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HL to Interview Henry Waxman Tomorrow at 11AM

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 7th, 2007 7:49 pm by HL

I guess the commenter who called himself Henry Waxman was really him. I called the number he gave on the comment and got through to someone who emailed me back and said that Mr. Waxman was ready to speak with that morning. Henry represents my district (the 30th) here in Hollywood. I scheduled it for 11 AM this morning. (Wednedsay) I’ll be busy prepping in the morning and will do an audio interview which I will post up here by the afternoon. I did a post on Democratic Underground asking people if they had any questions for him. This is what they asked. If anyone else has any questions leave them here. HL


Bush’s War Drags on With Help from Democrats: 9 More US Soldiers Killed

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 7th, 2007 8:32 am by HL

The democrats could have stopped the war, but no, they decided to keep funding it because they were “afraid” that a country that is 75% against the war would be mad at them for doing what the people put them in there to do. Democrats could have stopped Bush’s illegal surveillance of American Citizens but they didn’t because they were “afraid” that the vast majority of the population who hate Bush would be mad at them for not giving him more power.
Then they took that latest huge check down to the bank and cashed it.


Iraqi Crisis Deepens as 5 More Ministers Quit Cabinet Meetings

Washington Post
ExcerptU.S. Announces Deaths of Nine Soldiers, Four Killed on Monday in Diyala Province

BAGHDAD, Aug. 7 — Iraq’s political crisis deepened Monday as five more ministers withdrew from cabinet meetings, delivering a major blow to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s fractured unity government and efforts to reconcile Iraq’s warring parties.

Hours earlier, a truck bomb in a Shiite village near the northern city of Tall Afar killed 31 people and wounded scores more, striking an area that was once hailed by President Bush and U.S. military commanders as an oasis of stability, following U.S. operations against insurgents there. Six children were among the dead, police said.

The U.S. military also announced the deaths of nine American soldiers, including four killed in an explosion Monday in volatile Diyala province, where U.S. forces are engaged in a major offensive against Sunni insurgents. The blast injured 12 other U.S. soldiers, the military said in a statement.


Democrats Debate Tonight in Chicago For Labor Vote

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 7th, 2007 8:25 am by HL


Tonight’s Debate: A Labor of Love for Democratic Candidates

The American
Excerpt
The Democratic presidential candidates will stand before organized labor tonight at Soldier Field, in a debate sponsored by the AFL-CIO. From a debating perspective, the event will probably be a snoozer, at least when the candidates are discussing the bread and butter issues that are important to the AFL-CIO. (Foreign policy, if it comes up, might be a different matter.)
On merits alone, the most clearly “pro-labor” candidate is John Edwards. Since the end of the last campaign, Edwards has been on a relentless journey to secure labor’s endorsement. His luxurious house and hedge fund gig not withstanding, Edwards walked picket lines with union members, cultivated relationships with key labor leaders, stacked his campaign with former union staffers, and spoken the populist rhetoric that the AFL-CIO craves.

HLs Take
I wonder if anyone will ask the candidates which ones are in favor of repealing NAFTA, and bringing American jobs home instead of sending them to India, and other countries where big buisness can hire people for 6 cents an hour. I wonder what Hilary will say about that. Will she dodge the question like she did last weekend at the blogger convention?


No Congressional Action on Halliburton Moving to Dubai

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 7th, 2007 8:00 am by HL


Dubya’s Dudes Dealing, Dodging, and Dancing in Dubai

Huffington Post
Excerpt
I’m still waiting for Congressional investigations to begin into Halliburton’s move to Dubai. Six months ago Halliburton — our leading military contractor in Iraq, thanks largely to no-bid no-look contracts — announced that it was moving its main corporate headquarters and its chief executive from Houston to Dubai.

The apparently hasty move came but a month after Halliburton spun off its military division — KBR — as a separate legal entity and, curiously, about the same time federal investigators started charging that Halliburton, or whatever-the-legal-hair-splitters-now- want-to-call-that-company, had illegally squandered, overcharged, and defrauded U.S. taxpayers out of billions in Iraq.

Just a business move?

Realize that Dubai has become the grand destination for cutthroat corporations seeking to evade domestic taxes and regulations — a Switzerland, Hong Kong, Cayman Islands, and Las Vegas all rolled into one. Plus, Human Rights Watch reports that boomtown Dubai features exploitative and hazardous working conditions that HRW describes as “modern-day slavery.” No corporate taxes, no regulations, no extradition treaties, cheap labor, great golf courses, great beach, great horse track, tallest buildings: such a deal!

Six months ago, leading Democrats demanded an investigation. Should our national security basically be outsourced to Dubai (didn’t we go through this once before with the U.S. ports issue)? Isn’t the re-headquartering, given the war situation and Halliburton’s profitable role in it, just a tad un-American? Should U.S. tax dollars really be flowing into a tax haven? Henry Waxman, Hillary Clinton, Patrick Leahy, Bryon Dorgan, and Charles Schumer all denounced the move and called for investigations. So what happened? Where’s the follow-up?

HLs Take
That will be one of my questions to Henry Waxman if I get to interview him. Apparently Mr. Waxman left a comment on one of my posts telling me to call his LA office for an interview, which I am going to do right now.


Bush Quotes

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 7th, 2007 7:52 am by HL

“All right. You’ve covered your ass, now.”- Bush 6 years ago. August 6, 2001. After being warned repeatedly that Bin Laden was going to Fly planes into buildings in the US. Then he went on vacation.


The Spineless 16 Who Voted For Bush and Against Their Constituents

Posted in H.L. News, Latest Stories & Articles by H.L. on August 7th, 2007 7:44 am by HL

Here is a list of the weak, spineless, pathetic, traitorous, paid off Republican shills in democrat clothing who voted to give Bush all the power he ever wanted in regard to warrantless spying on American Citizens. If you live in a state where one of these bastards live. PLEASE make sure you vote against them in the next election. Don’t even let them on the ballot. Get Democrats who are not Bush sack lickers on the ticket, and send these idiots back home never to be heard from again.

Bayh (D-IN)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Conrad (D-ND)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lincoln (D-AR)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Salazar (D-CO)
Webb (D-VA)

And where was Barbara Boxer, she didn’t even bother to show up and vote. I’ll give her a pass this time because she has been a pretty good Senator, unlike are other California Senator Dianne Feinstein who might just as well change her party to Republican. John Kerry wasn’t there either. Kerry has been saying all the right things regarding Bush, and the war lately, but now he is enabling Skull & Bones brother Bush, just like he did in the last electionHere are The Democrats who thought that giving Bush all the power in the world just wasn’t important enough to bother. with.

Boxer (D-CA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Murray (D-WA)


More Fallout From Pathetic Democrats Capitulation to Bush

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 7th, 2007 7:23 am by HL


The Fear of Fear Itself

NY Times
Excerpt
It was appalling to watch over the last few days as Congress — now led by Democrats — caved in to yet another unnecessary and dangerous expansion of President Bush’s powers, this time to spy on Americans in violation of basic constitutional rights. Many of the 16 Democrats in the Senate and 41 in the House who voted for the bill said that they had acted in the name of national security, but the only security at play was their job security.

There was plenty of bad behavior. Republicans marched in mindless lockstep with the president. There was double-dealing by the White House. The director of national intelligence, Mike McConnell, crossed the line from being a steward of this nation’s security to acting as a White House political operative.

But mostly, the spectacle left us wondering what the Democrats — especially their feckless Senate leaders — plan to do with their majority in Congress if they are too scared of Republican campaign ads to use it to protect the Constitution and restrain an out-of-control president.


It’s official, we are police state…

At Largely
Excerpt
“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.” – Plato

Thanks to 40 Democratic members of the House and the Democratic leadership in the Senate, the FISA Absolute Power bill has now passed. I promise you that whatever tiny restriction the Congress managed to put on the Absolute Power bill, the Decider will attach a signing statement to it making sure that that he gets every inch that he pretended to give. This Congress is a disgrace. Compared to the Congress before it, which redefined corruption and took it to whole new levels, the Democratic Congress is the culture of cowardice and compromised people.

Make NO mistake, we are in serious peril when an Attorney General who has subverted the Constitution per request of his boss, lied, obstructed justice, and defended torture, is now in full authority to declare who is going to be a target of warrant-less surveillance. You may not see this as seriously as I do, but then again, you have not lived under a dictatorship to know the difference. Mostly though, the people who failed most, are the citizens of this country – who should have taken to the streets and shut down all commerce, all traffic, and disengaged from the machine of government. You did not shut it down. You did not even try. You waited as your hopes were put entirely in the hands of cowards.


Ron Paul Blows Away The Field in Republican Debate

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 7th, 2007 7:14 am by HL

Ron Paul Doubled the vote of the rest of the field combined. How will the Republicans stop this guy. You know they want to.


Vote Who Won The Republican Debate

ABC News

results of republican debate


Ron Paul Champions Internet Freedom

Infowars
Excerpt

Presidential candidate Ron Paul has stated in no uncertain terms that he is thoroughly against internet regulation and has spoken out against federal rubric of the web in the week after a bill was passed by the Senate Commerce Committee as a pretext towards implementation of universal filtering on the Internet….

“I believe strongly that the internet should not be regulated by the federal government and believes even more strongly that people should be free to engage in the activities they wish, as long as they are willing to take responsibility for their actions.”


Chris Dodd: Blogger “Scare The Hell” out of Fox News, News Corps.

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 7th, 2007 7:01 am by HL


Dodd On Bloggers And Fox News: “You Scare The Hell Out Of These Guys”

Excerpt
Democratic presidential candidate Chris Dodd sat down with a small group of Progressive bloggers on Saturday at the Yearly Kos conference and, in a 45-minute conversation, discussed Iraq, impeachment, the recent Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) vote and Bill O’Reilly’s rabid attacks on liberal writers and activists…
“There’s a lot of money involved and all of a sudden a growing percentage of people get their information from a very different set of sources,” said Dodd. “One of my theories about O’Reilly… Something tells me, you scare the hell out of these guys….
“You’re a threat to institutions like Fox and Newscorp and others.”

HLs Take
Blog readership keeps going up, while Television news viewership keeps going down. Keep up the whoring ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox. Pretty soon you will be so irrevelant, that all your advertisement money will dry up and you will all be fired.