War all the time
Congress responds to growing disgust with Afghanistan/Iraq wars by throwing another $59 billion at them
. . .Charlie Rangel:
In the coming days, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) has a choice to make. He can listen to his Democratic colleagues and cut a deal, or he can face a full trial before a House panel over several allegations of misconduct.
Try him fairly, and if he's found guilty, kick him out. Then make sure to provide law enforcement with every single bit of documentation so they can decide whether or not Rangel should face any criminal or civil charges.
We could lose his seat to the Republicans for a generation and I wouldn't care. Corruption is corruption no matter who does it. No, scratch that, corruption is worse when it's a member of my team.
Get him. The hell. OUT.
Today's long read is an easily understandable breakdown of how our financial crisis happened.
The Louisiana SPCA is trying to help families out of work due to the gulf oil gusher keep their pets. Dogs and cats are being given up in record number because of food and vet bills. You can help out here.
A colony of adelie penguins near Palmer Station, Antarctica is nearing extinction, most likely due to global warming which isn't really happening, of course, because 1% of climate scientists dispute it.
Morford: The great Dick Cheney empathy test
A team of federal investigators known as the "BP squad" is assembling in New Orleans to conduct a wide-ranging criminal probe that will focus on at least three companies and examine whether their cozy relations with federal regulators contributed to the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, according to law enforcement and other sources.
Via Sam Stein:
Instead, the GOP has rallied around a counter-proposal, authored by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) that would cap an oil company's liability at an amount equal to its profits of the last four quarters. If the company had not made a profit in the past four quarters, it would be liable for $150 million (or twice the current cap).Vitter and Blunt are two of the GOP's top Senate candidates this year. Protecting BP is a top priority.
To be sure, BP still has a chance to turn around its profit margin during the next three quarters. But in terms of net earnings, it is now operating out of a $17 billion hole. If Vitter's version of economic liability legislation were the law of the land, there would be open concern about the damage payments that Gulf residents would end up recouping. As a Democratic operative working on the issue notes:When Vitter introduced the bill, we pointed out that one of the co-owners of the Deepwater Horizon rig, Andarko, had not made a profit in the last year. But with this news today, if BP doesn't overcome this quarter's losses, next year they could be responsible for a disaster as bad as or worse than the one in the Gulf and they would only be liable for $150 million if Vitter's bill were law.UPDATE: An astute reader points out that another Senate candidate, Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), has sponsored legislation similar to Vitter's in the House.
And, we're all well aware of Vitter's shady past with prostitutes. Turns out Blunt is a Party Boy -- a big time DC Party Boy.
In essence, there are no rules, they just make shit up as they go along. They might as well all of a sudden specify that all proceedings will be conducted in Xhosa or Mongolian, for nobody would be a bit surprised if they did just that.
Well, it seems that President Carebear cannot make it to the BSA Jamboree, due to a schedule conflict, which includes an appearance on The View.
Here are some comments on this story from a conservative website: http://www.mockpaperscissors.com/?p=36402
What's driving the GOP agenda?
Weepy announced their driving principle for the upcoming election: The REINS (Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny) Act.
The executive in need of scrutiny. Jeepers, they don't even try to hide the racism anymore.
Buried among the 92,000 classified documents released Sunday by WikiLeaks is some intriguing evidence that the U.S. military in Afghanistan has adopted a PR strategy that got it into trouble in Iraq: paying local media outlets to run friendly stories.
Dennis Kucinich: 92,000 reasons to end the wars.
1.38% of Fox News' Audience Is Black People, Which Seems a Bit High