Senate Republicans have requested information about Attorney General nominee Eric Holder's role in the Elian Gonzales controversy as part of a broad probe into his tenure with the Clinton administration and potential ties to presidential scandals during that era.
Eight of nine GOP members on the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote Clinton Presidential Library Director Terry Garner on Thursday to ask for 10 categories of material, and that includes any information on Holder's involvement with the Cuban boy seized by U.S. agents in April 2000.
Let's hope he doesn't give it to them. Once you start meeting their lunatic demands, there is no end to it.
The foundation's grim calculations are based on Sept. 30 consolidated federal statements, which showed that Americans' total household net worth, diminished by falling stock prices and home equity, is $56.5 trillion. But rising costs for unfunded social programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security increased to $56.4 trillion – and that was before the more recent stock market crash, $700 billion bank bailout, and monster federal deficits chalked up in October and November.
"Given more recent developments, it's clear that America now owes more than its citizens are worth," said Foundation president David M. Walker, the former Comptroller-General of the United States who has been trying to warn Americans of the coming financial tsunami for years, to no avail. So, after Uncle Sam bails out bankers, Wall Street gamblers, carmakers and over-their-head homeowners, who'll bail out Uncle Sam?
In the aftermath of the deadly Mumbai terror attacks, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has come out with guns blazing - with a plan to get all 1,000 rookie cops ready to use heavy artillery in time for New Year's Eve, The Post has learned. http://www.nypost.com/seven/12082008/news/regionalnews/city_cops_prep_for_mumbai_143196.htm
Ugly housing starts number today, 625,000:
Nobody expects the central bank to raise its target rate this week — although frankly I wish it would.[...]
I continue to believe that fighting inflation and appreciating the dollar would be the best medicine for the economy, and in the short term would be strong medicine to reduce world energy prices, including gasoline at the pump.
And while some economists worry about higher future inflation from all this money-creation, Tuesday's consumer price report actually showed deflation of 10 percent annually over the past three months. That gives the central bank ammunition to ignore inflation and aim instead for a massive monetary easing.
And lest you've forgotten, boys and girls, Larry tells us yet again today what the only true solution is to any economic crisis:
But I still believe the best economic stimulus would be a move to cut tax rates across-the-board for individuals and businesses.
Wingnut Rick 'cone of silence' Warren, of Saddleback Church fame, has declared that marriage, reproductive choice, and stem cell research were "non-negotiable" issues for Christian voters. He criticized Obama's answers at the Faith Forum he hosted before the election and vowed to continue to pressure him to change his views on the issue of reproductive choice. Like the Mormons, he did not want the queers to get married in California. He said he can't be accused of being a homophobe tho, because he's given money to people with AIDS and he's eaten dinner in "gay homes." Warren has also declared that those who do not believe in God should not be allowed to hold public office. And, he's the one giving George W. Bush the first International Medal of PEACE from the Global PEACE Coalition in recognition of his contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS and other diseases.
So I guess I have to wonder why Barack Obama has chosen him to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.
What's the matter Senator? There weren't any progressive ministers out there who actually believed in social justice without the fiery, extremist rhetoric of both the far left and right wing?
This is very disappointing and a little emblematic of a man who is trying too hard to appease segments of this society who don't have an interest in a successful Obama administration in the first place.
Giving Warren this platform now is politically stupid. Inevitably, Obama will do something to "disappoint" the anti-gay, anti-choice Warren down the road, and only someone naive or too taken with his own ability to charm would think he can avoid this.
Weapons of mass destruction future capability related program activities by Eric Martin
Dick Cheney is still lying about Iraq's WMD. The ultimate dead-ender. In response to Karl Rove's claim that the Bush administration would not have pushed for the invasion of Iraq had it known the reality of Iraq's WMD capacity:
Cheney said that the U.S. would have invaded regardless of whether or not Saddam Hussein possessed WMD because he retained the "capability to produce weapons of mass destruction":
CHENEY: As I look at the intelligence with respect to Iraq, what they got wrong was that there weren't any stockpiles. What they found was that Saddam Hussein still had the capability to produce weapons of mass destruction. He had the technology, he had the people, he had the basic feed stock.
First of all, using a country's "capability" to produce WMD at some later date as a casus belli is the thinnest of gruel. But here's the kicker: Cheney isn't even telling the truth about that.
Cheney appears to be confusing "capability" with "desire." Indeed, in 2004, the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) — which searched Iraq for Hussein's supposed WMD stockpiles — concluded in a 1,000 page report that Iraq "had the desire but not the capability to create weapons that could attack the west" at the time of the U.S. invasion. Additionally, the ISG confirmed that Iraq's WMD capabilities were "essentially destroyed" in the 1991 Gulf War:
Saddam wanted to recreate Iraq's WMD capability—which was essentially destroyed in 1991—after sanctions were removed and Iraq's economy stabilized, but probably with a different mix of capabilities to that which previously existed. [emphasis added throughout]
When your mendacity can make Karl Rove look honest and forthright in comparison you've really accomplished something.
Dick Cheney is a national embarrassment.
(And a criminal void of any conscience. In other words, a psychopath).
UPDATE: Ilan Goldenberg and Spencer Ackerman have more of Cheney's most recent lies, relating to the putative return to the battlefield of released Gitmo detainees, as well as the intelligence gleaned from torturing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, respectively.
A pediatric brain surgeon in Colorado discovered a small foot, parts of an intestine, and another developing foot, hand and thigh in a 3 day old's brain: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/health/18297954/detail.html
A rather well-timed report, (politically-speaking), that would make for a good step forward in Iraq:
Blackwater should be dropped as the main private security contractor for US diplomats in Iraq, a US State Department panel has recommended.
Its report, commissioned by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, says the company's contract should not be renewed when it expires next year.
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A decision on the recommendation will be left to the incoming Obama administration, which will be in office when Blackwater's contract comes up for renewal.
I guess this would help explain Blackwater's increased interest in fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia. One must keep the beast(s) fed, after all.
In any case, it would allow Obama to point out it was Bush's State Department that made the recommendation to end Blackwater's contract, while also allowing Bush to avoid firing a powerful political ally. Everybody's happy, except I suppose for all the Iraqis who've been killed by said "security contractors", but we've never counted them before, so why start now?
Bang a prostitute using your own bucks = moral turptitude so heinous that it can only be cured by crawling over glass, wearing only a hair shirt for the foreseeable future.
Screw the entire world up the keister, breaking every law of common decency and violating every last vestige of human rights, while bleeding the national treasury dry to do it = revered statesman.
He's talking about Eliot Spitzer and Dick Cheney. Why the difference? Because in the latter case, admitting that the morally bereft crime boss should be standing in front of the bench at the Hague instead of lolling in a comfy chair at ABC News, would require accepting responsibility for their own moral failings in not only aiding and abetting the crime spree, but also profiting from it.
What you have is a two-tiered system of justice where ordinary Americans are subjected to the most merciless criminal justice system in the world. They break the law. The full weight of the criminal justice system comes crashing down upon them. But our political class, the same elites who have imposed that incredibly harsh framework on ordinary Americans, have essentially exempted themselves and the leaders of that political class from the law.
They have license to break the law. That's what we're deciding now as we say George Bush and his top advisors shouldn't be investigated let alone prosecuted for the laws that we know that they've broken. And I can't think of anything more damaging to our country because the rule of law is the lynchpin of everything we have.
BAGHDAD, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Call it product placement. Across the Middle East, rival shoemakers have claimed it was they who created the footwear flung at U.S. President George W. Bush by an angry Iraqi and immortalised by TV cameras…
Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak reported Turkish businessman Ramazan Baydan had made the shoes and carried a front page picture of the design, alongside the headline "Made in Turkey."
Baydan said he had designed the style in 1999, and orders from Iraq had increased by 100 percent since the Bush incident.
"If it had hit Bush's head it wouldn't have hurt him," he said of his shoe, apparently referring to the softness of the leather.
The article doesn't clarify if "the softness of the leather" meant the shoe or Chimpy's head…