Friday, June 15, 2007

Ford To Build Subcompact Car In Brazil, Import to U.S.

Ford Motor will build its forthcoming subcompact sedan for the North American market in Brazil, in what is considered by some to be a risky attempt to generate profits in that segment of the U.S. market.
Ford has chosen its Sao Bernardo Assembly plant in the state of Sao Paulo as the source for the critical small car, according to officials at Ford and two automotive consulting firms - Global Insight and CSM Worldwide - briefed on the issue. The vehicle is set to launch in 2009 to 2010, said the officials who requested anonymity because Ford hasn't publicly disclosed the plan.
This is great for Brazil but what about the U.S.? Our manufacturing base is nearly gone and until we can resurrect it we can not secure our economic future. Surely these cars could have been built within the United States by opening and refitting a closed auto plant. This should be a wake up call to legislators to start really looking into the reasons that our auto industry is dying.

I was recently in Brazil and saw many small cars made by American car companies that are not available here, some with flexible technology. It would seem to be smart business for the auto industry to provide fuel efficient models like they do in Brazil. We can not compete with the lower wages of Brazil or other countries. Does that mean that we must accept the demise of our manufacturing sector?

Rising Rates Squeezing Consumers

The low interest rates that have fueled the economy may be about to end.
Yields on the 10-year Treasury note — a benchmark that influences many long-term interest rates, including home mortgages — jumped sharply on Tuesday and are up significantly in the last month. The fallout is likely to be widespread, and felt most immediately by homeowners and people looking to buy a house.

Economists said homeowners trying to refinance their adjustable rate mortgages before they reset to higher levels are already feeling pinched. The national average for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage jumped to 6.74 percent yesterday. At the beginning of the year, the average was 6.18 percent, according to Freddie Mac, a big buyer of mortgages.
This could be disastrous news to a housing market that is already battered by the subprime mortgage collapse. Many people who have these so called subprime loans will be looking to refinance to save their homes. Higher rates will make that even more difficult and will push foreclosures ever higher.
The recent rate move came as something of a surprise to Wall Street. It is the result, traders say, of heavy selling by foreign investors, who may be growing concerned about inflation, and holders of mortgage securities hoping to reduce the risks associated with higher rates.
Could it be that foreign investors are finally seeing that the U.S. economy is built on a house of cards that is teetering?

RealtyTrac, an online provider of foreclosure data, reported Tuesday that foreclosures in May were up 90 percent from the period a year earlier. Although RealtyTrac’s figures may overstate matters somewhat by reflecting loans in each step of the foreclosure process, the total foreclosures of 176,137 in May were sobering.

For struggling homeowners, the rise in rates could not come at a worse time. “In prior foreclosure waves, we had a drop in interest rates that allowed workouts to be done at lower interest rate levels,” said Louis S. Barnes II, a partner at Boulder West Financial Services, a mortgage banking firm in Lafayette, Colo. “Today rates are substantially higher than when a lot of these loans were created.”
This will eventually be flet in all areas of the economy. Couple this with higher energy costs and consumer spending will have to slow. Will it slow enough to tip the anemica economy into recession? I believe it will and take any Republican chances of holding the White House with it.

U.S. Inflation Posts Biggest Increase in 8 Months

US inflation saw its biggest monthly rise for eight months in May, official data showed today, due to steady increases in food and energy costs.
However, inflation remained broadly stable when these volatile components were stripped out, the Labour Department said.

The 0.7% gain in overall prices was higher than Wall Street forecasts and the largest jump since September.

But core inflation, which is more closely watched by policymakers at the Federal Reserve, increased by only 0.1%, lower than forecasts and down from the 0.2% in April.
It always amazes me that they strip out the "volatile" food and energy components. The American people do not have to worry about inflation unless they eat or drive. Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie will smile at this report.

Gays In Iraq Being Rounded Up And Murdered

Two openly gay members of the US Congress have written to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urging the State Department to investigate reports of violent persecution of LGBT people in Iraq.
The letter mentioned news reports that Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the chief spiritual leader of Iraqi Shia Muslims, issued a fatwa, or religiously-inspired legal pronouncement, in October 2005, calling for death for all gays and lesbians in "the most severe way possible."
So lets examine post Saddam Iraq. Women and Gays are actually less secure now then they were under the brutal killer. How exactly can we claim that Iraq is better off now then they were before Saddam? This war has killed scores of people, drained our treasury and left Iraq in shambles. Freedom is on the march in Iraq.

Energy Measure Blocked by Republicans in Senate

Senate Democrats, facing their first significant battle over a wide-ranging bill intended to reduce oil consumption, found themselves blocked by Republicans on Thursday and postponed all significant votes until next week.
The Democrats’ unexpected difficulty meant they made virtually no progress on the energy bill after about a week of floor debate. Though the Senate’s intricate rules make such logjams common, the delay was a bad omen for what lawmakers already knew would be a long and grueling fight on one of the signature issues of energy conservation and renewable fuels.

At issue on Thursday was a provision called the “Renewable Portfolio Standard,” which would require electric utilities to obtain 15 percent of their electricity from wind, solar or biomass energy by 2020.

But the energy bill would make profound changes in other areas as well. It would require car companies to increase the average fuel economy of cars and light trucks to 35 miles a gallon by 2020. It would also require a huge increase in the production of renewable fuels for cars and trucks and require the federal government to set tougher efficiency standards for electric appliances. The measure would also give the government more power to prosecute “price gouging” by oil companies.

Senate Democrats are also drafting a tax package that is expected to provide as much as $25 billion in incentives for renewable fuels and conservation — much of which would be paid for by tax increases on the nation’s oil companies. Those provisions face intense opposition from the affected industries, and President Bush has threatened to veto any bill that contains the price-gouging measure.

These sound like reasonable proposals but they were blocked by Republicans who receive significant campaign contributions from the Energy Industry. How can they constantly talk about Homeland Security then block a bill that would lessen our dependence on foreign oil by seeking alternate sources of energy?

The current Republican Party cares more about big business then they do any citizens of the United States. It is time to make them a permanent minority and grow a third political party which would actually do the bidding of the citizens of the United States.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

DOJ Investigates if Gonzales Tried to Influence Aide's Testimony

The Justice Department is investigating whether Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales sought to influence the testimony of a departing senior aide during a March meeting in Gonzales's office, according to correspondence released today.

The disclosure could represent a serious legal threat to the embattled attorney general. Fine's office is empowered to refer matters for criminal prosecution if warranted.

The revelation also broadens the publicly known contours of the internal Justice Department investigation, which is examining the removal of the prosecutors as well as whether any laws or policies were violated in the hiring of career prosecutors, immigration judges and others.

In a May 23 appearance before the House Judiciary Committee, Goodling testified that Gonzales had laid out his general recollection of events surrounding the prosecutor dismissals during a meeting between the two in March, as Goodling was preparing to leave the department. Gonzales asked whether Goodling "had any reaction to his iteration," and she said the conversation made her "a little uncomfortable" because of ongoing investigations into the issue, according to her testimony.
It sounds like our illustrious Attorney general could have been engaged in witness tampering which is a felony. Does anyone know why this unqualified hack is still our chief law enforcement official? This may turn up the heat enough to finally force him out.

The Justice Department should be as non political as possible. I understand that everything in Washington is political to some degree but this administration has crossed the line so often that no one is even sure where the line starts anymore.

Judge to Libby: Go Directly to Jail

A federal judge on Thursday ordered I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to report to prison while his attorneys appeal his perjury and obstruction convictions.
Libby's attorneys asked that the order be stayed, but U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton denied that and told Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff that he had 10 days to appeal the ruling.

Libby was sentenced to 2½ years in prison for lying and obstructing the investigation into who revealed in 2003 that Valerie Plame Wilson was a CIA operative. He also was fined $250,000.
The drumbeat for a pardon will only become louder as a result of this decision. All you hear is that there was no underlying crime so why should he be sent to jail?

There was an underlying crime, the problem was that all the obstruction made it impossible to gather the evidence necessary to prosecute. Valerie Plame was a covert agent working on non-proliferation issues. Her outing caused national security damage that has never been disclosed. How many other operatives lives were placed in danger as a result of her outing? Where is the national damage assessment?

This was an act of treason and 2.5 years seems light to me. The President will pardon Mr. Libby to keep him from telling the truth and no one will be surprised.

Gay Marriage Wins A Stunning Victory in Massachusetts

Massachusetts lawmakers on Thursday blocked a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage from reaching voters, a stunning victory for gay marriage advocates and a devastating blow to efforts to reverse a historic 2003 court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

Will New York be next to allow Gay marriage? Hopefully so.

In Health Care, Cost Isn’t Proof of High Quality

Stark evidence that high medical payments do not necessarily buy high-quality patient care is presented in a hospital study set for release today.

In a Pennsylvania government survey of the state’s 60 hospitals that perform heart bypass surgery, the best-paid hospital received nearly $100,000, on average, for the operation while the least-paid got less than $20,000. At both, patients had comparable lengths of stay and death rates.

And among the 20 hospitals serving metropolitan Philadelphia, two of the highest paid actually had higher-than-expected death rates, the survey found.
One of the main problems with our health care system is that people do believe that higher costs result in better care. This report ends those thoughts. Our health care system is a mess with the United States spending more per capita than all other nations and getting less in the way of results. Many hospitals are on the brink of bankruptcy due to low insurance reimbursements. Who is making all the money in the health care industry? The insurance and pharmaceutical companies are making record profits while close to 50 million people go without insurance.

I would recommend that all citizens go to see the new Michael Moore movie "Sicko" which examines the health care industry. Even Fox News described it as brilliant. We can not truly fix the problem until we understand its causes.

Palestine on the Brink of Civil War

The recent fighting between Hamas and Fatah has brought the Palestinian Territory close to an all out civil war.
President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah faced the further collapse of his power in Gaza today as fierce fighting continued and Hamas fighters took over the headquarters of Fatah’s Preventive Security forces in Gaza City.

Aides to Mr. Abbas say he is expected to announce an “important decision” later today. He is under pressure from within Fatah and from his Western allies to suspend participation in the so-called unity government with Hamas, which began in March, or to declare a full state of emergency.

Hamas forces consolidated their control over much of Gaza on Wednesday, taking command of the main north-south road and blowing up a Fatah headquarters in Khan Yunis, in the south.
This is another casualty of the Iraq War. The Bush administration has neglected the Palestinian issue and this is the result. They encouraged the Israeli-Lebanon conflict which destabilized Lebanon and resulted in the current fighting within that country. The failed Bush policies could soon result in three civil wars within the region. Those civil wars will further damage United States interests in the region and put Israel at risk. This is the worst case scenario coming true.

Producer Prices Rise 0.9% in May

Led by another big gain in energy prices, wholesale prices rose a greater-than-expected 0.9% in May, the Labor Department reported Thursday.
Energy prices jumped 4.1%, the biggest increase in six months. Wholesale gasoline prices rose 10.2%.
The core producer price index, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, rose 0.2%, the first increase in three months.
I love how they exclude food and energy prices. What they are saying is that as long as you do not eat or drive inflation is under control. I guess Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie will be happy with this report.

Pentagon: Iraqi Violence Still Rising

Violence in Iraq, as measured by casualties among troops and civilians, has edged higher despite the U.S.-led security push in Baghdad, the Pentagon told Congress on Wednesday.
In its required quarterly report on security, political and economic developments in Iraq, covering the February-May period, the Pentagon also raised questions about Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's ability to fulfill a pledge made in January to prohibit political interference in security operations and to allow no safe havens for sectarian militias.
What more does this administration need to see to make them admit that this war is lost? General Petraeus recently stated that the surge was going well. Is this what he describes as going well?

The Democrats have funded this war through September. The United States has been put in a no win situation in Iraq. If we leave the violence will most certainly get worse but staying is not an option. This war is draining our treasury and saddling future generations with debt. Who wins in this situation? This is the Bush legacy.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Musharraf's Political Longevity Doubtful: US Analysts

Analysts in the US have expressed doubt whether Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf will be able continue his regime for much longer, which they feel would come as a stinging blow to Washington in the war against terrorism.
'There is the potential rosy Pakistan next spring, with some sort of negotiated relationship where the military feel reasonably comfortable with a new civilian government,' he said, adding, 'But that is if we get that far. For the Chief Justice issue crisis, the political debate, the street protests that have been associated with that, people are raising questions about Musharraf's stability in a way that I have not quite heard before.'

Another analyst Spencer Ackerman says that both within the US intelligence community and in Pakistan, there's a growing belief that Musharraf's days are drawing to a close- and possibly within the next few months.
What would a new goverment in Pakistan look like? The Pakistani people are vehemently Anti-American and Islamic fundamentalists operate freely in many parts of the country and they already possess nuclear capabilities. If the goverment falls into radical hands they could overnight become the most dangerous nation on earth.

Military Plan Against Iran Is Ready

Predicting that Iran will obtain a nuclear weapon within three years and claiming to have a strike plan in place, senior American military officers have told The Jerusalem Post they support President George W. Bush's stance to do everything necessary to stop the Islamic Republic's race for nuclear power.
Predictions within the US military are that Bush will do what is needed to stop Teheran before he leaves office in 2009, including possibly launching a military strike against its nuclear facilities.
This should be alarming to every U.S. citizen. How can we financially and emotionally support yet another war? I feel like I am living in a time capsule and all the propaganda that was used to start the Iraq War is being used again to start a war with Iran.

A war with Iran will lead to even greater turmoil in the Middle East and a substantial rise in world oil prices. That would lead to a recession within the United States as people are forced to spend even more on energy. How can we believe anything that this administration tell us? They have proven themselves to be liars.
According to a high-ranking American military officer, the US Navy and Air Force would play the primary roles in any military action taken against Iran. One idea under consideration is a naval blockade designed to cut off Iran's oil exports.
Could this be the reason that both of our top military men will now be from the Navy?

It is time for the people of the United States to take action to stop this future war.

Iraqis Failing To Meet U.S. Benchmarks

Iraq’s political leaders have failed to reach agreements on nearly every law that the Americans have demanded as benchmarks.
Kurds have blocked a vote in Parliament on a new oil law. Shiite clerics have stymied an American-backed plan for reintegrating former Baathists into government. Sunnis are demanding that a constitutional review include more power for the next president.

And even if one or two of the proposals are approved — the oil law appears the most likely, officials said — doubts are spreading about whether the current benchmarks can ever halt the cycle of violence gripping Iraq’s communities.
Isn't the oil law really all we care about anyway.

Foreclosures Rise 90%

Home foreclosures in May jumped 90 percent from a year earlier, reflecting a poor spring housing market and foreshadowing even higher levels later in 2007, real estate data firm RealtyTrac said Tuesday.
The May foreclosures - a sum of default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions - totaled 176,137, up 19 percent from April, the firm said in its May 2007 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

"After a barely perceptible dip in April, foreclosure activity roared back with a vengeance in May," James Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac, said in a statement.
With home prices already recording record drops, this news will only fuel the fire. Will the weakness in the housing market extend to other segments of the economy? So far it has not as retail sales have remained strong.

Can this continue with a negative savings rate and energy prices that are still climbing? History would tell us no and with the recent GDP showing near stagnant growth our economic future does not seem so rosy.

Senate Democrats Unveil New Iraq Strategy

Senate Democratic leaders late Tuesday unveiled a trio of amendments to the defense authorization bill that represent the majority’s next effort to force a turnaround in the Iraq war and isolate the White House from its Republican supporters.

The first amendment, crafted chiefly by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), mandates the start of a troop withdrawal from Iraq within 120 days of passage. The second amendment, crafted chiefly by Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), would set strong troop readiness standards and ensure a minimum period between Iraq deployments.

The third amendment, a hotly sought goal of Reid’s that was crafted chiefly by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), would block spending on a future military presence in Iraq after April 2008, save for troops on counter-terrorism and training missions.

A possible fourth vote could come on revoking Congress’s original 2002 war authorization, a tactic favored by many but agreed upon by few. Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) has suggested “de-authorization” followed by a new, targeted mission, while Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) have suggested forcing President Bush to seek a new authorization from Congress.
I constantly hear how the Democrats were elected to stop the war and have done nothing. The truth is that they need 60 votes in order to end any filibuster on Iraq and they do not have those votes. They have 49 votes plus Tim Johnson who is still recovering from brain surgery. Joe Lieberman is an independent and votes with the President on the War. The only real way to stop this war is to pressure the Republicans who will not vote against the President. The American people need to understand this and aim there anger where it belongs.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Iran Is Arming Taliban, U.S. Envoy Claims

A senior U.S. diplomat accused Iran on Tuesday of transferring weapons to Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.
Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, speaking to reporters in Paris, said Iran was funding insurrections across the Middle East — and “Iran is now even transferring arms to the Taliban in Afghanistan.”
How can this possibly be believed? The Taliban are Sunni fundamentalists that have an ancient hatred for the Shiite sect that runs Iran. Iran supported the U.S. effort to oust the Taliban. Are we once again being fed propaganda to get the American population ready for yet another war?

Religious Right Will Not Support Giuliani

A growing number of influential social conservatives are speaking out against Rudy Giuliani, with some threatening that they will take flight from the Republican Party in 2008 if the former New York mayor is the GOP nominee.

Giuliani's support for abortion rights and gay rights has not to date prevented him from winning the support of a sizable number of socially conservative voters, according to polls. But the continued strength of his candidacy is causing alarm among leaders of conservative advocacy groups, many of which have been major players in Republican politics.
How I love it when moderate Republicans are tossed under the bus by the so called religious conservatives. With less people registering as Republicans, can Giuliani put together enough support without religious conservatives to win the nomination? My guess is no. Giuliani will be the Howard Dean of 2008 and it could not happen to a nicer guy.

Vulture Funds and the 2008 Election

A vulture fund is a financial organization that specializes in buying securities in distressed environments, such as high-yield bonds in or near default, or equities that are in or near bankruptcy. Vulture funds target not only companies but also whole countries.

In the African country of Zambia, over 70 percent of people live in poverty. The average wage is just over a dollar a day, one in five people are infected with HIV/AIDS and life expectancy is merely 37.7 years. Yet, in the midst of qualifying for debt cancellation by G-8 nations, the Donegal Corporation, owned by American businessman Michael Sheehan, bought Zambian debt from Romania. In April, British courts awarded Donegal 15 million dollars, almost five times the value Donegal paid for the debt.

The morally bankrupt actions of vulture funds render the commitments to debt relief made by the U.S. and other wealthy nations meaningless. U.S. taxpayer money, pledged to provided relief and assistance through debt relief, will fall into the hands of these greedy corporations. At the upcoming G-8 Summit President Bush should call for a commitment by world leaders to address debt relief and vulture funds. The U.S. Treasury should follow the lead of U.K. Chancellor Gordon Brown and limit the awards vulture funds can claim for these debts. Congress must examine this practice and its impact on our overall foreign policy interests. The international community must employ effective means to protect countries like Zambia who have fallen prey to these vulture funds, including implementing fair and transparent international mechanisms to resolve these matters.
Greg Palast of the BBC last night posted this report. It is about 15 minutes long but well worth the investment of time. How can we do nothing while people are literally dying due to these vulture funds?

Michael Sheehan, the main owner of Donegal Corp. is also a huge contributor to the presidential campaign of Rudy Giuliani. Remember that old saying "You can judge a man by his friends", what does that say about Rudy Giuliani?

Monday, June 11, 2007

Immigration Debate from a Right Wing Wacko

Read this article and then remember that this man is a prominent right wing pundit.
Similarly, there are probably a lot of black American women who wouldn’t mind working as maids in prosperous white households, as used to be commonplace. I’m willing to bet, though, that there are large numbers of white people who would much rather not have a black maid. Not, again, because they fear a black maid would harm them, or be lazy or dishonest, but just because they would not feel comfortable in a master-servant relationship with a black person, after all the guilt-trip propaganda of the past 40 years.
So I guess feeling bad about enslaving people like animals is propaganda to these right wing freaks. How can people like this hold their heads up. Bigotry and racism is alive and well and writing at National Review Online.

U.S. Arming Sunni Insurgents in Iraq

The U.S. military is arming Sunni Insurgents if they promise to fight al Qaeda.

When I first heard this I thought this can't be possible but it is. Have we learned absolutely nothing from our years of arming the Mujaheddin in Afghanistan?
American commanders say they have successfully tested the strategy in Anbar Province west of Baghdad and have held talks with Sunni groups in at least four areas of central and north-central Iraq where the insurgency has been strong. In some cases, the American commanders say, the Sunni groups are suspected of involvement in past attacks on American troops or of having links to such groups. Some of these groups, they say, have been provided, usually through Iraqi military units allied with the Americans, with arms, ammunition, cash, fuel and supplies.
Most of our troops have been killed by Iraqi insurgents. What is to stop them from turning our own weapons on our soldiers. This administration is criminally negligent and should be removed.

Court Rules Against Bush in Enemy Combatant Case

The court rules that no evidence was present to continue holding a detainee indefinitely
In a major setback for Bush's policies in the war on terrorism adopted after the September 11 attacks, the appellate panel ruled 2-1 the U.S. government had no evidence to treat Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri as an "enemy combatant." The court ordered him released from military custody.

"The government cannot subject al-Marri to indefinite military detention. For in the United States, the military cannot seize and imprison civilians -- let alone imprison them indefinitely," Judge Diana Gribbon Motz wrote.
I am all for holding terrorism suspects but you must have evidence to do it. The idea that the American Government can and will hold people at will for years with no files charged is frightening. It is a complete departure from what we are as a nation and as a people. If the Government feels that someone is a terrorist then they need to prove that in a court of law. Without that protection, what is to stop them from doing that to you or me?

Those who say it is necessary to win the war on terrorism must realize if we resort to those tactics, we have already lost.

Donated Body Armor Goes Unused

Do you still think this administration supports the troops?

Just when you think they can't get any lower!!!

Making Poverty an Election Issue

The anti-poverty campaign of U2 frontman Bono is promoting a $30 million effort to pressure Republican and Democratic presidential candidates to make the oft-forgotten issue a priority.
Dubbed ONE Vote '08, the bipartisan political push aims to get President Bush's successor to commit to taking concrete steps in the first 100 days to combat hunger and disease while improving access to education and water across the globe.
Imagine if we could repair America's image and help so many. This is a campaign to get behind.

Old Problems Plague New Security Plan For Iraq

Three months after additional U.S. troops began pouring into Baghdad in the most recent effort to stanch violence in Iraq's capital, military observers are fretting that the same problems that torpedoed last summer's Baghdad security plan are cropping up again.
Violence is on the rise, Iraqi troops aren't showing up to secure neighborhoods, U.S. troops are having to revisit neighborhoods they'd already cleared, and Iraq's politicians haven't met any of their benchmarks.
I am not sure why this is a surprise. They have tried this type of surge before with the same lack of results. Iraq is in a civil war and nothing we can do will change that. The time to quell the violence was after the fall of Saddam but we had insufficient troops to accomplish that goal.

I believe we are in Iraq for one reason only, and that is oil. With the largest embassy in the world being built in Iraq and the recent discussion of a presence in Iraq for years to come, does anyone really believe it was for any other reason?

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Pentagon Confirms It Sought To Build A 'Gay Bomb'

Read this for some good laughs. Why not just burn the $7.5 million dollars?
The plan for a so-called "love bomb" envisaged an aphrodisiac chemical that would provoke widespread homosexual behaviour among troops, causing what the military called a "distasteful but completely non-lethal" blow to morale.

Is it just me or are Pentagon officials really obsessed with all things Gay?

Bush Is Greeted Warmly in Albania

Maybe they only have Fox News in Albania.
Military cannons boomed a 21-gun-salute in his honor. Thousands jammed Scanderbeg Square in downtown Tirana, wearing Uncle Sam top hats in the sweltering sun, hoping to glimpse the presidential motorcade. The superlatives flowed so freely that Mr. Bush looked a tad sheepish when Prime Minister Sali Berisha proclaimed him “the greatest and most distinguished guest we have ever had in all times.”
Obviously they don't get many important visitors if this is the best one they have gotten. They need to remember that it was Clinton that helped the Albanian population of Kosovo. The Republicans could have cared less, after all there was no oil in Kosovo. When I read this I threw up a little in my own mouth.

The Heiress is Smarter Than The Media

You know the media sucks when even Paris Hilton recognizes it.
"I must also say that I was shocked to see all of the attention devoted to the amount of time I would spend in jail for what I had done by the media, public and city officials. I would hope going forward that the public and the media will focus on more important things, like the men and women serving our country in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places around the world."
Amen Paris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sen. Lieberman Calls for U.S. Strike Against Iran

Is this guy for real?

How could Connecticut have re-elected this asswipe? Sure Joe lets start wars with all the countries that are against our Iraq operations. How about we start with Saudi Arabia? Who the hell do you think is funding the Sunni insurgents? Its certainly not Shiite Iran.
''I think we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq,'' Lieberman said. ''And to me, that would include a strike over the border into Iran, where we have good evidence that they have a base at which they are training these people coming back into Iraq to kill our soldiers.''
I just can't even tolerate his face on television anymore. He is a Bush crony that is too stupid to realize they are using him. When they are done they will throw him under the bus where he belongs since that is where he threw his constituents.