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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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Pakistan Lockdown Musharref declares state of emergency... Chief Justice fired; opposition leaders arrested; TV and telephone cut; troops swarm capital... latest updates

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Republican filibuster blocks restoration of habeus corpus
(Only a few Republican leaders joined Democrats voting to break the filibuster: Specter, Hagel, Lugar, Smith, Snowe, and Sununu) (story 9/19)
on Habeus Corpus

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Hagel quits senate, blasts Bush War
Chuck Hagel to retire from Senate; calls Bush War "a dirty trick" ... "dishonest, hypocritical, dangerous, irresponsible"

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Blackwater [almost] Banned in Iraq
Iraq Govt tries but fails to ban Blackwater after latest Baghdad Massacre of innocents; "I saw women and children jump out of their cars and start to crawl on the road to escape being shot," said Iraqi lawyer Hassan Jabar Salman, who was shot four times in the back during the incident. "But still the firing kept coming and many of them were killed. I saw a boy of about 10 leaping in fear from a minibus--he was shot in the head. His mother was crying out for him. She jumped out after him, and she was killed."(story)
Blackwater is also now under investigation for arms smuggling and dealing arms to terrorist groups.
Update Sept 28: Congress Probe: Blackwater "delayed and impeded" Fallujah investigation. Pentagon awards Blackwater new 92 million dollar contract
Jeremy Scahill, author of "Blackwater" on CNN.
Ring of Fire: Interview with Chris Hedges on losing hearts and minds in Iraq through reckless and cruel violence
Watch 'trophy video' of Aegis private security contractors killing Iraqi drivers on the road.

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Tony Snow Resigns
Tony Snow resigned
White House pay not enough to cover cancer treatments.

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John Warner Retires
Old Senate Republican Retires
John Warner, once married to Elizabeth Taylor, will retire after 30 years in the senate.

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Pat Tillman
July 26:"Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman's forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player's death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press." (more)
July 13: The White House asserts "executive privilege", refuses to release Tillman documents to Congress.(story)
See our page on the suspicious circumstances of Tillman's death and the latest news developments here.

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Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator
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The Man burned early
The Man burned on the Eclipse
San Francisco performance artist Paul Addis set fire to the Man at Burning Man, during the full lunar eclipse. Seems to me this would've been the right moment for it, but many of the Burning Man tribe were miffed- this was 4 days earlier than planned. Addis was arrested and charged. (story)

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McCain Down in Flames
A fool's gambit backfires
After an epochal suckup to the Bush Gang, once-maverick John McCain finds his candidacy collapsing. (Wapo story)

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

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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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Mike Gravel
"Americans think the danger is terrorists. They don't understand. Terrorists cannot take away habeus corpus, or the bill of rights, or the constitution, they cannot suspend constitutional government, abolish the separation of powers... the terrorists are not anything like the threat we face to the bill of rights and the constitution from our own government, in the name of fighting terrorism. Americans just don't understand that, or at least a majority don't." -Sen Mike Gravel on Air America

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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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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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Michael Moore on CNN
Michael Moore Blasts the Media: "When are you going to tell the American people the truth?" (view video)
Related: Paul Craig Roberts, "Free Press or Ministry of the Truth?"

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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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Michael Massing, on "The Israel Lobby" in the NY Review of Books: "Not since Foreign Affairs magazine published Samuel Huntington's 'The Clash of Civilizations?' in 1993 has an academic essay detonated with such force."

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Queen Mother Bush
The Beautiful Mind of
the Queen Mother

"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", the day of the Iraq invasion, 3/18/03)

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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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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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"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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2007 September / October

Bush Gang Visits Al Anbar

The Long Shadow of the Bush Gang
The "surge" proves to have been yet another delusion. CIA report: Baghdad government dysfunctional, Iraq's future looks grimmer than ever, but leaving would make it worse. Summer's lesson for all: the Bush disasters abroad cannot be redeemed, certainly not by persevering, and probably not by any other means at this point, and general frustration will grow. The Bush Gang will try and drag out the denouement until a Democrat is sworn in in 2009. When the illusion of stasis falls apart on the new President- who will also have to deal with possibly the worst mess ever left to an incoming administration, Republicans hope to be in a position to blame the Democrats for the ugly ramifications in Iraq and elsewhere. Karl Rove has left the building. But the diehard Republican strategist may be on a new mission to salvage his longtime dream of one-party rule..

Alert: Cheney preparing war on Iran
Incredibly, Cheney and the neo-cons are still plotting an attack on Iran, according to ever-more frequent reports- the latest from McClatchy sources and from Garreth Porter on Democracy Now! Aug 23. Expect a provocative strike, probably on alleged training camps for fighters in Iraq; when Iran responds, the blitz begins. (More on the Veep: Cheney Gone Rogue)
8/29: A menacing speech from the Bushman caps weeks of rumblings from within The Beast, the now-familiar choreography of selling a war. No UN this time though. No Congressional approval. Just an attack on Iranian "training camps" (already pre-approved by a 97-0 vote in the senate), an attack designed to provoke an Iranian response, upon which the full force of the assault will be unleashed.
"My source told me, 'No-one can stop this now.'" -Larissa Alexandrovna of RawStory.com to Thom Hartmann, 8/29/07.
8/30: Juan Cole reviews these and some new reports
9/02: Pentagon 'Three-Day Blitz' Plan for Iran"
The Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians' military capability in three days, according to Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center. US military planners were not preparing for "pinprick strikes" against Iran's nuclear facilities. "They're about taking out the entire Iranian military."
Glenn Greenwald at Salon: The President's Escalating Rhetoric on Iran"
9/07: Staging Nuke for Iran? Did someone leak the supposedly "accidental" flight of 5 (or was it 6?) nuclear cruise missiles from Nth. Dakota to Barksdale in Louisiana to expose postioning for a nuclear strike on Iran?
9/15: Was the mysterious Israeli bombing raid on Northern Syria last week a "dry run" for an attack on Iran? Or did they bomb a North Korean supplied nuclear facility? read more at the Guardian
NYTimes 9/15: US accuses Syria of seeking North Korean nuke tech
Bush speech indicates Iran debate is tilting to Cheney

9/17: "Senior American intelligence and defence officials believe that President George W Bush and his inner circle are taking steps to place America on the path to war with Iran... Pentagon planners have developed a list of up to 2,000 bombing targets in Iran" -Sunday Telegraph. (now estimated at 4000 targets-Ed, 9/30/07)

9/28: The New York Sun quotes the French weekly Canard Enchainee as saying the attack is scheduled for Oct 15
Note that The United States Northern Command has announced plans for an anti-terrorism exercise called Vigilant Shield 08, slated to run from October 15th to October 20th.

Daniel Ellsburg
9/30: Seymour Hersh "Shifting Targets" latest in-depth on Iran moves.

Daniel Ellsburg: "A coup has occurred..."
"I think nothing has higher priority than averting an attack on Iran, which I think will be accompanied by a further change in our way of governing here that in effect will convert us into what I would call a police state." (speech transcript)

What you can do: StopIranWar.com


Benazir Bhutto Pakistan up for Grabs
Bulletin 9/20 BinLaden declares "war" on Musharref, calls on Pakistanis to rise up and overthrow the "infidel regime". (story) Musharref facing "deepest political crisis" (NYT)
Former leader Benazir Bhutto announced she will return on October 18, to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections. Read her piece at HuffPo: "Why I'm Returning to Pakistan". Meanwhile another exiled leader, Nawaz Sharif, overthrown by Musharref seven years ago in a coup, was arrested at the airport and sent back to Saudi Arabia in spite of a supreme court ruling allowing him to return.

Pakistan is teetering on the brink. An American assault in Waziristan and the Northwest Territories could be spark to tinder in the homeland of the "Islamic bomb".
9/20: Musharref sets presidential election date: Oct 6; parliament elections later this year. (timeline, IHT)

Taliban Resurgent in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Interview with Dr. Barnett Rubin. click here for large version.


More Iraq news:
Massive weapons theft and fraud network uncovered in Iraq: "Several federal agencies are investigating a widening network of criminal cases involving the purchase and delivery of billions of dollars of weapons, supplies and other matériel to Iraqi and American forces, according to American officials. The officials said it amounted to the largest ring of fraud and kickbacks uncovered in the conflict here.." - NYTimes, Aug. 27
Meanwhile, the militias have taken over the power grid. (ref: NYT)
There's an effort afoot in DC to replace Maliki with Ayad Allawi (who is partnered with Iraqi National Intelligence Services and it's sponsor, the CIA) more at HuffPo.
More than 500 members of an ancient heretical sect known as the Yazidis were killed in massive coordinated suicide bombings. Yazidis believe God created 7 angels to rule the world, the chief of which is the "Peacock Angel".

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Bulletin Sept 19:
Senate Republicans filibuster to block restoration of habeus corpus

(Only a few Republican leaders joined Democrats voting to break the filibuster: Specter, Hagel, Lugar, Smith, Snowe, and Sununu) (story)
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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Rash of excessive force incidents against Bush critics
Tasering of student a turning point (video)
It seems asking inconvenient questions or wearing protest t-shirts can get you thrown out, pummeled, or tasered by police now... MSNBC's Chris Mathews nailed it:
Chris Mathews- fascism "You watch pictures of American soldiers risking their lives to break into homes in Baghdad, at gunpoint telling people to go along with the government that we've set up over there. Democracy at gunpoint. I wonder if its filtered back here at home.. I wonder if its dripped back home, the idea that democracy is something you do at gunpoint, either you behave and do it this way, and show up and putting your fingers in the ink, and doing it this way, or- you are an insurgent, and we can round you up and if you resist we can kill you. That notion- it's a bit fascist, and it's certainly a fascistic notion of democracy we're forcing on people over there. They didn't invite us into Iraq, and I wonder now whether we're picking up some of the bad habits of the war front." (watch the video)
see video clips of recent police brutality: "Epidemic Of Police Brutality Sweeps America"

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"I've got God's shoulder to cry on, and I cry a lot"

Bush Era Unraveling
"Is it any wonder that so beleaguered a president, counting down his last 16 months in office, has now begun talking tough about Iran and pumping up the threat of terrorism in American cities, trying one more time to frighten Americans into the same acquiescence to The Decider's decisions, no matter how irrational they are?" (commentary- McClatchy)

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Cheney must go Growing Calls for Impeachment of Bush and Cheney
Bruce Fein of the American Freedom Agenda and the Nation's John Nichols argue for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney on Bill Moyers Journal.
On this subject, the people are way out ahead of Congress. 54% of Americans want to see impeachment hearings against Cheney right away. Yet only 15 Congresspersons have dared to join the articles of impeachment filed against him introduced by Dennis Kucinich. (see Bruce Fein's "Impeach Cheney" in Slate). (46% in that same poll are ready to impeach Bush.)

We've heard it said that impeachment is a bad idea because it would tie up congress for months when there are more important things to do. This is sheer nonsense, from either Republican dead-enders, or just plain cowardice. There is nothing more important. The Bush administration has damaged and corrupted not only the constitution and balance of powers, but also every agancy of the federal government since taking power 6 years ago. There is no area of federal administration they have not subverted and undermined. These are precisely the "kingly abuses" the Founding Fathers feared, and for which they crafted the remedy of impeachment. Impeachment of Bush and Cheney is the constitutional duty of our Congress members, who have sworn an oath to "uphold the constitution". And any presidential candidate that has not spoken out strongly against the kingly abuses of Bush and Cheney can justly be suspected of harboring kingly ambitions themselves. We need to say officially and for the record that these abuses, these crimes, these outrages, are not to be tolerated, now or ever in this country. We need to make that clear to ourselves, and we need to make that clear to the rest of the world. And the only way to do that is by impeachment.
Bush and Cheney have left a trail of impeachable offenses from year one of their tenure, and continue today. Many are already in the public record. They have even declared themselves on numerous occasions above the law, and beyond all oversight. A trial would not necessarily take that long, once congress really decides to act. First, Cheney should be removed, by impeachment or forced resignation the way Nixon's Veep Spiro Agnew was. In that case, Congress then confirms a new Vice President, let's say Chuck Hagel. Then Bush is impeached. It could all be over in a few weeks.-Editor, Dvmx.com

"Out of Control"- Marjorie Cohn (president of the National Lawyers Guild; professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law)
"Impeach Now- Or Face the End of Constitutional Democracy" - Paul Craig Roberts (Reagan admin asst Sec. of the Treasury)
Thom Hartmann, July 19 interviewed Bruce Fein and Paul Craig Roberts on the crimes of Bush Cheney and impeachment (download show here)
Impeachment FAQ / Impeach07.org

Watch Robert F. Kennedy Jr. interviewing presidential candidate senator Chris Dodd on impeachment, Latin America, and other issues on Ring of Fire/GoLeft.tv.

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Republicans Blocking all Attempts in Congress to End War
July 18 update: Senator Reid calls all-night session to force vote on withdrawal; Republicans to filibuster, yet again
The New York Times reports on the inability of Congress to deal with immigration, let alone the Iraq war and global warming, as arising from both parties drifting to their extremes. In truth the problem is that one party have proved to be lock-step enablers and defenders of a cultish gang which has wrecked the federal agencies, trampled the constitution, and wrought death and destruction in illegitimate warfare abroad. The opposition Democrats, in spite of winning the last elections, still don't have the votes to overcome Republican unanimity and the executive veto, so a kind of stalemate has resulted. We are forced to await the defections of a handful of Republicans before anything can be changed. This is not a case of both parties becoming polarized. Not at all. It is about government as a quasi-criminal enterprise, with a willing collaborator in the ruling party, and the belated effort to redress the mess. It is mystifying why Republicans would support bad policy with such unanimity, and one might even imagine they are being blackmailed on some level, in a Rovian strategy to make the opposition look confused or to join ranks, thus creating "partisan deadlock" and giving the minions of the "unitary executive" the opportuniy to demean the value of congress further. (In addition to the Iraq withdrawal bill, 'Republicans have also blocked votes this year on immigration legislation, a no-confidence resolution for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and major legislation dealing with energy, labor rights and prescription drugs'. - Seattle Times:"Constant filibuster threat is tying Senate in knots"
"Today's GOP is not a political party that plays well in a free and democratic system... What we have seen over the last few years is a highly organized syndicate dedicated to the criminal usurpation of political power for personal gain..." -Why Can't They Impeach The Entire Republican Party?- R.J.Eskow, 7/26/07
Al loves George Lately, Republicans have unanimously defended Attorney General Gonzales, a boss's hack if there ever was one, whose term has been dedicated to using Justice to ensure permanent Stalinist one-party rule, via warrantless wiretapping, voter suppression, protection of corrupt cronies, and bogus cases brought against opposition figures. Even a feeble vote of no confidence has been blocked by the GOP, let alone the immediate impeachment and indictment for obstruction of justice which he clearly deserves. (read Comey testimony)

And by the way, re voter suppression: Paul Weyrich, kingmaker and guru of the religious right, called for suppressing voter turnout because it will help the intolerant right take over and keep control. Here is the clip. Let's be clear: this man, and his fellow travelers, disdain democracy. They are enemies of the people.

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JFK and RFK I have just finished David Talbot's "Brothers- The Hidden history of the Kennedy Years"; this is an important and moving account of what was really going on from the day JFK was inaugurated, through his murder, and through to Bobby's murder in 1968. It is a story amnesiac and amoral America has tried hard to forget, confuse and deny. Here was a leader of the kind we only can dream of today; full of grace and personal power, dedicating his life to working toward peace, justice, and enlightened governance in America and the world. In less than three years, he pushed major civil rights legislation, tried to defuse the cold war nuclear confrontation, securing a test-ban treaty with the Soviets, and attempted to defuse the poisonous confrontation with Cuba. In this, he took on a rogue and unaccountable CIA, a bloodthirsty and belligerent military establishment, the Mafia, then tangled with the CIA and anti-Castro Cuban guerrillas, vicious southern racists, and fanatical anti-communists who saw treason in every reasonable effort toward understanding and peace. He carried on with his inspired effort even though it seemed at times everyone in the military-security establishment had the knives out for him. He and Bobby feared a military coup, assassination, and a rogue military launching the missiles. Three times in less than three years he blocked military schemes to launch nuclear war on the Soviets. And he ultimately paid with his life. Finally, after 2 years and 10 months in office, JFK was murdered- with extreme prejudice: as he rode in the presidential limousine, in a festive motorcade, in front of thousands of citizens. The shameful horror was compounded as the media and all branches of the government rushed to frame the patsy, Oswald, and close all investigative doors. Bobby was in shock, not sure what dark alliance was responsible, in agony over what he might have done to avert the assassination, in agony over what he should do next. Many begged him to run for president in 1968; it seemed only Bobby, enormously popular, could set things right. But Jackie, and others, were afraid 'they' would kill him too. And two months after Martin Luther King was assassinated, on the night of his victory in the California primary, when it was clear he would be elected president, he too was murdered, not by Sirhan, who stood 6 feet in front of him, but by a shot fired from less than three inches to the back of his head. Another coverup. Nixon is elected. Jackie marries Onassis, hoping to find safe haven for her children, who she thought might also be killed*.

This is a very personal narrative of these extraordinary brothers, who were in retrospect the true captains of that millennial movement that later became "the sixties", envisioning peace, freedom, and social justice in America and in the world. The reader will also learn the story of JFK's affair with Mary Pinchot Meyer, the estranged wife of CIA's Cord Meyer, protege of the mysterious counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton, who had bugged her apartment and her bedroom, and recorded trysts with JFK, which included sex, pot, and even LSD. One can only imagine how this information might have inflamed certain elements. Mary Pinchot Meyer got her acid from Leary himself, telling him that she and several other women in Washington hoped to 'turn on' world leaders and bring about peace in the world. A year after the assassination of JFK, Mary too was murdered, while walking along the Potomac, one shot to the head, one shot to the heart.

I find it remarkable that in my lifetime, our most eminent heroes, the ones most admired and beloved worldwide, were all murdered, here in America: John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and we might as well add John Lennon. Each urged us to build peace, not weapons of war, and each was shot down in public. In all cases, investigations were nothing more than coverups, blaming the 'lone gunman', a deranged individual whose act, while wrenching, had no historical or political significance beyond tragic anomaly.
Looking back on those years, it seems to me America took a sharp detour from the path to a good and wise future; it seems that we've been adrift ever since, John Kennedy Jr.cut loose from the enlightenment project upon which our country was founded, and ultimately vulnerable to the kind of insanity we see today.
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*John Kennedy Jr. was killed, in a small plane crash in 1999, just as he let it be known he was considering entering politics.

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

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Robert Kennedy Jr. at Live EarthRobert Kennedy Jr.'s rousing speech at Live Earth
excerpt:
"Now you've heard today a lot of people say that there are many little things that you all can do today to avert climate change on your own. But I will tell you this, and it is more important than buying compact flourescent light bulbs or buying a fuel efficient automobile. The most important thing you can do is to get involved in the political process and get rid of all of these rotten politicians that we have in Washington D.C. who are nothing more than corporate toadies for companies like Exxon and Southern Company, these villainous companies that consistently put their private financial interest ahead of American interest and ahead of the interest of all of humanity. This is treason and we need to start treating them now as traitors. And they have their slick public relations firms and their phony think tanks in Washington D.C. and their crooked scientists who are lying to the American people day after day after day. And we have a press that has completely let down American Democracy. That's giving us Ana Nicole Smith and Paris Hilton instead of the issues that we need to understand to make rational decisions in a democracy - like global warming.
And so I am going to tell you this, that the next time you see John Stossel or Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity - these flat-earthers, these corporate toadies, lying to you, lying to the American public, and telling you that global warming doesn't exist - you send an email to their advertisers and tell them that you are not going to buy their products anymore." ( video ... transcript)


Listen to Robert Kennedy Jr.'s excellent radio show with Mike Papantonio, "Ring of Fire" here

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Update on The Worldwide WOT: Summer 07
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Deaf Ears
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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Iraq: Creating the violent dystopia of the future
One wonders what monster we are creating in Babylon. After overseeing the destruction of the existing government and infrastructure, we have introduced: a disfunctional sectarian-based political system, random and routine kidnapping, lethal checkpoints, unjustified imprisonment, abuse, torture, and wanton killing of citizens; thousands of heavily armed, highly paid private army mercenaries from Columbia, South Africa, Chile, etc, working for Blackwater and others, exempt from Iraq's laws. And squadrons of hunter-killer robot drones, lurking in the skies over Iraq, so someone in an office in Nevada can unleash hell on people below, just like in a video game. To complete the picture, note that a nationwide biometric identity database including eye-scans of the entire Iraqi population is underway.

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Newly released FBI Doc: "The plane [which flew Bin Laden's family out of the US after 9/11] was chartered either by the Saudi Arabian royal family or Osama Bin Laden"

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Gang of Four
Kidnapping, torture, secret prisons, illegal wiretapping, corruption, cronyism, gangsterism in the White House, perversion of our constitution and balance of powers, an insane war and occupation abroad, mounted and waged to a chorus of lies; I am ashamed of what they do in our name, in the name of "protecting us". Ashamed also that our compatriots re-elected this administration in 2004, when we already knew plenty and had a chance to be rid of them, and that our "opposition party" leaders pre-emptively announced that impeachment was 'not on the table'. We have a collaborationist mainstream media, which presents fatuous talking heads, mired in beltway spin, who wouldn't know an unspun truth if it was tacked to their face. The middle class, the spine and core of American values and freedoms, is being sucked dry by multinational vampire corporations with the government cheering them on, while a spiraling number of billionaires game the system to heap up riches unimaginable a decade ago, all the while benefitting from a lower tax rate on the money their money makes them than working people pay on their labor. And at a time the world must join together to preserve our planet, our military budget is larger than all the rest of the world's nations combined, our 'leaders' sow fear and hatred and division, sabotage treaties, and demean and threaten our friends and neighbors abroad.

In the best of worlds, one might assume the nation's leaders and managers were doing a good job, making smart choices and exercising wise judgement. We assume that's part of their job description, and we can focus on our jobs. Once in a while though, things get so seriously out of whack that we must take on the unpleasant duty of examining just what is going on, find the truth through a haze of spin and lies, and once we do, raise the alarm among our fellow citizens so that the power of a democracy can weigh in on the crisis and begin to set things right again. When I began writing Dvmx.com, it seemed few people in the media were speaking out against the bizarre turn America had taken since the 9/11 Shock and Awe operation. I felt a kind of civic duty to take up my pen- or my keyboard- as a citizen journalist, contributing what I could to righting the situation. I had hoped to see the end of the nightmare with the election in 2004. But because the media has been complicit, the whole process, which should have matured before the 2004 election, has taken much longer, and frankly is still in doubt. - SM

NB: Watch Michael Moore's "J'accuse" on CNN

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Forgetting, and repeating history
On the evening of April 18, 1946, Gustave M. Gilbert, the German-speaking prison psychologist who had free access to the Nazi prisoners at the Nuremburg trials, visited Goering in his cell, and later recounted their conversation in his memoir:

"We got around to the subject of war again and I said that, contrary to his attitude, I did not think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them war and destruction.

'Why, of course, the people don't want war,' Goering shrugged. 'Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.'

'There is one difference,' I pointed out. 'In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare war.'

'Oh, that is all well and good [Goering replied], but voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.'"   -G. M. Gilbert, "Nuremberg Diary" Farrar, Straus and Co., 1947, pp. 278-79.

Herman Goering Goering was accused of creating the concentration camp system and plotting "aggressive war" against Poland. Goering's defense was that Germany was a sovereign state; that Hitler was legally elected; that every nation has the right to organize its affairs as it sees fit, that concentration camps were invented by the British during the Boer War, and that internment of aliens and political opponents was practiced by both Britain and the United States during WWII.

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previously, with some updates:

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

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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 paper trail of who your targets are.

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scholars for 9/11 truth 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:

Minimum Personal Wealth to Qualify for Forbes Top 400:
Last Year: $1 billion; this year: $1.3 billion
"The collective net worth of the nation's mightiest plutocrats rose $290 billion to $1.54 trillion, or about 12% of the US GNP. Nearly half of the 45 new members made their fortunes in hedge funds and private equity. Money manager John Paulson joins the list after pocketing more than $1 billion short-selling subprime credit this summer."(report)

Previously: 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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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

One Nation Under Mars:
Selling the Fear

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Valerie Plame, Fair Game
Valerie Plame's book is a must-read. Here she is on Charlie Rose. Here she is on the Thom Hartmann show. Here is her HuffPo blog. Simon and Schuster published the book with censored passages blacked out. Valerie has filed a first amendment suit against the CIA, alleging prior restraint.

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Greenspan: War for Oil
Fed's Alan Greenspan:
"I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil." (ref)
-from his new book: The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World
New British report:
1.2 million Iraqi dead

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Greenspan's Fraud
Ravi Batra's Illuminating Exposé

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Naomi Klein's "Shock Doctrine" is a brilliant, essential analysis. Listen to her interview on Democracy Now- View Alfonso Cuaron's film for the book here.

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Brzezinski Endorses Obama
Zbigniew Brzezinski has endorsed Barak Obama.

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Sorensen Endorses Obama
Ted Sorensen, JFK's confidant and speechwriter, endorsed Barak Obama.

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Wes Clark endorses Hillary
Wes Clark endorses Hillary

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Obama Girl Video
Obama Girl Video
In case you missed it!

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Dan Rather sues CBS
Dan Rather filed suit against CBS executives, charging that 'CBS and its executives made him "a scapegoat" in an attempt "to pacify the White House"' (story, NYT)

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condoleeza slithers off

At least no-one's talking about Condi for president anymore. That's some progress.

General Jackson
Britain's Gen. Jackson:
Rumsfeld's Iraq War
"intellectually bankrupt"

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Brzezinski Endorses Obama
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Vlad Putin
In response to US plans to place an anti-ballistic missile system in Poland and Czech Republic, Russia has pulled out of the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty, and put it's strategic bombers back on patrol. (story)
"A number of top U.S-based physicists have concluded the United States used inaccurate claims to reassure NATO allies about U.S. missile defense plans in Eastern Europe, and that the planned Polish-based interceptors and a radar system in the Czech Republic could target and catch Russian missiles, thus threatening Russia's nuclear deterrent." (story)

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

Bush on the lookout
Bush: "I'm on the lookout!"

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Bush Kissing Saudi King
The largest proportion of foreign fighters in Iraq, 45%, are from... Saudi Arabia! (story)


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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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NEWS SOURCE LINKS
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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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Rudy Giuliani in Drag, again!
An amazing number of appearances by Giuliani dressed as a woman... civics trivia: name one president ever photographed in drag.

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Vic Gold
"Victor Gold, former Bush Speechwriter,
hints at 9/11 Inside Job"

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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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Zoe Keating soundtrack
NYTimes Multimedia:
China: Choking on Growth
soundtrack by Zoe Keating

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