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Benazir Bhutto Assassinated
Author: Raine    Date: 12/27/2007 13:28:27

Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide attack that also killed at least 20 others at the end of a campaign rally, aides said.

"The surgeons confirmed that she has been martyred," Bhutto's lawyer Babar Awan said.

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::::: Original Blog Post::::::

The Senate Will Come to Order
Even though they are still out for the holiday's, the Senate is still blocking any possible Bush Recess appointments.
A nine-second session gaveled in and out by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., prevented Bush from appointing as an assistant attorney general a nominee roundly rejected by majority Democrats. Without the pro forma session, the Senate would be technically adjourned, allowing the president to install officials without Senate confirmation.

The business of blocking Bush's recess appointments was serious. It represents an institutional standoff between Congress and the president that could repeat itself during Congress' vacations for the remainder of Bush's presidency.

In such situations, pro forma sessions also could give Bush some political cover on popular legislation he doesn't want to sign. When Congress is holding pro forma sessions and is not formally adjourned, a bill sent to a president automatically becomes law 10 days after he receives it — excluding Sundays — unless he vetoes it.

That could be the fate of two bills Congress passed last week. One growing out of the Virginia Tech massacre makes it harder for people with mental illness records to buy guns. The other makes it easier for journalists and others to obtain government documents through the Freedom of Information Act. The FOIA bill, for example, would become law on New Year's Eve if not vetoed before then, according to Senate Judiciary Committee officials.

In a year when I myself and others have been disappointed by the Dems, it is stories like this that remind me that they are making progress. So much has happened in a year, so many scandals have finally been brought to the forefront of America's consciousness. These were things that many of us blogged, and wrote about over the past few years, that always seemed to have fallen on deaf ears in congress and the media. A sampling of scandals, names, misdeeds and major irritations include:
  • Iran not having nuclear capabilities,

  • CIA destroying tapes;

  • Smearing of Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson;

  • Alberto Gonzales and his injustice;

  • Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, Harriet Miers;

  • Walter Reed Army hospital and the misdeeds by the pentagon of our Vets;

  • FISA and the Telecomms;

  • Dick Cheney;

  • Blackwater;

  • Larry Craig and the merry band of gay Republicans caught in hypocrisy;

  • Missing Nukes in the USA;

  • Global Warming Deniers;

  • SCHIP vetoes;

  • The War (that is an entire scandal with thousands of subscandals and illegalities)
The list goes on. Many of these issues have had hearings, many were obstructed and many are still to come.

With all these thoughts, I think it is very important that the senate is blocking any appointments Bush may want to sneak in. It seems that sometimes even if the process is to at least slow the bloodletting until reinforcements arrive, it is better than to do nothing or even everything all at once. We are making progress, and that has to count for something, The Senate is in session everyday, thanks to Senator Jim Webb, and that slows down the damage that Bush does. minimizing the damage is better than nothing.

The coffee and tea are ready, and today, in honour of the last Thursday of 2007, we have fresh New York Bagels , some lox, smear, red onions, tomatoes and capers. Enjoy.

:peace: and :heart:
Raine

124 comments (Latest Comment: 12/28/2007 05:23:30 by Will in Chicago)
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Comment by TriSec on 12/27/2007 13:36:45
Breaking News:



Benazir Bhutto wounded or killed in suicide attack



The situation is very fluid; the BBC website reports her as seriously wounded, but I just got an email alert that said she was killed.







Remember folks, these are our allies!



Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 13:48:14
MSNBC is reporting she was killed.

Comment by TriSec on 12/27/2007 13:51:10
Looking like Benigno Aquino all over again...



Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 13:53:08
My god... my god. I am truly in a state of shock.

Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 13:58:15
This was clearly an assassination, I am reading that she was at a Rally, with metal detectors, and all of the people were checked as they entered. MSNBC, also said that she was under the protection of Musharraff.

Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 14:04:49
The video being shown is just stunning...

Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 14:05:41
Our allies, with Nukes. This is very bad. Very very bad.

Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 14:07:10
They hung her father, they murdered her.

Comment by TriSec on 12/27/2007 14:10:20
Marcos tried this in the Philippines back in the 80s...the people had the wherewithall to rise up against him and eventually overthrew him. "People Power" and Corazon Aquino, remember?



It remains to be seen what Pakistan will do. But Marcos hever had nukes.





Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 14:13:19
She was assassinated in the same Park where they hung her father.. :cry:
The unkempt grass at the site of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's hanging lay withered on Wednesday as Rawalpindi waited for his daughter Benazir Bhutto to bring her campaign close to the seat of power she is eyeing in the Jan 8 elections.
Thursday will be Ms Bhutto's first public rally at the famous Liaquat Bagh park since her return from more than eight years of self-exile in October and is expected by her Pakistan People's Party (PPP) to be a boost for its election campaign not only in this important city and nearby Islamabad but also in northern Punjab.


Comment by TriSec on 12/27/2007 14:13:34
BBC now reporting this:



However, AP quoted a PPP security adviser as saying she was shot in the neck and chest as she got into her vehicle, before the gunman blew himself up.





Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 14:15:12
Yes Tri, this does remind me a lot of the Philippines. One thing I do believe tho is that Pakistanis will stand up. This i do believe.

Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 14:16:36
Quote by TriSec: BBC now reporting this: However, AP quoted a PPP security adviser as saying she was shot in the neck and chest as she got into her vehicle, before the gunman blew himself up.
MSNBC is showing a raw video feed, I saw things I only ever want to see in the movies...

Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 14:28:06


Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 14:28:32
They are setting fires in protest, now.

Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 14:29:45
Actually they have set fires outside the hospital she was taken to. She truly has been martyred.

Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 14:55:50
Rudy is an opportunistic scumbag pig. HE has already issued a statement on his campaign website (of which I will NOT link)
ŇThe assassination of Benazir Bhutto is a tragic event for Pakistan and for democracy in Pakistan. Her murderers must be brought to justice and Pakistan must continue the path back to democracy and the rule of law. Her death is a reminder that terrorism anywhere Ń whether in New York, London, Tel-Aviv or Rawalpindi Ń is an enemy of freedom. We must redouble our efforts to win the TerroristsŐ War on Us.Ó
Maybe someone should tell rudy that it was an inside job... and so was Bhutto's murder. :rage:

Comment by wickedpam on 12/27/2007 14:58:20
Morning! :hug:





It's a shame what has happened to Ms. Bhutto. The people that killed her may have ignited something they didn't want. Lets hope something good comes from this travesty(sp).

Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 15:09:41
Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 15:12:47
The bottom line, a democratic leader was killed in a country that is under marshall law, that is considered our ally. We have thrown our support behind mushareff, all in the fight against terrorism ... and sent a message to the world, democracy is not really needed in fighting the war on terror. It is a sad time for the country and the world, I think. Terrorism trumps democracy. America, instead of supporting this woman in her desire to return democracy to pakistan, becked Musharraf, and that says it all. I am heavy in my heart today.

Comment by livingonli on 12/27/2007 15:13:02
Good morning all.



This makes me really wonder about our "increased" role in Pakistan. Since Musharaff has probably a hand behind this, how in bed is he with the fundamentalists?



I have BBC World on the TV. For this story, the only options to really follow it our BBC World or CNNI and only a fraction of the US cable systems carry either channel.

Comment by TriSec on 12/27/2007 15:13:21
*grunt*



Doesn't seem to be much else to say this morning. Kinda glad I'm at work...I suppose I would have taken over the TV to stare at the coverage in stunned silence.



And you know, not that long ago we could look at the assasination of a foreign leader and say, "Gee, that's too bad. How can we help them recover?" now I look at it and say, "Gee, I wonder what Cheney had to do with this?"



Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 15:13:22
This guy filling in for Lionel isn't that bad, I must say.

Comment by TriSec on 12/27/2007 15:14:46
Going to BBC World Service for a while now...



Comment by livingonli on 12/27/2007 15:21:41
Everyone should call their cable or Sat provider and ask them to put BBC World's TV service on their channel lineup so they can get real news when events like this happen.

Comment by TriSec on 12/27/2007 15:21:49
BBC confirming that Ms. Bhutto was shot in the neck prior to the explosions.





Comment by TriSec on 12/27/2007 15:26:55
There's an eyewitness report from Islamabad that there is "total chaos" in the streets right now, and no authority figures are saying or doing anything to either calm or worsen the situation. Sounds like complete anarchy to me.





Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 15:33:06
Comment by livingonli on 12/27/2007 15:34:35
Quote by TriSec: There's an eyewitness report from Islamabad that there is "total chaos" in the streets right now, and no authority figures are saying or doing anything to either calm or worsen the situation. Sounds like complete anarchy to me.





The only thing is that may not have been what the former General had wanted.

Comment by TriSec on 12/27/2007 15:35:45
Isn't it telling that we all run to the BBC whenever there's a world crisis?



Seems that we're hardly better than the two-bit dictatorships we're propping up around the world. Their oppressed people get the BBC for news, too.



:kickcan:



So, when to we get martial law? I suppose I should map my route to the northern border again. Good thing it's snow season, it'll be easier to get across.





Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 15:42:21
The pResident will be speaking at 11 am. Tri, we are getting ready for a trek as well. It says a lot when your own republidad even thinks it isn't a bad idea.

Comment by livingonli on 12/27/2007 15:44:25
If the Republicans steal the election (especially if it's Ghouilani or Huckabee because they are the creepiest) and I am still not too sure about Hillary, I will probably reconsider as well. The only problem is Harper is not as welcoming as Trudeau was during Vietnam since Harper's politics are closer to Bush's. They have denied Iraq war deserters claim for refugee status although they haven't deported any of them yet.



And speaking of the BBC, Rupert Murdoch took BBC World off his satellite service to China at the request of the Chinese government. What does that say about him?

Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 15:44:54
Wanna bet Bush says Al Qaeda during his speech? The news is already trying to blame it on that.

Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 15:46:48
:rofl: ... ... :cry:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v386/DickSteele/guliani-subtle.jpg


Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 15:49:59
I fear for Pakistan. I see the military cracking down even worse than they did a little while back.

Comment by wickedpam on 12/27/2007 15:51:08
Quote by Raine: Wanna bet Bush says Al Qaeda during his speech? The news is already trying to blame it on that.






If he brings up Al again then I want to know why they haven't caught Osama when they had the many chances? Or why they haven't finished the job in Afghanistan which may have prevented all this from happening.

Comment by TriSec on 12/27/2007 15:51:58
Quote by Raine: Wanna bet Bush says Al Qaeda during his speech? The news is already trying to blame it on that.




Hell, I'll drink on it. I bet he doesn't go 10 words into it before he says "9-11", either.





Comment by BobR on 12/27/2007 15:53:35
Quote by Raine: Wanna bet Bush says Al Qaeda during his speech? The news is already trying to blame it on that.


It's too early for drinking games...



... although I really feel like I could use one. Why am I reminded of the purging of the Kennedy clan from politics in the mid-60's?

Comment by livingonli on 12/27/2007 15:55:02
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine: Wanna bet Bush says Al Qaeda during his speech? The news is already trying to blame it on that.






If he brings up Al again then I want to know why they haven't caught Osama when they had the many chances? Or why they haven't finished the job in Afghanistan which may have prevented all this from happening.


Because it seems by supporting Musharaff, we may actually be helping the terrorists.



I am starting to wonder if Osama who was our buddy in the 80's might still be the buddies of some of the neo-cons as the gift who keeps on giving.

Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 15:56:07
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine: Wanna bet Bush says Al Qaeda during his speech? The news is already trying to blame it on that.
If he brings up Al again then I want to know why they haven't caught Osama when they had the many chances? Or why they haven't finished the job in Afghanistan which may have prevented all this from happening.
Tuesday the news came out that America was going into Pakistan with troops to look for Bin Laden. And the news was also that pakistan would not be doing anything to stop them.

Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 15:59:28
From what I am seeing on the internets, Bush's speech is being taped at crawford.

Comment by livingonli on 12/27/2007 16:03:52
Quote by Raine: From what I am seeing on the internets, Bush's speech is being taped at crawford.


Is he going to do it while clearing brush?

Comment by TriSec on 12/27/2007 16:07:25
Oh, god forbid that a world crisis should interrupt his FUCKING VACATION!



News Flash: You're the president, YOU DON'T GET DAYS OFF!!!





Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 16:08:10
Quote by livingonli:
Quote by Raine: From what I am seeing on the internets, Bush's speech is being taped at crawford.
Is he going to do it while clearing brush?
I wish. I am trying to see WHEN this tape was recorded, and the other thing, is why isn't he doing it live? Still scurrying for a confirm.

Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 16:09:33
Amen TriSec. Once again, this f*cker is at Crawford. (drunk, or hungover, to the point that he can't get off his f*cking lazy pathetic arse.)

Comment by livingonli on 12/27/2007 16:13:01
Quote by TriSec: Oh, god forbid that a world crisis should interrupt his FUCKING VACATION!



News Flash: You're the president, YOU DON'T GET DAYS OFF!!!





He makes Reagan look like a workaholic.

Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 16:13:06
She also had three children. :(

Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 16:15:42
I must confess my life is as difficult as it is interesting,Ó she wrote in her latest memoir, Daughter of the East. ŇI live from suitcase to suitcase, travelling the world lecturing on Islam, democracy and women's rights before universities, business associations, women's organizations and foreign-policy think tanks.
This is a true blow to moderate islam. America should have embraced her... She was all that we have been told Dubya wants for democracy in the middle east...... But I think we have been told a lie.

Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 16:16:27
HEre he comes...

Comment by Raine on 12/27/2007 16:17:52
Jayhus! HE has a banner behind him that says West White house, Crawford Texas. ok, the speech is over... it was less than 15 seconds.