Tuesday, February 28, 2006

'Rogue State' Review

I have just finished reading "Rogue State:A Guide to the World's Only Superpower" by William Blum. I realize that many of you have been unable to get the book due to overwhelming demand, & I'm sure the efforts on the goverment's part to make it difficult to obtain from public libraries , etc. So with that, I will offer my review of the book & open up the comments section to anyone who has read the book & wishes to put in their 2 cents, & if ya got more change your more than welcome to throw that in too!
William Blum left the State Dept. in 1967, he abandoned his aspiration of becoming a Foreign Service Officer because of his opposition to what the U.S. was doing in Vietnam. He went on to become a founder of the Washington Free Press.
Blum has been a freelance journalist & has worked in London with a former CIA officer on a project exposing CIA personnel & their misdeeds.
Noam Chomsky has said Blum's book, "Killing Hope: U.S. Military & CIA Interventions Since WWII" was, " Far and away the best book on the topic".
In 1999 he won a Project Censored award for "exemplary journalism".
He currently sends out a monthly newsletter, the Anti-Empire Report. To be put on the mailing list go to his website @ killinghope.org.
So on to the book...
This, by far, has been one of the best books I've read--& I read a buttload of books! It is such a well-documented encyclopedia of United States mayhem & deceit, that is a very easy read, well laid out, & I found it hard to put down.
Blum demonstrated exactly how U.S. policy under the banner of freedom & human rights, has led to barbarous criminal acts.
In the introduction, Blum writes, " Just buy our weapons, said Washington, let our military and our corporations roam freely across your land, and give us veto power over who your leaders will be, and we'll protect you. That was the cleverest protection racket since men convinced women that they needed men to protect them." He went on to add, " ...if they failed to appriciate the underlying nobility of American motives, they were warned that they would burn in Communist Hell, or a CIA facsimille thereof."
In the chapter, "Why Do Terrorists Keep Picking On The U.S.?", Blum points out that a U.S. State Dept. report on worldwide terrorist attacks called, "Patterns of Global Terrorism", showed that the year 2003 had more "significant terrorist incidents" than at any time since the Department began issuing statistics in 1985, even though the figures exclude attacks on US troops by insurgents in Iraq, which the Bush administration labels as "terrorist". When the 2004 report showed an even higher number of incidents, the State Dept. announced it would stop publishing the annual statistics. Proving that Bush is not keeping us safe from terrorist attacks, but rather fueling that fire, endangering the US, it's military, & it's people--The State Dept. & our goverment would rather keep that information to themselves, rather than blow Bush's 'Keeping America Safe' facade right down the toliet where it belongs.
Chapter 2, " America's Gift To The World:The Afghan Terrorist Alumni", gives a great history lesson on how Bin Laden, among other Islamic fundamentalists, were not always on Washington's hate list. It maps out the transformation of the Moujahedeen from "good" terrorists, to "bad" ones in easy to read layman's terms.
Chapter 3, " Assassinations", provides a list of prominent foreign individuals whose assassination, or planning of one, the US has been involved in since WWII. Included are Charles de Gaulle, President of France in 1965-6, as well as the sorely missed Che Guevara.
There is a flooring chapter of US Army & CIA training manuals that will truly blow your mind! They literally lay out in detail how to effectively assassinate someone, contrived accident being the most effective & chosen method, suggesting a fall of 75 feet or more onto a hard surface. It also shows how the act may be executed by "sudden , vigorous grabbing of the ankles, tipping the subject over the edge".
The CIA manual tells how to assassinate one using drugs, preferably morphine because it , "will cause death without disturbance and is difficult to detect."
The manual gives step by step instructions on how to kill one with weapons, and tells future CIA members exactly what areas of the body to strike for best results.
The US Armys manual was no better. It gives detail instructions on how to deal with informants, including what to do with their families, & on "beating the informant or imprisoning them" in order to give the informant credibility or force him to become an informer. Very disgusting stuff!
The next chapter, "Torture", lists all countrys that the CIA has co-existed with torture in.
To me the most shocking chapters had to be chapter 14," The US Use Of Chemical/Biological Weapons Abroad", and chapter 15, " Domestic Use Of Chemical/Biological Weapons".
Included is a list of countrys that the US has used chemical/biological weapons on, with or without their knowledge.
For example, did you know that in 1953 the US Army used air blowers atop trucks to disseminate potentially dangerous zinc cadmium sulfide through Winnipeg, Canada as part of a chemical/biological weapons test?
In Laos, Sept. 1970, US forces under "Operation Tailwind", used aerosolized sarin nerve gas on a Laotian village base camp, with the object of killing American military defectors reported to be there. This killed over 100 people, military & civilian, plus 2 Americans.
And what the United States was, & is currently doing to Cuba will truly blow your mind & make you have sympathy on the country! In August of 1962 a British freighter under Soviet lease became damaged on a reef. It came to San Juan, Puerto Rico for repairs. It was originally bound for a Soviet port with 80,000 bags of Cuban sugar on board. Sugar is virtually Cuba's only natural resource, bringing in a bulk of its money. 14,135 sacks of sugar were unloaded into a warehouse while the ship was being repaired. US CIA agents contaminated the sugar while in the warehouse with a substance allegedly harmess, but unpalatable.
And as recent as Oct 21, 1996, a Cuban pilot flying observed a plane releasing a mist of some substance about 7 times. It was an American Cropduster operated by the State Dept. which had permission to fly over Cuba in route to Columbia. Cuban air control asked the US pilot if he was having problems, he said "no". On Dec 18th of that same year, Cuba saw the 1st signs of plague of Thrips Palms, a plant eating insect never detected before in Cuba. It severely damaged crops/plants & resisted pesticides. The US says the plane only emitted "smoke" to indicate its position. The FAA stated that was not an FAA practice & that no regulation calls for that practice. It looks as if the US is sabotaging Cuba's agriculture crops.
And here at home, the Army has acknowledged that between 1949-1969, 239 populated areas from coast to coast were blanketed with various organisms during tests designed to measure patterns of dissemination in the air, weather effects, dosages, optimum placement of source, etc.
In Tampa Bay, Florida the CIA conducted one or more open air tests with whopping cough bacteria around the Tampa Bay area. The number of whopping cough cases in Florida rose from 339 & one death, to 1080 & 12 deaths that same year!
There are too many incidents to list here, but trust me, your hometown is included.
The chapter, " The United States Versus The World at the United Nations", is amazing to see listed all the Resolutions & their exact dates, as well as what way a country voted. The majority have the US & Israel against the rest of the world. Including, "The request for report on living conditions of Palestinians in occupied Arab countries"--Votes: 110-2 (US & Israel), or how about, " Prepare and carry out the UN Conference on Women"--Votes: 121-2 (US & Israel).
This was just more proof to me that the United Nations is a joke, where the United States rules by bully force against all other countrys.
Ever wonder what happened to IBM, or why Bill Gates & Microsoft rule the computer world? Because the NSA arranged with Microsoft to insert special "keys" into Windows software which allow the NSA a real close look into your computer actions. Microsoft is largely supported financially by the NSA, & it shows by the presence of NSA personnel in Bill Gates' development teams. The Pentagon, according to a report, is Microsoft's largest client in the world. Makes me want to save up for an Apple!
This is a must read book, & if you happen to run across it, buy it! You will not be let down. It is amazing to read how the United States, the holier-than-thou country, is really as corrupt & evil as the countrys it so vehemently loathes.

Bush, How Low Can You Go?

The latest CBS NEWS poll shows that President Dumbya's approval rating has fallen to an ALL TIME LOW of 34%, while people's negative feelings about the Iraq War rose to a new high.
Not only that, but 7 in 10 Americans, including 58% of Republicans, disagree with the Bush-backed deal giving Dubai-owned company operational control over 6 major U.S. ports.
In recent reports, it has now been revealed that the Coast Guard had concerns about the ports deal. This should be troubling, especially since our president assured the American public that there was no security risk from the deal.
The public opinion of Birdshot Cheney was even lower, just 18% said they had a favorable view of him, down from 23% in January.
HA! Only 34% of Americans approve of Bush?! Wow! My odds of winning in Vegas are higher than that!
George W. Bush= Pathetic excuse for a president
I have only one question?
Then why is he still residing in the White House???

Statement From NOW:

" Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that could add to the increasing difficulty women face in obtaining reproductive health services. If the Court's 8-0 decision in Scheidler, et al., Vs. National Organization for Women (NOW), and Operation Rescue Vs. NOW ushers in a return to clinic violence in the United States, NOW stands ready to fight in every jurisdiction.
For two decades, NOW has pursued every legal strategy, including 3 Supreme Court cases, to stave off the violent attacks that gripped this country from the mid-1980's to the mid-1990's. This case, brought under the RICO Act, was one of the most successful long term strategies. The federal jury found unanimously that these defendants had engaged in nationwide criminal enterprise to close women's health clinics through extortion, violence and threats of violence, and specified over a hundred acts in furtherance of their efforts.
The filing of this case and the resulting injunction, which protested clinics nationwide, contributed to the dramatic reduction in clinic violence that we have witnessed in recent years, and we will continue to use every legal tool at our disposal to protect women's right to obtain abortion services.
The case was never about protests or pickets- it was about violence and extortion. But without strong protections against clinic assaults, the legal right to abortion could become meaningless. If women are too terrified to keep their doors open, then we will have lost the fight for reproductive freedom even with Roe Vs. Wade still on the books.
We will not let that happen. NOW helped to draft and enact the Freedom of Access To Clinic Entrances(FACE) Act in 1994, and we will use that law to its fullest extent in pursuing those who would use violent means to prevent women from making their own reproductive decisions. As Susan Hill (NOW president) said, " We cannot allow anti-abortion extremists to take this decision as a signal to once again increase violent activity aimed at clinics and clinic staff."
In the coming weeks, our attorneys will make available a FACE kit that local clinics and lawyers can use to enforce the FACE Act in their communities. We must do whatever is necessary to protect doctors and patients, or our legal right to abortion will be a hollow shell.
Joseph Scheidler, Randall Terry and other leaders of the self-described "pro-life mafia" had vowed to stop abortion "by any means necessary", and the ensuing attacks included arson, bombings, violent blockades, death threats, and even murder. By vacating the injunction on narrow, technical grounds, the Supreme Court sided today with thugs and bullies, not peaceful protesters."

In my years in Riot Grrrl, I participated in a few "missions" in where we provided body guards and assistance to women arriving to health clinics to obtain abortions. They were very effective and I felt a great sense of pride in helping to protect my fellow women. We provided these women a safe entrance and escort to and from the building, as well as some much needed muscle in beating back the anti-abortion protestors, who at times did result in violence. The appriciation we recieved from these women and the clinic staff was emence. We cannot allow these violent protests to occur at women's health clinics. I urge you all to support your local NOW chapter, they continue to fight for women's rights & we must support and nurture this in anyway, shape, or form. Whether it's donating money to NOW, or taking just one day a month to volunteer, or even by helping spread the word via your blogs-would be helpful to the cause & greatly appriciated by women everywhere. http://now.org

Monday, February 27, 2006

How The Evil Bush Family Profits From The Patriot Act

There is a shitload of money being made with the increased spending for the so-called 'war on terrorism', & the Bush family is laughing all the way to the bank!
The Patriot Act is bad news for the privacy of American citizens, but good news for the Bush brothers.
In 1993 after the first Gulf War, Seymour M. Hersh penned a 'New Yorker' article that detailed how Marvin & Neil , George W.'s brothers, tried to exploit Kuwait's sense of gratitude toward the president to gain business advantages. It details how the brothers flew to Kuwait where Neil was involved with 2 privately held Houston oil equipment firms that tried to do business with the country. Neil also tried to convince the Kuwaiti's to allow him to share in the large management fees that Enron would be paid to operate power plants within the country, if the company's obtained a contract to do so.
Marvin sought contracts connected to an electronic security fence that was part of Kuwait's early warning defense system. Not only that, but he was looking to do business with the Ministry of Electricity & Water, as well.
Bush's Secretary of State James Baker, White House Chief of Staff John Sununu, & Army Lieutenant General Thomas Kelly, also sought Kuwaiti business for personal gain.
History & Groundwork:
In January of 1998, Marvin Bush was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc, headquartered in Florida. Del Monte is owned by the Abu- Ghazaleh family of Kuwait. A major Bush fundraiser, Stephen L. Way was also on the board. Way is also the Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer of HCC Insurance Holdings Inc., of Houston Texas. In 2000, Marvin Bush became a member of the Board of Directors of HCC. He then bought about $ 130,000 of HCC stock, which increased to about $ 600,000 within just a year.
When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, the Saudi's right next door felt threatened. After leaving office, George Bush senior became a consultant for the Carlyle Group, a Washington D.C. headquartered investment firm with billion in defense holdings. Both Saudi Prince Bandar & members of the Bin Laden family were investors in the Carlyle Group. George W. also had indirect business involvement with Salem Bin Laden, Osama's brother, in the 1970's with an oil company Bush created called Arbusto.
Trying To Hide The Truth:
After 9/11, Bush opposed the creation of a commission to investigate the attacks, he then reluctantly agreed. Later Bush tried to block the investigative body from doing it's job by stonewalling it on the evidence it was looking for. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, the Carlyle Group returned the millions of dollars the Bin Laden's had invested, & asked them to end their business with the company.
Although it was legal for the Bush family to seek a fortune rebuilding Kuwait & investing with the Saudi's, a country where some of the airline hijackers were from, it is totally disgusting for the president, his people, & his family to seek a profit from his policies. They had hoped the public & American citizens would be shielded from knowing their black business dealings.
But the black dealings of the Bush family continue today. They are hoping the media stays away from this, & the American people keep their blinders on.
Don't be another tool for this Bush regime. Get your ass up, read up on what this president & goverment are doing to us & our country. Question authority, be your own person & think for yourself.
The Patriot Act Provides The 'Bling' For Bush Inc. :
The Patriot Act requires banks to process information on their customers so as to cull out suspected well-funded terrorists who might be laundering money. And to comply with the Patriot Act, banks must obtain computer systems, which other company's sell, that allow them to get to know their customers better. Which, in turn, allows the goverment to get to know YOU better. Alot better.
Follow me now, this is where Bush's brother comes in...
Marvin Bush is partner & co-founder of the Virginia based, Winston Partners, a private investment firm that is part of a larger venture capital entity called the Chatterjee Group, based in India. This larger firm consists of Winston Partners II LDC, headquartered in the Cayman Islands where many American firms locate to avoid U.S. taxes. And because Marvin looks out for his bro's, Florida Governer Jeb Bush is also an investor in the Winston Capital Fund.
The Chatterjee Group, including Winston Partners (Marvin's firm), owned in 2002, 5.5 million shares in the California company called Sybase Inc. (in 2003 it was valued at $ 18.20 a share) Sybase is one of the "most aggressive" companies in selling the necessary technology to help banks comply with Bush's Patriot Act. Business for Sybase is business for Bush, & the Patriot Act has boosted business!
Sybase also peddles alot to the goverment, with the federal procurement database listing it's total awards for 2001 at $ 14.7 million! This includes $ 2.9 million to the Navy, $ 1.8 million ot the Army, & $ 5.3 million to the Defense Dept. in 2001. Marvin Bush's Sybase also sold to the Agriculture Dept., Commerce, Treasury, & General Services Administration. Not to mention Amsec Corporation in Virginia, another Winston Partner's company that snagged Navy contracts worth $ 33.7 million in 2001!
Profit, Profit, Profit:
Life can be peachy when your brother controls the reins. It can also be peachy when your friend controls the reins, as with Vice Prez. Dick Cheney.
Fellow oil man & Bush buddy Cheney is still getting a check from his former employer Halliburton. Halliburton recieved a no-bid contract for work in Iraq worth billions, & has recently come under attack by Congress for overcharging the U.S. Army for gasoline.
Ahhh, a no-bid goverment contract bringing smiles to these crooks! Why is this no-bid agreement legal when vitrually every single goverment contract is required to be put out to bid??
In January 2003, an article written by Margie Burns, states that William H.T. Bush, President Bush senior's brother, is on the Board of Directors of a company that will "benefit substantially from the war with Iraq", according to financial analysts.

Now that we Americans are subject to goverment agents finding out what we read in libraries & who we associate with, it's nice that with a little research average Americans can find out who the Bush family associates with!

So see folks, the line "Everything happens for a reason" couldn't be more true. 9/11. The Iraq war. The Patriot Act. All make the Bush family filthy rich. At the expense of you, me, all the Iraqi's whose lives have been bombed into oblivion, all the U.S. soldiers sent to die for Bush profits, our privacy, the Consitution, & the overall image of the United States of America.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Remember The "God Warrior"?

Well, the crazy ass Christian bitch is back...But not in the way you would expect! Check out my comrade Casey's blog at Open Your Minds Eye at http://openyourmindseye.blogspot.com for an exclusive, must see video of the "God Warrior" in a whole other perspective! Just click on the post entitled "Darksided".
Don't be a "darksided" "pagan"....Go now!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Quote Of The Day

" No woman wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off it's own leg."--Frederica Mathewes-Green, Real Choices

South Dakota...Kiss My Ass, You Paleolithic, Conservative Nut-Jobs!

South Dakota lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions on Friday, setting up an assault on Roe V. Wade at a critical time when the Supreme Court is more willing than ever to overturn the 33 year old decision.
The bill would also make it a crime for doctors to perform an abortion unless it was necessary to save the woman's life, giving them 5 years in prison for performing an illegal abortion. The measure would make NO exception in cases of RAPE, or INCEST!
Planned Parenthood, which operates the only abortion clinic in South Dakota, has promised to sue over the measure.
The House passed the bill 50-18 on Friday, & the Senate approved it 23-12 earlier this week. If signed, it would become law July 1st.
I am absolutely livid over this! Who the hell gave these white, Republican men the right to try & pass a bill that would overturn a 33 year old decision to honor a women's right to choose?? And to not allow a victim of RAPE or INCEST to have an abortion is ludicrous! I guess these archaic, back-woods, Republican's want banjo-strumming babies walking around completely retarded, because that's the kind of children incest breeds. Maybe they want to increase the population of people more like themselves?! I don't know.
If this passes, women in South Dakota that do not have the finances to travel out of state for an abortion will resort to horrible methods in order to abort. The days of wire hangers will reappear & women will die.
We cannot allow this to happen! Women, as well as men, need to get off their asses & FIGHT this!
Here are some great women organizations that need your help to protect women's right to choose. Whether it's money or your time as a volunteer, anything will be greatly appriciated & you will get great karma for it!
Planned Parenthood---http://plannedparenthood.org
NARAL Pro-Choice America---http://prochoiceamerica.org
NOW-National Organization for Women---http://now.org


I usually don't do personal posts....but today has been one of those days! I'm so fucking frustrated I could pop! I really do have alot to post about today, including the whole South Dakota abortion BULLSHIT! And as soon as I chill out a bit, I will...Promise!
As a Veterinary Technician (nurse) I am totally used to stress & a very fast working pace, but today.....Today sucked! Saturday's are pretty busy at the animal hospital, & with only 3 nurses, well, let me re-phrase that...with 2 and 1/2 nurses (one was in La-La Land the majority of the day!) and 2 doctors, we can get slammed. In those times, most intelligent, good working nurses step it up. Not the 2 I worked with today. I cannot tell you how many x-rays I've taken--If I'm glowing with a hint of green, I'll know why! I have wrestled very nasty, stinky dogs all day. Dealt with crazy, mean cats. Obtained countless samples of blood & urine. Did practically ALL the evening treatments all by myself in about 45 minutes...meanwhile slacker nurse # 1 took literally a half hour to do ONE dog! She also took about 20 minutes to do a nail trim! In that 20 minutes I could have taken xrays, obtained blood, urine, and clipped the damn dogs nails! Oh, and I had anal glands shot at me! If you have ever smelled anal glands you know my pain! It is the smell that no other can match, & is the gift that keeps on giving because the smell is very hard to get rid of! So all day long I kept asking with paranoia, "Do I smell like anal glands?"
Then slacker nurse # 1 has the gall to say, " Man girl, you're in a bad mood today, huh?" To which I responded, "Ummm, no. I'm just frustrated that nobody else is busting their ass."
So then slacker nurse #2 bathes a dog & lets the poor thing sit in a cage practically swimming in it's own urine & feces! So back to the tub goes the dog...another 20-30 minutes totally wasted!
Tomorrow brings another shift with 2 other nurses that are practically the same as the 2 today! So If you hear on the news that a Veterinary Tech from California lost it & went postal on her staff, you'll know it's me!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Actors Of 'Guantanamo' Movie Held At Airport

(if unable to read; area in pic reads, "Arabic:Not actually a color...but you're still screwed")

The actors who star in the movie, "The Road To Guantanamo", were held & questioned by police at Luton Airport in the U.K. under the 'anti-terrorism' legislation.

The men, who play British inmates at the detention camp, were returning from the Berlin Film Festival where the movie won a Silver Bear award.

The actor, Rizwan Ahmed, said that a police officer asked him if he intended to make any more "political" films.

Actor Farhad Harun was also questioned, along with Shafiq Rusul, & Rhuhel Ahmed, the men whose detention in Guantanamo is chronicled in the film.

Ahmed also alleges that he was verbally abused by a police officer & had his cell phone taken away from him for a while. The police told him that he could be held for up to 48 hours WITHOUT access to a lawyer.

He says that he was initially questioned at the airport's baggage pick-up, then taken to a seperate room when he demanded to know why.

Human rights organization Reprieve, who is speaking on Ahmed's behalf, called Thursday's incident an "ugly farce". They have called for an urgent inquiry into what happened. The film's producer, Melissa Parmenter, said the detention was outrageous.

Bedfordshire police say they will issue another statement concerning the allegations made by Ahmed & Reprieve.

'The Road To Guantanamo', directed by British film maker Michael Winterbottom, tells the story of the Tipton Three. The men from the West Midlands went to Pakistan to arrange a wedding & eventually found themselves at Guantanamo Bay's U.S. prison camp. They were picked up in Afghanistan & believed to be terrorist suspects & were eventually released from Guantanamo Bay in 2004 without charge.

These poor guys can't catch a break! First they are taken & held in Guantanamo Bay of all places, later to be released after the Oh-so-intelligent authorities figured out that they weren't terrorists, & now they can't even fly to another country to recieve an award without getting harrassed!

All that money this goverment, as well as the U.K.'s, swimming in & we still can't get adequate security & intelligence. All that time & resources spent harrassing these guys, meanwhile they ignore the thousands & thousands of passengers arriving & departing from the airport--any of which could be that real "terrorist" they claim to be so concerned about.

Quote Of The Day

" If it once became general, wealth would confer no distinction....But in practice such a society could not long remain stable. For if leisure & security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate & would learn to think for themselves; & when once they had done this, they would sooner or later realise that the privileged minority had no function, & they would sweep it away. In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty & ignorance...Ignorance is Strength"-----George Orwell's "1984"

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Abortion Lays In the Hands Of 2 Men Bush Placed On Bench

The Supreme Court said today it will consider the constitutionality of banning late-term abortion.
The inept Bush administration has pressed the Supreme Court to reinstate the federal law, passed in 2003, but never put into effect because it was struck down by judges in California, New York, and Nebraska.
The outcome of this will probably rest with Samuel Alito and John Roberts, both of who were installed by Bush. In 2000, justices had been split 5-4 in striking down a state law barring partial birth abortion because some say it lacked an exception to protect the health of the mother.
The federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act prohibits a certain type of abortion, usually carried out in the 2nd or 3rd trimester.
The case that will be heard this fall comes from Nebraska, where the federal law was challenged on behalf of physicians. Doctors contend that it's the safest method of abortion when the mother's health is threatened by heart disease, high blood pressure, or cancer. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Medical Women's Association, and the American Nurses Association, also approve the practice when it is medically necessary, which happens to be around 2,000 times a year in the United States.
Over at 'Shakespeare's Sister' http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com she made a great point, "...anti-choicers dont trust women and their doctors to make that decision honestly- a position which pulls back the curtain on their "pro-life" Emerald City and reveals the contempt for life they actually have, in spite of their claims to the contrary. Only a person who has no respect whatsoever for human life could assume that women would invoke this rationale to terminate a pregnancy for no good reason, that expectant mothers who carry a pregnancy nearly to term would suddenly and randomly change their minds, with as much forethought as one might give to rearranging the living room furniture."

Bush's Grand Idea To Allow U.A.E. To Run Ports: So Ass-Backwards It's Scary!

Bush Inc.'s decision to allow the United Arab Emirates to take over operations in 6 major U.S. ports is so asinine that even the Republican's panties are in a bunch over it!
2 Republican governers have threatend legal action to block the Arab company from taking over operations.
New York Governer George Pataki said, " Ensuring the security of New York's port operations is paramount and I am very concerned with the purchase of Peninsular and Oriental Steam by Dubai Ports World. I have directed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to explore all legal options that may be available to them."
And Governer of Maryland, Robert Ehrlich said that he was "very troubled" that Maryland officials recieved no advance notice before the Bush administration approved the Arab company's takeover of the operations of the 6 ports. He added, " We needed to know before this was a done deal, given the state of where we are concerning security."
Even Republican Senator Lindsay Graham said on Faux News that the administrations approval was, " unbelievably tone deaf politically."
You gotta know it's bad when the Repugs turn on each other & publically denounce the administrations actions by calling them "tone deaf politically"!
My comrade Casey, over at "Open Your Minds Eye"http://openyourmindseye.blogspot.com made a great statement, " The coincidence that links terrorism to goverment sponsored terrorism. This is no joke people, you can scoff all you want, however in the middle of all this fear mongering the goverment decides to give the fox the keys to the henhouse. And you just sit there hypnotized by your television monitors."
The Bush administration is, lets face it, retarded. The definition being, "slow in physical and mental devolpment". To turn over United States ports, which are highly vulnerable to attacks of terrorism, to a country where 2 of the 9/11 hijackers came from, is either,
a.) Deliberate in it's actions, thereby uncovering a possible conspiracy theory turned truth, in which the United States goverment is deliberately allowing terrorist attacks against the U.S. in order to justify it's quest for a police state where American citizens right's are being stripped away faster than the exotic dancer's outfit over at the Spearmint Rhino, all in the name of 'Homeland Security'. Or,
b.) An act committed by someone with decreased mental capacity, and or, developement. Someone 'out of touch' with reality. This person, or persons, may exhibit actions which show complete ineptitude when dealing with something of great importance or grave concern.
Either way the cookie crumbles, we're still fucked. We got an administration that is corrupt, deceitful, and dirty...or one that's mental capacity is about the size of a thimble.
Or in my humble opinion---BOTH!

Monday, February 20, 2006

Pic Of The Day

'nuff said.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Close Guantanamo!

Source:The Jordan Times

The U.N. has finally joined the group of protests raised by the international civil society against the U.S.-run Guantanamo Bay prison.
According to a report by 5 independent experts commissioned by the U.N., the detention center for "terrorist" suspects in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba should be shut down immediately, and all detainees should be either tried before an independent tribunal or released.
The report documents a huge list of gross human violations committed in Guantanamo, from arbitrary detentions to torture.
The document is 54 pages, and affirms that force-feeding the detainees on hunger strikes and regular resort to excessive violence are also equal to torture.

The prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba should be shut down immediatley & a thorough investigation into the claims of abuse & torture be launched. It is totally sad & disgusting that the United States has ended up imitating the worst aspects of the very systems it says it wishes to "democratise".

Quote Of The Day

" And in the general hardening of outlook that set in...practices which had long been abandoned...imprisonment without trial, the use of war prisoners as slaves, public executions, torture to extract confessions, the use of hostages and the deportation of whole populations--not only became common again, but were tolerated and even defended by people who considered themselves enlightened and progressive."--George Orwells "1984"

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Chavez Hits Bush Where It Hurts

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has warned he is taking potential steps to cut off oil shipments to the United States, in the event Washington goes too far campaigning against his rule.
Chavez cautioned Friday, " The U.S. goverment must know that if it crosses the line, it won't be getting Venezuelan oil." It seems Chavez is reacting to Thursday's call by Condoleeza Rice for an international "united front" against Venezuela.
"I have to say that I've begun taking steps on the matter, but I won't tell you what they are," Chavez said.
He added, " They think I can't take these steps, because we won't know where to place our oil. Aha! That's where they are wrong." " Many countries ask us for more oil and...we've had to answer that we can't give them any more because, among other things, (of) ...the million and a half barrels of our production that goes to the United States."
Rice said Chavez was a "challenge to democracy" and that Venezuela's close ties with Cuba were a "particular danger in the region".
Chavez said that, " The plan has been launched. They are trying to get Spain, France, Germany and all of Europe against us."
Referring to Bush, Chavez said, " Mr.Danger, you form your front, and we will form ours. It dosen't matter what the U.S. goverment does to us; we will respond in a Christian way: 'If you slap my cheeck, I will offer you the other'. I have the moral strength to resist the old cynical and immoral empire, and we shall defeat you, old empire."
The only OPEC member in Latin America, Venezuela currently produces some 3.2 million barrels of oil per day & the United States is it's top buyer. Venezuela also remains the 4th largest supplier of crude oil to it's northern neighbor, selling it about 1.5 million barrels daily, & through Citgo, has 3 refineries & close to 14,000 gas stations in the U.S.
So it looks as if Chavez really does have something on "Mr.Danger"! I don't know about you, but I find it refreshing that there is actually a leader in this world willing to stand up to Bush. And Chavez has threatened Bush with the one thing Bush holds dear to his heart...oil. Am I considered a "terrorist" if I heart Chavez?

Goverment Concludes 'Mock Attacks' From Bloggers, Hackers, Activists

The U.S. goverment has concluded it's "Cyber Storm" wargame recently. This was the largest exercise ever to test how the goverment would respond to devastating attacks over the internet from anti-globalization activists, bloggers, & underground hackers.
The worldwide simulation challenged goverment officials & industry executives to respond to deliberate 'misinformation campaigns' & 'activist calls' by internet bloggers.
Experts depicted hackers who shut down electricity in 10 states, failures in vital systems for online banking & retail sales, infected disks mistakenly distributed by commercial software companies & critical flaws discovered in core internet technology.
Some mock attacks were aimed at causing a "significant cyber disruption" that could seriously damage energy, transportation & health care industries & undermine public confidence, said George Foresman, undersecretary at the Dept. of Homeland Security.
There was no impact on the real internet during the weeklong exercise. The attacks were simulated using only isolated computers, working from basement offices at the Secret Services headquarters in Washington.
More than 115 goverment agencies, companies, & organizations participated including, Justice Dept, Defense Dept, State Dept, CIA, National Security Agency, & the White House National Security Council.
The Dept. of Homeland Security has promised a full report on the exercise results by summer.

So, my fellow bloggers...
It looks as if the Bush administration is threatened by us! They might actually be, afraid of us! They're afraid we might as a group, attack the goverment using the internet as our weapon of choice, calling our blogs, "deliberate misinformation campaigns"! But that might well describe the actions taken by right-wing, Republicans as well! And when it said, "activist calls", well, that describes the actions by bloggers regardless of their political affiliation.
The goverment & the Bush administration feel that bloggers are terrorists, using their definition of terrorists. Using our blogs as instruments of dissent, criticism, & misinformation campaigns against them.
And as we all know well by now, if the United States goverment feels threatened, they take action. It's already starting...
***Last December, Microsoft shut down the website of a dissident Chinese blogger.
***Yahoo gave Beijing the name of a dissident Chinese journalist . He recieved 10 years in jail for his web postings.
***The CIA is quietly funding federal research into surveillance of internet chat rooms as part of an effort to indentify possible "terrorists".
***The U.S. goverment is developing a massive computer system that can collect huge amounts of data & link far-flung information from blogs & email to goverment records & intelligence reports, search for patterns of "terrorist activity".
***Indymedia was the subject of a secret, international terrorism investigation. The U.S. goverment seized it's hard drives.
***The CIA now has it's own bloggers & goverment website part of a revised CIA office for monitoring, translating, & analyzing public available information.
***The Bush administration has refused to turn over control of the internet to an international body, preferring to maintain unilateral control over the internet.
It appears that the Bush administration is planning on targeting the First Amendment by attempting to label bloggers as "terrorists", & by doing so they severely threaten our free speech rights. They will stop at nothing in an attempt to silence us. They will strip us of our rights, just to make sure the dissent dosen't spread. We are slowly being forced into a society much like the very one's this goverment despises. America will no longer be about Freedom, & we will forever be reminded that we can blame the "terrorists" for this.
The 'Police State' has started. This administration will see to it that any U.S. citizen can be wiretapped, searched, interrogated, spied upon, threatened, & even imprisoned--all without a warrant. Even after inhaling copius amounts of herb, I'm still reething about this!
Tell me, How the fuck is this right? Why the hell are we allowing this shit to start? Have the people of this country lost all balls? People need to get off their lazy, blindfolded, ignorant, apathetic, conforming, sheep-like asses & act already!
This is not right. Not in the name of 'National Security'. Not in the name of 'Fighting Terrorism'. Not at all.

Pic Of The Day

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Along With His Pants, Bush's Approval Rating Drops!

Bush's approval rating drops from 42% in a poll taken February 6-9th, down to a low 39%! Which raises the question...How low can he go??

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Costs Pentagon $363 Million

Discharging troops under the Pentagon's policy on gays in the military costs $ 363.8 million over 10 years! This is almost double what the goverment concluded a year ago.
A private report, to be released Tuesday by a University of California Blue Ribbon Commission, questioned the Goverment Accountability Office's ways, when it established that the financial impact of the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy was at least $ 190.5 million.
The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which has represented service members who left the military under the policy, estimates the Pentagon has discharged more than 10,000 service members for homosexuality since the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy went into effect in 1994.
That's nice. First the Pentagon discharges people from the military, who actually want to serve this country, because they are gay. Then endure's costs of $ 363.8 million dollars having to train replacements, and recruit more soldiers. So discharging gays from the military is not only discriminatory, but financially devastating , as well. Since this goverment tends to see things only in dollar signs, maybe the $ 363 million dollar cost will change their views on allowing gays to serve in the military.

Is Your Local Media A Collaborator Of The Fascist Occupation? By, Mike from 'Ascent To Dissent'

Mike from 'Ascent To Dissent'http://ascent2dissent.blogspot.com has sent me a great post that I have the great pleasure of posting here at 'The Sappho Manifesto'. Enjoy!

Is Your Local Media A Collaborator Of The Fascist Occupation? By: Mike

As any Assent to Dissent reader is aware by now, as someone who works by day on the fringes of the mass media, I am a BIG FAN of the work of Media Matters for America. And in a perverse sense, I have to admire the PR feat the Neo-Cons have been able to pull off on America. The feat I submit is the myth of the liberal media.
Whether it is laziness, stupidity, ignorance or collaboration during the current fascist occupation of goverment, our mainstream media is anything but liberal, anything but progressive. By and large, they are operating as a tool for the Neo-Con agenda, and wherever it takes us.
I realize I'm selecting powerful, emotion-charged words, but I do so because empirical evidence continues to mount that democracy is dead, and the Bill of Rights is next.
With this context, I offer some recent examples, courtesy of Media Matters: Immediately after the Bush Junta adopted new rhetoric to describe it's warrantless domestic spying program, Fox News reporters and anchors began using the White House's terminology, " terrorist surveillance program". Beginning on January 25, Media Matters reports, Fox News began slipping the term, without qualification, into it's news reports and commentary.
King George first used the term "terrorist surveillance program" publicly in a January 23 speech at Kansas State University in which he defended his authorization of the National Security Agency (NSA) to intercept communications of U.S. residents without court warrants.
It's a hell of a spin, especially for a program that, as noted in December on 'Ascent to Dissent', has primarily targeted U.S. citizens with no conceivable ties to terrorism. According to the New York Times, FBI documents admit to surveillance of a "Vegan Community Project". Another FBI document describes the Catholic Workers Group as having "semi-communistic ideology".
Fox News was just the first media outlet to adopt the Bush Crime Family's spin. Soon after, the Washington Times editorial board replaced "domestic spying" with "terrorist surveillance program". And on February 9, the Associated Press adopted the term, "anti-terrorist surveillance program".
So, is your local newspaper or television station a collaborator of Bush's fascist occupation?
Gather some spot evidence for yourself. It's easy. Just follow this link to Google News (it will search for the phrase "terrorist surveillance program") and add your home city to the search wimdow. Given the context of the story (not in a quote; look for editorials and locally-generated stories), you'll see if your local media outlet has drank the kool-aid.http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&ie=UTF-8&scoring=d&q=%22terrorist+surveillance+program%22&btnG=Search+News

Monday, February 13, 2006

Quote Of The Day

" If you tremble indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine."--Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

Trigger Happy Dick!

Vice Chimp, Dick Cheney, thought he bagged himself a winner on Saturday while out huntin' the most intimidating species known to man--birds, but instead he showered his huntin' buddy Harry Whittington with a face full o' bird shot!
Cheney apparently did not see Whittington, (how he could miss an adult white man wearing flourescent orange is beyond me) & accidentally shot him in the face, neck & chest. Ouch!
And in typical White House style, they did not make it public until the next day, & by a private citizen to boot! I guess accidentally shooting people in the face isn't good P.R., huh?
I was just disappointed Dick wasn't on the other end of that gun! Ahh well. Better luck next time!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Pic Of The Day

Intel. Pro's On Bush Thwarting L.A. Attack: "He's Full Of Shit!"

How did I know this was coming? Probably because President Chimp(a.k.a. Pres. Smeagol) is becoming easier to peg, & after a while you develop an efficient Bush-Bullshit Meter!
Well, Bush said that the U.S.-led "War on Terror" has "weakened and fractured" al-Qaeda, & the proof is in the so-called thwarted terrorist plot to fly a commercial airplane into the tallest building in Los Angeles, the 'Library Tower', now called the 'U.S. Bank' building, using shoe bombs.
Before getting into this, I have to say one thing. Bush is a fucking idiot!! I know you all realize this by now, but when he refered to this building as the "Liberty Tower", I about lost it! I live in Los Angeles. It's the 'Library Tower' you fucking retard!! The name has been changed, as well as the big ass sign on the top of the building, to the 'U.S. Bank' building. I mean, if your gonna drop a bomb like that, at least get the fucking name of the building right!!!
Ok. So Bush said that Khalid Sheik Mohammed masterminded the planning of the L.A. attack in October, after the 9/11/01 attacks. Bush said that the plot was derailed after a Southeast Asian nation arrested a key al-Qaeda operative.
Now, when I heard this I immediatley thought that Bush beefed this story up only to justify all the NSA wiretapping, his Patriot Act, & all his rhetoric lately. It was like he was saying, " See, look! Look! All the eavesdropping and infringement on citizens rights works! I stopped an attack before it happened. I'm a hero that keeps America safe!"
Bush must have been feeling the heat from not only not catching bin Laden, or his right-hand man in Pakistan, but the recent al-Qaeda prison break wasn't making him look too good either! So, he decides to throw this load of crap at us, hoping the American people will think he's such a great president that keeps us safe from the scary terrorists! Blaa!
It must have popped his bubble when Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa publicly said, " I'm amazed that the president would make this announcement on national t.v. and not inform us of these details through the appropriate channels. I don't expect a call from the president- but somebody!!"
Outraged intelligence professionals said that Bush is "cheapening" & "politicizing" their work with the claims he foiled the attack planned on L.A.
"The president has cheapened the entire intelligence community by dragging us into his fantasy world", said longtime field operative of the CIA. " He is basing this absurd claim on the same discredited informant who told us al-Qaeda would attack selected financial institutions in New York and Washington."
Within hours of Bush's speech Thursday, sources who said they were currrent & retired intelligence pro's from the CIA, NSA, FBI, & military contacted Capitol Hill with angry comments disputing Bush's remarks.
One email bluntly put it, "He's full of shit!"
An NSA operative said, " A lot of buzz circulated in the months following the 9/11/01 attacks. Snippets here and there were true, but most were just random information that could never be confirmed."
Counterterrorism officials say they were suprised that Bush claimed the plot was "set in motion".
I'm just amazed at the lengths Bush Inc. will go to try & score political points! This administration is disgustingly corrupt! So now whenever the NSA wiretapping, Patriot Act, or anything related comes up, Bush will try & throw this card in our faces! I'm not buying it.
I love my Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, for having the guts to call the Bush administration out on television! Thank you Mayor! Keep up the great work!
And Bush, next time you want to push your efforts on the "War on Terror" by beefing up a so-called thwarted terror plot--it may help your credibility if you get the name of the targeted building correct!!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Missing Woman Alert!

*****Alert!*****Missing Woman*****Alert!*****Missing Woman*****Alert!*****Missing Woman*****

Jennifer Kesse, 24 years old has been reported missing from the Orlando, Florida area. She was last heard from when her boyfriend talked to her on the phone around 10pm Monday Jan.23rd, she was apparently going to bed. Jennifer never showed up to work the next morning, Tuesday Jan.24th.

Her boyfriend & family have said that Jennifer felt uncomfortable with all the workers that were doing construction in & around her condo complex, where she lived for just 2 months. She lived alone.

Her car, a black 2004 Chevy Malibu , was found about a mile away from her condo at another condo complex on Jan.26th. Bloodhounds traced her scent from her found car back to her condo.

New video from business' located near where her car drove by S. John Young Prkwy corridor near the Mall of Millenia, shows a man or 'person of interest', walking by.

Her friends & family feel she possibly went missing as she left her condo for work on the morning of Jan.24th. Her condo appeared not disturbed. Her cell phone, purse, & i-pod are missing.

If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of Jennifer Kesse, or any info about the 'person of interest' seen on surveillance video, please contact Crimeline @ 1-800-423-TIPS

Are We Ready For A Woman President?: More Than Ever!

There's been alot of talk about Hillary Clinton or Condoleeza Rice (god forbid!) possibly running for the presidency in the near future, & with that comes the question, "Are we ready for a woman president?" My answer is, Yes, more than ever! And according to many recent polls (from both parties) around the country, the rest of the U.S. seems to think so as well!
I personally feel that today, more than ever, we need a woman president. Without trying to start a 'Battle of the Sexes', I will make my case for this...
Women, by nature, are more nurturing, honest, moral, compassionate, strong-willed, possess great problem solving skills, are compromising, & show interests in issues such as the enviroment, education, health care, the economy, Social Security, etc,etc-- while men possess large amounts of bravado that sometimes gets us into unecessary wars. I feel a woman has much better communication skills that would be very useful in wartime situations.
The argument against a woman president seems to be the fear of softness from a woman, & the fear that a woman wouldn't be powerful enough. I find that total bullshit, & a rather weak argument against the idea. It is a stereotype, not a fact. In this day & age, women are more 'powerful' than ever. I agree that women , by nature, are more apt to talk & compromise, rather than take the violent or harsh approach. But to me, that dosen't portray weakness, but rather show's intelligence. Women think before they act. Men on the other hand, well George W. Bush is a shining example of: bravado before intelligence, action before thought.
There was a study done at Ohio University, turned book, which asked 878 college students ages 18-22 to evaluate the competencies of fictional white, african american, & latino male & female candidates on such issues as the economy, education, health care, Social Security, & the enviroment. The participants rated all candidates as competent on these domestic issues, regardless of gender or race.
"These students represent the population that's going to be making these types of decisions. They're more likely to have the chance to vote for a female candidate for president, " Jerry Miller, who conducted the study with Ann Gordan, said.
Although all candidates were rated similarly competent on domestic issues, female african american candidates were considered better able to handle civil rights issues than all other candidates. And all female candidates were considered more honest, hard working, & moral than male candidates.
On foreign affairs, candidates were seen as equally competent, regardless of race or gender. That is, on all issues but one: commander in chief of the nation's military forces.
"Probably the single biggest obstacle to getting a woman elected president is the stereotype that a woman would not be an effective commander in chief," Gordan said. "The stereotypes normally associated with women candidates- honesty, caring, compassion--run counter to the stereotype we have of a commander in chief."
When asked if they felt a particular candidate was viable for the presidency, participant's responses were divided sharply along party lines by race & gender:
*White Male: 88.9% of Republicans; 84% of Democrats
*Black Male: 59.4% of Republicans; 84% of Democrats
*Latino Male: 49.5% of Republicans; 61.5% of Democrats
*White Female: 45.2% of Republican; 68.2% of Democrats
*Black Female: 47.6% of Republicans; 40% of Democrats
*Latina Female: 25.9% of Republicans; 40.7% of Democrats

The stereotype that a woman would not be an effective commander in chief of the military should be shattered. The right female candidate would be all the things women are, plus strong & powerful. Women can be very intimidating, especially when they possess an intelligent mind. Maybe a woman candidate that served in the military would shut the opponents up. But if a qualified female candidate ran, I would assume she served as a Senator before, or some other political post, & would know a thing or 2 about the military & how it operates.
A recent CBS News poll showed these results:
*Would you vote for a woman president is she were qualified?
Yes: 92%
No: 5%
*Is America ready for a woman president?
Yes: 55%
No: 38%

In a national Hearst Newspapers/Siena College poll: 62% of registered voters say the U.S. is ready for a female president in 2008. 81% said they would vote for a woman as president. 60% expect a woman to be on the Democratic ticket for president in 4 years.

On the Republican side, 42% of voters said Sect. of State Conid Rice should run, & 33% named N.Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole.

Bill Clinton, when asked, says his "gut" tells him the country is ready, as long as she was the right candidate. Former Senator Carol Moseley Braun (Il) said, " Women tend to be oriented to practical solutions and problem solving. If you want practical soultions that solve multiple problems, turn the job over to a woman. Women deserve a chance to lead."

The television show "Commander In Chief", staring Geena Davis as 45 yr old Mackenzie Allen, Independent Vice President of the U.S. She becomes president after President Bridges undergoes emergency brain surgery for a tumor & dies. She unites a grieving country, & quells her critics. She averted nuclear war with N.Korea by offering an apology to N.Korea for the U.S. spying with a submarine near it's shores, saving the sub, which was incapacitated in N.Korea territory by sending in rescue crew & avoiding war. Would a man president have apologized to N.Korea?? It raises the question: PERSONEL PRIDE, OR PEACE?

In such a critical time, a president that has peace on their mind, & the wellfair of their country's people as an importance, is needed & necessary. Countries, religions, & races are on edge, & ready for war. We need a president that thinks before they speak or acts, a president willing & able to learn, as well as respect, all countries, religions, & races, a president who is strong, honest, compassionate, & intelligent.

I truly believe that president is a woman. But the first woman president will not have it easy. Perfection will be demanded, I'm sure, & she will be picked apart for weakness. But there is no doubt in my mind, she will handle it, & handle it with greatness.

Here is a list of women presidents (1945-2005)

*Suhbaataryn Yanjmaa/Mongolia/Sep.1953-Jul. 1954

*Song Qingling(Sung Ch'ing-ling)/People's Rep.China/Oct.1968-Feb.1972

*Maria Estela(Isabel)Martinez de Peron/Argentina/Jul.1974-Mar.1976

*Lydia Gueiler Tejada/Boliva/Nov.1979-Jul.1980

*Vigdis Finnbogadottir/Iceland/Aug.1980-Aug.1996

*Maria Lea Pedini-Angelini/San Marino/April 1981-Oct 1981

*Agatha Barbara/Malta/Feb.1982-Feb.1987

*Gloriana Ranocchini/San Marino/Apr-Oct 1984 & Oct 1989-Ap.1990


*Ertha Pascal Trouillot/Haiti/Mar.1990-Feb.1991

*Sabine Bergmann-Pohl/German Dem. Republic/Apr.-Oct.1990

*Violeta Barrios de Chamorro/Nicaragua/Apr.1990-Jan.1997

*Mary Robinson/Ireland/Dec.1990-Sep.1997

*Edda Ceccoli/San Marino/Oct.1991-Apr.1992

*Patricia Busignani/San Marino/Apr.-Oct.1993

*Sylvie Kinigi/Burundi/Oct.1993-Feb.1994

*Chandrika Kumaratunga/Sri Lanka/Nov.1994-Nov.2005

*Ruth Perry/Liberia/Sep.1996-Aug.1997

*Rosalia Arteaga Serrano/Ecuador/Feb.1997

*Mary McAleese/Ireland/Nov.1997-current

*Janet Jagan/Guyana/Dec.1997-Aug.1999

*Ruth Dreifuss/Switzerland/Jan.-1999-Jan.2000

*Rosa Zafferani/San Marino/Apr.-Oct1999

*Vaira Vike-Freiberga/Latvia/June1999-2005

*Mireya Elisa Moscoso de Arias/Panama/Sep.1999-Sep.2004

*Tarja Kaarina Halonen/Finland/Mar.2000-current

*Maria Domenica Michelitti/San Marino/2000

*Maria Gloria Macapagal Arroyo/Phillippines/Jan.2001-present

*Magawati Sukarnopti/Indonesia/July.2001-Oct.2004

*Valeria Ciavatta/San Marino/Oct.2003-Apr.2004

*Nino Burdzhanadze/Georgia/Nov.2003-Jan.2004

*Fausta Simona Morganti/San Marino/Oct.2005

*Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf/Liberia/Jan.2006-present

In Response To Bush's Budget Bullshit This Morning:

Monday, February 06, 2006

Quote Of The Day

" America is today the leader of a world-wide anti-revolutionary movement in the defence of vested interests. She now stands for what Rome stood for. Rome consistently supported the rich against the poor in all foreign communities that fell under her sway; and, since the poor, so far, have always and everywhere been far more numerous than the rich, Rome's policy made for inequality, for injustice, and for the least happiness of the greatest number."--Arnold Toynbee

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Check Out The Great Posts Of Other Comrades:

John at "Democratic Stomping Ground-http://dsground.blogspot.com has a great post on Iran's nuclear development & the United States' hypocrisy over it.

Shelly over at "Citizen Against Lies"-http://citizenagainstlies.blogspot.com has a very funny post on "Super Bowel Sunday", & yes, it's bowel-not bowl!

Casey at "Open Your Mind's Eye"-http://openyourmindseye.blogspot.com has such a great video of some spoken word by Taalam Acey.

Kyle, Chuck, & Bob over at "The Chief Source"-http://thechiefsource.com have a very good post on the Bush wiretapping legality issue.

Stop over & check them out! Support your fellow bloggers/comrades-you'll get good karma!

Pic Of The Day

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Washington Suspected In Greek Eavesdropping Scandal

(above picture is a map of the suspected sites of eavesdropping)
Oh, are the Greeks pissed! And when you piss off a Greek, let me tell ya! I should know, I am one!
Some revelations that some of Greece's most prominent political & military figures have had their phones tapped during the year of the Olympics, have set off a firestorm in Greece! Many Greeks feel certain Washington's responsible. And to add to that, according to an article from France's Liberation, is the mysterious suicide of a Vodafone employee & the company's odd behavior after it uncovered the eavesdropping.
During the year of the August 2004 Olympics, the cell phones of the Prime Minister, Costas Caramanlis, 5 of his secretaries (including Foreign Affairs & Defense), high military officials, the Mayor of Athens, & a European Commissioner, were all listened in on.
The goverment officially released the facts of the case on Thursday, announcing that the Justice Department will lead the investigation on trying to find out who was responsible.
Greece's left-wing press seems to have no doubt who's guilty. The headlines in Greek leftist newspapers were : " America Is Spying Against Greece", "America Is Listening", "Four Antennas For One American Embassy". But this theory also seems prevalent by the most popular right-wing paper, Eleftheros Typos, as well.
Ghirorgos Voularakis & Anastasis Papaligourvas, secretaries of Public Order & Justice, revealed a list of 46 names targeted by the eavesdropping. Both of them were on that list, as well as a former Socialist Secretary, journalists, businesmen, peace activists, & a dozen foreign citizens mostly of Pakistani & Iraqi descent. One, a journalist from Al-Jazeera.
The phones were tapped between June 2004- March 2005. The eavesdropping ended when Vodafone Greece, subsidiary of the British Co., uncovered it & informed the Greek authorities.
But when Vodafone cut the taps, it made the identification of the suspect's impossible to detect. Almost a year of preliminary investigations have led nowhere. The only evidence was that the hacking took place somewhere in downtown Athens, where the American & British Embassies are located.
But the question of, why did Vodafone deactivate the system before informing the authorities, persists in Greek media.
The Greek goverment denies that they are trying to blame Washington, & Vodafone executives say they were legally obligated to deactivate the software as soon as they uncovered it- they also deny the link between this case & the suicide of one of their employees on March 9th 2005.
In Brussels on Friday, the Greek European Commissioner, Stavros Dimas, made a joke when his cell phone rang, saying, " It's Vodafone, I'll speak loudly and intelligibly to make it easier for them!" At least he has a sense of humor about it!
Right now the Justice Department has only taken legal action against an undisclosed party for "violations of telephone secrecy", & dosen't exclude the possiblilty of further actions for "spying".

Guest Blogging on "Ascent To Dissent"

I know Blogger's been down much of the day, but when it's up & running again -I highly recommend that you cruise on over to "Ascent To Dissent" at http://ascent2dissent.blogspot.com. Not only is it a great blog with 2 great writers, Mikey & Skout, but I have been featured as a guest blogger which I am very honored by. The post I wrote was once entitled "The U.S. Military: An Extension of Bush's Depravity", now entitled "Military Cover-Ups: The Toll On Women". So be sure to stop by" Ascent To Dissent", drop them a comment or 2, & why your there check out my post!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

U.S. Female Soldiers Die Of Dehydration In Iraq. Why? You'll Be Disturbed To Find Out...

In a most disturbing revelation made by the former commander of Abu Ghraib's prison, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez- a former senior U.S. military commander in Iraq- gave orders to cover up the cause of death for some female American soldiers serving in Iraq.
Col. Janis Karpinski told a panel of judges at the Commission of Inquiry for Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration in New York, that several women had died of dehydration because they refused to drink liquids late in the day. It appears they were afraid of being assualted or raped by male soldiers (a common problem) if they had to use the women's bathroom after dark!
The bathroom for female soldiers at Camp Victory wasn't located near their barracks, so they had to go outside if they needed to use the restroom. "There were no lights near any of their facilities, so women were doubly easy targets in the dark of the night", Karpinski told retired U.S. Army Col. David Hackworth in a Sept.2004 interview.
It was there that the male soldiers assualted and raped women soldiers. So the women stopped drinking in the late afternoon so they wouldn't have to urinate at night. They avoided being raped. But some died of dehydration in the desert heat, Karpinski said.
She testified that a surgeon for the coalition's joint task force said in a briefing that, "women in fear of getting up in the hours of darkness to go out to the port-a-lets or the bathroom were not drinking liquids after 3 or 4 in the afternoon, and in 120 degree heat, or warmer, because there was no air conditioning at most of the facilities, they were dying from dehydration in their sleep."
"And rather than make everybody aware of that- because that's shocking and as a leader if that's not shocking to you, then you're not much of a leader- what they told the surgeon to do is don't brief those details anymore. And don't say specifically that they're women. You can provide that in a written report, but don't brief it in the open anymore."
For example, Maj. Gen. Walter Wojdakowski, Sanchez's top deputy in Iraq, saw "dehydration" listed as the cause of death on the death certificate of a female master sergeant in Sept.2003. Under orders from Sanchez, he directed that the cause of death no longer be listed. The official explanation for this was to protect the woman's privacy rights.
Sanchez's attitude was, " The women asked to be here, so now let them take what comes with the territory."
Karpinski feels that when the info about the cause of death of these women was passed to the Pentagon, Donald Rumsfeld ordered that the details not be released. "That's how Rumsfeld works", she said.
There was an 1-800 number for women soldiers to call to report sexual assaults. But no one had a phone to call it, and if they did-no one answered that number, based in the U.S.. If called, the women got a recording. Even after 83 incidents were reported during a 6 month period in Iraq & Kuwait, the 24 hr rape hot line was still a recording that asked you to leave a message.
Rumsfeld has recently considered elevating Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez from a 3 star General to a 4 star one- even though he was heavily involved in the Abu Ghraib scandal, approving the use of un-muzzled dogs & the insertion of prisoners head first into sleeping bags, tied to an electrical cord, & mouth covered. At least one person died as a result of this sleeping bag technique.
Sanchez did not want to hear about female soldier issues. The women were retaliated against, faced command disbelief, & watched as illegal efforts to protect their assulters took place.

This is disgusting. This is the United States military.