Never means not EVER ….. Liz

So Dick Cheney once again has his ‘chip off the block’ attack hound debasing President Obama’s recent excursion to Dover Air Force base for the dignified transfer of some 18 Americans killed recently in Afghanistan.  The AP designated it as “a dash” although President Obama was there for about 4-1/2 hours – hardly a dash in my book.

No matter what Liz Cheney or that other idiotic fuck, Rush Limbaugh, state:

Obama’s predecessor, President George W. Bush, visited the families of hundreds of fallen soldiers but did not attend any military funerals or go to Dover to receive the coffins. In a 2006 interview with the military newspaper “Stars and Stripes,” Bush said he felt the appropriate way to show his respect was to meet with family members in private.

Or not playing golf.  What a fucking sacrifice that must’ve been, eh?

Lawrence O’Donnell was subbing again for Keith Olbermann and came out swinging fiercely against Liz Cheney’s lies:

LIZ CHENEY (RADIO AUDIO): I don’t know why he went to Dover. I mean, I think that clearly it is very important for a commander-in-chief, whenever he can in whatever way it possible, to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers, our fallen military folks. But, I think, you know, what President Bush used to do was do it without the cameras, and I don’t understand sort of showing up with the White House Press Pool with photographers and asking the family if you can take pictures. I just… that’s really hard for me to get my head around—I think it’s an honorable and important thing for us to pay tribute. There’s no greater sacrifice people make to the nation. But, it was a surprising way for the President to choose to do it. Continue reading


“Snowing” here, too.

Just happened to stop over at Treasured Valley to see if Chris was feeling better.  He says it’s snowing in Nampa.   Well – here in Boise at Cole & Ustick, it’s snowing teeny-tiny little flakes.   It’ll take a lot to do any ‘damage’ to the ground.

Half an hour later –  oh, Damn!  It’s over.

2:45 pm: Yeow!  They’re back!  The flakes are bigger …. still will take a lot to get and stay on the ground.  It’ll probably do this all afternoon.  Think I’ll take a walk when I get off work, come home and build a fire.

“No Small Amount of Hypocrisy ….”

The idiocy of those involved in voting ‘nay’ on the Franken amendment continues unabated.  No explanations have been forthcoming from our two Idaho senators explaining their vote even though I’ve called the offices of both senators twice since the vote as well as have others.

This past Sunday, Sisyphus had an excellent post countering Kevin Richert’s write-up in the Idaho Statesman.  As stated:

Almost three weeks ago I wrote about the Idaho senators’ shameful vote on the Franken Amendment, carefully attentive to avoid an overreaching headline. Fortunately the traditional media in Idaho, Kevin Richert, took note of the issue and confronted the Idaho senators on their vote. Unfortunately Richert framed the issue as to whether Idaho’s senators were “pro-rape”, giving them a pass, rather than investigating and disclosing the reasons underlying the Franken Amendment.

The victim in this case started the Jamie Leigh Foundation to correct the abuses by government contractors in foreign jurisdictions and the inherent unequal bargaining positions between an employer and employee in those circumstances:

Did you get that? Continue reading

Still Waiting …..

While checking for an update or anything new on the deaths of Mary and  Tom Woychick, I stumbled across a couple of things.  I’m surely not understanding what’s up with “the investigation.”  Working out all the angles for Mr. Tiemann’s defense?  What’s the holdup? What’s taking so long?  Tom & Mary were killed on August 19th; it’s been two months.

The Woychicks’ obituary in the Mankato Free Press (MN) which provided a link to this.  It’s a family ‘blog’ with a memorial dedicated to Mary and Tom Woychick encapsulating their life on the page. It’s as touching as it is inspiring.

The tragic loss of Tom and Mary leaves a tremendous void in their family and in their community. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to follow Tom and Mary’s selfless example by volunteering in your community, becoming an organ donor, giving blood and/or making a donation to a charity of your choice. Some of their favorite local charities were:

Corpus Christi House
Idaho Humane Society
Advocates for the West
St. Al’s Project Haiti
Boise Public Schools


Protecting Halliburton’s Honor…..

First off for the fucking record:  KBR was a subsidiary of Halliburton.  Halliburton = the parent; KBR = incorrigible child.  KBR was the “contracting, engineering and construction unit” part of Halliburton until April 5, 2007.  They then became “separate and independent of each other.”  Prior to that date in 2007, KBR had been part of Halliburton for some 44 years.

Jamie Leigh Jones was employed by Halliburton/KBR in 2005 when she was gang-raped by fellow employees.   Halliburton was privy to no-bid contracts – ‘major defense contracts’ for which the FBI began an investigation in 2004.

In a formal whistleblower complaint filed last week, Greenhouse alleged the award of contracts without competition to KBR puts at risk “the integrity of the federal contracting program as it relates to a major defense contractor.”

See the connection?  “The federal contracting program as it relates to a major defense contractor.”  KBR/Halliburton received federal contracts, albeit no-bid ones.  They are (and were) considered a “major defense contractor.”

Are you following the logic here?  Call me if I lose ya…. ‘kay?


So the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill is up in the Senate, and the good senator from Minnesota proposed an amendment calling for employee redress affecting those who seek contracts with the federal government.  Specifically – military and/or defense contracts.  So the Franken Amendment appears to be an appropriate fit.

Here’s the entirety of Senator Al Franken’s amendment – statement of purpose:

To prohibit the use of funds for any Federal contract with Halliburton Company, KBR, Inc., any of their subsidiaries or affiliates, or any other contracting party if such contractor or a subcontractor at any tier under such contract requires that employees or independent contractors sign mandatory arbitration clauses regarding certain claims. Continue reading

What Word is Big Enough to Describe Real Gratitude?

When we were kids as poor as we were I don’t remember needing help from any outside quarter.  I have no comparable experience for such as this.

This evening some kids from the Nampa Family Community Shelter were able to go on a “shopping spree” at Old Navy.  The corporate office provided each store with $1000.  The store in Nampa also received donations and were able to provide 27 kids with $100 each for clothes. Originally the amount given per child was set at $50.00 and was then raised to $100. Continue reading

The ‘No’ Vote on Mr. Franken’s Amendment

Perhaps our ‘esteemed’ senators – Mike Crapo and Jim Risch – can explain their “no” vote.

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