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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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When weapons inspector Kay told CIA's deputy director McLaughlin that Saddam had not produced any WMD, he replied, "Don't tell anyone this. This could be upsetting. Be very careful. We can't let this out until we're sure."
Bob Woodward, State of Denial


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Anousha Ansari
Anousha Ansari, an Iranian born American high-tech entrepreneur and the first female space tourist takes off on Sept 18 from the Baikanour Cosomdrome. She will conduct experiments on board the space station for The European Space Agency. (ref)

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Randi Rhodes
The Randi Rhodes Show

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Bush Groping Merkel
Bush Groping Merkel
Inappropriate Behavior
Strangely frisky Bush gropes Germany's Merkel. click image for video

Bush- mouth full, mike open
Mouth full, mike open:
"See, the irony is that what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit..."
Click for video

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Bush and Hayden
NSA Monitoring:
Every Call You Make
Every Mail You Send

USA Today reveals the spy agency has been collecting information on every phone call made in this country... "high likelihood" that this information is being passed on to the FBI and CIA. (email too) AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth have been turning over detailed call histories of all their customers since Sept. 11, 2001, to help the NSA compile "the largest database ever assembled in the world."
And you too can be part of it! Just pick up your phone now, and call... well, anyone!
(USAT article)

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lawrence_wilkerson
Retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson was chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell from 2002 to 2005:
"As Alexis de Tocqueville once said: "America is great because she is good. If America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." In January 2001, with the inauguration of George W. Bush as president, America set on a path to cease being good; America became a revolutionary nation, a radical republic. If our country continues on this path, it will cease to be great - as happened to all great powers before it, without exception." (story)


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

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Congressman Murtha Rep. Murtha: "Let me tell you, the only people who want us in Iraq is Iran and al-Qaeda.." (story)

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McCain Hugs the Chief
McCain gets religion
John McCain now hopes to pick up the Bush vote in 08.

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"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves." -Edward R. Murrow
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"The erosion of freedom rarely comes as an all-out frontal assault, rather, it is a gradual, noxious creeping cloaked in secrecy and glossed over by reassurances of greater security." -Robert Byrd, dean of the Senate.

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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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General Boykin "Why is this man in the White House? The majority of Americans did not vote for him. Why is he there? And I tell you this morning that he's in the White House because God put him there for a time such as this." -Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin
President Bush apparently found this remark sufficient evidence of the man's superior intellect to name him Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. Snideness aside, the worry here is that Bush is infiltrating top military ranks with right-wing christian dominionists...(story)

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Los Angeles Times Calls for Cheney Resignation
(LAT Ed)
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Iraq War Cost
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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."
-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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"The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes that the world [is] about to end and that its ending [will] be glorious, purely on the basis of religious dogma, should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency." -Sam Harris, "Letter to a Christian Nation"

Kingdom Coming:
The Rise of Christian Nationalism

Read the review at Salon: "Across the United States, religious activists are organizing to establish an American theocracy. A frightening look inside the growing right-wing movement"... by Michelle Goldberg (article at Salon)

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Pat Tillman

Update March 3: The Pentagon has ordered an investigation into whether Corporal Tillman's death was homicide... (story)
See our earlier piece on the suspicious circumstances of Tillman's death here

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Bush  on SOTU

Bush on the state of the union speech- a must see (quicktime download) .

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"American journalism is in need of a spine transplant" Dan Rather
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evil and stupid
Hey! It's Hard Work!! Well, maybe we can just Imagine... Walk on the Wild Side! (mp3s)

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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
(view document)

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Sheen on 911
Charlie Sheen on CNN:
"911 was an Inside Job"
And 82% agree! (ref)

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atta and jarrah

New videos show 9/11 hijackers at BinLaden's camp in 2000. Here pictured: Atta (r.) and Jarrah (l.)

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Oct 1 2006

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Fools on the Hill Sell Us Out Once Again
In the midst of a volley of reports of administration incompetence, dishonesty, and arrogant authoritarianism, Congress bends over and passes the 'Military Commissions Act of 2006', which goes a long way to giving Bush what he always wanted - to be a dictator. "It'd be a heck of a lot easier!"
A reaction review:

This Time, Congress Has No Excuse
Andrew Cohen in The Washington Post, 9/28:
"Of all the stupid, lazy, short-sighted, hasty, ill-conceived, partisan-inspired, damage-inflicting, dangerous and offensive things this Congress has done (or not done) in its past few recent miserable terms, the looming passage of the terror detainee bill takes the cake. At least when Congress voted to authorize the Iraq War legislators can point to the fact that they were deceived by Administration officials. But what's Congress' excuse now for agreeing to sign off on a law that would give the executive branch even more unfettered power over the rest of us than it already has?"

"This is one of the most tyrannical and dangerous bills to be enacted in our nation's history"
Glenn Greenwald, constitutional lawyer:
"Following in the footsteps of the House, the Senate this afternoon approved the bill which vests in the President the power of indefinite, unreviewable detention (even of U.S. citizens) and which also legalizes various torture techniques. It is not hyperbole to say that this is one of the most tyrannical and dangerous bills to be enacted in our nation's history... The final Senate vote was 65-34. The Democrats lacked the votes for a filibuster and therefore did not attempt one. Twelve (out of 44) Senate Democrats voted in favor of this bill, while only one Republican (Chafee) voted against it. The dishonorable list of Democrats voting for the bill: Carper (Del.), Johnson (S.D.), Landrieu (La.), Lautenberg (N.J.), Lieberman (Conn.), Menendez (N.J), Nelson (Fla.), Nelson (Neb.), Pryor (Ark.), Rockefeller (W. Va.), Salazar (Co.), Stabenow (Mich)." (ref)

Molly Ivins | Habeas Corpus, R.I.P. (1215 - 2006)
Molly Ivins writes: "Fellow citizens, this bill throws out legal and moral restraints as the president deems it necessary - these are fundamental principles of basic decency, as well as law. I'd like those supporting this evil bill to spare me one affliction: Do not, please, pretend to be shocked by the consequences of this legislation. And do not pretend to be shocked when the world begins comparing us to the Nazis." (article)

In the autumn of the year [...] the world's only military superpower was dealt a profound psychological blow by a daring terrorist attack on its very heart. In the panicky aftermath of the attack, the [...] people made decisions that set them on the path to the destruction of their Constitution, their democracy and their liberty.
The year was 68 BC, and the republic was Rome. Read the article by Robert Harris "What A Terrorist Incident in Ancient Rome Can Teach Us - Pirates of the Mediterranean - New York Times

Amnesty International has an action page on this legislation

Open letter from 540 outraged law professors (download pdf letter)

NYTimes: "The bill...does not just allow the president to determine the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions; it also strips the courts of jurisdiction to hear challenges to his interpretation.
"And it broadens the definition of "unlawful enemy combatant" to include not only those who fight the United States but also those who have "purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States." The latter group could include those accused of providing financial or other indirect support to terrorists, human rights groups say. The designation can be made by any "competent tribunal" created by the president or secretary of defense." (NYT ref)

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Pentaghoul Iraq Debacle
Iraq: Commanders in the field now saying the US cannot defeat the insurgency. Instead the mission is now to train Iraqi forces so that they can take on the insurgency. - Hookah-smoking Caterpillar, quoted in USA Today

9/20: Latest military report: "overwhelming majority of Sunnis now support the insurgency".

9/27: 'The Baghdad Police College, hailed as crucial to U.S. efforts to prepare Iraqis to take control of the country's security, was so poorly constructed that feces and urine rained from the ceilings in student barracks. Floors heaved inches off the ground and cracked apart. Water dripped so profusely in one room that it was dubbed "the rain forest."
The report is the latest indictment of U.S. construction giant Parsons Corp, which was awarded $1 billion for a variety of reconstruction projects across Iraq, and has failed to properly build health clinics, prisons and hospitals...' (WaPo 9/27/06) (report pdf)

According to the latest PIPA poll, 61% of Iraqis approved attacks on the American occupiers. And according to The Washington Post, a State Department poll found two-thirds of Iraqis in Baghdad favor an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces

Meanwhile we also learned that Lord Rumsfeld, in a fit of pique back in 2002, yelled at his colleagues that he'd fire the next person who bought up the subject of a post-war plan of occupation for Iraq.

In State of Denial Mr. Bush is quoted as saying in November 2003 of the situation in Iraq: "I don't want anyone in the cabinet to say it is an insurgency. I don't think we are there yet."
Lord Rumsfeld, with the benefits of hindsight:
"Well, I think that anyone who looks at it with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight has to say that there was not an anticipation that the level of insurgency would be anything approximating what it is," Rumsfeld told the CNN documentary, "Rumsfeld - Man of War" which debuts Sept 30.

"We're in a real fix right now. We're there because Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ignored sound military advice, dismissed it all, went with his plan and his plan alone." - Former U.S. Army Maj. Gen John Batiste at Senate hearing on Iraq War (full text). (hearings webcast)

Imperial Life in the Emerald City
"Like any good foreign correspondent, Rajiv Chandrasekaran pays attention to the details. Food, for instance. In the U.S. enclave in Baghdad, that meant a "bottomless barrel of pork: sausage for breakfast, hot dogs for lunch, pork chops for dinner ... bacon cheeseburgers, grilled-cheese-and-bacon sandwiches, and bacon omelets" all served and consumed blithely in front of hundreds of Iraqi Muslim secretaries and translators who worked inside this bubble known as the Green Zone." - from the Newsday review of Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran's new book, "Imperial Life in the Emerald City". Andrew Metz writes: "with an impeccable eye for the tragic and outrageous, Chandrasekaran unveils the occupation authority compound as a Middle East Oz, grossly out of touch with the harsh realities of the real Iraq."

Sept 24: A leaked classified National Intelligence Estimate completed in April says the Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse, and that Islamic radicalism, rather than being in retreat, has metastasized and spread across the globe".
Keep up on Iraq with Dahr Jamail and Riverbend

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Our previous pieces re Iraq Occupation are still pertinent:
January 2005: Iraq: The Election and Beyond / January 2005: Iran / April 2004: Iraq- A Bad Idea Gets Worse / March 2004: Truth or Consequences / June 2003: Quicksand / May 2003: Bait Taken / April 2003: Hot Potato

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And it still smells of sulphur
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"Yesterday the devil came here... and this place still smells of sulphur.
He came here talking as if he were the owner of the world."

see full text of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's speech to the UN here

Venezuela began a program last year which provides discounted home heating oil to low income families in the US. Chavez announced in New York he would more than double the subsidized oil, to 100 million gallons. "It makes us feel good to give" said Chavez. Read more on the new Venezuela here

Nanci Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, called Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez "a thug" last week. A little perspective is in order here: Chavez is a democratically elected leader; who, in contrast to our own president, won two clean elections by a solid margin. Furthermore, Chavez has not tried to overthrow the US government, as the Bush administration tried to do to Venezuela, in order to prevent Chavez from redistributing the oil wealth to his country's impoverished majority. So what is this remark? Some kind of obeisance to the nativist know-nothings in ascendance these days in DC? Methinks Ms. Pelosi should be more concerned about the congress voting away half the bill of rights this week and making America an outlaw nation in the eyes of the world. Where was she when our own Thug in Chief came over to Capitol Hill to twist arms and force the bill through? Twelve democratic senators and 34 democratic House members shamefully voted for this 'legislation'. So much for the efficacy of Mr. Reid's and Ms. Pelosi's "leadership".

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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, 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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Torture Nation (excerpt from last issue)
In all the discussion of torture and treatment of prisoners, a big part is missing.
The issue is not the fine gradients of a suspect's presumed evil and the appropriate corresponding degree of torture.
The issue is whether we are torturers or not. Not whether this one or that one deserves what level of horror, but who exactly are we? Are we now the torturers?
The vile posturings of the Bush administration and it's minions in this regard must be condemned and repudiated.

P.S. Note the story of Maher Arar, kidnapped in the transit lounge of JFK on his way home to his family in Canada, sent to be tortured in Syria (!) for a year before being released...whoops, a mistake, no apologies.
Or that of Khaled al-Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese descent kidnapped on New Year's Eve 2003 while on vacation with his family in Macedonia. Abused for 5 months in various secret prisons around the world, and then dumped on a street in Albania. Whoops... wrong guy. No apologies.

And remember that 90% of the Iraqis held in Abu Ghraib were innocent of any involvement with the insurgency. And that many of the prisoners held in Guantanamo were simply innocents kidnapped by warlords in Afghanistan and sold to the Americans as terrorists for cash. (Officials have let it be understood that Bush faces a quandary in regard to the innocents: they should be released, but after years of abuse at American hands, they probably really hate us by now, and may now represent a danger if released. Fairness and justice for all! )

"Rushing Off a Cliff" -NYTimes: The new law "would give Mr. Bush the power to jail pretty much anyone he wants for as long as he wants without charging them, to unilaterally reinterpret the Geneva Conventions, to authorize what normal people consider torture, and to deny justice to hundreds of men captured in error." NYT Ed 9/28 "Rushing Off a Cliff"

Notes:
Benjamin Ferencz, a chief prosecutor of Nazi war crimes in Nuremberg has said George Bush should be prosecuted for war crimes.

Manfred Nowak, the U.N. special investigator on torture, said in Geneva that torture in Iraq "is totally out of hand"... "many people say it is worse than it has been in the times of Saddam Hussein".

9/24: Officials tell the New York Times that the classified National Intelligence Estimate completed in April says the Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse, and that Islamic radicalism, rather than being in retreat, has metastasized and spread across the globe".

Just a couple weeks ago, the Council on Global Terrorism, an independent research group of respected terrorism experts, assigned a grade of D+ to United States efforts over the past five years to combat Islamic extremism. The council concluded that "there is every sign that radicalization in the Muslim world is spreading rather than shrinking." (ref)

At this point it might be useful to revisit an article in The Washington Post last December by Vladimir Bukovsky, who spent 12 years in the Soviet Gulag. Some excerpts from "Torture's Long Shadow":
- A joke told among close friends in Moscow in the dark days of Stalin: One nasty morning Comrade Stalin discovered that his favorite pipe was missing. Naturally, he called in his henchman, Lavrenti Beria, and instructed him to find the pipe. A few hours later, Stalin found it in his desk and called off the search. "But, Comrade Stalin," stammered Beria, "five suspects have already confessed to stealing it."
- The Czars "understood that torture is the professional disease of any investigative machinery"
- "...much as a good hunter trains his hounds to bring the game to him rather than eating it, a good ruler has to restrain his henchmen from devouring the prey lest he be left empty-handed. Investigation is a subtle process, requiring patience and fine analytical ability, as well as a skill in cultivating one's sources. When torture is condoned, these rare talented people leave the service, having been outstripped by less gifted colleagues with their quick-fix methods, and the service itself degenerates into a playground for sadists. Thus, in its heyday, Joseph Stalin's notorious NKVD (the Soviet secret police) became nothing more than an army of butchers terrorizing the whole country but incapable of solving the simplest of crimes."
- "If Vice President Cheney is right and some "cruel, inhumane or degrading" (CID) treatment of captives is a necessary tool for winning the war on terrorism, then the war is lost already..."

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click for clip (excerpt Eminem's Mosh Continues)
Osama Bin Forgotten

Osama Bin Forgotten?
Recently we learned that the CIA's Bin Laden unit was disbanded; also that Bin Laden is not wanted by the FBI for 9/11 (see wanted poster). And that Pakistan has signaled that Bin Laden and his coterie can remain unmolested in Waziristan so long as they remain "men of peace", and do not engage in terrorism. Pakistan also released thousands of Taliban as part of the deal. Someone, presumably AlQueda, released a kind of commemorative videotape on Sept 11 showing Bin Laden and the Martyrs preparing for the attacks; on the same day a Bush anniversary photo-op and speech from Ground Zero... and the ABC 4-hour commercial-free, right-winger scripted (and funded?) fakumentary, "Path to 9/11" blaming it all on the Clinton administration ( ! ). Cheney always says the enemy is media-sophisticated; funny - they seem to be working it together...

"The goal has never been to get bin Laden"- General Richard Myers, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, 6 April 2002.
"I don't know where he is. I - I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him." - George W Bush, 13 March 2002

"There is a kind of an urban myth here in Washington about how this administration hasn't stayed focused on Osama bin Laden. Forget it." -George Bush 9/06

pervez musharref
Latest From Pervez: Just after 9/11, Asst. Sec State Armitage conveyed the message that Pakistan could either be America's ally in the GWOT, or be bombed "back to the stone age".
An offer he couldn't refuse. (ref)

In the midst of all this, an "intelligence leak" appears in the French press suggesting that Bin Laden may have died in Pakistan in August of a "water-born illness". This would certainly be convenient for everyone concerned, notably the US and Pakistan, and for BinLaden too of course, if he's still alive.

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BambinoDiva writes: Li'l Georgie has taken over the house and made a terrible mess; he sits amid the rubble, unexploded bombs, shredded constitution, playing with Li'l Condi, he wears a silly crown, looks looney. . Speedy Gonzales, wearing a joker's hat, is woofing on Georgie's command... Uncle Sam in the background with an insane grimace flexes tattooed muscles and fists with brass knuckles and chains before the mirror, his hobnailed boot on the neck of someone tied up in a knot at his feet. In the side room, Darth and Don, Lil Georgie's two snickering gangbanger buddies, count the dough amid racks of guns.... and pappy's in the library sitting on the floor against a wall, head spinning in denial. Isn't it time someone organized an intervention?

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House Judiciary / Conyers Report: Constitution in Crisis

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2006 Election Ripe For Hacking
Rolling Stone RFK2 Article Hard to imagine that the opposition will not take back the Congress in November, the way things are going. But if the machines can be used as part of the RNC victory strategy... we already notice a batch of new MainStreamMedia polls rather questionably showing Bush back up in the 40's... and a 45-55 count in even the exit polls can easily turn out to be 55-45 when the vote counts are released. After all, it happens all the time!- Starting in 2000, there are dozens of examples of this, so many in fact that no-one bothers to investigate them (except RFK2- see his "Was the 2004 Election Stolen?").
Watch the Princeton report linked below and read RFK2's new piece and you'll have a pretty good idea of what the people, (as in 'government of the people, by the people...') are up against- again, this fall; and maybe what we can still do about it.

Princeton researchers demonstrate how the Diebold Voting Machine can be hacked, using a virus to steal the vote and leave no trace. See the video here. / Download report here

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in the new Rolling Stone: "Will The Next Election Be Hacked?" in which a Diebold whistleblower describes a near identical scenario he participated in Georgia in 2002. RFK2: "'Every board of election has staff members with the technological ability to fix an election,' Ion Sancho, an election supervisor in Leon County, Florida, told me. 'Even one corrupt staffer can throw an election. Without paper records, it could happen under my nose and there is no way I'd ever find out about it. With a few key people in the right places, it would be possible to throw a presidential election.'"

Note: New Mexico's Governor Bill Richardson has ordered the scrapping of plans to use touch-screen voting machines, and mandated a return to paper ballots and optical scanners. "I didn't want my state to continue being an embarrassment like Ohio and Florida every four years," he said, adding "I also thought we needed to restore voter confidence, and that wasn't going to happen with the touch-screen machines." (ref)

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780,000 Americans arrested in 2005 for marijuana. 90% for possession.

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The FCC ordered staff to destroy every last copy of a study that found FCC policy detrimental to news source diversity- this was the second one in a week discovered to have been deep-sixed by Colin Powell's son Michael and the Corruption Crew at the FCC.

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DENVER (Sept. 17) - Ten Nobel Peace Prize laureates called for world peace and took aim at U.S. policy makers, asking an enthusiastic crowd of 7,000 youth to demand that the United States pull back its military, spread its wealth and offer aid to developing countries.

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Bruce Willis renounces republicans
Republicans are bailing the sinking ship: politicians switching parties, and now this, Bruce Willis, told a reporter "Please write this. I'm always being accused of being a Hollywood Republican - but I'm not!"

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Too soon forgotten department: San Antonio, TX Dec 09, 2005
Air Force leaders released a new mission statement last December that defines the current and future direction of the Air Force. "The mission of the United States Air Force is to deliver sovereign options for the defense of the United States of America and its global interests -- to fly and fight in Air, Space, and Cyberspace." Yes- Cyberspace!

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On Sept 11, Chief of the Air Force Wynne said the military should use next-generation 'non-lethal' weapons on US demonstrators before deploying to the battlefield... in order that US citizens should appreciate the 'non-lethality' and be immune to accusations of proscribed weapons use from operating theaters abroad. (ref)
Right. This is in reality nothing less than a trojan horse to legitimize- even institutionalize- the use of first line battlefield weaponry against US citizens in the US.

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Attitude
Maybe it's a symptom of the age of information overload; most people these days apparently don't care to be burdened with endless facts and the weighing of contradictory claims... the short cut is attitude. So instead of learning about something and forming a judgement, they consider other peoples' attitudes and choose the one they identify with. Right-wing punditry is all about attitude. So is FOX News. So is Bushian foreign policy. So is the Republican national election narrative. (The Democrats simply don't have an attitude of any kind.) Try a Google search for 'Bush + "my attitude"'.

By this point we find ourselves so steeped in delusional attitude - 'we are the greatest country on earth, you're a traitor if you don't agree, and anyone who obstructs us is bad', that even opposition party leaders believe they stray from this puerile mantra at their own peril. And Americans have fallen for it in vast numbers it seems; maybe its the media, the constant drumbeat of fear and silliness; maybe it's the collapsed education system that's spawned such gullibility. Thus a great country withdraws into a bubble of delusion; it is pathetic to see the nation that midwifed the United Nations, launched the Peace Corps, and put men on the moon, so shamed by it's political leadership as to have become a pariah in the community of nations, a feared and tiresome bully, not a respected leader. I've posted a sampling of the national discussions I think we should be having (Notes Toward an American Renaissance); but I'm pretty sanguine on whether we as a nation, at the rate we're going, will ever get around to such advanced considerations. (Ed.)

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Keith OlbermannAmerica may have found it's new Edward R. Murrow, and his name is Keith Olbermann, the only MSM journalist with the courage to aggressively denounce the behavior of this government, which he does relentlessly from his perch at MSNBC's Countdown. Watch video clips of his best recent statements: 'Bush Owes Us an Apology', 'This Hole in the Ground', 'Have You No Sense of Decency, Sir?', 'There Is Fascism, Indeed', 'Terror and Politics in America'.

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Europe EditionAsia EditionLatin America EditionUS Edition
Newsweek's choice of covers for it's various worldwide editions of its October 2 issue seems to single out its US audience as being exceptionally stupid, or at least in need of protection from news of the havoc wrought in its name.
Thanks to Rising-Hegemon

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It turns out that 18 particularly wealthy families have been secretly funding lobbying for estate tax repeal. (story) Not all the hyper-rich are so greedy

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New York Under Water 'The Queen of England is afraid. International C.E.O.'s are nervous. And the scientific establishment is loud and clear. If global warming isn't halted, rising sea levels could submerge coastal cities by 2100. So how did this virtual certainty get labeled a "liberal hoax"?' (Vanity Fair:While Washington Slept)

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Al Gore Climate Change Movie Al Gore, President in Exile - On his movie An Inconvenient Truth, Eleanor Clift says, "By not playing the overt political game, Gore may be putting in place the first issue-driven campaign of the 21st century, one that is premised on a big moral challenge that is becoming more real with soaring gas prices and uncertain oil supplies. A senior Democrat who once ran for the White House himself but harbors no illusions the party will turn to him in 2008 looks at Gore and marvels, 'This guy is running the best campaign I've seen for president.'" (ref)
Al Gore speech on presidential powers, 1/16/06: audio, text)

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Rolling Stone: The Worst President in History? Rolling Stone: The Worst President Ever?
RS does a devastating indictment of the Bush Regime by Sean Wilentz in the May 4 issue; it begins:
'Said Abraham Lincoln: "Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation."
Said George W. Bush: "History. We won't know. We'll all be dead."
'George W. Bush's presidency appears headed for colossal historical disgrace. Barring a cataclysmic event on the order of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, after which the public might rally around the White House once again, there seems to be little the administration can do to avoid being ranked on the lowest tier of U.S. presidents. And that may be the best-case scenario. Many historians are now wondering whether Bush, in fact, will be remembered as the very worst president in all of American history.'
(Read the article)

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scholars for 9/11 truth Scholars for 9/11 Truth
January 27 2006 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

Update: Scholars for 911 Truth Member Michael Zebuhr killed
"Police said two men in their 20's approached the group, stole Zebuhr's mother's purse and as they left, fired two shots into Zebuhr's forehead for no apparent reason" (story) (latest)

Loose Change
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:
Paul Krugman: "Between 1972 and 2001 the wage and salary income of Americans at the 90th percentile of the income distribution rose only 34 percent, or about 1 percent per year. So being in the top 10 percent of the income distribution, like being a college graduate, wasn't a ticket to big income gains. But income at the 99th percentile rose 87 percent; income at the 99.9th percentile rose 181 percent; and income at the 99.99th percentile rose 497 percent. No, that's not a misprint..." (PK NYT)

"From 1950 to 1970, for every additional dollar earned by the bottom 90 percent, those in the top 0.01 percent earned an additional $162, according to the Times analysis. From 1990 to 2002, for every extra dollar earned by those in the bottom 90 percent, each taxpayer at the top brought in an extra $18,000."
(Richest Are Leaving Even the Rich Far Behind-NYTimes)

The number of billionaires around the world rose by 102 to a record 793 over the last year, and their combined wealth grew 18% to $2.6 trillion, according to Forbes magazine's 2006 rankings of the world's richest people.


Protestoress
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Notes toward an
American Renaissance

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Zozobra link
Watch "Zozobra" at YouTube

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"Common Article III says that there will be no outrages upon human dignity. It's very vague. "What does that mean, 'outrages upon human dignity'?" -George Bush

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Blood Money
Greenwald film: Iraq For Sale
"Thats what you do in a democracy, you investigate and you find out where there's corruption, you find out where there's profiteering, and you make sure there's hell to pay!" (Greenwald on Olbermann)


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Elif Shafak
Elif Shafak, University of Arizona assistant professor and one of Turkey's leading authors has been acquitted of insulting Turkishness in her book "The Bastard of Istanbul".

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Valerie Plame
Valerie and Joe Wilson are Sueing Bush and Cheney. click here for the video / click here for my favorite Valerie P picture

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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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Rumsfeld Must Go
"Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is not competent to lead America's armed forces... he has shown himself incompetent strategically, operationally and tactically and is far more than anyone else responsible for what has happened to America's mission in Iraq... Rumsfeld has put the Pentagon at the mercy of his ego... Rumsfeld must step down." -Major General Paul Eaton (ret.). Eaton was in charge of training the Iraqi military from 2003 to 2004.
(statement NYT, IHT)
(about Gen. Eaton)

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Spader denounces Bush Administration
TV Characters Rise Up
James Spader, on the "Boston Legal" TV show: "Torture, warrantless search and seizure, illegal wiretappings, prison without a fair trial- or any trial, war on false pretenses... we as a citizenry are apparently not offended..."
A great speech!
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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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Cinquo de Mayo
Bush: "It's hard work!"
Watch clip

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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

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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 the old "one-finger victory salute"


Bush gives the one-finger salute
Download the video

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"Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business." - NeoCon Michael Ledeen
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Powell's disgrace
Woodward reports in State of Denial that Powell was given 2 days to resign by Andrew Card. In his letter of resignation Powell wrote that he was pleased "to have been part of a team that launched the Global War Against Terror, liberated the Afghan and Iraqi people, brought the attention of the world to the problem of proliferation, reaffirmed our alliances, adjusted to the Post-Cold War World and undertook major initiatives to deal with the problem of poverty and disease in the developing world. In these and in so many other areas, your leadership was the driving force of our success."
What a pack of lies!
Powell wrote that?

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Saint Condi
Saint Condi of Stanford
Still hopes she can
talk her way out of it

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Valerie and Joe Wilson
The buzz: Valerie Plame was outed by Cheney to destroy the CIA's anti proliferation network in Iraq and Iran so that no-one could credibly dispute claims Cheney wished to make in preparation for the attacks.

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JFK doodle A doodle by JFK from
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Lee Raymond, CEO
Fat Cats
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)

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