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Archive for October, 2007

Another Bushie Forced to Resign for Telling Truth

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on October 18th, 2007 9:43 am by HL

Think Progress.org
ScreenshotRetired Vice Admiral Scott Redd, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told NBC News this weekend that the U.S. is not tactically safer as a result of the Iraq war. That message defied the official line from White House counterterrorism adviser Fran Townsend, who said the
threat level would have been worse&
had we not attacked Iraq.

Redd also acknowledged that, over the short term, the Iraq war has created a giant recruiting tool for terrorists. Watch it:

Today, Redd announced his sudden resignation from the NTC. The AP reports:

Retired Vice Adm. John Scott Redd said he is stepping down next month to have a long-delayed surgery and spend more time with his five grandchildren and the rest of his family. His spokesman, Carl Kropf, said Redd needs to have both knees replaced. The surgery will require follow-up rehabilitation and would have meant a prolonged absence from the center.

In a note to employees, Redd provided an upbeat assessment of the administration’s fight against terrorism, which appeared to contradict his statements made to NBC just a few days earlier. I believe that as a country we are better prepared today than at any time in our history to wage this war, he said in his note, neglecting to mention his view that America is actually less safe today because of the Iraq war.
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Bush Still Perfect: Grossly Misjudged Putin (And Everything Else)

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on October 15th, 2007 11:59 am by HL

Bush, aides ‘grossly misjudged Putin’

McClatchy
Excerpt
Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration’s failure to win Russia’s consent to install U.S. missile defenses in its European backyard and a growing list of other disputes suggest that President Bush and his aides have misread the man whose “soul” Bush thought he’d divined when they first met six years ago.

Bush’s strategy on Russia assumed that Russian President Vladimir Putin embraced democracy, wanted integration with the West and sought a “strategic partnership” in which Moscow would acquiesce to U.S. policies such as NATO expansion. Feuds could be resolved through the close personal relationship that Bush believed he had with his Russian counterpart.

Instead, fueled by record oil and natural gas prices and resentment of what he lambasted in February as Bush’s “almost uncontained hyper use of force,” Putin has led global opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq, hosted Palestinians on the U.S. list of terrorist groups, sold anti-aircraft missiles and other arms to Iran and stymied Bush’s drive to tighten U.N. sanctions on the Islamic republic for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment.

The Kremlin has steadily increased spending on defense modernization and revived symbolic long-range aerial reconnaissance patrols toward U.S. and European airspace.

Putin also has threatened to re-target Russian nuclear missiles at Europe if Bush deploys U.S. missile defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic, declared his intention to trash treaties that eliminate a class of nuclear missiles and limit conventional military forces in Europe and compared the United States under Bush to Germany under Hitler.

HL’s Take
Putin knows an idiot when he sees one. Click through and read the whole story. I think Bush finally realized he was being played big time when they went fishing together.

Bush tells fish stories


Does Putin Have Broad Power Over Condi?

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on October 15th, 2007 11:17 am by HL

Rice worried by Putin’s broad powers

AP
Excerpt
Vladimir Putin, Condoleeza Rice MOSCOW – The Russian government under Vladimir Putin has amassed so much central authority that the power-grab may undermine Moscow’s commitment to democracy, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Saturday.

“In any country, if you don’t have countervailing institutions, the power of any one president is problematic for democratic development,” Rice told reporters after meeting with human-rights activists.

“I think there is too much concentration of power in the Kremlin. I have told the Russians that. Everybody has doubts about the full independence of the judiciary. There are clearly questions about the independence of the electronic media and there are, I think, questions about the strength of the Duma,” said Rice, referring to the Russian parliament.

HL’s Take:
Ok lets take that passage and change a couple of words to reveal the real truth.

HOLLYWOOD– The US government under George W. Bush has amassed so much central authority that the power-grab may undermine Washington’s commitment to democracy, Blogger HL said Saturday.

“In any country, if you don’t have countervailing institutions, the power of any one president is problematic for democratic development,” H.L.told readers after meeting with The Human Race.

“I think there is too much concentration of power in the The White House. I have told the Americans that. Everybody has doubts about the full independence of the judiciary. There are clearly questions about the independence of the electronic media and there are, I think, questions about the Balls of the House, & Senate” said H.L., referring to the US Congress.


Blackwater: Unlawful Combatants

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on October 15th, 2007 10:51 am by HL

America’s own unlawful combatants?

LA Times
Excerpt
Let bush sort them outWASHINGTON — As the Bush administration deals with the fallout from the recent killings of civilians by private security firms in Iraq, some officials are asking whether the contractors could be considered unlawful combatants under international agreements.

The question is an outgrowth of federal reviews of the shootings, in part because the U.S. officials want to determine whether the administration could be accused of treaty violations that could fuel an international outcry.

The issues surrounding the private security contractors are being examined by lawyers at the departments of State, Defense and Justice. Disagreements about the contractors’ status exist between agencies and within the Pentagon itself.

“I think it is an unresolved issue that needs to be addressed,” said a senior Defense Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the subject. “But if that is in fact the case, what the heck are we doing?”

HL’s Take:Yep, Bush is an unlawful enemy combatant. So by his own rules he should send himself to Gitmo, without charges to be tortured, and languish forever.


Senator Widestance to Appeal His Own Guilty Plea

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on October 15th, 2007 10:41 am by HL


Craig appeals ruling on guilty plea

AP
Excerpt
Larry Craig MINNEAPOLIS – Embattled Sen. Larry Craig asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals Monday to overrule a county judge who refused to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea in connection with an arrest in an airport bathroom sex sting.

Craig’s appeal was filed at the court in St. Paul less than two weeks after Hennepin County Judge Charles Porter refused to overturn the guilty plea, saying it “was accurate, voluntary and intelligent, and … supported by the evidence.”

Craig, a Republican from Idaho, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in August after he was accused of soliciting sex in a bathroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in June.

The four-page filing did not detail the basis for the appeal.

HL’s Take:
Ahh..what the hell..lets run it one more time.

Larry Craig is not gay


Dennis Kucinich Fundraiser & Speech Feb. 21, Be There

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on October 12th, 2007 8:28 am by HL

I went to a meeting of The San Gabriel Progressives last night in Pasadena. They are working on the Dennis Kucinich campaign, and are the de facto grass roots movement for Kucinich in California. These people are getting involved in politics from the ground up, and are putting their time, and even their own money into working to get the word out on Dennis. Currently they are organizing events such as a caravan that will travel all through Los Angeles handing out information and campaign for Dennis, The Progressives have set up a fund raiser for Kucinich, in which Dennis and his wife Elizabeth will attend. Dennis will be speaking. The event is in Sierra Madre, which is about 15 miles Northwest of Downtown L.A. All are invited, and admission is free. Here is the details.

dennis kucinich speaks live

Come on down, see Dennis speak, and maybe make a donation to his campaign. He is, afterall the only candidate worth voting for. Thanks to the San Gabriel Progressives for bringing this event to my attention.

The San Gabriel Progressives meet every Thursday night in Pasadena, if you are interested in learning more about them, and helping them campaign for Dennis Kucinich You can check out their page on Dennis’ website for all the info.


9/11 Truthers Respond to Bill Maher

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 10th, 2007 10:29 am by HL


Ron Paul Interviewed After Last Nights Debate

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts), Videos on October 10th, 2007 10:26 am by HL


Bush to Give Award to Dalai Lama

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on October 10th, 2007 10:24 am by HL


Bush to take part in US award ceremony for Dalai Lama

Alternet
Excerpt
WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President George W. Bush and his wife will attend a ceremony next week to award a Congress medal to exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, despite the risk of angering China, the White House said Wednesday.

“The president and Mrs Laura Bush will attend the ceremony,” national security council spokesman Gordon Johndroe told AFP.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will award the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor the legislature can bestow, to the 72-year-old Dalai Lama at Capitol Hill on Oct 17, her office said.

“The speaker will be joined by President George W. Bush and (veteran Democratic Senator) Robert Byrd in presenting the award,” it said.


US Embassy opening in Baghdad delayed indefinitely

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on October 10th, 2007 10:04 am by HL


US Embassy opening in Baghdad delayed indefinitely

Alternet
Excerpt
WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The opening of the mammoth new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has been delayed indefinitely while its Kuwaiti contractor fixes a punch list of problems, the State Department said on Tuesday.

The sprawling complex, whose cost is edging toward $750 million, was set to open last month but U.S. lawmakers say shoddy work by the contractor and poor oversight by the State Department have delayed it.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack rejected claims of inadequate oversight and said there was no indication how long it would be before the new embassy opened.

“I can’t tell you when the embassy is going to open,” said McCormack. “We don’t have an answer.”

HL’s Take
The Bush record of failure continues unblemished