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Wednesday, September 21

Fits & Starts to Go Insane

I find it sort of ironic that we have sent billions of federal dollars to rebuild Iraq with no oversight on how the money has been spent yet we are demanding oversight on how the federal money is spent right here in the US to rebuild the Gulf Coast. There was no concern about contracts given to build a foreign country but much concern about contracts here at home.

You know what? 1900 is no longer a date in history, now it’s the number of American flags that draped the caskets coming home from Iraq. Please don’t let that number grow to 2000.

Bush appoints his advisor on homeland security to find out what went wrong in the aftermath of Katrina. Let the jokes begin.

Regarding Judge Roberts confirmation. I can’t have any confidence in someone who is hiding something from me and neither should anyone else making such an important decision as choosing the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Funny how this administration says it won’t repeal the tax cuts because to their way of thinking that would be a tax hike, but yesterday the feds raised the interest rates. So many people who have purchased homes using adjustable rate mortgages, those people just got a hit to their check books. Interest rates hikes cost us all money, ya know?

Seems to me we should have a national, Bring Out Your Pig Day. Each state should choose some pork project funding they received as a result of the transportation bill and give that money back to the feds. The first state to do such a thing would sure rate high with the public and any state who refused to cooperate would look pretty damned bad. Might I suggest that Alaska hand over the loot they snatched for their infamous bridge to nowhere. Senator Ted Stevens, how about you open the bidding.

Just in case you forgot that there are a lot of unanswered questions about 9-11, there’s this:

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 - "The Pentagon said today that it had blocked a group of military officers and intelligence analysts from testifying at an open Congressional hearing about a highly classified military intelligence program that, the officers have said, identified a ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks as a potential terrorist more than a year before the attacks.

"The announcement came a day before the officers and intelligence analysts had been scheduled to testify about the program, known as Able Danger, at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"Bryan Whitman, a Defense Department spokesman, said in a statement that open testimony about the program "would not be appropriate - we have expressed our security concerns and believe it is simply not possible to discuss Able Danger in any great detail in an open public forum." He offered no other detail on the Pentagon's reasoning in blocking the testimony.

"Senator Arlen Specter, the Pennsylvania Republican who is chairman of the committee, said he was surprised by the Pentagon's decision because "so much of this has already been in the public domain, and I think that the American people need to know what happened here."

Go to the NY Times and read the rest.

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