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By Travis Laird. This is a progressive blog examining the Republican corruption by Rove, Cheney, Bush, the Iraq War, Halliburton and others. This blog seeks to bring truth and decency back to the White house. Thanks Congressman Murtha and Conyers!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Brownie is gonna rat Bush out! Your doin' a heckuva job, Brownie!

Here is the original link here, from forbes. But I need a little traffic, so you can read it below.

Former disaster agency chief Michael Brown is indicating he is ready to reveal his correspondence with President Bush and other officials during Hurricane Katrina unless the White House forbids it and offers legal support. Brown's stance, in a letter obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, follows senators' complaints that the White House is refusing to answer questions or release documents about advice given to Bush concerning the Aug. 29 storm. Brown quit as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency days after Katrina struck. He left the federal payroll Nov. 2. In a Feb. 6 letter to White House counsel Harriet Miers, Brown's lawyer wrote that Brown continues to respect Bush and his "presidential prerogative" to get candid and confidential advice from top aides. The letter from Andrew W. Lester also says Brown no longer can rely on being included in that protection because he is a private citizen. "Unless there is specific direction otherwise from the president, including an assurance the president will provide a legal defense to Mr. Brown if he refuses to testify as to these matters, Mr. Brown will testify if asked about particular communications," the lawyer wrote. Brown's desire "is that all facts be made public." Messages left with the White House were not immediately returned Wednesday. Two weeks ago, Bush defended his administration's stance on withholding some information, saying that providing all the material would chill the ability of presidential advisers to speak freely. The White House has given thousands of documents about the storm response to Senate investigators. Brown is set to testify Friday at a Senate inquiry of the slow government response to Katrina. Contacted Wednesday, he referred questions about the letter to Lester. The lawyer described his client as "between a rock and a hard place" between the administration's reluctance to disclose certain high-level communications and Congress' right to demand it. "Mr. Brown is going to testify before Congress. If he receives no guidance to the contrary, we'll do as any citizen should do - and that is to answer all questions fully, completely and accurately," Lester said. The letter set a 5 p.m. EST deadline Wednesday for the White House to reply to Brown. That passed without a response, Lester said. Some administration officials have refused interviews by Senate investigators or have declined to answer even seemingly innocuous questions about times and dates of meetings and telephone calls with the White House. The leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee have accused the White House of crippling their inquiry after FEMA lawyers prohibited Brown from responding to some questions during a Jan. 23 staff interview. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine and Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., did not have an immediate response to Brown's letter. At that interview, Brown told investigators he was aware of management problems at the agency that were highlighted in a consultant's report months before Katrina. He attributed some of the problems to the agency's merger with the Homeland Security Department in 2003. "What I wish I had done was, frankly, just either quit earlier or whatever and gone to certain friends that I can't talk about and said we got to fix this - I mean, what's going on is nuts," Brown said, according to a Senate transcript of the meeting.

Bush stops Terror Plot! I'm scared! Thank God for Bush!

This is such a crock of shit. So I guess the 2006 mid-term election strategy has started. I just hate that CNN gives this any play.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush gave new details Thursday about a foiled terror attack in 2002 in which plotters planned to use hijacked commercial airplanes to strike the West Coast.
Bush said the West Coast plot targeted the tallest building in Los Angeles, since renamed the US Bank Tower, and involved Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the mastermind of the September 11 attacks, who was captured in 2003.
Bush had referred to the plot before. In an address last October, Bush said the United States and its allies had foiled at least 10 serious plots by the al Qaeda terror network in the past four years, including plans for September 11-like attacks on both U.S. coasts.
The White House initially would not give details of the plots but later released a fact sheet with a brief, and vague, description of each.
One of the 10 cases involved Jose Padilla, a former Chicago, Illinois, gang member who converted to Islam and allegedly plotted with top al Qaeda commanders to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb" in a U.S. city.
Padilla, whose plot never materialized, was designated an enemy combatant by Bush and is being held without criminal charge at a Navy brig in South Carolina.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Lowrey slams Tucker Carson! Good for him, bad for George W. Bush

Check out the exchange below.


CARLSON: It's not hard to hear that [your remarks] and not draw the obvious conclusion that that's an attack on President Bush, which of course is your right to do, and I think completely fair. But again, it seemed very uncomfortable to say something like that in a funeral with the president right there. It seemed like bad manners.
LOWERY: Well, I don't think so. I certainly didn't intend for it to be bad manners. I did intend for it to -- to call attention to the fact that Mrs. King spoke truth to power. And here was an opportunity to demonstrate how she spoke truth to power about this war and about all wars.
And I think that, in the context of the faith, out of which the movement grows, we have always opposed war. We've always fought poverty. And we base our -- our argument on -- on the faith, on the fact that Jesus taught us. He identified with the poor. "I was hungry; you didn't feed me. I was naked; you didn't clothe me. I was in prison; you didn't see about me." He talked about war. He talked about he who lives by the sword.
So I'm comfortable with the fact that I was reflecting on Mrs. King's tenacity against war, her determination to witness against war and to speak truth to power.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Bush has some nerve! But he always has...

Jesse Jackson has an excellent article about why W. is a fraud. Here's an excerpt. You can get the rest here.

"Jesse Jackson
Bush honors Mrs. King -- in words only
February 7, 2006
BY JESSE JACKSON
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Coretta Scott King will be sorely missed. For the 51 years since the Montgomery Bus Boycott, she has shown amazing endurance, strength and resilience. She walked with her husband during the bus boycott. Their home was bombed. She endured the threats and the slanders. When Dr. Martin Luther King was shot in Memphis, I called her to inform her that he had been shot. She organized his funeral. And she came to Memphis to lead the march he was to lead. She shared his sense of commitment.
President Bush has announced that he will attend her funeral to honor her. He will do so after releasing a budget that calls for spending nearly $600 billion on the military next year alone -- including $120 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. While military spending is going up, spending on education, on cancer and heart disease, on cleaning up the environment, on worker training is going down. Bush is pushing to cut Medicare even as he demands that his top-end tax cuts be made permanent. Student loans will be more expensive; the military's weapons will be more exotic.
Those were not the priorities of Dr. Martin Luther King or of Coretta Scott King. Dr. King warned us at the height of the Cold War of the terrible moral costs of devoting more of our resources to war and weapons than to moral uplift. It was Dr. King who understood that the war on poverty at home was lost in the jungles of Vietnam.
Bush will pay tribute to Mrs. King, no doubt, but she'd much prefer he pay tribute in his budget than in his words. And for African- Americans, the announcement of his visit might well be greeted with apprehension. Two years ago, the president laid a wreath on Dr. King's grave, then announced he would ask the Supreme Court to outlaw affirmative action. Then he celebrated Dr. King's birthday and announced a recess appointment of Judge Charles Pickering -- a right-wing judge opposed to equal protection -- to the federal bench. This year, the wolf in sheep's clothing will praise Mrs. King, but his budget eliminates the Office of Minority Health, and he's leaving tens of thousands of Katrina's poorest survivors scattered across the country, with no plan to bring them back. His HUD secretary says New Orleans will not regain its population or its black majority. "