Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Immigration reform takes center stage on Bush tour-Plan guards border, starts a guest-worker program, Bush says during Southwest visit.

Immigration reform takes center stage on Bush tour-Plan guards border, starts a guest-worker program, Bush says during Southwest visit.: "'We're going to prevent people from coming here in the first place. ... And then I told you we've got to have better interior enforcement, plus a rational worker plan that is not amnesty.'"

W loves cheap labor. I hope you southwest labor folks like losing your jobs.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

USATODAY.com - Rice defends prisoner tactics

USATODAY.com - Rice defends prisoner tactics: "'We have never fought a war like this before where ... you can't allow somebody to commit the crime before you detain them,' she said. 'Because if they commit the crime, thousands of innocent people die.'"

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Reuters AlertNet - Gunmen in Iraqi army uniforms kill four in sleep

Reuters AlertNet - Gunmen in Iraqi army uniforms kill four in sleep: "BAGHDAD, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Gunmen in Iraqi army uniforms shot dead a 70-year-old Sunni Arab tribal leader and three of his sons as they slept in their home, relatives said on Wednesday.

A Defence Ministry official denied Iraqi troops were involved in the slayings in the Hurriya district of Baghdad overnight and said the killers must have been terrorists in disguise.

'Iraqi army uniforms litter the streets and any terrorist can kill and tarnish our image, killing two birds with one stone,' he said.

The attack is likely to fuel sectarian tensions which have raised fears of civil war.

It comes a week after the discovery of more than 170 malnourished Sunni prisoners locked in an Interior Ministry bunker. Some showed signs of starvation and torture.

In the latest attack, an Interior Ministry official said 40 men wearing army uniforms had come to the victims' house in the night. Relatives said they were shot in their sleep.

One victim was holding his daughter. 'The gunmen told the girl to move then shot the father,' said a relative.

The slain elderly man, Kathim Sirheed Ali, was the head of the Batta tribe, his family said.

Sunni leaders accuse the Shi'ite-dominated Interior Ministry of sanctioning death squads run by Shi'ite militias which attack Sunnis. The government denies it."

Civil war.

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Nov 23

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Nov 23: "Nov 23 (Reuters) - Following are security incidents reported in Iraq on Wednesday, Nov. 23, as of 1100 GMT.

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

BAGHDAD - A 70-year-old Sunni Arab man and three of his sons were killed by gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms in the western Hurriya district of Baghdad, relatives said.

BAGHDAD - A former senior traffic police officer was killed by gunmen in his home in the Yarmouk district of southwestern Baghdad, a police source said.

BAGHDAD - Police said a director at a Baghdad battery factory was killed by gunmen while driving near his home in the western Jami'aa district of Baghdad. "

Stay the course... What course is that?

18 dead in Kirkuk suicide bombing - Pakistan News And World News Network From Pakistan

18 dead in Kirkuk suicide bombing - Pakistan News And World News Network From Pakistan: "BAGHDAD: A suicide car bomb blast killed 18 people, including 10 policemen, in the northern city of Kirkuk on Tuesday, and mortars landed near the US ambassador to Iraq during a ceremony in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit.

The bomber detonated his explosives-laden car next to a group of police vehicles on the main road leading south from Kirkuk to Baghdad shortly after sunset. Police Colonel Borhan Tayyib Taha said 28 people were wounded in the blast. Ambulances ferried the worst cases to hospitals in Kirkuk, where distraught relatives gathered to search for loved ones.

Police said they expected the toll to rise as many of those injured were badly wounded. The blast follows a string of suicide bombs across the country in the past five days in the build up to elections set for Dec 15. "

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

Friday, November 18, 2005

Guns Found in Pa. Teen Slay Suspect's Home - Yahoo! News

Guns Found in Pa. Teen Slay Suspect's Home - Yahoo! News: "The Bordens were each shot once in the head with what authorities said was probably a .40-caliber handgun."

Home schooling. Good Christians. Oh, how can the media cover this?
Normally they blame the kids music or video game... Now what? Blame Jesus, home schooling and guns? No way. Oh the irony.

Bombers Kill 65 at Two Mosques in Iraq - Yahoo! News

Bombers Kill 65 at Two Mosques in Iraq - Yahoo! News: "BAGHDAD, Iraq - Suicide bombers killed 65 worshippers at two Shiite mosques near the Iranian border Friday while in Baghdad two car bombs destroyed the blast wall protecting a hotel housing international journalists and killed eight Iraqis."

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

Bloomberg.com: U.S.

Bloomberg.com: U.S.: "Vice President Dick Cheney on Nov. 16 accused Democratic senators of making ``one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired.'' Bush on Nov. 14 called the attacks ``irresponsible'' and damaging to soldiers' morale.

It will be tough to reverse Bush's sagging poll numbers with such rhetoric, analysts say.

Frank Luntz, a Republican pollster and strategist, said Bush's drop in credibility could hamstring his agenda. ``Trust matters because it affects everything you do,'' he said. ``If you don't have it, even easy things are hard.''"

Lie and lie some more.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

New York Daily News - Home - Richard Cohen: Bush can't handle the truth

New York Daily News - Home - Richard Cohen: Bush can't handle the truth: "For example, the insistence that Saddam was somehow linked to 9/11 tells you that to Bush and his people, the facts did not matter. It did not matter that Mohamed Atta never met with Iraqis in Prague. It did not matter that Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, was finding no evidence of an Iraqi nuclear weapons program. None of that mattered to Vice President Cheney, a fibber without peer in the realm, who warned of a 'reconstituted' nuclear weapons program, promoted the nonexistent Prague meeting and went after legitimate critics. 'We will not hesitate to discredit you,' Cheney told ElBaradei and Hans Blix, the other important UN inspector. ElBaradei recently won the Nobel Peace Prize."

Ya think?!?

The Woodward Bombshell

The Woodward Bombshell: "Downie, who was informed by Woodward late last month, said his most famous employee had 'made a mistake.' Despite Woodward's concerns about his confidential sources, Downie said, 'he still should have come forward, which he now admits. We should have had that conversation. . . . I'm concerned that people will get a mis-impression about Bob's value to the newspaper and our readers because of this one instance in which he should have told us sooner.'"

So powerful.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO / Local leaders unleash vitriol at O'Reilly / TV host should be fired for comments about city, Daly says

SAN FRANCISCO / Local leaders unleash vitriol at O'Reilly / TV host should be fired for comments about city, Daly says: "Not everybody took Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's on-air comments this week about terrorists bombing Coit Tower as the hyperbole that fills the talk-radio ether. One of the ticked off was San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly, who Friday called for O'Reilly to be fired."

This is "Fair and Balanced" wow. Fire this prick and make it yesterday.

Philadelphia Inquirer | 11/11/2005 | Robertson says Dover deserves snub from God

Philadelphia Inquirer | 11/11/2005 | Robertson says Dover deserves snub from God: "Yesterday, he turned his attention to the embattled community of Dover in York County, suggesting its people might suffer some divine wrath for having just elected school board members who support evolution.

During an episode of The 700 Club, Robertson said the people of Dover should not bother seeking God's help in a disaster because 'you just voted God out of your city' on Tuesday. 'I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: If there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God; you just rejected him from your city.'

Six hours later, Robertson issued a response to the news media, saying he was 'simply stating that our spiritual actions have consequences... . God is tolerant and loving, but we can't keep sticking our finger in his eye forever.'"

Loons. These are the people selecting supreme court members. Happy Republicans?

Bush Contends Partisan Critics Hurt War Effort - New York Times

Bush Contends Partisan Critics Hurt War Effort - New York Times: "TOBYHANNA, Pa., Nov. 11 - President Bush on Friday sharply criticized Democrats who have accused him of misleading the nation about the threat from Iraq's weapons programs, calling their criticism 'deeply irresponsible' and suggesting that they are undermining the war effort."

He's a liar.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

ABC News: U.S. Marines Kill Five Insurgents in Iraq

ABC News: U.S. Marines Kill Five Insurgents in Iraq: "BAGHDAD, Iraq Nov 8, 2005 — U.S. Marines killed five insurgents and captured 10 others in a city west of Baghdad as American forces there stepped up their campaign to suppress deadly roadside bombs, the U.S. military said Tuesday.

Four Americans, meanwhile, died Monday evening in a suicide car bombing in southwestern Baghdad, the military said. A civilian translator was also killed in the attack."

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

In Virginia, today's election more than just a governor's race - The Boston Globe

In Virginia, today's election more than just a governor's race - The Boston Globe: "WASHINGTON -- The names on the ballot are Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Jerry Kilgore, but bragging rights in today's gubernatorial election in Virginia will go to one of the state's two presidential aspirants, Democratic Governor Mark Warner or Senator George Allen.

They have made the Kaine/Kilgore race a test of their own political clout at a time when each wants to show his stuff -- and when dowdy old Virginia has become a highly relevant microcosm of the United States."

The Democrat will lose. The people of Virginia are not exactly well educated.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Today in History - Nov. 7

Today in History - Nov. 7: "Today is Monday, Nov. 7, the 311th day of 2005. There are 54 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 7, 1917, Russia's Bolshevik Revolution took place as forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky.

On this date:

In 1893, the state of Colorado granted its women the right to vote.

In 1916, Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress.

In 1929, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City opened to the public.

In 1940, the middle section of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state collapsed during a windstorm.

In 1944, President Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Thomas E. Dewey.

In 1962, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt died in New York City.

In 1962, Richard M. Nixon, having lost California's gubernatorial race, held what he called his 'last press conference,' telling reporters, 'You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore.'

In 1973, Congress overrode President Nixon's veto of the War Powers Act, which limits a chief executive's power to wage war without congressional approval.

In 1980, actor Steve McQueen died in Juarez, Mexico, at age 50.

In 1998, John Glenn returned to Earth aboard the space shuttle Discovery, visibly weak but elated after a nine-day mission.

Ten years ago: In a Japanese courtroom, three American military men admitted to the ambush-rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan schoolgirl, an attack that outraged the Japanese and strained security ties between Japan and the U.S. (The men later received prison sentences ranging from 6 1/2 to seven years.)

Five years ago: Americans went to the polls for an election that would result in indecision for George W. Bush and Al Gore, with Florida's disputed electoral votes emerging as critical. Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first first lady to win public office, defeating "

Wheee!

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Nov. 6

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Nov. 6: "Nov 6 (Reuters) - Following are security incidents reported in Iraq on Sunday, Nov. 6, as of 1505 GMT.

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

* indicates new or updated items. * BAGHDAD - Three people were killed and seven wounded by a car bomb in western Baghdad, police said.

MAHAWEEL - One Iraqi policeman was killed and three others were wounded when a roadside bomb went off near their patrol in Mahawil, 75 km (50 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

BALAD - Two people were killed and another kidnapped by gunmen in Balad, north of Baghdad, police said. "

Nation buildng.

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Judge Weighs Evolution Arguments in Pa.

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Judge Weighs Evolution Arguments in Pa.: "HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A federal judge is contemplating whether the mandatory teaching of ``intelligent design'' improperly promotes religion in schools, after the historic evolution trial drew to a close.

Federal Judge John E. Jones III said he wanted to issue a ruling by January, the latest legal chapter in the decades-long debate over the teaching of evolution in public school.

The six-week trial in Pennsylvania featured expert witnesses debating the scientific merits of the intelligent design concept and clashes over whether creationism was discussed in school board meetings months before the curriculum changed in 2004.

Eight families asked the judge to overturn the policy of the Dover Area School District, which requires students hear a statement about intelligent design before ninth-grade biology lessons on evolution."

The Republicans want a return to the dark ages. Not a news flash.

Document counters claims that Al Qaeda got training in Iraq - The Boston Globe

Document counters claims that Al Qaeda got training in Iraq - The Boston Globe: "WASHINGTON -- A government document raises doubts about claims that Al Qaeda members received training for biological and chemical weapons in Iraq, as Senate Democrats yesterday defended their push for a report on how the Bush administration handled prewar intelligence.

Democrats forced the Senate into an unusual closed session last week as they sought assurances the Intelligence Committee would complete an investigation of intelligence about Iraq before the US-led invasion in March 2003."

We were lied in to a war.

IOL: First US casualties reported in border battle

IOL: First US casualties reported in border battle: "US and Iraqi troops battled house-to-house with insurgents today, the third day of a major offensive against al-Qaida insurgents in a town near Iraq’s border with Syrian, and the US command reported the first American death in the operation.

The US commander of the joint force, Col Stephen Davis, said his troops had moved “about halfway” through Husaybah, a market town along the Euphrates River about 200 miles north-west of Baghdad.

At least 36 insurgents hav been killed since the assault began on Saturday, and about 200 men have been detained, Davis said.

He did not give a breakdown of nationalities of the detainees. Many were expected to be from a pro-insurgent Iraqi tribe.

A Marine was killed by small arms fire in Husaybah yesterday, the military said.

The New York Times, which has a journalist embedded with the US forces, reported that three Marines were also wounded yesterday.

The death raised to at least 2,046 the number of members of the US military who have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003."

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

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Nov. 2

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Nov. 2: "Nov 2 (Reuters) - Following are security incidents reported in Iraq on Wednesday, Nov. 2, as of 1230 GMT.

U.S. and Iraqi forces are battling a Sunni Arab insurgency against the Shi'ite and Kurdish-led government in Baghdad. * indicates new or updated item. * RAMADI - A U.S. Marine 'Super Cobra' helicopter crashed in Ramadi, 110 km (70 miles) west of Baghdad, killing its two-man crew, the military said. The cause of the crash was unknown. * FALLUJA - One Iraqi soldier was killed and four others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their patrol in Falluja, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, police said. Two civilians were killed in subsequent shooting. * BAGHDAD - One policeman was killed and five wounded when their patrol was attacked in southern Baghdad, police said. * KHASIM - Iraqi police said they retrieved a body from a river in the small town of Khasim, near Hilla, south of Baghdad. The body was identified as that of a senior member of the city council of Khasim who was abducted three days ago.

HUSAYBA - The U.S. military said it conducted air strikes on three al Qaeda safe houses in western Iraq, killing a 'terror leader' suspected of helping smuggle foreign fighters from Syria into Iraq. The military said it had information that in total six insurgents were killed in the air strikes.

BAGHDAD - Five Iraqi soldiers were killed and four wounded when a roadside bomb went off near their patrol in the southeastern district of Baghdad, police said. * BAGHDAD - Five civilians were killed and several more wounded when a roadside bomb hit a van on the outskirts of Baghdad, police said and the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD - Five civilians were wounded when a bomb went off near a vegetable market in the southern Doura district of the capital, police said.

BAGHDAD - A policeman was wounded when gunmen attacked an Iraqi police patrol in western Baghdad, police said. "

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

Today in history - Nov. 2 - Boston.com

Today in history - Nov. 2 - Boston.com: "Ten years ago: A man claiming to have a bomb hijacked a school bus with 13 learning-disabled children aboard, leading authorities around Miami-area highways for 1 1/2 hours before being fatally shot by police. The United States expelled Daiwa Bank Ltd. for allegedly covering up $1.1 billion in trading losses.

Five years ago: An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts became the first residents of the international space station, christening it Alpha at the start of their four-month mission.

One year ago: President Bush was elected to a second term as Republicans strengthened their grip on Congress. Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was slain in Amsterdam after receiving death threats over a movie he had made criticizing the treatment of women under Islam. Sgt. Charles Robert Jenkins pleaded guilty to deserting the U.S. Army in 1965 to avoid duty in Korea and Vietnam; he was court martialed, stripped of his rank and discharged from the Army."

Wheee!