“she may be a murderer, but....”

Since: Dec 07

she'll ensure U cant prove it

#4603 Nov 1, 2013
ILAL wrote:
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You need oxygen?
Then go get some.
I tried; the website is down again
ZCs

New York, NY

#4604 Nov 2, 2013
What Fox won't tell you!!!!!!!!!!

Following a brief detente over executive branch nominations over the past few months, Republicans yesterday went back to their same old obstructionist ways.

First, Republicans used the filibuster to block an up-or-down vote on Rep. Mel Watt, who has been nominated to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, an important agency that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This is the first time since the Reconstruction Era that a sitting Member of Congress has been denied confirmation. Watt is also the first African-American FHFA nominee.

Republicans then filibustered the nomination of Patricia Millett for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, despite her sterling credentials as one of the most well-respected members of the Supreme Court bar, previous experience in both Democratic and Republican administrations, and the support of conservative legal luminaries like Ken Starr and Ted Olson.

The D.C. Circuit is second only to the Supreme Court in importance. It hears cases involving key national security issues and federal regulations like environmental and labor rules. During the Bush administration, all 11 seats on the court were happily filled by Republicans. But now that three vacancies have opened up, they are refusing to allow votes on President Obama’s nominees.

It’s no secret why — conservatives currently have a stranglehold on this important court and Republicans want to keep it that way. Of the eight current judges, four were appointed by Republicans and four were appointed by Democrats; however, five of six semi-retired senior judges who still hear cases were appointed by Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) indicated that Obama’s nominees will be voted on again and not-so-subtly threatened to change the filibuster rules if Republicans continue their blockade.
Why Courts Matter

The last 24 hours have provided important reminders about why the courts — and federal appeals courts in particular — matter.

In Texas, a three-judge panel of conservative Bush-appointed judges overruled an earlier ruling and reinstated Texas’ draconian new restrictions on abortion. The restrictions forced about one-third of Texas abortion clinics to close. Today.

And then this morning, D.C. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown, one of Bush’s most radical appointees, issued a ruling against the Obamacare mandate that requires insurers to offer no-cost birth control.

Both of these vital cases will likely head to the Supreme Court, which also continues to be controlled by Republican-appointed justices, where they will face an uncertain fate.

BOTTOM LINE: The courts matter and it’s important that President Obama be allowed to exercise his constitutional duty to fill vacancies on the D.C. Circuit, other federal appeals courts, and district courts. Unless more progressive judges make it on to the bench, radical judges appointed by Bush and other Republicans will continue to try and drag the country backward and undermine hard won progressive victories.
ILAL

Bronx, NY

#4605 Nov 2, 2013
Guinness Drinker wrote:
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I tried; the website is down again
Try harder.
ZCs

New York, NY

#4606 Nov 2, 2013
The Benghazi "witness" featured in a CBS 60 Minutes report that galvanized new discussion of the administration's response to the attack previously said he never got near the diplomatic compound on the night of the attack, according to a report from The Washington Post.

The revelation comes just days after Fox News reported that they had previously been using the same man as a source, but broke contact after he asked the network for money. Two days after the CBS report aired, Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon and Schuster that "specializes in conservative non-fiction," published the supposed witness' book, The Embassy House: The Explosive Eyewitness Account of the Libyan Embassy Siege by the Soldier Who Was There. According to the Post, the book "largely comports with the 60 Minutes account."

Together, these details paint a damning picture of the credibility of the supposed eyewitness -- and that of the CBS report which promoted his story.

During the October 27 report, which was based on a year-long investigation by correspondent Lara Logan and producer Max McCellan, Logan described the man, identified as "Morgan Jones, a pseuodonym he's using for his own safety," as "a security officer who witnessed the attack." She explained that during the attack, "Jones scaled the twelve-foot high wall of the compound that was still overrun with al Qaeda fighters"; during an interview, he told her he had personally struck one of those terrorists in the face with his rifle butt. After the attack, "Jones" claimed in the report that he went to the Benghazi hospital and saw Ambassador Chris Stevens' body.

"Jones" also told CBS' audience that he had been worried about the compound coming under attack, and that Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, who died in the assault, had shared similar concerns with him.

But according to the Post, "Jones," whose real name was confirmed as Dylan Davies, revealed none of those details in the incident report to his security contractor employer that he wrote following the attack. Instead, he wrote that he never got near the compound that night and learned of Stevens' death from a colleague. From the Post:
ILAL

Bronx, NY

#4607 Nov 2, 2013
ZCs wrote:
What Fox won't tell you!!!!!!!!!!
Following a brief detente over executive branch nominations over the past few months, Republicans yesterday went back to their same old obstructionist ways.
First, Republicans used the filibuster to block an up-or-down vote on Rep. Mel Watt, who has been nominated to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, an important agency that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This is the first time since the Reconstruction Era that a sitting Member of Congress has been denied confirmation. Watt is also the first African-American FHFA nominee.
Republicans then filibustered the nomination of Patricia Millett for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, despite her sterling credentials as one of the most well-respected members of the Supreme Court bar, previous experience in both Democratic and Republican administrations, and the support of conservative legal luminaries like Ken Starr and Ted Olson.
The D.C. Circuit is second only to the Supreme Court in importance. It hears cases involving key national security issues and federal regulations like environmental and labor rules. During the Bush administration, all 11 seats on the court were happily filled by Republicans. But now that three vacancies have opened up, they are refusing to allow votes on President Obama’s nominees.
It’s no secret why — conservatives currently have a stranglehold on this important court and Republicans want to keep it that way. Of the eight current judges, four were appointed by Republicans and four were appointed by Democrats; however, five of six semi-retired senior judges who still hear cases were appointed by Republicans.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) indicated that Obama’s nominees will be voted on again and not-so-subtly threatened to change the filibuster rules if Republicans continue their blockade.
Why Courts Matter
The last 24 hours have provided important reminders about why the courts — and federal appeals courts in particular — matter.
In Texas, a three-judge panel of conservative Bush-appointed judges overruled an earlier ruling and reinstated Texas’ draconian new restrictions on abortion. The restrictions forced about one-third of Texas abortion clinics to close. Today.
And then this morning, D.C. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown, one of Bush’s most radical appointees, issued a ruling against the Obamacare mandate that requires insurers to offer no-cost birth control.
Both of these vital cases will likely head to the Supreme Court, which also continues to be controlled by Republican-appointed justices, where they will face an uncertain fate.
BOTTOM LINE: The courts matter and it’s important that President Obama be allowed to exercise his constitutional duty to fill vacancies on the D.C. Circuit, other federal appeals courts, and district courts. Unless more progressive judges make it on to the bench, radical judges appointed by Bush and other Republicans will continue to try and drag the country backward and undermine hard won progressive victories.
They do what they do because they're scumbags and have no real agenda to move the country forward, only backwards.
ZCs

New York, NY

#4608 Nov 2, 2013
Tick Tock Fox Bootlickers

Tick Tock!!!!!!!!!!

"I'm all out of love, I'm so lost without you," Air Supply once sang about a romance beyond repair, but the same lyric applies to Republicans' current relationship with Fox News.

Yes, it seems the current GOP can no longer like their television channel after the tumultuous year Roger Ailes and co. have had. Fox News has fallen out of favor with Republicans after two years of untouched supremacy as the party's brand of choice across any and every medium, according to a recent YouGov survey. YouGov measures which brands are preferred by each party (Republicans, Democrats, Independents) by adding and subtracting negative feedback on a 100 to -100 scale. In 2011, Fox News led all brands with 68 support points, a full 5 points ahead of the rest. In 2012, Fox News led with 64.5 support points, 1.7 points above the rest. This year? In 2013, Fox News didn't even make the top 10.

So where did it all go wrong? Some trace the recent Republican-Fox divorce all the way back to last November, when poor Megyn Kelly roamed through the Fox hallways looking for an answer to Karl Rove's ridiculous question: why isn't Mitt Romney president? Fox viewers who spent the months preceding the election listening to Sean Hannity tell them how rosy things were going for the Romney campaign were just as incredulous on election night as Karl Rove. In that way, he was, however briefly, a man of the people.

Right after the election, Slate's Allison Benedikt argued Republicans should stop trusting the network because of its impossibly close ties with the Republican Party if they want honest news. "After Karl Rove’s on-air freakout and the aforementioned MegynCam challenge, Fox was forced to acknowledge that Obama had won the damn election. And now what are they left with?" Benedikt asked. "A whole lot of viewers who are quite surprised to find that they are once again outnumbered by Americans who actually like better access to health care and don’t all keep Carrie Mathison-style timelines of the Benghazi cables on their living room walls." A Public Policy Poll released in January showed a serious decline in trust during the months after the election. Only 52 percent of those who identify as "somewhat conservative," said they trust Fox News, down from 65 percent last year. Hardline conservatives trust Fox News less, too: 13 percent said they don't trust Fox News anymore, compared to 6 percent last year.

Interestingly, new research says Fox News, from 1997-2002, had a noticeable effect on the way Republicans voted in federal elections.(Hint: they voted Republican, but data shows Fox News guaranteed they voted within their party.) They probably wouldn't have the same influence today. The conservative juggernaut is swaying, falling, teetering on brink of self-parody and un-truthiness. One can only presume this is why they're remaking the anchor line-up with established conservative faces and bringing in giant iPads. Fox is asking what it is without Republicans, letting the party know it's not too late to say it was wrong.
ZCs

New York, NY

#4609 Nov 2, 2013
Did Fox Cover this?


17,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from an eight-inch pipeline owned by Koch Pipeline Company on Tuesday, the Railroad Commission of Texas reportedWednesday.

The spill impacted a rural area and two livestock ponds near Smithville and was discovered on a routine aerial inspection, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Details are scarce regarding the cause of the spill and cleanup measures underway but, as UPI reported,“Koch Pipeline Co. said it notified the appropriate federal and state regulators but had no estimated time for repairs. Neither Koch nor the Texas Railroad Commission had a public statement about the incident.”

According to its website, Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., the company controlled by billionaire petrochemical giants Charles and David Koch. Koch Industries has also come under fire recently for dumping petroleum coke, a byproduct of tar sands refining, along riverfronts in both Detroit and Chicago.

The crude oil spill is the latest in a string of pipeline incidents that have occurred in multiple U.S. states as oil companies ramp up production and find themselves scrambling to ship their product to refineries. Earlier this month, a pipeline that spewed over 20,000 barrels of crude oil into a North Dakota wheat field went unreported for 11 days until it was discovered by a farmer harvesting his wheat. A subsequent Associated Press investigation found nearly 300 oil spills and 750 “oil field incidents” have gone unreported in the state since January 2012 alone.

The unparalleled expansion of oil and gas pipelines throughout the country has exposed serious deficiencies in oversight and regulation of the industry, particularly since choosing the routes of new pipelines and overseeing safety and maintenance is predominantly left up to the individual companies. In September, Jeffrey Weise, head of the Office of Pipeline Safety at the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), asked conference attendees simply,“Do I think I can hurt a major international corporation with a $2 million civil penalty? No.”

Instead of addressing this lack of oversight and the threat it poses to communities across the U.S., Congress instead examined how to make the process easier for industry, holding a hearing in the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday for a bipartisan bill that aims to speed up the permitting process for oil and natural gas pipelines that cross country borders.
ZCs

New York, NY

#4610 Nov 2, 2013
Did Fox cover this?

“Remember, Dick Cheney is a politician who engaged in some of the worst, most radical and criminal conduct in the last century in the United States and did it all in secret — from lying about the war in Iraq to torturing people, to putting people in cages with no lawyers, to eavesdropping on the American people without the warrants required by law,” he told CNN host Anderson Cooper.“So of course political people like Dick Cheney, people in political power always want to do what they do behind a wall of secrecy because that’s how they abuse power.”

“And they always consider those who bring transparency to what they do to be evil, treasonous people,” he continued.“Edward Snowden is considered a hero to people around the world and the United States and received a whistle blowing award because he did what people have conscience do, which is tell that world about things that they should know.”

“That the world’s most powerful people are trying to keep concealed,” Greenwald said.“It’s created a worldwide debate over internet freedom and the value of privacy and dangers of surveillance. It’s created movements for reform and all kinds of legislators around the world including in the United States and the world is much better off that the Dick Cheneys of the world aren’t able to abuse their power in secret.”
Nemo Noone

Pine Ridge, SD

#4611 Nov 3, 2013
Will Fox News go down?????

Likely not until lying on TV is illegal.
Obskeptic

Farmington, MI

#4612 Nov 3, 2013
Nemo Noone wrote:
Will Fox News go down?????
Likely not until lying on TV is illegal.
The collateral damage of such a law would end the current presidents career as well. You sure you want such a law?

“The One & Only”

Since: May 13

Location hidden

#4613 Nov 3, 2013
Obskeptic wrote:
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The collateral damage of such a law would end the current presidents career as well. You sure you want such a law?
Who are you kidding? It would end government as we know it.

“The One & Only”

Since: May 13

Location hidden

#4614 Nov 3, 2013
ZCs wrote:
Did Fox cover this?
“Remember, Dick Cheney is a politician who engaged in some of the worst, most radical and criminal conduct in the last century in the United States and did it all in secret — from lying about the war in Iraq to torturing people, to putting people in cages with no lawyers, to eavesdropping on the American people without the warrants required by law,” he told CNN host Anderson Cooper.“So of course political people like Dick Cheney, people in political power always want to do what they do behind a wall of secrecy because that’s how they abuse power.”
“And they always consider those who bring transparency to what they do to be evil, treasonous people,” he continued.“Edward Snowden is considered a hero to people around the world and the United States and received a whistle blowing award because he did what people have conscience do, which is tell that world about things that they should know.”
“That the world’s most powerful people are trying to keep concealed,” Greenwald said.“It’s created a worldwide debate over internet freedom and the value of privacy and dangers of surveillance. It’s created movements for reform and all kinds of legislators around the world including in the United States and the world is much better off that the Dick Cheneys of the world aren’t able to abuse their power in secret.”
Dick Cheney is a war criminal & should be tried as such.
nac

Merrick, NY

#4615 Nov 3, 2013
Ol No Name wrote:
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Dick Cheney is a war criminal & should be tried as such.
How would you consider Cheney a war criminal? I'm asking a serious question, so please answer me without the theatrics, okay?
Obskeptic

Novi, MI

#4616 Nov 4, 2013
nac wrote:
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How would you consider Cheney a war criminal? I'm asking a serious question, so please answer me without the theatrics, okay?
Let me give it a try "nac". Because the newly arriving Bush/Cheney administration dared to believe the international intel that Iraq was reconstituting it's nuclear weapons program, was obtaining "SCUD" missiles capable of delivering chemical weapon payloads, and still had tons of chemical weapons, that they were liars for using that information to go in and take out Sadaam. Forget that he had used chemical weapons he obtained from us on the Kurd's in the north of Iraq, or that Sadaam was openly ignoring UN resolutions and sanctions, or even that during the previous administration, so many democrats were giving speeches in the senate and the house warning the world and the country of the dangers of Sadaam and that regime change would be a productive endeavor. Even Senator Hillary, our next president and failed Secretary of State was saying the same thing, but that doesn't matter. Everything that has happened since is ONLY W's and Cheney's fault, and they should be hung with piano wire in the public square to satisfy liberals lust for vengeance. Let's not forget how many spying agencies were fooled by Sadaam's posturing; Israel, Russia, the UK, as well as our own CIA and military intelligence to mention just a few. In hindsight, it was a mistake to invade Iraq.
Obskeptic

Novi, MI

#4617 Nov 4, 2013
It would appear that President Perfect, who is beyond blame for anything that has gone bad during his tenure so far, because "he didn't know" and therefore cannot be responsible, is directing the mainstream media to move on from the headlines of his failed roll out of the ACA, and focus on more important matters like immigration, and minimum wage increases. They refer to this as pivoting. Besides, how can we hold him responsible for anything when he is the one trying to fix everything. You all know that the new narrative for the failure of the roll out is that the private sector they relied on was incompetent, even though the company that was paid 100's of millions of our dollars was awarded a no bid contract, and that the first ladies college roommate is on the board of that company. And also, the democrats simply used the Heritage Foundation's plan, and the Romney Care model from Massachusetts, so in reality it is the republicans and conservatives that are ultimately responsible for fooling the smartest president we have had since FDR and Lincoln. Progressives are never to blame for any of the mistakes during a progressive administrations tenure. Hillary is counting on that to be the case. We will have to wait and see just how much pain the democrats have caused their own, and if their propaganda has fomented enough hate for republicans to carry them to victory in the 2014 and 2016 elections.

“she may be a murderer, but....”

Since: Dec 07

she'll ensure U cant prove it

#4618 Nov 4, 2013
Obskeptic wrote:
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The collateral damage of such a law would end the current presidents career as well. You sure you want such a law?
depends; anything stragically implemented after you get reelected, you can never lose

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#4619 Nov 4, 2013
Concerning Fox...we should concentrate on the current trial, going on in London....Rupert Murdoch and his top players that have broken every law, concerning privacy and the press......Notice how little coverage it receive's here....and zero mention on Fox, of course.....
shameless-li

Denver, CO

#4620 Nov 4, 2013
Ol No Name wrote:
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Who are you kidding? It would end government as we know it.
our government ended years ago....now it's all about the personal power and wealth the individuals we voted in get. they don't govern for us, they work for themselves...

“The One & Only”

Since: May 13

Location hidden

#4621 Nov 4, 2013
nac wrote:
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How would you consider Cheney a war criminal? I'm asking a serious question, so please answer me without the theatrics, okay?
One word: Halliburton.

Cheney had a severance package from Halliburton which included a deferred cash compensation based on company performance as well as over 400,000 shares in stock options. Those very shares returned Cheney over 400% profit in the during & after the war. Halliburton made over 39 billion dollars off of the war, thanks in no small part to Dick Cheney’s former role with the company.

You don't consider starting an un-deeded war for the sole purpose of lining your pockets with the blood money of dead American soldiers a war crime?
CTM

New Milford, CT

#4622 Nov 4, 2013
Fox is very selective about what is cast to the public. That's why the son-in-law here never had this crime made public....AG Power Grab

Out of control in Connecticut.

By John R. Lott Jr.

he last decade has seen state attorney generals use the power of the courts to shape public policy in unprecedented ways. Among the most aggressive in litigation ranging from tobacco to guns has been Connecticut's Richard Blumenthal, though for Blumenthal this was just the warm up. Even if the ideas that he is now advancing fail in Connecticut, they provide a dire warning of what other state attorneys general may soon start trying.

In just 12 years, his office has ballooned in size, more than doubling its budget from $13 million to almost $27 million and increasing the number of cases completed by 65 percent. Yet, despite this growth, Blumenthal has gone so far into actions previously reserved for other parts of the government that he often neglects the real duties of his job.

On August 9, the Connecticut supreme court checked Blumenthal for overstepping his authority. The court unanimously ruled that Blumenthal's jurisdiction is largely limited by state statute to representing state agencies and officials in lawsuits brought by or against them, although the attorney general had claimed broader powers.

Unsatisfied with his traditional role, Blumenthal had gone after the administrator of an academy accused of mishandling state funds. The court noted that it was up to the Connecticut commissioner of education, not Blumenthal alone, to bring the case.

Blumenthal has received harsh words before. For instance, last December, New York state's highest court found that Blumenthal's office was "mishandling" and making "missteps" in a paternity case. The Connecticut Law Tribune reported that "the direct criticism by the court raised eyebrows in Albany .…"

The state supreme court pointed out in its decision two weeks ago that the attorney general's office had been established in 1897 because of the inefficiencies in having "each state agency and department [retain] its own legal counsel." But in July, the Connecticut Law Tribune reported that because his staff was so busy, the attorneys in Blumenthal's office "will no longer serve as counsel to state boards or as counsel to agency staffs .…"

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