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Capital Poll: McCain Way Ahead in Alabama

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 8th, 2008 4:40 am by HL

Capital Poll: McCain Way Ahead in Alabama
A new Capital Poll in Alabama shows Sen. John McCain with a comfortable lead over Sen. Barack Obama, 47% to 34%.

Something to Agree On
In a set of interviews on pop culture, Entertainment Weekly asks the presidential candidates, “If you could be any superhero, which superhero would you be?”

Sen. John McCain: “Batman. He does justice sometimes against insurmountable odds. And he doesn’t make his good works known to a lot of people, so a lot of people think he’s just a rich playboy.”

Sen. Barack Obama: “I was always into the Spider-Man/Batman model. The guys who have too many powers, like Superman, that always made me think they weren’t really earning their superhero status. It’s a little too easy. Whereas Spider-Man and Batman, they have some inner turmoil. They get knocked around a little bit.”


Chamber of Commerce Staff Gets Drunk, Blames Workers

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 8th, 2008 4:39 am by HL

Chamber of Commerce Staff Gets Drunk, Blames Workers
They may be party animals when chugging $8,204 worth of booze but, after the hangover is over, the staff at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce goes back to being their ugly anti-worker selves. Seems that some 100 or so Chamber of Commerce staff recently ran up an $8,204 tab at The Exchange, a sports bar within staggering distance from the Chamber’s architecturally ever-so ponderous Washington, D.C., headquarters.

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They may be party animals when chugging $8,204 worth of booze but, after the hangover is over, the staff at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce goes back to being their ugly anti-worker selves.

Seems that some 100 or so Chamber of Commerce staff recently ran up an $8,204 tab at The Exchange, a sports bar within staggering distance from the Chamber’s architecturally ever-so ponderous Washington, D.C., headquarters. The tab included 155 pitchers of beer, 37 bottles of beer, 208 mixed drinks, 111 shots, 43 margaritas and 11 open bottles of liquor.

And when the bosses got the tab, they weren’t happy. After all, the image of Chamber staffers soaking in thousands of dollars worth of Red Bull and pitchers of vodka that sources say the party-goers ordered, strays a bit from the pin-striped image the Chamber sells its members. And then there’s that problem of justifying such a large, booze-soaked expense to its frugal dues-paying members out in DeKalb, Ill., or Anaheim, Calif.

So, when confronted with the bill, the staff did what the Chamber always does—blame workers. That’s right. The Chamber now is saying The Exchange waitstaff was tipped too much.

Should have thought of it. The problem is not the thousands of dollars the Chamber of Commerce staff wasted on getting wasted, it’s the 18 percent tip for the waiters and waitresses that’s the real crime.

This, after all, is the group that fights every boost in the minimum wage—like the federal increase that finally got passed after minimum wage workers received no pay increase for 10 years. The same bunch of lobbyists that pushed the Senate to approve the Bush nominations of Samuel Alito and John Roberts to the Supreme Court. The same cabal took a big role in promoting Bush’s scheme to privatize Social Security and in killing legislation to expand children’s health care through the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

Such influence does not come cheap. The Chamber spent the most money in lobbying expenditures in the past decade, with General Electric Co. ranking second at $161 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

If the Chamber had its way, the waitstaff who put up with a mass of drunken fools dripping with a massive sense of entitlement should serve the rich for less than minimum wage. And be happy about it.

Just like the rest of America’s workers.


Zombie Lies

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 8th, 2008 4:38 am by HL

Zombie Lies
Can’t be killed.

Fresh Thread
Got some stuff to do.


China Unveils Frightening Futuristic Police State at Olympics

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 8th, 2008 4:37 am by HL

China Unveils Frightening Futuristic Police State at Olympics
The Olympics have opened up a backdoor for the regime to massively upgrade its systems of population control and repression.


McCain Mocks Obama’s Accurate Claim About Tire Pressure

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 8th, 2008 4:36 am by HL

McCain Mocks Obama’s Accurate Claim About Tire Pressure
It looks like John McCain won’t be backing down from his campaign’s attack on Barack Obama over tire pressure and energy conservation. At an appearance in Ohio just now, McCain mocked Obama for suggesting that people do such a thing…


Run it By Malkin?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 8th, 2008 4:35 am by HL

Run it By Malkin?
Did Obama throw his Muslim outreach coordinator under the bus? Steve Clemons say yes, he did….


Another Bush administration failure

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 8th, 2008 4:34 am by HL

Another Bush administration failure

By now, it is hard to keep up with the vast amount of failures that the Bush administration has accumulated. Two of these failures have arrived in the lap of the American people at the same time. The first is the anthrax investigation. The second is the trial of Salim Hamdan (I’ll talk about this later).

After almost 7 years, an unknown number of man-hours and the huge cost of this investigation (must be in the tens of millions of dollars), the FBI concludes that Army scientist Bruce Ivins was the sole person responsible for the anthrax letters. Over the last several days, there’s been lots of speculation but yesterday, the FBI is basically closed the case. Unfortunately, this whole incident looks like an old Alfred Hitchcock TV show plot. “As the confused but brilliant scientist lays gasping for breath on the floor after taking an overdose, the camera pulls back to see a shadowy figure in the foreground with the queer smile on his lips. He walks out of sight as the credits roll.” This is crazy.

When all is said and done, there was a lot of compelling evidence that was presented by the FBI. The problem is in what is missing not in what was presented. Most of the letters were written in the handwriting of a very young child. How did Bruce Ivins do that? Although Bruce Ivins had access to the strain of anthrax that was used in the attacks, how did he turn the suspension of anthrax into the lethal powder form (technically very challenging)? Did he have the knowledge to do this? Did he have access to the equipment needed to convert the liquid form into the powder form? By the way, what was his motive? I’m not buying the flimsy excuse that the FBI tossed to reporters. (He was worried about losing grant funding for an anthrax vaccine so therefore he caused a whole nation to panic and killed five people.) I’m sorry, that just doesn’t make sense. I’ve dealt with a lot of crazy people of my life. People who were truly schizophrenic. They all had a particular logic that can be followed. Yes, the logic may be bizarre but it could be followed. This guy caused nationwide panic so that a grant could be funded? Finally, and what I believe is the biggest flaw in the government’s case is how was all of this accomplished without any help? Our government has tried on multiple occasions to get us to believe that some catastrophe was caused by one lone crazed madman. Whether it was the assassination of John F. Kennedy or the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, the common thread is that the government is telling us that only one person did it. I find it hard to imagine that one man had all of this expertise. He might have been a brilliant genetic scientist but did he have the skills and the equipment to carry this out.

Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa has called for a congressional investigation. It will be interesting to see what happens in this investigation. Personally, I’m not sure that Congress is ready for a serious investigation into any wrongdoings. They haven’t seriously investigated anything in the last 7 years, why start now?

Glenn Greenwald and Marcy of Emptywheel have some thoughts. Marcy has put together a time-line.


Former bin Laden driver release possible in five months

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 8th, 2008 4:33 am by HL

Former bin Laden driver release possible in five months
Former bin Laden driver release possible in five months

Sources of WH forgery ‘under pressure’
Sources of WH forgery ‘under pressure’


U.S. military puts Iraqi prisoners in wooden boxes.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 8th, 2008 4:32 am by HL

U.S. military puts Iraqi prisoners in wooden boxes.
The U.S. military in Iraq “is segregating violent Iraqi prisoners in wooden crates that in some cases are not much bigger than the prisoners.” CNN reports: The military released three grainy black-and-white photos of what it calls the “segregation boxes” used in Iraq. They show the rudimentary structures of wood and mesh. Some of the […]

The U.S. military in Iraq “is segregating violent Iraqi prisoners in wooden crates that in some cases are not much bigger than the prisoners.” CNN reports:

The military released three grainy black-and-white photos of what it calls the “segregation boxes” used in Iraq. They show the rudimentary structures of wood and mesh. Some of the boxes are as small as 3 feet by 3 feet by 6 feet tall, according to military officials. They did not release a picture of a box that size.

The military said the boxes are humane and are checked every 15 minutes. It said detainees, who stand in the boxes, are isolated for no more than 12 hours at a time.

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Obama Pivots to Populism

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 8th, 2008 4:28 am by HL

Obama Pivots to Populism
Ruth Marcus, Washington Post