Monday, March 31, 2008

Misstatements About Misstatements

The Clinton Campaign sez:
Sen. Obama consistently and falsely claims that he was a law professor.

The University of Chicago sez:
From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School.

Details, details, details...

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Philly Cops Punished for Racist Stickers

An Internal Affairs Bureau investigation concluded that Eric Dial created the stickers found in Scott Schweizer locker. One read "White Power". The other was a cartoon of a officer/Klansman, with the words "Blue By Day — White By Night."
Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey this week punished officers Scott Schweizer and Eric Dial, transferring the pair out of the Narcotics Strike Force to routine patrol in districts where they started as rookies. The officers were also each suspended for 20 days without pay and prohibited from using vacation days toward the unpaid leave.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Judge: Learn English or Else

Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. sentenced four men to 24 months in the county prison after they plead guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit robbery. But he gave them an out:
But in order for them to avoid the 24 months in prison, Olszewski ordered the men to learn to read and write the English language, earn their GED, and, within 30 days of release, get a full-time job while on parole. The defendants, who range in age from 17 to 22, are to return to court in one year with their parole officers to take an English test, according to Olszewski's order.

Dave Marash Quits Al Jazeera

Dave Marash, the American anchor of Al Jazeera English is quitting the news channel. He says there is too much editorial control coming from headquarters in Qatar.
Mr. Marash also said he feuded with network executives and producers about the pace of the news broadcasts. He had expected that Al Jazeera English would "slow down the tempo of conventional news channels" by offering fewer stories in greater depth, but that did not happen.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Why Was Corruption Unit Shut Down?

Senator Feinstein wants Michael Mukasey to explain why the LA Public Corruption Unit was disbanded.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Teacher Suspended Over "Freedom Writers"

The Perry Township School Board plans to suspend Connie Heermann from teaching, without pay, through the 2009 school year because she allowed students to read The Freedom Writers Diary after an administrator told her to stop.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

No Troop Drawdown

From the NYT:
Troop levels in Iraq would remain nearly the same through 2008 as they have been through most of the five years of war there, under plans presented to President Bush on Monday by the senior American commander and the top American diplomat in Iraq, senior administration and military officials said.

Oops! Missile Parts Sent to Taiwan.

The event happened in 2005.
At a Pentagon news conference, Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne said the misshipped items were four nose cone assemblies for ICBMs. He also said they were delivered to Taiwan in March 2005 and had been sent instead of helicopter batteries that had been ordered by Taiwan.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Gore for President? Still?

Congressman Tim Mahoney thinks it's possible.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Writers Strike at Daily Kos

The blogosphere is not immune from the Left's tendency to eat itself.

Fake Bomb Dropped on Apt.

Oops! From the AP:
An Air National Guard jet mistakenly dropped a 22-pound non-explosive, practice bomb on an apartment complex, damaging the foundation but no one was injured, police said Friday.

Saudi Cleric Issues Fatwa

Saudi Sheikh Abdul-Rahman al-Barrak has issued a fatwa regarding two writers who questioned whether followers of non-Sunni faiths should be considered unbelievers. He believes the writers should be put to death if they don't renounce what was published.
"Anyone who claims this has refuted Islam and should be tried in order to take it back. If not, he should be killed as an apostate from the religion of Islam," said the fatwa, or religious opinion, dated March 14 and published on Barrak's Web site.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Severed Fingers of Hostages

From McClatchy:
U.S. authorities in Baghdad have received five severed fingers belonging to four Americans and an Austrian who were taken hostage more than a year ago in Iraq, officials here said today.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Pentagon: No al Qaida - Iraq Link

From McClatchy:
An exhaustive review of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents that were captured after the 2003 U.S. invasion has found no evidence that Saddam Hussein's regime had any operational links with Osama bin Laden's al Qaida terrorist network.

via tpm

Friday, March 07, 2008

Bush Will Veto Anti-Torture Law

From the AP:
The White House says President Bush will veto legislation on Saturday that would have barred the CIA from using waterboarding — a technique that simulates drowning — and other harsh interrogation methods on terror suspects.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

KBR Avoids Millions in Taxes

The Boston Globe is reporting that KBR, the former subsidiary of Halliburton Corp. (which itself was once headed by Dick Cheney) is avoiding millions of dollars in U.S. taxes by claiming its employees work for Cayman Islands shell companies.
More than 21,000 people working for KBR in Iraq - including about 10,500 Americans - are listed as employees of two companies that exist in a computer file on the fourth floor of a building on a palm-studded boulevard here in the Caribbean. Neither company has an office or phone number in the Cayman Islands.