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Nebraska High Court Approves Electric Chair
“Nebraska … now is alone in the United States, actually in the whole world, in still requiring electrocution,” Carey Dean Moore’s lawyer, Alan Peterson, argued to the court. “Nebraska is the last holdout for this universally rejected and condemned sole means of capital punishment.”

Arab Opinion Shifts in Favor of Hezbollah
Israel’s campaign against Hezbollah—which has featured prolonged and deadly strikes against civilian targets in Lebanon—has boosted the militant group’s popularity among governments and groups that earlier opposed it, according to Middle East analysts, with Arab allies such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt now taking pains to distance themselves from American policy. Meanwhile, there is no timetable for Condoleezza Rice to return to the region for further peace talks.

White House Times Bolton Fight to Mobilize Conservatives
As the partisan battle resumes over U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton—who currently owes his job to a presidential appointment, rather than congressional approval—some observers think the White House has timed his re-submission to mobilize conservatives who share Bolton’s contempt for the UN and multilateral diplomacy as a whole. Democrats say they oppose Bolton as much for his incompetence as for his boorishness; as Sen. Christopher Dodd said, “My objection is not that he is a bully, but that he is an ineffective bully.”

White House Seeks Protection from War Crimes Act
The Bush administration, through Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, is pushing GOP lawmakers to draft specific “protections” to shield American soldiers from prosecution under the 1996 War Crimes Act. The Act, which was pushed through at the time by the Republican-controlled Congress, criminalizes violations of the Geneva Conventions, and holds out the possibility of the death penalty for any soldier who causes the death of a detainee in U.S. custody.

July 28, 2006 Posted by | In The News | Leave a comment

“Terrorists” Busted!

There is no way I could let this slide:  
That was pretty much the gist over the weekend, as seven men were arrested for an alleged plot to blow up the Sears Tower. This along with the “Weapons of Mass Destruction” that Santorum found last week, and you’d think we’d won the War on Terror. But very quickly it became clear that the group had no organization and posed no real threat, and it was all just a big mix-up. Oops.

Or was it?:

BuzzFlash is not saying that there wasn’t a plot against the Sears Tower, but it was awfully curious timing for a “raid,” wasn’t it? After all, the Dems had just finished making their first somewhat united effort to initiate a troop withdrawal from Iraq (just disagreeing over the timetable — with only a few renegades, like GOP Joe Lieberman). It reminds us of the old days when Tommy Thompson rolled out a color coded terror alert whenever the Bush Administration experienced a dip in the polls…Actually, it’s quite easy to explain. This is Rovian cynicism and mass media manipulation at its essence. Put a false claim out there through any means possible, then quietly debunk the assertion. The false claim gets picked up and conveyed with alarm by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, FOX News and even the rest of the mainstream press. Meanwhile, the disproof of the false assertion gets left behind in the crowd, like a milk carton that is trampled in a feverish rush of people who are running from the boogeyman.

The Poli Sci 101 definition of a terrorist is anyone who stirs up trouble and violence to scare people into supporting policies. Sound familiar?

Don’t be too discouraged though; Poli Sci 101 also teaches us that terrorism never wins in the long term.

reprinted from Blog for America 

June 27, 2006 Posted by | In The News, National Defence | Leave a comment

Flag Ammendmant Fails

Damn! Now all the billions of people burning flags around the country will continue

it was beat 66-34, they needed 67.


June 27, 2006 Posted by | In The News | Leave a comment

A Silly Question:

With so many important and pressing issues facing the nation, why is the Senate taking the entier day to debate flag burning? Does anyone really burn flags anyway? Certainly not enough to demand legislation, right?

June 27, 2006 Posted by | In The News | 1 Comment

Rush Limbaugh: Detained for possible illegal drugs


CBS4: “WEST PALM BEACH Sources have confirmed to CBS4 News that conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh has been detained at Palm Beach International Airport for the possible possession of illegal prescription drugs Monday evening. Limbaugh was returning on a flight from the Dominican Republic when officials found the drugs, among them Viagra.”

Video -WMP Video -QT later

June 27, 2006 Posted by | In The News, Irony and Hypocrisy | Leave a comment

Sunday Morning Talk Shows

Open Thread!

June 25, 2006 Posted by | In The News | 1 Comment

In The News – May 31 2006

Dozier 'doin as well s expected'
CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier was "doing as well as can be expected" a day after being critically wounded in a roadside bomb attack that killed two colleagues, according to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. more…

FBI's shovels are empty in Hoffa hunt
They threw everything they had at the search — anthropologists, archaeologists, forensic experts, cadaver dogs, a demolition company even razed a horse barn — but after two weeks of digging, the FBI announced Tuesday it had found only a beer can in its futile search for Jimmy Hoffa. more…

D.C. corruption probe heats up
June 5, 2006 issue – During World War II, the Royal Hawaiian, a grand pink palace on Waikiki Beach, was reserved mainly for officers and men in the U.S. Navy's Submarine Service. It was understood that the sailors who took the greatest risks—about a quarter of the submariners never came back—deserved to be pampered while they waited to go back out on war patrols. More recently, the most frequent guest in the Royal Hawaiian's tony King Kamehameha Suite was a man with close ties to the military who also took risks, though of a different kind. more…

Justice makes concession in Jefferson raid
Justice Department lawyers said today it will make another concession to Congressman William Jefferson, D-LA, in the fight over the search of Jefferson's Capitol Hill office. more…

Muhammad found guilty in second sniper trial
John Allen Muhammad was convicted of six of the Washington-area sniper killings Tuesday after the prosecution’s star witness, Muhammad’s young protégé, portrayed him as the mastermind of an audacious terror scheme in which phase two would have been bombings against children. more…

U.S. joins relief effort after Indonesia quake
U.S. Marines joined an international effort Tuesday to deliver aid and medical equipment to some 200,000 Indonesians left homeless by a devastating earthquake, as hopes faded of finding more survivors. more…

May 31, 2006 Posted by | In The News | Leave a comment

Sunday Morning Talkshows

Meet The Press
Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-NE, & House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-WI, on Immigration. Then a roundtable with David Broder, David Ignatius, Kate O’Beirne, Eugene Robinson

Chris Matthews Show
Michele Norris — NPR
Michael Duffy — Time Magazine
Gloria Borger — CBS News; U.S. News & World Report
Jonathan Alter — Newsweek Magazine

The McLaughlin Group
John McLaughlin – Creator and Executive Producer
Eleanor Clift – Contributing Editor, Newsweek Magazine
Tony Blankley – Editorial Page Editor, The Washington Times
Pat Buchanan – Political Analyst, MSNBC
Mortimer B. Zuckerman – Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, U.S. News & World Report

This Week With George Stephanopoulos
SUNDAY EXCLUSIVE: Sen. John Warner, R-Va., on Iraq and the Haditha revelations
SUNDAY EXCLUSIVE: Rep. John Murtha, D-Penn., on reports of a massacre in Haditha, Iraq
ROUNDTABLE: Fmr. Rep. John Kasich, the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne, and George Will
VOICES: Tony Orlando’s ‘Yellow Ribbon’ continues to inspire the troops

Face The Nation
Sen. Mitch McConnell
Assistant Majority Leader

Sen. Charles Schumer
Chairman, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Democrat-New York

Elizabeth Bumiller
The New York Times

May 28, 2006 Posted by | In The News | Leave a comment

In The News – May 26, 2006

Bush, Blair admit difficulties, errors in Iraq
President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged difficult times in the Iraq war they launched together in 2003, but both vowed to keep troops there until the new Iraqi government takes hold. Both admitted making costly mistakes. more…

Lay, Skilling guilty on nearly all counts
The trial lasted nearly four months. The jury deliberated six days. And after being convicted Thursday of fraud and conspiracy in one of the biggest corporate scandals in U.S. history, former Enron executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling face the possibility of spending the rest of their lives in prison. more…

Treasury’s Snow seen ready to resign
Treasury Secretary John Snow has signaled to the White House he is ready to resign once President Bush has picked a successor, administration officials and people close to Snow said Thursday. more…

Senator stalls FEMA nominee despite panel OK
Angered over FEMA’s flood insurance program, a senator said late Thursday he would block the nomination of R. David Paulison as the agency’s chief in the latest hitch in the push for his approval before the start of the hurricane season. more…

Senate passes immigration bill
The Senate approved a wide-ranging overhaul of immigration laws Thursday, voting 62-36 to bolster security at the Mexican border and to grant many illegal immigrants a path toward citizenship. more…

Bush orders documents seized in Capitol Hill search sealed
President Bush stepped into the Justice Department’s constitutional confrontation with Congress on Thursday and ordered that documents seized in an FBI raid on a congressman’s office be sealed for 45 days. more…

Civilian deaths send top Marine to Iraq
As the military investigates two reports of Marines in Iraq allegedly killing innocent civilians, Gen. Michael Hagee, commandant of the Marine Corps, left for Iraq on Thursday to talk about use of force. more…

May 26, 2006 Posted by | In The News | Leave a comment

In The News – May 25, 2006

Special counsel: Cheney may be called to testify
Vice President Dick Cheney could be called to testify in the perjury case against his former chief of staff, a special prosecutor said in a court filing Wednesday. more…

And the ‘American Idol’ is…
Taylor Hicks, the mop-topped manic dancer who wooed TV audiences with his raw singing style and boisterous personality, was named the new “American Idol” Wednesday in a pop star-filled finale that included Prince and Mary J. Blige. more…

Senate passes funeral protest ban
Demonstrators would be barred from disrupting military funerals at national cemeteries under legislation approved by the Senate Wednesday more…

GOP, Dems blast FBI for searching congressional office
Though no one actually defended embattled Rep. William Jefferson, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joined House Republicans on Wednesday in expressing outrage over the FBI’s recent search of the congressman’s legislative office. more…

White House hints at talks with Iranians
The Bush administration said Wednesday it might talk to Iran about the nuclear issue but only if Iran suspends its uranium enrichment program. more…

May 25, 2006 Posted by | In The News | Leave a comment