Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty

One would think or rather one would assume a rational person that is capable of the smallest bit of moral reflection would have learned a lesson from provocateurs of the Conservative Culture of Corruption typified by the likes of U.S. Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), or Republican lobbyist and power broker Jack Abramoff or Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA), but such is not the case with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell(R-KY), Mitch McConnell’s Debt

Senator McConnell managed the floor fight to pass the bill, and he has received more than $535,000 in campaign contributions from the credit card and commercial banking industries. Just a few months before the bill’s passage, McConnell raked in $60,000 from executives at two financial giants, UBS and Citigroup, at a New York City fundraiser. He was served well by his chief fundraiser, former banking lobbyist Alison Crombie Kinnahan.

Senator McConnell contends the bill was necessary to stop bankruptcy fraud. Yet bankruptcy lawyers and judges call it a “monumental failure,” adding red tape without limiting fraud. Ninety percent of people who declare bankruptcy do so because of job loss, medical expenses, or divorce. Kentucky, it should be noted, ranks 9th in the country in bankruptcy rates, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Kentucky is a beautiful state too bad they’re stuck with a shirt and tie prostitute for a Senator.

Back peddling must be in the offing as a new Olympic event. The Bushies have decided after the fact on a bizarre explanation for the Stalin-like purging of U.S attorneys, – a hand full of US attorneys who weren’t doing a good enough job enforcing administration policy on immigration, guns and other issues.

Of all the reasons an administration might have to fire serving US attorneys, a willful refusal to follow the administration’s law enforcement policies would seem to be a pretty good one. Given the fact that so many of the fired prosecutors were also in the midst of major public corruption investigations, you’d think they’d be more forthcoming with this exculpating explanation. Even more so when you consider that one of the fired US Attorneys was the target of two sitting members of Congress trying to pressure him to subvert justice to alter the outcome of a 2006 House race.

Video: Right-wing pundit Glenn Beck has a camera and some free time he explains to Antonella Barba. Wait for the deafening silence Glenn’s suggestion gets from M’s Barba. Not all conservatives are perverts of course, but just about all their pundits seem to be.

Mitt Romney has learned rather quickly that if you want to be a conservative and president you have to throw the base some raw meat, Romney smears Giuliani: ‘He is pro-choice, he is pro-gay marriage, and anti-gun’

In 2002, Romney told NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, “I respect and will protect a women’s right to choose. This choice is a deeply personal one. Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the government’s.”

He has since shifted toward a pro-life stance.

Regarding gay marriage, Romney wrote to a group of Massachusetts gay Republicans in 1994, as “we seek to establish full equality for America’s gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent [Ted Kennedy].”

How’s that escalation going in Iraq. You know the one that created a new geometry where BushCo and his supporters claim we’ll be turning the 38th corner on accomplishing that mission despite reality and  regardless of what Congress and the people want, Friday: 61 Iraqis, 2 GIs Killed; 39 Iraqis, 1 GI Injured

At least 14 policemen were killed in a dramatic, retaliatory kidnapping in the Diyala province. Overall, 61 Iraqis were killed or found dead and 39 more were wounded in violent attacks throughout Iraq. Also, two American soldiers were killed and a third one was injured in Baghdad.

Two U.S. soldiers and their Iraqi interpreter were killed, another GI was injured, when a roadside bomb blasted them in Baghdad. Mortars fell on British targets in Basra where they caused a fire but left no casualties.

At least 14 police officers were found dead after being reported missing in Diyala province; an al-Qaeda linked group is claiming responsibility and saying that the mass kidnapping is in retaliation for an alleged rape by police. Another four potential kidnap victims were seen in a photograph.

In Baghdad, a car bomb in a Sadr City used car lot exploded, killing 10 and wounding 20 others. Three people were killed and six more were injured during an earlier car bombing in the Khaizaran neighborhood. A police officer was killed and two others wounded by a car bomb attack on their checkpoint in Sadiya. Five dumped bodies were discovered in western neighborhoods.

At least four people were killed and 10 were injured when mortars fell in Iskandariya.

U.S. forces killed eight militants during a raid in Salman Pak.

Six bodies were found in Balad.

Two gunmen were killed and a third wounded when U.S. forces prevented them from planting a roadside bomb on the Kirkuk-Baiji highway.

In Ramadi, two members of an Iraqi soccer team were gunned down.

Two civilians were killed in Latifiya when they were blasted by a roadside bomb.

Three gunmen were killed north of Baquba during a security operation conducted by U.S.-Iraqi forces.

Compiled by Margaret Griffis

Supporting our troops is more than a yellow ribbon, but bringing them home

Now is the time for congress to do their job by bringing our soldiers home. It is the job of all Americans to send that message to their respective officials. It is time that we protect our soldiers as they have done so for years protecting all of us.

If you are one of those people with that magnetic yellow ribbon adorning your care, or flying the flag of this republic, it is time you actually cared. Those of us who have been against this war from the very start need you to join us. These men and women who serve us bravely need brave voices to speak out on behalf of them. That will truly be thanks from a grateful nation.

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson