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Hey I am Back (kinda)

Hey I should be more online, I have recived my work laptop, so I can post when I am away. Thanks for visiting...

So, what did I miss? Are we at war with Iran yet? Have we caught Osama?


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I am away for a bit..

I am starting a new job and will be taking a trip to NYC for the week. I am not sure when I am going to get my new laptop and so on, so posts will slow way down...

I hope you all understand..


Sad State of the Media, If You can Call it That



Don't Like what the Report Says, Just Change it!

Failed Presidency

I do not have much to add here, I am not feeling well, but this is so appropo for this administration.

From the NY Times.

A White House official who once led the oil industry's fight against limits on greenhouse gases has repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that play down links between such emissions and global warming, according to internal documents.

In handwritten notes on drafts of several reports issued in 2002 and 2003, the official, Philip A. Cooney, removed or adjusted descriptions of climate research that government scientists and their supervisors, including some senior Bush administration officials, had already approved. In many cases, the changes appeared in the final reports.

The dozens of changes, while sometimes as subtle as the insertion of the phrase "significant and fundamental" before the word "uncertainties," tend to produce an air of doubt about findings that most climate experts say are robust.

Mr. Cooney is chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the office that helps devise and promote administration policies on environmental issues.

Before going to the White House in 2001, he was the "climate team leader" and a lobbyist at the American Petroleum Institute, the largest trade group representing the interests of the oil industry. A lawyer with a bachelor's degree in economics, he has no scientific training.

The documents were obtained by The New York Times from the Government Accountability Project, a nonprofit legal-assistance group for government whistle-blowers.

Read the whole thing, it is good...


It the Economy STILL, Stupid

Economic News

Well last week the labor department released last months job numbers were released, and they were well below the numbers they were expecting. Last month 78,000 jobs were made, out of the 175,000 that were expected. For you statistics geeks out there that is a 56% shortfall in the job growth.

Well, if that is not indicator of the poor economy, this was just released from the AP. GM is cutting 25,000 or more.

General Motors Corp. (GM) expects to cut 25,000 or morejobs as it closes more assembly and component plants over the next few years , Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoneer told shareholders at the company's annual meeting on Tuesday.

Wagoneer said the company expects the actions will generate annual savings of about $2.5 billion.

Why is this happening, well mainly because GM banked on the SUV, and are losing their shorts. Gas prices are out of site, and people are turning to more economical vehicles, and sadly, in my opinion, the foreign markers make a far better sedan than then any American auto maker. The other issue that is hitting GM very hard is the sky-rocketing healthcare, it costs GM $1500 per car.

The CEO said

significant disadvantage versus foreign-based competitors," and said GM has conducted "intense discussions" with the unions about how to reduce health-care costs.

These jobs are being lost, and can be directly correlated to failures in the Bush administration.

Here is another think you should know. While GM (and soon Ford) is slashing jobs, Toyota, Honda, and other foreign auto makers are building plants in the US. Thanks Mr. Bush, your leadership is running up into the ground!


Pat Robertson is what is Wrong with America

Crazy Evangelicals

Pay Roberson, the wrong of the right has made some statements that show what an out of touch moron he really is. This weekend on This Week with George Stephanopoulos Pat showed that being Christians means you are full of hate, and distain for anyone whom you disagree with (I know that is a general statement, but until the "normal" Christians rise up and reclaim their faith from these morons, then birds of a feather)

Here is some excerpts from The Daily News.

Confronted by Stephanopoulos on his claims that an out-of-control liberal judiciary is the worst threat America has faced in 400 years - worse than Nazi Germany, Japan and the Civil War - Robertson didn't back down.

"Yes, I really believe that," he said. "I think they are destroying the fabric that holds our nation together."

I think that the worst threat America faces is you Pat, you and your sheep followers.

Pats Followers


Can You Gain Influence by Donating to a Charity?

Tom DeLay

Depends on who runs the charity, right Mr. DeLay?

While so far there is nothing here that is illegal, at least not yet, the reach of Tom DeLay is flabbergasting. Well because of a subpoena, the donor list is seeing the like of day for the first time, and the list is reads like the DOW. Many who have "interests" in Washington.

Take a few and read a story on this from the NY Times...

The 19-year-old charity, the DeLay Foundation for Kids, has consistently declined to identify its donors, citing their desire for privacy. But a review of corporate and charitable records shows that recent donors have included AT&T, the Corrections Corporation of America, Exxon Mobil, Limited Brands and the Southern Company, as well as Bill and Melinda Gates, the Microsoft founder and his wife, and Michael Dell of Dell computers.

The Gates and Dell family foundations have donated at least $350,000 to Mr. DeLay's charity since 2001. Among the largest corporate gifts was a $100,000 check given to Mr. DeLay last year by the Corrections Corporation of Nashville, which manages federal prisons. AT&T and Exxon Mobil say they have each donated $50,000.

Like other charities, the DeLay Foundation, which operates from a post office box near Mr. DeLay's house in Sugar Land, Tex., is not required under federal laws to release a donors' list. Nor does it have to account in detail for how it spends millions of dollars in donations on behalf of abused and neglected children.


Another charity linked to Mr. DeLay, Celebrations for Children, was effectively shut in 2003 after criticism of its plans to sponsor fund-raising galas at Republican National Convention last year. Its organizing committee, which included Mr. DeLay's daughter, said at the time that proceeds from the events, including dinners with Mr. DeLay, Broadway shows and a yacht trip, were intended for the DeLay Foundation.

The executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Rick Cohen, said charities allowed members of Congress a "back door for politicians and their donors to circumvent disclosure on campaign finance."


Hating Gays off the Agenda this Year.

From the NY Daily News

WASHINGTON - Republicans have abandoned banning gay marriage this year, the Senate's leader said yesterday.
A constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman grew less urgent because 13 states banned gay nuptials in November elections, said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).

When asked if the legislation will be introduced, Frist replied, "Maybe not this year, but in all likelihood in this Congress."

"It may be this year," he added a moment later, sounding unsure during a "Fox News Sunday" interview.

But a Senate Democratic source told the Daily News the amendment isn't likely to be proposed next year either, since it's an election year.

Enacting the ban was a key issue in President Bush's reelection campaign platform. But Bush admitted in a recent interview that he doesn't have enough votes in the Senate.

Thank god, there is no sane reason to deny rights to anyone in this great nation, and to memorialize it in the great document that runs our nation...


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Parents on the way home/

Well today they go home, after 5 days here with Michael and I.

Back to work in the AM...

Life in Bush's America

Sadly, November of 2000 put this great nation on a track of destruction. Four years later the fundamentalist whack-jobs used fear and a tangle of lies to scare people into voting for this nut bag again.

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