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most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure
uniformity but the one that removes the awareness of other
possibilities, that makes it seem inconceivable that other ways are
viable, that removes the sense that there is an outside.
Comment: Since I simply cannot imagine a single reason for any rational person to believe a single word ever said by Bush, Cheny, Ashcroft, Rice, and the rest of the Warmongers, and since the most important question of all has not been adequately addressed, to wit: WHO was REALLY behind the 9-11 Attack? my opinion is that anyone who voted for this resolution is simply not fit to be in any office that is supposed to serve the people of this country. I LOVE America - the PEOPLE, who are what make it what it is - and I am absolutely opposed to this country being taken over and destroyed by a bunch of Secret Society Satanist Psychopaths. So, let's vote our conscience in the upcoming elections - and vote OUT of office any of those irresponsible individuals who voted for the Bush Resolution. Let's play Santa Claus. Make your list from the above links, and check it twice! The voting list says who's naughty and who's nice! And those who are young and fit and energetic, try to make it to the Anti-war marches on October 26. It would be nice to have Peace on Earth at Christmas. Together, we can make it happen!
DOWD: BUSH 'BOY EMPEROR' - The Soufflé Doctrine: The Boy Emperor picked up the morning paper and, stunned, dropped his Juicy Juice box with the little straw attached. "Oh, man," he wailed. "North Korea's got nukes. Sheriff Musharraf was helping them. Al Qaeda's blowing stuff up again. The Pentagon's speculating that the sniper might really be Qaeda decoy teams trying to distract the law while they plan a bio-blitzkrieg or a dirty bomb attack on the capital. Tenet's broken out in hives about the next 9/11. Powell spends all his time kissing up to the Frenchies. Saddam's ranting about a river of American blood. Jebbie's in a world of hurt. The economy's cratering. At least Karl says our war strategy will open up a can of Election Day whoop on Congressional Democrats.
"This is not the way my new doctrine was supposed to work. We are supposed to decide who we pre-empt and when we pre-empt them. The speechwriters called it an Axis of Evil, but it was really just a Spoke of Evil. Condi and Rummy said once we finished off Saddam, nobody would mess with America again. But everything's gotten fuzzier than fuzzy math. Some people are actually talking about my doctrine leading to World War III!!! Karl says that would be bad."
Dowd refers to Bush as a "boy" no less than ten times in her column "'Huh?' the Boy said." Dowd mocks. MORE "Boy Emperor was starting to feel bamboozled." Dowd stabs. '"Why are we mad at North Korea for flouting its international agreements when we flout our international agreements?' the Boy wondered." Dowd pops. "...the Boy pressed." Dowd punches. Dowd slaps. "The Boy Emperor was more befuddled than ever." On and on Dowd goes until she hits 711 brutal words, and finally comes up for air. Smiling.
Researchers Say Science Is Hurt by Bush Secrecy Policy - The tensions began early this year as the Bush administration began taking wide measures to tighten scientific secrecy in hopes of keeping terrorists from obtaining weapons of mass destruction. In January, the administration quietly began withdrawing from public release more than 6,600 technical documents that dealt mainly with the production of germ and chemical weapons. Then, in a memorandum to all governmental agencies on March 19, Andrew H. Card Jr., the White House chief of staff, urged them to redouble security safeguards. Special attention, he said, should be paid to "sensitive but unclassified information."
Cheney plays heavy role in foreign policy - Cheney and his small but powerful staff have emerged as the fulcrum of Bush's foreign policy, according to extensive interviews with officials in and outside the White House, as well as diplomats who deal with the administration. - From the moment hijacked airliners crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon last year, Cheney has used his power, unrivaled by that of any vice president in modern times, to help set the course of the administration's war on terrorism. - When Bush selected Cheney as his running mate in 2000, he got a lieutenant who was remarkably well-connected in Washington, having served as White House chief of staff, a Republican leader in Congress and secretary of defense. After taking office, Cheney assembled a staff of 14 foreign policy specialists, creating what officials say amounts to a mini-National Security Council. Cheney's office, in effect, is an agile cruiser, able to maneuver around the lumbering aircraft carriers of the Departments of State and Defense to make its mark. Comment: Which reminds us of some comments made by C's:
When news of George W. Bush's drunken driving arrest surfaced during the final week of the 2000 presidential campaign, Republicans tried to dismiss it as one of those "youthful indiscretions" Bush had steadfastly refused to discuss. Of course, when he got popped in Kennebunkport in 1976, Bush was 30 years old, hardly a kid. - Court and police records obtained by The Smoking Gun show that Cheney was convicted of drunk driving twice during an eight-month period in the early 1960s in his home state of Wyoming. The two convictions came when Cheney was 21 and 22 and resulted in fines and a brief suspension of his driver's license.
Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife reported income of $36 million on their just-filed 2000 income tax return. The White House distributed the summary in lieu of Cheney's actual return, which probably would make for some real interesting reading. Cheney, whose veep salary is a paltry $186,300, hit the jackpot last year "from the exercise of stock options and from the sale of restricted stock of Halliburton," the company he previously headed.
Meet Robert Howard Kirkpatrick. He's serving 35 months in Ohio's Belmont Correctional Institution for drug possession. But that didn't stop Vice President Dick Cheney from inviting the 35-year-old felon to a June 19 dinner featuring George W. Bush and his wife Laura. As first reported by Cleveland's Plain Dealer , the below invite was recently mailed to Kirkpatrick at his Ohio state lockup and actually included Kirkpatrick's inmate number in the address. Unfortunately for the President and First Lady, they will have to do without Kirkpatrick's company at the $2500-a-plate GOP fundraiser. But he will be available in February 2004.
Ding Dong the Witch is Dead! Homeland Security Dept. R.I.P.! -Homeland Security Department was a political gimmick from the get-go, a gigantic bureaucratic reshuffling intended to provide voters with the appearance that something real was happening to fight terrorism. Now both Republicans and Democrats alike come off as insincere and incompetent as they squabble over their own invented ploy. Just desserts. Hoisted by their own plucky petards. - President Bush wanted to have broad powers to fire, hire and reassign the 170,000 workers that were to be transferred into the new department from 22 existing public safety agencies -- powers presidents don’t have now and wouldn’t have in other agencies. - An agency for “homeland security” was and is an ersatz-issue that is all about generating October campaign ads that shout, “I was for it” or “you were against it.” And now the airwaves are full of them. But there is a silver lining, and it reflects an ancient political truism: Good things often happen for bad reasons. I think the invisible hand of political markets kept something from happening that was dumb at best, expensive and risky at worst. Comment: Gee, Bush is getting it from all sides, isn't he?
John Alexander is a friend of Vice President Al Gore Jnr, their relationship dating back to 1983 when Gore was in Alexander's Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). NLP "presented to selected general officers and Senior Executive Service members (27)" a set of techniques to modify behavior patterns (28). Among the first generals to take the course was the then Lieutenant General Maxwell Thurman, who later went on to receive his fourth star and become Vice-Chief of Staff at the Army and Commander Southern Command (29). Among other senior participants were Tom Downey and Major General Stubblebine, former Director of the Army Intelligence Security Command. Comment: See also: Star of Sorcerers.
Reader comments about Autism Article: I work in a pediatric doctors' office in Massachusetts. I understand the laws in each state vary, but did you know that AT BIRTH they now give the 1st hepatitis B shot? They get their second hep B shot at approx 1 month and at 2 & 4 months of age they are required to get 4 shots. In all, I think that by the age of 3 they receive 22 shots (immunizations). Talk about child abuse! Have you ever seen a mother hold down her baby while the nurse jabs a needle twice into one leg and then again into the other leg. Most mothers come out crying along with the poor infant. I want to scream sometimes when you hear these babies howl in pain and fear. The really sad thing is these doc's will tell you that immunizations will help the child remain healthy (HA)!! We have more kids on ritalin/concerta/adderall and psychotropic drugs than ever. These immunizations are "required" to get into day care, into school, into camp, into just about any after school activitiy as the child grows. You can't even go to drama camp any longer without proof of immunizations!! What's up with that?? Hope this information is useful. I wish I weren't the one to witness this every day.
Reader comments about the Waning support for the Bush Agenda: The following is my opinion based on my perceptions and knowledge of the past and how the US guv operates (may be wrong): This does not seem good. I've read reports of what is already going on in Iraq as far as bases and communications being taken out. The Shrub gang also seems to be on a tight schedule from their recent "war by november" stance. This doesn't sound right. It took destroying two towers and killing 3000 people to get the country behind the attack on (bin laden) Afghanistan. Now the country has stood up and said no to Iraq in unprecedented organized protests wherever Shrubby goes (he was in ATL 2 days ago). Now the US is backing down a bit? I hope I'm wrong but this may be the prelude for something not very good. Given all the constant protesting what scale of terrorizing the populace would be necessary to unite the US against (Sadam) Iraq at this point? When I read this on BBC I got chills. I sure hope I'm wrong.
October 19, 2002 - Pax Americana - the New World Order - For many months the people of the world have been trying to figure out just what it is that President Bush is trying to do. Many people think the administration's goals are simply to enrich themselves and their supporters. Others site this war as an attempt at "closure on the Gulf War" - the son completing the father's job. Still more believe oil is the primary goal. An astonishing document has come to light that finally puts the pieces of the puzzle together. -
The name of this most revealing report is "Rebuilding America's Defenses." Details of this treatise was written by Jay Bookman, deputy editorial page editor of the Atlanta Journal-Consitiution, and published on Sept. 29. "The official story on Iraq has never made sense," Bookman writes. "The connection that the Bush administration has tried to draw between Iraq and al-Qaida has always seemed contrived and artificial. In fact, it was hard to believe that smart people in the Bush administration would start a major war based on such flimsy evidence." He continues, "The pieces didn't fit. something else had to be going on; something was missing." [...]
"Rebuilding America's Defenses" puts the entire world on notice. America will get what it wants, from any country on earth, by any means necessary. If we perceive resistance ("a threat to national security") we reserve the right to strike preemptively with or without the support of another country. The authors of this amazing manifesto dream of an American Empire with George W. Bush as its first emperor. Bookman goes on to say, "They envision the creation of what they call a worldwide 'Pax Americana,' or American peace. But so far, the American people have not appreciated the true extent of that ambition."
Apparently neither do our elected representatives. Calls to Olympia Snowe's office and Susan Collins' office yielded no knowledge of such a document. There has been no discussion of this vision of Pax Americana in the congressional debates. Not surprisingly! If they were to debate such a scheme it would lend legitimacy to the Bush plan for expanding America's military domination just before the elections. If the American people really understood the implications of this plan how would they react? How would our allies react? How will our adversaries react?
This scheme presents scenarios of apocalyptic proportions. The world's resources are limited; our power is not. If we control the resources, we could control the world. But what about the people who live in those resource rich countries? Will they simply join with us to promote Pax Americana, quietly acquiescing to our demands? Is it not likely that resistance will be encountered from every quarter in every way possible?
Comment: And what does this "astonishing document" tell us? The same thing we have been saying for a long time: America is the Beast, George Bush is the False Prophet . Put in other terms, America is the reincarnated/time-loop replay of the Atlantean Empire trying to conquer the world just before a global cataclysm. We have also pointed out that there are individuals in many countries around the globe who are participating in the Bush Reich agenda. Members of this elite club know the cataclysm is coming, and they have been preparing for it for over a hundred years. That is why there are so many vast underground base/facilities - they are preparing for their own survival and to hell with humanity - no pun intended. That is why there is a COINTELPRO program running the New Age and all other religions. That is why Bush is not interested in ecology issues. That is why they intend to decimate the world's population before the "end" begins. They know that the mobs of people would tear them to pieces when they withdraw to their underground enclaves. They know that mobs of people would revolt even before the "end" as the earth plunges into an ice-age and there is no more food. The REAL terrorists are the governments of the Earth, and their targets are the masses of humanity - you and me and everyone else who is not an insider in the Skull and Bones club that chants "Death, death, death..." and leaves the death card as a "signature" at the scene of a shooting perpetrated by an invisible demon turned loose to terrorize our citizens while justifying military "intervention."
The Kennewick Man's problem is that he is not politically correct. Initial scientific studies on the 9,400-year-old skeleton -- which was discovered beside the Columbia River near Kennewick, Wash., in 1996 -- found that he was not a Native American. What the findings suggested instead was that other races likely migrated to the Western Hemisphere over 30,000 years. His discovery contradicted the long-held belief that only a single northeast-Asian race came across the Bering Straits from Siberia approximately 12,000 years ago, thus challenging the conventional wisdom that Native Americans were the ''first Americans.'' - If scientists finally get access to Kennewick Man's remains and to his last resting place, he may speak eloquently to us of the possessions he carried, of the culture he valued, of the race he belonged to, of the family that may lay buried nearby. And larger questions beckon scientists, too: Despite his obvious vigor, toughness and bravery, why did Kennewick Man's descendants not survive in the New World?
Years of research in eastern Asia and Alaska have produced little evidence of any historical or technological connection between the Asian Paleolithic (Stone Age) and Clovis peoples. Also, the southeastern United States has produced more Clovis sites than the West, and a few radiocarbon dates suggest some of them may predate those in the western states. If correct, that hardly fits the notion that Clovis technology originated in northeast Asia or Alaska. Over the years, various scholars have noted similarities between Clovis projectile points and “Solutrean” points, the product of a Paleolithic culture on the north coast of Spain between 22,000 and 16,500 years ago. Little credence has been given to suggestions of a direct connection between these technologies because of the 4,500-year time gap between the last of Solutrean and the first of Clovis, and because of doubts that people of the Upper Paleolithic could navigate the Atlantic Ocean. But indirect evidence for Paleolithic ocean travel has been mounting. Although no boats have been found, we now know that by at least 40,000 years ago, watercraft carried a founding population to Australia. By 28,000 years ago, flintknappers were collecting raw materials from islands far off the Japanese coast. And closer to Spain, Paleolithic peoples inhabited some of the Mediterranean islands at least 14,000 years ago. - To determine whether the idea was worth additional study, we examined archaeological collections in Spain, France, and Portugal, looking for technological affinities between the European Upper Paleolithic and Clovis. Our cursory examination revealed an amazing correspondence between Solutrean and Clovis; in fact, Solutrean has more in common with Clovis than with Paleolithic technologies that followed it in Europe.
A perspective on potential climate changes presented by Dr. Robert B. Gagosian, President and Director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - Global warming could actually lead to a big chill in some parts of the world. If the atmosphere continues to warm, it could soon trigger a dramatic and abrupt cooling throughout the North Atlantic region—where, not incidentally, some 60 percent of the world’s economy is based.
When I say “dramatic,” I mean: Average winter temperatures could drop by 5 degrees Fahrenheit over much of the United States, and by 10 degrees in the northeastern United States and in Europe. That’s enough to send mountain glaciers advancing down from the Alps. To freeze rivers and harbors and bind North Atlantic shipping lanes in ice. To disrupt the operation of ground and air transportation. To cause energy needs to soar exponentially. To force wholesale changes in agricultural practices and fisheries. To change the way we feed our populations. In short, the world, and the world economy, would be drastically different. [...] And when I say “abrupt,” I mean: These changes could happen within your lifetime, and your grandchildren’s grandchildren will still be confronting them.
And when I say “soon,” I mean: In just the past year, we have seen ominous signs that we may be headed toward a potentially dangerous threshold. If we cross it, Earth’s climate could switch gears and jump very rapidly—not gradually— into a completely different mode of operation. [...]
These warm-to-cold transitions happen in about 3 to 10 years. The cold periods lasted for 500 to 1,000 years. Such oscillations in temperature and ocean circulation have occurred on a regular basis.
Comment: I don't know how long this fellow has been saying the above, but the C's said it on 02-22-97: almost SIX years ago.
The ominous side of homeland security - According to the New American magazine, on the afternoon of July 13, as temperatures climbed to 107, Elizabeth Meyer was pulled over for an expired license tag. - Elizabeth is a 22-year-old Irish American who sings in the church choir. Her passengers were her four children, a 4-year-old girl, 2-year-old twin boys and a 4-month-old daughter, and a female friend in her 20s. They would be difficult to shoehorn into a profile as al-Qaida collaborators. - Insisting that Elizabeth was a flight risk, the police hemmed in her car with five squad cars and refused to let her turn on the air conditioner. After an hour-and-a-half, when Elizabeth's husband came, they were allowed to leave. - All four children had to be treated for heat stroke. [An empty magazine to a gun, belonging to her husband, which was on the dash, was the reason for the "special attention."] Comment from QFS member: I'd be a little leery of this story without more verification. Note that it's not a news story but an opinion, quoting New American magazine. It wouldn't surprise me at all if it were true; what surprises me is the lack of coverage. But maybe I just haven't found it yet.
The following is from Linda Moulton Howe's site, but you have to pay to read the whole article online:
Just about one year ago on October 28th there was an important discovery made in Woodburn, Oregon that was hardly reported by newspaper, TV or radio, yet I think, represents one of the most important archaelogical findings of modern time -
William Orr, Ph.D. Professor Emeritius in Geology at the University of Oregon and Director of the State Museum of Paleontology in Oregon was working at the Woodburn, Oregon Ice Age archaelogical site, located between Salem and Portland last year. The area was an old stream bed with clay, that acted as an instant preservative. Artifacts were found from ten to twelve feet deep and at less shallower depths. - What they uncovered was seven strands of human hair, pieces as long as a foot and a half long, black with intact follicles, all of which was almost perfectly preserved. Human hair can be distinguished from a single strand because of the "granules and color... and follicle." These hair strands were found in conjunction with bones of elephants, condors and a bird with a 14-foot wingspan - more than 200 bones and bone-fragments in all were recovered. -
The researchers immediately sent the hair off for dating and DNA extraction. Carbon dating came up with a dating of 12,050 years. DNA extraction was performed. Some of it was not good but a lot of it was found well preserved in the â€˜oxygen -poor bogs of Woodburn'. What the researchers discovered was that the hair did not match any Asian hair DNA - not African not European, - nothing. It was unable to be matched with any human equivalent of hair for any time period, for any culture, in any known epoch of the Earth. Although confirmed to be human hair, scientific consensus was that the population which spawned this hair was one that "we don't have today. They are gone." -
What was obviously not reported was that the 'genetic fingerprint' had been wiped clean and this is a most important distinction. -
At this same point in time, 11 -12,000 years ago, there was found to be devastation to the animal population that moved from north to south, first in British Columbia, then Washington, Oregon , California, etc. Studies indicated that it was more sudden, more encompassing than that of the dinosaur-kill, taking down the largest animals first in short periods of time. Scientists stated that it looked like some kind of a â€˜quick-freeze'.
And what have the C's said?
` We were terrible to animals,' recalled [Bush pal], laughing. ... after a good rain, and thousands of frogs would come out. `Everybody would get BB guns and shoot them,' Throckmorton said. `Or we'd put firecrackers in the frogs and throw them and blow them up.' Kristof made plain that «we» explicitly included George W. Bush... [who was the]was the leader among the boys who did it.
Representative Tom Lantos introduced House Concurrent Resolution 338. The Resolution, according to Lantos' press release, urges "greater attention to identifying and treating individuals who are guilty of violence against animals because of the link between abuse of animals and violence against humans. In addition, it urges federal agencies to further investigate the link between cruelty toward animals and violence against humans.
Lantos sez: "It is commonsense knowledge that any individual who harms animals cruelly and deliberately is not otherwise well-adjusted. A man who abuses the family dog or cat may turn that violence on his spouse or children. Those children involved in school shootings weren't just `having fun' or `just being boys' -- they were engaged in torturing and hurting animals. As a society, we cannot overlook the fact that a person who hurts animals is committing an act of violence and may eventually turn on human beings."
But the only people George W. Bush is known to have had a part in killing were the 135 convicts whose executions he has authorized during his five-and-a-half years as Texas governor. Bush mocked the executed killer Karla Fae Tucker's plea for her life in a falsetto, and reportedly giggled when asked by a journalist how he could send the executed Gary Graham to die, when Graham's court-appointed attorney was judicially admonished for sleeping through much of his trial.
When perpetrated by children, animal abuse can represent a dangerous inability for a child to empathize with others; when witnessed by children, animal maltreatment may be part of a desensitizing pattern that sets a violent course which may be lifelong. Margaret Mead has written, "One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal and get away with it." Simply put, when animals are abused, people are at risk; when people are abused, animals are likewise in danger.
On Saturday of last week, I made my first kill. The victim was a loved one, my dear dog Sparkle. I will never forget the howl she made. It sounded almost human. We laughed and hit her more." - from the diary of Luke Woodham, 16, charged in the stabbing death of his mother, and the shooting deaths of two students and wounding seven others in Pearl, Mississippi. - It’s easy to simplify and suggest that the child who tortures animals grows up to become sociopathic, but reality is a lot more complex than that. [Yes, some of them grow up to be sociopathic presidents.]
Speaking of Psychopaths: Einhorn gets life without parole - Einhorn insisted he was innocent and maintained he was framed by the CIA because of his knowledge of secret mind-control experiments. Prosecutors, however, said Einhorn was a loutish womanizer who turned violent whenever a girlfriend wanted to leave him. They had him read to jurors from his poems and diary entries, in which he wrote "to kill what you love when you can't have it seems so natural" and "violence always marks the end of a relationship."
Einhorn said prosecutors were twisting his words. "It's literature; it's metaphorical," he whined. " Former friend Michael Hoffman told jurors he later discussed that incident with Einhorn, and his friend told him "at the base of all human interaction was violence." Hoffman said Einhorn drew his ideas from the writings of the Marquis de Sade, among others.
"Ira has been mesmerizing and charming people his whole life," his attorney said [about the decision to put Ira on the stand]. Einhorn was a ponytailed, charismatic figure who once hobnobbed with influential players in Philadelphia's moneyed establishment, as well as counterculture figures. He demonstrated against the Vietnam War and for civil rights and took part in the first Earth Day in 1970. His New Age philosophy got him jobs as a consultant and speaker for big companies, which asked Einhorn to explain how they could tap into the counterculture. Jury forewoman Diane Green called the evidence against Einhorn "overwhelming" and said Einhorn did not help himself by taking the stand. "We felt he conflicted some of his own statements," she said.
See also Toobin interview: HARRIS: Don't you think that after 25 years, the guy could come up with a better story, well, that body that was in the trunk in my closet, I was framed, someone else put it there?
TOOBIN: Well, Leon, you know, defense attorneys have a term for that. They call it bad facts. Defense attorneys had some bad facts in this case. As you know, when you find a dead body in your very own trunk and it's your girlfriend, and you have diary entries that talk about your tempestuous relationship with her, those are some bad facts. You know, he took the stand, and I think we can tell by the length of the jury deliberations, the jury wasn't buying it a bit. - You know, they finally brought him back. He did have the trial that, you know -- he had a fair trial. He got a -- he was able to testify. The jury was able to look him over, see whether they believed him, and they convicted him promptly, and I anticipate that the only end to this story is he that he'll serve the rest of his life in jail.
Researchers baffled by skyrocketing number of autism cases among California children. - The rise has little to do with evolving diagnostic methods and population increases, according to a study by the University of California, Davis. A previous report showed an increase of 273 percent in the number of reported autism cases in California between 1987 and 1998. "It is astounding to see a threefold increase in autism with no explanation," said Dr. Robert Byrd, an epidemiologist who led the study. Some researchers said they believed the autism numbers are even higher. "There's a number of things that need to be answered. We need to rethink the possible causes of autism." Autism affects a person's ability to communicate, form relationships with others and respond to their environment. Comment: maybe the C's are right and these are soulless bodies just waiting for 4 D STS takeover? Sounds like the "you create your own reality" exponentially accelerated. The following timeline put together by QFS member is very suggestive:
Another psychopath unmasked: Before she disappeared forever, Lisa Stasi was homeless. She had split from her husband and moved with her infant daughter into a battered women's shelter called Hope House. Then she met John Osborne. A Johnson County businessman, Osborne wanted to help Stasi find a job and get her GED. He put her up in a hotel. - His intentions, prosecutors now say, were the worst possible: to kill Stasi and give her baby to his brother for adoption. They allege that the man called Osborne -- who was actually John E. Robinson Sr. -- killed Stasi and five other women, two more in Kansas and three in Missouri.
Federal judges should not simply swallow Executive Branch claims whole. It is their role to carefully examine them, assess their plausibility, and question whether they truly justify measures as broad as the Creppy Directive.
Support for Attacking Iraq Begins to Wane Across the U.S. - As the administration prepares for war with Iraq, a new mantra has emerged in the campaign to win the hearts and minds of Americans and, in effect, put Saddam Hussein on notice. "America speaks with one voice," says President Bush. In Washington, Bush, having been empowered by both houses of Congress to use force, seems to face very little opposition on Iraq. On the streets of America, nothing could be further from the truth. - Contrary to what the president says, when it comes to war, Americans do not speak with one voice. A national day of protest has been scheduled for Oct. 26. Comment: This means that those folks who voted to give Bush the okay may be looking at the end of their own careers when people really start looking at who voted "yes," and who voted "no." As it happens, I receive a letter from Congresswoman Karen Thurman who whined and sniveled about what a great thing she did for her country by voting to support the terrorists in the Bush Reich. She lost my vote. Does anybody have a list of who supported Bush and who did not? I think this coming election, we should make our votes count.
International contest for Iraq's oil reserves has complicated U.S. efforts to cultivate Russia as a major future source of oil. Moscow is seeking assurances from Washington that if Hussein is ousted, Western companies won't take away the lucrative oil-field development rights that Russian oil firms negotiated with the Iraqi president's government. Comment: Like assurances from the Bush Gang mean anything?
Hollywood takes on White House - Actor Sean Penn spent $56,000 on an ad in The Washington Post yesterday, warning President Bush against a "preemptive attack on a separate sovereign nation." - Woody Harrelson took to newspaper pages. "I'm an American tired of American lies. This is a racist and imperialist war. The warmongers who stole the White House have hijacked a nation's grief and turned it into a perpetual war on any non-white country they choose to describe as terrorist." Babs sez: "I find bringing the country to the brink of war unilaterally five weeks before an election questionable and very frightening." - Harry Belafonte went after Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, comparing him to a plantation slave who had sold out his values to live in the "house of the master." - Susan Sarandon sez: "I don't think military expansion or violence is a solution." - The loudest collective voice came from luminaries who signed "Not in Our Name," an anti-war statement published in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times and signed by Miss Sarandon, Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen, Tim Robbins, Ed Asner, Marisa Tomei, and Danny Glover, among 4,000 others.
Two former high-ranking Pentagon officials were arrested yesterday on charges of extortion, bribery, money-laundering and witness tampering in a suspected scheme involving the awarding of contracts to minority firms. Comment: It will be a great day when the current administration is arrested for extortion, bribery, witness tampering, and terrorism against the American people. I dream of the day when we all see Dubya in chains...
Arizona's Sen. John McCain missed the vote on a $355 billion defense spending bill because he was preparing for Saturday Night Live while conducting his nationwide book tour and making other TV appearances. The bill, which passed 93-1, contained one of the largest defense spending hikes in decades and was one of just two bills the Senate took up Wednesday. It also is only the second of 13 annual spending bills Congress has managed to pass this year. Though he did not vote on the defense bill, McCain, a member of the Senate's Armed Services Committee, inserted a statement into the official Congressional Record criticizing the bill's "wasteful spending" on items added by members of Congress.
Virginia authorities charged a man with misleading investigators in the sniper probe. Authorities said Dowdy falsely described an olive-skinned man and a cream-colored Chevrolet Astro van. Northeastern University criminologist James Fox said false witnesses aren't routinely prosecuted. But authorities likely were aggressive with Dowdy because of the damage he caused to their case, he said. "They are probably trying to make an example of him, almost to punish him for the extent of the frustration that they have," Fox said. However, Fox said prosecuting Dowdy shouldn't deter other witnesses for coming forward.
The tale of villagers seeing a giant eaglelike bird with a wingspan as long as a Dodge van brought dozens of e-mails from readers in Alaska and the Lower 48 and one from the Netherlands. - "There was a recent sighting of a giant raptor in the Coastal Bend region" of Texas, writes a woman from the Houston-Galveston area. "Don't let the scientists blow this off. It could be the biological discovery of the century." - Similar sightings have taken place apparently in Illinois, where a mother had to smack the giant bird so it would drop her child from its beak; Erie, Pa.; and Evanston, Wyo. A North Carolina author and other people said the bird could be the famed Thunderbird of Native American legend. - A man remembers an astonishing sight as he crossed the equator on a troop transport in 1944. "It was not a sea bird in any form," he writes. "I did some research just a few years ago to try to determine what I had seen. I came onto some information on a flying animal called a Pteradon, which is of the Pteradactyl family. These animals are thought to be extict over 150,000 years ago."
US demands immediate halt to NKorean nuke plans -US envoy James Kelly said the United States wanted a peaceful solution to the North Korean nuclear crisis, but warned Pyongyang to "immediately" drop its nuclear weapons programme. Kelly said the United States would continue to work with South Korea, Japan and other allies to prompt an "immediate and visible dismantling" of North Korea's nuclear programme. "We hope ... to bring maximum international pressure (on North Korea) to abandon its nuclear ambition," he said at a press conference here. Comment: Now, let me get this straight: we are going to BOMB Iraq back to the Stone Age because they MIGHT have a nuke. Meanwhile, Israel has an illegal NUKE program, and now North Korea - part of Bush's "Axis of Evil" has openly admitted to an advanced NUKE program, and we are going to "work with them for a peaceful solution????" ExCUSE ME?
A car exploded outside a McDonald's outlet in a busy Moscow district on Saturday, but Russian police were quoted as saying the blast was linked to criminal activities and not a terrorist act. Comment: Well, don't worry about that. The Bush Gang will make sure that the next time the CIA or Mossad plants a bomb in another country, they'll leave some handy ID papers to make sure that nobody is in any confusion that it was Islamic terrorists who did it.
French President Jacques Chirac said on Saturday the global fight against terror would be unforgiving, but had to go hand-in-hand with peacemaking efforts and respect for international law. "The battle against terrorism will be merciless. But it has to be conducted while respecting human rights and the rule of law," he told delegates at a summit of French-speaking nations in Beirut. "Using the pretext of terrorism to violate these principles would in effect play into the hands of those we are seeking to fight," he said, adding states should apply U.N. resolutions and conventions "which set the framework for this fight." While Chirac did not mention any specific examples, his remarks come against the backdrop of a month-long deadlock at the United Nations over disarming Iraq, which pits the United States and Britain against France and several other states.
Israeli troops raided houses in the West Bank on Saturday and arrested at least eight suspected militants, continuing their crackdown on a Palestinian uprising despite calls for calm from Washington. - Tensions were aggravated by Israeli shelling that killed six Palestinians after militants fired on an army outpost in the Gaza Strip border on Thursday. The United States called for an Israeli investigation into the killings. Comment: Well, don't hold your breath that they will a) investigate fairly, or b) tell the truth.
A man was killed, more than a dozen homes destroyed and hundreds of people evacuated as firefighters battled more than 50 blazes along Australia's drought-stricken eastern seaboard Saturday.
Diplomats at the United Nations appeared Friday to make some progress in negotiating an accord over a U.S.-drawn Security Council draft resolution on Iraq, with the United States appearing to further relax wording that pertains to the consequences Iraq could face if a tough new weapons inspection regime fails.
The steadfastness of Paris, the obvious lack of support from the non-permanent members and, perhaps, encouraging words from the executive chairman of the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission on Iraq, Hans Blix, at a meeting Thursday with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell were seen as the impetus for Washington's resolution framers to concede some negotiating ground. Comment: I would say that the REAL reason the Bush Gang is backing off a bit is because of North Koreas' "in your face" declaration: "We've got NUKES! Whatcha gonna DO about it, Bully Bush?!"
Sobbing as they filled a truck with furniture, six Palestinian families set out from this tiny village of old stone houses, leaving it completely abandoned. Members of the Sobih clan said they were fleeing the village - once home to 25 families - after four years of worsening attacks by Jewish settlers, who have set up illegal outposts on nearby hilltops. The attacks have become increasingly frequent in recent months, they said. "Our life here is more bitter than hell," Kamal Sobih, a thin, bearded man of 40, said Friday. Groups of masked Jewish settlers have charged into the village, coming at night with dogs and horses, stealing sheep, hurling stones through windows and beating the men with fists and rifle butts, Palestinian residents said. An electricity generator has been scorched by fire, knocking out power to the village. Three large water tanks were tipped over and emptied. Palestinians complain bitterly of land lost over the past decades of Mideast conflict. The exodus from Yanun is believed to be the first time in recent years that Palestinians have abandoned an entire village because of the conflict.
Confrontations between Jewish settlers and Palestinians often fall into a murky legal area, with the Israeli army, the police and the military's civil administration in the territories all being involved. An Israeli army spokesman, who insisted his name not be used, said soldiers try to prevent conflict between settlers and Palestinians, but that forces are primarily in the area to protect Israelis from attacks by Palestinian militants. -
More than 200,000 Jews live in about 150 settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip - lands that are home to 3 million Palestinians, who hope to establish a state on the territory Israel conquered in the 1967 Mideast War. Most settlements have been built with the approval of Israel's government, though the practice has been widely criticized internationally. In addition, some settlers have set up new outposts without government approval, putting up trailer homes and makeshift structures in the hope they eventually will get government authorization. - Yanun is an isolated valley hamlet flanked by two illegal outposts on nearby hilltops. The nearest settlement approved by the Israeli government is Itamar.
In Yanun, the men cried as they got into two cars to leave for the larger nearby village of Aqraba, where they believe there will be safety in numbers. They will live with relatives there or move into rented apartments. "Death would be easier than leaving," Kamal Sobih said, describing his attachment to the land where generations of his family have lived. "But there is no choice." He said he often spent nights keeping watch for attackers from his windows. Ahmed Sobih, an elderly man, sat in the back seat of one car, an Arab head scarf covering his right eye. He said he lost sight in the eye after a beating by an Israeli settler. He was tending sheep on the hillside when a stranger approached. Sobih, mistaking the man for someone from a neighboring Arab village, went to shake hands with the man and offer him a cigarette but he instead was beaten with his own walking stick, he said.
Federal advisory committee to recommend vaccinating about 510,000 hospital workers against smallpox after the Bush administration suggested that its initial proposal fell short. However... Experts conclude the live virus used in the vaccine may result in cases of contact vaccinia -- the spreading of the vaccinia virus from someone recently vaccinated to someone who has not had the shot.
Coenzyme Q-10, or CoQ10, may help stop the nerve cell death that characterizes Parkinson's.Yahoo customers tricked into giving their credit card numbers to an unaffiliated third party that had posed as Yahoo in a mass e-mail.
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