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    Repiglican Roast

    A spirited discussion of public policy and current issues

    Name:
    Location: The mouth of being

    I'm furious about my squandered nation.

    Tuesday, February 28, 2006

    Well, of course the pro-business, fascist appointed, appointed fascist Court tosses out gas price-fixing suit

    Nigeria

    Torture Survivor Maher Arar Recalls how U.S. Sent Him to Syria Where He Was Jailed and Tortured For 10 Months

    Bizarre Sex Habits of the Extreme Right Wing Part 4

    Katherine Harris (the Cruella De Vil of the 2000 election) kept shaking her over-sized chest so often throughout the interview that I couldn't help but conclude that what she really wanted the audience to check out was something other than her politics.

    Bizarre Sex Habits of the Extreme Right Wing Part 3

    Colmes asked if Phelps ever had a gay experience. (Comment: An excellent question, given Phelps' obsession for the topic)

    Interestingly, Phelps never gave an outright denial. Instead, he said, "Alan get off of that. That's a filthy, impertinent question and you know the answer to it... and if you keep harping on it, you're gonna be talking to yourself."

    Bizarre Sex Habits of the Extreme Right Wing part2

    Colmes (interrupting): I know you're attracted to me, and I understand you're vehemently anti gay, you've spoken out against... and yet you have a gay son, from what I understand, don't you?

    Terry (humbly): Yes, very heart-wrenching.

    At the break, Terry he said he could not stay any longer. Colmes, sounding disappointed, asked if it was something he said.

    Terry: No, not at all, but I'm looking forward to us... Never mind, I just want to have that beer with you some time when you're not so wired.

    Bizarre Sex Habits of the Extreme Right Wing

    anti-abortion extremist Neal Horsley was a guest on The Alan Colmes Show, a FOX News radio program.
    AC: "You had sex with animals?"

    NH: "Absolutely. I was a fool. When you grow up on a farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule."

    Bush Base: White Power Right and The Unsolved Mystery of the Oklahoma City Bombing

    Even in redacted form, these documents prove for the first time that FBI investigators were pursuing links between the Oklahoma City bombing and a series of 22 bank robberies carried out across the Midwest in 1993-1995 by a neo-Nazi group calling itself the Aryan Republican Army. Guthrie was a member of the ARA. So too were two members of a skinhead band from Philadelphia, Scott Stedeford and Kevin McCarthy, as well as an old friend of Guthrie's, Pete Langan, the brains behind the gang who also, curiously, happened to be a closet transvestite with a penchant for shaving his pubic hair and painting his toenails pink.

    This supports my long standing theory about right wingnuts and religious and violent types being a bunch of unmitigated, shame soaked perverts.

    A Candidate for Impeachment based on grounds of severe emotional instability and delusional levels of kick up your heels and bray narcissism


    "I used to travel on the subway from Queens to Manhattan with a rifle," he said. "Could you imagine doing that today in New York City?

    "I hope (hunting culture) can be preserved … the hunting culture, of course, begins with a culture that does not have a hostile attitude toward firearms."

    Lou Dobbs told to Shut up!

    Lou Dobbs reported today that "Dubai Ports World" officials have tried to silence him and get CNN to suppress his reports.They are refusing to give any more interviews to CNN or allow them to video tape their operations overseas. To CNN's credit they have refused to comply with their demands.

    Delay Pals Use IRS as Political Retaliation

    Unrepentant DeLay stresses pork

    [...]
    DeLay in re-election mode is emphasizing that he can bring home pork. His handouts claim more than $1 billion in federal dollars to Houston-area transportation projects, the port, NASA, universities and law enforcement.

    Forced from the majority leader's job because of a money-laundering indictment, DeLay tells constituents that his post on the House Appropriations Committee is the "perfect perch" from which to continue delivering federal money to the Houston area.

    DeLay even emphasizes the use of earmarks: money designated by individual members for their districts with little oversight.
    [...]

    Delay Using Campaign Funds to Pay Legal Bills

    US Coast Guard warned on Dubai ports deal

    The US Coast Guard warned before Dubai Ports World was given clearance to take over five US port terminals that “intelligence gaps” about the company made it impossible to assess whether the deal posed any threats to national security, according to a document released by the Senate on Monday.

    Monday, February 27, 2006

    The Drive to Suppress Information on the internet is underway

    Internet weekly graphics

    The blond gene

    This assumes a lot. I, for one, don't do blond.

    Big Oil in Nigeria. The Life and Death of Ken Sara Wiwa

    Maybe they're Afraid Cheney Will Shoot Them if they Don't pay HAL off

    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The Army has decided to reimburse a Halliburton Co. (HAL) subsidiary for nearly all of its disputed costs on a $2.41 billion no-bid contract to deliver fuel and repair oil equipment in Iraq, even though the Pentagon's own auditors had identified more than $250 million in charges as potentially excessive or unjustified, The New York Times reported in its Monday editions.

    Why Is Halliburton Building Internment Camps?

    Frist changes position, says he now supports port security plan

    The Kitten Killer is now a Waffler. We know he knows a REAL MAN sticks to his position, missionary in his case, I'm sure.

    Mining of the West

    Ancient sun temple uncovered in Cairo

    Suspected insurgents killed in Riyadh

    WalMart to build "in store Health clinics" for employees

    Unbelievable. In store health clinics that provide WHAT services and at how much cost? And staffed by who? Barefoot doctors from China? These people are outrageous. In store health clinics. You can bet that will be some real quality health care.

    Wal-Mart critics say the company, which employs 1.3 million, spends so little on healthcare that states often end up subsidizing Wal-Mart workers' medical care.

    Friday, Ohio released records showing that last year more than 12,000 Wal-Mart workers and dependents got $27.7 million from Medicaid, more than any other company.

    Thursday, Wal-Mart announced it would expand coverage for employees and build more than 50 in-store clinics to offer customers and workers medical services for $45 to $65.

    Rumsfeld will meet privately with the governors Monday over concerns about guard

    The winter meeting of the National Governors Association opened here Saturday with state executives determined to challenge Bush administration officials over proposed Pentagon cuts in funding for the National Guard and their potential impact on homeland security.

    kidnapped reporter Jill Carroll; deadline passes with no word

    Sunday, February 26, 2006

    Vote Fraud

    Fun images from Jesus General




    If blogger would let me run slideshow here I'd display these to Leavin' on Jet Plane

    Nigerian militants show off U.S. hostage

    Tsk Tsk. Militants and insurgents all over the place.

    While I don't agree with violent tactics like abduction, I also don't agree with Orwellian language presentations most events like this manifest in corporate media. Why not call them freedom fighter or Warriors for economic Justice?
    This Seattle Post Intelligencer article isn't too bad, though the historical context is expunged.

    Fact is the united states of Amerikkka needs to stop stealing oil profit from the people of these poor, Western capitalism ravaged countries.

    Raping the poor of these countries creates wealth that goes directly into the pockets of repulsive sociopathicapitalists super pigs like Lee Raymond. What good is that? I'd rather see the children fed. Of course, children don't fun fat cat politicians in their megamillion dollar bids to attain office and wield power and change the flow of the money river so it drenches themselves and friends. (See Ethics committee and rigorous, homophobic, closet case catholic Rick Santorum's charity efforts for one example in thousands)


    Exxon chairman Lee Raymond and Mobil's Lucio Noto

    [...]
    Nigeria is Africa's leading oil exporter and the United States' fifth-largest supplier, usually exporting 2.5 million barrels daily. The violence has cut off about 20 percent of the country's crude production and sent oil prices up sharply in international markets.
    [...]
    "We're being treated quite well," Hawkins told reporters who traveled two hours by launch from the southern city of Warri. "Let's hope it ends well."

    The militants - who invited reporters to meet them in the Niger Delta but didn't say they were bringing a hostage - also reiterated demands that two of the region's leaders be freed from prison and demanded payment for alleged environmental damage from oil companies.
    [...]
    They said their region hasn't benefited since oil was discovered beneath it in the late 1950s, even before Africa's most-populous nation gained independence from Britain in 1960.

    They said they want schools, health clinics, electricity and roads - and full control of the oil revenues that are apportioned out by the Abuja-based government.
    [...]

    Two Palestinians killed on Gaza border

    I need to see the devices.
    Trigger happy, hate filled bigots in the aggressor Zionist army kill on whim, and as part of their ethnic cleansing agenda. Show me proof.

    Goodbye Mr Chicken

    These Guys Could Apply for Jeff Gannon's old job of lobbing easy questions at administration morons

    Though the competition is already pretty stiff, no pun intended, considering the lack of quality media we have in Amerikkka and the number of reporters who continue to ask only easy questions.

    For example, look at this no sense dip shit on double dip shit Wolf Blitzer's so called political show.

    Blitzer appears to be another administration shill who is probably ready to move over to FOKKKs like angry young man Bush cheerleader Bill Hemmer.

    And these knuckle headed religious loonies think CNN is liberal media.

    The environmental President

    Cheney's Coup

    [...]
    On March 25, 2003, President Bush signed Executive Order 13292, a hitherto little known document that grants the greatest expansion of the power of the vice president in American history. The order gives the vice president the same ability to classify intelligence as the president. By controlling classification, the vice president can in effect control intelligence and, through that, foreign policy.
    Bush operates on the radical notion of the "unitary executive," that the president has inherent and limitless powers in his role as commander in chief, above the system of checks and balances. By his extraordinary order, he elevated Cheney to his level, an acknowledgment that the vice president was already the de facto executive in national security. Never before has any president diminished and divided his power in this manner. Now the unitary executive inherently includes the unitary vice president.
    [...]

    Disturbing' political activity by charities

    IRS exams found nearly three out of four churches, charities and other civic groups suspected of having violated restraints on political activity in the 2004 election actually did so, the agency said Friday.

    DU SCANDAL EXPLODES

    Saturday, February 25, 2006

    Lawless Santorum uses Charity to cheat

    Operation Good Neighbor is based at the same address as Pennsylvania Sen. Santorum's campaign office in suburban Philadelphia, and some of the same people who have worked on his campaign are working for his charity and collecting money from it, records show.

    Delay's Congressional Seat

    Florida Repiglikkkan and Election Fraud Committer Katherine Harris Got Illegal Donations

    At least someone still gets it

    HA!
    This cheered me up.


    Statement issued by johnlydon.com today at 13:18:
    "Next to the SEX PISTOLS rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. Your museum. Urine in wine. Were not your monkey and so what? Fame at $25,000 if we paid for a table or $15,000 to squeak up in the gallery, goes to a non-profit organization selling us a load of old famous. Congradulations. If you voted for us, I hope you noted your reasons. Your anonymous as judges. but your still music industry people. Were not coming. Your not paying attention. Outside the shit-stem is a real SEX PISTOL."

    Bush Admin. Won't Reconsider Ports Deal

    I see that as we approach the deadline place on her life, Jill Carroll is getting a lot of attention in the media. NOT

    Friday, February 24, 2006

    Fear My Government

    UAE gave $1 million to Bush library

    UAE gave $100 million for Katrina relief

    Bill Moyers. Not to be Missed

    US conducts subcritical nuclear test

    US Prepares to Attack Iran

    Average American Family Income Declines

    [...]
    Average incomes after adjusting for inflation actually fell from 2001 to 2004, and the growth in net worth was the weakest in a decade, the
    Federal Reserve reported Thursday.
    [...]

    Neo CON Amerikkka

    The National Rifle Association, sensing trouble on its proposed bill in the state Legislature that would require employers to allow workers to have guns in their cars in company parking lots, offered some unusual compromises Wednesday:

    • Creating gun rooms at work and having workers check their weapons when they arrive.

    • Separate parking lots for gun owners.

    • Making it OK to carry in the car, as long as you tell your boss.

    But those ''concessions'' were not well received by some lawmakers. So the bill's sponsors, Reps. Dennis Baxley, an Ocala Republican, and David Simmons, a Longwood Republican, decided to postpone a vote on the bill when it appeared the measure did not have the support of a majority of the House Judiciary Committee.

    Even supporters of the idea of letting employees store guns in their cars questioned the logic of businesses allowing their employees to check their guns at the door when they come to work.

    ''I support the intent of the bill. I support the ability to protect Second Amendment rights,'' said Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, a Cape Coral Republican. ``The idea of encouraging people to take guns out of their car and take them into a building is absurd. It's not something we should be putting into law.''
    [...]

    Bringing Freedom and Democracy to Iraq

    Iraqi government orders daytime curfews after more than 100 killed over bombing of shrine

    I expect similar curfew orders here to prevent " deadly bird flu" spreading during the 2006 midterm elections, during which a bunch of repiglikkkans are likely to be voted out of office.

    That 20% who vote MUST BE KEPT safe from the virulent germ.

    We've seen what happens when there are serious problems of a wide variety in elections in Amerikkka. Exactly nothing. No riots. No letters of protest. A big fat yawn and back to Fokkks news.

    If You're Going To Prosecute Lawless Repiglikkkan Operatives You Best Get Permission from them

    In a court filing, lawyers for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby said his indictment violated the Constitution because Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald was not appointed by the president with the consent of the Senate.
    [...]

    Radio Call in Tips

    Hollering High from the Patriarchy, or Alito Goes to Washington

    Are we Finally Catching on to Asian ways?

    Behavioral medicine -- using psychological treatments such as cognitive therapy -- has the potential to reduce pain, argue the authors of a study appearing in the current issue of the British Medical Journal.

    I generally like them better.
    Addressing the system, the wholeness, the systemic wholeness, always has a better long term result than the piecemeal scatter brained approach preferred in the west. But Gosh! I hate to see how this upset the besieged pharmaceutical company boardrooms, poor guys who have only just escaped law suit tragedy via Merck's murderous pain killer Vioxx and who, if this idea catches on, will have to tell even more lies and escalate their insane advertisements to an even more aggressive level so people who can barely read and write will demand specific and inappropriate prescriptions from the doctors who treat them.

    More Instability in Amerikkkan controlled TerritoriesPhilippine President Declares State of Emergency

    Philippine President Declares State of Emergency

    We're in Pisces, last sign of the western zodiac, jumping off place, death before rebirth in Aries which begins at the Vernal Equinox




    Just thought I'd mention it. I used to be crazy about this stuff.

    Thursday, February 23, 2006

    Coulter and her Boob Job


    I bet she thinks he's hot.
    Now I have to go projectile vomit.

    New Coulter Action Figure!




    Watch the stores for the new root em', toot em', shoot em' dead and say "liberal" as often as possible, Ann Coulter hermaphrodite action figure. Standing 10 inches high in a hard plastic body with a pull cord in the neck, it never shuts up and spews 200 individual vile and illegal statements per hour, all while cackling uncontrollably, including death threats, lies about age, bigotry and misogyny.

    Hello From the Jurassic Beavers!

    corporate scams that aid terrorist money launderers

    That's our Bush's "Ownership society"

    More in U.S. turning to soup kitchens

    The number of people in the United States turning to soup kitchens and food banks for assistance appears to be growing.

    America's Second Harvest, the country's largest network for food distribution, found in its first major survey since 2001 that 25 million people depend on its members for help, the Christian Science Monitor reported. That's up 8 percent in four years.
    [...]

    Someone emailed me this

    A dog thinks: "Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me, and take good care of me... They must be gods!"

    A cat thinks: "Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me, and take good care of me... I must be a god!"

    Notes From the Ever Circling. Ever Widening Police State

    GOP ties to lobbyists have cost millions of Americans

    Oblivious Bush

    Medicaid cuts hit working poor, advance the Bush Agenda

    Guess who the big loser is under Bush health plan

    Duke Cunningham's Bribe list

    Crass Manipulation

    This fundraising propoganda page calls Libby an "unsung hero working since 9/11/01 fighting the war on terror", when in fact his outing Plame put the country at a higher risk of attack

    The lies and spin the repiglikkkans use goes to prove the retardation of their supporters. And their leader in chief.

    Wednesday, February 22, 2006

    Oliver Stone defends 9/11 film

    "Is America ready for 9/11? Is America ready for gay sex? I don't know," Stone told the audience, referring to Ang Lee's Oscar-nominated Brokeback Mountain, which has been a surprise hit in US cinemas.

    Interesting comparison.

    I hope it's better than Alexander. And I expect it tot be deeply political and chock full of conspiracy theories.

    Blast damages Iraq Shia shrine

    That's Right. Further alienate Palestinians and Other Arabs

    "The only way to succeed is to continue resistance against the occupier regime," Khamenei told Khaled Mashal, leader of Hamas' political wing, during his visit to the Iranian capital of Tehran. "Palestinian people knew that their vote for Hamas meant the fight against the Zionist occupier regime."

    Hamas, formally known as the Islamic Resistance Movement, won a large parliamentary majority in elections last month. But Israel and Western donors are moving to isolate the Palestinian Authority financially as Hamas, designated a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, begins work to form the next Cabinet.

    I'm all for cutting off aid to rogue terrorist state of Israel until it empties all settlements, returns all Palestinian property and tells fuck ball Alan Dershowitz to shut up.

    Reading the news these days, one could conclude the US and Israel want to provoke the Muslims.

    Corporatists Drive World to Drink

    On my List of Books

    Condi Cannot Execute the Sieg Heil Correctly with her Hands, but does in her dessicated turd of a heart

    More Brilliance from Dimocrap party

    National Democrats failed three times to recruit experienced elected officials to run against the Ohio Republican at the center of a lobbying scandal. Now, they're left with lesser-known contenders running against one of their top political targets in a race they've been touting for months.

    What About Jill Carroll?

    More Bush Lies About Energy Independence

    I cannot Tell A Truth by George W Bush

    Health care spending now represents about 16 percent of the economy. But in a decade, it will make up about 20 percent

    Carbon Monoxide Used in Meat

    What does Amerikkka expect after turning over all governance to business. Business exists for profit.

    Bush Has Money To Give to Friends. If that Brings a dirty bomb into US, so be it.

    Putin: Offending believers 'unacceptable'

    Tuesday, February 21, 2006

    The Ongoing Cartoon Riots

    Religions are political systems. That they claim divine
    authority for their positions regarding distribution and application
    of power moves me not one bit. I don't believe in divine
    authorization.

    Those organized into political groups by religious ideas are
    spectacularly dangerous to my way of life. As such they are all
    equally subject to criticism by cartoon or otherwise. Why should they
    receive special treatment? If they take part in the political fray,
    then they take part in it and become subject to the rules of it.

    The cartoons were not an attack on Islam. They were a comment on
    Islamic Jihad. These are different systems.

    It isn't as though any fundamentalist group leads some innocuous
    existence. They are committed to bringing about legal and social
    changes that I sure as hell don't want to occur. What they want isn't
    so much about what they are allowed to do as it is about what the rest
    of us are not allowed to do.

    They desire to put limits on other people's personal behavior.
    They organize to this end. They aren't sitting back praying for it.
    They are organized and active.

    While I don't consider Islamic Jihad mainstream Islam, I see the
    subservience and second class citizenship all Islam, and all
    Christianity of which I'm aware, demands of women. To me these
    religions are tools of colonization and need to be dealt with as such.

    Certain people, like gay people, would have no right, not even to continue living, under some of these religious systems. I can't not notice that. I am not
    about to refuse to respond to it out of a sense of political
    correctness, any more than I refuse to respond to it when it is hurled
    at me by a fundamentalist Christians.

    I want the secular west to recognize all religion for what is is,
    political, and respond accordingly.

    I can't help but think how progressive America shrugged and allowed
    the right wing Juggernaut to take hold of the country for the last 25
    to 50 years, while claiming it is okay, okay because everyone gets
    their say, so if Nazi bastards want to march in the Jewish suburb
    of skokie the police are sent to arrest the counter demonstrators, not the hate spewing fascists.

    Well, yes. Everyone does get their say. Everyone. Including me and
    other people who oppose the inherent intolerance of political groups
    hiding behind the authority of god, and any other groups who
    practice and promote intolerance and exclusivity from Zionist Jews to
    neoconservatives to KKK.

    Planned, organized political aggression needs to be responded to
    politically, not by humbly ignoring the fact that these people want
    you dead.

    I practice tolerance. I treat everyone equally. I hold everyone to one
    standard. That is as tolerant as it gets.

    Again, I make almost no distinction between Islam and Christianity.
    The fundamentalist groups of both are extremely violent, intolerant
    and aggressive. The mainstream sects construct a world view I see
    as dangerous to my rights and existence. From my vantage point it all
    appears to be the same bunch of hooey.

    I absolutely disagree with George Bush. I absolutely disagree with
    oppression of any kind, including my own. If I could get the united
    states out of Muslim countries I would. If I could stop the support
    of Israel, I would. I do everything I can think of to achieve those
    goals, but I am one little person.

    I don't support discrimination against Muslims or Christians, and I
    don't engage in it, but cartoons, whether they are of Jesus butt
    fucking a nun or Mohammad with a bomb on his head, are the right of
    secular society. They are no different than Boondocks cartoons. They
    are a form of political discourse. While the images may be offensive
    to believers, they are not offensive to all, and certainly not
    offensive to me, and I think it is never stupid to assert your right of
    free speech and criticism of fascist groups who are vying for power in
    your society. Never. It is never politically smart.

    Self censorship under such circumstances is a tactical error.

    Of course, I don't think the rioting is over the cartoons, but over
    the overarching policy of western governments toward Muslim
    countries, especially oil rich ones.

    The cartoons were not aimed at mainstream Islam anyway. The average
    Muslim is utterly appalled at the violence perpetrated in the name of
    Allah. They may be offended by the cartoons, true, but they are just
    as offended by the corrupt takeover of their religion.

    Japan seeks assurances for U.S. beef

    Japan will resume imports of U.S. beef only if Washington can convince Tokyo that it will implement effective safeguards against mad cow disease, a top Japanese official said Tuesday.

    Ex-Malaysia PM: Abramoff was paid $1.2M

    Mahathir said that at the time he had been persuaded by the Heritage Foundation in Washington to meet with Bush because the conservative think tank believed he could help "influence (Bush) in some way regarding U.S. policies."

    U.S. Reclassifies Many Documents in Secret Review

    n a seven-year-old secret program at the National Archives, intelligence agencies have been removing from public access thousands of historical documents that were available for years, including some already published by the State Department and others photocopied years ago by private historians.

    Hamas faces battle to govern in isolation

    So much for Amerikkkan belief in democracy.

    GOP (god's own party, according to members) Governors Threaten to Block Port Deal

    Today is the 41st anniversary of murder of Malcolm X

    Pentagon lawyer warned on tactics

    Monday, February 20, 2006

    Report: Humans Evolved to be peaceful

    No wonder the Christian right rejects evolution! What they hold sacred is obedience and control, and violence if you don't comply. A view of our species as inherently peaceful ruins their whole game plan, their whole obsession with humans as dark, stained, born bad sons a bitches who need saving, a view they hold because, IMO, they are deeply uncomfortable with their own sexuality, their very human natures, and fundie religion panders to such neurosis.

    Anyway.

    I'm glad to see this article, though the content here is somewhat troubling, because there was this Russian guy, Petr Kropotkin, who advocated cooperation as a primary mechanism of human evolution in his writing way back in the early 20th century.

    This goes to what Amerikkka does best; remove context and sell weapons. And consume resources.

    Anyway.

    Of course, Amerikkkan school children are not taught Kropotkin, or weren't when I was a school child, because he is viewed as a dirty commie by our fearless cold warriors in government, but are taught Darwin, incorrectly, as the incorrect use of Darwin justifies the oligarchic capitalism practiced by the Amerikkkan ruling class.

    Perfectly reasonable ideas are often suppressed for perfectly political reasons. And for reasons of greed. BushCo teaches the world is flat, Muslims are all terrorist barbarians, Israel and Amerikkka are above the law, global warming isn't real, Iran is making a nuclear bomb, Iraq was a military threat, Hugo Chavez is a threat to Amerikkka and the feudal system is alive and well. For starters.

    Anyway.

    I bumped into Kropotkin in a film class years and years ago. Yep. Someone mentioned him and I followed it up. Good for me. Krapotkin's ideas about people are implicit in this work.


    Humans evolved to be peaceful, cooperative and social animals, not the predators modern mythology would have us believe, says an U.S. anthropologist.

    Robert W. Sussman, of Washington University in St. Louis, goes against the prevailing view and argues that primates, including early humans, evolved not as hunters but as prey of many predators, including wild dogs and cats, hyenas, eagles and crocodiles.

    "Our intelligence, cooperation and many other features we have as modern humans developed from our attempts to out-smart the predator," says Sussman, the author of, "Man the Hunted: Primates, Predators and Human Evolution."

    The idea of "Man the Hunter" is the generally accepted paradigm of human evolution, says Sussman.

    "It developed from a basic Judeo-Christian ideology of man being inherently evil, aggressive and a natural killer," Sussman told the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in St. Louis. "In fact, when you really examine the fossil and living non-human primate evidence, that is just not the case."

    Iran builds hydropower plant in Tajikistan

    Great Movie

    Fed. judge dismisses extraordinary rendition suit in which Amerikkkan Agents kidnap Canadian man at airport & haul him to syria for torture

    Paul Wolfowitz teaching the World Bank to Sieg Heil, the latest Gesture craze in Washington

    Drought comes again to E. Africa

    Workers Try to Reach Trapped Mexico Miners

    Easy to see this guy dressed like his mother, stabbing women in a shower


    though he'd never let you see the knife actually enter the body

    Frist also said he didn't think a court order is needed before eavesdropping, under the program, occurs. "Does it have to be thrown over to the courts? I don't think so. I personally don't think so," he said.

    Another repiglikkkan who has no grasp on the concept of checks and balances, though Frist may be fighting to shift more power to the executive branch because he is delusional enough to think he will become president.

    New Archeological Theory. Archaeologist suggests prehistoric hunters from Spain sailed west

    Do You Trust this Man To Review anything?


    Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff on Sunday defended the government's security review of an Arab company given permission to take over operations at six major U.S. ports.

    We have a very disciplined process, it's a classified process, for reviewing any acquisition by a foreign company of assets that we consider relevant to national security, Chertoff told Tim Russert on Meet the Press.'

    Everything the party of Incurious George does is "classified." No trail that might lead to accountability that way.

    Syria slams US 'meddling'

    Roger Revelle

    ...one of the first scientists to recognize the effects of rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide on the Earth's surface temperature.

    Girl dies after awaiting liver tranplant

    Ana Esparza died Sunday at Children's Memorial Hospital, the same hospital that refused to perform her 2001 transplant because her mother was an illegal immigrant without health insurance.

    Sunday, February 19, 2006

    Some Democrats and Republicans want the U.S. to be more like the Soviet Union.

    Legislation Would Ban Third Parties From Running Congressional Candidates

    Notes From The Amerikkkan Police State

    Red State, Meet Police State

    Bush Caught Making Out with Joe Allbaugh

    Budget proposes higher health premiums for military retirees

    Navy, Marines $7 Billion Short in '07

    Bush Administration's War Spending Nears Half-Trillion Dollars

    President Asks Taxpayers for Another $65 Billion for Iraq and Afghanistan

    Saturday, February 18, 2006

    Sheesh. This sounds like most of the repiglikkkan party, 3/4 of the Xtian right, all of Fox News on air personalities + some people I know from around

    1. An exaggerated sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)

    2. Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love

    3. Believes he is "special" and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)

    4. Requires excessive admiration

    5. Has a sense of entitlement

    6. Selfishly takes advantage of others to achieve his own ends

    7. Lacks empathy

    8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him

    9. Shows arrogant, haughty, patronizing, or contemptuous behaviors or attitudes

    NASA hires political appointee for public affairs post

    The space agency confirmed Friday that Joe Pally, a former press officer with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, had accepted the job. He also worked as a press secretary for the Small Business Administration and Department of the Interior.

    Doomed Polar Bears

    Climate change: On the edge

    Greenland ice cap breaking up at twice the rate it was five years ago, says scientist Bush tried to gag

    Waterworld: how life on Earth will look 1,000 years from now

    [...]
    By the year 3000, the report says:

    # Global warming could have more than quadrupled, with temperature rises of as much as 15C, if we continue burning fossil fuels

    # Sea levels will still be rising at the end of this millennium and the total increase could reach 11.4 metres. This dwarfs estimates made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that sea levels will rise by between 16cm and 69cm by the 2080s

    # Anything more than a two-metre rise would flood large areas of Bangladesh, Florida and many low-lying cities, and displace hundreds of millions of people

    # Abrupt climate changes are possible even after emissions cease because changes may be set in motion that cannot be stopped

    # The acidity of the oceans will fall significantly, posing a threat to marine organisms such as corals and plankton. That, in turn, would affect the whole marine ecosystem

    # The changes could be even greater than this if the climate turns out to be more sensitive to greenhouse gas emissions than the study assumes.

    The solution, the team says, is to reduce emissions to zero by 2200.

    [...]

    Global warming '30 times quicker than it used to be'

    See Philip K Dick's The Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch for notes on how to cope with the heat:-)

    Lowered fuel prices haven't reached consumers

    Friday, February 17, 2006

    Gonzales Won't Step Aside in Abramoff Case

    It may be that Gonzales doesn't grasp the legal issues or the notion of conflict of interest well enough to get it. He doesn't seem all that bright. Just look at his record, his interpretation of laws.

    I mean really, could this pint size moron with his incessant need to prove SOMETHING have made it all the way to the office of attorney general in any other administration, in any administration that didn't promote and reward whack jobs and incompetents? Hell no.

    Where is the CONGRESS? Where is the self intoxicated, criminally bent repiglikkkan controlled congress? Hopefully all out on their asses in the midterm elections later this year.

    Interesting ideas for Fixing Washington

    Although I disagree with the concession they'd make.
    I say completely tax payer funded elections.

    I don't buy the campaign contribution as free speech offensive bullshit argument. There is obviously far too much economic inequality for contributions to be construed that way.

    Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration Blasts Neocons

    Glacier Melt Could Signal Faster Rise in Ocean Levels

    [...]
    The scientists said they do not yet understand the precise mechanism causing glaciers to flow and melt more rapidly, but they said the changes in Greenland were unambiguous -- and accelerating: In 1996, the amount of water produced by melting ice in Greenland was about 90 times the amount consumed by Los Angeles in a year. Last year, the melted ice amounted to 225 times the volume of water that city uses annually.

    "We are witnessing enormous changes, and it will take some time before we understand how it happened, although it is clearly a result of warming around the glaciers," said Eric Rignot, a scientist at the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

    The Greenland study is the latest of several in recent months that have found evidence that rising temperatures are affecting not only Earth's ice sheets but also such things as plant and animal habitats, coral reefs' health, hurricane severity, droughts, and globe-girdling currents that drive regional climates.
    [...]

    For Any Idiot Reading Here Who Thinsk BushCo is tops on Security

    [...]
    The purchase gives Dubai Ports control of six U.S. ports - including, in addition to New York-New Jersey, Miami, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New Orleans.
    [...]
    Dubai Ports, after all, is owned by the United Arab Emirates, whose banking system - considered the commercial center of the Arab world - provided most of the cash for the 9/11 hijackers. Indeed, much of the operational planning for the World Trade Center attacks took place inside the UAE.
    [...]

    Bush administration told Congress t had begun to use a government pension fund to keep from hitting the $8 trillion debt limit

    Maryland's Republican Governor Issues Devastating Blow to Diebold

    hooray! Paper voting all over the county would have kept NeoCON scum out of office in the last 2 federal elections. I'll take this as a sign there is a chance to restore fairness in our national elections.

    U.S. Risks Reporter's Life to Strike Tough Pose

    UN investigates election materials found in Haiti dump

    Another Amerikkkan attempted coup d'etat momentarily prevented, at least until the freedom hating, evil doing, fascist neocon thugs in Washington abduct Preval and force him to share quarters with Amerikkkan purged former president Aristide.

    The Short Answer is asked to Resign

    Bin Laden tapes are as phony as Sept. 11's connection to Islam

    I'm not sure waht I think about this.

    Thursday, February 16, 2006

    Blood Chilling Irony of the Week Story - Hypocrites in Congress who Constantly thwart, suppress and squash Democracy for Money

    call internet chieftains on the congressional carpet for doing the same thing.

    I don't want Yahoo helping suppress dissent in China.
    Nor Do I want Yahoo engaging in dissent suppression here by moving to a system of weighted email delivery, the first step in premium content sites, bet ya, which will slowly strangle the free flow of information on the internet.

    I don't want Verizon giving the NSA information about my online activities when the NSA asks without a warrant, without the scrutiny of a judge, because the blood slurping, fanged fascists who run Bush believe executive power equals kingship, and have no respect whatsoever for the concept of checks and balances and the corporate creeps who supply their power base apparently agree.

    I don't want google making a record of the contents of my computer or AOL censoring what mail it delivers to me.

    But all these things are in various stages of underway and the public doesn't seem to understand that freedom of expression on the internet can be taken away from them. Easily.

    Whether it is done in the name of corporate profit or not, making certain sites less accessible will have the same effect over time; censorship.

    However, the irony of the whores in congress complaining to the internet lords for doing exactly what they do all day, every day, is so rich it leaves me nauseous.

    Congress has given away our rights, signed on to illegal war, destroyed the independent media, allowed two fraudulent federal elections - and that is the short list - and all for money. The current congress, with a few awesome exceptions like Cynthia McKinney always choose money over democracy, and have done so with such frequency and rapidity we can't really een pretend Amerikkka is a democracy now.


    [...]
    Four U.S. high-tech companies on Wednesday found themselves branded collaborators with the Chinese government in suppressing dissent in return for access to a booming Internet market.
    [...]

    Cheney Says He Can Declassify Information

    Remember Blade Runner? Phil K. Dick's Books are even better

    [...]

    The program, called GeneDesign, guides the design of blueprints for DNA segments to the exacting specifications required for studying gene function and genetically engineering cells. The blueprints are then used by companies or other investigators to synthesize the gene.

    "GeneDesign not only guides the user in designing the gene, but also automatically diagnoses design flaws in the sequence of bases making up the gene," said Jef Boeke, professor of molecular biology and genetics and director of the university's High Throughput Biology Center.

    [...]

    Israel Continues to violate International Laws as it forges ahead with the ethnic cleansing of Palestine

    The Defense Ministry has recommended barring the passage of Palestinians between the West Bank and Gaza Strip and prohibiting Gazan laborers from entering Israel, Army Radio reported Thursday.

    Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben Ami and scholar Norman Finkelstein

    Seattle Not the Only Place. This is the New America

    3 decades of repiglikkkan control boiling to the surface of broken a nation.
    Yes, Bill Clinton was an old school republican. NAFTA. The Telecommunications Act. Welfare "reform." And so on. All right wing. Just like Clinton. Gotta read this book when it coems out.


    [...]
    "Basically, they are on a financial tightrope more than ever and there is less of (a) safety net when they fall," said Jacob Hacker, author of the upcoming book "The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity -- and What Can Be Done About It."
    [...]

    One Drink Duck Hunting

    Patriot Act Moves Ahead Despite Opposition

    [...]
    "The outcome here is absolutely predetermined," Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said late Wednesday. "It's going to pass with overwhelming support."
    Ah yes, the kitten killer invariably thinks in terms of absolute and already done. He believes in his own might, loves to take his power out, play with it, show it off.
    Where I come from people like Frist are properly described as having Narcissistic personality disorder.


    [...]
    During the process, Feingold, D-Wis., was trying to attach an amendment to set a four-year expiration date on the use of National Security Letters _ demands for records issued by administrators _ under the Patriot Act, according to a spokesman.

    Another amendment would require the government to notify the subject of a secret search within seven days or obtain court permission to maintain the secrecy for a longer period, rather than the 30-day requirement in the legislation being considered.


    This bill is further bad news for civil rights. I won't say it is bad news for the constitution, because that has already been eviscerated (as you would eviscerate any living thing you're killing InJustice Scalia) by 2 party effort, though lead by theocratic, self righteous repiglikkkans perverts who are obsessed with homosexuality and give the okay for army "specialists" to sodomize prisoners in Iraq.

    At least Feingold continues to try to position himself between them and a police state, unlike other members of his party. Notice the democrapic leadership has joined hands with the repiglikkkans, as usual, to screw the nation into oblivion. The government can search your house, computer, car, undies without a warrant and without your knowledge, legally, can do so based on the recommendation of some paranoid cold warrior striving for a big hot one so he can show off his big hard thrusting rockets and missiles and his big searing nuclear war heads..


    [...]
    Now, the legislation's supporters include the chamber's most senior Democrats, and the 60 votes required to overcome Feingold's filibuster.
    [...]

    Israeli troops kill Palestinian boy

    Palestinian security forces said Israeli soldiers shot and killed Mujahid Samadi, a retarded 15-year-old Palestinian boy who was carrying a toy gun, on Wednesday.

    Wednesday, February 15, 2006

    The Real Story

    The white house press corps looks like a pack of fat Yorkie puppies charging a hungry hyena as they nip at Scotty about Cheney's hunting accident.

    How absurd after the years of BushCo lies about everything, that the deeply comatose press comes to consciousness over this particular story. But, as we have recently seen, even folks in a persistent vegetative state can move and smile and mug for the camera.

    In fact, the corporate press is missing, or maybe BURYING, the real story.

    Here's Unca Dick hunting at the home of super connected, elite repiglikkkan lobbyist with family connections going back to Washington (at least) as far as the pallid, Rummy-Cheney-Haldamen-Erlichmen blocked heart of Nixon administration.

    Here's a representative of Baker Botts and Lockheed Martin, a representative of Saudi oil and defense contracts and secret stuff, secret advocacy and lobbying and corporate silver greasing political palms, bobbing in the bubbling wake of the truth about Abramoff.

    Here's the key, yet again, to understanding that the republican party is FLUSHING DEMOCRACY DOWN THE TOILET because it takes money from corporations to advocate for their interest against the interest of the people.

    That's the real story. Another repiglikkkan fat cat spending the weekend with another repiglikkkan lobbyist. a lobbyist whose mom appointed Unca Dick to the CEO job Halliburton. You know Halliburton, the company making millions from screwing Iraq.

    And so on it goes.

    Amy Goodman Interview with Robert Bryce

    regarding Harry Whittington and Katharine Armstrong.
    Katharine Armstrong is one of the proud owners of ownership society.


    a little excerpt


    Well, you know, the other part that really is amazing here is just how small the world of Dick Cheney and Baker Botts and Halliburton is. Baker Botts is a very powerful Texas law firm. James A. Baker III is Of Counsel to the firm. It was founded by his great-grandfather. Baker Botts represents Halliburton. Baker Botts’s lawyer William Jeffress also represents “Scooter” Libby in the criminal charges in Plamegate scandal. Baker Botts is, you know, perhaps the law firm with the closest ties to the Bush administration, and here is Katharine Armstrong hosting Cheney and having lobbied the White House directly on behalf of Baker Botts. The part that’s the most, I think, is the most stunning is Armstrong nor Baker Botts will disclose for whom she was lobbying the White House for Baker Botts.

    Who is Katharine Armstrong?

    A lobbyist for the underrepresented, poor downtrodden Lockheed Martin, among others and one of the repiglikkkan elite.

    Wishful Thinking

    Tom Noe


    GRAND JURY CHARGES NOE WITH 53 FELONY COUNTS

    Now, is Noe a Bush pioneer? A ranger? I can't keep all those manly terms straight. Apparently someone in the white house can't either, considering Mr Jeff Gannon, Hot Military Escort from the Talon News Service, the guy who pitched those really easy questions.
    Was Scotty his man?
    I wondered while watching the Yorkie fest.
    Unlike the closeted Christian right, I don't care who is gay, but I care when they lie about it while abusing other gay people, a specialty of some folks in BushCo.

    My Friend Ben In His Bedroom in Chicago



    His mother once called him a mediocre Pyrenees, but she was only kidding.

    Can Someone Please Make Sure InJustice Scalia takes His Anti-psychotic Medication EVERY DAY?

    I Loved The Motorcycle Diaries

    I'd be a good thing if the Amerikkkan public understood how and why the CIA murdered this man. His story goes far in explaining what Amerikka really is and who really runs it.

    fom the kos
    Guevara was the true marxist, he believed that all people were completely equal and felt that violent revolution was the only way to liberate a peoples. Many have condemed Che for being a bloody revolutionist. Truth be told he had no problem killing people. However I personally find it hard to muster up sympathy for Baptista supporters. They were those that had gotten rich off making the Cuban people slaves to American Corporations. Under Baptista an even bloodier leader, Cuba was basically whore island, run by the mob and us.

    Che was a doctor, a brilliant tactical general, he taught scores of his body guards to read (he purposely requested illiterates to guard him, once he had taught them to read, they were replaced), he spoke out on his fears of Western Corporations and their explotation of the 3rd world like no one has done before or since. It's no wonder that the CIA was so afraid of him, especially when he brought his revolutionary ideas to the UN and Africa.

    I love Che Guevara, he is a hero that believed that just because he was a general, and later treasurer of the Cuba economy he was not above manual labor. He felt that no politcal leaders should be above manual labor. While in Cuba, Che often worked the sugar fields, to no avail he tried to convince other powerful Cubans to do the same.

    Hackett Forced Out Of Senate Race by Idiot Dimocrap "Leadership"

    The Bush Administration DOES NOT CARE if Jill Caroll Gets Killed

    She's not an administration mouthpiece.

    Besides, getting her murdered might stir up some anti Muslim feeling and raise the level of support for the unpopular, illegal and immoral invasion and occupation of Iraq.

    Plame was Working on Iran

    New Abu Ghraib Photos Released (W/MORE IMAGES)

    Excerpt: How to Steal an Election

    Tuesday, February 14, 2006

    Video-Loose Change 2nd Edition

    9/11 documentary analyses the physical evidence of the attacks and asks whether a Boeing 757 hit the Pentagon, if controlled demolition brought down the trade towers, and if there were any hijackers at all

    Build More Prisons to House Repiglikkkans!

    Otherwise we'll need to stack them 6 to a cell.

    A coin dealer and prominent Republican fund-raiser was charged Monday with stealing at least $1 million from a state investment in rare coins that has embroiled Republicans in scandal during an election year.

    Maureen Dowd

    W. and Vice have wasted hundreds of billions of dollars, turning Iraq into a terrorist training ground, leaving the 9/11 villains at large, and letting cronies and losers botch the job of homeland security.

    A Little Good News: Skanktorum Well Behind in Polls

    Poll: More voters see Santorum than Casey as 'extreme'

    NeoCon Fostered Uranium Iranian Enrichment Begins

    UN to Demand Closure of Guantanamo

    According to the UN report obtained by British newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, the Washington administration will be asked to bring 520 detainees currently being held at Guantanamo to trial or release them.

    Cheney cited for breaking Texas hunting law

    Of course, this is nothing compared to his lengthy record of criminal behavior..

    Bush To Funnel another 7 Billion Dollars of Public Money to oil Companies

    Bush plans to give the county a good screwing for valentine's day. Thanks for thinking of us George!


    The federal government is on the verge of one of the biggest giveaways of oil and gas in American history, worth an estimated $7 billion over five years.

    New projections, buried in the Interior Department's just-published budget plan, anticipate that the government will let companies pump about $65 billion worth of oil and natural gas from federal territory over the next five years without paying any royalties to the government.

    Based on the administration figures, the government will give up more than $7 billion in payments between now and 2011. The companies are expected to get the largess, known as royalty relief, even though the administration assumes that oil prices will remain above $50 a barrel throughout that period.
    [...]

    The Deele's Two Occasions. Music for Youthful Valentine Celebrations

    Happy Valentines Day!




    Lawyers Group Says Bush Exceeds His Powers

    The American Bar Association denounced President Bush's warrantless domestic surveillance program Monday, accusing him of exceeding his powers under the Constitution.

    Monday, February 13, 2006

    Your Tax Dollars at Work

    First Lady Dismisses Clinton's Criticism

    Sorry for the scary picture so early in the morning.


    Always that distortion, that spin that whirls right past the corporate media necrotized, mouth breathing, Bush loving, Amerikkkan public.

    Laura, you ice blooded lizard queen, did you give birth to those twins or merely hide them in the sand until they hatched?

    Hillary Clinton is not simply a former first lady. She is a US Senator and, as such, has an obligation to criticize your boneheaded, eyes too close together, war monger, dip shit of a husband, regardless of his view of himself as King Of Amerikkka.

    Too bad Hillary doesn't take her obligation more seriously, as seriously as Laura Bush takes hers. With Hillary and Al Gore both strong on defense of Israel and limp on defense of the American public from the ravages of repuglikkkan scum, I can think of other things to criticize her for.

    Bugs Could Be Key to Kicking Oil Addiction

    Annan prepares for privatisation of UN

    Ice Storm: Photos

    Cheney and Presidential Powers

    Steven Colbert on Science

    US group implants electronic tags in workers

    One invasion, billions of dollars later, Iraqis remain starved of electricity

    Transocean gets pacts worth nearly $900M

    Paul Pillar, Ex-CIA official rips war case

    Sunday, February 12, 2006

    Controversy Over Rising Retirement Age Heats up in Germany

    CBC Monitor Releases New Report card

    second biannual Congressional Black Caucus Monitor Report Card shows that a handful of "derelicts" in the CBC remain far outside of the African American political consensus - worthless to the Black constituents that voted them into office.

    Yet 81 percent of the 42 African American House members (34) scored 80 percent or higher on the watchdog group's index of "bright line" issues, evidence that the corporate-financed rot that became dramatically manifest in 2005 has not infected most of a caucus that has long claimed to be "the conscience of the congress."

    White Men Are a World Wide Problem


    Finance Ministers Karl-Heinz Grasser of Austria (L), Peer Steinbrueck of Germany (C) and Giulio Tremonti of Italy laugh during a photo call at a G8 Finance Ministers' meeting in Moscow February 11, 2006.

    MOSCOW, Feb. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- The finance ministers of the Group of Eight (G8) leading industrialized nations pledged action on Saturday to improve stability of the energy markets at a meeting in Moscow where energy security took center stage.

    The finance ministers, who gathered in the Russian capital for a two-day meeting, reviewed the global energy outlook and agreed that "market mechanisms are vital to the effective functioning of the global energy system," they said in a statement issued after the meeting.

    "In order to improve the smooth functioning and stability of markets, we agreed to take forward work on enhancing the global energy policy dialogue between oil producing and consuming countries and the private sector," the statement said.

    Russia, which took over the rotating G8 presidency at the start of the new year, has declared energy security a priority during its term. The ministers welcomed the decision to focus on energy security for the G8 summit in St. Petersburg.

    Russia is the world's second largest oil exporter after Saudi Arabia and also provides about a quarter of the natural gas consumed in the European Union. The country has seen its state coffers swell at a time when rising demand has doubled oil prices.

    [...]

    Ahmadinejad Strives to be Part of Rummy's New Sieg Heil Club


    but can't quite master the gesture

    Creationist Fascists Disrupt Classrooms

    Former US Envoys Lobby for Saudis and China

    Back in August 2002, a congressional delegation was traveling around Saudi Arabia, home to 15 of the 19 al Qaeda hijackers who less than a year earlier had launched the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.
    On one leg of the trip, in a big, white embassy van, Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, a former FBI agent, turned to the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Robert Jordan. He asked Jordan, in light of how the Sept. 11 attacks had revealed the Saudis' role in nurturing al Qaeda-connected charities and religious schools, whether Jordan, a big-time Houston oil and gas lawyer, would be the first U.S. ambassador to not go to work for the Saudis after leaving his post.
    Jordan, who had George W. Bush as a client before he went to the White House, considered Rogers' question for a moment, and then politely declined to "take the pledge," according to a witness who recalled the episode.

    Not that it mattered: Jordan's company, Baker Botts LLP -- that would be James Baker, secretary of state in the first Bush administration and lawyer for the second Bush in the 2000 Florida election deadlock -- already had a host of business clients in the royal kingdom, with offices in Riyadh and Dubai.

    In any event, Jordan in 2003 joined the long list of U.S. ambassadors and other former American officials working directly or indirectly for the Saudi royal family. Rogers recently introduced a bill that would bar federal employees from representing foreign governments for four years after they leave public service. Also last week, the House overwhelmingly approved a resolution (HRes648) that sharply curtails lobbyists by foreign agents on the House floor.
    Actually, it would be big news if a senior U.S. diplomat in the Middle East did not accept the warm embrace of the Saudis or other despots upon leaving the region. They are sprinkled all over Washington, particularly in such well-known Saudi-supported think tanks as the Middle East Institute. Two former American ambassadors to Saudi Arabia lead the institute -- Wyche Fowler Jr., chairman, and Edward Walker, president. Former ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and deputy assistant secretary for the Near East David Mack is the institute's vice president. Also at the institute is Richard Parker, former ambassador to Algeria, Lebanon, and Morocco, and Michael Sterner, former ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and deputy assistant secretary of Near Eastern Affairs.

    [...]

    Chavez deadline for US preachers

    President Hugo Chavez has repeatedly called for the expulsion of the New Tribes Mission, saying they are American imperialists.

    He has called them spies of the CIA and colonialists.

    Violent Crime Rising Sharply in Some Cities

    "We're seeing a very angry population, and they don't go to fists anymore, they go right to guns," she said. "A police department can have an effect on drugs or gangs. But two people arguing in a home, how does the police department go in and stop that?"

    Rumsfeld Seeks Closer Ties With Algeria

    Al-Jaafari to be Iraq's new PM

    Saudi women told to fight driving ban

    US prepares military blitz against Iran's nuclear sites

    Strategists at the Pentagon are drawing up plans for devastating bombing raids backed by submarine-launched ballistic missile attacks against Iran's nuclear sites as a "last resort" to block Teheran's efforts to develop an atomic bomb.
    [...]
    "This is more than just the standard military contingency assessment," said a senior Pentagon adviser. "This has taken on much greater urgency in recent months."

    Nurse Investigated for 'Sedition' After Writing Letter to Editor

    Another Reason Republicans Must be Removed from Power in Washigton

    [...]
    president would reduce expenditures by $187-billion over five years, including a politically gutsy attempt to cut Medicare costs. But his tax cuts would reduce revenues by $285-billion over the same time period, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. In the end, the deficit would grow by an additional $192-billion.[...]
    Many of Bush's spending cuts will make little difference on the bottom line but a great difference in individual lives. By reducing or even eliminating programs for the poor and elderly, he would hurt vulnerable Americans. Ultimately, any real spending reform will have to take on entitlements: Medicare and Social Security.
    [...]
    by proposing to eliminate the $255 death benefit, which would hurt the poorest survivors, and slipping support for private accounts into the budget, which has already been rejected by Congress.

    In fact, most notable in this budget is its deception. Here is what Bush left out of the expense side: substantial costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a permanent fix for the alternative minimum tax, which has failed its purpose by strapping more moderate-income families with higher taxes. And he is not being honest about the negative implications of his budget on future deficits.
    [...]

    Saturday, February 11, 2006

    Great Piece from Crooks and Liars on Conservative Political Action Conference

    [...]
    The deranged hate-monger Ann Coulter was also a featured speaker, despite -- or because of --her history of repeatedly urging the murder of her domestic political opponents and government officials by methods ranging from terrorist attacks to poisoning to skull-bashing with baseball bats. None of those violence-advocating comments ever prevent the most prominent Republican groups from inviting her to speak, nor do they prevent the most prominent Republican politicians from appearing next to her without ever condemning her remarks.

    Coulter's appearance at the event was not, of course, a surprise; to the contrary, it was touted as an attraction beforehand by the event organizers. The remarks she made at the CPAC event have now been well-documented, and include unsurprising gems such as: ""I think our motto should be post-9-11, 'raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences" and "If we find out someone [referring to a terrorist] is going to attack the Supreme Court next week, can't we tell Roberts, Alito, Thomas and Scalito?"

    According to one of her blogging fans in attendance, 5,000 "conservatives" reverently sat there and listened to her and did nothing to indicate disapproval. To the contrary, her urging of violence against "ragheads" specifically "prompted a boisterous ovation." RightWingNutHouse reports that her speech was "well received by the audience."
    [...]

    Ray Bradbury Says LA needs Monorails

    Separated at Birth