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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:29 PM
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No Iraq Trip for Legislator Who Opposed Deal on Ports(Peter King)
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/04/politics/04king.html?...

Representative Peter T. King's prominent opposition to a proposal to allow a Dubai company to take over some terminal operations at American ports may have earned him some punishment from the Bush administration: He has been grounded.

Mr. King, the New York Republican who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, confirmed Friday that a few days after he first threatened legislation to hold up the port deal, the Pentagon informed him that it could not provide an aircraft for his planned March Congressional delegation to Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.

A Feb. 22 e-mail notice to Mr. King's office said the legislative affairs branch of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's office had determined "they do not have any aircraft to support" the official trip to Baghdad and other points. "Please advise if the CODEL will now pursue commercial air," it concluded, referring to the Congressional trip. Mr. King said he did not know if the paucity of aircraft was related to his leading role in the port dispute, but he was suspicious.

"It is very coincidental," said Mr. King, who talked reluctantly when pressed about the canceled trip, which had first been unintentionally disclosed by another lawmaker. Mr. King said that he did not intend to make an issue out of it or allow it to affect his stance in the port dispute.

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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:32 PM
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1. can you say Dictatorship Mr. King?
I knew you could!
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cantstandbush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 08:40 AM
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12. If King rolls over on this, he is no better than McCain! n/t
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IsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:34 PM
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2. Yeah, that's the American Way. Heavy handed tactics like this should show
people what the mentality is of this administration.
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shain from kane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:34 PM
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3. Not good to be the King. n/t
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AlamoDemoc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:37 PM
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4. lol @ grounded...I always wanted that asshat to shut up..my wish came true

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
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Plaid Adder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:43 PM
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5. Not letting him take a trip to Iraq is a *punishment?*
What's next, they cancel his res at Club Guantanamo?

C ya,

The Plaid Adder
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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 09:25 AM
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14. ROFLMAO!!!! My thoughts exactly.......more like a reward!
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:12 PM
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6. He can go COMAIR if he wants, and if he really wants to go, he should
There is a requirement for full escort once he is at BIA, but that is arranged by the embassy. It would do him good to try going in the way the poor schmucks do it.

Whaddaya wanna bet they'd find the helo support if he wanted to go somewhere other than the green zone? No way the embassy is gonna let him do the convoy on the roads--he'd be stuffed in the back of a log aircraft, toute suite.

He should just GO. Anyway. If he's serious about it. It isn't like HE pays for the COMAIR, anyway, and it breaks down cheaper to go that way than take a dedicated a/c.

And he should arrange to take a CSPAN camera crew with him, like a recent CODEL did.
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OKNancy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 08:32 AM
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7. kick
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sellitman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 08:33 AM
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8. No Iraq Trip for Legislator Who Opposed Deal on Ports
March 4, 2006
No Iraq Trip for Legislator Who Opposed Deal on Ports
By CARL HULSE

WASHINGTON, March 3 Representative Peter T. King's prominent opposition to a proposal to allow a Dubai company to take over some terminal operations at American ports may have earned him some punishment from the Bush administration: He has been grounded.


More: http://tinyurl.com/gcql5
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 08:33 AM
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9. Petty little bullshit
from a petty little dictator, and the petty little Republicans

ALERT: Massive SOUL Shrinkage underway in Bushland
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 08:33 AM
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10. More chicken-shit from the Chicken-hawks.
The petulant wing of the GOP strikes again.
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sellitman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 08:33 AM
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11. Child like comes to mind....
Assholes does too.
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nolabels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 09:03 AM
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13. GO BUSH GO, RAH , RAH, RAH, GO BUSH GO, RAH, RAH, RAH,
:loveya:Gawd, I love that guy :loveya:
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leesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 10:06 AM
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15. Republicans are such wimps. He'll take it like a puppy smacked on his
butt with a rolled newspaper.
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 10:54 AM
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16. Wake up and smell the cofee, Rep. King.
That's how they play the game.
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Bush_MUST_Go Donating Member (378 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 11:13 AM
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17. Boo hoo
And I think people like Tim Russert and the others, who gave this guy such a free ride and all the media, they're the ones to be shot, not Karl Rove. ---Congressman Peter King (R-NY)

Pete was safe when he was still in lockstep with the maniacs in this administration. As soon as he had the audacity to break ranks, they had no use for him. The idiot probably thought this admin. RESPECTED the puppets who were willing to spread their propaganda.

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progressivebydesign Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 11:52 AM
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18. Do the repupblicans even get it? YET???
There are no Democrats, no Republicans, in Bush/Rove's eyes.. only People who AGREE with Bush, and people who DON'T!! And the latter will be punished, REGARDLESS of affiliation. King might consider a trip across the aisle.
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