Thursday, May 31, 2007

Amazing story from Michael Yon

Read the whole thing, a riveting story.

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Edwards is full of gas!

During a campaign stop in Silicon Valley Thursday, Edwards planned to berate the oil industry for "anticompetitive actions" and outline an energy plan he says would reduce oil imports "and get us on a path to be virtually petroleum-free within a generation."

Pretty amazing since the liberals are the main reason why we do not exploit our own oil reserves in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico and also since environmental restrictions mandate about 30 different mixes of gasoline throughout the country causing refineries to shutdown during this time of the year to switch over to these mixes. Not to mention the taxes on gasoline.

But thats too hard for the public to understand, its easier to blame "Big Oil" !

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Is the media finally catching on?

One can only hope...

Plame called on to explain varied accounts

WASHINGTON — Former CIA officer Valerie Plame should explain "differences" in her various accounts of how her husband was sent to the African nation of Niger in 2002 to investigate reports Iraq was trying to buy uranium there, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said.

Plame's differing versions have furthered "misinformation" about the origins of the case that roiled official Washington beginning in July 2003, said Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo. Plame gave those accounts to the CIA's inspector general, Senate investigators and a House committee in March.

A February 2002 CIA memo released last week as part of a study of pre-Iraq-war intelligence shows that Plame suggested her husband, former State Department official Joseph Wilson, for the Niger trip, Bond said. That "doesn't square" with Plame's March testimony in which she said an unnamed CIA colleague raised her husband's name, Bond told USA TODAY.

Here are Plame's three versions of how Wilson was sent to Niger, Bond said:

•She told the CIA's inspector general in 2003 or 2004 that she had suggested Wilson.

•Plame told Senate Intelligence Committee staffers in 2004 that she couldn't remember whether she had suggested Wilson.

•She told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in March that an unidentified person in Vice President Cheney's office asked a CIA colleague about the African uranium report in February 2002. A third officer, overhearing Plame and the colleague discussing this, suggested, "Well, why don't we send Joe?" Plame told the committee.

CIA officials have been unable to verify Plame's March version, Bond said. Paul Gimigliano, a CIA spokesman, said the "public record on the matter is extensive, and, at this point, I can't add anything to it."

So she remembered, then forgot then misremembered...

Misinformation = Lies

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007


The left is losing it over the Iraq funding bill...but he is right about the coward/weak part...

BILL MAHER, HOST: Now, what did you think of the Democrats, you know, caving in on this Iraq spending bill? Yah, I mean…

BEN AFFLECK, ACTOR/ACTIVIST: These fucking people. You know what it is? Democrats, this is the fucking problem with them.

MAHER: Let it out, Ben. Let it out.

AFFLECK: I’m going to do it right now, because, you know what’s funny about this fucking giveaway? The Democrats live in fear of basically, you know, being called cowards. Of looking soft on military. Of looking like pussies, basically. We’re afraid that somebody’s going to call us a pussy. That someone’s going to criticize us. And these people got elected basically on opposing the war. They got sent to Washington to oppose the war. They went there to make a vote on opposing the war. And then, when they got sent back the bill to, you know, and they were told, “Look, you know, the President’s not going to, you know, you have to put these, uh, you know, timelines in there, you know, you’re either going to vote for or against this measure that says, you have to, if you want this money, you have to give us timelines to get out of Iraq. Are you going to be for this or against it?”

They were afraid that if they basically sent it back to the President and said, “No, we need the timelines,” and they left, for Memorial Day vacation, that when they left, the President would criticize them when they went on vacation for not supporting the troops. In other words…While they were on vacation, they were afraid of being criticized. So rather, out of a fear of being criticized, they sacrificed their core political beliefs. And they wonder why people call them fucking weak.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Those damn white men!

From Rosie's blog...
juli writes;

How can you expect us (USA) to resolve our differences with the world and have peace when you can’t do this with EH & The V? You need to be an example for your children… U can do this! Own it…

there will never b peace
if the white men r in charge

the women r collateral damage

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Rosie speaks on her vlog

Hillary: Shared Prosperity?

Sounds like socialism to me, is that what she meant?
We Are All in It Together, Clinton Says
Tuesday May 29, 12:11 pm ET

By Holly Ramer, Associated Press Writer

Clinton: Shared Prosperity Should Replace 'On Your Own' Society

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton outlined a broad economic vision Tuesday, saying it's time to replace an "on your own" society with one based on shared responsibility and prosperity.

The Democratic senator said what the Bush administration touts as an "ownership society" really is an "on your own" society that has widened the gap between rich and poor.

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Pelosi sees evidence of climate change...

So did Washington, it got a lot less chilly in DC while she was gone;
Pelosi: Climate Change Is a Reality

May 28, 7:36 PM (ET)


BERLIN (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday she led a congressional delegation to Greenland, where lawmakers saw "firsthand evidence that climate change is a reality," and she hoped the Bush administration would consider a new path on the issue.

After meeting with German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Pelosi praised Berlin for its leadership on the issue.

Her trip comes ahead of next week's Group of Eight summit and a climate change meeting next month involving the leading industrialized nations and during a time of increased debate over what should succeed the Kyoto Protocol, a 1997 international treaty that caps the amount of carbon dioxide that can be emitted from power plants and factories in industrialized countries. It expires in 2012.

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Duke comeback falls short in title game


Monday, May 28th 2007, 4:59 PM

BALTIMORE - There were hugs, handshakes and plenty of tears. The Duke lacrosse team had run through a myriad of emotions over the past 14 months, and now it was over.

The Blue Devils had an almost unfathomable comeback fall short in a 12-11 loss to Johns Hopkins in the NCAA championship game Monday, and afterward the locker room was eerily silent.

No team had ever experienced what Duke had endured. The Blue Devils never even got the chance to finish their 2006 season, and then made it all the way back to the title game.

Minutes after the loss, however, that was no consolation.

"Right now I think everyone in here is thinking, 'Wow, we just lost the national championship.' In a couple of weeks, maybe we'll say, 'Look what we accomplished,"' goaltender Dan Loftus said. "But we wanted a national championship. That's what we came here for."

It would have been a Hollywood story: Duke completes its emotional comeback season by winning its first national title before a record crowd.

But Johns Hopkins wrote its own ending.

"We used it as motivation," Blue Jays midfielder Stephen Peyser said. "When we first got here, we were the forgotten sons. We said we were going to sneak up on everyone, and when it's our time, we would show the world what we're made of."

The result left Duke's players engulfed in an emotion they hadn't experienced in nearly a year - bitter disappointment.

"It's just an extreme feeling of emptiness," said senior Matt Danowski, who broke down in tears during his post-game interview. "Nobody has been through what we've been through. To know the bond that I share with these guys, I can't describe it in words. I'm going to miss it."

Despite the defeat, Duke's performance effectively eliminated the residue of an agonizing 2006 season that was canceled after eight games.

The Blue Devils fell 9-8 to Hopkins in the 2005 title game, but missed a chance to return to the Final Four in 2006 after a woman hired to strip at a team party claimed she was attacked by three Duke players.

The allegations, which included rape and kidnapping charges, ultimately proved to be false. But the revelation came too late to save Duke's season or the job of coach Mike Pressler, who watched Monday's game among the championship-game record crowd of 48,443 while first-year coach John Danowski, Matt's father, ran a team consisting of dozens of Pressler recruits.

At game's end, Pressler hung his head. But he visited with his former players after it was over.

John Danowski expressed pride in being able to coach this team, which accomplished everything it set out to do until coming up a goal short in its final test.

"As you can imagine, it was emotional afterward," John Danowski said. "It's been a (heck) of a ride, and I thank the students at Duke University for giving me the opportunity to be here."

The Blue Jays (13-4) never trailed in winning their ninth national championship. But they blew a six-goal halftime lead and found themselves locked in a tie at 11 after Duke's Max Quinzani scored with 4:37 remaining.

Hopkins attackman Kevin Huntley followed with his third goal of the game, with 3:25 to go, but the Blue Jays couldn't celebrate until Quinzani's shot went wide of the goal as time expired.

"I thought it was going in. It must have been an inch-and-a-half wide of that bottom right corner," Quinzani said.

Ten seconds earlier, Hopkins goalie Jesse Schwartzman blocked a shot by Brad Ross.

After the clock expired, the Blue Jays celebrated and the Blue Devils (17-3) gathered in a somber huddle in front of their bench.

"Last year just made us a tighter group," Quinzani said. "That's why so many of us are so emotional right now."

Duke came up short, but could take consolation in at least playing the game. One year earlier, their season ended after a loss to Cornell on March 21.

"Coach reminded us what a great season it was and that we should be proud of ourselves," senior Ed Douglas said, "but certainly it hurts." Ned Crotty scored three goals for the Blue Devils, who came into the game with a school-record 12-game winning streak - a run that included an 11-9 win over Hopkins on April 7.

Jake Byrne scored four goals, and Paul Rabil had a goal and five assists for Hopkins.

Duke trailed 10-4 at halftime, then blanked Hopkins in the third period and closed to 10-9 entering the final period.

Quinzani started the comeback by scoring with 10:50 left in the third quarter, and Crotty scored 24 seconds later. Goals by Ross, Mike Catalino and Peter Lamade followed, getting the Blue Devils to 10-9 with 5:21 left in the period.

Rabil ended Hopkins' drought early in the fourth quarter, but Matt Danowski answered with 12:29 left, setting the stage for the exciting finish.

Byrne scored four goals in the first half, and the Blue Jays outshot Duke 27-12 and won 12 of 16 faceoffs.

Hopkins needed only 12 seconds to get the game's first goal and led 4-2 after the first period. The Blue Jays won all seven faceoffs in the opening quarter and limited Duke to only four shots.

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Met fans booing Bonds are hypocrites?

Mike Vaccaro of the NY Posts writes that if Met fans boo Barry Bonds this week while the Giants are visiting New York but do not offer the same greeting to Guillermo Mota, who is returning from a 50 game ban for testing positive for steroids, then all Met fans will be hypocrites of the worst kind.
Mets fans will boo Bonds, all right, and that is their right. But those boos had better be rooted in the malice of jeering fearsome opponents, not just one currently embroiled in a scandal. Because this week, the Mets will welcome back a relief pitcher named Guillermo Mota who is sure to strengthen an already-rugged bullpen, a pitcher who showed flashes of electricity last autumn, a pitcher in whom Willie Randolph hopes to be able to entrust plenty of seventh and eighth innings across the next four months.

A pitcher who today will complete a 50-game ban imposed by baseball because he did something that Barry Bonds has never yet done: He flunked a steroid test. He peed in a cup and that cup practically turned fluorescent from all the chemicals swimming around in it. He cheated. Say it again. Mota cheated. He is not a suspected cheater. He is an adjudged cheater.

Now, if Mota comes back to the Mets and he’s missing a yard or two off his fastball, Shea Stadium is going to greet him the same way they did last October, when he surrendered the Game 2 Scott Spiezio blast that turned the NLCS with the Cardinals completely around: they will boo him off the mound, and they’ll do it on merit.

But if it turns out the illicit juice he injected in himself wasn’t a magic potion, if it turns out that he really is the pitcher he was with the Dodgers a few years ago, or the one who thrilled the Mets in small swatches last year, then never will be heard a discouraging word. And the skies won’t be cloudy all day.

Again, there are no rules banning hypocrisy on the back of your game ticket, alongside the rain-check policy. You can do what you want. Just think about all of that when you stand up to boo Bonds. Boo him because he can kill your team. Boo him because you don’t think him a worthy heir to Hank Aaron. Boo him because you just don’t like him. All of that is fair.

But if you boo him because you think he’s a steroid freak . . . well, think of it as a new spin on the old Latin maxim “caveat emptor.”

Booer beware.

I think not.

While not condoning the use of steroids, cheering Mota's return is not at all hypocritical since Mota was caught, admitted using steroids and served his penalty. He didn't offer up ridicules explanations as Bonds has done he just knew he was caught red-handed and admitted it. Bonds has steadfastly denied knowingly using steroids and, as he and the ESPN loving media have repeatedly pointed out, he has never tested positive for any banned substance.

So why not cheer someone who made a mistake, payed his dues and has come back to face the music?

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Google ignores Memorial Day

Google, which often uses cute little alterations on the logo to commemorate holidays completely ignored Memorial Day. Not to worry, they do remember holidays like Edvard Munch's Birthday - December 12, 2006 or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Birthday - May 22, 2006 or the most important day of all time their own birthday;

Click here to see all of Google's Doodle logos.

Classy Mexican audience...

Since it appears that the US Congress is about grant legal status to 20 million lawbreakers currently in the US you would think that the Mexican audience would show a tiny bit class;

I would have thought her moment to relive would be the evening gown competition, except this time not falling.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Rosie's kinda mad...

After the dust-up between Rosie and Elisabeth on The View a couple of days ago, the NY Post Page Six reports that after the show ended Rosie's writer on the show (writer?) defaced all the pictures on Elisabeth by drawing mustaches on on all of them. ABC confirms that this did happen.

Very professional and classy behavior....

May 25, 2007 -- ROSIE O'Donnell left "The View" with a bang, not a whimper, following her on-air smackdown with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday.

Yesterday, Rosie's chief writer, Janette Barber, was allegedly escorted from the building after she was caught drawing moustaches on photographs of Hasselbeck that hang in the "View" studios.

The Post's Adam Buckman reports ABC confirmed in a statement only that "photographs at 'The View's' offices were defaced. Rosie O'Donnell was not in the building. ABC Legal and Human Resources are investigating the matter." Barber is an old friend of O'Donnell who worked with her years ago on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show."

There were also rumors O'Donnell was so angry after her argument with Hasselbeck that she trashed her dressing room, although ABC denied the tantrum.

Meanwhile, "The View" went on yesterday without O'Donnell, who was taking a previously planned day off to celebrate partner Kelli Carpenter's 40th birthday.

Hasselbeck - who had tangled with O'Donnell before about President Bush's handling of the Iraq war - was on the show with Joy Behar, Barbara Walters and guest host Kathy Griffin. The four discussed the blowup only briefly before switching topics.

As for O'Donnell, she's been posting comments on her personal Web site,, fueling speculation she might not return to "The View" ever again. Her scheduled last day is Wednesday, June 20.

When one fan wrote, "Work isn't worth that battle," Rosie replied, "Agreed." Another wrote, "Please walk away. It's not worth it." Rosie replied, "Well, you know when it's time to go."

To a fan who asked when she would return, O'Donnell answered, "No idea."

Yesterday, O'Donnell posted a video that may have symbolized how she's feeling about "The View."

The tape consisted of ducks swimming in a pond accompanied by an audio track of the John Mayer song "Vultures," whose lyrics include "How will I hold my head to keep from going under?"

Officially, "The View" expects O'Donnell to return to work on Tuesday.

She called Elisabeth a coward, if she doesn't return its clear who the coward is.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Elisabeth was great yesterday and we have Joy Behar to thank...

After all, she's the one that got it all started with this incredibly stupid rant on why Bush should be impeached...
JOY BEHAR: I was watching Al Gore on, on “Larry King” last night and, you know, he has a new book out, Al Gore, where he basically really says that Bush was the worst president that we’ve ever had in the history of the country…Does anyone have any idea why we can’t get rid of this guy who stole the election in 2000, killed the surplus with tax cuts…Wanting to privatize social security. Let me get through the list. He withdrew us from the Kyoto Treaty, John Ashcroft. Sat in the classroom after learning about 9/11…He lied to us to get us into the war. He awarded a no-bid contract to Halliburton, Abu Ghraib. He promoted his friend Michael Brown to take care of Katrina. Heck of a job, Brownie. Remember that? He doesn’t listen to the Iraq Study Group. He choked on a pretzel…He waited a week to visit New Orleans and then only to watch some jazz. He stood by Alberto Gonzales…and he stood by Rumsfeld, who some people think is a war criminal. He can’t pronounce the word “nuclear.” These are just some of the reasons…this guy needs to be thrown out of office

And after that all people are talking about it Rosie and Elisabeth.

Joy probably can't wait for Rosie to leave so people will pay attention to her again...if they ever did to begin with.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007


I am shocked!

US forces find Iranian money in Baghdad raid
May 23 10:44 AM US/Eastern

US forces have killed two gunmen and discovered a large amount of Iranian currency and bomb-making materials in a raid on the Baghdad Shiite neighbourhood of Sadr City on Wednesday.

US troops searched 11 buildings during the raid in search of a cell involved in importing weapons from Iran into Baghdad and southeastern Iraq.

"As they continued to search the buildings, coalition forces found a large quantity of Iranian money, more than 6,000 dollars in US money and improvised explosive device-making materials," said the statement.

During the search US forces came under attack from four gunmen and confirmed killing two of them. Washington has repeatedly accused Iran of funding armed groups in Iraq and trying to distabilise the country, a charge it has denied.

On May 28, the US and Iranian ambassadors to Iraq will meet to discuss their respective policies in the war torn country.

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Sunni and Shiia turning on AQ

From The Strata-Sphere;
A delegation of Sahwa al-Anbar, (Anbar Awakening) the tribal alliance in the restive Sunni province of Al Anbar, has made an unprecedented visit to Sadr City, the Baghdad stronghold of radical Shiite imam Moqtada al-Sadr, according to pan Arab daily al-Sharq al-Awsat. “We have taken this step to place national interest ahead of any differences” said the head of the US-endorsed Sunni alliance Hamid al-Hayas. “This is an effort to bring closer together the Sunni and Shiite Iraqi points of view. We want to deliver a message to all the political groups to put aside their differences and act for the common good” he said.

At the end of the meeting the two sides signs a joint document in which they vowed to fight the terrorism of al-Qaeda. The group has become increasingly isolated within the Sunni insurgency because of its indiscriminate targeting of civilians.

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The other word for this is...

U.S. Rep. Jack Murtha gave nearly $50,000 to 19 House freshmen who abandoned a week-old pledge to toughen House ethics rules by voting against a reprimand of Murtha for reportedly violating those rules.

Despite last week's media blitz promoting tougher ethics enforcement, a group of freshmen Congressmen failed their first practical test Tuesday night, when they refused to reprimand one of their colleagues for an apparent ethics violation.

In fact, those freshmen wouldn't even allow a debate to occur on the House floor, killing a privileged resolution before it could be considered by the full House.

On May 16, Democrat lawmakers held a news conference in Washington, DC, where more than two dozen freshmen announced a push for stronger ethics enforcement. The members followed up that event with local media, garnering widespread attention for vowing to reform Congress.

"Members of Congress must know that if they break the rules," Ohio's Zack Space told C-SPAN, "they will be caught and punished."

But when Space was given the chance to punish one of his own, Pennsylvania Democrat Jack Murtha, he refused. Murtha contributed $2,000 to Space's campaign last fall.


In fact, twenty-two of the twenty three freshmen who spent last week promoting tougher House ethics voted on Tuesday to kill the reprimand. One, North Carolina's Heath Shuler, voted "present." Shuler did not receive any funds from Murtha during his campaign.

In addition to the members already mentioned, the following freshmen who vowed tougher ethics rules, yet refused to rebuke Murtha, received the following contributions from the Pennsylvania Democrat. They are: Patrick Murphy, PA, $7,000; David Loebsack, IA, $4,500; Peter Welch, VT, $4,000; Yvette Clarke, NY, $4,000.

Additionally, Murtha contributed $2,000 each to Harry Mitchell, AZ; Jerry McNerney, CA; Ed Perlmutter, CO; Tim Mahoney, FL; Brad Ellsworth, IN; Baron Hill, IN; Tim Walz, MN; Paul Hodes, NH; Albio Sires, NJ; Kirsten Gillibrand, NY; Betty Sutton, OH; and Steven Kagen, WI.

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Free to trash Wal-Mart

From the Chicago Tribune. I guess it would have been hard to trash Wal-Mart while you work for them.

No worries.
Michelle Obama resigns position with Wal-Mart supplier

Posted by Christi Parsons at 4:35 pm CDT

Michelle Obama resigned her position as a director of Treehouse Foods today, ending the relationship with the Wal-Mart supplier that had threatened to become a problem for her husband, Barack Obama, in his bid for the Democratic nomination for president.

Treehouse supplies pickles and other specialty foods to Wal-Mart, a frequent target of union leaders who say the company treats its workers unfairly.

Michelle Obama cited increased demands on her time for resigning the position, which she had held since the summer of 2005.

But the decision comes as Democratic presidential candidates are distancing themselves from any ties to Wal-Mart, a key target of one of the party's most important constituencies. Several labor unions are engaged in a public campaign to change Wal-Mart's business practices.

"While we regret her resignation, we understand and respect her decision," said Sam K. Reed, the chairman of the Treehouse board.

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He calls 'em as he smells 'em

Boehner on the immigration bill

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I'm not authorized to talk to you, so of course I will....

From the WP;
New Strategy for War Stresses Iraqi Politics
U.S. Aims to Oust Sectarians From Key Roles

By Ann Scott Tyson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 23, 2007; Page A01

Top U.S. commanders and diplomats in Iraq are completing a far-reaching campaign plan for a new U.S. strategy, laying out military and political goals and endorsing the selective removal of hardened sectarian actors from Iraq's security forces and government.

The classified plan, scheduled to be finished by May 31, is a joint effort between Gen. David H. Petraeus, the senior American general in Iraq, and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker. More than half a dozen people with knowledge of the plan discussed its contents, although most asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about it to reporters.

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New sheriff in town?

Washington Post;

Democrats Relent On Pullout Timetable

By Shailagh Murray

Washington Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, May 23, 2007; Page A01

Democrats gave up their demand for troop-withdrawal deadlines in an Iraq war spending package yesterday, abandoning their top goal of bringing U.S. troops home and handing President Bush a victory in a debate that has roiled Congress for months.

Bush, who has already vetoed one spending bill with a troop timeline, had threatened to do the same with the next version if it came with such a condition. Democratic leaders had moved ahead anyway, under heavy pressure from liberals who believe that the party won control of Congress in November on the strength of antiwar sentiment. But in the end, Democrats said they did not have enough votes to override a presidential veto and could not delay troop funding.

The spending package, expected to total $120 billion when the final version is released today, would require Bush to surrender virtually none of his war authority. Democrats were working to secure two other priorities that the president had previously resisted: an increase in the minimum wage and funding for domestic programs, including veterans' benefits, Hurricane Katrina relief and agricultural aid.

And Sen Russ Feingold thinks its a matter or comfort;

Even before the ink was dry on the spending deal, antiwar lawmakers expressed strong opposition. "There has been a lot of tough talk from members of Congress about wanting to end this war, but it looks like the desire for political comfort won out over real action," said Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.). But Democrats vowed to continue their quest on other legislative vehicles. The big showdown will come in several months, when funding from the new bill expires and results from the U.S. troop buildup and the Iraqi benchmarks begin to materialize.

Yeah, providing the money for the military to perform the job is a matter of political comfort.

But Nancy says just wait until September;

"This is another stage in the sequencing of ending this war," said Pelosi, who added that September will be "the moment of truth."

I thought this was the moment? Didn't the American people vote for change? Isn't there a new sheriff in town?

"Calm down with the threats, there's a new Congress in town." She went on to say, "We respect your constitutional role, we want you to respect ours."


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And we want to use the UN for what reason?

From the BBC;
Pakistani UN peacekeeping troops have traded in gold and sold weapons to Congolese militia groups they were meant to disarm, the BBC has learnt.

These militia groups were guilty of some of the worst human rights abuses during the Democratic Republic of Congo's long civil war.

The trading went on in 2005. A UN investigative team sent to gather evidence was obstructed and threatened.

The team's report was buried by the UN itself to "avoid political fallout".

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The most ethical Congress in history...

...just voted to not reprimand unethical behavior. Surprised?
House Defeats Bid to Reprimand Murtha

May 22 07:27 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats rejected a Republican bid Tuesday to reprimand Rep. John Murtha, a senior lawmaker accused of threatening legislative reprisals against a GOP member who had crossed him.

Before and after the largely party-line vote, which caused some Democrats discomfort, Republicans taunted Democratic leaders about their campaign promises to run a more ethical and open Congress.

The House voted 219-189 to kill the Republicans' motion to reprimand Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat, Iraq war foe and close ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Two Democrats—Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Jim Cooper of Tennessee—voted against killing the motion. One Republican—Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania—voted for the motion to table, or kill, the proposed reprimand.

Blumenauer said in a statement that he voted against killing the motion because the issue "deserved debate or a referral to the Ethics Committee."

"If former Republican House leader Tom DeLay of Texas "had been accused of threatening a Democrat on the House floor, I would expect the same," Blumenauer said.

Murtha, known for his gruff manner and fondness for pork barrel projects, did not dispute claims that he charged across the House floor May 17 to confront Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.

Rogers had tried unsuccessfully to strike a $23 million Murtha earmark—a targeted spending item—for a drug intelligence center in Murtha's district.

In a House speech Monday, Rogers said Murtha threatened him by saying, "you will not get any earmarks now and forever." Rogers, backed by House GOP leaders, said Murtha's threat violated congressional ethics rules.

In conversations with colleagues and reporters, Democrats played down the incident. Murtha is known for blowing off steam, they said, and his comments to Rogers were too vague to constitute a genuine violation of ethics rules.

"It's time to put on your long pants and grow up," Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., said in an interview when asked how Democrats would respond.

Still, several Democrats said some party members found it distasteful to vote to protect Murtha.

When Democrats took control of the House and Senate in January, they vowed to reform the practice of placing earmarks in spending bills. Members seeking earmarks would have to identify themselves and their intentions in time for staffers to review the items, leaders said.

Republicans said the vote showed Democrats' hypocrisy.

House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio said in a statement: "The Democrats' decision not to reprimand Congressman Murtha for violating the very ethics rules put in place by this Congress in January represents yet another broken promise by the new majority.

"It sends a message to the American people that our ethics rules are meaningless, and that it is okay for members of Congress to be threatened and intimidated when they try to crack down on wasteful spending."

The article typically does not explain why Rep Rogers was trying to strike the earmark from Murtha. This is why;
Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) submitted an earmark certification letter for the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) May 1, more than five weeks after the Intelligence Committee's deadline and the day before the panel marked up its authorization bill, according to copies of the letter and the notice of the deadline sent to the entire committee.

Murtha addressed the letter only to Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas), not Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), the panel's ranking member. Hoekstra has said he was not given a copy--an apparent violation of House rules. All earmarks must be disclosed in writing to both the chairman and ranking member.

House Republicans have accused Democrats of trying to sneak the project into the fiscal 2008 intelligence authorization bill's approved list of earmarks as a way to insulate it from being targeted for removal on the House floor, a charge Democrats deny.

"There was a process put in place to handle earmarks," one staffer asserted. "It happened before Murtha's letter even came here."

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Secret? Well it was...

Thanks ABC News...
The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert "black" operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on

The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject, say President Bush has signed a "nonlethal presidential finding" that puts into motion a CIA plan that reportedly includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran's currency and international financial transactions.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

I am so "Lost"

Can't wait for the season finale, but why a 8 month lay-over until Season 4?

Rumor has a "game-changer" happening in the last 5 minutes, among other surprises including an original cast member taking a dirt nap...

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Michelle uses the "a" word...

Michelle Obama;
"And I think that if Barack does what he's supposed to do and this campaign is… run well, and he can be clear and articulate in his message… he'll be the next president of the United States and… we will be swearing him in '08."

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Reflooding the swap

From the Washington Examiner;
When Democrats took control of Congress last year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., promised voters that her party would “drain the swamp” and “lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history.” Four month later, Democrats are reflooding the swamp with earmarks and more. . . .

No wonder the former head of the Congressional Accountability Project called Pelosi’s first pick for House Majority Leader “a one-man wrecking crew” of congressional ethics. Rogers has since filed a formal complaint, but don’t expect the House to hurry to consider it. Pelosi is defending Murtha against Rogers and other critics.

Earmarks have so distorted the legislative process that repealing even the worst of them is becoming nearly impossible. Members of Congress who dare challenge these sacred cows are on notice from Pelosi and Murtha that they will meet a similar fate as Rogers and Tiahrt. Looks like that swamp won’t be going dry anytime soon.

I liked the way that sounded, reflooding the swap. Heh!

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Wow, I didn't see that coming!

DC Madam for Hillary!

May 22, 2:54 PM

First, we learned that adult movie star Jenna Jameson supports Sen. Hillary Clinton’s run for president of the United States.

Now, we learn that another, um, Taboo Titleholder backs the New York senator’s White House ambitions: Deborah Jeane Palfrey, aka, the “D.C. Madam.”

Yeas & Nays tracked down Palfrey following her appearance at Nathans of Georgetown’s “Q&A Cafe” Tuesday (where she told Nathans owner Carol Joynt that she's a “conservative Democrat”) and inquired into the politics of this former escort service owner.

Palfrey admitted that she’s pulling for Hillary in 2008. “I think she’s great,” she said. “She’s bright and articulate.”

But she doesn’t have similar feelings for the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, however.

“I hate him,” Palfrey said. “He only got there because of his father.”

Palfrey’s attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley, walking alongside her, interjected with a joke, “There goes your pardon!”

Hate? Thats a very strong word...not very compassionate for a woman of companionship...

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The most important news of the day!

Paul breaks nose in dog mishap

LOS ANGELES - Paula Abdul broke her nose over the weekend after she fell while trying to avoid stepping on her Chihuahua, her publicist said Monday.

Abdul was recovering from the mishap and will appear on "American Idol" Tuesday and its season finale Wednesday, publicist David Brokaw said.

"She's a little sore, but is doing fine," he said.

Abdul told the syndicated entertainment TV show "Extra" she tore cartilage in her nose and fractured her toe.

"I took a nasty fall ... trying not to hurt my dog. I bruised myself on my arm ... my chest, my waist all the way down to my hip. All from my little chubby Tulip," Abdul said.

The dog was not hurt, Brokaw said.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Clinton admin advocated regime change first...

In the newspaper interview, Carter said Bush had taken a "radical departure from all previous administration policies" with the Iraq war.

I guess Jimmy forgot that the Clinton administration advocated regime change in 1998, The Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 called for regime change in Iraq. Of course being the Clinton adminstration they didn't do much else;
It should be the policy of the United States to support efforts
to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power
in Iraq and to promote the emergence of a democratic government
to replace that regime.

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Remember this guy?

He was celebrated by the left and promoted by the media because he accused the military of atrocious crimes in Iraq. He even said he participated in them. One problem, he made it all up.

He's been arrested...
‘Abusive veteran’ charged with falsifying record
Man who never served in Iraq told anti-war groups he committed atrocities

SEATTLE - A man who tried to position himself as a leader of the anti-war movement by claiming to have participated in war crimes while serving in Iraq is facing federal charges of falsifying his record.

Jesse Adam Macbeth, 23, formerly of Phoenix, garnered attention on blogs and in some alternative media after he began claiming in 2005 to have been awarded a Purple Heart for his service, which he said included slaughtering innocents in a Fallujah mosque. His story was contradicted by his discharge form, showing that he was kicked out of the Army after six weeks at Fort Benning, Ga., in 2003 because of his “entry level performance and conduct.”

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A glimmer of sanity...

From the Washington Times:

Fewer than 20 senators are publicly committed to supporting the immigration deal that hits the Senate floor today while nearly 40 are already opposed or have serious concerns, underscoring how difficult it will be for President Bush and his allies to craft a coalition that can pass the bill.
A Washington Times survey of Senate offices and public comments after the deal was announced Thursday found an additional 32 senators who said they cannot even take a position yet — a result of the fact that the deal was written in secret by a dozen senators and the Bush administration, wasn't even finalized until yesterday and still hasn't reached many Senate offices.
"I did not agree to any immigration deal and was not part of the negotiations," said Sen. Jim Bunning, Kentucky Republican and a likely opponent. "From what I have heard about the bill, it gives amnesty to the estimated 12.5 million illegal immigrants in this country."

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Friday, May 18, 2007

9/11 Conspiracy movie makers on "The View" 5/24

The makers of "Loose Change" are apparently going to be appearing on "The View" May 24th to offer their proof of the attacks of 9/11 being an inside job.

Why oh why does ABC allow this crap on their airwaves. Barbara Walters where are you? Elisabeth Hasselbeck should refuse to appear on the program that features this fact-challenged movie. Even one of the makers of the film admits its full of crap;
“We made that film essentially as a bunch of kids. That’s the reality of the situation…I would be the first to admit that our film definitely contained errors, it still does contain some dubious claims, and it does come to some conclusions that are not 100% backed up by the facts.”

The only reason Rosie wants these guys and their film on is because it is anti-American and blames the US for the attacks on 9/11.

Rosie is a disgraceful person and a America hater. If ABC had any shred of credibility left they would refuse to allow these people and their movie on their show. Barbara Walters, what has happened to you?

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Yes, you don't understand it!

Low Gas Prices Result in Long Lines at Pump
Gas Pump

Posted: Today at 1:10 p.m.

Raleigh — For a few hours Friday, a gas station in Raleigh was a popular spot among motorists.

The Raceway on South Saunders Street was selling gas for $2.88 a gallon, which caused traffic jams around the store. Sheri Youssef said she had been waiting nearly an hour to get gas.

"I had no idea it was going to be like this when I got here," she said.

After awhile, the gas station raised the price to $2.94 a gallon, which is still considered by many to be a bargain compared to some gas stations.

"This is outrageous, (but) nothing we can do about it, but live with it," driver Ronnie Moore said.

"We are supposedly a super power, but yet we are held captive by the oil companies. What is it? I don't understand it," driver Paul Williams said.

What the hell does being a super power have to do with the oil companies?

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Astonishing hypocrisy!

The AP says;
When the leading Republican presidential candidates sit down with their top advisers, those with a seat at the table don't exactly look like America, to use the phrase popularized by former President Clinton.

The 2008 presidential race is notable for the presence of a woman and a black among the leading Democratic candidates. But progress is much slower when it comes to diversifying the ranks of top decision-makers within the various campaigns, especially those of the Republicans.

The campaigns of the top GOP candidates — Mitt Romney, John McCain, Rudy Giuliani — couldn't point to any key advisers who are black, although there are some women in the top tier. Not unsurprisingly, those campaigns with the most women and minorities among top staff members are Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

Really, well thanks to Michelle Malkin we have this photo of the AP board of directors;


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Thursday, May 17, 2007

So which is it?

Who is really gouging the price of gas?

George Will says the government is making the most off of the high gas prices...
As Will points out, gasoline itself carries about a 3% profit margin for oil companies. That's about 13 cents a gallon at today's prices. (Their overall profit margin is less than 10%, which puts it slightly behind most other consumer-product industries.) Will demonstrates where the rest of the money goes. In the example given, state and federal governments take 58 cents from every gallon, or four times what Big Oil gets in profit. San Francisco takes an additional 8.5% in city/county sales tax, which on $3 per gallon would be another 25 cents.

Since the government bite is based on the sales price as a percentage, the government gets more as the price goes up. Not only that, but now the government wants to impose a "windfall profits" tax on an industry that doesn't have windfall profits, making the government an even larger beneficiary of higher prices, and guaranteeing that prices will continue to rise as the money for further investment gets siphoned off to Washington DC.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

AP: Only lost by 31 votes

It's amazing sometimes when you read how the AP spins Democratic failures. The Iraq Surrender amendment vote failied miserably today by a 29-67 vote. Thats a 38 vote difference. But the AP finds the silver lining;

WASHINGTON - The Senate on Wednesday rejected legislation that would cut off money for combat operations in Iraq after March 31, 2008.

The vote was a loss for Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., and other Democrats who want to end the war. But the effort picked up support from members, including presidential hopefuls previously reluctant to limit war funding — an indication of the conflict’s unpopularity among voters.

The proposal lost 29-67 on a procedural vote, falling 31 votes short of the necessary votes to advance.

So don't worry white flag wavers, you are only 31 votes short and hey, you picked up some support from Presidential candidates. I would assume that means that Hillary and Obama voted in favor of the surrender proposal.

Hell, Obama said he is glad that he was able to send a message;

Sen. Barack Obama, another leading 2008 prospect, said he would prefer a plan that offers more flexibility but wanted “to send a strong statement to the Iraqi government, the president and my Republican colleagues that it’s long past time to change course.”

So he's glad he sent a message, wow, what a leader!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007


From NRO:
"Objectivity"? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]

A reporter who was in one of the congressional press galleries when word came in that Jerry Falwell had died e-mails:

The reaction from the reporters? Grins and chuckles mostly. One grizzled veteran journalist said, “I hope they (CNN) remember all the horrible things he said.”

Another reporter simply said, “It is a good day.”

05/15 03:49 PM

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I hope he runs... Exclusive: The confrontation over Cuba continues. Michael Moore has challenged Fred Thompson to a health care debate. At issue -- Moore's trip to Cuba and Thompson's criticism of that trip. Moore noted Thompson's evident favor for Cuban cigars as a possible violation of the trade embargo. Now, Thompson responds. Cigar in hand.

Run, Fred, Run!

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Oh the pain!

From Fox News front page...
Hard Time at Gitmo

Detainee cries 'torture,' says he was forced to use unscented deodorant and read newsletter full of 'crap'

We better check the SOP on torture and see if that is in there...

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Protecting John Doe

It will be interesting to see who supports this bill and who opposes it...(via Michelle Malkin)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressmen Stevan Pearce, along with Rep. Peter King and Rep. Bill Shuster, introduced a bill today that would protect those who come forward to report suspicious activity from frivolous civil liability prosecution.

If passed, the bill, known commonly as the 'John Doe' protection legislation, would grant immunity to anyone who alerted transportation security to actions believed to be threatening or to any personnel that "takes reasonable action to mitigate such activity."

"We cannot have Americans thinking twice when it comes matters of national security," said Congressman Pearce. "If a passenger sees something threatening, they should report it immediately and do so without the specter of potential prosecution hanging over their head."

"Alert Americans are often our first and last line of defense in protecting the country from terrorist attacks. They should not face potential prosecution for doing the right thing and coming forward to report suspicious activity.

"It is a sad commentary that this kind of common sense has to be written into law, but we must make it clear to America's enemies that they can not exploit our system of justice."

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A lefty takes it to Gore

Oh my!

According to Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, the San Francisco Chronicle reporters who wrote "Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal That Rocked Professional Sports," Mike Murphy, equipment manager of the San Francisco Giants, testified that since Bonds became a Giant in 1993, the size of his uniform jersey has gone from 42 to 52. His cap size has expanded from 7 1/8 to 7 1/4, even though while it was expanding he shaved his head. (Bonds reportedly shaved his head because his hair was falling out as a result of steroid use.) And Fainaru-Wada and Williams also say Murphy testified that Bonds's baseball shoe size has changed from 10½ to 13.

The book was great!

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No, it's because she sucks!

So Linda Mason blames Charlie Gibson, that old white guy, for Katie Couric's lousy ratings;
Brian Montopoli: You told me, a little while back, that you were "the first woman at every job I had at CBS News." And that includes in 1971, when you were the first female field producer for The CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite. I'm curious your take on Katie Couric's experience as the first solo female nightly news anchor.

Linda Mason: I'm just surprised at how, almost 30 years after I worked on the "Evening News" as the first woman producer, that Katie is having such a tough time being accepted by the public, which seems to prefer the news from white guys, and now that Charlie's doing so well, from older white guys. I guess they want the reassurance of a Walter Cronkite.

I had no idea that a woman delivering the news would be a handicap. And I'm afraid that Katie's paying a price for being the first woman. But I think it's a great trail that she's blazing, and I think if the broadcast continues to be as good as it has been, if we continue to break news, if we continue to tell interesting stories, people will start to watch. It takes time, I think. But I was surprised that there was an obvious connection between a woman giving the news, and the audience wanting to watch it.

My idea is that maybe she is just horrible. She has very high negatives and positives are not high enough to offset her negatives.

She sucks!

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Earth to the NY Times

Akon, an R&B singer committed a simulated rape on a unsuspecting 14 year old girl whom he dragged on stage during one of his shows. But all Jeff Leeds of the NY Times can bring himself to say is that his conduct crossed the line?

Yet it was Akon, a smooth, Senegalese-American R&B singer, whose conduct in an amateur video circulating online recently seemed to cross a line for Verizon, which last week said it would cease advertisements involving him. Verizon also terminated its sponsorship of the pop star Gwen Stefani’s tour, for which Akon is the opening act. The move by Verizon has sent a chill through the ranks of touring pop artists and agents, who are left scratching their heads over their vulnerability to such penalties.

Reuters continues to mislead readers...
R&B singer Akon sorry about underage stage romp

Thu May 10, 2007 3:44AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - R&B singer Akon apologized on Wednesday for an underage liaison that drove phone company Verizon Communications Inc. to drop its sponsorship of a tour featuring the chart-topping artist.

Last month, during a concert in Trinidad, Akon engaged in a sexy on-stage dance with 15-year-old fan. After video of the romp circulated online, Verizon this week pulled out of pop singer Gwen Stefani's "Sweet Escape" tour, on which Akon is the opening act.

"First, and most important to me, I want to sincerely apologize for the embarrassment and any pain I've caused to the young woman who joined me on-stage, her family and the Trinidad community for the events at my concert in Port of Spain on April 12th," Akon said in a statement.

"It was never my intention to embarrass or take advantage of my fans in any way, especially those under the age of 18. That is why we tried to make sure that the club did not admit anyone under 18 in the audience. Somehow, that standard was not met."

A spokesman for Live Nation, which is promoting the Stefani tour, said Akon would remain on the bill, and that no new sponsor had come aboard.

Verizon is still mentioned on Stefani's Web site (, and the tour has several stops at amphitheaters where Verizon has the naming rights. The trek, which began on April 21 in Phoenix, reaches Atlanta on Friday.

Akon, born Aliaune Thiam in Senegal, topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart twice in the past year, first in November with "I Wanna Love You" and then in March with "Don't Matter." His current album, "Konvicted," peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.


For some reason I don't think a "sexy on stage dance" would have prompted Verison to drop Akon and to drop their association with Gwen Stefani whom Akon sings with on her new album and is the opening act on her current tour.

Friday, May 04, 2007

So is this how Russell Simmons cleans up hip-hop?

Big corporations help 'rape rapper' tour U.S.
Verizon, others partner with Akon, probed for sexual assault of girl, 14

Posted: May 3, 2007
3:21 p.m. Eastern

© 2007

Hip-hop superstar Akon is touring the U.S. with the help of major U.S. corporations, including a partnership with Verizon, despite being under investigation for a simulated rape of a 14-year-old preacher's daughter caught on video last month at a concert in Trinidad.

Patrick Manning, prime minister of Trinidad, called for a formal investigation of the explicit April 12 performance at Trinidad's Club Zen, which has since been closed by authorities.

"I have taken very careful notice of this matter and the owner of Zen owes it to the public to take responsibility," said Manning. "I will be interfacing with Zen because that kind of thing should never be allowed to happen in this country."

Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds described the on-stage antics with Danah Alleyne as "lewd." He insists Akon should be prosecuted.

The girl is the daughter of Flaming World Ministry pastor David Alleyne. She came forward, with her father, to apologize for going on stage with the Senegalese-American Akon, saying she regrets attending the concert.

The shocking video has been pulled from the popular video site YouTube, though copies of it can be found on many other Internet sites.

The teen said she was permitted into the club despite being underage. She was part of what was characterized as an impromptu dance competition announced by the singer. The competition featured seven girls. Akon promised a trip to Africa to the winner. After the teen "won" the contest, Akon announced the Africa prize was actually him.

"I got carried away, I started to dance as well, but I never thought it was going to be like that," Danah Alleyne told the Trinidad Express. "I was shocked. My head was hitting the floor."

Other officials in Trinidad have called for Akon to be banned from further public performances on the island.

The video shows Akon throwing Alleyne on the floor like a "rag doll" and simulating violent sex with her in various positions. The crowd cheers the entire ordeal.

Though Akon and his managers have refused comment on the incident, his defenders on the Internet have attacked the girl for her provocative dress and alluring looks.

"This whole hip hop thing is a guise and I don't want any part of it," said the girl later. "I don't want any part of it. Look at what I have to go through with one mistake that I made. My Dad warned me every time and I didn't listen. I am sorry."

She says now her only dancing will be in the dance ministry of her father's church.

Her father did not know his daughter attended the concert until he saw pictures of the act in the newspapers the next day.

"He saw the pictures and I told him about it as well because I did not want him to hear it from anyone," said Danah. "But when he saw the video, it really did take a toll on him. He always warned me about this. He doesn't allow me to go to parties. He would always say, 'It is not for you. It is not for you.'"

Her father called the act "atrocious." He holds the singer and the club responsible for victimizing his daughter and other girls.

"They are innocent to the wicked ways of the world and it is our responsibility as elders to keep them safe," he said.

Besides the controversy in Trinidad, Akon has served jail time for armed robbery and drug sales. But that hasn't stopped him from appearing recently as a guest performer on "American Idol" and receiving corporate support from companies like Verizon.

Earlier this year, Verizon Wireless announced a partnership with him on a marketing campaign to promote mobile music phones and appear in a TV ad currently airing throughout the U.S.

"Akon has emerged as one of the world's most compelling and exciting stars," said John Harrobin, vice president of marketing and new media for Verizon. "His commitment to his artistry and the community enables us to take our partnership with music industry innovators in yet another direction by collaborating on this unique TV advertising campaign."

Recently Akon participated in a Verizon Wireless event celebrating Black History Month coinciding with the launch of a new store in Harlem.

Akon's recording "Konvicted" was near the top of the Billboard album charts for weeks. He's a best-selling performer in more than a dozen countries including the United Kingdom, France, Canada and South Africa.

This is not the first time Akon has been criticized for dirty dancing. In his video for his hit "Snack Dat," Akon hits actress Tara Reid on her behind and then sandwiches her in a sexually provocative way between himself and another man.

Police officers were in the club during the act but did not intervene. Leela Ramdeen, chairwoman of the police service commission, said an investigation into why is under way.

"If there is any negligence on the part of the police, the necessary action will be taken," said Trevor Paul, commissioner of police.

"I was shocked when Akon pulled me to dance," said Danah in a public apology last month. "I did not know what to do and with the crowd cheering and stuff I guess I got a little carried away. But there was nothing I could have done about it. I was in a state of real shock. I am so sorry for everything. I am sorry for disappointing my parents and my brother Ian, who is a public figure in his portfolio as the president of the Trinidad and Tobago Crime Watch. I will learn from this experience for sure. This week was the worst week of my life."

Akon is performing this summer at some of the biggest arenas in the U.S. – including Giants Stadium June 3.

Born in St. Louis, Akon is the son of Senegalese parents. He served a total of five years in prison. In late 2005, his manager Robert Montanez was killed in a drive-by shooting. Akon was in the car and was shot in the shoulder, however he made a full recovery. He professes to be a Muslim and a believer and practitioner of polygamy.

His record label operates in partnership with Interscope Records, a U.S. company owned by Universal and and UMG's Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group, a giant in the entertainment industry.

David Geffen, one of the largest music magnates int he world, was a major political contributor to Bill Clinton and is now supporting Barack Obama.

Akon is currently working on his first movie. He has his own clothing line and diamond distribution company.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

She wants to read it NOW?

Do they really think we are all that stupid? Yes they do...
President's Veto Dependent on House Speaker's Signature

By Susan Ferrechio CQ Daily

The much-anticipated presidential veto of the Iraq supplemental spending bill was to have taken place already, but a signature - or lack thereof - has been standing in the way.

And it's not President Bush's signature - it's House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's.

The conference report on the bill (HR 1591 - H Rept 110-107) was adopted by the House and cleared by the Senate last week, but Pelosi, D-Calif., wanted time to personally read it and sign it before sending it to Pennsylvania Avenue.

"It's a major piece of legislation and you have to go through it word for word and line by line," Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said Monday. "She believes this is very important legislation, which she will sign and the president will receive Tuesday."

The White House had wanted to get the bill and send it back, complete with the president's veto message, before the weekend.

But the House was out April 27, and Monday's session was canceled so members could attend the funeral of Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-Calif. Pelosi delivered a eulogy at the service in Los Angeles.

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