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Friday Fumes July 6, 2007

Posted by judylobo in Politics.
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  • David Halberstam was an amazing human being. He was killed in a car accident last April in California while on assignment. In one of the last pieces he wrote Halberstam asserts that Bush’s “history,” like his war, is based on wishful thinking, arrogance, and a total disdain for the facts. He is missed. Read it here.
  • Fred (I can solve your problems in one hour) Thompson turns out to have been a mole for the Nixon White House. That must look good on a resume, eh? Rawstory has the story.
  • Scooter Libby writes a check for $250,000 yesterday and walks away. I wonder if that rat bastard ever lost a minute’s sleep over this obviously crooked deal with the Bush-Cheney team. I am sure from the get-go the ‘deal’ was made and the rest has been a charade.
  • In case you are not angry enough about the Scooter Libby fiasco, check out this montage of White House statements over the years leading up to this commutation.

b. Rep. Wexler from Florida plans to introduce a censure motion in the House next week. “This presidential intervention is an unconscionable abuse of authority by George W. Bush, and Congress must step forward and express the disgust that Americans rightfully feel toward this contemptible decision,” Wexler said in a statement released by his congressional office. The five-term congressman said Bush’s decision was “nothing short of [a] political quid pro quo, and Congress must go on record in strong opposition.”

4. Joe ‘slip of the tongue’ Biden said yesterday at a campaign stop in Des Moines about Bush “This guy is brain dead” Known for his slips of the tongue, Biden added, “I know I’ll be killed for that.

He did not stop with the President, singling out Rudy Giuiliani, “I can hardly wait to debate Rudy Giuliani if he is their nominee,” he said. “Because I will eat his lunch.”

Not wanting to leave the other GOP front-runner unscathed, Biden said of Mitt Romney, “I found Romney’s statements yesterday profound – crazy — when he talked about going to war with Iran, why are we talking about going to war with Iran?”

5. Not surprising, but after intense lobbying by property developers, mine owners and farm groups, the Bush administration scaled back proposed guidelines for enforcing a key Supreme Court ruling governing protected wetlands and streams.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/06/washington/06wetlands.html?

6. File this under the ‘proud to be an American’ file:

Shoppers step over stab victim – As a stabbing victim lay dying on the floor of a convenience store, five shoppers, including one who stopped to take a photo with a mobile phone, stepped over the woman. The June 23 incident, captured on a store surveillance video, received scant news coverage until a columnist for The Wichita Eagle, in the US state of Kansas, today disclosed the existence of the video and its contents.

Police have repeatedly refused to release the video, saying it is part of their investigation.

“It was tragic to watch,” police spokesman Gordon Bassham said. “The fact that people were more interested in taking a picture with a cell phone and shopping for snacks rather than helping this innocent young woman is, frankly, revolting.”

LaShanda Calloway was stabbed during a fight at the store, but it was not part of a robbery, Bassham said. It took about two minutes for someone to call police to report the crime, he said.

Calloway, 27, died at a hospital from her injuries.

“The lack of concern for humanity over this young woman’s life is deeply troubling,” Bassham said.

Bassham said the district attorney’s office would have to decide whether any of the shoppers could be charged.

It was uncertain what law, if any, would be applicable. A state statute for failure to render aid specifically refers only to victims of a car accident.

Two suspects have been arrested in the stabbing. Cherish M McCullough, 19, was charged with first-degree murder.

Another suspect, who turned himself in a few days later, had not yet been charged today, according to the Sedgwick County prosecutor’s office.

Eagle columnist Mark McCormick said he learned about the video when he called Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams to ask about a phone call he had received from a reader complaining about a Police Department policy that requires emergency medical personnel to wait until police secure a crime scene before rendering aid.

“This is just appalling,” Williams told the newspaper.

“I could continue shopping and not render aid and then take time out to take a picture? That’s crazy. What happened to our respect for life?”

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