More on Uncle Ted – “That’s all there is to it!”

Via ‘The Hill

Stevens has denied any appearance of impropriety in the home renovation, stating specifically earlier this month that every bill he and his wife received was paid with their personal money, “and that’s all there is to it.” The famously combative senator has acknowledged that the federal probe may complicate his reelection effort next year — a concept still almost unthinkable to many in Alaska, where Stevens’ talent for securing federal dollars has made him a legend.

He added, “I urge Alaskans not to form conclusions based upon incomplete and sometimes incorrect reports in the media. The legal process should be allowed to proceed so that all the facts can be established and the truth determined.” (Italics mine)

Okay….. Continue reading

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Sen. Ted Stevens – busted?

Update:  Here’s a bit more from the NYT.  Just a little reminder:  neither Ted nor his son have been charged with any crime.  8)

Agents from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service on Monday searched the home of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, an official said.Investigators arrived at the Republican senator’s home in Girdwood shortly before 2:30 p.m. Alaska time, said Dave Heller, FBI assistant special agent.

Oh dear, oh dear. . . . any comment, Ted?

Risch to hit the road for Romney

Our lieutenant governor, Jim Risch, is going to campaign for Mitt Romney in Iowa tomorrow. Apparently, he – along with Sen. Larry Craig – is the co-chair of Romney’s Idaho campaign.

And – just for the fun of it, here’s a story from last fall about the rumors regarding Mr. Craig’s sexuality. I don’t really know; I don’t really care. I do care about how I disagree with his political stance on various issues involving our state, and his support of this fucking administration. As Joan Opyr states in this article from ‘The New West‘: “….he has not shamed the state as did Chenoweth, Steve Symms, and George Hansen. Larry Craig is a hard-right Republican; he is not, thank G-d, a blooming idiot.” There’s been speculation that this newest peek show by Hustler’s Larry Flynt will truly out Mr. Craig. Personally, I’d settle for the likes of Karl Rove.

Fire season update – “Let’s be careful out there.”

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Back when hair was high, I worked for the Boise National Forest in the downtown office – clerk or something, inputting data and other information. One task was inputting financial data on firefighters who were employed throughout the fire season. I was stunned at the amount of money they made. However, there was this: They were working 16 hours or more a day, and more consecutive days. Not just one or two, but of a week or longer. It’s a physically strenuous job. When Nance still had River City Coffee, there was a barista who was also a firefighter for the BLM. She was in excellent physical shape and in fact, in April of this year, was already working fires up above Idaho City and out by Emmett. Fires don’t just happen in the summer between June and August.

The InciWeb site really does have great information. For those interested you can click on ‘incident’, ‘unit’ or ‘state’ and get specific info that’s updated daily, containing such stuff as the total # of personnel, type of fuels involved, and fire behavior (creeping and smoldering was observed). I noticed this morning on CNN that there was finally mention of the Idaho fires. Why? Because of the number of overall acreage involved – 30 seconds at the most was spent if it was that long. Stage I fire restrictions are in effect until …. oops- were until Friday. Now it’s Stage II. No “building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or wood burning stoves; . . . no smoking; or operating vehicles off road.” Continue reading

Arrogance & meanness aren’t good qualities, Michael Vick

I don’t know a damn thing about Michael Vick. That’s primarily because I just cannot stand football. It doesn’t matter because this isn’t about football. What this is about is Michael Vick and his recent run-in with the law and allegations of dogfighting.

One of the things I found out while living in Ohio for a time was why certain people had certain breeds of dogs and what those breeds were used for as ‘entertainment’ or ‘sport.’ I was appalled as were most people with whom I discussed it. I have had dogs for pets. I worked in places where dogs were used as therapy animals and I’ve seen the impact of these animals on patients, especially children. It just never occurred to me that anyone thought about it any differently. Continue reading

Impeachment Friday

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The World Can’t Wait

Friday –

Interesting bylines in this story from CNN. Language is a powerful tool and words are residue of that tool’s use. The depiction of who is who in Iraq, and overall in the “War On Terra!” perpuated by the fascistic Bushista is, by and large, flooded into the mainstream media (MSM). MSM is corporate media. It’s akin to the Catholicism prior to the Reformation . . . . welll – still, actually – but that’s another category. 😉

The headline reads: At least 17 killed as U.S., Iraqi forces battle Shiite militia

Story Highlights:

  • NEW: U.S. says at least 17 “insurgents” killed in fighting but no civilians in area
  • Hospital official: Two women among dead; 25 injured include women, children
  • Battle began when U.S., Iraqi forces raided militia member’s home, official says
  • One U.S. soldier killed in Diyala province on Thursday, military reports

The word insurgents is in quotation marks, and the very first sentence of the story reads: “At least 17 people were killed Friday when U.S. and Iraqi forces battled “rogue” Shiite militia members in Karbala after a raid, the U.S. military said.”

“Insurgents”, “militia members”, “ROGUE” –

……. oh, BTW – if no civilians were in the area, then why is the hospital saying that women & children were among the wounded?