We were informed last evening by the Department of Justice that it has opened an investigation into possible unauthorized disclosures concerning the identity of an undercover CIA employee.
The Department advised us that it will be sending a letter today instructing us to preserve all materials that might be relevant to its investigation. Its letter will provide more specific instructions on the materials in which it is interested, and we will communicate those instructions directly to you.
In the meantime, you must preserve all materials that might in any way be related to the Department's investigation. Any questions concerning this request should be directed to Associate Counsels Ted Ullyot or Raul Yanes in the Counsel to the President's office. The President has directed full cooperation with this investigation.
Iraqis involved in the effort to write a new constitution said today that completing the document in six months, the goal set by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell last week, will be impossible to meet because of differences over how to select the drafters and more profound disagreements over the role of Islamic law and the basic contours of a new political system.
I just got my Rovian talking points, there's nothing to Traitorgate, it's just Bush bashing, now please all you real reporters stop calling me. Oh, I've been in this business for 46 years, and that's got to count for something.
President Bush signed into law Monday a bill giving the Federal Trade Commission the authority to administer a new "do-not-call" registry -- a move opposed by telemarketers.
Bush said the move was necessary to cut down on "intrusive, annoying, unwelcome telephone solicitations."
Separately, the Federal Communications Commission announced Monday it would begin enforcing the "do-not-call" rules against telemarketers starting October 1.
Until now, George W. Bush always had risen to the occasion. But failure marks current efforts of the president and his vaunted political team, headed by Karl Rove.
"So far as you know, how many soldiers will be sent here?" I asked.
"Maybe more than 100,000, I'm not clear about the exact number," he said, confirming the news of China's military buildup on the border.
"Why so many solders?"
"A war will break out between the US and the other side [of the border], won't it?" No sooner had he finished his words than he realized that his remarks had been improper. "Recently public order has worsened, with more of them [North Koreans] smuggling here. So soldiers are sent to bring everything to order," the policeman said, trying to correct himself.
"Actually it is nothing big to put some 100,000 soldiers along the 1,400-kilometer-long border. It is none of our business whether the US will wage a war against North Korea. We are merely frustrated by the possible influx of refugees caused by the war. What should we do then? Shall we fight with North Korea against the US as we did in the 1950-53 Korean War?"
The nation's largest telemarketing association yesterday said its members would comply with the government's do-not-call list on Wednesday, even though a federal judge has ruled that the registry is unconstitutional.
Although a rift between Sunnis and Shiites is relentlessly discouraged by leaders of both communities, tensions have escalated in recent weeks, raising new prospects of strife. Small bombs have been planted at a handful of mosques in Baghdad. In Khaldiya, a Sunni-dominated town west of Baghdad, unknown assailants ransacked the green-domed shrine of a Shiite saint and set off an explosive last month that damaged his brick tomb. In Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, some residents suspect that recent killings of former Baath Party members are inspired by religious zeal, and leaders of Shiite religious parties openly argue that vengeance is warranted against officials of a government that subjugated Shiites, particularly in its last decade of rule.
Hussein's Baath Party, which was in power for 35 years, was dominated by Sunni Arabs and treated Shiite Arabs, Kurds and ethnic Turkmens as second-class citizens. Although Hussein's ethnic and religious favoritism fostered animosity, those feelings and past grievances were largely kept in check by his iron-fisted rule. When he was deposed, Iraqis suddenly found themselves with the freedom to redress old grudges -- and many have sought to right what they regard as injustices of the past.
The deepening divisions between Iraq's principal ethnic and religious groups have unsettled many Iraqis, who generally oppose the idea of their country breaking apart. They contend that U.S. and British occupation forces have played down or ignored many warning signs of a larger conflict that have bubbled forth in the tumult of postwar Iraq.
This may be remembered as the weekend the wheels started to come off the Bush White House.
In the two months since Robert Novak's infamous column, sourced to "two senior Administration officials, revealed the identity of a covert CIA officer in apparent retaliation for her husband's role in revealing the falsity of the Yellowcake Road story, not very much has happened, and the media silence has been deafening. The White House was stonewalling, with apparent success, and no one had confirmed in print even the basic fact that Valerie Plame's role at the CIA was supposed to be covert.
Challenge: TALKING POINT CARRY
Location: FOX News Sunday
Description: The tribes raced across varied TV shows to transport the latest talking points through the talk show jungle and to the American people. Both tribes had to dissemble at the various obstacles throughout the day. The first to cross the finish line, with their incompetence, ignorance, and prevarication ignored, wins.
Winning Tribe Gets: Immunity
Winning Tribe: Democratic Party
Having lost Sunday's Immunity Challenge, the BushCo tribe voted Condoleeza Rice off the island.
Condi's Final Words:
Well, guys, I can't say this came as a big surprise. I had a hunch that I was going off this afternoon when everything started to fall apart. I knew going in that my biggest weakness was going to be keeping my mouth shut.
Condi's Current Popularity Rating: 3.8
I am prepared – just this once – to name a traitor: Pinch Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times.
[T]he clincher was an editorial on the two-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack, in which the Times endorsed the principle of moral equivalence between the United States and the 9-11 terrorists. In the Times' meandering, mind-numbing prose, it explained that the terrorists may have slaughtered thousands of Americans in a bloody attack on U.S. soil – but the U.S. has had imperialistic depredations of its own!
A major terrorist strike against British forces in Iraq is 'inevitable', according to senior government sources in Iraq and intelligence officers in Britain and the Middle East. Any such attack would cause massive casualties and further destabilise the current US-led occupation government.
A member of the Iraqi governing council told The Observer that a major bombing aimed at UK forces in southern Iraq was 'a matter of time' and that intelligence indicated a number of different groups had been making preparations for such an attack.
The premise of the war was that Saddam Hussein was a threat, that he had used weapons of mass destruction, that he was continuing to try to get them and that was everyone's premise...
The Bush administration, which calls the USA Patriot Act perhaps its most essential tool in fighting terrorists, has begun using the law with increasing frequency in many criminal investigations that have little or no connection to terrorism.
Justice Department officials say they are simply using all the tools now available to them to pursue criminals — terrorists or otherwise. But critics of the administration's antiterrorism tactics assert that such use of the law is evidence the administration is using terrorism as a guise to pursue a broader law enforcement agenda.
[A] new Justice Department report, given to members of Congress this month...cites more than a dozen cases that are not directly related to terrorism in which federal authorities have used their expanded power to investigate individuals, initiate wiretaps and other surveillance, or seize millions in tainted assets.
A shrewd victor will, if possible, always present his demands to the vanquished in installments...The more extortions are willingly accepted in this way, the more unjustified it strikes people finally to take up the defensive against a new, apparently isolated, though constantly recurring, oppression, especially when, all in all, so much more and greater misfortune has already been borne in patient silence.
After nearly two years of "debate," Congress is reaching the end game on legislation that started out as the Bush-Cheney Energy Plan, and remains pretty much that. The President could sign this monster package of mostly backward-looking policies before November 1. There’s enough lard in it to fry up a catfish for every American man, woman and child. But, of course, its largesse won't be distributed quite so equitably.
Just about everywhere you look, there's something to dislike in the Energy Bill. Section 223, for instance, would repeal the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935. While it might seem that an energy-related law that’s nearly seven decades old should be repealed, it’s worth checking out Public Citizen’s PUHCA for Dummies for a detailed counter argument.
Dozens of other sections and subsections deserve a pummeling as well. Like fuel economy standards. Like the "clean" coal initiative. Like continuing subsidies for nuclear power. The "hydrogen economy" proposals are flawed, too. Indeed, a book-length blog is needed to evaluate this bill thoroughly. Obviously, I don't have space for that. So let's take a closer look at just one example, the breathtaking kowtowing to the oil and gas industry.
Leaders of the House intelligence committee have criticized the U.S. intelligence community for using largely outdated, "circumstantial" and "fragmentary" information with "too many uncertainties" to conclude that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and ties to al Qaeda.
At CIA Director George J. Tenet's request, the Justice Department is looking into an allegation that administration officials leaked the name of an undercover CIA officer to a journalist, government sources said yesterday.
The operative's identity was published in July after her husband, former U.S. ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, publicly challenged President Bush's claim that Iraq had tried to buy "yellowcake" uranium ore from Africa for possible use in nuclear weapons. Bush later backed away from the claim.
The intentional disclosure of a covert operative's identity is a violation of federal law.
The officer's name was disclosed on July 14 in a syndicated column by Robert D. Novak, who said his sources were two senior administration officials.
Yesterday, a senior administration official said that before Novak's column ran, two top White House officials called at least six Washington journalists and disclosed the identity and occupation of Wilson's wife. Wilson had just revealed that the CIA had sent him to Niger last year to look into the uranium claim and that he had found no evidence to back up the charge. Wilson's account touched off a political fracas over Bush's use of intelligence as he made the case for attacking Iraq.
"Clearly, it was meant purely and simply for revenge," the senior official said of the alleged leak.
Evidence of an ancient Native American settlement that dates back some 10,000 years, the first of its kind ever found in Vermont and one of only a few known to exist in the eastern United States.
University of Vermont archaeologists are thrilled with their astounding find. Preliminary analysis suggests the site was a hunting camp where Native Americans removed and replaced spear points broken during hunts. They also found other tools that indicate the people butchered animals and prepared their hides at the site. They have christened it the Mazza site, named for landowner Sam Mazza.
Here's something to think about: These ancient Native American treasures were only found due to the construction of the Chittenden County Circumferential Highway. Before the road is built, archaeologists have been given a chance to dig so they can identify, evaluate, and develop management plans for prehistoric and historic sites that may be affected by the construction. WCAX-TV in Burlington, Vermont reports that ironically, the highway has probably led to more archeological discoveries in the state than any other single factor--so far 79 and counting.
Bigger Penis is Better heisenberg
The momentum of former Vermont Governor Dr. Howard Dean’s campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination continues with a 10-point lead over his closest challenger in New Hampshire. Dean earned 30%, compared to Massachusetts Senator John Kerry’s 20%. Newly-announced contender retired General Wesley Clark placed third in the Granite State at 10%, and may have reduced Dean’s 2-1 lead over Kerry in August.
Clearly throughout the
history of mankind,
there've always been individuals who have
gotten through screens and
done bad things.
There've also been people who
go through a screen
not intending to do bad things and
arrive at some point later and
decide they're going to
do bad things that are harmful to the intent of the activity.
So I guess how do I respond?
I respond to the fact that
UN officials yesterday questioned US calls for Iraqis to prepare a constitution within six months, leading to elections thereafter, warning that a credible process could take considerably longer.
Colin Powell, US secretary of state, said yesterday: "Six months seems to be a good timeline for the creation of this constitution, to give a sense of momentum and purpose to the effort of moving toward full restoration of authority over Iraq to the Iraqi people".
After a week of rumours and denials, President Hamed Karzai has finally announced the worst-kept secret in town - approval of Afghanistan's new constitution is to be set back two months.
A Loya Jirga, or grand assembly, will be convened to discuss and pass the constitution in December, not October as originally scheduled.
The failure of the commission drafting the constitution to publish a final version by a September 1 deadline had already signalled that the process had fallen behind.
Azizullah Wasefi, deputy head of the recently-formed monarchist movement Jonbesh-e-Wahdat-Milli-ye-Afghanistan...is opposed to the entire political process, seeing it as the work of foreign interests, "This constitution and the Loya Jirga do not have the support of the people. Instead, they are about the wishes of the Bonn meeting [where the current peace accord was signed in December, 2001]."
Coalition estimates that attacks on its forces in Iraq are now averaging more than fifteen days. [Ed: I believe this means "15 attacks per day".]
CMCC sites in Adhamiyah, Rusafa, Al- Sadir city, al-Muthanna, Shaab, Hurriyah, Shuala and Al-Ameriah ( the area around Baghdad International airport )
Are classifies as uncertain or hostile areas.
Carjacking is rife in the capital. Do not walk around the streets with bags or mobile/satellite phones.
The curfew in Baghdad begins at 11pm and ends at 4am; most governorates have no curfew.
Iraq's highways are considered dangerous. Highway 10 between Baghdad and the Jordanian border is especially hazardous, particularly around the Ramadi area. Armed bandits operate this route, using fast cars to stop large convoys of vehicles.
Highway 8, between Baghdad and Hillah is also considered a no go route by humanitarian organisations.
Highway 1, between Baghdad and Qasim is also very dangerous.
Yale economist Ray Fair...has created a model featured in his book, "Predicting Presidential Elections and Other Things"...
CNN/Money used Fair's model to come up with a prediction for the 2004 election, assuming the Philly Fed's projected 3.7 percent GDP growth rate for the first three quarters of 2004, growth above 3.2 percent for the last two quarters of 2003, and average inflation of 2.2 percent during the first 15 quarters of Bush's term.
The result: Bush should win more than 60 percent of the vote on election day -- an unequivocal landslide.
[D]on't believe the widely reported loss of millions of manufacturing jobs since the Bush administration took office. All these alleged facts are either wrong or greatly exaggerated, based on the same faulty source.
There are two sources of labor market statistics, the Establishment Survey and the Household Survey--both conducted by the Labor Department. The first asks manufacturing and service sector companies how many employees they have. The second asks a sample of people whether they have jobs.
For the year ending in August, the Establishment Survey shows a loss of 463,000 jobs. The Household Survey shows that the economy added 313,000 new jobs in the same period. The Establishment Survey also shows the much discussed job loss since the Bush administration took office--2.7 million jobs. The Household Survey reduces the loss to 220,000, not good but far more typical of a period with recession and slow recovery. As the speed of recovery picks up, the latter loss will disappear by early next year.
For the Federal Trade Commission, Judge Edward W. Nottingham's ruling invalidating the nationwide do-not-call registry illustrates the adage that no good deed goes unpunished.
Nottingham voided the FTC registry because it offered consumers the option of banning unwanted calls from for-profit businesses but not calls from charitable organizations, which, the judge reasoned, are just as intrusive. This "content-based" discrimination between two otherwise indistinguishable forms of speech, Nottingham ruled, violated the First Amendment.
Yet the FTC created the exemption for charitable calls in the first place because it believed that the First Amendment required it to do so.
Although most telemarketing calls are commercial calls, Nottingham noted, the FTC registry...was discriminatory because, in terms of invading privacy, there is no difference between a charitable or other noncommercial call and a profit-making one.
Several legal analysts said the problem might have been avoided if the FTC had permitted consumers to choose for themselves between banning only commercial calls, or both commercial and noncommercial calls. That way, any content-based discrimination would have been a function of individual choice, not government action.
The FTC considered that option, but rejected it.
"The commission believes that such an approach may be impractical because of cost considerations and because of the difficulty for consumers to understand and deal with the complications of such a system," the FTC said in the Federal Register. "Thus, these factors may render a bifurcated registry an insufficient or excessively cumbersome response."
The maker of the Segway Human Transporter has agreed to recall the motorized scooters because riders have been injured falling off when its batteries are low.
"Under certain operating conditions, particularly when the batteries are near the end of charge, some Segway HTs may not deliver enough power, allowing the rider to fall," the CPSC warned. "This can happen if the rider speeds up abruptly, encounters an obstacle, or continues to ride after receiving a low-battery alert."
The Manchester, N.H.-based company has sold about 6,000 of the scooters so far. The recall involves all Segway HT i167 ("i Series") models sold to consumers. Two models sold in test markets — the e167 and p133 models — are also being recalled. Customers can call 877-889-9020 for information on getting a free upgrade.
In June, President Bush fell off a Segway he was trying to ride.
After Russia's most reputable polling agency reported last month that support for President Vladimir Putin's war in Chechnya had fallen to 28 percent, the messengers were targeted by a state-ordered purge. Soon the center's founder and research team were out, replaced by a 29-year-old who once campaigned for Putin's political party.
Putin called it a simple financial dispute, but many reformers and political analysts saw it as emblematic of a broader rollback of democratic gains of the post-Soviet period. In the past few months alone, the last independent national television network was shut down, new rules drastically restricting political coverage were imposed on surviving news organizations, challengers to the Kremlin favorite in next month's election in Chechnya were driven out of the race and a spate of investigations were launched against an oil tycoon who funded rival political parties.
Few if any of these issues will take a prominent place on the agenda when Putin meets President Bush at Camp David for a summit Friday and Saturday, according to officials from both governments. In the two years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Putin has positioned himself as a chief ally in the U.S.-led war on terrorism and, while he disagreed with Bush on the invasion of Iraq, the Russian president still occupies a special place in the White House's hierarchy of foreign friends.
Both easily survived the two hours of back-and-forth on a host of economic issues. Clark demonstrated flashes of the persona that has made him attractive to many Democratic voters, and Dean, although occasionally annoyed at the potshots aimed his way, mostly held his ground.
Dean reached for ridicule to defend himself. "You know, to listen to Senator Lieberman, Senator Kerry, Representative Gephardt, I'm anti-Israel, I'm anti-trade, I'm anti-Medicare and I'm anti-Social Security. I wonder how I ended up in the Democratic Party."
Commentator David Ehrlich, who owns a bookstore and cafe in Jerusalem, shares his thoughts and anxieties about the course of peace negotiations in the Middle East. This essay is part of Morning Edition's continuing series of commentaries on the Middle East.
Saddam Hussein had an advanced invisibility program, a draft report on the search for WMD's is to say. David Kay is set to reveal next week that there are countless untold WMD's virtually everywhere in Iraq, but we just can't see them.
The revelation set off a new search in Iraq. "We're searching for invisible bacteria, invisible viruses, invisible missiles, invisible anthrax, invisible pixie dust, and invisible atoms, which could be used to develop invisible nuclear weapons," said Captain Kronic Fatigue of the Weapons Detection Divison of the Twenty-Third Battalion Expeditionary Force.
I'm very proud, for instance, by Attorney General John Ashcroft's recent dictum to virtually eliminate plea bargains in federal criminal cases. I've long argued in this space that our justice system contains far too much nuance, and Ashcroft's decision guarantees that everyone in America who's charged with a federal crime will go to jail for a very long time, if not forever. Hooray!
Perhaps this means the final curtain for Faith Fippinger, a 62-year-old former schoolteacher who dared to travel to Iraq during the war as a "human shield." The government is charging her with violating U.S. "trade" sanctions against Iraq, and they also seem upset that she engaged in such terrorist-type activities as teaching in schools and volunteering in hospitals. Here's hoping that the government silences this insane voice as quickly as possible so she can stop prattling on about the Iraqi "people" who "died horribly" during the war. I've said it before here and I'll say it again: Informed dissent has no place in a functioning democracy.
A blanket policy of early and aggressive intervention in overseas hotspots is likely to be counterproductive and costly. Although the United States cannot afford to ignore national security threats in the post 9-11 era, neither can it afford to get entangled in the innumerable conflicts and tensions around the globe...
The AFSC Jerusalem QIAR [Quaker International Affairs Representatives] was instrumental in bringing together an international conference this year for COs [Conscientious Objectors] to help them understand their rights (COs in Israel are not protected by law, and refuseniks like the pilots are in even hotter water if they refuse to obey orders.)
The meeting was officially hosted by AFSC, War Resisters International and New Profile, an Israeli organization we've worked with for a while which got started around the question of Israeli troops serving in Southern Lebanon. We'll continue to support the activities of COs in a quiet way keeping in mind that our own legal status in Israel could be questioned. (It is very difficult for internatinoal NGOs like AFSC to officially register and for ex-pat staff to get work permits. ) As a result we keep a pretty low profile within the country.
The president would outpoll any of the current leading Democratic contenders if the election were held today. He would earn 45% of the vote against retired General Wesley Clark's 35%; would beat former Vermont Governor Dr. Howard Dean, 47% - 37%; would poll 47% against Massachusetts Senator John Kerry's 37%; and would win over Missouri Congressman Richard Gephardt and Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, 49% - 37%.
Yet when matched against an unnamed (generic) Democratic presidential contender, Bush would lose that theoretical match-up with just 41%, compared to the Democrat's 45%.
Clark and Dean share the lead among Democratic presidential hopefuls, with 12% each. No other candidate reaches double digits, and Kerry leads them with 7%, followed by Gephardt at 6%.
The House voted Thursday to grant the Federal Trade Commission explicit authority to create a national "do not call" list for telemarketers, and Senate action was expected later in the day.
The quick action comes a day after a federal judge ruled the FTC overstepped its congressional mandate to create the wildly popular list.
"Fifty million Americans can't be wrong," Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., declared Wednesday, referring to the number of people who have signed up to block the unwanted solicitations.
I think the recall is a terrible idea. I think it's bad for democracy. I think it's bad for our state. I know people right now who are organizing to recall the next governor if it's a Republican. I think that's a bad way of doing politics. I think it's a perpetual type of politics. I agree with my colleagues that there is some good that could come from this as a result. But I think that to do it in this way, even Hiram Johnson as Arnold talked about in terms of him creating the recall process, even in his inaugural address said that it wasn't the panacea. The recalls are not the panacea for government.
Front-runner Howard Dean has broken former President Clinton's Democratic record for most money raised in a three-month burst, while new rival Wesley Clark is turning to some of Clinton's most loyal and effective fund-raisers to help him jump-start his presidential campaign.
No Democrat is coming close to President Bush's fund raising, however. Bush is expected to collect about $43 million by the time the third quarter ends next Tuesday, bringing his total this year to roughly $78 million, GOP officials said.
Dean, raising millions on the Internet, is likely to take in $13 million to $16 million this quarter, a campaign insider said. That would lift him to at least $23.5 million for the race so far and likely make him the Democratic money leader for the year.
Saddam Hussein's monuments have been removed and not only his statues. The true monuments of his rule and his character -- the torture chambers, and the rape rooms, and the prison cells for innocent children -- are closed.
George W. Bush is in the worst political trouble of his presidency, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday night. Bush’s approval rating now stands at 49 percent, the lowest point of his tenure.
SHARMAN NETWORKS LTD., the company behind the Kazaa file-sharing software, filed a federal lawsuit Monday accusing the entertainment companies of using unauthorized versions of its software in their efforts to root out users. Entertainment companies have offered bogus versions of copyright works and sent online messages to users.
Bombs rocked a teeming quarter of Baghdad and a sex-film theater in Mosul on Wednesday, reportedly killing at least three Iraqis and wounding dozens.
The way chosen by the United States was plainly marked by a few clear precepts, which govern its conduct in world affairs.
First: No people on earth can be held, as a people, to be enemy, for all humanity shares the common hunger for peace and fellowship and justice.
Second: No nation's security and well-being can be lastingly achieved in isolation but only in effective cooperation with fellow-nations.
Third: Any nation's right to form of government and an economic system of its own choosing is inalienable.
Fourth: Any nation's attempt to dictate to other nations their form of government is indefensible.
And fifth: A nation's hope of lasting peace cannot be firmly based upon any race in armaments but rather upon just relations and honest understanding with all other nations.
The kindergarten teacher speaks to her class in Cherokee, telling the children to pull out their mats for nap time. Using their Cherokee names, she instructs "Yo-na," or Bear, to place his mat away from "A-wi," or Deer. Soft Cherokee music lulls them to sleep.
These youngsters' parents were mocked for speaking Cherokee. Their grandparents were punished. But Cherokee is the only language these children will speak in their public school classroom.
By immersing the youngsters in the language of their ancestors, tribal leaders are hoping to save one of the many endangered American Indian tongues.
Democratic presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark was conspicuous by his absence on last Sunday's talk shows. It's almost routine for anyone entering the White House race to be booked instantly for grilling.
But the word is that Clark's advisers, one of whom is the political operative formerly known as President Bill Clinton, have decided to carefully limit his media availability.
U.S. involvement in Colombia is deepening rapidly and with relatively little public debate. With more than 2,000 personnel from 32 U.S. agencies, the embassy in Bogotá now surpasses that in Cairo as the largest U.S. embassy in the world. The U.S. now has more troops and civilian contractors on the ground in Colombia than ever before. As of July 2003, 358 U.S. troops were in Colombia. This represents a tripling of the 117 U.S. troops stationed in Colombia in November 2001, although it remains beneath the congressionally mandated cap of 400. Five U.S. citizens employed as contractors were killed in Colombia this year, and 21 U.S. government-titled aircraft have been downed there since 1998.
Colombia...is the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid after Israel and Egypt.
A U.S. court in Oklahoma has blocked the national "do not call" list that would allow consumers to stop most unwanted telephone sales calls, the Direct Marketing Association said on Wednesday.
The U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City said the Federal Trade Commission overstepped its authority when it set up the popular anti-telemarketing measure, according to the DMA.
Events during the past two years have set before us the clearest of divides:
between those who seek order, and those who spread chaos;
between those who work for peaceful change, and those who adopt the methods of gangsters;
between those who honor the rights of man, and those who deliberately take the lives of men and women and children without mercy or shame.
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1/4 cup baking soda
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Not only is the country's leading touch-screen voting system so badly designed that votes can be easily changed, but its manufacturer is run by a die-hard GOP donor who vowed to deliver his state for Bush next year.
Somewhere between his stint in the Army and selling his first screenplay, Wesley Clark, Jr. -- Wes the son, the candidate's only child -- went three years without health insurance.
That's a remarkable detail, the sort of thing that would be inconceivable for a member of the Bush family, or the Deans, or the Kerrys. In fact, it's hard to imagine anyone in the Bush family wanting for a thing -- least of all Jenna and Barb, W's robust twins.
It's not widely known, but General Wesley Clark -- Wes the father -- is about to be a grandfather, courtesy of Wes Jr.'s wife, Ingrid.
And Wes the father knows that the only reason Wes the son has health insurance is because of a union contract...
It's been only a few years since business-technology professionals commanded top-dollar salaries and job-hopped with impunity. That tide has turned, leaving IT pros unsure of how to regain the footing they once had--or whether they ever can. Once standing at the helm as American business explored an exciting new frontier, many workers now feel they're being left at the dock as employers ship more and more tech jobs overseas and--in the face of persistent U.S. IT unemployment--testify to Congress about the need to continue supporting the H-1B visa program to bring in foreign technology workers.
[T]he feds haven't been much help. A case in point is the Department of Labor's refusal to extend cash and job-training benefits to technology workers who have applied for aid under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program, which was established some 40 years ago to help manufacturing workers whose jobs were sent overseas. The reason: IT workers are usually classified by the Labor Department as services providers, not manufacturers who produce tangible "products."
Democratic presidential front-runner Howard Dean wants a late charge waived for failing to pay his Burlington property taxes on time. He said he sent in a check before the deadline that city officials say they never received.
Bob Rogan, Dean's deputy campaign manager, issued a statement late Friday defending Dean's decision to ask that the late fee be waived.
"The governor is exercising his right, as a citizen of Burlington, to appeal the $76.01 in interest and penalties and will abide by the decision of the board," Rogan said. "This will come as no surprise to Vermonters, who are well aware that Howard Dean is a tightwad."
The slumping American economy has proved to be a boon to the Army's efforts to recruit the 100,000 enlisted soldiers it says it needs this year to fill its active-duty and reserve ranks, senior Army officials say, so far relieving concerns that the turmoil in Iraq could crimp new enlistments.
I am embarrassed to admit that I derive considerable amusement watching various members of the current US administration eating humble pie. I watched Colin Powell’s performance in Geneva with interest and was reminded of a story widely known in the Arab world.
A long time ago, a Turkish pasha (general) after retiring from the army fell upon hard times. His friends advised him to sell radishes in the market in order to earn a living. So he put some radishes on a tray and went down to the market to sell them. As he approached the market he remembered his days in the army where he commanded hundreds of men and was feared by all, and suddenly he felt humiliated. So he began to shout: "Radishes, you dogs! Fresh radishes, you donkeys!"
Need I say more?
We are in the process of setting up an On Air BBC interview for tonight.
Pat Kneisler will be discussing Coalition casualties. Hamit Dardagan the researcher for the Iraq Body Count web site will also be interviewed.
Listen online at The BBC FiveLive
When: 7:00 pm eastern time
Subject of the interview:
Is the public is becoming numb to the daily reports of deaths and injuries in Iraq, or is it that the sheer number of casualties has never been made clear? Is it dawning on the american public how costly Iraq is becoming in terms of the number of dead and seriously wounded US soldiers?
[L]et us not insult the Best and the Brightest of the 1960s with those who accused Saddam of supporting Osama, who had promised to find weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq, and who were so sure that Americans would be welcomed as 'liberators' in Iraq and succeed in making the country a model of democracy for the entire Middle East. The Dumb and the Dumbest sounds a more appropriate title for the current crew.
Not every UN decision expresses political truth or an immaculate moral policy approach; and it has frequently happened that a legitimate, necessary Israeli measure has stirred automatic (and sometimes absurd) castigation in UN institutions. Yet the series of recent events in international diplomacy, a sequence that has perpetuated a situation in which Israel stands against a decisive majority of world countries (including European states), stems from a foolish, irresponsible decision reached by Israel's government.
Yasser Arafat, a cunning politician and a failed leader, bears responsibility for a large degree of Palestinian society's inability to transform as an orderly country; and under Arafat's regime, several of the most loathsome terror groups prosper and operate. Yet Arafat now has widespread international backing.
It is not that all countries of the world applaud his actions; and it can be assumed that many world statesmen are cognizant of the devastating damage that has been wrought by Arafat's policies. Nonetheless, it is hard to imagine that any country can condone the Israeli cabinet's decision to "remove" the rival leader, especially when government ministers make concerted efforts to clarify that the decision relates to Arafat's actual arrest, his expulsion or his being killed.
None of this means that the Palestinians ought to celebrate their victory. They are stuck with their leader no less than Israel is stuck with him; and, in all likelihood, the fact that Arafat's status is virtually unassailable in the international arena portends that the Palestinians, along with Israelis, can expect another period of impasse and bitter hardship.
We have ten days left in the September to Remember, and now is the time for us all to demonstrate that we have the power to take on Bush's Rangers and Pioneers-- and that we have the ability to take our country back from the special interests and win the White House in 2004.
You can see by the graphic on the right: We have five bats. Our goal is $5 million in the next ten days.
I've contributed the first $100 to the bat. And now, I'm reaching out to you-- asking you to contribute whatever amount you can, large or small.
I'm contributing knowing that my action, when combined with the actions of thousands of Americans who are part of our campaign, has the power to make a difference not just in our campaign, but in the future of our country.
[T]here's a European challenger to America's GPS supremacy, and after years of Euro-wrangling, the Galileo satellite constellation is about to enter its critical final phase. The European rival is deeply unnerving for the American military.
Due to be up and running in five years, and billed as the first wholly-civilian navigation system, Galileo consists of 30 small satellites...working together in a constellation.
Europe and America have clashed because America wants what amounts to a veto over Galileo in times of military need, in other words, to be able to knock out the entire Galileo system. The problem is that one of the main signals Galileo will use for its public service is the same as one the US military has also set its sights on. America claims this risks interference problems. The Pentagon also wants to be able to switch off any civil system at any time. But if it blocked the Galileo frequency, it would also be blocking its own military signal, obviously a disaster.
[P]ower is not just military power; or rather, military power depends on economic growth and political institutions.
Another line of argument is that power is diplomatic, not military: Precisely the threat posed to smaller countries by the power of the United States is encouraging them to combine against America.
This is an argument that has a special appeal to Europeans. They know that the EU is a military pygmy...However, by acting collectively and through the institutions of the postwar international order—the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, NATO—the Europeans may be able to restrain the United States. Samuel Huntington once argued that European integration was "the single most important move" as the rest of the world responded to American hyperpower and that it would ultimately lead to a "truly multipolar" twenty-first century. The fact that the United States spent weeks vainly trying to persuade France and Germany to back military action against Iraq suggests that there is at least some truth in this view.
Power...is partly about material things: guns, butter, men, money, oil. But it is also about morale. In a world characterized by the diffusion of most of the material elements of power, real power may therefore come to depend on having credibility and legitimacy. Faith cannot move mountains. But it can move men.
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A non-violent, counter-dominant, left-liberal, possibly charismatic, quasi anarcho-libertarian Quaker's take on politics, volleyball, and other esoterica.
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