National Section - WFMY News 2: Police: Mom Let Son Be Abused For $600
Thursday, March 30, 2006
National Section - WFMY News 2: Police: Mom Let Son Be Abused For $600
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
He doesn't have to report for ninety days, so he can continue to help the prosecutors.
He also needs to be sentenced for three federal charges, where there is no date set for sentencing.
Abramoff gets 6 years for fraud - Yahoo! News
To: Ken Mehlman
From: Jan van Lohuizen
Date: March 3, 2006
Re: Bush -- Congressional Republicans
Per our conversation, we took another look at the way voters, Republicans specifically, link President Bush and Republicans in the House and the Senate. There are several points worth making:
1. President Bush continues to have the strong loyal support of Republican voters. Despite slippage in approval ratings among all voters, the President's job approval among Republicans continues to be very high. Most members will be elected with between 80% and 100% of their support coming from Republicans. I don't see that Republicans driving a wedge between themselves and the President is a good election strategy.
2. My read of the current environment is that our problem will be turnout. '06 could become an election like '82 or '84. In '82 Republicans showed up at relatively normal turnout rates, while Democrats, because they were angry, showed up at abnormally high turnout rates. In '94, Republican turnout was elevated, while Democratic turnout was depressed. We have every reason to believe '06 could become the inverse of '82. We don't see signs of a depressed Republican turnout yet, but we have every reason to believe Democrats will turn out in high numbers. Anything we do to depress turnout, by not running as a unified party for instance, could very well lead to serious consequences in November.
3. The President is seen universally as the face of the Republican Party. We are now brand W. Republicans. The following chart shows the extremely close correlation between the Presidentâ€™s image and overall ratings of the party.
President Bush drives our image and will do so until we have real national front-runners for the '08 nomination. Attacking the President is counter productive for all Republicans, not just the candidates launching the attacks. If he drops, we all drop.
Hotline On Call: RNC Memo Warns GOPers Not To Distance Themselves From Bush
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
A Republican challenger to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is bizarrely claiming that the former first lady has been spying in her bedroom window and flying helicopters over her house in the Hamptons, witnesses told The Post yesterday.
"Hillary Clinton is really worried about me, and is so worried, in fact, that she had helicopters flying over my house in Southampton today taking pictures," according to a prominent GOP activist who was at the event.
"She wasn't joking, she was very, very serious, and she also claimed that Clinton's people were taking pictures across the street from her house in Manhattan, taking pictures from an apartment across the street from her bedroom," added the eyewitness, who is not involved in the Senate race.
Yea, ssuurree she is.
New York Post Online Edition: news
To me, that's pretty lame, and as Borochoff, president of the American Institute of Philanthropy says, sets a bad precedent.
The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Barbara Bush made donation — provided her son's firm got it
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Bush: "First-just if I might correct a misperception, I don't think we ever said, at least I know I didn't say that there was a direct connection between September 11th and Saddam Hussein."
In days gone by-SOTU-three years ago:
Bush: "Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of al-Qaeda."
Just a fucking shame that BushCo is politicizing it, making all arguements from scientists, about global warming, weaker.
"In my more than three decades in the government I've never witnessed such restrictions on the ability of scientists to communicate with the public."
That's a quote from James Hansen, arguably the world's leading researcher on global warming.
Rewriting The Science - CBS News
Spokeswoman Patty Smith said the automated prompt was purely based on technology, and that no human had made the decision to show the question.Amazon removed the question after receiving an email complaint about it.
Monday, March 20, 2006
Bush routinely is criticized for dressing up events with a too-rosy glow. But experts in political speech say the straw man device, in which the president makes himself appear entirely reasonable by contrast to supposed "critics," is just as problematic.
Lame, and he needs to stop using it. Which of course I'm sure he will ..... not.
Bush Using Straw-Man Arguments in Speeches - Yahoo! News
The Center for Demoracy and Technology today released the names of nearly a dozen companies who are among the biggest customers of 180solutions, a Bellevue, Wash., adware maker whose storied history with unauthorized installations has been the subject of numerous Security Fix blog posts and other articles.Help make it work, and spread the word.
Security Fix - Brian Krebs on Computer and Internet Security - (washingtonpost.com)
Yep, that word is trademarked by both Marvel and DC Comics. Never heard of that, so I wonder if it is enforceable. Personally, I think it slipped into the public domain, like thermos and aspirin.
NEWSARAMA - SUPER HERO HAPPY HOUR CHANGES NAME
Friday, March 17, 2006
I'll quote georgia10 from DailyKos
Yesterday, these four Senators introduced the "Terrorist Surveillance Act of 2006." The bill would legalize the President's crimes. It would allow this Congress to rubber-stamp the administration's violation of FISA and the Fourth Amendment by condoning warrantless spying. According to their ass-backwards approach to oversight, the President can continue to spy on Americans without a warrant for 45 days. After 45 days, the President has three choices:
1. "Stop" the spying: Because naturally, we can trust this government to cease and desist on demand, given its amazing track record of self-restraint;
2. Ask the FISA court for a court order: Because naturally, this President has shown great respect for the FISA court process and would dutifully follow Congressional directives when it comes to applying for a FISA order; or
3. Inform the Intelligence Sub-committee: Because, of course, the President has proven he can be trusted to follow the law and notify intelligence activities about warrantless spying.
The bill is co-sponsored by four so-called "moderates" in order to hide its radical and catastrophic nature. What these four extremists accomplish with their bill is to amend the Constitution unilaterally--without the consent of the states--by nullifying the Fourth Amendment. Warrant? Reasonable cause? Psssh. Remnants of a pre-9/11 world, my friends.
As Dorothy said, "I don't think we are in Kansas anymore."
Daily Kos: The Terrorist Surveillance Act of 2006
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Deleted the cut and paste I did of the poll, as it was extremely hard to read.
Basically, amongst voters, 48% approve of a censure of Bush, and 43% oppose it. Bush needs to pay some type of price for his illegal and unconstitutional wiretapping, and a censure would be one way to do so.
American Research Group
The single word most frequently associated with George W. Bush today is "incompetent,"and close behind are two other increasingly mentioned descriptors: "idiot" and "liar." All three are mentioned far more often today than a year ago.
Currently, 48% use a negative word to describe Bush compared with just 28% who use a positive term, and 10% who use neutral language.Along with 33% approval ratings. Will it get any worse?
Summary of Findings: Bush Approval Falls to 33%, Congress Earns Rare Praise
AMERICAblog: Because a great nation deserves the truth
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
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He said that Ariel Sharon, the Prime Minister of Israel, was struck down in divine retribution.
This time, he said that "Islam is not a religion of peace" and "the goal of Islam, ladies and gentlemen whether you like it or not, is world domination".
He also commented about a news item regarding the cartoons of Mohammed that was recently shown where Muslims were shown yelling, "May Allah bomb you! May Osama Bin Laden bomb you!". He replied to that, "just shows the kind of people we're dealing with. These people are crazed fanatics, and I want to say it now: I believe it's motivated by demonic power. It is satanic and it's time we recognize what we're dealing with".
BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Top US evangelist targets Islam
He scored twenty points in about three minutes of play, missing his first two shots, then hitting six treys and a two-pointer.
Disney and Warner Brothers has already called, according to Jason McElwain's mother.
Always nice to hear a touching story.
wcbstv.com - Bush Visits Autistic Teen Hoops Star
Monday, March 13, 2006
I don't think it's necessary to have this law. Just seems like they are wanting to cover-up the illegal and unconstitutional wiretapping by Bush, as well as any other (and strongly hinted at by Gonzalez) eavesdropping programs that may be going on now. There is also a law that makes it a crime if you give classified information to an unauthorized person. Instead of drafting this law, how about setting up some hearings on the illegal and unconstitutional wiretapping by Bush.
Reporters Exempt From Eavesdropping Bill
Sunday, March 12, 2006
More at the link.
Chicago Tribune | Internet blows CIA cover
CBS News | Reid 'Ashamed' Over Katrina Mobile Homes
Saturday, March 11, 2006
- Turning a $124 billion surplus in 1999 into a $337 billion deficit;
- Sending another 5.5 million people into poverty;
- Adding an expensive prescription drug program to Medicare that few seniors can use or understand;
- More than doubling the number of lawmakers' pet projects;
- Sending unemployment up from 4.2 percent in 2001 to 4.9 percent now, up 17 percent.
- Seeing numerous members involved in a corruption scandal that "will be bigger than any (government scandal) in the last 50 years," according to the former US House counsel.
Pathetic isn't it?
You can read more at the link.
Insecure and Unprepared: Bill Frist's Senate Majority - Senate Majority Project
Joseph DuRocher: Letter to President Bush [Candide's Notebooks]
Healey (a state delegate from Maryland) said the law would require that the machines provide a paper trail before the 2008 elections or Diebold would risk losing its contract with the state.Maryland House votes to oust Diebold machines - Computerworld
Friday, March 10, 2006
A former senior national security lawyer at the Justice Department is highly critical of some of the Bush administration's key legal justifications for warrantless spying, saying that many of the government's arguments are weak and unlikely to be endorsed by the courts, according to documents released yesterday.The lawyer, David S. Kris, also said that the Bush's interpretation of Congress's authorization of the use of force against al-Qaeda was "weak justification" that would be unlikely to be supported by the judicial system.
Ex-Justice Lawyer Rips Case for Spying
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, tops it again, for the 12th year running. And there are 793 of them, up from 691 last year. Total worth: 2.6 trillion dollars. That's alot of money.
More at the link.
The World's Billionaires - Forbes.com
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Check it out.
Think Progress » If Sen. Pat Roberts Made Speed Limit Signs
Never knew this
"Other moons in the solar system have liquid water oceans covered by kilometers of icy crust," said Dr. Andrew Ingersoll of the California Institute of Technology. "What's different here is that pockets of liquid water may be more than tens of meters below the surface."We'll learn more when the next phase of the Cassinni (a joint NASA-Europe Space Agency project) makes a 220 mile flyby of Enceladus.
ABC News: Probe Spots Signs of Water Geysers on Saturn Moon
Then they have the audacity to ask for the survey back along with $11 to help cover the cost.
NRSC Fundraising Scheme Has Potential to Intimidate Elderly | BlueNC
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Apparently he has been receiving negative feedback from all over the country,
it is becoming apparent that the bill may be too broad in scope and in reality not enforceable.
You can read the entire email here.
Like I said, just a bad law.
LawGeek: Biondi rethinking mandatory online identification bill!
An Abramoff quote for the ages.
"Any important Republican who comes out and says they didn't know me is almost certainly lying."
Vanity Fair hasn't put it up on there site yet, but you can view the pdf here.
Here are some excerpts
President Bush, who claims not to remember having his picture taken with Abramoff. According to Abramoff, at one time, the president joked with Abramoff about his weight lifting past: "What are you benching, buff guy?"
"Most lobbyists meet with a committee chairman, staff, a few members. We'd meet with the whole leadership of the House and Senate, the entire committee on both sides, then create a roster of who might ideologically support the idea and get them in the war.... We'd get people firing constantly on the decision-makers. And we'd outwork everyone in the media.... Most Washington lobbyists are lazy, people of limits, people who move glacially slow. I felt my job was to go out there and save the world.... I thought it was immoral to take someone's money and not win for them. And we basically didn't lose."
here's what the lobbyist says about Sen. Conrad Burns: "Every appropriation we wanted [from Burns's committee] we got. Our staffs were as close as they could be. They practically used Signatures as their cafeteria. I mean, it's a little difficult for him to run from that record."
Hotline On Call: Abramoff On Bush
Here is what Media Matters had to say:
The data reflected in these charts show that the number of Republican/conservative guests has been significantly higher than the number of Democratic/progressive guests. In January, Republicans/conservatives led Democrats/progressives 55 to 38 -- a difference of 59 percent to 41 percent. By February, that advantage had increased: Republican/conservatives outnumbered Democrats/progressives 55 to 34, or 62 percent to 38 percent.They also did a study on the three of Sunday talk shows, ABC's This Week, CBS' Face the Nation, and NBC's Meet the Press, and came up with similiar results. You can read the summary here, and the detailed report here (pdf)
Like I said... what liberal media.
Media Matters - If It's Sunday, It's Conservative: An analysis of the Sunday talk show guests on ABC, CBS, and NBC, 1997 - 2005
As for the District 28 Democrat primary, with Cuellar, Rodriguez, and Morales, it looks like there will be a runoff between Cuellar and Rodriguez, though that is by a hair. A runoff occurs when no candidate receives 50%+1 of the vote, and Cuellar received 49% of the vote, with 245 of 276 precincts reporting at this time. Cuellar received 19,426 votes to Rodriguez's 17,536 votes (Morales had 2,627. Makes me wonder who did Morales pull more votes from.... Cuellar or Rodriguez?)
CNN.com - DeLay wins GOP primary - Mar 8, 2006
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Capitol Hill Blue - Telling the 'approved' story
``This committee is basically under control of the White House,'' Rockefeller told reporters after the two-hour meeting today in Washington. ``It's an unprecedented bout of political pressure from the White House.''Basically, they are making a subcommittee to create oversight (read rubberstamp) of BushCo's illegal and unconstitutional wiretapping.
According to the Contra Costa Times, four Republican Senators (Mike DeWine of Ohio, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Olympia Snowe of Maine) are circulating legislation that would restrict BushCo's ability to wiretap American citizens without court approval.
Bloomberg.com: Top Worldwide
Click here if you are specifically interested in the Morales/Rodriguez primary vote for District 28.
Chron.com | DeLay to spend election night with lobbyists
Monday, March 06, 2006
"We will name names. We will provide the public with evidence of what is going on out there," Lowell said. "It seems to me that is not in the interest of law enforcement." (Lowell is Abramoff's lawyer)Government lawyers were arguing against it, citing it may jeopardize his cooperation in ongoing criminal investigations, but Huck the judge said, "I'm not persuaded we should treat Mr. Kidan and Mr. Abramoff any differently than anyone else,". So let's hope it doesn't hamper the investigation in any fashion.
Miami judge refuses to delay sentencing for lobbyist Abramoff
Priests Purify Shrine After Bush Visit
Not only would this be a nightmare to keep up with for both ISP's and websites, but there is a reason why alot of people post anonymously. Some examples are (from Lawgeek)
gay teens in homophobic areas often go online to ask questions anonymously about their sexual identity; sexual assault victims often seek support and recovery resources anonymously online; and patients interested in controversial procedures like abortion often need anonymity to seek medical information safely.
Another reason is we would lose our privacy. Google, Yahoo, and the other search engines would have us in there search engine results, and easily accessible by anyone and everyone. This would be the start of Big Brother watching over all of us.
Like I said, just overall a very bad law, however well-intentioned.
New Jersey Assemblyman introduced bill to force online identification
This one by Vonage seems to be taking things to the extreme, and I am not so sure the first or the second one they mention is entirely legal.
The first one is mandatory arbitration (and no jury trial).
The second one is no class action suits... you agree not to join any or bring any up.
The third and last one, is that Vonage will begin charging 911 related fees beginning on or about March 5, 2006.
Read the fine print: three things you didn't know about your Vonage contract
Sunday, March 05, 2006
This is more then four times the amount (they were provided $90m) requested for the previous year in 2006.
This is a part of a Homeland Security plan entitled ENDGAME (pdf file) that expands "a mission first articulated in the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798." Its goal is the capability to "remove all removable aliens," including "illegal economic migrants, aliens who have committed criminal acts, asylum-seekers (required to be retained by law) or potential terrorists."
$400 million dollars! Supposedly to house illegal immigrants.
Significantly, both the KBR contract and the ENDGAME plan are open-ended. The contract calls for a response to "an emergency influx of immigrants, or to support the rapid development of new programs" in the event of other emergencies, such as "a natural disaster." "New programs" is of course a term with no precise limitation. So, in the current administration, is ENDGAME's goal of removing "potential terrorists."
Pressed for time at the moment, you can read more at the link provided.
10-Year U.S. Strategic Plan For Detention Camps Revives Proposals From Oliver North
BILL NAPOLI: A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life.He must be a control freak at home with his wife. Having to jump through hoops just to get an abortion. It is the woman's body, let her decide if she wants to keep it or not. Which is pretty hard to do as it is now, in South Dakota. There is only one abortion clinic in South Dakota, at Sioux Falls. And then you have to wait 24 hours for there waiting period, and you have to go through mandatory counseling. And if you happen to be a minor, your parents have to be notified.
South Dakota Bans Most Types Of Abortion
Wampum: 2005 Koufax Awards -- The Polls Are Open
One thing that surprises me, is that it isn't before the elections, as I would not put it past the Republicans to politicize it, and reap any rewards for withdrawing our troops from Iraq (like at the ballot).
The Sunday Telegraph said the planned pull-out followed an acceptance by the two governments that the presence of foreign troops in Iraq was now a large obstacle to securing peace.Wasn't this what Murtha said?
Just glad, once it is confirmed, that there is an end.
UK, US to withdraw Iraq forces by early '07
Apparently, this is not the end of the story, of Pat Tillman, who was famous for not taking a multi-million dollar contract with the NFL, and instead opted to join the US Army Rangers. He ended up being killed in Afghanistan, and it wasn't revealed til about 5 weeks later that he was killed by friendly fire.
Needless to say, his parents are pissed, and I would be too. Why is it now being considered something other then a case of friendly fire, almost a year since he was killed.
Tillman probe now criminal
Saturday, March 04, 2006
This is all to rubberstamp any actions to cover up for BushCo illegal and unconstitutional wiretaps.
Just let them do there jobs on the Committee!
Bill Frist threatens to re-structure the Intelligence Committee in order to block NSA hearings
Slowly, our rights are being eroded. It's not just BushCo, I'm sure it has happened with both Republicans and Democrats, over the course of time, it happened. And once we lose a right, it seldom comes back, that's why it is so important to protect our rights.
Careful of paying your bills.
Friday, March 03, 2006
Some current and former Guantanamo detainees remain unidentified, and will even after the release of the documents Friday. An unknown number of the named prisoners have been freed or transferred to custody elsewhere.
What is it with BushCo and Guantanamo Bay. Just because it's not in America, doesn't mean American laws don't apply there. What if a CIA agent decided to kill a fellow CIA agent in Guantanamo Bay, the way it is now, he could get away with it.... assuming it is told to the murdered person's family truthfully.
Pentagon Prepares to Release Gitmo Names
DOJ Investigating Digital Music Prices
Senator Wyden describes his 'net neutrality' bill
America used to stand for Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.
Now, it seems like we are the Land of the Torture, and Home to the Spies.
The McCain amendment banned torture. This is the same amendment that Bush issued a "signing statement", which basically means if necessary, he can bypass it to protect national security.
But according to the article, the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, removes general access to U.S. courts for all Guantanamo Bay captives. Which means that if there is proof that there is torture at Guatanamo Bay in Cuba (and they are breaking the law), there isn't a damn thing anyone can do.
And he (somehow, and supposedly) got the majority vote in 2004.
U.S. Cites Exception in Torture Ban
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Republicans are screaming that judges nowadays are pursuing an agenda from the bench. Where are you now, Republicans!?
Alito Sent Focus On The Family Founder Thank-You Note
And BushCo knew about this before, contradicting what he said before, that he didn't know the levees were breached.
That makes him a liar.
Crooks and Liars has a video of it here
Hurricane impact - Bush ‘warned day before Katrina struck’
However, AOL would not have any incentive to keep there spam filters up to date if they implement this plan.
But the economic incentives point the other way: The moment AOL switches to a two-tiered Internet where giant emailers pay for preferential service, AOL will face a simple business choice: spend money to keep regular spam filters up-to-date, or make money by neglecting their spam filters and pushing more senders to pay for guaranteed delivery. Poor delivery of mail turns from being a problem that AOL has every incentive to fix to something that could actually make them money if the company ignores it.
Please consider signing this petition that they have made (also signed by more then 50 organizations, like AFL-CIO, O'Reilly Media, Humane Society of the United States)
Our Open Letter to AOL
Just hope we can win either (or better yet, both!) the Senate or House this year, to counter the corrupt and incompetent Neocons and BushCo.
Its looking good for Democrats this election cycle, but we still need to fight them with tooth and nail for all possible gains, and not to let up in any form. If anything, we need to go after the Republicans more, just seems like we are not united in some of the more important messages (Iraq for one) that we should be.
House Republicans could see 10 to 15 more retirements: