Saturday, February 25, 2006

Smells Like A Duck

My Way News:
"BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's defense minister warned on Saturday of a 'civil war' that 'will never end' and said he was ready to put tanks on the streets as sectarian violence flared despite a second day of curfew in Baghdad."

The government won't admit it, but this was an inevitable outcome of the invasion and deposition of Saddam. Like Eastern Europe when the Soviet Union fell, ethnic and sectarian tensions have emerged and reached flashpoint. Only in this case, our troops are stuck right in the middle of it all. Bush and Cheney should be impeached for getting us into this mess for no good reason. We should be asking the U.N. for assistance and making plans to get out as soon as possible. Oh, well.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Meanwhile, In That Other Arabian Nation... - Official: Explosion at Saudi oil refinery - Feb 24, 2006:
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- An explosion occured Friday at a major oil refinery in Buqayq, eastern Saudi Arabia, a Saudi oil official said.

The explosion was caused by a vehicle packed with explosives that was detonated by the shots of security guards who fired on it as it tried to drive into the refinery, a reporter for the pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Arabiya TV said.

IRS Finds Charities Overstep Into Politics

My Way News:
WASHINGTON (AP) - IRS exams found nearly 3 out of 4 churches, charities and other civic groups suspected of having violated restraints on political activity in the 2004 election actually did so, the agency said Friday.

Most of the examinations that have concluded found only a single, isolated incidence of prohibited campaign activity.

In three cases, however, the IRS uncovered violations egregious enough to recommend revoking the groups' tax-exempt status.

'While the vast majority of charities, including churches, did not engage in politicking, our examinations substantiated a disturbing amount of political intervention in the 2004 electoral cycle,' IRS Commissioner Mark Everson said in a statement.
No surprise here. I notice the IRS only "recommends" revoking of tax-exempt status. This makes me wonder who approves or disapproves such recommendations. Oh, like it matters with one party (the one that benefitted from such activities) in control of all the branches. Even if it was approved, I bet it won't happen before this election. Ya' think?!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Bush Ties to the UAE

Crooks and Liars

And you thought he didn't know what he was doing?!

CBS News | Bush, Congress Tangle Over Port Deal | February 23, 2006 15:25:05

CBS News | Bush, Congress Tangle Over Port Deal | February 23, 2006 15:25:05:
Mr. Bush, talking to reporters at the conclusion of a Cabinet meeting earlier Thursday, said that 'people don't need to worry about security.'

Mr. Bush said he was struck by the fact that people were not concerned about port security when a British company was running the port operation, but they felt differently about an Arab company at the helm.
Yes, but the British haven't been a threat to our national security since 1776. And unlike Saddam Hussein and Iraq, the UAE actually DID have connections with the suicide hijackers of 9/11. I have nothing against Arab people in general, but I have a lot of misgivings when it comes to the country named UAE.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Shakespeare's Sister Points Out The Obvious

Shakespeare's Sister

Obvious, that is, to those who read the blogs. Wonder if this point will make the MSM. Hmmm?

Dog Ate My Homework, Part Deux

CBS News | Abramoff Paid To Arrange Bush Meeting? | February 21, 2006 11:04:42:
(AP) Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said disgraced U.S. lobbyist Jack Abramoff was paid $1.2 million to organize a meeting between him and President Bush in 2002, but denied the money came from the Malaysian government.

Mahathir told reporters late Monday he was aware the payment was made to Abramoff, but he didn't know who made it.
Maybe the truth fairy? Nah!

Yeah, And The Dog Ate My Homework

My Way News:
GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - President Bush on Tuesday acknowledged that Washington has sent 'mixed signals' to one of the nation's premiere labs studying renewable energies - by first laying off, then reinstating, 32 workers just before his visit.

The president blamed the conflicting message on an appropriations mix-up in funding the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which is developing the very renewable energy technologies the president is promoting.
He probably shouldn't have let the oil lobbyist do the final draft.

Told Ya' So!

My Way News:
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist called Tuesday for the Bush administration to stop a deal permitting a United Arab Emirates company to take over six major U.S. seaports, upping the ante on a fight that several congressmen, governors and mayors are waging with the White House.

'The decision to finalize this deal should be put on hold until the administration conducts a more extensive review of this matter,' said Frist. 'If the administration cannot delay this process, I plan on introducing legislation to ensure that the deal is placed on hold until this decision gets a more thorough review.'

In the uneasy climate after the Sept 11 terrorist attacks, the Bush administration decision to allow the transaction is threatening to develop a major political headache for the White House.
Even Catkiller can't stomach this one. What were they thinking?

CBS News | High Court Jumps Into Abortion Debate | February 21, 2006 13:04:56

CBS News | High Court Jumps Into Abortion Debate | February 21, 2006 13:04:56

That didn't take long, did it?


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