Tuesday, July 31, 2007

UPS does the right thing

UPS complies with NJ civil unions law -- will offer partner benefits to gay employees
Eventually the entire country is going to recognize all civil unions/marriages - it is absurd that it is taking so long to do so.
But kudos to UPS for doing so.

Home Depot dumps hate-monger o'reilly

BREAKING... Home Depot dumps O'Reilly: "We will not... advertise on the Bill O’Reilly show"
Check out Americablog for the long story of o'reilly influencing companies to dump sponsorship of Yearly Kos based on issues that Kos is not guilty of, but o'reilly is.
Turnabout is fair play and Home Depot says they will not sponsor extremist political views.

the story of hypocritical pro-bush hacks & the "liberal media"

more political chaos in Iraq

Iraqi leader faces revolt within party

BAGHDAD - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki faces a revolt within his party by factions that want him out as Iraqi leader, according to officials in his office and the political party he leads.


more failed diplomacy

Rice, Gates win no new Arab help in Iraq

SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt - The United States won no specific new promises of Arab help for struggling Iraq after a gathering Tuesday of several nations listed as recipients of an expanded aid and weapons package for friendly states in the region.


a good idea, for a change

Brown pushes development plan at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown moved to build new international alliances for a fight against global poverty Tuesday, pressing nations, businesses and individuals to back ambitious plans to revive a stalled global development plan.

We'll have to see if they really accomplish anything, but at least it is a plan to do something positive, so a change.

more on Stevens (R) corruption

U.S. Sen. Stevens' home searched by FBI

WASHINGTON - Federal agents searching the Alaska home of Republican Sen. Ted Stevens appeared particularly interested in cases of wine stored in the senator's house, an attorney briefed on the raid said.

Investigators photographed the cases and the individual bottles Monday along with other items from Stevens' home as part of a public corruption investigation that stretches from Alaska to Washington.

Stevens, 83, is under a federal investigation for his relationship with Bill Allen, an oil field services contractor who was convicted this year of bribing state lawmakers.

Stevens was aware for some time that investigators wanted to search the house, the attorney said Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case.

Allen oversaw a 2000 renovation project that more than doubled the size of Stevens' home in the ski resort community of Girdwood. Allen is the founder of VECO Corp., an Alaska-based oil field services and engineering company that has reaped tens of millions of dollars in federal contracts.

Contractors said they submitted bills to Allen, then received checks from Stevens. The senator has said he paid for all the improvements himself.



Roberts checks out of hospital

WASHINGTON - Chief Justice John Roberts walked out of a hospital in Maine Tuesday, released a day after he suffered a seizure. The White House said he told President Bush he was doing fine.

Not that I wish anyone any harm, but the world would be a much better place if this man couldn't work any longer...

Sunday, July 29, 2007

sunday beagle blogging!

I've been bad about gathering Harley pix, but here's a good, recent one!

Friday, July 27, 2007

a soldier punished for telling the truth

Punishing Scott Thomas Beauchamp
(Jon Swift)
the long, sordid story of repugs once again attacking the troops they claim to support.

Dems trying to move in the right direction despite the obstructionist repugs

House OKs farm bill despite veto threat

WASHINGTON - The Democratic-controlled House passed legislation Friday that combines billions in aid for farmers with money for low-income nutrition programs, defying a veto threat from President Bush over the bill's largesse to crop producers.

The measure, passed on a vote of 231-191, devotes more money to conservation, renewable energy, nutrition and specialty crop programs than in the past but leaves in place — and in some cases increases — subsidies to producers of major crops such as corn and soybeans at a time of record-high prices.


not everything is a racial issue

Yahoo Sports is trying to make this disgusting Michael Vick dog fighting case a racial issue.

I agree that Vick is entitled to a fair trial, though circumstantial evidence is certainly heavily against him. I guess that it's possible that he didn't know what was going on at his property (for some time), but it doesn't seem likely. But, "not likely" does not equal "definitely", so on trial he goes!

But, I would feel the same if this were a white person. Hell, I didn't even know who this person was until he was arrested. But I was revolted just the same.

Sure, some extremists will make this a racial issue, but it isn't one in any sane sense of the concept. And the fact that this writer is trying to make it one is almost as revolting as the dog fighting.

more Fox bigotry

Fox News On Arabic Culture School: ‘Al Qaeda Is Coming Soon To A Classroom Near You’
(Think Progress)
This is outrageously disgusting, but to be expected from Fox, unfortunately...

harassing Moore

scared and out of touch?

Giuliani and Romney avoiding YouTube debate.

“So far, only Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) have agreed to participate” in the Sept. 17 CNN/YouTube debate for the Republican presidential field. Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, “both with dozens of videos on their YouTube channels,” have indicated they will

not attend. Yesterday, Romney confused YouTube with Myspace, saying, “YouTube is a website that allows kids to network with one another and make friends and contact each other.”

(Think Progress)

i'm sure that somehow bush thinks this is a sign of success, as well

Baghdad Residents Receiving Just One Hour Of Electricity Per Day

In Sept. 2003, President Bush promised that he would help Iraqis “restore basic services, such as electricity and water, and to build new schools, roads, and medical clinics. This effort is essential to the stability of those nations, and therefore, to our own security.”

Before the war, Baghdad residents received 16-24 average hours of electricity each day. But on July 19, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker said that residents of Baghdad are now receiving just one or two hours of electricity each day — the lowest level of the war.

(Think Progress)

the Dems continue to try to make our country safer

House may pass security bill today

WASHINGTON - The House is expected to pass a homeland security bill and send it to President Bush as early as today. Last night, the Senate approved the package of security measures recommended by the 9/11 Commission, shifting more federal money to high-risk states and cities and requiring more stringent screening of air and sea cargo.

The measure passed by a 85-8 vote.

House passage would give Democrats a much-needed legislative victory just a week before Congress adjourns for its August recess.

Along with a boost in the minimum wage, which went into effect on Tuesday, the 9/11 Commission bill would be at the top of the Democratic majority's achievement list if President Bush signs it into law.

Unlike the repugs, who basically ignored the 9/11 Commission, the Dems actually want to help our country be safer.
Of course, bush could care less about this, so let's see if he vetos something else that the public wants and needs.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

yet another cool find

Giant prehistoric tusks found in Greece

ATHENS, Greece - Researchers in northern Greece have uncovered two massive tusks of a prehistoric mastodon that roamed Europe more than 2 million years ago — tusks that could be the largest of their kind ever found.

The remains of the mastodon, which was similar to the woolly mammoth but had straighter tusks as well as different teeth and eating habits, were found in an area about 250 miles north of Athens where excavations have uncovered several prehistoric animals over the past decade.

One of the tusks measured 16-feet-4-inches long and the other was more than 15 feet long, the research team said. They were found with the animal's upper and lower jaws — still bearing teeth — and leg bones, said Evangelia Tsoukala, an assistant professor of geology at the University of Thessaloniki, who led the team that excavated the site.
Mastodons, an ancestor of the elephant, roamed Europe, Asia and North America, but how they became extinct remains a mystery. They are thought to have disappeared in Europe and Asia some 2 million years ago, but survived in North America until 10,000 years ago.

Tsoukala said the male animal discovered in Greece lived about 2.5 million years ago.

"This animal was in its prime. It was 25 to 30 years old; they lived until about 55. It was about 3.5 meters (11 1/2 feet) tall at the shoulder, and weighed around six tons," Tsoukala said.

Dutch researcher Dick Mol, who assisted with the excavation, said plant material found near the tusks would be analyzed to try to determine the environment the animal lived in.

He said the skeleton could also provide information.

"It's really a gold mine," said Mol, a research associate at the Museum of Natural History in Rotterdam. "These are the best preserved skeletons in the world of this species."


guess it runs in the family!

The Great Fascist Takeover that almost was

BBC Radio: A document was uncovered that details of White House coup in the USA in 1933 by right-wing American businessmen.

The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans. The plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous families in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse & George Bush’s Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great depression.

Prescott Bush was no enemy of fascism.

How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power


the Dems actually supporting the troops

Senate passes ‘Wounded Warrior’ bill.

The Senate passed legislation today to overhaul military health care and increase troop pay by 3.5 percent for members of the military. The pay raise would take effect at the beginning of 2008.

Read Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) statement:

I remain deeply disappointed in some of the conditions I saw earlier this year at Walter Reed Medical Center — just one deficiency among many across our veterans’ health care system — and I am proud that the Senate today has passed the Wounded Warriors Act to address those problems. It is our duty to ensure our courageous service-members do not fall through the cracks when they need that care the most.

This bill will improve the substandard facilities like those at Walter Reed, expand medical care for veterans, bridge gaps between the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and resolve inadequate severance pay. And despite the President’s objection, we are also giving our troops a well-deserved pay raise. Since taking over the majority, Democrats have provided billions of dollars to help our veterans because Americans willing to pay the ultimate price for our nation should receive the care they deserve, from enlistment to retirement and beyond.

(Think Progress)
For the Dems, supporting the troops isn't just a talking point - they actually mean it, unlike the repugs.

people are starting to understand

80 percent:

Number of Americans who believe the “Iraq war has hurt the United States’ standing the international community,” according to a new UPI-Zogby poll.

(Think Progress)
This has been pretty obvious for years, but I'm glad that Americans are finally starting to realize the damage that bush has done to our country.
It is going to take us a long, long time to recover from bush's presidency...

more on the strange story of cheney's F-U outburst

Leahy Explains Cheney’s F-Bomb Incident, Says Hayes’ ‘Puff Piece’ Got It Wrong

In his biography of the Vice President, Stephen Hayes recounts Dick Cheney version of why he dropped the f-bomb on Patrick Leahy on the Senate floor in 2004. Cheney asserts he told Leahy to “go f— yourself” because he was close to kissing him.

A congressional source who witnessed the incident disputed that account and told ThinkProgress that Cheney unloaded his expletive when Leahy attempted to cordially shake the Vice President’s hand.

Last night on MSNBC’s Countdown, Leahy — speaking publicly about the incident for the first time — explained that traditionally all Vice Presidents have reached out to both sides of the aisle when they come onto the Senate floor, but “Dick Cheney never does. He always stands on the Republican side.” Leahy continued:

So I walked over and thought maybe he was being shy. I said, Dick, come on over and talk to the Democrats too. We won’t bite you. He reacted as he has described he reacted.

The irony is that the Republican Senators who were there were the ones who told the press about it. I didn’t say anything to anyone about it. In fact, I think this is the first time I’ve publicly stated what happened.

Leahy criticized Hayes for failing to check Cheney’s version of events with others who witnessed the incident. “If Mr. Hayes had intended to write a serious story other than a puff piece about the Vice President,” Leahy said, “he would have actually picked up the phone and called me or called several of the senators standing there.”

(Think Progress)

more Mid-East instability due to bush's war

Jordan complains of Iraqi refugees

AMMAN, Jordan - Jordan pleaded for international help Thursday to deal with hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have fled here to avoid the violence at home, saying they cost the kingdom $1 billion a year in basic services.

The influx of 750,000 Iraqi refugees into Jordan has strained infrastructure and brought the threat of violence to the country, Jordanian Interior Ministry Secretary-General Mukheimar Abu-Jamous said on the opening day of a conference on the issue.


this scumbag deserves to lose everything

Vick to give plea on dogfighting charges

RICHMOND, Va. - Michael Vick was due in federal court Thursday to start a legal process that jeopardizes not only his career, but also his freedom. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback was expected to appear at a bond hearing and enter a plea on dogfighting conspiracy charges.

Vick is accused with three others of conspiracy involving competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting, and conducting the enterprise across state lines. Federal prosecutors allege the operation — known as Bad Newz Kennels — operated on Vick's property in rural Surry County.

The grisly allegations detailed in an 18-page indictment sparked protests by animal rights groups at the headquarters of the NFL and the Falcons, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has barred Vick from training camp while the league investigates.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank said the team wanted to suspend Vick for four games, the maximum penalty a team can assess a player, but the NFL asked him to wait. Instead, Blank has told his embattled player to focus on his legal problems, not football.


of course, this goes against all evidence

U.S. envoy: Troops holding down violence

BAGHDAD - Washington's top diplomat in Iraq said Thursday that increased U.S. troop strength had brought down violence, but it was impossible to rush political reconciliation or to predict when conditions would allow the United States to begin reducing its involvement.

So why have we heard that we have had the most violent months ever since the "surge" began?
Basically, they are just saying "trust us, it's getting better, even though you can't see it, but it's going to take a long time still".
In other words, the same old story once again...

yes, please!

Democrats urge perjury probe of Gonzales

WASHINGTON - A group of Senate Democrats called Wednesday for a special counsel to investigate whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales perjured himself regarding the firings of U.S. attorneys and administration dissent over President Bush's domestic surveillance program.

We know that gonzales lied, so I hope that the Dems don't back down on this, as they have in the past.
They are in the right and the American public is behind them, so they had better not wimp out again!

More from Think Progress:

AP Reveals New Document Demonstrating ‘Clear Case’ Of Gonzales Perjury On Spying Program

beating the war drums for Iran

More accurate Green Zone attacks aided by Iran: U.S.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Militia crews firing mortars and rockets have been hitting Baghdad's heavily protected Green Zone with more accuracy in the past three months because of training from Iran, a top U.S. general said on Thursday.


another fall guy for bush

General faces demotion in Tillman case

WASHINGTON - Army Secretary Peter Geren is expected to recommend that a retired three-star general be demoted for his role in providing misleading information about the death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman, military officials say, in what would be a stinging and rare rebuke.

Lt. Gen. Philip Kensinger, who headed Army special operations, is one of six high-ranking Army officers expected to get official reprimands for making critical errors in reporting the circumstances of Tillman's purported friendly-fire shooting in Afghanistan in April 2004.


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

boycott Nike!

Boycott Nike Now!
This doesn't actually apply to me since I wouldn't wear their ugly shoes if you paid me, but for those of you who do (I understand that they are probably more comfortable than more stylish shoes, such as Converse!), please check out the above link.

do they wonder why they are called fascists?

Cheney Criticizer Arrested for “Assault”
(Crooks and Liars)
and also from C&L:
Vendor Arrested for “Impeach Him” Buttons
But, boy, do other countries hate us for our freedom!

o'reilly hypocrisy

Bill O'Reilly's Web site threatens Hillary's life
BillOReilly.com: "If [Hillary] wins... my guns are loaded"
BREAKING: Secret Service looking into anti-Hillary threats on Bill O'Reilly's Web site
(All from Americablog)
O'Reily's been ranting about hate speech on liberal blogs and claims that it can be monitored, but his site has much worse and, as Americablog points out, he has personal information on his commentors, so he knows who they are.
Check out the story via these links and via Think Progress

go Dems!

House Democrats pass contempt citations

WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee voted contempt of Congress citations Wednesday against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and President Bush's former legal counselor, Harriet Miers.

The 22-17 vote — which would sanction for pair for failure to comply with subpoenas on the firings of several federal prosecutors — advanced the citation to the full House.

Can we please have some accountability with these criminals?! Dems - do your job!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

bush's lies contradict US Intelligence findings

Bush warns anew of terror threat

CHARLESTON, S.C. - President Bush, trying to justify the Iraq war, cited intelligence reports Tuesday he said showed a link between al-Qaida's operation in Iraq and the terror group that attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Democrats dismissed Bush's argument.
Al-Qaida had no active cells in Iraq when the U.S. invaded in March 2003, and its operation there is much larger now than before the war, U.S. intelligence officers say. The war itself has turned into a valuable recruiting tool for al-Qaida, senior intelligence officials concede. Bush denied that the war triggered al-Qaida's operations in Iraq.

Does he think that anyone is going to believe his bs any longer? His debacle in Iraq has caused al Qaida to grow and increase in power and prestige and has given them their greatest PR tool.

More from Americablog:

Bush just said that Al Qaeda is "public enemy number one" in Iraq. It's a flat-out lie, and all of his own experts have said it.

the Dems raise minimum wage

“The minimum wage rises 70 cents to $5.85 an hour today, the first increase in a decade. It ends the longest period without an increase since the federal minimum wage was enacted in 1938.”

(Think Progress)

our "liberal media" tackles the tough Democrat issues

CNN’s post-debate analysis tackles the tough questions.

After tonight’s YouTube debate, CNN ran a segment critiquing the candidates on their body language and dress. Wolf Blitzer introduced it, stating, “Candidates also sighed, they rolled their eyes, they looked at their watches during the debate.” CNN’s Carol Costello commented, “Look at how the candidates were dressed. The men wore dark suits, but Hillary Clinton wore a brightly-colored jacket.”

(Think Progress)

good luck with that!

Greenwald requests interview with Petraeus.

Andrew Sullivan notes that Salon’s Glenn Greenwaldtests the ideological waters” and requests an interview with Gen. David Petraeus, who recently gave an interview to right-wing blogger Hugh Hewitt:

As a fervent supporter of the Bush administration and the Iraq war, Hewitt’s questions were, as one would expect, designed to enable Gen. Petraeus to make statements without any questioning or challenge.

As I am much more of a war skeptic than Hewitt, both the questions I would pose and the audience which would be exposed to the interview would be different than the one Gen. Petraeus conducted with Hewitt. It is my sincere hope that Gen. Petraeus, in order to facilitate as honest and robust a public discussion as possible, is willing to discuss the situation in Iraq and the merits of the current strategy with both supporters and critics of the initiative.

(Think Progress)

repug stunts

Monday, July 23, 2007

another hypocritical religious repug? Who could imagine such a thing?!

the one thing in a newspaper that bush read

Bush hearts Bill Kristol.

The Washington Post writes, “Bill Kristol’s the-war-is-being-won piece in The Washington Post brought him plenty of ridicule, but at least one person liked it. President Bush read the July 15 Outlook article that morning and recommended it to his staff.” The title of Kristol’s piece was: “Why Bush Will Be A Winner.”

(Think Progress)

hmmm, what a surprise!

Halliburton profits jump.

“Halliburton Co., the world’s second-largest oil services company, said on Monday that second-quarter profit from continuing operations rose 19 percent, topping Wall Street views, helped by new international contracts.”

(Think Progress)

Friday, July 20, 2007

just when you thought he couldn't get more crass


Judge dismisses Plame’s civil suit.
But her lawyer promises to appeal and considering the judge who dismissed this case seems to be biased towards bush, hopefully the appeal will be upheld.

House votes for PBS

House rejects Bush’s plan to cut public broadcasting.

In a 357-72 vote this evening, the House “rejected President Bush’s plan to eliminate the $420 million federal subsidy for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”

(Think Progress)
Of course bush wants to cut this funding - he doesn't want anyone to be educated!

you know it's bad if even hannity is against a repug!

Hannity: Sen. Vitter Should Resign
(Think Progress)
And hopefully there will be an investigation into Vitter's illegal activities.

bush continues to lie through his teeth

Bush criticizes Democrats on Iraq

WASHINGTON - President Bush, ratcheting up a fight with Congress over Iraq, accused Democrats on Friday of conducting a political debate on the war while delaying action on money to upgrade equipment and give troops a pay raise.

Just like bush - the repugs obstruct and he blames the Dems, who are trying to do the right thing.


Bush Threatened To Veto Same Military Pay Raise That He Now Uses To Attack Anti-War Critics

(So, he's a hypocrite as well as a liar - not that this is news)

Thursday, July 19, 2007

bizarro-world pundits

In Which I Go Insane

Washington Post's Lyndsey Layton:

Crestwood, N.Y.: Lyndsey, I like this Harry Reid strategy of late night theater to break the filibuster, because it underlines how many of the GOP Senators are making touchy-feely speeches about opposing the war, but refusing to support any real efforts to end it. I think the next step should be to hold up votes on almost anything Bush wants a vote on, starting with his judicial nominees. I know that this back-fired on Newt Gingrich in the '90s when he tried it on Clinton, but can anybody remember what noble cause Gingrich was fighting for back then? Ending this war is of a different order of magnitude, and I think the voters appreciate the Dems finally, finally taking a strong stand on something instead of wringing their hands about the iniquities of the senatorial system. Your take?

Lyndsey Layton:

Hi Crestwood,I'm not as certain. Recent polls show Americans are frustrated with this Congress and its inability to pass legislation. If the Democrats start blocking every initiative - even in the name of a cause that 70 percent of Americans support - it'll be hard to peel off the obstructionist label. As it is, the party is worried that it won't have enough of a legislative record to tout during the '08 campaigns.

Wow! I had to read that a couple of times to believe that they actually said that! The DEMS perceived as obstructionist?! Only in our "liberal media"!

I know it shouldn't, but this actually surprises me a little

Murdoch as the 24th and critical Blair Cabinet member

With Blair now out of power and unable to obstruct access, the UK Government has finally released interesting information under the UK's Freedom of Information Act. Considering the timing of the phone calls between Rupert Murdoch and the hit pieces that followed it is no wonder Blair wanted to keep the details away from the media. More than ever it appears as though Blair worked hand in hand with Rupert Murdoch and his right wing media empire to smear dissenters such as Jacques Chirac and anyone else who opposed the war in Iraq.

In Alastair Campbell's diaries, published last week, the former spin doctor described a Downing Street dinner for Mr Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan, in 2002. "Murdoch pointed out that his were the only papers that gave us support when the going got tough. 'I've noticed,' said TB," Mr Campbell wrote. Lance Price, Mr Campbell's deputy, called Mr Murdoch "the 24th member of the [Blair] Cabinet". He added: "His presence was always felt. No big decision could ever be made inside No10 without taking account of the likely reaction of three men, Gordon Brown, John Prescott and Rupert Murdoch. On all the really big decisions, anybody else could safely be ignored."


bush doesn't care about America's kids

Bush to America's kids: Screw you

George Bush doesn't take care of wounded soldiers who he sent to war, so it shouldn't be a surprise that he's not worried about the health of America's kids. Okay, it shouldn't be a surprise, but somehow it is. Bush is even being lobbied by hard core Republican Senators Grassley and Hatch to support the SCHIP bill, but he won't:

President Bush yesterday rejected entreaties by his Republican allies that he compromise with Democrats on legislation to renew a popular program that provides health coverage to poor children, saying that expanding the program would enlarge the role of the federal government at the expense of private insurance.

The president said he objects on philosophical grounds to a bipartisan Senate proposal to boost the State Children's Health Insurance Program by $35 billion over five years. Bush has proposed $5 billion in increased funding and has threatened to veto the Senate compromise and a more costly expansion being contemplated in the House.

"I support the initial intent of the program," Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post after a factory tour and a discussion on health care with small-business owners in Landover. "My concern is that when you expand eligibility . . . you're really beginning to open up an avenue for people to switch from private insurance to the government."

When you expand eligibility, you make sure sick kids get health care. Can't have that in George Bush's America.

AFSCME's Greenline notes "how spiraling health care costs have made insurance coverage unaffordable for millions of working families. And that’s an Inconvenient Truth that this SICKO administration would prefer to ignore."



Romney upset that Obama doesn't want adults inappropriately touching children

And of all things, Pat Robertson's Web site defends Obama. Now I've seen it all. But I just can't remain mad, after all, Romney is such a pretty fella. .


hypocritical repugs? say it isn't so!


DeLay: Abortion linked to undocumented immigration.

At a College Republicans gathering, former congressman Tom DeLay attempted to blame abortion for undocumented immigration:

“I contend [abortion] affects you in immigration,” DeLay told the Washington-area gathering. “If we had those 40 million children that were killed over the last 30 years, we wouldn’t need the illegal immigrants to fill the jobs that they are doing today. Think about it.”

(Think Progress)

only if you mean that they are bigger and stronger now

Tony Snow: ‘The Al Qaeda Of 2001 No Longer Exists’
(Think Progress)
See the article for factual rebuttals to many of Snow's lies.
This administration doesn't even try to be believable any longer.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Harry Reid playing hardball with the obstructionists

more polls show that less Americans are ignoring reality

26 percent:

Number of Americans who believe the country is “on the right track.” The new Reuters poll also finds that 66 percent of those surveyed “said the direction of economic policy was fair or poor, and 76 percent said U.S. foreign policy was headed in a fair or poor direction.” Bush’s approval rating is at just 34 percent.

UPDATE: A new Gallup Poll shows that the 26th quarter of Bush’s presidency, ending tomorrow, is “the worst he has had,” with string of sub-40 percent quarterly averages now exceeding the run that former President Nixon had leading up to to his resignation.

(Think Progress)

more cool discoveries

Possible Link to Lucy's Ancestors Found

New jaw fossils might suggest a direct line of descent between two species of early humans, including the one to which "Lucy" belongs.

The 3.2 million-year-old Lucy, the earliest known hominid, was found in Ethiopia in 1974 by U.S. paleontologists Donald Johanson and Tom Gray. Lucy and her kind, Australopithecus afarensis, stood upright and walked on two feet, though they might also have been agile tree-climbers.

Anthropologists have suspected an ancestor-descendant relationship between the Lucy species and a predecessor--Australopithecus anamensis--based on their similarities but lacked fossils from an intervening period.

Now, Australopithecus fossils found in the Woranso-Mille area of the Afar Region, Ethiopia, fill the date gap between A. anamensis (4.2 to 3.9 million years ago)—and the Lucy species (3.0 to 3.6 million years ago). The species identifications for all
the bones remain uncertain, though it appears that some are A. afarensis.

Yohannes Haile-Selassie, a physical anthropologist at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, says his team's 2007 field season in the Woranso-Mille region uncovered the key evidence.

"We recovered fossil hominids that date to between 3.5 and 3.8 million years ago," Haile-Selassie said in a prepared statement. "These specimens sample the right time to look into the relationship between Australopithecus anamensis and Australopithecus afarensis and will play a major role in testing the ancestor-descendant hypothesis."

The team had found teeth from this time frame at the site over the past few years, but the new material includes more complete jaws that will enable better comparisons, he said.

At least 40 hominid specimens have been recovered from the site so far, including the complete jaws and a partial skeleton found in 2005.


and what would make us believe that this person is "the highest-ranking...leader" this time?

US: Top al-Qaida in Iraq figure captured

BAGHDAD - The highest-ranking Iraqi leader of al-Qaida in Iraq has been arrested and told interrogators that Osama bin Laden's inner circle wields considerable influence over the Iraqi group, the U.S. command said Wednesday.

After all the lies about who was captured, why would we believe anything these days?

More from Americablog

obstructionist repugs win, America loses

Senate scuttles troop withdrawal bill

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans on Wednesday scuttled a Democratic proposal ordering troop withdrawals from Iraq in a showdown that capped an all-night debate on the war.


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

fox just gets more & more surreal

Fox Guest Smokes On-Air, Says Taxing Tobacco To Fund Children’s Health Is Like Racial Discrimination »

This Saturday, Fox News’s Cashin’ In did a segment asking whether a bipartisan Senate plan to raise taxes on tobacco products to fund an expansion of the successful Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is “moral.”

Fox News contributor Jonathan Hoenig called the proposal “discrimination,” analogizing it to “all blacks” or “all Christians” having “to pay a surcharge for kids health care.” He also argued that smoking “harms nobody but the smoker,” proceeding to light up a cigarette on-air to prove his point.

(Think Progress)
As I always say, I could never have the imagination to be one of the apologists that fox always has on the air. How do they think of these insane, wild "analogies" that are actually complete non-sequitors?

more on the unreasonable, obstructionist repugs

poor, "persecuted" christian

Schoolgirl loses "virginity ring" battle

LONDON (Reuters) - A teen-ager whose teachers had stopped her wearing a "purity ring" at school to symbolize her commitment to virginity lost a High Court fight against the ban Monday.

Lydia Playfoot, 16, says her silver ring is an expression of her faith and had argued in court that it should be exempt from school regulations banning the wearing of jewelry.
"I believe that the judge's decision will mean that slowly, over time, people such as school governors, employers, political organizations and others will be allowed to stop Christians from publicly expressing and practicing their faith."

Because she is not getting special treatment above and beyond what every other student gets, she believes that christians will be stopped from "practicing their faith"!

I am so sick of people demanding special treatment and yet they would deny equal treatment to others (such as gays and those of different faiths).

I hate people who feel that they are entitled to break the rules that everyone else must follow.

not counting on diplomacy here

U.S. eyes direct talks with Iran

WASHINGTON - The United States is ready to hold new direct talks with Iran on the deteriorating security situation in Iraq, the State Department said Tuesday. The Bush administration accused Tehran of supporting Shiite insurgents there.

"We think that given the situation in Iraq and given Iran's continued behavior that is leading to further instability in Iraq, that it would be appropriate to have another face-to-face meeting to directly convey to the Iranian authorities that if they wish to see a more stable, secure, peaceful Iraq, which is what they have said they would like to see, that they need to change their behavior," spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters.

Sounds like the administration is simply threatening, not trying to be diplomatic. But that is what we have come to expect from them...

and still more "progress"

Officials report massacre in Diyala

BAGHDAD - Dozens of Shiite villagers in the north were massacred by Sunni extremists, two officials said Tuesday, while a car bomb exploded across the street from the Iranian Embassy in the heart of Baghdad and killed four civilians.


be very afraid!

Al-Qaida likely to attack US, intel says
Ohmigawd! I'm so terrified!
Maybe if bush tried to fight al-Qaida instead of the quagmire in Iraq, we wouldn't be seeing these reports.
But i don't expect that to ever happen...

Monday, July 16, 2007


SIRIUS doesn’t think you’re patriotic

It’s time to play the name game…I often wonder what the thinking process is when I see these things…Rick Perstein explains:

I just was a guest on Mike Feder’s show SIRIUS Satellite Radio show and learned something deeply, deeply offensive.

The liberal channel is called “SIRIUS Left.” The conservative channel is called “SIRIUS Patriot.” SIRIUS Satellite Radio doesn’t think you’re patriotic. This is an obscenity.

SIRIUS’s media relations representative for talk radio is Hillary Schupf. Her email is hschupf@siriusradio.com. Her phone number is 212-901-6739. Let’s start with her. Share what she says in the comments. This cannot be allowed to stand…

Taylor Marsh likes Sirius Liberty, but anything is better than Sirius left…

(Crooks and Liars)

dumb-ass teen texting and driving

Did text-messaging lead to N.Y. crash?

Not politics, but scary as hell for any parent.

Text messages were sent and received on a 17-year-old driver's cell phone moments before the sport utility vehicle slammed head-on into a truck, killing her and four other recent high school graduates, police said.

Bailey Goodman was driving her friends to her parents' vacation home when her SUV, which had just passed a car, swerved back into oncoming traffic, hit a tractor-trailer and burst into flames. Five days earlier, the five teenagers had graduated together from high school in Fairport, a Rochester suburb.

If true, it is too bad that the driver didn't live just so that she could reap the consequences of her idioctic actions.
It is just a shame that she had to murder 4 other teens due to her irresponsible driving.

this would be funny if it wasn't so deadly serious

bush proving once again that he doesn't care for the American public

Bush to veto children’s health insurance expansion.

“The White House said on Saturday that President Bush would veto a bipartisan plan to expand the Children’s Health Insurance Program,” which is set to expire Sept. 30. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the bipartisan plan “would reduce the number of uninsured children by 4.1 million.”

(Think Progress)

working for another military failure

‘Bush is not going to leave office with Iran still in limbo.’

In a story entitled “Cheney pushes Bush to act on Iran,” The Guardian writes that Cheney may be winning the debate inside the White House over how to confront Iran:

The balance in the internal White House debate over Iran has shifted back in favour of military action before President George Bush leaves office in 18 months, the Guardian has learned.

The shift follows an internal review involving the White House, the Pentagon and the state department over the last month. Although the Bush administration is in deep trouble over Iraq, it remains focused on Iran. A well-placed source in Washington said: “Bush is not going to leave office with Iran still in limbo.”

(Think Progress)

go Reid!

BREAKING: Reid To Force All-Night Filibuster On Iraq Withdrawal

Moments ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that in response to conservative obstructionism, he plans to force war supporters to physically remain in the Senate and filibuster Iraq withdrawal legislation.

Reid accused conservatives of “protecting the President rather than protecting our troops” by “denying us an up or down vote on the most important issue our country faces.” He said that if a vote on the Reed/Levin Iraq legislation is not allowed today or tomorrow, he will keep the Senate in session “straight through the night on Tuesday” and force a filibuster. From Reid’s speech:

Republicans are using a filibuster to block us from even voting on an amendment that could bring the war to a responsible end. They are protecting the President rather than protecting our troops.

They are denying us an up or down — yes or no — vote on the most important issue our country faces.

I would like to inform the Republican leadership and all my colleagues that we have no intention of backing down.

If Republicans do not allow a vote on Levin/Reed today or tomorrow, we will work straight through the night on Tuesday.

The American people deserve an open and honest debate on this war, and they deserve an up or down vote on this amendment to end it.

Reid’s announcement follows calls from OpenLeft, Firedoglake and others for Congress to call the conservatives’ bluff and force them to filibuster the Levin-Reed Iraq redeployment bill.

(Think Progress)
Yes! Please stand up to the obstructionists and force them to take a stand on this war!
Reid and the Dems had better not back down on this!

a cool geographic find

Meteorite impact debris found in Minn.

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. - A forest fire has led to a chance discovery of debris from the impact of a meteorite 1.85 billion years ago, more than 450 miles away at Sudbury, Ontario.

Geologists had scheduled a field trip in May along the Gunflint Trail in northeastern Minnesota, but most areas they wanted to explore were closed because of a wildfire that charred more than 118 square miles.

Geologist Mark Jirsa of the Minnesota Geological Survey went up the trail to scout new locations and, in a spot he had never visited before, stumbled across debris now
linked to the Sudbury impact.

That impact created a crater more than 150 miles across, scattering rock and dust over nearly a million square miles.

"It's fairly dark rock," Jirsa said. "They look like concrete, but in this concrete you would throw pieces of rock of all sizes and shapes and in all possible orientations."

Previously, material thrown out by the impact had been found as far from Sudbury as Hibbing, about 125 miles farther to the southwest from Grand Marais. However, the tiny fragments at Hibbing were found in core samples from 800 to 1,000 feet below the surface, while the rock layer containing larger chunks at the Gunflint site lies exposed.

"I think the excitement for the people of Minnesota is that we are one place in the world where you can see evidence of an ancient meteorite impact," said University of Minnesota geology professor emeritus Paul Weiblen, who is studying the debris. "This is the second-oldest and second-largest impact crater in the world."


Edwards working for change

Edwards begins tour to highlight poverty

NEW ORLEANS - Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards blamed President Bush and the federal government for this city's slow recovery from Hurricane Katrina as he launched an eight-state campaign tour focused on alleviating poverty.

"He made the people of New Orleans a very specific promise that has not been met," Edwards said, referring to Bush's promise soon after the August 2005 storm that the city would be rebuilt.

Edwards, who formally kicked off his race for the Democratic nomination in New Orleans in December, returned to the city Sunday for a tour of the Lower 9th Ward, a low-income area that was among the worst-hit by Katrina. On Monday, he took questions at a town hall meeting in the French Quarter then toured Kingsley House, a charitable agency that provides education programs and other services for children in need.

At each appearance he lamented the city's slow recovery — its population remains down by around 40 percent and vast areas have yet to recover from post-storm blight. He said one of the federal government's priorities should be finding out why billions allocated for storm relief have not reached local governments and storm victims. And he said Bush should exercise more leadership in getting the problems solved.

The Bush administration says it has allocated over $110 billion to Gulf Coast hurricane recovery but local officials and storm victims say they have yet to see much of the money for needed infrastructure repairs.


doesn't look good for McCain

More staff depart from McCain campaign

WASHINGTON - John McCain's top communications aides and several staffers in Iowa and South Carolina quit on Monday, the latest departures to hit the Republican as he struggles to rebound from financial and political woes.

Can't say that I'm too sorry to hear this, considering how out of touch McCain has become and what an apologist for the bush administration he is today.

I don't have much faith in a "peace conference" that involves bush

Bush announces Mideast peace conference

WASHINGTON - President Bush on Monday announced an an international conference this fall to include Israel, the Palestinian authority and some of their Arab neighbors to help restart Mideast peace talks and review progress in building democratic institutions.

Obviously, bush doesn't have much of a record towards working for peace, so I would think that he would be the last person to organize this.

this is just bizarre

Human ashes cause airport bomb scare

MIAMI - A Miami International Airport terminal was briefly evacuated early Monday after authorities found what appeared to be an explosive device but turned out to be a box containing cremated human remains.


more religious insanity

Judge approves $660M abuse settlement

LOS ANGELES - A judge on Monday approved a $660 million settlement between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and more than 500 alleged victims of clergy abuse, the largest payout yet in a nationwide sex abuse scandal.

I'm glad that they are paying the victims, but I hope that the church addresses the cause and makes some changes.

gee, what do you think bush would do?

Pace: Another troop buildup possible

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military's top general said Monday that the Joint Chiefs of Staff is weighing a range of possible new directions in Iraq, including, if President Bush deems it necessary, an even bigger troop buildup.

Of course bush is just going to keep sending our troops over there until he has no one else to send. He doesn't have any other ideas and doesn't know what else to do.
Hopefully someone will eventually come up with a plan for this disaster.

i don't know how much more of bush's "progress" Iraq can take

3 bombings in Kirkuk kill more than 80

KIRKUK, Iraq - A suicide truck bombing followed by two smaller car bombs killed more than 80 people and wounded at least 180 Monday in what's believed to be the deadliest attack in this northern city since the start of the war, police said.


Friday, July 13, 2007

what the repugs think of civil rights

What if you held a debate and *almost* no one came?

A Picture of the GOP on Civil Rights
The one photo the GOP does not want anyone to see was snapped at yesterday’s NAACP GOP Presidential Candidate Forum. The NAACP invited all 9 Republican candidates to the forum, but only one showed up: Tom Tancredo. All the Democratic Presidential hopefuls showed up for their forum.

(Crooks and Liars)
And where is the "liberal media" on this story?

more on this administration screwing the troops instead of supporting them

and the f'k'ing wimps wonder why the public doesn't have faith in them?

Democrat Caves on Cheney’s Funding
(Crook and Liars)
This was a genius move and these assholes caved on it.
Pisses me off how chickenshit the idiots are who are supposed to represent us...

more ridiculous fear-mongering

Snow: Iraq Withdrawal Would Bring Terrorists ‘To A Shopping Mall Near You’
(Think Progress)
These morons are just getting silly now. Do they think that anyone believes there idiocy any more?

obviously, this is needed under this administration

Waxman to introduce ‘Surgeon General Independence Act.’

In response to former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona’s explosive testimony earlier this week, in which he described how the Bush administration censored him from commenting on key public health issues, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) “announced his plans to introduce legislation to protect the Surgeon General from political interference.” Waxman said, “On key public health issues the Surgeon General has been muzzled. This problem will not solve itself.”

(Think Progress)

of course this will be veto'd also

House passes bill to withdraw troops by April.

AP reports that the House today voted 223 to 201 to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq by April 1, 2008, despite a veto threat from President Bush.

(Think Progress)

disgusting bigotry

Christian right disrupts first Hindu prayer in the Senate.

For the first time in history, a Hindu today delivered the Senate’s morning invocation. But three protestors belonging to the Christian Right anti-abortion group Operation Save America loudly interrupted the invocation, stating, “Lord Jesus, forgive us father for allowing a prayer of the wicked, which is an abomination in your sight.”

TPM’s Eric Kleefeld spoke with the head of Operation Save America today, who called the Hindu invocation “gross idolatry.”

(Think Progress - they have the video of the bigots' disruption)

now wait a minute...

Sen. Vitter to return to work next week
Besides the hypocrisy and the moral implications, isn't visiting a prostitute against the law?!
Repugs really have no respect for this nation or it's rules at all...

More from Crooks and Liars

even the Iraqi police hate us

U.S. troops battle Iraqi police, gunmen

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces battled Iraqi police and gunmen Friday, killing six policemen, after an American raid captured a police lieutenant accused of leading an Iranian-backed militia cell, the military said.


the answer to everything

Iraq report may mean longer U.S. surge

WASHINGTON - While many in Congress are pushing President Bush to alter course in Iraq by September if not sooner, his new status report on the war strongly implies that the administration believes its military strategy will take many more months to meet its goals.

If things are going "good" then we have to stay because we are "making progress". If things are going bad, we have to stay because we can't leave while things are bad.

Why doesn't he just say "we're going to stay because i can't think of anything else to do"? I guess that would sound bad (even for bush), but obviously it's the truth. He can't be bothered to come up with an actual plan, so he'll just let us flounder over there and let more and more people die.

My gawd, what i wouldn't give for our country to have a real leader again...

(I suppose it is not a coincidence that Americablog says almost exactly the same thing)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

this is so common among repugs that i thought this was an old story

Rep. Bob Allen arrested on sex charge

TITUSVILLE - State Rep. Bob Allen was arrested Wednesday afternoon at a local park after offering to perform a sex act on an undercover officer in exchange for $20, police said.

Allen, R-Merritt Island, was booked into the Brevard County jail in Sharpes on a charge of solicitation to commit prostitution, a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in the county jail and a $500 fine.

He was released a few hours later after posting $500 bail, according to a jail spokesman. The legislator, who was first elected in 2000, could not be reached for comment late Wednesday.

(First seen at Sadly, No!)

And I just noticed that he was a co-chair on McCain's Florida campaign!

lawless in Iraq

Thieves steal nearly $300 million from Baghdad bank
And, according to the story, the reason there was so much cash on hand at the bank is because of our invasion which has crippled the normal banking procedures.

anyone remember separation of church and state?

Missouri Governor Signs Anti-Choice Bill From Sanctuary Of Baptist Church
(Crooks and Liars)
It's hard to believe that we have to constantly fight for women's rights in the 21st century. How is it that we are not far past this by now?

another conservative in DC Madam scandal

more on censoring the Surgeon General

Surgeon General's orders: Don't talk about sex or science. Do talk about Bush three times on every page.

This is classic:

Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional panel Tuesday that top Bush administration officials repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress important public health reports because of political considerations.

The administration, Dr. Carmona said, would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues. Top officials delayed for years and tried to “water down” a landmark report on secondhand smoke, he said. Released last year, the report concluded that even brief exposure to cigarette smoke could cause immediate harm.

Dr. Carmona said he was ordered to mention President Bush three times on every page of his speeches. He also said he was asked to make speeches to support Republican political candidates and to attend political briefings.


snow is losing it

Snow Lashes Out At White House Press Corps, Calls Them ‘Defeatists’ »

During today’s White House press conference, Press Secretary Tony Snow again tried to deny the fact that prominent conservative members of Congres are increasingly abandoning the President’s failing policies in Iraq. Sen. Dick Lugar’s sharp critiques of the President’s Iraq policies were merely pleas for “some bipartisan comity,” Snow said.

One reporter asked Snow if delusional characterizations of conservative defections would cause the American people to “perceive you and the White House as isolated and out of touch on this?” Snow responded, “No, no more than I think that they look at you and think that you guys are focused on defeat.” The press room erupted in groans.

“Wait a minute. That’s not my question,” the reporter shot back. Snow lashed out in his defense, “You just asked me if I’m clueless and I asked if you were defeatist.”

The fact is that conservatives in Congress and the American people are abandoning the President’s Iraq strategy in record numbers. Just 19% of Americans see the surge as a success and in the Senate today seven Republican senators defied their leadership and voted in support of a measure that would have limited the number of troops available for deployment in Iraq.

(Think Progress)

absurd security risks

Military files left unprotected online

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Detailed schematics of a military detainee holding facility in southern Iraq. Geographical surveys and aerial photographs of two military airfields outside Baghdad. Plans for a new fuel farm at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

The military calls it "need-to-know" information that would pose a direct threat to U.S. troops if it were to fall into the hands of terrorists. It's material so sensitive that officials refused to release the documents when asked.

But it's already out there, posted carelessly to file servers by government agencies and contractors, accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.

In a survey of servers run by agencies or companies involved with the military and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Associated Press found dozens of documents that officials refused to release when asked directly, citing troop security.

Such material goes online all the time, posted most often by mistake. It's not in plain sight, unlike the plans for the new American embassy in Baghdad that appeared recently on the Web site of an architectural firm. But it is almost as easy to find.

And experts said foreign intelligence agencies and terrorists working with al-Qaida likely know where to look.


i hope that they do more than just talk about it

Showdown looms over fired prosecutors

WASHINGTON - A House panel cleared the way Thursday for contempt proceedings against former White House counsel Harriet Miers after she obeyed President Bush and skipped a hearing on the firings of federal prosecutors.


i'm sure he'd like to put this to rest, but it's not really up to him, is it?

Bush seeks to put Libby issue to rest

WASHINGTON - President Bush on Thursday acknowledged publicly for the first time that someone in his administration likely leaked the name of a CIA operative, although he also said he hopes the controversy over his decision to spare prison for a former White House aide has "run its course."

"And now we're going to move on," Bush said in a White House news conference.

The president had initially said he would fire anyone in his administration found to have publicly disclosed the identity of Valerie Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and a CIA operative. Ten days ago, Bush commuted the 30-month sentence given to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby by a federal judge in connection with the case.

Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, had been convicted of lying and obstruction of justice in the CIA-leak case.

Bush would not directly address answer a question about whether he is disappointed in the White House officials who leaked Plame's name.

"I'm aware of the fact that perhaps somebody in the administration did disclose the name of that person," Bush said. "I've often thought about what would have happened if that person had come forth and said, 'I did it.' Would we have had this endless hours of investigation and a lot of money being spent on this matter? But, so, it's been a tough issue for a lot of people in the White House. It's run its course and now we're going to move on."

He also defended the decision to commute Libby's sentence. "The Scooter Libby decision was, I thought, a fair and balanced decision," Bush said.

The arrognace is astounding! Just because he doesn't want to talk about it any more, he has decided that it is time to move on!

It has hardly "run its course"!

Well, people who believe in the law don't think that it's time to move on and think that this administration has been far too care-free about breaking the law and putting national security at risk.

Truly revolting...

another very cool find

Baby mammoth find promises breakthrough

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The discovery of a baby mammoth preserved in the Russian permafrost gives researchers their best chance yet to build a genetic map of a species extinct since the Ice Age, a Russian scientist said on Wednesday.

"It's a lovely little baby mammoth indeed, found in perfect condition," said Alexei Tikhonov, deputy director of the Russian Academy of Science's Zoological Institute, which has been taking care of the mammoth since it was uncovered in May.

"This specimen may provide unique material allowing us to ultimately decipher the genetic makeup of the mammoth," he told Reuters by telephone.

The mammoth, a female who died at the age of six months, was named "Lyuba" after the wife of reindeer breeder and hunter Yuri Khudi who found her in Russia's Arctic Yamalo-Nenetsk region.

She had been lying in the frozen ground for up to 40,000 years, said Tikhonov.

The hunter initially thought the mammoth was a dead reindeer when he spotted parts of her body sticking out of damp snow.

When he realized it was a mammoth, scientists were called in and transported the body to regional capital Salekhard, where she is now being kept in a special refrigerator.


Weighing 50 kg (110 lb), and measuring 85 centimeters high and 130 centimeters from trunk to tail, Lyuba is roughly the same size as a large dog.

Tikhonov said the fact the mammoth was so remarkably well-preserved -- its shaggy coat was gone but otherwise it looked as though it had only recently died -- meant it was a potential treasure trove for scientists.

"Such a unique skin condition protects all the internal organs from modern microbes and micro-organisms ... In terms of its future genetic, molecular and microbiological studies, this is just an unprecedented specimen."

But Tikhonov dismissed suggestions the mammoth could be cloned and used to breed a live mammoth. Cloning can only be done if whole cells are intact, but the freezing conditions will have caused the cells to burst, he Tikhonov.

Tikhonov said the next stop on Lyuba's odyssey would be the Zoological Museum in Russia's second city of St Petersburg.

There, Lyuba will join a male baby mammoth called Dima who was unearthed in Magadan in Russia's Far East in 1977 and until now was Russia's best-known example of the species.

"They will make a nice couple, both roughly aged 40,000 years," Tikhonov said.

From St Petersburg, Lyuba will go to Jikei University in Japan to undergo three-dimensional computer mapping of her body. The mammoth will then return to St Petersburg for an autopsy before being put on display in Salekhard.


and how has bush made us safer?

Al-Qaida has regained strength, US warns

WASHINGTON - A new threat assessment from U.S. counterterrorism analysts says that al-Qaida has used its safe haven along the Afghan-Pakistan border to restore its operating capabilities to a level unseen since the months before Sept. 11, 2001.

A counterterrorism official familiar with a five-page summary of the document — titled "Al-Qaida better positioned to strike the West" — called it a stark appraisal. The analysis will be part of a broader meeting at the White House on Thursday about an upcoming National Intelligence Estimate.

Bush is an utter failure. If he had paid attention in 2001, Sept 11 might have been prevented and since then he has done nothing to diminish the threat of al-Qaida.
The idiotic American public who voted for this moron will be directly responsible if we are attacked again. He has proven that he is absolutely worthless to the US since day one and yet he has been enabled to destroy our country and all that it stands for.
Sickening that those of us who have paid attention and who care for our freedoms will have to suffer the same (or worse) than those who brought this disaster to us.

"mixed results"?!

Report on Iraq shows mixed results

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government has not yet fully met any of 18 goals for political, military and economic reform, the Bush administration said Thursday in an interim report certain to inflame debate in Congress over growing calls for a U.S. troop withdrawal.

In an assessment required by Congress, the administration accused Syria of fostering a network that supplies as many as 50 to 80 suicide bombers per month for al-Qaida in Iraq. It also said Iran continues to fund extremist groups.

The report said that despite progress on some fronts by the government of Nouri al-Maliki, "the security situation in Iraq remains complex and extremely challenging," the "economic picture is uneven" and political reconciliation is lagging.

I don't really see anything "mixed" there - it looks like it's all bad news, just like everyone else has reported.
But it sure looks like the administration is looking for reasons to start a bigger war now - with Syria and Iran, which is freaking scary...

More on this from Think Progress

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

inadvertent admission?

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), approached by a group of reporters outside the lunch, offered an unexpected defense. "All of us have to look at it and say that we could be next," he said in answer to a Vitter question. "We all think that we're not vulnerable to something like that happening, but the fact is this can be a very lonely and isolating place."

(Washington Post)
(first seen at Eschaton)

how does this happen in this day & age?

A reminder to support the Jena Six

The Jena Six, as you recall, are being charged with second degree murder because of a fight with a White student. What the law enforcement folks conveniently forget is that this was after months of being harassed, threatened, and intimidated by White students and their adult allies.

Read the whole story - it is truly incredible.
Isn't this the 21st century? Shouldn't we be way past this sort of sickening nonsense?

very cool

Democratic Presidential Candidates to Have First-Ever Gay Debate

The Human Rights Campaign's Joe Solmonese and Melissa Etheridge will question Democratic candidates in Los Angeles in a first-ever debate on gay issues, sponsored by LOGO and HRC. It will take place on August 9 and be broadcast live on LOGO as well as stream live at their website.

According to 365gay.com, "the panelists in a statement said they plan to cover a range of issues including relationship recognition, marriage equality, workplace fairness, the military, hate crimes, HIV/AIDS and other important issues."

In addition to questions from Solmonese and Etheridge, others will be able to participate by submitting questions through LOGOonline and HRC.

Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Barack Obama have all confirmed they will take part in the debate.

(First seen at Huffington Post)

more on the obstructionist repugs

calling gonzales on his lies

Embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales faced a new firestorm on Tuesday sparked by a report he may have misled lawmakers in 2005 about civil liberty violations by the FBI.” Rep. Jerrold Nadler “called for the appointment of a Special Prosecutor to investigate the prima facie case that Gonzales provided false statements to Congress, noting that misleading Congress is a serious crime.”

“Attorney General Gonzales has shown an apparent reckless disregard for the rule of law and a fundamental lack of respect for the oversight responsibilities of Congress,” said Rep. Nadler. “The man entrusted with enforcing our nation’s laws must also abide by them — and Mr. Gonzales has apparently failed in that duty. Providing false, misleading or inaccurate statements to Congress is a serious crime, and the man who may have committed those acts cannot be trusted to investigate himself. A Special Prosecutor is necessary to investigate this and the countless other violations of the law apparently committed by this Executive Branch.”

(Think Progress)
Will there be some accountability? I'm not holding my breath, but maybe...finally...