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A long time coming
Mark Foley: SICK SICK SICK!!!
Looks Like Lamont Levels Lieberman?
Oil Prices in the tank
Clinton Reams Rummy
A long time...
Chandler/Abramson in '07?
A new poll
There are things going on but I've been pretty busy today.
A new blog I've found and referenced a couple of times is one called Unclaimed Territory. Glenn Greenwald writes for it and he comes up with some excellent posts that are well thought out, logically reasoned and hard hitting. It's one of the better ones I'm reading right now. I'd add it to the old RSS.
posted by Stithmeister @ 11:01 PM
what's goin' on?
posted by Stithmeister @ 12:03 AM
Lots of things are happening regarding the war in Iraq. The Shiites and the Sunnis are at each others throats. They are on verge of civil war, perhaps closer now than they've ever been. Liberal Democrats like myself and many others have believed all along that things would come to this all along. We prayed it wouldn't but it has.
Last week in a "National Review" column, conservative philosopher William F. Buckley, wrote
One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed. The same edition of the paper quotes a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Reuel Marc Gerecht backed the American intervention. He now speaks of the bombing of the especially sacred Shiite mosque in Samarra and what that has precipitated in the way of revenge. He concludes that "the bombing has completely demolished" what was being attempted -- to bring Sunnis into the defense and interior ministries.
Glenn Greenwald of Unclaimed Territory puts together an incredibly well written attack against Buckley and other conservatives after many called Howard Dean a coward and other choice descriptors. He quotes President Reagan's son Michael:
"Howard Dean should be arrested and hung for treason or put in a hole until the end of the Iraq war!" Reagan told his Radio America audience on Monday. Reagan was reacting to Dean's comments earlier in the day, when the top Democrat said that the "idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong."
They were talking on NPR this morning about the whole situation in Iraq and some are beginning to say it took a leader like Saddam Hussein to keep the two groups from slaughtering each other out of hand. Working under this notion, one could easily examine the former Yugoslavia to see what happens. Marshall Tito ran the nation for years under communist regime. He was tough enough to tell old Joe to back off. He ran the nation with an iron hand. Soon after he died, things began to hall apart. Many remember the Olympics in Sarajevo. That was the high point. Shortly after, we began to remember why WWI started there. It fell apart and hasn't been together since.
Some may ask what should we do in Iraq. My thought at this point is I don't think it matters. They, for the most part have made their sentiments clear. They don't want and I will agree with Buckley, our presence continues to make things worse.
Technorati Tags: William F Buckley, Iraq, Glenn Greenwald, Marshall Tito
posted by Stithmeister @ 12:00 AM
Bill Frist was in Lexington over the weekend celebrating with Howdy Doody, better known as Mitch McConnell. Frist gushed over Howdy, saying he would be the next Senate Majority Leader. He talked about Mitch's work in getting the energy bill passed, which means he helped get the big oil companies massive tax breaks and subsidies after their year of record breaking profits. He also mentioned he helped get the bankruptcy bill through, which will singlehandedly wreck people's lives
I tell ya... if he'd could make our state any better, we'd have 'Arbeit Macht Frei' on the signs coming into Kentucky.
Technorati Tags: Bill Frist, Mitch McConnell
posted by Stithmeister @ 11:22 PM
Mark Nickolas, the guy behind Bluegrass Report filed a complaint with Kentucky's Judicial Conduct Commission.
Here's the deal: Fletcher is going to the State Supreme Court in order to get investigation into merit hiring practices stopped. This is his last chance. Two of the justices recused themselves, which leaves two slots open for this case. Fletcher, as governor, gets to appoint the temp judges and he did. The tricky part comes from the fact that both men have donated money to Fletcher's campaign in the past. Oddly enough, some people, like Nickolas, seem to think there's some impropriety here. I couldn't imagine why. Anyway, he's filed the complaint and the case is scheduled to be heard at the end of next month.
Technorati Tags: Bluegrass Report, Kentucky, Ernie Fletcher, Merit Hiring Scandal
posted by Stithmeister @ 11:13 PM
One of my own ancestral lands is reinvigorating its heritage. Scotland is well known for many things: tartans and kilts, Sean Connery, claymores, the bagpipes, starship engineers and whisky.
Whisky is what we discussing here in this post. The word descends from the ancient tongues and refers to "water of life." In that fine tradition of ancient elixirs, a distillery in Scotland looks to reassert the "potent" part of potables. The real firewater or usquebaugh-baul is a lean, mean weapons grade whisky weighing in a sturdy 184 proof or 92% alcohol.
From the TImesOnline UK:
A single drop of the ancient drink of “usquebaugh-baul” was described by the travel writer Martin Martin in 1695 as powerful enough to affect “all members of the body”. He added: “Two spoonfuls of this last liquor is a sufficient dose; if any man should exceed this, it would presently stop his breath, and endanger his life.”
Apparently, the power comes in the distillation process. Most scotch whiskys are distilled twice. This batch of malt will be quadruple distilled. The flavor will be both potent and intense. I'd try it but I couldn't imagine developing this stuff as a habit. Of course they're going to probably price it like was from a batch in 1695 so the odds of me getting a bit are quite slim.
Anyway, if there's anyone with both the money and cahoneys to get a taste, please, drop me a line.
Technorati Tags: whisky, scotch, Bruichladdich distilleries
posted by Stithmeister @ 10:18 PM
Tell me what's on your mind tonight folks. I've got comments in mind tomorrow on the Iraq war, particularly regarind Bill Buckley's recent column suggesting we get out.
Have fine evening and a pleasant week.
posted by Stithmeister @ 12:19 AM
Actor Darrin McGavin, 83, died of natural causes in Los Angeles. Most people remember him for of two rolls. Either "Kolchak: Nightstalker" or as the father in "A Christmas Story.
It's a shame. He was a lot of fun.
posted by Stithmeister @ 12:15 AM
Lindsay over at MajikThise has been increasing her marketshare lately. She just got back from Amsterdam and then went on John Gibson's radio program and braved the storm on FoxNews Radio. She held her own against Gibson and the callers.
Technorati Tags: MajikThise, FoxNewsRadio
posted by Stithmeister @ 12:04 AM
Comedic actor Don Knotts, 81, passed on Friday evening due to pulmonary and respiratory problems. Knotts, best known for his 5 time Emmy winning roll as Deputy Barney Fife on the long running comedy of the '60s, "The Andy Griffith Show," was still popular and his beloved character will remain in reruns indefinitely.
While I wasn't around when the show originally aired, generations of people, particularly in the south grew up remembering Fife, Sheriff Taylor and all the other characters and actors for that matter, only a few of which are still around. Most of us can still whistle the tune to the show.
Technorati Tags: Don Knotts, Andy Griffith, Barney Fife
posted by Stithmeister @ 12:36 AM
It looks like Kentucky lost down in Baton Rouge tonight. They may make it to the NCAA this year but I'd say it's still iffy at best. They're going to have to beat either Florida or Tennessee or both to really guarantee their presence.
Technorati Tags: Kentucky, basketball, NCAA, Martc
posted by Stithmeister @ 12:25 AM
This is just too funny. Seven paratroopers in the 82nd Airborne got busted for fooling around on a gay porn website. According to the story:
Three men will face court-martial on charges of sodomy, pandering and engaging in sex for money while being filmed, said Pfc. James Wilt, an 82nd Airborne spokesman. Having sex while being taped is illegal under the U.S. Military Code of Justice.
I have nothing against people doing whatever they're going to do in the privacy of their own home but when you put your stuff on video and supply it to a website, you have to know you're going to get busted. It looks like one of the guy's was even married. Unbelievable. Obviously, they weren't followers of Bush. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
Technorati Tags: 82nd Airborn, gay porn, US Army, Ft Bragg
posted by Stithmeister @ 2:44 PM
It's always interesting to see where my visitors come from. I use Google Analytics for traffic tracking. It tells me things like how many unique visitors I get, the number of page views and other nifty bits of information. I know I get a lot of views in Kentucky for example. Right now I'm getting a lot of views from Newport, Nicholasville and Lexington. I also get them from Winchester, Louisville and Frankfort and London.
Looking outside of Kentucky interests me greatly too. Right now, some folks in both Illinois and Georgia are reading and I hope the find the entries interesting. I'm also getting readership, for the moment from Texas, Iowa, Virginia, New York, California and Ohio.
I get a get a few from other countries as well. I've noticed a few from both Canada and the UK. There's also Mexico, Estonia, Germany and several other nations.
I appreciate the visits and I for those who come back, I encourage you to comment. All opinions are certainly valid. I also encourage you to send in bits of information regarding your local political races, even if it's a mayoral contest your interested in. If you don't agree with what I or someone else is saying, please explain why.
To my new, hopefully regular readers, thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll do so again and take an interest in what we write here. Thanks again for reading. We appreciate it.
Technorati Tags: Google Analytics, Kentucky, Illinois, Georgia, Texas, New York, California
posted by Stithmeister @ 2:01 PM
And you should be in bed
I'm not because I'm $%^ in the head
So... what do you all want to talk about at this late hour?
posted by Stithmeister @ 1:01 AM
Shout out to Tennessee Guerilla Women.
Koppel: Will Fight for Oil
By TED KOPPEL
The American people ... know the difference between honest critics who question the way the war is being prosecuted and partisan critics who claim that we acted in Iraq because of oil, or because of Israel, or because we misled the American people.
— President Bush, Jan. 10
Let us, as lawyers say, stipulate that the Bush administration was genuinely concerned that weapons of mass destruction, which they firmly believed to be in Saddam Hussein's arsenal, might be shared with the same Qaeda leadership that planned the horrific events of 9/11. That would have been a reasonable motive for invading Iraq; but surely now, three years later, when the existence of those weapons is no longer an issue, it would be insufficient reason for the United States to remain there.
Let us further acknowledge that continuing to put American lives at risk in Iraq purely for the protection of Israel would arouse, in some quarters, anti-Semitic murmurs, if not growls.
But the Bush administration's touchiness about charges that we acted — and are still acting — in Iraq "because of oil"? Now that's curious. Keeping oil flowing out of the Persian Gulf and through the Strait of Hormuz has been bedrock American foreign policy for more than a half-century.
Fifty-three years ago, British and American intelligence officers conspired to help bring about the overthrow of Iran's prime minister, Mohammed Mossadegh. Mossadegh's shortcomings, in the eyes of Whitehall and the State Department, were an unseemly affinity for the Tudeh Party (the Iranian Communists) and his plans to nationalize the Iranian oil industry. The prospect of the British oil industry being forced to give way to Soviet influence over the Iranian oil spigot called for drastic action. Following a military coup, Mossadegh was arrested, imprisoned for three years and then held under house arrest until his death in 1967. Power was then effectively concentrated in the hands of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.
The shah's unswerving commitment to the free flow and marketing of Iranian oil would, by the end of the 1960's, become a central pillar of the so-called Nixon Doctrine, in which American allies were tapped to be regional surrogates to maintain peace and security. The sales of sophisticated American weapons to Iran served the twin purposes of sopping up billions of what came to be known as "petro-dollars," while equipping (in particular) the shah's air force.
That reliance on Iran to maintain stability in the Persian Gulf enjoyed bipartisan support. On New Year's Eve in 1977, President Jimmy Carter, visiting the shah in Tehran, toasted his great leadership, which he said had made Iran "an island of stability in one of the more troubled areas in the world." By January 1980, after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini had driven the shah from the Peacock Throne, President Carter made absolutely clear in his final State of the Union address that one aspect of our foreign policy remained unchanged:
"An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force."
The Reagan administration announced its intention to continue defending the free flow of Middle East oil, by whatever means necessary. In March 1981, Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger clearly signaled that the United States was seeking a new base of operations in the Persian Gulf:
"We need some facilities and additional men and materiel there or nearby, to act as a deterrent to any Soviet hopes of seizing the oil fields or interdicting the line."
Subsequently, the United States began establishing military bases in Saudi Arabia and, to much criticism, selling Awacs aircraft to the Saudi government. In 1990, when Saddam Hussein appeared likely to follow his invasion of Kuwait by crossing into Saudi Arabia, the defense secretary at the time, Dick Cheney, laid out Washington's concerns:
"We're there because the fact of the matter is that part of the world controls the world supply of oil, and whoever controls the supply of oil, especially if it were a man like Saddam Hussein, with a large army and sophisticated weapons, would have a stranglehold on the American economy and on — indeed on the world economy."
What Mr. Cheney said was correct then and remains correct now. The world's oil producers pump approximately 80 million barrels a day. The world's oil consumers, joined today by an increasingly oil-hungry India and China, purchase 80 million barrels a day. Were production from the Persian Gulf to be disrupted because of civil war in Iraq, the freezing of Iranian sales or political instability in Saudi Arabia, the global supply would be diminished. The impact on the American economy and, indeed, on the world economy would be as devastating today as in 1990.
If those considerations did not enter into the Bush administration's calculations when the president ordered the invasion of Iraq in 2003, it would have been the first time in more than 50 years that the uninterrupted flow of Persian Gulf oil was not a central element of American foreign policy.
That is not to say that the United States invaded Iraq to take over its oil supply. But the construction of American military bases inside Iraq, bases that can be maintained long after the bulk of our military forces are ultimately withdrawn, will serve to replace the bases that the United States has lost in Saudi Arabia. There may be other national security reasons that the United States cannot now precipitously withdraw its forces from Iraq, including the danger that the country would become a regional terrorist base; but none is greater than forestalling the ensuing power vacuum and regional instability, and the impact this would have on oil production.
H. L. Mencken is said to have noted that "when someone says it's not about the money — it's about the money." Arguing in support of his fellow Arkansan during Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, former Senator Dale Bumpers offered a variation on that theme: "When someone says it's not about the sex — it's about the sex."
Perhaps the day will come when the United States is no longer addicted to imported oil; but that day is still many years off. For now, the reason for America's rapt attention to the security of the Persian Gulf is what it has always been. It's about the oil.
Technorati Tags: Ted Koppel, Iraq War, Dick Cheny, Iran, Jimmy Carter, Oil, Petroleum
posted by Stithmeister @ 5:38 PM
Posted by Greymagius in comments:
Despite everything Cheney might like to suggest, China has shown no signs that they have any desire to attack us. Why bother,when they'll own us in a decade :p
The UAE has a history with Osama Bin Laden. They also recognize the Taliban as a legitimate government. Two of the 9/11 Terrorist came fromthe UAE.
Neither Denmark nor China are likely to be a danger,especially not via terrorist action. If China chooses to attack us (Which I gravely doubt will happen),it has actually missles with nukes. It can then swarm us with forces. Simple fact. Tech is good, but tech and more people is better.
$100 million dollars is nice. We should immediatedly trust them because they gave money? Where was the money spent? Who did it go to?
An old saying involving Greeks & Gifts springs to mind. I really wonder what prompted such a generous outpouring. Cynicus hasn't responded here, but I'll be Cynical for him.
If money is supposed to be so great to deserve trust ect. then why isn't Iraq in love with us? How many Billions have we given to them?
Also, there seems to be quite a bit of confusion over security issues. One group says the UAE will have control over security. Another group says they will not. The most reliable source I've seen suggest that the UAE gets to pick the Security company on the actual docks. They can help set scheduling and where ships are docked at. Lets play Scenario time...
One ship with slightly incorrect papers is knowingly approved by the UAE. A Jyhadist sympathiser has agreed to help bring down the great Satan. The Sympathiser knows that John Doh,security guard is a lazy bastich who doesn't bother making rounds.(OK folks, I've ran Security for fairly large businesses, I know Security pretty well). The ship pulls into harbor nearest NYC proper.The Jyhadist is within a shipping container full of nerve gas and a small shaped charge. At 06:00 AM, the container opens fromthe inside, a small charge is triggered and on the morning winds off the ocean a cloud of Nerve Gas drifts gently over the city.
Yes, it could by done with anyone in charge, but with a sympathetic port controller, you can insure that the ship is placed for optimal spread and is quede to not be search for a time. Also, paperwork identifying the ship would be easier to 'adjust'.
Am I being biased by the fact that they are a Middle Eastern country. Perhaps... But I am definatedly biased by the fact that they have a history of connections to orginazations that want to harm America.
The Bush Admistration has granted too many exemptions from standard policies for this venture to make me trust it. They were not given the full 45 day investigation. Paperwork was not required to be kept on US soil where it could be checked. There are simple too many question s on this deal to make it deserving of immediate and unquestioned acceptance.
Remember, the Trojans left a wonder gift for the Citizens
Technorati Tags: Dubai, Middle East, Bush, Cheney, Katrina, United Arab Emirates
posted by Stithmeister @ 3:24 PM
The Onion had a great story today. The headline of this post says the most. It's damned funny.
Technorati Tags: Dick Cheney, Bush, shooting accident, The Onion
posted by Stithmeister @ 10:46 PM
The new poll is on the Dubai Ports World fiasco, with a state-owned company from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) taking control of some U.S. ports. There are certainly complications as Congress has questioned why the President allowed this to happen. Apparently, Bush didn't even know about this event. Also consider both Denmark and China have the same deal. China has already cracked Defense Dept. computers (which apparently isn't hard). Why aren't they getting the same scrutiny?
Also consider the the UAEdonated $100 million to the Katrina relief efforts. That's more than all other nations combined. According to the White House, the total Katrina contributions from other countries came to $126 million including UAE's donation.
Of course this doesn't count the man power from Mexico and other nations.
Technorati Tags: UAE, Dubai, Untied Arab Emirates, Bush, Hurricane Katrina
posted by Stithmeister @ 10:43 PM
I will be aiming to go upon a photographic expedition of sorts. Either Saturday or Sunday, I wll probably head towards Elizabethtown Kentucky. Nearby are some open flat fields that are providing resting places for the Sandhill Crane migration. Literally thousands of these cranes move through the fields and they are one of only two cranes native to the U.S. The other is the endangered Whooping Crane.
With any luck, I'll get some decent shots.
posted by Stithmeister @ 8:57 PM
Last week's poll regarding Paul Hacket's drop from the Ohio senate race didn't have a great response and the what we did have was 50/50.
Paul Hackett was a vibrant leader who, for moment, seems to have gotten out of politics. He seems to have gotten involved in a PAC however so that may keep him in the game. He did have some weak points, perhaps the largest of which was considered fundraising. You've GOT to be able to ask for money. It's the one thing you have to do and the one thing that starts one on the path to the dark side. Perhaps his soul was saved for a while longer. In the mean time, Sherrod Brown will be the man to support in Ohio.
Technorati Tags: Paul Hackett, Sherrod Brown, Ohio, Senate
posted by Stithmeister @ 7:08 PM
The Democratic governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich apparently hadn't watched "The Daily Show" before. He was recently interviewed in a piece regarding contraception. While he took it in stride, he was a little surprised when interviewer Jason Jones asked him if he was "the gay governor."
"It was going to be an interview on contraceptives ... that's all I knew about it," Blagojevich laughingly told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in a story for Thursday's editions. "I had no idea I was going to be asked if I was 'the gay governor.'"
It is amusing considering Jon Stewart interviewed John Kerry during the 2004 election in one of the better interviews of the entire race. He was probably the only guy who straight out asked Kerry why he waffled.
Technorati Tags: The Daily Show, Rod Blagojevich, Illinois, The Gay Governor
posted by Stithmeister @ 7:01 PM
posted by Stithmeister @ 6:50 PM
Don’t Sell American Ports to the United Arab Emirates
President Bush is confronting a tough decision. Republicans are revolting against his approval of the sale of operations for six large U.S. ports to Dubai Ports World, which is owned by the United Arab Emirates.
Denying this purchase flies in the face of the free trade and open investment policies championed by every president since Roosevelt. However, national security considerations and the shifting balance of economic power in the global economy require a radical rethinking of how broadly these policies are applied and when exceptions are wiser than compliance.
Clearly, in the 9-11 environment, ports pose a critical juncture of vulnerability which requires the highest standards of vigilance against terrorist intents. The President has obtained assurances from Dubai Ports of high levels of compliance and cooperation with U.S. authorities, but that simply is not enough. It only takes a few well placed terrorist moles to facilitate another tragedy on a grand scale.
As anyone who observes speeding on our highways or the accounting shenanigans of some American companies realizes true compliance with the intent of our laws requires a cultural commitment and earnest desire for their benefits.
We can’t get away from the fact that terrorists are educated, financed and find safe passage to the United States and Europe through Middle Eastern states like the U.A.E. By their action and inaction these countries have contributed much to the threat to western nations posed by radical Islam. The contempt for western values prevalent in Middle Eastern states requires vigilance. We simply can’t permit companies owned by their governments to run our ports, airlines, telecommunications systems and the like. They might not like that, but they have their own actions to blame.
This is a tough stand for President Bush to take on two counts. First, the United States is critically dependent on Middle Eastern oil to power the U.S. economy. His insistence that higher oil prices, as opposed to higher mileage standards for cars, precipitate adjustments in American energy consumption requires that our vulnerability to whims of Persian Gulf exporters will grow in the decades ahead. An exhaustive study issued by the Rocky Mountain Institutes illustrates that we have technologies now, which were not available back in the 1970s, to provide Americans with good sized, practical and powerful cars and trucks, while using a lot less imported oil. We don’t need to kowtow to less than friendly powers to ensure our economic survival.
Second, we have pursued our free trade and open investment policy by using our market as a carrot and presenting the success of our economy as an example. From China to North Africa that is not working. China severely limits U.S. equity holdings in critical industries like steel and automobiles, and most oil exporters don’t let U.S. companies own vital petroleum assets.
I don’t think we need to worry much about denying the U.A.E. ownership of our ports. Middle East oil exporters will permit foreign oil companies to participate in their petroleum industries to the extent they need exploration and development know how—no more and no less.
Even presidents make mistakes. That is why we have congressional oversight and advice. President Bush should listen to his Republican friends and reverse course before his mistake in judgment results in another national tragedy.
Peter Morici is a Professor of Business at the University of Maryland and former Chief Economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Robert H. Smith School of Business
University of Maryland
Technorati Tags: Dr. Peter Morici, Dubai, Ports, UAE, United Arab Emirates
posted by Stithmeister @ 2:05 PM
posted by Stithmeister @ 1:59 PM
A new Fox News Special: The Russians Hid Iraq's WMDs. Check out Think Progress's discussion on it.
Boy... it'd be just like the good ol' days. We'd be fighting the pinko Russkies again. I bet they're still all commie bastards anyhow. Better Dead Than Red I always say. That's why I vote Blue... it mean American!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Technorati Tags: Russia, Iraq, Conspiracy, FoxNews, Bill O'Reilly, WMDs
posted by Stithmeister @ 11:58 PM
Governor Ernie Fletcher's health is improving after holding a press conference from St. Joe East. in Lexington. My bet is he's enjoying the peace and quiet and is not getting the pressure hammered on him before.
The governor underwent gall bladder surgery with complications that led to a brief period of sepsis. The infection ran through his blood stream. This usually quite serious, more serious than they let on.
He should be back out in the flow soon but he should make sure he stays low and keeps his head down for a while. He's going to get nailed hard, as well he should.
Technorati Tags: Ernie Fletcher, Kentucky, Governor
posted by Stithmeister @ 11:50 PM
It would seem Dubai got some different rules to work by regarding their port deal
Technorati Tags: UAE, Port Deal, Dubai, Dubai Ports World
posted by Stithmeister @ 11:39 PM
A couple of things came out today regarding Vice President Dick Cheney's accidental shooting incident. The official report issued by the Kenedy County Sheriff's office rules the shooting an accident. The official affidavits are the basis of this determination although Sheriff Salina did no official investigation. He merely went on the word of the the parties involved. Case closed right. Right?
Maybe not. Of course there will be no investigation because being drunk and shooting somebody, even accidentally would get most folks arrested. Doug Thompson of Capitol Hill Blue seemed to think otherwise.
Secret Service agents guarding Vice President Dick Cheney when he shot Texas lawyer Harry Whittington on a hunting outing two weeks ago say Cheney was "clearly inebriated" at the time of the shooting.
The deal is, as in many place, there are political consequences. Salinas owes his future to Ms. Armstrong and her ranch as they are the largest employers in the county. So what we have here is a drunken vice president and a bunch of his supporters telling a story. Nice story. Cheney needs to be brought on charges like any of the rest of us would and then prosecuted. If he's found guilty, send him to jail.
But it will never happen as even Whittington's blood alcohol report was snatched up by the Secret Service. Can't have the drunken fools looking bad. Then they'd be no different than any other drunken rednecks with shotguns. Besides, everybody knows you get tanked before hunting in Texas.
Technorati Tags: Cheney, Armstrong Ranch, shooting, Whittington, Salina
posted by Stithmeister @ 11:31 PM
It was nice to finally see Kentucky dish out a round of complete discussion. Kentucky won 80-40 in what was seemingly an easy game for the Cats. Preston LeMaster came up with 4 threes for 12 points and that was sweet to see.
Now comes the home game against Florida and it's another one we can win if we come to play. Kentucky is doing well since Tubby reshuffled the lineup. I'm hoping he can continue to keep the wins coming. We even saw Allene get some time tonight.
Technorati Tags: Kentucky Wildcats, Ole Miss Rebels, Preston Lemaster
posted by Stithmeister @ 10:33 PM
I picked upon this good post today via MajikThise. Her guest commentator known as Helmut has been putting up some excellent stuff (not that the other ones haven't' been). He delves in the philosophy of the neocon movement from neocon guru Francis Fukuyama.
Here's the link to the original post. It's a bit long but pretty good and it gives a good notion into the neocon though process.
phronesisaical: Fukuyama's revisionism
posted by Stithmeister @ 7:47 PM
My pal in politics, although I've never met him, Daniel Solzman of the Kentucky Democrat blog scored an interview with Representative Mike Weaver. Weaver is the Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional district, running against incumbant Ron Lewis. It's one of the first interview Weaver's had since announcing his candidacy for Congress, certainly the only he's had during the session.
Technorati Tags: Kentucky Democrat, Daniel Solzman, Mike Weaver, Ron Lewis
posted by Stithmeister @ 7:31 PM
It looks like the breaking news right now is one of the largest bank heists in English history. The story says the robbers may have gotten upwards of $95 million with about $59 million belonging to the Bank of England. Big money.
Technorati Tags: Bank of England, heist
posted by Stithmeister @ 5:33 PM
I've found a new blog for folks to look at. It's the Guiness blog.
Have a pint or two and set down with us.
Technorati Tags: Guiness Ale
posted by Stithmeister @ 12:17 PM
By the pricking of my thumbs
Something wicked this way comes.
posted by Stithmeister @ 11:21 PM
I found this over in the comments on HuffPo with a blog entry originally posted on The Nation.
A few days ago, someone on CNN reported that we have spent some 300 Million or so dollars on those Mobile Homes for Katrina evacuees and they are just sitting there in Arkansas.
I don't know the dynamics of giving everyone a million dollars and what it would do the economy. It's tough to call but I do know this. There is no reason on this earth that any human being should go hungry. None, nada, zip zilch.
Technorati Tags: poverty, huffington post, Katrina, The Nation
posted by Stithmeister @ 5:48 PM
Once in a while, a great idea comes along and it's absolutely brilliant. If it works, it's a stroke of absolute genius. It would seem a gentleman from Rhode Island wants to impeach George Bush. As a matter of fact, U.S Democratic candidate for Senate Carl Sheeler would really like to see it happen. So much so he's made it the basis for his campaign. He's even gone so far as to draw up a version of what the articles my look like.
I spotted this one over at MajikThise. One of Lindsay's guest bloggers though this was an interesting piece. It would seem there are couple of obscure cases when state were allowed to send articles of impeachment to congress and they recognized them. It's not been done for a president but there's a first time for everything.
The precedent, while valid, is certainly obscure and probably antiquated but it's still a precedent. While I don't think it would pass muster, I think it's worthy of at least moderate lipservice.
Technorati Tags: Bush. Carl Peeler, Rhode Island, Impeachment
posted by Stithmeister @ 12:48 AM
Often people don't think of abject poverty in the United States. Most people, even poor, have enough to eat, they have a warm bed to sleep in and things aren't that bad as far as basic necessities. But that's not everbody many are here in our very own commonwealth. A recent article in the a British newspaper had an interesting introspective into poverty in the U.S. The traditional media don't talk much about it here and for that matter, many of the blogs don't either. But this is really the substance of all the arguments we have, all the debates we go through isn't it.
Poverty: a : the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions.
The flickering television in Candy Lumpkins's trailer blared out The Bold and the Beautiful. It was a fantasy daytime soap vision of American life with little relevance to the reality of this impoverished corner of Kentucky.
This is just one example because poverty is certainly not exclusive to Kentucky. Consider that 37 million Americans live in poverty. That's 12.5% of the national population. As the article pointed out, that's more than any developed nation. Also keep in mind, the number has grown every year since 2001.
Now, consider congress just passed bills cutting the "budget" by reducing the money spent on medicaid, student loans and tons of other social programs, most of which go toward helping people just like the Lumpkins. They don't want the help but their situation lands them where it is and as they point out, if it weren't for churches, they'd have even less.
This is Bush's America. The poverty rate continues to climb and as some have pointed out, all it takes is one nasty medical issue or the factory shutting down(which is happening more and more) and people have no other options.
I've heard some say that the impoverished do some of it to themselves because they don't make the right choices, they don't take the right paths to improve the situation. Many can't get far enough ahead long enough to consider other options. Many believe things don't get much better and the sad thing is they're probably right.
Consider that 6% of population control 50% the world's wealth and all that 6% live in the U.S. Also consider 20% of the U.S. population control 80% of the nation's wealth. So what does that say, especially considering 12.5% of the population live in abject poverty? There's a distinct difference between the haves and the have nots in this nation and the difference is growing. Also, more of the people keep slipping into the poverty side of things as opposed to the other side and the wealthiest in this nation are trying real hard to make sure no one else gets there. This isn't just partisan issue either. Sure, people like the Bush's are extremely wealthy but the Kennedy's and the Kerry's are also extraordinarily wealthy too, more so than the Bush's are.
Many religious groups in this nation are working on the White House, they have the ear of the Oval Office and they wield tremendous power. They try to stop abortion, they try to stop homosexuals, they try to do all kinds of things to influence moral and social behavior. But the one thing they seem to be lacking in is gusto to tackle poverty in this country. They don't care about the high dropout rates in Texas. Heck they'd probably just learn about evolution anyway.
But, in fact, Edwards was right. While 45.8 million Americans lack any health insurance, the top 20 per cent of earners take over half the national income. At the same time the bottom 20 per cent took home just 3.4 per cent. Whitaker put the figures into simple English. 'The poor have got poorer and the rich have got richer,' he said.
Poverty's a problem in this country. Certainly people can do things for themselves but someone needs to take their foot off their heads long enough to allow them to get out of the water do so. We shouldn't have any poor in this nation. None. Not with 20% of the nation's population controlling 50% of the world's wealth.
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posted by Stithmeister @ 3:16 PM
OK folks... I checked the temperature and it's colder than a well digger's ass outside.
posted by Stithmeister @ 12:37 AM
The Kentucky Wildcats looked much better today in their game down in Columbia. Tubby's still running with the alternate starting lineup and they came up with the big win. Both Randolph Morris and Rajon Rondo started on the bench. Rondo's performance even off the bench was minimal. Morris had a double-double and Sparky was hotter than hell, hitting 6 3-pointers in the second half. Now if he could just learn to do this every game.
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posted by Stithmeister @ 12:34 AM
Lindsay over at MajikThise took an opportunity to post her stump for Russ Feingold. Feingold is one of the possible prospects for the 2008 Democratic nomination. I think he'd make a decent choice based on what we see and hear. The problem though is don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.
She made some good points with his strong record in civil liberities, abortion, gay rights and other areas. He's also the only Senator to vote against the Patriot Act in all its forms. I guess the thing to wonder is if he would get the Thomas Jefferson syndrome. What I mean by that is how will he change in office when presented with certain sets of circumstances if he were elected?
The case I point to with Jefferson is the Louisiana Purchase. It was the right thing to do hindsight but he really questioned whether he, as president, could authorize the purchase. I have a lot of respect for Jefferson but often did things after the wonder of the Declaration of Independence as a chief executive some might call into question. I think Feingold would run into the same problem.
For example, the very nature of the NSA is to spy on communications and they're quite good at it. I for one don't believe the wiretapping thing didn't go on before the current administration got there. FISA was passed during Carter's administration by a Democratic congress. I would be willing to bet money George H.W. Bush, as head of the CIA authorized those types of things without anyone's knowledge. I'd also say he did it agains as vice president and later as president. My bet is it went on in the Clinton administration too. In all of it, the executives I'm sure had plausible deniability. The difference now is that people like Dick Cheney don't give a shit about plausible deniability. I wonder what would happen when Feingold were presented with such a choice. Would he stop the program? I tend to doubt it. He'd be reducing his own power and it's quite rare indeed for an executive to intentionally give up some of his own power. It goes against their instincts.
I'd vote for Feingold if he ran I think but I don't think he could completely escape the corrupting influence of power. Very few have.
Technorati Tags: Russ Feingold, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan George Bush, Dick Cheney, Patriot Act, Abortion
posted by Stithmeister @ 6:36 PM
It looks like we got snowed in for the most part this morning. I broke the cardinal rule too. I didn't run to the store and buy eggs, milk and bread.
Ah well, I'm sure others are in the same boat.
So.. does anyone know what a brrreport is?
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posted by Stithmeister @ 9:04 AM
The push over presidential powers is on. Federal District Judge Henry Kennedy ordered the White House to release documents in its warrentless surveillance program. The court gave the White House 20 days to hand over the papers or explain why they couldn't do it.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) fileda Freedom of Information Act request in order to obtain access to the documents. As soon as the NYT originally ran the story, EPIC filed for preliminary injunction and Kennedy granted that motion. WaPo said this:
In a victory for three privacy advocacy groups seeking Justice Department records about the program, U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. ruled yesterday that the department cannot decide on its own what documents it will provide, because news reports in December revealing the program's existence have created a substantial public dialogue about presidential powers and individual privacy rights. Kennedy rejected Justice's argument that, because so much of the surveillance program involves classified information, the agency alone can determine when it is feasible to review and possibly release documents.
Glenn Greenwald said in his Unclaimed Territory:
I do not know all of the implications of the Court's order, which will undoubtedly be appealed and perhaps stayed during the appeal. The DoJ is not yet being required to produce all of the requested documents but instead merely to "respond" to the FOIA requests, which leaves open the option of objecting to producing some or all of them on the grounds of various privileges and national security claims. But the Order does require the DoJ to "produce or identify all responsive records" by March 8, which means that they will have to identify the documents they want to withhold and provide reasons why they are withholding them (which the court will then review for validity).
As Greenwald explains, the administration is going to be forced to deal with this issue one way or the other now. They have to talk about it some and since this will drag on until March, it doesn't matter what Congress does to a certain degree. This also means folks have an opportunity to pour on the pressure and make some headway on this, particularly since most Republican politicians seem to be woosing out on the whole investigation thing.
We know the Justice Dept,. will appeal and they may get a stay. If that happens, this may also get to the SCOTUS. If that happens, it, in all honesty, will probably go the way of the administration. We can only hope this issue can keep going and we can work the Senators into a frenzy. I just wish our senators here in Kentucky would actually listen to their constituents just one time.
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posted by Stithmeister @ 12:21 AM
The insanity continues with PETA Pam and her antics against Kentucky. She announced she won't be attending the Kentucky Derby this year because she claims horse racing is cruel to the animals.
So she's going to win on this argument for sure. We're going to be banning the Kentucky Derby in this state. Yep. We're going to do it for sure. This is the last year for the venerable sports event. That's going to happen, I'm sure of it.
This isn't the first time Pammy's had a problem with Kentucky. She recently petitioned Governor Ernie Fletcher to have the bust of Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Harlan Sanders removed from the capitol building in Frankfort. Her effort's there started about a month ago. Fortunately, the governor told her no.
I tend to think she really needs to find a new cause to pick on and leave us Kentuckians alone. Isn't there a cock fight she needs to bust up somewhere?
Technorati Tags: Kentucky Derby, Pam Anderson, Kentucky, PETA, KFC, Harlan Sanders, Ernie Fletcher
posted by Stithmeister @ 9:34 AM
After rattling the hell out of his starting lineup, Tubby finally got a win on the board. With three consecutive losses and a team struggling to make post season play, my beloved wildcats needed this win badly.
Interestingly enough neither Rondo nor Morris started. Tubby's new rule is whoever works hard in practice plays. Obviously neither Morris nor Rondo (who was rather ineffectual tonight) worked hard in practice. I wonder if they'll learn their lesson.
Technorati Tags: Kentucky Wildcats, Georgia Bulldogs, NCAA, Rajon Rondo, Randolph Morris, Tubby Smith
posted by Stithmeister @ 11:44 PM
What're you doin' still awake? It's your bedtime.
posted by Stithmeister @ 11:41 PM
Dick Cheney spoke to Brit Hume on Fox News today and accepted full responsibility for the accident:
"I'm the guy who pulled the trigger that fired the round that hit Harry."
"You can talk about all of the other conditions that exist at the time but that's the bottom line and — it was not Harry's fault," he said in an interview with Brit Hume. "You can't blame anybody else. I'm the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend."
Cheney had been criticized heavily for not talking about it and finally opened up. He told his side of the story and I'm fine with it. I don't have a problem with people hunting. There are lots of things to criticize Cheney for but the only real problem with this was that he didn't handle the PR properly. This issue was taking up space for other, more important problems facing our nation, not the least of which is the senate rolling over on the wiretapping investigation.
Technorati Tags: Dick Cheney, Harry Whittington, shooting accident, vice president
posted by Stithmeister @ 3:15 PM
The new poll this week is on Paul Hackett. Do you think the national Democrats were right force him out in favor of Sherrod Brown in the Ohio senate race?
Brown certainly has experience, a power structure and knows how Washington works. A lot of the liberal bloggers expressed outrage and many at the very least expressed sadness of Hackett leaving the race. He did have money problems and Sherrod Brown was established. Please vote on the poll and leave your comments on the matter.
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posted by Stithmeister @ 3:11 PM
Last weeks poll had a decent response rate and while this is a liberal blog, it was no surprise 2/3rds said to impeach Bush. The deal is though, the administration seems to be getting further and further in the hole. They may be able to dodge the wiretapping scandal and it seems like they might but this Cheney shooting thing seems to be getting people's dander up, especially since the administration didn't let anyone know about all this until much later.
Technorati Tags: polls, Cheney, Bush, wiretapping, shooting
posted by Stithmeister @ 11:08 AM
the WSJ was reprinting some of the transcripts from late night talk shows. Stewart was probably the best:
A partial transcript:
Technorati Tags: Dick Cheney, Harry Whittington, Quail, Jon Stewart
posted by Stithmeister @ 9:01 AM
A new post over at Daily Kos goes into how many Republican Senators are changing their tunes regarding an investigation of the wiretapping issue. It's obvious the reasoning behind this and that's Rove's threats to pull White House backing financially and otherwise. What this means is that stated ideology means nothing. There job is to get re-elected and they need money to do that. As long as the White House can control the purse strings, the part members will be in step. They may grumble a bit publicly but nothing too biting. It's a sad state of affairs. What will become of all this: We have further proof that our elected officials solemnly give up all use of their testicles when go to the Hill.
Technorati Tags: Daily Kos, Karl Rove, the White House, scandal, corruption, wiretapping, castrados
posted by Stithmeister @ 12:36 AM
The VEEP's good buddy currently occupies a bed in intensive care after suffering a heart attack due to buckshot lodging close to his hear.
The interesting thing seems to be no legal action is being taken against the VP. If I'd shot someone on a hunting trip like this, putting them into a hospital with a heart attack, I'd be seriously worried about something akin to involuntary manslaughter. You think Cheney is?
Technorati Tags: Harry Whittington, Dick Cheney, Vice President
posted by Stithmeister @ 12:28 AM
Democrats Perry Clark and Ron Weston look to have clobbered Republicans in Louisville today in a special election to fill the vacant senate seat left empty after the Stephenson/Woodward insanity. Ron Weston will fill Clark's empty seat.
It's safe to say this is a vote against Ernie Fletcher and the corruption that seems to be rampant throughout his administration. It's difficult to say what Republicans might do in order to recover but between the scandals on the state and national levels, it's going to take a first rate cleaner to get the job done.
Technorati Tags: Perry Clark, Ron Weston, Ernie Fletcher, Louisville, Dana Seum Stephenson, Virginia Woodward, Democrats, Kentucky
posted by Stithmeister @ 11:50 PM
Veteran Paul Hackett is out of Ohio Politics for the moment. After a near upset against a Republican in a heavily Republican district, Hackett decided to go after one of Ohio's senate seats. Unfortunately, it appears he wasn't being backed for the slot the Democratic establishment and they chose Sherrod Brown, a 7-term incumbant congressman.
While Brown is politically safer, it also show the part has no cahoneys. As some would argue, we knew that but it's complete and utter bullshit that they don't. They wanted him to take a shot at the seat he almost won before, but being a man of honor, he had made promises to others who wanted to run he wouldn't. Of course the fact he was man of honor means he probably wouldn't have lasted long anyway. Rolling Stone had a pretty good opinion piece on the matter.
Gary Hart also had a few words on the this issue. Hart wasn't too happy about this display of "good ol' boy politics" and the way it slapped down another candidate.
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posted by Stithmeister @ 5:40 PM
Actor and body builder Lou Ferrigno, best known for his role as the Incredible Hulk from CBS telvision show running from 1977 to 1982. He was sworn in as a reserve deputy in Los Angeles.
How you'd like that pulling up behind you on a traffic stop. "Hey, why is he picking up the back end of the car? I was just doing 10 miles over."
Actually, it looks like most of his work will be with children and it's 20 hours a month. It's still kinda cool for those of us who watched the show.
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posted by Stithmeister @ 8:35 AM
White House mouthpiece Scott McClellan. I can imagine the conversation this weekend:
Cheney's person: Scott, there's been an accident involving the vice president
McClellan: My God! What happened?
Cheney's person: As you know, the vice president was hunting this weekend and there was a shooting
McClellan: He's not hurt is he? Is he dead?
Cheney's person: No. He's not dead. But he's seems he's accidentally shot Harry Whittington
McClellan: You're kidding right.
Cheney's person: I wish I was sir.
McClellan: I wish he'd shoot me.
This is quite the amusing story over the weekend. Lest we forget it took them more than a day to notify anyone with this infomation. We must also remember that Cheney has been hunting with Justice Antonin Scalia before. I bet they don't again. It must have been the nurse at the VA hospital that got him so riled.
Technorati Tags: Dick Cheney, Harry Whittington, Scott McClellan, hunting expedition, Scalia,
posted by Stithmeister @ 2:33 PM
Under another thread I had asked in passing if the US would invade Iran or just bomb the hell out of it...
Guess I have an answer...
"the steady flow of disclosures about Iran's secret nuclear operations and the virulent anti-Israeli threats of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has prompted the fresh assessment of military options by Washington."
Why is the US setting itself up to defend ISRAEL again?
If they were indicating that Iran was preparing to target New York City,I might be a bit more concerned. Doesn't Israel have a rather LARGE arsenal, including nukes?
It's not like we don't already help Israel:
"The United States, acting through USAID, will provide $360,000,000 ESF in FY 2005 to Israel as a cash transfer. These funds will be used by Israel to repay debt to the U.S., including re-financed Foreign Military Sales debt, and to purchase goods and services from the United States"
An additional, though not as well verified source, has this to say:
"Over 50% of its aid budget is spent on middle-income countries in the Middle East, with Israel being the recipient of the largest single share"
Can someone tell me why we spend so much money on a country that we get so little return on? Countries where literally millions are dying of AIDS from get less. Countries that have suffered catastrophic disasters get less. Many AMERICAN programs for the poor and needy get less.
The stated goal of American foreign aid is to create goodwill around the world. If this is indeed the goal then we are failing miserable in this one area. We are hated in the Middles East for the amount of support in dollars as well as political support we give Israel. I AM NOT anti-Semitic, but I do feel that there is a blind degree of support for Israel from the US Government.
Whether it is from perceived guilt over the failure of the US and other countries to have stopped the holocaust or the more 'practical' perceived political power of the Jewish vote in America, it has embroiled the US time and again in the Middle East and affected our international policies more than almost any thing since the end of the Cold War and even during the Cold War had significant impact.
A thought that might well concern our political body is how Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. If the Body Politic is concerned about Political Power, they might well wonder how long until Islam, not Judaism, is the dominant Religious minority.
posted by Greymagius @ 1:02 PM
So...who wants to talk about what?
posted by Stithmeister @ 11:58 PM
I've been a little lax this week about blogging and will be this weekend as I'm heading to Nashville for the weekend. I'll try to throw a lot of things for the weekend though.
Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that's usually pretty good. some entries are better than others because they are generally written by volunteers and are generally considered neutral. A scandal erupted recently on the Hill because a number of elected officials had their people go about changing some of the entries because in some cases, they presented truthful but unflattering information. This isn't limited to one party of the other. Senatoral folks include Tom Harkin, Joe Biden, Dianne Feinstein, Norm Coleman and Conrad Burns.
This linked back to a href="http://stithmeister.blogspot.com/2006/01/rep-marty-meehan-spins-his-wikipedia.html" target="_blank" involving Congress Marty Meehan (D-MA). His staffers had gotten in an changed the info about him not adherring to the four term limit he'd placed on himself as well as the fact he currently has raised more money than any Rep on the hill. It's somewhere over $4 million.
There's no law against what they did but in a time of scandal racing through Washington at all levels, one would think they'd try to keep an air of transperancy about them. Most of the information is a matter of public record anyway and is available on other websites and an in many newspapers' archives. They just can't shake the ways and they won't.
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posted by Stithmeister @ 8:58 PM
Something inane and asinine has got me a little wound up today. In a recent "review" of the delightful children's book H.A. & Margaret Rey, L.A. English teacher Robin Roth provides an incite(this is the choice spelling here) into the animal cruelty, bad parenting and imperialist tendencies demonstrated in a children's book cause one to take pause as socially irresponsible.
Here's the review:
This is just insanely overboard here. I fancy myself liberal and progressive on many issues but the types of topic the reviewer brings up aren't ment for three-year-olds. The other point she makes in the end is one many would disagree with: that wildlife exists for human use and pleasure. I got news for you Roth, many people believe just that. Many of us use animals for work and pleasure. That's what pets are. That's what the mule is for. They call them work animals for a reason. Besides, if you eliminate that notion, then they could arguable be considered competition for space and resources. We don't want that now do we.
This is the most idiotic review I've seen in my life. This is a young children's book. Leave it that way. three-year-olds aren't about being socially responsible.
Technorati Tags: Curious Geoge, Robin Roth, ARK, stupidity,
posted by Stithmeister @ 3:57 PM
Honest Dick Cheney told I. "Scooter" Libby to rat out Valerie Plame because of her husband's criticism of pre-war intelligence.
The disclosure in a legal document written by special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald demonstrates one way in which Cheney was involved in responding to public allegations by Plame's husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, that the administration had exaggerated questionable intelligence to justify war with Iraq.
Assuming, at this point, that everything the administration and their pundits have said is true, that Plame wasn't covert anymore, that no laws were broken, etc., then why did Cheney authorize giving her name to Novak and others? What was there to gain? The political fallout has certainly been rough and it's cost Bush and the administration a lot of it's credibility. Was it worth the hassle? Wouldn't it have been easier to let Wilson talk with some damage control? IF the administration did nothing illegal, what's the point to all this? Why is ther even a question as to the investigation? We'll see what happens but I think this act was down with absolute malice and Cheney needs to be impeached over this whole thing.
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posted by Stithmeister @ 9:35 AM
I get an email newsletter from an economist at the University of Maryland. He's a very good at his job and has done all kind of things. He gets picked up by newsmedia fairly regularly in one form or another. Here's what he had to say about he current trade deficit problems:
2005 Trade Hits another Record
I think he puts it pretty succinctly. The administration is more worried about listening in on its own citizens than it its about economic policy and massive trade deficits with China and the rest of the world. How can we ever expect to improve the economy if we don't get a grip on dealing with China?
Technorati Tags: Dr. Peter Morici, trade deficit, China, currency, Commerce, currency
posted by Stithmeister @ 9:16 AM
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