Monday, October 30, 2006

Police Thugs Beating Citizens While Wearing Ski Masks



Phil Inkel introduces this video clip in a Dec. 1996 Connecticut legislative committee meeting regarding Police Misconduct, Police Brutality, Civilian Oversight of Police, and matters of public interests regarding law enforcement. Ritt Goldstein was the organizer and promoter of Civilian Oversight of Police at this hearing. Rick can be seen at the end of the clip. Former Norwalk Connecticut Mayor Bill Collins tells how police vandalize his house, act as thugs, wear ski masks, take suspects to warehouses, beat citizens, and no investigation or even punishment of officers was ever pursued. If it was this bad in 1996, it has only gotten worse. Legislators and other officials cannot claim they have not heard credible evidence of this abuse of the public. When will these elected officials act in our best interest, not theirs?

Ritt Goldstein fled the United States of America to seek political asylum in Sweden soon after this video was shot. Police misconduct and the Rubber Stamp Connecticut Courts are that bad, but only worse now.

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N.O.W. lets Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell know she sucks, click here for link

YouTube Video showing author Greg Palast speaking about his book on how Republicans steal elections by throwing out minority votes, called spoilage, click here for video link

The Keith Oberman, MSNBC show host, speaks out again on Bush lies and the suspension of Habeas Corpus, click here for YouTube Video.

Speaking out about Connecticut Official Corruption took me out of my Classic Corvette (pictured in post) to junky old wrecks (also pictured), click here

Complaining about Crack Cocaine and Heroin being sold off my front yard and near my Stafford Springs, Connecticut, rental properties caused me to lose these fine pets and much more, click here for pictures and post.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Touring Somersville and Stafford Springs Connecticut



This video is a quick tour of the 2 family house I bought in Somersville, Connecticut, in Nov. 1997 and of the 3 and 4 family houses that I fixed up from a boarded up condition in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, acquired mid 1998.



Would Federal Taxpayers be footing the bill for a married woman to have sex with a man that is not her husband to get close enough to ruin a property investor and small business person that pissed off police and members of the judiciary and police that were asked to be ethical and act in the public's best interest? Click here for post

The who is who and what is what in Corruptikut. Click here for post with pictures



The above is raw footage of me driving out of Stafford Springs talking about my Connecticut experience. Part 2 is a continuation of the raw footage.



Should I have lost all I had ever worked for and acquired in my life because I was critical of the lack of protection and service of police in regards to their not servicing non-connected landlords and small business people, for being critical of unfair courts, and in officials not acting ethically and in the best interest of the public?

I didn’t want teens drinking on my property all hours, keeping me and my paying tenants awake, is that wrong? I didn’t want crack cocaine and heroin being sold off and near my property, am I wrong? Well, the police and the courts in Connecticut told me I was wrong for my legal, American activities, and did nothing to curb crime, just collect revenue, retaliate, and confiscate property. Connecticut just plain sucks and the rest of the country can eventually suck just as bad unless some Americans start showing some backbones. Come on, wake up, before it is too late!

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Chris Kennedy speaks out in front of the Judicial Reform Commission, click here for video. Chris Kennedy would have also run as a Republican, as would have I, had we not been likewise abused for expecting honest government working in the best interest of the public.

I testify in front of the Commission, click here for video

Thursday, October 26, 2006

America, The Human Rights Abusers

CIA tried to silence EU on torture flights



Germany offered access to prisoner in Morocco if it quelled opposition

Richard Norton-Taylor
Thursday October 26, 2006
The Guardian


The CIA tried to persuade Germany to silence EU protests about the human rights record of one of America's key allies in its clandestine torture flights programme, the Guardian can reveal.

According to a secret intelligence report, the CIA offered to let Germany have access to one of its citizens, an al-Qaida suspect being held in a Moroccan cell. But the US secret agents demanded that in return, Berlin should cooperate and "avert pressure from EU" over human rights abuses in the north African country. The report describes Morocco as a "valuable partner in the fight against terrorism".

The classified documents prepared for the German parliament last February make clear that Berlin did eventually get to see the detained suspect, who was arrested in Morocco in 2002 as an alleged organiser of the September 11 strikes.

He was flown from Morocco to Syria on another rendition flight. Syria offered access to the prisoner on the condition that charges were dropped against Syrian intelligence agents in Germany accused of threatening Syrian dissidents. Germany dropped the charges, but denied any link.

After the CIA offered a deal to Germany, EU countries adopted an almost universal policy of downplaying criticism of human rights records in countries where terrorist suspects have been held. They have also sidestepped questions about secret CIA flights partly because of growing evidence of their complicity.

The disclosure is among fresh revelations about how the CIA flew terrorist suspects to locations where they were tortured, and Britain's knowledge of the practice known as "secret rendition". They are contained in Ghost Plane, by Stephen Grey, the journalist who first revealed details of secret CIA flights in the Guardian a year ago. More than 200 CIA flights have passed through Britain, records show.

He describes how one CIA pilot told him that Prestwick airport, near Glasgow, was a popular destination for refuelling stops and layovers. "It's an 'ask-no-questions' type of place and you don't need to give them any advance warning you're coming," the pilot said.

The CIA used planes of Air America, a group of private companies it secretly owned, and a second company, Aero Contractors. A CIA Gulfstream V jet, frequently used for the secret rendition of prisoners, flew to Diego Garcia, the British Indian Ocean territory where the US has a large base, the book says. Grey plans to publish more than 3,000 logs of the CIA flights on the internet this week.

CIA pilots, sometimes using false identities and whose planes regularly passed through Britain, ran up huge bills in luxury hotels after flying terrorist suspects to secret locations where they were tortured. But they revealed their whereabouts and identities by indiscreet use of mobile phones and allowed outsiders to track their aircraft's flights.

On one occasion, CIA pilots and crew lived it up in Majorca after rendering Benyam Mohammed, an Ethiopian brought up in Notting Hill, west London, to Afghanistan where he was tortured. Benyam was detained in Pakistan early in 2002, and then flown to Morocco, where he says he suffered appalling torture. He is being held at Guantánamo Bay.

Benyam has said in a statement to his lawyer that he was tortured for more than two years after being questioned by US and British officials. He says that while in Morocco he was shown photos of people he knew from a west London mosque, and was asked about information he was told was supplied by MI5.

The government has consistently denied it has ever actively cooperated in the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" programme". The Foreign Office said yesterday that the government had "not approved and will not approve a policy of facilitating transfer of individuals through the UK to places where there are substantial grounds to believe they face a real risk of torture".




Special report
Human rights in the UK

Useful links
Human Rights Act 1998
European court of human rights
Lord Chancellor's office
UN high commissioner for human rights


The above found here on the web


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High-flying lifestyle of the CIA's rendition men



· VIP status for agents who transfer terror suspects
· New book reveals disturbing details


Richard Norton-Taylor
Thursday October 26, 2006
The Guardian


In January 2004 a crew of CIA agents checked into the five-star Marriott Son Antem golfing resort in Palma for a well-deserved rest. The agents had just flown from Rabat in Morocco to Afghanistan and back to Algeria - a gruelling 8,000-mile journey - and were looking forward to luxuriating in the hotel's spa where, as the brochure put it, they could "journey to deep inner peace".

But as the crew were basking in comfort at US taxpayers' expense there was little peace for their cargo. In the hold on that day was Benyam Mohammed, a former Guantánamo Bay detainee alleged to be one of the world's most dedicated jihadists. In Morocco, Mohammed would later allege, he had been doused in hot liquids, subjected to incessant loud noise and had his penis slashed with a scalpel.

The details of Mohammed's treatment emerges in Ghost Plane, a new book by investigative journalist Stephen Grey describing the CIA's clandestine system of international terrorist transfers known as extraordinary rendition.

The Marriott Son Antem was not the only luxury hotel in Palma frequented by CIA agents. The rendition crews also liked to stop off at the Gran Melia Victoria, a five-star hotel in the centre of the Majorcan capital. On one occasion, they ordered three bottles of fine Spanish wine, and five crystal glasses from Mallorcair, one of the plane's ground handling agents - refreshments for the flight home, all charged to the CIA's bill.

Agents displayed a similar taste for luxury in Milan where Italian prosecutors accuse the CIA of involvement in the seizure and rendering of Abu Omar, a radical Egyptian cleric, to Cairo in 2003. Italian investigators found the CIA agents spent nearly $150,000 (£80,000) on accommodation. Two spent nearly $18,000 during a three-week stay at Milan's Savoy hotel.

But the US secret service operatives' indiscretions meant the task of the Italians investigating the kidnapping of Abu Omar was made simple.

CIA officers frequently called each other's hotels and many of the 22 CIA agents allegedly involved had "frequent flyer" numbers or hotel loyalty cards so they could earn points during their stay in the Italian fashion capital. Among itemised phone bills discovered by Italian counter-terrorism police was one showing 156 calls had been made to a landline in Milan. This led them to the US consulate.

Another example of the indiscretions and contradictions in the US administration's rendition programme emerges in its willingness to lavish money on entertaining the Syrians.

In December 2002, Syrian president Bashar Assad and his wife paid an official visit to London. They were guests of honour at the City of London.

But back in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on that same day in December 2002, seven prisoners were languishing in jail, sent there by the US despite President George Bush's view that Syria was part of an "axis of evil" with a legacy of "torture, oppression, misery, and ruin". There is clear evidence the seven rendered there by the US were brutally tortured.

One, Maher Arar, abducted with the help of Canada, was freed after more than nine months when he signed a false confession that he had trained at a camp in Afghanistan.

For Mr Arar, the contrast between his treatment and the Syrian president's is likely to be a bitter pill to swallow.




Full coverage
CIA rendition flights

Case studies
06.12.2005: Seized, held, tortured: six tell same tale

Interactive guide
Rendition flights

Special reports
United States
Guantánamo Bay
Terrorism threat to UK

The above from The Guardian in the UK, found here


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The Iranians should trust the Americans, right?

US demands UN sanctions on Iran
President Ahmadinejad (centre) visits the Natanz nuclear enrichment plant
Iran produced its first enriched uranium in February
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has urged the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution imposing sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme.

Iran's defiance must be held to account to save the international community's credibility, Ms Rice said.

Her comments come after Tehran said it was taking steps to further develop its nuclear programme.

The UN gave Iran an end of August deadline to stop enriching uranium, threatening sanctions if it did not.

Iran rejects Western allegations that its nuclear programme has a military aspect, and maintains it is enriching uranium only to generate electricity.

China's UN delegate Li Junhua said it was premature to say that the Security Council was in a position to impose sanctions.

But Ms Rice pressed the council to take immediate action.

"For the international community to be credible, it must pass a resolution now that holds Iran accountable for its defiance," she said.

Capacity doubled

A report carried by the Iranian student news agency, Isna, on Wednesday said it has installed a second centrifuge cascade for uranium enrichment.

The report says Iranian scientists intended to start injecting uranium gas into it within days.

Iran first produced a small quantity of enriched uranium in February. Scientists were running just one cascade then, made up of 168 centrifuges, the machines that spin uranium gas to enrich it.

Now it has emerged that Iran has doubled its capacity by installing a second cascade two weeks ago.

Some reports had suggested Iranian scientists were experiencing technical difficulties. Others said they were going slow, awaiting the outcome of political talks that have now stalled.

Iran had said earlier that it planned to install 3,000 centrifuges at its site in Natanz by the end of this year.

To produce industrial-scale nuclear fuel, tens of thousands of centrifuges would be needed.

The above from the BBC, found here

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Iran should still be thanking us for installing a US puppet, The Shah, right?

Iran's gulf of misunderstanding with US
By Gordon Corera
Security correspondent, BBC News

Tehran demonstration, summer 2006
Anti-American protests in Tehran are a regular event
The US and Iran almost never speak to each other.

"It's the most unusual relationship we have with any country in the world," explains US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns.

"It's been 27 years since we've had a normal diplomatic, social and political relationship. And so for instance I am one of the people responsible for Iran in our government and yet I have never met an Iranian government official in my 25-year career."

The fiery rhetoric between Iran and the US of recent months has made it appear that the two countries are on a collision course. But did it have to be this way and could the two sides still sit down face to face?

9/11 opportunity

In the wake of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US, there were some tentative steps.

In Iran, vast crowds turned out on the streets and held candlelit vigils for the victims. Sixty-thousand spectators respected a minute's silence at Tehran's football stadium.

Taleban soldiers on the Iran border, 2001
Iran came close to a war with the Taleban

Some of Iran's leaders also sensed an opportunity. America quickly fixed its sights on the Taleban in Afghanistan with whom the Iranians had nearly come to war just three years earlier.

With a common enemy in the Taleban, the two found grounds to co-operate.

After the Afghan war, US negotiators worked closely with Iranian counterparts to form a new Afghan government.

Some of the talks between US and Iranian officials moved beyond Afghanistan and there was hope that it could lead to tentative re-engagement and eventually a restoration of relations.

But back in their respective capitals, there were voices of dissent.

Debates in Washington and Tehran paralleled each other. Hardliners and moderates clashed about whether it was worth talking to the other side and whether it could ever be trusted.

Parade of Shahab-3 missile in front of a picture of the Iranian late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, 22 September

Hardliners in Iran, scarred by the past, cited Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's dictum that any friendship between the US and Iran was like that between a wolf and a sheep.

And just a few weeks after Iran and the US had worked so closely over Afghanistan, Iran was described by President George W Bush as part of an "axis of evil" in his 2002 State of the Union address.

Javad Zarif, now Iran's ambassador to the United Nations, said this was a big surprise at after the co-operation over the Afghan government.

"We were all shocked by the fact that the US had such a short memory and was so ungrateful about what had happened just a month ago," he said.

But the hardliners in Washington had been bolstered by Israel's discovery just a few weeks before the speech of a consignment of arms alleged to be heading from Iran to Palestinian groups.

Surprise overture

Another potential opening came in May 2003.

America's swift march to Baghdad the previous month had led to fears in Tehran that it would be next.

So Tehran made a dramatic - but surprisingly little known - approach to the Americans.

Iran's offer came in the form of a letter, although Iranian diplomats have suggested that their letter was in turn a response to a set of talking points that had come from US intermediaries.

In it, Iran appeared willing to put everything on the table - including being completely open about its nuclear programme, helping to stabilise Iraq, ending its support for Palestinian militant groups and help in disarming Hezbollah.

I believe the nuclear issue could have been resolved long time ago
Javad Zarif, Iran ambassador
What did Iran want? Top of the list was a halt in US hostile behaviour and a statement that "Iran did not belong to 'the axis of evil'".

The letter was the product of an internal debate inside Tehran and had the support of leaders at the highest level.

"That letter went to the Americans to say that we are ready to talk, we are ready to address our issues," explains Seyed Adeli, who was then a deputy foreign minister in Iran. But in Washington, the letter was ignored.

Larry Wilkerson, who was then chief of staff to US Secretary of State Colin Powell, thinks that was a big mistake.

"In my mind it was one of those things you throw up in the air and say I can't believe we did this."

He says the hardliners who stood against dialogue had a memorable refrain. "We don't speak to evil'.

The problem was that at the very moment that Iranian vulnerability was at its greatest, thanks to America's swift march to Baghdad, Washington was at its most triumphalist.

Why talk to Iran when you could simply dictate terms from a position of strength?

Gift to the hardliners

The effect of America's rejection of talks was far reaching.

It would tilt the balance of power within Tehran towards the hardliners.

"The failure is not just for the idea, but also for the group who were pursuing the idea," explains Seyed Adeli.

Over the following years, the hardliners in Tehran who were far less supportive of dialogue moved into the ascendancy. And the balance of power between Iran and the US began to shift.

Iranian president Ahmadinejad and Javad Zarif at the UN General Assembly
President Ahmadinejad ponders tactics at the UN General Assembly

America's victory in Iraq began to look like something far more ambivalent as a bloody insurgency gathered strength. Meanwhile, Iran's influence both in Iraq and across the Middle East grew, augmented by rising oil prices.

In March 2005, the US announced it would back the EU's negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme, which Iran says is peaceful but the US and others believe is geared towards weapons.

The possibility of talks is currently on the table. But the US insists that Iran must suspend its nuclear activity first.

At the UN, Iran's ambassador Javad Zarif argues that this is the source of the problem.

"Had it not been for those arbitrary red lines and the pressure that went along with those arbitrary red lines imposed on our negotiating partners, I believe the nuclear issue could have been resolved long time ago."

But the US believes that Iran has failed to be open about its nuclear programme and needs to abide by UN demands that it halt its activity first.

The two sides may be able to sit down and talk face to face in the coming months, if agreement can be reached regarding some form of Iranian suspension of nuclear activity. But if this chance is lost, there may not be many more.

Mixed Messages and Secret Diplomacy was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 8pm on Monday 25 September.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The US President George W. Bush is a "Fag" Rumor, just a rumor?


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I believe in Gay and Lesbian rights. An intrusion into their privacy and bedrooms is an open invitation into the US Government intruding into everyone's privacy.

With George Bush setting the stage for having Habeas Corpus suspended, a hallmark of any free society since 1215, anyone can be rounded up and arrested including any minority group, those of an opinion contrary to Bush and Co.'s, and yes, homosexuals.

Fag is a bad word to use, but if George W. Bush is a fag, wouldn't it be ironic if he, like Hitler, was alleged to be, a closet homosexual, bring wrath on the world, just because he can't come to grips with what is something that is determined at birth?


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The below found on this website:
http://bushssecretlifein84.tripod.com/

The Truth about George W. Bush

Here you will find out the little known truth concerning President George W. Bush, Victor Ashe, the current American ambassador to Poland (formerly mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee and Exec. V.P.; C.F.O. of Fannie Mae), and their adulterous-bisexual relationship with a Las Vegas woman in 1984.

This situation took place in 1984 in the State of Tennessee. It concerns a 41 year old woman [currently residing in Las Vegas], Victor Ashe and George Bush's encounter in 1984 during the senate debates between Al Gore, Jr., Victor Ashe and Ed McAteer. She was invited to come to Tennessee by Victor Ashe. While attending one of these debates she spoke briefly with Ed McAteer (Senatorial candidate in 1984 who debated alongside Al Gore, Jr. and Victor Ashe, and was responsible in part for the emergence of the Religious Right).

Members of the mainstream media (CNN, FOX/news, Chicago Tribune) have known about this Las Vegas woman [well known in the BDSM underground] since September of 2003 yet they have done little if anything to get to the bottom of it. Like Bush's national guard service records they've given him a free pass concerning the what, where and when of his participation in the Texas Air National Guard.

We believe if the whereabouts and war-time behavior of Senator Kerry during his tour in Vietnam in the early 70's are matters of importance to the American people [according to Sinclair Broadcasting and Swift Boat Vets for Truth] then the past behavior of this President and his involvement in a homosexual situation with another man in the mid 80's is of equal importance.

When this Las Vegas woman told us about her conversation with Ed McAteer we thought it was something that should be looked into. He was being treated for cancer so we had to move quickly to open a dialogue. We believed obtaining a death bed declaration [if it came down to that] of a man of Ed McAteer's stature in the Christian community [he was called the Godfather of the Religious Right] would have held tremendous weight.?Ed [finally] coming forward to say what he witnessed or knew concerning this matter would have been unimpeachable. Ed was a staunch supporter of the state of Israel and quietly lobbied for the post of U.S. ambassador to Israel back in 2001 but was turned down for the position by none other than George W. Bush. It seems in George W. Bush's isolated bubble, ambassadorships are rewards set aside for friends and lovers only.

We initially contacted Mr. McAteer back in May of this year. He mentioned at that time Victor Ashe's sexual shenanigans were no secret in Tennessee. He seemed resentful of his party's choice to back a 'sodomite' which is why he ran as an independent. Ed was on chemotherapy and it was extremely difficult for him to talk so we deferred until late August at which time his wife [Faye] informed us he wanted to talk further but was under doctors orders to refrain from all strenuous activity. Sadly, Ed McAteer passed away on Oct. 5, 2004, before we could do a follow-up interview, he was 78. For Ed's sake [and that of his family] we hope his departure was natural [God's will], however, the timing of it all seems rather untimely in our opinion.?It bares looking into by the Tennessee authorities.?

When he passed way another writer contacted Faye and she imparted to him that Ed seemed upset upon returning from the debate in Chattanooga back in 1984. Was Ed aware of Victor Ashe and George W. Bush's bisexual behavior? Perhaps that is what upset him so.

Unfortunately he didn't get the chance to tell us what he witnessed that night that upset him or if he remembered talking with the Las Vegas woman.

The Las Vegas woman was paid $15,000 to arrange sexual liaisons involving bisexual men for George W. Bush (then private citizen) and Victor Ashe (then a Tennessee State Senator). These adulterous bisexual affairs (3 encounters in all-3 different cities) took place in the state of Tennessee during the 1984 senate debates between, Al Gore, Jr., Victor Ashe and Ed McAteer. An African-American woman was invited to participate in this adulterous sexual encounter with George W. Bush and Victor Ashe immediately following the Chattanooga senatorial debate. This woman was paid $1,500. A few years later the Las Vegas woman was detained in Washington D.C. with Victor Ashe by the Metro D.C. police. She was released but Victor was taken into custody.

So confident was this woman that Ed would have remembered her [and their meeting] she had finally come forward and was prepared to tell it all. She will swear to the authenticity of what is being imparted here, which is the reason that we built this website so we could get this information out to you.

Bush & Co. will no doubt tell the world she's insane, politically motivated thus concocting this for smear reasons. She is of sound mind and body and welcomes all inquires from the mainstream media. This woman deeply laments not having come forward back in 2000 when then Governor Bush was running for the highest office in the land against [ironically] Vice President Al Gore, Jr.

Disclosure of George W. Bush's adulterous bisexual behavior will only happen if the American public demand answers. Contact your local news organizations demanding that this truth be revealed and not go the way of his Texas Air National Guard records.

Direct all media inquires to thetruthaboutbushin84@yahoo.com

UPDATE June 5, 2006 The woman in question is Leola McConnell. She is the Liberal Democratic candidate for Governor of Nevada in 2006


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The below found here on the web:

Is Bush A Closet FAG?

(The following is a guest editorial by the powerful Hollywood advocacy group, the Film Actors Guild, or FAG.)

For years now, we at FAG have argued that we must change our policies towards the tiny, besieged state of North Korea. The Bush Administration has been threatening that country with war and ultimatums, pushing the world to the brink of disaster. This hard-right, neocon policy is not only dangerous, it is also immoral and ignorant.

So it has been a great surprise for us to learn, in the wake of the Administration's non-response to North Korea's nuclear test, that when push comes to shove President Bush is really a closet FAG pretending to be a war-monger. We applaud this paradigmatic shift in the President's policies.

It is hard to believe that all along, the President was really a FAG. In his famous State of the Union address in 2002, Bush labeled North Korea a member of the "Axis of Evil," and openly threatened that nation with military action should it try to acquire weapons of mass destruction: "The United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons."

The bellicose Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, backed that up a day later, telling reporters, "If I were in Iran or North Korea or Iraq and I heard the president of the United States say what he said last night about weapons of mass destruction ... I don't think there would be a lot of ambiguity as to the view he holds of those problems and their behavior."

Until recently, most people unambiguously took this to mean that Bush would sooner attack with military force than allow North Korea to acquire nuclear weapons. Only the North Koreans knew that he was really a closet FAG, as evidenced by their post-speech response, in which they characterized Bush's speech as a "loud-mouthed threat."

Compare this to the FAG policy: We support empty rhetoric backed by inaction. We believe that the way to resolve conflict with a dangerous regime is by backing up that empty rhetoric with watered-down UN resolutions.


So whose policy has won out? The fascistic neocon/Republican policy, or FAG's?

Look at the facts. On the eve of North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile test in July, members of the Bush Administration said that they would "not allow" the test to take place, and openly threatened to shoot the missile down with the vaunted new anti-missile system, which, they claimed, was already operational. However, when the actual missile tests took place, the Bush Administration not only didn't attack, but they backed off, pretended that the missile was not a threat, and tried to hush the whole thing up. In other words, they revealed for the first time that they were borrowing a page straight from the FAG playbook.

FAG was still on guard when the North Koreans announced their recent nuclear test. The Bush Administration warned of tough measures, saying that they wouldn't allow it.

After the nuclear explosion, however, the White House response was pure, vintage FAG. They spread disinformation claiming that no nuclear test took place, implementing a FAG strategy of "when in fear, deny reality"; at the same time, they took up the matter with the UN, the one organization which FAG loves more than bathhouses. True to form, the UN passed a watered-down resolution with toothless sanctions, and Bush and Rice talked up that resolution as if it accomplished something.

This week, with another test looming, the Bush administration warned North Korea to desist or, in the words of the great FAG icon Hans Brix, "We will be very angry with you... and we will write you a letter, telling you how angry we are."

But just in case even a UN resolution might provoke North Korea, Bush went the extra FAG mile by announcing that he had "no intention" of attacking. Other administration officials have since bent over backwards to assure the North Koreans that America does not intend to attack. They do not even hide their cowardice. And indeed, why should they?

We believe it is time to call a FAG a FAG. The Bush Administration can no longer keep its true political orientation a dirty secret. A policy of empty rhetoric, combined with toothless resolutions to the UN, and humiliating standowns, is exactly the sort of policy we have been advocating for years now. It is not our intention merely to claim credit -- that wouldn't be the FAG way, but rather the BITCHY way. However, we do believe in straight-forward honesty.

The point is this. Mr. President, FAG stands behind you on your North Korean policy. FAG has your rear covered. And we will continue to cover your rear so long as you continue to behave like a FAG. Something tells us, we're going to be bedfellows for another two years, and we look forward to every minute.


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added Oct. 25, 2006, 7:45 AM EST:

The Keith Oberman, MSNBC show host, speaks out again on Bush lies and the suspension of Habeas Corpus, click here for YouTube Video. Link was placed in first comment of this post.

Speaking out about Connecticut Official Corruption took me out of my Classic Corvette (pictured in post) to junky old wrecks (also pictured), click here

Complaining about Crack Cocaine and Heroin
being sold off my front yard and near my Stafford Springs, Connecticut, rental properties caused me to lose these fine pets and much more, click here for pictures and post.

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This in by email, posted Oct. 29, 2006, 5 AM EST:

This is a short poem made up entirely of actual quotations from George W. Bush.

These have been arranged, only for aesthetic purposes, by Washington Post writer, Richard Thompson.

A wonderful poem like this is too good not to share.

MAKE THE PIE HIGHER

I think we all agree, the past is over.

This is still a dangerous world.

It's a world of madmen and uncertainty
And potential mental losses.

Is our children learning?

Will the highways of the InternetBecome more few?

How many hands have I shaked?

They misunderestimate me.

I am a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity.

I know that the human being
And the fish can coexist.

Families is where our nation finds hope,Where our wings take dream.

Put food on your family!

Knock down the tollbooth!

Vulcanize society!

Make the pie higher!

I am the Decider!

(Pass this on. Help cure Mad Cowboy disease in the next election)

Pardon the Witches and Warlocks?

Excerpt:

Unlike Massachusetts and Virginia who have pardoned the men and women accused and executed for witchcraft Connecticut officials don't see the need for pardons, and have avoided the subject as the state readies itself for a gubernatorial election.

"Gov. M. Jodi Rell's spokesman Judd Everhart, though, says the matter of pardoning accused witches just isn't within the governor's purview.

That would be the state's Board of Pardons and Paroles, he says. Gregory R. Everett, chairman of that board, says he would have to get a legal opinion, but is skeptical that his board has the power to posthumously pardon anyone - let alone those executed so long ago.

"A spokesman for Rell's challenger John DeStefano, fishing for votes, hints that he might be more open to the issue than Rell but since he's trailing badly in the polls I wouldn't hold my breath for that outcome.

Since Avery began her quest she has been covered by the Wall Street Journal and the BBC. The publicity has helped her form a larger group working towards the quest of exoneration. But it remains to be seen if the Pagan descendant* of a falsely accused Christian woman can set the record straight.

For more of the above from The Wild Hunt blog click here

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"Rell, you Ignorant Slut!"

I have heard that yelled in a cafe near the servers quarters at a local establishment in Connecticut.

Bill Curry has the real skippy on Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell. click here

Should Rell have been arrested, had a trial, and be in a Connecticut Women's or Federal Prison, or should she be the Republican Candidate for Governor?

Monday, October 23, 2006

Controlling YouTube’s content would be a propagandists wet dream

TECHNOLOGY
YouTube Changing Culture Access To Avenues Of Communication Are Democratized
October 19, 2006
By PATRICK GOLDSTEIN, Los Angeles Times (cut and pasted from the Hartford Courant website)

Appearing on "The Daily Show" the other night to plug his new Comedy Central program, "Freak Show," David Cross joked that he assumed all the viewers had already seen the show.

You're right, Stewart said with a laugh, "None of them get Comedy Central, they all (go to) YouTube."Welcome to the new media universe, where for millions of video junkies, the best TV network in America isn't Comedy Central, MTV, ESPN or even HBO, but YouTube, the amazing website whose video clips are viewed more than 100 million times each day. Launched last year, the website has enjoyed an astounding ascent, being bought last week by Google for $1.65 billion.

In an era increasingly defined by audience-driven events, YouTube represents the triumph of bottom-up culture and another sign that old media businesses, from record companies and TV networks to newspapers, are going to see more of their audience migrating to the Internet.

In the old days - meaning way, way back in 2004 - if I'd missed ABC's Diane Sawyer grilling Mel Gibson or Bill Clinton getting into a spitting match with Fox News reporter Chris Wallace, I'd kick myself for not taping it, then frantically scramble around trying to find a replay. Now I go to YouTube. The website is best known for its homemade videos, like the guy who guzzles Mentos and Diet Coke or Lonelygirl15, whose two-minute videos became a Web mystery sensation this summer.

The impact of this instantaneous access has been earthshaking, from politics to pop culture. Speaking at a conference in Paris last week, Disney-ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney minced few words about how thoroughly the landscape has been altered.

"The digital revolution has unleashed a consumer coup," she said.

"Audiences have the upper hand and show no sign of giving it back."

YouTube is already having an impact on this year's election cycle. In years past, political candidates were sold essentially in the same way as movie stars, in carefully staged settings and market-tested ads. Now the scripted veneer has been stripped away by young volunteers, armed with video cameras, who stalk opposition candidates, record their gaffes and post them on YouTube.

The best-known gotcha YouTube post came from an Indian American student tailing Sen. George Allen, R-Va. The student recently captured an irritated Allen pointing him out and telling his supporters, "Let's give a welcome to macaca here - welcome to America."

The slur prompted a tsunami of media coverage that sent Allen's campaign into a tailspin. Another popular series of clips shows U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., on the campaign trail, joshing about his Guatemalan gardener and struggling to stay awake during a Senate hearing.

For some, YouTube is a giant compendium of home videos; for others, an arts encyclopedia.

Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout, a recent convert, found he could use the site's search engine to link to rare, long-ago performances by the likes of Count Basie, Pablo Casals, Andres Segovia and Jascha Heifetz. With Bravo and other networks swapping highbrow fare for "Dog the Bounty Hunter," Teachout views YouTube as a cultural savior or, as he put it, "by posting this list of links, I have, in effect, created a Web-based fine arts video-on-demand site."

(See his posting at http://www.terryteachout.com/.)

YouTube is something special, a great leap forward in the democratization of pop culture. After seeing a video called "Lazy Muncie," a spoof of a "Saturday Night Live" sketch called "Lazy Sunday" that had itself become a sensation after being posted on YouTube, L.A. radio commentator Rob Long viewed the impact this way:

"What does it say if you're Lorne Michaels and it turns out there are two funny guys in Muncie who don't need you to give them permission to make a funny little movie because YouTube is their network and YouTube doesn't have a vice president of comedy development to say, `Yeah, but um, can it be about people in their 30s juggling relationships and their careers?'

"While some fans are justifiably worried that the sale of YouTube to Google will usher in the kind of advertising clutter rampant at MySpace, which looks like the Web equivalent of a Sunset Strip billboard forest, most of YouTube's troubles have arisen from media companies who view video sharing as an attack on their copyrights and business models. Earlier this year, NBC forced the site to remove "Lazy Sunday," believing fans should have to go to the network's website to view it, apparently unaware that the young guys watching the clip on YouTube were the same guys who'd already stopped watching "SNL" and network TV in general.

This summer, NBC announced a marketing arrangement with YouTube, which was followed by licensing deals with CBS, Warner Music and Sony BMG Music. But the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday that lawyers from News Corp., NBC Universal and Viacom still believe YouTube could be liable for copyright penalties of $150,000 per unauthorized video.

Last month, Universal Music chief Doug Morris blasted YouTube and News Corp.-owned MySpace, calling them "copyright infringers," saying the sites "owe us tens of millions of dollars."

But last week Morris agreed to license Universal Music content to YouTube in return for some form of compensation.

Asked if News Corp. would go after YouTube for copyright violations, that corporation's Peter Chernin, Hollywood's most vocal advocate of copyright protection, said, "We don't have any immediate plans to do anything, and frankly, if we did, we wouldn't announce it now."

It may take years for all these bewildering legal issues to play out. But for now, YouTube is an unruly swap meet. But it's also the kind of level playing field where some noisy kid dancing in his underwear has just as much star power as a pampered celebrity.

Is this a democracy or what?

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The Federal Reserve, The US Banking Cartel

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Writer/Director Aaron Russo

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Freedom, or the false perception of, can be deleted in one key stroke of an unseen master. All money and all items for sale will get a small radio frequency emitting tag, so probably will all citizens including newborns. The US income tax does not even pay the interest on the debts. A program to eliminate the Middle Class and subjugate the poor has been in place before even Clinton took office.

President George W. Bush and his minions now have given themselves the ability to arrest anyone and hold them in prison for life, no trial, no hearing.

What is the USA, really?

-Steven G. Erickson a.k.a. blogger Vikingas


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Why have elections if Judges rule all branches of government with no accountability?
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Monday, October 16, 2006

Saddam says for the US to get out of Iraq

6.45pm

Saddam calls on people to unite and oust invaders

Michael Howard in Sulaimaniya
Monday October 16, 2006
The Guardian


Saddam argues with trial judge Oreibi al-Khalifa
Saddam Hussein in court. Photograph: Erik de Castro/AP
Saddam Hussein, who is on trial for mass murder and genocide, has issued an extraordinary message from his prison cell, urging warring Iraqis to set aside their differences, drive the multinational forces from Iraq, and then forgive those "who shed the blood of your sons and brothers".

In a three-page open letter dictated to his lawyers on Saturday and made public yesterday, the former Iraqi dictator said resistance against the US-led occupation forces was "a right and a duty" and that "victory is certain". But he said: "Do not forget that your goal is to liberate your country from the invaders and their followers and is not a settling of accounts outside this goal."

Since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, tens of thousands of Iraqis have lost their lives as a result of attacks by multinational forces and growing insurgent and sectarian violence, which is pushing the country towards all-out civil war. In his message, Saddam wrote: "I urge the brothers in the noble resistance and the great Iraqi people to be just and fair," adding that they should "keep the door of forgiveness open until the last minute that precedes the hour of liberation".

He also called on Iraqis "to forgive those who shed the blood of your sons and brothers, including the sons of Saddam Hussein". Uday and Qusay Hussein were killed in a US raid in Mosul in 2003 after a tip-off by an Iraqi man who was sheltering them.

Government officials in Baghdad dismissed the letter. "It is surprising, not to say strange, that the man who has done more to sow division and bloodshed in Iraq than any other human being is now talking of unity and forgiveness," a spokesman said.

Saddam said his missive was to mark the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. But it was also seen as a sign of frustration at his failure to exploit his appearances in court for political ends. Frequent outbursts during proceedings have resulted in his microphone being turned off and his ejection from the courtroom.

The former president and seven co-defendants are on trial for allegedly ordering the killing of 148 Shia Muslims from the village of Dujail after an assassination attempt against Saddam in 1982. Saddam is also facing genocide charges relating to the Anfal campaign against the Kurds in the late 1980s in which more than 100,000 people are said to have been killed.

The Iraqi high tribunal was originally due to announce a verdict in the Dujail case yesterday, but the court said it needed more time to review evidence. "Right now they are checking some testimonies and details. If they finish by then, then they will definitely announce the verdict on November 5," said Jaafar al Moussawi, the chief prosecutor. If found guilty, Saddam faces the death penalty.

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Homeland "Abuse Fund" or Homeland Security Fund?

EDITORIALS (Hartford Courant, Connecticut)

More Emergency Funds

October 16, 2006
Connecticut residents could probably accept the fact that every state in the union will receive 4 percent reductions in basic homeland security grants in the 2007 fiscal year.

But the state would be unfairly shortchanged under a new formula that distributes a projected $770 million in Urban Area Security Initiative grants around the nation based on the chance of a terrorist attack.

Until last year, urban area security grants had been distributed to states based on population size.

Because they regard the state as a low risk, officials at the Department of Homeland Security are likely to cut Connecticut's assistance for emergency preparations from a high of $52.1 million in fiscal 2004 to an estimated $15.4 million in the fiscal year ending in 2007. Connecticut's attempts use those funds to improve communications among towns in the event of a major emergency - so-called interoperability - could be severely hampered as a result.

Homeland Security's assessment of risk to Connecticut fails to take into consideration a number of factors, such as the fact that Connecticut is home to two nuclear power plants, a Navy submarine base and shipping ports in New Haven, New London and Bridgeport.

It also ignores the targets that Connecticut presents in its submarine- and aircraft-building industry and its proximity to New York City, where the 9/11 attacks occurred.

Surely, Sen. Joe Lieberman, who sits on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. Chris Shays, who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee, can secure more than $15.4 million.

There is no sound reason for Connecticut to expect a decreasing share of an increasing pot of Urban Area Security Initiative money.

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There is an overabundance of police, secret investigators, and informants on the streets. Not a dollar is left unviewed. The Homeland Security fund is just a tax dollar waste rights taking farce.

-Steven G. Erickson a.k.a. blogger Vikingas

Friday, October 13, 2006

God's gonna get the Bush boys for making fun of him



No one should be surprised that President George W. Bush and his senior aides privately ridiculed right-wing Christians and evangelicals that helped put them into office. Bush has shown repeatedly that he lacks respect for anything, be it the Constitution, freedoms that once were considered sacrosanct in the nation, the law or the truth.

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An excerpt:

This doesn't surprise me. Republicans have long been hypocrites when it came to the religious right. Even Ronald Reagan, the darling of the right-wing, ridiculed the Christian conservatives.

But Bush embraced the Bible thumpers with carefully-orchestrated public enthusiasm while he cursed like a sailor and ridiculed them behind closed doors. He called the Constitution a "goddamned piece of paper," refers to political enemies as "fucking idiots" and lies without remorse to Congress, the American people.

Kuo's book uncovers another sham by the Bush White House, another callous use of supporters for political gain and another lie from an administration whose record is built on deception.

God's gonna get 'em for that.

© Copyright 2006 by Capitol Hill Blue


Doug Thompson also publishes a personal blog at Blue Ridge Muse.

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What can we expect from a Nazi regime.
Hitler used the I am in power because of GOD thing and these crooks use Hitlers hand book.

I will give Bush and his "gang of crooks" credit for one thing, they know that if you want to control people, you do it through religion. Want proof? Just look at the religious world, a bunch of "controlled freaks".

I've always kind of wondered just exactly when God registered Republican anyway.

Actually, I have to agree with Mr. Bush's assessment of the "Bible-thumpers". My experience has shown that most of them ARE ignorant, fanatic nut cases!

Posted by: keith | October 13, 2006 8:32 AM

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And, over at the SRV:

The Jailers of the World, The US



This is my vision of Bush Co. feeding crooked Corporate America and Iraq contractors where half of the tax dollars spent can't be accounted for.

Are US jails in and out of America, mostly for those that complain about George W. Bush and Company screwing all peoples of the world, including average Americans, to enrich themselves?

Are those that complain about Bush Co. screwing them, automatically considered terrorists?

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added Oct. 16, 2006, 7:40 AM EST:

Mitch McConnell: A thug and shakedown artist

October 16, 2006 5:48 AM | Capitol Hillbillies | 1 Comments

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is a thug who shakes down political contributors and strong arms government agencies into awarding contracts to his donors.

That's the conclusion of an investigation by the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader into the Kentucky Senator's activities.

Reports Editor & Publisher:

A six-month examination of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's career by the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, based on thousands of documents and scores of interviews, "shows the nexus between his actions and his donors' agendas," the paper concludes in a major report today. "He pushes the government to help cigarette makers, Las Vegas casinos, the pharmaceutical industry, credit card lenders, coal mine owners and others.

"Critics, including anti-poverty groups and labor unions, complain that McConnell has come to represent his affluent donors at the expense of Kentucky, the relatively poor state he is supposed to represent. They point, for example, to his support last year for a tough bankruptcy law, backed by New York banks that support him."

The massive report is titled "Price Tap Poltics." It features quotes referring to McConnell's allegedly "thuggish" and "shakedown" practices.

At the same time, the owners of the Lexington paper said they will return funding the newspaper received to pursue a the series of stories that looks at McConnell, a leading Republican, and his political fundraising.

Howard Weaver, vice president for news at McClatchy Co., announced that company that owns the Lexington Herald-Leader would reimburse the Center for Investigative Reporting for a $37,500 grant the newspaper received from the Center for Investigative Reporting, a California-based nonprofit that has financed or conducted groundbreaking work in television and print journalism.

"If we want one of our staff members to do a report for one of our papers, we should pay for it," Weaver said.

The four-part series was published as planned, beginning Sunday. It includes e-mails to and from McConnell's office, memos, and other documents.

In one example, from 1998, it notes that McConnell helped to kill a proposal to curb youth smoking. About four months later, he called lobbyists at R.J. Reynolds Co. and asked for $200,000 in corporate "soft money" that he could pass to Republican senators in elections. In an e-mail exchange, published today, the lobbyists settled on "doing an additional 100,000 to him immediately and then seeing what we have left at end of next week."

McConnell drew national attention for his outspoken opposition to a bipartisan campaign-finance bill that President Bush signed into law in 2002. He was the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the measure, which the Supreme Court upheld in December 2003.

In a series of e-mails and phone calls to Herald-Leader editors, McConnell's top aides accused the Center for Investigative Reporting of liberal bias.

Don Stewart, McConnell's communications director, said a search of campaign contributions by members of the center's board of directors and staff members revealed donations only to Democratic candidates or affiliated groups.

The allegations of bias by the Center for Investigative Reporting surprised Dan Noyes, its acting executive director.

"We certainly have been attacked over the years, but I'm not sure I've ever seen somebody attack the story in the media before it has even appeared," he said.

The Herald-Leader story on the refund opened this way:

"Marilyn W. Thompson, then editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader, faced a problem last year that is afflicting more and more newspaper editors across the country: She wanted to initiate a major reporting project but lacked sufficient resources to finance it.

"Thompson, who wanted the paper to take a deep look at Mitch McConnell, Kentucky's senior senator, came up with an answer. She would seek support from the Center for Investigative Reporting, a California-based non-profit group that has financed or conducted groundbreaking work in television and print journalism.

"The idea was approved by Thompson's bosses at Knight Ridder, which owned the Herald-Leader. The center approved a $37,500 grant, and reporter John Cheves went to work.

"But this week, with Cheves winding up a six-month examination of McConnell, and the senator's staff raising questions about the unusual grant, the Herald-Leader's new owner, McClatchy Co., came to a different conclusion."

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The Republicans especially are bad as a whole. The Democrats that went along have too often been cowards.

The rich are getting rich at the expense of the poor.

With Eminent Domain anyone can be displaced off their property. The rich will have the monopoly and exclusive use of water and scenic areas, no riffraff.

With internal spies and overabundance of police, the writing is on the wall. Those that speak out do so at more risk than probably ever before. Try doing a word search on my complete name.

The rich and corrupt think they are royalty and everyone else is expendable and for profit. We should show them different.




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Murtha blasts Republicans for name-calling

October 15, 2006 3:12 AM | Capitol Hillbillies | 5 Comments

Rep. John Murtha, a decorated Marine veteran who favors withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, wrote an essay for Sunday's Washington Post blasting Republicans for referring to him and other Iraq war opponents as "Defeatocrats."

In his opinion piece, first published on the Post's Web site Saturday night, Murtha, D-Pa., said Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and others in the White House have called Iraq war opponents appeasers and pessimists and labeled Democrats the "cut and run" party.

"It's all baseless name-calling, and it's all wrong," Murtha wrote. "Unless, of course, being a Defeatocrat means taking a good hard look at the administration's Iraq policy and determining that it's a failure.

"In that case, count me in. Because Democrats recognize that we're headed for a far greater disaster in Iraq if we don't change course _ and soon. This is not defeatism. This is realism."

Murtha, a military hawk and close confidant of top military officials, surprised Washington last year when he called for pulling all troops out of Iraq within months.

At a GOP fundraiser in Milwaukee last month, Cheney accused Murtha of advocating a policy of retreat in the war against terrorism.

In the Post essay, Murtha wrote: "Democrats are fighting a war on two fronts: One is combating the spin and intimidation that defines this administration. The other is fighting to change course, to do things better, to substitute smart, disciplined strategy for dogma and denial in Iraq.

"That's not defeatism. That's our duty," Murtha wrote.



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I am tired of all the name calling as well.I used to just be an American,but I have acquired a whole string of labels for my thinking under the Bush Adminstration. Trouble is the only thing that changed was my ENTIRE country, as if Rove and Bush suicided America.

This might be encouraging, except that Murtha's idea of "smart, disciplined strategy" is still to subjugate and plunder the nation a different way.

So; exactly how is Murtha plundering the nation? Some ppeoples crimes can go unmentioned yet realized, but in Murtha's case maybe not. So bear witness or shut up.

Phil

When considering leadership and military matters, President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld aren't qualified to carry John Murtha's underwear. Neither are you!

The was a "rumor" floating around Pennsylvania that John Murtha's original out burst on Iraq was a blind feeler to test his Presidential chances. Don't know if there is any truth in this but the reaction obviously discouraged any intentions he may have had.

Dave
Mountaineer, not a hilbilly




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Abandon hope all ye who enter the voting booth

October 11, 2006 8:25 AM | Rant | 38 Comments .

By DOUG THOMPSON

That stench that makes you want to puke is coming out of a political sewer called Washington - a place littered with the rotting corpses of American idealism and drowning in the blood from a wounded and dying republic.

101106death.jpgCorruption, scandal, immorality and lapses in ethical judgment have become so pervasive in today's government that Americans find themselves numb. Our government is awash in deceit, driven by a lust for power and controlled by those for whom truth and morality are foreign concepts.

In 1994, Republicans marched into control of Congress astride promises to reform the system, eliminate pork barrel politics and restore honesty and accountability to government. Instead, they have proven even more corrupt, dishonest and immoral than the Democrats they replaced in the seats of power.

Six years later, George W. Bush would promise "the most ethical administration in history." Instead he delivered the most corrupt, a despotic power-mad White House bent on domination and driven by lies.

This goes beyond normal political corruption. We are talking about perversion of the system by a cancer that goes to the very core of our way of life. In politics and government, lying is the norm, not the exception. We expect our leaders to deceive us and rationalize it by claiming the other side lies more often or tells bigger ones.

We accept intrusions on our freedoms by buying into the fantasy that such intrusions become necessary to remain safe when, in fact, we are less safe in a government that intrudes or spies or interferes.

Dishonesty becomes relative and measured not by whether it is right or wrong but by the outcome. It is OK to lie about sex but not about war. It is OK to accept the blind faith argument that our government knows what's best for us when, in fact, our government turns out to be a bigger enemy to freedom than any Islam-spouting terrorist.

Sadly, those we elect to represent us immediately forget that this is supposed to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people. They start to believe that it is, instead, government of the powerful, by the influential and for the special interests.

Our forefathers never intended for government service to become a career yet nearly every facet of our lives are controlled by lifetime politicians who live in a world far removed from ordinary Americans. Our fates lie in the hands of those who see elected office as a way to accumulate both wealth and power.

Polls show voter anger at an all-time high, driven by too many lies about Iraq and too many scandals involving sex and money. The odds are strong that Republicans will be sent packing and Democrats returned to power.

There is no doubt that the Republicans deserve to be sent home. Some should go to jail for their crimes against decency and the Constitution. As a voter in Virginia, I will vote against GOP incumbent Senator George Allen because I don't want a racist who also takes bribes representing the Commonwealth in Congress,

Jim Webb will probably make a better Senator than Allen. That won't be hard given the low threshold that Allen has set but at the same time I'm not sure he will be a good Senator. Webb's campaign has relied on innuendo and distortions and that raises questions to me about his honesty.

And I fear that Democrats, if they gain control of the House and/or the Senate will fall back into their old habits of catering to their brand of special interests and putting the perks of power above the needs of the country.

The system is corrupt and rotten to the core and it has taken a long time to get there. The moral decay comes from both political parties as well as an apathetic and self-centered populace that sat out too many elections and allowed the infection to spread.

An answer to America's ills may no longer be available at the ballot box or through the current system that controls our government, our lives and our destiny.

It may be too late to trust the system. It has let us down too many times.

© Copyright 2006 by Capitol Hill Blue


Doug Thompson also publishes a personal blog at Blue Ridge Muse.

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Doug: couldn't agree with you more. The corruption,
favoritism and nepotism are at all time highs. The country needs a change in leadershipt. But. My prediction is that Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney, or their underlings are planning a terrorist attack on a federal facility to get the voters on their side.

They'll have delta force target a quiet post office
after hours, blow it up,
and blame it on Islamic terrorists.

Then they'll have all the airtime they need, just before the elections.

Call me cynical, but I would not put it past them

Ya to jason, the power mad repubs will attack us once again and the sheep will fall into place.
We will call you cynical, but you and I and the rest of the world can't be wrong.

These New-Cons are reading Hitlers play book. First you have a fire in the Reichstag, you arrest a terrorist, bring him to court and scream bloody murder and terroist attacks that are coming to kill our system of things, all the good in the country that we worked so hard for and they will rape and kill all virgins in Germany, I mean the United States.

So as terrorism has risen from the grave in these last 20 odd years, had done it for Hitler and will do it for Bush, If we let him trash the CONSTITUTION.

The question is not what the New-Cons are going to do next, but what will the sheep of the US do next. Will they come to there senses or follow blindly into the abyss of no return.

The feeling I get in the pit of my stomach when I think of the all the men who lost there lives in WWll for our freedom...have died in vain, because I think we now have a fascist system in our country the kind of tyrany we fought againist

Good one Doug!

The problem seems to be that our voters do not understand their responsibility. If they don't understand how the government is supposed to work, how can they vote for anyone.

The schools in America have not taught Civics in their classrooms and instead are teaching the kids how to vote. The Constitution is a remarkable document and must be learned and respected to make our system work.

Jason, I hope you are wrong but your statement reflects the thoughts of many of us.

The "worse than Pearl Harbor" scenario worked and could again.

A common thought one hears if he listens to people out across the country goes along the line of "if you don't get caught, ethics really doesn't matter."

Perhaps the rot that Doug speaks so well about goes a lot deeper than simply our leadership. We cannot expect ethical leaders if we as a collective group have no real clue what the word means.

Doug,
When it pours out of you like this one did...you are at your best my friend.

Yes, I believe that the sick republicans will attack us just before the November elections just like they did on 9/11 and blame it on someone else. And when the repulicans say they love GOD. They are not talking about JESUS. There talking about the green GOD. MONEY

No need to blow up the post office as long as enough operatives in enough states control the voting.

Job one is getting the voting secure.

Job two is VOTE! Hold any Congress member taking office in January to high standards, regardless of party. If they don't meet our standards for legislation in the public interest (all the public, not the ones who backed them!), then out they go next election!

If we don't pay attention, we get the public officials we deserve!

Doug:

You state: "...the odds are strong that the Republicans will be sent packing...".

Maybe. Maybe not.

You forget, Doug, that in the twenty or thirty key races, Republicans have a very strong running mate: a chap named Diebold. He helped steal three prior elections, and he is poised to strike again!!

Vederemo.

Ernie Shrenzel

From article:
"As a voter in Virginia, I ... I don't want a racist ... in Congress,"

Racist is a nonsense word and a propaganda word. I think what you are saying is that you don't want someone who is racially conscious and who openly promotes the ethnic interests of his people in congress.

Since all Jews and nonwhites in America are encouraged to be racially conscious and to openly promote the ethnic interests of their people, (while white Gentiles are punished for showing just a hint of racial aggression), you are left with racially emasculated white Gentiles to vote for.

Republicans may control the outcome of votes cast at the machines, so I have requested an absentee ballot this year to be sure there is an audit trail of MY vote. I may even send it back by certified mail, return receipt, in order to ensure that it is delivered and counted.

Might I suggest you all do the same?

Racism and sexism are the easiest cons because there are easily visible differences. They are always a free ride and a cheap thrill for the half-baked who are easily suckered by others who prey upon their weaknesses.

We shall have to start really educating the people by telling the truth about the system and how it works.

I do it every day standing by the roadside with signs. They say things like, "Misery Makes GOP Crooks Rich", or "GOP Crooks Terrorize to Steal". It is better to go to a death camp guilty of something than by mistake.

Doug you are so right,but as a person that worked elections and then was a Judge at the elections for years I have to say no one can tell who will win.

I come from a small town but as the years have gone by I have watched our votes go away. There is the problem we have no paper trail. I have worked a recount before I was Judge and it was a hard thing, but we had a paper that real people marked and their vote was counted. If you have no paper trail you can't know what really happened. You can't really know who did what. This has worked wonderful for the Republicans and could later for the Democrats but not now the Republicans are running the show. Give me the old paper trail and let the Judges of the Election stand for accountablity if there is a recount. That is the only way to know, and we have lost that.

I to look for something big to scare everyone and to be lead like sheep but I doubt they have to. The voting system is screwed up.

I can no longer work the Elections because of a stroke, but I can see the writing on the wall and it isn't pretty.

If you control the electronic voting machines, the voting rules, the vote counting and the courts, then you control the election outcome.

Gee, the Republicans currently hold all those cards, don't they?

I've been hearing folks say after the next Diebold'ed election sends the corrupt, thieving, lying, kiddie-chasing, Bush-coddling Republican Congress and Senate back to Washington for more of the same, they are ready for a little "in the streets" feedback.

Maybe it's time for an old fashioned civil rights rally for people of all colors, religions and political persuasions?

Doug, I am so glad that I found your voice. Clarity like yours needs to be heard all over the world.

We need to vote in a Democratic Congress who will not cave in to the President. Who will impeach him for the monster he is. I have never seen another group of men take so much power as Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Chertov, etc. since the Nazi’s.

There has never been another human being in history who needs to be placed in check and punished as much as Bush does. He is by far the worst serial killer in history! We all need, in every state, to watch the newly elected officials, get their email addresses and bombard them if they cross the line. We all need to write to the newspapers and declare when we know they are corrupt or have forgotten the people and demand accountability.

Everything we hear or see must be made public. We can no longer tolerate leadership that will not give us honesty. We need to voice our needs. There have been very few demonstrations against this administration because they control the police forces and have the people arrested. That’s the kind of fear King George has fostered, not the fear of us being bombed. We are losing our freedoms, our right to speak out, our pride as Americans. We need to be able to publicly demonstrate and voice our differences, as is our right. Please keep up the good work and keep exposing these monsters.

We also need to know about the bombing of the ammunitions dump in Iraq. That information is being kept quiet – but I haven’t watched anything on the networks today. That is first time I have seen any communications come out of the White House and the military regarding Iraq that did not scream “insurgents”. What will happen to our men and women without adequate supply? Will they have to revert to throwing stones to protect themselves? They are so far from home.

They don't need Diebold (though it certainly doesn't hurt...) nor do they need to stage a terrorist attack, when they have the good ol' abortion issue to heat up their "base" around the country by trying to "outlaw" abortion in the state of South Dakota. Next election it'll be the gays again...Look, Karl Rove stated publically that it is "dangerous" for people to become educated because it makes them "more Democratic". We have a profoundly uneducated population in this country.

My husband calls them "the uneducated masses". They're not going to college, they're going to church and straight to the polling boxes. I have worked for campaigns and am staunch about my responsibility to vote in every election, BUT, even I am starting to feel that it's pointless.

They're CHEATING. But, ahhh, yes, it's OK to cheat when they believe they're doing it for our own good. Let us decide that, thank you. I may be wrong, but I think that's what our Founding Father's had in mind. The least the Rebublican's can do is come right out and say "Look, this is no longer a Democracy, that doesn't serve our needs at all, so we've changed things around.

What are you going to do about it? Oh, that's right...nothing, because you can't. We have all the money and power and you have no way of fighting us". I won't go down without a fight, but with healthcare having risen 87% since 2000, gas is up 60% since 2001, public college costs rose 44% over the past 4 years...I don't know about you, but we are drowning under our cost of living (here in California) and I don't even have any money left over to donate to a candidate I believe in! They've bled the competition dry.

ZERO TOLERANCE FOR CORRUPT POTICIANS AND ZERO TOLERANCE FOR ALL LOBBYISTS !!!!!!
OUTLAW ALL LOBBYISTS.
WE NEED SECURITY!!! The dictators like cameras so put cameras in all public offices and elected officials homes and cars ( they work for us don't they). Make lobbing a major crime with mandatory a life sentence. Lobbists = traitors. Crooked/lying politicians = traitors Lying to maninpulate public opinion = DEATH SENTENCE

It is time that we got serious about preserving our democracy.

I fear that what our government has devolved into, thanks to the lack of intense examination by the public what is happening "in our name" and then action there upon, will require what the 2nd Virginia President said...
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
Thomas Jefferson

How did we get to this point - simple...

"Americans are not critical thinkers by and large. We suffer from a
collective sociogenic learning disability based on the complete
commodification of our consciousness by consumerism and electronic media. So we are not only bitterly unhappy and alienated, we are intensely stupid and attached to denial."
SSgt Stan Goff

Keep up the rants Doug, but watch your 6.

Doug, I agree 100% with you about it possibly being too late.

Our politicians have over-stepped the boundaries of decency and the Constitution to the degree that not only we American's have and will suffer dire consequences, but the entire world.

I'm afraid that our future will be dismal and unforgiving.

Doug, you wrote:

"An answer to America's ills may no longer be available at the ballot box or through the current system that controls our government, our lives and our destiny.

It may be too late to trust the system. It has let us down too many times."

I don't disagree with you on this, but what do you propose as a solution?

Are you thinking of running for the post of Benevolet Libertarian Dictator (an oxymoron)?

If so, does this mean that all speeches by the BLD will be Rants? :>)

A major concern should be the movement of the 6th fleet; and it's arrival off the coast of Iran by Oct 24th. Do we have another Gulf of Tonkin in the works or some other act that will cause the blind and dumb of this Country to rally around the occupants of the White House.

Doug...truly a great excoriation of the system!

John Strause's comments and quotes are so clear that it's time for self-examination.

The Federalist Papers are full of warnings by James Madison and Alexander Hamilton about the citizens, or voter's if you will, political responsibilities - meaning what role we play in safe guarding the Republic form of government becoming self-serving and corrupt.

The American voters can no longer deny their shortcoming and failure to maintain and protect their "Freedoms" because they have been lured into listening to politicans make pleas to giving them to power to control our "Security".

The following quote screams out what is important for all American's to consider and act on to protect and preserve:

"You and I are told we must choose between a left and right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream-the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path." 1992 Ronald Reagan - "A Time To Chose "

Even Ronald Reagan recognized the dangers of confusing the difference between "Freedom and Secuirty".

We have no one to blame but ourselves. A stand was not made after the 2000 election. GB was not, had not the qualifications to be president. When he was declared the winner, the country should have risen up and rejected the claim, sadly we did not. It was accepted. In 2004 the Democrats let the country down by giving us Kerry, the best they had to offer. The campagin was bungled and he was made to look even worse, then he was.

We punished ourselves by keeping GW in power, we had given him the majority of the House and Senate, again we deserved what came.

We have now the chance to fix our mistakes. We must take full advantage to change the course of America. We must demand the Democrats to do what is the right way to go, our future depends on it.

Doug, great rant, great thoughts that are right on. We need to get the Republicans out of power, next we need to get the Democrats out of power, and finally we need to put balanced Americans into our leadership positions.

...but, I'll wager that we will hear from bin Laden right before the elections, again.

In Washington, PA, recent issues of the local paper, the Observer-Reporter, have carried an educational page about the U.S. Constitution, and "How a Bill Bwecomes a Law."

Oddly enough, the week-long and very lengthy explanation fails to even mention "signing statements" as ANY part of the process.

You must know something that I don't. During the debates Webb seemed to intentionally stay far away from Allen's messes. Also Webb's ads look pretty clean to me as well(unlike Allen's). However,I admit I'm biased -- my experience is that Marine officers just ooze honesty and integrity. It is tough to get men to risk their lives in battle if they feel you are lying to them.

You must know something that I don't. During the debates Webb seemed to intentionally stay far away from Allen's messes. Also Webb's ads look pretty clean to me as well(unlike Allen's). However,I admit I'm biased -- my experience is that Marine officers just ooze honesty and integrity. It is tough to get men to risk their lives in battle if they feel you are lying to them.

Dear Doug,

Well said. I believe that if the system were changed slightly the benefits could be far reaching. I'm thinking of some form of porportional representation.
Naturally I have such a plan but there's not enough room here, nor is it the place, to present it.
Stay mad!

In the name of Jesus Christ who's name has been drug through the dirt by our current Government.

Please spread the truth about our 2 party, one dictatorship. We have been overthrown, period. Our news is lies; Our Government sold! And now I wait for another Government sponsored

Terrorist Attack on the West Coast, where dissent is greatest.

We cannot believe the media anymore, we must prepare for our government to stage an invasion, sold to the highest bidder.

If you think we are not for sale, I am sorry for you and yours.

I would not doubt a behind the scenes deal with a country that we are being trained to hate, perhaps N. Korea.

Please spread the truth, and dip in love, because as evil as this Matrix is, there are still plenty of people that will die for it, thinking they are doing the right thing.

God Bless and Take Care,
Mike

Doug,
Please do a story about the GAO report of November of last year. The report proves the 2004 election was stolen, as the 2006 election will be stolen.

Please hurry and get this story out. We most NOT vote using electronic machines. They can't steal the votes electronically if there are no votes to steal.

Doug,
As usual, you are right on the money. (If you will forgive the phrase.) I agree that the Republicans should be sent packing. Some for home, MOST for jail. I too am not sure that the Democrats will do ANY better, but I am willing to give them a chance, as I absolutely believe that we CANNOT endure another two years of this situation.

I just finished reading Bush on the couch. I think the first thing we need to get out to people is to stop believing the delusions of a mad leader. The scary thing is that we are backing him and his enablers into a corner. I can't believe how the republicans stand behind their leaders no matter what the truth is, they find a way to spin it.

Yes we need to oust the scoundrels, and they have stooped to a new low by blaming the N. Korea incident on Clinton and his administration 12 years ago. The problem has been in the past 6 years! I regret to say that this election will be stolen also because only a Congress controlled by Democrats can and will impeach the current administration and those currently in control don't want and won't let that happen.

We need a voting system that allows for recounts, checks and balances which a totally electronic system does not. The responsibility to vote is ours, but it takes some intellect to make a decision. This administration has worked on making the uneducated the totally illiterate by spreading the "no child left behind" policy. With the majority not possessing the understanding of Civics nor the ability to read or think it may take a revolution - but the country has no real leaders to take that step either.

The Democrats should have backed Wesley Clark not Kerry in 2004. As a Vietnam vet I felt Clark was a much better choice and we lost an opportunity. It appears the Democrats aren't thinking clearly either. Can someone tell me who is manufacturing and distributing the "Idiot Pills" in this country?

Wow, bull's eye! Your eloquent and deadly accurate description of our political condition is strongest argument that I've heard for a third party, but first that party has to be allowed to participate in the presidential debates.

Doug, I couldn't agree more. I am scared to death! This is what comes of having a populace addicted to "easy watching TV"..People have forgotten how to think!

Folks, if there's one thing I know, is that political corruption goes back to the Roman times; politics=evil. As for American political history, I'd have to say William 'Boss' Tweed indeed set a disturbing precedent for the future of American politics with his influence and ability to strong-arm others to get his way; it's no different now except that this bunch has technology.

Technology to look into, and manipulate, every aspect of private citizens' lives. Imagine what the Nazi's could have done with the 'beast' that is named technology. Now I am reading that secret 'camps' are being built in undisclosed locations to incarcerate 'enemy combatants'. Isn't this what happened to the Japanese and Japanese-Americans in the 1940's? They were seen as the enemies of America after Pearl Harbor was attacked. I fear for America's future folks.

Aw, stop fretting everyone. The fascist slave state dictatorship that the GOPs and their submissive buttmonkey Democrats are trying to set up will be a short-lived one. As none of these dingaling nincompoops are paying even the slightest attention to what those ever clever and industrious swiss are doing. Not only do the swiss give us nifty watches, but also a nifty black hole making machine.

Literally right this very moment, they are putting the finishing touches on it and plan to crank it up to its full capacity in a few short months. Is this stupid? It's so beyond stupid that it's stupidity multiplied upon itself an infinity of times.

The swiss say, "Oh, there's no danger. No danger at all. Don't worry, be happy, blah blah blah blah..." They are, of course, completely lying out their asses. Some kind of murder-suicide thing? I don't know. I don't understand the irrationality of insanity.

http://www.risk-evaluation-forum.org/anon1.htm

Yes, the GOP traitors and the their submissive traitor Democrat buttmonkeys think they got themselves quite a deal going, but they actually don't. They are soon going to lose everything possible to lose.

And no, black holes are NOT the most dangerous and destructive things in the universe. They are the second most dangerous and destructive. A very, very, VERY distant second place. Black holes are dangerous only in a specific limited locality. Whereas the number one danger can not only destroy a planet, but also an entire galaxy. Even an entire universe. Even all the universes. Every single one of the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of billions of universes. All of them completely destroyed. Every single one. Such is the destructive capacity of the number one danger.

And what is the most dangerous and destructive of all things? So dangerous and destructive, that even the most massive black hole doesn't even count as a sweet, friendly little puppy dog in comparison?

Why, personal opinions, of course. When personal opinions replace actual facts, everything and everyone dies everywhere. From cause manifests effect and there isn't any way around this. At all.

Like personal opinions replacing facts that there was something extremely suspicious about the falling of the WTC buildings. If it's someone's personal opinion that there was nothing suspicious even though facts definitely say otherwise, then that someone won't even bother to call for a criminal homicide investigation to happen like what was supposed to happen in the first place as there is absolutely no question that the WTC buildings involved criminial homicide in one way or the other. And how extremely disappointed Perry White would be in that someone. A reporter using personal opinions to replace facts? That's just not the Daily Planet way. Not while Perry White is chief editor...

Jeepers, the things we could learn if an actual criminal homicide investigation were to happen... And who would end up in Leavenworth...

P.s. Very amusing graphic. Oh, that Death, always the facetious smartass... Always with the morbid sense of humor.

He doesn't actually need a scythe, but it just looks so theatrical and dramatic and kewl-l-l-l... And there ain't no biz like show biz... The show MUST go on...

And the presence of a scythe just puts an immediate stop to endless and idiotic arguements and protestations of sweet innocence from the guilty as hell. One look at the scythe and you just KNOW that Death means business and it ain't monkey business.



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