Not In My Bible
Saturday, August 05, 2006
"October Surprise," Fall, 1980
"Bonzo Goes To College"
Whatever happened with that, anyway? Did Bu$h get him, or what?
And if he does...
Friday, August 04, 2006
Who glued a picture of Jesus to this little shrimp? And how do we know it's not a picture of Tom Hanks from "Cast Away?"
Thursday, August 03, 2006
It's the media's fault.
Expect him to come out with a line of such things as those tablets you mix with water in your car's tank to create gasoline .
Sedition in its modern meaning first appeared in the Elizabethan Era (c. 1590) as the "notion of inciting by words or writings disaffection towards the state or constitued authority" [1,89]. Ibid, p90: "Sedition complements treason and martial law: while treason controls primarily the privileged, ecclesiastical opponents, priests, and Jesuits, as well as certain commoners; and martial law frightens commoners, sedition frightens intellectuals."
An infamous Federal statute in U.S. history is the Alien and Sedition Acts.
Australia's sedition laws were amended in anti-terrorism legislation passed on 06 December 2005, updating definitions and increasing penalties.
Laura Berg, a nurse at a U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs hospital in New Mexico was investigated in September 2005 for sedition after writing a letter to the editor of a local newspaper, criticizing the government. Ms. Berg is now being represented by the ACLU.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
In his bunker under the White House, Vice President Cheney was not notified about United 93 until 10:02--only one minute before the airliner impacted the ground. Yet it was with dark bravado that the vice president and others in the Bush administration would later recount sober deliberations about the prospect of shooting down United 93. "Very, very tough decision, and the president understood the magnitude of that decision," Bush's then chief of staff, Andrew Card, told ABC News.
Cheney echoed, "The significance of saying to a pilot that you are authorized to shoot down a plane full of Americans is, a, you know, it's an order that had never been given before." And it wasn't on 9/11, either.
President Bush would finally grant commanders the authority to give that order at 10:18, which--though no one knew it at the time--was 15 minutes after the attack was over.
But comments such as those above were repeated by other administration and military figures in the weeks and months following 9/11, forging the notion that only the passengers' counterattack against their hijackers prevented an inevitable shootdown of United 93 (and convincing conspiracy theorists that the government did, indeed, secretly shoot it down*). The recordings tell a different story, and not only because United 93 had crashed before anyone in the military chain of command even knew it had been hijacked.
At what feels on the tapes like the moment of truth, what comes back down the chain of command, instead of clearance to fire, is a resounding sense of caution. Despite the fact that NEADS believes there may be as many as five suspected hijacked aircraft still in the air at this point--one from Canada, the new one bearing down fast on Washington, the phantom American 11, Delta 1989, and United 93--the answer to Nasypany's question about rules of engagement comes back in no uncertain terms, as you hear him relay to the ops floor.
NASYPANY (to floor): Negative. Negative clearance to shoot.... Goddammit!...
FOX: I'm not really worried about code words at this point.
NASYPANY: Fuck the code words. That's perishable information. Negative clearance to fire.
(*Pieces of Flight 93 were found eight miles away from the impact site. This has been confirmed to me by two unimpeachable and independent sources, one law enforcement, one military. Somebody shot Flight 93 down.)
Read this, and if you want to help Jay Fawcett out, here's his website: http://www.fawcett4congress.com /
Candidates talk religion at Focus of the Family forum
By ED SEALOVER THE GAZETTE
Politics and religion mixed at a Focus on the Family congressional forum Monday, as answers that may have raised eyebrows elsewhere played perfectly before this crowd. Five Republicans and one Democrat seeking the open 5th Congressional District seat fielded questions on abortion, campaign integrity and the war in Iraq.
The answers were much the same as they have been throughout the campaign, but in front of a crowd of 220 made up mostly of employees of the Christian ministry, the candidates often referred to God and their faith. Bentley Rayburn spoke of opening Iraq to the word of Jesus. He and Duncan Bremer said they had been called by God to campaign for Congress.
An exchange on abortion between Democrat Jay Fawcett and Jeff Crank was illustrative of the event. Fawcett explained his pro-choice stance by saying: "I have no desire to dictate your faith to you, and I hope you have no desire to dictate mine for me." Crank, who supports outlawing abortion, shot back that votes on abortion always are based on the faith of the member deciding them. "We need to stop this phony baloney about not bringing faith into the public square," the former Chamber of Commerce vice president said. "We absolutely need to bring faith into the public square."
The debate at the headquarters of the influential, conservative Christian ministry was the next-to-last one scheduled before the Aug. 8 Republican primary. Five of the six Republicans in the primary to replace retiring GOP Rep. Joel Hefley have cast themselves as the true conservative in the race. Former El Paso County Sheriff John Anderson, considered the most liberal Republican candidate on social issues, did not attend.
Rayburn, a retired Air Force major general, framed several answers in terms of what "we as Christians" would do. As he has throughout the campaign, he described the war in Iraq as a battle against radical Islam and said establishing a democracy in Iraq would send a message. "That will open up hope within these countries for the gospel of Jesus Christ to change hearts," he said. Rayburn and Bremer, a former El Paso county commissioner, said they believe God had called them to run for office. "I want to be God's man in Washington," Bremer told the crowd. "I want to represent the heart of this district . . . whether people who are saved and working side by side with you or whether people who are unsaved." Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera noted his lifelong Catholicism as the basis for his anti-abortion stances; Doug Lamborn said he became a Christian when he was 19.
The Republican candidates vowed to support a constitutional amendment banning abortion.
All six, including Fawcett, said they hope to serve on the House Armed Services Committee and, responding to a question, all said they'd oppose a nationwide smoking ban similar to Colorado's.
The candidates also were questioned about the source of campaign
contributions and if any had taken money from the gambling or pornography industries. Lamborn, a state senator, was the only candidate who said he received a contribution from a casino owner. Lamborn said Bronco Billy's Casino general manager Marc Murphy gave him $500 because he agrees with his opposition to expanding gambling in Colorado.
Candidates also were asked what bill they would introduce first if
elected. Rivera said it would be a law allowing for greater supplies of alternative energy, and Crank said he would push for elimination of the federal Department of Education. Lamborn said he would like to make President Bush's tax cuts permanent, and Rayburn said he is interested in passing a balanced budget amendment. Bremer did not have a specific answer. Fawcett said he would seek funding for special-needs children that was not included in an earlier bill approved by Congress to help them.