Friday News, Views, and Blues

Word is still swirling that Hillary is gunning for 2012. This time from Rep. James Clyburn.

Dream Team: Is Hillary John McCain’s Vice President? (Brent Budowsky)

Military personnel about a US-contracted ship fires on an Iranian boat. Here we go… Fallon is gone and Petraeus is positioned to open that door to the WH to expand their war.. All we need now is an ‘incident’.

Robert Scheer of Truthdig writes about Hillary’s threat to “obliterate” Iran.

Juan Cole of Informed Comment suggests that the Syria Reactor Story from Thursday was a Diversion, but ponders from what?

More on this story from Glenn Greenwald of Salon..

Raw Story has this story where the CIA admits they will continue rendition program, which allows torture overseas

The Central Intelligence Agency knew from the beginning that its secret detention and torturous interrogation tactics probably bordered on illegal from the start, according to new documents identified through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

In a filing yesterday, the CIA said it had identified 7,000 pages of classified memos, emails and other records relating to President Bush’s secret detention and interrogation program. Human rights groups quickly jumped on the filing — which came after their own Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking information about those detained.

So… we torture… Somebody better let Dana Perino know.

From Huffington Post, CNN is being sued for $1.3 BILLION by two citizens of China over remarks that Jack Cafferty made during a broadcast:

Jack Cafferty set off a firestorm in China after his remarks that the the nation is full of “goons and thugs” and that their exports are “junk.” The Chinese government demanded that CNN apologize, which they did (lukewarmly), but the apology was apparently not enough for some Chinese citizens.

Reuters reports that CNN is now being sued by two Chinese citizens for $1.3 billion, or one dollar per Chinese citzen.

Amy Goodman, via Alternet, writes about the need to push for a single-payer healthcare system.

John McCain suggests this today:

I think it’s very clear who Hamas wants to be the next president of the United States. So apparently has Danny Ortega and several others. I think that people should understand that I will be Hamas’s worst nightmare….If senator Obama is favored by Hamas I think people can make judgments accordingly.

I have one question.. Is Obama allowing his opponents to define him without speaking out and trying to define himself? Or is he speaking out, trying to define himself, but the press just isn’t covering it?

You know, sort of like “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Like when Kucinich was a presidential candidate, and he was virtually invisible even though he was speaking all over, the press didn’t cover it so it was like he hadn’t said anything at all..

The MSM has its own agenda and the candidate(s) that they are pushing. They have a tremendous effect on how things are framed, or just what gets reported or emphasized. That is becoming clearer and clearer to me with every time I turn on the cable news (except for Countdown with Keith Olbermann). Can the press be responsible for giving so much air play to Obama’s opposition who are trying so hard to define Obama in such a negative light in order to take this nomination away from him, or to make sure that he will lose in the general election, and give it to Clinton (or McCain)? Does Clinton know the game-plan? Is that the reason that considering the impossible or magical math she is using to call herself the leader, she still smiles like a Cheshire cat?

It sure seems to me that Clinton and McCain have their watches and dirty tricks synchronized… Maybe they do have a plan cooked up between themselves.. Hillary as his VP? That would give her the 2012 election for sure. Too sick and twisted to ponder..

And Hillary, what is with the fakey, phony Southern accent (twang) that has made a sudden re-emergence now that she is stumping in North Carolina?? She is no more a “Southerner” than I am Greek, or Chinese, or French… She is all things to all people – but which thing is she REALLY??

And now for the blues…

Wes Montgomery ~ “Twisted Blues” 1965

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