Excerpt: When it comes to justice in America, the scales
depend on how much money and political power you have.
Consider the recent decision by Judge Ricardo
Urbina tossing out the federal indictment of five Blackwater thugs
for the 2007 slaughter of 14 innocent Iraqis
in Baghdad. The judge found that federal prosecutors had improperly
used incriminating statements which he said had
been "compelled" from the Blackwater personnel under "threat of job loss."
Let's compare that to John Walker Lindh, the young
American captured in the first days of the Afghanistan invasion.
Indicted on charges of conspiring to kill Americans,
Lindh, currently serving a 20 year sentence after a plea agreement
reached with the government, never had his case
thrown out, though the government's main evidence was a statement
allegedly made by him (this on the word of an
FBI agent) that he had been a member of the Taliban and Al Qaeda
--a statement that even if actually made, had
come at a time that Lindh was being kept duct-taped to a gurney and held
in an unheated, unlit metal shipping container,
with an untreated bullet wound in his leg, and denied access to an attorney.
Surely the coercion behind this "confession"--Lindh's
military captors allegedly were threatening him that he would die
in Afghanistan--was at least as severe as the
threat to Blackwater guards that they could lose their jobs if they didn't
what had happened at the bloody shooting in Baghdad.
Yet Lindh's charges were allowed to stand.
The easiest way to get away with murder is to have the prosecutors bungle
The "bunglers" won't be pounished so we should assume they bungled this
on orders from Bush/Cheney.
If the Blackwater bastards start talking, it could be real trouble
for the Bush bastards so they get a pass on murder.
Justice in America is for sale - it's always been that way.
When Kneel Bush stole $50,000,000
from Silverado Savings and Loan, remember what his punishment was?
They made him promise not to do it again.
Excerpt: Top GOP aides have demanded that their colleagues
at the RNC rein in Chairman Michael Tom Steele
after Steele suggested House Republicans could
not retake the majority this November.
Aides used a conference call Wednesday with RNC
staff to voice their latest frustrations with Steele,
who said "not this year" when asked Jan. 4 on
Fox News whether the GOP would win control of the House in 2010.
It's against the rules to tell the truth in the GOP
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Jimmy Page, guitarist of Led Zeppelin, poses
with a blown up stamp featuring the artwork from the band's fourth album.
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Subject: Democrats Fear Disaster
In Obama's speech yesterday he called this a time
not for partisanship, but for citizenship.
He doesn't realize yet that those on the right
don't consider him a "citizen."
Right-wing partisanship = CASH
Does he really think they will put "Country First"
when most on the right won't abide a "ni#%er" in "their Whitehouse?"
(at least that's what my rightwing co-workers
tell me; and is also clear from the signs at Tea-bag rallys.)
The best advice, seriously, that I could give
to Pres. Obama is to have Special Assistant to the President-Mr. Bartcop
sit in on a few strategy meetings to help with
the "pushback" against the dishonest media.
One of the canards I keep hearing is that lowering
the top marginal tax rate improves the economy.
The standard measurement of the economy is Real
GDP -- that is, the nation's Gross Domestic Product
after adjustment for inflation. So I compared
Real GDP growth for a year to the top marginal tax rate for that year.
There's a very strong correlation between high
taxes on the rich and economic growth.
That's the opposite of what the supply-siders
would have us believe.
It's too bad the Democrats are too scared/stupid
to list the damn facts.
Clinton raised taxes on the rich and America propered
more than any other time in history
but the Democrats are such losers they can't
remember to remind people of that.
Excerpt: Police say self-inflicted stab wounds put Howard
Stern sidekick Artie Lange in a New Jersey hospital.
Hoboken Police Detective Mark Competello says
Lange's mother found him on the floor of his home on Saturday. (Six
Competello says the 42-year-old comedian was unconscious
but breathing after stabbing himself with a 13-inch knife.
Competello says doctors cleaned nine abdominal
knife wounds and operated. He says Lange has been released.
I hate to see this because I like Artie. He's
got serious demons chasing him.
The demons apparently drove him to heroin, and
he seemed to kick the habit but when he did,
the original demons that drove him there started
Excerpt: This week's retirements aren't necessarily bad
news for Democrats, and that November is still a long way off.
Chances are that backstabber Dorgan couldn't
have won reelection if he tried. And while Dodd could easily have lost
to a credible Republican, the same cannot be
said for Connecticut's most popular Democrat Richard Blumenthal...
Obama could respond to renewed momentum on the
right by curbing his ambitions, or by placing heavier emphasis
on deficit-fighting and tax relief for small
business and other priorities championed by conservatives. Taking a page
from his 2008 campaign, he could try to transcend
our deep political divisions and reach out to right-leaning
independents frustrated by a Washington that
seems increasingly out of touch...
Yeah, that's what we need - more reaching out
to the rabid dogs.
The other option is to follow the Bush-Rove strategy
of winning by uniting your party and energizing your base.
Good luck with that, Barack.
You've pretty much peed on everybody on the Left.
This is the strategy that net-roots progressives
desperately want. And by delivering on kitchen-table issues,
it could also bring working-class Democrats to
the polls in what would normally be a low-turnout election...
As a believer in a smaller, cheaper government,
I have no problem with President Obama moving to the center
and abandoning his sweeping efforts to transform
the American economy. If I were a liberal, however, I'd want him
to go for gold--to push through an agenda that
working and middle class populists can rally behind, and that doesn't
seek bipartisan compromise for its own sake.
If Obama had Clinton's talents and skills he might
be able to pull that off - but he doesn't.
I realize Obama had a mountain of crap to deal with but doing his George
Bush impression hasn't helped.
Bart, my neighbor’s daughter smoked a bowl of
pot and she is now brain damaged.
That’s because it was laced with formaldehyde,
and she didn’t know it.
If pot was legal, the FDA would keep this from
Same thing hapened during alcohol's prohibition.
People tried to distill their own whiskey ands some went blind from
the bad stuff.
You're right - think how cheap good pot would be at Walmart.
to late night They had to do something... Link
Excerpt: Just seven months after the launch of the new
Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, and less than four months
since the start of the new Jay Leno Show, NBC
is in frantic negotiations to reshuffle them once again.
According to informed media blogs, the plan is
to push Leno back to his old 11.35pm slot and squash him
down from an hour's show to just 30 minutes,
while O'Brien would be bumped back to midnight.
The reason for this near-farcical rearranging
of the deck chairs is quite simple: the new formula has tanked.
Leno essentially recreated his familiar and by
now tired chat show format.
Conan has been a disaster.
But what's NBC going to do to fill the 5 hour,
prime time gap each week?
They say NBC has nothing in the pipeline so look
for game shows, I guess.
I read another story that said NBC is giving Conan
He can go on after Leno or he can leave for another network..
Leave? Who wants Conan now?
His brand has been severely damaged.
Handjob NBC - they were winning so they decided
to fix that.
Now they have damaged Leno, damaged Conan and
nothing at 10PM for five nights a week
BTW, I heard about this from Marty's
Marty knows all and sees all.
Excerpt: Sen. Joseph Lieberman's role in killing health
care is costing him dearly at home.
A new poll has the bastard losing support in his
home state with Democrats, independents and Rethugs.
More than 80 percent of Democrats now say they
disapprove of the little shit with only 14 percent approving.
Among Republicans, 48 percent hate his guts with
just 39 approving.
"It all adds up to a 25% approval rating with
67% of his constituents giving him bad marks," the study concludes.
"Obama's approval rating with Connecticut Republicans
is higher than Lieberman's with the state's Democrats."
When Kissyface comes back to apologize, the Dems should show some backbone
and tell the son of a bitch to take a f-ing hike.
Bart, I live near Detroit which is a bridge or
tunnel trip away for Windsor Ontario, Canada.
Crossing from Canada into Detroit you have to
cross the river BEFORE customs has even looked at you.
They have bomb detectors, dogs, rude custom agents
and unlimited authority over you - but they are a mile too late to
You could blow up the bridge or tunnel prior
to the border patrol ever knowing you are coming!
Great security here in the motor city - the Border
Patrol rides bicycles along the river front in the summer????
There's an 18 mile per hour current passing downtown
Detroit and not many terrorists are that good at swimming.
(Windsor has a major gambling casino, totally
nude strip clubs, legal escort services and they don't care if you smoke
Just some of many reasons to cross the river)
Anyway, just another fine example of our
government in action.
Keep up the good work! .
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