Blackwater May Face New Legal Problems

Blackwater Worldwide could be fined millions of dollars for shipping weapons to police training facilities in Iraq and Jordan without proper licensing.  Also, a grand jury in Washington is to decide the fate of individual Blackwater guards involved in a shooting incident in Baghdad last year – they could be indicted.

One official said 900 weapons were shipped improperly, though another said the figure is lower. Each weapon shipped could constitute a separate violation and carry a hefty fine. Sources said the foul-up may have been unintentional but left the company unable to properly account for the weapons.

“They didn’t do the original paperwork, therefore they don’t know where the guns are,” said one source. A State Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

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Nail. On. Head.

Krugman nails it:

[Election] night wasn’t just a victory for tolerance; it wasn’t just a mandate for progressive change; it was also, I hope, the end of the monster years.

What I mean by that is that for the past 14 years America’s political life has been largely dominated by, well, monsters. Monsters like Tom DeLay, who suggested that the shootings at Columbine happened because schools teach students the theory of evolution. Monsters like Karl Rove, who declared that liberals wanted to offer “therapy and understanding” to terrorists. Monsters like Dick Cheney, who saw 9/11 as an opportunity to start torturing people.

And in our national discourse, we pretended that these monsters were reasonable, respectable people. To point out that the monsters were, in fact, monsters, was “shrill.”

Four years ago it seemed as if the monsters would dominate American politics for a long time to come. But for now, at least, they’ve been banished to the wilderness.

The time of Monsters is over, but we must be ever vigilant — they only thrive in the dark.

Palin: Reporters ’stinkers’ for leaks and rumors

Raw Story:

Sarah spoke to reporters for the first time since returning to Alaska. Palin responded to leaked attacks from former campaign colleagues by calling some members of the press ’stinkers.’

Keith Olbermann and Bloomberg News’ Margaret Carlson talk about the breaking news of Sarah Palin’s response to the leaked attacks, and what the future holds for the former vice presidential candidate.

Still feeling good!

And we were right, those of us in the “liberal blogosphere”. We’ve been right for years and the election of November 2008 proved that we are not alone. In spite of lame quacking from Rightwing punditry about a “center-right” country, and other right wing goofballs warning that Obama must resist a radical Democratic Congress, the election made it clear that a good percentage of the American populace is sick of Republican ideology, sick of their incompetence, and sick of watching the country being handed off piecemeal to corporate jackals.

The pundits continue to assert that Obama won as a liberal but must govern as a conservative. Or, in some cases, have actually claimed that Obama ran as a neo-Reaganite. Wah? What is most clear is that the overwhelming mandate of the Obama election has unhinged the Right. Or, rather, further unhinged them. Utterly lacking in any evidence to support their claims, they cite the passage of California’s Measure 8 as proof that the entire country is “really” more conservative than not.

But Frank Rich of the New York Times nails it.

For eight years, we’ve been told by those in power that we are small, bigoted and stupid — easily divided and easily frightened. This was the toxic catechism of Bush-Rove politics. It was the soiled banner picked up by the sad McCain campaign, and it was often abetted by an amen corner in the dominant news media. We heard this slander of America so often that we all started to believe it, liberals most certainly included. ….

So let’s be blunt. Almost every assumption about America that was taken as a given by our political culture on Tuesday morning was proved wrong by Tuesday night.

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