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Headlines: Patriot Act/Downing Street Memo, Shiavo and more..

Wow you take four days off and it takes forever to get back into the groove. But never fear we're back in business!

++ The House lately has all about sending a message to Shrub and Co. This time, it's the Patriot Act. Yesterday they voted to block a provision of the Patriot Act. Of course Bush is threatening a Veto, a veto that could easily be over turned.

++ The Downing Street Memo get's another mention. This time in the NYT's as the Senate is getting antsy about Iraq and is looking for a exit strategy.

On Thursday, Representative John Conyers Jr., a Michigan Democrat, will convene a forum on the so-called Downing Street Memo, a leaked document that appeared to suggest the White House had made a decision to go to war in the summer of 2002. Next week, Representative Rahm Emanuel, an Illinois Democrat, is planning to read on the House floor the names of approximately 1,700 Americans who have died in the war.

Conyer's is the man and the leading force behind getting people and the members of congress to acknowledge the memo.

In a recent Gallup poll, 6 in 10 Americans who responded said the United States should withdraw all or some of its troops from Iraq. In another poll, by ABC News and The Washington Post, two-thirds of those questioned said the American military had gotten bogged down in Iraq.

That shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone should it? And bogged down is an understatement.


++ With the release of the Shiavo Autopsy(pdf), the debate goes on about the actions of the GOP. What's to debate really? The GOP grandstanded with this issue. And looked bad doing it, hell a republican judge ruled against them for crying out loud. And if anything this proves that Mr. Shiavo did -not- abuse his wife.


++ The House voted down an amendment that would've block the Justice Department from prosecuting people in the 10 states were Medical Marijuana is legal. Which includes us here in Oregon.

"It is unconscionable that we in Congress could possibly presume to tell a patient that he or she cannot use the only medication that has proven to combat the pain and symptoms associated with a devastating illness," said U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., who sponsored the amendment.

She know's what she's talking about. But this next jackass needs to have his head checked.

"Marijuana has never been proven as safe and effective for any disease," said U.S. Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind. "Marijuana can increase the risk of serious mental health problems, and in teens, marijuana use can lead to depression, thoughts of suicide, and schizophrenia."

Depression? Schizophrenia? We're talking weed here, not LSD. I'd really like to see him present his case, though I'm sure it would have more holes than the Titanic. Give me a break Souder. These Neo-con's have no clue, none..zero, zilch. It's not a "Gateway" drug as they want you to believe. Hell after smoking a bowl the last thing you want to do is fine harder drugs. More like your searching out where to get your next Twinkie. They act like this is going to hurt them personally, and it isn't.

Oregon Democratic Reps. Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer supported the amendment. Oregon is one of 10 states that permit doctors to prescribe medical marijuana.

"This provision is not about legalizing marijuana, or preventing law enforcement from carrying out their mission. This is about states' rights, plain and simple," DeFazio said.

Far from condoning drug abuse, the amendment was "about helping people who are suffering from debilitating pain," added Blumenauer. "Imposing harsh sentences for those who are legitimately trying to control their own pain makes no sense at all."

BINGO!! WE HAVE A WINNER!
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Senate comfirms Rogers-Brown, boy are we screwed.

Two down one to go as far as the republican controlled senate goes. Yesterday the Senate confirmed Janice Rogers-Brown. She is regarded as the most extreme of the 3 judges to be confirmed under the agreement that saved the filibuster. I thought that Owens was a bit off kilter, but Rogers-Brown has Owen beat on so many levels, that honestly it's not funny.

Janice Rogers Brown, the African-American daughter of Alabama sharecroppers who was confirmed Wednesday to the federal appeals court here, often invokes slavery in describing what she sees as the perils of liberalism.

You've got to be kidding me right? Liberalism = Slavery? What kind of drugs is this woman on any ways? (maybe she's got the same supplier that Limbaugh does). This chick gives me the uber-creeps.

"We no longer find slavery abhorrent," she told the conservative Federalist Society a few years ago. "We embrace it." She explained in another speech, "If we can invoke no ultimate limits on the power of government, a democracy is inevitably transformed into a kleptocracy - a license to steal, a warrant for oppression."

What really gets me is that when the Chief Justice of the SCOTUS retires this summer, one of these three could end up on the bench of the highest court of the land. And that folks scares the absolute crap out of me.

This week, some Senate Democrats have even singled her out as the most objectionable of President Bush's more than 200 judicial nominees, citing her criticism of affirmative action and abortion rights but most of all her sweeping denunciations of New Deal legal precedents that enabled many federal regulations and social programs - developments she has called "the triumph of our socialist revolution."

The neo-cons are just one step away from sending us back years and years. We could end up seeing Roe v Wade overturned, and that is not a bright outlook. They've got the building block's for it right now, with two judges confirmed and the third..William Pryor is supposed get a vote today.

She has often said that she has been guided through the challenges of her life and work by her deep Christian faith, and she has often argued that judges should look to higher authorities than precedent or manmade laws in making decisions.

Judges should look to higher authorities? If your going to look to god on a ruling, then you really need your head checked. I want a judge that is going to rule evenly and fairly from the bench. Not some neo-con shooting down things like abortion because "God told her to". Hey I'm all for what ever religion you want to practice, but when you walk into that court room, god needs to wait outside.

And here's a kicker:

Justice Brown, though, was the focus of special attention from both sides in the Senate. For one thing, she was named to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, widely considered the most influential appellate court and currently almost evenly divided between Republican and Democratic appointees. And even before her confirmation, however, she was often cited as a potential candidate for the Supreme Court, in part because of her politically appealing life story.

The emphasis is mine. She's a good candidate just based on her politically appealing life story? Is that all it takes to be a candidate for the Supreme Court? That right there makes my head spin out of control. Shouldn't it be about your job on the bench? Your rulings? Instead of your life story? How many times will the Republican's throw the whole "She was a sharecroppers daughter" into our faces? It just boggles my mind that the gang of 14 compromised on this particular judge.

This is why folks, we're going to hell in a hand basket. And I don't need to remind everyone that this is a life time appointment. There is a small bright side to this. She can be filibustered if she comes up for the SCOTUS nomination. And I hope if it comes to that, the Senate Dem's do just that. There is no way she deserves to sit on the highest court in the land. Period.
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Don't look now but it's the Downing Street Memo..

After weeks of making the blogosphere rounds, the Downing Street Memo has hit the media and the White House. It's been that 900lbs gorilla sitting in the corner, that it seemed no one in the mainstream media wanted to acknowledge. With Prime Minister Tony Blair in Washington, finally the media spoke up and asked about it.

"There's nothing farther from the truth," Mr. Bush said in his first public comments about the so-called Downing Street memo, which has created anger among the administration's critics who see it as evidence that the president was intent to go to war with Iraq earlier than the White House has said.

"Look, both of us didn't want to use our military," Mr. Bush added. "Nobody wants to commit military into combat. It's the last option."

Mr. Blair, standing at Mr. Bush's side in a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House, said, "No, the facts were not being fixed in any shape or form at all."

Of course they're going to both play it off, and deny it. Why would they actually admit that both of them lied, so we could invade Iraq. And if they think that just because they said something about it, doesn't mean it's going to go away. Allot of people have been calling for an impeachment of Bush. I'd like to share in that sentiment, but I just can't. If people would just think about it for two seconds, a impeachment would be a waste of time and taxpayers $'s(not that the government is wasting taxpayers dollars on a war that should've never happened. But hey that's besides the point.).

With a Republican controlled House and Senate, there's no way that the Dem's could get an impeachment hearing going. So the best bet would be to wait till the midterms right? Well by then it's 2006, and an impeachment would take about two years to do. And by that time Bush and his cronies are on the way out. But I do agree that something should be done, how bout a vote of no confidence? I'd support that route for sure, though again we're plagued with the GOP owning Congress and the White house.

Why waste the time and money on it at this point. And impeachment would bring both the House and the Senate to a screeching halt. Do I agree that something should be done? Yes. But an impeachment isn't going to do a damn bit of good. You could argue that it's a principle thing. And yes I'd like to show him for the liar and thief he really is. But do we want to waste precious time on this? There's other things that need to get done. Hell just hold a inquiry into the happenings and the DSM.

Senator Kennedy said it pretty well on his web site:

The contents of the Downing Street Minutes confirm that the Bush Administration was determined to go to war in Iraq, regardless of whether there was any credible justification for doing so. The Administration distorted and misrepresented the intelligence in its attempt to link Saddam Hussein with the terrorists of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden, and with weapons of mass destruction that Iraq did not have.

In addition, the Downing Street Minutes also confirm what has long been obvious that the timing of the war was linked to the 2002 Congressional elections, and that the Administration’s planning for post-war Iraq was incompetent in all its aspects. The current continuing crisis is a direct result of that incompetence.

The WaPo posted a story yesterday saying that the "Downing Street Memo wont die".

The story attracted some news coverage in the United States, but not much. Last month, the Chicago Tribune concluded that "the Downing Street memo story has proven to be something of a dud in the United States.

"The White House has denied the premise of the memo, the American media have reacted slowly to it and the public generally seems indifferent to the issue or unwilling to rehash the bitter prewar debate over the reasons for the war," wrote reporters Stephen J. Hedges and Mark Silva.

Still the story won't go away, thanks to the attention it gets on the Internet.

"I think it's a . . . profoundly important document that raises stunning issues here at home," Sen. John Kerry told a Massachusetts audience last week. "And it's amazing to me the way it escaped major media discussion. It's not being missed on the Internet, I can tell you that."

Kerry promised to raise the issue when he returned to Washington this week.

So far we haven't heard anything else out of Senator Kerry. But Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich) has been the backbone of taking this to the White house. He's penned what's being calling the "Conyers Letter". He along 89 other members of congress have signed this letter that he intends to take to the White house. He's also urging people to sign it as well, at last count 147K have signed it. That includes me. It's been getting allot of attention on Air America. Randi Rhodes has taken the mission on full force talking about the memo and urging people to head to Conyers web site to sign the letter.

I urge you as well to sign the letter. Conyers wants half a million people to sign the letter before he takes it and presents it to President Bush. This cannot be ignored any longer. It just can't. Mainstream media is catching up to the Internet, though most outlets think this is still a 'non-story'. If they're looking for evidence of this memo and that Bush lied us into the war with Iraq, check out this diary over at Daily Kos. Were they show that the Downing Street Minutes are just exhibit 23 in a list of evidence. It's worth checking out. The head of DowningStreetMemo.com was one MSNBC.


Watch Part I

Watch Part II


So I urge you to pass this along to your friends and family. Have them sign that letter Rep. Conyers wants to deliver to the White house. The Downing Street Memo wont GO AWAY. It wont be ignored and someone will have to answer for it. Contact your Senators and Representatives and let them know that the Downing Street Memo is out there and something should be done!

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Clinton's smackdown, WaPo/ABC, Rossi throws in the towel.

++ I'm starting to warm up to Sen. Clinton more and more.

Senator Clinton, who is running for a second term in 2006 and is widely seen as a possible Democratic nominee for the presidency in 2008, said that her party was hamstrung in fighting back because Republicans dissemble and smear without shame.

The senator said that left unchallenged, Republican leaders could ram through extremist judges, wreck Social Security, and make unacceptable concessions to China, Saudi Arabia and other nations that finance the United States budget deficit.

"There has never been an administration, I don't believe in our history, more intent upon consolidating and abusing power to further their own agenda," Mrs. Clinton told the gathering.

Of course the GOP had a response to Clinton's verbal beating.

"Maybe Hillary Clinton should focus a little more on being the junior senator for New York, and a little less on running for president," said Stephen J. Minarik III, chairman of the state Republican Party.

Boy..you sure told her..If your going to come to the plate, come with your "A" game please. Ok? Oh and one more thing Steveo. That's Senator Clinton to you!

++ New WaPO/ABC poll shows that Bush is ignoring public concerns. Does this really surprise anyone?

The survey found that 58 percent of those interviewed said Bush is mainly concentrating in his second term on problems and partisan squabbles that these respondents said were unimportant to them. Four in 10--41 percent--said the president was focused on important problems--a double-digit drop from three years ago.

Bush has more issues than my crazy aunt on my Dad's side of the family...

Ominously for Bush and the Republicans, a strong majority of self-described political independents--68 percent--say they disagreed with the president's priorities. That suggests Bush's mixed record in the second term on issues the public views as critical--particularly on Iraq and the economy--may be as much a liability for GOP candidates in next year's mid-term election as his performance in his first term was an asset to Republican congressional hopefuls last year and in 2002.

Is it to early to call Shrub a "Lame Duck" President?? I think only his own party is buying into his crap. No wonder things are going to hell in a hand basket.

++ Well I guess I was wrong yesterday. Dino Rossi will not appeal Chelan County Court's decision to uphold Gov. Christine Gregoire's very slim victory.

"With today's decision, and because of the political makeup of the Washington state Supreme Court, which makes it almost impossible to overturn this ruling, I am ending the election contest," Rossi said at a news conference at his campaign headquarters in Bellevue.

Sounds like to me someone's a bit of a sore looser.

++ Due to completed work on public projects, Molalla will consider using a budget that's 19% smaller than the last time they did the budget.

++ There's an interesting poll on KGW's web site dealing with the SCOTUS ruling yesterday concerning medical marijuana.

Should medical marijuana users be prosecuted?

Yes 19%

No 79%

Unsure 3%
3143 Total Votes

79% said "No", of course I don't really think that's to much of a surprise..
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BREAKING: Judge rules in favor of Gregoire

Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges ruled today up holding Gov. Christine Gregoire's 129 vote win. Though most feel that the Republicans will appeal Bridges' ruling to the Washington State Supreme Court.

Bridges said there was evidence that 1,678 illegal votes were cast in the 2004 election, including 1,391 votes by felons. However Bridges said there was no evidence that Gregoire benefited from the illegal votes.

Bridges said there was also no evidence of misconduct by election workers or that the problems with the election were the result of "partisan bias."

The judge said the Republican lawsuit failed to meet the high standard necessary for the courts to intervene in an election.

"When the people have spoken, their verdict should not be disturbed by the courts," Bridges said.

It took just about two weeks to come up with the ruling. Though I do suggest that Dem's and Washington Dem's don't gloat over this "win".

Democratic attorney Jenny Durkan said Rossi should think twice about appealing.

"They had six months to prove it and they failed," Durkan said after the ruling. "I don't think anyone should gloat, but we should say we were right at the beginning, in January, when we said we didn't think there was basis for this suit."

Durkan is right, but on the same hand I have a feeling Rossi isn't going to go quietly into the night on this one. I fully expect a Supreme Court appeal, it would be the GOP's way to try and extend the attempted power grab. They had six months to prove it, and didn't do that. So what makes them think they can try and prove it a second time around? I guess only time will tell now..
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Who needs state law when you have the SCOTUS?

Who needs state laws, when the SCOTUS can hand down rulings like this. The SCOTUS ruled today with a 6-3 majority that state medical marijuana laws don't mean crap and wont protect users from Federal Law regarding marijuana.

Federal authorities may prosecute sick people who smoke pot on doctors' orders, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, concluding that state medical marijuana laws don't protect users from a federal ban on the drug.

California's medical marijuana law, passed by voters in 1996, allows people to grow, smoke or obtain marijuana for medical needs with a doctor's recommendation. Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington state have laws similar to California.

In those states, doctors generally can give written or oral recommendations on marijuana to patients with cancer, HIV and other serious illnesses.

This is a rare occasion that I have to agree with Justice O'Connor. I guess stranger things have happened.

In a dissent, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said that states should be allowed to set their own rules.

"The states' core police powers have always included authority to define criminal law and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their citizens," said O'Connor, who was joined by other states' rights advocates.

The legal question presented a dilemma for the court's conservatives, who have pushed to broaden states' rights in recent years, invalidating federal laws dealing with gun possession near schools and violence against women on the grounds the activity was too local to justify federal intrusion.

I'm sure Bush will puff up his chest on this one, as it's a win for his administration. Way to go G.W., way to potentially prosecute hundreds of sick people who use the drug to cope with their illness on a day to day basis. Of course this hits home, as Oregon is one of the state's allowing the use of medical marijuana.

So they want to push states rights? This is how you go about it? BRILLIANT! (Not..)
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Bush and Co's short term memory loss...

There's an interesting article in today's WaPo about the continuing saga that is Bush Co. v Amnesty International. A.I. issued a report late last month, calling Guantanamo Bay a "Gulag of our Times". It wasn't soon after that, both Bush and VP Cheney let loose on the organization.

President Bush: "It's absurd. It's an absurd allegation."

Vice President Cheney: "I don't take them seriously. . . . Frankly, I was offended by it."

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld: "Reprehensible . . . cannot be excused."

Now it seems that Shrub and his band of pirates have a little memory loss problem. On more than one occasion they've quoted and used A.I, but only when it was reporting about other countries and not the U.S..

Here's an example.

Rumsfeld repeatedly cited Amnesty when he was making the case against Saddam Hussein, urging "a careful reading of Amnesty International" and saying that according to "Amnesty International's description of what they know has gone on, it's not a happy picture."

The White House often cited Amnesty to make the case for war in Iraq, using the group's allegations that Iraq executed dozens of women accused of prostitution, decapitated victims and displayed their heads, tortured political opponents and raped detainees' relatives, gouged out eyes, and used electric shocks.

And the State Department's most recent annual report on worldwide human rights abuses cites Amnesty's findings dozens of times.

"This administration eagerly cites Amnesty International research when we criticize Cuba and extensively quoted our criticism of the violations in Iraq under Saddam Hussein in the run-up to the war," protested William F. Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International USA.

So it's ok to cite Amnesty International when it serves the administrations ends? But as soon as a report is filed about the U.S. and it's treatment of detainee's, they serve up a different story?

Can you smell that folks? It's the stench of Hypocrisy..good to see that Shrub and his band of pirates keeping Hypocrisy alive and well.

*headdesk*
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Amnesty International returns fire..

To bad this is going to get sucked into the weekend news black hole.

Kate Gilmore, the group's executive deputy secretary general, said the administration's response was "typical of a government on the defensive," and she drew parallels to the reactions of the former Soviet Union, Libya and Iran under Ayatollah Khomeini, when those governments were accused of human rights abuses.

Amnesty has fired right back, pointing out that the administration often cites its reports when that suits its purposes. "If our reports are so 'absurd,' why did the administration repeatedly cite our findings about Saddam Hussein before the Iraq war?" wrote William F. Schultz, executive director of the group's United States branch, in a letter to the editor being published Saturday in The New York Times. "Why does it welcome our criticisms of Cuba, China and North Korea? And why does it cite our research in its own annual human rights reports?

Long used to biting criticism, the group said this was the first time one of its reports had drawn the public wrath of the United States president and vice president, its secretary of defense, its secretary of state and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Ms. Gilmore said the response was telling. "When we see a government at this level engaging in rhetorical attacks and avoiding dealing with the details or the facts," she said, "we interpret that as being a sign that we are starting to have an impact."

Credit to AMERICABlog for finding this story. I must have passed over it reading this morning, which wouldn't surprise me.
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Kerry grows a pair, Quran abuse and more...

++ With Congress set to resume after it's Memorial Day recess, Frist has a long road ahead of him. He faces a battle to see if he can re-establish his authority as Majority Leader after the gang of 14 cut his legs out from under him in the Filibuster deal. This is going to be a big test for a guy who has no ambition to stay after the Midterm elections in '06.

Democrats say that if Dr. Frist has problems, they are of his own making. They saw his push against the filibuster as part of a calculated effort to deepen his appeal to conservatives in anticipation of a possible White House run and said his uncertain handling of the fight reflected his own unease with the idea.

"His presidential ambitions are pushing him to do things he is uncomfortable with," said Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York.

If Frist runs for the GOP's 2008 Nominee he's going to have to get past McCain, who's already cleaned his clock once with the filibuster compromise. Not to mention it's hard to campaign from the Senate floor.


++ This makes me a tad bit nervous.

In a report to the U.N. Security Council, acting chief weapons inspector Demetrius Perricos said that satellite imagery experts had determined that material that could be used to make biological or chemical weapons and banned long-range missiles had been removed from 109 sites, up from 90 reported in March.

The sites have been emptied of equipment to varying degrees, with the largest percentage of missing items at 58 missile facilities.

For example, 289 of the 340 pieces of equipment to produce missiles -- or about 85 percent, had been removed, the report said.

And with the White House playing it down, it must mean something's up. How could you down play or ignore something like that?? Though this seems to be the M.O. of the White House and the Bush administration.

++ It looks as though Senator John Kerry has grown a set.

"When I go back (to Washington) on Monday, I am going to raise the issue," he said of the memo, which has not been disputed by either the British or American governments. "I think it's a stunning, unbelievably simple and understandable statement of the truth and a profoundly important document that raises stunning issues here at home. And it's amazing to me the way it escaped major media discussion. It's not being missed on the Internet, I can tell you that."

Of course Kerry is talking about the Downing Street Memo. Which for the most part has been ignored by the mainstream media. Hopefully Kerry will keep to his promise here. I'll admit I'm not the biggest Kerry fan in the world. I think he was way too wishy washy during the 2004 campaign and needs to grow a huge pair if he's to run again. Because if Howard Dean keeps up and shows that he's a strong leader with the DNC, Dean maybe tough to beat out for the Democratic nod in 2008. But we've still got 3 years to go for that. Lets gear up for the midterms before the run at the White House.


++ Well it looks like the Pentagon is coming clean about Qu ran.That's right I spelled "Qu ran" not "Koran". This drives me up a wall, major newspapers, TV News use the "K" spelling, which is WRONG...

But I digress..

"Mishandling a Koran at Guantanamo Bay is a rare occurrence," Hood said in the statement. "Mishandling of a Koran here is never condoned. When one considers the many thousands of times detainees have been moved and cells have been searched since detention operations first began here in January 2002, I think one can only conclude that respect for detainee religious beliefs was embedded in the culture of [the task force] from the start."

In a statement, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said that "our men and women in the military adhere to the highest standards, including when it comes to respecting and protecting religious freedom."

So in a way Newsweek was right. McClellan must be just squirming, being wrong on several occasions doesn't help. But we already knew that Scotty wasn't the brightest bulb in the box...

++ Ok, this guy really needs to catch a clue and resign.

The mayor told reporters he'd be willing to take a polygraph if necessary to prove he did not molest two boys decades ago.

West also maintained the controversy does not distract him from his job as mayor, nor from his attention to the city.

And he say's this after both the Spokane County and Washington State GOP asks for him to step down. Jim really needs to clue in on this, cause right now he's making not only himself but his party look bad. Not that the GOP needed help looking bad to begin with.
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Limbaugh, Syria, Jim West and More

++ It seems that Rush Limbaugh and his buddies are again shooting their collective mouths off. They seem to think that if "Deep Throat" hadn't exposed Nixon for what he was, we'd have won in Vietnam. And they're blaming the fall of South Vietnam
on the shoulders of Woodward, Bernstein and Felt.

# BUCHANAN: There's something deadly serious here. People that brought down Nixon also resulted in the fall of South Vietnam, the death of hundreds of thousands of people. ... Nixon was brought down by people who were a hell of a lot worse than he was. [MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, 5/31/05]

# LIMBAUGH: Had they not brought down Nixon, we wouldn't have lost Vietnam. Had [they] not brought down Nixon, the Khmer Rouge would not have come to power and murdered two million people in a full-fledged genocide. [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 6/1/05]

Limbaugh must be sharing his drugs with Buchanan, cause one would certainly need to be high to make such lofty claims.Oh and lets not forget G.Gordon Liddy, who spent time in the pokey for the Watergate scandal: Calling Felt a 'Pitiful, Pathetic Old Man'.

When asked whether Felt was hypocritical because he was later convicted on an unrelated wiretapping charge after the Watergate scandal, Liddy said it makes Felt "a flawed individual."

"It certainly does not make him a hero. Right now, he's a pitiful, pathetic old man who can hardly stand and whose mind is there sometimes and is not at other times," added Liddy.

Like Liddy has any room to talk. This is the same guy that went on his radio show and told his listener's how the best way to kill ATF Agent's is. Not to mention he's a shitty ass actor.

++ Kos over at Daily Kos posted an interesting memo. The Army's memo on attrition, and they're so worried about it they're dropping their standards.

++ I've been waiting for the White House press briefing to be uploaded to either the White House web site or CSPAN, because I want to know if they're going to even acknowledge the fact Syria test-fired 3 Scud Missiles. This report comes from the Israelis.

Syria test-fired three Scud missiles last Friday, including one that broke up over Turkish territory and showered missile parts down onto unsuspecting Turkish farmers, Israeli military officials revealed Thursday.

These were the first such Syrian missile tests since 2001, the Israelis said, and were part of a Syrian missile development project using North Korean technology and designed, the Israelis contend, to deliver air-burst chemical weapons. The missiles included one older Scud B, with a range of about 185 miles, and two Scud D's, the Israelis say they believe, with a range of about 435 miles.

Well it seems the Syrians are giving us the middle finger.

++ Beaverton could end up rejecting a proposed Wal-Mart because it's too big and hurts the other businesses. The amendment was tacked onto a existing land use bill.

Under House Bill 3310, Wal-Mart opponents could block the store if they successfully argue the store has an adverse impact on small businesses in the area or is not compatible with the community. Now they are limited to fighting the store because of how it will affect roads, sewers and other infrastructure.

The bill's backers, including Sen. Charlie Ringo, D-Beaverton, say it would restore some balance in the struggle between residents and the world's largest business.

"The process needs to be more than a rubber stamp," Ringo said. "This bill ensures that Oregonians have as much say in this process as does some company in Arkansas. That's only fair."

I've never been a big fan of Wal-Mart. If a community doesn't want one, maybe Wal-Mart should look somewhere else. Hell when I lived in Eugene, they've got two stores there. The only thing Wal-Mart does, is screw over their employee's and suck all the money out from under local businesses.

++ As expected the Democrats rested their case today in Washington's Election challenge.

Democrat attorneys submitted depositions and documents from elections officials across Washington.

Lawyers said they support claims that election errors happened everywhere, not just in Democrat-leaning King County where the GOP has concentrated its attack.

One exhibit was a thank-you card from President Bush to a felon who voted in the 2004 election. The evidence is designed to show that not all felons vote Democrat.

I'm sure though if you asked a member of the GOP, they'd say that only felons would vote for a democrat. HAHA. That last bit above says it all, that even Bush sent a thank you note to a felon who voted in '04. The GOP is constantly looking over their collective shoulders, looking to pin anything and everything on the Democrats. Just because King County is a Blue County doesn't mean that the Dem's are out to fix an election. The ruling on this case should come down on Monday as the Judge in the case told lawyers that he wanted them to be done by 5p.

++ I knew this was going to happen. Not only has the Spokane City Council asked for his head, now the Spokane County GOP is asking Spokane's (Gay but not gay) Mayor Jim West step down from him post amid homosexual sex scandal.

The Washington state Republican Party joined Spokane County GOP leaders Thursday afternoon in demanding that embattled Mayor James E. West, once one of the party's top elected officials, resign in the wake of a homosexual sex scandal.

West, formerly the Republican leader of the Washington state Senate, has said he will fight allegations of sexual abuse and misuse of his office, and will not resign.

Michael Casey, chairman of Spokane's Republican Party chapter, said the party holds elected officials to the highest standards of the community, and cannot condone irresponsible behavior or poor judgment.

Well, well . Not only the Spokane GOP, but the State of Washington GOP are asking this idiot to step down. But of course West has maintained that he's done nothing wrong. Well Jim, when your own party is asking you to walk away. Its probably for the best that you step down. This maybe one of the only times you'll hear me say this, but I think that the Washington GOP has the right idea in getting this clown out of office. The GOP's had it rough as of late in Washington with this and the Election Challenge going on in Wenatchee. Though the West story has received allot of National Attention. I don't think the Republicans can spin this story. They need to get him out of office and keep a low profile for a while.
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