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Archive for March, 2009

Baltimore Prosecutors Give Plea Deal To Crazy Witness

by @ Tuesday, March 31st, 2009. Filed under Dumbasses, Legal

I wouldn’t ordinarily post about a story like this, but its just too bizarre to pass up:
Accepting a plea bargain that her attorney described as unprecedented in American jurisprudence, a 22-year-old Maryland woman yesterday agreed to cooperate in the prosecution of other defendants in the death of her son under the condition that charges against [...]

No Signs That Obama Is Slipping In The Polls

by @ Tuesday, March 31st, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Politics

It’s no doubt frustrating for those of us who oppose his policies, but so far there’s no sign that the public is turning against Barack Obama:
The number of Americans who believe that the nation is headed in the right direction has roughly tripled since Barack Obama’s election, and the public overwhelmingly blames the excesses of [...]

Was Dick Cheney Running An Assassination Squad Out Of The White House ?

by @ Monday, March 30th, 2009. Filed under Dick Cheney, George W Bush, Politics, War On Terror

Seymour Hersh is continuing to make some rather explosive claims:
(CNN) — The Bush administration established a secret special operations unit unmonitored by Congress with authority to assassinate high-value targets in as many as a dozen countries, New Yorker reporter Seymour Hersh told CNN Monday.
A former Cheney aide denied the claim.
In an interview on CNN’s The [...]

Gordon Brown’s Global New Deal Torpedoed By The Germans

by @ Monday, March 30th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Credit Crisis, Economics, Europe, Foreign Affairs, Politics

It looks like some of the more dangerous ideas that might have come out of this week’s G-20 Summit won’t come to pass:
GORDON BROWN’S carefully laid plans for a G20 deal on worldwide tax cuts have been scuppered by an eve-of-summit ambush by European leaders.
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, last night led the assault on [...]

Obama’s Potemkin Town Hall

by @ Monday, March 30th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Politics

It appears that the questions asked during the live portion of last week’s White House “Town Hall Meeting” were far from spontaneous:
President Obama has promised to change the way the government does business, but in at least one respect he is taking a page from the Bush playbook, stocking his town hall Thursday with supporters [...]

Obama Throws Repeal Of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Under The Bus

by @ Monday, March 30th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Individual Liberty, Politics

Back in November it became exceedingly clear that the incoming Obama Administration was not going to rush forward on efforts to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays in the military.
Now, one wonders if they’ll even bother talking about it at all during the first term:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Don’t expect any change [...]

Obama Unveils Auto Bailout 2.0

by @ Monday, March 30th, 2009. Filed under Auto Industry, Business, Economics

Three months after George W. Bush ignored the will of Congress and provided $ 17 billion in taxpayer dollars to General Motors and Chrysler, President Obama has stepped in and expanded it into what can only be described as the most-far reaching government intervention in a specific industry in history:
WASHINGTON — President Obama announced what [...]

Barack W. Bush

by @ Monday, March 30th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, George W Bush, Politics, War On Terror

Just how much has Barack Obama actually changed George Bush’s policies in the War on Terror ?
Reason.tv takes a look:

Well, At Least They’re Honest

by @ Monday, March 30th, 2009. Filed under Religion, Science

H/T: Hit & Run

Obama To Chrysler: Merge Or Die

by @ Monday, March 30th, 2009. Filed under Auto Industry, Barack Obama, Business, Economics, Politics

In addition to forcing Rick Wagoner to resign as part of the price for another General Motors bailout, the Obama Administration is also placing restrictions on Chrysler:
WASHINGTON: The White House has given ailing US automaker Chrysler 30 days to reach a deal with Italian auto giant Fiat to qualify for more US government loans, the [...]

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