Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Why Can't I Own a Canadian?

October 2002
Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a east coast resident, which was posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative:
Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:
When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?
I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?
Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?
Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.
Your devoted fan, Jim


The Grand Facade of 9/11

I found this on the Aol Message Boards - good research.


In 1997 a group known as the The Project for the New American Century was established. The PNAC composed a blueprint for world hegemony, a ruthless global empire, and an American police state that they intended to bring about at the turn of the century. Members of the PNAC think-tank, also known as "NeoCons," are affiliated with George Bush's cabinet. (Jeb Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, William Kristol, Richard Perle, John Bolton and Paul Wolfowitz, just to name a few among numerous others.)

In September of 2000, the PNAC's initial report stated that their aspirations to militarize space and conquer numerous factions of global resources, etc., would be precipitated much too slowly unless (in their own chilling words) "there were some catastrophic and catalyzing event, like a new Pearl Harbor." They desperately needed an external threat to galvanize a wave of public indignation that would lead the American people to blindly support the PNAC's intentions to wage wars against a litany of nations that would dare oppose the establishment of an American empire.

In fact, they've been itching to wage war with Iraq since the group's inception. In an open letter to Clinton and GOP congressional leaders in 1998, the group called for "the removal of Saddam Hussein's regime from power" and a shift to commence the advancement of their agenda by first attaining more domination in the Middle East.
Link: 9/11 gave them the perfect pretext they needed to accomplish that task.

This is all done under the guise of "fighting a war against terrorism." A war they intentionally initiated on a massive scale in order to keep us afraid and willing to accept any questionable policies they deem necessary to "keep us safe." Even when it means waging wars based on lies, sabotaging our civil liberties, insidiously transforming the US into a fascist police state, attempting to militarize outer space for American-government imperialism, etc. In reality, none of the PNAC's core policies are meant to keep us "safe" from this larger-than-life phantom menace they've created to scare us into their way of thinking. Their policies are solely meant to usher in, what PNAC members refer to as, "The New World Order."

(The Bush Regime is essentially putting to use the same public deception that was almost used by our government in the 1960s against Cuba, too. Link: )

On September 11th 2001, a full year after the release of their 2000-report, and a mere 8 months after Bush and his PNAC cronies infiltrated our government by stealing the election, their desires for a "catastrophic and catalyzing event" transpired. (How very convenient for the PNAC. Coincidence? Not even close.) After hijacking the most powerful office in the world, they finally had the ideal platform and authority to see their PNAC objectives through. To them, 9/11 was the once in a lifetime window of opportunity they needed to enable their agenda.


1. ABC's article:

2. Article:

3. Article:

4. The PNAC's official website:

5. The PNAC's year-2000 document you can download and read online.
(It's a 90 page report. Scroll down to page 63 to read their comment with regard to needing "a new Pearl Harbor" to accelerate their ambitions.):

6. Watch Alex Jones' documentary exposing the PNAC and The New World Order:
[vid. clip from a separate PNAC documentary]
7. Article:
8. Article:

9. "The New Pearl Harbor" By David Ray Griffin:

10. Article:
11. Article:
12. Article:

13. Article:
14. Articles:
15. Article:

*Note: Do the research. For additional articles and information on this topic, feel free to Google "The PNAC," "The Project for the New American Century," and/or "The New World Order"


Even 50% of New Yorkers themselves believe that The Bush Regime orchestrated 9/11 and/or knew the attacks were imminent, yet "consciously failed to act" due to their covert agenda.



*A mirror website in case of a broken link:

Monday, November 28, 2005


Republican racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom Thurmond had sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child. Republican activist Lawrence E. King, Jr. organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s. Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s. Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls. Republican Congressman Donald "Buz" Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a minor and sentenced to one month in jail. Republican fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio was found guilty of child porn charges. Republican activist Mark A. Grethen convicted on six counts of sex crimes involving children. Republican activist Randal David Ankeney pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child. Republican Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a minor working as a congressional page. Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter. Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had sex with a 16 year old when he was 28. Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar. Republican activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. "Republican Marty"), was taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful sexual activity with a juvenile and one count of delivering the drug LSD. Republican legislative aide Howard L. Brooks, an advisor to a California assemblyman, was charged with molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography. Republican Senate candidate John Hathaway was accused of having sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the allegations were reported in the media. Republican preacher Stephen White was arrested after allegedly offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him. Republican talk show host Jon Matthews of Houston was indicted for indecency with a child, including exposing his genitals to a girl under the age of 17. Republican anti-gay activist Earl "Butch" Kimmerling confessed to molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her. Republican Party leader Paul Ingram of Thurston County, Washington, pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison. Republican St. Louis Election Board official Kevin Coan was arrested and charged with trying to buy sex from a 14-year-old girl whom he met on the Internet. Republican politician Andrew Buhr, former committeeman for Hadley Township Missouri, was charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy. Republican politician Keith Westmoreland, a Tennessee state representative, was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to minors under 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children). Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was charged with sexual misconduct involving a 15 year old girl. Republican legislator, Richard Gardner, a Nevada state representative, admitted to molesting his two daughters. Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000. Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession. Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin Vanderwall was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet. LOOK AT THESE CONSERVATIVE SCUMBAGS: Matthew Glavin, President of the Conservative Legal Foundation (which attempted to destroy Clinton for his sexual conduct), was arrested in Atlanta, GA in 2000. He was arrested for masturbating in front of an undercover male police officer, and trying to fondle him. He plead no contest to a similar charge in 1996. Republican fund-raiser and president of the Conservative Legal Affairs Council, Richard Delgaudio, pleaded guilty in Baltimore, Maryland to production of child pornography. During the 1990's Delgaudio called Clinton "a lawbreaker and a terrible example to our nation's young people." Delgaudio pleaded guilty to committing a lewd sexual act with a child on film. Republican California Assemblyman Steve Samuelian who ran as a "conservative's conservative," has been caught a second time (first time in 1998) by police attempting to solicit sex from prostitutes in Fresno, California. He is married. Conservative Christian leader Randall Terry, most notable for his leadership of the radical anti-abortion organization "Operation Rescue," and the traditional marriage Christian group "Loyal Opposition," has left his wife Cindy, after allegations of extramarital affairs with several women,both married and unmarried. Terry's own pastor at Landmark Church in Binghamton, NY, Daniel J. Little, said he is "shocked and bewildered" at Terry's actions. Henry Hyde (R-Illinois): had a five-year affair with a married woman with kids,eventually breaking up her family. This from Mr. Christian Coalition himself.Bob Barr (R-Georgia): the principal sponsor of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, has been married three times. And at a party in 1992, Barr actually licked whipped cream off the breasts of two women? Now that's family values. Former Republican Speaker of the House Bob Livingston (R-Louisiana): admitted to having several adulterous affairs. Had to resign because of it. Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia): divorced wife as she recovered from cancer surgery. Also allegedly had oral sex in the driveway of his wife's home with a woman not his wife. Dick Armey (R-Texas): as an economics professor before entering Congress, was accused of sexually harassing female students, according to the Dallas Observer.John Peterson (R-Pennsylvania): has been accused of sexual harassment and hostile-work-environment claims by six women. Dan Burton (R-Indiana):had illegitimate child. Never kept in contact with child and refused to give child his last name. Helen Chenoweth (R-Idaho): one of first to condemn Clinton, admitted to having an extramarital affair herself. J.C. Watts (R-Oklahoma): has said "Character is simply doing right when no one is looking." Watts has tried to cover up his out-of-wedlock child. John Schmitz (R-Orange County, CA), former congressman (1970's) and one-time presidential candidate (one of the original family values conservatives): had his career ended when it was discovered that he had two out-of-wedlock children. His daughter Mary Kay LeTourneau, made national headlines when as a school teacher, she was arrested twice for having sex with an underage boy (13 years old), of which she had two children by. She is now married to him after serving 7 years in jail. Conservative pastor Terry Smith of Canyon Creek Baptist Church in Texas, was issued a Notice to Appear in court for stealing condoms from the local Skaggs Alpha Beta store in Plano, Texas. Two co-workers at the church, Mary Miller and Debbie Coleman, said Smith made unwanted sexual advances to them, possibly explaining his need for condoms. Former Conservative Christian Television Evangelist Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were relinquished of their pastoral positions after Bakker was found guilty and jailed for financial improprieties. He was also known for bizarre sexual practices including alleged "group sex" activities with several male staffers and a female staffer. Former Conservative Christian Television Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, had to resign from his TV ministry after being caught masturbating with a prostitute. Ken Calvert (R-California): said this of Clinton: "We can't forgive what occurred between the President and Lewinsky." Calvert, a Christian Coalition ally, was caught by police in 1993 receiving oral sex from a prostitute. His ex-wife also sued him for failure to pay alimony.Most cases are detailed in: Stanley Hilton and Anne-Renee Testa's newbipartisan field guide from St. Martin's, Glass Houses: Shocking Profiles ofCongressional Sex Scandals and Other Unofficial Misconduct; the Los AngelesTimes; and the Washington Post. Rush Limbaugh is an immoral buffoon avoided draft during Vietnam by saying he had an anal cyst. Limblahhh was fired seven times because he couldn't get along with any of his bosses. Even though Limblahhh calls people who get temporary aid from the government deadbeats, Limblahhh drew unimployment insurance each time he was fired. Now we have the Duke AND THE BEAT GOES ON...LA DI DA DI DAAAA....


"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?" "We can't have leaks of classified information. It's not in our nation's interest" - 10/09/01 "The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him" - 9/13/01 "I don't know where bin Laden is. It's not that important. It's not our priority" - 3/13/02 "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda" - Greece, NY 5/24/05 "This notion that the US is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous. And having said that, all options are on the table" - 2/22/05 "Teach a child to read and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test" "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYN's aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country" - 9/06/04 Poplar Bluff, MO "God speaks through me" - 7/16/04 Smoketown, PA "Karyn is with us, a west Texas girl, just like me' - 5/27/04 "I'm the master of low expectations" - aboard Air Force One 6/24/03 "Do you have blacks, too?" - to Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington, DC11/08/01 "They want the federal goverment controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program" - St. Charles, MO 11/02/00 "I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating" - US News & World Report 4/03/000 Notable Quotes from Others "F__k the Jews. They didn't vote for us" - James Baker III, former Secretary of State 3/30/92 "To say that this goofy child President is looking more and more like RIchard Nixon in the summer of 1974 would be a flagrant insult to Nixon" - Hunter S Thompson speaking about George Bush "Reagan proved deficits don't matter" - Dick Cheney "Principle is good up to a certain point, but principle doesn't do any good if you lose" - Dick Cheney, then White House Chief of Staff 1976 "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now possesses weapons of mass destruction" Dick Cheney 8/26/02 "We do know of certain knowledge that he (Osama bin Laden) is either in Afghanistan, or in some other country, or dead" - Donald Rumsfeld "I believe what I said yesterday. I don't know what I said, but I know what I think, and, well, I assume it's what I said" - Donald Rumsfeld "Learn to say I don't know. 'If used when appropriate, it will be often" Donald Rumsfeld "As I was telling my husb_" (abrupt stop, then continuing). "As I was telling President Bush" - Condi Rice (who is single) at a Washington, DC dinner party "He (Saddam Hussein) does not control the northern part of his country. We are able to keep arms from him. His military has not been rebuilt" - Condi Rice CNN Interview 7/29/01 "We were improving America's relations with the world's great powers" Condi Rice testifying about George Bush's foreign policy agenda & the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to the 911 Commission 4/08/04 "We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more" Colin Powell February 2003 "Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all" George Washington "If the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter" George Washington "To error is natural; to rectify error is glory" George Washington "I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become the subject of an inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too" Thomas Jefferson "The constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the Judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please" Thomas Jefferson "And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude" - Thomas Jefferson "I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers" Thomas Jefferson "There never was a good war or a bad peace" Benjamin Franklin "If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem" Abraham Lincoln "Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived" Abraham Lincoln "Suspicions which may be unjust need not be stated" Abraham Lincoln "Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future" John F Kennedy "The way to stop financial joy-riding is to arrest the chauffer, not the automobile" Woodrow Wilson "There is such a thing as a nation being so right that it does not need to convince others by force that it is right" Woodrow Wilson "A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits" Woodrow Wilson "Our national debt, after all, is an internal debt owed not only by the nation but to the nation. If our children have to pay the interest they will pay that interest to themselves" Franklin Delano Roosevelt "We are a nation of many nationalities, many races, many religions---bound together by a single unity, the unity of freedom and equality. Whoever seeks to set one nationality against another, seeks to degrade all nationalities" Franklin Roosevelt "When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war. War settles nothing" Dwight Eisenhower "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed" Dwight Eisenhower


Washington, DC – Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) today filed an Internal Revenue Services (IRS) complaint against Focus on the Family, a conservative, non-profit organization led by its Founder and Chairman James C. Dobson. The complaint asks for the IRS to investigate activities by the group which may violate IRS regulations and require a revocation of its tax-exempt status.Although barred from electioneering, Mr. Dobson has endorsed candidates for political office several times. In early April, 2004, Mr. Dobson endorsed Republican Representative Patrick J. Toomey in his race for Senate in Pennsylvania. In addition, it was reported that Mr. Dobson actively campaigned during a rally for Rep. Toomey. Other candidates that Mr. Dobson reportedly endorsed in 2004 include North Carolina Republican candidate Pat Ballentine for Govenor and Oklahoma Republican candidate Tom Coburn for Senate.“Mr. Dobson’s egregious violations of IRS code demand an investigation into his improper activities that break both the spirit and the letter of IRS law,” Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW said today. Recently, the IRS has actively pursued investigations against several perceived liberal groups. The IRS targeted the NAACP’s chairman Julian Bond for a July 2004 speech in which he criticized the Bush administration's policies on civil rights and the war in Iraq. Additionally, the IRS has threatened to revoke the tax-exempt status of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California because of an antiwar sermon there during the 2004 presidential election. In his sermon "If Jesus Debated Sen. Kerry and President Bush," the Rector Emeritus of the church, George Regas, never encouraged parishoners to vote for one candidate over another, but only to vote their deepest values.Sloan continued, “The IRS has established a track record of scrutinizing organizations, in particular liberal ones, that have purportedly violated electioneering regulations. We hope that the IRS will fully investigate Focus on the Family activities as vigorously as it has targeted those of progressive organizations.”CREW has sent copies of the complaint to Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Max Baucus (D-MT) in their roles as Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee. The IRS complaint is available at

Thursday, November 17, 2005

From Eagle to Condom !!!!

The government today announced that it is changing its emblem from an Eagle to a condom because it more accurately reflects the government’s political stance.
A condom allows for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives you a false sense of security while you’re actually being screwed.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005


By E. J. Dionne Jr.Tuesday, November 15, 2005; Page A21
Mr. President, it won't work this time.
With a Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll finding 57 percent of Americans agreeing that George W. Bush "deliberately misled people to make the case for war with Iraq," the president clearly needs to tend to his credibility problems. But his partisan attacks on the administration's critics, in a Veterans Day speech last week and in Alaska yesterday, will only add to his troubles.

Bush was not subtle. He said that anyone accusing his administration of having "manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people" was giving aid and comfort to the enemy. "These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning America's will," Bush declared last week. "As our troops fight a ruthless enemy determined to destroy our way of life, they deserve to know that their elected leaders who voted to send them to war continue to stand behind them."
You wonder: Did Patrick Fitzgerald, the special counsel in the Valerie Plame leak investigation, send the wrong signal to our troops and our enemy by daring to seek the indictment of Scooter Libby on a charge of perjury and obstruction of justice? Must Americans who support our troops desist from any criticism of the use of intelligence by the administration?
There is a great missing element in the argument over whether the administration manipulated the facts. Neither side wants to talk about the context in which Bush won a blank check from Congress to invade Iraq. He doesn't want us to remember that he injected the war debate into the 2002 midterm election campaign for partisan purposes, and he doesn't want to acknowledge that he used the post-Sept. 11 mood to do all he could to intimidate Democrats from raising questions more of them should have raised.
The big difference between our current president and his father is that the first President Bush put off the debate over the Persian Gulf War until after the 1990 midterm elections. The result was one of most substantive and honest foreign policy debates Congress has ever seen, and a unified nation. The first President Bush was scrupulous about keeping petty partisanship out of the discussion.
The current President Bush did the opposite. He pressured Congress for a vote before the 2002 election, and the war resolution passed in October.
Sen. Joe Biden, a Delaware Democrat who is no dove, warned of rushing "pell-mell" into an endorsement of broad war powers for the president. The Los Angeles Times reported that Sen. Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, protested in September: "We're being asked to go to war, and vote on it in a matter of days. We need an intelligence estimate before we can seriously vote." And Rep. Tom Lantos, a California Democrat, put it plainly: "This will be one of the most important decisions Congress makes in a number of years; I do not believe it should be made in the frenzy of an election year." But it was.
Grand talk about liberating Iraq gave way to cheap partisan attacks. In New Mexico, Republican Steve Pearce ran an advertisement against Democrat John Arthur Smith declaring: "While Smith 'reflects' on the situation, the possibility of a mushroom cloud hovering over a U.S. city still remains." Note that Smith wasn't being attacked for opposing the war, only for reflecting on it. God forbid that any Democrat dare even think before going to war.
Marc Racicot, then chairman of the Republican National Committee, said about the late Sen. Paul Wellstone's opposition to the war resolution: "He has set about to diminish the capacity of this nation to defend itself. That is a legitimate issue." Wellstone, who died in a plane crash a few days before the election, was not intimidated. But other Democrats were.
The bad faith of Bush's current argument is staggering. He wants to say that the "more than a hundred Democrats in the House and Senate" who "voted to support removing Saddam Hussein from power" thereby gave up their right to question his use of intelligence forever after. But he does not want to acknowledge that he forced the war vote to take place under circumstances that guaranteed the minimum amount of reflection and debate, and that opened anyone who dared question his policies to charges, right before an election, that they were soft on Hussein.
By linking the war on terrorism to a partisan war against Democrats, Bush undercut his capacity to lead the nation in this fight. And by resorting to partisan attacks again last week, Bush only reminded us of the shameful circumstances in which the whole thing started.

There Is No Tomorrow

By Bill Moyers The Star Tribune
Sunday 30 January 2005
One of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe, to sit in the seat of power in the Oval Office and in Congress.
For the first time in our history, ideology and theology hold a monopoly of power in Washington. Theology asserts propositions that cannot be proven true; ideologues hold stoutly to a worldview despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality. The offspring of ideology and theology are not always bad but they are always blind. And that is the danger: voters and politicians alike, oblivious to the facts.
One-third of the American electorate, if a recent Gallup Poll is accurate, believes the Bible is literally true. This past November, several million good and decent citizens went to the polls believing in what is known as the "rapture index."
These true believers subscribe to a fantastical theology concocted in the 19th century by a couple of immigrant preachers who took disparate passages from the Bible and wove them into a narrative that has captivated the imagination of millions of Americans. Its outline is rather simple, if bizarre: Once Israel has occupied the rest of its "bibli-cal lands," legions of the Antichrist will attack it, triggering a final showdown in the valley of Armageddon. As the Jews who have not been converted are burned, the messiah will return for the rapture. True believers will be lifted out of their clothes and transported to heaven, where, seated next to the right hand of God, they will watch their political and religious opponents suffer plagues of boils, sores, locusts and frogs during the several years of tribulation that follow.
I've reported on these people, following some of them from Texas to the West Bank. They are sincere, serious and polite as they tell you they feel called to help bring the rapture on as fulfillment of biblical prophecy. That is why they have declared solidarity with Israel and the Jewish settlements and backed up their support with money and volunteers. That is why the invasion of Iraq for them was a warm-up act, predicted in the Book of Revelations, where four angels "which are bound in the great river Euphrates will be released to slay the third part of man." For them a war with Islam in the Middle East is something to be welcomed - an essential conflagration on the road to redemption. The rapture index - "the prophetic speedometer of end-time activity" - now stands at 153.
So what does this mean for public policy and the environment? As Glenn Scherer reports in the online environmental journal Grist, millions of Christian fundamentalists believe that environmental destruction is not only to be disregarded but hastened as a sign of the coming apocalypse.
We're not talking about a handful of fringe lawmakers who hold or are beholden to these beliefs. Nearly half of the members of Congress are backed by the religious right. Forty-five senators and 186 members of the 108th Congress earned 80 to 100 percent approval ratings from the three most influential Christian-right advocacy groups. They include Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Assistant Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Conference Chair Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Policy Chair Jon Kyl of Arizona, House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Whip Roy Blunt. The only Democrat to score 100 percent with the Christian Coalition was Sen. Zell Miller of Georgia, who before his recent retirement quoted from the biblical Book of Amos on the Senate floor: "The days will come, sayeth the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land." He seemed to relish the thought.
Onward Christian Soldiers
And why not? There's a constituency for it. A 2002 Time/CNN poll found that 59 percent of Americans believe that the prophecies found in the Book of Revelations are going to come true. Tune in to any of the more than 1,600 Christian radio stations or flip on one of the 250 Christian TV stations across the country and you can hear some of this end-time gospel. And you will come to understand why people under the spell of such potent prophecies cannot be expected, as Grist puts it, "to worry about the environment. Why care about the earth when the droughts, floods, famine and pestilence brought by ecological collapse are signs of the apocalypse foretold in the Bible?"
These people believe that until Christ does return, the Lord will provide. One of their texts is a high school history book, America's Providential History, which contains the following: "The secular or socialist has a limited resource mentality and views the world as a pie ... that needs to be cut up so everyone can get a piece." However, "the Christian knows that the potential in God is unlimited and that there is no shortage of resources in God's earth … while many secularists view the world as overpopulated, Christians know that God has made the earth sufficiently large with plenty of resources to accommodate all of the people." No wonder Karl Rove goes around the White House whistling that militant hymn, "Onward Christian Soldiers." He turned out millions of the foot soldiers in this past election, including many who have made the apocalypse a powerful driving force in modern American politics.
Once upon a time I thought that people would protect the natural environment when they realized its importance to their health and to the health and lives of their children. Now I am not so sure. It's not that I don't want to believe that - it's just that I read the news and connect the dots.
Immoral Imagination
Mike Leavitt, the former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, declared the election a mandate for President Bush on the environment - a mandate for an administration that wants to rewrite the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, as well as the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires the government to judge beforehand if actions might damage natural resources.
The Environmental Protection Agency had even planned to spend $9 million - $2 million of it from the administration's friends at the American Chemistry Council - to pay poor families to continue to use pesticides in their homes. These pesticides have been linked to neurological damage in children, but instead of ordering an end to their use, the government and the industry were going to offer the families $970 each, as well as a camcorder and children's clothing, to serve as guinea pigs for the study.
I read all this and then look at the pictures on my desk, next to the computer - pictures of my grandchildren: Henry, age 12; Thomas, age 10; Nancy, 7; Jassie, 3; Sara Jane, nine months. I see the future looking back at me from those photographs and I say, "Father, forgive us, for we know not what we do." And then I am stopped short by the thought: "That's not right. We do know what we are doing. We are stealing their future. Betraying their trust. Despoiling their world."
And I ask myself: "Why? Is it because we don't care? Because we are greedy? Because we have lost our capacity for outrage, our ability to sustain indignation at injustice?"
What has happened to our moral imagination?
The news is not good these days. I can tell you that as a journalist I know the news is never the end of the story. The news can be the truth that sets us free - free to fight for the future we want. And the will to fight is the antidote to despair, the cure for cynicism, and the answer to those faces looking back at me from those photographs on my desk.
What we need is what the ancient Israelites called "hocma" - the science of the heart, the capacity to see, to feel and then to act as if the future depended on you. Believe me, it does
Bill Moyers was host until recently of the weekly public affairs series "NOW with Bill Moyers" on PBS. This article is adapted from AlterNet, where it first appeared. The text is taken from Moyers' remarks upon receiving the Global Environmental Citizen Award from the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School.


"We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world -- a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just Whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us. No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we'll kill you."Well, shit on that dumbness, George W. Bush does not speak for me or my son or my mother or my friends or the people I respect in this world. We didn't vote for these cheap, greedy little killers who speak for America today -- and we will not vote for them again in 2002. Or 2004. Or ever. "Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads? Who among us can be happy and proud of having all this innocent blood on our hands? Who are these swine? These flag-sucking half-wits who get fleeced and fooled by stupid rich kids like George Bush? "They are the same ones who wanted to have Muhammad Ali locked up for refusing to kill gooks. They speak for all that is cruel and stupid and vicious in the American character. They are the racists and hate mongers among us -- they are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats of these Nazis. "And I am too old to worry about whether they like it or not. Fuck them." ...... Hunter S. Thompson

I always thought he was too loose with the Nazi analogy, but I always got his point: if you're on the dying end of this madness, they might as well be monsters. It is interesting to remember what Churchill said:
"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist."

And, finally, Dr King: "A time comes when silence is betrayal. Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak out with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak."

Friday, November 11, 2005



Wednesday, November 09, 2005


That's right. Not from Al Jazheera, or Al Arabiya, but the US fucking Army, in their very own publication, from the (WARNING: pdf file) March edition of Field Artillery Magazine in an article entitled "The Fight for Fallujah":
"WP [i.e., white phosphorus rounds] proved to be an effective and versatile munition. We used it for screening missions at two breeches and, later in the fight, as a potent psychological weapon against the insurgents in trench lines and spider holes when we could not get effects on them with HE. We fired 'shake and bake' missions at the insurgents, using WP to flush them out and HE to take them out."
Steven D's diary :: ::
In other words the claim by the US Government that White Phosphorus was used only for illumination at Fallujah had been pre-emptively debunked by the Army. Indeed, the article goes on to make clear that soldiers would have liked to have saved more WP rounds to use for "lethal missions."
However, as Mark Kraft, an emailer to Eric Alterman's blog, Altercation, points out today, the Field Artillery Magazine article fails to inform its audience that
. . . there is no way you can use white phosphorus like that without forming a deadly chemical cloud that kills everything within a tenth of a mile in all directions from where it hits. Obviously, the effect of such deadly clouds weren't just psychological in nature.
Furthermore, (from a link provided by Mr. Kraft, thank you very much) testimony about the use of these "shake and bake" techniques of WP usage are detailed in an account by an embedded Journalist regarding the April 2004 attacks on Fallujah by the Marines:
Fighting from a distance
After pounding parts of the city for days, many Marines say the recent combat escalated into more than they had planned for, but not more than they could handle.
"It's a war," said Cpl. Nicholas Bogert, 22, of Morris, N.Y.
Bogert is a mortar team leader who directed his men to fire round after round of high explosives and white phosphorus charges into the city Friday and Saturday, never knowing what the targets were or what damage the resulting explosions caused.
"We had all this SASO (security and stabilization operations) training back home," he said. "And then this turns into a real goddamned war."
Just as his team started to eat a breakfast of packaged rations Saturday, Bogert got a fire mission over the radio.
"Stand by!" he yelled, sending Lance Cpls. Jonathan Alexander and Jonathan Millikin scrambling to their feet.
Shake 'n' bake
Joking and rousting each other like boys just seconds before, the men were instantly all business. With fellow Marines between them and their targets, a lot was at stake.
Bogert received coordinates of the target, plotted them on a map and called out the settings for the gun they call "Sarah Lee."
Millikin, 21, from Reno, Nev., and Alexander, 23, from Wetumpka, Ala., quickly made the adjustments. They are good at what they do.
"Gun up!" Millikin yelled when they finished a few seconds later, grabbing a white phosphorus round from a nearby ammo can and holding it over the tube.
"Fire!" Bogert yelled, as Millikin dropped it.
The boom kicked dust around the pit as they ran through the drill again and again, sending a mixture of burning white phosphorus and high explosives they call "shake 'n' bake" into a cluster of buildings where insurgents have been spotted all week.
They say they have never seen what they've hit, nor did they talk about it as they dusted off their breakfast and continued their hilarious routine of personal insults and name-calling.
So who you gonna believe? The US Department of Defense or the US Army and the US Marine Corps? Decisions, decisions . . .

Monday, November 07, 2005

Dear Red States...

Dear Red States... >> We've decided we're leaving. We intend to form our own country, and> we're taking the other Blue States with us.>> In case you aren't aware, that includes Hawaii, Oregon,Washington,> Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all the Northeast. We> believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially> to the people of the new country of New California.>> To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states.> We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get Elliot> Spitzer. You get Ken Lay.>> We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Dollywood.> We get Intel, Apple, Boeing, GM,.Ford, Catepillar, Oracle, Sun, and Microsoft. You get WorldCom, Enron, and Walmart> We get Harvard. You get Ole' Miss.> We get 85 percent of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You> get Alabama.> We get two-thirds of the tax revenue, you get to make the red states> pay their fair share.>> Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the> Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a> bunch of single moms.>> Please be aware that Nuevo California will be for separation of church and state and> anti-war, and we're going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at> once. If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They have> kids they're apparently willing to send to their deaths for no> purpose, and they don't care if you don't show pictures of their> children's caskets coming home. We do wish you success in Iraq, and> hope that the WMDs turn up, but we're not willing to spend our> resources in Bush's Quagmire.>> With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80 percent> of the country's fresh water, more than 90 percent of the pineapple> and lettuce, 92 percent of the nation's fresh fruit, 95 percent of> America's quality wines (you can serve French wines at state dinners)> 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most> of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and> condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools, plus Harvard, Yale,> Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.>> With the Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with 88> percent of all obese Americans (and their projected health care> costs), 92 percent of all U.S. mosquitoes, nearly 100 percent of the> tornadoes, 90 percent of the hurricanes, 99 percent of all Southern> Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh,> Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia.>> We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.>> Additionally, 38 percent of those in the Red states believe Jonah was> actually swallowed by a whale, 62 percent believe life is sacred> unless we're discussing the death penalty or gun laws, 44 percent say> that evolution is only a theory, 53 percent that Saddam was involved> in 9/11 and 61 percent of you crazy b*****ds believe you are people> with higher morals then we Blue Staters.

Good luck in Iraq you will need it..
Bush's Budget Deficits are taking away our future

Thursday, November 03, 2005

John F. Kennedy

Speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association by John F. Kennedy September 12, 1960 I am grateful for your generous invitation to state my views. While the so-called religious issue is necessarily and properly the chief topic here tonight, I want to emphasize from the outset that I believe that we have far more critical issues in the 1960 election: the spread of Communist influence, until it now festers only ninety miles off the coast of Florida, the humiliating treatment of our President and Vice President by those who no longer respect our power, the hungry children I saw in West Virginia, the old people who cannot pay their doctor's bills, the families forced to give up their farms, an America with too many slums, with too few schools, and too late to the moon and outer space.These are the real issues which should decide this campaign. And they are not religious issues, for war and hunger and ignorance and despair know no religious barrier.But because I am a Catholic, and no Catholic has ever been elected President, the real issues in this campaign have been obscured, perhaps deliberately. In some quarters less responsible than this. So it is apparently necessary for me to state once again, not what kind of church I believe in, for that should be important only to me, but what kind of America I believe in.I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute, where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be a Catholic) how to act and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote, where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference, and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish, where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source, where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials, and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.For, while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew, or a Quaker, or a Unitarian, or a Baptist. It was Virginia's harassment of Baptist preachers, for example, that led to Jefferson's statute of religious freedom. Today, I may be the victim, but tomorrow it may be you, until the whole fabric of our harmonious society is ripped apart at a time of great national peril.Finally, I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end, where all men and all churches are treated as equal, where every man has the same right to attend or not to attend the church of his choice, where there is no Catholic vote, no anti-Catholic vote, no bloc voting of any kind, and where Catholics, Protestants and Jews, both the lay and the pastoral level, will refrain from those attitudes of disdain and division which have so often marred their works in the past, and promote instead the American ideal of brotherhood.That is the kind of America in which I believe. And it represents the kind of Presidency in which I believe -- a great office that must be neither humbled by making it the instrument of any religious group, nor tarnished by arbitrarily withholding it, its occupancy from the members of any religious group. I believe in a President whose views on religion are his own private affair, neither imposed upon him by the nation or imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office.I would not look with favor upon a President working to subvert the First Amendment's guarantees of religious liberty (nor would our system of checks and balances permit him to do so). And neither do I look with favor upon those who would work to subvert Article Vl of the Constitution by requiring a religious test, even by indirection, for if they disagree with that safeguard, they should be openly working to repeal it.I want a chief executive whose public acts are responsible to all and obligated to none, who can attend any ceremony, service or dinner his office may appropriately require him to fulfill, and whose fulfillment of his Presidential office is not limited or conditioned by any religious oath, ritual or obligation.This is the kind of America I believe in, and this is the kind of America I fought for in the South Pacific and the kind my brother died for in Europe. No one suggested then that we might have a "divided loyalty," that we did "not believe in liberty" or that we belonged to a disloyal group that threatened "the freedoms for which our forefathers died."And in fact this is the kind of America for which our forefathers did die when they fled here to escape religious test oaths, that denied office to members of less favored churches, when they fought for the Constitutions the Bill of Rights, the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, and when they fought at the shrine I visited today, the Alamo. For side by side with Bowie and Crockett died Fuentes and McCafferty and Bailey and Bedillio and Carey, but no one knows whether they were Catholics or not. For there was no religious test there.I ask you tonight to follow in that tradition, to judge me on the basis of fourteen years in the Congress, on my declared stands against an ambassador to the Vatican, against unconstitutional aid to parochial schools, and against any boycott of the public schools (which I attended myself), and instead of doing this do not judge me on the basis of these pamphlets and publications we have all seen that carefully select quotations out of context from the statements of Catholic Church leaders, usually in other countries, frequently in other centuries, and rarely relevant to any situation here, and always omitting, of course, that statement of the American bishops in 1948 which strongly endorsed church-state separation.I do not consider these other quotations binding upon my public acts -- why should you? But let me say, with respect to other countries, that I am wholly opposed to the state being used by any religious group, Catholic or Protestant, to compel, prohibit or prosecute the free exercise of any other religion. And that goes for any persecution at any time, by anyone, in any country . And I hope that you and I condemn with equal fervor those nations which deny their Presidency to Protestants and those which deny it to Catholics. And rather than cite the misdeeds of those who differ, I would also cite the record of the Catholic Church in such nations as France and Ireland, and the independence of such statesmen as de Gaulle and Adenauer.But let me stress again that these are my views, for, contrary to common newspaper usage, I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic party's candidate for President who happens also to be a Catholic.I do not speak for my church on public matters, and the church does not speak for me.Whatever issue may come before me as President, if I should be elected, on birth control, divorce, censorship, gambling, or any other subject, I will make my decision in accordance with these views, in accordance with what my conscience tells me to be in the national interest, and without regard to outside religious pressure or dictate. And no power or threat of punishment could cause me to decide otherwise.But if the time should ever come -- and I do not concede any conflict to be remotely possible -- when my office would require me to either violate my conscience, or violate the national interest, then I would resign the office, and I hope any other conscientious public servant would do likewise.But I do not intend to apologize for these views to my critics of either Catholic or Protestant faith, nor do I intend to disavow either my views or my church in order to win this election. If I should lose on the real issues, I shall return to my seat in the Senate satisfied that I tried my best and was fairly judged.But if this election is decided on the basis that 40,000,000 Americans lost their chance of being President on the day they were baptized, that it is the whole nation that will be the loser in the eyes of Catholics and nonCatholics around the world, in the eyes of history, and in the eyes of our own people.But if, on the other hand, I should win this election, I shall devote every effort of mind and spirit to fulfilling the oath of the Presidency -- practically identical, I might add, with the oath I have taken for fourteen years in the Congress. For, without reservation, I can, and I quote "solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, so help me God."

Power and Misuse !!!

If you want to know what Jefferson and Madison thought about power and its misuse you don’t have to look far. Here’s a taste of their insight:“THE END OF DEMOCRACY AND THE DEFEAT OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION WILL OCCUR WHEN GOVERNMENT FALLS INTO THE HANDS OF LENDING INSTITUTIONS AND MONEYED INCORPORATIONS.”PRESIDENT THOMAS JEFFERSON (a founder of America in condemnation of cartel power, 1743-1826)“HISTORY RECORDS THAT MONEY CHANGERS HAVE USED EVERY FORM OF ABUSE, INTRIGUE, DECIET, AND VIOLENT MEANS POSSIBLE, TO MAINTAIN THEIR CONTROL OVER GOVERNMENTS, BY CONTROLLING MONEY AND ITS ISSUANCE. PRESIDENT JAMES MADISON (the 4th president and a founder of America on abuses of a global power elite. 1751-1836) I recall a biblical saying - it would be easier for a camel to pass through an eye of a needle then for a rich man to enter heaven. It's disgusting that these greedy bastards running the show are pimped by the "religious" right - and their trade off is? You know you have to much power when...........................

Wednesday, November 02, 2005


All this bullshit today about what was in Bush's pockets. The press made a big deal about no cell phone, no this or that and that all his needs are met by his aides. He wears a Timex with a W on it... blah blah blah My questions is....WHERE THE FUCK IS THAT OFFICERS BADGE GIVEN TO BUSH BY THAT HEROES MOTHER, THE ONE HE WENT ON ABOUT IN THE STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH AFTER 911????
Jimmy Breslin on the Bush Speechtaken from TruthoutSeptember 23, 2001
I was going along with George Bush the Younger's speech the other night, marveling at his sudden command of the moment, even while knowing that somebody had written the speech for him. Then he did something that caused my memory to jump. That was the moment when he held out the badge of George Howard, a Port Authority cop from Hicksville who died in the catastrophe. The cop's mother, Arlene, had given Bush the badge.
Bush said, "Some will carry memories of a face and a voice gone forever. And I will carry this. ... It is my reminder of lives that ended and a task that does not end."
He held Howard's badge up in the palm of his hand.
And I was back on a cool October day in 1988 in Christ the King High School on Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village and George Bush the Elder was on the stage holding up officer Edward Byrne's badge. Byrne had been killed in Jamaica. Byrne's father had given Bush the son's badge. Bush was running for president against Michael Dukakis.
"Dukakis wouldn't understand the grief of a dead cop's mother," he said. "This helps define the man I'm running against. He doesn't understand police. I do."
He used the badge to inflame an auditorium that was crowded with high school girls, who got up on their seats and shrieked, "Death Penalty! Death Penalty! Capital Punishment."
It was the most embarrassing afternoon that the Catholics have had around here.
Now here was George Bush the Younger, like the father before him, holding up the badge of another dead cop. I would have to bet that Bush the Younger remembered it and dug up the badge the other night. I didn't like it. I detested the cheap move when Bush the Elder made it first at Christ the King, and I detested it the other night when Bush the Younger departed from his valid attempt at loftiness in time of high danger and reverted to the cheap know-nothing who had brayed that he wanted this bin Laden dead or alive.
Just in the hours before the speech, he was talking someplace in Washington and he stumbled and mispronounced and mangled his own tongue. Lord, this is the dumbest we've ever had, you thought. Then at night, with a speech written for him and rehearsed for long hours and that he read from a prompter, he was comforting and nearly inspiring.
Still, the speech was more about money than dead Americans. At times, it sounded as if the nation had its wallet stolen instead of being bombed. Efforts to be compared to Winston Churchill were like a series of insults. It was as if Churchill had told the world that Britain would fight on the trading floors and bank vaults and portfolios.
Not once did the people who wrote the speech have Bush mention that this was the greatest security lapse in the nation's history. Blame the airlines and insurance companies who for years bribed senators in Washington to keep regulations off, while they hired security people from outside companies, and at McDonald's pay. Those security people at your airline get $5.15 an hour with no medical coverage or vacation. Then you wonder how foreign murderers can get on planes. Now, more than 6,500 dead and missing later, they are going to put the security where it should be, under the federal government.
Simultaneously, the limits of freedom cannot be curtailed by the whim of security. Suddenly yesterday, a fence grew from the park in the middle of Union Square, where people gathered for peace marches during the week. The fence was a dangerous attack on freedom Bush so often mentioned on Thursday night.
It contributed to the sadness that rose when Bush immoderately held the cop's badge up on Thursday night. On television, one of these people billed as truly brilliant observers, Douglas Brinkley, a historian, said the badge was a great gesture by Bush because it brought him so close to people, or whatever. It was obvious that he didn't know the history of the held-up badge.
Waving a badge seems like a small complaint about politicians, even on those best days, giving in slightly to the temptations of their trade and starting to lie. What harm is there to holding up a cop's badge, even when contrived? Maybe a lot.
You might go back to the night in 1964 when Lyndon Johnson said the North Vietnamese torpedo boats had just attacked U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin and tried to blow them all up, and because they did such a dastardly thing - they even put a bullet hole in the American flag! - he needed a resolution from the Senate and House to allow him to retaliate against these people.
There was nobody dead in the Gulf of Tonkin. Perhaps nobody shot with more than small arms at the destroyer and the flag. That's if they shot at all. But the resolution led to a war that left more than 50,000 American soldiers dead and maybe a million Vietnamese troops and civilians.
And in using the badge of a dead cop the other night, Bush was playing to an emotional America when all strength in words should come from understatement.
Once, during the Cuban missile crisis, a columnist on my newspaper, Walter Lippmann, said, "The American people want the thrill of the invasion headlines without having to read the casualty list on the following days." The trouble this time is that we have had the casualty lists and now wouldn't mind seeing the headlines about an invasion, or whatever will pass for an invasion this time.
The cop's badge and the fraud lines, slipped into a speech at such a time, were dangerous and heedless. At a time when you need every single solitary person, somebody with a memory thinks he's being had and loses confidence. That could have happened the other night.
Copyright © 2001, Newsday, Inc.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

On the Road to Fascism !!!!

ON THE ROAD TO FASCISM, a few of the misconceptions shared by fascists

If you believe God and Jesus are American Christian Conservatives.
B. If you think that the only "real victims" in this country are the religious right. The poor, the unemployed, the homeless, and minorities are just whiners.
C. If you believe that the Federal Government should decide who you can and cannot marry.
D. If you think the Federal Government should decide what a person can do with his/her own body.
E. If you feel only earned income should be taxed.
F. If you hate socialist commies, but buy tennis shoes that were made in Chinar.
G. If you think Arabs are stupid.
H. If you think the wealthy need government handouts, and the poor need a kick in the pants.
I. If everybody that disagrees with you is either a "godless commie" or a "liberal homosexual".
J. If the Federal Government and George W. Bush can do "no wrong".
K. If you think God loves Americans more than any other people.
L. If you believe that American corporations exist ONLY to benefit ALL Americans.
M. If you think Bechtel should own the rain.
N. If you believe American troops should buy their own body armor.
O. If you think "depleted" uranium is safe.
P. If you still believe the myth that mainstream media is "liberal" media.
Q. If you think loud means right.
R. If you think our children should pay higher taxes.
S. If you think Sean Hannity is brilliant.
T. Supporting our troops means putting a yellow ribbon sticker on your SUV.
U. If you try to censor artists/entertainers who don't adhere to your politics.
V. If you feel that people who disagree with Federal Government policies should just "shut up and move to Iraqr".
W. If you believe that only Republicans have jobs.
X. If you think "out-sourcing" American jobs is beneficial to Americans.
Y. If you believe harassing women is no big deal.
Z. If you never actually read the bible, but know that there is a lot "angry God" stuff in there.
AA. If you believe God created hurricanes to punish us for our sins.
BB. It's all Bill Clintoni’s fault.
CC. If you think scientists don't know what they're talking about.
DD.If you belive only "sodomites" and "druggies" get AIDS.
EE. If the New Testament refers to you, and the Old Testament refers to everyone else.
FF. If believe friendship equals qualifications for key government positions.
If you don't know what a Fascist Theocracy is.

Americai’s Vacation Land - See you in Gitmo.


  1. Statement by Senator Reid Troops & Security First This past weekend, we witnessed the indictment of the I. Lewis Libby, the Vice President’s Chief of Staff and a senior Advisor to President Bush. Libby is the first sitting White House staffer to be indicted in 135 years. This indictment raises very serious charges. It asserts this Administration engaged in actions that both harmed our national security and are morally repugnant.The decision to place U.S. soldiers in harm’s way is the most significant responsibility the Constitution invests in the Congress. The Libby indictment provides a window into what this is really about: how the Administration manufactured and manipulated intelligence in order to sell the war in Iraq and attempted to destroy those who dared to challenge its actions.As a result of its improper conduct, a cloud now hangs over this Administration. This cloud is further darkened by the Administration’s mistakes in prisoner abuse scandal, Hurricane Katrina, and the cronyism and corruption in numerous agencies. And, unfortunately, it must be said that a cloud also hangs over this Republican-controlled Congress for its unwillingness to hold this Republican Administration accountable for its misdeeds on all of these issues.Let’s take a look back at how we got here with respect to Iraq Mr. President. The record will show that within hours of the terrorist attacks on 9/11, senior officials in this Administration recognized these attacks could be used as a pretext to invade Iraq. The record will also show that in the months and years after 9/11, the Administration engaged in a pattern of manipulation of the facts and retribution against anyone who got in its way as it made the case for attacking Iraq.There are numerous examples of how the Administration misstated and manipulated the facts as it made the case for war. Administration statements on Saddam’s alleged nuclear weapons capabilities and ties with Al Qaeda represent the best examples of how it consistently and repeatedly manipulated the facts.The American people were warned time and again by the President, the Vice President, and the current Secretary of State about Saddam’s nuclear weapons capabilities. The Vice President said Iraq “has reconstituted its nuclear weapons.” Playing upon the fears of Americans after September 11, these officials and others raised the specter that, left unchecked, Saddam could soon attack America with nuclear weapons.Obviously we know now their nuclear claims were wholly inaccurate. But more troubling is the fact that a lot of intelligence experts were telling the Administration then that its claims about Saddam’s nuclear capabilities were false. The situation was very similar with respect to Saddam’s links to Al Qaeda. The Vice President told the American people, “We know he’s out trying once again to produce nuclear weapons and we know he has a longstanding relationship with various terrorist groups including the Al Qaeda organization.”The Administration’s assertions on this score have been totally discredited. But again, the Administration went ahead with these assertions in spite of the fact that the government’s top experts did not agree with these claims. What has been the response of this Republican-controlled Congress to the Administration’s manipulation of intelligence that led to this protracted war in Iraq? Basically nothing. Did the Republican-controlled Congress carry out its constitutional obligations to conduct oversight? No. Did it support our troops and their families by providing them the answers to many important questions? No. Did it even attempt to force this Administration to answer the most basic questions about its behavior? No.Unfortunately the unwillingness of the Republican-controlled Congress to exercise its oversight responsibilities is not limited to just Iraq. We see it with respect to the prisoner abuse scandal. We see it with respect to Katrina. And we see it with respect to the cronyism and corruption that permeates this Administration.Time and time again, this Republican-controlled Congress has consistently chosen to put its political interests ahead of our national security. They have repeatedly chosen to protect the Republican Administration rather than get to the bottom of what happened and why. There is also another disturbing pattern here, namely about how the Administration responded to those who challenged its assertions. Time and again this Administration has actively sought to attack and undercut those who dared to raise questions about its preferred course.For example, when General Shinseki indicated several hundred thousand troops would be needed in Iraq, his military career came to an end. When then OMB Director Larry Lindsay suggested the cost of this war would approach $200 billion, his career in the Administration came to an end. When U.N. Chief Weapons Inspector Hans Blix challenged conclusions about Saddam’s WMD capabilities, the Administration pulled out his inspectors. When Nobel Prize winner and IAEA head Mohammed el-Baridei raised questions about the Administration’s claims of Saddam’s nuclear capabilities, the Administration attempted to remove him from his post. When Joe Wilson stated that there was no attempt by Saddam to acquire uranium from Niger, the Administration launched a vicious and coordinated campaign to demean and discredit him, going so far as to expose the fact that his wife worked as a CIA agent. Given this Administration’s pattern of squashing those who challenge its misstatements, what has been the response of this Republican-controlled Congress? Again, absolutely nothing. And with their inactions, they provide political cover for this Administration at the same time they keep the truth from our troops who continue to make large sacrifices in Iraq. This behavior is unacceptable. The toll in Iraq is as staggering as it is solemn. More than 2,000 Americans have lost their lives. Over 90 Americans have paid the ultimate sacrifice this month alone – the fourth deadliest month since the war began. More than 15,000 have been wounded. More than 150,000 remain in harm’s way. Enormous sacrifices have been and continue to be made. The troops and the American people have a right to expect answers and accountability worthy of that sacrifice. For example, 40 Senate Democrats wrote a substantive and detailed letter to the President asking four basic questions about the Administration’s Iraq policy and received a four sentence answer in response. These Senators and the American people deserve better. They also deserve a searching and comprehensive investigation about how the Bush Administration brought this country to war. Key questions that need to be answered include:o How did the Bush Administration assemble its case for war against Iraq?o Who did Bush Administration officials listen to and who did they ignore?o How did senior Administration officials manipulate or manufacture intelligence presented to the Congress and the American people?o What was the role of the White House Iraq Group or WHIG, a group of senior White House officials tasked with marketing the war and taking down its critics?o How did the Administration coordinate its efforts to attack individuals who dared to challenge the Administration’s assertions?o Why has the Administration failed to provide Congress with the documents that will shed light on their misconduct and misstatements?Unfortunately the Senate committee that should be taking the lead in providing these answers is not. Despite the fact that the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee publicly committed to examine many of these questions more than 1 and ½ years ago, he has chosen not to keep this commitment. Despite the fact that he restated that commitment earlier this year on national television, he has still done nothing. At this point, we can only conclude he will continue to put politics ahead of our national security. If he does anything at this point, I suspect he will play political games by producing an analysis that fails to answer any of these important questions. Instead, if history is any guide, this analysis will attempt to disperse and deflect blame away from the Administration. We demand that the Intelligence Committee and other committees in this body with jurisdiction over these matters carry out a full and complete investigation immediately as called for by Democrats in the committee’s annual intelligence authorization report. Our troops and the American people have sacrificed too much. It is time this Republican-controlled Congress put the interests of the American people ahead of their own political interests.
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    TIME's Matt Cooper: Karl Rove outed Valerie Plame to me by John in DC - 11/01/2005 02:19:00 PM
    TIME magazine's Matt Cooper confirmed today on ABC's Good Morning America that it was Karl Rove who first told him that Amb. Joe Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA agent.
    "There is no question. I first learned about Valerie Plame working at the CIA from Karl Rove," Cooper said.Why is Karl Rove still working at the White House with access to our nation's most sensitive classified secrets?Does George Bush care that little for national security? Does the CIA? The FBI? If any other citizen had been confirmed to have leaked a CIA agent's identity to a reporter they'd have their security clearances ripped until an investigation was completed (and it wouldn't matter one iota if the leaker said "gosh, it was an accident").In Karl Rove's case, the White House, the CIA and the FBI are continuing to let a known threat to our national security continue to have access to our country's most sensitive and deadly secrets during a war. With such a sloppy attitude towards keeping secrets secret, any foreign intelligence operation would be crazy to share any future intel with the White House, the CIA or the FBI. And that is a scary prospect for all of our safety.GOP: The Party of treason.