Heck of a Job, Tommy!
State Department investigators have found that Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, chairman of the State Department office that oversees foreign broadcasts misused his office
for personal and political gain. Mr. Tomlinson’s
position at the broadcasting board makes him one of the administration’s top officials overseeing public diplomacy and puts him in charge of the Voice of America
and Radio Free Europe.
The more things change
, the more they remain the same
Safia Taleb Al Souhail was recognized by President Bush's SOTU address with this introduction: "Eleven years ago, Safia's father was assassinated by Saddam's intelligence service. Three days ago in Baghdad, Safia was finally able to vote for the leaders of her country -- and we are honored that she is with us tonight."
This year's chairwarmer is an interesting person for the President to have chosen to highlight in his speech. Especially considering how much work she's done for the neocon movement
, the fact that she hadn't lived in Iraq for 30 years
was an American-placed a member of the Iraqi interim government
and the fact that she's the new Iraqi ambassador to Egypt
. You may also remember that she was paraded
in front of us back in 2002 as justification
for going after Saddam. ,
It's interesting to note that her sister blames the US for her father's death, saying that the CIA sold him
out because they needed Saddam in power at that point.
Shades of the incubator story
, no? More research ongoing at KOS
The Republican National Committee
is demanding that the Federal Election Commission issue new rules
that would shut down groups
that are in any way critical of President Bush or members of Congress. Under the proposed rules
, nonprofit organizations that advocate for cancer research, gun and abortion restrictions or rights, fiscal discipline, tax reform, poverty issues, immigration reform, the environment, or civil rights or liberties - all these organizations could be transformed
into political committees if they criticize or commend members of Congress or the President based on their official actions or policy positions.
Viacom's CBS today rejected a request from liberal group MoveOn to air a 30-second anti-President Bush ad,
saying the spot violated the network's policy against running issue advocacy advertising. This, despite running anti-drug and anti-smoking
ads. So, is it only issues about which they disagree?
Bush orders officials to stop the leaks.
News of Bush's order leaked almost immediately. And speaking of leaks, two U.S. officials are the primary sources of information about Israel's Harpoon cruise
missiles which may or may not be used to attack Iran
"Bring them home now!"
is a campaign of military families, veterans, active duty personnel, reservists and others opposed to the ongoing war in Iraq and galvanized to action by George W. Bush's inane and reckless challenge to armed Iraqis resisting occupation to "Bring 'em on." At a news conference yesterday, reported the Washington Post
, the organization has stated their goals of returning to their home bases the 150,000 U.S. troops serving in Iraq.
White House Wages Stealth War on Condoms
The government is waging a covert war on condoms. Fact sheets on the effectiveness of condoms in preventing the transmission of the AIDS virus have disappeared from government sites. Right wing activists have been appointed to the the presidential AIDS panel. Government audits of AIDS activist groups who protest these policies have begun. So, apparently only evil-doers have sex outside of marriage, and they deserve to die horrible deaths.
Threat of 'dirty bomb' softened
Attorney General John Ashcroft on Monday overstated the potential threat posed by "dirty bomb" suspect Abdullah Al Muhajir, Bush administration and law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Ashcroft's remarks annoyed the White House and led the administration to soften the government's descriptions of the alleged plot. "I don't think there was actually a plot beyond some fairly loose talk and (Al Muhajir's) coming in here obviously to plan further deeds," Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told CBS on Tuesday. So, does this mean he'll actually get treated like an American citizen and get to see a lawyer?
Department of Labor eliminating women's bureau?
Posted on the CWA
site is some info on how the Bush Administration is trying to close all of the regional offices of the Women's Bureau at the Labor Department.
I guess, since we're being paid almost 73%
of what men are, we should be grateful and assume that this 80 year institution has done all it can do for women?