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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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Bush  on SOTU

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

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Cheney shoots fellow hunter
Vice President Cheney shot a fellow hunter at a Texas ranch. The victim, Harry Whittington, hit in the face, neck, chest, and right side by the Veep's shotgun blast, said he was "deeply sorry for the trouble he had caused" the Vice-President. Cheney, upon his return to Wyoming, received a standing ovation.

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Hamas wins

Palestine Elects Hamas
In the latest of a series of Middle Eastern elections to be won by Islamists, The Palestinians have given a landslide victory to Hamas ("Harakat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyyah", or the "Islamic Resistance Movement"). (story, NYT).

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Majority: Consider Impeach
Three recent polls- conducted by ABC News/Washington Post, CBS News, and CNN/USA Today/Gallup- show that a clear majority of Americans thinks the Bush administration misled the American people in making its case for going to war with Iraq. (ref)
ABC-Ipsos Poll Nov 11: "Almost six in 10 now say Bush is not honest" (ref)
Latest Zogby poll: Majority of likely voters support considering impeachment if Bush lied on Iraq, 51-45 percent (ref)
Update: Barron's calls on Congress to Consider Impeachment
(Barron's) (blogged excerpt)

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Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel stands out among Republicans with the courage to carve his own figure above the melee as a firm and thoughtful critic of the Administration, with perfectly measured gravitas. It is Hagel, I'll bet, who the Congress will turn to, if and when the time comes to replace Bush. In a speech to the Council of Foreign Relations Hagel said that the Vietnam War "was a national tragedy partly because members of Congress failed their country, remained silent and lacked the courage to challenge the administrations in power until it was too late." When Cheney whiplashed him, he came back with: "To question your government is not unpatriotic -- to not question your government is unpatriotic" (NYTimes Magazine cover story on Hagel 2/12/06)

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fried frist
Frist on secret torture prisons Only outraged we found out!
Stock records subpoenaed

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Tomlinson Busted
Tomlinson busted from CPB for corruption, cronyism. Emails show hand of White House in recent Public Broadcasting purge... (more, NYT)

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Abramoff and Scanlon
Abramoff partner Scanlon
pleads guilty to bribery

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tom delay indicted
Delay: Arrest warrant issued
Fingerprinted, booked.

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Safavian Arrested
WH Aide Safavian Arrested
Procurement Chief in
Abramoff Scandal (story)

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Abramoff busted

Update: Abramoff to Plead More Republican congressmen likely to be implicated...

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Rabbi Eric Yoffie

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, leader of the largest branch of American Judaism, blasted conservative religious activists in a speech Saturday, calling them "zealots" who claim a "monopoly on God"... (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. (story)

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Macro-scale News
Max Tegmark in SciAm: A 4-level Multiverse, composed of an infinite number of parallel universes... (article)

NYT Multimedia:
Self-Reproducing Cosmos

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wild horses of Newbury

The Wild Horses of Newbury
A great oak is felled, two wild horses emerge from the mist to witness- a must see short documentary, online here now.

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bhudda boy

Thousands of pilgrims are pouring into the dense jungle of southern Nepal to worship a 15-year-old boy who has been hailed as a new Buddha. Devotees claim that Ram Bomjon, who is silently meditating beneath a tree, has not eaten or drunk anything since he sat down at his chosen spot six months ago. (story)
UPDATE: watch video at Buddha boy blog

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Darth Bush

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen...
"Palpatine, who is really Darth Sidious, manipulates the Senate and enlists the Jedi Council's patriotism to "defend" the Republic against a "separatist" army that he secretly directs. The purpose of the orchestrated war is to erode liberty in the name of security. The naive Jedi catch on too late and are decimated. The Republic falls."
Is Bush a Sith Lord?
by Paul Craig Roberts

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A Clear Channel to Bush
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Dr. Dean
"My view is that Fox News is a propaganda outlet of the Republican Party and that I don't comment on Fox News." Dr. Dean, Chicago, 6/12

Patrick Fitzgerald

Patrick Fitzgerald has opened a second grand jury in the Plame investigation. In a separate investigation, he also has delivered indictments against Lord Conrad Black, Hollinger International Chairman, right-wing media magnate, on 11 counts of fraud. Richard Perle and Henry Kissinger are on Hollinger's board. (This story has wide roots- read more...)

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Iraq War Cost
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bullshit protector
A Vet at Bush's VFW speech 8/22/05 [photo:Pizac]

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"To question your government is not unpatriotic -- to not question your government is unpatriotic" -Sen. Chuck Hagel
(see David Broder: "Hagel could bring new look to post-Bush GOP")

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"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
- Theodore Roosevelt
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Richard Nixon, referring to the report by the Warren Commission: "it was the greatest hoax that has ever been perpetuated". (...ref)

Oh, and Oswald was CIA
(view document)

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"In the counsels of Government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military Industrial Complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together." President Eisenhower, Farewell Address, Jan 1961 (...story)

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"I even take the position that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged... But it is blindingly clear that judges have no greater capacity than the rest of us to decide what is moral." -Supreme Court Justice Scalia at a Harvard gathering.(...ref)
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Dorm: Clothing Optional
"There's an exhibitionist part of me. If I feel the need to take off my pants, I take my pants off. It's kind of cool that there is a place you can do that." (NYT ... and here)
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"The next generation will be the most infertile and the most obese in the history of mankind and it might also have the worst mental health," said Russell Viner, University College, UK. (...source)
Americans are the most obese, at 30%... Americans are getting shorter , and the Dutch, already on average 4 inches taller than Americans, are the tallest in the world.
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USA: Most Nuts, Depressed, Anxious of All
A survey conducted by a Harvard Medical school researcher of 60,000 people in 14 countries found the rates of mental illness highest in the United States (26%); Italy came in at 8%. (article)
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abu graib
PBS Now interviews Haj Ali
the man under the hood in the infamous image above, a local mayor picked up in a sweep and tortured. "99% of the people brought in are innocent, but with all the insults and torture, it makes them ready to do just about anything."
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prison population
U.S. World's Leading Incarcerator
1 of 138 US residents is resident in jail or prison, as of June 2004. More than 12% of black males in their late twenties are in jail (as opposed to 1.7% for same-age whites). The US has once again the world's highest incarceration rate, at 726 per hundred thousand; England is 142, and China 118. France is 91, and Japan is 58 per hundred thousand. (article)

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"Every gun that is made, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed." -Eisenhower, 1953
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Hans Blix

"I have my detractors in Washington. There are bastards who spread things around, of course, who planted nasty things in the media. Not that I cared very much." Hans Blix to the Guardian

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Cheney Iraq Oil Maps
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darwin fades
Darwin Student Survey
A majority of US students do not believe evolution is a scientific theory...
(see full size survey chart)
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chain saw border cross
unretouched photo

Homeland in Security
"April 25, Gregory Despres (in photo above) arrived at a U.S.-Canadian border station carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a bloody chainsaw . U.S. customs agents confiscated the weapons and fingerprinted Despres. Then they let him into the United States. The following day, a gruesome scene was discovered in Despres' hometown of Minto, New Brunswick: The decapitated body of a..." (continue)

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"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

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

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Introducing The DREAD
New supergun from Trinamic Technologies, can deliver a stream of custom projectiles at 120,000 rounds per minute, one third of an inch apart, with no recoil. This seems to be more of a targeted demolition engine; or a crowd decapitation device. Yet another testament to the genius confluence of the free-market and the free-fire zone...(story and quicktime)
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Week in Review
Harper's WIR
Guardian Weblog

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Editor: S. Miller

January-February 2006
Rocky Days Ahead

Constitutional Crisis
It's now out in the open that our president, George W Bush, who once only wanted to be baseball commissioner, now claims the authority to wiretap and eavesdrop on any and all Americans without warrant, to burglarize our homes in secret, to ban whomever he chooses from commercial flights, to imprison American citizens indefinitely without trial or legal recourse and representation at his discretion; to kidnap anyone anywhere in the world and disappear them in secret classified torture prisons hidden around the planet; to wage war on any nation he 'decides' is 'a threat' with no further advice or consent from congress, to abrogate any and all treaties solemnly entered upon by this nation, and to ignore laws of the congress as well as findings of the courts if he so desires, upon his sole authority as 'commander in chief'.
W seems to have little use for the checks and balances so carefully built into our system by men and women wiser than he; recently he even used 'recess appointments' to place 17 ill-qualified but loyal hacks to critical posts in the government without even an attempt at congressional approval; and this even in the face of the much-publicised disastrous reaction to Katrina by the fools he placed at FEMA. 17 more "heckuva job" Michael Browns...
And we have not mentioned the evidence for willful deception of the congress in obtaining the Iraq War Powers Resolution.
Not surprising that the word "impeachment" is heard more and more often these days...
Ahead lie of course the influence peddling and corruption trials of Abramoff and DeLay, and the concurrent trials of Enron's Ken Lay, and Cheney's Scooter Libby. All these overlap in most interesting ways, sure to be the source of many stories in the months to come. The Abramoff related exposures will likely reach the other two of the "Three Musketeers" -Ralph Reed of the Christian Coalition, and Grover Norquist, "field-marshall of the Bush plan". With all of this, the underpinnings of the Republican lock-step rule of the last years will be collapsing. In addition, the triple strands of the 'majority'- the christian right, neo-con imperialists, the corporate oligarchy, have begun unraveling; Bush himself is a lame-duck, and support for Bushevism has clearly peaked and now is ebbing across all demographics- (note that the recent attempt to "swiftboat" Congressman Murtha got no traction). By summer of this year it will be 'every man for himself' among Republican legislators up for re-election... Should be interesting.
See Al Gore's powerful MLK day speech at Democracy Now

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Jan 19: Osama Bin Laden offers a "long term truce" if the Coalition pulls out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Cheney calls offer "some kind of ploy". (story)


As I write this, Michelle Bachelet has won the presidential election in Chile. This is quite a story- here's an NYT profile

James Moore, author of Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential, put on no-fly list. (story)

And Google is fighting a federal demand for search result records (story)

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November 2005 (update 2)
Iraq War
The Lies That Led To War
Backs against the wall on pre-war intel, Cheney lashes out, Bush 'catapults the propaganda'. Lies fly thick and fast... Hardball catches Cheney on tape in a big one re 911 and Iraq.
(6/19/04) HB : "You have said in the past that 'it was pretty well confirmed-'"
Cheney: "No, I never said that-"
HB: "Okay... I think that is-"
Cheney: "Absolutely not... never said that."
- cut to Dec 9 2001:
Cheney: "It's been pretty well confirmed..."
(download the video clip here)
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Revolt in the Congress
"The war in Iraq is not going as advertised. It's a flawed policy wrapped in illusion. The American public is way ahead of the members of Congress ... The United States and coalition troops have done all they can in Iraq. But it's time for a change in direction... Our military is suffering. The future of our country is at risk. We cannot continue on the present course. It is evident that continued military action in Iraq is not in the best interest of the United States of America, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf region. " - Rep. John Murtha (D) Pennsylvania
"Trust and confidence in the United States has been seriously eroded. We are seen by many in the Middle East as an obstacle to peace, an aggressor and an occupier. Our policies are a significant source of friction... We have made every bad decision we could possibly make... The problem now is how to get out without further destabilizing the Middle East." -Sen. Chuck Hagel (R) Nebraska (read more: UPI "Three Days That Transformed America")

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The Problem with Deception
"...the reason deception is off the charts in policy decisions is simple: if the reasons put forward for going to war are not the real ones, then there can not have been any discussion of the wisdom of goals and method. It seems the overriding reason for the war was in fact to seize the only Arab country we could, establish a major base in the midst of the middle east from which to project american power in an increasingly anti-american region, to better control geo-political development in the area, and guarantee the future flow of oil. Was this a good idea in the first place? If so, was invading Iraq the smartest way to do it? Was an open-ended confrontative presence in the heart of Arab mideast the best way to deal with a rising anti-western jihad? We never had those debates." -from "Truth or Consequences",, March 1, 2004. (Read previous pieces re Iraq occupation: Jan 2005: Iraq Elections and Beyond ... July 2004: Iraq- Exchange of Gifts? ... 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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Iraq: Regional Players Exploited Neo-Cons' War Lust
Three regional players, Iran, Israel, and Al Qaeda, apparently all schemed to encourage a US occupation of Iraq. Each gave the neo-cons the stories they needed to 'sell' the Iraq War. Iran, because Iraq would inevitably fall to the Shiia once Saddam and the Baathists were thrown out. Israel, because a broken Iraq and an American presence there was seen as a big boost to Israel's security. And AlQaeda, because Iraq under American occupation would offer Islamic radicalism a mega-West Bank style recruitment boost as well as a live-training environment for young jihadis.
1) Iran
Iran apparently had their mole on the inside of The Cabal all along: Ahmad Chalabi. "After the 2003 invasion, much of the information the Iraqi National Congress provided to the U.S. government about Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction proved inaccurate, administration officials said. Last summer, U.S. forces raided Chalabi's Baghdad office after he was accused of sending secrets to Iran, whose government he retains close ties with. Chalabi has denied those allegations and has not been formally charged. On Saturday, Chalabi traveled to Tehran, where he met with top Iranian officials to discuss bilateral relations, according to Iran's official news agency." WaPo 10/6/2005
Sleeping With the Enemy: Chalabi's Sordid History
2) Israel
Israel's penetration of American policy-making apparatus is legendary- and is currently under investigation in the Larry Franklin/AIPAC indictments. "The OSP was an open and largely unfiltered conduit to the White House not only for the Iraqi opposition. It also forged close ties to a parallel, ad hoc intelligence operation inside Ariel Sharon's office in Israel specifically to bypass Mossad and provide the Bush administration with more alarmist reports on Saddam's Iraq than Mossad was prepared to authorise. "None of the Israelis who came were cleared into the Pentagon through normal channels," said one source familiar with the visits. Instead, they were waved in on Mr Feith's authority without having to fill in the usual forms." "The Spies Who Pushed for War", The Guardian 6/17/03
3) Al Qaeda
"A top member of Al Qaeda in American custody was identified as a likely fabricator months before the Bush administration began to use his statements as the foundation for its claims that Iraq trained Al Qaeda members to use biological and chemical weapons, according to newly declassified portions of a Defense Intelligence Agency document..."
"it is more likely this individual is intentionally misleading the debriefers" said the just-declassified DIA report. "Report Warned Bush Team About Intelligence Doubts", NYTimes

Further reading:
"Serving Two Flags- Neo-Cons, Israel and the Bush Administration"
"The Man Who Sold the War", James Bamford, Rolling Stone

Also in this regard:
"In July of 2001, Steve Engelberg, then an editor at The New York Times, looked up to see Judy Miller standing at his desk. As Engelberg recalls, Miller had just learned from a source about an intercepted communication between two Al Qaeda members who were discussing how disappointed they were that the United States had never attempted to retaliate for the bombing of the USS Cole. Not to worry, one of them said, soon they were going to do something so big that the U.S. would have to retaliate."- Douglas McCollam, Columbia Journalism Review CJR, "The Judy Code"

Ahmad ChalabiChalabi on the Move
Ahmad Chalabi, now Iraqi Vice-President in charge of Oil, is in Washington this week, holding meetings with Condoleeza Rice, SecDef Rumsfeld, VP Cheney, and Treasury's Snow. Chalabi is currently under investigation by the FBI, (which shows no signs of wanting to speak to him), and by the Senate Intelligence Committee, whose Republican controllers refuse to subpoena him, all concerning phony intel he provided to Cheney's group, and about giving Iran American secrets. ( ref) Looks like he's being rehabilitated by The Cabal to take over the mess in Iraq, past naughties forgiven. (I wonder if Judith Miller is taking his calls. Update: she was just fired, finally.)

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whiskey pete Whiskey Pete:
US Used Chemical Weapons in Iraq

Italian Documentary exposes US use of white phosphorous in Fallujah assault. The British admitted last year that the US had used the modernized napalm, MK77- both are flesh-melters, banned for use on human combatants. More, including downloadable videos here. Italian journalist Guliana Sgrena says she was working on this story when she was kidnapped. (On her release she was shot by American troops on the way to the airport.) Dahr Jamail caught a whiff of this in Fallujah a year ago- "...As if they are trying to hide the evidence of chemical weapons..." (story)
Update: Pentagon denied, then admitted use of white phosphorous on 'combatants' Iraq, but claimed it is not a "chemical weapon" but rather an "incendiary" weapon. However this declassified pentagon document clearly considers WP a chemical weapon when Saddam used it: "Possible Use of Phosphorous Chemical Weapons by Iraq in Kurdish Areas"

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TV Mullahs Issue Threats Against Dover PA and San Francisco

Robertson curses DoverMullah Pat Robertson cursed the Pennsylvania town of Dover, after it voted out of office all eight creationist school board members: "If there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected Him from your city... And don't wonder why He hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that's the case, don't ask for His help because he might not be there..." (story, CNN)
Robertson, whose TV vehicle,the 700 Club, claims a daily audience of around one million and is broadcast around the world in more than 70 languages, last month called for the assassination of the President of Venezuela.

mullah o'reillyAnd here's Bill O'Reilly, the FOX 'News' superthug and resident sexual harasser, aka 'felafal man', aka 'loofah dude', commenting on a San Francisco ballot measure banning military recruiters from public schools: "Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you're not going to get another nickel in federal funds. Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead.... And if al-Qaida comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead." (referring to the 1933 San Francisco landmark on Telegraph Hill). (audio mp3 file download) The measure passed.

The (Robertson) Chosen Ones
The Kansas School Board of Education ruled that students in that sorry state must be taught that evolution is only a theory, and a dubious one at that. "Doubts and controversies" regarding evolution- such as those sewn by creationists in the guise of 'intelligent design' - must be part of the curriculum.

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Meanwhile, the IRS is investigating whether it will revoke the tax-exempt status of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena California because of a sermon which questioned His Iraq War. The IRS notified the church of the investigation in a letter that cited an Oct. 31, 2004, sermon by Regas called "If Jesus Debated Senator Kerry and President Bush". (story)

But Bush's own church has come out forcefully against His Iraq War:
The United Methodist Church Board of Church and Society- the social action committee of the church that both President Bush and Vice President Cheney belong to- resoundingly passed a resolution calling for withdrawal from Iraq. "As people of faith, we raise our voice in protest against the tragedy of the unjust war in Iraq," the statement read. "Thousands of lives have been lost and hundreds of billions of dollars wasted in a war the United States initiated and should never have fought.... We grieve for all those whose lives have been lost or destroyed in this needless and avoidable tragedy. Military families have suffered undue hardship from prolonged troop rotations in Iraq and loss of loved ones. It is time to bring them home."
The board also issued a strong statement against torture, urging Congress to create an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate detention and interrogation practices at Guantanamo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
"It is my hope and prayer that our statement against the war in Iraq will be heard loud and clear by our fellow United Methodists, President Bush and Vice President Cheney," said Jim Winkler, General Secretary of the UMC's Board of Church and Society. "Conservative and liberal board members worked together to craft a strong statement calling for the troops to come home and for those responsible for leading us into this disastrous war to be held accountable." (story)

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Bush Latest SCOTUS Nominee: Judge Alito
In Doe v. Groody, Alito argued that DEA agents had not violated constitutional rights when they strip searched a mother and her ten-year-old daughter while carrying out a search warrant that authorized only the search of a man and his home. More on Alito's history / Doe v. Groody
Alito would Join John Roberts, recently confirmed as Chief Justice, on the Court. Roberts last decision on the Federal Appeals Court was to support Bush's claimed prerogative to ignore the Geneva Convention and American law in dealing with 'enemy combatants'.
"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist."- Winston Churchill

Update 11/12- In his application for work in the Reagan administration, Alito wrote "I am particularly proud of my contributions in recent cases in which the government argued that racial and ethnic quotas should not be allowed and that the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion." (story)

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H5N1 virus
Avian Flu Review
Catch up on the avian flu and potential pandemic here.
Some excerpts: As humans and our feed animals displace all other macro-fauna on the planet, the genius of nature in the form of millions of microbial species heretofore resident in a vast variety of creatures will inevitably have to migrate to the human host. A world of troubles on the way.
It's in this perspective that the lack of universal healthcare becomes a great public danger, for we will have difficulty isolating outbreaks. It is also unconscionable that a pharmaceutical company, in this case Roche, which owns the marketing rights for Tamiflu, which it is thought may help treat a human H5N1 strain, is refusing to relinquish it's rights and allow other manufacturers to meet the demand worldwide. Preventing and slowing worldwide pandemics should take precedence over all commercial considerations.
Speaking of which, a footnote: Tamiflu was developed and patented by Gilead Sciences in 1996, which then licensed it to Roche. Gilead's Chairman of the Board from 1997 to 2001, when he became Secretary of Defense, was none other than... Donald Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld may be the single largest shareholder in Gilead, with somewhere 'between $5 and $25 million' worth of shares. Rumsfeld has opted to recuse himself from avian flu pandemic decisions, rather than divest himself of his holdings.
Fortune reports that "fears of a pandemic and the ensuing scramble for Tamiflu have sent Gilead's stock from $35 to $47. That's made the Pentagon chief, already one of the wealthiest members of the Bush cabinet, at least $1 million richer.
Full avian flu report

Well-connected powers:
Bush- Oil and Gas, doing quite well, oil up 300% since 2000, Oil companies rack up the biggest profits in history, and even an effort in congress to apply a windfall tax to fund help to low income families with exorbitant heating bills this winter was shot down by the Republicans. Federal subsidies doled out to Oil companies for new refineries.
Cheney- Military-Industrial Complex (Halliburton et al)- doing quite well- with US military spending FY 2006 at $441.6 billion, not counting Iraq and Afghanistan. These alone are running at $5 billion a week.
The US now spends more on it's military than all other countries on the planet combined.
Rumsfeld- Big Pharma- doing quite well here too. After a Medicare Drug Benefit Package that will likely cost the federal government $1.2 trillion in the next decade, thanks in part to sweetheart provisions preventing the federal government from negotiating lower prices for large quantities. Pharma Bonanza. Now the threat of pandemic avian flu... and Rumsfeld's Tamiflu is the most wanted drug in the world.

NYTimes: Rumsfeld to Avoid Bird Flu Issues
Military Spending
WaPo: Medicare Drug Benefit May Cost $1.2 Trillion
Fortune: Rumsfeld's Growing Stake in Tamiflu

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CIA Leak persons of interest

Scooter Libby Indicted on Perjury, Obstruction Charges
Vice-President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff, and Assistant to the President
Resigns and Leaves the White House
Five counts of obstruction of justice, perjury, making false statements
Read Indictment here (pdf)
"First wave" of indictments; Rove, others, still under investigation

CIA-Leak cast of characters- 23 administration officials, starting with Libby and Rove, who may be implicated in the outing of a CIA covert agent and the roll-up of her cover company and anti-WMD network. Prosecutor Fitzgerald is looking hard at the White House Iraq Group (WHIG), a secret group of aides charged with selling the Iraq war by any means, as well as the Office of Special Plans set up under Cheney. VP Cheney was the overlord of all this, and he and his aides are "deeply emeshed" in the story. Oct 18- there are rumours of his impending resignation... Fitzgerald requested, and received, the unpublished report of the Italian government's investigation into the source of the forged Niger documents. Chalabi and Ledeen? Download the video of the MSNBC report on this here.
Wayne Madsen reports: "According to U.S. intelligence sources, the White House exposure of Valerie Plame and her Brewster Jennings and Associates was intended to retaliate against the CIA's work in limiting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. WMR has reported in the past on this aspect of the scandal. In addition to identifying the involvement of individuals in the White House who were close to key players in nuclear proliferation, the CIA Counter-Proliferation Division prevented the shipment of binary VX nerve gas from Turkey into Iraq in November 2002. The Brewster Jennings network in Turkey was able to intercept this shipment which was intended to be hidden in Iraq and later used as evidence that Saddam Hussein was in possession of weapons of mass destruction. U.S. intelligence sources revealed that this was a major reason the Bush White House targeted Plame and her network." (story)

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bush disaster"Depressed and demoralized White House staffers say working at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is 'life in a hellhole' as they try to deal with a sullen, moody President whose temper tantrums drive staffers crying from the room and bring the business of running the country to a halt. 'It's like working in an insane asylum,' says one White House aide. 'People walk around like they're in a trance. We're the dance band on the Titanic, playing out our last songs to people who know the ship is sinking and none of us are going to make it.'"
-Capitol Hill Blue 9/28

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Bush- It's hard work!

Editorial Oct 1
Americans expect that whoever is elected to high office will bring with them the best and the brightest to American governance, of whatever persuasion perhaps, but still the best and the brightest, and we have a lot of bright people in America. It is not the President's prerogative to staff OUR government with hacks and cronies to facilitate crony handouts, slush-funds, political punishment and reward, let alone unnecessary wars of dubious justification.

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Family Demands Truth on Killing of Pat Tillman
Pat Tillman It turns out Pat Tillman, once trumpeted by Bush and Rumsfeld as a patriotic role model, had become convinced that the Iraq war was illegal, said so openly, and encouraged his buddies to vote for Kerry. An avid reader of Noam Chomsky, he had arranged to meet Chomsky upon his return from Afghanistan. He died in what turned out to have been, after a month of lies and coverup, a 'friendly fire' incident. Tragic mistake. End of story... except he was killed by "three shots to the forehead in a pattern about the size of a half dollar" (!) according to the medical examiner. Read more on this

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Ahmadinejad Playing With Fire
Oct 26: The new Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declares that Israel is a "disgraceful blot" that should be "wiped off the map".
Use of the Ayatollah's phrase ignites anti-Israeli protests in Iran, draws world condemnation...
Ahmadinejad has put the dreaded 'existential threat' back in the complex mideast equation for the first time in many years. I suspect this is more about taking advantage of an apparent opportunity to advance Shiite Iranian domination of the future Islamic political landscape; Iran's on a roll- with Iraq inevitably sliding their way, and nukes in the works. The capitals of both Sunni and Shiia Islam are awash in money, with oil now triple the price of 2000. And with America stuck in a quagmire in Iraq, and the Bush administration obviously weakened, Ahmadinejad may have judged the time ripe to launch a bid for leadership of the Islamic world via a renewed confrontative posture vis-a-vis Israel and the West.
In any case, these words were heard as a mortal threat in Israel, already anxious about Iran's nuclear obstinacy, and one can only wonder if at this very moment plans are being drawn up for a pre-emptive Israeli attack on Iran's far-flung nuclear facilities. Sharon may see an opportunity to act without resistance from the weakened Bush administration.
This is starting to sound like a recipe for a major screw-up. Remember that before the recent White House implosion gained momentum, there were rumours of possible joint US - Israeli action against Iran... if Sharon goes ahead, what will Bush and the neo-cons do?

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Baghdad 2005

Meanwhile... Iraq
As things continue to worsen, and the belated war debate begins in Washington, two important recent articles:
"What I Knew Before the Invasion" By Bob Graham, WaPo 11/18/05
"The Man Who Sold the War" By James Bamford, Rolling Stone

"The invasion of Iraq I believe will turn out to be the greatest strategic disaster in U.S. history" -Retired Army Lt. Gen. William Odom, a Vietnam veteran, National Security Agency Director during President Reagan's second term, a scholar with a distinguished career in military intelligence now with the Hudson Institute. (story)

condoleezaMore Condi Funnies

O'Reilly: The truth of the matter is our correspondents at Fox News can't go out for a cup of coffee in Baghdad.
Rice: Bill, that's tough. It's tough. But what - would they have wanted to have gone out for a cup of coffee when Saddam Hussein was in power?

Unbelievable? Here's the clip

Update Nov 11: Rice, in Mosul, announces: "If Iraq does not succeed and should Iraq become a place of despair, generations of Americans would also be condemned to fear... So our fates and our futures are very much linked."

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"Treat them like dogs, if you allow them to believe they're more than a dog, then you've lost control of them..." - Maj.Gen.Geoffrey Miller, Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib commander.

Amnesty names culprits

Amnesty Names "High-Level Torture Architects"
Calls on all governments to investigate and, if warranted, arrest and prosecute Rumsfeld, Gonzales, Tenet, Feith, Miller, Sanchez and others
"We have documented that the use of torture and ill treatment is widespread and that the US government is a leading purveyor and practitioner of this odious human rights violation...
"The refusal of the US government to conduct a truly independent investigation into the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison and other detention centers is tantamount to a whitewash, if not a cover-up, of these disgraceful crimes...
"The government's investigation must climb all the way to the top of the military and civilian chain of command...
"If the US government continues to shirk its responsibility, Amnesty International calls on foreign governments to uphold their obligations under international law by investigating all senior US officials involved in the torture scandal. And if those investigations support prosecution, the governments should arrest any official who enters their territory and begin legal proceedings against them...
"Foreign governments that are party to the Geneva Conventions and/or the Convention against Torture... have a legally binding obligation to exercise what is known as universal jurisdiction over people accused of grave breaches of the Conventions. Governments are required to investigate suspects and, if warranted, to prosecute them or to extradite them to a country that will. Crimes such as torture are so serious that they amount to an offense against all of humanity and require governments to investigate and prosecute people responsible for those crimes- no matter where the crime was committed...
"Amnesty International's list of those who may be considered high-level torture architects includes Donald Rumsfeld... Douglas Feith... George Tenet, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Major General Geoffrey Miller, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez..."
FBI Letters Outline Abuse, Point to Approving Bush Memo
Amnesty International Statement, May 25, 2005

PBS Frontline exposes Rumsfeld and Miller responsibility for the torture. See the show online: "The Torture Question".

Torture/Abuse Updates:

Catch-up: The Senate passes McCain's anti-torture amendment to defense spending bill, 90-9. White House threatens to veto the entire bill if the anti-torture provisions are not stripped. Cheney offers a deal if the CIA is exempt and free to practice torture and degrading and inhuman treatment. The CIA demurs. The Senate, by a narrow partisan margin, passes a law that nullifies a supreme court ruling and allows Bush to suspend habeas corpus, and conduct unrestricted "disappearing" of those he determines, in his chief-executive capacity, to be enemies. (Senator Lieberman voted for this outrage, along with 5 other democrats. Senator Arlen Spector and 3 other republicans voted against). The Institute of Military Justice has condemned the move. Senator McCain and President Carter do a round on the talk shows speaking out on the abuse and torture issues. Powell's aide Wilkerson says the torture trail goes to Cheney. William Pfaff speaks out, eloquently, in "What We've Lost- George W. Bush and the Price of Torture".

Ex-Colin Powell Chief of Staff: Torture Memo Trail Leads To Cheney
"The secretary of defense under cover of the vice president's office, began to authorize procedures within the armed forces that led to what we've seen." Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson has said recently that Cheney and Rumsfeld operated a "cabal" that hijacked U.S. foreign and military policy. (IHT story)

abu ghraib Vice President for Torture
"Vice President Cheney is aggressively pursuing an initiative that may be unprecedented for an elected official of the executive branch: He is proposing that Congress legally authorize human rights abuses by Americans. 'Cruel, inhuman and degrading' treatment of prisoners is banned by an international treaty negotiated by the Reagan administration and ratified by the United States. The State Department annually issues a report criticizing other governments for violating it. Now Mr. Cheney is asking Congress to approve legal language that would allow the CIA to commit such abuses against foreign prisoners it is holding abroad. In other words, the vice president has become an open advocate of torture." (WaPo Editorial 10/25)
But... Negroponte Won't Back Cheney on Torture.... "U.S. intelligence czar John Negroponte is declining to support Vice President Dick Cheney's effort to exempt the CIA from law banning mistreatment of detainees."

The Senate endorsed a plan Nov 10 that would sharply limit suspected foreign terrorists' access to U.S. courts, an effort to overturn a landmark 2004 Supreme Court ruling that has allowed hundreds of detainees held by the military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to challenge their detentions. (story)

The Washington Post reveals that the CIA is operating secret torture prisons offshore- some in Eastern Europe (Poland, Rumania...). European Union is investigating. Senate leader Frist is outraged... at the leak, not about the prisons. "I am not concerned about what goes on and I'm not going to comment about the nature of that... my concern is with leaks of information that jeopardize your safety and security - period" (story)

Gen. KarpinskiBrigadier General Joyce Karpinski Blows the Whistle on Rumsfeld, Miller for Torture at Abu Ghraib
"The truth has been uncovered, but it's been suffocated and it has not been released with the results of the investigation.... McClellan and Rumsfeld can get up on their high horse and say that there've been no fewer than 15 investigations that were conducted. But every one of those investigations is under the control of the Secretary of Defense. And every one of those investigations is run and led by a person who can lose their job under Rumsfeld's fist." (...story)

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The Downing St. Memo
Here's The Memo in pdf - and here in html

This story is growing as it's ramifications sink in... Follow the logic: War crime numero uno is the premeditated invasion of another country which posed no threat. Iraqi troops were not menacing our borders, nor did Iraq have any means of attacking America by sea or air. In order not to be war criminals, Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld needed to conjure a comparable "imminent threat" to claim justification for a pre-emptive attack. The supposed convergence of Saddam's stockpiles of WMD and his alleged contacts with Al Qaeda provided the scenario. After the invasion and occupation, once it was clear there never were any WMD, or contacts with Al Quaeda, the Bush administration claimed to have been misled by faulty intelligence, but insisted they'd acted in good faith. The significance of the Downing St. Memo is that it puts the lie to the 'faulty intelligence' alibi; they had decided to invade Iraq, facts and intelligence would be "fixed" to create support for this objective. There it is, clear as day, in a top-secret eyes-only minutes of a meeting of Blair, Jack Straw et al, where the head of MI6, Dearlove, summarized the situation in Washington, from where he had just returned. This is the 'smoking gun' which underpins and assembles all the fragmentary reports we have had over the last two years. So Bush made a deceitful case to Congress, asking them to 'trust' him, though he knew he was lying, in an official request for war authorization in Oct 2002? Uh-oh. Can you hear the "i" word?...

Latest news and documents:
Rep. Conyers: Mens Rea and WMD

"Abundant evidence now exists in the public domain to convict George W. Bush of the crime of the century... This memo is the mother of all smoking guns... Why isn't Bush in the dock?"- Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration, once Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. (article)

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9/11 Update

WTC exploding Bush Insider Suspects World Trade Center Demolition
Washington, DC, Jun. 13 2005
By John Daly, UPI International

A former Bush team member during his first administration is now voicing serious doubts about the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9-11. Former chief economist for the Department of Labor during President George W. Bush's first term Morgan Reynolds comments that the official story about the collapse of the WTC is "bogus" and that it is more likely that a controlled demolition destroyed the Twin Towers and adjacent Building No. 7. Reynolds, who also served as director of the Criminal Justice Center at the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas and is now professor emeritus at Texas A&M University said, "If demolition destroyed three steel skyscrapers at the World Trade Center on 9/11, then the case for an 'inside job' and a government attack on America would be compelling." Reynolds commented from his Texas A&M office, "It is hard to exaggerate the importance of a scientific debate over the cause of the collapse of the twin towers and building 7. If the official wisdom on the collapses is wrong, as I believe it is, then policy based on such erroneous engineering analysis is not likely to be correct either. The government's collapse theory is highly vulnerable on its own terms. Only professional demolition appears to account for the full range of facts associated with the collapse of the three buildings." (story)
For reference, here's a video of a building demolition by Controlled Demolition Inc (contractor on WTC 'cleanup'): Beirut Hilton demolition
Here's the video of NYC firemen talking about the "explosions" in the WTC
And here's a clip of Larry Silverstein saying they "pulled" WTC7
Update: In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece, Ex-FBI chief Louis Freeh calls 911 investigation a coverup in wake of revelations that the Pentagon's Able Danger had identified Mohammed Atta by Feb. 2000 (story)

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Bottom line
"Bin Laden does not want U.S. troops out. He wants to suck America in deeper in order to create revolutionary insurgency throughout the Middle East.The Bush administration is moronic enough to oblige bin Laden..."The neoconservatives are the greatest threat America has ever faced and they control the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice President, the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and the police-state apparatus known as 'Homeland Security.'... Any day now, the neocons may orchestrate a scenario that will suck the U.S. into a wider war that America has no possibility of winning. If the American people had the slightest sense of their danger, they would demand immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and accountability for the liars who orchestrated the ill-fated U.S. invasion." (article)
Paul Craig Roberts, John M. Olin Fellow at the Institute for Political Economy, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, and a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury.

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A Generational Commitment?

Iraq: Commitment Inflation

FOX News Sunday : "[Can] the Bush administration fairly be criticized for failing to level with the American people about how long and difficult this commitment will be?"
Condoleeza Rice: "The administration, I think, has said to the American people that it is a generational commitment to Iraq." (story)

Really! I remember something quite different... for example:

" belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators... I think it will go relatively quickly...weeks rather than months." Vice President Dick Cheney, 3/16/03
"It is unknowable how long that conflict will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months." Sec.Def. Donald Rumsfeld, 2/7/03

Latest Estimate: Nov 11, 2005- Condoleeza Rice, in Mosul, announces: "If Iraq does not succeed and should Iraq become a place of despair, generations of Americans would also be condemned to fear... So our fates and our futures are very much linked."

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) of the Foreign Relations Committee told U.S. News and World Report: "Things aren't getting better; they're getting worse. The White House is completely disconnected from reality. It's like they're just making it up as they go along. The reality is that we're losing in Iraq."

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Brit troops drag stone-throwing kids into their base and beat the crap out of them... "You little f***ers, you little f***ers. Die!" ... all a part of winning hearts and minds in Iraq. (story) (download movie clip)

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A "trophy video" of Aegis Defense Services guards killing Iraqi motorists posted at a the Aegis Iraq website (now removed) caused a furor and sparked two investigations and 'concern that private security companies, which are not subject to any form of regulation either in Britain or in Iraq, could be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent Iraqis'.
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Nov 11- Capitol Hill Blue:
"A confidential memo circulating among senior Republican leaders suggests that a new attack by terrorists on U.S. soil could reverse the sagging fortunes of President George W. Bush as well as the GOP and 'restore his image as a leader of the American people.' The closely-guarded memo lays out a list of scenarios to bring the Republican party back from the political brink, including a devastating attack by terrorists that could 'validate' the President's war on terror and allow Bush to 'unite the country' in a 'time of national shock and sorrow.' The memo says such a reversal in the President's fortunes could keep the party from losing control of Congress in the 2006 midterm elections." (story)

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Hurricane Frenzy, 2005
Wilma- Strongest storm ever measured. Devastates Mayan Riviera National Hurricane Center: Wilma "obliterated ... by a wide margin" the previous record for rapid intensification. 2005 has set the record for the highest number of hurricanes. 2005 will be the hottest year on record. (NASA story)

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

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"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"
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"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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"When I am talking about war I am really talking about peace" -G.W. Bush (Link)
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"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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Bush: "It's hard work!"
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Evil 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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Wondering where all the money went? Well, there were 587 billionaires on the Forbes list in 2004. In 2003 there were 111. Good year, eh? Warren Buffett made 12.4 billion during the year. That's roughly a half million annual teacher's salaries! (...story)
In fact, the net worth of these 500 people accounts for a total of 1.9 trillion dollars! (...NYTimes) 1.9 trillion dollars is 76 million annual teachers salaries!

6/05 Update: "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)

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"This is an impressive crowd of
the haves and have mores. Some people call you the elite.
I call you my base."
George Bush, 10/19/00

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"I hope we shall ...crush in it's birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson (ref...)

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"You had sex with animals?"
-"Absolutely. I was a fool. When you grow up on a farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule...Welcome to domestic life on the farm ... If it's warm and it's damp and it vibrates you might in fact have sex with it....If we had a warm watermelon out in the field, I might give it a name."
Alan Colmes interviewing Neal Horsley, anti-abortion activist, on FOX News
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hobbitt - ebu gogo

The Ebu Gogo fossils are from the dawn of 'historical times'. The "Hobbitt" discoverer says local tales suggest Ebu Gogo may even still be around. Could there have been interbreeding with humans? 3 feet tall. Well, according to Neal Horsley (see above quote), farmers in Georgia will do it with a "warm watermelon".

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Mary Carey 2 eat with Bush

Bush, the Pornographer and the Porn Star
An infamous pornographer and his top porn queen have been invited to a dinner where both Bush and Rove will be present, hosted by the National Republican Congressional Committee. Mark Kulkis, the pornographer, is honorary chairman for the NRCC Business Advisory Council (!). He said: "I'm honored to be invited to this event. Republicans bill themselves as the pro-business party. Well, you won't find a group of people more pro-business than pornographers. "Carl Forti, spokesman for the NRCC, said: "They've paid their money. No matter what they do, the money is going to go to help elect more Republicans to the House." And Mary Carey, the porn queen, said: "I'm especially looking forward to meeting Karl Rove. Smart men like him are so sexy. I know that he's against gay marriage, but I think I can convince him that a little girl-on-girl action now and then isn't so bad."(story) (story 2)

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Ike: "Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."
-Pres.Dwight Eisenhower l952

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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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kristen breitweiser

"Where are we today? Are the democratic principles that Osama Bin Laden tried to destroy on 9/11 still safely intact? Do nations around the world still respect and admire Americans? Are we still 'all Americans' like we were in the immediate wake of September 11th when almost every country in the world declared their solidarity with us? Or have we squandered that worldwide good will, faith and common purpose to fight terrorism? Have we learned any lessons since 9/11? And, most importantly, have our country's choices made us any safer than we were pre-9/11?" -Karen Breitweiser, one of the 'Jersey Girls' 911 widows, in her speech on reception of the Ron Ridenhour Award. (Transcript and story)
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With the last of the Coalition members, in Mongolia!
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Bush flips the bird
Bush flips the bird, Washington, 8/05
Not the first time POTUS is on tape giving the old "one-finger victory salute"....
Bush gives the one-finger salute
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Walken for President

Why Not Walken?
With the 911 spell finally fading, and the reality of the mad war in Iraq sinking in, the Busheviks' poll numbers are sinking fast too. With Bush at 36%, but no anti-war democrats in the 2008 lineup, Christopher Walken, at least, has seen an opportunity... and has announced his candidacy.
"Our great country is in a terrible downward spiral. We're outsourcing jobs, bankrupting social security, and losing lives at war. We need to focus on what's important- paying attention to our children, our citizens, our future. We need to think about improving our failing educational system, making better use of our resources, and helping to promote a stable, safe, and tolerant global society. It's time to be smart about our politics. It's time to get America back on track." (

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Bush was a Punk
"I don't remember all the students in detail unless I'm prompted by something. But I always remember two types of students. One is the very excellent student, the type as a professor you feel honored to be working with. Someone with strong social values, compassion and intellect -- the very rare person you never forget. And then you remember students like George Bush, those who are totally the opposite." ( story..)

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