Wednesday, November 28, 2007

preemptive attack on thought !?!

"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." George W. Bush

Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise. "
Adolp HItler


"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power."
Benito Mussolini

"We stand for the maintenance of private property... We shall protect free enterprise as the most expedient, or rather the sole possible economic order."
Adolph Hitler


"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to the point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group or any controlling private power. "
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt


Fun with Fascism




I am veteran of the Air Force and I fully understand that the military is essential in guarding the borders of a country and in rare circumstances its overseas commitments and interests but it's existence is not the sole reason for freedom and democracy. One of the many misguided beliefs of the conservative right is that whenever there is a protest against any conservative policy or military adventurism it is only by virtue of a strong military that allows it to exist.

Many countries have had strong militarys either relevant to the world or their own citizens and have no freedom of speech or assembly. Any challenge to established power is a tortuous prison sentence or worse, possibly much worse.

Dissenting voices are considered wrong, portrayed as un-American, traitorous, or evil. Anyone who is not like them is not to be respected or trusted and they are routinely attacked, ridiculed and dehumanized. They advance hate for all those who fall outside their twisted moral view of society. Orwellian double speak, lies, half-truths, and distortions are their tools of choice.

Anyone or group who disagrees with or contradicts the administration or its allies and benefactors are trashed mercilessly.

I often hear neoconservatives or their blind disciples speak of reviving anti sedition laws. It seems they don’t just want to discourage criticism of the Iraq occupation or other military campaigns, such as a war with Iran, but to link all public disapproval of the President or his administration to giving aid and comfort to the enemy. This would be a great restriction on freedom.

Remember when the old Soviet Union had a powerful army but no freedom. When a love for freedom became manifest among the population it came into being despite the strength of the military loving politicians trying to hold it back.

Dissent is a stalwart guardian of freedom and in every country where it is allowed to flourish, while government may be a bit more chaotic, freedom is great.

Freedom does not exist without Dissent.

S. 1959: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-1959

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Wow!

They're doing what all totalitarian governments do. They're asking us to spy on each other so everyone is afraid to express discontent about anything. Their spies are even willing to glean information from people in an over-stressed crisis situation.
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Firefighters asked to report people who express discontent with the government
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Thursday November 29, 2007
It was revealed last week that firefighters are being trained to not only keep an eye out for illegal materials in the course of their duties, but even to report back any expression of discontent with the government. more + something from Olbermann...
http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Homeland_Security_turns_firefighters_into_domestic_1129.html


Our Bill of Rights was placed on a pinnacle of honor by our forefathers and continues by the choice of all the following generations who have equally cherished it. Freedom flows from the hearts of the people and is dependent on the amount of love for freedom dwelling there and their courage to keep it or obtain it.

If love for freedom is only for ones own close-knit cultural identity or financial security then freedom is less. If on the other hand love for freedom is extended to other cultures and races then freedom is more expansive; more genuine. If fear, hate or greed enter the picture then freedom is subjugated to that adoration.


For the first time in our history we are in a period of retreat from civil rights and the respect for the dignity of humanity. The Bill of Rights is under assault from this administration.

Amendment 1
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Amendment 2
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Amendment 3
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Amendment 4
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Amendment 5
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Amendment 6
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
Amendment 7
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Amendment 8
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Amendment 9
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Amendment 10
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Olbermann-HabeusCorpus- and the death of the bill of rights



The Bushies, during this election year, will want us to see terrorists behind every tree and to believe they have many allies living among us...

If your from a Muslim society;
If you’re a Democrat;
If you’re progressive/liberal;
If you’re an outspoken Mom of a dead soldier;
If your speaking out against presidential ineptitude;
If you speak out against the lies that drove us away from Afghanistan and into Iraq;
You may be considered by the Bush administration to be an enemy.
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What is a terrorist?
http://www.peacetakescourage.com/terrorist.html
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They don’t leave much room for loyal opposition because if you don’t walk in lock step with them you are unacceptable and viewed as a threat. You’re seen as someone not deserving of the Bill of Rights.
Anyone voicing dissent of administration policy is viewed with suspicion.
Anyone voicing dissent of administration policy is viewed as un-American.
Anyone voicing dissent of administration policy is viewed as a traitor.

JFK Speech on Secret Societies and Freedom of Speech



I love the flag but I hate what these right wing ideologues have done to it. This same flag is now being dirtied because it is being used as a banner for creeping fascism in our own country. I’m talking about the Neocons running our nation. They do not embrace Hitler’s, Mussolini’s, Franco’s, or anyone else’s version of fascism. They are fooling with their own Neoconservative version. It’s not fully realized but they already fit many descriptions of fascism which has been a disaster in every country it has existed in. Ours would be no exception. These people who have welcomed this filthy ideology have disgraced our flag and our forefather’s sacrifices. They must have their actions restricted or stopped by Congress and they must by voted out of office.

When Democracy failed



They are fascist.

From the very beginning of the Bush administration they began to marry corporate goals with administration goals. It started with the secretive energy meetings conducted by Cheney. The Bush administration accommodates their needs over that of America in most every instance.
They place cronies, many of whom are unqualified, into positions of importance who end up catering to corporate interests over that of the American people. Neocons desire to rid the country of responsible government regulation of business and urgently needed social programs that they feel might interfere with their conservative vision of the way they would like to see business conducted. They believe those programs they are willing to let survive should be placed into private hands (the ownership society). They don’t just want to unravel everything positive that FDR did for our nation they want to destroy progressive advancements back to the time of Teddy Roosevelt.


Propaganda assails us all day long. The AM radio is dominated by extreme right wing viewpoints spewing pro-administration talking points and distortions across the dial twenty four hours a day. They also have the Fox news network along with many local stations affiliated with all the other networks, The Mooney owned Washington Times along with many other newspapers and publications. Multiple media outlets are owned in each city thanks to FCC deregulation. The other television network outlets are under the ownership of large profit centered corporations who have generated timid news crews. Courageous, independent and honest media sources are becoming harder to find in this country and those that do exist are constantly assailed.


Mike Papantonio - Hate Radio



The neoconservatives are gifted at what I call ‘misdirection’. Just like what magicians do to distract an audience’s attention. It’s used most often when there is news or some other event they would like to draw our attention away from. Most often the device they chose is terror alerts or some threat of terrorism. They bring out some old report and present it as new, give partial information presented in the most threatening manner or completely fabricate the threat. The lapdog corporate media dutifully covers the administration tale ignoring what it was meant to hide. Sometimes the misdirection is as simple as an attack on a political enemy or policy such as gay marriage, some other conservative hot button issue or the sensational crime du' jour. The sad thing is legitimate threats are lost in the world of 'the boy who cried wolf'. I can't help but wonder if any terrorist acts or something similar would be used to Neocon advantage.

They stage political rallies where only people who sign a loyalty oath are allowed to attend. The people run a gauntlet of security to make sure no dissenters of any kind manage to slip inside to see who are supposed to be the leaders of everyone in the country. If you’re curious or just want to see your president or other top administration officials and hear them speak; you’re not getting in without the right papers. Many other rallies are attended only by the military on their turf, listening to a civilian president decked out in military garb. These events are highly orchestrated to sway the emotions while presenting an attractive stage for television news going about the business of providing colorful sound bites for a gullible public. Their propaganda is meant to control opinion in their favor by distorting and hiding the truth. It's in their interests the Neoconservative Bush administration is operating, not the United States.

THE BEST WAR EVER
by John Stauber & Sheldon Rampton




They're setting up the framework where people, including US citizens, can be locked up without charge, only suspicion is necessary, indefinitely with no access to counsel, the Red Cross or human rights groups. Anyone who looks Middle Eastern is targeted as a possible terrorist and deserves intense scrutiny and possible indefinite detention. Immigrants to our country including children can be and are being held indefinitely without charge.

Habeas corpus, posse comitatus and personal privacy have been thrown on the ash heap. Our homes, mail, medical records, the books we borrow from the library, the web sites we visit, and the groups we associate with are all subject to secret FBI or Homeland Security snooping without legitimate judicial review.

Elections have become guarded events with suspicious activities such as purging voting rolls, caging or having too few polling places forcing lines many hours long in predominately black districts or intimating a threat of arrest. Why, because they most often vote democratic.We’re allowing ourselves to be taken advantage of by those who would desire to see our freedoms lessened for their own lustful purposes. They believe they are allowed, they have good reasons, and that domestic or international law does not apply to them.

Sadly so many good people who are still moved emotionally by 'God Bless America' have filled their lives with so many voluntary and involuntary distractions that they've allowed themselves to become easy prey for the propagandists. That's why so many of us keep begging and screaming.

Wake Up!!!

14 Characteristics of Fascism
Mike Malloy




The "Good German"syndrome
http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Fascism/Good_German_Syndrome.html

The ‘Good Germans’ Among Us
By FRANK RICH
Published: October 14, 2007
"BUSH lies" doesn’t cut it anymore. It’s time to confront the darker reality that we are lying to ourselves.
more...
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/14/opinion/14rich2.html?_r=1&em&ex=1192593600&en=a15739cf7909313c&ei=5087&oref=slogin

Fascist America, in 10 easy steps
http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,2064157,00.html

Monday, November 26, 2007

Neocons & Bush policies are dangerous!!!







There are people returning to Iraq from refugee status because life as an Iraqi refugee is most unbearable.

Iraq refugees - 4 million and counting
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from the NY Times
Pressure for Results: The Politics of Tallying the Number of Iraqis Who Return Home

By Damien Cave
Published: November 26, 2007
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/26/world/middleeast/26iraq.html?_r=1&oref=slogin


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This president has lost all credibility in matters of foreign policy. He talked about diplomacy before the Iraq war and it was all a lie. Most believe he's spreading more fear and distortion while ignoring tough effective diplomacy before attacking Iran.

Much to worry about an ill-advised attack on Iran!!!

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Every time we cuddle up to a dictator for short term gain it comes back to bite us in the rear.

Pakistan - a nuclear power in trouble

The real threat is the existence of conditions which allow terrorism to grow within third world countries, such as poverty, ignorance, lack of adequate health care and human rights.
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Those are the conditions which exist under the rule of self-serving dictators. The seeds of terrorism are sown in this environment and gradually grow to maturity. The mistake we make is that once terrorism rears its ugly head in a country, we support the dictatorship even more, thereby losing the trust and respect of the average citizens in that country. Someone in the United States might say, "How can anyone choose an extremist form of Islam over democracy?" But if America supports your leader and you’re living on a dirt floor while your baby is dying and your brother is rotting in prison because he spoke his mind, you might think, "How could radical Islam be any worse than the way I have it now?"
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If we wish to stop the rising tide of terrorism we must stop supporting or tolerating dictators and let the people of the country know this. At the same time we must encourage and help growth in the economy, education and human rights of these countries and not the military weaponry of tyrants.
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War is a poor answer to a human problem; a diplomatic problem. Don’t let the militaristic neoconservatives lead you to believe the only road to peace is by the gun. They are wrong.
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The threat and fear of radical fundamentalist Islam is morphing into a paranoid dread of all Islam.

US knew Musharraf planned to institute emergency rule: report
John ByrnePublished: Friday November 23, 2007
http://rawstory.com/news/2007/US_knew_Musharraf_planned_to_institute_1123.html

Makes you wonder what they have planned for us if they view Musharraf's response to a puplic rising up peacefully against a military dictator as acceptable.



to read National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive please go here...
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police state
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Bush More Emphatic In Backing Musharraf
He Says Leader 'Believes in Democracy'
By Michael Abramowitz and Robin Wright
Washington Post Staff Writers Wednesday, November 21, 2007
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/20/AR2007112002304.html?hpid=topnews
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The United States was at one time considered the leader of the world in human rights (at least we were striving in that direction). We liked to call ourselves the greatest nation in the world.
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Oh, it's true we stumbled along the way but we always moved ahead in a positive direction. We haven’t always lived up to the fullness of what our Constitution and Bill of Rights calls us, so there were bumps and sometimes giant ruts along our shared histories path that brought great trials, success and shame, sorrow and pride, and often costs many lives.
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But America grew brick by brick laid by the tough hands of our forefathers and foremothers, of all races and creeds, whose lifeblood flows throughout the heart of our land. History is full of the tales of their labored lives, hardships, troubles, accomplishments, the struggle for their very existance and to have the freedom to be called a human being. The dust of their bones will be desecrated if we take a wrecking ball to the foundation they set.
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Now, because of a desire for power, secrecy and control among those in the Bush administration our nation has embraced a cancer of cruel suppression of the dignity of humanity. A sheepish fear among their followers, has allowed them to become mesmerized by a calculating group masquerading as trustworthy, giving the neoconservatives approval to disregard, as if it didn’t exist, the law and ethics of our nation. Acting as all cancers do if not removed it will grow and bring death to our democratic republic. Are children will be left to grow in a world of suppression and fear that never existed for us.
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The loyal dissenters of Neocon policies believe this to be a horrible wrong. Driven more by the love we have for this country than by fear, we believe that all must speak out; that every one must shout’ STOP. We believe it is time for all to demonstrate the courage of our ancestors and love America more than fear the unknown. And that goes especially for our one year old Democratically controlled Congress who have given us a new found hope for a return to constitutional order, an end to Iraqi occupation and a halt to military adventurism. To them I say this...
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Don't cave in. Push your fellow party members and the Republicans to stop this horrible occupation. Enough is enough and enough is, too much.
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No Iran war.
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Restore Constitutional order.
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Quit spending our children’s and grandchildren’s future.
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We our now facing our giant rut along the path, will we dishonor the legacy of those who stood so bravely on this land before us?

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From the first 5 Star General President (listen)

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gearing nation up for another Vietnam War-like debacle

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Torture disgraces us

I thought they decided not to print this but it was in the paper the next day after I faxed it to them. Somehow I just overlooked it.

Letters to the editor

Torture disgraces us
Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Waterboarding is torture.
Torture is and always has been evil. Information gained is unreliable and dangerous to the well-being of our troops. We hanged people in Nuremberg for the practices we carry out today.
You who accept this horrendous practice are too blind to see you are denying your faithfulness to what you so proudly proclaim as God and country. You are swept up by passion, following along aimlessly, duped by voluntary ignorance and fear of going against what seems popular with your peers, causing you to halt any questions you may have floating around in your conscience.
You're willing to throw away what others who came before you suffered and died for because of fear mixed with a healthy dose of ignorance and a smattering of hate for those who have the strange religion and frightening ways. No amount of evidence can convince you seriously misguided adherents of anything Bush that you are willing victims of propaganda and lies. You don't realize you have foolishly surrendered your loyalty to the USA to a man.
You people who have welcomed this filthy practice of torture have disgraced our flag, our ancestors' sacrifices and the dust of their bones.


Ken Wells - Spokane

The Spokesman Review
http://www.spokesmanreview.com/
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Once we believe that torture is okay, that we're still pure and clean and good for having accepted it, we open ourselves up to many evil embraced horrors of our own making. We already believe in pre-emptive war and collateral damage without a conscience thought, for even a moment of the results of our actions.
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Nuremberg Trial Proceedings - Indictment: Count Three - WAR CRIMES
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/Count3.html
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Collateral Damage

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

violence is not cool...whoever is to blame



This is a great example of going way to far; by people hijacking a protest for their own purposes. Anarchists are alive and well in the northwest. It's important to point out that their methods and outlook in no way represent the peace movement, however, I also suspect that much violence and vandalism may have been carried out by those 'loyalists' of the Bush agenda in an effort to discredit all those expressing dissent.

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War protesters arrested at Wash. port
Dozens Arrested in Protests Against Iraq War Shipments Bound for Wash. State Army Base

RACHEL LA CORTEAP News
Nov 14, 2007 15:43 EST
http://www.rawstory.com/news/mochila/War_protesters_arrested_at_Wash_por_11142007.html



"In struggling for human dignity the oppressed people of the world must not allow themselves to become bitter or indulge in hate campaigns. To retaliate with hate and bitterness would do nothing but intensify the hate in the world. Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can be done only by projecting the ethics of love to the center of our lives."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Flashing for Peace

Iraq refugees - 4 million and counting


In addition to declaring we do not seek to have permanent bases in Iraq and redeploying the military forces we need to insure that the refugees are well taken care of. This administration and the military, outside of protection and support, have no business running refugee operations. This should be left up to the groups who have experience in these areas and have proven themselves capable. This is our mess. The Bush administration foolhardily got this ball rolling making us fiscally and morally responsible for the lives of these people.

Iraqs Refugees - 4,000,000 Displaced (U.N.)



Iraq's displaced people nightmare
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
By Magdi Abdelhadi BBC Arab affairs analyst
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7038681.stm

Growing Needs Amid Continuing Displacement
http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/iraq?page=intro

A humanitarian crisis of historic proportions
http://www.theirc.org/what/iraqi-refugees.html

Refugees International
Iraq: The World's Fastest Growing Refugee Crisis

http://www.refugeesinternational.org/content/article/detail/9679

refugee crisis in Iraq




Iraq: A humanitarian emergency



Blurring the lines




Impact of Iraqi refugees on the region



Palestinians living in Iraq

Monday, November 12, 2007

Much to worry about an ill-advised attack on Iran!!!

I’m greatly concerned that given the Bush administration's abysmal track record on world diplomacy any war like action in Iran will blow up in their faces bringing great harm not only to the innocent men, women, and children in Iran but also to our nation.

I worry about Russia’s closeness to Iran; they are joined by the Caspian Sea and they have sent defensive missiles to Iran. Will they be drawn into this war?

Saudi citizens are sending money in the millions to the Sunnis of Iraq. Will they be drawn into the war?

Will they be igniting the spark, similar to the flash that lit WW One, which causes nations to divvy up sides for another world war?

Will the world view us as the aggressors and retaliate economically if not militarily against our interests?

Are we just using questionable evidence of Iranian involvement, at whatever level, as an excuse for war with Iran?

Are we seeking support from both Saudi Arabia and radical elements among the Sunnis, loyal to Al Qaeda, for an attack against Iran?

Are we doing the bidding of Saudi Arabia?

Are we going to attempt to replay the old Iran-Iraq war? It sure seems we may be heading in that general direction.

Where is the national debate?

Where is the congressional authorization?

Where is the Bush administration credibility on intelligence leading to military adventurism?

NOWHERE TO BE FOUND!!!

ElBaradei: Military Strike On Iran ‘Would Lead Absolutely To Disaster’
Posted by Satyam October 28, 2007
http://thinkprogress.org/2007/10/28/baradei-iran-disaster/

Some common questions about Iran's nuclear program
By Warren P. Strobel McClatchy Newspapers
Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2007

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/21071.html

US 'Iran attack plans' revealed
Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 February 2007, 10:28 GMT
US contingency plans for air strikes on Iran extend beyond nuclear sites and include most of the country's military infrastructure, the BBC has learned.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6376639.stm

FOX ATTACKS: Iran


Bush On Iran


KEITH OLBERMANN - Declaration Of War wIth Iran


I worry about this powerful and arrogant man being in such a weak position politically. All the issues were arguing about, the corruption investigations, bringing the troops home from Iraq and even his very low approval rating will all be on the back burner once he decides to attack Iran.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Authoritarianism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authoritarianism

Democrats who voted for Mukasey who disrespected themselves, the party, the nation and all those who must undergo torture in our names.

Bayh (IN)
Carper (DE)
Feinstein (CA)
Landrieu (LA)
Nelson (NE)
Schumer (NY)

Democrats who didn't vote for or against (NV) Mukasey who disrespected themselves, the party, the nation and all those who must undergo torture in our names.

Biden (DE)
Clinton (NY)

Dodd (CT)
Obama (IL)

Bringing Troops Home









Here we go again. Another attempt at doing what's right. Another opportunity for those opposed to doing what's right to block.

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thanks to rawstory...

House to Vote on Bill That Would Pay for War, Begin Bringing Troops Home
ANNE FLAHERTYAP News
Nov 08, 2007 14:53 EST

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will vote as early as Friday on legislation that would spend $50 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but require that President Bush start bringing troops home.
The money is about a quarter of the $196 billion requested by Bush. It would finance about four months of combat in Iraq, Pelosi told reporters on Thursday.
more...
http://www.rawstory.com/news/mochila/House_readies_another_Iraq_vote_11082007.html









They knew ahead of time this was a bad idea.



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When we made these same arguements before the current occupation of Iraq we were called un-American and traitors. We were right then and we are still right now about the warnings we are raising about an ill-advised attack on Iran.





Military Reporter Recalls Bush's Objections To Iraq Invasion On A Previous Veteran's Day
By Joe Strupp Published: November 12, 2007 1:00 PM ET
NEW YORK Sig Christenson, a founding member of Military Reporters and Editors who has worked five assignments in Iraq since the war began, reached back some 10 years for a Veteran's Day piece that noted President George Bush's early opposition to an Iraq invasion.
more...
http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003671351
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These guys all knew ahead of time what would happen when we invaded Iraq and they did it anyway. WHY?

OIL?

WAR PROFITEERING?

PNAC ROAD TO IMPERIALISM?

PATH TO TOTALITARIAN CONTROL IN U.S?

ALL OF THE ABOVE?

IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE U.S.?

NOOOO!

Conservatives like to claim that the liberals are to blame for the problems in Iraq. Complete nonsense.

The Republicans were in charge;

when warnings about terrorism were ignored before 9/11,
when Afghanistan and the battle against the Taliban and Al Qaeda was abandoned,
when a war of choice against a country that was not an imminent threat was begun,
when a war in Iraq was begun based on lies,
when this ill-advised war was begun without a cultural understanding of the people,
when far too few troops were used for that illegal action in Iraq,
when lawlessness and looting were tolerated
,when the Iraq army was disbanded,
when troop armor and gear were kept sup-par for the mission,
when a forced vote was held too early before Sunni concerns were addressed,
when torture was allowed to become administration policy,
when illegal detentions became administration policy,
when spying on Americans became administration policy,
when support for war profiteers became administration policy,
when habeas corpus became something not available to all,
when posse comitatus became abandoned,
when spying on American citizens became an okay thing to do,
when a culture of corruption was allowed to flourish at home,
when congressional oversight was abandoned,
when doing the same failed thing over and over without success became the plan,
when our war dead became something to hide in shame,
when the injured military and their families were treated without proper care or respect,
when terrorism was allowed to grow world wide while claiming success,
when fear became a weapon of propaganda against the American people,
when failure became always someone else’s fault,
and when lies and propaganda became an acceptable substitute for truth when dealing with the public.


For these reasons and many more Iraq has become the losing mess it now is.

For these reasons and many more impeachment is well deserved for the Bush/Cheney cabal.

An Administrations Legacy






US Deaths in Iraq since March 20th, 2003

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Iraq Study

The Iraq Page--The War Dead


Veterans For Peace



Veterns for Peace

Extraordinary Rendition




from Fronline World...
Extraordinary Rendition
http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/rendition701/video/video_index.html


from Think Progress...
Pentagon Counsel William Haynes Bars Gitmo Prosecutor From Testifying About Torture
http://thinkprogress.org/2007/11/08/stuart-couch/


Extraordinary Rendition of the Truth



EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION HEARING

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

deep dark depressed excessive misery

Yea, I do keep getting more and more depressed, maybe, in a more optimistic mode a little less hopeful would be more accurate. I could sit here and complain about the Democrats in Congress, their leadership and all the other more guilty parties in the administration but I'm mostly disillusioned by us, the American people.

I've laid into the conservative tag-a-longs many times but I'm very disappointed in the inactivity of tight-lipped non involved progressives. I'm constrained by MS and poverty. I can't help but wonder if others have been constrained by bills, credit, relations, time and a variety of otherwise good excuses ( like mine because of health) but are we all placing personal entanglements ahead of duty to country and constitution.

We all have to get more involved in holding on to this nation that is our home. It's not the home belonging to the Neocons. It's our home and we must keep it.

There are many loyal Americans from the lowly to the accomplished to the privileged who have not only love and tradition rapped up in the good ole USA but also hope for their children. Hope, that they will have more freedom and more opportunities and more pride in this land that was handed down to us to care for; for them.

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The ‘Good Germans’ Among Us
By FRANK RICH
Published: October 14, 2007

"BUSH lies" doesn’t cut it anymore. It’s time to confront the darker reality that we are lying to ourselves.
more...
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/14/opinion/14rich2.html?_r=1&em&ex=1192593600&en=a15739cf7909313c&ei=5087&oref=slogin




"Don't ever let anyone pull you so low as to hate them. We must use the weapon of love. We must have the compassion and understanding for those who hate us. We must realize so many people are taught to hate us that they are not totally responsible for their hate. But we stand in life at midnight; we are always on the threshold of a new dawn."
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"Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must ever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force."
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"Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love."
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"In struggling for human dignity the oppressed people of the world must not allow themselves to become bitter or indulge in hate campaigns. To retaliate with hate and bitterness would do nothing but intensify the hate in the world. Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can be done only by projecting the ethics of love to the center of our lives."

Martin Luther King, Jr.


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http://www.unitedforpeace.org/

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Dennis Kucinich - Patriot!!!



He did it!!!


He did bring up a privileged resolution in the House today bringing articles of impeachment against Vice President, Richard B. Cheney.



Hooray!!!



Impeachment



Rep. Dennis Kucinich Privileged Resolution
http://kucinich.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=78044

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Supporting Documents for H Res 333
http://kucinich.house.gov/Issues/Issue/?IssueID=3750


Dennis Kucinich for President
http://www.dennis4president.com/home/
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The Republicans voted not to table H Res 333. Our less than illustrious House majority leader raised a motion to table it. This was all exciting and strange and hopeful. But, you know what...
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WOW WOW WOW !!!
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The Republicans wanted this hearing! They had every opportunity to stop it.

You know, what I think. This was the equivalent of the Republican leadership walk to the White house to encourage Nixon to resign.

It also fits into my assumption that they would try to get rid of Cheney in order to put a hand picked presidential candidate into the Vice presidential spot.

If its Jeb welcome to the twilight zone!
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At any rate a job well done Dennis!












A more reasoned perspective than my exuberant speculation from yesterday.

OK, so did you get that?
by Kagro X
Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 01:59:01 PM PST
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/11/6/164257/349

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House Judiciary Committee
http://capwiz.com/networklobby/webreturn/?url=http://judiciary.house.gov

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Pakistan - a nuclear power in trouble


The most threatening country to world piece, besides our nations threats on Iran, is Pakistan. If our little dictator ally falls to extremists we will have a radical Islamic government with the 'Bomb'.

from the BBC...
Check out the background videos, too.
Musharraf imposes emergency rule
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7076670.stm

Pakistan is a Big Problem
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Musharraf Leaves White House in Lurch
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Helene Cooper
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/04/world/asia/04assess.html?_r=1&hp=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print

Activists detained in Pakistan emergency
By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press Writer
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071104/ap_on_re_as/pakistan;_ylt=AjlvnmBW9c.xJNommdNm_w2s0NUE

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The evil of torture touches the whole nation.



Water boarding is torture.

There's no way anyone who cannot answer correctly that waterboarding is in fact torture has no business being anything in a leadership position in the government. Michael Mukasey does not deserve the position of attorney general. Approving him for this position would be the same as approving the horrendous practice of torture by this corrupt administration. This is just another area the Dems can't cave on; but I fear they will.

Torture is and always has been evil. Information gained is unreliable and dangerous to the well being of our own troops. We hung people in Nurumberg for the practices we carry out today.

Waterboarding is torture - I did it myself, says US advisor
By Leonard Doyle in Washington
Published: 01 November 2007
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article3115549.ece




from Human Rights Watch...
CIA Whitewashing Torture
http://hrw.org/english/docs/2005/11/21/usdom12069.htm





Torture brings sadness and shame to Spokane

Torture and Civilian Deaths in Iraq
The Nuremberg Principles Today
By NANCY ODEN
http://www.counterpunch.org/oden01192005.html



Abu Ghraib Torture (very upsetting)



Olbermann-Dean on Bush Torture


ACLU Calls on American Psychological Association to Ban Torture

Denounce Torture: Get Involved!

Geneva Conventions

Seeking Truth and Accountability

Torture

Torture and Abuse

United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
More 'tough talk' words today from the war president in support of torture spying and war and death. I'm so repulsed by the 'tough talk' BS that's being used once again to drive us into another war. Waving the flag all the way into WWIII.

Attack: Bush calls out Dems, MoveOn, Code Pink in speech
David Edwards and Nick Juliano
Published: Thursday November 1, 2007
http://rawstory.com/news/2007/White_House_Confirm_Mukasey_before_asking_1101.html


Code Pink ladies are very special!!!




Code Pink
http://www.codepink4peace.org/

Move On
http://moveon.org/

Countdown: Feinstein & Schumer Fold - DoJ Official Pushed Out For Calling Waterboarding Torture
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Retired JAGs On Waterboarding:
‘It Is Inhumane, It Is Torture, And It Is Illegal’

http://thinkprogress.org/2007/11/03/jag-leahy-waterboarding/
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Special Comment: George Bush’s Criminal Conspiracy of Torture