Not In My Bible
Saturday, March 05, 2005
Now he's whining that people actually found out what he said, and also found out that the "human shields" speech was plagiarized, used without permission of the writer who gave the same speech a few months ago.
I'm glad I'm not an "outspoken liberal celebrity." If I was and if this asshole tried to send me to Eyerack or wanted to call me a communist, I'd just have to tell him to come say it to my face, or be forever branded the loudmouthed fascist sissy that he is.
"Now when I see the hate and bigotry that comes out of those that call them "Christians" or "Moral People", I know that this is how it began seven decades ago in Europe. It was too late, when people finally woke up, millions had been carted away in cattle cars to their deaths.
I don't want to see that here or anywhere else. I do not want there to be cattle cars filled with people that these hate mongers scream out against. I do not want to see gays, liberals, Mexicans, hippies, Hollywood Actors, or anyone else have to be tattooed with a number. No more 58877241s.
King Goerge lies about Social Security every time he opens his mouthFrom AMERICAblog
"Then, in classic Orwellian style, Bush just started lying and renamed one facet of his proposal, giving it the same name as a DIFFERENT proposal made by some Dems. No, he didn't change anything about his murky plan -- except the name.
"See, personal accounts is an add-on to that which the government is going to pay you," Bush said, according to the NYT. "It doesn't replace the Social Security system."
That's a lie. An add-on is what some Dems have stupidly suggested, that private accounts be created as an option alongside the current Social Security system. People should be encouraged to save for their retirement and make investments -- we don't need a massive new federal government program to accomplish that. Plus, most Dems think if you bring private accounts alongside SS, that soon enough the Republicans would be chipping away at SS, snipping and snipping at it on the edges until they'd accomplished the same thing they want today: to dismantle SS and leave elderly Americans without a safety net.
But Bush's proposal is NOT an "add-on." Benefits are cut by 40% in the most "popular" Republican plans (popular on Wall Street and with those who think the elderly have it too cushy -- not popular with the vast majority of Americans). And the private accounts are part of your basic benefits package, they are not in addition to your benefits, they ARE your benefits. And if your investments go sour, you're out of luck. His spokesperson explained that Bush hadn't embraced the idea of "add-ons" as everyone else understood the term -- he'd just decided to call what he was doing by a different name.
So Bush just lies and calls apples oranges and up down and stupid smart.
The Dems continue to show a lot of discipline, with their own barnstorming getting a lot of attention. I really liked Senator Richard Durbin's description of Bush's "ownership society" -- "We're all in this alone."
Bush says: "Well, I'm going to keep telling people we've got a problem until it sinks in, because we've got one. You can't dodge whether we have a problem or not. Because, see, the next follow-on question to that is, if you've got a problem, what do you Republicans and Democrats and a few independents intend to do about it up there? Are you going to sit around and play politics? Or are you going to get at the table and do your duty as public servants?"
Again, remarkable since Bush REFUSES to offer up his own plan. With Bush, it's always "politricks," as Bob Marley would say.
"...Republican campaign officials accused the Times Sunday magazine of fabricating a provocative quote from Bush in which he bragged -- behind closed doors and speaking to wealthy supporters -- that he would announce plans for "privatizing of Social Security" early next year, after his reelection. When Democrats jumped on the remark, dubbing it the "January surprise," Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie dismissed the Times' work as "Kitty Kelley journalism," insisting Bush never uttered the phrase attributed to him. But the Times stands by the 8,300-word story by Ron Suskind, author of "The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House and the Education of Paul O'Neill," a revealing account of the former secretary of the treasury published earlier this year. (More)
CIA Flying Suspects To Torture?
60 Minutes has videotaped a secret jet the Central Intelligence Agency is said to be using to deliver terror suspects to countries known for torturing people.
The four-month investigation of the CIA's "rendition" program, the practice of sending suspects to foreign governments for interrogation, also found a man who says he was mistakenly taken on the plane to a jail in Afghanistan where he was mistreated for months.
Correspondent Scott Pelley's report, including the first American interview with Khaled El-Masri, will be broadcast on 60 Minutes, Sunday, March 6, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
New York study: Mercury damage to babies costs billions
Lower IQ levels linked to mercury exposure in the womb costs the United States $8.7 billion a year in lost earnings potential, according to a study released Monday by researchers at a New York hospital.
The Mount Sinai Center for Children's Health and the Environment combined a number of previous studies to determine hundreds of thousands of babies are born every year with lower IQs associated with mercury exposure.
Using work examining the effects of lead exposure on IQ, researchers determined that even a 1.6-point drop in IQ could cost a person $31,800 in lifetime earnings because of missed educational opportunities or jobs
SNAFU IN IRAQ
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) summary report of U.S. lessons learned in Iraq.
Probing Detainee Abuse
Numerous sources have been asking us to look into allegations of a possible DoD cover-up of prisoner abuse scandals in Afghanistan, Iraq and at Gitmo. If you have any intel about a cover-up of an incident of prisoner abuse/torture by either the military or a civilian intel agency, we want to know about it. Needless to say, no names or other ID needed, just solid facts or a place to look. This is an important one, folks. All assistance is appreciated.
Reservists and National Guard members have complained about the follow-up medical care and disability benefits provided to wounded troops. The military has taken some steps to improve the situation, but testimony Thursday on Capitol Hill indicates the problems persist...TWO YEARS INTO THE DAMN WAR! Well, after all, sacrifices must be made. Halliburton is a for-profit business, after all, and had to be paid first.
Imagine a 1942 pinball game: "Tojo-DING! Mussolini-DING DING! Hitler-DING DING DING DING DING!" That would have attracted exactly the men we needed to fight WWII.
Video Game Used To Lure New Recruits
This is scary and maddening. Unable to get the necessary recruits for the military the old-fashioned way, the U.S. Army has sunk $16 million into a government-sponsored video game that blurs the line between fantasy and the reality of war.
The taxpayer-financed "America's Army" is so clever a mind game that even the military folks behind it get a little confused when talking it up. Time magazine said Major Chris Chambers, deputy director of the video's development team, had to stop and correct himself when he called the violence, combat and "death animation" in the game "real." "It's not real; it's simulated. But we're simulating reality," he said.
ROME - The companion of freed Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena on Saturday leveled serious accusations at US troops who fired at her convoy as it was nearing Baghdad airport, saying the shooting had been deliberate.
"The Americans and Italians knew about (her) car coming," Pier Scolari said on leaving Rome's Celio military hospital where Sgrena is to undergo surgery following her return home.
"They were 700 meters (yards) from the airport, which means that they had passed all checkpoints."
The shooting late Friday was witnessed by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's office which was on the phone with one of the secret service agents, said Scolari. "Then the US military silenced the cellphones," he charged.
"Giuliana had information, and the US military did not want her to survive," he added.
When Sgrena was kidnapped on February 4 she was writing an article on refugees from Fallujah seeking shelter at a Baghdad mosque after US forces bombed the former Sunni rebel stronghold.
Sgrena told RaiNews24 television Saturday a "hail of bullets" rained down on the car taking her to safety at Baghdad airport, along with three secret service agents, killing one of them.
"I was speaking to (agent) Nicola Calipari (...) when he leant on me, probably to protect me, and then collapsed and I realized he was dead," said Sgrena, who was being questioned on Saturday by two Italian magistrates.
"They continued shooting and the driver couldn't even explain that we were Italians. It was really horrible," she added.
Sgrena, who was hospitalized with serious wounds to her left shoulder and lung after arriving back in Rome Saturday before noon, said she was "exhausted because of what happened above all in the last 24 hours".
"After all the risks I have been running I can say that I'm fine," she said.
"I thought that after I was handed over to the Italians danger was over, but then this shooting broke out and we were hit by a hail of bullets."
The chief editor of Sgrena's left-wing newspaper Il Manifesto Gabriele Polo meanwhile branded Calipari's death a "murder".
"He was hit in the head," he said.
Calipari will be given a state funeral Monday.
Republican Adviser Dies in Carrie Fisher's Home
Remember when you were a kid and the "snitch" was worse than the kid who stole someone's lunch money? Well, there you go.
The path to domination is totally dependent upon appealing to the worst in people. Put another way, evil always has a stronger appeal to our weaknesses than good has to our strengths. Which is why we need God.
And the need to dominate is always a sign of inferiority, phobia of others, and self-loathing. Those of us who don't feel superior to everyone else don't feel the need to bully everyone in sight.
Also, we're happier, healthier, and have more friends. Fascists don't really have friends, they only have business partners and allies in war, both of whom can and do turn on them when things change.
A report Friday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said under Bush's budget, federal deficits over the next 10 years would get no lower than a projected $229 billion in 2010. (The report) EXCLUDED the potential costs of Bush's plan to revamp Social Security, any costs for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan after this year, and other possible expenses.
The CBO also raised new questions about the president's ability to meet his goal of HALVING federal deficits by 2009.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Jeers and catcalls greeted the top U.S. delegate to a global women's conference on Friday as she stressed Washington's opposition to abortion and support for sexual abstinence and fidelity.
SAN FRANCISCO – One of the Arab media's most influential analysts is reporting that Afghanistan's Taliban are gaining in strength and popularity, fighting U.S. forces in greater numbers and claiming the control of several districts. (Also, heroin traffic is at least five times what it was 3 1/2 years ago.)
Federal officials will decide whether to remove signs from
tank cars, fearing that terrorists could use them to
PEOPLE, THERE ARE NO TERISTS! SO, STOP IT! JUST STOP IT.
Friday, March 04, 2005
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Decent/moral/wholesome yadda yaddas threaten to boycott stores selling SI's "pornographic" Swimsuit Edition. Bookstores stocking Coultergeist's and Spawn Hannity's hatespeech are apparently good-to-go.
So much for a free-market, "laissez-faire," let-the-market-decide economy, huh? Do they realize they just disqualified themselves as republicans? Oh, I know..."That's diff'runt."
Fiscally responsible, compassionate yadda yaddas from the party of inclusion support the troops--right out of uniformAnd waste $200 million of our tax dollars doing it.* Meanwhile, the Army and Marines are short-handed because all those fire-breathing, chest-thumping, macho/manly-men/he-men/manly men who demanded this war won't go fight in it for their king.
(*The next slobbering fascist who tells me how "libs" hate the military and always cut their budgets is gonna get bitch-slapped.)
1502 pairs of empty boots, one empty election.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's interim government said on Thursday it was extending emergency powers equivalent to martial law for a further 30 days to crack down on insurgents.
The state of emergency, first imposed in November ahead of a major U.S. assault on the rebel stronghold of Falluja west of Baghdad, would stay in effect into March 31, said a government statement.
Emergency powers allow the government to impose curfews, close borders and airports and detain suspects without following normal legal procedures. The emergency applies to all regions of Iraq except the Kurdish north, which has been relatively stable.
The Iraqi government is struggling to combat a guerrilla campaign of suicide and car bombings, shootings and kidnappings.
Navy to sink USS America, explosive final service that saddens former crew.
WASHINGTON - The Navy plans to send the retired carrier USS America to the bottom of the Atlantic in explosive tests this spring, an end that is difficult to swallow for some who served on board.
The Navy says the effort, which will cost $22 million, will provide valuable data for the next generation of aircraft carriers, which are now in development. No warship this size or larger has ever been sunk, so there is a dearth of hard information on how well a supercarrier can survive battle damage, said Pat Dolan, a spokeswoman for Naval Sea Systems Command. (More)
Southwest Virginia's voting scandal
GATE CITY - Tough as it was to lose by two votes, Mark Jenkins was ready to accept defeat graciously in the May election for mayor of this mountain gap town that calls itself a city.
Then Jenkins called to congratulate incumbent Mayor Charles Dougherty. His opponent commented that they both ran a clean campaign. "That made the hair stand up on the back of my neck," Jenkins said.
Neither the campaign nor the election was clean, he told himself that night.
Jenkins went on to file a lawsuit that invalidated the election and exposed what he says is a long-standing practice in Scott County: Some candidates aggressively recruit absentee voters, encouraging them to lie about their reasons for not being able to vote on Election Day.
Although not named in the lawsuit, a key figure in the controversy is Willie Mae Kilgore - the voter registrar of Scott County and the mother of Jerry Kilgore, the former attorney general who is running for governor.
To Jenkins, the numbers alone seemed suspicious. About one of every five votes in the Gate City mayor's race was cast by absentee ballot. Dougherty claimed 87 percent of the absentee votes to win the election 357-355.
After additional questions were raised in depositions taken in June, a three-judge panel threw out the results for mayor and town council. Dougherty lost the mayor's job he had held since 1998. A town council appointed by another panel of judges then named Jenkins as Gate City's new mayor.
What could have been a small-town controversy didn't stop there, though. A Roanoke-area prosecutor has since been appointed to pursue possible criminal charges stemming from the election.
Jenkins blames Willie Mae Kilgore's office for much of what went wrong May 4. "If the registrar's office had been run as a professional office that followed the guidelines, this never would have happened," he said.
A second lawsuit claims that Kilgore is an "active political partisan" who uses her office to benefit Republican candidates. That lawsuit is unrelated to Jenkins' case but also raises questions about absentee voting. The Kilgore family, critics say, runs the political machinery of Scott County.
The family patriarch, John Kilgore, is the long-time chairman of the county Republican party. They have three sons. John Kilgore Jr. heads the county economic development authority. Terry Kilgore is a member of the House of Delegates. And his twin brother, Jerry, was until recently the state attorney general - a distinction noted by the road sign that greets visitors at the town limits of Gate City, population 2,159. (More)
Bush insisted the so-far unsuccessful hunt for the al-Qaida founder is ''keeping the pressure on.''
The White House has sought to play down the significance of bin Laden to the global anti-terror battle, since the trail has gone cold on him more than three years after the Sept. 11 attacks. As a result, Bush hardly ever utters the name of the man he once declared wanted ''dead or alive'' and repeatedly promised would be caught. (More)
On March 4, 1933, the start of President Roosevelt's first administration brought with it the first woman to serve in the Cabinet: Labor Secretary Frances Perkins.
Reminder: Go back in the archives a couple of days and read the history lessons about republican fascism. The stories are true--public record--because republicans are fascists, and have been for 70 years. Before that, they were just assholes.
Baptist Church takes credit for praying "BTK" suspect into custody. Say this will inspire entire community to pray more.
So why didn't they pray this guy into custody 20 years ago? Why didn't they pray up some WMDs for King Goerge to find? How many of them will pray up a winning lottery ticket? When are they going to do something about all those tornadoes out there? Can they fix my knee?
Did God really let that guy run loose until this particular church got involved? Did no one else in the country pray over this manhunt?
ABC better hope they don't start praying for God to cancel Sunday night's hit, "Horny Housewives." Wait a minute, who will they pray for in this year's World Series? And how do I bet on that?
Thursday, March 03, 2005
This collection of whimsical, insightful psalm-prayers are based on Brokering’s observations of cats he has known throughout his life—farm cats, house cats, alley cats. Each psalm expresses an observation about a cat’s nature, written in the "voice" of the cat, followed by a prayer in which the human spirit speaks of its cat-like nature to God. Cat Psalms is for those who wish to pray more deeply, with more imagination and understanding, offering fresh ways to see ourselves and new ways to pray.
(Why don't you give cats birthday presents? They think they already own everything.)
But the names of those who demanded this war and DIDN'T go fight in it are on the chickenhawk website. And all over the phone book. And amtalkingheadradio. And FAUXNEWS. They're easy to spot. They're all loudmouthed, chickenhawk fascist bullies who love for someone else to go to war, but won't go themselves.
(*Unless by "flowers" you mean all those IEDs that keep blowing up our kids.)
I say again: Show me a terist who didn't die on 9/11. And I don't mean any of the innocent ones who got tortured and sodomized before getting RELEASED. THERE ARE NO TERISTS OUT TO KILL US. If there were, they'd have hit us again.
Researchers have been quietly complaining for years about the gigantic piles of cash being burned on bioterror defense -- while threats like tuberculosis, which kill millions every year, are given short shrift.
Finally, these microbiologists are starting to get organized, and speak out in public. From the Times:
More than 700 scientists sent a petition on Monday to the director of the National Institutes of Health protesting what they said was the shift of tens of millions of dollars in federal research money since 2001 away from pathogens that cause major public health problems to obscure germs the government fears might be used in a bioterrorist attack. (More)
Next time a fascist gets in your face, ask why he/she isn't in Iraq helping King Goerge fight the holy war they all demanded, and why his/her kids aren't there, too.
And when they splutter and snivvle, say as rudely as possible, "What, do you want the terists to win? Why do you hate America? If you love the Middle East so much, why don't you move to Syria? And stop looking French!"
If you can see the flash presentation, your browser is saved. But choose your quiz answers carefully. Miss one and you will burn in hell.
So many things wrong with this.
1. It's unconstitutional.
2. It would damage the private schools along with causing more damage to public schools, which they ultimately want to destroy.
3. The majority of public school kids would get kicked out of the private schools in short order, but the private schools would keep your money. (Remember the "school vouchers" scam?)
He's not. He's a fascist criminal whose neocon friends are out to turn America into a theocratic, feudal Europe.
(*Those Who Believe Bush Is A Christian)
Compassionate Coultergeist didn't write these--yet, but she might. She thinks we aren't alert to her part in answering "The Liberal Question" on their way to "The Final Solution II." But we are, and there'll be a day of reckoning.
It's time so-called "leaders" of the DNC and related groups woke up and smelled the burning books. The fascists don't care about appeasing passive centrists in their mob. They get the doers fired up and keep them fired up. We simply must realize that DOING SOMETHING is what works.
Steal $62 million, you get to "reach a settlement" for "fraudulent accounting practices." Steal $6200 and you "go to prison" for "theft." If these $@&%$#*@s went to prison, real prisons, not those country clubs with fences, the next generation of corporate pirates might act better. Maybe. It's worth trying, but it won't happen with the fascists in charge. They work for these and all other corporate pirates.
CHICAGO (AFP) - US defense giant Northrop Grumman agreed to pay 62 million dollars to resolve allegations of overcharging the government in a contract for the B-2 Spirit "stealth" bomber, officials said.
The settlement was reached in a 15-year-old civil lawsuit under the federal False Claims Act that was scheduled for trial in June.
The company was accused of fraudulently accounting for materials purportedly used in multiple defense contracts and inflating the costs of a radar jamming device for the plane under an Air Force contract.
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: one who deliberately says the opposite of what's true
Synonyms: bush, cheat, cheney, compassionate, con artist, con man, con-servative, coultergeist, deceiver, delay (tom), deluder, der ruschkopf, dissimulator, dobson, equivocator, fabler, fabricator, fabulist, false witness, falwell, falsifier, fauxnews, fascist, fibber, jive turkey, gop, hannity, hume, liar, maligner, misleader, perjurer, phony, prevaricator, promoter, rice, robertson, storyteller, trickster, warmonger,
Source: Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition (v 1.1.1)
Copyright © 2005 by Lexico Publishing Group, LLC. All rights reserved.
Main Entry: republican (see also "cancervative" and "criminal")
Part of Speech: noun
Synonyms: bastard, beggar, black sheep, blackguard, bully, bum, cad, cardsharp, charlatan, cheat, delinquent, devil, disgrace, felon, fraud, good-for-nothing, grafter, hooligan, hypocrite, idler, imp, knave, liar, loafer, miscreant, mountebank, ne'er-do-well, opportunist, pretender, prodigal, profligate, rake, rapscallion, recreant, reprobate, robber, rogue, rowdy, ruffian, scalawag, scamp, scoundrel, shyster, sinner, skunk, sneak, swindler, tough, tramp, trickster, varmint, villain, wastrel, wretch
Source: Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition (v 1.1.1)
Copyright © 2005 by Lexico Publishing Group, LLC. All rights reserved.
And remember the name of any Democrat (Joe Lieberman) who collaborates with the fascists on this. Next time he faces re-election, we'll shave his head the way French patriots did to their whores and traitors who collaborated with the nazis.
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration launched an offensive Wednesday to rebut warnings that public qualms and opposition in Congress have doomed President Bush's plan to overhaul Social Security.
More importantly, would the remaining 75% stand up and stop such insanity?
"Six or seven" compassionate christians beat up a queer! Yee-haa! Families and marriage a little safer.
CHAPEL HILL -- An attack on a gay UNC student late last week is having a ripple effect in the university's gay and lesbian community, which is struggling to come to terms with what local police are deeming a hate crime.
Though the victim wasn't hospitalized, he was examined by doctors and suffered broken bones, police said. His attackers, described only as six or seven white males around the age of 20, have not been identified.
Repost. See all history lessons from yesterday about republican fascism since 1933. (Bottom link in Archives, lower right side of page.)
Americans say President Bush does not share the priorities of most of the country on either domestic or foreign issues, are increasingly resistant to his proposal to revamp Social Security and say they are uneasy with Mr. Bush's ability to make the right decisions about the retirement program, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
The poll underscores just how little headway Mr. Bush has made in his effort to build popular support as his proposal for overhauling Social Security struggles to gain footing in Congress. (An overwhelming number of Americans say Mr. Bush has no clear plan for getting out of Iraq.
On Social Security, 51 percent said permitting individuals to invest part of their Social Security taxes in private accounts, the centerpiece of Mr. Bush's plan, was a bad idea. The number who thought private accounts were a bad idea jumped to 69 percent if respondents were told that the private accounts would result in a reduction in guaranteed benefits. And 45 percent said Mr. Bush's private account plan would actually weaken the economic underpinnings of the nation's retirement system.
(T)he poll suggests that Mr. Bush is in a problematic position as he enters a second term intent on pushing an extraordinarily assertive agenda through Congress.
Four months after Mr. Bush won re-election, 63 percent of respondents say the president has different priorities on domestic issues than most Americans. Asked to choose among five domestic issues facing the country, respondents rated Social Security third, behind jobs and health care. And nearly 50 percent said Democrats were more likely to make the right decisions about Social Security, compared with 31 percent who said the same thing about Republicans.
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
The next slimy little fascist who starts in on me about how "libs" always "cut military budgets yadda yadda" is gonna get bitch slapped.
We're back to "love it or leave it" and "round 'em up." And he thinks he's patriotic. Well, this fascist or any of his brownshirted friends are welcome to come and try to deport me in person, but they won't enjoy the attempt.
The masses of Europe know that Mr. Bush is not a Nazi, but neither was Napoleon or Genghis Khan! Yet their imperial ambitions were no less destructive than his own. While he spoke, his army in Iraq was busy bombing the towns along the Euphrates River in “Operation River Blitz.” Blitz, mind you! Does he think Europeans are tone deaf? That they can’t tell the tune he’s whistling? “America, America uber alles”?
(NOTE: "Blitz" means "lightning." The British press--not the Germans--used "blitzkrieg," or "lightning war," to describe Germany's rapid successes in conquering the Low Countries and France in 1940. Since WWII, and largely because of professional football, "blitz" has come to mean "fast, overwhelming attack," as in when most of the defensive players attack the opposing quarterback in an attempt to get a "sack.")
"Deutschland, Deutschland ueber alles"--"Germany, Germany over all/everything/everyone"--was nazi Germany's national anthem. We know the folk melody, arranged by Haydn, from the hymn, "Glorious Things Of Thee Are Spoken.")
Yes, I'm showing off my education a little bit. But we should listen to people who know things, not people who just have opinions and big mouths.
The compassionate Westboro Baptist Church where God apparently hates fags, but loves psychopathic fascist bulliesPay particular attention to their "Love Crusades."
"All nations must immediately outlaw sodomy (homosexuality) & impose the death penalty!"
Matthew Shepard has been in hell for 2334 days.
Diane Whipple has been in hell for 1497 days.
Deal with it! All else is trivial and unimportant. All the fag caterwauling, candlelight vigils, court orders, etc., can't buy these perverts one drop of water to cool their tongues.
Fags shamelessly use the deaths of fags to promote their sodomite agenda, but ignore cases when a fag is the murderer.
(Questions to Phelps: When was the last time some drunk fags went out looking to beat up a straight guy, or fags bullied a straight kid at school?)
EXCERPTS (Note the Texas connection to fascism)
"Tim Wheeler's final point, comparing the present day ultraright with the would-be American Hitlers of the 1930s is well taken. In this regard, it is important to remember Georgi Dimitrov's famous analysis at the Seventh Congress of the Comintern (1935), concerning Fascism in America - that the U.S. Fascists use slogans of liberty, freedom, opposition to the state, and names like the Liberty League.
The denunciations of "Big Government" and "Washington bureaucracy" by both militia storm troopers and "respectable" right-wing Republicans in Congress continues that tradition, as did the House Un-American Activities Committee, when it was reconstituted under the leadership of Texas reactionary and racist Democrat Martin Dies in 1938 to foment Red Scares against the CIO, break up the People's Front movements and push the New Deal back to the right. (More)
In the summer of 1933, shortly after Roosevelt's "First 100 Days," America's richest businessmen were in a panic. It was clear that Roosevelt intended to conduct a massive redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor. Roosevelt had to be stopped at all costs.
The answer was a military coup. It was to be secretly financed and organized by leading officers of the Morgan and Du Pont empires. This included some of America's richest and most famous names of the time:
Irenee Du Pont - Right-wing chemical industrialist and founder of the American Liberty League, the organization assigned to execute the plot.
Grayson Murphy - Director of Goodyear, Bethlehem Steel and a group of J.P. Morgan banks.
William Doyle - Former state commander of the American Legion and a central plotter of the coup.
John Davis - Former Democratic presidential candidate and a senior attorney for J.P. Morgan.
Al Smith - Roosevelt's bitter political foe from New York. Smith was a former governor of New York and a codirector of the American Liberty League.
John J. Raskob - A high-ranking Du Pont officer and a former chairman of the Democratic Party. In later decades, Raskob would become a "Knight of Malta," a Roman Catholic Religious Order with a high percentage of CIA spies, including CIA Directors William Casey, William Colby and John McCone.
Robert Clark - One of Wall Street's richest bankers and stockbrokers.
Gerald MacGuire - Bond salesman for Clark, and a former commander of the Connecticut American Legion. MacGuire was the key recruiter to General Butler.
When Franklin Delano Roosevelt won the Presidency in 1932, many Americans looked to his bold New Deal plans as the way out of the dark days of the Depression. But a powerful group of financiers and industrialists saw his economic policies as a threat.
THE PLOT TO OVERTHROW FDR reveals how, inspired by political trends in Germany and Italy, this group (of republican capitalists) conceived of a plan to either overthrow the newly-elected president or force him to take orders from them. They envisioned a paramilitary organization of disgruntled WWI veterans as the force to intimidate the government. The man they chose to inspire and lead this veteran's army was retired Marine General Smedley D. Butler, a colorful and outspoken champion of veteran's rights. But Butler was their undoing. After discovering the details of the conspiracy, the horrified general blew the whistle and subjected the outrageous plot to the scrutiny of a Congressional investigation.
With the help of leading scholars, historians and government officials, IN SEARCH OF HISTORYTM reveals the details of one of the most bizarre schemes in American history.
They planned for nothing less than the overthrow of FDR and the installation of a fascist puppet regime. True history.
"It's a sordid tale of fascist intrigue by some of America's most famous corporate and political families (including members of FDR's own party) which was deliberately covered up by both the only Congressional Committee to investigate the plot, and also by the leading media outlets of the day including the New York Times. And the truly scary part is that the plot might very well have succeeded if not for the bravery of a single, progressive leader: Marine General, Smedley Butler."
The life of Smedley Butler is an uniquely American story. A decorated soldier (he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor twice) and warrior who ascended through the ranks to become one of the most admired soldiers of his era, he also grew to deeply despise war, and to distrust the reasons he had been sent to fight in distant places. As he stated himself in a speech he gave on August 21, 1931 to an American Legion convention in New Britain, Connecticut:
"I spent 33 years...being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism...."
[T]hey wanted General Butler to deliver an ultimatum to Roosevelt. Roosevelt would pretend to become sick and incapacitated from his polio, and allow a newly created cabinet officer, a "Secretary of General Affairs," to run things in his stead. The secretary, of course, would be carrying out the orders of Wall Street. If Roosevelt refused, then General Butler would force him out with an army of 500,000 war veterans from the American Legion. But MacGuire assured Butler the cover story would work:
"You know the American people will swallow that. We have got the newspapers. We will start a campaign that the President's health is failing. Everyone can tell that by looking at him, and the dumb American people will fall for it in a second..."
The businessmen also promised that money was no object: Clark told Butler that he would spend half his $60 million fortune to save the other half.
And what type of government would replace Roosevelt's New Deal? MacGuire was perfectly candid to Paul French, a reporter friend of General Butler's:
"We need a fascist government in this country... to save the nation from the communists who want to tear it down and wreck all that we have built in America. The only men who have the patriotism to do it are the soldiers, and Smedley Butler is the ideal leader. He could organize a million men overnight."
Indeed, it turns out that MacGuire travelled to Italy to study Mussolini's fascist state, and came away mightily impressed. He wrote glowing reports back to his boss, Robert Clark, suggesting that they implement the same thing.
The plot collapsed when Butler went public in late 1934 and exposed the conspiracy. The General revealed the details of the coup attempt in sworn testimony before the "McCormack-Dickstein" Committee (the predecessor of the soon to be infamous "House Un-American Affairs Committee":
(Much, much more history every American needs to know.)
He claims he got "saved" and stopped drinking. Too bad it turned him into a lying, criminal fascist warmonger, too. Do we really want people to get that kind of "saved?"
Bush returned to an issue that's near – if not entirely dear – to his heart yesterday, speaking at the annual Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Leadership Conference about his support for his beleaguered initiative. The president may have strayed from his original text, however, and accidentally told people the truth about his intentions.
"...If you're the Methodist church and you sponsor an alcohol treatment center, they can't say only Methodists, only Methodists who drink too much can come to our [publicly-funded] program. All drunks are welcome, is what the sign ought to say. Welcome to be saved, so they become sober."
Welcome to be "saved"? This has the makings of a Michael Kinsley Moment – Bush committed a gaffe by telling the truth.
The White House faith-based initiative is allegedly predicated on secular goals (i.e., allowing charities to compete for grants to provide non-religious assistance to families in need). Bush has sworn for years that the policy is not about advancing religion, despite all evidence to the contrary.
And yet, there he was yesterday, touting his initiative for its ability to help churches that receive publicly-funded grants "save" people. It was a startling admission, which should make the policy's goals quite clear for anyone who still worries about ministries converting people with our tax dollars.
NORWICH, Vt. -- The resolution calling for the return of U.S. troops from Iraq was the 31st item on the town meeting agenda here in the white-walled gymnasium they use for square dances and thrift sales. After a day of balloting, it passed.
Town Meeting Day, a New England tradition that dates to the 17th century, has been hailed as a paradigm of representative democracy. On Tuesday, voters in 56 Vermont towns, more than one-fifth of the state's 246 municipalities, became perhaps the first in the country to participate in a formal referendum on U.S. involvement in Iraq. (More)
1. CONDO: "The insurgency in Iraq has no political future because the Iraqi people have demonstrated by going to the polls in huge numbers that they believe their political future is in the process that will culminate in December 2005 with free and fair elections," she said in an interview on British television.
2. WORLD PEACE HERALD: "Iraq blast bursts election bubble"
WASHINGTON -- The devastating terror bomb blast in Hilla 60 miles south of Baghdad Monday did more than kill 122 people and injure 170 more. It also blasted to smithereens the key operating myth of the Bush administration, still comfortably embraced by much of the American people, that the successful holding of parliamentary elections in Iraq a month ago finally turned the tide there. If it did, the apparent retreat of the waves was only the prelude to a tsunami of violent rage sweeping back in.
Librul activists force "Christian" pharmacists to fill prescriptions for legal meds against their beliefs. Said pharmacists, who are not activists, organize and lobby to be able to choose not to sell you legal prescription meds because of their "beliefs." The morning-after pill and birth control pill are evil, but they say not a word about alcohol, tobacco, or industrial pollutants that kill thousands each year.
Why am I not surprised that ChoicePoint, the consumer data-mining company that was recently conned into sharing 145,000 consumer credit profiles with identity thieves, is the same company that helped Florida "purge" its voter rolls of felons and other undesirable voters during the 2000 election?
When you're on such an undemocratic roll, why stop at helping to hijack an election in plain sight when you can earn millions selling the identities of every person gullible enough to have a credit history to shadowy front companies, organized crime syndicates and enterprising con artists?
And when not selling our hard-earned identities to felonious data brokers, why shouldn't ChoicePoint do the patriotic thing and sell the information -- much of which the government is restricted by law from harvesting for itself -- to the boys in Homeland Security as they go about assembling the ultimate domestic surveillance state?
Grounded: Millionaire John Gilmore stays close to home while making a point about privacy. He's unable to travel because he refuses to present a government-approved ID
SAN FRANCISCO -- John Gilmore's splendid isolation began July 4, 2002, when, with defiance aforethought, he strolled to the Southwest Airlines counter at Oakland Airport and presented his ticket.
The gate agent asked for his ID.
Gilmore asked her why.
It is the law, she said.
Gilmore asked to see the law.
Nobody could produce a copy. To date, nobody has. The regulation that mandates ID at airports is "Sensitive Security Information." The law, as it turns out, is unavailable for inspection.
What started out as a weekend trip to Washington became a crawl through the courts in search of an answer to Gilmore's question: Why?
In post 9/11 America, asking "Why?" when someone from an airline asks for identification can start some interesting arguments. Gilmore, who learned to argue on the debate team in his hometown of Bradford, McKean County, has started an argument that, should it reach its intended target, the U.S. Supreme Court, would turn the rules of national security on end, reach deep into the tug-of-war between private rights and public safety, and play havoc with the Department of Homeland Security. (More)
The general who commanded U.S. forces in the Middle East from 1997 to 2000 says the nation's policy in Iraq has been characterized by a series of compounding mistakes and that too often Americans infer that the region's Islamic residents hate the West. In a keynote address to the 18th annual Camden Conference on Friday night, retired Gen. Anthony Zinni said the Middle East is best understood as a group of nations not always in agreement, dealing with rapid changes and great pressures from within and without.
"We always seem to think there's some design, some monolithic purpose," Zinni said, but that misses the reality.
Having lived in both the West and the Middle East, Zinni said, "I don't see anything that makes this an inevitable clash."
The invasion of Iraq "was a horrendous mistake," which has destabilized the region, he said.
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is not trying hard enough to defeat the makeshift roadside bombs that are the leading killer of U.S. troops in Iraq, the commander of American forces in the Middle East said Tuesday.
Pentagon statistics show that over the past two months, the homemade, easy-to-hide weapons have accounted for a significantly higher share of U.S. battle deaths. In the final 10 days of February, for example, roadside bombs caused at least 15 of the 22 battle deaths.
In the first two months of this year, roadside bombs accounted for 56 percent of all battle deaths. In the final four months of 2004 they accounted for 19 percent, according to Pentagon figures.
Army Gen. John Abizaid, the commander of U.S. Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee he was satisfied that the right people, with sufficient funds, were working on the problem.
"But I'm not satisfied that we have come up with the solutions that we could if we really rolled up our sleeves and looked at it the way it needs to be looked at," Abizaid said. That statement was the most direct public challenge to the Pentagon's approach to this deadly problem.
The problem of roadside bombs, which the U.S. military calls improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, has bedeviled the Pentagon since they began appearing in the summer of 2003. Since then they have killed and maimed hundreds of U.S. and allied troops, and Abizaid said the threat had grown to the point where it required an international effort, and not just inside Iraq.
"It's an ongoing battle, and this IED threat has migrated from Iraq to Pakistan to Afghanistan, and as long as we are fighting the enemies that we're fighting in the connected manner that they are fighting the battle, we'll see it continuing to migrate," the general said.
In Iraq there is a seemingly endless supply of available explosives and they can be adapted for use against a wide variety of targets. They have proven to be a low-tech counterpoint to the U.S. military's high-powered arsenal.
Many of the most powerful IEDs are made from 155 mm artillery shells. The insurgents have found creative ways of disguising the weapons. Smaller ones are hidden inside animal carcasses or under piles of rubbish along roads traveled by U.S. military convoys and detonated from a distance.
Some have been encased in concrete to make them look like harmless cinder blocks.
In response, the U.S. military has put more armor on its vehicles, including Humvees and supply trucks, and experimented with electronic jammers and other means of detonating IEDs before they kill.
Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Budget Committee on Tuesday that all U.S. military vehicles in Iraq will be outfitted with the best armor by summer. Until then some will rely on the less effective add-on armor, which some soldiers have dubbed "hillbilly armor" because it is an improvised solution.
"The way it's been described makes it sound like the Beverly Hillbillies, which it's not," Pace said. It has provided a degree of extra protection against IEDs and small arms fire.
Even as the U.S. forces have adapted to the IED threat, the insurgents have changed tactics.
In the past two months, IEDs have tended to be larger and more powerful - designed to kill larger numbers in a single explosion. On Feb. 25, for example, an IED attack in Tarmiya killed three U.S. soldiers and wounded nine. Another on Jan. 5 killed seven soldiers and destroyed their armored infantry carrier.
Gen. Michael Hagee, commandant of the Marine Corps, told reporters last week that a fully armored Humvee recently was "ripped apart, just torn apart" by an IED made from three linked 155 mm shells.
Hagee said the Marines have developed a computer program that calculates vulnerabilities against IEDs for Marine vehicle convoys. It uses data such as the location of electronic jamming devices and the location and degree of armor protection of Marine trucks and other vehicles.
"It tells us, OK, do you have any vulnerabilities here? Should you change the arrangement of your vehicles? Should you change where your jammers are located? And if you can't do that, should you reduce the size of the convoy?" he said.
ON THE NET
"In a filing today in the Ohio recount case in federal court in Columbus, Ohio, the Ohio Attorney General and Ohio Secretary of State asked a federal judge to allow them to take depositions of Senator John Kerry and former Senator John Edwards. Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro and Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell urge the court to dismiss Kerry-Edwards as an intervening party in the recount case. They argue that they should have the right to place Kerry and Edwards under oath for questioning on the grounds that the 2004 presidential and vice-presidential candidates should no longer be allowed involvement in the case.
"What is behind this court filing? Kerry-Edwards 2004 submitted key filings in this case last week which supported claims made by 2004 presidential candidates David Cobb and Michael Badnarik that the Ohio recount was not conducted in accordance with uniform standards, as is required by the equal protection and due process guarantees of the US Constitution. These claims have been pending before Federal District Court Judge Edmund Sargus in Columbus since December 30, 2004. Cobb and Badnarik, who are represented by the National Voting Rights Institute, have also recently filed a motion for a hearing on the pending matters before the court, which Kerry-Edwards supported in its papers submitted last week."
"It's a culture based on male domination and a culture in which most things feminine tend to be devalued, even if they are secretly envied. In such a culture, the most important thing about being a man is not being a woman. This powerful adult male imperative to be unlike females and to repudiate anything that smacks of maternal care taking is played out just as powerfully in politics as it is in personal life. In fact, political contests among men are in many ways the ultimate battles for masculine supremacy. This makes disavowing the feminine in oneself and projecting it onto one’s opponent to be especially important. This femiphobia--this male fear of being feminine--operates unconsciously in many men as a very powerful determinant of their political behavior. Also, this femiphobia constitutes a very significant motive for fundamentalist terrorism." (More)
How long ago was the Madrid bombing, and why are we just now hearing about this? Hmmm?
MADRID, Spain (March 2) - The Madrid train bombers had detailed plans of New York's Grand Central Station, indicating they also planned to attack there, a Spanish newspaper reported Wednesday. (More)
In Afghanistan, Limbaugh lectured students on importance of "truth" in journalism. (I'm just gonna thow up and sit in it.)
Here is what the Cornel Daily Sun says: Dean pointed out that, while he would not endorse this, if Social Security were left alone for 30 years, its benefits would be reduced to 80 percent of what it is now. He acknowledged that while there were indeed problems with the program, turning to Wall Street was not the answer.
By the way, Bob, what about the Valerie Plame stuff?
Supremes today consider whether to keep America America, or take next step towards turning it into theocratic feudal EuropeThe Tories and their rethug fascist descendant spawn have hated America from the very beginning. They now think they have the power to kill this ridiculous experiment called, "democracy," and put things back the way God intended.
The Court and Religion
Placing the Ten Commandments in government buildings is not
free speech. It is an attempt to tie the legal system to elitist, discriminatory, oppressive, fascist theocracy.
Man of Many Names Now Called No. 1 Tax Cheat
By DAVID CAY JOHNSTON
Walter Anderson, the telephone entrepreneur accused of
being the biggest tax cheat in American history, made a
habit of acquiring aliases.
- TONY FABRIZIO, Republican pollster, on President Bush's Social Security plan.
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
Now we know where Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) thinks the weapons of mass destruction are buried: in Syria, which he said he'd like to nuke to smithereens.
Speaking at a veterans' celebration at Suncreek United Methodist Church in Allen, Texas, on Feb. 19, Johnson told the crowd that he explained his theory to President Bush and Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) on the porch of the White House one night.
Johnson said he told the president that night, "Syria is the problem. Syria is where those weapons of mass destruction are, in my view. You know, I can fly an F-15, put two nukes on 'em and I'll make one pass. We won't have to worry about Syria anymore."
The crowd roared with applause.
(There are about two million christian Syrians. Will they just be more collateral damage whose loss we'll learn to live with?)
“The deterioration we experienced at Newsday was hardly unique," she wrote in the memo, describing the past few years. "All across America news organizations have been devoured by massive corporations, and allegiance to stockholders, the drive for higher share prices, and push for larger dividend returns trumps everything that the grunts in the newsrooms consider their missions. Long gone are the days of fast-talking, whiskey-swilling Murray Kempton peers eloquently filling columns with daily dish on government scandals, mobsters and police corruption. The sort of in-your-face challenge that the Fourth Estate once posed for politicians has been replaced by mud-slinging, lies and, where it ought not be, timidity.
“When I started out in journalism the newsrooms were still full of old guys with blue collar backgrounds who got genuinely indignant when the Governor lied or somebody turned off the heat on a poor person's apartment in mid-January. They cussed and yelled their ways through the day, took an occasional sly snort from a bottle in the bottom drawer of their desk and bit into news stories like packs of wild dogs, never letting go until they'd found and told the truth. If they hadn't been reporters most of those guys would have been cops or firefighters. It was just that way. (More)
Write her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If enough of us ask, surely she'll arrange air time on FAUXNEWS for her testimony. How can she refuse people in need of her loving, divine spirit?
Remember, in 1977 young Prince Goerge said Social Security would go bankrupt by 1987. Well, did it?
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - President Bush has lost ground in the public relations battle over Social Security since he kicked off a concentrated campaign two months ago to convince Americans the national retirement program needs an immediate overhaul, according to a recent poll.
A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll conducted Friday to Sunday said 38 percent of Americans feel major changes must be made in Social Security within the next two years. In January, that number was 49 percent.
Bush has made reforming Social Security, which includes a contentious plan to put some of the program's money into the stock market, a key part of his second-term agenda.
Other numbers in the poll don't play out so well for the president, either. Forty-seven percent of those polled trusted the Democratic Party to deal with the issue of Social Security benefits, while 37 percent trusted Republicans.
And 75 percent held a favorable opinion of the AARP, the retirement association that has taken a lead role in opposing the president's plan.
But it's been obvious for over 20 years that they're out to destroy public education so only THEIR kids will get a decent education...if you can call teaching that the Earth is 6000 years old a decent education.
Declaration Deceit: Calif. Parents Blast Right-Wing Sham
Parents and students in California are ramping up their efforts to hold accountable a Religious Right group that last year accused public school officials of barring the Declaration of Independence from classrooms.
The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), an Arizona-based legal organization, fired off a press release last December accusing officials at Stevens Creek Elementary School in Cupertino of banning the Declaration of Independence and other historical documents that mention God and religion. The ADF's press release also announced a federal lawsuit on behalf of fifth-grade teacher Steven Williams, who accused the school's principal of singling him out because he is an "orthodox Christian."
That press release and lawsuit spurred a chorus of wild howling among right-wing pundits in the media, especially talk radio and cable news programs. (See Classroom Indoctrination?: What You Haven't Heard About A California Teacher's Case, AU Blog, Dec. 9.) The media attention then resulted in a deluge of ugly, threatening statements aimed at Cupertino school officials.
In early January, Cupertino parents had had enough and launched a website, www.stevenscreekparents.org, to debunk the ADF's and Williams' accusations. (See Be True To Your School: Calif. Parents Debunk Religious Right Attack, AU Blog, Jan. 5.)
On Jan. 24, the group of parents went a step further and fired off a letter to the ADF demanding that it remove from its website the faulty press release and issue an apology for the trouble brought on the community.
"Your press release, which falsely asserts that our school has banned the Declaration of Independence from the classroom, was picked up by Reuters, and quickly spread via internet blogs, talk show radio, and, of course, Fox News," the parents' letter reads. "The school's mailboxes, answering machines and emails were thereafter flooded with well over 3000 hate-filled messages from all over the country and abroad. Security, including sheriff's patrols, was immediately heightened at the school much to the concern and distress of both parents and children." (More)
And even if it weren't, this nonsense is still wrong. Do these wackos really believe they can require people to be "religious?" I don't think even they really believe they can. But they sure can make it easy to identify the next person to bully and persecute for being different.
Take school prayer. Is that how you make kids want to pray? Or is it to point out the oddballs who believe differently from the majority?
And anyway, whose prayer? Baptist? Methodist? Jewish? Muslim? Buddhist? But that's another R&R. Back to this story, these people are abominations and fascists, and must not be allowed to get away with this un-American activity.
Don't think you're safe. You're not.
Investigators say he picked out teens and young women with backgrounds that made them vulnerable to authority. As a military recruiter, he had access to personal information, making the quest easier.
Indiana National Guard Sgt. Eric P. Vetesy, 36, Westfield, was jailed Monday, accused of sexually assaulting six female recruits -- most of them Noblesville High School students -- he met during his 18 months as a full-time recruiter. Hamilton County investigators said Monday he is accused of raping at least one recruit.
Nationwide, military recruiters reportedly have been linked to at least a half-dozen sexual assaults during the past few years, since the creation of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. This broad education law requires, among other things, that high schools give military recruiters greater access to students. (More)
COLUMBIA, S.C. - In a stinging rebuke to the Bush administration, a federal judge ruled the case of "dirty bomb" suspect Jose Padilla is a matter for law enforcement — not the military — and ordered the government to charge him or let him go.
Padilla's more than 2 1/2 years in custody, most of it spent in a Navy brig, don't seem closer to an end, however, because Justice Department spokesman John Nowacki said the government will appeal the ruling.
ORWELL WAS RIGHT: CASE #7166537543996 Since King Goerge stole the White House four years ago.
Arresting and torturing an innocent man is a "state secret?"
In the fall of 2002 Mr. Arar, a Canadian citizen, suddenly found himself caught up in the cruel mockery of justice that the Bush administration has substituted for the rule of law in the post-Sept. 11 world. While attempting to change planes at Kennedy Airport on his way home to Canada from a family vacation in Tunisia, he was seized by American authorities, interrogated and thrown into jail. He was not charged with anything, and he never would be charged with anything, but his life would be ruined.
Mr. Arar was surreptitiously flown out of the United States to Jordan and then driven to Syria, where he was kept like a nocturnal animal in an unlit, underground, rat-infested cell that was the size of a grave. From time to time he was tortured.
He wept. He begged not to be beaten anymore. He signed whatever confessions he was told to sign. He prayed.
Official documents in Canada suggest that Mr. Arar was never the target of a terror investigation there. One former Canadian official, commenting on the Arar case, was quoted in a local newspaper as saying "accidents will happen" in the war on terror.
Whatever may have happened in Canada, nothing can excuse the behavior of the United States in this episode. Mr. Arar was deliberately dispatched by U.S. officials to Syria, a country that - as they knew - practices torture. And if Canadian officials hadn't intervened, he most likely would not have been heard from again.
Mr. Arar is the most visible victim of the reprehensible U.S. policy known as extraordinary rendition, in which individuals are abducted by American authorities and transferred, without any legal rights whatever, to a regime skilled in the art of torture. The fact that some of the people swallowed up by this policy may in fact have been hard-core terrorists does not make it any less repugnant.
A lawsuit on Mr. Arar's behalf has been filed against the United States by the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York. Barbara Olshansky, a lawyer with the center, noted yesterday that the government is arguing that none of Mr. Arar's claims can even be adjudicated because they "would involve the revelation of state secrets."
This is a government that feels it is answerable to no one. (More)
Alabama had outlawed the sale of what some call "marital aids." The U.S. Supreme Court last week declined to review the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Williams v. Alabama that upholds the 1998 ban.
Sell "any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs" and risk a $10,000 fine and a year in jail. A Southern jail.
Alabama argued its sex-toy ban " ... and related orgasm stimulating paraphernalia is rationally related to a legitimate legislative interest in discouraging prurient interests in autonomous sex." And that "it is enough for a legislature to reasonably believe that commerce in the pursuit of orgasms by artificial means for their own sake is detrimental to the health and morality of the State." (More)
"The Big Lie is that the threat of Al Qaeda is greater to us than the threat of low wages, environmental pollution, the growing inequality in America, or the terrible failure of the Bush policies on schools."
(Notice that we only hear from al-qaeda when King Goerge is running for office, or when his numbers go down...like yesterday, for instance.)
Previously threatened, judge discovers her family slain
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge who was once the target of a failed murder plot by a white supremacist was under marshals' protection Tuesday following the shooting deaths of her husband and 89-year-old mother, and investigators were looking into possible connections to hate groups, among other leads.
Firms stand to gain from private Social Security accounts
An estimated $54 billion a year would flow into stocks, and $16 billion into corporate bonds, according to a survey.
(Wall Street, in turn, would contribute huge piles of this money to republican candidates. Do you really want these Wall Street gamblers and thieves to handle your money?)
Don't take his name in vain
By MAURA MOYNIHAN
In recent months, President Bush has continuously invoked my father, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, as a purported champion of the White House plan to privatize Social Security. As my father is sadly no longer present to explain his views, I read through his writings to set the record straight. (More)
You can order an official NFL jersey with "Hitler," "Bin Laden" or "Terrorist" on the back, but not "Gay" or "Lesbian." Oddly, "Gay Nazi" is acceptable.
This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.
Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.
Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss.
T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien
That which is hateful to you, do not do to others. That is the entire law; all the rest is commentary.
Talmud, Shabbat 31a
All things whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.
No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.
An ye harm none, do what ye will.
WASHINGTON, March 1 - The Supreme Court ruled today, in one of the most closely watched capital punishment cases in years, that imposing the death penalty on convicted murderers who were younger than 18 at the time of their crimes is unconstitutional.
The 5-to-4 decision, arising from a Missouri case, holds that executing young killers violates "the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society," and that American society has come to regard juveniles as less culpable than adult criminals.
Remember when we could muster enough protestors to cause change in government policies, sometimes even the government itself? Civil rights, Vietnam, nuclear disarmament, pollution...
Where are the Flower Grandchildren?
FARM OUT! RIGHT ARM! POWDER TO THE PEOPLE!
BEIRUT, Lebanon (March 1) - Hundreds of protesters waving Lebanese flags returned to central Beirut on Tuesday to demand Syria quit Lebanon after the toppling of the Syrian-backed government by what the media called "people power."
What Jesus said vs. what King Goerge says/does/wants for America while turning it into feudal EuropeGeorge W. Bush and the teachings of Jesus
Additional copies of this handout available for distribution at http://religiousleft.bmgbiz.net
Living in a threatening "post 9-11" world, many Christians derive comfort from the idea that the United States is under the leadership of a prayerful, Christian president. According to Howard Fineman of Newsweek (March 10, 2003), the Bush presidency is the most resolutely "faith-based" in modern times. During the presidential campaign of 2000, Bush named Jesus Christ as his "favorite philosopher", and Bush routinely ends speeches with the words "May God continue to bless America."
But in the Matthew, Chapter 7, Jesus says "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them." We are cautioned not to pay attention merely to these people's words, but to look at their actions, and the "fruits" of their actions.
This is by no means an exhaustive discussion of Bush's words, actions, and policies through the lens of the teachings of Jesus. It really only scratches the surface. But hopefully it can serve as an invitation--to look behind the religiously tinged speech of George W. Bush and examine whether or not he is really a leader who bases his decisions on "what Jesus would do."
To learn more about Bush's style of Christianity, read the article, Dangerous Religion: George W. Bush's theology of empire, by Jim Wallis of Sojourner's Magazine
and Bush and God, by Howard Fineman of Newsweek Magazine http://www.middleeastinfo.org/article2136.html
2. No republican gubmnt is in any way "christian" or even "religious," for that matter. They are, on the other hand, lying, criminal fascist, warmongering abominations.
Why Religious Organizations Oppose Displaying the Ten Commandments on Government Property
An Audio Press Briefing Hosted by The Interfaith Alliance and The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
On March 2, 2005 the Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases to decide the constitutionality of religious displays on government property. In the most religiously diverse nation in the world, several religious organizations have filed briefs with the court opposing government sponsored displays of religious doctrines. Organizations filing briefs include The Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty, The Interfaith Alliance Foundation, American Jewish Congress, Hindu American Foundation, American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, and others.
•Audio Press Briefing
•After listening to a brief introduction from religious leaders and legal counsel who filed the briefs, reporters will be invited to ask questions.
•Wednesday, February 23, 2005
•Noon Eastern time, 9 a.m. Pacific time
Land said he is well aware of conflicting views about the war among Christians. But, he said, the Bible provides the criteria for launching a ''just war.'' After applying those principles — such as resisting aggression and securing justice — he has concluded that the war is just.
When there are people bent on killing as many innocent men, women and children as possible, he said, war may be the only way to stop them.
''There are some people that you just have to kill if you want to live in a civilized society,'' said Land, who also serves as president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. ''This is a battle between civilization and barbarism.''
SOUTHERN BAPTIST HYPOCRITE HATES TORTURE, LOVES REPUBLICAN TORTURERS SINCE THEY'RE ALL "CHRISTIANS"
Land also said he believes the government is doing all it can to make sure there is no further abuse of prisoners in American custody.
Torture, he said, is always wrong. He believes, however, it is permissible to inflict discomfort to gain information that will save lives, as long as it doesn't cause permanent damage.
One U.S. policy Land opposes is ''extraordinary rendition,'' the practice of flying prisoners to other countries to be tortured. ''I have expressed my concern about that, and I told them I thought it was wrong,'' he said.
(*Lie his fascist ass off just as he did about Iraq's connections to 9/11 and WMDs...and, well, everything else he's ever said.)
Poll: Social Security plan support drops
WASHINGTON — Only one in three Americans approve of President Bush's handling of Social Security, his lowest rating on the issue since he took office.
A USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll conducted Friday-Sunday found that 35% approved of Bush's Social Security record, 56% disapproved and 9% had no opinion. That was down from three weeks ago, when 43% approved. In March 2001, just after he took office, 49% approved.
The poll included several pieces of bad news for Bush on the issue, which he has made his top priority this year. The president traveled to eight states in February to make the case for an overhaul.
Bush is calling for action by Congress to shore up the system, which he says will go** "bankrupt" in 2042 without changes. As part of the overhaul, he wants to let workers divert part of their Social Security payroll taxes into private accounts that could be invested in stocks.
(**In 1977, he said it would go bankrupt in 1987. Did it?)
To date, Bush has no support among Democrats in Congress. Many Republicans such as Florida's Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, who represents a quarter-million Social Security recipients, are on the fence. (Related stories: Dems say Social Security agency growing partisan | Black groups hesitant)
The poll showed that Democrats have made headway in their opposition to Bush. In early January, Americans divided evenly when asked whether Social Security needs major changes in the next year or two. Now 59% say it doesn't need to be changed right away.
Americans are more evenly split over which is riskier: relying on Social Security to keep current benefits flowing or investing some payroll taxes in the market. Half said relying on the system's promises is less risky, while 46% said investing is preferable.
The poll showed higher public approval for AARP***, the 35-million-member retiree organization that is leading the opposition to Bush's plan, than for the president. Bush's favorable rating was 56%, compared with 75% for AARP. And 47% of Americans said they trust the Democrats more to deal with the issue of Social Security, a 10-point advantage over Republicans.
(***Despite that fascist USANext attack ad saying AARP hated soldiers, but loved gay marriage.)
White House spokesman Trent Duffy said Bush is just beginning to educate the public. "The first stage of the debate is whether there is a problem and whether we fix that problem. More and more people**** are coming around to his point of view," Duffy said.
(****In Bushtopia, the capitol city of the parallel universe of Cancervatron where 2+2=5 and the Earth is 6000 years old, "down from three weeks ago" can only mean "more and more people are coming around." So whatever this bunch of lying fascists says, we know the opposite is always true.)
Find out how much you will lose when King Goerge privatizes Social Security and gives your money to Wall Street gamblers and thievesVisit and use the Social Security Calculator. (Really)
(All numbers are annual benefits adjusted for inflation. Calculations are based on Congressional Budget Office (CBO) economic assumptions. The President has said that individual accounts would do nothing to restore long-term solvency and that further benefit cuts are necessary. Since he has not made a specific proposal, these estimates assume that benefits are “price indexed,” a proposal made in Plan 2 of President Bush’s Social Security Commission. Please Click Here for Detailed Explanation of Calculations and Assumptions.)
- BERNARD J. EBBERS, former chief executive of WorldCom, at his trial.
When corporate pirates steal money, they don't hurt families. Only gays even can do that. We know this because the compassionate cancervatives hate fags (as God does), but never mention corporate pirates. Ergo, pirates=good, queers=bad. See how simple it is?
The Human Cost of Occupation
American Casualties In Combat
Since war began (3/19/03): KIA: 1498 WIA: 1156
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03) KIA: 1361 WIA: 1046
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): KIA: 1031 WIA: 850
Since Handover (6/29/04): KIA: 632 WIA: 524
American Wounded Official Estimated
Total Wounded: 11069 15000 - 20000
Latest Fatality February 28th, 2005
Young rethuglicons! Why aren't you in uniform?
King Goerge Wants You for his holy wars!
Enlist now! Kill ragheads for Jesus! Steal whole countries for your king! They didn't--and couldn't--attack us, but that's beside the point. God told King Goerge to rule the world and put a giant cross in orbit above the North Pole.*
(*Visit http://objective.jesussave.us/index.html if you don't believe me. See "The Cross In Space" towards bottom of page.)
"The Internet (sic) was created by the United States of America - a Christian nation*- and should not be used to spread anti-Christian, secular, or non-Christian propaganda and hatespeech**. This is our Internet, and we should exercise our position as its owners and as the guardians of civilization to stop its misuse."
(*They quote Patrick Henry who had nothing to do with writing either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. But why let facts interfere with re-writing history?)
(**Only compassionate cancervative propaganda and hatespeech should be allowed.)
These delusional fascist bullies also think the Constitution applies only to them.
"For this reason, this website was created to try and stop* one of the more vile and dangerous misuses of the Internet: using it to mock Our Lord Jesus Christ, His teachings, and His followers. And one site in particular stands out in need of stoppage: Landover Baptist.
"For this blasphemous atrocity, the Landover Baptist website must be removed from our Internet."
(*They simply cannot exist without a neverending list of enemies to stop. Remember the Secular Humanist Movement 20 years ago? Whatever happened to that?)
Finally, they think lying and hate crimes are their private domains.
"Chris Harper (picture) shortly after expulsion from Liberty University for anti-Christian hate crimes."
When Halliburton builds the concentration camps--with our tax dollars--these compassionate cancervatives and their brownshirted buddies will lovingly come for you and me in the name of the Prince of Peace, and pray over the Baptismal Ovens as they throw us in.
Be prepared. Civil War II WILL include the Inquisition II and the Final Solution II.
Be prepared. Don't move to Canada or Europe. Get ready to fight for our country.
"You fight till hell freezes over. Then you fight on the ice."
U.S. Cites Array of Rights Abuses by the Iraqi Government
By BRIAN KNOWLTON International Herald Tribune
The State Department of International Hypocrisy detailed human rights abuses by the newly sovreign Iraqi government, including torture, rape and illegal detentions. (No, not the same things done by our people at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo..."That's diff'runt.)
Monday, February 28, 2005
People, don't sit apathetically by as Germans did while THEIR brownshirts rounded up Jews (and gays and intellectuals and gypsies and many other sub-humans) for The Final Solution. If you think you're safe, tell it to the German Jew WWI veterans who disappeared in Hitler's death camps.
"The (PBS) episode also included "real life examples" of Evolutionism to try and convince us that it is a real science. One of these was -- and I am not making this up -- a primatologist who taught some chimpanzees to "count". Supposedly this proves that we are a monkey's uncle. Another example used was AIDS. They argued that AIDS is constantly evolving and if it weren't for Darwin we wouldn't understand why and thus would be helpless in treating the disease (they conveniently neglect to point out that Darwinistic propaganda equating us with animals might have helped to spread the disease in the first place). This is a common false argument made by Evolutionists; the random variations of AIDS is not the same as the transmutation of species that Darwin wrote about and that is the basis of Secular Humanism. All those little changes aside, AIDS is still AIDS. Show us AIDS evolving into a cat -- which is essentially the Evolutionistic position of common ancestry for all lifeforms -- and then you'll have something worth noting." (*Note: It took zillions of years for little bacteria to evolve into animals. AIDS has been among us for no more than 25 years.)
They want us to be as insane as they are.
"However, these propagandists aren't just targeting the young. Take for example Apple Computers, makers of the popular Macintosh line of computers. The real operating system hiding under the newest version of the Macintosh operating system (MacOS X) is called... Darwin! That's right, new Macs are based on Darwinism! While they currently don't advertise this fact to consumers, it is well known among the computer elite, who are mostly Atheists and Pagans. Furthermore, the Darwin OS is released under an "Open Source" license, which is just another name for Communism. They try to hide all of this under a facade of shiny, "lickable" buttons, but the truth has finally come out: Apple Computers promote Godless Darwinism and Communism." (More. Much, much more.)
(Read later if you haven't seen "Million Dollar Baby" yet.)
"But the most unintentionally revealing attacks on "Million Dollar Baby" have less to do with the "right to die" anyway than with the film's advertising campaign. It's "the 'million-dollar' lie," wrote one conservative commentator, Debbie Schlussel, saying that the film's promotion promises " 'Rocky' in a sports bra" while delivering a "left-wing diatribe" indistinguishable from the message sent by the Nazis when they "murdered the handicapped and infirm." Mr. Medved concurs. "They can't sell this thing honestly," he has said, so "it's being marketed as a movie all about the triumph of a plucky female boxer." (More)
USANext said it, so it must be true.
On a lighter noteFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The U.S. Postal Service created a stamp with a picture of President George W. Bush to honor his achievements. In daily use it was shown that the stamp was not sticking to envelopes. After a month's testing, a special presidential commission made the following findings:
"The stamp was in perfect order. There was nothing wrong with the applied adhesive.
"People were spitting on the wrong side."
"Hypocrisy means 'dissimulation' pure and simple. A hypocrite does one thing privately while playing a very different role in public. Insofar as he's capable of happiness, he's happy just to live such a divided life. What he does not need is to have some demon-figure(s) onto whom he can relentlessly project those aspects of himself that he unconsciously detests. This is the animus that drives the Bushevik movement--more than greed, more than oil, more than imperialism. The movement is, ultimately, pathological. Which explains its compulsive hatefulness. Every time the Bushevik vents his spleen against "the liberals," he's actually referring to himself. "The liberals," he insists, are lying, bitter diehards, who would do anything to stay in power; they steal elections; they are "a coalition of the wild-eyed"; and on it goes forever. If the movement weren't relentlessly projective, it would just disappear. They have to stay on the attack against the demon, which they can never finally kill, because that demon is inside them."