Wednesday, November 28, 2007
sex+(stolen?) money= neverending scandal fodder
gotta love it! Onward to candidate Willard!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
* In 2005, after a government report showed an increase in terrorism around the world, the administration announced it would stop publishing its annual report on international terrorism.
* When Bush’s Department of Education found that charter schools were underperforming, the administration said it would sharply cut back on the information it collects about charter schools.
* On November 1st, 2001, President Bush issued an executive order limiting the public's access to presidential records. The order undermined the 1978 Presidential Records Act, which required the release of those records after 12 years. Bush's order prevented the release of "68,000 pages of confidential communications between President Ronald Reagan and his advisers," some of whom had positions in the Bush Administration. More here. (Thanks to Roger A. and nitpicker below.) Update: TPMm Reader JP writes in to point out that Bush did the same thing with his papers from the Texas governorship.
* In March 2006, the Department of Health and Human Services took down a six-year-old Web site devoted to substance abuse and treatment information for gays and lesbians, after members of the conservative Family Research Council complained.
* In 2002, HHS removed information from its Web site pertaining to risky sexual behavior among adolescents, condom use and HIV.
* In October 2003, the Bush administration banned photographs depicting servicemembers' coffins returning from overseas.
* In 2006, the Federal Communications Commission ordered destroyed all copies of an unreleased 2004 draft report concluding that media consolidation hurt local TV news coverage, which runs counter to the administration's pro-consolidation stance. (Thanks to Jim Tobias below.)
* In February 2004, the appointed head of the Office of Special Counsel -- created to protect government employees' rights -- ordered removed from a government Web site information on the rights of gay men, lesbians and bisexuals in the public workplace. (via the National Council for Research on Women)
This is just a scattered selection, go see the rest!
Friday, November 23, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
UPDATE: WOW! You guys do good work! :)
UPDATE II: Now the Pentagon says it was all just a big mistake. Yeah, right.... we made a mistake... we got caught.....
Monday, November 19, 2007
Maybe He's Not Insane
Certainly one looks at Fred Thompson and doesn't really see someone who wants to be the preznit. Maybe he's really running for Veep.
But generally the sad thing is that literally everyone who really wants to be president right now is basically nuts. That's true generally, and it's extra true now.
I don't think ALL the Dems are nuts, but the excess of nuttiness on the Repug side certainly balances it out to 100% per candidate.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Apparently, I am the champion of lost causes. The top match was Kucinich, followed by Gravel. Preventing me from moving to Bolivia, it put Edwards third (which is, unfortunately, where I fear he will finish.....)
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
deaniac83 at dKos responds forcefully to this bullshit. He sums it up well:
It is because the most powerful weapon in our national security arsenal is not the nuclear bomb, it is the ideal that is America. The Soviet Union collapsed because behind the iron curtain, people wanted to be like us. In the aftermath of World War II, a victorious United States insisted upon adhering to human rights for even its prisoners of war, and turned them over to international law. And a generation of people everywhere bowed in respect for the beacon of freedom. We intervened in Kosovo during the 1990's to stop a genocide, and a decade later, the people of there gave President Clinton a hero's welcome.
The establishment of free and democratic nations that respect human rights and the rule of law are not simply the most effective security strategy for the United States; it is indeed the only thing that can result in a more secure America and a more secure world. Security and freedom and human rights are not conflicting values. Only those with an interest in undermining freedom would argue that they are.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
This is pretty big. As some people have been speculating today, aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have confirmed to me that the version of the FISA bill that was just reported out of the Judiciary Committee does not -- repeat, does not -- contain retroactive immunity for the telecom companies.More on the hypocrisy of it all.
And a source close to Reid says that this is "most likely" the version that the Majority Leader will file a motion to proceed on. The aide declined to comment when this might happen, however, saying that it could happen next month.
All in all, it looks like a big victory for opponents of telecom immunity.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
So it's come to this: A promise to enforce the law (in most cases) is enough to get an attorney general nominee confirmed by a Democratic-controlled Senate.
I don't see any short term relief from the market meltdown (there may be help for the mass in the middle if the Dems win big next year, tho!) In a previous life, I followed the markets closely and all my indicators/tracking models are pretty negative, so I just don't hold out any short term hope (my main long term model has been negative since the early nineties, so take that with a grain of salt (or prepare for a monumental crash! ;) )) In the long term tho, the only two places to be invested are in the stock market and real estate, so remember, every crash is someone else's buying opportunity (reason #1 that the RICH get richer.....)
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Of course, in Washington, long term ends in Jan 09; nothing after that matters- it won't be W's fault.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
On issue after issue lately, Senator Feinstein has been on the wrong side of the argument, usually in the name of comity, and usually out in front of other waverers. She must be removed from office. I don't care what shows up in the primaries against her, I will vote for it. Gimme Mussolini in drag, I don't care(at least then, I'd EXPECT the betrayal.) If there were time and a prayer, I'd start a recall movement. JESUS!