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    Repiglican Roast

    A spirited discussion of public policy and current issues

    Location: The mouth of being

    I'm furious about my squandered nation.

    Saturday, September 30, 2006

    Israel laying pipes to steal water from South

    WAZZANI: Lebanese officials and residents of the South on Thursday accused the Israeli Army of stealing water from the Wazzani River. Mohammad Ghamlush, the engineer heading the Wazzani River pumping systems, told AFP that the Israeli Army sabotaged the water pumps on the river last week and installed a pipe to pump hundreds of cubic meters of water to Israel.

    Newly-released papers reveal British concern about 1949 Mideast policy

    British troops raiding a Jewish community during the Mandate period in 1946.

    MK Tibi to Jews: Ask Arabs for forgiveness

    Knesset Member Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List – Ta'al) said Thursday ahead of the Yom Kippur holiday that, “There are Jews who should ask non-Jews, including Arabs, for forgiveness each day for the continued despair of one-fifth of the population and for the fact that the Arab education system is missing 200 classrooms and that only five percent of the employees of government offices are Arab.”
    Tibi continued: “Anyone who is tolerant toward calls to kill Arabs during wartime and forceful transfer should look deep inside himself. I do not expect an apology from Eitam or Lieberman, but I do expect self-examination on the part of the Jewish society in Israel that preaches to the entire world but imprisons people in the West Bank – in its own backyard.

    “We are not against the state, but against the government, and there is a distinct difference between the two,” Tibi said.



    The Israeli court ruled Friday that Israeli authorities could keep the six million NIS (1,388,888.90USD) they seized from money changing stores in the West Bank cities of Nablus, Ramallah, Jenin and Tulkarem on September 20th, 2006.


    Israeli Soldiers raided the well area, then told workers that the army is planning to close this well.

    Two Palestinian teenagers killed in Gaza

    The GOP Protects its pedophiles

    US continues to Push for war on Iran by undermining diplomacy

    UN: Israel used precision bomb to hit UN officers

    And Card is a right wing extremist warrior

    Andrew H. Card Jr. , President Bush's former chief of staff, confirmed in an interview last night that he suggested replacements for Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and decided to quit his own post because ``I think America was crying out for some kind of change. I felt that very strongly."

    Free trade a myth, U.S. executive says

    Sounds like me. So did George Soros ( sound like me) in the Huffington Post this morning.

    I'm glad for these dabs of validation

    He said the concept of free trade practiced by the United States is a myth because we allow other countries to manage trade to their advantage, creating an uneven playing field.
    Except it isn't other countries we allow to exploit us. It is multinational corporations and the sociopaths who run them. Corporations are the governing body of the world, now that our political class has sold itself to the highest bidder.

    E-Voting Raises New Questions in Brazil

    In Russia, Psychiatry Is Again a Tool Against Dissent

    This shouldbe previewing here shortly, since we have already become everything we accused the soviet union of being and continue to follow the totalitarian track.

    Well, you token white male, you voted to install the dictator and his agenda, then retired to advance it further, so fuck you

    Former US Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor, pictured in 2005, said that virulent criticism was threatening the judicial independence of the nation's highest court(AFP/File/Brendan Smialowski)

    This is not about safety. It is about dispensing contracts to friends who hired the right lobbyists

    The bill approves $400 million a year over five years for risk-based grants for training and exercises at ports. It requires the nation's 22 largest ports, which handle 98 percent of all cargo entering the country, to install radiation detectors by the end of next year.

    Pilot programs would be established at three foreign ports to test technology for nonintrusive cargo inspections. Currently only one foreign port, Hong Kong, scans all U.S.-bound cargo for nuclear materials.


    The bill would authorize $3.4 billion over five years for ports security. The House vote was 409-2, with only Reps. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., opposing.

    The bill was slow in reaching the House and Senate floors because lawmakers from both sides sought to attach their own favorite pieces of legislation to the ports measure because of the certainty it would reach the president's desk.

    In the end, the only major add-on was legislation to restrict Internet gambling. Also attached was a measure, pushed by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., to help communities lacking telecommunications infrastructure install sirens and other emergency alert systems.


    The bill is H.R. 4954

    The Texican Inquisition

    He said the Constitution makes the president commander in chief and the Supreme Court has long recognized the president's pre-eminent role in foreign affairs. "The Constitution, by contrast, provides the courts with relatively few tools to superintend military and foreign policy decisions, especially during wartime," the attorney general told a conference on the judiciary at Georgetown University Law Center.

    Of course Little Al's views are so far out, I wonder if he actully went to law school or is just faking his degree. He is, afterall, one of the fine "legal minds" behind the unitary executive and the wholesale destruction of the bill of rights.

    Bad Faith and the Destruction of Palestine


    In other words, Israeli policies are encouraging the extremist and militant elements inside Hamas rather the political and moderate ones. So why not assume that is their aim?

    Why not assume that rather than wanting a dialogue, a real peace process and an eventual agreement with the Palestinians that might lead to Palestinian statehood, Israel wants an excuse to carry on with its four-decade occupation -- even if it has to reinvent it through sleights of hand like the disengagement and convergence plans?


    Beat my kid and I'll kick your eyeballs out of your head, for starters


    In a handful of districts, like the one here in Everman, there have been recent moves to reinstate it, some successful, more not. In Delaware, a bill to rescind that state’s ban on paddling never got through the legislature. But in Pike County, Ohio, corporal punishment was reinstated last year. And in southeast Mississippi, the Laurel school board voted in August to reinstate a corporal punishment policy, passing one that bars men from paddling women, but does not require parental consent, as many other policies do.

    The most recent federal statistics show that during the 2002-3 school year, more than 300,000 American schoolchildren were disciplined with corporal punishment, usually one or more blows with a thick wooden paddle. Sometimes holes were cut in the paddle to make the beating more painful. Of those students, 70 percent were in five Southern states: Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Arkansas.

    Often the battle over corporal punishment is being fought on the edges of Southern cities, where suburban growth pushes newcomers from across the country into rural and religiously conservative communities. In these areas, educators say, corporal punishment is far more accepted, resulting in clashing attitudes about child-rearing and using the rod.

    “I couldn’t believe it when I learned about it,” said Peggy Dean, a mother of three students in Union County, N.C., a rapidly growing suburb south of Charlotte. “If I’d known, I’d never have moved into this school district.”

    As views of child-rearing have changed, groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Psychologists and the American Medical and Bar Associations have come out against corporal punishment.

    “I believe we have reached the point in our social evolution where this is no longer acceptable, just as we reached a point in the last half of the 19th century where husbands using corporal punishment on their wives was no longer acceptable,” said Murray Straus, a director of the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire.

    Among adherents of the practice is James C. Dobson, the child psychologist who founded Focus on the Family and is widely regarded as one of the nation’s most influential evangelical leaders.

    Dobson's abusive childhood is probably the main factor influencing his authoritarian, hate filled views and love of violence.
    Some people never recover from traumatic childhoods.

    DuBose Ravenel, a North Carolina pediatrician who is the in-house expert on the subject for Mr. Dobson’s group, said, “I believe the whole country would be better off if corporal punishment was allowed in schools by parents who wish it.”

    Dozens of lawsuits have been filed around the country, including as recently as August in a case involving a student and a baseball coach in Cameron County, Okla., but thus far, courts have tended to side with school districts in cases where a corporal punishment policy is on the books, said Nadine Block, the director of the Center for Effective Discipline, a group opposed to the practice.

    Who would ask the weasel like bastard?

    Friday, September 29, 2006

    Palestinians in the occupied territories are being hit by new threat to their survival

    A beach in Gaza

    Bush Attacks Seniors and Republikkkan congress

    Bush will take no action on environment except to spread lie that action will cost jobs

    Explosion hits Iran-Turkey gas pipeline

    At a London Conference, Peres says settlement construction and other land theft cannot be prevented

    Before independent Palestine state, recognition of Israel not possible: Musharraf


    Israel Backs Off Plan to Kill Nasrallah

    Israeli government spokesman Miri Eisin declined to confirm whether Nasrallah had been a target or if he no longer was being pursued.

    "We've always said that any terrorist should feel that his activities put him under our eye," she said.
    She should look at herself.

    Iran: The perils of nuclear populism

    RumsfeldLies, " No one anticipated insurgency's strength"

    Q's Views

    Middle-class families in worse shape than ever, study finds

    Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) Gay Marriage ‘Is The Most Important Issue That We Face Today’

    Methane levels to rise again after slowdown

    Thursday, September 28, 2006

    The U.S. Army will pay Lockheed Martin $120 million to develop a radar that enables ground forces to counterattack more effectively

    The Lockheed Martin plant in Salina has landed a $120 million contract to modernize five radars

    Lockheed Wins $14.7M Air Force Deals

    Lockheed Subsidiary Gets $10M Navy Deal

    As Dow Nears All-Time High From 2000, Fox News Declares Bush Tax Cuts A Success

    $37 million for project military doesn’t want?

    Sounds Just Like Zionsim, Republikkanism,The Christian right and Islamic Jihad

    Sounds Just Like Zionist Blog Troll

    Sexual Harassment of Women just fine in US Military

    Today's Herb

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    Hi-tech firm boycotts Israel over 'war crimes'

    Report: Bombing of Gaza power plant war crime

    Depraved Zionist Murderer gets four life terms for killing 4 Palestinians

    At the end of the work day at the factory, Weisgan gave four Arab workmen a ride in his car, snatched an M-16 assault rifle from the guard and used it to shoot his four passengers, killing three of them and wounding the fourth. Then he ran toward the factory and shot another workman. He then turned himself in to the security officer who arrived on the scene.

    This is known as the bunch of bullshit defense.

    Weisgan claimed at his trial that he had "caused the death of innocents in order to thereby prevent harsh decrees and disasters that would be imposed on the people of Israel from heaven as a result of the disengagement being implemented."

    His lawyer argued that Weisgan is exempt from criminal culpability because he acted in "necessary defense" - "He wanted to save the people of Israel from expected calamities through the act of murder, and should therefore be acquitted." The judges rejected the argument.

    The return of Palestinian refugees is an existential necessity for Israeli Jews

    UN blasts Israel for plight of Palestinians

    Israeli settlers in southern West Bank bulldoze Palestinian land

    Gaza Strip to remain without full electrical power for a year

    Too bad they're not a real opposition party

    Wednesday, September 27, 2006

    Fossil Mammal Resembling Dog-Hare Hybrid Found in Bolivia

    Fossil jawbone and skeleton sketch images

    Cost of War

    The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service estimates that the total price tag for U.S. military activities in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as counterterrorism activities around the world, will significantly exceed the half-trillion-dollar mark over the next fiscal year.

    Jews of Conscience

    As Jews of conscience living in the United States, we are outraged by the violence being perpetrated in our name both as Jews and as U.S. citizens. We, the undersigned, represent Jews across the United States who are choosing to stand in solidarity with the peoples of Gaza and Lebanon.


    Standards of human rights in the Palestinian territories have fallen to intolerable new levels

    Palestinian child injured by Israeli artillery

    "Israel violates international law as expounded by the Security Council and the International Court of Justice and goes unpunished," he said.

    "But the Palestinian people are punished for having democratically elected a regime unacceptable to Israel, the US and the EU.

    "In effect, the Palestinian people have been subjected to economic sanctions - the first time an occupied people has been so treated," he said.

    Of Course Kouric tossed Rice Softball qustions

    War spending

    The House passed it 394-22 with virtually no debate as lawmakers worked to complete business before breaking to campaign for November elections that will determine control of Congress. In a slap at Bush, the bill would bar the administration from using money from it to construct permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq or to exercise any control over Iraq's oil sector.

    With this bill, Congress will have approved more than $500 billion for the wars, with the bulk of that spent in Iraq. Lawmakers called the $70 billion a "bridge fund" to last about halfway through the next fiscal year, which starts on Oct. 1. About $23 billion of that is to replace and refurbish equipment worn out in the harsh environments of the two conflicts. The bill provides $377.6 billion for the Pentagon's core programs, $4.1 billion less than Bush wanted but $19 billion above current levels. It funds a 2.2 percent military pay raise, and provide $557 million more for the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard than Bush sought.

    US has 'at least 400 billionaires'

    In contrast, the US Department of Labour's Bureau of Labour Statistics says that the median income of the nation's 105.9 million full-time wage and salary workers is $34,268 per year.

    I agree

    "I'm certain that if my husband and his national security team had been shown a classified report entitled `Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside United States,' he would have taken it more seriously than history suggests it was taken by our current president and his national security team," Hillary Clinton said. She was referring to a briefing Bush got a month before Sept. 11.

    Richard A. Clarke Launches Good Harbor Report on the Internet


    Partially Declassified NIE

    • Greater pluralism and more responsive political systems in Muslim majority nations would alleviate some of the grievances jihadists exploit. Over time, such progress, together with sustained, multifaceted programs targeting the vulnerabilities of the jihadist movement and continued pressure on al-Qa’ida, could erode support for the jihadists.

    We assess that the global jihadist movement is decentralized, lacks a coherent global strategy, and is becoming more diffuse. New jihadist networks and cells, with anti- American agendas, are increasingly likely to emerge. The confluence of shared purpose and dispersed actors will make it harder to find and undermine jihadist groups.

    • We assess that the operational threat from self-radicalized cells will grow in importance to US counterterrorism efforts, particularly abroad but also in the Homeland.

    • The jihadists regard Europe as an important venue for attacking Western interests. Extremist networks inside the extensive Muslim diasporas in Europe facilitate recruitment and staging for urban attacks, as illustrated by the 2004 Madrid and 2005 London bombings.

    We assess that the Iraq jihad is shaping a new generation of terrorist leaders and operatives; perceived jihadist success there would inspire more fighters to continue the struggle elsewhere.


    Chimpy orders the release of "select" (4) pages

    Yet Bush's critics contended that releasing select portions of the NIE, formally titled "Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States," withholds information that would enable the public to fully judge the report.

    "The American people deserve the full story, not those parts of it that the Bush administration selects," said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. "The last thing we need is another selective declassification of portions of the report in a desperate attempt by the administration to avoid disclosing the truth."

    Darfur bill awaits Bush's approval

    Where are the bananas?

    Worth a thousand words

    Militaristic, Nationalist Abe voted prime minister of Japan by parliament with comfortable majority

    Nationalist Shinzo Abe, a proponent of a robust alliance with the United States and a more assertive military, easily won election in parliament as Japan's youngest postwar prime minister Tuesday, pledging to plow ahead with economic reform, rein in spending and pursue better relations with China.

    Crude prices fall as traders bet that $60 is the new floor for OPEC.

    Officials Deny US Tampered Nicaraguan Election

    Separate Church and state NOW!

    John Danforth, a Missouri Republican who served three terms in the U.S. Senate, cites the Vote Christian campaign as an example of the power of religion to polarize.

    Three Senate Democrats proposed emergency Funds for Paper Ballots to Back Up Electronic Ones

    But tax payers have spent millions on the privatization of elections already, and they have been fraudulent. Do we get a refund?

    Planets have scientists buzzing

    Artist's impression of a "hot Jupiter" during transit (M.A.Garlick/markgarlick.com)

    Tuesday, September 26, 2006

    Health Insurance Is Twice Inflation Rate

    After all, We are already paying for it

    The Citizen’s Health Care Working Group report reflecting input from thousands of Americans around the country is being presented to President Bush and to Congress. Among its findings, that Americans want public policy guaranteeing affordable health insurance coverage for all Americans with the costs shared among government, employers and individuals.The report also finds that Americans want protections against catastrophic health care costs. AFL-CIO President John Sweeney says what is striking about the report is that Americans say they want more than incremental changes – they want universal care. Something Congress has not done in its failure to really address the nation’s health care crisis.

    Your Tax dollars

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army on Thursday awarded a delivery order worth about $12.2 million to a business unit of General Dynamics Corp. for an engineering change on a signals-intelligence system.

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy on Monday awarded a $119.2 million contract modification to a unit of industrial conglomerate United Technologies Corp. for logistics support services for the various aircraft.

    The U.S. Navy on Monday awarded General Dynamics Corp.-owned Bath Iron Works a $17.9 million contract for work on the USS Farragut destroyer.

    WASHINGTON The U-S Army awards three contracts worth more than 135 (m) million dollars General Dynamics for a variety of services.

    N o wodner there isn't enough money for health care ande education

    Follow the links for more in-depth results and in some cases, performance breakdown by division:

    • Boeing (Sales $54.85B/+5%; Net income $2.57B/+37%; EPS $3.29/+39%)
    • General Dynamics (Sales $21.2B/+11%; Net Earnings $1.46B/+19%; Dil EPS $7.22/+19%). You'd think with all that cash, they could afford to do something about the worst major defense contractor site on the web....
    • Lockheed Martin (Sales $37.21B/+4.7%; Net earnings $1.825B/+44%; EPS $4.10/+44.9%)
    • Raytheon (Sales: $21.9B/+8%; Net income $871M/+109%; Dil EPS $1.92/+104%)

    New America, Also Known As Amerikkka

    OAKDALE, La. -- Former WorldCom Corp. chief Bernard Ebbers drove through the gates of a federal prison Tuesday to begin a 25-year federal prison sentence on Tuesday for his role in the $11 billion accounting fraud that toppled a company he built from a tiny telecommunications firm to an industry giant.

    Behind the wheel of a Mercedes he had driven from Mississippi, Ebbers pulled the bill of his cap down, shielding his face from reporters and photographers, as he drove into the prison.

    Ebbers left his upscale, brick-and-stucco home in a gated community in the Jackson suburb of Ridgeland about 8 a.m. Tuesday. He arrived shortly after 1 p.m. at Oakdale.


    Bush flunkies, enraged over oil profit being used to help poor, shake down Venezuelan foreign minister

    Existing-home prices fall for 1st time in 11 years

    U.S. pursues closer ties with Kazakhstan

    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Monday with Kazakhstan's foreign minister as the U.S. sought closer ties to the oil-rich country despite what critics call its disturbing backslide toward autocracy.

    Ex-military officers criticize Rumsfeld

    circular logic from mass murderer John Negroponte

    Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte said last night that the war in Iraq is generating a new generation of jihadist leaders and operatives but that the United States can still root them out by continuing to fight in Iraq.

    The Military Industrial Complex and your Tax Dollars

    Boeing's C-17 transport program, which the Pentagon wants to end in 2008, received a short-term reprieve as congressional negotiators added $2 billion to the U.S. defense-spending bill to buy 10 planes more than the 12 requested.

    Boeing said the extra planes will allow it to keep its C-17 production line in Long Beach, Calif., open through 2009, instead of closing it in June of that year.

    The deal reached late Thursday is expected to be approved by the full House and Senate next week.

    Should Boeing Build A Fence?

    Lockheed Martin Given Yet Another $12M Contract

    Newsweek’s latest cover, by geographical region


    Georgia Election Fixed

    Magical underground world Just-discovered cave in Sequoia National Park

    U.N. envoy says Gaza a prison for Palestinians

    Monotheists and other head cases

    American policy on British foundations with Israeli enforcement is the fuel for Islamic fundamentalism. So while Bin Laden isn't a nice guy, he was also not a nice guy when Washington decided to train and arm him against the soviets. Nor or any of the oil sheiks we do business with nice guys. And not all of them are jihadists.

    Where was Islamic Jihad in 1948 when Israel was forced on the world? Who were the terrorists then? Where was Islamic Jihad in 1953 when the US and their partners in crime overthrew the democratic government in Iran for British Petroleum? Where was angry Islamic extremism when the British carved the middle east up into some of the stupidest borders one could ever imagine, stupid unless of course, one wanted to keep the Arab countries down and easy to pillage?

    And why have westerners acted thus? Because they've been after oil, and other natural resources or strategic advantages, for a hundred years already, maybe longer. Just because the locus of power shifted from GB to the US doesn't mean anything, doesn't mean the fundamentally racist policy or the impact of it has changed. The same corporate interests operate in both places across decades, and in other colonizing European countries as well.

    This is aggression. It is designed to have impact on entire societies. And it has.

    We are the aggressor. We, the west with our "Christian" values. And we have had enormous impact with our actions on undeveloped nations and the people in them.

    We've been invading these people for HUNDREDS of years. And we have come back in the 20th and 21st century with a vengeance and a thirst for oil and profit from hawking weapons that would have been impossible to imagine for the old Catholic crusaders, evil as they were.

    Pieces of this ststem are visible in how economic pressures the American the ruling class apply to the American middle class pan out. We act against our own interests, some of us anyway, and that is what they want us to do. Then they don't have to shoot us. We can just be, in effect, slaves to their system.

    Fundamentalism. Right wing politics. Extremism. Fox News. How easily manipulatable we are. Waste our energy on stopping the homosexual "menace". What a bunch of crap. How about the corporate menace that is destroying the country while the religious right supports it because it validates their homophobia?

    We blame Muslims for our fear instead of our own government. We blame Muslims instead of our own policies.

    This is the signature piece of your white man revolution. How our founders turned early Americans against the natives, against the slaves, who actually shared more of their class interests. Brilliant stuff, really. This is the same.
    The Muslims aren't the problem.

    The problem is, in part, conspicuous over consumption of everything, most of all oil, and what some governments are willing to do to keep it like that. The Problem is greed. Materialism.

    We are in THEIR countries with our armies.
    They are in our countries as refugees, just like all those Mexican people keep facing death in the desert because OUR TRADE POLICIES create the necessity for them to leave their homes and families.

    Every time I criticize Bush or our policies or Israel some man jumps up and starts screaming how Muslims abuse women. I am astounded at the irony, hypocrisy, ignorance and narcissism of these men.

    As a woman I would hate to live in Saudi Arabia or Vatican City or within any group of fundie male monotheists or plain old unadorned patriarchs of any gender, creed, race or location including orthodox jews and Zionist nut cases. Or Corporatist Fucks, the modern fascists. I would not last long among any of them.

    Distinctions made between them do not resonate with me. They are all much more alike than different from each other, because they all value most their own power and own capacity to assert control over other people and say they're right and say they interpret god and the constitution correctly while everyone else is wrong.

    They make religious faith look like narcissistic personality disorder.
    They equate love with obedience and subservience. They pretend there is order where chaos reigns. They pretend there are answers to questions that are not answerable. They do not value all life equally at all. They have no concept of justice. They are willing to steal, murder, maim, lie.

    Bashing Muslims is the sport of the day in the west now, and accusing Muslims of more misogyny or more violence than the other male monotheists people do is one of the main modes of the bashers.

    I am well aware of how certain Muslims treat women. I am well aware of the clitorodectomy, the veiled face, the gang rapes, the general oppression and abuse. But that isn't Islam any more than snake dancing is Christianity. However, that is the image of Islam Bush promotes and it is the image of Islam the Pope promotes and it is the image of Islam the zionist trolls promote and the head case religious right promotes and it is the distinction promoted by the vast world wide "defense industry" and the greedy, world destroying oil industry who presently has their finger on the trigger of the American military..

    The distinction I make is I completely and vehemently reject male monotheism and its values of hierarchy, colonization of others, control of others, pain over pleasure, lies, death, rigidity and delusional concepts of order, made up history, rejection of any kind of multi-polar world and its racism, classicism, misogyny, homophobia.

    Muslim fundamentalist attitudes toward women make me sick. But then so do Christian fundamentalist attitudes. And corporate attitudes. And Orthodox attitudes. And Hindus who burn women alive when the women get in the way. And Chinese who commit infanticide against female babies.
    I see little difference between people in these groups. They are all the same. Muslim extremists are no more extreme than any other extremists. They're just in the spot light.

    The US is not just responsible for the destabilization of Iraq, but of the whole middle east. It has been destabilizing the region for at least 50 years, maybe more. And all those dead Arabs, be they in Iraq or Palestine or wherever else, are dead because of western gluttony and inattention to reality. I hate the murder of an old nun or a young one or anyone. I hate the murder of the Iraqis and the Palestinians and the Israeli children forced to "fight" for the Israeli Zionist cuckoos like Olmert, and Lebanese and other Arabs and Africans and poor in NOLA etc., day in and day out just as much.

    Societies that have been occupied and colonized and abused from the outside for generations are bound to react to that stress. What's going on in the middle east is more than a reflection of Islam or the cultures of the Islamic countries. It also reflects what the west has been doing there. Those societies are under siege. They behave like they are under siege. They are increasingly fundamentalist and extreme. It's like post traumatic stress disorder for nation states.

    Oppression incites religious extremism and fundamentalism. We've been abusing these people for a long time. It isn't that they are violent and they abuse women and we don't. Remember, we deployed an atomic bomb on civilian populations, Israel is the 4th biggest military on the planet, violence against women is epidemic here and when the west began the last round of crusades in the early 20th century American women were not able to vote.

    Arabs are no more violent than anyone else. The present violence occurring in the middle east is bound to western - and Israel is western - colonization of the place, not anything inherent in Islam or their cultures. It reflects their lack of options. And even given that, most of them behave pretty damn well.

    It is all of a piece. It is all the same values system be it Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Anglo Saxon, Persian. It teaches that some people are superior to other people. It is patriarchy. That's the problem.

    We all know what Saudi Arabia is, but it isn't a creation of Islam. It is a creation of Britain. Exactly where did this country come from and when and why? And how did such rotten bastards as the Saud family get put in charge of all that oil?
    Moderate Muslims have been fleeing Saudi Arabia for years to get away from it. Of course, not everyone has the option to flee.

    I don't recognize the christian or jewish version of monotheism as superior to Islam.
    They are all bad. The christian fundies who shriek loudest here don't have social and governmental control at this point. It's political and historical, maybe it's a political and historical accident, that they don't, but boy WHEN THEY DID look at how they governed. Crusades, Inquisitions, Genocides, Etc.

    Christian government. How is it different from Islamic theocracy?
    How much blood was spilled to Christianize Europe? How about to Christianize native Americans or Africans? How free were women? Would there be Islamic theocracy in Iran right now without western interference?

    For at least a hundred years we've been sabotaging those countries. Influencing their development. What if we'd been invaded and colonized in 1907? What would Christianity be doing? How would women be treated? How are women treated now? There is epidemic violence against women here. This is the consequence for not being barefoot and pregnant and veiled and submissive to the control of some man.

    Monotheism is nasty toward women. Monotheism is nasty toward human beings. It wants to relegate them to orders. It opposes equality and values death more than life. It is horrifying. The degree of control monotheism is able to assert varies from place to place and time to time, but it is still nasty toward women.

    Theocrats use dirty tricks and lie in elections

    Rumsfeld Continues Destruction of Armed Services in spite of public criticism by military professionals

    Review of Jesus Camp

    What the War on Terror Has Done to Texas

    Anti-gay bishops vote to split the evangelical church in two

    The Erosion of the Arab State

    Official failure to provide adequate defence systems and maintain homeland security has generated a vacuum, which is being gradually filled by non-governmental socio-political movements with armed wings. Lebanon and Palestine are two cases in point.

    Increasingly, the Arab public feels that the political system is unfit to respond to the question of destiny and provide the basics for preserving sovereignty. There is a striking dichotomy at the heart of the Arab state.

    While enormously powerful at home, it is pitifully weak in responding to foreign challenges. A number of inter-related factors have converged to produce this odd state of affairs, geopolitical and structural.

    These are largely to do with perpetual interference in the affairs of the Middle East from the Western powers that continue to hold the reins of its fate, with the superiority of Israeli military capabilities propped up and backed by the US and its allies, as well as with the circumstances surrounding the birth of the Arab state itself.

    Iraq Invasion Invigorates Terrorism

    Nasrallah's Popularity Climbs


    Israel separates families, in effort to expel Palestinians

    rabbi calls for extermination of all Palestinian males

    Western nations foil bid to declare Israel nuke 'threat'

    Bush's World

    GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States fell to sixth place in the World Economic Forum's 2006 global competitiveness rankings, ceding the top place to Switzerland, as macroeconomic concerns eroded prospects for the world's largest economy.

    In a report released on Tuesday, the World Economic Forum said Washington's huge defense and homeland security spending commitments, plans to lower taxes further, and long-term potential costs from health care and pensions were creating worrisome fiscal strains.

    "With a low savings rate, record-high current account deficits and a worsening of the U.S. net debtor position, there is a non-negligible risk to both the country's overall competitiveness and, given the relative size of the U.S. economy, the future of the global economy," it said.


    Rummy's World

    General: Appeals for More Troops Were Denied

    McCain, Not Moderate, Will Continue Bush Policies, including torture, if we are unfortuante enough to have him installed as president

    Power is more important than ethics
    In this photo provided by CBS, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., appears on CBS's 'Face the Nation' in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006. (AP Photo/CBS Face the Nation, Karin Cooper)
    Does he have hickory nuts stored in those cheeks?

    Army Warns Rumsfeld It's Billions Short

    WASHINGTON — The Army's top officer withheld a required 2008 budget plan from Pentagon leaders last month after protesting to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that the service could not maintain its current level of activity in Iraq plus its other global commitments without billions in additional funding.

    The decision by Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army's chief of staff, is believed to be unprecedented and signals a widespread belief within the Army that in the absence of significant troop withdrawals from Iraq, funding assumptions must be completely reworked, say current and former Pentagon officials.
    Most funding for the fighting in Iraq has come from annual emergency spending bills, with the regular defense budget going to normal personnel, procurement and operational expenses, such as salaries and new weapons systems.

    About $400 billion has been appropriated for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars through emergency funding measures since Sept. 11, 2001, with the money divided among military branches and government agencies.
    The Army, with an active-duty force of 504,000, has been stretched by the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. About 400,000 have done at least one tour of combat duty, and more than a third of those have been deployed twice. Commanders have increasingly complained of the strain, saying last week that sustaining current levels will require more help from the National Guard and Reserve or an increase in the active-duty force.
    However, a good portion of the new money the Army seeks is not directly tied to the war, Kosiak cautioned, but rather to new weapons it wants — particularly the $200-billion Future Combat System, a family of armored vehicles that is eventually to replace nearly every tank and transporter the Army has.

    US Army Future Combat System UAVs to carry EW self-protection system

    Just a sociopath


    The Failed American Health Care System

    Monday, September 25, 2006

    Crisis Is Upon Us

    Neocons seek maximum chaos and instability in the Middle East in order to justify long-term U.S. occupation of the region. Following this line of thought, neocons would regard the loss of a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf as a way to solidify public support for the war. American anger at the Iranians could even result in support for a military draft in order to win "the war on terror."

    Government for Sale or Candidates for governor get 40% of cash from a few, fueling call for caps

    AUSTIN - Fewer than 125 people have contributed 40 percent of the money raised in the governor's race, focusing a spotlight on mega-donors and their interests.

    Friday, September 22, 2006

    Cases Of E. Coli In Milk Reported

    First it was spinach, now milk has infected people with the E. coli bacteria. So far, there are three reported cases, including one in San Diego County.

    The state has ordered all Organic Pastures whole and skim raw milk to be pulled from store shelves. Organic Pastures is a Fresno County dairy. The order also affects raw cream and colostrum.

    An eight-year-old San Diego County girl got sick after drinking unpasteurized milk.

    A seven-year-old Riverside boy, and 10-year-old San Bernardino girl were also reported sick.

    Iran Warns of ‘Lightning’ Response to Any Attack

    Rove Promises October Surprise

    Maybe Rove is ordering a dirty bomb attack on an American city to get the pigs reelected. He's certainly capable of anything.

    What do you get if cross Barney with Porky Pig and raise it as sociopath?

    Military spending tops Cold War record

    Robertson: "[A] holy war between Islam and Christianity" is "going to come"

    Republican Idea of Supporting Troops is screw them

    Bye Bye Bob

    Seven Days In Sunny June

    Strained, Army Looks to Guard for More Relief

    $70B OK'd for Iraq and Afghan war funds

    Vermont Congressional candidate Calls for Arrest of Bush & Cheney by U.S. Military

    Former Army Lieutenant and a candidate for Congress in VT, Dennis Morrisseau
    of W. Pawlet, today called for the arrest of President Bush and Vice President
    Cheney by the American military "if necessary" to prevent an unauthorized attack
    upon the nation of Iran.

    Bush Administration and the Pentagon have issued orders for a major "strike group" of ships to Iran

    Privatized Prison Held Liable

    Magazine requested 'photogenic' war widows


    Jo Elvin said she was "outraged and sorry" that Military Families Against the War had been sent an e-mail asking if they could provide case-studies of women, aged between 30 and 38, whose husbands had been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan.


    Iowa Senator Tom Harkin defends Venezuelan President's U-N speech against Bush

    Branson Pledges $3 Billion to Combat Global Warming

    PBS set to reveal 'stealth campaign' to cut healthcare, education

    Search Without warrant for welfare recipients

    House passes bill to drug test some welfare recipients

    'A man with little sympathy for other faiths'

    Black Republicans run radio ad in Maryland alleging that Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan

    League of Women Voters Denounces Passage of Voter ID Legislation

    Chavez Calls Bush the Devil in US Address

    Excellent interview on Chavez with Greg Grandin

    Thursday, September 21, 2006

    Monkey Boy

    President Bush speaks at a campaign fundraiser in Tampa, Florida September 21, 2006. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

    Lockheed Martin Instruments To Help Study Dynamic Solar Activity

    Lockheed Martin GPS satellite set for launch

    Lockheed Martin Navigation Systems is under contract to modernize eight IIR satellites for the Global Positioning Systems Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base. The Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) unit is doing the work in Valley Forge, Pa., using modernized payloads built by ITT Corp. (NYSE:ITT) in Clifton, N.J.

    The Bushes & the Truth About Iran

    States say secure driver's licenses could cost $11 billion

    Gonzales. ISPs should preserve User Data in Case Feds want to snoop

    Like a Sixth Grader Who Claims to Have Left His Homework on the Bus, Gunzales conveniently didn't remember

    Asked at a news conference on Tuesday about a Canadian commission's finding that the man, Maher Arar, was wrongly sent to Syria and tortured there, Gonzales replied, "Well, we were not responsible for his removal to Syria." He added, "I'm not aware that he was tortured." http://www.latinopundit.com/latino/latinoimages/mdf814595.jpg
    I promise to lie lie lie!

    The company they keep

    Text of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's U.N. Address


    Some occupy the homeland of others, thousands of kilometers away from their borders, interfere in their affairs and control their oil and other resources and strategic routes, while others are bombarded daily in their own homes; their children murdered in the streets and alleys of their own country and their homes reduced to rubble.

    Such behavior is not worthy of human beings and runs counter to the Truth, to justice and to human dignity. The fundamental question is that under such conditions, where should the oppressed seek justice? Who, or what organization defends the rights of the oppressed, and suppresses acts of aggression and oppression? Where is the seat of global justice?

    A brief glance at a few examples of the most pressing global issues can further illustrate the problem.

    A. The unbridled expansion of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons

    Some powers proudly announce their production of second and third generations of nuclear weapons. What do they need these weapons for? Is the development and stockpiling of these deadly weapons designed to promote peace and democracy? Or, are these weapons, in fact, instruments of coercion and threat against other peoples and governments? How long should the people of the world live with the nightmare of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons? What bounds the powers producing and possessing these weapons? How can they be held accountable before the international community? And, are the inhabitants of these countries content with the waste of their wealth and resources for the production of such destructive arsenals? Is it not possible to rely on justice, ethics and wisdom instead of these instruments of death? Aren`t wisdom and justice more compatible with peace and tranquility than nuclear, chemical and biological weapons? If wisdom, ethics and justice prevail, then oppression and aggression will be uprooted, threats will wither away and no reason will remain for conflict. This is a solid proposition because most global conflicts emanate from injustice, and from the powerful, not being contented with their own rights, striving to devour the rights of others.


    The roots of the Palestinian problem go back to the Second World War. Under the pretext of protecting some of the survivors of that War, the land of Palestine was occupied through war, aggression and the displacement of millions of its inhabitants; it was placed under the control of some of the War survivors, bringing even larger population groups from elsewhere in the world, who had not been even affected by the Second World War; and a government was established in the territory of others with a population collected from across the world at the expense of driving millions of the rightful inhabitants of the land into a diaspora and homelessness. This is a great tragedy with hardly a precedent in history. Refugees continue to live in temporary refugee camps, and many have died still hoping to one day return to their land. Can any logic, law or legal reasoning justify this tragedy? Can any member of the United Nations accept such a tragedy occurring in their own homeland?


    'Iraq for Sale' Producer Greenwald on Olbermann

    If Democratic Sen. Harry Truman could investigate war profiteering during World War II while a fellow Democrat was in the White House, why can't Congress investigate war profiteering in Iraq now? That, in a nutshell, was the question Keith Olbermann had Tuesday (September 19, 2006) night on MSNBC's "Countdown."

    Many spinach growers writing off this year's crop

    3-day rainfall not enough to end drought

    Yellowstone River rises a foot

    Climate-change storm hits Exxon

    Bush Administration Announces Half-Baked Climate Change Plan

    Kondracke: "..figure" that Iraqi insurgents will plan "more upsurges of violence in Iraq to ... help Bush's adversaries" in upcoming elections

    Wolf Blitzer, Still working for AIPAC and the Zionist menace to World Peace

    CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and NBC touted USA Today/Gallup poll with Bush approval rating at 44 percent, ignored Pew poll placing his approval at 37%

    What republican Maniacs Have up Their Sleeves

    The task of repopulating the federal courts with strict constructionists is vital and ongoing and President Bush needs as many Senators as possible to support his judicial nominees and give them the up-or-down vote to which nominees are entitled, regardless of the political party of the President doing the nominating.

    Bush says he'd send troops into Pakistan

    Bush blocks campaign to put pressure on Sudan over Darfur

    "If only the public knew how much Georgie has done to help Africa," said Condyloma Rice, Aunt Jemima of State.

    The Goverment Can't Stop Giving Money to Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed Martin is getting a seven and a-half (M) million dollar Texas grant as it prepares to build the Orion (uh-RY'-un) crew exploration vehicle.

    Gov. Rick Perry made the announcement today at Space Center Houston as part of an effort that's expected to include one-thousand new jobs.

    NASA two weeks ago announced Lockheed Martin won the multi (B) billion dollar contract to build the Orion manned lunar space craft.

    NASA anticipates building eight of the reusable spaceships through 2019 -- replacing the space shuttle.

    The grant comes from the Texas Enterprise Fund.


    Wednesday, September 20, 2006

    Pushing it seems to be the theme of the 21st century so far

    Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    Congress Considering Strip Searching Students

    Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

    Rachel Corrie's parents visit Ashland

    Another child killed by Zionist murderers.

    Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder-A Glimpse Into Israeli Collective Psychosis

    Gaza: The children killed in a war the world doesn't want to know about

    Poll on French Muslims blasts popular cliches

    Israeli troops storm banks, money-exchange offices in West Bank, steal millions of dollars

    An Insider in Brussels: Lobbyists Reshape the European Union

    NIGER: A third journalist is sentenced to prison

    A court in Niger’s capital, Niamey, today sentenced journalist Salif Dago to six months in prison for publishing “false information,” according to local sources contacted by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Dago, a reporter for the private newspaper L'Enquêteur, is the third journalist to be sentenced to jail for his work in less than a month.

    We don't have enough prisons to house all the liars in US media. FOX news alone would take up several cell blocks.

    Hitler cartoons ruffle feathers in Germany

    "One cannot deal with the architect of the Holocaust in a humorous way. It is not appropriate," Jewish author Ralph Giordano told the daily Berliner Kurier on Wednesday.

    Anti-pope Demonstrations Rage on

    Restraining order to prevent attacks on Iran, Syria denied

    I Hope the Entire Bush Klan is in it when it drowns

    Scientists shocked as Arctic polar route emerges

    PARIS (AFP) - European scientists voiced shock as they showed pictures which showed Arctic ice cover had disappeared so much last month that a ship could sail unhindered from Europe's most northerly outpost to the North Pole itself.

    Government Accused of Censorship Over Global Warming

    Meltdown: Ice Cracks at North Pole

    U.S. sees delay in big rise in alternative motor fuels

    The 13 Most Corrupt Members of Congress

    Warner to open video library to YouTube

    'Lucy's baby' found in Ethiopia

    Australopithecus afarensis  Image: Zeresenay Alemseged

    Bolivia and Venezuela, military cooperation agreement

    Federal judge overturns Bush plan that eased road-building limits in national forests

    Polls Show Ortega Ahead in Nicaragua

    Chávez, Iran target U.S. oil 'hegemony' - pursuing mutual goals to create a 'multipolar' world

    US copters intrude into N. Waziristan

    False Reports on Iran a Replay of Run-Up to Iraq War?

    Tuesday, September 19, 2006

    Go Ted!

    "We lost so much," he said of the U.S. invasion. "It literally broke my heart, it was so dumb. ... If you started wars with everyone you don't like, well good God, we would all be at war with everybody."

    Turner said that, even in such a world, he wouldn't be at war with anyone -- even Rupert Murdoch: "I'd fight [Murdoch] in the ring, with gloves on, but I wouldn't bomb News Corp."

    As for women: "If we had women holding all the public offices, the amount of money on the military would be immediately cut way back and more would be spent on healthcare and education," Turner said. "There wouldn't be lack of family planning or birth control if the women ran things."

    Rummy's New Europe- Lockheed Martin Rolls Out Poland's First F-16

    Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $7M Deal

    Response to Part 1 of the ABC fictionalized "docu-drama" "The Path to 9/11"

    voting law being used to scare minorities

    Lebanese villagers must risk death in fields 'flooded' with more than a million Israeli cluster bombs - or leave crops to rot

    Muslim clerics call upon Pope to convert to Islam

    ‘We Are Conducting Military Operations Inside Iran Right Now. The Evidence Is Overwhelming.’

    And I thought all the Nazis Were Living in Washington DC these days

    Gore says tax pollution, not payrolls

    Very Sick. Are they Tax Exempt?

    "It's an absolute, straight-up us-against-them," Sandler said. "It's, you're either with us or you're against us. … Not only are you a sinner, but you are working for the enemy -- the enemy being Satan."

    Filthy Zionist Troll Heavy Breathing on MY Blog

    Yeah, it's the foul odor of a troll. One has been traipsing my site dragging his club and his gigantic sense of entitlement, "commenting" on my posts, though I will not allow his comments to appear because I do not supply obnoxious, inaccurate, lying, self righteous bigots a forum for their "Jews are superior to Arabs" bullshit .
    That's his whole argument too. Over and over.
    He's a Jew and he's superior.
    Then he pads it with a bunch of lies and calls for violent death of Muslims.

    He's also one of those Jews who accuses anyone who criticizes Israeli policy of anti semitism. Pretty tiresome. Increasingly ineffective.

    People like Jack ARE the destruction of Israel.
    People who don't grasp the only solution is an atmosphere of tolerance for everyone and equality for each person, regardlessof ethnicity, are the problem.
    People who make up history and embellish known facts to suit their own political ambitions are the problem.
    People who excuse violence from ANYONE are the problem.
    People who justify the continued Israeli occupation are the problem.

    I've asked Jack W Orf "super Jew" as he calls himself - moronic, racist, whining, big mouth horse's ass who believes in astrology, to stay the fuck off my blog. But he keeps coming back, the sorry motherfucker. It's much like the Israelis who also will not stay where they belong and believe they have a right to impose themselves on others.
    Maybe it's in the Khazar blood line.

    Brainwashed And Spin Dried

    Kevin Martin Running GOP FCC Coverup


    Last week, Boxer released a draft of an FCC study that showed locally owned stations air more news than local stations controlled by outside owners. A lawyer with the FCC told The Associated Press last week that FCC managers ordered the destruction of that report; the lawyer is no longer with the agency.

    "I want to assure you that I too am concerned about what happened to these two draft reports," Martin stated in a letter sent Monday evening to Boxer. "I have asked the inspector general of the FCC to conduct an investigation into what happened to these draft documents and will cooperate fully with him."


    YouTube Next Legal Target For Universal

    Tainted spinach traced to California

    Sigh. Agribusiness as usual. What matters is profit.

    25 years of consolidation in food conglomerates with the feds cutting back inspection programs and gutting regulations, and we now have all kinds of problems in the food supply, problems that didn't exist prior to the "Reagan revolution."

    Now if you die from e coli or salmonella or your brain turns into pudding from Prions, you're just collateral damage in the class war.

    E. Coli Outbreak Came After Warning

    Mercury Contamination Moves Beyond Fish

    Jesse Jackon Blasts Ken Blackwell

    How Stupid is Amerikkka?

    Neoliberal Trade Policies Such as those sponsored by both major Amerikkkan parties at work

    Hungary Police Retake Television Building

    About 150 people were hurt in overnight riots that Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany called "the longest and darkest night" for the country since the end of communism in 1989.
    The protests were triggered by a recording that surfaced Sunday. In it, the Socialist prime minister admitted lying "morning, evening and night" about the economy to win April elections.

    How Many ways can Bush give your Money to His Friends?

    Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin $12M Deal

    Lockheed Martin and the Secure Border initiative

    Another way to fleece taxpayers

    Air Force Awards General Dynamics $9M Deal

    Illinois Woman's ER Wait Death Ruled Homicide

    Saxby Chambliss, Confederate

    And finally: Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) argued last week that the South could have won the Civil War if the Confederates had just had better intelligence. Sources told Roll Call that Chambliss said, “We need better intelligence. If we had better intelligence in the Civil War we’d be quoting Jefferson Davis, not Lincoln.”

    Nazi Pope Tongue Wrestles Jihadists Nuts for Boot Space on women's Throats everywhere

    It's unfortunate they antagonize each other in this way when they have many common features and goals.

    Both are based on a pack of foul smelling, squishy brown lies and both aim to oppress women by any means necessary.

    White House Selects Businessman to Privatize Cybersecurity and Further Ass Rape American Tax payers

    Treasure trove of new marine species found

    Saturday, September 16, 2006

    Security Analysis of the Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machine

    FDA whistle-blower Graham blasts new Merck arthritis drug

    Lawmakers to probe housing "bubble," mortgages

    a replay of Iraq, a battle is brewing over intelligence on Iran

    Not So Separated

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    World has 10-year window to act on climate: expert


    If the world continues with a "business as usual" scenario, Hansen said temperatures will rise by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius (3.6 to 7.2 degrees F) and "we will be producing a different planet."

    On that warmer planet, ice sheets would melt quickly, causing a rise in sea levels that would put most of Manhattan under water. The world would see more prolonged droughts and heat waves, powerful hurricanes in new areas and the likely extinction of 50 percent of species.

    Hansen, who heads NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has made waves before by saying that President George W. Bush's administration tried to silence him and heavily edited his and other scientists' findings on a warmer world.

    He reiterated that the United States "has passed up the opportunity" to influence the world on global warming.

    The United States is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, most notably carbon dioxide. But Bush pulled the country out of the 160-nation Kyoto Protocol in 2001, arguing that the treaty's mandatory curbs on emissions would harm the economy.

    Arctic Ice Seal Found on N.C. Beach

    KBR Employees Say Attack That Killed 7. U.S, Civilians In Iraq Could've Been Prevented

    Experimenting on Troops. Seems on par with torture

    Iranian president claims US is the nuclear threat

    I agree, and I don't agree with this dick head about much.

    Separated at Birth


    Pakistani girl gang-raped for 'acquiring education'

    Terrorist Attacks Bill Clinton Stopped

    Thursday, September 14, 2006

    US warns Nicaraguans not to back Ortega

    Something is killing the aspen trees of the Rocky Mountain West.

    House approves U.S.-Mexican border fence

    The bill passed Thursday doesn't pay for the fence. Republicans, estimating the cost at more than $2 billion, said that will be covered in a later spending bill. Democrats estimated the fence would cost $7 billion, based on information from the Department of
    Homeland Security on costs per mile of a double-layer fence.

    Frist's Kid Looks Like he Needs a Kick in the ass


    Ten Big News Stories You Aren't Hearing

    Traditional media ignore or downplay significant events

    1. The Feds and the Media Muddy the Debate Over Internet Freedom

    2. Halliburton Charged With Selling Nuclear Technology to Iran

    3. World Oceans in Extreme Danger

    4. Hunger and Homelessness Increasing in the United States

    5. High-tech Genocide in Congo

    6. Federal Whistleblower Protection in Jeopardy

    7. US Operatives Torture Detainees to Death in Afghanistan and Iraq

    8. Pentagon Exempt from Freedom of Information Act

    9. World Bank Funds Israel-Palestine Wall

    10. Expanded Air War in Iraq kills More Civilians

    Big Payoff for Big Business on Border Security?

    Lockdown USA

    The legislation, which is expected to go to the House floor for a vote on Thursday, would require construction of two layers of reinforced fencing along stretches of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas that are considered among the most porous parts of the border.

    It would also require officials of the Department of Homeland Security to establish “operational control” over all American land and sea borders by using Border Patrol agents, fencing, satellites, cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles.

    The bill is the first in a series of border security measures House Republicans have promised to pass before the midterm elections in November.

    Illegal immigration tab: $44 billion - includes 700-mile fence on border

    Billions of your tax dollars at stake in privatized border contracts

    The Bush administration is expected next month to choose an industry consortium to erect a high-tech security shield along the U.S. borders, launching one of the federal government's most ambitious public-works projects in years.

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) calls the proposed Secure Border Initiative Net (SBInet) the "most comprehensive effort in the nation's history" to gain control of more than 6,000 miles of border with Mexico and Canada, and 2,000 miles of coastline.

    Privatization of immigration control means a bonanza for connected firms

    More on Privatized Border security

    Conservatives Jumping at shadows Together

    What motivated the 9/11 hijackers? See testimony most didn't

    Musharraf blames US and the West for importing, breeding extremism into Pakistan

    Bush has Clear Symptoms of Personality Disorder and Messianic Paranoid Delusion

    Princeton Prof Hacks E-Vote Machine or How Republicans Win Elections

    In a paper posted on the university's Web site, Edward Felten and two graduate students described how they had tested a Diebold AccuVote-TS machine they obtained, found ways to quickly upload malicious programs and even developed a computer virus able to spread such programs between machines.


    Certainly Enough to Destroy What's Left of the Environment

    Arctic sea ice shrinks, a sign of greenhouse effect

    Arctic perennial sea ice -- the kind that stays frozen year-round -- declined by 14 percent between 2004 and 2005, climate scientists said on Wednesday, in what one expert saw as a clear sign of greenhouse warming.

    The Phony War on Terror

    U.S. Can’t Protect All Targets, Chertoff Says

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 — Congress and the American public must accept that the government cannot protect every possible target against attack if it wants to avoid fulfilling Al Qaeda’s goal of bankrupting the nation, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told a Senate committee Tuesday.
    The direct reference to Mr. bin Laden echoes what is now a week’s worth of tough talk by the Bush administration about him, a move Democrats call a politically motivated effort to refocus the nation, and its voters, on the war on terror instead of the troubled conflict in Iraq.
    Maybe if he'd stop applying the terrorist laws to animal rights activists, meth dealers, Mexican illegals, if they'd stop heaping money on Lockheed-Martin for assorted "security" projects and stop inflaming the world's hatred of America with support for the rogue terrorist state of israel and the economic colonization and occupation of Iraq etc., Chertoff's budget would look a little friendlier toward protecting the US from terrorism.

    Animal rights activists sentenced Under Terrorist Laws

    Ann Richards Dies

    A longtime champion of women and minorities in government who was serving at the time as Texas state treasurer, she won cheers when she reminded delegates that Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, "only backwards and in high heels."
    She told an interviewer shortly before leaving office, "I did not want my tombstone to read, 'She kept a really clean house.' I think I'd like them to remember me by saying, 'She opened government to everyone.'"

    Whether or not she succeeded at that, there was no question she cracked open the door.

    As governor, Richards appointed the first black University of Texas regent, the first crime victim on the state Criminal Justice Board, the first disabled person on the human services board and the first teacher to lead the State Board of Education. Under Richards, the fabled Texas Rangers pinned stars on their first black and female officers.

    Ron Kirk, the black former mayor of Dallas, said Richards helped him get his first political internship during a state constitutional convention in 1974 and later, as governor, made him secretary of state.

    "She set the table so somebody like me could become mayor of Dallas," Kirk said.

    She also polished Texas' image, courted movie producers, campaigned for the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico, oversaw a doubling of the state prison system and presided over rising student achievement scores and plunging dropout rates.

    Throughout her years in office, her popularity remained high. One poll put it at over 60 percent the year she lost her re-election bid to Bush.


    GOP Leaders Back Bush on Wiretapping, Tribunals

    Wednesday, September 13, 2006

    Israeli general quits over conduct of Lebanon war

    Major General Udi Adam

    Trademark of Israel

    The Coming Colllapse of Zionism: The Moral Bankruptcy of Israel's Founding Idea

    Racism has always been the lifeblood of Israel. Zionism rests on the fundamental belief that Jews have superior national, human, and natural rights in the land, an inherently racist foundation that excludes any possibility of true democracy or equality of peoples. Israel's destructive rampage in Lebanon and Gaza is merely the natural next step in the evolution of such a founding ideology. Precisely because that ideology posits the exclusivity and superiority of one people's rights, it can accept no legal or moral restraints on its behavior and no territorial limits, for it needs an ever-expanding geography to accommodate those unlimited rights.

    Kill Arabs, Cry Anti-Semitism by Norman Finkelstein

    A central thesis of my book Beyond Chutzpah is that whenever Israel faces a public relations debacle its apologists sound the alarm that a "new anti-Semitism" is upon us. So, predictably, just after Israel faced another image problem due to its murderous destruction of Lebanon, a British all-party parliamentary group led by notorious Israel-firster Denis MacShane MP (Labor) released yet another report alleging a resurgence of anti-Semitism (Report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry Into Antisemitism, September 2006).

    IDF commander: We fired more than a million cluster bombs in Lebanon

    "What we did was insane and monstrous, we covered entire towns in cluster bombs," the head of an IDF rocket unit in Lebanon said regarding the use of cluster bombs and phosphorous shells during the war.

    Of course, when I say the same thing on my blog I get long, nasty letters calling me antisemitic and calling Arabs towel heads who deserve to die.

    Perhap the same folks will mail similarletters to the IDF commander who has been fighting for his country.

    Any criticism of Israel's policies is immediately met with the screaming charge of anti semitism. It's utter bullshit, of course, just like it is utter bullshit that criticism of the Bush Cheney cabal aids and abets terrorism.

    Poverty drives children to work at checkpoints

    Lessons of Lebanon by Noam Chomsky


    Let’s describe the current crisis for what it is: a US-Israeli invasion of Lebanon, with only a cynical pretense to legitimacy. Amid all the charges and countercharges, the most immediate factor behind the assault is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    This is hardly the first time that Israel has invaded Lebanon to eliminate an alleged threat. The most important of the US-backed Israeli invasions of Lebanon, in 1982, was widely described in Israel as a war for the West Bank. It was undertaken to end the Palestinian Liberation Organisation’s annoying calls for a diplomatic settlement. Despite many different circumstances, the July invasion falls into the same pattern.

    What would break the cycle? The basic outlines of a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict are familiar, and have been supported by a broad international consensus for 30 years: a two-state settlement on the international border, perhaps with minor and mutual adjustments.


    Whitney's prerogative: Divorcing Bobby Brown

    Bring on the Ping Pong Balls

    Official Dictatorship in America

    IRAQ: Palestinian refugees targeted by militants receive no help

    US trade deficit hits record US$68B in July

    With more than 375,000 served, Cuba expands free eye surgery to Asia, Africa

    You're Mustache is Just so dad burn cute


    Oil dipped back below $64 a barrel on Wednesday

    The conditions which influence price are no different now than 3 months ago. But the sociopathic gluttons who run the oil industry are easing prices in the hope of keeping their republican friends in congress in November.
    Hell, we may even see gas pries come down until after November 08. Diebold vote fixing and tampering with ballots is too obvious unless the elections are close.

    Yearly US Budget Deficit or Surplus 1961-present

    Clinton, Spitzer and Cuomo Coast to New York Primary Victories

    Republikkkans bulldozing wall of separation between church and state


    Labor Department Eliminates Tool For Employment Discrimination Enforcement

    The U.S. Department of Labor is eliminating the Equal Opportunity Survey, a tool for identifying and investigating federal contractors that discriminate against women and people of color.

    I-69: Yet Another NAFTA Super-Highway

    Still, skeptics -- even congressmen and senators in the nine states where the I-69 corridor will be built -- continue to charge that any idea that NAFTA Super-Highways are being built are nothing more than internet conspiracy theories.

    But these people believe conspiracy theories! They believeded the huge reeking conspiracy theory Dick Cheney made up and told them about 9/11 and Saddam. They appear to believe the same conspiracy theorist and his pals on the subject of Iran and nuclear weapons.

    Bush Plans to Colonize Cuba

    Convinced that Cuban leader Fidel Castro will never regain the power he once wielded, the Bush administration has created five interagency working groups to monitor Cuba and carry out U.S. policy.

    The groups, some of which operate in war-room-like settings, were quietly set up after the July 31 announcement that the ailing Castro, 80, had ceded power temporarily to a collective leadership headed by his brother, Raul, U.S. officials say.


    Tuesday, September 12, 2006

    Mayor Daley Follows Up by Playing Race Card

    Photo Essay: Rare Scenes from 9/11

    Throw Away the Key

    The First Daily Show after 9.11.2001

    Call for Bush to stop using 'Islamic fascists'

    Theocratic Republikkkan Pigs in US House Attack separation of Church and State

    Why Are Your Prescriptions so Expensive?

    The US homeland security merchants of fear lobbyist sparked a $130bn bonanza

    Millions of Afghans face hunger as crops fail

    Palestinians forced to scavenge for food on rubbish dumps

    The Man Who Sold the World

    Gaping Holes in the 9/11 Narrative

    Proposed Administration Bill Would Roll Back Human Rights Advancements

    Last Wednesday, the Bush Administration submitted an 86 page bill to Congress responding to Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and several other recent developments in national security law. Two days later, an ACS sponsored panel at Duke University explained the impact of this bill.

    Describing the Administration’s proposal as “one of the most remarkably cynical things I’ve ever seen a President do,” Panelist and constitutional law scholar Erwin Chemerinsky listed four effects of the proposed legislation:

    The Audience is Far Too Kind to Conrad Burns

    Members of the audience took offense and shouted “psycho” and booed as Burns claimed that Democratic Senate candidate Jon Tester has an illegal slush fund, has taken “unreported” trips to Taiwan, and made illegal phone calls to raise campaign funds.

    The accusations came after Tester accused Burns of no longer representing Montana values.

    “I believe in light bulbs and sunshine,” Burns said. “You know everything about me because it's all out there on the Web site.”

    Under attack by the incumbent senator, Tester chuckled, then defended himself by citing a lengthy, rapid-fire list of out-of-state and out-of-country trips taken by Burns, and the multinational corporations from which Burns has taken money.


    Number of Republicans Declines to 32-Month Low

    The number of Americans calling themselves Republican has fallen to its lowest level in more than two-and-a-half years. Just 31.9% of American adults now say they’re affiliated with the GOP. That’s down from 37.2% in October 2004 and 34.5% at the beginning of 2006. These results come from Rasmussen Reports tracking surveys of 15,000 voters per month and have a margin of sampling error smaller than a percentage point.

    China reports record high trade surplus

    Legislation Would Require Clinics to Screen Women Wanting Abortions

    Women are children who can't make their own decisions.

    That fact is quite clear to anyone who's grown up within the system of patriarchal monotheism, a system which revolves around condemning women to inferior status while saying you're not.

    Too bad someone can't ask every woman who becomes pregnant if she was raped or coerced or even if she enjoyed the sex that made her pregnant - or if she has the means to take care of a child.
    That last question may be the most important in some ways, because once they are born children are their mother's problem, unless, of course, the father chooses to take responsibility for his children.

    But that's the key, you see. The man has a choice.
    Just ask the
    republikkkans who've cut back funding that allowed victimized women to pursue child support from irresponsible father through the courts.

    GOP Pin Up Georgina

    Blatant Media Distortion

    Gore, who lost narrowly to
    President George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential race, was caught in the crossfire between rival Aussie politicians disputing his assertions on climate change in the film.

    Gore did not lose. Gore won. The right wing appointed supreme court gave the election to Bush.

    By every single count scenario Gore won the vote.
    If Katherine Hariss and her criminal gang had been prosecuted for the crimes they committed in Florida Gore's margin of victory would have been much larger that it was.

    Yet the lie of Gore's loss goes on and on in the corporate media.
    It is a desirable lie, a useful spin, because it prevents people from understanding what really happened and what we are actually dealing with in Bush; A coup d'etat by a gang of fascists using a compliant chimpanzee as a front man.

    It isn't that I'm so crazy about Gore, though I infinitely prefer him to Bush. I'm simply tired of these great big lies that get codified as truth because the media, which is run by the same corporate interest who run the government, said so.

    Sweden plans to be oil-free by 2020

    Bush plans to let big oil make energy policy.

    Blair faces angry protest in Beirut

    Dump Daley

    Mayor vetoes Chicago 'living wage' bill

    More Americans blame Bush for 9/11

    Cheney insists on Iraq-al-Qaeda link

    Keith Olbermann’s Special Comment on Bush: Who has left this hole in the ground?

    War's Critics Abetting Terrorists, Cheney Says

    Yes, freedom of speech, our freedoms, ya know, the very thing The Prevaricating Hyena and the Chimpy-in Chief sent American children to die for, ostensibly, aids terrorism.

    Cheney, Bush and Rummy - the assholes of evil.

    Worried CIA Officers Buy Legal Insurance

    Hmmm. I wonder if premiums are cheaper to insure yourself against lawsuits as a torturer than they are to insure yourself against flood or hurricane in the Gulf ?

    Monday, September 11, 2006

    Cheney Offers to Bet on Congressional Republicans


    How can republicans lose when they control the privatized voting software and privatized voting computers, computers that have been repeatedly demonstrated to have been designed for ease of tampering, and have secretaries of state who are willing to purge voter rolls of democrats, fail to place adequate number of ballots in democrat leaning districts, collect ballots only to throw them in the garbage, and lie, cheat and steal constantly.
    And that's just the stuff we can prove.

    myth of fair elections in America

    Bush Confident GOP Will Hold Congress

    Sunday, September 10, 2006

    Emails suggest that the CIA knew of plans by private military companies to breach UN rules

    Dramatic evidence that America is involved in illegal mercenary operations in east Africa has emerged in a string of confidential emails seen by The Observer. The leaked communications between US private military companies suggest the CIA had knowledge of the plans to run covert military operations inside Somalia - against UN rulings - and they hint at involvement of British security firms.

    Hey Cheney!

    Bush Plans to Decimate Social Security After the GOP fixes the midterm election

    U.S. President George W. Bush walks with first lady Laura Bush to the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington before their departure to New York City September 10, 2006. Bush will participate in ceremonies commemorating the fifth anniversary of September 11, 2001.  REUTERS/Yuri Gripas  (UNITED STATES)