Tuesday, February 28, 2006

From the UK: clause creating a new offence of ‘glorifying’ terrorism” defeated...

In England every note of patriotic music, nationalist poetry or libertarian verse was in jeopardy:

And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air…
…No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave...
Every piece of art, sculpture or photography was at risk. Every protest, dissent or opposition was in peril. Free speech would no longer be free.

The defense came neither from the left nor from the impoverished. The British House of Lords defeated Tony Blair’s terror bill by rejecting a “clause creating a new offence of ‘glorifying’ terrorism.” Read: Lords defeat Blair over terror bill

The Patriot Act may make the American freethinker a criminal.

Pres. Bush’s approval ratings and The Way Back Machine

Reuters reports, Pres. Bush’s approval ratings have hit 34%, an all-time low:

President George W. Bush's job rating has fallen to an all-time low of 34 percent, amid strong opposition to the Dubai Ports World deal and increasing pessimism over the war in Iraq, according to a CBS News poll released on Monday. Read: Bush job rating falls to all-time low: poll

Monday, February 27, 2006

Countdown with Keith Olbermann takes on “Falafel Boy,” a/k/a “Giant Head, a/k/a “Worst Person of the Year,” Bill O’Reilly...

Media Matters presents the most compelling video Olbermann v. Bill O’Reilly a/k/a “Falafel Boy.” A must see!

Wal-Mart seeks corporate welfare, wants Government help with employee healthcare….

Saturday, February 25, 2006


The New York Post writes, “Al Qaeda warned the government of the United Arab Emirates more than three years ago that it "infiltrated" key government agencies, according to a disturbing document released by the U.S. military.”

The New York Post claims “the warning was contained in a June 2002 message to UAE rulers, in which the terror network demanded the release of an unknown number of ‘mujahedeen detainees,’ who it said had been arrested during a government crackdown in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.” Read: QAEDA CLAIM: WE 'INFILTRATED' UAE GOV'T

Within hours of 9/11 attack, Rumsfeld orders aides to look for evidence of Iraqi involvement....

The Guardian reports, Blogger bares Rumsfeld's post 9/11 orders, within “hours after a commercial plane struck the Pentagon on September 11 2001 the US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, was issuing rapid orders to his aides to look for evidence of Iraqi involvement, according to notes taken by one of them.”

The information was taken “handwritten notes” that “were declassified this month in response to a request by a law student and blogger, Thad Anderson, under the US Freedom of Information Act.” Anderson’s Blog is called, Outragedmoderates.org. Here are the declassified notes:

Translation of note:

Best info fast. Judge whether good enough [to] hit SH [Pentagon shorthand for Saddam Hussein] at same time - not only UBL [Pentagon shorthand for Usama/Osama bin Laden]," the notes say. "Tasks. Jim Haynes [Pentagon lawyer] to talk with PW [probably Paul Wolfowitz, then Mr Rumsfeld's deputy] for additional support ... connection with UBL."

Friday, February 24, 2006

William F. Buckley: "One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed."

Determined to save his Presidency and his Presidential legacy, Pres. George W. Bush devised a plan to invade Iraq. Like Napoleon at Waterloo, war in pursuit of glory is vain. Now, even conservatives willing admit Bush’s pursuit has failed. “One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed,” writes William F. Buckley in, It Didn’t Work, National Review, February 24, 2006.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

American elitism -- never! American egalitarianism -- absolutely! An Argument for a Second Bill Of Rights:

American Egalitarianism has been replaced by American Elitism, which American Elitists have the gall to call American capitalism. Let's analyze American Elitism, look at its effect, and examine an alternative.

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Elitists proclaims the “Constitution is Dead!” Fox News’s Neil Cavuto defends parasitic pharmaceutical companies who prey upon the weak, the sick and dying. Pres. Bush defends greedy oil companies who amass profits on the backs of working families. Fox News’s Bill O'Reilly defends Wal-Mart who represents approximately 1/16 of the nation's GNP. All of these men make more in one hour then the average small businessman makes it a lifetime. The American Elitists has fared well for more than 20 years.

In the meantime, American farmers have been forced to compete under the tyranny of NAFTA and CAFTA. American workingmen and workingwomen slave every day to keep the economy going and the nation's military ranks full. Discretionary income for working families is virtually nonexistent, and minimum wages have not risen in 16 years.

Louisiana's farmland has been salted by hurricane Rita and may never recover. The neighborhoods of New Orleans, Lake Charles and, indeed, the small coastal villages of Louisiana have been flooded and their citizens dispersed by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Yet, the American Elitists have given more to Iraq then they have given to their own citizens.

Student loans have been cut. Our nation's elderly live in fear of sickness, rising medical costs, and pharmaceutical bills. And the United States of America is reviled worldwide because of the policies of the American Elitists. As Democrats, we need to rediscover the Second Bill of Rights as envisioned by former Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt. Here are President Roosevelt's words and the tenets of the second Bill of Rights.

Roosevelt and the Second Bill of Rights

"It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.

As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.

We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

The right to a good education.

All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Joe Scarborough, host of Scarborough Country: The man and the myth.

Joe Scarborough, host of Scarborough Country, is fond of writing about “God And Government.” That’s Scarbrough the myth. What about Scarbrough the man?

When it happened, it went unnoticed. Mainstream media rarely mentioned it. And, Fox News avoided it. At the time, Fox News was preoccupied with the Gary Condit story: Last Ride of Gary Condit? - Flight Attendant Says Condit Knows More Than Letting On - Cops Want to Interview Condit's Wife, etc

Of course, the Condit story was important. Condit was a congressman. Chandra Levy, an intern for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, had an affair with Condit, was missing and presumed dead. Without evidence, Fox concluded Condit killed Levy. And, Republicans wanted Condit's seat.

At the same time Joe Scarborough was in his second term as Republican congressman from Florida. Lori Klausutis was Scarbrough’s aide. Klausutis was found dead in Scarbrough’s Florida office. Six months before Klausutis’s death and shortly after his re-election, Scarbrough abruptly resigned his seat.

It’s reported Don Imus, of the Imus' Show, asked Scarborough, 'Don't be afraid to be funny, because you are funny. I asked you why you aren't in Congress. You said that you had sex with the intern and then you had to kill her.' It’s said, Scarborough laughed, 'Yeah, ha, ha ha, well, what are you gonna do?'"

But, the timid Mainstream media didn’t care about Lori Klausutis. Fox continued its relentless effort to get a Republican elected to Condit’s seat. And Liberal media- well, what Liberal media?

The Neo-Cons continue to eat their own: Pat Buchanan calls Republicans the “War Party!”

In an article called, Churchill, Hitler, and Newt, conservative Pat Buchanan called the Republican Party the “War Party.” “You can always tell when the War Party wants a new war,” Buchanan charged, “They will invariably trot out the Argumentum ad Hitlerum.” Buchanan was referring to Newt Gingrich’s charge, “This is 1935, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is as close to Adolf Hitler as we've seen.” To prove his point, Buchanan takes the reader through a history lesson, á lá Buchanan’s version of events leading up to European Nazi totalitarianism.

Buchanan is right to say the Republican Party is the War Party. But, in true conservative fashion, he looks to erstwhile historical references as evidence. All he had to do was analyze the conservative movement a little more deeply.

Most conservatives are afraid - afraid of the future - afraid of the new - afraid of the different – afraid of losing control - hence conservative pre-occupation with the past. The past is comforting. It's easy to correctly interpret the past. It's a sure thing.

Buchanan would be more convincing if he admits Republicans are motivated my greed, insecurity, and compulsion to create a world that looks, acts and thinks like they do.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Lance Armstrong and Sheryl Crow split up. George W. Bush to Blame!

Lance Armstrong and Sheryl Crow are splitting- up. The cause: Pres. George W. Bush!

Those in the know say,
“Lance is a Bush fan while Sheryl is a Bush basher.” Sheryl Crow says, “Lance didn't just support Bush, - he'd go off and fight if the president asked him too.” Others say, “The 'Bush did it' is classic. Some folks will blame Bush for anything.”

But you be the judge:

Real Christians speak up! US Church Alliance: Washington is 'Raining Down Terror' with Iraq War, Other Policies….

The Boston Globe reports, “A coalition of American churches sharply denounced the U.S.-led war in Iraq on Saturday, accusing Washington of ‘raining down terror’ and apologizing to other nations for ‘the violence, degradation and poverty our nation has sown.’"

The group includes “350 mainstream Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox churches.” The Roman Catholic Church, who questioned the justness of war in Iraq from the start, is not a member.

The recent condemnation by the US Church Alliance was based on Bush administration deception and violation of global norms of justice and human rights:

We lament with special anguish the war in Iraq, launched in deception and violating global norms of justice and human rights," said the statement from representatives of the 34 U.S. members of World Council of Churches. "We mourn all who have died or been injured in this war. We acknowledge with shame abuses carried out in our name."

The US Church Alliance explained the US has tried to achieve security by raining terror on others:

"Our country responded (to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks) by seeking to reclaim a privileged and secure place in the world, raining down terror on the truly vulnerable among our global neighbors ... entering into imperial projects that seek to dominate and control for the sake of national interests," said the statement. "Nations have been demonized and God has been enlisted in national agendas that are nothing short of idolatrous."

“The constitution is dead” Thus, spake Scalia.

Frederick Nietchze wasn’t the only one to proclaim the death of ideas he didn’t like. "The Constitution is not...living," thus spake Scalia. What, you ask? The constitution is dead! Yes and according to Scalia anyone who believes the constitution is relevant today is an “idiot.”

Here’s Scalia’s theory: The only rights you have are stated in the constitution – life, liberty, and happiness – all those relative ideas. The constitution “says something and doesn't say other things," according to Scalia. Hum, if it's dead, Mr. Justice Scalia, how can it say anything?

Yea, yea, yea, I know what you’re thinking. Under our system courts and judges interpret the law. Well not according the Scalia.

The state legislators are the only one who can tell us what the law is. Henceforth every drunken dimwit elected to a state House or senate will determine our right to “life, liberty, and happiness”. Thus, spake Scalia! Now that’s a comforting thought.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Animals eat their own, why not the Conservative Political Action Conference?

CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, is a cadre of rabid Bush-worshippers who are reputed to have claimed, “Despite the findings of the authoritative David Kay report and every reputable media outlet on earth, the United States actually discovered weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, vindicating all of George W. Bush's pre-war predictions.”

CPAC attracts some “mentally…" - well let’s just say - “mental notables,” such as Henry Hyde, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, Missouri Senator Norm Coleman, NRA president Kayne Robinson, Vice President Dick Cheney, and, of course, former Congressman, Bob Barr.

But under the right circumstances, even animals will eat their own. That was the case with CPAC, or at least so reports the Washington Post in “Bob Barr, Bane of the Right?” No so fast, Bob.

At a recent CPAC gathering, Barr attacked Pres. Bush for Bush’s attack on our civil liberties, specifically domestic wiretaps. "Are we losing our lodestar, which is the Bill of Rights?" Barr asked and continued. “Do we truly remain a society that believes that . . . every president must abide by the law of this country? I, as a conservative, say yes. I hope you as conservatives say yes." Not so fast, Bob.

But, only “polite applause” followed Barr’s comments - that is until Richard Sorcinelli spoke. Sorcinelli booed Barr and shouted, "I can't believe I'm in a conservative hall listening to him say [Bush] is off course trying to defend the United States.”

Friday, February 17, 2006

From the UK: Abu Ghraib leaked report reveals full extent of abuse

From the UK: In Abu Ghraib leaked report reveals full extent of abuse, The Guardian summarizes the full extent of the available evidence of Abu Ghraib abuse:

· 1,325 images of suspected detainee abuse
· 93 video files of suspected detainee abuse
· 660 images of adult pornography
· 546 images of suspected dead Iraqi detainees
· 29 images of soldiers in simulated sexual acts

The evidence The Guardian discusses appears to be the evidence Fed. Judge Alvin Hellerstein ordered the Pentagon to produce.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

The insurance industry attacks Louisiana working families and Louisiana homeowners….

The Baton Rouge Morning Advocate reports, “A House committee Wednesday night approved insurance industry changes that some members said “gutted” Senate-passed legislation that would forbid insurance companies from denying a homeowner’s claim solely because evidence of flooding.” The Louisiana insurance industry has used questionable, obscure and conflicting insurance policy provisions to deny legitimate claims.

The Monroe News-Star reports, homeowners throughout Louisiana will likely see up to a 15 percent assessment this year and 5 percent over the next eight years. This will help bailout insurance companies who took the risk, made money, but lost on hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

More troubling photos of torture at Abu Ghraib.....

"No, of course. We don’t torture people in America. And people who make that claim just don’t know anything about our country" Interview of the Pres. Bush by Laurence Oakes, Channel 9 TV, 18 October 2003.

But, in 2004, Prvt. Joseph Darby produced photographs to the contrary. The Bush administration, fearing exposure, ordered the Pentagon not to release the evidence.

Sen. Lindsay Graham, who was brief on the situation, called it "rape and murder."

Late last year, the ACLU won lawsuit against the Pentagon requiring them to release photos of torture in Abu Ghraib. The Pentagon appealed the decision and still hasn't produced the evidence of torture.

Today, photos surfaced in Australia, confirming Prvt. Darby's accusations of abuse. If pursued the abuse is likely to lead back to the Bush administration. One individual was deliberately shot 8 times in the buttocks:
Photographs of the abuse are available on line BUT BE WARNED THEY ARE DISTURBING!


Unedited TV in Sydney, Australia, shows actual Abu Ghraib abuse…

When we first wrote about the real abuses at Abu Ghraib, we were ridiculed in the local newspaper, The Daily Advertiser. The Daily Advertiser even refused to publish follow-up stories substantiating the allegations. Fortunately, we were able to get the message out through Acadiana Open Channel (AOC).

Today, from Sydney, Australia, comes news of unedited TV presentation of the information that Americans were denied. Mainstream media has picked up the story from Sydney, Australia.

Earlier in the year, Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein ordered the Pentagon to produce all photographs and videotapes of the abuse. The Pentagon appealed Judge Hellerstein's decision and has yet to produce the material. Perhaps, Americans will be allowed to see what the rest of the world already knows.

"One man-one vote": Not so fast! Republicans seek to prevent New Orleans evacuees from voting in other parishes...

Today, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports, Legislators charge racism in N.O. election bill, 23 members of the black caucus walked out in protest of the Legislature's failure to pass a bill to allow New Orleans evacuees to vote in the up-coming New Orleans election by voting in other locations in Louisiana. The black legislators correctly called this unconscionable failure "blatant racism."

Republican Rep. Charles Lancaster of Metairie led the racist assault on black Louisiana voters.

The US military and US observers have been sent to foreign countries to ensure that the American concept of "one man-one vote" is successfully exported. He established special polling places in the US to ensure that Iraqi expatriates were allowed to vote in recent Iraqi elections. Yet, in our own country, we deny the vote to black citizens who were dispersed after hurricane Katrina.

We have seen a similar racist behavior here in Lafayette Parish, where the City-Parish Council has eagerly participated in maneuvers to frustrate black residents. Indeed, the plantation-mentality is alive and well.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Links to video of British Soldier abuse of Iraqi teens....

This morning The Guardian reported on British military abuse of teens in Iraq. In the video the cameraman is heard saying:
The Guardian description:

The following are links to the video for as long as they last on the web. Caution. It's explicit!
Exclusive: Brutal & British caught on video

U.N. peacekeepers fire on protesters in Haiti

AP repots, U.N. peacekeepers fired on protesters in Haiti, “killing at least one and wounding four.” The protesters stormed a “hotel where election officials have been announcing results of presidential elections.”

The supporters of populist candidate Rene Preval tell a different story:

"We were peacefully protesting when the U.N. started shooting. There were a lot of shots. Everybody ran.”

Preval supporters believe the western controlled “electoral commission is manipulating the vote count to prevent Preval from winning a first-round victory.”

The Guardian reports a video of military abuse of Arab teens has surfaced

The Guardian, a British newspaper, reports a video of military abuse of Arab teens has surfaced: “Man held over British troops 'abuse' video
News of the video has incited more unrest, “Abuse video fuels Arab fury at West:”

Arab fury at the West intensified on Monday after images of British soldiers apparently beating Iraqi youths were aired in a region already inflamed by caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad. Some Arabs said the video, like the Danish newspaper cartoons, was proof of the contempt the West held for Islam, the dominant faith in the Middle East.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Pacific News Service Report on Halliburton deal to build consentration camp

Peter Dale Scott of Pacific News Service reported a shocking story on February 8, 2006. In Homeland Security Contracts for Vast New Detention Camps, Scott reveals disturbing details of $385 million contract for Halliburton subsidiary KBR to build detention facilities.

Here are some of the details revealed in the Scott story:

A Halliburton subsidiary has just received a $385 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security to provide "temporary detention and processing capabilities." The contract -- announced Jan. 24 by the engineering and construction firm KBR -- calls for preparing for "an emergency influx of immigrants, or to support the rapid development of new programs" in the event of other emergencies, such as "a natural disaster." The release offered no details about where Halliburton was to build these facilities, or when.

Who is the facility meant to house?

"Almost certainly this is preparation for a roundup after the next 9/11 for Mid-Easterners, Muslims and possibly dissenters," says Daniel Ellsberg, a former military analyst who in 1971 released the Pentagon Papers, the U.S. military's account of its activities in Vietnam. "They've already done this on a smaller scale, with the 'special registration' detentions of immigrant men from Muslim countries, and with Guantanamo."

Could this be the precursor to marshal law? You be the judge:

Plans for detention facilities or camps have a long history, going back to fears in the 1970s of a national uprising by black militants. As Alonzo Chardy reported in the Miami Herald on July 5, 1987, an executive order for continuity of government (COG) had been drafted in 1982 by FEMA head Louis Giuffrida. The order called for "suspension of the Constitution" and "declaration of martial law." The martial law portions of the plan were outlined in a memo by Giuffrida's deputy, John Brinkerhoff.

The Telegraph: US prepares military blitz against Iran's nuclear sites.”

The Telegraph, a British newspaper, reports, “US prepares military blitz against Iran's nuclear sites.” The article explains:

“Strategists at the Pentagon are drawing up plans for devastating bombing raids backed by submarine-launched ballistic missile attacks against Iran's nuclear sites as a ‘last resort’ to block Teheran's efforts to develop an atomic bomb.”

The Telegraph reports the “strategy would involve aerial bombardment by long-distance B2 bombers, each armed with up to 40,000lb of precision weapons, including the latest bunker-busting devices. They would fly from bases in Missouri with mid-air refuelling.”

U.S. threats have been viewed defiantly by Iran:

“In Teheran yesterday, crowds celebrating the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution chanted "Nuclear technology is our inalienable right" and cheered Mr Ahmadinejad when he said that Iran may reconsider membership of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.”

Psst, Mr. President, your pants are on fire, or another Kodak moment.

"I, frankly, don't even remember having my picture taken with [Abramoff]. I don't know him…" Those were the words of Pres. Bush as he tried to distance himself from power-broker Jack Abramoff.

Both The New York Times and Time magazine published pictures to contrary. The photos show Bush shaking hands with an Abramoff client, chairman Raul Garza of the Kickapoo Indian tribe in Texas, while Abramoff, Karl Rove, and Bush top advisors look on . For the complete story see: Photograph Shows Lobbyist at Bush Meeting With Legislators

Here Bush is shaking hands with Chief Raul Garza of the Kickapoo tribe of Texas. In the background at left is the lobbyist Jack Abramoff; Karl Rove, a top adviser, is at the right. A White House photographer took the photo.

The New York Times says, the photo "leaves unanswered questions about how Mr. Abramoff and the tribal leader, whom he was trying to sign as a client, gained access to a meeting with the president on the White House grounds that was ostensibly for a group of state legislators who were supporting Mr. Bush's 2001 tax cut plan."

Saturday, February 11, 2006

A Pakistani fighter pilot takes it to America’s Neo-Cons over Iranian stalemate….

Anwaar Hussain, a former Pakistan Air Force F-16 fighter pilot with a Masters degree in Defense and Strategic Studies, took it to America’s Neo-Cons.

In A Letter to Neocons, appearing in Pakistan’s Pak Tribune, Hussain pulls no punches concerning the U.S.-Iran stalemate:

Dear Neocons, It is show time over Iran. You are in a bind of your own making and, boy, am I glad to see that!

Hussain lays the blame directly at the boots of belligerent George Dubya:

Your spokesman, the President of United States, having earlier included Iran as an integral part of the `axis of evil` in a rush of blood, simply does not leave you with a ‘do-nothing’ option. You now have
either to put up or shut up, once and for all.

Hussain concludes there aren’t many options:

Option-1. Unilateral sanctions? Nope, says he. “Your country imposed over 80 unilateral economic sanctions on foreign nations from 1995 to 2001, and those sanctions cost U.S. companies up to $19 billion in 1995 alone.”

Option-2. Multilateral sanctions? Nope again, says he. “With China and Russia, Iran's two major trading partners, sitting on the U.N. Security Council, these are unlikely to materialize.”

Option-3. Get Israel to attack Iran's nuclear facilities? Nah, he concludes. “Based on its known military capabilities, the Israeli Air Force can possibly conduct surgical strikes at the 1000km plus range, but it is incapable of a sustained air campaign against a full range of targets at such a distance.” Anyway, that would only galvanize Arab resentment.

Option-4. Direct military confrontation? Not smart either, says he. “Iran is no Iraq. It is large, populous, rugged, and its nuclear facilities are spread throughout the country, some deep underground. A full-scale invasion would be a too-hot-to-handle venture for you.”

Option-5. Bargain with the Iranians? What? he shouts. Have Dubya say, please? That would be tough to pull off, he concludes. First, “here you have really become captives of your own bombast….Any overt bargain with Iran will surely be read as a retreat from your much-touted project of democratization and regional transformation… Beijing, Moscow and Tehran share a dislike of the Pax Americana and have a long record of direct and indirect cooperation on nuclear and missile programs.”

He concludes: “In short, you are in a bind of your own making and we can see you squirming. Yes, your mouthpiece, George Bush, had some harsh words for Iran in his State of the Union address the other night, but gone was the bellicose swagger…. Five years of misrule, a rapidly awakening citizenry and a bloody nose in Iraq does that, I guess.”

We should ask ourselves, are we safer today than we were before the Neo-Cons took power?

Thursday, February 09, 2006

How do you know when George Dubya’s lying? When his lips move!

How do you know when George Dubya’s lying? When his lips move!

How do you know when George Dubya’s lying? When his lips move!

When Pres. Bush said he didn’t know Jack Abramoff, I guess he thought he’s get away with it.

Today, Reuter’s reported, “Jack Abramoff said in correspondence [to Kim Eisler] made public…that Bush met him ‘almost a dozen’ times.”

Abramoff wrote to Kim Eisler:

The guy [Pres. Bush]  saw me in almost a dozen settings, and joked with me about a bunch of things, including details of my kids. Perhaps he has forgotten everything, who knows.

How do you know when George Dubya’s lying? When his lips move!

How do you know when George Dubya’s lying? When his lips move!

When Pres. Bush said he didn’t know Jack Abramoff, I guess he thought he’s get away with it.

Today, Reuter’s reported, “Jack Abramoff said in correspondence [to Kim Eisler] made public…that Bush met him ‘almost a dozen’ times.”

Abramoff wrote to Kim Eisler:

The guy [Pres. Bush]  saw me in almost a dozen settings, and joked with me about a bunch of things, including details of my kids. Perhaps he has forgotten everything, who knows.

Powerful! Provocative! Haunting!

Powerful! Provocative! Haunting! It’s worth 4- minutes of your time. See, No Bravery: A nation blind to their disgrace.

Cheney 'Authorized' Libby to Leak Classified Information…

Today, The National Journal reports, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, “testified to a federal grand jury that he had been "authorized" by Cheney and other White House ‘superiors’ in the summer of 2003 to disclose classified information to journalists to defend the Bush administration's use of prewar intelligence in making the case to go to war with Iraq, according to attorneys familiar with the matter, and to court records.” The National Journal went on to say:

According to sources with firsthand knowledge, Cheney authorized Libby to release additional classified information, including details of the NIE, to defend the administration's use of prewar intelligence in making the case for war.”

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Psst, Mr. President, your pants are on fire!

When pressed about his connection to Jack Abramoff, Pres. Bush is on record saying, "I, frankly, don't even remember having my picture taken with the guy. I don't know him…But I can't say I didn't ever meet him."

However, The Washingtonian claims (Bush and Abramoff—Say Cheese?) to have “five photos of the President with Abramoff or his family.” In one of the photos Bush and “Abramoff [are] shaking hands at a meeting in the Old Executive Office Building, where a bearded-Abramoff introduced Bush to several of the lobbyist’s native-American clients.” The Washingtonian says, “Abramoff was named a ‘pioneer’ in the Bush presidential campaign, collecting more than $100,000, in $2,000 maximum increments, for his campaign in 2004.”

The Washingtonian says, the photos are “being kept safe.” It’s said that, if asked by prosecutors, Abramoff would say “not only did he know the President, but the President knew the names of Abramoff’s children and asked about them during their meetings.”

Psst, Mr. President, your pants are on fire….

Bush continues to divide the world…

The 6th annual World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela, became the back round for anti-American demonstrations.

Anger against Bush appears twofold. First, like most in this country, South America views Bush’s “free trade” as anything but fair trade:

According to the Cuban economist, Latin America is now facing an irreconcilable dilemma regarding which path to follow for regional integration: Latin America will either follow the path of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) or it will opt to pursue the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA). The first choice aspires to transform the region into a subordinate appendage of the United States; the second strives for the integration of the people, beginning with the payment of social debt to the poorest sectors of society.

Secondly, Third World countries view the U.S. as an aggressor nation poised to war against them. Bush has managed to export his “culture war,” which the reactionary right spawned in the U.S. to third world countries. As a result, the Neo-Cons will never win the minds and hearts of the Third World:

“Not only must [the Iraq] war be stopped, but imminent wars, such as those contemplated against Iran, Libya, or Venezuela, should also be prevented…We have to fight so that militarism does not triumph in our schools."

British TV claims to have seen the memo by which Bush contrived Iraqi war…

Channel 4 News, British TV, claims to have seen the memo by which Bush contrived war against Iraq. Channel 4 quotes Bush as saying, "There will be war on Saddam regardless of whether or not the U.N. passes another resolution.” George W. Bush, Quoted In Newly Revealed British Document. View Video....

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

David Vitter, Louisiana’s phantom senator, concerned about Abramoff scandal….

David Vitter, Louisiana’s phantom senator, concerned about Abramoff scandal….

It was recently reported that, in March of 2005, Sen. John McCain had assured Louisiana Republican Sen. Vitter, a/k/a the phantom, that if the Senate were allowed to trace the dirty money, the Senate would stop when the trail led to Vitter:

Roll Call reported on March 10, 2005, that McCain assured colleagues Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) they would not be caught up in the investigation into how Abramoff bilked $82 million from the American Indian tribes he represented

The Center for Responsive Politics reported McCain himself fed at the Abramoff trough:

Contributions to John McCain (R-Ariz) Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians…$4,000 in 2004 and $1,000 in 2000

Heck letting any Republican have a say-so in the Abramoff-Republican payoff scandal is letting the fox guard the hen house.

Monday, February 06, 2006

So, ya’ think help is on the way, do ya'? Not so fast Louisiana…

AP reports Bush says, “нет,”… nein…NO to Louisiana Katrina victims:

The Bush administration offered no new aid for Hurricane Katrina victims in the budget it released Monday, instead putting modest amounts of money into preparedness and response plans for future disasters.

The Republican gang of 6 – Vitter, McCrery, Baker, Boustany, Jindal, and Alexandercan’t get the job done even though their party controls the House, the Senate, the Vice- Presidency and the presidency!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Independent confirms: Bush plotted to lure Saddam into war with fake UN plane....

Today the Independent reports, Bush 'plotted to lure Saddam into war with fake UN plane' . The article goes on to say Bush looked for a way to provoke a war:

George Bush considered provoking a war with Saddam Hussein's regime by flying a United States spyplane over Iraq bearing UN colours, enticing the Iraqis to take a shot at it, according to a leaked memo of a meeting between the US President and Tony Blair.

The reason? No WMDs:

The two leaders were worried by the lack of hard evidence that Saddam Hussein had broken UN resolutions, though privately they were convinced that he had. According to the memorandum, Mr Bush said: "The US was thinking of flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in UN colours. If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach."

The Independent’s story confirms an earlier article, “Blair-Bush deal before Iraq war revealed in secret memo,” appearing in the Guardian.

Think Progress links the latest revelations to earlier revelations in the Downing Street Memo and British Briefing Papers:

This most-recent memo is just the latest in a series of official British government documents that have revealed shocking information about how Bush misled the nation into Iraq (see the original Downing Street Memo and the British Briefing Papers revealed previously by ThinkProgress).

Think Progress summarizes Bush’s international intrigue as follows providing relevant links for those interested in the details:

“Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.” [Link]

“US is scrambling to establish a link between Iraq and Al [Qaida that] is so far frankly unconvincing.” [

“Even the best survey of Iraq’s WMD programmes will not show much advance in recent years on [the] nuclear, missile or CW/BW fronts.” [

“Indeed if the argument [for attacking Iraq] is to be won, the whole case against Iraq and in favour (if necessary) of military action, needs to be narrated with reference to the international rule of law.” [

“A legal justification for invasion would be needed. Subject to law Officers advice, none currently exists.” [

“The NSC (National Security Council) had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime’s record.” [

“The two leaders [Bush and Blair] were worried by the lack of hard evidence that Saddam Hussein had broken UN resolutions, though privately they were convinced that he had. According to the memorandum, Mr Bush said: ‘The US was thinking of flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in UN colours. If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach.’” [

“On January 31 2003 - nearly two months before the invasion - … Mr Bush made it clear the US intended to invade whether or not there was a second UN resolution and even if UN inspectors found no evidence of a banned Iraqi weapons programme.” [

“[Bush] added that he had a date, 10 March, pencilled in for the start of military action. The war actually began on 20 March.” [

“What happens on the morning after?” [

“There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action.” [

“Bush said that he ‘thought it unlikely that there would be internecine warfare between the different religious and ethnic groups.’” [

“We have to answer the big question – what will this action achieve? There seems to be a larger hole in this than anything.” [

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Pres. Bush continues to alienate the world…

Friday, February 03, 2006

They’-re-re-re back…Robertson calls for assination of Chavez!

Alan Colmes, of Hannity and Colmes, asked Robertson, "[I]f he [Chavez] were assassinated, the world would be a safer place?" Robertson answered, "I think South America would."

Later, Colmes would ask, "Do you want him [Chavez] taken out?" Robertson replied, "Not now, but one day, one day, one day."

When pressed by Colmes, "Should Chavez be assassinated?" Robertson said, "One day…[Chavez will] be aiming nuclear weapons; and what's coming across the Gulf [of Mexico] isn't going to be [Hurricane] Katrina, it's going to be his nukes."

Sean Hannity, Christian that he is, wanted in on the intrigue, "the world would be better off without him where he [Chavez] is, because he is a danger to the United States."

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

We told you so! GAO says White House dropped the ball during Katrina…

Today, Pres. Bush asked America to trust his leadership. And, only moments ago AP reports GAO investigation concludes the Bush administration and Homeland Security chief, Michael Chertoff, failed to take “decisive action when Hurricane Katrina struck.” The GAO report laid the blame on Pres. Bush:

The White House had no clear chain of command in place, investigators with the Government Accountability Office said, laying much of the blame on President Bush for not designating a single official to coordinate federal decision-making for the Aug. 29 storm. Bush has accepted responsibility for the government's halting response, but for the most part then-FEMA Director Michael Brown, who quit days after the hurricane hit, has been the public face of the failures. "That's up to the president of the United States," GAO Comptroller General David M. Walker told reporters after being asked whether Chertoff should have been the lead official during the emergency. "It could have been Secretary Chertoff" or someone on the White House staff, Walker added. "That's up to the president."

Don't blame the addict, while you have secret meetings with the pusher....

In the State of the Union address, Pres. Bush accused the nation of being "addicted" to oil. Ironically, not long ago, the Bush administration held secret meetings with oil companies to devise a plan to increase profits as the alleged “addiction” escalated. Recently, Exxon Mobil reported their profits soared to $36.13 billion in 2005, "the highest ever for a U.S. company."

Heck, common sense tells you if you were going to blame the addict, don't have secret meetings with the neighborhood dealer to figure out a way to make greater profits from the addiction. Working families are not the problem, Mr. President. Big Oil is the problem.