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.
Posted in Bush, conspiracy, Contempt, Corruption, Deception, disinformation, DoubleSpeak, Election, Evil, Executive Branch, Hypocracy, Impeach, indictment, Inherent Contempt, intelligence, Karl Rove, Legacy, Orwellian, Politics, President, profiteers, Propaganda, Republican, RNC, Rove, The Divider, The Liar, threat, Vote, War Cost | 9 Comments »
Posted by nytexan on August 12, 2007
Just another nail in the coffin of Senator do nothing for Texas Cornyn. Democratic challenger Rick Noriega has just gained the largest supporter of Cornyn and the Republican Party. Texas republicans are turning their backs on the Cornyn and taking a stand for what’s right.
From Capital Annex:
- One of the top Hispanic Republicans in the nation says he cannot support U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in the next election because of the position Texas’ junior senator has taken on immigration reform.
- Houston businessman Massey Villarreal told the Guardian he would instead back Democrat Rick Noriega, a state representative from Houston. Noriega is exploring a campaign for the U.S. Senate.
- “I have decided to support Rick Noriega for U.S. Senate as a Democrat. I just don’t think John Cornyn hears my community,” Villarreal said.
- “I know he (Cornyn) supports some issues that affect my community but immigration reform is one of the defining positions in my community. I have got to support what is good for my community. At the end of the day, regardless of party, we have to come home to our community, where we grew up in the grassroots.”
- A native of Corpus Christi, Villarreal is one of the top Hispanic Republicans in the country. Named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine in 2002, Villarreal served as chairman of the board of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly for four terms.
- In 2000, Massey was named national Hispanic vice-chairman of the Bush/Cheney for President Campaign and deputy vice-chairman of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia in 2000. He also served on the national steering committee for the Viva Bush Campaign.
- Villarreal has been given state appointments, with then-Gov. George W. Bush naming him to the Texas State University System board and Gov. Rick Perry asking him to head up the Texas Department of Economic Development.
- His company is Precision Task Group, a Houston-based systems integration firm.
- This shows just what kind of appeal Rick Noriega has to Texans of all types. Clearly, not only Noriega’s immigration stance but the fact he actually served on the U.S.-Mexico border are resonating with a lot of people.
Posted in Cornyn, Democrat, Election, GOP, Immigration, Massey Villarreal, News, Politics, Republican, Rick Noriega, Senate | Leave a Comment »
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 nytexan on August 11, 2007
Iowa Independent; by: Chase Martyn Saturday (08/11) at 20:23 PM
Results coming in now:
UPDATE ON VOTE NUMBERS:
14,302 ballots cast
11th place: John Cox (41 votes, 0.3%)
10th place: John McCain (101 votes, 0.7%)
9th place: Duncan Hunter (174 votes, 1.2%)
8th place: Rudy Giuliani (183 votes, 1.3%)
7th place: Fred Thompson (203 votes, 1.4%)
6th place: Tommy Thompson (1,039 votes, 7.3%)
5th place: Ron Paul (1,305 votes, 9.1%)
4th place: Tom Tancredo (1,961 votes, 13.7%)
3rd place: Sam Brownback (2,192 votes, 15.3%)
2nd place: Mike Huckabee (2,587 votes, 18.1%)
1st place: Mitt Romney (4,516 votes, 31.6%)
FIRST SET OF VOTES POSTED:
14,302 ballots cast
11th place: John Cox (41 votes)
10th place: John McCain (101 votes)
9th place: Duncan Hunter
8th place: Rudy Giuliani
7th place: Fred Thompson
6th place: Tommy Thompson (1039 votes)
5th place: Ron Paul (1305 votes, 9.1%)
4th place: Tom Tancredo (1961 votes, 13.7%)
3rd place: Sam Brownback (2192 votes)
2nd place: Mike Huckabee (2587 votes)
1st place: Mitt Romney (4516 votes)
I wonder if there is anything behind Romney winning since this was recorded yesterday:
Last night, at the pre-Straw Poll “Ronstock” concert at the Bali Satay House in Ames,a Ron Paul volunteer played back a recording of competing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney joking about cheating in a State Fair popularity contest, stuffing the ballot box in Ames, and dodging questions across the state
Posted in Election, GOP, Iowa, News, Republican, Romney, Ron Paul, Sam Brownback, Straw Poll, Tom Tancredo, Vote | 5 Comments »
Posted by bosskitty on August 11, 2007
By Warren P. Strobel, John Walcott and Nancy A. Youssef | McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON – President Bush charged Thursday that Iran continues to arm and train insurgents who are killing U.S. soldiers in Iraq, and he threatened action if that continues.
At a news conference Thursday, Bush said Iran had been warned of unspecified consequences if it continued its alleged support for anti-American forces in Iraq. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker had conveyed the warning in meetings with his Iranian counterpart in Baghdad, the president said.
Bush wasn’t specific, and a State Department official refused to elaborate on the warning.
Behind the scenes, however, the president’s top aides have been engaged in an intensive internal debate over how to respond to Iran’s support for Shiite Muslim groups in Iraq and its nuclear program. Vice President Dick Cheney several weeks ago proposed launching airstrikes at suspected training camps in Iraq run by the Quds force, a special unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to two U.S. officials who are involved in Iran policy.
Cheney, who’s long been skeptical of diplomacy with Iran, argued for military action if hard new evidence emerges of Iran’s complicity in supporting anti-American forces in Iraq; for example, catching a truckload of fighters or weapons crossing into Iraq from Iran, one official said.
The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk publicly about internal government deliberations.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice opposes this idea, the officials said. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has stated publicly that “we think we can handle this inside the borders of Iraq.”
Lea Anne McBride, a Cheney spokeswoman, said only that “the vice president is right where the president is” on Iran policy.
Bush left no doubt at his news conference that he intended to get tough with Iran.
“My message to the Iranian people is, you can do better than this current government,” he said. “You don’t have to be isolated. You don’t have to be in a position where you can’t realize your full economic potential.”
The Bush administration has launched what appears to be a coordinated campaign to pin more of Iraq’s security troubles on Iran. Until now, some hawks within the administration – including Cheney – are said to have favored military strikes to stop Iran from furthering its suspected ambitions for nuclear weapons.
Patrick Clawson, an Iran specialist at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said a strike on the Quds camps in Iran could make the nuclear diplomacy more difficult.
Before launching such a strike, “We better be prepared to go public with very detailed and very convincing intelligence,” Clawson said.
What the hell is this guy thinking? Expanding his war to Iran is a solution to his sinking ship? Mayday, Mayday! We must do something to stop this insanity. Lieberman, Tancredo and Darth Cheney are trying to assure a lifetime of war – no winners! Is this the ploy the Bush A-bomb-a-nation will perpetrate to declare the ‘state of emergency’ required to insure calling off elections? Can you spell ‘civil war’ in America between the ‘lemmings’ and the enlightened? We cannot allow any more world atrocities committed in the name of America! We either evacuate or fight. Pick your poison. I personally don’t want to abandon this great experiment to the awful corruption we have been prisoner to for the last eight years. I prefer to stay and fight. Is anyone with me? We are not subjects to a despotic dictator, we are Americans. We are supposed to have a voice, which means we a have a responsible for protecting our freedom!
Posted in "Dr Death", Accountability, Ahmadinejad, Armageddon, betrayal, Black Ops, Bush, Casualties, Cheney, CIA, civil war, Collateral, Corruption, cover up, criminal, DoubleSpeak, Evil, Executive Branch, Hypocracy, Impeach, Iran, Iraq, Islamic Jihad, Lieberman, Oil, Orwellian, Private Armies, profiteers, Proxy War, Republican, resonsibility, state of emergency, stupid, Tehran, The Divider, The Liar, Theocracy, threat, Tom Tancredo, veterans, War, War Cost, War Crimes, War on Terror | 11 Comments »
Posted by nytexan on August 10, 2007
The GOP is always the first to say that the democrats are not patriotic or the democrats are not tough on the terrorist. However, these knuckleheads think it’s just fine to publicly leak government secrets.
From ABC The Blotter:
For the second time in as many weeks, a senior House Republican may have divulged classified information in the media.
In an opinion article published in the New York Post Thursday, Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., reported the top-secret budget for human spying had decreased — the type of detail normally kept under wraps for national security reasons.
“The 2008 Intelligence Authorization bill cut human-intelligence programs,” Hoekstra wrote in the piece, in which he also criticized “leaks to the news media.”
Formerly the chairman of the intelligence committee, Hoekstra is now its highest ranking Republican. In its recent budget authorizations, that committee kept from public view all figures and most discussion of spending on such classified items as human spying. Hoekstra’s apparent slip was first noted on the liberal Web site, Raw Story
“If Mr. Hoekstra wants to break ranks and disclose that information, that’s fine with me,” said Steven Aftergood, a government secrecy expert who has long pushed to declassify overall spending on intelligence. “But it is the sort of thing he has harshly criticized in the past.”
Indeed, Hoekstra’s penchant for openness appears to be selective. He has aggressively attacked unnamed opponents guilty of such leaking, accusing them of “recklessly and illegally” disclosing secrets “for political or other motives” in reports published by his committee.
He’s even exacted punishment for suspected transgressions. Last October, Hoekstra stripped the credentials of a Democratic committee aide he believed may have leaked a then-classified document to The New York Times. A month later, he quietly reinstated the aide’s access.
Hoekstra spokesman Jamal Ware said his boss’ op-ed discussed the spending without disclosing the underlying classified information.
““This is a partisan push being made by Democrats and their surrogates…there’s nothing there,” he said. Ware added that he himself had used similar language in a May press release, which stated the intelligence spending bill “cuts human intelligence programs.”
Secrets are apparently hard to keep these days. On July 31, House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, allegedly disclosed a secret court ruling during a television interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto.
“There’s been a ruling, over the last four or five months, that prohibits the ability of our intelligence services and our counterintelligence people from listening in to two terrorists in other parts of the world where the communication could come through the United States,” Boehner said.
Government officials have since confirmed to reporters that Boehner was discussing classified information, although the GOP leader denies it.
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Posted by nytexan on August 10, 2007
In a recent CNN/Opinion Poll Giuliani seems to be leading the GOP candidates. That’s pretty sad considering Giuliani only has one day in his political career to stand on, 9/11. It’s interesting that prior to that day, anyone west of NYC probably couldn’t tell you who the mayor was, but GOP supporters have made a hero out of a guy who actually failed New York City.
Giuliani came into office not long after the first World Trade Center attack and he was made very aware of the needs of the first responders. However, Giuliani did nothing to supply the equipment, enact a plan or prepare the citizens of New York City for future events. And still he’s the hero of the GOP.
- WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is leading the pack of Republican presidential hopefuls, supported by 29 percent of respondents in a poll released Friday.
- Unannounced candidate former Sen. Fred Thompson is close behind with 22 percent, according to the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll. Sen. John McCain of Arizona is a distant third with 16 percent, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had 12 percent support.
- Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee follow with 3 percent each; Reps. Ron Paul of Texas and Tom Tancredo of Colorado with 2 percent; and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson with 1 percent.
- However, if former House Speaker Newt Gingrich joins the race, Giuliani’s support would drop slightly, to 27 percent, and Thompson’s to 19 percent, poll results showed. Gingrich would have 12 percent support, the survey found.
- Forty-four percent of the 357 registered voters who describe themselves as Republican or independents leaning Republican said they believe Giuliani is the most likable among the GOP candidates, and another 44 percent said they believe he has the best chance of beating the Democratic nominee come November 2008.
I don’t think people would find him so likable if they knew what a police state he ran in New York. Or, “Before picking up the “hero” moniker, Giuliani was commonly referred to in the city he governed as a “fascist” and a “thug.” These accusations didn’t just come from civil libertarians. Former New York Mayor Ed Koch likened Giuliani to the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. According to Koch, Giuliani “uses the levers of power to punish any critic.” Koch went on to explain, “He doesn’t have that right—that’s why the First Amendment is so important.”
- And 35 percent said they believe Giuliani is a strong leader, with 30 percent saying he is qualified to be president. On those questions, McCain comes in second place, with 20 percent and 29 percent, respectively.
I suppose one day counts for something!
- Asked which candidate is most honest, 22 percent picked Giuliani, 18 percent selected McCain and Thompson.
Honesty doesn’t become you Giuliani, remember how you took all your papers as mayor and place them in the private sector.
Mr. Giuliani’s decision to by-pass the Department of Records and Information Services sends the wrong message to government officials not only in New York but across America—that message being that it is perfectly reasonable and ethical to treat public records as private property. The records under scrutiny here were created during Mr. Giuliani’s tenure as mayor of New York City and are therefore public records.
Well guess that’s fitting since the GOP seems to be very against open government. After all that requires honesty.
The poll, which had a sampling error of plus or minus 5 percentage points, was conducted by telephone Monday through Wednesday.
Posted in 9/11, candidates, Election, Giuliani, GOP, Politics, Republican | 1 Comment »
Posted by nytexan on August 8, 2007
Let’s say Romney gets elected and the war is still going on, will the boys enlist or will they have jobs in the White House? My guess is they will be in the White House. The elite never join unless they come from a military family.
- BETTENDORF, Iowa – Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Wednesday defended his five sons’ decision not to enlist in the military, saying they’re showing their support for the country by “helping me get elected.”
- Romney, who did not serve in Vietnam due to his Mormon missionary work and a high draft lottery number, was asked the question by an anti-war activist after a speech in which he called for “a surge of support” for U.S. forces in Iraq.
- “The good news is that we have a volunteer Army and that’s the way we’re going to keep it,” Romney told some 200 people gathered in an abbey near the Mississippi River that had been converted into a hotel. “My sons are all adults and they’ve made decisions about their careers and they’ve chosen not to serve in the military and active duty and I respect their decision in that regard.”
- He added: “One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I’d be a great president.”
- Romney’s five sons range in age from 37 to 26 and have worked as real estate developers, sports marketers and advertising executives. They are now actively campaigning for their father and have a “Five Brothers” blog on Romney’s campaign Web site.
- Romney noted that his middle son, 36-year-old Josh, was completing a recreational vehicle tour of all 99 Iowa counties on Wednesday and said, “I respect that and respect all those and the way they serve this great country.”
- The woman who asked the question, Rachel Griffiths, 41, of Milan, Ill., identified herself as a member of Quad City Progressive Action for the Common Good, as well as the sister of an Army major who had served in Iraq.
- “Of course not,” Griffiths said when asked if she was satisfied with Romney’s answer. “He told me the way his son shows support for our military and our nation is to buy a Winnebago and ride across Iowa and help him get elected.”
I guess it does take a village.
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Posted by nytexan on August 7, 2007
John Cornyn a disgrace to Texas. Once again Senator do nothing Cornyn has voted with Bush and against Americans. What’s most disgraceful about Cornyn is that he voted against the SCHIPS program.
You really have to wonder how anyone could deny children healthcare. The republicans jumped up and down saying this bill should not continue. I find that astonishing since the SCHIP’s programs, which has been highly successful, was originally drafted and applauded by the republicans in the 1990’s. Yes, the republicans do speak out of both sides of their mouths. Everything really is political theater for them.
Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007
Vote Agreed to (83-14, 3 Not Voting)
The Senate passed this bill that would provide greater transparency in the legislative process.
Sen. John Cornyn voted NO
Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007
Vote Passed (68-31, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate passed this bill that would add 3 million lower-income children to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Sen. John Cornyn voted NO
Protect America Act
Vote Passed (60-28, 12 Not Voting)
The Senate passed this bill which would temporarily expand the executive branch’s authority to spy on suspected foreign terrorists without a court order, when communications are passing through the U.S.
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES
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