Fęrsluflokkur: Forsetakosningar

Framboš John McCain svo gott sem bśiš aš vera

Ron PaulUndanfarnar vikur hafa fréttir veriš aš berast af vandręšum John McCain. McCain var lengi talinn langsamlega sigurstranglegasti frambjóšandi repśblķkana, McCain rašaši ķ kringum sig fyrrum starfsmönnum af frambošsskrifstofum Bush og leitašist eftir stušningi afturhaldssamra kristinna kjósenda: "The straight talk express" žótti nokkurnveginn örugg um aš keyra McCain alla leiš ķ Hvita Hśsiš. Sķšan žį hafa vešur skipast ķ lofti, mikilvęgir rįšgjafar og starfsmenn hafa yfirgefiš frambošiš og McCain viršist stöšugt eiga minni séns į aš sigra prófkjör flokksins.

Fjįröflun McCain hefur alls ekki gengiš nógu vel - į öšrum įrsfjóršungi hefur safnaši hann minna fé en į fyrsta įrsfjóršungi, en ef allt er ķ lagi eiga bandarķskir forsetaframbjóšendur aš safna meira fé eftir žvķ sem lišur nęr kosningum. Fyrir vikiš hefur McCain neyšst til aš reka starfsfólk. Žó McCain eigi enn marga dygga ašdįendur, og segi sjįlfur aš hann sé alls ekki aš ķhuga aš gefast upp, hafa fréttaskżrendur og bloggarar hér vestra ķ auknu męli tekiš aš velta žvķ fyrir sér hversu lengi hann muni haldast ķ slagnum.

Seinustu fréttir af framboši McCain benda ennfremur til aš hann sé ķ vanda staddur: Frjįlshyggjumašurinn Ron Paul stendur betur aš vķgi žegar kemur aš fjįröflun vegna komandi kosninga! Ron Paul, žingmašur repśblķkana frį Texas, męlist meš nokkurra prósenta fylgi, en hefur gengiš furšu vel ķ fjįröflun. ABC News:

Though often regarded as a longshot candidate for president, Republican Ron Paul tells ABC News that he has an impressive $2.4 million in cash on hand after raising an equal amount during the second quarter, putting him ahead of one-time Republican frontrunner John McCain, who reported this week he has only $2 million in the bank.  ...

"I think some of the candidates are on the down-slope, and we're on the up-slope," said Paul.

Reyndar varpa žessar fréttir ljósi į hversu ķlla repśblķkönum hefur gengiš viš fjįröflun. Į sama tķma og demokratar eru aš slį öll met viršist enginn hafa įhuga į aš fjįrmagna frambjóšendur repśblķkana.

Paul's cash on hand puts him in third place in the Republican field in that important metric, although he is well behind leader Rudy Giuliani, who has $18 million in the bank, and Mitt Romney, with $12 million.

Žegar Ron Paul, sem męlist meš um 2% fylgi, er žrišji best fjįrmagnaši frambjóšandi Repśblķkana er flokkurinn ķ vanda.

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Fred Thompson var flugumašur Nixon ķ Watergate rannsókninni

Thompson til vinstriBoston Globe flutti ķ fyrradag (ég var of upptekinn viš aš grilla og halda upp į žjóšhįtķšardaginn til aš geta stašiš ķ bloggi og fréttalestri!) fréttir af žvķ aš žįtttaka Fred Thompson ķ rannsókninni į Wategate skandalnum sé sķst eitthvaš sem Thompson eigi aš vera aš gorta sig af eins og hann gerir į heimasķšu sinni "Im with Fred", žar sem hann segist m.a. hafa įtt heišurinn aš žvķ aš koma upp um aš Nixon hefši hljóšritaš samtöl ķ The oval office. Ekki nóg meš aš sś saga sé mjög oršum aukin, žvķ eins og Bob Woodward hefur bent į, var žaš ekki Thompson aš žakka aš upp komst um hljóšritanirnar - žó Thompson hefši eignaš sér heišurinn af žvķ - heldur viršist Thompson hafa varaš Nixon viš!

WASHINGTON -- The day before Senate Watergate Committee minority counsel Fred Thompson made the inquiry that launched him into the national spotlight -- asking an aide to President Nixon whether there was a White House taping system -- he telephoned Nixon's lawyer.

Thompson tipped off the White House that the committee knew about the taping system and would be making the information public. In his all-but-forgotten Watergate memoir, "At That Point in Time," Thompson said he acted with "no authority" in divulging the committee's knowledge of the tapes, which provided the evidence that led to Nixon's resignation. It was one of many Thompson leaks to the Nixon team, according to a former investigator for Democrats on the committee, Scott Armstrong , who remains upset at Thompson's actions.

"Thompson was a mole for the White House," Armstrong said in an interview. "Fred was working hammer and tong to defeat the investigation of finding out what happened to authorize Watergate and find out what the role of the president was."

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Giuliani er langsamlega versti kostur Repśblķkanaflokksins...

Giuliani og KerikŽaš kemur ekki į óvart aš stušningur viš Rudolph Giuliani mešal Repśblķkana sé aš dala. Giuliani hefur veriš lķkt viš Eisenhower, hann "eigi" 9/11 og sé einhvernveginn frį nįttśrunnar hendi best til žess fallinn aš berjast viš hryšjuverk, og sé "America's Mayor". Munurinn į Giuliani og Eisenhower er žó sį aš Eisenhower leiddi heri Bandamanna til sigurs ķ heimsstyrjöld, mešan Giuliani gerši ekkert annaš en aš vera borgarstjóri, og frekar ķlla lišinn sem slķkur, ķ borg sem rįšist var į. Žegar kemur aš hryšjuverkum hefur Giuliani ennfremur sżnt, meš fyrra framferši, aš hann tekur žau ekki alvarlega, og er algjörlega vanhęfur žegar kemur aš žvķ aš skipuleggja višbrögš viš hryšjuverkaįrįsum.

Afrekaskrį Giuliani er ömurleg. Eftir aš gerš var tilraun til aš sprengja upp World Trade Center 1993 var Giuliani rįšlagt aš stašsetja "The emergency command center" ķ nešanjaršarbyrgi ķ Brooklyn. Giuliani įkvaš hins vegar aš langasamlega besti stašurinn vęri... ķ The World Trade Center! Sś įkvöršun ein ber vitni um ótrślegt dómgreindarleysi og ętti aš gera aš verkum aš Giuliani sé ekki treystandi til aš leiša Bandarķkin ķ barįttunni gegn hryšjuverkum. Giuliani hefur aš vķsu kennt undirmönnum sķnum um žį įkvöršun. Jerome Hauer, fyrrum "emergency management director" New York, fyrrverandi vinur Giuliani, sem sinnti žvķ starfi mešan hann var borgarstjóri hefur hafnaš žessari afsökun Giuliani, og gagnrżnt fyrrum yfirmann sinn haršlega.

Sem borgarstjóri hafši Giuliani einnig mistekist aš koma į samstarfi lögreglu og slökkvilišs borgarinnar - žrįtt fyrir aš hafa margsinnis veriš varašur viš žvķ aš treysta žyrfti samstarf lögreglu og slökkvilišs, og śtvega žeim nżjan bśnaš, m.a. nżjar talstöšvar. Giuliani gerši hvorugt, enda nżtur hann hvorki stušnings lögreglu né slökkvilišsmanna ķ New York...

Ķ bréfi sem verkalżšsfélag slökkvilišsmanna ķ New York segir um Giuliani:

"Many people consider Rudy Giuliani 'America's Mayor,' and many of our members who don't yet know the real story, may also have a positive view of him. This letter is intended to make all of our members aware of the egregious acts Mayor Giuliani committed against our members, our fallen on 9/11, and our New York City union officers following that horrific day. ... The fundamental lack of respect that Giuliani showed our FDNY members is unforgivable - ... Our disdain for him is not about issues or a disputed contract, it is about a visceral, personal affront to the fallen, to our union and, indeed, to every one of us who has ever risked our lives by going into a burning building to save lives and property."

Įstęšan ķ žessu tilfelli var aš Giuliani hafši ekki sinnt beišnum slökkvilišsmanna um aš ganga hart fram ķ aš leita aš leifum lįtinna slökkvilišsmanna ķ rśstum į "Ground Zero". Žetta smįatriši meš talstöšvarnar hefur svosem ekki heldur aflaš honum neinna sérstakra vinsęlda mešal slökkvilišsmanna eša eftirlifenda "first responders" sem fórust ķ september 2001:

The intensity of their feelings can be heard in the voice of Rosaleen Tallon. A stay-at-home mom who supports right-to-life candidates and lives in the unglamorous New York suburb of Yonkers, Tallon lost her brother Sean, a former Marine who became a probationary New York City firefighter, on 9/11. Six years later she is still enraged that Sean never heard the Fire Department's radioed "mayday" order to evacuate the twin towers before they fell. If he had, she says, he would have heeded the directions of his superiors and gotten out.

As Rosaleen will tell anyone willing to listen, the vintage radios that Sean and 342 other city firefighters carried at their deaths on 9/11 were known to be defective. The faulty radios were the target of years of scathing internal assessments, bureaucratic wrangling, and accusations of bidding favoritism, and still the Giuliani administration had never replaced them.

Žar į ofan hefur veriš bent į aš Giuliani hafi óžęgilega nįin tengsl viš Bernard Kerik (sem er į myndinni hér aš ofan) sem į mjög vafasaman feril. (sjį grein Newsweek um Kerik, og grein NYT).

En nóg um žaš. Žó Giuliani sé vanhęfur sem leištogi, og fyrirlitinn af lögreglu og slökkvilišsmönnum - sem eru raunverulega "The heroes of 9/11" getur veriš aš hann höfši til "the base" - kannski getur hann fylgt ķhaldssömum stušningsmönnum flokksins um "fjölskyldugildi"?

Giuliani er margfrįskilinn, hefur stašiš ķ umfangsmiklu framhjįhaldi, samband hans viš börn sķn af fyrri hjónaböndum eru "strained", žaš er til fjöldinn allur af myndum af honum ķ kvenmannsfötum (og meira aš segja myndbandsupptökur) - hann hefur veriš ötull talsmašur réttinda kvenna til fóstureyšinga, og eftir einn af hjónaskilnöšum sķnum deildi hann ķbśš meš samkynhneigšum kunningjum sķnum. 

Til žess aš bęta grįu onį svart er Giuliani varla meš neitt karisma. Ķ seinasta Rolling Stone var löng grein um Giuliani er honum lżst žannig:

Giuliani has good stage presence, but his physical appearance is problematic -- virtually neckless, all shoulders and forehead and overbite, with a hunched-over, Draculoid posture that recalls, oddly enough, George W. Bush...

Eftir aš hafa horft į Giuliani ķ kappręšum repśblķkanaflokksins get ég ekki annaš en tekiš undir meš žessari lżsingu - žegar Giuliani stendur viš hlišina į Mitt Romney er persónuleikaskortur hans slįandi. 

Ég hef ekki meš nokkru móti getaš skiliš af hverju Giuliani nżtur stušnings Repślbķkana ķ könnunum, og eina skżringin er aš kjósendur flokksins žekki ekki neitt til hans. Leištogar ķhaldssamra repśblķkana hafa enda fordęmt "America's Mayor": James Dobson, formašur "Focus on the Family" hefur lżst žvķ yfir aš hann muni frekar sitja heima en aš kjósa Giuliani:

In a piece published on the conservative Web site WorldNetDaily, Dobson wrote that Giuliani's support for abortion rights and civil unions for homosexuals, as well as the former mayor's two divorces, were a deal-breaker for him.

"I cannot, and will not, vote for Rudy Giuliani in 2008. It is an irrevocable decision," he wrote.

"Is Rudy Giuliani presidential timber? I think not," Dobson wrote. "Can we really trust a chief executive who waffles and feigns support for policies that run contrary to his alleged beliefs? Of greater concern is how he would function in office. Will we learn after it is too late just what the former mayor really thinks? What we know about him already is troubling enough."

Įstęšan er stušningur Giuliani viš fóstureyšingar, og lķklegt er aš ašrir ķhaldssamir repśblķkanar muni fara aš dęmi Dobson, sérstaklega žegar fjölmišlar fara aš sżna ljósmyndir af honum ķ kjól og fjalla um stušning hans viš réttindi samkynhneigšra. Mešan hann var borgarstjóri New York sagši Giuliani m.a. ķ vištali viš CNN:

“I’m pro-choice. I’m pro-gay rights,”

Aušvitaš kann ég aš meta viršingu Giuliani viš réttindum kvenna og samkynhneigšra. Og honum til tekna veršur aš taka fram aš hann hefur ekki hlaupiš ķ felur meš žessa fyrri afstöšu sķna, t.d. eins og Mitt Romney, sem hefur įtt ķ stökustu vandręšum meš aš śtskżra af hverju hann var pro-choice įšur en hann var pro-life.

Įstęša žess hversu ķlla mér lķkar viš Giuliani er aš hann er tuddi - og frekar ógešfelldur tuddi. Žetta andstyggšarinnręti hans braust fram meš mjög skżrum hętti ķ seinustu kappręšum repśblķkana, žar sem hann snappaši į Ron Paul, eina frjįlshyggjumanninn sem er eftir ķ Repśblķkanaflokknum. Rolling Stone lżsir samskiptum žeirra:

Yes, Rudy is smarter than Bush. But his political strength -- and he knows it -- comes from America's unrelenting passion for never bothering to take that extra step to figure shit out. If you think you know it all already, Rudy agrees with you. And if anyone tries to tell you differently, they're probably traitors, and Rudy, well, he'll keep an eye on 'em for you. Just like Bush, Rudy appeals to the couch-bound bully in all of us, and part of the allure of his campaign is the promise to put the Pentagon and the power of the White House at that bully's disposal.

Rudy's attack against Ron Paul in the debate was a classic example of that kind of politics, a Rovian masterstroke. The wizened Paul, a grandfather seventeen times over who is running for the Republican nomination at least 100 years too late, was making a simple isolationist argument, suggesting that our lengthy involvement in Middle Eastern affairs -- in particular our bombing of Iraq in the 1990s -- was part of the terrorists' rationale in attacking us.

Though a controversial statement for a Republican politician to make, it was hardly refutable from a factual standpoint -- after all, Osama bin Laden himself cited America's treatment of Iraq in his 1996 declaration of war. Giuliani surely knew this, but he jumped all over Paul anyway, demanding that Paul take his comment back. "I don't think I've ever heard that before," he hissed, "and I've heard some pretty absurd explanations for September 11th."

It was like the new convict who comes into prison the first day and punches the weakest guy in the cafeteria in the teeth, and the Southern crowd exploded in raucous applause. ...

The Paul incident went to the very heart of who Giuliani is as a politician. To the extent that conservatism in the Bush years has morphed into a celebration of mindless patriotism and the paranoid witch-hunting of liberals and other dissenters, Rudy seems the most anxious of any Republican candidate to take up that mantle. Like Bush, Rudy has repeatedly shown that he has no problem lumping his enemies in with "the terrorists" if that's what it takes to get over. When the 9/11 Commission raised criticisms of his fire department, for instance, Giuliani put the bipartisan panel in its place for daring to question his leadership. "Our anger," he declared, "should clearly be directed at one source and one source alone -- the terrorists who killed our loved ones."

Go-Go-GOPAf öllum frambjóšendum Repśblķkana er Rudy Giuliani lķklegastur til aš framlengja "arfleiš" Bush įranna. Af öllum frambjóšendunum er hann lķklega versti kosturinn fyrir bęši Bandarķkin og heimsfriš, og af öllum frambjóšendum flokksins er hann lķka furšulegasti valkosturinn. Hver myndi trśa žvķ aš Repśblķkanar myndu ķhuga aš velja žennan mann sem frambjóšanda flokksins fyrir nęstu kosningar:

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mbl.is Giuliani og Clinton enn meš forustu; Thompson gęti aukiš fylgiš
Tilkynna um óvišeigandi tengingu viš frétt

Grasrótarstušningur Repśblķkanaflokksins horfinn: flokkurinn mun héšan ķ frį alfariš fjįrmagnašur af milljaršamęringum?

Sjįlfbošališar aš hringja ķ grasrótarstušningsmenn Rick SantorumFyrst žegar ég sį žessa frétt trśši ég henni eiginlega ekki, en žegar ég var bśinn aš lesa hana ķ Washington Times sannfęršist ég um aš žetta vęri satt og rétt. Semsagt: Repśblķkanaflokkurinn hefur rekiš alla starfsmenn sem sįu um fjįröflun frį "venjulegum" kjósendum:

RNC fires phone solicitors 

The Republican National Committee, hit by a grass-roots donors' rebellion over President Bush's immigration policy, has fired all 65 of its telephone solicitors, Ralph Z. Hallow will report Friday in The Washington Times.

Faced with an estimated 40 percent fall-off in small-donor contributions and aging phone-bank equipment that the RNC said would cost too much to update, Anne Hathaway, the committee's chief of staff, summoned the solicitations staff last week and told them they were out of work, effective immediately, the fired staffers told The Times.

Žaš eru fréttir aš annar af stóru stjórnmįlaflokkunum skuli ekki geta safnaš fé frį venjulegum kjósendum - og hafi įkvešiš aš gefa slķka fjįröflun algjörlega upp į bįtinn! Aš vķsu neita talsmenn flokksins žvķ aš žetta hafi nokkuš meš "a grass-roots donors' rebellion" - žvķ leištogar repśblķkana halda įfram aš neita aš kjósendur séu į einhvern hįtt ósįttir viš flokkinn eša forsetann.

The national committee yesterday confirmed the firings that took place more than a week ago, but denied that the move was motivated by declining donor response to phone solicitations. 

"The phone-bank employees were terminated," RNC spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt wrote by e-mail in response to questions sent by The Times. "This was not an easy decision. The first and primary motivating factor was the state of the phone bank technology, which was outdated and difficult to maintain. The RNC was advised that we would soon need an entire new system to remain viable."

Brottreknu starfsmennirnir höfšu žó ašrar skżringar:

Fired employees acknowledged that the committee's phone equipment was outdated, but said a sharp drop-off in donations "probably" hastened the end of the RNC's in-house phone-bank operation. "Last year, my solicitations totaled $164,000, and this year the way they were running for the first four months, they would total $100,000 by the end of 2007," said one fired phone bank solicitor who asked not to be identified.

Flokkurinn hefur nefnilega veriš duglegur viš aš espa upp śtlendingahatur og fordóma mešal kjósenda sinna, og nś, žegar forsetinn og demokratar eru aš leita leiša til aš koma innflytjendamįlum ķ skynsamlegt lag, eru žessir kjósendur foxvondir:

There has been a sharp decline in contributions from RNC phone solicitations, another fired staffer said, reporting that many former donors flatly refuse to give more money to the national party if Mr. Bush and the Senate Republicans insist on supporting what these angry contributors call "amnesty" for illegal aliens. "Everyone donor in 50 states we reached has been angry, especially in the last month and a half, and for 99 percent of them immigration is the No. 1 issue," said the former employee. 

Žessir sķmabankar flokksins og fjįröflun frį "the grass roots" voru ein mikilvęgasta įstęša velgengni repśblķkana undanfarna įratugi: Repśblķkönum gekk betur en demokrötum aš móbķlķsera grasrótarhreyfingu flokksins. Žessi starfsemi įtti uppruna sinn į įttunda įratugnum, og skilaši flokknum sigri ķ forsetakosningum į nķunda įratugnum og sigri ķ žingkosningunum 1994. Fyrir nokkrum vikum skrifaši ég lķka fęrslu um pólķtķskt uppeldi Karl Rove - en žegar hann var ungur og luralegur drengstauli vann hann ķ kjallaranum hjį Richard Nixon viš aš rękta žessar sömu grasrętur.

Flokkurinn er samt ekki ķ neinum fjįrkröggum:

he RNC spokeswoman denied that the committee has seen any drop-off in contributions. "Any assertion that overall donations have gone down is patently false," Miss Schmitt said. "We continue to out raise our Democrat counterpart by a substantive amount (nearly double)."

Žessi stašhęfing er aš vķsu röng - repśblķkönum gengur įgętlega aš safna fjįrframlögum, en allar fréttir benda til žess aš demokratar standi betur aš vķgi ķ fjįröfluninni en frambjóšendur Repśblķkana. Samtals hafa frambjóšendur demokrata safnaš 78 miljónum bandarķkjadala į fyrsta fjóršungi įrsins, mešan frambjóšendur repśblķkana hafa einvöršungu safnaš 53.6 milljónum. (sjį śttekt Eric Kleefeld į Talking Points Memo) Sömu sögu er aš segja af fjįrsöfnun fyrir nęstu žingkosningar. Skv. Roll Call:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $19 million in the first three months of the year and ended March with more than a $7 million cash-on-hand advantage over its Republican counterpart, fundraising reports due to be filed on Friday will show...

The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $15.8 million in the quarter, a significantly smaller haul than the committee had in the first quarter of both 2005 and 2003, when the GOP still held the House majority.

Žessir yfirburšir eru kannski mikilvęgari vegna žess aš Demokrötum viršist ganga betur en Repśblķkönum aš virkja nśtķmatękni og nį til "grasrótanna". Washington Times benti fyrir nokkrum vikum t.d. į aš demokrötum gangi mun betur en repśblķkönum aš safna fé į netinu, og Washington Post birti fyrir rétt viku sķšan grein um yfirburši demokrataflokksins į internetinu.

Žessar fréttir, žegar žęr eru teknar saman, boša ekki gott fyrir repśblķkanaflokkinn ķ nęstu kosningum.

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Pyntingar bandarķkjahers og CIA ‘Outmoded, amateurish and unreliable’ skv. sérfręšingum

Pyntingar hafa veriš mikiš ķ umręšunni ķ Bandarķkjunum. Pyntingar og ķll mešferš į föngum viršist t.d. hafa oršiš eitt mikilvęgasta prinsippmįl repśblķkanaflokksins. Ķ kappręšum forsetaframbjóšenda flokksins fyrir tveimur vikum kepptust frambjóšendurnir nefnilega viš aš yfirbjóša hvorn annan žegar žeir voru spuršir hvaš žeir myndu vera tilbśnir aš ganga langt ķ aš kreista upplżsingar śt śr grunušum hryšjuverkamönnum. Mitt Romney baušst t.d. til aš tvöfalda tvöfalda Guantanamo. Eftirfarandi upptaka af kappręšunum segir sennilega allt sem segja žarf:

Hvaš žaš er sem veldur žessari pyntingaįst flokksins er mér eiginlega hulin rįšgįta, og segir lķklega meira um andlegt įstand "the base", ž.e. höršustu stušningsmanna flokksins, kjósenda sem rįša žvķ hverjir sigra prófkjör. Žetta pyntingarugl er eitt mikilvęgasta framlag Bush stjórnarinnar til pólķtķskrar umręšu ķ Bandarķkjunum, žvķ stjórnin hefur gengiš fram fyrir skjöldu ķ barįttunni fyrir žvķ aš pyntingar verši višurkenndar sem hluti af "ešlilegum" vinnubrögšum hersins og leynižjónustunnar - og Fox news og ašrir mešlimir blašurmaskķnunnar hafa svo gripiš fįnann į lofti og talaš fjįlglega um Jack Bauer, og sjónvarpsserķuna 24, sannfęršir um aš žaš sé ekki hęgt aš sigra "strķšiš gegn hryšjuverkum" nema Bandarķkjamenn leggist enn lęgra en Al-Qaeda.

Žaš sem gerir žetta pyntingamįl fįrįnlegra er aš sķšan fréttir af Abu Ghraib bįrust fyrst, og jafnvel enn fyrr, hafa yfirheyrslusérfręšingar varaš viš žvķ opinberlega aš pyntingar séu nįnast gangslausar! New York Times flutti svo ķ gęr frétt af nżrri skżrslu sem samin var fyrir stjórnina af öllum helstu sérfręšingum ķ yfirheyrslum:

As the Bush administration completes secret new rules governing interrogations, a group of experts advising the intelligence agencies are arguing that the harsh techniques used since the 2001 terrorist attacks are outmoded, amateurish and unreliable.

The psychologists and other specialists, commissioned by the Intelligence Science Board, make the case that more than five years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Bush administration has yet to create an elite corps of interrogators trained to glean secrets from terrorism suspects.

Frekar en aš žjįlfa menn ķ aš yfirheyra fanga, t.d. meš žvķ aš halda ķ og rįša menn sem kunna arabķsku, eša leita aš yfirheyrsluašferšum sem raunverulea virka, hefur stjórnin barist fyrir žvķ aš rżmka lagaheimildir fyrir pyntingum:

Robert F. Coulam, a research professor and attorney at Simmons College and a study participant, said that the government’s most vigorous work on interrogation to date has been in seeking legal justifications for harsh tactics. Even today, he said, “there’s nothing like the mobilization of effort and political energy that was put into relaxing the rules” governing interrogation.

Skżrsluhöfundar benda į aš ķ seinni heimsstyrjöldinni hafi Bandarķkjaher haft mun įręšanlegri yfirheyrsluašferšir, sem hafi ekki byggst į ofbeldi og villimennsku:

...some of the experts involved in the interrogation review, called “Educing Information,” say that during World War II, German and Japanese prisoners were effectively questioned without coercion.

“It far outclassed what we’ve done,” said Steven M. Kleinman, a former Air Force interrogator and trainer, who has studied the World War II program of interrogating Germans. The questioners at Fort Hunt, Va., “had graduate degrees in law and philosophy, spoke the language flawlessly,” and prepared for four to six hours for each hour of questioning, said Mr. Kleinman, who wrote two chapters for the December report.

Mr. Kleinman, who worked as an interrogator in Iraq in 2003, called the post-Sept. 11 efforts “amateurish” by comparison to the World War II program, with inexperienced interrogators who worked through interpreters and had little familiarity with the prisoners’ culture.

En svoleišis skipulag, undirbśning og fagmennska höfšar ekki til drulluhįleista sem halda aš ofbeldi og tuddaskapur séu til marks um karlmennsku, smįdrengja sem eru bśnir aš horfa of mikiš į sjónvarp og langar til aš sparka ķ annaš fólk.

President Bush has insisted that those secret “enhanced” techniques are crucial, and he is far from alone. The notion that turning up pressure and pain on a prisoner will produce valuable intelligence is a staple of popular culture from the television series “24” to the recent Republican presidential debate, where some candidates tried to outdo one another in vowing to get tough on captured terrorists.

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Update: ég fann lengra myndskeiš af žessari pyntingarumręšu - žaš er mun betra en fyrra myndskeišiš, žvķ žeir fara ekki almennilega į flug fyrr en svolķtiš er lišiš į svörin!

Bestu partarnir eru Romney, c.a. 3:20 markinu, žegar hann talar um aš žaš žurfi aš tvöfalda Guantano, žvķ Guantanamo sé frįbęrt vegna žess aš žar hafi hryšjuverkamennirnir ekki ašgang aš lögfręšingum...


Dennis og Elizabeth Kuchinich ķ Hvķta Hśsiš

Kuchinich og frśŽaš eru margar įstęšur fyrir žvķ aš viš eigum aš styšja Dennis Kuchinich sem nęsta forseta Bandarķkjanna - 1) Hann er langsamlega flottasti fringe og long shot kandķdatinn ķ žessum kosningum (mašurinn er alvöru sósķalisti, for crying out loud!), 2) Hann er alvöru umhverfisverndarsinni (hann gengur svo langt ķ counter-kśltśrnum aš hann er vegan ekki vegetarian)- og 3) Hann į langsamlega sętustu eiginkonuna af öllum frambjóšendum! Hjónaband Dennis og Elizabeth Kuchinich hefur vakiš athygli bloggara, blašamanna og fréttaskżrenda, og fyrir žvķ eru margar įstęšur. Žaš er töluveršur aldurs- og hęšarmunur į žeim, Hr. Kuchinich hefur oftar en ekki veriš lķkt viš Hobbita, mešan žaš eru allir sammįla um aš ef frś Kuchinich vęri karakter ķ Hringadróttinsssögu myndi hśn bśa ķ Lothlórien. Eins og London Times oršar žaš, Elizabeth er

6-foot-tall willowy redhead who has been compared to Arwen Evenstar, the Lord of the Rings character.

Góšvinur FreedomFries, Rick "santorum" Santorum benti, fyrir seinustu kosningar, į aš viš stęšum frammi fyrir kosmķskum bardaga milli góšs og ķlls, žar sem viš, vesturlandabśar, vęrum aš berjast viš öfl hins ķlla Sauron, sem skv. Santorum įtti aš bśa einhverstašar ķ Ķrak, eša mišausturlöndum, žar sem allir skķtugu śtlendingarnir bśa, ž.e.: 

the United States has avoided terrorist attacks at home over the past five years because the "Eye of Mordor" has been focused on Iraq instead.

"As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else," Santorum said. "It's being drawn to Iraq and it's not being drawn to the U.S. You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don't want the Eye to come back here to the United States."

Og ef žaš er mįliš - er ekki best aš viš kjósum forseta sem er Hobbiti, og er giftur įlf? Mig minnir aš fyrir utan Viggo Mortensen hafi žaš veriš Hobbitarnir og įlfarnir sem björgušu Mišgarši frį hringnum og öflum hins ķlla? Elizabeth Kuchinich er allavegana sannfęrš um aš hśn og Kuchinich muni bjarga heiminum frį glötun meš įst, įst įst įst! Žetta kemur fram ķ Times greininni: 

Can you imagine what it would be like to have real love in the White House and a true union between the masculine and the feminine? 

Satt best aš segja mjög hjartnęmt! Myspace sķša hennar er lķka įhugaverš. Hippķskur bakgrunnurinn, blóm og fišrildi. Kommentin į ljósmyndirnar af henni eru frįbęr:

Too bad this is such a small photo of such a beautiful couple! I love you guys so much!

Awwwww! I love you guys too!!! So wonderful :)

you are both SO beautiful !!!

Awww this picture is so sweet!

Meiri KuchinichAšdįendur Elizabeth Kuchinich kunna nefnilega aš tjį tilfinningalegt umrót sitt meš "awwww's" og upphrópunarmerkjum, og svo eru žeir lķka ašdįendur módķkonnotkunar, og kunna aš skrifa japönsk módķkon til aš tjį tilfinningar sķnar. Jei! \(*_*)/

Žaš sem ég hef helst aš athuga viš Elizabeth er įst hennar į Coldplay, (helvķtis sķšan spilar žaš satanķska vęl ķ hvert skipti sem hśn er opnuš!) sem er ekkert annaš en Celine Dion fyrir konur sem vilja ekki lķta śt fyrir aš vera fórnarlömb menningarišnašarins og auglżsingamaskķnu kapķtalismans, heldur sófistķkerašar og tilfinningalega nęmar...

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Mitt Romney: 'sensationally good looking'

Oooh žś ert svo sętur...Mitt Romney hefur vakiš töluverša athygli fyrir undarlegear yfirlżsingar undanfarnar vikur. Fyrst kom ķ ljós aš uppįhaldsbókin hans sé "Battlefield Earth" eftir L Ron Hubbard, stofnanda vķsindakirkjunnar - og svo komu vangaveltur hans um ķmynduš "7 įra hjónabönd" ķ Frakklandi. Romney hélt žvķ nefnilega fram aš ķ Frakklandi vęri alsiša aš fólk gerši "7 įra hjónabandssamninga" og sliti yfirleitt hjónaböndum aš sjö įrum lišnum. Žetta žóttu fréttir, žvķ žaš hefur vķst enginn heyrt um žessa samninga. Og žaš sem gerši žessa vangaveltu žótti enn merkilegri var aš Romney er eini forsetaframbjóšandinn sem hefur bśiš ķ Frakklandi! Hann talar lķka reiprennandi frönsku, sem fréttaskżrendur benda į aš muni ekki teljast honum til tekna žegar hann sękist eftir atkvęšum ķhaldssamra kjósenda. Ekkert frekar en stušningur hans viš fóstureyšingar, réttindi samkynhneigšra og andstaša viš byssueign.

En Romney er mašur sem žekkir styrkleika sķna og er óhręddur aš benda fólki į žį. Į kosningafundum Romney er nefnilega dreift mišum um ómótstęšilega fegurš hans og hįrprżši:

His promotional flyer says, “In this media-driven age, Romney begins with a decisive advantage. First, he has sensational good looks. People magazine named him one of the 50 most beautiful people in America. Standing 6 feet, 2 inches tall, Romney has jet-black hair, graying naturally at the temples. Women — who will play a critical role in this coming election — have a word for him: hot

Einhvernveginn finnst mér žaš vera hįlf eitthvaš hjįręnulegt aš vera aš tala um eigin fegurš. Og vestręn menning hefur lengi haft ķllan bifur į narssissistum sem dįst aš eigin hįrprżši og snoppufrķšleik. Žaš fór ķlla fyrir norninni ķ Mjallhvķt, og hśn var vķst meš "jet black hair" og velti žvķ mikiš fyrir sér hvort hśn vęri ekki įbyggilega į lista yfir 50 fallegusta fólkiš ķ rķkinu.

Žetta er samt kannski skiljanlegt, žvķ mótframbjóšendur Romney eru allir hvor öšrum eldri, sköllóttari og minni. Og sumir eru meira aš segja klęšskiptingar. Og Romney er vissulega myndarlegri karlmašur en Giuliani kona...

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Forsetaframbjóšendur Repśblķkanaflokksins, žróunarkenningin og Ronald Reagan

Kappręšur forsetaframbjóšenda Repśblķkanaflokksins voru haldnar um daginn, og ólķkt kappręšum demokrata voru ekkert nema gamlir hvķtir karlar uppi į sviši. Kappręšurnar voru ekkert sérstaklega įhugaveršar, og fjölmišlar hafa sżnt žeim furšulitla athygli. Fyrir utan tvö atriši sem hafa vakiš töluverša athygli. Ķ fyrsta lagi voru frambjóšendurnir spuršir hvort žeir "tryšu" į žróunarkenninguna, og žrķr sögšust ekki trśa į žróunarkenninguna. Sbr žessa upptöku:

Žaš er aušvitaš einkamįl hvers og eins hverju hann trśir, en žaš er full įstęša til aš efast um aš mašur sem kżs sköpunarsögu biblķunnar fram yfir nśtķma vķsindi geti stjórnaš žróušu lżšręšisrķki. Ef žessir frambjóšendur bera žetta litla viršingu fyrir vķsindum og skilja veröldina žetta ķlla hvernig er žį hęgt aš bśast viš žvķ aš žeir geti tekiš upplżstar og skynsamlegar įkvaršanir?

En žetta žróunarkenningarmįl er samt ekkert sérstaklega merkilegt. Viš höfum vitaš um nokkurt skeiš aš mikiš af kjósendum og fulltrśum flokksins hafa mjög sérkennilegar hugmyndir um gangverk veraldarinnar. Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee, and Tom Tancredo eiga hvort sem er aldrei eftir aš vinna tilnefningu flokksins, svo žetta skiptir svosem ekki miklu mįli.

Žaš sem er merkilegra er aš enginn af frambjóšendumum viršist trśa į George Bush.

Žaš var ekki raunverulega fyrr en i fyrra haust aš fréttaskżrendur geršu sér grein fyrir žvķ aš óvinsęldir strķšsins ķ Ķrak, og ekki sķst óvinsęldir forsetans, gętu skašaš flokkinn. Sķšan žį hafa vinsęldir strķšsins og forsetans sķst aukist. Samkvęmt sķšustu könnun Newsweek er "job approval rating" forsetans 28%. Innan viš žrišjungur žjóšarinnar telur aš forseti landsins sé aš leiša landiš ķ rétta įtt. Žaš žarf aš leita allt aftur til 1979 til aš finna forseta meš jafn lķtiš fylgi! Meš öšrum oršum: Žaš hefur enginn forseti Bandarķkjanna ķ 28 įr veriš jafn óvinsęll mešal žjóšarinnar...

Žetta er aušvitaš meirihįttar vandamįl fyrir flokkinn, sem kom skżrt fram ķ kappręšum forsetaframbjóšenda žeirra um daginn. Nafn forsetans var nefnt einu sinni allt kvöldiš! Samhengiš var žetta. Chris Matthes, sem stżrši umręšunum spurši Brownback śt ķ Scooter Libby:

MATTHEWS: Let me go to, Senator — do you think Scooter Libby should be –
BROWNBACK: Let the legal process move forward, and I’d leave that up to President Bush. And I think he could go either way on that.

(Sjį uppskrift MSNBC į umręšunum.) Til samanburšar var Ronald Reagan nefndur 19 sinnum į nafn... Hver ętli hafi nefnt Reagan oftast?

  • Giuliani: 5
  • Romney: 3
  • Brownback: 1
  • Hunter: 2
  • Huckabee: 1
  • Thompson: 3
  • McCain: 3
  • Gilmore: 1

Žessi Reaganįst stafar vitaskuld af žvķ aš flokkurinn hefur ekkert annaš til aš grķpa til - eftir įralanga óstjórn Bush getur flokkurinn ekki meš góšu móti bent į afrek sķn. En žaš aš frambjóšendur flokksins finni sig knśna til aš segja "Ronald Reagan" ķ hvert sinn sem žeir žurfa aš śtskżra afstöšu sķna til erfišra mįla, žegar žeir žurfa aš śtskżra hvaša "sżn" žeir hafa į framtķš Bandarikjanna bendir til djśpstęšari vanda. Žaš sem gerši Ronald Reagan vinsęlan var aš honum tókst einhvernveginn aš koma ķ orš draumum og hugsunum margra Bandarķkjamanna. Ég er ekki aš segja aš ég telji Reagan hafa stżrt Bandarķkjunum ķ rétta įtt - heldur aš honum hafi einhvernveginn tekist aš telja flestum Bandarķkjamönnum trś um aš hann hefši framtķšarsżn, hęrri hugsjónir og aš hann vęri leištogi. Žetta viršast frambjóšendur flokksins ekki hafa skiliš. Peggy Noonan, sem er dįlkahöfundur og mjög hęgrisinnuš benti į aš žessi Reagan-fixasjón vęri ekki til marks um leištogahęfileika, heldur skort į žeim. (Aš vķsu kennir hśn "fjölmišlum" um - en ég held aš žaš hafi ekki žurft fjölmišla til aš kķtla Giuliani til aš lķkja sjįlfum sér viš Reagan fimm sinnum).

[T]he media’s fixation with which Republican is the most like Reagan, and who is the next Reagan, and who parts his hair like Reagan, is absurd, and subtly undermining of Republicans, which is why they do it. Reagan was Reagan, a particular man at a particular point in history. What is to be desired now is a new greatness. Another way of saying this is that in 1960, John F. Kennedy wasn’t trying to be the next FDR, and didn’t feel forced to be. FDR was the great, looming president of Democratic Party history, and there hadn’t been anyone as big or successful since 1945, but JFK thought it was good enough to be the best JFK. And the press wasn’t always sitting around saying he was no FDR. Oddly enough, they didn’t consider that an interesting theme.

They should stop it already, and Republicans should stop playing along.

Hvaš segir žaš um frambjóšendur flokksins aš žeir geti hvorki sagt kjósendum sķnum hver afstaša žeirra til sitjandi forseta er, eša hvernig og hvert hann hefur leitt žjóšina seinustu įrin, né hvert žeir sjįlfir myndu leiša hana?

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Forsetaframbjóšendur demokrata ķ kappręšum

The somewhat united frontŽetta fór vķst fullkomlega framhjį mér: forsetaframbjóšendur demokrata hittust allir og héldu kappręšur hvor viš annan. Meginefni ręšuhaldanna skilst mér žó aš hafi fyrst og fremst veriš hver žeirra vęri mest į móti strķšinu ķ Ķrak. Samkvęmt fréttum viršist Obama hafa veriš stjarna kvöldsins, en Dennis Kuchinich, sem allir vita aš į sennilega jafn mikinn séns ķ aš vinna tilnefningu flokksins og Don Imus, viršist žó hafa nįš aš fanga athygli įhorfenda. Washington Post:

For 90 mostly low-keyed minutes, the Democratic candidates offered a somewhat united front in denouncing Mr. Bush for the way he handled the war and saying that they should work to assemble the votes to try to override Mr. Bush’s expected veto.

Ég veit ekki alveg hvaš žetta "somewhat united front" į aš fyrirstilla - kannski aš sumir, eins og Kuchinich og Mike Gravel vilja vantraustsyfirlżsingar į stjórnina, og sennilega helst aš forsetinn verši dreginn śt į tśn, tjargašur og fišrašur:

At one point, Mike Gravel, a former Senator from Alaska, said he wanted Congress to pass a law “making it a felony” for the administration to stay in Iraq.

Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama appeared slack-jawed as Mr. Gravel loudly made his argument.

CNN segir aš žaš hafi ekki veriš neinn "sigurvegari" ķ žessum kappręšum:

"I'm not sure there was a stand-out in this," she said. "I thought it was a pretty mellow debate. You didn't see any blood spilled. You didn't see any real confrontation."

"There was some at the end, but it wasn't the kind of thing that you get in the heat of the moment when a primary election is about to come up. I think what this debate did was serve that beginning mark for these Democrats."

Žaš er lķka mjög skiljanlegt aš frambjóšendur demokrata vilji "play it safe" ķ bili, žvķ "sigurstranglegustu" frambjóšendur repśblķkana - Giuliani, Romney og McCain viršast allir eiga įlķka mikinn séns aš vinna kosningar og Kuchinich. Giuliani er crossdresser og hefur stutt rķkisfjįrmögnun fóstureyšinga - McCain er ellięrt gamalmenni og Romney var fylgjandi hjónaböndum samkynhneigšra og fóstureyšingum, įšur en hann įkvaš aš bjóša sig fram til forseta. Jś, og svo laug hann žvķ lķka aš hann vęri "a lifelong hunter", en hefur vķst aldrei veriš mešlimur ķ NRA og bara fariš tvisvar į skytterķ, til aš skjóta "squirrels, rodents, small creatures..."

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Hįttsettir repśblķkanar farnir aš tala um aš įkęra Bush fyrir lygar og embęttisglöp

Hagel lķtur lķka sęmilega forsetalega śt...Impeachment! Seinast žegar žetta orš var notaš af stjórnmįlamönnum var žaš žegar repśblķkanaflokkurinn efndi til nornaveiša gegn Bill Clinton fyrir aš hafa logiš undir eiš um hvort samband hans og Mónķku hafi veriš kynferšislegt. Žaš hefur aušvitaš fjöldi fólks bent, og žaš réttilega, į aš žaš ętti aš įkęra Bush fyrir embęttisglöp (žvķ tilgangslaus og ķlla skipulögš strķš sem kosta žśsundir mannslķfa geta sennilega fallist undir embęttisglöp...) og fyrir aš hafa logiš aš žjóšinni ķ undirbśningi strķšsins. Fram til žessa hafa samt engir stjórnmįlamenn gengiš svo langt aš leggja til aš Bush verši įkęršur - aš žingiš "impeachi" forsetann. Žar til nśna.

Samkvęmt annarri grein, liš fjögur, ķ stjórnarskrį Bandarķkjanna:

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors

Chuck Hegel, sem er einn af hįttsettustu öldungardeildaržingmönnum Repśblķkana, strķšshetja frį Vķetnam, og eitilharšur ķhaldsmašur, hefur nś nefnt möguleikann į žvķ aš žingiš įkęri Bush. Žetta eru mjög merkilegar fréttir - žó Hegel hafi ekki sagst sjįlfur ętla aš leiša slķka atlögu, heldur bara gefiš ķ skyn aš "einhver" kynni aš gera žaš, er ljóst aš andstašan viš Bush innan Repśblķkanaflokksins er komin į nżtt og alvarlegra stig.

Ķ vištali viš Esquire, sem śt kemur ķ nęstu viku, gefur Hagel ķ skyn aš Bush kynni aš standa frammi fyrir impeachement hearings ef strķšiš ķ Ķrak haldi įfram:

"The president says, 'I don't care.' He's not accountable anymore," Hagel says, measuring his words by the syllable and his syllables almost by the letter. "He's not accountable anymore, which isn't totally true. You can impeach him, and before this is over, you might see calls for his impeachment. I don't know. It depends how this goes."

The conversation beaches itself for a moment on that word -- impeachment -- spoken by a conservative Republican from a safe Senate seat in a reddish state. It's barely even whispered among the serious set in Washington, and it rings like a gong in the middle of the sentence, even though it flowed quite naturally out of the conversation he was having about how everybody had abandoned their responsibility to the country, and now there was a war going bad because of it.

"Congress abdicated its oversight responsibility," he says. "The press abdicated its responsibility, and the American people abdicated their responsibilities. Terror was on the minds of everyone, and nobody questioned anything, quite frankly."


Hagel er sönnun žess aš žaš eru lķka sęmilega skynsamir menn ķ Repśblķkanaflokknum: menn sem gera sér grein fyrir žvķ aš Bush er langt kominn meš aš eyšileggja ekki bara Bandarķkin, heldur lķka sinn eigin sttjórnmįlaflokk. Hiš fyrra hljóta aš vera svik viš kjósendur, en hiš sķšara eru svik viš flokkinn, og fram til žessa hafa flokksbręšur Bush sżnt honum ótrślegt langlundargeš. Žjóšin er fyrir löngu bśin aš missa alla trś į forsetanum, en fram til žessa hefur flokkurinn enn treyst "the decider". Flestir nįnast ķ blindni.

Og jś, aušvitaš er lķka annar vķnkill į žessu mįli: Samkvęmt hįvęrum oršrómum er Hagel aš ķhuga forsetaframboš. Hagel er alvöru ķhaldsmašur.

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