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The Civil Anger of New York City

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 29th, 2008 4:28 am by HL

The Civil Anger of New York City
The Sean Bell trial is over. Trial judge Arthur F. Cooperman, acting as both judge and jury, issued his verdict of “not guilty” to three police officers. Those officers – two black and one white — had been charged in the killing of Sean Bell, a young black man celebrating his forthcoming marriage. According to the judge, the three undercover officers — who fired 50 shots at Bell’s car — committed no criminal act. The judge noted in his verdict that “Questions of carelessness and incompetence must be left to other forums.” Sean Bell was killed on November 25, 2006 after he and two companions left a night club in which the three had been partying and got into Bell’s car. The three undercover officers believed that one of the passengers was reaching for a gun. The public was told at a press conference attended by Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Mike Bloomberg that the police had fired 50 shots, described by Mayor Bloomberg, as I recall, as excessive. Commissioner Kelly emphasized that police regulations state that a police officer firing a gun is required to stop after three shots to determine whether more were needed.

Will The Worst Debate Ever Matter?

Last night’s ABC’s debate was a spectacular travesty, if not the first of it’s kind in this campaign. (MSNBC’s Cleveland debate was in many ways an anti-Clinton pile-on.)

You would think after the polls barely budged in the wake of the Rev. Wright and “bitter” media frenzies, that traditional media outlets would recognize that most voters want to know more about the issues than be force-fed manufactured outrage. Sadly, no.

(To complain to ABC, call 212-456-7777, via Eschaton.)

But with recent history in mind, will the latest anti-Obama pile-on matter at the polls next week?

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette blog reports:

WTAE [Pittsburgh’s ABC affiliate] in its post-game coverage, asks everybody at its “watch party” if Sen. Obama was forced to spend too much time answering “gotcha” questions, 45 minutes or so about flag pins and Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers. Almost everybody raised their hands.

Sorry Pittsburgh voters. The very non-elitist David Brooks says “No Whining About the Media” tonight. He knows real people, not like you, uh, real people.

An Old Newness
Many years ago, a great hitter named Paul Waner was nearing the end of his long career. He entered a ballgame with 2,999 hits — one hit away from the landmark total of 3,000, which so many hitters want to reach, but which relatively few actually do reach. Waner hit a ball that the fielder did not handle cleanly but the official scorer called it a hit, making it Waner’s 3,000th. Paul Waner then sent word to the official scorer that he did not want that questionable hit to be the one that put him over the top. The official scorer reversed himself and called it an error. Later Paul Waner got a clean hit for number 3,000.

A Pastor at Center Stage
WASHINGTON — Because John McCain and other legislators worry that they are easily corrupted, there are legal limits to the monetary contributions that anyone can make to political candidates. There are, however, no limits to the rhetorical contributions that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright can make to McCain’s campaign. Because Wright is a gift determined to keep on giving, this question arises: Can persons opposed to Barack Obama’s candidacy justly make use of Wright’s invariably interesting interventions in the campaign? The answer is: Certainly, because Wright’s paranoias tell us something — exactly what remains to be explored — about his 20-year parishioner.


I Hated Bush Before You Did

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on April 28th, 2008 11:20 am by HL

When I started the HL back in 2004, I used to put up stories every day about what A$$holes Bush, Cheney, Rummy, and the gang all were. I even did a lot of Comics about it. This is a story I have read a thousand times since I started. It is a rehash of all the reasons to hate Bush which I have painstakingly detailed over the past 4 years, To the point where it gets hard to deal with it all, because it has been done to death. Of course we can blame the Democrats for giving Bush power in 2000, and 2008.

Bush Hate Rising
Counterpunch

Excerpt:
Have you noticed how everybody hates Bush these days? Well, everybody except Uncle Dick, Godfather Rummy and Tony Snow. Oh, and let’s not forget Rockey Vaccarella. And the arms dealers. But enthusiastic Bush supporters who aren’t directly on the Bush-Cheney payroll are dwindling down to a sliver of a minority. These are the reality-challenged few that still expect rose petals and open arms to embrace us in Iraq, maybe, if we “stay the course,” by the 22nd century. Basically, these few frightened, lock-step individuals, corporate representatives, Legionnaires and paid performers are the ones we see the President chatting up on TV.

HL’s Take
So now the whole country hates the Worst President Ever. I was one of the 9% who hated his ass on September 12, 2001 (the day I predicted that Osama Bin Laden would NEVER be caught) Now I am with the 91% currently can’t stand the site of him. Thank God the reign of error is almost over. Hopefully then we can get on with some positive stories about how Barack Obama is starting to turn around all misery that the Bush family has wrought on America.
I only hope that Obama, holds these bastards accoutnable for the dozens of acts of Treason against the USA that Bush and his posse have comitted.


O’Reilly Attacks Moyers For Interviewing Rev. Wright: They Should “Take A Long Vacation, Perhaps In Iran”

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on April 28th, 2008 4:28 am by HL

O”Reilly Attacks Moyers For Interviewing Rev. Wright: They Should “Take A Long Vacation, Perhaps In Iran”
On PBS’s Bill Moyers Journal last night, Moyers interviewed Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, whose controversial remarks created a political storm last month. Reacting to advance excerpts of the interview, Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly attacked Moyers on his show last night, calling him a “far left PBS guy” who is “extreme” and […]

On PBS’s Bill Moyers Journal last night, Moyers interviewed Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, whose controversial remarks created a political storm last month.

Reacting to advance excerpts of the interview, Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly attacked Moyers on his show last night, calling him a “far left PBS guy” who is “extreme” and “pathetic.” At the end of his Talking Points Memo segment, O’Reilly suggested that Moyers and Wright should “take a long vacation, perhaps in Iran.”

Watch it:

Later in the show, when O’Reilly asked former House Speaker Newt Gingrich if he could “figure” Moyers out, Gingrich called Moyers “a hard left sympathizer for anybody who dislikes America”:

O’REILLY: Can you figure this guy out, Moyers?

GINGRICH: Sure. Bill Moyers is a hard left sympathizer for anybody who dislikes America. And Reverend Wright’s sort of his perfect interview. He doesn’t lay — from what I’ve seen so far and the things that I’ve read tonight from the interview tonight, he doesn’t lay a glove on him.

Closing his discussion of Moyers with Gingrich, O’Reilly previewed a segment with Bernard Goldberg on his Monday show, saying “we’re going to wait and see the whole interview before we really hang Moyers, but Bernie’s warming up.”

Digg It!


Daniel Levy, on the Syria-Israel-North Korea revelations….

Dark, Very Dark
The Journal today has a dark and curdled portrait of Bill Clinton’s growing role in Sen. Clinton’s campaign … Dubbed the “Billification” of Sen. Clinton’s campaign by some insiders, Mr. Clinton has become something of a strategist-in-chief in recent weeks….


McCain backer retracts ‘gays caused Katrina’

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on April 27th, 2008 4:28 am by HL

McCain backer retracts ‘gays caused Katrina’
McCain backer retracts ‘gays caused Katrina’

GOP pol: Pull Jimmy Carter’s passport
GOP pol: Pull Jimmy Carter’s passport

Israel tests Ecstasy on PTSD victims
An Israeli medical team has started tests using the drug Ecstasy as a treatment for conflict-linked post-traumatic disorders, the Maariv daily reported on Friday…


Bitter Politics – The Nation

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on April 26th, 2008 4:28 am by HL

Bitter Politics – The Nation

Wright Still Wrong For Obama
Rick Klein & Mike Elmore, ABC News

Cheer Up Dems! Party Is In Great Shape For Nov.
Alan Abramowitz, TNR


Smog exposure tied to early demise

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on April 25th, 2008 4:28 am by HL

Smog exposure tied to early demise
Even short-term exposure to common levels of ozone in smog is likely to contribute to premature deaths, a new National Research Council report warned Wednesday…

Tax dodge gets Snipes 3 years
…for not filing returns; not even Woody Harrelson could keep him out of jail.

Second woman claims Spitzer tryst
Woman said cooperating with federal investigators, according to NY Post.

Dem bigs mull pushing superdels
Dem bigs mull pushing superdels


Why Obama Can’t Make Hillary VP

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on April 24th, 2008 1:09 pm by HL

Friends and associates of The Clintons have a bad habit of winding up dead according to this article. An Awful lot of coincidence there. I googled a couple of these names, and the ones I did, did indeed die of mysterious circumstances. Is this why Bill and Poppy Bush used to hang out together a lot?

THE CLINTON BODY BAGS

Food for Thought

Just a quick refresher course lest we forget what has happened to many ‘friends’ of the Clinton’s.

1- James McDougal – Clinton’s convicted Whitewater partner died of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key witness in Ken Starr’s investigation.

2 – Mary Mahoney – A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown. The murder happened just after she was to go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White House.

3 – Vince Foster – Former White House councilor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock’s Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide.

4 – Ron Brown – Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown’s skull resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors. The rest of the people on the plane also died. A few days later the air Traffic controller commited suicide.

HL’s Take:
There are 44 more people on the list, click through and let me know what you think.


Military: Law-abiding gays out, felons in

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 24th, 2008 4:28 am by HL

Military: Law-abiding gays out, felons in
As open gays continue to be discharged simply for being who they are under 10 USC 654, better known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” an overstretched military has ramped up recruitments of convicted felons, a new report shows…

$100 fill-ups arrive at gas pump
COALINGA, California (CNN) — Noel Bosse and Ken Davis watch as the numbers keep spinning at the gas pump — 70 bucks, 80 bucks. Gulp, guzzle, then it stops: $101 for about 25 gallons. art.gas1.cnn.jpg Gas prices in California are the nation’s highest, already soaring over $4 a gallon in some areas. Click to view previous image 1 of 2 Click to view next image The $100 fill-up has arrived in the United States. “I think it’s absolutely ridiculous,” Bosse says with disgust…

Mattel will sue over ‘lesbian’ Barbie
Mattel will sue over ‘lesbian’ Barbie

States to proceed with executions
States began moving forward with plans for executions this week after the Supreme Court declined last Wednesday to review the appeals of death row inmates who had challenged lethal-injection methods in nearly a dozen states. The court had issued orders staying several executions last year and earlier this year while it weighed whether Kentucky’s lethal-injection procedure constituted cruel and unusual punishment. States had postponed at least 14 scheduled executions pending the high court’s decision, creating a de facto moratorium on capital punishment, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which opposes capital punishment.

McCain opposes equal pay for women bill
McCain opposes equal pay for women bill


U.S. to Expand Collection Of Crime Suspects’ DNA

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 23rd, 2008 4:57 pm by HL

U.S. to Expand Collection Of Crime Suspects’ DNA
The U.S. government will soon begin collecting DNA samples from all citizens arrested in connection with any federal crime and from many immigrants detained by federal authorities, adding genetic identifiers from more than 1 million individuals a year to the swiftly growing federal law enforcemen…

Exiting HUD chief got royal treatment
How do you say goodbye to a HUD chief who ineptly presided over the worst national housing crisis in recent memory, who made HUD a byword for cronyism, and who resigned under the cloud of a federal criminal investigation?

Mil. mechanics key to missing contractor?
Both Kirk von Ackermann and Ryan Manelick worked for Ultra Services of Istanbul, Turkey. October 9, 2003 — Kirk von Ackermann left a meeting at FOB Pacesetter, a small and isolated base just north of Balad, Iraq. His vehicle was found later that day abandoned in the Jabal Hamrin mountains roughly 140 miles away. December 14, 2003 — Ryan Manelick was killed in a drive-by shooting just after leaving a meeting at Camp Anaconda, later renamed LSA Anaconda, just south of Balad. Shortly before his murder, Manelick had alleged fraud within his company, fraud that involved US Army officers. That’s the short version of the story. The longer version, as is often the case, is much more involved…

Former Justice Official Accused of Exchanging Favors With Abramoff
A federal prosecutor in Maryland has accused a Justice Department official who became the former deputy chief of staff of the criminal division of helping Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff in exchange for a “stream of things of value,” according to criminal papers filed yesterday.

Raw Story vs. The White House
Raw Story vs. The White House


The Return of HL

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 20th, 2008 11:23 am by HL

Hey, what’s up people. I’ve been on an extended break the past few weeks, but it’s time to start getting this thing cranked up again. Working a lot you see, but I’m going on vacation to South Beach (Miami) in a couple of weeks, Live reports from the weirdest state in the nation will be coming. I’ll also be taking a ride across Alligator Alley and up the west coast to where the state becomes decidedly red (neck). Anyway I’ll be getting to some stories this week before the trip, Talk to you soon.