Police Kill man in Kansas City – He was smoking drugs

October 3, 2007 at 9:49 pm | Posted in police brutality, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A man died after a confrontation with Kansas City, Kan. Police Monday night. Now there are questions about whether police used a taser, a stun gun or something else.Neighbors say they believe police used a taser on the man. Police have launched an investigation, but they are being very careful not to answer questions.

Police identified the victim as Keith L. White, 44, and he was a resident of Kansas City, Kan.

“We transported an individual to a hospital where he was pronounced dead by intermediate force,” said KCK Police Capt. James Brown.

http://www.nbcactionnews.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=a40a1613-0086-4918-8839-87844c35ec11

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The myth that bigger cars are safer

October 1, 2007 at 10:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

While we’re at it, we might as well deal with the whole “big = safe” proposition. Proponents of delivering 1.0 people to the office in a vehicle designed to carry 1.8 basketball teams often get in a hurry to present the idea that bigger cars are safer than smaller cars. They point at indicators that show fewer deaths per million miles traveled in large vehicles than in smaller ones. But what those charts don’t show is another important figure: dollars. In America, small cars are almost uniformly cheap small cars. Many of these cars carry over older designs and pack in less safety gear than more expensive larger vehicles. When price is factored into the equation, the supposed advantage of large vehicles more than disappears. For example, a Mini Cooper has a curb weight of about 2,700 pounds. A Ford Excursion has a curb weight above 7,000 pounds. But the rate of deaths per million miles is 68 in the Cooper, 115 in the Excursion. For a more extreme example, you only have to watch a Formula 1 car, weighing less than 1500 pounds, smash into a wall or go flying through the air, only to have the driver climb out of the wreck unharmed. Engineering matters more than weight. So long as small cars are considered “starter cars,” they get poor engineering. When they get good engineering, they’re as safe as larger vehicles.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/9/30/12159/3704

Of course minis are popular in England where they are much less likely to have encounters with Bubbas in F150s, Dodge Ram Trucks, etc.   The average car size in England is just a bit oversize to fit in the back of an Excursion.

Equador’s President call Bush a Retard

September 29, 2007 at 5:15 pm | Posted in Bush, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ecuador’s hunky president bailed on Bush’s U.N. dinner after hearing his speech:

“I did not go to the dinner. I was going to go, but I suspended (my attendance) in protest against the barbarities in his speech. He does not have the right to have given such a base, retarded speech nowadays in the 21st century.”

Seriously, what’s not to love about this guy?

http://www.borev.net/2007/09/rafael_correa_calls_bush_a_ret.html

One Man – One Vote

September 28, 2007 at 8:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Watch texas legislators scurrying around in this video voting on any unattended vote button they can find.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG6X-xtVask

Fox beats the Iran War Drums

September 27, 2007 at 10:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Just as predicted by The New Yorker’s George Packer, FOX News is assisting the Bush administration with a post-Labor Day PR campaign against Iran. The first half of Hannity & Colmes was devoted to it last night (9/25/07), complete with a preview of a FOX News special “Iran: The Ticking Bomb” to air on both Saturday and Sunday. And despite the fact that the public favors diplomacy as a solution, the network that claims “We like America” offered only hawkish guests hawking regime change. The only debate was over how to do it. With video.In Part 1, John “I want war against Iran” Bolton was the sole analyst regarding Ahmadinejad’s speech to the United Nations. “Democratic strategist” Kirsten Powers, subbing for Alan Colmes, once again was more eager to brandish her conservative talking points (Columbia should not have allowed Ahmadinejad to speak, he’s a very dangerous man, etc.) than to offer any real debate or balance. The video is currently posted on the Hannity & Colmes website.

http://www.newshounds.us/2007/09/26/iran_nuke_strikes_are_out_regime_change_is_in_on_fox_news.php

http://thinkprogress.org/2007/09/26/fox-strike-ticking-iran/

The Web – the Consumers Friend – Lowes-sucks.com

September 27, 2007 at 10:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lowes apparently really screwed up the installation of some guys fences. See lowes-sucks.com

Guys website gets lots of publicity.

artstechnica

google results

Personalized Results 110 of about 11,500 for lowes-sucks.com. (0.17 seconds)

What the hell every happened to customer service? Both Lowes and Home Depot just send out random contractors.

I know somebody who contracted with Home Depot to have granite counter tops installed. They send out a slew of contractors in sequence. The work was horrible. The sink hole was too big for the sink that was selected. They had the customer sign off on the counter top an sink cutout. Later when the plumber came and pointed out that the sink was too small for the hole Home Depot suggested a nice ugly stainless steel trim around the sink to cover the hole on an $8,000 counter top.

Avoid both of these stores for any sort of contract work.

Bush threatened retaliation against countries that did not back UN resolution to invade Iraq

September 27, 2007 at 9:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

MADRID: US President George W. Bush threatened nations with retaliation if they did not vote for a UN resolution backing the Iraq war, according to a transcript published Wednesday of a conversation he had with then-Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar. In the transcript of a meeting on February 22, 2003 – a month before the US-led invasion of Iraq – published in the El Pais daily, Bush tells Aznar that nations like Mexico, Angola, Chile and Cameroon must know that the security of the US is at stake.

During the meeting on his ranch in Texas, Bush says that Angola stood to lose financial aid while Chile could see a free-trade agreement held up in the US Senate if they did not back the resolution, the left-wing paper said.

 

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=85610

Did Saddam Hussein offer to go into exile before we invaded Iraq?

September 27, 2007 at 9:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Saddam Hussein offered to step down and go into exile one month before the invasion of Iraq, it was claimed last night.Fearing defeat, Saddam was prepared to go peacefully in return for £500million ($1billion).The extraordinary offer was revealed yesterday in a transcript of talks in February 2003 between George Bush and the then Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar at the President’s Texas ranch.

The White House refused to comment on the report last night.

daily mail

The Presidents Brain

September 24, 2007 at 1:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Rolling Stone – The Great Iraq Swindle

September 23, 2007 at 11:51 pm | Posted in iraq war, Uncategorized, war | Leave a comment

How is it done? How do you screw the taxpayer for millions, get away with it and then ride off into the sunset with one middle finger extended, the other wrapped around a chilled martini?…You’ve done such a terrible job, in fact, that when auditors from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction visit the college in the summer of 2006, their report sounds like something out of one of the Saw movies: “We witnessed a light fixture so full of diluted urine and feces that it would not operate,” they write, adding that “the urine was so pervasive that it had permanently stained the ceiling tiles” and that “during our visit, a substance dripped from the ceiling onto an assessment team member’s shirt.” The final report helpfully includes a photo of a sloppy brown splotch on the outstretched arm of the unlucky auditor….get asked by an irritatingly eager Maryland congressman named Chris Van Hollen how you managed to spend $72 million on a pile of shit.

You blink. Fuck if you know. “I have some conjecture, but that’s all it would be” is your deadpan answer.

The room twitters in amazement. It’s hard not to applaud the balls of a man who walks into Congress short $72 million in taxpayer money and offers to guess where it all might have gone.

There isn’t a brazen, two-bit, purse-snatching money caper you can think of that didn’t happen at least 10,000 times with your tax dollars in Iraq.

According to the most reliable ­estimates, we have doled out more than $500 billion for the war, as well as $44 billion for the Iraqi reconstruction effort. And what did America’s contractors give us for that money? They built big steaming shit piles, set brand-new trucks on fire, drove back and forth across the desert for no reason at all and dumped bags of nails in ditches. For the most part, nobody at home cared, because war on some level is always a waste. But what happened in Iraq went beyond inefficiency, beyond fraud even. This was about the business of government being corrupted by the profit motive to such an extraordinary degree that now we all have to wonder how we will ever be able to depend on the state to do its job in the future. If catastrophic failure is worth billions, where’s the incentive to deliver success? There’s no profit in patriotism, no cost-plus angle on common decency. Sixty years after America liberated Europe, those are just words, and words don’t pay the bills.

RollingStone.com
The Great Iraq Swindle
How Bush Allowed an Army of For-Profit Contractors to Invade the U.S. Treasury
Posted Aug 23, 2007 8:51 AM

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