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» Saturday, December 30, 2006

Save The Internet :: First Battle Won

Small but Significant...

ƒç During the process of trying to merge AT&T back with BellSouth there were several critical defining sections.   The biggest is actually defining Net Neutrality.   By their doing so it lets the cat out of the bag where people are saying that it can't be defined.

The bad news is they only agree with the stipulations laid out in the agreement for 24 months.   That is not much time to clairfy and legislate the issue of Net Neteurality.   We must stay on top of this and keep up pressure thru netroots activism like Save The Internet and contacts to your local lawmakers to let them know we are watching.

This is just a single major battle in a continuing war against the megacorps and maintaining our rights on the internet...

DAILY KOS AT&T Buckles on Net Neutrality

By by mcjoan
December 29, 2006

While we didn't get everything we wanted in the last Congress with Net Neutrality, we managed to hold off some very bad legislation, and to have a major impact in the negotiation process of AT&T's buyout of BellSouth, which was approved by the FCC today.   While the larger buyout raises many valid concerns about media consolidation and conglomeration, the provisions on net neutrality agreed to by AT&T signal a significant win for the good guys. From Columbia law professor, Tim Wu:

Strikingly, AT&T commits to a basic set of Network Neutrality principles that establish a baseline of great importance. They do not create a pure "bit-discrimination rule," but this language is crafted as a practical implementation of neutrality. As the first working rule, it may serve as a model and an experiment for what follows, which is why it merits attention.

The letter of commitment from AT&T to the FCC did a pretty good job of doing just that, defining net neutrality:

AT&T/BellSouth also commits that it will maintain a neutral network and neutral routing in its wireline broadband Internet access service. This commitment shall be satisfied by AT&T/BellSouth's agreement not to provide or to sell to Internet content, application, or service providers, including those affiliated with AT&T/BellSouth, any service that privileges, degrades or prioritizes any packet transmitted over AT&T/BellSouth's wireline broadband Internet access service based on its source, ownership or destination.

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Oh Yeah...   They Hung Saddam yesterday...   For War Crimes...   Are you paying attention Mr. Bush?

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» Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Bush Lawyering Up

Flood of subpoenas cumin'...

č A desperate little cowboy in the White House jumpin' up and down hollerin' and screamin' about them crazy libruls that want to hang him.

Should have thought about all that Mr. Bush when you started boning up on the executive orders, signing statements, secret prisons, legalizing torture, spying on Americans, tracking airline flight records of people without telling them, etc... etc... etc...

I thought the most scathing comment came at the last about the 'drive-by-victims'...   More like 'Victim Makers of the Middle Class'... Bush is bracing for new scrutiny

White House hiring lawyers in expectation of Democratic probes
By Julie Hirschfeld Davis
Originally published December 26, 2006

WASHINGTON // President Bush is bracing for what could be an onslaught of investigations by the new Democratic-led Congress by hiring lawyers to fill key White House posts and preparing to play defense on countless document requests and possible subpoenas.

"Like any White House that has to deal with a Congress run by the other party, this White House has to bulk up its staff to deal with the inevitable flood of subpoenas. They're also going to have to coordinate with lots of friends and supporters," said Mark Corallo, a former top Republican aide to the House committee that issued more than 1,000 subpoenas to the Clinton camp.

Corallo and Barbara Comstock, another Republican public-relations executive with broad experience in Hill investigations, are launching a crisis-communications firm to serve officials and corporations who, Corallo said, could end up as "drive-by victims" in a new round of probes. digg Reddit slashdot rss Technorati

» Monday, December 25, 2006

Bush's Nightmare

Of His Own Making... wire-taps

His Legacy






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» Sunday, December 24, 2006

Fear :: Bush's Answer

That's All He Ever Had... Bush Fear

ƒçAll we have to fear is fear itself.   Well...   I think the little cowboy has pretty well sewn up the competition when it comes to marketing fear.   As the caption at itsez where this graphic comes from says, "When the poll numbers are down, just stir up some more fear."

Well, the snake-oil salesmen in D.C. are giving it one more 'surge'.   They want to stir up the 'fear' that if we don't send several thousand more troops to Iraq, then we will lose the war.   Hello...   The war was lost several years ago.   The voters mandated change and we get none until it is forced on Bush and Cheney.   They will not give up their NeoCon Dreams so easily.   They will do nothing but stall and spin.

They still want to push the button on Iran and if we are not careful and very timely with our forcing issues in January, we will have an even bigger mess than we do now.   Full tilt Bozo, all ahead full...   Desperate criminals will do crazy shit.   Let's not forget that over the next few weeks.

The last throes of this pitiful little man's attempt to save his legacy may not be a pretty thing to see.. digg Reddit slashdot rss Technorati

» Friday, December 22, 2006

TSA :: Secure Flight

Admitted They Broke The Law...

Orwell would be proud of Big Brother Bush.   The WaPo article is just the tip of the iceberg.   Memeorandum linked thru to who puts us in touch with The Practical Nomad (Ed Hasbrouck) who has extensive research and links to this very important issue...   Must reading...   - fc Report Says TSA Violated Privacy Law

The finding marks the first time that the Homeland Security Department has acknowledged that the problem-plagued Secure Flight program has violated the law. It comes at a time when a separate program to screen international passengers is under attack for officials' failure to disclose until recently that they were creating passenger profiles that would be stored for 40 years. TSA Violated Privacy Law

Ed Hasbrouck has been talking about this issue for a long time.

And, the Post makes no mention of what appear to be the follow-on illegalities.
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War Of Words...

Dubya has not only been losing the War in Iraq, he has been losing the War of Words for just about as long.   Along with his own brand of ineptitude for governance, his mauling of the English Language is legendary.   And they just keep rolling right off that slick-tounged devil...   like...   A New Way Forward --- off the same old cliff...

A New Way Forward We're not winning. We're not losing.
Colin Powell :: "So if it’s grave and deteriorating and we're not winning, we are losing." and then he says, "We haven't lost."
Absolutely, We're Winning Plan For Victory Stay The Course
Is our children learning? Mission Accomplished Bring It On
I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the Secretary of Defense." -- George W. Bush, Washington, D.C. April 18, 2006
"I like to tell people when the final history is written on Iraq, it will look like just a comma because there is -- my point is, there's a strong will for democracy." -- George W. Bush, interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Sept. 24, 2006
"You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror." -- George W. Bush, interview with CBS News' Katie Couric, Sept. 6, 2006
"Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job" - Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005
"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda," - Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we," Bush said. "They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
"I will not withdraw, even if Laura and Barney are the only ones supporting me." -- George W. Bush
Trying to stop suiciders -- which we're doing a pretty good job of on occasion -- is difficult to do.
"So I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him... We haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is. I - I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him." - March 13, 2002
"We are ready for any unforseen event which may or may not happen." - Nov. 18, 2002
Dubya :: "I'm gonna spend me some of this political capital"
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» Wednesday, December 20, 2006

NeoCon Family

Mafioso Politico...

Documenting the history of who and where the NeoCons were and how they all played their role in the near destruction of our country.   This primary list is from the signatory of the PNAC Letter to Bill Clinton that begged him to go to war with Saddam.   Many of these players are or have been working from within the Bush Administration and the rest are powerful figures in the D.C. BeltWay.

Name Current
Elliott Abrams Ass NSC Adv link link link
Richard L. Armitage frmr Dep Sec State link link link
William J. Bennett NeoCon link link link
Jeffrey Bergner Lobbyist PNAC link link link
John Bolton UnEmployed link link link
Paula Dobriansky Under Sec State link link link
Francis Fukuyama Johns Hopkins SAIS link link link
Robert Kagan Carnegie Endowment link link link
Zalmay Khalilzad frmr Amb Iraq link link link
William Kristol Weekly Standard link link link
Richard Perle AEI link link link
Peter W. Rodman Ass Sec Def link link link
Donald Rumsfeld UnEmployed link link link
William Schneider, Jr. Def Science Board link link link
Vin Weber NED link link link
Paul Wolfowitz World Bank link link link
R. James Woolsey frmr CIA Dir link link link
Robert B. Zoellick frmr Dep Sec Def link link link

The above are Signatory to the PNAC Letter To Clinton       IndyVoice PNAC Letter

Name Current
Henry Kissinger War Criminal link link link
Dick Cheney V.P. of Torture link link link
Lynne Cheney Author of 'Sisters' link link link
I. Lewis Libby frmr CoS to V.P. link link link
Stephen Hadley NSC Adv. link link NNDB
John Negroponte D.N.I. DHS link link link
Douglas Feith frmr Under Sec Def link link link
Joe Lieberman I-CT Senate link link link
Irving Kristol NeoCon link link link
Michael A. Ledeen NeoCon link link link
David Wurmser M.E. Adv to V.P. link link link
Meyrav Wurmser Hudson Institute link link link
Eliot Cohen SAIS link link link
Dan Quayle frmr V.P. link link link
Newt Gingrich NutCase link link link
Midge Decter Author link link link
Norman Podhoretz Hudson Institute link link link
Kenneth Adelman Def Policy Brd link link link
John Lehman 911 Comm link link NNDB
American Israel Public Affairs Committee link link link
Committee on the Present Danger link link link
American Enterprise Institute link link link
National Endowment for Democracy link link link
Coalition for a Democratic Majority link link link
Committee for the Free World link link link
Social Democrats USA link link link
Project for the New American Century link link link
Ethics and Public Policy Center link link link
Hudson Institute link link link

RightWeb Profile List       SourceWatch NeoCon List

NNDB Searchable DataBase       Political Friendster

Media Transparency Biographies

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