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Sue Kelly's NY-19, according to her website, has about 654,000 residents (not voters, residents). In 2004, Kelly beat Michael Jaliman by 164,356 (67%) to 82,269 (33%), meaning 246,625 people voted.
Kelly now appears to be in a fight for her political life against John Hall. Hall seems to be almost within a recent poll's margin of error.
So, Bush is calling in the media to pull his ass out of the electoral fire. I'll emphasise one stence in the lede of this Reuters story in order to posit a question.
American radio talk-show hosts have become frontline warriors in a drive by
President George W. Bush and his Republicans to pull off a surprise and maintain control of Congress in November 7 elections.
In the face of opinion polls favoring Democrats and bad news from
Iraq, Bush turned to the powerful hosts of talk radio two weeks before Americans elect 435 representatives to the U.S. House and a third of the 100-member Senate.
On Tuesday the White House invited more than three dozen hosts from both sides of the political spectrum so they could interview top administration officials.
Okay, the question is an obvious one - if the hosts invited were from 'both sides,' can anyone tell me who showed up from our side?
Anyone from Air America? Ed Schultz? Stephanie Miller? Just who was invited from our side? I'll note that the only radio hack - erm, talk show host - interviewed in the story was that moron Sean Hannity, who appeared at a GOP rally in Cleveland.
This may be Maliki covering his own ass - but if it's not, it pretty much puts the lie to the entire concept of Iraq having any capability of self-government right now, and the US military is conducting raids without even telling the sitting government of Iraq.
U.S. and Iraqi forces on Wednesday raided Sadr City, the stronghold of the feared Shiite militia led by radical anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, but Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki disavowed the operation, saying he had not been consulted and insisting ''that it will not be repeated.''
The defiant al-Maliki also slammed the top U.S. military and diplomatic representatives in Iraq for saying Iraq needed to set a timetable to curb violence ravaging the country.
''I affirm that this government represents the will of the people and no one has the right to impose a timetable on it,'' al-Maliki said at a news conference.
U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said Tuesday that al-Maliki had agreed to the plan, announced at a rare joint appearance with Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, who said he would not hesitate to ask for more troops if he felt they were necessary.
By the way - check out that last sentence. Casey says he won't hesitate to ask for more troops. Which begs the question - where the fuck are they going to get more troops from? Afghanistan? South Korea? Where??
What a fucking joke. R. Cranium at All Spin Zone has more on this.
Wednesday, October 25 2006 @ 08:34 EDT
Contributed by: Caro
Morning headlines brought to you by
U.S. considers adding troops in Baghdad
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Two weeks before U.S. midterm elections, American officials unveiled a timeline Tuesday for Iraq's Shiite-led government to take specific steps to calm the world's most dangerous capital and said more U.S. troops might be needed to quell the bloodshed.
Iraq PM: Govt. to crack [down] on militias
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's prime minister said Wednesday his government was determined to crack down on private militias blamed for the country's spiraling sectarian violence, warning he would "strike hard" against any group that challenges state authority.
That's a play on Barry Goldwater's 1964 campaign slogan, but it just as easily applies to Modern Republicans (although Goldwater was downright sane in comparison to the nutjobs who have taken over the party). I was thinking about this earlier today, and decided to put together a short list of a few Republicans - some who are leaders of their party, some who are loyal footsoldiers, and all of whom seem to be just plain batshit-crazy. And here they are...
George W Bush, who says he will stay in Iraq even if his wife and dog are the only ones who approve.
And this is the party that declares themselves the arbiters of morals and values in this country? That list reads more like a list of family members you'd seriously consider having committed or the cast of a bad reality show.
I hear Jim Cramer's Mad Money is a fairly popular show, though for the life of me I can't understand why. Cramer's fast-talking, button-pushing stock picking is to real investing what Donald Rumsfeld's strategies are to real warfare: the polar opposite.
It appears that Cramer might be speaking so fast that he can't keep track of what he says from one night to the next. Literally.
According to a search on Mad Money Recap, Cramer's mentioned Bare Escentuals (BARE), a recent IPO, twice over the past few days.
On October 20:
BARE - This is a GS* [Goldman Sachs IPO] deal that I have liked, ever since it came public in September. Two thumbs up.
And again on October 23:
BARE is a fad, darn it!
I don't see it going anywhere. If you own any of it, you need to ring the register!
Now, the 20th was a Friday and the 23rd a Monday. The company had no news over the weekend that would have caused anyone to change his/her mind about their fundamentals or outlook (they don't report earnings until November 7).
It saddens me to see people like Cramer turn my profession into a circus act. He's doing everyone a disservice. I hope B3 investors are smarter than to buy or sell based on his touts or pans.
Leave aside the fact that Europe has been experiencing terrorism for many, many more years than we have, and that up until now many European countries have been our allies in the Global War on Terror - Abu just accounts opposition to what the United States has turned into on those dopey Europeons just not getting it.
He blamed the country's deteriorating image on misunderstanding in Europe about what the U.S. is doing to fight terrorism.
"Part of the misunderstanding is the fault of the United States in the sense that we need to be out there more, talking about what we are doing and why," he said.
Umm, no, you dumb bastard. America's image has taken a hit because people see all too clearly that we're turning into what we profess to hate, and that we offer nothing to the world except endless supplies of arrogance and ineptitude, and that we equate defeating our 'enemy' (whoever the fuck that is) with becoming just like them.
I'm sure that Europe is just fucking thrilled that the Attorney General of the United States feels that they can't grasp Fascism 101.
Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Iraqi forces should be able to take over the country's security from coalition soldiers within 18 months, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said.
The Middle Eastern country's own troops and police are 12-18 months away from being ``completely capable of taking over their own security,'' General George Casey said at a news conference in Baghdad aired live by international broadcasters.
The Bush administration's "strategy" in Iraq was summed up perfectly in an editorial in today's NY Times:
The administration, for all its hints about new strategies and timetables, is obviously hoping to slog along for two more years and dump the problem on Mr. Bush’s successor.
The simple fact of the matter is that there will be no "victory," no "mission accomplished," during Bush's remaining two years. The administration is clearly focusing its attention and energy now on simply kicking the can down the road and having Bush's successor clean up the mess he's made, which is pretty much the story of his life. By the time Bush leaves office at the end of '08, his misadventure in Iraq will be about 5 1/2 years old. Hardly what the neocons promised. No cake walk. No six days, six weeks, I doubt six months. No flowers. Not greeted as liberators. No oil paying for reconstruction. No $12/barrel oil. No stability in the region. Just a bloody mess that's cost us in every conceivable way.
Tuesday, October 24 2006 @ 07:34 EDT
Contributed by: Gary
Five minutes ago, the CNN.com front page was led by the "Developing Story" that some Iraqi officials had agreed on a timeline for steps to reduce violence. As I type this, the CNN.com front page is led by a "Developing Story" that "U.S. General George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, says American forces have never lost a battle since the Iraqi war began".
We should all be worried that the Republican's IT department is hacking CNN's web site; it means they've finished reprogramming the voting machines.
Tuesday, October 24 2006 @ 07:32 EDT
Contributed by: Caro
Morning headlines brought to you by
White House won't shift Iraq strategy
WASHINGTON - With just two weeks until Election Day, the White House sought to ease political anxieties about security in Iraq but rejected calls from lawmakers for a dramatic policy shift.
Shiite militiamen kill 4 police officers
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Militiamen loyal to an anti-American cleric re-emerged Monday in the southern city of Amarah, hunting down and killing four policemen from a rival militia in a brutal Shiite-on-Shiite settling of scores.
Diplomats: Iran expanding enrichment
VIENNA, Austria - Iran is expanding its uranium enrichment program even as the U.N. Security Council focuses on possible sanctions for its defiance of a demand to give up the activity and ease fears it seeks nuclear weapons, diplomats said Monday.
But I figure he had to say something nuts, considering that he was at a fundraiser with every crazy motherfucker in Pennsylvania.
At a Montgomery County GOP fundraiser at the Westover Country Club, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman described the elections in Pennsylvania for U.S. Senate, Congress and governor as "ground zero."
"It is ground zero because our friends on the Left have targeted Rick Santorum more than any other senator. And you know why they targeted him? They targeted him because he's so effective," Mehlman said, referring to Sen. Santorum's record of lowering taxes, reforming the welfare system, supporting the fight against Islamist terrorism, and reforming government.
The fundraiser on Thursday saw the attendance of Lynn Swann, U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon, and incumbents and challengers for state senate and house in Montgomery County. Mehlman endorsed Lynn Swann, the GOP candidate for governor, because he had a plan to improve education, reform lobbyist disclosure and lawsuit abuse, and reform property taxes for all Pennsylvanians.
Not only is he doing a 'cut and run' from 'stay the course' - he's also asking the Iraqi government to grant amnesty to the people who have been killing our kids. What the fuck?
Hoping to find a political solution, the Bush administration has asked the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to issue an unconditional amnesty to Sunni Muslim insurgents, prominent Kurdish lawmaker Mahmoud Othman told the Associated Press. He is a confidante of Jalal Talabani, the country's president.
He and Hassan al-Seneid, a member of parliament close to al-Maliki, also told AP that U.S. officials were engaged in ongoing talks with members of the insurgency, including members of Saddam Hussein's outlawed Baath Party, to seek an end to the fighting that has plagued American forces in Baghdad, its environs and sprawling Anbar province in the west of the country.
Members of al-Qaida in Iraq are not included in either the talks or the U.S. amnesty proposal, which would require Iraqi government approval and is by no means certain since it is controlled by Shiites.
President George W. Bush held a series of meetings over the weekend with top U.S. military and security officials to address the spiraling violence in Iraq, where 87 U.S. service members have been killed in October, the most for any month since November 2004.
What a coward. He's so desperate to make it look like things are improving in Iraq, he's willing to sell out every soldier who has died in Iraq.
Nothing is beneath this sociopathic son of a bitch. Nothing.
The U.S. military confirmed that the base's ammunition depot had been hit at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday by an 82mm mortar round fired by insurgents from a nearby residential area.
"Intelligence indicates that civilians aligned with a militia organization were responsible for last night's mortar attack," base spokesman Lt.-Col. Jonathan Withington said.
There were no injuries reported, and Withington said the attack had no strategic effect.
Explosions from detonating tank and artillery ordnance and small-arms ammunition stored at the site went off for hours after the fire erupted. Helicopters were seen in the night sky flying over the area.
The explosions on the base damaged nearby homes, but there were no casualties in the neighbourhood, police Capt. Furat Gaiti said.
Firefighters and hazardous material experts continued Wednesday to put out the blaze, while engineers and explosive ordinance specialists were on hand to clear unexploded ordinance.
Although official U.S. DoD statements indicated that there were no deaths; that only a hundred men were inside the base guarding billions of dollars of vital military equipment and that there were "only two minor injuries to personnel," passes belief and certainly reality is more painful than propaganda.
Global Research has compiled a bunch of articles and video regarding the Mortaring, and massive explosions, which reportedly wounded hundreds and killed many at FOB Falcon, West Baghdad. The fact that CENTCOM hasn't even bothered to report casualties, and only released this single accessible report:
FIRE AT AMMUNITION HOLDING AREA
BAGHDAD – An ammunition holding area caught on fire at a Multi-National Division –Baghdad forward operating base in the central Rasheed district of Baghdad Tuesday at approximately 10:40 p.m.
The fire ignited tank and artillery ordnance as well as small arms ammunition.
The fire was contained on the base by emergency first responders.
All coalition forces and workers at the base were safely evacuated. At this time, no injuries have been reported. The Baghdad Joint Coordination Center alerted Iraqi authorities who notified Iraqi citizens in the area of the fire and subsequent detonations.
The damage to the area will not degrade the operational capability of MND-B.
For additional information concerning this release, contact the Multi-National Division - Baghdad Public Affairs NCO In Charge, Master Sgt. Eric Lobsinger at: email@example.com , Commercial: (914) 822-8174 OR IRAQNA 011-964-790-192-4675.
... with NO follow-up report accessible, while multiple reports are coming out via media all over the REST of the world, that NINE Medivac planes carried the dead and wounded to the Military Medical Hospital across town in Baghdad, leads us to believe that something far more terrible happened... Read this compilation of reports:
Regardless of what is reported at the Global Resaerch link, there is no way that a tactical nuke cooked off at FOB Falcon. If one did, the casualties would NOT have been evac'd to a field medical hospital... The radiation contamination would have TOTALLY FUCT the Hospital's receiving, and every other country's media would be reporting on the radiation. This has not happened. What that huge explosion was is still a mystery, but, clearly, the Bush Administration is trying to keep this whole, ugly incident under wraps. All of my Liberal, Military friends, two formerly of the Navy Nuke community, confirm this, but, have no idea what might have cooked-off in that explosion.
We NEED to know what happened. I CANNOT write, or phone the CENTCOM PAO, listed above... Not during the day, not from work, because of WHERE I work (it would seem the other way around, wouldn't it?). I would ask one of YOU good readers, to try and get ahold of Master Sgt. Eric Lobsinger, and demand (gently and politly) answers to the questions we need answered. Feel free to email any of us, post your reply in comments, submit a story, any way you can get us the information.
One thing is clear-- something VERY BIG, and VERY horrible occured at FOB Falcon, and it is being covered-up. THIS WILL NOT STAND.
Thank you, Stranger, for keeping this on the radar screen.... While you kept it alive, I've been doing everything I can to find out more-- there is VERY LITTLE more... This whole thing needs outed. if you'll notice, Youtube has wittled the available videos down to nearly nil... Something very ugly is happening, and It looks like only a tiny handfull of us are pawing at what reallly happened.
See also: Blame Somebody Else for more on Foreigners tricked into serving KBR/Halliburton by way of deceitful Human Trafficking. Scroll Down HERE To View It Free Via PBSThese people are SLAVES to AMERICA'S War effort in Iraq... Rummy and Cheney-- YOU are bastard motherfuckers for what you are doing....
We need your help, dear readers-- especially you-- my Brothers and Sisters in the Military, in Iraq. This story MUST be broken. The REAL truth MUST see the light of day. Anonimity is guaranteed.... PLEASE write us if you know the story.