Jun 19, 2008

Marriage Is Not A Word...

it is a sentence. ;)

Love, Etc.

Married: Very Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, 47, to Head Start teacher Jennifer Letzkus, 35, sometime "last week," a rep for the Chicago federal prosecutor (once the most eligible bachelor in Washington wonkdom) confirmed yesterday. Spokesman Randy Samborn would not tell us exactly when or where, only that "he is wearing a ring." What about a honeymoon? "He's back at work."

Happily guilty as charged.

1251 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for changing the thread!

Mr. Fitz ought to get busy in the baby department, he isn't getting any younger, ya know? He has to be able to teach rugby and baseball to his kids.

Best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald and make everyday a honeymoon day.

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations and may there be many happy times ahead and less work!

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Financial Times is reporting this morning that the Pentagon is claiming it can't seem to locate "sensitive" parts for building nuclear weapons.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain advisors created and defend 'Enron loophole'

Keith Olbermann delivered a special report Wednesday on the "Enron loophole" -- a regulatory gap that is the single greatest cause of out-of-control gasoline prices -- and how McCain's leading advisors created that loophole and continue to defend it.

People who deal in oil routinely use "futures" -- agreements in advance on prices and delivery dates -- to deal with fluctuations in the market. However, deregulation has allowed commodity speculators to take over this system of futures and use it for their own profit, running up the price of oil in a speculative bubble.


This country has been "enroned" to death.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP — the original partners in the Iraq Petroleum Company — along with Chevron and a number of smaller oil companies, are in talks with Iraq’s Oil Ministry for no-bid contracts to service Iraq’s largest fields, according to ministry officials, oil company officials and an American diplomat."

No bid contracts

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feingold: Wiretap deal 'no compromise, it's capitulation'

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"In fact, the economy, for big chucks of the last eight years, has actually grown," Obama said. "The problem is that all the benefits have gone to a handful of people and the vast majority has seen their actual income and wages go down effectively at the same time as the price of everything from gas to food has gone up."

Trickle down doesn't work

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kerry: McCain doing 'double-talk dance' for big oil

Ties to Bush on offshore drilling may hurt McCain this fall

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More than 400 charged with mortgage-related fraud

"Justice Department, FBI say the schemes resulted in $1 billion in losses
By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- More than 400 defendants were charged by federal prosecutors Thursday in connection with alleged mortgage fraud over schemes carried out since March, said to have resulted in about $1 billion in losses.
In a probe over three and a half months, dubbed Operation Malicious Mortgage, the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation uncovered 144 mortgage-fraud cases. U.S. authorities arrested 60 people on Wednesday alone in 15 districts around the country."

Good job.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More on mortgage fraud arrests

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush And McCain Try To Steal Credit For Webb’s GI Bill That They Consistently Worked To Defeat

" McCain: That has always been my primary concern with respect to the Webb bill. … With the addition of the transferability provisions sought by Senators Graham, Burr, myself and others to give service members the right to transfer earned G.I. Bill benefits to spouses and children, we will have achieved in offering vastly improved educational benefit.

Bush: Throughout the past five months, President Bush and members of his Administration have worked hard to ensure that an expansion of GI benefits includes transferability. … The President is pleased that Congress answered his call."


Bull---McCain and Bush fought against helping our troops and veterans. Have they no shame? Out the truth on McSame

5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Abramoff Used White House To Help Get Rid of Roadblock

E-Mail Shows How Key Officials Aided Lobbyist in Ousting Foe

6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Following Hastert Through the Revolving Door

6:22 PM  
Anonymous oh my said...

Contract but no Contacts: McCain Campaign Official’s Firm Collects Millions from Saudis but no Meetings with Members of Congress

"In the five years prior to joining Arizona Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign, Thomas Loeffler’s lobbying firm contacted U.S. government officials, including members of Congress, staff and executive branch officials, an average of 58 times during every six month reporting period on behalf of the government of Saudi Arabia. In the year that Loeffler has served on McCain’s campaign, employees at the firm reported only one contact on behalf of the Saudis, though it continued to receive fees from the oil kingdom – some $3.5 million in all, according to the federal disclosure documents."

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain calls for building 45 new nuclear reactors

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain heckled for accepting most money from Big Oil.

"McCain does lead all other senators, and all others who ran for president, in contributions from the oil and gas industry, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ analysis of federal data in the 2007-08 election cycle. McCain collected $724,000 through May."

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 charged on Wall Street in mortgage meltdown
2008-06-19 19:13:28
By TOM HAYS Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Two former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers were hauled into jail Thursday and charged with lying to investors about the collapse of the subprime mortgage market, perhaps signaling the start of a wave of prosecutions arising from the housing meltdown.

Score one for justice.

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Constitutional expert: FISA bill 'is an evisceration of the Fourth Amendment'

10:06 PM  
Anonymous fox breaking news said...

Slingblade becomes Polygamist.
To wed CA and Jan.
"Gettin' 'em in them thar long dresses and haredews...mmm..."
Stay tuned.

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McClellan: White House hiding CIA leak info



Slingblade prolly has gotten himself some shotgun weddings goin' on.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iglesias and Taguba Reflect A Brilliant Ray of Hope

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congress Funds Another Year of War

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

White House Invokes Executive Privilege -- Again

"The House oversight committee was supposed to vote this morning on whether to hold EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson (and an OMB official) in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas.

But the EPA and the White House have now invoked executive privilege, committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) just announced, so he's delaying the vote to assess the privilege claims."

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imagine McCain invoking executive privilege for 4 more years, when is enough..enough.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More on McClellan testimony from WaPo

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Next Big Data Breach

What the heck?

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

House approves overhaul of wiretap laws

" For future wiretaps, the new measure would require a special court set up under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to approve any effort to spy on Americans. Authorities could act for up to seven days before seeking a warrant -- more than twice the three-day emergency period under the current law.

The new plan calls for a review of surveillance programs by the inspectors general of U.S. intelligence agencies within a year. And the law would expire in 2012, giving the next administration the opportunity to review the program."

sigh..

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dem Rep. calls for impeachment at McClellan testimony

"After questioning former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan during a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee Friday, a Democratic congressman called for impeachment proceedings to be initiated.

Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) said that he believed McClellan's testimony implicated both Vice President Dick Cheney and President George W. Bush as the only two administration sources who could have leaked the identity of former CIA covert operative Valerie Plame-Wilson."


Go Wexler!

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dirty secrets

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Letting Sibel Edmonds Speak

Sibel Edmonds Case: More Destruction of Evidence re Nuclear Black Market

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Former AG Accused of Playing Politics with Justice

"Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, now under investigation for allegedly politicizing the Justice Department, ousted a top lawyer for failing to adopt the administration's position on torture and then promised him a position as a U.S. attorney to placate him, highly placed sources tell ABC News.
Gonzales, who was just taking over as attorney general, asked Justice Department lawyer Daniel Levin to leave in early 2005, shortly after Levin wrote a legal opinion that declared "torture is abhorrent" and limited the administration's use of harsh interrogation techniques. "

Gonzales deserves to be investigated and indicted, he's an evil liar.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vice President Dick Cheney's involvement in the leak might have been greater, McClellan said.

"I do not think the president in any way had knowledge about it," McClellan told lawmakers. "In terms of the vice president, I do not know. There is a lot of suspicion there."


Bush didn't know about CIA leak, McClellan says

Cheney should be impeached.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last year: McCain opposes bill to improve Iowa flood control, claiming it was full of pork. This year: Iowa pork is underwater.

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UN atom watchdog chief says to quit if Iran attacked

The comments by Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, came in an interview with an Arab television station aired Saturday, a day after U.S. officials said they believed recent large Israeli military exercises may have been meant to show Israel's ability to hit Iran's nuclear sites.

"In my opinion, a military strike will be the worst... it will turn the Middle East to a ball of fire," ElBaradei said on Al-Arabiya television. It also could prompt Iran to press even harder to seek a nuclear program, and force him to resign, he said.


He's got that right.

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Travelers Shift to Rail as Cost of Fuel Rises

The train system is behind in this country compared to other countries.

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silent Victims of the Iraq War

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be A Patriot, Take Bush's Secrets to the Grave!

Rep. Steve King needs to be a patriot and not run for public office anymore, in my humble opinion.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slingblade becomes Polygamist.
To wed CA and Jan.


lol

And is Slingblade going to give Jan or CA away? I'll go and buy a new toaster for the flushing couple. ;D

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Afghanistan foreign troop deaths in June exceed those in Iraq

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Return of the Neocons

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mullen: I Want ‘A Healthy Dialogue With Iran’ Because ‘Engagement Would Offer An Opportunity’

11:29 PM  
Anonymous slingblade said...

That thar be tha gay lyin' libureral meedia fer ya.
Ima gonner be husband ta bof of them high falutin' hottees.

mmmm...hmmm...

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How The GI Bill Changed America

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saudi Arabia Boosts Oil Supply, May Pump More Later

Wonder what excuses will be given now for keeping prices elevated? People are tired of hearing they are not driving less, because it just isn't true.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristol: Bush might attack Iran if he thinks Obama will win

"President Bush is more likely to attack Iran if he thinks Senator Barack Obama may be elected, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol told FOX News Sunday morning."

The neocons and Bush need to be shut down once and for all. Bush needs to be impeached by the articles presented by Kucinich.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dem Rep. calls for impeachment at McClellan testimony: video

How much is enough from Bush? How many dead sons and daughters does it take? How much does this country have to suffer, not to mention Iraq and Afghanistan? Impeach the liar and war monger.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The High Cost of a Single War-Like Remark

One remark by a minor Israeli cabinet officer hinting at a possible US or Israeli attack on Iran has sent oil prices up by a record $11/barrel to a record $139 per barrel Friday. That should tell us what would happen if the Bush administration were crazy enough to attack Iran, or to let its vassal state of Israel do it.

Most analysts say an actual attack on Iran would send oil almost immediately to past $300 per barrel—a level that would strangle economies worldwide and send the world into an economic collapse not since the Smoot-Hawley Tariffs kicked off the Great Depression.
The repercussions of that would be staggering.


Does Kristol work for the oil companies? Or for Israel?

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's the Iraq War that's Killing the Economy, Stupid!

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congress pats itself on back as it caves on telecom immunity

"When the votes were tallied, just under half of House Democrats joined Republicans in supporting the bill. A lone Republican, Rep. Tim Johnson (R-IL), voted against it. A spokesman told Ars that Johnson "voted that way, consistent with all of his past votes on the FISA bill, because he's worried about its impact on civil liberties, and he believes that the necessary authority for the intelligence agencies already exists. He's talked to people on the front lines, and the system works very effectively now."

Rep. Timothy V. Johnson

A Republican one can respect.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While reaping record profits, Saudi Arabia is also growing increasingly concerned that oil current prices might eventually dampen economic growth around the world and lead to lower oil demand, as is already happening in the United States and other developed countries.

At Oil Conference, Saudis Offer Slight Rise in Production

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Market Full Of Oil, Price Trend "Fake": Ahmadinejad

4:09 PM  
Blogger Alcuin Bramerton said...

On Friday 13th June 2008, George Bush Jnr was in Paris. He believed himself to be at imminent risk of arrest because of his continuing blocking of the Global Refinancing Settlements and the NESARA reforms.

The President placed an urgent telephone call through to Dick Cheney in Washington. It was a conference call which included John Glover Roberts at the US Supreme Court.

Reportedly, part of the exchange ran as follows:
Bush: "I have to pay or I’ll be arrested."
Cheney: "That’s your problem. You gave me a Power of Attorney two months ago to handle these financial matters and I’ll do as I like." Cheney then asked Roberts to confirm that he (Roberts) held the Power of Attorney. Roberts confirmed this.
Bush: "I have to see The Queen and Brown tomorrow and they’ll want to be certain we’ve paid, or either they won’t let me go, or I’ll be arrested on arrival back home."
Cheney: "I can prove to you that no-one will touch you."

If this report is accurate, the legal signifiers are alarming. While in post, and at a time of war, the 43rd President of the United States has signed over his Power of Attorney to another in the full knowledge of the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court.

Why was this done? Was the President of unsound mind? Is he now still the de jure President or is he only the de facto President? Was Congress consulted? And why have the American people not been informed?

The President is the Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States. How can George Bush Jnr be Commander-in-Chief when he does not even command his own personal estate?

Can Patrick Fitzgerald identify which law the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court takes as his authority to legitimate this irregularity?

I refer to widely-circulating intelligence here:
http://www.worldreports.org/news/142_bush_cheney_at_centre_of_huge_corruption_storm

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Learn the truth about the attack of the USS Liberty, it is time for the men of that ship to be heard finally.

Attack on the USS Liberty

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

White House Asserts Executive Privilege over Environment Documents

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama Targets "Enron Loophole"

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Iraq to award oil contracts to foreign firms

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now That We’ve ‘Won,’ Let’s Come Home

The good news for Democrats — and the big opportunity for Barack Obama — is that John McCain and the war’s last cheerleaders don’t recognize that immutable reality. They’re so barricaded in their own Vietnam bunker that they think the country is too. It’s their constant and often shrill refrain that if only those peacenik McGovern Democrats and the “liberal media” acknowledged that violence is down in Iraq — as indeed it is, substantially — voters will want to press on to “victory” and not “surrender.” And therefore go for Mr. McCain.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SETON HALL LAW REPORT: DEPT. OF DEFENSE DATA REVEALS NO RELEASED GUANTÁNAMO DETAINEE EVER ATTACKED ANY AMERICANS

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"On June 12, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissenting opinion on the ruling stated that “[a]t least 30 of those prisoners hitherto released from Guantánamo Bay have returned to the battlefield.” The statistic was endorsed by a Senate Minority Report issued June 26, 2007, which cites a media outlet, CNN. CNN, in turn, named the DoD as its source. The “30” number, however, was corrected in a DoD press release issued in July 2007, and a DoD document submitted to the House Foreign Relations Committee on May 20, 2008 abandons the claim entirely.

Professor Mark Denbeaux, director of the Seton Hall Law Center for Policy and Research commented, “As lawyers and judges we have an obligation to be careful with our facts. The notion that 30 detainees ‘returned to the battlefield’ was disproved a year ago. It is distressing that Justice Scalia in Boumediene was not more careful in such an important matter, especially since he was relying uncritically on information that originated with a party in the case before him.”

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

20,000 petitioners ask CalPERS Thursday to get tough on KBR, now linked to massive fraud, rape and massacre

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

White House Dismissed Legal Advice On Detainees

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John McCain’s Chilling Project for America

"John McCain has long been a major player in a radical militaristic group driven by an ideology of global expansionism and dominance attained through perpetual, pre-emptive, unilateral, multiple wars. The credo of this group is “the end justifies the means,” and the end of establishing the United States as the world’s sole superpower justifies, in its estimation, anything from military control over the information on the Internet to the use of genocidal biological weapons. Over its two terms, the George W. Bush administration has planted the seeds for this geopolitical master plan, and now appears to be counting on the McCain administration, if one comes to power, to nurture it. "

PNAC creaters and signers ought to be charged with war crimes. Look what they have destroyed already.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taxes, Integrity and Character

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is the Dem Congressional Leadership Abandoning the Constitution and the Rule of Law on FISA?

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP George Carlin

7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iowa governor to McCain: Look, don't come, okay? We're trying to deal with major flood issues. McCain to Iowa governor: I'm campaigning and need photo ops

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reporters Say Networks Block War Reports

"According to data compiled by Andrew Tyndall, a television consultant who monitors the three network evening newscasts, coverage of Iraq has been "massively scaled back this year." Almost halfway into 2008, the three newscasts have shown 181 weekday minutes of Iraq coverage, compared with 1,157 minutes for all of 2007. The "CBS Evening News" has devoted the fewest minutes to Iraq, 51, versus 55 minutes on ABC's "World News" and 74 minutes on "NBC Nightly News." (The average evening newscast is 22 minutes long.)

CBS News no longer stations a single full-time correspondent in Iraq, where some 150,000 United States troops are deployed."

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain Closes the Cash Gap With Obama

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Bolton, fear and war mongering

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UN: Iraq conflict exacerbates unprecedented refugee flows

"Afghanistan and Iraq were identified as the two leading countries of origin for cross-border refugees. Afghans made up 27 percent of the total refugee population, with almost 3.1 million living in Iran and Pakistan. Iraqis were the second largest group, with 2.3 million living outside the country. Of those, 2 million live in Jordan and Syria.

According to the UNHCR News Service, the lack of a political solution to the sectarian deadlock in Iraq is the primary cause of the growing number of refugees from the war-torn country."

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama braces for race-based ads

Obama’s Rumor Patrol

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gas prices up a dime in 2 weeks

"Lundberg survey puts national average at $4.10. Drivers are feeling the burden - paying more than twice what they paid a year ago."

"Meanwhile, high gas prices have prompted many Americans to cut back on the amount of driving they do.

The Federal Highway Administration said Thursday it estimates that Americans drove 1.4 billion fewer miles on public roads in April. That's a decline of 1.8% compared to April 2007 and is the sixth consecutive month that drivers have cut back.

So far this year, the agency estimates that drivers have traveled 20 billion fewer miles than in previous years."

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After John McCain led a crusade against an Air Force tanker contract with Boeing, it was rebid and awarded to EADS, a company that has five registered lobbyists working for McCain's campaign. Bonus: the second contract was illegal.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Electro-Shock Therapy

"With the Chevy Volt, General Motors—battered, struggling for profitability, fed up with being eclipsed by Toyota and the Prius—is out to reinvent the automobile, and itself."

Good for GM.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can the U.S. Bring Jobs Back from China?

Put Americans back to work. Maybe the fat cat CEOs should not be paid so much compared to the workers.

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oversight Committee suggests US embassy involvement in 22-year-old’s sham weapons deal

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain plan: $300 million prize for better car battery

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain Campaign Lied to Reporter About Public Finance Loan

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

White House Shoots Down Army’s Effort To Increase Oversight Of Defense Contractors

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Food relief line grows long, tense

Frustration rises, officials caught off-guard as thousands turn out for flood assistance

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Clinton 'committed to' Obama

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pundits: Terror crisis could actually help Obama

"Montanaro writes, “There’s been chatter among some Democrats that the big fear Obama aides have is just what Black spoke about — some sort of national security crisis popping up in October. … That said, what the impact of a national security crisis in October is unknown for this reason: It depends on who initiates it. If it’s an outside force, then Black’s probably right. But if it’s something that President Bush sparks, then Obama could benefit.”

Perhaps everyone should be thinking of preventing another terror attack....like they have been doing, not letting it happen when it looks like they may be losing an election.
The world citizens sees through the neocon bullshit.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox Analyst: Iraqis ‘Owe Us’ 100-Year Leases On Their Oil, ‘We Ought To Take It’

Iraq doesn't owe us squat, we invaded them illegally.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charlie Black, My Man of the Hour

THE FIFTH COLUMNIST by P.M. Carpenter

bravo

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Report Says Partisanship Reigned in Justice Department Hiring Program

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mobile phones 'more dangerous than smoking'

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Former Bush Homeland Security secretary Tom Ridge busted by the Justice Department for failing to register for two years for lobbying for Albania, at $40k a month

"For almost two years former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge failed to register a nearly half-million-dollar lobbying contract that he had with the government of Albania.

Ridge filed a registration statement on behalf of the country earlier this month after being contacted by the Department of Justice.

"It was brought to my attention after the contract expired and my lawyer said under the circumstances I probably should have filed," said Ridge, who is a national co-chairman of Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign and has been mentioned as a potential vice presidential running mate. "I didn't think it was [necessary] to register."

The Foreign Agents Registration Act requires agents to register with the DOJ within 10 days of signing a contract with a foreign government and before performing any duties for the client.

Additionally, "foreign agents" must file biannual reports detailing any agreements, income received and expenditures on behalf of foreign countries or corporations owned by countries."

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FLASHBACK: McCain Declared Osama Bin Laden Threats Are ‘Very Helpful’ To Bush’s Campaign

Same old, same old evil.

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Flood victims say FEMA is doing a heckuva job

For real this time. Good job, FEMA.

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

U.S.-allied Iraqi politician opens fire on U.S. troops, killing 2

Bomb kills 6 Iraqis, 4 Americans in Baghdad

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newspapers' Worst Year Ever For Ad Revenue

Perhaps the news corps should have thought of that when they were spinning, covering up the truth and flat lying to the American people.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slick John McCain and the offshore oil ruse

front page google news

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CHART OF THE DAY....This one comes from a report of the Justice Department's inspector general.
Kevin Drum

11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Justice for Sale: How Big Tobacco and the GOP teamed up to crush Democrats in the South

"Almost immediately after his appointment as US Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi in late 2001, Dunnica Lampton began to investigate key Mississippi Democrats.

Trial lawyer and major Democratic campaign contributor Paul Minor (photo at right) quickly became a target of such an investigation. Minor, one of the largest Democratic donors in the South and the largest in Mississippi, would quickly find himself in the midst of a political firing line..."

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feingold, Dodd planning filibuster of wiretap bill

How do people know it is not being used for political purposes or blackmail?

12:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On June 21, 2000, the main headline on Drudge Report shouted that Bush was blaming Clinton and Gore for "high" gasoline/oil prices.

"In the first half of 2000, gas prices were in the news. Everyone was upset, as oil had been around $10 a barrel the previous year. That spring, the price more than doubled, and it was an election year. So the blame had to go somewhere.

Vice President and Democratic nominee Al Gore blamed oil companies. Texas Governor and Republican nominee George W. Bush blamed President Bill Clinton.

Now that Exxon-Mobil posted record-high earnings, oil is nearing $140 a barrel, and Bush has been in the White House long enough to have affected energy policy, it's no shock that the president's blame game has shifted. So Bush blamed Clinton for gas prices doubling, while prices have increased to record levels under his administration. Bush himself admits that oil prices under his administration have gone up seven-fold!"

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elliot D. Cohen: POW/MIA Families Alleged McCain Assault: Senate Ethics Committee Failed to Investigate

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rove critical of NY Times for ‘outing’ CIA agent

Kettle judging the pot.

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Dodd (D-Patriot): "Either the companies were presented with a warrant, or they weren’t. Either the companies and the President acted outside of the rule of law, or they followed it. Either the underlying program was legal or it wasn’t."

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Surge Is Working? Not If You Read the Latest GAO Report

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Expert tells Olbermann: DOJ ‘goon squad’ betrayed legal ideals

"A new Justice Department audit has revealed that under Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, highly qualified applicants for jobs or summer internships who had liberal leanings were passed over in favor of conservatives, in violation of the supposedly non-partisan spirit of those programs. For example, in 2006, 82% of summer internship applicants with liberal affiliations were rejected, but only 13% of those with conservative affiliations.

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann invited constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley to discuss these findings, which he described as “the Bush administration’s attempt to make the Justice Department into kind of a goon squad for the Republican Party.”


Most likely, no one will suffer punishment for their actions, as usual.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ex-Cabinet Members Press Bush to Ban Torture

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ralph Nader: Barack Obama wants to ‘talk white’

“There’s only one thing different about Barack Obama when it comes to being a Democratic presidential candidate. He’s half African-American,” Nader said in an interview with a Denver newspaper Monday. “Whether that will make any difference, I don’t know. I haven’t heard him have a strong crackdown on economic exploitation in the ghettos. Payday loans, predatory lending, asbestos, lead. What’s keeping him from doing that? Is it because he wants to talk white? He doesn’t want to appear like Jesse Jackson? We’ll see all that play out in the next few months and if he gets elected afterwards.”

All those economic exploitations outlined by Nader affect every color living in the U.S.----it is something both candidates should be talking about, white or black.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wexler: McCain's 'calculating the value of a terrorist attack' is 'eerie'

"If this were just one comment by John McCain, or one comment by his chief strategist, that might be forgivable," Wexler continued. "But this is now the second, possibly the third instance in which the mindset of John McCain is becoming quite evident. ... He appears to be calculating the value of a terrorist attack or an assassination to his campaign, and that's quite eerie."

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An Introduction to False Flag Terror

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stewart: White House treated EPA email like 'boner pill' spam

I hope Stewart keeps telling it like it is because he reaches the young people so they can make sure the same old doesn't get in office again.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Court slashes judgment in Exxon Valdez disaster

Bowing down to the corporations again.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain, GOP unleash anti-Obama plan

Perhaps the whole story about McCain should be told then.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The irony of McCain playing the fear card: he’s the scary one
There once was a man named McCain
Whose speeches could be quite inane.
But no need for concern
‘Cause Obama he’d burn,
When the fear card drove voters insane.

But cruel fate it did hold some surprises
And the fear card would bring no reprises.
Though he huffed and he puffed
Still his strategy muffed,
For it was he caused our frightful surmises.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

U.S. in dire need of home improvement

Instead of spending billions on wars, money should be spent to fix America up, create jobs and increase mass transit for everyone.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain doesn't want to impeach Bush

Of course not, they are two of the same kind. The impeachment brought up is no laughing matter either. And speaking of threats, Americans don't like the "threat" of further attacks if Obama is elected like McCain seems to keep saying. Just what is he saying? Does he have insider information or something to an attack happening? There probably isn't an American left that hasn't had at least one question about the 9-11 attack or the "red" alerts when it was convenient for the White House. McCain should stop his fear mongering and stop wishing or trying to make an attack happen--just so he can become President.

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bombings kill dozens, 3 US Marines in Iraq attacks

Iraq War forgotten by MSM.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barack Obama's AFL-CIO nod gives him one more potent weapon

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On Global Security, Stand w/ Hansen and El-Baradei Against the Disinforming and Delusional

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The number of foreign forces in Afghanistan killed in June has reached 39, the highest monthly toll of the war

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.celebritywonder.com/wallpaper/Wall-E_Wallpaper_1_800.html


sorry- can't do the limk
just had to show you, the number one search topic today was Walle wallpaper- after a new movie coming out= I wonder how many illegal immigrants would cost for that?

take care, and goodluck.

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops, I'm sorry- that means all the Democrats are open border supporters! I really didn't mean that as a joke. Really. I couldn't have meant that!
I hope you aren't off in LaLa land with your bride- well, maybe you don't know the whole thing yet- or does he? Aren't information collection agencies suppossed to share info? according to the Patriot Act? I'm being left in the dark and are you? I'm voting Mccain, are you selling out on us? sarah

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain takes credit for GI bill he opposed

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are Fitzgerald Kennedy curse- if you knew what I knew- just be careful. That's all.It is all up to God. Sarart prayer groups? Love Sarah

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

House Judiciary Committee Gets Ready To Subpoena Mukasey

"They're looking for records of interviews from the DOJ investigation into who leaked the identify of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, documents that may shed light on allegations of selective prosecution, and the details behind the replacement of Minnesota's U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose. The committee is also requesting Office of Legal Counsel memos and enforcement reports from the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division."

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Secret U.S. operation kills Iraqi, strains relations

"BAGHDAD, Iraq — Senior Iraqi government officials said Saturday that a U.S. Special Forces counterterrorism unit conducted the raid that reportedly killed a relative of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki , touching off a high-stakes diplomatic crisis between the United States and Iraq ."

"The incident puts an added strain on U.S.-Iraqi negotiations to draft a Status of Forces Agreement, a long-term security pact that will govern the conduct of U.S. forces in Iraq . Members of the Iraqi government and security forces said the raid only deepened their reluctance to sign any agreement that did not leave Iraqis with the biggest say on when and how combat operations are conducted."

10:58 AM  
Blogger Alcuin Bramerton said...

On Thursday 26th June 2008, US ex-President Bill Clinton was in London to meet British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at Number 10 Downing Street. Clinton was at the rough end of a criminal investigation in the UK.

On Monday 2nd June 2008, three hundred armed British police seized seven thousand private vaults and lock boxes at three London locations in Mayfair, Hampstead and Edgware. Each one of these vaults and lockups was identified as an individual crime scene. Several of them were understood to contain evidence directly linking Clinton with drug trafficking, money-laundering and underworld contract murders.

Bill Clinton was unable to leave the UK without signing legal papers, and had been told that he would be arrested if he tried to escape.

Can Patrick Fitzgerald confirm that in addition to the British police authorities, the International Court of Justice at The Hague is involved in this Bill Clinton criminal investigation?

I refer to widely-circulating intelligence here (03.06.08):
http://www.worldreports.org/news/136_british_police_raid_private_safety_deposit_boxes
and here (27.06.08):
http://www.worldreports.org/news/146_clinton_brown__merkel_now_in_eye_of_the_storm

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE IF THERE IS LOVE

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristol: ‘Republicans are much more open to strong women.’

drunken wife beater.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain: I ‘Don’t See How It Matters’ That I Don’t Know The Price Of Gas

elitist? I bet lower and middle class America damn sure knows!

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sen. John McCain says he opposes the $307 billion farm bill because it would dole out wasteful subsidies, but his chief economic adviser Phil Gramm also wants to stop its proposed regulation of energy futures trading, a market that was famously abused when Enron Corp. manipulated California’s electricity prices in 2001.

" Clearing the way for that California price gouging, Gramm, as a powerful Texas senator in 2000, slipped an Enron-backed provision into the Commodities Futures Modernization Act that exempted from regulation energy trading on electronic platforms.

Then, over the next year, Enron – with Gramm’s wife Wendy serving on its board of directors – worked to create false electricity shortages in California, bilking consumers out of an estimated $40 billion.

Gramm left the Senate in 2002 but now has emerged as what Fortune magazine calls “McCain’s econ brain,” not only filling the Arizona senator’s acknowledged void on economic expertise (“I don’t know as much about the economy as I should”) but recognized as one of McCain’s closest friends in politics. The two men talk daily. "

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama and McCain’s FISA Flip-Flop

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Please wait, your request is processed...
US Military Fuel Costs Set To Soar


"WASHINGTON — Consumers at the gas pump aren't the only ones suffering sticker shock. Military units in Iraq and elsewhere will see another hike in fuel costs next week, the second increase this budget year because of soaring oil prices.

On July 1, the cost for refined fuel used by troops will jump from $127.68 a barrel to $170.94 _ an astounding 34 percent increase in just six months and more than double what the Pentagon was paying three years ago.

While prices charged to warfighting units have fluctuated in recent years, they have not faced such a steep spike in so few months. The cost of jet fuel, for example, jumped from $2.31 a gallon in October, the start of the 2008 budget year, to $3.04 in December. As of next month, units will start paying $4.07 a gallon."

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Terrorists Rock the Vote in 2008

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not all democrats support open borders but our minds are not closed off either.

The American Dream: Dr. Quiñones' Incredible Journey

Leading Doctor at Johns Hopkins Started Out as An Illegal Immigrant

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clark hits McCain's military credentials


Clark said that McCain lacked the executive experience necessary to be president, calling him “untested and untried” on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” And in saying so, he took a few swipes at McCain’s military service.

After saying, "I certainly honor his service as a prisoner of war. He was a hero to me and to hundreds of thousands and millions of others in the armed forces, as a prisoner of war," he added that these experiences in no way qualify McCain to be president in his view:

“He has been a voice on the Senate Armed Services Committee. And he has traveled all over the world. But he hasn't held executive responsibility. That large squadron in the Navy that he commanded — that wasn't a wartime squadron,” Clark said.

“I don’t think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president.”



McCain's Secret, Questionable Record


How many crashes and where?

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Countdown to Crawford: Tracking the final days of the Bush administration

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush Fulfills His Grandfather's Dream

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE PASS THIS AROUND THE INTERNET MR. FITZGERALD



http://jphatch.blogspot.com/


please, please, do this for me, I tried to tell you, nevermind.

Please everybody, blog this link everywhere. Please.

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

goodbye Patrick.

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain: Obama's word cannot be trusted

Does McCain realize that people can view video tapes of his various flip-flops or check his voting records?
Googling how many plane crashes did McCain have is down right shocking. It is shocking too the POW/MIA family members treated with scorn by McCain in senate hearings.

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iraq to sue oil-for-food suspects

"The Iraqi government has said it will file lawsuits in US courts against firms and people suspected of illegally profiting from a UN programme.

The UN oil-for-food programme allowed Saddam Hussein's government to sell oil in order to buy humanitarian supplies during UN sanctions from 1996-2003.

An inquiry found that 2,200 firms paid $1.8bn in bribes to Iraqi officials.

Meanwhile, a US army report has said there was little planning for events after Saddam Hussein was overthrown.

Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement that the legal action was to recover damages and hold those who benefited from the illegal activity "accountable for their actions".


Good for the Iraqi people.

11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iran to ready thousands of graves for enemy soldiers

Doesn't it matter what the American people want anymore? The Afghanistan and Iraq wars are heating up lately for God's sake.

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ABC EXCLUSIVE: How the FBI Botched the Anthrax Case

Former Agent Explains What Went Wrong in the Investigation

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Senator Mccain, can you please please go on Stephen Colbert's show? Please! Please? You went on Jon Stewart's - can you go on Stephen's show? If he's not nice I'll get the flamethrower-S
just kidding- Stephen I can barely see the stitches with makeup. Hi Mr. President and Bush family- love to you all- S

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh hem- blogfight- Bush's grandfather was doing what the Iranian's are doing to us. It was a contigency plan because we (America) believed that (or had to have a contingency plan for) Hitler's possible attack and taking over of America. Stupid people will believe otherwise because the games intel has to play to keep democracy safe can't be explained to you until... now.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Former Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Richard Myers quashed legal review of torture techniques.

another war criminal...remember the stuttering with McKinney's questions.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Political infighting delays inking of Iraq, Big Oil deals

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

U.S. Charges Guantanamo Detainee in USS Cole Bombing

"Captured in late 2002, Nashiri was held in secret custody by the CIA, which has acknowledged that his interrogation involved "waterboarding," a technique that has been condemned as torture by human rights groups around the world.

The use of the aggressive tactic is sure to be an important element of his trial. It is unclear whether Nashiri and his lawyers will be able to question the CIA interrogators who conducted the interrogation and whether information elicited by that treatment will be admissible in the untested military commissions process."

"The evidentiary issues will be resolved in the courtroom," Hartmann said today. "The judge will make a final decision as to the validity of any piece of evidence."

One would hope they have physical evidence linking him to the crime, not a confession based on waterboard torture.

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lieberman says terrorist attack likely

"(CNN) — Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-Independent who is a strong supporter of Republican John McCain's White House bid, suggested Sunday the United States will likely face a terrorist attack in 2009.

The controversial comments followed remarks by top John McCain adviser Charlie Black late last week that a terrorist attack leading up the the general election would probably help the Arizona senator's White House hopes."

If terrorist attack happens, the people that keep wishing for political gain..should be the first ones looked into. Perhaps the country should be on high or red alert since the neocons and those connected to McCain keep bringing it up or saying it would benefit them....fear mongers. Why would anyone want such a thing to happen just so they could be elected? They must have an awful lot to hide.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain rebuts Clark with Swift Boat member

McCain's own actions makes you want to look further.

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AZ GOP: "...McCain is mentally unstable and out of control..."

"People would be calling in to [state committee] headquarters every week, absolutely enraged, threatening to leave the party because of some comments McCain made," Haney told me. "The guy has no core, his only principle is winning the presidency. He likes to call his campaign the 'straight talk express.' Well, down here we call it the 'forked tongue express.'"

Wow.

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama fights back against questions on patriotism

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there even one person on this blog that understandsor even maybe served for this country? Unbelievable, you go walk in every man's shoes, the tortured, the accused war criminal, the people who have lived to tell. Go walk in their shoes, and think this way- the safety of our homeland is priority. Maybe some of these Mccain bashing journalists need a hard dose of truth. Maybe they need to grow up like I have. Some war veterans have regrets, many do, but they keep in mind the prime objective. America could never handle the truth. I laugh every time I turn on the news. "We didn't go to war in Iraq to get Saddam." a quote I heard just today on CNN.
"One marine with two tours in Iraq said it was called Iraqi freedom, but it should have been called Iraqi Liberation." Is to liberate not the same as to be set free?
Then, oh Mccain is crazy- gotta love that one- all of the people that have given you, sacrificed for you, had to make the most painful decisions in times like these, I guess we are crazy. Insane because we are the only ones who care enough to do it. Our sacrifice to this country and people and our "insane" desire to make sure you live your lives happy and blind (ignorance is bliss you know) I guess so- you'd have to be a little insane to do it. You should be glad that people step up to the raw truth, a bitter pill to swallow but there isn't any faerie wand to make it all better. There's only a faerie wand once you know ultimate truth of the situation. That my friends, will never be placed here on this blog.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, by the way, stomache this. We have to drill offshore BECAUSE the Saudis don't have much oil left. This is the last "hurrah" for big oil to drill and make profits. Then, we change over. Not to grain, not to corn or byproducts, not even to pig shit, not solar energy, not nuculear energy. Of course you are free to use all the above. The Republicans have the biggest gift coming to the American people, you just have to be patient. One woman with only one investment company backing her will not make this happen overnight. Gota stop wasting my time on this blog. It does fuel me to finish all that I began at 24 years old.

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here is a better blog
> http://whydidnttheytellme.blogspot.com/

6:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why didn't they tell me?


Here's the link to your blog.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Americans are world's top drug users: study

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry Craig R-Widestance and David Vitter R- Pampers honor Republican family values by co-sponsoring Marriage Protection Amendment.

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clark stands by comments

What people were lead to believe about McCain is not necessarily so.

here

Report: McCain considering one-term pledge

This country cannot handle 4 years of
McBush.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Pentagon 9/11 Lie Fest

Stop the lies to the American People!

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Making the case for Obama.. "What have you done for me lately?"

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keith Olbermann: Then and now

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ignored Psych Patient Dies on Hospital Floor

Video Shows Death in NYC Hospital Already Faces a Lawsuit for 'Squalid' Psych Care

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Washington Post traces back that "Obama is a Muslim" chain e-mail to the "conservative" website FreeRepublic.com.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freeperland

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hersh: Cheney ‘Privately’ Says He Prefers U.S. — Not Israel — Strike Iran Because ‘We’ll Get Blamed Anyway’

Impeach and indict Cheney, the U.S. and Israel needs to learn how to get along with people. Enough with the attacks and wars! People are sick of the war mongering and the neocons destroying our country.

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bipartisan Group to Speak Out on Detainees

"WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of 200 former government officials, retired generals and religious leaders plans to issue a statement on Wednesday calling for a presidential order to outlaw some interrogation and detention practices used by the Bush administration over the last six years."
"Among the signers is George P. Shultz, secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan. “It’s a good time to step back, take a deep breath and set a standard,” Mr. Shultz said in an interview.

Mr. Shultz would not criticize the practices of the Bush administration but said he believed strongly that the United States should treat terrorism suspects as it expected American prisoners to be treated."


The U.S. should follow the guide lines that they signed in the Geneva Convention.

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. President, and Mr. Cheney, Please read this. Maybe after reading my view on growing up in a Catholic dominated Protestant hating environment as the suburbs of Chicago, you will now understand why I have oppossed the expansion and destruction of a PROTESTANT historical cemetary. Those of us that first settled the area feel as if we have been not only reduced to Priest tirades of hate towards us (in the NW Suburbs) but now an old Protestant cemetary with CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS will be desecrated by Mayor Daley?

If nothing can be done by intervention, please advise the Rossi construction crew that will be "relocating" my ancestors to please bury them upside down so the whole group that supports this decision can quite literally "kiss their asses".

Bored and stuck in the woods, still. Your rascal. PS can someone please inform Fitzgerald about the Kennedy Fitzgerald curse and how it came to be? I guess I'd rather be happy for a short time than miserable for 60 years in a marriage to break a curse. But who believes in God having the power to punish a family after they betray another of God's family over 222 years ago?
Please read:
Release 5/12/08 The Supreme Court of the United States today announced that it has declined to hear the petition by St. John’s United Church of Christ to review the 7th Circuit decision holding that the O’Hare Modernization Act (OMA) – and the unprecedented authority it gives to Chicago to destroy the historic 159 year old St. Johannes Religious Cemetery for O’Hare runways — did not violate the Freedom of Religion Guarantee of the Federal Constitution.
“We are of course disappointed by today’s Supreme Court decision” said
Bensenville Village President John C. Geils. “One of the Nation’s top constitutional scholars, Professor Ronald Rotunda (co-author of one of the most widely cited constitutional law treatises) advised us what we all know —stripping of religious protection from St. Johannes violated the First Amendment. Several other circuit courts of appeal agreed with our position and disagreed with the Seventh Circuit’s position; but the Supreme Court decided not to resolve the dispute.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the church, its members and especially to the hundreds of families whose loved ones are buried at St. Johannes and Rest Haven Cemeteries. This is a clear case of discrimination and a denial of the deeply held religious beliefs of the church and the affected families,” Geils continued.

But President Geils and Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson emphasized
that the fight to save St. Johannes and the neighborhoods and parks in Bensenville and Elk Grove is far from over. The Seventh Circuit’s decision only affects the federal constitutional Freedom of Religion protection:

1. Still to be decided is pending federal litigation in the DC Circuit as to whether FAA funding authorization of over $1.5 billion for the “Phase 1
Airfield Project” that will destroy St. Johannes is barred by the federal
Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). FAA’s federal RFRA obligation is unaffected by and unrelated to the First Amendment dispute. Indeed the federal RFRA statute imposes obligations on the federal government even if the harm is inflicted by so-called “neutral” governmental action. The 7th Circuit decision was based on the court’s conclusion that the OMA was “neutral”. The DC Circuit case is
currently being briefed and will be argued and decided next year.

2. Also pending is state litigation challenging the proposed destruction of St. Johannes as violating the Illinois Constitution’s guarantee as to religious freedom which Illinois courts have said provides broader protection that the federal Constitution.

St. John’s is a Christian church established in 1849 in Bensenville, Illinois. That same year, St. John’s consecrated St. Johannes Cemetery. The remains of about 1,300 people are buried there, including many Civil War veterans. St. John’s is part of the United Church of Christ, a Protestant denomination with nearly two million members in the United States.

”I share President Geils’ concern for the families of those who are buried
at St. Johannes and the callous disregard Chicago has for the lives of those people most affected by Daley’s ill-conceived airport expansion plan,” states Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson, whose community partnered with Bensenville and St. John’s Church in this litigation.

Current legal actions in both state and federal courts continue. These cases call into question the need and purpose of the land acquisitions under the
Illinois Constitution, the environmental impacts of the proposed mass demolition of homes and businesses and question whether the FAA violated its own rules in providing funding assistance to Chicago.

“With fuel prices soaring, the airlines are in deep financial problems and
they are in no position to take on the massive amounts of debt Chicago has
asked them to finance in order to make this project go,” says said Mayor
Johnson.

“These projects will never get built and it’s time for Chicago to scale back
this project to one that is more compatible with the needs of the surrounding communities and economic reality,” Mayor Johnson continued.


Gee, I could have been so helpful there if the Latin Kings didn't break into my apartment and chase me out after my allegiance with Mayor Johnson was discovered.

Mr. President- my family site is open for public viewing. You said "Don't be ashamed to be related to someone famous."
From now until July 4th it's open.
Little Rascal

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fugitive Fund Manager Who Faked Suicide Surrenders

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama Seeks Bigger Role for Religious Groups

"Mr. Obama’s plan pointedly departed from the Bush administration’s stance on one fundamental issue: whether religious organizations that get federal money for social services can take faith into account in their hiring. Mr. Bush has said yes. Mr. Obama said no.

“If you get a federal grant, you can’t use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help and you can’t discriminate against them — or against the people you hire — on the basis of their religion,” Mr. Obama said. “Federal dollars that go directly to churches, temples and mosques can only be used on secular programs.”

Mr. Obama’s position that religious organizations would not be able to consider religion in their hiring for such programs would constitute a deal-breaker for many evangelicals, said several evangelical leaders, who represent a political constituency Mr. Obama has been trying to court. "

Good job, Obama.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John McCain demands Barack Obama "cut [Wes Clark] loose" from the campaign, even though Clark has no official role.

McCain is frightened of the truth.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Texas Realtors Launch Campaign To Protest Rove’s Upcoming Speech At Statewide Convention

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Averting our gaze from U.S. cruelty

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush: diplomacy first option on Iran nuclear program


WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush said on Wednesday that diplomacy was the first option to address Iran's nuclear program, which he is concerned could be used to build a nuclear weapon, but he repeated that all options were on the table

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Evangelist to Senate: My financial records belong to God

Perhaps he should lose his tax exemption for his church. How come so many evangelists seem to live "high on the hog"?

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greed Without Accountability

Economic Domino Theory

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

China Inspired Interrogations at Guantánamo

"1957: US claims Chinese 'torture' methods invoke false confessions 2008: US discovered using exact same methods on Gitmo prisoners."

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Report: McCain campaign shakeup promotes 'Bushworld veterans'

This country has suffered enough from Bush or McBushes. Enough!

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama: After 9/11, 'we were asked to go shopping'

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerusalem bulldozer 'terrorist' kills 3 in rampage

Bulldozers should not be used for killing people, no matter what side or religion may be. Why now has it finally been labeled "terrorist" after murders have happened this way for years? A human life is the same either way.

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Betancourt reunited with family

Also released were three Americans and 11 members of the Colombian security forces, all said to be in relatively good health.

The Americans - military contractors Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes and Keith Stansell - have flown back to Texas, where they are expected to be reunited with their families and undergo medical tests.


Sometimes there are happy endings after all.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



Judge rebukes Bush admin on warrantless spying

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never say die: return of the warriors

"The neocons who pushed for the invasion of Iraq got egg on their faces, but are regrouping for another battle, writes Peter Hartcher.

At a dinner in London this year, a leading US commentator on foreign policy decided to have some fun at the expense of America's neoconservatives.

The neocons, as they have come to be known, are the ideologues who successfully advocated the invasion of Iraq. They may have been thoroughly discredited by that blighted war, but they are now regrouping."


snip
"But weren't the neocons in the Bush Administration all purged?

Men like the deputy secretary of defence, Paul Wolfowitz, and the undersecretary of defence for policy, Doug Feith, were forced out. So was the former US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, and the chief of staff to the Vice-President, Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

With no neocons in government, surely their only attacks now have to be rhetorical - surely they cannot wage war. But a number of key neocons have arrived in the inner circle of the candidate to become the next Republican president, John McCain.

This is being taken very seriously by American foreign policymakers. "There's no doubt that some neocons like Senator Joe Lieberman are linked to McCain at the elbow like Siamese twins," said one of the grey eminences of US foreign policy, Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser to Jimmy Carter and now an adviser to the Democrats' presidential candidate, Barack Obama."


Neocons ought to have been sent to a deserted street in Fallujah.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain Adviser Absurdly Claims President Bush Opposed The Surge

It is one thing to flip/flop, it is another to flat out lie. Seems McCain is desperate to become President.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How Bush, Cheney and McCain Let bin Laden Escape (Brent Budowsky)

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frost over the World - Benazir Bhutto - 02 Nov 07

Starting at the 5:55 mark, she stated that Osama bin Laden was murdered.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


McCain Backer's Firm Pleaded Guilty To Funding Terrorist Group In Colombia

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Backlog Of Cases Alleging Fraud
Whistle-Blower Suits Languish at Justice


"More than 900 cases alleging that government contractors and drugmakers have defrauded taxpayers out of billions of dollars are languishing in a backlog that has built up over the past decade because the Justice Department cannot keep pace with the surge in charges brought by whistle-blowers, according to lawyers involved in the disputes.

The issue is drawing renewed interest among lawmakers and nonprofit groups because many of the cases involve the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, rising health-care payouts, and privatization of government functions -- all of which offer rich new opportunities to swindle taxpayers. "

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

US elections: Obama clarifies remarks on Iraq withdrawal timeline

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oversight Committee: Despite Denials, Administration Knew About Bush Donor’s Oil Contracts

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scientist: Pakistan knew of North Korea nuke deal

Sibel Edmonds Case: Benazir and The 'Islamic' Bomb

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama: Service to be a cornerstone of presidency

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patriotism in action: Americans express love of country in many ways

"Patriotism is not simply supporting whatever those in power say, but also articulating a willingness to oppose for the sake of the country," said Marc Kruman, director at Wayne State University's Center for the Study of Citizenship, which he founded in 2003 with a kickoff conference themed "The Many Faces of Patriotism."

Yep.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Protesters Interrupt Bush at Independence Day Ceremony for New Citizens

"That man is a fascist!" one protester yelled. Another swore at him.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain camp announces 'jobs first' plan from Mexico

"On the same day John McCain is in Mexico promoting NAFTA, we find out America lost another 62,000 jobs last month because of the failed Bush-McCain economic policies that have been a disaster for our country," Dean said in an e-mailed statement. "How much longer must this go on before George Bush and John McCain realize their economic policies are hurting America? What we need is a President who will put American workers first and give hard-working families a tax break."

Why doesn't McCain worry about putting Americans to work at a fair and decent wage?

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Snooping into celebrity passport files may be widespread

"A State Department probe finds that in a sample of 150 famous Americans, most of their files had been viewed in the last six years; nine had been opened more than 100 times."

What are they looking for? Gossip to sell to the tabloids? Are they trying to blackmail people?

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lesser Neocons of L'Affaire Plame

Just because we need not forget the war mongering neocons.

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kucinich's July 4th message: Help me restore 'rule of law in America'

Good for Dennis, it is time for Americans to start standing up for the Constitution and their country. Bush has trashed it enough. Where are all the lawyers in this country? Why are Congress people failing to act? They should all be kicked out.

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pentagon extends tour of Marines in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has extended the tour of 2,200 Marines in Afghanistan, after insisting for months the unit would come home on time.

The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is doing combat operations in the volatile south, will stay an extra 30 days and come home in early November rather than October, Marine Col. David Lapan confirmed Thursday.

Military leaders as recently as Wednesday stressed the need for additional troops in Afghanistan. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has often praised the work of the 24th MEU in fighting Taliban militants in Helmand Province.


Once again, the troops get shortsighted.

2:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Military action 'would destabilise Iraq'

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Snapshots of Life and Death in Baghdad

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Report: Uranium Stockpile Removed From Iraq in Secret U.S. Mission

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kerry: McCain's judgment 'dangerous,' candidate a 'changed man'

"John McCain has changed in profound and fundamental ways that I find personally really surprising, and frankly upsetting," said Democratic Senator John Kerry in a Sunday appearance on CBS's Face the Nation.

"This is a different John McCain. This is not the Senator John McCain; this is want-to-be president John McCain."


"And the result is that John McCain has flip-flopped on more issues than I was even ever accused possibly of thinking about!" continued Kerry. "I mean, this is extraordinary what he's done: He's changed on taxes; he's now in favor of the Bush tax cut. If you like the Bush economy, if you like the Bush tax cut and what it's done to our economy, making wealthier people wealthier and the average middle class struggle harder, then John McCain is going to give you a third term of George Bush and Karl Rove.

No to McBush.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John McCain: ‘I hate the bloggers’

Does McCain realize that Republicans blog too? Watch out for him trying to take away our freedoms on the net.

3:06 PM  

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