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"I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world, not only for its strength, but for its civilization as well. And I look forward to a world which will be safe not only for democracy and diversity but also for personal distinction.
I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty."- JFK 10/26/63 Amherst College

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Valerie Plame sues CIA
Libby gets 2 1/2 Yrs.
Valerie Plame and her publisher, Simon & Schuster, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New York against top CIA officials for blocking publication of her memoir on national security grounds.
"Just as we have to be vigilant to protect our national security - something I believe in passionately - we have to be vigilant to protect our freedom of speech and First Amendment rights... This has nothing to do with national security and everything to do with political influence and manipulation." (story)

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Pat Tillman
See our page on the suspicious circumstances of Tillman's death and the latest news developments here.

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"One of the great attractions to patriotism, it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of a nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat while feeling we're profoundly virtuous." -Aldous Huxley

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Lord Rumsfeld in Exile
Latest Rumsfeld sighting:
April 2: The Dark Lord himself sat down and ordered a hot chocolate just like he was any normal visitor at the Taos Ski Basin a couple days ago. The waiter refused to serve him. A month ago, a man spotted him in the Trader Joe's checkout line, and yelled out, "Mr. Rumsfeld, how can you sleep at night?" For a complete report of a major Rumsfeld encounter, see Jeff Conant's "Greeting Rumsfeld in Taos"

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Wilsons  v. Cheney
Update: the Wilsons pressing civil case against Cheney, Rove...
follow the latest here.

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Sheikh Zayed and the Burge Hotel
Halliburton Moving to Dubai
Cheney's company will be out of reach of the IRS, and more importantly perhaps, out of reach of investigations into war-profiteering and corruption. Above: Sheikh Zayed, sole ruler of Dubai for thirty years now; Cheney's kind of guy.

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War in Context
Truth Out
Cursor
Truthdig
Crooks and Liars
McClatchy Bureau
Empire Burlesque
Greg Palast
Wayne Madsen Report
Juan Cole
Dahr Jamail
Talking Points Memo
Stop Iran War
Huffington Post
Consortium News
Baltimore Chronicle
AntiWar
Raw Story
The Brand New Bag

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"There is a very ruthless core of people who are better described as dominionists... It is about bigotry, intolerance; there's not only a lust for violence, but a kind of pornographic fascination with violence. There's a cult of masculinity. There's a war on science, a war on truth." (interview, Chris Hedges)
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"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness." -Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

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Laura and President Duck
Laura - one from the heart?
From Morning Edition on NPR:
This is the morning that kids were invited to the White House for the Easter egg roll. The roll for Laura Bush includes reading a children's book. It's called, "Duck for President." The first lady will read the story of a duck who takes over the farm, then runs for governor, and then runs for the White House. He wins after a recount, but Duck gives it all up to go back to the farm. The duck concludes, "Running a country is no fun at all."

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Darth Cheney
Of course, the Bush-man is just there to sell the wars, as for who is running them, well we all know by now...
Cheney Theme Music: stream/download

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Bush boogies - Hard Work!
Favorite clip: Bush's Hard Work

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Einstein on War
"This topic brings me to that worst outcrop of herd life, the military system, which I abhor... This plague-spot of civilization ought to be abolished with all possible speed. Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!" - Albert Einstein,"The World As I See It"

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"Patriotism in its simplest, clearest and most indubitable signification is nothing else but a means of obtaining for the rulers their ambitions and covetous desires, and for the ruled the abdication of human dignity, reason, conscience, and a slavish enthralment to those in power." -Leo Toystoy

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"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves." -Edward R. Murrow
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Rudy Giuliani in drag
Giuliani in drag, with Donald Trump (click for video)

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"Holding hands is the warmest expression of affection between men, It's a sign of solidarity and kinship." - Samir Khalaf, professor of sociology, American University of Beirut. (... story)

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Pat Robertson on Aliens
"The devil can disguise himself in many forms...if there is life on other planets it is demonic. There is no question that there are demons in outer space."
-Marion 'Pat' Robertson

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"A tormenting thought: as of a certain point, history was no longer real. Without noticing it, all mankind suddenly left reality..." -Elias Canetti

Bush storm
"Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices." Voltaire

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"American journalism is in need of a spine transplant" Dan Rather
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Richard Nixon, referring to the report by the Warren Commission: "it was the greatest hoax that has ever been perpetuated".[sic] (...ref)

Oh, and Oswald was CIA
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2007 June update 2

Cheney Gone Rogue
"A White House official has stated to several Washington insiders that Cheney is planning to deploy an 'end run strategy' around the President... in what one intelligence official characterized as 'potentially criminal insubordination'". (story)

Bush and the lockstep Republicans of Congress have blocked efforts to bring combat troops back from Iraq by March of 2008. The latest funding bill gives Bush what he wanted - funding for the war without time limit or any limit on his "authority". No sooner had he done his victory strut however, than the White House leaked it out that combat troops would likely begin being drawn down following the September status review, essentially what the Democrats' bill, which he vetoed, stipulated. If this is true and not simply intended to blunt the angry reaction to his obstinacy, then it is a shame the White House held out for a "I might stop, but it won't be because you tried to make me stop" posture, rather than taking the opportunity to come to this plan together with the majority in Congress, representing a clear majority of the public. Everyone would have breathed a sigh of relief at such a sign that the Bush Gang was returning to reality and willing to work with the rest of us. And what a boon for Republicans, a vote to put the war behind them before they had to face their electorates in 2008. Bush has betrayed everyone again, out of sheer belligerence and a psychosis of kingship.
However this plays out in September, the occupation will apparently continue at least through early 2009. Things will likely get a lot worse, in ways both predicted and unpredictable. The US has little control of events, and little understanding of the undercurrents in the region before they burst in the open. The narratives we imagine may be hijacked by acts of bold violence by any of the parties.

Iran War Fears on the Rise Again
Speaking of acts of bold violence, it seems that Dick Cheney has not given up his dream of attacking Iran. Since the last war scare in April, things had seemed to have quieted down. The back-off seems to have been due to an alliance of Secretary of State Rice, Secretary of Defense Gates, and CIA chief Michael Hayden which has successfully prevailed on Bush, against Cheney, to allow a diplomatic effort to proceed with Iran, under Rice. But it now turns out the unreformed Cheney has not given up, and is plotting to 'limit the options available to the president' and trigger an attack on Iran. Cheney and his men are reportedly "making an end-run" around Mr. Bush and his support for Rice's diplomatic surge in order to precipitate war with Iran, in what one intelligence official characterized as "potentially criminal insubordination". (story)

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More on Iran:

ABC: Bush Authorizes Covert Effort To Destabilize Iran
"The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com." (story)
-Not surprisingly, Iran has arrested two Iranian-Americans working for the Woodrow Wilson Institute and the George Soros Open Society Institute as being part of these intelligence operations.
US Conducting Covert Industrial Sabotage Against Iran
CBS Reports: "Sources in several countries involved told CBS News that the intelligence operatives involved include former Russian nuclear scientists and Iranians living abroad. Operatives have sold Iran components with flaws that are difficult to detect, making them unstable or unusable.
-Nine US warships in Gulf for show of force. (story)

-IAEA reports that Iran is defying the Security Council and continuing development of nuclear enrichment programs. (story)
-It has come out that Cheney was pushing for an attack on Iran earlier this year. "Vice President Cheney helped to lead the side favoring a military strike" said former CIA official Riedel (ABCNews, the Blotter)
More Iran files

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see my piece "Selling The Fear" at The Baltimore Chronicle or archived here

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Moktadr al-Sadr re-emerges, demanding an immediate withdrawal of US forces from Iraq; this just as we began to hear leaked reports of a "second Fallujah" plan to 'clean out' Sadr City, home turf in Baghdad of the recalcitrant Shiite cleric. (Why are Sadr's men so pissed off at us? Could it have anything to do with Bush Sr calling on Shiias to rise up against Saddam in 1991 and then sitting back and watching them be mowed down by the tens of thousands? Nah- Sadr was too young then... or maybe it was just back in 2004 when US generals invited him to a peace conference in the holy city of Najaf, and then tried to kill him there? Hmm.. that'd do it. (story)

Iraqi Foreign Minister: "The Green Zone is the Most Dangerous Place in Iraq" (ref)

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The Worldwide WOT

Turkey's prime minister, under pressure from the secularist Turkish Army for his Islamist support, warns of a Turkish attack on Kurdish areas of northern Iraq. (story)
Update June 6: Turkish Trops Enter Iraq
(story)

Lebanon: The US is supporting a Lebanese Army assault on a Sunni Salafist group, Fatah-al-Islam, indiscriminately shelling a Palestinian refugee camp in Tripoli where the fighters are holed up. US is supplying weapons and military help. The White House is trying to blame Syria, but this is nonsense- Syria is not going to be supporting Sunni Salafis; on the other hand, it does seem to be true that it was the US together with Saudi Arabia which was funding these Salafists, as a sort of black ops network in the wings in case of a Shiia Hezbollah take-over attempt, and that this is a case of blow-back. (Seymour Hersh, New Yorker) Democracy Now coverage

Somalia: The US Navy is shelling targets in Somalia. (ref) With the US-backed Ethiopian overthrow of the Islamic Courts in Somalia, "anarchy, murder and piracy have returned". "Since the start of this year, there has been a sharp increase in piracy attacks off the Somali coast. Piracy had been brought under control until Ethiopian and Somali troops [backed by the US] ousted the Union of Islamic Courts." (story)

Syria: We learn that Cheney's men (esp Elliott Abrahms) tried to get Israel to attack Syria during the Lebanon War of last summer.

Israel... Under Siege, Or?
Amnesty International Report: In 2006, Israel killed more than 650 Palestinians of whom 320 were civilians and 120 children. In the same period, Palestinians killed 21 Israelis. Amnesty also accused soldiers and settlers of committing "serious human rights abuses, including unlawful killings against Palestinians mostly with impunity". (story)

"Al Hurra television (the new American arab-language propaganda network) is run by executives and officials who cannot speak Arabic, according to a senior official who oversees the program. That might explain why critics say the service has recently been caught broadcasting terrorist messages, including an hour-long tirade on the importance of anti-Jewish violence, among other questionable pieces."
Bush hack Ken Tomlinson who purged Bill Moyers from PBS and was made chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, is the "adult" in charge. Heckuva job, Kenny! (story)

Egypt Fatwa- mixed sex working places only if the men suckle on the women's breasts first.
Cairo. May 21. Ezzat Attia is president of Al Azhar university's Hadith department which studies traditions based on the Prophet Mohammed's words and deeds. His edict, which sparked an uproar in the media, stated that a woman can only be alone with a man to whom she is not related - such as an office colleague - if she nurses him "directly from her breast" at least five times. The edict caused a furor in the Egyptian press, and was retracted within days. (story)

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Agencies Warned White House on Iraq, To No Avail
It turns out that our intelligence did warn Mr. Bush that occupation of Iraq could become a disaster; he just didn't listen; (or maybe Cheney never let him see the report?). "U.S. intelligence agencies warned senior members of the Bush administration in early 2003 that invading Iraq could create instability that would give Iran and al-Qaida new opportunities to expand their influence, according to an upcoming Senate report... The Senate Intelligence Committee also found that the warnings predicting what would happen after the U.S.-led invasion were circulated widely in government, including to the Pentagon and the Office of the Vice President. It wasn't clear whether President Bush was briefed." (story)

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General Batiste and General Eaton resigned their commissions so they could speak out. See the ads from VoteVets.org

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Lieberman, Warmonger AIPAC's favorite war-monger, Joseph Lieberman, the shame of Connecticut, on Face the Nation, June 10: "We've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq".
Lieberman is threatening to switch sides and join the Republican Party, denying Democrats their one-seat majority and giving Cheney the deciding vote in the Senate. today, June 11, he voted with Republicans to block a no-confidence vote on A.G. Gonzales. (story) Lieberman was the star speaker at The Republican Jewish Coalition Leadership Conference in Washington on May 16. Attendees received him "with tumultuous applause and a standing ovation". (story)

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Amnesty International 2007 Report:
"Today far too many leaders are trampling freedom and trumpeting an ever-widening range of fears: fear of being swamped by migrants; fear of "the other" and of losing one's identity; fear of being blown up by terrorists; fear of "rogue states" with weapons of mass destruction.
Fear thrives on myopic and cowardly leadership. There are indeed many real causes of fear, but the approach being taken by many world leaders is short-sighted, promulgating policies and strategies that erode the rule of law and human rights, increase inequalities, feed racism and xenophobia, divide and damage communities, and sow the seeds for violence and more conflict."

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President Carter: "As far as the adverse impact on the nation and around the world, this administration has been the worst in history" (story). In response, the White House called Carter "increasingly irrelevant". Sorry Karl, actually, Carter is becoming increasingly relevant the more he speaks out.

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In major foreign policy speech, Edwards speaks the truth few candidates dare:
"The core of this presidency has been a political doctrine that George Bush calls the 'Global War on Terror.' He has used this doctrine like a sledgehammer to justify the worst abuses and biggest mistakes of his administration, from Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, to the war in Iraq. The worst thing about the Global War on Terror approach is that it has backfired - our military has been strained to the breaking point and the threat from terrorism has grown...
"We need a post-Bush, post-9/11, post-Iraq American military that is mission-focused on protecting Americans from 21st century threats, not misused for discredited ideological pursuits. We need to recognize that we have far more powerful weapons available to us than just bombs, and we need to bring them to bear. We need to reengage the world with the full weight of our moral leadership." (read full speech) Edwards is the real deal.

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The Ghost of Stalin: Preposterous Secrets
David Keogh, 50, a cipher expert, and Leo O'Connor, 44, a lawmaker's researcher, were found guilty on Wednesday of divulging the secret memo about a private meeting between Blair and Bush in April 2004, during which Bush proposed bombing Al Jazeera's headquarters in Doha. Now this would be an undeniable war crime, and the White House said the memo's report was "preposterous"; however Keogh was sentenced to 6 months in prison, and O'Connor to 3 months, for violation of... the Official Secrets Act. (story)
The Ghost of Stalin 2: None Shall Know Their Names
May 18, 2007, Norfolk, Va. (AP) - A Navy lawyer was sentenced today to six months in prison and dismissal from the Navy for giving names of Guantanamo Bay detainees to a human rights attorney. (story)

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Bush Anoints Himself Insurer of Constitutional Government in Emergency
The latest self-promotion of the Unitary Executive... (story)

A Reminder: The Bush Gang Has Already Suspended Habeus Corpus.
Habeus corpus has been a cornerstone of Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence since the Magna Carta of year 1215, which states:
In the future no official shall place a man on trial upon his own unsupported statement, without producing credible witnesses to the truth of it. (38)
No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land. (39)

Repeal the Military Commissions Act!

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Blair with Troops
Blair Resigns effective June 27. The once-so promising Tony Blair, who would become, to his and Britain's lasting shame, Bush's poodle. Or should we say, Bush's most eloquent and convincing evil twin in selling the illegitimate and disastrous war and occupation of Iraq.


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Dick Cheney a client of the DC Madame? White House pressured ABC to drop the expose. "Nothin' here folks, move along..."
"WMR has confirmed with extremely knowledgeable CIA and Pentagon sources that the former CEO who is on Deborah Jeane Palfrey's list is Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney was CEO of Halliburton during the time of his liaisons with the Pamela Martin & Associates escort firm. Palfrey's phone invoices extend back to 1996 and include calls to and from Cheney. Ironically, in 2000 Cheney was appointed by Bush to head his Vice President selection committee, a task that enabled Cheney to gather detailed personal files on a number of potential candidates, including Bill Frist, George Pataki, John Danforth, Fred Thompson, Chuck Hagel, John Kasich, Chris Cox, Frank Keating, Tom Ridge, Colin Powell, and Jim Gilmore, before he selected himself as the vice presidential candidate. The White House saw to it that ABC/Disney killed the DC Madam's story before yet another scandal swamped the Bush administration." (May 8 WayneMadsenReport)

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On "winning" or "losing" the war... This was an illegal war to begin with, a tragic and disastrous conspiracy of mean-spirited bad judgement which will do lasting damage in the US and in the world. In that case what would 'winning' mean? I suppose for the diehard supporters of occupation, it would be a successful democratic Iraqi government that united warring sectarian factions, became an inspiration to the region, and provided oil and bases for the US, thus somehow redeeming the bogus project. Given the dishonesty and foolishness with which this entire enterprise was conceived and pursued, that seems the least likely outcome.
It should be noted that the US is not 'fighting' the same 'war' we started in 2003. The war on Saddam and his government was 'won' fairly quickly, and should more accurately simply be termed an "invasion". Had the US walked out at that point and turned the mess over to someone else, even a modified Baathist regime, our 'victory' might have been plausible. Instead we occupied the country, screwing around at the CPA under Bremer for a couple years until a new enemy arose against us- nationalists fueled by extremists, in the midst of an anarchic conflict between the majority Shiia to whom we turned over the reins of government and the dispossessed Sunni. It's no longer a 'war'. The damage caused by this continuing occupation is still being justified by those who are willfully blind to the realities we have created on the ground by our gross mishandling of it, who still cling to the now impossible fantasy used to retroactively sell the war once the WMD lies were exposed.

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The Ever-Shrinking Republican Party
Hagel, on Face The Nation, floats a Hagel-Bloomberg 3rd party ticket. Or would it be Bloomberg-Hagel? Never mind, either way a welcome relief from the cast of characters now fielded by the Republicans.

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the new Pope benedict Pope Benedict XVI told Latin American bishops in Brazil that American Indians had been "silently longing" to become Christians 500 years ago. (story)
A bit of history: One of the most feared inquisitors of the 15th century was Jacques Fournier, who, having made his fame terrorizing the good people of southwest France, went on to become Pope. Pope Benedict. Now, a new pope can choose whichever papal namesake he wants. This new Pope has chosen Benedict.

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Ghouliani, America's Mayor
Here was a man who'd long since worn out his welcome in the city he ruled. What with the corruption and cronyism clouds over him and the nasty marital and extra-marital relations which had invaded Gracie Mansion, and who stumbled into the hero role quite by accident and stupidity, mainly because his emergency bunker which he had built in the World Trade Center, the target of a previous attack, was inaccessible due to the current attack. So he was wandering the streets, a great subject for the TV cameras...
What actually did he do to morph into the hundred-million-dollar Giuliani Partners, and Republican presidential front-runner status? Well, the main thing he did, as attested by city officers in interviews later, was to mobilize city-wide resources to expedite the removal of the WTC debris (aka 'forensic evidence', as Ghouliani well knew, having started his career as a prosecutor). He did so with such alacrity that the steel beams were on their way to China before anyone asked how fuel fires could cause such collapses; ashes and debris with human remains were used to fill city potholes. 911 workers don't like him. Read Ailing Ground Zero Workers Taint Giuliani's 9/11 Legacy

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Note that even now, with the opposition having won control of congress, the Bushies still try to cast speaking the truth and doing the right thing as a fringe phenomenon. Mr. Bush may not listen to anyone, but the feeling's mutual. No-one listens to him either. Every day which passes without impeachment proceedings against Cheney and Bush is a day wasted, another day of psychopathic drift.

Bush liked to say to his business audiences that he would be a CEO president. Now we realize that he didn't mean he would lead the government like a good CEO leads a corporation, but rather that he would behave like the corporation itself.
From Wiki notes to the film "The Corporation":
Dr. Robert Hare, a consultant to the FBI on psychopaths, draws parallels between a psychopath and the modern corporation. His findings corroborate the following behavior:
1 Callous unconcern for the feelings of others
2 Incapacity to maintain enduring relationships
3 Reckless disregard for the safety of others
4 Deceitfulness: Repeated lying and conning of others for profit
5 Incapacity to experience guilt
6 Failure to conform to the social norms with respect to lawful behaviors


Check all these for Mr. Bush, for sure- oh, and number 2? He does have some apparently enduring relationships, but they are all with his loyal enablers and co-conspirators. Do those count?

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mission accomplished 4 years after "Mission Accomplished" Bush Vetoes Any Restrictions on His War
When Mr. Bush stood on the flight deck in his pilot suit and codpiece 4 years ago to claim victory in His Iraq War, there were 139 US dead; today, the number is 3,351. The number of US wounded stood at 542; today it is 24,912. As he pranced then, the number of insurgents was estimated at 5000. Today, the Sunni insurgents alone are counted at 100,000; the number of Iraqi dead is now estimated at over a half-million. And in those four years following "Mission Accomplished", another 400 billion dollars of American taxpayer money has been squandered. Today, on the fourth anniversary of Mr. Bush's delusional victory strut, he vetoed the war-funding bill because it required him to start winding down the war within a year. Apparently that's an intolerable impingement on Mr. Bush's self-proclaimed unlimited authority to wage war wherever, whenever, and for however long he wants. Mr. Bush: "As you know, my position is clear - I'm the Commander Guy." The California Democratic Party and the Vermont state legislature have sent impeachment resolutions to Congress citing the falsely justified Iraq War, the policy of torture, warrantless wiretaps, the exposure of a CIA operative and network, suspension of habeus corpus, and conspiring to ignore over 750 laws through 'signing statements'. Rep. Kucinich has introduced an impeachment resolution against Cheney, to get rid of him first. (refs)


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Welcomed Liberators to Hated Occupiers
May 4, Pentagon report: Only 40 percent of Marines and 55 percent of U.S. Army soldiers deployed in Iraq say they would report a fellow serviceman for killing or injuring an innocent Iraqi.
Only 47 percent of the soldiers and 38 percent of Marines said noncombatants should be treated with dignity and respect.
More than 40 percent support the idea of torture in some cases, and 10 percent reported personally abusing Iraqi civilians, the Pentagon said Friday in what it called its first ethics study of troops at the war front. About a third of troops said they had insulted or cursed at civilians in their presence.
"Soldiers with high levels of anger, who had experienced high levels of combat or who screened positive for mental health symptoms were nearly twice as likely to mistreat noncombatants," acting Army Surgeon General Gale Pollock told reporters. (story)

"Victor O'Reilly told me, 'It is my belief that the insurgency was substantially created by the tactics used by the occupying force, who were initially the saviors, in their search for Saddam. Ambitious generals, who should have known better, created a very aggressive do-what-is-necessary culture. Frustrated troops, with no familiarity with the language or culture, naturally make mistakes. And in a tribal society if you shoot one person it spreads right through the system.'"
-James Fallows, "Why Iraq Has No Army"
Keep up on Iraq with Dahr Jamail / Riverbend / Juan Cole

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FISA warrants are easy to get. Even after the fact. Refusal rate around .02 of 1 percent. So why bother bypassing them and getting every one upset?
1. To assert president's authority to do whatever he wants to do (in order to protect us of course).
2. So as not to leave records of who was being wiretapped. This is the big one. Because they were wiretapping people for other reasons. Like Nixon did, to see who didn't like them, or who disagreed on policies; and journalists, to find out who their sources were and 'plug the leaks'- silence the whistleblowers. And officials everywhere, making sure everyone towed the line; anyone in fact, to get some dirt on people - always useful when it comes to 'arm-twisting' ... you get the picture. You don't ask for a warrant because you don't want a record of who your targets were.

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scholars for 9/11 truth
New Feature movie Probes 911 Questions
From the press release: "THE REFLECTING POOL is an intense, sobering investigation into the most controversial tragedy of our time. Drawn from known sources and verifiable facts, THE REFLECTING POOL is a thought-provoking study of a search for truth and the profound consequences of not looking for it any further than the nightly news." Watch the trailer at YouTube.com

Scholars for 9/11 Truth
Scholars for Truth press release: "An influential group of prominent experts and scholars have joined together alleging that senior government officials have covered up crucial facts about what really happened on 9/11... These experts contend that books and articles by members and associates have established that the World Trade Center was almost certainly brought down by controlled demolitions and that the available relevant evidence casts grave doubt on the official story about the attack on the Pentagon. They believe that the government not only permitted 9/11 to occur but may even have orchestrated these events to facilitate its political agenda."
"Founders include Robert M. Bowman, Former Director of the U.S. "Star Wars" Space Defense Program in both Republican and Democratic administrations, and a former Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with 101 combat missions; Morgan Reynolds, former Chief Economist for the Department of Labor for President George W. Bush, and former Director of the Criminal Justice Center at the National Center for Policy Analysis; and Andreas von Buelow, former assistant German defense minister, and director of the German Secret Service."
Website, Scholars for 9/11 Truth
Watch videos of demolitions at Controlled Demolition Inc.'s website. CDI was contracted for the 911 cleanup. Also the Murrah Building cleanup.

Amazing. You watch those towers come down, you watch CDI demolition videos, and you know. Yet for many in the opposition, 9/11 is still no-go territory. Even The Daily Kos will ban you if you post doubts on the government story. George Washington Blog: 9/11 and the Left

Loose Change updated
New 9/11 documentary by Dylan Avery. Free viewing online, DVD available.

Here's the Decider-in Chief responding [sic] to 911 doubts: Bush-911.mov

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Over-Loaded Update:
The top 25 managers of hedge funds in New York were paid, in 2006 alone, three times the total annual salaries of NYC's 80,000 school teachers combined. Their average daily income was 1.5 million. (paid weekends and holidays too). Three earned more than a billion dollars in the year.
Westender writes: "What have these individuals done to justify their incomes? In a word, nothing. Their wealth derives overwhelmingly from financial speculation, short-term bets on stocks or derivatives, and similar operations that produce no real value. Others have specialized in pressuring corporations to cut costs, slash wages, and downsize in order to increase share value. The hedge fund managers typify an American ruling class that has become increasingly divorced from any direct relationship to the productive process, making its money through parasitism and fraud....
"This is a portrait of an aristocracy of wealth that is unlike any other period in American history. A tiny layer of society- the top one-tenth, or even one-hundredth or one-thousandth percent of the population- has amassed unimaginable wealth while wages for the majority of the population, in the US and internationally, continue to stagnate or decline." (ref)

"Were the talents and virtues which heaven has bestowed on men given merely to make them more obedient drudges, to be sacrificed to the follies and ambition of a few? Or, were not the noble gifts so equally dispensed with a divine purpose and law, that they should as nearly as possible be equally exerted, and the blessings of Providence be equally enjoyed by all?" -Samuel Adams, 1722-1803; Adams, the 2nd president, was known as the 'Father of the American Revolution.'

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Lee Raymond, CEO
Fat Cats
Iraq: Qui Bono? Exxon CEO Lee Raymond, on retiring in December, got a retirement package estimated at $398 million in total. Raymond has been compensated more than $686 million from 1993 to 2005; that's $144,573 per day. Exxon had record-breaking annual profits last year of $36 billion. 1st quarter 2006 profits were up 7% to a further record of $8.4 billion. (Counterpunch- Ralph Nader)
Note that Raymond was among the Big Oil CEOs consulting Cheney on his "energy plan" in late spring 2001 (replete with plans for dividing up Iraqi oil), and now sits as VP of the American Enterprise Institute, the pampered roost of die-hard neo-cons, the most vociferous supporter of the Iraq War, and author of the "surge" strategy adopted instead of the Baker-Hamilton plan. AEI is funded by Exxon-Mobil. Note that AEI has recently offered bribes of $10,000 to columnists and 'experts' to write articles undermining the science of global warming. (more on these connections from Juan Cole)

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Protestoress
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Music for Bush-time
Here are some of our favorite wry pieces of internet musical agitprop
gathered for Dvmx by BambinoDiva.
Imagine... Walk on the Wild Side download / stream
I'm the Decider- Kookookachoo download / stream
Have You Had Enough? -Ricky Lee Jones download / stream
It's Hard Work! download / stream
BushBoogies video remix download

There's a great mix of these tracks along with other samples and atmospherics from George Galloway to HunterThompson, called "Music for Wartime" at BambinoDiva.com. It's a classic portrait of the times.

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Notes toward an
American Renaissance

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Bobby knew the Warren Commission was a lie. But he thought he could only get to the bottom of it after he became president.

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Brzezinski: Bush "Catastrophic"
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Bush in Albania
Mr. Bush given hero's welcome... in Albania.

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Powell- a long way to go
June 10: Colin Powell on Meet the Press calls for the closure of Guantanamo; on the 'surge': "the only thing it can do is put a heavier lid on this boiling pot of civil war stew"; says he will "not necessarily" support a Republican in 2008; AP reports he is advising Obama on foreign policy. Well, Powell sure has a lot of explaining to do if he hopes to regain his honor and the trust of the people. After all, he used his credibility to sell a pack of lies which and led us to disaster.

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Mitch McConnell
Wander The Revolving Door
Take Mitch for example

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Your job is to go about your business.
John Stewart riffs on Bush's conception of his "job". click for video


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Bush Kissing Saudi King

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a damned piece of paper
"I don't give a goddamn," Bush retorted. "I'm the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way."
"Mr. President," one aide in the meeting said, "There's a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution."
"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face," Bush screamed back. "It's just a goddamned piece of paper!"

-Reported by Doug Thompson re an 11/05 meeting with congressional leaders on the Patriot Act.

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Zozobra link
"We will export death and violence to the four corners of the Earth in defense of our great nation."
- quoted in"Plan of Attack"
by Bob Woodward

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Sibel Edmonds  Movie
Sibel Film 'Radioactive'
"Possibly the festival's most radioactive entry, this 2006 documentary for French TV centers on FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds, who was fired from the bureau's translation unit in March 2002 and subsequently claimed she'd seen evidence of money laundering, narcotics trafficking, and participation in the nuclear black market." (story)

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"There is only one reason that I am in the Oval Office and not in a bar. I found faith. I found God." George W. Bush (...story)

Commander of America
"I'm the commander - see, I don't need to explain - I don't need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the President. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation." George W. Bush, quoted in "Bush at War"

war monkey
"I'm a war president." Bush. Meet the Press 2/13/04


"Nobody wants to be the war president. I want to be the peace president." Bush, campaign speech July 2004

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Bush before Jesus
"When I am talking about war I am really talking about peace" -G.W. Bush (Link)

Joker!
Mr. Bush in New Orleans
"You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on." Bush at a Washington dinner, March 2001

Bush of the  cross
"See, in my line of work, you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."
Bush in Greece May 2005 (ref)

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Malignant Genius Cheney
"Am I a malignant genius in the background whom nobody sees come out of his cave? That's a good way to work, in fact."-Dick Cheney to USA Today, 2004 Note that according to a Pew Research Poll, 31% do not know Cheney is the vice-president.

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Bush flips the bird
Bush flips the bird, Washington, 8/05
It's not the first time the POTUS is on tape giving his "one-finger victory salute"


Bush gives the one-finger salute
Download the video

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"Why should we hear about body bags and deaths? Oh, I mean, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?" (Barbara Bush on ABC's "Good Morning America", 3/18/03)
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Vic Gold
See "Former Bush Speechwriter Hints at 9/11 Inside Job"


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"I believe that women have the fate of the Earth in the palm of their hands. Some 53 per cent of us are women and we really are pretty wimpish. We don't step up to the plate - and it's time we took over. I think men have had their turn and we're in a profound mess."- Helen Caldicott

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That Giant Sucking Sound
Official: "US needs a net inflow of $3 billion per day to keep the economy afloat..."
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