Cheney's chilling

From the Washington Post:

Where’s Cheney?

Vice President Cheney, who has spent part of August at his home outside scenic Jackson, Wyo., remains there today — although his spokeswoman, Lea Anne McBride, doesn’t call it vacation.

“He’s working from Wyoming today,” McBride told me this morning.

So what is his day like in Jackson? Any fly-fishing on the Snake River during his work day?

“He’s already had his morning briefings,” McBride said. “He’ll have some other internal staff meetings.” Beyond that, McBride said, she would have to check and get back to me. I missed her call back but will try to reach her again.

And when is he coming back? “He will certainly be coming back. I’m not able to tell you the day right now. I don’t have that handy.”

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Ferragamo's is now lying

From R. Miller:

Folks,

Jessica Coen stands by her story and says she called and confirmed the story with Ferragamo on 5th Ave.

I called and was told the manager was named Donna. Donna denied all knowledge of the incident as of 5 pm.

Don’t let the cover-up continue!!!!

Please call Donna and ask why the discrepancy…and call Amy Robb of corporate and ask her as well (numbers below):

WHY WAS A CUSTOMER OF FERRAGAMO’S KICKED OUT FOR REDRESSING A PUBLIC SERVANT?

Condi Rice was buying thousand dollar shoes while people drown in New Orleans.

A true patriot gave her a dressing down since she should’ve been attending to getting some foreign aid for our catastrophic disaster in New Orleans.

And as if the true patriot and American Citizen and Ferragamo’s customer where a SERF she was KICKED OUT for speaking her mind to our errant public servant.

And now the store is lying through their teeth that the incident even took place.

Call, people! Call as if our democracy depended on it!!

DONNA, manager, 5th Ave, Ferragamo’s, 212-759-3822

AMY ROBB, public relations, corporate, Ferragamo’s, 212-754-5200

Schwarzenegger's taking calls!!!

Help persuade him to sign this bill….

Date: September 1, 2005 2:19:20 PM EDT
Subject: SB 370 – GOVERNOR’S OFFICE TAKING CALLS NOW!!!!

Imagine if we hadn’t had four, let alone eight, years of an Administration that denied global warming and planned a war for a decade, then launched it, but said it couldn’t plan for breaking levees or planes going into buildings because it couldn’t even imagine such things – though it had received written warning of both. Election fraud helped a compliant public create, not mitigate, the suffering in our midst.

SB 370 has gone to Arnold for signature.

SB 370/BOWEN: IN THE EVENT OF A RECOUNT, THE RECOUNT IS OF THE PAPER* NOT ELECTRONIC, RECORD.

*the VVPAT — Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail. The word Audit is in there for a reason, Guv’nor!

He can veto it, sign it, or do nothing and let it become law.

Signature suggests a commitment to fair fights and honest elections.

Veto suggests a commitment to Somebody other than Californians.

Doing nothing suggests – exhaustion? Not having fun anymore?

**ELECTION PROTECTION ALERT**
FAX AND/OR CALL THE GOVERNOR
Phone: 916-445-2841 Fax: 916-445-4633

When you call, you reach a voice mail system that includes touch-tone “vote” in opposition to or support of SB 370 and AB 1636! (AB 1636 has not arrived on his desk, but probably because they’ve recieved votes on it due to our Action Alert, it’s included with SB 370 on the voice mail!)

The Governor’s Staff is awake and counting! Do Rove minions know? Are their ground troops calling in (being paid for it?) Who knows? Let’s hope there’s no secret code in the touch-tone tabulation! ALL OF US MUST MAKE A CALL!

1) SB370/BOWEN: IN THE EVENT OF A RECOUNT, THE RECOUNT IS OF THE PAPER, (the VVPAT — Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail – and the word Audit is in there for a reason, Guv’nor! ) NOT ELECTRONIC, RECORD.

2) AB1636/UMBERG: BAN WIRELESS REMOTE ACCESS TO OUR VOTING SYSTEMS, NO PRECINCT REPORTING WITH HACKABLE WIRELESS SYSTEMS

Mimi Kennedy, PDA Chair
Marcy Winograd, PDLA President

Katrina's real name

Boston Globe nailed it — Global Warming

Katrina’s real name
By Ross Gelbspan
August 30, 2005

THE HURRICANE that struck Louisiana yesterday was nicknamed Katrina by the National Weather Service. Its real name is global warming.

When the year began with a two-foot snowfall in Los Angeles, the cause was global warming.

When 124-mile-an-hour winds shut down nuclear plants in Scandinavia and cut power to hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland and the United Kingdom, the driver was global warming.

When a severe drought in the Midwest dropped water levels in the Missouri River to their lowest on record earlier this summer, the reason was global warming.

In July, when the worst drought on record triggered wildfires in Spain and Portugal and left water levels in France at their lowest in 30 years, the explanation was global warming.

When a lethal heat wave in Arizona kept temperatures above 110 degrees and killed more than 20 people in one week, the culprit was global warming.

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The shady doings of Greenspan's possible successor

Hello Professor Miller,

Recently the Dallas paper has been pushed Richard Fisher as a successor to Alan Greenspan. You may not know that Mr Fisher was recently appointed head of the Dallas Fed.

What’s interesting is that back when Kay Bailey Hutchinson was first running for the Senate, it seemed the likely winner would be the Democratic candidate, who was popular. Out of nowhere came Mr. Fisher, with a well-financed and intense campaign for the Democratic nomination. He split the Democratic vote, there were the usual rumors that the other Democratic candidate was homosexual, that he would put the Negroes in power etc (perhaps Karl Rove was involved, he was active here back then).

When Fisher won the Democratic nomination, he essentially quit campaigning, and Kay Bailey won in a walk.

Fisher is the son in law of ultra-right-wing former congressman Jim Collins, of the Collins Radio Family. I forgot to mention: Also, prior to his appointment to the Dallas Fed, Fisher worked for Kissinger Associates.

I wonder if Professor Krugman, who is interested in the Fed of course, is aware of Fisher’s new prominence.

Sincerely,

David

What's really happening in country – #1

Rebels fight U.S. to Iraq standoff
Monday, August 29 2005 @ 09:23 AM PDT

Breaking NewsAL-FALLUJAH, Iraq — Insurgents in Al- Anbar province, the center of guerrilla resistance in Iraq, have fought the U.S. military to a stalemate.

`A WAR OF ATTRITION’ ECHOING VIETNAM CONFLICT HAS SETTLED ON AL-ANBAR

By Tom Lasseter
Knight Ridder

AL-FALLUJAH, Iraq — Insurgents in Al- Anbar province, the center of guerrilla resistance in Iraq, have fought the U.S. military to a stalemate.

After repeated major combat offensives in Al-Fallujah and Ar-Ramadi, and after losing hundreds of soldiers and Marines in Al-Anbar during the past two years — including 75 since June 1 — many American officers and enlisted men assigned to Al-Anbar have stopped talking about winning a military victory in Iraq’s Sunni Muslim heartland.

Instead, they’re trying to hold on to a handful of population centers and hit smaller towns in a series of quick-strike operations designed to disrupt insurgent activities temporarily.

“I don’t think of this in terms of winning,” said Col. Stephen Davis, who commands a task force of about 5,000 Marines in an area of some 24,000 square miles in the western portion of Al-Anbar. Instead, he said, his Marines are fighting a war of attrition.

“The frustrating part for the audience, if you will, is they want finality,” Davis said. “They want a fight for the town, and in the end the guy with the white hat wins.”

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What's really happening in country – #2

Militants, swept from battleground, return when troops leave, U.S. says
By Tom Lasseter
Knight Ridder

AR-RAMADI, Iraq — Iraq’s insurgency has concentrated much of its fight against U.S. and Iraqi forces in towns along the murky waters of the Euphrates River, beginning with Al-Qaim on the Syrian border and running through towns such as Al-Hadithah, Al-Haqlaniyah, Hit, Ar-Ramadi and Al-Fallujah. They’re all in Al-Anbar province, the heartland of Iraq’s Sunni Muslim minority, which dominated the government under Saddam Hussein.

In the cities where U.S. forces have set up bases — such as Ar-Ramadi and Al-Fallujah — the fighting has destroyed much of the infrastructure but failed to completely secure the areas. In smaller towns, American forces launch repeated raids to clear the streets of insurgents, only to see them return as soon as the Marines and soldiers are gone.

Three weeks of reporting alongside American troops in Al-Anbar’s main centers of guerrilla resistance found that U.S. forces are failing to make headway, and some commanders fear that much of the military effort is wasted.

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What's really happening in country – #3

Sunni infighting involving al Qaeda erupts in Iraq
Sat Aug 27, 2005 09:02 AM ET

RAMADI, Iraq (Reuters) – Two Sunni Arab tribes, one loyal to al Qaeda and the other to the government, clashed in western Iraq, killing at least 20 people and wounding scores, clerics and hospital officials in the town said on Saturday.

The tribes fought months ago and violent confrontations erupted again on Friday and Saturday near Qaim, where U.S. Marines launched several offensives to root out insurgents from May to July.

Clerics in the town say members of the Karabilah tribe — allied to al Qaeda — attacked homes of the rival Albu-Mehel tribe — many of whom are members of Iraq’s new security forces in their province of Anbar.

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What's really happening in country – #4

Under US noses, brutal insurgents rule Sunni citadel

Guardian gains rare access to Iraqi town and finds it fully in control of ‘mujahideen’

Omer Mahdi in Haditha and Rory Carroll in Baghdad
Monday August 22, 2005

The executions are carried out at dawn on Haqlania bridge, the entrance to Haditha. A small crowd usually turns up to watch even though the killings are filmed and made available on DVD in the market the same afternoon.

One of last week’s victims was a young man in a black tracksuit. Like the others he was left on his belly by the blue iron railings at the bridge’s southern end. His severed head rested on his back, facing Baghdad. Children cheered when they heard that the next day’s spectacle would be a double bill: two decapitations. A man named Watban and his brother had been found guilty of spying.

With so many alleged American agents dying here Haqlania bridge was renamed Agents’ bridge. Then a local wag dubbed it Agents’ fridge, evoking a mortuary, and that name has stuck.

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