special Vacation!
    * Send Billions directly to Your Trading Desk to Prop Up the Markets!

    OK, bad humor aside, the New York Federal Reserve has been busy doing those short term market operations which I first blogged about in early February. This week alone over $76.2 BILLION flowed to primary dealers. What exactly for we don't exactly know, but the conventional guess is the capital is being deployed to prop up the stock market. The NY Fed data, or perhaps smoking gun is in the pattern of the operations this past week. Only ("only" he says) $12-1/2 billion in NY Fed Window injections were made Monday and Tuesday, but after the stock market tanked on Tuesday the additional $63 bln+ in injections took place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

    Given the fairly anemic trading volume on what some had mistakenly mis-characterized as an important "reversal day" (I just didn't see it that way) on Wednesday, it would seem as if the preferred method of the managing the market is within the realm of manipulating futures (see: Andy Swan's excellent 101 primer here. It sure isn't going directly into stocks and pushing volume up; after all the NY Fed Window money is supposed to be paid back and institutions playing around with the stuff don't want to be left holding stocks that could conceivably fall further. The tell tale sign that futures were kicking the buy programs in was the sudden, from out of nowhere 1100+ NYSE ticks that invaded the market on Wednesday and to a lesser extent on Thursday.

    What did that $76 bln buy for this week IF NY Fed Window money is indeed paying to prop up the market? A 1.4% Dow decline for the past five trading sessions. While the primary dealers may get to play around with a lot of cash, it safe to say that shrewd funds were meeting the onslaught of futures related buying with selling which kept a lid on the market.

    $76 bln here, $76 bln there and pretty soon you're talking serious money.

    Edit: as an after thought to writing this post last night, I might add that I am reserving judgment as to success or failure since it's still early in the process. As I noted in the comments section, The Federal Reserve has evolved from hands off (eg. not doing anything about the 1929 to 1932 stock market collapse) to a Central Bank that has learned to take aggressive action, to the extent that it can, by providing money, or liquidity. My point of concern here is that even for our times $76 bln in one week is a lot of coin -an annual rate of over $3 TRILLION. $76 bln a week makes the war in Iraq look like a petty cash expense. While I realize the Fed won't need to inject $76 bln every week into the system, I can't help but to wonder how much moolah it will take if the Fed has to address a market emergency that goes beyond the stock market and into the realm of something scary like the 10x to 15x leveraged OTC derivatives market. Really the question that comes to mind - What is it that Bernanke and Paulson are afraid of to not allow the market to fall naturally? There's also the inflationary issue. While these open market operations involve money that is lent out for periods of 1 day to a few weeks, there is basic 'Money 101' velocity of money where each loaned dollar that is used ends up in someone else's pocket and so on. So even if the original loan is paid back each loaned dollar perhaps is spent on a futures transaction, then re-loaned by the seller of the futures contract, spindled, washed, rinsed, etc. Effectively, billions are being created out of thin air by the NY Fed operations which end up being added into the money supply over time. It's no wonder they eliminated reporting M3. This sudden currency creation, in my simple mind, would seem to be dollar negative and bad from an inflationary standpoint for everyone over time. Oh, and with a 2008 presidential election cycle ahead, there also the question of what happens to Republican chances of capturing the White House again if the stock market goes into a bear market and the economy tanks into a recession. Perhaps that adds an extra dimension of urgency to keep the markets propped up? Now I'm getting too conspiracy theorist.

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  193. They will keep the economy propped up on life support until after the election.

    Then Bush will be gone and all hell will break loose and someone else will be blamed for Bush's fiasco.

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  194. Gerald8:52 AM

    I discovered your blog from a post that larry had on maria knows blog. Great story about the suicide but some blogs have this listed as a coverupo for something more.

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  195. Lydia, I could not get into the blog lastnight, for some reason the comments link disapeared.

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