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Saturday, June 11, 2005
Ministers were told of need for Gulf war ‘excuse’
MINISTERS were warned in July 2002 that Britain was committed to taking part in an American-led invasion of Iraq and they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal.
The warning, in a leaked Cabinet Office briefing paper, said Tony Blair had already agreed to back military action to get rid of Saddam Hussein at a summit at the Texas ranch of President George W Bush three months earlier.
The briefing paper, for participants at a meeting of Blair’s inner circle on July 23, 2002, said that since regime change was illegal it was “necessary to create the conditions” which would make it legal.
This was required because, even if ministers decided Britain should not take part in an invasion, the American military would be using British bases. This would automatically make Britain complicit in any illegal US action. “
US plans assume, as a minimum, the use of British bases in Cyprus and Diego Garcia,” the briefing paper warned. This meant that issues of legality “would arise virtually whatever option ministers choose with regard to UK participation”.
We might be able to stop this unelected warmonger, after all, and his theo-fascist supporters, to boot! If you pray, pray hard tonight for deliverance from evil.
An analysis of the Justice Department's own list of terrorism prosecutions by The Washington Post shows that 39 people -- not 200, as officials have implied -- were convicted of crimes related to terrorism or national security.
(But) a large number of people appear to have been swept into U.S. counterterrorism investigations by chance -- through anonymous tips, suspicious circumstances or bad luck -- and have remained classified as terrorism defendants years after being cleared of connections to extremist groups.
FBI in on the scam, too; hype terism charges they know they can't prove
Terror allegations disappear from court filing
Different affidavit in Lodi father-son case given to media than used for court.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the Federal Bureau of Invesigation apparently gave the media a different, far more damaging version of an affidavit against a Lodi, California father and son charged with lying to federal officials than the one that was finally given to a court in Sacramento Thursday.
Is there anyone in our government who doesn't need to be fired?
Fristgate meets Coingate: With the coin mess in Ohio, and now this, America is finally getting to see how corrupt and downright criminal these rethuglicon theo-fascists really are.
Frist's handling of campaign finances questioned
The situation raises the question of whether Frist, the scion of a wealthy Nashville family and one of the South's premier heart-lung transplant surgeons, was cavalier with other people's money while protecting his own.
"It appears to me to be misreporting. They misreported who the actual borrower was. Misreporting is illegal," said Nobel, now executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog group. "The question is whether the FEC would do anything about it."
We are in a fight for the very future of our country. We need a fighting leader and fighters to fight the fight. Wimpy, corporate whore DINOs (Democrats In Name Only) and all other sissies can shut up and sit down until it's their time to go home and leave us the hell alone so we can fight the fight like fighters. So to all Dems: Lead, fight, or get the hell out of the way.
Dean Tells Dems: 'People Want Us to Fight'
WASHINGTON (AP) - Howard Dean said Saturday that positive responses from supporters have reinforced his determination to keep talking tough despite suggestions from some congressional Democrats that the party chairman should tone down his rhetoric.
``People want us to fight,'' Dean told the national party's executive committee. ``We are here to fight.''
For example, when the Feds are hunting for terrorists and make an arrest for other reasons, the case is still logged as "anti-terrorism." As the paper noted, some of the people that the expansion of the definition has kept us safe from include "College entrance-exam cheaters, check forgers, sham husbands and those who overstay visas." What's more, the Register found that:
The records show that top officials instructed federal prosecutors nationwide to catalog their work in ways that served to inflate the number of terrorism investigations. Even tips that were immediately disregarded, the memos show, were to be counted as terrorism-related investigations. ...
This year, for the first time since the Sept. 11 attacks, the department omitted without explanation any figures on terrorism-related investigations and convictions in its annual performance report.
Feel safer yet? No? Could that be because THERE ARE NO TERISTS!!!!!? God knows if there were, with this kind of incompetency all the way to the top, WE'D ALL BE DEAD!!!!
"The girl, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said she had sex with one recruiter two previous times at the office after he told her it was a requirement to join the Marines."
Contact the theo-fascists and ask them to speak out about this.
And they claim it's because of a poll. Which means if enough people wanted slavery again, the theo-fascists would boycott those opposed to slavery. What raging assholes these people are.
There are polls indicating a lot of people believe we are not alone. Will the theo-fascists boycott businesses that don't believe in aliens?
An echo has been detected around a star that died 325 years ago. The reverberation—emanating out in light, not sound waves—implies that the stellar remnant let out a burst of energy some 50 years ago.
The dead star in question is Cassiopeia A, whose explosion or supernova was witnessed by Tycho Brahe in 1572. Situated 10,000 light years away, astronomers believe a dense neutron star is all that is left of the original star.
Lucrative Drug, Danger Signals and the F.D.A
Dozens had died and more than 100 patients had suffered serious heart problems by March 1998 after taking Propulsid, a popular medicine for heartburn. Infants, given the drug to treat acid reflux, seemed particularly at risk. Federal officials told Propulsid's manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, that the drug might have to be banned for children, or even withdrawn altogether. Instead, the government and the company negotiated new warnings for the drug's label - though not nearly as tough as regulators had wanted.
Propulsid had a good year anyway. Sales continued to surpass $1 billion. Johnson & Johnson continued to underwrite efforts that promoted Propulsid's use in children. A survey that year found that about 20 percent of babies in neonatal intensive care units were being given the drug.
Two years later, as reports of heart injuries and deaths mounted, Johnson & Johnson continued defending the safety of Propulsid, but then pulled it from the market before a government hearing threatened to draw attention to the drug's long, largely hidden, record of trouble.
That record, pieced together from newly obtained corporate and government documents, provides an in-depth view of a pharmaceutical company trying to save a lucrative drug in the face of growing evidence of harmful side effects.
(But) Dr. Wood, an associate dean at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said, "The case of Propulsid proves this: When people are falling off a cliff, you don't put up more signs; you put up a fence."
Much more, thanks to Dr. First
Report Tells of Missed Chances To Find Hijackers
The inability to detect the Sept. 11, 2001, hijacking plot amounts to a "significant failure" by the FBI and was caused in large part by "widespread and longstanding deficiencies" in the way the agency handled terrorism and intelligence cases, according to a report released yesterday.
In one particularly notable finding, the report by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine concluded that the FBI missed at least five chances to detect the presence of two of the suicide hijackers -- Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdhar -- after they first entered the United States in early 2000."While we do not know what would have happened had the FBI learned sooner or pursued its investigation more aggressively, the FBI lost several important opportunities to find Hazmi and Mihdhar before the September 11 attacks," the report said.
US general falls in love with Saddam, begins to hate America; looks a little French, too, now that I think about it
A senior US military chief has admitted "good, honest" Iraqis are fighting American forces.
Major General Joseph Taluto said he could understand why some ordinary people would take up arms against the US military because "they're offended by our presence".
In an interview with Gulf News, he said: "If a good, honest person feels having all these Humvees driving on the road, having us moving people out of the way, having us patrol the streets, having car bombs going off, you can understand how they could [want to fight us]."
General Taluto, head of the US 42nd Infantry Division which covers key trouble spots, including Baquba and Samarra, also said some Iraqis not involved in fighting did support insurgents who avoided hurting civilians.
For the first time since September 11, the negative effect of terrorism on the economy is not their No. 1 worry.
It's their children:
81 percent said they feared their offspring will have it tougher financially in the future than they did;
77 percent said they worried about terrorism's influence on America's finances.
Only 46 percent, however, felt terrorism posed a personal threat to family or friends.
Friday, June 10, 2005
1685 KIA, 12,762 WIA that we know ofYep, things are going swimmingly in Eyerack. I know this because King Goerge and Big Dick say so almost every day.
So expect a draft by this time next year, and get your kids prepared to be conscientious objectors.
New visitors, click on headlines below for the rest of the stories.
Ignoring the Constitution (what else is new?), King Goerge moved money from Afghanistan war to Iraq war......you know, the war he hadn't started yet. This was summer, 2002, eight months before the invasion.
Bush Illegally Shifted $700 Million to Begin War on Iraq
Repeat after me... "no decision was made to go to war by July 2002...no decision was made by 2002..."
Woodward said he found that the administration quietly shifted money around to pay for early preparations for war in Iraq, without the approval of Congress. He said those preparations included building landing strips and addressing other military needs in Kuwait.
The money, about $700 million, was taken in July 2002 from a budget item that had been approved for the war in Afghanistan, Woodward wrote.
"Some people are going to look at that document called the Constitution, which says that no money will be drawn from the Treasury unless appropriated by Congress," Woodward says in his CBS interview.
-- "Woodward: Administration had 'fever' to take down Iraq," Sun Herald, April 18, 2004
Church won't host graduations
'We felt there was legitimacy to their concern,' Irvine's superintendent says.
Two Orange County schools have moved commencement ceremonies from Saddleback Church to nonreligious sites after a civil-rights group raised concerns about mixing school and God.
The changes came after Marc Lipoff, a senior at Northwood High in Irvine, balked at his school’s plan to once again hold its graduation ceremony at Saddleback Church.
After talking to a counselor and a vice principal – and telling them he would not attend a ceremony at a place of worship – he contacted the Anti-Defamation League. A family at Serrano Intermediate, in Saddleback Valley Unified School District, raised a similar concern.
"Our understanding is, because courts consider graduation ceremonies to be a compulsory activity, that having them in a sectarian venue is a violation ... of the First Amendment," said Kevin O’Grady associate director of the Anti-Defamation League in Orange County and Long Beach.
Both schools had used the church in previous years, and Northwood initially sent parents a survey to see whether a ceremony at a church would offend them. There were no concerns, said Irvine Unified School District Superintendent Dean Waldfogel. No survey was conducted this year.
"We felt there was legitimacy to their concern," Waldfogel said. "We were happy to be able to move that. Our purpose, of course, was never to violate anyone’s religious sensibilities."
He said the school’s leaders liked Saddleback Church as a venue because it was indoor, had quality audio/visual equipment and cost less to use than the Bren Center at UC Irvine.
Lipoff said he would be uncomfortable in a Christian church setting: "I don’t feel comfortable being at a church, whether it’s graduation, or whatever it’s for. Being at a public school, I shouldn’t have to go to a church."
When the Anti-Defamation League’s O’Grady met with school officials, they showed a video of last year’s ceremony.
"The first thing we saw was the senior class sitting under what was literally a 20-foot cross," he said. "All it did was confirm (our concerns)."
In letters he sent to Northwood and Serrano, O’Grady said the choice of location was similar to a 1992 court case in which the Supreme Court ruled against a school where prayers were recited at a commencement ceremony.
Ron Wenkart, general counsel for the Orange County Department of Education, advised Saddleback Valley Unified.
"We advised the school district that the law is unclear," he said. "They discussed it and they decided to move it. ... It’s definitely not a black and white situation."
Glen Kreun, an executive pastor at Saddleback Church, said he was "saddened" that the crosses inside the sanctuary offended some.
"We won’t compromise our beliefs and change or modify our worship center because someone is offended," he said in an e-mail Tuesday.
Northwood High School seniors will graduate at the Bren Center, while Serrano Intermediate will hold its eighth-grade commencement ceremony at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine.
"School officials plan to hold major events in secular venues in the future," Saddleback Valley Unified spokeswoman Laura Ott said.
Lipoff, an "A" student headed to UC Berkeley in the fall, said the reaction has been mixed at school. Some classmates like the Bren Center more – it’s bigger, so families get more tickets – while others said they didn’t really care, he said.
"It was 100 percent worth it," he said. "We’re at a public school and graduation should be at a secular place."
How would chrixtain parents react to having the graduation ceremonies at, say, a synogogue, temple or mosque? Just wondering.
"Upon Laura Bush’s recent trip to Egypt, it was planned that she, along with her host Mrs. Mubarak, would visit a USAID funded school in Alexandria. One week before the scheduled visit, the tattered school was painted anew, tidied up, and the sewage system was fixed. The dirty roads around the school were cleaned up and trees were miraculously planted all around the area. A sign in English was written to welcome the 2 first ladies," writes Egyptian blogger The Big Pharaoh.
"The girls were poor and wore dirty school uniforms. Instead of cleaning them out and distributing clean clothes that would have definitely drew a huge smile on their faces, the officials decided to replaced the kids with new kids brought from a language school!...
Christian Ministry Keeps Profiteering TV Prophets Under Close Surveillance For Siphoning Off Funds From King Goerge's Mission
They said they were harassed at school
A San Diego Superior Court jury found yesterday that two former Poway High School students were harassed by their classmates because they are homosexual and that the school district failed to address the situation immediately and appropriately.
...and all the lies about Deep Throat vs Nixon (khop-ptooey!)
Yes, Osama and Saddam were enemies. But the guerrillas don't fight for Saddam, they fight against King Goerge.
Former hostage tells his story
CHRISTIAN CHESNOT: I mean, because – it’s a very curious thing, because during the Saddam’s time, there was no terrorist group in Iraq. Bin Laden was not in Iraq. But after the fall of the regime, the border were all open. So, you know, hundreds, maybe thousands of foreigner of people coming from everywhere from Yemen, from Saudi, from Iran, from all around, entered Iraq with sometime bad intentions, and maybe some people of bin Laden came in all this chaos.
And so the American, you know, policy in Iraq has create bin Laden in Iraq, which was not the case before. And so we know for sure there was some bin Laden people, because in our case one of the hijackers said to us I am a fighter of the jihad of the Islam. I was trained in Afghanistan with Osama, with Cher Osama, you know. He don’t say bin Laden, he say Cher Osama, which is honorable, you know, title for the [inaudible]. He said I have fought also in Bosnia, and so I know -- I can manage all the weapons, even chemicals, and so the Iraq is the starting point from the Islamic revolution in the world. So for us it is a new base. And he say, thank you, Mr. Bush, because you tried to kill us in Afghanistan and now we're everywhere. And he said, also in 60 countries. Maybe it's wrong. But he said, now we're in a state of confrontation.
And at this time it was very, not funny, but amazing because it was at the time of the election, American election, where there was John Kerry and George Bush, you know, competing in the U.S. election. And I said to him, maybe you will vote to Kerry because he wants a withdrawal of the U.S. troops in Iraq. He said not at all. We want George Bush. I vote George Bush because with him it will be more confrontation, more violence and after one year, two years, we will be more stronger because we will be more experienced in the fighting against the Americans. So, you know, it is a kind of very deadly game between this guy, the extremist or terrorist, as they call them in America, and George Bush putting, you know, fire and – you know, oil on the fire. And so, this very, I think, dangerous and very gloomy for the future. Because now we are really in a kind of clash of civilization.
German TV show depicts 9/11 as neocon plot
If the Ministry of Trooth got to edit the Declaration of Independence before sending it to the printer"As I studied the facsimiles of the documents that Cooney altered, I wondered: what other famous tracts might be different now if this political Bowdler had been on the scene?
"How would the Declaration of Independence, for instance, read if he'd been able to red-pencil it before the Founding Fathers could post it? Would the headline reference to "Thirteen United States of America" been scratched through with the note "delete Massachusetts, it's outside the mainstream?" Would the phrase "Nature's God" have needed an extra dependent clause explaining that what was really meant was the "God" of the "Christian" right? And would the phrase "the right of the People" be scratched out in favor of "the office of the Vice President?"
"President Bush says his favorite philosopher is Jesus Christ... and that letting Christ into his heart allowed him to give up alcohol and save his life. The President should remind himself of Christ's directive that it is "the truth" that sets us free. Not the politically expedient corruption of fact. The truth will set you free... unless I'm remembering those words incorrectly. Or somebody has gotten to them with a little red pencil."
For mom Marcia Cobb and her teenage son Axel, the white letters USMC on their caller ID soon spelled, "Don't answer the phone!"
Marine recruiters began a relentless barrage of calls to Axel as soon as the mellow, compliant Sedro-Woolley High School grad had cut his 17th birthday cake. And soon it was nearly impossible to get the seekers of a few good men off the line.
With early and late calls ringing in their ears, Marcia tried using call blocking. And that's when she learned her first hard lesson. You can't block calls from the government, her server said.
Soldiers' divorce rates up sharply
The number of active-duty soldiers getting divorced has been rising sharply with deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.
The trend is severest among officers. Last year, 3,325 Army officers' marriages ended in divorce — up 78% from 2003, the year of the Iraq invasion, and more than 3 1/2 times the number in 2000, before the Afghan operation, Army figures show. For enlisted personnel, the 7,152 divorces last year were 28% more than in 2003 and up 53% from 2000. During that time, the number of soldiers has changed little.
How's this for a Defense of Marriage Act: END THE WAR, BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW. IMPEACH THE WARMONGERING KING GOERGE FOR DISRUPTING SO MANY MARRIAGES FOR NOTHING!
Army misses lowered recruiting goals. Anybody feel a draft?
Thursday, June 09, 2005
See the video.
by George E. Lowe
"Sometimes we come across an eye-opening book by an American who is not part of the author circuit, and this is the case with the two-volume set, It Can Happen Here. George E. Lowe wrote a book in 1964 called "The Age of Deterrence," but then went on with his career in the military. He served as a speechwriter in the Reagan Department of Education where, he told BuzzFlash, he awoke to the threat from radical religious zealots taking over the Republican Party."
Senate majority leader Bill Frist appeared through a telecast as a speaker at "Justice Sunday," at the invitation of the event's main sponsor, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins. "Justice Sunday" was promoted as a rally to portray Democrats as being "against people of faith." Many of the speakers compared the plight of conservative Christians to the civil rights movement.
But in sharing the stage with Perkins, who introduced him to the rally, Frist was associating himself with someone who has longstanding ties to racist organizations.
Transcript of actual call from UAT telemarketer
MIRMAN: I think all child pornography is hardcore … It's all wrong. AT&T sponsors child pornography?
UAT: No, no. That's MCI.
MIRMAN: MCI sponsors hardcore child pornography?
UAT: Yes, they have a pedophile Web site for men who love boys. Uh, it's a Montreal-based Web site.
MIRMAN: Oh my God! Our Canadian pervert neighbors!
UAT: Mmm hmm.
MIRMAN: So MCI basically has a child pornography ring.
UAT: That's correct....
MIRMAN: Basically God hates AT&T, MCI, and Verizon.
UAT: (pause) Yes...
Battle Over Confederate Symbols in Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - While other Southern states have resolved recent battles over Confederate symbols, Tennessee is still struggling with how to remember its Civil War past.
A proposal in predominantly black Memphis aims to rename Confederate Park, Jefferson Davis Park and Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, and would place the statues of the two Confederate leaders in museums. A public hearing was set for Thursday.
In Nashville, Vanderbilt University has been trying since 2002 to change the name of Confederate Memorial Hall, a dormitory built in the 1930s.
But will she be one of those awful activist judges?
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - Ex-stripper Diana Hampton will soon have something new to wear - judicial robes.
Hampton was elected to the Municipal Court in Henderson on Tuesday, defeating Michael Miller in a run-off by 176 votes.
Hampton, 39, had acknowledged during the campaign that she worked at a Las Vegas striptease club to help pay her way through college 14 years ago.
She called it "a fact of life" and said she hoped the interest it drew to her candidacy would eventually die down.
She was elected to a six-year term.
Washington, June 7 – Today, a diverse group of organizations amplified the growing national opposition to the nomination of William Pryor to a lifetime seat on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Hosted by The Interfaith Alliance, organizations, some of whom have seldom if ever opposed a judicial nominee, came together to urge the Senate to reject Pryor, who they say would be a judicial activist based on his stated contempt for the Supreme Court and his extremist views of two centuries of American jurisprudence.
In other words, he's a fascist whether we say so, or not. We might as well say so.
Powell: "Saddam has no WMDs."
Rice: "Saddam is no threat."
Powell: "Get 'im!"
Rice: "Mushroom cloud!"
At one point, Abramoff touted Rep. Doc Hastings (news, bio, voting record)' relationship with his firm in a pitch to a prospective client.
As chairman of the House ethics committee, Hastings, R-Wash., could play a big role in determining DeLay's future. DeLay, the House majority leader, has asked the panel to review his travels, which include trips arranged by Abramoff while the lobbyist worked for the Seattle-based Preston Gates firm.
Abramoff cited close connections to Hastings in a 1995 letter to the Northern Mariana Islands government in which he urged the government to hire his firm. At the time, Hastings served on a House subcommittee that oversaw the Marianas and was considering Democratic proposals to impose minimum wage, immigration and other U.S. laws on the Pacific commonwealth, which opposed them.
From the MARC running between Baltimore and D. C.
Official Played Down Emissions' Links to Global Warming
A White House official who once led the oil industry's fight against limits on greenhouse gases has repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that play down links between such emissions and global warming, according to internal documents.
In handwritten notes on drafts of several reports issued in 2002 and 2003, the official, Philip A. Cooney, removed or adjusted descriptions of climate research that government scientists and their supervisors, including some senior Bush administration officials, had already approved.
This is what "right to know" is all about, not Brad and Angelina.
WASHINGTON, June 7 - Senate Democrats, irate over the White House's refusal to provide them with documents relating to the nomination of John R. Bolton to be ambassador to the United Nations, said Tuesday that they would continue to block his confirmation unless the Bush administration relented.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
It's so clear to anyone who can readOur founding fathers were "deists" or "theists" who believed in "Divine Providence," were pro-knowledge, pro-science and pro-enlightentment. None of that can be said about today's right-wing theo-fascists who represent literally everything the founders so clearly and vehemently opposed--and said so many, many times.
They intended there be no official religion. Period. Nothing in our history is easier to understand. Here are some great examples of why.
From a letter sent to Dr. Laura Schlesinger. Her answers are unknown.
2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
4. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?
8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation admitted today that it lost $215 million in a high-risk fund that few people knew about.
The bureau had invested $355 million with a Pittsburgh investment firm, MDL Capital Management, beginning in 1998.
You know that somebody or somebodies made plenty of money while the OBWC members lost everything. Shouldn't they give back what they made?
And then there's the $50 million "lost" on Coingate...
And now this...
Rethuglicons can steal your medical information and get away with it
The Justice Department has decided that most health care employees can't be prosecuted for stealing personal data under a privacy law intended to protect medical information. (The law "doesn't apply to them.")
"It looks like they decided on the outcome for political reasons, namely the health care industry's desire to get out from criminal prosecution," said Swire, a law professor at Ohio State University.
"We all know that this is a bailout for Boeing," Ronald G. Garant, an official of the Pentagon comptroller's office, said in a message to two others in his office and then-Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Wayne A. Schroeder. "Why don't we just bite the bullet," he asked, and handle the acquisition like the procurement of a 1970s-era aircraft -- by squeezing the manufacturer to provide a better tanker at a decent cost?
"We didn't need those aircraft either, but we didn't screw the taxpayer in the process," Garant added, referring to widespread sentiment at the Pentagon that the proposed lease of Boeing 767s would cost too much for a plane with serious shortcomings.
They steal our money and give us crap
Supplier for Osprey Aircraft Charged
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A military supplier and two of the company's workers were charged Tuesday with falsely certifying material for the V-22 Osprey aircraft.
The government has been looking at the possibility of terrorists targeting food destined for school cafeterias, a federal food safety official said Monday.
"The school lunch program is particularly vulnerable," said Carol Maczka, an administrator within the Agriculture Department's Food Safety Inspection Service.
Maczka, speaking to the annual conference of the Association of Food and Drug Officials, offered no evidence of specific threats to school lunches.
(From Agape Press) ...Cati says while the inspired words of the Holy Bible are meant to move hearers to repent and seek salvation, the Koran encourages Muslims to use aggressive means, even violence if necessary, to compel others to become followers. "The majority of those who converted to Islam were converted by force -- not by free will," she asserts, "not because they loved what they were doing, but because they were commanded to [convert]. It was either death, pay taxes, or whatever."
And they accuse others of taking them out of context all the time.
I guess she's forgotten the parts of the Bible that validate slavery and execution of recalcitrant children, wives and other relatives.
Iraq vet Jullian Goodrum blasted his superiors for misdeeds that he says cost a soldier his life. His reward: The Army he once loved refused to treat his psychological wounds, then charged him with desertion.
It has been a year and a half since Goodrum, back from Iraq and haunted by suicidal thoughts and flashbacks related to his time there, checked himself into a civilian psychiatric hospital in Knoxville, Tenn., after being turned away from a military hospital. The Army subsequently accused him of desertion, which can mean six years in the military's Fort Leavenworth, Kan., prison. Goodrum fought back, but he had no idea then what he was up against.
Rick Perry: "Texans made a decision about marriage and if there's a state that has more lenient views than Texas, then maybe that's a better place for them to live."
For years I've told people who foolishly believe they'll be safe after the takeover: Tell it to the German Jew WWI veterans who disappeared in Hitler's death camps.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Four bomb attacks in seven minutes killed at least 18 people and wounded 39 in northern Iraq early Tuesday, a day after the government announced it has detained nearly 900 suspected militants in a two-week sweep in Baghdad.
Soon they'll be shown to be responsible for male pattern baldness and red tide.
On the one hand, porn star, on the other hand, James Dobson. The GOP really is the party of inclusion, isn't it?
I'd pay $5000 for a picture of her on Rove's lap.
Scroll down to "Scared Straight: Tony McNary"
I wonder why they don't deal with strip joints across from the main gate of practically every large military base in the country. I can only presume one of two things: GIs' having sex with hookers is okay, or they can't make money and political hay by opposing GIs' having sex with hookers.
Danny Harmann, stepfather to Garrett, was surprised to find the FBI knocking on his Webster Groves door last year. Questions asked revolved around Garrett's political activism and intentions to protest at the 2004 presidential nominating conventions.
There goes the Fourth Amendment
Anybody keeping track of how many we have left? I know we can still keep and arm bears...
Senate Intelligence Committee approves new FBI powers in Patriot Act
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI would get expanded powers to subpoena records without the approval of a judge or grand jury in terrorism investigations under Patriot Act revisions approved Tuesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
What the federal government is looking for are at least 78 Floridians willing to serve on draft boards even though the nation has not had a draft for (over) 25 years.
Monday, June 06, 2005
The legal question presented a dilemma for the court's conservatives, who have pushed to broaden states' rights in recent years. They earlier invalidated federal laws dealing with gun possession near schools and violence against women on the grounds the activity was too local to justify federal intrusion.
O'Connor said she would have opposed California's medical marijuana law if she were a voter or a legislator. But she said the court was overreaching to endorse "making it a federal crime to grow small amounts of marijuana in one's own home for one's own medicinal use."
DENVER — The public policy arm of the conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family raised nearly $9 million in its first six months of existence — the equivalent of $50,000 a day, according to records reviewed by The Denver Post.
The right-wing's multi-front war on American democracy now aims at our core belief in separation of church and state. It includes an attempt to say the founding fathers endorsed the idea that this is a "Christian nation," with an official religion.
But the founders---and a vast majority of Americans---repeatedly, vehemently and with stunning clarity denounced, rejected and despised such beliefs.
Nowhere in the Constitution they wrote does the word "Christian" or the name of Christ appear. The very first phrase of the First Amendment demands that "Congress shall make no law concerning an establishment of religion."
One major reason Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Tom Paine, Ethan Allen and the vast majority of early Americans rejected the merger of church and state was the lingering stench of Puritan intolerance. The infamous theocratic murders of the Salem witch trials sickened the American soul, just as today's power grab by Karl Rove's new corporate fundamentalists creates an atmosphere of intolerance and fear, defined by the world's largest prison gulag.
With characteristic duplicity, the radical right is attempting to re-write another of this nation's most cherished beliefs. Consider a widely circulated screed by the University of Dayton's Larry Schweikart. With astonishing inaccuracy, Schweikart asserts that Jefferson's famous demand for a "wall of separation between church and state" doesn't really mean what it says. Jefferson's observation that the founding fathers were not particularly devout is also dismissed, as if Schweikart knew them all and Jefferson didn't.
Twisting metaphors, changing meanings and ignoring Jefferson's Unitarianism, Schweikart conjures a completely fictitious endorsement for a Christian state.
Then comes the astonishing assertion that the incomparably urbane, tolerant and ever-eclectic Benjamin Franklin was somehow a Christian soldier. Never mind that in his Autobiography the Puritan-born Franklin, with his usual wry wit, laments having been dragged by a friend to church, from which he fled back to his books and experiments.
Never mind also that the legendary atheism of the wildly popular Tom Paine and Ethan Allen was embraced throughout a new nation that loved rational reason.
Instead, the Rovewellian claim that the US belongs to Puritan fundamentalists and their corporate sponsors is fed with random shreds deliberately misused as if by divine right.
The Deistic God of Franklin, Jefferson, and their Enlightened cohorts was in fact a humanistic divinity, rooted in the possibilities of the mind and spirit. America's true founding faith drew strength from diverse sources, including native America, pacifist Quakerism and the actual teachings of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount: broad, peace-loving, tolerant, egalitarian, pluralistic, loving.
In other words, the precise opposite of G. W. Bush's totalitarian jihad.
FORT WORTH, June 5 - Making good on a Republican campaign call to celebrate with "Christian friends," Gov. Rick Perry traveled to an evangelical school here on Sunday to put his signature on measures to restrict abortion and prohibit same-sex marriage.
On a dais before a cheering crowd of close to 1,000 churchgoers and leaders of evangelical ministries, he signed a bill passed during this session of the Texas Legislature requiring girls under 18 to obtain their parents' consent before having an abortion. Previously, they needed only to notify their parents.
"We may be on the grounds of a Christian church, but we all believe in standing up for the unborn," Mr. Perry said.
It's happening. It really is. This must be how decent Germans felt in the 1930s as a similar cancer devoured their country.
Teen actress Lindsay Lohan's breasts have been digitally reduced for forthcoming Disney film Herbie: Fully Loaded, to avoid offending family audiences, IMDB.com reports Monday.
"Test screenings for the new movie, the fourth sequel to the 1968 film The Love Bug about a Volkswagen Beetle car with a mind of its own, indicated that some parents felt Lohan's character Maggie Peyton was too raunchy for a children's film.
Maybe Nixon (khop-ptooey!) should have thought about that before he covered up the Watergate break-inAnd committed all the other crimes for which he was five minutes away from being indicted for had not Ford pardoned him. And whoever heard of pardoning someone who hadn't even been charged with anything, much less convicted, which Nixon (khop-ptooey!) surely would have been?
We would have "won" the Vietnam War if Deep Throat and Woodstein hadn't exposed all Nixon's (khop-ptooey!) CRIMES.
"Nixon: Did they get the Brookings Institute raided last night? No? Get it done. I want it done. I want the Brookings Institute's safe cleaned out and have it cleaned out in a way that it makes somebody else responsible."
And then there was:
"Please get me the names of the Jews. You know, the big Jewish contributors of the Democrats. Could we please investigate some of those c---suckers?")
Anyone besides me remember the national moral outrage at Nixon's pottymouth revealed in the "White House Transcripts?" Now those same people who were morally outraged are defending him tooth and nail. Their hypocrisy knows no bounds.
Next month could be a historic turning point for the more than 300 million Africans who live on less than a dollar a day. Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain has been busily lining up international support for his proposal to attack poverty in Africa by ramping up foreign aid. Serious studies commissioned by the British government and the United Nations have identified promising new paths toward economic and human development. The leading nations of Europe have pledged long-term financial support. Leading entertainers like Madonna, Bono, Will Smith and Elton John have announced a set of simultaneous concerts to take place in London, Rome, Berlin and Philadelphia to mobilize grass-roots enthusiasm.
INFECTIONS that have been nearly eradicated in some other countries are raging through hospitals here in the United States. The major reason? Poor hygiene. In fact, hygiene is so inadequate in most American hospitals that one out of every 20 patients contracts an infection during a hospital stay. Hospital infections kill an estimated 103,000 people in the United States a year, as many as AIDS, breast cancer and heart disease.
And the danger is worsening as many hospital infections can no longer be cured with common antibiotics. One of the deadliest germs is a staph bacteria called M.R.S.A., short for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which lives harmlessly on the skin but causes havoc when it enters the body. Patients who do survive M.R.S.A. often spend months in the hospital and endure several operations to cut out infected tissue. In 1974, 2 percent of staph infections were from M.R.S.A. By 1995, that number had soared to 22 percent. Today, experts estimate that more than 60 percent of staph infections are M.R.S.A.
Fascists simply cannot exist without a neverending supply of new enemies for them to stop. They're never for anything, only against things. And when they pretend to be for something, it's for stopping someone they hate.
Again, are you getting ready? They've been getting ready for 30 years. If you don't know what I mean or don't know for sure how to get ready, let me know.
Imagine the firestorm from the vr-wc if this had happened on Clinton's watch.
Sunday, June 05, 2005
Every amphibious landing in WWII was a "D-Day."
It meant the date of the invasion, and "H-Hour" meant the scheduled time the first GI would set foot on enemy or occupied territory.
My late father was at the Okinawa D-Day on 1 April 1945 (also April Fool's Day and Easter Sunday), our first landing on Japanese soil during WWII. For weeks afterwards, he watched kamikazes fall around his ammunition ship, the USS Mayfield Victory, like fiery hailstones. In all the stories he told me about WWII, not once did he mention any of the things King Goerge says we're fighting for today.
6 June 1944 was the D-Day that began the liberation of an entire continent from the ancestors of today's GOP...
...and, boy, was King Goerge's grandpappy pissed.
According to classified documents from Dutch intelligence and US government archives, President George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush made considerable profits off Auschwitz slave labor. In fact, President Bush himself is an heir to these profits from the holocaust which were placed in a blind trust in 1980 by his father, former president George Herbert Walker Bush.
Europe is finally returning stolen art works to their Jewish owners' families. When will King Goerge do the right thing with his share of the warbucks?
And some of you make fun of me for saying slavery has never been far from the minds of American capitalists.
And whilst I'm revisiting rethuglicon history...
Who Gen. Smedley Butler was, how he literally saved America from rethuglicon fascists who seriously intended to overthrow FDR just weeks into his first term...
...and why FAUXNEWS would not hire him today as a military expert
And on a somewhat lighter note
Charles Durning, one of my very favorite character actors, was a combat engineer, landed on Omaha beach on D-Day, and later survived the Malmedy massacre (of US POWs by nazi SS troops) during the Battle of the Bulge.
How many Silver Stars and Purple Hearts does King Goerge have? Oh, that's right, he's still AWOL from the TX ANG.
Last year, D-Day movie Saving Private Ryan was too evil to show unedited on ABC
Now we have this "rap" video made by King Goerge's chrixtain soldiers about their roles in his holy war of lies for oil, world conquest and Jesus, and stuff. (Warning: this is much more graphic than SPR.)
Tax dodge may have saved rich people up to $700 million in taxes over 11 years, probably illegally. Money apparently used to elect King Goerge last year...by compassionate chrixtains, of course, who clearly care deeply about school prayer, abortions, condoms, gay marriage and stem cell research. Oh, and those awful judges.
When F. Scott Fitzgerald pronounced that the very rich "are different from you and me," Ernest Hemingway's famously dismissive response was: "Yes, they have more money." Today he might well add: much, much, much more money.
The people at the top of America's money pyramid have so prospered in recent years that they have pulled far ahead of the rest of the population, an analysis of tax records and other government data by The New York Times shows. They have even left behind people making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
Call them the hyper-rich.
They are not just a few Croesus-like rarities. Draw a line under the top 0.1 percent of income earners - the top one-thousandth. Above that line are about 145,000 taxpayers, each with at least $1.6 million in income and often much more.
"Syria? They didn't do anything, and I never said they did."
The White House and the Pentagon keep providing lies for vr-wc fodder for days and weeks, then ignore when the lies are revealed to be lies. Meanwhile, red staters believe the first version because they never hear the second version. Ignorance is bliss in the parallel universe of Cancervatron.
Dean uses fighting words because we're in a fight--for the very existence of the Constitution. Biden and Edwards can shut up.
WASHINGTON Jun 5, 2005 — Democrats Joseph Biden and John Edwards are criticizing party chairman Howard Dean, saying his rhetorical attacks on Republicans have gone too far.
Dean has said Republicans never made an honest living in their lives and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay ought to go back to Houston where he can serve his jail sentence. DeLay has not been accused of any crime.
"But we have an administration in power now that led us to a war that is internationally illegal; it's a war that we are fighting with a country that has no threat to us that has nothing to do with the 9-11 attacks.
McGovern said Nixon was undoubtedly "tricky," but said of Bush: "This man claims to be Christian, following the will of God, and then he misleads the whole nation on a totally fraudulent enterprise in Iraq that we should have never been attached to."
Good Intentions Gone Bad
NEWSWEEK's Baghdad bureau chief, departing after two years of war and American occupation, has a few final thoughts.
Do your own Google for "Bev Harris" and/or "black box voting." That is, if you want to run your blood pressure out your ears.
See 1974 picture of Moonies' pro-Nixon (khop-ptooey!) rally. Crimes didn't matter, only power.
Too bad the TX ANG didn't just lower their standards 30 years ago so Prince Goerge wouldn't have had to desert in time of war to avoid a drug test.
That's the first step. That leaves eleven to go on the road to recovery. They should be required to join AA...Assholes Anonymous.
Racist cult 'prophet' Warren Jeffs is on the move, and a tiny West Texas town fears another Waco.
Blunt allows the flag to be displayed at a Confederate Memorial Day service at a historic site.
JEFFERSON CITY - The Confederate flag is rising again in Missouri, and an NAACP leader is vowing a "drastic" response.
Republican Gov. Matt Blunt has ordered the Confederate flag to fly Sunday at the Confederate Memorial State Historic Site in Higginsville, Mo., where an afternoon graveside service is planned to mark Confederate Memorial Day.
The flag will fly for only one day, but a Blunt spokesman said Friday the governor also supported a scholarly review of whether it would be appropriate to fly the Confederate flag regularly at the historic site.
Now do you see why I keep asking if you're getting ready? They've been doing it for 140 years.
Safety Is Top Concern After Recent Attacks
Thanks to Tom and all his compassionut cancervative chrixtain friends (Robertson, Dobson, et al) for creating the anti-judge climate.