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This, That & The Other Thing
July 14, 2009
 

 

 

 

1) New York Post Excerpt: During the first five months of this year, with the Senate under the control of its first African-American majority leader, Smith, top Democrats bemoaned the lack of minority Senate staffers.

But instead of trying to recruit new hires, they fired nearly 200 almost exclusively white workers and replaced them with a large number of minority employees, many of whom were seen by their fellow workers to be unskilled at their new jobs.

The move produced severe racial tensions, made worse by the fact that, as a high-level Democratic staffer confided, "We've been told to only hire minorities."

DJMS - Commentary: Racisim is an ugly thing. But it is something that we all have a right to, as private citizens. But that is where it ends. Our government(s) do not have a right to be racist here in America. Yet, this is what we have seen from the very beginning, because our  government is made up of people who desire to rule, instead of govern.

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2) The New York Times Excerpt: The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney, the agency’s director, Leon E. Panetta, has told the Senate and House intelligence committees, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said Saturday.

 

The report that Mr. Cheney was behind the decision to conceal the still-unidentified program from Congress deepened the mystery surrounding it, suggesting that the Bush administration had put a high priority on the program and its secrecy.

Mr. Panetta, who ended the program when he first learned of its existence from subordinates on June 23, briefed the two intelligence committees about it in separate closed sessions the next day.

DJMS - Commentary: I never liked Cheney. I voted for Bush, but never liked Cheney. How he handled the situation with his daughter, showed him to be a hypocrite
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3) Washington Post Poll: Do you think Judge Sonia Sotomayor is qualified to be on the Supreme Court?

DJMS - Commentary: A poll at Washing Post shows that few people believe that Judge Sonia Sotomayor is qualified to be on the Supreme Court.

At the time of my vote, 79% of the voters, did not believe that Judge Sonia Sotomayer is qualified for the job
. That was 5,065 voters that said, "No."


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