Monday, October 31, 2005

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Bush to Announce Supreme Court Nominee

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Bush to Announce Supreme Court Nominee: "For instance, Alito, 55, wrote the lone dissent in a case striking down a Pennsylvania law that included a provision requiring women seeking abortions to inform their husbands.

The case later was appealed to the Supreme Court, which voted 6-3 in 1992 to strike down the spousal notification requirement. In his dissent, former Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said he agreed with Alito's reasoning."

I'm sure the Democrats will whine and then give in. We are losing rights. You know that? If you're a Republican you probably think that as long as you have a gun and a church you're free. Well, that's about to be all you do have.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Top News Article | Reuters.com

Top News Article | Reuters.com: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The indictment of former top White House aide Lewis Libby in the CIA leak investigation will put Vice President Dick Cheney's office at the center of court proceedings, raising the specter of a politically damaging trial for the beleaguered Bush administration.

Libby, who resigned on Friday as Cheney's chief of staff after being indicted for obstructing justice, perjury and lying, is expected to make his first court appearance in the next week or so for an arraignment."

Yawn. Rove now knows he can do whatever he wants.

Friday, October 14, 2005

AP Wire | 10/13/2005 | Today in history - Oct. 14

AP Wire | 10/13/2005 | Today in history - Oct. 14: "Ten years ago: An armed gunman seized a bus carrying South Korean tourists in Moscow's Red Square (commandos stormed the bus the next day, killing the gunman and freeing four remaining hostages). The Atlanta Braves won the National League pennant by beating the Cincinnati Reds, 6-0, to complete a four-game sweep.

Five years ago: Two hijackers seized a London-bound Saudi Arabian Airlines jetliner carrying more than 100 people, taking it first to Syria and then to Baghdad, Iraq, where they surrendered peacefully. A mudslide caused by heavy rains swept through the Swiss Alpine village of Gondo, destroying buildings and killing 13 people.

One year ago: The Treasury Department announced that the federal deficit had surged to a record $413 billion in 2004. A suicide bomber killed four Americans in the U.S.-guarded 'Green Zone' of Baghdad."

Whee!

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Oct 13

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Oct 13: "Oct 13 (Reuters) - Following are security incidents reported in Iraq on Wednesday, Oct. 13, as of 0900 GMT.

U.S. and Iraqi forces are battling a Sunni Arab insurgency against the Shi'ite and Kurdish-led government in Baghdad.

UDAIM - Two senior officials from ethnic Turkmen parties were abducted on Wednesday in Udaim, south of Kirkuk.

Police captain Said Ahmed said Kana'an Shakir, the secretary general of the Independent Turkmen Movement, and Hashim Ali, an official in the Turkmen Front, were kidnapped with nine of their bodyguards near Udaim on their way from Baghdad.

MOSUL - Two civilians were killed and one wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a U.S patrol in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police and medical sources said. A U.S. Humvee vehicle was also destroyed, police said, although the U.S. military had no immediate comment on the incident.

RAMADI - A women was killed and 10 other people were wounded on Wednesday when U.S. force conducted an air strike on a residential district in Ramadi, 110 km (68 miles) west of Baghdad, doctor Uday al-Rawi said. The U.S. military had no immediate information about any air strikes in the area.

TIKRIT - A civilian was killed when a mortar round landed on a vegetable market in Tikrit, 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAIJI - A policeman from the Facility Protection Service, a government-run security force, was killed by gunmen in Baiji, 180 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Eight policemen were wounded when two mortar rounds landed on Aadamiya police station in northern Baghdad, police said. They said one of the wounded was Brigadier Khalid, the director of the police station. "

Nation building? Hard work. Working hard. Can I go potty?

Reuters AlertNet - Iraqis ready to vote, U.S. troops tell Bush

Reuters AlertNet - Iraqis ready to vote, U.S. troops tell Bush: "WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) - A handpicked group of U.S. troops told President George W. Bush on Thursday they believed the Iraqi people were eager to vote in a weekend referendum on an Iraqi constitution.

In a carefully scripted event, Bush spoke to 10 U.S. troops and an Iraqi soldier in a video teleconference about preparations for the Saturday vote, which is critical to U.S. aims for democracy in Iraq and creating conditions for the ultimate withdrawal of American forces."

Bwahaha! Things are so great we have to script!

Friday, October 07, 2005

The Seattle Times: Politics: Senate adds ban on torture to bill

The Seattle Times: Politics: Senate adds ban on torture to bill: "WASHINGTON — The Senate delivered a rebuke to the Bush administration last night, adding language banning U.S. torture of military prisoners to a $440 billion military-spending bill in defiance of a White House threat to veto the whole bill if the anti-torture language were attached."

Bush likes torture. Proving once again he has no character, no morals, no ethics. Bush is bad for America and Bush does not support the troops.

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Oct 6

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Oct 6: "Oct 6 (Reuters) - Following are security incidents reported in Iraq on Thursday, Oct. 6, as of 2130 GMT.

U.S. and Iraqi forces are battling a Sunni Arab insurgency against the Shi'ite and Kurdish-led government in Baghdad.

BAGHDAD - One civilian was killed and another eight wounded when a suicide car bomb targeted a U.S. patrol in al-Nidhal street in central Baghdad, a police source said.

BAGHDAD - At least 11 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself on a bus carrying police recruits near Iraq's oil ministry in Baghdad, police said. Another 11 people were reported wounded in the attack.

BAGHDAD - A U.S. soldier was killed when a patrol struck a roadside bomb in north Baghdad, the U.S. military said in a statement.

KIRKUK - Gunmen shot dead five oil ministry security guards and wounded another three as they were driving to the northern city of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad. Lieutenant Jawaad Abdullah said they were shot in the town of Uthaim, south of Kirkuk.

MOSUL - Gunmen killed Salem Ayoub Sillo, a local prison chief, and his driver in the northern Noor district of Mosul, a police source said.

FALLUJA - Police said a suicide car bomb detonated against a U.S. convoy in central Falluja, on Wednesday evening, destroying one U.S. Humvee. There were no immediate comments from the U.S. military on the incident.

JIBLA - Three people were killed and two wounded from the same family when gunmen attacked the house of Haithem al- Husseini, a leader in Dawa party, in Jibla, 100 km south of Baghdad. Police said that al-Husseini was not in his house during the attack and he escaped death for the second time.

UTHAIM - One driver is killed when a roadside bomb exploded near two oil tankers in Uthaim, 50 km north of Baquba.

RAMADI - One U.S. Humvee was struck by a roadside bomb south of Ramadi, 110 km (68 miles) west of Baghdad, a police source said. There were no immediate comments from the U.S. military on the incident.

HADITHA - The U.S. military said in a statement that it had killed "six Al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists" and detained at least 110 suspects since Operation River Gate began on Oct. 4 in the western cities of Haditha, Haqlaniyah and Barwana.

* QAIM - U.S. forces in Operation Iron Fist, launched on Oct. 1 on the Syrian border, killed two insurgents with tank fire on Wednesday, the military said in a statement. Aircraft killed seven fighters when they destroyed buildings near Karabila on Wednesday, it added. Twenty guerrillas were killed in the bombing of a hotel in Qusayba overnight, it said. (Reporting by Nabil Noor il-Din in Mosul, Fadel al-Badrani in Falluja, Aref Mohammed in Kirkuk and Baghdad Newsroom) "

Nation building is hard work. We're working hard. Can I go potty?

Today in History - Oct. 7

Today in History - Oct. 7: "n 1960, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and Republican opponent Richard M. Nixon held the second of their broadcast debates.

In 1979, Pope John Paul II concluded his weeklong tour of the United States with a Mass on the Washington Mall.

In 1998, Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was beaten and left tied to a wooden fencepost outside of Laramie, Wyo.; he died five days later. (Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney are serving life sentences for Shepard's murder.)

In 2003, California voters recalled Gov. Gray Davis and elected Arnold Schwarzenegger their new governor.

Ten years ago: New York's Central Park was transformed into a giant open-air cathedral as Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass before a flock of 130,000. A magnitude 7 earthquake struck Indonesia, killing more than 80 people.

Five years ago: Vojislav Kostunica took the oath of office as Yugoslavia's first popularly elected president, closing the turbulent era of Slobodan Milosevic.

One year ago: President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney conceded that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction, even as they tried to shift the Iraq war debate to a new issue _ whether the invasion was justified because Saddam was abusing a U.N. oil-for-food program. Two bombs exploded at a gathering of Sunni Muslim radicals in Multan, Pakistan, killing some three dozen people. Cambodia's King Norodom Sihanouk abdicated because of poor health. Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek won the Nobel Prize in literature.

Today's Birthdays: Actress June Allyson is 88. Singer Al Martino is 78. Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is 74. Former National Security Council aide Oliver North is 62. Rock musician Kevin Godley (10cc) is 60. Country singer Kieran Kane is 56. Singer John Mellencamp is 54. Rock musician Ricky Phillips is 54. Actress Mary Badham is 53. Actress Christopher Norris is 52. Rock musician Tico Torres "

Wheee!

Thought for Today: "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." _ Samuel Johnson, English lexicographer (1709-1784). (To which Ambrose Bierce later commented, "I beg to submit that it is the first.")

13abc.com: Complete Text of Speech

13abc.com: Complete Text of Speech: "Third, the militants believe that controlling one country will rally the Muslim masses, enabling them to overthrow all moderate governments in the region, and establish a radical Islamic empire that spans from Spain to Indonesia. With greater economic and military and political power, the terrorists would be able to advance their stated agenda: to develop weapons of mass destruction, to destroy Israel, to intimidate Europe, to assault the American people, and to blackmail our government into isolation."

I never heard this claim made in regard to Saddam... Is Bush admitting to making the world less safe? Yes. Yes, he has.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Oct 4

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Oct 4: "U.S. and Iraqi forces are battling a Sunni Arab insurgency against the Shi'ite and Kurdish-led government in Baghdad.

Asterisk denotes a new or updated item.

*MAHMUDIYA/YUSUFIYA - The U.S. military said that 'more than three dozen terrorists were ... killed, wounded ... or detained' in an engagement by Iraqi and U.S. forces with more than 40 guerrillas south of Baghdad between the towns of Mahmudiya and Yusufiya. The statement said initial reports indicated three Iraqi soldiers were killed.

BAGHDAD - A suicide car bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint after he drove with a convoy of other vehicles into Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, killing two Iraqi soldiers and a civilian and wounding six other people, police sources said.

*BAGHDAD - Iraqi soldiers raided an office of Arab Sunni political leader Saleh al-Mutlak and arrested 10 of his guards and wounded one, a spokesman for Mutlak's Iraqi National Dialogue said. The raid took place in the Hay al-Jamaa district of Baghdad after clashes between Iraqi soldiers and insurgents, said the spokesman.

KARABILA - One U.S. soldier was killed on Monday by an improvised bomb in Karabila, near the Syrian border, during a major military operation called Iron Fist, a U.S. military statement said.

HAQLANIYA - Three U.S. soldiers were killed on Monday by improvised bombs in Haqlaniya, in western Anbar province, the U.S. military said in a statement.

BALAD - A U.S. soldier died of a gunshot wound near Balad, north of Baghdad, on Monday, the military said in a statement. It said it was investigating and made no mention of combat. The wording was similar to that used in first reports of accidental or self-inflicted wounds or 'friendly fire' incidents. "

Nation building is hard work. Working hard. Can I go potty?

Today in History - Oct. 5

Today in History - Oct. 5: "Ten years ago: Seamus Heaney of Ireland won the 1995 Nobel Prize in literature. Bosnia's combatants agreed to a 60-day cease-fire and new talks on ending their 3 1/2 years of battle.

Five years ago: In the only debate of presidential running mates during the 2000 campaign, Republican Dick Cheney and Democrat Joseph Lieberman disagreed firmly but politely about military readiness, tax cuts and the future of Social Security.

One year ago: Vice President Dick Cheney and Democratic rival John Edwards slugged it out over Iraq, jobs and each other's judgment in their one and only vice-presidential debate. Americans' supply of flu vaccine was abruptly cut in half as British regulators unexpectedly shut down Chiron Corp., a major supplier. Americans David Gross, H. David Politzer and Frank Wilczeck won the Nobel Prize in physics. A state judge threw out Louisiana's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Tiger Woods married Swedish model Elin Nordegren in Barbados. Comedian Rodney Dangerfield died in Los Angeles at age 82."

Wheee!

World News Article | Reuters.co.uk

World News Article | Reuters.co.uk: "BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Marines on Tuesday launched their biggest offensive this year against al Qaeda guerrillas in western Iraq, the military saying 2,500 troops attacked militants around Haditha.

Two months after the last push against Islamist fighters ended with al Qaeda still in control, to the dismay of locals alarmed by its Taliban-style rule over civilians, Operation River Gate aims to stop the group operating in Haditha and two nearby towns, Haqlaniya and Barwana, a military statement said.

As America threw its military might against Sunni Arab insurgents, the United Nations spoke up for Sunni politicians in urging the Shi'ite-led parliament to alter a ruling that angered the minority by raising the hurdle to their, probably vain, bid to vote down a new constitution at next week's referendum.

Describing it as 'moving the goalposts at the end of the game', a U.N. official told Reuters he expected parliament to meet on Wednesday to reverse a decision that had raised the prospect of a new Sunni boycott of the electoral process.

That would be a major setback to U.S. efforts to draw the once dominant minority into Iraq's post-Saddam Hussein politics."

Nation building.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Last One to Leave, Please Turn On the Lights

Last One to Leave, Please Turn On the Lights: "Before Congress, however, Casey painted a rather different picture of the Iraqi national-army-that-isn't. In fact, on a crucial point, his testimony bore little relation to the assessments that either George Bush or Donald Rumsfeld claimed they had heard. Last June, the Pentagon informed Congress that three Iraqi battalions were finally at 'Level 1' of preparedness -- that is, 'fully trained, equipped, and capable of operating independently' of U.S. forces. On Thursday, Casey lowered this estimate to one battalion (evidently not even one of the previous three), calling it a 'step backward.' In other words, of the 100-plus battalions in the American-created Iraqi army, only one -- perhaps 1,000 soldiers -- is capable of heading off on its own to fight, out of sight of its American protectors. Donald Rumsfeld has often talked about the 'metrics' of success. Well, here's perhaps the most significant metric we have on the Iraqi military -- the essence of what passes for a Bush administration plan for the pacification of Iraq -- and it speaks the world."

Two years of "hard work, working hard".

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Oct. 3

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Oct. 3: "Oct 3 (Reuters) - Following are security incidents reported in Iraq on Monday, Oct. 3, as of 0830 GMT.

U.S. and Iraqi forces are battling a Sunni Arab insurgency against the Shi'ite and Kurdish-led government in Baghdad.

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Oil Minister Ibrahim Bahr al-Uloum survived an apparent assassination attempt when a roadside bomb blasted his motorcade, killing three of his escorts and destroying two of the cars in the convoy in the Rashdiya district of northern Baghdad, police and a ministry spokesman said.

HILLA - Two civilians were killed and another six wounded when a bomb detonated inside a restaurant in the town of Hilla, 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad, a police source said.

MOSUL - Police said a local official and her son were killed by gunmen in the flashpoint city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad.

TUZ KHURMATU - Chief of the Fayli Kurds was abducted on Sunday in the northern town of Tuz Khurmatu, southeast of Kirkuk. Member of Parliament Samia Azziz said that Ali Mehdi Saleh's guards were briefly kidnapped with him.

(Reporting by Fares al-Mehdawi in Baquba, Sami al-Jumaili in Kerbala and Walid Ibrahim in Baghdad) "

Nation building is hard work. Working hard. Can I go potty?

Today in History - Oct. 3

Today in History - Oct. 3: "In 1981, Irish nationalists at the Maze Prison near Belfast, Northern Ireland, ended seven months of hunger strikes that had claimed 10 lives.

In 1990, West Germany and East Germany ended 45 years of postwar division, declaring the creation of a new unified country.

Ten years ago: The jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial announced its verdicts, finding the former football star not guilty of the 1994 slayings of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman. (Simpson was later found liable in a civil trial).

Five years ago: In their first debate of the 2000 race for the White House, Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush clashed over tax cuts, Medicare prescription drug benefits and campaign finance.

One year ago: National security adviser Condoleezza Rice, interviewed on ABC's 'This Week' program, defended her characterization of Saddam Hussein's nuclear capabilities in the months before the Iraq invasion. Actress Janet Leigh died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 77."

Whee!

Bloomberg.com: U.S.

Bloomberg.com: U.S.: "``I can do my job, with or without the title,'' DeLay said today on ``Fox News Sunday.''"

Evil never dies.