Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Oops, Seems Obama Never Planned to Take the Press Along.

Political Punch
UPDATE: Obama campaign spokeswoman Linda Douglass says, "We told military officials explicitly that Senator Obama had absolutely no intention of bringing any members of the media or photographers in with him to visit the wounded warriors. In all of our communications with the military, we stressed that this was to be a private visit by Senator Obama."

Inifinite Crime

Crimes and Misdemeanors - By Emily Bazelon, Kara Hadge, Dahlia Lithwick, and Chris Wilson - Slate Magazine
Each scandal is represented by a colored circle that encompasses the people who are implicated. As it's easy to see, many of the players here are mixed up in two, three, or more of the alleged crimes. Hence all the overlapping circles (Venn-diagram heaven!).

The best way to make sense of this legal tangle is to mouse over the title of an individual scandal, which will highlight everyone implicated. For example, the wiretapping bubble ensnares George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, David Addington, John Ashcroft, John Yoo, and Alberto Gonzales. At the same time, Ashcroft and Gonzales fall into the overlapping circle for monkey business related to DoJ hiring. Mouse over a person's name for information on how each person is involved. Mouse over the title of each circle for specifics about the particular scandal.

And if all else fails, fall back on this golden rule of wrongdoing in the White House: All roads lead to Gonzales.

Inifinite Crime

Crimes and Misdemeanors - By Emily Bazelon, Kara Hadge, Dahlia Lithwick, and Chris Wilson - Slate Magazine
Each scandal is represented by a colored circle that encompasses the people who are implicated. As it's easy to see, many of the players here are mixed up in two, three, or more of the alleged crimes. Hence all the overlapping circles (Venn-diagram heaven!).

The best way to make sense of this legal tangle is to mouse over the title of an individual scandal, which will highlight everyone implicated. For example, the wiretapping bubble ensnares George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, David Addington, John Ashcroft, John Yoo, and Alberto Gonzales. At the same time, Ashcroft and Gonzales fall into the overlapping circle for monkey business related to DoJ hiring. Mouse over a person's name for information on how each person is involved. Mouse over the title of each circle for specifics about the particular scandal.

And if all else fails, fall back on this golden rule of wrongdoing in the White House: All roads lead to Gonzales.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Hate Radio Finds A Recruit

Police: Accused shooter hated liberals, expected to be killed : TVUU church shooting : Knoxville News Sentinel
Jim D. Adkisson, 58, of Powell wrote a four-page letter in which he stated his “hatred of the liberal movement,” Owen said. “Liberals in general, as well as gays.”


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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Oil Falls Due to Slumping U.S.Economy

News from The Associated Press
Falling prices at the filling station reflect the concern of many energy traders that the weakening U.S. economy is hurting demand. Analysts say that is helping keep oil prices from racing back higher.

Light, sweet crude for September delivery rose 6 cents at $124.50 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Do Not Talk To The Police.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Day of Reckoning? Super Rich Tax Cheats Outed by Bank Clerk

ABC News: Day of Reckoning? Super Rich Tax Cheats Outed
The bank clerk, Heinrich Kieber, has been branded a thief by the government of Liechtenstein for violating the country's bank secrecy laws.

He is now in hiding but scheduled to testify to the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Thursday via a video statement from a secret location, according to Congressional investigators.

Aides for committee chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) are scheduled to provide reporters with a background briefing later this morning in Washington on the committee's investigation of tax haven banks in Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
ABC News: Day of Reckoning? Super Rich Tax Cheats Outed


The names of the US citizens are now in the hands of the IRS and Senate investigators.

Washington lawyers say a number of prominent citizens have been subpoenaed to testify but have already indicated they will refuse to testify, asserting their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

It is not yet clear whether Senator Levin will insist they appear in front of the committee anyway.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

We Torture.

The Truth! It Burns!

Why Bill Moyers Matters.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Global Warming.

Russian researchers flee melting Arctic ice floe - Yahoo! News
MOSCOW - Russian scientists are evacuating a research station built on an Arctic ice floe because global warming has melted the ice to a fraction of its original size, a spokesman said.


The North Pole-35 station, where 21 researchers and two dogs live in huts, will be taken off the floe in the western Arctic Ocean this week instead of in late August as originally planned, said Sergei Balyasnikov of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute in St. Petersburg.

The research crew landed in early September on the 1.2- by 2.5-mile floe near the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago. During its westward drift of more than 1,550 miles, the floe shrank to just 1,000 by 2,000 feet.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

From the World of Duh...

ACLU Blog: Because Freedom Can’t Blog Itself: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union » Strip Search of 13-Year-Old for Ibuprofen Ruled Unconstitutional
“A reasonable school official, seeking to protect the students in his charge, does not subject a thirteen-year-old girl to a traumatic search to ‘protect’ her from the danger of Advil,” the federal appellate court wrote in today’s opinion. “We reject Safford’s effort to lump together these run-of-the-mill anti-inflammatory pills with the evocative term ‘prescription drugs,’ in a knowing effort to shield an imprudent strip search of a young girl behind a larger war against drugs.”

Friday, July 11, 2008

Bush Tours...


Bush Tours America To Survey Damage Caused By His Disastrous Presidency

Gobal Warming is very, very real.

Antarctic ice shelf 'hanging by thread': European scientists - Yahoo! News
PARIS (AFP) - New evidence has emerged that a large plate of floating ice shelf attached to Antarctica is breaking up, in a troubling sign of global warming, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Thursday.

Images taken by its Envisat remote-sensing satellite show that Wilkins Ice Shelf is "hanging by its last thread" to Charcot Island, one of the plate's key anchors to the Antarctic peninsula, ESA said in a press release.

"Since the connection to the island... helps stabilise the ice shelf, it is likely the breakup of the bridge will put the remainder of the ice shelf at risk," it said.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

When Fox News Is the Story

The Media Equation - When Fox News Is the Story - NYTimes.com
As crude as that sounds, it works. By blacklisting reporters it does not like, planting stories with friendlies at every turn, Fox News has been living a life beyond consequence for years. Honesty compels me to admit that I have choked a few times at the keyboard when Fox News has come up in a story and it was not absolutely critical to the matter at hand.

Riding High With Fox News, Murdoch Aide Has Harder Slog - WSJ.com

After Riding High With Fox News, Murdoch Aide Has Harder Slog - WSJ.com
Using a similar approach, he has since taken on a more prominent role at News Corp. -- including running the company's local television stations -- but the results aren't as impressive. Accustomed to operating his own fiefdom, Mr. Ailes has ruffled feathers among other executives. He has started a new TV network, called MyNetworkTV, but it hasn't shown much sign of life amid a broader slump in the local-TV business. Meanwhile, ratings at Fox News are declining faster than those of its competitors and its advertising-sales growth is slowing.

Mr. Ailes's independent streak contributed to the decision last year of Rupert Murdoch's son and heir apparent, Lachlan Murdoch, to quit the company. The younger Murdoch felt Mr. Ailes was undercutting his position, according to people close to the situation.

His style has even affected News Corp.'s relations with other media companies. Executives at CBS Corp., frustrated with the slow pace of negotiations between the two, didn't tell Mr. Ailes they planned to shutter CBS's UPN network, which ran on 10 News Corp. stations, until 10 minutes before the January news conference.

Fox Hates.

Fox Business Channel / Jossip
The Flight of Fox News’ PR Team


Are things going downhill fast at Fox News Channel’s media relations department, just as they’re trying to generate positive buzz for today’s launch of Fox Business Channel?

Michael Murphy, a senior staffer at FNC’s D.C. bureau, just walked off the job — following director Leah Yoon and regular spokesman Darin Johnson. For what it’s worth, Michael emails us to say that he’s “leaving on great terms,” and, “I’m leaving to actually relocate home and be with my family at this time for personal reasons.” Mainstay publicist Dana Klinghoffer, however, remains — as some of your pitch-filled inboxes can attest to.

Which begs the question: Just what state of mind is Irena Briganti in these days? Which is sort of a silly question, we know.

<a href="http://gawker.com/tag/irena-briganti/?i=5022476&t=irena-briganti-the-most-vindictive-flack-in-the-media-world">Irena Briganti: Irena Briganti, The Most Vindictive Flack In The Media World</a><br><blockquote>nti, flackery, profiles, public relations, television, media...<br>, fox news, roger ailes, moguls, rupert murdoch, newspapers, magazines, karma, evil corporations in action, top, fox<br>Irena Briganti, The Most Vindictive Flack In The Media World<br><br>So, David Carr has gone and pulled the curtain back a bit on Fox PR—the single most vicious PR operation in all the media. Good for him. So let's do our part by zeroing in on the one flack who is the face of Fox's feared, vengeful media relations operation. Her name is Irena Briganti. She's the female alter ego and mouthpiece of Fox boss Roger Ailes (pictured). She's been described as bubbly and charming in person. But she's the one holding the bloody hatchet that Fox regularly brings down right on reporters' heads. Here's everything you need to know about the scariest flack in mediadom:</blockquote>

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

There is No Oil Shortage.

Energy experts puzzled over oil prices - Yahoo! News
"We are very uncertain about the oil prices since it's highly volatile and we don't really know whether it is going to be stabilizing or going to lower levels," he told delegates. "But everybody agrees that oil prices are too high."

"There is a lot of uncertainty about demand," Khelil said. "Consequently there is a lot of uncertainty about the decision of investing" the tens of billions of dollars needed to make additional crude and refined supplies available.

He identified the main driver of prices as the weak U.S. dollar and the linked subprime crisis in America; geopolitical tensions, and increased emphasis on U.S. bioethanol production which he suggested diverted production of diesel and led to shortages.

Urging the world to brace for a "really big reshuffle" in energy expectations, Christophe de Margerie, CEO of French energy giant Total SA, said he expected oil production to plateau in just 12 years at 94 million barrels a day — less then 10 million barrels more than available now. And he warned the forecast was optimistic.