Saddam Trial Disastrous, Adjourned for six weeks

Saddam Hussein

Donald Rumsfeld, please come back from China and explain yourself! Why are you hiding in China?

“I said what I said, I am not guilty, I am innocent,” Saddam told the court after charges that included torture, murder and forced imprisonment were read out.

Check all the key quotes here.

In my opinion, and in the opinion of many Iraqis, the trial is meaningless and yet another example of the U.S. Government diverting attention from the real problems plaguing the President‘s War.

From the Case School of Law: Groatian Moment, a blog on the Saddam Hussein trial.
Summary of various news reports from The Belmont Club.
While Saddam declared the court “illegal,” even the presiding judge admitted he felt stripped of his identity because he was not allowed to wear his traditional garb in the court.

David Folkenflik reports on NPR this morning: For journalists, its not a matter of if you get shot at upon entry to the “Green Zone,” its a matter of when.

Listen to his disturbing collection of reports from journalists in Iraq.

Wilma?!?!?!?

Hurricane Wilma Wilma Wilma on Jamaica

Fred Flintstone, IQ of 2, coins the phrase “global warming,” begins 24-hour vigil outside White House demanding the return of his wife and puts the Flinstone-mobile lobby on red alert.

All jokes aside… BIGGEST STORM EVER. Seems news outlets are happy to say that its at its strongest NOW. Screw the Jamaicans and Caribbean residents because Florida will be spared in comparison?!?!?

Citizen journalists file first-hand reports at BBC.

Ed Shultz Stonewalled by the Pentagon

ed schultzIn another low blow to free speech, here are the straight deets with help from Think Progress:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) — A talk radio host says his program, slated to debut on a Pentagon radio station Monday, was pulled to punish him for airing audio embarrassing President Bush.

Ed Shultz played an audio tape of Pentagon communications official Allison Barber helping troops in Iraq rehearse for their broadcast video teleconference with the president last week on his progressive talk radio show.

According to People for the American Way [view .pdf of the email], Barber personally called Schultz — regarded as a liberal in the world of talk radio — on Monday to tell him his show would not be airing Oct. 17 after all.

Earlier, Joe Gandelman of The Moderate Voice interviewed Schultz on the significance of being syndicated on the Armed Forces Network. (read the full interview).

To listen to the Ed Schultz show, visit his website. An .mp3 (or “podcast” as Steve Jobs insists we call it) archive of recent shows is here. Schultz relays the news on his show here (.mp3).

The great Howard Schultz covers Schultzgate in the Tuesday Washington Post. While you’re there, don’t miss these exclusive e-mail clips from Brownie’s office that WaPo somehow got a hold of.

Just one of the gems tucked away on page 11:
“Let them play their raindeer games as long as they are not turning around and tasking us with their stupid questions. None of them have a clue about emergency management.”