April 4th, 2007

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Commie And Gangsters....

Ah yes, back in the day, the qool kids use to whine that only Commies And Gangsters needed to take the 5th when testifying... So which is it?
A key Justice Department official who helped orchestrate the ouster of eight US attorneys last year again has rebuffed requests to talk to congressional investigators about her role in the dismissals, with her lawyer saying yesterday that she now will not even agree to an informal interview with Capitol Hill Democrats.

Monica M. Goodling, who is on leave from her job as special counsel to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, rejected the House Judiciary Committee's request yesterday morning that she appear before committee investigators for a closed-door session about her involvement in the decisions to remove the federal prosecutors.

[ cf Gonzales aide refuses again to talk about role in firings
Need to take 5th challenged
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But there is the deeper question.

Did Gonzalas KNOW that his organization had become riddled with Commies and/or Gangsters......

How many Commies are there in Government???

Oh How WE so NEED to bring back Senator McCarthy, HE KNEW how to ferret out commies and commie fellow travellors who are hiding in the Government!!! Why I am so Sure he has a List of them right now, if ONLY congress would call him....
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Law? What Law????

Hey kids, just because the Americans have opted out of law, does it really mean that we need to turn the rest of the world into our Unindicted Co-Conspirators????
The Bush administration says it is pressing ahead with plans to extend a U.S. missile defense system to Europe to defend NATO allies from possible future missile launches from North Korea, Iran, and other nations. VOA's Michael Bowman reports from Washington, where Pentagon officials are attempting to allay deep Russian misgivings about the program and perhaps even secure some form of Russian participation in the initiative.
[ cf Bush Administration Works to Extend Missile Defense to Europe ]
Would this be a band time to talk about the unpleasant reality check of what americans can actually be counted on????

It was bad enough when we sat during the Hungarian Uprising in 1956.... so yeah, I can appreciate that making the appearance of turning Europe into our Enabler, would seem like such a restorative compensation...

Or is this a weird time to wonder why it is that the American Troops did not ride to the Rescue of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines who had been taken by the Iranians.... Hum.... Wonder why that was not the great military victory of military victories???? It really could not have been simply because we did not yet have the great missile shield to protect them, now could It????

What if there is a better solution, and it's name is still diplomacy.
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Bond, James "Wal-Mart" Bond....

WoW!!! Shock of Shocks....
A former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. worker said he was part of a large surveillance operation that included snooping on employees, stockholders and others, according to a Wall Street Journal report Wednesday.
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Gabbard said that as part of the surveillance, the retailer infiltrated an anti-Wal-Mart group to determine if it planned protests at the company's annual meeting last year and deployed monitoring systems to record the actions of anyone connected to its global computer network.

Many of Gabbard's statements were confirmed by other former Wal-Mart employees, the paper said.

[ cf Ex-Wal-Mart worker admits to spy campaign ]
Hum....

A company that has a Religious Hatred of Unions, and teaches it's employee's how to work the proverty life style with state and federal subsidies, because, well, gosh, Wal-Mart is not willing to pay americans american wages.....

And gosh, they have sooooo shot in the head their old Propoganda about "buy american"....

But that really is not the worst of it all boys and girls, the real comedy of course is the part in all of this where the 'second tier' spies are getting to take the short end of the stick for the "nice people" .... Hum... Where Have We Seen That Game Before.... Plame.... What Was Her Name??? Abu Ghraib.... What was the name of those projects, and all of that Patriotic Surge Stuff....

Hum.... What if Americans woke up in america and actually had to live there???
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Corporations Gone Wild!!!!

Hey Kids, did you get off on those Young Republican Opo Researcher's Gone Wild Video?

Well Check This OUT:
Cia. Vale do Rio Doce, the world's largest iron-ore producer, pledged to halt sales to pig-iron companies that use material made by slaves or illegally felled timber from the Amazon rain forest.

``We will stop supplying companies where we see clear evidence of violating environmental or labor laws,'' Jose Carlos Martins, Vale's executive director of the ferrous metals division, said today in an interview. ``We can't be an active player in this.''

Some companies use slave labor and trees felled illegally in the Amazon to make the charcoal that's used as fuel in the production of pig iron, a key ingredient of steel, according to Brazilian labor inspectors and prosecutors. Nearly all car companies in the U.S. use steel that starts with materials made from slave labor, Bloomberg News reported on Nov. 2.

Rio de Janeiro-based Vale sold 6 million metric tons of iron ore to Brazilian pig iron makers last year, Martins said. More than 90 percent of the pig iron produced in the Brazilian Amazon is exported to the U.S.

[ cf Vale to Halt Sales to Pig Iron Makers That Allow Slave Labor ( emphais mine )]
Just Totally Wild And Crazy!!!

I mean, wow dude, what happened to the whole "ownership society" model of how things were coolio these days and that we were on the happy march back to the happier days when Biblical Literalism Was Biblically Literal about our God Given Rights to Own Slaves...

And now some overseas group is going to get all wonky about slavery???

I mean, what IS with that???? Don't they like supporting the President To Support The Troops???
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How SHOULD we deal with the death threat issues.

This is one of those unpleasant reality spaces, and I must confess that I like where ronebofh went in his posting people on the internet suck. wait, why is everyone looking at me? - since, a part of the problem here is that some 'accept' "death threats" as a part of the 'cost of doing business' in our "man's World" as it were.

Some of that myopia is not even a conscious decision point.

As Folks should know, I am working on Chris Hedge's American Fascists - and I highly recommend it. I would also recommend that folks step back and relook at James William Gibson's Warrior Dreams Paramilitary Culture in Post-Vietnam America which was reviewed by the NYT back in 1994.

What if the REAL Tragedy here is that as a nation we have just simply SLUMPED and gone with the whole Insanity of the "Battle Cry Campaign" - essentially adopting the failed Masculine Kult and all of it's implicit Hierarchical Power Games, that leave folks more vulnerable to the shift from Psuedo Fascists To The All American Fascist Movement....

{ an interesting side bar worth taking is THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT which has this lovely JFK quote as prelude to it:
For the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie deliberate, contrived, and dishonest but the myth persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
Which is really Scary as a general thought in all of this... Ah yes, what an interesting world it would be.... }

So where DO americans really want to stand on all of this...

Do we want to live in the world where Cheap Grace is the acceptable excuse? Or the Typical Hanoi Annie Coulter Comedic Gigglers, where the open advocacy of murdering americans, and political officials, is simply one more case of, well, those Knee Slapping Gigglers... Because, well that stuff is some how suppose to be 'funny' and, well, it would be funny - like the Classical Fallwellian moment where Jerry Fallwell noted that he has never thought about divorcing his wife - but he has considered Murdering Her...

Since the REAL JOKE in play is that there is going to be this much More Masculine America, where Men Are Men, and we have to kill some of them those types from time to time, and Girls are just going to have to learn to take up the right place in our New World Order...

Made all the more tragic because this time around there is none of that whiney liberal effort to keep the Gays and Womyn out of the Combat Zone In Iraq - because, well, gosh, all of those REAL MEN are home making sure that they are getting the Big Bucks and Keeping Us Safer from the Gays And Womyn In The Military...

What if Americans Woke Up In America? And had to live there...

{ Update - YES, I guess it would be a useful place to peek at both The Handmaid's Tale (film) and The Handmaid's Tale - since these do a reasonably good job of covering the little "issues" with the Dominionist Cults and their, well, Macho Masculine Issues...

OK, I have to also confess that I have a Dog In THIS FIGHT, I have a Daughter. And while she grew up understanding that her Mother was the toughest sailor on the block, I am not sure that I want her to break andy of the little dominionists, or make their Brains BLOW OUT.... 'wouldn't be prudent'... }
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what Ever Happened To The Golden Age Of Spying???

Ok, so I am sooooo under-impressed these days with the overall collapse of the so called 'intelligence community' - both the traditional one some of us worked for, and the new and improved party apparachniki fan club based versions, some of which were stove piping for Dick on the american tax payer's dollar.

In this case we will have some fun, assuming that it does not go 'in camara', because the actual evidence will not stand up in the light of day, and so we will need to have it protected.... But I run ahead
A former US Navy sailor accused of leaking classified information about a US battle group pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of providing material support for terrorists.

Hassan Abujihaad, born Paul Hall, pleaded not guilty at a district court in New Haven, Connecticut. He is due back in court next week at a hearing to determine whether he should be released on bail, a court spokesman said.

Abujihaad is charged with providing material support for a group allegedly conspiring to kill US nationals and of leaking classified information.
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Abujihaad was stationed in the Middle East aboard the USS Benfold, a guided-missile destroyer in the battle group, and allegedly provided details of its movements as it headed for the Gulf in early 2001.

[ cf Ex US Navy sailor pleads not guilty to terrorism charges ]
Hum....

Hey kids, how is it that he is supposed to have been discharged in 2002, and was suppose to still be passing notes to the Azzam Publications folks up through 2004????

Hum.....

It will be interesting to see what really comes of this case, especially since the americans are talking about trying to extradite to British Citizens as a part of this case....

Or will we wind up waiting another five years, when he finally decides to change his plea, so as to accept a chance of getting out of GitMo, or where ever it is we will be sending THOSE TYPES...
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And This Came As A Surprise To Whom???

Hey kids remember the Great Lead Off in the Global War As Plea Bargaining Sessions???
The lawyer and parents of American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh asked President Bush on Wednesday to commute his 20-year prison term, citing the case of an Australian man who was sentenced to less than a year for aiding terrorism.

Lindh, 26, was captured in Afghanistan in November 2001 by American forces sent to topple the Taliban after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He was charged with conspiring to kill Americans and support terrorists but pleaded guilty to lesser offenses, including carrying weapons against U.S. forces.
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"In the atmosphere of the time, the best John could get was a plea bargain and a 20-year sentence," said Lindh's father, Frank Lindh. "We love our son very much. He was wrongly accused when he was found in Afghanistan."

The White House referred telephone calls to the Justice Department, which declined to comment because it had not received Lindh's petition.

[ cf American Taliban seeks reduced sentence (emphasis mine)]
WOW!!!! One goes to fight against the Red Hordes in the Northern Alliance with Fellow Co-Religionists and some nut jobs in america get all upset that one was working with the Taliban against the Red Hordes....

WOW...

And to think that once upon a time americans use to believe that the Law was Legal, and that it should be impartial, and that it was not merely a way of placating hate mongers in their orgy of ritualistic Male Bonding with the Wonders of their 'elite killing machine' - ah yes...

But wouldn't that lead to the scary part that perchance america might fall back under the rule of law???

And would that be a Gooder Thing???

What if Americans Woke Up In America? and actually had to live there???
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Hey Kids, Which Is More Important????

wow, this one is just great
Three Yale University students, including a Briton and a Greek national, have been charged in a case involving the burning of a U.S. flag outside a Connecticut house, a court official said on Wednesday.
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Anklesaria is British and Angelopoulos is Greek. Both are freshmen. Akbar, a senior, was born in Pakistan but is a U.S. citizen, according to police and court documents. Anklesaria and Angelopoulos turned over their passports.
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Akbar worked as an informal translator for U.S. forces during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and later published a memoir, "Come Back to Afghanistan," about his experiences there, the Yale Daily News reported.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that flag burning was protected under constitutional free-speech guarantees, invalidating laws in 48 states and outraging veterans' groups and others who say that an important national symbol should be protected from defacement.

"It makes me sick to my stomach to think that someone would burn the American flag," Marc Suraci, 37, owner of the two-story house, told the Register, describing himself as "very, very patriotic."

[ cf Three Yale students arrested for burning U.S. flag ]
I always love this game...

For some reason these 'real patriots' keep forgetting that burning a flag is the way you dispose of one that has been desecrated. And it is always sooo much fun when folks are trying to shill protecting the symbol over protecting the substance....

I mean what is the point of making a Flag An Idol, and an Idol For Worshipping, over maintaining the substance of the US Constitution.... Which of course gets massively commical when the "patriotic ones" are the Christianists whining about "secular humanist idols"....

Hum....

Can we say it loud, and proud?

What If Americans wake up IN America? and have to live there???
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Some Women Just DO Not Understand the Headship and Submission Doctrines....

While the minister was on a 1997 trip to Africa, his wife, Deborah Lyons, discovered he had purchased a $700,000 waterfront home with a mistress, Bernice Edwards, a convicted embezzler who worked as public relations director for the national convention. Deborah Lyons set the home on fire.

The resulting investigation unmasked Henry Lyons' use of his leadership role to access millions of dollars to finance his lavish lifestyle. Officials estimated the minister took about $4 million to buy luxury homes and jewelry and support his mistresses.

Lyons was convicted of racketeering and grand theft in 1999. He resigned as president of the National Baptist Convention and pleaded guilty to federal charges of tax evasion, fraud and making false statements.

[ cf Convicted pastor seeks leadership post ]
Help Me out here folks, this sounds like one of those women who just does not understand her place...

Would this be a bad time to talk seriously about the various defects in the Cult Of Masculinity that is a central dogma in the Dominionist Cults....

Or would that be, well, forgetting to Blame Gays for Destroying Heterosexual Marriages, and ruining our White Christian America....
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The Prez Does His Britany Impersonation...

well there you go, with that whole "oops, I did it again" moment:
President Bush named Republican fundraiser Sam Fox as U.S. ambassador to Belgium on Wednesday, using a maneuver that allowed him to bypass Congress, where Democrats had derailed Fox's nomination.

The appointment, made while lawmakers were out of town on spring break, prompted angry rebukes from Democrats, who said Bush's action may even be illegal.

Democrats had denounced Fox for his donation to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth during the 2004 presidential campaign. The group's TV ads, which claimed that Sen. John Kerry exaggerated his military record in Vietnam, were viewed as a major factor in the Massachusetts Democrat's election loss.

Recognizing Fox did not have the votes to obtain Senate confirmation in the Foreign Relations Committee, Bush withdrew the nomination last week. On Wednesday, with the Senate on a one-week break, the president used his power to make recess appointments to put Fox in the job without Senate confirmation.

[ cf Bush bypasses Senate to name ambassador ]
Ok so we just have to say it.

Yes, those evil Gay HomoSeXuals are destroying marriage and traditional family values in america because they just do not understand the importance of being important.

One really has to support the President's Principled Stand here - since, gosh, he really could not appear to be weak before his friends, since they might not think that he was Man Enough... And we know how that Man Thing is so important to so many of those for whom Being Manly Is a Masculine Manliness.

Uh, but if the Prez is doing his Britany, doesn't that make him an even worse drag queen than Hanoi Annie Coulter???
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Who is Jonah Goldberg, and where Does He Get Those Drugs...

Winner In Today's "One Too Many BongHitz4Jesus" moment:
What is progressivism? For our purposes, let's just say it's the belief that the government "runs" the whole country, imposing its values on the group, the way a teacher runs a class or a drill sergeant runs a platoon (this actually describes the differences between Wilson and T.R. quite nicely).

Bush-haters - you know who you are - seem to think that Bushism is all about war. But they forget that Bush didn't initially become a war president by choice; 9/11 was thrust upon him. He was a "compassionate conservative" who didn't want to leave any children behind. The strategy that he and Karl Rove (a T.R. groupie) concocted was to create a GOP version of "feel your pain" Clintonism.

'Big government conservative'

[ cf Will the real conservative please stand up? ]
Now I can understand that poor Jonah here is probably just getting out of ReHab, Again, and may not actually be able to remember all the way back to 2000.

But here is a Thought from the Republican Side of the Repbulican Party:
Oh MY GOD!!! We are going to have a Receession and a War!!!
now I can understand that the folks who did not actually listen to what Bush was shilling in 2000, and those who do not like the number stuff, might have missed the part in his Pitch about running structural deficiets as far as the eye can see, if only we could have a War or a Recession...

Would this be a badder time to talk about, oh, say 'the dominator theory' or the 'project for the new american century' or would that complicate things for the NeoConClownCarCrew as they try to get all of those Other NeoCons on the Other Side of the ClownCar, so that there can be this clear and compelling distinction about which was are Morer Totally Baked than the others...

So, like wow dude...

When you get back from ReHab the Next Time, try not to do that many BongHitz4Jesus!!!
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Should the tax payers cover the cost of an intellectual triste?

Uh, hum... When the president puts up
Still, he said efforts to pull troops home from Iraq only make the U.S. more vulnerable to attack from an enemy that is "pure evil."
[ cf Bush says he knows nation weary of war ]
Hum...

What is this with 'pure evil'? isn't that merely a mental construct???

And if this is one more 'fight with an idea' - which is an intangible thing - uh, should the tax payers really be doing the heavy lifting here???

I mean Tom DeLay went battling With Ideas, and he really believes that he won, never mind the fact that IF we are to believe the evil liberal media, then Nancy Pelosi has his job....

So, uh, remind me again, we need protection from mental constructs, uh how???
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Check Out The New Player???

Ok, now this is an interesting idea
Republican presidential candidate Tommy Thompson said Wednesday he wants to let the Iraq government decide whether U.S. troops should remain in the war-torn country.

During his official presidential campaign announcement in Clive, Thompson, the former Wisconsin governor, said the vote would be the first part of a three-step plan to ensure "our troops can leave sooner rather than later." "We should ask those leaders to decide whether or not they want America in their country," he said. "I'm confident they'll vote yes ... but if that government votes we should pull out, we should pull out." Furthermore, Thompson proposed a federal government for Iraq and its 18 provinces, each of which would be controlled by one of the three prominent Muslim sects in the country: the Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis.

"You would have the opportunity for individuals to move into those territories which are controlled by their religious theocracy, and you would get away from this inane civil war," he said.

[ cf Thompson shares Iraq plans ]
Hum...

So we try to build a Federalist System based upon Sectarian Theocracies....

An interesting strategy...

Wonder if it would work in america....
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One More Plea Bargain For Jesus....

WOW, now here is another one of those Stunning Military Victories that can Only Be Won by, well, a concerted and committed negotiating team...
A jazz bassist and martial arts expert charged two years ago in an elaborate undercover terrorism investigation pleaded guilty today to plotting to teach would-be Al Qaeda operatives how to wage jihad with hand-to-hand combat.

The man, Tarik Shah, 44, entered his guilty plea in Federal District Court in Manhattan. In exchange, he will receive a reduced maximum sentence of no more than 15 years.

[ cf Martial Arts Expert Pleads Guilty in Terror Case ]
Thank GOD the Lord Is On Our Side....

I mean, what can be more threatening than a martial arts Jazz Bassist....

And to know that FINALLY we have been able to negotiate a plea bargin....

Well that Just CLEARLY Proves the Existence Of God!!!! And the Divine Providence ....

Or.... does it just say that we are slowly still not really doing all that much more than finding the ways to make something for the news papers to report on, since, gosh, the alternative would be to address real substantive issues like the Bloated Dollar, that needs to find a reality base...

Hey, now there is an Idea, we could send the Dollar To GitMo, and maybe get it to Plea Bargin to both a sound monetarist and fiscal policy....

Yeah, that would be the Biggest Bong Hit For Jesus...