Monthly Archives: April 2008

Soldier death toll in Iraq hits 7 month high..

So much for Petraeus’ bullshit that deaths are down and things are better since “the surge” started. This article gives the numbers, which don’t lie…unlike General Petraeus:

The U.S. military death toll hit a seven-month high of 50 on Wednesday — with more than half the losses in Baghdad as American forces wage growing street battles against Shiite fighters.

Iraqi civilian deaths also remained high following the Iraqi government crackdown on Shiite militia factions — accused by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of using residents as human shields during close combat in the teeming Sadr City slum.

The clashes in Sadr City — a base for the powerful Mahdi Army militia — show little sign of easing as Iraqi and U.S. troops try to exert control over an area containing nearly half of the Baghdad’s population.

It makes me wonder outloud..would General Davy sell his soul to the devil? Or has he already done that? Rat bastards.Tomorrow is the anniversary of Mission Accomplished…yeah…a real treat to celebrate that one…

Lurita Doan finally forced out…by the White House no less.

No one besides Karl Rove has done more to politicize the GSA than Lurita Doan. This woman had no clue as to how to run a huge federal government department and most likely got her job because she was a ‘loyal Bushie’. Ms. Doan had also been criticized for proposing to cut $5 million from the GSA Inspector General’s budget to limit the office’s ability to audit contracts for fraud and waste. From the NYT via TO:

Lurita A. Doan has been forced out as head of the General Services Administration, the federal agency that oversees billions of dollars in contracts and manages thousands of government-owned buildings.

In a stormy two-year tenure as the agency’s administrator, Ms. Doan has been accused of improperly mixing government business with politics and of trying to steer government contracts to her friends. Democrats in Congress said she violated the Hatch Act, which makes it illegal for government employees to take action that could influence an election.

Ms. Doan’s resignation as administrator was requested by the White House on Tuesday, and it takes effect immediately, the agency said on Wednesday. It released a statement in which Ms. Doan said, “It has been a great privilege to serve our nation and a great president.

Much of the criticism of Ms. Doan came after it became known that on Jan. 26, 2007, a deputy to Karl Rove, then President Bush’s chief political adviser, gave a briefing to employees of her agency that identified incumbent Democrats in Congress whom the Republican Party hoped to unseat in 2008, as well as Republican incumbents who seemed vulnerable to defeat.

Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya Lurita. Bon Voyage…too bad Congress never followed up on the Hatch Act violations.

Blackwater is at it again in San Diego county..

Couple of months ago..the thugs at Blackwater were ousted from the tiny town of Potrero CA. Then the voters promptly got rid of the elected planners, via a recall election, that were all in bed with Blackwater.

Now, as Big Fella noted in the comments of my post linked above, Blackwater has tried to come in through the backdoor in San Diego county. From the UT article:

San Diego officials will challenge Blackwater Worldwide’s permit for an indoor military training facility in South County, saying the public didn’t know about the plan.

“Residents deserve to know when a facility like this is approved – before it is approved,” San Diego City Council President Scott Peters said.

The North Carolina company received a permit in March for a training site in Otay Mesa, an industrial section of south San Diego, shortly after abandoning its controversial proposal to build a larger facility in Potrero in East County.

The city Development Services Department granted the permit without public hearings. The site was already permitted for a vocational school, and city staff members decided Blackwater’s training of Navy personnel qualified. The facility will have a shooting range, a simulated Navy ship and classrooms.

I think the San Diego City Council folks don’t want a repeat of what happened in Potrero… a recall election just wouldn’t do now would it folks? 🙂

Peters said Blackwater wasn’t upfront about its plans to operate out of a 61,600-square-foot building owned by Los Angeles company Hometex in a business park on Siempre Viva Road, just south of Brown Field.

“They filed for a permit under the name of a subcontractor as a deliberate dodge to keep our city and community in the dark,” Peters said.

Hopefully they can be run out of town again…friggin money-grubbing mercs that they are.

Jimmy Carter on Obama and the Middle East..

I know..plenty of folks think Carter was a one-hit wonder that didn’t do squat. But I feel differently about him. I believe he is genuinely concerned about the world and the inherent problems.

Watch Jimmy, he talks turkey with Tweety about Obama, the campaign bullshit and about the middle-east and his contacts with the powers that be there. He is pushing his book about his mother Lillian…who was a strong and wonderful woman that many of us could aspire to. She was a Peace Corp worker in her later years, and lived in the poor side of town where Anglo faces were few and far between in her youth..god love her.

McCain’s healthcare plan; created by the healthcare industry

I know McCain isn’t stupid..but for the love of Buddha wtf is the deal with asking healthcare industry lobbyists to craft a plan for him? From CAF we get this lil tidbit:

McCain and his handlers knew they had to say something about health care. So they turned to their friends (and financial supporters) in the health care industry and the conservative think tanks. And they have adopted the most extreme right-wing ideological approach, premised on the idea that the big problem in health care is that Americans have too much insurance – in their words, we don’t have enough “skin in the game” – and that only when we have to buy health care with money that comes directly out of our own pockets will consumers force doctors, hospitals and insurance companies to become more efficient.

Tax credits…the asshole wants to give us all tax credits so we can buy our own insurance. Of course many of us have pre-existing McCain will make the states set up an insurance pool for people like me. As for his tax is the amount he is offering from a CNN writeup:

Under McCain’s heath care plan, individuals would be eligible for a $2,500 credit and families a $5,000 credit to help pay for health insurance if they do not subscribe to, or do not have access to, employer-provided health care coverage. The government would send the money directly to insurers


I know for a fact that 2500 bucks isn’t enough to give ANYONE decent healthcare coverage. Who is this fuckwit kidding? Also take into account he wants to tax health care premiums that are paid for by employers. How is this progress? This will cause most, if not all employers to refuse to provide healthcare insurance for their employees. Again from the CAF writeup:

But McCain, like George Bush, pays more attention to ultra-conservative theory than he does to the facts. So McCain wants to tax workers’ health care premiums that are paid for by employers. Ask any expert, conservative or liberal, and they will tell you the result will be companies will stop providing health care as an employee benefit. Fortune Magazine quotes one of their experts on the impact of McCain’s plan: “I predict that most companies would stop paying for health care in three to four years,” says Robert Laszewski, a consultant who works with corporate benefits managers.

Friggin Rethuglicans…god forbid they actually help the consumer instead of their pals in the healthcare industry. Thi bullshit plan will force families and individuals to find their own healthcare plans and forgo the usual discount offered to group plan participants. Fuck his tax credit too.. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study the average cost a year for group plan coverage is…$11,765. McCain’s fucking tax credit wouldn’t even cover half of that.

Fuck me running..this is an outrage and he knows it. It’s a blatant ploy to make his buddies in the healthcare industry richer whilst screwing the living hell out of Americans.