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        Friday, December 16, 2005

       12/16/05Senate Rejects Extension of Patriot Act

Senate Rejects Extension of Patriot Act

HL Hanging With The Man.
HL, Senator Russ FeingoldExcerpt: WASHINGTON - The Senate on Friday refused to reauthorize major portions of the USA Patriot Act after critics complained they infringed too much on Americans' privacy and liberty, dealing a huge defeat to the Bush administration and Republican leaders.
In a crucial vote early Friday, the bill's Senate supporters were not able to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster by Sens. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and their allies. The final vote was 52-47.

H.L.s take
Russ Feingold for President. He came through for us, like he said he would, I got a little pissed at Russ for voting for Johnny Roberts but this makes up for it. No longer will I show the pic of me and Russ where I blacked out my eyes, because I did not want to be seen with him. OK lets get realistic here for a minute, who do you think wil make a better President? Russ, or the lady that is currenlty supporting a flag burning amendment with a Utah Conservative Republican? The answer is obvious. Russ for President. Lets hear what you think in the comments box.

       12/16/05 Afternoon News Roundup

Bush Won't Discuss Report of NSA Spying

Excerpt: "There is no doubt that this is inappropriate," said Sen. Arlen Specter (news, bio, voting record), R-Pa., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He said there would be hearings early next year and that they would have "a very, very high priority." He wasn't alone in reacting harshly to the report. Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record), R-Ariz., said the story, first reported in Friday's New York Times, was troubling.
Bush said in an interview that "we do not discuss ongoing intelligence operations to protect the country. And the reason why is that there's an enemy that lurks, that would like to know exactly what we're trying to do to stop them.
"I will make this point," Bush said. "That whatever I do to protect the American people — and I have an obligation to do so — that we will uphold the law, and decisions made are made understanding we have an obligation to protect the civil liberties of the American people."

H.L.s take
Oh really? is that why you are spying on Anti-War Organizations, aren't they entitled to their civil rights? How about the civil rights of the people in New Orleans that you had booted out of their homes even though they weren't damaged, wheres their civil rights. Bush is speaking as if anybody still beleives a work that comes out of his filthy lying hole. Now he's gotten himself in still one more mess that goes against what the American Government is supposed to stand for. What else is new? In the words of Bushs pal Ronald Reagan, here he goes again

Bush Defends, Explains Comment on DeLay

WASHINGTON - President Bush said Friday his statement that former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was innocent of criminal charges in Texas was meant to signal confidence in the justice system and not to make a pronouncement about the individual case.
"The point I was making was 'innocent until otherwise proven,'" Bush said in an interview to Friday for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." "It's a belief in the system, and that's not always the way people are treated here in Washington as you know."
On Wednesday, Bush was asked on Fox News Channel whether he believed DeLay was innocent, and he replied, "Yes, I do."

H.L.s take
From what I understand that could be construed as jury tampering. which is a Felony. Especially down there in Texas where Bush and Delay are both from. "Well hell clem, if The President says hes not guilty thats good enough for me."

Raw Story
New York Times admits it held domestic spying story for a full year

On the second page of a report which reveals the White House engaged in warrantless domestic spying, the New York Times reveals that it held the story for a full year at the request of the Bush Administration, RAW STORY can reveal.

The Times also reveals that senior members of Congress from both parties knew about Bush's decision to spy on Americans who were making international calls or emails, without warrants.

Further, the Times notes that they have omitted information in the article they did write, agreeing with the Bush Administration that the information could be useful for terrorists. Excerpts from the Times' article follow.

H.L.s take
Once again The New York Times, is Bushs main propaganda arm, they now freely admit that they have no intention, or desire to tell the truth except when it beneifits, Bush, The Republican, or The Times itself. They are the whore of all whore rags, the madam of the whorehouse if you will, and newspapers wonder they their circulation keeps going down.

Robert Novak Leaving CNN for Fox News .

NEW YORK - Commentator Robert Novak, who hasn't been seen on CNN since swearing and storming off the set in August, will leave the network after 25 years and join Fox News Channel as a contributor next month.

H.L.s take
Bob Novak finally going where the belongs. Now he can be a full time Bush cheerleader without fear of retribution. He will fit right in over there. Good riddance Bob welcome to irrelavency

The Huffington Post
Are We Really This Stupid?

Excerpt: I’ll tell you why. How else would Republican cronies get $100 million contracts without any scrutiny? The Lincoln Group is run by two kids, who are 30 and 31 years old, who had no prior experience in public relations, but who worked with a pro-Republican donor group called Lead 21. They just got a $100 million contract for the Pentagon’s new public relations campaign. Let alone the tens of millions they had already received for the earlier propaganda campaign in Iraq, which by the way has blown up in our face.

Remember, that $100 million those Republican kids just got for something they know nothing about is our money. It's the taxes you and I paid. They just took all that money and put it in their pocket. As a Republican, I heard all my life about how the Democrats were spending my money. Well, at least they weren't stealing it.

H.L.s take
This guy says hes a former Republican, and he is sticking it to them nicely. Of course most Republicans will never have this type of revalation.

Shocking The Conscience Of America: Bush And Cheney Call For The Right To Torture And Are Decisively and Correctly Rebuffed by the House By JOHN W. DEAN

To place this activity in context, I have been trying to think of a similar "un-American" low point in the American presidency. Possible candidates might include John Adams's approval of the Alien and Sedition Act of 1798, or Abraham Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War.

Moscow Times
Persian Fire

So now we know: Next time the fire will come in Iran. The blow will be delivered by proxy, but that will not spare the true perpetrator from the firestorm of blowback and unintended consequences that will follow. Even now, the gruesome deaths of many innocent people in many lands are growing in futurity's womb.

The Rubicon of the new war was crossed on Oct. 27. Oddly enough for this renewal of the ancient enmity between the heirs of Athens and Persia, the decisive event occurred on the edge of the Arctic Circle, at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, where a Russian rocket lifted an Iranian spy satellite, the Sinah-1, into orbit.

Editor & Publisher
Fact Checking the Feds in Airport Shooting

Perhaps if Alpizar had regularly attended Georgetown dinner parties, the media would show more curiosity about his fate. In the old days, Americans were taught that the media would serve as a check and a balance on government powers. The same media docility that helped the Bush administration sell the war in Iraq is still there, now serving Leviathan on the homefront
Why Must Congress Nazify America?

It is becoming increasingly evident that the Bush regime has a clearly defined set of political objectives for our former free and independent republic. In fact, the regimes step-by-step Nazification of America is so effectively and rapidly being deployed, it actually surpasses the speed and precision employed by Adolf Hitler.

Huffington Post
Jack Abramoff's Business Partner Pleads Guity, To Testify Against Abramoff...

Excerpt: Adam Kidan faces up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and one count of wire fraud. He becomes the second former Abramoff associate in a month to agree to cooperate with investigators. Michael Scanlon agreed on Nov. 21 to aid a separate Justice Department probe in Washington involving $80 million in fees the two men got from Indian-tribe clients.

Global News Matrix
Bill Frist's chief of staff FLIPS OUT on AP reporters

The Hill is buzzing today over a weird incident yesterday in which Sen. Bill Frist's (R-TN) Chief of Staff Eric Ueland flipped out at a young AP reporter, Jonathan Katz, who had the temerity to ask Frist whether it was true that he had no idea how much stock he owned before he sold it off just ahead of the stock's precipitous decline.