Archive for June, 2008

North Korea blows up tower at nuclear site

The North’s actions set the stage for another round in six-party talks, scheduled to take place next week in Beijing.

Gen. David Petraeus New Chief of U.S. Central Command

David Petraeus to become the top commander in the Middle East.

VLOGZ TV | JUN.26.2008

(WASHINGTON) — The Senate Armed Services Committee voted Thursday to promote Gen. David Petraeus to become the top commander in the Middle East.

Senators on the panel also agreed by voice vote that Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno should receive a fourth star and replace Petraeus as chief commander in Iraq.

The committee action paves the way for a favorable vote on the nominations by the Senate.

Petraeus would replace Navy Adm. William J. Fallon as chief of U.S. Central Command. Fallon resigned last month following news reports that he was at odds with the White House over Iran policy.

Al Qaeda May Watch C-SPAN’

Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff, David Addington, appeared in front of the House Judiciary today to testify on interrogation techniques employed at Guantanamo Bay that were approved by the Bush Admininstration.

Addington got a bit testy during questioning by Democratic Representative Bill Delahunt.

Think Progess caught the video:

McCain question on Bush Impeachment

Republican presidential candidate John McCain was asked Thursday his opinion of an attempt to impeach President Bush. His answer shouldn’t surprise anyone.

“I do not agree with quote ‘articles of impeachment,'” McCain said, in reference to a resolution introduced by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH).

The second question was about an Arizona professor and 9/11 conspiracy theorist who staged a hunger strike outside McCain’s office requesting a meeting with the senator. McCain said the professor ended his strike although he was refused an audience.

Bush hosts Iraqi President

U.S. President George W. Bush met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani to discuss a long-term security pact for U.S. forces to stay in Iraq.

The two countries have been negotiating a new security deal to provide a legal basis for U.S. troops to stay in Iraq after a United Nations mandate expires on Dec. 31.

George Carlin:The End Of An Era

The passing of George Carlin last Sunday marks the end of an era. Carlin, who died of heart failure at 71, was the last of a breed of abrasive socio-political satirists – on this continent, anyway.

Carlin came from the same school of irreverence as Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks, all deceased prematurely. Like the aforementioned, Carlin, too, was unflinching in his criticism of bogus political, religious and cultural leaders. Unlike most of today’s contemporary comedians, Carlin didn’t care about the ramifications of his potshots. He truly cared more about the sanity of his country.
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McCain says World War III would justify draft

Only World War III would prompt Republican presidential candidate John McCain to bring back the military draft, McCain said on Tuesday.

Many Americans are fearful the U.S. government will be forced to reinstitute the draft given the prolonged Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Asked about that possibility by a potential voter in Florida during a telephone “town hall meeting,” McCain said: “I don’t know what would make a draft happen unless we were in an all-out World War III.”

The United States ended its last military draft in 1973 in the waning years of the Vietnam war, moving to an all-volunteer military force.