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Unread postby socrates » Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:41 am

Karl Rove got served. He should be put in jail for his crimes. But this will do for now. Thanks to the good people from Iowa City.

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Karl "The Architect" Rove at the University of Iowa 3/9/8

[quote="IowaIndependent"]The UI Lecture Committee invited Karl Rove to speak on campus March 9, 2008.

He was paid $40,000 for his visit which was heavily protested by anti-war activists.






McCain's Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam
Mother Jones

Washington Dispatch: Televangelist Rod Parsley, a key McCain ally in Ohio, has called for eradicating the "false religion." Will the GOP presidential candidate renounce him?

By David Corn
March 12, 2008




Is it cynical to think that the recent bust of Spitzer was political? I realise he messed up, but with all the domestic spying going on, with criminals in the highest positions of power, with frauds like Nancy Pelosi as the opposition, what else is one to think?




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Audit to cite FBI privacy abuses
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Bill Clinton complains about paranoid hecklers



Hey Bill, maybe if you had spoken out more the last eight years, we might think you actually give a **** about humanity. Nice job by your wife and Geraldine Ferraro playing the race card. Olbermann's even saying that your camp is sounding like the Rethuglicans.



Keith Olbermann Special Comment On Hillary and Ferraro
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Unread postby socrates » Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:31 pm

I just finished this post, and I admit it probably looks like I am shilling for Obama. But the kid seems to have the thing wrapped up. The fighting between Obama and Clinton is not gonna help get the Republicans out of the White House. A lot of it seems scripted. Insidious astroturfers are clearing hamming it up with this one.



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Intrigue: Novak suggests GOP operative behind Spitzer fall
John Byrne
Published: Monday March 17, 2008

{excerpt}

Was a political operative behind the fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer?

That's the suggestion in a Sunday column by conservative columnist Robert Novak. A Republican operative, he's found, predicted the governor's fall specifically -- several months in advance.

"Republican political operative Roger Stone, Eliot Spitzer's longtime antagonist, predicted his political demise more than three months in advance," Novak writes. "Spitzer's entrapment by federal authorities investigating a prostitution ring raised speculation that Stone, with a 40-year record as a political hit man, somehow was behind it."

"Eliot Spitzer will not serve out his term as governor of the state of New York,'' Stone said Dec. 6 on Michael Smerconish's radio talk show," Novak added. "He gave no details."

Novak's post was titled "GOP strategists at work." .....






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Ben Stein deeply disturbed by Spitzer investigation
Nick Langewis and David Edwards
Published: Sunday March 16, 2008

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"Like every other American, I was stunned by the fall of Eliot Spitzer," opens Nixon speechwriter, notable Brat Pack-era cinema actor, comedian, lawyer and former game show host Ben Stein.

Stein is troubled by what he calls the actions of a few "nosy civil servants" using evidence gained from wiretaps to unravel the career of the outgoing New York Governor, and undo a majority vote by the people of New York.

"Something sinister is happening," he says, "and it scares me."

"Men hire prostitutes by the thousands," Stein continues, "maybe tens of thousands, every day. They also bring women across state lines for *** every day.

"The punishment for the men who hire hookers is usually nil, or at most, a small fine, close to what you'd get for a traffic ticket."

Spitzer, on the other hand, was humiliated and run out of office as punishment, with Stein protesting a small number of federal officials having what he essentially calls veto power over the electoral process. Spitzer, he continues, has been stripped of his career for something picked up on a wiretap that was not a high crime like terrorism or treason.

"Having elected officials kicked out of office by appointed officials is a very dicey proposition," argues Stein......






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Chafee raps Clinton as Bush enabler

Former GOP Sen. Chafee Calls Clinton One of 'Democratic Bush Enablers' in New Book

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Mar 17, 2008 12:28 EST

Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, the lone Republican senator to vote against the Iraq war, calls Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton one of the "Democratic Bush enablers" who failed to stand up to the president.

In a new book, Chafee, who is backing Clinton rival Sen. Barack Obama, skewers Clinton and other Democratic White House hopefuls who said they were duped by Bush into voting for the war.

"Being wrong about sending Americans to kill and be killed, maim and be maimed, is not like making a punctuation mistake in a highway bill," Chafee writes. "They argue that the president duped them into war, but getting duped does not exactly recommend their leadership. Helping a rogue president start an unnecessary war should be a career-ending lapse of judgment, in my view."

Chafee says top Democrats put their political ambitions first in the fall of 2002.

"They were afraid that Republicans would label them soft in the post-September 11 world, and when they acted on that political self-interest, they helped the president send thousands of Americans and uncounted innocent Iraqis to their doom," he writes.

Last year, Chafee changed his party affiliation and became an independent. He recently endorsed Obama, who spoke out against the war in 2002 as an Illinois state lawmaker.....





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NPR host: Many can 'relate' to Rev. Wright's words
David Edwards and Chris Tackett
Published: Sunday March 16, 2008

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Michele Norris, host of NPR's All Things Considered, told a panel of guests on Meet the Press that the tone used by Obama's former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, is not uncommon in many churches.

Norris noted that many Americans find some agreement with Rev. Wright's sermons. She said, "When Jeremiah Wright makes these statements the Amen chorus in that church was very loud. His words resonate with a large number of African Americans and the blunt language that he used makes people uncomfortable. You know, when he talks about America's inglorious record on race. And yet, many people find something that they relate to in those words."

Another panelist, David Broder of The Washington Post, said "[Rev. Wright's] tone seems so far removed from the tone that Obama has tried to strike, not just in this campaign, but throughout his political career, that it raises the question in my mind, what was it about Reverend Wright that attracted Obama when he had as a newcomer to Chicago he had any number of churches or pastors to go to?"

Norris responded by saying, "You're talking about a tone and not his words. The sort of 'fire from the pulpit' is not something that is unusual in an African-American church. That is something -- in fact in many churches in america."

She continued, "It's not all together different from what many people are hearing at this moment in churches all across America." ......





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5 years into Iraq war, cost and casualties still rising

By Times staff
Published Sunday, March 16, 2008

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What about civilian deaths?

Estimates vary widely. War-related violence has killed at least 75,000 Iraqi civilians. Iraq Body Count, a British group that uses media accounts, estimates between 82,000 and 89,000. A controversial Johns Hopkins study put the toll at roughly 600,000 just between 2003 and 2006, with an additional 54,000 dying of diseases and other causes. A World Health Organization study estimated that 151,000 died during the same period. Deaths have been dropping the past six months, after peaking in fall 2007 at more than 3,500 per month. The Associated Press reported that at least 739 Iraqi security forces and civilians died last month.

How much has this cost?

Estimates also vary here. According to the National Priorities Project, a group that examines the local impact of federal spending, it's $502-billion. The Congressional Research Service's estimate is $526-billion. The Pentagon says $406.2-billion through December. War appropriations have risen from $50-billion in fiscal year 2003 to about $135-billion for 2007. In 2003, the White House estimated the cost would be between $50-billion and $60-billion, with Iraqi oil revenue paying for long-term costs. CRS estimates the stepped-up military operations in 2007 cost $10.3-billion a month.

On a wider scale, the Democratic-led Congressional Joint Economic Committee estimated total economic costs were $1.3-trillion for 2002 to 2008. This includes interest on borrowed money, lost investment, veterans' health care and oil market disruptions....
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Unread postby socrates » Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:03 pm

Here's a brief update on the anthrax story.

As of now, all I see is an update coming from Fox News of all people.


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FBI Focusing on 'About Four' Suspects in 2001 Anthrax Attacks
By Catherine Herridge and Ian McCaleb
March 28, 2008

WASHINGTON — The FBI has narrowed its focus to "about four" suspects in the 6 1/2-year investigation of the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001, and at least three of those suspects are linked to the Army’s bioweapons research facility at Fort Detrick in Maryland, FOX News has learned.


Among the pool of suspects are three scientists — a former deputy commander, a leading anthrax scientist and a microbiologist — linked to the research facility, known as USAMRIID.

The FBI has collected writing samples from the three scientists in an effort to match them to the writer of anthrax-laced letters that were mailed to two U.S. senators and at least two news outlets in the fall of 2001, a law enforcement source confirmed.....
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Low-tech anthrax still deadly? FBI research widens suspect list
'Weaponised' theory undermined
By George Smith, **** Destiny
Published Friday 29th September 2006

Analysis: Five years passage has eroded much of the received wisdom on the anthrax attacks. And many of the characters who took central stage are either gone and discredited, or not talking.

Judith Miller, an alleged expert on bioterror by way of her pre-9/11 book, "Germs," was often on Larry King to contribute her opinions. In a piece published in the New York Times and Guardian on October 15, she related how she'd become a part of the case upon receiving a hoax letter containing a white powder, mailed from St. Petersburg, FLA, not far from where the first anthrax infection killed a man.

Today Miller is toast, paid to go away for bringing shame upon the Times with bad reporting on the fruitless US hunt for WMD's in Iraq.....
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A related BradBlog entry:
BLOGGED BY Margie Burns ON 6/19/2007

White House Personnel Had Those Separate Email Accounts 'From the First'

Former Rove Aide Susan Ralston Testified to Heavy Use of Email Accounts Provided by Republican National Committee

So Where Are The RNC-DOJ-WH-OVP Emails About Chandra Levy? Anthrax Letters? Clint Curtis?

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Unread postby socrates » Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:51 pm

04/03/08
COUNTDOWN: Law Prof Turley - Bush Ordered WAR CRIMES!
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Unread postby socrates » Tue May 06, 2008 11:02 pm

Elections should not be a game. This Operation Chaos thing has to be put to a stop. There's nothing democratic about America right now.


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Exit polls show signs that Limbaugh's minions turned out for Clinton
by Nick Juliano




THE MATH ~Chuck Todd & Keith Olbermann
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Ralph Nader

Unread postby socrates » Mon May 12, 2008 10:23 pm

Ralph Nader made reference to the "Democrat Party." I hope that was just a slip of the tongue. That is a slur by Republicans to not call it the Democratic Party. But it was still good to see Ralph speaking out against the election fraud.



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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader Says A Close Election Will Be Decided By Political Parties

Says Our 'Political System Is Vulnerable To Continual Theft', Alleges 'Huge Electronic Miasma' of Voting Machines, 'Politicians That are Crooked and E-Voting Companies that Seduce Them Into Dishonesty'
Proposes Adopting Canadian System of Hand-Counted Paper Ballots...
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Unread postby socrates » Sat May 17, 2008 9:11 pm

I hope the new icons look ok on the front page. The one I like the best is that Karl Rove one where he is dragged off by bacon products. That one has been around for years, not sure where that started.

Here's hoping that Conyers calling out Rove the other day isn't more controlled venting. We know what happened with Plamegate and Fitzmas, it never arrived.

I think the internet is a good way to show the rest of the world that we the people don't support the nonsense which are our political leaders. What we truly need is for real justice to emerge in America. Karl Rove had his greedy paws all over putting Don Siegelman in jail. It's good that Siegelman is now out on appeal. However, there is an old saying, no justice no peace.


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Conyers on Karl Rove: 'Someone's got to kick his ***'
Nick Langewis and David Edwards
Published: Thursday May 15, 2008

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) is still on the hunt for former Bush strategist Karl Rove.

"We're closing in on Rove," Conyers was heard saying today on the House floor, according to a source for Politico. "Someone's got to kick his ***."

Rove, having refused to obey a subpoena calling for testimony on his role in the dubious prosecution of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman, has a week to change his mind. If he doesn't show, Conyers said: "We'll do what any self-respecting committee would do. We'd hold him in contempt. Either that or go and have him arrested."

"We want him for so many things, it's hard to keep track," he added.

The House Judiciary Committee has rejected an offer by Rove to respond in writing instead of testifying under oath. Rove had previously agreed to speak, but only off the record, and without a written transcription.

House Rep. and Judiciary Commitee chair Robert Wexler (D-FL) tells MSNBC's Dan Abrams in the interview embedded below that the Committee is prepared to issue another subpoena, followed by a request to Attorney General Michael Mukasey to enforce the subpoena.

If that effort fails, then Rove will be held in contempt of Congress, Wexler says.

"Karl Rove and [the Bush administration] have thumbed their nose at Congress," says Gov. Siegelman. "They have clearly engaged in systematic and calculated abuses of power relating not just to the abuse of the Department of Justice, but to other areas of importance to the American people. And Congress, rightfully so, should press Karl Rove to come and testify under oath and answer these questions."

Gov. Siegelman urges the national media to help persuade Congress to investigate. "This is the time, and this is the moment," Siegelman says, "for Congress to stand up and be counted on this issue."

{more at link}



For those who missed it, check out how Alan Breslauer of BradBlog humiliated Karl Rove. I know this is a repeat, and that it can already be seen probably on this specific thread, don't remember, but this was a beaut, right up there with watching O'Reilly scream, "WE'LL DO IT LIVE. I'LL WRITE IT. WE'LL DO IT LIVE." :lol:


Karl Rove - Free Don Siegelman!



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Unread postby socrates » Thu May 29, 2008 9:09 am

Only election fraud stands in the way of the US having its first African-American President. Election fraud is the only way McSame could become President. Election fraud explains both 2000 and 2004. With the fake fights between Hillary and Barack, the stage seems to have been set for more electoral shenanigans. We shall see.

War Protestors Chant "End This War" at McCain Rally



Scott McClelland: Latest Whistleblower

Press Secretary Scott McClellan Tells White House Secrets
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Unread postby socrates » Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:20 pm

{fair use- educational}
BBC uncovers lost Iraq billions
By Jane Corbin
BBC News
10 June 2008
A BBC investigation estimates that around $23bn (£11.75bn) may have been lost, stolen or just not properly accounted for in Iraq.


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Waxman: "It may well turn out to be the largest war profiteering in history."


For the first time, the extent to which some private contractors have profited from the conflict and rebuilding has been researched by the BBC's Panorama using US and Iraqi government sources.

A US gagging order is preventing discussion of the allegations.

The order applies to 70 court cases against some of the top US companies.

War profiteering

While George Bush remains in the White House, it is unlikely the gagging orders will be lifted.

To date, no major US contractor faces trial for fraud or mismanagement in Iraq.

The president's Democrat opponents are keeping up the pressure over war profiteering in Iraq.

Henry Waxman who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said: "The money that's gone into waste, fraud and abuse under these contracts is just so outrageous, its egregious.

"It may well turn out to be the largest war profiteering in history."

In the run-up to the invasion one of the most senior officials in charge of procurement in the Pentagon objected to a contract potentially worth seven billion that was given to Halliburton, a Texan company, which used to be run by **** Cheney before he became vice-president.

Unusually only Halliburton got to bid - and won.

Missing billions

The search for the missing billions also led the programme to a house in Acton in West London where Hazem Shalaan lived until he was appointed to the new Iraqi government as minister of defence in 2004.

He and his associates siphoned an estimated $1.2 billion out of the ministry.

They bought old military equipment from Poland but claimed for top class weapons.

Meanwhile they diverted money into their own accounts.

Judge Radhi al-Radhi of Iraq's Commission for Public Integrity investigated.


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Judge Radhi al Radhi: "I believe these people are criminals."



He said: "I believe these people are criminals.

"They failed to rebuild the Ministry of Defence , and as a result the violence and the bloodshed went on and on - the murder of Iraqis and foreigners continues and they bear responsibility."

Mr Shalaan was sentenced to two jail terms but he fled the country.

He said he was innocent and that it was all a plot against him by pro-Iranian MPs in the government.

There is an Interpol arrest out for him but he is on the run - using a private jet to move around the globe.

He stills owns commercial properties in the Marble Arch area of London.
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Panorama: Daylight Robbery will be on BBC One at 9pm on Tuesday 10 June 2008.

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Unread postby socrates » Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:57 am

baltimorechronicle.com
CRIMINALS ABOVE THE LAW:
Torturegate: Truth, But No Consequences
by Chris Floyd
Friday, 20 June 2008

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This has been one of the most extraordinary weeks in modern American history. The many isolated streams of evidence about the Bush Administration's torture system – and the direct responsibility of the Administration's highest officials for this vast crime – have now converged into a mighty flood: undeniable, unignorable, pouring through the halls of Congress and media newsrooms, lashing at the walls of the White House itself. In the course of the past few days, a series of events has laid bare the stinking sepsis at the heart of the Bush Regime for all to see.

It began last Sunday with the launch of a remarkable series by McClatchy Newspapers, detailing the torture, brutality, injustice and murder that has riddled the Bush gulag from top to bottom. Then came fiery Senate hearings, in which long-somnolent legislators finally bestirred themselves to confront and denounce some of the torture system's architects, including **** Cheney pointman William Haynes III, who was left reeling, shuffling, dissembling – and bracing for perjury charges after his blatantly mendacious testimony.

Companion hearings in the House produced stunning confirmation of mass murder in the Bush gulag – a bare minimum of 27 killings, among the 108 known cases of death among Terror War captives. This evidence came from rock-solid Establishment figure Col. Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell. (Of course, as many captives have been and are being held in "secret prisons," and an untold number of others have been hidden from the Red Cross, there is no way of knowing at this point how many prisoners have actually died or been murdered – or even how many prisoners there are in the gulag.) ....
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