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Archive for February 6th, 2007

Video: Russ Feingold on Countdown Last Night

Posted in Videos, Main Blog (All Posts) on February 6th, 2007 1:31 pm by HL

Crooks & Liars

He told us that too many of his colleagues are "afraid of criticism from the White House… They're trying to have it both ways… People who know better are trying to take the easy way out." He recalled that he had introduced legislation 2 years ago that called for a 15 month timeline for ending the way. It would have been over last year. "Now even Hillary Clinton is talking about a timeline." And now Senator Feingold has moved to the next step– the Iraq Redeployment Act of 2007.


Some Republicans Were Against The Troop Surge Before They Were For It

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on February 6th, 2007 12:38 pm by HL

Republicans refuse to debate Iraq surge

The News Blog
Excerpt
Let’s see which if the Republicans up for re-election in 2008 voted against debating the Iraq surge:

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Larry Craig (R-ID)
Elizabeth Dole (R-NC)
Pete Domenici (R-NM)
Mike Enzi (R-WY)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Gordon Smith (R-OR)
Ted Stevens (R-AK)
John Sununu (R-NH)
John Warner (R-VA)

Lookit here — Chuck Hagel once again proves he’s all talk, but when it comes time for action, he buckles.

NE-Sen, pres: Chuck Hagel — weak

Daily Kos
Excerpt
Chuck Hagel, two weeks ago:

This is a very real, responsible addressing of the most divisive issue in this country since Vietnam. Yes, sure, it’s tough. Absolutely. And I think all 100 senators ought to be on the line on this.
What do you believe? What are you willing to support? What do you think? Why were you elected?
If you wanted a safe job, go sell shoes. This is a tough business. But is it any tougher, us having to take a tough vote, express ourselves and have the courage to step up on what we’re asking our young men and women to do?
I don’t think so.
When I hear, on both sides of this argument, impugning motives and patriotism to our country, not only is it offensive and disgusting but it debases the whole system of our country and who we are.
My goodness. Can’t we debate the most critical issue of our time, out front, in front of the American people?
The expect it. Are we so weak, we can’t do that?

H.L.s Take
Hagel is a typical weak republican, he voted to invoke cloture and end the debate on the resolution he was so fired up about last week. Hagel is a weak weak hypocrite.

NH-Sen: John Sununu — spineless

Daily Kos
Excerpt
John Sununu, two weeks ago:

Republican Sen. John Sununu told CNN Tuesday he will not support President Bush’s plan to send an additional 21,000 U.S. troops to Iraq, although he hasn’t yet decided whether to back a Democratic resolution opposing the move.
Well, he decided that he didn’t really oppose Bush’s plan. Instead, he preferred to support Bush’s escalation.


Ted Haggard Lies: I’m Straight Now

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on February 6th, 2007 11:38 am by HL

Haggard now “completely heterosexual”

AP
Excerpt
DENVER - One of four ministers who oversaw three weeks of intensive counseling for the Rev. Ted Haggard said the disgraced minister emerged convinced that he is “completely heterosexual.”

“He is completely heterosexual,” Ralph said. “That is something he discovered. It was the acting-out situations where things took place. It wasn’t a constant thing.”

H.L.s Take
Oh Pleeeasseee. Who are these guys trying to kid. That may work on the flock that shells out the loot these guys use for speed and gay male hookers, but the rest of us know the truth. Once you’ve crossed that line and started sucking off other dudes (or whatever it was he was doing with the gay prositiute) thats it, your gay. Men who are not gay don’t suddenly start having sex with other men, even if they are tweaked out of their minds. This guy has either been repressing his true sexual desire his whole life, or he is just lying.


Friendly Fire Video That Army Covered Up, Leaked to Press

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on February 6th, 2007 11:09 am by HL

Video shows US friendly fire attack on British tank

AP
Excerpt
The U.S. military had previously refused to release the video to Hull’s (the victims) family, despite requests by British government officials and the coroner investigating the death. The video was leaked and published Tuesday by The Sun newspaper.

The pilot can be heard in the cockpit trying to establish whether targets on the ground are coalition forces or insurgents.

One man asserts that orange panels on the vehicles could mean they are coalition forces — most are equipped with bright markers to prevent such incidents.

Another man is heard saying the orange markers look like rockets.

“I think killing these damn rocket launchers, it would be great,” a man on the recording is heard saying.

Two U.S. A-10 jets allegedly opened fire on Hull’s tank, which was part of five-vehicle convoy engaged in combat outside of Basra. Four other soldiers were injured, including the convoy’s leader, Capt. Alexander MacEwen.

The convoy — three British Scorpion tanks and two engineering vehicles — had come to a halt at the edge of a shantytown near the southern Iraqi city of Basra. The soldiers were being approached by a crowd of civilians carrying a white flag when they were attacked.

The transcript printed in The Sun records the alleged exchange between the pilots after they realize what has happened.

Pilot 1: “I’m going to be sick.”

Pilot 2: “Ah f—.”

Pilot 1: “Did you hear?”

Pilot 2: “Yeah, this sucks.”

Pilot 1: “We’re in jail, dude.”

H.L.s Take
So, they were not sure whether the vehicles were coalition forces or not, but they fired on it anyway because they wanted to kill some “enemy” rocket launchers. Then the United States refuses to let the video be seen even by the British Government, this happened back in 2003 so they have been covering this up for more then 4 years. Another reason not to join the Army, if you don’t get killed by the enemy you get killed by your own people, then they cover it up and lie about it.


Bush’s Defense Industry Buddies Ordering New Yachts

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on February 6th, 2007 10:40 am by HL

Defense, Energy Companies Stand to Benefit in Budget

AP
Excerpt
Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp., Textron Inc., Boeing and European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. all would get a boost.
The largest programs of Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin, the world’s No.1 defense contractor, were almost fully funded. That includes $6.1 billion for the Joint Strike Fighter, its largest weapons program and $4.6 billion to buy 20 Lockheed F-22A Raptor fighters.

Democratic Representative Ike Skelton (news, bio, voting record) of Missouri, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, called the defense spending request “staggering” and promised “due diligence” in scrutinizing the budget

H.L.s Take
I was wondering if what kind of connections Bush/Cheney have to any of these companies. It took me about 2 seconds to get the answer

Lizzie Cheney - The Pride of Lockheed Martin - Speaketh

The Huffington Post
Excerpt

Dick Cheney’s son-in-law, Philip J. Perry, a registered Lockheed lobbyist who had, while working for a law firm, represented Lockheed with the Department of Homeland Security, had been nominated by Bush to serve as general counsel to the Department of Homeland Security. His wife, Elizabeth Cheney, serves as deputy assistant secretary of state for Middle Eastern affairs.

Vice President Cheney’s wife, Lynne, had, until her husband took office, served on the board of Lockheed, receiving deferred compensation in the form of half a million dollars in stock and fees. Even President Bush himself has a Lockheed Martin connection. As governor of Texas, he had attempted to give Lockheed a multimillion-dollar contract to reform the state’s welfare system. (Source).

No wonder Lizzie wants more sacrifice from us; after all, she has investments to worry about. So, continuing with the reflection that we were asked to engage in, how about these facts then as first reported in Raw Story and then republished by Project Censored:

Then there is this from Common Dreams

Boeing also kicked in $100,000 to the Bush-Cheney inaugural fund, while Lockheed gave $225,000

So when I talk about Bush and Cheney, (and their cronies) getting rich off a war based on lies which they never want to end, this is what I am talking about. They should both be impeached for this alone, not to mention the hundred other things that they should be brought up on charges for.


Army Monitoring Soldier Blogs To Make Sure No Truth Gets Out

Posted in Email, Main Blog (All Posts) on February 6th, 2007 10:13 am by HL

US Army sued for spying on blogs

PC Advisor
Excerpt
A US Army unit that monitors thousands of websites and soldiers’ blogs has been served with a lawsuit by a San Francisco-based privacy group.
In the suit filed in the US District Court in Washington last week, the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) said that despite several requests for information from the Army unit, known as the Awrac (Army Web Risk Assessment Cell), no answers have been provided.

In an announcement about the lawsuit last week, the EFF said that some bloggers have cut back on their posts or shut down their sites after being contacted by the Awrac. “Soldiers should be free to blog their thoughts at this critical point in the national debate on the war in Iraq,” Hofmann said. “If the Army is colouring or curtailing soldiers’ published opinions, Americans need to know about that interference.”



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