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Missed this one initially because I was busy, but I just learned of it from LC & IB Mike.

Looks like the CIA destroyed tapes of interrogations of terrorists and, for what it’s worth, I’m with Bryan of Hot Air on this one.

The noodle-spined weasel parasites in DC just decided that the well-being and comfort of terrorists is more important to them than the lives of their voters, and then they passed the buck downwards to the interrogators. Shit rolls downhill, and the career bureaucrats in DC produce a lot of it.

So what’s the CIA to do? All of a sudden the clowns in DC have decided that interrogating terrorists is illegal if it goes beyond withholding the sugar from their tea, so obviously the interrogators are worried that they might end up in a lot of retroactive trouble. And don’t forget that those “illegal” interrogation methods led to a lot of actionable intel that saved a LOT of lives, something worth remembering before you start weeping over the plights of terrorists in custody.

Oh, and as LC & IB Mike mentions, it gets worse. Even His Imperial Omniscience didn’t know about that one, and it tells us all we need to know about our “Eternal Friends” the Saudis and the Pakistanis as well.

Read the post, but here’s a summary: We trick a terrorist into thinking that he’s being held by the Saudis. As a result, he demands that he speak to some of his friends in the Saudi government, three of them to be exact. He also fingered the chief of the Pakistani air force.

We then pass the info along to our “friends” the Saudis and Pakis and, coincidence of coincidence, all four of them suddenly have tragic and fatal “accidents.”

Yep, the Saudis and Pakis sure are “reliable and loyal friends” and a “valuable asset” in the Long War.

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Freshly minted Auzzie Prime Minister, eager for a photo-op with the Goreacle, promptly shows he’s a true friend of the Biggest Scatalogical-Scientific Swindle™ in history, by signing onto the Great Kyoto II Suicide Pact of 2007.

After managing to find hangar space and tie-downs for the hundreds of private jets, the convention gets off to the expected start, Blaming Bush for the impending crisis.

US On Defensive At Climate Conference

First Australia won international applause for abandoning the United States and signing a global warming pact Washington has long opposed. Then a U.S. Senate committee voted for deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

Harry Reid’s do-nothing, know-nothing Senate, plucks out a dingle-berry from Teddy’s Ample Ass-Crack and calls it legislation with glee, all for Teh Cause™, you know?

Give us more, O Emperor! »

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Dutch legislators have set down a commission to answer an utterly baffling (to them) question:

Netherlands authorities are commissioning a study to determine why Moroccan men target gays in Amsterdam, considered one of Europe’s most gay friendly cities.

Wow. That’s really confounding. We wonder why that could be? Let’s see… Moroccan men, religion of piss, targeting gays… Nope, we’ve got nuthin’.

Of course, they’re already busy trying to come up with an answer that has nothing to do with the actual cause:

Half the hate crimes were committed by men of Moroccan origin. Some researchers believe they lashed out at local gays after feeling stigmatized by Dutch society, the newspaper said.

Of COURSE! The mooselimbs of the famously tolerant towards gays religion of piss are targeting gays because… *drumroll*… THEY ASKED FOR IT. Being the evil, white, imperialist, oppressing bastards that they are.

If there’s a species of flagellates more terminally mindfucked than the average, self-loathing EUroweenie, we sure haven’t heard of it.

Assclowns.

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Bend over, grab your ankles because Teh Most Ethical Congress Evah™, just pulled a quick stunt to redistribute your wealth even more. Don’t count on the Nadless Nabob from Crawford to find the veto pen for this piece of socialist, punitive legislation. It’s literally chock-full of bullshit and libtard swindles covering the real intent of lifting even more drachmas from your wallet. The putative target- Eeevil Big Oil. What the clue-deficient, elected elites can’t seem to understand is basic economics and, whenever taxes go up on any portion of the energy pipeline, “We The People” ultimately pay the tab.

House OKs new taxes for Big Oil

Declaring a new direction in energy policy, the House on Saturday approved $16 billion in taxes on oil companies, while providing billions of dollars in tax breaks and incentives for renewable energy and conservation efforts.

Tax increases for the companies actually capable of meeting our energy needs and breaks and incentives for pie-in-the sky ‘efforts’ to keep the “Wormening Gorebots” happy. You know, the idjits making biodiesel out of used burrito frying oil etc. Nevermind that all the burritos eaten in Kaliforniastan annually, would produce enough used oil to supply a dozen Yugos for 2 trips to the organic market.

Republican opponents said the legislation ignored the need to produce more domestic oil, natural gas and coal. One GOP lawmaker bemoaned “the pure venom … against the oil and gas industry.”

G_d forbid we ever allow a single drop of oil or gas be drilled from areas actually under our control. After all, it might upset the single-testicled, barking cockroach’s habitat. A solitary GOP member finds the cojones to call this monster what it is, venom, pure and simple. Can’t have those big corporations actually making a profit and employing workers. That’s not a good thing for the collective good of the ’state’. Furthermore, those assclowns don’t get it that they’ll (The Eeeevil Big Oiiiil™ companies) just add the new taxes into the cost of doing business and pass it right on down the line to everyone doing business with them.

The House passed the tax provisions by a vote of 221-189. Earlier it had approved, 241-172, a companion energy package aimed at boosting energy efficiency and expanding use of biofuels, wind power and other renewable energy sources.

Look for the formation of a new Federal Incandescent Bulb Police, to begin unannounced inspections to ensure no one is using those evil devices in their homes. They just can’t help themselves from continuing to bally-hoo those favorite buzz-words to keep the eco-freaks well-aroused can they? It just doesn’t matter that none of them are anywhere near practical for all but small businesses (such as retail) and residences. Heavy industry is decades away from obtaining any significant portion of their requirements from renewables, but don’t let that stop the ultimate source of ‘hot’ wind-power from making regulations to use non-existent technology to appease the hippies in time for the ‘08 election season.

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It seems the cats inside the beltway are scratching away at the litter trying to bury the “Shamesty 2007″ debacle and fallout, from the plebeian masses.

US Businesses Fear Illegal Foreign Worker Crackdown

US businesses are bracing for a possible major crackdown on illegal foreign workers, as the government seeks to give immigration authorities more power to punish companies hiring undocumented workers.

President George W. Bush’s administration has proposed a federal regulation that unions warn could lead to mass firings nationwide by companies seeking to avoid prosecution and fines.

So we’re to believe that Jorge Arbusto after using every trick in the book, including calling his base racists, that suddenly he’s had a change of heart and wants to play hardball? It’s just a proposal and after it’s sufficiently reported, far and wide, I’m sure it will quietly shuffle off the mortal coil into the dumpster.

“It’s going to put businesses all over the nation in a bind,” said Tamar Jacoby, an immigration expert at the conservative Manhattan Institute.

“If the feds (federal authorities) really follow through with this, and I think they’re going to, you’re going to see lots of industries … leave the US,” Jacoby said.

Uh huh. Let’s see, it’s pretty well established that illegals favor a fairly narrow band of labor. Landscaping and general construction labor is one. I don’t think many of us will send our lawns or roofs outside the U.S. Next we have the meat processing industries, Hormel, Tyson, and Pilgrim’s Pride aren’t likely to outsource because they’re rather dependent on locations within reasonable shipping distance of their suppliers.

The rule under consideration in Washington relates directly to the potentially fraudulent use of Social Security numbers, which employees provide at the time of hiring.

Fake Social Security cards are widely available on the black market, allowing many immigrants to work at major US corporations.

Amazing, our technological society just can’t seem to sort that issue out. I know the SSA only employs a few senior citizens that frequently get lost in the tons of paper records, boxes and lunch leftovers. I mean it’s not like they have a computer database of actual, legally issued SSNs right?

Jacoby said the proposed regulation, left pending since June 2006, was boxed up while Congress debated a sweeping immigration reform plan that recently collapsed.

Since the legislation was buried, businesses have braced for the worksite enforcement regulation to be adopted by the Department of Homeland Security, she said.

Ever notice how PR and journalists types just love the word “Brace”. Eastern Slobovialand is “bracing” for Hurricane Blow-Job Billy, businesses are bracing for actual enforcement of laws. It’s just me, but when I hear or see that word used I think of the movie “Airplane” with passengers assuming their crash positions.

The largest chicken processor in the United States, Pilgrim’s Pride, has fired more than 100 employees who cannot produce valid Social Security numbers, according to news reports and advocates for the workers in rural east Texas.

Experts describe the firings as a pre-emptive move ahead of beefed-up enforcement.

In other parlance, we gotta cover our asses and quick.

The company has acknowledged firing workers although it would not say what motivated the layoffs or how many were let go. It has hired replacement workers.

“There undoubtedly will be additional terminations,” said Gary Rhodes, a spokesman for Pilgrim’s, which has 55,000 employees in the United States and Mexico.

No motivation for the layoffs, eh? But you did hire replacements, perchance were they all gringos?

The government routinely alerts companies when suspicious numbers are entered into the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) electronic database, but experts say current law essentially allows employers to ignore the warning letters.

In a 2006 fact sheet, the White House said the proposed regulation would make it “clear that employers who ignore the discrepancies between SSA databases and the information provided by their employees may be viewed under the law as knowing that the employees are illegal workers, making it easier … to prosecute violators.” [Emph Mine]

Don’t you just love it when we already have laws on the books, but other laws allow someone to just ignore the others. Rule of Law, my ass. The proposed regulation, our careful readers will note says “may be viewed under the law”, nice loophole there Bushito.

Companies that knowingly hire illegal workers can face criminal prosecution and be hit with fines of up to 10,000 dollars per worker for repeat violations.

Not that any company would ever be assessed a fine, because as we all know, ICE is in the habit of giving notice to employers prior to their “surprise” inspections.

According to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the proposed rule remains pending. But business leaders believe authorities may announce its final adoption before the summer is out.

ICE spokeswoman Pat Reilly could not give a timetable for when it might be adopted, but she said it was a “well intentioned regulation and one hopes that it will get full consideration.” [Emph Mine]

Proposed rule, remains pending. Cannot provide a timetable when it might be adopted. Cough *BULLSHIT* Cough.

Bill Hammond, head of the Texas Association of Business and part of a national business alliance that pushed for immigration reform in Washington, said the migrant job losses at Pilgrim’s could be the tip of the iceberg.

There are an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States, with as many as a 10th of them in Texas.

“There are a lot of employees in Texas … who are undocumented workers,” Hammond said. “A lot of them could be out of the workforce over the next six to 12 months.”

Well golllee, gee-wizziwockers. That’s a lot folks doing the jobs that no Americans will do. I don’t mind paying an extra quarter a pound for chicken or hamburger meat, if it means that taxes being vacuumed out of my pockets by said ‘undocumented’ workers using government services, are reduced by a couple hundred dollars.

Immigrant advocacy groups, labor unions and a coalition of national business groups have criticized the proposal.

The AFL-CIO, an umbrella group representing 53 unions and nearly nine million workers, warned the government last year that the proposed rule would “trigger mass firings across the nation” and lead to discrimination against legal workers.

Typically, the clue-bereft AFL-CIO fails recognize the difference between legal and illegal. Color me stupid, but don’t most labor unions attempt to increase the wages for their employees. With that in mind, if the illegal workers (obviously working on a lower pay-scale) disappear wouldn’t that allow your legal employees better wages? Or is a reduction in union dues a factor?

“It’s going to put employers in a position pretty quickly of, I think, having to terminate workers,” said John Gay, vice-president for government relations at the National Restaurant Association. “We are concerned about it.”

My heart bleeds for you, it really does. That would mean hiring and actually paying employees fair wages and profits declining, maybe some layoffs of VP gubmint-relations types are in order as well.

I just can’t find a microgram of pity for any of these companies right now. Not a solitary one.

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Brother J (aka LC&IB Vulcanrider) having recently terminated his employment with the inept, PC-riddled and bureaucrapinated incompetence haven, known as the TSA, pens a fine take on Skeletor’s Department of Homeland InSecurity.

Posted over at Cigar Intelligence Agency: Knee Jerks From the DC Jerks Again

A most righteous screed from a former (Thank G-d) insider, and no, you won’t find anything useful for circumventing the system, just a look into how incredibly clue-fucked, yet another of W’s pet projects remains.

[Hah !! The Empire is double-teaming Chertoff today, I see. Buwaaahaaaaa-JB]

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(Via Hot Air)

Just when you thought that government idiots couldn’t get more idiotic:

HICKMAN, Kentucky — Officials mistakenly released a prisoner from a Kentucky facility after receiving a phony fax that ordered him freed, and it took them nearly two weeks to realize it.

The fax contained grammatical errors, was not typed on letterhead and was sent from a local grocery store. The fax falsely claimed that the Kentucky Supreme Court “demanded” Timothy Rouse be released.

“Deer Warden,

We demand that u releeze tim rite now b/c we sez so.

XOXO,

Teh supream cort of kintocky.”

“It’s outrageous that it happened,” Fulton County Attorney Rick Major said. “I’m just glad nobody got hurt because he’s dangerous.”

As are the functional retards in charge of your correctional facilities, it would appear.

Police are still investigating who faxed the letter.

We suspect that asking the grocery store from whence the fax originated might help you in that quest but hey, you’re the professionals here. Don’t let a silly mere citizen tell you how to do your jobs.

Prison officials did not notice that the fax came from the grocery store because policies did not require checking the source of a faxed order, said the LaGrange facility’s director, Greg Taylor.

“It’s not part of a routine check, but certainly, in hindsight, that would perhaps have caused somebody to ask a question,” he said.

You think? Amazing. What was your first clue because, to be honest, we hadn’t even thought of that until you mentioned it.

Misspellings on orders are common, he said.

We don’t doubt that for a second. An applicant showing disturbing levels of actual literacy would be grossly overqualified for government work. As a matter of fact, the poor spelling and grammar was most likely what convinced the officials that the “court order” was legitimate.

Still, they ought to have raised an eyebrow when they realized that the document hadn’t been scribbled in crayon on a place mat from Denny’s as is usually the case.

Thank G-d we have professionals taking care of us.

***UPDATE:*** Incompetent government officials don’t release dangerous prisoners, FAX MACHINES release dangerous prisoners!

Ban fax machines! NOW!

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