Saturday, May 12, 2007

Instahoglets May 12th 2007

By Cernig

Something for the weekend? How about a link-dumping punchpost spectacular of blogroll goodies and news less travelled? Oh, and we may as well call this an open thread for links, blogwhoring, snark and flaming, too. Let 'em rip in comments.

Anything They Say - Dennis Kucinich rats out the Dems attempt to placate Bush by demanding enforcement of the Iraqi oil law.

Get all the background you need on Pakistan's current unrest from The Pagan Science Monitor - with poetry, yet.

Mr. M at Comments From Left Field gets lyrical too as he appeals for mercy and against the death penalty.

Richard Dawkins asserts his right to criticise "faith heads" and says "How dare you call me a fundamentalist."

Stranger at Blah3 notes that for all the talk of funding Bush's War, the actual numbers are rarely brought up. Every year in Iraq is "12 aircraft carriers' worth of dough, thrown down a hole in the sand."

Raw Story - Mary Cheney's book, for which she received a seven-figure advance, has hit the remainder bins bigtime

CIA man Kyle "Dusty" Foggo and defense contractor Brent Wilkes are dropping deeper and deeper into the sh*t, with new charges being brought that all told amount to 30 wide-ranging counts of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.

Cut To The Chase - A U.S. soldier on trial in absentia in Italy for killing an Italian intelligence agent in Iraq two years ago filmed the scene moments after he opened fire.

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell's right-hand-man during Bush's first term, has called for Bush's impeachment. Crooks and Liars has all the details. One personal observation - have you noticed how anyone who used to be in the Bush administration and then speaks out against the White House is instantly labelled as insane by the rightwing noise machine? But what does that say about the folks who are still there?

Shaun at Kiko's House notes that John "torture is legal" Yoo wishes bloggers didn't exist. Kinda worrying.

Ian at The Agonist - it's going to be a long, hot, expensive and unemployed summer for America.

And if all that isn't enough to keep you busy for an hour or two, you can always check out what's new and hot at Memeorandum, the "Bill and Ted" of blog aggregators.

Update And yet more linky goodness.

Ian Fleming, the creator of 007, was involved in the plot to frame the last person jailed as a witch in Britain, because the medium in question was revealing things the Admiralty wanted kept secret. So says a storyin tomorrow's Observer, at least.

When corporate profits take an offshore vacation - why Merck is about to pay $2.3 billion in back taxes, interest and penalties to the IRS and why other big corporatations are legally depriving the feds of billions more with bush's approval.
Jack Blum, an expert on tax evasion and former counsel for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said, "Since the 1960s the percentage of tax revenue at the federal level that comes from corporations has declined from around 30 percent to around 8 percent. A substantial portion of this decline is the consequence of the ability of companies with global operations to shift income to jurisdictions where tax collectors cannot find it."

Hookers, spies, cases full of BP spent £45m to win 'Wild East' oil rights.

The head of one of the most influential Evangelist groups, the Evangelical Theological Society, has converted back to being a Catholic.

In a Washington Post op-ed tomorrow Paul Bremer, former head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, says he won't be everyone's punching bag and tries to explain what he got right in Iraq - but falls victim to Godwin's Law within the first two paragraphs. Yet another in the WaPo's series of "It was everyone else's fault, not mine" op-eds by former and current Bush administration cronies.

Now come one...what have you got?

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