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It's not about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.



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Monday, 16 October 2006 at 17h 46m 44s

Hypocrites and conflicts of interest

Click here for the full story in the Houston Chronicle


WASHINGTON — Former FDA chief Lester Crawford has agreed to plead guilty to charges of failing to disclose a financial interest in PepsiCo Inc. and other firms regulated by his agency, his lawyer said Monday.

The Justice Department accused the former head of the Food and Drug Administration in court papers of falsely reporting that he had sold stock in companies when he continued holding shares in the firms governed by FDA rules.


Conflict of Interest is nothing new to the Rethuglicans. Louisiana Republican Billy Tauzin, left Congress and was hired for 7 figures as a lobbyist for a big Pharma medical lobby group -- just after he orchestrated the Medicare --cough cough -- Reform Act of 2004. Don't you think he got "pay back" ?

It's called the Government to Industry revolving door. After doing favorable things or making favorable interpretations of the law, one goes from being a congress person or government employee to getting hired at top dollar to be a consultant or lobbyist for the corporations and their lobby agencies.

Vice President Dick Cheney is the perfect example, where Cheney goes back and forth from private industry to government a number of times in 30 plus years time. It began in, of all places, the Nixon administration, continued as a consultant for the oil industry, then he was a congressman from Wyoming, then defense minister, then top CEO of Halliburton, and then finally Vice President. Granted this is a vast over-simplified timeline, but it works for the point I'm clarifying. If you want more info, you need to read.

Click here for a Mother Jones article that details some of the long sordid history of Cheney's travels through the revolving door. Click here for a list of various sources for more articles about Dick Cheney

Click here for plenty more examples.

Just like Supreme Court justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito both refused to recuse themselves before court cases even though they had blatant conflicts of interest. In Alito's case, he had investments with Liberty Financial at the same time the company was being litigated in his Massachusetts court. Scalia's son ( Eugene Scalia ) was appointed to direct a bureau of the labor department so he could gut worker safety rights after the 2000 election. The son Eugene "has said that employees should pay for their own safety equipment, when the equipment is required by law" ( source ). The father Antonin Scalia, spent the weekend hunting ducks with Dick Cheney one month before Scalia was to oversee the Cheney Energy Documents legal battle. Incidentally the case took an interesting turn. Click here to read the excellently written findlaw.com summary of events by John W. Dean.

Ask yourself, is it proper for the judge to spend a close personal bonding event hunting over the weekend with the defendent one month before the trial, and then attempt to exonerate that defendent? Scalia went ballistic when a reporter asked him this question, angrily defending his right to be impartial and having security take the reporter's camera away because Scalia didn't want digital evidence.

This is the man who is chief justice of the supreme court.

Now I remember when the Rethuglican's stromed the bastille when it was rumored that Lobbyists were buying access to the Christmas card list of the Clinton's White House (later proven untrue) or when the White House Travel Office was seen as "graft ridden" or (according to Wikipedia )


The White House Travel Office is in the residential section of the White House, and as such, staffers serve strictly at the pleasure of the president. Historically, a change of administrations usually resulted in a brand new Travel Office staff. Despite the established presidential privilege of replacing staffers at will, Congressional Republicans alleged that friends of President Bill Clinton, including his cousin Catherine Cornelius, had engineered the firings in order to get the business for themselves.[1] The House Government Reform and Oversight Committee eventually launched an investigation into the White House Travel Office firings. After a three-year investigation, the Chair of the committee, Pennsylvania Republican William Clinger, accused the Clinton administration of having obstructed the committee's efforts to investigate the Travelgate scandal. [2] Clinger also challenged the White House access to Billy Dale's FBI records in the Filegate affair. [3] Ultimately, a president's right to staff his residential quarters with persons of his choosing prevailed and no grounds for legal action could be established.

Bill Clinton later described the allegations and investigation as "a fraud".[4]


Now these false accusations got splashed across the front-page of the corporate newspapers, but buried the eventual proof that there were no grounds for legal action in the back pages -- if ever mentioned at all. How can this be ? Don't we have a "free" press?

Sure we do, and a large multinational holding company that owns hundreds of media companies is free to do and print what it wants. It's just that ignorant people may be what the huge financial interests want. Right now, news media companies like newspapers and local television and radio are getting bought up and downsized so the mother holding company can suck more money and make more profits. If this diminishes the quality of news, so what. The monopoly on ad space still ensures lucrative ad sales, even if the circulation and audience shrinks. Excessive profits are more important than journalism.

A book I suggest to everyone about this rise of corporate consolidation in the news media is written by two 35 plus year veteran's of the Washington Post. It's called the News About the News. Get yourself a copy.

As for the recent wave of corruption due to conflicts of interest, how come these same Rethuglican's can't seem to apply the same vociferous indignation when it comes to actual illegal action by their own. Republican Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma actually says he's "outraged about the outrage" ?

Isn't that despicable?


Sunday, 15 October 2006 at 14h 58m 27s

John Murtha, shoots from the hip

John Murtha has op-ed in the Washington Post this weekend. Click here

Here is the last 30% of his heartfelt piece.

The United States is about to begin its fifth year of occupation and fighting in Iraq. That makes this war longer than U.S. participation in World Wars I and II, and longer than the Korean War and our own Civil War. With every year of occupation, our efforts to fight global terrorism and our military's readiness to fight future wars have further deteriorated, along with our standing in the world. Meanwhile, the radical Islamic cause wins more and more recruits.

Despite the presence of more than 140,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, 23,000 Americans injured or killed, tens of thousands of Iraqi deaths and the expenditure of nearly a half a trillion dollars, here are the dismal results:

In September, 776 U.S troops were wounded in Iraq, the highest monthly toll in more than two years.

Over the past year, the number of attacks against U.S. personnel has doubled, rising from 400 to more than 800 per week.

Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, recently acknowledged that sectarian violence has replaced the insurgency as the single biggest threat to Iraq.

In the past two months, 6,000 Iraqis died, more than in the first year of the war.

Last week, electricity output averaged 2.4 hours per day in Baghdad and 10.4 hours nationwide -- 7 percent less than in the same period in 2005.

A Sept. 27 World Public Opinion poll indicated that 91 percent of Iraqi Sunnis and 74 percent of Iraqi Shiites want the Iraqi government to ask U.S.- led forces to withdraw within a year. Ninety-seven percent of Sunnis and 82 percent of Shiites said that the U.S. military presence is "provoking more conflict than it is preventing." And Iraqi support for attacks against U.S.-led forces has increased sharply over the past few months, from 47 percent to 61 percent.

Now, Karl Rove may call me a defeatist, but can anyone living in the real world deny that these statistics are heading in the wrong direction? Yet despite this bleak record of performance, the president continues to stand by his team of failed architects, preferring to prop them up instead of demanding accountability.

Democrats are fighting a war on two fronts: One is combating the spin and intimidation that defines this administration. The other is fighting to change course, to do things better, to substitute smart, disciplined strategy for dogma and denial in Iraq.

That's not defeatism. That's our duty.



Sunday, 15 October 2006 at 6h 26m 18s

Links to Republican sex scandals

some wonderful part-time journalist has composed a list of Republican sex scandals

click me baby


Friday, 13 October 2006 at 19h 58m 8s

The generational thing

This is a quote from Pulp Fiction (1994) that Samuel L. Jackson would utter before he shot people dead ( you'd have to see the movie ) . For a long time a lot of people started thinking this was a real passage in the Book of Ezekiel in the Bible. Some ( myself included ) thought the quote was the original passage that was mistranslated by the Catholic church from the original Hebrew, but nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, this quote is just the leftover ingenious comments from Quentin Tarantino -- who is in my opinion, one of the all time great in the film medium of artistic expression. Tarentino is in the 0.1% of worthy film producers to which I (uber-lord of subjective testimony that I am) subscribe.

Anyway, I digress, ... here's the quote.

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.


Friday, 13 October 2006 at 18h 25m 53s

Today's Real news story

The British government is currently considering charging the US military with war crimes because of an apparently deliberate killing of a British journalist. The coroner and witnesses on the ground say it was deliberate. The US military investigation disagrees, and provided a video of which there is 15 minutes editted from the tape during the time the shooting occurred

The London Guardian story

Here's the first paragraph of the London Guardian story by Leigh Holmwood :

ITN reporter Terry Lloyd was shot in the head by American troops as he was being driven to hospital, the inquest into his death was told today.

Here is a story in the Melbourne Sun.

This isn't the first time reporters have been found killed under suspicious circumstances. When an Italian Journalist Giuliana Sgrena was nearly killed while investigating where the fake yellowcake Uranium documents came from, the Italian Prime Minister publically denounced the actions of the US Military.


Friday, 13 October 2006 at 17h 14m 20s

Gandhi quote

"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?" ---Ghandi


Monday, 9 October 2006 at 16h 6m 3s

At least Foley didn't actually have sex with the pages...

oopsie. Not according to a former page who spoke with the Los Angeles Times.

Click me

From French Agency Press (AFP), as posted on yahoo.


The former page said he began receiving messages from Foley while in college. He told the daily he is uncertain how Foley knew his college instant-message name, but assumed the lawmaker had access to a directory listing former pages' whereabouts.

The told the Times that some of the explicit e-mails from the ex-congressman assessed the sexual orientation and physical attributes of underage pages, but made clear he had decided to wait before making advances.

"I always knew you were a player, but I don't fool around with pages," declared one instant message from Maf54, a screen name Foley used in numerous exchanges with former pages.

The young man told the LA Times that he and his fellow pages were surprised that it took so long for Foley "to get caught," he said.


Click here for the original LA Times story by staff writer Walter F. Roche, Jr. Here is the lead paragraph of that story.

A former House page says he had sex with then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) after receiving explicit e-mails in which the congressman described assessing the sexual orientation and physical attributes of underage pages but waiting until later to make direct advances.

Here's a timeline from Talkingpointsmemo

So now I wonder, how did Foley get a hold of all these instant message names? I mean, that's a lot of pages over the years. Do you think the pages freely give up that data to the government? How could Foley possibly know those IM usernames?

Could he have given General Michael Hayden a call at NSA? How else could a Congressman get this information?


Monday, 9 October 2006 at 12h 38m 31s

the front page of the french press

on the front page of Le Figaro is this story in french. Here is the first paragraph, translated by me.

"The Afghan population could be retaken by the Taliban if the conditions of life don't change in the next 6 months", warns the ISAF chief of forces [British General David Richards.]

"Afghanistan is on the edge of a razor."

... [and later] "The Afghani's don't want the Taliban but prefer to live an austere and disagreeable life than 5 more years of war."



Monday, 9 October 2006 at 12h 10m 54s

Lieberman is a liar

Thanks to David Sirota.

CLAIM:

“There were some things Vice President Cheney said about Saddam having nuclear weapons, I never bought that.”

-– Joe Lieberman, Fox Channel 61, 10/8/06 (2:05 in Part 2 of the interview)

FACT:

“Every day Saddam remains in power with chemical weapons, biological weapons, and the development of nuclear weapons is a day of danger for the United States of America.”

-– Joe Lieberman, 8/4/02

FACT:

“We have reason to believe [Iraq] is developing nuclear weapons.”

-– Lieberman, 2/10/02

FACT:

“What’s most frightening, said Lieberman, is that Iraq has chemical and biological weapons, and is rapidly developing nuclear capability.”

-– Hartford Courant, 1/15/02



Monday, 9 October 2006 at 12h 51m 40s

The E. Coli and the Salinas Valley

According to a story in the New York Times (click here ) the E. Coli outbreak into spinach packages might be due to E. Coli in the irrigated water. This is according to a quote by the President of a company that is recalling packaged Lettuce, or

Executives [of the Nunes Company] ordered the recall after learning that irrigation water may have been contaminated with E. coli, said Tom Nunes Jr., president of the company. The company has not found E. coli bacteria in the lettuce itself, Mr. Nunes said.

"We’re just reacting to a water test only,” Nunes said. “We know there’s generic E. coli on it, but we’re not sure what that means.”

The recall covers green leaf lettuce sold from Oct. 3 to Oct. 6 under the Foxy brand in grocery stores in Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. It was also sold to distributors in those states who may have sold it to restaurants or institutions.





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