Saturday, April 29, 2006


AP: Thousands march against war in NYC

Apr 29, 2:01 PM (ET) -- By DESMOND BUTLER

NEW YORK (AP) - A day after the military announced that April was the deadliest month for U.S. forces in Iraq this year, thousands of anti-war demonstrators, right, marched Saturday through lower Manhattan to demand an immediate withdrawal of troops.

Cindy Sheehan, a vociferous critic of the war whose soldier son also died in Iraq, joined in the march, as did actress Susan Sarandon and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

"End this war, bring the troops home," read one sign lifted by marchers on the sunny afternoon, three years after the war in Iraq began. The mother of a Marine killed two years ago in Iraq held a picture of her son, born in 1984 and killed 20 years later.

One group marched under the banner "Veterans for Peace."

Full AP News story.

Friday, April 28, 2006


Reuters: Limbaugh arrested on drug fraud charges

Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, left, is seen in this police booking mug shot taken on April 28, 2006.

Limbaugh turned himself in to police in Florida on Friday and was charged with prescription drug fraud as part of a probe that began more than two years ago, authorities said.

Limbaugh was released on $3,000 bail after being held for about one hour at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office-Handout Reuters - Apr 28 5:28 PM.

Thursday, April 27, 2006


DH: Haigler sworn in as federal judge Friday

DH joining First-Central Presbyterian ChurchABILENE, April 27 -- Texas lawyer Dave Haigler, right, will be sworn in as a federal admin-istrative law judge in Abilene on Friday at 4 p.m. in the federal courtroom at 341 Pine, second floor, by District Judge Thomas M. Wheeler.

A dutch-treat dinner roasting the new judge will be held at Harlows Smokehouse at 2002 N. Clack St. at 5 p.m. after the swearing in. "This will give my friends a last chance to poke fun at me before I can hold them in contempt," Haigler quipped. "And I am highly honored that Judge Wheeler would swear me in."

Haigler has been assigned as a judge to the Dallas region, effective May 15, the U.S. Office of Hearings & Appeals has announced. He will attend 3 weeks of training in Shreveport and then 4 weeks of training in Baltimore. His wife Becky will complete 24 years of teaching this year and retire from her job as Spanish teacher at Cooper High School.

"It's something I've wanted to do for over ten years," Haigler said. "I'm flattered and humbled by this honor."

Haigler has been a mediator and arbitrator in addition to being a lawyer practicing in Abilene for over 20 years.

"We'll miss our good friends here," Haigler said. "But it's an opportunity not to be missed."


A very short suggestion.

A bill should be passed and signed by the President within the month. This bill should make the government give full price, no-interest loans to anyone buying a hybrid or electric vehicle of any kind for the next 3 years.

Terry D. Barhorst

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House Panel Rejects Plan To Check All Cargo Abroad


WASHINGTON - A House of Representatives committee on Wednesday rejected a Democratic proposal to require physical inspection of all U.S.-bound marine containers but approved a separate plan that may lead to expanded screening.

Read the rest HERE

JP sez:
All you need to know about the Republicon Party's dedication to national security.
Every single Con voted against screening cargo containers for radioactivity, because their corporate lobbyist owners oppose the idea.


GAO Says Government Pesters Wounded Soldiers Over Debts

Nearly 900 soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan have been saddled with government debts as they have recovered from war, according to a report that describes collection notices going out to veterans with brain damage, paralysis, lost limbs and shrapnel wounds.

Read the whole gruesome thing HERE

JP sez:

All you need to know about how the Republicon-owned government takes care of the troops.


AP: Senate panel says abolish FEMA

By LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writer -- Thursday, 39 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - Hurricane Katrina's latest fatality should be FEMA, the nation's disaster response agency, a Senate inquiry concluded in calling for a government overhaul to avoid future failures like those the devastating storm exposed.

This file photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows flooded roadways as the Coast Guard conducted initial Hurricane Katrina damage assessment overflights of New Orleans, Monday Aug. 29, 2005. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Niemi)This file photo, right, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows flooded roadways as the Coast Guard conducted initial Hurricane Katrina damage assessment overflights of New Orleans, Monday Aug. 29, 2005. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Niemi)

Eighty-six recommendations by the bipartisan panel indicate the United States is still woefully unprepared for a storm of Katrina's scope with the start of the hurricane season little more than a month away.

The recommendations conclude that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is crippled beyond repair by years of poor leadership and inadequate funding. They call for a new agency — the National Preparedness and Response Authority — to plan and carry out relief missions for domestic disasters.

Full AP-Yahoo News story.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006


Latest Update to Pot & Kettle Proverb

"It's not that we do not want them doing business," said Christopher Finkelstein Franyuti, San Miguel de Allende's coordinator of international relations. "We want them doing business but paying the duties."

Read it HERE.

Editor's note: This is an interesting Knight Ridder story about U.S. citizens living and doing business in Mexico without paying taxes owed down there, thus John Pettit's headline relating to the illegal alien pot calling the kettle black. -M.C.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Regis: Fitzgerald gives school paper exclusive interview

Exclusive with Patrick J. Fitzgerald -- by Joseph Santo, '06, The Owl Student Newspaper

Patrick Fitzgerald, left, Regis High School class of ‘78, a well-respected and diligent federal prosecutor, was appointed by George W. Bush as Special Counsel for the ongoing “CIA Leak Case” of October 30, 2003.

Traditionally, the title of Special Counsel is granted to a prosecutor from outside the Justice Department to investigate matters of controversy. The Code of Federal Regulations stipulates that the Attorney General “may request that the Special Counsel provide an explanation for an investigative or prosecutorial step, and may, after review, conclude that the action is so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued.”

From that code, the Attorney General holds veto power over any outside Special Counsel. Fitzgerald, a Special Counsel from inside the Department of Justice, could not comment on this delegation of authority.

This CIA Leak Investigation has continued for nearly 26 months. One may wonder what takes so long. To this Fitzgerald replied, “I cannot comment on that even for The Owl while this case is still pending trial.”

“The law is often unclear, and where it is unclear, you must make a reasoned judgment about what the law should be,” Fitzgerald commented. In order to make that reasoned judgment, “you must find out the facts as accurately as possible.”

Fitzgerald later explained that all federal prosecutors should have a “sense of what motivates people” since they are “dealing with a lot of very human situations.”

Fitzgerald’s boundless dedication and focus on justice becomes clear in his philosophy of work in the public sector: “If you are going to be working for the federal government, you should be doing what you think is right, as best as you can determine. That does involve working hard and analyzing problems, just as students do at Regis.”

As a “federal prosecutor, my job every day is to do the right thing,” emphasized Fitzgerald. Working in the federal government is a learning experience and I feel like I am always on the side to pursue justice.” Fitzgerald warns, “In the private sector, you make a lot more money [than in the public sector], but it is a lot less interesting and you do not have the luxury of making your own decisions.”

Fitzgerald believes, “We need to make trials as public as possible. But in limited circumstances, there are cases where there is specific information that you feel might compromise national security that you proceed to conduct under seal. And prosecutors do not do that lightly, but we have done that.”

This exclusive interview was obtained through the good graces of Patrick Fitzgerald and the intercession of the Regis Alumni Office. The Owl graciously thanks all parties involved.

Full story, Owl Student Newspaper, Regis High School, NYC.

Monday, April 24, 2006


No amnesty for Arnold, he's an "illegal alien"

They do not equivocate. In their ideology there is no room for compassion, human dignity or even reason. Nightly their mouthpiece in the guise of Lou Dobbs rants about hordes of "illegal aliens" invading over the border to take jobs from an economically vulnerable middle and working class. Senators Kyl and Cornyn warn us that any form of compromise or kindness would be giving "criminals" a free pass, an "amnesty" that would only encourage more lawbreakers to enter our already crowded and economically suffering nation. Congressmen Hayworth and King claim that no compromise should be made with those who have broken the law and to do so would only be a slap in the face to those who have gone through the long and arduous process of gaining legal entry into the US. In the minds of the adherents of this philosophy there are no grays, only black and white. For them the whole issue of immigration and immigration reform comes down to "they broke the law to come here... they are criminals...and should be treated as such."
But what if one of these "illegals"... these interlopers, these invaders, was one of their own? Not some poor, starving, worker with few skills and fewer prospects. Not one in whose veins runs the blood of conquistadores and the conquered. Not one who has left family and friends behind in abject poverty in hopes that he might be the one savior, provider and lifeline that might keep them from falling further and further into despair.
What if he was famous, and rich, and white, married to American royalty and the Governor of the nation's most populous state.

What if he was Arnold Schwarzenegger?

read the whole thing here.

Sunday, April 23, 2006


Reuters: Dean says Bush cut & run on Katrina

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Democratic Party chief Howard Dean, right, said on Saturday the Bush administration had "cut and run" on Gulf Coast hurricane recovery and created a political legacy of deficits, divisiveness and deceit.

Dean, speaking at the Democratic National Committee's spring meeting, said November's congressional elections would be a choice between real change from Democrats or more of the same from Republicans.

"There has been enough of fear, incompetence and corruption," Dean told DNC members. He said voters would judge President George W. Bush's administration and the Republicans on their slow response to Hurricane Katrina and failure to develop a suitable recovery plan.

"Republicans have cut and run when it comes to rebuilding the Gulf Coast, and we will not do that," he said.

Full Reuters story.

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