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Water on Mars

We're getting closer to the day when the ignorant fundies will have to either accept that earth isn't "God's only creation", or that God didn't create the earth a week ago Thursday.

Water Ice on Mars Confirmed

Permalink07/31/08, 07:12:57 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 159 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

The Whiskey Bar

I doubt it, but some of you may remember that I was a fan of Billmon.

As far as I knew he hadn't posted anything since 2006. (I now suspect he has, using another ID, but that's beside the point.)

Well, here's his take on this year's election, hot off the presses.

Permalink07/31/08, 04:34:54 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 146 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Bush aides can be subpoenaed, judge rules

WASHINGTON - President Bush’s top advisers are not immune from congressional subpoenas, a federal judge ruled Thursday in an unprecedented dispute between the two political branches.

House Democrats called the ruling a ringing endorsement of the principle that nobody is above the law.


Permalink07/31/08, 02:34:55 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 259 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Former Ramstein medical chief denounces McCain

Oh what a tangled web he weaved, when first he practiced to decieve.


From Jonathan Martin at Politico.

VoteVets, the pro-Democrat group of retired military personnel, counters McCain's Black Hawk down statement with some outrage from Col. Katherine Scheirman (Ret.), the retired Chief of Medical Operations for United States Air Force in Europe Headquarters at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany:

"John McCain's new ad is dishonest and shameful, and I say that as the former Chief of Medical Operations. Senators Hagel and Reed confirmed to Bob Schieffer yesterday that Senator Obama visited the Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad as a part of their CODEL, with no media present.


Permalink07/31/08, 11:21:31 am, by billy b, 344 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

No surprise here

The rebate didn't work.

Ideologically I was 50-50 on the rebate idea. 50% in favor because it put money directly into the hands that would spend it. 50% against because it dovetails with the Norquist concept of keeping money away from the gubmint - it's tantamount to a tax cut.

Consumption drives 70% of our economy which makes it clear that neoliberal trickledown has not been a positive idea for our society. Neoliberalism has turned the US into yet another economic colony of multinationals - milk the US economy for profits, invest it in Indonesia or elsewhere to make MORE profit on the Western consumer, and damn the torpedoes - we gotta make a short-term profit NOW goddamit. When the Indonesians get ornery, move the factories to Bhutan or Zanzibar - there will always be a country full of peons. But what these people forget is that peons are only valuable if you have a market for what the peons make.

"Re-training" won't cut it, it's just another way of providing for corps. "Investment in infrastructure" could do the trick, but if it's outsourced you have to factor in a profit margin that invariably becomes more honerous than any losses from governmental inefficiency.

We urgently need government investment in projects that are labour-intensive. Our unemployment is relatively low but our underemployment has grown like never before - fewer hours, lower pay, worse jobs.

"Who will rid me of this turbulent neoliberalism?", to paraphrase an economist Shakespeare.

Permalink31.07.08, 11:07:06, by iconoclast555 Email , 185 views, User Posts Send feedback

$1,500 per second

Exxon Mobil once again reported the largest quarterly profit in U.S. history Thursday, posting net income of $11.68 billion on revenue of $138 billion in the second quarter. That profit works out to $1,485.55 a second. That barely beat the previous corporate record of $11.66 billion, also set by Exxon in the fourth quarter of 2007.


To contrast, see how much the war in Iraq is costing your community here.

Embeddable Iraq war clock.

Embeddable national debt clock.

Permalink07/31/08, 09:24:06 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 232 views, Latest Posts 11 feedbacks

John McCain's Anger Problem

Brent Budovsky writes about McCain's psychopathy at the Hill.

McCain't spent years as a POW. He was tortured physically, mentally, and emotionally. So, it's a good idea for this man to become the most powerful man in the world?

The man who used to be John McCain is reacting to the pressures of a campaign by becoming Meat Ax McCainwith low-road attacks that raise core questions of presidential temperament.

Today, as Barack Obama hosts a meeting with financial leaders from across America, the anger-ridden, increasingly desperate McCain campaign accuses Obama of creating a future depression.

The performance of the man who used to be John McCain, and his campaign — run by foreign agents and Bush-Rove disciples — now raises grave questions about whether McCain has the temperament and stability in crisis to be president.


Permalink07/31/08, 08:55:39 am, by billy b, 474 views, User Posts 11 feedbacks


A straw poll:

1. Do you think that Iran has a right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes?
2. Do you think that Iran could be blamed for wanting a nuclear deterent?
3. Do you think that Iran (nuclear or non-nuke) poses a threat to the West/US/Israel?

The NAM has made it clear that they don't see eye-to-eye with what our propagandapress calls the "West".

That's 118 countries that are not in agreement with the UNSC, Dubya, McShame or Obama.

Permalink31.07.08, 05:41:41, by iconoclast555 Email , 247 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks


A majority of voters (56%) say the country should have a third major political party in addition to the Democrats and Republicans, while 39% say it should not. Voters were split on a third party four years ago. Not surprisingly, independents (72%) are much more supportive of a third party than are Republicans (53%) or Democrats (47%). Young voters (65%) are also strong backers of a third party.

What is worrying is the "issue meter" - the issues that are/were central to Obama's campaign have lost much ground

The survey finds new evidence that rising energy prices are reshaping the campaign's issues agenda. As in April, more voters want the candidates to discuss the economy than any other issue. However, about as many voters now say they want the candidates to address energy and gas prices as the war in Iraq (17% energy vs. 19% Iraq). And energy has far surpassed health care as an issue that voters want the candidates to discuss


Permalink31.07.08, 03:49:35, by iconoclast555 Email , 257 views, User Posts Send feedback

Contemptible Rove Held In Contempt?

The House Judiciary Committee just voted to hold Karl Rove in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about his role in the railroading of Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.

I just saw this on Kos. I was going to surf a bit and see what I could verify, but when I read this:

"...it is unclear whether Pelosi will schedule the vote..."

I got so pissed off that I decided to just post the Kos link as is.

We'll see what happens.

Permalink07/30/08, 03:11:55 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 187 views, Latest Posts 14 feedbacks

More and more

Stevens seem to be going down, yet another case of individual corruption in a larger environment of institutionalized corruption.

This is par for the course with the GOP. What is sadly also a GOP constant is their newish rhetoric...

Does the GOP know the uhmerican electorate better than the DNC? 'Cos their insistence on "drilling the continental shelf" is a pretty gross example of the "big lie" and apparently the public is lapping it up.

Doesn't the DNC have any attack dogs out there that can say "uh, sorry folks, the GOP and McShame are lying to you with this drilling stuff, they're playing you as stupid fiddles". Where's the killer instinct? Are they even TRYING to win?

Permalink30.07.08, 05:28:12, by iconoclast555 Email , 187 views, User Posts 10 feedbacks

Careful with Afghanistan

From the NYT:

"...Take 20 minutes and read the stunning article in last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine by Thomas Schweich, a former top Bush counternarcotics official focused on Afghanistan, and dwell on his paragraph on Afghan President Hamid Karzai:

“Karzai was playing us like a fiddle: The U.S. would spend billions of dollars on infrastructure improvement; the U.S. and its allies would fight the Taliban; Karzai’s friends could get rich off the drug trade; he could blame the West for his problems; and in 2009, he would be elected to a new term.”

Then read the Afghan expert Rory Stewart’s July 17 Time magazine cover story from Kabul: “A troop increase is likely to inflame Afghan nationalism because Afghans are more anti-foreign than we acknowledge, and the support for our presence in the insurgency areas is declining ... The more responsibility we take in Afghanistan, the more we undermine the credibility and responsibility of the Afghan government and encourage it to act irresponsibly. Our claims that Afghanistan is the ‘front line in the war on terror’ and that ‘failure is not an option’ have convinced the Afghan government that we need it more than it needs us. The worse things become, the more assistance it seems to receive. This is not an incentive to reform.”

Before Democrats adopt “More Troops to Afghanistan” as their bumper sticker, they need to make sure it’s a strategy for winning a war — not an election."

Permalink30.07.08, 04:24:15, by iconoclast555 Email , 225 views, User Posts 11 feedbacks

A Torture Paper Trail

Eugene Robinson spells it all out for us in a barn burner. Read the whole thing.

Some excerpts:

...in August 2002 by Jay Bybee, who was head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel -- makes the incredible claim that unless a torturer has the "specific intent" to inflict severe pain or suffering, no violation of U.S. laws against torture has occurred. Bybee, since appointed to the federal bench, wrote that the torturer needed only the "honest belief" that he was not actually committing torture to avoid legal jeopardy. Oh, and Bybee added that it wasn't even necessary for that belief to be "reasonable."

No government obeying the law needs a paper trail to absolve its interrogators of committing torture. Conversely, a government that produces such a paper trail has something monstrous to hide.

It is not difficult to avoid violating federal laws and international agreements that prohibit torture. Just don't torture people, period. The idea that there exists some acceptable middle ground -- a kind of "torture lite" -- is a hideous affront to this nation's honor and values. This, perhaps above all, is how George Bush should be remembered: as the president who embraced torture.

Barack Obama has stood consistently against torture. John McCain, who was tortured himself as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, has denounced torture as well -- and, although he voted against restraining the CIA with the same no-exceptions policy that now applies to military interrogators, he has been forthright in saying that waterboarding is torture, and thus illegal. On Inauguration Day, whoever wins the presidency, this awful interlude will end.

A clear and urgent duty of the next president will be to investigate the Bush administration's torture policy and give Americans a full accounting of what was done in our name. It's astounding that we need some kind of truth commission in the United States of America, but we do. Only when we learn the full story of what happened will we be able to confidently promise, to ourselves and to a world that looks to this country for moral leadership: Never again.

Permalink07/29/08, 09:08:45 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 159 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

Hate him, but this is mostly true

Ahmadinejad gives a rant.

I challenge anyone to deny any of his assertion.

"The rich and powerful countries continue to exercise an inordinate influence in determining the nature and direction of international relations, including economic and trade relations, as well as rules governing these relations, many of which are at the expense of developing countries," it said.

Permalink29.07.08, 10:15:13, by iconoclast555 Email , 148 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

Toldja so yet again

This time it's Rand that agrees with what many have said for years:

WASHINGTON - The United States can defeat al-Qaida if it relies less on force and more on policing and intelligence to root out the terror group's leaders, a new study contends.

"Keep in mind that terrorist groups are not eradicated overnight," said the study by the federally funded Rand research center, an organization that counsels the Pentagon.

Its report said that the use of military force by the United States or other countries should be reserved for quelling large, well-armed and well-organized insurgencies, and that American officials should stop using the term "war on terror" and replace it with "counterterrorism."

"Terrorists should be perceived and described as criminals, not holy warriors, and our analysis suggests there is no battlefield solution to terrorism," said Seth Jones, the lead author of the study and a Rand political scientist.

Of course, the objective of the war on a verb was never the verb - it was the war.

Permalink29.07.08, 07:40:27, by iconoclast555 Email , 165 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Why I Like Cats

OK, it's on "The View" and the music sucks. Fuhgeddaboutit. Just watch it anyway.

Permalink07/28/08, 08:59:39 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 134 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Grover Loves It When A Plan Comes Together

"My goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub." - Grover Norquist quoted in "The Nation", April 26, 2001.

Bush administration projects record 2009 deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's budget deficit will surge past a half-trillion dollars next year, according to gloomy new estimates, a record flood of red ink that promises to force the winner of the presidential race to dramatically alter his economic agenda.

The deficit will hit $482 billion in the 2009 budget year that will be inherited by Democrat Barack Obama or Republican John McCain, the White House estimated Monday. That figure is sure to rise after adding the tens of billions of dollars in additional Iraq war funding it doesn't include, and the total could be higher yet if the economy fails to recover as the administration predicts.

Gee. What if the recovery is better than predicted?

I kid! I kid!

Permalink07/28/08, 07:19:14 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 135 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

The Bill of Rights...

...re-written so even gun-grabbers, women-haters, and "better christians than you" can understand them.

(Sub-titled "The Things I Come Up With When I'm Waiting")

First Amendment – Free people have a right to meet and discuss things, so it's not illegal to say whatever you want to whoever you want in person or in writing, go to any church you want to go to, hang out with anyone you want to, or stop the government from violating the constitution.


Permalink07/28/08, 04:21:30 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 287 views, Latest Posts Send feedback


Unusual, to say the least:

Police link US man's computer to India bomb e-mail

Home address Langley, Va???

Permalink28.07.08, 12:22:52, by iconoclast555 Email , 121 views, User Posts Send feedback

U.S. Military Says Soldiers Fired on Civilians

From the New York Times:

Published: July 28, 2008

BAGHDAD — The American military admitted Sunday night that a platoon of soldiers raked a car of innocent Iraqi civilians with hundreds of rounds of gunfire and that the military then issued a news release larded with misstatements, asserting that the victims were criminals who had fired on the troops.

The attack on June 25 killed three people, a man and two women, as they drove to work at a bank at Baghdad’s airport. The attack infuriated Iraqi officials and even prompted the Iraqi armed forces general command to call the shooting cold-blooded murder.


Permalink07/28/08, 07:58:20 am, by billy b, 446 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Got hope?

Obama's going economic.

Wunnerful, ain't it? Wall Streets' and the free marketeers' darling shows his colours yet again.


Permalink28.07.08, 05:21:29, by iconoclast555 Email , 274 views, User Posts 21 feedbacks

I'm Betting He's A Gay-Hating Fundie

Two dead, 7 wounded in Tennessee church shooting

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - A man opened fire with a shotgun in a church in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Sunday, killing two people, including a man called a hero for shielding others from a shotgun blast, police and local media reported.

Seven others were wounded, four critically, police said.

The gunman was tackled by church-goers and taken into custody by police. He was charged later with first-degree murder, but police declined to give a motive for the shooting and the Tennessean newspaper said his motive remained unknown.

Jim D. Adkisson, 58, of Powell, Tennessee, was being held on a $1 million bond at the Knox County Detention Center, said Randall Kenner, communications coordinator for the city of Knoxville.

The gunman apparently concealed a 12-gauge shotgun until he entered the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church and then fired several shots before being subdued, police said.

Permalink07/28/08, 12:01:25 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 287 views, Latest Posts 10 feedbacks


Permalink07/27/08, 08:44:41 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 158 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Is the surge working?

This graph has been my yardstick on Iraq, for years.


Permalink07/27/08, 03:27:04 pm, by icy Email , 176 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Bush mass for shut ins for 07-27-08

Bush mass for shut ins is on the air!


Good morning Bush worshippers, those who are ill and those who it's just best not to mix with society. May Lord God Bush bless you all for coming. For it is he who brought us life and everything else. He is a thousand points of light! He makes the sun rise in the morning, puts the frost on our flakes and puts the fruit on the trees. All praise the glory of Lord God Bush. Today we celebrate Housing Bill.


Lord God Bush proclaimed new housing legislation that will solve the housing crisis that was created by the liberals in an effort to destroy America. Now we can all sit back, relax, and prosper.


I'll light the fire
You put the flowers in the vase
That you bought today

Staring at the fire
For hours and hours
While I listen to you
Play your love songs
All night long for me
Only for me

Come to me now
And rest your head for just five minutes
Everything is good
Such a cosy room
The windows are illuminated
By the sunshine through them
Fiery gems for you
Only for you

Our house is a very, very fine house
With two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy
'Cause of you
And our la,la,la, la,la, la, la, la, la, la, la.....

Our house is a very, very fine house
With two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy
'Cause of you
And Our

I'll light the fire
And you place the flowers in the jar
That you bought today


Then George the Ever Wonderful picked up the ballpoint pen of holiness and signed his holy name to the holy housing bill. He proclaimed "This bill will end the Clinton housing crisis" and the people cheered.

What is the Profit Paulson trying to say to us? It is that the housing bill will end this front of the liberals war on America. This is the word of George.

Bush mass is over

Your attendance has been recorded and will be sent to the proper authorities. Go in arrogance, may the Lord God George W Bush be with you.

Permalink07/27/08, 08:57:56 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 113 views, User Posts Send feedback

Sickening Torture Revelation

Decades ago, North Korea and Red China tortured American captives, to force them to make FALSE CONFESSIONS in propaganda show trials.

In response, the CIA conducted case studies on the methods of torture used; in order to develop ways for captured Americans to survive torture.


When the Bush Administration ordered use of torture, the CIA scrambled to comply, by re-visiting those same studies; now using them as how-to handbooks on torture techniques, rather than for their intended purpose: aiding in torture resistance.

Here's the rub: The Koreans & Chinese hadn't tortured in order to "get the truth" out of captives.
They WANTED the captives to lie! They -wanted- false confessions.

So is it any surprise that these techniques resulted in false confessions from captives at Gitmo, Abu Ghraib, Afghanistan, and secret detainment locations?!! The techniques were DESIGNED to yield false information!

Source: RFK Jr. on the radio today, interviewing Jane Mayer, the author of "The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals."

Permalink07/26/08, 09:14:37 pm, by icy Email , 309 views, User Posts 10 feedbacks

McGoo's Running Mate: Fox "News"

They actually used old footage in an attempt to make him look younger.

Bonus after the fold: Fox News Busted!


Permalink07/26/08, 01:40:29 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 282 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

This Column Made My Day

From Salon's War Room:

At this point, just about everyone agrees: It was not a good week for John McCain.

The New York Times' Elisabeth Bumiller, for example, has an interesting article Friday, a look back at how McCain fared over the past few days. It's not a rosy picture. Bumiller starts off by observing, "Senator John McCain's presidential campaign recovered from a near-death experience almost exactly a year ago, and political candidates stumble in and out of troughs all the time. But it is safe to say that Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, is not having a spectacular week."

To bolster her point, she turned to Ed Rollins, a veteran Republican strategist who was working for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee earlier this year. "McCain is having a disastrous week," Rollins said. "It would have been better if he had just kept a low profile and stayed out of the limelight. He got dragged into making a lot of stupid comments about Obama, and there's been this tremendous contrast with the visuals, which is what a lot of people pay attention to."


Permalink07/26/08, 01:02:21 pm, by billy b, 328 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Iraq Banned From Olympics

Did anyone know about this? I saw it when I checked my yahoo email. For some reason the only thing the tradmed's been talking about in reference to Iraq has been how successful "the splurge" was.

Iraq talks on Olympic ban, but says no compromise

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's banned Olympic Committee has opened negotiations to try to regain its place in next month's Beijing Games after being shut out for political interference in Olympic affairs, a government spokesman said Friday.


The Iraqi refusal to compromise has angered athletes and risks aggravating Iraq's sectarian rifts. The Youth and Sports Ministry is dominated by Shiite Muslims who also control the government. Iraq's Olympic Committee had included several holdovers from the Saddam era, when Sunni Arabs had the greatest role.

"I was training very hard to win and get medal in Beijing and hoist the Iraqi flag, but now my dreams had broken," said Swara Mohammed Berbal, a 26-year-old weightlifter training in the northern city of Irbil.

Iraq has only one medal — a bronze in weightlifting in 1960 — since its first appearance at the Summer Olympics in 1948.

Sarhang Abdul-Khalq, a member of the Olympic committee in Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish region, said the "government has cut off the head of sports in Iraq."

And they didn't even need help from Uday and Kusay.

Permalink07/25/08, 07:46:17 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 173 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

McCain: bin Laden could face Nuremberg-like justice

The McAnus campaign is quickly sinking into self-parody. I can't believe that Walnuts can say this stuff with a straight face. He really is a stupid SOB.

(CNN) — Sen. John McCain on Friday said that as president he would consider bringing Osama bin Laden to justice through a Nuremberg-like international trial.

He told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “We have various options. The Nuremberg Trials are certainly an example of the kind of tribunal that we could move forward with. I don’t think we’d have any difficulty in devising an international — internationally supported mechanism that would mete out justice. There’s no problem there.”

McCain said that it would be a “good thing to reveal to the world the enormity of this guy’s crimes, and his intentions, which are still there.”


Permalink07/25/08, 03:12:22 pm, by billy b, 284 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Priest Off

Permalink07/25/08, 08:55:39 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 133 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Dobson Will Endorse McCain

by Ed Brayton

In a change of position that could only surprise the astonishingly naive (i.e. his own followers), James Dobson now says he might endorse John McCain for president.

Conservative Christian leader James Dobson has softened his stance against Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, saying he could reverse his position and endorse the Arizona senator despite serious misgivings.

"I never thought I would hear myself saying this," Dobson said in a radio broadcast to air Monday. "... While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might."

Dobson and other evangelical leaders unimpressed by McCain increasingly are taking a lesser-of-two-evils approach to the 2008 race.

Anyone who believes that he really didn't think he would ever hear himself saying that is breathtakingly clueless. James Dobson isn't stupid. Saying a few months ago that he couldn't endorse McCain was nothing more than a move to gain leverage. John McCain needs the religious right leaders to give him the okay in order to win in November and Dobson damn well knows it. So by withholding initial support, he gained leverage with which to extract promises from McCain.

What promises? As I've been telling people for months, there is only one thing they really and truly want and know that they can get if they can keep Obama out of the White House: the Supreme Court. I guarantee you they have already cut a deal with McCain that says we'll urge our followers to vote for you as the lesser of two evils if you choose nominees for the high court from our short list.

There was never any doubt that this was going to happen. Did anyone really believe that Dobson was going to sit out the campaign and lose all his ability to influence the outcome? Did anyone really believe that he was going to tell his followers not to support McCain or to vote third party, thereby assuring Obama's election? Not a chance. Dobson may be a lunatic, but he's a shrewd lunatic.

I may have been wrong about McGoo choosing a fundie running mate. I don't think so, but it's possible that this deal will over-take the VP pick as the means by which McCheney will win the fundie vote, which he can't win the WH without. They're far from a majority, but they can be relied on to vote, and vote for whichever candidate is against rights for women and gays.

Of course, a sincere desire to wreck the public schools and bring on Armageddon aren't bad qualities in a GOPper candidate, either.

Note to Obamites: Stop being so fucking arrogant and listen to "the base" once in a while. You don't have this election in the bag.

Permalink07/24/08, 10:56:04 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 265 views, Latest Posts 6 feedbacks


If you want to sleep tonight, don't read the rest.


Permalink07/24/08, 07:34:40 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 385 views, Latest Posts 8 feedbacks

Obama Berlin Speech: US Foreign Service Workers Instructed Not To Attend

From HuffPo:

Although it appears most of Berlin is heading to Obama's speech today, US Foreign Service personnel will be banned from the event. And they are not happy. The American Foreign Service Association, a union of Foreign Service workers are opposing the rule.

The U.S. Embassy in Berlin has instructed Foreign Service personnel stationed there not to attend Sen. Barack Obama's public rally today, which the State Department this week labeled a "partisan political activity" prohibited under its regulations for those serving overseas.


Permalink07/24/08, 12:58:15 pm, by billy b, 308 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Empathetic potus

Permalink24.07.08, 11:10:19, by iconoclast555 Email , 135 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Israel reneges on settlement pledge

An Israeli ministerial committee has approved construction of new homes in a West Bank settlement despite a pledge to the US to stop building on the site, Israeli media reported today.

The committee has given the green light for 20 new homes at Maskiot. Ehud Barak, the defence minister, is expected to authorise construction soon, said Israel Radio. The plans were dropped by Israel in 2006 after pressure from the US.

It's a one-sided "alliance" at best.

Permalink07/24/08, 07:57:28 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 162 views, Latest Posts 7 feedbacks

How far we've fallen

Remember the Kitchen Debate?

Tricky Dicky and Nikita got their tongues wagging. A gem that show us just how far we've fallen:

Mr. Nixon explained that the model house could be built for $14,000 and that most United States veterans of World War II had bought houses in the bracket of $10,000 to $15,000.

"Let me give you an example you can appreciate," Mr. Nixon said. "Our steel workers, as you know, are now on strike. But any steel worker could buy this house. They earn $3 an hour. This house costs about $100 a month to buy on a contract, running twenty-five to thirty years."

Those were the days, eh? A steelworker with a housewife and 2.2 kids could afford a house. In fact, house payments were a third of his salary. Would you be considered lower-middle class today if you could do this?

But we're had decades of growth! The system works!

Permalink24.07.08, 04:48:10, by iconoclast555 Email , 166 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Iraqi Freedom

Iraq Veteran Takes On McCain In New Ad

The independent group, VoteVets, will begin running a new television ad this week that features an Iraq war veteran who asserts that if elected, Senator John McCain “would occupy Iraq indefinitely,” against the wishes of the Iraqi people.

The veteran, Brandon Woods of New York, says in the ad: “What did we fight for in Iraq? I have some idea. I fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom. And ‘freedom’ means when the Iraqi people and their Prime Minister ask us to make a plan to leave, we do.


Permalink07/23/08, 10:25:09 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 246 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

This is Cool

Useless, but cool.

2008's 'What ifs...'
Plot your own demographic scenarios for the Electoral College results in 2008 — how race, gender and religion could change the outcome.

Permalink07/23/08, 08:18:42 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 135 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

OK, both parties lie and manipulate...

... but this is just pathetic.

I mean really, criminally, pathetic.

Permalink23.07.08, 19:47:39, by iconoclast_555 Email , 173 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

Another Raging Success

For the RW extremists who support Bush / McCheney.

President George W. Bush on Wednesday dropped a threat to veto a housing rescue bill, clearing the way for measures meant to shore up the worst U.S. home market since the Great Depression.

Permalink07/23/08, 01:50:45 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 145 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

McSame on Fantasy Football

Asked what first comes to his mind when he thinks of Pittsburgh, McCain chuckled, "the Steelers. I was a mediocre high school athlete but I loved and adored the sports but the Steelers really made a huge impression on me particularly in my early years."

And then McCain told a rather moving story about his time as a P.O.W. "When I was first interrogated and really had to give some information because of the pressures, physical pressures on me, I named the starting lineup, defensive line of the Pittsburgh Steelers as my squadron mates."

"Did you really?" asked the reporter.

"Yes," McCain said.

"In your POW camp?" asked the reporter.

"Yes," McCain said.

"Could you do it today?" asked the reporter.

"No, unfortunately," McCain said.

Here's one reason he likely couldn't do it today -- the Steelers aren't the team whose defensive line McCain named for his Vietnamese tormentors. The Green Bay Packers are. At least according to every previous time McCain has told this story. And the McCain campaign just told ABC News that the senator made a mistake -- it was, indeed, the Packers.

Permalink07/23/08, 10:38:44 am, by bsa Email , 167 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

McCheney's Wide Stance Exposed

CBS/Couric Complicit in Deception Designed to Bolster "War Hero's" Inaccurate Claims and Illusion of Competence.

During a CBS interview on Tuesday, John McCain made a stone cold error on a subject about which he claims expert knowledge: the "surge" strategy in Iraq. In an interview with anchor Katie Couric, the Arizona Republican said, inaccurately, that the surge strategy was responsible for the much-touted "Anbar Awakening," in which Sunni sheiks turned against Al Qaeda, helping in turn to reduce violence in the country.

From the transcript:

Katie Couric: Senator McCain, Senator Obama says, while the increased number of US troops contributed to increased security in Iraq, he also credits the Sunni awakening and the Shiite government going after militias. And says that there might have been improved security even without the surge. What's your response to that?

McCain: I don't know how you respond to something that is as-- such a false depiction of what actually happened. Colonel MacFarland was contacted by one of the major Sunni sheiks. Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening. I mean, that's just a matter of history.

In fact, as Spencer Ackerman and Ilan Goldenberg have reported, the record firmly establishes the opposite: instead of being caused by the surge, the key signs of the Anbar Awakening occurred not only before that strategy was implemented, but before it was ever conceived.

Yet McCain's error was not seen by any CBS Evening News viewers. As MSNBC's Keith Olbermann noted (video below), "CBS curiously, to say the least, left it on the edit room floor. It aired Katie Couric's question, but in response, it aired part of McCain's answer to the other question instead." (Ironically, this edit came on the same day that McCain's campaign released a video mocking the media's "love affair" with Obama.)

The fact remains, however, that the military official cited by McCain, then-Colonel Sean MacFarland, described the Anbar Awakening in September 2006 -- four months before the "surge" was even announced...


Permalink07/23/08, 06:59:40 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 352 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks


Cullah moshoko domo dah-tah!

YouTube Link.

You don't have to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate.

Permalink07/22/08, 07:38:18 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 127 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

More Of The Same

Even though the constitution forbids the establishment of religion, our foreign policy is ruled by Israel.

Mideast Sees More of the Same if Obama Is Elected

AMMAN, Jordan — For what feels like forever, Israelis and their Arab neighbors have been hopelessly deadlocked on how to resolve the Palestinian crisis. But there is one point they may now agree on: If elected president, Senator Barack Obama will not fundamentally recalibrate America’s relationship with Israel, or the Arab world.

From the religious center of Jerusalem to the rolling hills of Amman to the crowded streets of Cairo, dozens of interviews revealed a similar sentiment: the United States will ultimately support Israel over the Palestinians, no matter who the president is. That presumption promoted a degree of relief in Israel and resignation here in Jordan and in Israel’s other Arab neighbors.

“What we know is American presidents all support Israel,” said Muhammad Ibrahim, 23, a university student who works part time selling watermelons on the street in the southern part of this city. “It is hopeless. This one is like the other one. They are all the same. Nothing will change. Don’t expect change.”

Across the border, in Israel, Moshe Cohen could not have agreed more. “Jews there have influence,” Mr. Cohen said, as he sold lottery tickets along Jaffa Road in Jerusalem. “He’ll have to be good to Israel. If not, he won’t be re-elected to a second term.”

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Permalink07/22/08, 02:12:28 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 268 views, Latest Posts 8 feedbacks

The US Can't Be Trusted

Thanks, Bush supporters. Thanks a lot for imposing the inevitable consequences of your "good christian values" on the rest of us.

US tells lies about torture, say MPs
Denials of waterboarding 'cannot be believed'

Britain can no longer believe what Americans tell us about torture, an MPs' report to be published today claims. They also call for an immediate investigation into allegations that the UK government has itself 'outsourced' the torture of its own nationals to Pakistan.

In a damning criticism of US integrity, the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said ministers should no longer take at face value statements from senior politicians, including George Bush, that America does not resort to torture in the light of the CIA admitting it used 'waterboarding'. The interrogation technique was unreservedly condemned by Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who said it amounted to torture.

Permalink07/22/08, 07:06:27 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 120 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

That's Too Much For A Nipple

Court overturns CBS fine over Janet Jackson flash

The U.S. government's campaign against television indecency was dealt a blow on Monday when a court overturned a $550,000 (275,000 pound) fine against CBS Corp television stations for airing a glimpse of pop singer Janet Jackson's breast during the 2004 Super Bowl broadcast.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit said the Federal Communications Commission had "arbitrarily and capriciously departed from its prior policy" that exempted fleeting broadcast material from actionable indecency violations.

Jackson's right breast was exposed to almost 90 million TV viewers for a fraction of a second...

Permalink07/21/08, 08:06:49 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 158 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Op-Ed piece by Republican presidential contender John McCain

July 21, 2008
Op-Ed piece by Republican presidential contender John McCain
Sent to The New York Times

Source: The McCain campaign

[Note: The Times wouldn't print it. Said it didn't contain any plan.]

In January 2007, when General David Petraeus took command in Iraq, he called the situation "hard" but not "hopeless." Today, 18 months later, violence has fallen by up to 80% to the lowest levels in four years, and Sunni and Shiite terrorists are reeling from a string of defeats.

The situation now is full of hope, but considerable hard work remains to consolidate our fragile gains. Progress has been due primarily to an increase in the number of troops and a change in their strategy. I was an early advocate of the surge at a time when it had few supporters in Washington. Senator Barack Obama was an equally vocal opponent. "I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there," he said on January 10, 2007. "In fact, I think it will do the reverse."


Permalink07/21/08, 04:31:07 pm, by billy b, 503 views, User Posts 7 feedbacks

Ideology and Dogma. When They're Convenient.

This is the flaw in Obama's "outreach" to the religious right:

...the institutional religious right is unimpressed with the Democratic outreach. Indeed, they are slowly and reluctantly making their way to the guy who doesn't really give a damn about any of their concerns --- but because of the make-up and tradition of the party will probably give them as much of what they want as he can.

Dobson may yet back McCain

"I never thought I would hear myself saying this," Dobson said in a radio broadcast to air Monday. "... While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might." Dobson and other evangelical leaders unimpressed by McCain increasingly are taking a lesser-of-two-evils approach to the 2008 race.



Permalink07/21/08, 01:00:00 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 306 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

9 Reasons to Investigate War Crimes Now

"There is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account." - Retired General Antonio Taguba, the officer who led the Army's investigation into Abu Ghraib

1. World peace cannot be achieved without human rights and accountability.
2. The rule of law is central to our democracy.
3. We must not allow precedents to be set that promote war crimes.
4. We must restore the principles of democracy to our government.
5. We must forestall an imperialist resurgence.
6. We must have national consensus on the real reasons for the Bush Administration's failures.
7. We must restore America's damaged reputation abroad.
8. We must lay the basis for major change in US foreign policy.
9. We must deter future US war crimes.

In "The Nation".

Permalink07/21/08, 10:00:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 116 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Cindy's Wealthy Husband on Social Security

Republican presidential candidate John McCheney cashes his monthly Social Security checks despite calling the federal program "a disgrace," the Associated Press reports.

"I'm receiving benefits," McStain told campaign reporters, but added, "the system is broken."

In 2007, he received benefits of $23,157 from Social Security, approximately $1,930 a month. The maximum monthly benefit under Social Security is $2,185. Social Security benefits are determined by age at retirement.

McAngry, who is 71, has received benefits since he was 65.

Permalink07/21/08, 08:45:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 207 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

The "I" Word

In an apparent attempt to fend off demands for an impeachment hearing, House Judiciary Chair John Conyers announces that his committee will hear testimony about Bush's 'imperial presidency.'

Permalink07/21/08, 06:00:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 152 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

MSOC on Obama: What He Is & What He Isn't

MSOC is one of my favorite posters who's been kicked off of Kos.

Here's her take on Obama.

Permalink07/20/08, 08:34:40 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 113 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback


"Freedom Downtime" is a 2003 documentary, available for viewing free online in its 122 minute entirety here:

It is also on YouTube and AOL video, but there it's posted as 12 seperate 10-minute segments.

The film was made by "2600: The Hacker Quarterly", a magazine long available at chainstores nationwide.
2600 primarily consists of intellectual curiosities-- technological how-to's that are unlikely to be very practical in the hands of greedy criminals. Such as descriptions of how to convert your amateur radio transmitter so that you can override McDonald's drive-thru system and talk to customers on the speaker.

However, that primary focus has yielded a secondary aspect to 2600. It is also a publication that is concerned with civil liberties, institutional power and manipulation of the masses by the powers-that-be. Why? Because the usually-benign activities of the hackers have been met with a systemic over-reaction, as if they were dangerous terrorists.

And so "Freedom Downtime" is not just about antics and woes of a few esoteric Bart Simpson-esque pranksters. But rather it's an illuminating dissection of our sinister society.

Before there was a "9/11" and a "Gitmo", there was a hacker held in maximum-security prison without any bail-hearing or trial for over 3 years. Before Bush SPIED ON AMERICAN CITIZENS BY THE MILLIONS WITH THE ILLICIT AID OF GIANT TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORPORATIONS (who were recently indemnified for their crimes), hackers were sent to prison for very minor individual instances of snooping on the telcos. And the corporations had the nerve to claim this caused them millions in phantom damages.

Before we were led to a bloody war under false scare scenarios, hackers were given stiff sentences for possession of C4 explosives, which the Secret Service knew full-well Didn't Exist. And were held in solitary confinement for months on end, because of insane courtroom accusations that access to a telephone could allow a hacker to phone NORAD and launch nukes by whistling into the phone reciever. And before 'swift-boating' and the inflation of Saddam Hussein as a boogeyman threat, Kevin Mitnik was personally targetted in media campaigns by the New York Times... with wild false accusations of his activities and personal characteristics.

At times Freedom Downtime is sprawling and feels over-long. But one of the unspoken sins of hackers is that they don't have a tidy short attention span. They're willing to play with technology like a Rubik's cube, for the sheer joy of it. In an interview with Maria Bartiromo, available on youtube, she expresses utter confusion as to WHY a hacker would bother to learn about things if not for personal gain. In another YouTube-posted interview, Mitnick tells a young hacker that other prisoners respected his intelligence, but didn't respect or understand why he hacked for fun, not larceny.

In the seemingly extraneous segments of Freedom Downtime, such as man-on-the-street interviews with clueless passers-by, the movie is no longer a portrait of hackers. But rather a portrait of the rest of us-- in our ignorance and greed and careless abuse of power.

Permalink07/20/08, 09:36:36 am, by icy Email , 246 views, User Posts 7 feedbacks

Bush mass for shut ins for 07-20-08

Bush mass for shut ins is on the air!


Good morning Bush worshippers, those who are ill and those who it's just best not to mix with society. May Lord God Bush bless you all for coming. For it is he who brought us life and everything else. He is a thousand points of light! He makes the sun rise in the morning, puts the frost on our flakes and puts the fruit on the trees. All praise the glory of Lord God Bush. Today we celebrate Drill drill drill.


Lord God Bush opened new lands this week to oil drilling and thus the price of oil was lowered and we can shelve electric cars and alternative forms of energy.


Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed
A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,
Then one day he was shootin at some food,
And up through the ground came a bubblin crude.

Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.

Well the first thing you know ol Jed's a millionaire,
Kinfolk said "Jed move away from there"
Said "Californy is the place you ought to be"
So they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly.

Hills, that is. Swimmin pools, movie stars.

Well now its time to say good by to Jed and all his kin.
And they would like to thank you folks fer kindly droppin in.
You're all invited back a gain to this locality
To have a heapin helpin of their hospitality

Hillybilly that is. Set a spell, Take your shoes off.

Y'all come back now, y'hear?.


Then George the Ever Wonderful smirked down upon the people and spoke. `Drill, drill drill.` and instantly the price of oil was lowered. This made everyone happy except for liberals who cried and cried and cried and cried.

What is the Profit Cheney trying to say to us? It is that more drilling will solve the oil crisis. Those who dont believe this hate America and dont wear flag lapel pins. This is the word of George.

Bush mass is over

Your attendance has been recorded and will be sent to the proper authorities. Go in arrogance, may the Lord God George W Bush be with you.

Permalink07/20/08, 08:50:59 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 112 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks


Prison ships, torture claims, and missing detainees

Sounds like the Gulag system. Out of sight, out of mind, and out of control.

Permalink20.07.08, 06:15:50, by iconoclast_555 Email , 138 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

"Victory" is 16 months away?

Although no one ever seems to define what "victory in Iraq" looks like, it appears that everyone but Bush, McCheney, and Lieberbush agree that it's 16 months away.

Iraqi PM backs Obama troop exit plan

BERLIN, July 19 (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told a German magazine he supported prospective U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's proposal that U.S. troops should leave Iraq within 16 months.

In an interview with Der Spiegel released on Saturday, Maliki said he wanted U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq as soon as possible.

"U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months. That, we think, would be the right timeframe for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes."


Asked if he supported Obama's ideas more than those of John McCain, Republican presidential hopeful, Maliki said he did not want to recommend who people should vote for.

"Whoever is thinking about the shorter term is closer to reality. Artificially extending the stay of U.S. troops would cause problems."

Permalink07/19/08, 09:32:51 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 141 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

It wasn't speculation after all

Oil prices tumble in biggest weekly drop ever

The rw politicos rejected speculation as a cause for the gas crunch, called for unnecessarily openning new offshore oilfields. It was supply and demand, it was China, it was...

But in the end profit-taking shows that the rw talking heads were dead-wrong, if they weren't indeed lying manipulating SOB whores for big oil.

And the left? Of course, every talking head says that you have to go left to earn the dem nomination and go "center" to win elections. But guess what! This is only true if you let the rw dictate the framing of messages.

I am -SO- pissed that this excellent opportunity to quash the rw myths has been thrown away. This is one of the reasons why I am so anti-dem; they've thrown away a heaven-sent opportunity to destroy, for the 2nd time in our history, an oligarchal control of our destiny. Such incompetence is one of the reasons why I have come to think that the lack of real opposition is because fundamentally the DNC is more closely aligned with the GOP and corps than it is with progressive ideals.

Reagan's/Newt's GOP went for the ideological throat of the DNC. It framed the political debate around "gubmint bad", "free market" and some nebulous ideals that appealed to the libertarian in all of us. It mixed it with jingo and fear - they pressed the right buttons and have prevailed. Now that the very heart of the GOP's ideology has been shown to be the same utter failure of the pre-Depression GOPers with whom they share so much, the reaction is so tepid as to be a tacit approval of said ideals.

Sure, some dems (and indeed some GOPers) correctly identified speculation as part and parcel of today's energy crunch and called for luke-warm regulation to curb it. But nobody is going to the heart of the matter, nobody has the "killer instinct" that could put the GOP against the ropes in a veritably existential sense.

The goddam "center" prevails, and the fulcrum moves inexorably to the right despite rw failures.

I wanna bitchslap the DNC, from Dean to Obama, from Pelosi to....

I miss Wellstone, the last REAL centrist (as opposed to rw appeaser)

Permalink19.07.08, 07:22:51, by iconoclast_555 Email , 213 views, User Posts 19 feedbacks

McCain's a bigamist

"McCain obtained an Arizona marriage license on March 6, 1980, while still legally married to his first wife."



Permalink07/19/08, 01:50:11 am, by icy Email , 142 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Phil Graham Out as Walnut's Campaign Co-Chair

Good lord, look at Walnuts in this pic. What a pathetic bastard.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former Republican Sen. Phil Gramm said Friday he is stepping down as co-chairman of Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign amid criticism for saying, "We have sort of become a nation of whiners."


Permalink07/18/08, 08:36:25 pm, by billy b, 319 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Send Karl Rove To Jail

Permalink07/18/08, 08:00:18 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 136 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

List of Approved Jokes

Bid to Help Late Night Comics

Barack Obama and a kangaroo pull up to a gas station. The gas station attendant takes one look at the kangaroo and says, "You know, we don't get many kangaroos here." Barack Obama replies, "At these prices, I'm not surprised. That's why we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil."

A traveling salesman knocks on the door of a farmhouse, and much to his surprise, Barack Obama answers the door. The salesman says, "I was expecting the farmer's daughter." Barack Obama replies, "She's not here. The farm was foreclosed on because of subprime loans that are making a mockery of the American Dream."

A horse walks into a bar. The bartender says, "Why the long face?" Barack Obama replies, "His jockey just lost his health insurance, which should be the right of all Americans."

Q: What's black and white and red all over?
Barack Obama: The New Yorker magazine, which should be embarrassed after publishing such a tasteless and offensive cover, which I reject and denounce.

A Christian, a Jew and Barack Obama are in a rowboat in the middle of the ocean. Barack Obama says, "This joke isn't going to work because there's no Muslim in this boat."

Permalink07/18/08, 07:36:39 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 242 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

An Insult to Raw Sewage

And to sewage treatment plants, everywhere.

'Bush' sewage plant proposal makes ballot

Bush makes more shit, and he doesn't clean it up.

Permalink07/18/08, 03:50:40 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 150 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Screwed, Blued, and Tattooed

From SFGate.

To put that number in human terms, the debt has reached $455,000 per U.S. household.

As the Bush administration proposes backstopping mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a $300 billion line of credit and Congress contemplates another economic stimulus, the question is who will bail out the government?

"People seem to think the government has money," said former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker. "The government doesn't have any money."


Permalink07/18/08, 08:52:53 am, by billy b, 429 views, User Posts 7 feedbacks

It's Inevitable

Step 1) Elevate the military above the citizenry. (Elitism)

Step 2) Succumb to fear and surrender rationality. (Paranoia)

Step 3) Refuse to pay taxes. (Lack of patriotism)

Step 4) Collapse the economy. (Concentrate the wealth)

Step 5) Lose everything. (see "Great Depression")

Terrorism Funds May Let Brass Fly in Style

The Air Force's top leadership sought for three years to spend counterterrorism funds on "comfort capsules" to be installed on military planes that ferry senior officers and civilian leaders around the world, with at least four top generals involved in design details such as the color of the capsules' carpet and leather chairs, according to internal e-mails and budget documents.

Production of the first capsule -- consisting of two sealed rooms that can fit into the fuselage of a large military aircraft -- has already begun.

Air Force officials say the government needs the new capsules to ensure that leaders can talk, work and rest comfortably in the air. But the top brass's preoccupation with creating new luxury in wartime has alienated lower-ranking Air Force officers familiar with the effort, as well as congressional staff members and a nonprofit group that calls the program a waste of money.

I'd say we're well into step 4 and already working hard on step 5.

Permalink07/18/08, 07:29:41 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 149 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

KBR death toll

Insurgents, terrists and accidents aren't enough, so KBR contributes to the number of soldiers killed in Ay-rack:

A Senate panel investigating the electrocutions of Americans on bases in Iraq was told last week by former KBR Inc. electricians that the contractor used employees with little electrical expertise to supervise subcontractors in Iraq and hired foreigners who couldn't speak English. The Pentagon has said 13 Americans have been electrocuted in Iraq since September 2003.

So, besides costing more and providing worse service, what was the rationale for the neolib doctrine of outsourcing as opposed to the tried-and-true corps of engineers?

Just another stone on the grave of the false prophet of ubbercapitalism.

Permalink18.07.08, 07:07:21, by iconoclast555 Email , 259 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

The Semi-Nude Attorney General Speaks

Ashcroft defends waterboarding before House panel

The controversial interrogation technique of waterboarding has served a "valuable" purpose and does not constitute torture, former Attorney General John Ashcroft told a House committee Thursday.

Let the eagle soar, baby!

Permalink07/17/08, 09:20:17 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 153 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Deep Thought™

by digby (via ™Atrios?)

Travelling by airplane in the US is nothing more than mass training of Americans to the requirements of the coming police state. The whole point is to make you learn to acquiesce without question, en masse, to completely absurd directives by dull functionaries wearing uniforms.

Having just flown last week, this makes sense to me.

Permalink07/17/08, 09:07:29 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 130 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Emmanuel Goldstein yet again

Al-Qaida draws more foreign recruits to Afghan war

If they're fighting us they MUST BE AQ.

Well, we're seeing the same thing that happened when the Ruskies were in Afghanistan, something that happened even before AQ began.

Gimme a goddam break.

Then we have this: "Dozens of Turkish Islamic militants have trained in al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and taken part in attacks there, said Emin Demirel, an anti-terrorism expert in Turkey"

There are still AQ CAMPS in Afghanistan? Despite the satellites, predators, airplanes, etc? We can target enemies in wedding parties and somehow not kill innocents but we can't spot a goddam training camp?

Then we have: "Al-Qaida has financed the Taliban in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, Yusuf told the AP. In the chaos created by the Taliban groups, al-Qaida has been able to steadily recruit, re-establish its public relations wing, plot new attacks and re-establish areas of operation on both sides of the border."



PS, the new pope has rediscovered the devil.

Permalink17.07.08, 17:04:28, by iconoclast_555 Email , 127 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Chastised for leading?

Jesse says Obama is "talking down to black people...telling n—s how to behave."

Was he chastising a possible or probable US president for showing some leadership and tough love talk? Was he feeling his black America moral leadership position is being threatened by Obama? Or, was he just being a hypocrite for uttering the very word that he would hold anyone else accountable for....and demand they vacate whatever position they hold?

It seems Bill Cosby also talked some tough love a while back....telling guys to pull their pants up and speak in a style more commonly called "English", iow, to fit in, and quit feeling so sorry for yourself. I assume the Reverend also wanted Cosby's balls on his shelf?

Permalink07/17/08, 03:55:06 pm, by whatta Email , 113 views, User Posts Send feedback

House passes CIA contractor ban over veto vow

From Yahoo:

More like this please. Let the little war criminal veto it. Get the asshole on record once again that he approves of torture. Vetoing an anti-torture bill is like invoking executive privilege on testifying on the Plame leak and is tantamount to admitting to torture.

By Randall Mikkelsen
Wed Jul 16, 8:39 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers defied a White House veto threat on Wednesday and voted to bar CIA contractors from interrogating suspected terrorists, in the latest clash over detainee treatment in the U.S.-declared war on terrorism.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved the provision in adopting a broad measure to authorize funding of U.S. intelligence agencies for the 2009 fiscal year. A related bill awaits action in the Senate.

Passage of the multibillion dollar bill came on a voice vote, indicating broad assent, despite the White House veto threat issued earlier in the day.


Permalink07/17/08, 08:32:42 am, by billy b, 399 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Flip Flop?

After months of criticizing Obama for being willing to talk to enemies as well as friends, something that's necessary if we are to live in peace, how will the RW extremists react to this?

The Bush administration is not only sending an envoy to nuclear talks with Iran, they're going to station diplomats there for the first time since 1979.

If they stay true to hypocritical form, they'll praise Bush for it.

McCheney will say it's because the splurge worked.

And the dominionists will alter their interpretation of scripture to say it proves Armageddon is just around the bend.

Permalink07/17/08, 07:51:52 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 173 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Scare Tactics

Have you ever seen it? It's on SciFi.

Permalink07/16/08, 09:59:39 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 140 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Covering For Treason

What do we do when our executive branch is not only committing treason and covering it up, but no one seems to care?

This is not sarcasm.

Honestly. Who will hold these criminals responsible if not us?

Bush claims executive privilege on CIA leak

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush has asserted executive privilege to protect information that a House panel has subpoenaed on the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity, the White House said Wednesday.

A House committee chairman, meanwhile, held off on a contempt citation of Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who sought the privilege claim, as a courtesy to lawmakers not present. Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, rejected Mukasey's suggestion that Vice President Dick Cheney's FBI interview on the subject should be protected by the privilege claim.

"We'll act in the reasonable and appropriate period of time," Waxman, D-Calif., told the panel. But he made clear that he thinks Mukasey has earned a contempt citation and that he'd schedule a vote on the matter soon.

"This unfounded assertion of executive privilege does not protect a principle; it protects a person," Waxman said. "If the vice president did nothing wrong, what is there to hide?"

Permalink07/16/08, 12:44:05 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 186 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Billboard of Burning Towers And 'Please Don't Vote for a Democrat' Causes Controversy

From digitaljournal.com. Here's the billboard in FL I mentioned in a reply below.

Permalink07/16/08, 11:00:52 am, by billy b, 132 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

You May Have Noticed...

...I haven't been posting about the economy much, lately.

The main reason is, if you're too thick to realize that we're in a world of shit by now, I don't really know what to say to you.

Permalink07/15/08, 10:37:00 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 161 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

The War Must Be Over

After a seven-year distraction, the Washington Post turns its attention back to Chandra Levy and Gary Condit.

No, really.

Via Shakesville



Permalink07/15/08, 09:16:38 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 303 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Dubya strikes (out) again

“President Bush’s economic stimulus plan which involved sending cheques of up to US$1,200 to every taxpayer has provided a boom to the online porn industry, according to market research. The Adult Internet Market Research Company (AIMRCo) identified an ‘uncharacteristic’ increase in spending on online pornography since the cheques were sent out. Kirk Mishkin, head research consultant at AIMRCo, said: ‘Typically the summer is a slow period for this market. ‘But many of the sites we surveyed have reported 20 to 30 per cent growth in membership rates since mid-May when the cheques were sent out.’ The rebates were supposed to stimulate to the flagging US consumer sector, but it seems that many people are using them for a different kind of stimulation. Jillian Fox, a spokeswoman for LSGmodels.com, one of the sites reporting figures to AIMRCo, said: ‘In a June 2008 survey of our members, 32 per cent referenced the recent stimulus package as part of their decision to either become a new member, or renew an existing membership. Getting more people to buy porn was probably the last thing Bush had on his mind when he came up with his ’stimulus package’. But we’ll take it.’

Permalink15.07.08, 09:03:40, by iconoclast555 Email , 151 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

McCheney's Foreign Policy

Nuts, or bugfuck crazy?

McCain's Bizarre Undiscovered Foreign Policy Ideas

McCain's troubling foreign policy vision on Iraq/Afghanistan/the war on terror is well-known. But he's just as recklessly hawkish when it comes to the rest of the world. For example, he wants to create a League of Democracies that will replace the United Nations.


McCain also wants to throw Russia out of the G8, a potentially world-changing move. He would bring in India and Brazil while excluding China.


(Fareed) Zakaria says the "policy of active exclusion and hostility toward two major global powers" overturns precedent set by a half dozen presidents, both Democratic and Republican. I'm not sure if McCain is dangerous or just out to lunch. Perhaps both?

Regardless, these ideas are irresponsible. One has to wonder: is John McCain's foreign policy expertise really just an assumption?

So many reasons not to deliver the government back into the hands of right-wing extremists, so little time...

Permalink07/15/08, 07:43:58 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 720 views, Latest Posts 29 feedbacks

Obama and the Progressive Base

On vacation I didn't listen to much news, and I obviously wasn't posting on or reading blogs. It gave me time to think.

Obama REALLY pissed me off when he decided to expand on Bush's destruction of the wall of separation between church and state, although I suspect that's an exaggeration. Bush churchified the DOJ, and I just can't see Obama doing that. All the same, not coming right out and saying "the churches aren't going to get another fucking dime of your taxpayer dollars" pretty much clarified, for me, that I'm voting for the lesser of two evils in yet another election.

Funny thing is...


Permalink07/14/08, 10:47:35 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 600 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

I'm BAAA-aack!

Synopses of the past 24 hours:

Up at 7, coffee, shower, dress, pack, coffee and chat until 8:30. Drive for an hour. Pick up step-daughter at step-son's house. Forget to tell future daughter-in-law "Happy Birthday". Drive for 1 hour. Call step-daughter to say we're sorry. She's not home. Drive 2 more hours. Eat lunch in BFE. Drive 2 more hours. Drop off step-daughter. Say hello to future son-in law. Stop at 87 year-old mother's house for 2 hours. Eat a sandwich. Head to airport. Drop off car just in nick of time. Head to gate.

Plane is delayed, probably can't make connection on last plane out of O'Hare until morning so might as well find a place to stay until 6AM. Oh, wait. Update. Last plane out is delayed, too. Check back around 6PM. Talk to a woman who's been trying to get to Casper for 2 days, her flights keep getting canceled or delayed until she can't make connections, too. She's heading back to a hotel. Check back and decide to fly to Chicago and take our chances. Arrive in Chicago 1 1/2 hours late. Find out on landing that our connection is even later. Eat and go outside to smoke. Talk to guy just coming back from training. He's been in Iraq. Nice guy. His flight left the gate 2 minutes before he got there. Lots of travel problems everywhere. He's gonna have to fly all night to get home. Says Mosul looks like Salt Lake City, but different. Scheduled to re-deploy to Afghanistan in 1/2010.

Get behind "foreigner from hell" in security line. Takes forevver, but get back to gate in time to make flight. Arrive PHI at 2AM. Wait for luggage. It's not lost on return trip. (It was lost on the way outbound, but we got it a few hours later.) Shuttle to long-term parking, $90 more for parking, then head for home, another 45 minutes. Don't ever believe anyone who says cats don't have emotions. Greeted by a rousing chorus of "Where the fuck were you and who was that lady that was feeding us?" Lots of pootie smiles, too. It's good to be home.

Unload luggage. Reset alarm for 6:30. Medicate the sick cat. Get the coffee ready for the morning. Not unwound, yet, so decide to check email. 340 spam messages, so give up on that. In bed at 4AM.

Up at 7AM. Getting ready for work, now.

I'll have to catch up on messages, and tell ya'all some stuff, later. Quick observations. Heard on national news that Iraqi government is asking for timetables. Would never have known about FISA vote if car didn't have XM/Air America radio. Saw plenty of Obama signs and T-shirts in "red states", but not one McCheney sign or shirt. No one seems to trust McCheney, but generally not talking about politics.

Started reading "End of Faith" on the plane. Seems plausible that either religion or the human race must become extinct. Too many weapons out there for us to be basing our decisions on myths created when earth was flat and the wheelbarrow was a revolutionary technological breakthrough.

Meanwhile, 2 likely leaders of most powerful military in the world trying to "out-religious" the other.


Time to catch up at work...

Permalink07/14/08, 08:13:18 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 178 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Scandinavian sanity

Store disapproves of the way the Bush Administration has conducted the war on terror. “This paradigm of the war on terror, connecting all kinds of armed resistance around the globe in one huge ideological framework, as a new ideology at a stage in history when most of the major ideologies are gone, does not reflect the facts on the ground,” he told me.

Norway’s message to the United States is blunt: the next administration, whether headed by Barack Obama or John McCain, should pronounce the war on terror over. Because it has tended to isolate the United States, polarize the world, inflate the enemy, conflate diverse movements and limit scope for dialogue, its time has passed.

“The way this has been framed, as an indefinite war that will last for decades, has impoverished our ability to understand the point of departure of the conflict and how we should deal with it,” Store said. “Engaging is not weakness, and by not talking the West has tended to give the upper hand to extremists on the other side.”

He continued: “Moderates lose ground if they cannot show tangible results. You don’t engage at any price, but the price can come down and we can achieve more.”

Norway has kept channels open to Hamas and to Syria. It has spoken with the Hamas leadership. It is convinced the West missed an opportunity by not talking in March 2007 to the elected Palestinian national unity government composed of Fatah and Hamas members. It argues that Taliban elements can be drawn out of terror into politics through talks.

In all of this, Norway has used the greater diplomatic latitude it enjoys as a non-member of the European Union. The E.U., like the United States, lists Hamas as a terrorist organization.

“We have enormous reason to be upset with Hamas because it spent every day after Oslo trying to destroy Oslo,” Store said. “But there is a strong realist tradition in Hamas oriented toward a political landscape. In general, it should be in our interest to get organizations out of military activity and into politics. The political working method has not been sufficiently tested.”

Engaging, he insisted, does not mean lowering of requirements. It can be a means to set yardsticks, hold interlocutors accountable, and probe their thinking while surrendering nothing.


Permalink14.07.08, 04:53:03, by iconoclast555 Email , 184 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Might this be a Bad Idea?

Dangerous animal virus on US mainland?

By Larry Margasak, Associated Press Writer
April 11, 2008

WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is likely to move its research on one of the most contagious animal diseases from an isolated island laboratory to the U.S. mainland near herds of livestock, raising concerns about a catastrophic outbreak.

Skeptical Democrats in Congress are demanding to see internal documents they believe highlight the risks and consequences of the decision. An epidemic of the disease, foot and mouth, which only affects animals, could devastate the livestock industry.

One such government report, produced last year and already turned over to lawmakers by the Homeland Security Department, combined commercial satellite images and federal farm data to show the proximity to livestock herds of locations that have been considered for the new lab. "Would an accidental laboratory release at these locations have the potential to affect nearby livestock?" asked the nine-page document. It did not directly answer the question.

A simulated outbreak of the disease -- part of an earlier U.S. government exercise called "Crimson Sky" -- ended with fictional riots in the streets after the simulation's National Guardsmen were ordered to kill tens of millions of farm animals, so many that troops ran out of bullets. In the exercise, the government said it would have been forced to dig a ditch in Kansas 25 miles long to bury carcasses. In the simulation, protests broke out in some cities amid food shortages.

"It was a mess," said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who portrayed the president in the 2002 exercise. Now, like other lawmakers from the states under consideration, Roberts supports moving the government's new lab to his state. Manhattan, Kan., is one of five mainland locations under consideration. "It will mean jobs" and spur research and development, he says.

http://www.usatoday.com/ news/ topstories/ 2008-04-11-1445284742_x.htm

More articles below.


Permalink07/13/08, 11:06:27 pm, by oralloy Email , 442 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Bush mass for shut ins for 07-13-08

Bush mass for shut ins is on the air!


Good morning Bush worshippers, those who are ill and those who it's just best not to mix with society. May Lord God Bush bless you all for coming. For it is he who brought us life and everything else. He is a thousand points of light! He makes the sun rise in the morning, puts the frost on our flakes and puts the fruit on the trees. All praise the glory of Lord God Bush. Today we celebrate Great Economy.


The economy is great. Those who complain are just whiners.


Sun is shinin' in the sky
There ain't a cloud in sight
It's stopped rainin' ev'rybody's in a play
And don't you know
It's a beautiful new day hey,hey

Runnin' down the avenue
See how the sun shines brightly in the city
On the streets where once was pity
Mister blue sky is living here today hey, hey

Mister blue sky please tell us why
You had to hide away for so long
Where did we go wrong?

Hey you with the pretty face
Welcome to the human race
A celebration, mister blue sky's up there waitin'
And today is the day we've waited for

Hey there mister blue
We're so pleased to be with you
Look around see what you do
Ev'rybody smiles at you

Mister blue sky, mister blue sky
Mister blue sky

Mister blue, you did it right
But soon comes mister night creepin' over
Now his hand is on your shoulder
Never mind I'll remember you this
I'll remember you this way

Mister blue sky please tell us why
You had to hide away for so long
Where did we go wrong?

Hey there mister blue
We're so pleased to be with you
Look around see what you do
Ev'rybody smiles at you
Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba
Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba


Then George the Ever Wonderful looked down upon the people and spoke. `Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are solvent. The economy is great. Those who complain are just whiners.`

What is the Profit Cheney trying to say to us? It is that our mortgage carriers are solvent and the economy is great. Those who complain are just whiners. This is the word of George.

Bush mass is over

Your attendance has been recorded and will be sent to the proper authorities. Go in arrogance, may the Lord God George W Bush be with you.

Permalink07/13/08, 08:44:24 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 113 views, User Posts Send feedback

It's official

Obama and a number of democrats are traitors.

Fuck them and their supporters. May they rot in hell.

Permalink09.07.08, 17:12:02, by iconoclast_555 Email , 167 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Obama Wellstone?

...In contrast, Obama's closeness to big business and his accomodationist policy / issue philosophy makes a Wellstone connection quite questionable at this time.

Would Paul Wellstone have become the Senate's single biggest Democratic advocate of expanded subsidies to the coal industry that's driving the climate crisis? Would Paul Wellstone have voted, as Obama did, to allow credit card companies to raise interest rates over 30 percent? Would Paul Wellstone have supported expanding Nafta to Peru, sending Iowa jobs overseas? Would Paul Wellstone have taken so much money from hedge fund donors? Would Paul Wellstone have left millions of Americans out of his health care plan?

David Sirota

This op-ed is of interest as well.

Permalink08.07.08, 05:04:59, by iconoclast555 Email , 240 views, User Posts 16 feedbacks


'Obamacans' - Sen. Barack Obama's term for Republicans who whisper their support for him.

'Obamacons'- leading conservatives of various stripes who have declared their support for the Democrat.

I guess several cons and libertarians are backing Obama, many because they are NOT backing McCain...


Permalink07/07/08, 09:17:01 am, by whatta Email , 449 views, User Posts 10 feedbacks

Dubya, etc., nothing new

This is what happens when the ends justify the means.

Permalink06.07.08, 17:13:33, by iconoclast_555 Email , 158 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Bush mass for shut ins for 07-06-08

Bush ,ass for shut ins is on the air!


Good morning Bush worshippers, those who are ill and those who it's just best not to mix with society. May Lord God Bush bless you all for coming. For it is he who brought us life and everything else. He is a thousand points of light! He makes the sun rise in the morning, puts the frost on our flakes and puts the fruit on the trees. All praise the glory of Lord God Bush. Today we celebrate Gas Prices.


Gas prices is a good holy thing when it is high for the enrichment of the holy oil corporations. The higher the price the better. They make more money that way and the executives can give themselves lots of bonus checks.


Little GTO, you're really lookin' fine
Three deuces and a four-speed and a 389
Listen to her tachin' up now, listen to her why-ee-eye-ine
C'mon and turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO
Wa-wa, Yeah, yeah, little GTO wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa Yeah, yeah, little GTO
Wa-wa, Yeah, yeah, little GTO wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa Yeah, yeah, little GTO
Wa-wa Ahhh, little GTO wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa
You oughta see her on a road course or a quarter mile
This little modified Pon-Pon has got plenty of style
She beats the gassers and the rail jobs, really drives 'em why-ee-eye-ild
C'mon and turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO
Wa-wa, Yeah, yeah, little GTO wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa Yeah, yeah, little GTO
Wa-wa, Yeah, yeah, little GTO wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa Yeah, yeah, little GTO
Wa-wa Ahhh, little GTO wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa
Gonna save all my money (turnin' it on, blowin' it out) and buy a GTO (turnin' it on, blowin' it out)
Get a helmet and a roll bar (turnin' it on, blowin' it out) and I'll be ready to go (turnin' it on, blowin' it out)
Take it out to Pomona (turnin' it on, blowin' it out) and let 'em know (turnin' it on, blowin' it out), yeah, yeah
That I'm the coolest thing around
Little buddy, gonna shut you down
When I turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO
Wa-wa, Yeah, yeah, little GTO wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa Yeah, yeah, little GTO
Wa-wa, Yeah, yeah, little GTO wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa Yeah, yeah, little GTO
Wa-wa Ahhh, little GTO wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa


Then George the Ever Wonderful looked down upon the people and spoke. `All my subjects must run their vehicles 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If someone does not, they hate America.`

What is the Profit Cheney trying to say to us? It is that we must use as much gasoline as possible or else we hate America. If you see someone who isnt, alert the government of this suspicious activity so the terrorists do not win. This is the word of George.

Bush mass is over

Your attendance has been recorded and will be sent to the proper authorities. Go in arrogance, may the Lord God George W Bush be with you.

Permalink07/06/08, 09:11:08 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 135 views, User Posts 1 feedback

We're told...

... that the electorate is "sick of partisan politics".

Right or wrong, I think that this is a mistake, especially since there's been precious little "partisan politics" over the past 20-odd years.

What we've had is an intrasigient GOP and a DNC that rarely stands up to GOP bullying. IOW, what we need is MORE partisan politics, at least until the GOP gets off its mighty high horse.

BTW, where did the "sick of partisan politics" theme begin? It's an assertion that has not been questioned, and one that supports the GOP.

Permalink06.07.08, 07:37:18, by iconoclast_555 Email , 144 views, User Posts Send feedback

Neolib law in action

This is pretty disgusting.

Apparently this stuff started in 1993. And no move by "either" party to change that sad state of affairs.

Permalink05.07.08, 13:24:03, by iconoclast_555 Email , 120 views, User Posts Send feedback


Trying to replace one commodity-based energy source by another in an ubber-kapitalist world is like pushing bubbles in wall paper.

I said it before, and I believe that it wasn't believed at the time:

Biofuels behind food price hikes: leaked World Bank report LONDON (AFP) - Biofuels have caused world food prices to increase by 75 percent, according to the findings of an unpublished World Bank report published in The Guardian newspaper on Friday.

Toldja so number infinite.

Permalink04.07.08, 12:19:42, by iconoclast_555 Email , 139 views, User Posts 1 feedback

A small, petty man dies on July 4th

Jesse, you'll only be missed by cretins.

Permalink04.07.08, 12:14:55, by iconoclast_555 Email , 120 views, User Posts Send feedback


(One more before I go, I set it to post by itself while I'm away.)

New Mercury Images Show Volcanoes, Magnetic Field, More

Mercury is full of volcanoes and other surprises, reveals initial data from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft—the first to conduct an in-depth investigation of the solar system's smallest planet in more than 30 years.

MESSENGER—which stands for Mercury Surface, Space Environment, GEochemistry, and Ranging—is Earth's second envoy to Mercury, after the Mariner 10 mission that launched in 1973.

In January MESSENGER made its first of three flybys planned before 2011, when the spacecraft settles into orbit around the enigmatic planet.

During the pass, MESSENGER snapped more than 1,200 images of Mercury's scorched sunlit side, including 21 percent of the surface Mariner 10 never saw.

The images reveal a dynamic surface pockmarked by craters and volcanoes. They also shed more light on Mercury's magnetic field, which mirrors Earth's on a tiny scale.

And they reveal widespread slip faults, relics of a time when the planet's already-frozen surface weathered a spectacular collapse atop a shrinking, cooling core.

A suite of studies analyzing the flyby appears tomorrow in the journal Science...

Permalink07/04/08, 10:29:55 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 188 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Walkin' 'round Money

(Note: I am well aware that the linked article refers to Bush's horrendous abuse of the "faith-based" fundagelic funding. My question is not "Will Obama's tax dollar giveaway to churches be like Bush's". My question is "What's to stop the *next* President from reverting to Bush's interpretation, once Obama has entrenched the intermingling of the government and religious organizations who, by definition, are not 'secular'?" I will remain bitterly opposed to this assault on the constitution and the American people no matter what the outcome of the next election. You have to be naive or an unquestioning Obama acolyte to support him on this. He is a politician, not the second perfect man.)

Faith-based confidential

A new book from administration insider confirms faith-based initiative is little more than political-religious patronage system

Oddly enough, the high point of President Bush's faith-based initiative may have come on the day it was announced, shortly after his inauguration in 2000. Bush, surrounded by a host of smiling religious leaders, triumphantly launched the White House Office on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives -- the centerpiece of the president's domestic agenda.

From that day until the present, the initiative has been mired in controversy: Many Republicans were dissatisfied with the appointment of John DiIulio, nominally a Democrat, to be the first head of the White House Office; a number of religious right leaders withheld their support for the initiative over concerns that organizations such as the Nation of Islam or the Church of Scientology might wind up receiving government money; the Washington Post revealed that the White House had been holding secret meetings with the Salvation Army aimed at doing an end run around civil rights hiring laws; DiIulio resigned in disgust after a short time in office; the administration over-hyped a report that found religious organizations were being discriminated against by the government; Congress failed to pass a comprehensive faith-based legislative package forcing Bush to resort to a series of executive orders to carry out certain aspects of the program; church/state separation advocates began winning significant court victories against the initiative; a GAO report found that there were no significant procedures in place to hold recipients of government grants accountable for how they were using the money; the only major study showing that faith-based organizations performed better that secular groups was found to have distorted the data...

Much more at the link.

I'll see you folks in a week or so.

Permalink07/03/08, 10:55:30 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 155 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

The Yoo-Sands Controversy

(Note: I'll be on vacation and posting infrequently, if at all, for the next several days.)

Yesterday, I reported on former deputy Attorney General (and torture memoranda author) John Yoo's none-too-subtle attempt to discredit critic and author Philippe Sands by suggesting he'd lied to a House subcommittee. As an attempt to clear the air, Sands has written a letter to John Yoo, which he's also submitted for the congressional record, and I've obtained a copy. The text appears below.

Link to letter.


Permalink07/03/08, 03:04:59 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 299 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

6th Straight Month of Job Losses

From Think Progress:

The monthly Labor Department jobs report released this morning says “payrolls dropped by 62,000” while the unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent. June marks the sixth month in a row that the economy has lost jobs. According to the Joint Economic Committee, nearly 440,000 jobs have been lost in 2008.

In a statement, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says, "Americans across this country are hurting and today's job numbers are just the latest indication. … At a time when our small businesses need support from Washington, we cannot raise taxes, increase regulation and isolate ourselves from foreign markets. These are the same old siren songs that have failed the American people time and time again."


Permalink07/03/08, 10:40:35 am, by billy b, 317 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

What I Learned in School Today

As long as it's Barack Obama proposing it, mixing religion and government is OK.

He's not going to fund programs that don't work. There are plenty of groups that do good work. There are also plenty of faith-based groups that are not part of the religious right. Plenty who were shut out of getting funding who can get some now. There are also plenty of groups that are neutral, but no longer will be beholden to the right. Obama is weening faith-based organizations off the GOP. This is a move we should all applaud.

Clap, clap, clap.

It's now "liberal" to support an official White House office of mixing religion and government that hands out taxpayer dollars to religious organizations, done for political expediency.



Permalink07/03/08, 07:18:23 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 356 views, Latest Posts 8 feedbacks

Side splitter

"Gephardt is the one we're most
afraid of"


Is the country fuvked up? "In a new poll from the marketing firm Affinnova, Gephardt ranks high on the favorability rating, just second among those polled behind Colin Powell as the choice for Obama's running mate."

In case you didn't know, Dick is a liberal: "Another strategist said that Gephardt presents a friendly face of liberalism that would be
hard to attack. "

The world upside down - Dick as the liberal side of an Obama ticket and the GOPers afraid of such a combination. Take my passport, please!

Permalink02.07.08, 18:38:11, by iconoclast_555 Email , 146 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Schmidt takes control of day-to-day operation

Seems as if McCain't has shaken up his campaign staff and named a former Bush campaign aide his day-to-day chief of operations.

Maverick my ass.

Steve Schmidt is taking over the day-to-day operation of John McCain’s campaign, according to multiple campaign sources.

At a staff meeting in the campaign's Arlington, Va., headquarters this morning, campaign manager Rick Davis made the announcement about Schmidt's new role.

Schmidt, a bald and barrel-chested operative known for his aggressive brand of political combat, responded by exhorting campaign aides with a speech that one staffer likened to a locker room pep talk out of the football movie "Rudy."


Permalink07/02/08, 03:50:46 pm, by billy b, 314 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Wow Timbuk

Nuff said

Permalink02.07.08, 14:30:05, by iconoclast_555 Email , 156 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

McCain Warns of an Obama Court

J. Sidney Walnuts doesn't make a hell of a lot of sense.

In the following article from the NY Times, Walnuts comments on Obama's criticism of the Supremes' ruling on the death penalty in child rape cases and then says this would be the type of decision that an Obama court would make. Being that the Supreme Court has been stacked by republics since the days of reegun, and the court made the current decision, I guess that fact is lost on Walnuts. This clown is dumber than dog shit.


Permalink07/02/08, 07:50:43 am, by billy b, 403 views, User Posts 11 feedbacks

Birthday Greetings from Joe Cocker

After watching this I don't think I'll ever be able to remember the words to this song again.

Permalink07/01/08, 09:11:23 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 94 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Habeas Update

When the court ordered that that Chinese guy at Guantanamo be released or charged, they couldn't publicize their actual ruling until it had been screened for the removal of classified material.

The ruling has now been screened and is available for public viewing:

http://pacer.cadc.uscourts.gov/ common/ opinions/ 200806/ 06-1397-1124487.pdf

Permalink07/01/08, 07:35:53 pm, by oralloy Email , 152 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

McCain: US winning in Iraq

As Timbo maintains in a comment on a prior post, we are getting close to the last chance. If that isn't crystal clear, get a load of McBombBomb, a crazy SOB whose delusions are becoming more frequent.

Bucks County Courier Times

Sen. John McCain said that he is willing to stake his presidential campaign, as well as his political career, on his support for the war in Iraq.

In an interview with reporters on the back of his campaign bus, the “Straight Talk Express” Monday afternoon, McCain said that even in retrospect he would still have voted to authorize the war, as he did in 2002.

“I think there's no question,” said the Republican's likely presidential nominee. “I owe too much to these young people who are serving there to let political considerations interfere with what I know is right.

“I believe the American people, over time, will side with me, but if they don't I'll accept that,” he said. “I'd much rather lose a political campaign than lose a war.”


Permalink07/01/08, 06:08:24 pm, by billy b, 431 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

The Modern Republican Party: A Compendium of Catastrophe

It's often been said that the Republican Party, from coast to coast, has run into some pretty bad luck this cycle. But I think it's very easy to forget just how much bad luck they've run into. To remedy that, the Swing State Project has put together the most comprehensive compendium of Republican hubris, fuckups and misfortunes you will find anywhere, ever. Call it the "Year of Living Catastrophically", if you will.

I hope you packed a snack, because this is gonna take a while.

January 9: US Attorney Chris Christie declines to challenge Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).
January 15: Colorado GOP Sen. Wayne Allard announces that he will retire at the end of his term, leaving his seat vulnerable to a takeover by Democrat Mark Udall.

Continued. *Boy* is it continued...

Permalink07/01/08, 03:17:03 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 125 views, User Posts Send feedback

Change you can have faith in


Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama today will reach out to evangelical voters and propose a programme of federal grants to faith-based social service organisations, including churches, Jewish synagogues and mosques.

The move would continue an initiative started by President George Bush, who as part of his "compassionate conservative" brand sought early in his presidency to provide money to religious groups that provide social services.

"The fact is, the challenges we face today – from saving our planet to ending poverty – are simply too big for government to solve alone," Obama will say, according to prepared remarks. "We need all hands on deck.

"I'm not saying that faith-based groups are an alternative to government or secular non-profits. And I'm not saying that they're somehow better at lifting people up. What I'm saying is that we all have to work together – Christian and Jew, Hindu and Muslim; believer and non-believer alike – to meet the challenges of the 21st century...."

Add FISA, Canada, Pakistan and stir.

My side's splitting (in order not to cry)

Permalink01.07.08, 12:46:05, by iconoclast555 Email , 302 views, User Posts 19 feedbacks

John McCain: Corporations First

McCain’s new ad touting his deeply flawed energy strategy contains (yet another) new campaign slogan as well: “Country First.”

Watch the ad.

Unfortunately for our country, however, John McCain’s economic plan puts corporations first.

The central plank of his economic plan is a $175 billion corporate tax cut that would slash taxes for the Fortune 200 corporations by $45 billion every year. That includes $6.5 billion for Fortune 200 energy companies, $6.3 billion for Fortune 200 banks and financial institutions, and $5.6 billion for Fortune 200 merchandising and retailing companies.

The overwhelming benefits of this tax cut, approximately 59%, would flow to the top 1% of income earners.

The same $45 billion that John McCain sets aside for the Fortune 200 could be used to lift 9 million American families out of poverty.

So…who exactly is John McCain putting first?

Permalink07/01/08, 10:45:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 152 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

The Slow Death of the DLC

By Taegan Goddard | June 30, 2008 9:28 AM

The centrist Democratic Leadership Council holds its national meeting in Chicago -- just a block away from Sen. Barack Obama's campaign headquarters. However, Obama will not attend.

Even though the Illinois senator has moved to the center on so many issues in recent weeks, he's not willing to incur the wrath of liberal Democrats by speaking at the convention of the group described by many as "Republican-lite."

With none of the Democratic presidential candidates in attendance at last year's meeting either, it's fair to say the DLC has officially lost its mojo.

Permalink07/01/08, 09:30:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 148 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Alterman and Escobar Debate

See anyone you know?


"I'm just so sick of saying, you know, 'We're pure and they won.' You know?"

Fair and balanced bonus: Greenwald punches holes in the commonly held wisdom that candidates need to "run to the center" to win a general election.

Permalink07/01/08, 07:32:08 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 132 views, Latest Posts Send feedback