Monday edition - April 27, 2009
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An independent commission is
needed to determine who authorized the use of abusive interrogation
techniques against suspected terrorists, a leading advocate of such a panel
GOP: Time to Mimic the French
flu cause of concern, not alarm
The Cheney Method of Interrogation: torture first, ask questions later. - Grant "Bud" Gerver
Sent in by my friend Alice
Sunday: 17 Iraqis Killed, 8 Wounded Antiwar.com
Iran's leader blames US, Israel for Iraq attacks The Associated Press
AMMAN, Jordan – Jordan's king urged President Barack Obama Sunday to take a more forceful role in the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, warning of a new Mideast war if there is no significant progress in the next 18 months.
Secession? Did I Say Secession?
By Madeleine Begun Kane
My Texas is quite independent,
Said Rick Perry — secession-defendant.
Then he called for the feds
To send anti-flu meds.
With hypocrisy Perry’s resplendent.
Lest we forget …
moronic behavior of the past President who so seriously harmed our nation, All
Hat No Cattle now offers a different notable quotation from George W. Bush each
“We ought to make the pie higher.” – Feb. 15, 2000
Lawmakers await possible Palin vetoes Anchorage Daily News
Palin Was Right! It Really Was The Media's Fault This Time!
The New York Post today
published, and I linked, a slap at Obama's promises of bipartisanship attributed
to Gov. Sarah Palin.
The only problem: Palin didn't write the article. Conservative writer Meghan Clyne did.
A federal judge has refused to give former Gov. Rod Blagojevich permission to travel to Costa Rica to appear in a reality show. He pretty much told him, “You’re Not a Celebrity and You’re Not Getting Out of Here.” - Laugh Lines
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Olbermann offers $1000 per Second to Charity if Hannity Undergoes Waterboarding... News Hounds
Pentagon to release prisoner abuse probe photos Washington Post
Google Earth Tracks the Swine Flu
Another Legal Mess Bush Created
More than three years ago, KindHearts, a registered charity in Toledo, Ohio, had its offices raided, all its documents and records seized and its assets frozen. The charge against it? There was none. The Treasury Department simply said KindHearts was "under investigation" and invoked a provision of the USA Patriot Act to shut it down. It was never given a trial, a hearing or a statement of reasons. To this day it has not been charged with any wrongdoing, yet its assets are still frozen. The investigation is ongoing, and under the Patriot Act, that is enough to keep the freeze in place.
Rumors say that G.M. will idle all its plants for nine weeks. During that time they will change their name to Generally Motionless. - Laugh Lines
Celebrities come out to suggest putting Dick Cheney behind bars New York Daily News
Dick Cheney: The Visible Man New York Times
With the new tax, cigarettes now cost $10 a pack in New York. Cigarettes are so expensive, second-hand smoke has been renamed “pre-owned” smoke. - Laugh Lines
In case you missed it …
In its tireless effort to
provide news and giggles for its readers, All Hat No Cattle offers this Monday
glimpse back at the previous week with an emphasis on the weekend dump. (We mean
the time preferred by government officials, politicians and titans of industry
to release unsavory news in the hope it receives less media coverage – not the
Swine flu fears prompt Limbaugh to seek vaccination
GENEVA (AP) – Canada became the third country to confirm human cases of swine flu Sunday as global health officials considered whether to raise the global pandemic alert level.
Nations from New Zealand to Spain also reported suspected cases, and some warned citizens against travel to North America while others planned quarantines, tightened rules on pork imports and tested airline passengers for fevers.
The six Canadian cases in Nova Scotia and British Columbia all had links to people who had traveled to Mexico, and all are the same swine flu strain.
Mafia making out like bandits in global financial crisis
NAPLES, Italy (AP) – While businesses around the world are hunkering down for survival, the Italian mob is living a golden moment.
Italy's various organized crime syndicates — often lumped together colloquially as Mafia Inc. — are gobbling up gas stations, muscling in on supermarket franchises, making loans to cash-starved businesses, taking over trattorias and acquiring buildings in swank neighborhoods in Rome and Milan, investigators say.
These mobsters have lots of what is in short supply for many businesses these days — liquidity — as well as centuries-honed expertise in preying on the vulnerable, whose ranks are swelling in the current financial crisis.
Palin creates legal defense fund, but IQ still in question
(Politico) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced the creation of a legal defense fund Friday to help pay down legal debts stemming from a series of ethics complaints.
The Alaska Fund Trust will be run by longtime Palin friend and Wasilla native Kristan Cole. The Republican governor owes more than $500,000 in legal bills, but donations to the fund will be capped at $150, according to a release.
"Over the past months it became increasingly clear that supporters of Gov. Palin needed to help defend against the onslaught of frivolous attacks against her. These baseless accusations are designed to inhibit her ability to focus on the issues Alaskans truly care about and force massive personal debt on her and her family," Cole said.
Army suicides another testament to Bush’s military strategery
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Army has approved new guidance to military commanders in an effort to stem the rising toll of soldier suicides, officials said late Thursday.
The plan includes hiring more mental health workers and tightening the way officials handle drug testing, health screening and a host of other long-standing procedures that in some cases became lax, according to officials, as the Army focused on fighting two wars.
Army leadership has become more alarmed as suicides from January through March rose to a reported 56 — 22 confirmed and 34 still being investigated and pending confirmation. Usually, the vast majority of suspected suicides are eventually confirmed. The 2009 number compares to 140 for all of last year, a record blamed partly on strains caused by repeated deployments for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Let’s just call it an extended vacation
DETROIT (AP) – Thousands of GM workers could learn as early as Thursday that they will be idle for up to nine weeks this summer as the automaker's plants stop making all but its most popular cars and trucks.
The move is a result of slumping sales and growing inventories of unsold vehicles, but some analysts and dealers fear the plant closings could further scare car buyers already made nervous by talk of a GM bankruptcy.
General Motors Corp. is planning to temporarily close most of its U.S. factories for up to nine weeks, three people briefed on the plan said Wednesday.
And we wonder why health care is so costly
SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) – A state investigative report said a surgeon performed an appendectomy on the same patient twice after he mistakenly removed a piece of fatty tissue instead the first time. The Star Tribune reported that the surgeon realized his mistake two days after the first operation after a hospital pathologist reported what was removed was "not an appendix."
The patient had been complaining of pain and fever and was ordered back for a second surgery.
The by now ruptured appendix was removed, after which the unidentified patient spent 11 days in the hospital with complications from the second surgery.
The Health Department found no evidence the hospital did anything wrong. Complaints against doctors are handled by a separate state agency. The Board of Medical Practice isn't commenting on the case.
Chrysler execs say no to Uncle Sam, yes to bonuses
WASHINGTON (AP) – Chrysler LLC's financial arm turned down additional government aid after some top executives refused to accept new limits on executive pay, according to a government official with knowledge of the negotiations.
The official said Monday that the Treasury Department denied Chrysler Financial's request for more aid because some of its top 25 executives would not waive their rights to legal claims against the government and Chrysler Financial regarding new caps on executive compensation. The official did not want to be identified because the decision has not been made public.
The Washington Post reported on its Web site Monday that Chrysler Financial turned down $750 million in aid on top of $1.5 billion it already has received.
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