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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Cats in sinks


Please remember to donate to the aid effort of your choice. Thanks.
Here is something that I hope will make you smile. I saw it on someone's site, but please forgive me for not giving you a nod, but I have forgotten whose.....

Cats in Sinks! My dad liked it, but wrote to me, "I'm afraid I'd be too tempted to turn on the faucet." He is cat lover, but a cat-deviler, as well! This one looks like my little Tigris.

America, or Germany in the 30's?

By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers Compliments of Smirky:
If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck........you decide.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The war is over, time to blame the liberals


'Remember Dubya’s classic deer-in-the headlights turn when asked at a press conference to name a single mistake he had made? Expect many re-enactments over the coming months, because the Quagmire Formerly Known as Iraq is about to be put up for adoption.'

If you haven't visited Blue Meme, lord, you don't know what you have been missin'.

Please help


Go to the Red Cross website or call
1-800-HELP NOW

Thank you, first responders

Episcopal Squirrels


Three churches in a small town found that their church buildings had become over-run with squirrels.

The Presbyterian church decided that it was pre-destined that the squirrels would be there and therefore left the squirrels to their own devices.

The Unitarian church decided the best measure was to humanely trap the squirrels and take them to a nice place in the woods. Naturally the squirrels returned three days later.

The Episcopal church decided to have the squirrels baptized and confirmed. Now the squirrels only come to church on Christmas and Easter.


Stolen from Blog of the Grateful Bear via A Lie A Day

Monday, August 29, 2005

Senator Warner: It's All About Us

"The level of concern is, I think, gradually rising. Our nation has given so much to the Iraqi people, and what are they giving us in return?"
- John Warner, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee

'And so—incredibly—the nonexistent “Iraqi people” we conjured up to liberate we will conjure up to blame. For it is the American people who must be served. Their God-given right to feel good about themselves must be respected. And so the story will be told. In our greatness and our generosity we did our best to bring freedom to the Iraqi people. But they let us down.' Thomas de Zengotita via Huffington Report

Here is what they gave us, Senator Warner. Not willingly, of course, but we took it, anyway.

And here is what they gave us, Senator Warner.

And here:

How could they give any more?

George W. Bush's Noble Cause - 'Political Capital'

....Herskowitz said that Bush expressed frustration at a lifetime as an underachiever in the shadow of an accomplished father. In aggressive military action, he saw the opportunity to emerge from his father's shadow. The moment, Herskowitz said, came in the wake of the September 11 attacks. 'Suddenly, he's at 91 percent in the polls, and he'd barely crawled out of the bunker.'"

from CommonDreams via BuzzFlash

Be sure to read the original article about Herskowitz by Russ Baker. There are chilling similarities between BushCo's claims that Iraqis would throw flowers at our troops and the administration's fascination with flowers thrown at Margaret Thatcher's feet after the war in the Falklands. And Dick Cheney is credited for the idea of "starting a small war".

Fearing that Christ’s message might undermine troop morale in Iraq and Afghanistan.....


Quite a rant, but with some pretty good jabs by Jerry Ghinelli at InformationClearingHouse.com

'Looking much as he did two thousand years ago, the longhaired, bearded Jesus Christ, shabbily dressed in a robe and sandals, began to speak in a soft voice. “Shalom, salaam and may peace be with you,” he offered. “To suggest that God, our father, would ever be on the side of an America—or any country, for that matter—which attacks poor, defenseless, impoverished people out of revenge, fear, ignorance or greed, contradicts everything I stand for today and, more importantly, died for two thousand years ago.”

“Christ is my brother,” Bush emphasized, “and brothers often have differences of opinion, that’s all. Christ believes in turning the other cheek; I prefer an eye for and eye. Or, as we say in Texas—dead or alive,” he said to applause from his troops. “Semper fi,” shouted Bush. Bush declared, “Jesus has never been elected to any public office. I come to work every day as your Commander–in-Chief with war on my mind. Christ speaks of peace this and love that… all kinds of dangerous messages in the post 9/11 world, when we have been attacked by the evildoers who can’t stand our freedoms,” Bush said, to a standing ovation. '

Why is a Republican Congress permitting this president to persist in the dereliction of his sworn duty?


Pat Buchanan mentions impeachment via Raw Story.

"Twice, Bush has taken an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Article IV, Section 4 of that Constitution reads, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against invasion.”

Well, we are being invaded, and the president of the United States is not doing his duty to protect the states against that invasion.

Some courageous Republican, to get the attention of this White House, should drop into the hopper a bill of impeachment, charging Bush with a conscious refusal to uphold his oath and defend the states of the Union against “invasion.” "

Can't say I agree with everything in his column, for one thing, he trashes concerns about women's rights in Iraq. But he said the "i" word.

My letter was mentioned on AlterNet!


I know I shouldn't be so excited, but I am. I have been sending daily letters to my congressman, and one was picked up by AlterNet. This was Evan Derkacz's image and caption:

Of course we support the war, bunnyface, but we have other people to fight it.

Evan Derkacz at 6:01 AM on August 29, 2005.

It's an old argument, so what's changed? The press is asking.

As Mass. governor Mitt Romney (who still supports the war) was being honored by the National Guard, a reporter for the Boston Herald asked about his children and received this reportedly peeved response: "No, I have not urged my own children to enlist. I don't know the status of my childrens' potentially enlisting in the Guard and Reserve..."
We can expect more questions in the near future.

Oklahoma blogger VIA sent a letter to congressman Sullivan there requesting an inquiry into the rationale for war which begins: "I don't know if you have children old enough to serve in Iraq, but I know you would not want them to risk their lives for a war that was based on a lie." (Church of the Front Porch)
Evan Derkacz is a New York-based writer and contributor to AlterNet.

Kick out their crutches, anywhere and everywhere

from driftglass

"But for those of us who aren’t besotted, inbred monarchists, at some point aren’t we obligated – as Maureen Dowd points out – to begin to notice that the President isn’t just utterly wrong anymore, but has actually lost his fucking mind? That the propeller on his Yale Beanie is spinning counter-clockwise even though he’s in the Northern Hemisphere? That he no longer even exchanges Christmas cards with reality?

And skimming along in the bottom quartile of the electorate – no longer invited even by proxy to the Party at the End of the Republic -- we find the Moderate Republicans, now begin to painfully embrace every truth were calling treason a few, short months ago. Almost pissing themselves in terror that they backed the wrong horse with the rent money, and the nag they bet it all on is not only not coming in Win, Place or Show...but has gone rabid-mad and is hunkered down on the clubhouse turn, smoking crack and kicking its jockey’s organs out onto the track one at a time. "

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Mission Accomplished


Senior Iran cleric hails “Islamic state of Iraq”

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, who heads the powerful ultra-conservative Guardian Council, told worshippers in Tehran’s Friday prayers, “Fortunately, after years of effort and expectations in Iraq, an Islamic state has come to power and the constitution has been established on the basis of Islamic precepts”.

Iran Focus via BuzzFlash

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Press Wants to Know if Pro-War Officials Will Send Their Own Kids to War

from Editor and Publisher via BuzzFlash

'The Herald tossed the question as Romney as he was honored by the Massachusetts National Guard. "No, I have not urged my own children to enlist. I don't know the status of my childrens' potentially enlisting in the Guard and Reserve," Romney said, his voice tinged with anger, the Herald reported.'

I have written my congressman daily, requesting that he support HR 375, the Resolution of Inquiry. He has declined, but I won't stop. I sent him a copy of the E&P article this evening, along with this letter.

Dear Representative Sullivan,

I don't know if you have children old enough to serve in Iraq, but I know you would not want them to risk their lives for a war that was based on a lie. Please support the Resolution of Inquiry. No one's children should be put in harm's way based on manipulated intelligence. Your children should not, nor should mine or any parent's. I think there is sufficient evidence to warrant an investigation. If the president has been truthful with Congress and the American people he should willingly supply the information that has already been requested of him. He has not, nor has he given the representatives who have asked it of him the simple courtesy of a reply. This country deserves the truth. We expect our legislators to do everything in their power to be sure that the truth is known. You owe that to us, we are your electorate. I am asking you again to please support HR 375 when you return to Washington. Will you please do this for the state of Oklahoma and for our nation? We are counting on you.

If you haven't read the article, I urge you to do so, and to keep writing to your representatives until they agree to support this Resolution. The tide is turning, and I suspect that with elections next year they would rather be on our boat than on Bush's.

“Don’t swallow it! The fossil record does not support evolution.”

“Dinosaurs lived in the Garden of Eden, and Noah’s Ark? Give me a break,” said Kevin Padian, curator at the University of California Museum of Paleontology in Berkeley and president of National Center for Science Education, an Oakland group that supports teaching evolution. “For them, ‘The Flintstones’ is a documentary.”

Arthur's take on this: Reporters desperately need to educate themselves more about this subject, and their editors need to do a much better job, as well.

There is more.

I Know a Secret



The New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Pack a lunch. You won't be coming out for a while, I promise.

'NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 337,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.

Media: Artworks; fine prints; manuscript illuminations; maps; photographs; printed ephemera such as menus, post cards, posters, and trade cards; rare illustrated books; and other pictorial formats

Time periods: Middle ages to early- and mid-twentieth century predominate, although historical images of earlier eras may be found, as well as some post-1950 holdings

Subjects: The applied sciences, book arts, fine and decorative arts, history, performing arts, and social sciences; in other words, the established subject strengths of the vast collections of the Research Libraries'

Friday, August 26, 2005

Scary

The Culture Ghost asks,

"So if we oppose the war and speak out against it, what are they (The American Legion) going to do? Wave their canes at us? Try to slap us with their flat hats? Throw bottles of their medication at us?"



THIS. Every Friday night for the rest of your LIFE..........

Leaving the American Legion

"That your address to the National Convention this week repeated as fact the lies by which this country was led down the path to war in Iraq is despicable, but of only secondary importance to me. Passage of Resolution #3, and your statement that anti-war demonstrations should be suppressed "by any means necessary" is taken directly from playbooks written by Goebbels, Marcos and Duvalier. "

Thanks, BuzzFlash
That suppression "by any means necessary" is a frightening statement. I never thought I would hear that in this country.

'The American Legion does not speak for this veteran'


"But I'm an honorably-discharged veteran and I'm here to tell you, when it comes to the much-publicized statements made against those protesting the Iraq war, the American Legion is full of crap – and they most assuredly do not speak for me."

Go see the Yellow Dog

Living Will

An email from my son.
New Living Will Form

> I, ____________________, being of sound mind and body,

> do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means.

> Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of

> peckerwood politicians who couldn't pass ninth-grade biology

> if their lives depended on it.


> If a reasonable amount of time passes and I fail to sit up and ask for:

(please initial all that apply)

> _________a martini,

> _________a margarita,

> _________a beer,

> __________a steak,

> _________ the remote control,

> __________ a bowl of ice cream,

> _________ a Kalua on the rocks,

> ________ sex,


> it should be presumed that I won't ever get better. When such a

> determination is reached, I hereby instruct my appointed person and

> attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes and call it a

> day.


> Under no circumstances shall the members of the

> Legislature enact a special law to keep me on life-support machinery. It is

> my wish that these boneheads mind their own damn business, and pay attention

> instead to the future of the millions of Americans who aren't in a permanent

> coma.

> Signature:____________________

> Date: ____________________

> Witness: ____________________

>

States and Cities assume the leadership that Bush lacks

"America's north-eastern states are on the brink of a declaration of environmental independence with the introduction of mandatory controls on greenhouse gas emissions of the kind rejected by the Bush administration," reports the Guardian, via CommonDreams

"In the first regional agreement of its kind in the US, nine states are expected to announce a plan next month to freeze carbon dioxide emissions from big power stations by 2009 and then reduce them by 10% by 2020.

The north-eastern pact is less ambitious than the Kyoto accord, which freezes emissions at the 1990 level and imposes a 7% reduction by 2012."

Bush refuses to support the Kyoto protocol or G8 standards for emissions, saying they would "devastate" the US economy. This from the party who opposed seatbelts and airbags with the same dire warnings. Read: protect our cronies.

"...the Iraqi executive has made a kind of coup and is just making it up as they go along."

Sound a lot like BushCo here at home.

from Juan Cole

"Poor Bush, who once ordered mighty armies into war and tampered with the US Constitution through his Draconian "PATRIOT" act, now is reduced to pleading with a pro-Iranian cleric to please make nice with the ex-Baathists. And he isn't even succeeding in the plea!"

Thursday, August 25, 2005

The Jesus Ad

What would politics be like if Jesus was here?

Short video from WiseAss.org

Thank you again to The Talent Show

Let the Games Begin!


Click on some fun at Citizens for Global Solutions

This via what looks to be a great blog called The Talent Show

Why am I just discovering this place! Wow! I gotta get out more.......... :)

Who are these asinine "spokespersons"?

Despite what it looks like, President Bush isn’t actually on vacation. via Think Progress

According to the San Bernardino Sun, White House spokesperson David Almacy “said the reason that Bush is in Crawford, Texas, is due to the renovation of the West Wing of the White House.”

Almacy stated:
He’s operating on a full schedule; he’s just doing it from the ranch instead of from the White House. The only week he had officially off was this last week.

Keep in mind, President Bush has spent the entire month of August at his ranch every year of his presidency. It’s time this White House stopped renovating the truth.

My representative must be so sick of me....

... I send him letters daily, mine and copies of others'. Here is part of a doozie to Senator McCain from ROBERT J. RODINO, Ph.D. via our good friends at AfterDowningStreet.org. If you follow the link, you'll also find a great memo to Bush from Ray McGovern.

"I am not proud that this nation was sent to war on a pack of lies - and you should not be proud of this either. I knew the lies were coming the moment I learned we were to undertake a WW II style invasion to counter a non-geographically based, amorphous enemy who was not in Iraq - and you should have known this too. I knew the lies were coming when I read in the Los Angeles Times in the Fall of 2002 that the intelligence community was coming under intense pressure from Cheney and the Bush administration, to "re-examine" their intelligence analyses - and you should have known this too. I knew the lies were coming when Bush prevented the U.N. inspectors from finishing their inspections and attacked instead - and you should have known this too."

Fixing Iraq is a problem for Iraqis

Exit Portal? from The Left Coaster

"There is no viable military solution to turn Iraq into a stable, US friendly nation. There is no viable military solution to turn Iraq into a stable nation. None, nada, no way. As Steve points out, control of Iraq oil and US permanent bases only makes the situation worse and both must be abandoned, and it’s better if we do this willingly and not wait until the day we’re forced to flee as we did in Vietnam."

But there is a way to get our troops out of Iraq. Follow the link.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

This is why I hate CNN

They print this:

Robertson: Chavez remarks misinterpreted
Broadcaster says 'take him out' didn't mean assassination

"I didn't say 'assassination.' I said our special forces should 'take him out.' And 'take him out' can be a number of things, including kidnapping; there are a number of ways to take out a dictator from power besides killing him. I was misinterpreted by the AP [Associated Press], but that happens all the time," Robertson said on "The 700 Club" program.

That is a lie. And they do not even bother to cite the evidence or even challenge the statement. Worthless, and an outrage.

Worst Person in the World

Lying, self-righteous sack 'o shit Pat Robertson, via Media Matters

Powerful video from BuzzFlash

It's Time To Debate Iraq

Rep. Lynn Woolsey is on the right track. According to TomPaine.com she says "I decided to take matters into my own hands. On September 15, I am convening a hearing (modeled on the one organized by Rep. John Conyers about the Downing Street memos), where we'll hear from academics, military personnel and other experts about strategies to achieve military disengagement while still playing a constructive role in the rebuilding of Iraqi society."

She is doing what BushCo will not, opening the discussion to knowledgeable people from many disciplines in order to find a solution. Reality based thinking. BushCo ought to try it sometime.

This is MY candidate

from CommonDreams

'To stay silent during such a crisis, and particularly to harbor the thought that the administration's misfortune is the Democrats' fortune, is cowardly. In 2008 I want a leader who is willing now to say: "I made a mistake, and for my mistake I am going to Iraq and accompanying the next planeload of flag-draped coffins back to Dover Air Force Base. And I am going to ask forgiveness for my mistake from every parent who will talk to me."

Further, this leader should say: "I am now going to give a series of speeches across the country documenting how the administration did not tell the American people the truth, why this war is making our country more vulnerable and less secure, how we can drive a wedge between Iraqi insurgents and outside jihadists and leave Iraq for the Iraqis to govern, how we can repair the damage done to our military, what we and our allies can do to dry up the jihadists' swamp, and what dramatic steps we must take to become energy-secure and prevent Gulf Wars III, IV and so on." '

Who will it be? Senator Feingold said in an interview with TPC
"So, I believe this thing is reaching a critical mass and if Democrats don’t get ahead of this issue it will just be another sign to the public that were not ready to govern. We need to be strong on national security, but we also need to be bright on national security. So, Democrats should be talking about fighting the terrorist networks around the world and not becoming only focused on Iraq. Iraq is not the only place, obviously, where this terrorist threat exists and we need a broader perspective."

He stated again that he had directly asked one of the top generals in Iraq, "what is your personal off the record opinion of a timetable? He said the following: “nothing would take the wind out of the sails of the insurgents better than having a public, flexible timetable.”

At this point in time, Feingold is the person. I am going to be watching this guy.

Least Church-Going Rich Countries Give Most




According to CommonDreams, Nations where fewer people attend church tend to be more generous in their support for development in poor countries than those where church attendance is much greater, according to the third annual edition of the "Commitment to Development Index (CDI)", published this week in Foreign Policy magazine.

Denmark received the highest Index rating, yet only three percent of Danes attend church at least once a week -- the lowest attendance rate of all 21 donor nations. While church attendance rose to 14 percent in second-place Netherlands, Sweden (3), Norway (5), and Finland (6) all had church attendance rates well below 10 percent.

"It's often said that one should love they neighbor as one lives (loves?) oneself," according to Foreign Policy, which noted in reference to the Index findings, however, that "where there is more preaching, there is less practicing."

Bicycle riding and ED are researched



Science Daily notes 'studies reported high pressures in the perineum while straddling a saddle compress and temporarily occlude penile blood flow. They also hypothesized lining vessels of the compressed arteries become damaged, thus leading to potential permanent artery blockage.'

No wonder he can't think straight.

Durst Case Scenario

Frequently Asked Questions
Cindy Sheehan—Peace Mom

Q. So who exactly is this Peace Mom woman anyway? A. Cindy Sheehan is a 48 year old from Vacaville, California, who, in response to losing her son Casey in Iraq is selfishly attempting to hoard the honor of being a gold star mother all to herself.

Q. What? A. She's against the war.

Q. Oh, okay, so why the hell is she hunkered down in a ditch outside the Texas White House bothering the President during his vacation? A. Vacation? 35 days is not a vacation. 35 days is a sabbatical. 35 days is a retreat. It's five weeks. 36 hours short of a tenth of a year. Longer than the gestation period of most mammals. Where's my 35 day vacation? Where's your 35 day vacation? Where's the American public's 35 day vacation?

Q. Good point, but that wasn't the question. A. I'm sorry, got a bit worked up there. What was the question again?

Q. What's she doing there? A. She's camped outside the President's ranch to to meet with him and she vows to stay until he tells her exactly what noble cause her son died for. And she doesn't want to hear "Operation 2 Bucks A Gallon."

Q. Wouldn't you think a President this media savvy would just invite her inside for some cookies and lemonade and get it over with? A. My theory is he's spent too much time grilling cheese sandwiches on the hood of his pickup and might be suffering from heat stroke. Besides, what kind of a man takes his family to Crawford Texas for a vacation?

Q. Are you saying West Texas in August is not what you call your garden spot? A. I'm saying it's real similar to hell and that's assuming hell has winged insects the size of footstools.

Q. How has the conservative media responded? A. You mean the right wing smear machine?

Q. Whatever. A. Bill O'Reilly jumped on Ms Sheehan like a irritable gorilla stomping the air out of an inflatable life raft in order to fit in the back of an overstuffed Cadillac Escalade.

Q. Any specific accusations? A. You could say that. You could also say porcupine pelts make substandard day care pillows. Cindy Sheehan has been accused of everything from unpaid parking tickets to the ultimate treasonous act—association with Michael Moore. Won't be long before rumors of a lesbian relationship with Hillary Clinton emerge.

Q. What about the claims that Ms Sheehan has become a tool of the left? A. A tool of the left. That's a laugh. Fox News calling Cindy Sheehan a political tool. A lot like a rattlesnake calling a scorpion noxious. Or a White House official complaining about the smearing of Karl Rove. You can't make stuff up like this.

Q. Any comment on the criticisms that the protest has morphed from a lonely vigil into pretty much just another gathering of the usual suspects? A. Last I looked, Jesse Jackson hadn't yet made an appearance.

Q. Any other notables expected to appear? A. With gas approaching three bucks a gallon, it's only a matter of time before a parading convoy of SUV owners pitching gravel into each other's windshields join the protests outside Bush's ranch.

Political comic Will Durst wonders if Crawford, Texas has any decent barbecue. And if they deliver.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Bush Sux


http://www.blutone.com/BLU(www.blutone.com)--Bush-Sux.mp3
"From The Horse's Mouth"

From the Horse's Ass, I'd say.

via AfterDowningStreet.org

...a kind of doofus-like cosmic force ...

Thanks be to the Toronto Star via BuzzFlash

'How does one explain all the misguided, unwise, sometimes outright boneheaded things the Bush administration has done since taking over nearly five years ago, and continues to do on a pretty much daily basis? How is it possible for a group of supposedly intelligent, experienced individuals to take this many wrong turns? Wouldn't you think that once in a while, even by accident, that George W. Bush and his advisers would make a decision that made sense?

That's where unintelligent design comes in. '

This is a funny article, but the more I look at it, the angrier I become. Why don't the Dems just take a look at this laundry list of outrages and make a damn stand? As Cindy Sheehan said, how the hell can anyone still be on the fence about Iraq and the rape, pillage and burn of our country by the regime in the White House? It is long past time to come down on one side or the other, but we have become the Fence Up My Ass Crack party, if you believe that our leadership (except for Feingold, Conyers, Lee, Waters, Boxer and a few others) reflects the people's views. I watched the videos of Rocky Anderson in Salt Lake City and I thought, what the hell is wrong with our national Democratic leadership when they can't look at what is happening at the grassroots level and get a fucking CLUE about what the people of this country want to see happen in their government? Godsdamn Howard Dean when he says on national television, you can't expect Senators to come up with a plan for Iraq - that is the President's responsibility. Well guess fucking what? Our Democratic representatives better damn well get a plan, and get it out there loud and proud for people to see, or who the hell is going to take them seriously? Why don't they talk to Juan Cole and other middle eastern scholars and foreign policy experts and devise a real strategy, rather than wringing their hands while George Bush and his pack of war hounds drives us straight into the conflagration that his Christian fundamentalist footsoldiers pray for? Jesus Christ, has Hillary forgotten the courageous stand she made for universal health coverage just a few years ago? I know we need the support of the moderates, but I believe they will come along if someone just has the courage to call this administration on its lies and outright looting of our nation's treasures - our environment, our belief in personal sacrifice for the common good, our brave and honorable military, our constitutional rights.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Rowley Gets Blindsided via Bob Geiger

Zelary

I am slowly working my way through the subtitles section at our local Blockbuster. I'd like to recommend Zelary, nominated for 2004 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

A young medical student and member of the Czech Resistance is almost captured, and is forced to go into hiding in a tiny mountain village. In order not to raise suspicion, she marries Joza, a stranger whose life she helped to save after a sawmill accident.

I am humbled when I think of the conditions under which people lived during the Nazi occupation. I don't think I would have survived, or have had the courage to help others when faced by that overwhelming evil. This is a beautiful and poignant film, and I hope you will rent it. I forgot to check the credits, but the music is haunting. It reminds me of Michael Nyman, who composed the music for Jane Campion's The Piano. I'd love to know what you think.

You can view the trailer at
http://www.sonyclassics.com/zelary/

Ten Things Congress Could Demand from Bush on Iraq

From Informed Comment
Bears thinking about. I don't know who I would trust more than Juan Cole on Iraq:

'So here is what I would suggest as a responsible stance toward Iraq. Others, including Iraqi politicians, have already suggested most of these things, but I think the below hang together and could avert a tragedy while allowing us to get out.'

The list is here.

Bush to try Iraq = WWII propaganda

Comparing this to this is an obscenity




from CNN.com

'President Bush will launch a new round of speeches to rally support for the war in Iraq, advisers said Sunday, as protesters camped outside Bush's Texas home and polls showed weaker support for the two-year conflict.

Senior aides say Bush will attempt to portray the Iraq conflict in the context of long wars like World War II, which U.S. forces fought from 1941 to 1945. '

That bastard. He doesn't dare compare it to Vietnam (not the least reason being the fact that he was aWol). I hope there is some Senator or Representative who has a very distinguished service career who will deliver the same blow to this blowhard that Lloyd Bentson did to Dan Quayle. "President Bush, I served in World War II. I understood the need for World War II. President Bush, Iraq is no World War II."

I have nothing but respect and gratitude for our troops and their families and their sacrifice in Iraq. But Bush is using them in this propaganda campaign as surely as he is using them on the battlefield-for his own political capital. Someone please nail his sorry ass to a flagpole and raise it high enough for the entire world to see.

Time for the world to save America

From the Sunday Herald via BuzzFlash

'America’s stumble could make us all fall on our faces. Which is why America needs to act now. It should go to the United Nations and invite the international community to organise a phased withdrawal from Iraq. Only the united forces of the international community, including, most importantly, the Islamic world, can help America out of this mess now. '

With Slambassador Bolton in command, the UN should be available to do our bidding.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Bush Will Sacrifice Anything to say Mission Accomplished

Digby says

'Iraqi women have enjoyed secular, western-style equality for more than 40 years. Most females have no memory of living any other way. In order to meet an arbitrary deadline for domestic political reasons, we have capitulated to theocrats on the single most important constitutional issue facing the average Iraqi woman --- which means that we have now officially failed more than half of the Iraqis we supposedly came to help. We have "liberated" millions of people from rights they have had all their lives.'

Women in restrictive Muslim societies will now lose another touchstone in their aspirations to achieve freedom and parity with men. It must be heartbreaking for them to see the rights of Iraqi women disintegrate much as those did in Afghanistan...

The Prospect of Islamic Law in Iraq

from Informed Comment
A secular Muslim reader writes on the reactionary implications of implementing Islamic canon law in Iraq:

"I am not sure why America is supporting the implementation of Sharia to be imposed from the top to bottom at a time of chaos, killings and mayhem. Corruption is rampant in Iraq, and assuming there is implementation of Islamic canon law, would the punishment start with Allawi, whose cabinet members including his defense minister [are accused of having] pocketed hundreds of millions of dollars--or a man who steals a pack of cigarette from vendor? I am sure the latter is true. "

BushCo: Just SIGN the damned thing! Wonder what the spin on this will be.

An intense evening at "The Sandstorm"

posted by Joe in DC on AMERICAblog

'Just got back from the premiere of "The Sandstorm: Stories from the Front." It's a play by an Iraq vet, Sean Huze, which tells the story of the war through the voices of soldiers.

One other thing it did to me. I really didn't think I could detest George Bush anymore than I already did. But after today, with him invoking 9/11 again, biking on the "Tour de Crawford" but ignoring Camp Casey, then seeing a raw play about the war, I despise the guy even more.'

This sounds like it should be filmed and distributed widely....

William O'Rourke: ''Intelligent design,' Social Security 'reform' are intellectual fraud'

I saw it at The Smirking Chimp

Suggest that there is a "problem" or "controversy" or "debate" when, among credible sources, there isn't.....

'That is the victory that proponents of intelligent design want to claim: The science of evolution has a serious "problem," and that the solution is "intelligent design" -- just as the president presents his privatization plan as the solution to Social Security's "problem."'

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Useful in mathematics, as well

"The theory of intelligent design says life on earth is too complex to have developed through evolution, implying that a higher power must have had a hand in creation."


Friday, August 19, 2005

Bush interrupts vacation for Schiavo

John at Crooks and Liars has a great post:

'Bob makes a great point. President Bush was more than willing to interrupt another one of his vacations to jump on a plane, travel thousands of miles to Washington, sign Republican legislation on the Terry Schiavo case and fly thousands of miles back to Crawford all for the circus clowns, but interrupting a bike ride to take a walk down the road to meet with Cindy was just too much " hard work" for him. When it comes to God's Own Circus, the President will move heaven and earth. '

O'Donnell bitchslapped righteously!

Last night on Hardball , Norah O'Donnell let Ken Mehlman continually spew all the standard lies....9/11, Central Front on the War on Terror......onandonandadnauseumon.....and then:

O‘DONNELL: Michael Scheuer left the CIA in 2004 after 22 years with the agency. He was the CIA‘s man in charge of tracking Osama bin Laden and what he was up to. And he warned the CIA director that our country faced an imminent threat from Osama bin Laden. ....

snip

O‘DONNELL: And, finally, the president has made the case that winning the war in Iraq is central to winning the war on terror and making sure that Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda cannot take—harm the United States. Is that true, if we win there, will that help?

SCHEUER: No, ma‘am. The war in Iraq has broken the back of our counterterrorism effort. I‘m not an expert on the threat posed by Saddam Hussein, but the invasion of Iraq has made sure this war will last decades ahead and it has transferred bin Laden and al Qaeda from being man and an organization into being a philosophy and a movement. We‘ve really made sure that the war against us is going to be a long and very bloody one. Iraq was an absolutely disastrous decision.

John, over at Crooks and Liars, is posting the video.

I wrote Juan Cole and asked him for a list of talking points for when assholes like Mehlman get the mouth trots. I'm sure he has much better things to do, but I couldn't help it after watching that last night.

The War Against Fundamentalism

by Cenk Uygur via Huffington Post

Here is a snip, go and read the rest.

'It is not acceptable to be against teaching valid science to our children because you think your Book tells you to. It is not acceptable to hate gay people because you think your Book tells you to. It is not acceptable to deny other citizens their privacy because you think your Book tells you to. It is not acceptable to be one-sided in dealing with the Middle East and drive us all into war because you think your Book tells you to. It is not acceptable to root for Armageddon and try to take steps towards getting there because you think your Book tells you to.

Our President thinks God talks to him. You know who thinks that? Crazy people. The Jewish fundamentalists Yigal Amir said he shot Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin because God told him to. Why does God only tell people to shoot other people or start wars? Why can’t He just tell them to go to the dentist or get their mom flowers? Why does it always have to involve death?

Thinking you talk to God doesn’t qualify you to lead the nation – it qualifies you for a mental institution. The time for accommodation has come to an end.




Update your dictionaries

Thank you to The Poor Man Cafe

rac·ism n.Disagreeing with or disliking Michelle Malkin

sex·ism n.Disagreeing with or disliking Michelle Malkin

ho·mo·pho·bi·a n.1. Making fun of Jeff Gannon2. Making fun of The Claremont Institute’s John Hindraker’s gay-porny nom de keyboard3. Disagreeing with Andrew Sullivan when Andrew Sullivan is agreeing with Bush

an·ti-Sem·i·tism n.1. Disagreeing with Dick Cheney.2. Believing that there is a such thing as a neoconservative.3. Being a Democrat.

the troops in the field n. My belief that I am much more intelligent and credible than available evidence would suggest: your criticism of my ever-shifting, impossible-to-pin-down rationale for invading Iraq is undermining the troops in the field.

The Left n.1. You.2. Jane Fonda and Noam Chomsky.3. Everybody less conservative than me and all Democrats except Zell Miller.4. Everybody less conservative than me and all Democrats except Zell Miller and present company.5. Nobody, really.6. Everybody I hate.7. A quantum superposition of the above definitions.

ter·ror·ists n.1. Those that engage in acts or an act of terrorism.2. The Left


Today he is away on a big job interview, so his blog is being presented by


a box of cats.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Lovely and perceptive quote from Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center

quote from a letter about Cindy Sheehan via www.AfterDowningStreet.org

"The war kills the innocent, steals food from the poor, steals schools and health-care from the middle class, benefits terrorists, rewards corrupt corporations, and is used as a political bulwark by people who demean or hate homosexuality and deny the moral validity of women's choices."

Shalom, Arthur

Coming soon, to an airport near you......

Now THIS is what I'm talking about!

To everything, spin, spin, spin, there is a season...

From Informed Comment

'The thing I take away from today's NYT article on the US military rebuilding of the police force in Mosul is that if the US leaves next year, I wouldn't want to have to call 911 in Mosul. The last police force the US stood up in Mosul, all 4000 of them, resigned en masse last November to protest the US assault on Fallujah, after which the city (which had been relatively calm) fell into a chaos typical of the Sunni Arab regions. It is now better, and a new police force is being trained. But the comments of the Iraqi army (mostly Shiites and Kurds) in Mosul that they don't trust the Sunni Jubur tribal elements in the Mosul police suggests a harrowing possible scenario-- civil war between the army and police in the city on ethnic grounds. I suspect the US military invited the NYT to town to show off the new police, but the resulting article did not reassure me, at least.'

There is just so much video in the air!

This from the good folks at Falafel Sex, a sweet and sexy encounter in the back seat...make sure your speakers are on!

News Video clip of Woodward Park, Tulsa vigil

Sacrifice? Count Me Out

Ohmygods this is Good!
By Ted Rall compliments of Information Clearing House.

'...I'm already sacrificing too much for a war I always believed was stupid and wrong. I'm paying three dollars a gallon for buck-fifty gas and walking through gauntlets of over-armed National Guardboys at airports and bus stations. I'm in greater danger than ever before of getting blown up by a pissed-off fanatic. And I dread the giant tax hike we'll eventually need to pay off Bush's deficit.

But these aren't enough sacrifices for Bush and his vainglorious generals, who are planning "a Civilian Reserve, a sort of Peace Corps for professionals...a program to seek commitments from bankers, lawyers, doctors, engineers, electricians, plumbers and solid-waste disposal experts to deploy to conflict zones for months at a time on reconstruction assignments, to relieve pressure on the military."

If you voted for Bush, here's your chance to plant your butt where your ridiculous car magnet is, smack dab in the middle of the Sunni Triangle. Good luck.'

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Woodward Park, Tulsa, OK vigil





Just got back from one of 5 vigils in Tulsa, if you can believe it!!


We met at the foot of the bronze statue of the Appeal to the Great Spirit in Woodward Park, which is just 2 blocks from my house. My neighbor came with me, and it was great! We had about 70 people, all with candles, and after a few peace songs and a period of silence and reflection, several people gave short readings or just shared their feelings about the war and their appreciation for the sacrifices of Casey and Cindy and other troops and their families.

Two television stations and our Tulsa World newspaper covered the gathering, and I'll report back in the morning to let you know what they said.........

Hopefully I'll have some photos up, as well.

5 vigils in this city, can you believe it!!

The Haves and Gimme Mores meet with Abramoff



Courtesy of TRUTH CAUCUS

'Truth Caucus has obtained an exclusive photograph of indicted former CRNC National Chairman Jack Abramoff meeting with the group in 2004. CRNC power players Eric Hoplin and Michael Krueger (to Mr. Abramoff’s immediate left) gaze in awe as if they’re in the presence of Al Capone or John Gotti. Well…'

Bush in 30 Seconds






MoveOn's Political Ad contest winners. Click on image.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

This is obscene

Thanks to The Houston Chronicle via BuzzFlash

'At the Three Amigos marina near Seabrook, the bigger the boat, the smaller the bite from the gasoline price of $3.07 per gallon.

``If you can't afford the gas, you can't afford the boat,'' said Tommy Moore, of Houston, who used about 1,400 gallons of gas to bring his Hatteras down from Virginia. ``The gas is the least expensive part.''

Moore did take note of the sudden and steep price increase, however. He said that, only three weeks ago, he had bought gas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for about $2.75 per gallon.

``I guess we're helping the Texas economy,'' Moore said. ``Now, let's go burn some gas,'' he told his boating companions.

Many boat owners echoed that view about the expensive, but relaxing, way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

``I love these prices. The higher, the better,'' said Frank Gafke, of Galveston, a senior service leader for Halliburton on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Gafke said Halliburton's profits - and his savings account - had increased markedly since fuel prices began rising. He predicted that prices soon will reach $3 per gallon for automobile drivers, as well as for recreational boaters.

And, he said, relief at the pump probably won't come anytime soon.

``Oil just hit $66 per barrel and gas jumped up 6 cents,'' Gafke said. ``And if we take any action against Iran, that's only going to cause more price increases. But if you can afford the boat, it doesn't matter what gas costs.'''

Because we're Republicans and We Don't Care!

Monday, August 15, 2005

An Unlikely Conversation With The Cowards in Congress

via Uruknet

A blistering list of sins of omission-

George W. Bush came to the Presidency and immediately appointed a cadre of convicted felons and their associates from the Iran Contra era to many extremely important government positions. AND YOU NEVER SAID A WORD.

Members of the Project for a New American Century, proponents of preemptive wars against Iraq and Afghanistan were immediately given more than a dozen strategic positions in the new Bush government. AND YOU NEVER SAID A WORD........

Beat the Bastards with Google

Chris Clarke at Creek Running North offers this:

A public service announcement from Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy:

'I usually don't participate in these things, but I’ve been on an anti-creationism/ID tear lately, and the folks at National Center for Science Education (NCSE) are friends of mine, and really, maybe this'll help someone who Googles ID to get the real scoop:

A bunch of skeptical blogs are Google bombing the phrase Intelligent Design, so that people who type those two words in Google are redirected to the NCSE web page about it. They're also encouraging others to do it, so what the heck. If you have a blog, or a website, give it a shot. This might prove to be fun.'

All you need to do to help is create a post including including the words Intelligent Design and you will have helped create a Google Bomb. Much nicer than a Smart Bomb, no? And check out their website. It is a great resource. Thanks!

Up Yours, America


He's getting on with his life.

Social Security Lessons

by Paul Krugman via BuzzFlash

'...an object lesson in how the administration sells its policies: by misrepresenting its goals, lying about the facts and abusing its control of government agencies. These were the same tactics used to sell both tax cuts and the Iraq war.'

Memorize this, and never leave home without it.

Texas Courage

From latimes.com

'On the other side of Prairie Chapel Road, Larry Mattlage hopped into his pickup, barreled across his pasture and pulled up to a fence within a few hundred feet of the protesters. He climbed out of the cab, retrieved a shotgun from the back and fired at least one blast into the air.

Other neighbors expressed admiration for Mattlage's one-man stand. "I wish I had the nerve to do something like that," said Army Sgt. Vernon "Dusty" Harrison, who spent a year in Iraq and owns an adjacent property. "I salute his bravery."'

No talk, just action. Yep, pretty brave, all right. Baring his teeth and beating on his chest. And these people don't believe in evolution.....

Revealing lack of leadership and compassion

This from Asia Times Online

'Thirty-seven Americans were reported to have died in Iraq in the first 11 days of the presidential vacation, putting American casualties at the top of the TV news night after night. And yet the administration has seemed capable only of standing by helplessly, refusing to give an inch on the "compassion" president's decision - he and his advisors are still navigating by the anti-Vietnam playbook - not to visit grief-stricken communities in either Ohio or Pennsylvania, or ever to be caught attending the funeral of one of the boys or girls he sent abroad to die. He did manage, however, to fly to the Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico to sign the energy bill and also left his ranch to hobnob with millionaire Republican donors.'


In stark contrast, in response to the terrible Cypriot Airline tragedy RedNova News reports that 'as the extent of the disaster became clear, Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis broke off his holiday on the Greek island of Tinos to rush back to Athens.'

Bush is incapable of leadership, compassion or shame. As the MSM slowly gets up off its collective ass, the extent of our presidential disaster is becoming increasingly clear.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Everyone in America should read this letter

President Bullshit should be forced to read it aloud on national television. via BuzzFlash

Iraq war: tragedy of errors. Honorable Marine died in dishonorable war.
By Missy Comley Beattie

He is number 1,828, 1,829 or 1,830. We don't know for sure, because so many died last week.

Marine Lance Cpl. Chase Johnson Comley died when his vehicle was hit head on by a suicide bomber. His death admits his family to a club no one wants to join: the grieving, questioning families who have heard the dreaded ring of the doorbell followed by a messenger's words, "We regretfully inform you that your son ..."

You realize that nothing you've thought, done or felt has prepared you for this reality. The feeling is so much worse than a broken heart. It is an evisceration.

As I write, Chase is being flown to Dover Air Force Base. His 6-foot-4 body is in a coffin draped with the American flag. He loved his family, his country, his Sayre classmates and his life, but we don't think he loved his mission in Iraq.

When he was recruited, he told us he would be deployed to Japan. He called every week when he wasn't in the field to tell us he was counting the days until his return. He tried to sound upbeat, probably for our benefit, but his father could detect in Chase's voice more than a hint of futility and will never say, "my son died doing what he loved."

For those of you who still trust the Bush administration -- and your percentage diminishes every day -- let me tell you that my nephew Chase Johnson Comley did not die to preserve your freedoms. He was not presented flowers by grateful Iraqis, welcoming him as their liberator.
He died fighting a senseless war for oil and contracts, ensuring the increased wealth of President Bush and his administration's friends.

He died long after Bush, in his testosterone-charged, theatrical, soldier-for-a-day role, announced on an aircraft carrier beneath a "Mission Accomplished" banner that major combat was over.

He died in a country erupting into civil war and turned into a hellhole by Bush, a place where democracy has no chance of prevailing, a country that will become a theocracy like Saudi Arabia.
Have we won the hearts and the minds of the Iraqi people? Apparently not.

Have we spent more than half a trillion dollars -- an amount that continues to rise -- in a war that King Abdullah advised Bush against because it would disrupt the Middle East? Apparently so.
Consider what the money spent on this could have done for health care, our children's education or a true humanitarian intervention in Sudan. And then think about Bush's inauguration. Picture the lavish parties, the couture gown worn by Laura Bush. And imagine the cost of the security for the event.

And then think about Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld when he visits our troops. Picture his heavily armored vehicle, a machine impregnable to almost anything the insurgents toss in its path, while our troops are not provided sufficient armor to survive an improvised explosive device.

Think of the mismanagement of this entire war effort. Consider what we've lost. Too much. Think of what we've gained. Nothing.

And think of someone who says, "We will not cut and run," but who did just that years ago when he was called.

Think about a man who speaks about a culture of life when the words fit a wedge issue such as abortion or the right to die when medical effort has failed.

Then think about this war, Bush's not-so-intelligently designed culture of death.

Think, too, about naming a campaign "Shock and Awe" as if it's a movie and, therefore, unreal. And then think that this, perhaps. is one of the problems.

For many Americans, the war is an abstraction. But it is not an abstraction for the innocent Iraqis whose lives have been devastated by our smart bombs. And it certainly is not an abstraction for those of us who have heard the words that change lives forever.

So think of my family's grief -- grief that will never end. Think of all the families. Think of the wounded, the maimed, the psychologically scarred.

And then consider: The preservation of our freedom rests not on U.S. imperialism but on actively changing foreign policies that are conquest-oriented and that dehumanize our own young who become fodder for endless war as well as people in other countries who are so geographically distant that they become abstract.

The answer is not Bush's mantra: "They're jealous of our freedoms."

And, finally, think about flowers: The flowers for Chase Comley will be presented not by grateful Iraqis but by loved ones honoring him as he's lowered to his grave and buried in our hearts.

So why is Bush still pushing hydrogen cars?

Now who's going to pick up the pieces?

Cindy Did It. The War is Over

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Culture of hate


What a wretched, mean spirited man. To not only have such a hate-filled heart, but to encourage others to hatemonger, as well. The Republican party should be ashamed of these people. The rest of us certainly are. I hope Cindy and her folks simply turned their backs.

From The Yellow Dog Blog

'This is why we no longer reach across the damn aisle to these people.

Conservative knucklehead and radio host Mike Gallagher gathered a group of like-minded troglodytes and headed over to the Bush compound in Crawford to harass Cindy Sheehan and her group last night.

As Ms. Sheehan and the "Camp Casey" protesters sang America The Beautiful or stood quietly, the right-wing group chanted "we don't care" at the mother who lost her son, Casey, to Bush's war in Iraq.'

I can't believe it, this, from CBS News....

'Bush's inner circle, a collection of neoconservative ideologues with an agenda of their own rather than an interest in what is best for the United States, made no effort in 2001 to steer the President's attention toward pressing matters of national security. And they remain determined to keep the woefully disengaged chief executive focused on busy work around the ranch rather than life-and-death questions of how this country should position itself in a complex and dangerous world.

George Bush has been listening for too long to Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Condi Rice. He should take a real vacation from the neocon fantasy factory of his misguided aides and sit down with someone who can introduce him to the reality of what is going on in Iraq and the world. The President should meet with Cindy Sheehan.
And he should listen to this woman, who has sacrificed more than he or anyone in his inner circle ever has for America.'

U.S. Struggling to Get Soldiers Improved Armor

This is shameful and criminal. For Christ's sake, the Pentagon is planning a freaking propaganda march and concert while our troops STILL do not have adequate body armor. They are spending precious tax dollars and human resources to prop up a failed administration while our soldiers are being maimed and killed in their illegal war. Read this article and tell me that you don't want to march to Washington and drag Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush out into the street and kick the living hell out of them.

'For the second time since the Iraq war began, the Pentagon is struggling to replace body armor that is failing to protect American troops from the most lethal attacks by insurgents.

The ceramic plates in vests worn by most personnel cannot withstand certain munitions the insurgents use. But more than a year after military officials initiated an effort to replace the armor with thicker, more resistant plates, tens of thousands of soldiers are still without the stronger protection because of a string of delays in the Pentagon's procurement system.'

We need to get our kids out of there, NOW.

You Are the Man!

by Chuck Gutenson
at Huffington Post


'I suspect this is part of what makes Cindy Sheehan so impossible for the administration to deal with -- she has made the sacrifice they are only willing to require of others. They have given no lambs, but want all that attends a "war administration"; she has given the lamb, but will not be granted even her small request: face-to-face dialogue with the one who sent her son into harm's way.'

Friday, August 12, 2005

Warming hits 'tipping point'

'Siberia feels the heat. It's a frozen peat bog the size of France and Germany combined, contains billions of tonnes of greenhouse gas and, for the first time since the ice age, it is melting.'

Again, thank you Raw Story

Come on, Al, it is time for you to speak up, here............

Divers In Gulf Report `Zero Things' Alive

This from TBO.com News
via Raw Story

'Diver Mike Miller struggles to convey the horror he has seen on the ocean floor. He struggles because there are only so many ways you can say dead,'

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Let's send a terrible signal to the GOP

George Bush fully well realizes that continued American presence in Iraq will only continue to fuel the suicide bombings in that country as well as in the United States and Britain.

He talks about pulling out sending a "terrible signal". The horrible truth is, we went to war so that George Bush could win re-election and cement the GOP control of all 3 branches of government. The only "terrible signal" that withdrawing our troops would send would be to the Republicans who are up for re-election in 2006 and for the GOP presidential ticket in 2008. The signal would translate as, "The shit has hit the fan. The fat, dumb and happy citizens of this country are waking up to the fact that they have been screwed royally, and it looks like they aren't going to take it anymore."

Well, we HAVE been screwed, by the Republicans and by our Democratic representives who have let it happen. I have news for George Bush and his administration of Neocons: I for one am not happy about it, and am doing everything I can to expose you liars for what you are. And it is not enough just to expose them. THEY MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS!!! I will settle for nothing less than impeachment.

Intelligent Is As Intelligence Doesn't

by Will Durst

'The theory of Intelligent Design maintains life on Earth is too complex to have developed through Evolution. Too complex? Oh no! You mean there are things we don't know? Of course there are. We have brains the size of peas. And I tell you, if we keep dumbing down our schools, the concept of fudge will seem complicated. Not to mention innocent before guilty. Wasn't too long ago people thought a solar eclipse was a dragon eating the sun as it rode across the sky on the back of a giant turtle. But that was just my Uncle Bud draining a six pack on his riding mower.'

See the rest at
BuzzFlash

The Revolution is NOW

Great stuff at Media Monitors:

"If you shut up the truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way."

-- French author Emile Zola

'Who knew? Who would have believed just a week ago that, after all our years of hard work, the crude and pitiless Bush would run out there, ram his middle finger in the face of a heartbroken mother, and jump-start the Revolution?

By the time Cindy Sheehan leaves her station at the pig farm, Bush will know that he was wrong. He will know, because "Mother" is not just half a word, as Bush and his Texas buddies, his Skull and Bones cohorts, his PNAC perps were raised to believe. "Mother" is Nature. "Mother" is Earth. "Mother" is an invincible, protective force that, if awakened and sufficiently outraged, will sweep the entire murderous bunch from their seats of evil power. Ultimately, "Mother" will bring our troops home.

The mainstsream media will find, much to their chagrin, that the Revolution is NOW, and will continue apace without them.'

Imus calls Rummy a Son of a Bitch


Video here
Thank you, BuzzFlash, from whence many good things come.

Says Rummy talks to us like we are 5 years old. He does. So does Bush. They learned that trick in church. The preachers always gesture with their hands and talk slowly and repeat things several times. Kinda like catapulting the propaganda, no?

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

White Feather Campaign


George W. Bush, Poster Boy for Resolute Cowards Everywhere
From: Come and Take It. The Eyes of Texas Upon our Imploding Right Wing via Salon

'Apparently a small band of protestors camping out in the hot Texas heat led by a mother whose lost a beloved son in a dishonest, disgraceful war is about to constitute a threat to national security.

Face to face, he (Bush) can't maintain the cloak of denial, so I don't hold out much hope that he'll have the huevos to engage in a basic human interaction with his opponents. Bar's baby boy has grown up into a rank, arrogant coward of the first water who has earned the White Feather being handed to him so publicly on a hot stretch of asphalt in McLennan County.'


Do you know the history of the White Feather? It was considered a symbol of cowardice during WWI, given by women to men who would not enlist in the British army.

I do not consider anyone who opposes this illegal war in Iraq a coward, but those who support it by sending other people's children to fight are deserving of a White Feather, as are the Democratic members of Congress who see through the lies of this administration but will not confront them. Ditto for the Repubs, who know what Bush has done, but continue to blindly follow the dictates of their GOP masters.

I am going to mail a White Feather to each of my congressional representatives, who all happen to be Republicans, and to a few choice Democrats as well. I will try to find actual feathers, but a photocopy of the shot above would serve just as well. An emailed photo would work. Maybe something tangible will stir their souls - words don't seem to have had much effect. I will also mail one to that most cowardly of liars, George Bush.

Maybe he will contract Avian Flu.........wouldn't that be a shame?
Thanks to The Smirking Chimp
Mike Ferner: 'What one mom has to say to George Bush'


"You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you'll stop the terrorism," she exclaimed.

"There, I used the 'I' word -- imperialism," the 48 year-old mother quipped. "And now I'm going to use another 'I' word -- impeachment -- because we cannot have these people pardoned. They need to be tried on war crimes and go to jail."

As the veterans in Dallas rose to their feet, Sheehan said defiantly, "My son was killed in 2004. I am not paying my taxes for 2004. You killed my son, George Bush, and I don't owe you a penny...you give my son back and I'll pay my taxes. Come after me (for back taxes) and we'll put this war on trial."

The co-founder of Gold Star Mothers for Peace objected to hearing that her son was among the soldiers lost in Iraq. "He's not lost," she said tearfully. "He's dead. He became an angel while I was sleeping."

If only more of our Democratic representatives had one ounce of this woman's courage, candor and fierce determination to expose the lies of this administration.

His Hindendness King George

...'But that's not the real story. The real story is that the media will be there to record absolutely every movement, every event that happens when King George's carriage goes by. King George has no plans to stop, no plans to talk to Cindy. The media would be there to report and videotape King George driving right on by the throng of peasants and the mother of a fallen hero, snubbing his nose at them as he goes his merry way to the party.'...

Amy BranhamGold Star Families for Peace
Mother of Sgt. Jeremy R. Smith
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION

Ahhhh, Errata

Liberals Are So Intolerant!
The Right loves to sling this smug accusation at critics from the Left.
Mark Morford has a reply
By Mark Morford

'I cannot tolerate an American president, ostensibly meant to be one of the most articulate and intellectually sophisticated leaders on the planet, mumbling his semicoherent support of the embarrassing nontheory of "Intelligent Design," to the detriment of about 300 years of confirmed science and 10 million years of common sense to the point where America's armies of dumbed-down Ritalin-drunk children look at him and sigh and secretly wish they could have a future devoid of such imbecilic thought but who realize, deep down, they are merely another doomed and fraught generation who will face an increasingly steep uphill battle, who will actually have to fight for fact and intellectual growth and spiritual progress against a rising tide of ignorance and religious hegemony and sanitized revisionist textbooks that insult their understanding and sucker punch their sexuality and bleed their minds dry. '

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

All of the next ones are on us


We say nothing as our troops die in Iraq

BY FRED GRIMM
Knight Ridder Newspapers via BuzzFlash

"Fourteen Marines died in Iraq last week when a roadside bomb exploded near their AAVP7A1 troop carrier. Designed to travel through surf, traverse, hit the beach and carry troops inland at maybe 20 mph, it was definitely not designed to withstand the most-effective weapon in the insurgency's arsenal.

And that's on you.

U.S. Marines, 500 miles from the Persian Gulf, are being bused around in lightly armored amphibious landing vehicles. And you won't get off your ass and raise hell. "

And there is more at the link above.

You know, I found it easy at first to laugh at the Yellow Elephants, but I haven't been looking at the OYE site much lately. It isn't as funny when you start to see the resemblances. It could just as easily be me with my head in that champagne bucket. What have I done to support the troops, other than sell anti-war bumper stickers and yak on the blogs, send emails to the MSM and my congressmen? It is easy to sit on the porch and have a drink and talk with like-minded family and friends, but I quickly get out of my comfort zone when I think about making a public statement on the war. I told David Swanson, at AfterDowningStreet.org, that I was nervous about hosting a DSM event. He replied, "We don't have time to be nervous."

He was right, if people like me continue to wring our hands about being too nervous, all the next ones are going to be on us.

Hail to the Two Year-Old In Chief

He is refusing to even acknowledge Cindy, and is going to sweep her aside, blindly, as though she were an annoying mosquito.

You know what frightens me most, I think, about Bush? We jokingly call it "oppositional disorder". We have all seen it: the behavior that 2 or 3 year olds display when they are in need of a nap and are refusing every sane request we make of them? They won't listen because they are too busy screaming "no!" and are flailing around blindly, fighting sleep?

Well, you don't leave the child in charge.

It's one thing when your 2 year old does this. It's quite another, when it is your president.

Threat Level Severe

While we are watching Cindy Sheehan face down George Bush in Texas

there are some fundamental truths about this war that we should never, ever forget. Thom Hartman went to the black, rotten heart of this obscene plan in an article for Commondreams, via Scoop. Here are a few bits, and a link to the entire piece. Read it again, and let's be sure that we keep working on our reps to support the Resolution of Inquiry to bring this bastard and his keepers to justice, before they move on to Iran........

'So why then did George W. Bush lie us into invading and occupying Iraq?

We know that Bush wanted to massively cut taxes on his corporate sponsors and people, like himself, with substantial inherited fortunes. He wanted to weaken government protections of the environment, children, the poor, the elderly, the ozone layer, and our nation's forests. He wanted his oil-rig and mining-interest friends to have more access to public lands.

We know he wanted to undo Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal by stripping the American workplace (particularly government and schools) of unions, rolling back "socialist" unemployment and Social Security programs, and eliminating SEC and tort restraints on predatory corporate behavior. He'd even campaigned on this platform - particularly Social Security privatization - back in 1978 when he unsuccessfully ran for Congress from Texas.

We know he wanted to increase the police power of the federal government, gut the First and Fourth Amendments, and thus create a "safe and orderly nation" of people under constant surveillance, who never question those in power.

We know he wanted to give billions of our tax dollars to churches he approved of, and bring their leaders into the halls of government. He wanted to pass laws incorporating religious dogma about when human life begins, what is appropriate sexuality, and free churches to use tax-exempt dollars to influence politics.

It was an ambitious agenda. In order to bring about this neoconservative paradise, Bush knew he'd need considerable political capital. And that kind of capital didn't come from his being selected as President by the Supreme Court.

Such political capital - such raw political power - would only come, he believed, by his becoming a "war president." And they were willing to lie us into a war to achieve it.

Writer Russ Baker noted in October, 2004, that Mickey Herskowitz, the man Bush had originally hired to write his autobiography ("A Charge To Keep: My Journey To The White House"), told Baker that George Bush was planning his Iraq invasion - to seize and hold political power for himself and the Republican Party - during his first presidential election campaign.

"He was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999," Herskowitz told Baker. "It was on his mind. He [Bush] said to me: 'One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief.' And he said, 'My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it.' He said, 'If I have a chance to invade, if I had that much capital, I'm not going to waste it. I'm going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I'm going to have a successful presidency."

Bush lied, and Americans died. And continue to die. But politically - at least so far - it has worked out well for Bush.

It was a lie of political expediency, with the war resolution carefully timed just before the 2002 elections to help the Republicans take back the Senate. It was echoed and amplified and repeated over and over again to help him and other Republicans get elected in 2004.

It wasn't a war for oil - cheap oil was just a useful secondary benefit.

It wasn't a war against terrorism - that was just a convenient excuse.

It wasn't a war to enrich Bush's and Cheney's cronies - those were just pleasant by-products.

It wasn't a war to show Poppy Bush that Junior was more of a man than him - that was just a personal bonus for Dubya.

It was, pure and simple, well planned years in advance, a war to solidify Bush and the Republican Party's political capital.'

Cindy Sheehan knows, probably better than any of us, what George W. Bush means by 'staying the course'. She knows what he means by the 'noble cause.' He thinks we are all too stupid to understand what he has done and plans to continue to do, in our name, and with our children. Our legislators think that we are too lazy and too complacent to force them to stand up against this reign of corrupt and contemptuous betrayers of the public's trust and well-being. Now is the time for all good men and women.....

Monday, August 08, 2005

Would you consider this woman to be a National Security Threat?

Posted by David Swanson of www.AfterDowningStreet.org at DailyKos http://david-swanson.dailykos.com/story/2005/8/8/124941/6758

Cindy Sheehan phoned me from Texas a few minutes ago to say that she's been informed that beginning Thursday, she and her companions will be considered a threat to national security and will be arrested. Coincidentally, Thursday is the day that Rice and Rumsfeld visit the ranch, and Friday is a fundraiser event for the haves and the have mores. Cindy said that she and others plan to be arrested. http://www.meetwithcindy.org/

Wonder what her Level should be?

Not even a single step more

What Cindy Sheehan is doing is exposing the lies that paved the way for this illegal, immoral, aggressive act. I won't even call it a war, because it has never been declared by this cowardly Congress. Congress and the mainstream media would like us to believe that this is "old news" and that we need to put it behind us and move ahead. Why in the gods' names would we do that? George Bush and his administration knowingly, willingly and with years of premeditation lied to this country and to congress in order to invade a sovereign state, killing and injuring thousands of innocent civilians. The deaths and horrible injuries of over 2,000 American soldiers are a direct result of his misguided policies and blind ambition. The last thing we should do is take even one single step ahead. We must expose the lies and now the cover-up that are at the heart of why Cindy Sheehan is standing at George Bush's gate this morning. He and his administration should be impeached and tried as war criminals for treason against their country. There IS an enemy at the gates Mr. Bush. You have created it over the past 5 years. It is US.

Trial by Constitution

By Stirling Newberry
t r u t h o u t Perspective via AfterDowningStreet.org

"It should be remembered that one of the killing blows against Nixon was that he was named as an "unindicted co-conspirator"."

Surely Bush, who refuses to demand that his administration come clean on RoveGate (specifically Scooter Libby in light of his discussion with Judith Miller) would be considered a co-conspirator by Fitzgerald.

WTF??? From Conspiracy Central. But we can dream, can't we?

With the news that old Skull and Crossbones crony (conflict? what conflict?) may be appointed to take over as Patrick Fitzgerald's boss, my hope that we will see any meaningful calls to accounting is fading fast.

The news from Conspiracy Central is more to my liking. If BushCo can live in an alternate reality, why can't I? At least I am not killing anyone. Bush can do that with his eyes closed, one arm tied behind his back, hiding from Cindy Sheehan, on vacation. It is really hard work, but he makes it look easy.

http://www.arcticbeacon.citymaker.com
articles/article/1518131/31163.htm

Prominent Chicago Judicial Watch Dog Claims U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens In Chicago To Mediate Resolution Concerning Grand Jury Indictments Against Bush And Other High-Level Officials
Sherman Skolnick, the long time 'judge buster' and advocate for judicial honesty, claims Newsweek story will hit news stands Monday, claiming Bush will fire Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. Skolnick also contends Bush has been given two options: either resign or stop the grand jury.
August 7, 2005

By Greg Szymanski


Sherman Skolnick, a long time Chicago ‘judge buster’ with a 40 year history of investigating judicial criminality, today confirmed his sources claim U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is in Chicago looking for a way to “prevent a national catastrophe” by mediating the dilemma caused by the recent grand jury indictments against President Bush and other high-level officials.


Skolnick claims a ‘true bill’ has been voted by the grand jury, indicting Bush and others for perjury and obstruction of justice, as well as naming U.S. Supreme Antonin Scalia and William Rehnquist as un-indicted co-conspirators.


Skolnick adds the indictments have been suppressed from the public due to the sensitivity of issues involved, similar to way indictments against Richard Nixon were suppressed during Watergate.


Speaking from his Chicago home, Skolnick said Justice Stevens is in town for a speech but also arrived to try and work out a deal in the country’s best interests, considering the gravity and sensitivity of a sitting President being indicted.


“Stevens is in town to try an arbitrate a solution,” said Skolnick, who has known him since the early 1960’s when Stevens served as special counsel to an investigating commission into one the biggest judicial bribery scandals in U.S. history based in large part on Skolnick’s investigative work.


In the 60s bribery scandal, Skolnick provided crucial testimony substantiating bribery charges against the Illinois Supreme Court, catapulting Skolnick to national prominence as a judicial watchdog and Stevens eventually to the U.S. Supreme Court.


According to Skolnick’s sources, Bush has been given two distinct choices in the wake of the impending release of the indictments suppressed from public view, either to resign or stop the grand jury process, his sources telling him that Bush said ‘if he takes the fall for this, he’ll cause a financial disaster in the process.”


Skolnick also said Newsweek went to press Saturday at 6pm with a story to hit news stands Monday that Bush plans to fire the zealous Chicago Special Prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, for allowing the investigation that started in 2003 looking into the Valerie Plame-CIA leak, to spill over into more damaging issues involving Bush and others, including the 2000 Presidential elections, the war and Iraq and even the administration’s handling of 9/11.


Recently on his website www.skolnicksreport.com and www.cloakanddagger.de he posted an article titled "Bush and Co. Face Prosecution," where he gave a detailed look at the recent grand jury proceedings going on in Chicago and indictments handed down against Bush.


"One or more of the grand juries have concluded their probe and have voted True Bills, Federal Criminal indictments, against George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, "Scooter" Libby, Condoleeza Rice, and Theodore B. Olson; and several media people not previously mentioned in the monopoly press as implicated," wrote Skolnick.


"Shown also as un-indicted co-conspirators are two Judges on the U.S. Supreme Court, William Rehnquist and Antonin Scalia, who are among the "Gang of Five" also in Bush versus Gore. Because of the horrendous consequences involved, the indictments are suppressed and there may be an extended delay until they appear on the Chicago Federal Court open records.


Also, last week investigative reporter Tom Flocco reported that Fitzgerald's grand jury voted out "true bills" or federal criminal indictments against President Bush, Vice-President Cheney, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, former Attorney General John Ashcroft, former CIA Director George Tenet, Presidential Senior Advisor Karl Rove, Presidential Chief of Staff Andrew Card, Vice-Presidential Chief of Staff I. "Scooter" Libby, imprisoned New York Times reporter Judith Miller and Vice-Presidential Senior Advisor Mary Matalin.


However, the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago, through its media spokesman, Randall Sanborn, refused comment on any aspect of the grand jury proceedings, but high-level and credible legal observers claim suppression of grand jury indictments is not unusual, especially when dealing with matters concerning the national interest such as the Nixon indictments during Watergate and now Bush.


Although Flocco is taking considerable heat for running the story and today retracted a follow-up story adding more details about Bush’s alleged response to hearing about the indictments, Skolnick is standing by the facts behind his own version of the indictments, saying he was unaware of Flocco’s situation.


"I expected to be a called a liar on this one for sometime after my story appeared, but the truth will come out," said Skolnick after his original story on Friday appeared.


Independent of the grand jury investigation, Skolnick has privately been investigating for the last five years the illegal nature of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2000 certification of Bush as President .


In his most recent article, he wrote:


"For several years we have been researching and investigating bribery and other malign influences used to procure from a Five-Judge majority of the U.S. Supreme Court the arbitrary and corrupt ruling, December, 2000, installing by way of the case of Bush versus Gore, a fictitious president into the Oval Office.


"A tiny portion of our investigation of the High Court corruption, without mentioning us at all by name, became the subject of a lengthy story in Vanity Fair Magazine, October, 2004 issue. Following this was a forty minute segment about this on the Terri Gross Show on National Public Radio.


"Risking their future career, some of the law clerks of the Dissenting four judges in Bush versus Gore reportedly stole private secret records of the “Infamous Five” showing the malign influence worked on the Judges in installing Bush. Instead of investigating the five High Court Judicial criminals, Homeland Security and the FBI have been threatening and inflicting harm on the dissenting four High Court Judges and their brave law clerks."


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Greg Szymanski

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