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        Tuesday, November 15, 2005

       11/15/05 Noontime News Stories

Senate Republicans Block Iraq Timetable

On the question of a timetable for troop withdrawal, senators rejected the Democrats' proposal by 58-40. Democratic leaders had advanced the measure in the wake of declining public support for a conflict that has claimed more than 2,000 U.S. lives and cost more than $200 billion.

H.L.s Take: The U.S. Senate: yeah OK so over 2000, are dead, but we got to spend 200 Billion... Thats Billion with a B son, Hot damnt thats a lot of money for us to steal.

Alito Downplays 1985 Abortion Statement

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito distanced himself Tuesday from his 1985 comments that there was no constitutional right to abortion, telling a senator in private that he had been "an advocate seeking a job."

H.L.s Take:
Oh so in other words he will say whatever he thinks his prospective employer wants to hear, when seeking a new job. So if thats the case what would he say in this situation that his prospective employer wants to hear? Probably something like: Of course I didn't mean that I was just "an advocate seeking a job" All we know for sure is he is a liar, which means he is perfect for the job as far as Bush is concerned.

President Jimmy Carter
'This isn't the real America'

IN RECENT YEARS, I have become increasingly concerned by a host of radical government policies that now threaten many basic principles espoused by all previous administrations, Democratic and Republican.

These include the rudimentary American commitment to peace, economic and social justice, civil liberties, our environment and human rights.
Also endangered are our historic commitments to providing citizens with truthful information, treating dissenting voices and beliefs with respect, state and local autonomy and fiscal responsibility.
At the same time, our political leaders have declared independence from the restraints of international organizations and have disavowed long-standing global agreements — including agreements on nuclear arms, control of biological weapons and the international system of justice...
Regardless of the costs, there are determined efforts by top U.S. leaders to exert American imperial dominance throughout the world

Think Progress
O’Reilly Resorts To McCarthyism, Plans To Publish Online Enemies List

In O’Reilly’s view the only real problem is the “internet smear sites” drawing attention to his comments:

Some far left internet smear sites have launched a campaign to get me fired over my point of view. I believe they do this on a daily basis. This time the theme is O’Reilly is encouraging terrorist attacks. Unbelievably stupid. Not unusual with these guttersnipes.

H.Ls Take: Dear Bill,
Please add the following far left website to your enemies list
Thanks H.L.

Smirking Chimp
'Before we forget Arnie's vanity election, some unfinished business'

While Arnie runs away to "polish his image" with 80 business owners and lobbyists paying for his vacation in China, there's still some unfinished business before things can return to normal-money. The L.A. Times estimates that the special election, which could have easily waited until June, cost California taxpayers $55 million. In real terms, the fiasco cost much more; the L.A. Times estimates that $225 million was spent to influence the outcome of the election.

H.L.s Take: Arnold should be made to pay all that money off himself, its not like he can't afford it. (Arnold, I already told you, Terminator 4 is waiting, just give Grey Davis a call, and it will all be over.

NY Times
Decoding Mr. Bush's Denials

Yesterday in Alaska, Mr. Bush trotted out the same tedious deflection on Iraq that he usually attempts when his back is against the wall: he claims that questioning his actions three years ago is a betrayal of the troops in battle today.
It all amounts to one energetic effort at avoidance. But like the W.M.D. reports that started the whole thing, the only problem is that none of it has been true.

H.Ls Take: He's a one trick monkey, now that everyone has figured out the trick, he doesn't know what to do, he just stands up there on the stage looking confused.

My Congressman, Hollywoods own Henry A. Waxman (One of the few good ones)
About Iraq on the Record

Excerpt: Prepared at the direction of Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Iraq on the Record is a searchable collection of 237 specific misleading statements made by Bush Administration officials about the threat posed by Iraq. It contains statements that were misleading based on what was known to the Administration at the time the statements were made. It does not include statements that appear mistaken only in hindsight. If a statement was an accurate reflection of U.S. intelligence at the time it was made, it was excluded even if it now appears erroneous. For more information on how the statements were selected, see the full methodology. The Iraq on the Record Report is a comprehensive examination of these statements.

Iraq on the Record is searchable by the the five Administration officials most responsible for providing public information and shaping public opinion on Iraq:

President George W. Bush
Vice President Dick Cheney
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
Then-Secretary of State Colin Powell
Then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice

Niagra Falls Reporter

It's time for the bold to act, to seize the initiative and set our nation on the course of fiscal sanity. First, we should sell Alaska and Texas.
Let's face it. It's time to downsize America. Big corporations are doing it all the time. It's the American way.

Common Dreams
Losing Habeas Corpus - "A More Dangerous Engine of Arbitrary Government"

The oldest human right defined in the history of English-speaking civilization is the right to challenge that "power of the executive" through the use of habeas corpus laws. Habeas corpus is roughly Latin for "hold the body," and is used in law to mean that a government must either charge a person with a crime or let them go free.
And last week, U.S. Senate Republicans (with the help of five Senate Democrats) passed a bill that would begin to take down that right.

Independent U.K.
'I treated people who had their skin melted'

They used these weird bombs that put up smoke like a mushroom cloud," he said. He had seen "pieces of these bombs explode into large fires that continued to burn on the skin even after people dumped water on the burns".
As an unembedded journalist, I spent hours talking to residents forced out of the city. A doctor from Fallujah working in Saqlawiyah, on the outskirts of Fallujah, described treating victims during the siege "who had their skin melted
Students rebuffing military recruiters

Since 2002, under the federal No Child Left Behind law, high schools have been required to provide lists of students' names, telephone numbers, and addresses to military recruiters who ask for them, as well as colleges and potential employers. Students who do not wish to be contacted -- or their parents -- notify their school districts in writing.