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Bush: I'm a lumberjack?

Have you heard about the curious incident of the international agreement that did not bark in the nighttime?

Yes, I'm talking about the Softwood Lumber Agreement, whose "meritorious initiatives" were to be determined today--All $450 million smackeroos of meritoriousness. But the dog didn't bark. No announcement.

I know, I know. Meritorious, WTF? [Yawn] ""Softwood Lumber Agreement"? Honestly, MEGO (My Eyes Glaze Over). B-o-r-i-n-g. Read below the fold...

$450 million slush fund for Bush from Canadian lumber deal, just in time for the mid-terms

Yes, it seems that Bush has indeed wangled himself and Unka Karl $450 million smackeroos in a slush fund they can get their paws on right now and do anything they want with. Surprise! The story has a lot of detail, but the bottom line is simple: The terms of the Softwood Lumber Agreement with Canada will give Bush complete control of an escrow account with $450 million in it, controlled by a board that Bush appoints, and which can be used for any purpose whatever, with no Congressional oversight. Read below the fold...

License to Steal

Saturday News Dump, hidden under JonBenet's rotting little corpse. Have I got your attention now? Good, because you need to pay attention to this. Small headline in WaPo this morning:
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Bush Declares "Mission Accomplished" Again

Isn't it wonderful? Problem solved, they say, so cure not needed. From the AP via AJC:

Free credit monitoring for veterans whose personal information was stolen has been withdrawn, the Bush administration said Tuesday, because the laptop containing their data has been recovered. Read below the fold...

Where did the billions for Iraqi "reconstruction" go?

There's more and more original reporting in the blogosphere. Here's a fine example from the The Agonist. Sean Paul looks at what happened to the money for a health clinics contract. He starts with a WaPo story, which is pretty accurate, except that it gets the contractor, the money, and the number of clinics wrong: Read below the fold...

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Lifestyles of the Fascist and Degenerate

Vanity Fair details the adventures of The Duke-Stir and his merry band of fellow travelers:

Every time Wilkes was asked by Tom Casey, a California defense contractor who would eventually work with him, how he got to be so friendly with Lowery and other congressmen, the answer was always the same, Casey tells me: "Honduras." Specifically, Casey adds, Wilkes described sexual encounters between congressmen and women from Honduran villages.

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It's Always About the Money

Departments: 

I'm not really qualified to speak about weapons and military technology, but I can smell waste when it's a big pile of steaming shit right out there in front of me like anyone else. Thank goddess for people like the find DT crew, who do the dirty work so I don't have to. I'm fairly sure there isn't enough blogspace out there to cover all the examples of this:
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Poor: It's Not Just for the Poor Anymore!

Eat it, middle class people! That's what 99% of Republicans and a depressingly large number of Democrats in Congress said to you last year. Read below the fold...

2500. Plus 1

So Congress just passed another $95 billion appropriation for Iraq. What have we spent now, as we pass the (no doubt to be largely ignored) milestone of 2500 dead soldiers? And how little a dab of that $95 billion would have taken to hire a few more folks to mow grass and do maintenance at parks that honor victims of previous wars? Per the NPS Morning Report:

On the evening of Saturday, June 10th, after working in the park all day, Don Turner, a maintenance employee at Manassas National Battlefield Park, died from a massive heart attack. As the maintenance staff in the park dwindled because of tightening budgets, Don worked harder to make sure that the park always put forward its best appearance for its visitors. He was so dedicated that when we had to bring our employees in from the field during heat advisories, we had to go out and find him and get him off his tractor.

Any of you in northern Virginia have any idea how much 5000 acres of open, pristine landscape would go for in that market if it were put on the auction block to developers? Read below the fold...

Republican Family Values: Lobbyists pays DeLay's wife $490,000

For her retirement, naturally. (You and I should be so lucky!) WaPo:

A registered lobbyist opened a retirement account in the late 1990s for the wife of then-House Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) and contributed thousands of dollars to it while also paying her a salary to work for him from her home in Texas, according to sources, documents and DeLay's attorney, Richard Cullen.

Nice work if you can get it! Read below the fold...

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"Streamlining" When You Can't Steal in Plain Sight

Departments: 

Give me a break. I guess we must have been making a difference, or they wouldn't have bothered to start to hide the cronyism. Not that it will matter; we'll all still know (if only later learn for sure) where the "rebuilding" monies are going. Iraq is one big circular piggy bank, and all the Iraqis have to show for it is the lint off the change:
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How long?

Apparently the CIA Director may have had, um, a little bit more to do with those hookers than he previously admitted. That's the only conclusion I can draw from this sudden resignation. There's something embarrassing that's going to break soon. My, my. Read below the fold...

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Among Other Messes We're In, What About The "Nuk-You-Lar" Mess

If you haven't noticed, among the rich variety of stink pots the policies of this administration and its support system, the increasingly unrepentant right-wing Republican party, has landed the rest of us in, the unraveling of an increasingly Global consensus about the dangers of nuclear weapons and what to do about that danger is surely one of the most alarming. Read below the fold...

Why do Republicans hate the free Internet?

[Via Kevin Shaw, we learn that the Republicans are about to hand the free Internet over to the cable weasels. (That's a free translation of the arcane technical phrase "end network neutrality.") Read on to understand the issues and what you can do.]

Dear Friends,

Do you buy books online, use Google, or download to an Ipod? These activities and more will be hurt if Congress passes a radical law that gives giant corporations more control over the Internet.

Internet providers like AT&T and Verizon are lobbying Congress hard to gut Network Neutrality, the Internet's First Amendment. Net Neutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which websites open most easily for you based on which site pays AT&T more. Amazon.com doesn't have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to work more properly on your computer.

If Net Neutrality is gutted, advocacy and non-profit groups either pay protection money to dominant Internet providers or risk that online activism tools don't work for their members. Commercial entities like Amazon and Google will either pay protection money or risk that their websites process slowly on your computer. That's why these high-tech pioneers are joining the fight to protect Network Neutrality 1-and you can do your part today. 

The free and open Internet is under seige-can you sign this petition letting your member of Congress know you support preserving Network Neutrality? Click here:

  http://www.civic.moveon.org/save_the_internet/

Then, please forward this to 3 friends. Protecting the free and open Internet is fundamental-it affects everything. When you sign this petition, you'll be kept informed of the next steps we can take to keep the heat on Congress. Votes begin in a House committee next week.

This is not an abstract threat. It is real, and it is today. AOL has already begin censoring political speech online: Read below the fold...

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