Saturday, March 12, 2005

Why journalism is dying

The reason is simple, really. The vast, right-wing conspiracy is strangling it, and has been since the middle '70s. I may have to stop using "worthlesscorporatemedia" and just go with Ministry of Truth from now on...this TIMES story notwithstanding, given their recent history.
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EXCERPTS
Under Bush, a New Age of Prepackaged News

Under the Bush administration, the federal government has aggressively used a well-established tool of public relations: the prepackaged, ready-to-serve news report that major corporations have long distributed to TV stations to pitch everything from headache remedies to auto insurance. In all, at least 20 federal agencies, including the Defense Department and the Census Bureau, have made and distributed hundreds of television news segments in the past four years, records and interviews show. Many were subsequently broadcast on local stations across the country without any acknowledgement of the government's role in their production. (Much more)

Neocon fascists pretend to love democracy

They trumpet fiberty abroad in their quest for oil and global domination while strangling our own constitutional government here. Yes, they want to turn America into a theocratic, feudal Europe. Accept this and get ready to fight till hell freezes over, and then continue fighting on the ice.
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"I hope all the Middle Eastern nations are not watching how the very folks lecturing them about fostering democracy over there treat our own democracy here at home. Even Lebanese/Syrian-stooge politicians would blush at the kind of behavior we can watch everyday lately in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

"While the Republican majority is allegedly led by House Speaker, Dennis Hassert, the real power is Majority Leader, Tom DeLay of Sugarland, Texas.

"It is hard to find a Middle Eastern pretend-legislature led by such a breathlessly ruthless and obvious thug as Tom “The Hammer” DeLay. If he had been born in Queens as Tom DeLessio he would have almost certainly risen quickly through the ranks of John Gotti’s gang – and probably taken it over.

"Here’s a man who has turned on his own mother - literally. He has not spoken to mom in years. A reporter who followed DeLay around for month and interviewed DeLay's mother, wrote that his aging mother continues trying to contact her son but he will not return her calls. So she videotapes her son whenever he appears on TV because it's the only way she can see him. What a putz." (More)

"Politically incorrect" history? How about "false and racist" revisionist, confederate holdout fantasy?

History for Dummies (aka red staters)

The troubling popularity of "The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History."

Several weeks ago, a history book called The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, by Thomas E. Woods Jr., a hitherto unknown assistant professor at Suffolk County Community College in New York, appeared on the New York Times paperback best-seller chart. User-friendly in its layout, the book is chock-full of pull-quotes, subheads, bulleted lists, short sentences, and two- and three-sentence paragraphs. It presents a brisk tour of U.S. history from Colonial to Clintonian times, filtered through a lens of far-right dogma, circa 1939. It's History for Dummies meets John T. Flynn. It's published, naturally, by Regnery.

The book's title gives a clue to its agenda. For some time now the term "politically correct" has been used to delegitimize any left-of-center position, even those that aren't very far left or particularly outrageous. (See, for example, this letter to the editor, published last July in the San Antonio Express-News: "The media exploded into politically correct hysteria over the truly minor 'torture' in Abu Ghraib.") Conservatives happily brand themselves "politically incorrect" when they resurrect justifiably discredited ideas—or, à la Bill Maher, when they merely want to appear fearlessly honest. Thus, Woods boasts of his book's "political incorrectness," hoping to claim the high ground of truth-telling and pre-emptively tag any criticism as ideologically based.

But Woods' book is incorrect in more than just its politics. Take, for example, Page One, where Woods opens with what he calls the "first basic fact": "The colonists were not paragons of 'diversity.' " I don't know any historians who teach that the colonists were "paragons of 'diversity' "—whatever that phrase, scare quotes and all, is supposed to mean. Most students of early America, however, would agree that Woods' elaboration of his claim is far from accurate. The colonists, Woods continues, "came from one part of Europe. They spoke a common language. They worshiped the same God." He then briefly describes the major waves of British immigration that came to American shores in the 17th and 18th centuries, as laid out in David Hackett Fischer's Albion's Seed (though Woods does not cite Fischer). (More)

When the Ministry of Truth runs White House press briefings

One of the best editorial cartoons in ages.

Freedom fighters make fascist geeks run home, crying to they mama

Holding out bravely and ferociously for three days, patriotic techies finally defeat brownshirted hackers seeking to keep us globbers offline. In other words, blogspot is apparently safe again for free speech in a free America.

Where have all the Flower Children gone?

Environmentalism is dead. Did the flower children fail to pass along '60s values to their kids? It sure seems that way.

More important than stolen elections, wars for lies!

We must find out which baseball players used steroids or the terists win!

Boston ace Curt Schilling said he plans to comply with a
subpoena summoning him to the Congressional hearing on
baseball and steroid use.

And then there's Michael Jackson...

We must watch every minute of such coverage, read every word written, and ignore the lies told about the Social Security crisis, missile shields that don't work, and stolen elections. And watch every episode of "Survivor," "The Apprentice" and Martha Stewart's new show because those things are what really matters.

Huge Bill Fraud Cited at Clinics

Ever wonder why you can go to jail for stealing $1000, but people such as these never see even the inside of a courtroom for stealing zillions?

Insurers say thousands of patients from 47 states were sent
to California to undergo unnecessary surgical and
diagnostic procedures.

"It wasn't fun for me. I was stupid. I could have died."

Where do societal values really come from?

- HOLLY GODBEE, who downed 17 drinks on her 21st birthday in a tradition called "power hour."

Republicans own the liquor industry, lobby for the liquor industry, create advertising for the liquor industry, display advertising for the liquor industry on their mass media...but the libruls are the ones promoting immoral values in America.

Question for Falwell, Robertson, Dobson et al: How are SpongeBob and paleontology so much worse for our children that you don't even mention booze in your public moral outrages?

Democrat Invertebrates of the Week

They could have voted for America. Instead, they voted for feudal Europe. I'm especially disappointed in Sen. Inouye of Hawaii, a true American hero of WWII and for decades since...until now.

Is Jesus still relevant for African Americans today?

What are the common misconceptions concerning Jesus that have been leveled at the black community?

Dumsfeld: Rest of world now believes 2+2=5

This explains why so many are in the Coalition of the Billing

U.S. Gaining World's Respect From Wars, Rumsfeld Asserts

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld upheld the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan yesterday as powerful demonstrations of U.S. military prowess that will make other countries think twice about making "mischief" around the world. (More)

Can Obama lead what Dean stirs up?

My gut feeling right now is that Dr. Dean and Sen. Obama are the future of the progressive movement--which is the only hope for a constitutional democracy in America.

Howard Dean As Democrats' Midwife

Could Dean be the man to push the Democratic Party to labor through new platform creation?
http://www.tompaine.com/opinion/#004067

Republicans have become the tax-and-spenders and Democrats have become corporate whores. And people still say there's no such thing as evolution.

There are no terists here

I've been asking for three years, and no one will answer me: "If they all hate us for our freedoms and want to kill us, why haven't they hit us again since 9/11? Is it because they all died that day?
And now that we know King Goerge lied about the terist threats to drag us into an unrelated war in Iraq, what should we do about it?

Friday, March 11, 2005

Thank God the fiscal cancervatives are in charge

Budget Deficit Widens to Record in Feb.

The United States posted a record $113.94 billion budget deficit in February, above most Wall Street forecasts, as higher government receipts were not enough to cover a spending increase.

The February deficit, reported on Thursday in the U.S. Treasury Department's monthly budget statement, exceeded the $96.70 billion budget deficit in February 2004.

The Compassion of the Christ-like

None of this could possibly be defined as either hatespeech or inciting people to violence.

(Scroll down, but read it all)

"For example, Jerry Falwell, the successful evangelical television minister, introduced (Anita) Bryant at one rally by saying that the "So-called gay folks (would] just as soon kill you as look at you."*

(Many more examples of how to love thy neighbor as Jesus did and taught.)

Now, I've worked with a large number of gay men and women since the 1970s. They all looked at me, even talked to me, but not a single one ever killed me. Why didn't they, Jerry?

Judge, Two Others Fatally Shot at Atlanta Courthouse

Let's see, who is it that's always telling us how bad judges are for America? (See below)

ATLANTA (March 11) - A judge presiding over a rape trial was shot to death Friday along with two other people at the Fulton County Courthouse, authorities said. A fourth person was critically wounded and a search was under way for the suspect, the defendant in the trial.

"Only gay-lovin', commie libruls who hate God and eat babies are even capable of inciting people to violence"

Compassionate christian (sic) non-hatespeech hatespeech. (I couldn't find an example of librul hatespeech/hate crime against THEM.)

Asked during an appearance at the National Press Club to name his top three moral issues, Robertson said, "Judges, judges, judges."
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?storyID=7639555

Jerry Falwell, AgapePress, Family Research Council and several other compassionate fascists on those mean, ol' judges.
http://americablog.blogspot.com/2005/03/judges-family-is-brutally-murdered-and.html
For instance, Falwell: "militant jurists."

Phyllis Schlafly on "God and the Activist Judges."
http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=5161

Do a Google and you'll find thousands more Christ-like exhortations from loving cancervatives that couldn't possibly encourage anyone to take violent action against judges or anyone else.

Response to my apology to the Italian consulate

I didn't shoot Giuliana Sgrena, and wouldn't have, but I apologized to the Italian people on behalf of Americans without email who would have written them. They wrote back:
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We appreciate receiving your mail. Thank you for your words. We will pass them on to the family.

We hope that a full joint Italian-American investigation will ensure that such mistakes do not happen again.

Sincerely yours,

Roberto Natali
Head of Press and Public Affairs
Embassy of Italy
Washington, DC

The patriotic brownshirts are at it again

If you can read this, they must be taking a break from hacking to get their daily Coultergeist fix.

No idea when blogspot will find a way to keep the fascists from clogging things up. Stay tuned and remember, freedom is on the stampede.

They get 3-4 parades every year; what more do those veterans want?

Well, some of us would like what we were promised. But we also understand Halliburton and the other defense contractors are more important than those of us who wore a uniform for a single day, something Cheney, Rice, Der Ruschkopf, O'Really and Spawn Hannity never did. (And then there's Ollie North who wore a uniform, and then disgraced it before being convicted of lying to Congress. But that's another R&R.)

V.A. delays put veterans in jeopardy

Thousands die without benefits

After 54 years, Joseph L. Dickerson can still smell the odor of human corpses melting from napalm.

He was 17 then, an Army rifleman fighting in Korea. As his company battled for a hill, napalm was dropped. A mortar exploded near Dickerson, slamming shrapnel into his chest and delivering a concussive blow to his brain. When he opened his eyes, he was in a field hospital.

He wished later he had kept them shut.

Nearby sat a soldier, his back sheared away, his spine glistening white. Dead man walking, he thought. Then he passed out again.

He's 71 now, living in Lee's Summit. Those experiences — just a few minutes in one day — have affected Dickerson's life to this day.

In 1951, he was a naive, patriotic teenager who thought that the government he promised to serve would also help him, an injured veteran. He didn't know how difficult getting that help would be. (More)

King Goerge the Teddible becomes King Goerge the Appeaser...again?

Remember how he huffed and puffed at North Korea, and then backed down? Same thing with Iran now that another Coalition of the Billing failed to up to help him invade.

Challenge to all compassionate yadda yaddas

If you're really for smaller gubmnt, less spending and reducing the deficit, it's time to put up or shut up, and tell King Goerge to just STOP IT. (And when they don't, their answer--admitted or implied--will be, "Well, yeah, but we've got to keep the libruls out of office. They're the ones who REALLY want big gubmnt, taxes, (non-corporate) welfare and budget deficits," ignoring King Goerge's record in those areas.

Reminds you of King Goerge's "with us or against us" doctrine, doesn't it?

The mob works like this: You're either their friend and accept money, or you're their enemy and accept bullets in the head. So in a sense, our "allies" in Gulf War II became the Coalition of the Billing, knowing King Goerge would share Iraq's oil with them, or cut them off. Our Arab "allies" can either cooperate or get invaded. What bases for "friendship," huh?

Detectives Used Badges to Kill for the Mob, Indictments Say

Two former detectives were charged by federal prosecutors
with taking part in eight murders on behalf of the Mafia.

Biasedlibrulmedia ABC knuckles under to fascism

I don't watch it, but this Sunday's "Boston Legal" was originally about FAUXNEWS and Shrill O'Reilly.

Then the compassionate, patriotic brownshirts showed up and fixed the script so we could have fiberty and decency, and stuff.

No wonder Tom Ridge went to work for Homeland Security Depot

Remember the bogus anthrax scam a couple of years ago when Ridge told everybody to buy plastic sheeting and duct tape? (And remember that several people suffocated?) His future bosses at Home Depot made a killing. Now he works for them. Just like the Pentagon generals who retire and then go to work for defense contractors. Why isn't this behavior illegal?
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An older article at WhiteHouseforSale.org states:

Home Depot employees and their families have given $1.5 million to the GOP since 1999, according to data provided to Public Citizen by the Center for Responsive Politics.

During that time, no candidate has benefited from Home Depot’s largesse more than Bush. The total includes $907,950 in mostly “soft money” donations to the Republican National Committee before such giving was outlawed by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA).
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Home Depot’s Dirty Secrets
March 11th, 2005 : Filed by Angry Girl
I always knew that Home Depot kinda sucked. I mean, their service has always been lousy, they tend to stock the cheaper and crappier brands, and searching for stuff on their web site is an exercise that defies any logic I know. And, in more ways than I could possibly begin to express here, I hate that sign they have on their doors: Drug Users, Don’t Apply Here.

So my husband and I like to shop at Loew’s. Loew’s is OK. At least when they advertise a free seminar on how to build a deck, somebody at the store will at least know about it, unlike past experience at Home Depot….

And then came the Dark Ages—the reign of Bush, that is. And I started to give a damn about where I shopped and who I was giving my hard-fought money to.

That’s when I found out that Home Depot was a major Bush supporter. In fact,

An older article at WhiteHouseforSale.org states:


Home Depot employees and their families have given $1.5 million to the GOP since 1999, according to data provided to Public Citizen by the Center for Responsive Politics.

During that time, no candidate has benefited from Home Depot’s largesse more than Bush. The total includes $907,950 in mostly “soft money” donations to the Republican National Committee before such giving was outlawed by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA).

http://www.whitehouseforsale.org/contributorsandpaybacks/page.cfm?pageid=340

Since then, I found out that, besides donating another $700,000 to the Republicans,

[Bush] hosted a garden reception at the house of Robert Nardelli, chief executive of giant retailer Home Depot. Then, Bush was guest of honour at an exclusive dinner of steak, potatoes and vegetables. It did not sound like haute cuisine, but at $25,000 per head the price tag was certainly high. When Bush left for the airport, he had racked up another $3.2m to his cause.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/story/0,13918,1222721,00.html

Finally, Home Depot was one of the top contributors for Bush’s inauguration, plunking down a cool $250,000 for the vanity of a corrupt Republican dictator.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

King Goerge pretends to know math on Reality TV--Kentucky-style

Notice that despite even his own party's saying there's no Social Security crisis, the Lyin' King still frames every sentence with "fix it now or the terists win!" Those fascists sure know how to write lies. Fortunately, the American people have heard so many in the last five years, they're finally beginning to see through them. There might be some hope for this country yet.

Don't blame me...

I held my nose and voted for Kerry. Given not one but two stolen elections, King Goerge will never be my commandeerer-in-thief.

Looking for Anti-Bush t-shirts or Anti-Bush bumper stickers
to fight Bush’s agenda? Get your Anti-Bush gear here!

Once again, King Goerge and Co. support the living hell out of the troops

Pentagon misses deadline on soldier reimbursement guidelines.

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department hasn't developed a plan to reimburse soldiers for equipment they've bought to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan despite requirements in a law passed last year, a senator says.

Remembering King Goerge's original lies...1513 pairs of empty boots ago

And this isn't even counting all the lies linking Saddam to 9/11. What kind of mindless robot could possibly vote for this crazed, redneck, fascist king?

EXCERPTS

WASHINGTON - Something about anniversaries prods us to pause and reflect on what's transpired in the intervening time. March 20 is the second anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and it's a good time to consider what's happened since then.

Do you recall our civilian leadership's rationale for a pre-emptive war against Saddam Hussein? President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney and, yes, former Secretary of State Colin Powell told the world that the United States had no choice but to invade Iraq. They said Saddam was hiding chemical and biological weapons, and that his scientists would be able to produce a nuclear weapon in a few years....

Now the administration tells us that we had to attack not because Saddam had weapons of mass destruction and ties to al-Qaeda, but because he wasn't a democrat. Sadly, however, the costs of trying to make Iraq a democracy probably would have been lower, and the chances of succeeding better, if we hadn't gone to war with flimsy evidence and wishful thinking.

How smart did one have to be to realize this ahead of time?

Apparently, smarter than King Goerge and his entire fascist junta.

War on terror may breed more terrorism, experts say.

MADRID : Military strikes and draconian measures against terrorists may create even more terror, US-based academics warned at a summmit here as Spain prepared to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the deadly train bombings in the capital.

The experts said Europe could learn from Washington's mistakes in this regard.

Freedom is on a rampage

At least 47 new cases of fiberty in Iraq. Plus 1510 empty pairs of GI boots. No wonder Dumsfeld called this holy war a "catastrophic victory." (Were he more knowledgeable of history and literature, he'd have used "Pyrrhic victory.")

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shiite mosque during a funeral Thursday, killing 47 people, an attack that came as Iraq's main Shiite party and a Kurdish bloc said they reached a deal that sets the stage for a new government to be formed.

Meet a real minister of the Gospel of the Prince of Peace: Pat Robertson

His own words.

The 700 Club, January 14, 1991; "You say you're supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense. I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist. I can love the people who hold false opinions but I don't have to be nice to them." (Much, much more if you have the nerve to read it.)

Repost: What Jesus wouldn't do

Meet Jim Wallis, an evangelical christian who doesn't lie or sell fascism, hatespeech or bigotry. Imagine that.

EXCERPT

"Much of the religious right's agenda is in direct contradiction to Christ's own teachings – and most devout Christians know it."

They watch FAUXNEWS so decent people don't have to

Now these are some brave partisans with strong stomachs and nerves of steel in the fight for freedom.

If I hear one compassionate fascist say, "Hell was full again..."

There might be a slappin'.

Clinton awake after surgery, surgeons pleased with results

NEW YORK — Former President Bill Clinton is recovering Thursday from his second operation in six months, this one to clear up minor complications from his quadruple heart bypass.

Free speech still under siege from compassionate patriots

If you can read this, check back. Somebody will find a way to stop them.

Compassionate fascists are hacking my glob

This is the second notice I've put up. The first one went into the Twilight Zone. I can EDIT posts, but can't VIEW them. As far as I can tell, the rest of blogspot is working fine. If this gets up, sorry for the inconvenience.

Freedom is on the prowl

The voice of freedom and truth is under attack by compassionate fascists this morning. I can EDIT what I've done today, but no one can VIEW it, not even me. Unless you can read this. Then the illegal, fascist, un-American attack has subsided. Yes, other globs on blogspot are working fine. I checked. Ah, yes, freedom is on the prowl...THEIR freedom to mess with mine and yours.

FBI: King Goerge is a liar, his supporters are stupid

Secret FBI Report Questions Al Qaeda Capabilities. No "true al-qaeda sleeper agents" have been found in the US.

Then who have they been torturing, and why?

Fabric of the universe deteriorating rapidly

King Goerge suffers three defeats for the price of one. No wonder Mount St. Helens is rumbling.

1. GOP Senators Balk at Tax Cuts in Bush's Budget

Republican leaders offered a budget for 2006 that would
undo more than a fourth of the cuts that President Bush has
requested.
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/10/politics/10budget.html?th

2. US Called Ready to See Hezbollah in Lebanon Role

The White House move was a reluctant recognition that Hezbollah
could block efforts to get Syria to withdraw its troops
from Lebanon.
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/10/politics/10diplo.html?th

3. Evangelical Leaders Swing Influence Behind Effort to Combat
Global Warming.

Where've they been for the last 35 years?
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/10/politics/10diplo.html?th

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

I've been trying to warn you for years...

"In the end the party would announce that 2 plus 2 made 5, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim, sooner or later, the logic of their position demanded it." (George Orwell, "1984.")

Robert Kane Pappas' Reflections on Orwell, 2005

Robert Kane Pappas is the director of the mass media-critiquing documentary, beloved by BuzzFlash readers, "Orwell Rolls in His Grave." This week he agreed to revisit George Orwell's prophetic anti-utopian novel, "1984," and to reflect on recent events in terms of Orwell's vision of a nightmarish future. Are we there yet?

Hail to the Thief! Rally for Social Security in Nashville

King of Kings! And Goerge of Goerge! Hallelujah!

King Goerge Orwell Bush, who stole not one, but two elections, is coming to Tennessee to tell even more lies about Social Security. Freedom fighters in your area are so outraged that they're gathering for a rally in Nashville to let him know exactly what they think...not that they'll be allowed within 100 yards of the brain-dead liar.

Join them on Friday, March 11 at 9:00am at the AFL-CIO, 1901 Lendell Avenue, and let the unelected, fascist redneck know that you oppose his risky plan to privatize Social Security, cut guaranteed benefits, and borrow trillions of dollars from foreign countries like China and Japan.

Location: AFL-CIO - 1901 Lendell Avenue
Date: March 11, 2005
Time: 9:00am

1510 KIA, and for what?

SATURDAY, MARCH 19: GLOBAL DAY OF PROTEST ON THE TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE IRAQ WAR

11,069 WIA. That's a lot of empty pairs of boots. Someone should send one pair a day to that &@%*@%&! lying, fascist warmonger, King Goerge.

Iraqi militias aren't "insurgents"

They're partisans, just like French, Dutch, Italian, Filipino, Russian, Chinese and others who fought their invaders in WWII.

An insurgent is one who rebels against established authority. No twisting of fuzzy logic can call our presence in Iraq either established or authority. We invaded for no legitimate reason. We're the invaders, and it's time to get out.

Panel: King Goerge has "weak" intelligence

We already knew that. But they're specifically referring to "intel" on Iran. Will we get into another Tar Baby there?

Reminds me of Johnny Carson's first job on teevee, "Who Do You Trust?"

Now we can play, "Who Do You Believe, a Marine or King Goerge?"

A former U.S. Marine who participated in capturing ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said the public version of his capture was fabricated.

Ex-Sgt. Nadim Abou Rabeh, of Lebanese descent, was quoted in the Saudi daily al-Medina Wednesday as saying Saddam was actually captured Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, and not the day after, as announced by the U.S. Army.

"I was among the 20-man unit, including eight of Arab descent, who searched for Saddam for three days in the area of Dour near Tikrit, and we found him in a modest home in a small village and not in a hole as announced," Abou Rabeh said.

"We captured him after fierce resistance during which a Marine of Sudanese origin was killed," he said. (More)

Now it's "silly" to sue someone who encourages people to threaten you

Gay couple sues USA Next over stolen wedding photo used in that unacceptable anti-AARP ad. The un-American, un-christian ad aside, the couple's lives were invaded, disrupted, and threatened by hundreds of compassionate yadda yaddas. I guess I'd get a little silly if that happened to me, too.

This is why "they" hate those evil trial lawyers and activist courts. They get in the way of decent, fascist bullies' fun.

And speaking of hippies who hate America...

What Now For The Peace Movement?

United for Peace and Justice

Mobilizing the majority of Americans who want US troops out of Iraq.

Okay, class, who can tell me King Goerge's ORIGINAL lies...er, reasons for invading Iraq? Hint: There were three, and fiberty, greedom and lemocracy weren't among them.

Welcome to the fight, Jim

I've been pounding on this for over a decade.* Now a big-time evangelist gets on board with the idea of, "What WOULDN'T Jesus Do?"

(I also include, "What Didn't Jesus Do?" For instance, he didn't get rich or run for office or invade countries. Or get a haircut, the hippie. He was poor, homeless, wore sandals, never had a job after leaving home, lived on handouts, never married, lived with a group of other long-haired hippies. Was He gay? Did He hate America?)

What Jesus Wouldn't Do
by Jim Wallis, Alternet

Much of the religious right's agenda is in direct contradiction to Christ's own teachings.

(*See archives for my very first posts. I know they don't date from a decade ago, but still...)

Which rethuglicon does this sound like?

"...utterly incapable of humiliation, for shame in all its shades grew from an acceptance of the belief that Moral Law lay at the heart of creation...the war against ordinary humanity...required soldiers without moral compunctions, so certain of their superiority that no ruthlessness would be beyong them."*

Hint: Every fascist one of them.

(*"FRANKENSTEIN: Book One-Prodigal Son"--Dean Koontz)

Actual terists, the ones King Goerge never talks about

Homegrown Osamas

Since 9/11, we've focused on the risk of foreign terrorism (or, "terr," as KG says it), but we have plenty of potential terists right here at home.

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And then there are street gangs. Apparently, rethuglicons only care about nebulous threats from furriners, not daily threats from Americans. But that's another rant-and-rave.

Celebrate "George Orwell Bush Day"

Really. And it's today.

Two movies, "1984," filmed in...wait for it...1984, and "Orwell Rolls in His Grave" are available for a limited time. Tragically, the reality is available for years to come.

Looney left, moonbat libs give aid and comfort, and all that...

...while compassionate yadda yaddas always support the living crap outta the troops. Except...

EXCERPTS

Mar. 8, 2005 - Two senators have sent a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld asking why U.S. troops in Iraq are operating without inexpensive tourniquets that can potentially save lives.

The letter from Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., obtained by ABC News, refers to a report in Sunday's edition of The Baltimore Sun that there has been a delay in getting new first-aid kits containing tourniquets to the troops.

"A number of our bravest military personnel have reportedly bled to death on the battlefield, and the experts have determined that putting a tourniquet in the hands of every soldier is a vital life-saving measure," the letter states. "Holding up the fielding of a life-saving medical kit simply to optimize its carrying pouch suggests a mindset oblivious to the wartime needs of our soldiers."
The Sun article said doctors and Army medical officials estimate as many as tens of thousands of soldiers are in combat without the simple medical devices, and that some bleed to death from injuries that would not otherwise be fatal if a tourniquet were applied. It also said the Pentagon has not placed an order for first-aid kits with tourniquets although the Army has approved their use, and the delay may have to do with the development of new training manuals and a pouch for holding the tourniquet.

In the letter, Durbin and Levin said that manufacturers had indicated they can "quickly produce as many tourniquets as are needed," and said that Guard and Reserve units are reportedly more likely to go without the tourniquets than regular Army units. (More)

They de-spinify the vast, right-wing conspiracy propaganda network

Media Matters shows just how fair 'n balanced the fascist talkingheads really are: They sell lies and hatespeech about ALL their enemies equally.

King Goerge has lost what was left of his diseased, little mind

In yesterday's...speech...he revealed his total mental collapse. More importantly, he revealed his dream for his own future.

"When a dictatorship controls the political life of a country, responsible opposition cannot develop, and dissent is driven underground and toward the extreme. And to draw attention away from their social and economic failures, dictators place blame on other countries and other races, and stir the hatred that leads to violence." (Cue entire VR-WC: "Yeah, that's what the racist, blame-America-firster libruls do.")

Does he realize he admitted to everything he and his fascist minions have been doing for years? What republicans have been doing for decades?

This is the classic fascist bate-and-switch: "Accuse first. Once I've accused you of buggering little boys, you're forever guilty of it. And even if you get video of me doing it, you can never accuse me of it. I can never be guilty of it because I accused you of it first."

The Christian church rejected King Goerge's theology as heretical many centuries ago.

The key word is, "simply." This only works on simple people with simple minds. The rest of us expect competence.

"George W. Bush began to take part in a Bible study group in 1985, after two decades of binge drinking. For two years he studied the Scriptures and put his heavy drinking behind him. In that same process, he succeeded in refocusing his life, which had been diffused and confused, into a coherent cosmic vision--or ideology--which corresponded to the mentality of the conservative evangelicals of his country.

When Bush decided to run for office, political strategist Karl Rove helped him make the link with the evangelical sector. While other candidates were discussing polemical themes, Rove advised him that it was much better for him to simply speak about his faith." (More)

Last time we weren't sure, we invaded

Data Is Lacking on Iran's Arms, U.S. Panel Says

A report due this month will describe U.S. intelligence on
Iran's weapons programs as inadequate to allow firm
judgments.

There are Twibbies*, and then there are christians

A real postcard to King Goerge from a real christian whom I've known for 37 years.

March 8, 2005
Dear Mr. President,

We have now reached 1500 "killed in action" in a war we never should have been in. HOW CAN YOU SLEEP NIGHTS? I hope you will give serious thought before we have a lot more. Oil isn't worth that many lives and over 10,000 wounded who will never be whole again.

Yes, I will pray for you. I do every day for all retarded people.

(*Reminder: Those Who Believed Bush Is A Christian; TWBBIAC, or "Twibbies")

Is Mother Earth getting sick of King Goerge?

Large Plume Billows From Mount St. Helens
Steam and Ash Rose Thousands of Feet Into the Air Above Volcano

MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. (March 8) - Mount St. Helens released a towering plume of ash Tuesday, its most significant emission in months but one that seismologists did not believe heralded any major eruption.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Aging hippie is our new UN ambassador

This is a neocon superhawk? He needs a haircut! Doesn't he know how real men looked when things were perfect in the '50s? Buy some Brylcreem and fix that ducktail!

Another, even better, picture of the old hippie here, if it's still up. Hey, get some fresh bong water, John Lenin!
http://www.antiwar.com/

Sick, old veterans give aid and comfort blah blah blah

How dare the Greatest Generation enforce their contract with their gubmnt when that money is needed for defense corporate welfare?

Weapons America needs to defend itself in the future will have to be slashed. Incentives for young people to join the volunteer military are in jeopardy even as U.S. forces are being strained in Afghanistan and Iraq.

And it's all the fault of military veterans and even their widows.

That's what David Chu, the Pentagon's undersecretary for personnel and readiness, says about increases in veterans benefits that Congress approved since 1999.

"The amounts have gotten to the point where they are hurtful. They are taking away from the nation's ability to defend itself," Chu told The Wall Street Journal recently.

How to mess with rethuglicons

Take the spin and other hogwash out of their 160-page playbook, and here's how you put them in their place. Well, at least in conversation. Their rightful place is back in the parallel universe of Cancervatron where we don't care if they teach THEIR kids stupid things like the Earth is 6000 years old.

Why do they always want to go back to the '50s?

I guess the Eisenhower/Ozziet and Harriet years were when things were perfect: Blacks and women knew their places, other minorities didn't exist, queers were who you and your buddies beat up after getting drunk on Saturday night, and children spoke when spoken to. Oh, and we and the USSR were threatening Mutually Assured Destruction of each other on a full-time basis. Which meant every possible tax dollar went to defense contractors instead of to "those people" on welfare--which didn't exist until that commie Texan*, LBJ, invented it and even let them all vote.

Under George W. Bush, America is waging a global battle to turn back the clock on women's rights.

(*What is it about Texas, anyway? The heat? The tequila?)

According to the vast, right-wing conspiracy, Sgrena was riding in two cars and a truck when she got shot

But since she's the “Italian communist Giuliana Sgrena,” she bad it coming and brought it on herself. It must be true if the Rev. Moon's TIMES says it.

King Goerge and the Tar Baby

Retold by ChristianLibrul from a story by Joel Chandler Harris. As read by Oscar-winning actor, Louis Gossett, Jr.

EXCERPTS

"Didn't King Goerge never catch the terist, Uncle Remus?" asked the little boy the next evening.

"He come mighty nigh it, honey, sho's you born--the king did.
*************
"...present'y King Goerge draw back wid his fis', he did, en blip he tuck 'er side er de head. Right dar's whar he broke his merlasses jug. His fis' stuck, en he can't pull loose. De Eye-rackee tar hilt 'im. But Tar-Baby, she stay still, en Osama, he lay low.

"`Ef you don't lemme loose, I'll knock you agin,' sez King Goerge, sezee, en wid dat he fotch 'er a wipe wid de udder han', en dat stuck. Tar-Baby, she ain'y sayin' nuthin', en Osama, he lay low.

"`Tu'n me loose, fo' I kick de natal stuffin' outen you,' sez King Goerge, sezee, but de Tar-Baby, she ain't sayin' nuthin'. She des hilt on, en de King Goerge lose de use er his feet in de same way. Osama, he lay low. Den King Goerge squall out dat ef de Tar-Baby don't tu'n 'im loose he butt 'er cranksided. En den he butted, en his head got stuck. Den Osama, he sa'ntered fort', lookin' dez ez innercent ez wunner yo' mammy's mockin'-birds.

"`Howdy, King Goerge,' sez Osama, sezee. `You look sorter stuck up dis mawnin',' sezee, en den he rolled on de groun', en laft en laft twel he couldn't laff no mo'. `I speck you'll take dinner wid me dis time, King Goerge. I done laid in some calamus root, en I ain't gwineter take no skuse,' sez Osama, sezee."

"Did Osama eat King Goerge?" asked the little boy to whom the story had been told.

"Dat's all de fur de tale goes," replied the old man. "He mout, an den agin he moutent. Some say Judge Dean come 'long en loosed 'im - some say he didn't. I hear Miss Condo callin'. You better run 'long."

They had control for three months?

New US Army report says, "The United States, its Army and its coalition of the billing...er, willing...have been playing catch-up ever since" three months after the invasion two years ago.

This proves yet again that God was right to put King Goerge in the White House...twice.

King of Kings! And Goerge of Goerge! Hallelujah! Goerge is great, Goerge is good, let us thank him for our tax cuts.

More frat boys caught on tape "blowing off steam"

Der Ruschkopf will be selling "GIs Gone Wild IV" from his website soon. Don't wait! Just $19.95 while supplies last!

When King Goerge declares himself Warmonger for Life, he'll rename America "Neuropa"

But since it sounds more like English than Spanish, he'll mispronounce it. See yesterday's post about Neuropa. Then see posts from the weekend about "Joint Red Flag" which will let him name himself as...however they say, "Fuehrer" in Texas.

My car started this morning because God put King Goerge in the White House

"King of Kings!" (Hallelujah! Hallelujah!) And Goerge of Goerge! (Hallelujah! Hallelujah!) And he shall reign for-ever and e--ver!"

Is there anything they don't take credit for? Remember that Globbers for Bush showed a few days ago that King Goerge was why we were living three months longer. (See archives)

Give me a break.

"Either you are with us, or you are against God!"

King Goerge doesn't pray for God's will...he already knows it. Just ask him.

And the part that surprises us is...?

Report Says Medicaid Overpays for Drugs

Federal health officials are not enforcing a law that
requires drug companies to cut their prices on drugs bought
for poor people under Medicaid, Congressional investigators
said.

Monday, March 07, 2005

That's it! Neuropa!

"Eureka!" "No, Neuropa."

Remember back, oh, nearly 20 years when a bunch of lunatics wanted to form a settlement, in North Carolina IIRC, designed entirely around the rules of the Federation in "Star Trek?"

Well, it finally hit me: The neocons want to turn America into "Neuropa*" (pronounced "Noi-ropa" in fascistspeak's mother tongue, German; "Neuropia," pronounced "New-ropia" in English). I use the German since it's what they use. Plus "Neuropia" sounds so...French. Or like an eye problem...eh...anyway...

Neuropa will be based on feudal Europe combined with the best of what nazi Germany had to offer. All educational materials will come from the parallel universe of Cancervatron (capitol city: Bushtopia) where Cancervatroids (self-appointed experts with no credentials) can "prove" the Earth is 6000 years old, dinosaurs were in the Garden of Eden (and, therefore, on Noah's Ark), and 2+2=5. Also, gay prostitution is good, or at least acceptable, while gay marriage is bad. Very bad. It causes straight couples to get divorced. And since there's a finite number of possible marriages**, we can't have gay couples entering one end of the pipeline and pushing straight couples out the other end.

In Neuropa, a few old, white men will own everything and the rest of us are to be glad we're serfs, and not slaves...until they bring slavery back. And you know as well as I do that slavery has never been far from their minds.

So repeat after me: Polluting is cleaning. Instinct is evidence. Dividing is uniting. Failing to find is finding. Stealing is legal. Deficits result from fiscal responsibility. Marginalizing is including. Lying is moral. Demonizing is compassionate. Bullying is christian. And conquering countries is God's will.

Got it? Learn your lines. The test is the next election. And the ten after that.

(*Real German. "Neu-" (prefix "noi" or "new") + "Europa" ("Oi-ropa" or "Europe") = "Neuropa."

(**Discovered by faculty at Fiberty University, near Bushtopia. I think it was the Poli Sci department, who also discovered "Greedom" and "Lemocracy." See archives.)

Their "Hot Topics" sound a lot like GOP talking points, don't they?

They'd tell you that they support the GOP because rethuglicons reflect their values. In fact, it's the other way around. Lying, fascist criminals "reflect" all those "family values yadda yadda," they just don't quite "have" those values. (Do you, "America's Adulterer," Rudi Giuliani? Do you, Ken "I didn't know my people were stealing your money and giving it to me" Lay?)

Self-appointed police, even "decency" and/or "morality" police, are what used to be called "vigilantes," "night riders" and "lynch mobs." They want minimal gubmnt interference so they can bully, intimidate and cause financial ruin to their enemies at will. Remember when they tried to destroy the Dixie Chicks? Their "moral/patriotic" reasoning (sic) was--and this is verbatim--"Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from consequences." Meaning, "OUR subjective and arbitrary consequences which have nothing to do with the law." Ergo, "vigilantes," "night riders" and "lynch mobs" from the ranks of "family values" and "law-and-order" specialists.

Another word is "fascist." It's the only word that encompasses all their intentions. And their intentions were made known in 1934 by a true patriot, retired Marine general Smedley Butler, who ratted them out for their plot to overthrow FDR.

They went underground after that, but their intentions are the same today as they were 70 years ago: Installing a fascist dictator over a theocratic, feudal New Europe ("Newropia," or "Neuropa" in the original fascist German) and getting rid of this ridiculous experiment in democracy called, "America."

Pay attention, and you'll see I'm right.

What they meant to say was...

FOR EXAMPLE:

ALLEN (3/6/05): "The president on Friday described private and personal accounts as an add-on to Social Security, something extra. And that set off a lot of bells because Democrats said either he's being deceptive or he's completely changed his negotiating position. I checked on this. The White House says he has not changed anything. They said it's just how it came out and you won't hear that again." (Several more lies caught on tape.)

So what did happen to Sgrena's car, anyway?

It's "missing." The people who, according to Der Spiegel, shot it 300-400 times can't find it now. Now who could and would make it go away, and why would anyone want or need to?

Will Civil War II turn into a fascist schism?

WASHINGTON — President Bush's proposal to overhaul Social Security is falling flat across the country, to judge from recent polls, but public opinion is not his only problem. The whole idea splits Bush's party — along fault lines he masterfully bridged during his first term in the White House.

A Social Security overhaul is the Holy Grail for the GOP's free-market advocates, but it is a low priority for social conservatives who care more about banning abortion and same-sex marriage. The costly initiative gives heartburn to the party's antideficit hawks. Even some of the Republicans' loyal business allies are lukewarm on Bush's effort to rewrite the program and allow workers to divert part of their Social Security payroll taxes into personal retirement accounts. (More)

Turn to hymn #356: "They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Hatemongering"

Now they're mad at the Supremes who put their king in office in the first place! Once again these sickos leave our mouths "agape."

"...A conservative activist says if you're looking for radicals, the U.S. Supreme Court is the place to start. Author and political commentator Mark Levin says the Supreme Court is the last bastion of radicalism left in America today. The high court, he says, confers rights on terrorists, confers benefits on illegal immigrants, and seeks to eliminate all references to religion from the public square. "They want to deny you and me our free-speech rights before an election," he adds, "but they have no problem with upholding cyberspace child pornography as a constitutional right." Levin says the judicial activists on the high court believe they can do anything they want when, in reality, it is the people who decide the issues of the day -- not nine elevated lawyers. [Bill Fancher]

The next time someone says there is no vast, right-wing conspiracy...

...which there unquestionably has been for over 30 years...

Read this long article about another long article, learn facts, and use for ammo.

More sweatshops or the terists win!

I know I'm repeating myself, but I'm right: they want a theocratic, feudal Europe where a few old white men own everything, and the rest of us are to be glad we're serfs, and not slaves...although slavery has never been very far from their diseased, little minds.

"This is as low as it goes, as the GOP fights to expand sub-minimum wage sweatshops across the country. Pennsylvania's Rick Santorum is leading the charge for a GOP bill that would ostensibly raise the minimum wage by $1.10 per hour, but in reality would cut wages for millions of American workers and expand unregulated sweatshops across the country.

As this Economic Policy Institute analysis details, the bill is a trojan horse for assaulting workers rights."

"You go to war with the criminally incompetent &%#@! you have..."

...not people with, you know, functioning brain stems that you wished you had."

Even AFTER King Goerge invaded Iraq, body armor had the same supply priority as socks.

Many Missteps Tied to Delay in Armor for Troops in Iraq

The war in Iraq was hardly a month old in April 2003 when an Army general in charge of equipping soldiers with protective gear threw the brakes on buying bulletproof vests.

The general, Richard A. Cody, who led a Pentagon group called the Army Strategic Planning Board, had been told by supply chiefs that the combat troops already had all the armor they needed, according to Army officials and records from the board's meetings. Some 50,000 other American soldiers, who were not on the front lines of battle, could do without.

In the following weeks, as Iraqi snipers and suicide bombers stepped up deadly attacks, often directed at those very soldiers behind the front lines, General Cody realized the Army's mistake and did an about-face. On May 15, 2003, he ordered the budget office to buy all the bulletproof vests it could, according to an Army report. He would give one to every soldier, "regardless of duty position."

But the delays were only beginning. (Much, much more for those who have the stomach to read it all.)

1510 DEAD
11069 WOUNDED...that we know about.

For what? WMDs? Fiberty?

The troops don't even know why they're there. Many still think they're punishing the people who attacked us on 9/11. They have no concept of just how big a lying, criminal, fascist asshole King Goerge is...because they're only allowed to hear Der Ruschkopf and watch FASCISTNEWS.

Is this any way to treat people who are willing to put their lives on the line for the whole country?

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If King Goerge invades Syria, who will do his torturing for him?

On January 27th, President Bush, in an interview with the Times, assured the world that “torture is never acceptable, nor do we hand over people to countries that do torture.” Maher Arar, a Canadian engineer who was born in Syria, was surprised to learn of Bush’s statement.

Two and a half years ago, American officials, suspecting Arar of being a terrorist, apprehended him in New York and sent him back to Syria, where he endured months of brutal interrogation, including torture. When Arar described his experience in a phone interview recently, he invoked an Arabic expression. The pain was so unbearable, he said, that “you forget the milk that you have been fed from the breast of your mother.”
(More)

ALSO

http://harrybrowne.org/articles/SyrianHoax.htm

EXCERPTS

According to the (Bushtopia) propaganda machine, Syrian troops in Lebanon are a threat to democracy...

And there’s more: it’s common knowledge that the Syrians were behind the assassination of Rafiq Hariri, the ex-Prime Minister of Lebanon.

Meanwhile, the pro-Syrian government in Lebanon has left office, and the Lebanese people are cheering in the streets — demonstrating that they want nothing to do with Syria — as well as protesting the assassination of Hariri.

In addition, Condoleezza Rice says she has "firm evidence" that the Islamic Jihad militant group in Syria helped plan the recent Tel Aviv suicide bombing. She went even further: "There is firm evidence that Palestinian Islamic Jihad, sitting in Damascus, not only knew about the attacks, but was involved in the planning, . . . And so the Syrians have a lot to answer for."

Finally, the U.S. State Department just released its annual report on human rights abuses in all the countries of the world (except the United States), and the story of torture and other crimes in Syria is a mile long.

The indictment of Syria is lengthy and frightening. Obviously, Syria is a living hell, a threat to peace in the Middle East, and a rogue state that supports terrorism.

Once again, the Bush administration has cried "Havoc!" and is gearing up to unleash the Dogs of War.

And if we’re smart, we won’t believe a word of it. (Much more.)

"Oh, Canada..."

How I miss hearing their national anthem with ours at hockey games.

Lloyd Axworthy is a former Foreign Minister of Canada. (Recently), in the Winnipeg Free Press Dr. Axworthy published a very blunt open letter to Condoleeza Rice on the topic of missile defence and Canada/US relations.

EXCERPTS

Dear Condi,

I'm glad you've decided to get over your fit of pique and venture north to visit your closest neighbour. It's a chance to learn a thing or two. Maybe more.

I know it seems improbable to your divinely guided master in the White House that mere mortals might disagree with participating in a missile-defence system that has failed in its last three tests, even though the tests themselves were carefully rigged to show results.

But, gosh, we folks above the 49th parallel are somewhat cautious types who can't quite see laying down billions of dollars in a three-dud poker game.

As our erstwhile Prairie-born and bred (and therefore prudent) finance minister pointed out in presenting his recent budget, we've had eight years of balanced or surplus financial accounts. If we're going to spend money, Mr. Goodale added, it will be on day-care and health programs, and even on more foreign aid and improved defence.

Sure, that doesn't match the gargantuan, multi-billion-dollar deficits that your government blithely runs up fighting a "liberation war" in Iraq, laying out more than half of all weapons expenditures in the world, and giving massive tax breaks to the top one per cent of your population while cutting food programs for poor children.

Just chalk that up to a different sense of priorities about what a national government's role should be when there isn't a prevailing mood of manifest destiny.

(Much more, and it's all great.)

In Bushtopia*, more pollution means "Clear Skies"

*Only delegates from the capitol city of Cancervatron (the parallel universe where Earth is only 6000 years old, dinosaurs were on Noah's Ark and 2+2=5) can use "increasing pollution" and "Clear Skies Act" in the same sentence--and keep a straight face. What's wrong with those people?

King Goerge's allies are trying to force the polluter-friendly Clear Skies Act through the Senate.

Well, I'll be damned...moral yadda yaddas DO commit adultery

Fabric of the universe in serious trouble.

NEW YORK (March 7) -- Boeing Co. on Monday said its board forced out president and chief executive officer Harry Stonecipher because of a relationship the married, 68-year-old Stonecipher had with a female executive at the company.

Is that James Dobson I hear condemning this sinner at the top of his lungs? Did I read where Coultergeist had a bad hair day over this?

I didn't think so. Adultery is only a sin for libruls, after all.

Never forget this history lesson: Rethuglicon fascists plotted to overthrow FDR in 1933

REPOST--Because it's crucial to remember this.

They even went to study Mussolini's idea of how a fascist state should work. Thank God for one true hero, retired Marine general Smedley Butler, who stopped the fascists in their tracks.

Rethuglicons have been trying to turn our country into a fascist state for 70 years. Do not be distracted by Michael Jackson and Martha Stewart. The neocons want to turn this country into a theocratic feudal Europe where a few old white men own everything, and the rest of us are to be glad we're serfs, and not slaves...although slavery has never been very far off the table. (Sweat shops, union busting, outsourcing overseas...)

Middle school kids want to destroy their families

Why else would they defend a queer classmate from patriotic, compassionate and undoubtedly christian bullies who are only doing God's will?

What would Jesus say about this conflict? Would He say being a fag was a sin and being a bully was not? Would He say to burn the little pillow-biter at the stake, or would He tell the moral bully who was without sin to throw the first punch?

Top 10 Cancervative Idiots

Only ten? Well, it is just for last week.

Repost: Are the red states planning to occupy the blue states?

Also this link:
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/index.php?page=local&story_id=030505a4_jointredflag

What's left of National Guard and Reserve units are "training" with Regular Army units (so that's why they're not in Iraq).

They claim to be learning how to defeat attacks by SCUD missiles. (SCUDs can reach the US only from Canada or Mexico. Do they want us to believe the terists smuggled some SCUDs into North America? What does that tell us about how King Goerge and his DeptHomeSec are making us safe?)

They're training ground units on both coasts and in 20 states. (If state National Guard units are "training" elsewhere, they can't protect their home states, can they?)

Finally, they claim they're preparing to take on "various insurgencies each with its own agenda." (This stinks of putting down groups of state troopers, local police and armed citizens out to defend their home states from military occupation forces.)

Do not be surprised if this is nothing less than an effort to "suspend" the Constitution so King Goerge can declare himself Warmonger for Life, or however they say, "Fuehrer," in Texas.

Before you dismiss me as unbalanced, remember a little history. How many times did military forces install dictators in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa in the last half of the twentieth century? And that's not even considering Japan, Italy and Germany before that.

Do yourself a favor and watch 1964's "Seven Days in May." In that one, the military traitors plotted a coup d'etat to overthrow a president and replace him with a general. In "Joint Red Flag," we could see a Constitutional government replaced by a dictatorship. (Remember when King Goerge slipped and said, "A dictatorship would be easier?")

People, THIS IS WHY WE STUDIED HISTORY IN SCHOOL! Those who remember it can recognize when it repeats itself.

Read Orwell's "1984" lately? No? Do it immediately. Then tell me we aren't seeing it come true on a daily basis. For instance:

(2003) "We must invade Iraq to confiscate the WMDs and punish Saddam for his part in 9/11. Oh, and because the Iraqi people want us there."

(2005) "We invaded Iraq to bring them democracy and elections, and for no other reasons. And all those roadside bombs are being fired by insurgents from other countries, and not by a single Iraqi citizen."

("We have always been at war with Eurasia." "War is peace." "Freedom is slavery." "2+2=5.")

Never forget: Whatever a member of this fascist junta says, KNOW THAT THE OPPOSITE IS WHAT'S TRUE.

God help America.

If compassionate yadda yaddas really wanted smaller gubmnt, they'd be pro-union

But we know they lie about that as they do everything else. They don't want smaller gubmnt. They want THEIR big gubmnt--a feudal theocracy as was found in medievel Europe where a few owned everything, and the rest of us should be happy to be serfs, and not slaves...although slavery has never been out of the question.
*******************************
To succeed at shrinking government, you've got to empower workers.

If Republicans were true to their stated principles of smaller government, free-market economics and the "ownership society" touted by President Bush, they would do something quite alien to their traditional practice: They would support the spread of labor unions instead of trying every trick to foil workers' efforts to organize.

Unions have almost disappeared from the private sector, where they represent merely 7.9% of workers. Government employees are better organized, at 36%, but overall union membership in the country has fallen to its lowest level since the Depression — about 12.5% of all workers, a steep decline from 35% half a century ago.

This makes pro-business conservatives happy, but it shouldn't, because it throws a monkey wrench into the machinery of capitalism.
(More)

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Veterans and families give aid and comfort blah blah blah...

Veterans and families rally against the war

Organizers of an upcoming peace rally in Fayetteville expect thousands to attend. Among the attendees will be people from the group "Military Families Speak Out."

Lou Plummer wants Rowan Park's lawn filled with people who want the same thing he does.

"These are people who think the greatest thing our government can do for those who have lost their children is stop killing in the name of peace," Plummer said.

Plummer helped organize a rally last year. He's a veteran with a son in the Navy. And to those who wonder why anti-war activists should gather in a military town; he has one answer.

"I can think of 80 reasons to do this in Fayetteville and every one of those has a name and every single one of them has a tombstone because they were from our community and they were killed because they were sent to war based on lies," said Plummer.

(More)

Should I find out?

If I "joked" about nuking this old fart, DeptHomeSec would be on me like ugly on a chimp. Being a former POW doesn't give you the right to be a fascist asshole. And at 74, I doubt he's ever flown an F-15.

DALLAS (AP) - A congressman who raised eyebrows with recent remarks about personally wanting to drop a nuclear bomb on Syria now says he was joking.

According to Roll Call, Johnson said he told the president: "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." (More)

Aren't we glad the rethugs are the ones who just support the hell out of the troops?

Jim Hruska fought one war when he went off to Vietnam in 1970 as a special-forces infantry leader for the U.S. Army.

He began fighting another in 1988, when a severe episode of post-traumatic stress disorder forced him to retire on disability from his job as a federal training specialist for counterterrorism and a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve.

This time, however, his battle was against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the very agency veterans turn to for help after military service has left them psychologically damaged or physically injured.

"What they do is they make us veterans fight to get our benefits," said Hruska, a Quincy resident who calls the VA's treatment of veterans the nation's "dirty little secret." (More)

We have to help them get the word out

"Please," he says. "Tell this tragedy all over the world. There are whole families who were buried under the rubble (Fallujah)."

Christian lawyers oppose bankruptcy "reform"

But, wait, doesn't Grassley work for the king God put in the White House? How long before these treasonous lawyers are on that secret torture jet?

A national attorney group calls on church leaders to lobby against bankruptcy reform legislation.

A national group of Christian lawyers is appealing to church leaders to join them in lobbying against the bankruptcy reform bill introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Ia.

The lawyers say the legislation runs contrary to the forgiveness of debt and charity required by the Bible.

"As Christian attorneys, we strongly believe that it was never God's intention to create a society where indebtedness was a crime or a badge of dishonor," Christian members of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys wrote in a letter sent Feb. 26 to hundreds of church leaders across the nation. (More)

Everybody thought he was a moral yadda yadda...one of their own

"B. T. K." suspect in 10 murders lived what appeared to be a normal life.

"Dennis L. Rader seemed to have stayed meticulously and constantly within the strictest mores of society in Wichita."

Remind you of any sitting presidents? Say, one who claims in public to be born-again, but behind closed doors plots to turn America into a theocratic feudal Europe and conquer the world? That's him, the fascist in sheep's clothing.

Are the red states planning to occupy the blue states?

They're calling it "Joint Red Flag."

Remember, "Red Flag" used to be a competition among fighter pilots from the Air Force, Navy and Marines, and NATO allies, as well. Sort of a big "Top Gun." This isn't that at all. This sounds like something far worse. And considering the fascist leanings of this administration, it probably is.

"In addition, this training is in demand as new troops are enlisted and others are promoted or transferred. Military units involved in the proposed ADA activities could include USAF personnel, regular Army units, and both Army Reserve and National Guard troops." (More)

If National Guard and Reserve units are "training" with the Army, they can't defend their home states, can they?

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FRENCH TROOPS TO PARTICIPATE IN JOINT RED FLAG
http://www.info-france-usa.org/news/statmnts/2001/redflag.asp

France is a socialist nation. The White House, Pentagon, FAUXNEWS and amtalkingheadradio all hate France. Is this a ploy to capture French planes and uniforms for the real next war? Is King Goerge planning to invade France next instead of Syria or Iran? Or will France support the red state takeover of the blue states?

Remember that in the Civil War, federal troops wore blue uniforms, confederate traitors (officers) often wore red hats.

"Red Flag," red states...and they call US communists?

"Seven Days in...March? April?"

Is King Goerge planning to protect himself FROM US?

"They'll be faced with everything from massive SCUD strike to conventional forces on both coasts and several insurgencies all with their own agenda," he said.
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I simply do not trust this administration. Every one of them is a full-time lying fascist. If King Goerge says today is Sunday, I know "The West Wing" and "Alias" will be on tonight.

Meanwhile, read about "the biggest military training exercise in US history," involving both coasts and 20 states. Then go watch "Seven Days In May" from 1964. The only difference is that in the movie, the traitors plotted to overthrow a president. This "exercise" could very well be meant to install King Goerge as "Fascist Warmonger For Life," or however they say, "Fuehrer" in Texas.

"Conventional SCUD strikes?" The SCUD is a short-range missile, about 45 feet long. Do they want us to believe the terists have smuggled a bunch of them into the country? If so, isn't that a pretty serious indictment of King Goerge's DeptHomeSec? No wonder Ridge went to work for Home Depot.

"Separate insurgencies all with their own agendas." That sounds like what would happen when citizens take up arms against the gubmnt to prevent a military installation of a dictator and the accompanying "suspension" of the Constitution. It's happened more times than we can count in the last 50 years...Central America, Southeast Asia, all over Africa...Iraq 30 years ago...Iran 25 years ago. Call me paranoid if you like, but keep yourself informed about this. And don't say I didn't warn you.
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"It will simulate a military threat set in the future - a small-scale contingency with the threat to turn into a major theater of war," said Capt. Esmeralda Silvestre, chief of public affairs for the 12th Air Force. "This is the biggest exercise of its kind, bringing together all of the services from all over the United States."

The objective of Joint Red Flag, which lasts through April 2, is to integrate military assets into a single strike force, working together to stop an enemy with minimal casualties, said Paul Broshear, a retired intelligence officer who developed the scenario.

The command-level exercise "will require thought and finesse" and is not just to "attack the enemy blindly," he said.

"They'll be faced with everything from massive SCUD strike to conventional forces on both coasts and several insurgencies all with their own agenda," he said. (More)

Infantryman's rule #5: "Friendly fire isn't"

Does the Moonie TIMES care more about mercenaries than our soldiers?

Friendly fire incidents by the U.S. military against coalition members trying to blend in with the local Iraqi population have increased dramatically over the past few months, according to security sources in Baghdad.
The situation has been described as "critical" by one of the private security companies taking the lead in trying to rectify the problem.
Yesterday's incident in which U.S. troops opened fire on a vehicle carrying just-released Italian journalist and kidnap victim Giuliana Sgrena, wounding her and killing the Italian secret service agent that negotiated her release, was just the latest in a series of fatal mistakes.
In one incident in December, two vehicle convoys were fired upon by U.S. military forces at checkpoints as they headed toward the Baghdad International Airport. On the way back, they were fired on again.
In another case, a Hummer tried to take out a Mercedes. Details of that incident were not made available.
Security companies, frequently the target of terrorist attacks, now regularly travel heavily armed with their clients in beat-up cars or armor-fitted sedans so as to not attract attention.
Some security experts say that the number of incidents -- which have left both dead and wounded -- could be due to the recent changeover of troops.
Some of the forces scheduled to leave are so eager to go home that they fire on anything seen as a potential threat. Some of those arriving are nervous and still green -- and also shoot at any vehicle or person seen as a possible threat. (More)