Wednesday, November 30, 2005

U.S. Secretly Paying Iraqi Newspapers To Plant Favorable Stories

Now the U.S. military is engaging in propaganda spreading. It has secretly paid Iraqi newspapers to plant favorable stories about it's efforts to rebuild Iraq, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The newspaper quoted unidentified officials as saying many of the stories in Iraqi newspapers are written by U.S. troops and while some factual, sometimes gives readers a slanted view of what's happening in Iraq. Some officials have expressed fears that use of such stories could hurt the credibility of the U.S. military world wide. Ya think?
The Penatgon hired the Lincoln Group, a Washington-based firm that translates the stories into Arabic and places them in Baghdad newspapers. The organization's staff or subcontractors in Iraq pose as freelance reporters or advertising executives when they hand over stories to Iraqi media outlets.
Military officials who spoke to the Times on the condition of anonymity said the " Information Operations Task Force" is part of a multinational corps with headquarters in Baghdad, bought an Iraqi newspaper and took over a radio station to put out pro-American messages. Neither outlet was named due to fear that insurgents would target them.
The stories often praise the efforts of U.S. and Iraqi troops, denounce terrorism, and promote the country's reconstruction efforts.
$ 1, 500 was paid to the independant Ad-Dustour newspaper to run an Aug. 2nd article titled, " More Money To Iraq's Development". $ 50 was paid to run a headline " Iraqi's Insist on Living Despite Terrorism."
It disgusts me that the U.S. goverment and military have to stoop so low as to PAY newspapers to run bullshit stories glorifying the U.S. invasion in Iraq. This is the type of shit Hitler would do. It just goes to show what people will do for money, and what this goverment will do to cover it's ass and attempt to make it look better, if at all possible.

Schwarzenegger Tries To Win Us Back By Hiring A Lesbian

Governer Arnold 'The Gropinator" Schwarzenegger attempted to regain his political footing after a devastating special election ass-whooping by shaking up his administration by replacing his Chief of Staff with a former Democratic party official & top advisor to former Gov. Gray Davis with---Susan Kennedy, a lesbian.
Susan Kennedy is widely respected by both Democrats & Republicans in Sacramento & was head of the California branch of the National Abortion Rights Action League. She's a longtime gay rights activist, & married her partner in Hawaii in 1999.
Kennedy has been given power to hire within the governer's office, which hints at other possible shake-ups to come. Her appointment has already pissed off conservative Republicans who have been loyal governer allies.
Ahhhh, Arnold finally figured out where the talent pool lies, and it's not within his own Republican party--it's with the gay's!! I could've told him that!

Bush Speech = Bullshit

Well, Georgie went and opened his mouth again, and all we got was the same rhetoric that usually spews out: "Stay the course". If I hear that statement one more time.... It seems Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid felt the same way, he issued a statement before Bush could finish speaking (not sure 'speaking' is quite the right word to use!), he said that Bush, "recycled his tired rhetoric of ' stay the course' and once again missed an opprotunity to lay out a real strategy for success in Iraq that will bring out troops safely home."
Bush only reiterated his refusal to set a time table to withdraw troops, and basically said it's on the Iraqi troops to become trained and ready so that he can start pulling our troops out. So now it's on them?
After 2 1/2 years in Iraq, and 2,110 U.S. troops dead, and 16,000 wounded, The Bush administration released what it calls a, " National Strategy for Victory in Iraq". This so-called "strategy" only describes what has transpired in Iraq to date as a resounding success, and refuses to establish any standards for accountability. It dismisses major problems like the INCREASE in bombings as, " metrics that the terrorists and insurgents want the world to use." This load of crap document is just an extended justification for Bush to "stay the course" put down in words in a fancy package that resembels an important document from the United States goverment.
In the past 2 weeks, more than 200 Iraqis, most civilians, have been killed in suicide attacks and car bombings. There has also been a renewed series of kidnapping's in the past 3 days, mostly targeting foreigners. 5 foreign hostages have been kidnapped since Friday. In one video, the kidnapper's threatened to kill German Susanne Osthoff and her driver unless Berlin stops all cooperation with the U.S. backed Iraqi goverment.
All in all, Bush's "speech" was another waste of words, with no plan, no strategy, so no big surprise.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Bush Thinks He Has A Strategy For "Winning" In Iraq,Rumsfeld Says Current Strategy's Working

President Chimp said today that " it would be a terrible mistake" to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq and that politics should not play any part in a decision about withdrawl. The argument against withdrawl was also spewed by Rumsfeld today, who said that "quitting" the war would allow insurgents to prevail and put the U.S. " at still greater risk." He added, " Quitting is not an exit strategy."
Bush said today that, "The whole objective is to achieve victory against the terrorists. I'm interested in winning. I want to defeat the terrorists. And I want our troops to come home. But I don't want them to come home without having achieved victory. We've got a strategy for victory."
Oh do you George? So far it looks like a complete and utter failure to me, but shit, If you say you have a strategy, why shouldn't the American people believe you! Ahhh, but ya know, all that lying about the reason you took our ass to war in the first place might keep us from believing your incompetent ass.
Meanwhile, Rumsfeld thinks, "The strategy is working, and we should stick to it." Does this heartless piece of shit read any of the reports out of Iraq? The rate of our soldiers dying over in Iraq is not exactly depleting. He thinks just because the Iraqi's have more army battalions "in the fight", and that a couple of streets in Iraq he named are now more "peaceful" is an indication everything is going just peachy. Do these bunch of baffoons realize that the "terrorists" are flocking to Iraq from other countries just to take out a few Americans? They are attacking our troops because they invaded a country out of a lie, and they want us OUT! Duh! We need an exit strategy fast. They keep telling us that we will leave when the Iraqi's are fully trained and ready. How many more years is that gonna take? LIES, LIES, LIES. We are not buying it anymore Mr. President.

Supreme Court To Hear First Abortion Case In 5 Yrs.

Wednesday the Supreme Court meets to hear it's first abortion case in five years. The topic will be the requirement that doctor's notify a pregnant teenager's parent before performing an abortion. This case raises 2 questions, one is how flexible a restriction on access to abortion must be when a woman's pregnancy poses a threat to her health. New Hampshire imposes a 48 hour waiting period after the required notice to at least one parent. Just like all states, it gives an exception for conditions that present an immediate threat to a pregnant teen's life. But of the 43 states with parental involvement statutes, New Hampshire is 1 of 5 that do not also give an exception for non-life threatening medical emergencies, and it was on that basis that 2 federal courts declared the law unconstitutional.
So the Supreme Court's decision on this case, Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, may shed light on the shape of the health exception.
The second question, is the issue of under what circumstances federal courts can continue to bar the enforcement of abortion restrictions that have not yet gone into effect, and so can't be said to have injured any specific plantiff.
Also, waiting in the wings is another more highly charged abortion case. The Bush administration just filed an appeal in defense of the federal ban on the procedure labeled, " partial birth abortion", the court has to decide soon whether or not to hear it.
These are scary times for the reproductive rights of women in the United States. The Bush administration has already done plenty to deplete our rights, we must not allow their rosaries to effect our ovaries!

Monday, November 28, 2005

Stupid Bush Quote Of The Day

"And the second way to defeat the terrorists is to spread freedom. You see, the best way to defeat a society that is- dosen't have hope, a society where people become so angry they're willing to become suiciders, is to spread freedom, is to spread democracy."--George W. Bush June 8, 2005

Review Of "No Place To Hide" By, Robert O'Harrow Jr.

I have just finished reading "No Place To Hide" by Robert O'Harrow Jr. This book laid out in detail the post-9/11 joining of private data and technology companies with goverment anti-terror initiatives. It showed how the goverment now depends on these private companies of information about almost every damn aspect of our lives to promote 'homeland security' and fight the war on terror. It is really quite freaky how our privacy is diminishing without our knowledge. Being a very private person myself, I found this book informative, yet disturbing. Here's some examples from the book:
"When you use your cell phone, the phone company knows where you are and when. If you use a discount card, your grocery and prescription purchases are recorded, profiled, and analyzed. Many new cars have built-in devices that enable companies to track from afar details about your movements. Almost anyone can buy a dossier on you, including almost everything it takes to commit identity theft, for less than fifty dollars."
These private companies such as ChoicePoint, Viisage, Biometric Sysytems,etc sell the goverment, police, etc your information. Now they have come out with fingerprint analysis, face recognition, etc. For example, at the 2001 Super Bowl, spectators were unaware that the Tampa police secretly recorded the faces of all 72,000 of them. Viisage's FaceTrac Software matched the images of fans against a load of criminal photographs they had downloaded from area authorities. The computers and cameras found 19 people whose photo's had been entered into the system beforehand and deemed troublemakers by police. No arrests were made, but the Tampa police were thrilled!
And with the USA Patriot Act, the goverment's ability to eavesdrop and snoop with little public oversight dramatically expanded. I was especially disturbed by police across the country being caught checking out the backgrounds of attractive women, a practice known to them as " running plates for dates".
It's just way too much information, with the high probability of abuse- which according to this book, happens more times than not.
I know that the goverment's excuse is 9/11 and homeland security, and to some degree I understand limited uses. But few people understand the true scope of their efforts. Some assume pictures don't lie and that sophisticated technology won't fail us. But the mix of those two, coupled with human error, can be misleading and dangerous for the people under surveillance. Senator in the 70's, Sam Ervin said, " When people fear surveillance, whether it exists or not, when they grow afraid to speak their minds and hearts freely to their goverment or to anyone else, then we shall cease to live in a free society."

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Al-Jazeera Staffers Create Blog

My fellow blogger Shelly over at "Citizen Against Lies" just put up a great post regarding the whole Bush/Al-Jazeera bombing story with a link to a new blog by staffers of Al-Jazeera "Don't Bomb Us-A Blog By Al-Jazeera Staffers" at You should check them both out. Make sure you support Shelly and her informative, great, and witty writing by dropping her a comment!

Al-Jazeera Boss Demands To See 'Bomb Memo' While White House Threatens 'Daily Mirror'

Al-Jazeera's director general, Wadah Khanfar, is demanding a talk with Tony Blair over the memo that reportedly details George Bush discussing the idea of bombing the t.v. station's headquarters.
Khanfar has delivered a letter to Downing St. calling for the infamous memo to be made public. He earlier told BBC Radio 4's Today program, " So we demand a proper explanation and we would like to know the facts. We have demanded an urgent interview with Mr. Blair." He added, " It concerns not just Al-Jazeera journalists, but concerns journalists all over the world. We need to know if this discussion has taken place or not, if this document exists or not. Banning this document from being published does prompt a lot of concern and doubts. It is of historical value to know exactly what has happened."
There seems to be circumstantial evidence for believing Bush did bring up bombing Al-Jazeera, especially with Bush's track record. But I highly doubt Al-Jazeera will get any part of that memo, nor will the American public. You think Bush's ratings are low now? Wait until this shit hits the fan! The White House, Tony Blair included, will do anything to keep this under lock and key.
Speaking of the White House.... On Wednesday Downing St. threatened The Daily Mirror with prosecution under Britain's Official Secrets Act for disclosing the memo that indicated Blair had convinced Bush not to bomb Al-Jazeera headquarters.
News organizations in the U.K. can no longer report the contents of the memo, but a report from London's Channel 4 News questions this first and historic use of the Official Secrets Act against the press. Their reporting said that White House pressure led to the threat of legal action against The Daily Mirror.
In the Daily Telegraph, MP Boris Johnson proclaimed, " I'll go to jail to print the truth about Bush and Al-Jazeera."
If none of these reports are true, if Bush did not say nor suggest such a thing, then why would the British state decree that anyone who prints those remarks will be sent to prison?? Sounds like their shittin' bricks, no? If it looks dirty & smells dirty THEN IT'S FUCKING DIRTY!!!!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Allies Warn U.S. About CIA's Secret Jails/Torture

The Netherlands has warned Washington that if it continued to "hide" over reports of secret prisons in eastern Europe that Dutch contributions to the U.S. led military missions could be affected. Foreign Minister Ben Bot said, " The U.S. should stop hiding. It will all come out sooner or later." He also added that the Americans , " are on the borderline" in their fight against terrorism. The minister would not say when or at what point the Netherlands would end their cooperation with the United States.
The minister added, " We stress the fair treatment of prisoners and adherance to the Geneva Conventions". The Dutch goverment is set to decide next week on a possible new mission to the Afghan province of Uruzgan involving 1,100 soldiers.
In Poland, Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz said rumors of secret prisons in his country were being checked on Thursday.
Press reports have said the U.S. CIA also operated secret detention facilities in eastern Europe, Afghanistan, Thailand, and elsewhere to circumvent U.S. laws protecting detainees, especially restrictions on the use of torture,
Planes, allegedly operated by the CIA, have been spotted at airports in Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden as well as Morocco.
Why is o.k for the United States to use torture and unfair treatment towards POW's, but when it comes to other countries the U.S. forbids it? If the Bush regime continues to piss off our allies, one of these days we'll be on the other end of a missile.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving remember the native american indians who have suffered so much. When the pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock in 1620, their first winter was devastating. Many died. The next harvest of 1621 was bountiful, so they celebrated with a feast and invited 91 indians who helped them survive their first year. Without the indians generous help the pilgrims would have died. Unfortunatly, the Europeans brought with them the desire to conquer the new continent, as well as disease that hit the indians hard. We all know what later happened to the native americans. While you are all sitting around the Thanksgiving table this year, don't forget the native americans.

Bush Told 10 Days After 9/11: NO LINKS BETWEEN IRAQ & AL-QAEDA

Goverment documents, as well as past & present Bush administration officials, said Bush was briefed on September 21, 2001 that evidence of cooperation between Iraq & the Al-Qaeda network was insufficient. Not only that, but Bush was told that there was some credible information about contacts between Saddam Hussein & Al-Qaeda that showed that Saddam had tried to establish surveillance over the group. Saddam believed that Al-Qaeda represented a threat for his secular regime.
Why has there not been a coup against this asshole? In other countries, they would not stand for this shit. Are Americans lacking balls? The rest of the world seems to think so. A president takes it's country to war on a lie-the people find out-he's still sitting in the White House???????????????????? It just dosen't make any sense to me. Does this idiot have that much power? Please somebody post a comment and give me some explanation why we are allowing this to go down! It fucking baffles me.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Bush Spoke Of Bombing Al-Jazeera---Blair Talked Him Out Of It!!

A civil servant was charged under Britain's Official Secrets Act for allegedly leaking a goverment memo that said Prime Minister Tony Blair persuaded Bush not to bomb the Arab satellite station, Al-Jazeera. The Daily Mirror reported Bush spoke of targeting Al-Jazeera's headquarters in Doha, Qatar when he met Blair at the White House on April 16th, 2004. Bush and his administration have regularly accused Al-Jazeera of being a propaganda mouthpiece for anti-American sentiments.
One source that's said to be in the goverment was quoted as saying that the alleged threat was "humerous, not serious." But the newspaper quoted another source as saying that, " Bush was deadly serious, as was Blair."
Blair's office will not comment, but said it never discusses leaked documents.
The document is described as being a transcript of a conversation between Bush and Blair.
Peter Kilfoyle, a former defense minister in Blair's goverment, called for the document to be made public. He said, " I think they ought to clarify what exactly happened on this occassion. If it was the case that President Bush wanted to bomb Al-Jazeera in what is after all a friendly country, it speaks volumes and it raises questions about subsequent attacks that took place on the press that wasn't embedded with coaltion forces."
Sir Menzies Campbell, foreign affairs spokesman for the oppostion Liberal Democrats said, " If true, then this underlines the desperation of the Bush administration as events in Iraq began to spiral out of control. On this occassion, the Prime Minister may have been successful in averting political disaster, but it shows how dangerous his relationship with President Bush has been."
Al-Jazeera offices in Iraq & Afghanistan have been hit by U.S. bombs & missiles, but each time the U.S. military said they were not intentially targeting Al-Jazeera.
Yeah, right. I don't believe a shit thing this military or administration spews from it's toxic mouth. Bush talks constantly about "Freedom", but if this report is true, & I personally have no doubts in my mind, then he pulled the ultimate hypocritical move by wanting & suggesting to bomb another country's T.V. station that openly disagrees with his war and actions. This administration plays dirty, & it gets more & more disturbing each day. If Bush had it HIS way, there would no longer be liberal bloggers, shows like the "Daily Show", and comedians like Margaret Cho, etc, etc, etc.
I better break out the flourescent clothes, new wave music, and feather my hair---Because it's 1984 again, baby!!!!

Monday, November 21, 2005

'Ex-Gay's' Gather To "Cure" Homosexuals

On November 11-13th NARTH, otherwise known as the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, held it's conference in Marina del Ray, California. For those of you who are unfamiliar with NARTH, it is a ludicrous organization that promotes "reparative" or "reorientation" therapy for homosexuals using a combination of prayer & crazy-ass exercises. Their goal is to help gays, and I quote, " attain the goal of reaching their heterosexual potential." NARTH has more than 1,000 therapists, psychoanalysts, & sociologists who believe homosexuality is not inborn & can be changed.
The President nut-job of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, says that the fact that ex-homosexuals exist invalidates the notion that homosexuality is biologically determined. If anyone has seen or heard this quack you would quickly see that he has fire shooting so far outta his ass, he singes anyone within a 5 mile radius! He also spews that countless people- himself included- have demonstrated that same-sex desires can be overcome with the help od Jesus Christ!
Oh God! When will these right-wing, fanatical religious, nutjobs ever give it a rest?! I have argued & discussed the topic of being born gay vs. choosing to be gay more times than I can recall. And every single time I am either left feeling deeply sadened, or totally enraged. Primarily it's due to myself being a lesbian, but it's also due to complete frustration. How the hell can these religious fanatics give me a history & medical explanation of homosexuality? They know nothing, yet claim that homosexuality is a choice, & with prayer & therapy, can be reversed! That is just totally absurd! The fact that there are "ex-gays" only says that there are gays out there that are either brainwashed or scared into not having a gay relationship, but are still gay-just not having sex or having a girlfriend/boyfriend dosent mean they aren't gay anymore. Do straight people who are not in a relationship at the time consider themselves not straight? Noooooo.
Viewing homosexuality as a 'condition' to be corrected is just continued persecution & prejudice against gays. What's so Christian about that? I'm fed up with the 'holier than thou' attitude from Christians, or ones claiming they are Christian. The majority are hypocritical, ignorant people who practice hate rather than love.
Proof of the hypocrisy:
---In the early 70's Gary Cooper & Michael Bussee were counselors at an "ex-gay" ministry in California. In 1976 they organized the first national conference of "ex-gay" ministries. Exodus International was then formed. While traveling on behalf of Exodus these 2 lovebirds acknowledged they had not changed & infact were in love with each other.
---In 1987, Jeremy Marks founded Courage, London's first "ex-gay" ministry. In 2001, he renounced Exodus's methods by saying they were failing to change people's sexual orientation.
---In 2000, Wade Richard appeared as a media spokesman for Savior's Alliance for Lifting the Truth, & gave his testimony of "change" at a major press conference. A year later, he "came out" in an interview.
Love is love is love

Jackass of The United States of America

Don't blame me, I sure as hell didn't vote for him!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Pentagon Admits To Using White Phosphorus In Iraq

Pentagon officials say that white phosphorus WAS used as a weapon against insurgent strongholds during the battle of Fallujah last November, but deny the report that it was used against civilians. Anyone in their right mind knows that during a war, especially this one, there have & will be innocent civilians hurt and killed. And in this Iraq war, American soldiers themselves have openly said that they considered teenage Iraqi boys enemys, due to the young age of some insurgents. Since the insurgents look like civilians a lot of the time, & American soldiers are not fighting against an organized army with uniforms, etc-- it is probable MANY civilians, including women & children (See picture ) will be injured or killed. All the more reason not to use white phosphorus, which is internationally banned & causes extreme harm or death to anyone within a radius of 150 meters.
Lt.Col. Barry Venable, a Pentagon spokesman, said that while white phosphorus is most frequently used to mark targets or obscure a position, it was used at times in Fallujah as an incendiary weapon against enemy combatants.
Of course not until the Italian State TV, Rai broadcast a documentary of the U.S. military's use of WP, & the March-April 2005 edition of the Army's Field Artillery magazine, in which veterens of the Fallujah fight spelled out their use of WP & other weapons, THEN the Pentagon admits to it! Otherwise, they would have kept denying it.
In the Army's Field Artillery magazine, U.S. military said, "WP proved to be an effective and versatile munition. We used it for screening missions at two breeches, and later in the fight, as a potent psychological weapon against the insugents in trench lines and spider holes when we could not get effects on them with HE (high explosives) munitions." " We fired 'Shake and Bake' missions at the insurgents, using WP to flush them out and HE to take them out."
"Shake and Bake"??? SICK. Used WP as a "potent psychological weapon"???
Remember, the State Dept. first said that U.S. troops only used WP by firing into the air to "illuminate enemy positions at night".
Now the truth is starting to come out.
And in other news, The Israel Defense Forces have been using phosphorus shells in training exercises, a practice forbidden near civilian areas under international law. Several weeks ago, 4 Bedouin goatherders were badly hurt by the detonation of an unexploded phosphorus shell found near their home (civilian area) in the South Hebron Hills. Fadal Abu Aram, just 17, died of his injuries, and a 12 year old is still in serious condition at his family's shack in Carmel. 2 more young boys were injured as well.
The Israel Defense Force says, " This was an unfortunate incident.Phosphorus shells are used soley in training." " Unfortunate"?? No kidding!
Our goverment used chemical weapons in Iraq. S-I-C-K!
For more pictures of the effects white phosporus has on the human body, check out the Reid , they have more pictures of the Iraqi victims.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Picture Of The Day

U.S. Troops Throw Iraqi Prisoners To Lions...Literally

Two Iraqi businessmen imprisioned by U.S. forces in Iraq, claim that American soldiers threw them into a cage of lions at a Baghdad palace as part of an interrogation in 2003.
Thahe Mohammed Sabbar said in an interview, " They took me behind the cage, they were screaming at me, scaring me and beating me a lot." " One of the soldiers would open the door, and two soldiers would push me in. The lions came running toward me and they pulled me out and shut the door. I completely lost consciousness."
Sabbar, 37, and Sherzad Kamal Kahlid, 35, are in the U.S. this week to talk about the lawsuit that the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights First filed on their behalf against Donald Rumsfeld, & other military officials.
The suit details alleged sexual abuse, mock executions, water & food deprivation, electric shock & other torture used on 8 detainees, including Sabbar & Kahlid.
The 2 men described the July 2003 day when they were arrested by American troops with guns & armored vehicles. They said they were covered with plastic hoods and repeatedly struck by soldiers using the butt of their guns. They described standing in front of a lion cage and said they could hear other prisoners screaming as the metal cage door creaked open and slammed shut.
"They threatened that if I did not confess they would put me in the cage." Adding that the soldiers kept asking him where Saddam was. "I laughed, I thought they were kidding me. They asked me where are the weapons of mass destruction. I was very suprised and I thought it was weird.", said Kahild.
But when he laughed, he said he was beaten more. He was pushed into the cage 3 times, being pulled out as the lions moved towards him.
Saddam Hussein's oldest son, Odai, kept lions at his compound at the presidential palace, which was taken over by U.S. troops during the start of the war.
This makes me sick. It's not only torture and inhumane, but totally draconian in nature. Who the fuck do these troops think they are? Fucking throwing prisoners in with the lions sounds like they've been watching too much Gladiator shit. People say the Iraq War is the next Vietnam War---I say it' s turning out to be worse, and time will tell that truth as more & more poor Iraqi's come forward with more disgusting stories of U.S. troops fucking with them. I am ashamed George Bush, ashamed. There was once a time when we could feel pride in being American...that is no longer the case for me. It's sad, and it's fucking frustrating that the most is not being done about this. On behalf of the "good" people of America that believe all this is disgusting, I apologize to the people of Iraq.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Ex-intel Official: Bush Will Restrict Liberties After Next Terror Attack

On Saturday, Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked thousands of pages of top secret documents to the media in 1971 to expose the U.S. goverment's handling of Vietnam War, warned that another terrorist attack could damage our civil liberties.
Ellsberg, a former U.S. intelligence official, told an audience that the Bush administration would most likely respond to any terror attack on U.S. soil by severely restricting freedom of the press & an individual's right to speak out. " If there is another terrorist attack, I believe the president will get what he wants. And what he wants is a new Patriot Act, one that will make the current Patriot Act look like the Bill of Rights."
The Patriot Act is up for renewal, & the Chimp administration is seeking tougher measures. Ellsberg said that as part of the Patriot Act revisions, Bush would probably apply to journalists as well.
Ladies & Gentlemen, Welcome to 1984! We need to get this disaster out of the White House as soon as possible--Bush rants & raves about Freedom, "They hate us for our freedom", but then he comes up with the Patriot Act, & he wants it to be much tougher! I'm telling you, the amount of hypocrisy from this administration is fucking insane! Why are they getting away with this? Nothing less than impeachment will do.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Gay Rights Opponent/Rev.....Defeated By A Gay!

As soon as I stop laughing, I'll resume posting.........

O.k. The Rev. Jimmie Hicks Jr.(not making it up, truly his name), an Ohio city council member who fought against the nation's first voter-approved domestic partnership registry, lost a bid for re-election to candidate Mark Tumeo who's openly gay!
Congrats Mark Tumeo!!

Pat Robertson......
Please pull that bible outta your ass, it's effecting your brain!!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Help Find Missing Women

I have been watching Nancy Grace on CNN a & Headline News for quite some time now, & it seems that at least once a week a woman goes missing- & unfortantley many end up murdered. It's almost become an epidemic, & being a woman in the U.S. these days is becoming a dangerous position to be in. Sadly, many of these women meet their fate by their own husbands & boyfriends.
I've decided to feature, at least once a week, missing women whose friends & family need our help in locating them. I know that my little blog may not reach all that many people, but if there's the slightest chance someone reading may recognize, or have any information or tips as to the whereabouts of any of these women, then it's more than worth it to me.

*******ALERT*****Missing Woman*******ALERT*******

Tara Grinstead disappeared from her home in Ocilla, Georgia, and has not been heard from since Saturday October 22nd. The last known contact with Tara was on that Sat.October 22nd at approx. 11:00pm. There is no known description of the clothing she was wearing when she disappeared because she had come home and undressed from the clothing she was wearing that night. Her house was locked and her car (unlocked) is parked at her home. The only items known missing are her purse & keys. Inside her home, in her bedroom, her bedside lamp was on the floor broken, & her alarm clock was found under her bed. Her cell phone was plugged in, which usually never leaves her side.

A latex glove was found in Tara's front yard on the morning after her disappearance. A woman's softball jersey (similar to one she owned) was found some ways away from her home.

If anyone has ANY information please contact the PRIVATE Anonymous Tip Line @ (912) 386-2564, or (229) 468-TIPS, or visit Continue watching Nancy Grace for further updates.

Blair Defeated By Parliament Over Counter-Terrorist Powers

Prime Minister Tony Blair has been defeated for the first time by parliament regarging his measure to let police hold terrorist suspects for up to 90 days WITHOUT charge. 40 members of Blair's Labour Party refused to support him.
Parliamentarians later voted in favor of a much lower 28 day dentention limit, up from 14 days now.
Blair told parliamentarians that it was their "duty" to support his measure.
If this would have passed, it would have been a huge infringement on people's civil liberties.

Breaking News!-Explosions In 3 American Hotels in Amman,Jordan (here we go again)

Explosions rocked 3 American hotels in Amman, Jordan, killing at least 18 people and injuring at least 120. This just happened, so I expect those numbers to go up. It is already looking like an al Qaeda operation.
The explosions struck the Grand Hyatt, Radisson, and Days Inn hotels. These hotels, in the commercial Jebel Amman district, are frequented by American and European businessmen and diplomats. The Radissson is popular with Israeli tourists, and was a target of several foiled al Qaeda plots in the past.
The blast ripped through the Radisson Hotel during a wedding party with at least 300 guests. A suicide bomber walked right in the middle of the wedding pary and detonated the bomb.
Here we go again....American hotels frequented by Americans & Israelis targeted. Bush, what have you started?

Arnold Gets Shut-The-Hell Down!!!

Nobody can whipe the smile off my face today! Schwarzenegger got beat down in yesterdays California Special Election! Every single proposition that Nazi put on the ballot recieved a Big Fat NO! Congrats to all my fellow Californian's! Here are the results::::

Prop 73: (Minors pregnancy)=NO (yes:47.4/no:52.6)

Prop 74: (Teachers tenure)=NO (yes:44.9/no:55.1)

Prop 75: (Public union dues)=NO (yes:46.5/no:53.5)

Prop 76: (Spending/funding)=NO (yes:37.9/no:62.1)

Prop 77: (Redistricting)=NO (yes:40.5/no:59.5)

Prop 78: (Prescription drug discounts)=NO (yes:41.5/no:58.5)

Prop 79: (Prescription drug rebates)=NO (yes:38.9/no:61.1)

Prop 80: (Electric regulation)=NO

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

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U.S. Hypocrisy At It's Finest: U.S. Forces Used Chemical Weapons During Assult On Fallujah

Some shocking and incredible evidence came out yesterday that the U.S. dropped huge amounts of white phosphorus on the Iraqi city of Fallujah during an attack in November 2004. The attack killed insurgents, as
well as civilians, with horrible burns which are the signature of this white phosphorus weapon.
The assult went unreported by Western journalists (no surprise). But on Nov 10th 2004 the Islam Online website wrote: "U.S. troops are reportedly using chemical weapons & poisonous gas in it's large scale offensive on the Iraqi resistance bastion of Fallujah, a grim reminder of Saddam Hussein's alleged gassing of Kurds in 1988." The website quoted insurgent sources as saying, " The U.S. occupation troops are gassing resistance fighters & confronting them with internationally banned chemical weapons."
The U.S. denied the reports back in December. The website said, " Phosphorus shells are not outlawed. U.S. forces have used them very sparingly in Fallujah, for "illumination purposes" ." " They were fired into the air to illuminate enemy positions at night, not at enemy fighters."
Photographs, videos, and interviews with American soldiers who took part in the Fallujah attack have surfaced, which provides graphic proof that phosphorus shells were widely used in the city as a weapon.
In a documentary that's going to be broadcast by RAI, Italian State broadcaster, a former American soldier who fought at Fallujah says, " I heard the order to pay attention because they were going to use white phosphorus on Fallujah. In military jargon it's known as Willy Pete." "Phosphorus burns bodies, in fact it melts the flesh all the way down to the bone...I saw the burned bodies of women and children. Phosphorus explodes and forms a cloud. Anyone within a radius of 150 meters is done for."
Pictures on the website , rainews24 , shows what this former soldier means. The photographs, which are provided by the Studies Centre of Human Rights in Fallujah, shows color close-ups of bodies of Fallujah residents, some still in their beds, whose skin have been dissolved. The bodies were burned, but their clothes were intact.
There is evidence that not only white phosphorus was used, but incendiary bombs called Mark 77, a new improved form of napalm-which is a breach of the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons of 1980.
Italian satellite TV is set to broadcast the evidence of chemical weapons used by U.S. troops on civilians.
So this is how the U.S. "took Fallujah". Disgusting, and very hypocritical. I await for the shit to hit the fan.

"Fallujah, The Concealed Massacre" will be shown on RAI News Nov 8th @ 7:35 (via Hot Bird satellite, Sky Channel 506 & RAI-3), and rebroadcast over the next 2 days.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Can I Get a M--U--G S--H--O--T.....

Two Carolina Panthers cheerleaders were caught with their pants down...literally! Sunday night these two lovebirds were holding up the bathroom line at a Florida bar because they were shaking their pom-poms at each other. When the women waiting in line couldn't hold it any longer, the two emerged to beat the living crap out of one woman who complained about them having sex in the stall! It cannot get any better than this!...But wait, it does.
After the one on the right (the blonde) decked the woman and gave her a shiner, the cops came to arrest the 2 and she put up a fight. She gave the police an i.d. from another Carolina cheerleader who was not at the bar! They are still confirming her identity.
Angela Keathley (brunette) was so intoxicated she could not stand, and refused to cooperate with the police. She was charged with disorderly conduct, & obstructing an officer. Her stall buddy was arrested for battery, and may possibly face charges for misleading police about her identity.
I love this story..I'm sorry, it's just too good not to post! Hope you laughed as hard as I did. And to the 2 cheerleaders....You go girls!!

California Election 2005: Gropinator's Props.Expected To Be Crushed

Tuesday Nov.8th is voting day here in California. Governer Arnold "Gropinator" is promoting 4 initiatives on the ballot.

Prop.73-Abortion for minors:Would bar a patient younger than 18 from having an abortion until 48 hours after her physician notifies a parent or legal guardian. Defines abortion as causing " the death of an unborn child, a child conceived but not yet born".
Chief Supporters: Calif. Catholic Conf. of Bishops, Traditional Values Coalition, Calif. Pro-Life Council, Gov. Schwarzenegger, etc
Chief Opponents: Calif. Medical Assn., Planned Parenthood, League of Women Voters of Calif., Calif. National Org. for Women, Calif. Nurses Assn., etc
Main Arguments Against: Laws cannot compel healthy family communication. Teens afraid to tell their parents, or confused about how to obtain a judicial waiver, will face health risks from self-induced or later-term abortions or visits to unsafe providers.

Prop. 74-Teacher Employment: Would extend probationary periods for new teachers from 2 yrs to 5 yrs. Would simplify the dismissal process, allowing school districts to fire a permanent teacher without advance notice if the teacher has 2 consecutive unsatisfactory evaluations.
Chief Supporters: Gov. Schwarzenegger, Chairman of the Governer's Council of Economic Advisors, etc
Chief Opponents: Calif. Teachers Assn., Calif. Federation of Teachers, etc
Main Arguments Against: Would hamper efforts to recruit new teachers & keep qualified veterens. Would force school districts to divert millions of dollars from classrooms to new administrative expenses.

Prop. 75-Union Dues: Would require public employee unions to obtain a members permission each year before using his or her dues for political campaigns, including donations to candidates & initiative efforts.
Chief Supporters: Gov. Schwarzenegger, Republican lawmakers & politicians.
Chief Opponents: Calif. Teachers Assn., Calif. Federation of Teachers, Calif. Professional Firefighters, Calif. Nurses Assn., Democratic lawmakers & politicians.
Main Arguments Against: Would make it hard for unions to campaign for initiatives & for lawmakers who share their concerns, & to battle efforts to harm education, public safety or healthcare.

Prop.76-State Spending Restrictions: Would cap the amount of money the state could spend each year, tied to average increase in state revenue over 3 previous years. Lower amount of money guaranteed to schools when economy improves. Gives the governer new authority to make midyear cuts.
Chief Supporters: Gov. Schwarzenegger, Calif., Chamber of Commerce, Calif., Business Roundtable, etc.
Chief Opponents: Calif. Teachers Assn, Calif. Nurses Assn., Calif. Prof. Firefighters, PTA, League of Women Voters, etc.
Main Arguments Against: Would hurt schools by dismantling the funding formulas for education that voters put in place more than 15 yrs ago. Schools would lose $ 3.8 billion dollars a year that current system provides. Police, firefighters, hospitals & schools could be subject to budget cuts.

Prop.77-Redistricting: Would give 3 retired judges job of redrawing congressional, legistative & Board of Equalization districts. Would require new districts to be determined immediatley(normally redrawn every 10 yrs with new census data).
Chief Supporters: Gov. Schwarzenegger, Republican members of Congress & Legislature, etc
Chief Opponents: Democratic legislative leaders, Calif., Democratic Party, League of Women Voters, etc
Main Argument Against: 3 judges chosen by politicians cannot represent California's diversity. Would disenfranchise roughly 3 million people new to Calif. since last census, in 2000.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

1 Year After Osama bin Laden Addresed America...

I still find his words quite compelling. Instead of going on about what I think of his speech, I will just let you read it, and come to your own conclusion--keep your mind open. ( hat tip to Casey @

Monday November 1st, 2004---Aljazerra

" Praise be to Allah who created the creation for his worship and commanded them to be just and permitted the wronged one to retaliate against the opressor in kind to proceed:

Peace be upon he who follows the guidance: People of America this talk of mine is for you and concerns the ideal way to prevent another Manhattan, and deals with the war and its causes and results.

Before I begin, I say to you that security is an indispensible pillar of human life and that free men do not forfeit their security, contrary to Bush's claim that we hate freedom.

If so, then let him explain to us why we dont strike for example-Sweden? And we know that freedom-haters dont possess defiant spirits like those of the 19-may Allah have mercy on them.

No, we fight because we are free men who dont sleep under oppression. We want to restore freedom to our nation, just as you lay waste to our nation. So shall we lay waste to yours.

No one except a dumb theif plays with the security of others and then makes himself believe he will be secure. Whereas thinking people, when disaster strikes, make it their priority to look for its causes, in order to prevent it happening again.

But I am amazed at you. Even though we are in the fourth year after the events of September 11th, Bush is still engaged in distortion, deception, and hiding from you the real causes. And thus, the reasons are still there for a repeat of what occured.

So I shall talk to you about the story behind those events and shall tell you truthfully about the moments in which the decision was taken, for you to consider.

I say to you, Allah knows that it had never occured to us to strike the towers. But after it became unbearable and we witnessed the oppression and tryanny of the American/Israeli coalition against our people in Palestine and Lebanon, it came to my mind.

The events that affected my soul in a direct way started in 1982 when America permitted the Israelis to invade Lebanon and the American Sixth Fleet helped them in that. This bombardment began and many were killed and injured and others were terrorised and displaced.

I couldnt forget those moving scenes, blood and severed limbs, women and children sprawled everywhere. Houses destroyed along with their occupants and high rises demolished over their residents, rockets raining down on our home without mercy.

The situation was like a crocodile meeting a helpless child, powerless except for his screams. Does the crocodile understand a converstation that dosent include a weapon? And the whole world saw and heard but it didnt respond.

In those difficult moments many hard-to -describe ideas bubbled in my soul, but in the end they produced an intense feeling of rejection of tyranny, and gave birth to a strong resolve to punish the oppressors.

And as I looked at those demolished towers in Lebanon, it entered my mind that we should punish the oppressor in kind and that we should destroy towers in America in order that they taste some of what we tasted and so that they be deterred from killing our women and children.

And that day, it was confirmed to me that oppression and the international killing of innocent women and children is a deliberate American policy. Destruction is freedom and democracy, while resistance is terrorism and intolerance.

This means the oppressing and embargoing to death millions as Bush Sr. did in Iraq in the greatest mass slaughter of children mankind has ever known, and it means the throwing of millions of pounds of bombs and explosives at millions of children also in Iraq-as Bush Jr. did, in order to remove an old agent and replace him with a new puppet to assist in the pilfering of Iraq's oil and other outrages.

So with these images and their like as their background, the events of Sept 11th came as a reply to those great wrongs, should a man be blamed for defending his sanctuary?

Is defending oneself and punishing the aggressor in kind, objectionable terrorism? If it is such, then it is unavoidable for us.

This is the message which I sought to communicate to you in word and deed, repeatedly, for years before Sept.11th.

And you can read this, if you wish, in my interview with Scott in Time Magazine in 1996, or with Peter Arnett on CNN in 1997, or my meeting with John Weiner in 1998.

You can observe it practically, if you wish, in Kenya and Tanzania and in Aden. And you can read it in my interview with Abdul Bari Atwan, as well as my interviews with Robert Fisk.

The latter is one of your compatriots and co-religionists and I consider him to be neutral. So are the pretenders of freedom at the White House and the channels controlled by them able to run an interview with him? So that he may relay to the American people what he has understood from us to be the reasons for our fight against you?

If you were to avoid these reasons, you will have taken the correct path that will lead America to the security that it was in before Sept.11th. This concerned the causes of war.

As for its results, they have been, by the grace of Allah, positive and enormous, and have, by all standards, exceeded all expectations. This is due to many factors, chief among them, that we have found it difficult to deal with the Bush administration in light of the resemblance it bears to the regimes in our countries,half of which are ruled by the military and the other half which are ruled by the sons of kings and presidents.

Our experience with them is lengthy, and both types are replete with those who are characterized by pride, arrogance, greed and misappropriation of wealth. This resemblance began after the visits of Bush Sr. to the region.

At a time when some of our compatriots were dazzled by America and hoping that these visits would have an affect on our countries, all of a sudden he was affected by those monarchies and military regimes, and became envious of their remaining decades in their positions, to embezzle the public wealth of the nation without supervision or accounting.

So he took dictatorship and suppression of freedoms to his son and they named it the Patriot Act, under the pretence of fighting terrorism. In addition, Bush sanctioned the installing of sons as state governers, and didnt forget to import expertise in election fraud from the regions presidents to Florida to be made use of in moments of difficulty.

All that we have mentioned has made it easy for us to provoke and bait this administration. All that we have to do is to send two mujahidin to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al-Qaida, in order to make the generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic, and political losses without their achieving for it anything of note other than some benefits for their private companies.

This is in addition to our having experience in using guerrilla warfare and the war of attrition to fight tyrannical superpowers, as we, alongside the mujahidin, bled Russia for 10 years, until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat.

All praise is due to Allah.

So we are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah.

That being said, those who say that al-Qaida has won against the administration in the White House or that the administration has lost in this war have not been precise because when oen scrutinises the results, one cannot say that al-Qaida is the sole factor in acheiving those spectacular gains.

Rather, the policy of the White House that demands the opening of war fronts to keep busy their various corporations-whether they be working in the field of arms or oil or reconstruction- has helped al-Qaida to achieve these enormous results.

And so it has appeared to some analysts and diplomats that the White House and us are playing as one team towards the economic goals of the United States, even if the intentions differ.

And it was to these sorts of notions and their like that the British diplomat and others were referring in their lectures at the Royal Institute of International Affairs( when they pointed out that) for example, al-Qaida spent $500,000 on the event, while America, in the incident and its aftermath, lost-according to the lowest estimate-more than $500 billion.

Meaning that every dollar of al-Qaida defeated a million dollars by the permission of Allah, besides the loss of a huge number of jobs.

As for the size of the economic deficit, it has reached record astronomical numbers estimated to total more than a trillion dollars.

And even more dangerous and bitter for America is that the mujahidin recently forced Bush to resort to emergency funds to continue the fight in Afghanistan and Iraq, which is evidence of the success of the bleed-until-bankruptcy plan-with Allah's permission.

It is true that this shows that al-Qaida has gained, but on the other hand, it shows that the Bush administraion has also gained, something of which anyone who looks at the size of the contracts acquired by the shady Bush administration-linked-mega-corporations, like Halliburton and its kind, will be convinced. And it all shows that the real loser

It is the American people and their economy. And for the record, we had agreed with the Commander-General Muhammad Ataa, Allah have mercy on him, that all the operations should be carried out within 20 minutes, before Bush and his administration notice.

It never occured to us that the commander-in -chief of the American armed forces would abandon 50,000 of his citizens in the twin towers to face those great horrors alone, the time when they most needed him.

But because it seemed to him that occupying himself by talking to the little girl about the goat and its butting was more important than occupying himself with the planes and their butting of the skyscrapers, we were given three times the period required to execute the operations- all prasie is due to Allah.

And its no secret to you that the thinkers and perceptive ones from among the Americans warned Bush before the war and told him: "All that you want for securing America and removing the weapons of mass destruction-assuming they exist-is available to you, and the nations of the world are with you in the inspections, and its in the interest of America that it not be thrust into an unjustified war with an unknown outcome."

But the darkness of the black gold blurred his vision and insight, and he gave priority to private interests over the public interests of America.

So the war went ahead, the death toll rose, the American economy bled, and Bush became embroiled in the swamps of Iraq that threaten his future. He fits the saying, "like the naughty she-goat who used her hoof to dig up a knife from under the earth."

So I say to you, over 15,000 of our people have been killed and tens of thousands injured, while more than a thousand of you have been killed and more than 10.000 injured. And Bush's hands are stained with the blood of all those killed from both sides, all for the sake of oil and keeping their private companies in business.

Be aware that it is the nation who punishes the weak man when he causes the killing of one of its citizens for money, while letting the powerful one get off, when he causes the killing of more than 1000 of its sons,also for money.

And the same goes for your allies in Palestine. They terrorise the women and children, and kill and capture the men as they lie sleeping with their families on the mattresses, that you may recall that for every action, there is a reaction.

Finally, it behoves you to reflect on the last wills and testaments of the thousands who left you on the 11th as they gestered in despair. They are important testaments, which should be studied and researched.

Among the most important of what I read in them was some prose in their gestures before the collapse, where they say, "How mistaken we werer to have allowed the White House to implement its aggresive foreign policies against the weak without supervision."

It is as if they were telling you, the people of America,:" Hold to account those who have caused us to be killed, and happy is he who learns from others mistakes."

And among that which I read in their gestures is a verse of poetry. "Injustice chases its people, and how unhealthy the bed of tyranny."

As had been said: "An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure."

And know that:" It is better to return to the truth than persist in error." And that the wise man dosent squander his security, wealth and children for the sake of the liar in the White House.

In conclusion, I tell you in truth, that your security is not in the hands of Kerry , nor Bush, nor al-Qaida. No.

Your security is in your own hands. And every state that dosent play with our security has automatically guaranteed its own security.

And Allah is our guardian and helper, while you have no guardian or helper. All peace be upon he who follows the guidance."

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Stupid Bush Quote Of The Day

" First, we would not accept a treaty that would not have been ratified, nor a treaty that I thought made sense for the country."--George W.Bush,on the Kyoto Accord

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Bush Administration Insists On Using Torture

Former President Jimmy Carter appeared on Hardball today, speaking out against the White House insisting that the CIA be exempted from the ban on torture & abuse of prisoners & terror suspects. Carter said that torture is not only inhumane, but that a tortured prisoner will admit to just about anything, whether it's true or not, just to stop the torture.
Although the Senate overwhelmingly approved an anti-torture amendment 3 weeks ago, the White House keeps insisting that the CIA be exempt from that ban on abuse. There is a basic code of conduct that ensures captives will not be brutalized, but when our soldiers are tortured our goverment lashes out--This is major hypocrisy on the part of the Bush administration. Any exception to this ban will tarnish America's image even more, as well as endanger our troops & citizens overseas.
Vice President Dickhole Cheney and CIA Director Porter Goss made a special appeal to Sen. John McCain to support the exemption for the CIA. They argued that the president needed flexibility on the prohibition against torture in the global war on terrorism. McCain, who himself was captured & tortured by the North during the Vietnam war, rejected the suggestion.
In Afghanistan & Iraq, CIA employees have been implicated in at least 4 deathsof suspects recently, although no CIA operative has been charged. One case was an Iraqi who died during an interrogation at Abu Ghraib Prison; another involves an Afghan suspect who was dunked in frigid water & died of hypothermia. A third case involved a former Iraqi general who suffocated after being stuffed headfirst into a sleeping bag; and the fourth involved an Afghan prisoner who died after being stripped of his clothes & left outside in the cold. And these are just the reported cases.
This makes me sick to my stomach. Our country is a superpower with many resources & sophisticated equipment for us to obtain information, using torture is not only unnecessary, but SICK!! It produces questionable information, taints our reputation, tells other countries that U.S. captives are fair game, and is totally inhumane.
The fact that our goverment and Cheney endorse torture by our goverment, the CIA, and other agencies is flooring.Cheney's proposed change "states that the measure barring inhumane treatment shall not apply to counterterrorism operations conducted abroad or to operations conducted by 'an element of the United States goverment' other than the Defense Department." The proposed changes appear to be broad enough to exempt any agencies engaged in what the goverment declares to be "counterterrorism operations".
The ACLU released a report last week investigating the deaths of 44 people taken prisoner in Iraq & Afghanistan. 21 of those were found to be DEFINITE homocides. Most were killed by asphyxiation, or blunt force trauma, or both.
An editorial in the Washington Post straight out said " this vice president has become an open advocate of torture." It also said, " The vice president has become a prime mover behind the Bush administrations decision to violate the Geneva Conventions & the UN Convention Against Torture & to break up with decades of past practice by the US military."
How can the U.S. use alleged violations of international law as a justification for military intervention when the U.S. itself so brazenly violates fundamental components of international law???
The hypocrisy is rampant, and will not only endanger our military overseas, but us here in the U.S. from attacks.
You know, I can go on for days about this subject, but I'm too nauseous to continue. This administration makes me sick.

Bush Wants $7.1 Billion Used To Stockpile Bird Flu Vaccine-Rumsfeld's Lovin' The Profits!

Bush has outlined a strategy, or as HE would say--'strategery', that would cost $ 7.1 Billion buckaroo's! $ 1.2 billion would go straight to the goverment to buy enough doses od the "vaccine" for bird flu tp protect 20 million Americans, the administration wants enough for military personnel & front-line emergency personnel. $ 1 billion would go to stockpile more anti-viral drugs that lessen the severity of flu symptoms. $ 2.8 billion would go to speed the development of vaccines as new strains emerge, a process that now takes months. And finally, $ 583 million would go to states & local goverments to prepare emergency plans to respond to an outbreak.

So basically the big pharmaceutical companys, as well as their stockholders, will profit like there's no tomorrow!

Among the beneficiaries of the run on Tamiflu is Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. He owns at least $ 5 million of the stock, which has jumped from $ 35 in April to $ 47. Former Secretary of State George Shultz, who is on Gilead's board, has sold more than $7 million worth of Gilead in 2005!

As the bird flu issue heated up, Rumsfeld, according to a senior Pentagon official, considered unloading his entire Gilead stake to avoid any conflicts of interest. He sought advice from the Dept. of Justice, among others, but they didn't offer him an opinion. So Rumsfeld consulted a private securities lawyer who advised him to hold on to that gold. And holding on to it has paid off handsomely, it's made him one of the wealthiest members of the Bush cabinet, at least $ 1 million richer!

Interest goes beyond Wall Street. Already drugstores are finding the demand for the drug contagious. Making Tamiflu is not easy. The drug is derived from the pods of Chinese star anise plants in a year long process that's expensive & dangerous--at one stage the stuff is highly explosive!

In asking Congress for money to buy the vaccine, Bush said the vaccine " would not be a perfect match to the pandemic flu because the pandemic strain would probably differ somewhat from the avain flu virus it grew from."

So why then spend Billions upon Billions of dollars on buying it? Because the 'Cha-Ching' effect in Washington outweighs the commom sense effect. As I keep saying, this bird flu has been blown out of proportion in order to instill fear in American citizens, as well as to fill the pockets of cronies in Washington who will profit greatly from their pharmaceutical stock piles , which increases the more propaganda spews from Bush's lips.

Alito Climbs Into Bed With Big Business

Bush's new Supreme Court nominee, Samuel 'Scalito' Alito, has been a firm proponent of federal regulation, limits on legal liability, and employee rights.
While the majority of us, especially women, are not too thrilled about Alito's nomination, one group is not only breathing a sigh of relief, but batting their eyes at Alito as well: CORPORATE AMERICA. Of the rumored 12 or so names on the Chimp's short list of candidates, Alito reanked near the top for the "suits".
Alito has consistently come down on the side of limiting corporate liability, limiting federal regulation, and limiting employee rights.
For the cooky conservatives, Alito's resume is beefed up by his membership in the Federalist Society, which is a club of lawyers and law students that support a limited role for the nation's judges.
Big Business would likely benefit from Alito's approach. He wins stellar marks from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which judges nominees based on their records on legal liability, employment law,etc.
As a judge, Alito has written many minority opinions making the case for setting a higher bar on claims of racial and sexual harassment/discrimination in the workplace.
In one case of interest to big business, Alito claimed that the federal goverment could not apply the Family and Medical Leave Act to state employees! In Chittister v. Dept. of Community & Economic Development, he upheld a lower court ruling backing the state of Pennsylvania, taking Congress to task for enacting the Family & Medical Leave Act. This federal law requires employers to provide employees with 12 weeks of unpaid leave for health or family reasons, including the birth of a child. Alito wrote that it was an unconstitutional abrogation of states' rights!
No wonder Bush & Co. like this guy! He'll fit right in! And big business will be awaiting the results, hopeful that Bush can prevail on this one. But if the Democrats continue to grow balls and fight, possibly Caveman Alito may start to smell a filibuster in the air! Bush has simply exchanged one set of complaints ( Meirs) for another (Alito).

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Breaking News!!

Senators in closed session discussing Libby indictment and Pre-War Intelligence.
Democrats use Rule 21, which clears the senate of everyone except the senators.
The Democrats are DEMANDING an investigation of the CIA leak and Manipulation of Pre-War Intelligence.
Exactly what the Republicans would have done aeons ago if the shoe were on the other foot.

Bush Appoints Caveman For Supreme Court!

On Monday, President Chimp nominated Judge Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court. Alito has been a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Reich..oops I mean Third Circuit, since his appointment by the first President Bush in 1990. In that time, Alito (nicknamed "Scalito" for his ideological resemblance to Justice Antonin Scalia) has compiled an extensive, extreme right-wing judicial record on many issues of importance to the protection of the rights & interests of women, workers, & minorities.
This right-wing nutjob wants goverment to be able to interfere in personal decisions on reproductive rights--- such as upholding a provision of Pennsylvania's restrictive anti-abortion law requiring a woman to notify her husband before obtaining an abortion! Are you fucking kidding me?? This caveman wants to make it a law that women have to inform their husbands of their decision to have an abortion?! What's next? Is he going to try & instill a law requiring women to give up sex to their men at least 3 times a week?!!
This prick also regets basic protections for workers. In a number of dissenting opinions, Alito has taken positions that, if adopted, would make it more difficult for victims of race & sex discrimination to prove their claims. Take for instance Robinson v. City of Pittsburgh 1997. Officer Robinson complained of sexual harassment by her supervisor, Officer Dickerson, which included nasty-ass things like, " unhooking her bra strap, snapping her bra strap, touching her hair & ears, telling her 'you stink pretty', making comments about the size of her breasts, blowing her a kiss, asking her out for a drink, touching her leg under a table, putting his hands around her waist, dropping his keys down the back of her shirt & attempting to retrieve them, as well as describing the postition in which he & Robinson would have sex, if they were to do so." SICK FUCK!!! Talk about harassment! Officer Robinson complained to Asst. Chief Edwards & applied for a transfer, & was advised to "wait it out". She was told Officer "Pig" Dickerson had done this before & no action had been taken against him by his superiors. Robinson submitted a written request for an appointment with Chief Buford, but was refused. Robinson sued the City, Buford, Edwards, & Dickerson for sexual harassment & sex discrimination & sued Dickerson for assault, battery, & intentional infliction of emotional distress. At the district court level she lost on most of her claims & she then appealed. In an opinion written by Alito, the Third Circuit agreed with the district court that Robinson's claim that Asst. Chief Edwards knew about her harassment was invalid & Alito held that Buford was not liable because there was insufficient evidence. Alito also rejected Robinson's claim that she suffered retaliation after her complaints. Alito showed his lack of care & awarness about the problem of sexual harassment, & applied stringent standards of proof that would be difficult for many victims of discrimination to meet.---Does this guy have women issues or what???---
Oh, but he dosen't discriminate just against women- Alito has shown equal discrimination against people of color as well! Take Bray v. Marriot Hotels for example.....Ms. Bray, an african-american woman, applied for a promotion, but a white woman was hired instead. Her employer, Marriot, did not follow it's own guidlines for hiring & several key employees gave conflicting statements about how the decision to hire the white woman was made. Bray sued, the district court ruled for Marriot. Bray appealed, & the Third Circuit overturned the district court & let Bray make her case. Alito dissented from the panel's decision & would have thrown Bray's case out. He didn't even want to hear her side! Alito also made it clear that he would have imposed an almost impossible burden on victims of employment discrimination.
These are just a couple of examples of Samuel Alito's racial discrimination & his hostilitiy towards women. If you want many more check out People For The American Way @
Samuel Alito is an opponent of fundamental legal rights & protections for ALL Americans ( because there are more than just rich,religious white men living in this country!) & must NOT be confirmed to the Supreme Court!
I'm going to go now & search the American flag & our U.S. currancy for the hidden swastika's, because Bush & this goverment seem to have an agenda to recruit only religious white men who are prejudiced & possess internal issues with women.