Friday, August 31, 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Members of the 1st Battalion 265 Air Defense Artillery have mobilized and are on a plane headed first to Ft. Bliss, then for federal active duty in the capital region.The troops will be deployed for a year."It's going to be all right It's OK if he helps people and everything, and it's his job. He’s got to do it. He just got to do it," Jessica Ward said, whose father is being deployed.
Jessica speaks for many when she talks about her father's deployment.Michael Ward and company are leaving for a year, and that weighs heavy on families.The 265th is part of Operation Noble Eagle.They are ordered by the president to the nation's capital, where they will operate high-tech weapons systems against any potential air threat.Yolanda McCormack is relieved husband Charles isn't headed to Iraq, but there is always a risk."Doesn't mean he won't be in the line of fire in Washington, D.C., but it does give me a little comfort," Yolanda McCormack said, whose husband is being deployed.Families may get one or two opportunities to see loved ones during this year-long deployment, but it’s not encouraged. Though the solders are staying in the states, they are on serious business.Staff Sgt. James Todd said duty at home is just as important as the mission overseas.
Can ANYBODY rationally explain THIS to me?! When in USA history has a state's troops deployed to Washington, DC?! FOR A YEAR OF ACTIVE DUTY?!?!?!
Is it MARTIAL LAW time?!
Is BU$Hitler finally flipped the fuck out that 75+% of the country DESPISES HIS ASS and thinks soon the White House will be surrounded by a very angry mob with a torch in one hand and a pitchfork in the other?!
Is there another false-flag 9/11-style terra attack in the pipeline!?
Just what in the fucking HELL is going on?
Feel free to drop this dumbass a line!
This clod is a poster in this psycho group that I joined, and you should too
So this little snot-nosed booger eater dildo is convinced I am another poster, John, and is convinced anyone else, even conservative asswipes who agree with him, ARE ALSO JOHN! Like John has all this fucking FREE TIME to post with a few dozen fake IDs!? Ok then!
So I think finally this buttmuncher has figured out that I am not John! Well gee moron, I only told you 493 times! So in addition to this jagoff making DEATH THREATS to John, and saying since JANUARY that he is going to sue anyone who DARES to DISAGREE with him or that says "fuck" or "shit" or any "BAD WORDS" cuz this is some dumb xian KKKons group (OH LMGDAO! Don't bust me up with your fake threats homeboy!) now this clod posted my picture, which you can see at the bottom. And?! Like this is supposed to INTIMIDATE ME?! HAHAHA! Eat shit Dan! Oh and it's also laughable how Dan The Death Threat Maker posts as "Steve Smith", and uses the SAME FONT and SAME SENTENCE PHRASING which is at best that of a mongoloid strung out on meth laced with PCP! Best of all, "Steve" posts with the rediculous handle CA_TrollSlayer@yahoo.com...no really, that IS the handle! You can't make this shit up people! CA TROLL SLAYER! OOOOH! Watch out now...NOT! Cracker please! So feel free to send some "love" to this sorry dillhole. And please, by all means, join the group and make use of your 1st Amendment right to FREE SPEECH!
I've thought very long and hard about what to write here, and without further ado, first and foremost it is beyond depressing and casts a bleak shadow that the last time I talked to you was Sept. 6, 2004, at CBGB's. Add to that, the extraordinary tragic, and almost postshadowing if you will, passing of Hilly Cristal yesterday only makes me wonder more. For it is glaringly evident that we all shall miss you, I would be remiss and flat out wrong for not saying so. Though I am not one scared of death, it is any untimely and unwarranted one is one that leaves those survivors with a scar that never truly seems to heal. It is only in times like this, these horridly empty moments of frighteningly barren, chilling stark, harshly cruel and seemingly hopeless reminders of our own eventual mortality here in this brutal airid landscape of steel and stone, that I am drive to rise up even HARDER to continue on with life, for that is the inescapable logical choice, and I know that is what you would want us to do. I hope that those who knew you can take the same inspiration you gave anyone who knew you, the courage to ride the whirlwinds of life where ever it may take us and show no fear as you did, for that spirit of life is what TRULY makes one immortal, and Bruna, you ARE! We will NEVER EVER EVER forget you and how you were one of the few people, in this world so full of shit, that actually DID make a monumental difference and made life on this third rock from the sun a BETTER place, and that is someone which is infinitely priceless! HAIL BRUNA!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
"LET ME MAKE THIS GAY, I AM NOT CLEAR!"
This is fucking beyond hysterical! I heard this air live today (ok, it's past
midnight, so, technically YESTERDAY, whatever!) and nearly busted a gut and
pizzed my pizants too! How many Stern clone morning zoo dildos are gonna rip
this off tomorrow?!
Super thanks to Pam Spaulding & AmericaBlog.com for ganking this!
is the link to the orig article. I put the MP3 direct link below, cuz goddamn
man, those flash player things are fucking ANNOYING! Enjoy:
David Guggenheim, producer of Michelangelo Signorile's radio show (on SIRIUS
OutQ 109) put together this hilarious remix of Larry Craig's press conference.
Mike passed it on to me.
It's called "What Larry Craig Should Have Said." Protect your keyboards, folks...
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
1. Sign the Petition (don't forget to forward to your friends!)
4. Email FCC Commissioner Michael Copps (public airwaves must serve the public!)
5. Join the Yahoo Group to help organize
7. Become an advertiser, call 858-292-2000 (ask for KLSD Ad Sales)
Any wonder why Chavez bought 50,000 AK's from Russia and gave them out at random to his populous?! Gee, and how can the cons call him a fucking DICTATOR when he's do something like THAT?! Also, very odd how that story was hush hushed VERY quickly, good luck finding any links about it anymore cuz I sure as fuck can't! Man, it really is the fucking 1980's all over again, but on super steroids and meth! And with shittier music! We are so fucked...
Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Bylined to: Bob Chapman
USA equipping a private army in preparation for an invasion of Venezuela
THE INTERNATIONAL FORECASTER editor Bob Chapman writes: Bush family-owned The Carlyle Group has been forced to double the size of its loan to its Dutch-based investment vehicle ... they provided $200 million in just one week.
They also bought an unspecified amount of debt securities (probably CDOs and ABSs) from the fund and released it from a $75 million funding.
They said they had sold $900 million of securities, including four sets of structured credit products, CDOs. It represented less than 5% of their assets. Losses on the sales will be $40 million equal to their first half profit.
As you know, we reported on a Carlyle memo from February in April, which said this was coming. These are the insider Illuminists and they bagged themselves by being too greedy. This shows you the depth of the rout that has only just begun.
For months, military supply chiefs in Iraq have been screaming for replacement parts, weapons, ammo and vehicles with little being received. We are told it went to South America.
Someone is building and equipping a private Army in South America and we get to pay for it. Congress knows nothing about this.
- It looks like preparation for an invasion of Venezuela, if we had to take a guess.
There are close to 100 criminal investigations going on involving the purchase and delivery of billions of dollars of weapons, supplies and other material to Iraqi and US Forces in Iraq.
This is the largest ring of fraud and kickbacks uncovered yet.
$40 billion in supplies have gone missing. Our top military brass is a disgrace.
Over 1,100 people have signed a petition calling on Clear Channel to keep KLSD's progressive format since word of the planned format change leaked out late last week. Clear Channel executives have also been deluged with thousands of e-mails, virtually all in favor of keeping Air America on the air in America's sixth largest city.
KLSD has received letters supporting KLSD progressive radio received from Senator Bernie Sanders, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Mike Gravel, and Ambassador Joe Wilson, husband of former CIA-agent Valerie Plame. . .
"I think this is another effort to shut down progressive voices where the message is most effective, especially here in a military town," said Bree Walker, an Air America host in Los Angeles and former San Diego TV newscaster who recently purchased Cindy Sheehan's ranch in Crawford, Texas. . .
A caller to an Air America program last week offered a tip that the Carlisle Group may be seeking to buy Clear Channel - a rumor that has triggered alarm throughout the progressive community. A global private equity firm based in Washington D.C., the Carlisle Group's board has included George W. Bush and his father, George H.W. Bush, former Secretary of State James Baker, and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The company operates several major funds and has business dealings in the defense, aerospace, energy and healthcare industries, among others.
Clear Channel, America's largest radio company with over 1,100 stations nationwide, was acquired by private equity firms Thomas H Lee Partners, Bain Capital and the company's founding family for nearly $US 19 billion in November 2006.
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Monday, August 27, 2007
Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was arrested in June at a Minnesota airport by a plainclothes police officer investigating lewd conduct complaints in a men’s public restroom, according to an arrest report obtained by Roll Call Monday afternoon.
Craig’s arrest occurred just after noon on June 11 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. On Aug. 8, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in the Hennepin County District Court. He paid more than $500 in fines and fees, and a 10-day jail sentence was stayed. He also was given one year of probation with the court that began on Aug. 8.
A spokesman for Craig described the incident as a “he said/he said misunderstanding,” and said the office would release a fuller statement later Monday afternoon.
According to the incident report, Sgt. Dave Karsnia was working as a plainclothes officer on June 11 investigating civilian complaints regarding sexual activity in the men’s public restroom in which Craig was arrested.
Airport police previously had made numerous arrests in the men’s restroom of the Northstar Crossing in the Lindbergh Terminal in connection with sexual activity.
BUTT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh this is a real fucking knee-slapper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Check this shit out, from 1999:
MR. RUSSERT: Larry Craig, would you want the last word from the Senate be an acquittal of the president and no censure?
SEN. CRAIG: Well, I don’t know where the Senate’s going to be on that issue of an up or down vote on impeachment, but I will tell you that the Senate certainly can bring about a censure reslution and it’s a slap on the wrist. It’s a, “Bad boy, Bill Clinton. You’re a naughty boy.”
The American people already know that Bill Clinton is a bad boy, a naughtyboy.
I’m going to speak out for the citizens of my state, who in the majority think that Bill Clinton is probably even a nasty, bad, naughty boy.
The question issue now is simply this: Did he lie under oath? Did he perjure himself and did he obstruct justice? And that’s where we’re trying to go now in this truth-seeking process. And I hope we can get there. And then I’m going to have the chance to decide and vote up or down on those articles. After we’re through with this impeachment trial, it’s collapsed, it’s gone, then the Senate will make a decision on if it’s a censure or not.
Gonzo's gone...finally...what the fuck took so goddamn long?!
Who the FUCK do YOU know who would blow $1 BILLION on something that was not a rock-solid done deal!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!??!??!?!?!?!?!? Didn't fucking think so...
Market Crash Forecast Suggests New 9/11
Mystery trader bets on huge downturn that could only be preceded by catastrophe
Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, August 27, 2007
The anonymous trader only stands to make money if the market crashes by a third to a half before September 21st, which is when the put options expire. A put option is a financial contract between two parties, the buyer and the writer (seller) of the option, in which the buyer stands to benefit only if the price of the asset falls. "The sales are being referred to by market traders as "bin Laden trades" because only an event on the scale of 9-11 could make these short-sell options valuable," reports financial blogger Marc Parent. Dow Jones Financial News first reported on the story.
The trader stands to make around $2 billion from their investment should an event trigger a market crash before the third week in September.
Such a cataclysmic jolt could only happen as a result of two factors, China dumping its vast dollar reserves in reaction to the sub-prime mortgage collapse, which it has threatened to do, or a massive terror attack on the same scale or larger than 9/11.
9/11 itself was foreshadowed by unprecedented put options that were placed on United and American Airlines. Though the Securities and Exchange Commission refused to reveal who placed the options, private researchers traced the investments back to the Deutsche Bank owned Banker’s Trust, which was formerly headed by then Executive Director of the CIA, Buzzy Krongard.
Put options on Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch, two of the World Trade Center's most prominent occupants, also spiked in the days before 9/11.News of the suspicious trades is dovetailed by the comments of Former US Treasury secretary Larry Summers yesterday, who told ABC News that the risk of a recession in the U.S. was greater that at any time since 9/11.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Sick of these fucking losers! Dennis Kucinich is a REAL progressive/liberal, Ron Paul, even though he's one of the very Very VERY few semi-sane repukes, he's still CRAZY! Privatize this, privatize that. FUCK OFF! Yeah, fucking privatization bullshit...sure worked great on the MS Gulf Coast/New Orleans and Iraq didn't it?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Jesus on a trailer hitch, can you believe this shit! If y'all haven't seen this article, or one with the same info, then get ready! Oh man, these elitist con rightwing fucktard nutjob morons (redundant!) have so screwed things up that movies which are certainly NOT risky can't even get their fucking funding! You can't tell me Terminator 4 won't make back it's investment! Same with another James Bond flick! It's really a good thing I grew up outdoors and hunting and such, cuz the way this country is going, that's what we're all going to be left with!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
1. The Neocons or Likudists who owe their personal allegiance to another country and now completely control our foreign policy. They lied and deceived us into the Iraq war and are demanding that more and more American soldiers die to preserve their own country and ideals .
2. The Christian Evangelical right (aka the American Taliban!) who is trying to force the United States into becoming a theocracy under their rule. They know in their hearts that they alone can restructure a secular humanist America into their idea of Heaven on Earth.
3. An element of American society that call themselves Patriots (who are actually NATIONALISTS!) and are obsessively militaristic and great admirers of the corporate or fascistic state. Many of these have been very minor members of the American military and as a counterbalance to their reserve or rear area tours of duty, are rabidly in favor of draconian military action, the bloodier the better. Usually these drumbeaters are too old, or too fat, to fight and have no sons of draft age.
4. George W. Bush, who is the worst president in the history of the United States and directly responsible for the huge death tolls in Iraq, is determined to rule the United States until God puts a stop to him and is even more determined to force the American people into becoming obedient, Christian and self-sacrificing lemmings who worship at his shrine and march in step.
"....if by a liberal they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people--their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, their civil liberties...if that is what they mean by a "liberal" then I am proud to be a liberal. " -- John F. Kennedy
8/24/07, 1:20 pm EST
Renegade right-winger Ted Nugent recently went on a vicious onstage rant in which he threatened the lives of Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Decked out in full-on camouflage hunting gear, Nugent wielded two machine guns while raging, “Obama, he’s a piece of shit. I told him to suck on my machine gun. Hey Hillary,” he continued. “You might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch.” Nugent summed up his eloquent speech by screaming “freedom!”
This isn’t the first time Nugent has been caught spewing hatred. Last January, the guitarist caused a scandal for Republican Texas governor Rick Perry when he wore a Confederate flag shirt and insulted immigrants at Perry’s inauguration event. In July, Nugent was quoted in a Wall Street Journal story blaming “stoned, dirty, stinky hippies” for “rising rates of divorce, high school drop-outs, drug use, abortion, sexual diseases and crime, not to mention the exponential expansion of government and taxes.”
AND *POLITELY* TELL KLSD TO KEEP THE PROGRESSIVE/LIBERAL TALK FORMAT!
Save KLSD Yahoo Group
And it looks like Crap Channel is trying to get rid of the format in SAN FRANCISCO as well! Unreal: http://ltradio.blogspot.com/2007/08/greening-of-quake-part-2.html
(Gee, I'm sure the FACT that Cunt Channel owner M. Lowery DICKFACE Mays being ass-buddies with "President" BU$Hitler has NOTHING to do with any of this...)
Serious props to LTRadio.blogspot.com that dude busts his ASS and deserves every hit he can get!
AND MAKE USE OF THE INFO THERE, AND AT ALL MY LINKS!
Remember the motto of the X Files: THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE! It's just up to us to FIND IT, and ya sure as FUCK aren't going to find it on TV, with very Very VERY few exceptions.
They only have Malloy as far as liberal/progressive/whatever-ya-wanna-call-it programs.
Nice to have some GOOD news huh?!
Don't worry, my next post will be the BAD news...not just one, but TWO stories! UGH!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
August 22, 2007
In Germany, during the rise of Adolph Hitler, the thugs organized to surround and remove protestors who disagreed with the racist, warmongering rhetoric of the rising dictator were called Brown Shirts. In the United States - now - during the administration of our Neo-fascist president, George W. Bush, the thugs are called Rally Squads.
As reported in today's Washington Post, "A White House manual that came to light recently gives presidential advance staffers extensive instructions in the art of 'deterring potential protestors' from President Bush's public appearances around the country.
"Among other things, any event must be open only to those with tickets tightly controlled by organizers. Those entering must be screened in case they are hiding secret signs. Any anti-Bush demonstrators who manage to get in anyway should be shouted down by 'rally squads' stationed in strategic locations. And if that does not work, they should be thrown out."
"Thrown out." Think about that for a moment. Exercising a critical First Amendment right is such a threat to this sickeningly fearful and sneaky man, George W. Bush, that equally fearful citizens of the US are ordered to stop others from participating in an essential and patriotic act: non-violent defiance of Bush's ongoing corruption and destruction of the US Constitution.
This is where Bush and his thugs - those in his government and those who willingly volunteer from the ranks of delusional "Christians" and local Republican organizations - have taken this country: To a divisive, shrill, cowardice that was unknown in our history until the rise of the Bush Crime Family. The question remains: When will the American people say "enough" and remove Bush - legally and peacefully - from office? When?--MDM
White House Manual: How to Shout Down Protesters
(From the "YOU DON'T SAY!" file! In the immortal words of Mike Malloy: "HAVE I MENTIONED HOW MUCH I HATE THESE PEOPLE LATELY?!"
Report: Pre-9/11 CIA Asleep at the Wheel
(Also from the "YOU DON'T SAY!" file! If you haven't already, PLEASE read former FL Senator/Govenor Bob Graham's OUTSTANDING book "INTELLIGENCE MATTERS" which outlines 12, YES 12, specific instances whereby THE 9/11 PLOT COULD HAVE BEEN UNRAVELED...but no, nothing to see here, move along...)
Bush Limits Child Insurance Plan
(From the "Love The Fetus, HATE the Child" file. You see, here's the deal, if BU$Hitler signed this, and it worked, which it WOULD WORK, then everyone will question "Gee, how come we can have universal health care coverage for kids...but uh, not for the REST OF US!?" And that is the LAST thing these goddamn cocksuckers want...especially when they're in bed getting cornholed by the INSURANCE AND PHRAMECUTIAL INDUSTRIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! May they all ROT IN HELL!!!!!!!!!)
Texas Official: Talking About Rove Got Me Fired
(From the "Blame The Whistle-blower" file. Just sickening...)
PENTAGON TO SHUT ONE ANTI TERROR DATABASE
(WTF! I guess they're a bunch of DEFEATOCRAT-cut-N-runners?!)
AVERAGE INCOME FALLS FOR 5TH YEAR IN A ROW
(And the Cons keep saying the eCONomy is great?! BULLSHIT!)
HELICOPTER CRASH KILLS 14 U.S. SOLDIERS IN IRAQ
(What the FUCK will it take to FINALLY end this ILLEGAL WAR/OCCUPATION????)
PUTIN TO REVIVE RUSSIA'S MILITARY POWER
(Can you blame him?! BU$Hitler and Co. wanna put "defense" missiles in his backyard, DUH!)
HOMELAND SECURITY ENLISTS CLERGY TO QUELL PUBLIC UNREST IF MARTIAL LAW EVER DECLARED
(Yet another reason to say FUCK YOU GOD-SQUAD ASSHOLES!!!!!!!!!!!!)
UPDATE: LEADERS MOCK NORTH AMERICAN UNION
("Leaders"? My ass! "Globalist Sacks Of Shit" is more like it!)
LATEST CHINA SCARE : DIRTY CHOPSTICKS
(Ask me why I use this new thing called a FORK!)
LIBERALS READ MORE BOOKS THAN CONSERVATIVES
(From the "NO SHIT!" file!)
STUDENTS TO BE PUNISHED FOR MY SPACE POSTINGS
(More from the "Turning America Into A POLICE STATE" file...cue up "Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2" by Pink Floyd PLEASE!)
ARMY LAB DOCUMENTS FOUND IN TRASH
(Well, at least it wasn't a $9,000 hammer!)
Monday, August 20, 2007
Mega thanks to Bluedaze for scooping this!
OH FREAKIN ROCK!!!!!!!!!!
Other than Keith, these here internetS and liberal talk like Air America (mainly Randi "My Future Wife" Rhodes, Thom Hartmann & Rachel Maddow) and others like Mike Malloy, Stephanie "My Other Future Wife" Miller, Bill Press, etc., there would be ZERO truth available to this country and we would be so F'ed, and up shmit's creek with a turd for a paddle.
Good on NBC for having the SPINE to actually do this!
SUCK ON THIS HARD BILL O'LIEly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Official press release
SPECIAL EDITION OF "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" TO AIR ON NBC SUNDAY AUGUST 26 AT 7 PM ET/6 PM CT
SECAUCUS, N.J., August 20, 2007 – MSNBC's Keith Olbermann will bring his unique take on the day's events, from politics to pop culture, to a primetime network audience this Sunday night. A special edition of "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" will air on Sunday, August 26th at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT on NBC, leading into the network's "Sunday Night Football" pre-season NFL matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers, live at 8 p.m. ET. Olbermann is joining the network's "Football Night in America" studio team this season. The special edition of "Countdown" will be broadcast live from MSNBC's studios.
"Countdown's" network debut comes on the heels of the program's stellar performance this year. According to Nielsen Media Research, the program attracted 721,000 viewers in July, up an incredible 88% over July 2006. "Countdown" continues to be the number two cable news program at 8 p.m. ET, beating CNN by a 20% margin for the year.
"I'm delighted we're getting a chance to show off in a bigger storefront window," said Olbermann. "It's much better than trying to take it door-to-door. I do advise new viewers to sit well back from their screens."
article | posted August 9, 2007 (August 27, 2007 issue)
The NAFTA Superhighway
When completed, the highway will run from Mexico City to Toronto, slicing through the heartland like a dagger sunk into a heifer at the loins and pulled clean to the throat. It will be four football fields wide, an expansive gully of concrete, noise and exhaust, swelled with cars, trucks, trains and pipelines carrying water, wires and God knows what else. Through towns large and small it will run, plowing under family farms, subdevelopments, acres of wilderness. Equipped with high-tech electronic customs monitors, freight from China, offloaded into nonunionized Mexican ports, will travel north, crossing the border with nary a speed bump, bound for Kansas City, where the cheap goods manufactured in booming Far East factories will embark on the final leg of their journey into the nation's Wal-Marts.
And this NAFTA Superhighway, as it is called, is just the beginning, the first stage of a long, silent coup aimed at supplanting the sovereign United States with a multinational North American Union.
Even as this plot unfolds in slow motion, the mainstream media are silent; politicians are in denial. Yet word is getting out. Like samizdat, info about the highway has circulated in niche media platforms old and new, on right-wing websites like WorldNetDaily, in the pages of low-circulation magazines like the John Birch Society's The New American and increasingly on the letters to the editor page of local newspapers.
"Construction of the NAFTA highway from Laredo, Texas to Canada is now underway," read a letter in the February 13 San Gabriel Valley Tribune. "Spain will own most of the toll roads that connect to the superhighway. Mexico will own and operate the Kansas City Smart Port. And NAFTA tribunal, not the U.S. Supreme Court, will have the final word in trade disputes. Will the last person please take down the flag?" There are many more where that came from. "The superhighway has the potential to cripple the West Coast economy, as well as posing an enormous security breach at our border," read a letter from the January 7 San Francisco Chronicle. "So far, there has been no public participation or debate on this important issue. Public participation and debate must begin now."
In some senses it has. Prompted by angry phone calls and e-mail from their constituents, local legislators are beginning to take action. In February the Montana state legislature voted 95 to 5 for a resolution opposing "the North American Free Trade Agreement Superhighway System" as well as "any effort to implement a trinational political, government entity among the United States, Canada, and Mexico." Similar resolutions have been introduced in eighteen other states as well as the House of Representatives, where H. Con Res. 40 has attracted, as of this writing, twenty-seven co-sponsors. Republican presidential candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire now routinely face hostile questions about the highway at candidate forums. Citing a spokesperson for the Romney campaign, the Concord Monitor reports that "the road comes up at town meetings second only to immigration policy."
Grassroots movement exposes elite conspiracy and forces politicians to respond: It would be a heartening story but for one small detail.
There's no such thing as a proposed NAFTA Superhighway.
Though opposition to the nonexistent highway is the cause célèbre of many a paranoiac, the myth upon which it rests was not fabricated out of whole cloth. Rather, it has been sewn together from scraps of fact.
Take, for instance, North America's SuperCorridor Organization (NASCO), a trinational coalition of businesses and state and local transportation agencies that, in its own words, focuses "on maximizing the efficiency of our existing transportation infrastructure to support international trade." Headquartered in borrowed office space in a Dallas law firm, the organization, which has a full-time staff of three, advocates for increased public expenditure along the main north-south Interstate routes, including new high-tech freight-tracking technology and expedited border crossings. It has had some success, landing federal money to pilot cargo management technologies and winning praise from the Bush Administration. Speaking at a NASCO conference in Texas in 2004, then-Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta congratulated the organization for its efforts. "The people in this room have vision," Mineta said. "Thinking ahead, thinking long term, you began to make aggressive plans to develop...this vital artery in our national transportation system through which so much of the NAFTA traffic flows. It flows across our nation's busiest southern border crossing in Laredo; over North America's busiest commercial crossing, the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit; and through Duluth and Pembina, North Dakota, and all the places in between."
A few years ago NASCO put on its home page a map of the United States that more or less traced the flow that Mineta describes: Drawn in bright blue, the trade route begins in Monterrey, Mexico, runs up I-35 and branches out after Kansas City, along I-29 toward Winnipeg and I-94 toward Detroit and Toronto. The colorful, cartoonlike image seemed to show right out in the open just where NASCO and its confederates planned to build the NAFTA Superhighway. It began zipping around the Internet.
The organization soon found itself besieged with angry phone calls and letters. "I think the rumor going around was that this map was a blueprint and it was drawn to scale," says NASCO executive director Tiffany Melvin. (Given the size of the route markings, that would have heralded highways fifty miles wide.) Ever since the map went live, NASCO has spent a considerable amount of time attempting to refute charges like those made by right-wing nationalist Jerome Corsi, whose recent book The Late Great USA devotes several pages to excoriating NASCO for being part of the vanguard of the highway and the coming North American Union. Until recently, NASCO's website contained the following FAQs:
Is NASCO a part of a secret conspiracy?
Absolutely not... We welcome the opportunity to share information about our organization....
Will the NAFTA Superhighway be four football fields wide?
There is no new, proposed NAFTA Superhighway....
Is the map on the website an approved plan for the proposed NAFTA Superhighway?
There is no proposed NAFTA Superhighway.... The map is not a plan or blueprint of any kind.... They are EXISTING highways.
The Trans Texas Corridor is the first section of the proposed, new NAFTA Superhighway....
There is no proposed, new NAFTA Superhighway.
(Yes, this is 100% TRUE!)
"May 17, 1986. A moment I've been dreading. George brought his ne'er-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida. The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe I'll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they'll hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy work."
VIEWED from Iraq at the tail end of a 15-month deployment, the political debate in Washington is indeed surreal. Counterinsurgency is, by definition, a competition between insurgents and counterinsurgents for the control and support of a population. To believe that Americans, with an occupying force that long ago outlived its reluctant welcome, can win over a recalcitrant local population and win this counterinsurgency is far-fetched. As responsible infantrymen and noncommissioned officers with the 82nd Airborne Division soon heading back home, we are skeptical of recent press coverage portraying the conflict as increasingly manageable and feel it has neglected the mounting civil, political and social unrest we see every day. (Obviously, these are our personal views and should not be seen as official within our chain of command.)
The claim that we are increasingly in control of the battlefields in Iraq is an assessment arrived at through a flawed, American-centered framework. Yes, we are militarily superior, but our successes are offset by failures elsewhere. What soldiers call the “battle space” remains the same, with changes only at the margins. It is crowded with actors who do not fit neatly into boxes: Sunni extremists, Al Qaeda terrorists, Shiite militiamen, criminals and armed tribes. This situation is made more complex by the questionable loyalties and Janus-faced role of the Iraqi police and Iraqi Army, which have been trained and armed at United States taxpayers’ expense.
A few nights ago, for example, we witnessed the death of one American soldier and the critical wounding of two others when a lethal armor-piercing explosive was detonated between an Iraqi Army checkpoint and a police one. Local Iraqis readily testified to American investigators that Iraqi police and Army officers escorted the triggermen and helped plant the bomb. These civilians highlighted their own predicament: had they informed the Americans of the bomb before the incident, the Iraqi Army, the police or the local Shiite militia would have killed their families.
As many grunts will tell you, this is a near-routine event. Reports that a majority of Iraqi Army commanders are now reliable partners can be considered only misleading rhetoric. The truth is that battalion commanders, even if well meaning, have little to no influence over the thousands of obstinate men under them, in an incoherent chain of command, who are really loyal only to their militias.
Similarly, Sunnis, who have been underrepresented in the new Iraqi armed forces, now find themselves forming militias, sometimes with our tacit support. Sunnis recognize that the best guarantee they may have against Shiite militias and the Shiite-dominated government is to form their own armed bands. We arm them to aid in our fight against Al Qaeda.
However, while creating proxies is essential in winning a counterinsurgency, it requires that the proxies are loyal to the center that we claim to support. Armed Sunni tribes have indeed become effective surrogates, but the enduring question is where their loyalties would lie in our absence. The Iraqi government finds itself working at cross purposes with us on this issue because it is justifiably fearful that Sunni militias will turn on it should the Americans leave.
In short, we operate in a bewildering context of determined enemies and questionable allies, one where the balance of forces on the ground remains entirely unclear. (In the course of writing this article, this fact became all too clear: one of us, Staff Sergeant Murphy, an Army Ranger and reconnaissance team leader, was shot in the head during a “time-sensitive target acquisition mission” on Aug. 12; he is expected to survive and is being flown to a military hospital in the United States.) While we have the will and the resources to fight in this context, we are effectively hamstrung because realities on the ground require measures we will always refuse — namely, the widespread use of lethal and brutal force.
Given the situation, it is important not to assess security from an American-centered perspective. The ability of, say, American observers to safely walk down the streets of formerly violent towns is not a resounding indicator of security. What matters is the experience of the local citizenry and the future of our counterinsurgency. When we take this view, we see that a vast majority of Iraqis feel increasingly insecure and view us as an occupation force that has failed to produce normalcy after four years and is increasingly unlikely to do so as we continue to arm each warring side.
Coupling our military strategy to an insistence that the Iraqis meet political benchmarks for reconciliation is also unhelpful. The morass in the government has fueled impatience and confusion while providing no semblance of security to average Iraqis. Leaders are far from arriving at a lasting political settlement. This should not be surprising, since a lasting political solution will not be possible while the military situation remains in constant flux.
The Iraqi government is run by the main coalition partners of the Shiite-dominated United Iraqi Alliance, with Kurds as minority members. The Shiite clerical establishment formed the alliance to make sure its people did not succumb to the same mistake as in 1920: rebelling against the occupying Western force (then the British) and losing what they believed was their inherent right to rule Iraq as the majority. The qualified and reluctant welcome we received from the Shiites since the invasion has to be seen in that historical context. They saw in us something useful for the moment.
Now that moment is passing, as the Shiites have achieved what they believe is rightfully theirs. Their next task is to figure out how best to consolidate the gains, because reconciliation without consolidation risks losing it all. Washington’s insistence that the Iraqis correct the three gravest mistakes we made — de-Baathification, the dismantling of the Iraqi Army and the creation of a loose federalist system of government — places us at cross purposes with the government we have committed to support.
Political reconciliation in Iraq will occur, but not at our insistence or in ways that meet our benchmarks. It will happen on Iraqi terms when the reality on the battlefield is congruent with that in the political sphere. There will be no magnanimous solutions that please every party the way we expect, and there will be winners and losers. The choice we have left is to decide which side we will take. Trying to please every party in the conflict — as we do now — will only ensure we are hated by all in the long run.
At the same time, the most important front in the counterinsurgency, improving basic social and economic conditions, is the one on which we have failed most miserably. Two million Iraqis are in refugee camps in bordering countries. Close to two million more are internally displaced and now fill many urban slums. Cities lack regular electricity, telephone services and sanitation. “Lucky” Iraqis live in gated communities barricaded with concrete blast walls that provide them with a sense of communal claustrophobia rather than any sense of security we would consider normal.
In a lawless environment where men with guns rule the streets, engaging in the banalities of life has become a death-defying act. Four years into our occupation, we have failed on every promise, while we have substituted Baath Party tyranny with a tyranny of Islamist, militia and criminal violence. When the primary preoccupation of average Iraqis is when and how they are likely to be killed, we can hardly feel smug as we hand out care packages. As an Iraqi man told us a few days ago with deep resignation, “We need security, not free food.”
In the end, we need to recognize that our presence may have released Iraqis from the grip of a tyrant, but that it has also robbed them of their self-respect. They will soon realize that the best way to regain dignity is to call us what we are — an army of occupation — and force our withdrawal.
Until that happens, it would be prudent for us to increasingly let Iraqis take center stage in all matters, to come up with a nuanced policy in which we assist them from the margins but let them resolve their differences as they see fit. This suggestion is not meant to be defeatist, but rather to highlight our pursuit of incompatible policies to absurd ends without recognizing the incongruities.
We need not talk about our morale. As committed soldiers, we will see this mission through.
Buddhika Jayamaha is an Army specialist. Wesley D. Smith is a sergeant. Jeremy Roebuck is a sergeant. Omar Mora is a sergeant. Edward Sandmeier is a sergeant. Yance T. Gray is a staff sergeant. Jeremy A. Murphy is a staff sergeant.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Then these same ignoramous assholes will say "Aw dangit I am be can'ts undermastand how them thar Japs and Chinks am be beatin' us uhMurUhKans in science!" HELLO, MORON, LOOK IN THE MIRROR!!!!!!!
Seriously, are these fucking sorry excuse for human beings so anti-science that they're anti-electricity?! Good! They certainly DO NOT DESERVE ELECTRICITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well, they deserve to be hit by a lightning bolt, that much is certain!
Bill Nye, the harmless children's edu-tainer known as "The Science Guy," managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun.
As even most elementary-school graduates know, the moon reflects the light of the sun but produces no light of its own.
But don't tell that to the good people of Waco, who were "visibly angered by what some perceived as irreverence," according to the Waco Tribune.
Nye was in town to participate in McLennan Community College's Distinguished Lecture Series. He gave two lectures on such unfunny and adult topics as global warming, Mars exploration, and energy consumption.
But nothing got people as riled as when he brought up Genesis 1:16, which reads: "God made two great lights -- the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars."
The lesser light, he pointed out, is not a light at all, but only a reflector.
At this point, several people in the audience stormed out in fury. One woman yelled "We believe in God!" and left with three children, thus ensuring that people across America would read about the incident and conclude that Waco is as nutty as they'd always suspected.
This story originally appeared in the Waco Tribune, but the newspaper has mysteriously pulled its story from the online version, presumably to avoid further embarassment.
This took a while for a pretty straightforward case. I have real concerns of mixing Florida's public school money with vouchers for private religious schools.
Sisters Found Guilty in Fraud Case
Neither sister showed any reaction when the six-member jury returned its verdict Wednesday morning after a five-week trial.
Mitchell, 40, and Nealy, 39, were allowed to remain free on bail, pending the results of their pre-sentencing investigation, which will take about six weeks.
A previous trial in the case ended when a jury couldn't reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared.
Prosecutors said the women swindled about $200,000 from state and federal programs through a network of corporations, including the private religious schools Faith Christian Academy in Bartow and Cathedral of Faith Christian Academy in Lakeland.
Previously their lawyer had tried to blame the problems on bad record keeping, but I guess that $35,000 Hummer got in the way of such an argument.
Lawyer blames Florida voucher money theft on bad record-keeping...like that $35,000 hummer?
In the summer of 2003, Betty Mitchell purchased a used 2003 Hummer H2 with $35,000 in cash that was taken from state scholarship funds, according to Durden.
The state has also alleged that Nealy bought a 1990 Lexus L400 in December 2003 using cash that was deposited into the account of Restoration NOW ministries, which is run by the family. The students were disabled and exceptional-education students, and the state paid the school a certain amount of money per child who attended.
The more recent articles fail to mention that two of the defendants had previously been charged in the death of Mitchell's former husband. There was a hung jury there as well.
Betty Mae Jives Mitchell, then Betty Clark, and Louise Henry were accused in 1987 of poisoning Mitchell's former husband, Thomas Joseph Clark, with arsenic in Crittenden County, Ark. The trial ended in a hung jury, and the state dropped its case against the pair.
I 'm pretty sure there are still types of vouchers which allow public tax money to go to private religious schools, with little oversight of the students' progress. Either way, this shit has GOT TO GO.
SEPERATION OF CHURCH AND STATE: LOOK THE FUCK INTO IT!
Friday, August 17, 2007
So much for Bruce being Mr. Macho Tough-guy Republican huh?!?!?!?
This is from May, but still, very interesting...
Bruce Willis Says JFK Killers Still In Power
Actor tells Vanity Fair he's skeptical of lone shooter theory
In a new magazine interview, Bruce Willis spills the beans on his skepticism that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of JFK, and suggests that the some of the same criminals who killed Kennedy are still in power today.
"They still haven't caught the guy that killed [President] Kennedy," Willis told Vanity Fair's June issue, according to the New York Post.
"I'll get killed for saying this, but I'm pretty sure those guys are still in power, in some form. The entire government of the United States was co-opted," adds the Die Hard star.
So from where did Willis, a former die-hard champion of Neo-Con policy, receive his sudden wake-up call?
As we reported last year, Hollywood director Richard Linklater said he had handed out 9/11 truth DVDs on the set of Fast Food Nation, including Alex Jones' Terror Storm and Martial Law documentaries, and that they completely changed Willis' political paradigm.
"He said it put him in such a head space that he will be quiet on issues of national policy," Linklater told the Alex Jones Show.
Is Willis' comment that the people who killed Kennedy are still in power a reference to the fact that George H.W. Bush was photographed at the scene in Dealy Plaza?**
Either way, it's refreshing to see that Willis, who was vehemently pro-war and pro-Bush in the months after 9/11, has seen the light and realized that patriotism is about love of one's country, not worship of government.
Well, it turns out that Ghouliani did make cameo appearances here or there in the months following 9-11, in the manner of walking tours for visitors officials, foreign dignitaries and celebrities: 41 appearances for 29 hours total (avg. 42 minutes per visit)- this time includes meetings away from the site!
Well, a man that could lie to his wife and kids, has no problem deceiving the American public about his so-called heroism. (That's the retort to Rudy next time he says to "Leave my family alone!")
She's not your type, Donald.
On at least three occasions, in responding to accusations that the city failed to adequately protect the health of workers in the wreckage, he has boasted that he faced comparable risks himself. In one appearance he declared that he had been in the ruins “as often, if not more” than the cleanup workers who logged hundreds of hours in the smoldering pile.
Another time he brushed aside safety claims by asserting that his long hours at the site had left him susceptible to “every health consequence that people have suffered.”
So, how much time did Mayor Giuliani spend at ground zero?
A complete record of Mr. Giuliani’s exposure to the site is not available for the chaotic six days after the attack, when he was a frequent visitor. But an exhaustively detailed account from his mayoral archive, revised after the events to account for last-minute changes on scheduled stops, does exist for the period of Sept. 17 to Dec. 16, 2001. It shows he was there for a total of 29 hours in those three months, often for short periods or to visit locations adjacent to the rubble. In that same period, many rescue and recovery workers put in daily 12-hour shifts.
Mr. Palladino said many of his members logged 30 hours in the first two days after the attacks, and most averaged more than 400 hours at ground zero and in the debris pile at the Staten Island landfill. They are among thousands who claim long-term health damage from the exposure.
The details of those weeks are important for Mr. Giuliani’s campaign as he seeks to win the Republican nomination for president. His performance in those harrowing months after the attacks has become the main pillar of his case to become the next commander in chief, and something he reminds voters of frequently in debates and speeches.
The logs illuminate in minute detail what it was like to be mayor of a damaged city seeking to regain its footing after the attacks. The more than 600 pages include unscheduled stops and time blocked out for events with his children.
The 29 hours Mr. Giuliani spent at ground zero involved 41 appearances, mostly to give tours to other officials and foreign dignitaries. Many entries include meetings away from the site before the tour. For instance, the schedule included 30 minutes on Nov. 15, 2001, for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, but Mr. Putin’s tour of ground zero was widely reported to have lasted 13 minutes.
"No goal, no objective, not until we have those things and a compelling case is made, then I say, back out of it, because innocent people are going to die for nothing. That's why I'm against it."
-Sean Insanity Hannity, Fox "News", 4/5/99
"American foreign policy is now one huge big mystery. Simply put, the administration is trying to lead the world with a feel-good foreign policy."
-Representative Drunky McPukeshoes aka Tom Delay (R-TX)
"If we are going to commit American troops, we must be certain they have a clear mission, an achievable goal and an exit strategy."
-Karen Hughes, speaking on behalf of presidential candidate
"I had doubts about the bombing campaign from the beginning...I didn't think we had done enough in the diplomatic area."
"You think was bad? is nothing next to Kosovo."
- , Fox "News" 3/24/99
"Well, I just think it's a bad idea. What's going to happen is they're going to be over there for 10, 15, maybe 20 years"
-Joe "Dead Intern" Scarborough (R-FL)
"I'm on the Senate Intelligence Committee, so you can trust me and believe me when I say we're running out of cruise missles. I can't tell you exactly how many we have left, for security reasons, but we're almost out of cruise missles."
"I cannot support a failed foreign policy. History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now. The President began this mission with very vague objectives and lots of unanswered questions. A month later, these questions are still unanswered. There are no clarified rules of engagement. There is no timetable. There is no legitimate definition of victory. There is no contingency plan for mission creep. There is no clear funding program. There is no agenda to bolster our overextended military. There is no explanation defining what vital national interests are at stake. There was no strategic plan for war when the President started this thing, and there still is no plan today"
-Representative Drunky McPukeshoes again
"Explain to the mothers and fathers of American servicemen that may come home in body bags why their son or daughter have to give up their life?"
-Sean Insanity Hannity again, Fox "News", 4/6/99
"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is."
-then Governor (R-TX)
"You can support the troops but not the president"
-Representative Drunky McPukeshoes yet again
"My job as majority leader is be supportive of our troops, try to have input as decisions are made and to look at those decisions after they're made ... not to march in lock step with everything the president decides to do."
"Bombing a sovereign nation for ill-defined reasons with vague objectives undermines the American stature in the world. The international respect and trust for America has diminished every time we casually let the bombs fly."
- Drunky McPukeshoes once again
"It is a remarkable spectacle to see the Clinton Administration and taking over from the the role of sponsoring "wars of national liberation."
-Representative Helen Chenoweth (R-ID) (WHO!?)
Oh...but it's perfectly ok for ANY repuke to say ANY goddamn thing about anyone left of Attila The Hun...ya know, you republitards can dish it out BUT NEVER TAKE THE TRUTH BACK AT YA! Cowardly sacks of shit...
Federal ID plan raises privacy concerns