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One If by Land, Two If by Flee

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2009 4:43 am by HL

One If by Land, Two If by Flee

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Six years after the disastrous invasion of Iraq, Britain’s armed forces have formally ended their combat mission in the war-torn country. Believing that their role is finished, U.K.? government officials handed over control of their base to the U.S.—not Iraqi—military.

The Guardian:

Six years after the invasion of Iraq, British troops yesterday formally ended their combat mission, the UK’s most controversial military operation since the Suez crisis more than 50 years ago, when they handed over their airport base to a US brigade.

“The role of British ground forces is finished,” a defence official said, having completed their mission of mentoring and training two Iraqi army divisions. Yesterday’s ceremonies were in many ways symbolic. British forces had been winding down their presence in Basra for many weeks and had already handed over responsibility for Basra’s security to the Iraqis at the start of the year.

It was significant that UK forces handed over their base not to the Iraqis but the Americans. US forces will remain in Basra protecting the important supply route from Kuwait, and helping the Iraqi army and police force.

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Oliver Willis: Obama Must Not Waver On A Souter Replacement

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2009 4:42 am by HL

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Time has Beck praising Limbaugh’s “honesty” in Time 100 profile

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2009 4:41 am by HL

Time has Beck praising Limbaugh’s “honesty” in Time 100 profile

For its annual Time 100 “World’s Most Influential People,” Time magazine commissioned Fox News host Glenn Beck to profile conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, as one of the year’s most influential figures. In the profile, Beck wrote of Limbaugh: “His consistency, insight and honesty have earned him a level of trust with his listeners that politicians can only dream of.” However, Media Matters for America has documented numerous incidents over the years in which Limbaugh has engaged in false or misleading commentary, which belies Beck’s claim of Limbaugh’s honesty.

Additionally, Media Matters has also documented repeated instances in which Beck himself has also advanced false or misleading claims, which may undermine Beck’s credibility in praising Limbaugh’s honesty.


Evidence Growing That Goss Camp Is Behind Harman Leak?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2009 4:40 am by HL

Evidence Growing That Goss Camp Is Behind Harman Leak?
There seems to be an emerging consensus among smart people covering the Jane-Harman/AIPAC case that the sources for CQ’s original report — which revealed that Rep. Harman had been heard on a wiretap discussing a quid pro quo with a…

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Oh the Outrage

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2009 4:37 am by HL

Oh the Outrage
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Super Prude Prosecutors Charge Teenagers with Pornography and Worse For Sexy Text Messages

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2009 4:36 am by HL

Super Prude Prosecutors Charge Teenagers with Pornography and Worse For Sexy Text Messages
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That Article 17 Problem

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2009 4:35 am by HL

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Justice David Souter to Step down – Now What?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2009 4:34 am by HL

Justice David Souter to Step down – Now What?

01souter_190Reality is completely strange and unpredictable. President Barack Obama is juggling 10 or 15 major crises. Now, there reports that Justice David H. Souter plans on retiring. At age 69, Souter is far from the oldest justice on the Supreme Court. Justice John Paul Stevens is 89. I thought Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who just underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer would retire soon. She’s given no indication that she is planning on retiring any time in the near future.

To underscore how far the Republican Party has drifted to the right, David Souter was nominated by George HW Bush. David Souter is now thought of as a liberal.

It is clear that Barack Obama would choose a thoughtful, conscientious, pro-choice liberal to replace David Souter. There is speculation that he would choose a woman. Whatever liberal he chooses will not substantially change the balance of the court.

My question is how hard will Republicans fight against a pro-choice nominee? I think the fight will be to the death. It will be extremely ugly. Obama will have to chose someone who can stand up to 19x the scrutiny that Harriet Miers got. The Fox news crowd will be apoplectic. On the liberal side, there a lot of factions that would like to be appeased –civil rights activists, women’s rights activists, environmentalists and gay-rights activists are just a few of the groups that I can think of off the top of my head.

WaPo has more:

White House advisers have been drafting lists of potential replacements virtually since Obama took office, and the list is said to also include Stanford University law professor Kathleen M. Sullivan, Kim McLane Wardlaw of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm and Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears. Souter, who has been on the court since October 1990, was nominated by President George H.W. Bush on July 25, 1990, to a seat vacated by William J. Brennan Jr. He was confirmed by the Senate on Oct. 2, 1990. (more… )


Brownie Attacks Obama Administration?s Response To Swine Flu: Officials Are Just Crying ?Chicken Little?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2009 4:33 am by HL

Brownie Attacks Obama Administration?s Response To Swine Flu: Officials Are Just Crying ?Chicken Little?
Yesterday, former FEMA chief Michael Brown went on Fox Business to talk about the response of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Obama administration to the H1N1 flu virus. Brownie, who gained infamy for his incompetent response to Hurricane Katrina, launched into a tirade accusing the WHO for addressing the H1NI virus in a […]

Yesterday, former FEMA chief Michael Brown went on Fox Business to talk about the response of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Obama administration to the H1N1 flu virus. Brownie, who gained infamy for his incompetent response to Hurricane Katrina, launched into a tirade accusing the WHO for addressing the H1NI virus in a selfish bid to gain “more attention” and said the Obama administration is recklessly overreacting:

BROWN: Well I think there’s one thing they’re legitimately worried about and that is this H1N1 is a new strain we haven’t seen before so we’re not sure how Tamiflu and everything will work against it. Here’s what I really think is going on. I think they want to raise this level because that gives them more attention, it gives them more, you know, more legitimacy, and allows them to get out there and say ‘oh look at us, we’re in control we’ve got this thing taken care of.’ It legitimizes what they’re doing. We shouldn’t be scaring the public. […]

Neil, my theory always was after Katrina that the Bush administration and now the Obama administration will do it too. They will come out and they will do everything including the kitchen sink because they don’t want to get caught with their pants down. But what that does is, that’s the same as crying the sky is falling, chicken little. And next time people will be less inclined to believe it.

Watch it:

Host Neil Cavuto tried to rehabilitate Brownie’s image by telling him that he was a “sacrificial lamb” for the Bush administration’s Katrina failures. But just as Brown was woefully unqualified to take the job of FEMA director, it is unclear that he knows anything more about reacting to a possible pandemic.

After all, Brown (aka “Brownie“) was a central figure in the Bush administration’s dismissive, inadequate response to the disaster. He waited days after Louisiana had declared an emergency to even request DHS personnel to the Gulf region. As officials attempted to inform Brown that people were dying at the New Orleans Superdome, his press secretary responded that Brown needed “much more that (sic) 20 or 30 minutes” to eat at a restaurant. Brown told the press he had just learned about the situation at the Superdome four days after Katrina made landfall and a day after his colleagues had tried to tell him. He later resigned in disgrace.

Despite Brown’s attacks, the Obama administration has been praised by experts for its response to the flu outbreak. Officials have made rapid moves to dispel “unjustified fears about the flu virus,” while “stressing the need for precautions, such as washing hands, covering sneezes and seeking medical attention for flu-like symptoms.” The WHO has raised its global alert level to phase 5 because the virus appears to be spreading easily person-to-person, and cases are appearing that have no link to Mexico.

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A Bush Team Strategy Becomes Obama’s Swine Flu Playbook

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 1st, 2009 4:32 am by HL

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