Monday, June 18, 2007

The Bush Presidency: Number by Number


As reported in the Blue Herald News the Bush Presidency has many accomplishments that often go unreported. These accomplishments are not necessarily good for Americans. In fact the Bush administration would like nothing better than for the eyes of the public to focus elsewhere.

Below will find a breakdown number by number of some of the "secret" things the Bush administration has been doing. Number by number, many secrets are revealed. Number by number shows they have a lot they need to answer for.

Number by Number;

The Courts

2,072 Orders of the Secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.While the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court does not reveal much about its activities, the Department of Justice reported that the FISC approved 2,072 orders — rejecting none — in 2005 but does not identify the activities being investigated or provide basic information about how the orders are used.

National Security Letters:

9,254 National Security Letters Issued A Justice Department report on secret wiretap warrants indicated that the government issued 9,254 National Security Letters during 2005. These letters can be used to obtain information about individuals without the government applying for a court-reviewed warrant.

Private Enterprise:

106 New Patents Kept Secret, 4,915 “Secrecy Orders” in effect in 2005, the federal government closed the lid on 106 patents. Overall, that brings the total number of inventions kept under “secrecy orders” to 4,915.

Classified Documents:

$134 Spent Creating New Secrets for Every $1 Spent Releasing Old Secrets.For every $1 the federal government spent in 2005 releasing old secrets, it spent $134 creating new secrets. The good news is that is a $14 drop from 2004. To put this slight drop in context—from 1997 to 2001, the government spent less than $20 per year keeping secrets for every dollar spent declassifying them.

17% of DOD FY 2006 Budget Is Classified or “Black”

“Black” programs accounted for 17 percent of the (FY) 2006 Department of Defense (DoD) budget of $315.5 billion, requested in 2005. Classified acquisition funding has nearly doubled in real terms since FY 1995, when funding for these programs reached its post:Cold War low.

Freedom of Information Act:

FOIA Requests Continue to Rise; Agencies can’t keep up adjusted for an abnormal increase in Social Security Administration numbers, the number of FOIA requests has increased by 65,543 requests since 2004. Agencies overall have been unable to keep up with the number of requests, with 43 percent more pending requests this year than in 2002.Used rarely in the Cold War, “State Secrets” Privilege Used at least 22 times since 2001 reported invocations continue to rise. The “state secrets” privilege allows the sitting U.S. president to nearly unilaterally withhold documents from the courts, Congress and the public. At the height of the Cold War, the administration used the privilege only 6 times between 1953 and 1976. Since 2001, it has been invoked a reported 22 times—an average in 5.5 years (4) that is close to twice as high as the previous 24 years (2.46).

Presidential Signing Statements:

132 Signing Statements challenging over 810 Federal Laws in George W. Bush’s Presidency. In the 211 years of our Republic to 2000, Presidents had issued fewer than 600 signing statements that took issue with the bills they signed. Among recent Presidents, President Reagan issued 71 statements challenging provisions of the laws before him, and President George Herbert Walker Bush issued 146. President Clinton issued 105. George W. Bush has issued at least 132 to date.

229 comments:

  1. James Madison
    If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

    This is the Bush administration number by number.

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  2. House investigators have learned that the Bush administration’s use of Republican National Committee email accounts is far greater than previously disclosed — 140,216 emails sent or received by Karl Rove alone — and that the RNC has overseen “extensive destruction” of many of the emails, including all email records for 51 White House officials.

    The scandals and secrets grow, and Karl Rove is in the center of it all.

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  3. President Bush had a nearly hour-long secure video teleconference with Iraqi leaders on Monday and came away impressed and reassured by the progress they're making on political, security and economic reforms, the White House said.

    The fall fabrications begin.

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  4. The search for Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction appears close to an official conclusion, several years after their absence became a foregone one.

    The United States and Britain have circulated a new proposal to the members of the United Nations Security Council to "terminate immediately the mandates" of the weapons inspectors.

    Ending the supposed search for Weapons of Mass Destruction without a series of lies on finding some!

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  5. Lawmakers employed family members on campaign committees and used campaign funds to pay family businesses or contribute to relatives among other methods that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington says warrants an investigation.

    In its report, CREW identified 96 members of Congress* -- 41 Democrats and 55 Republicans -- who used their positions to financially benefit family members. CREW, a Washington-based watchdog group that promotes openness in government, focused on the 337 House committee or subcommittee chairs and ranking members, along with the five leadership positions. It examined campaign finance records from the 2002, 2004 and 2006 election cycles.

    Those corrupt Republicans at it again.

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  6. Larry, an excellent article with ample evidence to impeach.

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  7. Thanks Tomcat:

    Those number don't cover half of it.

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  8. The Government Accountability Office issued a report showing that US government agencies ignored Congressional legislation on 30% of the occasions when President George W. Bush issued a 'presidential signing statement' after signing bills into law. The report was released today by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

    Rep. Conyers slammed Bush's use of signing statements, which he noted were far more frequent than any previous administration.

    "The Administration is thumbing its nose at the law," he said. "This study calls for an extensive review of these practices, something the Administration has so far refused to do.

    Bush corruption: number by number.

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  9. AP:

    Wendy's International Inc. is exploring a possible sale of the company, the third-largest US hamburger chain said Monday, as it warned that profits for the year would fall short of Wall Street expectations.

    Another result of the Bush economy.

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  10. This sure explains why it will take Daniel Peterson 200 years to release an antidrug commercial that's been requested under the FOIA: he's busy hiding stuff.

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  11. Larry,

    In fairness to Wendy's, the entire burger culture is beginning to crumble ahead of concerns regarding health issues, lawsuits and transfat removal.

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  12. Hello Lydia and everyone;
    I was reading the article you have posted and it is a shame that all these things have taken place.
    Is there any justice?

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  13. An Iraqi Red Crescent report released today says the number of internally displaced people (IDP's) in Iraq has quadrupled since January and is up eight times from a year ago.

    While estimates of the IDP count vary widely -- some groups say as high as two million -- the Iraqi Red Crescent has unrivaled resources to gauge the count: 5,000 staff and 100,000 volunteers across the country.

    The Iraqi Iraqi Red Crescent is the only humanitarian group working in all 18 Iraqi provinces and is the is organization chiefly responsible for providing temporary shelter, food, water, and health care for homeless internally displaced refugees.

    Many IDP's take refuge in the house of extended family or a friend, while others squat illegally in abandoned houses. Many live on the streets or in makeshift mud huts and tin shacks, and tens of thousands of others live in tent cities. The Iraqi Red Crescent report says the province with the greatest number of IDP's is Ninevah (Mosul area), with 239,547, followed by Baghdad, with 196,227.

    I thought Bush was a "compassionate conservative!"

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  14. The Official George W. Bush
    "Days Left In Office"
    Countdown:

    581 DAYS
    2 Hrs 58 Min 34.6 Sec

    Can we wait this long for freedom?

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  15. Hi Lydia and Guys!

    Nice article Larry and no, we can't wait until his term is up. We need to impeach Cheney and Bush!

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  16. Hey Suzie:

    The numbers say it all.

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  17. After NBC Universal's high-profile signing of Ben Silverman for the top programming job, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart might be next on the Peacock's wish list.

    NBC Universal President/Chief Executive Jeff Zucker and NBC Entertainment/Universal Media Studios Co-Chair Marc Graboff recently wined and dined the satirical news anchor and his agent, James Dixon.

    Hopefully he won't take the bait.

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  18. Larry, that is an EXCELLENT article........albeit a chilling one!

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  19. Thanks Mike:

    It is chilling but very true.

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  20. I just hope GWB's treasonous reign of evil ends when it is supposed to, or best case scenario, ends with an impeachment!

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  21. Rove and 100 other White House staffers have thousands of missing emails. A violation of the law, especially if they can capture them and they did political work on government email, which you know they did.

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  22. Reuters:

    Iraq has emerged as the world's second most unstable country, behind Sudan, more than four years after President George W. Bush ordered the U.S. invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, according to a survey released on Monday.

    The 2007 Failed States Index, produced by Foreign Policy magazine and the Fund for Peace, said Iraq suffered a third straight year of deterioration in 2006 with diminished results across a range of social, economic, political and military indicators. Iraq ranked fourth last year.

    That "surge" thing is really working for Iraq!

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  23. Reuters:

    Oil surged above $72 a barrel on Monday to a 10-month high as a general strike loomed in Nigeria and attacks on oil installations cut more supply from the world's eighth largest exporter.

    That war is working for Exxon.

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  24. The surge is a mistake and Kissinger is the evildoer telling Bush what to do. Kissinger is an evil NeoCon and should have been put in prison a long time ago. Who does he work for anyway? It isn't America!

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  25. Suzie:

    Good point. Kissinger was instrumental in prolonging Vietnam after Nixon got into office. He loves war.

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  26. Suzie-Q said...
    The surge is a mistake and Kissinger is the evildoer telling Bush what to do. Kissinger is an evil NeoCon and should have been put in prison a long time ago. Who does he work for anyway? It isn't America!"

    He works for an entity that welcomes the power's of misrule and wants evil to reign supreme............the person these Neo Cons serve resides in a far hotter climate than we do, far beneath us.

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  27. Wasn't Kissinger advising Bush last year on prolonging the war?

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  28. Did you here the story of when Al Lewis was on an Airplane with Kissinger, and Kissinger arrogantly asked him if he knew who he was, and Lewis replied "Sure, I know a war criminal when I see one"

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  29. I didn't hear that one. I would have loved to have been there.

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  30. He's been advising Bush since before the war I believe.........in fact many of the same Neo Cons now had plans in the 1970's to conquor a Middle Eastern Country for their oil.

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  31. Isn't it amazing these same old fossils keep popping up everytime a Repug hits the White House.

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  32. They wouldnt know an original idea if it bit them on the ass..........these clowns are old Cold War Dinosaurs..........they are Roman emperors whose contempt for the poor and defenseless is palpable............and we all know whjaat happens to dinosaurs that cant adapt........they become extinct, and that may well be the fate of the repug party thanks to GWB!

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  33. You have to be 75 and a washed up neocon with a love of self, war and money to get anywhere in the Republican party.

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  34. Larry said...

    Wasn't Kissinger advising Bush last year on prolonging the war?
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    Yes, he was Larry.

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  35. Suzie:

    Kissinger is still tied up with K Street and the neocon think tanks as well.

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  36. From Thinkprogress........this supports your article Larry......


    Following Bush Signing Statements, Federal Agencies Ignore 30 Percent Of Laws Passed Last Year
    Federal agencies ignored 30 percent of the laws Bush objected to in signing statements last year, according to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office. In 2006, President Bush issued signing statements for 11 out of the 12 appropriations bills passed by Congress, claiming a right to bypass a total of 160 provisions in them.

    In a sample set of 19 provisions, the GAO found that “10 provisions were executed as written, 6 were not, and 3 were not triggered and so there was no agency action to examine.”

    The report, which was requested by House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Senate President Pro Tempore Robert Byrd (D-WV), gives the first indication of the impact that President Bush’s signing statements have had on the enforcement of laws passed by Congress.

    In a statement, Byrd said the report shows the Bush administration’s desire to grab as much power as possible:

    The White House cannot pick and choose which laws it follows and which it ignores. When a president signs a bill into law, the president signs the entire bill. The Administration cannot be in the business of cherry picking the laws it likes and the laws it doesn’t. This GAO opinion underscores the fact that the Bush White House is constantly grabbing for more power, seeking to drive the people’s branch of government to the sidelines….We must continue to demand accountability and openness from this White House to counter this power grab.

    Since taking office in 2001, President Bush has issued signing statements challenging over 1,100 laws, claiming that he has the right to bypass them if they interfere with his alleged presidential powers. Though signing statements have been utilized by most presidents, Bush has used them to object to more laws than all previous presidents combined.

    Here are a few of the laws Bush has controversially issued signing statements about:

    - In 2005, after Congress passed a law outlawing the torture of detainees, Bush issued a signing statement saying that he would “construe [the law] in a manner consistent with the constitutional authority of the President . . . as Commander in Chief,” which experts say means Bush believes he can waive the restrictions.

    - In 2006, Congress passed a law requiring minimum qualifications for future heads of the Federal Emergency Management Administration in response to FEMA’s poor handling of Hurricane Katrina. When Bush signed the law, he issued a statement saying he could ignore the new restrictions and appoint a FEMA chief based on whatever qualifications he wanted.

    - In 2006, Bush signed a statement saying he would view a ban on “the transfer of nuclear technology to India if it violates international non proliferation guidelines” as “advisory.” Indian newspapers reported that the government of India took note of Bush’s statement, “raising the possibility it would not take the ban seriously.”

    The GAO report makes a point of noting that although “the agencies did not execute the provisions as enacted,” it cannot necessarily be concluded that “agency noncompliance was the result of the President’s signing statements.” It does, however, provide creedence to claims that confusion created by differing congressional and presidential interpretations of laws could lead increased laxity in the proper enforcement of the law.

    Filed under: Congress
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  37. These Think Tanks are oxymorons Larry..........because thinking is about the furthest thing from what they do as you can get...............Stupid tanks, or propaganda machines is more like what they do.

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  38. Btw, Rove is a slimy criminal that should have been put in jail years ago.

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  39. There is so much stuff that Bush has done, it will never be put fully in print.

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  40. Think tanks are a fancy way of saying, a group of ultra-neocons plotting to take over the world.

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  41. wait till the next president declassifies all the hidden BS from GWB's Administration.........I think people will be amazed and appaled by the level of corruption and the contempt for the rule of law.

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  42. The bad thing is will anyone do anything about it.

    The Democrats can have hearings all year, but they never do anything against Bush and Rove.

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  43. Well Bush can pardon his cronnies but I think if there is a democratic prsident AND democratic Congress, they could still impeach Bush and his cronnies and possibly charge them with war crimes or treason............and if they cant they could always extradite them to be charged Internationally..........I dont think its an Accident Bush has been buying land and building a miltiary style compound in Paraguay.........Didnt the Nazi War Criminals also flee to South America..........the Neo Cons have been following the Nazi game plan almost to a tee!

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  44. Bush will probably end up where Hitler fled to.

    Couldn't be a pair anymore alike.

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  45. Larry said...
    Bush will probably end up where Hitler fled to.

    Couldn't be a pair anymore alike."


    Well they are certainly alike.......but Hitler ended up in a underground bunker then in hell.............I sincerely hope Bush lives a long life incarcerated in prison to think about his treasonous acts and war crimes and all the lives lost due to his greed. for the rest of his pathetic life.........because a bullet in the head is far to easy for this arrogant fool..........thats the easy way out that cowards take.

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  46. If Bush was ever to go to prison, he would flee the country.

    Cheney would kill himself rather than give up.

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  47. Can you imagine Rove heading to prison?

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  48. Hey guys I couldn't believe that there are still 581 days of bush left do you think he will get impeached

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  49. Hello Lydia and everyone;
    The situation with Israel being under attack could prove dire for the US as they have let the situation basically go

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  50. Tonja,

    As we told you before, you need to find a blog that accepts trolls.

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  51. At least 40 people were killed and 112 wounded when a massive truck bomb exploded outside a Shiite mosque in central Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraqi security and hospital officials said.


    "Surge" on Bush.

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  52. More Troll/Neo Con babble Tonja..........why dont you get a life.

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  53. Tonja has no life unless she plays someone else.

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  54. AP:

    A car bomb struck a Shi'ite mosque in a busy commercial district Tuesday in Baghdad, killing at least 61 people and more than 100, police said.
    Car Bombing in Baghdad Kills 41 ABC News.

    Bush loves this news.

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  55. isnt it interesting that TT and Volt are monitoring the blog and when ever their name is mentioned or an alleged imposter posts they are right there..........thats not normal..........thats a paiod troll!

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  56. People fleeing Iraq have swelled the ranks of the world’s refugees, reversing a five-year decline, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday.

    As of the end of last year, the world had 9.9 million refugees, a 14 percent increase over the 8.7 million refugees recorded in 2005, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said in releasing its “2006 Global Trends” report.

    The current total is the highest since 2002, when there were 10.6 million.

    Bush ignores this illegal immigration, he causes it.

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  57. Tonja seems limited in his/her vocabulary since he/she only makes an occasional comment.

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  58. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The pace of U.S. home construction fell 2.1 percent in May to a lower rate than analysts had expected for the lifeless housing market while building permit activity, a signal of future building plans, increased more than anticipated, a government report showed on Tuesday.

    Slumping housing industry, another result of the Bush economy.

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  59. Reuters:

    Iran will not rule out using oil as a weapon if the United States resorts to military action against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program, an Iranian oil official said in remarks published on Tuesday.

    "When the Americans say that military action in regard to the nuclear issue has not been put aside, Iran can also say that it will not put aside oil as a tool," Iran's OPEC governor, Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, told Iran's Sharq newspaper.

    I made a wrong prediction, gas prices will hit $6 per gallon, due to the Bush quest for world dominance.

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  60. Reuters:

    The death toll from a car bomb attack near a Shi'ite mosque in central Baghdad on Tuesday rose to 75, with another 130 wounded, Iraqi police said.

    Growing death tolls from the Bush "surge" results.

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  61. Top U.S. consumer electronics retailer Best Buy Co. Inc. said on Tuesday its quarterly profit fell, dragged down by sales of lower margin products.

    Best Buy reported net income of $192 million, or 39 cents a share for its fiscal first quarter that ended June 2, from $234 million, or 47 cents per share, a year earlier.

    Falling profits: another result of the Bush economy.

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  62. Larry, If we attack Iran gas could hit $10-$15 a gallon..........remember 1979 and that wasnt even a war.

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  63. isnt it interesting that gas and oil prices are relentlessly rising every week.

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  64. Fascism is when government and big business are in collusion and their interests are alligned rather than government and the interests of the people.

    Government WANTS high oil prices.........did you know the government earns 25 cents for every dollar Exxon Mobil earns..........thats more profit than the company itself earns..........no wonder Exxon is earning record profits...........they scratch Bush's back and Bush scratchs Lee Raymonds back..........to the tune of almost 400 million dollars...........Fascism isnt so bad for some people.

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  65. You're right about the gas prices hitting $15.

    I can't seen any logical reason for the climbing prices. Bush/Exxon is the only answer.

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  66. How much do Bush/Cheney have sitting in a silent trust from all those oil profits they are making?

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  67. None of the oil companies are investing in refining capacity..........instead companies like Exxon are playing games buying back shares so they can make the earnings per share APPEAR higher and so the executitives can pick the shareholders pockets and give them selves huge bonus and stock options.............ah the powers of fscism at work..........nice if your a CEO earming hundreds of millions of dollars at the expense of the working class and shareholders.

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  68. The oil companies have been talking about cutting back on refineries supposedly because of the talk of alternate fuels.

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  69. Interesting conversation here, if I might add my 2 cents.

    I agree that the US wants higher oil prices and Kissinger is a dangerous lunatic who has been meddling in American politics since he was Sect. of State under Nixon....

    Impeachment is the place to start, but I doubt that Americans will wake up and support it...to the detriment of the US and the rest of the world.

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  70. That's a good point Maria. We need to take Big Oil's grossly excessive profits and invest them in public transit and alternate energy.

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  71. Thanks for paying us a visit Maria, and as always I will visit your site today.

    I agree there will be no impeachment, and sadly we will probably never see gas for $2 a gallon.

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  72. Tonja said...
    Hello Lydia and everyone;
    The situation with Israel being under attack could prove dire for the US as they have let the situation basically go


    And why not? Hasn't Israel basically outlasted their welcome in the region? Why wouldn't the Bushies tell them to go screw, since we have bigger fish to fry now?

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  73. Tonja said...
    Is there any justice?


    You might try Prozac.

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  74. White House budget chief Rob Portman has resigned after holding office for little more than a year to spend more time with his family, a senior administration official said Tuesday.

    Another worthless Bushy escapes a sinking ship, after he helped sink it.

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  75. Cadbury Schweppes said Tuesday it would slash 7,500 jobs, or 15 percent of workers at its confectionery division, in a major restructuring after the likely sale of its US soft drinks unit.

    The group, which makes Dairy Milk chocolate, said in a statement that the process to sell Americas Beverages was "actively underway," while 7,500 jobs would go at its confectionery arm which employs some 50,000 staff worldwide.

    Another result of the Bush economy.

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  76. Carl:

    I think Tonja might be trolling along!

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  77. In remarkably blunt terms, a little-known but highly influential adviser to the top U.S. commander in Iraq is predicting that July and August could be among the deadliest months ever for American forces and Iraqi civilians.

    Sounds like that "surge" is a big hit in Iraq.

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  78. Hello Lydia and everyone;
    Rove seems doomed to destruction this time, but I am of the belief that someone else will take the fall.

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  79. Tonja's website is better than this one!!!

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  80. They wouldnt know an original idea if it bit them on the a-- these clowns are old Cold War Dinosaurs...they are Roman emperors whose contempt for the rich and famous is misanthropic...and we all know whjaat happens to dinosaurs that cant adapt...they become extinct, and that may well be the fate of the democrat party thanks to Clinton!

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  82. Larry said...
    Carl:

    I think Tonja might be trolling along!


    I see she's left and Jeremy's here. Clearly, she's under his desk.

    Doing what, I can't imagine, since he's dickless.

    You may respond at my blog, Jeremy. If you have the courage.

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  83. Larry said...
    White House budget chief Rob Portman has resigned after holding office for little more than a year to spend more time with his family


    So now even the bachelors are finding "family" taht needs them???

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  84. Jeremy, YOU'RE FIRED!

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  85. Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who faces prison soon in the CIA leak case, asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to step in and delay the sentence.

    The former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, Libby was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for lying and obstructing an investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's identity. A federal judge has denied a request to stay the sentence while Libby appeals his conviction.

    In a motion to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Libby argued that the ruling was inappropriate. He said he has a good chance of having his conviction overturned on appeal and should not have to serve jail time while the court challenge plays out.

    Don't worry Scooter, Bush will let you out for good.

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  86. AP:

    The Army is considering whether it will have to extend the combat tours of troops in Iraq if President Bush opts to maintain the recent buildup of forces through spring 2008.

    Acting Army Secretary Pete Geren testified Tuesday that the service is reviewing other options, including relying more heavily on Army reservists or Navy and Air Force personnel, so as not to put more pressure on a stretched active-duty force.

    Scooter will go free, and the U.S troops will be forced into a prison of Iraqi hell for another year.

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  87. Pregnant Iraqi women who have been forced from their homes by worsening violence are obtaining illegal abortions because they are unable to get medical care for themselves and their unborn, according to a new report by a national humanitarian group.

    A record number of Iraqis -- most of them women and children -- are fleeing their homes to escape the bloodshed of sectarian violence and anti-U.S. attacks, according to a new report by the Iraqi Red Crescent organization, the largest aid group operating in Iraq.

    Health care is inadequate and difficult to access for those people, according to the IRC report.

    Another heartless result of Bush's war.

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  88. The Official George W. Bush
    "Days Left In Office"
    Countdown:

    580 DAYS
    5 Hrs 57 Min 43.9 Sec

    Can we make it that long?

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  89. Lydia Cornell said...
    Jeremy, YOU'RE FIRED!"

    thats a good one Lydia...........too bad it wasnt that easy to say that to all these brainless dunces!

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  90. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday that he would leave the Republican Party, in a maneuver seen as possible preparation for launching an independent presidential bid in 2008.

    Nice going Bush. You have lost two wars, thousands of jobs overseas, thousands of U.S soldiers, and now New York's mayor left your pathetic party.

    Another result of the Bush presidency.

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  91. Jeremy and Tonja have trolled their way onto where they are not welcome.

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  92. TomCat said...
    That's a good point Maria. We need to take Big Oil's grossly excessive profits and invest them in public transit and alternate energy."

    Tomcat, as usual we are on the same page and 100% in agreement!

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  93. Hey Jeremy/Tall Texan................every Jeremy I have ever known has been a first class Dunce with a capital D and you fit the bill to a Tee............Hey Troll Do you love Israel dunce?

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  94. Jeremy and Tonja are hacks.

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  95. Larry said...
    Jeremy and Tonja are hacks."

    of that I have no doubt!

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  96. Bloomberg leaves the neocon party.

    Lets hope more rats jump this sinking Bush ship.

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  97. Hey Dolt, hows your pathetic blog doing..........Worf is absolutely Right you losers have absolutely NOTHING of value to say when you are not attacking liberals or trying to undermine and derail liberal blogs...................tell me how does it feel to be that pathetic and have that empty of a life with no real purpose.

    All you clowns are is puppets and minions for your masters the repug establishment

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  98. Somebody sent a troll here yesterday and another troll or two today.

    Gotta earn that Coulter money.

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  99. The Official George W. Bush
    "Days Left In Office"
    Countdown:

    580 DAYS
    3 Hrs 22 Min 31.8 Sec

    Will it ever end!

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  100. Reuters:

    A suspected al Qaeda bomber killed 78 people when he rammed a truck into a Shi'ite mosque in Baghdad on Tuesday, just hours after 10,000 U.S. troops began an offensive against the Sunni Islamist group north of the capital.

    This should make the trolls happy!

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  101. Hey Troll Tex, does pretending to be someone else get you off or something.........you dont have to pretend to be an idiot or a dunce because that comes quite naturally.

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  102. I mean are you trolls REALLY that simple minded and flat out stupid that you think you can come in here using another alias and/or IP and we wont know who you are...........GROW UP LOSER!

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  103. Don't they know Worf has the technology to detect those rerouted IP's.

    I forgot they are trolls, they probably didn't understand.

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  104. BTW Volt say hi to Tonja for me LOL!

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  105. I bet Tonja is a grungy looking troll.

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  106. Hey Jeremy say hello to sweet Mary for me!

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  107. Mike:

    Do you remember someone who at one time posted here under another name, and we tracked his blog down, remember who it was?

    Tonja is who this person wants to be, according to that blog.

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  108. Dont forget Christa either Larry..........so many lies and sock puppets its hard for them to keep track just like it is for their criminal masters..........thats why the dunces sent their caging lists to the wrong e-mail server........the treasonous dunces incompetence finally came back to bite them!

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  109. Volts blog is as dead as the repug party is!

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  110. I forgot about Christa. He/she/it was a real winner.

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  111. WASHINGTON — A measurement of industry sentiment about the housing market fell in June for the fourth straight month to the lowest point in more than 16 years.

    Housing developers are being squeezed by tighter lending standards for borrowers trying to get mortgage loans. In response to weak demand, developers are cutting prices and offering buyer incentives to cope with a mounting supply of unsold homes, the National Association of Home Builders said Monday.

    The trade group's housing market index, which tracks builders' perceptions of current market conditions and expectations for home sales over the next six months, fell to 28, the lowest reading since February 1991, the NAHB said.

    This should make Bush and Corporate America happy!

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  112. Hi Lydia and Guys! ;)

    Carl said...
    So now even the bachelors are finding "family" taht needs them???
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    Carl:

    Is he a bachelor?

    LOLMAO

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  114. The housing market is in horrible shape here.. the builders are stuck with new homes that aren't selling!

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  115. Larry said...

    Bloomberg leaves the neocon party.

    Lets hope more rats jump this sinking Bush ship.
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    Larry:

    Yep, it seems they are fleeing as fast as they can!! LOLMAO

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  116. Suzie:

    You shouldn't be making fun of the Repugs for losing one of their own.

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  117. Larry:

    I think Bloomie is just a flip flopper... he was a Dem and then changed to Repug.. he just wants to be in the "in crowd"

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  118. Suzie:

    Until today he was in the losing crowd.

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  119. As the housing market remains weak in many parts of the country, home builders are looking for a light at the end of the tunnel. The latest statistics on housing starts gave them only the faintest glimmer of hope. While there are some pockets of strength, it’s too soon to know when the industry will hit bottom, homebuilders and economists say.

    Amid sluggish sales and rising problems with mortgage defaults, construction of new homes and apartments fell 2.1 percent in May, the worst performance since a nearly 14 percent plunge in January according to the latest data from the Commerce Department. Though the numbers included a slight up tick in building permits, the huge overhang of unsold properties continues to create a strong headwind for builders of new homes.

    Bush has destroyed the American Dream.

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  120. Looks like senator "Tubes" himself is under the federal investigation microscope.....

    Paper: Grand Jury Examines Stevens Ties to Oil Co

    By Paul Kiel

    From the Anchorage Daily News:

    A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., heard evidence last month about the expansion of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' Girdwood home in 2000 and other matters connecting Stevens to the oil services company Veco Inc....

    The existence of the Washington grand jury investigation is the strongest indication to date that Stevens himself has become a subject of the wide-ranging federal probe that surfaced with FBI raids on state legislative offices last August. Former State Sen. Ben Stevens, Ted Stevens' son, was among the legislators whose offices were searched. Ben Stevens has denied wrongdoing.


    Earlier this month, Sen. Stevens admitted that the FBI has asked him to preserve records relevant to his ties to Veco.


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    I wonder if he thinks he should take an oath to tell the truth since he blocked that from happening when he ran a senate committee investigation of Speedy Gonzo?

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  121. Clif:

    Stevens has always blocked everything that touched on scandal within his party.

    Now he is in hot water with his son. How will he scrape out now.

    Good article.

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  122. Oh and Sen "Tubes" Stevens Former Aides are also being questioned by the FBI;

    AP: FBI Questions Former Stevens Aides

    By Paul Kiel -

    And the federal investigation into Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) continues to gain steam:

    Former Capitol Hill aides to Sen. Ted Stevens are being questioned by the FBI as part of an investigation into the senator's relationship with a wealthy contractor.

    A lawyer close to the case, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way, confirmed the FBI had recently questioned former Stevens aides about Bill Allen, a contractor who has pleaded guilty to bribing Alaska legislators.

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  123. If all comes to light, they will find Stevens has everything sown up in Alaska for himself.

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  124. Hey Clif, good to see you!

    Just curious how many Senate seats do you think the Democrats will control after the 2008 elections?

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  125. Ted Stevens is one of the most hateful neocons in office today. I hope they bring him down.

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  126. How much corruption are the repugs involved in it just boggles the mind...........every rock that is turned over they find multiple bloodsuckers.

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  127. Is he the clown that was building the bridge to nowhere?

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  128. Stevens was the one wanting the bridge and he blocks investigations, and talking under oath.

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  129. Oops Looks like Rudy asked the wrong crooked re-pubie to run his south Carolina Campaign...

    Hmmmm. I'm used to Republicans getting indicted, but not for dealing coke.

    SC State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel indicted for conspiracy to distribute crack.

    Late Update: Hmmm, bad media day for Rudy. Turns out this guy Ravenel is the chairman of Rudy's campaign in South Carolina.


    Well to be fair, Bush did use Katherine Harris and Kenneth Blackewell as well as KKKarl Rove.

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  130. Rudy really knows how to pick the criminals. But of course, he does have mob ties.

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  131. It gets better;

    See Rudy's SC campaign chairman's indictment for conspiracy to distribute crack.

    The charges carry a max sentence of 20 years.

    Late Update: The original report in the South Carolina newspaper The State referred to crack cocaine. However, the indictment refers only to cocaine. And an updated version of the story at The State website seems to refer only to cocaine. Hopefully the Giuliani campaign can clear up the confusion.

    Later Update: Giuliani camp on Ravenel: we didn't know he was a crack dealer.


    Rudy didn't know Bernie Kerik was such a loser either did he?

    Exactly how does Rudy think he can be president with such a poor choice of friends?

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  132. No wonder why Bloomburg is cutting and running from the re-pubies so fast today........

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  133. Bloomberg said the country is in shambles, and he was one of their big boys. Very telling.

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  134. Rudi is an Idiot did you see him in the debate he sounded almost as stupid and delusional as McCaine and thats saying something!

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  135. Rudy wants war like Bush and McCain. He has made more off of 9/11 than anyone, except Bush.

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  136. Do you guys think the repugs will start jumping ship from Bush and the war this September.........with the elections coming up the are REALLY stupid if they dont.

    Could you imagine if they get routed again like 2006............how many could you imagine if the Democrats controlled 65-70 Senate seats.........how many seats do you actually think are vulnerable.

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  137. If the repugs had half a funtioning brain they would lead the charge to impeach Bush and end the war.

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  138. I think the only repugs who will jump ship are a couple that get little notice anyhow.

    The Repugs don't want to lose those corporate dollars by jumping ship.

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  139. supporting Bush and the war will very likely cost them their seats and their corporate dollars in 2008 unless they are in redneckville!

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  140. Most of them are in redneckville, or they wouldn't have fallen for the same old tired lines of the neocon junkies.

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  141. Mike the fractures are beginning to appear in the GOP Trent Lott is definitely not a "bushie" especially after his back stabbing circa 2003.

    Others including Norm Coleman(Minn), Wayne Allard(Co), saxby Chambliss(Ga) of the swiftboating of Max Clelend fame, Susan Collins(Me)Joe Lierman's new best friend(he is campaigning FOR her), Larry Craig(Id)he is facing a primary challenge in the GOP, Pete Domenici(NM) of the fired phone calling US attorney fame, Gordon Smith (Or), Ted Stevens(Ak) John Sunnu (NH), or John Warner (Va) are all up for re-election in 2009, and they are not definite front runners at ther moment, hell even Mitch the money man McConnell is running a little scared about Iraq now a days.

    The GOP Bush asslickers need to weigh their political future against the idiots rantings this fall.......

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  142. Very good post Larry-

    There's no way any one person can keep up with this abomination that is the bush crime syndicate. Thank goodness for the internet/WWW and the concerted effort of the AWAKE people in this country.

    I cannot tell you how infuriated I get/am knowing that this is all blatant. How can this be possible in our country? Will anything short of a revolution (and how would something like that happen today?) stop this "crew"?

    Why don't our legislative and judicial branches of government stand up IN FORCE and remove this neocon MISadministration from power?

    Man, I feel another burnout coming on & I haven't even been "in the trenches" this long (this round).

    Sometimes (sometimes) it feels like an exercise in futility.

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  143. Dommenichi should be removed from office for the attorneygate scandal alonfg with Gonzo and Griffin and Mitch McConnel is a piece of shit as well.

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  144. Crime syndicate is a good description Chuck............but even the mob has more honor and integrity than these thugs.

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  145. Rove should be arrested and removed from office...........how many laws should this criminal be allowed to spit on and how long should this pompous fool be allowed to obstruct justice.

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  146. That's exactly right Mike.

    And...I feel like I need to say-

    Don't be duped by or trust the upcoming Bloomberg/Hagel team. There's going to be big Republican money behind them.
    (for example- Lieberman isn't an Independent)

    I was just talking abou that over at Beth's place (In The Details). Its all my opinion of course, but I feel strongly about it.

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  147. Thanks for stopping by and the nice comment Chuck.

    We will never fully know all the corruption that is going on.

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  148. Prompted by concerns that the VA can't adequately care for soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as older veterans already in the system, Congress is instructing the VA to push more money toward treatment of mental health and traumatic brain injuries.

    Sad they have to be "prompted" to take care of the soldiers.

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  149. AP:

    Best Buy, the nation’s largest consumer electronics retailer, said on Tuesday that its first-quarter earnings fell 18 percent, hurt by weak profits in China and increased sales of lower-margin products like notebook.

    Another result of the Bush economy.

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  150. Senators Kennedy and Whitehouse have sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales demanding a probe by the DoJ's Office of the Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility into "allegations that the Republican National Committee engaged in 'vote caging' during the 2004 elections."

    The letter, sent today to Gonzales, also requests an investigation into "whether any Department officials were aware of allegations that Tim Griffin had engaged in caging when he was appointed United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and whether appropriate action was taken.

    Those crazy Republican moralist just can't win an election without cheating.

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  151. They should send him a letter to resign and if he refuses impeach him right TT/Jeremy they should give him the oportunity to be a coward and resign to AVOID impeachment just like Nixon did!

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  152. BAGHDAD:

    Gunmen blew up two Sunni mosques Wednesday south of Baghdad, causing heavy damage but no casualties, police said, in an apparent retaliatory attack a day after a suicide truck bombing devastated a revered Shiite mosque in the heart of the capital, killing at least 87 people.

    Another fine day for blood loving Bush.

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  153. AP:

    Three NATO troops died Wednesday when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb, while gunmen opened fire on people praying in a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, killing three and wounding four.

    Didn't Bush claim he had already won this war!

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  154. NPR:

    Since Sept. 11, 2001, dozens of radical groups have sprung up across North Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere that claim links to al-Qaida.

    Some of these groups are new. Others are long-standing networks that have recently tacked the al-Qaida name onto their own.

    Intelligence officials say some of these groups really are part of al-Qaida, while others are simply local bands of religious militants. Either way, they present worrying evidence of an expanding, revitalized al-Qaida.

    For a local terrorist group, joining al-Qaida makes it harder for members to move around — and harder to raise funds openly. But, on the plus side, publicity will increase, which is good for recruitment. A link to al-Qaida may bring other monetary investment. And, seen through the eyes of would-be jihadi, al-Qaida means prestige.

    "Al-Qaida, because of its perceived success — especially in Iraq — is the team you want to be on," said Daniel Benjamin, of the Brookings Institution, who was formerly a director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council.

    The appearance of new offshoot groups across the Middle East and North Africa is good news for al-Qaida's core leadership, believed to be holed up in Pakistan, Benjamin said.

    "Remember, what al-Qaida wants most is to mobilize the Muslim world. And so every time a new group signs on, particularly takes the name, then it's — it's a coup for them," Benjamin said.

    One of the most significant recent developments along these lines is the appearance, in Algeria, of "Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb." This is not a new group. Under its previous guise, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, it worked for years to overthrow the Algerian government. But this past September brought a formal announcement that the group's ambitions were about to widen.

    Since Ayman Al-Zawahiri, al-Qaida's No. 2 official, announced that the Algerian group had joined forces with Osama bin Laden, the group has stepped up attacks, including an April suicide bombing in Algiers that killed some 30 people.

    This is worrying enough. But the real fear among intelligence officials and analysts is that the new partnership with al-Qaida brings new obligations to attack what's known as the "Far Enemy" — the West. This month, police in Milan arrested several members of the group, who were allegedly planning attacks in Italy.

    Along with developments in Algeria, this spring also saw a pair of explosions in neighboring Morocco. Richer says this area of the world — North Africa — is his single greatest concern right now in the war on terrorism. But he cautions against concluding that al-Qaida has launched a coordinated effort to destabilize North Africa.

    A senior U.S. counterterrorism official, who asked not to be named while speaking on intelligence matters, told NPR, "Al-Qaida's been eager to merge with groups far and wide. But you have to prove you'll bring something to the relationship. Fatah al-Islam is too small and too unpredictable. And Lebanon is a quagmire even for al-Qaida, which is saying something."

    Meanwhile, there's growing concern about a Palestinian al-Qaida cell forming inside Gaza.

    "If Gaza descends into chaos, I would argue it would become much easier for al-Qaida-like-minded groups to establish networks in Gaza," said Fawaz Gerges, chair of international affairs and Middle Eastern studies at Sarah Lawrence College. Gerges has spent the past year traveling across the Middle East, collecting material for a new book on radical Islam. He argues that the fighting among rival Palestinian groups sets the stage for al-Qaida to move in.

    "Remember, al-Qaida breeds on chaos and war," Gerges said. "And if the Palestinians descend into all-war, in the next few weeks we'll likely witness the emergence of new networks, who tend to subscribe to al-Qaida ideology."

    "The jihadist movement,
    essentially, has been growing and strengthening since the invasion of Iraq," Benjamin said. "That, I think is clear. It's also that their ambitions are intact, and their willingness to try big, dangerous conspiracies is there."


    Another result of the Bush blood for oil "surge."

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  155. Missing Soldier's Wife May Be Deported

    Jimenez Missing Since Unit Attacked By Insurgents

    The wife of a soldier missing in Iraq could face deportation, her lawyer told a television station.

    Army Spec. Alex Jimenez, who has been missing since his unit was attacked by insurgents in Iraq on May 12, had petitioned for a green card for his wife, Yaderlin, whom he married in 2004, Boston's WBZ-TV reported Tuesday.

    Their attorney, Matthew Kolken, said Yaderlin illegally entered the United States from the Dominican Republic in 2001. Her husband's request for a green card and legal residence status for her alerted authorities to her situation, Kolken said.

    The attorney said his client would not be eligible for a green card under normal circumstances, but he is seeking a hardship waiver for her. If she were to have to leave the U.S., she would have to wait 10 years before reapplying.

    "I can't imagine a bigger injustice than that, to be deporting someone's wife who is fighting and possibly dying for our country," Kolken told the station.

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  156. I can see the bushite neo-con morons now,

    after he is found(hopefully)

    is in Germany receiving medical treatment,

    he asks for his wife,

    and some stupid neo-con lackey says

    we deported her,

    after all she was an illegal immigrant........


    I tend to think he would wonder what the F*%K he was fighting for.....

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  157. Mike said Tomcat, as usual we are on the same page and 100% in agreement!

    Funny thing about that Mike. :-)

    Cliff, the heartlessness of the Reich toward their cannon fodder never ceases to amaze me.

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  158. President Bush has chosen to use his veto pen three times -- twice on the stem cell issue where politics, ethics and science collide.

    Pushing back against the Democratic-led Congress, Bush plans to veto a bill Wednesday that would have eased restraints on federally funded embryonic stem cell research, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said.

    70% of Americans want this passed, but Bush could care less of the wishes of the people, or the sick and dying.

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  159. Fred Thompson, who may join the Republican presidential race, said today that the U.S. and its allies should consider a blockade against Iran before military action to curb the nation's nuclear ambitions.

    Just what we need. Another neocon advocating ways to drive oil prices up, and start World War III.

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  160. An armed security guard at Walter Reed Army Medical Center unholstered his gun and began firing at another guard during an argument this morning, shocking employees who were driving through the busy main entrance on Georgia Avenue NW, D.C. police said.

    Excessive stress on the job, caused by the horrible conditions courtesy of the Bush administration.

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  161. A new Gallup Poll will only reinforce those who claim that while the rich get richer most Americans don't feel they are sharing in the growth in our economy. The stock market may be climbing and the unemployment remains relatively low, but 7 in 10 Americans believe the economy is getting worse -- the most negative reading in nearly six years.

    Only one in three Americans rate the economy today as either excellent or good, while the percentage saying the economy is getting better fell from 28% to 23% in one month.

    Gallup adds: "For the first time this year, a majority of Americans are negative about the employment market, saying it is a bad time to find a quality job."

    Number by Number, Bush has wrecked the economy as well as the military.

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  162. As of Tuesday, June 19, 2007, at least 3,528 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,897 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

    Number by Number, this is deplorable.

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  163. Globalization has brought huge overall benefits, but earnings for most U.S. workers -- even those with college degrees -- have been falling recently; inequality is greater now than at any other time in the last 70 years.

    Whatever the cause, the result has been a surge in protectionism. To save globalization, policymakers must spread its gains more widely. The best way to do that is by redistributing income.

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  164. Hello Lydia and everyone;
    I was reading about s soldier in the war whose wife was being deported. Isn't that tragic?

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  165. The Official George W. Bush
    "Days Left In Office"
    Countdown:

    579 DAYS
    3 Hrs 14 Min 14.6 Sec

    Are we there yet?

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  166. Larry, I really like your post and agree-but am a bit overwhelmed by the million comments! I really enjoy your comments and you have also added some additions here to this thread...but damn what a thread! I see some familiar folks though- so I'll settle down and get used to it. I hope!

    I should link you here them right? To keep track of ya? :)

    I am just sick over the abuses of this administration. Just sick.

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  167. Thank you Lynn,

    As you are aware I discovered your blog with a subject I know all too well, and have decided to make you a regular part of my blogging.

    Lydia is making some changes forthcoming to her blog, and once she is finished, she will be creating a whole new list of links, of which yours will be one.

    I hope you will make this blog a regular part of your blogging as well.

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  168. Hey Lynn welcone, and your absolutely right, this administration is the biggest disgrace i've ever seen.

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  169. Mike:

    Check out Lynn's blog. I discovered it recently and visit daily.

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  170. i'll try check it out again, it seemed to take a long time to load when i originally popped over there.

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  171. Mike:

    I never have any trouble. Must be the server tonight.

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  172. or my slow dial up!

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  173. If you have AT&T they were forced by court ruling to offer $10 per month DSL. They are trying to keep it quiet, so if you have them that is a cheap option.

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  174. Three Canadian soldiers were killed today in Afganistan.

    I thought Bush claimed he won this war!

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  175. Mike:

    I got this from Tom Harper's blog.

    This is for real. This isn't a phony come-on or one of those bait-and-switch tactics. This offer is completely valid. What's really weird is that the company who's offering this deal — AT&T — isn't advertising it. Not a word. It’s Their Little Secret.

    It’s part of a settlement agreement between AT&T and the FCC. In return for allowing the merger of two 800-pound gorillas — BellSouth and AT&T — AT&T is required to offer this $10-per-month deal for 2 ½ years. After 30 months and one day, how much do you think that monthly rate will go up to? Let’s have a pool.

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  176. Hey guys, I was just on suzieq blog and she was awarded the thinking blog award totally something different

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  177. Thanks Holly,

    I will check it out.

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  178. Are you sure that isnt dial up Larry...........$10 a month for high speed DSL sounds too good to be true..............if thats the case that deal is too good to pass up.

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  179. I think a court ruling was forcing them to do this. They are not promoting it.

    If you don't have AT&T you are stuck with dial up.

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  180. Sorry Ive been gone for a few days guys.

    About this Rove email story, I literally laughed out loud when I read a quote from Tony Blowhard:

    White House spokesman Tony Snow declined to respond directly to the staff report, but he defended the use of the Republican Party e-mail system. He said aides used RNC equipment and the e-mail network to comply with federal laws that prohibit the use of government supplies for partisan political activity.

    "This is an administration that is very careful about obeying the law," he said.

    Oh yeah? Since when?

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  181. I work for a different phone company so I have a bit of inside info -- the $10 DSL is for 768k ... faster than dial up I will grant you but calling it high speed internet is a bit of a stretch.

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  182. Larry, the numbers are staggering. What really does me in, though, is Congress's reluctance to impeach. This administration has operated with total disregard for law - the signing statements alone should be impeachable, because it puts him in the position of rewriting the laws passed by Congress!

    Good article. And thanks for coming by my place.

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  183. MCH said...
    I work for a different phone company so I have a bit of inside info -- the $10 DSL is for 768k ... faster than dial up I will grant you but calling it high speed internet is a bit of a stretch."

    Yeah, I kinda figured it was either 768K or dial up..........thats still a great price, I pay more for dial up.

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  184. I will definitely agree that it's a great price ... and I sell quite a few 768k DSL's and it is worlds better than dial up.

    I do recommend though that if you decide to do any kind of neworking, upgrade to 3.0 megs

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  185. Divajood:

    I found your blog from Maria and I liked it, and will become a regular.

    Thank you for the comments. It does seem that Congress likes to make threats, but then take photos.

    Thanks for dropping by. Hope you will become a regular as well.

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  186. I read Verizon will be offering a good price on their New Fios that is between 20-50 megs and includes tv service..........here anything about this new technology?

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  187. Mike:

    I heard Verizon was a horrible phone company.

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  188. Seems to me I've heard a thing or two ....

    Verizon is the company I work for. They are pouring a ton of money into the fios and most of the customers I've talk to who have it love it. I havent been trained in fios yet though so I cant give you an informed opinion -- all I know is the company hype.

    I will tell you one thing though, Verizon is gambling everything they have on fios ... if it's a bust then we'll be out of business. The powers that be are determined to make it a success ... more so than anything they've ever put out before.

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  189. Larry, all phone companies are horrible ... Verizon is just a little bit less so than most.

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  190. yeah Verizon is betting the farm on cutting into Cable's cash cow and grabbing market share and they can ONLY do that by offering a superior product.........higher speed Internet, more TV channels and lower price..........but I havent heard much about this new technology lately...........The Telecos won a key victory from the FCC by not having to win approval and negotiate deals with every single municipality like Cable does so i'm assuming this will speed the rollout and lower the price of this new technology.

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  192. Hey guys, I don't really understand about phone companies, are you guys talking about voip or regular phones, I don't really know what a voip is I have seen it advertised.

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  193. I agree AT&T and Comcast are WAY to big........those mergers should have never been allowed but the Bush admin and the SEC and FCC are infiltrated by corporate fascists.......a cmpany can never be too big too powerful or too rich for them..........the could care less about diversity of choice or oppinion, price gouging or competitive markets.

    They are for the special interests and have nothing but contempt for the working class.

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  194. We are talking about the whole package Holly...............Verizon is trying to offer a superior bundle that includes phone, tv, longdistance and faster internet all in one budled package.

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  195. Mike didn't MCH say he worked for a phone company he should know if you can install a voip line or how it works.

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  196. Holly,

    VOIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol ... essentially, it's phone service that uses high speed internet rather than traditional phone lines. Vonage is the largest and most well known provider. Cable telephone is very similar.

    VOIP doesnt really have a future though -- the quality isnt as good as traditional phone service and while it is cheaper, it relies on high speed internet to work. There are two main types of high speed internet -- DSL and Cable modems. DSL requires a phone line (thus making voip kind of redundant) and cable goes out too frequently. 911 service doesnt work nearly as well with VOIP and security systems dont work at all.

    The other problem is Vonage recently lost a major lawsuit case over patent infringement ... it's going to end up costing them a lot of money and they likely arent big enough to survive.

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  197. Hi Lydia and Guys!

    I thought Google was going to offer free internet and cell phone service for everybody... oh, that was probably just one of those rumors.. LOL

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  198. MCH are you saying I should not get voip since it looks like they may go under

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  199. Hey suzieq congratulations on your blog award you really deserve it

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  200. Hey SQ!

    I could see Google offering free e-mails......in fact I think they do, but theres no way they could offer free Internet and Cell phone.......that business plan would NEVER work.

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