This is George Bush’s accountability moment. That’s why I’m here. The mainstream media aren’t holding him accountable. Neither is Congress. So I’m not leaving Crawford until he’s held accountable. - Cindy Sheehan

There are things worth fighting for. And there are even some worth dying for. But Iraq is not one of them. - James Moore

      
Marriage is love.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

But, Condi says we should stop making excuses for terrorists...



....no one forces them to set off bombs, she says....

Linda McQuaig makes much more sense in her article, Terror Attacks are Response to Military Actions in this Common Dreams article, at:
http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0731-25.htm

Robert Pape, a political scientist at the University of Chicago and director of the Chicago Project on Suicide Terrorism, has put together a comprehensive data bank of every suicide terrorist attack (315) in the world since 1980.

"(W)hat nearly all suicide terrorist attacks have in common," notes Pape in his book, Dying to Win, "is a specific secular and strategic goal: to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from territory that the terrorists consider to be their homeland." Pape also observes that once a military occupation ends, the suicide terrorism tends to stop.

Simple temperature converter

To convert cricket chirps to degrees Fahrenheit, count number of chirps in 14 seconds then add 40 to get temperature.
Example: 30 chirps + 40 = 70° F

To convert cricket chirps to degrees Celsius, count number of chirps in 25 seconds, divide by 3, then add 4 to get temperature. Example: 48 chirps /(divided by) 3 + 4 = 20° C

http://www.almanac.com/outdoors/crickets.php

Wonder if there is a corollary based on counting the number of lies from BushCo.........

Going Postal



"What kind of man would put a criminal in charge of a major branch of government? Apart from, say, the average voter?"

Lord Havelock Vetinari. While he is quite unpopular, like his predecessors, contrary to them Lord Vetinari is disturbingly sane and still alive. He manages this by being equally disliked by all power-wielding groups in the city, but not more than each of these groups dislikes all of the others and by carefully arranging matters so that a reality which includes him as Patrician is slightly better than one which does not. The Assassins' Guild no longer accepts contracts on the Patrician (the price he used to have was the highest ever - one million Ankh-Morpork dollars).

Other reasons for the Patrician's continued rule is his mastery of diplomacy and manipulation of human nature, his distant and menacing air, his everpresent calmness and composure which makes other people ill at ease, his abilities as a listener (often people tell him things simply to fill his silence) and of course his very, very good skills as an Assassin.

Strangely enough, Vetinari has no lust for power. The sole reason for him ruling the city is that he is fiercely loyal to it. He also has no exploitable vices, barring his intense dislike of mime to the extent of outlawing all practice of it within the city walls and subjecting perpetrators to being suspended upside down in a scorpion pit on the walls of which is the inverted notice "Learn the words".

http://www.e-paranoids.com/p/pa/patrician_of_ankh_morpork.html

Try it.

No More Apologies!

The Democratic party is surely the worst case of a battered spouse in the history of this country’s great national dialogue. No matter the indignities suffered at the hands of the media or the Republicans, the Democrats keep coming back and asking to be forgiven for their perceived sins. Stop it. Stop it now. For christ’s sake, stand up for yourselves and the people who voted for you. It’s got to stop now.

To the Hillary Clintons, Harry Reids, John Edwardses, Joe Bidens, and other leaders of our side - it is time to draw a line in the sand. It is time, at long last, to cease with the smiles and the well-wishes and to make clear that the time to declare open political warfare on these people is long past due.

http://www.theleftcoaster.com/archives/004708.php#004708

At some point, you need to say, "no".



City lights at night. The brightest areas on earth are the most urbanized, but not necessarily the most populated. The US is the world's largest consumer of energy. The California Energy Commission reports that even in energy-conscious California, electricity use per capita jumped nearly 7 percent in 2004 vs. 2001.
From t r u t h o u t

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Yellowest Elephant

In Praise of Kevin Benderman


By Norman Solomon, Common Dreams
http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0729-22.htm

"Rarely explored in news media, the capacity for conscience makes us human. Out of all the differences between people and other animals, Darwin wrote, "the moral sense of conscience is by far the most important."

"And that's why Kevin Benderman, now in prison, is providing greater moral leadership than any member of the United States Senate. "

Photo courtesy t r u t h o u t

Friday, July 29, 2005

Just wondering....

....After one too many Margaritas at the Brook.........

Mr. via and I were talking about cave paintings of hands, and how many were right hands and how many were left..........

He is left handed, but his elementary school teachers made him write with his right hand. They probably didn't do that 10,000 years ago. I mean, today, if you are left handed you are inconvenienced if you need to use a pair of right-handed scissors. If you had to hunt Mastodon with a pair of right-handed scissors you would be very hungry or dead. But did tool makers make right handed spears? Or were you the last one chosen to go on the hunt if everyone but you drove the proto-camels off the cliff from the left while you herded from the right?

And what about personal hygiene? In Islamic culture, I believe the left hand is the implement of choice. But Mr. via is left handed and performs such delicate functions with his right hand..........

I think I have had one too many Margaritas.

love,

via

Uh, oh....The News Blog has some dirt on Jean Schmidt's Campaign Manager

Saw this at Dem Underground:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/

'Schmidt has focused her campaign on family values, but now it looks like her Campaign Manager may have used the internet to satisfy his bizarre sexual fetishes. If this is true, it is the ultimate in hypocrisy.'

'They disrespect our patritoism, our service, our beliefs, and we're supposed to help them keep their secrets?No fucking no. No more.It's time to get scrunchy, get in the dirt and spread it around and play as dirty as they do. They can run on the issues if they choose. But if they don't, we don't have to either.'

I agree. You fight the GOP where you find them. The sewer. This is war.

Wanna Bet?

Feisty U.S. attorney's job safe via BuzzFlash
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-fitz29.html

'Fitzgerald's original four-year term expires in a few months, and former Sen. Peter Fitzgerald (R-Ill.), who engineered his appointment (they are not related), is raising a concern the Chicago-based career prosecutor may be pressured out. '

'If the White House asked, Hastert's team would not recommend a change, the source said. '

'When the term is up, the U.S. attorney serves until a successor is named.'

If Bush for some reason cannot grant immunity or issue pardons to Rove and Libby, I have no doubt he will name a successor to Fitzgerald. In a heartbeat. Hell, the fact that both Bush and Cheney hired private lawyers to advise them re Plame, tells me that they are so complicit that they have every reason to want to replace Fitzgerald.

Yum


Match Made in Hell


Match Made in Heaven





We know about the first combination: Nasty.

The second, however, is heavenly.
Corn and Rosemary were designed for each other before the worlds were formed.

Try this: (measurements are approximate)
Fresh, sweet corn, lots (about 1 ear per person if that person is controlled. I am not.)
Rosemary, snipped off the plant on the front porch (you know how much you like)
Vidalia Onion (again, use your own discretion, or lack thereof - this is an exercise in self-indulgence)
Butter (enough said)

Heat the butter in a large skillet.
Add chopped onions and saute until they begin to be translucent.
Toss in some chopped Rosemary. Gods, that smells good! Saute a bit more.
Add the fresh corn, sliced from the cob.
Saute a bit more, add freshly ground sea salt and pepper.

It is a feast. I love the summer. Life is truly good, and I am thankful for it. Mmmmmm......I'm off to the farmers' market early tomorrow morning........see you there,

via

Cave Art


Exquisite cave paintings this month in National Geographic. The hands seem to stretch out across time, welcoming us to a family that we never knew. How I would love to understand what the designs, unique to each hand, represent.

Contrast this with the modern image of George Bush flipping off the press today. Sadly, it doesn't take much imagination to understand his message. Earlier I played around with one of the cave image hands, making it appear to have the middle finger extended. I was going to caption it 'George's early ancestor', but the messages left by the ancient artists are far too haunting and beautiful to cheapen that way.

http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0508/index.html

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Where were Kerry and Biden?

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved Hughes' nomination Tuesday to be Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. She is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate in August.

My God. The Democrats on this committee ought to be ashamed. Why are we accepting this kind of cowardice from our elected representatives?

Bush gives press the finger

And just remember, he is doing that to us, as well. SOB.
http://homepage.mac.com/onegoodmove/movies/bushflips.mov
via Raw Story

U.S. joins Asians in climate battle



More Bushshit. Of couse he prefers voluntary actions.

'The Kyoto pact, which the United States has rejected, requires that industrial countries reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The Bush administration prefers to addresses climate change through voluntary actions and by emphasizing the need to develop technologies that cut emissions and capture carbon. '

via Tulsa World:
http://www.tulsaworld.com/NewsStory.asp?ID=050728_Ne_A5_USjoi33801

Know Thy Enemy

Just so you won't forget.....

Someone, be sure to send this to Patrick Fitzgerald -

Seriously, wonder what would happen if John Conyers played this in the House chambers during C-Span coverage? I get so angry every time I hear this.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5115.htm

Let's Get the Truth Out

Truthout MultiMedia Pages
QuickTime, WindowsMedia, RealMedia

Fernando Suarez del Solar: Bush Lied and Who Died?
DSM Teach-In
Maxine Waters
Mike Farrell
William Rivers Pitt
Aidan Delgado
Harry Reid

http://www.truthout.org/multimedia.htm

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Lies, lies, lies


A man died and went to heaven. As he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him. He asked, "What are all those clocks?"St. Peter answered, "Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie the hands on your clock will move.""Oh," said the man, "Whose clock is that?""That's Mother Teresa's. The hands have never moved, indicating that she never told a lie.""Incredible," said the man. "And whose clock is that one?"St. Peter responded, "That's Abraham Lincoln's clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abe told only two lies in his entire life.""Where's Bush's clock?" asked the man."Bush's clock is in Jesus' office. He's using it as a ceiling fan."

Puzzles for when you are REALLY bored



Diversions from Canada's National Post

Baghdad Bush says:







"No president has ever cut taxes in time of war. In 227 years no one has in this country."Paul Begala, on CNN

Let's be fair to the President

by Cenk Uygur

' ...Karl Rove was just trying to prevent the press from making yet another error by reporting on Ambassador Wilson’s claims. Joe Wilson was lying about his trip to Niger. The Iraqis were, in fact, trying to buy uranium to build nuclear weapons. That’s why we found all those nuclear bombs in Iraq labeled “Made in Niger.”

Sure, there was a memo circulating in the administration identifying Valerie Plame as a CIA agent. And it was marked with an “S.” “S” normally stands for “Secret,” but to be fair to Rove, he might have thought in this case, “S” stood for “Send to Reporter.”'

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/theblog/archive/cenk-uygur/lets-be-fair-to-the-pres_4707.html

Morals of Tony Blair

"We have worked without rest to remove the causes of such violence from our world. We argued, as did the Security Services in this country, that the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq would increase the threat of terrorist attack in Britain. Tragically Londoners have now paid the price of the government ignoring such warnings. We urge the government to remove people in this country from harms way, as the Spanish government acted to remove its people from harm, by ending the occupation of Iraq and by turning its full attention to the development of a real solution to the wider conflicts in the Middle East." George Galloway

"Quite possibly Tony Blair rightly fears the real eventual possibility of impeachment and arraignment as a war criminal if he were ever to show even the hint of uncertainty over the rightness of his war crimes. But this is the route chosen by a coward. " Mayor of London Adam Young

Entire article, The Morals of Tony Blair, at Information Clearing House
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9571.htm

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

White House Hints of Recess Appointment for Bolton.
http://www.nti.org/d_newswire/issues/2005_7_26

The Bush administration suggested yesterday that John Bolton could be appointed as U.N. ambassador during the upcoming U.S. congressional recess, the Associated Press reported (see GSN, July 13).
White House press secretary Scott McClellan said the president makes recess appointments when “he has to get people in place that have waited far too long to get about doing their business.” McClellan added that “sometimes there’s comes a point” when the Bush has to act, according to AP.
Congress is scheduled to begin its summer recess next week. A recess appointment would end no later than January 2007 (Associated Press/Yahoo!News, July 26).

Social Security - Don't Get Played

New Flash movie from TomPaine Pass It On!

http://www.rockthevote.com/socialsecurity/getitstraight.php

Bush Incorporated: A case study in irrational exuberance

"A complete listing of Bush Inc.’s miscalculations is beyond both my ken and patience. In a nutshell of cinematic metaphor, though, it’s enough to say this gang came out of the world’s executive washroom with nothing but phallic ideology in its hand. Successful Yankee know-how has always been about pragmatic means in achieving pragmatic goals. The Bushies, however, substituted an ideological whirlwind of muscle-flexing and masculine bravado.

Despite all the disappointments, there is one thing that Bush Inc. can be thankful for. Shareholders don’t normally tolerate incompetent executives simply staying the course and hoping for the best."

Past time for a shareholders' meeting.....
http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com

Each one an irreplaceable loss....

The Many Names of Death

Death on 9-11, victim of terrorist
Death of civilian in Iraq/Afghanistan war, collateral damage
Death of civilian in Iraq/Afghanistan war killed by those fighting against US, tragedy
Death of soldier, hero
Death on July 7, in London, victim of terrorist
Death of innocent man shot in London, example

So many people have died and the world gives them so many names, but no matter what they call them, they are all equally dead.

Thank you, BlondeSense
http://blondesense.blogspot.com/

The 84 Hour Gap.....


Great Keith Olbermann video courtesy of Crooks and Liars.

Olbermann: Was the White House's Leak/traitorgate gap actually 84 hours?
Was the 12 hour gap actually an 84 hour gap? MSNBC first reported that the CIA had requested an investigation 3 days before Gonzales claims that he was told by the Justice Department.
Video-WMP

Bacteria exposed after ice collapse


Antarctic trawl uncovers threatened ecosystem. A strange ecosystem has been discovered beneath the Antarctic ice sheet. But the collapse of the ice shelf that allowed researchers to find it also threatens the community's future.

Another indication of the effects of Global Warming. Read the entire article at News@Nature.com
http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050718/full/050718-5.html

CIA Leak Case By the Numbers

Great email from Harry Reid: http://democrats.senate.gov/leak.html

Number of days after the article outing Ambassador Wilson's wife appeared that the White House required its staff to turn over evidence relating to the leak: 85

Approximate hours between then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzalez's advance notification to White House Chief of Staff Andy Card that he would require staff to turn over evidence relating to the case and formal notification to staff of that requirement: 12

Minimum number of times an Administration official leaked classified information about the identity of Ambassador Wilson's wife: 11

Minimum number of times after the beginning of the Justice Department's investigation that White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan claimed Karl Rove was not involved: 5

Number of press conferences since evidence linking Karl Rove to the leak was made public where Press Secretary McClellan has refused to comment on the case, citing an ongoing criminal investigation: 7

Minimum number of hearings held by Senate Republicans to investigate accusations against President Clinton involving the "Whitewater" case: 20

Total hearings held by Senate Republicans to investigate the leak of the covert identity of Ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife: 0

Is it just class envy, or is this just plain WRONG?

Permanent Estate Tax Repeal Would Save President, Cabinet Millions of Dollars.

Rep. Waxman releases a fact sheet showing that a permanent estate tax repeal would favor the President, Vice President, and 11 cabinet members, saving them as much as $344 million dollars total. Fact Sheet: Estimated Tax Savings of Bush Cabinet

DEATH TO THE HOG

To hell with the whole Karl Rove story.
By Matt Taibbi, New York Press
via BuzzFlash. Whole article at:
http://www.nypress.com/18/29/news&columns/taibbi.cfm

'The result of all this was to obscure the basic fact about Rove, which is that he's not a genius at all. He is a pig, and the only thing that distinguishes him is the degree of his brazenness and cruelty. It doesn't take a genius to send out fliers calling your opponent the "fag candidate." It doesn't take a genius to insinuate that your opponent's wife is a drug addict. There's nothing cunning or clever about saying your opponent came home from a war too fucked in the head to govern (particularly when your own candidate was too much of a coward to fight in the same war), or about whispering that that same candidate may have an illegitimate black child. And there's nothing clever about calling the followers of the opposition party traitorous and un-American, and claiming that they all want to coddle and appease the murderers of our brothers, sisters, sons and daughters.

Karl Rove is a character of a type that reappears from time to time throughout history—an unscrupulous power-chaser of the highest order, who rises to the top by demonizing and defaming innocent people. He's an elementary-school bully who proves his chops by throwing rocks at the retarded kid. And he reached a position of public honor thanks to a loophole in our national character that embraces any entrepreneur who dares to do whatever it takes to succeed. Rove is in trouble now, but he would never have had free reign of Washington to begin with if we hadn't so willingly given him his romantic image.

Anything for money. Anything for power. How cute is he now?'

Monday, July 25, 2005

Roberts Nickname Contest!

What belittling nickname will President Bush give his new Supreme Court nominee?
Pootie-Pootie is already taken....

http://slate.msn.com/id/2123384/

Gonzales and Card

Too Damn True

Twelve hours at the White House by:
Jesus' General, JC Christian, Patriot


The French are all excited about the twelve hours that occurred between the time Inquisitor General Gonzales told Bush Chief of Staff Andy Card about the investigation into Valarie Plame's betrayal and his warning to the White House staff to secure all of the associated documents. They're worried that the staff may have used that time to destroy important evidence. I'm sure that didn't happen. I even have a timeline to prove it.

8:00 pm - Pastor General Ashcroft calls Gonzales, informing him of the investigation.

Our Leader is preparing for his nightly meeting with the Lord by smearing his body with bacon grease and downing a quart of NyQuil.

Karl Rove is holding his hand over a candle to prove that he's tougher than G. Gordon Liddy.

Scooter Libby is waxing Deputy Leader Cheney's back.

8:01 pm - The Special Political Electronic Surveillance team patches Karl Rove into the audio portion of the call. He immediately begins drafting a plan to safeguard important evidence.

8:10 pm - Gonzales informs White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card.

8:15 pm - Card notifies the White House and Vice Presidential staffs via Blackberry, asking them to preserve the evidence.

8:30 pm - Our Leader places his face into the Mighty Tony Llama Boot of the Lord and asks God when he's going to supply him with flower-throwing, liberated Iraqis. God chuckles and punches him in the arm.

Scooter calls his friend, the scoutmaster, and tells him that he can use his office for that urban survival outing they planned but only if they do it that night.

Rove calls Jeff Gannon, White House journalist, and asks him to meet him at the White House.

10:00 pm - Our Leader throws up into the Mighty Tony Llama Boot of the Lord and passes out.

Rove has spread out all the important evidence onto the floor of his office. He asks Gannon what he thinks is the best way to protect it. Gannon suggests vasoline. He and Rove strip off their clothes and begin protecting the documents by smearing their bodies with vasoline and then rolling on the evidence.

Scooter's scoutmaster friend shows up at Libby's office with the only two scouts he could locate at such short notice. Scooter anticipated that he'd be working with an understaffed troop, so he brought Ari Fleischer and John Bolton along. They're dressed in ill-fitting Webelos uniforms.

10:01 pm - Rove is heard to scream, "get along little doggie."

10:02 pm - spent and exhausted and covered with documents, Rove and Gannon collapse onto the floor and share a smoke.

10:30 pm - Scooter teaches the scouts how to make a campfire out of things found in filing cabinets. Bolton berates a fellow scout who's having trouble with his fire until the young man cries.

Deputy Leader Cheney is checking Haliburton's latest profit statements.

11:00 pm - Lynne Cheney brings the Deputy Leader two-pints of O-positive and helps him into his sleeping shroud.

Bolton heads off to a bar still wearing his Webelos uniform, hoping it'll give him and excuse to knife someone.

Scooter shows the remaining campers the best way to turn an office into a swimming pool.

Gannon sets off for his next White House journalist appointment, a meeting with Scott McClellen about the best way to preserve important Plame-related documents.

Rove begins workups on all of the possible candidates for special prosecutor.

4:00 am - Scooter shows the campers how to make office mulch.

Gannon finishes his fourth document preservation meeting of the evening. Ken Melhman rewards him with a fifty-dollar tip.

Laura helps Our Leader escape from the millions of "spiders" crawling out of the Mighty Tony Llama Boot of the Lord. She gives him a shot of NyQuil and puts him to bed.

5:00 am - Rove returns home. He notices that the newspaper has been thrown into the bushes again and decides to do a workup on the paperboy.

6:00 am - Lynne Cheney restarts her husband's heart and helps him into the shower.

Scooter gives the scouts compasses and tells them to find their way home.

8:00 am - Gonzales emails the White House and Vice Presidential staffs, telling them to preserve any evidence they might possess.

Bullshit Bingo

Do you keep falling asleep in meetings, seminars? What about those long boring conference calls? Here's a way to change all that:

1. Before (or during) your next meeting, seminar, or conference call,prepare for the meeting by drawing a square - 5" x 5" is a good size.

2. Divide the square into columns -- five across and five down. That will give you 25 one-inch blocks.

3. In each block, write one of the following words/phrases:

1) synergy
2) strategic fit
3) core competencies
4) best practice
5) bottom line
6) revisit
7) take that off-line
8) 24/7
9) out of the loop
10) benchmark
11) value added
12) proactive
13) win-win
14) think outside the box
15) fast track
16) result-driven
17) empower(ment)
18) knowledge base
19) at the end of the day
20) touch base
21) mindset
22) client focus(ed)
23) ballpark
24) game plan
25) leverage

4. Whenever you hear any one of those words/phrases, check off the appropriate block.

5. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically or diagonally, stand up and shout "BULLSHIT! "Testimonials from satisfied "Bullshit Bingo" players: "I had been in the meeting for only five minutes when I won" -- Jack W.,Boston. "My attention span at meetings has improved drastically" -- David D., Miami "What a gas! Meetings will never be the same for me after my first win" "The atmosphere was tense in our last process meeting as 14 of us waited for the fifth box." -- Joseph R.,St. Louis "The speaker was stunned as eight of us screamed BULLSHIT! for the third time in two hours." -- Kathleen L., Atlanta

Bushshit Bingo

There should EASILY be 25 terms or phrases we could use! Let's see,,,,,and feel free to add more:

1. WMD
2. War on Terror
3. Staying the Course
4. Bring them to Justice
5. Freedom is on the March
6. It's Hard Work
7. Liberty
8. Evil
9. Nukular
10. Ongoing Investigation

Iraq: This is now an unwinnable conflict


As he completes another tour of duty in the chaos of Iraq, award-winning reporter Patrick Cockburn charts how Bush and Blair's 'winnable war' turned into a mess that is inspiring a worldwide insurgency.
From The Independent, Online Edition:
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east
/article301250.ece


Having lived half the time since the invasion in Iraq, Patrick Cockburn observes that the country has never been more dangerous than it is currently.

'As he completes another tour of duty in the chaos of Iraq, award-winning reporter Patrick Cockburn charts how Bush and Blair's 'winnable war' turned into a mess that is inspiring a worldwide insurgency

Ironically, the US and Britain pretended in 2003 that Saddam ruled a powerful state capable of menacing his neighbours. Secretly they believed this was untrue and expected an easy victory.

Now in 2005 they find to their horror that there are people in Iraq more truly dangerous than Saddam, and they are mired in an un-winnable conflict. '

More at link above.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Is Bin Laden Ordering the Bombings around the World?

Strategically, it is increasingly clear that if you wanted to wage a "war on terror," letting Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri alone while you invade and destabilize Iraq and let the Israeli-Palestinian conflict just fester was a very bad idea.

Many commentators are putting out the straw man argument that the Iraq War cannot be blamed for terrorism because September 11 and Bali, e.g., happened before the Iraq War.

This argument is so dishonest that it should make your blood boil when you hear it. No one is alleging that all the instances of radical Muslim terrorism can be traced to the Iraq War. What is being argued is that the Iraq War provided the already-existing terror networks with an enormous propaganda and recruiting windfall. Would Hasib Hussein, who was 14 in 2001, really have agreed to kill himself and 20 others on a London bus if Bush and Blair had acted responsibly and declined to bog the West down in a guerrilla war in the Muslim country of Iraq? What if instead they had captured Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri, put $200 billion into rebuilding Afghanistan, and used their enormous diplomatic and military weight to resolved the Israeli-Palestinian and Kashmir issues?



Juan Cole, Informed Comment: http://www.juancole.com/

We Can Bomb the World Into Pieces.....


But We Can't Bomb it Into Peace.

Music video featuring Michael Franti and Spearhead’s "Bomb the World" with images of the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior. Real Player

Courtesy of BellaCiao.

Create your own peace flag

http://www.greenpeace.org.au/peace/flags.html

We want 30,000 peace flags not 30,000 nuclear weapons.

But a majority of people seem uninterested in doing anything to prevent it.......

I searched our local paper this morning for news of the 3rd anniversary of the Downing Street Memos. Nothing. We know from these and other documents that the Bush administration waged an unprovoked war based on lies and manipulated intelligence. If we aren't willing to make the effort that it will take to force our legislators to hold our president accountable for past acts, how in hell do we think we can prevent him from dragging us into WWIII?


from TulsaWorld: http://www.tulsaworld.com/NewsStory.asp?ID=050724_Ne_A8_Ameri29769

WASHINGTON -- Americans are far more likely than the Japanese to expect another world war in their lifetime, according to AP-Kyodo polling conducted 60 years after World War II ended. Most people in both countries believe that the first use of a nuclear weapon is never justified.

Some of the widest differences came on expectations of a new world war.
Six in 10 Americans said they think such a war is likely, while only one-third of the
Japanese said so, according to polling done in both countries for The Associated Press and Kyodo, the Japanese news service.

"Man's going to destroy man eventually. When that will be, I don't know," said Gaye Lestaeghe of Freeport, La.

Some question whether that war has arrived, with fighting dragging on in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism.

"I feel like we're in a world war right now," said Susan Aser, a real estate agent from Rochester, N.Y.

The Iran War Buildup


There wasn't much evidence being reported, at the time, that Bush had already decided to attack Iraq, either ......

'Repeating what was said at the outset, there is no evidence that President Bush has already made the decision to attack Iran. But there are many indications that planning for such a move is well under way--and if the record of Iraq (and other wars) teaches us anything, it is that such planning, once commenced, is very hard to turn around. Hence, we should not wait until after relations with Iran have reached the crisis point to advise against US military action. We should begin acting now, before the march to war becomes irreversible. '

More at: http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20050801&s=klare

Spritual Activism


Van Jones: Spiritual Activism: The Religious Left Fights Back – On All Fronts
By Van Jones, courtesy of Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/theblog/index2.html

Here are some snips:

'Rabbi Michael Lerner is stirring up trouble again – thank God. Lerner wants to help forge to a new alliance – of “religious, secular and spiritual-but-not-religious progressives.” This alliance will someday expose and challenge the cancer of American consumerism. And it will oppose the Religious Right’s abuse of scripture to promote war, intolerance and ugly corporate agendas.'

'Somewhere, in all of these stirrings, I see the seeds of a wisdom-based, Earth-honoring, pro-democracy movement – one that affirms and applauds religious and spiritual impulses, while opposing fundamentalism, chauvinism and theocracy. Over time, that kind of progressive movement has the potential to win – and win big – in the United States. To be honest: it is probably the ONLY type of progressive movement that stands a chance in a country as religious as ours.

Such a movement is within reach. But progressives must abandon the old pattern of reducing the Great Faiths to their worst elements, constituents and crimes – and then dismissing all other facts and features. It is not just stupid political strategy. At a moral level, it is a form of blindness and bigotry that is beneath us all.

My prayer is that a critical mass of progressives can agree on two basic premises. Number one: any progressive approach to “faith in politics” that ignores the awful CRIMES of religiously-inspired people is dishonest, inauthentic and can never achieve emancipatory ends.
Number two: at the same time, any approach that fails to honor and embrace the POSITIVE contributions of religiously inspired people is also wrong-headed – foolishly and needlessly shutting progressives off from our own history, proud achievements and present sources of vital support. '

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Timeline of Path to War in Iraq - Must Read

at Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/

Last Throes of Credibility: Five Years of Lies and Deception, by John Conyers. 36 page timeline of events and lies leading to Iraq war.

The Path of War Timeline -
By Larisa Alexandrovna and Muriel Kane, Raw Story:

Events as they happened with source information. This is simply amazing. Wonder if Fitzgerald will see it? Would it make a difference? Would he start looking at impeachment?

Uh oh, better get the Dakin's Solution....

Upon returning home from the walk (better described as me being dragged through Woodward Park by Angus and Bramble), it was discovered that Brother Jeff the Tabby had had a close encounter of the cat kind. Time for Dakin's Solution.

If you haven't heard of it, Dakin's (diluted sodium hypochlorite solution, 0.5%) is used to kill germs and prevent germ growth in wounds. We are firm believers in vet visits, but if any of the critters here suffers a minor mishap we try Dakin's first. Actually, our vet gave us the instructions to make this simple antiseptic.

I will be happy to share if you send me an email request.

John Muir link

I was on my way out to walk the Airedales, but took a minute to click on the 'Nature Quotes' link on the right column of this page. I am glad I did, and hope you will, too. Here is a bit of what I found:


A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.

God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.

Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.

Friday, July 22, 2005 -- GLOBAL SECURITY NEWSWIRE

We have a better than zero chance of successfully intercepting ... an inbound warhead. -- --Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry Obering, describing the potential of U.S. missile defenses today.

Well, that's encouraging.....

Endangered Nation

Tomgram: Chalmers Johnson on Robbing the Cradle of Civilization

"Another successful landmark has been reached in our occupation of Iraq: The World Monuments Fund has just placed the country on its list of the Earth's 100 most endangered sites. ("Widespread looting, military occupation, artillery fire, vandalism, and other acts of violence are devastating Iraq, long considered the cradle of human civilization.") This is the first time that the Fund has ever put a whole nation on its list and so represents a singular accomplishment for the Bush administration, which knew not -- and cared less -- what it wrought.

Read more at:

http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?emx=x&pid=4710

Karl, Karl, Karl

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
By Ruth Lopez

Karl Rove knows too much for Bush or the GOP to let him go down. I don't think he would go without a lot of collateral damage......

"They will not cave. Not to threats, not to media pressure. They don't think they have to. When an impertinent reporter asked Bush about Rove as Bush walked past, Bush dismissed the man with a royal flick of his wrist, as if brushing a bug away. That said it all. Bush and Rove had imbued themselves with a sense of entitlement backed by destructive force. They believe that all they have to do is keep the party circling the wagons while the faithful repeat the talking points and the chaff gets tossed up until some murder, some scandal, takes the heat off. If necessary, a few lives can be ruined to expedite the process and ensure success. It's never failed them before."

http://www.buzzflash.com/contributors/05/07/con05252.html

Friday, July 22, 2005

London Police press conference on CNN

9:45 a.m. Excellent photos from surveillance cameras. Quick, calm, efficient statement by investigators. Good questions posed to public asking for information. I know there are important issues of privacy, but those cameras are providing critical information....do we have this type of resource being employed in our mass transit systems?

Of course, GWB is going to make a statement.....let me guess...ideology of hate, war on terrorism, fighting them WHERE so we don't have to fight them here?

God's hand was in all of this....

Just watched the Benton sisters from Knoxville, TN, injured in the 7/7 London Underground bombings, who were being interviewed on CNN. Asked about their faith, one of the sisters said that God's hand was in all of it. He prepared their family every step of the way. I am probably misquoting, but that was the sentiment expressed.

So I supposed he prepared the families of those who were killed, as well. I wonder what he said to them. Probably the same thing he told millions of families whose children were stricken with polio, a preventable disease. That he had decided to wait and let Jonas Salk take care of it? He probably has a press secretary who does it, or a chief of staff.

Arsenic Responsible for George's madness?


Says bluememe: Fascinating. I would've bet it was from chronic alchohol abuse, combined with cocaine and, perhaps, his dysfunctional childhood. And that fundamentalist nonsense.Oh, you mean the other King George. Never mind.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 Arsenic may be responsible for British King George's madness - Yahoo! News

The chicken or the egg of jackassdom

"But there’s no hope for Bush. He has a paper trail of human wreckage that’s easy to read and no amount of association with another’s wisdom, fairness and civility can overcover the staggering fact of his absolute poverty of these qualities." http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/

If you don't have Phil Carpenter bookmarked, you should. His commentary today about the innocents maimed and murdered in Iraq is truly heart-breaking.

Ending Suicide Terrorism

From AntiWar.com by Rep. Ron Paul http://www.antiwar.com/paul/?articleid=6712 I have cut some out, but here is what I found most interesting..........

'Robert Pape, author of Dying to Win, explains the strategic logic of suicide terrorism. Pape has collected a database of every suicide terrorist attack between 1980 and 2004, all 462 of them. His conclusions are enlightening and crucial to our understanding the true motivation behind the attacks against Western nations by Islamic terrorists. After his exhaustive study, Pape comes to some very important conclusions.

Religious beliefs are less important than supposed.

The clincher is this: the strongest motivation, according to Pape, is not religion but rather a desire "to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from the territory the terrorists view as their homeland."The best news is that if stopping suicide terrorism is a goal we seek, a solution is available to us. Cease the occupation of foreign lands, and the suicide missions will cease. Between 1982 and 1986, there were 41 suicide terrorist attacks in Lebanon. Once the U.S., the French, and Israel withdrew their forces from Lebanon, there were no more attacks. The reason the attacks stop, according to Pape, is that the Osama bin Ladens of the world no longer can inspire potential suicide terrorists despite their continued fanatical religious beliefs.

Pape is convinced after his extensive research that the longer and more extensive the occupation of Muslim territories, the greater the chance of more 9/11-type attacks on the U.S. He is convinced that the terrorists strategically are holding off hitting the U.S. at the present time in an effort to break up the coalition by hitting our European allies. He claims it is just a matter of time if our policies do not change.'

Then, there was another article...........the last line really hit me hard.


http://defense.iwpnewsstand.com/newsstand_special.asp
from the article ‘WAR ON TERROR’ IS ‘INACCURATE’ LABEL FOR WAR ON INSURGENCY


“We’re the ones who are clinging to a war that nobody wants to fight anymore,” Vlahos said in a reference to traditional warfighting methods.

He was talking about methods of warfare, but think about that line: We're the ones who are clinging to a war that nobody wants to fight anymore. If Pape is right, the suicide bombers don't want to blow themselves up any more than any of us want to be blown up. They want us OUT of their homelands. How do we force this administration to change their policies? The neocons would be happy if this war in Iraq never ended, and dragged the entire middle east into the caldron. They see it as the war to change the world. The wingnuts see it as the path to Armageddon and the Rapture. How the hell do we get this kind of influence out of Washington? This scares me more than the idea of terrorism.

The really pessimistic part of me says that we are indeed in Iraq because of oil. That we are at Peak Oil and that as India and China continue to increase their rates of consumption we are headed for a nuclear showdown. And sadly, I think that we could avert this by an aggressive war on foreign oil dependency at home, but that it would take massive financial and human resources that are being squandered in Iraq. And would the American public be willing to make the sacrifices necessary here at home? A little voice inside of me says I am a fool if I believe that. That voice says that secretly, many of us would rather stay in Iraq and try to expand our influence and occupation rather than take the harder road to energy independence and peace.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Growing up Unitarian

In my family's Unitarian church (Atheist, the no-neck Southern Baptist tormenters preferred to call me) there was a poem always printed on our order of service. I don't know what made me think of it, but here it is:

He drew a circle that shut me out
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout
But love and I had the wit to win;
We drew a circle that took him in.

Edwin Markham

You failed, Mr. President

I hated to see the news about renewed attempts at bombings in the London underground today. I will equally hate to hear George Bush repeat his disingenuous line - we are fighting them over there so we won't have to fight them here at home.

People will be fighting them EVERYWHERE because, Mr. President, you failed to keep your word, you failed to stay the course and you failed to continue to pursue the authors of the 9/11 attacks, bin Laden and al Qaeda. You failed miserably on your watch, and innocent people everywhere will be paying the price for a very long, long time.

Declaration of Independence from Oil

And you are called stupid.

"What I'm telling you is that we're focused here," Bush said from the Port of Baltimore, where he got a waterside demonstration of cargo-screening techniques. "When you're at war, you can't lose sight of the fact that you're at war."

Among the state-of-the-art techniques Bush observed were computerized systems, sophisticated radiation detectors and advanced X-ray equipment.

"You can look inside in the truck, and you don't even have to get in it," Bush said afterward to an audience of state and local officials and port employees. "That's called technology. And it's working. It makes a big difference."

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Now THIS is what I'M talking about....


Billmon asks a veteran reporter friend about his editor's experience with Patrick Fitzgerald:
"Fitzgerald is a prosecution machine," the old editor said. "When he wants somebody, he goes after them with whatever he's got. If he can't make the case he started with, he'll figure out what you did do and hit you with that. He's relentless, and he doesn't give a flying fuck about the press or the First Amendment. He'd throw us all in jail if it would help him make his case."
via Jane at firedoglake: http://firedoglake.blogspot.com/

He sure as Hell isn't mine.............

Stolen from SheaNC!

"You may believe that you are not a hero. You may believe that your life is so mean, so low, so hopeless and full of drudgery, that you can never rise above it. But I, the Famous Adventurer of Silmaria, know differently."

Intrigued? I was, too! Click here to discover YOUR inner hero: http://www.howtobeahero.com/guild/welcome/

Then be sure to visit SheaNC at
  • Constantly Amazed, Yet Never Surprised
  • She raised some neat kids!

    Family's dark humor revealed in death notice by Charles Storch, Tribune staff reporter.

    'Paid death notices rarely have interest beyond a deceased's family and friends, but not one that appeared July 2 in the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer. Dorothy Gibson Cully, 86, mother of four, had died peacefully June 3 while in the "loving care of her two favorite children." "All of her breath leaked out," readers were told -- and lots more.According to Ted Vaden, the paper's public editor, the death notice became an instant sensation. Sharp-eyed readers began e-mailing friends about it. Within a week, "there already was a lot of talk," he said.'

    Read more!

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/chi-0507180181jul18,1,3484602.story?coll=chi-news-hed

    Tuesday, July 19, 2005

    CAMP KARBALA

    "PlameGate" Puts It All in Perspective



    A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTIONby Mike Brown
    http://www.buzzflash.com/contributors/05/07/con05241.html

    Mike Brown fluently expresses all of our concerns and suspicions about the Bush administration. None of us WANTED to believe these things about the people we elected to the highest offices in our country, but how could we NOT, after all the lies and deception.

    Here is a teaser:

    The "PlameGate" scandal suddenly puts the entire Bush administration in clear focus for everyone to see, including those who have so vigorously supported this president since 2000. Finally, the over-reach, dishonesty, arrogance, dirty tricks, unilateralism, and enriching the already-wealthy can be seen as a single, twisted, vengeful, and incompetent presidential administration.

    Read this, it is great.

    Iraq’s war on women

    By Leslie Abdela, courtesy of Juan Cole's Informed Comment
    http://www.opendemocracy.net/conflict-iraqconflict/women_2681.jsp

    a few excerpts:

    'Just as Iraqi women were anticipating a new era of democracy and freedom, a wave of intimidation by extremist groups has arisen to crush their hopes. Violent oppression of women is spreading across Iraq, a weapon of mass mental and physical destruction. And yet there is silence from world leaders, religious leaders, politicians and the media.

    Insurgents and religious extremists use rape, acid and assassination to force Iraqi women to wear the veil – the symbol of submission, first signal of further repression to come. Many Iraqi women have never worn the scarf. Now, dead bodies of girls and women are found in rivers and on waste ground with a veil tied around the head, as a message.
    As well as unveiled women, key targets are those who wear make-up, who are well educated and in the professions, and who work with organisations connected with the coalition forces.'

    'On 26 June 2005, I took part in a conference called “Our Constitution, Our Future”. Organised by the international NGO Women for Women, and judiciously situated outside Iraq, on the Jordanian shores of the Dead Sea, it focused on how best to replace restrictive laws and practices so the new constitution conforms to international agreements, particularly the jewel in the crown, the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (Cedaw).

    Around 60 Iraqi men and women parliamentarians, academics, activists and members of the drafting committee for the constitution risked their lives to attend.
    The division was clear even at the conference: progressive women and men want a secular constitution. More extreme religious groups (which include women) want Islamic Shari’a law.'

    For more information here are some

    Further Links:
    Shevolutionhttp://www.shevolution.com/
    Programme on Governance in the Arab Regionhttp://www.pogar.org/themes/gender.asp
    Women living under muslim lawshttp://www.wluml.org/english/
    Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraqhttp://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/

    7/18/2003 - Another Leak Investigation

    From BBC.co.uk

    ' 2003: Missing Iraq expert - body found. A body believed to be that of government scientist Dr David Kelly has been found in woodland not far from his Oxfordshire home.'

    'Dr Kelly has been at the centre of a row between the British Government and the BBC about the use of intelligence reports in the run up to the war against Iraq. The row centred on a report by journalist Andrew Gilligan during the Today programme on BBC Radio Four in which he said the government had "sexed-up" its dossier on Iraq to boost public support for the war.

    He accused the government of inserting a claim into the dossier that Saddam Hussein was capable of deploying weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes. On Tuesday Dr Kelly - an expert in arms control who had worked as a weapons inspector in Iraq between 1991 and 1998 - told the Foreign Affairs select committee he had spoken to Mr Gilligan but denied he was the main source for the story. '

    'Lord Hutton absolved the government of any kind of "dishonourable, underhand or duplicitous strategy" in the leaking of Dr Kelly's name to the press. But he said the Ministry of Defence was "at fault" for failing to tell Dr Kelly that his identity as the suspected source would be confirmed to journalists who suggested it. He said Mr Gilligan's report that the Iraq dossier was sexed up was "unfounded" and that Joint Intelligence Committee chairman John Scarlett had acted to ensure the dossier was consistent with reliable intelligence. '

    Sound familiar? Not much has changed in 2 years. What do you bet our boys will be found innocent of any dishonourable, underhanded or duplicitous strategy in leaking Valerie Plame's name to the press and mounting a smear campaign against her husband? The more things change, the more they stay the same. Lies, the gifts that keep on giving.........

    Monday, July 18, 2005

    "Do"ing the Facts

    "I want to know all the facts," (GWB) he said. "The best place for the facts to be done is by somebody who is spending time investigating it." Hmmmmmm.

    Yess'um Mr. Presnent. You DO know about DOing the facts. You DO those facts enough, and pretty soon they're so DONE that they're falsies.

    GOP Goes for Broke in Defending Treason

    Snipped from http://www.buzzflash.com/editorial/05/07/edi05058.html

    'From the beginning of BuzzFlash, we have said this again and again: the core of Bushevism propaganda is that if you repeat a lie five times, it becomes the truth.......

    Just remember these two words: Rove and treason. Repeat the truth five times and people might finally understand it's the truth.'

    Rove saga raises fresh questions about administration's credibility


    Buchanan sees this saga as a morality tale: "Rove has long been one of the premier hardball practitioners in America, and this (case) may be the tipping point. When people play close to the edge, they can win for a long time. But, like Icarus, they can fly too close to the sun, and their wings can melt." By Dick Polman http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/12156645.htm

    Well excuse my rudeness, but shit. That bugger has been hang-gliding over the mouth of hell and has finally been caught in a downdraft. Please don't try to lionize him to me. I won't even hear the splash when he finally hits.

    The Lipstick Lesbian

    'But Manji says recent research shows all that virgin stuff was based on an erroneous translation of the Koran: what awaits in heaven are 72 raisins. What? Could 54 people really have been blown up for a bag of raisins? “Well in 7th century Arabia raisins were so exalted as to be promoted to paradise.”'

    Read the rest at: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2092-1696968,00.html

    Everything is going to hell in a handbasket. After using 666 for so long, I read that a fourth-century manuscript fragment of the Book of Revelation says the number of the beast is actually 616. I'll have to change the combination on my tack locker........

    Still and all, I don't think I'll do a bumper sticker about the raisins. It would be fun, but truthfully, wingnuts of any faith are too damn scary to take the chance of really pissing someone off.....well, maybe the 616.......

    The 23rd Qualm

    forwarded from a friend, from a friend, from a friend....


    Bush is my shepherd; I dwell in want.
    He maketh logs to be cut down in national forests.
    He leadeth trucks into the still wilderness.
    He restoreth my fears.
    He leadeth me in the paths of international disgrace for his ego's sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of pollution and war,
    I will find no exit, for thou art in office.
    Thy tax cuts for the rich and thy media control, they discomfort me.
    Thou preparest an agenda of deception in the presence of thy religion.
    Thou anointest my head with foreign oil.
    My health insurance runneth out.
    Surely megalomania and false patriotism shall follow me all the days
    of thy term,
    And my jobless child shall dwell in my basement forever.

    Downing Street Minutes 3rd Anniversary Events - Mourn the Losses, Learn the Truth, and Investigate the Lies



    Click on sign to go to AfterDowningStreet website. Is anyone planning a rally or house party for 7/23?

    Rove-Wilson-Downing Street Memo...Make the Connection


    "At the end of the day, Wilson was right. There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It was the Bush administration that pushed that lie, and because of that lie Americans are dying. Shame on those who continue to slander Joe Wilson while giving Bush and his pack of liars a pass. That's the true outrage." Larry C. Wilson, StarTribune.com 7/17/05

    "In the scheme of things, whether Rove revealed Plame's identity, deliberately or not, matters less than actions by Rove, Bolton, Cheney and others to phony up a case for war that has gone badly, has cost thousands of lives plus hundreds of billions of dollars, and has, a majority of Americans now believe, left the United States less safe from terrorism rather than more. That's the indictment which should matter most." http://www.startribune.com/stories/561/5505382.html 7/14/05

    "This case is about Iraq, not Niger. The real victims are the American people, not the Wilsons. The real culprit - the big enchilada, to borrow a 1973 John Ehrlichman phrase from the Nixon tapes - is not Mr. Rove but the gang that sent American sons and daughters to war on trumped-up grounds and in so doing diverted finite resources, human and otherwise, from fighting the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11. That's why the stakes are so high: this scandal is about the unmasking of an ill-conceived war, not the unmasking of a C.I.A. operative who posed for Vanity Fair." Frank Rich, 7/17/05 http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/17/opinion/17rich.html?pagewanted=2&hp

    "Both the Downing Street Memos -- the secret documents from Britain's intelligence agency on the Bush administration's preparations for invading Iraq -- and the ongoing scandal involving President Bush's most trusted advisor are both tied together. They show the lengths that the Bush administration will go to in convincing Americans to accept a unnecessary war. They also show how the White House bullied and discredited anyone who got in its way." http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0716-21.htm Case for Impeachment
    Editorial 7/16/05

    "Seen against the backdrop of the fierce intra-bureaucratic war that broke out in the administration in the run-up to the Iraq war – with the CIA and the mainline intelligence and diplomatic communities pitted against civilian neoconservatives in the upper echelons of the Pentagon and the Office of the Vice President – the outing of Plame and her colleagues amounts to an act of espionage committed out of a desire to exact revenge. The leakers meant to retaliate not just against Joe Wilson, through his wife, but against the "old guard" that was resisting the campaign to lie us into war. When the CIA wouldn't go along with the neocon program and "spice up" their analyses with Ahmed Chalabi's tall tales and the outright forgery of the Niger uranium documents, the War Party struck back at them with the sort of viciousness for which the neocons are rightly renowned." http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=6677 This isn't about Karl Rove by Justin Raimondo, 7/15/05

    Sunday, July 17, 2005

    Via and Molly


    This isn't a very good shot of her, but most of my digital photos are on Johnny's computer and I was too impatient to boot it up. It also looks as though I have only one eye!! Ick.

    As I recall, this was taken just before a 20 meter circle at the canter became a 20 mile per hour circle at the canter!

    Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?



    To take the test, select an answer for each of the questions, then click Score Results. There are no right or wrong answers, merely virtues and traits you most adhere to. You will then be matched with the fantasy or science fiction character that you have the most in common with.

    This is really cool. Take the quiz at http://www.tk421.net/character/

    I'll admit it - I was Boromir........now, who are YOU?

    Where's (the) Dick?


    He has been keeping a low profile, of late. Wonder if stress over the 'memo' is what put him in the Orthopaedic Wing a couple of weeks ago? Seems like he has had his share of trouble with memos lately....what with Plamegate and the Downing Street Memo..........poor little Dick.

    Saturday, July 16, 2005

    Just a Matter of Time, Bubba


    Really scary, because we know it is going to happen, we just don't know WHEN. Might as well as have a big rubber stamp ready: Made in America.


    http://www.smirkingchimp.com/article.php?sid=21947&mode=&order=0

    No Child Left Without a Weapon in His Hand-I mean Behind


    Marketer enlisted to lure recruits - this from Chicago Trib at chttp://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0507160124jul16,1,474805.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed&ctrack=1&cset=true courtesy BuzzFlash.

    No wonder they are having a hard time finding warm bodies. We are in the middle of an illegal, immoral war. We are fomenting civil war in Iraq, and killing thousands of our troops and innocent civilians. Our kids aren't STUPID, George, and neither are WE!

    no, no, no, this is better.....

    Is Cheney involved?????

    Friday, July 15, 2005

    It's the Occupation, Stupid!


    click on image to find stickers, mugs, shirts....

    Let's declare war here at home

    I want to bring the troops home, NOW. I want us to wage war, not on some nebulous specter of 'terrorism', but on our dependence on foreign oil. If we had spent the money that we have squandered in Iraq on a massive effort to develop alternative energy in this country, we could have saved so many lives. Now, that would have been a sacrifice WORTH making.

    What would have happened if in response to 9/11 we had launched, instead of war on Iraq, a massive war against our own dependence on Saudi oil. If we had poured our anger, outrage, billions of dollars and military manpower and resources into a full-speed-ahead buildup of alternative energy sources (hydrogen, nuclear, wind and solar) where might we be today? People were so anxious to contribute and sacrifice after 9/11. We could have severely curtailed the use of petroleum, carpooled....we could have done what the US did in the war effort at the beginning of WWII. And our administration STILL refuses to enter a meaningful dialog with those who oppose not our freedom, but our occupation of Iraq.

    Thursday, July 14, 2005

    How Shit Happens.....

    From NPR : "Maintaining Focus: Rove and Iraq War Data"

    This would make a great article to read at a Downing Street Memo rally...... Please listen, and then send a link to your friends. It is powerful reminder of the motive behind the assault on Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame, and of the lengths to which this administration will go to crush opposition to their claims.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4752466

    Wednesday, July 13, 2005

    Lying Liar

    Did you ever just want to SCREAM?

    The past 2 days have been electrifying. Scott McLellan has been pinned like an Iraqi Most-Wanted card to the Oval Office wall. The Press Corps has been aggressive, focused and unshakable. It was a wonderful thing to see and hear. After 5 years of allowing George Bush's mouthpiece to equivocate, dissemble and outright lie to them, I hunger to hear a torrent of questions come pouring out of the White House correspondents' mouths. I would like to see them suddenly both horrified and elated to realize that they are unable to stop, like Jack Nicholson vomiting cherries in church. I would like to hear them ask and ask and ask again, until they are dry-heaving questions about the Downing Street Memos, Karl Rove, the illegal, immoral Iraq War and the mountainous, hope-obliterating mass of lies and deceit and death that this administration has spawned.

    I would like to see them refuse to leave the room at the end of the press conference. To keep screaming questions at the cameras even when there is no one left standing on the podium to answer. That is what I feel like doing - screaming questions at the top of my lungs. Demanding answers and accountability for myself, and for those who cannot or will not.

    Please scream for me.

    Tuesday, July 12, 2005

    Freakin' Liars



    Stickers from my CafePress store. This is great therapy, you should try it. www.cafepress.com/liberalprogdem.

    via

    Christian DEConstructionism

    Bet you can guess who this is... "-- he has the terrorists on the run and he isn't going to stop until he has spread God's gifts of freedom and democracy and liberty and neat stuff like that throughout the world. His will will never be broken. His mission is God's mission; together, he and God will rid the world of evil. On behalf of God, Bush said he 'preciates folks dyin' for the cause. Heck, he even honors 'em

    They applauded him. It was astonishing. They applauded, when they should have been wailing in anguish while collapsing under an unbearable sense of national loss. But no. Grinning like cartoon caricatures, they applauded an in-your-face war criminal -- a great deceiver who is openly intent on destroying everything that is, or ever was, good in their lives. Bush's mission will be over when the good times are over; when they're over for good -- when all that remains is broken. Broken families. Broken bodies. Broken societies. Broken cultures. Broken hearts. Broken world.Where are the Christians? Where is the revulsion at Bush roaming freely on hallowed ground while belching out lies and deceit that have caused the slaughter of 1,942 coalition troops -- 1,752 of them American -- more than 18,000 wounded or maimed; 10,000 striken with lifelong disease? Where is the raw horror that Christians should feel for a charlaton who boasts that he is on a mission from God -- a mission to rule over a world of hate and lies and fear and death and disease?" From Sheila Samples' article at Smirking Chimp http://www.smirkingchimp.com/article.php?sid=21882&mode=nested&order=0

    After you read that, check out this by Frederick Clarkson courtesy of Information Clearing House - more on Christian Reconstructionism - scary, scary stuff http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5722.htm

    Sunday, July 10, 2005

    What would you confess if no one knew it was You who said it?

    Saturday, July 09, 2005

    No wonder we are hated...


    Published on Friday, July 8, 2005 by
    TomDispatch.com
    The Smash of Civilizations
    by Chalmers Johnsonhttp://www.commondreams.org/views05/0708-29.htm


    Just a couple of paragraphs. Read the complete article and be ashamed of how we have been represented to the Iraqi people and to the world.

    "As we now know, the American forces made no effort to prevent the looting of the great cultural institutions of Iraq, its soldiers simply watching vandals enter and torch the buildings. Said Arjomand, an editor of the journal Studies on Persianate Societies and a professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, wrote, "Our troops, who have been proudly guarding the Oil Ministry, where no window is broken, deliberately condoned these horrendous events."[19] American commanders claim that, to the contrary, they were too busy fighting and had too few troops to protect the museum and libraries. However, this seems to be an unlikely explanation. During the battle for Baghdad, the U.S. military was perfectly willing to dispatch some 2,000 troops to secure northern Iraq's oilfields, and their record on antiquities did not improve when the fighting subsided. At the 6,000-year-old Sumerian city of Ur with its massive ziggurat, or stepped temple-tower (built in the period 2112 - 2095 B.C. and restored by Nebuchadnezzar II in the sixth century B.C.), the Marines spray-painted their motto, "Semper Fi" (semper fidelis, always faithful) onto its walls.[20] The military then made the monument "off limits" to everyone in order to disguise the desecration that had occurred there, including the looting by U.S. soldiers of clay bricks used in the construction of the ancient buildings.


    Until April 2003, the area around Ur, in the environs of Nasiriyah, was remote and sacrosanct. However, the U.S. military chose the land immediately adjacent to the ziggurat to build its huge Tallil Air Base with two runways measuring 12,000 and 9,700 feet respectively and four satellite camps. In the process, military engineers moved more than 9,500 truckloads of dirt in order to build 350,000 square feet of hangars and other facilities for aircraft and Predator unmanned drones. They completely ruined the area, the literal heartland of human civilization, for any further archaeological research or future tourism. On October 24, 2003, according to the Global Security Organization, the Army and Air Force built its own modern ziggurat. It "opened its second Burger King at Tallil. The new facility, co-located with [a] . . . Pizza Hut, provides another Burger King restaurant so that more service men and women serving in Iraq can, if only for a moment, forget about the task at hand in the desert and get a whiff of that familiar scent that takes them back home."[21] "

    Thursday, July 07, 2005

    Why aren't we talking?

    Can't write right now, but my thought is, why can't we talk? What is wrong with negotiation? How do you accomplish anything without a dialog?

    My deepest sympathy goes out to those who were killed and injured in today's terrible attack in London, and to their loved ones.

    Wednesday, July 06, 2005

    Intelligent Design again....

    From BuzzFlash. Debate over evolution shuts down IMAX film.

    There are two arguments by I.D. ers that are particularly annoying. Proponents insist that evolution is a 'theory,' and not 'law,' like the 'Law of Gravity.'

    I'm pretty happy with scientific theory. The 'Germ Theory of Disease' (not Germ Law) is probably the single most important development in the history of humankind. Think of a life without antiseptics or antibiotics. I shudder. I am comforted that flight engineers relied upon their studies of 'Wing Theory and Propeller Theory, (not Laws) when I make sure my seat back and tray table are in their upright and locked positions before takeoff. We take "Electron Theory" for granted every we throw a switch. The Designers are just quibbling over semantics. No point in going there.

    More irritating is their disingenuous argument that I.D. supporters don't attribute creation to any particular 'god.' Sure, they would accept a middle school text book that asserts that Mother Nature put us all here.

    By CONOR BERRYSTAFF WRITERWOODS HOLE - It seemed innocuous enough: a 40-minute movie about underwater volcanoes that briefly mentions life on Earth may have arisen from the sea.

    But the 2003 IMAX film ''Volcanoes of the Deep Sea,'' whose producer consulted with scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and used its Alvin submersible to film the underwater volcanoes, has been banned by some theater owners and managers in the Bible Belt because it briefly mentions the theory of evolution.

    The controversy, coupled with a nascent effort to include teaching ''intelligent design'' alongside evolution in public school curricula, has helped thrust the long-running battle between religion and science back into the limelight.

    Read more at: http://www.capecodonline.com/cctimes/debateover5.htm

    Tuesday, July 05, 2005

    My Truth, Your Heresy -I think I found this at BuzzFlash...

    "The more compelling our journalism, the angrier the radical right of the Republican Party became. That’s because the one thing they loathe more than liberals is the truth. And the quickest way to be damned by them as liberal is to tell the truth."

    Bill Moyers, from an excellent article at: http://sundaygazettemail.com/section/Perspective/2005070229?pt=0

    Bumper sticker can be found at my webstore: http://CafePress.com/LiberalProgDem

    Monday, July 04, 2005

    Support Our Troops, by David Michael Green

    I don't know how I missed this at Common Dreams, http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0701-06.htmbut it was posted on AfterDowningStreet.org early this morning. http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/642

    If you read only ONE article about the Bush administration's machinations leading up to the war in Iraq, this should be it. Print it and keep a copy as a reminder of the cold-blooded calculation and deception that put American soldiers in harm's way.

    Better yet, join the Whispering Campaign by visiting http://psstpsstpsst.blogspot.com/. Winter Patriot and friends are making a true difference at the grassroots level. Print this article, make copies and discreetly leave them in places where people will have a chance to read them - cafes, barber shops, train stations, on the bus.......

    "One thing you can say about us Americans, we support our troops.
    Or do we? " ....

    Please read and share.

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    Sunday, July 03, 2005

    Who do the Wingnuts want on the Bench?


    God, wouldn't that be ironic! Be careful what you wish for, fruitcakes........

    A Court governed by tolerance, peace, regard for the public good....

    The Religious Right and their toadies in Congress and the White House would be in deep shit.

    Now THAT would be justice!

    Saturday, July 02, 2005

    Lying Liar. The shit is fixin' to hit the fan.

    Tired of Shouting Into the Wind? Try Whispering. Visit. Print. Copy. Distribute. Repeat.

    Saw this at Simply Appalling:

    "Winter Patriot has launched a brilliant new DIY activist effort: The Whispering Campaign. It's very simple. WP has set up a website with a selection of short, succinct, printer-friendly articles detailing some nugget of unexplored or underplayed truth about our times; all you have to do is print them out -- and leave them in some public place for passers-by to find and read. As WP puts it: "Ideal locations include book stores, copy shops, libraries, train stations, buses, taxis, laundromats, grocery stores, hair salons, barber shops, rest rooms, gas stations, coffee shops, truck stops... use your imagination!"

    It's real grass-roots stuff -- in fact, it reaches all the way down to the individual blade, a personal form of activism either to supplement collective action or to let each person carve a particular path. It's also a good way of reaching people outside the seething blogosphere or the media/political world in general -- the vast majority of the population, in other words.

    In short, it's a way to take information from the blogosphere and distribute it to the general public. But think of it another way, we may be creating the largest printing press on the planet. Only this time it's distributed printing. Gutenberg would be proud. "

    This is an incredible idea. Please visit http://psstpsstpsst.blogspot.com/ and get involved.

    Run, Duke, Run! It's (a) RAID!

    How patriotic was THAT, Karl?















    MSNBC Analyst Says Cooper Documents Reveal Karl Rove as Source in Plame Case . http://www.mediainfo.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000972839

    Lawrence O'Donnell, senior MSNBC political analyst, claimed to know that name--and it is, according to him, top White House mastermind Karl Rove.

    "Here is the transcript of O'Donnell's McLaughlin Group remarks: "What we're going to go to now in the next stage, when Matt Cooper's e-mails, within Time Magazine, are handed over to the grand jury--the ultimate revelation, probably within the week of who his source is. "I know I'm going to get pulled into the grand jury for saying this but the source of...for Matt Cooper was Karl Rove, and that will be revealed in this document dump that Time magazine's going to do with the grand jury.

    "Other panelists then joined in discussing whether, if true, this would suggest a perjury rap for Rove, if he told the grand jury he did not leak to Cooper.

    "According to published reports, Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the case, has interviewed President Bush and Vice President Cheney and called Karl Rove, among others, to testify before the grand jury. "The breadth of Fitzgerald's inquiry has led to speculation that it has evolved into an investigation of a conspiracy to leak Plame's identity," the Chicago Tribune observed on Friday, "or of an attempt to cover up White House involvement in the leak." (emphasis mine)

    Go ahead and fall on that thing.