August 9, 2008 archive

Weekend News Digest

Weekend News Digest is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Russian troops raid Georgian town; scores dead

By MUSA SADULAYEV, Associated Press Writer

32 minutes ago

OUTSIDE TSKHINVALI, Georgia – Russian tanks and troops rumbled into the separatist province of South Ossetia and Russian aircraft bombed a Georgian town Saturday in a major escalation of the conflict that has left hundreds of civilians dead and wounded.

Russia, which has close ties to the province and posts peacekeepers there, sent in the armed convoys and combat aircraft to prevent Georgia from retaking control of its breakaway region. The military convoys included volunteers from around Russia’s North Caucasus.

Georgia, a U.S. ally whose troops have been trained by American soldiers, launched a major offensive overnight Friday. Heavy rocket and artillery fire pounded the provincial capital, Tskhinvali, leaving much of the city in ruins.

Remembering Spiritual Death: In Honor of World’s Indigenous People Day

Today is International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, which is designed to celebrate indigenous people and to serve as a reminder of the many cultural, educational, health, human rights, environmental, social and economic problems still unresolved. While the world community has documents recognizing indigenous rights, it is often a paper right only, as governments and corporations continue the injustices of assaults, land seizures, environmental degradation of spiritual lands and human rights abuses.


Pony Party: The Dog Ate My…..

I decided yesterday to make some really tasty pork tacos…….

I bought a gigantic pork shoulder/butt and got the butcher to trim a bit of the fat and split it in half.

I braised it in aromatics ( onions/carrot/cumin/coriander seeds ) for 2.5 hours until it was tender. I reserved some of the braising juice and then roasted it in a pan for another 45 minutes. After that you cool it, shred it with a fork and mix it with half a cup of the braising juice to soften it.

You add your home made salsa ( made it ahead of time ) some diced avocado and some mashed beans. As it happened I made a salad of mixed spring vegetables and cucumbers to go with it.

I jumped in the shower while my meat cooled. I spend most of the day cleaning and doing laundry I was very much looking forward to a carefully cooked but easy meal.

But alas a mystery!!!!! There was no pork in the kitchen when I returned 10 minutes later.

There was an empty plate…..

There were two guilty looking dogs but no confessions…..

I had peanut butter sandwiches for dinner last night.

Remember….. don’t rec pomy party hang out and chit chat and then go read some of the excellent offerings on our recent and rec’d list.

Oh. Yeah. Tell me a story about something your dog did.

Real News: Israel, Iran and the New Neocons

Yesterday we saw, against the backdrop of war between Russian and Georgia over Ossetia, The Real News discussing the decision by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to step down amid corruption allegations and the coming contest in Israel between the two major contenders to replace Olmert as head of the Kadima party; frontrunner Tzipi Livni, a former Mossad operative and current Foreign Minister, and her main rival Shaul Mofaz, a hawkish former general and current Transportation Minister, and whether the next Israeli leader will order an attack on Iran.

Today, The Real News presents, from American News Project:

Washington’s neocons are alive and well, advising both John McCain and President Bush. Now many are saying Bush should permit Israel to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities after Election Day before the new president takes office. ANP investigates as we chase down John Bolton, Bill Kristol and Frank Gaffney to see how far ahead these hawks are thinking. And a new report says the whole plan could backfire.

August 9, 2008 – 8 min 16 sec

Operation Comeback

November 1, 2006

by Joshua Muravchik

American Enterprise Institute (

TO: My Fellow Neoconservatives
FROM: Joshua Muravchik

RE: How to Save the Neocons’s fundraiser starts Monday!

That’s right, the net’s leading antiwar site is starting their quarterly fundraiser on Monday!

Docudharma Times Saturday August 9

Who Needs The


When One Can

Have A War

Saturday’s Headlines:

As Program Moves Poor to Suburbs, Tensions Follow

Explosives defused at French Basque resorts

Population paradox: Europe’s time bomb

Olympics: the power and the glory – China leaves world awestruck

Close Musharraf Allies Say He Has No Plans to Resign Under Pressure

U.S. Army microgrants help revive small businesses

The refuge that allows Gaza to reflect on past glories

Mbeki heads to Zimbabwe for talks

Latin leftists reshape democracy

Comedian Bernie Mac dies at age 50

Comedian Bernie Mac died early Saturday in a Chicago-area hospital from complications due to pneumonia, his publicist told CNN. He was 50. Publicist Danica Smith did not provide additional details, and asked that his family’s privacy be respected

Georgia: Russia steps up ‘peace enforcement’

> AP and Reuters

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Intense fighting raged for a second night in the Georgian separatist region of South Ossetia today, with Georgia’s interior ministry reporting air attacks on three military bases and key facilities for shipping oil to the West.

Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said the Vaziani military base on the outskirts of Tbilisi was bombed by warplanes during the night and that bombs fell in the area of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline.

F.B.I. Says It Obtained Reporters’ Phone Records


WASHINGTON – The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday that it had improperly obtained the phone records of reporters for The New York Times and The Washington Post in the newspapers’ Indonesia bureaus in 2004.

Robert S. Mueller III, director of the F.B.I., disclosed the episode in a phone call to Bill Keller, the executive editor of The Times, and apologized for it. He also spoke with Leonard Downie Jr., the executive editor of The Washington Post, to apologize.


Credit crisis triggers unprecedented response

Worst debt turmoil since Depression sparks government action

By David Cho and Neil Irwin  

Since the credit crisis erupted a year ago, the Bush administration has presided over one of the broadest expansions of the government into private lending in U.S. history, risking public money to prop up financial firms both large and small.

The administration has transformed federal agencies into dominant players in such diverse realms as student lending and mortgage finance while exposing itself to trillions of dollars in loans.

Muse in the Morning

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Muse in the Morning

One should first establish

oneself in what is proper.

One may then teach others,

and wise, one is not blamed.

–The Dhammapada, 158

Phenomena XVII: wondering

Special Saturday Edition

(it being the 14th anniversary of my rebirth and all)

Looking Back

Lacking Options

Meaningful discussion

about what it means

for me to be

differently gendered

must clearly begin

by exploring

why you are not

I shall wait

–Robyn Elaine Serven

–May 30, 2008

News Now

Chinese man kills U.S. tourist in Beijing attack

Attacker targeted two Americans before committing suicide

BEIJING – A Chinese man attacked two American tourists on the opening day of the Olympic Games, killing one of them before committing suicide, officials said Saturday.

The Beijing Municipal Government said the attack happened in downtown Beijing at noon on Saturday. Officials issued a statement saying the 47-year-old attacker, Tang Yongming, also injured an American woman and her Chinese tourist guide.

Yet More Anthrax III


Anthrax II

Andrew Tilghman @ TPM Muckraker

CIA Iraq/Al Queda WMD Forgery!

Meanwhile, back at the Crawford Ranch, W was busy committing War Crimes-

  • Laura, where’s that official Iraqi stationery!
  • Oh dear.  I used it to clean up after Barney.
  • Well I guess I’ll just have to torture me some more.

Once Again Forgeries

By: emptywheel- Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 6:09 am

Ron Suskind: White House ordered forgery to link al-Qaeda/Saddam to 9/11 attacks

By: John Amato- Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 at 8:00 AM – PDT  

Sometimes, An Attack Falls Right Into Your Lap

by: Chris Bowers- Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 12:15

Hear No Evil

by digby- Tuesday, August 05, 2008 10:30 am (PT)

Tenet and the Creamy White House Stationery

By: emptywheel- Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 12:24 pm

John Dean Confirms Suskind’s Book Focuses On Impeachable Crimes

By: Nicole Belle- Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 at 2:00 PM – PDT  

Not a Question of If, But Who, Forged the Letter

By: emptywheel- Friday August 8, 2008 7:13 am

Suskind’s Report About Forged Iraq-Al Qaeda Letter Holding Up Under Scrutiny

By Andrew Tilghman- August 8, 2008, 3:16PM

The American Conservative!!!

Suskind Revisited

by Philip Giraldi

Posted on August 7th, 2008

An extremely reliable and well placed source in the intelligence community has informed me that Ron Suskind’s revelation that the White House ordered the preparation of a forged letter linking Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda and also to attempts made to obtain yellowcake uranium is correct but that a number of details are wrong.

It was Feith’s office that produced the letter and then surfaced it to the media in Iraq.  Unlike the Agency, the Pentagon had no restrictions on it regarding the production of false information to mislead the public.

bush’s parting gift to putin… no news here…

when will you fucking people get it???  

Random Japan

That’ll show ’em

In response to a surge in cellphone-based fraud, Japan’s big five carriers have agreed on a variety of new measures, including a limit of five keitai per customer, improved ID verification, and sharing information on users whose services have been suspended.

It was announced that the National Police Agency has proposed the first revision to the Firearms and Swords Control Law in 46 years following the June stabbing spree in Akihabara.

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