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        Thursday, November 17, 2005

       11/17/05 Noontime News Stories

NY Times
5 Marines Dead and 11 Hurt in an Ambush by Insurgents

UBAYDI, Iraq, Nov. 16 - Five marines were killed and 11 wounded Wednesday in an ambush at a farmhouse while hunting for insurgents on the outskirts of this rural town, Marine officials said. It was the deadliest day for the Marines since beginning an aggressive sweep along the Euphrates River near the Syrian border early this month.

H.L.s Take: That makes 13 Dead American soldiers in the last 3 days despite the fact that everybody knows that Bush lied about this war, and we shouldnt even be there, Cheneys still getting rich though. He says that we are all irresponsible, and that we just want to "cut and run", hey Dick, blow me. We never should have been there in the first place.

Nixon documents shine light on Iraq-like struggle in Vietnam

The New York Times reported that files show Nixon struggling with many of the political and public perception issues now besetting the Bush administration in Iraq, including the impact on public opinion of the mistreatment of civilians.
The massacre of Vietnamese civilians by US soldiers at My Lai in 1968 "could prove acutely embarrassing to the United States," former defense secretary Melvin Laird warns Nixon in one document cited by the Times.
"Domestically, it will provide grist for the mills of antiwar activists," Laird said.

H.L.s Take: Vietnam, and Iraq, are identical. They were both fought for the same reason, so that very rich people could get even Richer, on that account both wars were overwhelming successes.

Hawkish Democrat Calls for Iraq Pullout

Murtha, a Marine intelligence officer in Vietnam, angrily shot back at Cheney: "I like guys who've never been there that criticize us who've been there. I like that. I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and send people to war, and then don't like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done."

H.L.s Take:
How come no one said that in public 3 years ago. We all knew it was true and so did they, so how come no one spoke up. Oh yeah, thats right. They were all still waiting to get paid.

Cheney Latest to Lash Out at Critics

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney is joining President Bush and other Republicans in accusing Democrats of foul play for asserting that the administration misrepresented intelligence to build support for taking the nation to war in Iraq.

H.Ls Take: Yes if you are Dick Cheney, it is foul play to tell the truth, how dare you. that is costing uncle Dick lots of money by us telling the truth, He might only make a million this month, hope he doesn't have to go on food stamps. Hey Dick, Can't wait to see you indicted for being the leaker, Lets here you lie about that too,.

Blair confronts threat of another party revolt

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair, who suffered his first-ever parliamentary defeat this month when rebels in his own party voted against him, is facing another possible revolt -- this time over education reform.
He suffered a humiliating setback over his anti-terrorism plans, prompting many analysts to suggest he was losing his vice-like grip over the ruling Labor party.

H.L.s Take: Looks like old poodle boy Tony is in even more trouble over there, then Bush is over here. His own people are revolting against him

Senators Threaten to Hold Up Patriot Act

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators told congressional leaders Thursday they will try to block reauthorization of the Patriot Act to protest the elimination of Senate-pushed protections against "unnecessary and intrusive government surveillance" in a House-Senate compromise.
"If further changes are not made, we will work to stop this bill from becoming law," GOP Sens. Larry Craig, John Sununu and Lisa Murkowski and Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin, Russ Feingold and Ken Salazar said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence committees...
Congress is facing two deadlines: lawmakers want to leave before the end of the week for Thanksgiving, and more than a dozen provisions of the Patriot Act expire at the end of the year if Congress doesn't renew them.

H.Ls Take: Now that the Republicans know that they will not win re-election, if they stick with Bush, they are suddenly becoming reasonable people who are willing to work with democrats on perfectly reasonable matters. Of course nothing is more important to anyone in congress then getting thier Thanksgiving off, I mean screw the American people, We want Turkey dammit. And if that means we have to pass the bill as is, even though we don't like it, then so be it. I mean the other 3 months a year vacation we get is not nearly enough, this is hard work. Heres some more evidence that Republicans are nervous about being swept out next year...

House Republican Leaders Push Budget-Cut

Excerpt: Even with the modest changes, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., wouldn't guarantee that the budget plan would come to a vote later in the day.
"We'll see," said Hastert, who has spent the past two weeks cajoling rank and file Republicans to support a bill that Democrats are expected to unanimously oppose.
The latest concession to moderates involved leaving alone copayments for the poorest Medicaid beneficiaries and dropping a provision that would have denied free school lunches to about 40,000 children whose parents would lose their food stamps.

H.Ls Take: Republcian Senators: Hmmm now lets see, get re-elected, or let 40,000 poverty stricken children starve by taking away their food. Thats a tough one, I really like being a Senator, but damn do I like seeing the poor suffer.
I guess i'll have to flip a coin.

Huffington Post
Woodward: From Watergate Hero to Plamegate Goat

Bob Woodward. What a career arc. From exposing a presidential cover-up in Watergate to covering up his role in Plamegate. And being forced to apologize to his own paper. And asking a colleague, Walter Pincus, not to mention Woodward’s role in the story. And failing to tell his editor that he had vital information about a major story.
And, to bottom it out, doing the TV and radio rounds, minimizing the scandal as “laughable,” “an accident”, “nothing to it” and denigrating Fitzgerald as “disgraceful” and “a junkyard dog” without ever once divulging that he was not just an observer of the CIA leak case but a recipient -- perhaps the first -- of the leak.

Excerpt: Bob Woodward, doing the Republicans bidding since 1974

Lawmakers Acted on Heels of Abramoff Gifts

33 Politicians Received Total Of $830K From Indicted Lobbyist Abramoff And His Clients To Block Rival Casino:
The $50K Club:
GOP's Hastert-$100K
GOP's Cochran-$77K
GOP's DeLay-$57K
GOP's Lott-$65K
GOP's Grassley-$63K

Candides Notebook
Torturers' Theater

The torturers are stumbling on each other, and all over themselves. The champion of torture is running around Congress trying to salvage an exceptional permission slip for his CIA henchmen. His boss the Commander-in-Zilch is tripping all over his sentences trying to say why torture isn’t torture as long as he misunderestimates torture’s definition. The CIA is tripping all over its own secrecy to keep its torture-ridden “black sites” hooded. The ghosts of Abu Ghraib have turned Iraq into minefield of djinns exploding on every forked tongue. And now the torturers are literally running into each other, uncovering each other’s dens and pulling one of the greatest Captain Renault impressions in the history of hypocrisy: They’re shocked, shocked to know that torture is going on here.

Are you listening, Samuel Beckett?

Evidence Mounts That Bush Wants New Wars

To repeat, despite Bush's arguments to the contrary, the "clash of civilizations" would consist of wars started by us. The killing of innocent people in these wars is likely to be massive, and the wars could at any time turn nuclear. If the people and the politicians of America allow these wars to take place, the stain on the morality of Americans will last for generations.
Let's note some of the statements Bush made in this speech of November 11. Many are not new, and some were foreshadowed in a speech by Bush a month ago, but their volume and intensity in the Veterans' Day speech are noteworthy...

Interview with Dr. Morgan Reyonlds

Bush administration Labor Dept. economist, Dr. Morgan Reynolds, and Eric Hufschmid, author of "Painful Questions", spell out clearly the evidence proving 9-11 was done by our government and agents from Israel.

Ben Frank
Who told the Senate that Saddam had WMDs capable of attacking the East Coast?

Senator Bill Nelson (FL):

I, along with nearly every Senator in this Chamber, in that secure room of this Capitol complex, was not only told there were weapons of mass destruction–specifically chemical and biological–but I was looked at straight in the face and told that Saddam Hussein had the means of delivering those biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction by unmanned drones, called UAVs, unmanned aerial vehicles. Further, I was looked at straight in the face and told that UAVs could be launched from ships off the Atlantic coast to attack eastern seaboard cities of the United States. Is it any wonder that I concluded there was an imminent peril to the United States?
As far as I know, it has never been revealed who that “Someone” was that told the Senators about this threat… was it Cheney?

Senator Nelson of Florida