“General” Ray Nagin On Horseback – Photos

I know, it’s Mardi Gras. And Mayor Nagin is trying to be funny. Probably he believes he is paying tribute to that "John Wayne Dude," Lt. Gen. Russel Honore.

But still, there’s something bizarre about the imagery.

 

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse now have a new riding companion.

(Thanks to Eagle334th for the tip on “the General.”)

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NYT Sues Pentagon For Secret NSA Info

You have to admit, this is some chutzpah , even for the "Paper Of Treason" the New York Times.

From Saudi-owned Reuters:

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NYT sues Pentagon over domestic spying

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Times sued the U.S. Defense Department on Monday demanding that it hand over documents about the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program.

The Times wants a list of documents including all internal memos and e-mails about the program of monitoring phone calls without court approval. It also seeks the names of the people or groups identified by it.

The Times in December broke the story that the NSA had begun intercepting domestic communications believed linked to al Qaeda following the September 11 attacks. That provoked renewed criticism of the way U.S.

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Judge Allows Libby To Subpoena Reporters

Gosh, "Scooter" Libby has been graciously allowed to subpoena witnesses in his trial. This comes on top of yesterday's decision to allow him to see his own notes.

How generous is our system of justice.

From the DNC operatives at MSNBC:

Judge OKs press subpoenas in CIA leak case

Libby defense aims to show any false statements were result of confusion

Feb. 27, 2006

WASHINGTON – The judge in the CIA leak case said Monday that lawyers on both sides in the perjury trial of former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby will be allowed to subpoena journalists and news organizations.

The issue of calling reporters and news organizations to supply information or testify in the trial was raised at a hearing on Friday.

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Lethal Afghan Prison Riots Were Over Clothes

More on the world's touchiest people.

Turns out that the recent Afghan prison riots have all been over a fashion dispute.

From the Voice Of America:

The Policharki prison in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Standoff Continues at High-Security Prison in Afghanistan

By Benjamin Sand
Islamabad
27 February 2006

Hundreds of Afghan forces – backed by tanks and rocket launchers – have surrounded the country's main high security prison after Taleban and al-Qaida prisoners seized control Saturday evening. Authorities restarted negotiations Monday but warned the government could use force end the standoff.

Afghan officials are blaming the uprising on hundreds of al-Qaida and Taleban inmates housed in the Pol-e-Charkhi jail just outside Kabul.

Deputy Afghan Justice Minister Mohammed Qasim Hashimzai says more than a thousand inmates armed with makeshift weapons began the revolt late Saturday.

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Terrorists Kill At Least 41 Iraqis In Five Attacks

There’s still hope yet for the media and their dreams of an Iraq civil war.

From Saddam’s undying fans at the DNC’s Associated Press:

Multiple Bombings in Baghdad Kill 41

By ALEXANDRA ZAVIS, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq – A suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt at a crowded gas station Tuesday — one of five attacks that rocked Baghdad in quick succession, killing at least 41 people and wounding scores, police said.

The surge of violence, including three car bombs, unsettled an Iraqi capital already shaken by fears the country teeters on the brink of sectarian civil war. Iraqis have suffered through days of reprisal killings and attacks on Sunni mosques since bombers blew apart the gold dome of the revered Shiite Askariya shrine in Samarra on Wednesday.

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Sheehan Cancels Army Hospital Protest

Her handlers have decided that mocking wounded soldiers might not play too well even in our one party media.

Unsurprisingly, this breaking news comes from her promoters via the Palestine Chronicle:

Cindy Sheehan: Camp Casey and Germany

Our struggle is with the industrial military complex and the people who put our soldiers in harm's way in the first place for no valid reason.

By Cindy Sheehan

Tuesday February 28, 2006

I have been invited to speak to the European Union Parliament in March in Strasbourg, France. My message will be one of peace and non-violent unity against the out of control murderous and disastrous policies of the Bush Administration. I wrote extensively about meeting with other world leaders in my article, "Friends don't let Friends Commit War Crimes."

My message to the EU will focus on "we the people" forcing the leaders of all countries to work diplomatically and peacefully to solve problems.

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Media: More Americans Turn To Soup Kitchens

Some hard hitting, fact based, unbiased reporting from the economists at the Christian Science Monitor:

More Americans Turn to Soup Kitchens

America’s Second Harvest Is Helping More Than 25 Million People, an 8-Percent Increase Over 2001
By ALEXANDRA MARKS

NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2006 — As the economy has steadily grown over the last four years, so too has the number of Americans going hungry.

America’s Second Harvest, the nation’s largest charitable-food distribution network, is now providing help to more than 25 million people, an 8-percent increase over 2001, the last time the organization did a major survey of its more than 200 food banks in all 50 states.

That increase in the number of people who are hungry or "food insecure" — Washington bureaucratese for "not sure where their next meal will come from" — is reflected in data collected by the U.S.

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AP Shows How To Get Respect From Media

Look, if you want our one party media to write you up a good obit, you have to "grow" as a person. Even a blond male surfer type can do it.

Just take a great newspaper like the Los Angeles Times and turn it into yet another outlet for the Democrat Party, thereby running it right into the ground.

And subtlety be damned.

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, third from left, and his wife, Nancy Reagan, right, pose with Otis Chandler, then Editor-in-chief of Times Mirror, and his mother, Dorothy Chandler at a reception held in honor of the Reagans in Los Angeles, in this Dec. 1, 1980 file photo. Otis Chandler, who transformed his family’s Los Angeles Times from a provincial, conservative paper into a respected national media voice, died Monday, Feb.

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The AP Hopes For A Sectarian Civil War In Iraq

What if our one party media declared a civil war and nobody came?

From those crestfallen lovers of mayhem at the DNC's Associated Press:

Iraqi women pass by an Iraqi army tank which is guarding the street, in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Feb.27, 2006

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Sunnis Ready to End Boycott, Leader Says

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Sunni Arabs are ready to end their boycott of talks to form a new Iraqi government if rival Shiites return mosques seized in last week's sectarian attacks and meet other unspecified demands, a top Sunni figure said Monday.

Meanwhile, Iraq's interior minister told ABC News that he believes American journalist Jill Carroll is alive and will be released, even though the Sunday deadline set by her kidnappers had passed.

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Dems Want Special Counsel For NSA Monitoring

Never mind that it was the Democrats who made sure the Special Counsel law was allowed to lapse.

When did reality ever get in the way of a DNC press release from the Associated Press?

Feb 27, 1:04 AM EST

Democrats Seek Probe of NSA Eavesdropping

By KATHERINE SHRADER

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should appoint a special counsel to investigate the legality of the Bush administration's eavesdropping program, 18 House Democrats told President Bush in a letter released Monday.

The lawmakers said the surveillance of terrorists must be done within the bounds of U.S. law, but complained that their efforts to get answers to legal and factual questions about the program have been stymied – "generally based on the feeblest of excuses."

"If the effort to prevent vigorous and appropriate investigation succeeds, we fear the inexorable conclusion will be that these executive branch agencies hold themselves above the law and accountable to no one," wrote the lawmakers, led by Rep.

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Lefty Loons Plan To Storm White House

From the Teresa Heinz Kerry supported tax exempt 501c3 “charity,” United For Peace And Justice:

Storm the White House

Multi-Day Event, Beginning March 15, come when you can and stay as long as you can – we are taking over the White House until they leave. Torture, Occupation, Genocide – Must End Now.

Wednesday, March 15th 2006 12:00 AM
Washington, DC USA

TAKE THE WHITE HOUSE BY STORM – Stop Genocide, Torture and Occupation

For Nat Turner, For Martin and Coretta, For all the Torture and Assassination in Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti and many others – We will not allow the Slave Holders that Still Prevail in this Country to Rule us any longer. Imprisonment and torture based on race, religion, resources or region is no different than the slavery we sought to abolish years ago.

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NYT Celebrates Ex-Taliban Spokesman At Yale

In case you missed it the "Paper Of Treason" the New York Times has a glowing profile of a (former?) Taliban spokesterrorist on the cover of their Sunday magazine section.

The article, "The Freshman," is as long as it is fulsome in its praise of this bravo.

Here is a synopsis from Editor & Publisher:

Although Rahmatullah had begun to question some aspects of Taliban life, in 2000 Afghanistan’s foreign minister designated him to be the bridge between the Islamic world and the West.

‘NYT’ Sunday Preview: Former Taliban Spokesman Finds New Haven–at Yale

By E&P Staff

February 24, 2006

NEW YORK The Taliban’s former spokesman, Rahmatullah Hashemi, is now an undergraduate at Yale University, The New York Times reveals in a lengthy cover story by Chip Brown in its Sunday magazine this weekend.

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AP Tells Dems To Keep Fighting Port Deal

Say what you will about the Associated Press, they are always doing their best to buck up their masters in the DNC:

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., questions government witnesses during a Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, on a plan allowing a United Arab Emirates company to take over significant operations at six U.S. seaports.

Ports Debate Gives Democrats Opportunity

By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent Fri Feb 24, 9:31 PM ET

WASHINGTON – Eight months before midterm elections, Democrats sense political opportunity in a Republican revolt over the Bush administration’s handling of port security in an age of terrorism.

Rather than risk attacking the president alone in an area of his unquestioned political strength, they can stand with GOP critics.

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Plans To Protest Cindy Sheehan’s Germany Visit

Some good news for a change.

From Stars & Stripes:

A Code Pink member holds a sign that reads "maimed for a lie" as part of their weekly demonstration in front of the US Army’s Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.

Counterprotests in works for Sheehan’s Germany protests

By Steve Mraz, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Sunday, February 26, 2006

RAMSTEIN, Germany — Efforts are under way to stage a counterprotest to Cindy Sheehan’s planned March 11 demonstration outside Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and Ramstein Air Base.

Sheehan, who is the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq and who protested the war last summer outside President Bush’s Texas ranch, is scheduled to participate in a daylong war protest.

Stefan Prystawik, a German writer in Bonn, is working to stage a counterprotest.

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Judge Walton Allows Libby To See His Notes

A small victory for the "Scooter" in the latest round from his show trial.

No, this is not from Orwell, not from Kafka. It’s from the "Paper Of Treason," the New York Times:

Former Aide to Cheney Gains Access to His Notes

By NEIL A. LEWIS
Published: February 25, 2006

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 — I. Lewis Libby Jr., the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney who is charged with lying to investigators about his role in the disclosure of the identity of a C.I.A. officer, won the right Friday to review his handwritten notes for a nine-month period surrounding the publication of the information.

But the federal judge hearing Mr. Libby’s case seemed markedly skeptical to a second request that the defense also be given the highly classified documents known as the President’s Daily Brief for a similar period.

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