Black and White Chicago Skyline

Black and White Chicago Skyline

As Iraq pledges closer ties with Iran

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, in a visit to Iran where he met Sunday with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, pledged closer ties between the two neighbors at the same time Baghdad is negotiating a long-term security agreement with the U.S.

The proposed pact with Washington would establish a legal framework for the continued presence of U.S. troops in Iraq after the United Nations mandate expires at the end of this year.

Iraq is also continuing to express concern that Bush’s ( and McCain’s plan for that matter) plan to stay in Iraq indefinitely may continue to contribute to ongoing violence and infringe on Iraq’s sovereignty, U.S. seeking 58 bases in Iraq, Shiite lawmakers say

Leading members of the two ruling Shiite parties said in a series of interviews the Iraqi government rejected this proposal along with another U.S. demand that would have effectively handed over to the United States the power to determine if a hostile act from another country is aggression against Iraq. Lawmakers said they fear this power would drag Iraq into a war between the United States and Iran.

[  ]…”It would impair Iraqi sovereignty,” said Ali al Adeeb a leading member of Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki’s Dawa party of the proposed accord. “The Americans insist so far that is they who define what is an aggression on Iraq and what is democracy inside Iraq… if we come under aggression we should define it and ask for help.”

Bush has offered, apparently without irony that he would listen to Iraq’s governing council and make some adjustments.

Mariners Citrus. There is a lot of noise in this picture as one would expect from a photo of an antique label.

Fox and Laura Ingraham remind us once again of Faux News high standards of guilt by insinuation and convenient omission of details, Ingraham complained Obama didn’t “talk about Hamas endorsement,” ignoring Obama’s denunciations, Hamas’ retraction of endorsement

On The O’Reilly Factor, Laura Ingraham said that when Sen. Barack Obama was speaking at a fundraiser to Orthodox Jews in New York, “He did not talk about the Hamas endorsement.” But Obama has repeatedly denounced Hamas, including during his comments to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, in which he said: “We must isolate Hamas unless and until they renounce terrorism, recognize Israel’s right to exist, and abide by past agreements.”

Not that it matters, but Hamas withdrew that so-called endorsement. Why does the fringe Right, people such as Ingraham care so much about what Hamas thinks anyway. Seriously, do they seat around all day listening for the latest word from Hamas so they can decide what to think and who to vote for.

Bush confronted Rove’s sins in church

If you’re going to fire someone, you want to make sure you do it in a place where the now-unemployed can’t make a scene.

You know…a place like, say, a church.

That, according to a new book – “Machiavelli’s Shadow” – by former Time magazine reporter Paul Alexander, is where President George W. Bush informed trusted advisor Karl Rove in 2007 that his services would no longer be needed at the White House.

“On a Sunday in midsummer, George W. Bush accompanied Karl Rove to the Episcopalian Church Rove sometimes attended,” writes Alexander. “They made their way to the front of the congregation. Then, during their time in the church, Bush gave Rove some stunning news. ‘Karl,’ Bush said, ‘there’s too much heat on you. It’s time for you to go.’”

Bush and his cult of followers have spent years puffing Dubya, the draft avoiding alcoholic who’s daddy bought him the governorship of Texas as the tough guy, the decider guy. Genuinely tough guys don’t need all the shadow puppetry. Certainly most Americans at this point realize what a cowardly weasel Bush Junior is and that he was afraid that someone equally as weaselly might yell at him isn’t going to do his legacy much good.