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Archive for July 11th, 2006

Videos: Hannity Slapped Down Again. John Dean on Olbermann. 23% Republicans Blind Followers Who will March over The Cliff in Lockstep

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts), Videos on July 11th, 2006 10:56 am by HL

9/11 Podcasts:
Professor Kevin Barret from The University of Wisconsin goes on Hannity & Colmes and Says that he believes, no sorry, he knows that 9/11 Was an inside job. Of course Hannity jumps all over him as an extremist. The Professor goes on to tell them that in a poll taken in the area 60% also believe the same, and that it is Fox News who are the extremists. He slaps Hannity Down with facts Great stuff, check it out.

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Crooks & Liars
John Dean has written a new book in which researchers study the effect of Leaders, and followers. He reports in an interview with Keith Olbermann, that Republcians are much more likely to be non thinking Kool Aid Drinkers who will follow any order no matter how ridiculous. In order for this to happen they have to believe that there is a dark, nasty enemy lurking in the bushes ready to hurt them, they need to have this belief constantly reinforced. Of course there are many enemies for them to hate: Immigrants, Blacks, Other minorities, Liberal’s, Communists etc. Daily Kos also has a story on this called 23% of Us are F**ked”
Very interesting stuff. Check out the video.

John Dean & Keith Olbermann

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Bush’s War News: 47 More Dead in Iraq, Violence Increasing, Cheney Wants to Stay forever. More Money for Halliburton

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2006 10:12 am by HL

Bush’s Civil War in Iraq Leaves At Least 47 More Dead Today

AP
Excerpt:
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Sunni Arab representatives said Tuesday they will end their boycott of Iraq’s parliament following a call for reconciliation by a radical Shiite cleric and promises that a kidnapped colleague will be released.

The easing of tensions in the government came on a day of violence. Bombings and shootings killed at least 47 people nationwide.

Gunmen seized an Iraqi diplomat on leave from his post in Iran as he was driving near his Baghdad home. Iraq’s Foreign Ministry said Wissam Jabr al-Awadi was a consul in the Iranian city of Kermanshah, a city with a large Kurdish population near the border with Iraq

Iraq Violence Increases Due to Bush’s War.


Talking Points Memo
Excerpt: There’s a brutal, astonishing and final dispatch today from Lawrence Kaplan at the New Republic blog, The Plank. Let me reprint it in full …

Even by the degraded standards of everyday life in Baghdad, this report from CNN’s Nic Robertson comes as a shock:

One international official told me of reports among his staff that a 15-year-old girl had been beheaded and a dog’s head sewn on her body in its place; and of a young child who had had his hands drilled and bolted together before being killed.

From its gruesome particulars, the report goes on to describe the fear that has gripped even the most hardened Iraqis during this latest round of sectarian bloodletting. Robertson’s dispatch points to a revolting truth about the war in Iraq–one that American officers discovered long ago, but which has yet to penetrate fully the imaginations of theoreticians writing from a distant remove. The fact is, there is very little that we can do to dampen the sectarian rage and pathologies tearing Iraq apart at the seams. Did the Army make a mistake when it banished “counterinsurgency” from the lexicon of military affairs? Absolutely. Does it matter in Iraq? Probably not. How can you win over the heart and mind of someone who sews a dog’s head on a girl? Would more U.S. troops alter Iraq’s homicidal dynamic? Not really, given that, on the question of sectarian rage, America is now largely beside the point

Packing It In by Dahr Jamil

Uruknet
Excerpt Surprise, surprise. In an interview with John King from CNN last Thursday, Dick Cheney said that withdrawing US forces from Iraq would be the “worst possible thing we could do.”

Doing his best to stoke the always simmering fears of so many US residents (let us be careful how we use the word “citizen”), Cheney said of the terrorist groups in Iraq, “If we pull out, they’ll follow us”…Lovely to watch how people like Cheney, and the minions who support his ilk, conveniently forget that there was no terrorism in Iraq prior to the US invasion/occupation. And one must love his “logic.” For according to Cheney, “whether we complete the job or not in Iraq” his beloved “terrorism” will “continue” … “only it’ll get worse.”
Then why stay in Iraq, Dick?


Politics News: Cheney’s Cheney, Hilary Mentions Ohio Vote Fraud, Bush Spying on Dems.

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2006 9:47 am by HL

Cheney’s Cheney

The New Yorker
Excerpt: BLAKE ESKIN: Most people have never heard of David Addington. Why is he important enough to be the subject of such an in-depth piece?

JANE MAYER: Addington has been the single most influential legal thinker, according to other Administration lawyers, in shaping the Bush Administration’s legal response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He has left almost no paper trail, and has avoided all public scrutiny—as far as I know, he’s granted no interviews to reporters, and he even avoids having his photo taken by the press. It seemed important to me to hold the creator of these policies accountable, so that the public could understand better who is behind them and how he thinks

Clinton feeds theory of Ohio vote tampering

Cincinnati.com
Excerpt COLUMBUS – U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton took a shot at Secretary of State Ken Blackwell of Cincinnati, the Republican candidate for governor, Monday during her third visit to Ohio this year.

Speaking to more than 3,000 people at a national conference of ACORN – the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now – Clinton prompted whoops and hollers by saying, “Let’s make sure that we count every vote in our elections.”
Referring to presidential races, Clinton said, “This country deserves to have an electoral system that has integrity. I know there’s been a problem here in Ohio, and I hope everybody from Ohio is watching this election like a hawk. Don’t let them pull anything over your eyes again.”

Detainee Rights Create a Divide on Capitol Hill

New York Times
Excerpt: The divisions do not fall strictly along traditional partisan lines and are as much within the parties as between them, particularly for Republicans. On one side of the debate are Republicans who believe Congress should give the president the authority to set up the kind of military commissions that were struck down by the court. Such commissions would sharply curtail defendants’ rights.
On the other side are those who say the trials should be modeled on the military system of courts-martial, an approach that would give detainees more due-process rights than would the commissions. In between, many Republicans and Democrats alike argue for starting with the military judicial system and tweaking it to reflect the differences of trying terrorism suspects.

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Reclaiming The Issues: “Why Is Bush Spying On Democrats?!?”

Peoples Voice
Excerpt:Every time Democrats and progressives speak out about George W. Bush’s spying on Americans without mentioning that he may also be spying on Democrats, they’re playing into Karl Rove’s “National Security Frame” and actually strengthening Republican electoral chances in November.
To short-circuit this, Democrats need to invoke the ghost of Richard Nixon.
If they don’t, even Pete Hoekstra’s new revelations that there are even more as-yet-unreported secret spying programs that Bush has been hiding from Congress will be used by Rove to say to average voters, “See? We’re really looking out for you!”

H.L.s Take:Bush is spying on Democrats because he is scared of them. He is afraid that if they take over he will be impeached, and imprisoned. Which of course is what he deserves.