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2005-12-23 Happy Holidays
There will be no new entries until after the New Year as I break for the holidays. Yes I said holidays and did not choose one specific holiday because I don’t know who will be reading this. Hopefully the president will not destroy any more civil liberties, violate more laws, piss off more people and countries around the world or start any new wars before everyone returns from holiday breaks to keep an eye on him. Remember, it’s a democracy, so you can’t say it wasn’t my turn to watch him, because IT’S EVERYONE’S TURN TO WATCH HIM - ALL THE TIME.
In 2006 - protest, ask questions, stay informed, share your knowledge, join a non-profit public service group, volunteer, set an example, MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
2005-12-22Report on the Lies
It doesn’t get any better
than this. A report from the office of congressman John Conyers about all those
nasty pre-war LIES we were told to trick most of
2005-12-21 Separation of Church & State
As more and more groups and government officials try to blur the separation of church & state, I found this in my email this morning. Click on the image to learn more.
When you listen to all the members of the Bush administration defend the use of wiretaps without court approval, saying the president has the power, no laws were broken and we hear the president admit he ordered these wiretaps in his speech and press conference, step into the time machine and remember this quote from Bush himself back on April 20, 2004.
Secondly, there are such things as roving wiretaps.
Now, by the way, any time you hear the
We have just experienced a
week right out of the Karl Rove media control handbook. The Bush administration
has been throwing all their eggs in the
In a war/terror related issue, read the story linked below about a student who received a visit from federal agents because he asked for an interlibrary loan of a “flagged” book. I recall a Mel Gibson movie, where he goes to a bookstore and buys a flagged book, which makes the government computers set off alarms, and the agents swoop in. Not far from the truth, is it?
Click on any of the images to get these items and more.
2005-12-14 Domestic Terrorists?
Forget those foreign extremists. Pay no attention to who is buying or selling military weapons. If you really want to get a handle on terrorism, keep track of those pesky domestic peace activists. That’s the way to do it. If you don’t believe me, then believe the Pentagon, because that’s what they’re doing. Check out the story linked below.
2005-12-13 Bush Takes Questions
It must have been a cold day in hell yesterday, because Bush gave a speech to a non-military audience and even answered unrehearsed questions.
Now the president when asked
admitted there were about 30,000 Iraqis killed in the war so far. This seems
optimistic, because the actual count may be much higher. There has never been
any accurate count, but the link below will take you to a site that lists about
30,000 “REPORTED” deaths. It does not allow for unreported deaths, and in the
chaos that consumes
Bush was also asked about
using 9-11 to justify the war in
2005-12-13 Bush Interview
Brian Williams of NBC did a televised interview with Bush that was just ridiculous. You can read the full transcript, linked below, but although the questions were fine, the answers were not. Sure the president can answer anyway he wants, but when the answers are as incredibly poor as Bush’s were, the interviewer (Williams) should challenge them. It seems that this is just another opportunity for Bush to get “face time” and say whatever he wants. Here is my favorite example in a question about hurricane Katrina;
Williams: Were you watching the coverage? Were you seeing the same pictures that Americans were seeing?
President Bush: I was. I was.
Now I recall a story about how the Whitehouse staff had to record the newscasts showing Katrina devastation and then had a discussion about who was going to bring him the bad news. (See 2005-09-12 and 2005-10-11 below) After having no reaction for days, who is he kidding, and why did this go unchallenged?
The other day I received one of those chain political emails from a friend titled “DID YOU KNOW?”
I receive many political emails each day and most are bogus, some are not. Some come from activist groups that are supporting or fighting a piece of legislation, are clearly identified as such, state their argument for or against, often include statistics and back them up with some links to learn more about the subject, and have contact information for legislators to make it easy for me to voice my opinion. Other emails are some political rant or collection of statistics that are attributed to a person I’ve never heard of with an important title and/or employer to make them seem legitimate. These however, never contain any back up information or links to support the information or legitimacy of the author. Usually the statements in these emails turn out to be false, and I have several good sources I use to check them. The one I received from my friend Susan had information that was for the most part true, but because of the way it was expressed and the underlying political tone of the email, I decided to use it as an opportunity to open a dialogue. Below is the original email as well as the reply, the reply to the reply, and the reply that followed that.
Did you know that 47 countries have reestablished their embassies in
Did you know that the Iraqi government currently employs 1.2 million Iraqi people?
Did you know that 3100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under rehabilitation, 263 schools are now under construction and 38 new schools have been built in
Did you know that
Did you know that 25 Iraqi students departed for the
Did you know that the Iraqi Navy is operational?! They have 5- 100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment.
Did you know that
Did you know that
Did you know that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained and equipped police officers?
Did you know that there are 5 Police Academies in
Did you know there are more than 1100 building projects going on in
Did you know that 96% of Iraqi children under the age of 5 have received the first 2 series of polio vaccinations?
Did you know that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school by mid October?
Did you know that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in
Did you know that
Did you know that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004?
Did you know that 2 candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a televised debate recently?
OF COURSE WE DIDN'T KNOW!
WHY DIDN'T WE KNOW? OUR MEDIA WOULDN'T TELL US!
Instead of reflecting our love for our country, we get photos of flag burning incidents at Abu Ghraib and people throwing snowballs at the presidential motorcades.
The lack of accentuating the Positive in
---- Above facts are verifiable on the Department of Defense web site. .......Please pass it on!......................
IN GOD WE TRUST
To learn more about this email
I could easily write a similar list of things that have gone poorly, statistics that don't support our actions, convicted criminals the
government and we will control the process by which you select your leaders, while conducting military actions that imprison or kill some of your neighbors or family members, wouldn't you become part of the insurgency?
Isn't it good to hear that some progress is being made. Listening to the news you feel everything is going badly. That's all. Would it not be worthwhile to say good for that. How would you like to be a soldier over there and have the opposite feeling. They would have no hope at all.
I do not know the answer, no one can say they want to be in a war.
Tell me, exactly what would you do and what would you have done. Do you really think Hussein and his thugs were nice people. They did find training camps over there ( in one area of the country, we do know he made chemical weapons etc). So, please tell me-what is the solution.
I feel for the soldiers and there families also, we should be able to agree on that. What I forwarded is for them.
Love and God Bless, Susan
This is a long one, but I couldn’t resist.
If I were a soldier in Iraq, the positive news I would like to hear is that they have restored the money and services that were cut from veterans benefits, or that the government was finally going to provide the vehicle and body armor that they have been promising and still have only partially delivered, or that we would spend less time protecting highly paid contractors and more time doing our own work, or that when my commanders requested more troops or supplies than the administrant plan called for, their request would be taken seriously instead of being relieved of duty, or many, many other things that could be positive for our troops. If we want to support the troops, the best thing we can do is get them responsible leadership. After all, they don’t make all these horrible tactical decisions; they are just following orders, and face consequences if they don’t.
As far as negative news, imagine what the news would be like if it was not manipulated by our government. To date, they have been caught producing fake news reports and distributing them to local stations for air, paying broadcasters to promote their agenda, banning news images of dead soldiers caskets arriving back here in the US (coverage we have seen in other conflicts), planting a fake reporter in the Whitehouse press corps to ask softball or leading questions at press conferences, having a US contractor write stories for Iraqi newspapers and paying them to run these reports, having the presidential speeches and “town hall meetings” only in front of carefully screened audiences chosen to eliminate any opposition and give the appearance of wide spread support, staging a fake “unrehearsed” video conference with the troops in Iraq and then denying it was staged even after tapes of the rehearsal surface, discontinuing government yearly statistical reports that were producing unflattering statistics, constantly quoting statistics in speeches and press conferences that are known to be false and never being challenged on these falsehoods (see the next one for why), intimidating journalists by excluding them from future press events if they ask an unrehearsed or unapproved question (Helen Thomas is a good example), staging events like the toppling of the Saddam statue after the invasion of Baghdad (yes it was a PsyOps event and you can look it up to confirm) and many, many more. Now these are just the press manipulation events that we know about and the ones I can think of right now. Imagine how many more we don’t know about and then imagine what would be on the news if they didn’t manipulate the media.
Now for Saddam and the weapons; although no one really thought Saddam
was a nice guy and he did have weapons in the early 90s (that we sold to him),
no WMDs of any kind, chemical or otherwise have ever been found since our
invasion, nor have we found any evidence of weapons programs even though we
were told over and over that they definitely exist and “we know where they
are”. When Powell appeared at the UN with photos of mobile weapons labs, they
were not photos at all, but drawing of what we think they would be like. Check
the photos of this event and see for yourself. In fact, the background story
behind the CIA leak investigation is that the Bush administration was told the
On the al Qaeda front, although every administration member tries in
some way to connect
So how have we gone so wrong and made it to where we are today? There is
a small group of extremely powerful, politically connected insiders who banded
together in the early 90s and formally emerged as a unified group in the mid
90s, called The Project for a New American Century. (www.newamericancentury.org) On the surface, this
group seems like a collection of patriots that have
Finally, I don’t want you to think I have some sort of problem with Republicans. Republicans and Democrats in general want similar goals, but often have different ideas about how to get there. I see nothing wrong with republican ideals like fiscal responsibility, states rights, smaller government and more, but I don’t see how the current republican leadership that is in power in our government today represent any of these values. In fact, their actions seem to be aimed in the exact opposite direction. We have the largest federal government in history, with the greatest spending, having borrowed more foreign money in this administration than in all the preceding administrations combined, with attempts at federal interference in local issues (like the Schiavo case), fewer civil rights, an over burdened military, and as the latest reports from the 9-11 commission state, failing grades in preparing for our security at home. I am personally baffled that many in the general public continue to believe and support after failures that would have completely destroyed any other administration in our history.
I hope it wasn’t too much,
I’m somewhere in this line of about 70 protestors for peace in front of a large shopping mall on Black Friday.
The banners we are holding have names,
dates and pictures of soldiers killed in
2005-12-09 Robin the Hood
Today I will only choose 1 topic because it is so disturbing it needs to stand alone. The House yesterday approved $56,100,000,000.00 in tax cuts. If my memory serves me, it was only a few weeks ago that these same legislators were approving cuts in Medicaid, the school lunch program and other programs because there was not enough money in the budget to support them. These are all programs that help the needy, and they had to be cut. Yesterdays cuts were mostly on capital gains and dividend taxes which mostly benefit those who can afford to own large amounts of securities, the wealthy. So in summing up, we take from the poor and give to the rich. It’s not Robin Hood, but instead it’s Robin the Hood. Your GOP at work!
Cheney is on the stump trying to get support for the war and Saddam is refusing to participate in the trial, but everyone is reporting on these stories, so I’ll offer some different items today.
Check out some important proposed legislation, HR550. Read the proposal and then sign the petition.
Next learn about today’s
How about a petition sponsored my MoveOn.org to “Bring the Troops Home”?
Tired of buying from corporate giants? Try the LaserMonks. (Just a fun one)
And my favorite for today,
the federal government has made lists and information available about its
employees (except positions like undercover agents and other identity sensitive
jobs) available since 1816, that is until now. In another unique bushism, this
administration doesn’t think people have a right to know in a free society.
2005-12-06 FEMA knew and the body count grows
Newly released FEMA documents show that they knew their response to Katrina was poor, and they prepared for the backlash. The more you learn, the more disgusted you get.
In a related story, 100 days after Katrina, more dead victims are found.
2005-12-06 Presidential Speech
The following speech by the president is one you may not have heard or read before.
It has been abbreviated slightly and the jumps are marked. Read carefully.
Tonight I want to talk to you on a subject of deep
concern to all Americans and to many people in all parts of the world the war
The excerpts above are from a
speech given by President Richard M. Nixon in 1969 about the war in
Thanks to http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10281222/#051201 for this text.
2005-12-05 The Plan and The 9-11 Commission
If we have a plan for
Isn’t is convenient that the second part of the 9-11 commission report, the one that says how poorly the government has done in the post 9-11 world, didn’t come out before the 2004 election. Now one year later and after the hard lessons of Katrina, we find out that all Bush’s talk about being the one who will keep us safe is confirmed once again as pure BULL SHIT.
My photo (Glen) as it appeared in Newsday,
(See 2005-10-18 for more info)
2005-12-02 War on the Press & Buying Press
Learn all about the Bush administration’s war on the press from FreePress.net
Then, check out this one.
After the Bush administration got caught producing fake news reports here in
2005-12-01 Glen’s Letter to the Today Show
Could The Today Show be more to the right?
Well, yes it
could, it could be FOX news, but my issue as I was screaming at the TV this
morning is that it shouldn’t be to the Right or Left at all. You pretend to be
a news show with reporters and journalists, yet the show continually displays a
lean to the Right, and Ms. Couric should never be allowed to handle political
topics, because her obvious bias distorts the report. I have become intolerant
of her pressuring guests from the Left while lobbing softballs at guests from
the Right. Let me tell you about this morning’s Today supported propaganda just
to make an example. You began the show as you should have, examining the
presidents address yesterday about the war in
It must be Republicy, because it sure isn’t Democracy.
Click any of the images to get yours or to see more designs.
2005-11-30 Same-Old, Same-Old
In a “major policy speech”
Bush tries to rebuild support for the war in
I’ll comment on some of his talking points, which include;
He will take recommendations from the
military leaders on the ground in regard to required troop strength. – Is this
the same administration that was told by the general in charge at the start of
this war, that more troops would be needed for a successful campaign? That
general was forced into retirement. He broke the first rule, Thou shalt not
disagree”. Later, he uses this troop strength topic to insert the latest
republican talking point to attack Democrats, “CUT and RUN”. Almost every republican
has accused democrats or liberals of wanting to “CUT and RUN” in the last few
weeks. This is an orchestrated effort to make democrats look weak, with no
resolve. Those who call for a withdrawal schedule, do so because they do not
Bush also uses the “Cut and Run” quote in
a different way. He says that if we CUT and RUN, it will invite new attacks on
He says we will stay until our mission of
defeating the terrorists in
Now he says there are 120 Iraqi police and military battalions ready to fight. – Now, in an effort to spin, he has added police battalions to the count to inflate the numbers, but remember, if you refer to 2005-11-15 below, he said there were 90 just 2 weeks ago. These huge numbers come after military officials and analysts have only been quoting single digit numbers. He does later admit that only ONE Iraqi battalion has achieved complete independence from the “coalition”.
He keeps talking about the coalition. –
What coalition? He has lost the trust of the other countries of the world long
ago and one by one they have been pulling out. The only major player he can
still count on is the
How long do we have to endure this
dribble? We are destroying our economy, our military and our integrity, while
we ignore other countries, militant groups or issues that pose real problems
for us. Bush also says “And we should not
fear the debate in
2005-11-29 The Skeletons Start to Come Out
For today’s casual reading, check out what former Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff Lawrence Wilkerson had to say about war intelligence, post war planning, torture, administration attitudes and more.
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi says human rights abuses by the Baghdad government are as bad now as they were under Saddam Hussein. This is one powerful endorsement of the fine job the US has done in Iraq and the fabulous new government we have created.
That’s right folks, Iraqi
leaders met at a summit in
2005-11-21 The Economy & the Goofball
They keep telling us that the
economy is good, but with all the money the
In an unrelated story, who could resist this picture of Bush trying to exit through a door that doesn’t open? He stopped, stood at attention looking like a child that just go caught doing something wrong and gave us that silly little kid “I didn’t do it” stare.
Click Here to watch the video.
2005-11-19 Has the Bush admin. been misleading?
Click on the image below to read the report.
(Thanks to my friend at www.foundingfreedoms.com )
2005-11-18 The budget & the war
Food stamps, Medicaid,
student aid and more are under attack by republicans. Obviously to them, these
are wasteful, while continued spending in
Speaking of the war, democrat
congressman John Murtha who supported the war in the past, now says it’s time
to pull out. Murtha is a retired ex-Marine with a Bronze Star and 2 Purple
Hearts, who has always been pro-military and embraced by the Bush
administration for that stance. Now that he says there is no more to gain by staying
and in fact we are becoming a catalyst for more insurgency and terrorism,
Click the image to try this one on for size
2005-11-17 Woodward, Hadley and Bush attacks
So we learned that Stephen Hadley revealed the identity of Valerie Plame to Bob Woodward of the Washington Post before Libby or Rove revealed it. Why did Woodward keep this a secret for so long? Why did he deny he knew? Is this obstructing justice on Woodward’s part? YES. Does this let Libby or Rove off the hook? NO. Libby is charged with false statements and obstruction. In fact, this case would have been over long ago if everyone involved wasn’t withholding information, lying and trying to cover their asses. Let me quickly get to the bottom line on this one. If three (that we know so far) different members of the administration leaked this agents identity, each to different members of the press, all within a short period of time, the odds are that they all didn’t get the same idea at the same time independently. If this leak, as the odds suggest, was planned to leak in several different directions from several different sources, we have a special word to describe this type of activity. CONSPIRACY.
In other news, after a poor republican showing on election night and the ever falling Bush poll numbers, the entire Bush administration has decided to go on the attack. Anyone who questions their actions, suggests they manipulated intelligence or made poor judgments they say is un-American, being political, rewriting history, promoting and supporting terrorism, or any other attack they can think of. It’s more of what they have done all along – attack your opponents and accuse them of what you yourself are guilty of. This tactic has worked for them during the first term, but seems to be faltering in the second term. Too bad for the Bushies.
Hagel, a republican, says it’s OK to question the actions of the administration.
Republicans start to say the Iraqis need to begin protecting themselves.
relief funds pulled from
That secret Cheney energy meeting was filled with oil company officials.
THEIR POWER IS SINKING & REPUBLICANS ARE JUMPING SHIP.
Find your own links today – go ahead, it’s fun
2005-11-15 Getting defensive over bad numbers
Bush's approval rating is at
the lowest of his presidency — 37% in the most recent AP-Ipsos poll and at
similar levels in comparable polls. So what is a president to do, GO ON THE
ATTACK and even continue to tie the
Here are some choice lines from a recent speech:
“We had to take a hard look at every threat to
“We didn't ask for this global struggle, but we're answering history's call with confidence, and with a comprehensive strategy to win this war.”
“Do we take the word of a madman and forget the lessons of September the 11th, or do we take action to defend our country?”
“We have killed or captured nearly all those directly responsible for the September the 11th attacks.”
“Iraq was only one of seven countries listed as a state sponsor of terror, and it was judged by intelligence agencies around the globe to possess weapons of mass destruction.”
“it is irresponsible for Democrats to now claim that we misled them and the American people.”
“Leaders in my administration and members of the
“The truth is that investigations of intelligence on
“Democrats who voted to authorize the use of force are now rewriting the past. They are playing politics with this issue and they are sending mixed signals to our troops and the enemy. And that's irresponsible.”
There has been no connection
ever found between 9-11 and
2005-11-10 Glen on Amtrak
The head of Amtrak was fired
yesterday. It seems there was a difference in philosophy between him and the
Amtrak board. He wants continued funding and the Amtrak board is siding with
the Bush administration and is willing to settle for less funds and wants a
leader with vision, who will make Amtrak instantly profitable with no
resources. There is also some strange idea to split off the Northeast portion
into a separate company, because it is profitable. This would help the NE to
survive, but would run the rest of Amtrak out of business. Now for my take on
the Amtrak issue; For years now, Amtrak has adopted the traditional corporate
attitude that if you aren’t making money, you have to cut costs. The only way
to cut costs is to cut service. The only way to cut service is to thin out the
schedule and offer less trains. This smaller schedule makes the public less
confident that there will be a train available when they want to travel. The
result of this is that less people use Amtrak. This causes Amtrak to have less
income, so they must lower costs. As you can see, this logic goes round and
round making the schedule smaller and smaller until we get to the pitiful
Amtrak service we have today. Let’s contrast this with the
Here’s a fun little undergarment message to those who may see it.
Click on the images to see all the designs.
2005-11-10 Terror Attacks
There were three attacks in
2005-11-09 Coat Tails, Finances and Chemical Weapons
It’s the day after Election Day and I’ll sum it up this way. Most candidates who belong to the same party as the president hope to ride on his coat tails to gain some extra votes, but this year it seems the republicans were being dragged down a bumpy road by this president’s coat tails without even knee pads or a helmet.
Speaking of coat tails, check
out this little fact and then use the 2nd link below to learn more. Throughout the first 224 years (1776-2000)
of our nation's history, 42
On another front, I recall
many speeches and press releases from the Bush administration during the pre
2005-11-08 Safe Information Class
In the wake of the Plame leak and Libby indictment, the Bush administration is requiring all its members to take a class in how to deal with sensitive or classified information. When we get a speeding ticket, we have points added to our license and can take a safe driving class to remove some points. This shows that an attempt is being made to learn better habits, but no one has been hurt and no irreparable damage has been done. This is not the case with disclosing national secrets and putting people in harms way. You can’t just take a class and remove those points against you. These people need to be in jail, not in class. NICE TRY mr. president!
2005-11-08 In Local News
The Shinnecock Indian tribe
2005-11-07 The Question, The Intelligence and Tribunals
The question is; "If President Bush did not tell the truth
about his reasons for going to war with
On a related issue, newly
released documents show that Bush and other members of his administration were
told that statements made by an al Qaeda man the
Also, the Supreme Court has
agreed to hear a case involving the right of terror suspects held by the
This is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time.
Click the image, go to the site and play the video.
2005-11-04 The emails tell it all
Congressman Charlie Melancon
2005-11-02 Secret Prisons
First we learned about Abu
2005-11-01 Forget the hearings, ask his mother.
When the president nominates someone, we put so much emphasis on the senate hearing, but in the case of Alito, the press has discovered a great new way to learn about the nominee. Ask his mother. With statements like, "I think he was upset that he didn't get there in the first shot, that Miers got it." and "Of course he's against abortion" we can learn more in seconds from mom than from weeks of side stepping answers during senate hearings.
2005-11-01 The pressure is on in the Senate
In a very rare move the
Democrats in the US Senate invoke RULE-21 bringing the senate into closed
session. This is a post Libby indictment attempt at forcing republicans to
honor their own commitment to investigate pre
Some samples from my new “Scooter Behind Bars Products”
Click on images to see more
2005-10-31 Distractions, Distractions and Cheney
With the Libby indictments coming out on Friday, we had to endure a Thursday through Monday distraction campaign. Miers steps down (doomed from the start), Bush heads to Camp David (lots of photo ops), Bush speaks about terrorism (again), Rosa Parks transported to Washington to lie in honor in the capitol rotunda (an honor she deserved, but I’m afraid they did it for the wrong reason), Bush nominates a new Supreme Court justice (the one Democrats said they would fight), and with all this going on hopefully we won’t pay much attention to the Libby indictments. Well some people did pay attention, read the documents and discover that Cheney may have also lied about this case. Surprise, Surprise, Surprise! Use the link to learn more.
2005-10-27 Miers, Wilma, Protests and some reading
Harriet Miers withdraws her
nomination as Supreme Court justice. This one never got out of the starting
blocks and never should have. She couldn’t even fill out the questionnaire
correctly. In another sign of strength from the federal government, FEMA has
once again demonstrated their poor response in the aftermath of hurricane
Wilma. There is one difference this time however, the president’s brother is
2005-10-25 Late confusion ???
On October 24, we had an
official confirmed death toll of
The morning of October 25, we
have 2 additional confirmed
The total of confirmed
On October 25, we are told
the official troop death toll in
How does 1998 + 2 = 1999 , who came back to life and why aren’t others asking this?
(UPDATE - Later the same day)
The media checks the math and begins to announce once again that the death toll has reach 2000.
2005-10-25 Parks, Sheehan, 2000 and Cheney
Wow, the past 24 hours mark a
significant and pivotal point in American history. I’ll explain how all the
topics listed above are woven into each other and the fabric of our country.
Rosa Parks, who was credited with sparking the explosion of the civil rights
movement in this country and a symbol of that movement, has died. Parks was a
very ordinary woman with an ordinary job who simply refused to give up her seat
on a bus to a white man. Why did she refuse? She was tired. The spark that
ignites movements of change doesn’t have to come from the wealthy or famous,
but almost always comes from these ordinary people who don’t even realize the
impact of their actions. Today we have Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier
2005-10-24 Check the web
2005-10-21 A peek into FEMA after Katrina
The NY Times article linked below and the linked FEMA emails offer some insight into the Michael Brown run FEMA in the aftermath of Katrina. Read for yourself.
2005-10-21 Be afraid of Medicaid
Another hurricane is about to
If the firearms industry
makes guns so people can “protect themselves”, who will protect the firearms
industry? The answer is simple Congress. The NRA throws huge amounts of money
2005-10-21 Who is in charge?
"What I saw as a cabal between the Vice President of the United States Richard Cheney, and the Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld," "We have courted disaster, in Iraq, in North Korea, in Iran, generally with regard to domestic crises like Katrina, Rita and I could go on back, we haven't done very well on anything like that in a long time," "The Cheney-Rumsfeld cabal flummoxed the process" "Ten years from now we will be ashamed of what we allowed happen" To learn who said these and why, use the link to learn more and also search google news to find more reports.
2005-10-20 Occupation for 10 more years
Do you remember when the Bush
administration was telling us that they could start withdrawing troops from
2005-10-19 Did Bush know all along?
Did Bush know that Rove leaked Plame’s identity all along, even before he said there is no place in his administration for anyone involved? Have the almost daily denials of knowledge that come out of the Whitehouse been lies all along?
Read this article, scratch your head and wonder why we keep being lied to.
2005-10-19 Warrant issued for Delay
Republicans have been getting away with so many crimes for so long they must feel untouchable. There are investigations like those that involve Rove, Frist, Delay and many, many more, but the consequences of their actions may have no hit home until today. No conviction, just a warrant, but this proves we are past the talk and on to some serious legal business.
Let the games begin.
2005-10-18 Tamiflu Patent
With fears of the bird flu
there have been calls from several governments around the world including the
2005-10-18 Sheehan Visits
Cindy Sheehan visited us here
2005-10-18 Iraqi Vote Anomalies
The results of the vote in
2005-10-18 The Iraq Group
Rove, Libby, Hughes, Matalin, Wilkinson, Calio, Rice and Hadley
Now that the Grand Jury investigation of the Rove/Plame issue is winding up, it makes a little known news story rise to the surface. Knowledge of the Iraq Group is not widespread among the American public, but everyone should be informed about this. To quickly sum up who and what this was, this was a group of high level Whitehouse insiders who joined together in devising strategies to SELL a war in Iraq to the American public, long before the war and our so called issues with the Iraqi regime.
http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/21/21158/1.html (There are links within this article for background info and additional articles.)
2005-10-15 Keeping the press in line
The link below is a recycled account of an old story, but it is well worth the read if you want to get some idea how the Bush administration tries to control the press.
2005-10-14 Caught in a lie again
or Unscripted My Ass
Yesterday as I watched the
president’s video conference with the troops in
DOMESTIC PROPAGANDA IS ILLEGAL!
So let’s recap, not only did the Bush administration lie to the media in an effort to get them to cover the event, lie to the public by giving prepared information designed to sell the war rather than actual information about the war, but the also broke the law as they have done so many times in the past.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/10/20051013.v.html (Official video of Whitehouse produced event.)
http://video.wjla.com/wjla/bush1014.wmv (News report that includes rehearsal video.)
http://mediacitizen.blogspot.com/2005/10/media-no-longer-taking-flak.html (Click the image to sign the petition.)
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2005-10-13 Olbermann on Terror Alerts
Use the link to check out how
Keith Olbermann relates terror alerts to the other news of the day or week and
how they are used to distract us. Then use the 2nd link to check out
what I wrote about terror alerts on
http://www.wwmeli.org/103reasons (Near the bottom of the page.)
2005-10-11 Do you remember Katrina?
An earthquake hits near the Pakistan/India border at on Saturday October 8th. What does that have to do with hurricane Katrina you ask? Let me continue with our story.
On Saturday at local time
On Sunday at local time
On Monday at local time
US relief supplies sent on Saturday
begin arriving at air field in
On Monday at local time
On Monday at local time
First US helicopters that will help in relief efforts land near Pakistani capital.
On Wednesday at local time
BUSH GIVES FIRST MAJOR ADDRESS ON KATRINA: “Nothing about the president’s demeanor… — which seemed casual to the point of carelessness — suggested that he understood the depth of the current crisis.”
On Thursday at local time
BUSH CLAIMS NO ONE EXPECTED LEVEES TO BREAK: “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.”
On Friday early am local time (more than 90 hours after Katrina)
BUSH WATCHES DVD OF THE WEEK’S NEWSCASTS CREATED BY STAFF WHO THOUGHT BUSH “NEEDED TO SEE THE HORRIFIC REPORTS”: “The reality, say several aides who did not wish to be quoted because it might displease the president, did not really sink in until Thursday night. Some White House staffers were watching the evening news and thought the president needed to see the horrific reports coming out of New Orleans. Counselor Bartlett made up a DVD of the newscasts so Bush could see them in their entirety as he flew down to the Gulf Coast the next morning on Air Force One.”
Compare the 2 timelines using the links below and try to understand why Bush took action to release funds and supplies for the Pakistan earthquake and that aid was arriving in the region, in less time (54 hours) than it took for him to even have any clue what was going on here at home on the Gulf Coast. In fact, he didn’t know what was going on for more than 90 hours. If this “business man” was working for a business instead of the government, he would be fired. This is one time when I agree with those politicians who say we should run government like a business.
2005-10-11 Bush on the Today show
The opening of the Today show
this morning was yet another scripted and rehearsed bush photo op. In an effort
to rebuild his public support, the president went to
2005-10-07 God told me to do it.
In a story so bizarre I
couldn’t make it up, news comes out of the
A few of the people I protest with each week who stretch out along a
heavily traveled road which passes the local offices of both NY senators.
Send me an email at email@example.com if you want to know where & when to join us.
2005-10-07 Terror Alert
2005-10-06 A Smorgasbord of
More charges for Delay.
A Spy in the Whitehouse?
A Spy at the Pentagon?
the Bush sales pitch for Harriet Miers –
Former Bush Chief Procurement Officer indicted.
Right from the PNAC playbook, Bush uses fear of Bird Flu in attempt to increase the role of the military;
When the numbers are down and indictments and investigations are flooding the GOP, Bush knows there is nothing better than a good speech on terrorism, September 11th and spreading democracy.
How many Iraqi battalions are ready to fight? The number seems to be dropping.
I wondered why Haley Barbour was kissing so much Bush ass after Katrina. He wanted a big contract.
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2005-10-03 Brown, Miers, Baseball, Miller & FEMA
Bush nominates Harriet Miers to be the next Supreme Court justice. The obvious question for me becomes; What do Michael Brown and Harriet Miers have in common? The answer; NO EXPERIENCE. In an effort show the world that he is incapable of learning from his mistakes, George W. Bush is once again trying to elevate a political crony, not because they are appropriate for the job, but because of political loyalty. Miers has never been a judge! Let me try to change the context of this appointment so more people can understand it. My co-worker Tony is very knowledgeable about baseball. He watches baseball constantly, reads about baseball, is familiar with all the rules and his favorite position to play is left field. Tony has never played professional baseball, but after learning about an injury to NY Yankees starting left fielder Tony Womack, George Steinbrenner calls my co-worker Tony, to be the new starting left fielder for the NY Yankees. Wouldn’t it make more sense to look at other available major or minor league players before going to someone with no experience at all. Generally in the case of a judge, their first appointment will be to a local or state court and then they will be slowly promoted through the system as their record of sound decisions earns them respect and possibility a chance for a position on the Supreme Court. What we have in this case is another Michael Brown, a person with no experience being appointed simply because they are a Bush political insider. There is one huge difference in this case however; a Supreme Court appointment is for life.
In an unrelated issue,
journalist Judith Miller was released from jail last week and testified before
the grand jury in the Valerie Plame case. With story back in the news, I still
have never heard or read any clear explanation about why she went to jail in
the first place. Most of
Miller was asked to reveal a source of some information used in an article she wrote. (This article by the way was never published) She claimed, and rightly so, that a reporter does not have to reveal the identity of their sources. This is an important law that has served us well and allowed many whistle-blowers to anonymously alert the public and the authorities about crimes that are being committed. In this case the source revealed the name of an undercover CIA agent, which itself is a crime.
So what’s the difference between a normal protecting a source case and this one?
In the normal case that the law was intended to protect,
the source is leaking information about a crime.
In this case,
the leak is the crime.
In a follow up on FEMA and Katrina, The PBS series NOW did a great report on the topic this past weekend. Use the link below as a start for information on this report and remember there are many more pages linked from there.
http://www.cronyjobs.com/ (A fun link for you to enjoy.)
2005-10-03 Did the Bush administration break the law?
The answer is a resounding YES. The GAO has completed their investigation of the Bush administration and the Education department activity of paying broadcasters and public relations firms to promote their agenda and even producing fake news reports designed to do the same. This activity violates a legal ban on “covert propaganda”, but penalties if any are uncertain.
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2005-09-29 Arrogance of Power
Today Tim Russert wins the award for speaking out and telling it like it is. Even though Katie Couric of the Today show kept trying to soften Russert’s report and suck up to the republicans, Russert said it and, even said it again; Rove, Frist, Abramoff, Delay, Iraq, Katrina, it is ARROGANCE OF POWER. This is a bold and long overdue statement by a major news personality. There is no transcript yet , so no link. In a somewhat related story, today we are expecting a vote on the Roberts Supreme Court nomination. What is unusual about today’s vote however is that we are told the vice president will preside, something he should do but doesn’t always do, and the vote will be by voice roll call. What does this mean? Each member’s name is called and they must stand up one at a time and say “yea” or “nay”. This is very unusual, because these days voice votes are usually done as a group and individually recorded votes are usually done electronically. Why is this a related story? Let’s go back to the idea of “arrogance of power”. The attitude of the Bush administration has always been, either you’re for us, or you’re against us. With this attitude and the underlying tone of “arrogance of power” they want anyone who opposes the bush nomination to have to stand up and publicly state it. This puts pressure on any republican who may want to oppose Roberts, because they know that this public statement will open them up to attacks by their own party. When food is scarce, rats will even eat each other. Hopefully this will backfire.
2005-09-28 It’s About Time
Tom Delay has finally been indicted. Enough said.
2005-09-27 Amazing but True?
FEMA has hired a consultant to evaluate the agency’s response to hurricane Katrina. It would be very useful to study the response and learn what worked and what didn’t so the agency can do better in the future. A good idea however always seems to turn into a bad idea in the hands of the Bush administration and in this case the turn comes when we find out who they have hired for this position. Michael Brown, that’s right, Michael Brown, the man responsible for the awful FEMA response to the hurricane has been hired to evaluate himself. I don’t think we will learn much from THIS report.
2005-09-27 Sheehan Arrested
Yesterday Cindy Sheehan and others were arrested for sitting on the curb in front of the Whitehouse. The arrest came because of their failure to “move along”
If you want to see the mess that war leaves behind,
the link below is a porn site forum where troops can post war images.
If images of blown up bodies and body parts make you ill,
this site is not for you. BEWARE – WAR IS NOT PRETTY
People who have been there already know this, the chickenhawks do not.
There is so much traffic on this site, that it doesn’t always work – be patient.
2005-09-26 All Hurricane, All the Time
President Bush should send
out a big thank you to the press for their coverage of “all hurricane, all the
time” this past weekend. By devoting 100% of their efforts to the hurricane,
they were able to keep news of the anti-war rally out of most American homes. This
was the largest anti-war rally since
Since all the coverage was about the hurricanes, I will give in and spend a moment to comment. The president made many appearances, attempting to look in control or at least concerned throughout the weekend. The press fell right in line giving him huge amounts of “face time” and reminding us how well prepared all the agencies were after the lessons learned after Katrina. The one striking difference I noticed was that on all the news channels, the mostly white middle class people fleeing the path of hurricane Rita were “evacuees” as opposed to the poor black “refugees” that fled Katrina. Also, in a late development getting a quick mention on the Monday morning news, Bush may recommend that the military be placed in charge of all future disaster relief efforts. This could eliminate FEMA entirely and run these function from the Pentagon. This idea coming after the hurricanes, just like the patriot act and the initiation of Bush Middle East war operations coming after 9-11, is another attempt at using an event to justify an action they wanted anyway. The “Project for a New American Century” (http://www.newamericancentury.org/ ), the people who are actually running this country right now, have an agenda to build the strength and importance of the military by using any available justification and then using that increased power to take over the world. If this sounds crazy and far fetched, I will repeat what I said several years ago; ‘The more you learn about this group, the more frightened you will become.”
Below are some photos & links from
the Sep 24th Anti-War rally
2005-09-20 Sheehan Cut Short
Cindy Sheehan’s speech in
Union Square NY was cut short by police and an event organizer arrested because
they say there was no permit for a sound system. The news stories all focus on
crowd reaction, police action and even draw a comparison to the arrests of
demonstrators during the RNC. All the reports seem to be missing what might be
a bigger story. One account of the story had this quote; The announcer said they sought a permit for weeks with no response from
the city government. Is this the new challenge to free speech in
2005-09-18 Chavez at the U.N.
Below is a link to an article
that give a quick overview of the Chavez speech at the U.N. See what less than
flattering things he had to say about president Bush and
Here are some new ways to let the world know you disapprove.
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2005-09-16 Bush takes the blame again
In a strangely staged speech
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/09/20050915-8.v.html (Video web cast)
2005-09-14 Bush takes responsibility?
Yesterday, in an effort to
move the topic from Katrina back to
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/09/20050913-5.v.html (Video web cast)
2005-09-12 Does Bush know what’s going on?
My favorite news story of the day is one that includes a tale of Bush aides recording the network news on DVD to show the president and then discussing which one of them would use it to break the bad news that things weren’t going well. Maybe it’s me, but I would hope that my president would be less detached and already have some idea what’s going on. The article is linked below.
I usually don’t include photos that have been altered,
but this one (a composite of 2 photos) goes a long way
to displaying the response and attitude of the president.
The question as always is;
What will it take for Bush supporters to realize how much of a screw up this man is,
how many laws he has broken and how much damage he has done to our country?
2005-09-10 Katrina Time-Lines
Two time lines to choose from, the links are below.
2005-09-09 Keep the profits coming
After a slow response on hurricane relief, the Bush administration has been quick with contracts and legal maneuvers. Yes, the rebuilding contracts are being passed out to companies like Halliburton (SURPRISE) and to insure extra profit, he adds an exemption to the “prevailing wage” law for contractors involved in reconstruction. (UPDATE 2005-10-27 – Under pressure, Bush reverses his “prevailing wage” exemption decision.)
2005-09-09 FEMA Director
Bush said "Brownie, You're doing A Heck of a Job", but now that we have seen the results of his work, learned more about his background and found out he lied on his resume, Mike Brown has been taken off the job of hurricane relief. THANK GOD.
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2005-09-06 Recess Appointment, Errors, Insensitivity,
Relief, Real Help and a Nomination
Wow, what a list. Bush left Crawford ahead of schedule, not to get relief to victims, but since congress was to go back in session ahead of schedule to vote on relief funds, he had to get there first to sneak in another recess appointment. This time it was Alice Fisher, who was held up by the Gitmo abuse scandal. We add to this insult by adding reports of FEMA actually turning help away. Water, fuel, boats and more were turned away by FEMA officials immediately after the hurricane hit. I guess if Bush was playing golf, Cheney was on vacation in an undisclosed location and Condi was seeing a Broadway show and shoe shopping in NY, they didn’t need any of those items for their activities. After getting back on the job, the haves showed great insensitivity to the have-nots. Dubya’s insensitivity (below in 2005-09-02 re: Trent Lott) was eclipsed only by his mother who speaking about relocated survivors in the Astrodome said "And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them." Amid all this bad news, relief finally starts to arrive this weekend. In a quote from a NY Times article linked below, this may be why; In a clear slap at Mr. Chertoff and the FEMA director, Michael D. Brown, Governor Blanco announced Saturday that she had hired James Lee Witt, the director of FEMA during the Clinton administration, to advise her on the recovery. And finally, after the death of Chief Justice Rehnquist this weekend Bush decides that Roberts, who he nominated to replace O’Connor should now replace Rehnquist as Chief Justice. It always makes sense to me to bypass all the existing members of the court and nominate a young judge with no experience on the court to the position of Chief Justice. NOT!
2005-09-05 Picking up the slack for FEMA
It is wonderful to see businesses, charities, private individuals and others picking up the slack to make up for the inadequacy of FEMA. The best example over the weekend was the MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon. This was an already scheduled unrelated annual event, where they chose to alter their appeal to include hurricane relief by including information on how to donate to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. In the competition for charity fund raising dollars, it is unprecedented for one charity organization to make an appeal on behalf of another charity organization. Good for them! We thank them for their sensitivity and courage to risk breaking the mold. In my own part of the world here in NY, Labor Day marks the end of the main part of the boating season and each year we have a dock party at the marina where I live. This year the party was also converted into a fund raising event. We didn’t reschedule or re-plan, we simply made it a dual purpose event by making an appeal to the guests, playing zydeco music to remind us of those on the Gulf coast and hanging up a donation jar. (The jar is visible on the left side of the first photo below.) The jar was not very large, but I can tell you, the donations added could NOT be classified as small change. The effort was a success.
2005-09-02 More on FEMA efforts
The Coast Guard and other local agencies and individuals have been giving 110% in doing a fantastic job saving lives and helping victims. This however is in contrast to the poor response and lack of coordination by FEMA and other federal agencies and officials. The locals and individual Coast Guard teams can’t do it all and those in the federal government who should take charge, just aren’t doing it. In another “photo op” press conference by the president he said that we will rebuild Trent Lott’s house and he is looking forward to sitting on the porch with him. This should be little comfort to anyone who isn’t a wealthy white government official who is friends with the president. Nothing can sum up the problems with the rescue effort better than an interview with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Use the link to hear the interview from the AirAmerica web site.
2001-09-01 FEMA response to Katrina
"This is a national disgrace. FEMA has been here three days, yet there
is no command and control," said Terry Ebbert, head of
FEMA was a trusted and respected federal agency, but not anymore!
2001-09-01 NH Union Leader
Below is what one newspaper that endorsed Bush in the last 2 elections had to say about his reaction to Katrina.
Bush and Katrina:
A time for action, not aloofness
AS THE EXTENT of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation became clearer on Tuesday — millions without power, tens of thousands homeless, a death toll unknowable because rescue crews can’t reach some regions — President Bush carried on with his plans to speak in San Diego, as if nothing important had happened the day before.
Katrina already is measured as one of the worst storms in American history. And yet, President Bush decided that his plans to commemorate the 60th anniversary of VJ Day with a speech were more pressing than responding to the carnage.
A better leader would have flown straight to the disaster zone and announced the immediate mobilization of every available resource to rescue the stranded, find and bury the dead, and keep the survivors fed, clothed, sheltered and free of disease.
The cool, confident, intuitive leadership
Bush exhibited in his first term, particularly in the months immediately
Wherever the old George W. Bush went, we sure wish we had him back.
2001-08-31 Unprepared for Hurricane Katrina
The hurricane could not be
avoided, but could we be better prepared? YES!
For now, all you can do is help any way you can. Donate $ to the Red Cross, donate equipment or services that may be needed, take in a displaced person or family (you may even know someone there), or any other action that is helpful and is right for you.
The Bring Them Home Now Tour is about to begin
Here is a map and below a schedule as of today.
You can check for updates at http://bringthemhomenowtour.org//article.php?list=type&type=7
2005-08-29 Protests in
Believe it or
not, this photo was taken on
2005-08-29 bin Laden
I woke up this morning and
heard a report on the news that the
Hurricane Katrina has now become the latest excuse for high gas prices. Yes, the oil rigs in the gulf shut down during the storm, the refineries will shut down for safety as well and some refineries may even sustain damage, but this is a temporary situation. The news however is preparing us for what seems to be more permanent gas price hikes and using the temporary situation as an excuse. What will they think of next?
2005-08-29 Cindy Sheehan
A good collection of Cindy Sheehan reports, info and videos can be found at;
and also visit
2005-08-26 Lieberman mystery solved
For some time now, many have
wondered how Senator Joe Lieberman has transformed from the democratic
vice-presidential candidate into a man who seems to be the most republican
democrat in congress. He has either laid low or embraced much of the republican
agenda for some time, and even when he feels he must speak out, the challenge
is very reserved. Now with the latest military base closing announcements, the
mystery is solved. The
2005-08-25 If there is any doubt about a conspiracy;
They say you should follow the money, so here we go; The word on the street is that Tony Blair will join the Carlyle Group after he leaves the Prime Ministers office. What is significant about that? Blair has now spent years defending Bush administration foreign policy which is based on imperialism, war profiteering, and power brokering, with no apparent benefit to Blair and in fact he has suffered political losses for this defense. Where’s the payoff? It seems it may be in an invitation to join the Carlyle group, whose members make millions from these administration policies and activities. Use the link to read the story and then do your own research on the Carlyle group to see who they are and how they use political connections to exploit virtually everything.
2005-08-24 The Proposed
How about this little tidbit from the proposed constitution;
Article (2): First, Islam is the official religion of
the state and is a basic source of legislation:
a) No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam.
Did we want to create a
theocracy like they have in
I THINK NOT!
You can use the link to read the complete text.
2005-08-23 Thou shalt not kill
“We have the ability to take him out, and I think the
time has come to exercise that ability”
is what Pat Robertson said suggesting that the leader of
Internet jokes are not my thing, but I like this one
How many members of the Bush Administration are needed to change a light
The Answer is TEN:
1. One to deny that a light bulb needs to be changed,
2. One to attack the patriotism of anyone who says the light bulb needs to be changed,
3. One to blame Clinton for burning out the light bulb,
4. One to tell the nations of the world that they are either for changing the light bulb or for darkness,
5. One to give a billion-dollar no-bid contract to Halliburton for the new light bulb,
6. One to arrange a photograph of Bush, dressed as a janitor, standing on a stepladder under the banner
"Light Bulb Change
7. One administration insider to resign and write a book documenting in detail how Bush was literally "in the dark,"
8. One to viciously smear #7,
9. One surrogate to campaign on TV and at rallies on how George Bush has had a strong light-bulb-changing policy all along.
10. One to confuse Americans about the difference between screwing a light bulb and screwing the country.
2005-08-23 Yet another new reason
In a speech to the VFW
convention in Utah Bush offers his latest excuse to support the war in
2005-08-22 Even republicans begin to speak out.
It’s a miracle, but we now
begin to see even republicans speak out and compare the mess in
2005-08-19 No post war plan and another attack
The freedom of information act keeps bringing us more and more evidence of lies, poor planning, poor leadership and more. This time the memo warns of “gaps” in planning for post war security. Use the link to learn more.
In a follow up, rockets were
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2005-08-17 New site for
After a local man runs down
the makeshift memorial of crosses representing the fallen soldiers and other
local residents petition the town to extend no parking rules in an effort to
suppress Cindy Sheehan and the other protestors, another local man steps up to
the plate and offers his property for the new site of
2005-08-15 Goals Lowered
If you are the Bush
administration, and you make up goals for
2005-08-15 Take a stand with Cindy
My neighbor started a site to promote support for Cindy Sheehan and you can send in your photos. I have also designed new bumper stickers & t-shirts in support of Cindy and will donate 50% of my commission on these products to gsfp.org
Below are photos and links to his site and my shirts & stickers.
2005-08-11 Gas, Protests, Baghdad, Talks and more
Gas prices are up again and at a record high.
The pentagon is planning a
as another attempt to tie
support for the war in
mocked Kerry in the presidential debates for wanting to participate in these same talks.
Remember those debates? Kerry
was right about
The pentagon knew more than they let on about the hijackers BEFORE 9-11.
WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR BUSH SUPPORTERS
TO SEE THE MESS HE HAS CREATED AND THE TRUTH?
US Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Sec. 8 (g): "The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature."
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As the approval numbers for
how Bush is handling
If I had the opportunity to
ask the president a question about
Mr. President, we have been told many things about Iraq either directly by you or by other members of your administration such as,
Iraq has weapons of mass destruction,
We know where the weapons are,
They are developing a nuclear weapons program,
They purchased enriched uranium from
There are chemical belts around
Saddam has stockpiles of chemical weapons,
Our troops will be greeted with flowers and chocolates,
Major combat operations have ended,
The sale of Iraqi oil will pay for the reconstruction,
The situation will improve after the hand over of power,
The situation will improve after the elections,
We are in the last stages of the insurgency,
We have captured 75% of al Qaeda,
We have captured the number 3 man in al Qaeda (several times),
The troops are properly equipped,
The prisoner torture is not wide spread, but an isolated event,
and many, many other similar statements,
Mr. President, is there anything you can tell us about
Cindy Sheehan & others protest in Crawford.
Search the news to learn more, there are many stories about this.
2005-08-10 Bush poll numbers on the economy are down
The approval numbers for how Bush is handling the economy are plunging and the media wants to spin and analyze all the possible reasons for the drop. Some say the drop makes no sense because the economy is up and the drop must be due to spill over from the war disapproval. Yes, it is true that the economy is up. Large corporations, especially military contractors and energy companies are experiencing enormous growth which helps to sway the numbers in the president’s favor. The average American worker however, is seeing little or no growth in wages and higher energy costs, so the booming military contracting and energy market does nothing for their personal economic situation. I don’t think most Americans get a warm fuzzy feeling when they hear how much money a large corporation is making while they watch their financial situation deteriorate. The media needs to wake up and understand the one statistic doesn’t tell the whole story.
2005-08-09 Bush vacations again
and there are protests in Crawford
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2005-08-03 Depraved Indifference
The charge is DEPRAVED
INDIFFERENCE. The President, Vice-President, S of D and others in the Bush
administration act without any concern for human life. In
2005-08-02 False Intelligence? Imagine that!
A former CIA agent demands an investigation about why he was pressured to falsify intelligence and later fired for not doing it. His 2001 report said no Iraqi WMDs or development programs, but this didn’t fit with the Bush plan so it was unacceptable. How many whistle blowers do we need? How much evidence do we need? There seems to be huge numbers of Americans who will defend Bush and his administration regardless of the facts. It has been my opinion for some time now that these FoxNews watchers won’t even begin to ask questions until they see Bush himself led away in handcuffs. For now they will simply believe anything Bush or any member of his administration says no matter how ridiculous it is or how mush evidence we have to the contrary. We are becoming a nation of lemmings, mindlessly following along and incapable of independent thought.
2005-08-01 Bush appoints
After 5 months of hold up in
the Senate, Bush appoints
Remember this quote by W,
“If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator.”
UPDATE: Bush uses the recess appointment again, 1 day later, to install a new Assistant Secretary of Defense. This was another appointment that was stalled because of requests for additional information and documentation. Thou shalt follow Bush administration orders without asking questions. They wish!
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2005-08-01 Just a good political commentary link
2005-07-28 Jessica Simpson Upset
Even a shallow pop diva can
learn a hard lesson about media manipulation and propaganda. After a trip to
2005-07-25 A new Abu Ghraib cover up
Is it possible to have the same scandal twice? Is this another Bush administration cover up? Is the Department of Defense withholding evidence? Are they n violation of the Freedom of Information Act by not complying wit a FOIA request? Use the link to read more.
2005-07-25 Is the A-F-L-C-I-O splitting up?
It looks like the 25 year old GOP campaign to break up labor unions may be starting to pay off. It started with Reagan and included the replacement of every air traffic controller when their union walked out, but now the long time pressure is causing problems from within. The individual unions in the A-F-L-C-I-O are fighting over plans for the future and how they want to be represented. This has been building for years within smaller unions with the Bush administration offering 100% of their support for big business and 0% for workers. Union members should fight the temptation to fight within, and find new ways to come together, get bigger, stronger and gain new strength.
2005-07-21 From the
I don’t usually reprint complete articles, but this one I couldn’t resist.
Treasongate: It's Not Just Karl Rove
National security compromised by White House
NEW YORK-Since Karl Rove surfaced last week as the White House official who probably unmasked a covert CIA agent, new developments appear to confirm that the deputy chief of staff and chief Bush political strategist has committed treason:
Newsweek has published, and Time has authenticated, a
Time reporter's notes about his crucial conversation with Rove.
"Spoke to Rove on double super secret background for about two [minutes]
before he went on vacation," Matt Coopers' notes read. Rove told Cooper
that "[former ambassador and
In the past, Bush Administration officials have repeatedly denied that Rove was involved and promised to fire whomever outted Plame. Now, rather than proclaim his innocence, Bush and his PR flacks are stonewalling. "This is a question relating to an ongoing investigation," his press secretary repeats to an increasing torrent of journalists' pointed questions.
Denizens of official
Imagine, for a few paragraphs, that you
In 1985, CIA traitor Aldrich Ames sold the
KGB the names of every
Karl Rove, on the other hand, has already
been found out as a likely traitor to the
No matter how remote, we must now consider the possibility that Karl Rove may in the employ of, and/or receiving money from, a terrorist organization such as Al Qaeda. Alternatively, could he be in the employ of a hostile foreign government? If he betrayed a CIA agent, Rove is a traitor and therefore capable of anything. Only an exhaustive investigation of his and his associates' anti-American activities, up to and including those committed by George W. Bush, can resolve these questions.
Internal sabotage offers a tempting
explanation for the fact that so much has gone wrong for the
Maybe. Maybe not. The point is: we don't know. But we must find out.
National security is bipartisan. Democrats and Republicans may be divided over various ideological conflicts, but all patriotic Americans should be able to agree on a zero-tolerance policy for treason. Rove, those who worked with him and anyone who protected him must go.
2005-07-20 Roberts, Rove, Plame, Memos & Crime
Bush nominates Roberts to the Supreme Court and the usual praise, opposition and spin will follow. This however is not the big reason for getting this nomination out so quickly as anyone who follows the news will have noticed, the nomination announcement has immediately made the Rove/Plame story drop off the radar. For the Bush administration, any distraction from the Rove scandal is welcome. I will continue to follow the Rove story as I have done for two years, so it will not disappear from this page. Below is a good link that gives the time line of the case that includes Bush presenting false information to congress and the public during the State of the Union address (a crime), the Rove disclosure, the Air Force One memo and more. When asked about the Rove/Plame investigation on July 19th Bush said, “if someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration”. The irony in this statement is that Bush himself has a criminal record, as does Cheney and a long list of other administration members who were involved in scandals and illegal activity under prior administrations, like the Iran Contra scandal, and were later pardoned. Do the research.
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2005-07-18 Are we tracking terrorists?
Well, the answer is yes, but it appears that we are not spending as much time on it as the president would like us to believe. According to some reports, the FBI is diverting some terrorist research time and using those resources to track and investigate “liberal” domestic groups that may pose a political threat to the Bush administration. You know, those terrorist groups like the ACLU that may do something radical, like legal action to protect the Bill of Rights. Remember, under the Bush/Rove administration, it’s not about national security, fiscal responsibility, or human rights, but it’s all about politics. Holding on to and gaining more political power is all that matters to them.
2005-07-14 Anybody but Rove
After the news surfaced that Rove was involved in leaking the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame, the republicans have started an all out attack on anybody but Rove. In the latest talking points, it’s Joe Wilson’s fault, Plame’s fault, the media’s fault or anyone else they can think of, in fact some are even suggesting that Rove is a hero for committing this otherwise treasonous act. Talk about the ultimate spin!
2005-07-12 The Balls of Helen Thomas award goes to;
David Gregory of NBC news
wins the Balls of Helen Thomas award for persistence and journalistic integrity
for his performance at the
Watch the video (Video from whitehouse.gov starts after Gregory’s questions and no transcript is posted.)
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2005-07-07 Trouble in
There were multiple
2005-07-05 Did Rove commit treason?
The leaking of the identity of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame is back in the news and the fingers seem to be pointing at Karl Rove. Could Bush’s right hand man be guilty of treason and have leaked the name as political punishment to Joe Wilson for simply telling the truth? We all know Rove will stop at nothing for political gain and is the undisputed king of political dirty tricks. Remember, he is the one who bugged his own office and tried to say his opponents planted it.
2005-07-04 How did all these fireworks get here?
Well it’s 4th of
July and there are fireworks shooting into the sky from every neighborhood on
2005-07-01 Is it the same man?
Today Unknown Late 70’s
The Bush administration is
not happy about the results of the election in
2005-07-01 Subliminal Messages?
Is there a subliminal message in the backdrop of the president’s speech the other night? Is seems like they spent an awful lot of time and effort to produce a backdrop where every flag is incomplete. In fact, every flag is the exact same flag.
2005-06-30 A new link for you
Librarians Against Bush
2005-06-29 Until the
Last night the president
addressed the nation, not from the Oval Office, but in front of a military
The president also tried 5
times to link the war in
Now some flat out lies;
“They failed to break our Coalition”
Yes they did break the Coalition.
Who is he kidding? Just because he says we are training or building up or equipping Iraqi security forces or army or police and mixes up these words in as many combinations as possible so he can say it over and over and over again, doesn’t make it true.
And who did the president make a point of quoting in his speech? Osama Bin Laden.
Jimmy Breslin expressed what many are feeling just the other day;
"We just lost three women in Fallujah,… Bush says we're gonna carry on. Fine. I say, `You got two daughters. Send them over there to replace them!' "
2005-06-27 Unlawful Imprisonment
We call it unlawful imprisonment or kidnapping, except when the CIA does it, but in other countries they don’t care if it’s the CIA, It’s still illegal. Use the links to see what the Italian court thinks about the CIA snatching people for questioning.
2005-06-24 How many troops have died?
A story is beginning to
surface that the number of troop deaths due to the war in
2005-06-24 Bush a uniter, not a divider?
It seems after comments by Rove and no retraction by the Whitehouse, the last thing Bush wants to do is unite this nation. It looks more like an attempt to widen the divide in an effort to shore up political power in the wake of falling poll numbers. Remember, whatever the Bush administration says, the truth is the exact opposite.
2005-06-17 Glen’s letter to the Today Show
The producers, hosts and
others involved with the Today show should be embarrassed to call it a “news
show”. Once again you have dropped the ball in either an effort to avoid
upsetting the status quo or a flat out media gift to the Bush administration. On
the morning after John Conyers held a forum to discuss the “Downing Street
Memo”, after 6 other similar documents have come out of the UK, when a letter
is hand delivered to the White House signed by 120 members of congress and
560,000 members of the public asking the president to respond to the content of
these documents, when none of the 7 documents have ever had their authenticity
questioned, when these documents make it clear that the Bush administration
lied us into war, YOU HAD NO MENTION OF THIS STORY AND IN FACT THE BIGGEST
STORY OF THE DAY WAS TOM CRUISE GETTING ENGAGED. Over 1700
2005-06-15 MORE PROOF!!!
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2005-06-08 Smokin’ Gun and no one saw it
Bush and Blair hold a joint
press conference and someone actually asks a question about the
2005-06-06 Glen’s letter to Newsweek
Except for a small error about which government report would address the Koran desecration charge, it appears that the substance of your much publicized article was correct. In the weeks following the initial outrage over your article, there has been a constant flow of information from various sources confirming its allegations. The reaction of the Bush administration to immediately discredit your publication and request a retraction should at this point require you to do exactly the same. It is my hope that the editors of Newsweek demand a retraction of the media attack launched on you by the Bush administration and furthermore require nothing less than a formal public apology. We live in an age where the initial attack gets all the attention, and the follow-up correction gets little or no press at all. Because of this, it seems the current political media strategy is to go for the initial attack and hope the interest in the story dies before the truth and follow-up corrections are made. The only way to battle this type of deception is to aggressively work to insure that the truth is the biggest story. Set an example for other media outlets to not be afraid and demand the apology you are due.
2005-06-02 How easy is it to rig the vote?
To get an idea, check out the link below for some examples.
2005-05-31 Did we try to get Saddam to start the war?
It appears that the
Use the next link to demand answers
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2005-05-26 Amnesty International
Use the link below to see
what Amnesty International has to say about what The US has been up to. Holding
prisoners without charge and torture help them to use the nickname “Gulag in
2005-05-25 Senate Deal
In a last minute deal, the
battle over the filibuster is avoided, or is it? The deal is that the democrats
will approve the 3 most controversial judges, they don’t have to approve the
other 4, they will allow a vote on Bolton and they agree not to filibuster
except under extraordinary circumstances. Here’s how I see it. The republicans
will get these 3 judges passed using the deal as their shield, and the first
time the democrats put up opposition to any nominee, they will claim that they
are breaking the agreement and ask for a new vote to ban the filibuster. This
agreement doesn’t fix the problem; it is only an excuse to push
2005-05-23 Laura heckled
Unlike appearances in the
2005-05-23 More on changing the rules as you go along.
Next time you think it’s OK for the republicans to just change the rules as they go along try this;
Get on your favorite highway that has a 55mph speed limit and drive at about 85mph. When you get pulled over for speeding, explain to the officer that you shouldn’t get a ticket, because you don’t think the 55mph rule is a good one and it should be changed. The friendly officer will probably tell you that you can call or write your state legislator to discuss the future of speed limits, but today 55 is still the law and today you are going to get a ticket. You don’t change the rules based on each individual situation that doesn’t go in your favor.
This is Abe Fortas. He was the first man to be blocked by a judicial filibuster.
That filibuster was launched by republicans to block a democratic nominee.
2005-05-18 Summing up Senate rule changes
You change the rules because you found a better way.
You DO NOT change the rules because you aren’t getting your way.
2005-05-17 The so called “Liberal Media”
We are a wave of military budget cuts that include base closings. There will always be arguments about what should be cut or what needs more funding, but that’s not the issue here. When a republican administration wants to cut the defense budget, we are bombarded with journalists telling us that they are STREAMLINING the military. If the same proposal happens under an administration controlled by the democrats, this same media tells us they are GUTTING the military. This doesn’t sound like a “liberal media” to me. Now the “Right” is taking over control of PBS. A republican operative is being put in charge if Public Broadcasting. This is a sure way to turn it into a propaganda machine. Do you want to learn more about the mess we call the media? Use the link below to read the address by Bill Moyers to the National Conference on Media Reform
2005-05-18 More on Military Cuts
Everyone I know hates those math word problems that we had to do in school, but the better you are at doing them, the more you understand what the Bush administration is doing. We are looking at proposed cuts in military spending and base closings in an effort to help balance the budget. This is happening while we are expanding military activities around the world in an effort to “fight terror”. These two things seem to be in conflict, and they are. So, how does it work? Normal military spending is part of the budget and the Bush administration has worked very hard to finance the “war on terror” with emergency spending bills that are not part of the budget. As the size of the military decreases, we will have to contract out more and more of our military effort to private contractors at higher costs, but those costs do not show up in the budget and the contractor will make huge profits. This moves costs out of the budget and into those emergency bills and it appears to lower the budget.
The bottom line on all this is, we will spend more, while showing lower costs in the budget and guaranteeing profits for influential contractors. A clever way for Bush to cook the books and make his friends even more wealth at the same time.
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2005-05-13 CALL IT WHAT IT IS
So the court says that United Air Lines can default on their pension commitments and the government will pick up the costs. Well, most of the costs. Pension checks will be cut in varying amounts up to 50% of the original expected value. This is a problem for people expecting these checks, but the bigger problem is setting the precedent of government bailout, without prosecuting those responsible. Yes I said prosecuting. The available information shows that the company knew there was going to be a shortfall, but continued to under fund the pension system. Now they were under funding the system, while they were still working hard to guarantee payouts to executives and using that money to improve the balance sheet and keep the stock price up. So they take money from the employees by way of the pension fund, and use it to benefit the executives and stockholders. We have a special name for secretly taking funds from one individual or group and using those funds to benefit another individual or group. It’s called embezzling. I think it’s time to stop talking about broken promises or commitments and start calling it what it is and pressing charges.
2005-05-06 LIES, the press won’t cover them
So Bush WAS determined to go
to war, even while he was telling us he wasn’t. Memos are leaked in the
2005-04-26 Presidential Press Conference
I didn’t have paper & pencil in hand while watching, so I quickly lost count of the lies. After spending some time yelling at the TV, I had a strange desire for one of those game show buzzers that go off when the contestant gets the answer wrong. Wouldn’t it be fun to hit the buzzer live at a press conference every time he lies to us? I will have some commentary available soon, but for now there is a link below to the official transcript and video. See for yourself how ridiculous his statements are.
For any of the conspiracy trackers out there, it appears that the small box seen several times as a lump under Bush’s jacket has not vanished, but simply been relocated. They may have employed a theatrical consultant, who explained that it’s easier to hide a small transmitter or receiver type box in the small of the back. I would have been happy to tell them that for ½ the cost of whatever consultant firm they used.
Once again, the chief weapons inspector confirms (this time in is final report) contrary to insistent statements from Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Powel and more, that Iraq had NO weapons of mass destruction!
Gas Price Fluctuations 2005-04-18
Have you ever noticed, that when OPEC announces they have raised the price of a barrel of oil, the price of gas at the pump increases within 24 hours. On the flip side, when they announce that the price of oil has dropped, we are told that this price adjustment won’t be reflected in the price at the pump until that less expensive crude makes its way through the supply chain and actually reaches the pumps. Although fluctuations may initially seem like a problem for the oil industry, they actually help industry profits, by creating what I’ll call a gouging gap each time the price fluctuates. Enjoy
Patterns of Global Terrorism 2005-04-18
This is a yearly report that looks at terrorist activity throughout the world in an effort to track trends. When this report was released in 2004, the Bush administration spent about 2 weeks gloating that terrorism had decreased because they were doing such a great job addressing the issue. This abruptly stopped when we learned that all the statistics in the report were completely wrong and that we had actually experienced an increase in terrorist activity. Most administrations will try, and are in fact expected to spin any reports that come out, in an effort to make themselves look as if they are doing a good job. The Bush administration has gone to the next step and simply changed the report to be in their favor. The problem is, it didn’t work, and the inaccuracy of the report was quickly discovered. Never at a loss for new ideas, they will not try to alter the report this year, but will attempt the new approach of not issuing the report at all. If it makes them look bad, just make sure it doesn’t exist.
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Social Security & Fiscal Irresponsibility
The president says that he
has seen the Social Security trust fund, and it is just a worthless stack of
paper in a file cabinet in
Yes folks there is a man more corrupt than any of the members of the Bush administration.
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I don’t usually reprint things written by others, but this one was right on target.
Intelligence report - Spies, Lies and plenty of Whys! (03.04.2005)
A presidential commission was given the
task last year to discover what went wrong with the
Although the report did not find any
evidence of pressure being put on the spy agencies to provide the
"right" information to carry out the invasion on
The reports that the intelligence agencies apparently supplied was found to be "dead wrong" in almost all areas and the Bush administration have used the commission's report to their advantage by saying that the newly formed national intelligence, headed by John D. Negroponte is even more necessary than they first indicated.
The Bush administration have used the agencies (especially the CIA) like pawns in a game of chess, by sacrificing certain members to obtain greater advantage later.
Bush has always been in a win situation
You can be pretty sure that the Bush administration had already decided to use the CIA as one of the "scapegoats" and George Tenet was the Director at the time, who said that that evidence Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction was "a slam-dunk case''. He resigned as Director (in June 2004) and his reward for apparently giving all this wrong information was to receive the "Medal of Freedom" by Bush in December!
Is it normal to reward someone when they have given you incorrect intelligence? Or was the medal more of a thank you for providing the information that the administration wanted?
It has been clear for a long time that WMD
were not going to be found in Iraq and obviously Tenet supplied (or was made to
give) incorrect information. Bush knew this long before he gave the medal, so
why did he reward a man for supplying such information that led to an illegal
so much bad intelligence being supplied prior to the invasion of
What really seems to be the problem is that the Bush administration (which is controlled by a group of very wealthy businessmen), have already decided (long ago) what course they want to take in the Middle East and other areas, and simply need intelligence that gives them an excuse to take action. It does not have to be based on truth, it just needs to look believable.
The rest of the world can no longer afford
Read the full report at http://www.wmd.gov/report/wmd_report.pdf
My favorite quote from this report comes from the 1st line of the 2nd paragraph.
“We conclude that the Intelligence Community was dead wrong in almost
all of its pre-war judgments about
2005-03-18 More Tax Cuts
In a time when the budget deficit is soaring, our government seems to think the only appropriate action to take is passing $134,000,000,000.00 in new tax cuts. Oh, and these cuts are in capital gains, dividends and Social Security tax on the wealthy. These are all designed to benefit those with wealth more than those without. SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE
Some have suggested (republicans), that in an effort to simplify the income tax, we should abolish it and move to a Value Added Tax or VAT. The VAT is a fixed percentage national sales tax. What this amounts to is a reverse income tax, where the more you make, the lower the percentage you pay. I’ll explain. A person who can accumulate wealth spends a smaller percentage of their income than a person who can not. The person who cannot accumulate wealth spends 100% of the money they earn and would pay tax on this money. A person, who can accumulate wealth, spends less than 100% of the money they make, and the more wealth they can accumulate the lower the percentage of their income they spend. If we equate the amount of VAT they pay to their income, the percent paid equals, the percent of the tax times the percent of their income they spend. The result of this equation becomes, the more you earn – the lower the percentage you pay. Great idea if you earn millions, better if you earn billions.
2005-03-16 FAKE NEWS?????
If it’s not bad enough that government agencies have been caught paying people to promote their agenda while posing as independent broadcasters or interviewees, now the G.A.O. reveals that as many as 20 government agencies have been producing fake “news” reports promoting Bush policies. Then they have TV stations run them as part of the local news with no acknowledgement that they are government produced propaganda videos, not news. The Bush administration has defended and even encouraged this practice. Is this the liberal media we keep hearing about? Is this even independent media? It seems that all the folks on the right who keep complaining about the “liberal” media have forgotten that they are now producing fake news. This officially guarantees that it is the “right wing” media and they need this thrown in their face every time they complain. By the way, under FCC rules, this practice is also illegal. Produced promotional material must be identified as such. Not doing so, is considered deceptive! How many laws does the Bush administration have to break before people wake up?
2005-03-11 Cleeland is Wrong
Max Cleeland is wrong when he
says we should pick our fights. That works sometimes, but at this point he is
just wrong. Let me explain. Present day politics give us a situation where the
democrats fight on a particular issue, lose the fight and then move onto the
next issue. Each one stands alone and is quickly forgotten after the fight is
lost and the next one begun. At the same time our president is a serial
criminal, who before his re-election has violated
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March 2005, the Bush presidency so far;
We are into the 2nd term so it’s time to recap.
In an effort to piss off the most populous country in the world, Bush refuses to apologize for shooting down a Chinese plane. A great way to start your foreign relations.
After several members of the Bush
administration ignore repeated warnings,
Republicans believe in less government, so Bush has grown the federal government with new departments and expansion of old departments to the largest this country has ever seen.
Bush proves again that trickle down economics doesn’t work by giving tax breaks to the wealthy and not improving the economy at all. This time it’s call supply side economics.
The Bush tax cut plan helps turn a huge
budget surplus when he took office into the largest debt in history. They like
to do everything big in
Congress appropriates money to send troops
to search for Bin Laden and his followers in
Bush LIES to congress, the U.N. and the
public about the status of weapons inspections in
The ID of a covert CIA operative is leaked to the press (an act of treason) after that agent’s husband goes public with information that Bush misled us into war.
Bush announces “major combat operations
have ended” in
After The Bush administration tries to
blame the prison abuse scandal on a few bad soldiers, we find out that the same
abuses were happening in other locations thousands of miles apart and in fact
memos are discovered, produced by White House legal counsel, that say Geneva
Convention rules do not apply and this type of behavior is acceptable. The
chief legal counsel involved is later promoted to Attorney General and the
other attorney involved is promoted to Secretary of the Department of Homeland
Security. The administration tries a new plan to avoid torture by Americans.
They begin to fly prisoners they want to torture to other countries that use
torture as a standard interrogation technique. They will do the torture for us.
This is also illegal under
In an effort to get re-elected Bush constantly quotes how many new jobs he has created, but does not include how many jobs have been lost. (The net is negative.)
Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld continue to
insist they know where
Bush says he is no longer interested in
Bin Laden and doesn’t spend much time on him. This is the man responsible for
the 9-11 attack and the reason we went to war in
Bush proposes a restructuring of Social Security. This is the most successful government program in history and if anyone can tell me any part of his plan that’s good, they win a prize, because I can’t find anything positive in it. For example, Bush says the plan gives each individual a choice in how they want to invest their retirement money, but doesn’t tell you that the plan only provides a few investment choices that they have already picked for you.
The coalition of the willing, a list of
countries that will join in our efforts in
Several media personalities admit taking money to promote administration policies while appearing to be journalists and not paid spokesman. This is called payola and is illegal.
A male prostitute is admitted to the White House press corp. under an assumed name to pose as a journalist, asking leading questions and writing fake news reports designed to promote the Bush agenda.
2005-02-10 The madness continues. Bush called on Jeff Gannon during a rare and nationally televised news conference. Gannon's question attacked Democrats as having ''divorced themselves from reality" and repeated an allegation against Senate minority leader Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, that turned out to be a joke by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. This “journalist” whose name is not really Jeff Gannon, seems to have access to the White House daily, has journalism credentials from a 2 day seminar, but no real journalistic training, poses leading questions that support the Bush agenda, has written slander articles about several democrats that are obviously fabricated, writes for a bogus news organization that is just a propaganda front for the GOP disguised as a news organization and seems to be tied to some questionable web sites, yes, this Jeff Gannon is starting to smell like a rat. How does he get White House access under an assumed name and who is Talon News? Is this just an elaborate propaganda machine for the Bush administration dressed up as legitimate journalism? How low will they go? Details are still surfacing.
http://americablog.blogspot.com/2005/02/man-called-jeff.html (This is a good one)
2005-02-09 The president sent his budget to Capitol Hill. Let me sum it up in just a few words;
Wealthy people do not use Amtrak, Food Stamps, Medicaid and others, so these don’t need money.
Wealthy people do need tax cuts, so be sure to include them.
The religious right votes republican, so add more faith based programs or add $ to existing ones.
(Note: a religious group that accepts government grants should lose their tax exempt status.)
(Follow up note: Bush doesn’t think so.)
If you have a plan to slowly take over the world, the military will need more funds.
Want to make the numbers not look as bad as they are? Don’t include any WAR costs in the budget.
Concerned with homeland security? Cut funds to local police and fire department programs. ???
Have a plan to destroy Social Security? Don’t include any of the costs in the budget.
Is this his personal business plan, or is it supposed to be for the whole country?
2005-02-03 Last night was the State of
For a person who is open to ideas, he seems to have the whole thing worked out!
http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/01/28/sotu.transcript.1/ (Read the transcript)
Strategic Support, the “SS”: A special branch of the military, created under the Bush administration, controlled by the pentagon, which gathers intelligence and runs covert operations, duplicating functions of the C.I.A., but operating outside the normal intelligence community to avoid any rules of operation or reporting that the normal intelligence community would have to follow.
The “SS”, what country is this and what year is it?
2005-01-13 Giving new meaning to the phrase “secret ballot”, the
world is informed that the names of the candidates in the
Glen on Social Security 2005-01-12
Can someone tell me why we should change Social Security? According to Bush, we should pay the huge transition cost to move to a system that has a higher administrative cost and a high risk with no guaranteed return. Also, everyone on both sides of the issue keeps talking about the drain on the system when the baby-boomers retire, but they never seem to mention the increase in contributions to the system as the echo-boomers enter the work force. I just don’t get it.
Oh, but the way, it’s not your money. It’s our money. If you think it’s your money, then you don’t understand the concept. You could always email me & I’ll try giving you a personal explanation.
No links – Do your own damn research on this one.
The search for biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons in
Did we find any? NO!
Isn’t that why we went to war?
Is this how our media should serve us?
We see little or no coverage of controversial or questionable political actions or events, but are constantly served a full plate of propaganda, patriotic images and political fluff.
Ask yourself, if Bill Clinton was president and he destroyed the economy, granted huge contracts to political insiders without any bid process, diverted federal budget funds without the knowledge of congress, lied to congress and the country during a state of the union address, enter a war under false pretence or have his administration caught in a huge human rights/war crimes scandal, would the media cut him any slack?
NO, they would not!
Network programming would be constantly
interrupted with special news reports telling us of each new issue and charge
against the president and his administration. This would be followed by
scheduled specials detailing the charges and the investigations that followed
as well as endless commentary about the severity of the charges and the damage
the president has done to us and our country. Some would not be satisfied until
The difference here is that it’s not Clinton, but Bush who presided over these crimes, so both the media and the public seem willing to give him a free ride. Sure some of these issues appear in the news, but they appear only briefly and are quickly dismissed.
I am disgusted!
On the subject of the Alberto Gonzales confirmation hearings, I think the highlight of the day was the chairman of the panel harassing Ted Kennedy to hurry up. It seems that he was anxious to finish the meeting and just get the confirmation over with. Kennedy seemed to be attempting the extremely radical move of questioning the appointee, which is in fact why they were there.
With Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General what’s next, Jack Kevorkian as Surgeon General?
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Broadcaster Armstrong Williams was paid $240,000.00 by the Department of Education to promote “No Child Left Behind”. Years ago when I did radio, I was taught that when a broadcaster receives any compensation to promote anything, that’s called payola. Taking payola is illegal. When we see a commercial, we know it’s a paid advertisement, but when a broadcaster is paid to promote under the guise of regular programming, that’s just wrong. Wasn’t “No Child Left Behind” an under funded program? If there wasn’t enough money, how did they have $240,000.00 for Armstrong Williams?
The first mainstream news report on election fraud.
And the attack on the reporter that followed.
Links to Learn More
Below is a condensed chart that doesn’t contain all election districts, but some you may find interesting.
REGISTERED VOTERS - TOTAL
BALLOTS CAST TOTAL
BALLOTS CAST ABSENTEE
REGISTERED VOTERS - BEACHWOOD
BALLOTS CAST BEACHWOOD
REGISTERED VOTERS - BEDFORD
REGISTERED VOTERS - CHAGRIN FALLS VIL
REGISTERED VOTERS - CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS V
BALLOTS CAST CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS VIL
REGISTERED VOTERS - HIGHLAND HILLS VIL
REGISTERED VOTERS - MAYFIELD VIL
BALLOTS CAST MAYFIELD VIL
REGISTERED VOTERS - MORELAND HILLS VIL
BALLOTS CAST MORELAND HILLS VIL
REGISTERED VOTERS - OAKWOOD VIL
BALLOTS CAST OAKWOOD VIL
REGISTERED VOTERS - PEPPER PIKE
BALLOTS CAST PEPPER PIKE
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BALLOTS CAST STRG WD3
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Imagine a voting machine that counts backwards.
get extra votes in
How about a nice letter from the Judiciary Committee to the G.A.O.?
Enjoy this one
Who has abandoned the Bush administration ship for the second term?
John Ashcroft – Attorney General
Don Evans – Commerce Secretary
Spencer Abraham – Energy Secretary
Ron Paige – Education Secretary
Colin Powell – Secretary of State
Ann Veneman – Agriculture Secretary
John Danforth – UN Ambassador
Tommy Thompson – Health and Human Services Secretary
More to Come
For those who said “We shouldn’t change in mid stream”, the jokes on you.
It looks like more than ½ the cabinet will change.
the mainstream press report about the
The following was written by one of my readers Allan Keislar. It is so well written I had to include the entire letter on this page. If you would like to print a copy, click here for a printable version.
CAN THIS REALLY HAPPEN IN
Chuck Hagel moved to
This was Hagel's first try
for public office and he was not well known. Still, in the Republican primary,
Hagel upset the incumbent Attorney General of Nebraska. Then, in the election,
Hagel pulled what Business Week
called a "landslide upset," beating popular Democratic Gov. Ben
Nelson, who had led in polls from the outset. The Washington Post (
Why weren't people suspicious of Hagel's connection with AIS? Mainly because Hagel hadn't told them his little secret: "What he never disclosed was his salary from or stock holdings in the voting machine company whose machines had counted his votes.... This is not a gray area. This is lying....Reporters surely would have inquired about it as they researched stories about his amazing upset victories.”2
Hagel was re-elected in 2002
by a huge, record margin. As his hagel.senate.gov website says, Hagel "was re-elected to
his second term in the United States Senate on
Can this really happen in
There is growing evidence that voting machines used in the 2004 election were also manipulated. In Broward County, Florida, electronic voting machines counted backwards—as more votes were cast, the official vote count went down.9 Electronic voting machines also produced extra votes: as widely reported, a “computer glitch” gave Bush 4,258 votes in a Columbus, Ohio suburb , where only 638 people voted.10 But glitches cannot explain, nor has the mass media reported, that hundreds if not thousands or precincts throughout Ohio also had discrepancies--researcher Dr. Richard Phillips has shown that over 246,919 extra votes for president were falsely reported in Cuyahoga County alone.11 Similarly, Florida's official election website showed 161,722 more votes for president than the total number of people who actually voted, as reported by the counties (7,588,422 votes for president were shown, but only 7,426,700 people had voted); over 95% of the counties that showed excess votes for president use the Diebold touch-screen system.12 The clearest direct proof of vote fraud, however, comes from Volusia County, Florida: supposedly "official" but unsigned computer printouts (produced Nov. 15 after a public records request by blackboxvoting.org), altered from the original printouts signed by the polling officials on Nov. 2. These records show that hundreds of false votes were given to Bush in every single precinct examined.13
There are also indirect ways to reveal computerized voting fraud. Looking at discrepancies between expectations--from voter registration, pre-election surveys, and exit polls--and the final "official" machine-produced results are one of the best ways to show this. For example, did Florida's Lafayette County (82% Democrats and 13% Republicans) really give Kerry only about 1/4 of its votes and Bush almost 3/4 (though the Democratic Representative won 2/3 of its votes)?14 That's possible, of course, but did Bush really get so many more votes around the country than exit polls showed? There is only one chance in 50,000 (.002%), that Bush would average a 4.15% gain in every single one of the sixteen states for which data was made publicly available.15 Note especially that exit polls gave the key swing states of Ohio, Florida, Iowa, New Mexico, and Nevada to Kerry--but they were all then reported as having voted for Bush:
Want to do something about this? Make copies of this flyer and share it with others! To learn more about continuing investigations into vote fraud, and to help, contact www.blackboxvoting.org. (See also www.votefraud.org, www.votergate.tv, www.helpamericarecount.org, etc.)
This is an estimate made by
3 The 83% figure is still there, but the suggestive second sentence does not appear on Hagel's website now.
6 Two brothers, Bob and Todd Urosevich, founded AIS in
the 1980s. Today Bob is president of Diebold Election Systems, while Todd is a
vice president at ES&S; both companies have strong ties with right-wing
Republican interests (www.rense.com/general32/secert.htm).
Diebold CEO Walden O'Dell is well known to have written in 2003 that he was
"committed to helping
7 Steven Levy, "Black Box Voting Blues,"
9 "Broward Machines Count Backward," Palm Beach Post,
10 AP report carried on CNN,
11 http://web.northnet.org/minstrel/ohio.htm. Unbelievable voter turnouts (not only over 90% in many
Bush areas, but as low as 7.1% in Kerry ones)
and many other discrepancies have
led to a rare Congressional field hearing into
12 www.bluelemur.com/index.php?p=405. The incriminating 7,426,700 number of voters was later increased.
14 Raw data taken from http://uscountvotes.org/ and http://ustogether.org/election04/FL_PresBYDistrict.htm.
15 www.bluelemur.com/index.php?p=405 (Early exit polls showing
Kerry leading were later altered in Bush's favor. For example, at on Nov. 3, with 1963 respondents,
CNN showed Kerry leading Bush in
About the Author:
Allan Keislar was born and raised in
Can you say WAR CRIMES?
The Bush administration doesn’t believe the Geneva Conventions apply to them.
machines appear to be counting backwards throughout
But why are they are only counting the Kerry votes backwards?
Do you know what PSYOPS is?
know that the toppling of the Saddam statue in
Did you know a Marine Lt. lied when he told CNN, on the air, the invasion of Fallujah had begun?
been keeping up with what’s going on in
a shame they don’t hold their own country to the same standards they expect
Bush: “There’s just a lot of allegations of vote fraud that place their elections, the validity of their elections in doubt… The position of our government is that the will of the people must be known and heard… These elections ought to be open and fair… The only good deal is one that’s verifiable. Any election in any country must reflect the will of the people.”
Powell: “We cannot accept this result as legitimate because it does not meet international standards and because there has not been an investigation of the numerous and credible reports of fraud and abuse… We call for a full review of the conduct of the election and the tallying of election results… It is time for Ukrainian leaders to decide whether they are on the side of democracy or not, whether they respect the will of the people or not.”
Hastert: “In order for democracy to flourish, citizens must be able to exercise
their votes freely, fairly, and without intimidation. Hopefully,
There are more, but I won’t list them all here.
More interesting election links
Glen on Creation Verses Evolution 2004-12-08
As the debate rages on, why
is it so hard for people in
If we believe that God created, and still creates all the creatures of the earth, we would also have to believe that any mutation or deformity is also God’s creation. A child born with Down syndrome, six fingers, one arm or any other variation from the norm is still one of God’s creations.
Next we consider Darwin, who proposed the concept of “Natural Selection”. This idea simply says that some life forms are more environmentally advantaged so they thrive, while others die out. This is a simple idea that does not challenge the concept that all these life forms were created by God. So here’s the connection.
God creates a child who genetically has a larger nose with more hairs and membranes inside that help to filter out pollutants. This child can pass the genetic change on to their children while at the same time air pollution increases and normal children suffer more respiratory difficulty. After many generations and huge numbers of people have inherited this change, these large nosed people dominate the Earth, because the small nosed people who can’t adjust to the increased pollution have been dying off. Soon, there are only large nose people.
Glen on Religious Symbols in Public Places 2004-12-20
I have heard several people on radio call in shows complain about replacing “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays”, and removal of nativity scenes from public places and still keeping a Hanukkah Menorah. They ask; Why do we have to be so sensitive to the other religions? We are a Christian country, why can’t we display a nativity?
Wow, where do I start? I am always amazed at people who think their way is the only way and there is no reason to learn anything about the customs of others. Even more amazing to me is these people who complain the loudest are usually the people who have the most limited understanding of the origin, traditions and customs of their own religion.
First, we are not a Christian country! There are a huge number of Christians in this country, but there are also people from almost every other religion in the world. I’m not talking about a handful of people from these other religions. I’m talking about large numbers of people that represent each of these “other” religions. Moreover, we have no state religion and our founding fathers were very careful to avoid naming one.
Now let’s examine that nativity verses menorah issue. If you are Christian, you should have no problem with ANY Jewish religious symbol. Judaism is part of your religious heritage too. Jesus was a Jew, and he never said, forget about everything that happened before I got here. He followed Jewish laws, studied Jewish teachings, celebrated Jewish holidays and came up with a few new ideas to draw in and teach those who drifted from the morally conscious pathway. Jesus would never find any Jewish religious symbol offensive.
As a Jew however, Jesus would have a problem with the nativity, a statue of Mary, or a crucifix. A plain cross, or a Christmas tree, would be just fine. Why, you ask? If the Christians out there would take a moment to remember there Jewish heritage, they would recall a law against “Graven Images”. The law, still observed by Jews, would accept the use of the plain cross as a Christian religious symbol, but the cross with an image of Jesus on it would be very offensive. The nativity would fall into this category as well.
I don’t have enough space
here or the time to address all the religions represented here in the
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