Will Congress Condemn Limbaugh?

Via Think Progress:

On September 20, 72 Senators voted for the highly politicized, “bait and switch” resolution that condemned a newspaper ad by MoveOn.org. The amendment, offered by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), expressly stated that the Senate would condemn “any effort to attack the honor and integrity” of “all members of the United States Armed Forces.


On his radio show yesterday, right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh attacked the “honor and integrity” of some members of the Armed Forces. Limbaugh attacked troops who hold a different viewpoint than his own as “phony soldiers.”

Read the whole story here.

Congress, please do not waste anymore precious time on condemning this sort of crap, but do make a note of your potential double standard.

UPDATE: You can hear Limbaugh’s audio here.

Audio courtesy of Media Matters. [Egreggious]

How We Got Into the Blackwater Mess in the First Place

via: Taylor Marsh

P.W. Singer of the Brookings Institute has compiled a study (pdf), Can’t Win With ‘Em, Can’t Go To War Without ‘Em: Private Military Contractors and Counterinsurgency that unloads the problem. There are more than 160,000 guns for hire in Iraq right now. Bush obviously never understood what was happening right under his very nose. That’s why Republicans picked him as their vessel a long time ago.

Video by TPM
Is it any wonder we are where we are?? Is this guy the President? Or is he trying to do standup? (Midway, is he slurring..?)

The Narrow Stall at the Heart of Craig’s Widening Legal Fight

via: The Washington Post
by Paul Kane

..Using an Office Depot measuring tape, the stalls in that restroom are a little more than 32 inches wide. That happens to be more than 3 inches narrower than the stalls in Dulles International Airport, where wide stances are apparently more welcome. Even more coincidental, what did Capitol Briefing discover at 8:20 p.m. CDT last night in the stall where Craig’s career essentially ended two-and-a-half months ago? Toilet paper, three different shreds of toilet paper scattered around the stall just waiting for some neat freak to come along and scoop them up..

A local judge in the Hennepin County District Court in Edina, just south of Minneapolis, will try to sort this all out this afternoon [Wednesday Sept. 26], with Craig hoping for a decision by the end of this week. If the plea is upheld, he has said he will retire from the Senate, effective Sunday.

Update: ABC reports 4 hours ago that Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, who had previously pledged to resign by Sunday, amid allegations he cruised for gay sex in a public bathroom, he now says he will stay in office.

Sheesh! I wish this guy would make up his mind.. Is he delusional enough to believe that he still has ANY support anywhere?

Jena 6 update

via: CNN

Bail was being posted Thursday for Mychal Bell, a black teenager accused of beating a white classmate, after a district attorney’s announcement that he would not appeal a higher court’s decision moving Bell’s case to juvenile court, according to the Rev. Al Sharpton. Bell’s bail was set at $45,000, Sharpton said. The paperwork was being worked out, he said, and the bail bondsman was at the courthouse.

Earlier Thursday, Bell was moved from jail to a juvenile facility, according to his attorney, Lewis Scott.
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This Coup and The Next One

by Daniel Ellsberg
via: Commondreams.org

..I think nothing has higher priority than averting an attack on Iran, which I think will be accompanied by a further change in our way of governing here that in effect will convert us into what I would call a police state.

If there’s another 9/11 under this regime … it means that they switch on full extent all the apparatus of a police state that has been patiently constructed, largely secretly at first but eventually leaked out and known and accepted by the Democratic people in Congress, by the Republicans and so forth..

..Let me simplify this and not just to be rhetorical: A coup has occurred. I woke up the other day realizing, coming out of sleep, that a coup has occurred. It’s not just a question that a coup lies ahead with the next 9/11. That’s the next coup, that completes the first..

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(Photo courtesy of jdlasica. Used by permission)

For those of you who missed it..

A series of YouTube videos (16 to be exact) on: The Minority Report by Manila Ryce that cover the New Hampshire Democratic Debate that took place last night. My favorite part of the debate was in video#3 when Mike Gravel chews out Hillary for her vote in support of the ‘bomb Iran’ vote yesterday (Lieberman/Kyle Bill). She of course follows his words with her fakey-phoney laugh meant to dismiss and belittle him. The following one (#4) was an uncomfortable segment where she “dances around her views on an Israeli attack against Iran, for fear that support or opposition for such an illegal action could cost her either AIPAC money or American votes”. She was frankly rude to Russert – talking over him and not letting him ask his question, then once he was able to ask the question she refused to answer the question.

Bloodshed in Burma

Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Dish has been following this fluid story of the crackdown in Burma.

The generals are trying to shut down the Internet.

“We had been getting information through mobile phones but these have been cut off. Then our reporters used cybercafes but the traffic has really slowed down in the last few hours. Some of the landlines we used have also been closed, so we cannot get in touch with our people.”

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Sullivan has a number of links and photos.
Here is a running blog from The Guardian keeping track of events in Burma with first-hand accounts.


via: ThinkProgress

Defying a veto threat from President Bush, the Senate just passed legislation expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), by a vote of 69-30. The Roll call vote is here. During the debate, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), one of the 18 Republican senators to vote for the compromise legislation, excoriated the White House for holding the bill “hostage.” Roberts noted that Bush has nothing to offer himself:

I have yet to see a plan from the administration that can actually pass the Congress. In fact, I have yet to see an actual plan from the administration. I have yet to see bullet points from the administration. I have yet to see any plan that can be articulated in some fashion to sell to the American public, or to the members of this body. We don’t even have an acronym!

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Maybe there is a glimmer of hope after all!

Record Heating Costs This Winter

via: MSNBC

Report: Heating oil, electricity and propane costs set to jump

WASHINGTON – Consumers are expected to pay record prices for heating oil, electricity and propane to warm their homes this winter, and low-income families will need government help to cover those bills, government energy officials said on Tuesday. Heating-fuel expenses this winter will be highest for heating oil, with the average family paying $1,834 for the season, up 28 percent or $402 from last year, according to the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association.

The group expects propane costs to average $1,732, up 30 percent or $384. Consumers that rely on electricity for heat will pay $883 this winter, up 7 percent or $58. Natural gas expenses will be the cheapest of the major heating fuels, averaging $881, up 5 percent or $50, the group said.
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A Modern Political Fable

via: Firedoglake

This is a great posting by Christy Hardin Smith over at Firedoglake. She tells the story of “The Hat Seller and the Monkeys” and follows with a message for the “Vichy-Dems”:

The moral of the story: You want my vote? My phone banking time? My door knocking abilities? My knowledge of my community — and that of every person who reads here or any other online blog or for any other progressive political group? You earn it. Every damn day.
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House Passes SCHIP Bill

(written Wednesday September 26th)
via: Washington Post

A broad House majority gave final approval last night to a $35 billion expansion of the popular children’s health insurance program, with members from both parties brushing aside a stern veto threat from President Bush to vote their support, 265 to 159.

The Senate will take up the bill later this week and is expected to send it to the president with a veto-proof, bipartisan majority. But amid furious White House lobbying, even Republican advocates in the House ruefully conceded that they will probably fall short of the 290 votes they will need next week to override the promised veto.

Why does President Bush hate children? Or is it just POOR children? Will the Senate stand up as one and do what’s right for the most vulnerable of this nation? President Bush, you are constantly throwing out your “Christian” and religious values and shoving them down peoples’ throats. On this issue I call self-righteous hypocrite.

Bush, this one’s for you: Matthew 25:31 (Just google it Mr. President). It ends with: ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

Mr. President, why don’t you put your money where your self-righteous mouth is, and stick that veto pen where the sun don’t shine.

A Party of Asses

I didn’t get to see the Democratic presidential debate last night, but I was delighted, delighted I tell you, to read this heartwarming recap:

The leading Democratic White House hopefuls conceded Wednesday night they cannot guarantee to pull all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of the next presidential term in 2013.

“I think it’s hard to project four years from now,” said Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois in the opening moments of a campaign debate in the nation’s first primary state.

“It is very difficult to know what we’re going to be inheriting,” added Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

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Good Morning from Europe


(Squirrel in Hyde Park – London)

Myanmar uprising: The Myanmar military has conducted raids on buddhist monasteries. Hundreds of monks have been arrested in an effort to curb the ongoing non violent protests. This morning, shots were fired again at protesters and riot police issued threats of more violence to participants in the demonstrations. Meanwhile, the UN Security council couldn’t find a majority to condemn the junta’s actions. China and Russia voted “Nay” to efforts to impose further sanctions on the Burmese military regime. Developments, as they unfold, can be followed here.

While some show an optimistic Al-Maliki, others rather point out the fact, that a division of Iraq in three parts is desired by the US Senate. Talk of different perspectives!

In his first meeting with President Bush, after the Blackwater Affair, Premier Maliki has discussed the affair in the context of Iraqi sovereignty issues, more specific talks on this subject will follow, when Al-Maliki meets with Condoleeza Rice.

The US led Climat Summit is not going down well with many Europeans. “Greenwashing” the climate summit is one perception of the show and some European diplomats are just as bluntly issueing their sentences. German environment minister Sigmar Gabriel is the highest ranking non US representative, however he doesn’t expect any results from the summit. So, why go there at all ?

Meanwhile, another ecological disaster is finally called thus, even by it’s own architects. China’s Three Gorges Dam, which was celebrated – despite the dire warnings of ecologists – as one of the greatest achievements in engineering and energy production, turns out to be every bit as detrimental to the environment as predicted.

Too late! The money to be made with it, has been made already!

Bushisms are not only a favourite with progressive Americans, Europeans like them, too. Or, getting explained why there weren’t any.

Europeanview wishes you all a very good day and take care!