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February 18, 2005.
Hey we got lots of stuff today, be sure to check out The Social Security Calculator below, you can calculate just how much you will lose under Bush's S.S. plan. But first the story of the day.
Officials Warn of Future Terror AttacksBy KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - Speaking with one voice, President Bush's top intelligence and military officials said Wednesday that terrorists are regrouping for possible new strikes against the United States.
H.L.s Take: What I don't understand the election is over, Bush is still in the white house, so why the terror threats, he must want something, what can it be?
They said the best defense was for Congress to approve the president's military and anti-terror budget. But some in Congress, including prominent Republicans, were questioning some of that spending. Ohhh so thats what it is. Even the Republicans in congress are starting to get tired of giving the monkey a blank check to bankrupt the country (of course the Democrats won't put up a fight, in fact, they will probably fight the Republicans to make sure Bush gets everything he wants) So its time for Tom Ridge to get up there again, and make his vauge unspecified terror warning once again. Hey Tom been a while, we missed you.
Offering few specifics on terror threats,As Always becuase there is no threat. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told a House hearing that the government could reasonably predict attacks would come from terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and other means.
But of course the warnings will suddenly dissappear if they get the total sum they are looking for, just like they did right after the election. Of course the threats are real because our government will be carrying them out against us just like last time Meanwhile, new CIA Director Porter Goss told the Senate Intelligence Committee the Iraq war was giving terrorists experience and contacts for future attacks, Hey Porter, you guys just figuring that out. Doh! and FBI Director Robert Mueller expressed worry that a sleeper operative in the U.S. may have been in place for years, awaiting orders for an attack. Rumsfeld told the House Armed Services Committee that the proposed $419 billion defense package for 2006 would set an ambitious course to "continue prosecuting the war Prosecuting, Doesn't that mean putting on trial and trying to find guilty. So he is putting the war on trial, and trying to find it guilty, Isn't that what we're trying to do and to attack its ideological underpinnings." Yet the Republican-controlled Congress may exercise its considerable authority over federal spending and reject White House requests to simply sign the checks. The Democrats will fight against this to give Bush the money, so he will get it, and then, presto no more threat House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., the new chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said lawmakers were questioning billions in foreign aid and State Department spending that Bush requested in an emergency bill this week. DeLay, R-Texas, said some of Bush's foreign aid proposals "probably do not qualify" for the expedited treatment he's seeking. But with Lieberman, Salazaar, Biden, and The 2 Nelsons on his side, He's still got a shot
If this all looks a little familiar to long time readers heres an H.L. Flashback from way back on August 1, 2004.
Now they're getting more specific with the Terra threats
WASHINGTON - The federal government warned Sunday of possible terrorist attacks against "iconic" financial institutions in New York City, Washington and Newark, N.J., saying a confluence of intelligence over the weekend pointed to a car or truck bomb.
Specifically, the government named these buildings as potential targets:
_The Citicorp building and the New York Stock Exchange sites) in New York City.
_The International Monetary Fund - sites) and the World Bank - sites) buildings in Washington.
_The Prudential building in Newark.
How come there are never terror warning for places like Texas, oh yeah because they vote for Bush in Texas.
"The preferred means of attack would be car or truck bombs," Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said in a briefing with journalists. That would be a primary means of attack. "The government said the new intelligence indicated the meticulous planning of al-Qaida. He identified explosives as the likely mode of attack, as opposed to a chemical or biological attack or a radiological "dirty" bomb.
Ridge said the government's threat level for financial institutions would be raised to orange, or high alert, but would remain at yellow, or elevated, elsewhere. Ridge said it would be up to New York City officials to decide whether to move to the highest level, red. The city has remained on orange since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
If they go to red that means no one can leave there houses, even to go to work. Yeah we'll leave that up y'all over there in New York.????
The threat potential remains through the Nov. 2 elections, Ridge said.
How convenient. Right up until the elections. So if Bush wins the threat magically disappears, If Bush loses then what?
Vague Unspecified Terror Warning of The Week
Thank God we have Jr. to keep us all safe.
No, this time there really really really is a wolf.
End of Flashback:
Hey take a look at this Social Security Calculator I got from Chuck Shumer. You enter your average yearly income, and the year you were born and it will calculate how much you will get under the current plan, the how much you will get under Bush's new plan, and then it will tell you the difference per year.
H.L. Responds: Laura, this is very interesting, Thanks sending it along. H.L
By now you've all heard of Jeff Gannon of course well heres a story anyway.
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