Archive for the ‘Legacy’ Category
Posted by bosskitty on August 13, 2007
Rove ‘more dangerous’ on the outside
Karl Rove may be leaving his roles as hard-nosed strategist and bookish policy expert in the Bush White House, but that doesn’t mean Democrats can rest easy.
“Karl outside the White House is more dangerous to Democrats than Karl inside the White House,” said Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, who was Al Gore’s campaign manager. Her view: He’ll have lots more free time now to dream up ways to boost President Bush’s standing, “rebrand” the GOP and conquer the 2008 electoral map.
Though Rove says he is not about to vanish from politics, the debate over the legacy of his unique dual role has begun. Some say he personifies the need to limit the power of White House political aides; others say he’s a model future presidents may want to emulate.
Rove is the epitome of intellect applied to evil goals … Rove incited Republicans into more unscrupulous behavior than they could have imagined on their own . . . He will remain the poster boy for political corruption until someone has the guts to indict him.
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Posted by bosskitty on August 12, 2007
Rice ‘sways Musharraf on emergency’
LAHORE, Pakistan (CNN) — U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice helped persuade Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf to hold off declaring a state of emergency, high level Pakistani government sources said Thursday. Musharraf was said to be considering the move, which would bolster military rule and suspend democratic freedoms, amid security concerns that pose the biggest threat to army chief’s rule since he seized power in a coup in 1999. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Despite Musharraf’s apparent climbdown, senior U.S. military officials remain deeply concerned that the state of emergency remained a viable option for Pakistan’s leader, according to CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr.
Scared the US, huh, Bush was not ready to pull the inevitable terror debacle to declare his own ‘state emergency’. For Bush and Musharraf, the timing must be right. So, we must keep a close eye on Musharraf , he is our weather vane for the storm Bush has planned for us.
Musharraf’s State of Emergency By Ahmed Rashid, Washington Post
LAHORE, Pakistan — President Pervez Musharraf was on the verge of imposing a state of emergency in Pakistan last week before being stopped by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and civilian advisers. It is clear to all in this extremely tense country that power is rapidly flowing away from Musharraf, even as he desperately tries to find a way out of an impossible political impasse.
Bhutto wants to restore democracy
Independent Online, South Africa – Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf has reiterated his opposition to the return of two exiled former prime ministers before parliamentary elections … in remarks broadcast on Sunday, ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto highlighted her party’s opposition to Pakistan having military leadership.
Timing of Bhutto return in dispute Sydney Morning Herald, Claudia Parsons
BENAZIR BHUTTO, the former prime minister and leader of Pakistan’s largest opposition party, said she hoped to return home by mid-October for elections in which she may ally with the President, Pervez Musharraf.
“I would like to go back to Pakistan sooner rather than later, but General Musharraf still is opposed to my return to Pakistan,” Bhutto said in New York on Saturday. “He’s prepared for my return to Pakistan but the timing of it is under dispute between the two of us.”
Musharraf wants exiled leaders to stay away Staff Reporter, Dawn, Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Aug 11: President Gen Pervez Musharraf on Saturday said the return of Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif to the country before the general election would disturb the political atmosphere, adding that they would be well-advised not to insist on coming home.
Bhutto, fly in the ointment?
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Posted by bosskitty on August 11, 2007
AMES, Iowa–A top fund-raiser for Mitt Romney who was indicted this week in Maryland on a $32 million fraud scheme has resigned from his position with the campaign as a national finance committee co-chair, a spokesman for Mr. Romney said.
A federal grand jury in Maryland unsealed its 23-count indictment of the fund-raiser, Alan B. Fabian, 43, on Thursday for money laundering, mail fraud, bankruptcy fraud, perjury and obstruction of justice.
Mr. Fabian, who had been one of 35 co-chairs on Mr. Romney’s national finance committee, allegedly ran up $32 million in fake purchases with his consulting company, Maximus Inc., based in northern Virginia, and pocketed the money for himself. He became a “bundler,” one of those who commit to bringing in large sums through their own networks of donors, for Mr. Romney’s campaign back in January, having previously served as a major fundraiser for George W. Bush.
Mr. Fabian contributed the maximum of $2,300 to Mr. Romney’s candidacy. The campaign will be returning his contribution, said Eric Fehrnstrom, a Romney campaign spokesman.
“We have accepted Mr. Fabian’s resignation from his unpaid, volunteer position on the national finance committee,” he said in a statement.
You won’t find this on the front page of Main Scream Media. Notice, Mr. Fabian was a major fund raiser for King George, too. Don’t remember that one making news either. Wonder what kind of perks Mr. Fabian received from the ‘A-Bomb-A-Nation’, above the law, doesn’t apply to me, executive privilege, Republican Dick-tatorship. Probably a ‘no-bid’ contract to launder money. The ‘I’m special and your not’ idiots running this country, are sharing their ‘how-to’ manual with the Romney Family Campaign Association. Of course they accept Fabian’s resignation, but I do not hear any apologies for using a criminal to squeeze voter’s pockets. So what if his buddies are criminals, as long as they have money.
Posted in Accountability, Ames Straw Poll, candidates, contributions, Corporate corruption, Corruption, Crooks, Election, ethics, Fundraisers, Hypocracy, Legacy, Mitt Romney, Politics, polls, Republican, resonsibility, Romney | Leave a Comment »
Posted by bosskitty on August 9, 2007
Romney Surges While McCain Collapses and Obama Shows Crossover Support
(August 8, 2007) Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is surging in a new poll, while U.S. Sen. John McCain, Ariz., has virtually collapsed. Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, Ill., shows surprising crossover support.
“Of the Democratic candidates, Obama shows the most crossover support in this poll,” said Redlawsk, although he emphasized that Obama’s number doesn’t hold any meaning for the caucuses. “What we’re seeing at this early stage, among people looking forward to the November 2008 election, is that Obama is the Democrat Republicans are most likely to vote for.”
Just like ‘crossover music’ a crossover candidate could be a hit! Obama, like him or not, is emerging as a promising candidate. Obama’s words draw a lot of microscopic scrutiny, but, compared with the verbal farts we have grown used to, Obama’s words smell so much better. Obama appears to stay focused and has a thoughtful response to questions … he actually answers them instead of shifting to another topic like most politicians are guilty of. I personally don’t endorse anyone yet, but as the ‘world turns’ the cream is floating to the top and we soon will have our true selections before us. Everyone knows what the issues are, everyone has an idea of the world they want to live in, just watch for the candidate that will bring us that world.
Posted in Accountability, candidates, Iowa, Legacy, McCain, Mitt Romney, Obama, Politics, polls | 2 Comments »
Posted by bosskitty on August 8, 2007
By Spencer S. Hsu Washington Post Staff Wednesday, August 8, 2007
A decision by the Bush administration to rewrite in secret the nation’s emergency response blueprint has angered state and local emergency officials, who worry that Washington is repeating a series of mistakes that contributed to its bungled response to Hurricane Katrina nearly two years ago. State and local officials in charge of responding to disasters say that their input in shaping the National Response Plan was ignored in recent months by senior White House and Department of Homeland Security officials, despite calls by congressional investigators for a shared overhaul of disaster planning in the United States.
“In my 19 years in emergency management, I have never experienced a more polarized environment between state and federal government,” said Albert Ashwood, Oklahoma‘s emergency management chief and president of a national association of state emergency managers.
The national plan is supposed to guide how federal, state and local governments, along with private and nonprofit groups, work together during emergencies. Critics contend that a unilateral approach by Washington produced an ill-advised response plan at the end of 2004 — an unwieldy, 427-page document that emphasized stopping terrorism at the expense of safeguarding against natural disasters.
Bruce Baughman, Ashwood’s predecessor as president of the National Emergency Management Association and a 32-year veteran of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said that a draft of the revised plan released to state officials last week marks a step backward because its authors did not set requirements or consult with field operators nationwide who will use it to request federal aid, adjust state and county plans, and train workers.
The disagreement over the plan comes at a time of increasing mistrust between Washington and state homeland security officials. In recent months, they have sparred over dwindling federal grants, the adequacy of local intelligence-gathering efforts and what states regard as Washington’s reluctance to share information about potential threats.
“Coordination between state and local governments and the feds . . . seems to be getting worse rather than better,” said Timothy Manning, head of emergency management in New Mexico and a member of a DHS-appointed steering committee that initially worked on the emergency plan before being shut out of the deliberations in May.
Testifying before a House panel last week, Ashwood and colleagues openly questioned why the draft was revised behind closed doors. The final document was to be released June 1, at the start of this year’s hurricane season.
Federal officials, Ashwood said, appear to be trying to create a legalistic document to shield themselves from responsibility for future disasters and to shift blame to states. “It seems that the Katrina federal legacy is one of minimizing exposure for the next event and ensuring future focus is centered on state and local preparedness,” he said.
The blunt remarks spotlight a breakdown in joint efforts to fulfill a core recommendation by investigators who examined federal missteps after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast in August 2005.
…. a special Republican-led House panel on the Katrina disaster reported. Conflicting command roles under the plan also contributed to a bitter public feud between Chertoff and Michael D. Brown, who resigned as FEMA director in September 2005 after Chertoff relieved him of his on-site relief duties on the Gulf Coast.
“The draft National Response Plan will be presented to the president after an extensive 30-day review period by federal, state and local officials, and we look forward to receiving the draft plan after that review period,” White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said.
…. John R. Harrald, a professor at George Washington University‘s Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management, cautioned that shutting out state and local voices during the plan’s preparation would be ill-advised. He said that the administration appears “to be guided by a desire to ensure centralized control of what is an inherently decentralized process. . . . Response to catastrophic events requires collaboration and trust in a broad network of organizations.”
What is so secret about a disaster plan? Why is it so complicated to include the disaster responders in coordinated planning? Didn’t the last disaster plan fail because the first responders and federal responders had no clue what each other were doing? This is another act of ‘weenie wagging’ that this administration is guilty of. They will take every opportunity to show you theirs is bigger than yours and they will remain in control, no matter how bad things turn out. Hiding stuff is what this administration is all about. I could make some really nasty comparisons, but for your sake, I will restrain myself. I have had enough of these guys. I would vote for Larry Flint before I vote for another Republican. Why isn’t Larry running? Past indiscretions are no longer stop signs for politicians. Honesty is too rare and should be embraced where ever it comes from. Kucinich might just fill that void.
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Posted by bosskitty on August 4, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghanistan will produce another record poppy harvest this year that cements its status as the world’s near-sole supplier of the heroin source, yet a furious debate over how to reverse the trend is stalling proposals to cut the crop, U.S. officials say. As President Bush prepares for weekend talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, divisions within the U.S. administration and among NATO allies have delayed release of a $475 million counternarcotics program for Afghanistan, where intelligence officials see growing links between drugs and the Taliban, the officials said.
… counterdrug proposals by some U.S. officials have met fierce resistance, including boosting the amount of forcible poppy field destruction in provinces that grow the most, officials said. The approach also would link millions of dollars in development aid to benchmarks on eradication; arrests and prosecutions of narcotraders, corrupt officials; and on alternative crop production.
“Afghanistan is providing close to 95 percent of the world’s heroin,” the State Department’s top counternarcotics official, Tom Schweich, said at a recent conference. “That makes it almost a sole-source supplier” and presents a situation “unique in world history.” (entire article)
So, here we go again. Just like Viet Nam (remember that one?) the CIA was an accomplice with the drug cartel of SE Asia. What makes this any different? We talk big, but the bottom line is, to make the local war lords happy we must allow their economy to flourish. They let us destroy a field here and there to show the media, but the big money always wins. They must also line the pockets of the Narcotics Police – it’s economics after all!
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Posted by bosskitty on August 4, 2007
As American as you are
Pious Christian and Jewish values are not inherently in conflict with American civic life, as secular folk tend to forget. Devout immigrant Muslims don’t belong? That ship has sailed. This is a letter to your beautiful heart: We are your blood, says Mohja Kahf.
Fayetteville, Arkansas – A certain Middle Eastern religion is much maligned in this country. Full of veils and mystery, it is widely seen as sexist. Often violent, sometimes manipulated by demagogues, it yet has sweetness at the core, and many people are turning to it in their search for meaning.
I’m talking about Christianity.
This Muslim squirms whenever secular friends – tolerant toward believers in Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam and Native American spirituality – dismiss Christians with snorts of contempt. “It’s because the Christian right wants to take over this country,” they protest.
That may be, but it doesn’t justify trashing the religion and its spectrum of believers. Christianity has inspired Americans to the politics of abolition and civil rights, as well as to heinous acts. Christian values have motivated the Ku Klux Klan to burn houses, and Jimmy Carter to build them. You can’t say that when Christianity informs politics, only bad things happen.
This may strike you as odd coming from a Muslim. But it’s true: people of faith do not signify the apocalypse for democracy. And that goes for believing Muslims as much as for other religious folk. Muslims, in a very specific way, are not strangers in your midst. We are kin. Not just kin in the lovely way that all humans are. We carry pieces of your family story. (see entire letter)
This story is poignant because we do not hear from enough centrists.
All faiths have something to contribute to our spiritual well being, but lately the centrifuge has spun so fast that organized religion has been flung to the edges. It is refreshing to hear from someone who espouses a more thoughtful demonstration of their faith. This letter is so correct that middle eastern religions grew from the same root. The family tree whose limbs fight each other is no more than sibling rivalry. All those siblings appear to be trying to get special attention from the same parent.
God is supposed to be over ALL those who believe in God as their spiritual parent. What the hell, then, is an Army of God? The idea that an army can battle in the name of God is an oxymoron. Religions should not to be used as weapons! What is the point? The world conflict we find ourselves in is NOT religious but political economics driven by marketing geniuses.
We are so naive to have fallen for the oldest magic trick, sleight of hand. They hand you a cat but call it a dog. The words of our political leaders when they talk about religion are designed to appeal to your inner-most beliefs so you don’t look at the facts. If you fall for this, then you contribute to the destruction of this world through ignorance. Politicians use marketing to get your vote and approval for their decisions. This is a marketing ploy. See it for what it is. Learn the facts, even if you have to dig for them. But don’t distort those facts through a religious filter.
Posted in Accountability, administration, Armageddon, Christians, conspiracy, Corporate corruption, cover up, creationism, dictatorship, disinformation, Fundamentalist, Holy War, Hypocracy, Islam, Islamic Jihad, Judeo-Christian, Legacy, marketing, Middle East, Politics, profiteers, Prophesy, Religion, resonsibility, Theocracy, War | 4 Comments »
Posted by bosskitty on July 28, 2007
OpEdNews has a provocative article by by Rob Kall:
There is mounting evidence that Pat Tillman was assassinated to silence his opinions about the Iraq War. The 2300 page report is raising more suspicion that Tillman was murdered. If this atrocity is not investigated NOW, then Tillman will become a mystery just like Kennedy. Motives abound for Kennedy’s assassination, and motives for stopping Tillman are unfolding every day.
The Tillman report also states that “No evidence at all of enemy fire was found at the scene – no one was hit by enemy fire, nor was any government equipment struck.”
Tillman had become so vocal in his ‘Anti-War’ rant, that he was a serious threat to the ‘Bush Mafia’ disinformation machine. His return to the US would have been a media disaster for the administration. The White House puppeteers would have to do something to protect their enterprise. SO! What better way than to turn a threat into an asset. Lets make Tillman a dead hero. Someone in the White House is a marketing genius … who could THAT be?
The Bush Mafia Crime Machine is more transparent every day. Here is the dilemma we face with the mountains of proof:
- Is it more efficient to Impeach Cheney?
- Impeach Bush?
- Cut war funding?
- Indict one Bush / Cheney aide at a time?
- Keep tally of this administration’s crimes as they are revealed?
- Bitch and Moan?
- Update our passports so we can escape to a more rational country?
BossKitty is updating that passport, how about you?
Posted in Accountability, Afghanistan, assassination, betrayal, Black Ops, Bush, Casualties, Cheney, Collateral, conspiracy, cover up, crimes, dictatorship, disinformation, Gonzales, GOP, Hypocracy, Impeach, indictment, Law, Legacy, Lord Cheney, Mafia, Nazi, Oil, Op-Ed, Pentagon, Pentagon Corruption, Politics, President, profiteers, Rove, Rumsfeld, Scandal, Shadow Government, Soldiers, Tax Dollars, The Divider, The Liar, Theocracy, threat, Tillman, War Crimes | 4 Comments »
Posted by bosskitty on July 26, 2007
A government oversight agency has found that Bechtel National successfully completed less than half of the reconstruction jobs that the government hired it to perform in Iraq.
In a report released yesterday, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction analyzed 24 job orders that Bechtel contracted to perform at a total direct cost of $761.2 million. Of those, 11 were successfully completed, 10 were incomplete, canceled or transferred to someone else, and the final status of 3 could not be determined.
“This is emblematic of the problem that contractors have experienced in Iraq reconstruction,” said Stuart W. Bowen Jr., the inspector general for Iraq. He said his office has found that 40 percent of projects in Iraq were in danger of not being completed under the original contract.
When Bechtal got scared of the locations for projects it was assigned, it walked away and left the equipment behind.
Bechtel started work on a new $24.4 million water-treatment plant in Baghdad’s volatile Sadr City district but did not finish the job. The company turned the project over to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after completing 88 percent of the work.
OK, things are too dangerous, but Bechtel was given a $2 Billion contract. Did they even bid on it? Did they have NO idea they were going to a war zone where “progress” is always improving and the poor restless natives love us? Shouldn’t that money be given back? What are we paying for anyway? Funerals, lies and bogus projects seem to be the only legacy I pay for from each miserable paycheck.
Army Major Faces Bribery Charges
An Army major is facing federal charges that in 2005 he accepted millions of dollars in bribes from contractors doing business with the Pentagon in Iraq and Kuwait.
The Justice Department said yesterday that the major, John Cockerham, 41, of San Antonio, either awarded or controlled the contracts. He has been charged with bribery, money laundering and conspiracy. He and his wife, Melissa, were charged Sunday. His sister Carolyn Blake, 44, of Sunnyvale, Tex., was charged Tuesday. His wife and his sister were charged with conspiracy.
Maybe I should bid on something undoable, show up, then change my mind and walk away with millions of your dollars. After all, our great executive complained it is “hard” to make important decisions. His imaginary friends tell him he is the chosen one and that he and god are making progress in Iraq and Afghanistan. That’s good enough for me. We’re already eating shit, I mean second hand groceries …
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