Wednesday, April 30, 2008
And finally, in an ironic twist in the Nexus of Politics and Terror, the original prosecutor of the Hamdan case, Col. Morris Davis, is testifying on behalf of Salim Hamdan and speaking out over the kangaroo courts that the Bush administration is demanding to be able to claim progress in their War on Terror™.Davis didn’t just say the Hamdan argument wasn’t right, since it permits the use of evidence obtained by coercion or torture, to say nothing of hearsay, he also quoted the former general counsel of the Defense Department who he says told him “We can’t have acquittals. We’ve been holding these guys for years. How can we explain acquittals? We have to have convictions.” Col. Davis put it simply: he was under pressure to hurry through cases and get those convictions, so President Bush could use them politically before the 2006 mid-terms (elections).
A Pentagon legal adviser accused of improperly influencing the Guantanamo war crimes prosecutions dictated which cases would be tried based on how likely they were to pique U.S. public interest, a prosecutor testified on Tuesday."
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Land of the "free," right? If we have more laws than anyone else, does that mean we're more free?
Saturday, April 26, 2008
"This year, taxpayers will receive an Economic Stimulus Payment. This is a very exciting new program that I will explain using the Q and A format:
"Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment?
"A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.
"Q. Where will the government get this money?
"A. From taxpayers.
"Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
"A. Only a smidgen.
"Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
"A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.
"Q. But isn't that stimulating the economy of China?
"A. Shut up."
Bush Secrecy Policies Transforming U.S. Government
Which type of government works best in secrecy?
Friday, April 25, 2008
Bloomberg.com: News: "April 24 (Bloomberg) -- More than 100 tanks, rocket launchers and armored vehicles, flanked by 8,000 soldiers, rattled across the tarmac, while sorties of jet fighters ripped through the sky as army generals saluted below."
Bush should be so proud. He's brought the cold war back! Russia was weak and not very influential in the world until Bush's war, fiscal & monetary policies, drove the price of Russia's number one export up by 5x, and made them rich and significant in the world again.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Remember how Republicans attacked Clinton for having donors stay in the Lincoln bedroom? Well, Bush has the ethical solution...don't release that data!
Democracies are supposed to be about keeping citizens' lives private and government operations open and full of sunlight. Bush's idea of government doesn't resemble this, it looks like a different form of government.
Why would our "ally" steal nuclear secrets from us? And if they steal from us, are they our "ally?"
WWJD? Clearly, he would torture and pre-emptively strike.
This is precisely why spending $3 trillion on a war to keep us on this energy source is making us weaker, not stronger. The U.S. simply doesn't have the oil in the world. By staying dependent on it, we are making other nations richer, and making us subservient to their demands. If $3 trillion had been spent internally, to get us off this dependence, we'd be a stronger, more self-reliant nation.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
FBI purposely stalled national security letter process to justify their complaint that it takes too long
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Your domestic propaganda tax dollars at work: Those military analysts on TV helping you understand the war? Yeah, they're shilling for the pentagon
My own tax dollars going to propagandize me. What a good deal!
Wait, I'm confused, I thought Republicans were for states' rights, not centralized control.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Yes, let's continue to keep our troops there for another 50 years. It's working out great for us!
Remember how the news and the Bush administration cited this as Iranian aggression, calling it a "kidnapping?" Well, the Iranians returned them quickly, without being tortured, even though they were the ones in the right, and the ones being threatened. We've held people in Guantanamo for YEARS from whom we felt threatened and are only now slowly releasing them without filing any charges. It's a sad day when Iran, the country our government is telling us is our enemy, is treating their prisoners better than we are.
"So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation. ?"
Hmmm, does this sound applicable to anything going on today in the U.S.? Boy, let me think...for which "favorite nation" are "deluded citizens" willing "to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country" for?
Ronald Reagan said the U.S. should be the "shining beacon on the hill." He was suggesting that pre-emptive strikes aren't the answer. Results come from being a pristine example to the world, one that will give oppressed people of the world hope and one that they can hold up to their totalitarian leaders as proof that another system can work. Instead, we are giving those very leaders the political ammunition to continue to torture, spy, undermine civil liberties, make war, jail without trial, pre-emptively strike imagined enemies, manipulate the economy, etc...
The costs of this fake war don't just add up in dollars and cents.
Did you get that? "The Pentagon's PREMIER military educational institute."
"John McCain's plan to cut taxes and balance the budget wins praise from fellow Republicans. Economists and nonpartisan analysts say his numbers don't add up."
Typical neocon Republican. Run up deficits, let the next generation pay for the results. They love the economic arguments that support tax cuts, but ignore the parts that talk about the parallel spending reductions. They, like most Americans, don't realize/admit that the debt they create is a tax. It creates inflation, and inflation is a tax. Their characterization of liberals/Democrats as tax/spenders is a complete lie.
Remember Hoovervilles? Here are "Bushvilles."
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
"A new report shows Connecticut's middle class and poor families pay a higher percentage of their income in state sales and local taxes than the wealthiest families.
The report by Connecticut Voices for Children is based on an analysis of state and local tax data, the New Haven Register reported.
The report says the wealthiest Connecticut families pay 4.7 percent of their income in state and local taxes.
Middle-class families pay 9.6 percent of their income in state and local taxes. The report shows the poorest 20 percent pay 10.9 percent."
Republicans love to argue that the progressive tax structure is unfair.
Democrats try to tax the rich more.
Each of them make the tax code more and more complicated, making
it easier for the rich to hire lawyers and accountants who can take
advantage of the loopholes. This is my ongoing argument that the
rich are not taxed unfairly.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Yesterday, speaking from the White House, the president boasted, “American and Iraqi forces have made significant progress” in Iraq. It got me thinking, haven’t we heard that phrase before in relation to Iraq?
* White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan on October 27, 2003: “In the north and south [of Iraq], we have made significant progress.”
* President Bush on November 13, 2004: “Fighting together, our forces have made significant progress in the last several days.”
* President Bush on June 28, 2005: “In the past year, we have made significant progress.”
* Vice President Cheney on October 19, 2006: “[W]e’ve made significant progress.”
* President Bush on February 23, 2007: ” I think we have made significant progress in Iraq.”
Indeed, it’s a phrase the White House has used to describe events in Iraq several hundred times over the last five years. I can’t imagine why anyone would be skeptical about the claim now.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
We supported a military dictator. He was overthrown. Now we've lost credibility with a democratically-elected Muslim country. What a great foreign policy! Can't you just feel Bush's plan to spread democracy in the region taking root? It's just so well thought out and based on integrity...it's great!
"You simply cannot enjoy being the financial center of the world but start bleating for government bailout whenever asset prices dip a few percent. As Paulson is demonstrating, the regulatory price for being bailed out is far too high. We must all grow up and take a full measure of punishment. The banks must take theirs."
40 percent of all electricity consumed during a brief period last
weekend. As heavy winds lashed Spain on Saturday evening wind parks
generated 9,862 megawatts of power which translated to 40.8 percent of
total consumption. Between Friday and Sunday wind power accounted for
an average of 28 percent of all electricity demand in Spain. Spain’s
wind power generation equaled that of hydropower for the first time in
Thursday, April 3, 2008
So, with the abandonment of the Bill of Rights and the admission that the spying on Americans is a "Domestic Military Operation" it appears that we are indeed the military dictatorship Bush joked about.
If the President can suspend the Bill of Rights at will, then they are not rights of free citizens, but merely indulgences by a master to favored slaves.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
No, he didn't. He borrowed money from China, gave it to the American people, who will go out and buy Chinese-made products.
An 80-year-old church deacon was removed from the Smith Haven Mall yesterday in a wheelchair and arrested by police for refusing to remove a T-shirt protesting the Iraq War.
Your own tax dollars being spent to propagandize you!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
The film consists of three 1-hour parts, which were first broadcast in the UK in late 2004. The final hour highlights the American government wanting to prosecute bin Laden in absentia for the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings, and needing to prove him to be the head of a criminal organization to do so. They find a former associate of bin Laden, Jamal al-Fadl, and pay him to testify that bin Laden was the head of a massive terrorist organization called "al-Qaeda." (click on the youtube.com link under 'menu' to see the other segments.)
Shocking documentary about the network of secret agents from France, USA, Italy and Belgium that carried out terror attacks on the European public and blamed the leftwing and communists. (click on the youtube.com link under the menu button to find the other segments)
During the Six-Day War, Israel attacked and tried to sink the USS Liberty belonging to its closest ally, the USA. In the two-hour assault by Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats, 34 American servicemen were killed and 171 wounded. (video is part 1 of 7, look on YouTube for other 6 segments)