He wouldn’t pull anything crude, but if he pulled at all, something would pop.

My own State of the Union told in headlines:

Bush offers little new on Iraq, Iran, fight against terrorism

Most who disagree with Bush’s approach, while not favoring tyranny, contend that the administration has acted incompetently – in Iraq, for example, by not sending enough troops to curb the insurgency in its infancy, not sealing the borders, and not having a clear post-war plan.

Bush did not address concerns that his administration ignored Iran for too long or that it agreed to let the terrorist group Hamas run in the Palestinian elections with no idea that it might win. Nor did he discuss his plan for moving along the Middle East peace process in light of Hamas’ commitment to Israel’s destruction.

Iraq veterans round on Bush

Many former US military personnel who have lost limbs or worse in the conflict are standing for Congress on an anti-war platform as Mr Bush is widely anticipated to vehemently defend the war.

Figures such as Tammy Duckworth from Kentucky, a helicopter pilot who lost both legs in Iraq is now standing for Congress asking for the rest of the troops to be bought home.

Rice: U.S. Underestimated Hamas’ Strength

The State of the Economy is Alarming

According the Economic Policy Institute, the 2 million jobs created in 2005 represents a modest 1.5% growth, less than half as fast as the average for this point in past recoveries. When one adds the accelerated inflation, due largely to rising energy prices, it translates into a realized pain that no economic indicator can offset.

Furthering the economic concern is the recent EPI report that demonstrates in state after state, regardless if they voted blue or red, the trend is practically the same: the highest income families are realizing an increase in wages, while poor and middle income families are staring at stagnating or declining wages.

White House Declines to Provide Storm Papers

Congressional Agency Questions Legality of Wiretaps

The Bush administration appears to have violated the National Security Act by limiting its briefings about a warrantless domestic eavesdropping program to congressional leaders, according to a memo from Congress’s research arm released yesterday.

The Congressional Research Service opinion said that the amended 1947 law requires President Bush to keep all members of the House and Senate intelligence committees “fully and currently informed” of such intelligence activities as the domestic surveillance effort.

The memo from national security specialist Alfred Cumming is the second report this month from CRS to question the legality of aspects of Bush’s domestic spying program.

Daschle: Congress Denied Bush War Powers in U.S.

Report Rebuts Bush on Spying

Alito: A Defeat for Working Women

Extra Armor Could Have Saved Many Lives, Study Shows


An NSA Whistleblower Speaks Out

The scandal sheet

Here are 34 scandals from the first four years of George W. Bush’s presidency — every one of them worse than Whitewater.

TPM Grand Ole Docket

The Grand Ole Docket tracks trial dates, court appearances and sentencing hearings for players in the current array of national political scandals. But not just any crook can make it on the Docket – it only tracks perps who’ve been named by prosecutors in indictments or plea agreements. 

In other news:

Civil rights activist Coretta Scott King dies

How to Fix a Dead Pixel on an LCD Monitor, the how-to article title is a little misleading, “These instructions will fix “stuck” pixels, not “dead” ones.”

I don’t think I’ve mentioned or referenced a recently published book so in the spirit of the sites theme and breaking new ground, “Arthur & George”

“Arthur & George” is based on a real incident, the intervention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, in the case of one George Edalji, a solicitor from Staffordshire. Edalji, the son of a Scottish woman and an Indian-born Anglican vicar assigned to a rural parish, was falsely convicted of a series of nocturnal livestock mutilations and sentenced to seven years in prison. (He was released after serving three.) Doyle was only the most famous of a group of notable Britons who campaigned to have Edalji’s case reconsidered by the Home Office and his reputation cleared in order that he could once again practice law.

I started to get up from my chair, then remembered that business had been bad for a month and that I needed the money.

I sat down again.

“You might get into trouble, of course,” Anna said. “I never heard of Marty bumping anybody off in the public square at high noon, but he don’t play with cigar coupons.”

“Trouble is my business,” I said. “Twenty-five a day and guarantee of two-fifty, if I pull the job.”

“I gotta make a little something for myself,” Anna whined.

“O.K. There’s plenty of coolie labor around town. Nice to have seen you looking so well. So long, Anna.”

I stood up this time. My life wasn’t worth much, but it was worth that much. Marty Estel was supposed to be pretty tough people, with the right helpers and the right protection behind him. His place was out in West Hollywood, on the Strip. He wouldn’t pull anything crude, but if he pulled at all, something would pop.

from Trouble Is My Business by Raymond Chandler