Blair and Bush
This pretty much says it all.
"...somebody named Cliff Schecter, an expert. Never heard of him."-Rush Limbaugh
Blair and Bush
A portion of the new U.S. embassy under construction is seen from across the Tigris river in Baghdad, Saturday, May 19, 2007.
The new $592 million embassy occupies a chunk of prime Baghdad real estate two-thirds the size of Washington's National Mall, with desk space for about 1,000 people behind high, blast-resistant walls.
The compound is a symbol both of how much the United States has invested in Iraq and how the circumstances of U.S. involvement are changing. (AP photo)
Rivals battle for rights to 867-5309,
Updated: 1 hour, 58 minutes ago
LINCOLN, R.I. - One-hit wonder Tommy Tutone made the phone number 867-5309 famous in the band’s 1982 hit single, which uses the digits over and over in its catchy refrain.
Now, a Rhode Island company and a national firm are battling over the right to use the number, which doesn’t reach the “Jenny” that Tutone sings about, but could find callers a decent plumber.
Tommy “Tutone” Heath told The Boston Globe that he’d prefer if neither company used the number.
“It’s ridiculous,” said Heath. “If I wanted to get into it, I could probably take the number away from both of them.”
Former Republican Rep. Ted Klaudt could spend the rest of his life in prison after turning himself in to authorities Friday on felony charges that include eight counts of rape involving foster children and former legislative pages.
Five girls told authorities they were assaulted by Klaudt, court documents state, although charges filed Friday involve only two of the girls.
Four of the girls said they were accosted in Klaudt's hotel room in Pierre, where he stayed while serving in the South Dakota Legislature. Two of the girls were legislative pages when they were attacked, they told investigators.
He's accused of performing "ovary checks" and "breast exams" under the guise that he was helping young women donate their reproductive eggs, according to court records.
Big Mouth Strikes Again...
Not sure how much play this piece got in the US press recently, but BBC's John Humphrys and former UN Ambassador John Bolton tussled over Iraq and Iran policies, as well as their personal feelings for each other, this past Thursday, May 17.
Bolton claimed UK/US foreign policy would've been more successful if not for those "meddling kids" at the Foreign Office and State Department, saying:
"...there have been a number of occasions where the Foreign Office was not carrying through on [Blair's] policies, just as often happens in the
* Trivia Time -- Please answer the following correctly:
Bolton's statement reminds you of ______ a) Stalin; b) Hitler; c) Ceauşescu; d) Pol Pot; e) Idi Amin; f) Mobutu Sese Seko; g) all of the above.
* Answer to trivia question: "g"
China confirms bird flu outbreak
China has confirmed a new outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus in the central province of Hunan, state media has reported.
More than 11,000 poultry died of the virus in Shijiping village near Yiyang city, the Agriculture Ministry said.
Some 53,000 birds have since been culled and officials say that the outbreak is now under control.
Poison found in toothpaste in Panama
The 6,000 tubes with an ingredient used in antifreeze came from China
By WALT BOGDANICH and RENWICK McLEAN
New York Times
Diethylene glycol, a poisonous ingredient in some antifreeze, has been found in 6,000 tubes of toothpaste in Panama, and customs officials there said Friday that the product appeared to have originated in China.
"Our preliminary information is that it came from China, but we don't know that with certainty yet," said Daniel Delgado Diamante, Panama's director of customs. "We are still checking all the possible imports to see if there could be other shipments."
Some of the toothpaste, which arrived several months ago in the free trade zone next to the Panama Canal, was re-exported to the Dominican Republic in seven shipments, customs officials said. A newspaper in Australia reported Friday that one brand of the toothpaste had been found on supermarket shelves there and had been recalled.
China's pig flu: The next health disaster?
First came the bird flu. Now China’s pigs are succumbing to a violent infection. Is a human disease next?
A mysterious disease that is killing pigs in Guangdong province in southern China has health officials worried
By Barrett Sheridan
Updated: 4:01 p.m. ET May 10, 2007
May 10, 2007 - In an outbreak reminiscent of the early stages of SARS and bird flu, pigs are growing sick and dying across China’s southeastern Guangdong province. Roughly 3,000 pigs have been infected on hundreds of family farms and about 300 have died.
Second chemical eyed in Chinese pet food scandal
By David Barboza Published: May 8, 2007
SHANGHAI: China has found two companies here guilty of intentionally exporting contaminated pet food ingredients to the United States, the government announced.
McCain Pulls a Cheney
Anti-Evolution Kansan Runs Unopposed For National Schools Post
New York Times | Posted May 18, 2007 09:35 PM
The National Association of State Boards of Education will elect officers in July, and for one office, president-elect, there is only one candidate: a member of the Kansas school board who supported its efforts against the teaching of evolution.
Scientists who have been active in the nation's evolution debate say they want to thwart his candidacy, but it is not clear that they can.
Bush Threatens To Veto 0.5 % Pay Raise For Our Troops
Symantec software deletes PC files
By Mure Dickie in Beijing
Published: May 18 2007 22:45
Software sold in China by Symantec, the world’s largest computer security company, Friday suddenly attacked the very PCs it was supposed to protect.
The surprise switch by Symantec’s Norton anti-virus software from digital gamekeeper to poacher hit users of Chinese-language versions of Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system.
An online update of the anti-virus software prompted it to confuse inoffensive but essential XP files as a hostile “Trojan horse” and to delete them. Affected PCs that are switched off cannot be restarted unless the files are reinstalled.
April 7th 2007
RAY SUAREZ: In fact, apprehensions at the border during the last six months were down about 30 percent from the same period a year earlier.
Slow economy behind immigration decline
PHOENIX, May 9 (UPI) -- Economic experts have alleged the recent decline of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border is due to the United States' slowing economy.
While 6,000 National Guard soldiers were recently deployed along the border, The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday that a weakening U.S. economy is likely behind the 27 percent drop in the past year in illegal immigrant apprehensions.
Specifically, experts said, the drop occurred because the United States' construction industry has struggled. Economists said that industry is a regular employer of undocumented immigrants.
"If I were President Bush, I would be much more cautious about touting the success of the increase in enforcement because there are other factors that could account for the decrease, including the softening of the U.S. economy, especially in the housing sector," Center on Pacific Economies Director Gordon Hanson said.
A Total Lack Of Empathy
"I was angry," Comey said. "I thought I had just witnessed an effort to take advantage of a very sick man who did not have the powers of the attorney general."
This contradicted previous statements from Gonzales that there had "not been any serious disagreement about the program."
White House spokesman Tony Snow pooh-poohed Comey's testimony. "'Trying to take advantage of a sick man' -- because he had an appendectomy, his brain didn't work?" Snow asked.
In actuality Ashcroft had a severe inflammation of the pancreas, spent 10 days in the hospital and did not return to work for four weeks.
Looks like I'm giving up MSNBC except for 2 hours a day.
How'd David Gregory Do?
After three days of "Gregory Live," how's David Gregory doing in his A.M. tryout?
On his first day, MSNBC averaged 247,000 viewers, with 59,000 in the 25-54 demo. (FNC had 731,000/322,000 and CNN had 398,000/136,000.)
Barack Obama was on the show yesterday. Tony Snow was on this morning.
Next week, CNBC's Jim Cramer will host from 6 to 9am...
Ho ho!!! I don't know much about Kentucky politics (usually left to Cliff & Houndie), but this commercial for the primary makes it look like a fun race.
Has anyone else noticed the bizarre spectacle of many Bush-backing blogs demonizing Ron Paul for not saying that we deserved 9/11, at the same time eulogizing a man who absolutely and explicitly said that we did deserve 9/11: Jerry Falwell.
A Real Leader
War Candidate McCain Didn't Show Up For Four Out Of 14 Latest Iraq Votes
The Hill | Sam Youngman | Posted May 18, 2007 08:58 AM
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is the only presidential candidate in Congress to have missed a major vote on the Iraq war this year, and his absences are not sitting well with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
Liz Oxhorn, a spokeswoman for Reid, told The Hill, "Sen. McCain has spent considerable time defending the president on Iraq and catering to the Republican base on immigration, but has only managed to show up for four of the last 14 Iraq votes and parachute into [yesterday's] immigration press conference at the last minute.Who is the real John McCain?"
Bush Asked to Reconsider Safety Nominee
By STEPHEN LABATON
Published: May 18, 2007
WASHINGTON, May 17 —
Senate Democrats urged President Bush on Thursday to withdraw his nomination of a top lobbyist from the National Association of Manufacturers to lead the Consumer Product Safety Commission, saying the candidate was unqualified and the appointment posed insurmountable conflicts of interest.
Many of the defendants in cases brought by the commission are members of the association. In the ethics agreement that Mr. Baroody sent to the commission, he said that as a result of the severance payment, he would remove himself from agency decisions concerning matters involving the association. He also said that ethics rules would not prevent him from considering actions involving the companies that are members of the association.
Democrats criticized that distinction.
“Both his work on behalf of N.A.M. and its members for well over a decade and this large cash payout indicate that he cannot escape a serious conflict of interest in this position,” Senator Durbin and Senator Nelson wrote.
'Moral decision' jeopardizes Navy lawyer's career
By BROOKS EGERTON / The Dallas Morning News
NORFOLK, Va. – Matt Diaz was a Navy lawyer with 18 years of military experience when duty called at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Six months there broke him.
Cmdr. Diaz is on trial because of actions he took after concluding – as many of higher rank have – that the Bush administration's offshore detention camp for terrorism suspects was making a mockery of American justice.
What is illegal, he said, is the Bush administration's prosecution of the war on terror. He accused officials of violating international law, such as the Geneva Conventions on the humane treatment of war prisoners, and the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of due process.
"I made a stupid decision, I know, but I felt it was the right decision, the moral decision, the decision that was required by international law," Cmdr. Diaz said. "No matter how the conflict was identified, we were to treat them in accordance with Geneva, and it just wasn't being done."
The U.S. Defense Department strenuously rejects such talk.
"Detention of enemy combatants in wartime is not criminal punishment and therefore does not require that the individual be charged or tried in a court of law," Daniel Dell'Orto, a top Pentagon lawyer, testified recently before the Senate Armed Services Committee. "It is a matter of security and military necessity that has long been recognized as legitimate under international law."
Man, he must be putting some mega-vitamins in the Grey Goose.
20 Ways Bush & Co. Can Make a Democratic White House a Certainty:
Was Gonzales' Emergency Visit Illegal?
When then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales went to John Ashcroft's hospital room on the evening of March 10, 2004 to ask the ailing Attorney General to override Justice Department officials and reauthorize a secret domestic wiretapping program, he was acting inappropriately, Ashcroft's deputy at the time, James Comey, testified before Congress earlier this week. But the question some lawyers, national security experts and congressional investigators are now asking is: Was Gonzales in fact acting illegally?
he arrived at the room and began explaining to Ashcroft why he was there, he was intentionally "very circumspect" so as not to disclose classified information in an unsecure setting and in front of Ashcroft's wife, Janet, who was at his bedside and was apparently not authorized to know about the program.
"The door opened and in walked Mr. Gonzales, carrying an envelope, and Mr. Card. They came over and stood by the bed. They greeted the attorney general very briefly. And then Mr. Gonzales began to discuss why they were there — to seek his approval for a matter, and explained what the matter was — which I will not do."
"Executive branch rules require sensitive classified information to be discussed in specialized facilities that are designed to guard against the possibility that officials are being targeted for surveillance outside of the workplace," says Georgetown Law Professor Neal Katyal, who was National Security Advisor to the Deputy Attorney General under Bill Clinton.
"The hospital room of a cabinet official is exactly the type of target ripe for surveillance by a foreign power,"
Out Damned Libertarian!
The only way I could see my opinion on this changing is if we learn more about the racist or anti-Semitic stuff. Indeed, I would be more sympathetic to ousting him on those grounds if this push to ban him hadn't come up before those revelations. I do think there are some views where party discipline warrants denying a podium to a candidate at a GOP debate. Racism and anti-Semitism are such views, but libertarian isolationism isn't.
Federal Abstinence Funding May Drop
Thursday, May. 17, 2007 By AP/KEVIN FREKING
Federal funding for abstinence education will likely fall considerably this year as Democratic leaders said Wednesday they will let a $50 million grant program expire on June 30.
The program, known as Title V, has not proven to be effective, said Rep. John Dingell, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Dingell's committee has jurisdiction over Title V funding. With a budget deficit and a war, he said the decision to eliminate funding was not a difficult one.
"Abstinence-only seems to be a colossal failure," Dingell said.
"With all we know about how to prevent teen pregnancy and reduce sexually transmitted diseases, it is high time to redirect the millions of federal dollars that we squander every year on abstinence-only education to programs that actually work," DeGette said.
Anti-Gay Kansas Church Members Plan to Attend Falwell Funeral
The controversial anti-homosexual Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., plans to "preach" at the funeral of Rev. Jerry Falwell, according to its Web site.
"WBC will preach at the memorial service of the corpulent false prophet Jerry Falwell, who spent his entire life prophesying lies and false doctrines like 'God loves everyone,'" reads a posting on Godhatesamerica.com.
The church cites a break with the Calvinist Baptist church as one reason they will attend the funeral in protest.
"Falwell warmly praised Christ-rejecting Jews, pedophile-condoning Catholics, money-grubbing compromisers, practicing fags like Mel White, and backsliders like Billy Graham and Robert Schuler, etc.," the site reads.
Benchmark Election For Southern Progressives
Nothing ever changes with these guys.
Feds wasting millions on P.R. campaign
NOAA has spent $4 million on a P.R. campaign at the same time the agency's hurricane research budget has been trimmed by $700,000, according to National Hurricane Center director Bill Proenza.
By Brian Skoloff, Associated Press Writer
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The federal government is spending millions of dollars on a publicity campaign that could be used to plug budget shortfalls hurricane forecasters are struggling with, the National Hurricane Center's director said Thursday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is spending up to $4 million to publicize a 200th anniversary celebration while the agency has cut $700,000 from hurricane research, Bill Proenza said. The hurricane center is part of the National Weather Service, which is a NOAA agency.
Everyone Hates Fredo
By Ana Marie Cox
Mitt Romney may be leading the underwhelming Republican presidential field in fundraising, but he also has a less dubious distinction —he leads the pack in committing professional-grade gaffes.
We speak here not of policy change of hearts or a sometimes inscrutable grasp of foreign policy, but of the pedestrian media misstatements that any politician racks up over a life time — and Romney has piled them up in just a few months...
Mitt Romney claimed he didn’t raise taxes when he was governor of Massachusetts, failing to note that he increased government fees by hundreds of millions of dollars and shifted some of the state tax burden to the local level.
Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado claimed scientific reports on whether humans are responsible for global warming are split 50-50, which isn’t close to being true.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee praised a "fair tax" but failed to note that it would ease the burden on the richest Americans while imposing a stiff retail sales tax of perhaps 34 percent.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani used more statistical dexterity to manipulate statistics, claiming adoptions increased 113 percent when he was mayor.
Actually, they peaked and started a continuing decline.
Many of these congressmen believe that Rove should have quit when he was ahead as manager of the two Bush elections and left in January 2005. However, they do not want to see him limp out of Washington with his scalp hanging on Henry Waxman's belt. "We're not hostile to the administration," one prominent conservative House member who did not want his name used told me. "We just want it to be over."As do all of us Bob, as do all of us (well not you, but again, corrupt hack and all).
Felt like we needed an "Awwwww" this morning.
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a dog feeds tiger triplets and her own puppy, right, at the Paomaling Zoo in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, Wednesday, May 16, 2007.
The tiger triplets were rejected by their mother shortly after their birth.
Just FYI, Washington Journal tomorrow on Cspan
· Viewer Phone Calls
· Discussion on FISA & Privacy
· Discussion on Congressional Lobbying & Ethics Rules
9/11 victim identified with new DNA technology
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
New York officials have identified another Sept. 11 victim from years-old remains that have been retested with new DNA technology over the past year.
Nine victims whose remains had not been identified from the thousands recovered after the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center have been positively identified in the past two months, the city medical examiner's office said.
The DOJ dropped off some of the Karl Rove "stash" of emails!!!
And the results (pdf)? Underwhelming. The Department searched the email accounts of sixteen Justice Department officials over the period of November 1, 2004 through May 2, 2007. All they found, according to the letter from Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard Hertling, was a single email sent on February 28, 2007 forwarding a copy of McClatchy's bombshell story on U.S. Attorney for New Mexico David Iglesias.
Attached is an already produced email from Rove's aide Scott Jennings warning that the story was on its way (Jennings notes that Sen. Pete Domenici's (R-NM) strategy is "not to respond [to requests for comment] and hopefully make this a one day story").
Hertling added in the letter that the Department is continuing to search for relevant documents.
Fort Dix Terrorists Trained With Assault Weapons Approved By Bush
Even the tiny fruit fly makes choices
17 May, 2007 l 0000 hrs ISTlREUTERS
CHICAGO: A tiny fruit fly — without any input from the outside world — will spontaneously change directions, researchers said on Monday in a finding that just may rescue the notion that free will not only exists but is a basic function of the brain.
Wolfowitz to Resign This Afternoon?
May 16, 2007 12:42 PM
Brian Ross and Kirit Radia Report:
World Bank officials say the bank's board is completing an "exit strategy" that will allow World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz to resign this afternoon and "still save some face" over the issue of his efforts to seek a promotion and pay raise for his girlfriend at the bank.
The officials say the bank's board will accept Wolfowitz's resignation but will also acknowledge that the World Bank's Ethics Committee bears "some responsibility" for giving him bad advice on the issue of his girlfriend.
The decision is likely today, officials say, because Wolfowitz had been scheduled to leave tonight for a European trip.
The Elephant In The Room
As happened in the last debate, the president was not only not praised by his would-be successors and fellow Republicans, he was only mentioned by name by the candidates once – and in this instance it was by Paul, observing that "George Bush won the election in the year 2000 campaigning on a humble foreign policy -- no nation-building, no policing of the world." The irony was not lost on anyone.
FDA food safety plan got cold reception
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration came up with a plan earlier this year for tough regulations on handling fresh produce but its parent agency gave the proposal a cold reception, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site on Wednesday.
Officials of the Department of Health and Human Services rejected the FDA plan presented at a meeting in February after a series of health scares, the Journal reported, citing unnamed sources.
The FDA said at the meeting its current approach was failing to stop an increase in food-borne illnesses and that its plan could help cut produce-related outbreaks in half, the paper said.
Interesting Morning Reading
Spice Girls might reunite
16 May, 2007 l 0709 hrs ISTlANI
LONDON: Rumour has it that there is a good chance of a much awaited Spice Girls reunion.
The English all-female band, which split in 2001, is reportedly getting back together for a charity concert in the summer.
Future of rural pubs under threat, group warns
Rural pubs are closing down at the rate of one a day because of the smoking ban, drink-driving laws and high running costs, the president of the Vintners' Federation of Ireland, Paul Stephenson, claimed yesterday in Monaghan.
It's Simply Not Fair!
Bob Johnson at Daily Kos has the wire report from ANS (Afterlife News Service) on Reverend Falwell's passing.
Gotta Love This...
The popularity of the sites has not affected operations yet, but blocking them prevents them from causing such a problem, officials said . "It is a proactive measure: we do not want a problem with demand for these sites clogging the networks," a U.S. Strategic Command official said.
"War Czar" Blamee Finally Named...
General Batiste was fired for this....
It took CBS two weeks to fire Don Imus for racist and misogynistic comments, but it only took them two days to fire respected General John Batiste for speaking out against the president on the war.
It's censorship, pure and simple. We're aiming to get over 100,000 messages demanding that CBS re-hire Major General Batiste by the end of the week. Can you help?
Underscoring the dominant issues, Americans Against Escalation in Iraq and the South Carolina Young Democrats sponsored a 20-foot mobile billboard to circle the debate site, bearing the phrases: "Republicans, Mission Accomplished?" and "McCain, Mission Accomplished?" And, activists affiliated with Planned Parenthood also were holding an abortion-rights rally outside the hall.
Jerry Falwell Dead
Kentucky Governor's Race Shaping Up to Be A Nightmare for Sen. Mitch McConnell
On the Democratic front, Steve Beshear is storming past one of Mitch McConnell’s top supporters, Bruce Lunsford.
The question of the Democratic primary once again is: Will all candidates in the Democratic primary for Governor pledge to actively campaign against Mitch McConnell in the 2008 elections?
Until Bruce Lunsford addresses his support for Sen. Mitch McConnell, look for his numbers to continue to drop…
Cross-posted at Ditch MitchKY.com
General Batiste Calls Out John McCain For Covering George W. Bush
As for McCain, the pro-Dem VoteVets group will air an ad tonight featuring retired Maj Gen. John Batiste, the former commander of the First Infantry Division and a tough critic of the Iraq war. "Senator McCain, protect America, not George Bush," says Batiste in the ad, to air on FOX after the debate. It's one thing when liberal MoveOn.org attacks McCain on the war, but the Straight Talk folks could have a tougher time pushing back against a retired two-star.
More Obama Meat
He also answered a union teacher's question about school vouchers by saying that he doesn't support them, but then volunteered that he backs charter schools. After acknowledging the audience's lack of applause for that stance, Obama explained that he wants to promote creativity and experimentation within public schools rather than see money siphoned from them.
"In addition to putting more money into the system, we're going to have to think more innovatively about, 'What are we teaching?' " Obama said. "We've got to adopt some of those best practices and apply them to the school system."
Jessie Phillips, a Communications Workers of America steward from Trenton, said some of Obama's comments surprised her.
"But I think it's brave of a candidate to come here and say some of those things," she said. "I more strongly lean toward him now."
Active Army - 42
Army Reserves - 42
Active Air Force - 27
Air Force Reserve - 34
Active Navy - 34
Naval Reserves - 39
Active Marines - 28
Marine Corps Reserve - 29
Active and Reserve Coast Guard - 27
The Joys Of Oxycrack
U.S. Embassy employees fearful over Green Zone attacks
BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. Embassy employees in Iraq are growing increasingly angry over what they say are inadequate security precautions in the heavily fortified Green Zone, where recent mortar and rocket attacks have claimed the lives of six people, including two U.S. citizens.
In spite of the attacks, embassy employees complain, most staff members still sleep in trailers that one described as "tin cans" that offer virtually no protection from rocket and mortar fire. The government has refused to harden the roofs because of the cost, one employee said.
A second official called it "criminally negligent" not to reduce the size of the embassy staff, which a year ago was estimated at 1,000, in the face of the increasing attacks and blamed the administration's failure to respond on concerns that doing so might undermine support for President Bush's Iraq policy.
"What responsible person and responsible government would ask you to put yourself at risk like that? We don't belong here," the employee said, adding, "They're not going to send us home because it's going to be another admission of failure."
Senator and Presidential candidate Chris Dodd today released the following statement responding to the announcement that the Feingold-Reid legislation would be attached to the Water Resources Development Act Reauthorization:Text of the Amendment
"We should have a straight up or down vote on Feingold-Reid - not as an amendment to a water bill or any other bill.
This is the most important Senate debate since the original vote to authorize the war.
This simply cannot be the occasion for hiding behind procedural tactics. That is why I am calling on all my other colleagues running for President to state clearly where they stand on this important legislation by joining me as a co-sponsor of Feingold-Reid and stating how they would vote on the bill."
***seems I've been using this graphic quite alot lately....
McNulty, Justice Dept. No. 2, Resigning
Monday, May. 14, 2007 By LARA JAKES JORDAN/AP
WASHINGTON — Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty said Monday he will resign, the highest-ranking Bush administration casualty in the furor over the firing of U.S. attorneys, The Associated Press has learned.
McNulty, who has served 18 months as the Justice Department's second-in-command, announced his plans at a closed-door meeting of U.S. attorneys in San Antonio, according to two senior department aides. He said he will remain at the department until this fall or until the Senate approves a successor, the aides said.
If I were Gonzales and the White House, I'd see McNulty's departure as a very unwelcome development.
Behind the scenes, supporters of McNulty and Gonzales have been increasingly at odds as the scandal has progressed -- with McNulty's supporters saying he wasn't kept in the loop and that that the Gonzales clique is made of crooks and the Gonzales supporters (read: Sampson, Goodling, Elston, et al.) saying McNulty let the cat out of the bag in his testimony earlier in the year. (So, McNulty: You guys are crooks; Gonzales: Yeah, whatever, but no one would know if you'd kept your mouth shut.)
Fredo For Free
McCain and "Democracy"
Extremist Taunts His Victims From Prison
By JAY REEVES, Associated Press Writer
Monday, May 14, 2007
(05-14) 11:12 PDT Birmingham, Ala. (AP) --
Eric RudolphOsama Bin Laden, the anti- abortionAmerica extremist who pulled off a series of bombings across the Southworld, say he is taunting them from deep within the nation's most secure federal prison, and authorities say there is little they can do to stop him.
Rudolph'sOsama's long essays have been posted on the Internet by a supporter who maintains a Army of God WebTaliban site. The Army of GodTaliban is the same loose-knit group that Rudolphbin Laden claimed to represent in letters sent after the blasts.
In one piece,
Rudolphbin Laden seeks to justify violence against abortion clinicsAmericans by arguing that JesusAllah would condone "militant action in defense of the innocent."