Archive for March, 2007

With five private jets, Travolta still lectures on global warming

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

With five private jets, Travolta still lectures on global warming | Showbiz | This is London

John, I agree…we all need to do our bit to stop global warming. So, how about you mothball your personal fleet of planes for a start?

/archives/date/2007/03/travoltapilotREX_468x502.jpg Yep. That’s Travolta’s house/private airport.

9/11 Presents Challenges for Giuliani

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

9/11 Presents Challenges for Giuliani | The Huffington Post

Excerpt:

“If Rudolph Giuliani was running on anything but 9/11, I would not speak out,” said Sally Regenhard, whose firefighter son was among the 343 FDNY members killed in the terrorist attack. “If he ran on cleaning up Times Square, getting rid of squeegee men, lowering crime _ that’s indisputable.

“But when he runs on 9/11, I want the American people to know he was part of the problem.”

Creep Kerik, Ex-Partner Of Giuliani May Face Charges

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Ex-Partner Of Giuliani May Face Charges - washingtonpost.com

Excerpt:

Federal prosecutors have told Bernard B. Kerik, whose nomination as homeland security secretary in 2004 ended in scandal, that he is likely to be charged with several felonies, including tax evasion and conspiracy to commit wiretapping.

Kerik’s indictment could set the stage for a courtroom battle that would draw attention to Kerik’s extensive business and political dealings with former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who personally recommended him to President Bush for the Cabinet. Giuliani, the front-runner for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination according to most polls, later called the recommendation a mistake.

Kerik rose from being a warden and police detective to become Giuliani’s campaign security adviser, corrections chief, police commissioner and eventual partner in Giuliani-Kerik, a security arm of Giuliani Partners, which Giuliani established after leaving office in 2001. Kerik resigned his positions in Giuliani’s firm after he was nominated to the homeland security job.

‘Pet Goat’ Moment Continues to Haunt Bush

Friday, March 30th, 2007

‘Pet Goat’ Moment Continues to Haunt Bush

A Few Words About ‘Rappin’ Rove and the WH Correspondents’ Dinner

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

/archives/date/2007/03/MC_Rove.jpgBy now you have probably seen the pathetic footage of that total bastard Karl Rove hamming it up at the White House correspondents dinner last night. In case you didn’t, there’s footage here. Rove tried very hard to be funny (he said he “likes to rip off the heads of small animals, he collects stamps, and he likes to hunt quails.” ) and failed.

While seeing the arch creep Rove trying to be act human and worse a rap star is disturbing, what’s just awful is seeing a journalist I generally respect–David Gregory–playing back up singer. Sure, I have no doubt he was caught up in the moment and is probably very embarrassed.

But my problem is this: when the people who are supposed to be the watchdogs of politicians are openly, actively socializing/partying with them, then they as journalists are compromised.  How can they objectively keep an eye on the politicians if they’re swilling the same liquor, laughing at the same lame jokes and munching on the same overpriced steaks?

Perhaps I need to lighten up. Maybe they can socialize.

It just seems to me (a former reporter and editor) that it makes your job harder. It compromises you in a way because you lose objectivity. That’s why guys like Greg Palast and Seymour Hersh can get to the bottom of things: they don’t give a crap about appearing at cocktail parties and White House dinners. (Mr. Woodward? Paging Bob Woodward).

Again, I have some respect for David Gregory…but he had no business playing the fool at the dinner. In fact, he shouldn’t have been there at all, except to cover the event as a reporter–not a guest.

Separated at Birth? Kyle Sampson and Radar O’Reilly?

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

I wonder if he has any Iowa naivety to get him out of this? Better call Colonel Potter, son. He can get on the blower to General Embry and save your ass. Hawkeye will mix a martini in your honor. (If I had PhotoShop I would have put the ubiquitous wool cap on Sampson.)
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Zbig on Terrorized by ‘War on Terror’

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Truthdig - Reports - Terrorized by ‘War on Terror’

The “war on terror” has created a culture of fear in America. The Bush administration’s elevation of these three words into a national mantra since the horrific events of 9/11 has had a pernicious impact on American democracy, on America’s psyche and on U.S. standing in the world. Using this phrase has actually undermined our ability to effectively confront the real challenges we face from fanatics who may use terrorism against us.

The damage these three words have done—a classic self-inflicted wound—is infinitely greater than any wild dreams entertained by the fanatical perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks when they were plotting against us in distant Afghan caves. The phrase itself is meaningless. It defines neither a geographic context nor our presumed enemies. Terrorism is not an enemy but a technique of warfare—political intimidation through the killing of unarmed noncombatants.

But the little secret here may be that the vagueness of the phrase was deliberately (or instinctively) calculated by its sponsors. Constant reference to a “war on terror” did accomplish one major objective: It stimulated the emergence of a culture of fear. Fear obscures reason, intensifies emotions and makes it easier for demagogic politicians to mobilize the public on behalf of the policies they want to pursue. The war of choice in Iraq could never have gained the congressional support it got without the psychological linkage between the shock of 9/11 and the postulated existence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Support for President Bush in the 2004 elections was also mobilized in part by the notion that “a nation at war” does not change its commander in chief in midstream. The sense of a pervasive but otherwise imprecise danger was thus channeled in a politically expedient direction by the mobilizing appeal of being “at war.”

To justify the “war on terror,” the administration has lately crafted a false historical narrative that could even become a self-fulfilling prophecy. By claiming that its war is similar to earlier U.S. struggles against Nazism and then Stalinism (while ignoring the fact that both Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia were first-rate military powers, a status al-Qaida neither has nor can achieve), the administration could be preparing the case for war with Iran. Such war would then plunge America into a protracted conflict spanning Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and perhaps also Pakistan.

Pelosi To Bush: Calm Down with the Threats, GOP Pissed at Rove, and Dobson Down on Da Mayor

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Pelosi To Bush: “Calm Down With The Threats, There’s A New Congress In Town” | The Huffington Post

“Calm down with the threats, there’s a new Congress in town.” She went on to say, “We respect your constitutional role, we want you to respect ours.”

More Capitol Hill Highlights:
The GOP is not too thrilled with the way the Bushies are handling Alberto VO5, either. Speaking of not being thrilled, The “Reverend”  James Dobson is downplaying Rudy’s appeal.

Shit, just look at the guy’s episode of Saturday Night Live. That’s all you need to know.

Bush to Call Up Civil War Reenactors

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

In The Know: Our Troops In Iraq

Fmr. Senator Gravel Throws Hat in the Ring for Dem Nomination

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

An interesting turn of events from a man who stood up to Nixon.

Battlestar Galactica Season Finale Frakkin Rocks

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Science fiction news from SyFy Portal: Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, Doctor Who, and more

Traitors? ITT fined up to $100M for illegal night vision exports

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

String ‘em up. Why the hell do traitors get off so light in this administration? From Libby to Rove to Haliburton to Custer Battles and worst of all: Walter Reed; it seems if you screw the troops, you’re rewarded. Damn traitors.
ITT fined up to $100M for illegal night vision exports - Mar. 27, 2007

The leading manufacturer of night vision gear for the Defense Department has admitted sending classified materials overseas and will pay a $100 million penalty, according to federal prosecutors, who say the actions of ITT Corp. have jeopardized the security of U.S. soldiers.

ITT, based in Roanoke, Va., exported classified or sensitive technical data to China, Singapore and Britain without having obtained authorization from the United States, prosecutors said.

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