Nigeria to charge Dick Cheney in $180 million bribery case, issue Interpol arrest warrant

From Raw Story:

By John Byrne
Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 — 8:37 am

The energy services company Dick Cheney ran prior to becoming Vice President of the United States was atop the tongue of liberals each time it was awarded a contract in Iraq.

Now the company’s name, Halliburton, is being spoken somewhere else: Nigeria.

According to a story filed late Wednesday, Cheney will be indicted in a Nigerian bribery case as part of an investigation into an alleged $180 million bribery scandal.

“Last week, Nigeria arrested at least 23 officials from companies including Halliburton, Saipem, Technip and a former subsidiary of Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG in connection with alleged illegal payments to Nigerian officials. Those detained were all freed on bail on Nov. 29,” Bloomberg News’ Elisha Bala-Gbogbo wrote.

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Excuses, Excuses: Why Top GOPers Say They Can’t Vote For DADT Repeal

Damn I hate the lying Republi-Nazis.  Everyone of them should have a swastika carved in his or her forehead ala Inglorious Basterds.

What a pile of steaming feces in service to the rich elite and bigots of Amerikkka.

“Oh, extending unemployment would run up the deficit, but a trillion dollar gift to the rich elite worthless scum would not.”

Fairness to women workers who are paid less than men is unfair to corporations who are raping their workers.

War is peace/love is hate/black is white.

Can’t these pieces of shit speak a single word of truth?

From Talking Points Memo:

Rachel Slajda

December 2, 2010, 3:06PM

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

McCain argued that the review hadn’t solicited the views of troops — even though more than 100,000 troops responded to surveys and the majority foresaw no negative impact to repeal. McCain said the troops were not asked the right questions. The Pentagon should have asked them directly if they support repeal, he said. When Mullen called it “an incredibly bad precedent” to ask troops to essentially vote on policy, McCain audibly scoffed and said, “Every great leader I’ve ever known consulted their subordinates for their views.”

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The Right’s Power of Media Money

From Consortium News:

By Robert Parry
December 2, 2010

In assessing what went wrong with the U.S. political process over the past few decades, it’s easy to see the broad outlines of the right-wing Republican ascendancy and the liberal-left Democratic decline, an imbalance that has now left the nation incapable of doing much besides waging endless wars, bailing out too-big-to-fail banks, slashing taxes for the rich, and running massive deficits.

But how this systemic failure occurred is more complicated – and the blame must be shared by all the players, including the mainstream news media, which adapted to the flood of right-wing propaganda by avoiding pitched battles for the truth, and the progressive community, which adopted misguided strategies that failed to counter the Right’s surging media power.

Without doubt, the Right and the Republicans were the chief protagonists in this historical chapter. In the 1970s, they reacted with a fierce determination to the threats they saw in the massive anti-Vietnam War protests and by a more independent news media, revealed by the Pentagon Papers and Watergate.

Wealthy right-wingers began investing heavily in a media infrastructure to promote their views and to attack their adversaries, including going after mainstream journalists who dug up information that undermined the favored propaganda of rightists from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush.

Mainstream journalists were routinely denounced for “liberal bias.” And reporters, as well as progressive activists, who gave voice to criticism of U.S. foreign policy were deemed near-traitors, people who would “blame America first” in the words of President Reagan’s UN Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick.

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Gays Remain Minority Most Targeted by Hate Crimes

From Southern Poverty Law Center:

By Mark Potok, Director, Intelligence Project

Four teenagers commit suicide in a three-week span after being bullied, taunted or outed as homosexuals. Seven students — at least four of whom had endured anti-gay bullying — kill themselves over the course of a year in a single Minnesota school district. In New York, 10 suspects are arrested for torturing three gay victims. In Covington, Ky., a series of violent anti-gay attacks shock a trendy neighborhood. In Vonore, Tenn., a lesbian couple’s home, its garage spray-painted with “Queers,” is burned to the ground. A rash of attacks hits Washington, D.C. And in Michigan, a prosecutor harasses a local gay rights student leader for months.

All of this is only a sampling of the anti-gay attacks occurring around the nation, most of it drawn from just the last few months. Although the rash of student suicides drew major media attention for a few days, the reality, gay rights advocates say, is that the LGBT world has been plagued by hate violence for years.

But that’s not the way a hard core of the anti-gay religious right sees it.

Responding to the wave of teen suicides — including, most dramatically, that of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University student who leaped off the George Washington Bridge in New York City in September — anti-gay leaders instead blamed those who sought to protect students from bullying.

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Civil Unions Advance in Illinois

I think it is worthy to note that the Christo-Fascists complain every bit as loudly regarding Civil Unions as marriage equality.  They stand there sucking eggs or holding their breath until they turn blue and then throw a tantrum about how magic invisible sky daddy is telling them how mad he is.

The kicker is that if you claim to be a Christian and have invisible magic friend that talk to you you aren’t considered the least bit daft or touched in the head.

But if you are transsexual your condition is in the DSM and you have to have some paternalistic pseudo-doctor okay your getting treatment for your transsexualism/transgenderism.

And here’s the real kicker these ‘professionals” have the gall to say these sorts of diagnoses are scientific and not political.

From The New York Times:

Published: December 1, 2010

CHICAGO — Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday approved legislation allowing civil unions in this state, and the governor has indicated he will sign it, making Illinois one of only a handful of states to grant to same-sex couples a broad array of legal rights and responsibilities similar to those of marriage.

Advocates of the legislation, who had pressed the matter for years, pointed to the outcome as a sign that acceptance of gay men and lesbians is growing and not only on the coasts.

“Sober, clear-minded, cautious Midwesterners are taking this action,” said Rick Garcia of Equality Illinois, a gay-rights group.

Opponents complained about the timing of the vote (during a fall session before newly elected legislators arrive) and said they feared civil union legislation might ultimately harm the institution of marriage. “This will be the entry to a slippery slope,” Ron Stephens, a Republican state representative, said. “The next thing we’ll see will be consideration of gay marriage.”

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Oh and here’s the weakest of all arguments.  The slippery slope that could lead to perish the thought LGBT/TQ equality.