Remember the Cole – Obama drops charges

AP reports that tomorrow President will drop charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. al-Nashiri is a suspect in the 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole.

from A.P.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The senior military judge overseeing terror trials at Guantanamo Bay is expected to drop charges Friday against a suspect in the 2000 USS Cole bombing.

The legal move by the Hon. Susan J. Crawford would bring all Guantanamo cases into compliance with President Barack Obama’s executive order to halt court proceedings at the Navy detention center in Cuba.

A senior Obama administration official told The Associated Press that the charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri will be dismissed without prejudice. That means new charges can be brought again later.

It also gives the White House time to review the legal cases of all 245 terror suspects held there and decide whether they should be prosecuted in the U.S. or released to other nations.

Obama has assured that the charges are only being dropped should the court in which they were brought during the Bush administration be deemed illegitimate. Charges will most likely be brought on al-Nashiri again in the new courts. There will be no leniency shown for this terror suspect. This attention to detail prevented a big foulup that could have set al-Nashiri free. At least one welcome, dare I say it, change.

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Remember the Cole – Obama drops charges

AP reports that tomorrow President will drop charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. al-Nashiri is a suspect in the 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole.

from A.P.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The senior military judge overseeing terror trials at Guantanamo Bay is expected to drop charges Friday against a suspect in the 2000 USS Cole bombing.

The legal move by the Hon. Susan J. Crawford would bring all Guantanamo cases into compliance with President Barack Obama’s executive order to halt court proceedings at the Navy detention center in Cuba.

A senior Obama administration official told The Associated Press that the charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri will be dismissed without prejudice. That means new charges can be brought again later.

It also gives the White House time to review the legal cases of all 245 terror suspects held there and decide whether they should be prosecuted in the U.S. or released to other nations.

Obama has assured that the charges are only being dropped should the court in which they were brought during the Bush administration be deemed illegitimate. Charges will most likely be brought on al-Nashiri again in the new courts. There will be no leniency shown for this terror suspect. This attention to detail prevented a big foulup that could have set al-Nashiri free. At least one welcome, dare I say it, change.

More at ABC

Nightly News Roundup – Stimulus Votes, Job Market, Public Support, Lewiston Teacher, Katahdin Layoffs, Bank Robbery

ABC – Don’t get cocky kid

NBC – The Uh Oh Economy

CBS – Help!

WMTW8 – Teacher busted

WCSH6 – A paper bailout?

WGME13 – Bank knock over

Nightly News Roundup – Stimulus Votes, Job Market, Public Support, Lewiston Teacher, Katahdin Layoffs, Bank Robbery

ABC – Don’t get cocky kid

NBC – The Uh Oh Economy

CBS – Help!

WMTW8 – Teacher busted

WCSH6 – A paper bailout?

WGME13 – Bank knock over

Is This Stimulus for Us? – Economic stimulus or government stimulus

I am an advocate for sensible stimulus spending. Spending that creates jobs, repairs our failing infrastructure, and reduces our dependence of foreign oil is fine. You’ve got to spend money to make money. For those who’ve had the time, and lack of sanity, to pour over the 700 page American Recovery and Investment Act there are big concerns over how much of this money is going into the government. Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal is one of those concerned citizens.

from Wall Street Journal:

Check your PC’s virus program, then pull down the nearly 700 pages of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Dive into its dank waters and what is most striking is how much “stimulus” money is being spent on the government’s own infrastructure. This bill isn’t economic stimulus. It’s self-stimulus.

(All sums here include the disorienting zeros, as in the bill.)

Title VI, Financial Services and General Government, says that “not less than $6,000,000,000 shall be used for construction, repair, and alteration of Federal buildings.” There’s enough money there to name a building after every Member of Congress.

The Bureau of Land Management gets $325,000,000 to spend fixing federal land, including “trail repair” and “remediation of abandoned mines or well sites,” no doubt left over from the 19th-century land rush.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are getting $462,000,000 for “equipment, construction, and renovation of facilities, including necessary repairs and improvements to leased laboratories.”

The National Institute of Standards gets $357,000,000 for the “construction of research facilities.” The Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration gets $427,000,000 for that. The country is in an economic meltdown and the federal government is redecorating.

The FBI gets $75,000,000 for “salaries and expenses.” Inside the $6,200,000,000 Weatherization Assistance Program one finds “expenses” of $500,000,000. How many bureaucrats does it take to “expense” a half-billion dollars?

The current, Senate-amended version now lists “an additional amount to be deposited in the Federal Buildings Fund, $9,048,000,000.” Of this, “not less than $6,000,000,000 shall be available for measures necessary to convert GSA facilities to High-Performance Green Buildings.” High performance?

Sen. Tom Coburn is threatening to read the bill on the floor of the Senate. I have a better idea: Read it on “Saturday Night Live.”

Such as the amendment to Section 2(3)(F) of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, which will permit payments to guys employed to repair “recreational vessels.” Under Incentives for New Jobs, we find a credit to employ what the bill calls “disconnected youths,” defined as “not readily employable by reason of lacking a sufficient number of basic skills.”

President Obama is saying the bill will “create or save” three million new jobs. The bad news is your new boss is Uncle Sam.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says, “Everybody agrees that there ought to be a stimulus package. The question is: How big and what do we spend it on?”

Sen. McConnell should reconsider. He knows that the Bush-GOP spending spree cost them control of Congress in 2006. Thus, “How big?” is not the question his party’s constituents (or horrified independents) want answered. This is a chance for the GOP to climb down from its big-government dunce chair. Until that reversal is achieved, there is no hope for this party.

I think that behind the bill’s sinking public support is the sense that it won’t work and its cost is dangerous. The bill’s design, an embarrassment to Rube Goldberg, is flawed. Even were one to grant the Keynesians their argument, this is a very mushy, weak-form stimulus.

Rather than try to “reform” it, which won’t happen, Sen. McConnell should ask President Obama to pull it and start over. One guesses that privately the president’s economic team would thank the senator. If he won’t pull it, the Senate Republicans should walk away from it. This bill is a bomb. It may wreck more than it saves.

This could go a few ways for the Republicans if they return to their smaller-the-government-the-better roots. If the stimulus should succeed without Republican intervention they will look like out of touch ideologues. Or the stimulus fails without Repubs help. They say I told you so, the people say that’s nice but why didn’t you do anything about it earlier. Those two scenarios aren’t likely. There are Republicans who are keen to do more than partisan posturing and are working hard on cutting the fat from the stimulus bill already.

If they Republicans can work with the Democrats to get this bill trimmed down to be most effective for the crisis they will be in prime shape. Faith will be restored that Repubs have left the big spending ways of George W. behind. I disagree with Henninger that this bill can’t be saved. Republican reform, or financial conservative reform rather, is just what we need to difuse this “bomb”

Blogs for Lunch – Bipartisanship, Hannity, Stimulus, Beck, Suicide Bombers

The Moderate Voice – Bipartisan or no?

Salon – Sean Hannity super fun!

Donklephant – Incredible shrinking stimulus

Crooks and Liars – Glen Beck’s red scare

Advice Goddess – Suicide is painless

Plumber Watch ’09 – We’re not worthy

I really wish I was making this up. All of this would make one Hell of a hilarious novel. Joe the Anti-Socialist Crusader had a few remarks on the stimulus and his political career after his meeting with the Conservative Working Group yesterday.

from NY Daily News:

You’d think Joe the Plumber’s 15 minutes would be up by now. But , no, after a stint as a correspondent in Israel, he took his act to Capitol Hill today.

The first order of business: giving political advice to conservative Republican staffers at breakfast, which, Wurzelbacher told us, “Went really well.”

His advice, essentially, was to take no prisoners in standing up for their beliefs.

“It’s not politically incorrect to say you’re Republican or conservative,” Joe said. “They need to dig their heels in and fight for what needs to be done.”

And no reason to be subtle, he said, as long as folks inform themselves. “I don’t believe there’s two sides to every story. It’s black and white,” Wurzelbacher explained. “There’s right and wrong.”

One thing that needs to be done, he said, is killing this stimulus package, because it’s just another example of “American government” — Republicans and Democrats — “kicking our butts left and right.” He also called it welfare.

As for his own political career, America will just have to wait six years until his son grows up.

“I don’t know if the American public deserve me,” he said, “but my son definitely deserves my time now.”

So look for Joe for Something in 2015. Why not? He’s kept his 15 minutes going this long.

Subtly is clearly wasted on this man. Life must be easy when every single thing is one way or another. Life is not a children’s story. There is not a white knight and an evil dragon to slay everywhere. There are nuances to almost every situation. Lord knows that are about a hundred million elements to the current economic crisis and stimulus package. To dismiss it just because you think it may be welfare is idiotic. I don’t agree certain spending in the bill, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

The “deserve me” quote? I should hope we don’t deserve this guy. That would reflect extremely poorly on our country. I do applaud Joe for saying his son deserves his time right now. Despite all of his flaws I am glad he is trying to be a good father. I wont make a dig at Joe out of that.

Trade Update – "Buy American" clause removed

It looks like a global trade war had been averted for the time being. President Obama announced last night he would remove the “Buy American” clause from the stimulus package. A sigh of relief was breathed by all who enjoy affordable goods and true economic recovery.

From the UK Times:

Last night Mr Obama gave a strong signal that he would remove the most provocative passages from the Bill.

“I agree that we can’t send a protectionist message,” he said in an interview with Fox TV. “I want to see what kind of language we can work on this issue. I think it would be a mistake, though, at a time when worldwide trade is declining, for us to start sending a message that somehow we’re just looking after ourselves and not concerned with world trade.”

Mr Brown does not want to join criticism of President Obama’s stimulus proposals, which he sees as vindicating his own, but the Prime Minister remains strongly anti-protectionist, resisting calls yesterday for more safeguards for British workers.

Trade unions demanded a tightening of the law on the use of foreign workers as hundreds again walked out at the Lindsey oil refinery in protest at the hiring of Italian and Portuguese workers, and energy workers around the country followed suit.

Reason has their take on outcome here. The Libertarian opinion on the whole matter is decidedly pessimistic.

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