Archive for the ‘The Press’ Category

We will not be posting Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007. We are participating in the STRIKE FOR PEACE.

If you’ve had enough, you need to say “When.”

Well – this gets even more interesting! We got a comment to the post “U. S. Army Major in Court Over $9,000,000 Iraq Bribery Claim” from the report who initially broke the story!! Major Cockerham and his wife Melissa are certainly following in the illustrious footsteps of the Major’s Commander-in-Chief – do something illegal – $10,000,000 in bribes and $5,400,000 in contracts he rigged; either lie about it or only tell part of the truth – “the Cockerhams confessed partially…“; pretend like nothing is wrong – “...the Cockerhams appeared to go about their daily lives…“; and when all else fails – get the taxpayer to pay for your defense – “…they asked for court-appointed lawyers.” And guess what folks – their request was granted!!!

Thank God for reporters like Guillermo Contreras – this is what a real journalist does!!! Our initial post was from an AP story picked up in the U. K. – why hasn’t this been all over the U. S. media? It certainly deserves to be read by more than San Antonio readers! Read Mr. Contreras’ own articles from the San Antonio Express-News.

I want to know why the hell this stuff keeps coming out of the U. K. while our media keeps giving us Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton and Britney Spears!?!?!?! And we need to add Rupert Murdock and his agenda to the mix?!

Please – is there ANYBODY out there who’s not corrupt to the core – ’cause I’m getting sick of this sh*t!

Ewen MacAskill in Washington
Tuesday July 31, 2007

A US army major is scheduled to appear in court today charged with what a Congressional investigator describes as the biggest bribery case to come out of Iraq since the US took over four years ago.

Major John Cockerham, 41, who was arrested last week, is accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from businessmen who had contracts in Iraq and Kuwait. Maj Cockerham, a contracting and procurement officer assigned to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, denies the charges. He is due in court in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Melissa, 40, and sister, Carolyn Blake, 44, a former schoolteacher, to request bail.

The US justice department said records indicated he might have received up to $9.6m (£4.74m), with the possibility of a further $5.4m in the pipeline.Stuart Bowen, who was appointed by Congress to investigate mismanagement and corruption in relation to the $44bn spent so far on reconstruction projects in Iraq, told the San Antonio Express-News that the amounts involved in the alleged bribery were the largest “that’s come out of the Iraq reconstruction experience”.

Mr Bowen, who reports to Congress every three months, has referred 28 cases to the justice department for prosecution.

Maj Cockerham is charged with bribery, money laundering and conspiracy in relation to his service as an army contracting officer in Kuwait in 2004 and 2005.

Both his wife and his sister were charged with conspiracy to defraud the government and conspiracy to commit money laundering, the justice department said.

All three face up to 20 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.

Investigators say the payments occurred in 2004 and 2005, with the money being deposited at banks in the Middle East and then moved to offshore banks in the Caribbean, according to court records.

The biggest bribery case in relation to Iraq reconstruction so far has been $4m.

In his quarterly report published yesterday, Mr Bowen said his agency had carried out 95 audits which had led to 13 arrests and five convictions.

From The Guardian

UPDATE:  Please read the comment by the original reporter, Guillermo Contreras, and then the update with a link to his report here.

From Yahoo! News

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. is expected to reach a definitive agreement to buy Dow Jones & Co. Inc. on Tuesday evening, capping his three-month pursuit of the publisher of the Wall Street Journal, a source familiar with the matter said.

Oh, yeah – I remember Barbara Walters’ telling Rosie O’Donnell that Rupert is a “nice man.”  Probably nothing to worry about, then.

We’ve been passing this around for months – and just now thought you might like to watch it. Be warned – you may begin to wonder if you ever have an original thought!

Are we entering a time when we scrutinize and discuss the “attributes” of the male candidates? And this is from the “serious” Washington Post…

Hillary Clinton’s Tentative Dip Into New Neckline Territory

By Robin Givhan

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 20, 2007; Page C01

There was cleavage on display Wednesday afternoon on C-SPAN2. It belonged to Sen. Hillary Clinton.

She was talking on the Senate floor about the burdensome cost of higher education. She was wearing a rose-colored blazer over a black top. The neckline sat low on her chest and had a subtle V-shape. The cleavage registered after only a quick glance. No scrunch-faced scrutiny was necessary. There wasn’t an unseemly amount of cleavage showing, but there it was. Undeniable.

Finish the story.

Say “When.”

Check these guys out – go to and watch the entire video.  Until then – this is GOOD!

Wow – you give information to the New York Times – and then cite The New York Times as a source to validate your information! What a Trick!

There has been a great deal of talk in the alternative press the last few days (certainly not in the mainstream media, as pointed out by many of our readers) about the Executive Order signed that effectively allows the President to confiscate the property of anyone deemed by this Administration to be a danger to national security or the stability of Iraq.

Also of great concern should be the Nation Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive of May 9, 2007 that effectively gives the Executive Branch dictatorial powers. This blog had not been started at that point – here’s what we wrote at

According to the newly signed “National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive,” in a “Catastrophic Event” (“any incident, regardless of location [our emphasis], that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions”), President Bush will become more than “The Decider.”

Say “When.”

Lots and lots and lots of e-mails about the debates that just ended.  I will absolutely NOT discuss who I thought “won” – I’ve already discussed the earlier “debates” and haven’t changed my mind.

I will limit my comments to the candidates “YouTube-style” campaign videos:

The winner – hands down – John Edwards!

The loser – and we’re taking bets around here how long the staffer who made that piece of cr@p has a job – Hillary Clinton!  What was she thinking?!

And that, folks, is The End of this installment of the Hillary and Obama Show.  Thanks for watching!

Say “When.”