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  • Montana polygamist family applies for marriage license

    07/01/2015 12:12:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    KRTV-TV ^ | July 1, 2015 | Simone DeAlba - MTN News
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)BILLINGS - Given the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, a Lockwood family is now looking to solidify rights of its own. We first told you about the Colliers in January of 2015 when the polygamist family appeared on an episode of the TLC show, "Sister Wives."The polyamorous movement is a national push to allow marriage between multiple partners. Nathan Collier and his two wives, Vicki and Christine, said Tuesday that they are simply looking for equality. Nathan is legally married to Vicki, but also wants to legally wed Christine. On Tuesday,...
  • The University of California's Pension Fiasco

    01/05/2015 2:24:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/05/2015 | Lawrence J. McQuillan
    The University of California’s Board of Regents recently voted to increase student tuition up to 25 percent over the next five years. UC president Janet Napolitano said the tuition hike was necessary “to maintain the University of California in terms of academic excellence.” But the real reason for the tuition increase is that the UC system needs funds to bail out the mismanaged pension system that covers retired employees of its ten campuses. Let this be a lesson to the rest of the country: Public officials rarely take responsibility for the messes they make. Rather, they deny culpability and send...

    04/01/2014 11:32:06 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 1, 2014 | by JONATHAN STRONG
    House Budget Committee Chairman released his Fiscal Year 2015 budget Tuesday ahead of a potentially difficult vote in the House as he continues to deal with unrest on the right from a deal he struck with Democratic Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA). The 2014 budget spent $3.498 trillion in 2015, while this year's budget spends $3.664 trillion, an increase of $166 billion. The 2014 budget spent $3.660 trillion in 2016, while this year's budget spends $3.676, an increase of $26 billion, according to a report outlining the budget. The spending in years further out is actually lower than...
  • Republican doctors running for Congress amid ObamaCare rollout fiasco

    12/01/2013 11:25:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/01/13 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Eleven Republican doctors are running for the Senate, hoping that voters will see their medical expertise as an asset amid the administration’s botched rollout of ObamaCare. “Doctors are in a very unique position to look at the financing of healthcare,” Rep. Paul Broun, a family physician running for the GOP nomination for Georgia’s open Senate seat, told The Hill. “We go into medicine for one reason, and one reason only: Because we care about people, we want the people who we serve to have a productive, happy, healthy life,” he added. “That’s the kind of policymaker we should have in...
  • Government Computer Failures [Like ObamaCare] are Normal

    11/06/2013 5:18:37 AM PST · by Moseley · 10 replies
    AMERICAN THINKER ^ | November 6, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    How could the U.S. Government make such a mess of the roll-out of the website for ObamaCare? Actually, government computer systems incompetence is normal. The reaction to presupposes that our government normally does these things well. ObamaCare is high profile and under the microscope. The filibuster and shutdown confrontation brought intense attention to the roll-out on October 1. But the U.S. Government routinely bungles computer projects large and small and wastes money. Why didn't the Federal government learn anything from past fiascoes? How could President Obama imagine that the Federal Government could hijack and control one-sixth of the nation's...
  • Implementing ObamaCare: Price tag higher than earlier estimates (CGI Alone 290 million)

    10/24/2013 10:05:34 AM PDT · by xzins · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 24 Oct 13, 1159 am | Juliet Epstein
    <p>But under questioning Thursday, Campbell said her company, CGI’s, total contract was “about $290 million,” $112 million of which has already been paid.</p> <p>Slavitt said QSSI received “just under $85 million” for the data hub, which covers much — but not all — of the firm’s work for CMS.</p>
  • Insurers’ Complaints Dismissed

    10/20/2013 10:14:50 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 Oct 2013 | John Semmens
    As the new registrants for Obamacare trickle in to the private insurers who are expected to provide coverage complaints about the quality of the registration data are emerging. Executives at more than a dozen health insurance companies say that the information being forwarded to them from the Obamacare Exchanges is riddled with errors. “We’re getting duplicate requests for the same individuals,” said Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini. “In other cases crucial information is missing or incorrect. Some of these errors can be handled by personally phoning those trying to buy insurance, but this is labor-intensive and not cost-effective. If this is...
  • VIDEO Montage: Kathleen Sebelius’ Many Assured Assurances that the Obamacare Exchanges were ‘On...

    10/19/2013 10:44:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 19, 2013 | Bryan Preston
    Full title: VIDEO Montage: Kathleen Sebelius’ Many Assured Assurances that the Obamacare Exchanges were ‘On Track’ to Launch on October 1 Lefty blogger Matt Yglesias laid down his marker that the Obamacare exchange website would be fabulous from day one . Now, where did he get that idea? VIDEO 1:06 minutes More: Now Sebelius is on the run like a common thief, refusing a congressional request to testify about the chaotic Obamacare rollout. Maybe charging her with contempt of Congress will get her attention.
  • Two Weeks Later, Reporter Still Can't Sign Up for Obamacare (how not to start an online service).

    10/14/2013 11:49:00 AM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 6 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10/14/13 | Daniel Halper
    The website has been online for two weeks. But folks are having trouble signing up. One person who says she's been trying for two weeks straight to sign up is CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen. ..... Snip .....
  • Republicans Seize on WWII Memorial Fiasco

    10/02/2013 5:50:51 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 68 replies
    House Republicans are seizing the Obama administration’s decision to barricade the open-air World War II memorial in Washington as a potent political weapon in their shutdown showdown with the president. Majority Leader Eric Cantor led a group of GOP lawmakers in denouncing the decision from the Capitol steps, and House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa has launched an investigation into why the WWII memorial and other open-air monuments have been shut down.
  • Obamacare months behind in testing IT data security: government

    08/06/2013 7:02:19 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 6, 2013 | Sharon Begley
    The federal government is months behind in testing data security for the main pillar of Obamacare: allowing Americans to buy health insurance on state exchanges due to open by October 1 The missed deadlines have pushed the government's decision on whether information technology security is up to snuff to exactly one day before that crucial date, the Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general said in a report. As a result, experts say, the exchanges might open with security flaws or, possibly but less likely, be delayed.
  • 10 Takeaways From The Senate Immigration Fiasco

    06/30/2013 6:11:58 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies ^ | 6-29-13 | Hugh Hewitt
    It was a fiasco — the worst possible result: A terribly flawed bill that, of all the GOP’s Senate superstars, only Marco Rubio could support. All the other rising stars — Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and John Thune — voted “no,” as did Leader McConnell and Whip Cornyn. Worse yet, the jam down created a toxic environment around immigration reform, greatly complicating if not dooming the effort in the House for this session. How much of a fiasco? Read my interview from Wednesday with a very good guy and a serious conservative, Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota. It is...
  • Minneapolis urged to study city-owned utilities, replacing Xcel and CenterPoint

    06/22/2013 6:31:30 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-22-13 | david hanners
    It is a simple question without a simple answer: Should Minneapolis be its own power company? Delegates at last weekend's Minneapolis DFL convention passed a resolution supporting an initiative to study whether Minnesota's largest city has anything to gain by going into the utility business. The passage provided momentum to the proposal, borne of a coalition of green-energy groups. Their goal: compel Xcel Energy to step up efforts to provide clean, affordable electricity -- and CenterPoint Energy to provide more affordable natural gas -- or get the city to provide it. "Our campaign is not saying we should kick Xcel...
  • Military plans would put women in most combat jobs

    06/18/2013 12:17:34 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 18, 2013
    Military leaders are ready to begin tearing down the remaining walls that have prevented women from holding thousands of combat and special operations jobs near the front lines. Under details of the plans obtained by The Associated Press, women could start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later. The military services have mapped out a schedule that also will include reviewing and possibly changing the physical and mental standards that men and women will have to meet in order to quality for certain infantry, armor, commando and other front-line positions across the Army, Navy,...
  • Venezuela’s Amuay Refinery Explosion Shows Why Hugo Chavez's Socialism Is A Powder Keg

    08/28/2012 7:35:05 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 24 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 27 August 2012 | Editorial
    Energy: Oil is rising sharply from two disasters in the Caribbean region — one, a fierce storm, and the other a massive blast at the world's second-largest refinery in Hugo Chavez's Venezuela. Only one was perfectly preventable. When the strongman cracked the whip on Venezuela's oil industry in 2003, firing 20,000 experienced oil managers from state-owned Petroleo de Venezuela (PDVSA) to break a strike he admitted he had provoked, he insisted that merit didn't matter anymore, only political loyalty. "There will be no more meritocracy," he told his cheering red-shirts. That philosophy has been laid out in all its glory...
  • "US Fouls Up Again On Prime Minister's Name"

    07/30/2012 2:21:37 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 15 replies
    Pic courtesy another major Japanese national TV network, TBS For those who have been following this, the Japanese press is filled with snippets, chortling and stories and about the keystone-cop-ish US White House (specifically the National Security Council under Tom Donilon) and the White House website, which mistakenly listed the first name of Japan's Prime Minister (the third largest economy in the world you recall) as a common Japanese "female first name", "Yoshiko" (sic), and now the Chunichi Shimbun News off a Kyodo News Agency story (which is the blue ribbon equivalent of AP), has run an article saying...
  • Food Stamp Fiasco:The Senate refuses to cut $20 billion out of $770 billion.

    06/20/2012 5:07:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6-19-12 | WSJ
    The next time someone moans about Washington "austerity," tell them about the Senate's food stamp votes on Tuesday. Democrats and a few Republicans united to block even modest reform in a welfare program that has exploded in the last decade and is set to spend $770 billion in the next 10 years. Yes, $770 billion on a single program. And you wonder why the U.S. had its credit-rating downgraded?
  • In the Wake of the Florida Fiasco, Time to Consider Bella Santorum's Dad, Rick

    01/31/2012 5:59:50 PM PST · by tcg · 95 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 2/1/12 | Keith A Fournier
    ...While Mitt Romney "carpet-bombed" Newt Gingrich with merciless attacks; while Newt Gingrich succumbed to the temptation to respond with similar efforts, one candidate demonstrated the singularly most important trait we need in a President, character. His name is Rick Santorum, Bella's Dad. There was a book of essays on Presidential leadership written in 1996 entitled "Character Above All" The book contained an excellent essay by Peggy Noonan on Ronald Reagan... "In a president, character is everything..." People like me, "former" Democrats, were inspired by the courage, character and manner of Ronald Reagan. His was the kind of "conservatism" which made...
  • Mark Levin: Virginia Ballot Fiasco Is Intentional, To Help Romney

    Mark Levin, being a disenfranchised Virginian, weighed in on the Virginia ballot fiasco, saying that the compliance rules were changed a month ago and that it is not the fault of the candidates. In fact, he believes the rules were changed to help shove Romney down our throats.
  • Fiasco: Bachmann, Huntsman, Santorum fail to make Virginia ballot

    12/22/2011 6:14:28 PM PST · by TBBT · 69 replies
    HotAir ^ | 12/22/2011 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    That’s not even the worst part. The worst part is that Perry and Gingrich, either one of whom could still become the Great Grassroots Hope against Romney, might not have qualified either. You need 10,000 signatures to make the ballot but 15,000 are recommended since a bunch are bound to be thrown out as false or duplicative as the petitions are scrutinized. You also need at least 600 signatures from each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts. Romney submitted 16,026 and Ron Paul submitted 14,361. Perry’s total: 11,911. Gingrich’s: 11,050. If they end up getting bounced, the Republican primary ballot for...
  • Look What's Parked Outside The Ohio State Football Press Conference

    11/28/2011 2:20:16 PM PST · by buccaneer81 · 23 replies
    610 WTVN Radio Columbus ^ | 28 November 2011 | 610 WTVN
  • The Accountable Care Fiasco (Even the models for health reform hate the new HHS rule)

    06/20/2011 5:31:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6/19/11
    The Obama Administration is handing out waivers far and wide for its health-care bill, but behind the scenes the bureaucracy is grinding ahead writing new regulations. The latest example is the rule for Accountable Care Organizations that are supposed to be the crown jewel of cost-saving reform. One problem: The draft rule is so awful that even the models for it say they won't participate. *** The theory for ACOs, as they're known, is that hospitals, primary-care doctors and specialists will work more efficiently in teams, like at the Mayo Clinic and other top U.S. hospitals. ACOs are meant to...
  • Libya: SAS mission that began and ended in error(plea for release aired on Libyan TV)

    03/06/2011 6:24:12 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 03/06/11 | James Kirkup, Nick Meo and Caroline Gammell
    Libya: SAS mission that began and ended in error A SAS mission to Libya resulted in humiliation after the troops were first captured by rebels, then a diplomat’s plea for their release was broadcast on state television. By James Kirkup, Nick Meo in Benghazi and Caroline Gammell 9:01PM GMT 06 Mar 2011 The mission was error-strewn from the beginning, when a helicopter carrying the team of seven SAS soldiers and MI6 officer landed in Benghazi without warning the rebel commanders - causing the insurgents to think they were coming under attack. The team then aggravated the situation by claiming to...
  • Time to Move Past Debate On Dodd-Frank Law: FDIC's Bair

    01/13/2011 8:05:38 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    CNBC ^ | Michelle Lodge
    Time to Move Past Debate On Dodd-Frank Law: FDIC's Bair Published: Thursday, 13 Jan 2011 | 10:32 AM ET By: Michelle Lodge Writer Even with the Republicans in control of the House, major changes in the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law are unlikely and it's time for the country "to get on with it," Sheila Bair, chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, told CNBC Thursday. “Dodd-Frank gives the regulators a lot of tools to implement them [changes], and we are doing that in a balanced way,” said Bair, speaking from the Small Business Forum in Washington DC, a co-partnership...
  • Rep. Bachmann Seeks To Repeal Dodd-Frank

    01/07/2011 4:57:21 PM PST · by pissant · 11 replies
    P&C ^ | 1/7/11 | Art Postal
    Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Wis., plans to introduce legislation repealing the Dodd-Frank financial services law, calling it “misguided” and a “blatant abuse of power.” A key criticism by Rep. Bachmann is a provision in the law that allows the federal government to take over failing non-bank institutions, such as American International Group, according to Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and a prime architect of the legislation. In a statement, Rep. Frank said another key objection to the legislation by Rep. Bachmann and her conservative supporters is the creation of the independent Consumer Financial Protection...
  • The Dodd-Frank Financial Fiasco

    06/30/2010 6:41:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    wsj ^ | 6/30/10 | JOHN B. TAYLOR
    The sheer complexity of the 2,319-page Dodd-Frank financial reform bill is certainly a threat to future economic growth. But if you sift through the many sections and subsections, you find much more than complexity to worry about. The main problem with the bill is that it is based on a misdiagnosis of the causes of the financial crisis, which is not surprising since the bill was rolled out before the congressionally mandated Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission finished its diagnosis. The biggest misdiagnosis is the presumption that the government did not have enough power to avoid the crisis. But the Federal...
  • Wrong footed! Amputee sent home with two left feet after hospital fiasco

    02/11/2010 8:38:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies · 882+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/11/10 | Jonathan Brocklebank
    When Patrick Morrison left hospital after having his right foot amputated, he thought the sense of imbalance he felt would vanish once he got used to his newly fitted artificial foot. But it was not until five months later, when he took off the protective socks, that he realised he had been given two left feet. A prosthetic limb specialist had fitted an artificial left foot to his right leg - and failed to spot his mistake during two further check-ups. The foot was also too big - made to fit a size nine shoe rather than a size eight.
  • To Congress: Your Loan Has Been Called

    12/15/2009 1:19:08 PM PST · by FromLori · 9 replies · 595+ views
    The Market Ticker ^ | 12/15/09 | Karl Denninger
    Leaders are considering a hike of roughly $300 billion to the nation's $12.1 trillion deficit, though the final figure has not been nailed down, congressional aides said on condition of anonymity. Democratic leaders had previously hoped to raise the limit by at least $1.8 trillion, enough to take care of the government's debt needs through the November 2010 congressional elections. What was your first hint the former $1.8 trillion increase attempt was a bad idea? Perhaps this? Or was it China buying a literal zero of Treasury debt in October? Or was it the TIC report this morning (which I'm...
  • Déjà Vu for Obama Too: The H1N1 Fiasco

    12/09/2009 1:48:35 PM PST · by Dr.Syn · 6 replies · 505+ views ^ | December 9, 2009 | Dan Sargis
      Déjà Vu for Obama Too:The H1N1 FiascoDecember 9, 2009 When I was growing up, my mother’s most repeated words of advice were: “Watch out, those words may come back to bite you” and “If you can’t fix it, then just leave it alone”. Mom was just warning me about the pitfalls of ignorant babble and clueless meddling. And so I present to you Obama aka “the clueless wrecking ball”. Or to rekindle John Kerry’s 2004 invectives, “If you can't get flu vaccines to Americans, how are you going to protect them against bioterrorism?”...“If you can't get flu vaccines to Americans, what kind of health...
  • U.S. envoy Bosworth arrives in Pyongyang: N. Korean media

    12/08/2009 6:04:29 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 756+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 12/08/09
    U.S. envoy Bosworth arrives in Pyongyang: N. Korean media SEOUL, Dec. 8 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. envoy on North Korea arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday, the North's media said, in the highest-level visit to the communist nation since the Barack Obama administration took power in Washington early this year. Stephen Bosworth and his entourage "arrived in Sunan Airport" just outside the capital, the Korean Central News Agency said. Bosworth departed from the U.S. Osan air base in South Korea at around 2 p.m. on a three-day mission to bring the North back to a multilateral forum on its nuclear program
  • Stimulus Dollars, TARP Funds, And A Flu Shot Fiasco

    11/22/2009 4:41:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 798+ views ^ | November 22, 2009 | Austin Hill
    Where did the swine flu vaccinations go? They went the way of the “stimulus money” – that is to say, they were sent here, and shipped there. And, of course, they were “administered” and “disbursed” and “distributed” by high ranking officials who work in very important positions in vital departments of our U.S. Government. But nobody in our government – no one, specific individual – can say with certainty how many flu shots there are, or where they are, or where they might be headed. And the same is true for the billions of dollars that were entailed in President...
  • Obama's Fundamental Misconception (National Review Online re: Asia Trip)

    11/23/2009 5:51:36 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 11 replies · 600+ views
    The National Review ^ | 23 November 2009 | Gordon G. Chang (Hong Kong)
    Obama’s Fundamental Misconception [Gordon G. Chang] The best the defenders of President Obama’s trip to Asia can say at this moment is that the resounding chorus of criticism is premature. Of course, no presidential visit can be fully assessed until months — and sometimes years — after the event.But the president has united the political spectrum against him for his abandonment of human rights as a central element of the American dialogue with China. The New York Times gently put it this way this weekend: “The American president must always be willing to stand up to Beijing in defense of...
  • 2004-2009 Pompous Prognosticators Revisited

    07/12/2009 8:34:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies · 366+ views
    BMG ^ | 07/06/09 | Nick Barisheff
    2004-2009 Pompous Prognosticators Revisited The experts go into denial as the credit crisis unfolds By Nick Barisheff In 2001, Colin Seymour published an article entitled 1927-1933 Chart of Pompous Prognosticators. In it, he documented the many Depression-era assurances given by politicians, economists, financial experts and the media to the public, protesting that everything was fine and there was nothing to worry about. Meanwhile, the stock market would decline by 92%, the US dollar would be devalued by 40%, real estate would drop 30% and unemployment would soar to 25%. Today, we have a similar situation. Politicians, economists and the media...
  • CA: We're no model - AB 32 fiasco shows state doesn't know best

    12/11/2008 8:27:07 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 1,078+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 12/11/08 | Editorial
    One of the shabbiest, least satisfying public policy debates in modern California political history is expected to wrap up today in Sacramento with the California Air Resources Board adopting its “Scoping Plan” for the implementation of AB 32. That's the landmark 2006 state law requiring a sharp increase in the use of cleaner but more costly sources of energy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions contributing to global warming. It is inevitable that the law will have negative economic consequences, given that California businesses will have higher costs than rival firms in other states and nations without such an edict,...
  • Republican airs ad against bailout package

    09/28/2008 12:09:11 PM PDT · by mathprof · 11 replies · 699+ views
    politico ^ | 9/28/08
    Wisconsin Congressional candidate John Gard is one of the first Republican candidates looking to score some political points over the Wall Street bailout. He released a new campaign ad today that criticizes the proposed bailout package, while attacking his Democratic opponent, Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wis.), for voting to “raise taxes on families by $1,800.” “Now they want to give a huge bailout to Wall Street billionaires. You play by the rules and fall further behind. While they break the rules, and Congress hands them your money,” Gard says in the ad. “Washington’s got it wrong again.” This is the second...
  • Early anger for the agreement

    09/28/2008 11:41:56 AM PDT · by mathprof · 18 replies · 538+ views
    politico ^ | 9/28/08
    The House opened Sunday with a string of one-minute tirades about the tentative agreement congressional negotiators brokered hours earlier with administration. None of the speechmakers - from liberal Oregon Democrat Peter DeFazio to conservative New Jersey Republican Scott Garrett - was expected to back the financial markets rescue plan, so their remarks are an inaccurate metric to chart support for - or opposition to - the bill. "It does not do what the American people are asking to do, and that is protect their tax dollars," said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). But this string of angry remarks speaks to the...
  • Convention ends in chaos, so Dems need a do-over (Las Vegas RATS irate during fiasco)

    02/24/2008 4:39:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies · 588+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 2/24/08 | J. Patrick Coolican, Michael Mishak
    Convention ends in chaos, so Dems need a do-overBy J. Patrick Coolican, Michael Mishak Sun, Feb 24, 2008 (2 a.m.) Rory Reid, right, Hillary Clinton’s Nevada campaign chairman, is besieged by supporters who don’t want the vote on delegates to the Democratic state convention delayed. Sam Morris The Clark County Democratic Convention turned into a fiasco Saturday, with a host of problems that were entirely predictable but blithely ignored by county party leadership. The convention was supposed to elect delegates to this spring’s state convention in Reno, where delegates will be selected for the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Instead,...
  • Bush and Libby

    07/02/2007 9:18:21 PM PDT · by gpapa · 67 replies · 1,335+ views ^ | June 26, 2007 | Editorial Staff
    President Bush's commutation late yesterday afternoon of the prison sentence of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby will at least spare his former aide from 2 1/2 years in prison. But by failing to issue a full pardon, Mr. Bush is evading responsibility for the role his Administration played in letting the Plame affair build into fiasco and, ultimately, this personal tragedy.
  • Maura Harty's folly [State Dept. Incompetence]

    06/26/2007 4:40:22 PM PDT · by Enchante · 7 replies · 332+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 06/25/07 | Joel Mowbray
    During a contentious Senate hearing last week, consular chief Maura Harty took personal responsibility for the backlog of two million passport applications that has wreaked havoc on honeymoons, family getaways and business trips..... The mess occurred because Mrs. Harty's office prepared for 16.2 million passport applications this year, but that number proved too low by roughly 1.5 million.... On the heels of creating a backlog of two million passport applications and then misleading Congress about it, Mrs. Harty is poised for a promotion. And unless the White House acts to stop it, Mrs. Harty could soon ascend to one of...
  • Nifong’s fiasco - As long as we view each other as groups, we will be manipulated by scoundrels

    06/20/2007 2:50:13 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies · 720+ views
    Fort Wayne News Sentinel ^ | June 19, 2007 | Fort Wayne News Sentinel
    Nifong’s fiasco As long as we view each other as groups, we will be manipulated by scoundrels. Most of us would like to think America is on the path to being a colorblind society in which race does not matter. Mike Nifong, the disgraced and disbarred former Durham County, N.C., prosecutor, has served at least one valuable public service by showing us just how far we have to go on that journey. Nifong cynically played the race card to keep his job for one reason only: He knew he could. Though he will now pay the price for his inexcusable...
  • The making of a jumbo problem

    11/10/2006 12:40:59 PM PST · by Paul Ross · 5 replies · 785+ views
    The Economist ^ | November 9, 2006 | McCarthy
    The making of a jumbo problem A botched privatisation at a bargain price started the storm that helped bring Airbus down to earth The Economist (UK) 11/11/2006 By: FT McCarthy As French stock-exchange regulators investigate share sales by Noël Forgeard, a former co-chief executive of European Aeronautic Defence and Space, questions are being raised about a controversial deal that eventually led to the creation of EADS, the parent company of Airbus. This was a privatisation overseen by a former finance minister, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is one of two rivals to Ségolène Royal in the contest next week for the Socialist...
  • Someone's Not Telling The Truth About What General Jones Said

    10/06/2006 6:55:26 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies · 1,058+ views
    WaPo-USNews/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein October 6, 2006 - 21:36 In State of Denial, Bob Woodward claims Marine Gen. James L. Jones, the U.S. commander for Europe, said that the Iraq war is a "debacle" and that "the Joint Chiefs have been systematically emasculated by Rumsfeld." Two reporters from two publications followed up on the story. They couldn't have reached more diametrically opposed conclusions as to whether Woodward quoted Jones accurately. How's this for dueling headlines? "U.S. European Commander Confirms Quotes in Book" "NATO Chief Denies Quotes in Woodward Book" When it comes to contradictions, it doesn't get more stark and point-blank...
  • Book review: Iraq war as 'Fiasco'

    08/28/2006 10:51:04 PM PDT · by woofie · 46 replies · 1,292+ views
    Hampton ^ | August 26, 2006 | Scott Lindlaw
    The attentive reader of ''Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq'' will quickly run out of yellow ink highlighting all the misjudgments and missteps that, according to the book, have characterized the U.S. invasion and occupation. The book is a haunting catalog of prescient warnings against invading, inaccurate predictions by Bush administration officials and a few generals, and chronic mistakes in battling an unanticipated insurgency. Thomas E. Ricks could have filled 300 pages simply by compiling lists of examples. That, however, would not have made for the highly readable and disturbing book he has written. ''Fiasco'' is enlivened by on-the-record,...
  • The March of Folly (How can the Washington Post Get Away with this?)

    07/29/2006 1:06:52 PM PDT · by redstateone · 24 replies · 1,099+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 30, 2006 | Daniel Byman review of Thomas Ricks' book
    The picture Ricks paints is so damning that it is, at times, too charitable to say that the military and civilian leadership failed.
  • IBM's Reply Memo in Further Support of Motion to Limit SCO's Claims

    04/07/2006 8:34:49 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 13 replies · 452+ views
    Groklaw ^ | 5 April 2006 | Pamela Jones
    Now we're cooking. We have now IBM's Reply Memorandum in Further Support of Motion to Limit SCO's Claims Relating to Allegedly Misused Material and all the trimmings: IBM's Reply MemorandumAddendum A, a timeline showing all IBM's requests for specificity, the court's orders, and SCO's "repeated failures to identify" the allegedly misused code Addendum B, chart showing what IBM calls SCO's failure "to identify lines of System V, AIX or Dynix, and Linux material with respect to any of the 198 items". Addendum C, cases Declaration of Randall DavisAddendum A, Randall Davis' credentials as an expert Addendum B, the same chart,...
  • LISTEN LIVE Horowitz/Churchill Debate Thursday 4-6 at 8pm est!

    04/04/2006 11:19:42 AM PDT · by Bob J · 8 replies · 1,308+ views ^ | 4-4-06 | Bob J
    EXCLUSIVE LIVE WEBCAST Thursday April 6th at 8pm est, David Hororwitz will debate Ward Churchill at George Washington University Campus, Jack Morton Auditoriumin conjunction with the Students for Academic Freedom Conference. the leader in conservative webradio/podcast production will stream the debate LIVE. Go to and click on the appropriate button on our main page! Podcast/Download of the debate will be available after the event.
  • Forbes Mag - Bush Was Right to Reject Kyoto 'Fiasco'

    12/29/2005 8:47:26 AM PST · by kromike · 12 replies · 857+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005 11:10 a.m. EST | Carl Limbacher and Staff
    George Bush suffered heavy international criticism for rejecting the Kyoto Protocol, but it now appears he was exactly right: The treaty is a "fiasco,” Forbes magazine declares. The treaty was negotiated in 1997 as a way to slow global warming, and formally took effect in February, without U.S. participation. The Clinton administration agreed to the protocol, but the Senate refused to ratify it, in part because developing countries that were major polluters and trade competitors, particularly China and India, refused to participate in the Kyoto accord. So right now "Kyoto is essentially a western European proposition,” Forbes reports. But "China...
  • "Rape and Murder Inside Dome of Despair" (Australia) Foreign Reporters In New Orleans' Report

    09/03/2005 6:44:31 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 47 replies · 2,439+ views
    The Courier Mail News (online) Australia | 3 Sept 2005 | Adam Harvey & Kim Sweetman
    Rape and murder inside dome of despair (3 September 2005, from AUSTRALIA) by Adam Harvey and Kim Sweetman 03sep05IT is a nightmare landscape of roaming gangs and random rapes. Desperate, hungry refugees are forced to huddle in hiding from armed thugs who have killed for what little food can be scavenged.This is how the richest nation on earth reacts to a disaster. More than 30,000 National Guards were sent in to New Orleans last night with orders to shoot to kill. Those who survived Hurricane Katrina inside the city's Superdome emerged yesterday from a second hell. "They're raping babies...
  • The Real Story of JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis - (Excellent! New revelations!)

    07/20/2005 6:41:14 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 99 replies · 3,550+ views
    NEWSMAX.COM ^ | JULY 21, 2005 | Humberto Fontova
    "A more vital piece of U.S. history would be hard to find," gushed the Boston Globe last week about a new item in the Kennedy Library and Museum, a map of Cuba. The Library obtained it from the estate of Robert L. White, a collector who had earlier received it from JFK's late secretary, Evelyn Lincoln. "This map bears the marks of history," continues the Globe story, "a series of X marks in black ink, crosshatched east and west of Havana by President John F. Kennedy, and two foreboding words scrawled above them: 'missile sites.' This map was used by...

    03/24/2005 6:44:09 PM PST · by NotchJohnson · 159 replies · 3,080+ views
    Neal Nuze ^ | 4/24/05 | Boortz
    was absolutely astounded yesterday when Florida Governor Jeb Bush held that press conference and talked about the State of Florida taking custody of Terri Schiavo. He presented to the media the opinion of a doctor that Terri Schiavo was not in a persistent vegetative state .. but rather just in some sort of a period of reduced consciousness. This doctor has never seen Terri Schiavo, except on videotape, and he's issuing findings that are completely at odds with doctors who have been personally examining Terri for many months. Think about this for a moment. Attending physicians conduct their examinations and...