Today, Americans walk it back, Belatedly, and too late to bring home American and Allied troops who died in battle, government officials released recordings. The media distributes and discusses these en masse. Those prominent in the Press and Public Office say “the people have the right to know,” exactly what the tale that could have been told decades ago. Osama Bin Laden was never more than human, a tragic hero, a comical character, just as you or me.
Tag: George W Bush
May 08 2011
Nov 16 2010
First we had the leftover Bush era reefer madness drug policy :
Holder’s DOJ Setting Record Marijuana Busts
FBI stats say 858,408 people were arrested for marijuana in 2009, under US Atty General Holder’s DOJ, the 2nd highest total ever, and it was an increase of + 1.3% from under the Bush administration’s last year in office, 2008. (the record was 872,721 in 2007)
per this FBI sourced chart here, http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius200… 251,740 Californians were arrested last year for drug offenses, if 52% of them were for marijuana, that would be 130,940 citizens of California busted for pot, the equivalent of 2 large sport stadiums filled with people, or about the population of the cities of Elk Grove or Thousand Oaks. If 88% of those people were charged with possession only, that’s still about
– 115, 196 Californians getting arrested in 2009 just for possessing marijuana
Then we had CA vs. the Feds and DiFi & Baca :
Prop 19: AG Holder Issues Shocking Threat Against State’s Rights To Legalize MJ
If Proposition 19, the Decriminalize and Tax initiative had passed, Attorney General Eric Holder said he’d keep prosecuting them anyway, per a letter written to ex DEA (and now private Homeland Security contractors) agents who petitioned him to keep prosecuting legal marijuana users and growers.
Opposition to Prop 19 was funded by Indian Casino gambling such as the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the beer and wine industry, including both large ones like EJ Gallo and Anheiser Busch and smaller artisan breweries in the state of CA, Big Oil companies like Chevron, Big Tobacco such as Phillip Morris, and even most of the major pharmaceutical manufacturers of mood altering drugs like Pfizer, Glaxosmithkline, Eli Lilly, and even Perdu Pharma, the makers of Oxycontin. CALBUSPAC, one of the multi donor PACs against prop 19, lists many of them thru one of the pharma pac subdonors. http://cal-access.ss.ca.gov/Ca…
Now we have the leftover Bush Era DEA Appointee looking for an Obama administration upgrade. An appointee already so lousy, Republican President George W Bush first tried foisting her off on the taxpayer in 2003. Then in April 2008, the Bush White House said it wanted to promote her to replace Karen P Tandy, who had resigned in 2007. The Senate was not enthused. Again. Now, 7 years later, like fungus, “Democratic” President Barack Obama is proposing Dubya’s leftover appointee, Michele Leonhart, be promoted from Deputy Administrator to head the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Michele Leonhart, under Bush’s era, was the Special Agent in Charge for the DEA in Los Angeles, and the ranking agent in charge for many, many Bush era raids on legitimate medical marijuana, which has been legal now in CA for 14 years. Then she started doing them for the Obama administration. And she must be very good at it. The Senate is supposed to have hearings on this Wednesday (tomorrow). Are you excited yet ? Yes We Can Waste Money We Don’t Have On Going After Stoners Because We Have Nothing Else to Do !
This is a Bush era appointee, Michelle Leonhart, who makes a living raiding from CA Medical Marijuana Dispensaries. Now President Obama wants to promote her to head his DEA. Attention younger voters who are going to be watching the 2012 nominees – is this the sort of thing that appeals to you as a constituent ?
Nov 15 2010
The Austerity Rhetoric is ramping up.
The National Debt is the Issue of the Day.
How in the world are we going to pay for it — especially for all those Baby-Boomers with the audacity to dare to Retire, after working all our lives;
After paying all our lives into the Social Security Trust Fund, as our Govt required us to do.
HOW Dare We — actually expect the Govt to Pay the Benefits that we were promised? Oh the Nerve!
Here’s the sleight of hand Hoodwink that the GOP Loan-Sharks are preparing to pull off — pay attention, because it’s a classic trick of misdirection — and it goes by fast:
It is the Federal Government that has the Legal Obligation —
to payback the Social Security Trust Fund
NOT the other way around !
It is the Federal Govt that raided OUR Retirement “Cookie Jar” —
and it is the Federal Govt that needs to replace them.
What’s left of OUR “Cookies” should be permanently off the Table.
In other words, All cuts to SS Benefits should be OFF the Table.
Sep 28 2010
Ed and Bernie take on the Chamber of
Commerce Outsourcing …
They urge Congress to pass this Act designed to slow the pace of Outsourcing:
Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act
WHO in the World — Does the CHAMBER work for, anyways?
Cuz it aint you and me.
Sep 02 2010
Let me jog your memory, about one of the more memorable things the Former VP said to a ‘fiscally responsible’ Treasury Secretary — right before he fired him …
O’Neill said he tried to warn Vice President Dick Cheney that growing budget deficits-expected to top $500 billion this fiscal year alone — posed a threat to the economy. Cheney cut him off. “You know, Paul, Reagan proved deficits don’t matter,” he said, according to excerpts. Cheney continued: “We won the midterms (congressional elections). This is our due.” A month later, Cheney told the Treasury secretary he was fired.
Source: Adam Entous, Reuters, on AOL News Jan 11, 2004
Maybe “deficits don’t really matter” — whenever the Gophers have the National “Credit Card” in THEIR Pockets — Then it’s Party time, for their friends and buddies in the corporate boardrooms?
Otherwise — it’s “evict the lazy bastards”.
Cut the Funds for something — NOW!
Aug 20 2010
As if we didn’t have enough volatile “wedge issues” to put the Nation on Perpetual Pause — Karl Rove has decided to stink up the place, with yet another outrageous Word Bomb …
GOPers Revise History: Say Dems Have Tax Hike Ticking Time ‘Bomb’
Christina Bellantoni, TPMDC — August 19, 2010
Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS this week detailed the “seven public policy initiatives” that will be most important for Congress next year. The group runs ads against Democrats across the country.
On the list at No. 1: “Stop the Obama tax hike time bomb scheduled to detonate on January 1, 2011.”
That’s not a typo. Rove’s group is claiming that Obama set the timer on that so-called “bomb.”
Talk about Revisionist History — of course consider the source — wasn’t it Rove, who claim to have the “Real Numbers” a few years back …
Apr 04 2010
From the ACLU’s A Ponzi Scheme of Torture
Chapter 4, Part 3 3/20/2010
(this same link in a form which does not jump all over the page when the mouse attempts to scroll over it here: http://www.thetorturereport.or… )
Timeline Summary of Binyam Mohamed and Abu Zubaydah:
April 2002. Binyam Mohamed arrested in Pakistan. Interrogated by the British Secret Service MI6. Tortured in Moroccan secret prisons.
Sept 2004 Binyam Mohamed sent to Guantanamo, from Bagram, Afghanistan. Although declared an
“enemy combatant” Nov 2004, Binyam Mohamed decides not to participate in the military Tribunal created by President Bush in Oct 2001.
2005 Binyam Mohamed charged with conspiring against the U.S., with “Usama Bin Laden (a/k/a Abu Abdullah), Saif al Adel, Dr. Ayman al Zawahiri (a/k/a “the Doctor”), Mohammad Atef (a/k/a Abu Hafs al Masri), Abd al Hadi al Iraq, Zayn al Abidin Muammad Husayn (a/k/a Abu Zubayda hereinafter “Abu Zubayda”), Jose Padilla, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammad” to commit acts of terrorism.
Zubaydah, the vanishing man-
(Binyam)Mohamed was formally recharged with conspiracy on May 28, 2008. The charge sheet is virtually identical to the one issued on November 4, 2005, except that Richard Reid’s name has been removed from paragraph (e) and every reference to Abu Zubaydah has been purged from the document. Where before “Binyam Mohammad then traveled to Birmel, Afghanistan and was introduced to Abu Zubayda” and “Abu Zubayda promised him training in Pakistan building remote control devices for explosives,” for example, now “Binyam Mohamed then traveled to Birmel Afghanistan, and trained on building remote control devices.” “After arriving in Lahore, Binyam Mohammad and Jose Padilla met with Abu Zubayda in private and discussed plans for attacks against the United States” and “Abu Zubayda stated he preferred Binyam Mohamed conduct an ‘overseas’ operation instead of going back to Afghanistan” became “After arriving in Lahore, Binyam Mohamed and Jose Padilla plotted attacks against the United States. After these discussions, Mohamed and Padilla agreed to be sent to the United States to conduct these operations rather than returning to Afghanistan.”23 
Sept 22, 2008. Lt Col Darrel Vandeveld, US military Tribunal prosecutor, requests to resign his military commission, stating he had ethical qualms about continuing to prosecute Guantanamo detainees without evidence being made available for the defense.
Oct 20, 2008. Pentagon dropped all charges against Binyam Mohamed and four other detainees whose original charge sheets had linked them to Abu Zubaydah.
Oct 21, 2008. The United Kingdom notifies the Foreign Office they are about to hand down notice on releasing CIA documents for Binyam Mohamed’s attorneys.
Oct 22, 2008. The British courts rule. A British – US diplomatic tug of war over who goes first, releasing what classified documents, trying to hide the torture evidence, results. This year, a few paragraphs were released, showing that the British govt. secret services did know of Binyam Mohamed’s incarceration.
Jan 22, 2009. President Obama orders Guantanamo closed, bans torture, forms task force to review all cases.
Feb 23, 2010. Binyam Mohamed finally freed and returned to the UK.
from Binyam Mohamed’s Statement the day he was released:
….For myself, the very worst moment came when I realised in Morocco that the people who were torturing me were receiving questions and materials from British intelligence. I had met with British intelligence in Pakistan. I had been open with them. Yet the very people who I hoped would come to my rescue, I later realised, had allied themselves with my abusers.
I am not asking for vengeance; only that the truth should be made known, so that nobody in the future should have to endure what I have endured.
Jan 29 2010
Haven’t posted anything in about a week or so on the Inquiry as I’ve had some other issues I’ve been following and there wasn’t really much more coming out as to the tidbits of what was happening on this side of the pond, my interest in this as the Brits are holding these hearings and that’s up to them to sort out there own leaderships guilt or innocence in justification for Iraq.
Tony Blair’s turn to testify is today and that’s already started, you can tune in here as he will be testifying for some six hours, these live video’s are then archived.
Not much has been covered as to these hearings here in the states even when mention of our administration, and others, were talking about taking down Saddam before 9/11, on 9/11 and shortly after and more.
Jan 03 2010
Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as Chemical Ali, will give evidence at the inquiry into the Iraq War
THREE of Saddam Hussein’s most hated henchmen have volunteered to give evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War.
A lawyer acting for Saddam’s former deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz, his ex-interior minister Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as Chemical Ali ,and his private secretary Humad Humadi wrote to Sir John Chilcot last week.
Giovanni di Stefano said his clients were all prepared to testify and be cross-examined via video link from their prison cells in Iraq….>>>>>
Dec 31 2009
Why the fawning Media runs to cover, every ranting statement that Dick Cheney, mumbles — I’ll never understand? When really they should be bringing him a Blanket, a Rocking Chair, and maybe a super-hero comic book.
Dick Cheney’s FBI Interview Notes on Valerie Plame Leak
Oct 30, 2009, TalkLeft
Cheney could not recall 22 things, including, whether he had ever told Scooter Libby about Valerie Plame. Via Mother Jones, A list is below
It seems the old man, may be suffering from Amnesia, Dementia, or perhaps even Unchecked-Power-withdrawals?
But don’t take my word for it, you be the judge. Are these the actions of a rational, stable man…
Dec 26 2009
Uh-Oh! Did someone just let the cat out of bag?
Democrats See GOP Hypocrisy in Health Care Debate
Citing 2003 Medicare vote, Democrats see GOP hypocrites in debate over health care spending
Charles Babington, AP Writer
Dec 25, 2009
[…] when Republicans controlled the House, Senate and White House in 2003, they overcame Democratic opposition to add a deficit-financed prescription drug benefit to Medicare. The program will cost a half-trillion dollars over 10 years, or more by some estimates.
With no new taxes or spending offsets accompanying the Medicare drug program, the cost has been added to the federal debt.
Six years ago, “it was standard practice not to pay for things,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
Watch out Orrin, speaking the blunt truth, is NOT a GOP strong suit,
best to stick to the Lock-step GOP Talking points, you guys NO best!
Leave the blunt talking to those with real guts, those like Alan Grayson & Co.