Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Senator Larry Craig - Another Two-faced Republican Exposed
Monday, August 27, 2007
AG Gonzalez and President Bush Faced Reality
- THE PRESIDENT: This morning, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced that he will leave the Department of Justice, after two and a half years of service to the department. Al Gonzales is a man of integrity, decency and principle. And I have reluctantly accepted his resignation, with great appreciation for the service that he has provided for our country.
Who Will be the Successor
The nominee for the position will face a quite different Congress than AG Gonzalez did. Much as the president would like to have an attorney general for whom loyalty to him would take first place, that might not happen. The Senate Judicial Committee will not, cannot, rubber-stamp the president's choice. DHS Chief Michael Chertoff's records are far from laudatory. He will be in turbulent waters during the confirmation hearings.
Among the names being mentioned as possible candidates is former Missouri senator John Danforth. Danforth had also briefly served as the U.S. Ambassador to the UN. While Danforth might be well received by Democrats, for conservative Republicans that very fact would be a black mark against him.
The President's Vacation
Unlike previous years there was no announcement from the White House about books that the president took with him to read during his vacation at Crawford. One can understand that the president has enough on his plate to keep him occupied but the reading list, consisting mostly of weighty tomes, always caused surprise. Maybe the man has hidden depths. Too bad that this summer he is not enlightening his mind with books.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
"Morning After Pill" Back in the News
David Crary of Associated Press reported on August 22,2007:
In the year since it was approved for over-the-counter sales, the morning-after pill has become a huge commercial success for its manufacturer, but its popularity and solid safety record haven't deterred critics from seeking to overturn the milestone ruling.
The pill, marketed by Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. as Plan B, was the focus of bitter debate for three years. After repeated delays, the Food and Drug Administration declared on Aug. 24, 2006 that customers 18 and older should be able to buy it in pharmacies without a prescription.
Barr began distributing the over-the-counter version last November, and all national pharmacy chains now stock it. The company projects that sales of Plan B will total about $80 million for 2007, almost double the total for 2006 and up eightfold from 2004, when Barr acquired the product as a prescription-only drug.
- "CWA is built on prayer and action.
- We are the nation's largest public policy women's organization with a rich 28-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy."
Well, one would think that women who follow CWA's Biblical principles could simply stay away from Plan B.
Odette: Do you believe in centralized government or states' rights ?
Dennis: What? Odette: I just want to know the kind of guy I'm marrying.
Dennis: I'm starting to get the distinct impression you don't want to do this anymore."
---From Sarah Kernochan's 1998 film "Strike"(also released as "All I Wanna Do")
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
On the Road to 2008: The Dark Side
How is the president's war going? Fourteen American soldiers died today in a helicopter crash in Northern Iraq, bringing the total to 3722, including 64 this month. Source: iCasualties.org
Jonathan Steele in The Guardian:
- Like Bush, Maliki has become a lame duck. Bush of course can stay in office for another 17 months. Maliki can also stagger on in charge of a minority government, since no other Iraqi seems able or willing to put a different coalition together. And, for all his tough talk about seeing Maliki replaced, Bush is doomed to go on supporting him. A vacuum in Baghdad would look even worse in American voters' eyes.
- In one sense, the crisis only confirms what has been clear for months. Whoever sits in the Green Zone in nominal charge of Iraq's government has little power or authority beyond its walls. Bush's political project for Iraq looks more fragile than ever.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
On the Road to 2008
- "How about a little hope and optimism?" said Edwards, a former North Carolina senator, drawing applause from the audience as he sought to inject himself into a long-running foreign policy dispute between Obama and Clinton. "Where did it go?"
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Karl Rove - The Architect or Turd Blossom ?
- Turd Blossom, according to partisans of Karl Rove and George Bush, is a Texan term for a flower which grows from a pile of cow dung. The term has gained notoriety in the United States as reportedly this is one of President George W. Bush's terms of endearment for his former chief political advisor, Karl Rove. Bush is also reported to call Rove by the nickname ”Boy Genius.“
- Few, if any, native Texans would recognize this definition of 'turd blossom.' 'Turd blossom' was used in 1960s Texas high school slang to describe the spreading smell of a fart, or the spreading stain of a loose bowel movement. Neither Rove nor George W. Bush attended high school in Texas, and they may have been unfamiliar with the original use of the word. 'Fart blossom' was a common variant. (Source: Wikipedia)
Travis S. Bachman, 30, Army National Guard Sergeant 1st Class, Aug 01, 2007
Cristian Rojas-Gallego, 24, Army Specialist, Aug 02, 2007
Eric D. Salinas, 25, Army Specialist, Aug 02, 2007
Fernando Santos, 29, Army Staff Sergeant, Aug 02, 2007
Julian Ingles Rios, 52, Army National Guard Master Sergent, Aug 02, 2007
Cristian Vasquez, 20, Marine Lance Corporal, Aug 02, 2007
Jaron D. Holliday, 21, Army Private 1st Class, Aug 04, 2007
Jason K. Lafleur, 28, Army Corporal, Aug 04, 2007
Braden J. Long, 19, Army Specialist, Aug 04, 2007
Matthew M. Murchison, 21, Army Private 1st Class, Aug 04, 2007
Dustin S. Wakeman, 25, Army Sergeant, Aug 04, 2007
Joey D. Link, 29, Air Force Technical Sergeant, Aug 05, 2007
Blackwell. Justin R., 27, Army Specialist, Aug 05, 2007
Jeremy S. Bohannon, 18, Army Private, Aug 05, 2007
Charles E. Leonard Jr., 29, Army Specialist, Aug 05, 2007
Juan M. Alcantara, 22, Army Corporal, Aug 06, 2007
Nicholas A. Gummersall, 23, Army Sergeant, Aug 06, 2007
Kareem R. Khan, 20, Army Specialist, Aug 06, 2007
Christopher T. Neiberger, 22, Army Specialist, Aug 06, 2007
Jacob M. Thompson, 26, Army Staff Sergeant, Aug 06, 2007
Reynold Armand, 21, Marine Corporal, Aug 07, 2007
Jon E. Bonnell Jr., 22, Marine Sergeant, Aug 07, 2007
Donald M. Young, 0, Army Specialist, Aug 08, 2007
Joan J. Duran, 24, Army Staff Sergeant, Aug 10, 2007
William L. Edwards, 23, Army Private 1st Class, Aug 11, 2007
Justin Penrod, 24, Army Specialist, Aug 11, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Passages: August 2007
August is when I join JHL and her family for the annual trip to the coast. We spend a week at Pajaro Dunes. The weather there is unpredictable. One cannot be sure of sun and warm weather but that does not prevent us from enjoying ourselves. The beach house where we stay is only about 50 yards from the Pacific. We walk on the beach, run, read, listen to music, bash Bush and the Republicans, have great meals and good wines. All too soon the week passes and we return to the valley with refreshed spirits, ready to face the end of summer.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Hillary Clinton and Lobbyists
Covering the Second Annual Kos Convention in Chicago, James Rainey of The Los Angeles Times reported:
- Clinton said she had to raise money to be competitive and that her 35 years of public service proved she would fight for ordinary Americans. "I have stayed true to my core principles," Clinton said. "A lot of those lobbyists, whether you like it or not, represent real Americans" such as nurses, teachers and others who need a voice in the halls of government, she added.
---Dollars and Votes - How Business Campaign Contributions Subvert Democracy
by Dan Clawson, Alan Neustadtl, and Mark Weller
Temple University Press, 1998
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Good News for Bushies - Murdoch Acquires WSJ
And, about Iraq they will be behind the president 100%. How can they not be? If it is good for the arms merchants and contractors like Kellog, Brown & Root (KBR) then it is good for America......and The Wall Street Journal.