Monday

The Year in Review: The planet - Independent Online Edition > Climate Change

The Year in Review: The planet - Independent Online Edition > Climate Change: "an area of 1.2 million square kilometres, or more than 385,000 square miles. This represents an extra area of ice five times the size of the United Kingdom. Gone in a single summer. If you consider that and you don't think the world is rapidly warming up, what do you need to convince you?"

Natural disasters increase as climate change takes effect

Natural disasters increase as climate change takes effect: "Nine-hundred-and-fifty natural catastrophes have been recorded during 2007, the highest number since Munich Re records began, in 1974."

Tuesday

YouTube - Helsinki Complaints Choir

YouTube - Helsinki Complaints Choir

Democrat may scuttle spending bill - Yahoo! News

Democrat may scuttle spending bill - Yahoo! News: "It is extraordinary that the President would request an 11 percent increase for the Department of Defense, a 12 percent increase for foreign aid, and $195 billion of emergency funding for the war, while asserting that a 4.7 percent increase for domestic programs is fiscally irresponsible"

Monday

5 Myths About the Bomb and Us

5 Myths About the Bomb and Us: "Sure, we may never quite achieve total nuclear disarmament. But it is still the ultimate goal supported by every president during the Cold War and post-Cold War period -- except George W. Bush."

Thursday

Mukasey: FBI's Gun Ban List Doubles - washingtonpost.com

Mukasey: FBI's Gun Ban List Doubles - washingtonpost.com: "The vast majority of the new individuals were identified by California, which provided more than 200,000 names to the FBI in October, the Justice Department said. Ohio provided more than 7,000 new names, while the number of states reporting mental health data to the FBI grew from 22 to 28."

CJR: Is Perry Bacon Serious?

CJR: Is Perry Bacon Serious?: "Obama story has no place in the Washington Post" so they put it on the front page.

Head of Rove Inquiry in Hot Seat Himself - WSJ.com

Head of Rove Inquiry in Hot Seat Himself - WSJ.com

Wednesday

Los Angeles Times: The autonomous warbird

Los Angeles Times: The autonomous warbird Another step closer to kill-by-wire.

Declaration of Principles for a Long-Term Relationship of Cooperation and Friendship Between the Republic of Iraq and the United States of America

Declaration of Principles for a Long-Term Relationship of Cooperation and Friendship Between the Republic of Iraq and the United States of America:

While everyone's eyes were on Annapolis....

"The Iraqi Government in confirmation of its resolute rights under existing Security Council resolutions will request to extend the mandate of the Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter for a final time. As a condition for this request, following the expiration of the above mentioned extension, Iraq's status under Chapter VII and its designation as a threat to international peace and security will end, and Iraq will return to the legal and international standing it enjoyed prior to the issuance of U.N. Security Council Resolution No. 661 (August, 1990)"

Media Matters - ABC's Nightline walks away from Iraq

Media Matters - ABC's Nightline walks away from Iraq: "for 18 straight weeks (or one-third of the calendar year), Nightline effectively walked away from Iraq. What took its place? Lots of Nightline reports on pets and pop music."

Monday

Wednesday

Welcome to KucinichTV--A Real Conversation with America

Welcome to KucinichTV--A Real Conversation with America: "The New Constitutional Convention with Congressman Dennis Kucinich! Wednesday, November 14 9 PM EST"

Tuesday

Climate - Drought - Global Warming - American West - Arizona - Utah - Colorado - New Mexico - Nevada - New York Times

Climate - Drought - Global Warming - American West - Arizona - Utah - Colorado - New Mexico - Nevada - New York Times: "“You can’t call it a drought anymore, because it’s going over to a drier climate. No one says the Sahara is in drought.”"

Media Views Permalink

Media Views Permalink Associated Press: At Summit, Spain’s King Tells Chavez to 'Shut Up' (11/10/07) by Eduardo Gallardo

A dramatic exchange in which Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez "repeatedly referr[ed] to former Spanish Prime Minister José Maria Aznar as a 'fascist'" gets the typical soap opera treatment from AP. The wire service report treats Chavez's remark as a self-evident slur--but in fact, Aznar had been part of the fascist youth movement, and his party is the one formed by fascist sympathizers after Franco's death—facts that would have helped AP's readers understand the exchange.

Press Releases

Press Releases: "African Americans, Low-Income Voters, Students and Seniors Least Likely to Have Valid Voter ID "

The American Way, Gone Astray? (CREDO Action)

The American Way, Gone Astray? (CREDO Action)

'Hidden Costs' Double Price Of Two Wars, Democrats Say - washingtonpost.com

'Hidden Costs' Double Price Of Two Wars, Democrats Say - washingtonpost.com

Saturday

Democracy Now! | Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Effort to Impeach Vice President Cheney Still Alive

Democracy Now! | Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Effort to Impeach Vice President Cheney Still Alive

Archives: Story

Archives: Story: "Lawrence County Board of Elections Deputy Director Eric Bradshaw said the results were flipped, that Bill Robinson is the actual winner with 374. Allan Blankenship got 170 votes. “It was a programming error and that race got recorded exactly opposite,” he said. “I don’t know what happened. We have people coming in from ES&S software in Omaha and a programmer from Columbus....I think somebody just mixed up their As and Bs because it is supposed to go in alphabetical order. But that is just my guess.”"

Wednesday

Investors agree: Anything but the dollar - International Herald Tribune

Investors agree: Anything but the dollar - International Herald Tribune: " In financial market jargon, a 'flight to quality' when times are uncertain used to be synonymous with 'buy dollars.' Not anymore."
Secrecy News AIPAC Court Adopts Silent Witness Rule

Sunday

Front page news - newsjournalonline.com

Front page news - newsjournalonline.com: " The company conducted a survey of 27 Florida counties that use its machines but refused to release the results, calling them 'proprietary business information.'"

Monday

Congress Asks Archive to Testify About Overclassification of Records

Congress Asks Archive to Testify About Overclassification of Records

ArmsControlWonk: Syria and Nuclear Weapons, Again

ArmsControlWonk: Syria and Nuclear Weapons, Again

GM sets up clean fuel research lab in China - Yahoo! News

GM sets up clean fuel research lab in China - Yahoo! News

'Wall of money' set to flow into Asian renewable energy - Yahoo! News

'Wall of money' set to flow into Asian renewable energy - Yahoo! News

"exception of Dennis Kucinich" - Google Search

"exception of Dennis Kucinich" - Google Search For the beneift of Mr. Kite there will be a show tonight, with the exception of Dennis Kucinich.

FEMA Official Apologizes for Staged Briefing With Fake Reporters - washingtonpost.com

FEMA Official Apologizes for Staged Briefing With Fake Reporters - washingtonpost.com: "He has been named as the new head of public affairs at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence"

CJR: Business Talks

CJR: Business Talks

China economy seen to remain strong

China economy seen to remain strong: "The feel-good factor will also contribute to a rise in consumerism."

The Cincinnati Post - Ohio AG targets Wall Street

The Cincinnati Post - Ohio AG targets Wall Street: "Dann, a onetime Gary Hart campaign staffer and divorce lawyer, says he is trying to fill a void left by federal regulators, who he says haven't thoroughly probed how mortgages were turned into securities and sold to investors."

Sunday

AlterNet: War on Iraq: Neocons Embrace Islamic Terror Group

AlterNet: War on Iraq: Neocons Embrace Islamic Terror Group: "Here you have virtually everything the Right claims to oppose all rolled into one: Islamism, Marxism, terrorism, and Saddam. Naturally, then, neoconservatives would utterly deplore the Mujahideen el-Khalq and everything it stands for, right?"

Fate of Great Lakes' water looks fluid - Los Angeles Times

Fate of Great Lakes' water looks fluid - Los Angeles Times

Wednesday

NOAA-18 Image Smoke from California wildfires reach 500 miles into the Pacific Ocean.

War costs may total $2.4 trillion - USATODAY.com

War costs may total $2.4 trillion - USATODAY.com: "$8,000 per man, woman and child in the country"

Sunday

Part II: The Blow-Up: "the separation of the holder of a loan from the writer of a loan tended to create an overgenerous breed of loan officer"
Part I: The Blow-Up In Wall Street's summer of scary numbers, all eyes were on the mathematically trained financial engineers known as "quants."

The Columbus Dispatch : A dirtier lake from cleaner fuel?

The Columbus Dispatch : A dirtier lake from cleaner fuel?

Monday

Gore Derangement Syndrome - New York Times

Gore Derangement Syndrome - New York Times: "the personality cult the right tried to build around President Bush and the often hysterical denigration of Mr. Gore were, I believe, largely motivated by the desire to expunge the stain of illegitimacy from the Bush administration. "

The ‘Good Germans’ Among Us - New York Times

The ‘Good Germans’ Among Us - New York Times

Saturday

'No end in sight' in Iraq, retired general says - Los Angeles Times

'No end in sight' in Iraq, retired general says - Los Angeles Times: "Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, who led U.S. forces in Iraq for a year after the March 2003 invasion, accused the Bush administration Friday of going to war with a 'catastrophically flawed' plan and said the United States is 'living a nightmare with no end in sight.'"

Sliming Graeme Frost - New York Times

Sliming Graeme Frost - New York Times: "a perfect illustration of the modern right-wing political machine at work, and in particular its routine reliance on character assassination in place of honest debate"

Saturday

Head of IAEA defies criticism on Iran - Yahoo! News

Head of IAEA defies criticism on Iran - Yahoo! News: "I would hope that everybody would have gotten the lesson after the Iraq situation, where 700,000 innocent civilians have lost their lives on the suspicion that a country has nuclear weapons"

Monday

CLIMATE CHANGE: 'Fifteen Years and C02 Still Rising'

CLIMATE CHANGE: 'Fifteen Years and C02 Still Rising': "Not surprisingly, U.S. President George W. Bush decided not to attend the one-day conference, although his country is known to be the largest polluter of greenhouse gas emissions on the planet. "

Sunday

Israeli Rabbis to Shun Christian Event - Los Angeles Times

Israeli Rabbis to Shun Christian Event - Los Angeles Times: "the chief rabbinate urged Jews to stay away from the event, saying some of the groups want to convert them to Christianity"

"The ICEJ has never conducted any missionary programs in Israel and we clearly instruct our Feast pilgrims against such activity during their stay here." But everywhere else it's OK.

Police take up assault weapons; some fear an arms race -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Police take up assault weapons; some fear an arms race -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com: "The result is an escalating war of weapons one-upmanship, as the men and women of law enforcement try to avoid being outgunned on the street "

SignOnSanDiego.com > In Iraq -- Generals opposing Iraq war break with military tradition

SignOnSanDiego.com > In Iraq -- Generals opposing Iraq war break with military tradition: "In op-ed pieces, interviews and TV ads, more than 20 retired U.S. generals have broken ranks with the culture of salute and keep it in the family. Instead, they are criticizing the commander in chief and other top civilian leaders who led the nation into what the generals believe is a misbegotten and tragic war. "

Wednesday

War means a windfall for CEOs - MSN Money

War means a windfall for CEOs - MSN Money

The Columbus Dispatch : Report: More than 300,000 Ohioans trapped in payday lending debt

The Columbus Dispatch : Report: More than 300,000 Ohioans trapped in payday lending debt

State IG Accused of Averting Probes - washingtonpost.com

State IG Accused of Averting Probes - washingtonpost.com

Pentagon Sued Over Mandatory Christianity

Pentagon Sued Over Mandatory Christianity

GOP Moderates Weigh Loyalty To Bush vs. Political Realities - washingtonpost.com

GOP Moderates Weigh Loyalty To Bush vs. Political Realities - washingtonpost.com Bush or reality. Which side are you on?

Storm Worm Botnet Attacks Anti-Spam Firms -- Storm Worm Botnet -- InformationWeek

Storm Worm Botnet Attacks Anti-Spam Firms -- Storm Worm Botnet -- InformationWeek

Diplomatic convoys curtailed in Iraq - Yahoo! News

Diplomatic convoys curtailed in Iraq - Yahoo! News "The United States on Tuesday suspended all land travel by U.S. diplomats and other civilian officials throughout Iraq, except in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone." Four years on and they can't leave the Green Zone. What progress?

Attytood: Meet the future savior of journalism: "FamousWriterMan@aol.com", a/k/a Taserman "The Andrew Meyer"

Attytood: Meet the future savior of journalism: "FamousWriterMan@aol.com", a/k/a Taserman "The Andrew Meyer"

Monday

Beyond the Beyond - Wired Blogs

Beyond the Beyond - Wired Blogs: "the project tests a more ambitious plan to reduce all shopping to the essential act of money changing hands. 'Whether in an art gallery or a mall, spending is existential,' he says. 'By eliminating the merchandise that nobody really wants anyway, this crucial human activity becomes environmentally sustainable.'"

Think Progress » Fox censors Sally Field’s anti-war speech at Emmy’s.#comment-4079687

Think Progress » Fox censors Sally Field’s anti-war speech at Emmy’s.#comment-4079687 What a set up. Sally Fields knows “god damn” is as good as an f bomb and that’s what pushed the censor's button. Fields has worked in TV a long time and knows exactly what gets bleeped and she knows “god damn” gets bleeped every god damn time.

Sunday

Friday

Democracy Now! | From Freedom Watch to Petraeus, A Look at the Bush Administration's Iraq War PR Campaign

Democracy Now! | From Freedom Watch to Petraeus, A Look at the Bush Administration's Iraq War PR Campaign: "Most Americans get most of their news from television. And in April of 2003 and early May of 2003, Americans literally saw the weapons of mass destruction being discovered, because these embedded reporters, whether we’re talking Judith Miller at the New York Times, other major print media, the three networks, PBS, all wanted to be the first to break the story that the troops they were with discovered the weapons of mass destruction. So, as we point out in The Best War Ever, Americans actually saw the weapons discovered. They read about the discovery of the weapons. Of course, every one of those stories was 100% wrong, but Americans were promised by the President, the Vice President, that they were there, the media delivered them, and the media has never corrected or fixed this big lie that’s fixed in the minds of Americans. "

Tuesday

WorkingForChange: This Modern World: The invisible hand of the free market

WorkingForChange: This Modern World: The invisible hand of the free market

BBC NEWS | Middle East | US surge has failed - Iraqi poll

BBC NEWS | Middle East | US surge has failed - Iraqi poll: "nearly 60% see attacks on US-led forces as justified" So much for "greeted as liberators."

AP Poll: Most see Iraq war as failure - Yahoo! News

AP Poll: Most see Iraq war as failure - Yahoo! News

Bush policy to bequeath Iraq to successor - Los Angeles Times

Bush policy to bequeath Iraq to successor - Los Angeles Times Who could have guessed?

San Francisco Bay Guardian : Article : Censored!

San Francisco Bay Guardian : Article : Censored!: "The top 10 big stories the US news media missed in the past year "

Congressman Dennis Kucinich To Oppose September 11 Resolution, Says It Is Incomplete

Congressman Dennis Kucinich To Oppose September 11 Resolution, Says It Is Incomplete WASHINGTON - September 10 - Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) released the following statement in opposition to today’s September 11 resolution:

“I honor the memory of those who died on September 11 and extend sympathies to their family members and to those who lost their lives trying to save lives,” Kucinich said.

“I support the troops. I believe the best way to honor the memory of those who died on September 11 is to tell the truth of what the Administration did in the wake of September 11. The Bush Administration launched a war against Iraq, conflating the true tragedy of September 11 with lies about weapons of mass destruction.

“On this, the sixth anniversary of September 11, it is important that Congress wake up to the truth and exercise its obligation under the Constitution to save our nation from being destroyed from the lies that took us into Iraq, the lies that keep us there, the lies that are being used to set the stage for war against Iran and the lies that have undermined our basic civil liberties here at home. The September 11 resolution that Congress considers today should have made reference to those matters. It does not, so I cannot support it.

“This Administration long ago politicized the September 11 attacks, distorted it and dishonored it. If Congress really wanted to honor the memory of those who died on September 11, we would cause the full truth to be told to the American people. If Congress really supported our troops we would bring them home and not provide more funding for the war.”

Monday

The Columbus Dispatch : Driving drunk: $1,000 covers it in Waverly

The Columbus Dispatch : Driving drunk: $1,000 covers it in Waverly

TNR Online | Feast of the Wingnuts (1 of 3) (print)

TNR Online | Feast of the Wingnuts (1 of 3) (print) "American politics has been hijacked by a tiny coterie of right-wing economic extremists, some of them ideological zealots, others merely greedy, a few of them possibly insane."

Friday

Trying to Glimpse the Future of Iraq

Trying to Glimpse the Future of Iraq: "one of the dirty little secrets about Iraq is that Iraq has increasingly been ethnically cleansed. It's sad to say, but the American Army has presided over the largest ethnic cleansing in the world since the Balkans"

POLITICS: U.S. Viewed as Turkey's "Greatest Threat"

POLITICS: U.S. Viewed as Turkey's "Greatest Threat": "Nearly two-thirds of the Turkish public named the United States as their country's greatest future threat, a recent Pew Global Attitudes Project survey has revealed -- the highest percentage of any Middle Eastern or Islamic country polled."

Thursday

The Myth of AQI - Andrew Tilghman

The Myth of AQI - Andrew Tilghman

Madeleine K. Albright - How To Change Iraq - washingtonpost.com

Madeleine K. Albright - How To Change Iraq - washingtonpost.com: "President Bush could do his part by admitting what the world knows -- that many prewar criticisms of the invasion were on target. Such an admission would be just the shock a serious diplomatic project would need. It would make it easier for European and Arab leaders to help, as their constituents are reluctant to bail out a president who still insists that he was right and they were wrong. Our troops face death every day; the least the president can do is face the truth."

Experts Doubt Drop In Violence in Iraq - washingtonpost.com

Experts Doubt Drop In Violence in Iraq - washingtonpost.com Have you any idea why they're lying to you?

WorkingForChange: This Modern World: Hypocritical Sanctimonious Moralizers as Metaphor

WorkingForChange: This Modern World: Hypocritical Sanctimonious Moralizers as Metaphor

Wednesday

Nuclear bombs mistakenly flown over US - Yahoo! News

Nuclear bombs mistakenly flown over US - Yahoo! News: "The plane was carrying advanced cruise missiles from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., to Barksdale Air Force Base, La." where they are now in position to be launched against Iran.

POLITICS-US: Bush Appointee Campaigns for Evangelicals

POLITICS-US: Bush Appointee Campaigns for Evangelicals: "Evangelicals have been working through the military and government agencies since the Cold War as part of the fight against 'Godless Communism', but they tried to follow certain boundaries' said Chip Berlet, a senior analyst of Political Research Associates in Boston. 'With the Bush administration we've seen many egregious examples of officials stepping way out of line of any kind of boundary, of which this promotional video is a particularly notable example"

The decider didn't decide | Capitol Hill Blue

The decider didn't decide | Capitol Hill Blue

Tuesday

In Chertoff's record, shades of politics - Los Angeles Times

In Chertoff's record, shades of politics - Los Angeles Times: If the nominee "is political in nature and susceptible to the importuning of the White House," said Senate Judiciary Committee member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), "you can be sure that individual would not be confirmed."
Envoy’s Letters Counter Bush on Dismantling of Iraq Army - New York Times "President Bush was told in advance by his top envoy in May 2003 of a plan to “dissolve Saddam’s military and intelligence structures,” a plan that the envoy, Mr. Bremer, said referred to dismantling the Iraqi Army.
Mr. Bremer provided the letters to The New York Times on Monday after reading that Mr. Bush was quoted in a new book as saying that American policy had been “to keep the army intact” but that it “didn’t happen.”

Friday

Lawyers challenge Rice, Hadley subpoenas - Yahoo! News

Lawyers challenge Rice, Hadley subpoenas - Yahoo! News

Lawmakers Describe 'Being Slimed in the Green Zone' - washingtonpost.com

Lawmakers Describe 'Being Slimed in the Green Zone' - washingtonpost.com: "At one point, the three were trying to discuss the state of Iraqi security forces with Iraq's national security adviser, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, but the large, flat-panel television set facing the official proved to be a distraction. Rubaie was watching children's cartoons. When Moran asked him to turn it off, Rubaie protested with a laugh and said, 'But this is my favorite television show"

Victories Come Slowly in Cleanup Of Soviet Bloc Nuclear Materials - washingtonpost.com

Victories Come Slowly in Cleanup Of Soviet Bloc Nuclear Materials - washingtonpost.com

Food demand and climate straining soils - Yahoo! News

Food demand and climate straining soils - Yahoo! News "Sustainable agriculture" isn't just a catchword - it's a reminder to think about what it means that so much of modern agriculture is unsustainable.

Thursday

Judges Skeptical of State-Secrets Claim - washingtonpost.com

Judges Skeptical of State-Secrets Claim - washingtonpost.com: "At one point, Garre argued that courts are not the right forum for complaints about government surveillance, and that 'other avenues' are available. 'What is that? Impeachment?' Pregerson shot back."

RIBA: Living with Water: Visions of a Flooded Future

RIBA: Living with Water: Visions of a Flooded Future

Wednesday

Los Angeles Times: How lawyer navigates sea of secrecy in bizarre case How he navigates? Try blindfolded, without a rudder. Fulminate all you will about our elitist system of justice and its biased decisionmakers - and they are those things - but these Star Chamber proceedings are a qualitative change, and a real threat.

Monday

Jeremy Scahill: The Mercenary Revolution

Jeremy Scahill: The Mercenary Revolution: "the Bush administration has created a shadow army that can be used to wage wars unpopular with the American public but extremely profitable for a few unaccountable private companies"

In Fundraising's Murky Corners - washingtonpost.com

In Fundraising's Murky Corners - washingtonpost.com: "donors who remain largely unaware of where their money goes"

Sunday

U.S. Pays Millions In Cost Overruns For Security in Iraq - washingtonpost.com

U.S. Pays Millions In Cost Overruns For Security in Iraq - washingtonpost.com

How the ‘Good War’ in Afghanistan Went Bad - New York Times

How the ‘Good War’ in Afghanistan Went Bad - New York Times

Democrats Say Leaving Iraq May Take Years - New York Times

Democrats Say Leaving Iraq May Take Years - New York Times The Cheney-Bush regime wanted all war all the time so whoever comes next will be stuck with the mess.

Human Space Flight (HSF) - Sightings

The Perseid meteor shower will happen early Monday morning.

Here's NASA's Perseid page.

This "Your Sky" application shows what's overhead on a clear night, where to look for constellations & planets. Either select a nearby city or use Google Earth to find your coordinates. Make sure they are in the correct format: Degrees, Minutes & Seconds. Decimal degrees don't work.

Since the Space Shuttle is in orbit, when it's docked to the Space Station it is easy to see. Here is NASA's Java realtime tracking page.

From this link you can find out when to look up & see it.

Click through from state to nearest city. Look in the duration column. The longer the duration, the more likely it is you can see the shuttle.

Keep looking! Keep watching the skies!

NASA - Great Perseids

NASA - Great Perseids

Friday

FT.com / In depth - Republicans ‘caught in a bind’ over Bush

FT.com / In depth - Republicans ‘caught in a bind’ over Bush: "We are caught in a bind,” says a senior staffer on one of the campaigns. “We cannot attack George Bush because we would be punished for disloyalty by the party base. And we cannot endorse him because that would be suicide. So we tip-toe around."

Monday

POLITICS: Arms for Arab Authoritarians, As U.S. Turns Back Clock

POLITICS: Arms for Arab Authoritarians, As U.S. Turns Back Clock

Another Poke in the Eye to Islam - Early Warning

Another Poke in the Eye to Islam - Early Warning: "There isn't one weapon in the package that will enhance American interests or security -- or Saudi security, for that matter -- and there certainly isn't one that threatens Israel. The real threat is the army of contractors and U.S. service members that will have to go to Saudi Arabia to support the deal. They will just fuel more Arab anger and more terrorism."

Gonzales's Truthfulness Long Disputed - washingtonpost.com

Gonzales's Truthfulness Long Disputed - washingtonpost.com

Tuesday

GOP senator to Rove: Bush legacy on the line in Iraq "In private, Voinovich is more blunt, using a profanity to describe the White House’s handling of Iraq by charging the administration “f—ed up” the war."

Monday

Cunningham report portrays entangled panel "describes breakdowns in leadership and controls that it says allowed Cunningham — the former congressman (R-Rancho Santa Fe) who began an eight-year prison term last year for taking bribes and evading taxes — to use his House position to steer millions of dollars to corrupt contractors."

Thursday

SCOTUSblog

SCOTUSblog: "A federal judge suggested on Thursday that President Bush had come very close to acting unconstitutionally in the way he fashioned legal relief for former vice presidential aide I. Lewis Lobby"

Guards steal $282 million from a bank in Baghdad - International Herald Tribune

Guards steal $282 million from a bank in Baghdad - International Herald Tribune Cheney's office funds itself.

Tuesday

Democrats Move to Withhold Funds From Cheney's Office - Yahoo! News

Fifteen minutes later...

Officials worry of summer terror attack

Anyone surprised?

Jerry Kroth: Democratic Defectors and the Israel Lobby

Jerry Kroth: Democratic Defectors and the Israel Lobby: "In the end, though, 37 Democratic senators capitulated and gratuitously gave the President his $100 billion no-strings- attached blank check . . . enough money to pay tuition and fees for 1.3 million college students for four solid years"

TheHill.com - Ex- convicts and addicts may get DoD clearance

TheHill.com - Ex- convicts and addicts may get DoD clearance: "At the Pentagon’s request, Senate defense authorizers tucked deep within a defense bill a repeal of the department’s restriction on granting security clearances to ex-convicts, drug addicts and the mentally incompetent."

Gonzales Was Told of FBI Violations - washingtonpost.com

Gonzales Was Told of FBI Violations - washingtonpost.com Perjury: the act of lying or making verifiably false statements on a material matter under oath or affirmation in a court of law or in any of various sworn statements in writing.

Thursday

Secrecy News

Secrecy News: "CRS Views Private Security Contractors in Iraq"

Private contractors outnumber U.S. troops in Iraq - Los Angeles Times

Private contractors outnumber U.S. troops in Iraq - Los Angeles Times

Nonprofit subsidizes Schwarzenegger travel frills - Los Angeles Times

Nonprofit subsidizes Schwarzenegger travel frills - Los Angeles Times: "By giving to the foundation, donors avoid having their identities made public, because charities are not governed by the disclosure rules that apply to campaign contributions. And they can donate unlimited amounts to the nonprofit, which is not subject to contribution ceilings the way campaign accounts are"

A place to push impeachment - Los Angeles Times

A place to push impeachment - Los Angeles Times Kick out the Kaks.

Wednesday

Think Progress » THE ARCHITECTS OF WAR: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Think Progress » THE ARCHITECTS OF WAR: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

House balks at Bush order for new powers - Yahoo! News

House balks at Bush order for new powers - Yahoo! News: "The order requires federal officials to show that private companies, people or institutions failed to address a problem before agencies can write regulations to tackle it. It also gives political appointees greater authority over how the regulations are written."

New Drug Deletes Bad Memories - Yahoo! News

New Drug Deletes Bad Memories - Yahoo! News These aren't the droids you're looking for.

Thursday

Secrecy News

Secrecy News: "Addington and the Question of Intent"

Wednesday

USDA Waters Down Organic Standards (TreeHugger)

USDA Waters Down Organic Standards (TreeHugger)

Taxpayers Lose, Halliburton Gains

Taxpayers Lose, Halliburton Gains: "the merchants of death profit"

t r u t h o u t - Emmanuel Todd: The Specter of a Soviet-Style Crisis

t r u t h o u t - Emmanuel Todd: The Specter of a Soviet-Style Crisis

CORRUPTION: Bandar Bribery Case Crosses the Atlantic

CORRUPTION: Bandar Bribery Case Crosses the Atlantic Along with the Bin Ladens, Bandar is another Saudi with close ties to Bush & Cheney.
Leaving No Tracks | Cheney | washingtonpost.com "His genius," Hoffman said, is that "he builds networks and puts the right people in the right places, and then trusts them to make well-informed decisions that comport with his overall vision" ... a vision Adolph Hitler would be proud of, if only Hitler were as greedy as Cheney.

A GOP Plan To Oust Cheney - washingtonpost.com

A GOP Plan To Oust Cheney - washingtonpost.com: "As the reputed architect of the war in Iraq, Cheney is viewed as toxic, and as the administration's leading proponent of an attack on Iran, he is seen as dangerous. As long as he remains vice president, according to this thinking, he has the potential to drag down every member of the party "

Tuesday

A Strong Push From Backstage | Cheney | washingtonpost.com

A Strong Push From Backstage | Cheney | washingtonpost.com "When Bush tapped Cheney to be his running mate" Oh yeah, like that might have happened and not Cheney chose Bush because he'd make a good dummy.

Monday

Pushing the Envelope on Presidential Power | Cheney | washingtonpost.com

Pushing the Envelope on Presidential Power | Cheney | washingtonpost.com: "Powell remarked admiringly, as they emerged, that Rice dressed down the president's lawyer 'in full Nurse Ratched mode,' a reference to the ward chief of a mental hospital in the 1975 film 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.'"

Alison Weir: USA Today and the USS Liberty

Alison Weir: USA Today and the USS Liberty

Sunday

Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Congressman Dennis Kucinich Kucinich attempted to insert into the Congressional Record two independent translations of the speech from The New York Times and Middle East Media Research Institute, which contain significant differences in the translations of the speech compared to the resolution before the House. However, Members objected formally and the attempt was blocked.

Glenn Greenwald - Salon

Glenn Greenwald - Salon: "Everyone we fight in Iraq is now 'al-Qaida'"

Rolling Stone : The Secret Campaign of President Bush's Administration To Deny Global Warming

Rolling Stone : The Secret Campaign of President Bush's Administration To Deny Global Warming Secret campaign? Maybe if you only read Rolling Stone.

'A Different Understanding With the President' | Cheney | washingtonpost.com

'A Different Understanding With the President' | Cheney | washingtonpost.com Like a puppeteer understanding a puppet.

Saturday

Bush claims oversight exemption too - Los Angeles Times

Bush claims oversight exemption too - Los Angeles Times "Bush amended the oversight directive in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to help ensure that national secrets would not be mishandled, made public or improperly declassified."

Wednesday

The Columbus Dispatch : Better off today? Income figures say Ohioans aren't

The Columbus Dispatch : Better off today? Income figures say Ohioans aren't: "poverty marks a new high in Ohio over the past four decades...[statewide] median income was $30,499 in 2004, $40 less than it was in 1993. Income rose during the first seven years of that span, but since 2000, it's dropped every year....[I]ncome fell in all but 25 of Ohio's 612 school districts between 2000 and 2004."

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 06/12/2007 | Senate is close to a deal on a bill to ban the use of asbestos

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 06/12/2007 | Senate is close to a deal on a bill to ban the use of asbestos Didn't think that was necessary, didya? Chlorine bleach (and products such as paper bleached with chlorine): asbestos in, dioxin out. Mmmmmmmm.

Deep Sea News : Munitions Dumping at Sea

Deep Sea News : Munitions Dumping at Sea

Wednesday

Study: Hot Fuel Costs Ohioans $34M Annually - News Story - WEWS Cleveland

Study: Hot Fuel Costs Ohioans $34M Annually - News Story - WEWS Cleveland

Huckabee Slams Bush in Republican Debate

Huckabee Slams Bush in Republican Debate: "Wolf Blitzer, who managed to speak for a whopping 19 minutes - roughly double the time given to leading candidates "

Squabble erupts among opponents of abortion law - Los Angeles Times

Squabble erupts among opponents of abortion law - Los Angeles Times: "Some of the biggest groups in the movement, including Focus on the Family and National Right to Life, are under attack from fellow activists who accuse them of turning the cause into a money-grubbing industry." A sleeping giant awakes?

Monday

MySA.com: Metro | State

MySA.com: Metro | State: "I am absolutely convinced that America has a crisis in leadership at this time and we've got to do whatever we can to help the next generation of leaders do better than we have done over the past five years"

Friday

David Vest: So You Thought They'd End the War

David Vest: So You Thought They'd End the War: "What's really evil is being forced to choose between people on the one hand who support the war, and accuse anyone who questions it of 'helping the terrorists' -- and people on the other who oppose the war, criticize the war, pledge to the end the war, and then vote to keep it going."

Evelyn Pringle: Congress Gives War Profiteers Another $100 Billion

Evelyn Pringle: Congress Gives War Profiteers Another $100 Billion: "Congress has demonstrated its unconditional love for the Bush administration by handing the war profiteers another $100 billion worth of good reasons to keep the war in Iraq rolling along at full-throttle."

Mexico taps U.S. funds to boost its intercepting of data - Los Angeles Times

Mexico taps U.S. funds to boost its intercepting of data - Los Angeles Times

Democracy Now! | Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Democratic Leadership Failing U.S. Citizenry on War

Democracy Now! | Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Democratic Leadership Failing U.S. Citizenry on War

McClatchy's D.C. Bureau Claims It's Barred From Defense Secretary Plane

McClatchy's D.C. Bureau Claims It's Barred From Defense Secretary Plane

The entire government has failed us on Iraq - Countdown with Keith Olbermann - MSNBC.com

The entire government has failed us on Iraq - Countdown with Keith Olbermann - MSNBC.com

Thursday

Collateral Damage - The Center for Public Integrity

Collateral Damage - The Center for Public Integrity

European Growth Could Exceed U.S. in '07: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

European Growth Could Exceed U.S. in '07: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance: "The recovery in Europe has been stronger than we expected,' OECD Chief Economist Jean-Philippe Cotis said at a news conference. 'The slowdown in the U.S. has been more robust than we anticipated."

Tuesday

The Blotter

The Blotter: "Bush Authorizes New Covert Action Against Iran"

Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold On the Iraq Supplemental Conference Report

Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold On the Iraq Supplemental Conference Report: "Under the President’s Iraq policies, our military has been over-burdened, our national security has been jeopardized, and thousands of Americans have been killed or injured. Despite these realities, and the support of a majority of Americans for ending the President’s open-ended mission in Iraq, congressional leaders now propose a supplemental appropriations bill that does nothing to end this disastrous war."

Campaigns & Elections

Campaigns & Elections WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 22) - Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) gave the following speech on the floor of the House of Representatives today:

"The Associated Press reports that the latest Iraq Supplemental funding plan, incredibly, will tie an increase in the minimum wage to funding the war through October.

"If this is true, and I hope it is not, it tells American workers that the only way they will get an increase in wages is to continue to support funding the war which is taking the lives of their sons and daughters.

"First blood for oil. Now a minimum wage for maximum blood. Aren't the American people giving enough blood for this war without having to give more to have a wage increase?

"What's happened to our country? We are losing our moral compass. We're losing our sense of justice. We're losing touch with the difference between right and wrong.

"We do not have to fund this war. We must leave Iraq now. Support our troops and bring them home. HR 1234 is a plan to end the war and stabilize Iraq and give Iraqis control of their oil.

"We must take a new path. We must take a path of truth and justice."

Sunday

Nation & World | Iraq a "big moneymaker" for al-Qaida, says CIA | Seattle Times Newspaper Our tax dollars at work.

Foreclosure crisis looms, housing analysts say: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Foreclosure crisis looms, housing analysts say: South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "As the housing meltdown continues, analysts predict a surge in foreclosures this year and next that will add to the glut of homes already for sale and further depress property values"

Monday

Israel marks 40 year rule of Arab east Jerusalem - Yahoo! News

Israel marks 40 year rule of Arab east Jerusalem - Yahoo! News: "'The last 40 years were only the beginning,' Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told a special parliamentary session marking the anniversary according to the Hebrew calendar.

'I believe, I hope and I pray that we will continue to work together to reinforce Jerusalem in order to extend its boundaries.'"

Wednesday

Jury selected for Padilla trial - Los Angeles Times

Jury selected for Padilla trial - Los Angeles Times: "the only practicing Muslim brought before the lawyers Tuesday was dismissed by the prosecution. Assistant U.S. Atty. John C. Shipley told Cooke the government objected to her service because she had read publications from Yemen, Syria and Iran."

Tuesday

Judge drops charges against Posada - 05/08/2007 - MiamiHerald.com

Judge drops charges against Posada - 05/08/2007 - MiamiHerald.com: "Posada was in El Paso with his lawyer, Arturo Hernandez, celebrating the surprise move by the Bush-appointed judge."

Adam's World: Russell Simmons On "Doing You"

Adam's World: Russell Simmons On "Doing You": "Russell Simmons: I like Dennis Kucinich, how bout that?"

Monday

George Tenet cashes in on Iraq | Salon News

George Tenet cashes in on Iraq | Salon News: "The former CIA chief is earning big money from corporations profiting off the war -- a fact not mentioned in his combative new book or heard on his publicity blitz."

Saturday

CJR Daily: Is This What the Army Thinks of Us?

CJR Daily: Is This What the Army Thinks of Us?: "Under 'traditional domestic threats' we find hackers and militia groups, while 'non-traditional' threats include drug cartels, and -- yes -- the media. Just to put that into some perspective, the foreign 'non-traditional threats' are listed as warlords, and Al Qaeda."

Friday

Potential terror jurors cite 9/11 doubts - 05/03/2007 - MiamiHerald.com

Potential terror jurors cite 9/11 doubts - 05/03/2007 - MiamiHerald.com

Norway Keeps Nest Egg From Some U.S. Companies - New York Times

Norway Keeps Nest Egg From Some U.S. Companies - New York Times
The National Arbor Day Foundation Plant hardiness zones based on 2006 climate, contrasted with 1990 USDA update. The New York Times reports that "[t]he Agriculture Department is in the process of redoing the map itself. But critics have taken issue with the department’s decision to use 30 years of temperature data, saying it will result in cooler averages and fail to reflect the warming climate. The 1990 U.S.D.A. map used 13 years of data; the Arbor Day map used 15 years ending in 2004."

The U.S. Attorney, the G.O.P. Congressman and the Timely Job Offer - New York Times

The U.S. Attorney, the G.O.P. Congressman and the Timely Job Offer - New York Times: "the riskiest job in the Bush administration is being a prosecutor investigating a Republican "

Saturday

Out of America: Going to college? Watch out for Bush's bandits - Independent Online Edition > Americas

Out of America: Going to college? Watch out for Bush's bandits - Independent Online Edition > Americas: "In a way, the US student loan system resembles the over-layered health-care system here. Just as America rejects the single-payer health system embraced by other advanced countries, in the name of choice and a fictional 'efficiency', so it privatises student loans. But like the health insurers, the private lenders are in business to make a profit.

And as these middlemen prosper, college education costs grow faster than any other sector of the family budget (with the exception, of course, of health care). Thus inflation-adjusted student debt is up 60 per cent in a decade, and the US student loan business is now worth $85bn. "

ARMED FORCES JOURNAL - A failure in generalship - May 2007

ARMED FORCES JOURNAL - A failure in generalship - May 2007 Another left-wing whacko chimes in.

The Gavel » Blog Archive » General William Odom Delivers Democratic Radio Address on Iraq

The Gavel » Blog Archive » General William Odom Delivers Democratic Radio Address on Iraq: "Thus, he lets the United States fly further and further into trouble, squandering its influence, money, and blood, facilitating the gains of our enemies. The Congress is the only mechanism we have to fill this vacuum in command judgment.
To put this in a simple army metaphor, the Commander-in-Chief seems to have gone AWOL"

-Lt. General William E. Odom (left wing nutjob)

Thursday

U.S. and Japan sign nuclear power pact - Los Angeles Times: ""Some kind of nuclear nirvana is the driving force behind this," said Victor Gilinsky, a former member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. "It has a certain intellectual appeal until you think about how it would work and what it would cost.""

Malpractice Juries Tend to Side More With Doctors, Researcher Finds: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Malpractice Juries Tend to Side More With Doctors, Researcher Finds: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance: "juries are several times more likely to depart from the judgment of the [independent medical] reviewers when doing so will exonerate the defendant than they are to disagree when doing so will lead to liability. The repeated finding that juries rule in favor of defendant physicians more often than physician reviewers do is remarkable given the documented reluctance of physicians to label another physician's care as negligent."
Political Briefings At Agencies Disclosed - washingtonpost.com I got one question. Do you feel coerced? Well? Do ya, punk?

UN: Iraqi gov't held casualty figures - Yahoo! News

UN: Iraqi gov't held casualty figures - Yahoo! News

Unidentified witness claims he was offered $100,000 to kill Boulis: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Unidentified witness claims he was offered $100,000 to kill Boulis: South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "Kidan and his former SunCruz partner, fallen super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, are serving 70-month prison sentences for lying "