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Stalin was a piece of *&^%, Lenin not so much. Marx and Engels were geniuses.

Current Law Students / Re: Should I file Bankruptcy...
« on: October 08, 2006, 10:50:25 PM »

One nasty tactic collection agencies use is soliciting postdated checks with the intent to threaten to expose you to criminal charges, or soliciting postdated checks and then threatening to deposit them early -- be aware!

Of course they'll do it! If you're stupid enough to write them a check in the first place, why shouldn't they threaten you to do just that?!

Aggression has to do with many hormones AND neurotransmitters. You have testosterone, cortisol, thyroxine, adrenaline, catecholamines, and so on ..

Current Law Students / Re: Consumer Fraud?
« on: October 08, 2006, 10:42:42 PM »

And then it's the social prejudice -- like it or not, many people look down on blue-collar workers. And yes, the first person anyone calls when they have a problem with their house, car or appliance is a blue-collar worker, but the hypocrisy steps in. Many blue collar types, though, go ahead and choose this career path, being aware of this injustice and ignoring it while making enough money to afford a bigger house, better car and nicer appliances than the ones they renovate, repair or maintain. That evidently shuts mouths and changes minds fast enough.

Waiters are pretty much in the same position ... they're being looked down by customers who may earn less than what the person serving them does.

Studying for the LSAT / Bush Role alleged in leak of Iraq intelligence
« on: April 07, 2006, 05:18:19 AM »
Now that the rumor of George Bush's functional illiteracy has surfaced in the press, Karl Rowe the head of the Bush campaign has denied it vehemently. 'Governor Bush is an avid reader.'

Unfortunately for Karl Rove, even if he dodges the CIA-leak bullet, hell never dodge the fact that hes a chickenshit little weasel. Bush said that he would fire any White House staffer who leaked the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame of course, now that his right-hand man is implicated, the goalposts have shifted. Its no surprise that the Bush administration is more interested in deflecting controversy than accepting responsibility. What is surprising is that any self-respecting public figure even a back-room player like Rove would rather lurk in the shadows like Rasputin than step forward to clear up the mess. But maybe that's exactly what chickenshit little weasels do.

Detailed evidence has emerged for the first time suggesting that President Bush played a direct role in authorizing a selective, surreptitious leak of information from a highly classified national security document to rebut critics of the war in Iraq. Bush has long complained about inappropriate disclosures of sensitive intelligence information, and there is no suggestion that he broke the law, because experts say the president has the legal authority to declassify information. But critics said the disclosures, made public in a court filing in Washington related to the CIA leak case, appear to show Bush doing something he has repeatedly decried: trying to manipulate public opinion by quietly leaking information to the press behind a veil of anonymity.

According to the filing, Vice President male private part Cheney told a top aide that Bush had authorized the release of information supporting the administration's claim that Saddam Hussein had sought nuclear weapons materials in the African nation of Niger. "I served for 13 years on the House Intelligence Committee, and I know intelligence must never be classified or declassified for political purposes," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco. "One of the constants in the Bush administration's miserable record on Iraq has been the manipulation of intelligence precisely for political purposes. That has caused our intelligence -- which used to be accepted without question around the world -- to be viewed with skepticism by the international community."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said that if the assertions in the filing are accurate, they suggest a deliberate attempt to shore up support for the war not through open public debate, but by clever manipulation of opinion. "It is deeply disturbing to learn that President Bush may have authorized the selective disclosure of our most sensitive intelligence information to the media to help justify a war and discredit critics," Feinstein said in a statement.

"We're not commenting on an ongoing legal proceeding," Scott McClellan, Bush's press secretary, said Thursday. Bush has repeatedly denounced the leaks that are a trademark of inside-the-Beltway politics. In September 2003, for example, he said: "There are too many leaks of classified information in Washington. There's leaks at the executive branch, there's leaks in the legislative branch, there's just too many leaks. I want -- and if there's a leak out of the administration, I want to know who it is. And if a person has violated law, the person will be taken care of."

Steven Aftergood, head of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists, which monitors issues related to classified intelligence, said the court filing showed not that the Bush White House is different from its predecessors, but that it is the same -- in spite of occasional White House protests that leaks can threaten national security. "It highlights the arbitrary and self-serving character of classification policy," Aftergood said. "It can be used as an instrument of political advantage rather than for national security. Needless to say, it's hypocritical for an administration that frequently complains about leaks."

The disclosures were made in a 39-page motion filed late Wednesday night in Washington by Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the criminal case against Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff. Libby was indicted last year on five counts of obstruction of justice, perjury and making false statements in connection with the investigation into who leaked the identity of a CIA official, Valerie Wilson, in 2003. Wilson, who also has been referred to by her maiden name, Valerie Plame, is the wife of Joseph Wilson, a former ambassador who had been sent by the administration before the war to investigate reports that Iraq had been trying to purchase uranium ore from Niger to produce nuclear weapons. In his January 2003 State of the Union address, Bush had cited the reported efforts to purchase the ore as part of his justification for the war against Iraq, which started two months later.

In July 2003, Joseph Wilson went public with his findings that the claims about the Iraqi efforts appeared to be false, and he harshly criticized the administration's rationale for attacking Iraq: that Hussein supposedly had an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. Shortly afterward, columnist Robert Novak disclosed that Wilson's wife worked for the CIA, citing unnamed "administration sources," a possible violation of the law because she had been a covert operative. The president, among others, condemned the disclosure of her identity. McClellan said in September 2003, "If anyone in this administration was involved in it, they would no longer be in this administration."

Libby has acknowledged that he spoke with reporters from the New York Times, Time magazine and NBC. He said in his grand jury testimony that he discussed with some of them assertions in a highly classified 2002 National Intelligence Estimate that Iraq was trying to buy the uranium ore and build nuclear weapons, but that he did not disclose Valerie Wilson's identity. He said the reporters told him about her identity, not the other way around -- which Fitzgerald charged was a lie. Libby has also said he was not a source for Novak's column.

In the recent filing, Fitzgerald provides a more extensive explanation of why Libby allegedly made the disclosures, suggesting the White House, and especially Cheney, were deeply anxious about the allegations from Joseph Wilson and others that Bush had inflated the threat from Hussein. After Baghdad fell, the United States found no credible weapons programs in Iraq. Libby testified that Cheney instructed him to leak information to the press from the intelligence estimate about Iraq's attempts to buy uranium, in order to shore up the administration's credibility. Libby leaked the information to a reporter, the filing adds, "only after the vice president advised the defendant that the president specifically had authorized defendant to disclose certain information" from the National Intelligence Estimate.

The prosecutor's filing also says White House documents suggest that Libby's leaks to the press "could be characterized as reflecting a plan to discredit, punish or seek revenge against Mr. Wilson." The motion does not suggest that Bush played any role in the leak of Valerie Wilson's identity.


Link to president

What happened: Court papers were filed that say Vice President male private part Cheney's former top aide, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, told prosecutors President Bush authorized the leak of sensitive intelligence about Iraq.

What it means: Libby's testimony, if true, would put the president and vice president in the awkward position of hav- ing authorized leaks -- a practice both men have long said they abhor.

Reaction: Bush's political foes jumped to the attack.

Associated Press

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