It is time for Michael Mukasey, the attorney general, to stand up for justice by enforcing Congress’s subpoenas. If he will not do that, Congress must ensure that its investigative authority is not thwarted.
Congress has issued multiple subpoenas against Bush administration officials and despite non-compliance has not found anyone in contempt of Congress so Rove has little to worry about there. Then there’s Mukasey who thinks even ex-Whitehouse employees are covered by executive privledge.
Even amid the news of declining deaths, there was a setback on Sunday to efforts to negotiate a long-term security pact that would set out how long American forces stay in Iraq. The Iraqi government criticized proposals from American negotiators and vowed to reject any deal that violated Iraqi sovereignty.
The political issues stoke the violence. Staying in Iraq for a hundred years is not exactly contributing to political reconciliations. The violence thus never ends and McCain and company get their wish, Oceana has always been at war with Eurasia.
Car bomb kills 2 in Iraq near Iranian embassy – which brings up the fact that Iran and Iraq have diplomatic relations. Tax payers continue to poor billions into that country, a good portion of which is to prop up the Iraqi government which has the previously mention relations with Iran, which everyone one on the Right says is a country that we shouldn’t be having relations with. Unless they’re a half degree removed from actual relations. Got that. John Cusack’s new movie War Inc is a wild satire, but it is no where near the strangeness of reality.
The 711-mile Trans-Oceanic Highway, which will eventually link the Amazon river ports of Brazil with the Pacific ones of Peru, is the biggest threat to the indigenous peoples – uncontacted or otherwise – in that part of South America, says John Hemming, celebrated expert on Brazilian peoples and author of many books, among them the acclaimed Tree of Rivers. “The bad news,” he says, “is that the Chinese have persuaded Brazil and Peru to cut a road through this region, and it’s blazing ahead. In theory, it should not affect these peoples, and it won’t go slap through their land. But when it’s built, the settlers will come pouring in.” And, as he points out, one main road grows spurs and side roads, allowing those who do directly threaten the tribes – illegal loggers and mineral prospectors – far better access to the uncharted areas than they have now.
Why should these tribes miss out on sitting in traffic for a couple hours a day, endless stripe malls where forest used to be and artery clogging triple beefs burgers.
Some of the nation’s biggest banks have closed their doors to students at community colleges, for-profit universities and other less competitive institutions, even as they continue to extend federally backed loans to students at the nation’s top universities.
That’s a shame. Over the last quater century community colleges among other things are the first resort for displaced workers needing to learn new job skills. Then there are all those working class kids for whom community college is the only option they can come close to affording.
Walken: Every empire is summed up in Rome. The Romans, Hauser, dudes of the human race, torchbearers of culture! You and I are centurions, on about to defend civilization against the barbarians!
Brand Hauser: Let’s cut the shit, Walken! I like killing people as much as the next guy, but I signed up to kill the bad ones! Health clinics, trade unionist, journalists, agricultural coops, catholic liberation theologians, impoverished Colombian coffee farmers, these are the barbarians that are brave opponents of civilization? We turned Central America into a fuckin’ graveyard! Whoever momentarily interrupts the acummulation of our wealth, we pulverize! I’m just not feeling good about that anymore, sir!
War, Inc. 2008